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Skin Health

CBD oil is well-known for its pain alleviating properties and its useful benefits of helping relieve anxiety, but many people aren’t aware of the beauty benefits associated with it. CBD oils have the ability to alleviate skin conditions like acne, dry skin, and eczema.

In 2009, Trends in Pharmacological Sciences published an article about the endogenous cannabinoid system (often referred to as ECS or endocannabinoids), named for the plant that led to its discovery. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body. They serve several functions, but scientists have also discovered that they play a role in skin health. Endocannabinoids control how rapidly your skin cells reproduce, which cells survive and how your immune system interacts with your skin cells.

Problems with acne have long plagued many people, but even with the multitude of acne products on the market, there still doesn’t seem to be a definitive cure for it. CBD oil has been found to be a viable treatment for acne due to its anti-inflammatory effects and how it regulates sebum production. Sebum is a waxy, oily substance that is secreted by the sebaceous gland. Its purpose is to keep the skin and hair moisturized, but for some people those glands enlarge and produce more sebum than necessary, causing acne. Sebum production is affected by hormones, pituitary, and adrenal gland disorders, medications and many other factors. The Journal of Clinical Investigation performed a study to see if CBD oil would normalize the “pro-acne agent”. Positive effects were found to help control acne.

To use CBD oil on the skin, it is best to mix it with a carrier oil such as argan oil or shea butter. After mixing equal parts, apply directly to the skin.

If you have struggled with acne or know someone who has, check out Indie Green Market’s CBD oil today!

 

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Sports Psychology – the Effects of Pain on Performance

In the world of athletics, skill level isn’t the only aspect that plays a role in the outcome of a game. Compatibility and cooperation are important factors in success in sports. Along with positive attitudes and proper teamwork skills, maintaining your mental and physical health are crucial.


Any athlete can agree that muscle pain can slow your role, but there are options to alleviate the soreness you may encounter following an intense workout. Epsom salt baths, stretching routines, and a number of CBD products can conquer your aches and pains.

It is important to keep your health in mind so you can perform to your greatest potential. With CBD infused products, recovery is reached without harsh chemicals or side effects. Not only will CBD increase your athletic potential, but it will improve your quality of life as a whole. Taking advantage of the benefits of CBD can expand your capabilities and better your state of mind.

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Green Foods: Matcha Edition

On a hot day, nothing tastes as good as a glass of lemonade. But lemonade tastes so good because it is effectively sugar water! This recipe is free of the granulated sugar that most recipes include and instead includes some superfoods: honey, lemons, and matcha.

Honey is pretty standard in most kitchens; some people put it in their tea, others use it as marinade or glaze. Until recently, honey hasn’t gotten enough credit for its utility as a sweetener. Not only is it a natural way to thoroughly sweeten drinks (without the weird, flowery taste of stevia), it packs a punch health wise. Honey is full of antibiotics and is also nature’s salve- healing sore throats and preventing sickness.

In this recipe, the sweetness of honey is balanced by the fragrant tang of lemons. Drinking lemon juice to start your day or throughout your day could not be better for you. Between its skin-clearing properties, digestion assistance, and vitamin C, lemon juice is exactly what you want to be putting in your body.

While lemons and honey are not surprising ingredients for lemonade, you may not even know where matcha is located in your grocery store! Matcha has gained popularity in American culture recently, soaring to the coveted status of “superfood.” Matcha is essentially ground up green tea leaves- meaning you are consuming the whole tea leaf and loading up on its benefits. Its most touted benefit is its antioxidant level, but matcha particularly shines in this drink because of its metabolism boosting abilities. Alongside the digestion aid of lemons, and the hydration of water, matcha turns this lemonade into the drink you should have in your hand all day long.

Matcha Lemonade

6 large lemons (or about 12 ounces of juice)
2 teaspoons Matcha powder
Honey to taste
32 ounces filtered water

 

Directions:

1. Juice lemons into the pitchers where you’d like to store your drink. Ensure no stray seeds get into the juice.
2. Add matcha and honey.
3. Pour water over these ingredients to begin the mixing of the drink.
4. Mix or whisk all ingredients together, breaking up the clumps of matcha powder. (Note: this drink will settle, so be prepared to mix it up before every serving.)
5. Store in the refrigerator and serve over ice.

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Dry Skin Solutions

One time I went to Sephora and had my skin tested with their “Moisture Meter.” I didn’t even get to hear my result before the woman assisting me said, “Oh, baby…” and ran off to find anything she could put on my skin before it cracked open or burst into flames from lack of hydration. So, all this is to say that my skin is foundationally dehydrated while also being acne-prone. In my very biased opinion, this is the worst skin type because I feel like if I try to fix one problem, the other gets worse.

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