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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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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.

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Man's Best Friend

Jessica Graves

 

Winter can be a dangerous time for even the most pampered pooch. Everything from antifreeze, sidewalk salt, and common holiday plants like mistletoe, holly and poinsettias can be toxic to dogs. Outdoor dogs are at risk of hypothermia and frostbite, and just like humans, dog’s immune systems can be compromised during the harsh cold months. But luckily as owners, there is a lot that we as can do to make our four-footed friends more comfortable.

To combat the cracked and sore paws caused by walking in salt and snow, wash paws off with warm water after walks. If dogs develop ice balls between their toes, remove them and consider trimming the hair in this area. You can apply bag balm to cracked paws and paw wax before walks to protect the pads. You can also try this simple DIY Dog Skin Soother by mixing 2 tsp of coconut oil with 10 drops of lavender essential oil. You can also make a soothing herbal infusion to spray on your dog from herbs such as chamomile, calendula, nettle, and oats. Don't forget Wound Wonder is terrific on your cracked puppy paws as well as human cracked fingers!

To keep your dogs healthy and comfortable when it’s cold, do not leave your dog outdoors unsupervised for extended periods of time. Do not shave your dog’s coat as this affects their ability to properly insulate. Dogs that don’t have an undercoat may need the extra protection of a coat and booties. You may get made fun of, but your pooch with thank you. If you get them to wear the booties, that is! Particularly sensitive dogs include many toy breeds and breeds with wiry coats. Be sure to keep walks short, and increase the frequency rather than the length.

What you feed your dog in the winter is also extremely important. During the cold months the body uses up more energy keeping warm on walks and out in the yard. Make sure you give your dog more calories and protein depending on how active they are. Also note that snow is not an alternative to water, and in addition to water your dog could benefit from electrolytes during the winter. To make your own Electrolyte Solution, mix 1 quart of water with 1 tablespoon of raw honey or unrefined sugar and 1 teaspoon table salt. This solution only keeps in the fridge for one day, but warm to room temperature before offering free choice. Make sure to ask your vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet. If you would like to add herbs to your dog’s diet to improve their immune system, replenish their skin, and increase circulation, consider herbs such as calendula, echinacea, cayenne, garlic, ginger, and St. John’s wort. Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats is a wonderful resource for home grown options. 

Remember that your pets experience many of the same things that you experience during the winter, so treat them with some extra TLC and you should both be raring to go as soon as spring is here!

 

Contributed by Margot Pomeroy. © Una Biologicals ®,2015

Essential Oils for a Flawless Face

Jessica Graves

Essential Oils have been used throughout history for a wide variety of health concerns. They were man's first form of medicine and are gaining popularity and recognition once again as people search for organic, natural alternatives to the harsh chemicals we are faced with everyday.

There are some wonderful essential oils out there for your skincare concerns. Time and time again stubborn blemishes and acne are defeated by oils with natural antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Here are some of the top essential oils to help erase those spots!

  • Tea Tree- has disinfecting and soothing properties. It is anti-microbial and kills bacteria known to cause pimples and clog pores. Unlike other acne treatments, it will not strip your skin of its natural oils.
  • Lavender-  is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It has a balancing and regenerative effect on the skin, helps minimize the appearance of acne scars, and can be used on all skin types.
  • Rosemary- stimulates cell renewal, clears blemishes, and helps dull dry skin by fighting bacteria and regulating oil secretions.
  • Lemon- has antiseptic like properties, can kill several strains of bacteria within hours, and improves circulation on the surface of the skin.

Luckily, Una has taken the spot fighting power of these and other essential oils to create a new product sure to beat the most stubborn of blemishes! Blemish Buster-acne reducing serum will be released next week! This amazing blemish roll-on includes: 

  • Yarrow essential oil for inflammation and deep cleansing without clogging pores
  • Juniper essential oil for its powerful astringent properties and  popularity as a troubled skin companion
  • Witch hazel essential oil for its ability to gently clean deep within the pores and condition aggravated skin
  • Eucalyptus essential oil due to its toxicity to a wide range of active bacteria including the primary bacteria in acne infections
  • Calendula  extract serves as our universal skin healer
  • Tea Tree, Lavender, Rosemary, and Lemon essential oils for their previously mentioned pimple eliminating popularity 

You don't want to miss out on the release of our amazing Blemish Buster! The Una ladies have a mighty Research and Development stage for each new product. If it passes with flying colors they test on themselves as one last step to ensure perfection. Thank goodness I had the opportunity to try out this product because my clogged, red, acne infested chin was getting out of control! Not to mention, the red marks and scars from a year long battle with recurring pimples has gotten the best of me. Well, this is the first time in almost 12 months that new zits are not flaring! The bright red glow is now a barely there pink, and the pores are definitely breathing again. No more white heads. I deem this a success! But then again,  our amazing customers know we wouldn't release anything that isn't absolutely lovely and nourishing for your skin!

 

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.

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