Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ethnic Skin Needs Special Care

Ethnic skin is sensitive. 

Ethnic skin differs in structure based on increased pigment (melanin). Increased pigment creates an array of tones from deep brown to light tan in ethnic skin.  Pigment producing cells are located in the upper layer of  ethnic skin and are very reactive to irritants such as harsh chemicals, heavy perfumes and dyes. Common complaints of people with ethnic skin include ashy skin, uneven skin tone, rough, bumpy skin and eczema.  All of these conditions can create uncomfortable, itchy, sensitive skin. Treating ethnic skin conditions is challenging because harsh chemicals found in many moisturizers often worsen the condition. Continued, prolonged skin care with gentle and effective products is needed to improve the appearance of many ethnic skin problems.

I know first hand how frustrating it can be to find a gentle & effective moisturizer for sensitive skin.  I created our flagship product, Kevin’s Cure body lotion for my son who was born with severe eczema. Since then, our family owned company continues to create products founded in age old, trusted, natural remedies handed down through the generations. Safe.  Gentle. Effective.  Free of harsh chemicals and Mother Nature approved.    -Monica Simeon, Company Cofounder. 

 You can find the complete line of Kevin's Cure products at www.sistersky.com






Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How To Apply Body Balm


The best time to apply moisturizer is right after a wash when skin is damp, so you trap the moisture on its surface,” says Karen Kim, MD, a dermatologist in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
 

Unlike an ordinary lotion, Kevin's Cure Body Balm is specially formulated to be applied to damp skin. 

People who use Kevin's Cure Body Balm will see and feel improved skin health but it must be applied correctly. 
  
After bath or shower pat skin dry but leave some moisture.

       •Apply a thin layer of balm and smooth quickly all over body.

       •No need to rub in – it dissolves quickly.

For added moisture – apply body lotion directly on top of balm.

 
Kevin's Cure Body Balm when applied to damp skin will significantly improve skin health and softness.

The Body Balm can improve skin health since it’s applied as medically suggested by a dermatologist.

Sister Sky provides Natural Solutions from Native Roots.  Visit our website at www.sistersky.com for Kevin's Cure Body Balm and more. 

About Kevin's Cure:  My son, Kevin was born with eczema.  When I couldn't find products that worked I made my own!  Borrowing herbal wisdom from my Native American heritage, I developed Kevin's Cure to soothe and soften naturally. 
-Monica Simeon, Company Co-founder



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sister Sky Shares Native American Herbal Wisdom

Honoring a tradition of giving herbs for health and wellness, we include a small sachet of herbs as a gift in each internet order. Sister Sky shares herbal wisdom with every product we make and every order we ship. Wishing you wellness! -The Sisters of Sister Sky.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Native American Use of Herbs for Wellness are Being Awakened in American Culture.

Most Americans have forgotten or have never learned that our medical society originated from Native American cultures. Our society has neglected the fact that over- the- counter drugs and prescription drugs are derived from Native American herbs.

In the past doctors used to rely on Native American herbal resources such as leaves, berries, trees, roots, twigs, barks, and flowers to treat many illnesses (OAM 185). It was not until medical technology was advancing and becoming popular that people began to lose touch with their herbal heritage.

 Native Americans contribution to present day health and wellness is not a story often told.  Read more at

http://keller.clarke.edu/~english/honors/liz/

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Seven of the 10 Most Popular Herbal Supplements Were Used by Native Americans.

The consumption of botanical supplements in the United States has been increasing at a rapid rate and this trend is expected to continue. In many cases, the original use of  the herbs for wellness appear to have come from Native Americans.
Seven of the 10 most common botanicals sold in the United States were used extensively by Native Americans.

Long before medical technology was available, pioneer doctors relied on Native American knowledge of nature to treat illness. Our ancestors freely shared their healing knowledge of plants, roots and berries with early settlers.  In fact, Native American herbal treatments were so effective, many have been refined into present day medicine.

Native American use of herbs for health and healing and the sharing of that knowledge is not often a story told. 

Read more about the Native American herbal legacy at http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/72/2/339.long#sec-2

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Herbal Legacy: WILLOW BARK



How WILLOW BARK works:  


Willow bark has a natural content of salicylic acid, which removes old and dead skin cells from your face and body; it helps your body make way for new and fresh skin cells.  Willow bark also offers anti-inflammatory properties, helping your body relieve swelling and sensitivity.   Willow bark helps your body improve the following skin conditions: dry, dull or lacking moisture. 

WILLOW BARK Native Roots:

  • Native Americans used several varieties of the willow; they wove baskets with willow, used willow for pain and reducing fever. 
  • The white willow bark was chewed by Native Americans to reduce fevers and relieve headache, white willow bark contains tannins, which are actually good for the digestion.
  • The framework of the vapor-bath or sweat-lodge of the Native Americans was made of willow poles, bent and tied with their bark.
  • For some Native Americans the willow was mystically connected with the departure of the spirit from the body at death; willow twigs had certain uses in funeral rites.

A Native American Herbal Legacy:

 
Long ago, before medical technology was available, pioneer doctors relied on Native American knowledge of nature to treat illness. Our ancestors freely shared their healing knowledge of plants, roots and berries with early settlers. In fact, Native American herbal treatments were so effective; many have been refined into present day medicine for your health and wellness.  

WILLOW BARK is a Native American legacy herb that is widely used today for your health benefit.  You will find willow bark extract in Sister Sky's White Willow: lotion, body wash, shampoo and conditioner. We hope you found this post an insightful blend of education and history.

Wishing you wellness.  -The Sisters of Sister Sky
 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Herbal Legacy: YARROW


Our blog posts titled, "The Herbal Legacy" will highlight herbs that have long been recognized for their healing power.  In addition to explaining key health benefits of the herbs, we'll provide insight about the Native American history of using the herbs for health and wellness.
 
First up is YARROW.
 
How YARROW works:   Yarrow has powerful astringent (cleansing) effects. The plant is an antimicrobial, so it provides protection against infection.  Yarrow contains the following fatty and amino acids: isovaleric acid, salicylic acid, asparagin, sterols, flavonoids,  bitters, tannins, and coumarins.
  • Fatty acids found in Yarrow boost the oxygen content in skin cells, aid cell membrane development, strength, and function. 
  • Amino acids found in Yarrow provide the basic building blocks of proteins in the production of tissue thus skin has the ability to regenerate.
  • Salicylic acid in Yarrow has analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. 
  • Sterols and tannins in Yarrow have wound  healing and anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Flavonoids in Yarrow are vital antioxidants that protect against cell damaging free radicals.
 
YARROW Native Roots: Native Americans  prepared Yarrow infusions to treat joint pain, eye infections, ear aches and as a cold remedy.
  • Tribes from the Micmacs in the Maritimes to the Thompson Indians of British Columbia treated wounds, sores, and bruises with Yarrow.
  • Utes pulverized the plant, Winnebagos used it in infusion, while others "prepared a powder for dusting on skin sores by roasting the leaves or stems until they were dry enough to be pulverized between stones." 
  • Far to the north, Aleuts used the juice of yarrow leaves to stop bleeding.

A Native American Herbal Legacy: Long ago,  before medical technology was available, pioneer doctors relied on Native American knowledge of nature to treat illness. Our ancestors freely shared their healing knowledge of plants, roots and berries with early settlers. In fact, Native American herbal treatments were so effective, many have been refined into present day medicine.  

Yarrow is a Native American legacy herb that is widely used today for its health and wellness benefits.  We use Yarrow in Kevin's Cure Body Lotion and Body Wash. We hope you found this post an insightful blend of education and history.

Wishing you wellness.  -The Sisters of Sister Sky