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The Power Of Essential Oils – It Makes Pure Scents

 The Power Of Essential Oils

For centuries, people around the world have enjoyed the aromatic pleasures and skin health benefits of the wonderful oils that come from Nature’s many plants.

The power of essential oils is more than just a pretty fragrance, the therapeutic effect of an essential oil can be up to 70 times stronger than the source plant – to give you an idea of their intensity, one kilo of rose petals yields around one drop of essential oil.

They have great benefits for health, well being, sensual perfume, creating an ambiance in the home with aromatic oil burners. I use them all the time. I light up the candles first thing in the morning, its a great way to start the day with a pleasing uplifting aroma other than that great smell of coffee.

 

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At around $5,000.00 a kilo, true rose essential oil doesn’t come cheap! The good news is, that you need very little to create a dramatic effect in skincare. Rose is associated with love, the heart, the feminie, and the colour red; it is often used for female hormonal imbalance, for supporting healing during bereavement or loss, and for any signs of redness and ageing in the skin, like broken capillaries and wrinkles. An interesting finding from a German research study is that rose oil is lipophilic, or fat-loving, explaining why it works well in creams and lotions because it is drawn to work on the skin’s cellular structure, enhancing the absorption of other nutrients in the product.

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Rosemary

Vibrant, invigorating, and strengthening, rosemary activates the brain cortex and helps to stimulate memory and concentration, overcome sluggishness, and revive clarity, It has a powerful cleansing effect, and is often included in cold and flu massage or inhalation blends to rid the body of mucus and toxins. It has a tonic effect on the skin, and I often recommend it as a compress for clients with acne breakouts: simply add a couple of drops to warm water, swish well, soak a clean facecloth in the mixture and wring out before placing on the affected area for 20 seconds. Studies also show that antioxidants in rosemary prevent UV-induced skin pigmentation and have a lightening effect on existing age spots or discolouration.

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Lavender

It’s no coincidence that lavender oil appears in pretty much every natural skincare product, from baby balms to night creams. Soothing, calming, reassuring, non-irritating, and non-sensitising, it is safe for all skin types, and has remarkable healing, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties: countless studies attest to lavender’s therapeutic benefits in treating burns, skin ulcers, acne, eczema, swelling, sprains, the effects of radiation therapy, and more. It also encourages deep relaxation, calms emotional anxiety and eases insomnia, making it a must for massage and bath blends.

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Immortelle

Immortelle oil brings a feeling of deep peace and spiritual connection, opening the heart to love and healing emotional wounds. Also known as ‘Everlasting’, this highly scented herb hails from the Mediterranean, where it has a long tradition of therapeutic use, especially for skin problems, including bruises, stretch marks, wound healing, eczema, and scarring, as well as emotional problems like anger. Its potent skin-healing effects are due to its high content of phenolic antioxidants, which stimulate skin cell turnover and renewal. For me, it is a stand-out oil for repairing, nourishing skin and preventing signs of ageing.

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Neroli

Neroli

Gentle, nurturing, and comforting, this sweet-scented oil is derived from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. It is deeply sedative, so should be used sparingly; it is excellent in aromatherapy blends for insomnia, to soothe shock, and ease digestive upsets. Research has shown it to have particular benefits for patients post-heart surgery, significantly improving their relaxation and sleep patterns. In skincare, it is an excellent anti-ageing ingredient, helping to reduce broken capillaries and restore and strengthen at a cellular level, as well as being astringent and hydrating, so boosting skin tone and texture.

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German chamomile

One of the most important oils for treating skin problems, German chamomile contains azulene, an anti-inflammatory that gives the oil a deep blue colour. When inhaled, the scent has a powerful soothing and strengthening effect, and is excellent for easing emotional and mental stress and nervous tension. Used topically, it soothes itching, redness, eczema, psoriasis and burns, as well as inflammation caused by sprains or pulled muscles.

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Source: Starwest Botanicals – The source of oils is very high quality. If you using for skin care I suggest you use these oils.

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Rosemary And Its Medicinal Properties

I actually got this information from a Magazine called “Freedom Leaf“. It is a magazine that is promoting the reform of medicinal use of marijuana.
Wether you agree with legalizing Marijuana or not it actually has some good arguments and ideas, one of them was this list of uses of Rosemary.
They are not just promoting cannabis they are also promoting the health benefits of most herbs and as they say the more we use herbs in our everyday life the healthier we will become.

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Rosemary is native to the mediterranean and a member of the mint family Lamiaceae.

Health Properties of Rosemary

1. Research on rosemary highlight its ability to help prevent cancer and age-related skin damage, boost the functioning of the liver and act as a mild diuretic to help reduce swelling.

2. Shown to increase the blood flow to the head and brain, improving memory concentration.
If you have a rosemary plant, whether it’s in a pot or in the garden, when you come home from work each day or on your way to work, pick a small piece of rosemary and give it a good sniff and you will be surprised how good it makes you feel. Gives your head a cool, clear, fresh feeling. 

3. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, rosemary has been shown to have antioxidant properties that can prevent free radicals from damaging cell membranes and altering DNA which can result in cell death.

4. Physiotherapy research confirms that rosemary increases circulation by dilating arteries and noted that this herb possesses antioxidant properties that reduce atherosclerosis risk in young healthy adults by improving serum activity

5. It also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may make it useful for reducing the severity of asthma attacks.

6. Extremely rich in many B-complex vitamins, such as folic acid, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine and riboflavin.

7. Extractions of rosemary when applied over scalp have stimulating function on the hair-bulbs and help prevent premature baldness and restore hair growth.

8. Rosemary tea – good remedy for removing nervous headache, colds and depression.

9. Use the tea as a gargle to help heal mouth ulcers, sores and as a mouth wash.

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Always Have Lemons In The House Because……..

1. Use a lemon to clean your cutting board
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2. Freeze lemons as ice cubes
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3. Use lemons to keep avocados from turning brown
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4. Freeze a bag full of lemons so you’ll always have some when you need them
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5.Keep lemons fresher for longer in pitcher of water
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6. Wake up with a cup of warm water with lemon
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7. Lemon mixed with rosemary and vanilla makes for a great way to freshen up your home
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8. Lemons can reduce soap scum on your bathtub or sink area.
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9. Lemons are good for cleaning and brightening copper
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10. Using lemon on your nails will clean and polish them up
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11. Use lemon as a natural cleaning product
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12. Use a lemon so your apples don’t brown
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13. Use lemon shavings as flavor and for added health benefits
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14. Try making a lemon face mask
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Grow Your Own Drugs

No it’s not what you think. We are talking the healthy ones that may save you from having to take the prescribed stuff.

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1. Coriander:  A great chelation herb. It helps the body detoxify heavy metals and supports the liver.

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2. Sheep’s Sorrel:  Awesome for healing from cancer. This is a diuretic, and so removes excess fluid from the body. It also is a tonic for the kidneys and Urinary tract. The bite-sized leaves are rich in vitamin C and have a delicious sour lemon taste. (well I guess some people would call it delicious)

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3. Rosemary:  Contains caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid, two potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, as well as vitamin E. Rosemary is great added to a marinade for barbecued meat and helps reduce carcinogens.

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4. Mint:  Now this, I love I put it in all sorts of things. In the summer I put it in a jug of cold water with slices of lemons for a very refreshing drink. It is great for the digestion and freshening the breath. It’s easy to grow in a pot or the garden although it could take over the garden.

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5. Basil:  This again I use a lot of in my cooking. It also contains essential oils which are antioxidant, anti inflammatory, and anti bacterial. It is also said that it contains an excellent source of Iron and vitamin A.

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6. Parsley:  This again can be used in many forms. I love it in scrambled eggs and in my salad. Parsley also supports immunity, flushes, excess fluid from the cody, helps to heal the nervous system and assists in  strengthening your bones.

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7. Sage:  This I don’t use as much as it does have a strong flavor. On the other hand it is believed to be an anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti inflammatory, and antimicrobial and and a blood cleanser. It has also been said to help pre end Alzheimer’s disease.

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8. Lemon Balm: Soothes anxiety, promotes sleep and speeds healing of cold sores.

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9. Mother of Herb: A powerful digestive aid and yummy tea. This herb is rich in vitamins A, B group, C, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron.

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10. Herb  Robert:  I personally have not heard of it until now. This is supposed to increase the immune response and the body’s ability to regenerate, and also has a unique ability to oxygenate cells, making it excellent for anyone healing from cancer.

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