She Taught Me by Heart I Was Right!

More and more I feel annoyed with EWG (Environmental Working Group) who sponsors and lobbying for the new “Safe Cosmetics Act 2011”. I have problems with their amazing way of making assessments of the dangers in our products as put in their “SkinDeep” data base. They do safety assessments of many cosmetic products and their ingredients including natural cosmetics as Paul Penders that contain herbs, plants, natural oils, etc.
 
I agree with them when ingredients are called “certified organic” that they are not always natural. Many chemicals and synthetics are certified by Ecocert as organic. EWC thinks that “certified ingredients” are not always superior. I agree because for several cosmetic ingredients the benefits from naturally grown ingredients are preferred and even more stable. Well, that is according to many scientist and top cosmetic chemists who prefer at times natural ingredients above organic ingredients.
 
This story is about the ignorance at times of EWG.

This came again to mind when I visited the Buddhist Temple just besides our new place in Penang (also called the holy island) where Paul Penders Co has its R&D based and beautifully located besides the ocean and foothills of a huge rainforest mountains.

I had a freak accident about a year ago and through a friend of mine we visited the temple where a monk of age 93 provides natural health treatments for free, even vegetarian meals as well. This beautiful woman lives a truly peaceful life and does lots of meditation. Meeting her brings right away a spontaneous feel of love and happiness. She was going to treat me with hot oil consisting of tar from pine trees and several herbs; all grown in the woods around the temple.

The treatment is quite simple … for 6 times oil will be heated till a temperature as hot as one can cope to put your hands and feet into the oil mass until the mass cools down, then the mass will be heat up again and this “mantra” repeats itself for 6 times!
 
The natural tar and herbs pulls out toxins from the body. It is really a vigorous treatment because during the process the body starts to sweat. When 6 treatments are finished you are totally wet and feel totally cleansed as well.
 
I am going to get this treatment for few times while it is said also to be good for several other health problems including detoxification of kidneys and stomach, as well when someone has fever and also good for diabetics. This detoxification process and cleansing of the body is caused by the healing power of natural tar.
 
Here is the essence of my story

When at age 25 I start to make my first shampoos with the help of my customers in my salons in The Netherlands, I also used pine tar. I used it to cleanse the scalp from dandruff, to detoxify and extract impurities in the skin. It always worked beautifully and my customers loved it.
 
Then these stories did arrive that natural tar can cause cancer. Like many of these ghost stories and scare techniques used by some fanatic environmentalists including now EWG these days as well. Whether few natural ingredients have been used for centuries by many cultures and in many places of the world with great results is simply being ignored often because certain benefits could not been explained by scientists of today. Therefore it is suddenly no good anymore – ergo – we could get very sick of it!
 
So already many years ago I was forced to change my shampoo formula because of these scare techniques. I needed to tell my customers using “Paul Penders Peppermint Shampoo” for many years and with excellent results for dandruff and oily hair that –according to new research- were suddenly risk!
 
Honestly speaking, I never had found something that good to replace the natural pine tar for dandruff and now we use natural pegaga herbs found also on Langkawi with excellent results as well. Still I miss my old Peppermint Shampoo formula!!!

I felt amazed when I saw the monk heating my medicine!
 
A natural complex of pine tar and herbs? She told me how many people have come to her receiving outstanding health results. But I am sure when the scientists of EWG would come by to rate this natural paradise in Penang island, they would try to stop the use of these natural healing treatment. They would declare that people could get cancer or other terrible diseases simply because they can’t explain how nature does its amazing work.
  
 
In fact, few Paul Penders products have been rated unsafe by EWG because using few natural herbs (for almost 40 years) already described by my grandmother some 100 years ago and supported by my friends Dr. Eeftink and Dr. Steyn (who were famous natural health doctors in The Netherlands). Now EWG makes assessments that these products can cause diseases and that is pure nonsense proving my case of them being ignorant.

Being in the Temple today with this beautiful, very kindhearted, loving and spirited Monk made me actually feel proud. She gave me that unshakable belief and confidence that I always have been right about my first shampoo with natural pine tar developed so many years back.Should I start producing it again? Maybe. And whatever EWG will say about my Peppermint Shampoo I don’t care anymore. I will no longer feel confused thanks to this wonderful woman who taught me a piece of true wisdom.
 
    

Why Do Plants Smell ?

Plants, herbs and flowers are no less than chemical factories..! Understanding why plants contain essential oils is helpful to understand the amazing power of aromatherapy as well.
 
The aromatic oils promote a plant’s growth, aid in reproduction by attracting insects, repelling predators and protecting them from disease. Plants smell for two main reasons: Defense and Attraction.

  • As a defense mechanism some leaves, roots and barks have smelly molecules that are unappetizing.  This smelly security measure inhibits the growth of neighboring plants, molds, fungus and guards the plant from being chewed by insects or animals.
  • As an attraction devise flowers and fruit need to catch the attention of animals and insects for pollination and seed dispersal.  These plants tend to have a sweet tempting and attractive fragrance. Plants depend on these messages of scent to communicate through chemical signals to each other and the world around them.

The therapeutic action of essential oils is attributed to the naturally occurring chemical components within the plants. There are a variety of uses for plants including, essential oils, spices, teas, herbal remedies and nourishment.


    Nettle, Basil and Lemon Balm

Again, plants are no less than chemical factories.
They draw energy from light, darkness, sun and earth.  They synthesize this energy into molecules of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Plants are the “crude fuels” that humans and animals break down to produce adenosine triphosphate, which is our energy frequency of life or our “high-grade fuel” created when we ingest foods.
 
Essential oils are the energy frequency of life or “high-grade fuel” of the plants themselves created when they absorb plant foods.  Essential oils are the purest form of the plants living structure. Also where the plant is grown is critical to the overall therapeutic properties of the essential oils from the plant as well.
 
Freely Translated from Personal Care Truth
 
  
 

5 Ways To Go Organic – Part 2

Organic gardening means cooperating with nature. Any garden or balcony can be a part of the whole natural world! Just choose natural alternatives to synthetic and chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers.
 
Organic gardening is good for us. Organically grown food is high in essential nutrition’s and vitamins. It tastes good and boosts biodiversity and restoring the natural balance of the eco system.
 
               
 
Organic gardening, even done in small ways, is a great way to connect with the natural rhythm of the earth.
 
In earlier steps we discussed how to give plants, flowers or herbs a good home, and how to install a compost bin yourself. In this part we tell you about the soil, how to let the garden breathe and keep grass green.
 
3 – Nourish the soil
Healthy soil mean healthy plants that are better able to resist pests and disease. Biodiversity is the key. Using many different kind of plants encourage many different kinds of beneficial insects, earthworms, microbes and other soil micro-organisms to take up residence in your soil.
 
4 – Let the garden breathe
Most pests and pathogens prefer a protected or sheltered environment, often thriving in a moist spot. So avoid overcrowding plants, and prune then when appropriate. Avoid wetting the foliage unnecessary and encourage good air circulation and a drier atmosphere
 

 
5 – Help grass to grow greener
Grass thrives if there is plenty of aeration around its roots and top growth. Healthy grass is better equipped to fight off weeds, pests and diseases. Cut regularly but avoid scalping the lawn, rake-out any thatch and aerate the soil by making holes with a garden fork or a hollow-tined tool.
 
Again, organic gardening, even done in small ways, is a great way to connect with the natural rhythm of the earth and great for relaxation as well. All Paul Penders 22 LevensESSENTIE® herbs are organically grown. By understanding now the principles of “going organic”, several of these herbs you could grow now organically yourself as well.

5 Ways To Go Organic – Part 1

Organic gardening means cooperating with nature. A garden or balcony can be a part of the whole natural world by using natural alternatives to synthetic and chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers.

Organic gardening is good for us. Organically grown food is high in essential nutrition’s and vitamins. It tastes better and boosts biodiversity and restoring the natural balance of the eco system.

Organic gardening even done in a small manner, is a great way to connect with the natural rhythm of the earth. In 2 articles we give tips on how to get started:

1 – Give plants a good home
Plants, flowers and herbs flourish best in a position that suits them best. So select these that suit soil, pH, temperature range and exposure to sun or shade. Use plants, flowers and herbs that are native to your area or come from areas with similar soil and climate.

Complimentary planting can further improve your garden. Some plant combinations keep pests away and some plants replenish nutrients by other ones.

2 – Install your own compost bin
Fruit and vegetables scraps, grass cuttings, leaves, small twigs and straw can all be composted. Compost improves soil texture, structure, aeration and water holding capacity. It also increases healthy root development, and enhances the diversity of life in the soil, including insects, worms, fungi and bacteria which support vigorous plant growth.

Install at least one compost bin, but if possible more in order to have one ready for use, while another is in the making. Keep compost covered with a tarp to prevent rain from leaching out the nutritients. If you cannot make enough compost, look for bags or organic, soil conditions at garden centers

Again, organic gardening, even done in small ways, is a great way to connect with the natural rhythm of the earth and great for relaxation as well. All Paul Penders 22 LevensESSENTIE Gold herbs are organically grown. By understanding now the principles of “going organic”, several of these herbs you could grow now organically yourself as well. Part 2 will explain how to nourish soil, how to let your garden breathe, and grow greener grass!