Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Reclaimed" Rose Cologne


I use a lot of Rose Otto Essential Oil and it is one darn' tootin' EXPENSIVE ingredient.  I pay $32 per ml or about one dollar PER DROP  for the stuff. Did you know that it takes about 40 roses to produce that one drop?  I save up my empty bottles because each bottle has a tiny amount of essential oil coating the inside of the bottle and lid (if your bottle smells like roses, there is still some inside!!). You see, Rosa damascena (Rose Otto) has a high amount of rose wax which causes a thin layer to remain behind. I use 75.5% Grain Alcohol to remove the little bit that remains and then dilute it with some Rose Water to make a very delightful Rose Cologne. It is not too strong, but rather "just right".  It has a faint amount of rose essence that lasts for several hours.  I usually make it in a 1/2 ounce glass roller ball applicator.  HINT: place your empty containers with the lids tightly closed in a small bowl of hot water to help melt the rose wax. The more empty bottles you have, the stronger the rose aroma.  You may never go through three bottles, so you can use more Rose Water instead of Vodka if you like. 

Even a single empty bottle will deliver enough "reclaimed" essential oil to create a lovely cologne.


Fresh-Picked Beauty's "Reclaimed" Rose Cologne

1 part 75% Grain Alcohol
1 part Rose Water
empty Rose Otto Essential Oil bottles

Place the grain alcohol into the bottles and shake very well.  Pour into your roller ball container.  Place the Rose Water into the empty bottles and shake very well, pour into the roller ball container.  You may notice that your cologne has little "floaters" in it...don't worry, it is just the solidified rose wax.  I simply warm up the bottle by rubbing it between my warm hands for a few moments and then shake well before applying. 

Pomegranate & Argan Facial Oil for Night

I made a small 5 ml bottle of a wonderful Pomegranate & Argan Facial Oil for Night with the new essential oils I recently purchased.  I chose Carrot Seed, Rose Otto, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Helichrysum and Neroli essential oils.  All of these essential oils are wonderful for the skin and provide excellent nourishing properties.  Paired along with Pomegranate and Argan oils, this is one potent and protective skin serum for nighttime. The ingredients are a bit pricy, but this only makes 5 ml which can last for one month. 

I bought all the essential oils (except the Rose Otto) from Mountain Rose Herbs

Pomegranate Seed Oil is a  luxurious and deeply penetrating oil from the cold pressed organic seeds of Pomegranate fruit. This highly prized oil which is naturally high in flavonoids and punicic acid is remarkable for the skin and has numerous dietary benefits as well. Deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer, Pomegranate seed oil provides powerful anti-oxidant benefits for numerous skin ailments including eczema, and psoriasis and gently challenges free radicals that damage and age the skin. A great ally to have in your cosmetic creations or as a stand alone product to help nourish and develop healthy skin cell regeneration. You can purchase it at Mountain Rose Herbs

Argan Oil is a very rare and exquisite oil that is meticulously expeller pressed from the fruit kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree. Argan oil is rich in natural tocopherols (vitamin E) and phenols, carotenes, squalene and fatty acids, making it a truly luxurious oil. Argan oil absorbs quickly and is often used in skin, nail and hair treatments to deliver deep hydration, strengthen brittle hair and nails, and prevent/reduce stretch marks. I like Mountain Rose Herbs Argan Oil because it is Certified Organic through OTCO.

Just 2 ml of each oil is all it takes. 
Fresh-Picked Beauty's  Pomegranate & Argan Facial Oil for Night

2 ml Pomegranate Oil
2 ml Argan Oil
2 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
2 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
2 Helichrysum Essential Oil
1 drop Rose Otto Essential Oil
1 drop Neroli Essential Oil

Mix all ingredients together in a small 5 ml dropper bottle. Shake well before use. Use within 6 months.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs, please review my disclosure page for details. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.   

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick

I admit that I am often inspired to create my beauty recipes from well-known skincare products I find at a particular store in the mall.  There is a particular brand (I won't name names!) that offers an Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick that promises to moisturize you from head-to-toe and costs over $20 for just over a half ounce.  I took a look at the ingredients and noticed the first ingredient is not even Argan oil, it is Apricot Kernel Oil.  I also realized I had just about every ingredient at home in my pantry.  I took this as a challenge to create my own recipe where the FIRST ingredient would be Argan Oil!!! I actually like my version better than the name brand product I tested. 


I assembled my ingredients (most of which came from Mountain Rose Herbs). I also found some small little oval twist up tubes, but you can use lip balm tubes or even little jars if you like.

There are three phrases to this beauty recipe.  You have the wax phase, the butters phase and the oil phase.  You will need to heat these separately since the Argan Oil and the Evening Primrose Oils should be kept at the lowest heat possible. I highly recommend you invest in a kitchen scale that measures in grams.  It makes it so easy when crafting beauty recipes.

My recipe makes enough to fill 5 of the small oval twist-up tubes.

Below are the labels I used. Feel free to copy and/or print them for yourself.

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick


25 grams Argan Oil
15 grans Evening Primrose Oil
12 grams Beeswax
10 grams Cocoa Butter
7 grams Soy Wax
5 grams Shea Butter
5 grams Mango Butter
3 grams Vitamin E Oil
3 grams Wheat Germ Oil
1.5 ml Rosemary Extract (40 drops)
30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
15 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Fill a large Dutch oven with about 4 inches of water and bring to a low simmer.  In a small glass measuring cup, add in the beeswax and soy wax. Place in the water bath to melt.  Once the waxes have melted, measure the cocoa butter, Shea butter and mango butter into another glass measuring cup and place in the water bath to melt.  Add the Argan oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Rosemary Extract and essential oils in yet another glass measuring cup.  As soon as the waxes have fully melted, place the Argan oil mix into the water bath to heat for 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat but leave all three glass measuring cups in the hot water.  Quickly and carefully pour the waxes into the butters, mix well.  Quickly and carefully pour the waxes/butters into the Argan oil mix.  You will notice that the liquid will start to harden, but continue to mix until remelted. If your water bath is not hot enough to remelt the liquid, return the pot to a low flame until the mixture is fully melted.  Quickly and carefully fill your containers to the very very top with the melted liquid.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes, cap and continue to cool until hardened. Enjoy!!!





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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs, please review my disclosure page for details. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.   

 


Monday, June 18, 2012

Galbanum & Manuka Honey Egg White Face Mask


I found a tub of dried egg whites on sale at the grocery store and tossed it in my shopping cart with plans to use it for crafting an egg white mask.  I like the pore tightening and drawing properties of the egg whites when they dry on my face.  I notice an immediate, albeit temporary reduction in pore size too.  I normally add in active Manuka Honey and hydrosol.  This time I added in my recently purchased Galbanum Essential Oil. Apply a thin layer to the face and neck and allow to dry for about 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and your face will feel wonderful.  I  use this mask three days in a row and the recipe will provide for enough.  Enjoy!!!

 Simply measure 8 grams of dried powdered egg white into a small bowl.

Next, measure in 10 grams of Orange Blossom hydrosol (or your favorite). Whisk to combine into a smooth paste.

Add in 5 grams of Manuka Honey (or your favorite local honey). Mix well.

Finally, add in 20 drops of Galbanum Essential Oil. Mix well.  Using a foundation brush, apply a thin layer to clean dry skin.  Allow to dry completely (about 30 minutes). Rinse with warm water.  Avoid eyes, nose and mouth. 


This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs, please review my disclosure page for details. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Galbanum Essential Oil

I just purchased a small bottle of Galbanum Essential Oil and thought I would share some information about it with you.  Traditionally, Galbanun (Ferula galbaniflua) has a long history as incense.  The resin may be burned, and the oil has been used as a fixative in perfumes.  Medicinally it has been used on wounds and skin disorders.  It contains analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balsamic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypotensive, restorative and tonic properties.  Galbanum Essential Oil may benefit abscesses, acne, boils, cuts, inflammations, mature skin, muscle aches and pains, nervous tension, poor circulation, scar tissue and sallow skin tone.

In astrology galbanum is associated with the Libra (My Zodiac sign!!). In Tarot galbanum is linked with The Fool.  This is a "Generally considered safe" essential oil that is wonderful to mix with a carrier oil and apply to scar tissue and mature skin.

The largest producing countries of the essential oil are Turkey and Iran.  I personally enjoy the strong fresh, woody, spicy aroma and plan to craft it into a perfume soon.  I am also working on a skin serum and will post the recipe soon. 

This is a Koehler Image of the Galbanum plant. Published in the public domain. 
You can purchase a 1/2 ounce bottle of Galbanum Essential Oil at Mountain Rose Herbs for only $19.50 (as of 6/14/12). Head over to MountainRoseHerbs.com to order. 

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs, please review my disclosure page for details. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 


Friday, June 8, 2012

Ginseng & Astragalus Balancing Mask

Everyday this week I have been applying my handcrafted Ginseng & Astragalus Balancing Mask to help clarify and balance my skin.  Astragalus root extract is the chief energy tonic of traditional Asian medicine.  Its constituents include Astragalosides and other immunostimulant polysaccharides, beta-sitosterol, flavonoids, and trace minerals, especially selenium. Chinese Ginseng (Panax ginseng) has "warming" properties that may help tone and revitalize the skin.  I also add in Matcha tea which is made from young green tea leaves and is a wonderful antioxidant.  This recipe makes enough product for seven days of masks.  You can even do your neck!!

This will be the Oil/Wax Phase. I chose Kukui Nut Oil and Baobab Oil, but you can choose any oil you like.

You can purchase Tinctures/Extracts from Mountain Rose Herbs or your local health food store.  When I don't make my own tinctures, I like to order from Mountain Rose Herbs or buy HerbPharm ones. 

This is Matcha Tea.  I drink several cups of this a day!!!

Here is a photo of both Bentonite Clay and White Kaolin Clay. You can use a mix of both or just one.

I chose two essential oils.  Palmarosa and Patchouli are both great to help balance the skin and open pores.

Ginseng & Astragalus Balancing Mask
10 grans Baobab Seed Oil
10 grams Kukui Nut Oil
3 grams Emulsifying Wax NF
2 grams Stearic Acid
50 grams Aloe Vera Gel
10 grams Witch Hazel Extract
8 grams Ginseng Tincture
8 grams Astragalus Tincture
1/4 teaspon Xanthan Gum
2 grams Vitamin E Oil
1 gram Matcha Tea
10 grams  White Kaolin Clay
15 grams Bentonite Clay
10 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
20 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil

In a glass measuring cup, add in the Baobab Seed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Emulsifying Wax and Stearic Acid.  Place in a simmering water bath.  In another glass measuring cup, add in the Aloe Vera Gel, Witch Hazel Extract, Ginseng Tincture, Astragalus Tincture and Xanthan Gum.  Gently heat both mixtures until the wax and oil is melted and they are both within 5 degrees of each other.  Pour both mixtures into a glass bowl and whisk with either a handheld mixer or stick blender for 5 minutes.  Add in the Vitamin E Oil and Matcha Tea and whisk for another 5 minutes.  Add in the White Kaolin Clay and Bentonite Clay and mix for another 5 minutes.  Add in the Essential Oils and whisk for another 5 minutes. Mixture should be nice and thick now.

This is what it looks like when you are whisking to combine the oil and water phases.

 Mixing in the Matcha Tea. 

Mixing in the Clays.

To use: Apply a thick layer to clean skin. Avoid eye area.  Keep it on for 20 to 25 minutes and rinse off with warm water.  Avoid using if you are pregnant or nursing, taking any medication or have any health concerns. Discontinue using if irritation occurs. Do not eat!!

For best results, store in a tightly lidded container in the fridge. Use within 30 days. 

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs, please review my disclosure page for details. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Gentleman's Face Serum



I crafted this recipe just in time for Father's Day.  Make the special guy in your life a bottle of this skin soothing and protecting serum. I chose Argan and Jojoba oils to be easily absorbed, along with toning Hazelnut oil and a bit of protecting Sea Buckthorn oil.  The essential oil blend includes ones for healing, wrinkles and mature skin.  I also added in delicious Neroli essential oil and woodsy Sandalwood.  This formula also doubles as a beard conditioning oil too.  Happy Father's Day!!!

A Gentleman's Face Serum

20 grams Argan Oil
20 grams Jojoba Oil
15 grams Hazelnut Oil
5 grams Sea Buckthorn Oil
2 grams Vitamin E Oil
5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
5 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
5 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
5 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil
5 drops Neroli Essential Oil
5 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil

Blend all ingredients well in an amber colored dropper bottle.  Massage a few drops into clean skin in the morning and before bed. 



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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs, please review my disclosure page for details. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Essential Oils For Acne

I have had acne off and on since I was a teenager. I am 37 and still get occasional blemishes.  Sometimes acne is caused by inflammation, stress, anxiety, infection, hormonal imbalance, lifestyle, diet and other underlying issues.  For me personally, I have had to treat both the outside and the inside of my body to see results. Sometimes I have looked to essential oils to benefit my condition and have had good results.  Here is a list of essential oils that my benefit acne.  I suggest that you work with a qualified medical professional to help you understand what causes your acne before you try essential oils.  Depending on your condition (i.e. infection, congestion, hormonal imbalance, inflammation), there are specific compounds in essential oils that may be the best therapeutic choice.  As always, if you are pregnant, nursing or have any other health issue, you need to consult with your doctor first.  Essential oils always need to be diluted before you apply them to your skin. 

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin
Essential Oils That May Be Beneficial For Acne: 


Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) *Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)*Avoid while pregnant.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) *Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

Chamomile, Blue (Matricaria recutita) *Avoid while pregnant.

Chamomile, Roman (Anthemis nobilis) *May cause skin irritation.

Chamomile, Moroccan  (Ormenis mixta)

Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus) *Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) *Avoid in hypotension, estrogen dependant cancers, and while pregnant.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) *Avoid while pregnant or breastfeeding, and in hypertension.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora) *Avoid while pregnant and with homeopathics.

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) *Avoid in epilepsy, estrogen dependant cancers, and while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) *Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) *Avoid while pregnant. Phototoxic.

Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)

Juniper (Juniperus communis) *Avoid in kidney disease and while pregnant.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lemon (Citrus limon) *May cause skin irritation. Phototoxic.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) *May cause skin irritation.

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) *Phototoxic.

Litsea cubeba (Litsea cubeba) *May cause skin irritation.

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

Melissa (Melissa officinalis) *May cause skin irritation.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) *Avoid while pregnant.

Myrtle (Myrtus communis)

Niaouli (Melaleuca viridiflora)

Orange, bitter (Citrus aurantium) *May cause skin irritation. Phototoxic.

Orange, sweet (Citrus sinensis)

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) *May cause skin irritation. Avoid while pregnant.

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) *Avoid in epilepsy and while pregnant. May cause skin irritation. Avoid with homeopathics.

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)

Ravensara (Agathophyllum aromatica) *Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

Rose (Rosa damascena) *Avoid while pregnant. Of Interest: It takes around 10,000 lbs of rose petals to distill one pound of oil.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) *Avoid in epilepsy, hypertension, and while pregnant. Avoid with homeopathics.

Sandalwood, Australian (Santalum spicatum)

Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) *May cause skin irritation.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) *Avoid in hypertension and while pregnant or breast-feeding. May cause skin irritation.

Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata) *Avoid while pregnant or breast-feeding.

I like to get my essential oils over at Mountain Rose Herbs.


Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs, please review my disclosure page for details. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.