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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Emu Oil and Antiaging Eye Care

As we grow older our skin thins and loses elasticity. For already fragile skin around the eyes this
Ageless Eyes
translates to lines, puffiness and dark under-eye circles. Emu oil is made for these challenges. It penetrates deep into underlying tissue to deliver bio-nutrients which enhance the generation of new skin cells making skin plumper and stronger. Clinical studies indicated Emu Oil thickened skin an average of 14% when applied twice a day over a two week period. Some members of the study saw a 33% increase. A plumper, more elastic skin layer can better support both the blood system, bringing in more oxygen and nutrients; and the lymphatic system, draining away toxins and waste. Your eyes will show you the difference very quickly.

Pure Emu Oil alone will do wonders for your eyes; however, if you are experiencing puffiness, heavy bags or dark circles Airbrush Refining Eye Cream is the product for you. This cream combines emu oil with other anti-aging ingredients like green tea extract, vitamin E, aloe, elastin, collegen, ceremides and panthenol. I swear I can watch puffiness disappear.

What causes bags under eyes? Under eye bags happen as skin thins and is unable to hold tight the fat deposits behind it when they retain fluid. Fluid retention can be caused by a number of issues, here are just a few:
Seasonal allergies  - a cold or sinus infection – Sinuses are the air-filled cavities located within the bones that surround our nose, cheeks and eyes. These cavities filter our air while a thin layer of mucus traps viruses, bacteria and allergens before they enter the lungs. When these cavities become inflamed the membranes secrete larger amounts of mucus to help get rid of the irritants. This causes the membrane to swell and excess fluid to find its way into surrounding tissue.
A diet full of salty foods – the body can only store excess salt in fluid suspension. This will be stored in the skin around your eyes. Remember most salt is not coming from your shaker, its coming from processed foods.

Lack of sleep – studies have shown that fewer than seven hours sleep was likely to result in high blood pressure (both systolic and diastolic) at both the beginning of the study and five years later. In fact, each hour of sleep that a subject chronically missed meant a 37 percent increase in the risk for high blood pressure.

High blood pressure - pushes fluid into the tissue surrounding the eyes. This can happen with just one night’s troubled sleep.

Alcohol and food – (especially wines) lower anti-diuretic hormones (ADH) in the body causing dehydration. When the body senses dehydration it reacts defensively by storing fluid in soft tissue. Additionally food sensitivities (gluten, lactose, sugar, nuts, etc) may contribute to inflammation. Over time consumption of too many processed or inappropriate foods can leave the body sluggish and unable to eliminate waste efficiently.
Sleep position - (stomach sleeping) if you sleep on your stomach, gravity naturally causes the under eye area to fill up with fluid.
Hormones and medications – fluid retention from hormones (both natural and prescribed) and drug induced hypothyroidism (such as lithium) can also cause puffy eyes.
Medical conditions - kidney and thyroid problems may result in round bags or pouches developing under eyes.

Genetics - under eye puffiness can be caused by heredity. If your parents have “baggage” under their eyes you may too.

What you can do today

First, gently wash your face and around your eyes with a gentle, natural, hypo-allergenic cleanser. Then rinse your face and eyes repeatedly with cold water. Treat eyes to a 5 minute cooling compress, best is green tea bags. Cover the bags with hot water to release tannins then allowed to cool in the refrigerator to a comfortable temperature. You can also use chamomile tea bags or raw cucumber, potato or apple. Potatoes can be very helpful for dark circles.

Using pure Emu Oil or a gentle moisturizer gently massage around the eyes to drain the lymphatic system, increase blood flow and relax muscles. I highly recommend you watch this online demonstration by Janet Goodrich. She shows many fine acupressure and lymphatic drainage techniques that will relieve puffiness and improve your overall appearance as well as optical health. If you find the techniques helpful check with a local spa or therapy center for professional lymphatic massage. I’ve experienced amazing results with this technique when suffering from sinus problems.

Finish off by gently dabbing your favorite eye cream just above and below the eyelids.

Changes you can make

If you suffer from allergies - take an over the counter allergy medication. Also eliminate potential allergens which may include feather pillows, fabrics, and detergents and face creams with a lot of chemical additives.

If you indulge in salty snacks and processed foods – cut back.

If you are a stomach sleeper - try switching sleep positions. Try sleeping with your head slightly raised to avoid under-eye puffiness.

Don’t procrastinate – repeated swelling can permanently damage connective tissue under the skin resulting in pouches under your eye. These pouches do not respond to home remedies like normal, occasional puffiness does. There is a minor surgery that can be performed called “blepharoplasty,” where the surgeon makes a very small incision under the lower eyelid to remove the excess skin, eliminating the pouches.

And as always (the hint we hate to hear) a healthier lifestyle is essential to help your skin age better. A consistent exercise routine and fresh air goes a long way in keeping your skin healthy; adequate sleep and simple “eyes closed” resting is important. Minimize alcohol, caffeine, sugar and foods you may be sensitive to.

Friday, September 16, 2016

My Personal Pain Story

Me and DuoFlex on top of Mt Washington, NH 2008

In 2005 my body suddenly went into inflammatory overdrive in response to osteo-arthritis in my lower back. X-rays had revealed the problem years before but it never really bothered me. Something (I suspect a combination of stress and diet) suddenly triggered massive inflammation which wouldn't shut down.

What proceeded was 11 months of 24-hour pain that left me unable to get in and out of a chair or a vehicle; or unable to pick something up off the floor without excruciating pain.  Dr's prescribed NSIADS (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) which wrecked my stomach and pain medications which had me napping every afternoon at the farm. Over time immobility weakened the supporting muscles and pain began to radiate to other parts of my body; lack of exercise meant weight started to pile on and lack of sleep severely impacted my ability to function; depression/anxiety set in and I found myself on a frightening downward spiral.
I'm embarrassed to say how long it took me to snap to and launch my own quest for pain relief, especially when I already had emu oil products on my shelves.  By aggressively and consistently using a formulated emu oil pain relief cream (prior to DuoFlex); ingesting emu oil (prior to Gel Caps) and additionally working with my diet and exercise I was able to completely stop the pain and re-mobilize myself.   

That success was the basis for formulating our DuoFlex Pain Relief products and the beginning of my journey to take control of my own health.   I realized that we cannot hand over responsibility for our own health to ANY ONE ELSE.  Not a Doctor,  spouse, friend or child. Final accountability comes down to us and not only must we research and question and seek all possible solutions to our health challenges but we must always believe that there is a solution out there somewhere, and never give up until we find it.

11 years later and I am still pain free unless I overdo it (like hauling 50 pound grain bags around),  and then I apply DuoFlex cream at night and wake up feeling fine the next day. I continue to take the Gel Caps because of their myriad health benefits beyond reducing inflammation. My body broke the "Pain Cycle" of over-response to the arthritis and reprogrammed itself to respond normally.

If you know someone who suffers with Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Rheumatism, Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, Lupus, Postherpetic Neuralgia stage of Shingles and other inflammatory conditions please forward this to them and tell them to start their own journey back to health.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How Pure Emu Oil Can Help Fight Acne

What causes acne?

At its most basic level acne flare ups begin when abnormal flaking of skin cells inside a hair follicle occur causing a plug. Hair follicles exist on virtually all skin except the palms of hands and soles of feet. The hair follicle extends up from the deep layers of the skin and comes out of a pore. Near the surface, the oil gland (sebaceous gland) enters the hair follicle where it empties oil (sebum) at a relatively constant rate. The sebum lubricates the skin to prevent drying. Skin on the face, chest, and back has an especially large number of sebaceous glands. These are the areas where acne occurs.

Other factors in this process are hormones which can increase the likelihood of plugs forming and bacteria which cause additional irritation and inflammation after the follicle ruptures.

Hormones called androgens which are present in both men and women do two things: first they enlarge the sebaceous glands in the skin; second, they cause these glands to increase sebum (oil) production.  This adds to the likelihood of a plug forming. As the plug of dead skin cells and excess sebum is exposed to the air it turns black (blackhead).  If the plug enlarges it can cause a rupture of the hair follicle which then spills its contents of oil and debris into the skin leading to swelling and redness (inflammation).

This is where bacteria that normally live on the skin make the situation worse. The bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes produce substances that cause redness and irritation. They also make enzymes, which dissolve the sebum (oil from oil glands in the skin) into irritating substances furthering the inflammation.

Open for discussion is whether some foods like red meat, sugar and chocolate and certain pore clogging cosmetics enter the equation.  Some research indicates they do factor in other research says that’s a myth.  WebMD points out that "acne is unknown in so-called "Stone Age" societies. On the other hand, it affects up to 95% of adolescents in industrialized societies". I think that clearly shows that a Western diet may be a major factor in the development of acne. 

Consider all these factors when looking for patterns of flare-ups and form your own judgments.


The most common treatments for Acne include: 

Benzoyl Peroxide  - oxygenates skin. Acne bacteria cannot live in oxygenated environments. Benzoyl peroxide is also a mild drying and peeling agent which keeps pores from clogging. Unfortunately, Benzoyl Peroxide is also a toxic chemical which can cause additional irritation. 

Salicylic Acid  - is a beta-hydroxy acid that encourages the sloughing of dead skin cells, increases cell-turnover and helps unclog pores. Unfortunately it too can irritate skin and may only be used at the lowest possible concentration.

Antibiotics  - can be used to kill the bacteria. However it’s like using a flamethrower to light a candle. Overuse of antibiotics often has bad side effects and weakens your body’s natural immune system leading to other illnesses. 

Hormone therapy – estrogen helps balance the effects of androgens. Adult women and teenage girls may want to try hormonal therapy. However, it can lead to cancers, mood swings and other emotional issues.

The Natural Way - the best and final option is to seek out a natural chemical free product that helps your skin achieve its healthiest possible state without further irritating it. 

Pure Emu Oil for Acne - How does it work?

Emu Oil is a strong anti-inflammatory and will reduce redness and inflammation of already occurring acne. Emu Oil contains hormones which increase blood flow and oxygenation at the cellular level and high levels of Omega 9 which assist in penetration of cell walls to allow oxygen to enter and toxins to be released. 

It does not clog pores, nor will it foster the growth of bacteria, viruses or fungi, and is hypoallergenic.  Emu Oil has been shown to accelerate the development of new skin cells by delivering the necessary bio-nutrients deep into skin where new cells form and reduce the buildup of scar tissue.

All of these functions assist the skin to work properly and stay healthy. Finally, Emu Oil naturally helps to repair scar tissue, so as well as helping to clear your acne, Emu Oil will also help to repair previous scar damage.

If areas of acne are severely inflamed you may want to consider emu oil based products enhanced with natural and botanical compounds which also reduce inflammation and kill bacteria such as Blemish Control for adolescent skin. This product uses the natural anti-inflammatory properties of Pure Emu Oil as well as it's ability to encapsulation the additional ingredients and  deliver them through the skin into the affected tissue below.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gluten, SLS, Parabens in Hair Care Products

We are all becoming more adept at reading labels for our food and personal use products. Horrifying information hits the media daily about common additives in products suddenly being linked to health problems. Many people are already aware of their sensitivities to chemicals and additives; but others have not yet made the connection between issues they suffer with their health or the quality of their skin, hair and nails and the products they use.

When it comes to hair care products most manufacturers focus on the aesthetics of the experience (rich lathering, highly scented products) and the short term results (shine and manageability) rather than long term health implications for the scalp and hair. The truth is dandruff, itchy scalp; unhealthy hair and hair loss are many times created or acerbated by the shampoos we use.

Your scalp is very thin and has minimal subcutaneous tissue compared to skin over other parts of the body. Blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicle and the lymphatic system removes excess fluid, waste, and debris. If the scalp becomes irritated and inflamed by exposure to irritating chemicals the blood and lymphatic systems’ access to the hair follicle is limited resulting in a decline in health of the hair shaft and the potential for hair loss. New skin cell generation also slows down and the scalp thins further resulting in a vicious cycle of decline.

What ingredients should we avoid:

 Parabens - a class of low cost chemical preservatives used to inhibit microbial growth and extend shelf life. Widely used even though they are known to be toxic and cause allergic reactions and skin rashes.

SLS - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – A synthetic substance used in shampoos for its detergent and foam-building abilities. It causes eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, dandruff, and allergic reactions.

For some Gluten – there is a lot of dialog about whether or not gluten causes allergic reactions when applied topically. Some state the compound is too large to be absorbed through the skin or that it must come in direct contact with the intestinal tract to cause problems. Others feel that topical absorption is probable and there are many anecdotal testimonials of people with gluten intolerance feeling remarkably better after removing gluten from their body products. Dr. Kenneth Fine, M.D. of EnteroLab a clinical laboratory specializing in analysis for food sensitivities stated “Gluten sensitivity is a systemic immune reaction to gluten anywhere in the body, not just that entering the body via the gut. Therefore, topically applied lotions, creams, shampoos, etc. containing gluten would indeed provide a source of gluten to the body, and we therefore recommend all such products be discontinued for optimal health.”

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I'm back!

Sometimes life happens ... and all your best laid plans just don't stay afloat. The Emu Lady blog was a joyful part of my life a few years ago. I loved sharing information about emus, emu farming and most especially the great benefits of emu oil for natural health care. Over the last 20 years of emu farming and selling emu oil based products, I've had the opportunity to speak with many people who were searching for alternatives to mainstream health care and dietary guidelines. Through them I was exposed to issues like BPA's, food intolerance's, gut yeast and parasites,pharmaceutical shortcomings, environmental irritants and chemical additives in our foods and cosmetics before much of it came to be accepted. I was also directed in different directions for solutions and became aware of an entirely different way to look at the integration of factors - diet, exercise, stress, environment and inner happiness to health. The process of blogging allows a person to focus their thoughts through research and verification of facts and opinions in order to boil it all down to a concise view of the subject and I loved it. However, real life stepped it, the family emu farm demanded more and more attention and when combined with the operations of the online side of our business at I just didn't get the time to blog. Well, times do change. My partners in emu farming looked to retire and so we closed down Songline Emu Farm and I've spent the last year focusing on repositioning our company Songline Enterprises LLC to focus on selling emu oil grown from other small, family held farms in New England, many of which we helped get started. I am now finding that the possibility of resuming blogging is back. So look for future communications from me and I look forward to your comments and input.