Healing Hazel was founded in the early 90’s by Sylvie Langlois. Later on, with her son Mathieu Simard, they officially launched the company as you know it today. Their main goal is to promote a product that largely helped them in the past. Indeed, it is Sylvie who noticed first-hand the advantages of the hazel tree, a natural remedy used for a long time by Native Americans. Like most, she was sceptical when she first received a hazel necklace, but the results spoke for themselves. From that moment, she was determined to share her new passion for hazel trees and their benefits.
HOW DOES HAZELWOOD WORK?
Hazelwood appears to work by creating a more alkaline environment in your body through direct contact with your skin, which may help to prevent and remedy many of the symptoms caused by acidosis (being too acidic). It is believed that the wood absorbs excess acidity from your body until a balanced PH is reached. This has the potential to improve conditions caused by excess acidity, which can include skin issues such as eczema, as well as internal issues such as ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn, and teething pain. We’ve used it to successfully treat eczema, heartburn, and ulcers in our own family, and seen it change the lives of several of our close friends who were suffering from severe acid reflux. However we should note that our understanding of the exact mechanisms of how hazelwood interacts with the body are based on our observations and the theories of our suppliers. Only recently has scientific work began to further understand the potential benefits of the wood of the beaked hazel plant.
WHO FIGURED THIS OUT?
Aboriginals are believed to be the first to have discovered that they could put hazelwood chips on their babies’ necks to soothe teething pains. This lost art was revived in the early eighties by a few families (includind Healing Hazel owner, Sylvie Langlois) in Quebec who rediscovered the unique properties of hazel wood. Since then hazelwood jewelry has become more available as a product and has grown in popularity as word has gotten around through people who have experienced its benefits
WHERE DO THE HAZELWOOD BEADS COME FROM?
There are eighteen different varieties of hazelwood plants. Our hazelwood beads are all from the Corylus cornuta or ‘Beaked Hazel’ shrub. If you’d like to read more about this particular plant, Wikipedia has a great article about this variety which you can find by clicking here. The Corylus cornuta is native to Quebec, Canada, so this is a local product for us. All of the hazelwood necklaces you’ll find on the market are using this particular kind of hazelwood bead; it’s not known if other kinds of hazelwood have the same properties as the Corylus cornuta. The wood itself that’s used in making the beads is harvested sustainably, just the end of the twig is taken and it grows back good as new to be harvested again! No sprays or pesticides are used in the care of these plants, and many of them simply are wild-growing and 100% natural. There are no known allergy issues to this product because it is made with the hazelwood branch, not the nut. Measures are taken to ensure that the nut does not come in contact with the wood during manufacture. However note that most of the clasps that are used on these are silver plated nickel, and there are a lot of folks out there who are metal sensitive.
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