Posts Tagged ‘natural soap’

Aromatherapy Helps Depression

Thursday, 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.

The Difference between Natural and Regular Soap

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

If ever given the option, it is always better to use natural or organic products.  Organic food is better for your body, and with soap it is no different.  Knowing the differences between the soap making process of natural and regular soap will allow you to make yet another better choice in your day-to-day life.

The first major difference between natural soap and regular soap includes what they are made from.  During the soap making process, natural soap is always a mixture of lye, water, and oil, whereas the regular soaps you buy from the store are detergent-based from petroleum.  While petrol may be good for your car, it is definitely not good for your skin.

Regular soap contains ingredients which are harmful to your skin.  These include isopropyl alcohol, BHT, and Tricoslan which is found in most anti-bacterial soaps.  Natural soap contains none of these harmful substances.

The most noticeable difference between natural soap and regular soap is the effect it has on your skin.  Natural soap is soothing, whereas regular soap commonly acts as an irritant.  If you are looking for smoother, softer skin, consider switching to a natural brand.

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The most common irritant in regular detergent-based soaps is alkali.  Alkali causes tight, itchy, and/or flaky skin.  If you suffer from any of these conditions, check the amount of alkali listed on your product’s label.

On the other hand, natural soap carries a high level of glycerin after the soap making process.  This compound soothes and moisturizes the skin.  It pulls moisture out of the air, making your skin stay soft longer than it would by using regular soaps.

Some would assume that the tag of ‘natural’ also means the tag of a higher price.  There is actually little price difference between natural and regular soap.  Making your own natural soap at home may bring its price down even further.

Again, some might claim it an inconvenience to buy natural soap rather than purchase what they are used to.  With the ever-increasing popularity of organic products, however, natural soap is easier to find than ever before.  Look more carefully at the same places you usually shop, visit a store selling organics, or even shop online.

Five Tricks for a Better Natural Soap

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Natural soap making has become more common with our increased awareness of what harmful chemicals can do. Good natural soap requires the right combination of ingredients. Here are five tricks for better soap.

1. Get the basics right. High priced ingredients aren’t really necessary to make good soap. Often high-priced ingredients try to make up for an inferior soap recipe.

Recipes using coconut, palm and olive oils, though simple, are often the best recipes. There is no need for sugar in soap. Other expensive oils such as rice bran oil, emu oil or shea butter are also not necessary.
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2. Use the right amount of coconut oil. Coconut oil in natural soap making creates a soap that lathers well with lots of big bubbles.  However, too much coconut oil cleans too well, drying out the skin.

3. Use enough fragrance. Many recipes don’t call for enough scent oil, so when you’re done, what little scent you used was wasted. In your natural soap making, use enough scent oil so you can enjoy it later.

4. Palm kernel oil also takes a prominent place in natural soap making. It takes the place of animal fats such as beef tallow or lard. Palm oil makes a fairly mild hard soap with only fair lathering qualities.

5. Moisturize with olive oil or something like it. The unsaturated oils such as olive oil act as moisturizers in natural soap making. These oils attract moisture to the skin and give the soap a luxury feel. Castile soap, made with only olive oil, makes for a thiner soap and doesn’t lather as well as soap containing coconut oil.

Natural soaps need not be expensive, and don’t need to include exotic ingredients. The trick is to get the right blend of ingredients in order to clean the skin without drying it. With the proper recipe, all natural  soaps can be a joy to use.