I am so afraid of using DEET, this make your own bug spray is easy and pretty inexpensive. Try it out!
I am so afraid of using DEET, this make your own bug spray is easy and pretty inexpensive. Try it out!
Guest Blogger: Ondria Uzuri-Ima Phakamile-El
I am always talking about herbs. If it is not to my family and friends, it is when I am in line at the store or pumping gas at the gas station. I love what I do. So, when people complain about their ailments, I really love educating people about herbal remedies. For example, in this summer heat, it is not uncommon to get headaches and there are a number of factors that can cause them.
Headaches are a common sign that the following may be happening:
One remedy I love to suggest is Peppermint Oil. Peppermint Oil is not only aromatic, yet, it is also very therapeutic. People have enjoyed not only the oil, yet the leaves in tea. I’m sure most of us can remember our grandmothers suggesting peppermint oil to give to our little ones to help relieve them of colic.
For headache relief use a drop on each side of the temples. As the oil is massaged into the temples on the sides of the head, breathing deeply will allow one to inhale this aromatic oil. As breathing deeply is continued, an abundance of oxygen is flowing into the lungs and into the problem area which is the head. After just a few minutes, the headache will begin to subside and eventually disappear. This may be hard to believe, yet, peppermint is not only good for headaches or colic, it has so many other beneficial uses as well.
Peppermint is also good for gas, motion sickness, spasms and heart palpitations. Using this oil in aromatherapy is extremely helpful and aids in healing congestion of the respiratory area. Cleaning up around the house using Peppermint oil along with Tea Tree, can help keep away germs and bacteria. It is also excellent for a sagging stomach after birth or weight loss as it helps to tighten up the skin.
Trinity Divine Healing, LLC was inspired by Herbalist Ondria Uzuri-Ima Phakamile-El. She has studied herbal remedies for over 15 years, using most of what she learned on her family and friends. After receiving her certification in herbal science and dried blood cell analysis, Trinity came into existence.
Contact her: www.trinitydivinehealing.com
Guest Blogger: Pam Koskinen
The next time you're at the store pick up some Epsom Salt. You can find it near the health/beauty or pharmacy area. For about $5 you can start reaping the benefits of this quietly kept little gem. Our family has been using it for years and have found it to be very versatile.
Have sore feet?
Take some very warm water and pour some (2 cups per gallon roughly) epsom salt along with 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil into it. Sit back and enjoy.
Child feeling under the weather?
If so, put some epsom salt in the bath and let them soak in it. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil as well. Epsom Salt has magnesium sulfate in it, which naturally acts as a drawing agent. So, it will work hard to rid toxins from your body. Adding lavender creates a calming and relaxing fragrance.
Have a splinter?
Try using an Epsom Salt paste and apply it to the skin. The drawing action will help bring the splinter to the surface!
Any tidbits on Epsom Salt you'd like to add? Post a comment below.
It's finally here! Eve Organics all natural eau de parfum (perfume). Our perfumes come in a wonderfully moisturizing base of organic jojoba oil and fractionated coconut oil with artfully blended organic and therapeutic grade essential oils.
As with all of Eve Organics products, our perfumes have:
NO artificial fragrance
NO synthetic chemicals
Lemon* (citrus limon) essential oil has antiseptic properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. is inexpensive and can be used for a wide variety of applications! WARNING: Be careful with direct contact to the skin as it can be photosensitizing. Don't expose skin to the sun if it has had lemon applied to it in the past 72 hours.
Make sure you are using therapeutic grade essential oils! Any oil stating only for external use are not therapeutic grade and should not be used on the body. The following tips that have to do with body application are only for people using therapeutic grade oils. The household tips are ok to follow using other grades of lemon.
Following are 5 ways to use Lemon* essential oil:
1. To sanitize counters, add 2-3 drops of lemon oil* to water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray over countertop and wipe (it smells great too!).
2. A few drops mixed into a Tablespoon of olive oil and rubbed on cellulite improves circulation and helps to eliminate wates from cells.
3. 2 drops lemon oil*, 2 Tablespoons honey and 2 cups pure water mixed well makes a wonderful glass of lemonade. (Adjust honey to taste)
4. Add a drop of lemon oil* to the dishwasher wash cycle for extra squeaky clean dishes.
5. 1 drop lemon oil* on a q-tip is great for blemishes.
*As mentioned on the website and elsewhere in the blog, if you use essential oils, always use therapeutic grade essential oils. Other oils can be contaminated with solvents used to express the plant oils. These chemicals taint the essential oils and are absorbed into your body when the oil is applied. To get the desired results without putting the body at risk with undesired toxins, use therapeutic grade essential oils (these oils are pure enough to ingest). There should be not be a warning on the bottle saying "for external use only", except for the few oils that should never be ingested.
By blending therapeutic grade essential oils and either inhaling them through a vapor rub (recipe below) or massaging them into the skin through a carrier oil, cold, flu and minor respiratory infection symptoms can be lessened.
Use approximately 10 drops total of essential oils per 4 Tablespoons of carrier oil (such as grapeseed, sesame, jojoba or olive). If you are making this mixture for a child, only use 1 drop per 4 Tablespoons carrier oil.
If you've been following our blog and have read some of the information on the Eve Organics website, you can see a common thread to our posts and products . . . essential oils.
I truly believe in the healing properties of essential oils. The essential oils in our products are therapeutic grade (or hospital grade), the highest quality available. Except for the few essential oils, such as jasmine, rose, and neroli, which are never safe for ingestion, therapeutic grade essential oils are always extracted by steam distillation or cold pressing, depending on the plant. This grade of oil is pure enough to ingest.
I love to use this forum to give you all ideas on how to use these wonderful oils at home for other purposes, such as natural remedies, make-at-home skin care and other aspects of well-being, because after all, although Eve Organics provides skin care and makeup, we are not only made of skin and faces.
I will continue posting periodically about ways you can use essential oils in every day life, because it works . . . that's how Eve Organics evolved. It started with essential oils.
Eve Organics uses essential oils in our products because:
1. For thousands of years, essential oils have been known to assist the body in healing itself. Different essential oils effect the body in different ways. We use specialized blends in our skin care to promote skin health. Each skin care line is formulated with essential oils to correct a specific skin condition:
2. Essential oils are natural preservatives. Most are antibacterial, antifungal and/or antimicrobial. This is how we are able to preserve our products naturally and safely, without chemicals, which are the culprit of many sensitivities and allergies.
3. We believe in bringing ourselves back to the basics. Our bodies are so bombarded with environmental, household, and other types of toxins, that we believe that simplifying our routines and the products we use everyday may help our bodies fight off the irritants, pollution, chemicals and pesticides that we cannot control coming in contact with.
What do you want to learn about essential oils or what types of remedies would you like to try? Comment here and we'll do our best to post about your interests!
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Chamomile is an essential oil used widely for skin care purposes.
Chamomile oil is distilled from the flowers of the chamomile plant, but the flowers are so small, stems are usually included in the process.
Chamomile's countries of origin are Bulgaria, Spain, England and Hungary.
German chamomile produces azulene, a green-blue constituent produced from the distillation process and a potent anti-inflammatory. This gives german chamomile its blue color. If you find a german chamomile on the green side, the oil is no longer fresh; it's best to pass on it.
German chamomile is best known for it's anti-inflammatory properties. It's other specific therapeutic properties are: anti-allergenic, anti-viral, and digestive.
Roman chamomile does not produce much azulene, resulting in a pale yellow color. Its fragrance has the essence of apples, which is where the Spanish coined the name for roman chamomile "manzanita" or "little apple".
Roman chamomile is best known for it's help with dull, persistent pain. It is gentle and effective for infants and small children. Roman chamomile is also a fantastic skin care oil known for its calming, restorative qualities. Other specific therapeutic properties are: analgesic (relieves pain), carminative (relieves flatulence), febrifuge (reduces fever) and stomachic (stimulates digestion).All chamomile oils are known for these therapeutic qualities: antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue (stimulates menstrual flow), hepatic (works on the liver), nervine (heals nerves) and sedative.
SKIN CARE USES
Chamomile is ideal on all complexion types. The sedative and anti-allergenic properties of german chamomile help to heal and calm eczema and rashes on the skin. All varieties of chamomile are great for eczema, puffy and inflamed skin, broken capillaries and skin irritations.
Blend with Melissa, Rose, Lavender, Cedarwood or citrus
Roman chamomile is one of the best oils to use for PMS symptoms. Make a compress with a washcloth dampened with warm water. Add a couple of drops of chamomile and lay over abdomen when experiencing menstrual cramping.
A few drops of roman chamomile in a teaspoon of olive oil rubbed on the back of the neck can help with mood swings and weepiness associated with menstruation.
Sandalwood has been used for perfumes and cosmetics since ancient times in China, India & Egypt. It's beautiful wood has been prized by furniture makers; many temples in India are built from it. Worshippers covered their bodies with a combination of sandalwood, rose, jasmine and narcissus.
The sandalwood evergreen grows in South East Asia, Indonesia and East India. The syrupy oil is extracted from the chipped wood by steam distillation. It has a rich woody odor and is used as a "grounding" fixative and lasting base notes in many expensive perfumes.
Sandalwood has sedative properties, which work well for treating tension and depression. It is an expectorant and anti-spasmodic; used for bronchitis, cough and nausea. It has also been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for skin revitalization , yoga and meditation. Sandalwood is considered an aphrodisiac.
Blends well with cypress, frankincense, lemon, myrrh, patchouli, spruce, ylang ylang, neroli and rose.
Make a compress with a washcloth, dampened with warm water and a few drops of sandalwood. The sandalwood will regenerate cells and is wonderful for dehydrated or dry skin.