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Monday, December 1, 2014

Cinnamon Cassia the Feel Better Essential Oil

After much thought on a new essential oil for my body butter, I came to Cinnamon Cassia. The health benefits this oil are enormous for both body and mind.  Cassia is a evergreen tree native of China, and is commonly referred to as Chinese Cinnamon. The essential oil comes from the leaves and twigs of the tree. Chinese healers use the oil for many different ailments, and have been doing so for centuries.

How Cassia Attributes To Your Health

The scent of the Cassia helps fight depression by uplifting
the mood and inducing warm and cozy feelings in the body and the mind.

Anti-Rheumatic and Anti-Arthritic
Cassia is a circulatory and a stimulant substance, it improves te circulation of blood around the body, bringing warmth to the joints and other parts of the body that may be suffering from arthritis, giving much needed relief to these areas.

Cassia essential oils have great properties when it comes to skin and hair. It strengthens the roots of the guns and hair, and can tighten the muscles of the skin. It also can aid in stopping hemorrhaging by contracting the blood vessels.

Some of the other benefits include:
Improves blood circulation
Treats nausea and vomiting
Provides relief from joint pain
Carminative (provides relief from gas)

Pregnant and lactating women should not use this oil as it reduces lactation and can provide irritation on the skin and mucous membrane

Try my Love your Cinnamon body butter. It is gently blended with Shea butter and coconut oil. It is gentle and moisturizing on your skin and can stimulate hair growth. Just click on the link on the right.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wash Away Your Problems With African Black Soap

When it comes to beauty, Ancient Africans knew exactly what they were doing. They used many beauty products that we are just rediscovering today. African black soap is just one of those wonderful concoctions used by Africans centuries ago. There are several benefits to using the soap, not only for the skin but for the hair as well.

Black soap is usually made with dried plantain peels are dried in the sun. These skins which sometimes includes palm and cocoa pods are roasted and then turned into ash. When the roasting is finished water is added to the ashes and filtered. At this point Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, palm oil and/or cocoa butter are warmed and added to the mix. The women of the village then stir the mixture for 24 hours. Eventually, the soap solidifies and moves up to the top of the batch, it is then scooped out and the mixture is set out to cure for two weeks.

After this the soap is ready for oils and other ingredients to be added. Or it can be sold on its own in its natural state.  When looking to buy African Black soap remember the less the ingredients the better the soap. When handling the soap, it should be soft and a little crumbly, it should never feel hard like regular store bought soap. It shouldn't have any artificial fragrances or coloring. The soap will have an earthy scent with a hint of chocolate, this comes from the cocoa butter added.  One last thing it shouldn't have is artificial lye. Black soap has naturally occurring lye, so none needs to be added.

Improves Skin Tone
Many people suffer from a skin tone that is uneven, this comes from sun exposure, genetics and pollutants that are in the air and our bodies. African Black soap contains shea butter as well as cocoa butter, these are very moisturizing and contain antioxidants, that neutralizes free radicals in the skin. This helps in keeping the skin tone even and healthy looking.

Skin Protection
Free radicals not only help with evening the skin tone, the antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage that causes premature skin aging, wrinkles and facial lines.   

Tightens Skin
Black soap firms and tones skin and improves skin texture, for more glowing and healthy looking skin.

Alleviates Skin Problems
One of the most talked about benefits of using black soap is the relief of acne. It helps lessen treat and totally clear up acne as well as eliminates black heads, psoriasis and eczema.

Deep Cleansing
African Black Soap is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, this is great for deep pore clearing as well removing makeup and oils from the skin.

Stops Razor Bumps
African Black Soap is very protective to the skin, this protection prevents razor bumps when used for shaving.

Hair Benefits
Your hair will love this soap! It will not strip it of its natural oils, and will moisturize the hair leaving it soft and manageable. The shea butter and cocoa butter in the soap gives the soap all the benefits.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chocolatey Creamy CoCoa Butter

Have you ever smelled unrefined cold pressed cocoa butter?

The chocolaty, creamy, intoxicating scent is more than enough to make it you fall for its essence.  But a beautiful scent isn't all Cocoa butter has to offer, it has many health benefits as well.

 Cocoa butter comes from the cacao bean which is located inside the pod that grows on the cacao tree. The tree contains large fruits that hold up to 30 to 40 cocoa seeds. These seeds are also where our delicious chocolate comes from. So the next time you buy unrefined cold pressed cocoa butter, smell it, it'll smell just like a chocolate bar, well a good quality chocolate bar. You can even taste it, but if you do don't be surprised by it's creamy chocolaty taste. 

To produce the actual cocoa butter the seeds are fermented in bananas leaves, dried then roasted and pressed. This releases the vegetable fat, which is what we know as cocoa butter.

All beans don't have to be roasted though, and some are cold pressed. When the cocoa butter is cold pressed, it releases the cocoa butter while retaining the antioxidants that are great for the skin and hair. When the using the cold pressing process only the heat from the friction of pressing the beans is used. This heat does not strip the beans of any vital nutrients.

Because cocoa butter is the fatty acid from the bean, and has many nutrients, it works wonders on dry skin. It is able to penetrate the top layers of the skin and nourish the skin from the inside out.You can also use cocoa butter cream for your hair it penetrates deep into the scalp, healing dandruff and many other scalp and hair ailments.

We all know about those horrible free radicals that are released in our body because of the exposure to pollutants like car fumes, pesticides and tobacco smoke. These free radicals destroy cells, making you age faster. This process is called oxidation. That's where all those unwanted wrinkles come from.

Fortunately, cocoa butter is loaded with antioxidants, which literally stop the oxidation process in its tracks by killing the free radicals.  Cocoa butter is even known to have a higher content of antioxidants than well know superfoods like blueberries and acai!

Though there are no guarantees when it comes to stretch marks, pregnant women have sworn by cocoa butter for years to prevent those nasty little strips. Antioxidants and the nourishing power keep the skin elastic, so the skin can grow easily. Cocoa butter is also good for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and many skin irritations.  

So where do you buy this awesome cream? Well first lets talk about a very important matter, should you buy refined or unrefined?

Refined cocoa butter is what is left over after the cocoa butter has been processed. This method strips away all the goodies the cocoa butter had before, even the scent and its natural yellow beige color. Many cosmetic companies use this type of cocoa butter because it is easier to work with, and works well in recipes. They just add fragrance and colour later. Can you say gross?!?

As mentioned earlier unrefined cocoa butter is cold pressed, allowing it to retain all of it vital nutrients, so please don't waste your money on cocoa butter that is not up to your high standards!

Purely Beautiful Butter CoCo, only contains unrefined Organic coco butter, and has many other great organic ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil, all which nourish your skin and hair!

Just click the paypal link on the right side and select the size you want! What to add essential oils to your butter? Well I make every butter to order so just leave a message stating what you would like.

Happy Nourishing!!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lovely Lavender

Oh, the scent of Lavender. Swaying romantically in the wind under the hot summer sky. Not only does lavender look beautiful it smells beautiful as well, it has tons of healing properties to go along with the beauty of it. It is one of the strongest remedies in the plant world, giving us a well rounded amount of relief from everyday ailments. Lavender is rich in aromatic molecules that are called esters, which are antispasmodic. These esters calm anxiety, stress and nervous tension.

Here are a few more ailments Lavender can heal.

Insect Bites
Repels Insects
Skin problems
Viral Infections
Anti bacterial
Anti Inflammatory

The list goes on and on. Just the simple act of inhaling lavender brings respiratory relief to those who suffer from asthma, coughs, colds and influenza. It eases breathing by breaking up the phlegm blocking the lungs.

Refresh a tired mind by taking a whiff of lavender, it immediately aids in refreshing your senses. Try it at work when have a stressful day or you get that 2:30 feeling. Do you suffer from aching muscles or joints? Rub lavender mixed with a carrier oil like Jojoba, on the skin and it will relieve stiffness and pain, even if its from rheumatic discomfort.

Lavender also works beautifully on the skin and scalp, relieving skin conditions like eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, scabies and dermatitis.

Though lavender works wonders it should be avoided if pregnant or suffer from epilepsy.

Here are some ways to enjoy Lavender.

Take a Lavender Shower
After soaking your body and hair in the shower, add a few a drops of lavender oil to a little bit of water in a very small container, like a shampoo bottle cap and hold it over your head. Let the water fill up and run over on to your body. This causes the lavender oil to connect with the steam, great for your skin and lungs.

Lavender Vapor
Shower not enough vapor for you? Grab an oil burner or a vaporizer and fill it with warm water, add 6-8 drops of Lavender oil, grab a tea light and place it under the dish, in the space provided. You can use it in your bedroom or bathroom. This is a very good method when feeling cold coming on, or are suffering from insomnia. Keep the dish away from open windows and drafts to get the full effect.

Lavender Bath
Baths in general are good for several things like aches, stress relief and joint pain. Add 6-8 drops of lavender oil to your bath and give it a boost. Add the drops of lavender while the water is running or agitate it a lot to mix the particles in the bath. You can also add Epson salts and milk for a little extra happiness. Now just lie back and let the lavender do its work.

Lavender Massage
On of the fastest and most effective ways to treat sore and tight muscles is having a massage with lavender oils. When the lavender is applied directly to the skin it goes straight for the blood stream, relieving your body of its ailments almost immediately. Always dilute the oils when using lavender as a massage. A good carrier oil is Jojoba, apricot and coconut oil, they also have great benefits and will bring relief to your body.

Lavender Tissues
Great for stressful days at work, instant relief from the flu, sinusitis and anxiety; and super easy to make! Just drop 1-3 drops of lavender oil to a handkerchief or tissue and inhale it immediately! Just breathe in the relief.

Lavender Hand and Foot Bath
Have you been working all day on your feet? Well lavender oil can help relieve those tired, sore feet and hands. In a large bowl of warm water add between 4-6 drops of lavender oil, soak the ailing limb for 10 minutes, dry and apply lavender infused lotion. Enjoy the relief.

Lavender for Burns
After running cold water on the burn for approx 10 minutes, put a few drops of neat lavender oil onto the burnt area. Use this with sunburn, for you water babies! This will greatly assist the healing process. ONLY use lavender. Remember serious burns must be seen to by a doctor.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Awesome Almond Oil

Almond oil comes from dried almonds that have been cold pressed. The qualities that make Almond oil so awesome is that it has vitamin E, which is awesome for skin and hair, along with vitamins A and D. It also has a great amount of oleic and linoleic acids. Because the oil has such a high concentration in vitamins and acids it is mostly used for skin care, but can also be used as a medicinal for skin ailments.

Almond oil has many great qualities:

1. Moisturizing
2. Anti-inflammation
3. Emollient Properties
4. Removes Dark Circles
5. Reduces wrinkles
6. Protects you from the sun

When applying almond oil to your skin while it is damp, the almonds have a way to trap the moisture inside your skin keeping it moisturized for an extensive amount of time. Because it is so lubricating many companies use it in there skin products, which keeps their customers very happy, and willing to return.

After many studies, Almond oil has been proved to have a calming effect to people that may have a skin inflammation, due to allergies or other causes.  It has also been proven to treat small wounds, chapped skin, like lips, heels or elbows as well as treat skin infections.

Emollient Properties.
Emollient refers to the ability of the Almond oil to get absorbed into the skin or hair. It can be used as a massage oil, since it is odorless and isn't greasy like other oils. It also helps in restoring a healthy PH, which cause the skin to emit a healthy glow, with the preserved moisture.

Removal of Dark Circles.
Almond oil has a natural ability to lighten the skin. This quality makes it perfect for the removal of dark areas on the skin, like under the eyes.

Reduction of Wrinkles.
Vitamins, like vitamin E, helps reduce wrinkles in the skin by keeping the skin protected and moisturized. It is best to apply the oil when skin is still damp, like right after you take a shower and in the evening before you go to sleep.

Sun Protection.
Everyday, no matter if we go to the beach or not our skin is exposed to the sun and it's damaging rays. This exposure causes skin wrinkles, aging, and skin cancer. Fortunately, by using almond oil on a regular basis, it can help reduce  and reverse the effects of this damage.

Almond Oil for the Hair:

One of the most beneficial qualities almond oil has for hair is sealant and protection. Almond oil has the natural ability to seal in moisture to the hair shaft, keeping it moisturized for an extended amount of time.

Saturated fats as well as mono saturated fats also give almond oil the ability to penetrate the hair shaft, moisturizing it from the inside out.

In addition to moisturizing the hair almond oil adds shine and elasticity to the hair, keeping strong while reducing breakage. Add to hair that is weak and dry, the oil will restore moisture and trap it inside the shaft.

There is nothing better than an all natural hair moisturizer, make sure you read the labels to all your hair products. Only get the pure and organic, no  chemicals for your beautifully natural hair!

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's FIG Season again! A treat for your health!

My absolute favorite fruit, the wonderfully delicate fig. The outside of fresh figs are smooth and soft. The inside are a wonderful concoction of sweet and tangy. The texture of the meat is creamy but the seeds give it a delicate crunch to keep the taste buds interested.

Fresh figs are not always available, the California season for them is June through September. Have no fear though because dried figs are available all year around! So you can enjoy this tasty treat whenever you like.

Why are figs so awesome? Well they don't only taste good but they are very good for you!
Figs have a high percentage of fiber in them, making them really good for correcting chronic constipation. This amount of fiber also proves to help in weight management! Who knew!!

Are you allergic to dairy products? Do you have a problem getting all your recommended calcium? Well the fig can help with that also. It has the highest amount of calcium than any other fruit, 16% of your daily recommended dose. Calcium starving body, have no fear the fig is here!

Have you ever wondered is there a sweeter way to get iron in your system? Maybe red meats aren't your thing and your tired of eating salads, with dark green leaves. Well, turn to the fig, not only does it have a good amount of iron but it also has other wonderful minerals like magnesium and potassium. So if your allergic to bananas, try figs for a change. Potassium is very important in helping to lower blood pressure. Figs also contain B vitamins and vitamin K.

One of my favorite benefits of eating a fig is it has a wonderful amount of antioxidants! As a matter of fact, the riper the fig the more antioxidants your going to get! What are antioxidants? Well those little does get rid of the free radicals that cause cancer, heart disease and aging. That's right ladies, figs help keep you younger.

Well now we know all these wonderful things about the fruit, but don't leave of the leaves! They have a lot of nutritional value also. Studies have shown that the leaves have anti diabetic properties. They lowered the  amount of insulin the diabetic needed. Of course you would need to consult your doctor before stopping insulin and going all in with fig leaves. Studies have also shown that fig leaves can help completely correct diabetes.

Figs are so versatile, you can eat them raw cooked or in a smoothie! So look up those recipes and pick up some figs, your health is waiting!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Beauty of Shea Butter

So what's all the hooplah about Shea Butter? It seemed to have just popped up out of no where and completely took over the beauty industry.

Shea Butter is from Africa, and comes from the Shea nut, higher quality Shea Butter is cold-pressed leaving all the nutrients and vitamins, in the product. it has been used for thousands of years to moisturize and heal many different ailments.

There are several different classes to Shea Butter starting from class A all the way to Class F. A being the best and F being the bottom of the totem pole. You should really stay far away from Class F, as the lower class doesn't have the healing properties the higher classes have. 

The number one thing is Dry skin. So many people suffer from the everyday annoyance of dry skin. Shea Butter not only has the properties to relieve dry skin but it also heals the skin.It has been know to treat eczema, relieving the irritating, itchy, flaky skin. Shea Butter seals the moisture as it is absorbed into the skin. Keeping the skin moisturized the entire day, and night.

What about sun burn? Going to the beach is one of the worlds favorite past times and everyone has at least once experienced sunburn. The redness, annoying peeling, the pain! Not to mention the permanent damage that has been done to the skin.  To limit the damage though, and to quickly heal the skin Shea Butter is the way to go. The vitamin A in Shea Butter gives it the healing power it needs to quickly relieve and heal the skin after sun damage.

Here are a list of several other skin conditions that Shea Butter is known to cure:
Skin Rash
Itching skin
Use it as shaving cream, it protects the skin, promoting silky smooth skin
Small wounds
Skin cracks like on your heals
Protect your skin from the cold weather
Frost bites
Stretch mark prevention
insect bites
Muscle aches and pain
Skin allergies, as well as poison ivy and oak
Skin damage from burns

To purchase pure Shea Butter, click the link on the side of the page. Not only is this pure organic Shea butter, but it also is mixed with other organic skin and hair healing ingredients! Enjoy!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tea Tree Rocks in so Many Ways

Tea Tree rules when it comes to healing oils. It ranks as number two when it comes to antiseptic oil (right behind thyme), and is stronger than carbolic acid and safer. The essential oil is derived from the Melaleuca Alternifolia, and is widely used in household and personal toiletries along with cleansers and natural remedies.

The aroma is invigorating and smells resinous and slightly musty, blending well with cinnamon, clary sage, clover, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemon, lemon grass, mandarin, marjoram, rosemary and thyme.

Tea Tree is often referred to first aid in a bottle. It is a treatment for abscesses, acne, athlete's foot, blisters, boils, burns and scalds that are minor. It also gives relief from ulcers, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, insect bites, diaper rash, ringworm and infected wounds.

It is also good for aromatherapy, making a wonderful addition to a massage oil, air sprays, baths, oil burners and gargles. It is also one of the few oils that are recommended to use in the vaginal area, relieving many different ailments.  

For hair Tea Tree works many wonders. It can be used to relieve scalp conditions including cradle cap, prevents hair loss, treats lice, controls psoriasis and is very effective in eliminating dandruff, and itchy scalp. A few drops go a long way in a shampoo, or everyday styling cream.

 Purely Beautiful Hair Butter has many great ingredients for your hair including Organic Tea Tree. Which will help prevent and relieve itchy dry scalp and dandruff while also preventing breakage.

Purely Beautiful Hair Butter is available in four different sizes including
Tea Tree and Lavender are now available, click below to order yours!

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