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The information on this blog is for information purposes only. It is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader. Leah Aromatherapy Skincare products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Top 3 Tips to Beat Sleep Deprivation

07 Aug 2017
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Top 3 Tips to Beat Sleep Deprivation

In this fast paced society, sleep deprivation in on the rise. It is vital we get enough quality sleep so we can function properly and not feel exhausted. Many illnesses and diseases are a result of chronic sleep deprivation. Many of us can avoid this by adapting these 3 top tips. Increase Melatonin Naturally Melatonin is probably the most known hormone associated with sleep. Melatonin is made in response to darkness and the sleep/wake cycle. It is at its highest levels in the late evening, in preparation for sleep during the night. Bright lights inhibit the production of melatonin, stopping you from getting asleep. Don’t use bright centre lights in.

What Causes My Stuffy Nose?

24 Apr 2017
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What Causes My Stuffy Nose?

There are many irritants that may cause nasal congestion or a stuffy nose. Irritants like cigarette smoke, air pollution, pollen and pet fur may trigger allergy reactions causing inflammation in the nasal membranes. The common cold may cause congestion which may lead to a bacterial or viral sinusitis infection. Mucus membranes that line the cavities in your nose produce a combination of mucus and fluid designed to wash away impurities. When the nose dries, it impedes this important function. Our microbiome (good bacteria) helps to modulate the immune responses when there is an infection or inflammation and are a very important part of our makeup. Over use of anti-biotics are killing our.

Essential Oils for Hayfever and Allergies

13 Mar 2017
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Essential Oils for Hayfever and Allergies

Today we are in Wexford and I’m going to be talking to you today about hayfever and hayfever symptoms. At the beach we can enjoy the wonderful salt air. Salt air can be very therapeutic against hayfever. It helps to open up the airways and helps to fight any infectious microbes in the airways. It also acts as a decongestant and it helps to stop the effects of hayfever; water eyes, coughing and sneezing. Hayfever typically occurs between March and Oct. If you experience allergy attacks during the winter, then you are probably experiencing other allergy responses from things like animal fur or dust mites. In addition to the salt.

Mary Anderson Interviews Johann Callaghan about the Benefits of Essential Oils

16 Jan 2017
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Mary Anderson Interviews Johann Callaghan about the Benefits of Essential Oils

Johann Callaghan talks to Mary Anderson on NearFM (90.3) Lifeline about the benefits of essential oils and how they can help you in your everyday life. Johann talks about the power of inhalation, how to use the oils and what to look out for when you are buying essential oils.   Mary: Well, I told you we were going to a great conversation this morning about all things essential oils, and I have on the line with me, Johann Callaghan, an aromatherapist. Hello Johann. Johann: Hi Mary. How are you this morning? I’m doing fantastic, especially after your meditation. Thank you for that. Mary: Ah did you enjoy that. Johann:.

Johann Callaghan on the Dublin Business Show

13 Dec 2016
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Johann Callaghan on the Dublin Business Show

Johann Callaghan opens up to Alan Hennessy and Howard Hughes on The Dublin Business Show about her still birth and her journey to question who we really are and her path to creating Therapeutic Healing. She talks about the power of essential oils, her Aromatherapy & Holistic Living online training and her live webinars.           Transcript below Alan Hennessy:                Good evening to you and we are here with the Dublin Business Show. Don’t forget, if you do want to tweet us, you can do so @allcharityradio and you can use the hashtag, #dubbizshow for the last time. That’s @dubbizshow is our Twitter handle. We are joined.

What is the difference between an oil diffuser and an oil burner?

09 Nov 2016
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What is the difference between an oil diffuser and an oil burner?

People have asked me many times what is the difference between an oil diffuser and an oil burner and which one is better. I use both interchangeable and I enjoy both but have preferences for when I use them. Oil Burner The oil burner consists of a bowl on top that is filled with water and essential oils. The tea light candle is placed underneath it and heats up the water. The steam carries the essential oils into the air. The therapeutic properties of the essential oil are somewhat degraded through the heating process. It changes the molecular structure and this is what reduces the therapeutic benefits. This method is.

Homemade Body Wash with Essential Oils [Recipe]

18 Oct 2016
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Homemade Body Wash with Essential Oils [Recipe]

Homemade Body Wash This homemade body wash is a simple, non toxic easy to make recipe you can make yourself with natural ingredients and essential oils. Why should you make your own personal care products? Well, you can avoid harmful chemicals by using natural ingredients, reuse containers and it saves you money! Organic castor oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It helps to soften and hydrate the skin leaving it smooth and supple. Organic castile soap contains only vegetable-based ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, hemp oil and jojoba oil. Ingredients 3/4 cup Organic Castile Liquid Soap 1/4 cup Organic Castor Oil 15 drops Lime Essential Oil 15 drops Grapefruit Essential.

How to Make A Natural Cleaning Household Spray [Recipe]

11 Oct 2016
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How to Make A Natural Cleaning Household Spray [Recipe]

What is Green Cleaning Green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality. Why Choose Green Cleaning to Conventional Methods When we buy commercial cleaning products, we expect them to clean. There are cleaners for everything including the bathroom, kitchen, shower, mirrors and oven cleaners and many more. Many conventional home cleaning products are toxic, non-biodegradable, and and come with warnings such as do “not take internally”, “Flammable”, “Warning. Keep away from children”. Too many companies are using products with specific ingredients to enhance their product performance and this comes with a toxic price. These ingredients can.

Top Tips to Reduce Toxic Ingredients In Personal Care Products

06 Sep 2016
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Top Tips to Reduce Toxic Ingredients In Personal Care Products

Research shows that carcinogenic and hormone disrupting chemicals have been linked to a number of health problems including infertility, lower sperm counts, obesity, diabetes, thyroid imbalance, and certain types of cancers. The knowledge and information you’ll learn here will inform you and therefore help to empower you to make healthier choices for you and your family. We are exposed to toxins on a regular basis. TOXINS are anything that can interfere with our body’s ability to function OPTIMALLY. They have a major impact on your SKIN! Your skin is the largest organ and it has many functions often not appreciated. The skin can tell you how your body is performing.

Back To School: How to Make a Natural Hand Cleaner [Recipe]

26 Aug 2016
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Back To School: How to Make a Natural Hand Cleaner [Recipe]

Back To School: How To Make a Natural Hand Cleaner [Recipe] It’s that time of year again and the kids are heading back to school. It’s a perfect time to make an effective hand cleaner with essential oils to help ward off those pesky germs. This hand cleaner is quite different to the alcohol based cleansers which can contribute to breaking down the skin surface layer and drying out the skin. It is also free of triclosan, a known anti-bacterial chemical ingredient found in hand soaps and body washes which is linked to hormone disruption. This hand cleanser is much gentler and is made with skin nourishing ingredients aloe vera gel.

8 Top Tips for a Good Night Sleep

04 Aug 2016
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8 Top Tips for a Good Night Sleep

8 Top Tips for a Good Night Sleep Quality of sleep is more important than quantity of sleep. Air, water and food is nourishment for your body. Sleep is nourishment for the soul. Exposure to light in the morning and evening impacts on your circadian rhythm. These rhythms are often out of sync as a result of the influence of our environment. These disruptions or imbalances affects our sleep/wake cycle, endocrine function, and other body functions. Why is Sleep So Important? 8 Top Tips for the Best Sleeping Habits Wind-down at least 30 minutes before bed in which you do something relaxing, such as read a book. In order to calm.

Top 7 Vegetable and Essential Oils for Acne

27 Jun 2016
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Top 7 Vegetable and Essential Oils for Acne

Acne Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. Sebaceous glands are tiny, oil producing glands connected to hair follicles beneath the surface of the skin. The sebum moves up the hair follicle to the opening of the follicle. However, if there are dead skin cells, the sebum acts like glue and together block the pore forming a plug.  Normally harmless bacteria that live on the skin can contaminate and infect the plugged follicles, causing papules, pustules, nodules or cysts. It can be painful, particularly when it’s severe. It can also cause emotional distress. Acne that appears on your face can impact your self-esteem and, over time, may cause permanent.

How to Control Rosacea Naturally

15 May 2016
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How to Control Rosacea Naturally

Many people know Rosacea with having red, flushed face sometimes with small pimples or spider like veins. For the person experiencing the symptoms the skin can feel dry, itchy, hot or burning, stinging sensation, sensitive in the sun and easily blushes. Like most skin flare ups there is usually a trigger to cause the symptoms. Rosacea flare ups occur when something causes the blood vessels in the face to expand, which causes redness. It usually comes down to how stressed or run down you are, if your diet is triggering any auto-immune responses, or irritation from too much sun. Rosacea is an inflammation problem that comes out as a rash..

Food Allergies V Food Intolerances: What’s the difference?

21 Apr 2016
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Food Allergies V Food Intolerances: What’s the difference?

Many people refer to food allergies when they probably have a food intolerance. A food intolerance can cause some of the same signs and symptoms as a food allergy, so people often confuse the two.  So what’s the difference between the two? In some cases, an allergic reaction to a food can be severe or life-threatening (anaphylaxis). In contrast, food intolerance symptoms are generally less serious and often limited to digestive problems. Food Alleries The main thing that defines a food allergy is that the body thinks one of the proteins in the food is harmful and thus triggers an immune response by producing histamine and usually pretty immediate. It becomes.

3 Ways to Exfoliate Your Skin Naturally

09 Mar 2016
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3 Ways to Exfoliate Your Skin Naturally

To exfoliate is to remove the surface dry skin cells, the outermost layers of the stratum corneum. This helps to increase cell turnover, improve skin texture and improves skin tone leaving you with a lovely glow. Exfoliation, derived from the Latin exfoliatus (to strip of leaves), is a term that describes any process meant to remove dead skin flakes from the body. Why is it important to exfoliate? Well, by exfoliating you improve your skin function and any skin issues like blocked pores which lead to further problems like acne, dull skin, pigmentation and fine lines.  The skin is a major organ in your body and we need it to work well. It.

Essential Oils To Fight Colds, Flu And Coughs

29 Feb 2016
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Essential Oils To Fight Colds, Flu And Coughs

It’s that time of year when you need to protect your child from the flu season and essential oils are very effective in fighting Colds, Flu and Coughs. Children are probably the most susceptible to picking up bugs and virus at crèches and schools. They play close together and contribute to circulating the nasty bugs. Essential oils are one of the oldest forms used for medicinal purposes helping to combat colds and flu. They are highly anti-viral and anti-microbial. They are more effective than drugs and antibiotics.  Did you know that viruses do not develop resistance to essential oils? There are many cold viruses, each with their own styles but they all have a.

Are you tired from lack of sleep?

31 Jan 2016
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Are you tired from lack of sleep?

Quality of sleep is more important than quantity of sleep. Air, water and food is nourishment for your body. Sleep is nourishment for the soul. Our body is interconnected with the earth. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Chinese clock and Circadian rhythms are biology and behavioural changes that follow a roughly 24-hourcycle, responding primarily to light and darkness and so we are related to our environment in deep ways. These rhythms are often out of sync as a result of the influence of our environment. We experience disruption or imbalances which affects our sleep/wake cycle, endocrine function, our body temperature regulator and other regulators of our body’s functions. There are 12.

What Causes Dark Circles Under the Eyes

22 Dec 2015
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What Causes Dark Circles Under the Eyes

We all know that late nights and working too hard can contribute to dark circles under the eyes. So what is happening on the cellular level to this delicate skin around the eyes. Your skin below the eyes is very thin and can show the blood vessels and the blood contained therein. Ageing As we age and get older, our skin loses it’s elasticity and collegen production resulting in the skin becoming even more thinner. we lose subcutaneous fat which often masks the blueness just below the surface of the skin. This is why the elderly often appear to have very dark circles under their eyes. Sun Exposure More melanin.

Oil for Oily Skin

16 Dec 2015
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Oil for Oily Skin

The cause of oily skin and problem skin is normally associated with our hormonal teenage years. Acne Rosacea (adult acne) can also appear after 30 years of age. A shinny face also may be associated with oily skin. So what do we do about it? The oil your skin produces helps keep your skin moisturised, but if your body produces too much oil, it can cause the pores to block up and cause congestion in the skin resulting in acne. We also need a balance of oil to help prevent skin from drying out resulting in premature aging and a weakend skin barrier. Our hormones control the production of sebum..

Protect Your Skin This Winter

27 Nov 2015
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Protect Your Skin This Winter

If you suffer with any kind of skin condition especially dry skin related, it can really flare up at this time of year. There are many things that you can do to protect your skin this winter and reduce itchy skin and minimising the damage of scratching. Psoriasis affects over 100,000 people in Ireland. The condition causes the skin to become itchy, dry, scaly and sometimes can be very painful. Psoriasis is commonly found in areas such as knees, elbows, back and scalp. It can be managed with medication and a good diet. Overuse of steroid creams however, may lead to the skin thinning out. This will further impede the.

Steps To Solving Congested Skin

16 Oct 2015
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Steps To Solving Congested Skin

Dull complexion, uneven skin, white heads and black heads are actually signs of clogged and congested skin. White heads, black heads, and clogged pores occur due to a combination of factors, such as accumulated toxins and excess sebum (sometimes from over cleansing), pollution, dead skin cells, make-up and dirt. They can enter the open pores and combine with continuously producing sebum and oil causing a plug to form. Oil and Sebum Sebaceous glands are tiny, oil producing glands connected to hair follicles beneath the surface of the skin. The oil they produce lubricates skin and hair. The sebum moves up the hair follicle to the opening of the follicle. However,.

The Potency of Essential Oils Explained

30 Sep 2015
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The Potency of Essential Oils Explained

Essential oils are the “life blood” of the plant also known as essences (from the essence or ‘spirit’ of the plant).  They are highly concentrated plant extracts. To put the potency of essential oils into perspective it takes the petals of 30 roses to make 1 drop of oil. These oils are to be respected and a working knowledge of how to use them safely is vital to the safe use and beneficial outcomes of using these oils. Essential oils can be distilled from many parts of a plant: stems, branches, fruits, flowers, seeds, roots, bark, needles, and leaves. They contain healing nutrients and oxygenating molecules. Essential oils are anti-oxidants,.

Essential Oils for Detoxification

24 Sep 2015
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Essential Oils for Detoxification

There are many ways to accelerate the way our bodies detoxify and using essential oils is one of them. We eliminate toxins through our digestive, urinary, integumentary (skin), circulatory, respiratory, and lymphatic systems. So what are these toxins? Well, they are by products of food, natural toxins we encounter in the environment, excess stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, air and water pollutants and chemical toxins we put on our skin. Essential oils are powerful forms of natural plant medicine. They protect the plant from infection and environmental damage. Essential oils are anti-oxidants, support the immune system, encourage the process of phagocytosis and have high vibrational frequencies. Essential oils work not only on the physical.

Healing Detox Baths

29 Aug 2015
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Healing Detox Baths

A healing detox bath is one of the easiest healing therapies we can do to facilitate our body’s natural detoxification system. In this modern age, we are exposed to more toxins than ever. Toxins are in the air we breathe, the food that we eat, beauty and household cleaning products, medications, the water we drink and stress. How Detox Baths Work A healing detox baths encourages the body to flush out toxins, while also strengthening our immune system. The reason to use water as hot as can be tolerated is typically used is because this initially draws toxins to the surface of the skin. Moist heat causes sweating with loss of water, salt.

A Natural Skincare Regimen Made Simple

31 Jul 2015
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A Natural Skincare Regimen Made Simple

A natural skincare regimen is really a very simple process involving cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating and moisturising. Your skin care routine needs to be carefree and simple using only natural organic products.  Why? Some cleansing products contain harsh chemicals which remove excess oil leaving your skin feeling tight, dry or sore after cleansing. These toxic chemical ingredients increases free radical activity in the body and skin. Many cleansers have alcohol which further dries out skin. Alcohol helps ingredients like retinol and vitamin C penetrate into the skin more effectively, but it does that by breaking down the skin’s barrier, destroying the very substances that keep your skin healthy. Using the LEAH Facial.

The effects of Stress on our Skin and Body

25 Jun 2015
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The effects of Stress on our Skin and Body

Life is too fast and getting faster. We need a way to adapt to live in this lifestyle. That includes learning to balance our lifestyles in all aspects of our being: our physical body, our emotions, loving ourselves & our beliefs and values. Stress is anything that threatens our physical being. Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. Stress goes beyond just our emotions. It is very physical too. Did you know, that stress creates toxins? This is the most overlooked toxin in the body. Stress even destroys the good bacteria in our gut. Many of the most stressful situations in life come as a result.

7 Steps to Healthy Looking Skin

29 May 2015
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7 Steps to Healthy Looking Skin

Creating free radicals is just part of our being. The production of free radicals is a by-product of cell metabolism. Our bodies are normally able to cope however with an excess of free radicals they can be harmful to the cell structure which in turn accelerates ageing and illness and impeding healthy looking skin. Anti-oxidants help to soak up excess free radicals. Sources of Vit A, C, Selenium and Vit E are Fish, Carrots, Fruit & Veg, Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Sweet Potatoes and Liver. Other factors which contribute to the production of free radicals are environmental pollution, household chemicals/cleaners, smoking and stress. No.1 Sun Damage It is common knowledge that contact.

Carrier Oils For Skin Types. Which one are you?

30 Apr 2015
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Carrier Oils For Skin Types. Which one are you?

Carrier oils contain vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids (EFA), and many of them soften and improve the condition of the skin. Some of them are also highly effective in treating irritated, sensitive conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as helping to reduce wrinkles and scar tissue. What EFA’s Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid or omega-9 Linoleic acid (LA) is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. Important for cell membranes. Linolenic acid. There are two forms: Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) is an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 unsaturated fatty acid. These are closely related to omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, which are called eicosapentaenoic acid.

Exploring Aromatherapy for Emotional Wellbeing

30 Mar 2015
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Exploring Aromatherapy for Emotional Wellbeing

Essential oils have a major effect in heightened emotional states such as grief and sadness. They have a strong connection to our emotional wellbeing. The olfactory system includes anything in our body that affects our sense of smell. During inhalation the olfactory system can detect molecules, identify millions of odorants and remember them. When inhalation takes place, these tiny molecules passes through the membranes and into the blood stream. The trigger signal is sent to the limbic system and the amygdale in the brain. This part of the brain stores and releases emotional trauma. The only way to stimulate this gland is with the sense of smell. This is also known.

Vibrational Frequencies of Essential Oils

28 Feb 2015
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Vibrational Frequencies of Essential Oils

Frequency is defined as a measurable rate of electrical energy flow that is constant between any two points. Everything still or alive has an electrical frequency. Essential oils contain frequencies that are several times greater than that of herbs and foods. They help us to transform emotions and help to bring the body into a higher state of vibration. Dr. Robert O. Becker, in his book The Body Electric, tells us that the human body has an electrical frequency, and also that much about a person’s health can be determined by its frequency levels. Bruce Taino of Taino Technology, Washington, built the first frequency monitor in the world. It used a highly sensitive.

How to Dilute Essential Oils

27 Jan 2015
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How to Dilute Essential Oils

Essential oils are concentrated, highly potent substances. A working knowledge of how to use them safely is vital and should be respected. Knowing how to dilute essential oils properly will help you to use them safely and gain the highest possible therapeutic effects.   Essential oil dilution is a safety precaution for two reasons: The most effective way to dilute essential oils is in a carrier oil. A carrier can be any high-quality vegetable oil, such as almond, grapeseed, apricot kernel, jojoba, olive or sesame. Percentage dilution is worked out on the basis that there are 20 drops of essential oils in 1ml. Aromatherapy for home use usually adapts the.

Top 5 Aromatherapy Carrier Oils for the Winter

04 Dec 2014
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Top 5 Aromatherapy Carrier Oils for the Winter

Cold winds, frost and rain all contribute to drying out the skin. As the weather gets colder, it is important to pay more attention to our skin through a natural, moisturising beauty regime, which will leave your skin looking radiant and feeling hydrated in the harsh winter months. What are Carrier Oils? A carrier oil or vegetable oil is derived from the fatty portion of the plant usually the kernel, seeds or nuts. How Do They Work? Carrier oils are particularly effective for protecting the skin from drying out and nourishing the skin in the cold winter months. Many carrier oils simulate sebum, which is the skin’s natural moisturiser. Essential.

Essential Oils for Pain and Inflammation

18 Oct 2014
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Essential Oils for Pain and Inflammation

What is Inflammation? Inflammation is an immune response and is the body’s way of dealing with an injury or infection. It is a very natural process. Your body is constantly exposed to toxins, in the air, food, water, chemical reactions in the body ie emotional or physical and of course injury to the body’s tissues and food intolerances. When the body is overloaded with toxins and the liver is under too much pressure, they can leak through the mucous membranes resulting in catarrh or inflammation of the mucous membranes. These toxins or free radicals can also build up elsewhere in the body causing pain and infection and digestive problems. Pain.

The Powerful Moisturising Properties of Shea Butter

04 Oct 2014
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The Powerful Moisturising Properties of Shea Butter

100% natural unrefined & organic Shea Butter is an off- white or ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African tree. Shea butter is edible and is used in food preparation in Africa. Our Shea Butter is produced by a women’s fair trade project in Ghana.  The Organic Shea Butter that Therapeutic Healing gets from Ghana, go through an initial filtering process with a fine cloth to remove any impurities, an then goes through a final cleansing process in Holland. LEAH Whipped Shea Butter has moisturising properties &amp anti-aging properties, full of nutrients and has exceptional healing properties for the skin. Shea butter is also packed with antioxidants like vitamin E, as well as polyphenols.

About Alcohols in Your Skin Care Products

23 Aug 2014
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About Alcohols in Your Skin Care Products

Most of us assume that alcholols in your skin care products will result in dry, irritated and inflamed skin. However, there are good and bad alcohols. The bad alcohols include ethanol, denatured alcohol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, and sd alcohol, which not only can be extremely drying and irritating to skin, but may be cytotoxic. Alcohol helps ingredients like retinol and vitamin C penetrate into the skin more effectively, but it does that by breaking down the skin’s barrier—destroying the very substances that keep your skin healthy. With regular exposure to alcohols in your skin care products, cleansing becomes a damaging ordeal. Once alcohol dissolves your skin’s barrier, it.

How to Take an Epsom Salt Bath

23 Aug 2014
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How to Take an Epsom Salt Bath

Benefits of Epsom Salts Magnesium sulfate is the chemical compound that makes up Epsom salt. It can help with your skincare routine and also detoxify your body. Magnesium helps keep your bodily functions running smoothly, including some of the pathways that lead toxins right out of your body. Sulfate helps to strengthen the walls of your digestive tract so that it’s easier to release toxins. As a compound, magnesium sulfate also raises the amount of digestive enzymes in the pancreas. The compound also helps in purifying and detoxifying your body of heavy metals. Epsom salt baths may be used to allay psoriasis symptoms, soften and exfoliate skin or even to restore.