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Essential Oils for Detoxification

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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 level but mental and emotional also. Thus, when we release toxins on a physical level, we are also releasing negative thoughts and stored emotions.

The body eliminates waste through the skin so it is important to encourage this by exercising or movement to help the lymph and circulation. Do not use anti-perspirants. Skin brushing towards the heart also helps encourage lymph flow. A salt scrub is also effective and helps remove dead skin cells.

Basic Salt Recipe

1/2 cup Fine Sea Salt

1/2 cup Epsom Salt

3-4 tablespoons Almond Oil

15 drops of your chosen essential oils

Mix all the ingredients together. Wet your body. Stand in a bath and apply salt scrub to your body in circular motions. Let the mixture fall in to the bath. Soak in the bath for 15-20 minutes.

Leah Dead Sea Salt Hand & Body Scrub

Essential Oils for Detoxification

Grapefruit oil is one of the best essential oils to promote natural detoxification.  It helps to release toxins via the lymphatic system. It is full of vitamin C, great for detoxification especially lungs, liver and colon. Grapefruit also encourages weight loss and metabolism. Toxins are obtained from a variety of things like pesticides on foods, air pollution, radiation such as mobile phones, computer screens, chemicals from traditional cleaning products and stress.

Lemon stimulates white blood cells to defend the body against infection and is effective against viruses like the flu.

Juniper Berry a mild diuretic used to treat urinary problems and excess water retention. Promotes elimination of uric acid making it useful in treatment of gout and rheumatoid arthritis.

Geranium oil helps detoxify kidneys and bladder, liver and gall bladder. Balances hormonal activity.

Ginger oil helps support detoxification. It mainly supports the GI health and gut (Stomach, bowels, kidneys. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory helping with muscle aches and pains, as well as poor circulation and arthritic pain.

Coriander oil helps the body to detoxify at a cellular level and is a very powerful at detoxing the body from heavy metals ie arsenic, mercury & lead.

Peppermint is very powerful against infections. Detoxifies through the respiratory and digestive systems. It supports the smooth muscle movement, an important process for digestion.

Clove and cinnamon are very high on the ORAC scale (Measures how powerful it’s anti-oxidant properties are against free radicals). Can be sensitising on the skin. Use in small amounts.

Rosemary and lemongrass are also excellent at naturally detoxifying the body.

How to Use:

As a massage oil, Mix 4 drops of essential oil to almond oil and massage into the abdomen or the feet. To diffuse in a room, mix 10 drops into the water and diffuse.

Here are some other ways to help detox your body:

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  • To support the lungs, breath deeply.
  • Get regular massages to get the lymph moving, helping with detoxification.
  • Use skin brushing to help eliminate dead skin cells.
  • Sit in a sauna to eliminate toxins through the skin.

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A Natural Skincare Regimen Made Simple

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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 Cleanser, removes makeup and deeply cleanses whilst retaining skin’s moisture level. Apply the cleanser and gently massage it into your skin in upwards, circular motions. For best results, leave it for a minute or so to allow it to dissolve dirt and makeup, and to let it get deep into your pores. Remove with damp cotton pads or a soft face cloth until all the cleanser is removed.

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Facial exfoliators (or face scrubs) are skin treatments that scrub away the surface layer of skin. Exfoliator is essential because it removes dead skin cells which can leave your complexion appearing dull, and can clog up pores. Exfoliation should only be done once a week and care should be taken on delicate skin. Apply a small amount of LEAH Facial Scrub with Bamboo to face and neck and massage in a gentle circular motion. Rinse off with warm water or soft damp facecloth.

Following is a toner suitable for your skin type, such as Rose Toner or Witch Hazel (for damaged and mature skin), to close the pores creating a clearer skin tone. Simply spritz on the face and blot off with tissue paper. After cleansing and toning, your skin will feel smoother and look radiant.

LEAH Hydrating Gel Mask is applied next to help draw out any remaining impurities whilst hydrating your skin. Face masks are skin treatments that nourish and treat the skin.  Spread a thin coat of the mask evenly over the skin. Avoid the eye area. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water or remove with a soft damp facecloth.

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After removing the mask, apply a final application of LEAH Calendula Face Cream. Apply it while your skin is still damp help seal in moisture. If you applied too much, simply use a tissue to gently blot away.

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It is important to moisturise around the delicate eye area. LEAH Nourishing Eye Cream contains a high amount of active ingredients targeting anti-ageing. Apply a small amount around the out edge of the eye socket.

Tips

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  • Don’t pick at your pimples, or you may have permanent scars. Keep hairspray and gel away from your face as these can block your pores.
  • Eat plenty of nutritional fresh fruit and vegetables to help aid detoxification and supply the body with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.
  • Rest. The body can only repair and rebuild when it is a restful state.
  • Smoking, drinking, excessive exposure to the sun and drug taking contribute to premature ageing.
  • Get plenty of fresh air. Your cells need a good oxygen supply to work effectively.
  • Drink plenty of water, if you’re well hydrated, your skin will be too. Water primarily stimulates the circulation of blood, fluids, and the necessary elements inside our body. Additionally, it also controls and regulates the skin’s natural balance.

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The effects of Stress on our Skin and Body

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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 of unplanned changes in personal circumstance. Therefore, managing stress is the key to minimise it’s negative impact on our life. Stress keeps our systems working as they should, but it becomes harmful when it lasts too long and is not managed effectively.

Why do we need to eliminate toxins from our body?

It is a necessity that we eliminate toxins from our body and this includes toxins from stress and other metabolic processes. If we don’t, it will eliminate to the skin as psoriasis, eczema, dry skin or red itchy inflamed skin.

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How do we eliminate toxins?

 *Get Plenty of Exercise

Not only will exercise keep us fit, it also uses up all the stress toxins in the body. It not, these toxins will build up and eventually lead to stress-related illness like high blood pressure, heart & circulatory problems.

*Stimulate the Vagus Nerve.

This activates the Parasympathetic nervous system reducing inflammation. Inflammation produces toxins. Too much inflammation over a period of time can lead to auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS).

*Take Time to Relax and Breathe.

This also stimulates the vagus nerve which connects to all the body’s organs. Inhaling essential oils will stimulates the release of certain chemicals in the brain that can help people relax. Regulation of the nervous system in this way is very effective for mental health, anxiety and depression.  It activates the limbic system helping us to feel good and anchoring the moment. This can help us feel grounded and safe.

*Learn to recognise your stress triggers.

When we are aware and recognise our triggers, we can respond more effectively rather than reacting to a situation. We can’t control what happens to us but we can have more control of the outcome in a given situation or challenge.

*Ask for Help. We don’t know it all.

Our natural human need is to share experiences with other people, so if someone wants to help, let them. You empower others when you allow them to give. At the same time, you can create a FLOW, a momentum and keeping things moving forward. We are all experts at different things and we all have different experiences. So lets share them and help each other.

*Use Natural Aromatherapy and Organic Skincare Products

Organic compounds from carrier oils,  butters and waxes contain vitamins and minerals which not only repair the skin, they help to get rid of free radicals which are contributed to pre-mature ageing and wrinkles. Essential oils contains anti-microbial therapeutic properties which help to fight fungal infections on the skin and can benefit skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Essential oils from the plant have very similar molecular make up as the human body. The immune system is unlikely to attack or have an adverse effect. The only exception to this is if there has been an overuse of oils leading to skin sensitisation. Essential oils are potent and thus need to be respected and used in a controlled way.

Natural and organic skincare products together with pure botanical essential oils are kind and gentle to your skin and also have additional therapeutic benefits helping to bring the body back into balance. Essential oils have the ability to balance the hormonal and nervous system; two of the main systems that have a direct effect to the rest of the bodily functions. If one part of you is under functioning it will affect the rest of you, since everything is connected.

What have you tried to eliminate stress toxins from your body? I’d love to know your experiences. Comment below.

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Healthy Looking Skin

7 Steps to Healthy Looking Skin

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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 with UV (ultra violet) rays can cause sunburn, premature aging, age spots, pigmentation, and skin cancer including melanoma, the most serious type.

No.2 Don’t Smoke

Smoking is associated with premature wrinkling. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and oxygen.

No.3 Use natural creams/oils with vitamins and essential fatty acids

Lack of vitamins and EFA’s can make skin lifeless, blotchy, dry, or oily. Vegetable oils nourish the skin, contains vitamins and essential fatty acids.
Vitamin A treats acne, skin wrinkling and pigmentation caused by chronic sun exposure.
Vitamin C for detoxifying, healing wounds and scars. Required to produce collagen.
Vitamin D is formed in the body with the help of sunlight and cholesterol. It is rich in antioxidant and anti-carcinogen properties and may help to prevent cancer.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant.

No.4 Essential fatty acids

They are essential building blocks of cellular membranes, to allow efficient transportation of nutrients. These will help to enhance collagen and elastin in the skin helping to slow the ageing process. Omega 3 (Fish oils) have powerful anti-inflammatory compounds.

No.5 Keep your Skincare Products Simple and Natural

It is recommended that you use natural and organic aromatherapy skincare products with vegetable derived ingredients and organic pure essential oils. Market leaders spend far more money on the packaging and advertising on high street brand names than on the ingredients. They often contain parabens, SLS, mineral oil, synthetic and other chemical ingredients which over time can harm and damage your skin.

No.6 A Balanced healthy Diet and exercise

A combination of balanced nutrition and exercise/movement can greatly improve the appearance of the skin by keeping the blood circulating and delivery nutrients and eliminating waste. It is important to have a balance between exercise and rest. People with skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis often suffer from constipation and other digestive disorders. Adequate consumption of water and fibre are important. Too much sugar in the diet can break down the fibres and elastin causing skin to become dryer and losing the skin’s youthful look. It is an anti-nutrient and impedes the absorption of nutrients.

No. 7 Stress

Stress causes constriction of the blood vessels, creates free radicals and acid environment, disrupts hormonal activity, and impedes the absorption of nutrients and normal cellular activity. Stress disrupts the PH balance of the skin and also the acid/alkaline balance in the body. This manifests in dry irritated skin and rashes.

Carrier Oils For Skin Types. Which one are you?

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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 (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Helps to reduce plaque build up in arteries.

For Oily, Acne Prone Skin

-Grapeseed

This oil is highly moisturising and is light for use in skin care. Contains Linoleic acid. Ideal for acne or oily skin. Suitable for those with nut allergies.

-Jojoba

A liquid wax which resembles the skins sebum. It will not block pores. Excellent rejuvenating and anti-wrinkle properties, known for treating ageing and inflamed skin. High in Vitamin E.

For Sensitive Skin

-Apricot Kernel

Easily absorbed by the skin without leaving it feeling oily. Rich in both oleic acid and linoleic acid. Good for all skin types, especially sensitive, dry and dehydrated skin.

For Combination Skin

-Sunflower

It’s main components are linoleic acid and oleic acids with high amounts of Vitamins A, D, and E, also has beneficial amounts of lecithin and Carotenoids. Rich in nutrients and antioxidants.  Also, an important source of gamma alpha linolenic acid (GLA) which helps in preventing thinning of hair and alopecia.

For Normal Skin

-Sweet Almond

High in oleic and linoleic acid. Sweet Almond is an excellent massage oil, and is especially suited to dry, sensitive and irritated skin. It is softening and nourishing to the skin.

For Dry, Mature Skin

-Avocado

Rich in essential fatty acids and very nourishing for dry, ageing skin.

-Olive

Composed mainly of oleic acid and palmitic acid. Olive oil has the exceptional ability to penetrate the skin and lock in the natural moisture of the skin.

For Scars and Damaged Skin

-Rosehip Seed

Excellent for treating tissue regeneration and many skin conditions including scars, burns, stretch marks, eczema and psoriasis.

-Calendula

A valuable infused oil from the marigold flower, used for treating wounds, scars, burns, inflammation and other injuries as it aids in tissue regeneration.

Carrier oils contain vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids (EFA), and many of them soften and improve the condition of the skin

 

Aromatherapy

Exploring Aromatherapy for Emotional Wellbeing

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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 as the emotional brain and can sometimes trigger emotions such as rage, fear, happiness etc causing physiological and psychological effects.

Essential oils don’t just support the limbic system but also the hypothalamus, the hormonal centre of the brain. They enter the blood stream and support whatever body systems are out of balance. The hypothalamus plays an important role in regulating the bodies systems when in stress. Essential oils have a major effect therefore in heightened emotional states such as grief and sadness.

Past memories can be associated with particular aromas and may have a positive of negative effect. Rose oil is known for helping in times of grief. If you had a loving grandmother who often smelled of roses, your reaction when smelling rose may differ than if you had an abusive grandmother. If your grandmother died, the past associations would have an impact every time you smelled roses. Do not use oils if they create negative feelings or if you simply do not like the smell.

Tip

Pick a favourite oil, and every time you do a relaxing activity like meditation, or reading a book, diffuse the oil or practice inhalation from the bottle. If you do this repeatedly, that scent will be associated with that activity and its calm restful atmosphere. This is known as anchoring the aroma. Then when you need to regain that calm, smell the oil and you will be instantly transported to that state of mind.

Below is a list of essential oils commonly known to help with emotional states. When using any oil, it is important to follow all safety guidelines relating to the particular oil.

Anger/Mood Swings Uplifting Low Mood Exhaustion Fear
Clary sage Geranium Bergamot Basic Bergamot
Frankincense Grapefruit Clary Sage Bergamot Clary Sage
Geranium Lemon Frankincense Black Pepper Frankincense
Grapefruit Mandarin Geranium Clary Sage Neroli
Jasmine May Chang Hyssop Eucalyptus R Chamomille
Lemon Ravensara Melissa Geranium Sandalwood
Mandarin Rose Neroli Ginger Vetiver
Petitigrain S Orange R Chamomille Lemon
Roman Chamomile Rose Patchouli
Rose S Orange Rosemary
Sweet Orange Ylang Ylang Vetiver

 

 

Vibrational Frequencies of Essential Oils

Vibrational Frequencies of Essential Oils

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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 sensor to measure bio electrical frequencies of elements in the essential oils. This measures the life force of the oils. Taino has determined that general human healthy frequency is within the range of 62-68 MHz and when at lower levels, a variety of diseases can appear. For example at the level of 58 MHz, diseases like cold and flu appear. At 42 MHz, cancer appeared in quite many humans.

Negative emotions and thoughts can actually drop our frequency by 15 MHz. Our body stores them in organs and glands of the body at the corresponding frequency. A prayer or positive attitude can also raise our frequency by 15 MHz.

Essential oils frequency starts at 52 MHz and go as high as 320 MHz, which is the frequency of Rose oil. Clinical research shows that essential oils have the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man, creating an environment in which disease, bacteria, virus, fungus, etc., cannot live. Essential oils are multifunctional and so they work for the need that is present.

Oil blends with higher frequency ranges work in the emotional and spiritual regions. Essential oils and oil blends that have a lower frequency have a more profound effect on making structural/physical changes. Inhaling essential oils is particularly benefiting because it activates the limbic brain or emotional centre. Smell is the only sense wired directly to the brain.

Essential oils bring the body into balance, supporting the immune system and endocrine function with no side effects; unlike pharmaceuticals which typically suppress the immune system and create another set of physical symptoms in the body.

Essential oils allows us to re-align our body’s vibrational frequency the natural way, helping to restore harmony to our health and well being on all levels.

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How to Dilute Essential Oils

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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:
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  • Helps to avoid irritated skin, sensitivity, photosensitivity and sensitisation
  • Helps to avoid systemic toxicity such as neurotoxicity and carcinogenicity. This may not be as obvious as skin reactions

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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 percentage dilution of between 1.5% and 3%.

Table of Percentage Dilution

Percentage Dilution Number of drops in 10mls of Carrier Oil Number of drops in 50mls of Carrier Oil

Percentage Dilution Number of drops in 10mls of Carrier Oil Number of drops in 50mls of Carrier Oil
0.5% 1 5
1% 2 10
1.5% 3 15
2% 4 20
2.5% 5 25
3% 6 30

Never put undiluted essential oils on your skin

If you have sensitive skin, essential oils can cause it to become over sensitised. Once you become sensitised, you will probably remain sensitised permanently to that oil and even other similar oils. Don’t take the risk and ensure all your essential oils are diluted before applying to the skin. If you have sensitive skin and are unsure of using any oils, always do a patch test. Always remember, less is more.

*Note
Essential oil percentage dilutions given in this article are not intended for use for the following:

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  • Facial blends
  • Body blends for sensitive skin
  • Special conditions which need treatment ie pain, inflammation
  • Pregnancy
  • Children
  • Elderly who are weak following illness or on any medication
  • Those whose immune system is comprised or other serious health issues

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Important
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  • Essential oils should never used neat on the skin
  • Essential oils should never be taken internally
  • Essential oils should be stored out of reach of children and pets
  • Essential oils are highly inflammable and should be kept away from naked flame and should be stored correctly

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Top 5 Aromatherapy Carrier Oils for the Winter

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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 Fatty Acids are necessary for dry skin and particularly for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It supports the natural PH level or acid mantle of the skin, protecting the skin and body from bad bacteria. The acid mantle is vital to our health as this is the first line of defence. A diet rich in omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids and using carrier oils on the skin will significantly nourish and improve the skin’s appearance.

How Do You Use Them?

Carrier oils can be used up to twice a day in the winter. Only use small amounts. To prevent over production of sebum, avoid using harsh products on your skin, alkaline soaps and over cleansing. This will stimulate the sebum to produce more oil leaving you with oily skin and possibly further problems.

 

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Top 5 Carrier Oils

Apricot Kernel Oil

A smooth light oil. Good for skincare especially for the face and mature and sensitive skin. Contains oleic acid. Rich in vitamins A & D.

Calendula oil

Excellent for eczema, damaged, itchy or dry skin, wound healing. Has anti-inflammatory properties and aids in wound healing. Good for dry, mature skin and eczema. Contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 & Vitamin E.

Jojoba Oil

Is actually a wax. It’s texture is light and silky. It simulates the skins sebum and so is not likely to block pores. It is able to dissolve into skin oils and help soothe damaged and irritated skin. Good for fine lines and wrinkles. Acts as an anti-inflammatory. It does not contain triglycerides, unlike most other vegetable oils and as a result,  it does not oxidize easily and will not turn rancid like some other vegetable oils.

Rosehip Oil

Rich is alpha linolenic acid. It has a light texture. Contains vitamin C & E. A highly effective anti-oxidant. Excellent for wound and burn healing, premature ageing, regeneration of scar tissue and various skin disorders. Use for dry, irritated or weather damaged skin.

Olive Oil

It’s texture is heavy and oily. It has disinfecting properties and is very healing. Good for burns, sprains and bruises. It is high in oleic acid and vitamin E & A. It also contains the natural moisturiser squalane as well as chlorophyll, which can help the skin’s natural healing processes.

Essential Oil Blend

Essential Oils for Pain and Inflammation

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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 and inflammation almost always goes hand in hand. Inflammation is caused by injury or acidity and always causes degeneration and or pain. The fundamental key to reducing pain and inflammation is almost always to reduce acidity in your body. Our normal healthy pH levels internally are around pH 7.

What happens during acute inflammation?

When the body’s tissue has been damaged, the inflammation process begins within seconds. The damage may be from a physical injury, or caused by an immune response. Histamine is released causing blood vessels to dilate and become more porous allowing in more fluid and blood proteins into the interstitial spaces. White blood cells ie neutrophil, macrophages and lymphocytes, attack and ingest the foreign body. The inflamed area becomes painful as the nerve endings are stimulated to further protect the area. The area becomes red and hot to touch.

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic Inflammation is a long term inflammation which can last for several months. This occurs as a result of a failure to eliminate the root cause, stress or an auto immune response where the immune system is attacking it’s own healthy tissues. Examples are asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic sinusitis, crohn’s disease, psoriases and fibromyalgia.

Essential oils for pain and inflammation

How do essential oils work?

Essential oils encourage a process known as phagocytosis which stimulates white blood cells to ingest and clean up micro-organisims. They are the highest know anti-oxidants substances which are vital to help soak up the free radicals and balance the acid/alkaline balance. The body can handle free radicals with anti-oxidants, however, excess free radicals can cause damage to cells and contribute to aging.

Essential oils for pain and inflammation are increasingly being used in the treatment of inflammatory diseases, such as allergy, rheumatism and arthritis. They also support the body’s first line of defence. The skin acts as a protective barrier and essential oils future support this action. When treating inflammation with essential oils, we also need to help detoxify the body, eliminating free radicals and also to help relieve pain. Essential oils with diuretic properties help to accelerate the detoxification process by stimulating the kidneys. Ie lemon, grapefruit, fennel and juniper berry. These oils will also stimulate the body’s ability to make more white blood cells.

Essential oils for anti-oxidant, analgesic and anti-Inflammatory properties

Eucalyptus has been traditionally used to clear congestion with symptoms associated with colds and flus. Diffusing eucalyptus can purify the air of harmful microorganisms.

Ginger can be used for arthritis, fatigue, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation and strains and sprains. It has a similar action to rosemary in that it stimulates the blood flow and warms the skin, bringing relief from pain and stiffness associated with inflammation.

Roman Chamomille helps sooth painful joints, muscular aches and pains, sprains, rheumatism and neuralgia. German chamomile contains chamazulene, a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and cooling agent.

Rosemary is effective for muscular pain and rheumatism and stimulates the circulation. Do no use if you suffer with epilepsy or high blood pressure.

Peppermint is used to relieve irritated skin conditions and has a cooling effect on the skin and is an effective analgesic. Used for muscle aches and pains, respiratory and sinus congestion.

Tea tree is antiviral and antibiotic, it is a good oil to use when the skin is inflamed.

Thyme has probably the strongest anti-oxidant properties. It helps boost the immune system, has a warming effect and stimulates poor circulation.

Essential Oil Blend for Pain and Inflammation

 

How To Use Essential Oils with Carrier Oils

Carrier oils or base oils are used to dilute and to carry the essential oils into the body. Examples of carrier oils are almond, grapeseed or sunflower. Mix 6 drops of essential oil(s) to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and rub into the body (3% blend for adults).

Safety

Always do a skin test before using an essential oil. Keep vegetable oil nearby in the case of sensitivity occurring on the skin. Never use water because oil and water do not mix. Children generally use about 1/3 of the adult blends.