The Highest Quality Makes the Biggest Difference

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Here at the Pearl, we pride ourselves on the quality of products used during all our services. Supporting local businesses who create natural products is an integral part of our mission and vision.  What sets our nail services apart? Customized, organic, locally crafted products created exclusively the Pearl.

From start to finish, only the best is used to leave your hands and feet feeling amazing. Our salt soaks, sugar scrubs, and lotions are crafted by Keven, a locally-owned herbal apothecary that creates unique blends from the highest quality raw ingredients. These products are made exclusively for the Pearl Day Spa in micro-batches of no more than 15 at a time.  This means that we are able to provide you with a unique experience from the time you sit down in our pedicure chairs to the time you walk down our red brick stairs. Each of our 4 scents-- Wood, Spice, Bright, and Simply Herbal-- come with three products, which are not necessarily the same ingredients, but rather complementary scent profiles. As these are used throughout your nail service, you’ll notice how each scent layers, while your hands and feet are left feel smooth and hydrated.

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Our longer nail services also include a Bee Smooth Hydration restorative treatment, which is applied to the hands and feet. This warm oil penetrates deep into the skin, leaving it nourished and softer than ever before. Featuring beeswax and a blend of 9 oils, you can take care of dry and cracked skin without the worry of any artificial preservatives. Made here in Oregon from the highest ingredients, Bee Smooth also donates a portion of their profits to the OSU Agricultural program to support their ongoing efforts to save bees and their environments.

Finally, our lacquer nail polishes are all OPI brand, which is the industry standard for salons and spas alike. With a vast array of colors and finishes, you can expect an even and lasting coverage. Our gel polishes are from CND Shellac, the global leader in nail care products.  This gel polish stays on longer and comes off easily without causing lasting damage to nails.

High quality and sustainability are two key factors in deciding what products we use and sell here at the Pearl.  Whether you’re getting a pedicure, a massage, or spending a whole day with us, you can relax knowing that the products we use are of the highest standards.

Posted on February 14, 2019 and filed under Skincare & Beauty, Self-care.

The Value of (Dis)Connection

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When was the last time you ate a meal alone without looking at your phone or computer? If you are like the vast majority of people, myself included, electronic devices have crept their way into every aspect of your life. The average American spends close to ten hours a day in front of a screen—TV, phone, or computer.  That adds up, and can be detrimental to your physical and mental health.  Beyond being a distraction, this tech-heavy lifestyle can affect your health and wellbeing in numerous ways—but it doesn’t have to.  Here are some ways to turn off and tune back into real life.

Limit & Be Discerning

When you begin to limit the amount of tech-time throughout your day, it becomes apparent how often we tend to mindlessly indulge. Is it really beneficial to binge watch Law and Order for eight hours straight? Certainly not—I can think of a lot of things to instead that have a better impact on my mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.  Making impactful choices allows you to take control of the technology in your life, rather than becoming the proverbial slave to it. For example, once a week I only watch television I can learn something from—Nature docs, cooking shows, that sort of thing—for only an hour or so rather than all day.  This way, I feel good about the content I am watching, and I have time to put what I learn to good use.

Practice Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh often tells the tale of savoring a cookie as a child.  Sitting in his front yard, he would take his time eating and being present to all his surroundings.  In much the same way, we can be present to whatever it is we are doing, be it eating, walking, or even scrolling through Facebook.  

First, only do one thing at a time. In our crazy, hectic world, multi-tasking is so encouraged that we tend to forget just how to do one thing at a time. Instead of juggling three things at once, try instead sitting in the present with one.  Don’t check your email while scrolling through social media and watching TV in the background. Instead, do one thing with your full attention, and notice all the subtleties of it.

Second, slowwww dowwwnnnn. The average user looks at an Instagram post for one second. What’s the rush?  Try this—the next time you are looking at Instagram (or Facebook, or anything online) give each post 10 seconds.  Look at all the details, read the captions, give it some thought, and then when you are ready, move on to the next.  At first 10 seconds might seem like a lot, but you will retain much more information, and be more mindful in the process.

Check out— even for a little while

Taking breaks from the constant inundation of social media, news, and images can have a great impact on mental and emotional health. Consider designating one weekend a month as a “screen-free” weekend.  Take a hike, spend time face-to-face with loved ones, or even schedule a spa day as a way to honor the present moment away from distractions. By engaging in activities in which phone use is either discouraged or impossible, you engage more fully with your surroundings.

Can’t commit to a full weekend? Try enacting a screen curfew for yourself.  Studies have shown that the blue light emitted by handheld electronics such as phones and tablets can have a dramatic effect on your sleep cycle. By shutting off all the screens at a certain time in the evening, it can alleviate these effects, and promote deeper and more restful sleep.



The Problem with Parasites & Why You Should Know About Them

Parasites aren't just a problem for people living in developing nations. A growing body of evidence suggests well over 60 million Americans now have at least one kind of parasite inside their guts...and most people don't even know they're infected! Parasitic infections can cause a whole host of problems including chronic fatigue, digestive issues, and mineral depletion. It's important for everyone to know the risk factors, warning signs, and treatments in the event of a parasitic infection.

Parasites Could Be Anywhere

It's important for people to understand that some of the most common parasites aren't visible to the naked eye. Yes, some people nowadays are infected with long tapeworms and threadworms, but the vast majority of patients with parasites have microscopic bugs such as amoebas or flukes.

Some of the most common ways people get these parasites are by eating raw meat or fish (especially sushi or pork), traveling to developing nations, drinking contaminated water, or having sexual intercourse with someone who already has a parasitic infection. Even shaking hands with someone with poor hygiene or sleeping with a pet could infect you with a parasite.

As you could see, there are many ways in which a person can get a parasite.

Related: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/transmission/index.html

Signs of Infection

So, what are a few warning signs of a parasitic infection? Digestive issues such as constipation or diarrhea are some of the most common. A few other issues patients may experience include fatigue, intense bloating/gas after meals, and sugar cravings.

Many people with parasites also suffer from a condition known as bruxism, which refers to grinding one's teeth while sleeping. It's also common for parasites to cause various skin issues like acne breakouts, eczema, or other rashes.

Related: https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/signs-and-symptoms-of-parasites-in-humans/

Holistic Treatments

Now that we know a bit more about parasites, how do we go about getting rid of them? Many holistic healers use a variety of anti-parasitic herbs, probiotic supplements, and a sugar-restrictive diet to kill parasitic organisms.

A few commonly used anti-parasitic foods include garlic, oregano oil, clove oil, grapefruit seed extract, and black walnut. Reducing sugar intake helps to starve out the parasites, and regular probiotic supplements help to rebuild a healthy immune system.

Throughout this treatment regime, it's important for patients to schedule regular massage and spa sessions to help deal with uncomfortable parasite die-off symptoms. In addition to reducing muscular tension, regular massages help flush the lymphatic system and naturally detoxify the liver. Alongside drinking plenty of purified water, massages greatly enhance healing during a parasite cleanse.

Related: https://www.verywellhealth.com/natural-remedies-for-intestinal-parasites-88232

Signs of Healing

As alluded to above, during a parasite cleanse you will most likely experience parasite die-off symptoms. As parasites die, they give off noxious fumes that could cause you to feel horrible. Sometimes our bodies can't deal with the toxic overload of all these harmful substances being released in such a short span of time. When this happens, we typically experience die-off symptoms, which could include headaches, diarrhea, increased fatigue, or vomiting.

Although it may appear that you're getting worse, die-off symptoms are actually positive signs of healing. To better manage these symptoms as they occur, it's recommended to schedule regular massages, drink plenty of water, and get good-quality sleep every night. You should also talk with a doctor experienced in detox symptoms to see if activated charcoal, bentonite clay, or enemas might help reduce die-off symptoms even further.

Related: https://microbeformulas.com/blogs/microbe-formulas/12-parasite-die-off-symptoms-and-how-to-fight-them

Why is No One Talking About It?

If parasites are so common, then why aren't members of the medical community talking about them? One reason is that many of the symptoms of parasites mimic other conditions like the common cold, eczema, or the flu. Many people mistakenly attribute their symptoms to some other disease and don't even think to ask for a parasites test.

Another reason for the under-diagnosis of parasites is that doctors nowadays aren't well trained in detecting these critters. Even if you go through a round of lab tests, doctors could still miss microscopic parasites.

There is Hope for People Suffering from Parasites

Parasites aren't something most of us like to discuss or even think about. Unfortunately, we all live in a very toxic world, and parasitic infections are becoming more common as people travel long distances. Thankfully, there are many all-natural remedies everyone could use should they come down with one of these nasty infestations.

Of course, all of us can also take preventative measures to help our immune system naturally ward off these bugs. Practicing good hygiene, eating probiotic-rich foods, including more veggies in our diets, exercising, and drinking plenty of purified water are a few great ways everyone can prevent ever getting infected with parasites.

Part of practicing good hygiene is making sure you have the right products. We have just the products for you! Check out what we have to offer for both men and women. Your skin and body will thank you!



Tummy Troubles? Try These Tips

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Are you having stomach problems? If so, it's possible to feel better without taking over-the-counter pain relievers, and these natural remedies might help! Here are some of the best natural remedies for an upset stomach that you probably wouldn't think of.

Drink a Small Amount of Soda

Drinking a carbonated beverage can help with nausea because after you burp up the bubbles from the soda, the level of pressure in your stomach is reduced, and that may reduce the chance that you'll vomit. In addition, putting a small amount of cocktail bitters into the drink can make this remedy even more effective. The botanicals that are used in bitters are known to calm the stomach and aid digestion.

Source: Healthline

Take Probiotics for Long-Lasting Relief

Your gut contains an entire colony of microbes, and these tiny critters help to ensure that your digestive system functions properly. Probiotic supplements contain small doses of gut bacteria, and they can often colonize your gut and remain there for the long run to ensure that you have a proper balance of internal microbes.

Try the BRAT Diet

BRAT stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. This diet has been shown to be effective for many people who are experiencing diarrhea, and it can even lessen the severity of some stomach bugs.

Try an Age-Old Herbal Medicine: Ginger

Ginger has been used to curb stomach problems since ancient times, and it's not just an old wives’ tale. In fact, studies have found it to be highly effective for many types of stomach problems. Ginger root can be steeped in hot water to make a soothing tea.

Source: Migraine Again

Relax Your Stomach with Chamomile

Chamomile acts as an anti-inflammatory, and it has this effect on your stomach. As a result of this property, you are less likely to experience gastrointestinal contractions after drinking chamomile tea, and that means that you will have less pain as a result of GI spasms.

Relieve Stomach Pains With Peppermint

Refreshing peppermint leaves contain menthol, and this compound can help to lower your levels of pain. While there are many ways that you can consume peppermint, one of the best ways to consume it is to brew a cup of peppermint tea.

Drink a Small Amount of Vinegar

You're probably wondering why this would help to relieve stomach pains, and it's because the vinegar can reduce the amount of starch digestion that occurs in the stomach. That allows the starch to reach the gut, which allows it to provide nourishment to gut bacteria. A lot of people take a spoonful of apple cider vinegar each day. That practice can prevent stomach problems from developing in the first place.

Source: TruthNutra

Use a Heating Pad

While the heat does not actually reduce stomach pain, it is a great way to distract you from it. Keep in mind that it's important to avoid leaving the pad on your skin for too long as it can damage the skin. If you do not have a heating pad, you can benefit from the same principle by using hot water bottles.

Try Mimosa Pudica

Mimosa pudica is also known as the "sensitive plant," and its seeds have been used to treat stomach problems over the centuries. Mimosa pudica can help with ulcers, heavy metal build-up, and even some parasites. While this remedy might not be available in your local supermarket, it's available from many online vendors.

Source: Microbe Formulas

Take Some Baking Soda

Ordinary baking soda is chemically similar to certain types of over-the-counter antacids. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, and this compound is highly alkaline. Drink a mix of one tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water for relief from stomach upset.

Try the Most Delicious Probiotic: Yogurt

You might be less prone to stomach problems if you regularly consume yogurt. Even if you aren't a big fan of unflavored yogurt, you might find that you enjoy the taste of certain flavored yogurts. Yogurt is teeming with beneficial bacteria.

Avoid Eating Before Bed

If you are suffering from heartburn, it is especially important to avoid eating before bed. Digestion slows down during the evening, and if you have food in your stomach, it's likely to sit there for an extended period of time. Furthermore, if you have heartburn, the fact that you are lying down at night means that the acid in your stomach is more easily able to travel upward. Not only does this mean that you shouldn't eat before bed, but you should also consider propping up your head with a pillow.

Source: WebMD

Drink Rice Tea

While it may sound odd, you can actually make a decent cup of tea with rice. The hot water will extract the compounds in it that help to alleviate diarrhea. You can flavor the rice tea to enhance the taste.

Add Cardamom to Your Tea

Adding cardamom to tea can act as an anti-emetic, and this remedy has been used for many years. In addition, this home remedy for vomiting is extremely popular, and it tastes good too!

Source: The Right Tea

Drink Plenty of Clear Liquids

While it is always important to make sure that you drink plenty of water, this is especially true if you have a stomach bug. That's because vomiting and diarrhea can dehydrate you, and drinking water, clear broth or clear sodas is most effective at replenishing these fluids.

Avoid Alcohol

If you have an upset stomach, it's important that you avoid alcohol entirely, and that's because alcoholic beverages can irritate the stomach. Alcohol can worsen stomach problems, and that is still true if the cause of your stomach problems is a bad hangover.

Drink Beverages With Plenty of Electrolytes

Not only is it important to make sure that you combat fluid loss, but you should also consider drinking sports drinks and other electrolyte-infused beverages to ensure that you have the right levels of sodium and potassium.

Final Say

While these are some of the most tried-and-true ways to curb stomach problems naturally, they are not the only tips. There's plenty of information available online about getting rid of stomach problems naturally, and it's a good idea to do your own research.

If you think some of your stomach problems are stress-related, why not take some time to pamper yourself and relax? We have everything you need to to rejuvenate your mind and body and help you face the day with a clear mind.




Posted on November 15, 2018 and filed under Self-care, Healthy Living.

3 Health and Wellness Trends Explained

As we head into 2019, a variety of trends are emerging in the health and wellness field. Here are three of the most popular trends that are shaping the way that we look at health and wellness in today's increasingly health-conscious world.

Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms that provide a number of benefits, including the promotion of gut health, the reduction of allergy symptoms, the promotion of skin health, and more. According to Xyngular, it all boils down to one thing: nourishing what you want to flourish. Your digestive system is more than just a place food goes. It is absolutely vital to your whole-body health. Keeping your colony of good bacteria plentiful and happy will go a long way in improving your health. When they are happy, you will feel better. The science of gut health continues to focus on the use of probiotics as a preventative measure used to treat a variety of conditions. Gut health has been linked to digestive regularity, improved skin health, and other health concerns.


Probiotics are known as a good type of bacteria, and users should aim for a healthy balance of these live organisms. Many probiotic supplements now incorporate the use of prebiotic fiber to promote the nourishment of beneficial bacteria.

Intermittent Fasting

According to Healthline, it doesn’t specify which foods you should eat but rather when you should eat them. So in this respect, it’s not a diet in the conventional sense but more accurately described as an eating pattern. This revolutionary eating pattern alternates between eating and fasting in an effort to lose weight and improve overall health. Unlike most other diet plans, intermittent fasting is focused on when you eat rather than what you eat. The most common intermittent fasting plan restricts eating for a 16-hour period each day. Other plans recommend fasting for 24 hours twice per week. Not only does this diet plan often lead to weight loss, but it also changes hormone levels in the body. This change naturally leads to higher metabolic rates.

Collagen

As consumers continue the demand for simple, effective health care solutions, the use of collagen as a supplement is rising to the top of the industry's trends list. This single-ingredient label boasts some of the cleanest protein available. Because it is void of many of the additives that are common in supplements, collagen is an ideal choice for health-conscious consumers looking to boost skin health, increase muscle mass, reduce joint pain, and prevent bone loss. According to Vital Proteins, collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, especially type 1 collagen, as it is found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. However, despite this abundance, the body begins to lose this crucial protein as it ages, prompting many people to look to replace it through foods and other supplements.

The one thing that all new health and wellness trends have in common is a commitment to sustainability and focus on clean living, and most importantly, being as kind to your body as you can be. By incorporating these supplements and strategies into your wellness routine, you can set your body up for a long and healthy life.

Posted on November 15, 2018 and filed under Self-care, Healthy Living.

5 Natural Ways to Mitigate Common Health Problems

Before the times of pharmaceuticals and conventional medicine, many people would use natural remedies such as herbs, plants, and nutrition to mitigate common health problems. There are various amounts of different natural treatments like mindfulness, meditation, yoga, acupressure and essential oils. They can help to relieve health issues like chronic pain, migraines and headaches, sinus problems, nausea and even osteoporosis or arthritis pain.

Cardiospermum Halicacabum

Also known as the balloon plant, this immensely beneficial plant can treat many problems such as joint pain, swelling, inflammation from arthritis, and even minor coughs and colds. In Southeast Asia, it has been used for centuries as a food and medicine to treat numerous ailments and health conditions. This medicinal vine contains anti-microbial properties and reduces inflammation by ingesting the root or even the seeds within the plant.

Chamomile

This tea can be used for aiding in sleep troubles, anxiety, pain and inflammation, and skin problems. Studies and scientific research have been done to prove these benefits and have shown it is a safe and effective treatment because it contains flavonoids and terpenoids. Another study done showed chamomile successfully eased the painful symptoms of heartburn and other digestive disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease.

Antioxidants

Grape seed extract, green tea, coconut oil and various fruits and vegetables are just a few of the many foods that contain powerful antioxidants. They protect against the damaging and disease-causing free radicals or oxidation that can occur in the body while also improving circulatory function. According to Kyani, a diet high in antioxidants improves many different conditions, including inflammation, blood-sugar imbalances, lethargy, poor digestion, and low quality of sleep. This means antioxidants can be effective at mitigating health problems and even fight against cancer cells.

Aloe Vera

For many generations, this amazing anti-inflammatory plant has been used to soothe, cleanse and restore many different areas of the body and it can improve the function of the gallbladder, liver, and kidneys. It supports healthy tissues and promotes healthy digestion, blood circulation, and can even benefit the lymphatic system. Aloe is alkaline and composed of fatty acids which makes it effective for treating stomach issues, various diseases, and immune function.

B-complex

Many diseases or health issues are caused by stress, and B-vitamins can relieve symptoms of PMS, low energy, and B2 vitamins can even cultivate healthy tissues in the body according to the University of Michigan. Vitamin B12 has been recognized as the "painkilling vitamin," and it has been effective for improving mouth ulcers, back pain, and neuropathic pain. Foods that contain this vitamin are eggs, yogurt, salmon, liver, beef, milk, and trout. Deficiencies have been linked to problems with infertility, cardiovascular issues, and diabetes.

So the next time you are looking for cheap, simple, and holistic remedies, without resorting to expensive doctor visits, or pharmaceutical drugs with terrible side-effects, consider some of the next time you're out shopping. Whether it’s to help relieve pain and discomfort, or you're just looking to live a healthier lifestyle, these 5 natural methods will result in better health and a happier life.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and your body isn’t working the way it should, make sure to see how our services can assist you! Also reading this article on combining spiritual and physical healing and doing as it says can help you overcome a whole host of health problems!

Posted on October 8, 2018 .