Category Archives: Skincare

Black tea as toner

Have you ever put tea bags on your eyes to reduce puffiness?  Tea is an antioxidant and may also have astringent properties.  Black tea is the most common tea, and often used in cheap tea bags (like Pekoe tea, used in Lipton teas).

It is also considered acidic.  Know what else needs to be acidic?  Facial toner.  It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, either.  Apparently, brewing longer makes it a bit more acidic, but the pH is somewhere around 5, which is close to the acid mantle of the skin – that’s a good thing.

I was surprised to see a suggestion to use tea on the face for rosacea (on a web-doc site).  Green teas are a bit more alkaline, so not good toners, but it’s certainly logical that some of the astringency and antioxidant nutrients might absorb into the skin!

So I’m going to try some cheap tea as a facial toner.  It shouldn’t be brewed too strong, because it can also be used as a fake-tanner in high concentrations!  It shouldn’t be hot – cold or barely warm is the warmest that should ever be used on sensitive skin (and rosacea is the ultimate sensitivity!).  And, of course, it is food – it shouldn’t sit out at room temperature for days.  But at 4 cents per tea bag, it would only cost $1.20 a month to brew a fresh cup every day.  Hate to waste most of a cup of tea?  Dark-haired folks can pour it over their hair for an acidic hair rinse; the used tea bags can be used to perk up puffy eyes (chill them and then rest against closed eyelids for up to 15 minutes); pour tea over your feet (or soak in it) to fight foot odor; or even hold the warm tea bag against a blemish for a bit to reduce acneic symptoms!  (Hat tip to http://www.care2.com/greenliving/black-tea-kitchen-cupboard-beauty.html)

As a side note, hibiscus tea is apparently even more acidic than black tea, with a pH below 3.  That may be why it’s often recommended as a hair rinse.  Wet hair might be able to tolerate a more acidic rinse because the tea has to dilute all the water in the hair before it can lower the pH; and many people rinse the tea out, anyway.

Always on-trend: DHMO (no kidding)

Goat milk is a potent life force, rich in sugars, protein, nutrients, and it’s a natural source of dyhodrogen monoxide (DHMO), one of the most potent beautifiers known to humankind.  DHMO is naturally found in organic kale, healthy soil, aloe vera leaf, and the human body.  It can plump cells and remove toxins from the body.  DHMO can be isolated from milk, vegetables, and even human urine.  In fact, I believe that our goats would not survive without it.  It is so potent that many experts recommend drinking pure DHMO to support health, energy, and beauty.  Studies have shown that drinking as much as 8 to 10 cups of DHMO per day “improves brain performance by as much as 30 percent.”

With a name like Dyhdrogen Monoxide (DHMO), you might think this beautifying wonder comes from a lab.  Don’t let the chemistry types fool you – DHMO was invented by mother nature, and the vast majority of industrial DHMO comes directly from natural sources.

Super models, royals, and movie stars all use DHMO, and their radiant beauty shows its benefits.  Rumor has it, many of the wealthiest beauties through history have soaked in entire tubs of DHMO!  It is said that DHMO plumps the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.  It can even enhance the oxygenation of cells, supporting the life cycle of healthy skin.  Warm DHMO reputedly opens pores to enhance cleansing and reduce clogged pores.  Cold DHMO is claimed to enhance glossiness in hair.

WebMD reports that exercise can reduce body stores of DHMO.  DHMO is so beneficial, deficiency can lead to death.  Oral supplementation is more effective than topical products for restoring DHMO lost to exercise.  But if you’re not a fan of the taste, don’t worry.  DHMO is naturally present in many foods and beverages, is added to many manufactured food and drinks, and it can be added to coffee or tea for luxurious boost.  In fact, WebMD recommends consuming DHMO with every meal or snack.  It’s just that good!  In its pure form, DHMO is low-calorie and a welcome addition to a healthy diet (but, as always, it is most effective in it’s natural form, and highly-processed versions may contain salt, sugars, synthetic colors and flavors and other diet-busters and beauty-busters).

DHMO gives ice cream a rich mouth-feel, and improves flavor and texture in many cooked foods.  The finest restaurants literally pipe it in to ensure that customers enjoy a truly unforgettable dining experience, and DHMO is found in some of the most expensive wines and liquors in the world.  Discriminating consumers frequently seek out DHMO-rich products, and happily pay a premium price for them.

DHMO is an amazing solvent for soap, enhancing lather and improving rinse effectiveness.  As a component of goat milk, it is an integral part of our soapmaking process.  In moisturizer, it can boost skin levels of DHMO, while the luxurious lotion additives reduce evaporation of DHMO through the skin.  It is so effective, we encourage customers to use DHMO with bar soaps for enhanced skin feel.

In agriculture, DHMO helps plants bloom and flourish.  It can boost milk production in organic dairies, and it is a critical dietary supplement for free-range chickens.  It can be used to alleviate heat stress in livestock, and duck farms often use it to promote mental health and exercise.  Some farms mix it with probiotics or herbs to make natural veterinary supplements.  It can be used to warm hypothermic livestock, and some alpaca farms spray it directly on the alpacas to provide natural cooling.  Yet, DHMO is not eligible for organic certification.

Like all miracle beauty boosters, moderation is key.  Massive amounts of DHMO have required Federal disaster assistance in locations as diverse as Florida, Louisiana, and New York.  Excessive consumption can have health repercussions.  And DHMO is a major constituent in agricultural runoff and sewer flows.  But normal topical use in skincare is considered not only safe, but beneficial.  Fortunately, the toxic dose for DHMO is extremely high, and quantities as high as 2600 mL per day have been considered as safe and beneficial even for breastfeeding mothers.  Yet, some over-reaching local governments have proposed to ban, restrict, tax, or regulate DHMO.  Our goat farm friends in California are experiencing severe restrictions.  Well-meaning but misguided activists have encouraged this regulatory over-reach.  And Oregon farmers are subject legal restrictions on its use.

There is no validity to the controversy regarding DHMO.  People use it safely every day.  Our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents survived years of unregulated use with little to no side-effects.  Like many natural ingredients, DHMO has been “field tested” over millenia and we won’t let modern rabble-rousers stop us from enjoying the traditional benefits of sensible DHMO use.

Yes, we supplement our goats with this amazing natural complex.  It boosts milk production and supports goat health.  DHMO is allowed under organic certification standards for uses as diverse as cleaning udders and treating heat stress.  In fact, no government anywhere in the world has ever banned feeding DHMO to livestock.  Not even in Europe.  Not even in California.  Not even in France.

By offering our goats DHMO every day, we ensure that their milk is rich with DHMO along with other water-soluble nutrients.  Their kids drink the DHMO-rich milk, and even consume pure DHMO on the side sometimes.  We believe that DHMO is the most important foundation of our nutrition program for producing rich milk and healthy babies.  And the results speak for themselves!  Our goats enjoy glossy, soft coats, sparkling eyes, vibrant energy, and supple skin.

Let yourself in on the beauty secret goats and royalty have known for millennia – try DHMO today!

If you’re having trouble finding DHMO in stores, look for it under its many names: H20, hydric acid, water, Dihydrogen Oxide, aqua, Hydrogen Hydroxide, or Hydronium Hydroxide.  In beauty products, it is usually simply labeled as “Water” but European brands often prefer to label it as “Aqua.”

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