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Is Peppermint A Natural Anti-Viral?

With frequent hand washing, dry skin is becoming more of an issue this spring.   Edye's Naturals Peppermint Skin Repair makes for a great daily moisturizer, which can prevent and relieve dried skin, and also protect your skin.  Did you know that peppermint is a powerful botanical with both anti-itch and anti-viral properties? Edye's Naturals Peppermint Skin Repair contains the cooling, soothing oil of peppermint, which can offer further protection with it's antiviral properties.  Peppermint oil is also helpful in relieving sore muscles and joints.   Along with peppermint oil, Edye's Naturals Peppermint Skin Repair contains spearmint oil, which is a natural disinfectant and  has nerve-calming properties. Edyes Naturals Peppermint Skin Repair contains only organic, plant-based oils, which are specifically blended to contain a wide array of nutrients for optimal skin health and repair (click here to read more about the hand selected ingredients).  

Frequent hand-washing also brings up another issue, which is soap use. There has been some debate on whether natural soaps are effective in protecting against Covid-19.  Some people might think that it’s best to seek out an antibacterial soap to protect themselves from Covid-19. First, Covid-19 is a virus, not a bacterium, so there is no need for antibacterial soap. In fact, the reason hand-washing is effective in helping prevent Covid-19 (and other viruses) is because of the very nature of soap.  No matter what type of soap you are using (natural or not), they all contain what are referred to as “soap molecules”. Soap molecules contain both hydrophobic (water-hating) and hydrophilic (water-attracting) properties; when soap is exposed to water, the water-attracting parts of the soap molecule point outward- and, in doing so, can pdissolve fatty substances.  This is relevant to Covid-19 because the virus is encased inside a lipid (fatty) envelope. Since the soap dissolves this envelope, it makes the virus less capable of surviving. Furthermore, rinsing your hands with water, after this breakdown occurs, helps to remove the virus from your skin.  

Here’s Why Natural Soaps Matter:

While all soaps contain “soap molecules”, not all soaps are created equally.  Natural soaps are the way to go to protect yourself from unnecessary chemical exposure.  Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It acts as a defensive barrier, protecting your internal terrain.  Your skin is also highly absorbent, so what you put on your skin enters your body via your bloodstream. Many soaps, lotions, and deodorants contain synthetic and toxic ingredients, which when applied to the skin also make their way into your body, increasing your toxic load.  Edye’s Naturals makes choosing a chemical-free soap easy. Edye’s Naturals Soap uses organic ingredients you can trust, including: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Organic Castor Oil, and Organic Essential Oils (option of sweet orange oil, or peppermint/spearmint blend).  The peppermint/spearmint soap is a great choice during these times to help protect against viruses and relieve dry, irritated skin. Edye's Naturals Soap is also made using the cold process method. This method helps to preserve the therapeutic properties of the oils used to make the soap. 

Practice good skin care this springtime by paying attention to the needs of your skin and only using quality products.  Peppermint is a great ally this season and can help soothe dry, itchy skin and protect you with it's antiviral properties.   

Along with using quality, nutrient dense ingredients, Edye’s Naturals products are handmade in small batches.  The attention to detail that Edye’s Naturals gives to each batch of products promises freshness and a high quality product you can trust.  


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