Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Tea Review

Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Tea Review

Tea is one of my favorite drinks. It’s a fast and delicious way to add health benefits and flavor to water. Did you know that it’s been said that tea may help stimulate your internal organs, help with digestion, and aid in detoxifying the body? There are several different types of tea and all are said to have their own set of benefits. When Traditional Medicinals reached out to me about trying their dandelion teas, I couldn’t say no. My kitchen cabinets are already stocked with tea from them. It’s one of my favorite tea brands!

The two teas that I tried are EveryDay Detox Dandelion tea and the Dandelion Leaf & Root tea. The Detox tea is described as having a slightly sweet and pepperminty taste. It claims to gently stimulate the liver and support kidney function. The Leaf & Root tea is described as mild and sweet. It claims to support kidney function and healthy digestion.

I’ve heard that dandelion is full of health benefits and have seen it in all sorts of recipes, but have never tried it before. I was honestly worried that the tea may be a bit bitter. But, knowing that I have always loved other teas from Traditional Medicinals, I wanted to dive right in.

Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Tea Review

I started drinking the DailyDetox tea everyday with breakfast and having one or two mugs of the Root & Leaf tea during the day. The package directions said to drink two to three cups of each type for two weeks. I was hesitant to do this because I was not sure how the tea would effect my body and wanted to get a better feel for that first.

The two teas both taste great! Both are very mild and slightly sweet. The DailyDetox Dandelion tea is definitely peppermint tasting, but there’s also a touch of black licorice in the flavor as well. The Dandelion Leaf & Root tea was very mild and had a slightly earthy yet floral flavor. While drinking the tea, I did feel like I had more energy. At first my skin honestly broke out a little bit. I think this was due to the detoxifying process that was starting. After two weeks, my skin was clearer than before I started drinking the tea and my skin seemed brighter. I also love that the tea is organic.

I feel that I saw benefits to drinking these two teas daily. I feel that both did help with detoxification and digestion. If you’re trying to kick-start your healthy habits, I could see these teas being a great addition to your day. I will definitely be buying both the DailyDetox Dandelion tea and the Dandelion Leaf & Root tea once these boxes are gone.

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Logical Harmony on Animal Voices Radio

Logical Harmony on Animal Voices Radio

Today Logical Harmony will be featured on Animal Voices Radio! Animal Voices runs out of Vancouver, Canada. I’ll be talking about cruelty free and vegan beauty with the host, Alison.

The show will air on Friday, February 21st, 2014 from Noon to 1pm PST at 100.5fm CFRO in Vancouver, Canada, and via live streaming at www.coopradio.org. Afterwards, a pod cast will be available online as well.

UK Announces There is No Set Target to Reduce Animal Testing for Research

UK Announces There is No Set Target to Reduce Animal Testing for Research

Last year the EU announced a ban on animal testing for cosmetics ingredients. It was a giant step for cruelty free movements worldwide. This ban meant that items sold in the EU could not be tested on animals in the EU and that ingredients could also not be tested in the EU (find out more about what it means for brands selling where animal testing is required by law). However, it did not cover animal testing used for research or animal testing used for ingredients in household items.

Earlier this week an announcement was made about the future of animal testing for research. Animal rights groups worldwide have a mixed response to the message sent by the government.

The government states that animal testing will still be necessary in some areas – life sciences (illness and disease), animal welfare (minimization of pain, suffering and distress for animals living on farms, zoos, and in labs), and environmental (to understand the potential effect of chemicals on our environment).

The Government is clear that there is a continuing need for properly regulated and ethically conducted research using animals where the harm caused to the animals is justified by the potential benefits, and where no practicable alternative exists. We will continue to make this case and to improve understanding and awareness of this issue.

The report states that this testing will still be conducted on fish, rodents, dogs (mainly beagles), primates, horses, and cats. The report also notes that some primates may be replaced with genetically modified rodents and fish, of which there has been an increase.

The report recognizes the benefits of in vitro methods (non animal testing methods) and that they are more cost effective. They are seeing an increase in research using both in vivo (animal testing) and in vitro methods instead of just animal testing alone. Recent scientific advances for in vitro testing methods are thought to only help decrease the number of animal tests done for research. Yet, the government states more advancements in technologies need to be made in order to further reduce animal testing.

The UK plays a leading role globally in supporting the development and adoption of techniques to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals. For example, the Government has been providing funding to the NC3Rs since it was established in 2005 and the level of that funding has significantly increased since 2010 based upon their record of success. The Government’s research funding bodies (e.g. the Medical Research Council) have funded major initiatives, often in partnership with charities such as the Wellcome Trust, to ensure the UK gives leadership in data sharing to avoid duplication occurring and to help improve understanding, for example about the pathways and causes of disease. Furthermore, a number of government departments and agencies have, in recent years, worked collaboratively to develop and validate new technologies which can replace animal use in safety testing and help reduce risks to the public, the environment, pets and farm animals.

They also want to promote awareness about animal testing that is to be done in areas where no alternatives may exist. Labs are encouraged to document the amount of discomfort they believe animals to be in during testing. This data is planned to be used to further refine these practices, though it’s unclear exactly what that would mean in regards to a potential reduction of animal testing.

Plans are set in place to allow the reduction of animal testing and to promote alternatives and provide support for research done through in vitro methods. This report acknowledges the value in vitro tests have and that more time and money should be spent to enhance the technology for in vitro tests. This being publicly and openly acknowledged by a government is a step in the right direction.

Outside sources say that animal testing for research has actually been increasing in recent years.

The most recent data available show that in 2012, researchers conducted more than 4.11 million experiments on animals—well over 11,000 procedures a day and a rise of 8% over 2011, according to Home Office figures. The rapid growth is caused primarily by the massive use of genetically modified animals. – UK Science Insider http://news.sciencemag.org/europe/2014/02/u.k.-scientists-welcome-new-policy-animal-research

More information about the use of genetically modified animals for research can be found on the BBC website - Sharp rise of 8% in UK animal experiments.

The full policy, Working to reduce the use of animals in research: delivery plan, can be read online in PDF format. If you are reading this post, I urge you to read the full document to get a better understanding of what is being presented, what testing is being done currently, and what it may mean for future animal testing.

It’s laid out in this document what testing is being conducted and the reasons for it. This level of transparency is greatly appreciated by many animal rights groups who say that the transparency alone is worth supporting. What it could mean as far as a reduction in animal testing, and a date in which some reduction may happen, remains unclear.

Beauty Without Cruelty Ultimate Conditioning Natural Mascara Review

Beauty Without Cruelty Ultimate Conditioning Natural Mascara Review

Mascara is one of my must-have beauty products. No matter how simple my makeup routine may be it always includes mascara. I had never heard much about the Beauty Without Cruelty mascaras and was very curious to try them out. When one showed up in a beauty box I subscribe to, I was excited to be able to use it!

Claims: “Full Volume conditioning formulation with wild berry wax with the innovative spheres ‘Lash Lovers’ brush that creates length and definition with shading effect and lash separation as well as increased coverage reaching the full length of every lash.”

Ingredients: Aqua/water, Oryza Sativa Bran Cera (RiceWax), Vp/va Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-5 Laurate, Acacia Senegal Gum (AcaciaWax), Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Cera Carnauba (CarnaubaWax), Rhus Verniciflua Peel Cera (Japanese FruitWax), Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Powder, Benzyl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Biotin, Mica,Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. Gluten free. Great mascara wand that makes it possible to easily grab each lash. Cute packaging. Good for a natural look.

Cons: Clumpy formula. Runs easily. Watery formula.

The Verdict: I loved the wand of this mascara. It has different bristle sizes that really help to grab lashes. This is something I wish more brands did. This mascara is meant to create both length and definition. On my lashes, I felt that at first it did a decent job of creating definition but not length. Throughout the day though, my lashes stuck together and I ended up with a terrible case of spider lashes. If I had only stuck to one coat of mascara, I think this would have eased this issue. Removal was easy – which is nice! The downside was that the mascara really irritated my eyes while I was removing it. It was nothing that a couple of splashes of water couldn’t fix, but I was surprised to find this from a natural mascara.

I think that the Ultimate Conditioning Natural Mascara is a great option for those who want a simple and easy mascara for just one coat. This mascara did not work for me and I will not be finishing this tube or purchasing the product in the future. However, if you are going for a very natural look, this could be a good option for you.

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