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We take pride in our organic and natural formulas. Below is a glossary of the special ingredients that set us apart.

OUR INGREDIENTS

Organic Essential Oils

  • Lavender

    • ​calming, relieves stress and anxiety​​​​, treats cuts and wounds, improves sleep, contains antioxidants

  • Peppermint 

    • awakens and stimulates, cooling, relieves headaches, aids in respiration ​

  • Chamomile 

    • anti-inflammatory, treats skin irritations and canker sores, reduces anxiety, supports digestive health

  • Frankincense 

    • heals skin, anti-aging, moisturizing, ​anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, relieves congestion and cough

Birch Xylitol​

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol, used as an alternative to traditional sugar. The body itself produces 5-10 grams of xylitol daily through metabolism of carbohydrates. Xylitol is naturally found in fruits, vegetables, and other foods, and can be derived from xylose, from sources such as corn cobs and hardwood. Xylitol has about a third the calories of table sugar.

Dental cavities occur when the bacteria in our mouths consume the sugars we eat. The bacteria turn these sugars into acid that eat away at the enamel on our teeth, resulting in a cavity. Since xylitol does not break down like traditional sugar, the bacteria starves, and there is a marked decrease in acid production and plaque, in turn leading to less cavity formation. 

Another benefit of xylitol is its effect on saliva. In itself, saliva protects the teeth by increasing the pH in the mouth, making it a less acidic environment, and it contains calcium that promotes remineralization of weak enamel. Xylitol leads to increased salivary flow with higher levels of calcium, which means more opportunity for tooth repair. 

Xylitol FAQ:

How much xylitol should I use per day?

The recommended daily dosage of xylitol for its beneficial dental effects is six to seven grams, divided into three to five exposures throughout the day. Xylitol can be found in the form of gum, mints, candy, toothpaste, and now in our GALS lip scrub. Use the scrub in conjunction with a healthy oral hygiene routine recommended by your dentist. 

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Are there any precautions with xylitol?

Like most sugar alcohols, overconsumption of xylitol can lead to temporary gastrointestinal effects like gas, bloating, and diarrhea. A laxative effect can occur because sugar alcohols are not completely broken down during digestion. 

Certain foods are harmful to dogs, and xylitol is one of them. Ingestion of xylitol causes increased insulin production which can be life-threatening. If your dog ingests xylitol, feed them table sugar right away, and call the veterinarian for further instruction.