What is a Nootropic? A nootropic is a substance that is designed and proven in clinical settings to increase and enhance mental clarity, creativity, focus and neurochemistry balance. In the integrative health world, nootropics are derived from herbs and minerals that have proven themselves to be healing powerhouses. The nootropic most will be immediately familiar with is – coffee! Caffeine is a powerful nootropic that has been used around the world for hundreds of years, with little side effects. That is the goal of a good, balanced nootropic dose – all the benefits, with none of the negative effects.
More than just a lotion: Our supercharged creams are packed full of therapeutic grade ingredients to nourish your mind, body and soul. Using nootropic substances topically, where they are absorbed through the skin rather than digested and eliminated, has numerous benefits and superior results. When you apply a Topical Nootropic™, you are, in essence, micro dosing the beneficial ingredients over an extended period of time. Since these nutrients are not going through the digestive process, none is lost or diluted, and smaller amounts can be far more effective. Topical application medications have become increasing popular in allopathic medicine as the uptake levels are measured and consistently found very effective. A couple examples of this include the nicotine patch and the birth control patch.
Magnesium is a critical nutrient that our bodies need to drive over 300 enzymatic processes, including regulation of our heart and hormone balance, most notably the fight or flight response that is governed by the sympathetic nervous system and related neurochemistry. We make our magnesium oil from a super pure source deposit that is 1500 feet below the surface of the Earth and over 250 million years old. This is the highest quality topical magnesium that you can purchase. Absorption through the skin is around 80%, vs. a supplement which is around 20%.
Transdermal magnesium is a powerful tool in the battle against magnesium deficiency. Benefits reported by those who use transdermal applications of magnesium relate specifically to its therapeutic application on the skin and its direct absorption into the cells:
Transdermal magnesium is also an easy and convenient, “do it yourself” method of magnesium supplementation, as it avoids the problems of gastrointestinal irritation and diarrhea, through bypassing the digestive system entirely. It passes directly into the tissues via the skin, where it is quickly transported to cells throughout the body. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. Researchers have detected more than 3,750 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins giving an indication of its wide-ranging health effects.
If you're lacking in cellular magnesium, it can lead to the deterioration of your cellular metabolic function and mitochondrial function, which in turn can lead to more serious health problems. The scientific evidence suggests magnesium is particularly important for your heart health. Your heart is the most magnesium dependent organ in your body, and when tissue level begin to drop, the heart senses this and begins to gather the magnesium to itself like a squirrel gathering nuts. It draws the magnesium from your teeth, your muscles, your bones, and your tissues. This ensures that the heart will remain able to function properly, with adequate magnesium levels, but it leaves the rest of the body limping along without magnesium.
It's also very important to have a proper balance between magnesium and calcium, but few people get enough magnesium in their diet these days, while calcium tends to be overused and taken in high quantities. Insufficient magnesium tends to trigger muscle spasms, and this has consequences for your heart in particular. This is especially true if you also have excessive calcium, as calcium causes muscle contractions. Magnesium also functions as an electrolyte, which is crucial for all electrical activity in your body. Without electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium and sodium, electrical signals cannot be sent or received, and without these signals, your heart cannot pump blood and your brain cannot function properly.
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First things first, what even is a skin microbiome?
Much like our gut, our skin is also inhabited by a number of “healthy” bacteria, yeast, and viruses, which are collectively known as the skin microbiome. “A healthy microbiome is essential for optimal skin and gut health,” says Dr. Pearl Grimes, dermatologist and president of the Women's Dermatological Society. “The healthy organisms at both sites suppress the detrimental effects of natural residents or invading microorganisms.”
However, our skin’s microbiome can easily become disrupted and thrown off balance. As Grimes explains, a variety of factors can contribute to this imbalance, including skin-care products we use daily, like soaps and moisturizers that contain harsh ingredients. Other things that could wreak havoc on our microbiomes, according to Margo Weishar, M.D., of Springhouse Dermaesthetics, include environmental stress (hello, pollution!), acne treatments, and skin conditions, like eczema, that affect our skin's barrier functions. If all that seems overwhelming, don't worry—there are remedies available.
Is this where probiotics come in?
Yes! In fact, there are three different categories of treatments to help regulate your microbiome, which Weishar breaks down for us: “Prebiotics are composed of substances that help promote the growth of helpful bacteria, while probiotics contain the actual bacteria. Lastly, there are postbiotics, which contain substances produced by bacteria that are helpful to the skin.”
Out of these three, probiotics have become the best-known, coming to the rescue as a means of rebalancing the skin by introducing helpful bacteria missing from our microbiomes. Raw organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar contains all three forms.
So are all topical probiotics just a means of slathering living bacteria on our faces?
No! Actually, not all probiotics are the same—they don't even all contain living bacteria. As David Pollock, beauty chemist, consultant, and the brains behind Just Ask David, explains, many products have preservative systems which kill the live bacteria microbes, making the cultures deactivated—but still effective. “The challenge is how to bring out the benefits of fermentation and probiotics when the microbe is no longer live,” he says. So while, yes, probiotic skin care involves putting products full of bacteria on our skin, most commercial topicals are, in essence, dead. Our unique proprietary formula is able to bypass the need for harsh chemical preservatives by using ONLY our homemade raw probiotic Apple Cider Vinegar and pure magnesium oil in our topicals. There is zero water in the recipe, and therefor zero need for chemical preservatives.
But what are the specific benefits of topical probiotics?
Dr. Grimes says that “topical skin-care regimens containing probiotics have been shown to establish a healthy skin pH, reduce inflammation, reduce the deleterious effects of pollution on the skin, as well as functioning as skin antioxidants."
Additionally, Grimes says that many people with specific skin concerns should look into using probiotics: “Recent studies have shown that probiotic strains have the ability to reduce abnormal pigmentation and improve fine lines and wrinkles. Skin conditions that have been shown to benefit from topical probiotics include atopic dermatitis, acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, sebhorrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis.”
As Weishar explains, many acne treatments work by killing all bacteria on the skin—both bad and good. This can cause even more problems, though, and some think that probiotics allow the skin to learn how to regulate itself better. Weishar says, “I’m very excited by the idea of using a patient’s natural ecology of bacteria on the skin to help fight acne, rosacea, eczema, and more to help promote a beautiful, glowing complexion. It’s wonderful to use the body’s own knowledge to heal itself.”
Our homemade, raw, unfiltered organic Apple Cider Vinegar, when used topically, is a powerful shield. Our skin is our largest and most vulnerable microbiome. Our immune system is largely dependent on the healthy functioning of our gut, which is easily overwhelmed by toxins in our environment. When we protect and balance our skin with topical probiotics like ACV, it allows our internal gut microbiome to function better, as it no longer has to do both microbiome’s jobs. Healing starts on the smallest scale.
Tourmaline is a beautiful mineral that is naturally occurring in igneous and metamorphic rock. It has unique properties in relation to electromagnetism – it repels non native EMF (electromagnetic frequencies) such as those emitted by your WiFi router or cell phone, and harvests beneficial natural EMFs such as infrared light. Tourmaline is both piezoelectric and pyroelectric, meaning that when is it exposed to heat and pressure – such as is generated when you rub on a lotion – it begins to create and emit its own energy source in the form of infrared light. Our mitochondria, which are the energy source of our cells, are insatiable for infrared light. Studies have shown the dramatic healing response of mitochondria when exposed to different nanometer wavelengths of infrared light. Our products use the wavelength of 830-850 nanometers, which has been clinically shown to regenerate bone, cleanse blood of bacteria and viruses, encourage collagen production, and generate ATP – adenosine triphosphate. Adenosine Triphosphate is the primary energy carrier in all living organisms on earth. Microorganisms capture and store energy metabolized from food and light sources in the form of ATP.
The Tourmaline gemstone is a semi-precious mineral similar to granite. With colors ranging from magenta to teal-blue, meadow-green to vibrant yellow, and even black, tourmaline gets its name from the Singhalese phrase "tura mali," which means, "stone mixed with vibrant colors." It's believed that no two tourmaline stones have the exact same color and it's historically revered as a "magic" stone that is capable of protecting whoever wore it. Although it might be a stretch to say tourmaline has supernatural powers, it does have the uncommon and very special ability to generate an electric charge and emit negative ions and far infrared rays.
What are Far Infrared Rays?
Far infrared rays are invisible waves of energy. They’re able to penetrate all layers of the human body and reach the inner-most regions of tissues, muscles and bone. Through this, far infrared rays and negative ions gently soothe, stimulate and detoxify the body and mind. Negative ions are also incredibly important in determining mood. Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York, has researched negative ions and reports, "The action of the pounding surf creates negative air ions and we also see it immediately after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods." Additional research has shown that mood disorders may be improved just as well through negative ion generators as antidepressants – but without the negative side effects. Why? Because these ions promote oxygenation to the brain and regeneration of the blood.
The Health Benefits of Tourmaline Gemstone
Tourmaline emits far infrared radiation in the 4-14 micron wavelength. Electromagnetic radiation in the far infrared range is able to boost the immune system and promote detoxification. In fact, far infrared therapy is widely used in Japan by Kikohshi, people who heal by the laying of hands.
Make no mistake, tourmaline is a powerful ally when your body is in need of detoxification. The far infrared rays created by tourmaline actually produce the same resonance in the body that is normally found in water. This form of resonance absorption helps relieve stress, increase alertness, stimulate circulation, and boost the immune system. Here are just a few of the powerful effects from tourmaline.
Does Tourmaline Improve Physical or Sexual Performance?
Many professional athletes have reported great performance improvements after using therapeutic gemstones like tourmaline. Olympic swimming champion, Glen Christiansen, reportedly stated that, "The green tourmaline necklace gives me a lot of strength and allows me to recover faster from hard workouts." She also added, "Curiously enough, it gives me more sexual interest and power." This isn't the first time it's been suggested that tourmaline may have affect sexual response. Tourmaline, which favorably influences circulation, has been reported to boost vitality and vigor in both men and women.
Tourmaline emits far infrared rays and produces the best effects when your body is in close proximity. For that reason, tourmaline, and many energy-emitting stones, are commonly incorporated into jewelry. Some people simply keep tourmaline in their home or office so it's energy can broadcast right into their environment. We've included tourmaline in our Detox Poultices and Kits to support the removal of toxins from the body.