Essential Oils? What Can They Do For You?

 

Essential oils have become the new healing power for people with various medical issues. Whether they be used as scents to clear sinuses, lotions to moisturize skin, or be used simply as aromatherapies to improve relaxation, these plant-based oils have become impressively popular and seem to be working wonders. With all that said, not many people know the history of essential oils or what they actually even are. So let’s dive in and find out!

 

Before we get ahead of ourselves, by definition, essential oils are the organic compounds that are extracted from plants. Through the process of distillation, oil is separated from the water-based compounds of the plant by steaming. During this process you are actually separating the most powerful healing compounds of a plant into a single oil.

There is a plethora of different things that you may notice will improve if you add some essential oils to your medicine cabinet. They include: fighting cold and flu symptoms, improving digestion, reduction of wrinkles and strengthen skin, and even can be used to help clean your home. The totally awesome thing about essential oils is that they are completely natural! Whether they be used as medicines or cleaning products, no hazardous chemicals are added.

 

These oils have become so popular that medical hospitals are starting to adopt using them for numerous reasons. A study conducted in 2009 showed that patients who were given aromatherapy prior to entering the operating room, were significantly less anxious and found less patients suffering from anxiety before the surgery took place. Doctors also have used aromatherapy, along with conventional treatments, as treating for pain in hospitals. Essential oils are even used as an antibacterial to help treat cuts, burns, and scrapes. Basically, they have turned into a very versatile medicine that can help treat an incredible amount of conditions.

 

Now I can’t suggest a certain brand of essential oils, but my advice to you, is try out as many as you can. Everyone reacts to them differently so find YOUR niche. Personally, whenever I feel even slightly congested, I use eucalyptus spray on my pillow and night and wake up feeling like a new man! Essential oils aren’t the thing of the future anymore, they are the thing of the present and they are making advancements into the medical field.

 

|Don’t forget about the little things in life. They tend to have a BIG impact|

 

 

– Tyler Kloss

 

 

For more information, check out these sites!

https://draxe.com/essential-oils-guide/

 

 

Essential Oils After Sun Spray

Spring Break is at an end, but that doesn’t mean that tan should be.  While on Spring break, my skin was kissed by the sun, a little more some days than others.  

I always made sure I was lathered up in my SPF, but the Punta Cana sun was a bit stronger than here in the U.S.  That is where this wonderful spray comes in handy.

What is in the after-sun spray you ask?  It’s made with simple, natural ingredients you probably have laying around the house.

  • Witch hazel
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Concoct oil
  • Essential oils

Why use these ingredients and what do they do?

Witch hazel: Freshness and smooths skin, decreases itching and reduces peeling of the skin

Aloe Vera gel: moisturizes skin, soothes skin, and reduces inflammation

Coconut oil: moisturizes skin

Lavender essential oil: soothes occasional skin irritations and rejuvenates skin

Peppermint essential oil: cooling
(Peppermint essential oil is a skin irritant, so while the cooling may feel wonderful, don’t overuse it.)

How to make it?

  • Add 2 tablespoons of witch hazel
  • ¼ cup Aloe Vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • No more than 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • Mix well and pour into a spray bottle

You can store at room temperature, but it’s nice to keep your Essential oil after spray in the refrigerator, to keep it even cooler. After a day in the sun, or even a couple days after, spray on your skin.

I am not a doctor and this DIY product may not work for everyone, but I sure do love it.  Many friends and family have tried it and have fallen in love.  So heal your sunburn with Essential oil after spray.

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-Karlee Fowler

Leave the Cosmetics for Barbie

Pic for Blog- Leave the Cosmetics for BarbieIt is really hard these days to actually find a “natural” person. Almost every girl applies some sort of cosmetic product to their face before leaving the house or at least leaves the smudges on from the night before when they are in a rush. Make-up has become more of a “need” for women than water, which is a problem. Lately, people probably think that I am just lazy and don’t like to do anything with my face before I go to class. Wrong; I having been figuring out how great my skin feels without having to cake on the concealer before I leave the house.  After going six days with a fresh, clean face (yes, then I applied a little eyeliner before I met up with a long-time friend) I started wondering if make-up had side effects that I didn’t know about. This is what I have come to find:

~ Dermatologist Dr. Ijaz from the University Hospital in Karachi found that “all makeup comprises of artificial substances and a large number of chemicals which can harm the skin. These chemicals can seep into your bloodstream via skin absorption”.

~ Make-up is the root cause of acne and skin problems for over 30% of females.

~ Eye shadows are known to contain lead, a carcinogen and neurotoxin that can affect the nervous system adversely, leading to high blood-pressure, allergies, behavioral abnormalities and even decreased rates of fertility!

~ It has been found to be a cause of headaches in women due to the amount of weight it can put on the face causing the head to ache. Avoid wearing make-up for long periods of time to avoid this!

~ Wrinkles and other signs of aging quicken the earlier and more often you apply cosmetics to your face.

~ Lipstick contains aluminum, which may cause long term anemia and even glucose intolerance.

~ Mascara can cause blindness as it contains pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is a very harmful therapy bacteria.

Something important to know is that when a cosmetic product states “Herbal” or “Natural,” there is a good chance it might not be. Cosmetics do not have to be legally tested before placing these labels on the products. If you must wear make-up, making sure you know what products are better for your skin is important. A few ingredients to steer towards are Argon oil-based, plant-based, and fragrance free. Check this out to read about even more 25 Safer Alternatives.

There really is nothing better than being able to rub your eyes in class when you are getting groggy. Am I saying I will never wear make-up? No, but I won’t wear it unless it is a special occasion. If we all stop trying to look like something we are not, men will have to start loving the natural beauties that we actually are. One of my favorite quotes is “Be your own kind of beautiful” and I truly think you should. Don’t cake on the powder, thicken the liner, or plump up them lips without thinking twice. There is no better version of you than the natural one.

“Always remember that it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you keep on going”

~Kenzi Weidman

Sources: Harmful Effects of Cosmetics, The Cost of Beauty, Cosmetics, 25 Safer Alternatives.