The Healthy Benefits of Oatmeal

oatmeal with berriesOatmeal is another breakfast food that is amazing. It is healthy as a food by being a great source of fiber and known to lower cholesterol levels as well as boost your immune system. Even though it has a rather bland taste to a lot of people, a healthy diet that includes oatmeal is strongly recommended and may even help burn body fat more quickly. Researchers have actually found that oatmeal can help increase endurance when eaten a few hours before you work out.

But why do I add it to my soap? Oatmeal contains many beneficial qualities that make it the perfect all-around skin irritation remedy. Known to nourish your skin, it is the perfect ingredient to mix with goat milk and honey to make you look absolutely radiant! Oatmeal contains something called “polysaccharides” which is quite a mouthful but is actually a complex carbohydrate. When mixed with water, a gel forms that softens and moisturizes the skin which protects it from drying out even after the oatmeal is washed off. It has long been used to promote healthy, rejuvenated and beautiful skin. Gentle enough for babies and your pets, it is strongly recommended to soothe and heal dry, itching or cracked skin, sunburns, poisonous plant irritations, eczema, chickenpox, bug bites and reducing inflammation.

Your skin is a natural barrier against harmful pollutants, and oatmeal helps strengthen this barrier which keeps not only your skin healthy, but you healthy as well. The natural fats contained in oatmeal keep your skin moisturized which helps soften and repair damaged tissue. Oatmeal naturally makes removal of surface dirt easier by naturally absorbing and removing it. This makes it a perfect wash for acne and blackheads as it gives a deep natural cleanse that heals your skin and opens your pores while protecting it with its natural gel barrier.

Oatmeal naturally and gently exfoliates your skin as you wash. It effectively removes dead skin and leaves behind softer, smoother looking skin. After washing with an oatmeal soap you’ll see a oatmealnoticeable glow to your skin! (If you’ve never washed with oatmeal soap, try it – you’ll see the glow too!) Exfoliating is an important step to ensuring your skin is looking as healthy and radiant as possible, and using an oatmeal soap is by far one of the most pleasing and relaxing ways to do it with noticeable benefits right away!

When making my oatmeal soap, I make sure that the oats are completely cooked in the mixture so the benefits are completely infused. Even after the oats are all gone, the soap continues to provide your skin with the luxurious qualities the oatmeal provided. Try this relaxing soap today, with satisfaction guaranteed there’s no going wrong!

Remember, if you have an allergy to nuts please be careful when using any kind of oatmeal product. Every skin type is different and it’s up to you to know if it will irritate you. If your skin is irritated at all by any product or any ingredient, discontinue use of it immediately and consider consulting a dermatologist before testing something else.

As an added bonus –

oatmeal quick cookiesMy Mom’s Oatmeal Quick Cookie Recipe:

What you’ll need for part 1:

– 1/4 cup cocoa
– 2 cups sugar
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1/2 cup butter

Have pre-measured out for part 2:

– 1/4 cup peanut butter
– 3 cups oatmeal
– 1 tsp vanilla

Part 1:

Mix everything from part 1 in a pot and take it to a boil. Make sure it’s on a full roaring boil then time for 1 minute.

Part 2:

After it boils for one minute, take it off the heat and add 1/4 cup peanut butter, 3 cups of oatmeal, and 1 tsp of vanilla immediately. Mix thoroughly. Spoon onto wax paper or foil, let cool and enjoy!

Be sure to let me know what you think if you use this recipe, and I’ll pass the good word on to my mom! :D

Take a Goat Milk Bath!

Goat MilkEmber Cove soap is made with goat milk. A lot of you may think, “that’s kind of gross” but some of you who have tried goat’s milk soap will be thinking, “that’s wonderful! You must have an amazing product!” which you’ll discover, I do. So what is so special about goat milk that makes it an amazing ingredient to add to my soap? I like to focus on making products that have beneficial results on all types of skin, from perfect to irritated to extremely sensitive skin that breaks out at almost anything. I take pride in making goat’s milk soap because I have helped so many customers already with their skin conditions because of it. My specialty goat milk soap – famous for its healing properties, has helped my customers heal their sunburns, acne, rosacea, dry skin, effects of psoriasis and more.

Goat milk contains these healing properties naturally. Unlike cow milk, goat milk is already homogenized. Its molecules are smaller, making it easier for your skin to absorb the benefits. Since ancient times, goat milk has been used as a cleanser and skin rejuvenating product. Cleopatra herself is rumored to have kept her beauty through taking milk baths! It is considered one of the finest moisturizers and has amazing emollient properties. Goat milk contains Vitamin A which is known to help repair damaged tissue and maintain healthy skin, as well as several beneficial B Vitamins. (Several medical studies have shown that Vitamin A can reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne and provide relief from psoriasis).Cleopatra

The rich butterfat contained in the milk softens and moisturizes, and it is believed that the alpha-hydroxy acids that goat milk contains have rejuvenating effects on skin cells. These hydroxy acids exfoliate gently which stimulates the skin while healthy cells are regenerated. This anti-aging effect creates smoother, softer skin with less discoloration and visibly smoother wrinkles. Washing with goat milk soap greatly benefits acne as well because dead skin cells are exfoliated which opens the pores. Using my hand made soaps also ensures that no harmful chemicals were added, so you know that you’ll just be getting the benefits of goat milk with no negative side effects.

Another common rumor about goat milk being good for washing with is because it has a pH similar to our skin. Even though this is true, the pH similarity or difference has no beneficial or negative effect on the skin as many people think. Human skin has a natural barrier on it called the “acid mantle”. Regardless of how high or low pH is, even simple water will disrupt this acid mantle and the pH of your skin. Your skin naturally replaces the acid mantle quickly over the period of a couple hours, so the pH of any soap you use is a non issue and more of a marketing misconception. Even a low pH cleanser will disrupt your acid mantle as much as a high pH cleanser will. Even though goat milk soap is naturally close to the same pH as skin, this doesn’t offer any extra benefits but it’s still an amazing soap to use and I highly recommend it over any type of soap on the market.

All soap needs a liquid in order to be made into “soap”. Most soaps are created with water, but the liquid I chose for Ember Cove is goat’s milk for a variety of reasons. Goat milk soap will not dry out your skin. This makes it the perfect soap to use year-round, and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types.  Goat milk allows your skin to easily absorb not only calcium, but the moisturizing effects of the milk and glycerin as well. This is extremely beneficial because it acts like an all natural topical medication for a wide variety of skin conditions. Many of my customers who suffer from serious skin allergies have used Ember Cove goat milk soap to their benefit. It reduces skin inflammation and provides relief to dry, damaged or irritated skin.

Read through my testimonials to get an idea of how well Ember Cove goat milk soaps work!

Sweet, Healthy Honey

Honey SpoolNot only is honey considered a delicious treat, this superfood is a wonderful addition to any body or beauty product. Researchers are turning up new medical benefits of honey all the time so you shouldn’t even begin to wonder why I use natural, additive-free farm grown honey in all my products.

Honey has numerous natural benefits including being antimicrobial, antibacterial, a natural antioxidant, antiseptic and has amazing healing and cleansing properties for head to foot situations. It’s strongly recommended for beauty and skin care including keeping your hair healthy, healing eye infections, athlete’s foot and so much more! The powerful healing qualities of honey have been used for centuries around the world to help heal cuts, reduce inflammation and scarring, cure diseases and ailments, and help health disorders. On top of this, honey is also recommended for treating digestive problems such as stomach ulcers, indigestion, diarrhea, and gastroenteritis. These benefits of honey are just a drop in the bucket. I include honey in all my products not only because of these wonderful healing remedies just mentioned, but also because it is a natural skin care option. It helps heal acne, eczema, sunburns, the effects of psoriasis, and it also helps heal yeast infections.

Bee on a flowerSo how does honey work like this? Honey naturally contains enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is formed when bees gather nectar from flowers, regurgitate it, then fan it with their wings until most of the water in the nectar has evaporated. Their saliva is enzyme rich and turns the sucrose into glucose and fructose, while another enzyme turns some of the glucose into an acid and hydrogen peroxide. This makes it impossible for bacteria to survive. It also makes it naturally resist mold, fungi, and other bacteria allowing honey to last for years and still stay fresh. The potency of honey’s healing properties is dependent on the type of flowers from which bees gather their nectar. At Ember Cove I have received nothing but positive feedback on the healing quality of my products!

The honey I use in Ember Cove products is farm grown, completely natural and additive-free. I know the bee-keeper, and the bees couldn’t be happier. By using all natural non-processed honey, the benefits are guaranteed to be free of any negative side effect.

Honey Remedies:

Tips for healing Eye Infections:

Honey, which as mentioned above has antibacterial properties and acts as a humectant (helps retain water), will clear the eye of infection and provide soothing relief. Use raw, unpasteurized honey for additional antibiotic properties. Honey can be used in several ways for eye infection.

For an eye infection that has spread to the eyelid, mix equal parts honey with distilled or boiled water to make a solution. Use a cotton ball and apply on the eye. For more effectiveness, leave the soaked cotton ball on the eye, and do not reuse to prevent spreading of infection. The same solution can be used as eyedrops. Keep the eye open and squeeze two or three drops in the eye. The mixture can also be used to rinse the eye two or three times daily until infection clears.

Honey can also be applied directly to the eye without diluting it. Place one or two drops of honey directly on your eyes. The honey will collect dirt or discharge and be eliminated through natural tearing.

Credit: http://www.ehow.com/way_5410564_honey-eye-infection.html

Tips for healing Athlete’s Foot:

Athlete’s  foot is a skin disorder caused by a by parasitic fungus called dermatophytes with symptoms of ugly dry and flaky skin, red inflammation or blistering, especially between toes. With its natural fungicidal properties, honey will naturally and effectively help.

All you have to do is soak cotton balls in honey and place them between your toes, then apply a thin coat on your foot over the affected areas and cover with a sock overnight. Wash, and thoroughly dry your feet in the morning. This can offer a wonderful alternative to over the counter medications, and leave your feet smelling honey sweet!

Tips for helping clear Acne:

My soaps at Ember Cove are perfect for fighting acne with the combination of goat milk and honey. Not only that, I make sure that the honey I use in my products is free of chemicals, additives, and has never once seen any store. This keeps everything beneficial in it that processed honey might not have to help fight your acne. Keep in mind that everyone’s acne is different and is caused by different reasons. If you experience any kind of negative effect whether small or large, to immediately stop using my soap or any other product that upsets your skin.

For acne scars that have been disturbed or picked at on your face, a dab of honey will help heal it up quickly.

Want more stories on honey and how it helps? Check this page out: http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/the-benefits-of-honey.html

Please share your honey stories with me as well! I absolutely adore feedback, especially when it’s something that has helped you!

As a disclaimer, I am not a doctor. My remedies are ideas thought up, not printed at a doctors office. Please remember if you take my advice, know that I am not a professional and do not claim to be one and I hold no responsibility for any negative side effects caused by these remedies. Consult a doctor first before treating anything yourself.

Shea Butter

Shea Karite Tree

Shea-Karite Tree

I use Shea butter in a lot of products, and it came to my attention that many of my customers had no idea what it is or where it is from, let alone it’s wonderful healing properties it has to offer. This amazing butter has been used by people for centuries but has just recently started to gain a spotlight for itself. Shea butter is created from the nuts of Shea-Karite trees that grow in Africa. The nuts produced from these trees generally don’t grow until the tree matures to about 15 years old, but it takes even longer for the nuts to age enough to create Shea butter. The aging can take up to 30 years before the nuts from the Shea-Karite trees produce the correct level of fatty acid that is required for perfection. This fatty acid is what provides Shea Butter with its unique healing properties. Shea butter is non-toxic so it is often used in foods and cooking as well as soaps and beauty products. Africans have been using Shea Butter for thousands of years to rejuvenate their hair and skin. It contains special natural wind and sun protection which made it perfect to apply to skin that was exposed to Africa’s weather. The substance is one of a kind and incredible in its healing effects on burns, skin conditions, dryness, and even stretch marks. It contains vegetable fats that promote cell regeneration so it’s highly suggested to help delay wrinkles and aging skin. Its natural components of fatty acids help heal wounds and repairs rough, damaged skin gently. All natural Shea butter is solid at room temperature but liquifies at body temperature, making it a wonderful cream that absorbs easily into skin. I make sure to include Shea butter in my lip balm recipe, as well as my soaps and the main ingredient of my lotions.

Shea Nuts

Shea Nuts

By including Shea butter in my products, I ensure that they not only moisturize the skin, but help heal it as well. Many of my customers who suffer from dry, cracked skin have noticed an immediate difference after using my handmade soap and lotion. Even cracked lips caused by sickness have felt the rejuvenating properties of Shea butter as I have received a lot of positive feedback on how soft my customers lips felt after applying my lip balm. My whole goal of making my products is to benefit my customers in some way, and Shea butter is a great beneficial ingredient that is perfect to apply to any skin type. My belief is that if you have something negative to say about Shea butter, you have never tried my products.