How to Keep Your New Year’s Health Resolutions

How to Keep Your New Year’s Health Resolutions

As we look forward to 2018, we consider new year’s resolutions! The most common resolution every single year is to get healthy/fit. Unfortunately, many of those making this resolution have made it year after year. So, as 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to give you a few ideas of how to keep this resolution in the new year.

How to Keep Your Health Resolution

Getting healthy in the new year can mean a lot more than just losing some weight. Here are some ideas for keeping your health resolutions:

Define your resolution. Make sure your resolution is closely defined. A general “get fit” resolution can be difficult to keep.

Think about all the things that make you healthy. Getting healthy for the new year can mean different things to different people. It may involve going to the gym more often, eating more salads, or buying organic.

Make small, attainable goals. Many people become over ambitious when they write their resolutions. They say things like “I will go to the gym every day this year.” And then, when they have to miss the gym one day, their entire resolution is a failure. Instead, set a goal like “I will do 30 minutes of exercise three times a week.” So, if you miss a day at the gym or you have to exercise at home, you haven’t failed your goal.

Consider your health from the outside in. Your skin is your largest organ and you absorb chemicals, vitamins, minerals, and more through it. So, consider what you put on your skin along with what you put inside your body.

Have you made health resolutions this year? Let us help! Try organic Sagestone Botanicals products for your skin’s health. Read more  
Are You Traveling This Season? Bring All-Purpose Soap

Are You Traveling This Season? Bring All-Purpose Soap

Travel can be both delightful and difficult. On the one hand, you are heading to a wonderful destination, on the other, you have to spend lots of time on the road or in a plane. Travel can be uncomfortable and may expose you to germs - which are particularly abundant now in the cold and flu season.

That’s why we recommend traveling with some of your favorite organic, all-purpose soap. Often, people travel with hand sanitizers, drying out their skin. Additionally, many hand sanitizers have triclosan which is under investigation as it may be bad for human health. Finally, the Food and Drug Administration has found that hand sanitizers are not better than plain soap and water.

With the Sagestone Botanicals organic hand and body wash, you are traveling with soaps that won’t dry out your hands and which are effective in helping to prevent illness. Additionally, because our soaps are all-purpose, you can use them to wash your clothes, clean dishes, and even be used as shampoo in a pinch.

Try our all-purpose soap for yourself! It’s safe for people with dry and sensitive skin. Read more  
Seven Uses for All-Purpose Soap

Seven Uses for All-Purpose Soap

All-purpose soaps like the organic hand and body wash we make at Sagestone Botanicals can be used for a lot more than just cleaning skin. Here are seven ways you can use our soap in everyday life:

1. As a gentle, all-purpose cleaner

All-purpose soaps have disinfecting power, whether you are using them on your skin or on your kitchen counters. Just mix a quart cup of all-purpose soap with a quart of warm water, stir well and then spray onto your countertops.

2. Thoroughly washing produce

There is so much on the skin of our produce these days, from dirt to wax to pesticides. All-purpose soap can help get your food nice and clean. Just mix a quarter teaspoon into a bowl of water, then stir. Once your mix is ready, use the bowl to pre-wash your fruits and veggies before rinsing them thoroughly with cold water.

3. Moisturizing hand wash

Our organic soap has oil as its base, so washing your hands with it can help keep your skin moisturized - even when you don’t have time to top off your routine with lotion.

4. Cleaning dishes

Try all-purpose soap for handwashing dishes. Because our products are biodegradable, they are ideal for both disinfecting and cleaning your dishes - and they won’t pollute our waterways.

5. Plant bug spray

It can be hard to find a gentle, natural bug spray for your plants. All-purpose soap is a quick and easy solution. Just mix one tablespoon of soap into a quart of water and spray the solution onto your plants to help get them bug-free.

6. Shampoo

Shampoo is just soap for your hair. Our all-purpose soap is safe for your scalp and your hair. Plus, having an all-in-one soap/shampoo combo makes holiday packing that much easier!

7. Face wash

You can ditch the expensive face wash in favor of our gentle, organic, all-purpose soap. It is sulfate and paraben free, and has its base in natural oils, so the soap is very gentle on your skin.

All-purpose soap really should be used for all things that need to be cleaned! So, try out our all-purpose, organic soaps today! Read more  
Is Bug Spray Toxic?

Is Bug Spray Toxic?

Summer is right around the corner which, for many, means camping, cookouts, and other outdoor activities. It also means a higher likelihood of being bit by a mosquito. While mosquitoes have been a mere irritant here in America in the past, we now have a frightening, mosquito-borne disease to worry about. That is, the Zika virus.

As summer approaches, many families and expecting mothers are buying bug spray in bulk for mosquito-bite prevention. However, when it comes to bug repellents, there are specific drawbacks that everyone should be aware of.

The Dangers of DEET

DEET stands for N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide. You can see why it got abbreviated!

This chemical is one of the most common ingredients in bug repellants. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that products that use DEET are safe, they also note that it can cause skin rashes, blisters, and mucous membrane irritation. Additionally, it is not recommended that DEET repellents are used too frequently, DEET should not be used for children under 2 months old, and it should not be inhaled as it is toxic if ingested.

Two separate studies have found that DEET has additional negative health effects. The first was done on Everglades National Park employees. This found that 25% of the subjects experienced negative health effects from rashes to nausea, from headaches to dizziness from DEET. A later study done at Duke University found that frequent and prolonged exposure to DEET led to brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats. The conclusion of both studies was that this product should not be used on humans.

Natural Mosquito Repellants

Fortunately, botanical repellents have been found to be effective against bugs and mosquitos. Ingredients like citronella, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and geraniol have all been found to repel mosquitoes.

Here at Sage Stone Botanicals, we offer an effective, toxin-free bug spray. The active ingredient is simply citronella, which is an essential oil distilled from two varieties of grass. It smells grassy and floral, but bugs and mosquitoes hate the scent.

Not only is citronella safe to put on your body, the Food and Drug Administration recognizes it as a safe flavoring agent for food or beverages. So, it is simple and safe to apply on moms, moms-to-be, dads, children and even babies.

Our goal is to help you, your family, and your friends stay safe and healthy this summer. Head on over to our shop to find our safe and effective citronella bug spray along with all of our other citronella products. And, if you are shopping in the month of June, 2016, be sure to take advantage of our online special which includes our citronella bug spray, citronella body lotion, unscented hand and heel cream and unscented bath and shower gel all for only $40.00.
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