Making Colored Soap With Kids

June 29th, 2010

Making soap with kids can be a fun summer project. The best part is that when you’re done, they can enjoy their creation in the bathtub. Here are some ideas on how to make colored soap with your kids.

You must start with glycerin soap, either clear or white. Other kinds of soap won’t work, so don’t substitute. You also need soap dye in the colors you want, soap or candy molds to put the soap in, and a microwave safe liquid measuring cup. You also need a spoon, Popsicle stick or coffee stirrer, and a knife for the adult to use.

Cut the glycerin soap into chunks and put in a microwave safe measuring cup. Microwave according to directions (or for 20 seconds). Continue microwaving in 10 second intervals until it has melted.
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Once the soap has melted, you can add colors. Add a few drops of dye and stir with a spoon. For pastel shades, add only a few drops of dye. For bold colors add more drops. Add more dye if you want to darken the color.

For a tie die effect, don’t add the dye until after you pour the soap into the molds. Add random drops of dye into the white soap and swirl with a coffee stick or toothpick. You can mix several colors for a nice effect.

Slowly pour your colored liquid soap into your molds. Set it aside to harden for 45 minutes or an hour. Some soaps require longer to harden than others.

Rinse our your measuring cup and repeat this process to make soaps in other colors. If you want multi colored layers of soap, pour the first soap in and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes to form a skin. Slowly and carefully add the second color on top.

You can make your own colors by combining dyes. If you have a hard time popping the soap out of the mold after it’s hardened, try placing them in the freezer for 10 minutes and try again. Have fun creating your own colorful glycerin soaps with your kids.

Advantages of Buying Wholesale Cosmetics

June 28th, 2010

There are many different advantages for buying wholesale cosmetics. First, the cost is a lot less. Wholesale usually means buying a product in quantity, which makes the costs come down.

Normally the price is less because you are buying a certain amount of products. Buying wholesale cosmetics means buying a minimum order of a certain value so that you can have the wholesale price. This doesn’t mean you have to break your bank to get a good price.

There are many misunderstandings about what buying wholesale really means. Most companies have their own individual rules regarding orders. Generally it is assumed that people need to buy a thousand items before they can get something at wholesale costs.
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If a wholesaler tries to tell you that you need to buy a thousand items to get the price, find another vendor. They are obviously scamming you. You should be able to buy much smaller quantities as a minimum order.

While some retailers may let you buy items in as small a group as 5-10 items, it doesn’t necessarily mean that will be your best deal. A lot of times it is better to invest in more makeup at a time. Usually if you invest in a higher quantity you can get a better value.

Buying items in bulk can give you other perks. A lot of companies allow free shipping with a minimum bulk order. If shipping isn’t free, they will at least reduce the overall shopping cost per item.

Other wholesale vendors let you pick and choose what you want to put in your shopping cart. Perhaps you can choose 1 or 2 items of a cosmetic, but you need to have a total number of items in your cart before you can buy them. So you can choose whatever items you would like, but you have a minimum $100 order, or 50 items.

Whatever the rules are, wholesale cosmetics and makeup choices are a good way to go. There is a large market now available for wholesale products. It will be well worth your time.

Allergies and Cosmetics

June 24th, 2010

Have you had an allergic reaction to cosmetics before? The reason that you have a bad reaction is due to the ingredients in the cosmetic. Even with the high volume of women who test out the cosmetics before it is put before the public, there are still a lot of women who can still suffer allergic reactions to the ingredients in the cosmetics.

An allergic reaction may take you off guard. This is especially true for women who have worn makeup for many years and out of the blue have a bad reaction to one. It only takes one ingredient to cause an allergic reaction.

To avoid really bad allergic reactions you need to look for any difference in how your skin looks or feels. Pay close attention to these differences. If your skin starts to feel itchy, flaky, or dry stop using the cosmetic.
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Some allergic reactions start off innocently as dry skin. However, if you continue to use the cosmetic the dry patch of skin will cause more severe allergic reactions. This can be anything from hives, to peeling skin, or even rashes.

If you have a severe reaction to your cosmetic you should consult your doctor. They will normally prescribe an ointment to apply to the skin. Depending on how severe the reaction is, they may also have to prescribe shots and skin peels. It is imperative to stop using the cosmetic that caused the reaction immediately.

To avoid allergic reactions from happening in the first place you can take some precautions. First, buy natural wholesale cosmetics that are free from harsh chemicals. Natural wholesale cosmetics are made of all natural ingredients, which is much easier and nicer on the skin.

Natural wholesale cosmetics often times have natural essential oils that can also help sooth the skin. For example, tea tree oil has a natural anti-inflammatory property that can help sooth and treat skin problems. It is also appropriate for skin cosmetics because it helps to firm skin and tighten pores.

Don’t immediately put your cosmetic you buy on your face. For the first use, always test out your cosmetics on your arm before you test them out on your face. Testing a small patch of skin for any allergic reactions will help you avoid showing up to work the next day with rashes across your face.

I know What Soap Is, But How Does It Actually Work?

June 23rd, 2010

A popular activity for many people is soap making. Soap making is a fun way to make your own, unique soap. But how does soap actually work, and will you be doing it the right way if you make it on your own?

The most simple way I can think of to explain how soap works is that soaps have sodium and potassium fatty acids salt in them. The fatty acid salts produce a chemical reaction known as saponification. They have strands of molecules that like water, and some strands that don’t like water. Because they are able to work with and against water, soap is able to work well with both water and oil.

Soap has hydrophillic heads that work well with water. They also have long, hydrophobic chains that join well with the oil. The particles of oil are then suspended from the water, making it easier to remove.
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After oil is suspended it will detach from whatever substance it was holding on to. So if oil was on a pot, it would be able to be separated from it and be rinsed away with water. Soap allows you to get the item clean.

Grease is similar to oil. It is insoluble in water and needs soap to separate it from the water. The non-polar hydrocarbon molecules breaks up the grease molecules and all the dirt, grime, or oil that was part of the grease becomes unattached. The grease is then free to be rinsed away from the item.

Soaps are popular for cleaning. They are great for cleaning hands and cleaning items with dirt. Dirt is all over the place, and soap allows us to get dirt off easily and clean the skin or item in the process.

Soaps are now being fitted with anti-bacterial. Anti-bacterial does more than clean. It actually kills the germs, so that you have a much lower risk of getting sick. Anti-bacterial soap is very important after using the restroom, or when you are handling food or are sick.

Soap making is a great opportunity for people to make their own soap. The soap you make on your own should, if done properly, still be able to have the same cleaning properties. The difference is that you will have the pleasure and opportunity of  soap making for yourself.

Are Natural Wholesale Cosmetics Really Better?

June 22nd, 2010

There are so many people today pushing natural, wholesale cosmetics. It can lead us to question whether natural wholesale cosmetics is really better than the average cosmetics. How good are these products really? Are they that much different then the other wholesale cosmetics?

The answer to these questions is – yes! Organic and natural wholesale cosmetics is a lot better for your skin than the average products. Ordinary skin products are filled with chemicals. Putting these chemicals on your face can cause serious reactions to our skin.

A common chemical put in cosmetics and skin care products is alcohol. Alcohol can dry out skin and cause a lot of other skin issues. Even though it causes these issues, it is still found in many of the different products.

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Organic products are gentle on the skin. Since organic products are made from natural ingredients they are nice for people suffering from sensitive skin. There are no harsh chemicals working against your skin.

Organic, natural cosmetics are sometimes looked at negatively because they naturally cost more than other cosmetics. The reason for this is because they have much better ingredients than other cosmetic products. It makes sense that the better quality the cosmetic, the more you will have to pay for it.

Natural cosmetics are not always pricey. You can actually make some of the skin products on your own. There are plenty of online recipes for good homemade skin care products.

You can make your own face masks with ingredients you already have at home. Egg yolk and honey, for example, work great with people suffering from sensitive skin. Check out homemade natural organic skin care recipes at your favorite online sites.

Making your own skin care products, however, are a lot messier and time consuming than buying organic cosmetics that are pre-made. There are also formulas that need to be done by professionals and should not be left to a novice. Be sure to test out any of your skin care products on your arm first before trying anything on your face.

The Ever Popular Soap on a Rope

June 21st, 2010

There are many good reasons for soap making using a rope. I think it’s great for camping since it helps keep your soap out of the dirt. At home it’s nice because with your soap hanging to dry, you don’t end up with all that slimy soap mess in your soap holder. When soap is securely attached to a rope, you have an easier time finding it and catching it when it lands in the tub!

So, how do you make soap on a rope?  It’s really easy, and lots of fun! If you already have a favorite soap recipe, start your soap making like you would normally do. You will also need about 18 inches of some kind of rope.

The easiest is to use melt and pour soap and add your own fragrance. If you have a double sided mold that snaps together, you push both ends of the rope down into the opening so that they will be about halfway into the bar of soap. You want to make sure your soap is firmly attached to the rope! Put some rubber bands around the mold as extra security to hold it together, and pour your soap into the mold, overfilling slightly.
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If you are using a one sided mold, again start your soap making in your usual fashion, then pour your soap into the mold so it is about half full.  Let it set up just a bit to form a film, then lay the ends of your rope on top of your soap so they will be at least halfway encased in the finished soap. Finish filling up your mold by pouring the rest of the soap over the top of your rope, making sure the rope doesn’t float.

Place your soap where it won’t be disturbed. Let your soap harden as you normally would do before removing it from the mold. Voilá, you have soap on a rope!

You can also make soap on a rope from a regular bar of soap and mold it with your hands. Turn the bar of soap into soap flakes by grating it (or using a food processor). Add enough water to make a dough and knead it with your hands. (For 3 cups of soap flakes add about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of water.)

Tie a knot in the ends of your rope to hold them together. Put a few drops of vegetable oil on your hands so the soap dough won’t stick so much. Form a ball out of your soap dough and push your knotted rope down into the ball about half way.

The artistic minded can mold the soap ball into different shapes using your hands. Set your completed project aside where it can dry at least overnight. You now have your very own soap on a rope creation with soap making!

Soap Carving Fun

June 18th, 2010

Carving bars of soap can only be considered good clean fun! One of the projects my cub scouts looked forward to was the day they got to carve a bar of soap into whatever they wanted. They soon learned that carving soap took more talent than you might think.

So where did carving soap get started? What prompted people to spend their time carving soap? Is soap carving really an art?

Hand carved soap flowers were first carved in the village of Chian Rai, in Northern Thailand. Villagers began carving soap as a hobby in the evenings after their work was done. These soaps were then sold at the evening bazaar along with other handcrafted items. Since carving soap added to their incomes, carving soap became a profitable pass time.
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As carved soap caught on in popularity, others began trying out their artistic abilities on bars of soap. In order to carve soap, it has to be soft enough that it won’t flake or break off while you are carving it. The soap making process must be just right for your carving project to be a success.

Most of us think of soap as a temporary medium, and wouldn’t really consider it as a medium for art, yet many artistic things are made from glass or other fragile mediums. Soap carvings are usually done in miniature, limited in size to the bar of soap used. On occasion, larger works of art have been made from soap.

The world’s largest soap sculpture was made by Bev Kirk for the Ivory soap making company. She sculpted a winged pig which she titled “Sudsie, A Boar of Soap.” This was carved from a block of soap five feet by five feet by six feet, and the finished sculpture weighed 7000 pounds.

I remember my mother having pretty soap flowers by our bathroom sinks. They were so pretty she wouldn’t let us use them! She considered them a work of art worthy of display.

None of the soap making carvings made by my cub scouts would merit status as great works of art. Even so, we all had a lot of good clean fun creating them. Who knows, with practice, maybe someday one of my cub scouts will become a famous soap making sculptor.

Making Glycerin Soap with Kids

June 17th, 2010

Glycerin soap is a great craft to do with kids. The extra glycerin in the soap produces a very moisturizing bar of soap. The clear soap also gives you the opportunity to add extra fun by putting things into the soap.

Clear soap base can be purchased in large blocks to be melted down. This melted soap can be colored, and fragrance added as desired. This melted soap is then poured into soap molds and is known as “melt and pour” soap making.

Melt and pour soap making is great for doing with kids. There are no harmful chemicals to mix, so it is quite safe. You still need to have common sense such as: don’t cut yourself with the knife, and don’t put your fingers in the hot soap.
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Instead of using melt and pour soap, you could make your own soap. This method would be slightly more complicated and would require more adult supervision. Making transparent soap involves more steps than regular cold process soap making.

If using melt and pour soap, first cut the block of soap into pieces and melt it in the top of a double boiler. To add surprises, while the soap is melting, put small toys in the soap molds. Face the toys down in the molds so they will be visible from the top of the soap.

After the soap has melted, you can add scents or fragrances to the soap if you want. Pour your melted soap over the top of the toys into the soap molds. Let the soap cool and harden.

Make sure the soap is completely cooled and hardened before you try popping it out of the mold. If you try getting it out while the soap is still warm, the soap will bend. After removing your soap from the mold, wrap it in clear plastic.

Your soap is now ready to use. Children will love washing their way towards the toy hidden inside the soap. They will think bath time has never been so fun!

The History of Soap Making

June 16th, 2010

Long ago people figured out that water is good for cleaning things. It also didn’t take long to learn that water alone can’t clean everything. At some point, someone figured out how to make soap, probably from animal fat that mixed with the ashes of the fires the meat was cooked on.

No one knows where soap making began. Clay tablets dating back to 2500 BC suggest that soap was first used for styling hair, as well as to aid in healing wounds. Ancient Greeks were said to use a combination of lye and ashes to clean their pots and the statues of their gods.

Cleopatra used milk, honey and essential oils in her bathing rituals. She used sand as a cleaning agent, scrubbing off skin as well as dirt. In ancient Rome, oils were used that were then scraped off the body with a strigil, taking some of the dirt with the oil.
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The Gauls and the Romans combined goat’s tallow and the ashes of the beech tree to create their soaps. Roman legend has it that soap got it’s name from Mount Sapo, where animals were sacrificed. Rain washed the ashes and animal fats down the mountain into the clay soil along the Tiber River. Women washing clothes there found that the clothes came clean more easily using this mixture.

The first of the Roman baths using water from their aqueducts was built about 312 BC and bathing became quite popular. By the second century AD, soap was recommended for both medicinal and cleaning reasons. During excavations of Pompeii, an entire soap making factory was revealed, complete with bars of soap. After the fall of Rome, bathing and using soap declined, possibly aiding the spread of plagues during the Dark Ages. Japan and Iceland continued bathing throughout this time period.

In 1399, King Henry IV of England instituted the Order of the Bath among his knights. To join this order the knight had to venture into a tub filled with water at least once during his knighthood. Queen Elizabeth bathed every three months, and was considered a sophisticated lady.

Marseilles, France was reknown for its soap. The plentiful olive trees supplied the olive oil, and vegetable soda was also abundant. In the early days of the United States, pilgrims and pioneers made their own soap once a year on soap making day. This lye soap was fine for washing clothes, but was hard on the skin and not pleasant for bathing.

Palmolive soap, made from palm and olive oils, was in use before 1917. Ivory soap came about when a worker accidentally left the soap mixer running while he went to lunch; incorporating more air into the mixture and creating a soap that floats. Regardless of how soap use began, we can say with confidence that it’s use is here to stay.

How old is Soap?

June 15th, 2010

Soap is a beautiful substance.  It is what helps us keep our friends, family, and jobs.  With it we feel clean, happy, and healthy.  So when exactly was soap created?

The art of soap making dates all the way back to the Babylonians.  When ancient Babylon was being excavated, a clay cylinder that was dated 2800 BC had a soap like substance within it.  There is also a clay tablet that had a formula for making soap that was dated 2200 BC.

Even the Egyptians used soap.  It is mentioned in the Ebers papyrus that the Egyptians made a type of soap by combining animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts.  There is also Egyptian documentation that they used a substance like soap to prepare wool for weaving.

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There is a Roman legend of how soap received its name.  This legend says that on Mount Sapo animals were sacrificed to their Gods.  When it rained, it would wash the melted animal fat and ashes down the mountain into the clay by Tiber River.

Women would go to Tiber River to clean their laundry.  After a while, the women discovered that using the clay mixture was a very effective tool in cleaning.  Some say that this legend is not true because there is no such mountain, but as legends go no one knows for sure.

Soap making continued through out time and was often thought of as women’s work.  The finer soaps were made in Europe in the 16th century using vegetable oil instead of animal fat.  Chemists were the first to use vegetable oil, lye, and aromatic oils in soap.

Until the Industrial Revolution, soap making was done on a small and personal scale.  The large manufacturing of soap helped to create low priced and higher quality soap.  Transparent soap was invented in London by Andrew Pears in 1789.

The majority of today’s soap is still manufactured.  Although, there are some shops and boutiques that sell their own line of home made soap.  Some individuals still like making soap as a personal hobby.

Sensitive Skin and Soap

June 14th, 2010

Soap and sensitive skin do not always work well together. There are going to be certain ingredients that make soap harsher on the skin. Soap making is a refined process, so be sure to know what is in your soap before you buy it.

Natural soaps are usually soaps that people have homemade that may contain synthetic ingredients. Soap making can be made with organic essential oils, but it can also include synthetic fragrances that can be harmful to your skin. When you are at the store buying your natural soap because you have sensitive skin there are a few things to look out for.

First, look at the ingredients of the soap. Soap can be scented because of the essential oils in the product. A lot of times, however, fragrance oils need to be created because they are not available as essential oils.
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If you have sensitive skin you want to stay away from fragrance oils. Fragrances made from essential oils can be very expensive, so when performing soap making some people choose to simply use fragrance oils instead. Fragrance oils have a much higher chance of irritating skin, so look for them in the ingredients.

When you are looking at the ingredient list it is important to see what colorants are listed. This will determine how natural the soap actually is. Some colorants will be more natural, and better than skin, than others.

Very natural soaps will be colored by the plant or herb itself. More synthetic colors are listed as Red #2, etc. Soap that is colored by herbal, or mineral, colorants are the most natural colorants available and will be better for sensitive skin.

Lye is a key ingredient with soap making. When you see that listed in the ingredients don’t panic. Since there is no residual lye in the bar after it becomes soap it is completely safe.

Natural soap is very good for the skin. Some people find that switching soap brands can do wonders for bad skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema. Be sure to find the most natural type of soap to protect your skin best.

Essential Oils For Kids

June 11th, 2010

Summer is finally here! Children are leaving their scheduled routines of school and activities and are moving towards a more relaxed, summer attitude. There are plenty of summer activities, however, to keep kids busy and on their toes.

Essential oils are helpful for children during the summer. Children can benefit from the oils as much as adults can. Here are a few of our favorite oils that children really enjoy.

German Chamomile: Add a few drops of this oil to your child’s night time bath. The oil promotes restful sleep. Be sure to start off small with the oil when adding it to the bath because too much might irritate children’s skin.

Peppermint: Peppermint can help your child have good digestion. It is also handy for headaches. Be sure to only use it for children who are older than 30 months old.

Lavender: Lavender is a very versatile essential oil. Parents love this oil because of its healing properties, and children don’t complain because of the fabulous smell. Lavender is used to heal burns, cuts, stings, and much more.

Eucalyptus: Colds can still happen during the summer months, much to our dismay. If that is the case with your Essential oilschildren, eucalyptus essential oil is a good choice for you. Eucalyptus is a good decongestant and works as an immune-stimulant.

Lemon: Lemon in a room diffuser defends bodies against infection. It is also a delicious smell and works great as an air freshener. Lemon should be used in a diffuser, never applied directly to the skin or in a bath unless it is combined with another carrier oil.

Melaleuca oil: Melaleuca oil is another all-purpose essential oil. Add Melaleuca oil to your first aid kit because it is one of the best essential oils out there. It works to heal cuts and scrapes, and can be used to disinfect and reduce pain. Melaleuca oil can also be used to clean and is safe on the environment and on the entire family, so you can have your child clean with Melaleuca products instead of other harmful cleaners.

Clearing Acne with Sandalwood

June 2nd, 2010

Sandalwood natural essential oil comes from a tree in Australia.  The natives to Australia, Aborigines, ate the nuts and fruit from the sandalwood tree to help with minor health problems.  The natural essential oil from the sandalwood tree can also help with the symptoms of acne.

Sandalwood natural essential oil can help treat acne because it is has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties.  Sandalwood essential oil can kill the bacteria and germs on the skin and reduce the swelling of acne.  It can even help heal scars from past acne.

A great topical mixture is one tablespoon of sandalwood power, one tablespoon of turmeric powder, and a little honey.  Mix until it turns into a paste and apply on the affected areas of the skin.  This will help clear your acne and blemishes.

Dry itchy skin or sensitive skin can be relieved using sandalwood.  Just use a little milk, camphor oil, and sandalwood powder.  Rashes can also be relieved with the addition of lime juice to the previous mixture.

Oily complexions can also be relieved using rosewater and sandalwood.  It helps by soaking up the excess oil and treating current acne.  It will also prevent acne from occurring by preventing blockages.

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After having acne most people have large pores.  You can reduce the size of your pores by mixing sandalwood powder, gram powder, and rosewater or milk or honey.  It will also help to stop your outbreak and shrink your acne.

Sandalwood is very fragrant. If you do not like the smell, there is another option.  Red sandalwood has no fragrance but it is just as effective.

Sandalwood helps with just the symptoms of acne.  It is still important to use other products to get to the root of acne problems.  There are so side effects because it is a natural treatment, but a mild rash may occur.

The Making of Essential Oils

June 1st, 2010

Essential oils are very useful.  They give off pleasant fragrances that can uplift any room.  They can also be used for medical purposes.

Making essential oils can be complex.  The oil is gathered from various parts of plants.  Only a small part of the plant has oil on it so it may take up to a hundred pounds of the plant to make one ounce of the oil.  At least the oil is heavily concentrated.

There are multiple ways to extract the oil when making essential oils.  Some methods are better than others for specific plants.  Usually the harder it is to extract the oil from the plant, the more expensive the oil will be.

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The most common method used for making essential oils is steam distillation.  In this method high-pressure steam goes over the plant matter, into another chamber, and then until a container.  The oil is skimmed off the top and the water underneath it can be used for toners or fragrances.

Now when the flower or plant is too fragile, then solvent or steam diffusion extraction is used.  Steam diffusion extraction is similar to steam distillation, but the steam is at atmospheric pressure instead of high pressure.  Solvent extraction uses a solvent to extract the oil and then the solvent is removed through low-pressure distillation.  A waxy solid is left over which is oils, waxes, and pigments and all of them are then separated out and used.

There are some flowers or plants that have very little essential oils.  For these plants the enfleurage method is used.  Enfleurage saturates flowers in odorless vegetable oil to extract the oil.  Alcohol then removes the essential oil from the vegetable oil and then evaporates over time.

Citrus essential oils come from the fruit of plants rather than the actual plant.  The cold pressing method squeezes the fruit until the juices are out.  The juice is then centrifuged to separate the oil.

The last method is carbon dioxide extraction.  The carbon dioxide is released into a container that has the plant and slowly turns into a liquid.  The liquid form of carbon dioxide acts as a solvent and extracts the essential oil.  The liquid passes into another chamber and the carbon dioxide evaporates into a gas and leaves the essential oil behind.

How Essential Oils Are Extracted

May 30th, 2010

Essential oils are extracted from plants. Plants, woods, spices and herbs are main sources of natural essential oils. Distillation is the main source of getting the oil from the plant.

Distillation works well with roots, berries, and leaves. Sometimes, in the cases with wood, oil can be released when it is burnt. This was a popular technique with Indians, who used this aromatherapy method often.

Steam distillation is the most common method used to extract natural essential oil. A flow of steam is put in to a chamber that is holding the raw plant material. That steam causes small sacs in the plant to burst, releasing essential oil.
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The steam carries the oil out of the chamber and in to a condenser that is chilled. The steam becomes water once it hits the cooled condenser. At this point the water and oil are separated.

The water portion of the plants, or the cooled down steam, is known as hydrosol. Hydrosol is not wasted, or thrown away, since it still contains a small portion of the plant essence. Hydrosol can be used for different reasons, such as being used for their soothing properties or aroma.

There are a few different important factors in regards to how good the quality of distilled essential oil is. First, the temperature and pressure is important to how successful the distillation process is. The temperature of the extraction chamber needs to be monitored on a constant basis.

The reason is because the extraction chamber cannot have too high a temperature. Otherwise, the components of the oil might be ruined or altered. The pressure of the chamber also needs to be the correct pressure so it is not too harsh or lesson the oil’s effects.

When extracting natural essential oil it is important to take the time to make sure that all the oil components are flushed out of the plant. Some plants will release their oil more quickly than others. You can notice the difference between essential oils that are compared side-by-side with aggressive processing and slow processing.

Organic Essential Oil Production

May 29th, 2010

Organic essential oils are liquid product that is taken from plants and herbs. They are used in a variety of products. Some of these products include perfumes, incense, cosmetics, detergents, and fabric softeners.

Essential oils have been known to be used since the days of Egypt. Early Egyptians used essential oils for cosmetics, perfumes and also for embalming their dead. Most organic essential oils have their name taken from the plant material they are taken from.

A lot of essential oils are taken through distillation. Distillation is the process of steaming the oil out of plants. It separates liquids with the help of vapor pressure.

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Some essential oils are harder to extract. These types of oils are usually very expensive because of the difficulty involved with getting the oil. The more complicated the process, the more expensive the essential oil will be.

A few examples of essential oils that had difficult extraction processes are jasmine and rose oil. Both have to undergo a complicated distillation process of being washed in super critical carbon dioxide or hexane. Then they extract a mixture of essential oils derived from the process called concrete.

The concrete, or mixture taken from the process, has to go under another phase of distillation. This time an alcohol-based product needs to be used. The concrete has to be distilled to separate the absolute essential oil product of jasmine or rose oil.

Organic essential oils can affect your body, which make them a popular, natural medicine. They are also known to help calm emotions and stimulate the senses. They can have strong, aromas that work with fragrance and aromatherapy.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of essential oil products available. Each essential oil has strengths and specific things that it can be used for. Some essential oils are multi-purpose essential oils that can be used for quite a few different things. These types of oils are very handy in first aid kits and to keep around the home.

Essential Oils and Hair Loss

May 24th, 2010

Losing hair can be depressing. Whatever the reason for losing it, hair gives both men and women a certain value. Losing it can be more devastating to some people than others, and that is where treatments for hair loss come in.

People can put a lot of value on the amount of hair they have. Many products are currently available for hair regrowth. However, a lot of these are not very effective.

Hair loss, known in the medical world as alopecia, happens for a variety of reason. It can be caused because of hormones, drugs, cancer treatments, illnesses, and even genetics. Hair is lost in a few different ways as well.
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If you know the reason for the hair loss, then there can sometimes be a natural way to treat it. Organic essential oils have medicinal value to them. Depending on the type of hair loss, organic essential oils may be the perfect choice for you.

I’ll give you one example. In 1998 a study was done by 84 people who had alopecia areata, or male pattern baldness. Alopecia areata affected both men and women, and was suspected to be caused by an inflammatory immune response that happened when they were stressed.

The study wanted to see how organic essential oils affected alopecia areata if the individuals used organic essential oil applications to their scalp. They used a mixture of essential oils that had been used in history for baldness.

They put together a mixture of cedarwood, lavender, rosemary, and thyme essential oil. Half of the group used the organic essential oil mixture, and the other half used a plain carrier oil. They tested the group several times in a seven month period using photography and measurement systems to see if there was any improvement.

The results were that those that received active treatment with the essential oil treatment significantly improved by 44%. The placebo group that used carrier oil only improved by 15%. This suggests that essential oil treatments can promote hair growth.

source: Testing was done by researcher Isabelle C. Hay, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary 1998

Getting Intimate With Essential Oils

May 24th, 2010

Through out the ages sexuality has been something that has been a major part of humanity. A lot of people are still trying to find ways to improve their sex lives. Both men and women are looking for things to help them be more desirable to the opposite sex.

Organic essential oils can help with intimacy. Essential oils can aid in intimacy and sexuality by increasing sexual desire. They can also help people who may be suffering from impotence.

The reason that organic essential oils can help with sexuality is because they delve in to the body’s hormone level. Sexuality begins on a hormonal level. Essential oils also help with emotional levels, which can help with sexuality as well.
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Every person has different hormonal and emotional levels. There are varying organic essential oils on the market that can help with specific sexual preferences or desires. There are a lot of essential oils that are known to raise sexual desire.

Rose essential oil is known to stimulate and increase sexual desire. It also effects sperm production. Orange blossom essential oil works as an aphrodisiac to attract the opposite sex. It also helps to sooth anxiety ridden lovers to help with their sexual performance.

Peppermint essential oil is often used to stop premature ejaculation for men. Ginger essential oil aids both male and female genitals. For men it improves blood circulation to the penis, and for women it is used to stimulate the female genitals.

People can have a low sex drive for any number of reasons. It could because of their diet they are on, the amount of stress they are feeling, the drugs they are taking, depression, anxiety, or illness. All are reasons for a low libido.

Essential oils can help raise sexuality and help intimacy. It is important to note, however, that one is not meant to directly apply essential oil to the genitals unless directed to do so. Before applying any essential oil directly to your skin you should consult a qualified aromatherapist.

Naturally Curing Shingles

May 21st, 2010

The illness known as shingles is a viral infection.  This virus is the same virus as chicken pox.  Shingles affects specific areas of the skin and is an infection in the nervous system.

Shingles come about because after having chicken pox as a child some of the virus was still alive and stayed dormant.  When the immune system years later is traumatized, the virus reawakens and causes the infection.  Things like severe illnesses or emotional stress can traumatize the immune system.

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There is great discomfort and pain with shingles.  A doctor would probably prescribe steroids, antibiotics, anti-viral, and pain medications to help ease the pain and illness.  There are natural ways to help cure shingles too.

One great natural way to heal shingles is to use natural essential oilsNatural essential oils have great healing properties.  There are also no side effects when using natural essential oils.

Because essential oils are natural and less harmful, they take about 3 days to see results.  Some people have seen results right away though.  The essential oils need to be taken for at least 21 days because that is how long a virus can stay active for.

There are a few different ways of applying essential oils.  One way is to take them internally or orally in gel capsules.  Essential oils are heavily concentrated so they should be taken in small doses both morning and night.

Another application is to massage the oil on the neck, spine, and infected skin.  The oil should be diluted with carrier or massage oil before applying.  Massage the infected area at least 3 times daily.

Each essential oil has specific healing properties for specific ailments.  Ravensara is a great essential oil to take orally to cure shingles.  Essential oils that are great to use separately or together to massage away shingles are sandalwood, blue cypress, peppermint, and ravensara.

Using Essential Oils

May 21st, 2010

Organic essential oils are handy items to have. They can help with a variety of things, both medically and emotionally. Organic essential oils are natures way to treat and help a lot of different ailments and infections.

Scientific research has shown the benefits of using organic essential oil. There are plenty of scientific evidences that prove that organic essential oil can be a natural and safe way to treat medical ailments. It is a great alternative to harsher medical therapies.

Aromatherapy, for example, is a common healing method. It is considered an alternative therapy to mainstream medicine. A lot of people aren’t even aware of aromatherapy and the benefits it can have.

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Aromatherapy is similar to what happens when you walk through a garden full of herbs or flowers. It is similar to lighting scented candles while making love. If you already do these types of things you are already practicing a type of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is available for anyone to use. It is an easy practice to do, even for beginners. Aromatherapy is a good choice because of its effectiveness.

Essential oils can be found in a variety of products. It is in almost all bath products. It is also found in good, quality scented candles.

Organic essential oils usually come from plants. More specifically, they come from various parts of the plants. Sometimes oils can be extracted by all parts of the plant or only in certain parts. Stems, twigs, leaves, flowers, fruit rinds, and bark are popular plant parts to get essential oil from.

Essential oils can be used alone or mixed with other essential oils. Essential oils vary in price. The more pure the essential oil is, the more expensive it will be. How pure the essential oil is is based on how much plant material was required to extract the oil and how concentrated  the oil is. It also deals with how effective the drops of oil are.

Aromatherapy Helps Depression

May 20th, 2010

Some feel that depression is something that can be snapped out of, but these individuals have obviously never suffered from depression.  Depression can be feeling of extreme sadness that come and go without warning.  Depression can also be severe and feel like a dark cloud following you where ever you go.

Depression affects you mentally making you feel like you are worth nothing.  It also affects your relationships.  Depression can affect you physically too.  Depression causes stress.  Stress causes a change in appetite, activity decrease, and can make the body strain.

There are remedies to help with depression.  Most people use pharmaceutical drugs, but these drugs have mild to severe side effects.  The drugs can be addicting, loss of hair, and other side effects.  There are other, more natural ways to help with depression.

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Aromatherapy is a natural way of helping with depression.  Aromatherapy uses scents to help penetrate the feeling of despair and help the body heal naturally.  Other natural things like exercise and sufficient sleep can help with aromatherapy to heal depression.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils for the fragrance.  Three essential oils that work really well at helping to heal depression are Jasmine, lavender French, and Neroli.  These essential oils can be used separately or combined.  If you combine them, they are just more powerful and effective.

Jasmine is a potent yet beautiful fragrance.  It can help relax you physically so that you can leave the stresses of the day behind you.  Jasmine also helps to give you a boost of self-esteem.

Lavender French helps you to relax mentally.  It can also help your mood and muscles relax.  Lavender French comes from France and is a very popular oil fragrance.

Neroli oil is a great sleeping aid.  Like Jasmine and Lavender French, Neroli helps to relax as well.  It can also help you feel rejuvenated and dispel anger and irritability.

Grief and Sorrow: Oils Can Help

May 20th, 2010

There are not very many guarantees in this world, but there is at least one.  This guarantee is that you will experience grief and sorrow several times in your life.  Grief and sorrow are caused by many various reasons.

The grieving process has steps that you move through before you are whole again.  After sorrow there is acceptance of the truth.  Then there is moving past the whole grief and living your life again.  Aromatherapy can help you speed through this process to feel complete and whole again.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to help the body heal naturally.  There are several essential oils in the world.  Only some of these oils will work to help you through the grief and sorrow.  The individual essential oils that can help are roman chamomile, bergamot, lavender, and juniper.

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Roman chamomile has the properties of an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and a detoxifier.  With the grieving process it will help you relax, relieve restlessness, reduce anxiety, and sleep.  Roman chamomile will also help you to dispel anger and stabilize emotions.  This oil can be diffused or directly inhaled or apply it directly to the skin.

Bergamot is an anti-depressant and supports hormones.  It has a citrus fragrance that up lifts your mood.  Bergamot can be diffused or directly inhaled.  Do not apply it to the skin that will see sunlight within 36 hours because it is phototoxic to the skin.

Juniper will help with grief because it gives feelings of love, peace, and health.  This oil has cleansing properties, helps with circulation through the kidneys, and detoxifies.  It can be inhaled, diffused, or applied to the skin.

Lavender oil is a universal healing oil.  Its abilities are far and wide.  Lavender can help you in your time of grief by helping you relax, reduce nervous tension, sleep, concentrate, and have mental acuity.  Apply it to the skin undiluted or diluted for massages.  It can also be inhaled or diffused.

Not only are there individual essential oils that can help with grief and sorrow, but there are concoctions of essential oils as well. The names of these concoctions are the following: valor, release, harmony, forgiveness, gratitude, and present time.  Using these oils will help you through your time of grief and sorrow.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

May 19th, 2010

Aromatherapy has been around for centuries.  The proof that aromatherapy works is in how long it has been used.  Aromatherapy is even a multi-cultural healing tool.

It is thought that the Egyptians in 1555 B.C. were the first to use aromatherapy. The Chinese used it as well and compiled a book of which essential oils are best for what.  The Greeks and Romans used it as well.

Aromatherapy is a natural way of helping the body heal using essential oils.  Essential oils come from plants.  Steam distillation is the purest way of extracting essential oils.

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You can buy essential oils at most natural stores.  Organic essential oils are oils from plants that did not have pesticides sprayed on them.  Non-organic essential oils come from plants that did have pesticides sprayed on them.  The pesticides can contaminate the essential oils.  Making essential oils will give you the power to know exactly how the plants are grown.

Buying essential oils can get expensive, that is why making essential oils is a smart idea.  Make sure that when you are making essential oils you store the oils in dark glass bottles.  Essential oils are light sensitive so that is why you use dark bottles.

Essential oils can be applied in several ways.  They can be massage into the skin using carrier oils.  It can also be diffused, breathed in with steam, and mix with water for sprays.

One of the largest benefits of essential oils is that they have no side effects.  They are fast acting because they are absorbed into the blood stream through the skin or inhaled.  The essential oils are naturally expelled from the body through perspiring or breathing.

Each essential oil has its own natural healing properties.  Lavender, geranium, and bergamot help to reduce stress, depression, and fatigue.  Essential oils can be used separately or mixed together for multiple purposes.

Treating Candida With Essential Oils

May 19th, 2010

Natural essential oils are used a lot with healing and aromatherapy. They are completely natural. Natural essential oils are concentrated oil taken from a plant.

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are effective treatments for candida. They are proven to be more effective than topical candida creams. They can be used for both men and women candida infections.

Being infected with candida can be irritating and bothersome. It can cause troublesome problems for a lot of people. Relief can be found through natural essential oils. Here are the most popular natural essential oils used for candida infections.

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Melaleuca Oil: Melaleuca oil is an all purpose oil that can be directly applied to the infected area. It has proven to work as an antibiotic, and has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Melaleuca oil, also known as tea tree oil, has a lot of benefits for fighting candida infections.

Eucalyptus Oil: Eucalyptus oil works to kill off any staphylococcus bacteria in the body. Staphylococcus is a common bacteria that works with candida. Eucalyptus oil fights off really bad candida infections and works with the immune system well.

Rose Geranium Oil: Rose Geranium Oil is a special oil that can be taken both externally and internally. It can be applied topically to the body to stop candida infections. Rose Geranium Oil kills excess yeast from the body while keeping the body’s natural bacteria in place. You can’t ask for anything better than that.

Oregano Oil: Oregano oil is one of the ultimate essential oils. It is very safe to use oregano oil, making it unique among many of the essential oils. It works to kill fungal infections. Athlete’s foot, nail and scalp infections are all curable infections that Oregano oil can treat.

Be sure to be cautious when using essential oils you have never used before. Never ingest any oil before you have research them. A lot of oils deal with hormone changes, which are not good for expectant mothers. Ask your doctor before you use any oil or natural product while you are pregnant.

Getting Your Candle Making Gear

May 18th, 2010

Candle making is a great skill to learn.  There are many reasons to want to learn how to make candles. You may choose candle making as a new hobby.  Others make candles as part of a lucrative business.  But whatever the reason as you begin you will need to acquire all the start up materials.

The candle making start up process is all about getting your equipment. Some of these materials you will probably have around your household already.  Other items you will need to research and purchase.  The following is just what you need to being your new candle making hobby or business.

First let’s explore what is needed for candle making on a small scale in your home.  The process all begins with wax.  Since a candle is almost entirely made up of wax, let’s consider the different types of waxes.

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First determine the kind of candles you want to make (size, shape, utility, quality, etc.) to know what type of wax to use.  The most common wax types you may use for your candle making are paraffin wax, gel wax, and soy wax.  You can find many other types of waxes on the market, however, these are most often used.

Soy and paraffin waxes are most commonly used for basic candles.  This is because the wax is readily available and it’s an easy wax to work with.  Soy wax may even be preferred over paraffin.  Soy is completely natural and so as a wax it burns without any smoke or odor.  Soy waxes also burn longer than paraffin wax.  However, paraffin is still often used in candle making because of its affordability and its low maintenance in candle making.

Gel waxes are used for more upscale candle making. If you are looking to make uniquely designed and higher quality candles, gel wax will be your best bet. The name “gel” even gives away the fact that this wax is the most pliable and therefore easy to mold of all waxes.

After you’ve chosen the type of wax to use, you will need to obtain the wick.  Without the wick nothing will burn at all! The wick will run through the center of the entire candle so a flame can burn until the candle wax has all been melted.

The final equipment needed for your candle making is a melting pot/thermometer combo and molds.  If you are doing small scale candle making, you will just use your own pots, pans and stove top for the melting of the wax.  Some professionals also recommend the use of thermometers so you know the exact temperature of your wax.  Then of course you need some sort of container to mold your candle into a shape once it’s melted.  Some molds are as simple as a jar or glass; upscale candle making will require specially shaped molds to form your desired candle.

Once you’ve acquired all your equipment, enjoy your candle making! And then burn baby burn!