For centuries cultures from all over the globe have used essential oils to treat and cure ailments. There are more than 90 essential oils and each has its own health benefits, many oils blend well together and most share in their therapeutic benefits. This natural way of healing is now being explored by the scientific community for the treatment of a variety of diseases like asthma, heart strokes, cancer, bronchitis and many more.
Essential oils are not to be confused with fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are artificially produced in a lab, contain synthetic chemicals and are used solely for their smell. Essential oils are derived from plants, can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled (aromatherapy) and contain therapeutic benefits such as pain relief, relaxation, and stress reduction, relief of anxiety, help with depression, skin issues, intestinal issues, stretch marks, treatment of allergies and much more.
Because essential oils are not actual oils (they lack fatty acids) and are highly concentrated plant components, they should never be applied directly to the skin. Essential oils should always be blended in small doses in carrier oils, soaps, burned in a diffuser, dropped in bath water, or used in body scrubs, butters and tea baths. When buying essential oils look for high grade and organic whenever possible. This may cost more, but value matters when it comes to these oils. The purity of the oil is important and depending on the plant it can take several hundreds and even thousands of pounds to create the oil.
Be sure to always research your oils before buying and have fun exploring your essential oil blends!
Tara Raj, CPC, ACC, CNWC
Aromatherapy, who doesn’t like it? Let’s face it, good smells set the tone for experiences. A fresh crisp smell can give your body just what it needs to feel rejuvenated and empowered to take control of your day. A soft warm smell can leave you feeling calm, grounded and loved. Our senses set the tone for our perceptions so we want to keep them healthy. Most air fresheners have base ingredients of dichlorobenzene, formaldehyde, and phthalates. Those are just a few of the common base ingredients found in most chemical based air fresheners that are purchased everday.
If those don’t scare you add synthetic fragrances, dyes (in some), and additional preservatives that are harmful to breathe in and you have a recipe of harmful chemicals lingering in your environment. Phthalates are known to cause birth defects, harm the reproductive system, cause hormonal imbalance and cancer. Dichlorobenzene is known to be harmful on the lungs and should be avoided. Why are these air fresheners lining the shelves of most stores? Why do we have easy access to harmful products and high price tags on healthy items? I like to believe there is a great explanation for this, one that makes sense but I won’t hold my breathe.
What are healthy alternatives to a smell good environment?
There are excellent body/linen sprays that are organic with minimal ingredients you can purchase at an affordable price. Sprays that contain organic/fair trade essential oils with a witch hazel base is a healthier more affordable alternative to harmful air fresheners. Best of all you can spray your linens, furniture, environment and yourself! Adding green plants to your environment will filter the air to help keep it clean and free of toxins. Be sure to read labels so you know what you are buying before you buy it. If it has a laundry list of ingredient that you can’t pronounce or chemicals then it probably should stay on the shelf.
Rosemary has many health benefits that have been used for centuries in many farmacies and holistic therapies. Rosemary is a perennial that commonly grows in the Mediterranean. Rosemary as an essential oil is most popular for its therapeutic benefits; from hair growth to pain relief there isn’t much this oil can’t do. As a topical, rosemary can reduce inflammation, aid in pain reduction, and soothe respiratory issues such as discomfort due to common colds and flu. Rosemary is an antiseptic making it a perfect solution for combating eczema, dermatitis, acne, and skin irritants. Rosemary essential makes a great skin toner, leaving your skin feeling smooth and healthy with the perfect glow. We all go through stress throughout our day, at times leaving us feeling drained, fatigued, or just plain fed up. Rosemary is known to be effective in reducing cortisol levels in saliva. Cortisol is one of the main stress hormones and when reduced we are more relaxed. A recent study has shown that inhaling rosemary essential oil through aromatherapy for five minutes a day can reduce cortisol levels in saliva. Less stress means immune support making our bodies in a healthier state to fight disease. This powerhouse perennial is a definite must have with its antioxidant properties and skin protectant. So say goodbye to free radicals, unhealthy skin, pain and stress!
From $10-$100 you can find any cleanser for your skin type and skin care needs. With hundreds to
choose from it’s easy to bypass the label and what it can do to your skin. So why read the labels when you
have a million places to be and you just want five simple words; facial cleanser for
oily/sensitive/dry/combination skin, to tell you which one to pick. Perhaps you rely on
the price to drive your purchase. Well we are here to say “read labels," know what it is
made of and why.
Is there a laundry list of ingredients that you can’t even pronounce or perhaps there
are ingredients with long term health risks if used regularly? Most over the counter facial cleansers,
even the $100 per bottle ones, are made with harmful chemicals that are colorfully advertised as
“enhancers,” “anti-aging,” “reduces blemishes” and my personal favorite “brings your youth back”. Last time I checked I will never be 20 again; however, I can take organic chemical-free measures to feel good
and look great.
Here are some top harmful ingredients found in over the counter, inexpensive and expensive facial
1. Formaldehyde. IARC deemed this to be a human carcinogen and is commonly used to prevent
bacteria growth in skin care products and facial cleansers.
2. Parabens. Parabens are known to increase the risk of breast cancer due to estrogen-mimicking
3. Phthalate. Another chemical known to cause breast cancer.
These are just the top of the list in carcinogens that are commonly used in skin care products and
cleansers. Organic Rosewater Facial Cleansers are an excellent replacement for your harmful cleansers.
With minimal ingredients, your skin will have excellent results with the additional health benefits found
in rosewater such as reducing acne, redness due to skin irritants, eczema, and dermatitis and unclogs
pores leaving your skin vibrant, youthful, and healthy.
Do you have bergamot blends in your bathroom? If not you should because your skin is worth it. Bergamot is from the citrus family holding many therapeutic benefits for your health and wellness. It is commonly found in black tea and perfumes due to its medicinal and aromatherapy properties. Bergamot essential oil is known to reduce the feeling of pain. When blended in body butters and polishes one can take in the health benefits of pain reduction and relaxation as it acts as a sedative to relax the body while combating stress, depression, anxiety and nervous tension.
This is just the tip of the many therapeutic benefits found in bergamot. This go to oil enhances blood circulation creating healthier looking skin and improving oxygen flow throughout the body. Scars, acne marks and more no longer need to take over your skin’s image. Bergamot is an excellent oil in reducing scaring due to injury, acne and other skin irritants. Exhausted from the daily grind of work, school, kids, family, pets, cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping? Splash a bergamot body spray blend on you throughout the day to relax and stay calm during the stress of daily life.