Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pillow Care, Directions, and Precautions for Heat Therapy Pillows

Organic Cotton Flannel Flaxseed Pillow in Citron
Attention all microwave pillow owners! We have new detailed pillow instructions that ship with our pillows. You can download a copy here. Why are these new pillow directions important? One customer reported that the outer pillow cover of one of our double layer pillows caught on fire in their microwave. We did a forensic analysis and determined that there was a soiled spot of lotion or body cream on the outer portion of the pillow. The pillow was folded over in the microwave such that the soiled spot was covered causing a hot spot to create a burn.  Please check out the new directions below about how to keep your pillows clean and safe:

Pillow Care: Store your pillow in a cool dry place away from animals. If you are using your pillow as a cold pack and storing it in the freezer, be sure that it warms up to room temperature and is completely dry before switching to use it as a heat pack in the microwave. For single layer pillows, spot clean with damp towel soap and water or oxygen cleaner. Allow to dry completely before using again. For double layer pillows with washable cover, hand wash with cold or warm water and lay flat or hang to dry. Washable covers are 100% Organic cotton and will shrink. 

Warming your pillow: Microwaves have different power levels ranging from 500 - 1650 Watts, or higher in commercial units. 1-2 minutes of heating is a guideline, but consider heating for a lower time period if you have a very powerful microwave (see cautions). When warming your pillow place it in the center of the microwave so that it does not touch the microwave wall and it can rotate during warming. If your microwave does not have a rotating tray, then stop half way through microwaving, shake the pillow, reposition and continue heating. This is to avoid scorching from hot spots in the microwave. The microwave must be clean, because food and oil may also create hot spots.

Cautions: Flaxseed and herbs are natural materials that can burn when overheated. If you overheat a flaxseed pillow, it could result in burned flax seeds, damage to the fabric, or fire. Use less microwave time when reheating already warm pillows. Staying near the microwave during heating is recommended. Keep your pillow clean from oil to avoid creating hot spots that could lead to burning in the microwave. Keep your pillow clean from metal debris; a tiny iron filing or metal shard stuck to the pillow or inside the pillow cover could create a fire in your microwave.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Beautiful Backyard Bee Swarm

This is a swarm of wild bees that we discovered a couple of weeks ago in one of our trees. We were lucky that Moira noticed it. Scott had a chance to take these photos. The bees found a new home and were gone within 24 hours of this photo. We wish them well. Happy Spring!

Speaking of bees, we have new beeswax lotion bars coming soon, scented with Lavender and Peppermint. Check back soon!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Bamboo Tooth Brushes

Aquarian Bath is now offering Bamboo Tooth brushes.  When you purchase a bamboo toothbrush you are reducing plastic consumption and making an environmentally conscious choice for your household. This toothbrush has a biodegradable handle made from 100% bamboo. The soft bristles are verified BPA-Free Soft Nylon (recyclable, not biodegradable). The company that makes the tooth brushes, Brush with Bamboo, is working on a plastic-free bristle option for it's next generation of tooth brushes. The bamboo toothbrush comes in a biodegradable box made from paper. The inside wrapper is made from plants and is compostable in city and commercial facilities. These bamboo toothbrushes can be used for just as long as plastic toothbrushes. Pick up one, or a set of four with your next Aquarian Bath order. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Organic Flannel Flaxseed Pillows

We have some really special new pillows in stock. These are Organic cotton flannel fabrics which are GOTS certified and made by Cloud 9. Theses are the softest most cozy pillows I have ever made. We have them in blue and white polka dot, pink and white polka dot and white with pink birds.  Hope you like them. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Uses for Myrrh Resin in Body Care

Myrrh is a dried resin from Commiphora trees. Myrrh trees are native to arid and semi arid areas of North East Africa and the Arabian peninsula. The exotic resin was famously mentioned in the Bible as a gift from the Magi together with Frankincense and gold. The name Myrrha comes from Greek mythology. Myrrha, the daughter of Cinyrus was transformed into the tree and her tears, the resin droplets. The resin is used medicinally as well as in perfumery, and incense. Egyptians used it for embalming.
Myrrh resin photo by Sjschen
Frankincense and Myrrh are also commonly paired together in Chinese Traditional Medicine most often for trauma due to sports injury with bruising. The Chinese name for Myrrh is “Mo Yao.” Myrrh has opiate properties for pain relief. Also, it is beneficial for circulation and useful in reducing swelling. Myrrh resin is decocted in water for at least an hour at a dosage of 3-12 grams for adults in Chinese Herbal formulas. The herb is for short term internal use.  I used it recently both internally and externally to help with my recovery from a sprained elbow with severe swelling and bruising.  5:1 Myrrh extract powder is also used in lower doses in Chinese medicine. This type of extract powder is made from dried tincture of Myrrh resin. The Myrrh dosages used in Chinese medicine described above are not appropriate for people who are taking blood thinners or who are pregnant. 
For pain from toothache or mouth sores myrrh can be applied externally. For example, 1 ml of Myrrh tincture can be added to 4 oz of water to make a mouth wash. Good quality myrrh tincture is made with very high proof alcohol in order to extract the resin.  Our tooth powders contain a conservative amount of 5:1 Myrrh extract powder for gently toning sensitive gums, which is safe for daily use.
Myrrh essential oil is beneficial for reducing inflammation, as an expectorant, for slow healing wounds, and even for improving digestion. Myrrh oil is considered one of the safest essential oils, because it has been in use for thousands of years. Myrrh essential oil is also an ingredient in our Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Balm and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Massage oil. Another Aquarian Bath product which contains Myrrh essential oil is our Frankincense and Myrrh solid perfume. This natural botanical perfume was made with a blend of African essential oils including pure Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils in an Organic golden Jojoba and beeswax base. The scent is spicy and sweet.

In conclusion Myrrh resin has a long history of use for many purposes including pain relief, wound healing, perfuming and improving circulation. It can be used both internally or externally, but high therapeutic doses are for short term use only, and should be avoided for those on blood thinners or who are pregnant. Because of it’s beneficial properties we use it in many of our products and formulate them with careful attention to concentration for best results and safety.  Try one of our products containing with Myrrh with your next Aquarian Bath order.

The information included in this blog post is educational, and not meant to be a substitute for medical consultation or treatment from a Doctor or Herbal professional.