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Natural Skin Care Newsletter: August Issue
Welcome to the August Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter.
This month we're launching our range of Therapeutic Herbal Creams on our Website. Up until now, we have not made them readily available other than to our patients and people who have submitted a health question to our Vitrual Herbalist. Now you, our loyal Newsletter readers, are the first to have the opportunity of accessing our range of Therapeutic Herbal Creams and soon we'll also make our Therapeutic Compounds available.
As usual we have included serveral article we hope you'll find interesting and informative.
Happy reading...(You can click on the topics below which will take you to the article of choice on this page, or simply scroll down and read each one)
Introducing Wildcrafted's Range of Therapeutic Herbal Creams
(by Wildcrafted Herbal Products)
Ever Wondered How Essential Oils Work? – Susan provides the answers
(by Susan Siegenthaler)
Stress and It's Effect on Your Skin
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
About An Essential Oil of Interest: Neroli
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
Kitty's Corner - Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital
(by Kitty the Cat)
Newsletter - August 2008
We are reallly excited to announce the availability of our range of Therapeutic Herbal Products to you. Until now we've only made these products available to our patients, friends and family, but now you, members of our Newsletter are the first to be able to purchase our Therapeutic Herbal Products.
This is really where Wildcrafted Herbal Products started back in the late 1970's when Susan started to make her own therapeutic herbal products for her patients. Now you too can access these little miracles in a jar.
In most, but not all, cases the Names of the creams are an indication to what they are used for. Here's a list of the products we are now making available to you:
Here's a short description of each of these creams, their indications and ingredients.
All our therapeutic creams have been formulated in a 100% natural base cream, very similar to our moisturizing creams. As you know, we do not use anything artificial or synthetic in any of our products and the same goes for our therapeutic herbal creams. Just as with our skin and personal care ranges we use certified organic ingredients wherever possible.
Comfrey Plus Cream
Golden Seal (Eyebright) Cream
Emergency Remedy Cream
Phytolacca & Camphor Cream
Witchhazel & Stoneroot Cream
If you are not sure which cream would suite your particular problem or none of the creams above address your health issue, please contact us or use our Vitrual Herbalist form to submit your question to us. Only Susan or Danny will look at your submission and if necessary get in touch with you to ask you further questions in order to answer your questions.
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The odoriferous substances (Essential oils) themselves are formed in the chloroplasts (the bits in leaves that give them the colour and allow for photosynthesis) of the leaves where they combine with glucose to form glucides and are then circulated around the plant in this form. At certain times of the day or year they are stored in particular parts of the plant.
In some plants, the essential oils are produced by the secretory tissues, and in others they are combined with glycosides, and are therefore not detectable until the plant is dried or crushed, for example Valerian.
Essential oils are considered to be an important part of the plant's metabolism: some have hormonal activity, others are a stage in some other process, for example - the oil found in the rind of the orange is a stage in Vitamin A synthesis.
Essential oils can be found in almost any part of the plant, in differing concentrations, depending on the plant itself, the time of day and year. They may be found in the roots (e.g.: Calamus and Valerian), flowers (e.g. Lavender, Rose), bark (e.g. Sandalwood, Cedarwood), fruits (e.g.: Lemon, Cardamom, Orange), berries (e.g. Juniper), and leaves (e.g. Thyme, Rosemary, Sage).
Plants which contain essences must be picked at the correct time of day and in the correct season, and in particular weather conditions in order that a maximum yield of the essential oils can be obtained, and of course, as with all medicinal or nutritional plants, soil conditions, and climatic conditions will also dictate the quality of the oils obtained.
Heavy, concentrated oils are called ABSOLUTES, for example: Rose and Jasmine. Oils which are solid at room temperature and which must be warmed before use are called BALSAMS, for example Benzoin and Camphor.
HOW DO ESSENTIAL OILS WORK?
Essential oils are known to have an effect on us in three different, but overlapping, ways.
When Essential oils are applied to the surface of the body, either via Massage, Baths, Compresses, Creams or Lotions, they will have an effect locally (i.e. the site at which they are applied), and Systemically (i.e. throughout the body). The Systemic effect occurs when essential oils are absorbed through the skin into the Lymphatic Circulation, and they are then dumped from the Lymphatic circulation into the blood stream.
Once the oils are circulating in the blood, they are carried to their TARGET ORGAN/S, where they exert a therapeutic effect on the specific tissues. Every Essential oil has its own Target Organ, e.g. Juniper oil targets the urinary tract and kidneys in particular, with secondary effects on the Digestive, Respiratory and Reproductive Systems. Chamomile Oil targets the Nervous System via which it can then exert a broad effect on many other body Systems, like the Digestive Tract for example.
Even when Essential oils are inhaled only, say in the form of a steam inhalation for a cold or as a fumigator for a background “psychological” effect, the oils will be absorbed across the mucous membranes of the Respiratory Tract and lungs into the blood stream, where once again, they can travel around the body very rapidly.
If essential oils are taken orally, their absorption through the Mucosa (the lining) of the stomach and into the blood is very rapid. Very few essential oils are actually ‘digested’, which is fortunate as their Therapeutic principles may well be altered if this were the case.
The reason why Essential Oils behave in this manner in the body is because the molecules of which they are composed are organic molecules and very small indeed. Below are some of the more common Therapeutic Properties which can be obtained by using Essential Oils.
Neroli’s primary activity is directed to the nervous system and the skin and has been used as a remedy where symptoms arise due to stress and anxiety or depression. It is reputed to be effective in controlling palpitations, stimulates and calms digestion, and is used for a variety of skin problems.
As an ingredient of Massage or Bath Oil blends, Neroli has beneficial effects as an anti-depressant, helps relieve stress and depression and overcomes nervous tension of all kinds.
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We hope you enjoyed these articles and invite you to send us suggestions of topics you would like to see us cover in the coming months.
Your suggestions are always welcome and we endeavour to cover the topics you would like to know more about - so don't be shy, drop us a line or two!
In good health
Danny & Susan Siegenthaler
© Copyright: Wildcrafted Herbal Products, 2008
Hello to you all, and a hearty Miau.
I hope you found last month's article interesting and helpful.
This month we'll look at:
Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital
Eagles Nest Wildlife Sanctuary was founded by owner Harry Kunz in 2001. He created a place for injured, sick, orphaned and unreleasable wildlife, with his 20 years of experience as a wildlife caregiver.
My mum and dad have met Harry while they had their clinic in Cairns (north Queensland) and have at times helped him raise orphaned baby flying foxes. They frequently visited him and were amazed at the number of animals Harry cares for. He’s built large cages for the big birds like the hawks and eagles that cannot be released back into the wild so that they can actually fly around and have a high quality of life.
He also breeds mice for them to make sure they get the type of food they would get in the wild. – Yummy, I love mice…
But Harry goes way beyond that, the animals get medical treatment, are fed with love and wherever possible are eventually released back into the wild, with special preparation for the young ones.
Harry is specialized in birds of prey and houses three unreleasable Wedge tail-eagles plus lots of other raptors. He also has the permit for research und educational training. Researchers, scientists and volunteers are always welcome.
Since November 2003 Harry receives support from his partner, Karin. She cares mainly for the orphaned kangaroos, possums and small marsupials.
Harry runs the sanctuary only with his own money and occasional donations. But that only goes so far and the costs for medication, fuel and food but also has risen sharply of late.
Wildcrafted Herbal Products proudly support Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital and if you would like to help Harry and Karin your donation will go to a very worthwhile cause.
Please make a donation to help them help our wildlife.
You can contact Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital Inc.
Harry Kunz & Karin Traub
Ph & Fax:
0061 (0)7 4097 6098
For now, Miau from me, until next month.
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