Thursday, May 24, 2012

Top 5 Uses For Aloe

When I started Laura’s Lotions last year, I began by researching and experimenting with the natural products I wanted to put into my lotions. I bought an aloe plant and I started putting aloe into my lotions, I read about aloe being able to heal cuts and burns so, I used it for those purposes as well. I learned that you can even rub aloe through your scalp to receive a shiny and healthy look to your hair. I always knew that aloe was used for healing the skin and that Cleopatra used aloe to keep her skin looking youthful, however I recently discovered that aloe can be used to help internally as well. Aloe Vera juice can be used to help aid digestion, relieve ulcers, arthritis and even rheumatism. Who knew that this one amazing plant could harvest so many health benefits for the human body. I will definitely be using aloe for years to come and hopefully you will too.
I use aloe in my sensitive skin care line. Sensitive Touch and Baby Balm are infused with this incredible medicinal plant.
Here is a link to a wonderful article which, discusses the many benefits of aloe vera:
 Happy Reading!

Laura's Lotions

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Natural vs. Traditional Sunscreens

For the past few months leading up to summer, I’ve been thinking about making a natural sunscreen for Laura’s Lotions. I’ve gone to grocery stores and natural food stores, comparing the ingredients in both natural and traditional sunscreens. I’ve also been researching online the basic ingredients for natural sunscreen and what percentages of these ingredients will help protect your skin from the sun most effectively. It would be great if every person would look at the back of a label so they would see what they were putting on or in their bodies, but not everyone thinks that way. I want to make sure Laura’s Lotions sunscreen will be safe and effective so, I will continue to research and develop this lotion. In the meantime, here is an article that discusses the benefits of natural sunscreens and gives insight about the ingredients of natural vs. traditional sunscreen.

'Natural' sunscreen: Better for you?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Essential Oils: the Most Natural Way to Relieve Stress and Relax Your Mind

Mother’s Day is almost here, every mom deserves to feel pampered and less stressed on her special day. Using essential oils is a great way to naturally relax, there are many ways you can use essential oils.  I, of course, prefer to use them in my lotions, but you can also enjoy them in the bath, put them in a foot bath, salt scrubs, on your pillow, on a light bulb, in a diffuser, in homemade soaps, and massage oils.
Here is a fantastic and educational article I found on managing stress and relaxation with aromatherapy:

Also: if you are interested in buying your own essential oils, first read this article about How to Identify the Best Aromatherapy Oils and Avoid Toxic Imitators.

Happy Reading!

Laura's Lotions

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Mother's Day Chocolate Treat

I love to bake and create things from my own imagination, here is a recipe I created for  non-dairy chocolate tiramisu .

2 packs lady fingers
2 packs chocolate pudding non-dairy
2 1/2 cups almond breeze vanilla flavored
2 bars chocolate non-dairy
1/2 bag chocolate wafers non-dairy
2 bananas
1 cup coconut flakes
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon coconut extract

Instructions: Mixed together chocolate pudding mix with 2 cups almond breeze, 1/2 tablespoon vanilla and coconut extract, put in fridge until set. Smash wafers with a rolling pin inside a ziplock bag. Cut up bananas half an inch apart. Melt chocolate in a double broiler with a few splashes of almond breeze to thin it out. Add 1/2 tablespoons of vanilla and coconut flavors. Put together layers of each ingrediant your way, chill and enjoy!

Happy Mother's Day!
Laura's Lotions

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Guest Blog - Simple, Proven Way to De-Stress

(And now for a little male perspective on this blog!)
When Laura started Laura's Lotions last year, you could not get me to use hand and body lotion if you paid me, and yet now I am addicted to her lavender lotion.  
What happened?
One evening (after some prodding) I tried the lavender lotion on my hands.  A couple of minutes later, the lotion was completely absorbed and my hands felt great.
Then I noticed that the frustrations from my typical insanely stressful day were slipping away.
I now know it was the relaxing effect of the natural oils and the fragrance.
But don't take my word for it.  As a former math major, I like facts. And you can find plenty of facts supporting the effects of all the fragrances Laura uses - for example, here is a University of Miami School of Medicine study showing the relaxing effects of lavender:
And as for the relaxing effect of the natural oils, you will just have to do that experiment yourself!

Jordan Goldman
Laura's Lotions