Peppermint Oil Properties!

Hello Everyone!! Since Christmas is around the corner i decided to tell you all a little about our popular friend during this time of the year Peppermint Oil!! Below are a few quick uses 🙂

Indigestion: One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion is peppermint.

  • Massage several drops on your abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe motion sickness or general nausea.
  • Drinking mint tea has long been the antidote to an upset stomach.
  • Inhaling peppermint oil is also said to help curb the appetite by triggering a sense of fullness.

Colds/Congestion: Menthol provides effective relief from many respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and the common cold and cough.

  • Massage 2-3 drops (along with a carrier oil) onto chest or drop into a humidifier to help clear sinus and lung congestion.
  • If you’re head is feeling stuffed or you can’t stop coughing, try a peppermint essential oil steam. Pour boiling water into a metal or glass bowl, and add a few drops of essential oil (eucalypus and rosemary are good combinations with peppermint). Drape a towel over your head and position your face 10-12 inches above the bowl and breathe in the steam.

Headache: Peppermint oil is terrific to keep on hand at your desk or in your purse, especially if you are prone to headaches. The use of this oil has also been known to effectively lessen tandem symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to noise and sensitivity to light.

  • With a small amount of almond or other carrier oil and a drop of peppermint oil, rub on your temples, forehead, over the sinuses (avoid contact with eyes), and on the back of the neck to help soothe headache and pressure. When applied topically, peppermint oil leaves a soothing, cooling sensation that tends to work wonders.

Stress: Like many other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against feeling anxious and restless.

  • For stress relief, the combination of peppermint, lavender and geranium essential oils added to a warm bath help relieve stiffness while absorbed through the skin.
  • Try aromatherapy by using a candle lamp diffuser with essential oils.

Energy/Alertness: Peppermint oil powerfully affects and improves mental clarity and raises energy levels. If you’re trying to cut back on caffeine, this may be a blessing to your mid-afternoon lull.

  • Rub a drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  • Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room to improve concentration and accuracy.
  • Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders repeatedly to keep energy levels up during the day.
  • Inhale before and during a workout to help boost your mood and reduce fatigue.

Sore Muscles:  Because peppermint oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, it not only can relieve pain and inflammation but can also calm the spasms that cause muscle cramps.

  • When using Olba’s oil as massage oil (a combination of essential oils including peppermint), it has the remarkable ability to stimulate circulation at the surface of the skin by opening up the skin pores and bringing a soothing warm feeling to tired muscles and joints. This oil can also be used as a spot treatment for a quick effect.

And the list of uses goes on….

  • If you have a problem with ants in your house, leave a peppermint soaked cotton ball in their pathway. They’re not big fans of mint and you’ll have the nice aroma lingering in your home!
  • For tired aching feet, add a few drops to a foot bath for some relief of sore, swollen and overworked feet!
  • Give your trash can area a break and add a few drops to the bottom for a pleasant minty aroma.

 

Hope that was informational!! Merry Christmas Everyone 🙂

Are Organic Beauty Products worth it?

A] They are better for your skin!  What you put on your skin eventually ends up in your body. Certified organic products are made with ingredients that are grown free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms. They also don’t include harmful additives such as petroleum waxes, fillers and artificial chemicals. Simply put, certified organic products are completely healthy and natural, synthetic alternatives are not.

B] They work better! Think of beauty products like food. In today’s world, there are a lot of synthetic, or “fake” ingredients used in food processing. But if you go to a high-end restaurant, you generally won’t find “fake” ingredients on the menu. Top chefs know that creating a top-quality meal requires top-quality ingredients. They don’t use artificial flavors in their cooking, because real spices and fresh herbs create a finer, more exquisite taste. Producing a beauty product is not much different. Certified organic beauty products work better simply because they are made with superior ingredients.

C] They are better for the environment! Therefore you reduce your carbon foot print 🙂  Organic farming eliminates the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers, all of which have a destructive effect on our water, soil and health. Organic plants are also grown without the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as they may pose a significant threat to both human and environmental health. Therefore, through looking out for your own health, you’re also helping to protect our fragile ecosystem. That is what they call a “win-win” situation.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes Naturally!

Did you know that 65.8% of you never clean your makeup brushes? This is a statistic I found in my brain, where I make things up that sound authoritative. But I bet I’m not far off.

It’s okay. Until I discovered this method of brush-cleaning, I never cleaned mine either.

Why would you want to? You’re just going to get them dirty again right away. Right? (That’s how I look at my kitchen sometimes …)

You need to clean your makeup brushes in order to get rid of ALL of the dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria that accumulate on them after regular use. This is especially important for those of you who have oily skin or acne. Keep those brushes clean, or suffer the pimply consequences.

Fortunately, it’s really, really easy to clean them – and it is taking you longer to read this post than it will take you to actually do it. So no excuses. What are you waiting for?

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Naturally – Step One

First, before you get started, you’ll want to gather everything you need.

  • Dirty makeup brushes
  • Olive oil (the real extra-virgin kind is best)
  • Liquid castille soap
  • Vinegar
  • Two very small bowls
  • A washcloth (or a paper towel)

The first thing you’re going to work with is the olive oil. Pour a tiny bit onto your washcloth (or paper towel) – no more than half a teaspoon should do it.

 

 

You’re doing this to “preclean” the brush, but also to condition the fibers on the bristles. This step isn’t quite as necessary if you use synthetic makeup brushes, but it’s still fun. So do it anyway!

All you do is just dab the bristles into the olive oil and then swipe the brush (pressing gently) on your towel several times – mainly until you feel like it’s mostly clean. (By the way, it is not. Not yet. No matter how clean it looks).

Throughout your makeup brush washing experience, try to avoid the “stem” where the bristles are attached to the brush handle. It’s not a huge deal if you get water up in there, but try to avoid it as much as possible, as too much exposure to the cleaners might loosen the bristles from the attachment, which is probably glue.

Step 2: Mix Together Warm Water and Castile Soap In a Small Bowl, and Wash Your Makeup Brush In It

Most other makeup brush cleaning tutorials suggest you use baby shampoo to wash your makeup brushes, but I’m going to guess very few of you actually have baby shampoo in your house. If you do, you can use it, but castille is far superior (mainly for it’s totally natural state).

Just pour about a teaspoon of liquid castille into a small bowl and add a bit of warm water.

 

 

Rub your fingers around in the bristles (remember, try to avoid the “stem”) while holding the brush in the soapy water. Squeeze it out and do this a few times.

Soon, your water will be full of somewhat icky color, which will teach you to think that using olive oil alone was enough to clean your brushes.

Once you feel like you’ve gotten all of the makeup out of your brush, you can move on to the next step.

Step 3: Dip Your Makeup Brush in Vinegar and Then Rinse Well With Hot Water

This vinegar step is optional, but I like to do it this way because it really makes sure all of the olive oil is out of your brush, as well as super cleaning, and super antibacterializing, the bristles.

If, for some reason, you don’t have distilled vinegar, you can skip that part and move straight on to rinsing.

 

 

As you dip it in the vinegar, squeeze it out a couple of times just to make sure all the makeup is out of the brush. You’ll be able to tell by the clarity of the vinegar in the bowl. Even if there’s a little left, it’s okay, because you’re about to rinse it in hot water.

Just hold the brush under the running water for a few seconds, squeeze, rinse again – and repeat if you enjoy what you’re doing. Otherwise, just turn off the faucet. No one will know.

Then dry it a bit on a clean towel and shape it back into the makeup brush shape of your choice.

Let that baby air dry for a while, and you have a fresh, clean makeup brush.

 

 

Now Be Honest …

… how often do YOU clean your makeup brushes?

If your answer is “often,” you get a fancy trophy that exists only in your imagination. But you should also share YOUR favorite technique for washing your makeup brushes.

How do you do it?

 

 

 

 

 

A bit about Make Up Brushes!

Goat Hair: This is very common in makeup brushes and usually distributes powder evenly. It is most effective to pick up powder and deposit it evenly and smoothly. It also brings lustre to your skin naturally and is perfect for buffing and blending. Can be a little coarse.

Pony Hair: is similar to goat hair. They do not come out to a point, which makes them great for cheeks, bronzer and blending. It is fine and soft.

Squirrel Hair: This is ideal for conical shaped brushes and usually is thicker in the middle of the brush, then comes to a point at the top. It is the softest, natural hair used in makeup brushes. They are usually more expensive but a great investment because of their durability. Best for heavy pigmented and blending eye shadows.

Sable Brushes: Hair is usually from mink (Russia & China). There are three types: Kolinsky (highest quality), Red Sable, and Sable. These brushes can last a lifetime as they are resilient, soft, durable and good for wet products. They have fine pointed tips and thick middles. Great for eye shadows.

If you are not into Natural Brushes and want to go faux, Synthetic Brushes are available. made from nylon or talon and less expensive. They still give you a smooth even application but has a harder time holding makeup in the brush because it lacks a cuticle. They are great for liquid foundation, concealer, cream shadows, cream eyeliners, and cream blush. The only disadvantage about going faux is that over time synthetic brushes become stiff and are less durable.

The brush you use can be the difference between the perfect smokey eye, or having a beauty disaster! So save yourself the trouble and make the choice that’s right for you and your wallet 🙂