Friday, January 29, 2010


The winters here in northern Michigan are long, cold and brisk with never ending bursts of wind. Cold frigid temperatures zap all the moisture out of the air and our bodies.
It is very important to stay hydrated during the winter months both internally and externally. Let’s look at the external conditions. The air in your home in order to be at a healthy level of humidity should be about 27 to 40 percent. If you use essential oils in the atmosphere you will reach a healthy level of negative ions faster than running humidifiers with plain water. Essential oils release negative ions and oxygen two elements necessary for the health of your skin and hair. By alleviating the imbalance of positive ions to negative ions, or increasing the amount of negative ions when the humidity is too low you will protect yourself form free radicals, which destroy living cells. The nutrients and herbal extracts in our moisturizing creams and herbal salves will assimilate faster and more efficiently. The lipid fluid in our cells will be able to absorb and process the essential oils, herbal extracts and nutritional elements our creams, salves, aromatherapy blends are designed for. Choosing pure essential oils, virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, cold pressed olive oil, organic herbal extracts, and natures’ bounty in general will protect our cells from drying out and cracking. This simple choice will slow down the aging process drastically. Our products are loaded with anti oxidants.

Virgin Coconut Oil has been used for thousands of years through out Asia and the pacific as both a food and medicine. Coconut was once wrongly accused of increasing cholesterol levels, due to it saturated fat content, however, it has been discovered that there are different kinds of saturated fat and some types are good for you. Virgin coconut oil contains a unique form of saturated fat that actually helps prevent heart disease, stroke, and hardening of the arteries. It is identical to a special group of fats found in human breast milk that have been demonstrated to strengthen the immune system, improve digestion and protect against bacterial, viral, and fungi infections. The coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the ability to make new collagen. Even on open heart surgery patients the virgin coconut oil applied directly to the incision healed the tissue 35% faster than the placebo. Due to the amino acids (which are found in human breast milk) lauric acid, caprrylic acid, and capric acid. These fatty acids are more easily metabolized. Virgin Coconut oil has UVA and UVB protection barriers, it can be worn directly on the skin for your protection. This is one of the reasons I am so fond of virgin coconut oil and use it in all my creams, and it is a main staple in our kitchen. I cook with it, bake, and use it in place of butter.

Jojoba’s most essential quality is it preserves soft skin. Another redeeming virtue is it fortifies our hair, because it is very rich in protein. Jojoba is an outstanding emollient; because it has fortifying benefits it helps our skin and hair maintain its luster and leaves the skin feeling smooth. Jojoba is an anti oxidant, due to its molecular structure it will not oxidize, therefore will not become rancid. Jojoba mimics our own sebaceous skin oil; it protects and lubricates our skin and hair. Jojoba, is soothing and eliminates many skin problems, protects against premature aging and wrinkling of the skin.

Roman Chamomile essential oil is useful for soothing irritated skin. A natural anti oxidant and moisturizing essential oil with UVA and UVB protection for our skin.

Calendula infused oil is an anti oxidant, proliferates new cellular skin tissue, it is anti bacterial, anti viral and anti fungal, it is soothing and hydrating, the skin becomes smooth and soft. It contains UVA and UVB protection for our skin.

Rose essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties to tone the skin capillaries and reduce redness. Also used for its uplifting, ant-depressant effects on the limbic system.

Rosemary essential oil is great in shampoo; it keeps the scalp clean and the hair follicles active. This in return prevents pre-mature balding. It is also good for dandruff because it has antiseptic properties. Rosemary essential oil relieves headaches, aches, pains in muscles and is used as an analgesic.

Sage essential oil is an astringent, good for toning skin tissue. It contains an estrogen hormone an effective constituent to tighten aging, saggy skin.

Lavender essential oil prevents hair loss and helps hair grow. It also proliferates new skin tissue. Relieves redness in skin caused by burns, and will heal burns while it puts the fire out (relieves the stinging associated with 1st and 2nd degree burns). Lavender essential oil will heal blisters as well as wounds. It is toning and soothing at the same time, making it a great adaptagen.

Peppermint essential oil stimulates and circulates different systems within our body, easing pain and discomfort, when our bodies revitalizing energy is blocked.

Lemongrass essential oil is an anti oxidant, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal and natural deodorant. For skin care it is good for excessive perspiration. Lemon grass has specific benefits for tightening large pores and to tighten and tone the skin. It has been documented to help poor circulation and muscle-tone. For the nervous system it is use for headaches, nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions.

Orange Essential Oil is high in Alpha Hydroxyl Acid which is an anti oxidant. It is natures mildest astringent and will release dead skin from the surface of our body. It is an uplifting aroma and helps you wash away the blues. It detoxifies the body and boosts the lymphatic system.

Lemon Essential Oil is an astringent, anti bacterial, an air purifier, anti viral, and high in vitamin A, and a stong anti- oxidant.

Flavonoids are a diverse group of plant pigments with antioxidant properties. These substances are responsible for color in many fruits, vegetables and flowers. In addition to providing color that attracts insects or animals, these pigments protect plants from environmental stress. In addition to being potent antioxidants, some flavonoids have antiallergic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory activity. Over 4,000 flavonoids have been characterized and classified.
The pigments in our flowers, fruits and vegetables protect us from environmental toxins as well; which is all the more reason we should be breathing, eating, drinking, washing, and wearing the extracts from whole plants.

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