Benefits of Willowbark vs Aspirin

What is Willow Bark?
Willow bark, the bark of several varieties of willow tree, has been used for centuries as a natural pain reliever. The active ingredient in the bark is salicin, which is used to make aspirin.
Some people use willow bark as an alternative to aspirin, particularly those that experience chronic headaches or back pain who do not want to be taking aspirin so regularly. Willow bark is also used in some products to aid weight loss.
It comes from the branches of 2-3 year old willow trees. Willow trees and shrubs grow all over the world, except for Australia and Antarctica. The white willow and black willow are two of the most common willows whose bark are used medicinally.

Are there any Side Effects?
When taken in normal doses, willow bark does not have negative side effects. The salicin in willow bark converts to salicylic acid. This makes it gentler on your stomach than lab-created aspirin. Excessive amounts of willow bark, however, still can cause stomach issues.

Who shouldn’t take Willow Bark?
There are some people who should not use willow bark. If you have an allergy to aspirin, it’s possible to have a reaction to willow bark as well. Willow bark can also interact with certain medications, like blood thinners and beta-blockers.
Children and adolescents up to the age of 16 are generally discouraged from taking willow bark for any reason. This is because of the risk of Reye’s Syndrome, a rare condition that causes brain and liver damage.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women are also discouraged from taking any medication that contains salicylates.
People with gastric ulcers should be especially careful with willow bark, in the same way that they would be cautious with aspirin, because too much could cause stomach issues.

Organa products containing Willow Bark:

CBD Infused 50ml Human Tincture

CBD Infused Dog Tinctures

CBD Infused Horse Tincture

CBD Vitamin Capsules

CBD Infused Paw Balm

CBD Infused Tattoo Aftercare

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!

 

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

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

What Is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Tea tree oil has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Native Australians crush tea tree leaves to extract the oil, which is then inhaled to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for healing.

Tea tree oil contains several compounds, including terpinen-4-ol, that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses and fungi. Terpinen-4-ol also appears to increase the activity of your white blood cells, which help fight germs and other foreign invaders. These germ-fighting properties make tea tree oil a valued natural remedy for treating bacterial and fungal skin conditions, preventing infection and promoting healing.

Keep reading to find out some of the amazing benefits of Tea Tree Oil.

 

  1. Sanitizer

Tea tree oil makes an ideal natural sanitizer. Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coliS. pneumoniae and H. influenzae. A study testing several types of hand wash shows that adding tea tree oil to the cleansers boosted their effectiveness against E. coli.

 

  1. Insect Repellent

Tea tree oil can help keep pesky insects away. One study found that 24 hours after being treated with tea tree oil, cows had 61% fewer flies than cows not treated with tea tree oil. Furthermore, a test-tube study revealed that tea tree oil had a greater ability to repel mosquitoes than DEET, the most common active ingredient in commercial insect repellents.

 

  1. Natural Deodorant

Tea tree oil’s antibacterial effects may help control underarm odor related to perspiration. Sweat itself does not smell. However, when secretions from your sweat glands combine with bacteria on your skin, a moderate to strong odor is produced. Your underarm area contains a large concentration of these glands and is mainly responsible for what is commonly referred to as “body odor.” Tea tree oil’s bacteria-fighting properties make it an ideal natural alternative to commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.

 

  1. Treats Minor Cuts and Scrapes

Injuries that result in broken skin make it easy for germs to enter your bloodstream, which can lead to infection. Tea tree oil can be used to treat and disinfect minor cuts and abrasions by killing S. aureus and other bacteria that can cause infection in open wounds.

In addition to preventing infection in cuts and abrasions, tea tree oil may also encourage wound healing. Research has shown that tea tree oil helps reduce inflammation and triggers the activity of white blood cells that are instrumental in the healing process. In a small study of 10 people with wounds, adding tea tree oil to conventional wound treatment led to decreased healing time in all but one participant.

 

  1. Fights Acne

Tea tree oil can be a powerful weapon against acne. Several studies have shown that it helps reduce the amount and overall severity of acne. In one study, applying a 5% tea tree gel to acne lesions was shown to be more than three times as effective at reducing the number of lesions than a placebo. It was nearly six times as effective in reducing severity. In another study, tea tree oil was found to be as effective against acne as benzoyl peroxide, the most common anti-acne medication.

 

  1. Soothes Skin Inflammation

Tea tree oil can help relieve inflamed skin. A common form of skin irritation is contact dermatitis, which occurs when skin comes in contact with an allergen, such as nickel. Exposure to the allergen leads to red, itchy and sometimes painful skin. Animal and human research suggest that applying tea tree oil may help reduce the severity of these symptoms. In a study comparing the effects of different treatments for contact dermatitis, tea tree oil was found to reduce symptoms by 40%, which was significantly more than standard medications applied to the skin. In addition, tea tree oil may provide relief from bug bite reactions by reducing the itching, redness and swelling that occurs when your body releases histamine to defend against the insect’s saliva.

 

  1. Controls Dandruff

Dandruff, or white flakes of dead skin that fall from the scalp, isn’t dangerous. However, it can be annoying and embarrassing. Although there is little published research on tea tree oil’s effectiveness in treating dandruff, one controlled study suggests that it may be helpful. In this four-week study, the group who used a shampoo containing tea tree oil had a 40% improvement in dandruff. Moreover, the tea tree group reported significant improvements in dandruff severity, itchiness and greasiness.

 

  1. Relieves Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition characterized by outbreaks of red, itchy, scaly skin. Although there are medications that can improve symptoms, the condition itself is chronic and there is no known cure. Tea tree oil contains anti-inflammatory compounds, which, according to emerging evidence, may be helpful for easing psoriasis symptoms.

 

 

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Benefits of Lemon Extract

Benefits of Lemon Extract

Lemon extract a concentrated form of lemon made with lemon peel, or zest, and vodka. At Organa we chose this ingredient for some of our products because on top of being a common additive when cooking it also has some amazing health benefits!

 

  1. Treats Acne

Acne is a skin condition in which hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Lemon extract reverses the damage and prevents it. One of the main ingredients of lemon extract is citric acid, which has been found effective against several skin problems such as acne. It is because of the presence of vitamin C in this citrus fruit that promotes healthy, glowing skin. Besides, the alkaline nature of the citric fruit kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. If you are struggling with acne, the first thing you should be doing every morning is drinking lemon extract with water.

  1. Boosts Immune System

Cold and fever can occur for a few reasons. When you have cold or fever, your body requires lots of immune-boosting vitamin C to eliminate the virus that has caused it. Lemon extract when combined with water is always a helpful remedy for internally supplying vitamin C to the defense mechanism. It can also be used externally on the mucous membranes in the nose and throat due to its antiviral properties. There is scientific evidence to prove that powerful antibacterial properties of lemon can destroy the bacteria that cause fever and cold.

  1. Improves Hair Health

Lemon juice has long been used as a natural treatment to prevent hair loss and boost growth. Lemon extract is an excellent hair tonic, which can give you strong, healthy hair and help you to get rid of dandruff. Lemon extract can eliminate the toxins that damage or discolour the strands. Another way you can use lemon on hair is by massaging it onto your scalp. Massaging lemon extract removes build-up of dead skin cells and is also a great solution for itchy and hair that is difficult to manage. As lemon is quite acidic, consider applying it in small amount, say two tablespoonfuls.

  1. Reduces Stress & Anxiety

It’s common to feel stressed at some point of time in your life. If you overlook it, stress can take a toll on the quality of your mental health. A study published in the journal Stress and Health suggests that lemon extract might help reduce psychological stress. The presence of essential oil compounds found in lemon extract (such as limonene, γ-terpinene and citral) were found to inhibit serum corticosterone levels and cerebral monoamine levels, both being the indicators of stress in the brain. Moreover, it was found that lemon balm has a calming effect on brain and may be able to help get rid of exhaustion and nervousness.

Benefits of Peppermint Oil

What is Peppermint Oil?

Peppermint is a hybrid species of spearmint and watermint. The essential oils are gathered by CO2 or cold extraction of the fresh aerial parts of the flowering plant. The most active ingredients include menthol and methone.

 

What are the health benefits of Peppermint Oil?

1. Relieve Muscle and Joint Pain
Peppermint essential oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It also has cooling, invigorating and antispasmodic properties. Peppermint oil is especially helpful in alleviating a tension headache, in one clinical trial performing as well as acetaminophen. A study shows that peppermint oil applied topically has pain relief benefits associated with fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. Researchers found that peppermint oil, eucalyptus, menthol, capsaicin and other herbal preparations may be helpful because they work as topical analgesics.

2. Sinus Care and Other Respiratory Benefits
Peppermint acts as an expectorant, helping to open your airways, clear mucus and reduce congestion, and is one of the best essential oils for colds, the flu, cough, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions. Lab studies show that the compounds found in peppermint oil have antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant properties, meaning it may also help to fight infections that lead to symptoms involving the respiratory tract.

3. Allergy Relief
Peppermint oil is highly effective at relaxing muscles in your nasal passages and helping to clear out the muck and pollen from your respiratory tract during allergy season. It’s considered one of the best essential oils for allergies because of its expectorant, anti-inflammatory and invigorating properties. A lab study published in the European Journal of Medical Research found that menthol displayed potential therapeutic efficacy for the treatment of chronic inflammatory disorders such as allergic rhinitis, colitis and bronchial asthma.

4. Increase Energy
For a non-toxic alternative to dangerous energy drinks, take a few whiffs of peppermint. It will help to boost your energy levels on long road trips, in school or any other time you need to “burn the midnight oil.” Peppermint oil may also help to improve memory and alertness when inhaled. And it can be used to enhance your physical performance, whether you need a little push during your weekly workouts, or you are training for an athletic event.

5. Treat Headaches
Peppermint oil for headaches can improve circulation, soothe the gut and relax tense muscles. All of these conditions can cause tension headaches or migraines, making peppermint oil one of the best essential oil for headaches. A clinical trial from researchers at the Neurological Clinic at the University of Kiel, Germany, found that a combination of peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil and ethanol had a “significant analgesic effect with a reduction in sensitivity to headaches.” When these oils were applied to the forehead and temples, they also increased cognitive performance, and had a muscle-relaxing and mentally relaxing effect.

6. Improve IBS Symptoms
Peppermint oil capsules have been shown to be effective at naturally treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Peppermint oil for IBS reduces spasms in the colon, relaxes the muscles of your intestines, and can help to reduce bloating and gassiness. A placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial found a 50 percent reduction in IBS symptoms with 75 percent of patients who used it. When 57 patients with IBS were treated with two peppermint oil capsules twice a day for four weeks or placebo, most of the patients in the peppermint group experienced improved symptoms, including reduced abdominal bleeding, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation and urgency at defecation.

7. Promote Hair Growth and Reduce Dandruff
Peppermint oil is used in many high-quality hair care products because it can naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair. It can be used as a natural treatment for thinning hair, and it helps to stimulate the scalp and energize your mind. Plus, menthol is a powerful antiseptic agent, so it may help to remove germs that may buildup in your hair. Menthol is even used in anti. Can peppermint oil regrow hair? It may be one of the best oils for hair growth. Peppermint oil for hair growth was tested on mice and showed that after topical application of peppermint for four weeks, there was a significant increase in dermal thickness, follicle number and follicle depth.

8. Relieve Itchiness
Research shows that the menthol content found in peppermint oil inhibits itching. A clinical trial involving 96 randomly selected pregnant women diagnosed with pruritus tested peppermint’s ability to improve symptoms. Pruritus is a common skin problem that’s associated with a frustrating, ongoing itchiness that cannot be soothed. For the study, women applied a combination of peppermint oil and sesame oil or placebo twice a day for two weeks. Researchers found that the severity of the itch in the treated group showed a significant statistical difference compared to the placebo group. Living with itchiness can be a pain.

9. Repel Bugs
Unlike us humans, several little critters hate the smell of peppermint oil, including ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitos, mice and possibly even lice. This makes peppermint oil for spiders, peppermint oil for ants, peppermint oil for mice and other pests an effective and natural rebelling agent. Peppermint oil for ticks may also be effective. A review of plant-based insect repellents published in Malaria Journal found that the most effective plant essential oils used in bug repellents include peppermint, lemongrass, geraniol, pine, cedar, thyme and patchouli and clove. These oils have shown to repel malaria, filarial and yellow fever vectors for 60–180 minutes.

10. Reduce Nausea
When 34 patients experienced post operative nausea after undergoing cardiac surgery and they used a nasal inhaler that contained peppermint oil, their nausea levels were found to be significantly different than before inhaling peppermint. The patients were asked to rate their feelings of nausea on a scale of 0 to 5, with 5 being the greatest nausea. The average score went from 3.29 before peppermint oil inhalation, to 1.44 two minutes after using peppermint.

11. Improve Skin Health
Peppermint oil has calming, softening, toning and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin when it’s used topically. Peppermint oil also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. A review of essential oils as potential antimicrobials to treat skin diseases published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that peppermint oil is effective when used to reduce blackheads, chicken pox, greasy skin, dermatitis, inflammation, itchy skin, ringworm, scabies and sunburn.

12. Sunburn Protection and Relief
Peppermint oil can hydrate burnt skin and relieve the pain from sunburns. It can also be used to help prevent sunburn. An in vitro study found that peppermint oil has a SPF (sun protection factor) value that’s higher than most other essential oils, including lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree and rose oils.

13. Potential Anti-Cancer Agent
Although more research is needed in this area, some lab studies indicate that peppermint may be useful as an anticancer agent. One such study found that the compound menthol inhibits prostate cancer growth by inducing cell death and regulating cellular processes.

Benefits of Mandarin Oil

What is Mandarin Oil?

Apart from being used as a flavoring agent in the food and beverage, cosmetics, soap, oil, and perfume industries, this oil has various potent medicinal uses as well. The main components of mandarin oil are geranial, linalool, limonene, camphene, sabinene, myrcene, nerol, citral, methyl anthranilate, gamma terpinolene and citronellal.

 

What are the health benefits of Mandarin Oil?

1. Prevents Infections
Mandarin Oil protects wounds from becoming septic as well as from other bacterial, fungal or viral infections. It forms a protective barrier over the wound and promotes scabbing. In a 2018 report by the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, the oil itself has bactericidal and fungicidal properties and kills them, thereby adding to this protective effect.

2. Relieves Spasms
A spasm in the respiratory system can cause breathing troubles, congestion, and exhausting coughs while muscular spasms cause cramps and muscle pulls. Spasms in the digestive system can cause vomiting and aches in the stomach and intestines while a spasm in the nervous system can result in nervous afflictions and convulsions. There are several treatments, but one that is herbal and has no adverse side effects is a mandarin essential oil. Just a few drops and the spasm will be relieved.

3. Improves Blood Circulation
The oil of mandarin oranges also improves blood circulation, particularly below the skin, which keeps the skin rejuvenated and looking young and vibrant. This improved circulation also creates warmth and provides relief from rheumatism and arthritis.

4. Removes Toxins
Mandarin Oil purifies the blood by helping remove toxic and unwanted substances from the body by means of excretion, including urine, fecal matter, and sweat. This prevents diseases that result from the deposition of toxins, such as abscesses, boils, acne, gout, and arthritis.

5. Improves Digestion
A few drops of this oil after lunch or dinner facilitates digestion by stimulating the discharge of digestive juices and bile into the stomach. It also increases appetite.

6. Hepatic
This oil is good for the liver as it helps to maintain the proper discharge of bile from it and protects it from infections. It also strengthens the liver and improves its overall functionality.

7. Relieves Anxiety
Although the oil is a common sedative, its sedating action is more prominent in relaxing and calming nervous afflictions and disturbances. It can calm attacks of epilepsy, hysteria, and convulsions. Furthermore, it removes stress and anxiety.

8. Promotes Cell Growth
Mandarin Oil also promotes the growth of new cells and tissues, thereby helping to speed the healing time of wounds and other signs of wear & tear. This also promotes proper growth of the body.

9. Acts as Tonic
Mandarin Oil tones up overall health and boosts the function of the immune system. Being a tonic, it helps in the growth and proper functioning of the body by toning up all the organic systems functioning in it, including the respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, circulatory, neurotic, excretory, nervous, and endocrine systems. It also boosts the overall immune system of the body.