Essential oils are the odorant chemicals extracted from plants. Aromatic plants grow in great numbers but not all of them yield enough essential oil to make it worthwhile to go through the extraction process. Some of them also have a very toxic effect and therefore cannot be used for therapeutic purposes in the practice of aromatherapy. When one asks what is an essential oil, it is useful to think about… Continue Reading
Adding skin food to your face and body is a wonderfully simple thing to incorporate into your everyday skincare regime. Your skin absorbs chemicals and pollutants far quicker than your digestive system. Therefore it makes sense to think about what you are putting on your body not just what you are putting in your body. If you can eat it, you can put it on your skin! You may well… Continue Reading
Many commercial deodorants on the market contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions when applied to the sensitive underarm skin. Not only that, many of these ingredients can be harmful when used regularly which deodorant usually is. A common ingredient in commercial deodorants and antiperspirants is aluminum chlorohydrate and this is believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease. The aluminium compounds may disrupt the normal activity of acetylcholine which is deficient in… Continue Reading
There are a wide variety of clays you can use for making facial clay masks. This quick guide to facial clays will help you find the best facial clay that is most suitable for your skin type. French clays are clays with high mineral content and this gives them the active properties that affect the skin. They generate heat due to the mineral salt content and this helps the skin… Continue Reading
A beautiful head of healthy, lustrous, shining hair can be one of your greatest beauty assets. You can spend a fortune on commercial hair products, however, most products you can make yourself at a fraction of the cost using ingredients you already have. You can’t change the type of hair you were born with but you can improve its natural state. Using natural ingredients for your hair ensures gentle, revitalizing… Continue Reading
Birch essential oil has a powerful and penetrating aroma with many useful properties including being an antiseptic, analgesic, diuretic and sudorific. It blends well with Chamomile, Ginger, Lavender and Thyme essential oils among others and was often used in the perfume industry. To find out more of Birch Essential Oil and its uses visit the full profile here.
Pregnancy is such a wonderful time in a woman’s life however it can sometimes cause all sorts of havoc on the body. Morning sickness can often be experienced early on and can range from mild to debilitating. To help calm your stomach, you can add a drop or two of Spearmint essential oil to a bowl of boiling water and have the bowl nearby to breath in the aroma. If… Continue Reading
If you love essential oils and aromatherapy, you’ll love making your own aromatherapy perfumes. It’s fun and easy to do and also extremely rewarding. I’ve picked 5 of my favorite perfume recipes from the website which you’ll find below. There’s lots more on the site or you can make your own perfumes by being creative and blending your own essential oils. All instructions for making your own aromatherapy perfume recipes… Continue Reading
Elemi essential oil is distilled from the tree bark of the elemi tree originating from the Philippines. It is a useful expectorant to help ease lung problems such as coughs and excess mucous in the lungs. It has a grounding and calming effect on the mind. To find out more of Elemi Essential Oil’s properties and uses see the full profile here.
There are various home remedies for stretch marks that can be very effective, especially when combined with regular massage. Stretch marks are often caused by weight fluctuation and during pregnancy. The most prone areas are breasts, stomach, buttocks and thighs although other areas can be affected such as the upper arms and the chest area. Body builders may see stretch marks appearing in these areas when they gain or lose… Continue Reading