BumptoBox includes Omega Oil in THE LUXE EDIT Bump Box

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Bump to Box have been working hard to compile some gorgeous boxes for mothers to be, with luxury goodies for each trimester.  Omega Oil is included in The Luxe Edit Trimester 2 box, for just when you need a nourishing and soothing oil to help your stomach to stretch.  The edit also includes beautiful treats such as Bloom and Blossom bath and shower gel, Mama Mio Lucky Legs Leg Cooling gel, Rococo 'Rose' Chocolate, plus many other luxury items hand picked by the two founders who met whilst attending a pregnancy class in London.

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Botanico Vida Launches in Boots Ireland!

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How exciting that are now stocked in Boots Ireland.  Boots was a brand we grew up with that helped me with many 'first times' from lipstick, to fake tan and hair dye! So what a joy that we can work with them now as our first multiple retailer account.  What a treat for Irish shoppers, and thank you Boots for providing your customers with a quality alternative to the big brand products which generally contain mineral oil.  We look forward to welcoming many new customers to the benefits of Omega Oil.  Please get in touch if you'd like to know more.    

We say 'No!' To Mineral Oil

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Mineral Oil is derived from Crude Oil

Mineral Oil is 100% synthetic. It is a by-product of the process used to create petroleum products (gasoline).  Other names include: Paraffin Oil, Liquid Paraffin, Paraffinum Liquidum and Liquid Petroleum.

The leading Skincare Brands use Mineral Oil because it is cheap!

Many brands selling a ‘Natural’ ethos and skincare for babies and pregnant women use Mineral Oil because there is nothing cheaper!  It is used in many family skincare products e.g., Johnson’s Baby Oil, Vaseline, Nivea, Bio Oil, Palmer’s.  Mineral oil costs 2% of the price of standard Olive Oil. 

It does more Harm than Good to our skin

There is no reason to use Mineral Oil over a plant-based oil.  It coats the skin like plastic and clogs the pores.  It interferes with skin's ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders.  This can slow down skin function and cell development, potentially resulting in premature aging.

It Contaminates our Bodies

Your body cannot metabolise or breakdown mineral oil so this contaminant builds up in our cells over time.  A trial looking at fat and milk samples from 142 new mothers (Innsbruck Medical University, 2011) showed that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 gram per person. Possible routes of contamination include air inhalation, food intake, and dermal skin absorption’.

It is highly flammable

The BBC UK (2017) reported that skincare containing paraffin has contributed to dozens of fire deaths across the UK.  In extreme cases, Eczema and Psoriasis treatments (e.g., E45) have contaminated bed linen making it flammable.  The medicines regulator has updated its guidance and says all creams containing paraffin should carry a warning.

Say ‘No!’ to Mineral Oil and the companies who use cheap petrochemical fillers in our skincare and opt for pure botanical plant oils that will nurture, protect and soothe your family’s skin.  

‘Omega Oil’ was formulated to offer 100% natural specialist skincare for dry and irritated skin, ageing skin, sun damage, stretch marks and scars and other skin complaints.  The goodness of Omega 3 absorbs directly into your skin, to promote skin health.  Independent clinical trials have confirmed the benefits of this nutritious formula on skin elasticity and hydration.  

Why Omega Oil is a breakthrough for ageing skin

First, a look inside skin cells

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Omega Oils (in particular Omega 3 and 6) are found in every living cell in our body.  These fatty acids are crucial to our health and the cell membrane, which allows nutrients in, waste products out, and helps to retain water.  The result of a healthy cell membrane is hydrated, softer and more wrinkle-free skin. 

As we age and our oestrogen levels decline the cell membrane becomes thinner and less sticky.  This decreases the barrier function, so that moisture is released from the skin, causing dryness.  With the menopause, these changes can accelerate and cause wrinkles, redness and sensitivities, rosacea and reduced skin elasticity.

How to improve cell membranes

What can we do to enable cell membranes to retain more water and remove toxins whilst absorbing more vital nutrients? The answer: Increase our intake of Omega 3, which is the most deficient Omega Oil in modern diets. Traditionally women have sought to boost Omega 3 with a diet rich in oily fish, nuts, seeds and supplements.  Now, for the first time, they can apply plant-based Omegas and vital nutrients directly to the skin, with Botanico Vida’s breakthrough, highly concentrated ‘Omega Oil’.  It contains the world’s richest plant-source of Omega 3, Sacha Inchi seed oil, from the Amazon Rainforest.

When ‘Omega Oil’ is applied to the skin it helps bolster the skin cell membrane.  It increases the absorption of nutrients and helps the cells to hold more water, leading to moister, softer skin.  This promotes wrinkle prevention, and may eradicate existing mild wrinkles and soothe redness, irritation and inflammation.

Omega 3 has also demonstrated an ability to heal wounds because of its anti-inflammatory properties, to reduce scar tissue and to treat atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and acne.

A 100% natural skincare treatment with outstanding clinical results

Omega Oil was trialled by one of the leading independent skincare laboratories in the UK, Cutest, in 2016.  Their scientists confirmed that after applying Omega Oil directly to patients’ skin over a 3-month period, elasticity and moisture measurements showed a vast improvement and 92% of patients said they would recommend the oil.  

What’s more Botanico Vida’s ‘Omega Oil’ is sustainably sourced, has a light citrus scent, and absorbs beautifully - delivering your skin exactly what it needs without any compromise.

A simple way to help our planet this January...

We were inspired, and shocked by the brave documentary  http://www.cowspiracy.com/ which uncovers the unparalleled impact of global meat consumption on the environment. 

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Meat agriculture is shown to be the biggest driver of Deforestation and Global Warming and to cover 45% of the world’s land.  It also has a profound impact on all our scarce resources: water, fish-stocks and species diversity. 

It feels so wrong that we are using the world’s resources to feed cows rather than humans when there is such widespread global hunger and poverty.

If we were to reduce our demand for meat, in particular beef, the clearing of forests would vastly diminish, and we could easily support the world’s growing population. 

If you watch one documentary this year, we really recommend you watch this one!

 

Trial Users Wanted! Help us to get some facts on the table, and we'll give money to help cure Eczema

We have so much respect for the many families we know who have to deal with the terrible condition of Eczema.  People tell us how helpful Omega Oil can be as a 100% natural solution to manage the condition - but there are very few facts out there about natural treatments.  For National Eczema Week 2017, we are launching a trial to get some facts, and we need your help!  

Details:  

We need to recruit a number of children with patches of red, itchy skin, non-broken skin.  

Please email us for more details at 'hello@botanicovida.com'  for more details.   We will need a photo of the affected area and a snap shot of your child with their name and age . 

Omega Oil is hypoallergenic and dermatologist approved for even the most sensitive skin, so there is no risk to being part of this trial.  We treat all information you send to us confidentially and will not use this for any purposes other than anonymised trial results. 

Please help us and other sufferers by taking part in the trial!

Here are some testimonials

 

Healthy Summer Skin

Summer is by far our favourite season; there is so much to love. The warm feeling of morning sunshine as you sip a cup of tea; the beach; the sea; the saltiness in the air; the holidays and break from normal life; exotic food in faraway places; peace, quiet, calm and contentment; the warm, balmy evenings spent outdoors.

Our skin loves summer too as it too can be free to relish the elements; unbounded by heavy clothing, tights, leggings and jeans. It will feel healthy, rejuvenated and alive providing we remember that all that extra sunshine and outdoor living does mean the sun will also drink up its essential moisture and we need to replenish.  Dry (lacking in oil) or dehydrated skin (lacking in water) caused by the sun is one of the key factors in skin ageing before its time. This is not saying that sun should be avoided altogether. Being a conscious sunbather is all that is required: wear a hat, cover your shoulders with a shawl or sarong; avoid the sun during the middle of the day; use an spf but don’t feel like you need factor 50 all day long as you skin also needs sunshine, just not in excess and replenish your bodies fluids throughout the day with lot of pure, clean water.

Next, start a morning and evening summer hydration ritual: dry skin brush or exfoliate and then apply an Omega-Rich Body Oil top toe.  We use our Omega Oil (https://botanicovida-com.myshopify.com) religiously every day, on the whole family and you can really see and feel the difference in our skin. Scaly, dry, red areas are restored and it feels silky and soft. Why Omega Oils are so effective when applied topically is due to their high level of Fatty Acids, some of which, particular Omega 3 are considered to be essential nutrients that form the building blocks of your skins cells.  

By keeping your skin hydrated during summer you will also hold onto your golden complexion longer and your skin will look vital, healthy and radiant all summer long.

Wishing you a wonderful summer!

Kristy Cimesa

Beauty Shortlist Awards - Winner!

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We are absolutely thrilled that Omega Oil has won Best New Product Launch for the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2017, Mama and Baby.  The awards are voted for by judges who actually trial the products over several months, and as 'Cult Beauty' say of the judging process: "We love the integrity that shines through.  These Awards should be used as everyone's beauty shopping list". Obviously we agree!

 

Spring in your step...

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Spring is finally upon us and as we pack away our winter coats and boots (we hope!) now is a great time to also shed our winter skin and prepare for the warm, balmy months ahead.

Exfoliation is perhaps the most important element in spring time skin prep as it helps to eliminate dry and flaky winter skin and stimulate new cell renewal.  Daily dry skin body brushing is one of the most effective methods to exfoliate as it helps to promote circulation at the same time as removing the dry and flaky cells that accumulate on the surface of your skin. Always start at your extremities i.e. hands and feet, and sweep upwards towards your torso.  In this way it encourages lymph flow and stimulates fluid metabolism.  Practised religiously in Asia for thousands of year it is definitely a tried and tested method for boosting your circulation and getting your glow back.

Next slather your skin in Omega Oil.  Containing the Earth's richest plant source of Omega 3, 6 & 9 there really is nothing better for nourishing and hydrating your skin than the very thing that your skin cells require for optimum function and well-being.  When your body is depleted of Omega Fatty Acids your skin becomes dry, dull and lack lustre and often prone to sensitivities.  Our hundreds of testimonials from happy customers show just how effective Omega Oil is at regenerating the skin.  Massage into your limbs and it immediately soaks deep into your epidermis, plumping and nourishing the skin cells and helping to improve the barrier function of your skin to lock moisture deep within.  The result: nourished, glowing and healthy skin that feels immediately more hydrated, softer and radiant.

To help support your spring time regime, inside out, give your body an added dose of Omegas with our favourite spring time breakfast.  In the blender add 1 cup of coconut water, 1 handful of Blueberries, 1 handful of Raspberries, 1 Banana, 1 tablespoon of Linseed and 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds. Whizz on high for a few minutes.  Such a delicious and health-promoting way to start the day and will be sure to put your spring back in your step and give you that healthy 'I am looking after myself in the right way' glow.  Happy Spring!

"A natural, more luxurious, effective and ethical alternative to bio-oil"

Thanks to Roxy, at 'The Eco Edit', a site focused on ethical products for including us in her 'Spring Skincare Edit'

"A natural, more luxurious, effective and ethical alternative to bio-oil, this Omega oil formula is my new cabinet staple. You can use it for almost any skin ailment – for stretch marks, scars, to hydrate ageing or dry skin, for babies cradle cap, as a massage oil and as a luxurious facial treatment (I like leaving it on overnight to really sink in). It comes in a spray which is useful when using all over your body and the best bit? Its hero ingredient is Sacha Inchi Seed Oil, an indigenous and highly nutritious plant originating from Peru that it is part of a project to reforest the amazon and rebuild forest communities. "

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Healthy Omega 3 Flap Jacks with Dates and Banana

Our Sacha Inchi Flap Jacks were such a hit with midwives at the Mother, Midwifery and Baby Forum 2017 #mmbforum, that after numerous requests to share this recipe I am posting it here, for all to use and share.  With no added-sugar they provide a very healthy energy-boosting treat for pregnant women, new mums, kids and busy midwives!

Thank you to Mumsnet, where I found a similar recipe, then loaded it with Omega rich Sacha Inchi Seeds which are packed with Omega 3, 6 and 9 and really high in protein.

Unfortunately Sacha Inchi Seeds are still quite difficult to buy in the UK but you can easily substitute for other Omega 3 rich sources such as Walnuts, Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds or Hemp Seeds.

        Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas

  • 175g dates chopped (or other sweet dried fruit)

  • 80ml vegetable oil or olive oil (I used Coconut Oil, but you need to melt this first to make it runny)

  • 50g of raisins

  • 180g oats

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)

  • A small handful of Omega rich seeds or nuts, use any of the following: Chopped Sacha Inchi Seeds, Chopped Walnuts, Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds (all optional)

Method

  1. Mash the bananas in a large bowl or a mixer.

  2. Add the chopped dates and oil to the bananas and mix together – or use a mixer

  3. Stir in the oats, raisins and the vanilla essence (optional) and seeds and leave for 5 mins, so the oats absorb the oil

  4. Spoon the mixture into a greased or lined baking tray and squash it down so that it is about 2 cm thick and bake at 175C/Gas Mark 5 for about 20 - 25 minutes.

  5. Cut into squares whilst still hot in the pan

  6. Share and enjoy with family and friends

Winter Skin SOS

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Winter can be extremely harsh on the skin: depleting the skin of its natural oils and increasing the rate of trans-epidermal water loss alongside a reduction in cellular turnover and impairment of the skin's natural barrier function.  All of these factors combine to lead to dehydrated and sensitive skin with a rapid acceleration of the ageing process.

Omega Oil offers a very efficient and 100% natural solution for dehydrated winter skin. Clinically proven to improve skin hydration with over 96% of users reporting that their skin felt more hydrated, softer and supple after the application of Omega Oil.

As every cell in our body contains lipids of which essential fatty acids contribute  a significant portion, Omega Oils applied topically plays a pivotal role in plumping, hydrating and nourishing our skin cells. Containing the earth’s richest plant source of Omega 3,6 & 9 with 90% fatty acid content and an abundance of anti-oxidants, vitamins and protein, Omega Oil delivers all the nutrients our skin needs directly into the epidermis.  Due to the molecular structure of Omega Oil being very similar to skin lipids, these essential nutrients are very easily absorbed, and promptly help to restore your skins barrier function and reduce trans-epidermal water loss.  So effective, even from the first application, exceptionally dry skin will feel more nourished and hydrated and leave the skin feeling soft and looking dewy and radiant.

For maximum benefit don't forget to also exfoliate. Use a dry skin brush daily to gently shed surface dead skin cells and help stimulate new cell renewal and encourage circulation. Japanese have practiced the ritual of dry skin brushing for centuries helping their bodies to  detoxify, purify and invigorate.  New skin cells will more rapidly absorb any body products applied, helping to reap maximum benefit from your products.

How to improve skin elasticity.

Skin elasticity is the skin's ability to stretch and then go back to normal once the need to stretch is gone. When the skin is not elastic enough to cope with the increased stretch, stretch marks may develop. Stretch marks are pink or purplish streak lines that develop on the surface of the skin and which frequently fade to white streaks over time. 

Pregnancy, growth spurts as a teenager and weight gain are the most common causes  of stretch marks.  While ageing will not cause stretch marks, as the elasticity and ‘bounce’ in the skin declines the skin becomes less firm and small fine, streaks may appear in the skin. 

By improving your skin's elasticity you can successfully navigate pregnancy without stretch marks and also hold onto firmer, more elastic skin as your skin matures.

Numerous studies have been conducted into what causes stretch marks and what you can do to minimise your chance of developing them but there is only one prevailing opinion in which there is universal agreement - Omega Oils undoubtedly help to maintain skin elasticity.

When ingested and applied topically they undeniably help to support the structure of the skin and the skins ability to stretch and then return to normal.

The best plant source of Omega Oil is Sacha Inchi Seed which contains 90% Fatty Acids.  Why?  Because it is organically grown, a sustainable, indigenous crop that is helping to reforest the amazon, fairly-traded and perhaps one of the Earth's most nutrient rich seeds. A true super-food for your skin. Other great sources of Omega Oils include Avocado, Argan, Rosehip, Olive and Sunflower. The good news is that ALL of these oils can be found in Botanico Vida’s Omega Oil.

Fatty Acids are such an important and necessary component in every cell in our body, at Botanico Vida we set out to create a genuinely therapeutic product, formulating a blend as high in Omega Oil as possible. We were so pleased with the feedback from friends and family we recently conducted an independent clinical trial and were thrilled to discover that Omega Oil did indeed help the skin to stretch. Cutometer readings (a scientific tool used to measure skin elasticity) demonstrated the skins elasticity improved by a phenomenal 45% over a 90 day period of twice daily application.  This result is a genuine indication that Omega Oil can and will help your skin avoid stretch marks. Couple this with a diet rich in Omega Oils: avocado on toast for breakfast; a handful of sunflower seeds mid-morning; wild salmon for lunch; a walnut cookie in the afternoon and a mackerel salad for supper. You will be able to see the visible transformation in your skin as these all important oils, help your skin to remain healthy, elastic, glowing and vital.

Winter Skin

Brrr... winter is on its way.  Cold air and central heating all deplete the skins natural ability to replenish its moisture levels, leading to skin dehydration with cracked hands, nails, cuticles, lips and parched, dry, limbs.  Essential Fatty Acids Omega 3 and 6, are found in every cell in our body and critically we must ingest and apply these oils topically to maintain optimum health and well-being.  Without them our cells cannot function effectively and inflammation prevails.   Applying Omega Oil daily to your skin will help your skin to replenish and restore its natural moisture levels; locking moisture deep down into the epidermis, helping to improve the skins barrier function and navigate the dry, cold air that comes with every autumn and winter.

Recently Omega Oil was rated by 9 out of 10 users as an outstanding moisturiser for their skin, making their skin feel radically softer, smooth and more nourished after even the first use making it a perfect companion for winter.