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 🙂

What is your Acne telling you?

 

 

1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.

3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.

4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!

6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.

7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.

Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!

Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!

Skin Rejuvenator [Homemade]

Ingredients:

2 tbs sesame oil

1 tbs olive oil

2 tbs olive oil

2 tbs almond oil

2000 IU vitamin E [D-Alpha Tocopherol]

100Thousand USP units vitamin A

1-2 drops of your favourite perfume [optional]

 

Method:

Pour the oils into a small jar or empty bottle. Take 10 gelcaps of vitamin E (200 IU ea) and 4 caps vitamin A (25,000 units ea). Puncture the capsules with a needle, and squeeze out the contents into your container. Perfume (optional). Close and shake well, keep in the refrigerator.***NOTE: if you opt for perfume, you must use the real thing, NOT cologne.

This formula is especially useful for those who have badly deteriorated complexion and prematurely aged or dry lifeless skin. The healing, nourishing and beautifying oils of this formula fortified with vitamins A & E will feed your skin with nutrients it needs and helps to revitalize and restore it’s normal activity. It is also an excellent topical application for hemorrhoids and many skin disorders, particularly in acne, eczema and psoriasis. The most effective way to use this formula is in the evening before going to bed, after washing the target area well. Massage in just a few drops and let soak in overnight.

Intelligent Nutrients

 

Founder of Intelligent Nutrients is all about natural skincare products! His line is now down to an almost 100% organic formula, using several ingredients from plants that he grows on his own estate in Wisconsin.

Visit their website! it has a lot of amazing information:

http://www.intelligentnutrients.com

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.

Green Beauty on a Budget

 

If you want to adopt a green lifestyle, you’ll need to avoid synthetic products that contain toxic ingredients or that use energy-intensive methods to produce. Unfortunately, this means chucking most of your store-bought beauty aids. Although eco-chic cosmetics can be as expensive as conventional upscale brands, using only green beauty products doesn’t require taking a second job. You can make many products at home from inexpensive ingredients. Supplement these DIY products with select natural products from retailers you trust and you’ll have a full yet affordable beauty regimen.

Step 1:Decide what you need to purchase and what you can make for yourself. Turning raw ingredients into fabulous beauty products can reduce the sticker shock of store-bought natural and organic products, but some products — like shampoos and lip gloss — require multiple hard-to-find materials and won’t necessarily get you the results that you want. Budget in the purchase of these items. Then save money by making the less labor-intensive products — face masks, scrubs and simple moisturizers — that don’t require a degree in biochemistry to whip up at home.

Step 2:Separate an egg yolk from the white and use the yolk in place of conditioner. Conditioners coat your hair in silicone and oils, giving an immediate result that quickly wears off. Eggs strengthen and restore your hair over the long term. If you’ll be making facial masks, reserve the egg white for those recipes, as egg whites help tighten your pores.

Step 3:Find and patronize local sources when procuring ingredients for your beauty recipes. While you’ll have to hit the health food store for essential oils and — unless you live in a subtropical climate — ingredients like lemons and avocados, local farms can provide you with products like the yogurt and eggs you need for many beauty recipes. Connect with local beekeepers for honey and beeswax used in beauty products like homemade lip balm. In addition to the green benefits of shopping locally, you can often find amazing deals at farmers markets or when buying directly from a farm. (See References 1)

Step 4:Learn to apply makeup correctly. Once you know how to get the most out of your makeup, you can cut out many of the products you’re already using, reducing the number of products for which you need to find green alternatives. Achieving a versatile, “natural” look is actually an art, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll only need a few products instead of a huge makeup case filled with all shades of the rainbow. (See References 2)

Step 5:Develop a fashion style rather than falling back on short-lived trends. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 12.7 tons of textiles went to landfills in 2009, constituting just over 5 percent of total municipal solid waste (see References 3). Hunting down secondhand and vintage clothes saves you money, helps you to develop your own style and cuts down on the amount of castaway clothing sent to the landfill. When you do make new clothing purchases, plan to spend more at the outset for quality and durability and purchase items that you can imagine wearing for years; over time, your investment will pay for itself, as you spend little to replace worn-out clothes or items that are no longer trendy. Use fun accessories to enliven your old favorites. If an item no longer fits, consult a tailor or crafty friend to see if it can be remade into something new, like a handbag. Developing a personal style will also reduce the amount of makeup you need to purchase, as you’ll focus on what works with your coloring and personal style instead of purchasing new lipstick shades every time the trends shift.