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The Wonder Oil - Jojoba

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Jojoba also has antioxidant properties that will protect skin from harmful pollutants and everyday toxins. We humans, as a whole, are all too familiar with the dangers...

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Gift of Nature - Aloe Vera

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Gift of Nature - Aloe Vera In the 1992 film “Medicine Man” Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco scour the rain forests of darkest South America and discover a plant that will cure all forms of cancer. The “feel good” plot instills hope in all of us that right around the corner, just waiting to be discovered, is the cure for one of mankind’s scourges. This elusive elixir is, of course, sheer fantasy. There is no such cure-all blanketing a forest floor screaming out “discover me!” But are you aware that there is a plant that has multiple benefits easing numerous...

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Humidity and its Effect on the Skin

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Welcome to summer in New Jersey....beaches, barbeques, amusement parks, hot weather and one of the highest rates of humidity in the United States.  Humidity will make anyone uncomfortable without even engaging in anything active. But truthfully, humidity is actually good for your skin. The moisture-laden atmosphere in humid climates stays on your skin thus preventing dryness. And of course, humid conditions cause you to sweat which releases toxins and clears out your pores. There is, however, a significant downside with too much humidity. High humidity can result in the skin hosting harmful bacteria that can cause acne and infections as...

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Summer Sunscreen Dangers

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  Everyone remembers the old Coppertone ad with the little dog tugging on the bathing suit of the little girl.  She had a terrific tan and no one from that time period would question what that suntan lotion contained as far as harmful products or chemicals.   A lot of research and experimentation has led to the realization that certain chemicals in these lotions had a tendency to disrupt hormones. Today there are sunscreen products that employ 2 ways to protect your skin, a mineral barrier or a chemical one.  Through diligent research, we at Gifts of Nature are stocking Badger...

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Why We Need Bug Spray Without The Chemicals

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The Harsh Chemical Reality of Bug Spray Repeat after me…..Cyfluthrin, Permethrin, Pyrethroids, Diethyl-Meta-Toluamide….  If you had trouble pronouncing these sinister sounding words you are not alone.  And I’m sure you’re now thinking, “forget the pronunciation, what in the world are they?”  The words listed above are chemicals contained in bug sprays, effective for sure against pesky insects, but also quite possibly harmful to your body as they seep into your pores after spraying arms, legs and possibly torso. Let’s take a look at two of these chemicals, Permethrin and DEET.  Permethrin is an especially insidious component of most over the...

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