Poison Ivy

Leaves of three, leave them be, right? But sometimes you’re standing in it before you realize it’s there. What to do?

I’ve often recommended Miracle Skin Salve for poison ivy rashes. Miracle can be applied directly to the affected skin. It helps to relieve the itchiness and it seems to slow the spread of the rash. I’ve advised people to apply it after showering any time they think they may have been exposed to poison ivy and I think that is helpful advice.

But the best advice I’ve been able to share is found in a video shared by Extreme Deer Habitat in 2014, “How to never have a serious poison ivy rash again.”

I really think you should watch all 5 minutes and 13 seconds of this video, but if you’re really pressed for time, I’ll summarize the secret: friction. Jim Brauker explains that it’s the urushiol oil in poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak that causes the rash. Uroshiol oil is much like motor oil in that is difficult to remove from the skin, but unlike it in that it is invisible! Showering with Dawn or applying Miracle may help, but nothing will prevent the rash if the oil is left on the skin.

If you can watch only a few seconds of this video, skip to 3:10 where Dr. Brauker demonstrates how to use friction, i.e. a washcloth, to prevent a poison ivy rash.

May you never have a poison ivy rash ever again! (But don’t forget your Miracle if you do!)

Pure Olive Oil Soap

Smith Family Resources Pure Olive Oil Soap

“I LOVE SFR’s Pure Olive Oil Soap.  I haven’t been using any kind of soap on my face because of my eczema and rosacea. I liked the way the soap made my skin feel and look so I decided to try it on my face.  It worked wonderful!!! I have VERY dry skin and all soaps have left my skin with the white scaly stuff on top of it. Not with this soap.  My skin is so smooth and my eczema hasn’t acted up. I would highly recommend the olive oil soap especially if you have dry skin.” – SFR customer, Facebook review

But you don’t have dry skin, you say? If you think you can’t use olive oil soap on oily skin, think again! Our Pure Olive Oil Soap moisturizes without leaving the skin feeling oily. We even recommend this soap for the treatment and prevention of acne.

Here’s a risk-free way to find out for yourself: Email us and let us know that you have oily skin and you want to put the Pure Olive Oil Soap on trial. Place your order. Use the soap daily for 1 week. If you aren’t convinced that the soap cleanses without making your skin more oily, let us know and you’ll receive a full refund.

This is our family’s bath bar, hand soap, and facial bar. I personally like it better than any other soap I’ve ever used. Why not try it for yourself? Purchase one 4-ounce bar for $4 or three bars for $10. It’s a small investment for a big return: clean skin without oily residue.

Click here to purchase Pure Olive Oil Soap.

Where to Start?

Where to startI’ve been asked several times lately where to start with vitamins and supplements and just generally being more healthy.  As I’ve said many times before, I’m not a doctor or a natural health expert.  I’m just passing on the things I’ve learned and recommending some products that have helped my family.

Sometimes I get excited about something I’ve learned and my gush comes across sounding like, “You really ought to try this!”  But what I really mean is, you really ought to read about this and see if you think this will be good for you or your family.

So, where to start?  The first thing to do is to check your daily water intake.  If you’re not already drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every single day–more if you’re exercising or working outside–start now.  If you weigh 120 pounds, drink at least 60 ounces of water every day.  Just rehydrating your body can do wonders for your overall health.  How cool is that?  You don’t have to order anything to get started!  Click here to read more about the benefits of drinking water.

If your diet is providing all the essential vitamins and minerals needed for good health, great!  But, if it’s not, consider taking a multivitaminBeeyoutiful provides a multivitamin for every member of the family:  SuperMom, SuperLady, SuperDad and SuperKids.  You can click on the links to read about each one, or you can click here to see all our vitamins on one page.

If you have specific health interests, search this blog and others you trust.  Read, read, read.  Talk with your health care provider and make informed decisions before you add supplements to your health regimen.

There are ten products, some of which have already been mentioned, featured in the picture at the top of this post.  You can click on the links below to read more about each one and to decide if one or more of these might be a part of your own getting started.


Tummy Tuneup

Miracle Skin Salve

Paraben-Free Moisturizer

Pure Olive Oil Soap

Cod Liver Oil

Odorless Garlic

Odorless Garlic

Vitex with Dong Quai

Red Raspberry Leaves (web)

Red Raspberry Leaves

Beeyoutiful Essential Oils

Let us know how we can help you as you get started taking care of yourself and your family!

Where to start

Paraben-Free Moisturizer


We introduced our Paraben-Free Moisturizer a little over a year ago, and it has become one of our most requested products!  It’s made from a paraben-free lotion base, Beeyoutiful’s Almond Essential Oil, and Vitamin E oil.

Parabens are petroleum-based preservatives.  They’re commonly used in cosmetics and personal care items.  Read a shampoo bottle and you’ll probably find parabens in the ingredient list:  methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben to name a few.  Thanks to parabens, your shampoo, lotion and deodorant will last for years.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the parabens are entering your body when you use these products.  Research has shown that your body may absorb as much as five pounds of cosmetic chemicals each year.

Check your facial cream and moisturizer labels.  See any parabens there?  When the moisturizer is absorbed into your skin, so are the parabens.  When the parabens enter your bloodstream, they mimic estrogen, sometimes causing hormonal imbalance.  Parabens also commonly cause allergic reactions and contact dermatitis.

We are delighted to offer you an alternative to lotions and moisturizers with chemical preservatives.

Here’s what our friends and customers have told us about our Paraben-Free Moisturizer

I have very sensitive skin, and this moisturizer is great for me.

I’ve had dry skin on my arm for several days.  Nothing I’ve tried has helped.  This moisturizer has made a difference after just one application!

Oooh!  It feels great!

This is wonderful stuff!

Our Paraben-Free Moisturizer comes in an airless pump container, so there’s absolutely no waste–no moisturizer left in the bottle to be thrown away!  You’ll enjoy every drop of this moisturizer!  Click on any of the links in this post to purchase yours now!

Acne and Moisturizers

If you are dealing with acne, you might be thinking, “Moisturizer?!  You’ve got to be kidding!”

Remember the clinical description of acne…  When the skin becomes dry, the sebaceous glands secrete more oil to keep your face and hair lubricated.  If you clean your face well twice a day without also using a moisturizer, you may be signalling your glands to produce more oil, resulting in more acne.

After cleaning your face, use a non-comedogenic moisturizer–one that doesn’t clog the pores.  But here’s something to think about:  According to some dermatologists, “no single product is non-comedogenic for everyone.  For example, a person with very oily skin may still get skin breakouts from products that another person with mildly oily skin may find non-comedogenic. A better term may be non-acnegenic rather than non-comedogenic, but this is not so widely used. It is important to test a new product on your own skin rather than rely on the label, before using it freely.”

It may surprise you that we recommend Miracle Skin Salve as a moisturizer.  Some who have used have Miracle on the face reported that it caused them to have more acne.  The same people later found that if the Miracle was applied only immediately after cleaning the skin, it actually helped to clear up the acne.  If the Miracle is applied too heavily, it does seem to clog the pores, causing more acne.  BUT if it is applied lightly to clean skin, it actually helps to prevent acne and heal blemishes.  It is VERY IMPORTANT to clean the skin before every application of Miracle.  This is true for most moisturizers.
Miracle tube (web)Paraben-Free Moisturizer (square)

Another moisturizer to consider is Smith Family Resource’s Paraben-Free Moisturizer.  As the name indicates, this moisturizer contains no parabens (chemical preservatives) and is non-comedogenic for most people.  Remember always to apply lightly and only to clean skin.

Experiment until you find the best balance of moisture for your skin. Remember that acne may result from over-washed skin that becomes too dry AND from over-moisturized skin that becomes too oily. The goal is to keep the skin lightly moisturized but free of excess oil.

We’d like to hear your ideas about clean skin, too.  We always enjoy your comments!