Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Probiotic Comparison

We recently received a question from a customer who wanted to know more about Acidophilus Blast.  I asked a friend whose family uses both Tummy Tuneup and Acidophilus Blast to help me answer the questions.  Here is part of her reply:

"This pill [Acidophilus Blast] is easier to open than Tummy Tune-up, in case I need to give it to my children. Acidophilus Blast is also less expensive than TTU, but it needs to be refrigerated.  This pill is NOT completely milk-free, like TTU, so I cannot give it to my allergic child.   This pill is the usual V-cap size, like TTU.

"We rarely get sick due to the many natural preventative measures we take, including quality probiotics."
 
If you would like more information about the different probiotics available from Beeyoutiful, request a copy of the Beeyoutiful Probiotics Comparison Chart.  Email smithfamresources@att.net with "probiotics comparison" in the subject line, and we'll send it to you as a printable PDF.
 
AcidophilusBlast


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Congratulations, Mama Hen!


A comment from Mama Hen on the Nurtured by Nature giveaway post was selected in a random drawing today!

Congratulations, Mama Hen! You will be receiving a free Nurtured by Nature Goat's Milk Honey and Shea lotion by Generation Cedar!

Thanks to everyone for all your comments! I wish you could all win!




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Bundle of Ebooks

Get a bundle of ebooks by Kelly Crawford at 40% off original prices.



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Coconut Oil Lotion?

Dr. Mercola said, "Feel free to use this high-quality coconut oil as you would any lotion." 


The spoon in this pic is a toddler spoon--very small. The little bit of oil you can see in the spoon was more than enough to moisturize my hands and both arms up to my elbows. A little bit goes a long way!

At $17.00 for a 16 oz. jar, that's a very inexpensive lotion!


Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 oz.

One More Week!

One more week to enter the Nurtured by Nature Giveaway! 

Here are the ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment on any post on this blog.
2. Tell your friends about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post to tell us what you did.
3. Write a post about this giveaway on your blog, and send us the link in a comment on this post.

Each comment counts as a separate entry.

BONUS: When you also make a purchase between now and August 22, your entries will be doubled!! The winner will be selected by a random drawing on Thursday, August 23. Be sure to check back then to see if you're a winner!

Click here to read more about the giveaway...

Monday, August 13, 2012

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Coconut Oil Is Not Just For Cooking & Eating -- Your Skin Likes It, Too!

Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil by Dr. Mercola

From "Here's the Smarter Oil Alternative I Recommend to Replace Those Other Oils in Your Kitchen" by Dr. Joseph Mercola:

"The benefits of Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil don't stop in your kitchen. For decades, professional massage therapists have used pure coconut oil to knead away tight stressed muscles.

"However, you don't have to be a professional massage therapist to gain the skin and tissue support benefits of coconut oil. Feel free to use this high-quality coconut oil as you would any lotion.

"Responders to the Mercola.com survey provided remarkable feedback on how Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil supported healthy skin, including:
  • Smoothing and moisturizing effects
  • Promoted skin elasticity
  • Convenient eye make-up remover
  • Use in shaving applications

"Coconut oil is ideal for skin care. It helps protect your skin from the aging effects of free radicals, and can help improve the appearance of skin with its anti-aging benefits.

"In fact, physiologist and biochemist Ray Peat, Ph.D. considers coconut oil to be an antioxidant, due to its stability and resistance to oxidation and free radical formation. Plus, he feels it reduces our need for the antioxidant protection of vitamin E.

"Like Dr. Peat, many experts believe coconut oil may help restore more youthful-looking skin. When coconut oil is absorbed into the skin and connective tissues, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep connective tissues strong and supple.

"Coconut oil will not only bring temporary benefits to the skin, but it will aid in restoring your skin's youthful appearance. The coconut oil will aid in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. It also penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin to strengthen the underlying tissues."
             
Click here to read the entire article. 

Mercola Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 oz.



Friday, August 10, 2012

Coconut Oil

We are adding a new product to our inventory--Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil by Dr. Mercola.

This list of the benefits of coconut oil comes from an article entitled "Here's the Smarter Oil Alternative I Recommend to Replace Those Other Oils in Your Kitchen" by Dr. Joseph Mercola:

  • Promoting your heart health
  • Promoting weight loss when and if you need it
  • Supporting your immune system health
  • Supporting a healthy metabolism
  • Providing you with an immediate energy source
  • Helping to keep your skin healthy and youthful looking
  • Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland


  • Dr. Mercola:  "There is only one oil that is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage, while it also helps you promote heart health, maintain normal cholesterol levels and even supports weight loss -- coconut oil.  So, whenever you need an oil to cook with, use coconut oil instead of butter, olive oil, vegetable oil, margarine, or any other type of oil called for in recipes. Even though I don't fully recommend frying foods, if you must fry, by all means use coconut oil -- it's your smartest choice."

    Click here to read the entire article and learn more about cooking with oil. 

    Mercola Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 oz.

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

    White Tea

    Generation Cedar's Nurtured by Nature recently introduced a new scent:  White Tea!  I tried it yesterday, and it is wonderful.  The scent is sweet and subtle, and the lotion is just as great as all the other Nurtured by Nature lotions that came before it--light and moisturizing with no oily residue.  For a limited time, White Tea is available in a 4 oz. size for only $4.  Click here to order yours.

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Nurtured by Nature Giveaway!


    We want to give you an opportunity to try the Nurtured by Nature Goat's Milk Honey and Shea lotions by Generation Cedar mentioned in an earlier post. We're going to give one away!

    No purchase is necessary to win, and you may enter as many times as you like.

    Here are the ways to enter:

    1. Leave a comment on any post on this blog.
    2. Tell your friends about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post to tell us what you did.
    3. Write a post about this giveaway on your blog, and send us the link in a comment on this post.

    Each comment is a separate entry.

    BONUS: When you also make a purchase between now and August 22, your entries will be doubled!! The winner will be selected by a random drawing on Thursday, August 23. Be sure to check back then to see if you're a winner!

    (A general note about commenting... Your comment will appear exactly as you type it. If you don't want your email address to be posted along with your comment, please don't include it. If you comment as "Anonymous" and you want us to know who you are, email us at smithfamresources@att.net and identify yourself! Thanks!)


    May 16, 2014:  This product is no longer available from Generation Cedar.  We now recommend our own Paraben-Free Moisturizer, which is very similar to the Moon-Drenched Moisturizer previously available from Generation Cedar.  Click here to read more about it.

    Monday, August 6, 2012

    Acne and Moisturizers

    If you are dealing with acne, you might be thinking, "Moisturizer?!  You've got to be kidding!"

    Remember the clinical description of acne...  When the skin becomes dry, the sebaceous glands secrete more oil to keep your face and hair lubricated.  If you clean your face well twice a day without also using a moisturizer, you may be signalling your glands to produce more oil, resulting in more acne. 

    After cleaning your face, use a non-comedogenic moisturizer--one that doesn't clog the pores.  But here's something to think about:  According to some dermatologists, "no single product is non-comedogenic for everyone.  For example, a person with very oily skin may still get skin breakouts from products that another person with mildly oily skin may find non-comedogenic. A better term may be non-acnegenic rather than non-comedogenic, but this is not so widely used. It is important to test a new product on your own skin rather than rely on the label, before using it freely."

    It may surprise you that we recommend Miracle Skin Salve as a moisturizer.  Some who have used have Miracle on the face reported that it caused them to have more acne.  The same people later found that if the Miracle was applied only immediately after cleaning the skin, it actually helped to clear up the acne.  If the Miracle is applied too heavily, it does seem to clog the pores, causing more acne.  BUT if it is applied lightly to clean skin, it actually helps to prevent acne and heal blemishes.  It is very important to clean the skin before every application of Miracle.  This is true for most moisturizers. 

    Another line of moisturizers to consider are the Nurtured by Nature Goat's Milk Honey and Shea lotions by Generation Cedar.  These contain no parabens (chemical preservatives) and are non-comedogenic for most people.  Remember always to apply lightly and only to clean skin.

    December 2013:  Nurtured by Nature is no longer in business, but Smith Family Resources now provides a great Paraben-Free Moisturizer!  Read about it here

    Experiment until you find the best balance of moisture for your skin. Remember that acne may result from over-washed skin that becomes too dry AND from over-moisturized skin that becomes too oily. The goal is to keep the skin lightly moisturized but free of excess oil.

    We'd like to hear your ideas about clean skin, too.  We always enjoy your comments!

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Acne

    Acne - We all know it when we see it, and we don't like it! What causes it? And is there anything we can do about it?

    Here's a medical/scientific explanation from the Mayo Clinic:

    "Acne occurs when the hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Hair follicles are connected to sebaceous glands. These glands secrete an oily substance known as sebum to lubricate your hair and skin. Sebum normally travels up along the hair shafts and then out through the openings of the hair follicles onto the surface of your skin. When your body produces an excess amount of sebum and dead skin cells, the two can build up in the hair follicles and form together as a soft plug, creating an environment where bacteria can thrive.

     "This plug may cause the follicle wall to bulge and produce a whitehead. Or, the plug may be open to the surface and may darken, causing a blackhead. Pimples are raised red spots with a white center that develop when blocked hair follicles become inflamed or infected. Blockages and inflammation that develop deep inside hair follicles produce lumps beneath the surface of your skin called cysts. Other pores in your skin, which are the openings of the sweat glands onto your skin, aren't normally involved in acne."

    Now here's a non-medical/non-scientific response to the problem:

    The simple solution is to keep the skin so clean that no follicle can become plugged with oil. Realizing that many factors contribute to the oiliness of one's skin, some people will have acne no matter how clean they are. This post is not intended to make anyone feel that their face-washing (or lack thereof) is to blame for their acne!  Still, keeping the face clean and free of oil is a good place to start. If you don't already have a regimen for face-washing, consider this...


    Splash your face with warm-hot water. The warm/hot water will cause the pores to open. Lather Beeyoutiful's Milk and Honey Facial Bar in warm, clean hands. Apply the lather generously to the entire face, especially oily areas, being careful to avoid the eyes. The facial bar lather will clean away the excess oil. Then splash your face clean with cold water. The cold water will cause the pores to close.  For best results, do this twice a day, preferably at the beginning of the day and again at the end of the day.

    Note:  It is very important to keep clean skin moisturized.  Over-washing can actually cause more acne.  More about that in the next post...

    Beeyoutiful Milk and Honey Facial Bar, 4.25 oz.