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Happy New Year best all natural anti-aging wrinkle reducer and line eraser

Happy New Year!!!2015 happynewyear

Can you believe a whole year has whizzed by?! I can barely keep up!

What better way to bring in the new year than with a fresh start for your skin? Feel great from the inside out and let your light shine!

It’s much easier to help those around us when we feel better, so take good care of yourselves…yes, you! Take some time to pamper yourself a bit and you’ll be able to give those you love more of your precious self.

And who doesn’t want a great all natural wrinkle reducer and line eraser?

For those that love pure beauty products free of chemicals, but can’t always afford them, and dream of simple DIY projects….this is for you.

After some research I found a few faves I had to try.

I’ve looked high and low for the best all-natural facial anti-aging moisturizers and wrinkle reducers, and from all the reviews and a few proper articles I’ve come across: this company wins almost every time:

Acure Organics for best all around company. There were some others that were even better,  but their prices were out of this world for more luxury ingredients.

(and no, I have nothing to do with them, nor have I received anything from them).

So without further ado….

Here’s some great products and how to make them:

Acure Organics Line Eraser Argan Oil Plus Starflower 

Acure Organics Line Eraser Argan Oil Plus Starflower — 0.5 oz

This certified organic balm works wonders on deep wrinkles (like around the mouth!), and helps fade scars with the well-studied activity of borage and argan oils.

Indications
Can be used for the following skin conditions: Psoriasis, Scars, Crow’s Feet, Eyes, Paraben-Free, Clearance, Face, Natural/Organic, Charity

Ingredients
Organic safflower oil, organic jojoba oil, organic beeswax, organic argan oil, organic olive oil, organic canauba, organic starflower (borage) oil, organic essential oils of Bulgarian lavender and rose.

Directions
Massage a small amount to any fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes or scars as your last step before bedtime. As a healing salve apply to affected area as needed.

Line Eraser Balm by Acure Organics 0.5 oz  ALL SKIN TYPES Certified organic balm works wonder on deep wrinkles and helps fade scars and imperfections.

Does Not Contain Sulfates cruelty parabens gluten PEG petroleum phthalates silicone. Warnings Keep out of reach of children. As with all dietary supplements consult your healthcare professional before use. See product label for more information.

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HOW to make your own version of this fabulous anti-aging line eraser product:

The ingredients might seem expensive, but in the long run it will save you money because you’ll have enough to make yourself and all your friends a jar too. You might even have enough to start your own business! 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

For more reading; Also see more reading on therapeutic grade essential oils , and these blog posts:Which essential oils to use for all different types of skin https://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/2008/12/29/essential-oils-for-the-different-types-of-skin-2/ and DIY Rose Beauty Balm by Darphine

Use 2 oz. total of any or all oils combined (not essential oils) to 1 tsp. of waxes ratio.

This can also be made and poured into Empty Lip Balm Tubes Containers for precise application.

This can be modified to suit your specific needs any way you like.

I used:

  • 1/2 oz organic borage oil (starflower)
  • 1/2 oz of organic jojoba
  • 1 oz. organic coconut oil
  • 2 oz organic olive oil
  • 3-4 drops each of Bulgarian Lavender and Rose essential oils (may use up to 5 drops per ounce of oils)
  • 1 tsp organic beeswax
  • 1/2 -1 tsp vegan carnauba wax

Directions:

Melt waxes and oils in a pyrex measuring 4 cup or 2 cup size in a boiling pot of water to make a double boiler (unless you already have a double boiler for waxes and chocolates). Remove from heat and use a stick blender to whip ingredients together, then stir in essential oils and store in glass or PET jars.

Amber 1 oz Plastic Jar Black Lid 12 pk with Balm Jar $15

Where to buy ingredients:

Mountain Rose Herbs or

If you love Young Living Oils or are a Young Living Distributor try Bella Mira therapeutic grade essential oils ..
test for yourself the difference…you will receive a discounted price if you are already a distributor w/YL. If you would like to receive a discount on therapeutic grade essential oils just sign up at Young Living and use MY Young Living Distributor # 1064822

OR see

MY AMAZON STORE : Click HERE

Other great products:

Radical Wrinkle Complex

I don’t recommend trying to recreate this one….better to just buy the original as there are much too many ingredients and most of them might prove to be impossible to get.

Indications
Can be used for the following skin conditions: Anti-Aging, Paraben-Free, Moisturizer, DERMAdeals, Face, Natural/Organic, Charity

Ingredients
Ingredients: Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Calendula officinalis (Calendula), Organic Matricaria recutita (Chamomile), Fair Trade CertifiedTM Organic Aspalanthus linearis (Rooibos), Prunus armeniaca (Apricot kernel) oil, Persea americana (Avocado) oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (vegetable derived), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Glucose (sugar), Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase (milk & sugar enzymes), Organic Chlorella pyrenoidosa (Chlorella Growth Factor), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Organic Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hypericum perforatum (St Johnswort) oil, FT Olive Oil, Gardenia jasminoides stem cell culture, Argania spinosa (Argan) stem cell culture, CoQ10, Essential Oils of Lavendula angustifolia (French lavender), citrus Reticulate (Red Mandarin) Oil, Thymus mastichina (Marjoram), Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) & Nardastachus jatamansi (Spikenard), xanthan gum.

Directions
Directions: Apply to clean skin at night.

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happy new year

Hope you love this recipe and have a wonderful year! xo

Let your light shine through and your beauty will come from the inside as well as the outside!
A very merry and bright new year to you!!!
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Can Essential Oils Help with Depression & Anxiety? Using Aromatherapy as a Mood Regulator

—–> Before using any essential oils, please read this helpful primer: Uses of Essential Oils:

Originally from my Yahoo repertoire, I decided to add this gem to my blog. Happy new year!Essential Oils for the Different Types of Skin

With this article, I’ll show you how it’s possible to employ pure therapeutic grade essential oils to help ease depression and lessen anxiety, simply and naturally.

First things first, if you’ve never used essential oils before, read a primer I wrote on essential oils, what they are and the difference between therapeutic grade and most “on the market” essential oils called “Many Helpful Suggestions on Uses of Essential Oils” before delving into this article, it will save you lots of questions. (Since my links/articles are still orphaned and looking for homes, for the purposes of safety, and if you are not familiar with essential oils please read Ananda Apothecary’s beginner’s guides to aromatherapy here before using any essential oils. 🙂

More and more these days, plants are finding a medicinal purpose in our lives, people like natural cures rather than subjecting themselves to harsh man-made chemicals and pills.

A depressed emotional state is a common reason for using complementary and alternative therapies today. A wide range of psychological, physical, and energetic issues can lead to feelings of depression and a pervasive outlook of negativity. Moreover, once in a state of depression, patterns can arise that make relief all the more difficult to find. The use of essential oils for uplifting the psyche and spirit is becoming more widespread because of the oils’ broad and dramatic effects. While the oils themselves may not directly affect the underlying cause of depression, they may help individuals break free from depressive cycles – they may provide the impetus to ‘get off the couch’, so to speak, and begin creating long lasting change.”Ananda Apothecary

Can essential oils help with anxiety?

The short answer is yes. The how and why are a bit more scientific, but suffice to say that it’s true what they say, “your nose knows”. You’ve definitely experienced this before. A good example would be smelling a freshly baked apple pie and remembering Grandma’s house in the country when you were just a kid. That’s your limbic system at work. Basically, your sense of smell is the shortest and quickest way into your brain, including your memory banks, through the limbic system ( which is the seat of the emotional center and is partly responsible for our our emotional reaction to something, our fight or flight response, our hormonal secretions, motivation, pain reflex and our mood fluctuations). Some essential oils have thousands of chemicals contained within a tiny drop, and some have only a few, but they all have purposes, and can all cause strong reactions when inhaled or used on the skin.

Can essential oils help with depression?

Again, the short answer is yes they can, in the same way they can help with anxiety, essential oils can also aid in reducing melancholy and heightening happy feelings or uplifting your mood by pure science of chemistry. Just knowing what chemicals to use, and that they are pure therapeutic grade essential oils can really ‘make or break’ the deal. Essential oils are really just natural science by God, given to us as “medicine” whether it be for the body (physical), mind (mental), or spirit (emotional and spiritual).

The best therapeutic grade essential oils to use to lift your spirits and put you in a better mood are as follows:

Essential Oils that are Antidepressant mood regulators:

Rose or rose otto – the best ‘heart opener’, aids with joy, uplifts and restores balance
Orange– any citrus oil uplifts and brightens your mood, they are ‘sun in a bottle’, grounding, nourishing, energizing
Bergamot – relaxes nerves and refreshes the spirit
Geranium – like rose, wonderful for work of the heart
Mandarin – another citrus uplifter, but with a more mellow property, works wonders on children
Lemon – super sunshine in a bottle, very uplifting, grounding, nourishing, energizing
Neroli (orange blossom) – comforts the mind and heart, natural tranquillizer for shock, depression or anxiety
Chamomiles – grounding and uplifting

Essential Oils for Anxiety or Stress

Lavender – calming, regenerating, balancing
Chamomiles – remarkable calming effects
Clary Sage – calming, relaxing, balancing,
Geranium – calming, balancing, protecting
Rose or rose otto
Mandarin – wonderful for calming children too
Lemon – refreshing and gentle calming
Bergamot- relaxing, uplifting
Vetiver -very calming, centering, and stabilizing
Neroli– nourishing to spirit and soul, cooling and calming
Palmarosa – calming and uplifting nerves, reduces anxiety
Sweet Marjoram – sedative and toning, immediate calming effect
Frankincense– warming, calming, quieting, awakens the spirit, centering, meditative, new enlightenment of self and encourages an unconditional love
Coriander- healing and anti-inflammatory, aids feelings of security to anyone who is not grounded and calms the spirit

How to use these essential oils for anxiety or depression

There are a variety of ways you can use these essential oils to aid in mood regulation. Two being: INHALATION AND TOPICAL APPLICATION.

Diffusers-Inhalation

One of the simplest ways is to use a diffuser for your personal or work space. Most are quite simple to use either by adding water and a few drops of essential oil, and plugging it in, or by a candle warming the water and oil mixture. You can find them just about anywhere now, from the grocery store to ebay and Amazon , aromatherapy stores or specialty stores. Click Here To Visit Diffuser World.

NebulizersInhalation

There are also nebulizers which are even better at dispersing essential oils into the air.

Car DiffusersInhalation

These plug right into your cigarette lighter or extra power source in your dash or console of your car. Take the fresh scent with you and brighten up your day instead of complaining about traffic. After diffusing something like lemon or peppermint in your car I guarantee you’ll spark right up and have a smile on your face.

Topical Application:

Best used by adding essential oils to an unscented lotion, aloe vera gel or diluted with an oil, for example, getting a massage.

Straight application:

Although this method is not recommended often as essential oils are potent and may be too strong for some people. Many are sensitive to the extreme potency of a therapeutic grade essential oil, but if you’re feeling brave and have used essential oils before (especially Lavender, one of the safest out there) then feel free to use a couple drops in your palms and rub together to release the scent. You can dab it under your nose, rub a couple drops into your wrists or the like. I would only try this with the following oils:

Lavender, Rose, Neroli, Geranium, Lemon, Mandarin, (almost any citrus oil, but beware citrus oils are phototoxic; meaning don’t wear them in the sun)

Massage:

There is so much I could say about the wonders of massage…but I don’t want to lose you so I’ll just say that if you can get one, DO! They are the best preventative medicine available to us and with the use of essential oils added to your massage lotion, gel or oil, you won’t believe the miracles that can happen. Just ask any Massage Therapist or “Raindrop Technique Therapist” and you’ll get an ear-full of how magical a massage can be. If your loved one is giving the loving massage, use a MAXIMUM of, or no more than 8-10 drops per oz. as essential oils are very potent. It’s better to use less and add more if needed. Just choose your carrier oil, gel or unscented lotion and add your choice of therapeutic grade essential oils and mix well.

Remember, it’s always better to try than to give up, so smile and know someone is thinking of you and wishes the very best for your health and well-being!

PLEASE, if you are going to use all or any part of my articles, I ask that you please give credit where it is due and link back to my article. Thank you!

Read another wonderful article on this at; Ananda Apothecary http://www.anandaapothecary.com/articles/essential-oils-depression.html

Where to get GOOD therapeutic grade Essential Oils:

Mountain Rose Herbs

To Find Them Any Fresher You Would Have To Grow

Young Living oils (my friend is also a YL distributor her sign up number is: #1071625 )

If you’re looking to purchase oils  I recommend the following suppliers: as they are the only suppliers I have found that offer true therapeutic grade or top notch essential oils.

Mountain Rose Herbs: (I an an affiliate)

Oshandhi. (I’m not an affiliate)

Bella Mira (I’m an affiliate)

Liberty Naturals (not an affiliate)

NaturesGift (not an affiliate)

Others that I’m NOT affiliated with:

The company that has the best essential oils for the money, with natural healing qualities and no additives or adulterating, and ethics about oil production is Native American Nutritionals:

Read here for why: http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/natural-remedies/announcing-the-best-essential-oils-company-and-a-great-sale/

If you love Young Living Oils or are a Young Living Distributor try Bella Mira therapeutic grade essential oils ..test for yourself the difference…you will receive a discounted price if you are already a distributor w/YL.

For Young Living Oils: If you would like to receive a discount on therapeutic grade essential oils just sign up at Young Living and use my Young Living Distributor # 1064822

OR see

MY AMAZON STORE : Click HERE

Sources:

http://www.botanical.com/products/aroma/ess.html

http://www.dreamingearth.com/essentialoils4.html

http://www.anandaapothecary.com/articles/essential-oils-depression.html

Click Here To Visit Diffuser World

http://www.abundantlifeessentials.com/essential_oil_info.htm

diffusers:

ebay and Amazon , aromatherapy stores or specialty stores

Click Here To Visit Diffuser World.

http://www.youngliving.us/

More Reading: some links are being updated

Essential oils for new beginnings; including:

original link: http://voices.yahoo.com/can-essential-oils-help-depression-6764552.html

RESOURCES & More REading;

Aromatherapy Remedy Reference; Physical, Emotional & Mental Symptoms List

Aromatherapy Remedy Reference …Cont…

Recipe and Uses for Homemade Unpetroleum Jelly, and vapor rub recipe

Aromatherapy Recipes;

Mental Fatigue,

Apathy-buster blend,

Ease Exhaustion Blend,

Romantic massage oil,

Exotic aftershave recipe

Reduce Stretchmarks, Scars or Keloids with Essential Oils, Scar Serum Recipe

All about Lavender

Read more about Helichrysum oil in action:Buy Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, Advanced Aromatherapy.

The Supportive Healing of Helichrysum A.K.A Everlasting & Immortelle: Wondrous Essential Oil Support for Healing Wounds and Scars with Essential Oils

Helichrysum italicum spp. serotinum: The best Helichrysum italicum is produced in Corsica,

Blue Healer (you can buy blue healer from; http://www.theoilshop.com)

wrinkle repair and reducer recipe

DIY Beauty Recipe : 8 Flower Nectar Elixir , Anti-aging serum

DIY rejuvenation face mask recipe, helps to smooth wrinkles, fine lines, chapped, oily or unbalanced skin

Candice’s hubpages articles

Essential Oil of the Month; 25 Ways to Use Peppermint Essential Oil

Essential Oil of the Month

Young Living PEPPERMINT-

(Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint’s effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in affecting impaired taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy. Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sense of fullness after meals.
1. Rub 4-6 drops in your palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
2. Add Peppermint to herbal tea to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.
3. Massage several drops of oil on an injury to reduce inflammation.
4. Apply Peppermint oil immediately to an injured area to relieve pain. If there is a cut, apply the Peppermint oil around (not on) the open wound.
5. Apply Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
6. Inhale before & during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
7. Massage several drops on the abdomen to relieve nausea.
8. To relieve a tension or some migraine headache, rub on the temples, forehead, and on the back of the neck.
9. To stop hiccups, apply a drop on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the base of the neck).
10. Place two drops on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration.
11. Diffuse in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy
12. Rub 4 drops on chest and stomach to relieve travel sickness.
13. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.
14. Add Peppermint oil to food as a flavoring and a preservative.
15. To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drops on a cotton ball and place along the path or point of entry.
16. Mix one 15 ml. bottle of Peppermint into five (5) gallons of paint to dispel the fumes.
17. Place a couple of drops in a cup of hot water and enjoy in place of coffee.
18. To kill aphids, add 4-5 drops to 4 ounces of water and spray the plants.
19. Put one drop in glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.
20. Rub Peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.
21. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue to stop bad breath; will freshen breath – use instead of gum.
22. Inhale the fragrance to curb appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
23. Remove ticks by applying a drop of Peppermint oil on a cotton swab. Wait for it to dislodge its head, and then remove from your pet.
24. Mix 6 drops of Peppermint oil in a footbath to relieve sore feet.
25. Apply drop over toothache area – will relieve pain.

Thanks lol for these great tips! You’re a doll 😉

Natural Preservatives for Cosmetic Recipes

Essential Oils for the Different Types of SkinWhen I first started making cosmetic products, i.e. lotions, lip balms, sprays, scrubs, etc., I was very hesitant , in the beginning, on which ingredients to use that were all natural and yet effective for preserving all my hard work from going rancid.

Making your own natural cosmetics allows you to control the ingredients and produce recipes created specifically for you. The downside to this is that natural ingredients tend to have a limited shelf life. Learning what ingredients are natural preservatives, and how to use them, will prevent rancidity and anti-oxidation in your homemade cosmetics.

But really, when it comes down to it, if you’re not going to use it up in about a week, then you need more than just a  “natural” preservative.

The following is from: Review of 27 preservatives at makingskincare.com, –be sure to read it in it’s entirety for excellent preservative advice. Here’s a snippet:

GLYCERIN / ALCOHOL / HONEY / GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT AS PRESERVATIVE??

–          Glycerin is a very effective preservative – in medicine, you will frequently find glycerites as a delivery vehicle (especially in children’s and herbal medicine) where the active component is preserved and then ultimately delivered in a water soluble solvent (glycerin) as an alternative delivery mechanism to alcohol. To be effective as a preservative, you need to have AT LEAST a 50% glycerin content in your formula, and it is best if it is about 60-70%.  The downside is glycerin is very, very sticky – not a great skin feel.

–          Ethanol (not vodka, instead use 190 Everclear alcohol or skin safe cosmetic use denatured alcohol) anything containing 20-25% ethanol  is self preserving.  Alcohol is astringent so not a great add if you want a moisturising lotion.  It is also a known irritant so if you have sensitive skin, a lotion containing alcohol could sting! You might see it in a lotion with alcohol as a cooling foot lotion as it will evaporate from your  skin. However note, you might see Ostwalt Ripening in an O/W emulsion resulting in flocculation and ethanol can diminish foaming of surfactant-based products like shampoo.

–          Honey – not advisable – see http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/honey-few-studies-ive-found-about-its.html

–          Grapefruit Seed Extract,(not recommended).  GSE is not what you would consider to be a regular extract.  Citrus seed extracts are not all-natural – they are chemically derived from the seeds of citrus fruits.  It is made IIRC by reacting with ammonia, so is more like a quat in some ways. There are concerns that the limited preservative properties GSE does have are in fact due to added preservatives like parabens – see http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/preservatives-grapefruit-seed-extract.html

After my many years of working with all types and lots of research, here is a list of helpful and useful natural ingredients that are safe to use for preserving your cosmetic recipes as long as you’re using it up within about a week as well as snippets from around the web that may answer your questions:

Here’s a list of some natural inhibitors / preservatives :essential oil

Benzoin Resin (also called Styrax) is a less well known preservative and fixative. For centuries, it has been an important ingredient in the making of incense due to its fixative qualities. Benzoin has a rich sweet scent that is quite distinctive. Because it is easily absorbed through the skin, it should be diluted in alcohol before use in cosmetic recipes. Benzoin resin is often found in facial toning and facial oil recipes to improve their shelf life.

Borax is a common ingredient that used to be found on the laundry shelf of most grocery stores. It is a natural cleaner and preservative, and it often found in lotion, cream, bath salt and bath scrub recipes.

Honey is a marvelous natural inhibitor. One teaspoon to one tablespoon of honey can be added to most any natural cosmetic recipe to improve its shelf life. My personal facial elixir has honey as an essential component, but I also add it to salts, scrubs, facials, creams and lotions.

Jojoba is one of my favorite natural inhibitor because, like honey, it is just so very versatile. Jojoba is often combined with those oils that are known for having a limited shelf life, such as almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and rosehip seed oil. Get in the habit of substituting a tablespoon of jojoba oil for the more fragile carrier oils to improve the shelf life of your home made creations.

Vitamin E Oil is another natural inhibitor that I use quite often. If you are making a preparation for the skin, add a teaspoon of vitamin E oil to prevent rancidity and as an anti-oxidant. Vitamin E oil has the additional benefit of being safe to use for recipes for babies and small children.

When creating my own cosmetic recipes, I tend to use a two-pronged approach. Benzoin and vitamin E in a facial oil, for instance, or jojoba and borax in a lotion. Incorporating these natural preservatives in your own creations will enhance your cosmetics making repertoire considerably.

great place to find information about “green formulating”

Carlos
Submitted on 2013/08/25 at 3:55 pm

I think your blog is fantastic. I’m starting a natural skincare company and am using mostly butter and creams (no water or milk). I understand that I don’t need to put preservatives in these formulations. However, I would like to add something that inhibits bacterial as least a little. I am thinking of standardly adding vitamin E to all the butters and creams. Later on we will get into some formulations that use distilled water.Can you give me a little more information on the following? A friend sent them to me after attending one of her work workshops on lotion making: Dermofeel 688 INCI: p-Anisic Acid and Glyceryl Caprylate (and) Glyceryl Undecylenate. Also, the natural preservative mixtures that you mentioned, can I get them already mixed? If I can get them already mixed, what percentage should they be of my formulation?

Candice Collins
Submitted on 2013/09/16 at 5:24 pm | In reply to Carlos.

I found this mixture of ingredients here; http://www.kinetiktech.com/materials/index.php. and here’s a link to a great .pdf about making your own natural “green” formulations; http://www.kinetiktech.com/docs/GreenGuide-latest.pdf . hope that helps :)

“To avoid parabens, Jason Natural Cosmetics has switched from methylparaben to a natural preservative that has the same shelf life–2-3 years–as the paraben-based preservative. In January 2003, for its Shaman Earthly Organics line, Jason debuted a preservative that consists of sodium benzoate (salt crystals), potassium sorbate (powder from mountain ash trees combined with potassium salt) and grapefruit-seed extract. “Now our preservative systems are food grade, which adds to the purity level of our products,” Light says.

Aubrey Organics solved the preservative puzzle with a mixture of grapefruit-seed extract and vitamins A, C and E, which inhibits micro-bacterial growth and helps retard the ingredients’ decay. All of the company’s 250 personal care products are made with this natural preservative, says Aubrey representative Sandie Coretti, and have shelf lives of 18 months to 3 years–considerably shorter than products made with synthetic preservatives, which can last 5-8 years, Coretti says.

The Obsessively Organic line by Kiss My Face uses a blend of all-natural preservatives, Byckiewicz says. This blend assures the products have a shelf life of up to 2 years.

As companies seek alternatives to synthetic preservatives, the industry as a whole is moving forward on issues that are just as challenging. What OCA. OTA and virtually everybody else in the industry agrees on is that the higher the level of organic ingredients in a personal care product, the safer it is for the consumer. How quickly they can agree on standards that they can support is another matter. Until then, consumers will have to educate themselves about label claims–and rely on their scruples…..

see more info below:
thanks so much to:  http://eroscent.com/blog/resources-and-guides/natural-preservatives-for-your-cosmetic-recipes/   fabulous and very useful tips! They match many of my own findings.

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Essential Oils and other Natural Tips to Aid in the Prevention of H1N1, Swine Flu and Flu Viruses

I thought this was important enough to share…

Everyone should read this information on preventing the flu, swine flu, and H1N1 by using essential oils and following a few simple steps.

I think it’s so important to take good care of our own health and be responsible for our own well-being. By taking these simple steps, it could save your life!

1.      Wash your hands

2.      Use hand sanitizer

3.      Use a home/car/room diffuser

4.      Eat right, exercise and take a multivitamin

5.      Vitamin C

6.      Zinc

7.      Vitamin E

8.      Tea Tree steam inhalation

9.      Use these foods;

“(PRWEB) May 10, 2006 — A Biology teacher from Australia, named Stephen Jones, has done extensive research into the H5N1 virus and compiled a list of natural foods that are effective against it and listed others that are detrimental.”

Helpful foods:

  • ·        Garlic
  • ·        Green Tea
  • ·        Apple Juice
  • ·        Cranberry Juice
  • ·        St. John’s Wort tea

Detrimental foods:

  • Dairy products (increase mucous production)
  • Bananas – increases mucous production.
  • Honey
  • Chocolate
  • Echinacea
  • Kimchi
  • Elderberry juice
  • Micro Algae (Chlorella and Spirulina)

References:

REad the rest of the article at; http://the-health-gazette.com/496/natural-antivirals/

Resources;

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/ (search using Pubmed ID number listed after each food)

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Also read this email from a Nature’s Gift Aromatherapy Blog;

Health Care Provider seeking Swine Flu (H1N1) guidance

Thought I would post (with permission, of course) an email exchange from earlier this week. (The title of this post is the subject line of the Email.)

Marge,So sorry to bother you again.
My husband and I are both health care providers, and both actually on the “front line” in emergency medicine. We also both work in emergency management. As such, we are both considered in the “high risk” group for both seasonal flu and H1N1. We also have 3 children, ages 17, 12 and 2 who will be considered in the “high risk” group for H1N1.

Because the peak for H1N1 is predicted for October, and the vaccine will be available in limited quantities in mid to late October, I am sincerely concerned about protecting my family.

I’ve attempted research in this area and have come across many essential oils for the prevention of H1N1 – Ravensara, Ravintsara, Cinnamon, Lavendar, Clove, etc., but am not sure the best way to use them to protect my family (diffuser, massage, inhaler,etc.). I have read that rubbing Ravensara on the soles of the feet every morning and evening will afford some protection, but am concerned about using it on the 2 year old and using it long term. I am also not sure of the safest oils to use to protect my 2 year old.

I have purchased Ravensara, Ravintsara, Thyme Linalol, Eucalyptus smithii, and the Flu Foil and Germ Beater blends, but any guidance you could give in their use, use of any additional oils or therapy, and duration of use would be greatly appreciated.

-”Because I suspect others might be pondering the use of Essential Oils to protect themselves and their families against the promised H1N1 epidemic, I thought sharing my comments in public might be appropriate.
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First… as a health care provider, I’m sure you know that I can neither give advice, nor even suggest that the essential oils we make available could have any possible therapeutic benefits. To do so would leave me open to the FDA charging me with selling “unregistered drugs”…

having said that.

For the two year old I would definitely use the ravINTsara, not ravensara.. What I would do for your whole family (I’ve seen case studies where this was used in schools and the absenteeism rate plummeted)… I’d blend ravintsara into aloe vera gel…as high as a 10% dilution… 5% for the 2 year old, and use that as “hand cream” three times a day.

For the whole family… I would diffuse Flu Foil… or even use inhalers on a regular basis (ie, every hour or so, for you and your hubbie…or between patients.) I’d reserve the Euc Smithii for ‘cold symptoms’… it’s the best decongestant for the little one…and effective for all of you… best by diffusion, or a drop on the pillow case.

I’d use the Germbeater as a room spray, or occasionally diffuse it… keeping in mind that it is truly aimed at bacteria, rather than viruses..virii?? specifically.”

Ravintsara, Ravensara, Palma Rosa, Eucalyptus and Lavender are the oils used in Nature’s Gift FLU FOIL, but you could very well make your own blend by purchasing the separate oils.

And as for the Germbeater blend that includes the following essential oils:

Lemon Myrtle, touched with Tea Tree and Lemon scented Tea Tree, Ravensara for its antiviral potential, Cedarwood, Pine, Lemon Eucalyptus for molds and spores, and the powerfully germ killing Cinnamon Bark. This is not a blend to use on the skin, it will burn, and contains a known sensitizer. It is designed for the diffuser, or to be diluted into a room and countertop spray.

-cont.

“The thyme linalol would be a gentle and safe antibacterial for the little one, as well as the whole family. I suspect that, had you not already purchased it, you might find Thyme Thujanol a bit more effective, but you have the linalol on hand, so I would go with that.

I’d look at alternating the ravensara and ravintsara for the older members of the family…either by diffusion, or, as mentioned, in the Aloe gel… it is my personal belief that it would be a more effective anti viral than the antibacterial soaps you probably use in your practices.

I’d think about diffusing flu foil and germ beater alternately…

and I’d look at using one oil or blend for 3 or 4 days, then alternate with another… ie, perhaps ravensara for 3 days, then flu foil, then back again. I think switching off is better than always using the same oils.

hope some of this helps… you and yours are most definitely on the front lines and more at risk than the general population. GOOD LUCK… and I hope to hear come winter that you all made it through ‘flu season’ unscathed!!!

as you can tell, I’m not much on the theory that the oils should be applied to the soles of the feet OH..and neither cinnamon nor cloves should be used topically. We have them both in our germbeater spice blend… but I’d not use them other than in a room spray or a blend for diffusion.

hope all of this helps.

I would LOVE to post your question and my rambling answer on our blog with your permission…”

Posted by Marge at 11:16 PM

Labels: anti-viral essential oils, flu prevention, H1N1 virus, swine flu

1 comments:

Carol said…

This is such good advice. I am a second grade teacher and my principal will not let me use any oils in my classroom. I was hoping to be able to diffuse some blends. He is afraid someone will have a reaction and even if it’s not caused by an essential oil blend a parent might think it is and sue us. So, I can only use them on myself.
I am going to order the Ravintsara Oil. I didn’t realize it was better than the ravensara. Thanks again for your help!

Read more: http://naturesgiftaromatherapy.blogspot.com/2009/08/health-care-provider-seeking-swine-flu.html#ixzz0StBdiALA

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I think it’s so important to take good care of our own health and be responsible for our own well-being. By taking these simple steps, it could save your life!

What do you do to prevent sickness and promote your own well-being?


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I think it’s so important to take good care of our own health and be responsible for our own well-being.

What do you do to prevent sickness and promote your own well-being?

Have you tried using essential oils or making any of your own hand sanitizers? or diffuser blends?

read my ehow article

How to make a non-drying anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

http://www.ehow.com/how_4772522_make-essential-oils-aloe-gel.html

Eco-Friendly “Green” Laundry Tips

Natural Laundry Tips

Laundry_day

I love finding new a different ways to use essential oils and am always looking for new applications for them. They truly are little miracles and have helped me be so much more eco-friendly and ‘green’ than I ever thought possible.

You can help your laundry “go green” along with the rest of your household by creating simple laundry products in your own kitchen.

How to Make Homemade Laundry Softener;

A simple laundry softener can be made from 1 part Borax and 2 parts Baking Soda, and can be scented with natural Essential Oils, or left unscented.  Toss one or two tablespoons of this simple powder into your wash to help soften and fragrance your clothing and linens.

Mountain Rose Herbs is one of those suppliers I always return to for their consistently high quality stock of ingredients. They have wonderful hydrodols/distillates which can be used for a multitude of purposes.

Scenting Clothes Naturally; Ironing with Hydrosols

Certain Hydrosols make great Linen Waters too. Neroli Hydrosol, Lavandula Hydrsosol, or Rose Hydrosol can be used while ironing to add a touch of gentle, all natural fragrance to your clothing.  Ironing with Hydrosol is best reserved for dark fabrics, but all fabrics should be tested with a little Hydrosol prior to use as Hydrosols can stain certain fabrics.  Since Hydrosols can vary from batch to batch it is important to patch test your fabric every time to avoid accidental staining, even if you have used a particular type of Hydrosol for this purpose in the past.

Scenting Clothes in the Dryer;

Another easy way to scent your laundry with natural Essential Oils is with your dryer.  Add just one drop of Essential Oil (Lavender is a great choice) to a cotton ball, and seal it inside a Muslin Bag. Toss the Muslin Bag into the dryer along with your wet laundry.  The scent of the Essential Oil will quickly fill the Dryer with aroma, leaving just the right amount of scent on the laundry.  Be careful to choose an Essential Oil that is safe for the entire family, and to never use more than one or two drops per load.

An even greener step would be to skip the dryer all together and hang your clothes out on a clothesline to dry and soak up all the fresh air and sunlight. (p.s. sunlight kills germs and freshens clothes naturally!) You could always spray them with a hydrosol for a little added scent while hanging out to dry.

I hope you find a way to use essential oils in your ‘green’ home!

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin

Here’s to the natural beauty workshop for your tips; thanks for the great info!

http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/

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Natural Cleaning Products to Purchase

If you’d rather not spend the time making your household cleaners,  a blog I recently came across had a nice list of natural alternatives;

Green Works seems to take the cake for this and seems to be liked well by most who’ve tried it and also offers a large selection of products; Green Works.

All of these products are made with all natural ingredients, all biodegradable.

Frankly Green put up a list of a lot of other environmentally-friendly brands that also:

Thanks to the family green wordpress blog for this great list!!!
http://thefamilygreen.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/cleaning-with-environmentally-friendly-products/

New Products for Mystic Alternatives

Hi all! Thanks for stoppin’ by 🙂
I’ve been really busy creating a new line of products for a local store.
Mystic Alternatives in Crystal River has asked me to display my homemade all natural body/mind/spirit products in their mystical space.

I just finished an exclusive blend just for them called Into the Mystic…
in handy 10ml roll-ons to take with you anywhere , a spiritual journey through space and time.
Contains: Organic essential oils of:
Patchouli, Frankincense,Young Living Thieves, Spikenard, Ravensara, Sweet Orange, Michaelia Alba Leaf, Rosemary & Vetiver in Jojoba oil & dry oil base.
A really deep blend perfect for meditation, yoga or anytime you want to escape into the mystic…

The one and only NEROLI STAR PUREFUME.
a hypnotic & delicate, sexy, fresh, flirty and perfect scent for anyone!
Just dab on pulse points, rub the luxurious oils into your skin and smell the perfumers alcohol dissipate and then transform into your perfect all natural purefume ; as it reacts with your body chemistry you will create your own unique scent.
Everyone loves this purefume…Moms, Grandmothers, Sisters, Daughters, Friends…….

An old favorite;
Headache/Migraine Relief Blend in a super handy 5ml roll on. To Use: Roll on temples, neck, forehead, under nose, and tops of shoulders for instant calming and soothing relief. Do not place in or around eyes!
INGREDIENTS: Organic Essential Oils of: Rose Abs., Young Living oils of Basil, Peppermint, R.Chamomile , Lavender, Rosemary & Spearmint also
Jojoba, Vit. E. (Mixed Topherols), silky dry oil base. This is always a great seller!

I also made some moisturizing body sprays;
Citrus Blossom (omg fantastic scent!)
Contains no synthetic ingredients. Eco-friendly and biodegradeable. Always Cruelty free.
To Use: Spray anytime you need a burst of a blossom! Shake before use.
Ingredients:
Purified water, Perfumers Alcohol, Aloe Vera extract, organic essential oils of: Neroli, Pink Grapefruit, Tangerine, Bergamot(bf), Ylang Ylang Extra, Coriander, French Lavender, Lavender Mont Blanc, and Vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate).
For more info: www.CandiceLCollins.netau.net

Alert & PMA (positive mental attitude); Cheerful Concentration:
Lightly mist wherever you want a peppy pick-you-up scent to help put you in a positive mood ready for anything. With this beautiful synergy at work, you’ll feel like you could conquer anything! It’s strengthening combination assists in combating fatigue and is often used for completion of projects, and is thought to help relieve anxiety, strengthen nerves, increase circulation, enhance brain function, and assists in balancing the levels of serotonin.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Grain Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Extract (Aloe Vera), Ocimum basilicum (Italian Basil), Coriandrum sativum (Coriander), Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Lavendula Angustifolia (High Altitude French Lavender), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang Extra),, Origana Majorana (Marjoram), Canarium Iuzonicum (Elemi), Citrus paradisi (Pink Grapefruit), Citrus Reticulata (Florida Tangerine), Citrus aurantium (Petitgrain, Mentha Piperita, (Peppermint), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).

ENERGIZING BODY POLISH (Salt Scrub)
Rosemary Citrus Mint
Ingredients: Natural Sea Salts, Epsom Salts, Emu Oil, Organic Castile Soap, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cyclomethicone, Rosemary & Lemon Extracts, Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Essential Oils of : Lemon, Pink Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, Lime, Spearmint, Peppermint, Lavender, Patchouli, Blue Tansy, Sandalwood, Geranium, Petitgrain, and Vitamin E. No Preservatives.

Many more things to add to this post, but here’s the info you just got to have…..
Mystic Alternatives are having their Grand Opening on April 25 and 26th, 10am-7pm. Mystic Alternatives is located at;
560 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River, FL
(352) 563-0412

Hope to see you there! 🙂

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