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How a Warm Bath Benefits Your Body Posted on 08 Jul 13:09 , 0 comments

Of all the ways to treat your body well, a warm bath is among the easiest and most beneficial.  

In addition to soothing tired, achy muscles, it can also help cure bouts of insomnia by relaxing you and raising your body temperature. Once you slip between the cool sheets of your bed, your body starts producing melatonin, which invites sleep.

 

A warm bath is a way to treat yourself well. Add a comfortable bath pillow, some luxurious bubble bath, soft music, and a good book for a relaxing retreat where the troubles of the world melt away. Water has a therapeutic quality to it and provides relief for a number of different health conditions including the common cold.

Hot water opens stuffy nasal passages and loosens tight muscles. Relaxing fully releases endorphins in the brain, which relieves the intensity of the pain you feel. If you add a few drops of essential oil to your bath, you benefit from the brain-boosting and stress-relieving qualities of sage, bergamot, and lavender.

Bathing in oils helps moisturize skin. It sloughs off dead cells, which often cause redness, dryness, and itchiness. Using a good moisturizer following a warm bath prevents skin from drying out further and causing discomfort.

The next time you want to treat yourself good, draw a warm bath, add some bubbles, and soak until your heart's content. Castle Rock Essentials' Bath Gift Set comes with an organic Blackberry Sage soap bar, bubble bath, and sugar scrub. It also has a comfortable, waterproof foam bath pillow.

It makes pampering yourself easy when you have all the right tools available for therapeutic soaking. So the next time you need a little luxury or healing, fill up the tub and climb right in. You'll soak your cares away in no time flat.


Skin care ingredients to avoid during pregnancy! Posted on 17 Mar 10:49 , 0 comments

When you’re pregnant you are eating for two, sleeping, for two, and breathing for two. This is why it is so important for expecting mothers to address their diet and routine. What many don’t realize is that it is also important to change what you put on your hair and skin. Your skin absorbs between 60-70% of what is put on it, and it is the largest organ in the human body. That means it is possible to poison the body simply by placing a chemical on the skin. A deadly and quite common ingredient in hair color, paraphenylenediamine (PPD), has been responsible for countless deaths all across the world and life-threatening, permanent allergies. The dangers in these chemical combinations is why it is important to always take your skincare and hair care products seriously, even when not pregnant. However, it is doubly so when you are.

 

The following is a list of common chemicals that are found in every day health and beauty products but most be avoided at all costs when pregnant:

  • Formaldehyde—this is found in hair straightening products, nail polishes, and in false eyelash glues, and contains carcinogens, meaning they are bad for baby AND you
  • Ammonia—ammonia is found in almost every permanent hair dye on the market. This is a product that irritates the lungs when breathed and that’s never good since the baby receives its oxygen supply from Mom.
  • Phthalates—these chemicals have been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, fetal abnormality, and even ADHD. They are found in perfumes and nail polishes. They will be listed as: benzylbutyl phthalate (BzBP), diethyl (DEP, DMP), or dibutyl (DMP).
  • Paraphenylenediamine (PPD)—This was mentioned earlier but cannot go without saying since it has the potential to immediately end the life of some people. We encourage everyone to research this product thoroughly.

The rule of thumb when it comes to pregnancy and products is that if you can use an organic version of a product, then do so.

There are just as many natural and organic substitutes out there that can be used that it makes no sense not to use them. Most of the time, they are not just better for you but they work more effectively. Consider this, Shea butter is in most high end moisturizers as a processed ingredient (meaning lost effectiveness) but it can be used on the skin directly in its cold pressed form without having to also accept chemical preservatives that are used mainly to keep the product on stocking shelves.

Why pay $80 for Clarins when you can buy a Shea butter product like our Vanilla Coconut Crème Body Butter for 1/3 of that and avoid health risks to you and your baby? There are organic approaches to most everything we use chemicals for, and when you’re pregnant you have even more reason to do so. You and your baby both deserve the best.