Do you feel sometimes that the weight of the world is on your face when you get home at night?

Not to mention sweat, SPF, makeup, dead skin and bacteria – to name a few? If all of that is left on your skin overnight, you aren’t giving your skin cells the best chance at regenerating which means waking up like you’ve had a big night out but sadly didn’t enjoy yourself!

Although the ritual of double cleansing has become all the range in beauty over the past few years, it is actually an ancient practice originating from 14th Century Asia. Double cleansing with oil-based mixtures was the only way to remove the kind of traditional white makeup worn by Japanese and Korean women at the time. I myself am a huge fan (although not for the same reason).

Nothing makes your skin feel better, cleaner or more loved than taking the time to do your skincare routine right.

For me this includes doing a first cleanse with Balm of Ages™, followed by a second using Cleanse My Face, purifying oil cleanser. As both are oil based, the first works to remove grime and makeup, the second to actually clean your skin as well as nourish it.

Who knew you could get such clean skin without stripping it of all its natural oils and disrupting the natural balance? *Modestly raises hand*

MY RECOMMENDATION

Step 1

Use a Muslin Cloth soaked in warm water to take away the surface dirt and open your pores. Hold the cloth over your face and let the day go – a deep breath and exhale always helps. Feel better already?

Step 2

Take a pea-sized amount of Balm of Ages™ and rub it into your hands to melt and then gently massage it over your face and neck and let it work its magic to attract all the makeup and dirt, and pull it away from the skin. Take a minute to do this – normally people cleanse for 20 seconds and this just isn’t enough, plus this feels amazing. Rinse the Muslin Cloth in warm water again and hold it over your face again and then wipe away the day!

Step 3

Use a pump or two of Cleanse My Face, our purifying oil cleanser, and massage it into the skin, really taking your time, again this is your opportunity to enjoy the remedial essential oils. Make sure to inhale the oils slowly as you apply. Our products are enhanced by the power of intention so make a conscious effort to allow your body, mind and spirit to be strengthened by positive thoughts. Then remove with the your Muslin Cloth in warm water.

So why spend the time?

Firstly, spending time on yourself is always worth it. For some, your skincare routine might be the only time you take each day to dedicate to self-care.

But it is also important for ensuring your skin is actually clean. Cleansing really is one of the most important steps in a skincare routine; so high quality natural ingredients are of the utmost importance.

Even if you try to keep your skin clear by avoiding makeup, we are still exposed to daily pollution and bacteria in the air that we cannot control. So the first cleanse works as a remover, lifting and moving dirt away from your pores. The second cleanse is your actual skin cleanser. It cleans and balances your skin to prepare it for the proper absorption of the remedial benefits of what’s to follow; your serum for face and under eyes. Use our hydrating serums: Love Your Face Serum and ICU Eye Serum to finish off your routine.

The Final Step

Our double cleanse essentials:

Contains a host of remedial ingredients chosen specifically to assist in cleansing and soothing skin.

Balm of Ages™

With 19 remedial ingredients, Balm of Ages™ uses Camellia Tea oil, to deeply penetrate the skin and draw out dirt. Plus Patchouli oil, which calms inflamed skin and promotes cell renewal.

Cleanse My Face

After that, Cleanse My Face uses remedies like Jojoba oil , which closely resembles the natural sebum of your skin, making it great for acneic skin types. Instead of stripping oil away (only causing it to produce more) it communicates with the skin to rebalance oil production. It also contains Sesame Seed oil for its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It actually helps pull toxins from your pores.

So there you have it, your skin needs a little more cleansing than you may have realised (and you’ve added Double Cleansing to your hipster vocab).

Winter is here! And just as the seasons change, so does our skin throughout the year. A few months back I posted about seasonal skin and why it’s important to treat your skin according to the season. With winter upon us, I wanted to share my top tips for maintaining glowing, vibrant skin in the cooler months.

In winter, depending on where you live, the temperature and humidity drops anywhere from marginally to severely. If you’re inland and at higher altitude, it’s likely that the change in weather is quite extreme. For those of us in coastal regions, we get some extreme onshore winds that can be highly drying.

Moreover, in winter we tend to go between cold outdoor climatic conditions, and heated indoor environments. The sudden change in temperature can affect the capillaries and leave you looking flushed with pink cheeks. Sound familiar?

As well as the stress of sudden temperature changes as we move from inside to outside, lower temperatures also increase the risk of dermatitis, eczema and other skin conditions. This is because our natural skin hydration function is affected by the cold.

Why does our skin become drier in winter?

The outer layer of skin, the epidermis, naturally produces a protective coat called Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF). This natural skin barrier function helps to keep skin hydrated, but in winter many of us become NMF deficient, particularly on our hands and on our face as the main areas exposed to the elements.

Low temperatures and humidity changes have a negative impact on the production of NMF, which is responsible for keeping the outer-most part of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, hydrated.

As a side note, NMF is also affected by chemicals in many mainstream moisturises and shampoos, which is why sometimes your moisturiser can be doing more damage than good by removing natural hydration (amongst other things). Sodium lauryl sulfate is one of the chemicals commonly used and we talked a little about its harmfulness in last month’s blog post.

Skin is the biggest organ of the body. It’s also the last to receive moisture as the body prioritises vital organs over skin. So although you may feel less thirsty in winter due to the temperature being cooler, for your skin’s sake, you actually need more hydration.

Cold weather and skin texture

Cold weather also affects skin texture. In a recent Danish study, an increase in Dermal Texture Index (DTI) was observed in study participants over winter when compared with summer. DTI is a measure of the texture of outer skin cells, or the corneocyte surface texture. Do you ever feel like your skin is ‘weathered’? This is due to an increase in DTI and changes in skin texture. But don’t worry, there are ways to reduce and mitigate this and maintain healthy glowing skin all through winter.

Three steps to winter-proof skin

There are three simple things that you can do to maintain your skin during winter:

  1. Exfoliation – to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin surface.
  2. Hydration – as your skin is exposed to more extreme weather conditions, it needs added moisture.
  3. Nutrition – just as we need nourishing foods to build our immune system in cooler months, our skin needs added nourishment as well.

Step 1: exfoliation

Skin is delicate, and some exfoliants are way too harsh for our skin! Exfoliating is a method of removing dead skin cells, but what you don’t want to do is remove alive and thriving cells at the same time. Moreover, many mainstream exfoliants contain harmful chemicals which leave the skin stripped and exposed.

Not only that, did you know that many exfoliants are harmful to the environment? Micro beads, which are used in many mainstream products, have devastating affects on ecosystem as they make their way into waterways and oceans and are ingested by marine animals. This is not good news since micro beads are dangerous and deadly.

A good exfoliant should draw on micro milled ingredients and will gently remove outer cells while stimulating growth of new cells. We use ancient ingredients including rice, argan and myrhh powders which polish the skin and even-out skin tone (mitigating the risk of increased DTI). These natural ingredients also increase circulation and stimulate cell renewal.

If you haven’t tried our Complexion Polish, it’s been voted Best Exfoliating Product in the Beauty Shortlist Awards (bragging rights, I’m pretty proud).

But I’m not the only one who thinks so…

Customer review: This complexion polish is by far the best one I have come across. It works well without being too harsh on my skin. I use 2 or 3 times a week, depending on how my skin feels, and have noticed an improvement in my skins appearance.

Step 2: hydration

Drinking extra water is a good start, but it’s not enough to maintain your most glowing complexion in winter months. As mentioned above, water will be prioritised to vital organs and your skin is the last to be hydrated. Your natural moisturing function is also compromised by the cold weather, so applying hydration directly to the outer layer of skin is really important.

Moreover, it’s important to hydrate with natural ingredients which are good for your skin and can penetrate the outer skin layer and provide nutrients that can be safely absorbed into the bloodstream.

Our blog post on prepping skin for Spring touched on the reasons why essential oils work best, and our favourite product is our Love Your Face Serum.

We’ve put together all our favourites for beautiful skin for winter in our Love Your Face Pack.

Step 3: nourish

Your skin is now primed and ready for extra nourishment. Often some areas such as our lips need a bit more nourishment and our Balm of Ages™ is perfect for this. As well as essential oils, it contains ingredients such as Arnica – a natural remedy for reducing redness and can be used to treat skin conditions like acne.

Customer review: I am in love with this balm – it has been a game changer for me. The minute I feel an eczema/allergy flare (and they can sometimes be severe), I ramp up my use of the balm and the reactions start to settle immediately. I use it along with the “love your face” products regularly and won’t leave home without it!

Stocking your bathroom cabinet for winter

For winter-proofing your skin, here’s a list of our most popular products you might like to try:

Exfoliation:

  • Complexion Polish – especially designed to maintain smooth skin texture and even skin tone, increase circulation and cell activity plus stimulate collagen production.
  • Love Your Body Polish – with Himalayan pink salt in a unique body polish to help remove spent cells and increase blood circulation – stimulating new life into your skin.

Hydration:

  • Hydrate My Face – a multi-tasking toner, that instantly hydrates and plumps up tired skin.
  • Love Your Face Serum – highly concentrated to deeply nourish, our serum absorbs instantly whilst still allowing your skin to breathe.

Nourishment:

  • Balm of Ages™ – for those drier areas needing extra hydration, our balm is a multi-remedial moisturiser that deeply nourishes, restores and protects skin.
  • Cacao Revelation Mask – to even skin tone, stimulate blood circulation, soothe and refine complexion and it even helps to treat acne and problem skin.

So embrace the cold and enjoy winter!

Chey x

What does low tox living mean to you? Does it mean avoiding toxins in products? Or do you also avoid toxic stress brought by work pressures, technology and pollutants?

Figuring out where to start with low tox living can be overwhelming and seemingly unrealistic. So why bother?

Our guest blogger, Alexx Stuart from Low Tox Life, has more than one good reason. Parabens, Phthalates, Triclosan, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated oils and Alcohol – these are just some of the many common toxins found in food, skincare and household products we consume and use every day!

This month we have partnered with Alexx to share her expertise and knowledge on low tox living!

 


Hi everyone, I’m Alexx from Low Tox Life and I’m very excited to share with you a bit about my story, what led me to ridding my life of toxins and why toxin-free skincare is so important for your health and wellbeing.

The journey towards my starting this business “Low Tox Life” – an online health and sustainability education business – came in three waves. First, when I left the cosmetics and fragrance industry when I was 25 and all of a sudden didn’t get headaches and migraines anymore – and boy did I used to get A LOT of both, resulting in a massive amount of pain killers being taken, unfortunately.

Second was when after years of chronic tonsillitis, it stopped when a naturopath worked with me to identify my trigger (gluten) and remove it from my diet and build my immune system back up with herbs – I was wowed! Third was when my son was born nearly 9 years ago and the scrutiny I put everything under in terms of what I was going to allow on his skin and as food – I learnt enough by that point to go: Wow. I’m pretty sure more people would want to know this stuff and have support in making switches to safer, better products and whole food, and voila: here we are where Low Tox Life is a blog, a bank of over 250 gluten free recipes, a podcast, 6 e-courses to help people achieve specific goals, and soon to be a book too, released July 1 with Murdoch Books.

So let’s take a closer look inside your bathroom cabinet.

 


First stop – body moisturiser

This time of year, many of us feel the effect of seasonal change and our skin can become a bit dry. A word of warning before you reach for the mainstream moisturisers. Whilst your skin may feel silkier on the outside, on closer inspection there’s a bit of a war going on as your natural skin bacteria try in vain to battle the masses of toxins you’ve just lathered on their home turf. Chances are, many of these toxins will fight their way through and end up in your blood stream, and from here it’s all down hill.

I remember the first time I tried Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Body Oil. My sister in law was helping with the Black Chicken Remedies PR and had a sample for me to try “You’d love this I reckon” – she supposed right! For me, it does exactly what even the most expensive skincare brands claim to do, but without the added nasties. With body oils you don’t often get great penetration into the skin, but this one absorbs right in!

 

Feeling balmy?

Some areas of our body sometimes need extra attention, especially in dryer months. I’m talking about lips, elbows, the backs of our hands and any other area exposed to the elements. For me it’s my elbows.

Active ingredients like Petroleum Jelly have long been used as a solution for dry skin; particularly dry lips. I’m targeting Petroleum Jelly because it’s used in a host of well-known brands that claim to alleviate dry skin.

But did you know that Petroleum Jelly has the opposite affect on skin and create even more issues such as skin disorders, acne, dryness and general skin irritation?

Some brands actually tout that their products are “safe” for external use only. The trouble is, many ingredients in products have particle sizes small enough to be absorbed through the skin and I don’t have time to research each ingredient for whether or not it can cross the dermis – a deep layer in the skin before the blood stream. So my strategy is to simplify and find products that don’t make you feel you need a chemistry degree to decide whether or not you’re going to use it!

One of the best remedies for dry skin is using natural, non-toxic oils. I love the Black Chicken Remedies Balm of Ages, named so because it draws on ingredients that have been used for centuries. One of which is Camellia Tea oil that has been used by Japanese Geisha to protect the skin against free radical damage and can even prevent stretch marks. It smells insane and I often use it as a perfume by rubbing a little into my hands and around my neck line. I get so many comments! As I said before, it’s super soothing on my elbows, which are prone to dryness. I’ve even used it as a flight cream before – the Balm of Ages FLIGHT SHIELD!

 

Cleansing

Now this is where a lot of people get it all wrong. The skin contains natural oils and bacteria that are the body’s armour against toxins. The trouble is, they easily wash away and become ineffective with chemicals that are used in many skin cleansers and soaps.

So this presents two problems: one is that once your natural skin armour is removed, and you have little to no protection from a whole range of toxins you’re faced with every day (pun intended); and two is that the chemicals that strip away your skin armour then continue their journey through the skin layers and into the blood stream. See where I’m going here?

For me, cleansing is of course about removing make-up but also about restoring balance and providing some nutrients for skin bacteria to stay healthy and continue doing their job. I am a huge fan of oil cleansing – only oil can dissolve oil naturally and only oil does a great job of my waterproof mascara!

I love the Black Chicken Remedies Cleanse My Face and have used it for years. Even if I go off to try something else, I always come back to it!

It’s safe, and contains 14 remedial oils to target impurities without disturbing your skin’s natural sebum balance. Something I like to do that gives me the sense of having had a facial, is dampen a hot cloth, work a couple of pumps of the cleaner into the cloth, wrap it over my face and then wipe away make up. It’s the most delicious bed time routine in the winter!

 

Polish and shine

I have to admit that it took me a while to find something that would provide the same smooth-skin feeling that my old luxury cosmetic exfoliator did, without the toxins. I was never going to go BACK of course because of the plastic microbeads (which I wrote about on my blog HERE) and all the common endocrine disruptors you find in those sorts of products, BUT it did take me a bit of a search. The Black Chicken Remedies Complexion Polish had to make it into my faves-box because it is JUST. SO. CLEANSING. It’s a brilliant face polish and because you can add as much oil/water as you fancy, you are in control of how much exfoliation you experience – gentle through to vigorous. Rice, Argan and Myrhh powders are just some of the ancient ingredients in this amazing product that help to even skin tone, increase circulation and cell activity plus stimulate collagen production.

 

Mouth washing and cleansing

There’s been a lot of attention lately on the mouth-gut axis and how we can maintain oral health. For decades we’ve been told that Fluoride is important for dental health, but we haven’t been told the full story and are often misled by media. I wrote about this topic on my blog after reading a news article about potential down sides to Fluoride – especially in our water supply. A nutrient dense, low starch diet is key to dental health. Eating colourful foods and ethical, organic meats to turbo charge your nutrient intake AND delivery. Other things we can do are draw on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and the Black Chicken Oral Swishing Oil and Copper (Cuprum) Tongue Cleaner do just that. They both are based on ancient Ayurvedic practices of detoxing the mouth with oil swishing and removing excess toxins from the tongue. I literally cannot feel right in the morning if I don’t give my tongue a good scrape these days – I can’t wait to see what you think (once you get over the slight ick factor of what comes off your tongue in the morning!).

 

The perfect shampoo “Go-Between”

I may have the thickest hair on the planet. This means I’m staring down the barrel of 30 mins to blow dry it and I’ve never been one to love spending time on ‘doing myself up’. I’m a 5 minutes for make up

TOPS – Even on my wedding way! True story. So, I do love a bit of a dry shampoo save to stretch the shampoo days further apart – But it’s actually a brilliant thing for fine / thin hair too on any day to add a bit of volume! The problem with mainstream dry shampoos is that they contain less than exciting ingredients such as Butane, Isobutane, Ethanol and Propane – not good for me, nor for the planet. Black Chicken Remedies’ Dry Shampoo is just gorgeous. It contains only natural powders and plant essences to absorb the oil on your scalp and give your hair the extra volume and texture you didn’t even know you were missing. It is also made right here in Australia as all their products are, and packaged in a cardboard tube that you sprinkle the product out of, rather than spray from an aerosol can – which we all know are NOT a good idea for our environment.

Voila. Those are the pieces from the range that I’ve picked to share with you in the gorgeous new “Alexx Stuart Low Tox Boxx”, to help you get started on your Low Tox journey and see which ones my absolute favourites are.

Feel free to connect with me over at lowtoxlife.com or on insta @lowtoxlife.

Enjoy making some beautiful changes and remember – don’t feel guilty about what you didn’t know yesterday, just get excited about what you’re going to change from today!

Alexx

 


 

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It’s true that in the winter months we’re more likely to suffer from a cold. On average, Australian adults get 2-4 colds per year. That’s one cold every 3-6 months, which translates to many days off work, gym sessions and social occasions missed, and a lowered immune system. It’s not much fun and a cold usually lasts 7 to 10 days once it takes hold.

How do we “catch” a cold?

Well, contrary to the name and to popular belief, we don’t catch colds from cold temperatures! The cause of a cold is a virus infection and has absolutely nothing to do with winter. What’s the missing link? It’s thought that in the winter months we are more likely to catch a cold virus because we spend more time indoors – sharing space and air with more people than we tend to do in the warmer months. Thus providing the perfect environments for the cold virus to incubate and spread from one human to the next.

Colds mainly affect our upper respiratory tract and airways. The symptoms are usually things like a runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, body aches, congestion, headaches, fever and generally feeling unwell.

Essential Oils – the natural way to treat a cold

The only cure for a cold is time; however time can be reduced with the right treatments and supports. Of course it’s important to always take medical advice, but I find that when I’m feeling slightly run down or my immune system is fighting something off, it’s time to slow things down. Time to rest and boost my mind and body with natural remedies that have been tried and tested for thousands of years.

I’m talking about essential oils – used in Ayurvedic medicine and drawn on by many ancient cultures all around the world to prevent and treat a wide range of ailments, including colds.

Why? Because the remedial benefits are far superior to other natural remedies. Essential oils are potent and can treat a wide range of health ailments quickly.

Top essential oils for treating a cold

  1. Oregano

Oregano is one of the most powerful anti-bacterials. Although colds are not bacteria infections, a virus can quickly become a bacterial infection if not treated, such as a chest infection or pneumonia. It also has immune stimulating properties that will give your body the boost it needs to fight cold symptoms.

  1.  Menthol

Menthol is made from leaves of various mint plants, such as peppermint, which naturally relaxes and cools the mind and body. Its sharp scent works to open the respiratory system to ease the effects of congestion.

  1. Camphor

This potent vapour helps clear the lungs to increase respiratory circulation and promotes feelings of freshness and clarity. Its stimulating aroma boosts the immune system, assisting the fight against viral infection.

  1. Niaouli

The antiseptic properties of this gentle yet concentrated oil can help prevent air-borne infection. This has huge benefits for when you’re flying or traveling and sharing combined spaces with other people for long periods of time. Its sweet, therapeutic effects aid in opening and clearing the respiratory system as well as the mind. So make sure you get your dose pre-flight!

  1. Peppermint

Zesty and fresh, peppermint is the perfect mood lifter. Its unique aroma eases stress and works on your olfactory system (sense of smell) to ease exhaustion and irritability. This is helpful as a cold can take away our sense of smell, and thus our appetite.

  1. Lemongrass

Its light, fresh citrus power makes it a natural stimulating mood lifter and calming agent. It brings balance to the mind and promotes mental clarity. As well as an essential oil, fresh lemongrass has some extraordinary benefits for easing cold symptoms. An Ayurvedic cure for cold, in a team lemongrass can help break down mucus and phlegm caused by congestion.

  1. Ginger

Renowned for its remedial benefits for nausea, the fresh spicy scent will ease some of the most stubborn symptoms of illness in both the body and the mind.

  1. Rosemary

This fragrant woody scent has been used in healing remedies since the 16th century. It strengthens the immune system, making it a perfect component to boost the body’s fight against infection.

  1. Eucalyptus

Natural and fresh, eucalyptus brings a positive and uplifting energy to your mood. It can relieve muscle tension and boost your immune system in changing climates. The scent clears the head and nasal passages to promote deep breathing and calmness.

  1. Frankincense

Mood-boosting frankincense will help to balance and ground an anxious mind. It can deepen your breath helping to centre the focus and calm the nervous system.

  1. Thyme

This gentle oil is the perfect pick-me-up when your body and mind need a boost. It can refocus and cleanse mental energy and it aids in treating muscle pain and stubborn respiratory conditions.

  1. Clove Bud

With a versatile and distinct aroma, clove bud is a powerful mood lifter. It helps to promote clarity and focus, but best of all – it acts as an aphrodisiac to stimulate and excite your mind. Always helpful in fighting off a cold when your mood is low.

How to use essential oils

There are many ways you can use essential oils, and I’ve created a few products that make it really easy for anyone to get the benefits of all the above ingredients.

The Black Chicken Remedies Respire Essential Oil Blend is designed to treat colds by reducing inflammation, clearing airways and strengthening the immune system. Here’s a few ways you can use oil blends to treat colds:

  1. An essential oil diffuser such as the Black Chicken Remedies Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser will quickly and safely “charge” the air around you with minute particles of potent essential oils in a cool mist.
  2. Add a few drops of the Respire Essential Oil Blend to your bath for relaxing relief from cold symptoms, perfect for body aches, fevers and general feelings of sickness. I usually add the drops to a flannel so they don’t float around on the surface of the bath.
  3. For relief anytime, you can get all the above-mentioned essential oils in a portable, compact form in the Black Chicken Remedies Respire Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler. They are little pocket diffusers you can take anywhere with you, refillable, and full of potent, targeted, all natural goodness.
  4. Drop some essential oil onto a tissue and place inside your shoes as the soles of your feet absorb oils faster than any other part of your body. I know this sounds odd, but it’s because our feet have larger pores than the rest of our body and therefore the soles of our feet are a very efficient way to feed the health-giving compounds of essential oils directly into your bloodstream.

Stay healthy, happy and chilled this winter,

Chey xx

Applying natural face oils is finally growing in popularity and for good reason. People are looking for ways to address their special skin concerns in an effective and 100% natural way. Most creams need to contain some form of antibacterial preservative or other chemical to prolong its shelf life or keep all the ingredients from separating etc. Just look at the ingredients in a cream vs an oil and you will see my point.

However it’s not just a matter of slathering any old oil on your face! You need to choose carefully so I’ve selected 5 of my favourite to help illustrate the benefits. Adding the right oils to your daily face regime will result in greater moisture being retained, a balancing of your own oil production, a greater protective barrier to the outside elements, nutrients being delivered deep into your skin and a smoother more even skin tone! Sound convincing? OK so which oils and why?

1. Castor oil

is able to penetrate more deeply than any other plant oil so it draws out dirt and impurities from deep within your pores. It’s quite a thick oil and shouldn’t be used alone however when mixed with other thinner oils it makes the best oil cleanser possible. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which makes it great if you suffer from breakouts. It is high in unsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin E, proteins, and minerals. It is a key ingredient in our Cleanse My Face oil cleanser and I often get asked by people with oily skin if they should use an oil cleanser and I always say “only oil dissolves oil naturally” and that’s a scientific fact!

2. Jojoba oil

is light and easily absorbed and is perfect if you suffer from acne outbreaks, prematurely ageing or problematic skin as it mimics the skin’s sebum so it assists in bringing balanced moisture to all skin types. It’s best mixed with other oils for maximum effect rather than used alone.

3. Rosehip oil

is a skin regenerator. It penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin where it regenerates cells, increasing collagen production. It is rich in vitamin C, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, all of which are known to help heal scar tissue and help prevent premature skin ageing. It is also high in retinoic acid, which studies show reduces the appearance of wrinkles and brightens skin.

4. Argan oil

is really popular these days and there is a huge variation in quality and even smell, so choose wisely! It is an amazing oil! It has a high percentage of essential fatty acids, one of which is linoleic acid (omega 6, the most essential of all) helping to repair and defend the skin. The skin gains suppleness, elasticity and tonicity and becomes more resistant.

5. Camellia Tea Oil

has been used by the Japanese Geishas for their face, hair, scalp and body care for centuries. It is rich in nutrients and antioxidants and light and deeply penetrating. It’s great to help with scaring and gives the skin a hydrated supple sheen.

Of course there are many other great oils for your face like Evening Primrose oil, Sweet Almond oil, Apricot Kernel oil, Vitamin E oil but it’s important not to look at all oils the same. It’s a delicate balance and best to try and find one that works for your skin. Ultimately you need to make sure your skin is adequately moisturised by incorporating emollient oils and a toning mist to help penetration of the oils.

Using a Face Oil or Serum will help your skin feel more moisturised with less product. Our Love Your Face Serum is healing and calming, regenerating and restorative and our unique formulation helps to protect the skin from damage occurring in the first place and also to repair existing damage.

There are 14 medicinal oils that work together to achieve this goal including Neroli to help improve elasticity, Palma Rosa to stimulate cell regeneration, Sandalwood to relieve itching and inflammation and Ylang Ylang to soothe the skin and it smells amazing!

Our Cleanse My Face purifying oil cleanser works on the scientific fact that like dissolves like or oil dissolves oil. So it deeply cleanses and uses 14 medicinal oils to replenish them with antibacterial, antioxidant and super-hydrating oils. The oil cleansing method really works! Have you tried it?

How do you use oil on your face?

  1. Cleansing – massage a few pumps of oil cleanser all over your face spending extra time on makeup etc to dissolve impurities held deep within the pores. Be in the moment!
  2. Using a warm face cloth, wring out the excess water then hold it over your face (this is my favourite part) inhale the aromas, as you wipe away the impurities.
  3. Then use a toning mist to tone and rebalance the skin and assist with the absorption of your serum or oil. Spritz 2-4 times and don’t wipe it off (again inhale those deeply calming aromas).
  4. Apply a few drops of your serum/face oil into your palm and then massage into your face and neck. Breathe in the divine essential oils and let go.
  5. Follow this ritual morning and night depending on your own requirements.

Your skin will feel softer and super hydrated immediately!

All Black Chicken Remedies products are 100% natural, free from Parabens, Sulphates, Petrochemicals, and artificial fragrances and not tested on animals.

 

“Put your money where your mouth is”

Why your mouth is one of your most valuable assets – Part 1

Chey Birch, creator of Black Chicken Remedies

When I started Black Chicken Remedies back in 2000, it was a personal endeavour to reduce my toxic intake. I’d discovered that my lifestyle was literally inviting a party of toxins and nasty chemicals to come on in at free will and wreak havoc on my skin and body.

I’d already cleaned up my diet and introduced organic food into my daily routine. But my allergies persisted and it wasn’t until my naturopath encouraged me to think outside the square that the penny dropped.

I began by taking a closer look at what I was putting on my skin, which led me to the creation of my first product, my Love your Body Oil.

From there I began exploring with more natural approaches to all aspects of health – including skincare, hair care, mindfulness and happiness. You can read more about my story here.

What I didn’t know at the time was that I was embarking on a massive journey of self-health discovery and helping others to achieve better health and happiness too.

I’ll never stop exploring, learning and creating new (and re-creating old) remedies, and my latest discovery is testament to this.

I’ve always wanted to create a healthier and more natural approach to mouth health. I’ve never trusted supermarket toothpaste and mouth wash products and I now know they are full of harmful chemicals.

Have you ever heard of Oil Pulling? It’s an ancient Ayurvedic remedy that is a breath freshener and detoxifier in one. Oil pulling has many benefits for dental and oral health. Along the way, I’ve learnt why we really should put our money where our mouth is and invest in this valuable asset.

Chey x

Why your mouth matters

Your mouth is home to trillions of bacteria that literally get first dibs at the food you eat. ‘Gut health’ has long been toted as the key to good health, but as I’ve discovered, mouth health can be just as important.

There’s a whole ecosystem happening in your mouth, and it’s not always happy days as some bacteria is less desirable and can cause all kinds of issues from bad breath through to tooth decay.

Your saliva contains many of these friendly and not-so-friendly mouth inmates, and each time we swallow, trillions of bacteria make their way down into your gut.

Now considering we produce between 1-2 litres of saliva each day, that’s a massive party of bacteria running around inside!

So how can we keep our mouth health in check?

As well as regular trips to the dentist and brushing our teeth at least twice a day (with natural ingredients of course) there are some ancient Ayuervedic remedies we can use to keep our mouth healthy and happy.

It’s worth noting that tooth decay never existed until we introduced refined foods (which is code for processed foods and added sugar). Glancing at the history books tells us that our Western diet of refined grains and sweet treats has done nothing for living healthy, long lives.

I’m not here to provide dietary advice (well, at least not today!) but what I can tell you is that cleaning your mouth with natural ingredients which have antibacterial properties can greatly reduce the amount of nasties which reside in your mouth and end up in your gut and beyond.

The ancient practice of Oil Pulling

The Ancient Ayurvedic practice of swishing then expelling oil from the mouth has been used for thousands of years. It is known (and proven) to draw out oil-soluble toxins from your body.

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine, which evolved in India some 3000-5000 years ago. Ayurvedic wisdom is becoming more wide-spread and for good reason. It focuses on achieving balance in the mind and body through a holistic approach using diet, herbs, breathing and mindfulness. Anyone who is familiar with Black Chicken Remedies will know that this aligns perfectly with our philosophy.

Oral Swishing (or oil pulling) is a practice that naturally neutralises harmful bacteria and restores balance in the mouth. It’s something I’ve introduced into my daily routine and my mouth has never felt so good!

What’s in Oral Swishing Oil?

I wanted to come up with something that would not only clean my mouth and balance my mouth bacteria, but also something that would deliver nutrients to specifically build a healthy mouth microbiome (meaning a happy and healthy mouth). I also wanted to achieve long lasting fresh breath – well, who doesn’t want this?

The ingredients in our Oral Swishing Oil include organic oils – Coconut, Sesame, Hemp, Castor and Avocado – as well as Peppermint essential oil (for minty breath!) and Cardamom and Vitamin E for added nutrients.

But the hero ingredient is Myrrh!

If you are not familiar with the wonderful Myrrh, I call it a myrrh-icle oil!!!

It’s health and wellness benefits are extensive – it is used to soothe toothaches, gingivitis, and mouth ulcers, while also freshening breath.

Myrrh oil detoxes the mouth by stopping infection in its tracks and encouraging tissue repair. With the ability to expel mucus, it is also a huge help in calming the respiratory system.

Alongside this, it has relaxing affects on the mind and body, which are down to the chemical compounds that stimulate the pituitary gland. This is why it’s often used for meditative purposes.

When Myrrh is combined with other oils and natural ingredients, the result is a highly effective mouth cleanser and breath freshener – better than any mouth wash you would buy at the supermarket and much better for your health.

10 health benefits of Oral Swishing Oil

There are so many health benefits of Oral Swishing Oil! Our formula has been specially designed to maximise health and wellness. Here are my top 10 reasons to start swishing:

1. Improves oral hygiene

Our Oral Swishing Oil is made with organic Coconut virgin oil. Coconut oil has many benefits when used for oil pulling. It is a natural antibacterial ingredient. Other ingredients we use, such as organic Sesame, are high in antioxidants which build a healthy mouth microbiome.

2. Reduces plaque and tooth decay

Organic oils such as Coconut and Castor oil can help reduce plaque build-up and avoid tooth decay.

3. Reduces the risk of cavities

Coconut oil actually helps to protect teeth, acting as a protective coating to reduce the risk of bacteria penetrating.

4. Eliminates bad breath

Perhaps this should be the number one reason since bad breath is an indicator of an unhealthy mouth. As well as having antibacterial properties, our Oral Swishing Oil contains ingredients to help neutralise bad odour, such as Peppermint oil and our hero ingredient, Myrrh, which will do your mouth wonders!

5. Improves tooth sensitivity

Your teeth can become stronger after regular oil swishing due to the improved mouth health, which allows the restoration of enamel to protect your teeth.

6. Helps with whitening teeth

Cardamom will naturally clean your teeth while organic Coconut oil and organic Castor oil will help whiten and brighten your teeth.

7. Detoxes the body, drawing toxins from the skin, blood and organs

This is mainly thanks to our hero ingredient, Myrrh, which naturally detoxes the mouth and assists the process of detoxing your body.

8. Boosts the lymphatic system, immune system and digestion

The powerful combination of detoxifying ingredients in Oral Swishing Oil will stimulate the lymphatic system and immune systems, while Peppermint oil, as well as freshening breath, also helps to stimulate and soothe the digestive system.

9. Increases energy levels and focus

Again, the addition of Myrrh helps to improve focus as it stimulates the pituitary gland which controls adrenals and thyroid. This can assist with balancing energy and finding focus.

10. Decreases inflammation and headaches

Coconut oil is a known anti-inflammatory and oil pulling helps the body to regulate chronic inflammation. Myrrh is known to reduce headaches due to its calming properties.

Our latest product, Oral Swishing Oil is available online.

How to do oil pulling

On an empty stomach and before brushing, place 1 tbsp of oil in the mouth, swish for up to 20 minutes then spit out into the toilet not the sink.

Ingredients: A detoxifying blend containing essential oils of Cardamom, Peppermint and Myrrh in a blend of Coconut*, Sunflower*, Hemp*, Sesame*, Castor*, Avocado* and Vitamin E oils.

*Certified organic ingredients

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We tend not to give much thought to our daily deodorant routine, but it’s worth taking a few minutes to consider what we regularly apply to our pits. Your current deodorant may seem as fresh as a daisy – but is it as natural as one? Steer clear of these seven toxic ingredients when choosing your products.

1. Aluminium compounds and salts

Aluminium is a common active ingredient in many antiperspirants, as it essentially plugs the sweat gland to minimise perspiration. The problem is that there have been concerns about the use of these compounds in skin products. Once in the body aluminium mimics the effects of oestrogen; a hormone that has been found in high concentrations in many breast cancers. This has led scientists to investigate potential links between breast cancer and aluminium-based deodorants.

Aluminium can also pose a threat to those on low kidney function, plus a study found higher traces of aluminium in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Although the correlation (if any) is not yet known, is it worth taking the risk when there are aluminium-free options available?

2. Alcohol

Many antiperspirants contain alcohol, which is used to dissolve different ingredients and to help the product dry quickly when applied. Alcohol kills some of the bacteria that forms odour, but it can also dry out skin and contribute to irritation. We prefer to use gentler ingredients such as organic coconut oil and magnesium hydroxide for their antibacterial effects.

3. Parabens

Parabens are synthetic compounds that are used to control bacteria, fungus and other unwanted microbes in a range of products like toothpastes, shampoos and deodorants. However, parabens can be absorbed by the skin and can mimic the effects of oestrogen in the body, affecting the endocrine system. Parabens have been found intact in breast tumour tissue, and they could be in your body right now – in one study of randomised people, almost 100% of urine samples contained traces of the compound. Denmark has taken the precaution of banning some parabens in products for children under three years old.

While these findings do not link parabens directly to cancer or illness, many people understandably prefer to go paraben-free with their product choices. Natural ingredients such as clove oil can be used for their antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties instead.

4. Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is a synthetic organic compound used as a food and manufacturing additive – and also to de-ice aircraft in cold conditions! It’s used in some cosmetics and deodorants to soften their consistency and make the product easier to apply. It’s accepted that you’d need to ingest a whole lot of propylene glycol to experience adverse health effects, but there is another worry. Propylene glycol is used as a penetration enhancer, so if paired with harmful ingredients it could potentially aid the skin’s absorption of those substances. Best not even go there, we say.

5. Triclosan

Triclosan is used as an antibacterial and preserving ingredient in many deodorants, hand washes and cosmetics, but there are almost certainly safer ways to kill troublesome bacteria. Studies have found that triclosan can disrupt hormonal regulation in animals, and the American Food and Drug Administration recently banned the agent from being used in consumer skin care products. In fact, the FDA classes triclosan as a pesticide!

6. Phthalates

Phthalates are included in many cosmetics, fragrances and skincare products because they help to dissolve ingredients. Unfortunately, they’re also possibly linked to pre-term births in pregnant women as well as asthma. One type was found to be associated with male genital birth defects and reproductive issues in adult men. We think that for these reasons, phthalates are worth staying away from wherever possible.

7. Silica

Silica is used to absorb moisture from perspiration, however the ingredient can also cause skin irritation. Silica can also sometimes be contaminated with crystalline quartz which is a known carcinogen. Instead, we choose to use safer moisture-absorbing ingredients like vegetable glycerin, arrowroot and kaolin clay that offer additional benefits like improved blood circulation and added skin hydration. 

Fortunately, avoiding these seven ingredients doesn’t mean you need to lose friends through the perils of bad body odour! Try our original Axilla Deodorant Paste™, or our Barrier Booster option for sensitive skin. These Aussie-made products will effectively absorb moisture and neutralise smells, without the need to worry for your wellbeing.

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Neutralise odour and be toxin-free with natural, organic Axilla Deodorant Pastes.
And now new Axilla Deodorant Paste™ Barrier Booster for sensitive skin!

Hey Black Chicken Remedies lovers,

My name’s Keira Rumble and I’m thrilled to be guest blogging here. I’m sure you’re wondering who I am and what brought me to be writing on this page. So first a bit about me…

I’d describe myself as an enthusiast and spokesperson for natural health and wellbeing. As well as my writing and blogging on the topic, I’m a qualified nutrition coach and I have my own range of nutrition supplement snacks.

How did I get here? Well, my personal journey has led me to actively seek out a more natural approach to day-to-day health. I haven’t exactly had it easy in terms of my health, having had a series of misdiagnoses and pre-diabetic in my early 20’s. I’m a newly found epileptic, and to top it all off I’m on the tail end of years of adrenal fatigue and heavy metals in my body!

After years of medications, with medication to support the side effects from the other medications, my body practically said enough was enough. I turned to alternative medicine (with the guidance of my doctors) and slowly weaned off quite a few of my medications, and changed the way I viewed my “illnesses”. I’m still working on my health, but one of the biggest lessons has been how important is it to know exactly what you are consuming and putting on your body as this can make a big difference. Our environment is unbelievably toxic and I am such a believer that this was a huge root cause for my body shutting down.

My mantra now is all about being as toxic-free as possible. I’m not saying that I walk around with a mask and gloves, but where possible and reasonable, I opt for toxin-free living.

Which brings me to Black Chicken Remedies. Recently I came across this brand and after reading about the founder Chey’s own personal health journey, I knew our health values were mutual.

Over the past month I have tried a range of Black Chicken Remedies products and I’m excited to share my experience here. It was really good timing when I decided to try them for the first time because I was about to head on a trip to Byron to spend a few relaxing days in a retreat for some much needed R&R.

My business had been keeping me really busy of late, and although I hadn’t been neglecting my health, I definitely was in need of a wellbeing boost.

The first product I tried was the Dry Shampoo.

I’m very fortunate to have been blessed with a thick head of hair, but believe me some days I dream of chopping it off! It’s high maintenance (the hair, not me haha) and I hadn’t come across anything natural and toxic-free that would extend the time between washes.

Being very aware that most standard dry shampoo has toxic ingredients like: Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Parabens, Alcohol Denat, and Talc, and knowing that your scalp absorbs things 5-10 times faster than other parts of your body, I was intrigued by the Black Chicken Remedies Dry Shampoo which has only natural ingredients.

In all honesty, I wondered if it would work! I love it when I’m proven wrong and when natural products work even better than synthetic and toxic versions. I can say that the Black Chicken Remedies Dry Shampoo has been a godsend. It’s surprisingly easy to apply and it works wonders! Even with the humidity I was able to get by without washing my hair for days. This picture was taken after I hadn’t washed my hair in days. It was greasy and it had lost it’s luster and fullness. I think my hands sum up my feelings exactly!

The next product on my hit list was the Cacao Revelation Mask.

I love a really good face mask, and this one had me at “cacao”. Cacao really is more than a super food. As a natural antioxidant it has anti-aging properties and is particularly good at healing skin at the cellular level. This is due to the high amounts of antioxidants in cacao which protect cells from oxidation. Health benefits aside, there’s just something so blissfully indulgent about having raw chocolate on your face, especially in combination with a relaxing bath which is exactly what I did after applying the mask.

After my face mask and bath, I tried out the range of skincare. I’m an avid traveler, and packing skincare is always difficult and more often than not results in a suitcase explosion of some sort.

 

The Balm of Ages™ got my attention

because it’s such a convenient product to carry around and it has so many different uses which means I only need to carry one product, not five. It comes in a palm-sized pot, and being a balm, it won’t spill! But this isn’t what got me excited.

Being super sensitive to skincare and with constant skin allergies I have to be really careful. I can’t use anything with chemicals or my skin will react and this sets off a chain reaction of symptoms (unfortunately one of the downsides of previous health conditions is that your body is ‘conditioned’ to react when it comes into contact with something it knows as foe).

For someone like myself with sensitive skin, this little pot of goodness has done wonders for me! I apply it on my lips and under my eyes as part of my little morning routine, leaving me not only glowing but also helping to restore a bit of life back into my face. Using incredibly powerful essential oils like frankincense and patchouli and other gorgeous ingredients like hemp seed oil, my skin has never felt so good (and trust me, I have tried a lot of different products!)

“I treated myself to some meditation in the open air, enhanced with a Serenity Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler to get me in the mood”

So far my Byron retreat had been nothing short of complete wonderlust! Although not completely work-free, my skin felt rejuvenated. Since I’ve returned, I’ve had a chance to extend and recreate my Byron experience, and last week I treated myself to some meditation in the open air, enhanced with a Serenity Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler to get me in the mood. I’ve never used anything like this before, but it definitely had a calming affect that set the scene for the most chilled and relaxing evening.

And I love that the Nasalettes are also travel friendly. I can literally carry it with me throughout the day and when I need a pick-me-up or mind reset, I have it on hand.

So my verdict? I actually feel so grateful to have come across a brand with the same ethos and values as my own. I can tell that all products have been carefully crafted and designed to provide healing and holistic health benefits.

Over the next few months I’ll be writing more about why your health is your number one asset. It is about listening to your body, respecting it, and taking a moment to feel.

If you’d like to read more about me and my journey, head on over to my blog at krumbled.com and follow me on instagram at @krumble

Thanks for listening and happy health!

Keira Rumble xx

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By Chey Birch, Creator of Black Chicken Remedies
Wednesday, 31 January 2018

  1. Less shampoo equals healthier hair
  2. Dry shampoo helps regulate oil production
  3. Dry shampoo is convenient and saves time
  4. Dry shampoo adds volume and texture to your hair
  5. Dry shampoo can deliver nutrients to your hair
  6. Dry shampoo can help prevent premature hair greying
  7. Decreases the effect of heat damage
  8. Dry shampoo is travel friendly
  9. Dry shampoo allows you to be more active without having to wash your hair
  10. Natural dry shampoo can treat hair lice

I didn’t realise how toxic washing my hair actually was. I always thought the steam and hot water from the shower would wash away the many chemicals in shampoo products and that would be the end of it!

But ignorance is bliss. After doing a lot of research, I now know that shampoo is a toxic storm and terrible for your health and immune system. This is because the natural oils in hair (produced by the immune system) actually act as a protective layer on the scalp and washing these oils away frequently, leaves the skin more vulnerable to absorbing toxins in shampoo.

The problem was that the more I washed my hair, the more I NEEDED to wash it. Each time I was stripping away natural oils, and just like when you cleanse your skin with chemical products, the body tries to replenish with more oil. When my hair is too oily it becomes flat, dull and lifeless and the only way to resurrect my luscious locks is to wash it again.

But, the less you wash the better for your overall health. Plus, who has time to wash their hair every day, then blow dry and add styling products? I am late for work just thinking about it!

How can shampooing be bad for my immune system?

Most commercial shampoo and conditioners contain toxic ingredients; in fact there are 12 really toxic ingredients in most of them. Here are just a few that are found in everyday shampoo:

Sodium-Lauryl-Sulfate – Foaming agent, also found in shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, face cleansers and several other personal care products.

Sodium-Lauryl-Sulfate

A known skin irritant and is also found in carpet cleaners, stain removers, pesticides and laundry detergent. Anything used to remove stains is potent and harsh and when it’s chemical-based, it’s a recipe for disaster. Not only is this ingredient bad for your health, it’s also a pollutant and toxic to fish and other aquatic animals.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Supposedly “natural” and derived from coconuts, this ingredient was voted “allergen of the year” in 2004 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. 14 years on and it’s still used in hair and body products!

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

A Petroleum-based ingredient often contaminated with pollutants and heavy metals, many of which are known carcinogens linked to a host of cancers.

And these are just a few. Other chemicals include Fragrances, Triclosan, Polysorbates, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride and Quaternium-15, the latter being a preservative that the European Union has deemed unsafe!

So imagine you wash your hair, sometimes even twice, in hot water and steam then rinse it off and it runs all over your body. It’s the perfect environment for the toxins to be absorbed straight into your body and scalp. Multiply that by 4 days per week or even 7 and you’re massively increasing your body’s toxic load. By this I mean your liver and kidneys are saying “Polyethylene Glycol … hasn’t that been linked to cancer? Quick let’s work overtime to get it out of here!”

Why is regular shampooing bad?

Every time you wash your hair, the foaming agents and chemicals in shampoos strip away natural oils from the hair follicle. When this happens, the body is less able to defend itself from toxins that enter via the skin layer. What’s more, the immune system is under pressure to produce more oil to prevent your hair from becoming dry and brittle. Enter more oil, followed by more shampoo and toxins, and so the vicious cycle continues! Even replacing just one wash per week with dry shampoo will help support your delicate immune system i.e. keep you healthy!

How does dry shampoo help?

Dry shampoo can help break this cycle as it absorbs excess oil and grease on the scalp, allowing you to push out the time between washes. I use it between washes and after exercise and I now only need to wash my hair once a week. This really has been a true game changer.

But beware – some dry shampoos do more harm than good.

Our Dry Shampoo does NOT contain Butane, Propane or Isobutane. It’s in powder form and is totally safe and natural for you to use!

I first heard about dry shampoo several years ago. Although the benefits were appealing to me, it was the harsh chemicals that kept me at bay.

Many of the dry shampoos made by big brands use powders like Talc as the active ingredient. Talc does a good job of absorbing moisture, however long term use of Talc has been under investigation to have an increased risk of cancers including lung cancer (from inhalation) and ovarian cancer (for women who use talc in nether regions)1. I simply wasn’t prepared to use a product with attached health risks just for the convenience of less hair washing.

Many dry shampoos still come in a spray can and that means something like Butane, Propane or Isobutane is needed to make it spray. These things are highly toxic to your body!

Chey Birch, Creator of Black Chicken Remedies using Dry Shampoo

Enter natural, non-toxic dry shampoo

For a while I’d been thinking about creating a healthy version of dry shampoo, with ingredients that would nourish my hair and not cause any harm to the body. I also wanted to reduce the amount of chemicals I was using on my hair through regular washing.

How is Black Chicken Remedies Dry Shampoo different?

There’s really no need for using toxic ingredients in hair products. Natural ingredients work just as well and are so much better for us. Our Dry Shampoo is made with all natural and non-toxic ingredients including Corn Starch, Bamboo Powder, Tapioca Powder and essential oils of Rosemary and Clary Sage.

I spent a lot of time researching and testing what would work best and nourish my hair at the same time. And as an added benefit, it also smells divine.

If you haven’t yet experienced the benefits of dry shampoo, here are my top reasons why you should try dry…

Chey xx

  • Less shampoo equals healthier hair

Have you ever looked at the ingredients list on the back of a shampoo bottle? Most shampoos use agents such as Ammonium Chloride, Glycol or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate along with a host of other chemicals to create a foamy lather when mixed with water. The more often you wash, the more chemicals you are feeding your hair. Over time this will damage your hair and scalp. Sometimes this leads to dry hair, premature greying, dandruff and a dry, itchy scalp. The best way to combat these issues is to limit the use of conventional shampoos.

  • Dry shampoo helps regulate oil production

Although washing your hair leaves it looking and feeling clean and fresh, we all know this is temporary. After a few days, your hair becomes oily once more and requires washing again. It’s natural for your hair to be slightly oily, but dry shampoo allows you to manage the amount of oil and increase the time between washes.

  • Dry shampoo is convenient and saves time

It takes less than a minute to apply and you don’t need water! In fact you don’t even need to shower and you can use it anywhere. Keep it in your gym bag to apply after a workout and you can simply style and go. Save time getting ready for work and social outings by removing the dreaded hair-wash and blow-dry routine.

  • Dry shampoo adds volume and texture to your hair

The natural powders used will add weight/volume to your hair, just use your fingers to create texture and style. This is particularly good for thin and fine hair which tends to fall flat especially when on the oily side. The Bamboo adds lift and volume while Silica (contained in Diatomaceous Earth* Powder) helps improve damaged hair and soothes irritated scalps. Use it as a styling product and create beautiful do’s.

*Certified organic ingredients

Our Dry Shampoo contains natural and remedial ingredients to help you revive and energise your hair

  • Dry shampoo can deliver nutrients to your hair

Our Dry Shampoo is a great way to treat your hair to plant-based nutrients and essential oils including rosemary and clary sage. Use as a ‘leave-in’ treatment and as often as you like to help keep your locks as healthy as possible.

  • Dry shampoo can help prevent premature hair greying

By eliminating chemicals, your hair will stay healthier and naturally vibrant for longer. We have used Rosemary essential oil, well known to nourish the scalp and hair follicles, helping to stimulate hair growth and prevent premature greying.

  • Decreases the effect of heat damage

After washing your hair, what’s the first thing you do? Blow dry, often followed by flat ironing or curling. Excessive heat creates damaged, irreparable ends. By extending your time between washes you reduce the need for heat to dry your hair after washing, taking the pressure off your hair and scalp.

  • Dry shampoo is travel friendly

Our dry shampoo comes in powder form so perfectly safe to take with you in carry-on bags and suitcases. It’s light and easy to carry around every day. It’s the perfect hair product to take to warmer climates with high humidity to keep oil and grease away.

  • Dry shampoo allows you to be more active without having to wash your hair

One of the things I love about dry shampoo is that I can exercise without having to factor in extra time to wash my hair after a workout. Which means I can exercise more… win win!

  • Natural dry shampoo can treat hair lice

That’s right! We use a safe and natural ingredient called diatomaceous earth, which is hailed as a natural pesticide. It’s used in a range of food and home-care products, it’s non-toxic and it’s proven effective in killing small insects including lice!

Try dry shampoo for yourself

To apply, just separate hair into sections and sprinkle the powder onto your scalp. Gently massage for up to one minute and comb or brush out any excess powder through the length of your hair if required.

I’m so excited to share our new Black Chicken Remedies Dry Shampoo. The natural, aromatic and remedial ingredients will give you fresh, healthy hair every time.

DRY SHAMPOO

GOODBYE TO GREASY HAIR AND HELLO PINE FRESH LOCKS

 

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Sleep. We all need it, and despite our best efforts, sometimes we need a little help catching some quality winks.

Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are now all too common. Australian adults get an average of seven hours of sleep per night, an hour less than the recommended eight hours. Not only that, most of us are waking up at least twice each night.

What’s keeping us awake?

The number one sleep distraction (after needing to go to the toilet) is not being able to switch off the mind. Yep! We are keeping ourselves awake with thoughts about our day, what’s coming up, all the things on our to-do lists and anything the monkey mind decides to fixate on.

Your eyelids are heavy, but your thoughts are heavier. Sound familiar?

Mind chatter rates even higher as a sleep disrupter than noise distractions and being disturbed by partners and pets! So as easy as it is to blame snoring spouses or dogs who think they are on security alert, it’s really our thoughts that prevent us from slipping away into dreamland.

Why is sleep so important?

Quality sleep and rest is directly related to good health and wellbeing. In fact, your body is able to do the most amount of healing and restoring when it’s in deep sleep.

The importance of sleep has been known for centuries! Even Aristotle believed that sleep is a time of physical renewal, way back in 350 BC. We know it’s essential, yet we tend to deprive ourselves way too often.

Ongoing sleep deprivation is linked to a host of ill health, such as an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. It’s also linked to premature ageing and can impact on concentration and memory.

We all know the heavy feeling of waking up after a terrible night’s sleep and how hard it is to power through the day. A lack of sleep makes it so much harder to think clearly and perform at our best.

There’s no better way to offer ourselves self love that by prioritising quality sleep.

How do we improve our sleep?

The key to a good night’s sleep is to relax the mind (and body). Getting yourself into a relaxed state before you hit the hay is essential to having a peaceful slumber. But in our modern world of long hours of work, exposure to technology and often having late nights, winding down isn’t always easy.

For many of us, we need more than just finding a quiet space to switch off our mind and succumb to the feeling of total relaxation. The obvious things are to block out loud noises, switch off screens (especially phones and computers) and to avoid large meals, caffeine and alcohol just before bed.

The mind needs time to wind down so avoid too much mental stimulation. But if the monkey mind just won’t let up, there are other ways to switch it off. An important factor is establishing a good sleep rhythm.

The role of our natural circadian rhythm

We are designed to rise and fall with the sun. The sun contains different light variants throughout the day, and the different light defused can help our body release hormones to wake us in the morning (thanks to cortisol) and make us sleepy at night (thanks to melatonin).

But this isn’t always possible for those of us who live a little south of the equator. In winter we often rise and fall in darkness, and in summer, most of us sleep past sunrise.

Fortunately in our modern world, there are other ways we can naturally induce hormones and promote relaxation in the mind and body when its time for some shut-eye.

Whether you sleep at night or during the day (such as if you are a shift worker or enjoy the occasional cat nap) we can all improve our sleep any time of day.

Essential oils can be a great way to help our body find a natural sleep rhythm and help you find your inner calm before bed.

Essential oils and quality sleep

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years as supplements to improve overall health and wellbeing. There are many different essential oils with remedial benefits to aid a good night’s sleep. Some of our favourites include:

Lavender – whether dried or in oil form, lavender has a soothing, fragrant scent which has a very calming and relaxing effect on the body.

Cedarwood – as an essential oil, Cedarwood helps to release melatonin, the hormone that signals the body to go to sleep. So it’s no wonder that it is essential to drifting away into deep sleep.

Bergamot – slightly citrus, bergamot essential oil is uplifting yet relaxing. It’s often used in perfumes and fragrances and also as a natural cleanser in cosmetics. It’s a beautiful addition to aromatherapy remedies.

Cinnamon – with a myriad of remedial uses, cinnamon is one of the most potent essential oils on the planet. It is used for decreasing inflammation, calming the nervous system, increasing circulation and even relieving depression. Cinnamon helps the body return to a more natural state and assists the mind to do so also.

Vetiver – rich and earthy, vetiver has a grounding effect on the body so it’s great for overall wellbeing and reconnecting the mind and body.

Marjoram – called the “herb of happiness” by the Romans, Majoram is extremely soothing and helps to calm the nerves.

Black Chicken Remedies Sleep Repair Pack

Quality sleep will change your life. If you’re not sleeping soundly, it may be worth considering a few essential oil supplements to help you nod off.

Because sleep is something we all need (and let’s face it, most of us need more quality and quantity sleep) we have put together a Sleep Repair Pack. Each pack contains:

Slumber Essential Oil Blend

This gorgeous remedial essential oil blend is specifically formulated to reduce nervous tension and anxiety and promote deep relaxation. You can use it as a diffuser or with an inhaler such as our Slumber Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler. It contains five essential oils with remedial benefits as well as providing a beautiful scent from cedarwood, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Vetiver and Marjoram.

You can even add a few drops to your pillow or a tissue and hold close to your nose as you drift away.

Slumber Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler

Our signature inhalers provide a simple and convenient way to breathe in the benefits of essential oils. They’re little pocket diffusers you can take anywhere with you, refillable, and full of potent, targeted all-natural goodness.

Our slumber inhaler focuses on wellbeing before bedtime, however if you’re suffering from congestion and upper respiratory ailments which may keep you awake, try our Respire Essential Oil Blend combination.

Pyramedial™ The Scent of Sleep

As the name alludes to, our Pyramedial™ is quite literally a pyramid filled with heavenly scented goodness. For eons the pyramid has been a symbol of life force energy – a shape that resonates with earth’s magnetic field. Its energetic power has been understood by ancient cultures to attract positive etheric energy and convert negative ones. Now imagine a pyramid filled with the purest lavender to relieve nervous tension and insomnia – that’s what we call pyramid power.

Put this bundle of goodness beside your bed or between your pillows and ease into some of the most relaxing and restorative sleeps you’ve ever had.

Featherlite Silk Eye Mask

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as an eye mask to relieve tired eyes. Our Featherlite Silk Eye Mask is incredibly gently against delicate eyelashes and the skin around your eyes. There’s little to no pressure at all upon your eyelids so all you need to do is unwind and be transported to destination calm.

But first, sleep

If we haven’t convinced you of the importance of sleep, perhaps you are yet to experience just how amazing you can feel with a healthy sleep pattern! Don’t forget that if you have a partner they will also benefit from any improvements you make to your sleep, as well as co-workers and anyone you spend time with day-to-day. So this could be a win-win situation for everyone concerned 😉

 

Sleep Repair Pack

SLEEP REPAIR PACK

FEEL THE RELIEF OF A POWERFUL REMEDIAL SLEEP

Changing your life, one breath at a time

Imagine that you can change your mood, change your health and change your world simply by breathing in.  A home, where you can lift vitality or drift into relaxation whenever you need to.  A workplace, where you can fight lethargy, boost productivity and enhance creativity.  Imagine it, and then make it real.

For good or bad, the molecules we inhale do change us physiologically and psychologically, and those changes can be powerful.  And fast.  This is the science behind aromatherapy and the path to taking charge of your health, your confidence, and your life.

It’s a truth that’s been well known and practised for thousands of years.  Apart from regular exercise, inhaling essential oils and breathing the air you choose may be the most important step you’ll ever take to physical, psychological and emotional good health.

How does aromatherapy actually work?

Want more energy, better sleep and a stronger immune system?  Then you’ll need to get the very best out of those essential oils.  How you access these remedial benefits is crucial, and that means we need to think about one of the most vital and totally taken-for-granted parts of our physiology!  Our sense of smell and the olfactory system.

When you inhale essential oils, the molecules reach thousands of receptors in the olfactory membrane in your nose and follow the chemosensory pathway to reach, almost immediately, the limbic system of the brain.  This is the oldest part of the brain in evolutionary terms and is often called the “emotional” brain.

The limbic system connects directly with other parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance.

So how does inhaling essential oils improve health? 

When we inhale through the nostrils, the molecules we breathe in quickly interact with the olfactory organs and the brain.  Some molecules are also carried to the lungs and respiratory system.  This is how inhaling essential oils can have an immediate and clinically quantifiable effect on respiration, pulse and blood pressure and on the central nervous system in general.

“Essential oil constituents absorbed via inhalation may enter the bloodstream and reach the central nervous system with relative ease.” (Tisserand, R. Essential Oil Safety)

Because of this direct olfactory pathway to specific areas of the brain, inhaling essential oils can work very quickly and much more efficiently than oral remedies. From when you first inhale the oil to the corresponding brain trigger and gland secretion is less than a few seconds.

How do we know aromatherapy works scientifically?

Although this information has been understood for thousands of years, with ancient Egyptians using odours to treat disease and ancient Greeks writing books on the healing properties of essential oils, scientific studies continue to this day.

A clinical study at the University of Vienna, Austria (J. Lehrner, 2000) took 72 people awaiting dental treatment and split them into a control group and an odour group.  The odour group waited in a room where orange oil (Citrus sinenis) was diffused.  Clinical assessment showed that the people in the odour group quickly became calmer and felt more positive, with lower levels of anxiety than those in the control group. This study scientifically confirmed the relaxing, uplifting properties of this diffused essential oil.

What’s the best way to inhale essential oils?

Diffusers are an easy and effective way to bring aroma into your home and work environments but with the right choice, it’s obvious a diffuser can deliver many more benefits.  A good diffuser lets you get the most from the valuable properties of remedial essential oil blends and gives you more active management of your mental, physical and emotional health.

So what’s the best diffuser to use with essential oils?

There’s a bewildering range of brands, types and claims when it comes to diffusers and they can have very different capabilities and effectiveness.  Some are little more than air fresheners, others only work in small confined spaces, and others use heat to disperse the oils.  Applying heat to essential oils may break down or change some of the chemical components and remedial properties, destroying their potency.  It’s best to choose a diffuser that doesn’t rely on heat to push out the scent.

Fan diffusers move air across a surface that contains essential oils carrying scent molecules into the air.  Evaporative diffusers allow the oil to be exposed to the air and slowly evaporate.  These tend to have a limited range and suit small spaces.

Nebulising diffusers use cold air under pressure to force oil molecules into an atomizer. Fine particles of the oils are then pumped into the air and can be inhaled.

Ultrasonic diffusers work a little differently for optimal effect.  Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser from Black Chicken Remedies is an ultrasonic diffuser with a permeable porcelain body.  It works by creating small intense vibrations (2.5 million vibrations per second) in essential oils with a little water, releasing a superfine soft mist which gently humidifies the air and disperses the potent remedial properties of the oils.

This type of ultrasonic diffusion allows optimal inhalation without irritating sensitive airways or altering the vital components and valuable remedial properties of the oils.

With the Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser, those essential oil molecules can be inhaled through nose and mouth, reaching the brain, lungs and bloodstream in a matter of seconds for a fast and powerful effect.

Here’s a couple of things you need to think about.

A good diffuser will gently maximise the remedial effect of pure essential oil blends without causing irritation.  Powerful diffusion, gentle action.

The Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser will do exactly that and give you three to seven hours of blissful aromatherapeutic air.

Where can you find great essential oil blends for your diffuser?

How you respond mentally and physically to the Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser will be determined by the specific qualities, balance and synergy of the essential oil blend you choose.  Black Chicken Remedies has spent many years testing and fine-tuning a range of pure remedial essential oil blends to target many health concerns.

Black Chicken Remedies carefully blended essential oils may be relaxants or stimulants and can help with a range of health issues, including insomnia, nervous tension and congestion.  They can improve concentration and mental clarity, and help to alleviate mental and physical fatigue and anxiety.

Many essential oils have antibacterial and antiviral effects, which help protect and strengthen your immune system when inhaled, as well as purifying your personal environment.

If you could choose the air you breathe, why wouldn’t you?

As you breathe in, relaxing oils will immediately bring a sense of calm, energising oils will push through those feelings of lethargy and fatigue, and decongesting oils will cleanse the air, helping you to breathe more easily and receive even more beneficial effects.

Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser with your favourite Black Chicken Remedies essential oil blend gives you a gorgeous start to every day. Improve your breathing capacity, uncover real awareness of your body’s miraculous capabilities, or take your meditation practice to a whole new level as you inhale deep healing and exhale stress and anxiety.  You’re going to really feel the difference – fast!

And at night, another divinely scented Black Chicken Remedies essential oil blend will help to trigger specific neurotransmitters in your brain, releasing serotonin and dopamine to give you blissful, uninterrupted sleep.

With the Black Chicken Remedies Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser and Black Chicken Remedies Essential Oil Blends at home and at work, you can surround yourself with goodness and choose the air you breathe, knowing that every breath is a massive boost to your wellbeing and performance, whatever you’re doing.  At work, sleep and play, be the best you can be, just by breathing in.

Black Chicken Remedies Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser is available only to customers within Australia.

Yes, it is! Much like our seasonal diets, our skin needs a bit of seasonal TLC to keep it looking and feeling its best year-round.

Our diet changes by the seasons – in winter we relish hearty warming meals, and coming into Spring we love all things fresh and green.

Our skin also experiences its own seasonal changes, and in Spring it’s the perfect time to revitalise and re-energise our outer cells.

So while we dine on fresh salads and detox with green juices, Spring is a time to shed our winter layers.

Why does our skin become dry through winter?

Our skin is our largest organ, and just like our other vital organs, it needs essential vitamins, minerals and hydration. In winter, the humidity drops and there’s less moisture in the air, and so from the outside our skin is less hydrated.

There’s nothing like a nice hot shower on a cold day right? As luxurious as it may feel, hot water and skin are not the best of friends. Instead of adding hydration, hot water actually strips away the natural oils on our skin leaving it feeling dry, tight and often itchy and flakey. Try cooling down the temperature of your showers and your skin will love you for it.

While we shower in hot water, we tend to drink less water in the cooler months because we feel less thirsty. Our skin is the last organ to receive water from the body, so when we are less hydrated, unfortunately our skin takes the hit.

How to nourish your skin in Spring

This time of year, our skin is craving extra hydration and seasonal nutrients. Drinking water and eating a healthy diet full of nutrient-rich foods is helpful, but there’s also a lot of things we can do on the outside to give our skin an extra boost in Spring.

In the lead up to summer, it’s important to remove the dead cells that protected us through the cooler months, and replenish skin to give you that glowing, radiant summer-ready bod.

Did you know that most of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the bloodstream? True story! And in Spring our skin is ready to absorb a seasonal feast after being banished away through winter.

But before you go and lather yourself with this week’s market shop, it’s important to know that some natural ingredients are more beneficial than others.

Firstly, in order to penetrate the deeper layers of our skin, natural and essential oils work best.

Essential oils are (essentially) like taking vitamins and supplements – they are far more concentrated in their nutrients therefore they deliver far more nourishment to our skin.

Secondly, we’re sorry to inform you that our skin doesn’t only absorb the good. Anti-nutrients and toxins such as chemicals and fragrances used in mass-produced and artificially-made skincare are also absorbed, and this is not good news for our overall health. Many skincare brands also use ingredients which cause inflammatory symptoms to people with food sensitivities. Gluten is often used in skincare, and so are soy-based products which, when absorbed into the body, can cause many issues including hormone imbalances.

So if you wouldn’t eat it, why would you put it on your skin? Always read labels and use skincare made with natural ingredients. Hint hint 😉

What’s in season for Spring?

The sun is shining and this time of year we love vibrant sources of plant-based nutrients. Coming out of winter our skin microbes go crazy for natural and essential oils because they are so effective in replenishing nutrients which aid in the repair and re-generation of skin cells.

So what’s on the menu? Here’s just a few of our favourite Spring ingredients for our skin:

  • Avocado oil – one of the most nutrient-dense, plant-based foods on the planet and an amazing source of vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E. Perfect for nourishing dry, climate damaged skin.
  • Rosehip oil – providing essential fatty acids and helps our skin rebuild, rosehip is also known to combat free radicals that cause skin damage. That’s why it’s loved for its anti-ageing properties as it will preserve skin cells.
  • Hazelnut oil – this essential oil penetrates deep into our skin and helps to tone and tighten. It also provides a healthy dose of fatty acids and is linked to lowering cholesterol.
  • Nutmeg essential oil – nutmeg stimulates the mind and has analgesic properties – a great natural remedy for any aches and pains.
  • Vitamin E oil – one of the best known anti-oxidants for the skin; take care to always use a non GMO source (we always have and always will!)
  • Sandalwood essential oil – your skin will feel like it’s just done a yoga class! Sandalwood has a calming and harmonising affect and will help reduce tension. It also has the added benefit of rehydrating skin and relieving itching and inflammation.
  • Patchouli essential oil – used in Chinese medicine to treat skin ailments and scars, this soothes the nervous system whilst regenerating skin tissue and stimulating regrowth of skin cells.
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil – known to invigorate the mind, it also has tension relieving properties and can lift your mood. As if that isn’t enough, it also stimulates our libido!

How do we feed our skin for the Spring season?

Step 1 – scrub and polish

First off, after winter we need to remove the outer layer of skin cells. A natural scrub with a mild abrasive, such as Himalayan pink salt, is a great way to polish the skin and prime it for seasonal nourishment.

A scrub is also an excellent way to stimulate blood flow, and our Love Your Body Polish combines Himalayan pink salt with 12 therapeutic oils – delivering every mineral and trace element found in the human body as well as an abundance of nutrients. This will breathe new life into your skin.

Step 2 – good oil

Once you’ve scrubbed, your skin will be ready to lap up nutrients in the form of natural and essential oils. Many people believe that applying oil to your skin leaves your skin oily, but this is not the case! Our skin already produces its own natural oils – the trouble is, we often strip these away by taking hot showers, shaving and using soaps and skincare full of toxins.

Good oils derived from plant-based sources are essential for optimal skin health.

Don’t be tempted to lather skin with a moisturiser full of chemicals and fragrances. Once you’ve scrubbed away the dead cells, it’s really important to only feed your skin good ingredients.

We recommend our Love Your Body Oil which contains 12 essential oils and is designed to perfectly nourish your skin. We don’t want to claim this product as life changing, but it kind of is. Created to replace a multitude of nasty products found in most bathrooms, this nourishing multi remedial oil contains nothing but the best natural ingredients.

And in case you were wondering, on top of the nutrients delivered to the skin, every ingredient we use in our range has a remedial benefit far beyond skin health.

After your ‘Love Your Body’ treatment, don’t be surprised if you have an extra Spring in your step (pun intended!) But seriously, you will feel amazing and feel the benefits far beyond skin health. Essential oils have an overwhelmingly positive affect on our mental health, so be prepared to feel clear, centred and ready to take on the world.

Spring skin essentials (in case you missed them!):

Now go and enjoy Spring!