Ingredients Explained: Witch Hazel

witch_hazel1Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana)

The witch hazel is a flowering shrub type plant that is commonly used for its medicinal properties. The bark, leaves, and branches of the witch hazel are harvested for use in medicine. A drying and distilling process is used to extract a liquid from these parts of the plant.

There are many different uses for witch hazel and it has been around for a long time. It has been recorded that witch hazel was used by Native Americans, and later, by the settlers of North America, for the treatment of swelling and inflammation.   It has also been used in the clinical treatment of inflammatory skin diseases since the 1800s.

In the Pinnaclife animal health products, witch hazel is used to reduce inflammation and relieve itching (pruritis) associated with common skin conditions.

How does it work?

Witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins. When applied directly to the skin, witch hazel might help reduce swelling, help repair broken skin, and fight bacteria.

 

Ingredients Explained: French Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

lavender bath saltLavandula angustifolia (commonly known as French Lavender) is a flowering plant of the mint family that is native to the Old World. It is known for its pleasing fragrance and radiant purple flowers. Lavender is popular for the oil that is commonly harvested. Essential lavender oil is produced different ways, most commonly by distilling. The oil has been used traditionally in aromatherapy, massage, and medicinally.  In the Pinnaclife Animal Health Products, lavender oil is used for its calming and soothing effects, as well as its antiseptic properties.

The demand for essential oils especially lavender is on the rise, which can make quality become questionable. That is why we make sure our lavender oil is 100% pure. Animals deserve the same quality products that humans do!

Healing For Horses: Treating a Sarcoid Necrotizing Wound

At Pinnaclife, we extend our research and healing to dogs and cats as well as horses. Our favorite part is seeing the relief and healing we can provide. This horse had a history of reoccurring verrucous sarcoids (wart-like benign tumors), and had a non healing wound form in the axilla area (armpit). Different types of antibiotics were used, but the wound would not heal. Pinnaclife Equine Wound Shield was applied daily for 6 weeks.

From left to right: Initial non-healing wound, 3 weeks post Wound Shield, 6 weeks post Wound Shield

Ingredients Explained: Olivamine, What is it?

     Olivamine 10®

Olivamine 10 boxed logoEveryday we read about amazing medical advancements that are on the horizon, but unavailable for ten years while they are being tested and developed. We often hope to experience the benefits of these advanced treatments and “cures” when we need them. The Olivamine products have been decades in the making and they bring the promise of skin and wound treatment that was not imaginable just ten years ago.

Olivamine is a culmination of some of the greatest advancements in science. Each ingredient’s biochemical efficacy is evaluated through extensive research of published independent peer-reviewed literature. Our quest for excellence has led us to seek ingredients that meet all United States Pharmacopeia (USP) or National Formulary (NF) standards for quality and purity.

We take just a single purified molecule from a medically validated plant source. All molecules found in Olivamine products originated from the best organic farms from around the world. We find it impossible to believe that starting with plants that have been subjected to toxins could provide the level of healing we seek for the people we serve. Olivamine marries the best of molecular science with the best organic phytochemical science.

The scientific journey has been long but the results of our efforts brought us to the most important discovery of all; Olivamine.

So, What is Olivamine?

Olivamine 10® is a patented antioxidant blend that protects against free radicals in the body. This is important because free radicals can lead to inflammation and disease. What is cool about Olivamine, is that it uses really small molecules to do it’s job, less than 500 Daltons for the science buffs. The reason they have to be so small, is so they can penetrate and nourish the skin. But you are still thinking, what is in it? What makes it up?

Let’s start with the ingredients:

-Hydroxytyrosol (Olive fruit extract), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Glycine, Taurine, Cysteine, Proline, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6.

Now, let’s break them down:

-Hydroxytyrosol, olive fruit extract, is used for its ability to protect cells from stress, slow growth of certain cancer cells, and increase lifespan of cells

-Methylsulfonylmethane, known as MSM for regular folks, is used here to encourage the body to make sulfur-containing amino acids. These are necessary for protein synthesis (important stuff!)

-Glycine, Taurine, Proline, and Cysteine serve as our antioxidants. They are going to be busy fighting off those pesky free radicals and protecting the cell.

-Vitamins B3 and B6 are going to be protecting the antioxidants, so they can do their job.

Now that we understand what Olivamine is made up of, it’s pretty easy to see why and how it works. All of the ingredients have been tested individually and in various combinations to determine the precise and best balance for optimal wound healing.

For more information, messages from the inventor, and cool videos check out our website: http://www.olivamine.com