Have you ever dove into a spring so clear blue and refreshing that it changed everything you ever thought you knew about natural springs?
This photo was snapped looking over the edge, standing on the diving platform at Blue Springs March 2015
There is nothing like it in the world; the exhilaration and pure delight of jumping into 72 degree clear cerulean springs on a hot day in the secret places and sacred spaces of Florida’s hidden treasures.
I’ve never felt such pure euphoria and connection to my surroundings as those times swimming in the natural Florida springs. There, bubbling and gurgling out from below, tickling my toes – daring me to dive into its depths I witnessed the primordial bubbles gushing volumes of our most precious resource on Earth, and I was in awe of nature in its purest form. From the first time and after each subsequent visit to our state’s liquid gems I still feel as though I am witness to something so sacred that I have no choice but to protect it, and share my love for these amazing places.
We tend to gravitate to the places that
resonate with us the most, and when it comes to tourism, we can’t help
it, we end up visiting many of the same places over and over again.
Now, more than ever we need to be aware of our ‘footprints’. They could
be annihilating the very things we hold so dear.
When water samples are bombarded with heavy metal music or labeled with negative words, or when negative thoughts and emotions are focused intentionally upon them, the water does not form crystals at all and displays chaotic, fragmented structures.
When water is treated with aromatic floral oils (Essential Oils), the water crystals tend to mimic the shape of the original flower. At left, water crystals were exposed to aromatic essence of chamomile.
When Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” was played to water, the resulting frozen crystals were split in two!
Of great interest for healing and everyday well being is the extreme effect upon water crystals of negative words and ideas.
When the words “Adolph Hitler” were taped to a bottle of distilled water, the results seen at left were obtained.
Here, you can see the results of taping the words “You Fool” to a container of distilled water. Interestingly, the pattern made by “You Fool” was almost identical to the pattern that emerged when heavy metal music was played. Masaru Emoto wonders in his book whether perhaps heavy metal musicians look upon people as fools.
Another instructive set of pictures showed the amazing difference between the crystalline patterns evoked by the words “Let’s do it” and the patterns produced by “Do it!”
The encouraging “Let’s do it” crystals were like beautiful snowflakes. The demanding “Do it!” water did not crystallize at all.
Excerpts taken from: from: http://www.spiritofmaat.com/archive/aug1/consciouswater.html
When 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.
– 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.
– 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 :
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”
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?
Submitted on 2013/09/16 at 5:24 pm | In reply to Carlos.
“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…..
Aromatherapy Registration Council
This website gives information on the registration examination for aromatherapists and provides a register of qualified aromatherapists.
International Council for Aromatic and Medicinal Plant (ICMAP)
The Council’s objective is to promote international understanding and cooperation between national and international organizations on the role of medicinal and aromatic plants in science, medicine and industry, and to improve the exchange of information between them.
The list author says: “I make sure an author is a Certified Aromatherapist before I trust any books covering essential oils, blends, therapeutic uses, etc. These authors are very well-known in the field and reputable.”
“A concise overview of aromatherapy, with a focus on individual oils (what part of plant the oil is derived from, therapeutic properties, most valuable uses, etc.). The 57 essential oils profiled are the most common ones.”
“This one includes detailed profiles on common essential oils, along with common health issues and ailments that each oil is known for treating. This author runs her family’s essential oils business, and really knows her products well.”
“LOVE this book! Great book for recipes for specific health concerns and basics in blending oils for the best effect. It includes additional holistic healing methods (music therapy, breath work, etc.) than just aromatherapy, but still a great aromatherapy reference.”
“This is such a well-researched book that you will truly reference all the time. All the oils and ailments are lumped together in “encyclopedia” fashion and it is text-heavy — you have to read through the entries to find what you need.”
Scientists are finally catching up with alternative medicine and the amazing effects that essential oils posses when used properly.
One current research study concluded what all of us Aromatherapists have known for years…
In the January issue of Journal of Lipid Research, is a very interesting article stating that researchers have identified six essential oils that can suppress inflammation:
It supposes that the the chemical carvacrol (which is most prevalent in the essential oil thyme, and was the essential oil that performed the best in the tests) was primarily responsible for this suppressive activity.
Here’s a snippet from Aromatherapy for Health Professionals
Modern evidence for the antiseptic powers of essential oils
Towards the end of the 19th century, the first acknowledged research to prove the antiseptic properties of essential oils was that undertaken by Chamberland (1887). This was followed early in the 20th century by Cavel’s research into the individual effects of 35 essential oils on microbial cultures in sewage. The most effective oil in terms of the quantity required to render inactive 1000 ml of culture was found to be thyme (0.7 ml). Two other well-known oils showing high efficacy were sweet orange (1.2 ml, 3rd) and peppermint (2.5 ml, 9th) (Cavel 1918). The antiseptic power of several oils has now been proved to be many times greater than that of phenol. Certain essential oils have also been shown to be effective against different bacteria, e.g. lemon, which is one of the best in its antiseptic and bactericidal properties, neutralizing both the typhus bacillus and Staphylococcus aureus in a matter of minutes. Cinnamon kills the typhus bacillus even when diluted to 1 part in 300 (Valnet 1980 p. 36). Professor Griffon, a member of the French
Academy of Pharmacy, made up a blend of seven essential oils (cinnamon, clove, lavender, pepper- mint, pine, rosemary and thyme) to study their antiseptic effect on the surrounding air when sprayed from an aerosol; all the staphylococci and moulds present were destroyed after 30 minutes (Valnet 1980 p. 37). (See Chapter 4 for more recent studies on the antiseptic properties of essential oils.)
The bacteriological approach of aromatherapy is an extremely complex field of the utmost interest, opening the way to the ecological understanding and management of the different colonies and flora that live in cohabitation—or at war—within us. Allopathic medicine has
begun to realize that the misuse of antibiotics leads to numerous side-effects and sometimes results in chronic disastrous conditions (i.e. systemic candidosis) that could have been avoided if medical aromatherapy had been implemented in due time (Pénoël 1993 personal communication).
Today, the properties of herb volatile oils are researched in many centres throughout the world. A typical case is the excellent work carried out in Scotland since the early 1980s by Deans & Svoboda at the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive (Ch. 4), assessing antibacterial and antifungal properties of essential oils and their
exerpt from pg. 2 in the book “Aromatherapy for Health Professionals” by Shirley Price – author, Len Price – author, Dr Daniel Pénoël – unknown. Publisher: Churchill Livingstone.
This lotion is great for those that prefer a less oily type.
I’ve adapted it from various attempted recipes over the years.
I love the way it feels as the cornstarch really works as an oil absorber,
and almost feels like an exfoliant the first few times you use it.
I’ve tried making this into both a sprayable type lotion and a cream type lotion.
Both ways are great, it just depends on how you intend to use it
…more water for thinner, and less water for thicker product.
1 Tsp – 1 Tbls melted beeswax (depending on how thick you prefer)
1 Tbls cocoa butter melted
2 Tbls Vegetable Glycerin
2 Tbls Cornstarch
1 Cup Distilled or Purified Water
2 – 4 Tbls (more if you like thinner) Rose water (I usually use 3)
Mix first three ingredients together in heat proof glass bowl – place in a water bath or use double boiler.
Warm waters and add cornstarch, blend thouroughly,
Add oil/wax mixture slowly to water mixture and blend well.
Make sure to completely cool.
Once everything is the right consistency, add essential oils if you prefer, but no more than 10 dps of essential oils total for this recipe. Mix well, and put into clean jars or spray bottles.
Note: If the lotion is too thick – thin with water or rose water using one tablespoon at a time, stirring thoroughly.
Also, If it is too thin, add melted wax into warmed oils/water mixture
(blast in microwave on low setting for 15-20 sec. intervals.
And always, always, add your essential oils last, after you have the consistency you desire in the lotion.
A thinner lotion you can use as a sprayable type, and a thicker lotion can be used as a cream.
By adjusting the wax/oil/water ratio you can create the type best suited to your purpose.
Try making both the spray type and the cream type and decide which works best for you.
If you’d like an even easier recipe, try this one: (though it’s a bit thinner than the above recipe)
1 1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup emulsifying wax
1/4 cup rosehip seed oil (or any oil you prefer, olive, safflower, sunflower, emu, etc.)
24-36 drops rose essential oil
In a pyrex measuring glass I combine the rosehip seed oil and emusifying wax and microwave for approx. 1 minute until it is all melted. The temperature on this reads about 155 degrees.
I have found that a coffee mug holds almost exactly 1 1/4 cup of water, so I fill is up and microwave that for 1 minute or until about 120 degrees. While that is heating up, I add the essential oil into my melted wax/rosehipseed oil mixture.
Then pour the hot water into the wax/rosehipseed oil mixture and watch it turn milky white. At this point the temperature is about 125 degrees. I then pour the hot lotion into wide mouth pint size jars and let cool overnight. The next morning you’ll have a fresh jar of homemade natural hand lotion!
Oh and of course, you’ll need decorative labels to put on your jars, which you can download here. Remember, when you print these out onto Avery Sticker Project Paper in Adobe Reader, it often automatically reduces the size of the original document, make sure that you click on the setting to print these at full size. These labels fit on the wide mouth pint jars. Enjoy your new soft skin!
h t t p : / / a s o n o m a g a r d e n . w o r d p r e s s . c o m
Essential oils have natural properties that can aid in healing the entire body, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. Because of their concentrated properties, one drop can do as much good as pounds or tons of the fresh variety, so essential oils are much easier and more convenient to keep at hand.
Many people use food to protect themselves from feeling bad or to numb themselves to abuse. They can gain weight to make themselves look undesirable or not available for sexual attention. This leads to feelings of contempt and self loathing. It is very common for victims of abuse to blame themselves for the abuse. Essential oils can bring feelings of self love, forgiveness, and acceptance into the heart.
Milli Austin in The Healing Bath did some ground-breaking work in healing abuse with essential oils. She talks of the body not just from the physical but also its energetic aspects. She see the body surrounded by energy fields similar to the atmosphere around the earth. The energy is layered into different energy bodies. The energy body closest to the physical body is called the etheric body. Then there is the astral or emotional body. Next the mental body follows with the soul body encapulating all the bodies. She claims that abuse emotionally and mentally lodges itself into the energy bodies and causes a person to be unable to completely control their life. The abuse takes hold and directs the life in ways the person does not want to go, but seems to be helpless to prevent. As in feeling bad about how your body looks and wanting to look better, but unable to stop eating. With her essential oil therapy, the person would come into contact with what was really causing the bad feelings and clear them with the oils. She also felt that abuse from one life could be felt in another and causes disturbances in this life.
To heal this trauma, she suggests using bath or massage therapy. In her book she included several formulas to help the person clear the abuse. It is a good idea to have a counselor or therapist to consult if you are going to use the oils in this way. The baths also call for more oils than most aromatherapists feel is safe so caution is advised and supervision is required. We will list a few of the formulas and if you are interested in doing them, we suggest you read her book first for more details.
Sexual Abuse Bath
30 drops each citronella, geranium, patchouli
33 drops each white camphor, lime
40 drops juniper berry
5 cups unprocessed apple cider vinegar
Time: 35 minutes
Coat the body with walnut oil
Do 10 baths spaced 7 days apart
If repeating bath series, wait 7 weeks.
20 drops wild chamomile (or 16 German or 14 Roman)
30 drops each amyris, white camphor, damiana, vetiver, sassafras
36 drops each eucalyptus 80/85. Lavender
5 cups unprocessed apple cider vinegar
Time: 30 minutes
Coat the body with almond oil
Do 10 baths spaced 5 days apart
If repeating bath series, wait 7 weeks.
Unkind, Abusive Treatment – To Relieve Hurt Bath
20 drops cinnamon leaf
25 drops each helichrysum, lemongrass
30 drops each dill weed, lemon eucalyptus, sweet fennel, lavender, peppermint, white thyme
36 drops geranium
7 cups unprocessed apple cider vinegar
Stone: clear quartz crystal
Time: 30 minutes
Coat the body with walnut oil.
Do 15 baths spaced 7 days apart.
If repeating bath series, wait 7 weeks.”
Oils identified to help clear abuse and trauma from the energy bodies:
* oils are fiery and need to be used with fixed or fatty oils
About the Healing Bath:
Many books discuss the aromatic power of essential oils, but The Healing Bath is the first to focus on using essential oils to cleanse, clear, and heal the energy field surrounding the physical body. If this energy field is damaged, the body’s vitality, strength, and overall health and well-being is jeopardized. When energy fields in the subtle bodies are strengthened and energized, deep healing in the physical body is accelerated. This book describes essential oil therapy that can be used with conventional allopathic, herbal, and other healing methods.
The author has been refining her essential oil techniques for ten years, and she draws on experiences from her personal practice to describe the method.
Provides bath formulas for a wide range of physical and emotional ailments, including asthma, depression, substance abuse, headaches, sleep disorders, food intolerance, allergies, bladder and urinary tract problems, and hyperactivity.
A special section discusses the use of essential oils to heal infants and children.
If you would like to purchase YellowstarEssentials Release/Opening Synergy made with therapeutic grade essential oils; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. with Release/Opening Synergy in the subject line. 5ml concentrate is $25.