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Una Biologicals is an independent company proud to bring you Organic Beauty & Wellness products. All of our products are hand-crafted just for you.  

Because we believe that your body deserves the best that nature has to offer, we use only premium organic oils to nourish your skin and never include harsh chemicals, additives, or artificial fragrances.  Our goal is keep you Healthy & Gorgeous!

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Health & Beauty Blog

This is where we can expand a little on the ideas of health & wellness.  All information is shared in the spirit of education and fun.  We hope you find a little inspiration, perhaps a new recipe, or even a new way of looking your day.  Thanks for spending a little time with an open mind.

~Namaste, Jessica

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Pep Up with Peppermint

Jessica Graves

We love peppermint. It is a dear friend in the wintertime, brought to us from the far reaches of the Mediterranean and Western Asia. Mentha Piperita, or Peppermint as we know it, is an herb of many hats. It contains volatile oils (the compound we strive to isolate when distilling essential oils), vitamins and minerals, flavonoids, tannins, and menthol.

Everyone knows peppermint tea can help to cool the burning of a sore throat, but peppermint exceeds much expectation. It is an antispasmodic, it offers pain relief, and can be used as an inhalant for congestion. It is great for detoxification and acts as a liver stimulant, nervine, and blood purifier. It cools the body while also allowing it to sweat out toxins. When using peppermint you may find your headache fading away.

There are truly countless ways to utilize the wonderful benefits of peppermint. Una Biologicals has been taking advantage of this special power punch for years. You can find peppermint hiding in most of our teas, including Headache Helper, Revitalize, Mama Maintenance, and Better Belly. We flaunt our love for Peppermint with several of our Body Butters and our Rosemary Mint Salt Scrub, and you can’t miss that minty tingle in our Peppermint and Chocolicious Lip Balms. And with a little help from lavender, peppermint really lends a helping hand to any sorry sufferer with our Headache Relief Roll-On.

Needless to say we are on good terms with peppermint and you should be too! To start your very own first date with peppermint right in the comfort of your home, try one of these DIY recipes!

Peppermint Lip Scrub

Combine:

1 tsp Coconut Oil

    1 tsp Honey

    1 ½ tsp Sugar

    3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Rub on with a finger and roll your lips together. Wash or lick off when done for baby smooth lips!


Minty Mouth Wash

Combine: 1 cup Water

    1 tsp Baking Soda

    3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Swish for 5 to 20 seconds and then spit! Baking soda has a salty taste, but it is excellent for getting teeth pearly white and your breath smelling fresh.

 

Curiously Strong No-Cook Breath Mints

½ cup (approximately) Gum Paste

Powdered sugar

4-5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

2 drops cooking oil

Knead egg sized piece of gum paste with hands until soft. Mix the two oils and then work into the gum paste. Sprinkle powdered sugar on your working surface and roll paste out to ⅛ inch in thickness. Cut out your mints to size or stamp with a large straw. Sprinkle with more powdered sugar and then let sit for 48 hours or until desirably crunchy. Enjoy!


All information is shared for educational purposes only.  Una Biologicals does not offer medical advice or purport to treat, cure, diagnose or assist with any illness.  Always consult your physician before using herbs.

FDA has not approved these statements.

Contributed by Margot Pomeroy, © Una Biologicals ® 2015.

Beauty From Your Kitchen...

Jessica Graves

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If you were asked to imagine your beauty routine and visit your daily regimen in your mind, what images would you see?  Most of us would see face creams, exfoliators, lipsticks, and tweezers. Our mind's eye would take us to a bathroom cabinet or a make up bag. What about our kitchens? How many of you would picture your fridge or fruit bowl? Maybe we need to change our thinking and find beauty in our kitchens first and work from the inside out.

As your local, pretty girl lab experts, we want to coach our gorgeous gals and their health conscious dudes on a whole circle approach to health and beauty. We give you the purest, organic, luxury products to make this a reality but we also want to educate you on how to play an active role in maintaining and maximizing your glowing youth and radiance. Our products will make you stand out for life but your health and wellness will make you invincibly beautiful. Beauty isn't just skin deep but comes from the inside-out and all around. Now let's take a look at some skin nutrient groceries!

We all know that good food = good skin! Here are some great complexion companion foods:

  • Healthy Fats
  • Lean Proteins
  • Color! Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies
  • Super Foods

Greens are densely packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients! Lutein is a vital component of your leafy greens and a key wrinkle prevent-er!

Tomatoes and other red, pink, and orange foods can actually reduce redness in the skin. The powerful antioxidat lycopene found in tomatoes and other colorful fruits like pink grapefruit, papaya, wolfberry, and goji not only help prevent sunburn but boosts collagen production! In a report by Gary Goldfaden, MD And Robert Goldfaden, lycopene has been found to improve skin cellular function, combat free radicals that cause aging, contribute to the body's metabolic processes that result in growth and repair, and actually inhibit the natural process of enzymes that breakdown collagen. In short, these are your wrinkle fighting friends.

Berry madness! These bite sized burst of flavor are BIG on antioxidants. They have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are packed with essential fatty acids that hydrate and plump the skin. The high levels of Vitamin C and Ellagic Acid found in berries not only prevents the breakdown of elastin and collagen, but increases their production. Talk about the power of youth!

Soy beans, including soy milk & tofu, are great for existing fine lines and aging skin. The isoflavones found in soy promote elastin activity which helps reverse and slow further effects of aging. Go ahead and add those edamame to your salads! 

Eggs are another food source enriched with goodness. Lutein and zeaxanthin are UV protecting antioxidants (great for brown spots) and they help soften and firm the skin. The amino acids that come from the rich protein content of eggs will help generate new proteins (such as collagen) in the skin cells, resulting in better hydration and stronger skin tissue.

Nuts about glowing skin? Almonds are rich in Vitamin E and pump moisture into the lower dermis layers while a 1/2 oz. serving of walnuts gives you 100% of your daily value of ALA (Omega 3) and improve the texture and quality of the epidermis layer of skin.

Dark chocolate in small servings increases circulation and gives us a dose of flavanoids which are known to have a brightening effect on the skin.

Oils are important as they provide us with essential fatty acids that store moisture in the cell membranes. This ultimately gives us that supple look we all strive for!

Avocado crazed! While we are on the topic of fatty acids we cant forget this superfood. This Omega-9 fat packed fruit maintains and regulates moisture in the epidermis layer, regenerates skin cells that have been damaged, and soothes irritation. The high Vitamin E content prevents aging skin which is caused by fat oxidation in dermal cells.

Check out this link for Glowing Skin Smoothies! The Kiwi, Spinach, Avocado Smoothie won our vote for the best skin drink on the list but we love them all!

http://www.youbeauty.com/nutrition/galleries/green-smoothie-recipes-for-glowing-skin

Remember, you can play an active role in your skin care routine! Feed yourself for health, beauty, and balance. Bon apetit!