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Anti-Aging with Real Results

Nerium Oleander an amazing discovery in an Anti-Aging natural skin care product

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I started using this product after my mom was using it for only a few days and her friends noticed the change in her skin and asked her what she was doing!  I personally noticed a change immediately in my skin; pores are smaller, fine lines diminishing, skin coloring is evening out and the deeper lines are becoming lesser and lesser.

Check out the Clinical Trials done by ST&T

Here are some examples of Before and After pics to show how well it works.  These are after 90 days of using Nerium.

For more information contact: angelablouin.nerium.com 

Kelp Mask

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Add Kelp Powder to a small bowl along with Aloe Gel, Honey and Lavender Essential Oil then mix well

Apply to face and leave on for about 15-20 minutes

Remove with warm water and pat your face dry

Follow up with a moisturizer

For the body you will want to apply in the shower.  You can also apply to your face in the shower

Recipe – For the Face

  • 1 Teaspoon Kelp Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Aloe Gel
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey
  • 1 Drop Lavender Essential Oil

For Face & Body

  • 1 Tablespoon Kelp Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Aloe Gel
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (You don’t want to leave out because of the strong Kelp smell)

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A Basic Scrub For All Skin Types

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Blend everything in a food processor until finely granulated or each ingredient separately in a coffee grinder, mix and then store in a jar.

  • Put a Tablespoon of Scrub in the palm of your hand
  • Add just enough Water or Floral Water to make a paste
  • Gently make circular motions on your face, neck and chest
  • Let the scrub do the work, don’t press too hard
  • You can put a jar in your shower to use on your face & body but make sure you don’t get any water in it or it will mold

* Because of the Clay in the Scrub you can also leave it on your face for 10 minutes, this will act as a mask.  If Clay starts drying use one of your Hydrosol’s or Floral Water to keep moist so as to only draw out toxins and excess oils without over drying your skin.

Other ingredients you can add in place of water…

  • Honey is added for extra moisture and it absorbs impurities from the pores
  • Olive Oil can be added for Dry Skin, it penetrates deep into the skin & locks in natural moisture.

Basic Scrub Recipe – Makes 3 Cups

  • 1 Cup Raw Almonds
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 Cup Pink Kaolin Clay
  • 1/4 Cup Lavender Flowers and/or Rose Petals and/or Chamomile Flowers (Optional)

You can buy all the ingredients here at a very reasonable cost www.mountainroseherbs.com  Or check your local health food store.

* The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family you should seek the advice of qualified, licensed health professionals. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Ingredient List for Natural Skincare

Powders & Meals

Dry-Ingredients

Almond Meal – Brewers Yeast – Flax Seed Meal – Oats-

  • Almond Meal – All skin type.  Cleansing,  moisturizing, softening, smoothing, nourishing, lifts out impurities by unclogging Pores, cleanses away dead skin cell & replenishes skin oils.  Anti-Inflammatory & anti-oxident.  High in vitamin E which is great for premature aging
  • Use in:  Face & Body Scrubs & Masks.
  • Aloe Vera Powder - Dry, aging, acne & rosacea.   Soothing, protective, potent moisturizer, increases blood supply, rejuvenating, connective tissue formation, reduces scars, stimulates epidermal growth & repair, stimulate collagen & elastin.  Anti-Inflammatory, antiseptic & anti-Bacterial.
  • Use in: Scrubs, Masks, Soothing Creams & Lotions, Sun Care Products, Shampoos & Conditioners.
  • Arrowroot Powder - All skin types.  Healing, softening, helps other Ingredients penetrate the top layers of the skin & emollient.  Astringent & slightly antiseptic.
  • Use as: a Thickening Agent in Moisturizer, in Face, Body Powders, & Baby Powders or as its own Face Powder due to its Oil Absorbent properties.
  • Brewers Yeast - Great for acne.  Helps to clear problem skin, minimize brown spots, tighten pores, pull out Impurities, helps UV damage, stimulates blood flow, circulation & brightens complexion.  Anti-bacterial.  High in B Vitamins, Chromium & Selenium.
  • Use in:  Scrubs & Masks.
  • Flax Seed Meal - Dry, acne, mature. & helps improve eczema, psoriasis & rosacea.  Soothing, nourishing, moisturizing, softening, provides healthy cellular activity & skin regeneration.  Anti-inflammatory.  Contains Omega 6 Essential Fatty Oils.
  • Use in: Face & Body Scrubs & Masks.
  • Kelp Powder - All skin types.  Highly nutritious, toning, softening, firming, stimulating, hydrates, regenerates skin cells, exfoliates dead skin cells, clogged pores, minor abrasions, skin irritations, removes toxins, mineral rich that smooths & soothes the skin.  Anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial & anti-tumor.  High In Iodine, Vitamins A, B Complex, C & E.
  • Use in: Scrubs, Masks, Salves, Hair Care, Face Cleansers, Body Wash.
  • Oat Powder - All skin types.  Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, cleansing, softening, moisturizing, toning, protective to the skin, lifts away dead skin cells, helps fade age spots, smooths skin, protect the skin, helps minimize scars, make a paste for rashes & insect bites.  Anti-Inflammatory, anti-oxidant & anti-itch.
  •  Use in: Face & Body Scrubs, Masks, Soaps.
  • Orange Granules - Oily & aging.  Cleansing, stimulating, helps improve skin tone, helps maintain capillary & collagen health, removes dead skin cells, reduce blemishes.  Antiseptic & anti-oxidant.
  • Use in: Scrubs and Masks.
  • Orris Root Powder All skin types.  Violet fragranced rhizome of The orris Iris, adds moisture, elasticity, protective, healing, exfoliating, detoxify, helps the skin rid itself of dead particles and other toxins.  Mild astringent.
  • Use in: Face and Body Powders, Peeling Creams, Toothpaste.
  • Rose Hip Powder - Dry, oily, combination, mature & damaged skin.  Toning, firming, hydrating, oxygenates, purifies, revitalizing, removes dead cell, smoothes rough skin, fades spots,  gives the skin a healthier more radiant appearance.  Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & anti aging.  High content of essential fatty acids, vitamins & minerals.
  • Use in: Scrubs & Masks.
  • Spirulina – Dry, acne, wrinkles, psoriasis & eczema.  Helps the formation of new cell membranes, eliminates toxins, helps store moisture & improve elasticity.  Incredibly high in anti-oxidants.  Contains amino acid methionine, vitamins C, B1, B5, B6, E, beta-carotene, copper, manganese & zinc.
  • Use in: Scrubs, Masks, Cleansers & Moisturizers. 

 Herbs

Herbs for Skincare

Chamomile – Rose - Lavender - Marigold – Frankincense – Sandalwood    

  • Chamomile Flowers - Dry, oily, sensitive, acne, aging skin & eczema, soothes rashes, soothing, healing, strengthening to the skin tissue, reduce puffiness, cleansing to the pores.  Antiseptic, anti-oxident & anti-inflammatory.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Comfrey leaf - Oily, acne, sensitive, mature, wrinkles & helps relieve eczema, soothing, healing, emollient, revitalizing, rejuvenating, cell regenerator, increases blood circulation.  Mildly astringent.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Elder Flowers - All skin types, softens dry & mature. Irritable skin, healing, soothing, Firming, cleansing, smoothes skin, protects against infections, clears the skin, reduces pore size & Breakouts.  Anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic & mildly astringent.
  •  Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Frankincense Resin - Dry, acne, wrinkles & aging skin.  Balancing, tighting, improves elasticity, rejuvenating, cell regenerator, reduces scarring, soothe rashes & improves circulation.  Anti-inflammatory.
  • Use in: Steams & Bath Tea (use in tea bag)
  • Jasmine Flowers -  Dry, greasy, sensitive skin, wrinkles & reduce fine lines.  Elasticity, nourishing, balancing, soothing, smooths, skin-softening, irritated, scars, and cleanses the skin.  Anti-bacterial & anti-fungal.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Lavender Flowers - Normal, dry, combination, wrinkles, oily, acne, eczema & seborrhea.  Cleansing, balancing, itchy skin, sunburn, scars, inflammation, cell regenerator & stimulating to complexion.  Astringent, antiseptic & anti-fungal.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Lemongrass - Acne.  Cleansing, normalizes overactive oil glands, regulate skin oils, minimize pores, tonic & high vitamin A content.   Antiseptic, anti-microbial & anti-bacterial.
  •  Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Licorice Root - Acne & mature.  Improves skin tone, emollient, soothing & further opens pores to help enhance the penetration of all nutrients.  Anti-inflammatory.
  • Use in: Steams
  • Marigold (Calendula)Dry, sensitive, acne & eczema.  Soothing, cleansing, sagging, irritable, damaged, ulcers, protects cells, reduce capillary blood vessels, reduces inflammation, irritated tissue, calming properties, wound healing.  High amounts of flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamin C, proteins, bio-flavonoids, glycosides & saponins.  Antiseptic & anti-oxidant.
  • Use in: Steams, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Peppermint - Oily & acne.  toning, soothing, cooling,refreshing, revitalizing, clarify, improves circulation, reduces large pores, helps restore elasticity.  Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-itch & astringent.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Rose Petals - All skin, especially dry, sensitive & mature.  Cleansing, softening, toning, stimulating, soothing, hydrating to all skin types, retains moisture.  Anti-aging, astringent & mild anti-inflammatory.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Rosemary Oily & wrinkles.  toning, healing, blackheads, dull, lifeless skin, sagging skin, circulation & restore elasticity.  Astringent, anti-oxidant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial.
  • Use in: Steams, Hair Tonics & Bath Tea.
  • Sandalwood Chips/Powder - All skin types especially dry, acne, oily, mature & wrinkles.  Improves circulation, brings a glow to the skin, tightens pores, scars, spots, irritated, blemishes, inflamed & soften the skin by holding in moisture.  Anti-aging, anti-itch, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory & antiseptic.
  • Use in: Steams & Bath Tea (use in tea bag).
  •  Yarrow - Oily & wrinkles.  toning, healing, soothing, inflamed, large pores, chronic redness, scars & stretch marks.  Strong anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.                                                                                       

Liquids

Liquids

Pure Aloe Vera Gel – Apple Cider Vinegar - Grape seed Oil – Olive Oil

  • Aloe Vera Gel - Penetrates tissue, cellular renewal, tightening, dilates capillaries increasing blood supply, breaks down & digest tissue, enzymes that hasten the regenerative phase of healing, moistening to the tissue, balancing the skins natural Ph, draws & holds oxygen into the skin, which in turn holds in moisture.  Anesthetic, anti-itching, anti-bacteria & anti-inflammatory.
  • Use in: Masks, Cleansers, Toners, Tonics, Creams, Face & Body Oils.                                                                                        
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - All skin types except sensitive.  Helps sunburn, psoriasis & other itchy skin condition. Reduce red marks & blemishes, toning, purifying, soften skin, restore skin’s natural pH balance, helps keeps skin supple, very oxygenating, maintaining elasticity, healing & reviving.  Contains natural enzymes, vitamins & minerals.  Rich in anti-oxidants, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial.
  • Use as: A Natural Preservative, Toners, Tonics, Astringent, Cleansers and in Baths.
  • Castile Soap - All skin types.  Olive oil based soap, slightly alkaline which temporarily changes the Ph of the skin & helps the soap combine with dirt, so it easily washes away, the skin then reverts to its normal, slightly acid Ph.  Anti-oxidant.
  • Use in: Cleansers & Body Washes.
  • Honey - All skin types.  Soothing, healing, nourishing, rejuvenating, refreshes depleted skin, high in enzymes so it has a exfoliating effect, maintains suppleness & elasticity.  Anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial & Aanti-microbial.
  •  Use in: Masks, Scrubs, Moisturizers, Cleansers, Creams, Shampoos and Conditioners.
  • Hydrosols Powerful water by-product from the distillation process of essential oils.
  •  Use in: Masks, Scrubs, Moisturizers, Cleansers, Creams, Shampoos and Conditioners.  See Wonderful Hydrosols for individual descriptions
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract - All skin types, especially dry, oily, acne, eczema & dermatitis, healing, deep cleansing.  Anti-aging, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic & anti-bacterial.
  •  Use as: a natural Preservative in Toners, Tonics, Astringents, Cleansers, Lotions, Face & Body Oils. 
  • Lecithin - All skin types, great for wrinkle.  Softening, toning, reduces, Irritation, restores moisture, emulsifier.  Anti-oxidant & anti-inflammatory.
  • Use In: Cleansers, Lotions, Face & Body Oils.
  • Lemon Juice - Heals acne, reduce fine lines & wrinkles.  Toning, scars, age spots, remove blackheads, removes dead skin cells, mild skin peel, brightens & smooths the complexion. 
  •  Use in: Scrubs, Masks & Toners.
  • Squalane -  Dry, wrinkles, helps eczema & psoriasis.  Damaged, hydrating, emollient, smoothing, softening & regenerates cells.  Nutrient rich oil derived from olives, wheat germ, rice bran & amaranth Seeds.
  • Use in: Masks, Moisturizers, Cleansers & Creams.
  • Witchhazel - All skin types, great for oily & mature.  Cleansing, toning, tired, sluggish, blemished, Infected skin or scalp, tightens loose tissue, effective tonic for red veins on face & nose.  Astringent & Anti-oxidant.
  • Use in: Cleansers, Toners, Tonics & Astringents.

Clay

Clay

French Green – Kaolin – French Pink 

All clay is rich in minerals and active enzymes that remove dead skin cells; it stimulates circulation, absorbs dirt and draws out toxins.  They also tone and strengthen the connective tissues, exfoliates the skin which encourages skin cell turnover.                                           Use in: Scrubs & Masks.

  • Bentonite - All skin types especially acne & wrinkles.  Age spots, sagging, natural detoxifier, clarify the pores, draws out blackheads, purify skin & gives a radiant complexion.  Anti-bacterial & anti-aging.
  • Dead Sea Mud - All skin types.  it has pure minerals that come from deep in the ocean.  Restore healthy skin cells, removes toxins, & improve overall appearance.  Contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium & iodine that revitalize the skin.
  • French Green - All skin types especially wrinkles.  The green comes from 44.5% silica content, containing plant matter, providing nourishing minerals.  Hydrating, removes Impurities, invigorates the complexion, tightens pores absorbs excess sebum, dust & contaminants.  Leave a mask on for no more than 5 to 10 minutes
  • French Pink Clay - A combination of red and white clay and is one of the mildest.  Normal, sensitive, delicate, mature skin & also used to treat acne.  Cleansing, detoxifing, remove dead skin cells, refreshes skin, absorbs dirt, oil & bacteria from pores
  • Fullers Earth - Great for acne, oily spots & blemishes.  Dull complexion, reduce oil and remove Iimpurities, exfoliates dead cells & increases blood circulation below the skin.
  • Kaolin Clay - All skin types (except the red), including very sensitive & delicate.  Stimulate circulation deep into the capillaries, brightens & decongest the skin.  Comes in 4 colors – white, yellow, pink & red.

White Kaolin -  It is also known as china clay or white clay, the most gentle of the three.  Use to cleanse, gently exfoliate & stimulate blood circulation.

Pink Kaolin - it is also gentle and contains the same benefits as white kaolin.  Emollient, balances skin’s pH, refines skin texture & dehydrated skin.

Yellow Kaolin - It is a little bit stronger than the other two types of kaolin clay but is still gentle and works to exfoliate & cleanse without removing excess oils.

Red Kaolin - A stronger drawing power than other kaolin clays. This clay is more suitable for oily skin.  Works to exfoliate & cleanse without removing excess oils.

  • Moroccan Red Clay, Rhassoul - All skin types especially oily & acne.  It is found beneath the Atlas mountains of Morocco.  Extremely absorbent, very cleansing, improves circulation, detox’s the skin, tightens pores, firming, improves skin texture, clarity, elasticity, balances skin & brings brightness of the epidermis.  Highly Astringent.

* The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family you should seek the advice of qualified, licensed health professionals. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 

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Wonderful Hydrosols

WonderfulHydrosol@cali-zona.com What is a Hydrosol?  It’s a healing water and the by-product of the actual distillation process of essential oils.  The highest quality Hydrosols are steamed in small batches of fresh floral and plant material, like flowers, leaves, roots, barks, stems and seeds for the production of Hydrosols only.  Every drop contains the water-soluble active principles of the whole plant.  There is a small amount of the essential oil about 5% retained in the water that disperse in an ionized form. They are just like essential oils but a milder form.  They are not to be confused with floral waters which are waters with added essential oils.

What is the benefit of using a Hydrosol?  The mildly antiseptic, anti inflammatory, and cooling properties are wonderfully balancing as well as rejuvenating to the skin, while the vitamins and minerals nourish.  The waters are so full of nutrients and therapeutic properties, which make them great for all skin types and contain skin-soothing substances.  The nutrients are also valuable to the scalp and hair.

How to store your Hydrosol?  When not being blended with other products, they should always be kept in a cool dark place and in the refrigerator during warmer months.

  • You can use Hydrosols in Toners, Body Sprays, Facial Oils, Creams & Lotions
  • Use Hydrosols to keep clay masks moist to continue pulling out toxins while keeping the good oils in your skin
  • After cleansing your skin spray onto skin and apply facial oil right away to trap in the moister
  • Add them to dry scrubs & masks in place of water

Some of our favorites:

Basil - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne & Aging.  Mild Tonic, Cleansing, Balancing, Free Radical Scavenger & stimulate new Hair Growth.  Basil helps the active ingredients of other herbs to penetrate the Skin.  Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Fungal.

Calendula - Sensitive & Irritated.  Eczema, Refreshing, Healing, Skin Disorders, Epidermal Scratches, Scars, Abrasions, Rashes, Sunburn, Burns, Hotspots & All around Skin Tonic. Anti-Septic, Astringent, Anti-Bacterial Anti-Microbial & Anti-Inflammatory.

Cistus (Labdanum) - All Skin Types especially Wrinkles & Fine Lines.  Tightening, Detoxifying, Helps Plump up Skin Cells, Cleansing, Healing for Wounds, Healing of Scar Tissue, Prevent & Stop Bleeding.  It may also be effective in helping to Heal & Prevent Stretch Marks.  Powerful Anti-Aging & strong Astringent.

Chamomile, German - All Skin Types especially Dry, Sensitive, Aging & Irritated.  Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Soothing, Itching, Spider Veins, Burns, Improves Elasticity, Reduces Puffiness & Dark Circles.  Powerful Anti Inflammatory, Anti Bacterial & Antiseptic.

Chamomile, Roman - Soothing, for All Skin Types especially Fair Skin, Sensitive,  Inflamed, Oily & Acne prone.  Toning, Calms Rashes, Great for Burns.  Astringent & strong Anti-Inflammatory.    

Clary Sage - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne and Congested.  Balancing, Toning, Revitalizing, Improves Elasticity, Cell Regenerator, Reduces size of Pores, Dandruff & Hair-loss.  Astringent, Antiseptic, Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Inflammatory.

Cornflower - All Skin Types  especially Dry, Delicate thin Skin & Aging.  Eczema, Healing, Soothing, Toning, Firming, Hydrating, Disinfect Wounds, Eye wash for Tired & Puffy Eyes,  Use for Dandruff, A Rinse for Pale Blonde, White & Grey Hair.  Anti-Inflammatory, Astringent & Antiseptic.   

Cucumber - Sensitive Skin.  Healing, Soothing, Toning, Hydrating, extremely Refreshing, Cooling, Repairs Damaged Skin, reduces Fine Lines, reduces Pores, Strengthens Collagen, Elastin & Connective Tissue.  Use in the summer as a crisp refreshing face & body spray.  High in Vitamin C, High in Silica.  Anti-Inflammatory.

Frankincense - All Skin Types especially Dry, Aging & Acne.  Reduces Wrinkles, Hydrating, Toning, Lifting, Firming, Helps maintain Skin Elasticity, Refines Skin Texture & Helps fade Stretch Marks.  Antiseptic

Helichrysum - Dry, Sensitive, Oily, Mature & Aging.  Rosacea, Toning, Healing, Hydrating, Congested, Damaged & Helps to Heal Scar Tissue.  Analgesic, Anti-Oxidant & Anti-Inflammatory.

Holy Basil (Tulsi) - Oily & Acne.  Soothing, Aids Circulation, Opens Clogged Pores & Congested Skin.  Anti-Bacterial, Antiseptic, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Oxidant.

Lavender - All Skin Types, especially Sensitive, Damaged & Fragile.  Very Cooling, Soothing, Balancing, Healing, Toning, Rejuvenating, Regenerative, Minor Burns & Rashes.  Antiseptic & Anti-Inflammatory.

Lemon Balm/Melissa - Normal, Dry, Oily, Mature & helps combat Acne.  Eczema, Nourishing, helps Dull Sluggish Skin, Rashes, Irritations & Sunburn.  Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Viral & Anti-Inflammatory.

Lemongrass - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne & Skin Irritations.  Balancing, Toning, Very Refreshing, Invigorating & helps balance Oily Scalps.  Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal & Analgesic.

Lemon Verbena - All Skin Types especially Dry & Combination.  Hydrating, Cleansing & Clears Impurities.  Astringent & Strong Anti-Inflammatory.

Lime - Oily.  Soothing, Toning, Invigorating, Refreshing, Stimulates Circulation, Balances pH, Tightens the Skin, Minor Blemishes & Rejuvenating.  Astringent.

Neroli (Orange Blossom) - Oily, Sensitive, Mature, Dull, Congested & Blemished.  Balancing, Hydrating, Toning, Refreshing, Detoxifying, Cellular Regeneration & improves  Elasticity.  Astringent & Anti-Bacterial.

Peppermint - Oily, Acne & Blackheads.  Cooling, Stimulating, Dull, Irritations, Itchy, Purifies Sluggish Skin & Pores.  Antiseptic, Anti-Microbial, Mild Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Inflammatory

Rose - All Skin Types, especially Dry, Sensitive & Mature.  Toning, Hydrating, Regenerative,  Retains Moisture, Tighten Pores, restores ph Balance, Refreshing to Tired Eyes & Reduces Broken Thread Veins.  Mildly Astringent.

Rose Geranium - All Skin Types especially Dry, Combination, Sensitive, Irritated & Acne-prone.  Helps relieve Rosacea, Hydrating, Nourishing, Very Balancing & Cell Regenerator.  Antiseptic, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Aging.

Rosemary - Normal, Dry, Oily & Acne.  Toning, Balances Oil Glands, Regenerates Cells, Detoxifying, Helps Unclog Pores, Stimulates Circulation, Maintains Hair Shine & Softness.  Powerful Anti-Oxidant.

Sandalwood - Dry, Delicate, Oily & Acne.  Helps relieve Eczema & Psoriasis, Balancing, Skin Disorders, Tired, Soothes Irritation, Protects Wounds, Sores, Pimples, Boils & Infections.  Anti-Inflammatory.

Yarrow - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne, Inflamed & Irritated.  Balancing, Toning, Soothing, Detoxifying & Stimulates Circulation.  Since it contains silica, it helps promotes Tissue Repair, Scars & Helps reduce Varicose Veins.  Astringent, Antiseptic, Anti-Bacterial & Strong Anti-Inflammatory

Ylang Ylang - All Skin Types especially Dry, Oily & Combination.  Cell Regeneration, Restorative & Balances Moisture.  Antiseptic, Analgesic, Antibiotic & Anti-Inflammatory

Here are 3 high quality companies for ordering:

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/fwater/fwater.html - Best prices

http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/soap/descrip.asp

http://www.shopsimplers.com/collections/hydrosols

A great book  Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy Book by Suzanne Catty.

* The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family you should seek the advice of qualified, licensed health professionals. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 

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It’s all about the oil

There are many oils used for the face and body to keep the skin supple and hydrated. They have therapeutic qualities, and are used for normal skin, combination skin, sensitive, oily, acne, mature and wrinkles.  In Aromatherapy they are used as a carrier oil for the essential oils and added because of their therapeutic qualities.

Oils-for-the-skin

* Make sure they are expeller or cold pressed unrefined and organic

Cold Pressed - A method of mechanical extraction where heat is reduced and minimized throughout the batching of the raw material.  This helps the oil maintain its original state, constituents, and depth.  Temperatures are rigorously controlled to ensure that it does not exceed 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit.  Although not a practical method of extraction for all vegetable oils on the market it is highly regarded as the extraction method of choice.
Expeller Pressed - A method of natural, mechanical extraction and processing of oils where a small amount of heat is produced simply through the frictional heat created by hydraulic presses.  This is usually around 120-200 degrees Fahrenheit and makes the oil suitable and economical as a base for cosmetics because of its fairly undisturbed molecular state. It also makes fine food grade oil.

Here is a list of oils, butters & waxes and their actions.  Always test a small amount on your wrist to make sure there is no allergic reaction.  If you are allergic to any nut DO NOT use the oil!

Almond oil - Absorbs Easily, Dry Skin, Wrinkles, Itchy, Temporary relief from Eczema & Psoriasis.  Skin Rejuvenation, Nourishing, Softens, Smooths & is a Sun Protector.  Anti-inflammatory.  Rich in Protein, Essential Fatty Acids, and Rich in Minerals & Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 & E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Apricot oil - Easily Absorbed, Dry, Prematurely Aging, Mature, Sensitive, Inflamed, Irritated, Eczema, Toning, Nourishing, Clogged Pores, Scar Tissue, Helps retain Elasticity & Suppleness.  Anti-inflammatory.  High in Oleic, Linoleic Acids, GLA, Omega 6, Minerals, Vitamins A, & E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Argon oil - Absorbs quickly, Dry, Dull, preventing Wrinkles & Acne.  Great for Preventing & Reducing Stretch Marks, Psoriasis, & Eczema.  Sun Protector, Tissue Building, Strengthens Brittle Damaged Hair & Dry Scalp.  Very Hydrating, Restorative, Revitalizing.  Anti-Aging, Anti-Inflammatory & Antioxidant.  Rich in natural Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Vitamin C, Phenols, Carotenes, Squalene & Fatty Acids.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Avocado oil - Moderate Absorption, Dry, Sensitive, Dehydrated, Mature, Eczema, Psoriasis, Problem Skin & other Irritations.  Rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B5 (Pantothenic acid), Vitamin D, E, Minerals, Protein, Amino Acids, Carotene, Sterols, Lecithin, Essential Fatty Acids & more.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Beeswax - Locks in Moisture, Cell Regeneration & Protects Skin from the Environmental Toxins, Softening & Nourishing.  Antiseptic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-bacterial, Anti-Allergenic & Anti-Oxidant.  Contains some vitamin A.  Use: with other Oils

Borage seed oil - Moderate Absorption, Dry, Maturing, Acne, Damaged, Rough, Psoriasis, Eczema & Rosacea.  It is a Cell Regeneration, Stimulating, Soothing, Nourishing & Hydrating.  Anti-Inflammatory.  Contains Skin Strengthening GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid), Minerals & Vitamins.  Use: 2 – 10% with other carrier oils

Cocoa Butter - Deeply Penetrates Skin layers, Dry, Reduce Scars & Stretch Marks, Increases Hydration, Protects against UV Radiation & Fights Free Radicals.  Super Anti-Oxidant.  Contains Flavonoids, Polyphenols, High in Vitamin A, C, E & Minerals.                Use as: 100% on rough skin or with other carrier oils

Coconut oil (Virgin) – Absorbs Easily, All Skin types, Especially Dry, Sensitive Skin, Pre-Mature Aging, Wrinkle, Inflamed, Irritated & Itchy.  Does not Clog Pores, Softening, Soothing, Nourishing, Very Moisturizing.  It helps Retain Moisture and gives the Skin a Protective Layer.  Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Microbial, Antiseptic & Antibiotic. Contains many Fatty Acids & Multivitamins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Cucumber seed oil -  Absorbs Quickly, Dry, Acne, helps Prevent Premature Aging, Revitalizing for Maturing Skin, Irritated, Eczema, Psoriasis & Sunburned Skin.  Detoxifying, Toning, Reducing Inflammation, Accelerates Skin Regeneration.  Defends Skin Cells from Free-Radical Damage.  Helps Restore & Retain Skins Moisture Levels.  Contains  Oleic and Linoleic Acids, Omega 6 Fatty Acid, B1, C & E.  Use:  10% with other carrier oils

Evening Primrose oil – Moderate Absorption, Dry, Premature Aging Skin, Wrinkles, Acne, Rosacea & Eczema.  Hydrating, Promotes Healthy Firm Skin, Elasticity, Cell Regeneration, Rejuvenating, Nourishing to the Scalp, Hair & Nails.  Astringent, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Oxidant.  Contains several Fatty Acids Rich in GLA.                        Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Flaxseed oil – Moderate Absorption, Dry, Wrinkles, Acne, Rosacea, Psoriasis & Eczema.  Dull, Smooths & Firm the outer Skin, Reduces Redness, Itchy, Irritated, Locks in Moisture & Prevents Water Loss.  Anti-Inflammatory.  Contains Omega-3, 6 and 9 Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin B, Potassium, Magnesium & Zinc.  Use: 100% or with other carrier oils

Grape seed oil - Absorbs Quickly, Dry, Wrinkles, Anti-aging Benefits, Evens Skin Tone, Nourishing, Toning, Hydrating, Improves Elastin, Protect & Increases Collagen.  High Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Astringent & Antiseptic.  Contains Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, D, E, Omega 6, GLA, Minerals & Proteins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Hazelnut oil - Penetrates Top Layer of Skin, All Skin Types, Great for Sensitive & Acne Prone.  Soothes, Heals, Irritated Skin, Cell Regeneration, Hydrating, Reduces Pores & Can Filter Sunrays.  Slightly Astringent & Anti-Bacterial.  High in Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, Minerals & Proteins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Hemp seed oil - Absorbs Well, Dry, Anti-aging, Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Inflammation & Skin Lesions.  Moisture Balancing Properties, Hydrating, Healing & Regenerative.  Anti-oxidant.  Exceptionally high in Essential Omega Fatty Acids, Proteins, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E & High level of Chlorophyll.  Must be refrigerated.                                     Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Jojoba oil - Penetrates Deep into Pores, Dry, Sensitive, Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Acne, Dull, Blackheads & Seborrhea.  Reduces Scars, Dissolves Old Plugged Sebum, (the skin’s natural oil that help’s protect it), Reduces Pore Size, Soothes Inflammation, Heat Rashes, Healing, Protective, Balances Skin’s Natural Oil, Mimics Collagen & Sebum,  Reduces Water Loss, Helps Seal in Moisture, Does not Clog Pores & Very Stable.  Natural Anti-Oxidant Properties, Anti-Microbial & Anti-Inflammatory.                                                       Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

 Kukui nut oil - Absorbs Easily into the Deepest Skin Layers, Dry, Sensitive, Mature & Acne.  Soothes Irritated, Sunburned, Burned Skin, Relieves Itchy Dry Skin due to Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea & Chapped Skin.  Anti-Oxidant.  High in the Essential Fatty Acids, Linoleic Acids, Vitamins A, C, & E.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Macadamia nut oil - High Absorption Rate, All Skin Types, great for Dry & Aging.  Scars, Sunburns, minor Wounds & other Irritations. Protective, One of the best Regenerative Oils & Closely resembles Sebum (the skin’s natural oil that help’s protect it).  High in Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, Vitamin A, E, B complex, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron & Proteins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Olive oil - Penetrates Deep into the Skin.  Dry, Sensitive, Wrinkles, Itchy & Inflamed. Soothing, Very Mild, Attracts External Moisture, Cell Regenerator & Plumps the Skin.  Anti-Aging, Anti-Inflammatory & Strong Anti-Oxidant qualities.  Contains Vitamins A, E, K, Minerals & Proteins.  Use: 50% – 100% with other carrier oils

Pomegranate seed oil - Deeply Penetrating, Dry, Oily, Combination, Wrinkles, Age Spots, Eczema, Psoriasis, Sunburn, Cell Regeneration, helps Eliminate Free Radicals that Damage & Age the Skin.  It helps improve Elasticity, Firms, Balances, Soothes, Nourishes & Develops Healthy Skin.  Powerful Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Microbial.  High in Flavonoids & Punicic Acid, which is Remarkable for the Skin & Deeply Nourishing to the Outer Epidermal Layer.  High in Vitamin A, B, C, E, & Minerals.                                       Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Pumpkin seed oil - High Absorption rate, Reviving for Dry & Mature skin.  Lifting,  Firming, Protects Cell Structure,  Neutralizes Free Radicals, Replenish & Maintain Moisture.  One of the most Nutritious Oils Available.  Very High Levels of Anti-Oxidants.  Contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Vitamins A, Beta-carotene, B2, B3, C, & Zinc.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils       

Rose Hip seed oil – Penetrates deep in to Skin, All Skin Types, Wrinkles & Premature Aging.  Inflamed, Weathered, Dehydrated, Scars, UV Damage, Sun Spots, Rejuvenating, Increases Cell Turnover & Speeds up Cell Regeneration.  Contains Lycopene which is a powerful Antioxidant.  Extremely high in Essential Fatty Acids, Omega 3, 6, & 9, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A, C & E.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils.

Safflower oil - Easily Absorbs, All Skin Types, Balances Normal to Dry skin & Acne.  Reduces Blackheads, Moisturizing, Nourishing, Maintains Elasticity, Restructures the Skin, Provides a Protective Barrier Preventing Water from Escaping, Softens Dryness, Smooth Roughness & some Skin Problems.  Anti-Oxidan & Anti-Aging.  Extremely high in Oleic acids & Linoleic acid.  Linoleic acid is powerful at Removing Dirt & Oil.  High in Vitamin A, C, D, E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Sesame oil - Easily Absorbs, All Skin Types, Eczema & Psoriasis. Helps reduce Blackheads, Damaged, Hydrating, Nourishing, Natural Sunscreen & Helps reduce Dark Spots. Rich in Vitamins, Minerals, Lecithin & Amino acids.  Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Viral & Anti-Inflammatory.  Contains Vitamin B complex, A & E.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils.

Shea Butter – Easily Absorbs, Dry, Sensitive, Wrinkles, Moderate Eczema, Dermatitis & Reduces Irritation of Psoriasis.  Burns, Stretch Marks, Blemishes, Dark Spots, Skin Discolorations, Fades Scars, Rashes, Enhances Cell Regeneration, Capillary Circulation, Stimulate Collagen, Balancing, Restores Elasticity, Toning, Protects against Sun, Wind & Weather.  Anti-Inflammatory.  Lower percentage of Linoleic Acids than the Oil, Fatty Acids, Oleic, Stearic, Palmitic Vitamin A, E, D, F, Provitamin A & Allantoin.              Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils                                    

Shea nut oil -  (Make sure it is manually expressed not chemically) Penetrates Deep into the Skin, All Skin Types, Sensitive Skin, Moderate Eczema, Dermatitis, lessens Irritation of Psoriasis, Rashes, Burns, Penetrates Stretch Marks  & Scars better than Shea Butter, Fades Scars, Blemishes, Dark Spots, Skin Discolorations,, Cutaneous Dryness, Collagen Boosting, Restores Elasticity, Rejuvenating to Damaged Cells, Restores Tone, Protects against Sun, Wind & Weather.  Anti-inflammatory.  High in Linoleic Acids, Extremely high in Vitamins A, E  & F.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Sunflower oil - Easily Absorbs, All Skin Types,  Eczema.  Helps Retain Moisture, Nourishing, Protective, Cell Regenerating, Inflammation, Damaged, Redness, Irritated, Hair Strengthener, Anti-Aging & Anti-Oxidant.  High in Omega 9, Essential Fatty Acids, Beta Carotene & Vitamin A, B, D, High in Vitamin E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Vitamin E oil - Easily Absorbs, All Skin Types & Psoriasis.  Reduces Scar Tissue, Cell Regeneration, Protects Skin Cells, Holds in Water, Strengths the Skin, Protects against UV Radiation, Natural Preservative with Anti-Oxidant & Free Radical Scavenger.  Anti-Aging & Anti-Inflammatory.  Contains Vitamins E, Minerals & Protein.                                              Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Walnut oil - Absorbs Quickly, Deep Penetrating, Normal, Dry, Mature, Oily, Acne, Eczema & Psoriasis.  Soothes  Sunburns, Damaged, Regenerating, Toning, Firming, Very Nourishing, Healing & Stimulates Circulation.  Mild Astringent, Anti-Aging & Anti-Oxidants.  Helps Condition Smooth Hair, High in Linoleic Acid, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, E & Niacin.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

 Wheat germ oil (Virgin) - Dilute with other oils for Absorption, Dry, Dehydrated, Dull Complexion, Prematurely Aged Skin, Mature & Damaged Skin, Helps Reverse Wrinkles & Promotes Skin Cell Formation, Eczema & Psoriasis.  Reduces Stretch Marks, Scaring, Sunburns, Relieve Roughness, Cracking, Chaffing, Nourishing & Rejuvenating.  Anti-Inflammatory, & Anti-Oxidant.  With its high Vitamin E content, lt is a natural Preservative, helps to Prevent Rancidity & Prolongs shelf life of Cosmetic Products.  Contains natural sources of Vitamin E, A, D, Proteins, Lecithin & Squalene.                                                        Use: 5 – 10% with other carrier oils

Natural Skin Care Supplies: Mountain Rose Herbs

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Benefits of Facial Steaming

Steaming has been an Ancient ritual practiced by many; the Romans believed that steaming was good for cleaning and beautifying the skin. Today many Esthetician would agree to the benefits of steaming.

Benefits of Steaming

Steaming is a very important step in the cleansing process.  It boost’s the blood circulation, which is essential for the reproduction of new and healthy cells. Steams cause the pores to open and perspire, which releases trapped toxins and brings them to the surface, while loosening dirt and impurities so that the skin may breath.  The moisture softens the surface layer of skin, which soften wrinkles. The steam helps to free any dead skin cells, dirt, or bacteria trapped which may cause breakouts and blackheads

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Herbs and essential oils nourish the skin by deeply penetrating their healing and rejuvenating qualities, improving circulation, cellular metabolism and regeneration, while bringing vitality to the complexion.  It will also allow your skin to better absorb any products you use after the steaming such as a coconut oil.  So make sure your moisturizer is chemical free.  Steaming regularly will soften skins and facial lines as well as give one a heightened sense of beauty.

During the steam your face will begin to perspire, although sweat consists mostly of water it is also mixed with your body’s wastes and toxins, so we recommend using a scrub/exfoliant like Exfoliating with Pineapple or our Basic Scrub before you steam to exfoliate the dead skin making it easier for the toxins to release.  Make sure and rinse your face very well after to wash away the toxins you have removed.

How to Steam:

You will need a ceramic/glass bowl, Organic Essential Oils (1-2 drops) and/or Organic Dried Flowers/Herbs (2 Tablespoons) and a large towel.

  • Boil purified water, pour into a ceramic bowl, and add herbs and essential oils and let sit for a few minutes to slightly cool.  You don’t want to scald your face.
  • Cover your head with a large towel making a tent to keep the steam from escaping.  Keep your face at least 12 inches from the water.  If it feels to hot move your face further away
  • Steam for 10 to 15 minutes
  • After wash your face and rinse 4 -5 times to release any impurities and toxins
  • Use a toner after to close the pores
  • Steam once or twice a month
  • If you have acne, it might aggravate it more
  • If you have broken capillaries it will aggravate them

*This is by far the best resource for dried Organic herbs at a very reasonable price. http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/bulkherb.html

*A little more expensive than MRH but its nice to have more than one place incase one is out of what you are looking for.  http://www.starwest-botanicals.com/category/bulk-herbs

Why Exfoliate Your Skin

  Exfoliate

Organic: Ground Flax Seed, Raw Almonds, Pink Clay, Lavender, Rolled Oats

Young skin cells shed effortlessly as one age’s the process slows down.  The new cells form in the Basel layer, the deepest sub layer of the Epidermis, they push the old cells to the surface that is what causes dry patches of built up dead cells which gives the complexion a sallow, dull and lifeless appearance.  The build up of dead skin cell will limit how much of your moisturizer gets through.

Exfoliating cleanses the skin while stimulating new cell growth and circulation by sloughing off the dead skin.  This is very helpful in keeping the skin color even by unblocking the pores and reducing spots and blotchiness.  It also allows skin care products to penetrate better.  Exfoliating gives your complexion a bright youthful glow.

Face: The importance of a facial exfoliant is to scrub away dry dead skin cells. They can be extremely beneficial to dry skin types as well as oily.

Body: The use of a body exfoliant in the shower revives and stimulates the skin and circulation, while delivering nutritious vitamins and minerals deep into the pores.

Exfoliate With Pineapple -  More Scrub recipes to come

Papaya Honey Brightening Mask

Fresh Papaya Honey Brightening/Tightening Mask

Cut papaya in half

Scoop seeds out and dice up papaya in small pieces and add to honey

Recipe:

  • 1/8 cup of mashed up fresh Papaya
  • 1 TBS Honey
  • Optional: Egg White from 1 Organic Cage Free Egg (the egg white acts as a natural face lift making your skin tighter and wrinkles less obvious)

Directions:

  • After you cut and deseed Papaya, remove the skin, and cut into small pieces.  If you want a smoother less chunky mask you can mash the papaya through a fine strainer.
  • Using approximately 1/8 cup of the papaya and saving the rest for future use or you can freeze it.  It will last in your fridge for up to 7 days.  It’s recommended to use this treatment every 2-3 days for noticeable results).
  • Mix Papaya mash with Honey and Egg White.
  • Apply to your face and neck.  Avoid getting too close to your eyes.  Once the mask starts to dry you will notice your face tightening.  Leaving on at least 20 minutes then rinse and follow with a moisturizer.

Benefits of Papaya:

  • Use a ripe Papaya for exfoliating the skin
  • Use a raw Papaya to rejuvenate your skin
  • The antioxidants in Papaya control premature aging of the skin making the skin smooth and soft
  • The enzyme Papain acts as an exfoliating agent, removing dead cells and lifts away the dry skin
  • It is known as a digestive enzyme that can also help repair wrinkles
  • Vitamin C in Papayas prevents wrinkles, produces collagen and is known to help restore skin elasticity, which then firms the skin
  • Papayas contain an ingredient called chitinases. Chitinases can cause an allergic reaction in people who have a latex allergy.

Reducing Wrinkles Naturally

Reduce your wrinkles naturally!!!

Virgin Coconut oil is amazing for rebuilding skin tissue when used both topically and internally regularly.  It helps considerably for the reduction of wrinkles and hydration.  It is very helpful in the rebuilding of damaged connective tissues, which are often the cause of wrinkles.

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Carrot and Beet juice on the skin is a powerful way that helps remove wrinkles too.  The vitamin A in Carrot juice is fantastic for the skin.  Beets are known to repair DNA; by using Beet juice topically it will help to rebuild the damaged skin that often causes wrinkles.  Using the Carrot and Beet juice along with the Coconut oil increases the hydration benefits of both and will help pull the juices into the skin.

  • Use one or two Tablespoons of the juices each time and drink what you don’t use to help internally
  • Reapply the juices as they dry, rubbing them in each time
  • Leave these juices on your skin for about ten minutes then rinse off
  • After you’ll want to exfoliate your skin to remove the dead skin
  • Apply Virgin Coconut oil to your face
  • It is a good idea to exfoliate after