Your 5 Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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1) Upon waking drink a glass of lemon juice, organic apple cider vinegar and a little honey in warm water.

Benefits of Lemon:
✓ Boosts your immune system ✓ Flushes out unwanted toxins ✓ Helps aid in weight loss ✓ Is a natural blood purifier ✓ Balances your pH level ✓ Helps relieve respiratory issues ✓ Helps aid in throat infections ✓ Decreases blemishes ✓ Decreases wrinkles ✓ Energises ✓ Hydrating ✓Alkalinising to the body ✓ Aids digestion

Benefits of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar:
✓ Very rich in enzymes and potassium ✓ Helps clear pimples ✓ Lowers blood pressure ✓ Lowers cholesterol ✓ Reduces inflammation ✓ Helps aid in weight loss by breaking down fat ✓ Balances pH level ✓ Helps relieve muscle pain from workouts ✓ Helps prevent acid reflux ✓ Helps prevent arthritis ✓ Lowers levels of fatigue ✓ Aids digestion ✓ Helps control and prevent candida

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2 ) Take a 30 minute walk each morning.

Benefits:

  • Your lymph system needs movement therefore a daily walk aids immunity
  • Aids sleep
  • Supports happiness and peace of mind
  • Prepares you for the day ahead
  • Aids circulatory system

Tips:
Set your alarm clock for 30 minutes earlier, morning habits are easier to keep!
Find a walking buddy

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3) Eat fresh nutritious food

You’ve heard it before – 5+ fruit and veg a day, and plenty of bright colours for their antioxidant power.

That 3 o’clock sugar craving – reach for some fruit!

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4) Stress Less

  • Include relaxation in your week – instead of watching tele, put some great music on and dance or do yoga in your living room
  • Go for a walk, preferably in nature, every morning for 30 minutes
  • Talk about it, problem shared is a problem halved
  • Breathe, deep breathe and stretch
  • Go to bed earlier
  • Focus on what you can control
  • Reminisce about good times
  • Ask for a hug
  • Look for opportunities in life’s challenges
  • Stop worrying
  • Lose yourself in a good book
  • Choose your reaction
  • Put things into perspective, will this matter a year from now?
  • Lavender Layering with Dr. Hauschka support products, Lavender Sandalwood Calming Bath Essence, Body Wash and Body Moisturiser. Another helpful oil is Almond St. John’s wort Body Oil. 
  • Laughter is the best medicine, try not to take life too seriously, find the humour
  • Smile

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4) Be a Conscious Consumer

  • Reduce unnecessary chemicals on you and in your environment, whatever the marketing, if you don’t understand the ingredients your skin probably doesn’t either
  • Each of us do our bit for the environment for our children, our grandchildren, it will cost a lot less than the future clean-up
  • Choose authentic ecologically friendly products for household cleaning, high quality products are both effective and economical
  • Choose authentic and independently certified products for personal care
  • Ecological baby steps, it all helps

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5) Set goals

  • Create your own vision/goal/dream board
  • Put a list of your goals on your vision board as well and tick them off as you achieve them
  • Reward yourself when you achieve each goal
  • Create things to look forward to, plan holidays, time with friends…

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Birch Arnica Body Oil

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Birch Arnica Body Oil

Supports before and after exercise

After strenuous physical activity the skin welcomes revitalisation: Birch Arnica Body Oil’s refreshing scent revives the body and awakens the mind, as nourishing plant extracts join jojoba oil to maintain moisture balance for soft, supple skin. Tired muscles are  soothed and stiff limbs are warmed for increased flexibility.

Formulation: Birch leaves, arnica, burdock root and nettle are combined with sunflower oil, and then carefully blended using unique rhythmic  processing methods. During this phase, the mixtures are heated to 37 °C – human body temperature. The base products are carefully mixed in the mornings and evenings to allow the properties of the nurturing plants to be transferred to the oil.

Use

Apply evenly and massage into skin. Applying to moist skin after bathing or showering provides the most effective absorption.

Plant Profile: Arnica

Synonyms: Mountain Tobacco, Leopard’s Bane
Scientific Name: Arnica montana L.
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy Family)

Habitat
The plant is indigenous to the mountainous regions of Central Europe, from southern Norway and Lithuania in the north to southern Russia in the east.

Description
Arnica montana is medicinal plant of the year 2001. If you want to find it in the wild you will have to climb up high as this plant is at home in unfertilised or barely fertilised mountain pastures and in mountain heathland, where it displays its radiant yellow flowerheads in summer time. As in all members of the daisy family, the flowerhead consists of numerous individual florets: small tubular florets at the centre, surrounded by larger tubules with long petals extending outwards – the ray florets. A characteristic feature of Arnica is that this ray floret has three teeth at the tip. The robust stems bearing the flowers rise from a rosette of leaves and can reach a height of up to 50 cm. The whole plant is perennial and survives the hard mountain winter by withdrawing its energy into the rootstock.

Uses
As an important vulnerary, Arnica has wound-healing, disinfecting and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to regenerate the tissue and is suitable for the treatment of all injuries resulting from impact, falls, stabs and cuts. In haematoma, muscle and tendon sprains, torn muscles, bruises and contusions it removes congestion and relieves pain. Arnica relaxes the tissue and makes it supple and is therefore irreplaceable in the prevention and treatment of sore muscles.

Interesting Facts
The origin of the name Arnica is disputed. According to some sources it is derived from the Greek arnakis = lamb’s skin, an allusion to the downy sepals. Others see the name as an abbreviation of the word ptarmike from the Greek ptarmos = to sneeze. Dioscurides is said to have given this name to the members of the daisy family because of their tendency to cause sneezing. As third variant, the name is thought to originate from the Arabic word arnich.

One of the German names for Arnica is Wolfsblume or wolf flower. Arnica has the wild nature of the wolf. The entrapped mountain sunlight flashes from its flowers, reminding one of the yellow eyes of a wolf. In late summer, when the wind is rustles through the ears of corn, the corn wolf roams through the corn. In heathen times this mythological figure symbolised the strength of the field, the spirit of the corn, and provided the energy for ripening. As soon as he left the field, the corn withered. So farmers used to place Arnica around their fields to keep the corn wolf in. As “wolf’s plant” they believed it could stop the corn wolf from leaving the field. As soon as the last corn was cut he would escape and slip into the last sheaf. This was often decorated and then carried into the village amidst great rejoicing. Later, farmers placed Arnica around the fields on Midsummer’s Day to protect the corn against Bilwisschnitter – the corn demon.

Arnica was dedicated to Freya and was one of the most important herbs associated with the feast of St. John. Alongside St. John’s wort and bracken, it was an obligatory part of any summer solstice ritual. Arnica was also believed to have magical powers that could influence the weather and used to be burned during thunderstorms. A German rhyme goes:

“Set arnica alight, set arnica alight
Make the thunderstorm take flight”

The Plant at Dr. Hauschka
Arnica’s yellow eye shines far across the mountain pastures with the form-giving power of the sun that is captured within it. In the summer it appears to open its eye without warning: suddenly the flower-crowned stem rises upwards from the compressed, flower-like rosette of leaves pressed closely against the ground. Arnica concentrates entirely on the flowering impulse and does not waste time on luxuriant leaf growth. It thus lives in the polarity of root and flower and appears to lack the connecting rhythmic element. It is this property that causes it to stimulate the rhythmic system in humans, the system that has a harmonising effect on the entire organism. External injuries have a lot to do with imbalances within the human organism. It is therefore understandable that Arnica’s harmony-creating power stimulates healing processes. The form-giving character expressed in the plant’s sun-like quality and in the wonderful order of the numerous florets that combine to make a flower also directly helps the damaged tissue which has lost its form.

As remedy of choice for sore muscles, Arnica is contained in Dr.Hauschka Birch Arnica Body Oil, which has activating and relaxing action after physical exertion.

Its stimulation of the circulation supports the regenerating action of Dr.Hauschka Neem Hair Lotion which strengthens the hair and scalp.

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My skin is looking dull!

This is becoming an extremely common customer question lately.

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As we age often our skin becomes more pallid, it needs enlivening!

What to do

1) Use Moisturising Day Cream. This is our most enlivening moisturiser. It’s very light in texture however it’s also our most activating and enlivening moisturiser. Alternate Moisturising Day Cream with Regenerating Day Cream if you’re concerned about firming as well.

2) Use Toned Day Cream, the ‘original BB Cream’ is our tinted moisturiser which magically tones with any skin, and if you have dry skin you may wish to use Toned Day Cream over your Moisturising Day Cream. Alternatively mix Translucent Bronzing Tint with any of our Moisturisers.

3) If you prefer to just use Translucent Make-up, that’s fine, but always remember to add the colour back in. Apply Bronzing Powder with a fan brush going down the face touching high points, forehead, cheeks, tips of nose and chin, then Rouge Powder to the ‘apples’ of your cheeks.

4) Firming Mask twice a week is warming and therefore enlivening to the skin. This mask contains our precious rose in all four forms.

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3 Minute Make-up

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Life’s busy, sometime things just need to be done as quick as possible! The following steps I do almost every Saturday morning…

6 Steps to a 3 Minute Make-up

1) Toned Day Cream – or Translucent Bronzing Tint mixed with your Moisturiser. Colour and care sorted – quick as a flash!

2) Set with Translucent Powder, I prefer Loose applied with Powder Brush, plus it’s quick. If you fancy subtle luminosity for your skin, which is uplifting and you’ll notice a lovely effect in photographs as the light reflects off your complexion then choose Illuminating Powder instead.

3) Always remember to add the colour in with Rouge Powder (blusher) smile and apply to ‘apples’ of cheeks.

4) I have to use eyeliner, but I do keep it softer in the weekend, so I don’t use pencil, I opt to use an angled brush and the darkest colour powder in Stone Colours Eyeshadow Palette. Residual colour on the brush I use to define brows.

5) Mascara

6) I like Violet Marble Lipstick which I use more like a ‘lip stain’, it’s so matte I just dap onto lips then use Lip Balm over the top. Residual Lip Balm on my finger I use to smooth brows.

GOOD TO GO! 😀

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Plant Profile: Witch Hazel

Snapping Hazel, Winter Bloom, Spotted Alder, Tobacco Wood

Witch Hazel – Hamamelis virginiana

Description
This shrub, which can grow into a tree up to 8 meters high, appears bewitched in many ways. In the autumn, when most of nature begins to rest, fragrant yellow flowers with narrow, ribbonlike petals, appear between the hazelnut-like leaves like harbingers of spring, enveloping all the branches like small stars. The longish fruits, angular at the top, do not mature until the following summer to autumn so that the shrub bears fruits and flowers at the same time. When the fruit reaches full maturity it bursts open at the top scattering its seeds to a distance of several meters.

Uses
Hamamelis has astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Witch hazel is used for poorly healing wounds, vein care, hemorrhoids, varicose veins and atopic dermatitis.

Interesting Facts
The name hamamelis is made up of the ancient Greek words “hama” meaning simultaneously and “melon” meaning apple or fruit, a reference to the simultaneous appearance of flowers and fruit on the shrub. The name may also come from the word “hamatus” meaning hooked, angular, which refers to the shape of the fruit.

The first people to use witch hazel for its healing properties were the Native North Americans. European settlers saw the amazing healing effects they achieved with this plant, which was how it found its way to Europe in the 18th century. Incidentally, the Native Americans also used witch hazel branches to make bows and as divining rods to locate water and mineral deposits.

The Plant at WALA (Dr. Hauschka)
Witch hazel is one of the key plants in Dr.Hauschka Skin Care. WALA essences from the leaves and bark are used in almost all face care products and in many of the make-up items. Witch hazel water is also used in Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream. The plant is valued for its astringent and firming effects and its stimulation of connective tissue. Witch hazel thus helps to give a clear, rosy complexion. On account of its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner is also particularly suitable for use as after shave lotion.

The firming effect of witch hazel appears to be reflected in the controlled expression of the shrub: its growth is reserved rather than luxuriant; the flowers, which are not luxuriant in appearance either, are held back until the autumn; the leaves are a little hard, stable in shape and do not wilt easily. As a shrub it is more closely associated with the earth and counteracts fiery, inflammatory processes. And the strong power of the sun appears to be concentrated in the witch hazel shrub, which absorbs the sun throughout the spring and summer and does not release any of the collected energy. Only in the autumn, with the blossoming of the star-shaped flowers, does it open itself to the aerial, astral realm. Thus the flowers are also pollinated by the wind. The plant gives us the entire concentrated power of the sun and thus stimulates our metabolism.

“Study rhythms – rhythm carries life.”

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Witch Hazel Essence preparation

With Steiner’s answer in his head, Hauschka developed a procedure for preserving medicinal plant extracts without using alcohol as a preservative. He used the power of natural polarities, the rhythmic alternation of darkness and light, warmth and cold, movement and rest.

Even today, we still use this basic rhythmic procedure to produce our extracts, essences and tinctures. We rhythmically stir our base products and even rhythmically shake our preparations to prepare them for the Intensive Treatments, for example. The rhythms of the seasons also determine the work in our medicinal plant garden.

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Witch Hazel Essence preparation

Snapping Hazel, Winter Bloom, Spotted Alder, Tobacco Wood

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Statement on Animal Testing

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No animal tests have ever been carried out by or on behalf of Dr. Hauschka. 

Dr. Hauschka is created at WALA Heilmittel GmbH. WALA’s experience of using natural substances to provide natural care through the biodynamic cultivation of medicinal plants extends back to 1935. WALA also produces an extensive range of anthroposophical homeopathic medicines. The responsible and sustainable development of our products is something that has been at the core of Dr. Hauschka ever since the beginning, back in 1967. Today we are proud to continue to carry this philosophy forward.

Naturally, this means that no animal tests have ever been carried out either by or on behalf of Dr. Hauschka since our founding in 1967.

While Dr. Hauschka has always foregone animal testing, the EU Cosmetics Regulation represented a decisive step forward for animal welfare in the entire cosmetics industry: As a result, tests on animals for cosmetic products and the raw materials required to create them have been completely banned in the EU since 11 March 2009. This is a legally binding ban, i.e. all cosmetics manufacturers within the EU must comply with this legislation.

To produce Dr. Hauschka’s natural and organic skin care and make-up, we rely on traditional raw materials of natural origin and the highest quality – raw materials which are also often used in the food industry. There is sufficient evidence to support the tolerability and effectiveness of the various plant extracts, oils or waxes we use.

Furthermore, we also commission independent institutes to perform dermatological testing of new cosmetic products on human volunteers prior to launch. These confirm the high tolerability of our products.

Animal testing and China:
Logocos recently brought the issue of animal testing for natural cosmetics into public discussion. This related to the requirement to perform animal tests in order to sell cosmetics on the Chinese market.

We ourselves examined the conditions for exporting to China years ago. Unfortunately, the Chinese authorities have made animal tests a binding requirement for companies wishing to register products for the Chinese market. We therefore made a conscious decision to not register or market Dr. Hauschka products in China.

We assure you that no animal tests have ever been carried out by or on behalf of Dr. Hauschka Cosmetics, nor will this happen in the future – not for the Chinese market nor any other market anywhere.

Parent Company WALA/Dr. Hauschka Website Reference

Portait Parfumeur Joerg Zimmermann 4.4.08

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Key Ingredient: Field Horsetail

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Description
So delicate and yet so scratchy; so hard that people used to polish their pewter with it, but so brittle that it breaks easily; the field horsetail is among the most ancient plants. Around 350 million years ago, in the Carboniferous period, together with ferns and club moss it formed huge forests. However, while horsetails in the Carboniferous era grew to a height of 30 metres, their modern counterparts reach only a modest 30 to 40 centimetres and live on damp, arable land, the edges of meadows, wasteland and banks. Sharp side shoots that resemble pine needles grow in whorls from the grooved main stem. Stems and side shoots consist of several jointed segments which give the appearance of being stacked. The joints are enclosed in much reduced, finely toothed leaves which clasp the stem like cuffs. The stems can be easily broken off at the joints. The largest part of the horsetail is subterranean: most of the stems grow horizontally under the ground, where they branch widely. The roots themselves are unremarkable. In winter the horsetail withdraws entirely into its underground parts. It is a spore-bearing plant, i.e. it does not flower but develops cone-like structures which contain the spores. The separate, cone-bearing stems are brownish in colour and appear in early spring. They are followed a few weeks later by branched, sterile green stems.

Uses
Horsetail promotes diuresis without flushing out excessive sodium and potassium ions at the same time. For this reason it has an important role to play in elimination therapies, for example for cleansing the blood or in cases of renal and efferent urinary tract catarrh. It is beneficial in the treatment of rheumatic complaints and swollen legs caused by metabolic disorders.

Due to its high content of water-soluble silicic acid horsetail has an astringent, restorative effect on the connective tissue. Preparations of horsetail applied externally stimulate the skin’s metabolism and have a firming, strengthening and cleansing effect on the connective tissue. This is particularly important where the tissue is slack, the skin poorly supplied with blood and blemished, and the hair and nails brittle. Horsetail baths are excellent in cases of vascular disorders, swelling, chilblains and poorly healing wounds.

Interesting Facts
The scientific name Equisetum derives from the Latin equus = horse and seta = animal hair and describes the stiff stalks of the horsetail. The species name arvense comes from the Latin word arva = field. The English name Field Horsetail is thus a direct translation from the Latin.

The mighty forests of the ancestors of the horsetail in the Carboniferous era have been transformed over millions of years into coal and today make up coal reserves.

Horsetail became famous for its blood-staunching properties. The Roman scholar Pliny the Elder (23–79) asserted that just holding horsetail in your hand was enough to staunch a bleed. For a long time the horsetail suffered neglect, but Sebastian Kneipp (1821–1897) revived interest in it and used it to heal wounds and treat rheumatism and gout.

Conventional farming views the field horsetail as a weed to be attacked with herbicides if it becomes too widespread. However, it only gets out of control if the ground has been compressed by heavy machinery or poor husbandry. Gardeners working in accordance with biodynamic principles, in contrast, welcome field horsetail. They use it to prepare aqueous extracts with which they treat their cultures. The silicic acid firms the surface of leaves, giving them protection against mildew, for instance.

Field horsetail is not only useful in medicine and personal care: the cone-bearing stems which sprout in spring and are the first signs of horsetail growth are edible. They can be made into soups, salads, omelettes and savoury puddings. However, anyone wanting to harvest them must be able to distinguish field horsetail from its very poisonous relative, the marsh horsetail.

Green horsetail stems can be used to dye wool and eggs a yellowish-green colour. The silicic acid in these sterile shoots makes the surface of the horsetail so hart that it can be used to polish metal: pewter, aluminium and copper gleam. Makers of fine woodwork and instrument makers also use this natural sandpaper to smooth fine woods.

The Plant at Dr. Hauschka
Ash from burned horsetail contains an exceptional amount – up to 67% – of silicic acid, the oxidised form of silicon, and keeps the shape of the plant like an impression after burning. Silicic acid is a main constituent of many minerals, including rock crystal, amethyst and rose quartz, and is of course best known as glass. Silicic acid lends structure and has a strong relationship with light. This makes horsetail a light plant, while its air tube system makes it an air plant and it also has a close connection with the element water, which it takes up through its widely branching roots. This last makes it an indicator plant for water build-up. Horsetail gives structure to water and as a medicinal plant can pass on this ability. By regulating the body’s water levels and stimulating kidney function it increases elimination and cleansing and thus has a beneficial effect on joints, connective tissue and skin.

WALA produces the field horsetail extracts used in Dr.Hauschka Skin Care using a special rhythmic process. These extracts are found in Dr.Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Body Oil, Moor Lavender Body Oil, Lemon Lemongrass Body Moisturiser, Lavender Sandalwood Body Moisturiser, Regenerating Eye Cream, Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream, Regenerating Day Cream and Regenerating Body Cream.