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November 12, 2012


Herbs of Kedem Products

Herbs of Kedem skin care

In biblical, Talmudic and medieval times, it was not unusual for the empires that ruled Israel to exploit the healing properties of trees and plants indigenous to the country. Now, over the last decade, a growing number of Israeli researchers and companies are rediscovering these ancient herbal formulas and repackaging them as healthy natural alternatives to synthetic brand names.

Judean desert herbs.

Judean Desert Herbs

“The herbal remedies have always existed, but we never granted them importance,” said herbalist Shimon Shemla. “But today, more and more people are finding that they lack effective answers to viruses, allergies, and even cancer, so they are returning to the sources.”
Fifteen years ago Shemla left his career as a real-estate developer to study botany, naturopathy, and ancient herbal remedies. Five years later he founded Merapeh Habosem (Simple Natural in English), a study center and small-scale manufacturer specializing in ancient Hebrew remedies. Located in Kibbutz Cabri in the Galilee, Merapeh Habosem sells its handmade products through its visitor’s center and website.

Shemla has documented the properties of over 500 herbs, plants and trees, many of which feature prominently in his serums, shampoos, soaps, ointments, toners, and peels. Using homeopathic techniques, he concocts recipes for the hair and skin using plants and trees mentioned in the Bible and Talmud, among them: etrog (citron), myrtle, sage, bay leaves, tamarisk, willow, oak, and pomegranate.

In the Judean desert, Herbs of Kedem, specializes in plants cultivated in a very specific desert region: the dunes located between the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, and the cool Hebron hills. Research conducted by Dr. Nissim G. Amzallag, the company’s founder, has shown that these plants contain compounds that allow them to adapt to the harsh and extreme climates of the region.

Dead sea minerals

Dead Sea and Judean Desert

“If they can regenerate themselves effectively, Amzallag assumed they would have a similar effect on humans,” explained chemical engineer Dr. Amir Kitron, CEO of Herbs of Kedem. The company’s products have been shown to effectively treat nail fungus, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, scars, and hair loss. The company has set up a non-profit research and development center near its factory in Moshav Carmel to further explore scientifically the medical uses and benefits of the plants.
In the company’s study fields, several endemic strains of herbs grow wild, among them oregano, lavender, mint, thyme, and sage. Their oils and extracts make up the main ingredients in the company’s wide range of products. All plants are grown organically and hand-picked for production.

Herbs of Kedem has established itself as one of Israel’s leaders in the field of natural skin care in part because of the purity of its products and ingredients.

“We are fanatics about using no synthetic ingredients whatsoever,” Kitron told ISRAEL21c. He considers moisturizing creams particularly

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Pure organic.

problematic, since they are created by bonding oil and water, an unstable compound which usually requires preservatives to ward off bacteria. As an alternative to lotions, Herbs of Kedem has created a line of moisturizing ointments made from essential oils. The purity of the ingredients is apparent from the pungent herbal aroma of the ointments and toners.

Another benefit of using plants for skin care is that they are environmentally friendly. “Plants produce a lot of chemicals in a very clean manner, without polluting the environment, without emitting toxic substances. They work with enzymes that do everything in a sophisticated way,” said Kitron.
Kedem products are distributed in United States By www.deadseaherbs.com

Your Face

Author: Nathan
April 13, 2012

I want to talk about facial skin care product that is not well known here in America. 

The product is made in Israel by the company Herbs of Kedem.

Judean Desert has a particularly large number of medicinal plants thanks to the harsh desert climate, which requires plants to possess a large arsenal of compounds for self-protection and preservation. Short rain season improves the quality of oils obtained from plants growing in the region.


Toxins in the makeup.

Easy on this stuff!

What do commercial cosmetic creams contain?

Every white cream is in fact an emulsion of water with fatty materials. Such an emulsion necessarily contains stabilizers and preserving ingredients.


Include Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is used in antifreeze, hydraulic fluids and as a solvent. The material safety data sheet on this ingredient warns to avoid skin contact. Propylene Glycol is implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities; it can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage. Is this in your moisturizer? You can find it in cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos and conditioner, lotions, deodorants, baby wipes, processed foods and many more personal care items. Studies have shown that it is retained in your system. Find more about it and other risks of cosmetic ingredients in: www.ewg.org.

Preserving Ingredients

These appear in almost all cosmetic creams, and include triclosan, and methyl paraben (other forms are: propyl, ethyl, and butyl). Following is an excerpt from an article in the September 2002 issue of Happi (Household and Personal Products Industry) — a chemical industry trade journal “Cosmetic Product Preservation” by Jabbar Mufti: “Typical preservatives used in the cosmetic industry disable activity in the bacterial wall to prevent fungal contamination. This action continues when the product is on the skin and may be absorbed into the skin tissue, taken up by the blood stream and ultimately reside in the major organs. The preservative action is so stable, it continues to work while inside the body, limiting the normal enzyme activity of the body. How do we know this? Autopsies performed on cancerous tumours have shown residues of methyl-, ethyl- and propyl parabens.”

What are the alternatives?


Meshi moisturizing oil

All Natural Organic Facial Moisturizer

MESHI Face Nourishment Serum

General Description: A mixture of oil extracts of various plants, along with aromatic oils, for nourishment, treatment and protection of delicate skin. Especially suitable for dry or medium facial skin.

Rich in essential fatty acids
Light radiation absorber

Active Ingredients: Wheat germ oil, Geranium, Myrtle, Sesame oil, Jojoba oil, Artemisia species.

Usage: May be applied regularly on the face skin. Recommended to apply at least once a day, in the evening.

Comments: For severely affected skin (e.g. old acne scars), combine usage with weekly application of Maccabim oil.
For regular herbal facial skin care, calm and cleanse the face before using MESHI oil with the AVIV solution, and in the morning refresh it and tone it with the BOKER solution. Monthly peeling with TISHREI is also recommended.
TSUKIM is also recommended  under-eye bags, shadows or circles. Also possible to be used on wrinkled facial skin.

Meshi ia a great replacement for the different day-night creams currently on the market which often contain harmful preservation agents which hinder healthy skin cell regeneration and moisture balance.

Detailed information on Meshi Ingredients and their properties

Olive oil – (Olea europaea) Softens, hydrates and heals your skin

Sesame oil – (Sesamum indicum) Rich in nutrients, absorbs very fast, protects, is rich in vitamin E, and protects your from external aggressors in particular UV rays

Jojoba extract – (Buxus chinensis) Hydrates the skin.

Wheat germ oil – (Triticum vulgare) Rich in vitamin E, regenerates

Geranium oil – (Geranium maculatum) Revitalizes, tonifies, regenerates, heals and limits the proliferation of bacteria

Myrtle oil – (Myrtus communis) Stimulant, anti-fungal and beneficial against certain your skin imperfections, balances sebum secretions

Beta-carotene – Obtained from Dunalliela algae is a powerful antioxidant

Italian Helichryse extract – (Helichrysum italicum) Promotes your tissue regeneration, anti-inflammatory, astringent. regenerates and heals, promotes new cell growth and circulation, promotes tissue regeneration, anti-hematome agent, anticoagulant, anti-allergic, helps tissue healing, and prevents vascularisation

Fennel leaf extract – (Foeniculum vulgare) anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, calms, has nice scent that promotes your sleep. Cleans and tonifies – particularly sensitive skin types

Lemongrass oil – Refreshes, stimultes and acts as an anti-inflammatory

Cypress – (Cupressus sempervirens) Improves your circulation, is antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory, improves circulation, antiseptic, sedative, soothes nervousness, muscular tonic, expectorant, regulates hormones, healing

Ylang ylang oil – (Cananga odorata) Antiseptic and relaxing. It has a calming effect on your mind and body and has a balancing and stimulating effect on the skin. It also stimulates circulation and relieves skin irritation

Absinthe extract – (Artemisia absinthium) Antiseptic

Lavender oil – (Lavandula angustifolia) Stimulates your epidermis regeneration, heals, purifies, balances, calms, effective for your skin conditions, kills bacteria and fungi, treats burns and acne


Healthy life - beautiful skin.


Calendula extract – (Calendula officinalis) reparative, anti-inflammatory, healing, soothing, hydrating and softens your skin

Myrtle oil – (Myrtus communis) Stimulant, anti-fungal and beneficial against certain your skin imperfections, balances sebum secretions From The Dead Sea.

My suggestions: try to limit usage of cosmetics and skin care products. Healthy lifestyle, good sleep and healthy food will keep your skin healthy. And healthy skin looks better than any cosmetics can achieve. Natural beauty! But if you have to use skin care products use ones that contain only natural organic ingredients.


February 26, 2011

Herbs of Kedem

Judean Desert Herbs

The ancient Hebrew medicine was practiced in the Land of Israel at least until the second century B.C., as attested by contemporary historians who described the export of ointments from the Judean Desert region.  Its approach included: the maceration of plants in oil (installations for such a process were recently discovered in Ein-Bokek, near the Dead Sea);

Emphasis on total change of an existing condition, as exemplified by symbol of snake on bar (current symbol of pharmacies), which Moses received: stick converted to snake and back.  Immediately upon receiving this symbol, he
performed an act of healing on himself: converting healthy hand to hand with leprosy, and healing it again.  This total transformation was typically performed with hormones-rich plants.
The Hebrew term Kedem means “antiquity” but also “forward”- and the idea of the name is that ancient remedies will be the basis for the remedies of the future.
Herbs of Kedem’s researcher, Isabelle Haim, a biotechnologist,  has succeeded to combine Dead Sea minerals with antiseptic local plants to create powerful anti-aging creams without any synthetic stabilizers or preservatives.  These creams bear biblical names related to their purpose:
KARMEL– following the name of the place where this rich anti-aging cream is made, and which means in Hebrew “God’s
Vineyard”, referring to the goodness o local crops on the desert’s verge.
MESHI– a rich facial serum for dry skin, meaning Silk in Hebrew, and indeed a silky texture is created by it
TSUKIM– a rich anti-wrinkle balm, applies the astringent features of desert shrubs to create anamazung Botox-like
natural lifting of wrinkled skin.  It means “cliffs” in Hebrew.
TISHREI is a gentle scrub for aging skin, containing rapidly absorbed oils and shredded jojoba seeds, rich in nourishing
proteins.  A weekly scrub with it creates wonderful results.  (In Hebrew, Tishrei is the first month of the year- a symbol
of skin regeneration).
AVIV, “spring” in Hebrew, is a cleanser for the skin, and BOKER, “morning” in  Hebrew, helps tone aging skin right after
the skin becomes loose at night.
The skin & body therapy line includes:
MACCABIM oil, meaning the ancient heroes that saved the Holy Land from Syrian invasion. Treatment for scars, hematomas, bruises, keloids, sprains, pigmentation, burns, eczemas, atopic dermatitis.  7 times more powerful than Aloe-Vera, and a first-aid must for any home.
REGALIM, meaning “legs” and festivals of pilgrimage to Jerusalem, is a balm for feet, nails & cuticles, using the powerful ingredients of MACCABIM.
MAZOR, meaning relief and healing  for chapped feet, athlete foot, jock itch, and together with MEDBAR oil (meaning desert), it treats psoriasis.
TOVA, meaning the good salve, supplements MACCABIM for eczema-affected skin.
SEPHORRIS, stemming from Nail in Hebrew, applied powerful Hyssop species to treat nail fungus.
BARKAN, stemming from Knee in Hebrew, provides relief for arthritis of joints, and helps improve motion of joints and slow down deformation.
Nikuz Organic Herbal Detoxification Tea
Importance of liver and kidneys for detox: “liver” in Hebrew means also “heavy, respectful”; “kidneys” in Hebrew mean also “totality”.
In our family we use many of the Kedem products. We know it is safe for our kids and grandkids.

1. Not drinking enough water
2. Picking your pimples
3. Shaving the wrong way
7. Waxing your upper lip / facial hair
8. Going on a ‘proteins only’ diet
Fad diets deprive your skin (and body) of essential nutrients. You need vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and various micronutrients that a single food diet cannot give you.
9. Late night partying
Your body sleeps at night, but your skin doesn’t — most of its repair and renewal work is done while you’re in bed. Depriving it of the nightly eight hours of rejuvenation will leave it looking dull and tired.
10. Stressing out
Stress shows up after years on your heart and blood pressure, but almost immediately on your skin. So listen to your skin when it is trying to tell you something — patchy complexion, blemishes, dullness, itchy redness, rashes appearing at periods of high stress. Try yoga, meditation, exercise, or whatever your best stress buster is.
Step 1. Clean Skin Is Happy Skin
One simple way to take care of your skin is to keep it clean. Keeping your hands clean is especially important because your hands can spread germs to the skin on other parts of your body.
When washing your hands, use water that’s comfortably warm. Wet your hands, then lather up with a mild soap. You should lather and rub everywhere, including the palms, the wrists, between the fingers, and under the nails. Rinse well, dry thoroughly with a clean towel.
With pimples, you might think that scrubbing your face is the way to get rid of them. But actually, your skin will be less likely to break out if you clean it gently, using your fingertips, not a rough washcloth.
Step 2. Exfoliate

Organic Facial Care products

all organic facial set

Excoriation is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine. But trust me, if you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference. There are several ways to exfoliate skin: Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and retinoids.
Step 3: Moisturize
A basic law of beauty is that everyone, no matter her skin type, should moisturize. Even if your skin is oily, it will benefit from moisturizers. (The only exception is those with acne). Why? Moisturizers seal moisture into skin. So how much should you moisturize? Your skin will tell you. When your skin is tight, it’s crying out for moisture. Be careful not to overmoisturize — this can clog pores.

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