Using Essential Oils With Children

October 11th, 2005

To introduce aromatherapy to babies place 2 drops of Essential Oil C(try Lavender) on a tissue and keep it nearby when you are feeding him or her. He will come to associate the aroma with love and comfort. Use this scent at night to help him sleep.

When you leave the child with a sitter the aroma will comfort and reassure him. Use 1 drop Chamomile oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain in children

Children love it when their bath water smells good. Lavender and Roman Chamomile are good choices for small children. It is best to add the Essential Oils to some milk or liquid Soap before adding to the tub. Use 1-3 total drops per bath.

Be sure to keep all bottles of Essential Oils away from children. When planning a children’s party choose the Citrus oils like Orange and Mandarin to use in the Diffuser or Aroma Lamp. They are happy yet calming scents that all children love.

Citrus oils can be used as natural cleaning agents around the house. Simply add a few drops of Orange, Lemon, Bergamot or Mandarin oil to water, moisten a clean cloth with the mixture and wipe down children’s rooms and school bags.

Scent children’s drawers containing nighttime clothing with Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oils applied to cotton balls. Works for Moms too! Sweet Dreams!

Dosages

Essential Oil use: Children respond very well to LOW Dosages of Essential Oils especially for anger and Irritability. Use 1/3 the adult dose.When using Essential Oils with children, please remember their skin is very delicate.

When adding Essential Oils to a bath be sure to blend the correct # of drops with about 16 oz of water, shake well, then add this mixture to the bath water. Use only those oils safe for children. A few are Lavender, Geranium and Rose. Use 1/2 the usual amount.

Children’s Dosages: Use half the usual dosage when diffusing Essential Oils in a child’s room.

Crying/Irritable Baby

Put 1 drop Lavender on your shoulder and rock the baby to sleep while the baby’s head rest on your shoulder. For more detailed information on using Essential Oils with baies and Children we recommend the book Aromatherapy for Mother and Baby By Allison England, R.N.

Roman Chamomile is soothing for tantrums and will also promote a good nights sleep. Put 1 drop on the Pillow at bedtime. Used in the bath they can be blended with liquid Soap to help them disperse. Use a lower dosage, 50% or 1/2 the recommended amount if Pregnant or breastfeeding, with children or the elderly.

The number of drops of Essential Oils used should vary in direct proportion to body weight, taking into account the age of the person as well as mental and physical health. The very old should use the same number of drops as children and babies half the amount of children.

Sweet Orange - The Oil of Happiness Warm and sunny, excellent for Depression,Stress, Tension, frustration and Anxiety.Orange helps to lift the spirits and promote joy. A great scent for children.Why not use in a Diffuser or Aroma Lamp today. Another way to use Essential Oils is a hand or foot massage.

Children love a hand massage and who doesn’t like their feet rubbed. Lavender would be a good choice. Remember everyone likes to be pampered.Use 3-5 drops of Essential Oils per Tablespoon of Base Oil. Use 1/2 the adult dose for children.Choose Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel or any other unscented Carrier Oil.

Here’s a great blend for sneaker sachets:

two teaspoons Essential Oil of Sandalwood one teaspoon Essential Oil of Tea Tree one half teaspoon each Essential Oils of Lemon and Grapefruit one fourth teaspoon each Essential Oils of Spruce and Lavender(if you have girls, put a bit more Lavender oil in) 4 cups natural clay kitty litter Stir the oils into the kitty litter in a glass jar, cover and let the mixture age for a week. Put those mismatched or threadbare socks to good use….fill four of them with the sachet blend and close them with rubber bands.

Tangerine oil has a scent similar to Mandarin but contains NO anthranilic acid ester and therefore has no sedative effects. anthranilic acid Esters are highly sedative. Mandarin is wonderful to use with children suffering from Anxiety, nervousness or Stress. Make this oil your first choice with children. Great for adults as well. Eucalyptus Smithi is the only Eucalyptus Essential Oil that should be used on children.

Eucalyptus Globulus which is the most common is usually rectified and is not suitable for children. A top note in aromatherapy, this oil is said to be helpful for chest infections, to facilitate Breathing. It is also an effective analgesic. Aslo suitable for the elderly.

At the first sign of a stuffy nose place 1 drop of Eucalyptus on the corner of your Pillow. This can sometimes even stop a cold from coming on. For young children use Eucalyptus Smithi a much safer oil.

For Colds and coughs.

Under the bed place a bowl of boiling water to which you have added 3 drops of Eucalyptus Oil. Use Eucalyptus Smithi which is safer for children. The steam will rise releasing the molecules into the room. According to the book do not use Eucalyptus on babies younger than 2 months. From The Complete Book of Essential Oil and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.

When using Essential Oils in the bath for children be sure to dilute in a Carrier Oil like Sweet Almond Oil or whole milk.Use 1/2 the usual adult dosage. (6-8 drops is an adult dose) Lavender and Chamomile are ideal.

If you have children living away from home be sure they have a bottle of Tea Tree oil. My son was recently in New York on business and aquired numerous spider bites. His calf was swollen, hot, and very painful. He picked up a bottle of Tea Tree at a nearby store and he happily reported the next day that it really worked! Dried it up, swelling down, no pain or itching.

A Soothing Tip for Babies and Children

Place 4 drops Lavender and 4 drops Chamomile on a tissue and place between the sheets 1/2 hour before bedtime. Remove tissue before child gets in bed. Use this tip yourself and tuck inside your pillowcase.

Herbal Preparation Methods

October 10th, 2005

Infusion Infusions are basically a herbal tea. You let the herb steep in hot or cold water for a while, then either reheat and drink, or drink it cool. You can use infusions in a bath, as a wash and for many other uses.

Method #1 – Hot – Infuse 1 heaped teaspoon of dry Herbs with one cup of boiling water. Steep for approx. 3-5 mins, and strain. - Cold – put 1 heaped teaspoon of dry Herbs in 1 cup of cold water and soak for 8-10 hours, strain and slightly warm before drinking.

Method #2 – (Chinese method) If you are using oyster shell, dragon bone or other minerals you have to add them to 6 cups of boiling water, simmer for 30 mins. If you have no minerals, or after the minerals have simmered for 30 mins, add your heavy roots and bark and simmer for another 20-30 mins. Then add any lighter twigs, fruits and leaves, simmer for another 10-15 mins. Finally remove from the heat and add any leaves and flowers, cover and steep for 10-20 mins. Strain, it’s ready to drink.

Method #3 – Steep 2 teaspoons of dry herbal mixture in 2 cups of boiling water for 10-15 mins.

Method #4 – Steep ½ oz – 1oz dried herbal mixture to 1 pint (600ml) of water for 10-20 mins, then strain and drink.

Herbal Wine Use a sweet red wine with an alcohol content of at least 12%. Cover four ounces of herb with three cups of wine. Leave for a week before straining.

Take four teaspoons one or two times daily. Herbal wine is best used within a month.


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Cream A cream is a blend of oil, beeswax and water. You can make your own, or purchase an unscented, water based cream. After adding herb to purchased cream, simmer in the top of a double boiler for 30 minutes. Strain before it cools.

Melt two ounces beeswax in a double boiler. Add one cup olive or other vegetable oil and blend. Add two ounces herb. For lighter cream, add a little water, mixing well. Simmer 20 minutes, mixing well. Add a drop of tincture of Benzoin as a preservative. Strain thorough a cloth in to sterilized jars

Decoction A Decoction is used when a plant is not soluble in hot or cold water but will be released by simmering. This is used for roots, heavy wooden plants. Make sure you don’t use an aluminium saucepan, as the metal will leech into the tea. Glass or ceramic is best.

Method #1 – Use 1teaspoon dried plant matter to 1 cup of water. Simmer for 5-20 mins. 5 minutes for shredded plant, and 20 mins for larger pieces. Strain while hot. Drink.

Method #2 – Use a handful of fresh herb, or 1 teaspoon of dried herb, simmer for 30 mins in 1cup of water.

Method # 3 – Take 30g (1oz) dried herbal mixture and 500ml (16floz) cold water in a pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10-15 mins.

Compress Also called Fomentation. This is used when the Herbs are too strong to ingest, as the skin allows a smaller amount of the herb to be absorbed slowly by the body.

Method – Make a herbal infusion/decoction and soak a face cloth, or cotton cloth in this. Squeeze out excess liquid, and apply to the effected area.

Capsules Capsules are used when the plant is unpalatable to take as a tea, or for Herbs which require small doses. You can purchase empty capsules from most health food shops.

Method – Capsules come in 3 sizes, “0”, “00”, “000” being small, medium (normal) and large. A medium capsule will hold approx ½ teaspoon of herb. Fill the capsule with powdered herb. 1 capsule is equivalent to 1 cup of herbal tea.

Bolus A bolus is a suppository made from adding powdered Herbs to cocoa butter to form a thick paste, which is then refrigerated. Once the bolus is hardened, bring it to room temperature, and it is ready to use. The cocoa butter will melt with the body heat releasing the Herbs. You might like to wear old underwear to prevent staining as the bolus melts.


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Extracts These are made to treat ailments such as strained muscles, Arthritis or inflammation. It is similar to a tincture, but may be made using oil, vinegar or alcohol.

Method – Place 4oz of dried Herbs of 8oz of fresh herb into a jar. Add 1 pint of Vinegar, alcohol or Vegetable oil. Shake the jar twice a day for 4 days for powdered herb, or 15 days for whole/chopped/sliced etc. Herbs. Vitamin E or wheatgerm oil can be added to oil based extracts to help preserve them.

Ointments Ointments are used when the active principles of the herb are needed for longer periods of time, such as muscular Aches.

Method #1 – Take 1 – 2 heaped tablespoons of herb and bring to the boil in vaseline, stir then strain. Use cold.

Method #2 – Melt ¼ cup each of beeswax and vegetable oil in a double boiler until the wax is molten. Add a tablespoon of herbal extract (in an oil base), herbal infused oil or Essential Oils. If you wish to use Herbs, use 1 tablespoon of dried herb, and strain through a heated metal strainer.

Oils Oils are used when ointments or compresses are not practical. Always store your oils in amber glass bottles to prevent sunlight from reacting with the oils.

Method – Take 2 oz plant matter to 1 pint of oil. Leave this to stand for 4 days. If you want this process to happen quickly, you can heat the oil in a saucepan for 1 hour. A small amount of Vitamin E or Wheatgerm oil can be added to help preserve the oil.

Poultice A poultice is made from warm mashed Herbs, which are applied directly to the skin. Used for inflammation, bites, boils, abscesses etc. You should apply oil to the area before applying the poultice.

Method #1 – Add hot water, apple cider vinegar, herbal tea, liniment or tincture to the desired Herbs, and mash them into a paste.

Method #2 – In a saucepan bring water to the boil, suspend a sieve over the pan, and place into the sieve the fresh or dried Herbs you will be using. Steam, these for a few minutes. Spread the softened Herbs onto a cloth and apply to the affected area. Cover the compress with a bandage and leave for 2 hours.

Salve A salve is similar to an ointment

Method – Take dried or fresh Herbs and cover with water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30 mins. Strain and add to an equal amount of vegetable oil. Simmer until the remaining water has evaporated from the oil. Add enough beeswax to give the salve a thick consistency (Remembering that it hardens as it cools) and pour into a jar.

Syrup Syrups are used for coughs, congestion, Sore Throats etc.

Method #1 – Take 2 oz herb and boil in 1 quart of water until it has reduced to about 1 pint. While still warm ass 2 oz of honey and/or glycerine..

Method #2 – Take 600ml (1 pint) boiling water and 900g (2 lb) of sugar. Bring this to the boil. Take off the heat, stir in tincture (3 parts syrup to 1 part tincture)

Tincture Tinctures are similar to extracts but are made using alcohol, allowing it to keep for longer periods of time. People with weak digestion may have trouble with tinctures.

Method #1 – Combine 4oz of powdered or chopped herb with 1 pint of alcohol (Vodka, brandy, Gin, Rum etc.) Shake daily for 2 weeks, strain and bottle.

Method #2 – Take a jar and place the dried herbal mixture into the bottom. Add alcohol to cover the Herbs plus 1 inch. Leave sit for 2 weeks, strain.

Herbal Bath A herbal bath is goof for fevers and Stress related conditions. A foot bath can be made for soaking tired sore feet, or for food conditions such a tinea, athletes foot and corns.

Method – Steep 200g of dried herb in cold water for 12 hours. Heat the infusion and then add it to your bath water. For a foot bath, steep 50g of herb with the method above, and add to a bucket of water.

Inhalation Place 50g of dried herb in a bowl or in the sink. Pour a litre of boiling water over the Herbs. Cover your head with a towel and hang your head over the bowl/sink to inhale the steam.

Eardrops Slice Garlic and place in a small amount of Olive Oil. Add a few Lavender flowers. Leave sit for 2 hours then strain. Warm 1 tsp of oil by placing it over a cup of hot water. Put few drops into the ear and plug with cotton wool.


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7 Beauty Tips For Looking Younger

October 8th, 2005

Ever since Eve took that first bite of the apple, the human race has been obessed with Beauty.

The truth is we begin the aging process just as soon as we pop out of the womb. Every day of our lives our bodies slough off and regenerate new cells. The speed at which that process takes place when we are children is vastly different as we get older.

Every day you are bombarded daily with commercial messages and Beauty tips that attempt to lure you into believing that the most recent miracle drug is just what you need to fight off the ravages of Mother Nature.

We are living longer as a whole. Singularly, that can be a curse or a blessing, depending on your perspective. The best route to natural Beauty and healthy skin is to take care of what you have. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? The truth is that your skin takes a beating from the environment every single day. Here are some of our favorite Beauty tips for keeping your skin fresh and healthy:

1: Stay hydrated and do it with plenty of water! That does not mean soda, caffeine or any other type of liquid, even if it is low cal. Soda (even diet soda) has a high concentration of sodium. Sodium retains fluids. You need fluid that will hydrate and flush your body free of toxins. Make sure you are drinking at least 8 glasses a day!

2: Protect your skin from harmful ultra Violet (UV) rays. We all love the sun. We love being in it and we love having a beautiful tan. The truth is you can poison yourself with too much sunshine. UV rays cause skin cancer and if that isn’t bad enough it causes your skin to age faster than it should, contributing to unsightly Wrinkles. If you must play in the sun, make certain you are using an adequate sun screen. Don’t leave home without it!

3: Keep your skin clean. Use a soft warm cloth. Skin does not require scrubbing. You will do more harm than good if you do.

4: The best cure for Wrinkles is to never have them in the first place! If you are like most of us, you didn’t listen to your Mom when she tried to tell you to stay in the shade, stand up straight and stop squinting!

5: Eat healthy. Knowing how and what to eat, can make a huge difference in how you feel. Improper eating habits can cause Depression, weight gain, illness and an overall lethargy.

Weight gain causes your skin to stretch. As you get older, it loses it’s elasticity and you’re left with Sagging Skin. The best solution to this is to maintain a proper weight.

A rule of thumb for eating habits are…don’t eat more calories than you consume. Don’t go one single day without doing something extra and physical for at least 30 minutes per day. This can be three ten minute walks. Or 30 minutes of vigorous aerobics, or 12 minutes of weight lifting and 18 minutes of walking.

6: Don’t worry, be happy. A happy outlook appears to trigger the release of endorphins. Endorphins Relax the Cardiovascular System and cytokines which alert the Immune System to pay attention in detecting abnormalities like cancer cells. Listen carefully to yourself. If you have put yourself down since childhood, over a lifetime, negative subliminal messages can take their toll by turning you into a pessimist. Spend one week writing down the phrases you use in your “self talk.” Chances are you will find that you repeat a dozen or so phrases over and over again that reinforce that negative image. If you know about them, you can change them. Outer Beauty and inner joy go hand in hand.

Here are a few quick tips for increasing joy, hope and optimism that will work no matter what your age:

Make a list of at least 50 great things that happen to you every day.

Laugh a lot. You’ll heal your body and your mind.

Discover a new challenge each month.

Try Meditating for just five minutes each day.

7: Sex After 50 – Ha! How many of you jumped ahead to this section?

The importance of physical intimacy actually depends on the couple. An alarming number of men used to give up on sex after 60 and many women used to feel that their sex life ended with Menopause. Thankfully, that is no longer the case.

Sex at middle age can actually become better and more satisfying than ever before. Maturity gives a couple more experience in lovemaking. The children are usually grown and left home. The pressures of building a career and day to day life are usually less stressful than in younger years.

Is Beauty really skin deep?

The answer is yes and no. It’s a paradox, isn’t it? True Beauty begins from the inside out. Don’t you wish there was some way to “wriggle your nose” and regain that soft skin you had as a child? Well, until someone comes up with the true “Fountain of Youth” we are stuck with what we have.

Just remember that getting older doesn’t have to mean getting old.

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Jill Miller is the founder of the Fit4Life Club. Discover the timeless secrets of Everlasting youth and Beauty. Go here to find out how. Timeless Beauty Tips

6 Fun Fitness Activities

October 7th, 2005

Exercising and staying fit doesn’t have to mean hard work. Simply being active will help you get or stay in good shape. So with that said, here are some enjoyable activities that can help with your Fitness Goals too.

Bicycling

When you ask many adults when the last time they rode a Bike is, they cannot answer. Although bicycling is a favorite pastime, many adults do not take advantage of this great option for Exercise. Not only does Bike riding Exercise the body and build a stronger Cardiovascular System, it allows you to get out and enjoy nature, fresh air, and see new sites.

Jogging or Walking

Both jogging and walking are GREAT ways to get fit. Not only do they tone the muscles, relieve Stress, create a healthier heart, and improve lung capability, they make you look wonderful, which in turns helps you get excited about doing other Exercise for Fitness activities.

Swimming

Swimming is an excellent way to get into and stay in shape. If you do not own a pool, many high schools have aquatic centers, or there is always the YWCA or YMCA, or your local gym. Many offer water aerobic classes that will help you tighten your body, Lose Weight, and get a good overall workout.

Tennis Anyone?

Tennis is not only a fun sport, but also a great way to Exercise. You do not have to be a Venice Williams to play; in fact, you do not even have to be good. Just running after the ball alone will help get you into shape. This is a great way to strengthen your Cardiovascular System and Lose Weight. You can find tennis courts in just about every city and if you would like to play but have no idea how, lessons are reasonable.

Tip: Raquetball is sort of a “one person tennis”. If you don’t have someone to play tennis with, or you aren’t feeling sociable, try raquetball instead.

Dancing

Dancing is so much fun and whether you enjoy a slow, Ballroom dance or a nightclub packed with people all moving to heart-pumping techno, as long as you are moving, it really does not matter what type of dance or music. The whole idea is to move your body. Dancing has long been recommended as an avenue to Fitness.

Tip: Belly Dancing is an excellent workout for your stomach, waist and hips ladies!

VCR

If you have a VCR or DVD, rather than just using it for your favorite comedy or action-packed movie, try sticking in some good workout tapes. Even taking 15 minutes every day to work out will get you started. Try that for two weeks and you will be surprised at the results. Once you see that 15 minutes a day makes a difference, you will be encouraged to increase the time spent.

And one of my personal favorites… Yardwork!

Whether you’re pulling weeds, planting flowers, mowing the grass or chopping wood: All of these activities can help you get into better shape. Don’t cheat yourself though. Using a riding mower to cut the grass won’t help you use the muscles or get your blood pumping ;)

So go out and get active, have fun, and work on getting or staying fit too!

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Making Herbal Infusion Oils

October 6th, 2005

The process I use to make herbal infusion oils is really very simple, but it requires a bit of patience.

Start with a squeaky clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid or cork. I generally make only about 1oz at a time, so i use a 3 oz lab vial.

Put the dried herb or mixture in a mortar…about 3 heaping tablespoons. grind grind grind, until it begins to get really powdery…and the fresher the Herbs are, the better.

SLOWLY add a high quality Grapeseed oil to the mortar and grind the herb INTO it. Why Grapeseed? It’s light and not very greasy, has almost no odor of its own, and is relatively inexpensive. I know people who use sweet almond or other oils, and I have used these in the past, but Grapeseed remains my favorite. It will go rancid without the addition of an antioxidant though, so be sure to add the vitamin e.

Pour the whole mess into the little jar. Scrape all the oily herb paste in there. For my 3 oz vial I add the contents of two 400 mg vitamin e capsules (just snip off one end and SQUEEZE). Shake the heck out of it.

Put the jar in a cool, dry, dark place to mature…one moon cycle is a good guestimate. Some people say to put it on a windowsill for the sun to warm it. I have never done it this way, but I can see how that might “speed up” the process. Shake the jar 2-3 times a day; once a week strain off the oil and repeat the process with new Herbs and the old oil (you don’t have to keep adding vitamin e or anything…just grind the Herbs into the old oil mix.)

After about a month, strain it off and smell the oil. I usually put a bit on the inside of my elbow, walk into another room and sniff. If it isn’t strong enough, continue the process for another month or so.

To strain: line a funnel with a coffee filter and pour the oil through. It takes a while for all the oil to drip through, but it is worth it…you won’t have little chunks in your finished product.

Some Herbs have a stronger fragrace than others, and some actually work better when fresh, rather than dried…the upshot there is that there will be water which you have to figure out how to get rid of. The coffee filter should get most of it, but just look for it sitting on the top of the oil.

If you want to try making an oil that WILL contain an odor, try DILL. this is one of my favorites! Just get a good quality dried dill weed from the grocery, and follow the process. The oil is quite pungent after only about two weeks and has a lovely Emerald green color.


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Achieve and Maintain Healthy, Beautiful Hair

October 6th, 2005

Three main things are needed for a good-looking head of hair — good health, the right attention to cleanliness, and caution when using cosmetic treatments.

  1. Adequate Diet

Hair Growth depends on an adequate diet. A widespread diet problem which causes loss of hair is iron deficiency Anaemia. The cause is too little iron in blood, brought on by a diet containing too little meat, eggs, cereals or peas and beans. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also needed to provide vitamin C, which enables the body to absorb iron.

  1. Cutting the hair

Although cutting the hair is not essential to its well-being, it is easier to keep the scalp clean if the hair is kept reasonably short. Regular cutting does not make the hair grow strong or faster.

  1. How hair can be damaged

Although scalp hair is hardy, and can withstand a lot of abuse, it can be damaged by too much or inexpertly applied perming, dyeing, bleaching and massage. The amount of beautying the hair can take varies from person to person. Occasionally the scalp is Allergic to the dye and becomes inflamed and swollen. To prevent this occuring, the dye should be tested by applying it to a small area on the arm. If a patch of inflammation has developed, the dye must not be used on the hair.

Most people who bleach their hair do so with hydrogen peroxide. If the peroxide is repeatedly applied, it may make the hair brittle. If this happens the hair may turn rough, develop Split Ends, or become thinned or shortened.

Special Bath Recipes

October 4th, 2005

On occasion it is beneficial to take time to Relax in a soothing special bath and smooth the skin.

Depending on what you put into the water, a bath can be:

a. Nourishing b. Stimulating c. Toning d. Soothing e. Relaxing

Easy additions to the bath water are as follows:

a. 1 cup of vinegar: Soften water / soothe dry and itching skin b. 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal: Soothe / soften skin c. 1 cup of powdered milk: Nourish skin / combat dryness d. 1 large spoon of honey: Relieve tiredness / Sleeplessness e. Orange or Lemon peel: For a pleasant odour f. 2 tablespoons of laundry starch: Tighten / smooth skin g. 2 handfuls of Epsom salts: Combat tiredness

Herbal Bath Treatments

Herbal baths have traditionally been incorporated into a Beauty treatment regime. The more popular Herbs for the bath include the following:

Natural Deep Treatments For Beautiful Hair

October 4th, 2005

Hot Oil Treatment

Ingredients:

Directions Mix well. I put this on my wet hair, wrap in a towel on my head, wear it for 20 minutes & Shampoo! Awesome!

Another Hot Oil Treatment

Ingredients:

Directions:

Combine ingredients then warm on low heat. massage mixture into the scalp and hair. Wrap hair in a hot towel for 15 minutes. Shampoo & rinse out.

RUSSIAN HAIR TREATMENT PACK

This is better than a simple hot oil treatment. It leaves the hair looking stunning-thick, luxuriant, and shiny. The effects last a long time, even the light scent of the Essential Oil will linger through several shampoos.

2 egg yolks, slightly beaten 1 tablespoon oil (Safflower, almond, coconut, or walnut 1 drop Essential Oil (lemon, Tangerine, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Rosemary)

Before applying, moisten the hair very slightly by running wet fingers through it, then massage the egg mixture into hair and scalp. Wrap head in a towel (and plastic if desired) and sit back in a sauna, take a long hot bath, or Relax in a warm place. (The heat of a sauna is the best environment for this treatment.) Leave the pack on for one hour, if possible, even two or three!

To cleanse, rinse hair in warm water, then apply a lot of Shampoo directly to the hair, wash well, and rinse. If you’ve used enough Shampoo, only one wash is needed.

Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment

Ingredients:

Directions:

Combine ingredients then heat up until warm. Strain. Coat the entire scalp and ends of hair with the oil mixture. Wrap hair in saran wrap and a towel over that, leave on for 15 minutes. Wash hair twice to remove the oil. Use this treament twice a month or when your needs a Deep Conditioning. Leaves your hair shiny and rehydrated.

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Natural Care For Burns and Scalds

October 4th, 2005

For Teas, the rule of thumb is, one teaspoon of herb per cup of boiling water unless otherwise noted.

Unless otherwise noted, steep leaves 5 to 10 minutes in a covered container, twigs, bark and roots, steep 10 to 15 minutes (covered).

Aloe Vera - the juice from the leaves is applied directly on the burn.

Bilberry - Spread berry extract on cleansed skin and cover with a cotton bandage.

Bittersweet - for burns and scalds bathe with extract from the year old greenish brown shoots (or purchase extract). Note, for general skin toning, purchase extract and take a teaspoonful in a little water (this helps the body to Eliminate Toxins).

Burdock - bruise the leaves, combine with egg whites and make a poultice to apply to the burn.

Chickweed - can be used by Bruising the leaves and creating a poultice, extracting the juice and applying it to the burn, or by boiling a couple handfuls of the herb in 2 quarts of water for 10 minutes, then cooled and used as a wash.

Comfrey - the entire plant can be used, mash to a pulp, and apply as a poultice to the burn.

Echinacea- extract from the root… bruised leaves as a poultice

Golden Seal - the powdered root is used in a wash (note: Golden Seal will stain)

Houseleek - (also known as stone crop or Jupiter’s eye, not a member of the allium family) use the juice from the leaves or bruised leaves as a poultice to apply to the burn.

Hyssop - bruise the herb and apply as a poultice

Marshmallow - the juice from the root, and bruised leaves from the plant are used with egg white to make an adhesive poultice which soothes an cleanses the burn.

Nettle- a tincture (herb is soaked in alcohol for 14 days, then filtered, some also add Glycerin mainly as a preservative to prevent evaporation) is made with the herb which then can be used to apply to the burn to take away pain.

Plantain- a poultice is made by mashing the leaves and then applying to the burn. Note some folks keep a mucilage by boiling the seeds, straining and cooling.

Slippery Elm - Tea is used as a soothing wash or can be used as a poultice

Tansy - 1 teaspoon of herb per one pint water, infuse for 5 or 6 minutes and drink as a tea. The strained herb can also be directly applied to sunburn. Note this tea is mainly a good general Toner for the skin, and is not considered to be as strong a relief as the other remedies listed on this page.

Yarrow - 1 teaspoon of the herb boiled in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes, strained, cooled then used as a wash for the burn.

The Anti-Oxidant Facial

October 3rd, 2005

Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are Antioxidants. They protect your skin against free radicals that cause aging. Vitamin E applied on your skin helps protect you against the aging effects of sunlight, pollution and other sources of free radicals. Look younger by using Anti oxidants on your skin

This facial uses vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement (or beta carotene if you can’t find pure vitamin A. Lavender oil is added for its fragrance and healing properties. 

Caution applying Vitamins from a capsule can lead to Rashes in some people, so it is very important to do a patch test on your wrist first. The Vitamins in theses supplements are in a different form from those you find in good quality Skin Care products. That is why good quality Skin Care products are safer.

Before attempting this facial, check if you are Allergic to any of the ingredients in the facial. . Mix 1 drop Lavender  oil, 1 teaspoon kaolin and cut a capsule of each of your chosen supplements. Mix the contents with the kaolin mix. Add water to form a paste and apply on your wrist. Leave overnight. If your skin is irritated by it, skip this facial. If you are Allergic to any of the ingredients in the facial, skip the steps that use these ingredients.

Before you start

  1. Wash your hands with Soap and water.
  2. Wash all the bowls, whisk, utensils, spoons, cups and whatever equipment you will be using for this facial with Soap and water. Sterilise these with boiling water. (Note: do not boil glass items as these can crack and the splinters can injure you. Certain plastics can melt if boiled so watch out for that). Make sure all surfaces you use for preparing this facial are clean. Remember. For home facials, hygiene and cleanliness is all important.
  3. Cut open a vitamin E capsule and put the contents in a bowl. Cut open a vitamin A or beta carotene capsule and put the contents in the bowl. Add 2 drops Lavender oil. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix well. Add 3 tablespoons of kaolin powder and mix to form thick smooth paste. That is your antioxidant Mask.
  4. Put 2 ordinary teabags (green tea or black tea but not herbal tea) into another cup. Pour boiling water over it. Discard the water. Pour cool water over it. Discard the water. Set aside.
  5. Put 1 teaspoon of almond flour and 1 teaspoon distilled water into a bowl. That is your scrub.
  6. Fill a kettle with water and set that to boil.
  7. Wear a hair band or shower cap to keep your hair off your face.
  8. Get ready some cotton pads and a clean towel an 1 tablespoon of skim milk.
  9. Now you are ready for your facial.

The facial

  1. Dip a pair of clean cotton pads into the milk. Use these pads to wipe your makeup off your face. Discard leftover milk.
  2. Wash off the milk with lots of water.
  3. Use the scrub to cleanse your face. Discard leftover scrub.
  4. Wash off the scrub with lots of water.
  5. Dry your face with a clean towel.
  6. Pour boiling water into the bowl. Add 2 drops of Lavender oil.
  7. With the towel forming a ‘tent’ over your head and the bowl, keep your face about 20cm above the bowl. (Caution: Skip this step if you are an Asthmatic. The steam could trigger an attack. Skip this step if you have thread veins. The heat could worsen your condition )
  8. Relax and let the steam cleanse your face for 10 minutes.
  9. Apply the antioxidant Mask on your face. Discard leftover mixture.
  10. Put 1 cool ordinary tea bag over each eye
  11. Relax and wait for the Mask to dry and harden.
  12. Remove the teabags
  13. Carefully remove the dried Mask from your face. It will come off in pieces. Wash off the rest with lots of water.
  14. Dip 2 cotton pads into cold distilled water with a drop of apple cider vinegar and use that to tone your face.


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