Stocking Stuffers for Teen and Tween Boys #GiftGuide

Looking to stuff your son’s stocking with items he will actually use? Check out Prep U Products (available on Amazon) for teens or boys.

natural soap for kids

Made for boys aged eight and up, Prep U is committed to providing all-natural body care products that are a clean-smelling, chemical-free and effective.  There is a full line of personal care products aimed at the males of the species- though I admit, I really, really like the deodorant and got one for myself. The body washes are also nice for everyone, even if they are aimed at boys. The smell is soothing and refreshing, and I like them as much as they do. I am the “rose amongst thorns” in the house and a bit outnumbered, so perhaps I lean toward things male, but hey. At least you know the smell is pleasant to both sexes. Here are some items to consider;

Back-to-Basics (Price: $32.00) 

Includes all of the signature products: Body Spray, Body Wash and Natural Deodorant.

TRVL Kit (Price: $29.00) 

Prep U’s travel sizes are great for any on-the-go needs from weekend trips to summer camps. The kit includes: 2oz Active Dry Powder, 2oz Body Spray, 2oz Body Wash, canvas travel kit.

Charcoal Face + Body Set (Price: $24.00) 

Prep U’s Charcoal Scrub and Charcoal Bar detoxifies and gently exfoliates skin.

charcoal body wash

I like the charcoal items for my youngest son, age 12, who has a skin condition which causes his skin to erupt in itchy red bumps and rashes. He has so many creams and soaps, but the charcoal also soothes his skin and reduces these breakouts. We use charcoal items often, and both he and I like these and give them our stamp of approval. They also smell nice- it says unscented, but to me it has a bit of a lemon-y smell.  The fact that they are chemical free and all natural makes them a no brainier.

If you have a smelly teen or tween boy in your life (and if he’s older then 5, you likely do, LOL) these will be quite useful gifts indeed. Try them out and shoot us a tweet or a comment, let us know what you think. We hope you like them as much as we do. Happy holidays, and enjoy.

Eco Lips for Beauty and Compassionate Choices #GiftGuide

Are you a beauty enthusiast, but also an animal lover? If you are anything like me, you care deeply about the environment and the sanctity of life, and wouldn’t consider buying from brands that test on animals or willfully destroy the environment. Not to mention, why would you want to slather chemicals all over your face?

Eco Lips gives you both quality makeup as well as the environmentally safe ingredients you demand. 

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The Lip + Cheek Tints collection makes for the perfect multitasking beauty balm to add to your routine this season. The collection is a line of three beauty balms that add color and hydration to every look. Eco Lips uses organic jojoba, coconut oil, organic and fair-trade cocoa butter, and sunflower seed wax, making it vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free as well as lightweight.

The Lip Food collection was curated using organic food-grade ingredients like spirulina algae, pumpkin seed, and chamomile mushroom that nourish, protect and plump the lips. The formula is also organic, fair trade.

The latest line, Ecolixir, boasts the power of oil to improve the skins’ overall health. As part of a natural wellness regimen, its the perfect gift for the clean beauty advocate.

All of Eco Lips‘ collections feature nothing but the best natural ingredients. Their Bee Free Vegan Lip Balm is perfect for vegans and green lifestylists. Their Specialty line is perfect for those who know that only the best will do. And of course, their newest Lip + Cheek Tints collection is the perfect multitasking beauty balm to add color all over.

More About Eco Lips

The story behind the Eco Lips brand is essentially a love story. As the creators of the first USDA-certified original organic lip balm, the family-owned company has expanded their line over time to encompass lifestyle and beauty products. All Eco Lips products are made with wind power offsets, fair trade, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. As a B-corp, they take customer satisfaction, product effectiveness, and good-for-the-world ethos seriously.

Ever Tried CDB Oil? What’s Stopping You?

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If you are like me, you are willing to try just about anything to stop your chronic pain. Yet for some reason, so many people I talk to are worried about or wholly against trying CBD oils to try to get some relief. Why, I wonder? Maybe they think it’s illegal. Maybe they don’t know what it is. Well, I’d like to give you some insight into my experiences with a particular brand, Infinite CBD. It’s not the only brand I’ve ever tired, but I’m using it right now and here’s my thoughts as well as information about the products and what it is about from the professionals.

What is it, anyway?

“Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of some 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. In 2018, clinical research on cannabidiol included preliminary studies of anxiety, cognition, movement disorders, and pain.

How is cannabidiol different from marijuana?

According to Harvard studies, CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

Is cannabidiol legal?

CBD is readily obtainable in most parts of the United States, though its exact legal status is in flux. All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction, and while the federal government still considers CBD in the same class as marijuana, it doesn’t habitually enforce against it. In December 2015, the FDA eased the regulatory requirements to allow researchers to conduct CBD trials. Currently, many people obtain CBD online without a medical cannabis license. The government’s position on CBD is confusing, and depends in part on whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana. The legality of CBD is expected to change, as there is currently bipartisan consensus in Congress to make the hemp crop legal which would, for all intents and purposes, make CBD difficult to prohibit.

The evidence for cannabidiol health benefits

CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.

CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.

CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. More study in humans is needed in this area to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain control.

Is cannabidiol safe?

Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does. A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So you cannot know for sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain other (unknown) elements. We also don’t know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.

The bottom line on cannabidiol

Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may be prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD is currently is mostly available as an unregulated supplement, it’s difficult to know exactly what you are getting. If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.

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What Does CBD Do For Pain?

On the Infinite CBD site, you can read that “CBD, or Cannabidiol, can help alleviate pain by addressing the two mechanisms that make humans feel pain.

First, CBD reduces inflammation. More specifically, research suggests that CBD reduces pain in the joints. Using the CB1 and CB2 receptors located in the immune system, CBD halts the activation of inflammatory T cells. Due to this ability, CBD has been found to help reduce arthritic pain and pain caused by fibrosis.

Additionally, studies have shown that CBD alleviates neuropathic pain by suppressing a3 glycine receptors. Due to this ability, CBD targets not just inflammation, but the pathway that makes humans actually feel it.

Using CBD Lotion for Pain

When applied topically, CBD has the ability to provide individuals with targeted and effective benefits. Using CBD lotion to reduce pain is effective because it can be used on an as-needed basis. No amount of CBD lotion is too much.

You can apply CBD lotion to your skin, which should be rubbed in until absorbed. Wait for about 15 minutes, and viola – relief.

Whether you’re recovering from a sprained ankle, experience chronic back pain, or just got home from surgery, CBD lotion is a natural, effective, and targeted way to address your pain. From the inflammation in the area to the neuropathic pain you’re feeling, CBD is the natural solution you’ve been searching for.

Freezing Point CBD Lotion and Salve

Infinite CBD has created a variety of CBD lotion and salve products that address pain.

Freezing Point Lotion comes in a few varieties. If you’re experiencing severe pain, Nano Freezing Point products are recommended, as CBD nanotechnology make CBD more bioavailable (absorbable) to the body.

Additionally, salve products make applying CBD very easy. Infinite CBD’s salves also include a higher ratio of CBD.

It’s Time to Use CBD Lotion for Pain

Experiencing and managing pain is the worst. Not only does it hurt, but it affects your quality of life and ability to do all of the activities you enjoy.

Use CBD lotion for pain if you’re seeking effective, targeted, and natural relief.”

There are a ton of different ways to take CBD oil. Try out a few different ways and see what best suits you and gives you relief. Its great for pets as well.

Improving Your Energy with Natural Herbs

Herbs offer a natural alternative to boost energy levels and enhance brain function. Adaptogenic herbs increase resistance to illness by strengthening your immune system. Also knowns as “natural fatigue fighters,” herbs contain plant-based polyphenol antioxidants that clear your body and mind of toxins that slow metabolic function.

Are feeling exhausted all the time? The stresses of work and family life accumulate over time, resulting in physiological disorders that can disrupt your feeling of well-being, thereby reducing your quality of life.

Here are 9 examples of adaptogenic herbs to supercharge your diet and restore your energy levels.

 

  1.    Green Tea

Instead of reaching for an energy drink when you’re feeling tired, prepare yourself a steaming mug of green tea. Green tea contains natural caffeine to wake you up. Catechins, natural plant polyphenols found in green tea, balance the effect of caffeine in the body, providing a sustained release of energy. Green tea boosts metabolic function and alleviates stress, preventing anxiety.

 

  1. Rhodiola

This golden root assists the body in managing adrenaline production. Supplementing with Rhodiola suppresses feelings of anxiety while providing a boost of energy that eliminates fatigue. This adaptogenic herb balances your mood and boosts libido, making it a popular supplement choice for professionals and students.

 

  1. Ashwagandha

Well-known in Ayurvedic medicine, this herbal remedy is used to improve energy levels and stabilize mood. Regular supplementation with ashwagandha keeps your mind clear and increases levels of vitality. The polyphenols found in ashwagandha reduce stress and demand on the adrenal system. It’s a particularly useful herbal treatment for conditions such as adrenal fatigue, and hormonal imbalances.

 

  1. Panax Ginseng

Also known in Chinese medicine as “red ginseng,” the roots of this plant contain potent energizing compounds. Supplementing with 500 mg to 1,000 mg of red ginseng three times a day improves energy levels and enhances feelings of well-being while boosting libido. Panax ginseng is the most studied natural adaptogenic, with use extending back through millennia. Available in liquid or powder, you can find Panax ginseng as a stand-alone supplement, or blended into energy compounds.

 

  1. Holy Basil

Basil isn’t just a tasty herb used to flavor food; it’s also a powerful adaptogenic herb used to restore vitality. This traditional Ayurvedic herb contains polyphenol compounds that alleviate stress on the adrenal system. Well-known for its anti-inflammatory effect on the gastrointestinal system, basil helps improve digestion and colon health as well.

 

  1. Astralagus

Weak circulation of blood throughout the body reduces energy levels and exposes the immune system to infection. Circulatory issues can develop from environmental stresses, or as a result of poor dietary and lifestyle choices. Astralagus enhances immune function and boosts heart health by improving circulation. Astralagus is used in Chinese medicine as an ingredient in energy tonics to restore mental and physical vitality.

 

  1. Oregano

Sprinkle this adaptogenic herb over pasta dishes, roasted veggies, or scrambled eggs for a taste sensation that’s out-of-this-world. Oregano, when combined with amino acids, decreases mental fatigue and improves feelings of alertness. Boost your immune function, detoxify your GI tract, and improve digestion by adding this essential herb to your diet.

 

  1. Supplement for Increased Energy Levels

You can find Mitochondria inside every cell in the human body. These microscopic, essential organelles, produce energy from ATP and shuttle it throughout your system. As we age, mitochondria lose their efficiency, creating feelings of fatigue and exhaustion. Malfunctioning mitochondria are responsible for your need to have an afternoon nap or the reason why you might feel tired after a full night’s sleep.

Supplements for mitochondria act as an energy booster, restoring the normal function of these organelles.

Win All-natural, Topical Pain Relief Creams

Looking for relief from pain, but don’t want all those chemicals on your body? Or those weird smells. Who wants to walk around smelling like a hospital.  There are other options available- check these out if you want all natural relief that really works.

Real Time Pain Relief – https://rtpr.com/, a U.S. company with decades of experience in skin care and topical pain relief, has just launched two new products for topical muscle soreness and pain relief for after workouts and other physical activities:


HEMP OIL PLUS ($40): is a rich cream that provides on-spot relief from pain and muscle stiffness. This homeopathic formula of Hemp Oil has a light feel when applied and pleasant smell from Turmeric Extract, Peppermint Oil, Wasabi Extract and 100% pure and organic Hemp extract (but does not have any trace of THC or any psychoactive ingredients).  You can see full product details here:
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REAL TIME SPORTS CREAM ($20): made with 25 all-natural ingredients including Wintergreen, Turmeric, Magnesium Oil and the lowest effective dose of menthol (0.5%). This sports cream provide a gentle cooling feeling where applied without any burn or medicinal smell. Use before or after exercise – it’s sweat resistant. Also free of GMOs, Parabens, SLS and Dye. This pain cream is FDA registered as an over-the-counter topical pain relief medicine. Full product details here: https://rtpr.com/sports-cream

Both products are formulated, made and packaged in the heartland of the USA – 100% American made.

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7 Best Smelling Laundry Detergent Products with Natural Oils

The longest lasting and best smelling laundry detergent should effectively clean stains, and work as a fabric softener. You might enjoy some fresh or floral flavors, but you begin your search by looking for the product that cleans all the stains that you and your family are exposed to.

If someone from your family has an allergy, then your search for the best smelling laundry detergent narrows down. You might believe you can only purchase products which have no smell at all. However, detergents with natural oils might be hypoallergenic if you know the substances you’re sensitive to. Detergents with natural oils are also suitable for those with sensitive skins who constantly run from irritation. Below you can discover more about 7 of the best smelling laundry detergent products and why customers appreciate them.

Lavender: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Laundry Detergent

A detergent which contains surfactants (compounds which help the detergent mix with laundry for cleaning purposes) from plants and essential oils. These also provide the detergent with a subtle but fresh lavender flavor. It also works as a stain pre-treater which is compatible with most washing machines. You can check this review to see more of how the natural ingredients of Mrs. Meyer’s detergent work.

The product doesn’t leave the clothes stiff. Customers and reviewers are impressed of this detergent as it breaks the cliché that products with natural oils might not always provide remarkable results. You use one tablespoon per load. Manufacturers claim that it lasts up to 68 loads.

Lily of the Valley: The Laundress Signature Detergent

If you enjoy romantic and delicate aromas, then you will find no less than for of them in the Laundress Signature Detergent. It contains natural fragrances from lily of the valley, jasmine, citrus and sandalwood essential oils. Moreover, it allows you to effectively clean cashmere or even silk. The detergent may contain many natural ingredients. Yet, it is also concentrated enough to last for up to 64 washes.

Such a product whitens and brightens laundry, while preserving intense color. The stain-fighting enzymes help you clean wash laundry and towels while preserving their softness. You can us it in all water temperatures and for all skin allergies.

Geranium Blossoms and Vanilla: Seventh Generation Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Even though it has 100% natural scents, the Seventh-Generation detergent doesn’t stand out for its aroma. The product impresses because it fights tough stains with 96% plant-based ingredients. The detergent even has a USDA certification for its quality and ingredients. As per its manufacturers, the product lasts up to 53 medium loads per bottle in a standard or high efficiency (HE) washing machine.

Geranium blossoms and vanilla fragrances are subtle but long lasting and hypoallergenic. You can use it for children, those with sensitive skin and who avoid synthetic ingredients. You will also feel gentle eucalyptus, lavender and citrus fragrances.

Beach Sage: Method 4x Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Some customers have confirmed that this detergent is suitable for those with sensitive skin who no longer develop irritations. The aroma and cleaning power are natural-based and hypoallergenic. The detergent even comes in a 100% PCR (post-consumer recycled) materials bottle. You can use it for all laundry colors. However, it has been confirmed as being highly efficient when it comes to keeping white fabrics white.

The concentrated detergent can be used for all types of machines and cleans dirt and stains efficiently, according to manufacturers. On the other side, clients praise it for lasting for over 50 medium loads. The detergent is a bit pricey, but you can find discounts in supermarkets or online shops.

Lavender & Vanilla: Grab Green Natural 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent Pods

There are so many flavors to this detergent derived from essential oils. You will recognize lavender, vanilla, eucalyptus and patchouli. The product is non-toxic, not tested on animals and contains no phosphates, dyes and chlorine. You can use it for septic systems and all water temperatures. It brightens clothing and towels without leaving them stiff.

Customers mention that the detergent isn’t disappointing even for those who have just switched from synthetic mainstream detergents to bio products. The smell is not intense but lasts for a few days on your clothes.

Lavender: Earth Friendly Products Ecos 2x Liquid Laundry Detergent

Those looking for balance between intensity and subtilty will prefer a detergent with a lavender flavor that lasts just enough to remind you that your clothes are fresh and clean. The all-natural product is free of phosphate, cocamide, DEA, dye, petroleum derivates and chlorine. You will us a product which is safe for both the environment and your skin. It also contains a fabric softener which protect your clothes.

Amazon customers even publish videos to notify others of their satisfaction. Many notice the immediate smell which remains on clothing even if they are air dried. Some confirm that it doesn’t irritate adult or baby skin.

Frankincense Myrrh: Indigo Wild Zum Clean Laundry Soap

It might not look friendly and colored, but this detergent is Amazon’s Choice in its category. It cleans based on coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, baking soda, natural borax and other essential oils. Also, it’s concentrated, so it also works for high-efficiency machines, as well as regular. Producers claim it’s parabens, phosphates, sulfates and petrochemicals-free.

You can also enjoy sea salt or orange fragrances, if you’re not a fan of frankincense myrrh. However, you should use this detergent with care, as it might leave a white residue if you pour too much in your washing machine.

Wrapping Up

Millions of Americans use detergents every day. Some of them are still in search of the perfect product or are disappointed by detergents which fail to remove dirt or stains. Moreover, many run from the powerful and too resistant synthetic odors.

You can find your best smelling laundry detergent in the above list and try its effects on different laundry types. Then, share your opinion with us!

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Happy shopping, and Happy Holidays.

How to Avoid the Creepiest Spring Pests with Natural Pest Repellant

Spring is finally here! By now you may have started to see the first signs of winter coming to an end such as warmer weather, flowers blooming and even the return of a few unwanted guests that have been hiding away all winter long. Spring brings out the pests, which makes the beginning of this season the perfect time to prevent an infestation before it begins, and doing so doesn’t have to mean exposing your household to dangerous toxins. Fortunately, Stay Away® by EarthKind® offers natural pest repellants that are both safe and effective.

If you are afraid of spiders, here’s a creepy thought- during the spring is when the spider population multiplies! Spiders mate in the fall and their baby eggs hatch in the spring. To prevent spiders and their babies from infesting your home, Kari Warberg Block, pest prevention expert and founder of EarthKind® , recommends the following:

  • Use a spray made of half a cup of water, half a cup of vinegar, two tablespoons of liquid dish soap and 20 drops of thyme oil. The scented mixture has been used to prevent them from attaching their silk to sprayed surfaces.
  • Invest in a natural spider repellent, like Stay Away® Spiders. Made with Citronella, Lemongrass and Rosemary, Stay Away® Spiders disrupts a spider’s sophisticated senses, keeping them out of treated areas with a scent pleasant to people, but offensive to the insects  that spiders eat. No food, no spiders! Use one pouch anywhere webs or spiders are noticed, such as basements, closets and attics, increasing the number of pouches until desired results are obtained.

A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes found spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more than three-quarters of bedrooms. If you live in an area with a warmer climate, chances are you have at least one creepy crawler lurking around your home.

Not afraid of spiders? Finding a moving box of rice inside your pantry might be enough to make your skin crawl. The pantry moth is considered to be the true definition of the word pest. These pests can affect everyone no matter where you live or how clean your home may be. Pantry moths live in dry food products throughout the United States such as cereal, flour, grains and even pet food. It only takes one female to enter your home and she can quickly cause an infestation with her ability to lay 300 eggs at a time. Once the eggs hatch, they will feed on and infest all the dry food in your pantry. Kari has the following tips to prevent pantry moths from making themselves home in your food this spring:

  • Check all packages inside and out for small holes, cocoon webbing, or off-white moth larvae.
  • Store foods in airtight glass, metal, or plastic containers.
  • Place a non-toxic Stay Away ® Moths pouch in your pantry to prevent any moths you may have brought home from reproducing. Stay Away® Moths works by using a unique blend of essential oils that smell offensive to moths, but pleasant to people. It’s safe for your family, the environment and your food.

Stay Away® products are available for purchase online and at your local Lowe’s and  in select ACE locations nationwide.