Calendula: uses for skin, inflammation and sleep

My first memory of calendula was not in my grandmother’s garden, but in my mom’s. My brother and I were responsible for maintaining the yard. We would take turns mowing, raking leaves, trimming the edges along the sidewalk and pulling weeds.  It was when I pulled the weeds from the flower bed that I would look at this short, plain orange flower and wonder why my mother would bother with it, so I’d pull it out!  It just wasn’t as pretty as the dahlias (my favorite flower) or roses and it certainly didn’t smell as good as the carnations or tuberose! Of course, my mom would get upset and tell me to leave them alone, she needed them ‘for things.’ It wasn’t until years later, when my face started breaking out in middle school that I found out about the powerful benefits of this small, plain flower. My mom taught me how to dry the petals, steep them in olive oil and use the mixture to relieve the redness of my breakouts and to help dry them faster. After that, I found myself in love with calendula and use it in as many of our products as I can. Calendula is so easy to grow, even in our dry region of California with our clay-like soil. It’s drought tolerant and doesn’t require a lot of care. I pick the flowers when in full bloom and let them dry in the sun. When ready, I pull the petals off and throw the seeds back in the yard to create a new crop. The power of these amazing petals does much more than just soothe acne; calendula also works on rashes and wounds and it helps relieve sore throats, ear aches and inflammation. Plus it makes for a great sleepy-time tea when added to chamomile and honey. You can find calendula in these products:   

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The Backcountry Pirate: How Action Wipes Became a First Aid Essential

To say I was 20 miles from nowhere might be an understatement. Hiking back to something that resembled civilization (i.e. cell reception and a gas station) would have taken two days of walking (bushwacking part of it) and then two more hours of driving down a bumpy dirt road in Montana. In other words, swinging by a 24-hour urgent care clinic was out of the question. As I stumbled around the empty outfitter camp we had commandeered for the night – our ultralight backpacking tent strikingly out of place – I realized I would have to make do with whatever I could find in the quart-size Ziplock bag holding the sum total of our first aid supplies.  The pain in my eye was so searing it made it hard to think, or even talk – let alone pack up to hike 3,000 feet over a mountain pass, which was the one and only thing on our agenda for the day. The day prior a tree limb had scratched my eye. It was raining out, so I had my sunglasses off, but my hat on. The brim of my hat blocked my peripheral vision just enough that I didn’t see those pointy evergreen needles until it was too late. When the accident first happened, it hurt, but it wasn’t debilitating. However, after a night’s sleep, it was an entirely different story. Every time my eye lid fluttered open or closed, I felt like I was being knifed. I eventually blurted something out to my adventure friend, Theresa, that I needed an eye patch. We crafted one out of gauze and sports tape. It helped, but my eye still felt too dry to be comfortable. Then I thought about Action Wipes, which I had brought along for the more sensible purpose of wiping trail and river grime off my body (#noshowersouthere).  I remember asking myself, I wonder if Action Wipes are safe for my eyes? Then I almost laughed out loud. I’ve been helping Action Wipes with marketing for several months, and I myself had written several times, in blog posts and newsletters, how Action Wipes are safe for ALL body parts. I asked Theresa to help me put an Action Wipe under the eye patch we had made. And ... heaven descended! OK, that might be an exaggeration, but as anyone who has felt the sudden relief from searing pain can attest (I’m talking to all you moms who know what it’s like when your baby is finally born), there is something visceral about that moment – a whole body shudder and sigh. I felt upbeat enough to let Theresa comically draw an eye onto my patch and OK enough to hit the trail (log crossings over rivers with only one eye to look out of were ... umm, interesting!). I kept the eye patch on for the better part of that day and took lots of deep breaths. Over our remaining three days off the grid – backpacking and packrafting – I used Action Wipes regularly on my eye to clean out gook and dust. My vision wasn’t perfect, but it was SO much better. I was super relieved to be able to more or less see clearly as we navigated tricky whitewater. By the time I finally made it to an optometrist, five days after the accident, he couldn’t believe how composed I was – and by that time, how composed I truly felt. He looked through several instruments, determined I had done no permanent damage, gave me over-the-counter eye drops and told me I’d be back to 20/20 vision within a couple of weeks. Whew! The moral of the story? Get clear lenses for my sunglasses! Oh ... and in addition to packing Action Wipes for hygiene and generally feeling refreshed, throw a couple in your first aid kit – if not to make an eye patch, then use them to clean up scrapes and cuts.

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The Backcountry Pirate: How Action Wipes Became a First Aid Essential

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23 ways to use Action Wipes

Action Wipes are one of those items that are great for a whole lot of different situations and that people from all walks of life find useful. To illustrate their versatility we made a list of 23 different ways to use them! Take them on road trips to wipe off travel grime Prevent gnarly poison oak and poison ivy rashes by wiping down any areas exposed to these irritants Use them to freshen up in airports Wipe down your kids after playing in dirt, mud or sand (or after a visit to the petting zoo) Keep allergies at bay by using them to clean off grass, pet fur, etc. Pack them as an essential festival must-have (Action Wipes got their start at Burning Man™) Firefighters, keep toxins off your skin by wiping down with them while still on the fire scene Freshen up with them after yoga Clean up sweat and odor after a gym workout Keep your co-workers happy by wiping down after a lunch-hour run, bike, ski or surf Short on time? Use them as an alternative to a shower Use them on your pets’ paws, ears or anywhere else that needs it Bring them camping to feel as fresh as that mountain air Stay on top of hygiene (they’re safe for ANY and ALL body parts) Clean up after intimate moments Bike commute to work without worrying about what you’ll smell like when you arrive Wipe off scrapes and cuts before applying first aid Take them on bikepacking trips, cross-country cycling trips and motorcycle trips Inhale through the eucalyptus-infused cloth to help with nausea (a tip shared with us by ultrarunners) Repurpose them as prayer flags (after sending dirty ones through the washer) Repurpose them as dusting cloths (after sending dirty ones through the washer) Put dirty ones at the bottom of a shower and the remaining eucalyptus oils will steam up to give you a luxurious aromatherapy shower Give out the singles as a party gift, stocking stuffer or bartering item at Burning Man™    

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23 ways to use Action Wipes

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Why we created our new Healing Honey Body Scrub

When our founder Martha formulated the Healing Honey Body Scrub she had her own skin in mind.   “As a woman, I don’t want elephant skin as I get older! I want dewy, glowy, young and touchable skin! This sugar scrub is the most luscious thing you have ever tried in your life,” says Martha. The sugar scrub is a natural, mild exfoliate. Use it all over your body, including your face, before rinsing off in the shower or tub. As opposed to salt scrubs, sugar is much gentler on your skin. Featuring sugar, Pure Bee Goodness™ (everything but beeswax), grapeseed oil, almond oil, shea butter, goldenseal, calendula, rosemary and mint, the emollient ingredients leave your skin ultra-moisturized and amazingly touchable. The Healing Honey Body Scrub is available is both a scented and unscented version. Men, don’t be afraid to reach for this scrub when rinsing off. It is fantastic for athlete’s foot and repairing the nicks and cuts from a day out in the brush…..and by the way, just because you're a dude doesn’t mean you can’t have luscious skin. Just ask that pretty woman next to you....

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Why we created our new Daily Liquid Castile Soap

We created the new Daily Liquid Soap as a go-to for just about anything.  You can use it regularly on your hands, face, and body – it won’t cause your skin to become dry and irritated. This gentle soap also works great for dishes, laundry, pets, cars, bikes and more! Shop Now The Daily Liquid Soap is a natural castile soap – meaning soap created with vegetable oils – made from an olive oil base. Life Elements uses olive oil in its balms and body oil, so it was a natural extension for us to start making castile soap out of olive oil. During a recent customer survey, the most requested new item was for a body wash. Martha took that idea and expanded it from single-purpose soap to multi-purpose soap – one that would fit the active, outdoor lifestyle of many of our customers.    Because the Daily Liquid Soap has no additives and is biodegradable, you can take it with you on your backcountry adventures without contaminating the environment. We offer a 2-ounce bottle specifically designed for weight-conscious travelers, hikers, and bikers. We also offer 4 ounce and 8-ounce bottles for keeping on hand around the house.    Another benefit of Life Elements’ new Daily Liquid Soap is that a little goes a VERY long way. You need just a few drops to produce suds and it leaves everything you wash squeaky clean. Our founder, Martha, created the Daily Liquid Soap as a compliment to the other options already available in Life Elements’ line of products. She wanted to provide customers choices in how they cleanse. Adding a liquid soap to the mix rounded out the current offerings – a body wipe, soap bar, cleansing face powder and cleansing body powder. Martha finds castile soap to be very romantic. Castile soap was first developed in the Mediterranean countries of Spain and Italy. Castile soap always reminds her of the book, Under the Tuscan Sun because, "There’s so much romance in the simplicity of life in that story... And who doesn’t want a simpler life?”  Well said Martha…well said.

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