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Natural Skin Care Newsletter: January 2007 Issue
(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)
Trends in Skin Care for 2007
Natural Face-Lift Using Acupuncture
How To Use Essential Oils - Part 3: Essential Oils & How To Use Them
Calendula: A powerful healing plant
Kitty's Corner - Heat Stress and Your Pet
January 2007 Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter
Welcome to the January Newsletter. We hope you had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. We at Wildcrafted would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a great New Year with lots of positive, exiting and enjoyable events to fill your lives in 2007.
We hope you'll enjoy the articles in this month's Newsletter and remember, we always welcome feedback, questions and comments from you.
Happy reading and shopping!
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The last few years have seen a focus on products that attempt to halt, slow down or even reverse the aging process of the skin. We have seen an explosion of anti-aging products on to the marked that claim to remove lines and wrinkles in no time. With each new product we were introduced to terms such as 'Neutraceuticles' and the like, each as meaningless as the next. We saw the promotion of Botox injections, machines for microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing and a variety of other gadgets, creams and lotions that supposedly make the skin look visibly younger.
Over the past 2 years, the natural approach to skin care has also enjoyed new growth with more and more women, and more recently men, looking for safer, natural alternatives to skin care. Natural skin care products have seen an amazing increase in demand in the last 12-24 months, and this demand will continue to increase for some time. This is primarily because consumers are becoming more aware of the potentially harmful effects of some of the ingredients commonly used in commercially available skin care.
Just as in the last few decades of the 20th Century, when consumers became more aware of the potentially hazardous effects of artificial colours and flavours, all too often added to our foods and drinks, today, this awareness is spreading into other areas of our lives.
The skin is the largest organ of the human body and it can and does absorb chemicals it is in contact with. As consumers are educating themselves about skin care, they are realising that many of the ingredients they put on their skin, end up in the blood stream. As a result, they are increasingly reading labels, contacting companies asking what their ingredients consist of, and are becoming more selective about what they are willing to put on their skin. This trend will continue not just during 2007, but well beyond.
Other areas of skin care, which are starting to come under increasing scrutiny from consumers, are treatments such as Botox injections, and cosmetic surgery. If the current trend in the USA is any guide, Acupuncture will feature greatly as a natural alternative to Botox injections and cosmetic surgery. Acupuncture is a proven, effective, and ancient form of treatment. Cosmetic Acupuncture, however, is not well known in the west, but media reports are starting to emerge about the use and effectiveness of Acupuncture to treat facial lines and wrinkles.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a totally natural, side-effect-free method of reducing lines and wrinkles, indeed, it not only has the capacity to smooth out those unwanted menaces, but tones the skin and underlying muscles. No doubt, Home-Acupuncture kits and devices will soon be promoted together with microdermabrasion machines and the like.
So, the key trends in skin care for 2007 will see continued, increasing demand for natural skin care products, as well as a demand for qualified Acupuncturist specialising in Cosmetic Acupuncture.
Surprisingly, an area that has not yet seen a major trend toward natural ingredients but which will come into consumer focus soon, is natural cosmetics, such as eye shadows, lipsticks, etc. This will be the next area of beauty care where consumes will demand products containing natural ingredients.
The natural aging process has a habit of catching up with all of as, but there are natural ways to maintain the youthful look of your skin. A natural face-lift using Acupuncture is one such method of keeping those lines and wrinkles at bay. This article looks at how acupuncture can give you a natural face-lift with out side effects, use of potentially toxic chemicals or the expense and pain of plastic surgery.
The natural aging process does catch up with each one of us sooner or later, which is why more and more, women and men too, are looking for a natural face-lift. That is, they are looking for a way to maintain their youthful looking facial skin, naturally. Face-lifts using surgery, or cosmetic face-lifts using products such as Botox injections, are being replaced at least in part, by natural methods.
Acupuncture has been used for millennia to treat disease of all kinds, and lines and wrinkles on the faces are part of that. After all, if Acupuncture can treat diseases of the body, why would it not work on our aging facial skin.
Face-lifts are common place these days, but not everyone wants to spend tens-of-thousands of dollars for on a plastic surgeon, or have potentially toxic chemicals injected into their skin. More and more people are looking toward natural skin care solutions such as natural and organic skin care products and now Acupuncture for maintaining their youthful looks.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture uses acupuncture points, located all over the body to stimulate the body’s own energy. Each point has specific actions, but can also have complex interactions when used together with other acupuncture points.
Typically a face-lift using acupuncture would involve a selection from points such as:
In addition, other points on the body would be selected to treat any underlying health problems, which would also have an effect on the healthy look of an individual. Let's face it, if you are feeling a million dollars, you'll probably look better than if you're feeling low in energy and lack basic health.
As we age, gravity has a more pronounced effect on our skin. In terms of traditional Chinese medicine, this is associated with depleting Kidney Yin/Yang energy and is often accompanied by 'blood and qi' deficiency. The result is less tone in your skin and the development of lines and wrinkles.
How Much Does Acupuncture Cost?
In Australia an Acupuncture session would cost you around $100.- and you would need at least 6-8 treatment over 4-8 weeks to get results. Yes, you would need to undergo this once or twice a year, depending on your age and general health. Compare that to Botox injections or surgery, and you will save yourself a lot of money and pain, not to mention avoiding nasty side effects.
Natural face-lifts are simply a better option. You don't need to use potentially toxic chemicals, nor do you run any risk associated with even the most minor of surgical procedures and you do not need to worry about side effects. Acupuncture will not cause any lasting side effects. At worst, you may get a small bruise where a needle was inserted, but it will clear up in a matter of a day or two and the Acupuncture itself is not painful. In fact Acupuncture is usually very relaxing and energising.
Natural face-lifts are increasingly more sought after and Acupuncture is a very simple, effective way to get results. Make sure the person you choose is well qualified and is an accredited member of a national association.
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Essential oils are powerful substances with incredible healing potential. Scientists are increasingly looking at essential oils for their properties and possible applications. Much attention has been given to a number of essential oils for their anti-microbial and antiseptic properties, as well as many other diseases and conditions for which orthodox medicine seems to have few answers.
However, this article is not looking at the science that is going on. Rather we will discuss the tried and tested applications of several major essential oils that are safe to use and readily available.
Choosing Your Essential Oils
Obviously we can’t discuss all the essential oils in this Article, however, you can review a more comprehensive list of Essential oils by looking at our INGREDIENTSpage, which lists quite a few more oils and by clicking on the name of the oil in this and the Ingredients list, you can find out much more detail about each of the essential oils you are interested in.
Combining your knowledge
Over the past 3 months, we have looked at the ways you can use essential oils in your life. Initially we looked at the various actions and properties of various essential oils. This provided an insight into the essential oils that had particular properties. For example we looked at Anti-septic oils, which included: Basil, Bergamot, Clary sage, Chamomile, Cyprus, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Marjoram, Neroli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose, Tea tree, and many other essential oils.
Then, in the second article, we examined the different ways essential oils can be applied. For example you can use Lavender oil in a diffuser which is to be placed in your bedroom in order to help you go to sleep. Or you can add 3-5 drops into a bath to help relax and unwind, after a stressful day.
In this, the 3rd article, we have so far looked at the specific actions of a particular essential oil, what type of fragrance it has and what ‘note’ it has.
What’s a Note, you ask?
When creating an oil blend, we need to not only consider what we want the blend to do, based upon the indications for each of the oils chosen, but also what the resulting blend will smell like – will we like to use it?
There is often a trade-off between creating an oil blend that will achieve certain objectives and producing a blend that has a balanced and pleasing aroma.
There are several methods used to blend oils. One commonly used approach is the concept of ‘The Three Levels of Being’ (Tisserand, 1984), which is based upon the principle of combining essential oils according to their "energy level", odour intensity, or volatility. This method is used as a guideline for creating an oil blend such that each oil component harmonises with the other oils in the blend, and each oil can be distinguished individually.
The concept is an adaptation of the principles used by Perfumiers that categorises aromas into 3 groups likened in their aromas to musical notes: Base, Middle and Top. This idea can be further extended to include correspondences to the physical body, the mind and emotions and the spirit.
It is important to remember that the terms Base, Middle and Top are relative.
Base Note oils are slow acting with a long-lasting smell. In terms of combined fragrances they form the basic character of the blend, and they also act as "fixatives", slowing down the release of more volatile oils. In this way they have a "calming" effect on an oil blend, and give it "body". Gums, resins and woody oils are usually in this category of Base Notes, e.g. Sandalwood, Vetiver and Cedarwood.
Base Notes have a strengthening effect on body tissues and are often recommended for elderly and debilitated people to strengthen the physical body. They also promote proper function of the skin and mucous membranes.
Looking at mental and emotional correspondences, base notes sedate, solidify and have a "grounding" influence and are good for erratic, airy, nervous "space cadet" types and for those who have weak "connections" to the physical body.
Middle note oils are considered to be Harmonisers. They have a steady evaporation rate, and "fill the gap" between the Top Notes which evaporate quickly and the Base Notes which linger on giving the oil blend roundness and fullness.
Essential oils with spicy, herbaceous "green", fresh aromas are usually categorised as Middle Notes. Some of the floral fragrances may also fall into this category, e.g. Cardamom, Pepper, Lavender, Basil, Hyssop, Clary Sage. At least one middle note oil should be added to every oil blend to form the link between the physical and mental/emotional levels. As harmonisers, it is not surprising to find that Middle Note oils tend to correspond to the area of the body between the Navel and the Throat - i.e. they affect respiration, digestion, absorption, elimination and heart rate, with the primary effect being on the Autonomic Nervous System.
Middle Note oils also provide a "bridge" for communication between the mind and body, with a particular effect on the emotions through the Limbic System.
Generally, Top Note oils are stimulating and uplifting, traditionally represented by those fragrances that are the first we recognise and clearly identify in an oil blend. They are fast acting and short-lived in their effects on the body. Strong, light floral fragrances, the mints and citrus fragrances come into this category, and also some of the herbaceous “green” fragrances like Juniper, Rosemary and Sage. Top Note oils are best for people who are depressed with slow metabolic activity. The Top notes also stimulate intellectual function and provide a good "pick me up" for those who are under stress.
How to put it all together
Now that you know what functions each of the essential oils has and how to use the oil, it’s time to learn how to combine them into a specific blend that you can use in your daily life.
Let’s establish some ground rules.
Quantities and Dilutions:
All quantities and dilutions are given in ml (millilitres). For the purposes of this article, 1 ml, 1 cc (cubic centimetre) and 1 g (gram) may be regarded as interchangeable.
For all massage oils we use a dilution of 2.5%. This is equivalent to: 1 Drop of Essential oil to 2 ml of vegetable oil.
NB: There are 25 drops of essential oil to 50 ml of total blend. So, whatever size bottle you use, simply divide its capacity in mls by 2 and this will give you to total number of drops of the essential oil you need to add to the bottle.
First add the drops of essential oil and then just fill the bottle to the top with your vegetable oil.
For rheumatic pain
General relaxing blend
These are just 2 examples to help you get started. By looking at the first article and selecting the essential oils you find indicated for a specific action, you can start to create your own massage blends.
Here’s one more
You may need to use more than one essential oil to address the problem you are targeting, for example if you have a sore, painful, inflamed ankle, which you have sprained in say the Gym, doing exercise, you may wish to consider using oils such as Bergamot, Chamomile and Lavender. In this case you would use 10 drops of each oil NOT 30 DROPS EACH.
Use 8-12 drops (in total) of essential oil(s) for bowl of hot water
Use 3-5 drops in total of essential oil(s)
Now you know the basic principles and aspects of how to make your own Aromatherapy blend for some general problems.
If you are interested in more detail and greater understanding of Aromatherapy, there are some fantastic books we would highly recommend as your starting point.
There are literally hundreds of books on Aromatherapy, however, the list above is a good starting point for getting the basics right and understanding the principles and concepts behind Aromatherapy.
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Calendula grows as a common garden plant throughout North America and Europe. The golden-orange or yellow flowers of calendula have been used as medicine for centuries. Calendula is an annual garden plant with an anular, branched, hairy stem 1 to 2 feet high. The leaves are alternate, sessile, spatulate or oblanceolate, dentate with widely spaced teeth, and hairy. From June to October, the plant bears large, yellow or orange, terminal flower heads.
Biological Name: Calendula officinalis
Other Names: Marigold, garden marigold, holigold, Mary bud, pot marigold, Calendula
Parts Used: flowers, leaves
Happy New Year to you all and a hearty Miau.
I hope you enjoyed the last column and managed to dry up those weeping eyes.
If you have any questions just send me an email and I'll give it a shot.
This month we'll look at Heat Stress and How heat can affect your beloved pet.
With Summer already having produced temperatures in excess of 40°C (over 110° Fahrenheit), and the hottest times not here yet, your pet is likely to experience heat stress this summer.
It is imperative that you, our loving owners are aware of some of the basics behind it all - so here it goes:
Normal body heat regulation
We loose heat in a number of ways:
Clinical signs of Heat Stress
Causes of Heat Stress
Untreated heat stroke can cause major damage to the internal organs of the body:
As you can see, we too get hot on those hot Australian summer days and you can help us by keeping use cool.
Make sure we have plenty of water - renew the water from time to time to keep it cool - you don't like drinking luckwarm water either, do you?
If it becomes obvious that your pet is not handling the heat wet their coat and maybe a part of the ground where your pet can lie down.
You could put a wet towel in the fridge for a few minutes to make it cold and then put it over your pet.
If you have airconditioning, turn it on before you go out, if you are leaving your pet at home.
If your pet is not responding to any of your helpful attempts take them to the vet as quickly as possible, because if you don't they could die.
Stay cool and enjoy the summer.
For now, Miau from me, until next month.
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