Product of the Month: Blackthorn Body Oil

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Blackthorn Body Oil’s box is labelled ‘helps to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy’, yet this is only one of Blackthorn Body Oil’s many talents, there is so much more…

This product is a brilliant choice for all women:
– Keeps skin firm and elastic
– For use in any weight loss or weight gain
– For dry skin, especially lower legs
– Blackthorn imparts a sense of vitality
– Recommended for those who are prone to back and chest acne
– For those who do not warm to Rose, Lavender or Lemon Lemongrass moisturising, they usually find Blackthorn suits them
– For the outdoors type who wishes to protect her skin from dehydration and wants to keep it firm and toned
– After waxing

And for men:
– After waxing and wants his skin toned and oiled with a fresh aroma
– For dry, scaling skin by long outdoor exposure and to ensure the skin is more resilient to external aggressors
– An older gentleman’s dry and scaly skin and who needs skin protection to prevent dryness
– Toning in weight loss or gain, for example if he has put on a little bit of weight around the stomach
– Recommended for the man who is prone to pimples and acne on back and chest

Blackthorn is mainly made from plant extracts with only a minute amount of plant essential oils for aroma.  The scent is neither overly feminine or masculine and suits the active, professional, no-nonsense personality.

For me, personally, wearing Blackthorn Body Oil helps give me more focus when productivity is required and I also find it imparts a sense of strength and vitality.  It also happens to be the Body Oil that I receive “love your perfume” compliments at my morning coffee stop!

Tip: A winning, strengthening and toning partnership is Blackthorn Body Oil mixed with Lemon Lemongrass Body Moisturiser and applied to skin still slightly moist from the shower, for even and economical application.

Blackthorn Body Oil description:

Supple, toned skin depends upon skin elasticity. Blackthorn Body Oil offers strengthening, warming skin care for all the family. It has even proved successful during pregnancy when it is particularly important to keep skin supple to prevent pregnancy-induced stretch marks.

Blackthorn blossom and birch leaf extracts enhance skin elasticity while sun-drenched St. John’s wort and jojoba oil support the skin’s natural processes of renewal and fortification.

Formulation: Blackthorn blossoms, birch leaves and St. John’s wort are combined with sunflower oil, then carefully blended using unique rhythmic processing methods. During this phase, the mixtures are heated to 37 °C – human body temperature. They are carefully mixed in the mornings and evenings to allow the properties of the nurturing plants to be transferred to the oil.

Blackthorn prunus-spinosa

Blackthorn

Synonyms: Sloe, Sloe Berry
Scientific Name: Prunus spinosa
Family: Rosacea

Habitat
Blackthorn was originally a native of central Europe. Thanks to its hardiness it has become widespread and is now found from southern Sweden to the Urals, and in the moderate zones of Southwest Asia, North Africa and North America.

Constituents
Flavonoid glycosides, coumarin derivatives, tannins and bitter substances, acids, vitamin C, traces of amygdalin (cyanogenic glycoside)

Description
The dense, spreading, much-branched thorny shrub, which can reach a height of up to 3 m (9 feet), flowers from March to April in the European spring. The small white scented flowers appear before the leaves. They are usually solitary, on short stems, but cover the entire length of the branches so densely that the whole shrub is shrouded in white. In May, after the flowers, the oval, tooth-edged leaves appear, and in late summer the bluish-black plum-like fruits which have a whitish bloom and astringent green flesh. They are 1 cm in diameter, contain a stone and are only edible after the frost. The thorns, incidentally, are transformed lateral branchlets.

Blackthorn berries
Blackthorn berries

Blackthorn likes sunny hills and dry, sparse deciduous woods with chalky, deep soil. Together with other members of the rose family it often forms impenetrable thorny thickets. The light-loving blackthorn is extremely resistant to pests and regenerates quickly after cutting. It can colonise shallow soil quickly and spreads through seed dispersal by mammals and birds and by production of root suckers. Even on wind-exposed sites it defies the natural forces. So it is not surprising that it was used as pioneer wood for stabilising embankments and dry slopes and for landscaping slag heaps and wasteland, as well as for wind and snow screens. With its high value as honey plant, too, blackthorn emerges as something of an ideal shrub.

Today the fruits of the blackthorn are still used to brew warming drinks for harsh winter evenings: sloe wine and sloe gin make you feel cozy indoors while winter rages outside. Syrups, jellies and jams are also a vitamin-rich delicacy.

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Early in the spring, even before the young shoots and leaves begin to sprout, the blackthorn envelops itself in a radiant white mass of blossoms. But it is not until late in the year, when the first frosts herald the coming of winter, that the fruits ripen and become sweet. Thus, the blackthorn only hesitantly divulges its vital powers, keeps them in a certain inwardness. The flowers which have gone through the winter help the human organism to overcome the winter and to adapt its metabolism to the spring.

The vitality-bearing fruits provide strength in states of exhaustion. Elixirs of the fruit were made for use during convalescence. 

Dr.Hauschka Blackthorn Body Oil strengthens and warms the skin. With its pleasant fragrance, the harmonious composition of blackthorn blossom, birch leaves and St. John’swort firms and purifies the tissues. The skin-strengthening properties give the skin a fresh, moisturised appearance.

Gently prepared oil extracts from blackthorn blossom unfold their conditioning properties in Dr.Hauschka Hand Cream, Lemon Lemongrass Body Moisturiser and Quince Body Moisturiser, too. Fully ripe blackthorn fruits harvested in the wild are carefully processed to essences which round off the composition of Lemon Lemongrass Body Moisturiser, Quince Body Moisturiser and Deodorant Fresh.

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Tips for Pregnancy, Mum and Baby

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During pregnancy body care is particularly important to keep the skin supple and avoid stretch marks. Dr.Hauschka Blackthorn Toning Body Oil supports the skin’s elasticity in weight loss or weigh gain and helps to prevent the appearance of stretch marks.  I used it from 25 weeks on after my morning shower and while skin is still moist from the shower. Blackthorn Body Oil formula is based on plant extracts, with only a minute amount of essential oils for fragrance.

Rose Nurturing Body Cream to keep skin supple. Plus Rose nurtures both the skin and the spirit.

Rose Nurturing Body Oil provides supportive vigour of light and life.

Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil relaxes, soothes and encourages sleep.

Quince Hydrating Body Milk gives the skin a fresh, firm feeling during pregnancy.

Rapidly tiring and swelling legs in the latter stages of pregnancy gain support from Revitalising Leg and Arm Tonic.

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A protective cocoon for the child

Only the best is good enough for a child’s tender skin. The rich Dr.Hauschka creams and oils nurture their sensitive skin and envelop the child in a warming and protective cocoon. For the youngest, this warming protection is very important, as they can get cold quickly.

Babies really only need to be bathed in warm water and a muslin cloth; however, Dr.Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Wash with such gentle ingredients from nature is for cleansing if needed.

Our Silk Body Powder containing real silk has to be the most exquisite and caring baby body powder there is.  Created by combining fine Silk powder, which has anti-bacterial properties and is particularly well tolerated by baby’s skin, Rice starch, Silica and extracts of Gentian, Oak and Sage.  Body Silk does wonders for preventing the appearance of nappy rash.

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Tip:  Rose Nurturing Body Oil for gentle and caring baby massage. Just remember to wrap baby in a towel or blanket when lifting in case they’re a little slippery!

Your facial skin care during pregnancy

Your skin may go through changes as your body deals with such a huge increase in hormones.  Many will experience break outs, while others find their skin becomes incredibly dry.

Please contact us if you need to alter your usual Dr. Hauschka Skin Regime to address a changing skin condition.  We are always happy to put together a recommended Product Prescription and Skin Care Regime for you.
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Thinking about the home environment

Bringing a baby into the world is a catalyst for many changes.  It’s an excellent time to remove the huge amount of synthetic chemical overload in our homes and on our bodies; to leave behind all the conventional synthetic chemical skin, perfume, hair and body products, cleaning and laundry products.  Visit Helios Health Australia – there’s always another alternative, superior too, in my experience.

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Pregnant and in good health

At no other time does an individual enter into such a close relationship with another person as during pregnancy. But as the pregnant woman’s body adapts to fully meeting the needs of the growing child, this can lead to physical discomfort. In our interview, Manuela Burkhardt, WALA (Dr. Hauschka) contact person for midwives and herself a trained midwife, gives tips on how expectant mothers can find relief in such cases.

As a midwife you have already guided many women through their pregnancy. Are there different ‘phases’ that every pregnant woman goes through during the nine months?

Each woman’s experience of pregnancy is different. However, one can divide the course of pregnancy roughly into three phases, each of which last about three months: the phase of adjustment, the phase of wellbeing and the phase of burden.

What happens in the first phase, the phase of adjustment?

In the first three months it is not usually obvious that the woman is pregnant, and most of the changes are hidden from view. During this time the body is already starting to adjust to nurturing another human being – this is why we call it the phase of adjustment. The hormone status changes, fatty deposits in the breasts are built up and the metabolism goes into overdrive. Although there is nothing to see on the outside, the woman may already be suffering diverse complaints – nausea, sickness and tiredness. Mood swings are also quite common and completely normal.

Fussmassage bei Schwangerer; Pregnant woman doing foot massage

How can affected women alleviate these complaints?

Nausea is among the most troublesome complaints during pregnancy. Due to the hormonal changes they undergo, some mums-to-be feel nauseous a lot. A regular daily routine, several small meals and walking in the fresh air can also help. Hosing the legs with cold water in the morning will also help stimulate the overtaxed circulation.

But at some point the female body adjusts to being pregnant…

Yes, fortunately. The middle three months are the best phase of pregnancy – this is the “phase of wellbeing”. The body has adjusted to the new situation and the woman is in harmony with her child. The abdomen starts to grow gradually and the first movements of the baby can be felt. The only downside: during this phase the first stretch marks can start to appear on the belly and the thighs. However, a daily pinching massage can help stop these stretch marks forming (see instructions in the information box below).

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And after these middle three months, what can the pregnant woman expect then? Is the phase of wellbeing over?

Well, I wouldn’t say that exactly. But the last three months are considerably more tiring. The expectant mother is getting bulkier and the child pushes up on her diaphragm, making it more difficult for her to breathe. The pregnancy now becomes an increasing burden and the woman tires easily. During this phase many women also suffer from back pains and muscle tension; walking and standing become harder.

What can the expectant mother do to help herself?

Massages can alleviate the complaints caused by her increasing girth and weight. In the case of heavy, swollen legs it can be helpful to lessen the congestion by stimulating the flow of venous blood back to the heart. For this the mum-to-be should massage her legs daily with a brush, working from the toes upwards towards the thighs, or she can hose her legs with alternating warm and cold water.

As her due date approaches, what can the expectant mother do to prepare herself for the birth?

It helps a lot if she can keep calm and look forward to the event with positive feelings. Of course it is absolutely essential to have a bag packed and ready for the hospital – that’s a great help in calming the nerves. And then life with the little newcomer is all set to start smoothly.

Pinching massage
Pinching massage

Tip: Pinching massage to reduce the appearance of stretch marks

Use Dr. Hauschka Blackthorn Toning Body Oil for the pinching massage. The combination of massage and oil thoroughly warms the skin, leaving it better supplied with blood and therefore more elastic. For a pinching massage, take the top layer of skin between thumb and forefinger, lift it up slightly and then let go again. For best results repeat the process five times for each section of skin.

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