Month: July 2020

What is Zinc?

Zinc is an essential mineral found in all organs, tissues, and fluids in the body.

As the second most abundant trace mineral in the body after iron, it plays a pivotal role in a variety of biological processes.

Zinc is required for the catalytic activity of more than 300 enzymes involved in the synthesis and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, nucleic acids, and other nutrients.

Zinc also plays roles in stabilizing cell and organ structures, immune function, wound healing, cell division, growth, blood clotting, thyroid function, vision, taste, smell, and more.

Zinc for immune function

When you’re low on zinc, your immune system suffers. That may be why research has linked inadequate zinc levels with an increased risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, and other infectious diseases.

 

Zinc for the common cold

The immune-system link may also explain why one of the more popular uses for zinc is for cold prevention and treatment. But does zinc work for colds? The research is mixed, but some compelling studies suggest that it is effective.

That’s in part because inadequate zinc levels impair immune responses, but other zinc benefits are at work here too. For instance, zinc can inhibit rhinovirus (the virus that causes colds). It can also calm inflamed nasal passages. But the trick is to use lozenges or syrups, which spend more time in contact with the nose and throat.  Also, be sure to take zinc within 24 hours of when you start feeling cold symptoms for best results.

A word of warning: Nasal sprays and gels containing zinc have been known to damage the sense of smell in some users, so you might want to avoid those. Consult with your healthcare practitioner to get the best health advice.

Zinc for eye health

Some research suggests that taking 80 mg of zinc in combination with the antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene every day may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  AMD is a form of progressive vision loss that affects 11 million Americans and 170 million people around the world.

Zinc for acne

Acne can come about when your hormones are raging—as in adolescence or—but it can happen at other times in life too. Zinc is a common treatment for acne. For mild acne, a topical cream containing zinc (which is anti-inflammatory) may be enough to keep the zits at bay.  But for more severe cases, you might want to try a zinc supplement. Research has shown that oral zinc can help reduce acne.  In fact, one study found zinc to hold its own against the antibiotic minocycline as an acne treatment.

LET YOUR HAIR SHINE

LET YOUR HAIR SHINE WITH OUR FAITH IN NATURE ORGANIC SHAMPOOS

Caring for dry or damaged hair

Dry hair can be quite frizzy and flyaway. You might suffer from split ends and your hair might break easier. On the plus side, you can probably go a couple of days or more without washing it. You may want to switch to a gentler shampoo and try leaving your conditioner on for longer, or treating your hair to a regular homemade hair mask.

Solution: Faith in Nature Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner

Shampoo for coloured and chemically-treated hair

Chemically treated hair (for example hair that’s been dyed or permed), might need a bit more TLC and tends to be quite dry. It usually benefits from a gentle, fragrance-free shampoo, and an extra nourishing conditioner.

Solution: Wild Rose Shampoo and Conditioner

Treating oily hair

Hair can feel greasy for a number of reasons. It could be that you’re not rinsing your conditioner out enough, or that you play with your hair frequently so keep transferring the oil from your hands to your hair. However, if you always feel that you need to wash your hair everyday to avoid it becoming greasy or lank then you probably have oily hair. Hair itself isn’t oily; it’s more that the skin on your head is prone to being oily, and then that oil spreads to your hair. Beware of harsh high-street shampoos, which can irritate the scalp and lead to more problems, such as dandruff.

Solution: Lemon and Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner

What is ‘normal’ hair?

‘Normal’ hair is basically hair that doesn’t fit in any of the other boxes! It’s not particularly dry or particularly oily and it’s not chemically-treated or prone to dandruff. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t need some TLC once in a while though.

Try Faith in Nature Lavender and Geranium Shampoo and Conditioner to keep your hair in balance.

Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner

At Faith in Nature, we try to make choosing the right shampoo for your hair as simple as possible. When you click on Hair Care in our online shop, you’ll see a drop down box over on the left hand side of the page that says ‘Hair concern’. Tick the box that most fits your hair type to see the products that are right for you. We also recommend reading customer reviews to help make the choice even easier.

Give Your Body Some Love

The best skincare you’ve ever experienced doesn’t come from a store, it comes from your kitchen. Fresh, raw ingredients offer a next-level glow, and Manuka Honey’s moisturizing properties help leave skin radiant.

 

Try these for starters:

Recipe: Calming Clay Face Mask With Manuka Honey And Rose

The best skincare you’ve ever experienced doesn’t come from a store, it comes from your kitchen. Fresh, raw ingredients offer a next-level glow, and Manuka Honey’s moisturizing properties help leave skin radiant.

This Calming Clay Face Mask recipe uses Manuka Honey, rose water and bentonite clay, which has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe distressed skin. People have used bentonite clay in skincare for thousands of years because it absorbs oils and impurities, and also gives your skin minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron. Make this homemade mask a weekly ritual:

Ingredients:
1/3 cup bentonite clay
1/4 cup dried rose petals, powdered
2 tablespoons Comvita UMF™ 10+ Manuka Honey
Rosewater until a thick-but-stirrable consistency is reached

Direction:
– Soak rose petals for an hour, then crush the rose petals in a bowl or mortar.
– Mix 1/3 cup bentonite clay and 2 tablespoons of Comvita Manuka Honey with the rose petals, add water or rosewater until mask becomes the consistency of mud
– Apply them to your face. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse and follow with your favorite natural moisturizer.

 

 

 

 

GROW YOUR FRUIT AND VEGETABLES AT HOME

 

We have all been guilty of taking for granted the many supermarket trips in which we had an endless supply of fresh produce. This becomes even more apparent during these changing times, as we are now limited in the amount of times we can shop. This, along with other recent small changes, makes for a huge impact on daily life. With produce in low supply and limited visits to supermarkets, it’s a great time to challenge yourself to try something new and grow your own fruit and vegetables.

Regardless of the space you may have in the garden, (you can even grow it on a singular windowsill), you can still grow your own vegetables. Instead of having to aimlessly stroll around the garden centre for inspiration or guidance, we have created a step by step guide to help you discover your inner gardener.

To begin, we have focused on the fruit and vegetables that are easy to grow in limited spaces:

 

  1. Strawberries

Grow super fresh and delicious strawberries in just a jam jar!

Step 1: fill your jar half full with water and add soil pellets. Leave to soak for 10 minutes.

Step 2: take out the soil pellets. Squeeze out any excess water and take off their lining, then place them in the jam jar.

Step 3: plant your seeds. Place your jar in a well lit warm area, this can be in a windowsill that gets plenty of sunlight.

Step 4: once your seeds have outgrown the jar -you can replant them in a larger pot and place outside. Make sure the pot is placed in a location that gets plenty of sun or on a windowsill.

 

  1. Radish

Step 1: Plant the radish seeds directly in the desired pots.

Step 2: Sow the seeds 1/4 or 1/2 inch deep and 1 inch apart into the potting medium and gently cover them back with the mix

Step 3: Between 3 to 10 days, the seeds will germinate, and tiny plants will emerge.

Step 4: Thin out the seedlings, so they are only two inches apart and watch them grow!

 

  1. Tomatoes

You can start your seeds in just about anything that holds soil and has drainage holes ( even small yogurt containers with holes poked in the bottoms and waterproof saucers underneath work well).

Step 1: Have to hand, your seed-starting mix and thoroughly moisten. Then fill your chosen containers to within 1/2″ of the top. Firm the mix but don’t compact it.

Step 2: Place two or three seeds into each small container or each cell of a seed starter. Cover the seed with about 1/4″ of soil and gently firm it over the seeds.

Step 3: Water to ensure good seed-to-mix contact. You can just dribble a stream of water over the top. You don’t need to soak the soil, just moisten the top layer.

Step 4: Place the pots in a warm spot and keep the mix moist but not soaking wet. Ideally cover with cling film or an alternative.

Check pots daily. As soon as you see sprouts, remove the covering and place the pots in a sunny window or under grow lights, keeping the lights just an inch or two above the tops of the plants.

 

  1. Beetroot

Containers – pots, troughs, window boxes and larger containers – are all suitable, ideally ones more than 20cm (8in) deep.

Step 1: Fill containers to within 2-3cm (about 1in) of the rim with moist compost and firm the surface lightly

Step 2: Scatter seeds thinly – if they are too thick, you will have to pull some seedlings out when they emerge. Aim for seedlings roughly 4-5cm (134in) apart each way for beetroot. Cover with a 1.5cm (12in) layer of compost.

Step 3: Finely spray the surface with water

Put the containers in a sunny spot, and keep the surface of the compost moist. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, pull out unwanted ones to give the rest enough space (they won’t swell out if they are too crowded). As the plants grow, they will need more water – daily if the weather is dry. Don’t let the compost dry out.

 

  1. Garlic

To grow garlic greens indoors:

Step 1: Plant three or four cloves in a pot filled with potting soil.

Step 2: Sit them on a sunny window ledge and water them lightly. The garlic greens will grow in just 7 to 10 days and can be snipped.

To grow entire heads of garlic, you’ll need to plant outdoors because like other bulbs (think onions and daffodils), they need the cold winter dormancy to produce the scape (flower) and generate a head.

 

 

 

References:

  1. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/beetroot
  2. https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-grow-beetroot/
  3. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/containers/april-edible-container-idea
  4. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/containers/april-edible-container-idea
  5. https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/video-slideshow-growing-tomatoes/7902.html
  6. https://modernfarmer.com/2015/03/grow-your-own-tomatoes-part-1-starting-seed-indoors/

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