#11. Shampoo

Shampoos are just another kind of soap, a liquid soap, and with as many chemicals as the most of the industrial soaps and detergents. Even the neutral shampoos can contain chemicals. Read therefore the information on the box or container before buying a soap or shampoo. Soap is per definition alkaline. Shampoos therefore as well. To make a shampoo more neutral, by lowering the alkalinity, the industry uses mostly chemicals, acidic chemicals. To make a shampoo lather the industry adds special chemicals, named sulfates. An informational article about it: The facts about shampoo lather. Lather is not a guarantee that your hair and scalp become clean though.

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Shampoos, all sorts of shampoos, the many brands, all are claiming to be the best for your hair, offering for every hair type another shampoo, another conditioner, another hair mask. I have used for as long as they exist pH nautral shampoos, hair conditioners, masks, but my hair was, despite the neutral pH of the shampoos, and the beautiful natural conditoners, and masks, never really okay. My hair is thick, curly, dry, fluffy, and now I am becoming grey it is even dryer. I have tried everything. Because of the mentioned characteristics of my hair it is impossible to have it long. Not even half long.

Herbal olive oil soap as a shampoo bar

I have started lately to use my own herbal olive soap for hair washing, to see what happens. It looks better and better. . The most significant difference is that I do not need to wash my hair more than once per week. My hair looks and feels normal, is so much easier to be dressed. I was wondering why.

Though pH neutral shampoos can be used every day, the question is if washing your hair every day is really okay for hair and scalp. My thoughts go far back in time when hair was washed just once per week. That had a reason: the skin of the scalp is not the same skin as on the rest of your body. Every single hair is growing out of the scalp-skin and it is the skin that keeps the hair in a good condition. We need indeed hair conditioners and hair masks when we wash the hair daily. But if we offer the skin of the scalp the time to do their work in their own natural way, and if we do not immediately destroy their work, by daily taking away what the skin itself produces, namely sebum, we do not need hair conditioners as we do now. Daily washing the hair is maybe okay according to shampoo manufacturers, but it is a matter of logic thinking that the natural resistance of the skin and the hair will decrease because of exhaustion, or will become overactive at the very beginning, when the daily shampoo attacks start, even when the shampoo is pH neutral. Using a neutral shampoo once per week was for me not the solution. Reason to use it more. And that did not work either.

A natural conditioner: argan oil

My own experiences with my oily cold process herbal olive soaps are that washing my hair with it once per week is really enough. After making my hair towell dry I use a teaspoon pure argan oil and spread it over and through the towel-dry hair and massage it into the scalp and hair. I let the hair dry naturally. My fluffy, dry hair is gone, but I expect that hte condition of my hair will improve more. In a few weeks I will add an update here.

To make it more personal I have added about 20 drops of rosemary essential oil to the 50 ml bottle, and stirred it very good. Argan oil and essential oils can be bought at House of Deli, Crete:

Additional information

  1. What ages hair? – PubMed
  2. Hairloss due to electromagnetic radiation from overuse of cellphone – ResearchGate

My personal experiences with EMF and hair loss: during the time that I was not aware of the impact of EMF on my health, not informed about symptoms of overradiation, I was indeed losing so much hair that I was wondering what was going on. I have written about this in my blog Multerland, in several posts[Archives 2017-2018]. It was the start of a private study about EMF. The consultation of an osteopath was helpful to stop my bad physical condition: she worked on my scalp, neck, and it felt as if a layer of glass broke and my scalp was back to normal again. After several treatments my hair was growing again. The new hair looked like baby hair, but after some months it was back to normal. The only way to get rid of the effects if wireless radiation is to live in an EMF free environment. I bought the Acousticom2. This calibrated device is able to measure EMF. In this way I could find the rooms where the radiation is almost zero, or at least the less, where to put the bed, where the desk with computer. Of course all wireless is turned off, the smart meter is turned off, the Wi-Fi is turned off, also in the computer and printer. All is cabled, I do not have internet on my cellphone and mostly the cellphone is on flymodus.

#08. Exfoliating the skin

What is exfoliating?

Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells to make room for new cells. Exfoliating is removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin by using for instance:

Exfoliating can improve the appearance of the skin, but if not done properly, it could do more harm than good. Best is to chose the safe materials.

  • washcloth
  • loofah
  • dry brush

I experience the dry brush -a bath brush which has the right strength for skin- as a very excellent daily help to really improve the condition of my own older skin. In this figure below you can see the difference between younger and older skin. One of the differences is the blood vessel: in the older skin it is darker red, which means that there is lesser oxygen. When brushing the skin the blood circulation in the skin improves. Photo 2: Click to enlarge.

Read more about skin types, details of the different types of exfoliation, aging of the skin in:

Additional information:

  1. What Does It Mean to Exfoliate? Why You Should and How to Start – Healthline
  2. Dr. Berkowsky’s Vital Chi Skin Brushing System™ – Natural Health Science
  3. Skin care in the aging female: myths and truths – PubMed
  4. The truth about dry brushing and what it does for you – Cleveland Clinic

#07. Skin and pH

When writing this post it is July 2021. We, humans all over the world, have an experience with skin and pH(power of Hydrogen) values, while knowing maybe not anything about pH and if not being aware of the fact, why the skin of the dorsal of their hands looks so incredible bad since the last year. Most probably this is caused by the antiseptic sprays (high percentage alcohol) at the entrance of all shops. Not one doctor, dermatologist, talks about it. However, when one uses a soap to wash hands it has to be skin neutral. They say.

Skin neutral?

The pH value of the skin is on all places of the body different. Therefore one uses an average pH value, which is about 5 or lesser. What exactly is causing the pH value of the skin? First one needs to know what exactly is «skin». Skin is an organ which covers and protects all what is beneath the skin, and outside the skin. The skin is nourished by the food we eat. If we never eat a balanced food, concerning pH levels, acidic and alkaline, the skin will not be able to have a healthy pH level. The influence of too much acidic food, which is the most popular among humans in the «civilized» countries, influences of course the constitution of the skin, and its pH values.

Also influences from outside the skin, like air pollution, artificial electromagnetic radiation, burning sun rays, extreme temperature, contribute to the condition of the skin, and its pH. On health websites one claims that only soaps with a pH value that is similar with the skin pH are healthy for keeping a healthy skin. This would mean that swimming in the salty sea pH 8,2), or ocean (pH 8,2), even bathing in tap-water (pH value between 6,5 and 8,5) or taking a shower should be avoided.

The neutral pH level soaps are a mix of the normal alkalinity of soaps, and mostly several chemicals to achieve a lower pH level. These chemicals are more skin damaging than a normal soap ever can. With other words: a lot of industrial propaganda for their so-called neutral pH products should be suspected.

The term alkaline is a sort of curse in the ears of many, because of the industrial propaganda for their self created myths that a soap must have a neutral pH value. How can they explain the alkalinity of for instance breast milk(pH of 6,35-7,35)[1], the alkalinity of the skin of new-borns(pH value 7)[2], the alkalinity of the amniotic fluid(pH value 7,1-7,3)[3] in which the foetus swims before it is born? The foetus is extremely sensitive: imagine the damage that could be created in its development of organs, brains, eyes, blood vessels, nervous system, bones, skin…. Nature however found it better to let it swim in alkaline fluid, not in neutral fluid, neither in acidic fluid. The pH value of blood ranges between 7,35 and 7,45. It is the blood that nourishes the skin from inside, and the lymphatic fluid in the skin pours out the acidic waste to the surface of the skin. If the food habits of the human being are not healthy, unbalanced, too acidic, of course the blood will be more acidic and the skin as well. How high was the pH level of the skin of our ancestors? They washed with alkaline soap, without any problem. Skin problems occur because of an unhealthy life style, bad hygiene, the poisonous environment we live in, and the poisonous food people eat.

Healthy lymph have a pH that ranges between 7 and 10. The lymphatic system, part of the immune system, is a network of ducts that carry the lymphatic fluid (LF). LF also contains white blood cells called lymphocytes, fats, and proteins.[4]. The lymphatic system, made up of lymphatic fluid, tiny vessels, nodes and organs, is responsible for removing excess fluid, infections and acidic waste[5].

Viruses, Corona and pH

There are several publications about viruses and how they react to low or high pH values. The most of the publications contradict each other. Some write: Viruses thrive, like bacteria, in an acidic environment. Viruses infect body cells by binding to the proteins in the cells and then multiplying. Scientific research shows that this process mainly takes place at a low pH value or in an acidic environment. An acidic environment has a pH of 0 to 7. As the pH becomes more basic, the activity of viruses decreases sharply. Scientists have established this in various studies in numerous viruses in both humans and animals. The relationship between pH value and infection-increasing activities has been demonstrated in, among others, influenza1, corona2, hepatitis C3, foot-and-mouth disease4 and other viruses in animals. By increasing the alkaline buffer in your body, which improves the pH value of your body cells, the sensitivity to viruses in the body could decrease[6][7] More: [8][9]

Since scientists are not unanimously concluding that alkalinity of food, or body care products, create a not virus-friendly environment it is necessary to wait for more research.


  1. pH value of breastmilk – ScienceDirect
  2. Skin pH of a newborn baby – PubMed
  3. Amniotic fluid has a pH of 7.1 to 7.3. – Healthline
  4. pH value of healthy lymphatic fluids – Portland Press
  5. About lymphatic fluid – PrairieNaturals
  6. Viruses are pH sensitive – Reelyse
  7. The influence of pH on SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 severity – ResearchGate
  8. Conditions Favoring Increased COVID-19 Morbidity and Mortality: Their Common Denominator and its Early Treatment – PubMed
  9. What do we know so far about COVID-19 and alkalinity? Health Desk
  10. Additional information about pH values – Scientific Research, §6
  11. The Skin – Cretan Garden Blog

#05. Effect of olive oil on skin

«Effect of olive oil on skin» is a chapter in the book: Olives and Olive Oil in Health and Disease Prevention, (pp.1125-1132).

Parts of the abstract, published in ResearchGate, in 2010, by Diana Badiu, Rafael Luque, and Rajkumar Rajendram:

The popularity of cosmetics derived from natural sources is increasing. Such products are ecologically «ethical» and are effective and safe to use.

Vitamin E is the main lipophilic antioxidant that inhibits peroxidation, especially if associated with «natural» moisturizers such as the lipids in olive oil and olive extract. Vegetable oils containing EFAs have proven to be of great use in the production of cosmetics as either active incipient or raw materials for the synthesis of novel compounds. EFAs are easily integrated into the skin’s hydro-lipid film and are nourishing, moisturizing, and protective.

Some of these substances have been used for centuries yet can still meet the needs of today’s consumers. Apart from their moisturizing and soothing effects, and anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory function, these products reduce aging of the skin with their antioxidant, stabilizing action on the cellular membranes. Treatment with olive oil has no side effects. Olive oil does not burn or traumatize the skin.

More scientific research:

  • Virgin olive oil as a fundamental nutritional component and skin protector – ReasearchGate
  • Olive Oil in Botanical Cosmeceuticals – ResearchGate
  • Enhancement of antioxidant and skin moisturizing effects of olive oil by incorporation into microemulsions – ResearchGate
  • The foundation for the use of olive oil in skin care and botanical cosmeceuticals – ResearchGate


  • How to Use Olive Oil on Your Face – WikiHow

More scientific research on the website Cretan Garden: go here

#04. Skin rash

Despite all care, by practising good advice, using natural and safe products, living a healthy life-style, it is possible that you keep suffering from skin-rash. It is important to contact an officially registered therapist, who works with for instance medicinal plants, acupuncture, reflex-zone therapy, aroma therapy, Bach flower therapy, or homeopathy. If these do not offer you any insight and progress, it is necessary to consult your general practitioner.

Industrial electricity and EMF disturb natural electricity

There is a phenomenon however, that cannot be healed, by not anyone: being allergic for artificial (which means man-made) electro magnetic fields/radiation. This phenomenon is ignored/rejected by industry, governments, and the with governments/industry related health care practitioners, which means: the most of them. They believe that your problem is psychological, imagination. Well, it is not. Birds, bees, amphibians, mammals, water, trees, plants, insects, the ionosphere, atmosphere,. all life and life-phenomenons suffers from it. This has been researched in science already for many decades, by for instance. Dr. Alfonso Balmori, Dr. Daniel Favre, Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy, Dr. Lennart Hardell, Dr. Joel Moskowitz, Dr. Devra Davis, Dr. Louis Slesin, Dr. Robert O. Becker, Dr. Martin Blank, Dr. Martin L. Pall.[Sources in the additional information in this post.] The so-called world-wide applied safety guidelines created by ICNIRP, are based on thermal effects from EMF, while they should be based on the biological effects as well. The biological effects are ignored by all governments in the entire world. Reason for sounding the alarm. There are several appeals from medical scientists, doctors, natural healthcare practitioners, acupuncturists, etc., even to the secretary of the United Nations Antonio Guterres. Without any result. The WHO does not help you. They have applied the ICNIRP guidelines. There are on the moment several ongoing investigations and lawsuits against ICNIRP and the FCC.

Natural electricity is life energy

All life works electrically. Natural electricity is a normal and unmissable energy. Man-made electricity however affects natural electricity: natural electricity goes one direction, is named direct current, DC ~ man-made electricity, goes two directions, forth and back. This is named alternating current, AC. Alternating current disturbs natural current.

Man-made electricity, industrial electricity and EMF, create symptoms. In animals, plants, trees. One of the symptoms experienced by humans is skin rash. The only way to get rid of it is to protect yourself against man-made radiation, by using your cellphone only when necessary and keeping it in fly mode during the rest of the time. Also: by using ethernet, by cabling your laptop and turning off WIFI, also in the computer, and turning off smart-meters.

You can help your body, nerve system, organs, heart, skin and eyes by being in nature, away from EMF, as often as possible. The power and density of man-made electro magnetic fields is increasing very fast. Today, 24/7 all life on earth is bathing in man-made electro-magnetic radiation. Telecom ignores the medical research, while telecom itself has not invested one dollar in researching the biological health effects of wireless. They know however that it is dangerous. EMF is the new tobacco.

Blog Multerland

You can find in-depth information about EMF in my blog Multerland, in my YouTube channel Multerland and on Twitter. If you do not have the time for all the scientific articles, PDF files, papers, documentaries and educational videos that I collected and categorized, you could start reading EMF health effects – understanding impacts on health.

Additional information

#03. Huden

[For English: scroll down]

Huden er et ekstremt følsomt organ som holdes sunt på grunn av et konstant regenererende, genialt sirkulasjonssystem av vann, lymfe, blod og fett. På grunn av kompleksiteten til huden, for å forstå hvordan huden er bygget opp, hvordan dette organet fungerer, er det nyttig å se en eller flere pedagogiske videoer om det. Jeg har samlet disse i en videoliste.

Photo by cottonbro 

Hvordan opprettholde en sunn hud?

Siden næringen av huden foregår i selve huden via kroppens systemer og ikke på overflaten, er det viktig å spise sunn mat og drikke nok vann (1-2 liter per dag) ved siden av andre væsker som kaffe, te, suppe, juice, etc.. Kaffe og svart te dehydrerer kroppen. Å puste inn frisk luft, samtidig være fysisk aktiv, bidrar til en optimal fordøyelse og dermed også for en sunn hud. Dagslys er også en del av den naturlige hudpleien. Dagslys skaper et naturlig vitamin D som tas opp og transporteres av huden inn i kroppen. Vedlikehold av huden utenfra er en del av den daglige hygienen for å holde vond lukt, bakterier, virus og sopp unna, for å unngå sykdommer. Hudvennlige kroppsoljer fukter huden, og sammen med eksfoliering og massasje er den en måte å holde den vital, elastisk og skinnende.

1. Såpe

Det er forbløffende at såpeprodusenter av for eksempel den så populære Aleppo-såpen Savon de Marseille og Castilla-såpen ikke gir informasjon om pH-verdien. pH-verdien på alle natursåper er 9. Cretan Garden-såpene er natursåper, sammenlignbare med Aleppo-såpene, og har også en pH-verdi på 9. Dette pH-nivået er relatert til formelen for håndlagde naturlige såper i henhold til gamle tradisjoner. Det finnes produsenter av de såkalte nøytrale såpene, eller såkalte økologisk nedbrytbare såper som heller ikke gir noe informasjon om det. Det finnes natursåpeprodusenter som tilsetter naturlige sure stoffer av for eksempel aloe vera for å senke pH-nivået. For meg har det vært et bevisst valg å følge opp de gamle tradisjonelle metodene og formlene. Selv om Cretan Garden olivensåpen er alkalisk, trenger huden bare 15 minutter på å komme tilbake til sin egen pH. Fordelene med olivenolje, urter og essensielle oljer i såpen er fortsatt tilstede i den tynne filmen som forblir på huden, nærer, beskytter og holder huden elastisk.

*Råd. I tilfelle såpen brukes til hodebunn og hårvask: bruk rosmarin såpe, og arganolje etter vask, på håndkletørt hår hvis du har tørt og/eller krøllete hår. Grått hår kan også være veldig tørt. Arganolje brukes også i den såkalte marokkanske oljen, men arganolje er ren olje, inneholder ikke parfyme eller andre kjemikalier. For å gjøre arganoljen mer din kan du blande en dråpe eterisk olje med arganoljen i håndflaten før du sprer den over håret, og gni den inn i håret og hodebunnen i omtrent ett minutt.

*Råd for bruk av såpe på huden i ansiktet: Ikke bruk såpe for ofte. Bruk lunkent vann og tørk ansiktshuden.

2. En hudvennlig kroppsolje

Lag din egen hudbalsam: Kjøp økologisk olivenolje, og den eteriske oljen som brukes i såpen. Tilsett 200 ml olivenolje / 20 dråper eterisk olje [kun for ekstern bruk!] i en tom og godt rengjort flytende såpeflaske med pumpe. Tilsett bare en liten håndfull av den hjemmelagde kroppsoljen umiddelbart etter vask til den våte og varme kroppen fra ansikt til tær, fordel den over hele huden. Tørk deg deretter med et håndkle. En veldig tynn lag er igjen. Den gir en matt effekt på huden, uten å veie den, uten å etterlate fete spor. Det forbedrer hudens elastisitet samtidig som det forhindrer fuktighetstap som kan bidra til aldringsprosessen. Den holder huden glatt og myk, samtidig som den etterlater en naturlig sunn glød, et yngre resultat og den fantastiske duften av den eteriske oljen. Du kan kjøpe eteriske oljer på BioAroma, Kreta, Hellas.

OBS: den anbefalte summen av dråper eterisk olje på 200 ml olivenolje, for en kroppsolje er en sikker total. På nettstedet til Aroma Therapy Foundation står det skrevet at totalen avhenger av kraften til hver enkelt eterisk olje: de er alle forskjellige i vekt, noe som betyr at en dråpe lavendel er lettere enn en dråpe oregano, for eksempel. De anbefaler for en kroppsolje 20 – 40 dråper på 100 ml olivenolje. Jeg anbefaler maksimalt 20 dråper på 200 ml olivenolje, for bruk på kropp og ansikt. Huden din kan reagere på det uansett. Råd: prøv din hjemmelagde kroppsolje på en liten flekk på armen, og vent å se hvordan huden reagerer før du bruker den på hele kroppen. Ikke bruk kroppsoljen som sololje. Du kan bruke den som en ettersolbehandling. Beskytt huden din mot solen med en krem ​​med høy beskyttelsesfaktor. Den beste beskyttelsen er imidlertid å unngå direkte sollys, ved å bruke solhatt eller å sitte i skyggen.

3. Eksfoliering av huden

Eksfoliering er prosessen med å fjerne døde hudceller fra det ytre laget av huden din. Hvis du gjør dette bra, på den måten som passer med din hudtype, skaper dette en lys, sunn hud fordi sirkulasjonen i huden har blitt bedre. Den riktige måten å eksfoliere på gir bedre absorpsjon av kroppsoljer og kremer. Se også Cretan Garden-blogginnlegget: Eksfoliering av huden.

*Råd: huden i ansiktet ditt må ikke eksfolieres på samme måte som kroppens hud. Fordi ansiktets hud er konstant avdekket, håndterer variasjoner i temperaturer, luftforurensning, overdose av aggressivt sollys, tørr luft inne i huset om vinteren, airco om sommeren og vinteren, trenger ansiktets hud et mildt vedlikehold Ikke noen form av eksfoliering er mild, med mindre man bruker en vaskeklut forsiktig.

4. Terapeutiske massasjer

Siden Wikipedia tilbyr en veldig utmerket artikkel om massasje, typer massasje, massasje i historien og terapier med massasje, vil jeg bare legge til noen merknader.

Massasje stimulerer muskler, blodsirkulasjon, organer, metabolisme i cellene, balanserer kroppssystemene, fjerner blokkering av chakraer, skaper en bro mellom sinnet og kroppen din, og aktiverer huden også, fordi huden er mediet mellom hendene. av terapeuten og kroppen under huden. For å venne seg til en terapeutisk massasje kan man begynne med fotmassasje. Videoer: spilleliste 1, spilleliste 2

Den profesjonelle og terapeutiske thaimassasjen er et mulig neste trinn: du har på deg komfortable klær. Videoer: spilleliste.

Den profesjonelle og terapeutiske Abhyanga («oljemassasje») er en form for ayurvedisk terapi som involverer massasje av hele kroppen fra hode til tå med Dosha-spesifikk varm urte-olje. Selvmassasje er også mulig. Abhyanga-massasje forbedrer hudhelsen. Healthline publiserte en artikkel om det. Video: Abhyanga self-massage. Video: Abhyanga massage India

5. Frisk luft

Huden er vår naturlige grense mellom vår indre fysiske kropp, vår indre verden, vårt selv og omverdenen. Den menneskelige utviklingen, knyttet til den såkalte sivilisasjonen, førte til endringer i vaner, også i klær. Våre forfedre hadde ikke på seg klær, de brukte huden og pelsen til dyrene de drepte til mat, for å beskytte mot kulde. De bodde ikke i lukkede hus, men i huler, hytter eller telt. Frisk luft var en konstant faktor. Luften var ikke forurenset på den tiden. Huden kunne bade dag og natt i ren luft. Frisk luft, oksygen, er nødvendig for å holde huden i god stand. Å åpne vinduer, minst en time eller to per dag, er et must for å holde lufthygienen optimal. Om sommeren gjør jeg dette hver morgen, etter å ha våknet rundt klokken seks, og lukker vinduene etter en time eller to. Om vinteren gjør jeg dette to ganger om dagen, i bare fem minutter: det er ekstremt kaldt i de norske fjellene.

Å gå en daglig tur, også om vinteren, i et miljøvennlig område, skaper en sunn blodsirkulasjon. Blodet anrikes ved å puste inn rent oksygen. Blodsystemet transporterer oksygenet til også huden.

6. Dagslys

Vi er avkom av menneskene som levde i friluft, med overflod av dagslys. Vi må innse at huden vår ikke endret seg så mye under evolusjonen som våre vaner i klær og liv. Vi bor nesten konstant i et lukket hus, kontor, arbeidsplass, bil eller enhver form for offentlig transport, med kunstig lys. Naturlig lys, dagslys, er avgjørende for vårt velvære, og for å opprettholde en sunn hud. Merk: dagslys skapes av solen, men å være i full varme fra en brennende sol er ikke sunt. Skyggen gir også naturlig dagslys.

7. Vann og sunn mat

Hva du spiser og drikker kan påvirke hudens helse betydelig. Drikk minst en liter vann per dag, ved siden av alle andre væsker som kaffe, te, juice eller suppe. Healthline tilbyr utmerket informasjon om god mat for en sunn hud.

Photo by Arnie Watkins

Relaterte blogginnlegg:

Ytterligere informasjon

  • Cretan Garden: Vitenskapelig forskning om olivenolje, bruk av olivenolje på huden, essensielle oljer, kaldbehandlet olivensåpe og urter.
  • Medical News Today: Fordeler med olivenolje for hud og ansikt.
  • Mayo Clinic – et non-profit amerikansk akademisk medisinsk senter fokusert på integrert helsevesen, utdanning og forskning – Gir drikkevann hydrert hud?
  • Healthfully: Effektene av sollys[dagslys, admin] og frisk luft på kroppen
  • HealthfullyVitamin D & Ekstrem Svette


#3. The Skin

The skin is an utterly sensitive organ that is kept healthy because of a constantly regenerating, ingenious circulation system of water, lymph, blood, and fats. Because of the complexity of the skin, to understand how the skin is built, how this organ functions, it is helpful to watch one or more educational videos about it. I collected these in a playlist.

Photo by cottonbro

How to maintain a healthy skin?

Since the nourishment of the skin takes place in the skin itself via the body systems and not on the surface, it is essential to eat healthy food and drink enough water (1-2 litres per day) next to other liquids like coffee, tea, soup, juiceses, etc.. Coffee and black teas de-hydrate the body. Breathing fresh air, being also physical active, contribute to an optimal digestion and therefore for a healthy skin as well. Daylight is also part of the natural skin care. Daylight creates a natural vitamin D that is adopted and transported by the skin into the body. The maintenance of the skin from the outside is part of the daily hygiene to keep bad smells, bacteria, viruses and fungi away, to avoid illnesses. Skin-friendly body oils moisturize the skin, and together with exfoliating the skin and massages a way to keep it vital, elastic, and shining.

1. Soap

It is astonishing that soap manufacturers of for instance the so popular Aleppo soap, Savon de Marseille, and Castile soap do not offer information about the pH value. The pH value of all natural soaps is 9. The Cretan Garden soaps are natural soaps, comparable with the Aleppo soaps, and have a pH value of 9 as well. This pH level is related with the formula for handcrafted natural soaps according to old traditions. There are manufacturers of the so-called neutral soaps, or so-called ecological degradable soaps who do not offer any information about that either. There are natural soap manufacturers who add natural acidic substances of for instance aloe vera to lower the pH level. For me its has been a conscious choice to follow up the old traditional methods and formulas. Though the Cretan Garden olive soap is alkalic, the skin needs just 15 minutes to come back to its own pH. The benefits of the olive oil, herbs and essential oils in the soap are all still present in the thin film that remains on the skin, nourish, protect and keep the skin elastic.

*Advice. In case the soap is used for scalp and hair washing: use argan oil after washing, on the towel-dry hair if you have dry and/or curly hair. Grey hair can be very dry as well. Argan oil is also used in the so-called Moroccan oil, but argan oil is pure oil, does not contain perfumes, or any other kind of chemicals. To make the argan oil more yours you can mix one drop essential oil with the argan oil in the palm of your hand before spreading it over the hair, and rub it in the hair and the scalp for about a minute.

*Advice for the use of soap on the skin of the face: Do not use soap too often. Use luke warm water and pat the skin of the face dry.

2. A skin-friendly body-oil

Make your own skin conditioner: Buy organic olive oil, and the essential oil used in the soap. Add 200 ml olive oil / 20 drops essential oil [for external use only!] in an empty and well cleaned fluid soap bottle with pump. Add just a little hand full of the homemade body oil immediately after washing to the wet and warm body from face to toes, spread it all over the skin. Then dry yourself with a towel. A very thin film is left. It offers a matt effect to skin, without weighing it, without leaving oily traces. It improves skin elasticity while preventing moisture loss that can contribute to the aging process. It keeps the skin smooth and soft, while leaving a natural healthy glow, younger looking result, and the wonderful scent of the essential oil. You can buy essential oils at BioAroma, Crete.

Attention: the advised total of drops essential oil on 200 ml olive oil, for a body oil is a safe total. On the website of the Aroma Therapy Foundation is written that the total depends on the power of each single essential oil: they are all different in weight, which means that one drop of lavender is lighter than one drop of oregano, for instance. They recommend for a body oil 20 – 40 drops on 100 ml olive oil. I recommend the maximum of 20 drops on 200 ml olive oil, to be used on body and face. Your skin could react on it anyway. Advice: try your home made body oil on a small spot on your arm, and wait to see how the skin reacts, before using it on the entire body. Do not use the body oil as a sun-oil. You can use it as an after-sun treatment. Protect your skin against the sun with a high protection factor cream. The best protection however is to avoid direct sunlight, by wearing a sun-hat, or to sit in the shadow.

3. Exfoliating the skin

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. If you do this well, in the way that fits with your skin type, this creates a bright, healthy looking skin because the circulation in the skin has improved. The right way of exfoliating allows a better absorption of body oils and creams. See also the Cretan Garden blog post: Exfoliating the skin.

*Advice: the skin of your face may not be exfoliated in the same way as the skin of the body. Because the skin of the face is constantly uncovered, dealing with variations in temperatures, air pollution, overdose of aggressive sunlight, dry air inside the house in winter, airco in summer and winter, the skin of the face needs a mild maintenance Not any kind of exfoliating is mild, unless one uses a wash cloth carefully.

4. Massages

Because Wikipedia offers a very excellent article about massage, types of massages, massages in history, and therapies with massages, I only would like to add some notes.

Massages stimulate the muscles, blood circulation, organs, metabolism in the cells, are balancing the body systems, unblock chakras, create a bridge between your mind and your body, and activate the skin as well, because the skin is the medium between the hands of the therapist and the body beneath the skin. To get used to a therapeutical massage one could start with foot massages. Videos: playlist 1, playlist 2 The Thai yoga massage is a possible next step: you wear comfortable clothes. Videos: playlist.

Abhyanga («oil massage») is a form of Ayurvedic therapy that involves massage of the entire body from the head to the toe with Dosha-specific warm herb-infused oil. Self-massage is also possible. Abhyanga massage improves skin health. Healthline published an article about it. Video: Abhyanga self-massage. Video: Abhyanga massage India

5. Fresh air

The skin is our natural border between our inner physical body, our inner world, our self, and the outside world, The human eveolution, related with the so-called civilization, brought changes in habits, also in clothing. Our ancestors did not wear clothes, they used the skin and fur of the animals they killed for food, to protect against cold. They did not live in closed houses but in caves, huts or tents. Fresh air was a constant factor. The air was not polluted in that time. The skin could bath day and night in clean air. Fresh air, oxygen, is necessary to keep the skin in a good condition. Opening windows, at least for an hour or two per day, is a must to keep the air-hygiene optimal. In summer I do this every morning, after waking up at about six o’clock, and close the windows after an hour or two. During winter I do this twice per day, for just five minutes: it is extreme cold in the Norwegian mountains.

Taking a daily walk, also in winter, in an environmentally healthy area, creates a healthy blood circulation. The blood is enriched by breathing in pure oxygen. The blood system transports the oxigen to also the skin.

6. Daylight

We are the offspring of the humans who were living in the open air, with abundancies of daylight. We must realize that our skin did not change so much during evolution as our habits in clothing and living. We live almost constantly in a closed house, office, working place, car or any kind of public transport, with artificial light. Natural light, daylight, is essential for our well-being, and to keep a healthy skin. Note: daylight is created by the sun, but being in the full heat of a burning sun is not healthy. Also the shadow offers natural daylight

7. Water and healthy food

What you eat and drink can significantly affect your skin health. Drink at least a liter water per day, next to all other liquids like coffee, tea, juices or soup. Healthline offers excellent information about good food for a healthy skin.

Photo by Arnie Watkins

Related blog posts:

Additional information

  • Cretan Garden: Scientific research about olive oil, the use of olive oil on the skin, essential oils, cold processed olive soap, and herbs.
  • Medical News Today: Benefits of olive oil for the skin and face.
  • Mayo Clinic – a non-profit American academic medical center focused on integrated health care, education, and research – Does drinking water cause hydrated skin?
  • Healthfully: The Effects of Sunlight[daylight, Admin] & Fresh Air on the Body
  • Healthfully: Vitamin D & Excessive Sweating

#01. Olivia

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«Olivia» er navnet på kroppsoljen som jeg brukte da jeg var gravid, i år for femti år siden (jeg er fra 1948). Denne oljen forhindrer de såkalte striae eller strekkmerker i huden på magen, forårsaket av vekst av babyen inne i livmoren. Navnet «Olivia» er selvfølgelig relatert til oljen: det er olivenolje.

Dette var første gang jeg ble kjent med olivenolje.

Olivenolje ble på den tiden (begynnelsen av syttitallet) kun brukt som kjøkkenolje, men kjøkkenolje ble heller ikke brukt så ofte, ikke så hyppig som noen år senere, da det kom mer og mer interesse for sunt kosthold med sunt fett. Sunt fett skaper et godt kolesterol (HDL). Jeg husker at da jeg begynte å bruke Olivia, føltes det litt rart å massere huden på magen med olivenolje. Men det luktet nydelig mildt, ikke fet, og huden ble faktisk mer elastisk.

Den andre gangen jeg ble kjent med olivenolje, annet enn å bruke den som kjøkkenolje, skjedde da jeg ble interessert i terapeutisk massasje, på begynnelsen av nittitallet. Massasjeoljer er en blanding av en bærerolje (som olivenolje, mandelolje, kokosolje, etc.) og en fantastisk luktende eterisk olje. Da jeg begynte med terapeutisk massasje fant jeg de fantastiske Weleda-oljene å jobbe med. Jeg var (og er) veldig entusiastisk over produktet. Da jeg leste informasjonen på esken, oppdaget jeg at hoveddelen består av olivenolje. Jeg bestemte meg for å prøve å lage min egen massasjeolje. Det så ut til å være veldig enkelt. En liten flaske økologisk ekstra virgin olivenolje kan kjøpes i alle supermarkeder. De eteriske oljene finnes i alle slags og dufter tilgjengelig i gode helsebutikker. Den hjemmelagde massasjeoljen lukter nøyaktig det samme som en massasjeolje av det utmerkede merket, men koster mye mindre og har samme kvalitet.

Jeg bruker fortsatt olivenolje: på kjøkkenet, men også på badet, overalt hvor jeg vasker hendene mine, som hjemmelaget kropps-, hånd- og fotolje, og i såperommet, hvor jeg lager olivensåper.

Hvordan lage en hjemmelaget kroppsolje

Formel: 200 ml olivenolje / 20 dråper eterisk olje [kun for ekstern bruk!] Legg dette i en tom såpeflaske med ren væske med pumpe. Tilsett litt i håndflaten og fordel oljen etter vask over den våte og varme kroppen fra ansikt til tær, og tørk deretter med et håndkle. En veldig tynn film er igjen. Den gir en matt effekt på huden, uten å veie den, uten å etterlate fete spor. Det forbedrer hudens elastisitet samtidig som det forhindrer fuktighetstap som kan bidra til aldringsprosessen. Den holder huden glatt og myk, samtidig som den etterlater en naturlig sunn glød og et yngre utseende. Mer om hudens struktur: her

English version:

#1. Hygiene

«Olivia» is the name of the body oil that I used when I was pregnant, this year fifty years ago (I am from 1948). This oil prevents the so-called striae or stretch marks in the skin of the belly, caused by the growth of the baby inside the womb. The name «Olivia» is of course related with the oil: it is olive oil.

This was the first time that I got acquainted with olive oil.

Olive oil was in that time (early seventies) only used as a kitchen oil, but kitchen oils were not so often used either, not as frequent as some years later, when there came more and more interest in healthy diets with healthy fats. Healthy fats create a good cholesterol(HDL). I remember that, when I started to use Olivia, it felt a bit strange to massage the skin of the belly with olive oil. But it smelled beautifully mild, not oily, and the skin became indeed more elastic.

The second time that I got acquainted with olive oil, other than using it as a kitchen oil, happened when I became interested in therapeutic massages, in the beginning of the nineties. Massage oils are a mix of a carrier oil(like olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, etc.) and a wonderful smelling essential oil. When I started myself with therapeutic massages I found the wonderful Weleda oils to work with. I was (and am) really enthusiastic about the product. When I read the information on the box, I discovered that the main part exists of olive oil. I decided to try to make my own massage oil. It seemed to be very easy. A small bottle of organic extra virgin olive oil can be bought in every supermarket. The essential oils are in all sorts and scents available in good health shops. The home made massage oil smells exactly the same as a massage oil of the excellent brand, costs much lesser though, and has the same quality.

I still use olive oil: in the kitchen, but also in the bathroom, everywhere where I wash my hands, as a home made body-, hand- and foot oil, and in the soap room, where I make olive soaps.

How to make a home-made body oil

Formula: 200 ml olive oil / 20 drops essential oil [for external use only!] Put this in an empty clean fluid soap bottle with pump. Add a little bit in the palm of your hands and spread the oil after washing over the wet and warm body from face to toes, then dry with a towel. A very thin film is left. It offers a matt effect to skin, without weighing it, without leaving oily traces. It improves skin elasticity while preventing moisture loss that can contribute to the aging process. It keeps the skin smooth and soft, while leaving a natural healthy glow and younger looking result.

More about the structure of the skin: here

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