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DIY Beauty Recipe; Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood

I love finding expensive beauty products that translate easily into something I can concoct right at home. You’d be surprised at how simple most things are to make yourself…and so much cheaper than buying it already made.

Most formulas are not hard to figure out; i.e. a balm or salve,  a lotion or creme pretty much have the same basic recipes for each, and after a little experimentation and by changing up similar ingredients, you can create your own masterpiece.

I recently came across Darphin’s website and loved their line of products. After looking for the basic ingredients, it’s not difficult to figure out how to concoct most of them in my own kitchen with a few choice ingredients.

Why not be beautiful for less money?

Everyone wants to be beautiful, and most women will spend gads of money to be that way.

If you want to be beautiful, be beautiful!

As Forrest Gump would say, ” Beauty is as beauty does”.

Think beautiful thoughts, act beautifully toward everyone, and look for beauty all around you. This is a great start to be-ing beautiful.

Also, using essential oils in your beauty regiment will do wonders for you, inside and out.

Sometimes just knowing you’re doing something good for the environment by using natural products makes you feel great…

aaaaaannnnnddddddd……….a special treat!

My newest  Recipe for a gorgeous cleansing balm that does wonders for your skin.

and it’s just as good as the $70 cleanser from Paris: (actually better because it won’t cost you that much to make it!)

homemade aromatic beauty cleansing balm

(very like Darphin cleansing balm from Paris $70)

  • 60 ml Marula oil – same as 2 ounces
  • 1 tsp. of beeswax, floral wax or emulsifying wax (depending on how soft you like your balm to be depends on how much wax you use )
  • Neroli essential oil 2 drops (Citrus aurantium)
  • Sage essential oil 1-drop  (Salvia officinalis L)
  • Ylang ylang extra essential oil 1-drop (Cananga odorata)
  • Rosewood essential oil 4-drops (Bois de Rose)
  • Vanilla plantifolia fruit extract-2 drops

Sometimes finding the ingredients is harder than putting them together. Most essential oils are quite easily found online, and some can be found in local health food stores. Just remember that cost usually reflects quality, and thereapeutic grade essential oils are 100 times better than commercial grade for medicinal purposes, and isn’t your skin worth it? Even though the initial costs seem a lot, over time you’ll save wads of cash. You might even want to pool resources with your friends/family and make enough for everyone to share, this saves on costs and is a win, win for everybody.

DIRECTIONS:

Gather ingredients and always have extra glass pyrex measuring cups  in different sizes around with some wooden chopsticks, they are excellent tools.

Just warm the marula oil (or oil of choice, eg. jojoba) with the beeswax, rose wax, jasmine wax or emulisfying wax in a double boiler or pyrex measuring cup until wax is almost melted in short bursts in the microwave. Do not over heat the wax as it can start on fire, even though it doesn’t look melted it gets very hot. Depending on how soft you like your balm to be depends on how much wax you use. It’s better to start with less then add more if you need it.  Stir until completely melted, cool slightly, then add in essential oils. Make sure mixture is not hot when adding essential oils, better that it is cool before adding as heat can destroy essential oil’s potency. After it’s completely set and you find you don’t like the consistency, it’s easy to fix, just warm again and add a little more wax. Pour into containers. Walla! Make sure to mark the date and throw out after a year.

p.s. I’ve found small containers in Walmart , but my favorite container places are listed below. Look for a fill-it-yourself airplane cosmetic travel kit, or in craft stores they sometimes carry tiny containers. If not, there are tons of places online to find them, for instance, ebay, SKS bottles, Specialty Bottles, Essential Supplies, Sunburst Bottle.com, and LotionCrafter to name a few.

Here is the original from Darphin:

Aromatic Cleansing  Balm

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Aromatic Cleansing Balm

with Rosewood

This lavishly-rich Darphin cleansing balm transforms into a light milky emulsion with water to sweep away traces of make-up and impurities, while nourishing skin to relieve tightness and help restore natural radiance. An alternative way to cleanse the face with water through a unique sensory experience.

Key Ingredients:

Marula Oil*, Sauge Officinale, Ylang Ylang and Rosewood* Essential Oils, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*
*Organic

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Here’s Mountain Rose Herbs version of  lovely facial care products here; including

Classic Rose Facial Oil– a luxurious facial oil comprised of incredibly rich and nourishing oils. It soaks into your skin effortlessly, and may be used either alone or before applying your daily moisturizer or make-up. A fabulous way to pamper your face with pure botanical products, our Classic Rose Facial Oil contains precious ingredients such as Neroli and Helichrysum essential oils, Organic Wild Rosehip Seed oil, and Kukui Nut oil. It assists in preventing wrinkles, re-hydrating the skin, and in the promotion of skin-cell regeneration. Perfect for lightly damaged skin that is dry and mature and needing repair. This is a very concentrated oil, and only a finger tip or two is needed. Contains: Organic Wild Rosehip Seed oil, Kukui nut oil, organic Calendula oil, and a combination of pure essential oils that includes Sandalwood, Neroli, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Carrot Seed and organic Lavender.1 oz bottle with treatment pump

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Jasmine “gift from God” Essential Oil Profile

Jasmine……just the word brings visions of romantic moonlit paths, holding hands and being cocooned by the sweet scents of the night.

There’s nothing like the aroma of pure jasmine essential oil, it is exquisite in all it’s majesty. It is truly a gift from God.

Whether you’re a boy or a girl, if your feeling down, stressed out, lonely or lacking self-confidence, or even if you just have dry skin or hair, jasmine is your exquisite little helper.

There are different types of Jasmine;

Grandiflorum (day blooming) and Sambac (night blooming).

About Jasmine Grandiflorum:

Botanical Name: Jasminum Grandiflorum, J. officinale
Origin: India or Egypt
Family: Oleaceae
Aroma: Rich, floral,
Perfume Note: Base
Method of Extraction: Solvent
Source: Flowers
Main Chemical Components: Jasmone, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, indol, linalol, linalyl acetate, phenylacetic acid, methyl jasmonate.
Blends Well With: All floral absolutes

Jasmine, from the Arabic yasmin: “gift from God,” is actually a member of the olive family.

It is very potent and precious, one of the most sought after & luxurious fragrances in the perfume industry. The scent is sweet, uplifting, euphoric, romantic and aphrodisiac. It has been used for thousands of years for it’s seductive powers & appeal to both men & women alike.

Emotionally warming, Jasmine oil relaxes, soothes, uplifts and is said to assist with self confidence. It’s a valuable oil for nervous tension and stress, and a wonderful skincare oil, excellent for hot, dry skin. Jasmine oil has sensual properties and is reputedly an aphrodisiac. It takes a vast number of blossoms (which are gathered before the sun rises) to produce only a few drops of this precious oil.

About Jasmine Sambac:

Botanical Name: Jasminum sambac

Plant Part: Flowers

Extraction Method: Solvent Extraction

Origin: India

Description: Jasmine Sambac is a beautiful plant; its flowers bloom late in the evening unlike Jasmine Grandiflorum that blooms in the early dawn.

Color: Dark brown yellowish liquid.

Common Uses: Jasmine Sambac Absolute is well regarded as an aphrodisiac, though it is also considered an antidepressant, sedative, and antispasmodic.

Consistency: Thick

Note: Middle

Strength of Aroma: Strong

Blends well with: Jasmine Sambac Absolute generally works with all oils. It helps to round out scents, and tends to work particularly well with other aphrodisiac oils (Sandalwood and Ylang-ylang are two great examples).

Aromatic Scent: Jasmine Sambac Absolute is an incredibly intense aroma that is very floral, yet more musky and masculine than the Jasmine Grandiflorum.

History: Since ancient times, Jasmine has been referred to as the King of oils (Rose is the Queen). Apparently this is because Jasmine is the most masculine of all the floral oils. It is also interesting to note that it takes 8,000 carefully hand-picked blossoms to produce 1 gram (about 1 ml.) of Jasmine Absolute.

More about Jasmine

Although expensive, this essential oil does more than just smell exquisite – it deeply relaxes, lifts depression and boosts confidence, eases childbirth, helps with sexual problems, sooths coughing and tones and improves skin elasticity, while helping to reduce stretch marks and scars.

Oil properties

Jasmine essential oil has a sweet, exotic and richly floral smell.

The more common species – Jasminum grandiflorum (also known as royal jasmine, Spanish or Catalonian jasmine or jati) is also used for essential oil extraction, but our 25% blend is made from Jasminum officinale.

Origin of jasmine oil

Jasmine is an evergreen, fragile, climbing shrub, that can grow up to 10 meters (33 feet) high and has dark green leaves and small white star-shaped flowers, which are picked at night, when the aroma is most intense.

An experienced picker can pick 10,000-15,000 blossoms per night.

Originally from China and Northern India, it was brought to Spain by the Moors, with France, Italy, Morocco, Egypt, China, Japan and Turkey currently producing the best essential oil.

The name Jasmine is derived from the Persian word ‘yasmin’. The Chinese, Arabians and Indians used it medicinally, as well as for an aphrodisiac and for other ceremonial purposes.

In Turkey, the wood is used for making rope stems and jasmine tea is a Chinese favorite (but Jasminum sambac – Arabian jasmine – is normally used for this) and in Indonesia it is used as a popular garnish.

Extraction

Jasmine oil starts it journey as a ‘concrete’, which is made by solvent extraction, after which an ‘absolute’ is obtained from the concrete, by separation with alcohol. The essential oil is then produced off the absolute by steam distillation.

1,000 lbs of flowers yield approximately one pound of liquid concrete, which yields 0.2% aromatic molecules.

Chemical composition

There are well over 100 constituents found in jasmine oil, but the main chemical components are benzyl acetate, linalool, benzyl alcohol, indole,  benzyl benzoate, cis-jasmone, geraniol, methyl anthranilate and trace amounts of p. cresol, farnesol, cis-3-hexenyl benzoate, eugenol, nerol, ceosol, benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, y-terpineol, nerolidol, isohytol, phytol etc.

Precautions

Jasmine oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and generally non-sensitizing, although some people do have an allergic reaction to the oil. Due to its emmenagogue properties it should not be used in pregnancy. Using too much of this oil could impede concentration, as it is a deeply relaxing oil.

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties of jasmine oil are anti-depressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, anti-spasmodic, cicatrisant, expectorant, galactagogue, parturient, sedative and uterine.

Uses

It is a valuable remedy in cases of severe depression and soothes the nerves, producing a feeling of confidence, optimism and euphoria, while revitalizing and restoring energy.

Jasmine oil facilitates delivery in childbirth: it hastens the birth by strengthening the contractions and at the same time relieves pain. It is effective in post-natal depression and promotes the flow of breast milk.

Because of its deeply soothing and calming nature, jasmine oil helps with sexual problems such as impotence, premature ejaculation and frigidity.

It has a very beneficial effect on the respiratory system, by soothing irritating coughs and helping with hoarseness and laryngitis. It furthermore helps with muscle pain, sprains, and stiff limbs.

Jasmine oil tones dry, greasy, irritated and sensitive skin, increases elasticity and is often used to assist with stretch marks and to reduce scarring.

Summary

Jasmine oil has great value for treating severe depression, eases childbirth, is beneficial with sexual problems, on the respiratory tract, for muscle pain and for toning the skin.

  • Burners and vaporizers
    • In vapor therapy, jasmine oil can be useful for treating addiction, lifting depression, easing nervousness, soothing coughs, promoting relaxation and easing tension.
  • Blended massage oil or in the bath
    • Jasmine oil can be used as a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, for helping to break addiction, lifting postnatal depression, promoting relaxation, easing muscle pain, soothing coughs, reducing tension, stress and nervousness.
  • Lotion and creams
    • Jasmine oil can be used in a cream or lotion for dry, greasy or sensitive skin, as well as to help reduce stretch marks and other scars.

Jasmine oil blends well with

Although essential oils blend well with most other oils, Jasmine oil blends particularly well with Bergamot, Rose, Sandalwood and all Citrus oils.

RESOURCES:

http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/jasmine-sambac-absolute-p-401.html

http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/jasmine.htm

Dragonfly; Women Going Through Changes

by Yellowstar*Essentials

Women going through menopause, or the change of life suffer from so many discomforts. It’s no fun trying to handle menopause, let alone dealing with the everyday stresses that occur.

While creating a menopause blend for some  dear friends I noticed a dragonfly sitting next to me.Sometimes, when I meditate, specific animals will make themselves noticed. It doesn’t seem a coincidence that she would show up.

The dragonfly perched so our eyes would meet. While I was meditating on which oils to ask for aid in relieving some of their menopausal symptoms, the dragonfly seemed to be trying to send me a message. Then it hit me…

What message does the dragonfly convey?

Most commonly symbolized as change, dragonflies are a beauty and a wonder. Dragonflies signify positive renewal, and the sense of self that comes with maturity as well as the power of life in general knowing they must live life to the fullest, as a dragonfly’s life is short. This is a lesson all of us could take to heart.
Some Native Americans believe dragonflies are the souls of the dead. There are also many cultures that believe that the meaning of a dragonfly is happiness, courage and subconscious thoughts. It is also believed that if you see two dragonflies paired together that they represent love and maturity. In some cultures the dragonfly represents good luck, prosperity, swiftness, purity, harmony and strength, positive force, and connection with the earth.

It’s like that “a-ha” moment came to me all at once. And I knew instantly. Of course I thanked God and my angels for this wonderful sense of knowing that they’ve shared with me.

And as I have no idea what dragonflies like best, I could only thank the dragonfly for her open heart as she left.

Going back to my lab with a feeling of gratitude and love I started straight for whatever came to mind; first the pink lotus, then neroli, lavender and my Goddess Blend…one by one they all appeared in my mind’s eye. What a wonderful experience.

I’ve since learned that the dragonfly blend I added to an aloe cucumber lotion for my friend has helped her deal with sleeping better through the night and not getting as overheated which kept her so uncomfortable that she normally couldn’t sleep.  She’s raved about dragonfly lotion and even came back to purchase a larger one. Yay! It worked!

How blessed I am… truly.

How blessed we all are.

Read on for more helpful tips and suggestions for relieving hot flashes

The most typical essential oils used for menopause are ;

Geranium, Clary sage and Rose, but a dozen others are just as helpful such as;

Jasmine, Cypress, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Mandarin, just to name some.

I also added rare and exquisite essential oils of pink lotus and blue lotus…. see below the results:

Yellowstar*Essentials presents;

Dragonfly

Rosa Damascena – Bulgarian Rose , French Lavender, Jasmine abs., Frankincense-Boswellia Carteri, Cypress Sempervirens, Blue Tansy -Tanacetum annuum, Pink Lotus- Nelumbo Nucifera, Blue Lotus, Palmarosa, Geranium- Pelargonium Graveolens, Clary Sage-Salvia Sclarea-Bulgaria, Neroli (orange blossom), Lemon-Citrus Limon, Lemon Orange Blossom, Rose otto, Jasmine Grandiflorum abs., Sandalwood, Tuberose, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Cedarwood Atlas, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang extra, and jojoba and/or frac. coconut oil.

Dragonfly Lotion

Ingredients: Purified water, glycerin, stearic acid, jojoba oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Rosa Damascena – Bulgaria Rose Hydrosol, French Lavender, Jasmine abs., Frankincense-Boswellia Carteri, Cypress Sempervirens, Blue Tansy -Tanacetum annuum, Pink Lotus- Nelumbo Nucifera, Blue Lotus, Palmarosa, Geranium- Pelargonium Graveolen, Clary Sage-Salvia Sclarea-Bulgaria, Neroli,  Lemon-Citrus Limon, Bergamot-citrus bergmia, Lemon Orange Blossom, Rose otto, Jasmine Grandiflorum abs., Sandalwood, Tuberose, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Cedarwood Atlas, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang extra, and Jojoba, also Grapeseed, Vitamin E oils, Vitamin A, Vitamin C Palmitate, cetyl alcohol, aloe, tapioca starch,  pro vitamin B5, natural preservative, and titanium dioxide.
Dragonfly Spray

Dragonfly Cooling Body Spray

A revitalizing and cooling spray enhanced with Jojoba, Olive and Grapeseed oils and beautiful dragonfly blend w/ added peppermint helps those hot flashes and leaves your skin silky and revolutionized.

SHAKE WELL before each use.

Ingredients: Purified water, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, witch hazel, glycerine, Rosa Damascena – Bulgaria Rose Hydrosol, French Lavender, Jasmine abs., Frankincense-Boswellia Carteri, Cypress Sempervirens, Blue Tansy -Tanacetum annuum, Pink Lotus- Nelumbo Nucifera, Blue Lotus, Palmarosa, Geranium- Pelargonium Graveolen, Clary Sage-Salvia Sclarea-Bulgaria, Neroli -citrus aurantium, Lemon-Citrus Limon, Lemon Orange Blossom, Rose otto, Jasmine Grandiflorum abs., Sandalwood, Tuberose, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Cedarwood Atlas, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang extra, Peppermint, and Vit. E.

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Just the scent of Dragonfly puts me in the mood for some music;

Ch-Ch-Changes...download or listen to Bowie; Changes

Or Chill with some Mr. Scruff, Kalimba, Ninja Tuna

OR how about the sweet  Owl City; Fireflies ?

Ch-Ch-Changes…

Read more about essential oils for menopause here

and how to relieve hot flashes

 

Also, take this test to see if you have a hormonal imbalance; by Abundant Life Essentials

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Essential oils and natural remedies for Menopause

Hopefully, those of you suffering with symptoms of aging, hormonal havoc, and menopause can find some comfort here…essential oils for womens health

Most people usually between the ages of 45-55 will suffer from Menopause, aka the “change of life”. The average age menopause starts is 50 and is caused from decreased hormone production, symptoms include; hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, depression and headaches, or loss of hair and/or sexual desires.

When it comes to aging, women speak freely about menopausal mood swings, thinning hair, hot flashes, exhaustion, weight gain, etc. But women aren’t the only ones who have to deal with hormonal changes as they age.

Actually, men experience menopause too, called andropause, but some of the symptoms are different, and most men won’t talk about it. Some of the male menopausal-like symptoms, include: weakened bones, decreased sex drive (from lowered testosterone production), and even hot flashes and irritability.

See my post ———-> Top 10 natural remedies for menopause and andropause

One of the best essential oil blends to use to help balance hormones and even help regulate prostate function (in men) is listed below.

Balance blend for men and women:

This blend of essential oils has been noted to balance hormones and regulate prostate function in men. It has also been used to successfully reduce or eliminate hot flashes for women:

  • 5 drops Sage (Salvia officinalis), or Clary Sage (better for women)
  • 5 drops Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare),
  • 15 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia),
  • 10 drops Myrtle (Myrtus communis),
  • 7 drops Blue Yarrow (Achillea millefolium),
  • 8 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita),

Mix these essential oils into 2 oz. of a carrier oil like jojoba or fractionated coconut oil, store in a dark colored glass bottle with a tight lid with name of blend and date.

Then add 0.5oz (15ml) of Balance blend into 4oz (120ml) either peppermint, lavender, myrtle, or blue yarrow hydrosol. Actually, to get this to fit into a 4 oz spray bottle, you’ll want to either get a little larger bottle or use a bit less of the oil blend, or– use up a little bit of the hydrosol on something else (like a facial toner mixed 1/2 + 1/2 with witch hazel) so it all fits into the bottle.

Shake bottle well, close your eyes and give yourself a nice spray on your face, neck, underarms, legs…wherever needed. Safe for entire body…but keep out of eyes, mouth and off genitals..lol.

Also see—->Top 10 Natural Remedies for Menopause or Andropause.

Several essential oils that contain hormone-like substances related to estrogen are helpful during menopause.

These wonderful oils may be used in many ways, like: in a diffuser, in a massage oil, in the bath, or in salts, or just inhaled . These include:

  • clary sage,
  • geranium,clary sage YE womens health
  • neroli,
  • lavender
  • anise,
  • fennel,
  • cypress,
  • angelica,
  • coriander,
  • sage,
  • and to a lesser degree, basil.
  • peppermint
  • lemon
  • rose
  • chamomile
  • jasmine
  • myrtle

Such essential oils, will help relieve hot flashes, and many other issues related to menopause. Since essential oils go right through the skin, applying them to fatty areas of the body where hormones are manufactured and stored will create the most direct effect.

Of course, any massage is itself very therapeutic. A bath is also a wonderful way to receive the benefits of these oils.

  • Geranium,
  • Neroli,
  • Lavender

All three are wonderful for helping to balance hormones and also help modify menopausal symptoms. They are most often added in many high end European face creams to reduce aging and wrinkles as well as for hormonal cremes.

As a rejuvenation cream, these oils not only perk up a dry complexion, they make a good cream to counter vaginal dryness. Add some vitamin E oil, which improves the strength and flexibility of the vaginal lining while quickly healing abrasions that can occur during intercourse when the lining is too dry. In addition to aromatherapy, try dietary and herbal treatments to alleviate some of menopause’s unpleasant symptoms.

SAFETY NOTE:

Add no more than 10 drops of your chosen essential oil for a bath. Less is more!

essential oilEssential oils that affect estrogen and balance hormones:

  • cypress,
  • geranium,
  • lavender,
  • neroli,
  • rose,
  • clary sage
  • lemon.

Essential oils that ease hot flashes:

  • clary sage,
  • lemon,
  • peppermint

Essential oils for emotional ups and downs:

  • chamomile,
  • jasmine,
  • neroli
  • orange

Aromatherapy Menopause Treatment

Add this body oil to your arsenal to help ward off the symptoms of menopause.

Menopause Body Oil

  • 6 drops lemon oil
  • 5 drops geranium oil
  • 2 drops clary sage oil
  • 1 drop angelica oil
  • 1 drop jasmine oil
  • 2 ounces coconut oil or body lotion

Combine the ingredients. Use at least once a day as a massage oil, in a lotion, or in a bath (add 2 teaspoons to the bathwater). If this formula is too oily for you, add the same essential oils to 2 ounces of a commercial body lotion instead. The best type to use is an unscented, basic lotion that contains ingredients that are as natural as possible.

Yellowstar Essentials also makes DRAGONFLY blend for women dealing with menopause, hot flashes and discomfort of hormonal havoc. Read more about Dragonfly here.

Other Suggestions for Usage:

  • Combine the essential oil or blend with a carrier oil and massage into the skin
  • Add 10-15 drops of essential oil to the bath and soak for fifteen minutes

Essential Oil blend for Hot Flashes

To help relieve hot flashes, make the following blend and dab it on wrists, face, or neck when you feel a hot flash coming on:

  • 10 drops lemon
  • 5 drop peppermint
  • 2 drops clary sage
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 ounce aloe vera gel.

Another option for hot flashes is to have a bottle of lavender essential oil with you at all times and dab it on your inner wrists or temples as needed.

Remedies for Menopausal Symptoms

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
Herbal Aids
Homeopathic Remedies

The Menopause Self Help Book by Susan M. Lark, M.D.,
The Wild Rose Scientific Herbal by Terry Willard, Ph.D.,
Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way by Susun S. Weed
are drawn heavily upon for this segment.

HOT FLASHES AND NIGHT SWEATS

Hot flashes are among the most uncomfortable symptoms that menopausal women complain about, reports Dr. Susan Lark. She goes on to say, “The most common medical treatment for this problem is estrogen replacement therapy” which may be effective in stopping the flashes, but is not curative.

Although the cause of the hot flash is unclear, hormonal changes involving elevation of the hormones FSH and LH during and after menopause are thought to be responsible. In an effort to elevate decreasing estrogen levels these pituitary hormones can be 1,300 percent greater during the menopausal years than before.

Hot flashes are regarded by the medical profession as deficiency of estrogen and can be triggered by a variety of stimulants such as:

• Spicy food (cayenne, ginger, pepper)
• Acidic foods (pickles, citrus, tomatoes)
• Hot drinks
• Caffeine (coffee, black tea, cola, chocolate)
• Alcoholic drinks, including wine and beer
• White sugar
• Hydrogenated or saturated fats (meat, margarine)
• Stress
• Hot weather
• Hot tubs and saunas
• Tobacco or marijuana
• Intense exercise, especially lovemaking
• Anger, especially if you can’t express it

During a hot flash, flushes of heat sweep the body (and often the face), reddening the skin and promoting free perspiration. The reddening may be blotchy or even and the perspiration slight or copious. A hot flash may last from a few seconds to four or five minutes, occasionally fifteen minutes, and rarely more than an hour.

If you begin to experience hot flashes, dizziness, heart palpitations, emotional uproar, sleep disturbances, night sweats, depression and/or headaches you may slip from feeling “in control” to the sense that things are beyond your control. The idea of controlling these unwelcome symptoms with drugs becomes very attractive, as we are conditioned to believe that menopausal changes are in some way considered an illness. It is possible to influence these changes more effectively with herbal alternatives that carry with them few, if any, side effects when considered carefully.

A hot flash at night is called a night sweat, which may be accompanied by feelings of anxiety or terror. A solution may be to keep a glass of water and a bottle of motherwort beside you at night, and take 10-15 drops and a swallow of water if a night sweat awakens you. Not everyone experiences hot flashes, and only some of those who do also experience night sweats. Many women, however, experience both.

Exercise directly decreases hot flashes by decreasing the amount of circulating LH and FSH, by nourishing and tonifying the hypothalamus, and by raising endorphin levels (which plummet with hot flashing). As little as 20 minutes three times a week may reduce flashes significantly. Other natural measures that address underlying reasons for hot flashes include diet, nutritional supplementation and plant-based medicines.

HOT FLASHES:  HERBAL AIDS

Herbal remedies for women with hot flashes include

  1. plants that cool the system, such as chickweed, elder and violet;
  2. plants that nourish or increase oxygen utilization in the liver, such as dong quai, dandelion, Ho Shou Wu (polygonum multiflorum) and yellow dock; and
  3. plants rich in phytosterols, such as black cohosh.

Herbs and supplements found helpful by Dr. Susan Lark in her medical practice include dong quai, black cohosh, blue cohosh, unicorn root, fennel, sarsaparilla, red clover, wild yam root, yam, bioflavonoids and vitamin E. Dr. Michael Murray finds the four most useful herbs for treatment of hot flashes to be dong quai, licorice root, chasteberry (vitex) and black cohosh.

Hot flashes deplete vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Frequent use of red clover or oatstraw infusions will help replace these needed nutrients, or these nutrients can also be found in food, or taken as supplements.

Dong quai is an emmenagogue that has been found very helpful for menopausal problems such as regulation of hot flashes, and it is reported to help relieve mental and emotional upset.

Dong quai has been shown to both contract and relax uterine muscles in anaesthetized dogs, cats and rabbits. The contractive (excitatory) ingredient is felt to be a water and alcohol soluble, non-volatile oil component, whereas the relaxing (inhibitory) component is considered to be a volatile oil with high boiling point. This, not an estrogenic effect, is felt to be the mechanism underlying the effectiveness of dong quai in dysmenorrhea.

The effectiveness of dong quai in treating hot flashes may be due to stabilization of blood vessels. However, if you feel hot much of the time dong quai may not be your ally.

Chaste berry (Vitex) has been found to affect pituitary function and has many uses, particularly in regulating hot flashes and dizziness. Beneficial effects in menopause may be due to its role in altering LH and FSH secretion. Vitex lowers estrogen levels and increases progesterone levels, thus keeping bones and vaginal walls strong. Daily use enhances progesterone and luteotropic hormone but inhibits others such as FSH and prolactin. It also increases production of the brain chemical dopamine. It contains flavonoids, glycosides and micronutrients, but lacks phytosterols, making it a slow-acting tonic. Results become evident after 2-3 months of use, and permanent improvement requires a 1-year commitment.

Black cohosh was widely used by the American Indians and later by American colonists for relief of menstrual cramps and menopause. Recent scientific investigation has upheld the effectiveness of black cohosh as a treatment for dysmenorrhea and menopause. Clinical studies have shown extracts of black cohosh to relieve not only hot flashes but also depression and vaginal atrophy. In addition to these vascular effects, black cohosh reduces LH levels; thus the plant has a significant estrogenic effect.bThe use of 10-15 drops once or twice a day for several months significantly reduces LH but not FSH. Black cohosh has also been found to aid digestion by increasing digestive juices; use 3- 5 drops with meals.

Contraindications: Do not use black cohosh if you have menstrual flooding or suspect you may be pregnant. The irritating effects (headache, dizziness, visual disturbance, nausea) of black cohosh and other members of the buttercup family are more common and more troublesome in preparations made from dried, powdered roots. Given its estrogenic component, pregnant and nursing women should probably avoid the herb. Some herbalists extend this warning to women with estrogen-dependent cancer and women who are taking birth control pills or estrogen supplements after menopause. The same precaution applies to individuals with certain types of heart disease or those taking sedatives or blood pressure medications.

Motherwort has been found to lessen the severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes, ease stressed nerves, relieve anxiety, and relieve insomnia. For best results with hot flashes, use this herb frequently for 3 months. A common dosage for hot flashes is 15-25 drops of tincture, 1-6 times a day. Do not use if you are experiencing menstrual flooding as motherwort can aggravate this.

Licorice root contains a saponin-like glycoside, glycyrrhizin (glycrrhizic acid) and has historically been used for a variety of female disorders and also as an expectorant and antitussive in treatment of respiratory tract infections and asthma. It is believed to reduce estrogen while increasing progesterone and is used for this reason by Dr. Michael Murray in his clinical practice. Licorice has a steroid component that can change to the estrogen precursors estradiol and estrone, and it can therefore provide mild estrogenic properties. Glycyrrhizin has a regulatory action over estrogen metabolism, i.e. when estrogen levels are too high it inhibits estrogen action, and when estrogen is too low, glycyrrhizin potentiates it. This is a useful factor for many female hormonal problems, including PMS.

Licorice is considered a powerful drug that is useful in treating a number of conditions, such as peptic ulcers, malaria, abdominal pain, insomnia and infection. This herb’s uses have been substantiated by modern research, and it is generally considered very safe in moderate doses. German health authorities consider maximum doses of up to 100 mg of glycyrrhizin (the major active component of licorice) a day acceptable and safe. However, it should not be taken for more than 4-6 weeks without medical advice.

CAUTION: *Regular use of licorice can cause high blood pressure and edema (water retention). Women predisposed to these conditions should drink no more than one cup (250 ml) per day or chew on a licorice stick only as needed. In large doses it can cause sodium retention and potassium depletion and is not recommended for those with heart or blood pressure problems. Certain individuals need to be particularly careful: pregnant and nursing women, those with high blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes, kidney or liver disease; or those taking hormonal therapy (licorice may interfere with it). Anyone taking digitalis (sensitivity to it may be increased if your system suffers from potassium loss) or who has had a stroke or heart disease should only do so under the directions of a doctor. Persons with eating disorders who may already be predisposed to hypokalemia for other reasons may be at heightened risk for pseudoaldosteronism. Some sources recommend that anyone who has a cardiovascular-related disorder not consume licorice at all.

Essential oils basil or thyme may ease hot flashes when inhaled or used in a bath or foot rub or mixed with massage oil.

For a portable hot flash remedy, place a few drops of an essential oil or cologne on a tissue, or cotton ball and place in plastic wrap. It may provide instant relief when you open and inhale any time a flash strikes.

HOT FLASHES: HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

Susun Weed writes that Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, a naturopathic physician, finds homeopathic remedies effective 80 percent of the time in relieving menopausal symptoms. One of her favorite remedies for hot flashes is Lachesis. She describes these remedies below:

Lachesis: If your flashes emanates from the top of your head, are worse just before sleep and immediately upon wakening and are accompanied by sweating, headaches, or easily irritated skin

Sepia: if your flashes make you feel weak, nauseated, exhausted, and depressed

Pulsatilla: if you flash less outdoors, but your flashes are often followed by intense chills and emotional uproar

Valeriana: if your face flushes strongly during the flash, and you have intense sweating and sleeplessness

Ferrum metallicum: if your flashes are sudden; your general health is good but ordinary activities bring exhaustion

Sulfuricum acidum: if your flashes include profuse sweating and trembling, are worse in evenings or with exercise

Sanguinaria: if your cheeks are red and burning, feet and hands hot

Belladonna: if the flash centers on your face, which burns and turns bright red; you are restless, agitated and have palpitations

MORE about HERBS for MENOPAUSE relief

Black cohosh ( cimicifuga racemosa)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: This is a good estrogenic herb that acts specifically on the uterus to reduce cramps and congestion. It is also good for relieving hot flashes. Black Cohosh contains two anti-rheumatic agents. It is an excellent herb for relieving muscular pain and cramping. It may also help to reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Dosage: Take 250 mg in tablet or capsule form, two to four times daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Chaste tree ( Vilex agnus- castus)

Part Used: Dried fruit

Actions and Uses: This herb is a hormone balancer that is used to alleviate depression at menopause.

Dosage: Take 300-600 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Damiana ( Turnera diffuse)

Part Used: Dried leaves

Actions and Uses: Damiana is a pituitary regulator and antidepressant. It is also an aphrodisiac and is of benefit for sexual difficulties. It should not be taken too frequently, however, or it may irritate the lining of the urinary tract.

Dosage: Take 100-150 mg in tablet or capsule form, for two or three days out of the week. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily, for two or three days out of the week.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Part Used: Leaves, roots, and tops

Actions and Uses: Dandelion is a wonderful herb for the liver. If your hormones are out of balance, then your liver is under extra stress, and dandelion root will be beneficial for this.

Dosage: Take 1,000-3,000 mg in tablet or capsule form, or 2-3 cups of tea, daily. Or take 1-2 teaspoons of dandelion tincture, three times daily.

Dong quai (Angelica sinensis)

Part Used: Roots

Actions and Uses: This herb is high in natural plant estrogens called phytosterols and helps to reduce the symptoms of estrogen deficiency.

Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form, twice daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

False unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: This plant is an estrogen regulator. It has a direct action on the uterus and ovaries and is considered to be a corrective herb for women. It is a specific for the herbal treatment of ovarian cysts.

Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form, or 1 teaspoon of tincture, daily.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

Part Used: Leaves

Actions and Uses: This herb improves brain function, circulation, and oxygenation of all body cells. It is helpful for symptoms of fatigue, memory problems, and depression.

Dosage: Take 1,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take I teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus, Panax quinquefolius)

Part Used: Roots

Actions and Uses: Ginseng strengthens the adrenal glands, enhances immune function, increases energy, and normalizes blood pressure. It is useful for symptoms of both mental and physical fatigue. Avoid it if you have very high blood pressure (over 180/100). Siberian ginseng is more effective than the American variety.

Dosage: Take 1,000-4,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Ginseng is a safe energy-booster for most people.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: Licorice is a powerful adrenal stimulant and is a wonderful estrogenic herb. For this reason, it is a very useful herb during menopause. Care must be taken, however, not to take licorice too often, or it can deplete potassium and elevate blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, use it with caution or avoid it entirely. On the other hand, if you suffer from low blood pressure, this herb will be useful in correcting the problem. Licorice makes a pleasant-tasting tea. It can also be added in small amounts to other herbal teas to improve their flavor.

Dosage: For hot flashes, drink 1-2 cups of licorice tea or taking 500-1,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take 1/2-1 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Liferoot (Senecio Bursas)

Part Used: Dried plant

Actions and Uses: Liferoot is a uterine tonic that contains plant estrogens. It helps to reestablish emotional and vascular stability and eliminate hot flashes. It may also help to treat irregular, painful, or excessive menstrual bleeding.

Dosage: Take 500 mg daily in tablet or capsule form. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

Part Used: Fresh or dried leaves and fruit

Actions and Uses: Raspberry is an astringent and nutritive estrogenic herb. It has a direct action on the muscles of the uterus, helps to tone weakened uterine muscles, and relaxes uterine and intestinal spasms. It also assists in correcting prolapse of the uterus and/or vagina.

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Dosage: Take 2,000 mg in tablet or capsule form, or drink 2-3 glasses of rasp- berry tea daily. Or take ‘/,-I teaspoon of rasp- berry tincture, up to three times daily.

Red clover ( Tritolium pretense)

Part Used: Dried flower heads; fresh plant

Actions and Uses: Red clover contains a plant estrogen called coumestrol that stimulates the ovaries. It is a good ‘alkalinizing’ herb that restores healthy body functions. Red clover is a specific for the herbal treatment of ovarian cysts.

Dosage: To relieve hot flashes, take 1,000-2,000 mg of red clover in tablet or capsule form or drink 3-4 cups of red clover tea daily. Or take 1/2-11/2 teaspoons of red clover tincture, up to three times daily.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Part Used: Fresh or dried leaves

Actions and Uses: This herb has many medicinal properties and is very useful during menopause for the treatment of hot flashes. Sage reduces excessive sweating and it contains plant estrogens. You will find sage particularly helpful in eliminating night sweats.

Dosage: Drink 3-4 cups of sage tea daily to relieve hot flashes, or take 1/2-1 teaspoon of tincture, three times a day. Sprinkle finely chopped fresh sage in soups and on salads and vegetables.

St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Part Used: Fresh or dried flowering plant

Actions and Uses: This herb is a mild sedative that is specific for anxiety states. It may also be useful for combating depression.

Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form, or 1/4-1 teaspoon of tincture, two or three times daily.

Sarsaparilla (smilax officinalis)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: Sarsaparilla is another alterative herb that stimulates the production of testosterone and therefore improves a flagging libido. It also helps to increase energy.

Dosage: Take 1,000-2,000 mg in tablet or capsule form or drink 2-3 glasses of sarsaparilla tea daily. Or take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of tincture, up to three times daily.

Saw palmetto (Serenoa serrulata)

Part Used: Dried fruit

Actions and Uses: This herb is an astringent diuretic that is beneficial for the treatment of urinary incontinence, fluid retention, and prolapse of the pelvic organs. Dryness and lack of tone in the tissues of the bladder often lead to irritation and weakness. This is reduced by saw palmetto. This herb can also be useful for combating chronic urinary tract infection.

Dosage: Take 1,000-2,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Shepherd’s purse (CapseIla bursapastoris)

Part Used: Dried flowering plant; fresh plant

Actions and Uses: Shepherd’s purse is a pituitary regulator with androgenic properties. One of its primary attributes is its ability to normalize progesterone levels. It you are moving into menopause and have been experiencing excessive, irregular bleeding or spotting, this herb will help to regulate and increase the length of your menstrual cycles until the natural cessation of menses.

Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form daily, or take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of tincture, up to twice daily.

True unicorn root (Aletris farinosa)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: This estrogenic herb stimulates and strengthens the female genital organs. It is a bitter herb that is also useful for indigestion and has a mild sedative action.

Dosage: Take 500-1,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice a day.

Wild yam (Dioscarea villosa)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: Wild yam is a powerful estrogenic herb used by women around the world. It has a good anti- inflammatory action and gives relief from menopausal arthritis. It also has progestogenic properties, and may help to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.

Dosage: Take 1,000-4,000 mg of dried extract daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice a day.

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Essential Oils for Body and Mind Detox

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Cleansing is a hot topic;

it is thrown around in more conversations than you would believe…in natural cure books and newsletters,  magazine articles, best selling books and all over the Internet.  Why do you suppose cleansing and detoxing are receiving so much attention?

Well,,, we do live in a pretty toxic world;

the soil where our food is grown and the air we breathe are both bombarded with chemicals, pesticides petrochemicals and the like.

Pharmaceutical drugs and processed foods are commonplace. The facts about our hazardous environment can be overwhelming and scary.

There is a choice to be made: we can take control of our lives, our health and our happiness, or Either be intimidated, continue to suffer from illness and take drugs to make it worse, or we can take action to protect ourselves.

There are many sources all over the internet, social media, books, publications and specialty sites that give many suggestions for this proactive approach to regaining and maintaining our health.

Here’s a couple articles I wrote on the subject:

  • Essential Oil Recipes for Detoxing the Body

    2/15/2011
    Recipes for: Skin and Internal Organ Detox Blend, Immediate Detox Blend, Cleanse & Detox Blend, Super Detox and Cellulite Buster Blend, Liver / Lymphatic System Detox Blend, Mind-Detox Blend and Stress Relief, Purify Your Space Blend
  • How to Use Essential Oils for Detoxification

    2/15/2011
    Detoxifying the body using essential oils is one of the best ways to clean out the harmful toxins laying stagnant in our bodies. Find out which essential oils to use for detoxing the body, and different ways to detoxify the body, mind and spirit.

About Colon Cleansing / Detox

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Is the average American colon really full of undigested material? Sometimes, but not always. Do we need colon cleansing? Once again, yes and no. What we really need is a healthy diet full of fiber to keep the colon free of bad bacteria. People who eat plenty of fiber, whole grains, fruits and veggies have colons that are clean as a whistle. Want a true detox diet? Eat healthy! It keeps the colon clean without natural health trend flushes and crazy diets. Your magic pill is eating right.

But today, we’re targeting one of the most efficient and effective ways to heal our bodies and lighten the toxic overload:

Internal Cleansing.

Girl Eating  CarrotCleansing, also called detoxification, is our body’s normal process of elimination, a function that occurs daily through our colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph and skin. The most obvious forms of elimination are sweat, urine, and bowel movements. Other organs also eliminate, though you do not actually see this process. Despite the fact that we eliminate continuously, our bodies are having difficulty keeping up with the demand because we are accumulating an unnatural amount of toxins daily. This toxic overload prevents our overworked organs and colon from finishing all their assigned tasks and as a result, the toxins collect within our system. The most common symptoms of toxic buildup include: stress, constipation or failure to have a regular daily bowel movement, feeling sluggish or low energy, lack of motivation, strong food cravings, high sugar consumption, caffeine dependency and unidentifiable illness.

Unfortunately, many of us do not drink enough pure water or eat quality organic foods (foods that are not factory-made or laden with chemicals). We may not exercise, sleep well or wake rested. It is obvious that an individual with these habits would incur a greater toxic load than someone who is practicing a healthier lifestyle. The sad truth is, however, that no one is safe. Even those with good eating and living habits are exposed to an excess of environmental toxins. This excess becomes embedded in our tissues, our organs overload and we may feel sick from the buildup. Our bodies do the best they can with this stressful buildup by storing the extra toxins in our cells, fat and mucus to protect us from further or deeper damage. How each individual’s body compensates for this toxic overload is unique and shows up as a wide variety of symptoms that undermine us in every way imaginable. It is clear this compensation affects our overall health, energy and ability to heal. These toxins make us ill, fat, constipated, congested, uncomfortable in our bodies, depressed, drug dependent, diseased and powerless to make important changes that we need to make in order to be well.

Still not sure you need to cleanse your body? Consider the following questions to help you get clear: Do you sleep peacefully and wake up most mornings feeling rested with clear nasal passages? Are you pain and symptom free? Is your digestion smooth and well functioning, allowing you to have a satisfying bowel movement each morning?

OR

Do you wake up stiff, lethargic, congested, disoriented? Do you need coffee, or worse, medication, to even begin thinking? Do you rush out the door, stressed about the upcoming day, without a proper bowel movement or breakfast?

Do you have plenty of energy throughout the day and evening? Are you drinking at least two quarts of pure water everyday? Do you enjoy a healthy lunch, perhaps a fresh green salad and a small serving of quality protein? Do you have fresh food to snack on like fruit, nuts and veggies?

OR

Do you feel tired, dull, sluggish, just going through the motions, needing coffee or other stimulants to stay energized? Do you eat whatever you can grab, using sugar or processed food as your fuel until you can get something truly nourishing (which often does not happen)? Are you stuck inside all day long and afterwards go home and veg-out for the rest of the evening?

Do you experience vibrant health and well-being? Do you take good care of yourself? Is your body limber, allowing you to enjoy a variety of activities such as walking, yoga or dancing? Do you exercise consistently? Are you happy with your weight? Is your memory clear and your mind sharp? Is your skin blemish freae and fresh looking? Are you able to cope with life’s many stresses?

OR

YogaDo you have a health problem that you suspect might be related to your diet or lifestyle choices? Do you expect your doctor to make key decisions regarding your health? Are you putting off exercise? Do you have frequent headaches, body pain, sinus or respiratory problems? Is your cholesterol problematic? Do you have indigestion, constipation, gas or bloating? Are you over or underweight? Do you get frequent colds or flu? Is your skin dull, a far cry from the glow of your younger years? Are you irritable and tired for no apparent reason, making daily coping and relationships more difficult?

If you answered negatively to these questions, don’t feel bad. Your situation is not hopeless and you are not helpless. You can and will heal. Consider some of the many benefits of cleansing:

  1. Improved digestion, better elimination, less constipation, gas, bloating and indigestion
  2. Freedom to breathe more deeply
  3. Less allergic or reactive responses to foods. You will likely experience less mucus and congestion and a clearing of sniffles and coughs.
  4. More energy, better nutrient absorption, overall improved health
  5. Balanced pH; improved alkalinity, less acidic
  6. Weight loss and the realization that you can enjoy a lighter style of eating
  7. Sense of satisfaction, greater vitality and a desire to choose better foods and develop better eating habits, permanently
  8. A deeper understanding of how to take care of yourself with these new found skills.

Essential Oils for Body and Mind Detox

As well maintaining good health and physical and emotional well being, some essential oils have been known to be powerful detox aids both for the body and the mind.

Detox essential oils can be used separately or in combination, diluted and applied directly onto the skin, in the bath, or inhaled. When using oils in your bath, wait until the bathtub is full before sprinkling 8 to 30 drops of your chosen oil or oils, as they tend to evaporate quickly. Avoid immersing yourself completely, as the oils should not come into contact with your eyes. It’s preferable not to use soap in an essential oil bath as some soap might interfere with, and neutralize the essential oil action.

Essential Oils known for their detoxifying properties;

  • Rose,
  • black pepper,
  • cypress,
  • carrot seed,
  • grapefruit,
  • bitter orange,
  • lemon
  • juniper berry,
  • fir
  • fennel,
  • coriander,
  • helichrysum
  • parsley,
  • sage,
  • frankincense,
  • nutmeg

(Always mix essential oils in neutral base oil such as almond or vegetable oil before applying to the skin.)

Detox Blends

A blend of essential oils believed to have powerful detoxifying effects on both the skin and the internal organs is a mixture of lemon, juniper berry, seaweed, and fennel oils.

Another potent detox blend is fir, fennel, hyssop, patchouli, and helichrysum, mixed with neutral base oil. It has an immediate detoxifying action. Middle and lower back pains are often related to liver toxicity, and headaches sometimes result from excess toxins too. This blend is extremely cleansing for the body and should be applied directly onto areas of toxicity. If you’re not sure of the source of the problem, apply to areas of weakness or use it to massage your feet and soles.

A Liver and lymphatic system detox blend is geranium, rosemary, Roman chamomile, fennel, carrot, German chamomile, helichrysum and blue tansy. This combination cleanses the liver and the lymphatic system of high levels of toxins. It assists in the process of breaking up any anger and hate that is stored in the liver. Apply over liver, solar plexus or use for whole body massage.

For mind/body balance; and stress relief, The BODY SPECTRUM HARMONIZER a mixture of lavender, geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang and blue tansy and other harmonizing e.o.s.

This blend helps release emotional trauma from the body. It assists in the freeing of cellular memory of various past traumas and experiences. It’s also very effective for detox of the liver. It’s a great blend to use in case of emotional distress. Generally the solar plexus, liver and forehead are good areas to work on. You can also use it to massage your feet.

Please avoid using the blends above or any other essential oil before seeking medical advice if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Essential Oil Feel Good Recipes

Anti-ageing Elixir: Mix 15 drops of Ylang-ylang essential oil with 5 drops of geranium oil into a 50ml vegetable oil base. Massage into face and neck before sleep. Use on the scalp once a week for 15 minutes before shampoo.

Anti-stress Bath: In 100ml of neutral bath base, mix 50 drops of lavender oil, 50 drops of Ylang-ylang essential oil and 50 drops of mandarin oil. For tonifying add 50 drops of rosemary oil and 60 drops of lemon oil.

The Detox Bath is another type of bath which encourages the body’s capacity to eliminate excess fat and toxins. Practised regularly, the Detox Bath will boost your health and energy, help you maintain a lean and trim figure, improve your digestion, eliminate bloating, sleep more soundly and have a glowing complexion…

Ayurveda recommends a program of internal cleansing at every change of seasons to clear the channels of the body of toxins that may have built up over the previous season. Detox is particularly recommended each spring, because in the spring, your body’s natural cleansing and rejuvenating mechanisms kick into high gear in tune with all of nature.

A complete at-home ayurvedic detoxification routine involves three phases–preparation, cleansing and post-cleansing. Here we offer brief practical guidelines for each phase. For a comprehensive discussion on ayurvedic cleansing, read our newsletter – Ayurvedic Detoxification–How to Detoxify Safely.

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JUNIPERBERRY ( Juniperis communis ) A powerful detoxifier Juniper berry astringent action uplifts and strengthens the spirit during times of low energy and weakness and has a clearing and cleansing effect on the mind and emotions. Use Juniper berry in your aroma lamp to neutralize negative habits, beliefs and attitudes and to effectively purify the atmosphere of any room and to assist with meditation.

LEMON ( Citrus limonum ) Energizes and refreshes your body and mind. Its powerful astringent action enlivens your brain and uplifts your spirit. A strong germicidal cleanser Lemon is highly antiseptic and has strong antibacterial properties. Use Lemon oil in your aroma lamp to purify the air, or in your household cleaning spray to disinfect surface areas. Lemon’s antiseptic properties will last for up to twenty days!

CYPRESS ( Cupressus sempervirens ) The most powerful astringent action in aromatherapy. Cypress oil strengthens the Heart energies and has been used for ritual cleansing and to promote health since ancient times. It was considered a symbol for life after death and in the ancient temples of Egypt was burnt along with Juniper to cleanse the atmosphere.

HYSSOP ( Hyssopus officinalis ) A powerful regulating oil Hyssop has a fresh smelling medicinal aroma with a subtle sweet under note. Hyssop’s regulating effect on blood and lymph circulation makes it a nice addition to any detoxifying blend. When you have a chest cold or bronchial spasms use Hyssop to soothe bronchial spasm and loosen mucous secretions. Hyssop oil relieves a dry, hacking cough and its stimulating properties promote mental clarity and alertness.

BITTER FENNEL ( Foeniculum vulgare ) A natural diuretic Fennel relieves the discomfort associated with fluid retention, premenstrual tension and bloating. Due to its powerful cleansing and tonic action Bitter Fennel is often recommended as a hot compress for treating cellulite and digestive system complaints such as weak or sluggish digestion, or flatulence. Helpful the morning after a night of overindulgence in alcohol, tobacco, or other toxic substance. Makes a wonderful detoxifying bath alone or in a blend!

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Get Rid of Acne Naturally With Essential Oils

Best Essential Oils for Acne Treatment thanks to; http://www.naturalnews.com/028374_acne_essential_oils.html

Individual skin types will react differently to essential oils. The process of combining and experimenting with the best essential oil blend may be a trial and error process. Generally, the skin responds well to aromatherapy oils because they heal and nourish the cells and reduce inflammation. Essential oils also have antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

The best essential oils for acne control include lavender, geranium, sandalwood, jasmine, lemon, patchouli, chamomile, rosewood and eucalyptus.

Essential Oil Recipe for Acne

Create a natural gel to treat acne. Combine a quarter of a cup of aloe vera gel with ten to twelve drops of geranium oil, ten drops of lavender oil and seven drops lemon grass oil or tea tree oil. Blend all the oils and gel together thoroughly and apply to blemish areas twice daily after cleaning the skin. Do not use around the eyes.

Safety Precautions

Unlike perfume, essential oils are highly concentrated substances that need to be diluted prior to application to the skin. When buying essential oils, it is important to look at the label closely to see if they are pre-diluted or not. Buy undiluted, pure, organic essential oil and avoid cheap oils as they may be impure, adulterated or distilled with petrochemical solvents which may aggravate the skin instead of healing it.

Good carrier oils for the skin include sweet almond, apricot kernel, carrot oil and avocado, jojoba and hazelnut. To dilute, add ten drops of essential oil to 28 grams (1 ounce) of carrier oil.

Make sure the skin is thoroughly clean and dry before applying oils.

Consult a qualified homeopath if the skin is severely inflamed or not improving after using home remedies.

Additional Tips to Combat Acne

Cut out sugar, processed and refined foods from the diet. Sugar is not food and should not be eaten in its refined form. Eliminating sugar is possibly the best thing an acne sufferer can do to cure his or her acne problem. Cravings should disappear after one week or so of eliminating sugar from the diet.

Sources:

http://www.naturalnews.com/027237_a…

http://naturalmedicine.suite101.com…

Essential Science Publishing (compiled by), Essential Oils Desk Reference, 2nd Edition. USA, Essential Science Publishing, 2001.

 

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