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5 Ways to Incorporate Honey For Beauty

Honey.  The term of endearment often said between couples and families because of its sweetness has many benefits outside of the lovey-dovey feeling it can give to someone.  This natural amber-colored sweetener has a chemical makeup that provides numerous skin healing and soothing benefits.  Here are the top 5 ways you can easily incorporate honey into your skin care regimen.

  1.   Wash Your Face with Honey!

Honey naturally moisturizes the skin by taking moisture from the air and absorbing it into the skin.  It helps your skin stay smooth and soft for several hours.  Simply apply one teaspoon of raw honey after cleaning your dry skin.  Massage, then leave on the skin for 10 minutes.  Cleanse the honey off your face with warm water.

  1.  Exfoliate with Honey!

Naturally occurring enzymes and antioxidants that are found in raw honey.  To create a radiant and glowing appearance, mix two teaspoons of honey with one teaspoon of baking soda.  Apply the honey paste to your skin and rub onto your skin in circular motions.  Wash and enjoy!

  1.  Bath with Honey!

Adding 2 cups of raw honey to running bath water will create a spa inspired treatment for your skin.  Raw honey will help to balance the skin back to its soft and healthy appearance by soaking in the honey bath for 15 minutes.  For an added boost of luxury, add a bath fizzy after the 15-minute soak for a final 15-minute soak.

  1. Clear Acne with Honey!

Honey absorbs impurities from the pores of the skin.  It is also a natural antiseptic and will soothe and heal the skin.  Apply raw honey direct to the skin and leave it on for 30 minutes.  Wash off with lukewarm water and gently dry the face.

  1.  Healthy Hair with Honey!

Raw honey is great for dry, damaged, dull-looking hair.  It helps to retain moisture in the hair and will help rid dry flakes and itchiness on the scalp.  Create your own mask at home by following the recipe below:

Raw Honey Hair Mask

2 T. RAW HONEY

3 T. HONEY ALMOND BODY OIL  (Order at www.daisybluenaturals.com)

1 T. LEMON JUICE

1.  Heat together all of the above ingredients.  Mix well.

2.  Apply mixture to the scalp and hair while it is still warm.

3.  Leave on for 30 minutes.  Rinse and wash as usual.

By |September 6th, 2017|Holistic Health, natural, NATURAL SKIN CARE|0 Comments

The Sad Slippery Slope of Bar Soap – Treehugger (www.treehugger.com)

Majority of Americans between 18-24 now choosing liquid soap because they think bar soap is covered in germs. Many others just find it inconvenient.

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Who would have ever thought we’d be bemoaning the banishment of bar soap? But here we are. A new report from research group Mintel reveals that the sales of bar soap are down as sales of liquid soap are bubbling up. Here is a look at the numbers:

  • Between 2014-15, sales of bar soap fell 2.2 percent compared to an overall market growth of 2.7 percent.
  • The percentage of households using bar soap dropped from 89 percent to 84 percent between 2010-15.
  • 55 percent of all consumers believe bar soaps are less convenient than liquid varieties.
  • 60 percent of consumers between 18 and 24 believe that bar soaps are covered in germs after use; 31 percent of older consumers aged 65+ believe the same.

So let’s break this down a bit.

Are bar soaps more of a hassle than liquid soaps? For a culture that covets convenience, sure. Liquid soaps are not messy, they don’t slip out of our hands, they don’t require a soap dish. But to my eyes this is a myopic take on things. If we consider that $2.7 billion was spent on liquid body wash alone in 2015 – even if we randomly (and generously) assign a cost of $10 per bottle – that’s 270,000,000 plastic bottles with pump parts that end up in the waste cycle. And remember that’s just body wash. While some people refill their dispensers and create less waste, it’s still decidedly more plastic than the paper wrapper of a soap bar.

Moreover, Huffington Post reports that the carbon footprint in general is 25 percent more for liquid soap over bar soap:

In a cradle-to-grave life-cycle analysis of household cleaning agents, including personal body cleansers, Annette Koehler and Caroline Wildbolz of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich found that for a per application or per wash basis, the carbon footprint of liquids is about 25 percent larger than that of bar soaps.

Why? In large part because for a typical visit to the sink, we use almost 7 times more liquid soap (2.3 grams) than bar soap (0.35 grams). That extra soap means more chemical feedstocks and more processing, and thus more energy and carbon emissions.

Liquids also require more energy for packaging production and disposal.

Huffington Post adds that we use more heated water with bar soap than with liquid soap, but why is that? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) handwashing guidelines, the length of time for handwashing (20 seconds) is regardless of soap type. And don’t most people turn the water off when washing their hands anyway?

And then there’s the mess … but is mucky soap goop a problem? At my sinks and in the shower we have soap dishes that apparently allow the soap to dry enough to prevent this; someone educate me here, am I just using magically un-scummy soap?

Next, is bar soap really covered in germs? Why are we becoming so squeamish? The hygiene hypothesis argues that our obsession with cleanliness is actually leading to increased ill health, yet we persist.

The researchers in one study actually contaminated bar soap with bacteria, only to find that the bacteria wasn’t transferred during hand washing. While the CDC does say that a hands-free liquid soap dispenser is preferable for those working in dental care, for all other healthcare workers the agency notes: “Liquid, bar, leaflet or powdered forms of plain soap are acceptable when washing hands with a non-antimicrobial soap and water.”

For the rest of us, the CDC makes no distinction between bar and liquid soap, and in fact shows both in their hand-washing guideline illustrations. Mayo Clinic recommends either option as well.

So in the end, the demise of the soap bar is about misguided fear and convenience; and as we are continually proving our preference for things we can throw away instead of having to actually clean, we are, in the end, making a much bigger mess … even when it comes to a simple bar of soap.

 

https://www.treehugger.com/green-home/bar-soap-sales-slipping-away-millennials-think-its-gross.html

By |May 2nd, 2017|cleanse, Holistic, natural, NATURAL SKIN CARE, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kick That Cold, Naturally!

 

Kick that Cold, naturally!

‘Tis the season for colds and flu & we’ve got you covered at Daisy Blue.  (No worries, I won’t be switching from chemistry to poetry anytime soon)!

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of a common cold usually appear one to three days after exposure to the cold-causing virus.  Unless symptoms worsen, it is recommended to let the virus run its course.

Although you need to let the cold and flu viruses run their course you can help speed up your healing time by doing these simple steps:

  1.  Stay hydrated.  Double your water intake during this time.
  2. Drink warm fluids.  (Find a healing paleo chicken soup recipe that will help boost your immune system shared below).
  3. Get 8 hours, minimum, of sleep every night.  This is the time to take it easy.
  4. Cut dairy & processed foods.
  5. Use Daisy Blue Comfort Oil and Comfort Crystals to ease discomfort & allow for natural healing.

Why Comfort?

Let’s take a look at what makes our Comfort Oil & our Comfort Crystals work and how you can best use these two products in your healing.

The essential oil blend in Comfort, developed by Daisy Blue Naturals, plays a role in its effectiveness.  By using the following essential oils at just the right concentration for each created a holistic healing powerhouse.   What makes each of these essential oils right for Comfort?

EUCALYPTUS:  Eucalyptol is what gives this oil its therapeutic benefits.  It is the ingredient found in most cough drops and mouthwashes.  It controls mucous production in the body and is an effective treatment for the common cold.

SWEET ORANGE:  Anti-inflammatory and aids in respiratory infections, indigestion, muscle soreness, and is calming.

PEPPERMINT:  Soothes digestion & aids in reducing nausea, headaches, muscle aches, infections, and reduces fever.

LAVENDER:  Helps with respiratory, circulatory, and muscular conditions.  Lavender is very relaxing as well, and will help with insomnia, nausea, and headaches.

All four of these essential oils have high infection-fighting attributes as well.  The natural constituent, Camphor, is also present in our Comfort Oil.

Let’s take a comparative ingredient view of our Comfort Oil vs. Vicks Vapor Rub

VICKS VAPOR RUB contains 3 ingredients we say ‘stay away’ from.

  • Man-made Camphor from turpentine oil.
  • Petrolatum – from gasoline.
  • Fragrance – synthetic perfume.

As a comparison, our Comfort Oil contains the following 100% natural ingredients:

Organic Soya Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Eucalyptus, Camphor, Peppermint, Lavender, & Sweet Orange Essential Oils, Vitamin E, and Rosemary Oil Extract. Cruelty Free, *Gluten-Free* 100% Natural *Phosphate & Sulfate Free *Synthetic Fragrance Free.

Education is the key to making an informed decision and Daisy Blue is here to help you along the way!

References

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/symptoms-causes/dxc-20199808

Tortora, Funk & Case, (1992) Microbiology, Redwood City, CA: The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, Inc.

Essential Science Publishing, (2002) Essential Oils Desk Reference, USA: ESP.

http://www.webmd.com

Keville, Kathi & Green, Mindy, (1995) Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, USA: Keville & Green.

 

What You Didn’t Know About Mascara

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WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT MASCARA

Prolonged chemically-laden makeup use causes cellular deficiency.  In other words, the longer you wear a chemically-laden mascara, the worse the damage will be to your eye and surrounding tissue.
Do you know what else happens?

The follicles of the eyelashes are associated with a number of glands.  When the follicle and sebaceous glands clog, your body goes into overload to try and ‘fix’ the clog.  If your body cannot clear it, a stye can form.  This is certainly a BIG HINT that whatever has been on your eyelashes is not good!  Your mucous membranes are trying to keep the chemicals from most mascaras OUT of your body & bloodstream by keeping the follicles clear and healthy.

And this occurs too. 

Damaged follicles will make your lashes grow stubby and in weird directions.  Many typical allergens and irritants are hidden in the ingredients in most mascaras, which can cause this damage.  Even mascaras labeled ‘natural’, ‘hypo-allergenic’, and ‘organic’ will more than likely have these ingredients.

Here are the MAIN OFFENDERS to avoid in mascara:

Acrylate Copolymer, and Polyvinylalcohol (PVA):   MAN-MADE CHEMICAL PLASTIC.  Typically created using acrylic acid (Dow chemical) and a pre-polymer.

Tromethamine:  This is an anti-inflammatory, used in the drug Toradol.

Ehtylhexylglycerin, Parabens, and Phenoxyethanol:  ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVE.  Irritant.  Synthetic preservative.

Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Propylene glycol, and Polybutene:  petroleum by-products that clog the eyelash and skin pores.  Irritant.applying-mascara

CHOOSE NATURAL!

We make it easy for you to find and use a mascara you can not only feel good about, but one that will actually make your eyelashes fuller, and healthier!  Our Natural Mascara contains NO HARSH CHEMICALS.  Check out our ingredient listing below.

Check out our FULL ingredients:  Water (aqua), *Chamomile hydrosol, Carnauba Wax, Mica, * Coffee Powder, *Rice Powder, *Sunflower Oil, *Corn Starch, Lecithin, Vitamin E, Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Goldenseal, *Lemon Peel Extract, * Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vanilla Plantifolia (Orchid) Extract, Iron Oxide, and Titanium Dioxide.

By |December 14th, 2016|Essential Oils, Makeup, NATURAL SKIN CARE|0 Comments

DOES SULFATE-FREE MEAN BETTER?

What’s the fuss over Sulfate-Free, and does it mean anything? 

I’m often asked to decipher cosmetic ingredient labels to see what is the good, the bad, and the ugly, that may be in a particular product.

Honestly, I am amazed at the amount of greenwashing that happens in skin care, hair care, and cosmetics.  I could write a book on the chemicals in our cosmetics and the detrimental effects those ingredients have on our bodies and our environment.

Recently, a friend of mine wanted to learn more about ‘sulfate-free’ shampoos, and if it makes them a better, more natural, choice.  First, let’s take a look at what a ‘sulfate’ is.  Chemically speaking, a sulfate is the salt or ester of sulfuric acid.  There are many chemical compounds created with sulfate, including metal sulfates, magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt), and detergent sulfates.

The ingredient, sodium lauryl sulfate (also known as sodium lauryl ether sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and sodium laureth ether sulfate) is present in the majority of retail store and salon shampoos (about 90% that are on the market today) as a degreasing detergent.  This cheap ingredient is a known irritant and it has the potential to create the by-product, 1,4-dioxane, which is a registered and known carcinogen.

Dry-And-Damaged-Hair-Care-At-HomeBecause regular shampoo contains harmful and synthetic ingredients that are absorbed through our skin pores, we are putting ourselves at risk when we use a potential, carcinogenic product.  By using a regular shampoo, you are saying, ‘Hey, dangerous chemicals, come on in and put me and my body at risk for irritation and potentially cancer.’  Environmentally, sulfate production supports output and use of petroleum.  Another reason to discontinue sulfate-based shampoos is about sustainability.

Sulfate-free shampoos claim to remove any sulfate-based ingredient in their shampoos, but does that make them any better?  It still boils down to understanding the ingredients.  Let’s cut through the misconceptions of sulfate-free shampoos:

 

  1. Sulfate-free does NOT mean natural.
  2. Sulfate-free does NOT mean that another (or many) cheap, chemical surfactant wasn’t used.
  3. Sulfate-free does NOT mean non-irritating (in fact, most alternative ingredients used are just as irritating to the skin).
  4. Sulfate-free means that the salt or ester of sulfuric acid (sulfate) is NOT present. That’s it.

Another common misconception is the belief that shampoo needs to foam to be effective.  This belief is far from the tr

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uth.  In fact, think of it this way.  If your shampoo produces a lot of suds, it is probably full of chemical detergents which can fade hair color, can cause hair to become brittle by stripping your hair of vital oils, and can increase hair breakage, leaving your locks limp and unhealthy.  Synthetic shampoos reduce the size of hair follicles, irritate and disrupt oil glands, and dry out the scalp.

A truly natural shampoo will produce some, or limited, suds, and will not strip your hair of its natural oils.  Your hair will feel squeaky clean, with added shine and bounce. A natural shampoo works great for oily hair too.  When oily hair is exposed to a detergent shampoo, natural hair oils are stripped, which tells your body to produce more oils to the scalp.  Over time, you may see new growth and strength, which are common side effects when switching from a synthetic, commercial shampoo to a truly natural one.

 

By |August 9th, 2016|NATURAL SKIN CARE, What is natural|0 Comments

Whiten your teeth, Naturally!

Did you know that one simple ingredient can whiten your teeth, with results showing in less than one month?  You guessed it, sodium bicarbonate! (Commonly called baking soda).

 

 

Yes, the same baking soda that is in your cupboard for making cookies, or, in your refrigerator to capture odor, can work to help whiten your teeth.

However, over time, if you are using straight baking soda, you can cause damage to your enamel, due to the abrasiveness of baking soda. In addition, you may see the use of lemon oil being recommended.  Please note, using lemon oil direct from the lemon is very acidic, and will do more harm than good on your teeth.

 

 

 

We recommend using our Natural Powder Toothpaste, which is a blend of baking soda, kaolin clay (to lessen the abrasiveness of baking soda), sea salt, & cornmint essential oil.

Add a drop or two of our lemon essential oil, which is already in a natural oil base, diluted (low acidity), and you will have a whitening duo that works for you!

 

 

 

 

 

References

Matthew Armstrong, www.outstandinghealthnow.com – Teeth Whitening at Home with Baking Soda – Video.

 

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/how-to-make-your-own-teeth-whitening-paste-0315

 

http://www.md-health.com/Brushing-Teeth-With-Baking-Soda.html

 

http://draxe.com/homemade-teeth-whitener/

 

 

By |May 4th, 2016|NATURAL SKIN CARE|0 Comments

No Microbeads. EVER.

DB-no-microbeads-lgAt daisy blue, we use natural apricot seeds, natural sugar, and naturally occurring ground pumice to exfoliate.  It may not look as pretty as the colorful microbeads, however, after reading the article below, you will learn why we say ‘no to the bead’, and why President Obama signed into law the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015.


We’re sharing an article published in Forbes magazine, by contributing author Carmen Drahl, that details what microbeads are, and why they are detrimental to our environment and health.

New year, new face scrub? President Obama has signed into law the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which bans microbeads, a common ingredient in personal care products. Tiny microbeads have turned out to be a big problem. Here’s what you need to know.

What are microbeads?

Microbeads are very small bits of plastic that manufacturers use to supply scrubbing power to body washes, exfoliators, toothpastes, and other cleansing products. They look like tiny spheres. They range in size from 1 millimeter, about the size of a pinhead, to 1 micrometer, too small to be seen by the naked eye. According to an estimate from the United Nations Environment Program, a typical exfoliating shower gel might contain as much plastic in microbead form as there is in its plastic container.

                                                                                                                                     

Plastic microbeads (Credit: Flickr/5Gyres and Oregon State University)

Why did President Obama sign a law banning microbeads?

The President signed this ban because scientists have shown that microbeads are harming the environment. After you’ve scrubbed your face or brushed your teeth, the teensy plastic orbs go down the drain.  Wastewater treatment plants weren’t designed to filter out such small plastic bits, so the beads end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans, where folks like Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason, a chemist at the State University of New York at Fredonia, have found them.

In this Wednesday, May 19, 2010 photo, a blue rectangular piece of microplastic is visible on the finger of Julie Masura, a researcher with the University of Washington-Tacoma environmental science program, as Masura examines debris from a collection filter that was pulled through the Thea Foss Waterway, in Tacoma, Wash. Masura and other scientists are developing methods to measure the level of microplastics — tiny plastic particles no larger than a ladybug — in seawater and sediments by sampling the waters of Puget Sound. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Research has demonstrated that the tiny beads look like food to fish and other marine life. Eating the plastic is harmful enough on its own for these animals, but scientists have also shown that plastic pellets can harbor polluting chemicals, potentially causing problems for the food chain and our food supply. If you still think microplastic is a fish-only problem, consider this: dentists have expressed concern that microbeads that are intentionally added to toothpaste are getting stuck in patient’s gums, trapping harmful bacteria. Scientists in China found microbeads someplace they shouldn’t be: in table salt.

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Forbes / Science  January 9th, 2016

Contributing author Carmen Drahl.  An independent journalist specializing in chemistry, in particular the places where chemistry meets biology. I was a staff science writer at Chemical & Engineering News, where I covered anything from forensic science to the question of how life on Earth began. Before that, I earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Princeton University. I’m here to show you why chemistry, the study of matter, matters.

By |March 23rd, 2016|NATURAL SKIN CARE|0 Comments

5 TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL, LUSCIOUS, LIPS!

 Lips NaturalDid you know that the skin on your lips is highly sensitive?  Just kiss somebody; you will see how sensitive your lips really are!

Lips are often the forgotten part of us when it comes to skin care, and one of the first areas to show our age.  First, let’s get into the chemistry of how lips age.

Skin aging happens when collagen in the skin is damaged and loses its elasticity.  Our skin also begins to become drier due to glycosaminoglycan’s (large, sugar-like, molecules in the skin) losing their ability to retain water.  When this happens, your lips will start to lose the nice, plump look and feel.  Thinner, duller, less colored lips are what you can expect as you age.lips

The good news is that the skin is thinner on the lips, there is more opportunity to reverse the signs of aging!  Lip care should begin in your youth; lip balms are needed to protect the lips, and the earlier you start, the easier it will be to keep your lips young and supple.

5 Steps to Beautiful Lips

  1. Hydrate! Take a water bottle with you wherever you go, to keep your lips hydrated and moist.

  2. Use a humidifier.  Add moisture to the air, and keep your lips (and skin) hydrated.

  3. STOP the licking!  Over licking of the lips can cause the barrier to breakdown (saliva contains digestive enzymes that can break down this barrier).  This can dry out the lips.

  4. Exfoliate! Exfoliate the lips on a daily basis.  This will smooth out the lips (great for chapped lips), and allow the balm to soften and smooth.

  5. Apply the Balm. Choose a lip balm that uses natural ingredients, such as natural oils, cocoa butter, and beeswax.  Steer clear of balms and sticks that can dry the lips, which may contain these ingredients to stay away from:  petrolatum, Vaseline, paraffin wax, lanolin.

 

    

Mocha Sugar LiLipScrubLp Scrub – if you’re not intrigued already by the name, which is a yummy organic chocolate concoction, just wait until you try it to exfoliate!

Vitamin E Lip Balm – no added flavor or scent, just a good ‘ole lip balm!LipBalmsL

Grapefruit Mint Lip Balm – specializes in keeping your lips healthy, with a bit of tingly goodness!

Pomegranate Lip Balm – Sweet and sassy, perfect for the season.

Tea Tree Lip Balm – for those needing extra care, Tea Tree essential oil helps ward off bacteria, viruses, and more.  Use for cold sores, blisters, and for the prevention of them as well.

By |February 8th, 2016|Essential Oils, NATURAL SKIN CARE, Uncategorized, What is natural|0 Comments

WINTERS CURSE – Dull Complexion & Dry Skin: What you can do about it

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Cold Winter Curse – Dull Complexion & Dry Scaly Skin

Why this happens – during the winter months, your dead skin cells turn over slower, causing a build-up of dead skin.  Circulation also slows down, decreasing the natural glow in your complexion and leaving your skin feeling dry.

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What can you do – start by staying hydrated!  Drink water, then drink some more.  Boost your omega-3 intake by eating foods rich in this essential fatty acid, like salmon, walnuts, spinach and soybeans.  Your daily skin regime needs to be tailored for the winter months as well.  Start by using a cream-based cleanser and only use a soap-based cleanser weekly (or as needed for oily skin).  After toning, choose to moisturize with a cream or balm.  They are richer in vitamins & antioxidants than a traditional facial moisturizer or lotion, and will protect the skin from drying out from the cold.  2-3 times per week, be sure to exfoliate the skin.  This will help to remove the dead skin cells that are sluggish, and give your skin a pick me up boost. AlmondScrubL

It’s also important to exfoliate the entire body.  Start by using a natural loofah every day, and supplement using a natural sugar-based scrub, to gently buff away the dead skin cells that build up over time.

See our full skin care line at Daisy Blue Naturals.  We recommend the following products:  Cleansing Cream, Toning Mist, Rejuvenate Cream with Chardonnay, Liquid Gold Face Serum, Rejuvenate Scrub with Chardonnay, and, for added protection and healing, the Shea Butter Healing Balm.  For the body, the Awesome Almond, Pomelicious Pomegranate, or the Organic Hemp Sugar Scrubs (with added beeswax for extra conditioning and protection).

Kitchen Made Skin Care

YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!

Mix equal parts of honey and milk (or yogurt) together to create a mask.  Apply to face for 15-20 minutes, and rinse off.

Honey has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and both milk and honey have a history of reducing the effects of aging.  This mask is also great at reducing scars.

By |December 7th, 2015|NATURAL SKIN CARE, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Determine the Quality of an Essential Oil

What is Aromatherapy?   

Aromatherapy is a concept tied to the scientific advances of the 20th century, that is rooted in Western, industrialized, and science-biased societies of our times.  The term,

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‘aromatherapy’, was first introduced by René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist who is considered the father of Aromatherapy.

He discovered the healing properties of lavender essential oil by accident.  He had badly burned his hand during an experiment, and plunged his hand into the nearest tub of liquid, which just happened to be lavender essential oil.  He was amazed at how quickly his burn healed, with very little scarring.  This started the fascination with essential oils, and inspired him to experiment with them during the First World War on soldiers in the military hospitals.

The definition for aromatherapy reads, “The use of volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical wellbeing.”

How Essential Oils Work

I like to keep this simple, and call it the 3 P’s of how an essential oil works.

  1.  Psychologically – scent has an enormous impact on our psyches, as it brings about memories evoked by certain smells.  A scent can bring about different feelings & thoughts.  For example, smelling vanilla may unveil a happy feeling, and a memory of cookies baking in the oven from childhood.
  2. Physiologically – Once an essential oil is absorbed through the skin, (which is quick and easy due to their lipid-solubility and extremely small molecular size), and enters the bloodstream, studies of a ‘before and after’ blood sample will detect a change.  Depending on which essential oil was used, detectable amounts of the main chemical constituents of the oil are found in the bloodstream.
  3. Pharmacologically – The natural remedy for what the essential oil is used for.  As René-Maurice determined, lavender essential oil healed his burn quickly.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-herbs-essential-oils-fresh-green-image45305266QUALITY & PURITY

There are two well-known terms that are used when determining ‘how good’ an essential oil is.

Purity – refers to the authenticity, the promise, that the product is unadulterated.

Quality – grade of an oil, which can be influenced by growing, processing, or extraction methods. 

Unfortunately, there is no standard for the purity of an essential oil.  Like many people, it is assumed that if a product is labeled ‘essential oil’, it is natural and pure.  Just like with the word, natural, this is not always the case.  Most fragrances (including those labeled as natural or essential oils) used in the skin-care industry can be synthetic, including those found in natural food stores and coops.

 GRADING OF ESSENTIAL OILS

As part of the quality determination of an essential oil, they may be given a certain grade.  Typically, essential oil producers will grade their oils in one of the following acceptable categories:

  1. Conventional – traditional growth and extraction.  Majority of essential oils.
  2. Organic – grown organically, using traditional growth and extraction methods.  Harder to source, and can be cost prohibitive.
  3. Food-Grade – these oils carry an FCC rating approved for use in food flavorings or additives, and can be used in skin-care as well.

What about therapeutic grade?

Unfortunately, there is no official or standardized definition of the word therapeutic, in regards to essential oils.

The term ‘therapeutic grade’ is used as a marketing term to elicit the idea that the essential oil is of a grade that is ‘purer’ or ‘better’ than one that is not labeled therapeutic.

The amount of effective chemical constituents in essential oils can vary from season to season, based on the time of the year the essential oil was harvested, where the plant was grown, and how it was extracted.

What is the FDA’s involvement in regulating essential oils?

“Essential Oils” and “Aromatherapy”

There is no regulatory definition for “essential oils,” although people commonly use the term to refer to certain oils extracted from plants. The law treats Ingredients from plants the same as those from any other source.

(http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductsIngredients/Ingredients/ucm388821.htm#essential)

The FDA regards an essential oil as a DRUG, when a claim is made in which the given essential oil will cure or treat a certain condition.

 

HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE A QUALITY ESSENTIAL OIL PRODUCTEssential Oils

Labeling is the first indicator – although it does not always ensure purity.  The label should state the common, and INCI / botanical name, for the given essential oil.

Example:  Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) Essential Oil.

Now, this can be taken a step further.  Quality essential oil companies will list, (or give you the information when requested), the origin of the essential oil, how it was extracted, and will give you the MSDS, Product Specifications, and any Certifications (kosher, fair trade, organic), when applicable.

Finally, trust in the purity of the product.  Knowing where your product is coming from is just as important as the items listed above.

 

References

Kurt Schnaubelt, Medical Aromatherapy, Healing with Essential Oils, (Frog, Ltd.  1999).

René-Maurice Gottefossé,  Gattefossé’s Aromatherapy:  The First Book on Aromatherapy, (Girardot & Cie, Paris, 1937, 1993, 1995).

Kathie Keville and Mindy Green, Aromatherapy:  A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, (The Crossing Press, Freedom, CA, 1995).

U.S. Food & Drug Administration, http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductsIngredients/Ingredients/

Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, (New World Library, 1991).

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