Monthly Archives: January 2013

Fight the Flu Naturally

Washing your hands often with soap and water can go a long way in keeping the flu bug at bay.  Our lavender goat's milk and coconut milk vegan soaps are naturally anti-fungal, antiseptic, and soothing.

Washing your hands often with soap and water can go a long way in keeping the flu bug at bay. Our lavender goat’s milk and coconut milk vegan soaps are naturally anti-fungal, antiseptic, and soothing.

This flu season is a truly nasty one.  48 states have been hit by it resulting in thousands of hours in lost productivity, misery, and just plain grumpies.  Members of the Noir Naturals team are fighting it themselves or nursing a loved one back to health.  The flu shot is not the only defense against this wicked bug.  There are ways to reduce and possibly avoid the misery that comes with this unwelcome visitor.

We are not medical professionals.  We just wanted to share what we’ve heard about how others are finding relief.

First up, cleaning and covering up.  These are old school practices, but we tend to lose sight of those things sometimes.  Wash your hands often with soap.  Keep unclean hands away from your face.  When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with your arm or elbow, not your hands.  And if you’re not the one coughing or sneezing, keep in mind that not everyone will remember to do cover or wash up.

Head into the kitchen and whip up system-strengthening goodness.  Pumping up your menu will help you strengthen your immune system all year.  Dark greens, coconut oil, onions, garlic, ginger, citrus fruit, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and hot foods that warm the body and spirit are all said to work wonders. We’ve also stumbled across various pins and recipes for ginger, lemon, and honey tonics and syrups that people swear by.  We even found a flu fighting sorbet with bourbon, honey, ginger, lemon, orange, and cayenne.  One of our team members keeps ginger honey syrup on hand and uses it year round.  She says it makes fantastic lemonade.  Herbal remedies that include elderberries and Echinacea are said to fight off the flu bug as well.

Has the flu hit you or your loved ones?  How do you fight it?  Share your tips and suggestions with us on Twitter, Facebook, or G+.  We’ve pinned some of our favorite recipes on our Nommable Nosh board on Pinterest.  Here’s to better health!

Visit us at NoirNaturals.com to learn more about us, our products, and our travel schedule.

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People love our Ghana Unrefined Shea Butter

Our Ghana Shea Butter is free of any additives.

Our Ghana Shea Butter is free of any additives.

Shea Butter is used to help heal dry, cracked and chapped skin, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars, soften skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Look at what Val from Humble, TX reports:

This past weekend I preheated the oven to bake a pie and it started to smoke.  I realized that spillage
from baking previous things was making the oven smoke.  So I turned off the oven and touched the racks with my fingers to see how hot they were and my 2 fingers got burned.  I admit that was not the wisest thing to do.  Anyway I put some Shea butter to help stop the stinging and burning on my fingers. Within 5 minutes the burning and stinging quit and I did not get any swelling or burn blisters.  I’ve been burned a few times from cooking over the last 40+ years but I’ve never had a burn heal this quickly.  This stuff is truly a miracle worker.  Just wanted to share.  Thank you.

Jayne from Kenner, LA found relief for peeling hands:

My hands are constantly in water causing it to peel and itch. It looked nasty/ugly but it’s unbelievable how soft your shea butter makes my skin feel.

Susan from Houma, LA loves it, too:

Last weekend while bending down to check the oil in my lawn mower clumsy me got burned by the motor.  My skin burned like it was on fire. I put some of the Shea butter on my skin and the day after my skin is not sore, does not hurt and does not have the burn fluid in it.  Today, the day after I got burned I still see the burn area but I could hardly tell I got burned since it does not hurt. You have a very good product.

Noir Naturals’ owner Charles Kennedy used it to soothe his skin after a pine tar burn:

After having my wife consistently remind me to take out our Christmas Tree I finally got around to doing it.  The pine tar resin from the tree burned my hands badly. I sell Shea Butter so I am well aware that it is good for burns and scars.  I applied some to my scratched, red burning hands, and the burning stopped almost immediately.  I am proud to say that my company carries a top quality unrefined Shea Butter.

Ghana Beige Unrefined Shea Butter is available in 4 oz. and 8 oz. sizes.  A little goes a long way; it melts into your skin and leaves no residue.  It has no added fragrance, color, or anything – as nature intended. If you want a little fragrance, try our Anti Aging Body Butters.  Their combination oils and butters further reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Noir Naturals’ products are paraben-free, made with sustainable ingredients, and handmade with love.

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Message from the owner, Charles Kennedy – Thank you.

We appreciate each and every one of you.  Stuart Miles photo.

We appreciate each and every one of you.
Stuart Miles photo.

As 2012 came to a close, my wife and I looked back at the year Noir Naturals had.  I could not be happier.  Noir Naturals continues to grow and I owe it all to you, our customers, fans, followers and well wishers.  As you know my health was a challenge last year, but thanks to the great team of folks that I work with, we were able to keep things moving forward.  To all the folks that make Noir Naturals run well everyday, I thank you for all your contributions and dedication!

As we review our business plans for 2013 I am excited because of what we have in store.  If you have not seen our 2013 Resolutions please click here to view them.  We have incorporated feedback from you into our resolutions, and I believe we are set up for an even better year.  We always appreciate all of your comments and feedback, so please keep them coming.

Throughout the last few years many of you have asked and encouraged us to secure a fixed location on the Northshore and/or Southshore (in Louisiana), where you can come by to shop in between shows.  We are working to make this happen, and will have more information as the year progresses.

To this end I wish you God’s blessings for 2013, and look forward to seeing and/or hearing from all of you again this year.

Charles

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2013 in Full Swing

Hard to believe a year has come and gone, eh?

We’re back to the daily grind here at Noir Naturals and we started the year by setting goals. Like a lot of people, we make resolutions, goals, or whatever you call them at the start of the year after reflecting on the past year.

New_Year_s_Resolutions_3In 2013, we plan to
  • Keep customer service a priority.
  • See more of you in person this year (that’s right, we’ll still hit the road often)
  • Increase product testing opportunities.  We love hearing from you at all levels of product development and would love to hear your input from the beginning.
  • Introduce new product lines  and new scents. Stay tuned for more info.
  • Offer more opportunities for you to save.  Keep your eyes open for coupons and programs!
Those are some of our goals.  What are some of yours?
To learn more about what we’re up to and when, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or G+. To learn more about our current products and opportunities, visit Noir Naturals at NoirNaturals.com.
Here’s to an excellent year!