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I have long felt that nourishing our outer bodies is as integral to a complete sense of well-being as nourishing our inner bodies. I became frustrated trying to find body products I liked that were completely free from synthetic ingredients. I dreamt of creating an effective line of 100% natural body care products with delightful textures, and pure natural fragrances. At long last, I am finally seeing this dream blossom with the launching of Old World Apothecary and my product lines. So far, I have created 3 product lines with the intent to use only pure, natural ingredients that heal and nourish the body, mind, and spirit.
I believe that personal health and well-being is not a luxury, but a necessity!

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Lip Salve Deliciously nourishes and protects lips and aids healing
Skin Rescue Salve It's like a first-aid kit in a little portable tin!
Insect Repellent An effective, natural alternative to toxic commercial products. Safe even for kids and pets!
Teas 3 delicious blends
Elixirs 4 herbal blends that support and nourish the body

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Lip Salve

Available in 5 flavors:

Naked (unflavored)

The best lip treatment you'll find available anywhere...It's more than just a lip balm, it's a lip salve! It does more than just add moisture - it actually helps heal and protect your lips with absolutely zero artificial, chemical or synthetic ingredients whatsoever. It's perfectly safe for kids too! Everyone who tries my lip salve says it's the best they have ever used. See for yourself! Contains the richest emollient oils infused with powerful healing herbs for maximum healing and protection. Helps heal and prevent lip sores, cracking, peeling, and chapping. Available in 4 flavors: Orange-Cinnamon, Lemon-Ginger, Peppermint, and Naked (unflavored).
Packaged in a pocket-sized .25 OZ. Tin.

Ingredients: Apricot, almond and grape seed oils infused with calendula, rose, chamomile, lavender, comfrey, licorice root, St. John's wort, lemon balm, hemp seed, rose hip seed, and coconut oils, beeswax, honey, vitamin E oil, & may contain natural flavor extracts or essential oils.

Skin Rescue Salve

Ouchless and good for most minor skin afflictions. Even great for tattoos! Powerful, yet gentle enough for children and pets.

This amazing healing salve is a first-aid kit in a tin! It contains powerful herbs and emollient oils that fight infection and promote skin healing and soothe the skin without irritating (it's ouch-less!). It also prevents scarring and helps diminish existing scars when used over time. Use on cuts, scrapes, scratches, insect bites, rashes, burns, bruises, blemishes, scars, stretch marks, and even as a lip treatment. This salve is 100% natural and is safe for everyone, including children and pets! It's great for traveling and camping too! Keep one in your house, your car, your first-aid kit and your purse. It's all you'll need for every kind of "owie" in one convenient, portable 1-ounce tin! $6

Ingredients: Apricot, almond, and olive oils infused with calendula, rose, chamomile, lavender, chaparral, gotu kola, St. John's wort, pau d'arco, plantain leaf, chickweed, comfrey leaf & root, licorice root, hemp seed, rose hip seed, jojoba, and coconut oils, beeswax, extract of echinacea & goldenseal, vitamin E oil, & essential oils of lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus. Contains absolutely zero artificial, chemical or synthetic ingredients whatsoever!
Natural Insect Repellent

Great for all ages and pets too!

YES! It really works! All the pest protection, with none of the chemicals! Spray on exposed skin and even clothing to repel critters that bite, including mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and chiggers. Effective, yet gentle enough for children and pets, and has a pleasant scent. This product has held it's own when tested against OFF!, Skin So Soft, Bullfrog, and other repellents. It is just as effective as products containing DEET, but without any exposure to scary chemicals. You can feel good about using this product on your family. Packaged in a 4 oz aluminum spray bottle.

A blend of 13 essential oils: catnip, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, clove, geranium, lavender, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, sweet orange, and tea tree in a base of aloe vera, witch hazel, and distilled water. Contains absolutely zero artificial, chemical or synthetic ingredients whatsoever!


Restful Sleep

Rest, relax & rejuvenate
Out of concern for troubled sleepers everywhere, I created Restful Sleep Tea. It is a gentle, soothing, calming blend of carefully chosen herbs that promote relaxation and restful sleep, leaving you feeling rested and rejuvenated in the morning. Packaged in 12 individual tea bags. I have recently included 2 more bags in the package for the same low price to give my customers added value. Also available in loose bulk tea, just contact me!

Ingredients: Spearmint, chamomile, oatstraw, linden, catnip, lemon balm, passion flower, skullcap, wood betony, lemongrass, valerian root. Contains no caffeine.

Energize, nourish & vitalize
I subscribe wholeheartedly to the adage "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Well-being tea is a gentle, medicinal, yet flavorful tea designed to support the entire body to reduce stress and promote overall well-being and vitality. It gives you a gentle boost without making you feel jumpy or jittery, the way caffeinated products can. For best results, enjoy daily, hot or cold, sweetened or unsweetened. Consider it a nice thing to do for yourself and your overall well-being. Packaged in 12 individual tea bags. I have recently included 2 more bags in the package for the same low price to give my customers added value. Also available in loose bulk tea, just contact me!

Ingredients: Chamomile, red raspberry leaf, rose hips, oatstraw, lemon grass, calendula, linden, nettle, dandelion leaf & root, skullcap, papaya leaf, catnip, cinnamon, burdock root, licorice root. Contains no caffeine.
Café Soleil Citrus Spice Tea

This is the signature Citrus Spice Iced Tea served at Café Soleil Restaurant in Eureka Springs, AR. I created this tea especially for the restaurant three years ago, and it has been a tremendous success. People love the refreshing blend of lemon, lime, tangerine and orange, complimented by the zesty blend of cinnamon, clove, cardamom and ginger, all in a base of delicious black tea. If you forgot to buy some while you were at the restaurant, or if you just ran out, you are in luck! You can purchase the very same tea right here online! While you're at it, why not get some to share with a friend! Each bag makes 2 delicious gallons.

Ingredients: Black tea, cinnamon, orange peel, lemon peel, clove, ginger, cardamom, essential oils of sweet orange, lemon, lime, & tangerine. Contains caffeine.

Restful Sleep

A blend of carefully selected herbs that nourish and soothe the body to help promote relaxation and restful sleep. Leaves you feeling rested and replenished in the morning. A bit stronger than my Restful Sleep tea, but can be used in combination with the tea for those with serious sleep troubles. Packaged in a sealed 1 OZ. (30 ml.) amber bottle. For those aged 12 and over.

Ingredients: Alcohol extracts of California poppy, chamomile, kava, valerian, passion flower, hops, skullcap, catnip and betony in a base of grain alcohol, distilled water, vegetable glycerin, maple syrup and natural almond flavor.

Any statements made herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Allergy Relief

A tonic blend of herbs that helps support and nourish the body to reduce the effects and duration of allergy symptoms. For best results, begin taking at the start and continuously through allergy season. For added relief, take with my Well-being tea blend. Many people have told me that this is the best remedy they have ever taken for their allergies! Packaged in a sealed 1 OZ. (30 ml.) amber bottle. For those aged 12 and over.

Ingredients: Alcohol extracts of nettles, yerba santa, goldenrod, reishi mushroom, shiitake mushroom, maitake mushroom, astragalus, American ginseng, Siberian ginseng, licorice, cleavers, echinacea, ocotillo, dandelion leaf, borage, hawthorn, oatseed, eyebright, and green tea in a base of grain alcohol, distilled water, honey, vegetable glycerin, maple syrup and natural cinnamon flavor.

Any statements made herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Pain Relief

An herbal blend that helps support the body to relieve pain and suffering due to headaches, migraines, tension, cramps, and injury. Can be used for acute pain or chronic pain conditions like Fibromyalgia and arthritis. Packaged in a sealed 1 OZ. (30 ml.) amber bottle. For those aged 12 or over. $10

Ingredients: Alcohol extracts of feverfew, clematis, yucca, Jamaican dogwood, wild lettuce, kava, white willow bark, oatseed, skullcap, turmeric, meadowsweet, gotu kola, black haw, cramp bark, devil's claw, ginger, pulsatilla, licorice and celery seed in a base of grain alcohol, distilled water, honey, vegetable glycerin, maple syrup and natural cinnamon flavor.

Any statements made herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Cold/Flu Support

A powerful combination of carefully selected herbs that support, nourish, and help the entire body recover more quickly from a variety of acute illnesses. Also can be used to ward off illness when exposed. Cold/Flu Support is intended for acute illness, and not for long-term tonic or preventative use. Those who have tried it swear by it and make sure they always have a bottle on hand. You will too! Packaged in a sealed 1 OZ. (30 ml.) amber bottle. For those aged 12 and over. $12
Ingredients: Alcohol extracts of osha root, echinacea root & flower, licorice root, St. John's wort, coltsfoot, dandelion leaf, elecampane, yerba mansa, oat seed, skullcap, cleavers, mullein leaf, ocotillo bark, Siberian ginseng, usnea, black walnut, lobelia, American ginseng, catnip, pau d'arco, red root, motherwort, yerba santa, calendula, chaparral, marshmallow, vervain, borage, nettle, yarrow, Jamaican dogwood, wild lettuce, ginger, elderberry, garlic, hawthorn, and cinnamon bark in a base of grain alcohol, distilled water, honey, vegetable glycerin, maple syrup and natural spearmint flavor.

Any statements made herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

In addition to my product lines, I also do private consultations and make personalized products for those who need additional and/or alternative items for their own well-being.

What's in YOUR product?
10 Synthetic Ingredients Commonly Found in Personal Care Products
and Why You Should Avoid Them
by Carrie Falotico

What you don't know could be hurting you. If you are using body products that are widely available in most department, drug, and grocery stores, chances are they contain at least one-but more likely several-ingredients that can potentially harm you. Even most of the so-called "natural" body care products out there contain at least one synthetic ingredient. What's the big deal? Well, those of us who seek out natural body care products do so because we are concerned about our health and about adding additional toxins to our bodies that are constantly exposed to various environmental pollutants daily. And it is difficult to find true, 100% completely natural body care products. You have to be a diligent label reader to filter through everything that is out there. To help you on this quest, I've assembled a list of synthetic ingredients commonly found in most body care products, and why they should be avoided.

1. Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Parabens: Probably the most common synthetic ingredients found even in so-called "natural" products are these chemicals broadly referred to as "parabens". Considered "food grade" preservatives, they are also unfortunately found in products we consume. They are typically used as preservatives to inhibit the growth of microbes and to extend the shelf life of products. Parabens are known to cause various allergic reactions and skin irritations and rashes, especially with prolonged or repeated exposure.

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Also known as Sodium laurel sulfate or SLS. This synthetic substance can be found in almost any kind of industrial cleaning agent, and is widely used in products like shampoo, toothpaste, and mouth rinses as a foaming and cleansing agent, because it produces the foamy, bubbly texture we have come to expect of these products. It causes irritation on contact with skin, eyes, and mucous membranes, and can cause allergic reactions. Tests on lab animals indicate that long-term exposure may cause mutagenic effects. SLS is rapidly absorbed and retained in the eyes, brain, heart, and liver, which may result in harmful long-term effects. Some pseudo-natural products containing this substance try to mislead the consumer with the phrase "derived from coconut", but don't be fooled.

3. Propylene Glycol (PG), Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), Butylene Glycol (BG), & Thylene Glycol (EG): PG, PEG, BG and EG are all petroleum derivatives that act as solvents, surfactants, and wetting agents. They can easily penetrate the skin, and are noted to inhibit skin cell growth and damage cell membranes in human tests. In fact, PG penetrates the skin so quickly that the EPA warns factory workers to avoid skin contact to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. Propylene Glycol is what is used to carry the "active" ingredients in transdermal patches into the body. Propylene Glycol is used in antifreeze, brake fluid, de-icer, paints, floor wax, laundry detergents, and tobacco, in addition to cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos, deodorants, lotions, processed food, and many personal care products. It is known to cause eye, skin, and gastrointestinal irritations, allergic reactions and rashes, nausea, headache, vomiting, and central nervous system depression. It also causes dry skin, which is ironic since it is commonly used as a humectant (to help retain moisture). Other side effects in animals exposed to PG include heart arrhythmia, stunted growth, decreased blood pressure, and even death. Butylene Glycol is now being used to replace PG in some personal care products, even though it is the only one of the glycols that has not been able to get on the FDA's GRAS List (Generally Recognized As Safe).

4. Petrolatum and Mineral Oil: Mineral oil is a derivative of crude oil and petrolatum is mineral oil jelly. Both are used industrially as lubricants. They are also widely used in lotions, creams, and other body care products. Mineral oil actually smothers the skin. It forms an oily film on the skin to lock in moisture, but traps in toxins and wastes, and clogs pores. It hinders normal skin respiration by keeping oxygen out, so it is actually drying to the skin. It can promote acne and skin photosensitivity, and slows down normal cell development, resulting in premature aging of the skin. Products that contain mineral oil and petrolatum actually create the very conditions they are intended to treat.

5. Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea: These are the second most commonly used preservatives next to parabens. They have long been recognized as a primary cause of skin irritations. In addition, they release formaldehyde, a toxic chemical, at very low temperatures (just over 10°). Neither one is particularly good at inhibiting the growth of fungus, so they need to be combined with other preservatives, which just adds to the potential toxic load in a product.

6. DEA (Diethanolamine) MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA (Triethanolamine): Some alias names: Cocamide DEA or MEA, DEA-Cetyl phosphate, DEA Oleth-3 phosphate, Myristamide DEA, Stearamide MEA, Lauramide DEA, Linoleamide MEA, Oleamide DEA, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate. These chemicals and related ingredients are emulsifiers and foaming agents, widely used in a variety of cosmetic products, particularly bubble bath, bodywash, shampoo, soap and facial cleansers. Ethanolamines are eye and skin irritants. DEA is easily absorbed through the skin, and accumulates in body organs, even the brain. Animal tests show it causes damage to the liver, kidney, brain, spinal cord, bone marrow, and skin. Contact with the eyes can cause impaired vision. In 1998, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) did a research study showing a link between cancer in lab animals and DEA and certain DEA - related ingredients, when applied topically.

7. Butylated hydroxianisole (BHA) & Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT): BHA and BHT are preservatives very commonly used not only in cosmetics and personal care products, but in food products. BHA is absorbed through the skin and stored in body tissues. BHT is harmful if ingested, inhaled or absorbed through skin. It causes eye and skin irritation, and is irritating to mucous membranes & upper respiratory tract. Effects may vary from mild irritation to severe destruction of tissue.

8. Phthalates: Phthalates are chemicals commonly found in cosmetic and personal care products; especially nail polish, perfumes, hair sprays, and lotions, as well as in clothes, household cleaners and deodorizers, baby toys, shower curtains, insect repellents, toothbrushes, food packaging, aspirin, medical tubing and fluid bags, gum, candy, biodegradable tampon injectors, and prescription medications. Both the CDC and NIOSH have been conducting ongoing studies for the past 5 years to evaluate the potentially hazardous effects of phthalates. Phthalates are regulated as toxic substances under environmental laws that limit their discharge into air, land, and water, but there are NO limitations on the amount of phthalates used in consumer products. Health effects of phthalates include damage to the liver and kidneys, birth defects, decreased sperm counts, testicular cancer, early puberty onset in girls, early breast development in girls and boys, and other reproductive disorders. Phthalates are also suspected to contribute to reduced fertility in males.

9. Synthetic Colors: Synthetic colors are used to make products more attractive, not more functional. They are usually listed on the label as FD&C or D&C, along with a color and number. (e.g. FD&C Yellow No. 5). Synthetic colors are typically derived from petroleum or coal, and are found in a wide variety of food products and pet foods, as well as in drugs, cosmetics, and personal care products. Most do not fade during processing and storing, giving them an advantage over natural coloring agents. In 1960, the Delaney anti-cancer clause was added to the FDA's FD & C Act, which prohibits marketing any color additive the agency has found to cause cancer in animals or humans, regardless of amount. Yet it has been proven in many animal lab tests that high doses of most synthetic dyes approved by the FDA are capable of causing various adverse reactions, including cancer. Regulators have faced a dilemma because technological advances have enabled scientists to identify smaller and smaller concentrations of a substance and conduct more sensitive toxicological tests. Are such tiny amounts a health threat? Scientists have yet to answer this question, and these synthetic dyes remain in many of the products we use daily. The FDA even says on its consumer website: "You may, however, want to avoid consuming huge quantities of any one color additive. Good sense is the best policy. As with many other food ingredients, don't overuse any one product. Practice everything in moderation." That is all well and good, but since most synthetic colors can potentially cause some sort of adverse reaction, even if we avoid heavy consumption of one, we are likely consuming others, which adds to the toxic load overall. It's best to simply avoid synthetic colors altogether.

10. Synthetic Fragrances: Fragrance chemicals are compounds that volatilize, or vaporize into the air - that's why we can smell them. They are added to products to give them a scent or to mask the odor of other ingredients. The volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) emitted by fragrance products can contribute to poor indoor air quality and are associated with a variety of adverse health effects. Exposure to fragrance chemicals can cause headaches, eye, nose, and throat irritation, rashes, hyperpigmentation of the skin, nausea, vomiting, coughing, forgetfulness, loss of coordination, dizziness, and other respiratory and/or neurotoxic symptoms. Many fragrance ingredients are respiratory irritants and sensitizers, which can trigger asthma attacks and aggravate sinus conditions. Fragrance chemicals are the number one cause of allergic reactions to cosmetics -- not only to the primary users, but also to those who breathe in the chemicals as secondhand users. Phthalates in fragrances are known to disrupt hormones and are linked in animal studies to reproductive impairments. Typically these chemicals are identified by the word "Fragrance" on the label. If you see it listed, don't buy it!

Shocking, isn't it? You are probably wondering where this information comes from. Well, it is publicly available, folks. I found all of the information to compile this list online. Some of the greatest resources I found are Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's). All manufacturers of hazardous chemicals in the USA are required to file MSDS's by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). An MSDS "contains written or printed material concerning a hazardous chemical as prescribed by law," including information "needed to insure the safety and health of the user at all stages of [the chemical's] manufacture, storage, use, and disposal." There are several sites online where you can look up an MSDS (I used this one Just enter the chemical name into the search and browse the results. The adverse affects are listed on the MSDS under: "Health Hazards Data". I also found information on the sites of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), FDA (Food & Drug Administration), NTP (National Toxicology Program) and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which is a division of the CDC).

The bottom line: if you want truly natural products, you have to do your homework, read labels, and make careful choices. You will likely find that it is quite difficult to find a product that does not contain at least one of the ingredients listed above. That is why I make and sell many of my own products, and for those that I can't make myself, I shop for products empowered with the knowledge of what to avoid. Even if you have to settle for a product that contains only one of the above ingredients, it's better than one that contains many or all of them! Be diligent, be informed, and be well!

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