The flora of Paul Penders – Today: Horsetail

This is the tenth part of our series where we take a look at all the 22 ingredients in Paul Penders’ patent pending LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract which is a part of all Paul Penders products.
Horsetail (Equeisetum hyemale), aka Rough Horsetail or Scouring Horsetail, is a herb much used in China to accelerate the healing process of wounds.

Horsetail grows in moist forests, forest edges, steam banks and swamps. It is native to much of the North American continent, as well as in similar climates in Europe and Asia.
The stalks rise from rhizomes that are deep underground and almost impossible to dig out. Its rough bristles have during ages been used to polish and clean pots. Boiled and dried, it has been used as fine sandpaper, especially in Japan.
Horsetail is a “living fossil”, as it is the only known genus of the entire class Equisetopsida which for over one hundred million years was very diverse and dominated the lover parts of the forests back then – being able to reach a height of up to 30 meters (100 feet).
The horsetail herb is considered one of the few cosmetic agents that works to beautify from the inside rather than just to alter external appearance. The texture of hard tissues is greatly improved by horsetail. It is also considered as a herb that strengthens the bones and the teeth of people.

As mentioned earlier, in traditional Chinese medicine horsetail is a much used herb to accelerate the healing process of wounds.
In Europe, Horsetail has been used as a diuretic for the treatment of edema (swelling and fluid retention). It is occasionally used for osteoporosis, kidney stones, urinary tract inflammation, and topical wound healing.
Horsetail is a part of our LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract due to its mild diuretic effect, its richness in minerals and wound healing abilities.
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LevensESSENTIE Gold® Herbal Extract – All 22 Herbs in Details

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THE “SAFE COSMETICS ACT” – Is it the death of Creativity?

This is the second in a 2-part blog about the on-going threats to small cosmetic businesses.


It’s a clear strategy: Big Brother makes it look like they are doing good but really aren’t they just trying to eliminate the competition? They are powerful – look at the “Safe Cosmetics Act” which the EWG (Environmental Working Group) and their “Campaign for Safe Cosmetics” which now has a bill that they wrote in front of the US Congress. On paper, it looks good – but examine it carefully and you’ll see it that “nothing in this bill requires products nor their ingredients to be safe…”

If it goes through, just like the new regulations for the cosmetics industry in the European Union, it will cripple small businesses.

The ‘Safe Cosmetics Act’ is just another hurdle for small businesses.

Says Paul Penders,

Please believe me. I have been in this business for 40 years. Many in the industry agree with me; all these regulations do not make the products better. They are not in the interests of the consumer. However, they are clearly in the interests of the designers of these regulations: the lawyers, lobbyists, politicians and finally, governments who can cash in on a huge amount of money in various document fees.

All in all, it is a huge headache for small companies and the consumer is going to have to pay more for the same products because of new regulations… because someone needs to pay…“

You get it, right? It is you the customer who will pay for these unnecessary and unfair costs…

Paul says,

To me, as a creative cosmetic maker for over 40 years, someone who loves to think up new ingredients and new products, I tell you that [if this bill ever passes], this is the end of creative thinking. New products will come only from large corporations (animal tested ingredients or not).

So….If Uncle Sam takes over the thinking process, we should just follow along. No longer will you be able to expect many new inventions from small companies. In times past, these creative ideas were even copied by large corporations – this has happened a few times with Paul Penders products.”

Small cosmetics companies are trying to come together to fight for our survival. We are not alone. Here’s what the Safe Cosmetics Action Network had to say:

“It seems more like they are trying to silence the small manufacturers of nontoxic products, many of whom started their businesses in their kitchens by requiring every personal care manufacturing facility to register with the FDA. They are also requiring every ingredient list for every product on the market. This will make it prohibitive for small companies and start-ups. Also, there is nothing in this bill that requires products nor their ingredients to be safe…”

Who does the “Safe Cosmetics Act” bill and its amendments favor? What about the new regulations for cosmetics being enforced by the European Union? Big business. Their strategy? To cripple small innovative businesses around the world with regulations and laws that make it impossible for the little guys to survive.

Who suffers? Small businesses that will be forced to close because they cannot afford to meet the exorbitant costs of tests and fees and lengthy paperwork. And who else? You — the customers — who seek out specialized natural and organic products that big businesses will not make because they are too costly and difficult to manufacture.

We need the small creative thinkers willing and able to pioneer new and better products.

By Teviot Fairservis with Paul Penders


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The flora of Paul Penders – Today: Hops

This is the ninth part of our series where we take a look at all the 22 ingredients in Paul Penders’ patent pending LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract which is a part of all Paul Penders products.
Hops (Humulus Lupulus) brings a calming effect on the nervous system.

The herb is perhaps best known as a flavoring and stability agent in beer (adds a bitter and tangy flavor). Hops are also used for various purposes in other beverages and in herbal medicine.
Hops are the female flower clusters of the hop spice. The cultivation dates back to the 8th century AD, where it began in the area which is now known as the south of Germany.
It is a vigorous climbing plant, usually trained to grow up strings. Many different varieties of hops are grown by farmers around the world nowadays, with different types being used for particular styles of beer.
In herbal medicine, hops are used as a treatment for anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia, due to its relaxing effect. Is also used to relax and calm skin.
A popular folk remedy for sleeplessness is a pillow filled with hops.
Because hops have a remarkable effect on “nervous skin”, such as minor rashes or irritations, a certified organic version of hops is one of our 22 LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbs.
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LevensESSENTIE Herbal Extract – All 22 Herbs in Details


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This is the first in a 2-part blog about the on-going threats to small cosmetic businesses.

Big corporations now want to dictate to consumers – is this right??

When unfair laws and regulations favor big business over the small, creative ones, who is the ultimate loser? You – the customer. We’re speaking from both hearts and minds when we say,

Don’t trust the so-called “Safe Cosmetics Act.” Look at what’s behind the mask!

Product safety should be the first concern of any manufacturer of cosmetics and Paul Penders spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure our formulas are not only safe but good for you. Like other small, creative businesses we are constantly under threat from big corporations that want to put us out of business. Now they’ve got a clever strategy to eliminate their competition by using their political clout to influence US legislators to pass unfair and unnecessary laws.

Back in the news again, a bill is now before US Congress called the “Safe Cosmetics Act.” First proposed in 2010, it was authored by a group calling themselves the “Campaign for Safe Cosmetics,” in reality, this is a subsidiary of the political lobby EWG (the Environmental Working Group). When small businesses objected to the bill, it was tabled and then redrafted.

Here’s what’s going on in Congress today. This time the bill includes an amendment giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the right to recall products that they find unsafe. It also includes a proposal written by the “Personal Care Products Council” which is another trade group (again think “lobbyist” trying to influence politicians) claiming to represent the whole cosmetics industry. Who are their members? The Estee Lauder Companies, L’Oreal USA, and Procter & Gamble among other big corporations. They propose that all products be required to be tested and to meet certain standards which they have established (the “Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012,” H.R. 4395

In other words, they want the FDA to make it a law to follow the ingredient safety decisions made by the Council’s own Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel. Who will their decisions favor? Big business, naturally. The FDA’s reaction? It seems they were as outraged as we were by the evident arrogance of this group. Testifying at the hearing on the bill was Michael Landa, Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at FDA who said, “Such a move would be “unprecedented” and possibly unconstitutional.” The FDA got it right this time!

In the same sentence, the proposers of the new bill acknowledge that the cosmetics industry is “currently one of the safest product categories regulated by the FDA.” Our reaction? The products are safe. It’s the “Safe Cosmetics Act” and groups like the EWA that jeopardize our safety and our freedoms. As the old proverb says,

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”


By Teviot Fairservis with Paul Penders


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Sometimes ‘Giving Back’ Can Be Lots Of Fun!

The “Container House,” an eco-friendly building designed by Paul Penders

Sometimes “giving back” can actually be lots of fun! Paul Penders Company is always on the lookout for worthy projects to support, preferring ones that are directly verifiable and make a real difference to a community. We take the concept of “CSR” (corporate social responsibility) very seriously but we also like to have fun!

That’s why Paul Penders Company has decided to dedicate the recently completed “Container House” as a new home for not-for-profit activities on the island of Langkawi. Built from 17 shipping containers and designed by Paul, the house overlooks a spectacular harbor view and holds both large meeting rooms, exercise areas, a near-professional kitchen, and apartments upstairs. It can be a great home for cultural and educational activities and events.

This beautiful tropical island is so filled with a rich biodiversity of plants and animals that UNESCO has designated it a “Geopark,” the first in Malaysia. To the many natural attractions, with the growth of tourism, there is also a growing cultural life. Container House has the potential to become a great addition to the scene, where island visitors and residents alike can gather for educational and cultural programs.

A wonderful team of volunteers from the island and as far away as Spain, Scotland, and Belgium worked for more than a month to prepare the Container House for its first event.

In June, Paul, Bas, and I all attended the “Launch” of an exciting new project to take place at Container House. Called “REVITACURA,” it is the brainchild of Captain Eva Zimmermann. At the open house party, presentations explained this new program will help people lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. Chef Jez, an expert on preparing wonderful raw foods specialties, with the help of lots of volunteers turned out a spectacular healthy lunch. Presentations about the plans for Revitacura and the need to address the growing problems with obesity and overweight were highlights of the day. It was truly a day to celebrate!

Capt. Eva Zimmermann skippers the Damai Indah cruises and makes every trip a celebration!

Capt. Eva is deeply concerned about the health of young people here in Asia. She knows what a poor diet can do. For years, she suffered from joint pains, fatigue and other symptoms. It wasn’t until she and her husband Gerd embarked on a 5-year cruise around the world’s oceans that she learned the benefits of eating fresh, raw foods. She recovered her health and is now one of the most energetic and enthusiastic people you could ever meet. We’ve cruised with her on her lovely wooden ships imported from Indonesia that ply Langkawi’s waters and helped her in her captain’s role bless honeymooners with rose petals.

One of the first Revitacura projects to take place at Container House will be “break the fast” dinners for the month of Ramadhan, an important holiday in Malaysia which falls this year from July 21st to August 19th. With the guidance of medical doctor and herbal expert Dr. Ghani and others, plans are underway to create healthy recipes based on traditional Malaysian foods. The dinners will also include educational lectures for Muslims and non-Muslims alike on how best to fast and stay healthy.

Pretty soon it looks like the Container House is going to be jumping with diet and exercise classes, meditation groups, and volunteers working to grow natural foods in the gardens, learning how to prepare healthy meals and to compost. Arts and cultural programs are also in the works to feed the mind as well as the body, and environmental awareness programs to inspire people to give back to our beautiful island and the planet.

All this fun stuff will be going on just steps away from the main Langkawi island offices of the Paul Penders Company.

Other “CSR” projects that the company continues to support on Langkawi include a vegetarian restaurant where the needy can eat for free and an animal clinic that offers free spay and neutering for island animals. Over on Penang island, we support an organization that cares for stray dogs, a huge problem throughout Asia. Combining education, arts and culture, we plan to host a visit this September by the distinguished American classical pianist, Gary Goldschneider. Island musicians and music lovers will get to meet him personally at the Container House – a rare treat to meet a world class performer!

As our website says, “Paul Penders Company is doing something that also makes a real difference, and, in our immediate community.”

By Teviot Fairservis.


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