We have shared a lot of information about Purelix Wellness in this blog and most of it, understandably, has been about CBD and the phytocannabinoid-rich broad spectrum oils that make our products the best in the marketplace. But CBD isn’t the only superior ingredient we use in our formulations. Many of the other natural elements we use also offer incredible health benefits and help to make our creams, salves and softgels a cut above the rest. Let’s take a look at some of the organic ingredients included in some of our topicals and edibles.
Often used in mainstream cosmetics, such as lip products, moisturizers, and eye makeup, beeswax hydrates, conditions, soothes, and calms the skin. It works without clogging pores and doesn’t prevent the skin from breathing.
Beeswax creates a hydrating shield for the skin and acts as a barrier to protect it against environmental pollutants and harsh effects of the elements. It has exfoliating and healing properties and, when combined with its vitamin content, it promotes the skin’s regeneration by reducing the appearance of the signs of aging, wrinkles and skin damage, in particular.
Beeswax also offers a healing scent, which is often described as mild, warm, floral, woody or rich, depending on where it is sourced. Soothing and gentle enough for use on even the most sensitive skin, beeswax is known to relieve itchiness and irritation and softens dry, cracked, broken areas, making it ideal for use in salves.
Its regenerative quality and anti-inflammatory elements work together to help decrease the redness and inflammation of acne, while its anti-septic properties assist the healing process. Beeswax has a similar effect on skin afflicted with eczema and psoriasis, soothing the itchiness and working to prevent further irritation or infection. Similarly, beeswax offers relief from from topical allergies or other discomforts, such as eczema and rosacea.
By promoting the growth of newer skin and by helping with softness, beeswax helps heal traumatized skin. When applied to stretch marks, whether they are caused by weight changes or by pregnancy, beeswax is known to help diminish the appearance of these stubborn damaged areas.
Medicinally, beeswax makes an ideal ingredient in salves for scrapes, minor cuts, minor wounds, and burns. Its aforementioned anti-inflammatory powers and anti-viral effects help to prevent harmful bacteria from entering the body through chapped and broken skin, which is especially common in dry climates and which makes it valuable for use during the drier times of the year.
Famous primarily for its skin-cooling and respiratory-support properties, refreshing menthol offers a multitude of benefits. It is also one of the oldest known terpene compounds.
Because of its multitude of benefits and uses, the demand for menthol far exceeds the naturally occurring supply making it one of the most commonly isolated and synthetically manufactured Menthol is an active ingredient in countless products, ranging from aftershave to topically applied muscle soothing creams. It is also used extensively as a flavoring agent in confections, gum, and oral hygiene products, and, as a scent, it is commonly used to highlight floral notes.
Clinical and experimental research shows that menthol applied topically has a soothing and cooling effect on the skin. The mechanism behind this effect is menthol’s unique ability to trigger specific receptors in the skin that are cold-sensitive. I personally have used it liberally as a treatment for atopic dermatitis and cholestasis.
The skin-supporting benefits of menthol are not limited to its cooling effects. Clinical and experimental research also suggest that menthol has cleansing properties that may help to reduce the appearance of blemishes caused by acne and other skin diseases.
While most people know lavender as a colorful element used in perfumery, it also boasts strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites making it the perfect additive to salves. A study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine compared the effects of several treatments for wound healing and found lavender to be effective in repairing damaged skin caused by trauma.
A study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology found that lavender oil could be effective in combating antifungal-resistant infections. The researchers found that the oil was lethal to a range of strains that can cause disease in the skin and seemed to work by destroying the membranes of fungal cells, demonstrating potent antifungal activity on a wide spectrum.
Anxiety, insomnia and more
Recent studies suggests that lavender may be useful for treating psychological and emotional issues like anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness and can be used to help relieve pain from headaches. Researchershave even found that lavender scent may help ease anxiety in dental patients!
Most people readily recognize the pleasing aroma of eucalyptus, but many don’t realize that this evergreen tree also has a wide variety of uses. The most common type of eucalyptus, known as the Blue Gum tree, grows primarily in Australia and Tasmania, although there are over 300 known variations of the plant. The leaves and leaf oil of the eucalyptus tree are typically utilized for medicinal purposes and are common in topical creams and salves.
For respiratory illnesses
Coughs, colds, sore throats, asthma, and congestion appear to respond to treatments containing eucalyptus. By rubbing eucalyptus-infused topicals into the chest it is possible to relieve congestion and clear mucus. Because it is an antibacterial and natural decongestant, eucalyptus often reduces the intensity and the duration of respiratory illnesses as well.
Topically, eucalyptus is often used as an antiseptic reducing the risk of infection and promoting healing.
Rubbing salves containing eucalyptus into the muscles and joints has been known to temporarily relieve Muscle and joint pain. Eucalyptus-infused salves are particularly effective when used for a soothing massage.
Turmeric is a bright yellow spice used throughout the East for centuries in cooking, fabric dyeing, cosmetics and traditional medicine in China and India. Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric and has in recent years, been embraced by many for its impressive list of health benefits.
As an anti-inflammatory
Inflammation is an important process in the body because it fights off harmful bacteria and repairs damage caused by viruses and injuries. Long-term inflammation, however, is a big factor in most chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer, and must be controlled to maintain health. Curcumin has proven, strong anti-inflammatory properties that block the impact of inflammatory molecules in the body. Studies show positive effects of curcumin on people suffering from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. These anti-inflammatory benefits have also been researched as a treatment for psoriasis and eczema.
For cardiovascular health
Curcumin has also been shown to be a deterrent to oxygen free radicals, which are chemically active molecules that cause damage to the body’s cells. Free radical damage, along with inflammation, is a key driver of cardiovascular disease, so curcumin can play a part in preventing future heart issues and managing existing heart disease.
As a cancer deterrent
Numerous animal studies have explored turmeric’s influence on cancer, and many have found that it can affect cancer formation, growth and development at a molecular level. Research has shown that it can reduce the spread of cancer and can contribute to the death of cancerous cells. Turmeric and curcumin may also be able to counteract the effects of some carcinogens, such as certain additives used in processed food.
Curcumin may even be brain food
There is growing evidence that curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and may help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease. It works to reduce the build-up of protein plaques in the brain that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease sufferers. Another study of 60 patients showed that curcumin was as effective in treating depression by boosting levels of brain-derived neurotropic factor, thereby acting as an active anti-depressant.
Pairing these elements with CBD
At Purelix Wellness we know the many benefits CBD offers but want our customers to enjoy every opportunity for wellness. By pairing these natural elements with our hemp-derived Broad Spectrum oil we can be sure each person is getting the most effective, highest quality product available.
What natural elements would you like to see in our products?