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Protecting Your Skin from the Sun: Unrefined Shea Butter

This has been a very, very hot summer for me. This summer I have done lots of traveling and the sun has turned my face and arms really dark and although my skin will change back to its normal color, I am still worried about under my skin and the damage that the sun’s UV rays has created very year.  Lately, I have changed my skin care regimen from chemical lotions to pure unrefined shea butter! I love this stuff. now, not all so-called shea butters are the same. When doing my research I found that white shea butter is known as refined, which means vital nutrients and vitamins are removed. This leaves the shea butter “odorless, and white” according to ehow.com: Refined vs Unrefined Shea butter and Alaffia.com. Unrefined/raw shea butter has all its nutrients for moisturizer and healing properties. I use unrefined shea butter for my skin and hair for protection during the summer and winter. It’s a really good conditioner after a shampoo.

Essential Oil: Lemon Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus limon

Common Method Of Extraction: Cold pressed

Parts Used: Fruit peel

Note Classification: Top

Aroma: Clean, sugary citrus, slightly sour

Largest Producing Countries: Italy and USA

Traditional Use: All parts of the lemon have used around the house and medicinally. The oil has been used around the house as a cleaning agent, and medicinally it has a history of stimulating the digestive system.

Properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, hepatic, hypotensive, laxative, sedative, vermifuge

Benefits: Acne, anemia, arthritis, asthma, candida, chilblains, colds, constipation, depression, detoxification, digestion, fever, general fatigue, herpes, indigestion, infections, insect bites, liver congestion, mouth ulcers, oily skin, rheumatism, slow circulation, sore throat, varicose veins, warts, wounds, wrinkles. Lemon has many applications in the bathroom. It may be used as a disinfectant to clean surfaces, blended into a mouthwash for its antibacterial properties, or blended into an air freshener.

Blends Well With: Benzoin, chamomile, cistus, elemi, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, neroli, oakmoss, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Of Interest: Lemons are harvested while they are still green to yield a higher quality oil.  It takes over 3,000 lemons to produce 1 kilo (2.2 lbs) of expressed oil.

Safety Data: May cause skin irritation. Phototoxic.

 

  • Stress: Lemon oil is calming in nature and therefore helps  in removing mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizzinessanxiety,  nervousness and nervous tension. It has to ability to refresh the mind by  creating a positive mind-frame and removing negative emotions. It is also  believed that inhaling lemon oil helps in increasing concentration and  alertness. It can therefore be used as a room freshener in offices to increase  the efficiency of the employees.

 

 

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  • Insomnia: Usage of lemon oil ensures good sleep and helps  those suffering from insomnia.
  • Immune System: Lemon oil has high vitamin content and  therefore it helps in increasing the immunity of the body. It further stimulated  White Blood Cells and thus increases your ability to fight diseases. Lemon oil  also improves the circulation in the body.
  • Fever: Lemon oil is effective against infectious diseases  such as fever, malaria and typhoid.
  • Stomach Disorders: Since lemon oil is carminative, it is  used in treating various stomach problems including indigestion, acidity,  stomach upsets, cramps, etc.
  • Weight Loss: Lemon juice is very helpful in reducingweight.
  • Asthma: It is believed that lemon is also useful for  treating asthma.
  • Hair Care: Lemon oil is also effective as a hair tonic.  Many people use lemon oil to get strong, healthy and shinning hair. Lemon oil is  also used for removing dandruff from head.
  • Skin Care: Lemon oil is a good remedy for the increasing  the luster of dull skin. It is astringent and detoxifying in nature, and  rejuvenates dull skin. Its antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and  various skin disorders. Lemon is also recommended for oily skin.

 

Other benefits of lemon include the following:

 

  • Cleaners:  Lemon is a good cleaner; therefore it is used for cleansing the body,  metal surfaces, etc. It is also a disinfectant and hence it is used for cleaning  surfaces such as butcher’s knife and block that can get contaminated easily.
  • Soaps and Cosmetics: Lemon juice and lemon essential  oil is used in soaps, face wash and many personal  care and skin care cosmetics due to its antiseptic nature.
  • Perfumes: Lemon oil has a distinct refreshing aroma which  makes it a good ingredient for perfumes. Many scented candles contain lemon oil.  It is also uused in potpourris.
  • Drinks: Lemon oil is used in various artificial drinks  concentrates to give them the taste of lemon juice.

 

Lemon oil blends well with many other essential  oils including lavender  essential oil, rose  oil, neroli  essential oil, sandalwood  oil, geranium  essential oil, ylang  ylang essential oil, tea  tree essential oil, etc.

 

Information Source: Mountain Rose Herbs; Organic Facts

Essential Oil: Geranium (Rose) Oil

Geranium (Rose) Essential Oil

 

Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens

Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Flowers and leaves

Note Classification: Middle

Aroma: Heavy, sweet, floral

Largest Producing Countries: Egypt, Spain, France, and Italy

Traditional Use: Throughout history geranium has been known as a powerful wound healer. It has been utilized medicinally and in the fragrance industry.

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrizant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, insecticide, regenerative, rubefacient, sedative, styptic, tonic, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge, vulnerary

Benefits: Acne, anxiety, broken capillaries, bruises, burns, circulatory disorders, cuts, cystitis, depression, dermatitis, diabetes, diarrhea, eczema, fluid retention, hemorrhoids, herpes, insect bites, lymphatic congestion, menopause, neuralgia, ringworm, shingles, sore throats, stabilize emotions, tonsillitis, ulcers, wounds. The antidepressant and emotional stabilizing effects of this oil can be used in many ways. Diffuse into the air, or make a room spray that you can spray as needed. You can also add the oil to a full, hand, or foot bath.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Of Interest: Geranium leaves can be used in jams and jellies. The oil can be used in baking. A couple of drops may be added while making sugar cookies. The aroma fills the house while you are baking and adds flavor to the cookies.

Safety Data: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

 

I have always wanted to try rose essential oil. I havent gotten that chance yet, but it will come. I think it would make a pretty perfume scent.

 

info Source: Mountain Rose Herbs

What are my Health and Beauty Resolutions?

I saw this question while reading another blogger blog and thought I would answer.

 

[What are your health and beauty resolutions?]

 

My new health resolutions are to of course eat more healthy meals and to focus more on portion control. I have had a hard time in the past with fad diets and even tried to start my own. Did not Work. Um..so I came to the conclusion that diets were not for me. I had a problem with letting go of the foods that I ate. I’m not a sweet junkie but I have a thing for powdered donuts and lately skittles. Don’t know why, I just do. I also love pastas and bread, that was a big problem in all of the diets  that I tried. So, I researched and came up with something that was easy to do and so I could still eat what I liked but ate in smaller portions. It really helped and saw quick results, so i am happy and confident about that. Also with my health I am trying to get into the habit of eating more vegetarian foods. I have no problem eliminating meat but the reason I do not eat meat is for ethical reasons. If I said it was disgusting, like I have heard from some people, I would be lying to myself and others. Cause its damn good if you cook it right. I try to take vitamin supplements too. I want a holistic health, and what i mean by that is, nothing with chemicals, which is hard to find nowadays. In terms of beauty, I don’t use much and I try to keep it to a minimum. I cant use many things on my face because I have really sensitive skin. No foundation (don’t need it anyway), no eye shadow (gets rubbed off). I use lipstick/gloss, or light eye liner (no black, makes me look dead). For the rest of  my body I try to cut out buying store lotions, instead I make my own. I mainly use unrefined shea butter mixed with my fave essential oils or I will just use a light olive oil. I also make my own perfumes with water and a fave essential oil. I have a few fragrances that I purchased as well. But, I am getting in the habit of making my own beauty products. I also use the same things for my kinky hair.

Mink Oil

Mink oil

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Mink oil is made from the thick fatty layer minks have just under their skins. This fat is removed from the pelt when the mink is skinned and is then rendered into mink oil. Mink oil is a source of palmitoleic acid, which possesses physical properties similar to human sebum. Because of this, mink oil is used in several medical and cosmetic products. Mink oil is also used for treating/conditioning and preserving nearly all kinds of leather[1].

Botanical alternatives to mink oil as a source of palmitoleic acid include macadamia nut oil (Macadamia integrifolia) and sea buckthorn oil (Hippophae rhamnoides), both of which contain a larger percentage of palmitoleic acid (22 and 40% respectively) than does mink oil (17%).

“Trappers were probably the first people to notice the benefits of mink oil, which helped to soften their hands. They also rubbed mink oil onto their shoes, to make the leather more flexible and make the shoes more waterproof.”

“Mink oil and its fatty acids are unique among animal-derived fats and oils. The total unsaturated fatty acids in mink oil account for more than 75% of the fatty acid content, but the oil, nevertheless, has a greater oxidative stability (resistance to rancidity)… than other animal or vegetable oils.”[2] [3]

 

When I purchased this product I was really excited to find that it had lots of natural oils in it and no harmful and useless things like mineral oil and petroleum. All of the oils had me blinded; I did not notice that it did not have any labels stating “No Animal Testing”. I did notice the Mink oil, but did not think that it was from the animal. Remember, I did not notice there was not a “No Animal Testing”.  So… in reviewing this product, I like all the oils that it has except the Mink Oil. I like how it’s not greasy and sloppy when I apply it to my scalp. My hair and scalp soaks it up. Another plus is it does not cause tons of build-up on my scalp. Although I will not be purchasing this product anymore due to the Mink oil. I don’t want to give to the possible cruelty of the Mink.  Sorry. I have to improve my writing skills.

 

Ingredients: Since I know most of the ingredients and can buy them, I plan to make my scalp treatment. 😉

  • Castor oil, Mink oil, Sweet Almond oil, Vitamin E, Jojoba oil, Paraffin oil, Safflower oil
  • Lanolin
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Propylparaben
  • Fragrance