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Beauty Products: About Natural Ingredients

Posted by Admin (Admins) at Aug 9 2011, 03:06 PM. One comment

Oils and Butters Definition
All oils and fats are complex compounds called triglycerides. All oils and fats are a mixture of triglycerides with a different fatty acid attached. To further explain, an oil molecule is formed from one glycerin molecule and three fatty acid molecules. All fatty acid molecules are lipophinic and hydrophilic. Lipophilic means that it has a great affinity for oil. Hydrophilic means that it has a great affinity for water. The glycerin component of an oil or fat is an alcohol with three locations on its molecule where the hydrophilic molecule of the fatty acids attaches. The best oils contain essential fatty acids because these cannot be synthesized in the human body. The most important are linoleic, linolenic and arachidonic acids.

Expeller Pressed vs. Cold Pressed
All cold pressed oils are expeller pressed. But all expeller pressed oils are not necessarily cold pressed. It all has to do with temperature.

What is Expeller Pressing?
Expeller pressing is a chemical-free mechanical process that extracts oil from seeds and nuts. This method of oil extraction is an alternative to the hexane-extraction method used for many conventional oils. The temperature reached during pressing depends on the hardness of the nut or seed. The harder the nut or seed, the more pressure required to extract the oil, which in turn creates more friction and higher heat. There is no external heat applied during the expeller pressing

Why Cold Press?
Delicate oils, or those in which flavor nuances are a key component, need to be treated with greater care in controlling processing factors. Oils that are cold pressed are expeller pressed in a heat-controlled environment to keep temperatures below 120 degrees F.

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- Aloe Butter(Cocos Nucifera Oil / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract)
Aloe butter is a proprietary cosmetic "butter" developed exclusively for cosmetic purposes. Aloe butter is an extract of aloe vera, aloe barbadensis, in a coconut fatty fraction. It is solid at room temperature, but melts on the skin. Can be used for coetaneous dryness, to moisturize after sun exposure. Suitable for a variety of skin care applications for lotions, soaps, skin creams and lip balms to enhance moisturization and to gain the properties of Aloe.

Suggested Use Levels: Lotions & Creams: 3-5% Balms: 5-100% Bar Soaps: 3-6% Conditioners: 2-5%

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- Aloe Vera Oil (Aloe barbadensis miller)
Aloe Vera Oil is produced by macerating the aloe vera leaves in soybean oil. By using the oil, you can add the healing properties of aloe vera to your product without needing to worry about bacterial/mold growth.

Use aloe vera oil at 5-10% in most formulations.


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- Almond Butter (Prunus Amygdales Dulcis)
Almond Butter is derived from sweet Almonds (Prunus Amygdales Dulcis), specifically from the Mediterranean area, and is obtained by cold pressing of selected fruits followed by a full refining process. The natural oil contains essential fatty acids, but also contains unsaponifiables as natural waxes/paraffins, which are collected during the refining and deodorization process. In cosmetic preparations, the feel and behavior of Almond Butter is somewhat similar to that of shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii).

Almond Butter exhibits excellent spreadability on the skin, making it ideal as a massage butter or carrier for treatment products. It adds moisturizing attributes to creams and lotions and bar soaps. May be used in cosmetics, toiletries, soaps, massage oils & balms, hair care and sun care preparations.

Suggested Use Levels: Use from 3% to 100% pure (as a butter-like balm).


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- Almond, Sweet (Prunus amygdales)
Sweet almond oil is pressed from almond kernels. The almond tree is cultivated in Southern Europe, the Mediterranean countries and California. It consists mainly of oleic acid (69%), essential unsaturated fatty acids (25%), sterolins (.5 to 1%) and vitamin E (about 10 IU per ounce. A light nearly odorless oil. Sweet almond oil is said to have great nutritional value for all skin types. Has a similar make up to baby’s sebum, the oil naturally produced by the skin to protect it and is easily absorbed. Contain glucosides, minerals, and vitamins and is rich in protein. Sweet almond oil has very little natural smell and can be used as a perfume base. It was highly valued by the Egyptians for cosmetic purposes.

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- Apricot Kernel (Prunus armeniaca)
Apricot kernel oil comes from the large pits of apricots that yield up to 45% oil. The apricot tree is cultivated throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Apricot kernel oil has 30% unsaturated essential fatty acid content. The oil is similar in weight to human sebum. Extremely nourishing to the skin and excellent around the eyes and neck. Apricot kernel oil is an emollient. According to the AMA's committee on Coetaneous Health does help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. And may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging.

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- Avocado Butter (Persea Gratissima)
Ultra Refined Avocado butter is obtained from the fruit of the avocado tree (Persea Gratissima) which grows in sub-tropical regions of the world. The butter is created from the avocado fruit oil through a unique hydrogenation process, which yields a soft, greenish butter. It has a mild odor and excellent melting properties, which is suitable for skin care. May be used in all types of soap and toiletries to improved moisturization and soften rough, dry skin.

Suggested Use Levels: Lotions & Creams: 3-5% Balms: 5-100% Bar Soaps: 3-6% Conditioners: 2-5%

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- Avocado (Persea americana)
Avocado oil is made from the pulp of the avocado fruit. It is a rich, heavy but penetrating oil that is full of nutritive and therapeutic components. Avocado oil contains more than 20 % essential unsaturated fatty acids. It contains vitamins A, C, D and E, proteins, beta-carotene, lecithin, fatty acids and the "youth mineral" potassium. Avocado oil is high in unsaponifiables (sterolins) which are reputed to be beneficial in reducing age spots, healing scars and moisturizing the upper layers of the skin. Unsaponifiables are a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins. They soften the skin, have superior moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reduce scars. The sterolins in avocado oil have been found to diminish age spots. Oils with the highest unsaponifiables are shea butter, avocado oil, sesame oil, soybean oil and olive oil.

A 1991 study at the Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology found that treatment with avocado oil significantly increases the water soluble collagen content in the dermis, which effects the age of the skin. Avocado is used in many folk medicines as an aphrodisiac. Avocado oil is an emollient and very stable. According to the AMA's committee on Coetaneous Health it does help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. And may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging. Said to help protect the skin from ultraviolet rays.


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- Borage (Borago officinalis)
Obtained from the seed of Borago officinalis, which grows abundantly in the Mediterranean region, Central Europe and Asia. Has an extremely high gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) content. GLA is vital for the synthesis of prostaglandin an important function in the body, especially the skin. Borage oil also has the highest known content of essential unsaturated fatty acids. These are great skin conditioners. They regulate the hydration of the skin and are humectants.

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- Castor USP (Ricinus communis)
Castor oil is extracted from the sees of the castor plant. Commonly used commercially in 50% of lipsticks in the United States. Creates a protective barrier on the skin and is soothing. Castor oil is part alcohol and part oil. It is mainly composed of ricinoleic acid (87%), a fatty acid with an unusual molecular structure. Also known as Palm Christi Oil.

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- Castor, Sulfated (Ricinus communis)
Commonly known as "Turkey Red", sulfated castor oil is created by adding sulfuric acid to castor oil. The resulting oil is water-soluble.

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- Carrot Oil is rich in beta carotene, vitamins A & E and pro-vitamin A which help heal dry, chapped, cracked skin. Carrot oil helps to balance the moisture in our skin and conditions hair. Use at 5 -10% in products for repair and conditioning of skin or hair or at about 2-5% for general moisturizing effects. A good oil for the face.

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- Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)
Cocoa butter is the solid fat expressed from the roasted seed of the cocoa seed AKA beans. The cocoa tree is cultivated in most tropical countries and is native to South America. It is highly protective and acts as a water repellant. It contains about 5 IU of vitamin E per ounce. Cocoa Butter softens and lubricates the skin. If it smells like chocolate to you that is because it is the by-product from the manufacturing of cocoa and chocolate. The scent can be overwhelming in recipes but you can use deodorized cocoa butter if it is offensive to you. May be used in a variety of cosmetic, toiletry and pharmaceutical applications to reduce coetaneous dryness and improve skin flexibility.

Suggested Use Levels: Lotions & Creams: 3-5% Balms: 5-100% Bar Soaps: 3-6% Conditioners: 2-5%

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- Coconut (Cocos nucifera)
Coconut oil is expressed from coconut kernels. Coconut is solid at temperatures below 76 degrees. Also available in higher degree oils. This highly saturated fat contains twice the heavy fats as lard. Coconut oil is commonly used to promote lather in soaps and gel. Wonderfully emollient and has cooling properties. Available in various degrees.

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- Cranberry Seed oil is an essential fatty acid oil recently introduced into the supplement industry. It is the only available oil with a one to one ratio of Omega 6 (linoleic) to Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic) fatty acids. Cranberry seed oil has oxidative stability and contains 70% essential fatty acids making it a superb emollient, lubricant and conditioner for the skin. It is excellent for use in skin, hair, lip and baby care. Cranberry seed oil contributes to the lipid barrier protection of the skin and assists in moisture retention.

The oil also contains high concentrations of tocopherols, tocotrienols, phytosterols, phospholipids and Vitamin A, redefining performance and stability standards for highly polyunsatruated oils.

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- Evening Primrose(Oenothers bennis)
Evening primrose oil is taken from the seeds of the evening primrose. The name comes from the fact that its flowers blossom in the evening and wither in the day. Evening primrose oil has high gamma linoliec acid, which is an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid that is converted into prostaglandins and hormones. Because evening primrose oil has an extremely high gamma linolenic acid (GLA) content it has been extensively researched. GLA is vital for the synthesis of prostaglandin an important function in the body, especially the skin. Linoliec acid is said to rejuvenated skin cells. Evening primrose is full of vitamins and minerals. It also repairs damaged skin, keeps skin healthy, helps repair sun damaged and mature skin. Evening primrose oil is an emollient. According to the AMA's committee on Coetaneous Health does help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. And may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging.

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- Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera)
Grapeseed oil is made from the seeds of wine producing grapes. The lightest of oils and virtually odorless. Contains vitamins, minerals, high in polyunsaturates and protein. Grapeseed oil is wonderful used around the eyes and neck. Widely used in hypoallergenic natural products because it does not often cause allergic reactions in the highly allergic.

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- Hazelnut (Corylus avellana)
Hazelnut oil is extracted from hazelnuts. It penetrates the skin easily. It has some vitamin E content. Cold pressed hazelnut oil is a wonderful light, penetrating oil that is slightly astringent making it a good oil for acne prone skin. It is high in the essential fatty acids and is soothing and healing to dry irritated skin. Studies have shown that it can filter sunrays and is therefore commonly used in sun care products. A good oil for massage, hair care and cream/lotion formulas.

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- Hemp Seed (Cannabis sativa)
Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. To most people Cannabis sativa is synonymous with marijuana; the Latin name translates to "useful hemp." Because of this we are often asked if our hemp oil is legal. The oil itself is perfectly legal. There is no tetrahydrocannabinol in the final product of hemp oil. Hemp contains proteins and high quality fat. Hemp has a remarkable fatty acid profile. It is high in omega-3 and a 1.7% gamma-linolenic acid. It is 57% linoleic and 19% linoleic acids. Hemp is a wonderful oil for dry or mature skin since it is said to help stimulate cell growth. It has high levels of essential fatty acids, including linolenic acid. Natural hemp seed oil is dark green and has a nutty rich scent. Hemp seed oil is an emollient. According to the AMA's committee on Coetaneous Health emollients help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. And may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging. Hemp seed has a lot of minerals and is good for the skin and hair.

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- Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
Jojoba oil is cold pressed from the nuts of the jojoba tree. The jojoba tree is cultivated in California, Arizona, Mexico and Israel. Jojoba is pronounced Ho Ho Ba. Native Americans have been using jojoba for centuries. The first record of jojoba is from 1701. Father Junipero Serrra found that Native Americans were using Jojoba to treat sores, cuts, burns, as a conditioner and for all over skin and hair treatments.

Jojoba is technically not an oil, but a liquid wax ester with a long unsaturated carbon chains. Chemically it resembles sperm whale oil or spermaceti oil. It was a popular ingredient in creams. In the 1970's the United States banned all sperm whale products because they were contributing to the extinction of sperm whales. In 1977 domestic commercial jojoba oil cultivation began because it is the natural substitute for spermaceti, which in other cases has been replaced by synthetic products. Jojoba esters are composed of straight chain alcohols. The acid and the alcohol portions have 20 or 22 carbon atoms and one unsaturated bond. It resembles human sebum; the natural coating our body produces to protect the skin and keeps it supple. Jojoba is skin therapy; our skin loses sebum with age, sun, wind, cold, and the environment. IT Contains protein, minerals and a waxy substance that mimics collagen. Jojoba is perfect for any skin type it has a large molecular structure. Jojoba can help dry or oily skin. If your skin has an over production of sebum jojoba oil will dissolve clogged pores and restore the skin to its natural pH balance. The reason jojoba oil works so well it actually penetrates the skin because it is accepted as sebum.

Although jojoba oil is very expensive it does have a long shelf life; it will never break down or go rancid. Jojoba is expensive because it can take up to 1200 nuts to get one pond of jojoba nuts, which have a 50% yield of oil. Because jojoba has very little scent it works as a wonderful natural perfume base. Jojoba is not greasy and absorbs right into the skin. JMC Technologies has conducted scientific research proving that jojoba can increase skin softness by up to 37%, it reduces superficial lines and wrinkles up to 25% upon application and up to 11% after 8 hours. Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic and pure.

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- Kokum Butter, Refined (Garcinia Indica)
Kokum butter is obtained from the fruit of the Garcina indica tree grown in India. It has a triglyceride composition that is uniform and consist of up to 80% stearic-oleic-stearic (SOS) triglycerides. Kokum butter has excellent emollient properties and high oxidative stability, which assists emulsion integrity. It is a solid, stable hard butter, which melts on contact with skin. Prevents skin dryness and said to reduce the development of wrinkles. Reduces degeneration of skin cells and restores flexibility to the skin. It is ideal for lipsticks and balms; it‘s also a great addition to bar soaps and skin lotions.

Suggested Use Levels: Lotions & Creams: 1-3% Balms: 5-100% Bar Soaps: 2-5% Conditioners: 1-3%

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- Macadamia Nut(Macadamia integrifolia)
Pressed from the macadamia nut, which is an evergreen tree grown mainly in Hawaii. Macadamia nut oil is similar to sebum, the oil naturally produced by human skin to protect it. Absorbs well into the skin, is highly emollient and soothing. Contains magnesium and thiamin.

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- Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica)
Mango butter is solid and from the seed kernel of mango fruit. The Mango tree is a tropical evergreen tree from India and Malaysia. From its seed a firm "butter" is rendered, suitable for soaps, cosmetics, toiletries and pharmaceuticals. Often when suppliers incorrectly heat or store mango butter it forms little fat granules or crystals that make it feel lumpy. To correct this simply heat it in a double broiler to 170-185 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. Mango butter exhibits excellent moisturizing for lotions and good lubricity on skin. It melts at skin temperatures making it ideal for sticks, balms and suppositories. It also counters the drying effects of bar soaps and cleansers.

Suggested Use Levels: Lotions & Creams: 3-5% Balms: 5-100% Bar Soaps: 3-6% Conditioners: 2-5%

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- Meadowfoam Seed oil when added to cosmetics and creams, it re-moisturizes the skin in ways no oil can. In shampoos and soaps it helps add shine moisture to hair and scalp made dry and brittle by the harsh process of daily washing. In lipsticks and balms, it helps revitalize dry, cracked lips and they stay moist longer. Meadowfoam Seed is currently being used in the following types of products: suntan lotions, eye shadows, eye liners, mascara, hand/face creams, cuticle repair lotions, body oils and creams, shaving creams, foundations, rouges, face powders, lip sticks, shampoos, and hair/scalp treatments.

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- Neem (Azadriachta indica)
Used widely in India as an antibacterial, antiviral. antifungal, antiseptic, antiparasitic agent in toiletries, soap, toothpaste and skin/hair care products. It is used to treat skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, scabies, syphilitic sores, chicken pox etc. It can be used to get rid of lice and control dandruff. In toothpaste in helps relieve swollen and bleeding gums and kills the bacteria that cause gingivitis. Neem powder can be used in a foot bath powder to kill fungus and bacteria. Mixed with clay, it makes a great facial for those with acne and other skin problems. Add to liquid soap base for an anti bacterial hand soap. Use in bug repellant lotion bars to keep the bugs away. Use in pet soaps to kill and repel fleas and to treat hot spots. Neem oil can be sprayed on plants to keep insects from devouring the leaves.

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- Olive (Olea europaea)
Olive oil is obtained by crushing and pressing the fruit of the olive tree. The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean area, but can be grown in other tropical and warm areas. The olive tree is an evergreen. An important historic oil used extensively in ancient times. Highly nutritive and stable. Contains protein, minerals and vitamins. Superior penetrating power. It is a yellow or greenish. Has acidic and antioxidant values. Olive oil is high in unsaponifiables, which is a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins. They soften the skin, have superior moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reduce scars. Oils with the highest unsaponifiables are shea butter, avocado oil, sesame oil, soybean oil and olive oil.

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- Olive Butter is derived from olive oil (Olea europaea), specfially from the mediterranean area, and is obtained by cold pressing of selected fruits followed by a full refining process. The natural oil inherintly contains essential fatty acids, but also contains unsaponifiables as natural waxes/paraffins, which are collected during the refining and deodorization process, and from the squalane production process. In cosmetic preparations, the feel and behaviour of OLIVE BUTTER is very similar to that of shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii). Olive Butter exhibits excellent spreadability on the skin, making it ideal as a massage butter or carrier for treatment products. It adds moisturizing attributes to creams and lotions and bar soaps. May be used in cosmetics, toiletries, soaps, massage oils & balms, hair care and sun care preparations.

Suggested Use Levels: Use from 3% to 100% pure (as a butter-like balm).

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- Palm (Elaesis guineesis)
Palm oil is obtained from the fruit or seed of the palm tree. A rich source of Vitamin A. Palm 106 is a refined, food grade oil. Although it has little contribution to skin care and would not make a nice bar of soap by itself, it makes a nice hard bar when used in combination with other oils such as coconut and olive oil. It is less water-soluble and resists "melting" a do many softer soaps. It saponifies easily and pulls other oils into saponification quicker.

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- Palm Kernel (Elaeis guineensis)
Taken from the palms of the African palm oil tree. Palm kernel oil is very similar to coconut oil in that it has a high percentage of lauric acid, which allows it to produce a hard soap that lathers well. It lends a smooth texture to soap.

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- Red Raspberry Seed oil is another new addition to the list of available essential fatty acid containing oils. It contains 83% essential fatty acids. Raspberry seed oil is emollient, lubricating, conditioning, a lipid barrier providing protection to the skin and provides moisture retention for the skin. This oil has UV absorptive properties in all three ranges beneficial for photoprotection. It contains hight concentrations of mixed tocopherols, tocotrienols and carotenoids. The oil reveals mild raspberry flavor and aroma.

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- Rose Hip Seed (Rosa mosqueta)
Rose Hip oil is extracted from ripened fruit of a hybrid, thorny, wild rosebush native to South American countries. A healing oil that is said to regenerate the skin and counteract the effects of aging. Rose hip oil is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, is high in gamma linoliec acid (GLA) and vitamin C. Rose hip oil is often used in products made for stretch marks, burns, scars and mature dry skin. Rose hip seed oil is an emollient and strengthens the hair shaft. According to the AMA's committee on Coetaneous Health emollients do help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. And may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging.

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- Safflower (Carthamus tinctoorius)
Safflower oil is from an annual plant that is native to Mediterranean countries. It is also grown in Europe and the United States. It can be obtained by pressing or a solvent extraction. Safflower has one of the highest linoleic acid (70%) contents of all oils. The moisture content of human skin is proportional to the content of essential unsaturated fatty acids. Wonderfully moisturizing.

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- Sal Butter (Shorea robusta)
(aka Shorea Butter) Obtained from the fruit kernel of the sal tree grown in India. Contains mainly fatty acids. Has a uniform triglyceride composition with a high oxidative stability due to a very low polyunsaturated fatty acid content. Is extremely emollient, prevents drying and reduces degeneration of skin cells. It is suitable for soaps, cosmetics and toiletries. Due to its uniform triglyceride composition, it exhibits high oxidative and emulsion stability, and good skin softening ability. It melts at skin temperatures making it ideal for sticks and balms. Ideal for bar soaps and skin creams.

Suggested Use Levels: Lotions & Creams: 3-5% Balms: 5-100% Bar Soaps: 3-6% Conditioners: 2-5%

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- Sesame (Sesamum inducum)
Made from sesame seeds. Contains natural antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, proteins, lecithin and amino acids. From the edible seeds of an East Indian herb. Traditionally used in the healing art of Indian Ayurvedic. Sesame oil is high in unsaponifiables which is a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins. They soften the skin, have superior moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reduce scars.

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- Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii)
Shea butter is solid and comes from the natural fat obtained from the karite tree grown in West and Central Africa. Often referred to as karite butter. Shea butter is an emollient. It is extremely therapeutic, helping to heal cracked, aged and damaged skin. Its chemical constituents help to heal bruising and soreness. Shea butter penetrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It has vitamin A, E and is highly compatible with skin. Shea butter has a high content of unsaponifiables and cinnamic esters, which have antimicrobial and moisturizing properties and provide protection from the UV rays of the sun. Unsaponifiables are a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins. They soften the skin, have superior moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reduce scars. Shea butter is expeller pressed without use of solvents, making a lipid suitable for soaps, cosmetics and toiletries. Shea butter is renowned for is skin softening and moisture retaining ability. It melts at skin temperatures making it ideal for lip and body balms as well as bar soaps and lotions. Shea Butter has often been heated 3 to 5 times in the manufacturing process. Each time the shea butter is heated it increases the chances of shea butter forming fat granules or crystals. When you use shea butter make sure that you add as little heat as possible. Make sure that the shea butter was not heated up by your supplier and has already arrived to you with crystals. It is best to heat the oils you are adding to the shea butter and then add the shea butter in small pieces off the heat. Whipping the shea butter with a hand held mixture, using as little heat as possible and cooling the shea butter as quickly as possible all help deter the problem. But there are no guarantees.

Suggested Use Levels: Lotions & Creams: 3-5% Balms: 5-100% Bar Soaps: 3-6% Conditioners: 2-5%

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- Shea Oil (Butyrospermum parkii)
is obtained by cold pressing of the fruits (seeds) of the karite tree followed by a full refining process. During the pressing of the butter, a liquid fraction appears as SHEA OIL which offers an exceptional skin feel. Shea is well known to assist coetaneous dryness, dermatitis and dermatoses, eczema, solar erythema and burns.

Suggested Uses: Use from 3% to 20% in creams and lotions, soaps and balms, or 100% pure as a moisturizing serum or massage oil.

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- Soybean (Soya max)
The ancient Orient cultivated soybeans for its protein, oil and lecithin content. Currently soybean oil is one of the most important oils produced in the United States. It is pressed from the soybean. Most of the lecithin (phospholipids) used in cosmetics are derived from soybeans. Soybean oil has a very high-unsaturated fatty acid compound, 2% sterolins and 30 IU per ounce of vitamin E. Unsaponifiables are a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins. They soften the skin, have superior moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reduce scars. The sterolins in avocado oil have been found to diminish age spots. Oils with the highest unsaponifiables are shea butter, avocado oil, sesame oil, soybean oil and olive oil.

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- Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Obtained from the milling of the seeds from the sunflower. It is rich in both vitamins A and E. Sunflower oil is very high in essential fatty acids and helps to moisturize, regenerate and condition the skin. Can be used as a main oil or in a blend. Good for mature, sensitive and dry, damaged skin. Leaves a second "skin" feeling when dry.

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- Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera)
Virgin Coconut oil is the premium of Coconut Oils with a fresh coconut odor like you just cracked it open. Virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed, pure, natural and unrefined. It is an excellent cooking oil that enhances the flavor of many foods and bakery items, such as biscuits, cookies, pastry, etc. It is fabulous in protein shakes, broiling, salads and popcorns. It is also one of the safest most effective natural body moisturizers available. Use it for aromatherapy in soap, body/massage oil, and shampoo moisturizer adding sheen and preventing dry hairs, or a nail and cuticle treatment.

As a saturated oil, it is extremely stable with an almost indefinite shelf life. It is uniquely rich in lauric fatty acid (>48%). According to scientific research as it appears to have significant anti-microbial, anti- bacterial and anti-fungal properties, because of its contain up to 50% medium chain fatty acid.

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- Wheat Germ (Triticum vulgare)
Wheat germ oil is from the golden germ of the wheat. It is extremely high in vitamin A, B1, D, lecithin, protein, a high content of unsaturated fatty acid compounds and a very high vitamin E content at 250 IU per ounce. Wheat germ oil has a heavy wheat nut scent. A very emollient oil that needs to be blended with other oils to overcome its extremely sticky texture. According to the AMA's committee on coetaneous health emollients do help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. And may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging.


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Herbal Extracts & Infusions for Natural Beauty Products

Posted by Admin (Admins) at Aug 9 2011, 02:57 PM. 0 comments

Herbal Extracts & Infusions

Chamomile Flowers (Matricaria recutita)
A member of the daisy family. Used to treat dermatitis, minor skin irritations, and inhibits inflammation. In one study it was found that chamomile was 60% as active as a topical corticosteroid cream. Another study using patients with atopic dermatitis, it was found to be nearly as effective as hydrocortisone. German herbalist called it alles zutraut which means "capable of anything".

Chickweed Herb (Stellaria media)
Chickweed is useful for sores, abscesses, skin irritations and rashes. Chickweed contains saponins, which exert an anti-inflammatory action similar to cortisone.

Comfrey Root (Symphytum officinale)
One of the most useful and valuable plants in cosmetics and medicine. The Physician's Desk Reference (1970 p. 956) states that "allantoin (comfrey's active ingredient) has been reported to liquefy pus and necrotic protein thus accelerating debridement of lesions and denuded areas." It is said to regenerate aging tissues.

Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis)
From the leaves of the plants dried, cured and extracted into ethyl alcohol. Used in cosmetics to reduce the puffiness around the eyes. Has astringent properties due to tannic acid content. Green tea contains compounds that have an antioxidant effect. It is thought that it has anticancerous effects which have been determined by test tube but not proven in human disease prevention yet. It is thought that the active antioxidants may be able to inhibit the cancer process initiated by the sun's ultraviolet B radiation. AT Case Western Reserve University topical administration of green tea resulted in a reduction of tumors that occurred following UVB radiation.

Kelp Norway Extract (Asco phyllium nodosom)
When added to the bath it smoothes the skin. The Indians of Sitka, Alaska to treat earaches and poultices for bruises and cuts. Seaweed was the original source of iodine.

Marshmallow Root Extract (Althea officinalis)
Marshmallow root is emollient, softening and soothing. It has been used for inflammations, sore skin, blemishes, bruises, strains and sprains. It has been used for hundreds of years to heal wounds.

Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)
Helps stimulate the skin and improves circulation and aids with arthritis. Can be used in hair preparations to aid in stimulating hair growth and improves the condition of the scalp. Rich in minerals and plant hormones.

Oatstraw Extract (Avena sativa)
Soothing and softening effects on the skin.

Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
Has a quieting and soothing effect as well as cleansing properties. Indians used it for swellings and sore eyes.

Rooibos Extract (Aspalathus linearis)
Consumed as a health-promoting “tea”, Rooibos has a history of being used to help skin problems, such as eczema or acne. Rooibos Extract has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and Free Radical Scavenging properties, based partly on its unique flavonoid composition including Aspalathin. Rooibos shows anti-allergenic and anti-microbial effects and protects the skin against oxidative stress (anti-aging effect). It is also known to prevent eczema, teeth and mouth mucous membrane inflammations, relieve diaper rash and reduce swelling and inflammation in muscles and joints. These health properties are ascribed to the high level of antioxidants, minerals and polyphenols. Polyphenols act as pigments and sunscreens, as insect attractants and repellents, and as anti-microbials and antioxidants. Laboratory studies have found that rooibos tea contains polyphenol antioxidants, including flavonoids and phenolic acids that are potent free radical scavengers. Flavonoids - The polyphenol antioxidants identified in rooibos include the monomeric flavonoids aspalathin, nothofagin, quercetin, rutin, isoquercitrin, orientin, isoorientin, luteolin, vitexin, isovitexin, and chrysoeriol.

Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva)
Extracted from the bark of the North American elm. Good for skin eruptions and cutaneous diseases. Is emollient and has a slightly astringent property.

Wild Yam Root (Dioscorea villosa)
Wild Yam root was first discovered by Japanese researchers in 1936. They found that several Mexican yam species produced the steroid diosgenin. Progesterone is produced from these steroid drugs. Mexican women had used wild yam as a contraceptive for centuries. Today the most popular and widely used birth control pill in the world is derived from wild yam. American herbalist have used wild yam for decades for painful menstruation, ovarian pain, cramps and problems with child birth. Wild yam root has also been used for gallbladder pain, to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Organic Aloe Extract (Aloe barbadensis)
Expressed from the aloe vera plant which are found mainly in sunny climates. The leaves store large amounts of water. Aloe vera improves hydration is soothing and healing to all skin types. Chemical analysis has shown the presence of mucopolysacharides, a natural moisturizing factor. Aloe vera is composed of water, the enzymes catalase and cellulose, minerals, calcium, aluminum, iron, zinc, magnesium, sodium, 20 amino acids and carbohydrates. Aloe vera also contains the "youth mineral" potassium. Has renown healing properties, anti-inflammatory and can soothe the skin and help heal cuts, grazes, burns and insect bites. In 1500 BC the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus recommended aloe for skin care. The Greeks, Chinese, Roman and Arab herbalist recommended aloe for burns and rashes. In the 1930s a radiologist discovered that aloe vera is effective in treating radiation burns.

Bamboo Extract (Bambusa vulgaris)
Bamboo is a tropical, subtropical grasses. The extract is derived from the leaves and branches, is an extract with moisture-binding properties. Bamboo is said to be strengthening, fortifying, increases the strength of the hair, smoothes the outer layer of hair and regulates moisture.

Organic Beets Extract (Beta vularis)
Beet extract is often used in shampoos for red heads. Beets contain folate, manganese, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, iron and copper.

Organic Black Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis)
Camellia sinensis is the latin name of the tea plant, an evergreen shrub which grows in sub-tropical regions black, white and green tea comes from the same plant. Tea is made from the youngest and most tender leaves; harvested from the top of the bush, these leaves represent the most nutrient rich part of the plant constituents of tea. All teas contain four principal constituents: vitamins, essential oils, polyphenols and caffeine contains antioxidant (anti-aging) vitamins C, A, B, K and traces of minerals like potassium & calcium polyphenols are responsible for the tea's pungency and flavour.

Organic Blue Green Algae Extract (Aphanizomenon flos-aque)
Essential Wholesale’s Blue Green Algae comes from the Klamath Falls in Oregon and is the purest and most nutrient intact algae available in the world. Blue Green Algae is a wild harvest organic certified single cell microscopic organism which occurs in the remote area in the Oregon Cascade Mountains. It is highly bio-available and contains a full spectrum of minerals, chlorophyll, B Vitamins, Beta-Carotene, Pro Vitamin A, Lipids, active enzymes, essential amino acids, nucleic acids, DHA and EPA fatty acids.

Organic Cauliflower Extract (Brassica oleracea botrytis)
Cauliflower contains vitamin C, folate, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 & B6, manganese, omega 3 fatty acids, potassium and magnesium.

Organic Calendula Extract (Calendula officinalis)
From the marigold flower, calendula contains compounds of Triterpene alcohols, flavonoids, hydroxycoumanrins, carotinioids and volatile oil. The flowers are antimicrobials and antiviral. Topical application has been shown to enhance the granulation and epithelialization of damaged skin. Studies show that it aids in wound healing and induce formation of new blood vessels. Calendula also has been shown to have high anti-inflammatory action.

Organic Carrot Extract (Daucus carota sativa)
Carrot extract has extraordinary skin protection and conditioning benefits derived from the high quantities of extract soluble carotenoids that it contains. Carrots are a well known source of b-carotene. It also contain sugars, proteins, mineral salts, and small quantities of C, B, and B2. Carotenoids are a class of easily assimilated antioxidants, which is most abundant in Carrots. Antioxidants protect human cells from harmful free-radical attack.

Organic Celery Extract (Apium graveolens)
Compounds of celery are volatile oil, flavonoids, furocoumanrins and fatty oil. Celery has a diuretic effect, mildly inhibits bacteria and fungi. Celery contains vitamin C, potassium, folate, molybdenum, manganese, Vitamin B1, B2, B6, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin A, tryptophan, phosphorus and iron.

Organic Chamomile (Matricaia recutita)
A member of the daisy family. Used to treat dermatitis, minor skin irritations, and inhibits inflammation. In one study it was found that chamomile was 60% as active as a topical corticosteroid cream. Another study using patients with atopic dermatitis, it was found to be nearly as effective as hydrocortisone. German herbalist called it alles zutraut which means "capable of anything".

Organic Chard Extract, (Beta vulgaris L. var. cicla)
Chard is a power food, a storehouse of many different vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Swiss chard is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, copper, calcium, biotin and zinc.

Cinnamon Bark Extract (Cinnamomum cassia)
Cinnamon compounds are volatile oil, diterpenes, oligomeric proanthocyanidins and mucilages. Cinnamon is antibacterial, fungistatice and promotes motility. Cinnamon has a mild estrogen effect.

Organic Eggplant Extract (Solanum dulcamara)
Eggplant features a host of vitamins, minerals and contains phytonutrients with antioxidant activity. Eggplant is rich in potassium, manganese, copper, Vitamin B1, B3, B6, folate and magnesium.

Organic Flaxseed Extract (Linum usitatissimum)
Flax seed contains omega 3 (linolenic acid), omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids. It also contains some beta carotene and vitamin E.

Ginger Extract (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger compounds include volatile oil, aryl alkanes, gingerols, shogaols, gingerdiols, diarythepianoids, and starch. Studies have found that ginger is anti-emetic and anti-inflammatory.

Organic Grape Root Extract (Vitis vinifera)
The grape root extract has been shown to possess remarkable anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, making it valuable treating yeast/fungal and bacterial infections. Hibiscus Flower Extract, Hibiscus sabdariffa - Hibiscus has been used as an aid to circulation.

Hibiscus
Hibiscus is a natural source of Vitamin C and malic acid. Hibiscus grows in tropical areas throughout the world, and has been used medicinally for centuries. Historically, it was used by the Chinese to treat dandruff and stimulate hair growth. Hibiscus has also been used to treat wounds. Recent research has shown that Hibiscus may have antibacterial properties.

Organic Honeydew Extract (Cucumis melo)
Honeydew melons contain Vitamin A Betacarotine and Vitamin C.

Lemon Verbena Extract (Aloysia triphylla)
Lemon verbena compounds include volatile oil, flavonoids and iridoids. It is considered to be antispasmodice, sedative and a febrifuge.

Lemongrass Extract (Cymbogpogon citrates)
Lemongrass is used for lumbago, neuralgic and rheumatic pain, sprains, and as a mild astringent.

Linden Flower Extract (Tilia species)
Linden Flower compounds include flavonoinds, volatile oil, caffeic acid derivatives, tannins and mucilages. Linden Flower is said to be antitussive, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretics, sedative, and analgesic.

Organic Mustard Greens Extract (Brassica juncea crispifolia)
Mustard Greens contain, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, Vitamin C, Floate, manganese, Vitamin E, tryptophan, calcium, potassium, copper and iron.

Nopal Extract (Ocimum micranthum)
Nopal is a cactus which has been used by Native American tribal Indians for generations. Nopal contains large amounts of Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.

Olive Leaf Extract (Olea europaea)
Olive Leaf extract contains 98 phytochemicals; one of the most important being oleuropein. Oleuropein acts as an antibacterial, antiviral, and antiparasitic substance. Oleuropein is a bitter, phenolic glycoside present in the fruit, leaves, bark and roots of the the olive tree. It is the source of the olive tree's powerful disease resistance which protects it against insect and bacterial predators. Olive leaf extract contains esters, flavonoids, and multiple iridoids.

Passion Flower Extract (Passiflora incarnate)
The primary chemical constituents of passion flower extract include alkaloids, flavonoids, flavone glycosides, sterols, sugars, and gums. Historic topical applications of passion flower extract have included use as a compress for swollen eyes, burns and skin irritations, and as a poultice or juice for burns and wounds.

Organic Parsley Extract (Carum petroselinum)
Parsley extract is soothing and antiseptic. It has healing effects on acne, psoriasis and excema.

Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)
Pomegranate fruit extract has been extensively used as a folk medicine by many cultures. PFE contains several polyphenols (such as catechins, gallic and ellagic acids) and anthocyanidins (such as delphinidin, cyanidin, and pelargonidin) and its antioxidant activity is said to be higher than that of red wine and green tea.

Organic Pumpkin Extract (Cucurbita pepo)
Pumpkin contains a high concentration of Vitamin A, iron, calcium, Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, potassium, zinc and retinol.

Psyllium Extract (Plantago afra)
Historically psyllium was used topically to treat skin irritations, including poison ivy reactions and insect bites and stings

Organic Red Pepper Extract (Capsicum annuum var. annum L.)
Red Pepper has been said to kill harmful bacteria and is used to heal and prevent infection from sores, burns and injuries as well. Used for rheumatism, inflammation, fevers and pleurisy. Said to heal wounds, bruises, sprains, scalds, burns and sunburns.

Rose, Centrifolia Extract
Rose is said to be anti-infectious, antiseptic, astringent, antiviral, tonic, stimulant, aphrodisiac and an emollient. A cell rejuvenator, radiation burns, cleansing, regulating and cooling.

Safflower Extract (Carthamus Tinctorius)
Safflower flowers have been traditionally used to treat measles, fevers, and skin rashes. Applied externally, safflower flower is used to cleanse wounds.

Sandalwood, Red Extract (Pterocarpus santalinus)
Red Sandalwood extract has tranquilizing effects. It is also decongesting for all skin types.

Organic St. John’s Wort Extract, (Hypericum perforatum)
St. John's wort has been shown to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. It's particularly effective for the treatment of burns, cuts, scrapes, and minor skin irritations. Some preliminary studies indicate that St. John's wort might be useful against herpes simplex. St. John’s Wort Extract, Hypericum perforatum - St. John's wort has been shown to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. It's particularly effective for the treatment of burns, cuts, scrapes, and minor skin irritations. Some preliminary studies indicate that St. John's wort might be useful against herpes simplex.

Yucca Root Extract (Yucca glauca)
Yucca is known for its mild cleansing properties and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Organic Spirulina Extract (Various blue green algae)
Spirulina Extract is a blue-green algae found it most likes and ponds which is rich in vitamins and amino acids. Spirulina extract is also a natural source of essential fatty acids, which are vital to the proper functioning of the skin to keep it hydrated and supple. Spirulina is considered a complete protein. It is also a rich source of B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, Vitamin E, carotenoids, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium and gamma linolenic acid.

Organic Winter Squash Extract (Cucurbita maxima)
Winter Squash is an outstanding source of vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, along with some magnesium and manganese.

Organic Usnea Lichen Extract
Usnea Lichen, has long been used for its antimicrobial properties. It can be used in cosmetic preserving systems and can be included in deodorizing and hygiene products, aftershave lotions, and products for treating acne and skin ulcers and foot care.

Organic Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis virginiana)
This is a very common ingredient in various cosmetics and is used as a local anesthetic and astringent. It is made from the twigs and leaves of Hamamelis virginiana.

Organic Yarrow Extract (Achillea millefolium )
Yarrow extract has astringent properties.

Organic White Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis)
Camellia sinensis is the latin name of the tea plant, an evergreen shrub which grows in sub-tropical regions black, white and green tea comes from the same plant. Tea is made from the youngest and most tender leaves; harvested from the top of the bush, these leaves represent the most nutrient rich part of the plant constituents of tea. All teas contain four principal constituents: vitamins, essential oils, polyphenols and caffeine contains antioxidant (anti-aging) vitamins C, A, B, K and traces of minerals like potassium & calcium polyphenols are responsible for the tea's pungency and flavour.

Resources: Botanic Choice Vitamin Tree Mother Nature Kalyx Starwest Botanicals

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Aromatherapy - The Power of Essential Oils

Posted by Flora (Admins) at Mar 29 2011, 07:25 PM. 0 comments

Plant material in the form of seeds, leaves, berries, flowers, bark, roots and resin is the source for essential oils. The oil is distilled and used in perfume and cosmetics. It is also the foundation for the practice of aromatherapy. In today’s stressful times, people are looking for a way to relax the mind and body. As complementary medicine has grown in popularity, the demand for the oils has risen. In addition to its ability to treat certain conditions, most people find the oils, very pleasant to use.

When buying items for massage or for other uses, it is important to choose a reputable retailer. Essential oils are safe when blended by qualified staff, who know the appropriate advice to give. It is equally important to choose a properly trained aromatherapist. There are many blends for sale, each with their own therapeutic value and many recipes have been in existence for a long time.

A Lavender, Chamomile and Bergamot blend can be added to a handkerchief, placed in a tissue in a pillowcase or to bath water. It can also be used to massage the neck, back or shoulders. The Lavender is good for insomniacs, the Chamomile is soothing and the Bergamot energizes. This blend should not be used prior to exposure to the sun.

Clove Bud, Orange and Cedarwood should not be applied directly to the skin and is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant. Clove is good for the digestion system and can be used to massage the abdomen. Orange is good for the circulation and is a good mood lifter. It is also relaxing and helps with digestion. This essential oils blend can be put in to a plastic bag and inhaled and can be used in the bath or added to a vaporizer or oil burner.

Lemon and Lime is an excellent combination as they are both astringents. Lemon is good for the skin because of its anti-bacterial qualities. It is particularly effective for oily skin in teenagers. Lime invigorates aching muscles and energizes mind and body. It can be applied through massage, by inhaling or in the bath.

For anyone lacking self-confidence, Ylang Ylang is the answer as it boosts the emotions. It is often combined with Patchouli, which is used to treat dry or itchy skin. It is recommended for mature skin. This essential oils blend should be used in moderation as Ylang Ylang can induce headaches or nausea in susceptible people.

There are scores of amazing powerful blends of oils that can alleviate many common and annoying health problems and really change your life.



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Healing with Aromatherapy

Posted by Flora (Admins) at Mar 29 2011, 07:22 PM. 0 comments

Aromatherapy is a method of healing that uses concentrated essential oils. These oils are often very aromatic and they are extracted from plants. The constituents that make up the oils will have the perfume that is given off by the particular plant. The essential oils help the plant to complete its cycle of growth and reproduction.

For example, some oils may attract insects for the purpose of pollination; others may cause it to be disliked as a source of food. Any part of a plant – the stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, roots or bark – may produce essential oils or essences but often only in small amounts. Different parts of the same plants may produce their own form of oil. An example of this is the orange, which produces oils with different properties in the flowers, fruits and leaves.

Art and writings from the ancient civilisations of Egypt, China and Persia show that plant essences were used and valued by priests, physicians and healers. Plant essences have been used throughout the ages for healing – in incense for religious rituals, in perfumes and embalming ointments and for culinary purposes. There are many Biblical references that give an insight into the uses of plant oils and the high value that was attached to them. Throughout the course of human history the healing properties of plants and their essential oils has been recognised, and most people probably had some knowledge about their use.

Since any part of a plant may produce essential oils, the method of extraction depends on the makeup of the individual plant. The oils are produced by small cells or glands and are released naturally by the plant in small amounts over a period of time. In order to harvest the oils in sufficient amounts, it is necessary to collect a large quantity of the part of the plant needed and to subject the material to a process that causes the oil glands to burst.

Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile and aromatic. They easily evaporate, change and deteriorate if exposed to light, heat and air. For most purposes in aromatherapy, essential oils are used in a dilute form, being added either to water or to another oil, called the base or carrier. The base is often a vegetable oil such as olive oil, which has nutrient and beneficial properties.

It is only in more recent times, with the great developments in science and conventional medicine, particularly the manufacture of antibiotics and synthetic drugs that knowledge and interest in the older methods of healing declined. However, in the last two decades there has been a great renewal of interest in the practice or aromatherapy with many people turning to this form of natural treatment.


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Christmas and Holiday Blend Recipes

Posted by Flora (Admins) at Mar 29 2011, 02:34 AM. 0 comments

Christmas Tree Diffuser Blend

The smell of fresh cut Christmas trees is an aroma that brings happiness and fondness of Christmas to many. This blend is wonderful to enhance that aroma. Enjoy it in rooms that don't have a fresh tree.

The below directions are for creating a diffuser blend, but it can also be used to help revive the aroma of fresh trees, wreaths and garlands. Simply sprinkle on a few drops, paying attention not to let the blend come into contact with furniture, Christmas lights or electrical cords. It is lovely in potpourri. It is also a wonderful blend to use for the Scented Greeting Card & Tissue Paper recipe.

Ingredients:

5 drops Fir Needle Oil
5 drops Spruce Oil
5 drops Cedarwood Oil (optional - to lighten the aroma a bit)
5 drops Juniper Oil (optional)
Directions: Add your oils to a 2 ml dark colored glass bottle and mix well by rollling the bottle in between your hands. If you would like to make a larger quantity, multiply the recipe above and add to a larger bottle. Add the appropriate number of drops from your created blend to your diffuser by following the manufacturer’s instructions.



Sugar and Spice Blend

The aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and orange blend to make a sweet, spicy aroma perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The below directions are for creating a diffuser blend, but it is also lovely to use with potpourri. It is also a wonderful blend to use for the Scented Greeting Card & Tissue Paper recipe.

Ingredients:

10 drops Orange
5 drops Ginger
8 drops Cinnamon
1 drop Nutmeg
Directions: Add your oils to a 2 ml dark colored glass bottle and mix well by rollling the bottle in between your hands. If you would like to make a larger quantity, multiply the recipe above and add to a larger bottle. Add the appropriate number of drops from your created blend to your diffuser by following the manufacturer’s instructions.



Frankincense and Myrrh Holiday Blend

The blend of Frankincense and Myrrh have a warm, rich, spicey aroma. The below directions are for creating a diffuser blend, but it is also lovely to use with potpourri. It is also a wonderful blend to use for the Scented Greeting Card & Tissue Paper recipe.

Ingredients:

5 drops Frankincense
5 drops Myrrh
5 drops Cedarwood Oil (optional - to lighten the aroma a bit)
5-10 drops Orange (optional - to add a sweet, fruity aroma to the blend)
Directions: Add your oils to a 2 ml dark colored glass bottle and mix well by rollling the bottle in between your hands. If you would like to make a larger quantity, multiply the recipe above and add to a larger bottle. Add the appropriate number of drops from your created blend to your diffuser by following the manufacturer’s instructions.



Scented Greeting Cards & Tissue Paper

Scenting your wrapping paper and greeting cards adds a wonderful touch to the holidays or any gift-giving occassion.

Directions: Allow an extra day before writing out your greeting card(s) or wrapping presents. Choose a blend such as the Christmas Tree blend, Frankincense & Myrrh Blend, Sugar & Spice blend, your own creation, or a single essential oil. Put a few drops of the blend onto a cotton ball. Put up to 15 cards and the cotton ball in a large ziplock bag, close and let it sit for at least 24 hours. Take care not to let the oil come in direct contact with cards or envelopes as the fresh oil could stain them. For boxes of cards, you may also have enough room to just put the cotton ball right in with the box.

For tissue paper, follow the same procedure, but place the cotton ball into the plastic package of tissue paper. Be careful not to let the oil come into contact with the paper. Close the bag up so the aroma can properly scent the tissue.

Refrain from giving a scented card or scented tissue-wrapped gift to anyone who has allergies or sensitivities that may be affected by the oils.

Reducing the Risk of Contracting H1N1, Flus and Colds With Aromatherapy

Posted by Flora (Admins) at Mar 29 2011, 02:22 AM. 0 comments

Reducing the Risk of Contracting H1N1, Flus and Colds With Aromatherapy

H1N1, Flu and Cold Fighting Methods

Below is a quicklist of ways that you can use aromatherapy to help stay as H1N1, cold and flu-free as possible. Look to the end of this article for a list of antibacterial, anti-viral, expectorant and decongestant essential oils.

If you are new to aromatherapy and the use of essential oils, read about Essential Oil Safety, and learn as much as you can about essential oils by reading through AromaWeb's Article Archive area. Aromatherapy is not a substitute for proper medical care and cannot replace your doctor/medical professional/medications when needed.

Diffusion: Regular diffusion of essential oils, especially those that are antibacterial and anti-viral can naturally help to rid your environment of the microbes that can make you and your family sick.

When you are sick, diffusing essential oils that are expectorants and decongestants can be especially helpful.

Room Mists: Room mists are a good substitute for use of a diffuser when you are traveling or don't have the time to setup or operate your diffuser. You can create or purchase aromatherapy room mists that are specially created to help combat germs yet still offer a pleasant aroma.

Surface Sprays:
Natural and nearly all-natural surface sprays made with essential oils help to keep the surfaces that you and your family touch free of germs. You can make them yourself inexpensively or purchase them ready made.

Be sure not to spray room mists or surface sprays where pets, furniture, open beverages, collectibles or other objects can become damaged by the mist.

Hand Gel/Oil:
An easy, portable, natural hand gel or oil can be made using the following recipe:

2/3 oz. Aloe Vera Gel
...or....
2/3 oz. Jojoba

1 ml Ravensara
1 ml Tea Tree
Several Drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional)

Ravensara and Tea Tree essential oils offer a synergistic anti-viral/anti-bacterial combo that can help to kill germs when applied to hands. Because this is a natural recipe that has not been tested in a lab, it may not be as effective as chemically-based hand sanitizer products. One advantage to using a natural recipe like this, however, is that it shouldn't gradually weaken your resistence like anti-bacterial hand sanitizers can do. This recipe was formulated with healthy adults in mind. If you are using this with children or have sensitive skin, I recommend reducing the ratio of essential oils by at least half. If the combo of Ravensara and Tea Tree is too medicinal for you, you can substitute all or a portion of the Tea Tree for Lavender or use the more earthy smelling Manuka (New Zealand Tea Tree).

Store your portable gel in a 1 oz. bottle with a treatment pump style top available through many of the packaging suppliers listed within the Bottles & Packaging category of AromaWeb's Global Business Plaza. I love the idea of using skin-soothing aloe vera gel, but the shelf life for pure aloe vera gel is severely limited. To prolong the shelf life of your hand gel, add some Vitamin E oil. Jojoba is amongst the most stable of lipids, and is offered as an alternative to Aloe Vera Gel in this recipe. Other stable vegetable oils include Meadowfoam, Watermelon Seed and Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Inhalers:
Inhalers are about the size of a tube of lip balm and allow you to conveniently inhale your chosen essential oils anytime that you wish. Aromatherapy venders sell them pre-filled with anti-viral and/or expectorant oils, or you can buy the mechanisms to make your own.

Chest Rubs:
Chest rubs containing decongestant essential oils can be purchased from aromatherapy retailers or you can make them yourself to keep on hand if you become sick. An especially luxurious chest rub can be made using AromaWeb's Whipped Shea Butter recipe as the base.


Pneumonia and Bronchitis

Essential oils that offer expectorant and decongestant properties may assist with bronchitis and pneumonia. Individuals sharing their personal stories have said they have had good results in diffusing oregano when they have had pneumonia.

Antibacterial/Anti-viral Essential Oils
Anise
Basil
Bergamot
Cajeput
Cinnamon
Clove
Coriander
Cypress
Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus, Lemon
Eucalyptus Radiata
Fennel
Lavender
Kanuka
Lemon
Niaouli
Oregano
Peppermint
Ravensara
Rosemary
Rosewood
Sage
Tea Tree, Common
Tea Tree, Lemon
Tea Tree, New Zealand (Manuka)
Thyme

Expectorant/Decongestant Essential Oils
Basil
Black Pepper
Bay Laurel
Cypress
Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus, Lemon
Eucalyptus Radiata
Fir Needle
Frankincense
Ginger
Juniper Berry
Kanuka
Marjoram
Myrrh
Niaouli
Oregano
Peppermint
Pine, Scotch
Ravensara
Rosemary
Sage
Tea Tree, Common
Tea Tree, Lemon
Tea Tree, New Zealand (Manuka)
Thyme

Essential Oils for the Holidays & Christmas

Posted by Flora (Admins) at Mar 29 2011, 02:17 AM. 0 comments

As the days draw closer to Christmas, it's a perfect time to enjoy diffusing and blending essential oils that will help get us into the spirit of the season.

Below is a list of essential oils well suited for incorporation into your favorite holiday diffuser blends.

The oils included in this list were selected for their warming, spicy, resinous or woody aroma. This is a highly subjective list. You may want to skim through the list of 110 oils contained in AromaWeb's Essential Oil Profiles area for oils that you personally like for the season.

By their nature, spicy essential oils like Cinnamon, Clove Bud and Ginger are strong and quite warming. A little goes a long way with these oils. They shouldn't be heavily diffused into a room as they can irritate the mucous membranes. It's best to blend stronger spice oils into more gentle oils like Sweet Orange Essential Oil (see the Blending Spice Oils section below).

Essential oils commonly associated with Christmas include coniferous oils like Fir Needle and Scotch Pine, minty oils like Peppermint and Spearmint, resinous oils like Frankincense and Myrrh, spicy oils like Cinnamon and Nutmeg and woody oils like Cedarwood.

Wintertime is often a source for an increase in colds and flus. Many essential oils are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-viral, so using essential oils to fragrance your holidays instead of synthetic room fragrances can potentially help to ward off the spread of colds and flus. The below list, however, was selected based solely on their appropriateness for the holidays. For more information and to view a list of essential oils with anti-bacterial, ant-viral and expectorant/decongestant properties, read Reducing the Risk of Contracting H1N1, Flus and Colds With Aromatherapy.

Warming/Spicy/Resinous/Woody/Spiritual Essential Oils and Absolutes

Allspice
Anise
Anise, Star
Basil, Holy
Balsam, Peru
Bay
Bay Laurel
Benzoin
Black Pepper
Cardamom
Cassia
Cedarwood, Atlas
Cedarwood, Virginian
Chocolate Peppermint
Cinnamon
Clove Bud
Coffee
Common Sage
Cypress
Dalmation Sage
Dill
Fennel
Fir Needle
Frankincense
Galbanum
Ginger
Gurjum Balsam
Immortelle
Juniper Berry
Marjoram
Myrrh
Nutmeg
Oakmoss
Olibanum
Peppermint
Peppermint, Chocolate
Pine, Scotch
Sage, Common
Sage, Dalmation
Sage, Spanish
Sandalwood
Scotch Pine
Spearmint
Spikenard
Spruce
Star Anise
Sweet Orange
Thyme
Vanilla
Vetiver

Blending Spice and Mint Oils

Spice and Mint essential oils can be especially strong. When I create a seasonal essential oil diffuser blend that is intended to highlight a particular spice or mint oil, I either use the oil in very low quantity or include it in a blend at low proportion.

Citrus oils, especially Sweet Orange Essential Oil blend well with the spice oils. Some individuals like me also enjoy blending mints with the citrus and woody oils. Orange essential oil is especially abundant and is one of the most affordable of essential oils. It has few contraindications and most people love the aroma. During the chilly fall months, I love combining a few drops of ginger, cinnamon, clove, and/or patchouli with Orange, Mandarin or Tangerine. Working with the other citrus oils like Bergamot, Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit and the oils in the above list can lead to some lovely combinations.

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Essential Oil Profiles

Posted by Flora (Admins) at Mar 29 2011, 02:12 AM. 0 comments

Citrus Essential Oils are often thought of for their light, summery aromas, but I love using citrus essential oils all year round. My use of the citruses actually increases during the colder months as they are energizing and help to uplift the spirits. They are the perfect complement to blends that fight off the winter blues, "cabin fever" and depression. Read about the aromatic properties of each of the citrus essential oils.

The warmer summertime months is the perfect time to diffuse and blend with light, energizing, herbaceous, floral, and cooling essential oils. Oils from the mint, citrus and floral families are especially nice during summer.

As Autumn brings forth its cooler temperatures and richly colored falling leaves, it's a good time to enjoy diffusing and blending with warming essential oils like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

Enjoy diffusing and blending these essential oils to help get into the spirit of the season. Learn more and view a list of oils suited for use during the Christmas and holiday season.

Essential Oils for Men

Posted by Flora (Admins) at Mar 29 2011, 02:08 AM. 0 comments

Essential Oils for Men

Patchouli, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Bay, Cypress, Ginger, Black Pepper, Vanilla, Vetiver, and the citrus oils are oils that are the most strongly favored by men.

Below is an expanded list of essential oils that are generally considered favorites amongst men. This is not necessarily an all-inclusive list, and every man has his own unique preferences.

This list does not include any of the floral essential oils, but many men do enjoy the aroma and therapeutic benefits of some of the florals, particularily lavender, neroli and jasmine.

Allspice
Angelica Root
Amyris
Anise
Balsam, Peru
Basil
Bay
Bay Laurel
Beeswax
Benzoin
Bergamot
Blue Cypress
Cajeput
Cananga
Cardamom
Carrot Seed
Cedarwood, Atlas
Cedarwood, Virginian
Cinnamon
Clary Sage
Coriander
Cypress
Cypress, Blue
Davana
Fennel
Fir Needle
Frankincense
Ginger
Grapefruit
Gurjum Balsam
Helichrysum
Hyssop
Immortelle
Juniper Berry
Kanuka
Lime
Mandarin
Manuka
Marjoram
May Chang
Melissa
Mullein
Myrrh
Myrtle
Myrtle, Lemon
Neroli
Nutmeg
Oakmoss
Orange, Bitter
Orange, Sweet
Oregano
Parsley
Patchouli
Pepper, Black
Petitgrain
Pine, Scotch
Sage, Spanish
Sandalwood
Spruce
Star Anise
Tagetes
Tangerine
Thyme
Tobacco
Vanilla
Vetiver

Important Note: The information provided in the Oil Profiles area is for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.
 

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