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February 16, 2006

Making Bath and Massage Oils

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Bath and massage oils are made by adding Essential Oils to vegetable Carrier Oil bases. The ratio is one teaspoon of Essential Oil to 4 ounces of Carrier Oil.

Use amber or cobalt Blue glass for your oils and keep out of direct light. Do not store in plastic bottles. It is best not to store in the bathroom because of the heat during showers.

Bath Oils
Using Essential Oils in the bath is one of the nicest ways to enjoy their therapeutic benefits. Adding them to a Carrier Oil help to disperse the Essential Oils throughout the water and onto to your body. Lighter oils disperse more readily in the water. To use bath oils, draw your bath first, close the door and then add about two teaspoons of bath oil to your water.

Heavier oils lie on the top of the bath water and will cling to your skin when leaving the bath.

Light oils suitable for bath oils that readily disperse include Sunflower oil and Grapeseed oil.

Sunflower oil contains Vitamins A, B, D and E, (the principal one) and is high in unsaturated Fatty Acids. Grapeseed Oil contains a high percentage of linoleic acid and some Vitamin E.

Massage Oil
Massage oils can be made from many different vegetable Carrier Oils. Choose the oil based on what you want the oil to do. Use a lighter oil if you want the oil to be absorbed readily into the skin. Use a heavier oil if you want the oil to stay on the top of the skin. You can also choose the oil by what part of the body you are working on, for example Kukui Nut oil would be a perfect choice for the face and neck. A heavier oil such as sweet Almond might be the choice for a foot massage for very dry feet.

Some of the Vegetable Carrier Oils that we sell are:

Sweet Almond Oil
The large molecules in this oil make it a heavier oil best suited for heavy massage or for a very moisturizing cream or salve. Sweet Almond oil contains Vitamins A, B1, B2 and B6 and a small amount of E. Protects and nourishes the skin.

Apricot Kernel Oil
Medium-light weight oil suitable for massage. Use in cream and lotion recipes. Good for all skins, especially prematurely aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry. Contains Minerals and Vitamins.

Avocado Oil
Medium-heavy weight oil suitable for massage. Use up to one-fourth to a cream or salve base. Contains Vitamins A, B, and D and is rich in lecithin. Penetrates the upper layers of the skin. Has beneficial effect on dry skin and wrinkles.

Grapeseed Oil
Light weight oil suitable for light massage and is water-dispersible in the bath. Contains Vitamins, Minerals and protein. Good all around oil. Grapeseed oil is not suitable for creams or lotions.

Hazelnut Oil
Medium weight oil suitable for light massage. Perfect for Base Oil for creams. Hazelnut oil is said to penetrate the top layer of the skin slightly, being beneficial for oily or combinations skins and effective on Acne. It is stimulating to the Circulation and also has astringent properties. Contains oleic acid and a small proportion of linoleic acid.

Jojoba, Refined Colorless
Jojoba is not an oil, but a liquid wax; excellent choice for many aromatherapy uses. Most often used as the Carrier Oil of choice to use with Essential Oils. A must in all your cream and lotion recipes. It is very stable, having extremely good keeping qualities. Useful oil in cases of Acne.

Jojoba, Golden Organic
Choose this Jojoba for heavier creams, Soap making and when you want extra moisturizing. Less refined, it retains more Vitamins and Minerals than the refined. Not quite as stable. Jojoba contains myristic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

Kukui Nut Oil
Light to medium weight oil. New on the scene, this oil is wonderful for mature, aging skin. Has a slight odor, which can be overcome by adding Essential Oils. Not offensive. Kukui Nut oil is readily absorbed into the skin and leaves the skin soft and very moisturized. An excellent oil to add to your cream and lotion formulas.

Macadamia Nut Oil
Medium weight oil suitable for massage. It is highly emollient and a good addition to your cream formulas. Very nice “feel” to the oil when applied to the skin.

Olive Oil
Heavy weight oil suitable for massage. Wonderful for salves, Olive Oil is emollient, soothing to inflamed skin. Use regular, not extra virgin, unless the odor is not objectionable.

Sunflower Nut Oil
Very light weight oil – perfect choice for bath oils. Also excellent in lotions, as this oil is most readily absorbed into the skin. Not suitable for massage due to absorption rate.

Essential Oil Blends for the Bath and Massage

Lavender
Lavender is calming as well as uplifting and can be safely used with children. It’s sweet floral-herbaceous scent and balsamic-woody undertone may help to unwind at the end of a stressful day.

Lavender/Rose Geranium
Two parts Lavender to one part Rose Geranium. This recipe is meant to help calm your mind and lift your spirits. Rose Geranium has a rosy sweet scent and may be anti depressant and uplifting.

Eucalyptus Blend
Four parts Eucalyptus 70/75 and one part Tangerine Essential Oils. Will help relieve cold symptoms, especially in the bath. Add to a Carrier Oil/oils for muscular aches and pains. Warming to the skin. Fragrance is fresh and pungent.

Morning Energizer
Two parts Lemon, one part Rosemary, two parts Tangerine. Energize with this refreshing blend. A wonderful morning wake-up and summertime refresher.

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February 14, 2006

Incense Making Tips

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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.

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Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

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February 12, 2006

Aromatherapy FAQ

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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.

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For Guaranteed, Effective, 100% Natural Herbal Remedies , please visit Native Remedies.

ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

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February 11, 2006

Carrier (Base) Oils

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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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For Guaranteed, Effective, 100% Natural Herbal Remedies , please visit Native Remedies.

ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

Are you looking for quality Vitamins, diet aids and health Supplements? Visit the Health Supplement Shop – highly recommended!

Essential Oil Application Methods

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BATH:
Add 10-12 drops of a single oil or a blend to 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts or baking soda – or 5 drops to 1 TBSP of Epsom Salts or baking soda. Pour it into a hot bath while it is filling. Soak until water cools.

DIRECT INHALATION:
Apply 2-3 drops of Essential Oil or blend to palm of one hand, rub palms together, cup hands over nose and mouth and inhale vapors deeply 6-8 times.

DIFFUSION:
A few drops in a Diffuser (for therapeutic use, cold air Diffusers do not harm the fragile properties of Essential Oils), you can buy electric devices, Candle warmed, ceramic rings to place on light bulbs, or just use a bowl of warm water.

Using heat to diffuse Essential Oils will destroy Essential Oils, rendering them therapeutically ineffective. Cold air Diffusers gently break up Essential Oils into tiny molecules through micro diffusion thus retaining the integrity of the oils. This process creates a fine mist vapor that floats in the air and can be absorbed gently into the body through the respiratory system. If you’re diffusing an oil only for aroma, an Oil Burner works perfectly. But, if you’re using an Essential Oil or blend for therapeutic benefit, use a cold air Diffuser.

COMPRESS:
Dilute 1 part Essential Oil or blend with 4 parts vegetable oil (olive works great) and apply 8-10 drops on affected area. Cover with moist hand towel or wash cloth. Cover the moist towel with a dry towel and leave in place for 10-15 minutes. If there is inflammation – always use a cold compress. If there is no inflammation, use a warm compress.

FOOT REFLEX POINTS:
Massage oil or blend with the side of your thumb or reflex tool on the corresponding reflex point on the feet. Use a press and circle motion for 10-20 seconds per point.

RECTAL RETENTION: (only if directed)
Dilute 15 drops recommended Essential Oil(s) or blend with 1 TBSP vegetable oil. Insert 1 TBSP into rectum with a bulb syringe and retain overnight.

VAGINAL RETENTION: (only if directed)
Apply 5-8 drops of oil or blend on a tampon and insert into vagina for internal infection; or apply to sanitary pad for external lesions. Retain overnight.

VAPORIZE:
Run hot, steaming water into sink or large bowl. Drape towel over head, covering hot water also. Add 3-6 drops Essential Oil(s) or blend to the water. Inhale vapors as deeply as possible several times through the nose as they rise with the steam. Recharge vapors with additional hot water as needed.

MASSAGE:
Blend 15 drops of Essential Oil per ounce of Carrier Oil (Almond, Apricot, Jojoba) and indulge in the power of touch.

OTHER USES:
Facial steams, foot soaks, insect repellant, household cleaning…. and much more… use your imagination

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For Guaranteed, Effective, 100% Natural Herbal Remedies , please visit Native Remedies.

ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

Are you looking for quality Vitamins, diet aids and health Supplements? Visit the Health Supplement Shop – highly recommended!

February 8, 2006

Basic Candle Making

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It is really not that difficult to make your own basic Candles! If you are going to be performing any spells or rituals using Candles, then to make your own is a good idea, as the Candles will pick up your vibrations & will be more pure than ones you buy in a shop, as no-one else has handled them. But always remember, Safety first! Never leave hot wax unattended, always use heat proof gloves when handling container/pot that wax is in & make Candles at a time when young children are not around.Alway ensure that you have a good amount of working space as well, to minimise the danger of accidents.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR BASIC Candle MAKING

Wax – Paraffin wax is good, Colour – dyes or a cheap alternative is Children’s crayons ( the thicker one are better! ), Wick – you can buy these or make your own by dipping thick string or thin cord into warm wax. Leave to dry on grease-proof paper. Mould – You can buy these from craft stores, or use an old can, as a cheap alternative! A Container for the wax – A double boiler is best to heat the wax in, but failing that, put the wax into an old coffee tin, then into a saucepan filled with water to heat it ( make sure the water doesn’t come up further than your tin though! )

A Thermometer You have to keep the temperature of the wax below 375 degrees, as to over-heat wax is very dangerous indeed, the fumes from over-heated wax can lead to illness as well as the danger of severe burns from boiling wax! Ideally for safety, try to keep the wax under 200 degrees, as this is more than sufficient! Mold release agent – This is necessary to easily & safely remove your Candle from the mold. You can use a silicone spray or cooking spray oil for this. Wooden spoon – to stir the wax Scissors Pencils – You will need one for eah Candle you are making to hold the wick.

MAKING THE Candle

Heat the double boiler or saucepan of water to a high enough heat to melt wax & add the wax to your carrier. Start to melt the wax, ensuring with the thermometer that it is well within the temperature guidelines! Stir the melting wax with a wooden spoon. While the wax is begining to melt, spray the mould with the silicone spray or the cooking oil spray.Leave the mould to one side for later use. Kepp stirring the wax with the wooden spoon softly until it is completely melted. Add colouring, one drop at a time until you build up to a colour that you like ( you can always add more colour, but not so easy to take colour away, so one drop at a time! ) or if you are using crayons, dip the crayons into the wax ( be very careful as you do this! ) .

Now get your wick/wicks. Tie one end of the wick to the middle of the pencil, & gently drop the wick into the mould containg, trying to get the wick to be in the centre of the mould if possible, resting thepencil on top of the mould. ( if you are using a Candle mould, then sometimes there is a little hole at the bottom to feed the wick through, this centres the wick, but you must remember to seal the whole after the wick has been thread through. Use a small peice of putty or Blu-Tak to do this! & ensure that the wick is taut! ) It is now time to pour the HOT wax into the mould/moulds. Use oven gloves or other suitable safety equipment to lift the wax carrier from the water, & take great care to gently pour into the mould / moulds.

Fill the mould until it comes up to 1 inch before the top of the mould. You must leave this space. Leave the wax to harden for at least several hours, preferably over-night, in a safe place out of the reach of children. Do not try to remove the Candle from the mould until you are absolutely sure it has hardened completely! Once it is ready, tip the mould upside down & thanks to the release agent, it should then slide out easily.

OTHER Candle IDEAS

While you are adding the colouring, you could also try adding a scent to your Candle! Herbs & Spices are good for this as are the Vanilla & mint oils usually used as cooking ingredients! You can also drop hings into the wax when it has melted & before pouring into the mould. Leaves are very good for this, as are sea shells, this adds a nice touch to Candles you may wish to give as presents!

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