CBD & Cold Sores

What are cold sores?

Cold sores (sometimes referred to as fever blisters) are clusters of small blisters filled with clear fluid. These patches happen most commonly in and around the mouth, but in some rare cases have been known to appear in the nose or on the eyes. Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex 1 Virus (HSV-1)

When the blisters pop, the liquid oozes and dries into a layer of crust. While not particularly dangerous, they’re highly contagious, itchy and sensitive. It is also common for sufferers to feel tires, weak or lethargic during an outbreak. Not to mention, because they occur on the face, it can make patients quite self-conscious.

CBD, a natural cannabinoid found in the hemp plant, can treat cold sores once they develop and limit future occurrences. CBD can’t cure the virus, but it can make it easier to manage.

How can CBD treat cold sores?

You may never have considered CBD as an option for treating something like a cold sore, but it contains properties that address the main symptoms of a cold sore outbreak: pain and inflammation.

A study in 2009 concluded CBD is effective at promoting new healthy cell growth as well as fighting the pain and inflammation that are often present during the healing process.

How can CBD prevent cold sores?

On a longer-term scale, CBD can also help prevent future cold sore outbreaks. The key to CBD’s success is its immune system boosting effects. A properly functioning immune system can fight off active HSV-1 cells, and therefore impede future cold sore outbreaks, better than an embattled immune system can.

Besides a compromised immune system, there’s one other common cold sore trigger that CBD can help reduce: Stress. For many people suffering from reoccurring cold sores, stress can be a major instigator, luckily CBD has that one covered as well!

To keep your immune system strong and stress at a manageable level, adding CBD to your daily routine is your best bet.

 

 

For treating cold sores, we recommend:

CBD Infused Lip Balm

For preventing cold sores, we recommend:

CBD Infused Human Tincture – 30ml or 50ml

 

Which Organa CBD Bath Bomb is best for you?

We have 3 different and amazing CBD Infused Bath Bombs available, but which should you choose? While all 3 contain CBD and therefore will provide all the benefits of CBD, they each have added ingredients which makes them each especially beneficial for certain things. Keep reading to find out how to choose your CBD bath bomb!

 

Purple Haze

This Bath Bomb is perfect for those looking to rejuvenate or moisturize their skin. The purple yam in this bath bomb helps target wrinkles and cellulite and will make your skin look better than ever!

Rose & Mint

This bath bomb brings total relaxation! The Rose and Peppermint help ease anxiety and stress. This bath bomb is also the best choice for when dealing with nausea or a migraine.

Blue Dream

This bath bomb is tailored to help treat oily skin and acne with ingredients such as cornstarch. If you are suffering from a breakout, grab yourself a blue dream bath bomb!

 

CBD & Bipolar Disorders

What are Bipolar Disorders?

Bipolar disorders cause marked changes in a person’s mood, behavior, energy levels, and function. As with many disorders, there is a spectrum to the severity of symptoms in bipolar patients. Those living with a bipolar disorder experience extreme, intense emotional states, referred to as mood episodes. Due to the complexity of the condition, bipolar disorder often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as depression. Episodes of extreme emotion can be classified as manic, hypomanic or depressive.

Manic Episodes

A manic episode is a period where a person has higher energy than normal. They can seem high-spirited, happy, or irritable. During a manic episode, a person may develop temporary insomnia, have racing thoughts or engage in dangerous/unplanned behaviors. A manic mood episode may be severe enough to cause problems with work, family, social relationships and interfere with responsible behavior. Manic episodes in some cases also progress to paranoia, delusions or psychosis.

Hypomanic Episodes

Symptoms of hypomanic episodes are very similar to those of manic episodes, except less severe. Hypomania does not cause as many potential problems as mania, and a person living with hypomania is typically still able to function in everyday life.

Major Depressive Episodes

A depressive episode is classified as a time period where a person has lost interest in activities they previously enjoyed, experiences feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, numbness or guilt. During a depressive episode, a person may experience extreme fatigue and sleep disturbances. Concentration levels or decision-making processes may be impaired. Some may have increased thoughts of suicide or death.

 

How can CBD help treat bipolar disorder?

CBD has been proven to inhibit serotonin reuptake in rats, which shows it repairs abnormalities in CB1 receptors that inhibit release in mice. If CBD does the same in human brains, it could provide an alternative treatment for the depressive episodes of bipolar disorders.

A clinical trial found CBD reduces abnormal brain function in regions associated with psychosis, implying it may have therapeutic effects on symptoms associated with the manic phase of bipolar as well.

Since CBD is showing promising evidence with regulating both depressive and manic symptoms, it is an amazing alternative to help treat individuals who do not react well to lithium and/or other conventional treatments for bipolar disorders.

Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

What is Cayenne Pepper?

Cayenne Peppers are a moderately hot chili pepper used mainly to flavor dishes, but also for its health benefits. Cayenne pepper actually increases blood flow to your skin, bringing with it oxygen and many essential nutrients. Below are three skin conditions that can be treated with cayenne pepper.

  1. Acne

While there are many genetic factors involved with acne, it is also caused by our diet and lifestyle. Acne is caused by blocked skin pores that then cause backed-up bacteria to grow and cause non-inflammatory acne (whiteheads and blackheads) or inflammatory acne (papules and pustules). Cayenne pepper helps to stimulate the blood flow and open clogged pores.

  1. Poison ivy

The active ingredient in cayenne pepper, capsaicin, will help relieve the itching and dryness caused by poison ivy. The heat from the cayenne pepper will stimulate endorphins, which will ease the pain and help prevent you from scratching and spreading the oil from the poison ivy.

  1. Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that is marked by flaky, irritated skin. It often creates scaly patches that appear most often on your elbows, knees and scalp. Psoriasis is a reoccurring condition that is

 

 

Try our CBD Infused Heat Salve which contains Cayenne Pepper!

Benefits of St. Johns Wort

What is St. Johns Wort?

Well known in both naturopathic and medical communities, St. John’s Wort is a flowering shrub like plant that possesses a laundry list of benefits with a surprisingly safe herbal makeup. For medicinal use, its leaves are most often dried and used for its healing qualities while its yellow flowers are used to make St. John’s Wort oil and tea.

 

  1. Regulates Hormones

St. John’s Wort influences many hormones, but it’s primarily known to help regulate common female hormones as well as stress hormones. It’s especially effective in decreasing levels of cortisol (the “stress” hormone).

  1. Reduces Inflammation

Antioxidants in St. John’s Wort decrease inflammation, making it a practical option for those suffering with aches and pains as well as skin conditions that cause inflammation.

  1. Speeds Healing

St. John’s Wort has been used to treat diabetic foot ulcers along with other lesions. It may also help decrease the appearance of scars when used topically.

  1. Treats Small Wounds

When applied to the skin, St. John’s Wort treats burns and scrapes by boosting blood flow to the affected area. When in creams it helps keep open wounds clean by killing microorganisms. It has also been known to help sooth sensitive skin.

  1. Improves Skin Quality

Topical application of St. John’s Wort has shown to hydrate skin with its natural oils. Consistent application will firm up the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines.

 

 

Make sure to try our CBD Infused Heat Salve which contains St. Johns Wort!

Benefits of Black Pepper

What is Black Pepper?

Black pepper is one of the most used spices worldwide. It is made by grinding peppercorns, which are the dried berries from vine Piper nigrum. It has a sharp and mildly spicy flavor that goes well with many dishes. Except black pepper is more than just a kitchen staple, it has been deemed the “king of spices” and used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years due to its high concentration of potent, beneficial plant compounds.

 

  1. Relieves Spasms

It is an effective antispasmodic and gives good relief in case of cramps, muscles pulls, spasms, or convulsions.

  1. Reduces Arthritis Pain

This is one of the best qualities of black pepper oil. It is warming, stimulating and improves circulation, thereby giving immediate relief for rheumatism and arthritis, particularly during the winter when the symptoms are aggravated the most. It is also effective in removing toxins like uric acid from the blood, thereby benefiting people suffering from chronic rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.

  1. Fights Wrinkles

The antioxidants in black pepper fight free radicals that cause signs of aging and harm your skin in more than one way. Black pepper fights the signs of premature aging – including wrinkles, fine lines, and even dark spots.

  1. Exfoliates Skin 

Black pepper can be used as a scrub to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. This makes your skin smoother.

  1. Anti-tumor Properties

Antioxidants in pepper can prevent or repair the damage caused by free radicals and help prevent many diseases. According to a review study conducted by lead researcher Jie Zheng, that compared various spices, piperine found in black pepper exhibits antitumor activity for a few types of cancer – they include breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer.

 

 

Make sure to check out our new product containing black pepper!

CBD Infused Heat Salve!

Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil

What is Eucalyptus?

Native to Australia, eucalyptus trees are now grown all over the world and used for their medicinal properties. Their healing power comes from eucalyptus oil, which is made from the tree’s leaves. The leaves are dried, crushed, and distilled to release the essential oil.

Here are some of the amazing abilities of Eucalyptus Oil

  1. Treat a Cough

For many years, eucalyptus oil has been used to treat coughing. Today, some over-the-counter cough medications have eucalyptus oil as one of their main ingredients.

  1. Keep Bugs Away

Mosquitoes and other insects carry diseases that can be dangerous to our health. Avoiding their bites is our best defense. DEET sprays are the most common form of repellant, but they’re made with strong harmful chemicals. As an effective alternative for those who can’t or would rather not use DEET, eucalyptus oil is a great alternative!

  1. Disinfect wounds

The Australian aborigines have used eucalyptus leaves to treat wounds and prevent infection for a long time. Today the diluted oil may still be used on the skin to fight inflammation and promote healing.

  1. Soothe Cold Sores

The anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus can ease symptoms of herpes. Applying eucalyptus oil to a cold sore may reduce pain and speed up the healing process.

  1. Freshen Breath

Mint isn’t the only weapon against stinky breath. Because of its antibacterial properties, eucalyptus oil can be used to fight the germs that cause bad mouth odor. Some mouthwashes and toothpastes contain the essential oil as an active ingredient. It’s possible that eucalyptus products may also help prevent plaque buildup on the teeth and gums by attacking the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

  1. Ease joint pain

Research suggests that eucalyptus oil eases joint pain. In fact, many popular over-the- counter creams and ointments used to soothe pain from conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis contain this essential oil. Eucalyptus oil helps to reduce pain and inflammation associated with many conditions. It may also be helpful to people experiencing back pain or those recovering from a joint or muscle injury.

Benefits of Cedarwood Oil

What is Cedarwood Oil?

Cedarwood essential oil is a substance derived from the needles, leaves, bark, and berries of cedar trees. There are many varieties of cedar trees found around the world. This oil has many health benefits such as…

 

  1. Prevents Hair Loss

Alopecia is a disease that causes the immune system to attack hair follicles, leading to hair loss. Cedarwood is one of several essential oils that may improve hair growth.

A small 1998 study reported in Archives of Dermatology indicated that people with alopecia areata experienced significant hair growth when given a daily scalp massage of cedarwood oil and carrier oil.

  1. Treats Scalp Conditions

Massaging your scalp with a mixture of cedarwood oil and a carrier oil may also help reduce and soothe an itchy, flaking scalp. This may make it beneficial for treating dandruff and scalp eczema.

  1. Improves Skin Health

Cedarwood oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. This may make it beneficial for skin conditions like acne. One study indicated that the addition of cedarwood oil to traditional acne treatments was helpful for alleviating and reducing stubborn breakouts. This finding is backed up by anecdotal evidence.

Cedarwood oil may also be beneficial for other skin conditions. For example, it may reduce the appearance of scars, treat minor wounds, alleviate arthritis pain, and sooth symptoms of eczema.

  1. Helps with Sleep

When used as an aromatherapy treatment, cedarwood oil may have sedative qualities, making it beneficial for alleviating occasional insomnia. Try using cedarwood oil as an aromatherapy treatment or add a few drops to a hot bath prior to going to bed.

  1. Improves Mood

According to an animal study reported in Physiology and Behaviour, the cedorol in cedarwood oil may have a soothing effect on mood, making it beneficial for anxiety, depression and reducing stress.

 

 

Check out our new product containing Cedarwood oil! 

CBD Infused Beard Balm! 

CBD & Rosacea

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial flushing and redness of the face. If left untreated, the blood vessels in the skin may become further enlarged, increasing the redness and sometimes causing small, inflamed bumps to appear on the face, as well as watery eyes and dry skin. Since the face is the most publicly visible part of the body, patients with this condition often experience anxiety and self-esteem issues, which can lead to a reduced quality of life and social stigma. Those who suffer from rosacea are often between 30 – 50. While men are more likely to experience a severe case of this condition, a greater number of women are affected. The direct causes of this condition are still unknown, although specialists say that the immune system may be to blame, while environmental factors such as stress, drugs, sun exposure and the weather could also be contributing factors. Interestingly, rosacea appears to run in the family in roughly one-third of cases, suggesting that there may be a genetic susceptibility to this condition. Conventional treatments for rosacea typically target the symptoms, but few try to go after the underlying causes. The most common treatment is prescribed antibiotics applied to the skin with a topical cream or taken orally. Steroid creams are also sometimes given to patients with this skin condition, but in both cases, there may be negative side effects such as nausea, inflammation and hives.

 

How CBD can help treat Rosacea

CBD is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in humans. The reason CBD can produce these effects in the body is because we all have an endocannabinoid system, a series of receptors throughout our body that respond to CBD, modulating the body’s internal systems in the process. If there is an imbalance in one of our systems, elevated stress hormone levels, for instance – then CBD will correct the balance and relieve the associated symptoms by inhibiting or enhancing the endocannabinoid receptors. Interestingly, anxiety is one of the suspected triggers of rosacea, so the calming effects of CBD may offer a way to temper these stress levels and reduce rosacea symptoms. Likewise, the immune system is also suspected of playing a part in causing this skin condition. It is thought that microscopic mites found on the surface of the skin, and a type of bacteria in the gut known as helicobacter pylori, trigger the immune system to expand blood vessels and cause swelling and redness beneath the surface of the skin. The well-documented anti-inflammatory effects of CBD will help to combat these symptoms, as well as reduce the associated pain.

 

Conclusion

CBD offers a range of promising benefits for treating rosacea, from reducing symptoms such as inflammation and redness to tempering the immune system, a suspected direct cause of this chronic skin condition. CBD can be taken a variety of ways to treat rosacea but absorbing it under the tongue or applying topically directly to the area are thought to be the most effective methods. Research shows that CBD can help treat known symptoms and possible causes of rosacea, more CBD and rosacea research will be conducted in the future!

 

 

Organa products we recommend for Rosacea: 

CBD Human Tincture – 50ml or 30ml

CBD Infused Lotion

CBD Infused Cool Salve

Topical Benefits of Ginger

What is Ginger?

Ginger is a perennial herb native to China and India. It is obtained from the plant Zingiber officinale. It is one of the most revered medicines in Ayurveda. Ginger is often referred to as a root, but it is actually an underground stem called rhizome. As a spice, the use of ginger dates back 4000 years. The medicinal properties of ginger were discovered around 2000 years ago.

 

Keep reading to find out about some of the things that can be treated with Ginger!

 

  1. Muscle Pain

During a scientific study, participants were made to consume ginger supplements daily for around 11 consecutive days. When the participants performed heavyweight elbow flexors on the 8th day to induce minimum injury to the muscles of the arms, it was found that due to the heat treatment provided by the ginger root, the muscle inflammation and pain levels were considerably low.

 

  1. Migraines

Ginger provides migraine relief as it can inhibit the prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in the blood vessels. Applying diluted ginger paste on the forehead provides relief from migraine.

 

  1. Osteoarthritis

The medicinal properties that ginger contains help in reducing inflammation that is caused by bone diseases like osteoarthritis. According to studies, ginger can boost energy in people who suffer from this disease. Joint mobility is increased, and relaxation is induced. Natural ginger helps in making the body supple and improving the mood.

 

  1. Cellulite

Ginger essential oil is effective in reducing cellulite and symptoms of varicose veins. However, in case you have a very sensitive skin, you should use it in combination with other essential oils such as cypress or rosemary.

 

  1. Arthritis

This herb, used since ancient times for culinary needs, can be effective in treating arthritis pain. It has proven anti-inflammatory properties and using it is safe for most people, both topically and internally.

 

  1. Anti-Aging

Ginger contains around 40 antioxidant compounds that protect against aging. It improves the appearance of your skin by removing the toxins and stimulating the circulation, resulting in the delivery of more nutrients to the skin. The antioxidants prevent damage from the free radicals, thus preserving the youthful appearance of the skin

 

  1. Burns

Applying ginger can relieve the pain and heal burnt skin by restoring it to the natural position.

 

  1. Blemishes and Acne

Being a powerful antiseptic and cleansing agent, ginger helps in keeping the skin clean, smooth and free of blemishes. Besides, it also invigorates and stimulates your skin. It is also the best natural acne-fighting weapon as it minimizes the rate of acne formation and eruption by killing and clearing the acne-causing bacteria.

 

  1. Hypopigmented Scars

Hypopigmented scars occur when the skin loses its pigmentation and are generally white or much lighter than the actual skin tone. Ginger can reduce the appearance of hypopigmented skin to a significant extent

 

  1. Skin Tone

Ginger is known for its aphrodisiac, antioxidant and toning properties, which contribute to radiant skin. Ginger will nourish and soften your skin and prevent aging.

 

Organa products containing ginger:

CBD Infused Heat Salve