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Posts tagged ‘natural skin care’

Facial Serum Formulating Class


  • April 25, 2017
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Do You Know The Thyme?

I still mention and will always mention my unsafe use of essential oils before being properly trained.  I want to educate others about some of the choices we make when we purchase essential oils.  So do not worry because essential oil usage is relatively safe when used properly.  I am not stating that everyone that uses essential oils must go through extensive training but a little knowledge is key.  I will not cover every aspect of safety for this particular post.  I will stress knowing what you are using.  You must know your essential oils.  When I first started purchasing essential oils I shopped according to price.  I was looking for the best deal that I could find.  After research, I was made aware about adulteration.  So at this point I looked for what I felt were better suppliers and even contacted some of them.  I am not implying that a high price tag is a better oil.

Here are some helpful hints when purchasing your essential oils.  The label.  That is right.  Labeling is not the only part but it is a very important part of using essential oils safely.  So now you might ask the million dollar question.  What should I look for in a label or and what information should be located on the website.  Here is a list below.

  • Name of essential Oil (Ex: Thyme ct linalool)
  • Latin Name or botanical name (Thymus vulgaris ct linalool)
  • Plant part used
  • Safety information

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When I first started purchasing essential oils, some of the companies did not provide all of the listed information.  I believe it is a requirement now to have the above information listed.

The reason for this post is to let you know that even though a plant such as thyme may look the same; the chemical composition may be different.  Essential oils are very special because a few factors affect the outcome of the oil.  I will list a few below:

  • Climate
  • Soil
  • Altitude
  • Rainfall
  • Demographics

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Due to some of the above factors, chemotypes are developed within certain aromatic plants.  The aromatic plant will still have the same outward appearance but internally they are different.   Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) may be assigned to one of seven different chemotypes based on the dominant component.  For example you have Thymus vulgaris ct linalool, Thymus vulgaris ct thymol, Thymus vulgaris ct carvacrol to name a few.

I will explain the difference between the chemotype thymol and linalool.  Try not to get confused by the chemistry but this is just to show the vast difference in the two oils of the same genus and species.  Thymus vulgaris ct thymol is usually mostly comprised of monoterpenes and phenols.  Monoterpenes and phenols are chemical families.  This essential oil is very supportive for the cold and flu and is highly anti-infectious to name a few of its properties.  Because of the presence of phenols it makes this oil have certain safety precautions.  Thymus vulgaris ct thymol should be used with awareness because it can be very irritating to the skin and mucous membranes.  This oils should be very well diluted and used for a short amount of time.  A patch test should be conducted upon first use of this oil.  This oil should not be used in inhalers, for baths or in diffusers.  This is a very powerful and stimulating oil but you must utilize safety.

Thyme vulgaris ct linalool is also very supportive of the immune system and anti-infectious.  Unlike thymus vulgaris ct thymol, this oil can be used for a longer period of time.  This oils belongs to the monoterpene and monoterpenol family.  Essential oils high in monoterpenols are generally regarded as safe and healing for the skin.

To summarize I purchased a bottle of thyme essential oil many years ago and used it in a steam blend.  The only problem is that I did not know which thyme I was using.  I did not even realize that chemotypes existed.  I must also admit that I used too many drops for the blend and it was not pleasant.  I write this post in an effort to keep my readers informed and sharing is caring.

 

References:

Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemotype

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

*Image courtesy of Jade Shutes/EWSAS  (www.theida.com)

 

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Latin Name: Cananga odorata 

 

Family:  Annonaceae

 

Extraction Method: Steam distilled using the flowers

 

Aroma: Floral, Sweet and Sensual

Ylang Ylang is a tropical tree that is native to Madagascar, Java, Sumatra and the Philippines.  The best essential oil is derived from the yellowed-flowered trees.  Timing is everything with Ylang Ylang and in order to obtain a good essential oil, this tree must be harvested early summer during the morning hour for distillation.  There are as many as five different grades of ylang ylang in terms of fragrance quality so keep that in mind when purchasing this precious oil.

Emotionally this oil has sedative, antidepressant and aphrodisiac properties.  It has been stated that ylang ylang has a profound ability to address anxiety about sexual inadequacy.  Traditionally in Indonesia, the flowers of this tree are spread across the marriage bed of newlyweds.  As stated by Gabriel Mojay, "The aphrodisiac power of ylang ylang is inseparable both from its ability to relax and uplift, and from its voluptuous aroma."

So as previously stated ylang ylang is known for its exotic spicy sweetness and it is a great addition to perfumery.  Please keep in mind that using a high concentration of this essential oil may in fact cause nausea and/or headaches.  This is a very profound oil so sometimes using less is more than enough.

Cosmetically Ylang Ylang is used for both dry and oily skin due to the balancing action on the secretion of sebum.  So you can see how this oil obtains balance for the skin.  It is great when added to a facial serum because it is a multipurpose essential oil when trying to address various skin types.   It has also been stated that ylang ylang has been used to address hair loss and is considered a hair tonic.  

Ylang Ylang is amazing in its ability to slow down an over rapid heartbeat and breathing.  May be excellent for short term use to address conditions of shock, anxiousness or anger.  This oil also demonstrates the ability to lower blood pressure. You must use caution using with individuals that suffer from low blood pressure.

Resources

Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999

Cooksley, V. Aromatherapy: Soothing Rmedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, Prentice Hall Press, 2002

Mojay, G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, The Healing Arts Press edition, Limited 1999

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

*Image courtesy of Susan Ford Collins/Jungle Mama (www.flickr.com/photos/jungle_mama/)

My Nephew Demonstrating Using An Organic Aloe Vera Facial Blend

I love blending and making wonderful products.  Recently I made a facial blend with a base of organic aloe vera gel with a blend of the following essential oils: Lavender, Lavendula angustifolia, Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus, German Chamomile, Matricaria recutita, Orange, Citrus sinensis, Palmarosa, Cymbopogon martini var motia and Tea Tree, Melaleuca, alternifolia.

Sometimes it is hard to get teenagers to use a product especially for their face but I was very suprised to get a video email from my Nephews Xavier and Isaac showing how Xavier has been using the blend.  He just recieved the blend and it has been less than a week, but I can not wait until I can hear the results.  I just wanted to share what has meant so much to me.  The ending of course added that special teenage touch.  I hope you enjoy.

 

Demonstration on how to make arnica infused oil

I just love making herbal infused oils.  The healing properties amaze me everytime I use them in natural skin care formulations.  I recently made a video which will be one of many to better explain some of the techniques for infusing oils.  Of course if you take the class you will benefit from having an instruction manual as well as learning to craft your own natural skin care products.  I love learning more information to share with others and to formulate products that are beneficial for those that use them. 

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Cold Processed Soap Making Class

This is the first blog for Aromatherapy Oasis.  I currently own and operate Londa's Body Care, LLC.  I formulate cold processed soap, natural lotions and body butters, and a host of other natural skin care products.  I have always had a desire for using products that are good for me.  I try not to take medications but live a good life and eat fairly healthy.  I will not go into the full long detail of my journey for using natural products but I will state that I love the difference between cold processed soap compared to commercial soaps that are on the market today.

For this class I will be demonstrating how to safely make cold processed soap.  When properly made handmade soaps are known to be mild and moisturizing to the skin.  This is a three (3) hour course.  For this course you will learn:

  • A Brief history of soap
  • Proper handling of Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • Carrier oil properties
  • How to customize your soap using different oils and buttersCold Processed Soap Class
  • Helpful tips when making soap
  • Coloring soap with the use of herbs
  • Scenting with essential oils
  • How to use a lye calculator
  • Molds for making soap
  • Cutting and curing soap
  • Where to purchase supplies
  • Packaging your soap
  • Over 30 pages of detailed instructions to take home (Manual)
  • Must be over 18 years of age to take this class

I get asked all the time "how did you get into that?"  Many people do not know where to start when it comes to making cold processed soap and natural skin care products.  So I decided to share the knowledge that I have learned through the years by offering classes and manuals.  By the end of the class you will know how to comfortably know how to work with lye and how to make your own products to sell or just to make for friends and family.

Right now I am offering cold processed soap,  herbal infused balm making classes and aromatherapy courses.

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