Top 6 Best Antibacterial Soap to Protect Your Body

Top 6 Best Antibacterial Soap to Protect Your Body

Due to the sedentary lifestyles that people have adopted along with the consumption of unhealthy foods and an unnecessary exposure to harmful environmental factors, immune systems have become much weaker. This has led to more frequent bacterial and microbial infections. These infections could sometimes become fatal and life threatening. A little modification in your lifestyle and adoption of simple hygienic habits such as washing your hands and keeping yourself clean can protect you from all these infections. Following are the best antibacterial soaps that you can use to wash away all the harmful bacteria and protect your body from any ailment.

Dial Antibacterial Deodorant Soap

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This soap by Dial is proven to have antibacterial properties. It helps in getting rid of all the microbes that we are exposed to. In addition to that, it helps in preventing bad body odor by killing the odor producing bacteria and keeps you fresh all day long. It provides moisture and hydration to the skin and does not allow it to dry out as most antibacterial soaps do.

Patchouli Soap

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Patchouli soap bars are made from natural mineral and extracts that give a soft and tantalizing aroma. It has infusions of all the skin friendly essential oils which allow it to act gently on the skin. The clinical trials of the product have proven that it has antibacterial properties and it is the best soap for folliculitis. It reduces inflammation of hair follicles and prevents the bumpy, swollen appearance of skin that occurs due to this infection.

Safeguard BEIGE Antibacterial Bar Soap

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Safeguard is a well-known antibacterial soap brand. It keeps the skin fresh and protected against all the intruding bacteria. According to clinical research, it has the ability to kill 99.9% bacteria and other germs. It is very effective in maintaining the overall health of the skin. (more…)

Holiday Ready Red and Gold Nail Designs

Merriments and Joy are the order of the day during holidays. Those intoxicating moments that you share with friends and loved ones make your memories. However, you would not want to look back down memory lane and discover something amiss with all the fun time you spent. Holidays are a great moment to wear your favorite festive nail designs. If your nails were always stuffed under nail art stickers due to a tight work schedule, a holiday season gives you a moment to go wild with your artistic capabilities. Just visit a wholesale nail supplies store and get some red and gold colors to give your nails a new vibe with these holidays ready red and gold nail designs.

Holiday Ready Red and Gold Nail Designs

Ornamental Detailing

The gold and pearl used on this ornamental detailing nail design give it an ornate mien. The deep red shade is especially remarkable under the sun on a sandy beach. The design gives your holiday outfit a perfect centerpiece. (more…)

Top 5 Best Health and Wellness Products for 2020

Top 5 Best Health and Wellness Products for 2020

Maintaining good health is challenging these days due to several reasons. Owing to the pandemic, you cannot even visit the hospital regularly. In these situations, many people are turning towards home-use devices that help them maintain or prevent illnesses.

If you are interested in finding the right product to keep your ailments at bay, please check the below mentioned. These devices help you in attaining, either physical or mental fitness.

There are options to calm down your anxiousness and ease your mind.

Himalayan Glow Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp

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The amber glow from this hand-carved rock salt lamp relaxes you and creates a peaceful environment. This is the best quality Himalayan salt lamp made of natural Himalayan salt crystals from Pakistan. Its soft light has a calming effect that improves your mind.

It is also useful to create a romantic atmosphere due to its soft glow. When you start using this lamp, there is a noticeable improvement in your sleep quality as you sleep better.

TheraFlow (XL) Dual Foot Massager Roller

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The acupressure rollers on the arched foot massager stimulate the blood circulation. It aids in alleviating the arch and heel pain, plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, and foot pain. This wooden roller comes with a laminated chart depicting the foot reflexology for the effective use of the device.

It is designed with a large width for covering the whole foot comfortably. The two types of roller beads provide stimulating and massaging effects simultaneously. (more…)

SNS Nails – A Nail Manicure with a Difference

Women and beauty go hand-in-hand. When you discuss hands, you have to discuss nail polish because a nail manicure is an ideal way to beautify your hands. Nail polish is in existence since time immemorial, as there are documented records to show women using some way or the other to beautify their nails. Over the last thirty years, there has been a tremendous revolution in the form of the invention of a new kind of nail polish, Dipping Powder.

We shall see the difference between the conventional gel polish and dipping powder in this blog. However, we emphasize that one should use high-quality products like SNS dip powder to beautify your nails and not the hundreds of spurious ones you find on the market.

Dipping Powder and Gel Manicure

  • Gel polish is different from dipping powder because it uses UV radiation to dry the polish. Dipping powder does not require such drying methods because they dry quickly.
  • Both gel and dipping powder polish lasts for two to three weeks.
  • The nails require less maintenance because it does not chip away when using gel polish and dipping powder.
  • Gel manicures give a glossy finish, whereas it is possible to have a matte finish with dipping powder.
  • Gel manicure exposes the skin to UV light at close range and hence can damage delicate skin. There is no such danger with dipping powder.
  • The gel polish removal procedure can weaken your nails because of chipping it away. The dipping powder removal process is a much smoother job.
  • One should note that some dip manicure formulas are not safe and illegal for use in some states like New York. Therefore, one should note this fact before going in for a nail manicure.
  • Though one can perform both these procedures at home, it is advisable to approach a professional to handle nail manicures. It ensures that you get the best SNS Nails ever.

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Pregnancy-Safe Haircare Tips on Shampooing and Dyeing

There are many unexpected experiences when you go through pregnancy, which is unpredictable, but one thing can be told for certain. Your hair growth increases as you are well fed with nutritional supplements, and usually, it improves the condition of the hair. When speaking of hair, it is one of the places of our body where you tend to use lots of chemical-based products.

pregnancy safe hair dye

During pregnancy, these chemicals, when absorbed inside, may pose a risk to the baby. So, you need to check the labels for the harmful chemicals before buying your products. It may be those special curly hair shampoos or one of your favorite conditioners. Just be sure to check the label. Not only hair cleansing products, but hair coloring products are considered toxic to some extent. Though the product is labeled as pregnancy, safe hair dye the authenticity if it is safe or not should be checked personally.

Shampooing Tips:

Shampooing cleanses your hair, but it also dries it out. Rinsing it in between will have your hair cleaned without the harsh effects of shampoo, and you can also cut your chemicals each time you choose to rinse. Keeping your hair clean using safe ingredients is essential. Even though the chemicals that enter your body through your scalp are of minor percentage, it is better to be safe rather than sorry.

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Which Light Heals Acne and Erases Wrinkles?

In our quest to look and feel healthier, we turn to light.

Ultraviolet light makes us bronze.

But this is just a small part of the spectrum.

Infrared heats our skin to warm us.

But what about visible light?

Science is showing us that blue and red lights have a profound effect on our bodies.

Blue wavelengths kill the bacteria that cause pimples.

And red light speeds up healing. It boosts collagen production to firm the skin.

Dermatologists have known about this for decades

It used to be you had to go to a clinic to receive treatments.

Low-level light therapy with lasers or LEDs was expensive.

Not anymore.

For less than you’d pay for a single visit to the dermatologist, you can purchase a light therapy device to use at home.

Can you spare ten minutes a day to get rid of acne?

Let’s look at blue light therapy devices for acne.

These handheld tools are painless to use. They won’t burn your skin or cause dryness and irritation like medication.

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3 Ways Moms Can Benefit from Essential Oils

If you’re a mom, grandma, auntie, or an adult who takes care of kids, essential oils can benefit you.

Some oils are safe to use on children – to stop the sniffles, soothe an upset stomach, and keep biting insects away.

Other oils can help you stay calm and function at your best.

And essential oils will improve your environment, whether you use them for freshening the air or cleaning the house.

Let’s begin with which essential oils are safe for children.

How to Use Essential Oils for Children

Some oils are mild enough for delicate skin and developing bodies. I’ll list a few here.

But please keep in mind that you need to properly dilute the essential oils with a carrier oil if you apply them to the skin of a child.

Here’s a quick overview of how to do that.

Proper Dilution of Essential Oils for Children

  • For infants, combine no more than 2 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil (or 6 teaspoons)
  • For toddlers, no more than 4 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil
  • For kids and pre-teens, 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil
  • For teens and adults, 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil for massage or whole-body treatments, and 7 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil for spot treatments like pimples

With regards to diffusion, you can use the usual amount of essential oil; you’ll just run the diffuser for only half an hour to an hour at most around kids.

To illustrate, most ultrasonic diffusers that have a water reservoir need 4 or 5 drops of undiluted essential oil. They dilute the oil themselves by diffusing it in the water vapor.

Meanwhile, nebulizing diffusers require 10 to 15 drops. Since they diffuse potent pure oil only, limit their use around infants and small children.

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WELCOME TO SWEET & WOODSY AROMATHERAPY!

We offer wonderful essential oil-based products lovingly hand-crafted by nationally certified Aromatherapist Mindy MacLaren. Aromatherapy is the use of pure essential oils for their therapeutic benefits to holistic health. There’s lot of helpful info within about essential oils, their uses, and how to incorporate more natural product choices into your life. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you for visiting our site!

Product Introductions

Upset Tummy Blend

I decided to make the “Upset Tummy Blend” this past fall after a nasty stomach bug went through our house. It was really tough to watch my little ones get sick, especially when I didn’t feel well either.

The blend of Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum ct linalool), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), and Lemon (Citrus limon) helps reduce the urge to throw up and slows the incidence of vomiting. This blend has a wonderful combination of anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic constituents, in particular: Linalool and Geraniol, which help to calm the smooth muscle of the belly. Ginger relaxes tight muscles and warms damp, internal issues so is perfect for use with digestive problems. Lemon is astringent, also perfect for situations where excess moisture is present, and is known to relieve the discomfort of nausea. Many constituents found in these three essential oils are also supportive to the immune system.

This blend has an earthy, yet warm and uplifting aroma. It is blended at a dilution safe for children over the age of 5 years, but can also be used by adults experiencing nausea. I suggest a few drops (3-5) rubbed on the belly in a clockwise direction from the sternum (this is the direction the digestive tract takes) when symptoms of nausea or vomiting appear. Apply a warm wash cloth or heating pad over the belly once you’ve applied the oils to help with relaxation.

My sincere hope is that you nor your child(ren) will not need to use the “Upset Tummy Blend”, but it’s here if you do!

Welcome in Spring (Cleaning)!

I think it’s safe to say that Spring is just about here.  I even opened the windows yesterday to let the warm breeze in, new and refreshing!  On days like this, many of us get the urge to clean…to purge the heaviness of winter in anticipation of the good weather ahead.  Why not use this new season as an opportunity to try a new way of cleaning?  A way of cleaning  that is natural, good for your health, and smells fantastic?

More and more, research is showing that the chemical cleaners we’ve come to know and love are really terrible for our health, over time leading to everything from asthma, infertility, and even cancer.  It makes sense to use cleaning products made with simple ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils…especially so if you have children.  One of the great things about the Sweet & Woodsy line of cleaning products is the peace of mind they provide…no chemicals or harsh odors and no worry about what they expose you, your children, or your pets to.  You can also be sure of their cleaning power.

Lemon essential oil is a wonderful degreaser, supports the immune system, and brings the sunshine inside!  I have used it to pick up spaghetti sauce off of white carpeting!  Afterward, you couldn’t even tell it had been there!  I make both the Multi-Purpose Spray and the Window & Glass Cleaner with it.  The acetic acid found in white vinegar gives natural cleaning products disinfectant and bacteria-inhibiting strength.  And the Tea Tree Abrasive Scrub is a total treat to use!  Baking soda is a strong deodorizer and a great natural ingredient when combined with anti-microbial essential oils.  To be honest, I really don’t like to clean, but I do find it a lot more enjoyable with wonderful, all-natural products.  Happy Spring!  Happy cleaning!

Lavender Baby Bottom Balm

This cold winter, combined with dry indoor air, has been hard on skin.  The Lavender Baby Bottom Balm is the perfect choice for keeping dry skin hydrated and protected.  While it was designed for baby bottoms, it does work well on adults too!  I’ve been using it regularly on my daughters’ arms and legs, especially behind the knees, and on their cheeks if they get chapped.  It helps protect their sensitive tushies from diaper rashes.  I also use it on my hands and any areas of my body that are dry and love it!

Our Lavender Baby Bottom Balm contains:

  • organic Jojoba oil-this is actually a wax that is similar to the oil naturally produced by our bodies.  It’s moisturizing and is easily absorbed by our skin; the balm goes on smoothly and isn’t greasy.
  • organic Calendula-infused olive oil (made by Mindy)-traditionally, Calendula was used by physicians for its anti-bacterial properties to treat skin infections.  Also called ‘pot Marigold’, this yellow flower is known for it’s ability to heal and soothe the skin.
  • Beeswax and Shea butter-(both organic) combine to soften and coat the skin as well as to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal protection.
  • Lavender essential oil (from unsprayed plant material)-is added at a safe dilution for use on even the newest babies!  Lavender regenerates skin cells helping to clear acne, skin infections, and to heal scars.   I have witnessed first hand (no pun intended) it’s power to calm a burned finger almost instantaneously and it is invaluable for any issue pertaining to the skin.

The Lavender Baby Bottom Balm makes a wonderful gift for a new Mom-one she can also use to combat dry hands from frequent hand washing.  Two great things about using natural products are: they can be used with peace of mind, and they work!

*This product is okay to use with cloth diapers.*

Balm

Aromatherapy

Simple Wood Polish

We live in a very old house; from the information I can gather, it has been here since at least 1836.  There’s wood everywhere you look, some of it stripped of paint in recent years and definitely in need of a little TLC.  I decided to make a *very easy* recipe for wood polish: 2-3 tablespoons of Sunflower (Helianthus annus) oil to which I added about 10 drops organic Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil.  This combination of oils moisturizes and conditions the wood, cleaning it at the same time.  (You don’t have to use Sunflower oil, you can use whatever fatty oil you have on hand).

I decided to try it out on our old, wooden kitchen table, which was in serious need of care after all the spills of my two toddlers.  After wiping the table down and then drying it, I began by dipping a soft, clean cloth into the oil, smoothing it over the table surface in even strokes.  I let it sit for several hours to absorb, then wiped up any excess with a clean cloth to avoid attracting dust.

The immediate results were amazing; I could almost hear the table say, “Ahhhhh!”   My family and I definitely gave a sigh of relief when we smelled the light, sunny aroma of our all-natural and healthy wood polish.

Aromatherapy & Fiestaware

In a few days we will celebrate the life of our friend, Karen, who passed away in March from

The gift of Fiestaware from Karen to our girls.

The gift of Fiestaware from Karen to our girls.

melanoma. Her fight was brief…a mere 7 weeks or so…and her passing has a left a gaping hole in the lives of those who knew and loved her. Karen was one of the kindest people I have ever known, with a smart wit, a soft voice, and a compassionate heart. She and her husband were originally friends of my husband’s during his previous marriage, but I felt I knew her long before I’d actually met her. As collectors of Fiestaware, we had something in common right off the bat, although of the two of us, she was the consummate collector. The first time we met I told her, “Wait til you see my collection,” to which she said, “No, wait til you see MY collection!” When I finally did see what she had, it was true, she had tons of it! And, we had something else in common: aromatherapy and natural cleaning.
About the time I started my aromatherapy education, Karen also got into using natural cleaners. She offered to help me fulfill one of the three consultations I had to complete in order to become certified. I met with her and we designed a stress-relieving spray with the essential oils she chose: Lavender, Lemon and Sandalwood. What a beautiful combination of floral and citrus aromas, and the warming, low-note of Sandalwood! She loved it then and reported that when she used it, she did feel less tense. When she told me of her terminal diagnosis this past January, I made the spray for her, along with a massage oil with the same blend. It was the only thing I could think of to do for her that might help in even the smallest way. Her sister told me how, when Karen was in hospice, she misted her with the spray and could visibly see her relax. It makes me feel better to know that at such a time, the blend we made together could bring her some peace.
The picture above is the gift Karen and her husband gave to our daughters the first time they came to see them after their births. The Fiestaware cups, from her collection, are known by their colors, which I can’t remember now…like Apricot for Ava and something with a “B” for Beatrice. I really wish I could ask her.

Back to School with Aromatherapy

With the school year starting, lots of parents are filling lists of supplies for their children’s classrooms.  Whether your child is starting kindergarten, college or any grade in between, aromatherapy is a great way to support their health, to ease test day anxieties, and to help them learn.

To begin with, there are two easy options for taking to school.  A simple hand sanitizer of 2 oz. aloe vera gel and 10 drops Lemon essential oil can remove germs, support the immune system, and enhance mood.  An inhaler (similar to the Vicks inhalers found in drugstores) of essential oils like Lemon, Orange, Lavender, and Eucalyptus, used throughout the day, is a portable way to ward off colds and other illnesses going around.  For kids bound for college, a First Aid kit of natural products is definitely in order.  Filled with essential oil blends for issues such as headaches, cuts and scrapes, sleep support, anxiety relief, and colds and flu, you can be sure they’re well cared for when you can’t be there.  (See the notes section of Sweet & Woodsy Aromatherapy’s Facebook page for a natural immune system boosting recipe!).  Sending them off with aromatherapy-based cleaning products for the dorm room is another great way to help ensure good health while away at school.

For children with anxiety over attending school for the first time or an upcoming test, the quickest method for relief is through inhalation.  For a young child, a few drops of essential oils such as Lavender, Roman Chamomile, or Bergamot (on a cotton ball carried in a Ziplock bag) can help soothe any fears.  For older children, an inhaler with these oils is a smart option because it easily fits in a pocket.  Diffusing these same oils at home can also help reinforce a feeling of calm when the blend is used at school.

Aromatherapy is a helpful tool to use while studying.  As the connection between new ideas and scent is developed during learning, that same scent can trigger the memory when it comes time to take the test.  Diffuse Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, and Rosemary essential oils (or a blend of them) while your child studies to help with concentration, to stimulate the mind, and digest new ideas.  On test day, a few inhales of the same blend will help your child recall the information they previously studied.  (These essential oils are best used with kids over 5 years of age). 

Aromatherapy is an easy, natural, and effective way to support your child’s school experience at any age and throughout the year.

Every Day is Mother’s Day

Mother Holding Two Babies

This Mother’s Day is my third, if you count the Mother’s Day when I was 6 months pregnant.  My husband and I went to a local plant nursery to buy two Hydrangea bushes, one for each of the baby girls we were expecting.  I was still in amazement that I would actually have the opportunity to be a Mom as I had struggled to get pregnant for close to 2 1/2 years and spent many sleepless nights worrying about how I would deal with it if I couldn’t have children.  We’d also considered adoption, but I did want to know what it would be like to carry a baby.  I was blessed to have two at once; I am blessed to have any children at all.

It’s definitely not easy raising two babies at the same time, but we developed a rhythm, an understanding…as I’d hoped we would…which made life with two a bit easier.  I do look forward to sleep SOME DAY, but am grateful that the reason I’m losing sleep now is because of my children and not due to worry.  I am grateful for every hug, kiss, smile, tear, laugh, new word, and, occasionally, even the temper tantrums: all of these interactions prove to me that I am, indeed, a Mother; the best and most difficult job of my life.  I love every minute of it as I love my two sweet little peanuts more than I can say.