five Elements Blog
Last month I paid homage to Rosemary, one of our key “Elemental™ Phytoextracts”; this month I would like to highlight the benefits of the Olive (Olea europaea), another component of this extract, which is used in all our products. We only use locally sourced extra virgin, cold pressed olive.
In fact it was just a few days ago that I went to collect the first batch of the new season’s oil from Mark Heard up the Awatere Valley, who together with his wife Phyllis, own a grove of olives in our district. We use exactly the same olive oil, which is absolutely delicious, in our kitchen.
1. Unclogs Pores
Unlike commercial moisturizers that can clog pores and exacerbate skin conditions, olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin while providing a cleansing effect.
2. Enhances Exfoliation
Another one of olive oil’s benefits for skin is its usefulness in exfoliating applications. A common exfoliating method using olive oil is to mix 1 tablespoon of the oil with finely ground natural sea salt or pink Himilayan salt, rubbing this mixture over the skin. The mild abrasive qualities of the salt, combined with the deep, penetrating action of the oil, will remove dead skin cells and leave the epidermis looking renewed and glowing.
3. General Beauty Booster
Olive oil is also used for nail and cuticle care, and many women use it as an eye makeup remover. Further applications include using it as an ingredient in homemade facial masks. One other interesting application for both men and women is the substitution of olive oil for shaving cream. Many men have abandoned shaving cream once they discovered how close a shave they can get with olive oil.
4. Antioxidant Protection
Olive oil contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. When topically applied, antioxidants may help protect the skin from premature skin aging which of course means fewer wrinkles! Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of olive oil because it helps restore skin smoothness and protects against ultraviolet light. Hydroxytyrosol, a rather rare compound found in olive oil, also prevents free radical damage to the skin.
5. Speeds up Wound and Burn Healing
Olive oil is loaded with vitamins, both A and E, and essential fatty acids involved in skin cell regeneration. In addition, olive oil supplies essential nutrients to the injured skin that discourages harmful organisms from infecting the wound. Although olive oil aids skin recovery when applied to wounds like burns, eating olive oil or foods containing olive oil, also improves wound healing time by reducing inflammation and by healing the body from the inside out.
Fresh is Best!
Introducing Hand & Heel Balm
We have been trialing a limited edition of a balm for the hands, called “Hand Treat” for the last six months. Due to popular demand for this product, we have created“Hand & Heel Balm” which is available for purchase from the Five Elements Store from today. The first five orders will receive a complimentary bar of Organic Sheep's Milk Soap.
Five Elements joins Havelock Passport Stamp Station
Five Elements has also joined the local Havelock Passport Winter Promotion and has recently become a Stamp Station!
The discounts and prizes offered are awesome so if you are local to our area, be in to win, by collecting twelve stamps from participating businesses until 31 October and go in to the draw to win one of the donated prizes.
Thanks to Janet Brownson from Havelock Vision 2020 and to the very community minded business that has generously offered to sponsor the advertising for this promotion. Much appreciated!
In last month’s newsletter, I mentioned the five plant extracts that went into making the first batch of our Skin Tonic balm namely rosemary, olive, ginkgo, Rumex and Plantago; we have called this combination “Elemental TM Phytoextracts”.
Simply put, it is ‘skin food’ packed with nutrients and with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant components that not only restore compromised skin but also maintain skin at optimal health levels. And that is why we not only use it as our hero ingredient in Five Elements Skin Tonic but also add up to 50% of it to all of our other products.
Until I started to research the benefits of Rosemary for skin care, my only knowledge of it was that it gave added flavour to roast lamb! But here is more healthful information on this versatile herb, besides culinary pleasure!
Rosemary has a bevy of benefits. Whether you add it to your food, steep it as a tea or take it as a supplement, the antioxidants in rosemary help prevent skin damage and maximize skin tone by neutralizing free radicals. Free-radical damage compromises the support structure in your skin, leading to wrinkles, sagging and uneven skin tone. This flavorful herb is a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6, which supports healthy collagen levels. Rosemary is also a rich source of manganese, a mineral that helps minimize wrinkles and protects the skin from damage.
Precautions For the most part, Rosemary is considered safe with no side effects. However, pregnant women should avoid consuming large amounts of rosemary because it may lead to uterine contractions and miscarriage. People with high blood pressure should not take rosemary essential oil internally because it may raise blood pressure. It is best to consult a health care professional if you are unsure.
How did Five Elements Get Started?
I taught Biology and Maths for thirty years before deciding that the admin associated with the profession was eating away far too much of my time (so, I am no ‘spring chicken’, thankfully)!
A few years before resigning from teaching, I had a student who was in a bad way with eczema; whenever I looked at this poor kid, she was scratching herself mercilessly, ending up with a raw, inflamed mess.
After many months of watching her discomfort, I took it upon myself to research which plants that I had access to, contained ingredients that would alleviate eczema.
To cut to the chase, I decided on five plant extracts and made up a tub, of what we have called ‘Skin Tonic’. Within one week of application, the student’s skin condition cleared up completely…..and this is how Five Elements was born!
The Pelorus River is the ‘gateway’ to the Marlborough Sounds in the South Island of New Zealand, well known as the ‘Green-lipped Mussel Capital’ of the world, home to those sumptuous little molluscs that many people drool over!
Our six acre property is located rurally, along the upper reaches of the Pelorus Valley, just 3 km away from the Pelorus Bridge, where Peter Jackson and his crew filmed the barrel scene in The Hobbit….