Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Fighting Joint Pain and Arthritis with Pure Hazelwood #PureHazelwood

I have had problems with my knees since my mid-20s, and over the years more of my joints have joined in, to trouble me with inflammation, aches and pains, particularly in chilly or damp weather. My hips are particularly bad these days. And I have arthritis in the foot I broke years ago, as well as my right hand, due to previously broken fingers. (I never claimed not to be a klutz.) I treat the problems as necessary with over-the-counter medications and analgesic creams.

When I was presented with the opportunity to try out a natural approach to treating my pains and inflammation, something that I'd just wear every day and not worry about, I figured why not. So I joined in and placed my order with Pure Hazelwood.

Pure Hazelwood is a Quebec-based company that began as a parents’ response to their infant’s teething pain. A hazel wood necklace given to them as a gift produced great results, and, over time, research and development led to their creation of a line of hazel wood jewelry and skin care products, designed to address a number of inflammation-related health issues. Conditions that can be helped with hazel wood include teething pain, colic, arthritis (joint pain), skin problems (psoriasis, eczema), digestive disorders (heartburn) and mouth sores. Why does this work? Research conducted by Pure Hazelwood has shown this wood to have great anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties due the presence of polyphenols. You can read more about the science here.

The product line contains more than 100 necklaces and bracelets in a variety of designs and sizes for infants, children, and adults. They incorporate high quality glass beads, gemstones, wires and clasps designed for safety. I chose a double bracelet with Labradorite, a semi-precious stone said to have healing properties and to increase blood circulation. Plus, it’s a lovely charcoal grey.

I was hopeful, particularly after reading through the testimonials on the website, but still unsure if it would work. But I put my new (and lovely!) bracelet on and figured I'd wait a few days and see what happened. I didn't have to wait very long.

Unfortunately, I had a reaction to the active ingredients in the bracelet. My knuckle swelled up within a couple of hours and was quite painful. Later that evening I had heat and swelling in my ankle, but that passed quickly. So, I can absolutely attest to the fact that there are components of the hazelwood that have a definite effect on the body. I want to share this experience because apparently it is a rare reaction, but it can happen. The advice of the folks at Pure Hazelwood, should you have an adverse initial reaction to their products, is to remove the product and reintroduce it gradually, for a couple of hours at a time. This will allow your system to adjust.

Once I followed these instructions my body did eventually accept the bracelet, my knuckle went back to its usual size, and I began to feel improvements in my other joints as well. We’ve had some chilly and damp weather this last week or so, but I haven’t had to take any anti-inflammatories as I usually would, so that’s a win in my books. Instead of taking pills, I am wearing a pretty bracelet. It is on 24/7, so I don’t have to think about it, and it is quite comfortable with its elastic wire. Each piece of jewelry is strung by hand in Canada and uses 100% pure hazel wood from the Canadian boreal forest. And you know I support buying Canadian wherever possible.

Pure Hazelwood products are available in pharmacies, baby stores, health food stores, and from the company’s website. Prices are so reasonable, starting at $9.99 for a single bracelet, and shipping is free on orders over $50. Note that because this product essentially acts as a patch, releasing the beneficial properties into your skin, you will need to replace your jewelry about every 3-6 months. The pieces come sealed, so you can buy more than one at a time and save the back-ups for later.

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A Giveaway

Influence Central is hosting a contest where you could win to win one of three Pure Hazelwood prize packs, which each include a $50 gift card and a Pure Hazelwood product. Entries are via the link below, and will be accepted until 11:59pm EST, December 16. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!

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Disclosure: I am part of the Pure Hazelwood Influencer Campaign, and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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