Geranium Essential Oil: Creating A Complete Balance

There is so much to say about the “flower of constancy”. Its elegant aroma is fresh, green and sweet with a strong rose note. Its sweetness increases as it evaporates into the atmosphere. A strong oil that is also light and soft at the same time that eases mental stress and worries, while lifting the spirits. So, did that grab your attention to want to know more? This is one of my all-time favorite Essential Oils that I keep in my travel kit. I make sure I never run out of Geranium Essential Oil.

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The oil is distilled from the leaves. The name Geranium derives from the Greek word geranos or ‘crane’ because the seed pods resemble the shape of crane’s bills. It has been used widely in perfumery and soap manufacturing since the 19th century. There are more than 700 varieties of Geranium, however, only about 10 provide the Essential Oil. In the Victorian era, scented Geraniums were grown along the edges of pathways or placed pots indoors in the winter where women’s wide crinoline skirts would brush past and release their pleasant scent. Who would have thought that people went to such great lengths to steal these precious flowers from others gardens just to get their hands on them? There is something addicting about Geranium…

Regenerate Your Body and Mind

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is considered among Aromatherapists as oil to promote overall balance. Geranium has a way of transmitting feelings of strength and security, therefore used to calm both chronic and acute anxieties as well as depression; especially involving exhaustion and fatigue due to over-work. It is used to reconnect us to “feeling life”. Because life can throw us a lot of curve balls, Geranium can help us reconnect emotionally and start to “feel” again…to have a thirst for life and its enjoyments or pleasures. It can bring us back to center, grounding us to help us see things clearly and take charge.

This majestic oil can help balance emotions and promote a sense of inner peace and well-being. Being sedative and uplifting when needed, it is an ideal essential oil for stress-related disorders such as tension headaches, anxiety/depression, agitation, mood swings, frustration, fatigue, and muscle aches.

Be Productive

Do you ever get that feeling of being “stuck”? This oil is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to strengthen the flow of Qi-energy and is blood circulating, and also helps to clear and dispel stagnation. This makes it especially helpful for you to put your visions and thoughts into action.

Reproductive and Endocrine System* 

Geranium is used in Traditional Aromatherapy to help cope with hormonal imbalances during menopause and PMS and the baggage that comes with it such as hot flashes, menstrual cramps, water retention, mood swings and more. It supports the adrenal cortex to help balance the hormones. It is famous in Aromatherapy to help cool a hot temper! Because it helps us to release tension and negative emotions, it can be used to encourage feelings of sensuality as well.

Beauty

Geranium Essential Oil is commonly used by skin care specialist during facials because it is very nourishing and balancing to the skin. It is soothing to the mucous membranes and helps to cleanse and balance sebum production from oily to dry skin while restoring tone. It makes a great body treatment or massage oil for cellulite. Geranium Essential Oil is one of the few that has been used successfully against the MRSA bacteria in laboratory studies.

A Perfect Fit

Geranium blends well with many oils including Bergamot, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender, Clary Sage, Orange, Peppermint,  Frankincense, Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, and Eucalyptus.

Geranium Essential Oil’s benefits in Aromatherapy are so diverse. From balancing the body and mind, easing nervous tension and anxiety*, to promoting productivity when feeling “stuck,” Geranium Essential Oil helps to put us back on track where we want to be. Its aroma is strong, sweet, yet at the same time is elegant and soft. It has “Yin” properties; therefore it’s a superb oil for women to keep in their Essential Oil kit.

Since there are so many great benefits from the “oil of balance” I wanted to share some very useful recipes that you can incorporate into your Aromatherapy life.

Soothe the Skin: Use in the bath or massage on the body.
4 drops Geranium
2 drops Frankincense
1 Tbsp. Almond Oil

Peaceful Sleep: Add the following to the diffuser in your bedroom.
3 drops Geranium
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Orange

A Brush of Ahhh: To refresh your mind and/or intrigue your partner, add one drop to your hairbrush and brush into your hair.

Body powder– To feel beautiful and sensual mix the following in jar with a tight lid, and allow to sit for a day before using.
5 drops Geranium
2 drops Ylang Ylang
¼ cup Corn Starch or Arrow Root Powder

Chill Out Bath: Calm Irritability, sit back, relax and inhale. Mix with 1 cup Epsom salts + 1 tbsp castile soap + Apricot Carrier Oil (or any carrier oil of your choice)
4 drops Geranium
4 drops Tangerine
2 drops Lavender
1 tablespoon Apricot Carrier Oil

Balancing & Uplifting Massage & Body Oil: This makes an excellent massage oil to promote Geranium’s balancing properties while helping release overall tension. Mix the following in a 2 oz. amber glass bottle.
8 drops Geranium
6 drops Lavender
5 drops Bergamot
4 drops Grapefruit
2 oz. Grapeseed Oil or any carrier oil of your choice

Bye, Bye Baby Blues– A blend that can help moms cope with post-natal blues. Make a body oil by diluting in 2 oz. of your favorite carrier oil (ex. Almond, Grapeseed, Olive) inside an amber glass bottle. You may also use as a diffuser blend by mixing 2 drops of each.
10 drops Geranium
10 drops Grapefruit
5 drops Orange

Anxiety Ease Blends– Use the formulas below as you wish in the bath, in your diffuser or as a massage oil.

Massage Oil – Dilute in 1 oz. carrier oil (ex. Almond, Grapeseed, Olive) inside an amber glass bottle. Gently massage over your pulse points, abdomen and behind your neck and shoulders.
3 drops Geranium
4 drops Clary Sage
7 drops Bergamot

Diffuser
3 drops Geranium
1 drop Clary Sage
3 drops Bergamot

Bath
Mix with 1 cup Epsom salts + 1 tbsp castile soap:

•4 drops Geranium
•4 drops Bergamot
•2 drops Clary Sage

Inner Peace – Diffuse in the air of a sense of calm and to promote happiness.
2 drops Geranium
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Orange

Geranium is wonderful, isn’t it?! What do you like to do with it? Please let us know in the comment section down below.

How To Dilute Full-Strength Essential Oils

Essential oils pack enormous wellness potential into a remarkably small bottle. This natural power is created by careful extraction of plant constituents from large amounts of botanicals – leaves, bark, seeds, petals and peels of plants. It takes 50 pounds of Geranium leaves, for instance, to extract just one pound of Geranium essential oil. This kind of concentration gives you access to and control over the natural constituents you apply to your skin … but due to this extraordinary power, it is important to control it.

Your skin is both a barrier and a doorway. It absorbs essential oil directly into your body and allows you to gain access to the health benefits these products offer. But skin can’t always handle the high concentrations essential oils pack. You may run into problems like skin irritation, phototoxicity (citrus oils reacting to sunlight and causing blisters), and topical allergies. To use essential oils safely and effectively, it is necessary to dilute them.

 

Benefits for Your Skin

Diluting is good news for both you and your skin. Adding essential oil to a neutral carrier oil makes it easier to spread the valuable essential oil over large areas, and more efficiently carries the aromatherapy benefits to your body. Plus, your little bottle will last way longer than you might expect since you are using the equivalent of just one drop or less with every application. There are some instances when it is advisable to use essential oils neat (at full potency) – such as in a diffuser, through an inhaler, or for some cleaning applications. But all topical use requires dilution.

How to Dilute
Don’t be intimidated by the process of diluting. It’s important, but certainly not hard to do. It gives you tremendous control over potency and personalization of the oils in your collection. All you need is a few drops of essential oil combined with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, or Rosehip or even Olive Oil. For a 3% dilution do either of the following:

Combine 4 drops of essential oil with a teaspoon (5ml) of carrier oil and mix well. To scale that up, add 12 drops of essential oil to one tablespoon (15ml) of carrier oil. Or, open a new, empty 10ml roll-on bottle. Add 9 drops of your favorite essential oil and fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil. Replace the lid shake gently. Consider taking a shortcut by adding a few drops of essential oil to lotion, hand sanitizer, aloe vera, body soap, shampoo, or conditioner. For household cleaning blends, you can use water instead of carrier oil, but this isn’t recommended for applying to the skin since they easily separate between uses.

  • For children ages 2 to 10 and people with sensitive skin: 4 drops of essential oil in a tablespoon of carrier oil.
  • For adults with normal skin: 13 drops of essential oil in a tablespoon of carrier oil.
  • For short-term, targeted applications: 22 drops of essential oil in a tablespoon of carrier oil.

Safe Topical Use

Some essential oils are considered “hot.” Cinnamon, mint, clove, and others have spicy or mentholated qualities that can affect your skin. Use a lower dilution when mixing with these oils. Another thing to be aware of is that many citrus oils are phototoxic … they can cause blisters and an uncomfortable rash if used topically before exposure to sunlight. Dilute phototoxic oils especially well, and keep skin exposed to these oils out of the sun for 12-24 hours to avoid an adverse reaction.

 

 

Sleep Better Massage Blends

 

BETTER SLEEP MASSAGE BLEND RECIPES

THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP

Getting adequate and restful sleep is vital for the maintenance of overall health, as it helps to repair the body’s cells and tissues, to relieve the mind of daily stressors, to restore energy levels, to regulate hormones, and to boost the immune system. When the mind is unable to tune out occupying and stressful thoughts, this can result in an inability to remain asleep or the inability to fall asleep altogether – a condition that is commonly referred to as insomnia.

A total lack of sleep or the absence of restfulness during sleep can have upsetting consequences on mental and physical states, sometimes leading to anxiety or depression in severe cases. Other symptoms of insomnia include a persistent feeling of being tired, sudden feelings of being overwhelmed by daily routines, and brain fatigue. Traditional sleep medication can cause side-effects such as feelings of sluggishness, but aromatherapy massage treatments that use essential oils with relaxing properties can be excellent natural alternatives to promote the onset of sleep.

Throughout history, several popular essential oils have been known to address common causes for insomnia with their relaxing and sedative properties, which relieve stress and nervous tension, two factors that heighten sleeplessness. These essential oils include Lavender, Chamomile, Marjoram, Neroli, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Rose, and Ylang Ylang. When some of these essential oils are combined in appropriate amounts to create synergistic blends according to personal scent preferences, their effectiveness is enhanced leading to improved sleep patterns and sleep quality.

Once the underlying basis for the sleep issue is identified and addressed, it is easier to select essential oils that respond to the cause and work to assist in recovering from the issue. For example, if profound sadness is the cause for sleeplessness, uplifting citrus oils such as Bergamot or Sweet Orange will help to boost the mood and relax the body, thus reducing the intensity of the negative emotion and promoting the achievement of a restful state.

USING MASSAGE BLENDS FOR SLEEP DISORDERS

Making aromatherapy massage part of a nightly bedtime routine with a partner can be helpful for preparing the mind and body to relax and for inducing sleep through a drug-free approach. The benefit of massage is that it positively influences the body’s chemistry in relation to sleep, as it increases serotonin levels. This chemical neurotransmitter maintains the sleep cycle, moods, appetite, digestion, memory, and libido. A deficiency of serotonin could thus lead to depression. Serotonin is required for the production of melatonin, which is the hormone that relaxes our bodies and encourages the feeling of drowsiness. Massage has, therefore, proven its usefulness in relieving stress and, by extension, sleep disorders.

SLEEP INDUCING MASSAGE BLEND

The following massage blend recipe is just one of the many combinations that may enhance the sleep mood:

INGREDIENTS MEASURE
Lavender Essential Oil 15 drops
Vetiver Essential Oil 10 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 5 drops
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 5 drops
Orange Essential Oil 5 drops
Carrier Oil
(Fractionated Coconut Oil recommended)
1 Tbsp. carrier oil per 8 drops essential oil blend

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the essential oils.
  2. Dilute by adding the carrier oil.
  3. Store in a dark, clean, glass container out of sunlight when not in use.

    • Lavender Essential Oil: This relaxing oil improves sleep by reducing feelings of anxiety and emotional distress as well as reducing pulse rates. It also works by promoting a sense of inner peace by diminishing irritability.
    • Vetiver Essential Oil: The aroma of this warming, balancing oil has a grounding and sedative effect on the mind, which decreases obsessive, paranoid, phobic, and anger-induced tendencies. It is known for its ability to stimulate blood circulation and to alleviate aches, pains, and general physical exhaustion. By doing this, it reduces stress and pressure in body and mind.
    • Frankincense Essential Oil: This oil also has a grounding scent and promotes easy breathing. It induces feelings of tranquility, contentment, and relief from the physical and mental efforts of the day, thus proving to have properties that combat depression and anxiety, which are common factors in sleeplessness. It is known to reduce heart rate and blood pressure and to allow the body to reach an ideal body temperature that is conducive to sleep.
    • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: This oil is thought to have a euphoric effect on the mood, which helps reduce nervous conditions such as anxiety, tension, and palpitations. It is known to reduce high blood pressure and, being beneficial for regulating rapid heartbeats and breathing, it reduces other negative emotions such as anger and frustration.
    • Orange Essential Oil: This oil positively influences the body by providing a sense of upliftment, peacefulness, and cheerfulness. Its ability to alleviate anxiety, anger, and depression makes it beneficial for relaxing muscles, which promotes restfulness, drowsiness, and thus increased sleep duration.
  • Carrier Oil (Fractionated Coconut Oil recommended): This refined, clarified, and deodorized carrier oil is highly stable and moisturizing. It is odorless and leaves a hydrating moisture barrier on the skin without clogging pores.

WINDING DOWN SLEEP MASSAGE BLEND

INGREDIENTS MEASURE
Pine Essential Oil 4 drops
Marjoram Essential Oil 4 drops
Melissa Essential Oil 4 drops
Cinnamon Essential Oil 1 drop
Carrier Oil of your choice 15 ml

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the essential oils.
  2. Dilute by adding the carrier oil.
  3. Store in a dark, clean, glass container out of sunlight when not in use.

    • Pine Essential Oil: The refreshing aroma of this relaxing oil is known to calm the nerves by boosting positive emotions and enhancing alertness and concentration. Used in massage, it soothes muscles and joints, which promotes better sleep.
    • Marjoram Essential Oil: This sedative oil promotes a sense of relief from nervous stress. By lowering blood pressure and easing the tension that comes with hyperactivity, loneliness, and grief, it eliminates several factors attributed to causing insomnia.
    • Melissa Essential Oil: The sweet citrus scent of this oil provides a soothing feeling of relaxation, which aids in relieving anxiety. It leaves the skin feeling rejuvenated and the mind feeling fresh.
    • Cinnamon Essential Oil: The warm, comforting aroma of this oil reduces the heavy feelings associated with negative emotions such as depression. It shows anti-inflammatory activities while helping to relax muscles and boost circulation.
  • Carrier Oil of your choice: Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils before topical application, as their potency can be harmful when used in high concentrations without dilution. Carrier oils also help essential oils remain on the skin longer without quickly evaporating.

For external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner.

The Tranquility Oil; Vetiver Essential Oil

 

HISTORY OF VETIVER OIL USAGE

Derived from the aromatic roots of the Vetiveria zizanioides (Linn) Nash. botanical, Vetiver Essential Oil has come to be known as both the “Oil of Tranquility” and “The Fragrance of the Soil” in India and Sri Lanka, due to its grounding, sensuous, and deeply calming scent. Vetiver belongs to the Grass family and is sometimes referred to as Vetivert and Khus.

Since ancient times, almost the entire Vetiver plant has been used for various applications including the making of perfumes, soaps, and cosmetics. Used in foods and drinks, Vetiver made a cooling beverage and sorbet flavoring. In tropical countries, Vetiver roots were traditionally used in the production of homemade evaporative coolers, which functioned as air conditioners before the inception of electricity. Due to their coolness, the roots were ideal for use in making grass mats. The process involved weaving the dried roots together with coir rope to make curtains, which were soaked in water before being hung in windows and doorways. As hot air passed through the cold, wet roots, the Vetiver curtains contributed not only cool air but they also exuded a comforting, alluring, earthy fragrance to the interiors of homes and functioned as insect repellants. Similarly, Vetiver grass mats were draped over cars to keep them cool as well. In India and Africa, Vetiver grass was thatched together to construct awnings, roofs, rugs, baskets, blinds, animal fodder and bedding, and other necessities for the home. To maintain cool temperatures for drinking water and to benefit from Vetiver’s health-enhancing properties, the roots were placed in Muslin sachets and kept inside clay water pots.

Since the Middle Ages, Vetiver Oil was most commonly used in scents. Its deep and woody aroma has come to be associated with masculine colognes, and it has come to be the main ingredient in a large percentage of men’s fragrances. As early as the 12th century, the Vetiver herb and the essential oil obtained from its roots have been used around the world for their soothing, protective, and uplifting properties:

In Ayurvedic practices, Vetiver Oil was respected for its spiritually inspiring aroma and for its remedial qualities. Accordingly, it was used to address countless health concerns including imbalances in psychosomatic temperament, arthritis and other joint disorders, muscular aches, headaches, fevers, loss of energy, heat strokes, and skin problems. During periods of high environmental temperatures, Vetiver Essential Oil’s refreshing properties made it ideal for cooling high body temperatures. Vetiver Oil became an integral part of Ayurvedic massages for its additional abilities to strengthen the nervous system by sedating the senses and thereby reducing the stress and physical exhaustion linked to low immunity. Before marriages took place, brides were given a purifying massage with Vetiver Oil.

Inspired by Ancient Chinese beliefs, Vetiver Essential Oil was used in traditional medicine to soothe and replenish dry skin, to balance the emotions, to ease negative feelings, to stimulate focus and energize the body, and to calm and cool the body. When patients suffered from a deficiency in their “Yin,” which often resulted in problems associated with the mind such as a dissociative state of depression, they were prescribed Vetiver Oil to use in meditation. Although similar applications of Vetiver Essential Oil exist today, there are several other natural applications that will be highlighted in this article.

BENEFITS OF VETIVER OIL

With over 100 sesquiterpene compounds and their derivatives, Vetiver Essential Oil’s composition is known to be intricate and thus somewhat complicated. The main chemical constituents of Vetiver Essential Oil are Sesquiterpene Hydrocarbons (Cadinene), Sesquiterpene Alcohol derivatives, (Vetiverol, Khusimol), Sesquiterpene Carbonyl derivatives (Vetivone, Khusimone), and Sesquiterpene Ester derivatives (Khusinol Acetate). The main constituents that are known to influence the aroma are α-Vetivone, β-Vetivone, and Khusinol.

It is believed that this scent – known for its fresh, warm yet cooling, woody, earthy, and balsamic notes – can encourage feelings of confidence, stillness, and tranquility. Its sedative properties have made it ideal for use in relieving nervousness and restoring a sense of serenity, and it is reputed to effectively diminish feelings of anger, irritability, panic, and restlessness. The strengthening properties of Vetiver Oil have made it an ideal tonic that eases problems of the mind to promote restful sleep and stimulate or enhance libido. By balancing emotions to promote positive moods, it also boosts immunity. Its scent can freshen a room while deodorizing any lingering stale odors, such as those that remain after cooking or smoking.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Vetiver Essential Oil is known to be a deeply hydrating moisturizer that firms, tightens, and protects skin against the harsh effects of environmental stressors, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and exhibiting anti-aging properties. By conditioning and nourishing the skin, Vetiver Oil promotes the growth of new skin. Its regenerative properties facilitate the healing of wounds as well as the disappearance of scars, stretch marks, and acne, among other skin ailments.

Vetiver Essential Oil’s low evaporation rate and its solubility in alcohol make it an ideal ingredient for use in perfumery. Accordingly, it has become a significant component in several perfumes offered by prominent brands. Some prevalent fragrances that incorporate Vetiver include Vetiver by Guerlain, Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel, Miss Dior by Dior, Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, and Ysatis by Givenchy.

Used medicinally, Vetiver Essential Oil works as a natural anti-oxidant that promotes relief from various types of inflammation such as that of the joints or inflammation caused by sunstroke or dehydration. “Vetiver Oil is known to relieve the body of aches and pains while easing mental and physical exhaustion as well as insomnia. Its tonic properties are reputed to have regenerative and immune-enhancing effects.”With its strengthening and grounding properties along with its comforting scent, Vetiver Oil is reputed to balance and preserve emotional well-being while enhancing concentration. This profoundly calming and relaxing effect has the added benefit of enhancing sensual moods and promoting restful sleep. When used in a therapeutic massage, the tonic properties of this oil enhance circulation and boost the metabolism as well as digestion. Its antiseptic properties are known to facilitate the healing of wounds by eliminating and preventing the growth of harmful bacteria.

Vetiver 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: Stimulating, Anti-inflammatory, Cicatrisant, Deodorizing, Anti-septic, Tonic, Detoxifying, Rejuvenating, Strengthening, Replenishing, Hydrating.
    • ODOROUS: Aphrodisiac, Sedative, Grounding, Calming, Balancing, Warming, Nervine, Deodorizing, Strengthening.
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-septic, Aphrodisiac, Tonic, Anti-spasmodic, Immune-stimulating, Warming, Stimulating, Anti-inflammatory, Cicatrisant, Vulnerary, Detoxifying, Strengthening, Replenishing.

CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING QUALITY VETIVER OIL

Vetiver is a tall, erect, rigid, fragrant perennial grass that belongs to the Poaceae (formerly called Gramineae) grass family. It shares many similarities in form and structure with other fragrant grasses such as Citronella, Lemongrass, and Palmarosa. It is also related to cereal crops such as Barley, Sorghum, Millet, Rye, Wheat, Maize, and Rice. Like other true grasses, the Vetiver plant has long, narrow blades that grow in tufts or bunches, and it is widely cultivated for the purpose of offering a protective border along roads, gardens, and between adjoining fields. Vetiver is indigenous to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia but is also cultivated in other tropical regions around the world, including Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil, Argentina, Haiti, Jamaica, Belgian Congo, Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, India, China, and Australia.

Although Vetiver prefers sandy loam or clay loam soil and climates that are tropical, sub-tropical, or the Mediterranean, it can be established in various other soil types and climates. Vetiver can tolerate alkaline, highly acidic, or saline soil types as well as those with high levels of heavy metals, manganese, and aluminum. Vetiver is drought-tolerant and frost-resistant with an ability to endure temperatures as high as 50°C (122 °F) and as low as -10°C (14 °F); however, temperatures below 5 °C (41 °F) cause the roots to become dormant while frost causes the shoots to become dormant or to die. The underground parts of the plant can endure the low temperatures and the plant may regrow with improving weather conditions. Vetiver can also thrive in regions that may have a minimum annual rainfall of 450 mm. With a sensitivity to full shade, Vetiver will experience slower growth if kept out of the sun. This is especially true of young plants. Vetiver grass may grow to be 5 ft.

With a strong, complex, fibrous, and strongly scented root system that grows deep into the ground – deeper than some tree roots – Vetiver is reputed for its ability to hold topsoil in place, to restore damaged topsoil, to protect soil from erosion and infertility, and for its ability to conserve water. By drawing water into the soil, it enhances the soil’s properties by stabilizing it, controlling weeds, acting as a natural insect repellant, sustaining soil moisture, replenishing depleted groundwater, reviving springs, and absorbing chemical toxins such as those found in pesticides and fertilizers.

For various environmental problems around the world, Vetiver is an ideal solution: the depth of Vetiver roots means the plant is not easily extricated from the earth, and this strength has made Vetiver an ideal stabilizer for railway cuttings, due to its ability to prevent rockfalls and mudslides; in more than 100 countries, Vetiver is used to detoxify the environment with its phytoremediation properties; Vetiver is often found near embankments for its ability to slow the flow of water, block surface water runoff, and absorb pollutants and toxins in both the soil and the water.

During propagation, Vetiver grass is planted by its root divisions or ‘slips.’ They are each planted into wet soil at a specific distance from each other in order to ensure that they will form a hedge in their first year of growth. If the soil is not wet at the time of planting, it is irrigated immediately after the slips have been planted. Vetiver produces flowers that are brownish-purple and that resemble young wheat heads. Generally, Vetiver is harvested between December and February, with the tufts often being manually dug up by their roots. For mechanical harvesting, a tractor-drawn mouldboard plow may be used to pull up the roots. Compared to manual harvesting, with this method, the roots have a 15% higher recovery rate.

Vetiver roots that are intended for essential oil production are harvested between 18 months to 2 years after the plant is cultivated. The timing of the harvest is significant, as the yield of the roots and the oil percentage varies, depending on environmental conditions; an early harvest yields a higher volume of essential oil, but this oil will be of low specific gravity, which also lacks the valuable high boiling constituents. If the roots are harvested after more than 2 years after being planted, the quality of the essential oil improves, but the oil yield will be substantially reduced.

HOW IS VETIVER OIL EXTRACTED?

Vetiver Essential Oil is steam-distilled from the roots and rootlets or “rhizomes” of the Vetiver plant. The processing method involves first separating the harvested roots from the aerial parts of the plant, then washing the roots thoroughly. Next, they are sliced to a shorter length to facilitate drying. They are dried in the shade for 1-2 days in order for the final oil to have an enhanced aroma. Drying the roots in sunlight results in lower oil yield. Next, the roots are steam- or hydro-distilled to extract their oil.

Once the distillate separates into essential oil and a hydrosol, the oil is skimmed off and filtered. Similar to Patchouli and Sandalwood, Vetiver Essential Oil also improves with age, hence the decanted oil is allowed to age for several months – usually 6 – to allow the oil’s green and earthy scent to become deeper, sweeter, and fuller.

The resulting Vetiver Oil is thick and ranges in color from golden-brown to amber-brown to olive. It exudes a strong aroma that smells earthy, woody, and rich. Depending on its region of cultivation, Vetiver Oil may also have a sweet, smoky, or floral note. Its aroma has been described as being suggestive of the scent of Patchouli with a note of Lemon, and it has also been said to have the scent of woods and wetlands.

USES OF VETIVER OIL

The uses of Vetiver Oil are abundant, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic. Its many forms include oils, gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, sprays, perfumes, and candles.

Used in aromatherapy applications, the scent of Vetiver functions as a natural aphrodisiac, stimulating sensual desire. To ease a stressed mind, which is known to consequently relax the body and thereby boost libido, simply dilute and diffuse Vetiver Essential Oil. For a Vetiver blend that involves more essential oils with aphrodisiac properties, blend and diffuse 3 drops of Vetiver Essential Oil, and 1 drop each of Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Essential Oil, and Patchouli Essential Oil.

For a Vetiver blend that can be applied in a massage, diffused in a nebulizer, or added to a bath, mix together 3 drops Vetiver Essential Oil, 1 drop Lavender Essential Oil, 1 drop Lemon Essential Oil, and 1 drop Clary Sage Essential Oil. The scent of this blend is believed to stimulate and strengthen the reproductive system, address the discomfort associated with menstruation, and balance hormones. Diffusing 5 drops of Vetiver Essential Oil for 30-60 minutes and deeply inhaling the scent can be beneficial for relieving or reducing stress as well as the symptoms of a headache. The same effect may be achieved by blending 2-3 drops each of Vetiver Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, and Lavender Essential Oil.

For an uplifting Vetiver blend that reduces the feeling of being distracted and promotes concentration, especially while studying or focusing on a task, diffuse a mixture of 3 drops of Vetiver Essential Oil, 2 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil, and 2 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil. For a sedative Vetiver blend that is beneficial for creating a calming, restful environment, addressing sleep disorders, and easing restlessness, anxiety, and emotional outbursts, blend and diffuse 5 drops of Vetiver Essential Oil, 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, and 2 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.

Used in cosmetic applications, Vetiver Oil can be diluted in a regular lotion or cream before being applied to the skin. This enhances the moisturizer’s ability to nourish and hydrate dry, irritated skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, wounds, and uneven skin tone. Its antiseptic properties make Vetiver Oil an ideal cleanser or moisturizing toner when 3-4 drops are added to Virgin Coconut Carrier Oil. A small amount of this blend can be poured onto a cotton pad and wiped gently across the face to purge the pores of impurities and to stimulate collagen production.

The cicatrizing properties of Vetiver Oil are known to encourage the growth of new skin and thereby facilitate the fading of scars or unwanted marks, such as those left by acne, burns, diseases, and cuts. For a tonic that accelerates the disappearance of such blemishes, blend 6 drops Vetiver Essential Oil, 6 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil2 oz. (60 ml) Rose water, and 1 tsp. Lemon juice. With a cotton pad, apply the blend to affected areas of the skin. For a body oil that nourishes and strengthens skin while keeping it hydrated, first add 8 drops of Vetiver Essential Oil to a small dish and add to this 3 tsp. of carrier oil. It is suggested that this blend is massaged into the skin after a shower while skin is still plump with moisture.

Vetiver can be applied to the hair and scalp to soothe inflammation associated with dandruff, psoriasis, or eczema. To create a hair mask that will revitalize the strands and reduce irritation, warm 3 tsp. of carrier oil such as Grapeseed, Olive, or Jojoba then mix in 2 drops Vetiver Essential Oil, 2 drops Orange Essential Oil, 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil, and 2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil. Massage this blend into the hair by starting from the tips of the strands and moving up to the scalp gradually. Wrap the hair first in plastic wrap then in a towel, and allow the mask to remain on the hair for 1 hour or overnight before washing it out with a shampoo and conditioner.

Used in medicinal applications, Vetiver is reputed to have a stimulating and soothing effect on the body. For a bath that will promote the relaxation of muscles, address aches, stiffness, and inflammation, boost circulation, and promote restful sleep, 3-4 drops of Vetiver Essential Oil can be added to a warm bath. The cooling effects of Vetiver are known to be advantageous for soothing skin that has been overexposed to the sun. For a calming bath blend with even higher effectiveness, blend together 4 drops Vetiver Essential Oil, 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil, and 2 drops Rose Absolute. Add this blend to 2 tsp. of Sweet Almond Carrier Oil. Pour the mixture under running water in a bathtub to allow for better dispersion of the blend in the water. Soak in this bath blend for a minimum of 10 minutes.

In a massage, Vetiver Oil is known to ease physical and mental exhaustion, accelerate the relief of aches, and have an invigorating, regenerative effect on the skin. For a massage blend that addresses injuries, dilute 4 drops Vetiver Essential Oil, 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil, and 2 drops Bergamot Essential Oil in 1 oz. (30 ml) carrier oil. Massage this blend into sites of injury. For a massage blend that addresses the discomfort of arthritis, dilute 4 drops Vetiver Essential Oil, 3 drops Marjoram Essential Oil, 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil, and 2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil in 1 oz. (30 ml) carrier oil. Massage this blend into the affected areas. For a massage blend that relaxes the body and mind, 3 drops Vetiver Essential Oil can be blended with 6 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil and 6 drops Bergamot Essential Oil before being added to a massage oil of personal preference.

To use Vetiver Oil in a natural salve that encourages relaxation and restful sleep, first, combine ½ cup Coconut Carrier Oil and ¼ cup Beeswax in a pot on the stove and thoroughly melt them together over medium heat. Remove this mixture from the heat and allow it to cool. Next, thoroughly mix in 10 drops Vetiver Essential Oil and 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Transfer the blend to a glass jar and allow it to cool once more. Apply this salve to the bottoms of the feet before bed.

A GUIDE TO VETIVER OIL & ITS BENEFITS

VETIVER ESSENTIAL OIL

Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanoides

Country of Origin: Indonesia

Believed to:

  • Be deeply balancing, calming, and grounding
  • Promote restful sleep and address restlessness
  • Exhibit anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, and immune-stimulating properties
  • Be warming and sedative
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Soothe feelings of anger, anxiety, exhaustion, irritability, and stress
  • Boost libido by reviving sensual desires
  • Facilitate the fading of scars and unwanted marks
  • Offer relief from various types of inflammation and stiffness
  • Rejuvenate the body and skin
  • Encourage the growth of new skin, thereby facilitating the healing of wounds

VETIVER OIL SIDE EFFECTS

As per NAHA guidelines, we do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using Vetiver Oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women and those taking prescription drugs are especially advised not to use Vetiver Essential Oil without the medical advice of a physician. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Prior to using Vetiver Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil and applying a small amount to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Vetiver Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.

Vetiver Oil is known to be a non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing oil and the only known potential side effect of Vetiver Oil is its ability to induce miscarriages when used by pregnant women. 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 this essential oil as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions.

7 Must Have Herbs for Yogis

Being a Yogi is a commitment to the Self and to living a life that is lived with the essence of health and wellness. Food and lifestyle play a major role in reaching the complete effects of a regular yoga practice, wherein one ceases to be as effective with the absence of another. Experts proclaim that a healthy body and mind is 75% Diet and 25% Exercise. Even though the percentage varies according to the body type and its constitution, nonetheless, the involvement of a healthy Ayurvedic Diet in the span of a Yogi’s life should ideally not be neglected. Since time can recall, the healing system of Ayurveda Science has been employing the use of designated herbs in treating various disorders and for promoting an overall healthy body and soul. These Herbs are countless in number with their specific uses and benefits. While certain Vedic herbs are just so incredibly remedial that they reserve a permanent space in the kitchens of various yogis and even regular people.

As a Yogi, if you are looking for the essential herbs to include in your kitchen and your diet, here are 7 Must-have herbs to check on your list:

Ginger Root:

 

A powerful Ayurvedic herb with anti-inflammatory properties, ginger root is highly useful in treating symptoms of dyspepsia, bloating, flatulence, travel sickness, nausea, and arthritis. It is also effective in reducing LDL cholesterol (bad) and poor blood pressure. This herb is also used to treat menstrual cramps in women for ages. Consume it in a raw form or add it to a curry for gaining its benefits.

Chamomile:

 

Chamomile is a magical herb blessed with anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, analgesic properties and is beneficial for a variety of purposes for the skin, hair, age, and hormones. A cup of chamomile tea at night works like a charm to induce sleep and is a proven Vedic remedy for those suffering from insomnia. It also protects the skin from irritation, tan, pimples, and acne. Additional, Chamomile is also highly useful in treating digestive disorders, reversing the skin aging, inducing detoxification and relaxation.

Rosemary:

 

This green herb is a Mediterranean native and is an excellent source of iron, vitamins, and calcium. Used in multiple varieties of continental culinary preparations, this herb is not just used for its beauty, aroma, and fragrance, but also for improving digestion, enhancing focus, improving cerebral functions, providing anti-oxidants to the body, and more.

Coriander:

 

The aromatic leaves of cilantro and coriander are a regular garnish for a variety of Indian and various other culinary delights. Useful in lowering LDL cholesterol, promoting healthy bowel movements, lowering blood sugar levels, coriander also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties making it ideal for treating mouth boils and pimples. Other than the numerous properties of coriander, it also contains iron and is helpful in treating anemia. It is also used in the treatment of conjunctivitis.

Holy Basil (Tulsi):

 

Holy Basil is a sacred herb in the Indian context. However, its presence is not limited to a prayer offering. The Holy Basil, a.k.a Tulsi is highly useful in treating symptoms of fever, asthma, respiratory issues, cardiac issues, and stress. Additionally, consume it orally in a chewable form to have fresh breath in the morning.

Thyme:

 

Thyme is another sacred herb that was used for protection against ‘Black Death’ in ancient times. In the Ayurvedic context, this herb is one of the most perfunctory herbs ever discovered with a range of antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, and insecticidal properties. Use the thyme leaves as a garnish in a raw state to find relief from a variety of skin problems, flu-like symptoms, digestive disorders, and respiratory disorders. It is also prescribed as a diuretic to those who have an issue with retaining water in their body.

Indian Gooseberry (Amla):

 

Of the countless benefits of this herb rich in Vitamin C, Amla contains anti-inflammatory properties as well. In addition to aiding in regulating digestion due to the presence of fiber in this herb, it is also helpful in treating mouth ulcers, whooping cough, and cold. When used on the scalp on a regular basis, the herb works as an ideal anti-dandruff medicine. It is also used as a powerful ingredient for weight loss.

Include these herbs in your yogic diet preparations regularly for extracting the most rewarding benefits for your body and mind.

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10 Healing Herbs for Anxiety, Inflammation, and More

Ancient cultures have relied on the healing power of herbs for the entire duration of their existence. Even though we live in the modern world and have access to a wide range of medication, herbs have maintained the same potent properties and they can help us deal with various health problems. In this article, we will present a number of popular herbs, which can be used to forget about anxiety and depression, to bring down inflammation and even to keep infections at a safe distance. Keep on reading and discover more interesting information on the subject.

#1 Ashwagandha

If you are suffering from chronic stress, you might want to consider taking this herb. Available in the form of supplements, it can help one cope with daily stress. You can use it to defeat the signs of depression and anxiety, to strengthen your immune system and even to stimulate your libido. This herb is more than recommended to those who suffer from diabetes, as it can keep the blood sugar levels in check.

#2 Neem

Neem is one of the most popular herbs in the world, especially when it comes to the healing of the hair. It is a well-known fact that neem oil can restore the hair’s natural luster, helping you forget all about dandruff and other similar scalp problems. Neem has great antibacterial properties, representing the perfect weapon against acne. You can also use neem to exfoliate the skin, eliminating the dead cells accumulated on the surface; topical applications are recommended for fungal infections as well.

#3 Amalaki

When it comes to herbs that can help with women’s health, this particular one is a top choice. Not only does it assist with flushing out harmful toxins but it is also rich in beneficial nutrients and vitamins (folic acid, vitamin B12). It can improve the overall blood circulation, balance hormone levels and reduce the intensity of PMS symptoms. It can protect against mood swings, stimulate the libido and work wonders against common complaints, such as stress and anxiety. Given its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, it should come as no surprise that it can be used for various skin conditions (psoriasis, eczema, etc.).

#4 Peppermint

Peppermint is one of the best-known herbs in the universe, being appreciated for its multitude of beneficial properties. You can use it to improve gastrointestinal health and escape from discomforting symptoms, such as bloating and flatulence. If you suffer from indigestion, peppermint remains one of the best natural remedies to get back you to normal. This amazing herb can take nausea away, alleviate headaches and improve the health of your hair. The application of peppermint oil on the hair restores its luster, thickening the strands and eliminating dandruff.

#5 Dong Quai

Also known as the female ginseng, this herb has a lot of benefits to offer whereas our health is concerned. It can balance hormones, stimulate the libido in both men and women, not to mention it can make one more fertile. The herb is an excellent choice for women dealing with menstrual cramps, symptoms of menopause, it improves cardiovascular health and it prevents blood clots from forming. It is one of the best choices for those who are looking to boost their energy levels, not to mention it protects against hypertension and stimulates mental health.

#6 Dandelion

The reason why dandelion is so popular has to do with its rich content in vitamins and minerals. The herb has detoxifying properties, stimulating the healthy functioning of the liver. At the same time, it contributes to the healthy release of bile, ensuring a proper digestive process. Dandelion represents a good option for those who are suffering from diabetes, as it can keep the blood sugar within normal levels. It is recommended for bone health, is rich in vitamin K, calcium and other beneficial minerals. Last, but not least, it supports kidney health, acting as a diuretic.

#7 Brahmi

Brahmi is considered to be one of the best herbs for the brain, is recommended to those who are looking to improve their memory and overall cognitive performance. It stimulates all of the brain functions, repairing the nervous system wherever it is possible. You can take it to support your mental health, as it relieves stress, anxiety and other depression. Brahmi is a great natural remedy against the manifestations of neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

#8 Siberian ginseng

Natural remedies, and especially herbs, can help us escape the number one enemy in our lives: stress. The Siberian ginseng is not only an excellent remedy against chronic stress but it works to boost energy levels and give you more mental clarity. You can take it to improve the overall blood circulation and stimulate the healthy functioning of the immune system. It is well-known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, as well as for the ability to increase cardiovascular performance and fight chronic fatigue.

#9 Sage

The healing properties of sage have been appreciated for centuries, with this herb being used for a number of health problems. Today, it is known that sage can stimulate the healthy functioning of the brain, boosting cognitive functions and memory. It is especially useful in those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other forms of dementia.

#10 Holy basil

A different herb from the common basil, this particular herb is one of the best weapons against infections of different sorts. First and foremost, it works to boost the healthy functioning of the immune system, thus acting as a preventative measure against infections. Second, if an infection has occurred, this herb will work to inhibit the growth of infectious microorganisms, whether these are fungal or bacterial. Holy basil can also keep the blood sugar levels in check, to improve anxiety and its manifestations.

In conclusion, these are some of the best healing herbs you can consider for maintaining an excellent state of health. As you have seen, each of these herbs has different benefits to offer and it is great to give all of them a try. There are plenty of herbs for you to try out, including Boswellia, cat’s claw, thunder god vine, and willow bark – all of these are great for arthritis joint pain. Give them a try and see for yourself which one works the best.

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Rosemary Gladstar’s: Pickled Garlic Cloves

Add pickled garlic cloves to soups, sauces, and marinades to help keep winter illnesses at bay.

Ingredients:

• Peeled garlic cloves
• Apple cider vinegar, enough to cover
• Raw local honey, to taste

Instructions:

1. Fill Mason jar with cloves and cover with apple cider vinegar. Keep in a warm, dark place for 3 to 4 weeks. (I like to put my jars in a paper bag and place in the sun.)

2. After a few weeks, strain liquid and set aside.

3. Pour half the liquid into a small saucepan over very low heat and stir in honey until fully incorporated.

4. Pour this back over the garlic and allow to sit for another 3 weeks in a cool dark place, such as your pantry.

5. Eat a clove of the pickled garlic whenever you wish, but for treating cold or flu, eat 3 to 5 cloves a day.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide.

What The Heck Is Epsom Salt Used For?

Epsom salt, chemically known as heptahydrate epsomite, derives its name from the acidic salty spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. In effect, Epsom salt is not a salt, but a chaste mineral compound of sulfate and magnesium that occurs in nature. Since long, Epsom salt has been recognized as a natural medication of several maladies, as it possesses many health benefits in addition to several uses related to beauty, domestic and gardening.

Findings of many types of research have demonstrated that sulfate and magnesium are both easily soaked up through the skin, which makes Epsom salt baths a simple and perfect way to take pleasure in the incredible health benefits offered by this mineral compound. It may be noted that magnesium has many functions in the body, such as lessening inflammation, controlling the actions of more than 325 enzymes, assisting the muscles and nerves to function appropriately and also facilitating the prevention of the arteries from hardening. On the other hand, sulfates aid in enhancing the absorption of nutrients by the body, flushing out toxic substances from the body as well as alleviate migraine headaches.

You may purchase Epsom salts without any difficulty from any supermarket or drug store. These salts are cheap and resourceful and may be used for several dissimilar purposes at your home. Most of the uses of Epsom salts are related to speeding up healing, in addition to enhancing the skin quality and aiding in fundamental grooming.

Possibly, the most popular use of Epsom salts is their use in baths. Taking a bath in a tub of hot water containing two cups of Epsom salts is an idyllic way to ease tension at the end of a demanding day. In effect, taking such a bath will help to calm down the rattled nerves as well as bring back a feeling of happiness and health. This particular use of Epsom salts makes it an essential item in bathrooms across the world.

Epsom salts are also extensively used for the cleansing purpose. In effect, several people utilize compounds contained in Epsom salts to scrub their skin. For this, they apply a paste prepared with Epsom salts and water to the skin and subsequently wash it away with clean and warm water. Epsom salts may be used as the basic ingredient in homemade skin masks that facilitate in curing oily skin. If you wish to make such skin masks at home, use an egg, a little amount of lemon juice and some amount of non-fat dehydrated milk along with Epsom salt, which is the base ingredient.

The mineral compounds enclosed by Epsom salts are also known to be very helpful in healing minor bruises and sprains. A simple bath with Epsom salts of the area which has been sprained or bruised helps to provide relief from the symptoms of these conditions. Precisely speaking, the bath with Epsom salts facilitates in diminishing the tenderness as well as lessens the swelling of the bruised or sprained body part. In addition, soaking the affected area, particularly if the limbs have been bruised or sprained, in warm water mixed with Epsom salts for around 20 to 30 minutes helps to ease the physical problems caused by these conditions and, at the same time, may prove to be stimulating for the mind.

People have been familiar with the marvels of Epsom salts since several centuries ago and dissimilar to other salts, Epsom salt possesses several useful/ valuable attributes which have the aptitude to unwind the body, mind, and soul. The innumerable health benefits offered by Epsom salts include loosening up the nervous system, alleviates muscle tension, easing back pain and sore limbs, curing cuts, taking care of cold and congestion as well as flushing out toxic substances from the body. An easy method to alleviate stress and problems associated with stress is to absorb a tub full of hot water mixed with a number of cupfuls of Epsom salt.

Epsom salts comprise several miraculous health benefits. A number of these benefits are discussed below.

When one suffers from tension or stress, it drains the body of magnesium, while augmenting the adrenalin levels. Thus, when Epsom salt dissolved in warm water is soaked up through the skin, it helps to reload the body’s magnesium level. In addition, magnesium facilitates the production of serotonin, a chemical naturally occurring in the brain that elevates one’s mood creating a sense of tranquility as well as respite.

Findings of a number of researchers have demonstrated that magnesium also helps to augment vigor and endurance by means of stimulating ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production – the energy packages produced within the cells. Experts are of the view that taking a bath with warm water mixed with Epsom salts a minimum of thrice every week aids you to have an improved appearance, have a superior sensation as well as attain more vigor. It may be mentioned that magnesium ions also possess the aptitude to make you relax and diminish tetchiness by decreasing the consequences of adrenaline. Magnesium ions also help to reduce blood pressure, make you feel more comfortable or stress-free, enhance sleep and focus as well as facilitate the proper functioning of the muscles and the nerves.

It is known that taking a bath with warm water containing any Epsom salt eases the pain as well as provides relief from inflammation. These attributes of Epsom salts make them valuable in treating tender muscles, migraine headaches, and bronchial asthma. Moreover, it is also known that the Epsom salts help in curing cuts and decreasing the pain from childbirth. It is advisable that you blend a dense paste of Epsom salt with hot water and apply it topically to obtain calming placate. You ought to try drenching your sore, exhausted as well as stinking feet in a tub of water mixed with a cup of Epsom salt. It is important to bear in mind that Epsom salt actually makes the skin softer and even helps to combat the foul smell of the feet.

Findings of several types of research have shown that Epson salt has the aptitude to control electrolytes within the body, making sure that the muscles, enzymes, and nerves function properly. It is also known that magnesium is vital for the appropriate utilization of calcium by the body. It may be noted that calcium works as the principal conductor of the electric inclinations within one’s body.

In addition, Epsom salts are also considered to augment the health of the heart and facilitate in preventing heart ailments and strokes by means of enhancing the circulation of blood, bringing down the blood pressures, averting blood clots, safeguarding the suppleness of the arteries as well as diminishing the unexpected deaths owing to heart attacks.

Appropriate levels of sulfates and magnesium help to enhance the effectual of insulin within the body, assisting in reducing the risk or graveness of diabetes.

Findings of several types of research have exposed that it is also possible to use Epsom salt to treat constipation. When taken internally, Epson salt works as a detoxifying agent for cleansing the colon. In effect, Epsom salt works as purgatives by enhancing the content of water in the intestines and has the aptitude to result in momentary relief from constipation. Nevertheless, it is precisely cautioned that Epsom salts ought not to be used to ease constipation unless you take the advice of a physician.

As mentioned earlier, Epsom salts contain sulfates which facilitate in flushing toxic substances and heavy metals from the cells resulting in relief from muscle pain as well as aiding the body to get rid of damaging materials. Human skin is an extremely permeable membrane and, hence, putting in the appropriate substances in our bath water activates a process known as reverse osmosis, which helps to draw out salt as well as toxic substances from the body. If you wish to take a detoxifying bath, you ought to soak yourself for 10 minutes once a week in water with two cups of Epsom salt in your bathtub.

Alternately, you may also take a foot bath to treat your fatigued feet by including half a cup of Epsom salt to warm water in a basin and soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes. If you prefer, you may also scrub away the calluses (any thickened area of the skin), in case you have any, with a pumice stone. After you have relaxed in this way for 20 minutes, dry your feet and thoroughly rub a mixture of two drops of peppermint essential oil and your preferred moisturizer, for instance, coconut or shea butter, with a view to confining the moisture. However, pregnant women or people suffering from particular health problems ought to consult their physician prior to using Epsom salts.

Epsom salts are highly effective in providing relief from various health conditions, especially of the feet. Here are a few things that you may do to use Epsom salt effectively to ease your problems. To treat symptoms of athlete’s foot, immerse your feet in a bath comprising Epsom salt. You may also drag out splinters by soaking the affected skin parts in an Epsom salt bath. In case you are suffering from toe problems, add some Epsom salt to hot water and soak your toes in it at least three times every day.

Epsom salts are also effective in providing relief from the symptoms of gout, for instance lessening the swelling and tenderness. In order to alleviate the problems of gout, you should make a mixture of two to three teaspoons of Epsom salt and water in a basin and soak your affected joint/ foot in it for about 30 minutes. It is important that the water is hot enough so that you feel comfortable. Alternately, you may also add some Epsom salt in your shower or bath along with a tablespoon of olive oil or bath oil and scrub it all over your drenched skin to remove scales and keep the skin soft. Later, you need to rinse yourself meticulously.

If you desire to cleanse your face as well as exfoliate simultaneously, add a half teaspoon of Epsom salt to your usual cleansing cream and softly massage it into the skin. After the massage is over wash your face with cold water. Blackheads too may be eliminated effectively using Epsom salts. Make a mixture of Epsom salt, three drops of iodine and half cup of steaming water and apply it to the blackheads using a cotton ball.

Epsom salts are also effective for hair care. Prepare a blend of one cup of Epsom salt, one cup of lemon juice and one gallon of water and cover the container allowing the mixture to settle for 24 hours. On the following day, apply the mixture to your dry hair and keep it for about 20 minutes. Subsequently, shampoo your hair as usual.

Other uses of Epsom salt

In addition to the above-mentioned health benefits offered by Epsom salt, this mineral compound comprising sulfates and magnesium may also be used for several other purposes. Some of them are discussed in brief below.

    • Preventing slugs
    • In order to avoid slugs, you may intersperse Epsom salts on or close to the internal entry points.
    • Cleaning bathroom tiles
    • Scrub your bathroom tiles with a mixture of equal proportions of any liquid dish detergent and Epsom salt.
    • Epsom salt as a hand wash
    • Prepare a mixture of baby oil and Epsom salt and keep it close to your sink for use as an excellent hand wash.
    • Fertilizing Houseplants
    • We are all aware that almost all plants require nourishment’s, such as sulfur and magnesium, to remain healthy. In order to keep your houseplants, vegetables, and flowers healthy, add a handful of Epsom salt once every week.
    • Epsom salt as an insecticide
    • Epsom salts are also effective as natural insecticides and you may use them safely in your garden or on your lawn to eliminate plant pests.
    • Keeping the lawn green

When you add crystals of magnesium sulfate to the soil it helps to supply essential nutrients to it that facilitate in avoiding yellowing or decaying leaves as well as the loss of green hue in the plants. It may be noted that magnesium forms a vital element of the chlorophyll molecules which impart the green color to plants. In order to keep your garden/ lawn green, you need to mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt to one gallon of water and shower it on the lawn. This will help in maintaining the health as well as greenery of your lawn.

What Is Tara Gum?

A Natural Thickener and Texturizing Cosmetic Additive.

WHAT IS TARA GUM?

Tara Gum – sometimes referred to as Peruvian Carob and Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum – is a fiber obtained from the seeds of the Caesalpinia Spinosa botanical, a legume tree that is indigenous to Peru and that is better known as the Tara shrub.

Tara Gum is a galactomannan, that is a nonionic polysaccharide made up of galactose and mannose. It shares the same molecular configuration as Guar Gum, thus both of them belong to the same family and share similar solubility in cold water.

TARA GUM PROPERTIES & SOLUBILITY

Tara Gum combines readily with hot water and hydrates partially in cold water. It is an ideal ingredient for addition to cosmetics formulations intended to have a consistency ranging from medium to thick. Tara Gum helps to regulate the final product’s viscosity, stability, and softness, to enhance its texture, and to control its suspension as well as its spreadability and consistency on the skin.

TARA GUM APPLICATIONS

Tara Gum must first be combined with Glycerin/Vegetable Glycerin in order to achieve a paste-like consistency with a viscosity like that of molasses. Once the gum is no longer in its powder form and has attained this consistency, small amounts of cold or room temperature water can be stirred into it.

Before adding it to a cosmetic formula as a natural thickener, allow the blend to sit for up to 15 minutes to encourage the powder gum to further dissolve. Next, stir in warm water until the blend is a smooth gel. For better dissolution, allow the blend to sit for 30 minutes before using.

 

PRODUCT TYPE & FUNCTION
When added to these kinds of formulations…

Shampoos,

Lotions, Creams,

Cream-Gels,

Skin Gels, and Bath Gels

EFFECTS
Tara Gum functions as a:

  • Thickener
  • Stabilizer
  • Cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Conditioner
  • Softener

 

It helps to:

  • Increase formula viscosity
  • Lift and remove dirt to gently cleanse
  • Hydrate the skin/scalp to protect against dryness, irritation, cracking and peeling
  • Soften and soothe the skin and hair
  • Prevent frizz
  • Reduce tangling
  • Enhance elasticity, water retention, and shelf life of gel products

The recommended maximum dosage is 0.5% to 2%

TARA GUM SIDE EFFECTS

Tara Gum Raw Material is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this gum for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women, as well as those with sensitive skin, are especially advised not to use Tara Gum Raw Material without the medical advice of a physician. This product should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Prior to using Tara Gum Raw Material, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by dissolving 1 tsp Tara Gum Raw Material in 1 ml of warm water and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Tara Gum must never be used near the inner nose, ears, or any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Tara Gum include rashes, hives, flatulence, bloating, stomach aches, cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulties, tightness in the chest, coughing, runny nose, and watery eyes. 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.