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Why You Should Try a Hot Bath

While we all may dream of a relaxing bath at the end of the day, a lot of us are shower people. This is mostly out of necessity – since a shower can be quicker and free us up to move on to other responsibilities or tasks. But, a bath is much more than just a mentally relaxing activity; a bath can nourish your body in a number of ways. Bellow, we outline our case for taking a bath, and how you can make a better bath.

Natural, Easy Detox

The epidermis (skin) is the human body’s largest organ, and protects all of the other organs from harsh conditions like sunlight, heat or dry air. As the body’s protector, your skin endures a lot of wear and tear and needs to be nourished to prolong its vitality and appearance. A hot bath is a healthy, relaxing way to quickly detox your skin and will help your skin sweat, and rid it of unhealthy toxins.

Muscle Relaxation

Hot water baths encourage deep muscle relaxation to ease tension, prevent and ease headaches, and improve muscle elasticity. If you’ve had a hard day at the office, or are recovering from a tough workout, a hot bath can help soother your aching muscles.

Immunity Booster

The steam from a hot bath can benefit your immune system, and detoxify your pores. In fact, many steam room users cite a reduction in colds, coughs and flu symptoms after using a regiment of steam room visits. Steam can help your body sweat and generate more white blood cells – which fight disease and minor illnesses. A hot bath won’t give you quite the same effect, but the steam can help you sweat out some unhealthy toxins in your skin.

Three Quick Tips for a Better Bath

Now that you know why you should try a bath, let’s discuss how to take a better bath. Did you know that not all baths are created equal? You can actually take some simple steps to enrich the quality of your bath, and help nourish your skin.

1 – Moisturize Immediately Afterwards - Did you know that baths can lower cortisone levels? This helps your skin prevent the signs of aging, and fight acne. But, you must moisturize with lotion or oil immediately after. This helps keep the moisture in your skin, and prevents it from dehydrating.

2 – Add Essential Oils - Your bath can be whatever you want it to be! By adding essential oils, you can help create your own aromatic experience – and benefit from the nutrients in the oil. You should only add 6 – 8 drops of one type of oil per 50-gallon bath. But, that is subject to your interpretation.

3 – Avoid Bubbles – Bubbles typically indicate that a soap was made with a chemical detergent – which can be terrible for your skin and cause some nasty reactions. Oftentimes, these detergents strip your skin of healthy oils essential to your skin’s natural state and health. When drawing a bath, try to stick with natural products and avoid harsh chemicals.

Read more about how natural soap can help your skin here.

Check Out Our Bath Products

A hot bath increases blood circulation, and helps soothe damaged tissue. It can be a vital component in a healthy skin regiment, and give you time to unwind and reset your body. You can improve that experience by adding your own essential oils and nutrition to your bath. We have a variety of natural bath products that can help enrich your bath, and nourish your skin. Click here for more information about our bath products.

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How the Summer Solstice is Celebrated Across the World

The Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year, and is usually celebrated around June 20th. Cultures from around the world have celebrated the Solstice, and many of the celebrations predate written text. Below are some of the ways that people around the world have recognized and celebrated the Summer Solstice.

Early America

Many Native American tribes celebrated the Summer Solstice in some regard. Several Native American tribes celebrate the new season of summer, and recognize the sun as a manifestation or iteration of the Great Spirit. As a part of their recognition of the sun, many tribes would perform a Sundance – a dance that would last for days, and challenge young men in the tribe to prove their stamina by dancing for days on end without food. The Sundance was typically performed around a sacred tree, which is considered to be a connection between the earth and the heavens. The overall celebration was marked with singing, dancing, drumming, and deep prayer. The Sundance is widely practiced, but each tribe has their specific rituals and prayers, the content of which is largely unknown in print. This is because most tribes see it as a sacred ceremony, and they are hesitant to describe it in great detail.

Ancient Greece

For ancient Greeks, the Summer Solstice began a one-month countdown to the opening of the original Olympic games. The month before the ancient Olympics was full of a variety of festivals honoring different Greek gods and goddesses. One such celebration is the Kronia – a festival in honor of the god Cronus (Kronos). During the Kronia, the ruling class would celebrate alongside slaves and working class alike. The Kronia was a time to celebrate life, and a celebration of the harvest.

Ancient China

In some parts of China, June 21st can have around 17 hours of daylight. China has celebrated the Summer Solstice for thousands of years, and most celebrations honor femininity, the earth, and the force known as yin. Some celebrations would feature couples jumping flaming hoops to help predict how the harvest would turnout.

Modern Celebrations

In Greece, some still participate in the Prometheia festival – a celebration which honors the Greek Titan Prometheus, and his creation of Man from clay. It also celebrates his theft of fire for human use – an act which (according to Greek myth) helped man progress and grow into modern civilization. The Prometheia festival happens on June 21st, and people from across the globe flock to mount Olympus to celebrate. The celebration includes an exchange of ideas, opinions, and ideals. It is considered to be an intellectual time of growth and renewal.

How do You Renew?

The Summer Solstice often circles back to renewal, and growth – spiritually, physically, and mentally. It is a time to relax, and celebrate the first half of the year, while focusing on renewing yourself for the challenges and rewards of the second half.

Holistic Hemp Company has a variety of products that can help you nourish your body, and revitalize your spirit. Click here to learn more about our products, and how they can help you.

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Coconut Oil is Better than Butter. Here’s Why:

For people converting to a plant-based diet, it can be difficult to find vegan substitutes for simple ingredients. This can be an especially large headache for bakers that use a lot of butter in their recipes. In actuality, butter is a staple in the western diet and found in numerous dishes. But, it doesn’t have to difficult to find the right alternative to butter. In fact, coconut oil is a healthy butter substitute that gives your body some fantastic benefits.

The Basics of Coconut Oil

On the surface, butter and coconut oil look very familiar. Coconut oil actually looks like the more unhealthy option, but there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

Nutritional Breakdown of Coconut Oil and Butter

1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil contains: 117 calories, 14 grams of total fat and 12 grams of saturated fat.

1 tablespoon of Unsalted Butter contains: 102 calories, 12 grams of total fat and 7 grams of saturated fat.

It’s important to focus on the genetic makeup of each to gauge their ultimate impact upon your body.

The Truth about Saturated Fats

Coconut oil contains 5 more grams of saturated fat per serving, and that turns off a lot of consumers. However, the fat content of butter and coconut oil are vastly different. Coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids (MCTs), which are quickly processed by the body into energy. MCTs are unique because they instantly provide energy, and are easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Coconut oil is composed of 50% MCTs, whereas butter only contains 15%.

Additionally, butter’s saturated fat is primarily composed of palmitic acid – which can increase the risk of plaque buildup in the cardiovascular system. The saturated fat in coconut oil is mainly composed of lauric acid, which is reported to have a neutral effect on cardiovascular disease. This means that coconut oil is slightly healthier for your heart.

Can I Bake with Coconut Oil?

Many chefs may shudder at the thought of replacing their precious butter, but never fear! Cooking and baking with coconut oil is surprisingly easy. Substituting coconut oil for butter is a simple 1:1 ratio. Make sure to store you coconut oil in a cool, dry place so that it remains solid. Whatever the recipe calls for in butter, simply measure that exact amount in solid coconut oil.

How Coconut Oil Enriches Your Body

Coconut oil aids in battling belly fat, and helps with weight loss. Additionally, coconut oil is completely vegan and used by many with lactose intolerance. The fats in coconut oil are quickly metabolized by the liver, and can increase your metabolic rate. These are just a few of the many health benefits of coconut oil, but there are many more. This blog explains the multitude of health benefits of coconut oil, and we suggest checking it out.

Nourish Your Body

Plant-based diets are proven to be more healthy and eco-friendly, as well as more sustainable. We respect the nutritional choices of everyone, but we hope that you’ll consider adding more plant-based, nutrient rich ingredients into your diet. You can visit our blog for more information about the benefits of using products made from all natural ingredients that provide your body with rich nutrition.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Use Skin Care Products with Natural Ingredients

Your skin is you body’s largest organ and it is filled with thousand of pores – which means that it absorbs things easily. Anything that is applied to the skin - such as moisturizers, lipsticks, deodorants, and other cosmetics – are absorbed into the body and the blood stream just as if you’d eaten it. So, ask yourself this: would you rather eat a harmful chemical or a piece of organic fruit straight from the earth? That answer is simple, but in biological terms, you’re selecting to present chemicals into your bloodstream each time you use lotion or face wash. But, there is another way: you can buy organic skin care products to lower your chemical intake, and absorb more vital vitamins and nutrients.

1 - Unnatural Soap Contains Hazardous Chemicals

Chemicals such as phthalates, mineral oils, sodium lauryl sulphate, propylene glycol, and parabens, are all commonly used in cosmetics and body care products, and are known carcinogens or toxins that affect the immune, reproductive, and endocrine systems. Additionally, the average adult is exposed to just over 168 hazardous chemicals each day. and many of these chemicals come form skin and body care products. You can reduce your exposure to hazardous chemicals by switching to natural skin care products – which are much more gentle on your skin, and include ingredients that you can actually pronounce. 

2 - Organic Soap is Packed with Vital Nutrition

The epidermis (skin) is the largest organ in the human body, and it endures more wear and tear than any other organ. Due to this, your skin needs extra protection from the elements with essential vitamins and minerals. For instance, Vitamin A and D help repair damaged skin, and keep it moisturized to avoid cracking and flaking. Additionally, vitamin A promotes skin cell growth, and inhibits the creation of unhealthy oils. Natural soaps are often packed with vitamins and nutrients that come from their earth-based ingredients. To help boost your skin’s health and appearance, buy natural soap that features vitamins A, D, and C.

3 - Natural Soap is More Eco-Friendly

Producing natural soap doesn’t just benefit the end users, but it’s also better for the environment. Non-organic cosmetic products often rely upon chemical fertilizers for production. These chemical pesticides are made up of lead, zinc, and aluminum. Unfortunately, these pesticides are mined in some of the most sensitive places on earth – like the Amazon rainforest. By being less dependent on oil-based fertilizers and pesticides, organic farming methods offer a practical model for providing an eco-friendly production of organic cosmetic products. By supporting small businesses that make natural skin care products, you can help support greener soap production methods and help improve the planet.

Take Care of Your Skin

When buying your next skin care product, ask yourself if it is providing the nutrients that your skin needs to stay healthy and vibrant. We suggest buying soap that is made from all natural ingredients so that you can nourish your skin, and keep it naturally healthy. By using soaps made from natural ingredients, you can decrease the amount of harmful chemicals introduced into your body, and help promote a more eco-friendly way of manufacturing products.

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How to do the Perfect Oil Pulling Routine with Holistic Hemp’s Coconut Oil

Improving your oral health can be a costly, and sometimes painful process. Expensive mouthwashes burn, and a large amount of toothpastes rely upon harsh abrasives, which can harm enamel and leave you more susceptible to cavities. Fortunately, there is an all-natural solution that can lead to whiter teeth, better breath, and stronger gums. Oil pulling is a natural way to cleanse your mouth of toxins and improve your overall oral health. For bonus health benefits, we suggest trying an oil pulling routine with our Coconut Oil.

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that dates back to ancient India,  and has been practiced in holistic healing cultures for over 5,000 years. It has powerful detoxifying effects, and reduces plaque buildup as well as fights gingivitis. In 2009, an Indian study confirmed that oil pulling is an effective method for reducing plaque and fighting cavities. It also found that oil pulling reduces the number of bad oral bacteria that cause tooth decay.  

Why Oral Pulling?

Oral pulling offers a painless, all-natural method to clean your mouth and improve your overall oral health. Mouthwash can irritate gums and harm cheeks, and has been shown to cause severe chemical burns. There are multiple reported incidents of allergic reactions brought on by using mouthwash, and ingesting it has caused serious illness and death.  

Meanwhile, oil pulling has no such negative side effects, and has survived the test of time as an effective oral cleaning technique. If you want to avoid harmful chemicals, and potential painful reactions, we think you should try oil pulling.

How to do the Perfect Oil Pulling Routine

The great thing about oil pulling is that you don’t have to go to an oral healthcare specialist for treatment. Instead, you simply need a bottle of your favorite vegetable based oil.

Additionally, we advise doing your oil pulling routine as soon as you wake up, and on an empty stomach. Be sure to schedule 5 – 15 minutes for your oil pulling routine, since it takes at least 5 minutes of swishing to be fully effective. 

Step 1. Gently warm 1 – 2 teaspoons of Holistic Hemp Coconut oil, but do not microwave, until it reaches a liquid state. You can hold the sealed container under warm, running water in order to do so.  If you don’t have coconut oil, simply use your favorite vegetable based oil.

Step 2.  Swish in your mouth for at least 5 minutes. You can swish up to 20 minutes at a time, however, those new to oil pulling routines often start small, and work their way up to 20 minutes.

Step 3. Spit into a trashcan. It’s important to spit your used oil into a trashcan, so that you avoid clogging up your sink’s plumbing. Oil can easily clog pipes, so dispose your oil outside of a drain.

Step 4. Rinse out your mouth with warm salt water. This helps naturally clear your mouth of any remaining oil.

Step 5. Brush your teeth. Oil pulling routines aren’t complete substitutes for cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush, but instead, improves your overall oral health alongside brushing your teeth.  Brushing your teeth will help you remove any remaining blemishes and tartar.

When used in combination with a healthy brushing routine, oil pulling can help you fight the factors causing cavities and gingivitis.

Improve Your Oral Pulling Routine with Holistic Hemp Oils

By incorporating an all natural oral pulling routine with our Hemp infused Coconut Oil, you can help naturally clean your teeth. 

Have any questions about industrial hemp? Reach out to us, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you have about phytocannbinoid-rich products and the industrial hemp industry. Holistic Hemp Company proudly supports 100% American grown-and-sourced industrial hemp.

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