Ingredients in our Balms

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No Water

First, Strength of Hope Balms do not contain water - most do.

The problem with Balms and lotions with water in them is that they can get bacteria in them, causing possible skin problems and a short shelf-life.

Why we utilize 100% Pure Organic Shea Butter

What Is Shea Butter?

Shea butter comes from the fruit seeds of the Shea (Karite) tree. Naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F, Shea Butter can provide the skin with essential fatty acids and nutrients that are needed to produce collagen. It also offers a natural SPF6 UV protection.

Shea butter has historical use in treating skin wounds and even leprosy.

Why Shea Butter

Shea butter penetrates into the skin and tissues. Studies show that it is good at penetrating the skin as well as emollient. This makes Shea butter a great carrier not only for its own nutrients, but for the ability to assist the Hemp Extract in penetrating the skin and into the body tissue.

Shea butter is a moisturizer. Because of the strong concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids, shea butter is frequently used to help with dry skin and skin protection.

Shea butter has anti-inflammatory and anti aging elements.  Shea butter does more than moisturize;iit delivers important anti-inflammatory and anti-aging components right into the skin because it contains cinnamic acid, including lupeol cinnamate, that has been found to reduce skin inflammation and may help avoid skin mutations.

Shea butter has skin-smoothing components. Shea butter contains oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying and help the skin’s natural collagen production.

Strength of Hope products are always only natural, organic, vegan and kosher. We always recommend you consult your physician prior to usage.

Why we utilize 100% Pure Organic Coconut oil in our Hemp Extract Balms

Fruit from the coconut tree has long been recognized to be beneficial to the skin.

Coconut Oil is a moisturizer. According to Dermatology Times,

Because of its highly emollient (skin penetrating) properties, “A randomized double-blind study pitted virgin coconut oil against mineral oil in 34 patients with mild-to-moderate xerosis.

In the perhaps surprising conclusion, coconut oil was found to be equal to (with a trend toward being superior to) mineral oil as an emollient, resulting in significant skin hydration and increased surface lipid levels, with equal safety.

Coconut oil for its antibacterial qualities. Coconut oil can decrease staphylococcal colonization on the skin. Again, according to Dermatology Times:

In a randomized controlled trial, coconut oil was found to clear an impressive 95% of staphylococcal colonization in patients with atopic dermatitis (AD).

This is extremely provocative in a time when we are all increasingly concerned about the role of bacteria in AD10, and simultaneously worried about increasing bacterial resistance.

A safe and inexpensive agent for decolonizing the skin could be of tremendous clinical benefit and this line must continue to be researched.”

Source: http://www.dermatologytimes.com/dermatology/surprising-benefits-coconut-oil-skin-therapy

Strength of Hope products are always only natural, organic, vegan and kosher. We always recommend you consult your physician prior to usage.

Why we utilize Organic Lavender in Our Balms

Lavender is known for its calming and mood stabilizing effects. It’s important to know it has other significant benefits for the skin.

Lavender can help with pain and arthritis. Lavender has long been used to reduce pain and is undergoing further studies into its effectiveness for muscle, joint and arthritis pain. According to Healthline:

“Researchers in a 2015 study found that lavender essential oil can be an effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory. When diluted lavender essential oil was applied topically during one test, it provided pain relief comparable to that of the prescription medication tramadol. This suggests that lavender could be used to help treat pain and any associated inflammation.” Study Source:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26247152

Lavender was also studied as a pain reliever for patients with arthritis of the knee. According to Medical News Today:

“A 2016 study tested the effects of a 5-percent mixture of lavender essential oil diluted in sweet almond oil on osteoarthritis of the knee.

Participants who massaged 5 milliliters (mL) of the mixture onto their swollen joints nine times over the course of 3 weeks reported reduced pain after the first week. However, more research is needed.” Study Source:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Leyla_Ozdemir/publication/301344191_The_Effects_of_Aromatherapy_Massage_and_Reflexology_on_Pain_and_Fatigue_in_Patients_with_Rheumatoid_Arthritis_A_Randomized_Controlled_Trial/links/59df0847458515376b386139/The

Lavender can detox the skin. Environmental toxins and daily stress can be taxing to the skin, causing a rough, inflamed appearance. Lavender can help with both. According to Everyday Health:

“It contains powerful antioxidants that will prevent and counteract the irritating effects of pollutants on the skin,” explains Claude Saliou, Ph.D., director of research and development for Johnson & Johnson. “Plus, studies have shown that elevated stress results in rough skin, so lavender can improve skin by acting as a mentally calming agent.”  Source: Everyday Health https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/the-beauty-benefits-of-lavender/

An antibacterial and antifungal agent.  Again, according to Everyday Health:

“‘Studies have shown that while it might not be the most potent antibacterial ingredient, it does have some efficacy, so it can best be used as a supporting secondary element to improve the odor of the product, while also boosting its cleansing power as well,’ explains cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson.”

Strength of Hope products are always only natural, organic, vegan and kosher. We always recommend you consult your physician prior to usage.

Why we utilize Natural Organic Tea Tree Oil in Our Hemp Extract Balms

Tea Tree Oil is used for relief of many skin conditions and to improve the overall appearance of the skin.

Tea tree oil can be effective in nurturing healthy skin by soothing and helping a wide range of skin issues.

As an anti-inflammatory.  Scientific study on the effects of Tea Tree oil and pain and inflammation are in preliminary stages. Early indications conclude that the anti-inflammatory effect of tea tree oil can help to  soothe and relieve painful and irritated skin, as well as reduce redness and swelling. A recent study supports and concludes that tree oil reduces inflamed skin due to skin sensitivity to nickel. Source: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00011-004-1317-6

Dry skin, itchy skin and eczema relief. Tea tree oil can relieve dry skin by reducing itching and irritation. Also, it’s been shown to be in fact more effective in treating eczema than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate balms. Tea Tree can also soothe the skin and help heal the infections that cause the itchy and irritated skin.

As an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory treatment. Because of the medical concern that the traditional antibiotics are becoming obsolete, more studies and interest are occurring into the effectiveness of Tea Tree Oil as a an alternative therapeutic approach to treat infection.

“A wealth of in vitro data now supports the long-held beliefs that TTO (Tea Tree Oil) has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Despite some progress, there is still a lack of clinical evidence demonstrating efficacy against bacterial, fungal, or viral infections. Large randomized clinical trials are now required to cement a place for TTO (Tea Tree Oil)as a topical medicinal agent.”

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1360273/

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