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February 14, 2006

The Sense of Smell and Emotional Response

Filed under: General Aromatherapy Articles — Administrator @ 10:18 am

Smell is a specialised chemical sense. It is interesting to note that the olfactory cells are the only place in the human body where the central Nervous system is in direct contact with the external environment. When we detect the smell of something, there is a direct contact between the molecules of scent and our own receptors.

The message regarding the molecule of scent is passed along the olfactory nerve to the nerve centre in the brain. The neurons of the olfactory nerve, control the inner responses, i.e. emotions and memories, as well as the body’s hormones. There is no generally accepted classification of the basic types of smells recognized by man. The sense of smell can be very sensitive, sensing minute concentrations of some substances in the air.

There is considerable individual variation in the activity of the sense of smell. Adaption can occur to pleasant as well as nasty smells, due to changes in both the receptors and the central connections.

It is important to remember that the inhalation of the aromas of Essential Oils also has a profound and instantaneous effect on us today. The limbic lobe of the brain receives information about smell via the olfactory nerve and this part of the brain is also concerned with our emotional memory. The limbic system produces the autonomic responses that accompany emotional states and behaviours.

Particular scents can trigger strong, emotional responses which are pleasant or unpleasant according to our own individual experience. Which smells do you find repellent? What are your favourite scents? Perhaps the perfume of a favourite blossom or newly-mown grass, the scents of the garden after light summer rain, the smell of your favourite meal cooking or the perfume worn by a friend, the special scent of a baby or small child.

When oils are inhaled, micro-molecules of Essential Oils travel through the nasal passages to the limbic system of the brain which is the seat of memory and emotion.

The Breathing in of Essential Oils is thought to trigger memories and emotions within the limbic system, which in turn stimulates a response within the entire system.

With the memory comes instant recall of the associated emotion – pleasure, happiness, laughter, affection or perhaps sadness, pain, grief.

For this reason, it is important to always heed the emotional responses to the aroma of the Essential Oils you intend to use. If the scent is in any way repellent, then it is wise to adjust your choice of oils for your blend. The subconscious, emotional responses are telling you something of vital importance and you would be wise to listen. Otherwise, you severely curtail the degree of benefit given.

Smell takes a direct, physical route to the brain because they employ nerve cells as transmitters and receivers. Odours travel directly through the olfactory system in the nose and the front part of the head into the limbic area of the brain which processes the smell.

Incense Making Tips

Filed under: Reference Articles, Candles and Incense — Administrator @ 10:17 am
1.Be sure all Herbs,Spices,peels,and flowers are completely dry.
2.All dry ingredients must be ground into a fine powder.
3.Mix all ingredients in a small glass container with a clean stick or your fingers.
4.Let the Incense stand over night to dry.
5.Store any unused Incense in a tightly capped glass jar,away from light.
6.These incenses need self-igniting charcoal. Check the classified ads.Or,in a pinch,you might try to smolder some in a small,heavy pan on top of your stove.
7.Most important,for best results,try to blend your energies with the Incense as you prepare and use it.

Diagnosing ADHD in Adults: Recognizing Adult ADHD Symptoms and Evaluating Options for Treatment

Filed under: General Health Concerns — Administrator @ 10:15 am

By Tess Thompson

Although it is commonly believed to be a condition that primarily affects children, it is estimated that 12 to 15 million American adults also suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But because child ADHD treatment and symptoms can differ slightly from adult ADHD and treatment, and because research into adult ADHD is still in its early stages, many adults do not know how to evaluate whether they are suffering from the disorder.

There is no single test that will identify ADHD, and there are no specific genetic or biological indicators that will lead to a diagnosis. Instead, it is necessary to consult a doctor who will conduct a comprehensive evaluation which will include extensive examination of past behavior, and should also include a physical exam to rule out any other possible source of the symptoms.

ADHD symptoms differ from person to person, but according to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is often used in ADHD research studies, they can include:

-Difficulty organizing tasks and activities
-Often losing things necessary for tasks or activities
-Often easily distracted by outside stimuli
-Not listening when spoken to directly
-Difficulty awaiting turn
-Difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly

All of the symptoms listed by the APA (and these are just a few) are meant to describe those found in children, but they can be used as a general guideline for adults as well. However, adult symptoms can manifest themselves in more subtle ways, and the hyperactivity seen in children is often less evident in adults. Instead, adults may be Restless, on edge, and have trouble relaxing.

Diagnosing ADHD in adults is made more complex by the variety of conditions which can share similar symptoms. These conditions include drug or alcohol dependency, Depression and thyroid dysfunction.

Although recognizing adult ADHD symptoms can be difficult, once diagnosed, adults have many options for treatment. Stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, which are often prescribed for children, have not been approved by the FDA for treatment of adults. They may still be effective, but can potentially produce unwanted side effects. Certain Homeopathic Remedies have also been found to be extremely effective in some patients. Homeopathic ingredients such as Avina Sativa (Green Oats) and Gingo Biloba are among those which can help alleviate symptoms.

Many studies agree that medication should be just one facet of treatment. Behavioral and psychological treatment, or what is called a “multimodal” approach, should be considered as well. Armed with good information and a certain amount of patience, you should be able to obtain an accurate diagnosis and explore effective treatments for your condition.

February 12, 2006

Insomnia Aromatherapy Blend

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health — Administrator @ 11:46 am

Ingredients:

Directions:

Blend the oils well in a clean dark-colored glass bottle. Add 1-2 drops to a tissue and place inside your Pillow to aid you in Falling Asleep.

If you prefer to make a Diffuser blend that you enjoy during the hour before bedtime, make a blend with a ratio of 2 drops Roman Chamomile to 1 drop Clary Sage to 1 drop Bergamot and add to your Diffuser.

Lavender can also help provide Relaxation and Drowsiness, but using more than 1-2 drops can have the opposite effect.

Aromatherapy FAQ

Filed under: Reference Articles — Administrator @ 11:44 am

What Is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a gentle but powerful healing art that uses Therapeutic Grade pure Essential Oils in a way that can positively effect our physical, emotional and mental health.

Certified Aromatherapists will recommend massage (introduction through the skin) and inhalation (introduction through the respiratory system) as the most effective methods of introducing these wonderfully balanced and holistic gifts from nature into the human body. For massage, a good quality Carrier Oil, Lotion, cream or salve is used to deliver the Essential Oils to the area needed. For inhalation, a simmering pot, Diffuser, hot tub, sauna – or something as simple as a common cotton ball is used.

While modern science can in some cases duplicate the fragrance of some Essential Oils, they have been unable to duplicate the benefits each can deliver. Each Essential Oil is made up of between 50 to 500 different chemicals that occur in nature. Essential Oils can be used for pleasure only, to scent your environment, or be used in an effective natural way to enhance Beauty and health.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are very volatile substances produced from Botanical sources. They are the concentrates of sromatic molecules of the plant or its parts. The molecules can be considered the hormones of the plant, as they control certain functions of the plants life. Many people think of Essential Oils as the spirit of the plant.

Pure Essential Oils are naturally occurring substances found in different parts of plants – the blossom, fruit, leaf, stem, bark, wood or resin. Through a complicated and often expensive process of distillation or solvent extraction, these precious oils are captured and bottled. The Essential Oils are then measured and combined according to the quality each oil possesses, and this blend is then administered to the recipient.

What are Essential Oils made of?

Essential Oils are compositions made of the basic Organic elements; carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, forming alcohols, Esters, ketones, oxides, phenols, and terenes. An Essential Oil can contain between 10 to 200 components and other minor trace compounds that are very difficult to analyze. Essential Oils form very interesting and specific molecules that react against such microorganisms as bacteria and Viruses. Such molecules can sometimes form a vitamin composition or a hormone-type chemical.

How do Essential Oils Enter the Body?

Three ways…
1. Through our skin. The largest organ in the human body, and accessible to Essential Oils because the molecular structure of the Essential Oils is so small they can enter through the skin and enter the blood steam. A modern application of this principal is used by many people today and is known as the patch. To Quit Smoking, or to raise estrogen levels in post Menopausal women, medication is introduced at a gentle and consistent level into the body through the skin. Massage is another way Essential Oils are introduced into the body. Essential Oils in salves, creams, oils, perfumes all are vehicles of delivery. Essential Oils take about half an hour to be absorbed.

2. Through smell. The olfactory system, (nose) sends the chemical message of the Essential Oils through the limbic part of our brain, which is the oldest part of our brain. Here the message is telegraphed to our central Nervous system and to our glands, which control how our body functions. Methods to use here are in baths, Diffusers, humidifiers, hot tubs, steams, perfumes, on a hanky, or Pillow. Takes only seconds for the message to be received.

3. Ingesting. In North America, ingesting can never be suggested. It is not the best method, in any case, as the Essential Oils end up reacting with the other materials in the digestive tract, and are often of very little use to the client.

How is a skin test performed?

We recommend testing Essential Oils by applying a small amount of diluted Essential Oil to a small skin area. If irritation or burning occurs, dilute the area with Massage Oil and discontinue use.

Are Essential Oils used by doctors or hospitals?

Hospitals in England and France make a great therapeutic use of Essential Oils. There are many medical studies that support therapeutic results from the use of Essential Oils. The US utilizes Essential Oils less than most other countries for therapeutic assistance. In the US, massage therapists, reflexologists, accupressurists, nail salons, skin specialists and homeopathic practitioners generally make use of Essential Oils.

How long do Essential Oils last, once purchased?

Most Essential Oils will last 1-2 years if kept in a dark bottle in a cool place. Some of the resinous oils are more like wine, in that they actually get better with age! Because citrus oils are top notes and highly volatile, they should be used up within one year, and once oils are blended with Carrier Oils they should be used up within 1 to 2 months as the therapeutic value starts to diminish.

Essential Oils can be classified into top, middle, and base notes, signifying the length of time an oil’s scent can be detected.

Top notes (oils like Bergamot, Petitgrain, citrus bases) tend to last 2-3 hours and are the first part of any blend that you smell first. Top notes give the first impression of the blend.

Middle notes (oils like Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium) give blends body and help to round out the sharp edges of the top notes. Typically these scents (and effects) can last upward of 2-3 days.

Base notes or fixatives (like Patchouli, Clary Sage, Myrrh, Cedarwood) help to deepen the blend and create a lasting aroma. When smelled directly from the bottle they may have very little scent, but once used in a blend and applied to the skin, they react strongly and release their power. These scents (and effects) can last from several days to a week, depending on the oil.

What are the benefits of Aromatherapy?

Odors bring back memories and influence our behaviour. Depending on the fragrance, odours can calm, Relax, stimulate associations, evoke, frighten and arouse us. In fact, we have the capacity to distinguish up to 10,000 different odours that influence our memory and feelings and impact our quality of life.

In addition to the mind-emotional benefit, many oils have been scientifically proven to have antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiseptic effects. Oils are also capable of exerting effects on various body systems and organs.

To learn more about the benefits of Essential Oils and massage, click here.

Can a person be Allergic to a scent?

NO, there are no Allergens present in an aromatic chemical. However, if a person has an Allergy to grass for example and smells something similar, they can react with similar sensitivities because of the scent memory.

What scent makes people buy more?

There is no particular scent. It depends on many factors, such as overall atmosphere, customer service, lighting and design. Scent compliments a marketing theme to create a better environment. In fact, recent tests have proven that people will stay longer in a store with pleasant odours, that it has a positive effect on the perception of a product and will influence the purchase decision.

What scents are most conducive to Relaxation and passion?

According to certain research it was discovered that women really like the smell of Granny Smith Green Apples, and Cinnamon Rolls and other baked goodies. They feel more relaxed and at home with sweet and spicy smells such as these. They are more encumbered to be more passionate, because such smells remind them of a homey atmosphere? They dont like strong smells such as cherry or strawberry. Men favor a more woodsy aroma with hints of spice, like Cedar, and Myrrh. Walk into a real Cedar cigar humidor and you will understand.

What Is Reflexology?

Filed under: Reflexology — Administrator @ 11:43 am

For the Reflexologist, the feet are a microcosm of the human body and every organ and body part is represented in the feet. Where there are two organs in the body they will be represented on both feet, e.g. lungs and kidney and where there is only one organ, this will be represented on one foot, e.g. the liver will be on the right foot while the heart will be on the left. Where the organ or body part is reflected in the feet, this is called the “organ” reflex, e.g. the heart reflex.

The right foot represents the right side of the body as well as the past while the left foot represents the left side of the body as well as the present and future.

Each foot has over 7,000 nerve endings, 26 bones, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. This type of drugless therapy creates a physiological change in the body by naturally improving your circulation, which reduces our body Tension and enhances Relaxation. It AIDS in the elimination of the body waste and restoring the body functions to better health.

THE PRINCIPLES OF Reflexology

By stimulating reflexes on the feet with a type of pressure massage, the organs of the body are stimulated, thus allowing them to start unblocking and healing themselves. In addition to this, the stimulation of these reflexes allows the body to begin detoxing and eliminating poisons which have built up through bad diet, thinking and habit.

Centuries ago, man mapped out a healing energy that circulates through the body on specific pathways. This energy we call “life force” or “vital energy”. This force can be “tapped” at more than 800 points in your body.

Ancient medical philosophy teaches that to obtain and maintain health, which is the balance and maintenance of harmony within the body, there must be a free and unimpeded circulation of energy flowing through the body’s organs.

Traditional medicine, not only of the Chinese, but from the use of Acupuncture in other countries as well, we learn that traditional medicine is based on the belief that the body’s blood circulation follows the flow of energy. If this energy circulation, which follows circulates freely in an endless cycle from the main organs through the channels beneath the skin, is blocked at some point, then the circulation is impaired.

This blockage results in a deficient oxygenation of the tissues around the affected area and throws the body off balance. This imbalance produces malfunctioning not only of the tissues surrounding it, but, if not corrected, spreads to related organs nearby.

Tapping this healing current can bring prompt and natural relief from practically all of your Aches and Pains, chronic or acute, by the simple process of working the ‘reflex buttons’ located in your hands, feet and/or body.

Stimulating, pressing or ‘working’ a reflex point (or button) connected to a particular body organ, system or part sends a surge of healing energy for prompt relief of a condition. Working a reflex also loosens and flushes out Crystals and blockages within the body’s energy channels allowing the life force or vital energy to resume its free and natural flow through the channels. This encourages the body to swing back into its normal balance, so harmony and health are again established.

This method of restoring the body to normal functioning involves no expense, no special equipment (although reflex tools can be utilized and do help save wear and tear on your finger and thumb joints!), no drugs or medication. The results are amazingly fast, bringing relief often in a matter of seconds.

Reflexology, which helps a wide range of situations, not only cures specific ailments but can be used to keep you in good health and help build resistance to attacks of disease. In addition, this method often detects health problems before they become serious by you recognizing a sore or tender reflex.

Reflexology is a simple technique that can be applied at any time and practically anywhere. It is Nature’s ‘push button’ secret for dynamic living, abundant physical energy, vibrant health, better living without pain, retaining youthful vigor and enjoying life to the fullest.

Stress AND Reflexology

The benefits of Reflexology and Stress can be explained physiologically. Tension can be equated with Stress. There are as many definitions of Stress as there are authors of books on Stress. Today everyone suffers from Stress but no one knows what Stress is. It could be stated that Stress is the difference between a persons perceived ability to deal with the stressor and the reality of the environmental demand.

This definition allows for varying degrees of Stress to be felt by different people in the same situation. Irrespective of what the stressor is, the Stress reaction is always the same.

Seyle, 1956, termed the reaction to Stress as the fight or flight syndrome. What this means is that when we are faced with a stressful situation, we either fight it or run away. The body releases hormones into the system that allow us to physiologically cope with this. For example, you have all heard of mothers who have had the strength to lift up a car to rescue their children. This ability comes from the rush of Stress hormones, e.g. adrenaline into the bloodstream.

We also perspire profusely, (to slip out of a grasp), blood pressure increases as the blood leaves the extremities (so you do not bleed badly when cut), proteins and fats convert to glucose (to give you energy) etc. Once the Stress situation is over the Stress hormones come back to normal levels.

Today however, it would be socially unacceptable to hit your boss if he was stressing you or to run away from home if your kids or spouse were stressing you. This means that the Stress hormones are continually being secreted and do not come back to a normal level. While these Stress hormones play a vital role when faced with a stressor, they have a detrimental effect on the individual if they do not come back to normal levels. Prolonged secretion and circulation of these Stress hormones causes damage to the body.

The white blood cells (infection fighters) become depleted, neurotransmitters controlling mood are depleted and T-cells in the lymphatic system are broken down. Examples of the effects of this are not hard to find. Just look at how many people who have been under Stress become sick. How many people do you know who have lost a “significant other” through death or divorce or who became ill or contracted cancer?

Reflexology, by inducing Relaxation, reduces the Stress hormones so that the body is able to produce T-cells, white cells and neurotransmitters so as to start healing itself.

Natural ADD Supplements: What are the Best Natural Remedies for ADD?

Filed under: Herbs and Health — Administrator @ 11:41 am

by Tess Thompson

The medical and behavioral side effects of ADD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall have many parents searching for natural alternatives for their children. While traditional medications can be effective, the risks are many, and reactions differ from child to child. As parents become disillusioned with prescription ADD medications or simply decide to try natural alternatives first, more and more are turning to natural ADD supplements. And as more natural medications are developed, more is known about the ingredients that are most effective in treating the symptoms of ADD.

Ginko Biloba is one of the best-known Natural Remedies for ADD. It helps to increase neurotransmitter levels and blood flow to the brain, which AIDS the brain’s ability to Focus. One of the most positive qualities of Ginko Biloba is the tendency of its effects to become permanent, which eventually renders continued use unnecessary. This quality is emblematic of many homeopathic ingredients.

Brahmi is an herb that is believed to have many positive effects on the brain, including an ability to increase overall Cognitive Function. It can help improve your child’s ability to learn, and recent research shows it might have an additional benefit of protecting the brain from free radicals.

Gotu Kola, otherwise known as Centella Asiatica, is an excellent child ADHD treatment (and ADD treatment) and can reduce reduce your child’s Anxiety level and augment his or her brain funtion. It also enhances memory and has been shown in studies to improve blood flow to the brain and general circulation.

Skullcap is an Herbal Remedy for ADD that is used to treat common symptoms like Restlessness and agitation. It can also aid in combatting Insomnia.

St. John’s Wort is another natural supplement that should be taken long-term in order for its positive effects to become permanent. It should be used if your child is suffering from Depression, Insomnia, fear or Anxiety.

All of these ingredients can alleviate many of the symptoms of ADD, and there are a variety of Natural Remedies on the market that combine some of the listed ingredients to produce successful results. Natural Remedies are a predominantly safe and effective ADD treatment, and a popular alternative to prescription stimulants and other traditional ADD medications.

Abruptly stopping prescription medication can be harmful to your child, so if you decide to take this step, consult your doctor before changing your child’s routine. Just as with traditional medications, it can take time for your child to feel the effects of natural supplements, and each child can react slightly differently. Hopefully, you will find that Natural Remedies have a positive influence on your child, and on your life.

February 11, 2006

Hangover Compress Blend

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health — Administrator @ 10:52 am

1 d. Peppermint oil
1 d. Rosewood oil
1 d. Lavender oil

Put on a cool, wet rag. Apply to temples for ten minutes.

Banishing Oil Blend

Filed under: Magickal Oil Blend Recipes — Administrator @ 10:51 am

This is for anointing Candles when you do a banishing spell…

Banishing oil
1/2 oz Olive Oil
15 drops Pine oil
12 drops Rue oil
7 drops pepper oil
10 drops Peppermint oil
crushed black peppercorns
obsidian or black Onyx

Some of these oils are volatile. Do not anoint yourself with Banishing oil. You could burn yourself. Wash your hands after using.

Carrier (Base) Oils

Filed under: Reference Articles — Administrator @ 10:50 am

Carrier Oils may be applied directly on the skin, and/or Essential Oils may be added for use as body, bath or massage oils. As most holistic aroma therapy treatments involve massage, it is important that Carrier Oils are pure, unadulterated and naturally extracted.

Vegetable oils are the most familiar Carrier Oils used in aroma therapy as they have many interesting properties & benefits. Store away from heat & strong light sources. (May be refrigerated to extend shelf life). External use only.

Sweet Almond ~ Prunus dulcis ~ amygdalus var. dulcis
The earliest use of Almond Oil dates back to the Romans who used it extensively in Skincare preparations. Sweet Almond is a well tolerated, light, nonintrusive Base Oil for massage with a faint or no fragrance.

  • Protects, nourishes & pampers the skin.
  • Ideal for chapped or irritated skin.
  • Has excellent penetrating properties.
  • Beneficial regardless of skin type or age.
  • Particularly good for dry, sensitive skin.

Apricot Kernel ~ Prunus armeniaca
A wonderful light texture making it very easily absorbed by the skin. Especially suitable for facial massage blends. Good for the treatment of mature, dry, sensitive or inflamed skins.

Avocado Oil (Refined) ~ Persea americana
Contains 64% oleic, 19% palmitic, 14% linoleic, 3% palmitoleic & 1% linolenic acids. Contains also vitamins A, B1-B2, D, E. Reputed to be rapidly absorbed into the skin, although in practice this depends on the skin type.

Used in nourishing products for dry and dehydrated skin. Can be very useful on people with highly absorbent skin. Calophyllum ~ Organic not certified

Botanical Name: Calophyllum inophyllum
Country of Origin: Madagascar
Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed
Plant part used: the fruits/seeds (berries) from the shrub Calophyllum, also known as Tamanu Oil, is thick, viscous and dark grey-green to black in color.

History:
A traditional medicine in the South Pacific where it is used for its analgesic and anti inflammatory properties. The fruits are expressed to yield a pasty mass rich in triacylglycerols. The paste itself is used in several countries as a healing and analgesic agent in the treatment of burns. Therapeutic properties ~ external uses only:

  • may be helpful with various problem of the hair & scalp.
  • excema and Psoriasis
  • maybe be effective for shingles (especially when used with Ravansara)
  • claimed to have anti inflammatory and pain relieving properties, which may be helpful in cases of sciatica and Rheumatism. Caution:

Use with caution on sensitive skin as it may be an irritant. Use as a Base Oil or as an 10% additive to your blends. (as it is a rubefacient) Ref:
Carrier Oil for Aromatherapy & Massage by Len Price

Camelina sativa – Gold of Pleasure
Refined, cold pressed, is a clear, bright yellow oil with a light pleasant odor. Camelina Oil, also called “Gold of Pleasure Oil,” is obtained from the seed of the cruciferous annual plant Camelina sativa. The plant is also called “false flax” as it was often found growing wild in the flax fields.

It is particularly valuable as a rich source of polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA’s). Camelina Oil is a remarkable oil, as it has a high content of PUFA’s of both the omega-6 & Omega-3 families. As a matter of fact it is one of the richest sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids with a 40% alpha-linolenic acids, eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid.

The essential Fatty Acids have a very clear effect on the skin & act as “anti-aging” agents, by enhancing the barrier function of the epidermis, reducing the trans-epidermal water loss and improving elasticity of the skin. Camelina Oil can be used as an emollient to soften the skin, protect it against the influences of the weather & improve elasticity.

Evening Primrose ~ Oenothera biennis
Method – Cold Pressed
Plant part – seeds Evening Primrose is a tall, spiky plant that would burst into bloom only in the early evening and would soon die, which is where it gets its name. This would lead to the formation of pods containing tiny seeds (similar in size to Mustard seed) from which the oil is obtained. It can grow almost anywhere.

North American Indian medicine men were the first to recognize its potential as a healing agent and used to brew the seed pods to make an infusion for healing wounds. This oil is highly unsaturated, however, rich in Fatty Acids. Especially, high levels of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), a substance much like the body’s own chemical Metabolism regulator.

Fatty Acid Composition: Palmitic …..................................6.2%
Stearic …......................................1.8%
Oleic …........................................6.7%
Linoleic …....................................73.8%
Gamma Linolenic ….............................10.2%
Other Fatty Acids …............................1.3% Usage:

Evening Primrose has been found to be effective for the treatment of: * useful for dry Scaly Skin,

  • Dandruff conditions,
  • helpful for Eczema,
  • beneficial for those with Psoriasis,
  • dry or prematurely aged skin,
  • PMS
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • accelerates wound healing It is very fine & readily absorbed into the superficial layers of the skin. Use in a 10% dilution with another Carrier Oil. Also, an excellent massage oil, mixed with Lavender for treating Anxious children. Recommend to refrigerate to extend shelf life.

Fractionated Coconut Oil
A favorite of massage therapists. Can be used as 100% of the blend. For a richer blend, mix with Jojoba or almond. Absorbs readily into the skin. Ideal for facial massage due to its non greasy nature. Mixed with Essential Oils for treating bed sores and other ulcers have achieved encouraging results. Fractionated Coconut is chemically clean & contains few contaminants likely to interfere with healing. Is odorless & does not go rancid making it suitable for blending Essential Oils for bath, skin & massage products. Long shelf life.

Grapeseed Oil ~ Vitus vinifera
Has a very fine texture & quickly penetrates the skin. It possesses no odor & is used in massage Oil Blends & facials oils.

Hazelnut – Corylus avellana
Hazelnut oil is made from the kernel. It is rich in vitamins, minerals & proteins. Easily absorbed, it lubricates & nourishes all types of skin. It tones & tightens the skin and helps to maintain firmness & elasticity. It also helps strengthen capillaries. Add Hazelnut oil to facial oils due to its skin nourishing & softening qualities and to encourage cell regeneration.

Jojoba Oil ~ Simmondsia chinensis
Unique because this oil is not composed of fat but liquid wax. Ideal for use in cosmetics due to its molecular stability & its natural moisturizing & healing properties. No rancidity level. Suitable for all skin types. Beneficial in the treatment of certain dry scalp & skin. Perfect media for creating your own signature Scent!

Kukui Nut Oil – Aleurites moluccana
Kukui Nut Oil is derived from the fruit of the Kukui Nut tree, the official tree of the state of Hawaii. This oil is high in linoleic & linolenic acids around 42%, olec acid 20% which are essential Fatty Acids vital for the Metabolism of healthy skin. It is a clear oil, high in polyunsaturates. Has a reputation of being excellent for the treatment of superficial burns, chapped skin and some minor skin diseases. Suitable for all skin types and is soothing to Dry Skin.

Macadamia Nut Oil – Macadamia integrifolia, or Macadamia ternifolia
Family: Proteaceae
Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed Contains: This oil is made up of triacylglycerols that contain monounsaturated fatty acid units (80%) and has good resistance to rancidity. Macadamia oil is particularly unusual in having a high percentage of Palmitoleic acid units not commonly found in other Carrier Oils.

A typical fatty acid profile of Macadamia:
Myristic ….......................................0.6 -1.6
Palmitic ….......................................7.0 -11.0
Palmitoleic ….................................18.0 – 25.0
Stearic ….........................................2.0 – 4.0
Oleic …..........................................55.0 – 62.0
Linoleic ….........................................1.0 – 4.0

External Uses:
It is a highly nourishing and emollient oil recommended for dry and mature skin. Due to the high Palmitoleic acid, which is also found in sebum, Macadamia oil has often been recommended for older skin which starts to dry as the sebum production diminishes.

This oil makes a pleasant massage oil with good keeping properties as it has a long shelf life. It is also a skin lubricant and is easily absorbed by the skin. It has been describing as the ‘vanishing’ oil. The high levels of Palmitoloeic acid units found in Macadamia oil are not found in any other known plant oil.

Cosmetic use:
Used in products that afford protection from the aging effects of the sun. In hair care it is utilized in brilliantine’s and hot oil conditioning treatments. Ref: Salvatore Battaglia: The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy
Len Price: Carrier Oil for Aromatherapy & Massage”

Rosehip Seed Oil ~ Organic ~ Rosa mosqueta-rubirosa – Expressed from the seeds

Researchers in Chile have found a natural oil that provides beneficial effects to the skin. It is the oil extreacted from the seeds of the Rose bush that grows wild in the south of Chile, a cool and very rainy mountain region. The oil pressed off the Rosehip seed contains an amazing 77% Fatty Acids (linoleic and linolenic). Fatty Acids have a very important functions in the regeneration of skin cells and repair of damaged tissues. Over the years, RoseHip Oil has been shown to retard the signs of premature ageing and provide excellent results in the treatment of burns, Scars and unsightly spots on skin.

If applied consistently during two or three months RoseHip was found to:

  • reduce Wrinkles and signs of premature ageing.
  • help counter the drying effects of the sun which are usually first noticed in fine Wrinkles or ‘crows feet’ around the eyes and mouth.
  • attenuate Scars (surgical and accidental) and improves the color of same.
  • also, avoids the formation of the keloid type of Scar (lump) which may appear after a surgical procedures.
  • provide excellent results in treatment of skin that has been burnt or exposed to radiotherapy.

Rosehip Oil is massaged into the affected area with fingertips until completely absorbed.

Sesame Seed Oil ~ Sesamum indicum
High in Vitamin E, B complex vitamins, minerals: calcium, magnesium & phosphorus. Ideal for Skin Care as a natural Moisturizer. Suitable for all skin types. A comparatively stable oil, does not turn rancid on contact with air. Has a distinct oily, nutty odor.

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