Essential Oils For Beauty

October 20th, 2005

When using Essential Oils to Moisturize the skin, simply add to a Carrier Oil such as Jojoba. Another good tip is to purchase fragrance and lanolin free creams or Lotions, from which you can create your own Skin Care products by adding a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil.

The key to developing your own products is to determine what you want them to do. Are you trying to fight cellulite? Then add some Lemon Oil to your cream. Are you trying to minimize the appearance of Scar Tissue? Patchouli is your answer here. See our for the body listings to find out more about the properties and effects of each Essential Oil.

Essential Oils and how they affect your skin

  1. GREASY SKIN

Sage : relaxes, improves blood circulation Peppermint: refreshes, cools Valerian : calms Clove : disinfects Camphor : Disinfects, sedating Cypress : Refreshing, relaxing

  1. UNCLEAN SKIN

Cajeput : Improves perspiration Rosemary : Improves blood circulation Valerian : Calming Camphor : Disinfects, sedates

  1. THICK, PALE AND WEAK SKIN

Oregano : Widens the blood vessels Melissa : Refreshes, tonic Geranium : Refreshing Linden blossom : Soothing

  1. INFECTED SKIN

Juniper : Disinfects Lavender : Healing Cajeput : Improves perspiration Fir : Refreshes, regulates

  1. SENSITIVE, THIN, QUICKLY IRRITATED SKIN

Cypress : Relaxes, refreshes Pine : Balances, refreshes Melissa : Against Cramps Chamomile : Sedating Therebinth : Softening

  1. TIRED SKIN

Lavender : Detoxifying Eucalyptus : Vitalizing Cajeput : Improves perspiration Verbena : Calming Lemongrass : Improves blood circulation

  1. BODY CARE (GENERAL)

Oregano : Strengthening Thyme : Disinfecting Mint : Tonic Geranium : Refreshing

Stress Management Tip: Stretching

October 20th, 2005

When we feel Stressed, our muscles tense up and Relaxation becomes difficult. One way to combat Muscle Tension and become more relaxed is by stretching. Stretching exercises loosen up stiff, tense muscles and help get the knots out of muscles. The Beauty of stretching is that you don’t need equipment or a large space.

A good stretching routine is one that can be done in five minutes regularly once or twice a day. While a comprehensive routine may cover most parts of your body a basic stretch routine should include at minimum your arms, legs, and back. Here are some basic stretches to try:

Arm Stretch - Raise your arms above your head, fingers interlaced, palms facing up. Push up as far as you can. Hold for 15 seconds. Relax. Repeat 3 times.

Back Stretch 1 - Lying on the floor, pull your knees into your chest and clasp your hands under your knees. Gently press your hips to the floor. Hold for 15 seconds. Relax. Repeat 3 times.

Back Stretch 2 - Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Keeping your back flat on the floor, rotate your hips to the left, lowering your legs down to the floor until a gentle stretch is felt. Hold for 15 seconds. Return to the starting position and repeat on other side

Leg Stretch 1 Ham String: Sit down with your legs straight out in front of you. Reach forward with your hands as far as is comfortable (touch your toes if you can) and hold the stretch for 15 seconds.

Leg Stretch 2 Quad: Do this stretch standing up, using a chair or the wall for balance. Lift one leg behind you and grasp it with your hand. Pull the leg up toward your butt, keeping your knees even with each other and hold for 15 seconds. Repeat for each leg.

Leg Stretch 3 Calf: Put your arms on a wall like you’re about to get frisked. Place one leg forward and the other leg back. Shift your weight to the back leg and press against the wall until you feel the stretch in your calf and hold for 15 seconds. Switch legs and stretch again.

We all lead busy lives and may find it difficult to make time for stretching so it is important to stick with a routine that doesn’t take a long time to do. By stretching regularly, you’ll increase the flow of blood and nutrients to the cells of your body. It reduces mental and physical Stress, Tension and Anxiety, promotes good sleep, lowers blood pressure and slows down your heart rate. When you do manage to have a little bit of time for yourself, try some stretching!

NOTE - If you have a medical condition, please check with your doctor before doing any type of Exercise.

About the author

David Tomaselli is the creator of the Wholistic Development Exchange. The Wholistic Development Exchange is a web site focusing on Stress Management. Here you can access frequently updated tips, news and resources on how to reduce Stress and manage Stress.



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