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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.  

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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.

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Lady Herbs

Jessica Graves

You may have noticed that ladies wellness regularly takes center stage at Una Biologicals and we’re proud to share that we are working on several new products for ladies of all ages. In honor of girl power, we’d like to introduce you to three new herbs for your uterus.

When incorporating any new herbs into your diet it can be important to talk with your doctor about how these herbs will react with medications you are currently taking.    

Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) also known as Chasteberry is a dried fruit known for treating hormone related health conditions. While Chasteberry was traditionally used to curb the sex drive of monks, it has a very different effect on women than it does on men. Vitex raises progesterone levels and lowers androgen levels. Because of this Vitex can help many symptoms of high androgen levels in females, such as acne and excessive hair growth. Interestingly, while Vitex can increase fertility in women, it also decreases fertility in men. However, luckily for us women, Vitex can balance menstrual cycles, treat premenstrual syndrome, and can reduce bloating, cramps, and breast pain. For the new mother, Vitex can also stop postpartum hemorrhaging and can increase a mother’s milk supply.  

Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus) is the bark of a fruit-bearing tree that is named for its ability to soothe uterine cramps. It is one of the most potent uterine antispasmodics and works rapidly. Cramp Bark is astringent and can slow blood loss during menstruation or menopause. It helps to build up uterine muscles which can lead to easier labor during childbirth. Cramp bark can even be used to halt premature contractions. And while this special herb clearly shows a lot of love to us women, it’s uses don’t stop there. Cramp bark has been shown to lower blood pressure by relaxing the walls of blood vessels, and has been used treat breathing difficulties, heart disorders, and convulsions.

Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) has always been a lady favorite, especially during that time of the month. Raspberry leaf is high in Vitamin C and B, manganese, potassium, iron, and calcium. Overall it is good for the female reproductive system and helps fight nausea, stomach upset, menstrual and leg cramps, and even the rough sleep during pregnancy. An alkaloid present in raspberry leaf helps to strengthen uterine and pelvic muscles for ease of childbirth. This herb is also astringent and soothes internal and external irritations while purifying the skin and blood. And last but not least raspberry leaf promotes circulation, which is important for any and all aspects of health.

All of these herbs are available as supplement, extract and loose herbs that you can use to create your own teas.  You can also enjoy some Una teas with these herbs – including Mama Maintenance, Don’t Cramp My Style and our forthcoming Menopause tea.

 

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.

 

 

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.

Herbal Update - St. John's Wort

Jessica Graves

This blog give us a change to look in depth as some of the plants we utilize regularly here are Una Biologicals.  

St. John’s Wort - Hypericum perforatum

St. John’s Wort,  is fabulous in the garden and grows easily in most climates, happily wintering over through planting Zone 4.   The plant itself possess bright green leaves, small and slender, that are accented by star shaped yellow flowers that practically take over the plant in July and August.  The herb itself can grow into a small shrub 24 inches high if allowed.  A perennial, this sun loving herb is quite hardy and will tolerate partial shade as well.  Though it prefers light, moist soil this herb originated in forests, fields, and roadsides of Europe and has a survivor’s adaptability. Once started these plants need very little attention except in the poorest of soils where fertilizer will be a great aide, and water during long dry spells.  In short, in order to enjoy this amazing herb at home simply stick in the ground wherever you have room and see what happens. 

St. John’s Wort is believed to be have been named for St. John the Baptist. Used for centuries, the Greek physician Hippocrates (ca. 460-377 B.C.E.) was one of the first to speak of the health benefits of St. Johns Wort, and it has been used to treat anxiety, neurosis, and depression since the time of Paracelsus (ca. 1493-1541 C.E.), when it was declared to be "arnica for the nerves."  St. John’s Wort has undergone countless clinical studies and has been proven effective by US physicians in aiding the treatment of depression.  These results have made it one of the most widely marketed and used herbs in the US.  

St. John’s Wort is also an anti-inflammatory, astringent, expectorant, nervine and sedative herb.  It has been used throughout history to treat everything from rheumatism and gout to dysentery, jaundice, urinary issues and bedwetting.  Historically, St. Johns Wort was also relied on for pulmonary complaints including consumption and catarrh of the lungs.  It’s second most popular use today, however, is as an aid to wounds and burns.  Prepared as an extract and applied topically St, John’s Wort has been used to reduce the pain and aid in faster healing.

At home, St. John’s Wort at home can be prepared as a tea using the leaves and flowers (always use organic of course).  You can also make your own extracts using sunflower, olive or wheat germ oils.  If you are harvesting your own flowers, pick them in their prime preferably in the morning after the dew has dried.  Allow them to dry in an arid space away from the sun and store in an airtight container.

St. John’s Wort should be used only after consulting your physician, particularly if you are ingesting it.  It is NOT RECOMMENDED for those on MAO or Protease inhibitors.

St. John's Wort flower

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.

© Una Biologicals ® 2015.