Calendula Cream and Cancer Treatments

   Calendula is one of my favorite herbs. The petals can be applied externally for a wide range of skin problems. Such as inflammation, dry skin, abrasions, wounds, eczema, psoriasis, burns and cancer treatments.
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    They are deeply healing to skin and safe enough for sore nipples with breastfeeding and delicate newborn skin. Calendula has antiseptic, antibacterial and astringent properties that work in tandem with it's healing abilities.
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   I make Calendula oil by steeping Organic Calendula Flowers in warm Extra Virgin Olive Oil, stirring frequently for many hours before straining. This oil is a star ingredient in my Super Skin Salve, Lip Balms and Calendula Cream.
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    Calendula can be of particular use to those receiving radiation during cancer treatments. Radiation exposure typically causes DNA damage and skin toxicity and topical Calendula brings all of it's healing properties to mitigate damage and speed your healing process.
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    Lots of my customers have successfully used it during their cancer treatments. Apply Calendula Cream on breasts and surrounding tissues (or wherever the radiation treatment is targeted) as well as bruised skin covering ports.
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    If you are reading this after radiation burns and sores are already a problem, Super Skin Salve will help the most at first, and then follow with regular Calendula Cream use. 
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Calendula Cream Super Skin Salve

    Dry mouth is very common during cancer treatments, especially during Chemotherapy so Peppermint, Sweet Orange and Maple Lip Balms help keep lips moist and comfortable all day and night.

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Sarah Sweet Orange Lip Balm
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    Calendula is a soothing partner to bring along any cancer journey. Please let me know if you have any questions along the way!
 
Susan Shashok
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From pedal to metal, bike shop to tool shop.

My Super Skin Salve has earned it's place among any tools in your tool box. Watch your fingers (it can't grow new ones) but it can get your skin back on track after injury, abrasions and exposure to harsh chemicals.

Susan Shashok
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Dangerous chemical, Triclosan is banned in soaps - but it's still out there.

 

Triclosan Quartz

A banned chemical in anti-bacterial soap is still lurking in practically everything else Americans buy

By Lila MacLellan for Quartz

The US Food and Drug Administration’s recent ban on the chemical triclosan from household antibacterial soaps was a long-overdue victory for public health advocates, worried parents, and vigilant consumers.

Less noticed was the fact that the ban only affects a tiny portion of the products on the market containing the chemical. Triclosan—which in animal studies has been shown to act as a hormone disruptor and raise the risk for all sorts of health and development problems—is still rampant in countless other self-care products in the US, including after-shave, moisturizers, deodorants, body sprays, face masks, dry shampoos, and hand sanitizers, and even a popular toothpaste Americans ingest. It—or one of its chemical cousins—is also often found in “germ-fighting” or “anti-bacterial” versions of just about any type of household product you can imagine: toys, knives, clothing, mouse pads.

Read full Article and learn more about Triclosan in your life!

Susan Shashok
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Cyclocross Magazine IN REVIEW: CAROLINE’S DREAM SKIN CARE

by Daniel Curtain Jr.

With warming spring weather and everyone taking to the outdoors for ever more riding, the activity we all love and the resulting increased sun exposure can take its toll on our skin. Skin care and cycling are common bedfellows, with everything from chamois creams and embrocations to sunscreens and special detergents to clean technical wear.

But what about repairing damaged skin either from exposure to the elements or the inevitable tumble riders tend to take?

Caroline's Dream has a line of products designed to restore damaged skin. The company is run by Susan Shashok, but takes its name and ethos from Shashok’s grandmother, whose use of medicinal plants and home remedies inspired Shashok. Combined with her own background and search for products effective on sensitive skin, Shashok created Caroline’s Dream to offer products that are both effective and ecologically sound.

All Products Caroline's Dream

Caroline’s Dream is based in Vermont and takes some of its community-based cues from Shashok’s time at Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream maker. Caroline’s Dream products feature thoughtfully sourced ingredients and materials. And Shashok, an avid cyclist, even uses a cargo bike as the company vehicle.

We have a few of the Caroline’s Dream products in for testing, including their Lavender + Sandalwood Cream for dry, damaged skin, which also touts anti-inflamatory properties and is said to be ideal for sensitive skin, the Super Skin Salve designed for severely cracked skin but also good for sunburn and scrapes, the company’s Super Skin Salve, Caroline’s Dream lip balms.

We’ve already taken a liking to the lip balms, which are not as soft as many others on the market, and the Super Skin Salve which has greatly helped with dry hands, albeit leaving a sheen on the skin. And we used the Lavender and Sandalwood cream after a long weekend in the saddle at a training camp and the cream cleared an irritated spot in just two applications.

It goes without saying that riders in particularly sunny climates would serve themselves well to protect their skin while out. But each of us also knows that sometimes we need some after-the-fact care. We’ll be testing the Caroline’s Dream products and will be bringing you a full review in the future.

Susan Shashok
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Wondering about tree nut allergies and Sweet Almond Oil as an ingredient?

Updated May 2021

Navigating food allergies for yourself or a family member can be scary, daunting and fraught with misinformation. I don't make this kind of statement lightly since I know all about it. My eldest son, Nikolas was diagnosed with a tree nut allergy over 17 years ago when he was in elementary school.

I was several years into Caroline's Dream production and my first thought was how many gallons of sweet almond oil had touched my hands, kitchen counters and my son during those years. Had I been causing or complicating his reactions all this time?

Almonds

Luckily, our allergist was quick to explain that the protein in raw nuts is what was triggering my son's skin reaction and that the heat produced during the process of expeller pressing almonds (mechanically grinding and compressing), neutralizes the allergen protein from the resulting oil. What a relief to be able to know the oil I was using in my products was safe for him to touch.

 

Nik & Alex Shashok

 

My business continued to grow along with my sons (that's Nik above with his younger brother, Alex). I never took any extra precautions using Sweet Almond oil as an ingredient and both of my sons enjoy using my products. their favorites are Calendula Cream, Super Skin Salve and Deodorant.

In high school, Nik found that he could eat small amounts of tree nuts without resulting in a reaction. He doesn't worry about eating nuts anymore. 

Every family is different and I respect all the parents out there making the best choices they can for their loved ones. If you have specific product ingredient concerns, please ask, I love answering questions!

Susan

 

Susan Shashok
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