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INGREDIENTS, PLANT REMEDIES, WELLNESS, + MORE

Aloe Gel D.I.Y.

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It’s July 5th and we’re all sunburned and exhausted - in NYC it’s a perfect cloudy and chilly day recovery day.

There are so many ways to use aloe…

Aloe vera is one of my favorite soothing plants, when I’ve really damaged my skin (sunburn, beach day, camping or if I have a reaction), if I’ve had stomach issues (indigestion, acid or ulcer pain), and when I get a dry irritated scalp - essentially, Aloe is a savior.

A list of it’s uses:

  1. Drink - Aloe is alkaline which helps to neutralize acidic foods in your stomach, and in your blood. It supports the stomach lining as well, helping to repair ulcers and prevent them from getting larger or more inflamed. Drinking aloe vera 1-2x per day for a week can help ease stomach ailments, or re-alkalize the body. Drink this when youre feeling sick, on a light detox or have ulcer pain. I like to add aloe gel to a chlorophyll slushie (ice + lemon + chlorophyll drop + aloe) or a green juice!

  2. Skin - For topical use, it’s gentle, anti-inflammatory, supports collagen production and it’s moisturizing. I add aloe to masks for repairing / calming / soothing, or as a topical moisturizer for the face + body, and it’s especially useful for healing cuts (only cuts that have already formed a dense scab!) - add it to the Soothing Botanical Gel Mask Base with green tea / matcha powder or spirulina for a post-beach day mask.

  3. Hair - My scalp gets super dry in the middle of summer and then again in the winter. I use an aloe based hair mask when there’s an extreme change in temperature, a sunburn or i’ve excessively used products that dry my scalp - or just to add extra moisture to my dry frizzy italian hair! Aloe soothes the scalp, repairs dead skin cells, and adds natural shine + moisture!

    I make a mask with aloe gel + rosemary + 5 drops black seed serum



D.I.Y. Aloe Vera Gel

  • Use the giant Aloe stalks you find in the grocery store - or use your own, but avoid tiny leaves since there won’t be too much of the fleshy middle in them!

  • Carefully cut / peel the top green layer off - be careful not to cut too deep into the flesh, the peel is very thin.

  • You can use a spoon to scoop out the flesh - or cut the bottom peel too - this will reveal the clear, goopy and slimy aloe flesh. This is the good stuff!

  • Toss all the goop into a blender / food processor and blend until a gel forms.

*** This is NOT preserved, so it will go back in about 1 week, refrigerated. You can freeze aloe into ice cubes and melt when you want to use them - or make herbal recovery packs! Recipe on those gems coming soon…






PLANT REMEDIES, WELLNESS, + MORE, INGREDIENTS

Cannabis - Hemp Seed Oil + CBD Oil

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My famous Cannabis Serum has stirred up a couple questions – and even got me booted from a deal with a major big box retailer (… Hemp Seed Oil is NOT the same as THC or CBD extractions!). So I thought this was the perfect time to talk about all the wonderful pakalolo products 😊!

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Cannabis is a beautiful healing plant with hundreds of valuable components, that’s why we have so many different options when it comes to using it. Between CBD, THC, oils, extracts, Hemp, and legalities….. oof, it’s easy to get confused.

Cannabis contains over 400 useful compounds, and 60+ cannabinoids; those are the compounds that act on our bodies natural “endocannabinoid” system and heal us.

The main two compounds we know are THC + CBD – they can be used individually or together to balance each other out. Since we developed a method of pulling THC + CBD apart, there has been a massive flood of cannabis products on the market. They are all different preparations of the same plant.

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Why are there so many different Canna products?

We rely on plants for nearly everything – which it is important to value plants, nature and protect our rainforests (they are home to our most valuable compounds, both discovered and undiscovered).

Plants can be used in many ways – whole, as tinctures, extracts, poultices, infusions, decoctions, powdered, in tablets or capsules, burned in smudges, or inhalants and more. Each preparation method allows us to customize the potency of the herbal remedy, so an extraction or tincture is generally of higher potency and will contain more of the desired active compound.

We can make light extractions at home, or pharmaceutical companies can make a super potent extraction with fancy equipment – think caffeine pills vs. coffee, or willowbark vs. aspirin. A whole cold-pressed oil or a tea / infusion can be used as a quick remedy and an extract can be used as a supplement, medicine, or an active ingredient depending on the strength.

Therefore you’ll see Hemp CBD extracts promoted for supplemental or medicinal use, and Hemp Seed Cold-Pressed Oil for beauty, moisturizing, rebalancing or as a omega fatty-acid supplement. Both have incredible benefits, but each have a slightly different makeup and can be used differently.

 

Marijuana Infused Oil (THC)  vs.  Hemp Seed Oil  vs.  CBD Oil

Products are typically marketing for nutritional or medicinal products and beauty products. We have several types of Cannabis and their primary uses and differences – mainly we know of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that causes the high, and Cannabidiol (CBD).

Indica-dominant strains tend to have a higher cannabidiol content than the sativa plants in which THC content is higher – and then there is the raw cold pressed oil made from the neutral fatty  seeds.

 

Marijuana Infused Oil

               Cannabis infused oil is typically referring to edibles – which can be made with CBD oil or THC oil – but typically we think of an infused oil as a THC containing oil infused by heating the marijuana flowers in fat. This is not a true “extract”, it’s more of a variation on how to consume / metabolize the marijuana.

There are companies that used infused oil, like Foria, for medicinal benefits – but unless youre a medical patient or live in a recreation-legal state, you’re highly unlikely to be able to purchase an infusion containing THC. So, any “hemp oil” or “hemp oil extract” product should not be confused with this.

 

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Pure Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil

Like other cold pressed oils (Olive, Grape Seed, Corn, Avocado, Sesame, Peanut) we take the seeds/nuts and press them to express the oil. The seeds of hemp contain nearly no THC, and a small amount of CBD – the value of hemp seeds is in the protein, fatty acids and fiber… but only the seeds are used and they aren’t as potent as the rest of the plant.

Hemp Seed Oil is incredible for dietary and beauty purposes, which is why I created the Cannabis Serum. Hemp Seed Oil is non-comedogenic, meaning is won’t “clog pores” by hardening in your follicles and it’s easily absorbed by the skin.

It helps heal and support inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis by being anti-inflammatory and light. Read more about the skin benefits of Hemp here.

 

Hemp Extracted CBD Oil

CBD is extracted using the whole hemp plant – it provides relief without the psychoactive effects, or the “high” caused by THC.

This is incredible for medicine, because without the high, there are more uses – for anxiety, pain management, inflammation and more. We only had the ability to separate CBD from the rest of the Canna plant since 2012 (thanks Isreal, you a real one)… so that really opened the flood gates for CBD based products.

In order to separate CBD from the THC and other parts of the plant, we have to extract it - the result is a medicinal strength concentrate of the CBD compound. So, what is the extraction process like?

Well, much like other herbal extractions, we first pick the most potent strains, those plants with the most CBD content. Then there a couple different common methods –oil extraction, isolate extraction, alcohol extraction, ethanol, CO2…. I know, that sounds like a lot, but they are just methods of pulling the compound into a solution and burning off the solution to get the medicine!

 

My CBD recommendations – I’ll write another piece on this, with product links, too!

The best kind of CBD product to get: full spectrum, USA grown. I would recommend that the product have a good complimentary ingredient like MCT oil (a potent extraction from coconut oil) because it regulates lipid metabolism, or a small ratio of THC if you are able to use that.

Avoid products that are “hemp seed oil” – CBD products should at least have “Hemp Seed Extract”.

Dosage will depend on your needs and tolerance, but it’s best to take small doses throughout the day (2-3 times, or as needed) rather than one single large dose.

 

               I would love to hear what you all think! If there are any questions, comments or recommendations comment below 😊!

 

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Some more reading material -

  1. Cannabis, a complex plant:      different compounds and different effects on individuals. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736954/

  2. List of Major Cannabinoids      in Cannabis and Their Effects. https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/list-major-cannabinoids-cannabis-effects

  3. From Clone To Concentrate:      CBD processing. https://www.projectcbd.org/industry/clone-concentrate-how-cbd-oil-made

 

WELLNESS, PLANT REMEDIES, + MORE, INGREDIENTS

Turmeric: The Inflammation Super Hero

So, I love turmeric, the little life saving anti-inflammatory root with an intense yellow-orange hue and spicy flavor. Known an ‘Ōlena in Hawai'i, this root is used for everything from skin care, tea, spice, curry, and more. 

Our Turmeric Balm was created to be used to combat inflammatory skin conditions like stubborn painful swollen pimples, small infections, or - like in my case, an entire face full of wicked sunburn. That's what I get for not re-applying my sunscreen despite knowing I should - I was out for nearly 10 hours, so it's my fault I got burned hah, thanks nature!

So - this is one of the many ways to use our Turmeric Balm - as a rescue mask for sunburn. I applied to my entire face and left it for 30 minutes - to avoid any mild skin staining (disappears in a couple hours ) you can also leave it on for 10-15 min. then wash your face normally.

 

PLANT REMEDIES, INGREDIENTS

Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula

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Calendula is one of my favorite flowers for beauty and wellness. It is a powerful, yet super gentle herb that can be used topically and internally (yes, it's a gorgeous edible flower!). Calendula is a type of marigold and is part of the Asteraceae family. You can use this for a wide array of skin and stomach disorders, it is so gentle that many baby rash and skin formulations are Calendula based.

Properties of Calendula

Calendula in traditional medicine is warm and drying. This contributes to it's immense healing properties. It is antiviral and anti-inflammatory and is used topically for treating acne and rashes, and is known for reducing bleeding and soothing irritations. Calendula is the best herb/flower for repairing the skin because it naturally helps the skin to build more collagen for repair. Trust me, this stuff is magic when it comes to cuts and dry lips!

 

What Can I Use Calendula For?

  • Topical: Skin irritations, rashes, cuts and infections, as a cuticle oil - use topically through a salve, balm, cream or infused oil.

  • Topical: as a lip moisturizer, especially during a dry winter or cold sore season, as Calendula is known to fight bacterial and viruses - you can check out our Calendula Lip Oil Roll On here!

  • Internal: Stomach ulcers, and inflammatory stomach disorders by drinking a tea, or adding Calendula to a soup, bone broth, or stew.

 

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Edible Calendula

Another fun recipe is Calendula (and any edible flower) ice cubes! All you do is place the flower, dried or fresh, into an icetray with water or tea and let freeze! Super cute!

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about one of my favorite ingredients.

 

I created a video to help explain some of the benefits of Calendula, watch below! I know it's pretty bad quality, but hey, I'm learning! Promise the second the video will be much better!