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8 Hand Signs Yoga Masters Use To Get Rid Of Migraines, Anxiety, And Depression

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Many people practice yoga without knowing about Mudras.

If you’re looking for other ways to alleviate anxiety, depression and migraines…read on!

It’s time  to start using these hand gestures that stimulate different areas of your brain to promote health! Share these 8 poses with your fellow yoga lovers today.

This amazing article was written by Dr. Halland Chen, an MD who currently practices in New York at the Vein Institute and Pain Centers of America. —From The Hearty Soul

Eight Yoga Mudras for Better Health

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1. Gyan Mudra – Mudra of Knowledge

 

As the name suggests, this mudra increases our knowledge and improves memory and concentration. It stimulates the pituitary and endocrine glands and also helps with insomnia.

Description: You will often see this mudra used during meditation. Touch the tip of your thumb against the tip of the index finger. The other three fingers are stretched out, but can also remain slightly bend if that feels more free for you.

Other Instructions:  You can do this mudra any time of the day, but morning might be the most beneficial. It can be practiced in standing, sitting or even lying down.

2. Vayu Mudra – Mudra of Air

This mudra releases excess air from the stomach and can be beneficial for people suffering from chronic rheumatic conditions, arthritis, gout, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and cervical spondylitis.

Description: There are three bones in each of the fingers called the phalanges (thumb only has two). Fold your index finger and place the base of your thumb against its distal phalanx (the bone close to the tip of the finger). The thumb comes over the index finger, and you should feel slight pressure. The other three fingers remain as stretched as possible.

Other Instructions: This mudra can be practiced any time of the day, on a full or empty stomach. To relieve the pain, hold it for 45 minutes and do it regularly. Once you achieve the desired benefits, you should stop with it as prolonged use can cause an imbalance in the body.

3. Prithvi Mudra – Mudra of Earth

This mudra is particularly beneficial when you are feeling exhausted and stressed out. It improves blood circulation naturally and reduces weakness as well as helps with the digestion system.

Description: In this mudrathe tip of the ring finger and the tip of your thumb touch. Press the tips together while the other three fingers remain as extended as possible.

Other Instructions: Preferably, perform this mudra in the morning, but other times of the day work, too.

4. Agni Mudra – Mudra of Fire

Agni mudra can also be called Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun). It stimulates the thyroid gland and deals with digestion, weight problems, and anxiety.

Directions: Bend your ring finger and press the base of your thumb against its second phalanx. The other fingers remain stretched out.

Other Instructions: This mudra should be practiced only in the mornings, on an empty stomach and in a sitting position. You should hold it for 5 to 15 minutes, twice daily. If you are feeling very weak, avoid this posture. Also, don’t overdo it in hot weather.

5. Varun Mudra – Mudra of Water

This simple mudra helps to regulate fluids in the body and is known for its beneficial effects on the skin. It moistens the skin as well as makes you glow.

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DIY Natural Travel Kit with Essential Oils

imagesHow to Make a Natural Travel Kit with Essential Oils

Plus Recipes For; Sunburn Relief Spray, Jet Lag, Migraines, Stress Headaches, Nausea, Travel Sickness, Queasiness, Fear of Flying, and Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis

Aromatherapy can be a very helpful companion

when embarking upona long journey,

or even just a short trip,

and may even effectively replace some other

traditional medicines for those that are looking for

a natural alternative.

 

If you suffer from travel sickness,

headaches or migraines,

queasiness, fear of flying, jet lag,

insect bites and/or sun burns,

read on to find essential oil remedies that help with those maladies.

Original article published 2008 on Associated Content- posted here in full..Enjoy! Hope these tips help you on your next trip!

 

Aromatherapy can be a very helpful companion when embarking upon a long journey, or even just a short trip, and may even effectively replace some other traditional medicines for those that are looking for a natural alternative. While traveling may be a part of our work and our play, for those that suffer from travel-troubles it can be a nightmare. If you suffer from travel sickness, headaches or migraines, queasiness, fear of flying, jet lag, insect bites and sun burns, here you will find essential oil remedies to help with those maladies. I’ve also included a recipe for a massage blend to keep deep vein thrombosis at bay, as well.

Important Notes for Using Essential Oils; Dilutions and Usage of Essential Oils:

Always dilute essential oils, as they are very potent and too concentrated to use undiluted on the skin. To use essential oils in a massage, use the following dilutions:

For most people ages 12-65 add no more than 20 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oils.

For those aged 4-6 or those over age 65, do not use more than 10 drops per ounce of carrier, and those aged 1-4, no more than 5 drops per ounce of carrier of safe essential oils.

For pregnant women or babies, only minute quantities of safe essential oils should be used. For instance, only 1-4 drops of essential oils should be used per ounce of carrier.

NOTE: Only Tea Tree, Lavender, Roman Chamomile 3%, Dill, and Mandarin (be careful of phototoxicity with citrus oils), as well as Eucalyptus Smithii (the mildest of all the Eucalyptus’) are safe for children and the elderly, and are the only essential oils that should be used on pregnant women, or children under 4 years old.

Here’s how to make your own natural travel kit with essential oils:

First, gather ingredients. Here’s a list of essential oils and items you’ll need;

  • Peppermint essential oil (peppermint supreme is best)
  • Lavender (French Lavender is best),
  • Ginger Root essential oil,
  • Eucalyptus Globulus (or Eucalyptus Smithii if using on children) essential oil,
  • Geranium essential oil,
  • Cypress essential oil (French Cypress is best),
  • Chamomile (Roman Chamomile 3% is best as it is less expensive than pure and is already diluted),
  • Grapeseed oil (or other carrier oil such as sweet almond, fractionated coconut, olive, sunflower, or mixture of carrier oils),
  • Aloe Vera liquid or gel (for insect bite relief roll-on)
  • Aromatherapy Inhalers (empty inhalers you can fill yourself),
  • 3.4 oz. (100ml) spray bottle (for sunburn relief spray), and
  • 3.4 oz. (100ml) plastic disc top bottle (for massage blend).
  • Small roll-on bottle for insect bite relief blend. I found a package of 12 roll-on bottles in 5ml size on amazon here.

Both types of empty bottles (spray bottles and massage blend bottles) can be purchased at Walmart or Dollar Tree, and Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place for essential oils and carriers . An easy way to label the aromatherapy inhalers is to write the title on a small piece of paper (about 1/2 in. by 1.5 in. will fit most inhalers), and cover the label with clear tape to prevent water ruining the label. Then attach the label to the inhaler with more clear tape. I use clear shipping tape, as it is wide enough to cover the label and reach over the edges, so it sticks to the label and the inhaler. Same goes for the massage bottle label, except for the size of the paper.

Recipes for Natural Travel Kit:

Sunburn relief spray – For the 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle

  • 1 oz Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 oz purified water
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Vitamin E Oil (or 2-3 Vit. E oil caplets)
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops Roman Chamomile 3% essential oil

Mix, and shake well before each use. Spray over affected area whenever needed.

Here are a few extra tips to help heal sunburn quickly: Drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun until the sunburn completely heals, and avoid drinking any alcohol–because alcohol dehydrates you and your body needs water to repair the damaged skin. Also, wear loose natural clothing like light cottons, or silks.

Insect bite relief– For the 5ml roll-on bottle

  • 25 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
  • 50 drops of Aloe Vera liquid (or thinned-out aloe gel)

Add ingredients to roll-on bottle, shake well. Replace roller ball and cap. Roll directly on the bite to relieve itching as well as promote healing.

Jet lag aromatherapy inhaler

  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops Geranium or Rose Geranium essential oil

Open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter. Place the cotton filter in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed. Here are a few extra tips for naturally preventing jet lag: Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, no alcoholic or caffeinated drinks. Try ordering a ginger ale or a water when you are flying. Also, for some, taking two capsules of ginger before flying really helps. Also make sure to keep moving, it isn’t helpful to stay stagnant the whole trip. If you can’t walk around, just do some simple exercises while sitting. Try some leg raises, palm contractions, or roll your ankles and feet in circles with your legs stretched out as far as they can. Also be sure to eat healthy meals on time, don’t skip any meals.

Aromatherapy inhaler and massage oil recipe for migraines, stress headache, nausea and depression

  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Peppermint

Make an aromatherapy inhaler by opening the empty inhaler, adding the drops to the filter, replacing filter, and closing the inhaler tube. You can take this with you on any trip because of its small size. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. You can also make a massage oil by adding these oils to a carrier. To make this into a massage oil in the 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle, use 30 drops Lavender, 15 drops R.Chamomile, and 15 drops Peppermint essential oils to 3 oz. of carrier like Grapeseed oil. Shake well, and be sure to add a label to the bottle or inhaler, so you always know what’s inside. To use the massage oil, shake well, and massage about 1 tsp. of the blend into the mastoids behind the ear, as well as the temples (being careful not to get any in the eyes). You may also massage over the abdominal/naval area if you wish. Do this hourly. You can also place a warm compress over the stomach after the oils are applied. Use the inhaler 4-6 times per hour, or as needed.

Travel sickness aromatherapy inhaler

If you get travel sickness when you fly, or when on a cruise ship, make an aromatherapy inhaler and gently inhale before and during your trip. This will help to calm and relax you, inside and out, whenever you feel ill from traveling. This blend is also good for stress when dealing with flight turbulence.

  • 4 drops of Peppermint
  • 4 drops of Lavender

To make the aromatherapy travel sickness inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed.

Travel queasiness aromatherapy inhaler

If you are prone to your stomach leaping, turning and churning during a flight, make this blend for your inhaler as it really helps with queasiness. This blend is also good for stress when dealing with flight turbulence.

  • 6 drops of Ginger
  • 2 drops of Peppermint

To make the aromatherapy queasiness inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently to help settle your stomach.

Fear of flying aromatherapy inhaler

This blend is perfect for those who suffer from fear of flying. Inhale for a few minutes before takeoff, and again during the flight.

  • 4 drops of Chamomile Roman 3%
  • 2 drops of Lavender

To make the aromatherapy fear of flying inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed. The calming properties of these oils will help you relax the entire flight.

Travel massage oil

  • 3 oz. or 90 ml of grape seed oil
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus globulus (or Eucalyptus Smitii)
  • 5 drops of Cypress French
  • 5 drops Ginger essential oil

Combine all ingredients in the disc-top bottle and shake well before use. Apply to the skin by pouring out about 1 tabelspoon in your palm, rubbing palms together to warm oil, and gently massaging your legs. Here are a few other tips for preventing deep vein thrombosis:

Try to move as often as possible during long trips to prevent deep vein thrombosis from occurring, (which is caused by blood clots forming in the legs due to the lack of movement). Exercise your lower calf muscles if you’ll be sitting a long time. Whenever possible, get up and walk around. If you can’t get up to walk around, try raising and lowering your heels while keeping your toes on the floor, then raising your toes while your heels are on the floor.

Extra Notes on Essential Oils for Travel:

Peppermint, Ginger, and Lavender essential oils are the best for relieving nausea, motion sickness, or just feeling queasy. Keep these close at hand for trips.

Lavender is one of those essential oils that you should always have for a multitude of purposes, as it can be used for almost anything because of it being a natural balancer,

Also, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Grapefruit are great for an invigorating blend that stimulates physical and mental energy.

Cypress essential oil is also great for cellulite, varicose veins, water retention, stress, nervous tension, menstrual problems, as well as a good anti-inflammatory.

Ginger essential oil is also useful for treating rheumatism, arthritis, nausea, hangovers, colds and flu, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, cramps, chills, fever, bruising, sore throat and diarrhea.


Resources & More Reading:

Esoteric Oils; http://www.essentialoils.co.za/treatment/jet-lag.htm

BirchHillHappenings; http://birchhillhappenings.com/motion.htm

New Directions Aromatics; essential oils for travel

Find Ingredients and Supplies:

Roll-on Bottles

Aromatherapy Inhalers

Mountain Rose Herbs for essential oils and carriers

Bottle (100mL)+Spray Pump Atomizer Sprayer Empty Bottle

Yellowstar Essentials Essential Oil Travel Kit; http://sites.google.com/site/yellowstaressentials/Home/aromatherapy

More Reading on Essential Oils & Natural Remedies

List of Essential Oils for Specific Emotions

Can Essential Oils Help with Depression & Anxiety? Using Aromatherapy as a Mood Regulator

 

Original article at :  http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7884542/how_to_make_a_natural_travel_kit_with.html?cat=5

FromNatureWithLove.com

Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Rose Geranium

Pelargonium roseum is not only beautiful, but happens to be one of the most useful, and wonderful essential oils we have. As you’ll soon see, it’s uses are many and it’s beauty is more than skin deep.

Rose Geranium, or Geranium Rose-

AuraCacia has this to say about Geranium essential oil:

Pelargonium graveolens, the rose-scented geranium, belongs to the same plant genus as the popular red-flowered window box geranium. Geraniums are native to arid areas of South Africa’s Cape Province. The plant is highly drought resistant, thanks to its semi-succulent, water-conserving stems and leaves.

The essential oil in rose geranium leaves has constituents — geraniol, linalol and citronellol — that are also present in rose oil. It’s not surprising that the aroma of geranium’s fragrance resembles that of rose with a musty, minty-green undertone.

Geranium oil has been described as a natural perfume complete unto itself. It’s often used to scent soaps and detergents because, unlike many other essential oils, rose geranium’s aroma profile is not readily affected by the alkaline nature of soap products.

Rose geranium varies much across strains and distillations, in part because the plant is greatly influenced by the climate and soil in which it grows. Geranium oil can range from very sweet and rosy to musty, minty and green. One type of geranium oil, known as Bourbon, has established itself as a premium perfume oil. Bourbon geranium is cultivated and distilled exclusively on the island of Reunion in the Indian ocean. The environment of Reunion has produced a strain of geranium with a very rich, rosy aroma. Perfumers prefer to work with Bourbon oil because it blends well with a wide array of very different oils including clove, sandalwood and lavender.

The main geranium oil-producing regions of the world are found on the African continent, Russia, China and Reunion. Russian and Chinese oils tend to have a greener, fresh-rosy aroma while Egyptian and Reunion oils tend to be heavier and darker.

Geranium oil is distilled from the above-ground parts of the plant. Most of the essential oil glands are found in its leaves. After cutting, the plants are partially dried to increase the yield of oil. That way there’s less water to be vaporized and extracted from the plant material during the distillation.

Popular during the Victorian era, rose geranium was often kept potted in parlors were a fresh sprig was always available to revive the senses. The fresh leaves were also offered in finger bowls at formal dining tables.

Today, geranium is an indispensable aromatherapy oil. It’s one of the best skincare oils, offering relief from congested, oily and dry skin. On an emotional level, geranium promotes stability and balance.

Aromatherapy Uses: Lifts the spirits, boosts immune system and heals a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, burns, wounds, bruises and others. Great hormonal balancer for women. analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antihemorrhagic, cicatrizant, diuretic, lymphotonic, antimicrobial, antipruritic, antispasmodic , antiviral, astringent, tonic & stimulant, pancreatic stimulant, deodorant, hepato-stimulant, phlebotonic

Skin: acne,burns, bruises, broken capillaries, balances oil glabnd secretion, congested and mature skin, healing especially after facial plastic surgery, eczema, cellulite, mosquito repellent

Respiratory: asthma, sore throat, tonsillitis, clears mucus Muscular/skeletal: osteo- arthritis, rheumatism

Digestive: jaundice, gastritis, colitis, cleans digestive system of mucus, liver tonic

Cardiovascular/Lymphatic: aids poor circulation, stimulates lymphatic system, hemorrhoids, phlebitis

Immune: immune stimulant Endocrine: adrenal, cortical, glandular problems

Genito-Urinary/ Reproductive: eases PMS, menopause, kidney tonic-diuretic

Nervous/ Brain/ Mind: nervous stress, neuro-balancing, neuralgia, quells anxiety, uplifting antidepressant

Rose Geranium

Emotional/Energetic: Taps into the power of the heart, increasing imagination, intuition and sensory world. Increases the capacity for intimate communication, allowing one to receive and to give and express.

Rose geranium’s strong middle note blends well with basil, bergamot, cedar, citronella, clary sage, fennel,  jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, neroli, nutmeg, and rosemary. Also Blends very well with: Eucalyptus, lavender, clary sage, rose, lime, orange, frankincense, grapefruit, ylang ylang

RECIPE for

Sunshine Smiles Aromatherapy Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 15 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 5 drops Rose Geranium essential oil
  • 3 drops Ylang ylang extra essential oil
  • 3 drops Spruce essential oil (or sandalwood for more calming)
  • 4fl oz (125ml) carrier oil of your choice, such as jojoba, grapeseed oil, fractionated coconut oil, hazelnut oil, or any you like.

Directions;

Combine all the ingredients in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle. Store it in a cool, dark place (not your bathroom – it’s too warm and humid.)
To use your aromatherapy bath oil, pour about a tablespoon into the bath after you’ve finished running the water.
Handy Hint: This aromatherapy bath oil is excellent for acne. To boost its acne-fighting powers, use grapeseed oil as the carrier oil (it’s astringent – helps tighten pores and reduce oil production.)

SCIENTIFIC INFO:

Botanical name: Pelargonium Odorantissimum / Graveolens
Botanical family: Geraniaceae

Note: Middle

Part of plant used: Stems and leaves

Origin: Algeria, Reunion, Madagascar and Guinea

Description: Sweet and heavy, similar to Rose

History: The Ancients regarded Geranium as an exceptional vulnerary with the power to mend fractures and eliminate cancers.

Properties and Indications:

  • Antiseptic
  • Astringent – contracts capillaries
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Excellent for the skin – eczema and psoriasis
  • Anticoagulant – for circulation
  • Haemostatic – prevents hemorrhage
  • Gentle detoxification
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Varicose veins
  • Harmonizing and re-balancing
  • Regulates and stimulates the adrenal cortex which in turn balances the body

Personality

  • Ambivalent- refreshing and a tonic but also has calming qualities

Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing

SOURCES: Sheppard-Hanger Sylla, THE AROMATHERAPY PRACTITIONER REFERENCE MANUAL, Tampa, 1998 Mojay, Gabriel, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, London, 1996 Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Brisbane, 1997

Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata); Ylang Ylang III, Ylang Ylang II, Ylang Ylang I, Extra and Complete

An intoxicating aroma that’s steam distilled from the Flowers of the plant Ylang Ylang (pronounced “eelang”) has a characteristically soft, sweet and floral aroma with warm, exotic and sensual undertones. Ylang Ylang III has a lower note with a much less heady aroma than other fractions of the distillation of the flower such as the Ylang Ylang Extra and Ylang Ylang Complete. With its distinctly earthy and grounding quality Ylang Ylang III has an unusually high sesquiterpene chemical content which makes it especially good for calming the body, mind and emotions.

Keywords: Neutralizes negativity, stabilizes the nervous system

Ylang Ylang in the Malayan language means “flower of the flowers.” A native flower of Madagascar and the Reunion Islands Ylang Ylang essential oil’s fragrant pale yellow blossoms are used to grace a new marriage bed with a blessing of love and lasting happiness.

The Ylang Ylang tree requires care from human hands for its warm, sweet fragrance to develop. Left wild in nature the blossoms of the Ylang Ylang tree have little or no scent. Ylang Ylang trees must be given constant attention and require trimming every two months. The Ylang Ylang blossoms must be picked each fall. As with Jasmine and Rose the blossoms must be harvested early in the morning and immediately prepared for steam distillation.

Ylang Ylang is often distilled in what is called “fractions,” or parts, meaning the distillation process is halted during different stages of distillation and the oils gathered are taken off. Then the distillation is continued.

As with all oils the quality of distillation varies among distillers, as well as crop conditions for that season, as well as the moment chosen for harvesting and distillation. The distiller’s art for the production of exquisite oils is rare and reflected in the price of an oil.

At least three fractions of Ylang Ylang are collected during distillation. (Ylang Ylang I, II, and III). The first distillation Ylang Ylang I is the lightest and considered the most ethereal fragrance and most often prized by perfumers. The stages of distillation are determined according to principles not easily defined, but generally they are broken down by the production time it takes to distill each fraction.

DISTILLATION CATEGORIES: Ylang Ylang Extra (most expensive), Ylang Ylang I, II & III and Ylang Ylang Complete which is the full distillation of the oil without interruption into fractions, or parts.

Ylang Ylang is high in sesquiterpenes. Ylang Ylang III, the last fraction collected during the last hours of distillation, is a slightly thicker, more earthy and less sweet oil, and is composed almost entirely of sesquiterpenes. Sesquiterpenes are a class of chemicals common in higher plants that are naturally occurring alcohols. Sesquiterpenes rarely exist in volatile aromatic oils. When distilled from plant matter sesquiterpene compounds are known to stimulate the liver and endocrine glands. Sesquiterpenes give Ylang Ylang its powerfully antispasmodic and sedative properties.

Inhalation of Ylang Ylang is useful for dispelling fear and anxiety, and the first essential oil to consider when needing help for regulating and balancing the nervous system. Ylang Ylang helps to deepen your respiration for slower more rhythmic breathing and is helpful for treating panic attacks. Research studies show that Ylang Ylang oil stimulates the Central Nervous Systems and helps alleviate depression.

Ylang Ylang essential oil is an excellent natural treatment for soothing tachycardia and hypertension! Often used in massage oil lubricants Ylang Ylang is known for relieving muscular aches and pains. Ylang Ylang oil is helpful for treating PMS symptoms, including Mood Swings and is effective for reducing emotional blockages in the heart region.

A distinctly feminine (yin) oil Ylang Ylang is passionate and alive with feeling. Try Ylang Ylang when you’re needing to integrate and heal shadow elements of the Divine Feminine. It will activate the Divine Feminine’s mysterious allure and capacity for living life fully. Ylang Ylang oil stimulates feelings of enjoyment and self confidence and can be helpful for overcoming performance anxiety.

Often used in men’s fragrances Ylang Ylang is a healing oil for men. Ylang Ylang supports a man’s connection and expression of the feminine and intuitive side of his nature. Consider blending Ylang Ylang with Petitgrain, Bergamot or a spice or wood oil to soften Ylang’s intoxicating floral essence.

Ylang Ylang oil may help neutralize defensive coping strategies that can lead to violent forms of communication. Ylang Ylang synchronizes the Mind and Emotions and softens fixed opinions, mental attitudes and judgments and promotes easy communications with others. Use Ylang Ylang to smooth tense situations.

Ylang Ylang essential oil supports kidney and adrenal function and is good for weak knees and loss of bladder control.

Ylang Ylang has been traditionally used in beauty and skin care as its plant hormones promote cellular regeneration. Its moisture balancing effect on the skin’s natural sebum production, makes Ylang Ylang oil suitable for sensitive, oily, dry and mature skin types. Ylang Ylang stimulates hair growth. May be a helpful treatment for split ends. Add a few drops to your favorite shampoo or conditioner.

BEAUTY OIL RECIPE: To half an ounce of pure jojoba oil (in a dispensing bottle) add 2 drops Frankincense, 4 drops Ylang Ylang and 1 drop Carrot Seed. Shake to blend ingredients together and allow them to synergize for a minimum of 1-3 hours.

FACIAL MASSAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Give yourself a relaxing facial massage with this exquisite Beauty Oil. Dispense a small amount of oil on your finger tips and, starting at your décolletage, make gentle circles with your finger tips, moving upwards and covering your entire face, ending at your forehead and temples. Finish your relaxing facial massage with long, slow, even upward strokes beginning at your décolletage and moving upward to your forehead and temples. Allow the oils to saturate and nourish your facial skin cell tissue for up to one hour before rinsing thoroughly with a gentle cleanser. Or you may circle-drape a wet, hot hand towel over your face after your facial massage and relax for 10-15 minutes or until your towel cools.

CHAKRA CARE: Use Ylang Ylang essential oil to balance and heal the 2nd (Svadisthana – Sexual, Sacral, or Spleen) and 4th (Anahata – Heart), 8th (Ma – Universal Heart) Chakras.

BLEND WITH: Vetiver, Petitgrain, Sweet Orange and other citrus oils. Ylang Ylang III blends well with most other essential oils, or it may be enjoyed as a single oil. Use Ylang Ylang III whenever you need to anchor a blend, or as a base note!

purchace Ylang ylang essential oil here

PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use certified organic essential oils, or oils that have been tested and are pesticide free.

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Aromatherapy is a gentle and noninvasive complementary health care system used for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind, spirit and emotions to enhance your health. Properly administered essential oils are a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being and may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.

Glamorously Green; Kaia Bamboo Cleansing Cloths

New-found glamorously green treat. And I thought I’d have to stick with plain ole’ cotton forever. Even infused with honey and essential oils! Woo Hoo! This is a fabulous find from mygloss.com. Thanks so much for this remarkable review. I’m buying one today!

I am in love with these bamboo cleansing cloths. They’ve provided a solution for a long-standing problem: what is the greenest and most effective way to remove makeup and moisturize when I’m on the road? When I use cleanser and facecloths, it seems so wasteful to just use the facecloth once -yet after removing a face of makeup, you really need to toss it in the laundry. Cotton or facial tissues just aren’t an option for me – to enter stage right, Kaia Cleansing Cloths!

They feel like cashmere, are infused with honey and essential oils, and are totally biodegradable. I’m sold and don’t think I’ll be traveling without a handy pack of these ever again.

Kaia Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths – $16.02 for a set of 30 at Amazon.com Gloss Find: Kaia Bamboo Cleansing Cloths

No matter how late it is, or how tired you are before falling into bed…kaia natural makeup remover keeps it simple…
no rinsing, no water, no bathroom required!

kaia naturals 4 products in 1

Avoid that tight-skin feeling as kaia has been formulated with organic Canadian honey and infused with eight pure citrus essential oils, sunflower seed and cleans impurities with oats.

Yes, kaia really does remove mascara…even waterproof mascara without tugging and pulling!

If you suffer from sensitive skin, you know that the ingredients found in many “wet wipes” are not ideal! The beauty of bamboo is that it is very, very soft, unlike rayon (which is what most cleansing wipes are made from, and they contain wood fibers), which can be rough and can pull on the delicate skin in the eye area or cheeks.

For those with red/ irritated, inflamed skin:
kaia bamboo facial cleansing cloths are ideal for those suffering from Rosacea as the skin is fragile due to inflammation/redness and the cashmere soft cloths and gentle cleansing formula will not aggravate the skin.

Getting the most from your cleansing cloth is important as the cloths are packaged to last you an entire month: Use both sides of the cloth:

use both  sidesStep 1: remove your facial makeup first

Step 2: then flip the cloth over and remove lipstick and eye makeup last.

The cloth is 100% biodegradable so there is no guilt when you dispose of it…Oh and it is from a sustainable crop too…
bamboo is a grass and grows like a weed (literally).

Here’s the Ingredient List;

Ingredients
Water/Agua, Acacia Gum : derived from the acacia tree and is soothing to the skin, Xantham gum: naturally fermented corn sugar, Canadian organic honey : an emollient and nutrient with antioxidant and anti-microbial properties with the ability to absorb and retain moisture, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate: a food grade emulsifier used in baked goods, Cetyl Alcohol : a fatty alcohol from plant oils with emulsifying properties, Sunflower Seed Oil: the extract from sunflower seeds, a rich emollient high in linoleic and oleic essential fatty acids and vitamin E, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, extremely mild cleansing agent which is skin friendly and derived from oats, Panthenol: A moisturizer, derived from vitamin B5, with humectant-like properties that aid in skin absorption. Benzyl Alcohol : a naturally occurring essential oil with antimicrobial properties, Dehydroacetic Acid: Food grade preservative, which protects against bacteria and fungus, has an excellent toxicity profile and is non-formaldehyde forming, Salicylic Acid: Gently exfoliates the skin, reducing sebum build-up, Benzoic Acid: Food grade preservative, which protects against bacteria and fungus and occurs naturally in cherry bark, raspberries. Phenoxyethanol: Food grade preservative, non-formaldehyde forming. Benzethonium Chloride: Provides antimicrobial activity against fungi, mold and is a food-grade preservative.

DIY; YellowstarEssentials Cellulite Buster Body Scrub Recipe

Yellowstar*Essentials Cellulite Buster essential oil blend includes a delicate blend of therapeutic grade essential oils : Juniper Berry, Lemon, Basil, Cedarwood, Bitter Orange, Fennel, Cypress, Pink Grapefruit, Katrafay, Coriander, Parsley Seed, Rosemary, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Myrtle, Bay Laurel, and Helichrysum, Patchouli, White Sage, Niaouli, Eucalyptus Citridora, and Oregano.

If you want to save money by making your own: All you need are a few ingredients and this simple recipe

5ml Pre-Measured Cellulite Buster Essential Oil Synergy : added to salt scrub

Homemade Salt Scrub Recipe

Summary:

This recipe is basically 2 parts Salts to 1 part carrier oil

+ essential oil blend;  Pre-Measured Cellulite Buster Essential Oil Synergy- 5ml

To make 16 oz total SALTS = (2 cups total)

Mix of Epsom, dendric and/or sea salts use:

  • one cup dead sea salts,
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt and
  • 1/2 cup dendric salt.

Add your carrier oils  and e.o. blend and mix well.

8oz (1 cup total) -Buchu oil (best for cellulite), and/or Hazelnut oil 1/2 cup each.

(your choice of either or both carriers. You may add any kind you wish) -even olive oil or grapeseed oil is fine, but the best for cellulite is Buchu.

-Add about 5ml (or 1 tsp.) of essential oil or/ scents : preferably  Pre-Measured Cellulite Buster Essential Oil Synergy- 5ml to your carrier oil before adding to salts.

For Best Results Use Yellowstar*Essentials Cellulite Buster already made for you!

Cellulite Buster INGREDIENTS: Cedrus Atlantica (Atlas Cedarwood), Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit), Foeniculum Vulgare(Fennel), Citrus X Limon (Lemon) Petroselinum Sativum (Parsley Seed), Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli), Origanum Marjorana (Marjoram), Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress), Eucalyptus Citriodora (Lemon Eucalyptus), Melaleuca Quinquenervia(Niaouli), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Salvia Officinalis (Sage), Citrus Paradisi (Pink & White Grapefruit), Lavendula Officinalis (Lavender), Juniperus Communis (Juniper Berry), And Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) and others in this proprietary blend.

Get the best fragrancing spreadability by mixing e.o. blend into carrier first, then into dendric salts, and then mix in other salts (dendric is a good carrier for scents).

NOTE: keep unused salt scrub away from water as water will dissolve the salts.

You May Add Seaweed (Kelp) And/Or Finely Ground Coffee For Added Detoxifying Benefits.

Mix well and use immediately as there are no preservatives in this recipe.

By adding coffee to your scrub it can benefit by supplementing skin tightening qualities as the caffeine in coffee helps to redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite. It also acts as a vasorestrictor, tightening and shrinking blood vessels thereby helping eliminate varicose veins. It has been used for years in spas in Hawaii and on the coast of Bali.

To use your scrub:

Start with warm damp skin. Stand under a warm shower for a few minutes, and then start using your scrub by scooping out a generous portion and working your way up your body in circular motions, concentrating on areas with cellulite. Follow by rinsing under the shower and then washing with a mild organic soap or shower gel.

A few words of caution:

Do not use this treatment if you are sunburned or have had any hair removal treatment within the last 24 hours. It could really sting!

You could make the salt a bit finer by grinding it in a coffee grinder. If the salt is too chunky it will just fall off your hand when you turn it towards your skin.

Buchu oil is the best for cellulite, but Hazelnut and grape seed oils are great to use too because they are slightly astringent, fast absorbing and almost odorless. With regular use will help to eliminate toxins from the skin and create a healthy fresh start for your new skin!

NOTE: Buchu essential oil has an antiseptic action on the urinary system and is beneficial to inflammation of the urethra, and cystitis and mild prostatitis, and other bladder problems. It is a useful diuretic, possibly aiding conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis, helping the body remove excess toxins and fluid. Used for water retention and aids weight loss and cellulite. It is used to reduce the inflammation of painful joints, especially sprains (compress).
Any questions? Feel free to email: Yellowstar2000@yahoo.com

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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