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Happy Friday the 13th!
 
What a weird and wonderful day full of superstitions. Something that everyone should be scared of (on a daily basis) are the ingredients that lurk in your everyday personal care products (unless you already use our clean & green products).
 
Scary ingredients packed with negative impact lurk in products you use everyday from toothpaste, to deodorant, to hair products, hand soap, make up, body wash, lotions/creams, the list goes on and on.
 
There are so many dangerous ingredients that should have never even been allowed or regulated in the first place.. but here we are in 2018 and there they still are in your products – and not only your products but baby products and products for people with highly sensitive and reactive skin conditions too.
 
Just last year Johnson & Johnson was sued (and lost) for millions (& millions & millions – $80 million to be exact) because its talcum powder (just talc & fragrance – both know carcinogens) gave a woman cancer – yet there it still is on store shelves everywhere and going on poor little babies bottoms every day. In 2016 Johnson & Johnson actually had over 75,000 lawsuits against them – and that number has only continued to grow.
 
At SBT we love providing you with natural options for your skincare & many personal care needs. All of our products are free from parabens, SLS, DEA, silicone, aluminum, & a whole mess of other terrible ingredients we would never ever consider letting in our facility – never mind in the products that go on your skin.
 
It only takes 26 seconds for the ingredients in your personal care to enter your bloodstream and 60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed – so if you don’t think that the ingredients in your skincare are important we are sorry (not sorry) to tell you that it is hugely important!
 
This weekend you can save 25% on everything at sbtseabuckthorn.com and stock up on your favourite clean & green skincare & personal care items.
 
+ Check out these other amazing natural women owned companies that can help you out with natural/clean ingredient products we don’t offer at SBT. Radius USA is our go to for keeping our smiles fresh & our gums healthy, while Routine. Natural deodorant. keeps BO at bay and has formulas for even the most sensitive of skin.

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Please check out the lovely recipe & guest post from Ria over at Vibrant By The Spoonful  using our beautiful organic & Canadian grown Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha. 

As someone who has suffered from adrenal fatigue in the past, my tolerance for caffeine has always been quite low. I even don’t even tolerate green tea or Matcha very well! Oh how I longed for a similar counterpart. Then along came the SBT Wellness Matcha and I immediately fell in love for its many healing benefits.

It may not be your traditional Matcha tea but it sure packs a powerful nutritional punch along with its anti-inflammatory properties. My favourite part about the tea is that it not only has a similar taste to green tea (without the bitterness) but it also gives me a steady boost of energy without a mid-morning crashing.

Today I’ll be sharing you my go-to supercharged Matcha latte inspired brew using the SBT Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha. This latte is truly a creamy delight, filled with healthy-fats along with protein in order to keep you satiated and fuller for longer. It allows for a slow release of energy thanks to the SBT tea powder and the medium-triglycerides of coconut oil.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Tsp of SBT Wellness Matcha
  • 1 Tbsp of coconut cream from a BPA-free can
  • 1 Tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp of raw honey for antibacterial properties (or other desired sweetener)
  • 1 scoop of organic grass-fed collagen powder
  • ½ cup of nut milk
  • ½ cup of boiling water
  • Blender or Milk Frother

note: to make this recipe 100% vegan swap out stevia for honey and leave out the collagen <3 

Instructions:

  • Boil water and pour about ½ cup water into the cup with the SBT Wellness Matcha and mix until the powdered tea has dissolved.
  • In the meantime, slightly warm up your nut milk and pour into the cup along with your coconut cream, coconut oil and sweetener.

Blend the contents or simply use a Milk Frother until desired consistency.

Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha can be enjoyed hot or cold and adds delciousness & nutrition to even baked desserts. To learn more & shop visit this link.

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Today is international women’s day! As a 100% female owned & operated company, International Women’s Day is a day we can all get behind so we can celebrate one of the things that make our company so special.

Every single area of our business is all ladies all the time.

SBT is owned by our lovely president Susan McLoughlin who began the company almost 22 years ago and still runs the company to this day. She is the poster woman for seabuckthorn if there ever was one and our in house seabuckthorn expert.

Crystal Noble is our Vice President of Operations and started with the company 5 years ago with humble beginnings in research & development. Over the years Crystal has moved up in the company and now manages different areas of the business including production, social media, and customer service.

Barb Masters has been our bookkeeper for just over 3 years now and she keeps the ball rolling and makes sure that all of the paperwork is in good order + your orders are processed quickly to ensure the speediest service possible.

Jesse Young is the newest addition to our Seabuckthorn family and we don’t know what we would do without her. Jesse assists Crystal in the production area and is learning the ropes of handcrafted quality skincare made with only the best natural ingredients. Between the two of them, they make every single product that is handcrafted, hand labeled, and shipped to you <3

We are a tight hard working group which is why it only takes four of us to do all of the amazing things that we do. So whether you’re calling in with questions, placing an order online, boasting about our products to friends & family, or simply enjoying your SBT – you are supporting these amazing women, their families, and their hard work & dedication.

In celebration of National Women’s Day we are have a one day FLASH SALE where you can save 30% on your order from sbtseabuckthorn.com. As always free sample(s) with every order and free shipping on orders over $125 (in North America).

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Botanical Tuesdays are back baby! Twice a month we will be posting our botanical Tuesday (ingredient spotlight) blog posts so that you can learn more about the amazing ingredients we use and why we use them. Tuesday is scientifically proven to be the most stressful day of the week and one of the best ways to destress comes from nature. Whether it is watching a nature show, getting out for a walk, or reading our botanical Tuesdays – it all helps to reduce stress. So without further ado – our botanical today is the beautiful eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus was discovered by the western world in the 1770’s. In 1777 a specimen was brought to the British Museum in London where it was given its first official name – Eucalyptus obliqua – by a French botanist working there at the time. There wasn’t much documentation on Eucalyptus again until closer to the beginning of the 19th century. English botanist James Edward Smith discovered several other species of Eucalyptus during this time. As time would continue to move on and more land was explored – it was discovered that there are 15 species of Eucalyptus found outside Australia with 9 being exclusively non-Australian and even growing as far north as the Philippines.

What is really astonishing is just how many species of eucalyptus there are. There are 700 difference species of Eucalyptus and as only 9 are exclusively non-Australian, this means that Australia alone holds 691 different species of eucalyptus!! One of the main species is Eucalyptus (regnans) which is actually the tallest flowering plant on earth! Many species are also known as Gum Trees because they produce ‘gum’ from any breaks that occur in the bark. Gum Trees are the species of leaves that koala’s prefer and live in because their height offers both safety and nourishment from their favourite leaves (eucalypt/gum tree).

Eucalyptus also has great benefits for the environment too. Not only is it fast growing (which takes burden off of water and land resources) but it is a great source of nectar for honeybees.  It is now cultivated widely in Asia, Australia, Europe, and even the United States by small and large farmers alike.  Many parts of the plant can be utilized including the bark for wood and lumber and the leaves are highly sought out to be used in beautiful bouquets and flower arrangements + they are most commonly turned into valuable essential oil.  It’s this essential oil that makes it so common in many western households because it can be utilized for its various wellness & decongesting benefits.

The species of Eucalyptus used for essential oil is the Eucalyptus globulus which is packed with health benefits. Although not widely used in the western world until the 20th century – it had (more than) proven the concentrated healing and benefits that lay in the oil of the leaves by the 21st century. It has antiseptic properties which make it a popular oil used in the treatment of wound healing products – especially those for bug bites & bee stings. It is also analgesic (pain relieving) + anti-inflammatory which is why it is sometimes used in topical pain products. One of its popular uses is that in natural bug sprays and as a natural insecticide as bugs hate it and it is 100% natural (win win). Lastly, one of the largest benefits that come with Eucalyptus Oil is its ability to aid in respiratory health.

We use Eucalyptus Oil in our Coughs, Colds, & Sniffles Too Soothing Salve (+ Sniffle Stick) because of all the amazing respiratory benefits it offers. It is effective at relieving several cold and flu symptoms including cough, runny nose, sore throat, and nasal congestion. + It has even been linked to benefits of treating asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis naturally.  Eucalyptus globulus also possesses antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties that make it the perfect addition to natural chest & throat rubs (like ours!).

Our Coughs, Colds, & Sniffles Too Soothing Salve (& Sniffle Stick) decongests and relieves congestion like no other. In addition to Eucalyptus (sinus congestion) we also utilize the amazing properties of Peppermint Oil (head + lung congestion), Ravensara Oil (nasal congestion), Ravintsara Oil (head congestion) which all work together to target the 4 main areas of congestion (head, nasal, throat, & chest). + It stops a cough instantly and relieves a sore/swollen/scratchy throat naturally.  These essential oils are mixed in a beautiful base of coconut oil, cocoa butter, Candelilla wax, and seabuckthorn oils which help the oil to go below the surface of the skin to provide much deeper & lasting relief. No one ever wants to get sick – but when you do you will be so thankful to have a tin of this natural goodness on hand. Click here to learn more or purchase.

Thank you so much for tuning in to our botanical Tuesday and we will be back in a couple weeks with our next one <3

Crystal’s Tip:   Eucalyptus is extremely concentrated and needs to be mixed into a carrier oil for usage. Be aware that for those with sensitive skin it can cause a rash or irritation which is why it is best to buy congestion products formulated by professionals (like ours). One of the best ways to use Eucalyptus at home is to add a couple drops to an essential oil diffuser or burner (with water) so that the decongesting vapors can travel through the air and provide relief. + It has benefits for mental clarity and acts as a stimulant so utilizing its aromatherapy properties when feeling sluggish or stressed is highly recommended.

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