A Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Oil; Ginger Oil

Ginger Essential Oil or Ginger Root Oil is derived from the root of the Zingiber officinale herb, better known as Ginger, which is named after the Greek word “zingiberis” meaning “horn-shaped.” This flowering perennial belongs to the plant family that includes Turmeric and Cardamom and is native to the south of China; however, its growth has spread to other parts of Asia, India, the Moluccas – also known as the Spice Islands, West Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean.

For thousands of years, Ginger Root has been used in folk medicine for its ability to soothe inflammation, fevers, colds, respiratory discomforts, nausea, menstrual complaints, upset stomachs, arthritis, and rheumatism. It has also traditionally been used as an anti-microbial food preservative that prevents the growth of harmful bacteria, and it has been used as a spice for its flavoring and digestive properties. In Ayurvedic medicine, Ginger Oil has traditionally been believed to soothe emotional difficulties such as nervousness, sadness, low self-confidence, and a lack of enthusiasm.

The health benefits of Ginger Oil are the same as that of the herb from which it originates, with the oil even being considered to be more beneficial due to its higher Gingerol content, a constituent that is most reputable for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. With a warm, sweet, woody, and spicy scent that has an energizing effect, especially when used in aromatherapy, Ginger Oil has earned the nickname “The Oil of Empowerment” for the feeling of confidence that it is known to inspire.

BENEFITS OF GINGER ESSENTIAL OIL

The main chemical constituents of Ginger Oil are Camphene, B-Phellandrene, α-Pinene, Geranial, Zingiberene, β-Bisabolene, β-Sesquiphellandrene, and Curcumene.

CAMPHENE is known to:

  • Exhibit anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Be soothing

B-PHELLANDRENE is known to:

  • Exhibit a pleasant odor that has been described as peppery, minty, and/or slightly citrusy
  • Exhibit anti-septic, antiviral, bactericidal, and decongestant properties

PINENE is known to:

  • Have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and expectorant properties
  • Be a bronchodilator

GERANIAL is known to:

  • Be a fragrance ingredient with a Rose-like scent
  • Have insecticidal and anti-oxidant effects

ZINGIBERENE is known to:

  • Be the fragrance ingredient responsible for the characteristic scent of Ginger
  • Exhibit anti-viral, anti-oxidant, and antiseptic properties

Β-BISABOLENE is known to:

  • Be a fragrance agent
  • Exude a warm, woody, and fruity scent characteristic of “oriental” aromas
  • Exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties

Β-SESQUIPHELLANDRENE is known to:

  • Have anti-viral, carminative, and stomachic properties

CURCUMENE is known to:

  • Have hypotensive and analgesic effects
  • Exhibit anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

Used in aromatherapy applications, Ginger Oil is known for its stimulating and warming effects, which can enhance concentration while soothing and reduce the feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, dizziness, and fatigue.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Ginger Essential Oil can soothe redness and eliminate bacteria, especially redness and bacteria associated with acne. Its antioxidant properties are known to have a protective effect on the skin, inhibiting the signs of skin damage and aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. Its stimulating properties make it an ideal ingredient in revitalizing moisturizers that restore color and radiance to a dull complexion. Used in hair, Ginger Oil’s rich mineral content contributes to the health of the scalp and the strands, while its antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties contribute their cleanliness while soothing dryness and itchiness characteristic of dandruff. By stimulating and improving circulation, it is known to enhance healthier hair growth.

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Used medicinally, Ginger Essential Oil’s detoxifying and digestive properties facilitate the elimination of toxins and boost digestion. Additionally, it eases discomforts associated with the stomach and bowel, including flatulence, diarrhea, spasms, dyspepsia, stomach ache, and colic. For those with the intention of gaining weight, Ginger Oil is known to enhance the appetite. Its expectorant property works to eliminate mucus from the respiratory tract and to effectively reduce symptoms of respiratory ailments, including breathlessness, asthma, cough, cold, flu, and bronchitis. When massaged into the muscles, Ginger Oil’s analgesic property is known to soothe and reduce aches as well as inflammation, thus benefitting complaints such as headaches, migraines, arthritis, back pain, and contractions of the uterus, which are commonly referred to as menstrual cramps.

Ginger 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: Tonic, Stimulant, Warming, Anti-Inflammatory, Firming
    • ODOROUS: Tonic, Stimulant, Warming, Expectorant, Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory, Aphrodisiac, Memory-Enhancing, Soothing, Anti-Nausea, Appetite-Boosting, Immune-Boosting
  • MEDICINAL: Antiseptic, Laxative, Tonic, Stimulant, Warming, Digestive, Carminative, Expectorant, Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Soothing, Anti-nausea, Appetite-Boosting, Circulatory, Diuretic, Detoxifying, Immune-Boosting, Sudorific

GINGER ESSENTIAL OIL USES

Used in aromatherapy applications, diffusing 2-3 drops of Ginger Oil in a diffuser of personal preference can improve a negative mood and low libido. By facilitating the onset of sleep and improving sleep quality, diffusing Ginger Oil is known to benefit those suffering from insomnia. It is also believed to enhance energy levels by inspiring positive and hopeful feelings and promoting a balanced and grounded mindset.

For a calming and heartening diffuser blend with a tropical nuance that releases anxiety, fatigue, and sadness, combine and diffuse 3 drops Ginger Essential Oil, 2 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, and 2 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil.

For a diffuser blend that is reputed to enhance the feeling of self-empowerment, combine and diffuse 3 drops Ginger Essential Oil, 2 drops Bergamot Essential Oil, and 2 drops Patchouli Essential Oil. This blend is also known to create a sense of mental and emotional balance. For a blend that eases the mind and lifts the spirit, combine and diffuse 2 drops each of Ginger, Geranium, and Orange essential oils.

For a diffuser blend that eases congestion and irritation of the respiratory tract by reducing mucus and inflammation, simply combine 2 drops each of the following essential oils before adding the mixture to a diffuser, based on the amount indicated by the diffuser: Ginger, Tea Tree, Sage, and Eucalyptus. This blend also eases stress, balances the hormones, and alleviates symptoms of allergies. To soothe nausea and an upset stomach, blend and diffuse 3 drops Ginger Essential Oil, 3 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, and 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil.

Ginger Essential Oil blends well with any of the following oils, contributing to scent combinations that are aromatically appealing: Bergamot, Cassia, Cedarwood Atlas, Cinnamon, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Lime, Myrtle, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang.

Used in cosmetic applications, Ginger Essential Oil is known to inhibit cellular oxidation that is responsible for skin damage and signs of aging. For a facial scrub that reveals a softer, healthier layer of skin by removing dead and dull skin, combine ½ cup Brown Sugar, ½ cup Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil, 10 drops Ginger Essential Oil, and 5 drops Lime Essential Oil in a bowl, then transfer the mixture to an airtight container. To use this Ginger Oil-infused facial exfoliant, with the fingertips scoop a small amount into the hands and gently massage it into the face until the sugar softens. Rinse off the scrub with warm water and pat the skin dry with a soft, clean towel. This scrub is known to soothe inflammation, such as that associated with acne, and to smooth the look of fine lines. For a scrub that diminishes the appearance of cellulite, an exfoliating mixture can be made by using the aforementioned recipe and replacing the Brown Sugar with ¼ cup Coffee Powder and ¼ cup Cocoa Powder.

To create a toning and nourishing face mask with softening, illuminating, and even aphrodisiac qualities, thoroughly combine 5 drops Ginger Essential Oil, 2 Tbsp. Raw Organic Honey, and 1 Tsp. Lemon Juice, then refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes. Apply this blend to the face like a mask and leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water. This mask is known to have a rejuvenating effect on the complexion.

To naturally and effectively sooth a scalp afflicted with dandruff, 2 drops of Ginger Essential Oil can be added to a regular shampoo. For an anti-dandruff Ginger Oil hair mask, combine 10 drops Ginger Essential Oil, 5 drops Extra Virgin Olive Carrier Oil and 1 tsp. Lemon Juice. Massage this anti-septic hair blend into the scalp and leave it on for 15-30 minutes before rinsing it out with a regular mild shampoo. This treatment can be repeated three times a week to prevent a dry and itchy scalp and to stimulate hair growth.

For a hair mask that stimulates hair growth by boosting circulation to the scalp, combine 10 drops Ginger Essential Oil and 10 drops Jojoba Carrier Oil in a small bowl. In circular motions, massage this blend into the scalp and leave it on for a minimum of 30 minutes, before rinsing it off in the shower and shampooing the hair as usual. This mask will not only inhibit the thinning and loss of hair, but it will also nourish the strands with fatty acids, thereby stimulating hair growth.

Used in medicinal applications, Ginger Oil eliminates bacterial infections on the skin with its antiseptic property. To avert or treat topical infections, dilute 1-3 drops of Ginger Essential Oil in 1 tsp. of Coconut Carrier Oil – or any other carrier oil of personal preference – and gently massage it into the affected area.

To soothe sore muscles, headaches, backaches, and menstrual cramps, simply dilute 2-3 drops of Ginger Essential Oil in a bathtub filled with water that is comfortably warm rather than hot, as the oil itself has warming properties. Soak in this Ginger Oil-infused bath until the water cools. This also alleviates inflammation while soothing the digestive system to enhance its function. For a bath blend that is reputed to promote an overall sense of well-being, dilute 3 drops Ginger Essential Oil and 2 drops Cardamom Essential Oil.

For a massage blend that soothes aches, in a dark bottle mix 5 drops Ginger Essential Oil, 5 drops Orange Essential Oil, and 5 drops Jojoba Carrier Oil. Cap the bottle and gently shake it to thoroughly combine all the ingredients before applying it as any massage oil. For a more complex blend that can be used in both a hot bath and a massage, combine 4 drops Ginger Essential Oil, 4 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, 2 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil and 4 Tsp. a carrier oil of personal preference.

A GUIDE TO GINGER OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

GINGER ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL / GINGER ROOT ESSENTIAL OIL (DRIED) / GINGER ROOT ESSENTIAL OIL (FRESH)

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Steam Distillation; the Ginger root is macerated and distilled over high heat, from which the oil is extracted.

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka / China / Indonesia

Believed to:

    • Ease nausea, menstrual discomfort, upset stomach, anxiety, muscle soreness, and joint pain
    • Even out skin tone and enhance skin elasticity
    • Have a warming and stimulating effect on the skin and mind
    • Exhibit anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties
    • Display tonic, laxative, digestive, and anti-spasmodic activity
    • Reduce or eliminate mucus from the respiratory tract to soothe irritation and congestion
    • Promote easier breathing by opening up airways and diminishing inflammation
    • Reduce symptoms of colds, flu, and fever
    • Enhance libido by arousing sensuality, calmness, and confidence
    • Replace negative emotions such as stress, fatigue, and sadness with enthusiastic energy
    • Boost circulation and thereby stimulate the growth of stronger and healthier hair and skin
    • Facilitate the fading of scars and cellulite
  • Promote a smooth, clear, and radiant complexion

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR GINGER OIL

Ginger 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 Ginger 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: diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and other heart-related ailments, skin disorders, liver damage, 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 Ginger 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. Ginger 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 Ginger Oil include low blood pressure. Due to the potential phototoxicity of this oil, it is recommended that the areas of the application be protected from sunlight exposure for 24 hours.

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…

    • Ginger Essential Oil or Ginger Root Oil is derived from the root of the Zingiber officinale herb, better known as Ginger.
    • Ginger Essential Oil has earned the nickname “The Oil of Empowerment” for the feeling of confidence that it is known to inspire.
    • Used in aromatherapy applications, Ginger Essential Oil is stimulating and warming. It can enhance concentration and it can soothe and reduce feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, dizziness, and fatigue.
    • Used topically, Ginger Essential Oil soothes redness, eliminates bacteria, inhibits the signs of skin damage and aging, and restores color and radiance to a dull complexion.
    • Used in hair, Ginger Essential Oil contributes to the health and cleanliness of the scalp, soothes dryness and itchiness, and enhances healthier hair growth by stimulating and improving circulation to the scalp.
  • Used medicinally, Ginger Essential Oil facilitates the elimination of toxins, boosts digestion, eases discomforts of the stomach and bowel, enhances appetite, clears the respiratory tract, soothes aches, and reduces inflammation.

 

Energize with Peppermint Oil {Recipes}

Peppermint Essential Oil is an eminent and versatile oil that can be used on almost any part of the body for almost any ailment. The positive effects of Peppermint Oil are powerful and have beneficial impacts on interconnected body systems. It is famed for its ability to reduce pain and to stimulate, invigorate, energize, and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. It can be used in numerous body care products ranging from skin and hair care to emotional care through aromatherapy.

USING PEPPERMINT OIL IN A DIFFUSER OR ROOM SPRAY (ENERGIZE)

When used in aromatherapy, Peppermint Essential Oil’s expectorant properties clear the nasal passageway to promote the relief of congestion and to encourage easy breathing. It is believed to stimulate circulation, reduce feelings of nervous tension, soothe feelings of irritability, boost energy, balance hormones, and enhance mental focus. The scent of this analgesic oil is believed to help relieve headaches, and its stomachic properties are known to help suppress the appetite and promote the feeling of being full. When diluted and inhaled, this digestive oil can reduce the feeling of nausea.

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL ROOM SPRAY BLEND FOR ALERTNESS
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 85 drops
Ginger Essential Oil 40 drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil 35 drops
Sweet Basil Essential Oil 15 drops
Pure Water 120 ml / 4 oz.

Instructions

  1. Mix all essential oils together in a spray bottle.
  2. Add water.
  3. Shake again.
  4. Spritz whenever you need a boost of energy.
  5. For best results, spray the room mist above your head 10 times. After every 2 or 3 sprays, close your eyes to avoid irritation and deeply inhale the scent to relax and feel rejuvenated.

PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER BLEND FOR INCREASED FOCUS

Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 2 drops
Cinnamon Essential Oil 2 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 1 drop

Instructions

  1. For optimal blending before adding to an electric diffuser, add all oils to a 2-mL glass bottle and roll bottle between hands.
  2. Based on manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops to your diffuser.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER BLEND FOR COOLING DOWN
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 4 drops
Spearmint Essential Oil 4 drops
Citronella Essential Oil 4 drops
Lemongrass Essential Oil 1 drop

Instructions

  1. For optimal blending before adding to an electric diffuser, add all oils to a 2-mL glass bottle and roll bottle between hands.
  2. Based on manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops to your diffuser.

USING PEPPERMINT OIL IN A MASSAGE (RELIEVE FATIGUE)

When used in a massage, Peppermint Essential Oil has been found to eliminate harmful bacteria from the skin, to relieve muscle spasms and flatulence, to disinfect and soothe inflamed skin, and to release muscle tension. When diluted with a carrier oil and rubbed into the feet, it can work as a natural fever reducer. It can effectively decrease feelings of fatigue caused by strenuous physical or mental work, stress, or a lack of restful sleep.

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL MASSAGE BLEND FOR FATIGUE RELIEF
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 6 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 5 drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil 4 drops
Carrier Oil 1 tbsp (15 ml)

Instructions

  1. Measure out the carrier oil in a container.
  2. Slowly add in the essential oils.
  3. Pour the massage oil into a dark bottle and shake well to combine.
  4. Massage the blend into the upper chest, shoulders, back of the neck, and down the back.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL MASSAGE BLEND TO UPLIFT THE MOOD
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops
Thyme Essential Oil 4 drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil 4 drops
Cypress Essential Oil 2 drops
Carrier Oil 1 tbsp (15 ml)

Instructions

  1. Measure out the carrier oil in a container.
  2. Slowly add in the essential oils.
  3. Pour the massage oil into a dark bottle and shake well to combine.
  4. Massage the blend into the upper chest, shoulders, back of the neck, and down the back.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL MASSAGE BLEND FOR MUSCLE SORENESS
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 4 drops
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 4 drops
Thyme Essential Oil 3 drops
Ginger Essential Oil 3 drops
Lemon Essential Oil 1 drop
Carrier Oil 1 tbsp (15 ml)

Instructions

  1. Measure out the carrier oil in a container.
  2. Slowly add in the essential oils.
  3. Pour the massage oil into a dark bottle and shake well to combine.
  4. Massage the formula into the preferred muscles.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL MASSAGE BLEND FOR PHYSICAL STRENGTH
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops
Melissa Essential Oil 5 drops
Palmarosa Essential Oil 5 drops
Allspice Essential Oil 5 drops
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 4 drops
Lime Essential Oil 4 drops
Ginger Essential Oil 2 drops
Grapeseed Carrier Oil 2 tbsp (30 ml / 1 fl. oz.)

Instructions

  1. Measure out the carrier oil in a container.
  2. Slowly add in the essential oils.
  3. Pour the massage oil into a dark bottle and shake well to combine.
  4. Massage the formula into the preferred muscles.

USING PEPPERMINT OIL IN A BATH (BREATHE EASY & REJUVENATE)

In a diluted bath blend, Peppermint Essential Oil is known to clear nasal passages and to relieve congestion, back pain, mental fatigue, and coughs. It boosts circulation, releases the feeling of having tired feet, muscular pain, cramps, and spasms. It soothes inflamed and itchy skin, among other conditions.

  1. PEPPERMINT BATH BLEND TO BREATH MORE EASILY
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops
Cajeput Essential Oil 5 drops
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 5 drops
Epsom Salt 1 cup
Carrier Oil (Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Hazelnut, or Sesame suggested) 1 tsp (5 ml)

Instructions:

  1. Pour Epsom Salt into a clean mixing bowl.
  2. Add Essential Oil(s). Mix well.
  3. Spoon the final product into clean jars (such as canning or jam jars).
  4. When adding the salts to a bath, ensure complete dissolution in water to avoid slipping.
  5. Depending on the size of the bathtub, use between ¼ to ½ cup of this salt blend per bath.
  6. Relax in the bath and enjoy for 30 minutes.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL FOOT BATH BLEND TO REJUVENATE
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 4 drops
Pine Essential Oil 4 drops
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 4 drops
Carrier Oil (Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Hazelnut, or Sesame suggested) 1 tsp (5 ml)

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a container and mix thoroughly.
  2. Transfer blend to a large container filled with 8 cups (2 L) of hot water or spa foot bath filled.
  3. Soak feet for 20 minutes.
  4. Towel dry and apply moisturizer.

USING PEPPERMINT OIL IN COSMETICS (PURIFY AND REFRESH)

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Peppermint Essential Oil acts as an astringent that closes pores and tightens the skin. It’s cooling and warming sensations make it an effective anesthetic that leaves the skin numb to pain and calms redness and inflammation. It has traditionally been used as a cooling chest rub to relieve congestion and, when diluted with a carrier oil, it can promote the safe and healthy renewal of skin, thus offering relief from skin irritations such as sunburn. In shampoos, it can stimulate and soothe the scalp while also removing dandruff.

  1. PEPPERMINT AND VANILLA BODY SCRUB TO SOFTEN AND PURIFY
Ingredient Amount
Dead Sea Salt 8 Tbsp
White Clay (or substitute with more Sea Salt) 2 Tbsp
Almond Oil (or substitute with Olive Oil) 6 Tbsp
Chopped Mint Leaves 2 Tbsp
Vanilla Bean Seeds From 1 Bean
Peppermint Essential Oil 10 drops
Lemon Essential Oil (or substitute with 1 tsp of Lemon Juice) 5 drops
Lemon Zest 1 Tsp

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Spoon the mixture into an air-tight glass jar.
  3. This recipe makes approximately 150 ml (5 oz.) of body scrub.
  4. Soak feet for a short period of time in bathtub or basin of water to soften and prepare skin for exfoliation.
  5. With hand, scoop out some homemade scrub and put it on feet.
  6. In a circular motion, rub homemade scrub all over feet using a scrub brush, or work it in with hands for 15-30 seconds on each foot.
  7. Soak feet in water to rinse off the scrub.
  8. Lift feet out of water and dry with a towel.
  9. Apply lotion to seal in moisture.

 

  1. HOMEMADE PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL & LEMON FACE WASH
Ingredient Amount
Water 1 cup
Bar of Unscented Glycerin Soap (Chopped) 1/5 of a bar
Lemon Essential Oil 5 drops
Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, boil the water.
  2. Remove pan from heat and stir in glycerin soap pieces until completely dissolved.
  3. Set aside to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, add essential oils and stir gently to mix thoroughly.
  5. Using a funnel, pour face wash into a pump bottle.
  6. Remaining face wash can be stored in a covered glass jar.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL & HONEY FACIAL TONER
Ingredient Amount
Honey 1 Tbsp
Warm Water 1/3 cup (78 mL / 3 fl. oz.)
Apple Cider Vinegar ¼ cup (60 mL / 2 fl. oz.)
Water 1 cup (250 mL / 8 fl. oz.)
Peppermint Essential Oil 6-8 drops

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix warm water and honey until honey completely dissolves.
  2. Stir in Water, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Peppermint Essential Oil.
  3. Using a funnel, pour face wash into a small bottle.
  4. Remaining toner can be stored in a small glass jar.
  5. For best results, use after washing face with Peppermint & Lemon Facial Wash.
  6. Apply toner to the skin using a cotton ball. Do not wash off.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL LIP BALM BLEND FOR FRESH COOLNESS
Ingredient Amount
Shea Butter 1 Tsp
Vitamin E Oil 1 Tsp
Sweet Almond Oil 2 Tsp
Beeswax Pellets 2 ½ to 3 heaping tsp (or 1 ½ to 2 tsp solid Beeswax)
Peppermint Essential Oil  10 drops

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, heat Shea Butter, oils, and Beeswax on the lowest stove-top heat setting. Heating the blend too quickly could result in a gritty lip balm.
  2. Remove blend from heat and add Peppermint Essential Oil.
  3. Pour blend into metal tins or tubes, leaving open.
  4. Allow balm to set inside containers for 24 hours, then cover.
  5. Apply to lips.

TIPS

  • If the mixture is too thin: Simply add Beeswax pellets (or tiny bits of solid Beeswax) one at a time.
  • If the mixture is too thick: A splash of Almond Oil will help reduce thickness.
  • If mixture becomes too thick after adding Peppermint Oil (this may happen, as Peppermint EO is colder): Simply heat mixture VERY slowly over low heat until it liquefies.
  • If saucepan doesn’t pour well, use a dropper to fill lip balm containers.

 

  1. HOMEMADE PEPPERMINT SHAMPOO BLEND TO STIMULATE THE SCALP
Ingredient Amount
Coconut Milk (Homemade or Canned) ¼ cup (60 mL / 2 fl. oz.)
Liquid Castile Soap ¼ cup (60 mL / 2 fl. oz.)
Peppermint Essential Oil 20 drops
Olive or Almond Oil (Optional – for dry hair) ½ tsp

Instructions

  1. In an empty shampoo bottle, jar, or pump soap dispenser, combine all ingredients.
  2. Shake well to mix thoroughly.
  3. Keep in the shower for up to a month.
  4. Shake before each use.
  5. Use approximately 1 teaspoon every time you shampoo.

IN ESSENCE…

    • When diffused, Peppermint Essential Oil can boost energy, clear the respiratory tract, stimulate circulation, alleviate feelings of nervous tension and stress, and soothe feelings of irritability.
    • In a massage, Peppermint Essential Oil relieves fatigue, muscle spasms, muscle tension, flatulence, and fever. It is known to disinfect and soothe inflamed skin.
    • In a bath, Peppermint Essential Oil boosts circulation, releases the feeling of tiredness, and soothes itchy skin.
  • In cosmetics, Peppermint Essential Oil brightens, clears, and tones the skin, hydrates a dry scalp and promotes hair health and growth.

Benefits and Use of Peppermint Oil

Mentha piperita, or Peppermint as it is commonly known, is a perennial herb native to the Mediterranean but has also been cultivated in the USA, Italy, Great Britain, and Japan. It can be identified by its serrated leaves and by its flowers that range in color from light pink to mauve, growing in a conical shape.

Peppermint essential oil has been called one of the most versatile oils in the world, sharing the title with Lavender. Abounding in dermal and oral uses as well as anti-microbial properties, there are countless issues for which it is beneficial, promoting the wellness of body, mind, and overall health. The scent of Peppermint can be described as being fresh, sharp and comparable to Menthol, and the components of this multi-purpose oil are used internationally in cosmetic, culinary, and health industries.

Extracted from the Peppermint herb, the uses of this cherished plant and its benefits have been traced back to Chinese and Japanese folk medicine practices and even Ancient Egyptian times where dried Peppermint leaves were found placed in tombs inside the pyramids. Due to the common incidence of using the name Peppermint interchangeably with the terms Mint and Spearmint, there has been confusion about its history of cultivation, but ancient textual references to it prove that it has been used for culinary purposes and in herbal medicine since 1500 BC. Peppermint is also mentioned in Greek mythology in the story of the nymph “Mentha” or “Minthe,” who is transformed into the sweet-smelling herb that releases a powerful, lingering aroma every time she is stepped on.

Peppermint is one of the hundreds of species belonging to the Mint family of plants or the Mint “genus.” Included in this genus are herbs such as Spearmint, Water Mint, and Forest Mint. Peppermint is thought to be a naturally occurring hybrid of Water Mint (M. aquatica) and Spearmint (M. spicata).

BENEFITS OF PEPPERMINT OIL

The main chemical constituents of Peppermint essential oil are Menthol, Menthone, and 1,8-Cineole, Menthyl acetate and Isovalerate, Pinene, Limonene and other constituents. The most active of these components are Menthol and Menthone. Menthol is known to be analgesic and is thus beneficial for reducing pain such as headaches, muscle aches, and inflammation. Menthone is known to be analgesic as well, but it is also believed to show antiseptic activity. Its invigorating properties lend the oil its energizing effects.

Used medicinally, Peppermint essential oil has been found to eliminate harmful bacteria, relieve muscle spasms and flatulence, disinfect and soothe inflamed skin, and to release muscle tension when used in a massage. When diluted with a carrier oil and rubbed into the feet, it can work as a natural effective fever reducer.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Peppermint acts as an astringent that closes pores and tightens the skin. It’s cooling and warming sensations make it an effective anesthetic that leaves the skin numb to pain and calms redness and inflammation. It has traditionally been used as a cooling chest rub to relieve congestion, and when diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut, it can promote the safe and healthy renewal of skin, thus offering relief from skin irritations such as sunburn. In shampoos, it can stimulate the scalp while also removing dandruff.

When used in aromatherapy, Peppermint essential oil’s expectorant properties clear the nasal passageway to promote the relief of congestion and to encourage easy breathing. It is believed to stimulate circulation, reduce feelings of nervous tension, soothe feelings of irritability, boost energy, balance hormones, and enhance mental focus. The scent of this analgesic oil is believed to help relieve headaches, and its stomachic properties are known to help suppress the appetite and promote the feeling of being full. When diluted and inhaled or when rubbed in small amounts behind the ear, this digestive oil can reduce the feeling of nausea.

Due to its anti-microbial properties, Peppermint oil can also be used as a cleaning solvent to sanitize and deodorize the environment, leaving behind the trail of a fresh, cheerful scent. Not only will it disinfect surfaces, but it will also eliminate bugs in the home and function as an effective insect repellant.

Peppermint essential oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties.

COSMETIC:
Antiseptic, astringent, cordial, nervine, sudorific.

ODOROUS:
Analgesic, cephalic, cordial, decongestant, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, stimulant.

MEDICINAL:
Analgesic, anesthetic, anti-galactagogue, anti-phlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, decongestant, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge.

CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING QUALITY PEPPERMINT OIL

Due to its need for water, Peppermint flourishes in cool or temperate regions that are wet such as near streams or in areas with plenty of rainfall, though adequate drainage is also required. In order to produce the ideal balance of oil compounds during the growing phase, the best growing conditions would consist of warm or hot days followed by cool nights. When grown in warm climates, Peppermint can grow in partial shade or full sun. When harvested in the sun, it will be higher in oil content; however, if the growing conditions are too warm, especially at night, less desirable compounds such as highly toxic Menthofuran will form.

When 10% of the Peppermint crop is in the flowering stage, it produces the optimum oil and Menthol yield and quality. When all traces of dew disappear on a dry, sunny day, harvesting can begin. The whole Peppermint plant is cut down with the aid of conventional hay mowers. If the stems become fractured or if the leaves break, there will be lower oil yields and this will prevent the regrowth of the plants. For this reason, it is important to cut the plant neatly. A more economical oil extraction is achieved through lower moisture content, so once the Peppermint is cut, it is left in the field to wilt. Afterward, it is sliced with a forage harvester into a mobile distillation pot, tub, or trailer in which it is transported to the facility for distillation.

Despite the ideal wilting conditions, Peppermint will still lose essential oil from lying in rows of dry leaves or in heaps for any amount of time. If the Peppermint is not checked, the quality and quantity of the oil could be compromised by fermentation – that is, the chemical breakdown of the Peppermint by microorganisms. In order to prevent this, some producers distill the fresh Peppermint as soon as it is cut.

HOW IS PEPPERMINT OIL EXTRACTED?

The essential oils of Peppermint are found in cells on the underside of the leaves and are collected through the process of steam distilling the fresh or partially dried plant leaves.

As with all other essential oils, Peppermint will retain stability and have a prolonged shelf life if stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight with the bottle cap tightly closed.

USES OF PEPPERMINT OIL

In a diffuser, Peppermint oil can help to enhance relaxation, concentration, memory, energy, and wakefulness.

When used topically in homemade moisturizers, the cooling and calming effects of Peppermint essential oil can relieve sore muscles. Historically, it has been used to reduce itchiness and the discomfort of inflammation, headaches, and joint pains. It can also be used to relieve the sting of sunburns.

In a diluted massage blend or bath, Peppermint essential oil is known to relieve back pain, mental fatigue, and coughs. It boosts circulation, releases the feeling of having tired feet, relieves muscular pain, cramps, and spasms, and soothes inflamed, itchy skin among other conditions.

Well-known for its anti-microbial and anti-fungal qualities, a few drops of the oil can be added to homemade spray cleaners and spritzed on areas that are particularly in need of anti-bacterial care, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Peppermint makes an effective and natural deterrent to house pests and insects.

A GUIDE TO PEPPERMINT OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

 

PEPPERMINT VARIETY & BOTANICAL NAME COUNTRY OF ORIGIN BENEFITS OF OIL
Peppermint Japanese 
(also called Cornmint)Mentha arvensis
Found in:

  • India
Believed to:

  • have the dual action of warming and cooling
  • relieve itching, inflammation, sunburn and muscle aches
  • soften skin
  • aid treatment of greasy hair/skin
Peppermint Supreme
(also called Peppermint English, Candy Mint, Mitcham Peppermint, and Black MitchamMentha piperita
Found in:

  • England (specifically, an area in Surrey called Mitcham)
  • India
Believed to:

  • relieve headaches
  • relieve mild coughing
  • focus the mind
  • improve memory

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR PEPPERMINT OIL

As per NAHA guidelines, we do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils. In low dilutions, this oil is non-toxic and thus does not irritate the skin; however, its Menthol content can potentially cause irritation to the skin and mucous membranes. It should never be used around the eyes, inner ears, and any sensitive areas. Due to its stimulant properties, using Peppermint oil daily could interfere with sleep patterns.

The following symptoms can also be the result of overdose: skin rashes, urinary problems, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, slow or rapid breathing, convulsions, depression, and in severe cases, unconsciousness.

As is the case with all essential oils, it is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using Peppermint essential oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Peppermint essential oil without the medical advice of a physician, and the oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of seven.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Peppermint belongs to the Mint family with Spearmint, Water Mint, and Forest Mint and is a naturally occurring hybrid of Water Mint and Spearmint.
    • Peppermint essential oil is multi-purpose, earning the reputation of being one of the most versatile oils in the world along with Lavender oil.
    • The most active components of Peppermint essential oil are Menthol and Menthone, which are known to reduce pain and to invigorate, energize, and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, respectively.
    • There are numerous applications for which Peppermint essential oil can be used, including cosmetics, aromatherapy, relaxing baths, and as a cleaning agent around the house.
  • Due to its stimulant properties, using Peppermint essential oil daily could interfere with sleep patterns, and an overdose of the oil can lead to potentially severe side effects.

Benefits and Use of Himalayan Pink and Dead Sea Mineral Salt

Since ancient times, it has been a common practice to extract several types of natural salts found both underground and underwater, especially under sea water. Salt derived from evaporated sea water is also referred to as Solar Salt or Bay Salt. Dead Sea Mineral Salt is one example of a salt derived from seawater. In spite of being harvested from clay or from the foothills of mountainous regions, pink salts, and rock salts – Himalayan Pink Salt is an example of both – are also considered to be sea salts. This is because all salts originate from salt mines, or by evaporating the water of salt fields, salt flats, salt waterfalls, springs, salt pans, or saline bodies of water, including the ocean, salt-water lakes or ponds, inland seas, enclosed bays, or bodies of water that are rich in mineral content. Similarly, it is believed that Himalayan Salt – also called Himalayan Crystal Salt, Pink Salt, and Rock Salt – is dried leftover deposits from ancient sea salt. Accordingly, it is also called the Himalayan Sea Salt. Over the centuries, salts harvested from all these places have traditionally been used in culinary, aromatherapy, medicinal, cleansing, and cosmetic applications.

Salts are composed largely of 2 elements that are essential for human life, namely sodium and chloride. They work to support the general health and optimal function of the body in numerous ways. Minerals are elements that form naturally and that are chemically composed of chemicals in a way that results in their having structures that are crystal-like. Himalayan Pink Salt consists of many such minerals, such as sodium chloride, also known as Halite. Though sodium chloride is white and cubic in structure, the pink color of Himalayan Salt is caused by iron oxides.

According to historical narratives, natives of the Himalayan region used Pink Himalayan Salt to preserve foods such as meat and fish; however, it was discovered that this salt – known to be the cleanest in the world – also had healthful and therapeutic properties that made it beneficial for use in bath soaks and body scrubs, to name a few applications.

It is believed that Himalayan Pink Salt began to be mined around the time that it was discovered by Alexander the Great and his troops in 326 BC. According to the legend, they were stopped in the area to rest when their horses began to lick the rocks that turned out to be salt. The first record of salt mining in the Himalayas, however, is from the 1200s, and they refer to the Janjua community of Pakistan and India. As early as 2700 BCE, a detailed pharmacological account of various salts, their uses, and their methods of extraction were recorded and published in China. Known as the “Peng-Tzao-Kan-Mu,” this systematically charted publication was the earliest description of more than 40 varieties of these natural raw materials as well as an elucidation of salt mining.

Salt was highly valued in Greece and Rome, coming to be used as currency and to be traded for slaves. These historical practices established the expression “not worth his salt” and coined the term “salary,” given that the Latin word from which it originated meant “a sum given to soldiers to buy salt.” Hence, for thousands of years, the historical buying, selling, and trading of salt has been a significant source of wealth and an integral factor in the progress and expansion of cultures, economies, and metropolises in Asia and Europe. Salt has come to be not only one of the oldest seasonings and preservatives for food, but it has also come to be widely used in bleaching, dyeing, glazing ceramics, soap making, water softening, and preserving animal hides in a process called tanning.

To his fellow healers, the Greek physician Hippocrates promoted the submersion of patients in seawater, as he believed that salt water had healing benefits for numerous health problems. As for bathing in warm salt water – also referred to as “sole” and “brine” – became more widespread for the purposes of addressing muscle aches and joint pain, the medicinal application of bath salts became more prevalent. Gradually, they became popular in cosmetic applications for the treatment of freckles, acne, and psoriasis. Other ancient Greeks also continued the uses of these methods. Eventually, a publication entitled “The Uses of Sea Water” was published in 1753 by Charles Russel, an English physician.

In Roman regions, the heat of the sun was the main technique for evaporating the salt water of the sea, which was collected in “briquetage,” or ceramic containers. This concentrated salt and mud slurry, would then be scraped up and have any residual impurities rinsed out with clean sea water. The resulting brine would be poured into shallow clay pans and placed atop short clay pillars above a turf fire for the final evaporation of any remaining water. The final step involved scraping out the dried salt before selling it. This traditional production method was also carried out in rural areas of Sichuan, China, until the 20th century, when the process became industrialized. In a 5-volume publication entitled “De Materia Medica,” Dioskurides the Roman physician lists salt as a potent remedy for addressing wounds, bites, and ailments associated with improper digestion.

In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra was known to soak in the Dead Sea, a body of water reputed to be rich in minerals that exhibited softening, smoothing, and rejuvenating properties. Unlike non-salt baths, which dehydrate skin and cause it to prune, saltwater replicates conditions that are necessary for skin to remain balanced. In this way, salt water prevents skin from losing moisture. Hence, the cosmetic advantages of bath salts were especially thrown in the spotlight.

In modern times, salt continues to be a valuable exfoliating, stimulating, hydrating, strengthening, moisturizing, and cleansing component in countless cosmetic products such as shampoos and scrubs. Being hygroscopic, mineral salts are known to attract water. Hence, applied topically, they pull nutrients and moisture from deeper levels of the skin to the uppermost layer, thus contributing to the skin’s suppleness and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles.

With spas and other wellness centers advertising the use of bath salts in various crystal sizes, scents, and colors, bath salts continue to be widely applied today for the promotion of relaxation and the restoration of good health. This article highlights the various ways in which mineral salts can be used for enhancing the health of the skin, hair, and body.

MINERAL SALT BENEFITS

The main constituents of Himalayan Pink Salt are Sodium Chloride (Salt), Minerals (80+ natural minerals), and Trace Elements (Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Copper, and Iron).

The main constituents of Dead Sea Mineral Salts are Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride   Sodium Chloride, Bromide, Calcium Chloride, and Sulphate.

MAGNESIUM is known to:

  • Accelerate cell metabolism
  • Be an anti-allergic agent
  • Cleanse and detoxify the skin
  • Contribute to the rejuvenation of skin
  • Address feelings of stress
  • Regulate fluid retention
  • Delay the look of aging skin
  • Soothe the nervous system

CALCIUM is known to:

  • Soothe, strengthen, and cleanse skin
  • Regulate fluid retention
  • Stimulate and enhance circulation
  • Contribute to the health of bones and nails

BROMIDE is known to:

  • Be relaxing
  • Be anti-inflammatory
  • Be beneficial for addressing various types of allergies
  • Cleanse and detoxify the skin

SODIUM CHLORIDE is known to:

  • Hydrate and nourish the skin
  • Facilitate the body’s elimination of toxins

SULFUR is known to:

  • Enhance skin health
  • Effectively address symptoms of skin ailments, including eczema, psoriasis, and seborrhea

POTASSIUM is known to:

  • Promote the body’s feelings of being energized
  • Balance skin’s moisture levels
  • Replenish essential minerals in the body after intense exercise

Used in aromatherapy, mineral salts are known to purify indoor environments by attracting and trapping airborne pollutants, dust, and allergens. By drawing water vapor into their crystals, mineral salts can also function as dehumidifiers, thus one of the original therapeutic applications of mineral salts was for addressing respiratory ailments. This is referred to as Speleotherapy or Halotherapy. Both terms are derived from Greek words, the first term meaning “cave therapy,” which involves treating respiratory ailments by breathing the air found inside caves. The second term, derived from the Greek word for “salt,” involves inhaling a dry salt aerosol in an environment with controlled air that mimics the natural climate of a salt cave. Simply inhaling salt-rich air has been a common practice in Europe since the 1800s when people would visit salt mines for the same purposes.

By allowing the miniscule airborne salt particles to enter and travel through the respiratory system, the sinuses and lungs would be detoxified by the salt’s anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. One modern Speleotherapy practice involves sitting in a room infused with salt-rich air, which is known to soothe asthma, clear the sinuses to address seasonal allergies, relieve chest congestion, reduce coughing, improve skin ailments such as dermatitis and eczema, and stimulate the respiratory function of smokers as well as those with cystic fibrosis. When mineral salts are combined with essential oils in a bath, the scented bath water creates an aromatherapy experience that works to naturally detoxify, soothe pain and inflammation, relax tightness in the muscles and chest, ease physical and mental stress, soften skin, clear congestion, and energize the mind and body.

mineral salts hair

Used cosmetically or topically in general, mineral salts soothe dryness and itchiness, balance the skin’s oil production and pH level, soften and smooth skin afflicted with roughness, wrinkles, or cellulite, while dilating the pores to facilitate the cleansing of impurities and toxins, and exfoliate to remove dead skin and reveal a healthier layer. These properties make mineral salts beneficial for addressing acne and maintaining a refreshed and youthful look by softening and plumping skin to smooth out the look of wrinkles. While occlusive moisturizers often leave greasy residues that clog pores and make them problematic for acne-prone skin, mineral salts are known to enhance natural moisturizers’ abilities to bind moisture to the skin while leaving a protective moisture barrier. Mineral salts are reputed to reverse irritation, dullness, uneven skin tone, and dryness without leaving traces of a greasy residue.

Used in hair, mineral salts are known to contribute volume, shine, resilience, and softness to the strands. By moisturizing the hair, they repair and prevent damage caused by dryness. Conversely, they also absorb excess oils and moisture such as perspiration. With their sulfur and sodium content, mineral salts not only cleanse the scalp but they also address problems associated with flaking skin, such as dandruff.

Used medicinally,mineral salts can maintain proper muscular function, relax the muscles to soothe or prevent cramps, soreness, spasms, and aches, maintain the balance of fluids and electrolytes, reduce or prevent dehydration, regulate blood pressure, eliminate bodily toxins, maintain the health of bones and connective tissues, and enhance circulation. Along with improving skin health, mineral salts – especially when used in baths – are known to contribute to a more relaxed, refreshed, and positive mood. This is known to have the effect of relieving stresses such as symptoms of insomnia. By balancing the body’s pH levels, mineral salts are known to boost overall health by enhancing immunity, stimulating digestion, and improving the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.

Mineral salts are reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights their many benefits and the kinds of activity they are believed to show:

    • COSMETIC: Hydrating, Exfoliating, Softening, Smoothing, Conditioning, Clarifying, Invigorating, Cleansing, Stimulating, Circulatory, Anti-Aging, Rejuvenating.
  • MEDICINAL: Relaxant, Cleansing, Nourishing, Stimulating, Circulatory, Energizing, Healing.

CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING QUALITY MINERAL SALT

Pink Himalayan Salt is mined by hand from Pakistan’s Khewra Salt Mine near the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, which extends from Afghanistan before passing through Pakistan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, and China. The second largest salt mine in the world, this range is 300 miles from the Himalayan Mountains and is a hill system with a vast amount of rock salt deposits. The belief that Himalayan Salt is the purest form of salt stems from the fact that, more than 200 million years ago, lava functioned as a protective cover for the sea salt beds within the Himalayas, protecting these crystalline salt formations from being exposed to the toxins of the modern day. These impurities include polluted air and water.

According to historical sources, it is believed that this salt range remained untouched until 1849 when Dr. Warth, a British mining engineer, aided in the design and construction of a passageway that would allow for easier access into the mine for the harvest of salt deposits that were 5000 feet below the mountain range. His mining technique, which continues to be used in modern times, involved a “pillar and chamber” method in which half of the salt would be removed while the remaining half functioned as the mine’s architectural support. Presently, 40 km (25 miles) of tunnels extend across 11 levels of the mine, going nearly 0.8 km (half a mile) into the mountain.

After Pink Himalayan Salt is hand-mined as per tradition, it is also crushed by hand and washed by hand then sun-dried. Like table salt, Himalayan Pink Salt is largely composed of sodium chloride; however, unlike table salt, its trace minerals are not removed, anti-caking agents are not mixed into it, and it does not undergo any other similar processes. Pink Himalayan Salt ranges in clarity from transparent to opaque and ranges in color from white to pink to dark red. The colors indicate that the salt crystals vary in their mineral and iron content, where red indicates a high level of iron content.

Mineral salts obtained from sea water are harvested through the solar evaporation of sea water. In this centuries-old technique, a sequence of shallow artificial salt evaporation ponds – also referred to as geological salt pans, salterns, or salt works – are typically separated by levees. The levees are built high in order to leave ample space for the eventual accumulation of salt.

The first in this sequence of ponds is the “intake” pond into which seawater is pumped. The water gradually circulates to the rest of the ponds in the system, undergoing natural evaporation as it is exposed to the sun and wind. As the decreasing volume of water causes the pond to become increasingly saturated with salt, this concentrates the brine. The salt passes through crystallization ponds in which it crystallizes and is harvested. To remove impurities, the harvested salt is washed in clean saturated brine.

USES OF MINERAL SALT

The uses of mineral salts are abundant, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic. Its many forms include aromatherapy, body scrubs, bath salt blends, various spa applications, hair sprays, body and room deodorants, and homemade soaps.

Used in cosmetic or topical applications, mineral salts can be added to a warm bath for a cleansing experience that is simultaneously detoxifying and replenishing. To create a bath salt blend that will nourish the skin, soothe aching muscles, and stimulate circulation, begin by pouring 3 cups Dead Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt into a large ceramic or stainless-steel mixing bowl. To the salts, add 30-60 drops of a preferred essential oil or oil blend, then stir the mix with a metal spoon until the oil has thoroughly blended into the salt. This aromatic bath salt mix can be spooned into and stored in a glass or plastic jar. To use, dissolve a handful in warm bath water.

For a bath blend with a focus on relaxation, the abovementioned steps may be followed with the following suggested blend of essential oils: 30 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 5 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil, 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil, 5 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil and 5 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil. For an uplifting blend, mix 15 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, 15 drops Orange Essential Oil, 10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil, 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, and 5 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil. For a bath salt blend that addresses pain, mix 30 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 10 drops Marjoram Essential Oil, 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil. For a detoxifying bath blend that cleanses pores of dirt, grime, and bacteria and prevents breakouts, pour the following into a warm bath: 1 cup of Himalayan Pink Salt and 1 cup of whole milk that has been mixed with 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil and 10 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil.

To create an exfoliating face scrub, blend 1 tsp. Fine or Ultra Fine Dead Sea Mineral Salt and 1 tsp. Olive Carrier Oil. Rinse the face with lukewarm water, then gently massage this blend into the face to remove dead skin and promote a healthy-looking radiance. Alternatively, for a sweetly-scented body scrub, mix 1 cup of Fine Dead Sea Salt and ½ cup of Coconut Fractionated Carrier Oil in a large bowl. Next, add 10 drops Geranium Essential Oil. Adding a handful of dried rose petals is optional, though it does add to the attractiveness of the final product. Blend all the ingredients together and gently massage it into the wet skin of the face or body to achieve a softer feel with a youthful glow.

For a facewash that balances skin’s pH levels, first, add 1 tsp. of Himalayan Pink Salt to a foaming soap dispenser. Next, add 3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil, 3 drops Geranium Essential Oil and 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil. To this, add ¼ cup of Liquid Castile Soap and 1 cup of distilled water, then shake the bottle to thoroughly mix together all ingredients. This face wash may be used twice daily. For a mineral salt facial toner that reduces excess oils, firms and tightens the skin, and diminishes the appearance of enlarged pores, simply combine ½ tsp. of Himalayan Pink Salt, 1 tsp. Coconut Fractionated Carrier Oil, 1-2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil, and ½ cup of pure water in a spray bottle. To use, mist the toner over the face, avoiding the eyes. Allow the toner to dry, then moisturize the face.

For an antiseptic facial steam treatment that is beneficial for acne-prone skin, pour 1/3 cup of Dead Sea Mineral Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt into a small pan filled with water and heat it until it boils. Pour this salt-water solution into a large bowl. Stand over the steaming bowl with a towel draped over the head for at least 10 minutes. Ensure that the eyes remain closed to prevent irritation.

For a mineral salt deodorant that will not only mask body odor but also absorb sweat while promoting the body’s detoxification, blend 2 tsp. of Dead Sea Mineral Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt, 30 ml (1 oz.) Witch Hazel Distillate, 90 ml (3 oz.) distilled water, and ½ tsp. Baking Soda in a spray bottle. Next, add 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil or any other essential oil of personal preference. To use, simply spray the blend like a regular spray-on body deodorant.

To create a hydrating mineral salt face mask that soothes acne reduces inflammation and addresses other skin irritations, simply create a paste consisting of 2 tsp. of organic Honey and 1 tsp. of Ultra Fine Dead Sea Mineral Salt. Apply this mask all over the face, avoiding the eyes. After leaving it on for 15 minutes, rinse it off with warm water, then apply a moisturizer.

Used in aromatherapy applications, mineral salts can be effective in aromatic baths, as mentioned earlier. Although essential oils can be diluted in carrier oils before being blended into bath salts, both carrier oils and essential oils may separate from water, float on the water’s surface, and come directly in contact with the skin, thus potentially causing it to burn or become sensitized. Accordingly, it is recommended that a solubilizer is included in the mix when creating bath salts. For an aromatic Dead Sea bath salt blend, first, combine 1 Tbsp. Jojoba Carrier Oil, 15 drops of an essential oil of personal preference, and a solubilizer (follow the usage amounts outlined by the supplier) in a small bowl. Mix them together thoroughly. In a separate bowl, combine 3 cups of mineral salt. This can be Himalayan Pink Salt, Dead Sea Salt, or a combination that also includes Epsom Salt. Note that salts with larger grains generally take longer to dissolve in water. To this bowl, add the oil mixture and mix both blends together thoroughly with a spoon. This blend can be stored in an airtight container. To use in a bath, pour ½ cup or 1 full cup of the salt under running water in the bathtub. Allow it to fully disperse and dissolve before getting into the bathtub.

Used in hair, mineral salts can add texture and volume. For a natural recipe that addresses the problem of flat hair, simply mix together 1 Tsp. Himalayan Pink Salt, 5 drops Bergamot Essential Oil and ½ cup of pure water in a spray bottle. Spritz this mix onto clean, damp hair and scrunch the strands using a towel to absorb the excess moisture. For an aromatic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory mineral salt scrub that moisturizes and conditions the scalp, stimulates circulation for healthier hair growth, and soothes dryness and itchiness, the first mix together 2 Tbsp. of Fine or Ultra Fine Dead Sea Salt, 2 Tbsp. of Olive Carrier Oil, and 3-4 drops of either Peppermint, Lavender, or Tea Tree Essential Oil. Before washing the hair with shampoo, gently massage this blend into the scalp and leave it on for 3-5 minutes. Rinse the hair out as usual. This scrub can be applied once a week. Alternatively, an anti-dandruff shampoo can be made by adding 2 Tbsp. of Dead Sea Mineral Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt to a regular shampoo.

Used in medicinal applications, mineral salts gently detoxify the skin and body. For a medicinal washcloth compress that uses the restorative and regenerative benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt, a “sole” can be made. Sole is a solution wherein water is infused with mineral salt, and it is known to soothe the discomforts of skin ailments, such as psoriasis and eczema, while cleansing and exfoliating the skin to remove impurities and dullness. Sole has numerous other benefits that include: the ability to detoxify the body by balancing its pH level, the ability to provide trace minerals that improve the body’s hydration, the ability to soothe or reduce muscle cramps, the ability to balance hormones, which has a positive impact on sleep and weight loss, the ability to work as an antihistamine, and the ability to boost energy.

To make a sole, first, fill a glass mason jar with 1-2 cups of Himalayan Pink Salt or Dead Sea Salt. Pour filtered water over the salt until there is only 1 inch of space left between the water and the mouth of the jar. Screw the lid on tightly and gently shake the jar to blend the water and salt before allowing it to sit overnight for further interfusion. Salt that remains on the bottom of the jar indicates that the water is unable to absorb any more of it. At this time, the sole will be ready for use. To create the compress, dissolve 2 tsp. of the sole in 240 ml (8 oz.) of purified water. Soak a clean washcloth into this solution and apply it to areas of skin afflicted with psoriasis or eczema and leave it pressed to each area for 5-15 minutes. This can be applied daily. For larger areas of skin, a larger sole-soaked towel may be used and left on for 20 minutes. This can be applied 3 times a week. To remain warm during this process, a dry towel may be placed over the wet towel.

A GUIDE TO MINERAL SALT VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

HIMALAYAN PINK SALT

INCI Name: Sodium Chloride

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be the purest form of salt available
  • Be hand-mined and harvested from ancient salt beds under the Himalayan Mountains
  • Be rich in over 80 minerals and trace elements, including Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, and Iron, which are reputed to soothe the body and promote its relaxation
  • Relax, energize, and refresh the body
  • Be ideal for use in therapeutic baths, room sprays, body sprays, hair sprays, and shampoos

DEAD SEA MINERAL SALT – ULTRA FINE, FINE, and COARSE

INCI Name: Maris Sal

Country of Origin: Israel

Believed to:

  • Be obtained from a body of water with a concentration of minerals higher than that of any ocean
  • Contain Bromides and Iodine
  • Contain minerals such as Magnesium, Sodium, Calcium, and Potassium, which are reputed to soothe the body and promote its relaxation
  • Contribute a sense of well-being
  • Be white in color
  • Be similar to table salt in its consistency
  • Have exfoliating properties that make it ideal for use in skin scrubs
  • Be beneficial in combination with Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate)
  • Be ideal for use as a relaxing additive to baths
  • Be ideal for use in cosmetic applications such as moisturizers, face masks, body scrubs, bath salt blends, body sprays, shampoos, hair sprays, and room sprays

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR MINERAL SALT

Cosmetic mineral salts are for external use only. It is highly recommended that a medical practitioner be consulted before using mineral salts for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women and those taking prescription drugs are especially advised not to use mineral salts without the medical advice of a physician. These salts should always be stored in airtight containers in cool, dark, dry areas that are inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Mineral salts must never be used near the eyes, inner ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin, especially those afflicted with scratches or wounds. Mineral salts should not be applied on dry hair, as this can cause breakage or hair loss. In oily hair, salt masks should not be used more than twice per week. In dry hair, salt scrubs should not be applied more than once within ten days.

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 cancer, heart disease, liver damage or skin disorders are especially recommended to be advised. Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat these salts as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Mineral salts are composed largely of 2 elements that are essential for human life – namely sodium and chloride.
    • Mineral salts support the general health and optimal function of the body by regulating muscular and cellular function, blood pressure, digestion, detoxification, nutrient absorption, and fluid balance.
    • Used topically, mineral salts reduce roughness, dryness, tenderness, and swelling. They are valuable for exfoliating, stimulating circulation, hydrating, strengthening, moisturizing, and cleansing.
    • Used in aromatherapy, mineral salts are known to purify indoor environments and address respiratory ailments. In combination with essential oils in a bath, they naturally detoxify, soothe pain and inflammation, relax tightness in the muscles and chest, ease physical and mental stress, soften skin, clear congestion, and energize the mind and body.
    • Used in hair, mineral salts contribute to volume, shine, and resilience while softening the strands. They repair and prevent damage caused by dryness, absorb excess oils and moisture, and cleanse the scalp.
  • Used medicinally, mineral salts can relax the muscles, maintain their proper function, and soothe or prevent cramps, soreness, and spasms. They are also known to maintain the balance of fluids and electrolytes, reduce or prevent dehydration, regulate blood pressure, eliminate bodily toxins, maintain the health of bones and connective tissues, and enhance circulation.

A Natural Humectant, Vegetable Glycerin, Benefits, and Use

Vegetable Glycerine, also known as Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Glycerol, or simply Glycerol, is a transparent, colorless and unscented viscous liquid derived from the oils of plants such as Coconut, Palm, or Soy. Conversely, non-vegan Glycerine is derived from animal fats. Although ancient civilizations used botanical matter in both culinary and medicinal applications, Vegetable Glycerine was never used in such early times and is a rather modern substance, the extraction of which only began in the 20th century. It is traditionally also used in the food industry to replace alcohol and to artificially sweeten foods (dairy products, fudge, candy, baked goods, cereals, pasta, meat, processed fruits and vegetables, egg products, soups, sauces, condiments, and fish products) without causing blood sugar levels to rise, making it ideal for those with diabetes. Sometimes it is also used to uphold moisture content and to promote better fusion between oil- and water-based components.

This versatile substance finds many uses in a countless skin- and healthcare products as well, such as medicines, cough syrups, expectorants, soaps and detergents, moisturizers, shampoos, toothpaste, shaving creams, and other cosmetic products and toiletries. Glyercine-based products are ideal for those with extra-sensitive skin, as they contain high moisture content to prevent the skin’s dehydration. While it is known for being safe and eco-friendly, the popularity of Vegetable Glycerine is largely due to its humectant property, which draws moisture to the skin and leaves it feeling hydrated. This moisture-retaining quality allows cosmetic products to penetrate more easily into the skin. Just as in the food industry, Vegetable Glycerine acts as an alcohol substitute in cosmetics as well, making it ideal for those who prefer not to use products that expose their skin to alcohol, which can have potentially irritating and drying effects.

Used topically, Vegetable Glycerine’s natural emollience draws moisture into the skin and helps to retain the moisture, thereby softening, smoothing, and soothing the complexion. This hydrating property is known to enhance the appearance and texture of unhealthy skin, which may be characterized by dryness, flaking, and wrinkles caused by harsh environmental stressors as well as destructive bacteria.

VEGETABLE GLYCERINE BENEFITS

Vegetable Glycerine easily penetrates and gets absorbed into the skin without clogging pores while also making it easier for the skin to absorb other active, skin health-enhancing ingredients in products. By filling fine lines and miniscule cracks on the skin and by facilitating the regeneration of new skin, Vegetable Glycerine smooths out the complexion for a rejuvenated appearance. Furthermore, it evens out the skin tone to lighten darker areas, thereby diminishing the appearance of unwanted spots and marks.

With cleansing properties that do not strip the skin or hair of their natural oils, Vegetable Glycerine works to keep the skin and scalp free of acne-causing bacteria. It regulates oil production, soothes itching and dryness, eliminates congestion in the pores, nourishes and repairs damage, contributes shine to dullness, maintains elasticity, and contributes sun protective properties to guard against the harmful effects of overexposure to UV radiation. By maintaining water balance, Vegetable Glycerine’s humectant quality reduces the chance of moisture loss caused by evaporation, thus keeping the hair and skin hydrated.

Used medicinally, Vegetable Glycerine’s cooling quality makes it a soothing salve for discomforts and conditions of the skin, such as cuts, burns, itching, hives, rashes, sores, eczema, psoriasis, and other ailments that are characterized by dryness, itchiness, or inflammation. Due to its ability to encourage normal skin cell maturation, Vegetable Glycerine is known to facilitate healing when applied to acne, scratches, blemishes, and wounds. It locks in moisture, creates a protective barrier on the skin against environmental contaminants and pollutants, and helps suppress the urge to scratch any irritation. Additionally, the anti-bacterial properties of Vegetable Glycerine combined with its mildness means that it works to soothe and prevent future acne breakouts without introducing the skin to harsh synthetic ingredients that could potentially aggravate the affected areas.

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

  • COSMETIC: Moisturizing, Tonic, Cleansing, Protective, Humectant, Soothing, Strengthening, Reparative
  • MEDICINAL: Tonic, Wound-Healing, Immune-Boosting, Protective, Aseptic, Anti-Bacterial, Hypoallergenic, Soothing

VEGETABLE GLYCERINE USE

Used in cosmetic and topical applications, Vegetable Glycerine makes an excellent moisturizer with nourishing properties. For a smooth body lotion with a fluffy consistency, begin by placing 142g (5 oz.) Shea Butter in a heat-safe container and then placing the container into a double boiler. Warm up the Shea Butter on low heat until it melts. To this, add 2 Tbsp. Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil and 1 Tbsp. Jojoba Carrier Oil and stir the ingredients together to ensure thorough mixing. Next, place the entire container into the freezer for 10 minutes, during which time a crust should form on top of the blend. After removing the container, whip the blend with an electric beater while slowly drizzling in 1 Tbsp. Vegetable Glycerine. Continue beating the blend until it appears opaque and becomes stiffer in consistency. Incorporate a total of 1 tsp. Cornstarch to the blend, adding it in ¼ tsp at a time and continuing to whip the Shea Butter after each addition. Next, add ¼ tsp Vitamin E Liquid and 4-6 drops of a preferred essential oil. Suggestions include Cedarwood, Lavender, Frankincense, and Ylang Ylang for enhanced soothing, balancing, clarifying, lifting, tightening, and restorative action. With a spoon, transfer the whipped Shea Butter lotion into a clean glass jar with an airtight cap. This moisturizer can be used immediately and retains its optimal skin health benefits before 4-6 months.

For a facial cleanser that not only purifies, hydrates, and softens the skin but that also exudes a pleasant scent, begin by combining 4 Tbsp. Raw Honey, 2 Tbsp. Vegetable Glycerine, ½ cup freshly brewed Green Tea, and a total of 10 drops of the following essential oils: Geranium, Lemon, and Patchouli. Using a blender, thoroughly mix all the ingredients, then store the resultant face wash in a darkly-colored pump dispenser bottle. For a cooling and balancing facial toner, simply combine ¼ cup of Glycerine with ¼ cup Witch Hazel and ½ cup Rose Floral Water.

For a non-comedogenic serum that is reputed to soothe and reduce the appearance of acne breakouts overnight, combine ½ tsp Vegetable Glycerine, ½ tsp Orange Blossom Water, and 4 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil and apply this serum to affected areas of the face. Leave it on overnight and, in the morning, rinse it off.

To address the problem of blackheads, mix the following ingredients in a bowl and stir them into a paste: 4 Tbsp. Almond Powder, 1 Tbsp. Fullers Earth Clay, and 2 tsp Vegetable Glycerine. Once the paste consistency has been achieved, spread the mixture over affected areas of skin and, after it air dries, rinse it off with cold water.

To achieve softer and more hydrated skin with a facial massage blend, simply combine 1 Tbsp. Vegetable Glycerine with 10 Tbsp. of water. Massage this hydrating, skin tone-balancing serum into the face nightly before going to sleep and leave it on overnight. In the morning, rinse it off with cold water.

For an exfoliating and moisturizing body scrub that is known to remove dead cells in order to reveal newer skin, begin by combining equal parts of Vegetable Glycerine and sugar in a cup. To this, add 3 drops of Aloe Vera Gel Juice. In the shower, apply this blend to the skin like a regular body scrub and massage it into a lather for a few minutes before washing it off. This simple and natural exfoliant is ideal for promoting a healthier and more radiant complexion.

For a moisturizing aftershave lotion that also soothes cuts and burns caused by shaving, first combine ½ cup Witch Hazel Distillate and 1 Tbsp. dried Calendula flowers and allow this infusion to steep for 2 weeks. When the blend is ready, add 4 drops each of Sandalwood and Lavender essential oils as well as ¼ cup Rose Floral Water. In ½ cup of the resultant solution, add ¼ cup of Vegetable Glycerine. Apply this moisturizer like a customary after-shave lotion.

For a natural and nourishing Glycerine-based shampoo that is known to promote healthier and stronger strands, begin by pouring ¼ cup of Vegetable Glycerine and ½ cup of thick Coconut Milk into a clean bottle with the help of a funnel. To this, add a total of 12 drops of essential oils that are known to promote hair growth, such as Cedarwood, Rosemary, Vetiver, and Geranium. Cap the bottle and shake it vigorously to ensure the thorough mixing of all ingredients. To apply this shampoo in the shower, massage it into the scalp and throughout the hair like a regular shampoo and leave it in for 5 minutes before rinsing it out with cold water.

For a simple conditioning hair mask that is known to promote the hair’s luster, first, combine ¼ cup Vegetable Glycerine and ¼ cup of Aloe Vera Gel Juice in a small bowl and whisk them together. Next, apply this mask to hair that has already been washed and shampooed. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.

For a protective and reparative leave-in hair conditioner that locks in moisture, begin by adding the following ingredients in a blender: 1 cup Coconut Carrier Oil, 1/8 cup of Aloe Vera Gel Juice, 2 Tbsp. Vegetable Glycerine, 2 Tbsp. Sunflower Seed Carrier Oil, 1 tsp of Castor Carrier Oil, 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil, and 4 drops Sage Essential Oil. To use this leave-in conditioner blend, apply it to wet hair and style as usual. When not in use, it can be stored in a dark container.

Used in medicinal applications, Vegetable Glycerine cleanses, calms, facilitates the healing and fading of scars and abrasions and promotes the skin’s suppleness and radiance. To soothe the itchiness and burning sensation characteristic of minor scalds, such as those caused by radiation, electricity, or heat, simply apply a few drops of Vegetable Glycerine directly to the affected areas of skin and wash it off after 20 minutes. This can be repeated several times throughout the day to alleviate discomfort.

For a warming analgesic liniment that is reputed to decrease inflammation, improve circulation, and soften rough or dry skin, whisk and thoroughly combine the following ingredients in a mixing bowl: ½ cup Vegetable Glycerine, 2 tsp Powdered Ginger, 2 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil. Transfer the mixture to an air-tight jar. To use this salve, first shake the jar well to stir any Ginger Powder that might have settled at the bottom, then rub the ointment into the preferred areas of skin, avoiding any sensitive parts, such as the eyes.

For a cooling balm that soothes the discomforts of insect bites, rashes, and hives, among other skin complaints, begin by thoroughly combining the following ingredients in a small clean container: 2 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel Juice, 2 tsp Vegetable Glycerine, and 4 drop Eucalyptus Essential Oil. To use this calming gel for relief, apply it directly to the affected areas of skin.

Used in massage blends, Vegetable Glycerine contributes a warming quality when applied to the skin. For an aphrodisiac blend that is known to stimulate sensuality, begin by combining 60 ml (2 oz.) Vegetable Glycerine and 60 ml (2 oz.) Almond Carrier Oil in a 120 ml (4 oz.) amber glass bottle. Next, add 30 drops German Chamomile Essential Oil, 2 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil, and 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil. Cap the bottle and vigorously shake it to thoroughly combine all the ingredients. Apply this like a usual massage blend.

A GUIDE TO VEGETABLE GLYCERINE & ITS BENEFITS

GLYCERINE VEGETABLE – USP 99.7% – RAW MATERIAL

INCI: Glycerine

Method of Extraction and Plant Part:  Hydrolysis of Palm Oil

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Believed to:

  • Be a clear, colorless, and odorless viscous liquid
  • Be ideal for use in cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, and other household cleaning products
  • Be soluble in both water and alcohol, making it a versatile and thus popular agent in the manufacturing sector
  • Be a natural source ingredient with emollient properties, which smooth and soften the skin
  • Assist the skin’s surface in retaining moisture, making it one of the most popular cosmetic additives

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR VEGETABLE GLYCERINE

Vegetable Glycerine 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 Vegetable Glycerine 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. This product should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Prior to using Vegetable Glycerine, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by applying a dime-size amount to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Vegetable Glycerine must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Vegetable Glycerine should not be applied to the unclean skin, to open or infected wounds, or to skin that is exuding any type of fluid discharge.

Potential side effects of Vegetable Glycerine include anaphylaxis, confusion, diarrhea, dehydration, difficulty breathing, skin dryness, excessive urination, headache, hives, itching, irregular heartbeat, skin irritation, nausea, palpitations, rashes, redness, swelling, or vomiting.

Individuals with sensitivities or allergies to either Coconut Oil or Palm Oil could potentially experience allergic reactions to Vegetable Glycerine. 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…

    • Vegetable Glycerine, sometimes spelled Vegetable Glycerin, is a transparent, colorless, and unscented viscous liquid derived from the oils of plants such as Coconut, Palm, or Soy. It is also known as Vegetable Glycerol or simply Glycerol.
    • Used topically, Vegetable Glycerine attracts and locks moisture into the skin, thereby softening, smoothing, and soothing the complexion. Its pH level closely matches that of the skin, which makes it gentle enough to be used by those with sensitive skin and in baby skincare.
    • Vegetable Glycerine cleanses the skin without clogging pores, facilitates the skin’s absorption of other beneficial active ingredients in natural products, smooths the look of fine lines and miniscule cracks on the skin, facilitates the regeneration of new skin, evens out the skin tone to lighten darker areas, and diminishes the appearance of unwanted spots and marks.
    • Vegetable Glycerine protects the skin and scalp from destructive bacteria, regulates oil production, soothes itching and dryness, eliminates congestion in the pores, nourishes unhealthy and dull skin and hair, maintains elasticity of the skin and strands, and contributes sun protective properties to guard against the harmful effects of overexposure to UV radiation.
  • Used medicinally, Vegetable Glycerine cools, soothes, and facilitates the healing of skin discomforts and conditions, such as scratches, cuts, blemishes, burns, itching, hives, rashes, sores, eczema, psoriasis, and other ailments that are characterized by dryness, itchiness, or inflammation. It creates a protective barrier on the skin to guard against environmental contaminants and pollutants.