The Effect Of Toxic, Rancid Oils On Your Health
As informed consumers, we are increasingly recognizing the negative consequences associated with extensively long supply chains and the lack of transparency regarding product origins. Much like the impact of the freshness and traceability of flour on our gluten tolerance, the presence of rancid oils in the shelves of our local supermarkets and beauty supply stores can pose significant risks to our well-being. Within the complex realm of the international market, regulatory agencies face substantial challenges in effectively overseeing and ensuring quality control throughout the entire production process, from cultivation to bottling. Consequently, it becomes imperative for individuals to become their own advocates and seek out traceable brands that can be trusted.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ISSUE
In his authoritative work, "Eight Weeks To Optimum Health," Dr. Andrew Weil underscores the potential harm caused by rancid oil, including DNA damage, accelerated aging, tissue degeneration, and increased susceptibility to cancer. In essence, rancid oils possess toxic properties and generate free radicals within the body, which can wreak havoc on cellular health, promote inflammation, and contribute to the onset of various diseases.
Rancidity in oils primarily arises from exposure to oxygen, heat, light, and moisture. When oils come into contact with these elements, they undergo a process known as oxidation, leading to the breakdown of their molecular structure. Oxygen molecules react with the unsaturated fatty acids present in the oils, resulting in the formation of free radicals and peroxides. These reactive compounds not only impart an unpleasant taste and odor to the oils but also contribute to the degradation of their nutritional value.
THE INSTANCE OF 'EXTRA VIRGIN' OLIVE OIL
According to the reputable institution UC Davis, an alarming 70% of olive oils found on the shelves of American retailers are inaccurately labeled as extra virgin grade, exhibiting defects or adulteration in some form. The notion of extra virgin olive oil being considered a premium product prompts us to question the methods by which companies obtain this distinction. Is it truly earned, or is it merely a marketing ploy and yet another manifestation of greenwashing?
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING AN OIL OR OIL BASED PRODUCT
(i.e. cooking oil, skincare, supplements)
1. Non-Transparent Glass- Clear glass or plastic containers can cause oils and products to become rancid. At Fe, we exclusively use MIRON or biophotonic glass, which has been proven to filter the sun's rays perfectly. Clear, amber, and green glass allow all the rays through, including those that can damage your product. On the other hand, black or very dark glass allows none of the rays to pass through, even the ones that are beneficial for your product.
2. Harvest Date- Determining the freshness, age, and life-force contained in your product.
3. Time from Harvest to Crush- The freshness of the harvested bounty directly correlates with the nourishing benefits of the oil.
4. Cleanliness- Ensuring that the equipment used is free from contamination or toxic minerals, often originating from oil presses themselves, which could end up in the final product.
5. Storage Conditions- Throughout the entire process, including cultivation, harvest, processing, storage, transportation, and shelf life, it is crucial to protect the product from high heat, light, and oxygen exposure.
6. Source, Single Origin- When possible, seek products with a single-source indication or certification. Products without clear single-source information may be a mixture of various oils, often old.
7. Avoid PUFAs- Look for predominantly monounsaturated fatty acids, which are more stable and less prone to oxidation.
THE FE DIFFERENCE: FRESHNESS
At Fe, one of our passions is perfecting our process and carefully selecting the sources for our ingredients. We prioritize working with local farms and single-source origins to ensure the utmost purity and effectiveness of our products. Unlike simply relying on brokers like Mountain Rose Herbs, we go the extra mile to find the true source of each ingredient.
Let's dive into the carrier oils used in BEING, our everyday skin ritual:
1. Jojoba Oil- We source our Jojoba Oil from a family farm in the Senoran desert. Founded in the late 1980s, this farm was established with the purpose of reducing the demand for sperm whale products in the cosmetics industry. The unique climate in this region allows for the cultivation of jojoba plants, and in the early 2000s, they successfully began producing jojoba oil as a natural solution for skincare.
2. Olive Oil- Our Olive Oil comes from a single source, a family farm in Greece with a superior processes ensuring the freshness of the cold-pressed, all-natural olive oil that is rich in polyphenols. These organic compounds are responsible for the health properties found in olives.
3. Baobab Seed Oil- Locally known as the Tree of Life, our Baobab Seed Oil is processed in Senegal. The oil is extracted from baobab seeds harvested in this region. The processing plant holds Social Responsibility Certification by the Swiss IMO (Institute for Marketecology). Total traceability is maintained from the harvest to the finished bulk products. Moreover, this project has a significant positive impact, with 70% of the production staff and 90% of the farmers being women among the 2,000-2,500 employees.
4. Marula Oil- Our Marula Oil is sourced from organic, unrefined kernels found inside the hard nuts of Sclerocarya birrea trees. These trees grow in the northern regions of Namibia. To support local communities, our supplier employs and trains groups of rural women who are responsible for wild harvesting the kernels. This project provides these women with essential outside income, empowering them and contributing to the thriving of their communities. Additionally, our supplier has initiated a Marula Tree Planting Project to ensure continuous replanting for the future benefit of people and the environment, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.
5. Black Castor Oil- Our Black Castor Oil is handcrafted and undiluted, sourced directly from a family farm in Jamaica. It is produced using the traditional handcrafted process, without the addition of salt, preservatives, or hexane.
At Fe, we are committed to providing you with the freshest, highest-quality ingredients in our products. By prioritizing local farms and single-source origins, we strive to deliver the utmost purity, efficacy, and social responsibility in each bottle.
The Reframe: Dancing With Stress
Did you know? 1. To live a healthy life, stress is absolutely essential. 2. The way you perceive and handle stress can lead to either a beneficial or toxic effect. 3. Self support can help to create a more resilient stress response. The narrative around stress is starting to improve. Knowledgeable professionals are beginning to redefine the old notion that stress is solely harmful and recognize its importance for an organism's health. In a recent study, individuals who claimed to have "no stress" actually experienced faster aging compared to those who reported "moderate stress" and "high stress."(Dr. Elissa Epel). The positive impact of stress can be exemplified through the analogy of exercise. When we engage in physical activity, our body undergoes a temporary stress response, triggering the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and GABA in the brain. Consequently, adrenaline levels rise, and both heart rate and respiration increase. Although this represents short-term stress on the body, in the majority of cases, this sequence of internal reactions actually enhances an individual's overall health in both the immediate and long run. The Stress Response It's not the stress. It's our perception. “Mental health is the ability to navigate and recover from emotional, social, and psychological stress. It is the resilience to cope with life events and maintain a general sense of happiness, contentment, and well-being. It is a journey, not a destination.” John Brick Foundation Resilience in the face of stress is the key to creating significant change, individually and collectively, as humanity. Offering solutions to transition out of a chronic sympathetic nervous system response will allow humankind to see into the future with optimism instead of a constant state of threat, which creates a negative feedback loop based upon immediate gratification. “For heart disease patients, depression increases the risk for slower recovery and early mortality. High optimism, the most studied positive asset, is linked to fewer cardiac events and lower mortality across studies of heart disease patients, even after controlling for depression. (Epel, 2020) The Breakdown The Bridge To Stress Resilience Stress resilience bridges are biological, our ability to regulate is natural and held in many of our innate human responses. NATURE + SOOTHING ENVIRONMENT- pass time outside or create a comfortable safe space to calm. PLANT REMEDIES- nourish your body and nervous system with age old traditional plant medicine directly from nature. SUPPORT + CO-REGULATION- invite your natural ability to connect and soothe the nervous system with a trusted friend, support group or pets. Or work with a trusted nervous system professional. CONNECT WITH YOUR BODY- get present with the moment by tuning into the sensations in your body with movement. SPACE TO REFLECT- set aside time to reflect- journal, meditation, and other mindfulness practices. The Fe Offering: Plant Remedies To Support Nervous System Health “There is a need for a more effective and safe pharmacological treatment that can dampen maladaptive stress responses. The endocannabinoid system is one of the main regulators of the stress response…resilience to stress-related disease and dysfunction may depend upon the satisfactory functioning of the endocannabinoid system.A healthy endocannabinoid system modulates a chronic deficiency n the endocannabinoid tone is associated with the pathological complications of chronic stress. Because CBD acts on several synergistic targets, it may be more effective (as well as safer) for constraining the stress response than molecules designed to target specific endocannabinoid receptors or degradative enzymes. ” (Poeppl, 2021) “Between 35% and 65% of people using CBD for medicinal purposes in the UK, USA, Denmark, and New Zealand were found to be administering it for stress, and over 90% reported feeling less stressed with CBD, with no respondents reporting feeling more stressed. For stress and its manifestations of mild anxiety and insomnia, CBD is usually administered at low doses and mostly from online suppliers, with less than 1% being prescribed by a doctor and less than 5% being purchased from a pharmacy.” ( (Poeppl, 2021) In 2018, hemp became a highly profitable industry, but unfortunately, most of the products lacked purpose, were ineffective, and even harmful. As a result, many CBD consumers were left disappointed and skeptical about its benefits. As hemp farmers, we personally witnessed the negative aspects of this industry. This experience motivated us to develop Fe-- a natural plant medicine carefully crafted from potent hemp flowers. We cultivate these flowers with love and extract them using CO2, ensuring a full-spectrum product. Our process involves handcrafting and bottling in biophotonic glass, prioritizing quality and purity you can feel immediately.
Unveiling the Power Of Freshness: Discover BEING
Introducing BEING, a remarkable fusion of potent plant oils and extracts, meticulously chosen for their enriching properties. Bursting with bioactive compounds, nourishing fatty acids, essential vitamins, and soothing anti-inflammatory agents, this extraordinary formula provides deep, lasting hydration. It calms skin irritations, corrects hyperpigmentation, stimulates cell regeneration, and accelerates tissue healing, leaving you with a luminous complexion that radiates vitality.Elevate your self-connection journey with BEING and embrace the transformative power of nature's bounty found in fresh, whole plants. Reveal your inner radiance and rediscover your essence through the nourishing embrace of our exceptional skincare solution. HEMP, THE HERO INGREDIENT CBD and cannabinoids have gained recognition for their potential health benefits, such as pain relief, anxiety reduction, and improved sleep. However, when I tried our topical balm TRANSCEND, which contains full-spectrum hemp oil (CBD) along with fresh botanicals, I discovered a remarkable effect on the skin. Personally, I experienced increased radiance, reduced hyperpigmentation, improved moisture, and decreased acne.Research has shown that hemp offers significant advantages for our skin, which happens to be our largest organ. It possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties that combat damage and slow down the aging process. In addition to the mentioned benefits of CBD and hemp oil for the skin, there is a growing body of research that supports their positive effects:1. Acne Reduction: CBD has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties and can help regulate oil production in the skin, making it a potential treatment for acne. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD inhibited the excessive production of sebum, a common contributor to acne.2. Anti-Aging Effects: Cannabinoids, including CBD, have antioxidant properties that help protect the skin from free radicals and oxidative stress. Free radicals can damage collagen and elastin, leading to premature aging. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that cannabinoids helped prevent aging-related changes in the skin.3. Eczema and Psoriasis Relief: CBD has shown promise in managing symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Research published in the Journal of Dermatological Science demonstrated that CBD can reduce inflammation and alleviate itching in these conditions.4. Skin Sensitivity and Irritation: Hemp oil, rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, has been found to improve skin sensitivity and reduce irritation. A study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment showed that participants who used hemp seed oil experienced significant improvement in skin dryness and itchiness.5. Wound Healing: CBD has been found to promote wound healing and tissue regeneration. A study published in the journal Molecules reported that CBD accelerated the healing of skin wounds by enhancing collagen production and reducing inflammation.KNOW YOUR SOURCE, THE IMPORTANCE OF FRESHNESS Fresh ingredients are packed with essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are beneficial for the skin. These nutrients nourish and replenish the skin, helping to improve its texture, tone, and overall health. For example, ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and herbal extracts contain a wide array of vitamins such as vitamin C, E, and A, which promote collagen production, fight free radicals, and enhance the skin's natural defense mechanisms. Fresh ingredients retain their potency and efficacy, ensuring that the active compounds remain intact. When ingredients are fresh, they haven't undergone extensive processing or prolonged storage, which can lead to a loss of beneficial properties. By using fresh ingredients, you can harness their maximum potency, ensuring optimal results for your skin. Fresh ingredients in skincare also contain biophotons, which add an additional layer of importance to their use. Biophotons are ultra-weak photon emissions that are emitted by living cells, including the cells found in fresh fruits, vegetables, and other natural ingredients. Biophotons are believed to carry important information and energy that can interact with our body's own electromagnetic field. These light particles are thought to play a role in cellular communication and the regulation of various biological processes, including skin health. When we use skincare products formulated with fresh ingredients, we may benefit from the biophotons present in those ingredients. It is theorized that these biophotons can interact with the electromagnetic field of our skin cells, promoting balance and vitality. BEING: THE BENEFITS Hydrate and nourish your skin with ingredients rich in essential fatty acids and abundant nutrients, ensuring easy absorption. Hemp, Jojoba, Olive, Baobab, Marula, Castor, Sea Buckthorn, Blue German Chamomile, Helichrysum Achieve supple and smooth skin by reducing redness, irritation, and inflammation. Hemp, Jojoba, Olive, Calendula, Blue German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Katrafay Enhance the crucial aspect of your skin barrier and microbiome protecting it from environmental toxins, to boost your overall skin health. Hemp, Olive, Jojoba, Marula, Sea Buckthorn Antioxidants like Vitamins A,C, and A prevent the damage caused by free radicals to delay the onset of premature aging. Hemp, Jojoba, Olive, Marula, Calendula, Blue German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Katrafay Enhance the firmness of the skin and reduce fine lines by boosting collagen production and healing the skin from the cellular level while inducing healthy skin regeneration cycles. Hemp, Jojoba, Olive, Baobab, Calendula, Sea Buckthorn, Blue German Chamomile, Helichrysum Achieve radiance and an even complexion by reducing sun damage, dark spots, and hyper-pigmentation. Baobab, Marula, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn, Helichrysum Control the production of sebum and provide antimicrobial properties to decrease acne and minimize breakouts. Hemp, Jojoba, Olive, Baobab, Castor, Calendula, Helichrysum *All the ingredients selected for BEING have a low oxidation point, which helps to minimize the presence of free radicals on the skin.
ASTREA: A Detoxification Blend for Renewal & Vitality
FLOWER ESSENCES YERBA SANTA Yerba Santa (Spanish for "holy herb") was regarded as sacred by the native peoples, because the process of awakening, and claiming deep soul experience leads to the indwelling Temple of the Spiritual Self. It is often in those places where the soul retains the most profound pain or trauma, that the strongest teachings of the Spiritual Self can also be realized." – Flower Essense Services MOUNTAIN PENNYROYAL The flower essence of this delicate mountain dweller supports you in clearing your psychic field with cleansing and protective properties for both the seen and unseen realms. "Mountain Pennyroyal actively dispels many forms of psychic or parasitic contamination, unconscious absorption of negative programming, psychic contamination or possession". – Flower Essence Services CRAB APPLE These spring blossoms exude openness and joy. Crab apple flower essence remedy can aid you in overcoming perfectionism, control, and a need for order. The energetic properties allow for a more profound acceptance of yourself and others. With this deepened acceptance, you can flow with more easeful confidence and release feelings of shame put upon yourself or by others. HERO INGREDIENTS BLACK SEED OIL This tiny seed has healing origins that date back thousands of years; they were found in King Tut's tomb, mentioned in the Old Testament to cure anything but death, and legends say Black Seed Oil was responsible for Cleopatra's radiant skin. Beneficial compounds include essential fatty acids of omega-3,-6, and -9 and cholesterol-lowering phytosterols. Though thymoquinone is the unique bioactive constituent that has been proven to have widespread protective effects for the body, including anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, anti-cancer, and anti-microbial– overall, it alters many molecular signaling pathways in inflammatory and degenerative diseases including cancer. In addition, this compound may help to manage your seasonal allergies. DANDELION ROOT One of the most effective toxin eliminators in the plant kingdom– dandelion, has been referred to as the elixir of life because of its ability to purify the body. The bitter composition of dandelion stimulates cleansing activity, a remedy for sluggish digestion and blood purification, liver support, and improving overall vitality. "Recent studies have shown that the dandelion root extract can work very effectively on cancer cells…within forty-eight hours after contact with dandelion extract, the cancer cells began to degrade and the body replaced them with new cells (aptosis)." –DiCarlo RED RASPBERRY LEAF With its abundant alkaloids, this leaf has been used as a remedy for women's health (specifically as a uterine tonic) for millennia. Red raspberry leaf supports a liver–uterine connection, bringing fresh, nourishing blood flow to the pelvic organs while simultaneously toning and relaxing the uterine muscles. Its astringent properties work together with the alkaloids to tighten and tone the uterine and pelvic muscles. This action can help alleviate menstrual cramping and excessive bleeding and may be beneficial in situations of uterine prolapse. SHOP ASTREA