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Grace Harbor Farms MSM Cream is made in a base of goat milk skin care cream. This goat milk formula had already proven itself to be nourishing to skin and helpful in healing many types of skin problems. To this base we have added the largest percentage of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).
"MSM is a source of sulfur, a mineral element critical to the normal function and structure of the body. Sulfur is a raw material of the protein and connective tissue that make up our body mass, for enzymes that conduct countless chemical reactions, and for powerful natural compounds that protect us against toxicity and harmful oxidative stress. Sulfur also has a long history of healing,"
quoted from The Miracle of MSM
by Jacob, Lawrence and Tucker.
we use MSM manufactured by Bergstrom Nutrition in Washington State. Here is some information from them:
What makes OptiMSM purely superior?
- Four-stage distillation process for optimal purity
- Every batch is third-party tested for quality and consistency
- Manufactured in a cGMP-compliant, ISO9001:2008 registered,
FSSC22000:2010 certified facility
- Clinically backed by published U.S. research
- Manufactured exclusively in the USA for more than 25 years
- Full customer support, including procurement, operations, training and co-op marketing
In addition to the MSM we have added five healing essential oils to this remarkable cream.
Rosemary--stimulates circulation, opens surface capillaries, is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, clears sinuses, and eases muscle stress
Eucalyptus--used to treat wounds, asthma, colds and fever is antifungal against Athlete's foot and candida, and treats muscular aches and pains. It is an insect repellant, treats burns, and eases breathing.
Peppermint--has an enlivening effect. It is antiseptic, antiviral and antispasmodic. It can relieve headaches and fatigue. It can clear the head and aid concentration.
Lavender--relaxing, reduces stress, aids sleep, rejuvenates skin, speeds cell replacement, treats acne, soothes Rosacea and eczema, promotes healing and reduces scarring. It also improves circulation and muscle tone. It reduces cellulite and fluid retention.
Tea Tree Oil--strongest natural anti-septic known, also anti-fungal, anti-viral, and a strong immuno-stimulate. Used to treat cracked skin, itchy scalp, pimples, cold sores, warts,herpes, and radiation burns.
Avocado Oil- Avocado Oil is obtained from the pulp of the avocado and is one of the most active and effective ingredients used in the cosmetic industry. Avocado oil is highly therapeutic. It contains protein, amino acids, and relatively large amounts of vitamins A, D, and E, making this oil very much alive. These components are not only moisturizing, but also healing. They enable avocado oil to regenerate cells, soften body tissue, and heal scaly skin and scalp.
Avocado Oil is the centrifuge extracted oil from the fruit of the tree, Persea americana (also classified as Persea gratissima), which is a member of the Lauraceae family (Laurel). The avocado is native to the tropical regions of Mexico and Central America. The fruit of the avocado is greenish in color with the shape similar to that of a large pear. RBWD Avocado Oil is clear, and predominately monounsaturated giving it excellent oxidative stability. RBWD Avocado Oil is light and non-tacky with quick penetration characteristics. The odor and flavor of RBWD Avocado Oil are of a very pleasant, faint nutlike tone.
Citric Acid-Vitamin C. It occurs widely in nature and is found in a variety of plants and fruits, and in milk.
It also plays an important role in the stabilization of oils and nutritional fats.
Eucalyptus Oil--From the gum tree grown mainly in Australia. The scent of eucalyptus is recognized by most people because it is included in so many medicinal preparations. It is a good insect repellent and antiseptic.
Goat Milk-Goat milk is uniquely different from cow milk in the concentration and forms of its nutrients. Compared with cow milk, goat milk contains 13% more calcium, 25% more vitamin B6, 47% more vitamin A, 134% more potassium and 350% more niacin. It is also higher in chloride, copper and manganese.
All mammalian milks, including human milk contain lactose (milk sugar). However, goat milk is used successfully by many people who have been diagnosed as lactose intolerant. It has been hypothesized that because of goat milk's superior digestibility, less undigested residue is left behind in the colon to ferment which can cause the unpleasant symptoms of lactose intolerance including gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, etc. On a world wide basis, there are more people who drink the milk of goats than from any other single animal. More than 440 million goats (world wide) produce an estimated 4.8 million tons of milk that is predominantly consumed locally, or processed into various types of cheeses.
One of the primary misconceptions concerning goat milk is that it has a peculiar ''goaty'' odor or taste to it. This effect is produced by the presence of the buck, whose scent glands are rather odoriferous and may indeed cause the ''goaty'' type of milk people object to if he is present among the herd, especially at milking time. Does, however, do not have the powerful odor of the buck and milk produced in the absence of a buck should bear no objectionable odor.
The Saanen is best known as the Holstein of the goat world, producing a high quantity of milk with somewhat low fat levels. At the other extreme is the Jersey of the goat world, the Nubian. This breed produces a lesser amount of milk with a high fat content. The Toggenburg, LaMancha, Oberhasli and Alpine fall somewhere in btween.
Goat milk lowers the PH levels in lotion which helps to maintain the natural PH in skin. Unlike cows’ milk, the milk that goat produce is naturally homogenized - the milk and cream do not separate. This makes it a great ingredient for those with dry or sensitive skin. Goat milk contains caprylic acid, which reduces alkalinity, giving it a pH much closer to skin's own natural pH (acid/base balance). The lower pH reduces the surface tension of skin, allowing it to absorb the moisturizing effects of a goat milk and glycerin.
Goat milk is full of vitamins. It contains vitamin A, and several B vitamins including riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12. Alpha-hydroxy acids found naturally in Goat milk have rejuvenating effects on skin's cells, neutralizing free radicals, slowing the aging process.
Grapefruit Seed Extract - A natural citrus derived antioxidant. It is used in natural products to extent shelf life. It is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and has deodorizing properties.
Coconut Oil: the benifit of coconut oil seem to be boundless. Check out 101 uses for coconut oil here: http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/
Lavender Essential Oil - Lavender has many wonderful benefits: calming, rejuvenating, deodorizing, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antidepressant, and many more. It stimulates the immune system which contributes to the healing process. Lavender is a very effective natural insect repellent!
Vegetable Glycerin -Glycerin is a humectants, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soap making process and while commercial manufacturers remove the glycerin for use in their more profitable lotions and creams, handcrafted soap retains glycerin in each and every bar
Olive Oil-Obtained from ripe olives. Superior penetrating power. Olive oil is a very good moisturizer, not because it has its own healing properties, but because it attracts external moisture, holds the moisture close to the skin, and forms a breathable film to prevent loss of internal moisture. Unlike so many other substances used for this purpose, olive oil does not block the natural functions of the skin while performing on its own. The skin is able to continue sweating, releasing sebum (fatty lubricant matter secreted by sabaceous glands of the skin), and shedding dead skin. (Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter have the same quality)
Peppermint Essential Oil- Use to bathe tired sweaty feet. A good insect repellent. Has a cooling effect on the body. Ideal for use by sports people.
Emulsifying Wax- a vegetable derived self-emulsifying wax, which simplifies mixing oil with water. Derived from the coconut plant.
Rosemary Essential Oil- A strong, minty, herbaceous scent. Has been found to be analgesic, antiseptic, regulating, and a cerebral stimulant.
Stearic Acid- Also called OCTADECANOIC ACID, one of the most common long-chain fatty acids. It is used to whiten and stabilize lotions and creams, while furnishing valuable fatty acids.
Tea Tree Essential Oil- Some benefits of this essential oil are fungicide, antiseptic, expectorant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral. This oil has a very medicinal smell but works great in many different combinations with other essential oils. Tea Tree is also safe to use undiluted on the body.
Vitamin E, Natural-Vegetable Oil Derived. A nutritional supplement used for regenerative and ant-inflammatory properties. Helps form normal red blood cells, muscle and bodily tissues. Used in skin care products for its anti-oxidant properties, helping to keep oils from turning rancid. An anti-oxidant on the skin, it protects the bodys tissues from abnormal breakdown, and is believed by many scientists to help retard aging.
To start with I want to let you know about the palm oil that is in our soap. One our customers asked me about the palm oil, so I asked our producer/supplier and this is the answer I got from them.
We get our Palm oil from a company called Natu’Oils. They are a founding member of the organization that determines palm oil sustainability called the Round Table Organization for Sustainable Palm. The broker that we go through is also on the board of the RTOSP. I have attached the certification that shows that we do purchase from a sustainable source and also the letter from our supplier about its sustainability.
When the chance to partner with a company that is taking such an active stance on the issue arose, we felt very strongly about creating a relationship with them to support a cause like this. We manufacture a huge quantity of soap and purchase thousands of pounds of palm oil per year and we are very conscious about doing things in an environmentally friendly manner, so purchasing sustainable palm was an easy choice and a way for us to not support any deforestation or habitat destruction for animals. The palm plantations that we purchase from are actually crucial to the economy and development of the countries where it is harvested, they give thousands of fair employment opportunities to the community that surrounds them.