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    If you think nettle is just a weed, think again! This amazing plant might be stingy, but it comes with a powerhouse of skin benefits having been an important ingredient in herbal medicine for centuries, dating back as far as Ancient Greece. Its scientific name, Urtica dioica, comes from the Latin word uro, which means “to burn,” because its leaves can cause a temporary burning sensation upon contact. It’s a member of the mint family and grows best in nitrogen-rich soil and blooms from June to September. Stems are upright and rigid and reach a height of 0.6 to 2m tall. Leaves are heart shaped, finely toothed, and tapered at the ends, and the flowers are yellow or pink. The entire plant is covered with tiny stiff hairs, mostly on the underside of the leaves and stem. These hairs act like needles, injecting histamine and other chemicals when touched by humans or animals, creating a stinging sensation. When nettles come into contact with a painful area of the body, they can actually decrease the original pain. Scientists think nettle does this by reducing levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body, and by interfering with the way the body transmits pain signals. Nettle has extraordinary anti-inflammatory properties, it is renowned for its natural ability to calm irritation and can be exceptionally helpful in easing skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Its rich histamine content along with; chlorophyll, oxyacetylene and iron make it a wonderful remedy for easing itchy skin. Studies have shown nettle is effective against bacterial infections. Since it kills off fungi and bacteria, nettle is truly effective against microorganisms that may lead to inflammation and acne. It fights infections, such as pimples, eradicating and preventing them from recurring. Boasting a high concentration of polyphenols, nettle acts as a powerful antioxidant ensuring an optimal amount of free radicals when used in skincare. Besides a firming effect, it also keeps fine lines at bay working as a great anti-aging agent. A great source of vitamins A, C, D and B complex, nettle boosts skin radiance, giving complexions a fresh glow. Oily skin highly benefits from the astringent property of nettle which gently shrinks and tightens the top layer of skin. This fantastic property of nettle will also aid healing of minor skin injuries like scrapes and annoying razor nicks. Nettle is a natural and safe way to stop hair loss and make hair glossy and healthy. Shampoo bars made with nettle have many benefits for your hair and scalp. The most noticeable benefit is the reduction of a dry, itchy scalp as well as dandruff. Nettle leaves are rich in silica and sulphur which which, apart from encouraging hair growth, works to improve hair health by strengthening the hair shaft, making hair shinier and healthier and reducing split ends. Nettle leaves are also rich in minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc, so the hair follicles get a great boost. Nettle enhances blood supply to the scalp, aiding in circulation and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients received by the scalp and hair follicles so hair roots get a better supply of nutrients and oxygen and, as a result, hair can grow stronger and longer. But nettle isn’t just good for treating your dry scalp; it’s one of the oldest recorded remedies used for treating and preventing hair loss. Nettle leaf is known to inhibit the formation of DHT – the androgen hormone that causes male and female baldness.

  • Aromatherapy Sachets

    Having discovered lots of people admitted to putting bars of my soap in their drawers, to keep them smelling sweet, I decided to create something especially for that purpose and incorporate the benefits of essential oils too. Aromatherapy sachets are portable diffusers which can be placed almost anywhere and provide a beautiful fragrance with no need for flame, heat or liquid. Using only the highest quality ingredients combined with highly concentrated essential oil blends means that they can provide aromatherapy benefits too. The sachet base is 100% natural and biodegradable. It consists of a highly absorbent natural mineral and plant mixture that holds a high concentration of essential oil which will gently diffuse over time. No plastic, no synthetic chemicals and no waste. The packet, made from sustainable eucalyptus paper, is eco-friendly too. Traditional paper is made from wood pulp which involves felling trees. Global paper consumption has quadrupled in the last 50 years and is now at an unsustainable level. When a tree is cut down it takes 20 – 35 years to grow another one. Around 80,000 – 160,00 trees are cut down around the world every day and the WWF states that wood pulp for paper accounts for 13-15% of total wood consumption and uses 33-40% of all industrial wood traded globally. Harvesting eucalyptus wood is more sustainable than traditional wood because it grows back after being chopped down. Eucalyptus grows quicker and uses less water than other trees traditionally used in paper production. Of course, Smelleez aromatherapy sachets are not just for drawers, there’s loads of other places that you can use them such as; 👗 Hang one in your wardrobe or closet 🧺 Pop one into your linen cupboard 👟 Keep one with your shoes 🛏️ Place one under your pillow 🚗 Stash one under the seat of your car 🎒Throw one into your gym bag 💼 Pack one in your suit case 🗑️ Hide one under the bin liner or in the under the sink cupboard You can increase the fragrance emitted by giving the sachet a shake or placing it in the sun for a little while as heat makes the sachet diffuse fragrance faster. Don’t open the sachet as this could result in a bit of a mess and the essential oils could cause discolouration or damage to some surfaces.

  • Dog Paw Balm: What You Need to Know

    Dog paws act both as shock absorbers and brakes. They help protect the bones and joints in and around the foot, while also aiding stability when on slippery surfaces or steep slopes. Even though paw pads are made up of a thick layer of fatty tissue, they can still be susceptible to injury, cracking, and discomfort. It is easy to think that dogs' paws are very tough and with little feeling. However, they're actually quite sensitive. Cold weather, snow, ice and de-icer as well as hot pavements can all damage your dog’s paw pads. Walking on rough terrain can wear pads down causing cracks, abrasions and cuts. Although the occasional nibble of the paw is no reason for concern, any above average chewing or licking of the paws could be an indication that something is wrong. Paw balm is a great tool for general paw care as it can help protect your dog’s paw pads and has many benefits including; · Moisturising paw pads · Protecting paws form the elements, chemicals, ice, concrete & other rough surfaces · Treating minor blisters, cracks, cuts & allergic irritation on paws · Alleviating discomfort from dog paw hyperkeratosis ( also known as ‘hairy paw’) which is a health condition that causes paw pads (and noses) to thicken and crack. Ultimately the best approach to looking after your dog's paws is to take the time to check each paw frequently and thoroughly. Don’t just rely on being able to notice any irregularities with your dog's behaviour. Smellez 4 Pawz Paw Balms are cruelty-free, vegan friendly formulations which are packed with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties designed to soothe paws and other problem areas such as cracked/rough elbow skin. They are great at hydrating and moisturising due to all-natural ingredients such as; Coconut oil which is packed full of vitamins and minerals that are very beneficial for skin health. It is a natural anti-fungal, antibiotic, and antiseptic oil which can help protect wounds from infection. It can help protect paws from getting sore and irritated as it not only moisturizes but can act as a protective balm creating a barrier between your dog’s paws, and any irritants. Shea butter soothes, softens, and hydrates. It contains a unique substance known as cinnamic acid, which has natural antibacterial properties which can help ward off infection and speed up wound healing. Shea butter also contains naturally occurring vitamins A and E. The former is known to speed up the recovery and regeneration of the skin and the latter can help soothe irritation and speed recovery. Essential fatty acids keep the skin healthy, elastic, and better prepared to heal itself should the need arise. Olive wax is obtained from Olive Oil and has all of the same benefits of the natural essential fatty acids contained in olive oil. It acts as a protective barrier to the skin, softens, soothes and helps combat moisture loss, enhancing suppleness as well as helping the absorption of other ingredients. Nose & Toes is unscented which also makes it ideal for applying to sensitive, dry and crusty noses. It contains Sweet Almond oil which, as well as being full of vitamin E and vitamin A and fatty acids, also contains minerals which help reduce irritation, along with zinc which can help smooth rough and calloused skin. This makes it perfect for smoothing, softening, and locking in moisture for dry toes, nose, ears and anywhere else that's looking a little dry or flaky. Just 4 Pawz has been designed to help speed recovery of minor cuts and prevent infection as well as helping to calm allergies and sensitivity using all-natural ingredients including; Neem oil can help reduce itchiness associated with allergies, treat skin infections, fight fungal infections and soothe inflammation. It's thought to boost collagen production too. Carrot Seed oil is great for dry, sensitive skin which is prone to infection. It can rejuvenate and stimulate and improve elasticity of tissues. Palmarosa essential oil is rich in nutrients and penetrates deeply to nourish and lock in moisture. Lavender essential oil is probably the No 1 essential oil when it comes to healing skin conditions and cuts. With its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial and detoxifying benefits, it soothes and calms and helps heal minor cuts and scrapes. (* Please don't use this balm on noses as it contains essential oils which could be overpowering to your dog's very sensitive sense of smell.) A balm will help keep your dog's paws in optimum condition and can be applied as often as necessary, especially before your dog goes outside in harsh weather or on rough terrain and/or after they come back inside. Of course, if your dog hates having their feet touched, you might want to start giving regular foot massages to get them used to you touching their feet and this will hopefully mean that the next time you need to apply a paw balm there isn't a fuss! Always seek veterinary advice and care if you are concerned or irritation continues.

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  • Handmade soap | Smelleez

    HANDMADE SOAP FOR EVERYONE & THEIR DOG! JUST RELEAS ED Aromather a py Sa chets blissful blends of esse ntial oils 100% Natural & Biodegradable New Quick View Aromatherapy Sachet (large) Price £4.99 New Quick View Aromatherapy Sachet (small) Price £3.50 New Quick View Aromatherapy Sachet (large) Price £4.99 New Quick View Aromatherapy Sachet (small) Price £3.50 GLYCERINE SOAP Glycerine soap is considered to be one of the most moisturizing types of soap. Glycerine is a vegetable-derived humectant which attracts moisture from the air to your skin and keeps it locked in. Unlike some soaps that dry skin out and make it feel tight and even flaky, glycerine soap keeps skin feeling hydrated for several hours after you use it. With incredible fragrances and skin-softening ingredients like olive oil they’re effective, great for your skin, and great for the environment, too. Why not give them a try? Shop Now THE SMELLEEZ BLOG Dog Paw Balm: What You Need to Know Dog paws act both as shock absorbers and brakes. They help protect the bones and joints in and around the foot, while also aiding... Soap-based vs Soap-free Shampoo Bars If you're planning to make the switch to a solid shampoo bar, it's important to know that not all shampoo bars are the same (but I'll... Christmas Presents that Don't Cost the Earth If your idea of the perfect gift includes being kind to the environment, then you're in the right place. Of course everyone wants to find... Read More

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  • MY STORY | Smelleez

    Meet Amelia I first started crafting soap (at the age of seven) back in November 2017. Since then, I’ve gone on to create a range of amazing soaps catering for all tastes (and ages!). My soaps are handmade in small batches in rural Perthshire, Scotland. None of my products have been tested on animals - and never will be! Smelleez 4 Pawz I don’t just make soap for people, I have a range of solid shampoo bars especially for dogs! My dog soap is packed with lovely cleansing, nourishing oils to care for and nurture your dog’s skin and condition their coat. Oatmeal to loosen dirt and further condition skin along with a carefully selected blend essential oils which are safe & helpful to dogs

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