How Aromatherapy Can Change Your Life

By Angela Ambrose-Radford  

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Fragrance Oils for Aromatherapy

Fragrance oils for aromatherapy do wonders for your home and office. Besides the scent of the oil travelling from one room to the next via using an electric oil diffuser, there are different benefits derived from different fragrances.

Lavender is very popular for relaxation. It calms your being and can also help you sleep. Lavender also helps ease depression. This wonderful scent can often be used to replace modern medicine for sleep issues.

Lavender is also used as a great tonic for nerves and anxiety issues. Are you mentally stressed before or even after an exam? Inhale some lavender.

A popular fragrance, apple cinnamon has been used for its spicy yet sweet scent. The smell of apples may help to ease migraine headaches. Its been documented that the smell of apples might even curb appetite.

Cinnamon - there are so many health benefits derived from the use of this spice. As a scent, cinnamon can help boost brain power. A research done at Wheeling Jesuit University concluded that participants who took a "whiff" of cinnamon improved in cognitive functions.

So... imagine the smell of apples and cinnamon together, a formidable team.

Extracted from the Syringa Vulgaris flowering plant (common lilac), this oil has a refreshing floral scent. With its calming fragrance, lilac can help ease anxiety and calm the mind. It promotes a harmonious mood and many aromatherapists use lilac oil to relax their clients.

Additionally, lilac can also bring about an enhanced feeling of sensuality... hmm...

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Sandalwood comes from the heartwood of the "Santalum" tree. The use of sandalwood is more than 4,000 years, and has a very exotic scent, with a soft, warm, woody fragrance.

Sandalwood is mostly used in the form of incense. It is also used in perfumes, cosmetics and aftershave.

The unique fragrance of sandalwood helps with mental clarity when burnt as an incense or fragrance oil. It is great for mental focus while helping you remain calm at the same time.

A special scent, egyptian musk is a very popular oil that comes from Egypt. Its aroma is woody, sharp, earthy and fragrant. Originally derived from the musk pods found in the Musk dear, the animal was hunted on a large scale and that dwindled its population severely. Now the musk is replaced with a synthetic musk or plant based sources.

Plant base sources used in the make of Egyptian Musk are:

· Musk Mullow or Ambrette Seed
· Musktree or Muskwood
· Musk Flower
· Garden Angelica

The scent of Eyptian Musk oil is used to balance and calm emotions, thus helping to relieve stress.

Vanilla may be one of the most popular scents ever. It's sweet, warm, complex and comforting. Vanilla is a substance obtained from vanilla beans or produced artificially and used to flavor sweet foods or to impart a fragrant scent to cosmetic preparations. Vanilla was found to help infants adapt to stress and aid in sleep, with its calming effects.

A study at Tubingen University in Germany revealed that vanilla reduced the startle reflex in both humans and animals. Because of its relaxing properties, vanilla scents are commonly used in bath products and candles to help promote restful sleep.

Enjoy your fragrance oils, for calm, relaxation and a peaceful night rest!

Elimination Of Chemicals And Toxins Is A Positive Start To Better Health

By Josef Bichler

Elimination is only possible if we know what it is and know where it's coming from. To avoid all chemicals and toxins, whether it's in our food or personal care products is impossible. Strong scientific evidence exists that exposure to these chemicals contributes to most illnesses. It is important to know how to avoid at least some of these chemicals to protect your health.

Eliminating some of the most threatening toxins from your body is a must and it's not that hard to do. We all know anything we put in our mouth and swallow can have positive or negative reactions to our body and health. It's like drinking too much alcohol to get tipsy and feel bad the day after with a hangover. Having an extra big meal can make you feel uncomfortable and bloated etc. What we often overlook is what we can absorb through our skin is just as unhealthy as eating it.

Sometimes it can take a long time to see the positive effect of a healthy lifestyle practice. However, this isn't the case with reducing toxins from your body. The personal care products we use every day to enhance our body and make us smell good, as well as cleanse our hair, skin and teeth. But what do they do to our internal body's chemistry? Toiletries contain thousands of harmful chemicals, which absorbed through the skin can have the most serious health effects over time. The high amount of chemicals and toxins found in skin care products can make our bodies nothing less than a toxic waste dump.

Here is an example what a difference just in a few days can make. A research has shown an easy way to avoid levels of toxins substantially in a matter of days. Scientists have engaged 100 teenage girls that used certain personal care products that contained such as, parabens, triclosan and phthalates. At the start of the test the girls been instructed to use only products with labels stating they were free of these chemicals. After comparing the results of urinalysis tests taken before and after the three-day test period, the researchers saw a significant decline of the ingredients under study.

• Parabens: Preservatives used in shampoos, cosmetics and lotions, decreased 44 percent.
• Triclosan: An anti bacterial, hand soaps and face washers, reduced 35 percent.
• Phthalates: Industrial plasticisers in perfume and some nail polishes, lowered 27 percent.

The girls were most impressed by this experiment because it taught them that the simple measure of reading labels before purchasing products can protect them. Although toiletries contain many other harmful chemicals, the above three are among the worst offenders.

Many people assume that the products on the market have passed a safety inspection. The reality is that most authorities have little or no say over personal care products and the ingredients manufacturers put into them. That means companies are legally free to use almost any chemical without first proving it safe. There is no oversight or control for manufacturers to test ingredients, which leaves consumers exposed to harmful chemicals. Also a point to remember, as a rule, the cheaper the product, the more toxins they contain.

Most people are not aware there is a latency as in time; this can take years before any danger shows up from these products and by that time it's often too late. As far back as the fifties and even before personal care products became the culprits in effecting health the public wasn't made aware of it than. Jacqueline Onassis or before, better known as the First Lady, wife of late J. F. Kennedy the U S President in the sixties, didn't die from natural causes. She died from a form of cancer caused from extremely strong colouring hair dye's, most likely used over a period of years.

The silence becomes almost deafening. There is nothing much talked about when people die from drug medication, pain-killer pills or through causes from personal care products. There is too much of that swept under the carpet for financial gains, and very seldom you hear anything about such things on the evening news.

The message here is: Be alert! Don't think because it's sitting there on the shelves, well presented and colourful packaged, it is safe to use. Yes, read the label if you can. The print is so fine and therefore people just don't bother about it; but do find out what the ingredients are before you use it. Putting stuff on your skin is often more of a habit and I'm sure we can do without some of them.

If it makes you feel better by using some personal care products, even toothpaste, use only chemical and toxin free ones, the ones you can trust. Source products only from a company that has a good track record and been around for many years.

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