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September 2003 Ageless herbal newsletter

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Anti-wrinkle cream - Crème de Vie (not in stock at the moment)

The quest for a wrinkle-free face has been the holy grail since man started walking upright, but even with the time, effort and money spent by all cosmetic manufacturers, few could actually produce a product that would help stop wrinkle formation and remove wrinkles already formed.

Formulating biochemist, Dr. Bye, describes it as "one of the most exciting developments in the field of cosmetics and anti-aging".

Some months ago we mentioned that this cream is being formulated by a company known to us, and since then we have been bombarded by thousands of e-mails requesting more information.

The injection of botulism, (Botox™) which is a powerful neurotoxin, has been the only way for women and men to help reduce wrinkle formation, but even this powerful toxic compound has its limitations, since it cannot be used around the eye area and has other potentially unpleasant side effects.

This all changed when a private laboratory in Spain, in collaboration with a university research facility, and with partial funding by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, developed this new hexapeptide molecule.

This molecule is a non-toxic, non-irritant compound that modulates the excessive stimulation of the facial muscles, relaxing facial tension and also helps to reduce the depth of already formed wrinkles.

For the compound to be effective, it must be included at a 10% solution to a cream. Some companies are now starting to include this molecule into their formulations, but when used at less than the 10% inclusion rate, the cream cannot be as effective, as shown in the clinical trials that were done when the research and development of the molecule was performed.

Calcium and osteoporosis anti-wrinkle cream creme de vie calcium osteoporosis neroli essential oil

Osteoporosis (the word is derived from the Latin word meaning "porous bones") is a disease which mainly affects women and usually manifests itself in a woman's late 40s.

It has been suggested that osteoporosis afflicts more women than strokes, diabetes, breast cancer or arthritis. This debilitating disease leads to bone deterioration and, unfortunately, a person can be totally unaware of having this condition until, what should have been a minor accident causes a bone fracture - often a wrist or a hip. There are cases reported where even an enthusiastic hug has caused cracked or broken ribs!

The loss in bone density caused by osteoporosis results in painful compression fractures in the vertebrae of the back which pinch the nerves in the spine, causing loss of height and crowding of the internal organs.

This deterioration of the vertebrae in the spine causes a noticeable "hunch" or "dowagers" back. Teeth are lost when the structure of the jawbone weakens and loss of bone density affects the structure of all bones in the body.

It has been reported that a long-term inadequate intake of calcium leads to the development of osteoporosis. It has also been suggested that mega doses of calcium should also be avoided as this may lead to excessive calcium deposits on bone mass.

The recommended daily allowance of calcium:

Age

Daily mg of calcium required

Children 4-6

800

Children 7-10

800

Males 15-18

1200 - 1300

Males 19-24

800 - 1000

Males 25-50

800 - 1000

Males 50+

800 - 1200

Females 15-18

1200 -1400

Females 19-24

800 - 1000

Females 25-50

800 - 1000

Females 50+

800 - 1200

When referring to the above table, it is interesting to note that it is recommended that teenage females have a greater need of calcium. It has been reported that this is due to the fact that teenage female's bodies place an extra demand for calcium in this growth phase.

Please also note the increased amount of calcium intake recommended for older women. It is also suggested that lactating and pregnant women should take 1200 mg of elemental calcium daily.

Calcium is best obtained from dairy products, natural foodstuffs, and by following a proper diet, but due to our modern lifestyle and diet it may a good idea to take a supplement, ensuring adequate calcium intake.

When taking a supplement, please note that the important information to look out for, on the box or package insert, is the amount of elemental calcium that is present in the supplement.

It is reported that calcium carbonate (an ingredient often listed on calcium supplements) contains a higher percentage of elemental calcium than other forms. To ensure proper calcium absorption, vitamin D should be added since calcium cannot be absorbed if vitamin D is not present.

  • Simple test to determine calcium absorption

If you are in doubt of the efficacy of your calcium supplement, place a tablet in a cup of vinegar. The tablet should dissolve in half an hour. If it doesn't then the tablet will not dissolve in your stomach either, and a different brand of calcium should be used. It is generally accepted that the faster the tablet dissolves in the vinegar, the faster the absorption into the body.

Calcium is absorbed through the duodenum and it has been reported that any calcium supplement should be taken at night after a meal, as the body's metabolism slows, giving time for maximum absorption.

Neroli essential oil - the therapeutic and fragrance use anti-wrinkle cream creme de vie calcium osteoporosis neroli essential oil

Neroli oil is extracted from the flowers of Citrus aurantium var. amara (a.k.a. Citrus vulgaris and C. Bigardia) of the Rutaceae family and is also known as orange flower and Neroli bigarade. Neroli oil has a sweet, floral and slightly haunting aroma, the color is pale yellow and the viscosity is watery.

This essential oil is also known as 'orange blossom' and it takes about 1000 lbs. of orange blossoms to make 1 lb. of Neroli oil. The name Neroli is said to originate from the Italian princess, Anne-Marie de la Tremoille, Countess of Nerola, who used the oil as a perfume and to scent her bathwater and gloves.

The orange petals were used in China in the making of cosmetics and are still an ingredient for making traditional smelling Eau-de-cologne. Orange petals are often associated with marriage, purity and brides who traditionally wore them in their hair.

neroli essential oil

Neroli oil is extracted from the small, white, waxy flowers of the bitter-orange tree by steam distillation, but can also be extracted using hydrocarbon extraction.

Neroli oil is non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant and non-phototoxic, yet do not use it when a sharp clear head is needed, as it can be very relaxing.

The therapeutic properties include that of antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-infectious, carminative, digestive, sedative and tonic.

Neroli oil is very relaxing and can relieve chronic anxiety, depression, fear, shock and stress and its calming effect can also be beneficial to the digestive tract for intestinal spasms, colitis and diarrhea. It can be useful in cases of insomnia, headaches, neuralgia and vertigo and can help when a patient is convalescing and is generally a good tonic. Neroli oil can help with the regenerating of skin cells and is useful for scar tissue, skin care and stretch marks.

Neroli oil not only smells exquisite, but can also relax and calm the nervous system, the digestive tract, and is helpful in skin care - so even if Neroli oil is a bit on the expensive side - it is well worth the price.

  • For more information on Neroli oil, as well as a wide range of other essential oils, please visit www.essentialoils.co.za

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Skin care

  • Healing cream
    • To assist in wound healing while soothing skin complaints – such as eczema and psoriasis, acne and piles and moisturizing and protecting the skin. This product has shown its effectiveness over a wide range of problems and judging from sales over more than a decade – it is the trusted healing cream to help with all mishaps, allergic reactions, irritated, burning, itchy and uncomfortable skin conditions.
  • Face wash
    • This face wash will properly clean your face and remove all impurities and environmental pollutants, without drying the skin. It contains eight herbal extracts to help promote a clear, vital and healthy complexion and a younger looking skin.
  • Moisturizing day cream
    • This day cream is formulated to help fight the signs of aging on various fronts. It helps to reduce free radical damage which, if left unchecked, leads to premature aging. The herbal extracts help to promote cell rejuvenation and regeneration and provide moisture and hydration to the skin.
  • Nourishing night cream
    • This nourishing night cream penetrates the skin extremely well and does not make the skin feel oily. It contains a host of herbal extracts to help in the fight against premature aging and has added vitamin E as well. Apart from the moisturizing effect and the anti-aging properties it also softens and smoothes the skin.
  • Eye gel
    • An effective refreshing eye gel to help reduce puffiness and dark rings around the eyes, while fighting wrinkles and lines. This is a very clever combination of herbal extracts and the base formula has its roots in a clinically proven formula.
  • Mud face mask
    • With this skin treatment product we combined a special selection of herbs in a base of thermal mud with oligoelements. This recommended weekly treatment will boost circulation to the skin, help to fight wrinkles and lines, improve firmness while at the same time improving suppleness and elasticity of the skin.

 

Hair care

  • Shampoo with rosemary extract + 7 other herbals
    • Our shampoo is in a class of its own – and granted – it is far more expensive than cheap supermarket shampoos, but no other shampoo has the active ingredients we have in our shampoo. The rosemary will boost the health of the hair and scalp, while the other seven herbal extracts will help strengthen the hair and make it shine, increase the volume and make it manageable.
  • Rosemary hair treatment conditioner
    • We have found that this hair conditioner should really be used as a conditioning treatment. This then removes the need to condition the hair every time you wash – and can be used once a month. It is a superb hair tonic and helps in the control of sebum secretion of the scalp. Although not formulated for dandruff – the ingredients will assist with this as well, while supporting the health of the scalp.

 

Specialized herbal gels and lotions

  • Hand and body lotion
    • When formulating this hand and body lotion we created a rich nourishing, protecting and reviving lotion, which will not leave the skin oily or tacky, but will create a well moisturized, hydrated and supple skin. After applying this lotion it will quickly be absorbed by the skin, leaving it silky soft, smooth and well moisturized.
  • Stretch mark gel
    • Although nothing can remove already formed stretch marks (only surgery can do that) – thousands of satisfied clients confirm that this gel improves the appearance of old stretch marks. The gel will help in PREVENTING stretch marks (a 92% success rate) and is used with great success by expectant mothers and body builders who may form marks when bulking-up. The formula of this gel is based on clinical studies done in France, to which we added other herbal extracts.
  • Cellulite gel
    • Fighting cellulite is easy with this herbal cellulite gel. It contains a patented extract of Bayberry (Myriceline) and nine other plant extracts and essential oils. The gel will help to get rid of cellulite (which has been clinically proven) and will also help to prevent cellulite from forming. So now it is easy to get your soft body contours back again.

 

Herbal supplements

  • Apple cider vinegar (liquid) with Centella asiatica
    • The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are combined with the therapeutic properties of Centella asiatica. This old folk remedy is still used with great effect by thousands of people daily.
  • Digest capsules
    • If your digestive system is under-par and you struggle with constipation or you simply need to boost the health of your digestive system then this capsule is for you. Fenugreek is a general digestive tonic and psyllium is a magical bulking agent that will help proper bowel movements, without using a laxative.
  • Detox capsules
    • Our modern day lifestyle exposes us to many unwanted additive and our diet also places stress on the body. To help the body get rid of toxins and waste materials naturally we combined fennel, basil, celery and parsley to help the body remove these toxins. It peps-up your metabolism and helps the bladder, kidneys and liver to do their work more effectively.
  • Urinary and bladder health capsules
    • Using an all natural approach, our capsules will help the discomfort and burning urine sensation of urinary tract infection and help clear up foul smelling urine. We combined cranberry, dandelion, uva ursi and vitamin C in a single capsule to effectively fight bladder infections and to stop the burning sensation when urinating.
  • Tri- Mushroom blend capsules
    • If you need an immune system boost then have a look at our combination of maitake, reishi and shiitake mushrooms. These mushrooms have showed to be a great help in boosting the immune system – and form a good nutritional supplement support for HIV/Aids patients and people receiving chemotherapy. Any person with even a slightly compromised immune system may benefit from this supplement.
  • Olive leaf extract capsules
    • This natural detoxifier helps with a variety of ailments and people with chronic fatigue syndrome, infections, glandular fever (Epstein Barr), and even candida and herpes have found it of value. Olive leaf extract helps to fight bacteria, viruses, retroviruses, and protozoa and yeast strains. Apart from fighting all of these problems it also helps to improve kidney function and fights free radicals.
  • Sexual supplement (previously known as Vuka Nkuzi)
    • Men normally don’t admit when they have a declining libido although it is a most common problem. We combine in this supplement seven different natural ingredients to boost sexual health – without any side effects often experienced with such medication. After more than a decade, and thousands of regular Vuka Nkuzi clients we still offer this well priced supplement to boost the libido.

 

Other products

  • Jojoba oil
    • This liquid golden ester not only moisturizes and penetrates the skin but also helps to fight wrinkles and lines while promoting a clear and unblemished skin. Jojoba does not clog the pores but helps to restore skin elasticity and smoothness. It will leave the skin supple and velvety soft without any oiliness and can be used neat on the skin.
  • Lavender oil
    • This is the most popular essential oil and with good reason. Lavender oil is a superb product to use on burns, insect bites, sunburn, wounds and other skin complaints and irritations. Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat (not diluted) on the skin, and is great to help with regeneration and rejuvenation of skin cells. Emotionally it has a calming and soothing effect and is an exceptionally pleasant smelling oil.
  • Tea tree oil
    • Once used, you will always have a bottle of tea tree essential oil handy. It deals effectively with bacteria, fungi and viruses. Our oil surpasses the “Australian Standard” by having less than 15% 1,8 cineole and more than 30% of Terpinen-4-ol. This powerful essential oil is effective in various ways to fight infections and skin problems.
  • Almond oil
    • This light and deeply moisturizing oil has a softening effect on the skin and can be used on the face and body. Almond oil has excellent emollient properties and helps to balance water and moisture loss in the skin. It can be used neat on the skin and also makes an excellent massage base.

Herbal information

Herbal encyclopedia

Different uses of medicinal herbs

Explanation of the therapeutic properties of herbs

List of ailments and herbs that may be useful


Information on individual herbs

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