Happy Thanksgiving from YASOU natural skin care

I love Thanksgiving! It’s the only holiday where I really reflect on my gratitude.  This internal acknowledgement does something to me in a deeper way than outward forms of expression.

Like many people I am thankful for my health, my family and friends but also for all of you who have supported our all-natural, luxe wellness, skin care products!


I am also thankful for where facts and humor can take us. With that in mind here are some fun Thanksgiving facts I came across and want to share with you.


  1. Historians have no record of turkey being eaten at the first Thanksgiving.The first Thanksgiving Day feast happened in 1621 with three whole days dedicated to the celebration. It is believed that ducks, geese, venison, oysters, lobster, eel, fish, pumpkins and cranberries were the actual stars of the festivities, served by the English settlers and Native Americans.


  1. “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving Day song.Originally, Jingle Bells was an 1857 song titled “One Horse Open Sleigh” and its composer, James Pierpont, intended it to be a Thanksgiving Day song. Instead, it became so popular around December 25, that in 1859 the title was changed to “Jingle Bells” and the rest is history!


  1. President George H. W. Bush was the first to pardon a turkey.In 1989, the 42nd president pardoned the first turkey ever after noticing the 50-pound bird looked a little antsy at his official Thanksgiving proclamation.
    Since then, every president has upheld the tradition and a few of the turkeys have gone on to serve a different purpose. Thank you, President George H. W. Bush!


  1. There are three small towns in the United States named after this bird.They are Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Louisiana. There are also two townships in Pennsylvania called
    Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot.


  1. Thanksgiving leftovers inspired the first-ever TV dinner.In 1953, the TV-dinner company Swanson overestimated the demand for turkey by over 260 tons, (according to Smithsonian Magazine).  The owners of the company had no idea what to do with all the leftovers and enlisted the help of company salesman Gerry Thomas. Taking inspiration from airplane meals, Thomas ordered 5,000 aluminum trays, loaded them with the turkey leftovers and created the first TV dinner.


The definition of Thanksgiving per Wikipedia is: A day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.


May your harvest be bountiful, full of all the rewards you worked hard for and deserve.  Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. YASOU!

What Native Americans Could Have Taught Pilgrims About Skin Care

Jamestown colonist John Smith observed that Powhatan Indians in Virginia followed a daily regime of bathing in waterways each morning before the sun appeared. They would then make an offering to the sun spirit and return home for breakfast. In cleansing every day and eating healthy foods the Native Americans had established a natural skin care routine. One the Pilgrims seemed to have ignored.


When the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, they bathed only a few times a year. They believed the water to be unhealthy. According to Kathleen M Brown, author of Foul Bodies, pilgrims believed the textiles they wore would absorb dirt and body sweat. They wrongly associated moral and spiritual purity with physical cleanliness. Half of the Mayflower occupants died within the first two months of their arrival, mostly to contagious disease while still aboard the ship.


In their villages, Native American tribes built sweat lodges near a waterway. About eight people, one of whom was a healer, would enter the lodge once it was heated. A central hearth was lined with bark and large hot stones. The healer would drip droplets of water on the stones creating steam and then sprinkle water on the people inside the lodge. They would remain in the lodge’s intense heat for as long as they could, then rushed out and plunged their bodies into the waterway nearby. Such rituals were used to heal, give thanks, and purify the mind and body.


Heat increases the blood flow at the surface of the skin and may help with some skin disorders. Today, celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Selena Gomez, and Demi Moore are reportedly visiting urban sweat lodges that use electric blankets and infrared technology to raise their body temperature to create a radiant skin glow. Doctors will say that sweating detoxifies the skin and body in a natural way. So, the native Americans were definitely on to something. Sweat actually rids the skin of dirt and impurities, much more efficiently than textiles ever will. However, it is important to build up a heat tolerance and drink plenty of water to replenish the body if you want to benefit from a sweat lodge or sauna experience.


Native Americans brushed their teeth with charcoal from the fire, using a finger to rub the teeth, and then rinsed with water. They had no soaps or disinfectants. They turned to plants to moisturize and heal their skin. They ground up corn to cleanse and exfoliate their skin. Berries from evergreen shrubs were used in teas. They found roots’ inner stems could be dried and powdered to act as rubs for the face during cold winter months. Chapped skin was treated with a grass wash. Wild native plants contained essential oils that released scents and soothed skin.


The Wampanoag Indians in Plymouth ate fowl, fish, nuts and cranberries – all organic. Their diet was high in protein with low sodium and no fat. Some tribe members lived to be 100 years old. They believed all living beings are related and that we are all equal. They held celebrations throughout the seasons including New Year in the spring, strawberries and corn in the summer; cranberries in the fall, and the solstice in winter.


In October of 1621 in southeastern Massachusetts, 90 Wampanoag Indians and 53 Pilgrims gathered to celebrate the settlers’ first harvest. Under the candlelight, the good feelings from fellowship were sure to make their skin glow. A modern-day member of the Wampanoag tribe, Randy Joseph, expressed a thought we can all learn from: “The great Creator who created all life gave us all that we needed to live a healthy life. In return, we give thanks every day.”