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Sage Advise about Coconut Oil

Centrifuge separated coconut oil, made from fresh, virgin coconut milk , is a highly nutritious food and topical skincare product. However, it is a saturated fat with high caloric value. Overweight people and those who modify their fat consumption for a variety of reasons, should use it in moderation. Low to moderate consumption of 1-2 tablespoons daily is acceptable for most folks and can help burn an extra 5% of calories ingested. More is not necessarily better. Alzheimer's and epileptic sufferers can benefit from larger doses, but may need to adjust their diet to with more bulk to avoid constipation. Those with an allergy to tree nuts are cautioned to use coconut products sparingly.

As a light moisturizer and skin softener, coconut oil can be enjoyed by those who are not acne prone, or do not have very dry skin. Coconut oil can clog pores and doesn't help those with very dry skin. Marula oil is better for these symptoms as a topical product. I import organic Marula oil from the first year's harvest for special moisturizing effects. I also hand prepare a Rose Oil Masque that benefits all types of skin. Rose Gardenia moisture cream is a light day/night blend of vitamins and amino acids that regenerate healthy skin.

Coconut oil can also benefit the hair. Once a week moisturizing or less often can soften dry hair without clogging the scalp or hair follicles. Rinse thoroughly after allowing the coconut oil to penetrate and soften the hair.

Moderation in using super foods allows the body a way to use it's individual self healing resources and harmonize the benefit of all nutrition and natural skincare.

For more information visit www.aromahealthtexas.com or call me at 1800 4962125.

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The First Aid Tree

The First Aid Tree

 

            Tea tree, also Ti tree, has effectively been used for thousands of years to treat wound care by the Australian Aborigines.  Melaleuca began its ascent into the western world during World War II.  It was included in every soldier’s first aid kit who was fighting the Pacific front.  Like the Aborigines, soldiers crushed the leaves and applied them to wounds and skin conditions.  By the early 1960’s, American studies proved Tea tree as an effective treatment for trichomonas infection as pessaries or a bath.  Soon Tea tree gained international fame as a germicidal and immune stimulant.

            There are three Melaleuca varieties that are medicinal.  Melaleuca alternifolia is the most popular variety.  It is an Australian native tree.  Niaouli, Melaleuca viridiflora is also an Australian native.  This variety treats respiratory problems.  It is often used as steam inhalation.  Melaleuca leucodendron, known as the Cajeput tree, is also used for respiratory illness.  It grows in the Phillipines and Indonesia.

            Tea tree essential oil is extracted by steam distillation.  The twigs and, most of all the leaves produce this very potent oil.  Melaleuca oil is a clear or slightly yellow liquid.  The odor is very high in intensity.  The camphorous odor is pungent and very medicinal smelling.  It makes my eyes water!  However, the oil is nontoxic and usually nonirritant to the skin.  It is an unforgettable odor.

            The Alternifolia variety is the smallest tree of the Melaleucas.  It may pass as a shrub, with needle-like leaves.  Flowers are yellow or purple without a stalk.  The flower heads appear at the end of the needles.

            Melaleuca cajeput is a tall, evergreen, growing 100 feet into the heavens.  The leaves are thick, flat and pointed.  The bark is thick and spongy to touch.  The tree bears white, feathery flowers.  Oil extracted from the leaves and twigs produces a slightly green, milder essential oil.  The green color is due to traces of the mineral, copper, in the tree.  Compared to eucalyptus, the scent is milder, with a slightly fruity odor.  All varieties may be applied alone and undiluted for some treatments.  However, my experience is that Melaleuca is even more beneficial when combined with other oils, such as thyme, eucalyptus, clove bud, pine, rosemary and lemon.  Frankincense and myrrh are especially helpful when treating respiratory ailments.  Melaleuca is generally tolerated, which makes the oil more valuable as a cure-all in aromatherapy.

            Melaleuca has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.  The oil works even more effectively when an infection is present.  Tea tree, worn topically, effectively combats streptococcal and staphylococcal infections.  I have used it in combination with other potent oils to combat multistrain staph infections that become chronic.  This blend may be used topically, with or without medication.  Please seek medical help whenever infection is present.

 

Skin Problem Blend

 

            In 1 ounce of jojoba oil, add the following essential oils:

                        2 drops of Tea Tree

                        1 drop of Thyme (use white thyme for children)

                        1 drop of Pine

                        6 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus

            Allow to cure 3 hours, when possible.  Using a clean cotton swab, coat the affected area liberally.  Avoid using on open wounds.  Cover the area with a sterile gauze.  Repeat the application two more times daily until skin is healed and regenerated.  Avoid the eye area...

            Bottle remaining oil in dark glass with a tight fitting screw cap.

 

Open Wound Blend

 

            For open wounds, dilute the following essential oils in 1 ounce of jojoba oil:

                        2 drops of Tea Tree

                        6 drops of Sandalwood

                      10 drops of Lavendula

            Allow to cure 3 hours, if possible.  Apply the blend using sterile gauze.  Then cover the wound, when necessary, with sterile gauze.  Repeat two more times daily.  Store leftover blend in dark glass with a tight fitting screw top.

            Tea tree is very effective for colds, flu and upper respiratory infections.  Most asthmatic benefit from Tea tree also.  Use it in a steam inhalation for best results.

 

Steam Inhalation Blend

 

            In 4 quarts of heated water, add the following essential oils:

                          7 drops of Tea tree

                        10 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus

                          3 drops of Thyme

                        20 drops of Rosemary

            Mist the room or tent with a clean towel, covering the head so the vapors are directed to the face.  Tent for one to three minutes; then rest three minutes.  Repeat the procedure.  Allow the blend to infuse the air of a sick room.  Clean any areas that may contain germs with the water, after it cools to room temperature.

            Tea tree is an effective treatment for acne.  Application especially reduces painful areas.  Drop on a clean cotton swab or sterile gauze.  Place directly on the acne once or twice daily.

            Tea tree may also be worn neat (undiluted) on warts, genital warts, herpes, corns, calluses, boils and burns to disinfect and reduce pain.  It can also be applied to athlete’s foot, ringworm and insect bite.

            Dilute Tea tree in water with10% alcohol to use as a mouthwash and gingivitis treatment.  Dilute 5 drops of Tea tree in 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of alcohol.  Do not use rubbing alcohol.  Use vodka, just swish, DON’T swallow.

            Tea tree has a very beneficial effect on the genito-urinary tract.  It treats acute and chronic cystitis, nonspecific urethritis, trichomonas and Candida infection.  For cystitis and urethritis, bathe in a sitz bath with 10 drops of Tea tree.  Soak 15 to 20 minutes.

            For Candida vaginal infections, dilute 5 drops of Tea tree in 1 and ½ cups of warm water.  Douche, holding the water inside the vaginal tract for 1 minute.  Repeat until the area is flushed with the remaining water.  Trichomonas have been treated by coating the top of a tampon with a 5% Tea tree salve daily for 10 days to 3 weeks.

            Barber’s rash is a fungus and can be treated with Tea tree oil.  Avoid aftershaves with chemicals and scented soap.  Apply the following blend daily.

 

Barber’s Rash

 

            In 1 ounce of jojoba oil, add the following essential oils:

                          2 drops of Tea tree

                          2 drops of Patchouli

                          4 drops of Sandalwood

                        12 drops of Lavendula

            Allow to cure 3 hours.  Lightly massage the entire area affected, avoiding the eyes.  Store remaining blend in a dark, glass bottle away from heat and direct light.

            Tea tree treats boils and abscesses without scarring.  I have used it successfully with staph, multi strain staph also.  Multi strain staph also requires antibiotic treatment to affect the internal infection.  Always seek medical advice.  When boils and abscesses occur, place 1 drop of Tea tree oil on sterile gauze and apply to the boil or abscess.  Do this before it bursts and it will disperse the pus without breaking the skin.  Repeat application 2 or 3 times daily.  Gauze, saturated with tea tree may also be applied overnight to severe boils and abscesses.  Change bed linens and towels daily.

                        

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Soothing the Inner Core- Blog 24

Soothing the Inner Core- Blog 24

 

Chamomile, Matricaria chamomilla is gentle and kind to the body and emotions. A traditional herb and essential oil for children, it is low in toxicity and also safe for pregnant women, elderly, and sensitive folks. The most beneficial effects are soothing the nervous system. Irritable children, teens and adults find contentment from the effects of chamomile. Before learning the many benefits of this humble, yellow flower, let’s differentiate between the two varieties used in aromatherapy. Both originate from the sunflower family of composite. Matricaria chamomilla is German chamomile. The flowers are only diluted to produce an essential oil. It is known as blue chamomile because the essential oil and absolute contain azulen, the active component and healing agent. Azulen is cobalt blue with a very pronounced and intense aroma. It is preferred as a healing essential oil, but rarely used alone. The fragrance is often combined with compatible aromas to be more pleasing to the recipient. It blends well with lavender, clary sage, lemon, lemon grass, and lisea cubeba, neroli, sweet orange, and bergamot, lemon balm, geranium, and rose. Benzoe, cedarwood, and coriander are compatible base notes.

            Anthelmis noblis is Roman chamomile. The essential oil is distilled from the flowers and leaves. It contains much less azulen and has a milder and sweeter smell so often associated with chamomile. I grow both varieties. The Roman chamomile is bushier and has larger, flat leaves. When brewing herb tea, German chamomile tastes sweeter. In contrast the Roman variety makes a very stout tasting tea with an overpowering aroma. Both are very medicinal. The essential oil of Roman is a pale, light yellow color, easily distinguished from the cobalt blue German chamomile, which is very thick and viscous. If you want the essential oil solution to smell good, use Roman chamomile. Roman is also preferred for children and sensitive people. German chamomile is preferred for skin problems and wound healing. The following remedies provide healing with the soothing balm of chamomile. Use them to reduce tension, worry, or pain.

            While traveling south of the border gathering information for Mother Nature’s Herbal, I found this combination most compassionate travel companion. Mexican and South Americans prefer chamomile to relieve tummy troubles and often use it when overeating causes bloating.

 

Tummy Troubles

In 2 ounces of carrier oil add:

10 drops German chamomile

5 drops Orange

5 drops Fennel, foeniculum vulgare

1 drop Coriander

Bottle in dark glass with a screw top. Allow to cure 3 hours when possible. Turn the bottle over 2 or 3 times to combine the essential oils. Place the bottle in a pan of hot tap water to warm the mixture before application. Massage in circular, clockwise motions on the abdomen for several minutes.

 

Here’s a formula to relieve stress and the headaches that may accompany tension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Head Hurts

 

In a dark, glass bottle add 1 ounce of warm carrier oil and the following essential oils:

6 drops Roman chamomile

5 drops of Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis

2 drops of Rose

1 drop of Sandalwood

Massage temples, forehead, the back of the neck, and shoulders for several minutes in a small circular motion. Apply any leftover blend to the front of the neck and throat. Stroke upward from the bottom of the throat to the base of the chin. This blend will reduce fear, worry, anxiety, and racing thoughts. Try it to induce a good night sleep.

 

A Good Night Sleep

 

In 1 ounce of warm carrier oil add all ingredients into a dark, glass bottle with a screw cap.

6 drops Roman chamomile

3 drops Lavender

5 drops Benzoin styrax

1 drop Frankincense

Turn the bottle over gently to thoroughly mix the contents. Allow to cure 3 hours, if possible before applying. Message the blend onto the temples, the throat, and the neck. Rub several drops into the hands and inhale deeply 3 or more times. Kiss your pillow goodnight.

            Use the anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile, rose, and lavender to reduce pain, especially for mastitis, sunburn, or burns.

Breast Pain, Burns or Sunburns

 

In 1 ounce of carrier oil add:

5 drops German chamomile

2 drops Rose

3 drops Lavender

For mastitis apply to the breast and nipples. Cover with damp, warm, clean hand towels or cloth for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat 3 or 4 times daily to reduce pain.

For burns and sunburn, apply to affected area. Cover with a cold, moist towel for several minutes. Repeat up to 4 times every 10 minutes to abate pain. Cold aloe vera gel or juice is excellent to moisten covering towels.

 

To relieve sciatica and nerve pain, lightly massage the following ingredients:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nerve Pain and Sciatica

In 1 ounce of carrier oil add:

10 drops German chamomile

6 drops Lavender

1 drop of Clary sage

1 drop of Clove

Bottle in dark glass with a screw top. Allow to cure 3 hours. Turn the bottle over several times to blend well. Massage area with long strokes using the thumbs. Cover the recipient to provide warmth.

            Chamomile is an excellent addition to skin and hair care. The anti inflammatory and soothing qualities enhance any skin type. It accents light and hair and helps repair split ends. Roman chamomile is preferred for skin and hair products diluted in jojoba oil. Acne is a skin condition best treated with German chamomile.

 

Normal Skincare

In 1 ounce of jojoba oil add:

6 drops Roman chamomile

2 drops Ylang ylang extra or absolute

3 drops Neroli

2 drops Carrot seed, Daucus carota

Bottle in dark glass with a screw top. Allow to cure 3 hours, or up to 3 days, before messaging face and neck twice daily after cleansing.

 

Dry Skincare

In 1 ounce of jojoba oil add:

8 drops Roman chamomile

4 drops Lavender

2 drops Rose

2 drops Sandalwood

Bottle in dark glass with a screw top. Allow to cure 3 hours, or up to 3 days. After cleansing, lightly massage face, neck and hands morning and night.

 

Oily Skin

In 1 ounce of jojoba oil add:

2 drops Roman chamomile

6 drops Rosemary

2 drops Lemongrass

1 drop Juniper

Bottle in dark glass with a screw top. Allow to cure 3 hours, before lightly messaging clean skin. Refrigerate left over blend.

 

 Acne

In 1-ounce aloe vera gel add:

6 drops German chamomile

1 drop Tea tree

2 drops Orange

1 drop Cedarwood

Bottle in dark glass with a screw top for 3 hours. Message onto clean skin 3 times daily. Refrigerate left over blend.

 

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So Misunderstood

So Misunderstood

 

            Juniper is an ancient, healing, aromatic herb that has multicultural usage over centuries.  The essential oil has both anti-inflammatory and stimulating qualities.  It is a remedy par excellence for chronic, subacute skin and urinary problems.  I also use juniper for prostate problems.  In Europe, juniper has multifaceted uses of a psychological and physical nature.  The shrub is prevalent in the northern hemisphere, where every culture has discovered more medicinal uses than its ancestors.

            Juniper is an evergreen shrub in Cypress family.  In North America there are four varieties of small to medium size shrubs, usually round or conical shaped with bark that has a checkerboard appearance.  Juniperus Monosperma, or Seed Juniper, grows in the West and Southwestern United States in rocky soil with Pinyon pine.  This variety grows between 3,000 and 5,500 feet of elevation.  Juniperus Communis grows in the temperate zone of North America and throughout Europe.  The elevation is 8,000 feet and higher.  Juniper deppeana, or Alligator juniper, grows between 4,500 to 8,000 foot elevation, often in canyons, along hillsides and drainage ditches.  In America, it is native in West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.  Juniper scopulorum, or Rocky mountain juniper, grows from Alberta, Canada to West Texas.  It grows from sea level to 9,000 feet.

            The berries make the best essential oil, although leaves and twigs may also be steam distilled.  Juniper berries are specialized cones that usually need two seasons to mature.  They have a sweet taste and vary from copper to blue in color.  These berries are dried before distillation.  Juniper essential oil smells fresh, green and herbaceous.  The berries have a slightly sweeter scent than the twigs and leaves variety.

            Although juniper is best known for flavoring gin, aromatherapists and herbalists appreciate its astringent, tonic, and detoxifying properties.  It helps people who are more symptomatic in cold weather by stimulating an otherwise sluggish system.  Juniper is often described as a blood purifier, eliminating  toxic and metabolic waste from the body.

            A unique property of juniper oil is its ability to remove uric acid buildup causing gout.  Uric acid crystals can form in the toes and move up the legs or cause kidney stones.  The following blends are a welcome relief.

 

Kidney Stone and Gout Blend

 

            Prepare a footbath with 8 cups of very warm water.  Add the following essential oils and mix well:

                        40 drops of Juniper

                          4 drops of Ginger root

                        10 drops of Cypress

                          2 drops of Pine

                        10 drops of Orange

            Place one or both feet in the bath and soak for 15 to 30 minutes.  Repeat daily to remove uric acid in the tissues.

            Alternate:  A warm compress can be made by dipping a clean towel in the essential oil “bath”.  Wrap a towel around each foot, first wringing out the excess water.  Keep the extra bath water covered and repeat the process every 10 minutes up to 30 minutes.

            For Kidney stones, apply the compress across the low back, repeating the above process every 10 minutes.

            Follow each treatment with a relaxing massage made with the following essential oils:

            In 2 ounces of carrier oil add the following essential oils:

                        10 drops of Lavendula

                          6 drops of Juniper

                          2 drops of Lemongrass

                          3 drops of Sandalwood

            Allow to cure overnight in a dark, glass bottle with a tight fitting screw cap.  Warm the oil by setting the bottle inside a glass of hot water for 2 or 3 minutes.  Apply warm to the feet, legs, knees and lower back, as desired, after a foot bath or compress to remove uric acid crystals.

            Juniper is very beneficial in establishing endocrine balance.  It helps restore the adrenals, energy production and blood sugar regulation.  Combine juniper with stimulating essential oils.

 

Endocrine Balance

 

            In a tub of warm water, add the following essential oils and swish the water to mix well.  I do not recommend this during pregnancy or for those who suffer from seizures.

                        10 drops of Rosemary

                          5 drops of Lime

                          6 drops of Juniper

                          1 drop of Cedarwood

            Dry brush the limbs and skin before bathing.  Soak for 15 minutes.  Pat dry the skin.

            Alternate:  This blend can be added to 1 ounce of carrier oil, cured for at least 3 hours, and massaged onto the low back and abdomen.  Rosemary and juniper are very invigorating and tonifying for the endocrine organs.

            Juniper is specifically beneficial for those who have absent, scanty or painful menses.  It blends well with marjoram and chamomile to relieve symptoms and reset the hypothalamus and limbic system.  Rosewood is both calming and uplifting, safe for young teens and crohns, used as a base note in this blend.

 

Amennorhea and Painful Menses

 

            In 2 ounces of carrier oil, add the following essential oils:

                        10 drops of Chamomile, Roman or German (blue)

                        10 drops of Juniper

                        10 drops of Marjoram

                          5 drops of Rosewood

            Cure overnight in dark glass with a tight fitting screw cap.  Begin massaging the abdomen daily 2 weeks before menses begins or daily when menses is absent.  For painful menses, massage the abdomen and low back 2 or 3 times daily.  Add 2 drops of clove essential oil as an additional pain reliever.  Stop using this blend if heavy menses occurs.  If pregnancy is a possibility, see your physician before using this blend.

            Juniper is very effective for clogged pores, acne and blackheads.  The easiest application is a facial steam. 

 

Facial Steam

 

            In 4 cups of steaming hot water, add 5 drops of Juniper essential oil.  Tent with a clean towel, tying any loose hair away from the face.  Allow the steam to open and clean the pores for 3 to 5 minutes.  Move away from the steam if the face becomes uncomfortably hot.  Rinse with lukewarm, then cool water, and pat dry.  Use the remaining juniper water to clean the face and neck later in the day or early the next morning.

            In England, essential oils are researched for physological health.  Juniper has a pleasantly stimulating effect on shy or aloof personalities.  Those who use it are more affectionate and friendlier.  Overall, it encourages an optimistic attitude.

            Although Juniper is avoided internally during pregnancy, it is used in aromatherapy without miscarriage.  The variety used is distilled from Juniperus communis.  The dilution is 2 drops in every 100 drops of carrier oil, a 2% dilution.  I do not consider it safe when used in larger doses, or combined with chamomile, marjoram or essential oils that bring on menses, emmenogogues.

            For more information:

                        Essential oil Safety, Robert Tisserand and Tony Balacs; Churchhill Livingstone Press, 1995.       

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Skin Renewal Part 2 Blog 27

Skin Renewal Part 2 Blog 27

 

Now that we have a basic cream base we can begin to treat many skin conditions. The first is cracked or very chapped skin. Cracked skin occurs on the hands, feet, face, and near, or around the mouth. This condition is very painful to many people. Chapped skin occurs mainly on the cheeks, lips and hands. The skin burns, even when a soothing cream is applied. Therefore, an oil blend will be also offered.  Both may be used for each condition. The essential oils will differ.

 

Skin Renewal for Cracked Skin

In 4 ounces of skin renewal cream or 4 tablespoons of carrier oil add:

12 drops of German (blue) chamomile

5 drops of Patchouli

3 drops of Myrrh

Stir bottle in a 4-ounce container with a tight fitting lid. Allow to cure 3 hours or overnight. Lightly massage into cracked skin morning and night. Avoid long, hot baths until skin heals.

 

Skin Renewal for Chapped Skin

 

In 4 tablespoons of carrier oil, such as avocado, aloe vera gel, or jojoba oil add:

10 drop Rose

15 drops lavender

4 drops benzoin

Bottle in a dark glass with a screw cap. Allow to cure 3 hours. Turn the bottle over to mix the blend well before applying twice daily to chapped skin using light strokes. Reduce exposure to wind, cold or hot temperatures until skin heals.

            Another condition that can be helped with essential oils is broken capillaries on the face and skin. They appear to be red lines, usually on the cheeks. Those with fair skin and sensitive complexions are most affected. The use of alcohol and caffeine may aggravate the condition, as well as using soap for cleansing. Clay masques may also aggravate the condition. The following formulas will offer alternative care.

            People who have these fine, red capillaries on their face will benefit from using the gentlest cleansers and products on their skin. Hydrosols, or healing waters that are a byproduct of distillation, are excellent to mist on the face for extra moisture and deep pore cleansing. Melissa, or Lemon balm, rose, geranium, and lavender are good choices.

            To treat broken capillaries, the following suggestions will help make a healing blend. It may take several weeks or months to see the results desired. Be persistent and keep a daily regime for skincare. Your skin will look more youthful and radiant for the effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broken Capillary Treatment

In 3 fluid ounce dark, glass bottle, add the following oils:

3 drops Neroli

5 drops Rose

2 drops Lavender

Add 1-tablespoon witch hazel and 2.5 ounces of rose, Melissa, orange flower or linden flower water. Cap tightly and allow to cure 3 hours. Before applying, turn the bottle over 2 or 3 times to thoroughly mix the contents. Essential oils rise naturally to the top. Apply the capillaries morning and night after cleansing with a cotton ball or clean cloth.

Note: Only rose can be successfully used in this formula for very tender skin. Use the same formula, substituting 10 drops of rose essential oil for neroli and lavender.

            The following recipe can be used to deep cleanse, tone, and moisturize troubled skin. It is an acceptable substitute for clay masques. The main ingredient is honey, which is safe for cracked, sensitive skin, rosacea, or acne. It will not dry hard on the skin.

 

Honey Masque

In a wide mouth glass jar add:

2 ounces of honey

1 tablespoon lavender or rose hydrosol to thin the honey

4 drops of geranium

2 drops of Roman chamomile, optional

Stir the ingredients with a ceramic, wooden, (or plastic) spoon, or instrument. Avoid metal. It reacts with the essential oils. Apply the honey masque to clean skin with the fingertips, using light strokes. Cover the face and neck as desired. Allow setting 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm or cool water. Any remaining diluted honey can be sealed and refrigerated for use within 3 days.

 

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin problem that requires various treatments. Severity also varies. The symptoms include smooth red areas, scaling, and plaques, lesions defined in a ringed area and acute eruptions of pustules. Symptoms are usually chronic and may come and go for no apparent reasons. A physician diagnoses is definitive for this skin disease. Most research supports psoriasis to be a dysfunction of the skin’s enzymes. The epidermal, top layer of skin, suffers from a rapid turnover of cells and dilation of the capillaries.

            In aromatherapy, specific essential oils and carrier oils, nurture and protect the epidermis. These products help regulate the skin’s temperature, reduce allergic reactions, while eliminating environmental and metabolic waste. They will help regenerate cell regeneration without stimulating dermal cell  renewal for psoriasis treatment. This is a variation from other aromatherapy treatments we have studied.

           Evening primrose oil, borage and avocado oils specifically help psoriasis treatment. Borage oil is least expensive and works equally as well as other oils. A combination of 2 or 3 of these oils at any time is preferred. Ingesting encapsulated evening primrose,

 

  and borage oil with meals may also help. They contain omega 6 essential fatty acid, 

which aids many body processes.

          My research suggests this skin condition is precipitated by incorrect melatonin release from the pineal gland. Melatonin levels naturally rises at night to encourage sleep. Psoriasis clients have low melatonin levels at night and higher levels during the day. Melatonin is sometimes deficient in psoriasis sufferers. Melatonin levels must be determined by a competent health professional and monitored on a regular basis.

          For practical purposes, follow these simple rules. Do not sleep with a light on or shining into the bedroom. Cover large mirrors at night that may reflect light. Use ultraviolet light or get  at least 30 minutes of sunlight daily or several times a week.Exposure may be up to 2 hours, using protective clothing. Visit the ocean when possible and allow your skin to be nurtured by seawater. Best times to enjoy sunshine is before10A.M., or after 5 P.M. Remember that sunblock is most protective during the first hour after application. Call the manufacturer listed on the label for details of any sunblock used.

          If you work at night and sleep during the day, even 30 minutes in a room using ultraviolet light may be beneficial. This is a specialty light widely available at lighting stores and some hardware stores. Also enjoy sunshine on weekends, holidays or days off to stimulate proper melatonin levels.

          Allergy and stress may precipitate breakouts. My dietary research and experience over 30 years, indicate certain foods  may encourage a breakout. Fats from nuts, peanuts, and other dietary oils can contribute to psoriasis breakouts.Monitor fat intake and reduce nuts and especially peanuts. Seeds may be an acceptable substitute. Other foods may  be dietary stressors. These must be individually identified and reduced or removed from the diet. Every fat, including avocado must be eaten in moderation. Successful treatment includes dietary modification for psoriasis conditions.

         Several essential oils help reduce and manage psoriasis. These essential oils have high odor intensity and are best used in small amounts. They include myrrh, cajeput, teatree, cedarwood, lavender, and angelica root. The following blends are diluted in the carrier oils best suited for psoriasis.

                                         Psoriasis healing oil

 

        Combine 1 tablespoon avocado oil, borage seed oil or evening primrose oil in a clean non metal container. Glass is best. Please use cold pressed oils. Be sure to refrigerate these oils after opening. Add the following essential oils:

        

                           5 drops of Myrrh

                            3 drops of Teatree

                           5 drops of Lavender

                            5 drops of Cajeput, Melaleuca cajeputi

 

 

         

        Mix with a non metal stirring stick or spoon and apply  the mixture to affected areas of the skin twice daily.Refrigerate any leftover blend in a tightly sealed container. Use within 2 days. The following blend has a more socially acceptable aroma and may be used as an alternate blend for social settings and work.

 

 

                         

                                 Socially acceptable healing blend

   

 

      Combine 1 tablespoon avocado, borage seed and/or evening primrose oils in a non metal or glass container. Add the following essential oils:

 

                         5 drops Immortelle

                          5 drops Rockrose

                          3 drops Lavender

    

      Mix well with a nonmetal stirring stick or spoon. Apply to affected areas of the skin. .Refrigerate leftover blend in a tightly sealed container. Use within 2 days.

      

      The next blend may be applied to the scalp to treat any lesions. Apply to the scalp 5 to 7 times a week.

 

 

                        Psoriasis Scalp Treatment

 

              

        In 3 ounces of lavender hydrolate, add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Shake well and add the following essential oils:

 

 

                   5 drops of Angelica root

                    3 drops of Cedarwood

                   5 drops of Lavender

                    3 drops of Rockrose

  

 

      Tightly cap in a dark, glass bottle. Turn the bottle over and gently mix the essential oils blend. Apply to the scalp with a cotton ball. Leave on the scalp at least 30 minutes before rinsing with the scalp and hair using lukewarm water. Enjoy a beautiful day or evening, creating a healthier, new you!

 

       

           

  

 

       

 

      

   

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Rejuvenating Skin Cream

Rejuvenating Skin Cream

Ingredients:

4 ounces carrier oil such as sweet almond, avocado, or jojoba; I prefer jojoba oil to apply to the face.

½ ounce grated beeswax (organic is commercially available)

2 ounces of hydrolate or flower water for your skin type.

10 drops essential oil for your skin type, or blend of essential oils.

 

      Accessories:

2 Medium Pyrex or glass bowls

Wooden spoon or spatula

Large pan, which the glass bowl will fit into.

Large wide mouth glass jar or container with a screw lid for the cream. Do not use metal. It will interact with the essential oil.

In the glass bowl, add the grated beeswax, then 4 ounces of carrier oil. Place the large pan, half filled with water on medium heat. Reduce heat and allow

the beeswax to melt in the carrier oil. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula to mix the ingredients well. Slowly add the hydrolate, 1 tablespoon at a time,

mixing well after each addition. Continue slowly stirring adding the essential oil, 1 drop at a time. Pour the mixture into a wide mouth, glass jar and refrigerate

to allow the cream to set.

The following are suggestions of essential oil and blends effective for skin types. Choose one or combine three to five oils to equal ten drops.

 

Normal: Rose, geranium, carrot seed, litsea cubeba, labdanum

 

Oily: Lemongrass, juniper, bergamot, cedar, eucalyptus, frankincense, myrrh,

 

Dry: Jasmine, rose, neroli, lavender, rosewood, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, petitgrain, mandarin, (citrus reticulate)

 

Combination: Rosemary, Lemon balm, Orange flower, Orange blood

 

Sensitive: Roman chamomile, rose, geranium, lavender, Benzoin

 

Inflamed: Geranium, German chamomile, clary sage, carrot seed, frankincense, benzoin, angelica root

 

Acne: Petitgrain, tea tree, thyme, cypress, juniper, lavender, German chamomile, yarrow, lime, grapefruit, palmarosa

 

Mature or Wrinkled: Vetiver, frankincense, Ylang, ylang extra, lavender, rose

 

Eczema: Geranium, yarrow, lavender, German chamomile

 

Psoriasis: Immortelle, Rockrose, Lavender

 

Note: The following essential oils have a very strong odor and should be used sparingly, unless you really enjoy the aroma. Otherwise,

1 drop in a blend should be sufficient.

Angelica root, Clary sage, Elemi, Cedar, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Vetiver, Yarrow, Tea Tree, and Patchouli.

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Indian Lemon, a Delightful Summer Aroma

Indian Lemon, a Delightful Summer Aroma

           

            The lemon tree is a native of India.  Citrus limonum was brought to Europe in the twelfth century with returning Crusaders.  Today, it is cultivated in Sicily, Italy; Florida and California in the United States.  It is a member of the rue family of plants.  The tree reaches 15 to 17 feet in height, producing white blossoms, singly or in pairs.  It blossoms and produces fruit year round.  One tree yields 200 pounds of lemons, in varying degrees of ripeness, producing one pound of pure essential oil in a good year.  The essential oil is extracted from mostly green fruit rinds in a cold pressed process.  Modern extraction uses machines to express the oil and separates it in a centrifuge.  Originally, the skin was pressed by hand into a sponge, a very laborious process.

            The lemon tree traveled from Arabia to reach Sicily in the twelfth century.  The white, star-shaped flowers are named Zagara, the original Arab name.  Sicilians also cultivate citrus medica, a cultivar with deep green, thick-skinned lemons, much more sour than Citrus limonum.  The peel is commercially used to manufacture candied lemon peel, available at Christmas to make fruit cake and baked goods.  An essential oil of Citrus medica is expensive and rare, releasing a rich and fresh, fruity fragrance.  Both essential oils are best used within eight months of extraction.  Sicilian essential oil has a reputation for producing the finest essential oil.

            Locating unadulterated lemon oil is a delicate matter.  The highly aromatic lemon oil has a compound from an isopren added to produce the clean fresh smell, citral.  Citral is one of many components of natural lemon oil. It is synthetically manufactured, or produced from less expensive essential oils, such as lemon grass and litsea cubeba.  It is very easy to adulterate lemon essential oil.  Citral, from other sources, such as lemon grass and litsea cubeba, cannot be detected with gas chromatograph.

            Food grade lemon essential oil is separated from its natural wax by cooling the essential oil to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.  The oil is commercially used in many foods, drinks and cosmetics.  Aroma therapists require all components of lemon oil present for therapeutic use.  True lemon oil has amazing properties when unaltered and organically grown.  The bulk of lemon and orange essential oils are produced from trees sprayed with pesticides.  Many aroma therapists prefer lemongrass and oils they can locate grown from organically treated plants.  For therapeutic use, locate lemon oil without citral and stabilizers to extend shelf life added.

            Lemon essential oil stimulates mental abilities.  The aroma activates the center of the hippocampus of the brain, enhancing memorization and reducing confusion.  Japanese researchers reported 54 percent enhanced typing skills when lemon oil was dispersed into the room.  Communication and intellectual skills are definitely improved with the use of lemon oil.

            Lemon oil’s antibacterial properties are impressive.  When released into the air, the volatile oils kill typhus germs in a hour, pneumonia bacterials within four hours and staph in five minutes.  It is very useful when combating multi strains of staph  Effective antiseptic agents remain active up to twenty days airborne.  It is used in hospital rooms and schools in Europe, dispersed in a diffuser.

            The oil is also an immune stimulant, activating white blood cells.  It can be used to reduce colds, flus, sore throats and fevers.  The aroma may be used in an aroma lamp or diffuser, or combined with other essential oils in a dilution.

Antiseptic Immune Stimulant

 

            In one ounce of carrier oil, add the following essential oils:

                        2 drops of Citrus limonum

                        1 drop of Angelica root

                        5 drops of Hyssop, Hyssopus officianalas

            Bottle in dark glass with a tight fitting screw cap.  Allow to cure three hours or overnight.  Apply one or two drops on the chest and/or throat.  Massage lightly.  Application may be repeated three times for seven days, or one time for twenty-one days.  Refrigerate leftover blend daily.

 

For Asthma and Bronchitis

 

            In one ounce of carrier oil, add the following essential oils:

                          2 drops of Citrus limonum

                        10 drops of Lavendula

                           5 drops of Roman chamomile

            Bottle in dark glass with a tight fitting screw cap.  Allow to cure three hours or overnight.  Massage five to seven drops on the chest or upper back one to three times daily.  The blend may be used as a preventative once daily or weekly.  Refrigerate leftovers daily.

 

For Insect Bites and Itchy Skin 

 

            In one quart, four cups, of distilled water, add 2 drops of lemon oil.  Bathe the bites or itchy skin once or twice daily until symptoms disappear.  This should prevent insect bites from swelling and becoming infected.

            In Europe, lemon oil is combined with *Queen of the Meadow essential oil and diffused into a room to reduce uric acid levels and gout, as well as rheumatic complaints.  Rheumatism is joint and muscle pain, of varying origins, that may travel to different parts of the body.  A health practitioner should monitor these conditions, as well as dietary modifications that reduce acidic conditions.

            A drop of lemon oil can be added to two ounces of unscented shampoo to reduce oil conditions of the hair.  To reduce oily skin, acne and eruptions, add 1 drop of lemon oil to distilled water and mist the affected skin morning and night.

 

*Queen of the Meadow

           

            *Queen of the Meadow, Spirea ulmaria, is a member of the rose family.  The essential oil is distilled from the flowering plant and roots.  High salicylic acid content helps dissolve uric acid, making it an excellent oil for rheumatism and gout.  The oil prevents inflammation, opens blood vessels and removes restrictions.  It is also used in massage for cellulite.

            Lemon essential oil is phototoxic.  Exposure of skin to sunlight or tanning beds should be limited to 12 hours after application of more than 2% of lemon oil in a blend.  A few drops of the oil in a one ounce blend or dilution is safe for topical application.  I do not use lemon oil topically on children under ten years old.  Sensitivity and reactions can occur in rare instances.  Aerial diffusion in a room does not cause sun sensitivity, only topical use.  It is best to test a blend on a non sensitive area of skin, when used topically, to be sure there is no sensitivity to lemon oil.

Reference:  Essential Oil Safety, Robert Tisserand and Tony Balacs, 1995.

 

             

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Hair Care

Hair Care

            Creating a therapeutic aroma shampoo will increase immunity, memory, and enhance natural beauty. Hair is an extension of skin and can be treated as a skin condition. Choose essential oils that you can enjoy because you will smell the aroma all day. Treating the condition of the hair will stimulate or sedate the immune system. Memory can be enhanced with essential oils that increase focus and attention span. Choose a shampoo without scent, if possible. Sodium laurel sulfate dries the hair and should be avoided in a shampoo. Castile soap, as a liquid, works well as a shampoo for children, pets, and people with oily hair. Dry and chemically treated hair benefits from a silky, pearlized shampoo containing amino acids. Ten to fifteen drops of essential oils can be added to six ounces of shampoo base of your choice. The aroma will blend into the shampoo base overnight. Shake gently before using. Here are a few ideas for hair care.

To six ounces of shampoo add:

Dandruff – Six drops of Peppermint (Mentha peperita)

                  Eight drops of Lavender (Lavendula species)

 

Chemically treated – Three drops of Rose (Rosa species)

                                  Three drops of Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

                                  Six drops of Lavender (Lavendula species)

 

Scaly, itching scalp – One drop Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

                                   One drop Clary Sage (Salvia scalerea)

                                   Six drops Lavender (Lavendula species)

                                   Three drops Sandalwood (Santalum mysore)

 

Hair growth – Six drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

                       Six drops Coriander Seed (Coriandrum sativum)

                       Two drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium)

 

Oily hair – Six drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

                  Three drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

                  One drop Sage (Salvia officinalis)

                  Two drops Peppermint (Mentha peperita)

 

Dry hair – Six drops Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora)

                 Two drops Chamomile (Matricaria recutica)

                 One drop Sage (Salvia officinalis)

                 Two drops Peppermint (Mentha peperita)

 

Split ends – Two drops Palarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)

                    Two drops Marigold Mint (Tagetes foeniculum)

                    Two drops Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

 

Normal hair – Three drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

                       One drop Cedar wood (Cedrus atlantica)

                       Two drops Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

For more protection, a conditioner is helpful and easy to create. After a shampoo and rinse, towel dry the hair and apply the following conditioner. Rinse with cool water after 2 or 3 minutes. Towel dry and style.

In two ounces of jojoba oil add:

Three drops of Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

One drop of Cedar (Cedrus atlantica)

One drop of Jasmine (Jasminum officinale,sambuc)

Or

One drop of Lavender (Lavendula species)

True Jasmine essential oil is very expensive. Lavender can be substituted in this recipe, and can be used for every hair type. The jojoba oil can be substituted with a hydrolate, healing water. Next we will learn about healing waters or hydrolates.

 

Shampoo For Pets

 

Hair care includes dogs, horses, and mature furry fellows. A light touch with a few drops of essential oils will help repel flies, ticks, and fleas.

Shampoo to Repel Flies

In six ounces of shampoo base add:

Two drops of Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Shampoo to repel fleas

In six ounces of shampoo base add:

Two drops of Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citradora)

Shampoo to repel ticks

In six ounces of shampoo base add:

Two drops of Cedar wood (Cedrus atlantica)

Two drops of Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

 

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Geranium: Also Out of Africa- Blog 25

Geranium: Also Out of Africa- Blog 25

 

Geranium, Pelargonium graveolens, P. odorantissemum, is a native of South Africa. It was exported to France in the late seventeenth century where it was hybridized and distilled. The leaves and stems are distilled to produce essential oil when the small flowers begin to bloom. There are many verities of aromatic geraniums. Rose geranium produces the fragrant essential oil used in perfumes and aromatherapy. The essential oil is a light color with a hint of yellow and green. It has a rose scent with a tart smell. To me it lacks the richness of rose essential oil. Rose geranium is often substituted for rose essential oil in commercial products and perfumes. It is added as a rose extender. The price of rose geranium is very inexpensive compared to natural rose oil. We are so fortunate to have both essential oils available.

            Initially, geranium oil was used as an insect repellent in aroma lamps. Women discovered the scent lifted their mood and enhanced their energy. Rose geranium is definitely useful in reducing depression. Colognes and products worn on the face and neck helped dispel depression. The following cologne can be used to relieve stress and lift depressed moods.

 

Old fashion Cologne

In 2 ounces perfume alcohol, 190 proof add:

15 drops Geranium

5 drops Bergamot

1 drop Rosewood

1 drop Patchouli

Bottle in dark glass with a screw top. Allow to cure 3 days or longer before applying the cologne on the throat and front of the neck.

Geranium became very popular as a skincare aid. It helps all skin types, because it balances the sebum secretion. Geranium’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties benefits acne prone skin.

The following recipe is a great facial steam for oily or acne prone skin. Use weekly for best results.

 

Facial Steam to correct Troubled Skin

In four cups of steaming hot water add:

20 drops Geranium

5 drops Cypress, Cupressus sempervirens

5 drops Lemongrass

6 drops German chamomile

1 drop Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Tent head and face with a clean towel. Allow steam to penetrate the skin, but not burning the skin. A safe distance from the steaming bowl of aroma water is 1 foot from the face. Back away if the steam becomes intense. After a few seconds, return to the facial steam. Repeat the process up to 15 minutes. Pat dry and rinse with cold water to close the pores. Pat the face dry with a clean towel.

           

Geranium is a great choice for menopausal women. The scent has helped women through the heat flashes, moods, and hormonal changes associated with menarche. I find it also helps to open a new channel of creativity after the child bearing years. Women become active in new careers, community efforts, charities, and hobbies. Aromatherapy helps women find their direction, voice, and newfound strength. Here is a hair conditioner to strengthen dry hair and make it manageable. It helps thinning and encourages a happy feeling.

 

Good Hair Day Conditioner

In 4-ounce plastic pet container add:

2 ounces aloe vera gel

2 ounces jojoba oil

10 drops Geranium

10 drops Ylang ylang extra or absolute

2 drops Rosewood, Aniba rosaedora

4 drops Sandalwood

Cap and turn the bottle upside down to mix thoroughly. Allow to cure overnight or longer. Apply to hair after a thorough shampoo and rinse. Allow 3-5 minutes before rinsing with cool water. Towel dry and style. This conditioner may be applied daily to wet hair, washing only once or twice weekly, to treat dry hair. Use a shampoo without sodium laurel sulphate to prevent dryness.

            If psoriasis of the scalp is a problem, apply this blend at night.

 

Psoriasis Blend

In 1-ounce jojoba oil, add:

5 drops Lavender

6 drops Immortelle

2 drops Geranium

2 drops Rockrose

Bottle in dark glass with a screw top. Allow to cure 3 hours or overnight. Massage small amounts on affected areas with the fingertips nightly.

            Use only natural products on the hair and scalp. Avoid methylparaben in all hair and skincare products. Never go to bed angry or tense. Enjoy an aromatic bath before bedtime.

Bath Indulgence

Draw a warm, comfortable bath. Add the following essential oils in a cream base. Relax and let your troubles float away.

In 3 tablespoons of cream add:

10 drops Lavender

6 drops Geranium

Combine oils into the cream. Add the warm bath water, and swish your hands throughout the water. Climb in and enjoy! Relax 15 to 20 minutes and towel dry. Life will look much sweeter. Sleep will be great!

           

 

A good way to nurture mature skin is to apply a masque. An easy masque is made with egg white. Clay masque can be messy to assemble and drying to mature skin, depending on the ingredients and the essentials oils used. For those quick pick me up days, use this simple masque to tighten pores and leave a beautiful shine on the skin.

 

Mature and Sensitive Skin Treatment

In one tablespoon of egg white add:

2 drops Geranium

1 drop Frankincense

Clean face and neck thoroughly. Mix the egg white and essential oils. Using fingertips, apply the mixture to the face and neck. Reapply the rest of the mixture liberally. Allow to dry about 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry with a towel. Apply moisture.

            Geranium is an excellent choice of oils to increase circulation and lymphatic flow in the abdominal area. The intestines have a large concentration of lymphatic tissue. The lymphs can build toxicity and cause bloating, constipation, and spasticity of the bowel. The following formula can be used occasionally or daily to enhance health and longevity.

 

Tummy Rub for Irritable Bowel or Constipation

In 4 ounces of carrier oil add:

5 drops Peppermint

10 drops Geranium

1 drop Ginger

8 drops Fennel

2 drops Angelica root

5 drops Coriander seed

Bottle in dark glass with a screw top. Allow to cure 3 hours or overnight. Apply several drops to the abdomen and massage in a circular motion. Breathe rhythmically and deeply. Rub for 5 minutes. Apply a warm, damp compress as desired. Avoid during pregnancy or heavy menses. Increase water intake to 64 ounces daily.

Next we will put our knowledge into practice making lotions for skin renewal.

 

 

 

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Garden Party

Garden Party

 

            Organically grown aromatic herbs provide a variety of beauty aids.  Summertime brings an abundance of fresh herbs for health and beauty.  Many of these plants offer protection from too much fun in the sun.

 

Sunburn Remedy

 

            To 4 ounces of apple cider vinegar, add

   20 drops of Lavendula essential oil

            Stir with a nonmetal spoon or stirring stick.  Apply to affected skin using clean cotton balls soaked and strained with the solution.  Use ever so gentle strokes, or dab each area using the cotton ball.  Repeat every 60 minutes as needed to control pain.  Drink several cups of water to assure hydration.  Apple cidar vinegar maintains the ph. of the skin.

            As the skin heals, a softening, or demulcent, herbal application of Althea officinalis, marshmallow root, will soothe and calm irritated skin.  The skin will be radiant in a few days.

 

Skin Softening Blend

 

            Simmer 3 tablespoons of Marshmallow root in a small pan containing 12 ounces of spring or distilled water.  Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring 3 times.  Remove from heat, cover the pan and refrigerate overnight.  The mixture will thicken.  Strain into a wide mouth glass jar.  Add the following essential oils, or 10 drops of oil of your choice, and blend with a nonmetal spoon.

 

                        2 drops of Sandalwood

                        6 drops of Ylang ylang extra

                        5 drops of Rose, Moroccan

            Allow to cure, covered, for 3 hours.  Apply to clean skin.  Refrigerate remaining blend.  Use within 5 days. 

            Lips will also require protection in the summer.  Here’s a lip balm you can wear throughout the year.

 

Lip Balm

 

            Measure 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil into a dark glass container with a tight fitting screw cap.

            Add 4 drops of Carrot seed essential oil, Daucus carota.  Squeeze the vitamin E oil from a capsule of Dalpha and mixed tocopherols into the combination.  You can puncture the capsule using a heated sewing needle.

            Cover and allow to cure.  Add 2 drops of Lavendula, if desired.

            Using a double boiler or heating element, melt 2 tablespoons of organic beeswax.  Stir 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil; then add the jojoba oil, carrot seed blend.  Remove from heat immediately.  Stir well.  Spoon into a wide mouth glass jar with a screw top.  The balm will set as it cools.  After completely cool, screw on the lid.  Store at room temperature.

            Apply to lips as needed to maintain softness and suppleness.

            Sunlight brings out the freckles in me!  Here’s a soothing blend sure to lighten your “SPOTS”.

           

Freckle Buster

 

            Boil 1 cup of water in a small pot.  Remove from heat.  Add 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley leaves and 2 tablespoons of Calendula or Marigold flowers.  Cover and steep 15 minutes.  Strain and remove all plant leaves.

            Melt 2 tablespoons of coco butter in a microwave or over a double boiler.  Add the herbal infusion.   Beat at high speed with a hand blender 1 minute.

            Add 3 drops of lemon or lemongrass essential oil;

                    5 drops of Chamomile essential oil

            Optional 2 drops of Marigold mint essential oil

            Store in a wide mouth glass jar with a screw lid.  Apply to freckles and brown spots 2 times daily onto clean skin.  Refrigerate to ensure long term usage.

           

If you find the hot, summer days making you tired or grouchy, allow this cooling,

spearmint masque to turn your day into a happy one.

 

Cooling Spearmint Masque

 

            Blend 1 cup of fresh spearmint leaves with 1 cup of cold water 1 minute at high speed.  Refrigerate 2 hours or longer.  Pour the cold contents onto a clean hand towel.  Relax and apply the towel to a clean face for 15 minutes, or as desired.

            Alternate blend:

            Add 6 drops of Spearmint essential oil into 1 cup of cold water.  Pour onto a clean hand towel and apply to a clean face.  Avoid the eyes and any broken skin.  Relax and enjoy!

            Late nights and long days can affect the under-eyes.  If you wake up to puffy under-eyes, use this opportunity to preserve the skin and delay aging, as well as reducing swollen under-eyes.

 

Puffy Eye Remedy

 

            In 1 cup of boiled distill water, steep 2 bags of black tea for 5 minutes.  Strain.  Soak and strain 2 cotton balls.  Apply to closed eyelids, or underneath closed eyelids.  Remove and repeat 2 more times, totally 5 or 6 minutes.

            Follow with a  compress of cold water.  Use a clean wash cloth, straining excess water before application.  Compress up to 5 minutes.  Remove cloth and pat dry.

            In 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil, add 1 drop of Myrrh essential oil.  Pat the blend under each eye.  Myrrh is anti-aging, preserving skin quality and delaying aging, fine lines and wrinkles.  What a nice way to start the day!

            Now proceed to the other end of the body, the feet.  Summer fun can lead to dry, cracked skin on the heels and feet.  The following blend will both soften and heal this skin.

 

Cracked Heel and Skin formula

 

            Combine the following essential oils in 4 ounces of jojoba oil:

                        4 drops of Patchouli

                        8 drops of Geranium

                        4 drops of Rose

                        6 drops of Orange or 16 drops of Neroli

            Bottle in dark glass with a tight fitting screw top.  Allow to cure overnight.

            Apply to clean feet in the morning and at night.  Immediately put on socks to help hold in the moisture.  Patchouli is a great essential oil to heal cracked skin and regenerate new, healthy skin.  Your feet will smell better too!

            Instead of using talc powder on your feet and skin, here’s a healthy alternative.

 

Natural Powder

 

            Combine in an airtight container:

                         ½ cup Cornstarch or Potato starch

                         ½ cup Arrowroot

                        10 drops Rose or Lavendula essential oil

                        1/3 cup crushed, ground dry rose petals or lavender flowers.    

            Mix well and seal the container. 

            Allow to cure 3 days before applying to clean skin and feet

            Both rose and, especially lavender essential oil, will soothe skin rashes from heat and sweating under the arms, behind the knees and underneath the feet.

            Enjoy a healthy summer!

 

                        References:  Mother Nature’s Herbal, Judy Griffin

                                             Herbs for Health and Beauty, Judy Griffin

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