Living in the tropics immersed in the natural elements has its many rewards, life lessons and spiritual awakenings. The more we trust in the balance and the natural order of the world around us, the less we fear. We gain more confidence in our innate ability to become one with the balance within that natural order, and no longer play the victims of circumstance. This has empowered us to trust in the natural laws of nature and in our own ability to self-heal.
As soon as you step into the garden at Kauai Farmacy, you find yourself surrounded by a myriad of flourishing herbs. Some brush against your arm as they reach out into the pathway, some rest timidly upon the ground, seeking shade and privacy, while others meet you eye-to-eye with brilliant shades of blossoming flowers. Each day these plants grow, while each season catalyzes a transformation in each of our plants— some hail the sun during our summer months, while others praise the rain of our wet winters. The one herb who remains consistently vigorous and resilient, however, is Tulsi.
How do hydrosols work to create healthy glowing skin?
Hydrosols contain active healing compounds that support the skin by balancing its pH and sebum production, hydrating the cells, soothing inflammation, and promoting skin cell regeneration.
Healthy youthful skin is actually slightly acidic, as the skin protects itself with acid. Normal skin pH levels average between 4.5-5.5, with oily skin being more alkaline and more susceptible to infection, and drier skin being more acidic and more prone to inflammation.
The outer layer of the skin is the protective layer that comes in contact with the outside world. It shields the skin from environmental factors such as bacteria and pollution, and it actually produces antigens close to the skin surface in order to boost immunity and balance bacteria growth. When the skin is out of PH balance, whether due to external factors or diet, then bacteria, allergens, and foreign bodies are able to find their way through the skin barrier, and once into the blood stream, create inflammation, allergies, and breakouts.
Everything that our skin comes into contact with directly impacts its pH. Our skin has natural mechanisms for retaining its balance, however it is OUR duty as consumers that we invest wisely in products that support that balance so that the skin can do its job! The same properties that allow soap to cut through oil also reduce the skin’s natural and protective acidity.
Applied as a toner or spritzer, our Tulsi hydrosol (both Krishna and Vana varieties) is lovely tool for restoring the skin’s natural acidity, bringing it back into balance so that it can breathe and glow!