DIY NATURAL DEODORANTS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

HOW CAN I SMELL GOOD WITHOUT ANTIPERSPIRANT?

 While having a pleasant personal scent is a priority for most people, many would rather not slather on a conventional deodorant or antiperspirant to achieve this, preferring to address body odor with the application of more natural alternatives that contain fewer harmful ingredients and are less likely to result in negative side effects. Traditional antiperspirant products often contain ingredients like artificial fragrances, parabens, phthalates, and anti-bacterial preservatives, which can have a negative impact on the body in the long-term. They also generally contain aluminum, which is reputed to form a block in the pores, thereby restricting the emergence of sweat and resulting in decreased moisture secretion. Conversely, because natural deodorants do not prevent perspiration, they benefit the body by not inhibiting its normal purification functions. Although natural deodorants could also potentially clog the pores, the positive difference is that the pores will be introduced to only pure, “green” ingredients rather than the synthetics present in conventional options.

Read on to discover simple recipes for safe, skin health-enhancing deodorants with all-natural components that are known to eliminate bacteria and neutralize odors while imparting refreshing scents.

ARMPIT DETOX – HOW DO YOU DO IT?

 The body is not malodorous inevitably or by nature – it emits an odor only when the bacteria that live on it respond to that from which they receive “nourishment”: the diet. A body that is fed mainly unnatural, processed, and refined foods or a diet that is rich in meats and sugars will expel more foul odors than a body that is fed wholesome foods. The underarms will not be foul-smelling if they secrete only healthy waste products of digestion and surplus minerals that are found in natural deodorants.

Underarm detoxification is often recommended for those making the switch from traditional deodorants and antiperspirants to natural deodorants, as it is believed that this helps to expel pre-existing bacteria as well as residue from previously-used chemical-laden products, to optimize the performance of a natural deodorant, and to assist the body in returning to its original, organic perspiration that is conducive to good health.

To easily detoxify the underarms, try the following recipe:

Dilute 8-10 drops of one or more preferred Essential Oils in 1 tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and add this to a 60 ml (2 oz.) spray bottle, then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water (Note: This blend is also suitable for hair care and foot soaks). Simply shake the bottle well, spray the blend onto freshly-cleansed underarms, and allow the skin to dry. Although it is recommended to use this blend during a time when the body is at rest, such as before bed, nonetheless travel-size spray bottles will also make it possible for users to continue with this detox while on the move.

Repeat these steps on the following day. While individual users’ bodily responses to this detox will vary, generally, results can take approximately one week to manifest; however, as with any detox, persistence is encouraged. Underarms might require several washes throughout each of these detox days.

HOW DO YOU MAKE NATURAL DEODORANT?

 For a quick and simple DIY natural deodorant recipe that is reputed to last a minimum of 12 hours, try the following steps:

In a bowl, thoroughly combine ½ cup of Baking Soda (for those with sensitive skin, a lesser amount may be used to avoid irritation) and ½ cup of either Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder. In a separate bowl, combine 5 Tbsp of Virgin Coconut Oil and 15-20 drops of preferred anti-bacterial Essential Oils. *Organic ingredients are recommended whenever available. Next, stir the oil blend into the powder blend until the mixture reaches a smooth uniformity. This amount should last approximately 3 months. Transfer the final product into a clean container, such as a round jar or a deodorant tube. To apply, use the fingertips or a cream deodorant applicator, such as a scoop stick, to rub a pea-sized amount into the underarms.

In cold temperatures, this deodorant can harden. To keep it soft, simply hold the pea-sized amount against the area of application and allow body heat to melt it. Alternatively, it can be kept nearby during a warm shower in order to allow any steam to melt it for application to the underarms afterward. In warm temperatures, this deodorant can liquify. To achieve a thicker consistency for application, simply place it in a cooler area, such as the refrigerator, for a few minutes.

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR A MORE COMPLEX NATURAL DEODORANT

INGREDIENT REPUTED BENEFITS RECOMMENDED NDA PRODUCTS
Organic Cold-Pressed Virgin Carrier Oils
  • Moisturize skin
  • Soften skin
  • Support skin health
  • Reduce the appearance of aged skin
  • Protect the skin’s moisture barrier
  • Smoothe skin
  • Exhibit antioxidant properties
  • Argan Organic Carrier Oil – Virgin
  • Chia Seed Organic Carrier Oil – Extra Virgin
  • Coconut Organic Carrier Oil – Extra Virgin – Fair Trade
  • Olive Organic Carrier Oil (Extra Virgin)
  • Sacha Inchi Organic Carrier Oil – Extra Virgin
  • Sesame Seed – Extra Virgin Organic Carrier Oil
GMO-Free Vitamin E
  • Nourishes
  • Help reveal a new layer of skin
  • Moisturizes dry, itching, flaking, and burning skin
  • Increases the hydrating efficacy of moisturizing ingredients
  • Gently addresses itchiness, inflammation, blisters, and scaly patches of skin
  • Vitamin E (USP Cosmetic Grade) Raw Material
Pure Clays
  • Draw out moisture
  • Cleanse skin of dirt and oils
  • Comfort irritated sensitive skin
  • Reveal a new layer of skin
  • Tighten the skin
  • Refresh the skin
  • French Clay Green
  • French Clay Pink
  • French Clay Red
  • French Clay Yellow
  • Multani Mitti (Fullers Earth) Clay
  • Rhassoul Clay
Unrefined Beeswax (Beads/Pastilles)
  • Stabilizes recipes for appropriate product thickness
  • Creates a hydrating, long-lasting protective barrier on the skin without clogging pores
  • Helps seal in moisture from other hydrating ingredients
  • Exfoliates
  • Nourishes skin with natural vitamins
  • Supports the skin’s regeneration and rejuvenation
  • Imparts a natural scent that is warm, sensual, floral, and woody
  • Refreshes skin and helps to restore skin health
  • Gentle enough for use on even the most sensitive skin
  • Hydrates itchy and irritated skin
  • Softens and smoothes dry, cracked, and broken areas
  • Beeswax Premium
Organic Crude Shea Butter
  • Nourishes skin with vitamins A and E
  • Moisturizes dry, chapped skin
  • Promotes skin health and clarity
  • Reduces the appearance of dark spots, discoloration, and blemishes
  • Shea Organic Butter – Crude (Ghana)


 WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS ARE GOOD FOR HOMEMADE DEODORANTS?

 Any Essential Oils that are reputed to exhibit antibacterial properties are ideal for adding to formulations for natural deodorants. The following antibacterial oils are believed to:

  • Help eliminate and prevent the growth of bacteria under the arms
  • Neutralize body odor
  • Impart pleasant scents
  • Reduce excess oil on the skin’s surface
  • Cleanse the skin
  • Tighten the skin
  • Cool and invigorate the skin
  1. Bergamot Oil
  2. Clove Oil
  3. Cedarwood Oil
  4. Cypress Oil
  5. Geranium Oil
  6. Grapefruit Oil
  7. Lavender Oil
  8. Lemongrass Oil
  9. Orange Oil
  10. Patchouli Oil
  11. Peppermint Oil
  12. Roman Chamomile Oil
  13. Rosemary Oil
  14. Sage Oil
  15. Tea Tree Oil
  16. Vetiver Oil
  17. Ylang Ylang


 WHY ISN’T MY HOMEMADE DEODORANT WORKING?

 Natural deodorants, much like underarm detoxes, require persistence in order for the body to adjust to the change in the skincare product and to achieve the desired results. Natural deodorants should be used continuously for more than one week. The lack of functionality is not necessarily related to the ingredients in the product but is instead usually due to one or more of the following reasons:

    • An unhealthy diet consisting largely of processed foods
    • Wearing synthetic and/or tight-fitting fabrics, which trap moisture and do not allow the skin to breathe
  • Bacteria trapped under the arms; ensuring that the underarms are clean before applying a natural deodorant will help it work more effectively

 

WHAT CAN YOU USE AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR DEODORANT?

For other natural deodorizing options that do not require the formulating of a deodorant cream or stick product, try the following natural antibacterial ingredients:

    • Aloe Vera Gel
    • Grapefruit Seed Extract
    • Essential Oil Blends (Immunity Synergy Blend / Pillager’s Potion Synergy Blend) – dilute with a Carrier Oil prior to direct application
    • Witch Hazel Distillate Organic Raw Material
  • Rose Floral Water

GENERAL SIDE EFFECTS

Products, listed in this article are for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using them for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use any of the aforementioned skincare products without the medical advice of a physician/dermatologist, as they may have effects on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. These products should always be stored in areas that are inaccessible to children.

Prior to using any product, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by properly diluting (when applicable) each chosen product and applying a dime-size amount of each to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Individuals who are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the products and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action.

Botanical Aromatherapy ™ Programs

What is Botanical Aromatherapy™?

Our Botanical Aromatherapy ™ Program is a complete immersion into the world of aromatherapy, aromatic plants, aromatic gardening, sustainability, and permaculture. We believe that aromatherapists should literally go back to the roots of aromatherapy – herbalism – to appreciate the benefits of aromatherapy in all of its forms, whether that is an essential oil, or the actual plant growing in the aromatic garden. Aromatic plants can be used in many ways. Growing some of those plants teaches you to connect on a much deeper level with the plant, and totally understand how to use it.

We have several paths of aromatherapy education, and various study options, depending upon your needs and interest in aromatherapy: from informal videos and articles to comprehensive college-level type papers. We will be adding further courses and workshops to our school program in the future to complement those courses we currently offer with the botanical aromatherapy ideology.

All of our programs are rooted in the traditional ways of using aromatherapy:  In definition, Bo-tani-cal Aro-ma-thera-py: Plant-based aromatherapy.

So, which path will you take in our aromatic garden?

The Linguistics of Aromatics™ Program

  • Certificate in Holistic Aromatherapy: This aromatherapy course gives the beginner to aromatherapy a comprehensive introduction to the safe and effective use of essential oils at home and for family use. It meets NAHA level 1 aromatherapy educational requirements.
  • Certificate in Professional AromatherapyThis is a professional-level course that takes aromatherapy study to the next level. It gives both professionals and non-professionals a comprehensive, professional course of study in the safe and effective application of essential oils and aromatics, with an emphasis on products and their use, either in a clinical practice setting or for use in a skincare product line. It meets NAHA level 1 and 2 (combined/course cannot be split) aromatherapy educational requirements.

Essential Oil Chemistry for Aromatherapists

Rosemary Caddy’s Essential Oils in Colour: The Caddy Profiles

This advanced aromatic chemistry course teaches you how to improve your current blending skills with the creation of a Caddy Profile for both an essential oil and an essential oil blend. The Caddy Profiles were created by UK aromatherapist Rosemary Caddy and have been used by students for more than a decade. If you have a keen interest in aromatherapy chemistry, and how chemical components and/or individual essential oils can influence an aromatherapy blend, this course is a must.

Aromatherapy Workshops and Retreats (On-site)

Botanical Aromatherapy™ From the Aromatic Garden™

Located in Sedona, Arizona.

Aromatherapy programs from the aromatic garden don’t get more hands-on than these workshops and retreats! All workshops/retreats are two days in length (held on a Friday and Saturday) and are all priced the same. In 2019, we will be holding the following on-site workshops:

  • Potions from the Aromatic Garden Workshop: Learn new ways to enhance your blending techniques! Rooted in Sharon’s years of practice and experience, we will look at how to effectively blend essential oils, carrier oils, and other aromatic extractions. This workshop includes hands-on experience with plants from the garden to understand essential oil extraction, followed by in-depth profiles on individual plants/oils, and various methods of blending to produce both a therapeutic and scentful product!
  • Secrets from the Aromatic Garden Retreat: Two days of hands-on distillation of oils/hydrosols, plant identification, and blending, in the sanctuary of our peaceful garden, studio, and workroom.
  •  Healing from the Aromatic Garden Workshop: A workshop which addresses the power of healing with essential oils for the emotional abuse and resulting trauma of domestic or intimate partner violence, bullying, PTSD, and life-threatening illnesses. This workshop is suitable for those working with trauma survivors and/or if you are embarking on a personal journey of healing due to trauma.

Georgie’s Secret Garden™ – FREE!

A Virtual Connection to our Aromatic Garden!

This is a subscription club style of learning which gives you access to the “secret garden” of Sedona Aromatics. Discover aromatic articles, plant and oil profiles, short tutorials (coming soon), videos from the aromatic garden and stillroom, and how-to tips (on aromatherapy blending and aromatic gardening) not available publicly on the website. And, should you wish to take a home study aromatherapy course or on-site workshop with us, you will receive access to exclusive discounts from time-to-time to be used against these options.

Hydrosols as Toners in Skincare

Hydrosols are enjoying a return to aromatherapy as the movement of artisan distillers continues to grow, and the benefits of these healing waters are rediscovered. Hydrosols are not a new invention. They have been around for millennia but lost favor to essential oils, and sadly delegated to a “by-product” of that process of extraction. True hydrosols are today distilled in their own right, and quality hydrosols are not distilled as by-products of the essential oil industry.

Hydrosols have many benefits. Although there are myriad of ways and uses for hydrosols, this article will look specifically at how to use hydrosols as toners.

Reasons to Use Hydrosols as Toners

  1. Hydrosols are a cost-effective solution for skincare. Commercials would have us believe that we need to spend hundreds of dollars on a skincare product for it to have any effect. The opposite is true when it comes to hydrosols. Even if you don’t distill your own hydrosols, purchasing a quality hydrosol from a reputable supplier is a relatively low-cost solution as a toner in skincare.
    And there are many different hydrosols to choose from, making it a relatively simple task to find a hydrosol for your skincare type and/or skincare issue.
  2. Hydrosols address many different skincare issues. As we’ve just mentioned, you will find a hydrosol to use as a toner for oily, mature, or combination skin types. You can also address different skincare issues with hydrosols such as acne, inflammation, eczema, dermatitis, bites, spots, and more. However, you’ll need to either have an understanding of the therapeutic properties of each hydrosol or consult a certified aromatherapist who can guide you. It may also be better to combine one or more hydrosols to make a custom hydrosol toner for your specific problem.
  3. Hydrosols are nature in its purest form: Water, with the addition of plant essences. Although the chemistry of hydrosols is a little more complex than this statement implies, in its simplest state, a hydrosol is a form of hydrotherapy for the skin. The skin needs water. Add in a beneficial plant essence, and the healing qualities of both benefit the skin greatly.
  4. Hydrosols are gentle to use. Hydrosols are so easy to use, especially as toners where you will be using them on your face, because they are a lot gentler than essential oils. You can use them in their purest form, without the addition of any carriers or preservatives.

How to Use Hydrosols as Toners in Skincare

First, identify either your skin type or the problem you wish to address. Once you have chosen your hydrosol or combined two or more to create a custom hydrosol blend, you can then prepare how to use it each day. I recommend using your hydrosol toner twice a day, once in the morning, after washing your face, and again in the evening, after washing your face. You can follow up each application with a custom oil blend for your face as well.

  • Dampen a cotton pad lightly with your chosen hydrosol or hydrosol blend.
  • Pat gently over your face and around the eye area, avoiding getting into eyes.
  • Allow to dry.

Hydrosol Recipes for Toners

These are a couple of easy recipes to create at home with hydrosols to use as toners:

Hydrosol Blend for Mature Skin Types

  • 1-oz. rose (Rosa × damascena) hydrosol
  • 1-oz. geranium (Pelargonium × asperum) hydrosol
  • 1-oz. frankincense (Boswellia carteri) hydrosol
  • 1-oz. rosehip (Rosa spp.) hydrosol

Hydrosol Blend for Oily Skin Types

  • 1-oz. witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) hydrosol
  • 1-oz. melissa (Melissa officinalis) hydrosol

Instructions for Use:

  • Blend the ingredients together in a suitable spray bottle.
  • Use as instructed above.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

Cautions for Use:

  • Discontinue use if irritation occurs.

Cool Mist Hydrosol

A hydrosol blend for hot flashes or for those lingering hot, summer days…

Hydrosols:

1-oz. peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
2-oz. geranium (Pelargonium x asperum)
1-oz. lime (Citrus latifolia)

Mix the hydrosols together in a spray bottle. Spray lightly to the back of the neck and/or forehead at first sign of hot flash or feeling of hotness. You can also mist lightly around the body. Close eyes before spraying. Discontinue use immediately if irritation occurs. For adult use only.

In Summary

Using hydrosols as toners are easy and your skin will thank you for it. Just make sure to source your hydrosols carefully and consult an aromatherapist for further advice on use if you are unfamiliar with them.

Cinnamon Oil; Benefits For Healthy Looking Skin and Hair

Cinnamon Oil is derived from a tree that is recognized by two botanical names – Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamomum vervun – both of which refer to the same tree. This is the species considered to be true Cinnamon. The English name for this spice is rooted in the term “amomon,” or “qinnamon,” the Arabic and Hebraic word for “fragrant spice plant.” Harvested and processed as both a spice and essential oil, it is cultivated and exported globally. Cinnamon was also given the Early Modern English names of “canel” and “canella,” which were rooted in the Latin word for “tube,” due to the inner bark’s tendency to naturally form a tube shape as it dries and retracts into itself. Cinnamon Essential Oil may be obtained from either the tree’s outer bark or its leaves, hence the two main varieties are Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil.

Cinnamon is thought to be one of the world’s oldest and most valuable spices. Since the time of Ancient Egyptians and for thousands of years afterward, it has continued to be used, even becoming a staple in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Today, it continues to be used in the forms of spices, herbs, powders, and teas to address emotional and physical ailments, such as depression, respiratory and digestive problems, colds, flu, weight gain, diarrhea, yeast infections, heavy menstruation, menstrual cramps, arthritis, and skin infections. According to a 7th century BCE Greek poem, it was believed that Cinnamon grew in Arabia, along with Myrrh, Labdanum, and incense, and that these plants were so respected that they were shielded by winged snakes.

Throughout history, Cinnamon has demonstrated a diverse range of uses in culinary applications, having been used as a spice and flavor additive in mulled wines, hot beverages, bread, snack foods, cereals, savory entrées, and desserts. As a whole, the plant has come to symbolize and attract good fortune, such as wealth. It has been associated with protection, as 15th-century grave robbers were known to use Cinnamon in their oil blends that were meant to protect them against the plague. Cinnamon Oil was also used as a sedative during birth.

In Ancient Egypt, Cinnamon was imported as early as 2000 BCE. At the time, an individual in possession of Cinnamon was considered to be wealthy, as historical records indicate that Cinnamon’s value might have been considered equivalent to or higher than that of gold. In Egyptian society, Cinnamon was preferable for use in embalming, in witchcraft practices as an ingredient in love potions, and it was deemed valuable enough to offer as a gift to monarchs and gods. It was often used as an ingredient in Kyphi, an incense that was burned for both religious and medicinal purposes.

In the Middle Ages, Europeans also viewed Cinnamon as a symbol of high ranking social status, due to the fact that only the wealthy class was able to afford this transoceanic spice imported from the East and reputed to have remedial qualities that made it ideal for treating indigestion and other such discomforts. Additionally, Cinnamon was essential for use in concealing or eliminating the unpleasant odor of cured meats, especially when they began to spoil. According to an account given by Pliny the Elder, a Roman pound of Cinnamon could potentially cost the same as the wage earned after fifty months of labor. Due to its high price, Cinnamon was not commonly burnt on funeral pyres in Rome, but when it was, it was meant to mask the unpleasant smell of burning flesh. In spite of this, it is believed that, at his wife’s funeral in AD 65, Emperor Nero burned a year’s worth of the city’s stock of Cinnamon.

Although some of these applications of Cinnamon Essential Oil exist today, there are several other natural applications that will be highlighted in this article.

BENEFITS OF CINNAMON OIL

The main chemical constituents of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oils, albeit in varying amounts, are Cinnamaldehyde, Cinnamyl Acetate, Eugenol, and Eugenol Acetate.

CINNAMALDEHYDE is known to:

  • Be responsible for Cinnamon’s characteristic warming and comforting scent
  • Exhibit anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties

CINNAMYL ACETATE is known to:

  • Be a fragrance agent
  • Have the sweet, peppery, balsamic, spicy, and floral scent that is characteristic of Cinnamon
  • Be commonly used as a fixative in manufactured perfumes
  • Repel and prevent insect infestations
  • Enhance circulation, thereby allowing the body and hair to receive the required amounts of oxygen, vitamins, and minerals to sustain the health of each

EUGENOL is known to:

  • Soothe ulcers and related pain
  • Address gastric pain
  • Reduce the chances of developing sores
  • Exhibit anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties
  • Eliminate bacteria
  • Prevent the growth of many fungi

EUGENOL ACETATE is known to:

  • Exhibit anti-oxidant properties
  • Have a sweet, fruity, balsamic scent that is reminiscent of Cloves

Used in aromatherapy applications, Cinnamon Essential Oil is known to diminish the feelings of depression, faintness, and exhaustion. It is reputed to relax the body enough to stimulate the libido, making it an effective natural aphrodisiac. Its anti-rheumatic qualities address joint and muscle pain, and it is known to be advantageous for strengthening immunity and thereby reducing the symptoms of colds and the flu. Its ability to enhance circulation helps reduce the pain associated with headaches and makes it beneficial for enhancing the function of the digestive system. When diffused throughout the home or other indoor environments, its scent freshens and deodorizes while emitting its characteristic warm, uplifting, and relaxing fragrance that is known to have a therapeutic grounding and soothing effect. Furthermore, Cinnamon is known to have calming and tonic effects on the mind that are reputed to result in an improved cognitive function. Its ability to reduce nervous tension helps advance information retention, extends the attention span, enhances the memory and reduces the risk of memory loss.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Cinnamon Essential Oil is reputed to calm dry skin and to effectively alleviate aches, pains, and stiffness experienced in the muscles and joints and in the digestive system. Its antibacterial properties make it ideal for use in addressing acne, rashes, and infections. Its anti-oxidant properties help to slow the look of aging.

Used medicinally, Cinnamon Essential Oil is reputed to effectively reduce inflammation, eliminate viruses, and boost immunity. Its ability to enhance circulation facilitates pain relief while improving the function of the metabolism. When applied to cuts, it is known to exhibit coagulant properties that help stem the flow of blood from cuts, thereby assisting the healing process. Cinnamon Oil is known to benefit the respiratory system by reducing the symptoms of colds and the flu, such as a sore throat, nasal congestion, and headaches. Its carminative properties make it ideal for use in alleviating digestive discomforts such as gas.

Cinnamon Essential Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

  • COSMETIC: Cleansing, Astringent, Stimulant, Antioxidant.
  • ODOROUS: Aphrodisiac, Stimulant, Anti-depressant, Expectorant, Immunostimulant, Warming, Stimulating, Energizing, Metabolism-Boosting.
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-parasitic, Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-viral, Immune-Boosting, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Astringent, Anti-septic, Anti-spasmodic, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Stomachic, Tonic, Vermifuge, Anti-Rheumatic, Detoxifying, Immunostimulant, Antioxidant.

CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING QUALITY CINNAMON OIL

Cinnamomum zeylanicum – also known as “True” Cinnamon – originates in Sri Lanka and is the Cinnamon variety considered to be of the highest quality. Also cultivated in Brazil, the Caribbean, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Indonesia, the Cinnamomum zeylanicum tree thrives in tropical regions with heavy rainfall and temperatures between 27-30°C (80°-86°F). Sometimes reaching a height of up to 45 feet if allowed to grow freely, this Cinnamon botanical is characterized by its glossy, leathery, oval-shaped leaves, its thick, rust-colored bark that rolls itself into tubes when dried, and for its small, white flowers, all of which are deeply aromatic. The tree is also known to grow deep purple berry fruits.

Cinnamon can be cultivated on a range of soils, ranging from fine silver sand to loam to gravelly soils. The highest grade of Cinnamon, however, is grown in sandy white soils that are rich in silica. To flourish, Cinnamon trees need the soil to be highly acidic with a pH level between 4.5 to 5.5 and adequate draining, as their roots will rot if kept in the extremely wetland. Conversely, it cannot withstand prolonged dry periods either.

Cinnamon may be propagated by planting either cuttings from young shoots or seeds, the latter being the most common method. For optimal growth, the most promising seeds will be from a pest- and disease-resistant plant that has an erect stem with a smooth bark that can be easily peeled. This kind of plant generally has vigorous growth and yields a high amount of oil. Ripe seeds are derived from berries that are amassed and kept in a shaded area for 2-4 days, after which time the fruit pulp typically turns black and comes apart. Next, the seeds inside are removed, washed, and dried, once again in the shade. 7-10 days after they are collected, the seeds can be planted, ideally in an area with full exposure to the sun.

The Cinnamon botanical is typically considered to be mature and ready for harvest 2-3 years after being planted, around which time the bark will be brown, the leaves will be hard, and the overall height of the tree will be approximately 1.5-2.0 m (5.0-6.5 feet). The harvest months for Cinnamon are usually between May-August and in November, but this depends on the rainfall and soil fertility; the prime time to harvest Cinnamon bark is during a rainy season when it can be easily peeled off; however, this is usually not done while the soil is drenched with water.

Cinnamon may sometimes be harvested twice or thrice a year by cutting the stems at the level of the soil. During the following year, new shoots sprout to replace the roots that were cut; accordingly, after the first cutting, approximately 5-6 shoots or branches can be harvested every second year. By cutting the shoots down to the ground, this promotes the growth of more side shoots, and thus increases the yield, making for easier harvesting.

After the shoots are cut, the outer bark is stripped and discarded. While it is still wet, the inner bark is peeled off in meter-long strips, which are then laid out to dry in warm sunlight with proper ventilation. The bark takes between 4 and 6 hours to dry thoroughly, during which time they naturally roll themselves up into “tubes” or “pipes” and become Quills, which are the curled stick formations that most commonly characterize the Cinnamon spice. To prevent their shapes from becoming distorted, the quills are dried either mechanically or naturally, either in the shade or in subdued sunlight. Cinnamon leaves, on the other hand, are clipped off from the trees when their color turns dark green. Afterward, they are dried over a period of several days.

The quills are cut down to shorter lengths that are sorted based on their uses and characteristics. Pieces of inner bark scraped from small twigs and stalks are called Quillings. This name is also given to fragmented pieces of all types of Cinnamon quills. Pieces of inner bark made up of shavings and small left-over bark are called Featherings. Rough Cinnamon cuttings that are comprised of both the outer and the inner bark, due to their inability to separate from each other, are called Chips.

HOW IS CINNAMON OIL EXTRACTED?

Cinnamon Leaf Oil and Cinnamon Bark Oil are both derived from the steam distillation of each of these respective parts. Before extracting the oil from the bark, Cinnamon sticks are mashed or broken into small pieces and placed inside the distillation flask, which is connected to the steam generator and to a condenser, where oil condenses. From there, it passes through a separator where it is collected.

Although they share similarities, their benefits are diverse and they are thus best suited to different applications. The extract from the bark is reputed to have a robust and perfume-like aroma that is reminiscent of ground Cinnamon’s aroma. Its color generally ranges in color from a clear yellow to a deep reddish-brown that is characteristic of the spice itself. This variety is believed to be the more potent of the two. Conversely, the extract from the leaves is known to have an aroma that is spicy and musky. It is generally lighter in color and often appears to be a brownish-yellow.

CINNAMON OIL USES

The uses for Cinnamon Essential Oil are abundant, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic. Its many forms include massage oils and gels, face creams, lotions, soaps, shampoos, hair oils, room sprays, perfumes, and candles.

Used in aromatherapy applications, Cinnamon’s scent can be diffused to address lethargy, irritability, unhealthy cravings, and a tendency to overindulge when eating, as it is reputed to facilitate the sensation of being full. Furthermore, it is known to relieve symptoms of colds, severe coughs, and sneezing. For an invigorating Cinnamon Oil blend that boosts immunity, eases congestion, and relieves stress, diffuse a blend of 1 drop Cinnamon Essential Oil (Bark or Leaf), 1 drop Rosemary Essential Oil, 1 drop Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 1 drop Clove Essential Oil, and 1 drop Orange Essential Oil. Alternatively, Cinnamon Oil may be combined with Tea Tree or Lemon essential oils for a blend that boosts the mood and energy levels.

Used in cosmetic applications, Cinnamon Oil is known to effectively soothe dry skin. For a Cinnamon formulation that functions as a therapeutic and rejuvenating moisturizer, mix 1 drop of Cinnamon Oil into regular face cream and massage a small amount of the mixture into the skin at night before bedtime. If the cream is not fast-absorbing, continue massaging it into the skin until it is completely absorbed. Excess cream can be wiped off with a cotton pad. This regimen can be continued nightly to diminish the appearance of aging.

For a Cinnamon shampoo that is reputed to stimulate hair growth and to address dandruff, thinning hair, and hair fall, combine 5-6 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil with 5 Tbsp. Olive Carrier Oil and massage this blend into the scalp. Allow it to soak in for 45 minutes before washing it out with a natural shampoo. This shampoo regimen may be repeated up to 3 times a week to cleanse hair and stimulate healthier and stronger growth. Alternatively, a drop of Cinnamon Oil may be added to a regular shampoo to maintain hair health, add luster to dull strands, and to work as a preventative measure against head lice.

Cinnamon Oil is a beneficial ingredient for a natural face wash intended to enhance skin health by reducing inflammation, redness, and swelling while also eliminating harmful bacteria, preventing acne, and soothing infections. In a bowl, simply combine 1 Tbsp. Organic Coconut Carrier Oil, 3 Tbsp. Raw Honey, 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar, 20 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil and 2 capsules of live probiotics. With a hand blender, mix all the ingredients together thoroughly, then pour the mixture into a convenient bottle or dispenser. Store this Honey and Cinnamon Oil Facial Cleanser in a cool place when it is not being used. Apply this cleanser to the face in the method of a usual face wash.

Used in medicinal applications, Cinnamon Oil’s warming properties make it ideal for soothing skin and muscles that are sore and tender. It can be included in an anti-septic massage blend to address arthritis, bronchitis, diarrhea, chills, flu, colds, indigestion, spasms, nausea, and infection. For a pain-relieving massage blend, dilute 3 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil in 2 Tbsp. of a Carrier Oil such as Olive and massage it into the affected area. Regularly applying this massage blend is known to soothe inflammation, stiffness, muscle knots, and back pain. Massaging this oil blend into the abdomen for 5 minutes can help tone the digestive system, facilitate the release of excess gas, and ease bloating.

For a massage blend that combines other beneficial oils that relieve sore joints, combine 6 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil, 4 drops of Clove Bud Essential Oil, 3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil, 3 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil, 2 drops of Neroli Essential Oil, 1 drop of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil, 1 drop of Thyme Essential Oil, 60 ml (2 oz.) of a Carrier Oil of personal preference. This blend can be massaged into the affected areas daily until the pain subsides.

Cinnamon Oil can be diluted and used for an aromatic bath with a sweet and spicy scent. For a Cinnamon Bath Salt Soak, combine 3 ½ cups Epsom salts, 1-2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon and 5-10 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil in a large bowl, then thoroughly mix all the ingredients. Store the blend in an air-tight container until it is time to use it. In the bathtub, toss a handful of the salts under running tap water to ensure that the salts are properly dispersed. Ensure that they dissolve completely in the water before entering the tub. Alternatively, a bath salt blend can be made with 2 cups of salts, 1 cup of Baking Soda, 10 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil, 5 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, and 1 Tbsp. Carrier Oil.

Cinnamon Oil can be used to relieve the pain of menstrual cramps and to potentially reduce heavy menstrual flow when used in a hot compress. The generated heat will address pain and soreness while boosting circulation, thereby prompting the body’s anti-inflammatory response. Heat also promotes the dilation of pores, which facilitates the oil’s arrival at the affected area. To make a Cinnamon Oil hot compress, first, immerse a clean cloth or small towel entirely into a bowl of lukewarm water, then wring the towel to remove excess water. Heat this wet towel in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and apply it to the affected area.

A GUIDE TO CINNAMON OIL VARIETIES & ITS BENEFITS

CINNAMON BARK ESSENTIAL OIL (MADAGASCAR) & ORGANIC

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Country of Origin: Madagascar

Believed to:

  • Be a clear, yellow to brownish liquid
  • Have the warm, spicy scent characteristic of the Cinnamon spice
  • Have a pleasant aroma that, when used in small amounts, makes a lovely, spicy fragrance agent in creams, lotions, and soaps
  • Be ideal for those seeking the characteristic scent of Cinnamon for their products

CINNAMON LEAF ESSENTIAL OIL & ORGANIC

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka

Believed to:

  • Be a brownish-yellow or dark-colored liquid with a medium consistency
  • Have a warm, spicy scent reminiscent of Clove, and has herbaceous notes that are not sweet
  • Have a strong aroma

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR CINNAMON OIL

As per NAHA guidelines, I do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using Cinnamon Essential Oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Cinnamon Essential Oil without the medical advice of a physician, as this oil has emmenagogue properties and may cause embryotoxicity. Those taking prescription drugs or undergoing major surgery are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Prior to using Cinnamon Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting 1 drop of the essential oil in 4 drops of a Carrier Oil and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Cinnamon Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.

Potential side effects of Cinnamon Essential Oil include dizziness, itching, skin irritation or sensitization, mucous membrane irritation, fatigue, rashes, burning, nausea, headache, diarrhea, contact dermatitis, digestive issues, inhibited blood clotting, and stomach pain. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use. Those with health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease or other heart-related ailments, peptic ulcers, liver damage, bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, or skin disorders are especially recommended to be advised. Cinnamon Oil may potentially react with certain medications, such as diabetes medication or anticoagulant medication, and may cause dyspnea.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this essential oil as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. It is recommended that direct sunlight be avoided for up to 12 hours after using this essential oil.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Cinnamon Oil is derived from a tree that is recognized by two botanical names: Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamomum vervun. Both names refer to the same tree, which is considered to be “True Cinnamon.”
    • Cinnamon Essential Oil may be obtained from either the tree’s outer bark or its leaves, hence the two main varieties are Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
    • Used in aromatherapy applications, Cinnamon Essential Oil is known to diminish the feelings of depression, faintness, and exhaustion, to stimulate the libido, and to strengthen immunity.
    • Used cosmetically or topically in general, Cinnamon Essential Oil is reputed to calm dry skin, effectively alleviate aches, pains, and stiffness in the muscles and joints, address acne, rashes, and infections, enhance circulation, nourish the skin, slow the look of aging, and revive the skin tone.
  • Used medicinally, Cinnamon Essential Oil is reputed to reduce inflammation, eliminate viruses, boost immunity, facilitate pain relief, and improve metabolic function.

ROSE GERANIUM OIL IN AROMATHERAPY & COSMETICS

HISTORY OF ROSE GERANIUM OIL USAGE

Rose Geranium belongs to the Geranium family and to the Pelargonium genus in particular. While the Geraniums in the Geraniaceae family are known as the “True Geraniums,” the Pelargonium group of plants is commonly referred to as the “Scented Geraniums,” which have fragrances that can be categorized as follows:

Category Can smell like…
Rosy Rose
Citrusy Orange, Lemon, Lime
Fruity Strawberry, Apricot, Apple, Coconut
Nutty Filbert
Minty Peppermint, Camphor
Pungent Nutmeg, Spice, Ginger

Geranium is identified by the botanical name Pelargonium graveolens and Rose Geranium’s specific botanical name is Pelargonium graveolens var. roseum. Despite sharing virtually all the same qualities, Rose Geranium is the type most often preferred for its scent, as it is reputed to emit the strongest, most superior notes of Rose, the floral nuance that contributes to its uplifting effect on the mood.

Native to South Africa, Pelargoniums came to be known for having soothing effects on the skin, and thus became popular in traditional medicinal applications. Accordingly, they were used in remedies for burns and other topical ailments. For centuries, they were also largely used to soothe respiratory ailments, such as coughs and tuberculosis, as well as gastritis and dysentery. In the 17th century, after being introduced to European countries, it came to be commonly used as a protective medium around households, as it was believed to have shielding properties that could ward off evil spirits.

Over time, Pelargoniums – especially the lemon-, rose-, and peppermint-scented varieties – came to be used as flavoring agents in culinary applications. The Rose Geranium also became a popular ingredient in cosmetics as well as perfumery. In the perfume industry, both Geranium and Rose Geranium oils may be used as additives to help the scent of real Rose Essential Oil last longer, as they both exhibit the same aromatic properties.

Today, Rose Geranium continues to be used to relieve the mind of stresses, promote relaxation or enhance energy (depending on the user), stimulate circulation, help regulate blood sugar, minimize varicose veins, ease symptoms of menstruation and menopause, balance the skin’s oil production, facilitate the healing of abrasions and infections, soothe inflammation, and ease physical pain and soreness.

ROSE GERANIUM OIL BENEFITS

Used in aromatherapy applications, the sweet, floral, citrusy nuances of Rose Geranium Essential Oil’s earthy and herbaceous aroma are known to have a soothing sedative effect that promotes greater feelings of relaxation, emotional stability, and optimism. These balancing qualities make this oil’s crisp scent beneficial for those who may be suffering from fatigue, anxiety, restlessness, tension, and grief. Some users may find that this oil has an energizing effect instead. Whether sedative or energizing, it uplifts the mood and this property, along with the oil’s antiviral and antifungal activity, helps to not only strengthen immune function and maintain general well-being but to also soothe ailments of the respiratory system by eliminating bacterial infections. It is believed that by regulating hormones, Rose Geranium Oil helps to improve symptoms of menstruation and menopause. As a bonus, it helps to deodorize stale indoor environments as well as repel insects.

Used in skincare, Rose Geranium Oil is reputed to soothe and improve the quality of the skin by balancing its natural oil production, minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores, and eliminating infection-causing or acne-causing bacteria.

When used in natural body care formulations, it is known to encourage the body’s relaxation, deodorize, promote the faster fading of scars and blemishes, soothe the symptoms of eczema, acne, dermatitis, fungal infections, and rashes, and generally rejuvenate the complexion. Used in a natural formula for shampoo, it is known to eliminate lice, calm scalp inflammation, and balance oil production to prevent dandruff.

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Used medicinally, Rose Geranium Oil works as a hemostatic that helps stem the flow of blood when applied to minor wounds, bites, sores, and other abrasions. This activity helps to protect them from developing infections while also helping them to heal faster. Its anti-inflammatory property helps to reduce the discomforts of musculoskeletal ailments and skin conditions characterized by inflammation. It is reputed to function as a diuretic that helps stabilize the body’s water systems, thereby addressing fluid retention, relieving swelling, and restoring the proper function of the body’s waste elimination systems to purge bodily toxins.

Rose Geranium Essential Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

    • COSMETIC: Anti-inflammatory, Astringent, Balancing, Deodorant
    • ODOROUS: Balancing, Relaxant, Deodorant, Aphrodisiac, Uplifting
  • MEDICINAL: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Astringent, Balancing, Cicatrizant, Decongestant, Digestive, Emmenagogic, Vulnerary

ROSE GERANIUM OIL USES

To use Rose Geranium Essential Oil to boost a negative mood or low energy, add 2 drops in a diffuser of personal preference. This simple method is known to stimulate a fatigued mind and to have a refreshing effect on a tired body. To enhance its relaxing quality, Rose Geranium Essential Oil may be combined with citrusy essential oils (Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Citronella), floral essential oils (Lavender, Jasmine, Rose), earthy essential oils (Cedarwood, Angelica Root, Carrot Seed), and herbaceous essential oils (Tulsi, Rosemary). For an aromatherapy room spray with similar effects, simply dilute Rose Geranium Essential Oil in a spray bottle of distilled water and combine it with a few drops of the other aforementioned essential oils.

For cosmetic and topical applications, 3 drops of Rose Geranium Essential Oil can be diluted in 15 ml (½ oz.) of preferred face cream to cleanse clogged pores, refine their appearance, balance the skin’s sebum production, and promote the regeneration of new skin cells. Alternatively, it may be diluted in a carrier oil of personal preference and applied to the face and other areas of skin, such as those affected by cellulite, burns, bruises, redness, itchiness, or swelling.

For a natural shampoo infused with the balancing properties of Rose Geranium Essential Oil, simply dilute a few drops in a preferred shampoo. Alternatively, a soothing, deep-cleansing, volumizing, and softening shampoo can be made from scratch by combining Rose Geranium Oil with a Carrier Oil, Liquid Castile Soap, and a Floral Water with a preferred scent (optional) in a dispenser bottle. Before using this product, shake the bottle well to thoroughly combine all ingredients.

To use Rose Geranium Essential Oil in medicinal applications, combine it with other essential oils that are reputed to promote faster healing, then dilute the blend in a carrier oil to use in a bath or a massage. These simple combinations are known to help reduce or eliminate stress, tension, fluid retention, menstrual discomfort, bruises, infections, and ulcers.

A GUIDE TO ROSE GERANIUM OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

ROSE GERANIUM ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL

Botanical Name: Pelargonium roseum x asperum

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Steam distilled from leaves

Country of Origin: South Africa

Believed to:

  • Range in color from bluish-green to brown
  • Have a sweet, citrusy, and herbaceous aroma with a rosy floral note
  • Blend well with the essential oils of Bay, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ho Wood, Lavender, Melissa, Neroli, Palma Rosa, Rose, Rosewood, and Sandalwood
  • Be ideal for enhancing skin quality
  • Be ideal for soothing respiratory ailments as well as physical stress and inflammation
  • Be ideal for naturally reducing hair loss and dandruff
  • Contribute anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties, circulation-stimulating, and oil-balancing properties to natural product formulations

 

ROSE GERANIUM SOUTH AFRICAN ESSENTIAL OIL

Botanical Name: Pelargonium roseum x asperum

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Steam distilled from petals

Country of Origin: South Africa

Believed to:

  • Be pale yellow in color
  • Have a sweet, citrusy, and herbaceous aroma with a rosy floral note
  • Blend well with the essential oils of Bay, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ho Wood, Lavender, Melissa, Neroli, Palma Rosa, Rose, Rosewood, and Sandalwood
  • Be derived from one of the most fragrant species of Geranium
  • Be ideal for use in perfumery and cosmetics, as it can be made to imitate many other fragrances
  • Help ‘stretch’ the scent of the much more expensive Rose Oils

ROSE GERANIUM OIL SIDE EFFECTS

Rose Geranium Essential Oil is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Rose Geranium Oil without the medical advice of a physician, as it may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, heart-related ailments, skin disorders, or hormone-related ailments. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use.

Prior to using Rose Geranium Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting 1 drop of the Essential Oil in 4 drops of a Carrier Oil and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Rose Geranium Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Rose Geranium Oil include rashes and burning.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this essential oil as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Rose Geranium belongs to the Pelargonium botanical family, a group also referred to as the “Scented Geraniums.”
    • Rose Geranium Essential Oil shares virtually all the same properties as Geranium Essential Oil but is considered to be superior for the rosy floral note of its fragrance.
    • Used in aromatherapy applications, Rose Geranium Essential Oil has a soothing sedative effect that promotes greater feelings of relaxation, emotional stability, and optimism. Additionally, it helps to deodorize stale indoor environments as well as repel insects.
    • Used in skincare, Rose Geranium Oil is reputed to balance the skin’s natural oil production, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, eliminate infection-causing or acne-causing bacteria, enhance circulation, reduce the appearance of varicose veins, thread veins, cellulite, and dull skin, encourage the body’s relaxation, deodorize, promote the faster fading of scars and blemishes, soothe uncomfortable skin ailments, and generally rejuvenate the complexion.
  • Used medicinally, Rose Geranium Oil is reputed to help reduce the discomforts of musculoskeletal ailments and skin conditions characterized by inflammation, to facilitate the body’s detoxification, and to protect abrasions from developing infections while also helping them to heal faster.

Matcha Green Tea for Beauty

While its history dates back to 12th century Japan, matcha, the powdered form of green tea {Camellia sinensis}, seems to be enjoying a resurgence today as a very popular hot or iced beverage. The name matcha actually means “powdered tea,” and you will find this vibrant-green ingredient in tea blends, cookies, smoothies, lattes, noodle dishes, ice cream or enjoyed on its own steeped in water. It has also made its way into commercial beauty products, providing a range of benefits that help us look our best.

Matcha Miracle

While matcha comes from the same plant as green tea, it’s grown in a slightly different manner. Growers cover the tea plants with shade cloths before harvesting, which prompts the plants to produce new leaves that have exceptional flavor. These new-growth leaves are then picked, steamed, dried in cold storage, and ultimately ground into the striking, fine green powder we see sold in tea shops, natural food stores, and some grocers.

When you make a traditional cup of green tea, you infuse or steep the leaves in hot water, then strain and drink. Because the leaves are powdered, matcha requires no straining – you drink the entire tea leaf, and this provides a more potent form of green tea bursting with antioxidants called polyphenols that are well known for fighting heart disease and some cancers as well as regulating blood sugar and blood pressure.

In topical body care products such as cleansers and toners, matcha continues to offer health benefits, specifically with its antioxidant, vitamin, and mineral content. Vitamins B2 and E are both essential for healthy skin, and the powder’s anti-inflammatory properties soothe and improve troubled complexions, making it a featured ingredient in many commercial anti-aging products. It’s also a natural cleanser, boosting skin’s appearance to look fresher and healthier. If you suffer from skin conditions such as acne, a solution of strong green tea will help, especially when used at night after washing your face.

When purchasing matcha, make sure to buy a good quality, organic powder from a reputable source. Read the label; it should contain only Camellia sinensis. When you use finely ground matcha, you use the entire green leaf, so it’s worth the extra expense. Here are some recipes for you to enjoy at home.

Matcha Tea Facial Mask

This cleansing mask works for all skin types. It contains matcha and green clay, both useful in deep-cleaning skin to help it retain more moisture.

  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 2 tsp pure water
  • 1 tsp green clay or baking soda
  • 1 tsp honey or agave

Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl until you have a smooth, creamy mixture {add more water if needed}. To use: Spread on clean skin and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm then cool water and pat skin dry. You can follow up with some cool green tea as a finishing rinse. Yield: 1 ounce.

Soothing Matcha Lotion Bars

These rich balms target rough skin spots such as hands, feet, knees, and elbows. Melt together the ingredients into stick form for a packaging-free option, or make them in small soap or candy molds and store in little tins. These matcha-infused bars also help with bug bites or small cuts.

  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or shea butter
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1 Tbls matcha

Place all the ingredients in a heat-resistant container or bowl and set inside a water bath. Gently heat the mixture, stirring, until the butter, oil, and wax melt and the mixture is fully mixed. Pour into a small mold or large lip balm tube and let cool completely until solid. To use: Rub or massage into rough skin spots or use after showering om warm skin. Yield: 8 ounces.

Detoxing Matcha Bath Salts

Soaking in natural salts like Epsom helps relieve sore muscles and promotes a good night’s sleep. Green tea serves as a helpful detoxifying, anti-inflammatory ingredient, and the addition of dried lavender buds in this recipe makes the perfect evening soak. If you want to avoid having to clean out the buds from your tub or drain, place the whole mixture inside a muslin tea bag, or tie it up in a piece of cotton fabric.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 Tbls matcha
  • 1 tsp dried lavender buds

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir well to mix. Pour into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid. To use: Pour 1/2 cup into your bath as you fill the tub or place 1/2 cup of the mixture inside a muslin tea bag and toss into the bath to dissolve. Yield: 16 ounces.

Matcha Bath Tablets

Because they contain a concentrated amount of skin and body care ingredients in a convenient form, bath tablets or “bath bombs” have become very popular. You simply pop the tablet in your tub {or a footbath} and it dissolves into a soothing soak. Adding green tea powder to your mixture provides a calming and cleansing effect on your skin, and its powerful antioxidants will help soothe and heal.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid powder
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 Tbls matcha
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • Essential oils {optional}

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or on the stovetop. {You can add a few drops of essential oil to the melted oil for scent.} Slowly add to the dry ingredients and mix well; you will have a mixture that looks like wet sand. Next, pack the mixture into a small mold {measuring cups, muffin tins, and ice cube trays all work well}. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then unmold and set on a cotton dishcloth or ceramic tray. Let dry overnight. To use: Drop in a full tub of warm water and let dissolve. For a footbath or smaller soak, make smaller tablets or break larger ones in half. Yield: 16 ounces.

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

Matcha green tea is perfect for energizing and cleansing the skin, and all skin types will benefit from this soothing scrub full of natural oil and refreshing citrus. A good skin scrub will cleanse the skin of surface debris and dead skin cells, allowing your skin to breathe and retain more moisture.

  • 1 cup of raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup camellia oil or sweet almond oil
  • 1 Tbls matcha
  • 1 tsp fresh orange zest

In a small bowl, place all the ingredients and stir well until mixed. Spoon into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid. To use: Massage a small amount into damp skin and rinse with warm water. This is best done in the tib or shower. You may want to stand on a towel, as the oils can make shower tiles slippery. Yield: 8 ounces.

Green Tea Skin Toner

As simple as creating a great cup of tea, this skin toner provides skin-protecting and beautifying benefits. Natural beauty estheticians will often recommend a green tea rinse for those suffering from acne or a troubled complexion because of its healing and antibacterial properties.

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp matcha

In a small ceramic or glass bowl, place green tea leaves or matcha powder. Pour the boiling water over the tea and let it sit until the mixture completely cools. Strain the liquid and pour into a clean container. To use: Apply to clean skin with a cotton pad or spray bottle. Do not rinse. Yield: 8 ounces.

Camellia Oil

New popular cooking and body care oil is Camellia oil or “tea seed oil,” which is simply green tea oil. It comes from the seed of the Camellia sinensis plant. You may see it listed on commercial beauty products. It is also a popular cooking oil in southern China. Shop for this oil online or at local Asian food markets.

Green Tea and Healthy Skin

Green tea/matcha has become a popular ingredient in many commercial and homemade beauty products, thanks to its many health and beauty benefits. Here are just a few:

  • Studies have shown that drinking and applying green tea to your skin helps fight skin cancer.
  • Due to its high content of a class of polyphenols called catechins, it works as an anti-inflammatory ingredient to reduce skin irritation, redness, and swelling. Try a soothing mask of green tea and cucumber juice to calm a bad sunburn or insect bites.
  • An antibacterial, green tea kills systemic bacterial inflammation. In the evening use a strong infusion of green tea as a toner after cleansing. {do not rinse off}.
  • Vitamins B2 and Vitamin E in green tea help your body maintain collagen, making skin appear younger and firmer.
  • It has caffeine and tannins that reduce puffiness under the eye area to relieve tired skin. To refresh and renew, lie down for 10 to 15 minutes with two cool tea bags or cotton pads soaked in tea.
  • Use green tea to cleanse your scalp as an after-shampoo rinse – it may help promote new hair growth as well.

The Perfect Cup of Matcha

We know that drinking matcha can improve physical health, but it can also provide emotional and spiritual benefits as well. To create the “perfect” cup, it takes almost zen-like attention to detail that can act as a form of meditation. Focusing on the process and ritual of preparing tea can reduce stress and release those “feel good” hormones. A good cup of matcha is made a bit differently than the usual cuppa. Here are some easy-to-follow steps. Make sure to use top-quality tea {that you can reasonably afford}, as some cheaper versions can contain contaminants.

  1. Heat 1/2 cup of water to boiling and set aside.
  2. Add 1/2 cup matcha to a ceramic bowl or cup.
  3. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cool water to the tea and mix well until smooth.
  4. Add the hot water to the bowl and stir with a small whisk or fork until you have a nice frothy and creamy mixture.
  5. Add cream or sugar if desired, and take a moment to enjoy the aroma before sipping.

Why Pampering Your Feet?

We walk on them every day and yet most of us may have little knowledge of all the work these two perfect parts of our body do on the daily. Giving them some attention and love may just change the way you move through your day and possibly your life.

I have been a barefoot mama for the last 25 years. Ask anyone, I walk barefoot everywhere I can and my feet love it. This year I have been spending more time in the mountains where the air is dry and the soils have taken a toll on my feet, or maybe it is just that I have not been pampering them like I have in the past.

Either way, it has inspired me to research feet and the special power and beauty they hold.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You have 250,000 sweat glands in your two feet
  • A quarter of all the bones in your body are in your feet (26)
  • Your feet have 8,000 nerves ~ hence, why they are so susceptible to tickling!
  • Your feet can produce ½ pint of sweat a day
  • Your feet are your bodies natural shock absorbers
  • Your feet function best in their bare or natural state
  • Your feet walk an average of 110,000 miles in your lifetime
  • Each foot takes 1.5 times your body weight while you walk
  • The Achilles tendon is the STRONGEST tendon in the body

Pampering these sensitive, powerful, ‘wheels’ of motion can bring you good results in both movement and relaxation. So let’s go. Here is a great mixture of steps to take to pamper those feet of yours…do one or all of them.

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EARTHING ~ BARE FEET FOR HEALTH

Going barefoot, even when in the house is a great way to connect to the Earth. So if you have a yard or can go to the nearby park and place your feet on the grass or dirt, do it, daily! Feel the pleasure you experience feeling the surface beneath your feet. When your feet come in contact with the earth you receive electrons from her that are absorbed into your body through your feet. These electrons are nature’s biggest antioxidants and help neutralize excess free radicals that lead to inflammation and disease in the body.

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HERBAL FOOT SOAK 

A good foot soak can soothe your muscles, hydrate your skin, remove toxins, relieve aches and pains, reduce swelling and keep your feet clean and healthy. This combination is great for calming sore, tired or swollen feet. The Epsom salts and herbs are great for easing the pain and flushing out the toxins and the essential oils will refresh your feet. 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of Epsom salts (or Celtic salts)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Chamomile, Thyme, and Marjoram
  • 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil  

Directions: 

  • Bring 4 quarts of water (preferably reverse osmosis or spring water) to a boil, remove the water from the heat and add your Epsom salts and herbs, preferably in a muslin bag or tea strainer so they are contained.
  • Cover and allow to steep for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Pour your herbal mixture into your basin adding additional warm water as needed to be sure your feet are covered.
  • Soak the feet for 15-20 minutes. This is a great time to read, listen to music or close your lovely eyes. 

If you are looking for more of an antifungal foot soak, add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar after straining the herbal mixture into your basin; and replace the Peppermint Oil with Tea Tree oil.

AND if you have time, after your soak, put your feet up on a chair seat or a few cushions for 10-15 minutes. This can add to your stress release and improve circulation.

FOOT CLAY MASK

This may come across as a little different, but trust me, this is going to be something you look forward to a second, third and fourth time! Foot masks are a great way to gently draw toxins from the feet, as they do on the face and body. They are cleansing, detoxifying and just plain good fun.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 2 tablespoons of filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

You might want to do this in the bathroom so that once the mask has dried you can rinse your feet without a trail of clay on the floor.

Directions:

  • Mix the bentonite clay, filtered water, and apple cider vinegar until it is the consistency of a soft paste. Add more water if needed.
  • Smooth over your feet and ankles and allow to dry ~ 8-10 minutes.
  • Rinse and pat dry.
  • If you like, after rinsing, use a natural bristle brush, pumice stone or loofah, to remove any remaining clay and dead skin.
  • Rinse and pat dry.
  • Spray your feet with a Gem Juice Hydrosol
  • Apply Sunstone Lotion to keep your feet soft

OR…a beautiful way to do this mask is to follow it with your herbal foot soak! In that case here are the steps:

  • Mix the bentonite clay, filtered water, and apple cider vinegar until it is the consistency of a soft paste. Add more water if needed.
  • Create your herbal mixture, place your pan on the floor near you and your basin. While the herbal mixture is cooling apply your foot mask over your feet and ankles and allow to dry ~ 8-10 minutes.
  • Place your feet in the water and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes.
  • If you like, use a natural bristle brush, pumice stone or loofah, to remove any remaining clay and dead skin.
  • Pat dry.
  • Spray your feet with your favorite Hydrosol
  • Apply Lotion or favorite Body Butter to keep your feet soft

Because we hide our feet in shoes, sandals, and boots, they can sometimes get lost in our self-care routines. Yet, the condition of our feet can determine how well they support our bodies.

Don’t be fooled by these simple steps ~ they pack in a whole lotta love! Pampering your feet will improve how your entire body moves and feels. Happy feet are strong feet.

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DIY MAKEUP REMOVER RECIPES WITH NATURAL MOISTURIZERS

Makeup removal is an integral part of a skincare routine, as the consequences of leaving it on longer than necessary – such as when it is left on and slept in overnight – include the potential for developing blemishes, marks, and even wrinkles. When removing makeup, especially plant-based cosmetics, keeping the natural theme consistent by choosing pure, mild, whole, and easily obtainable cleansing ingredients may help improve skin health and quality with their innate hydrating properties. Those who suffer from skin conditions, such as acne, may find that prioritizing natural cleansers over synthetic ones prevents the symptoms from worsening while enhancing the complexion’s suppleness and radiance.

Another benefit of cleansing the skin with natural moisturizers is that they are simpler, faster, and more affordable to make at home than the synthetic varieties, which are often laden with ingredients that can cause a build-up of pollutants on the skin. Natural makeup removers require no more than common and kitchen items and, even with gentle application, can often produce safer and healthier results than many synthetic removers that sometimes work best with excessive rubbing and wiping, an exertion that can cause dryness, fine lines, and irritation.

HOW CAN I REMOVE MAKEUP AT HOME NATURALLY?

1. THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD

As its name suggests, this method involves applying oil to the face in order to cleanse it, and this humble method is suitable for all skin types. While it sounds counterintuitive that applying oil can help eliminate excess oil on the skin – especially because of the longstanding advice to avoid all oil-infused cosmetics and cleansers for clear skin as well as the myth that cleansers need to produce a foamy lather in order to be effective – some oils are reputed to help balance the amount of natural oil on the skin by helping to maintain the appropriate amount of hydration needed to prevent both dryness and oiliness without stripping natural lipids. The use of oils in skincare can also help maintain the skin’s protective bacteria, whereas traditional cleansers with harsh detergents can often wash away both the lipids and the protective bacteria. Traditional makeup cleansers are commonly composed of oils, due to the ‘like dissolves like’ principle, which highlights the ability of the oil to eliminate oil (and other like substances to dissolve each other) due to the naturally compatible solubility. These cleansers work to remove makeup that is both water- and oil-based as well as waterproof.

WHICH OILS ARE BEST FOR THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD?

There are various Carrier Oils that are known to be ideal for the Oil Cleansing Method and the following chart helps depict the ideal ones for each skin type. This method works best when oils are suited to the skin type of the individual user and applied in the appropriate amounts.

SKIN TYPE & NEEDS RECOMMENDED CARRIER OIL SUGGESTED RATIOS
Oily

Astringent Oils

Argan
Borage
Calendula
Castor
Coffee – Green
Grapeseed
Kukui
Hazelnut
Hemp Seed
Marula
Pumpkin Seed
Rosehip
Sea Buckthorn
Sunflower
Sweet Almond
1 part Astringent oil

+

2 parts Conditioning oils

Dry

Conditioning Oils

Argan
Avocado
Black Currant
Calendula
Camellia
Castor
Coffee
Coconut
Hazelnut
Jojoba
Olive
Rice Bran
Rosehip
Sesame
Sunflower
1 part Astringent oil

+

2 parts Conditioning oils

Combination Calendula
Castor
Grapeseed
Hazelnut
Hemp Seed
Olive
Pumpkin Seed
Sunflower
1 part Astringent oil

+

4 parts Conditioning oils

SHOULD YOU OIL CLEANSE EVERY DAY?

Oil cleansing can be done each night to ensure that all the build-up of impurities and pollutants accumulated on the skin throughout the day will be removed. If the oils being used seem to deliver extremely profound cleaning benefits, oil cleansing can be done every couple of days or weekly. Nightly cleansing also keeps the skin moisturized before bed, as the skin’s moisture content is said to decrease during sleep. It can take one or several weeks for the skin to adjust to oil cleansing, and, as it works to “purge” the pores of impurities, some individuals might experience breakouts; however, this is often temporary. If this continues, a change in oils might be all that is needed. If the breakouts persist beyond this, oil cleansing should not be continued.

DOES OIL CLEANSING CLOG PORES?

For some, the oil cleansing method can potentially lead to clogged pores, breakouts, irritation, or an allergic reaction. For this reason, patch tests are recommended; before full application of oil to the skin, test it on a small area of insensitive skin and, if there are no negative reactions in 24 hours, the oil is likely safe to use.

HOW DO YOU DO OIL CLEANSING?

Apply the chosen Carrier Oil/blend of Carrier Oils directly to a made-up, dry face. It is not necessary to wet or wash the skin prior to applying the oil. With the fingertips, delicately massage the oil(s) into any areas of the face that have makeup. Massage the face for about 1 minute until the makeup dissolves. Soak a soft, clean face towel in lukewarm water. Wring out excess water and lightly drape the towel over the face for 1 minute or until the towel is no longer warm. Using the same towel, wipe off the oil. A thin trace of oil can remain on the skin, as this will continue to hydrate and nourish the skin.

WHICH MOISTURIZER SHOULD BE USED AFTER OIL CLEANSING?

Oil cleaning is often sufficient for moisturizing the skin, but if an additional moisturizer is required afterward, any preferred cream, serum, or even lightweight butter can be used.

2. WITCH HAZEL DISTILLATE

With anti-bacterial properties, Witch Hazel Distillate is usually added to formulations for its natural preservative properties, but this gentle, nourishing, popular plant extract obtained from the Witch Hazel shrub can also effectively remove makeup and excess oil while moisturizing dry, irritated skin. The recommended variety is alcohol-free, which will prevent dryness and burning, especially if used around the eye area.

HOW DO YOU USE WITCH HAZEL ON YOUR FACE?

To use Witch Hazel as a cleanser, combine it with equal parts water, then soak a cotton ball or cotton pad with this solution and rub it into the face using gentle circular motions to remove makeup.

For a Witch Hazel cleanser that is specifically intended for use around the eyes, add extra moisture by combining Witch Hazel with equal parts of a preferred Carrier Oil and water. Simply mix all the ingredients thoroughly and apply with a cotton swab/ball/pad.

3. ALOE VERA JUICE

Extracted from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant, Aloe Vera Juice is a liquid that cleanses, hydrates, exfoliates, nourishes, and revitalizes the skin. It moisturizes without leaving a greasy residue and helps to promote a smoother appearance for the complexion, which helps to diminish the look of wrinkles and blemishes.

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For a natural makeup remover blend that is gentle enough to apply to the sensitive eye area, begin by pouring ½ cup of Aloe Vera Juice, 1 cup filtered water, and ¼ or ½ cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Carrier Oil into a blender and thoroughly blending all the ingredients together. Strain the resultant blend with a sieve, then transfer the filtered blend to a clean bottle that will make it easy to dispense the cleanser onto a cotton pad. As the mixture settles inside the bottle, it is normal for the oil to float to the top. To use this cleanser, shake it well to incorporate the floating oil, then pour a small amount onto a clean cotton pad and swipe it across the entire face. Areas of skin with more tenacious makeup, such as waterproof mascara, may require extra swipes of the saturated pad. Alternatively, the blend may be massaged into the skin with the fingers then rinsed off with cool water.

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4. SHEA BUTTER

This “skin superfood” nourishes the skin to promote its purity, balance, hydration, radiance, and smoothness without clogging pores. This outstanding conditioner is reputed to support skin elasticity and suppleness and to help reveal new skin. To use Shea Butter as a makeup remover, simply rub a quarter-size amount of Shea Butter between the palms or fingertips to melt it until it reaches an oily consistency, then gently massage it into the skin using circular motions until the makeup begins to dissolve. Soak a soft, clean face towel in lukewarm water. Wring out excess water and lightly drape the towel over the face for 1 minute or until the towel is no longer warm. Using the same towel, wipe off the oil.

HOW DO YOU MAKE MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES?

To make all-natural, gentle, travel-friendly makeup cleansing towelettes with the skin-loving benefits of the various moisturizers listed above, begin by adding the following ingredients to a clean air-tight glass container/jar:

  • 2 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Juice
  • 6 tsp. Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Distillate
  • 2 tsp. Liquid Soap 105N
  • 2 tsp. a preferred Carrier Oil
  • 1 tsp. Liquid Vitamin E (USP Cosmetic Grade) to preserve the blend
  • 10 drops a preferred Essential Oil that is reputed to have skin-comforting properties

Once all the ingredients have been thoroughly combined, place the stack of cotton pads inside the container/jar. Cap and shake the jar to ensure that the pads are evenly covered with the blend. With the addition of an exfoliant, this mixture can also function as an effective facial scrub.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS

Those listed in this article are for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using them for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use any of the aforementioned skincare products without the medical advice of a physician/dermatologist, as they may have effects on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. These products should always be stored in areas that are inaccessible to children.

Prior to using any product, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by applying a dime-size amount of each chosen product to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the products and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action.

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Skincare & makeup expertise from northern California powered by ingredients from organic farms.

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GOING BEYOND NATURAL

While there is no certification for “natural” ingredients, organic ingredients are regulated by the USDA. Since our skin can absorb up to 60% of what is placed on it, we take every precaution necessary to reduce the risk that toxins from pesticides might contaminate our bodies, our children’s bodies, and ocean habitats. The majority of our ingredients are from local West Coast USDA Certified Organic farms so we can monitor the quality and limit fuel waste. We also manufacture many of our products at solar-powered facilities.

OUR ORGANIC DIFFERENCE

We start with an organic botanical juice base (aloe, jojoba, grape seed, shea, infused with citrus juices) and add powerful ingredients to deliver highly effective, clinically validated results. Since we don’t use inexpensive fillers such as petroleum glycols or added water, our products are packed with nutrients so every antioxidant rich drop can feed your skin. According to a study conducted by The Organic Center, organically farmed fruits and vegetables can increase antioxidant levels by nearly 30 percent compared with produce grown on conventional farms.

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At Juice Beauty, we go beyond “natural”, “transparent” and “conventional” … all the way to certified organic ingredients. To view a partial list of ingredients that Juice Beauty does NOT use, but are used by other beauty companies, visit our unacceptable ingredients list. Many natural products use synthetic fragrances, which may lead to harmful health problems including endocrine disruption. Juice Beauty does not use synthetic fragrances. Juice Beauty meets one of the most rigorous Products Organic Farming standards in the world, including those of COPA & USDA.
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MALIC ACID, APPLE JUICE

(ORGANIC)
pyrus malus
Rich in vitamins, potent malic alpha-hydroxy acids, phytonutrients, flavonoids, phenols; and provides powerful antioxidant activity to help promote beautiful skin.

RESVERATROL, GRAPE JUICE

(ORGANIC)
vitis vinifera
Rich in vitamins; potent tartaric alpha-hydroxy acid, rich in resveratrol antioxidants to help promote beautiful skin.

LEMON

(ORGANIC)
citrus medica limonum
Rich in vitamins, lycopene, phytonutrients, flavonoids, and alpha-hydroxy citric acids; powerful antioxidant benefits to help clarify and improve skin tone and texture.

ALOE LEAF JUICE

(ORGANIC)
aloe barbadensis
Rich in glycoproteins and soothing properties, can help improve hydration and skin’s natural moisture content.

JOJOBA OIL

(ORGANIC)
simmondsia chinensis
Derived from the seeds of the desert shrub jojoba; a rich emollient antioxidant, high in essential fatty acids & nutrients.

SHEA BUTTER

(SUSTAINABLY SOURCED, ORGANIC)
butyrospermum parkii
Derived from the pit of the fruit from the karite tree; deeply moisturizes, soothes and helps soften.

ACAI BERRY

(ORGANIC)
euterpe oleracea
Antioxidant and phytonutrient-rich, a good source of essential fatty acids; can help boost skin radiance.

GOJI BERRY

(ORGANIC)
lycium chinense
Anti-oxidant and phytonutrient-rich; helps promote skin suppleness and radiance.

ROSE HIP FRUIT

(ORGANIC)
rose canina
Derived from the rose plant; rich in Vitamin-C and essential fatty acids, provides powerful antioxidant activity to help promote beautiful skin.

KIWI SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
actinidia chinensis
Derived from the seeds of the kiwi fruit; rich in Vitamins A & E and fatty acids which can help retain skin’s moisture.

PINEAPPLE ENZYMES

(ORGANIC)
ananas saivis
Rich in potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and the bromelain enzyme; provides an exfoliation benefit.

ORANGE

(ORGANIC)
aurantium dulcis
Rich in vitamins, lycopene, phytonutrients, flavonoids and citric alpha-hydroxy acids; provides a powerful antioxidant activity that can be beneficial in helping promote beautiful skin.

CARROT ROOT

(ORGANIC)
daucus carota sativa
Rich source of Vitamin-A (beta-carotene) and many other vitamins; contains powerful antioxidant properties that can help boost skin smoothness.

SWEET CHERRY

(ORGANIC)
prunus avium
Rich in phytonutrients, phenolics, vitamins; provides powerful antioxidant benefits that can help promote beautiful skin.

POMEGRANATE

(ORGANIC)
punica granatum
An antioxidant powerhouse that contains ellagic acid, a polyphenol that can help promote brightness.

RED RASPBERRY

(ORGANIC)
rubus idaeus
Rich in vitamins, hydroxy acids, phenols; provides potent antioxidants that can help promote beautiful skin.

FRUIT STEM CELLS BLEND

Derived from organic apple buds, grape buds & lemon bark.

CHAMPAGNE GRAPE SEED OIL

vitis vinifera
Resveratrol and anti-oxidant rich; and helps with skin-protective benefits.

BLUEBERRY SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
vaccinium corymbosum
Potent polyphenol antioxidants can help protect against free radicals; a rich source of phytonutrients and fatty acids to help promote beautiful skin.

CRANBERRY SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
vaccinium macrocarpon
Rich in amino acids and antioxidants; can be highly moisturizing

STRAWBERRY SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
fragaria ananassa
Rich in gamma-tocopherol, linoleic and oleic fatty acids to help nourish the skin.

POMEGRANATE SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
punica granatum
Rich antioxidants with ellagic acid, a polyphenol that can promote brightness.

MARIGOLD FLOWER EXTRACT

(ORGANIC)
calendula officinalis
An antioxidant-rich derivative of the flower; can help soothe and soften.

CUCUMBER EXTRACT

(ORGANIC)
cucumis sativus
Hydrates and can help tone, soothe and soften.

SAGE LEAF

(ORGANIC)
salvia officinalis
Potent antioxidant properties that can help effectively cleanse.

COCONUT OIL

(ORGANIC)
cocos nucifera
Emollient, very high antioxidant levels that can help promote beautiful, hydrated skin.

COCOA BUTTER

(SUSTAINABLY SOURCED, ORGANIC)
theobroma cacao
Rich hydration containing powerful antioxidants.

SUNFLOWER OIL

(ORGANIC)
helianthus annuus
Rich source of Vitamin-E with emollient, softening and moisturizing properties.

AVOCADO OIL

(ORGANIC)
persea gratissima
Rich in vitamins, lecithin, and fatty acids that can nourish and hydrate the skin.

SESAME OIL

(ORGANIC)
sesamum indicum
Emollient and softening properties.

LINSEED SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
linum usitatissimum
Rich with antioxidants; can help promote beautiful skin.

CORN EXTRACT

(ORGANIC)
zea mays
Can provide a silky finish.

CORN STARCH

(ORGANIC)
zea mays
Soothing to the skin; offers a silky finish.

BORAGE SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
borago officinalis
Rich in antioxidants and gamma-linolenic acid, which helps promote beautiful skin.

OLIVE OIL

(ORGANIC)
olea europaea
Can deeply moisturize and help soften.

RICE POWDER

(ORGANIC)
oryza sativa
Beautiful silky powder with great coverage.

YLANG YLANG

(ORGANIC)
cananga odorata
The aromatic, and luxurious aroma from the Ylang Ylang flower.

RAW CANE SUGAR

(ORGANIC)
saccharum officinarum
Rich in glycolic alpha-hydroxy acids that help effectively exfoliate.

ALGAE

Mineral-rich; a potent antioxidant that can provide emollient and humectant skincare benefits.

BEARBERRY LEAF EXTRACT

arctostaphylos uva ursi
Rich in natural brightening antioxidants.

GREEN TEA LEAF

camellia sinensis
A potent antioxidant that can help promote beautiful skin.

LICORICE ROOT

glycyrrhiza glabra
Derived from the plant root with clarifying and brightening properties.

CHAMOMILE FLOWER

matricaria chamomilla
Soothing and antioxidant properties.

DANDELION LEAF

taraxacum officinale
Potent antioxidant properties that can help effectively cleanse.

LINDEN LEAF

tilia europea
A potent antioxidant that can help soothe and calm.

WHITE TEA LEAF

camellia sinensis
A potent antioxidant that can help sun-damaged skin.

SAFFLOWER SEED OIL

carthamus tinctorius
Emollient and moisturizing effect.

SWEET ALMOND OIL

prunus amygdalus dulcis
Emollient, nourishing and softening properties.

CARNAUBA WAX FROM PLANTS

copernicia cerifera
Nourishes and helps provide natural glossy shine.

WILLOW BARK

salix alba
Salicylic Acid from Willow Bark is a naturally powerful beta hydroxy acid to help exfoliate and clear.

OAT

avena sativa
Soothes, and helps soften and retain moisture.

GRAPEFRUIT

citrus paradisi
A rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants to help promote healthy skin.

ALGAE (RED)

dulse algae
Rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. A powerful antioxidant that can be beneficial for damaged skin with dark spots.

VITAMIN B3

vitamin B3
Can help minimize the appearance of dark spots to promote healthy-looking skin.

SACRED LILY

narcissus tazetta
Antioxidant-rich, nocturnal flower extract that has skin-protective benefits and can help enhance skin’s appearance.

SQUALANE FROM OLIVES

Derived from olives (instead of sharks) this emollient can help support skin’s moisture balance.

COCONUT ALKANES

cocos nucifera
Great emollient alternatives to silicones. Smoothes and primes.

ARGAN POWDER

argania spinosa
A great photopigment alternative to artificial dyes or carbon black-petroleum combustion by-products.

ROSE POWDER

rosa
A great photopigment color alternative to synthetic or artificial dyes.

ARGAN PHYTO-PIGMENT

argania spinosa
Argan contains essential fatty acids and provides a great dark pigment alternative to Coal Tar and Carbon Black that are formed during petroleum combustion.

LOTUS PHYTO-PIGMENT

nelumbo nucifera
A flowering plant that provides rich color pigments that are a great alternative to synthetic and artificial dyes.

MANGO SEED BUTTER

mangifera indica
Nourishes and helps soften lips and is a great alternative to petroleum-based products.

CAPE LILAC PHYTO-PIGMENT

melia azedarach
A flowering fruit-bearing tree that provides rich pigments; a great alternative to synthetic and artificial dyes.

MORINGA OIL

moringa oleifera
Derived from the seeds of moringa plants, moringa helps hold the dark pigments while conditioning.

PLANT WAXES

(ORGANIC)
Provides smooth application and coverage; a great alternative to petroleum-derived ingredients.

PURPLE CARROT PHYTO-PIGMENT

purpura daucus carota sativa
Rich dark pigments that are a great alternative to Coal Tar and Carbon Black that are formed during petroleum combustion.

ROSE PHYTO-PIGMENT

rosa
Rich in vitamins and pigments providing beautiful colors; a great alternative to artificial dyes.

DAISY, ECLIPTA PHYTO-PIGMENT

eclipta prostrata
A flowering plant that provides rich color pigments that are a great alternative to synthetic and artificial dyes.

AGAVE LEAF

agave americana
A natural sweetener that is nutrient-rich.

HYALURONIC ACID FROM VEGETABLES

Derived from vegetables; can help with skin-plumping effects.

EVENING PRIMROSE OIL

(ORGANIC)
oenothera biennis
Rich in fatty acids providing emollient and conditioning benefits.

BAMBOO POWDER

bambusa arundinaceae
Soothes helps replenishes moisture and may have anti-bacterial properties.

LEMON BALM LEAF

melissa officinalis
Can help clarify and soothe.

PASSION FLOWER

Passiflora incarnata
Derived from the petal of the passionfruit flower; antioxidant-rich helps with soothing and calming skin.

CANDELILLA WAX

Euphorbia Cerifera
Nourishes and helps provide natural glossy shine.

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ESSENTIAL OILS & THEIR BENEFITS

CATEGORIES OF ESSENTIAL OILS & THEIR BENEFITS

Whether they’re being used to unwind for improved sleep quality, to uplift the mood, or to create the precise ambiance, Essential Oil aromas have the potential to enhance the mind, body, and atmosphere. While it can be confusing to make a selection when faced with the vast number of Essential Oil options due to their limitless benefits, it can be easier to make a choice by narrowing down the options based on the characteristics of their “aroma families.” Each Essential Oil aroma family exhibits a primary aromatic trait by which it is easily recognized (citrusy, floral, minty, etc.) and a corresponding effect (calming, grounding, cooling, energizing, clarifying, etc), which can help to readily identify the ideal application for it.

This article mainly highlights the core aroma families, as families also have offshoots or sub-groupings in which several categories of Essential Oils overlap. One example is the “Balsamic” aroma family. Essential Oils in this group can be described as having soft, sweet, warm, earthy aromas with spicy and floral undertones. They are reminiscent of resins and exude the scent of the forest and especially of Balsam trees. Inhaling the scent of balsamic essential oils can produce a peaceful, soothing, and grounding effect. Another example of a complex aroma family is “Coniferous” oils, which exude a woody and earthy pine scent, as they are generally distilled from cone-bearing trees. Their scents are characterized as sharp, biting, camphoraceous, and energizing, reminiscent of fresh outdoor air. Based on these descriptions, Essential Oils in these sub-groupings can fall into several of the eight main aroma families. The sub-group of “lemony” oils, too, can encompass not only oils with “Lemon” in their names – Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Lemon Eucalyptus – but also oils like Ginger, Citronella, and Palmarosa.

An oil’s aroma can also change from one batch to another, often for reasons based in nature, such as the source botanical’s growing conditions. Thus, due to the complexity and subjectivity of scent profiles, this article focuses on the commonly-accepted and widely-recognized classes of aromas or “aroma families.”

3 ESSENTIAL OIL AROMA NOTES

Aroma families can also be distinguished by their primary “notes.” An Essential Oil’s aroma “note” is the feature that distinguishes how long its scent will last. Notes are categorized as Top, Middle, or Base notes. Some oils can have multiple notes, which can give them a deep, full-bodied, and seemingly luxurious quality; however, oils are largely characterized by a sole defining note that overrides the others.

The reason that an oil blend changes over time, sometimes even over a short period of time, such as from the morning to the afternoon, is because the Essential Oils that it comprises each have varying degrees of volatility, meaning they all have diverse rates of evaporation, and it is the evaporation of each oil in its own time that causes a fluctuation in the strength of the scent…

In an Essential Oil blend, the oils with the smallest molecules – the essential oils that are the most volatile – are the first to evaporate. These are the Top notes. They are the first scent to be detected and the first to dissipate.

The oils with the largest and thus the heaviest molecules are the slowest or last to evaporate, thus they impart the longer-lasting scents. These are Base notes.

Other Essential Oils – the majority – reveal their scents gradually and help to integrate the Top and Base notes for a harmonious fragrance, which is what makes them Middle notes.

The following chart may help to further illustrate:

NOTES & CHARACTERISTICS  OILS IN THIS CATEGORY

Top

This is the initial perceptible scent in an aroma blend and is usually the one fragrance that stands out to give the scent its distinctive essence. Despite the powerful and intense quality that makes it the first detected smell, it is also the first to quickly fade.

  • Bright

  • Refreshing

  • Cheery

  • Clarifying

  • Inspiring and heartening

  • Energizing

Bay

Cardamom

Citrus oils

Cypress

Eucalyptus

Hyssop

Mint oils

Petitgrain

Pine

Ravensara

Rosemary

Sage

Tagetes

Vanilla Oleoresin (10 Fold)

Yarrow

Middle

(aka “Body,” “Heart,” or “Bouquet”)

These notes become noticeable just as Top notes fade. Smooth and soft, Middle notes unify the Top and Base notes, helping to reduce the intensity of any disagreeable or piercing scents and to promote a roundedness to aromas, making them softer. These notes are generally more enduring than Top notes, lasting up to an hour after the blend has been applied.

  • Balancing

  • Warming

  • Grounding

Black Pepper

Cajeput
Cedarwood

Chamomile

Cinnamon

Clove Bud

Geranium

Ho Wood

Jasmine

Juniper Berry

Marjoram

Myrtle

Myrrh

Niaouli

Nutmeg

Palmarosa

Rose Absolute

Base 

(aka “Fixative”)Not to be mistaken for a Base Oil, which is meant to dilute an Essential Oil, a Base note emerges after the Heart note and is the longest-lasting scent in a blend. Base notes often have strong, provocative aromas with earthy nuances and ascend gradually, remaining for a longer time than the other notes, all the while helping to reduce the rate of the other oils’ evaporation and subsequently enabling the fragrance of the blend to persist.

  • Calming

  • Emotionally grounding and soothing

  • Relaxing

  • Lend a richer aroma to blends

Copaiba Balsam

Frankincense

Patchouli (Light & Organic)

Sandalwood

Spikenard

Valerian

Vetiver


8 ESSENTIAL OIL AROMA FAMILIES

The chart below depicts the most popular groupings of Essential Oils; however, keep in mind that many oils have more than one prevailing aroma and note.

AROMA FAMILY ESSENTIAL OILS NOTE REPUTED BENEFITS
CITRUS

These light oils often have fruity scents that are characteristic of the rinds from which they are extracted. They can be described as tangy or tart, fresh, clean, vibrant, invigorating, exciting, energizing, and uplifting.

Lemon

Orange

Grapefruit Bergamot

Lime

Tangerine

Citronella

Lemongrass

Mandarin

Litsea Cubeba

Tagetes

Most often top notes
  • Energizing
  • Uplifting
  • Emotionally balancing to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety
  • Deodorizing
  • Cleansing; popular addition to antibacterial oil blends
  • Refreshing
  • Stimulating for mental and spiritual vigor
FLORAL

These scents are often reminiscent of the flowers from which they are extracted and can be described as being feminine, powdery, subtle, modest, romantic, and even poetic. They are often sweet-smelling and create a feeling of cheerfulness. Floral scents are considered to be classic and timeless.

Chamomile

Geranium

Jasmine

Lavender

Neroli

Rose

Rosewood

Ylang-Ylang

Petitgrain

Most often middle notes
  • Comforting
  • Promotes rest
  • Sometimes sleep-inducing
  • Mood balancing
HERBACEOUS

Essential Oils that have herbaceous scents can be further described as smelling green or grassy. These Essential Oils often have mild floral yet invigorating spring-like scents that are associated with lush, wet foliage. They are reminiscent of the aroma of fresh leaves, moss, mown grass, herbs, and trees.

Chamomile

Angelica Root

Clary Sage

Eucalyptus Radiata

Fennel

Hyssop

Marjoram

Melissa

Rosemary

Thyme

Oregano

Bay Laurel

Catnip

Sage Dalmatian

Parsley

Tea Tree

Yarrow

Most often middle notes
  • Calming
  • Promotes positivity
  • Encouraging
  • Emotionally balancing
  • Grounding
CAMPHORACEOUS

These Essential Oils have strong scents and are known to be beneficial for clearing the respiratory system due to their clarifying, penetrating, energizing, purifying, and almost medicinal aromas.

Camphor

Cajeput

Eucalyptus

Pennyroyal

Laurel Leaf

Lavandin

Most often middle notes
  • Stimulating
  • Refreshing
  • Focus-enhancing
MINTY

Essential Oils with a minty scent are strong-scented and are distinctly known for their bracing, fresh fragrances. They are reputed to be clearing and cooling when used in aromatherapy and topical applications.

Spearmint

Wintergreen

Peppermint

Can be top, middle, or base Notes
  • Motivating
  • Cooling
  • Invigorating
  • Mentally clarifying
SPICY

These Essential Oils have exotic, warm, intense aromas that are often reminiscent of baking and other warm memories. With strong scents, they are commonly used to stimulate energy and focus.

Aniseed

Basil

Black Pepper

Cardamom

Cinnamon

Coriander

Cumin

Ginger

Nutmeg

Allspice

Cassia

Clove Bud

Middle or base notes
  • Bracing
  • Rousing
  • Crisp and penetrating
  • Lively
RESINOUS/MUSKY

These Essential Oils exude deep, rich scents that are smoky, woody, earthy, sweet, leather-like, and warm. Their mellow, alluring, and long-lasting fragrances lend a reassuring quality that makes them ideal for use in spiritual practices.

Benzoin

Elemi

Frankincense

Myrrh

Peru Balsam

Middle or base notes
  • Grounding
  • Promotes relaxation and sense of inner calm
  • Emotionally balancing
  • Uplifting
  • Known to be commonly used for intimacy enhancement
  • Tend to be associated with a casual feeling
WOODY/EARTHY

These Essential Oils have deep, warm, lingering scents.

Often described as smelling “brown,” these oils are reminiscent of the scents of a forest floor or damp soil. Their fragrances are soft, masculine, musky, and sensual. Their alluring, seductive, and hypnotic qualities create an atmosphere of mystery.

Cypress

Juniper Berry

Pine

Sandalwood

Fir

Cedarwood

(Atlas & Virginian)

Palo Santo

Rosewood

Patchouli

Vetiver

Valerian

Carrot Seed

Most often middle or base notes
  • Grounding
  • Uplifting
  • Emotionally balancing
  • Promote feelings of comfort, security, and well-being
  • Often considered to be aphrodisiacs

WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS SMELL GOOD TOGETHER?

Any Essential Oils can smell good together depending on the individual’s preferences! While oils in the same aroma family largely combine well, this is not a rule for how all blends should be made. The simplest way to select oils for a blend is to consider the individual oils that are preferred, the person it is for, the purpose, the method of application, and the ideal outcome. Generally, the best results are often from combinations of oils that have all 3 notes, which create balanced and harmonious aromas.

AROMA FAMILY BLENDS WELL WITH…

CITRUS

Most other aroma families

Floral

Minty

Spicy

Woody

FLORAL

Citrus

Spicy

Woody

HERBACEOUS

Minty

Woody

CAMPHORACEOUS

Citrus

Spicy

Woody/Earthy

Herbaceous

MINTY

Citrus

Woody

Herbaceous

Earthy

SPICY

Floral

Woody

Citrus

RESINOUS/MUSKY

Citrus

Floral

WOODY

Floral

Herbaceous

Minty

Spicy

Citrus

EARTHY

Woody

Minty


HOW TO MAKE A BALANCED ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

The easiest way to create a well-rounded oil blend is to narrow down a list of preferred Essential Oils to a maximum of 5 Essential Oils:

  • 2 Top note oils

  • 2 Middle note oils

  • 1 Base note oil

When it comes to creating Essential Oil blends, there are no strict guidelines for oils that should or should not be combined, but the following standard can act as a guiding principle to help encourage a congruous blend, especially for a beginning strategy:

For 1 drop of a Base note,

add 2 drops of Middle note(s)

and

3 drops of Top note(s)

Alternatively, and more simply, combine each Essential Oil 1 drop at a time until the blend emits the preferred scent. When formulating new blends, the least wasteful approach to mixing is to limit the total amount of all combined Essential Oils to a minimum of 5 drops and a maximum of 25 drops. Begin by blending the Base and Middle notes. When the ideal scent is achieved with this mixture, add in the Top note. Continue to add 1 drop at a time of each type of oil until either the maximum number of drops is reached or until the ideal blend is attained.

To keep track of the oils and their amounts, it is helpful to make notes with each addition. Before using the final blend, it is recommended that they are allowed to sit or “rest” for 24 hours in order for the scent to develop, as it can potentially change within this time. Before creating or using any blends, ensure that all safety protocols are followed. When applying the blend topically, dilute first with a Carrier Oil.

Essential Oils are for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using these oils for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Essential Oils without the medical advice of a physician, as they may have effects on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. These oils should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with the following health conditions are especially recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, heart-related ailments, skin disorders or allergies, hormone-related ailments, or epilepsy. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use.

Prior to using any Essential Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting 1 drop of the Essential Oil in 4 drops of a Carrier Oil and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Essential Oils must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Essential Oils include redness, rash, hives, burning, bleeding disorders, decreased speed of healing, low blood pressure, dizziness, headache, nausea, diarrhea, convulsions, and rapid heartbeat. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the products and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.