How Does Xylitol Help Teeth?

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What is Xylitol?  Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is derived from fruits and vegetables. Although it has gained quite a lot of press in recent years, it has been studied for decades - especially on it’s affect with oral health.    The studies can get very technical about different oral bacterias and “mutants” that cause havoc on oral health, but here is a great summary from a couple clinical studies with clinical links and resources at the bottom of the article.   How xylitol works and why is it good for your teeth:  Xylitol “reduces the adhesion of cavity...

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Homeopathy vs Natural

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In 2013, shortly before I founded Wink Naturals I was explaining the idea to a friend and they quickly said "Oh, so like homeopathic products?" I just shook my head and said “no”. Fortunately this response wasn't new to me because for the 8 years prior, I had worked in the natural products space and saw daily how confusing homeopathy was.  Many confuse HOMEOPATHY with NATURAL. If you you're thinking, "Well, aren't they the same?" don't worry, I will clarify things a bit.  Let me first explain the definition of Homeopathy directly from the FDA website:  "The term "homeopathy" is...

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Are Teething Gels and Teething Tablets Safe?

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If you have a teething babe, chances are you are wondering what is safe to give your child that can help relieve teething pain. In the past year there have been strong warnings issued by the FDA, some product recalls, and other newsworthy events surrounding certain teething tablets and teething gels. Let’s look at the teething situation.    Why are teething tablets bad? Recently the FDA has taken a strong position against homeopathic teething gels and tablets because of the suspect ingredient Belladonna, which another word for it is Deadly Nightshade.  It can cause adverse reactions in small infants and...

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Why Lavender Helps Calm and Relax

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We get a lot of questions about how lavender helps you sleep and why it relaxes and calms. Lavender has been used for centuries in bathing, washing, massage, aromatherapy, and for several medicinal purposes. While lavender is touted as one of the best essential oils, what actually make it so great for sleep? And is all the hype true? We’ve gathered some clinical research that can help answer those questions for you.    A lot of studies have been done on lavender, but for now we’ll focus on the studies surrounding sleep and relaxation with lavender inhalation.   Research shows...

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Benefits of Non-Nanoparticle Zinc Oxide

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Zinc oxide is a fine mineral powder that makes up 40% of our bum balm. It’s a natural alternative to the usual chemicals used in many diaper creams. It is also a common ingredient in natural sunscreens. Zinc oxide makes a great diaper cream or sunscreen base because of it’s water insoluble properties. That means if you mix some zinc oxide with water, it will not dissolve into the water; it will remain water and powder. This property becomes extremely useful when being applied to the skin. Water will bead on top of the zinc, but will not break the...

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