The most important building block for your health

A friend suggested I should listen to a podcast by a renowned ‘Podcaster’ called Joe Rogan. If you do not know what podcasts are, in a nutshell, they are more often than not audio documentaries. You can listen to about just about any subject under the sun.

Some are made by experts and some are made by interested amateurs. I have dabbled and have made a series of five podcasts called ‘Working with nature’. What is great about Joe Rogan is that he doesn’t know lots but is curious. So he gets experts on and asks them all the questions that you and I may well have.

This particular podcast saw him interview a sleep expert, Matthew Walker. It was fascinating and as the interview continued my jaw just about dropped to the floor and continued to drop throughout. Sleep is an astounding thing. A miracle that many of us neglect and it will have profound effects upon our future health.

Mr Walker suggested that if you go in for any kind of elective surgery the first question you should ask your surgeon is, “How much sleep have you had in the last 24 hours?”


Lack of sleep reduces your performance

Losing just one hour of sleep from the optimum of 7-9 hours makes you as impaired in your thinking ability and motor skills as being over the alcohol limit when driving a car!

Did you know that the best sleep experiment we have occurs twice a year when the clocks go forward or back? 1.8 billion people take part in this experiment. In March as we lose an hour of sleep, every single year, consistently on that day, heart attacks increase by 21%. In the Autumn, when we gain an hour, heart attacks drop by 24%.

There is a culture of sleep machismo where people claim they can get by on just a few hours sleep each day. Famously both Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan spoke about this. What happened to them both? They got dementia diseases. Of course there are other factors but sleep deprivation is a very important one.

The modern world is at odds with our body's needs.

With the advent of electric lights we have gradually lost our quality of sleep and the time we should be sleeping. Midnight is called that because it should be the middle of the night. For most of us it is perhaps an hour or so after we have gone to bed. Whether we like it or not our body has natural rhythms more in tune with sunlight and darkness than the world we have created. This is making us all tired and sick.

Night shifts contribute to cancer

The link between night shift work and cancer is well established and there is no way to escape this issue with good sleep during the day.

I could go on but would urge you to listen to this remarkable discussion on ‘The Joe Rogan Podcast’.

What can we do to help ourselves? Firstly, go to bed and read a book. Do not read from a kindle, a phone or any tech. We now know that reading a real book calms your system but using tech does not. So no screens an hour before sleep. Got it?

Ensure you are going to bed at a time that allows you to rest and sleep for between 7 and 9 hours. You cannot cheat your way out of sleep deprivation.

Do not use sleeping pills. You may think you have slept but your body has not been able to go through the appropriate natural processes to repair and renew.

Natural sleep remedies

We have had lots of people report better quality sleep using CBD One Release patches which do not have the chemical cosh effects of pharmaceuticals.

Having a drink of chamomile, valerian or melissa tea is also useful to calm your system. There are lots of lovely sleepy teas available. Celestial Seasonings, Dr Stuarts and Yogi teas are all excellent.

Passiflora from A.Vogel is a great herbal sleep tincture.

There is also the rather lovely Melissa Dream supplement from Nordic Labs that we have on our shelves.

Alcohol disrupts sleep so the ‘night cap’ idea simply does not stand up to scrutiny. In fact, scientists found that alcohol stops the deep sleep you require. When it wears off your body goes into a burst of intense dream activity to try to make up for the lost time from having used alcohol.

Truly sleep is your best companion for a long healthy life. Embrace it!

The best natural remedies for joint injury

When I began my training to become an osteopath back in 1999 I can recall our very first practical class. There were 54 students attending and only 17 of us made it through the next five years.

Before the class began our tutor reminded us all that we owed it to our patients to be good health role models. I’m not sure how well I do on that front all the time – crisps are my weakness! And having had two niggly knee injuries (and a beautiful 4 year old and two year daughter to enjoy) my exercise routine has been sporadic recently.

However, last weekend I was given the perfect opportunity to practice what I preach when it comes to a health problem.

I tripped and fell over, spraining my ankle. My wife heard the bump downstairs and came rushing up and proceeded to laugh at me.

I was able to put my weight on it and walk and we had to go out that day so we did. Aside from a slight limp and being very careful on uneven surfaces I managed ok. However, that evening the swelling and pain really kicked in.

Acute inflammation is a healing response, not a problem.

This swelling and pain is the inflammatory response. This is a healing response. The swelling is your body rushing its repair teams to the problem. It also limits the movement in the joint to prevent further harm occurring.

There is generally a delay between doing the injury and getting the pain and swelling. Our body has to harness its resources and recognise the problem before it acts. We are not a machine with an on/off button. Nature requires time to act.

Thus, on the evening of the injury I was not a happy bunny. I could only slide my foot along the floor and it was extremely painful. Fortunately for my wife she was out with friends, saving her from my very sorry self.

At this point my mind turned to the best natural remedies for a joint injury.

I used arnica cream as soon as I had done the injury and reapplied several times that day. CBD appears to help repair processes so I used that and I put my foot and ankle in an Epsom salts foot bath. For medicinal purposes only I drank one large whisky in the evening and that really did ease the pain.

Fisiocrem arnica cream
A 250ml tube of arnica, calendula, tea trea and hypericum cream

Pain free repetitive movement helps injuries heal stronger.

I also put my foot up and kept moving it a few millimetres up and down in the pain free range all evening. We know that pain free movement helps damaged tissue repair with less scarring and stronger than it was before.

Avoid suppressants such as anti-inflammatory drugs.

I did not take anti-inflammatory drugs. These may well ease the pain but they suppress the repair process.

By the next morning the swelling was very noticeable, but my movement had improved enough to use the clutch on my car, albeit with great care.

I continued to apply arnica and also used comfrey oil.

By the end of the weekend I felt I would be able to work that week. And by Monday morning I could walk without a limp although I had to be cautious on uneven surfaces. Our ankle does a lot of adjustive movements for uneven surfaces so this stresses it more than walking in a straight line.

You can do healing work in your car!

Whilst driving to work I made sure I kept moving my foot up and down and have continued to do that all week. Now, one week on, the swelling has all but gone along with the pain. It will be a good 6 to 8 weeks before it will be fully healed but it is well on the way.

Despite all manner of clever advancements in medicine we have yet to find a way of speeding up the healing process. We can throw all manner of machines, drugs and natural methods at a ligament injury. Yet it remains a 6-8 week process so I would argue it is better to focus on allowing the healing to take place effectively.

There you have it, no drugs and no GP, we can take charge of our own healing for such problems. Use arnica quickly, take CBD if you can and keep the injury moving in the pain free range.

The cholesterol question

Are you worried about your cholesterol levels? Been told they are too high by your doctor? Perhaps even taking a statin?

If so you are probably avoiding fat, butter, animal fats, cream and full fat milk which is what the mainstream advice keeps telling us. You may even feel bad when you eat such foods and fret about your ticker exploding!

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Our precious heart

Many of us take a processed weird spread that alludes to being made with olive oil when there is barely any in it, or even a cholesterol reducing spread.

In my experience there is precious little food that improves with adding artificial ingredients or that tries to mimic real food.

If any of the above seems familiar I would direct you to the work of eminent cardiologist Aseem Malhotra and the quite brilliant Ivor Cummins. All the above is quite simply illogical nonsense that does not reflect how your body works or how it goes wrong.

We have growing evidence that the real problem rests with insulin resistance. This is the inability of your body to respond to increases in blood sugar caused by eating too many processed carbohydrates. This is often linked to fatty liver disease which is caused by too many breads, pastas, cereals and sugars all of which are carbohydrates. Aside from sugar all the other foods have been pushed at us as low fat and high fibre when in reality our body converts such foods into fat. Yes fat free foods like shredded wheat can actually make you fat, even with that hopeless fat free white liquid known as skimmed milk soaking it

We also understand now that those who have high cholesterol are super sensitive to carbohydrates so if you have been told you have high cholesterol you do not take a statin, you stop eating processed carbs.

Of course that choice requires you taking charge of your own health, do you want to do that? Or do you prefer to allow the vast pharma empire to make money from you with precious little evidence the drug they give you does any good at all, in fact, we know these drugs cause great harm in some people and I have seen this in my osteopathic practice.

 There are some very important vitamins and minerals that can also help you. 70-80% of people are deficient in magnesium. Try the amazing nano magnesium which is rapidly absorbed into your body where much magnesium is not.

If you do not eat much fat you need to take vitamin K2. This is not expensive but is very important. It helps prevent varicose veins, may even reverse the aging process, helps regulate blood sugars, has a role in fertility and can even prevent kidney stones!

Please make sure you get sun exposure although this time of year that will not generate vitamin D so a supplement of it is important now. There are a number of high quality Vitamin D supplements. PharmaNord is excellent but there are plenty of others.

If you are on a statin and too worried to come off it because of the powerful message your GP has given you then please take a Co-enzyme Q10 supplement because this is vital for cardiovascular health, your immune system and energy production but statins deplete it from your body.

We are now charging headlong towards winter and the insanity of our fuel bills. I for one am not taking this end result of obscene greed lying down but I will not start telling you what I am up to (unless you pop into my clinic where I will happily tell you) save to say it is nothing illegal. All I would ask is that each and every one of you stand up against this madness in your own ways. Together, as a community, we can make remarkable changes but only if we all come together to act.

Winter brings its own challenges to our body and there is much we can do to provide strong armour against ill health, much like the above, we can be proactive to have the best chance of a vibrant, healthy winter season.

Firstly, move your body every day and get fresh air, yes even damp, windy, wet fresh air every day. Autumn and Winter bring their own unique beauty to our land, so go outside and take a look and take pleasure in it. Just taking pleasure in nature will boost your immune system, regardless of the weather.

Right now it seems we are being conditioned to be afraid of the weather – stay inside it it’s too wet, too windy, too sunny, keep your children inside on a hot day. I saw a weatherman saying thousands of us were going to die in the couple of rather warm days and nights we had recently. I find all of this rather bizarre. Now on any day that is a ‘too much weather’ kind of day it is noticeably quieter than ever on the High street in Garstang, It’s almost like we are allowing ourselves to be locked down by the weather, which does not help anyone have good health.

However, there are a whole host of effective immune supplements for you to try as well as foods that are important.

All the foods that contain Vitamin C are useful such as kiwi fruit and citrus fruits. But be careful with fruit, no more than two a day please to ensure you are not taking in too much sugar. A most neglected source of health bringing foods is liver, kidney and offal in general. Whilst I appreciate that is not to everyone’s taste (it used to be) and vegetarians et al may turn away, there is no more potent source of goodness. One helping of liver a week provides most of the vital nutrients your body needs for the week.Pharmanord Vitamin D 5000iu

The perennial favourite is Vogel’s echinacea which comes as drops, tablets and even a brilliant sore throat spray. It is in such high demand that we have to pre order months ahead of winter arriving.

Vitamin D is vital at this time of year and we should all take it. Multivitamins tend to only have 400iu of Vitamin D in them but I would say taking anywhere between 1000iu and 5000iu daily is sensible. Pharma Nord do superb pharmaceutical grade Vitamin D though there are many other good quality ones too.

Taking a good probiotic is also useful, this aids your gut health and if that is doing well then so is your immune system. To be clear, your gut is the most important centre for all your good health, including your mental wellbeing.

We must not neglect the powerhouse that is CBD. This is the great balancer of your body and most definitely has a very positive influence on your health. CBD One provide the finest CBD on the planet made by specialist hemp seed farmers, nobody else makes it this way. Go have a look at their website.

Prepare for winter and be proactive in your health habits, we are not sitting ducks waiting to become ill.

  1. Is Dr Hauschka Vegan
  2. Is Dr Hauschka Cruelty Free
  3. Is Dr Hauschka Products Safe
  4. Are Dr Hauschka Products Good

Want an award winning body care or cosmetic product? Check. 

Need it to be cruelty free? Check. 

Do you require it to be organic? Check. 

Free from harmful chemicals? Check. 

Made in harmony with nature and your body? Check. 

Need lots of vegan options? Check. 

Manufactured with planet earth in mind, sustainable and ethical? Check. 

Does it make you feel great when you use it? Check 

Must it be effective? Of course! Check. 

So how much do you want to pay for this? If You’re expecting to get a highlighter, blush and bronzer palette for £7.95 then walk away now, you’re looking in the wrong place. There are plenty of places for you to buy cheap make up and body care online and on the high street. 

However, just because you get a superb product and all the above stand out qualities does not mean you will blow your budget. 

As an example, the wonderful Dr Hauschka Cleansing cream which balances and revitalises your skin is just £16 for 50ml. 

Compare that to Estee Lauder’s multi effect face and neck cream which costs £14.95 for just 15ml. Yet this has none of the ethics or natural harmony that Dr Hauschka UK has. 

Dermalogica’s toning lotion is £35 for 250ml whilst 100ml of Dr Hauschka’s facial toner is £25.50. Whilst this might appear to mean it works out more expensive, which is true, is it really so much more for the standard of safe and ethical product you will be buying? 

A quick look at the Dermalogica product and we can see that it contains the following ingredients:  

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol, Proline, Propylene Glycol, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Parietaria Officinalis Extract, Ricinoleth-40, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Linalool, Polyquaternium-4, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, and Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil. 

A grand total of 30 different ingredients, many of which I simply do not understand or recognise.  

In the natural health world there is a simple rule, if you do not recognise something on the ingredients list of a product then the chances are your body will not recognise these either! Thus, as a simple rule of thumb, things we do not recognise that we will be eating or putting on our skin are best avoided. 

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Whilst the Dr Hauschka’s facial toner contains just the following ingredients: 

Aqua, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana Bark/Leaf Extract, Parfum, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Citral

A total of just 11 ingredients and whilst I may not know why all those ingredients are being used (I’m not a cosmetics manufacturer), I can certainly understand them all. 

Therefore, the simpler, less chemically laden product not only compares very favourably in price but will deliver excellent results. 

Dr Hauschka balancing day lotion at £26.50 compares nicely against Citron de Vigne’s Fresh Body Lotion which is priced at £24. 

Of course it is easy to cherry pick products and prices to make my point but the simple fact is there are cheap products, middle of the road products and very expensive products on the cosmetics and body care market and whether you choose Dr Hauschka balancing day lotion, Dr Hauschka’s facial toner, Dr Hauschka Cleansing cream or any other of the beautiful products in the Dr Hauschka range it is most definitely worth the money. 

A comparable product to the Dr Hauschka Cleansing Milk with a similar ethical approach is a vegan and organic product from the perfume club that is £41.84 which is not far off double the price! 

Dr Hauschka is made with the highest standards in mind but certainly does not come in as the most expensive product. In fact, it has less ingredients than most artificially enhanced cosmetic and body care ranges but helps nature and us all by being ethical and sustainable.  

It is also safe which means you are far less likely to get unpleasant skin reactions or other allergic reactions when using the range. 

It may not be the cheapest body care and cosmetics range on the market but nor is it the most expensive. It comes with a set of values and ethics that are second to none and the range really does work.  

All you need to do is speak with a Dr Hauschka trained aesthetician and you will be given the right guidance to get the best from the products.  

These highly experienced and skilled aestheticians can also provide fabulous treatments with the Dr Hauschka UK range. 

In a nutshell – yes Dr Hauschka UK products are most definitely worth the money! 

  1. Is Dr Hauschka Worth The Money
  2. Is Dr Hauschka Cruelty Free
  3. Is Dr Hauschka Products Safe
  4. Are Dr Hauschka Products Good

Perhaps a good place to start when addressing this question is to look at what vegan means in the context of skincare and cosmetic products. 

A vegan diet is relatively easy to understand. Vegans will not consume food made from animals or animal by-products such as cheese or milk.  

This means vegans consume foods in their diet that are 100% plant based. 

This general rule of exempting animal products and by-products is quite simply applied to skincare and cosmetic products. This means certain products are ruled out for their use which you might find quite surprising. 

Some examples of commonly used animal by-products in skincare are things like beeswax, honey and propolis wax. Silk powder, lanolin (an excellent moisturiser), carmine (a colourant derived from beetles) and milk sugar. 

It is worth noting that vegan and cruelty free are not interchangeable terms and it is also perfectly possible to have an animal product that is not created with cruel methods. A simple example is lanolin which is created when sheep’s wool is washed. This does not hurt the sheep and is actually quite important so that their coat can be sheared to ensure it does not get too heavy. However, vegan products will avoid such a substance.  

The products made by Dr Hauschka contain ingredients that are mainly of vegetable origin such as Dr. Hauschka Rose Bath Essence but there are some products which contain ingredients that are sourced from the animal kingdom. 

Therefore it is important to read the label and packaging which will be quite clear if the product you are looking at is vegan. 

Because of Dr Hauschka’s approach to ethics they always consider the importance of each ingredient in a product before using it. A useful example is that on occasion they will use beeswax because it can be really valuable in a natural skincare product. However, it is an animal by-product. Dr Hauschka takes the viewpoint that they will look at all the kingdom’s of nature for the most effective ingredients and the animal kingdom is just as important as the plant kingdom. 

If they do take something from nature they always do so with the view that it should be done in a sustainable way that maintains a healthy environment and with the highest quality of product in mind too. 

Please find below a list of all Dr Hauschka products that are vegan. This list was compiled in March 2022. NB not all these products are currently available in the UK 

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Facial care

Clarifying Clay Mask  

Dr Hauschka Cleansing Cream  

Clarifying Day Oil  

Clarifying Steam Bath  

Clarifying Toner  

Eye Make-up Remover  

Eye Revive  

Dr Hauschka Facial Toner  

Soothing Day Lotion  

Soothing Intensive Treatment  

Melissa Day Cream  

Night Serum  

Revitalising Day Lotion (formerly Revitalising Day Cream)  

Dr Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk  

Translucent Bronzing Tint 

Regenerating care 

Regenerating Body Cream  

Regenerating Day Cream  

Intensive Regenerating Oil  

Serum Intensive  

Dr. Hauschka MED

Ice Plant Shampoo  

Potentilla Soothing Cream  

Rhassoul Cream Shampoo  

Saltwater Sensitive Toothpaste 

Decorative cosmetics  

Concealer 001, 01-04  

Eye Definer 00, 01, 02, 04, 05  

Foundation 001,002, 01-07  

Light Reflecting Concealer 

Body Care 

Almond Soothing Body Cream  

Birch Arnica Energising Body Oil  

Blackthorn Toning Body Oil  

Hayflower Cardamom Cleansing Lotion  

Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Cream  

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalizing Bath Essence  

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk  

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil  

Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence  

Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil  

Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil  

Neem Nail & Cuticle Pen  

Quince Hydrating Body  

Milk Revitalising Leg and Arm Tonic  

Rose Nurturing Body Oil  

Rose Deodorant  

Rose Nurturing Bath Essence  

Sage Purifying Bath Essence  

Sage Mint Deodorant  

Spruce Warming Bath Essence  

Stone Pine Sea Salt Cleansing Gel 

Hair care 

Conditioner Hair Oil (Strengthening Hair Treatment) Shampoo 

Therefore, whilst not every Dr Hauschka product is vegan there is a substantial list of those that are. Those that are not declared vegan have been carefully sourced and manufactured with a profound respect for the natural world and for their effectiveness. 

The very heart and soul of all Dr Hauschka products is that they are  made in harmony with nature and to be in harmony with your body. I would suggest that to get the best out of their range you consult with a Dr Hauschka Aesthetician who knows the range inside out and can match them to your needs. 

Here at Garstang health food store we have the wonderful Bridgett who has worked with these products for years and has a wealth of experience to support you through your decision making process. Please call us to book your consultation with Bridgett.  

Rest assured with the right advice and support you will see the benefits and know that these truly are products with a conscience attached. 

  1. Is Dr Hauschka Vegan
  2. Is Dr Hauschka Worth The Money
  3. Is Dr Hauschka Products Safe
  4. Are Dr Hauschka Products Good

The very heart and soul of all Dr Hauschka UK products is that they are cruelty free, ethical and effective. 

Dr Hauschka never tests the component ingredients of any of their products on animals. In addition it does not test finished products made up of ingredients, many of which are grown on their own farm in Germany, on animals. 

They do not sell their products to any suppliers or third parties who use animal testing and significantly they will also not sell their products into countries that allow animal testing to take place. 

The brand Dr Hauschka also has PETA certification, an international organisation whose full name is People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals. They lobby and campaign across the global to eradicate animal testing and by extension animal cruelty from science. 

From the very beginning the classic Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream and all other Dr Hauschka products have foregone all testing on animals. 

Animal testing has been banned in Europe since 2013 but in some places it is still a legal requirement to have cosmetics tested on animals before they can be used and sold to humans. This is the case with China. 

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Whilst the initial idea behind animal testing was to prevent harm to people it became quite clear that it was an ineffective method of evaluating a product for human use. 

The simple fact is that animals may react in completely different ways to humans, therefore, we get no real understanding of how a product may work, or not, in a person. 

Not only is it the case that an animal may react very differently to a human but In addition, different species of animals can also react in totally different ways to the same chemical compound meaning the results cannot be relied upon. Therefore, if a rabbit reacts differently to a cosmetic test than a dog what are we actually learning that can be applied to use in humans. And the simple answer to this is that, sadly, for all the suffering that is caused we learn next to nothing that is useful. 

I do wonder why on earth anyone thought testing on animals, when there are so many inconsistencies and unreliability with the results, was a good idea. 

Sadly humans have inflicted enormous pain and suffering on countless animals in a futile search for ‘safe’ products. It really is an odd, dysfunctional way of thinking that in a bid to save humans we must maim, abuse and cause suffering in other animals. 

My wife uses Dr Hauschka products and her daily routine uses Dr Hauschka Melissa Day Cream and she would be mortified at the thought it had been made for her by harming other sentient animals. 

Whilst it is now good to see many more cosmetic brands becoming cruelty free it has to be said that Dr Hauschka has been a beacon of common sense and kindness since 1967. 

When the founders of Dr Hauschka began looking for ethical, cruelty free plant based products they actually went back to ancient books to look at common knowledge from another time. 

It is a simple fact that we have lost much wise, tried and tested folk knowledge in the realms of good health and nature. Of course, this loss has been deliberately encouraged by those who stand to make vast profits from us becoming dependent upon pharmaceutical products and artificial compounds. Compounds that actually, ironically, often mimic natural plant extracts but without the subtlety and synergy that nature provides for us.  

Therefore, the founders looked back to books from medieval sources that had valuable information in them that helped them, this ancient knowledge was used to safely create modern products. 

The advantage with this approach is that these old remedies and ideas had already been tried and tested. Whilst the new products created had to be tested they were doing so on the shoulders of already well trodden paths and methods from, quite often, hundreds of years ago! 

Because the good folks at Dr Hauschka use cutting edge science combined with tried and tested ancient wisdom they have blended the best of both worlds to create products that are works of art as well as being effective.  

H2 - Is Dr Hauschka Cruelty Free

In a nutshell, products like the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream UK are completely cruelty free. 

In fact the whole Dr. Hauschka UK range is cruelty free, ethically sourced and not only works in harmony with nature but also with your body. 

  1. Is Dr Hauschka Vegan
  2. Is Dr Hauschka Worth The Money
  3. Is Dr Hauschka Products Cruelty Free
  4. Are Dr Hauschka Products Good

Before we examine the beautiful quality, ethos and standards of Dr Hauschka products it is worth looking at standard cosmetics so we have a comparison to make. 

There are all manner of bizarre chemical compounds in modern cosmetic products that, quite frankly, should not be there. Some things to look out for are the following: 

Dioxane which is in liquid soaps, children’s bubble bath and some shampoos. It is highly toxic and a known cause of cancer. It is estimated it is in approximately 22% of all cosmetics. However, you will not see it listed on the ingredients. It forms when a combination of Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), PEG compounds and chemicals with xynol, oleth, or ceteareth in their name are mixed together. 

Another common toxin is Benzophenone. It is a hormone disruptor and can contribute to fertility issues as well as other hormone problems. Please avoid any cosmetic that has Benzone in the ingredients list. 

Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone are highly toxic chemicals that disrupt our nervous system. They are allowed to be used in cosmetics but in Europe they are restricted to no more than 0.01% in any product. I would strongly advise you to stay away from them completely. 

PABA is used in sun screens though it is now banned in Europe it is still allowed to be used in the USA and is a thyroid gland disruptor. Avoid it at all costs.  

Mercury is used in skin lightening products in East Asia, Africa and India. It is highly toxic and can contribute to many health issues from dementia to autoimmune diseases. It is a poison, plain and simple. 

There is a long and sorry list of poisons of one kind or another being put in our standard cosmetic products. I would suggest you avoid basically all cosmetics from supermarkets and large stores with the popular brands. Many of them will contain highly toxic chemicals that cause more problems for you. 

The safest place to source safe cosmetics today is at your local independent health food store where they will have spent time ensuring what they sell is safe. 

This brings us to the simple question, are Dr Hauschka products safe? And the simple answer to this is a resounding, “Yes!” but perhaps looking at why they are safe will help us understand more about the care and quality of their products. 

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The classic Rose Day Cream has become the signature for Dr Hauschka products and was introduced in 1967. For over 50 years it has been tried and tested and proven safe but so much work went into creating it before it hit the shop shelves. 

The starting point in the life of a Dr Hauschka product begins with an idea. This is usually inspired by the needs of the customers who use Dr Hauschka. 

The next step is to work out what plant or plant extracts will be used and a source for them has to be found. Quite often this will be a plant that is grown on their own farm but of course the plant has to be grown and harvested at the right time. 

This process can take some time and once the first plant extracts have been sourced and harvested ready for use a whole series of tests must take place to ensure that the extracts are effective and safe. This can involve lab work and Dr Hauschka aestheticians testing on themselves. 

When this first series of tests has taken place it can still take another year to allow the full crop of plants to be grown and harvested for use.  

It may take the Dr Hauschka team two or three years just to ensure they have the right plant materials that are safe, ethical and organic as well as being effective. 

Then it can take another two to three years to actually develop the product to the right standards that have ethics, effectiveness and safety at their heart. 

Whilst the Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream has become a standard for the brand my wife would have to confess that she loves the Melissa Day Cream more but then it better suits her skin type. The great thing with Dr Hauschka is that there is a product out there for everyone. 

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And because of their ethos and high standards it is very safe to assert that Dr Hauschka products are safe. 

Having been tested on staff and users of the Dr Hauschka range we can also say that they are cruelty free. There is no animal testing involved and everyone who participates in their testing process does so voluntarily. 

There has always been a misconception that because a product is organic and cruelty free it may not be as effective as the standard brands available at department stores and cosmetic counters across the land. Without a doubt I can say that Dr Hauschka stands up in its quality and effectiveness to any other brand. 

In addition, it also stands the test of price, being of higher quality but still being competitive on the price. 

To conclude, Dr Hauschka products are safe and work brilliant. What are you waiting for? Try it! 

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 There is a lazy view that natural and organic cosmetic products will not be as good as standard cosmetic products.  

 Dr Hauschka products definitely prove this to be wrong. 

 People have a tendency to think that natural, organic makeup won’t last as long, it won’t be as varied and will be much more expensive. Or that the soaps don’t lather up well or the perfume fades quicker or even that the deodorant will not work. 

 It is something of a myth and natural and organic products like those created by Dr Hauschka have come a long way since they first appeared. Many of them now compete with all the most well established brands in terms of their performance whilst winning in the ethical stakes. 

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 Now there is no doubt you can buy a cheap shower gel for pennies these days and you will feel clean after you have used it. In fact, supermarkets often incentivise people to buy one get one free offers on such cheap body care items. 

 The problem we have is that whilst the cheap shower gel may well get you clean there are serious questions to be asked about what you are putting on your skin. Sadly there are endless bizarre chemicals and toxic compounds that are dangerous from their cancer causing abilities to hormone and fertility disrupting issues. 

 I don’t know about you but when I put something on my skin I want it to be effective and above all, safe. 

 It is worth bearing in mind that whilst your skin is your first line of defence for your immune system, by preventing viruses and bacteria from entering your body, it does absorb chemicals from our environment. So when you use a shower gel with hormone disrupting chemicals in it, I guarantee some of that is going into your bloodstream.  

 Detergents are used frequently in modern shampoos and shower gels amongst other things. Do you think the human body is designed to need detergent in its bloodstream? The simple answer is that, no, it is not. 

 Aiming for the lowest price in everything all the time leads to trouble down the line. A skin care product that in the short term is cheap but in the long run may contribute to you getting skin cancer….is that really how we want to approach life? 

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 Of course, the cheap cosmetic products have passed various safety tests because they only contain small amounts of the problem chemicals. But then most of the food in a supermarket provides little nutrition, poor quality fats, salts and sugars yet is deemed safe to eat because the guidelines for safety are so narrow and set by panels of safety experts who may well be bought and paid for by the food processing companies. 

 It is the same with mobile phone radiation, whilst there are genuine concerns about the carcinogenic qualities (never mind the damage they may be causing to insect life) it is deemed safe because exposure is so tiny for each use. 

 So we end up exposed to little bits of poisons in our cosmetics, our food, our phones and the list goes on. Each exposure is deemed safe because it is so tiny but when you add everything together over a number of years, guess what you get? An epidemic of cancer and chronic diseases. 

 So here at Garstang Health Food Store we are doing our bit by allowing you to remove toxin exposure via your food, supplements and body products and this is where we are happy to champion the fact that products like Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream and Dr Hauschka Melissa Day Cream (my wife’s favourite) are really good, wonderfully effective and safe. 

 Fortunately the good folks at Dr Hauschka have consistently proven how good their products are through the years with a string of awards.

Why are Dr Hauschka Products Good?

If you are wondering are Dr Hauschka products good, take a look at just a few of the awards they have gained listed below: 

UK 2022, Hip and Healthy Beauty Awards. Dr. Hauschka was named winner of the 'Best Natural Beauty Brand' category. 

UK 2022, Hip and Healthy Wellness Awards, Dr. Hauschka's Rose Deodorant was named winner of the 'Best Natural Deodorant' category. 

UK 2021, Get The Gloss Beauty and Wellness Awards, 30 experts handpicked Dr. Hauschka's Rose Day Cream for a bronze in the 'Classic Hero' category. 

UK 2021, Get The Gloss Beauty and Wellness Awards, Dr. Hauschka's Translucent Bronzing Tint was a finalist in the 'Best Base' category. 

UK 2021 Marie Claire Skin Awards This award celebrates brands that are ethical and sustainable. Dr. Hauschka's Revitalising Day Lotion was named winner in the 'Best Moisturiser for Dry Skin' category. 

The awards list is long and goes back many years. Dr Hauschka UK is a brand that consistently performs and I can confidently say that not only are Dr Hauschka products good, they are brilliant! 

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