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Eco Living: Rosemary Infusion For Skin And Hair Care
Li Wong's Eco Living Articles
Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

Rosemary is a common but much loved herb that is used in food, medicine, cosmetics, and for spiritual uses.  One of my favorite uses of rosemary is using it in skin and hair care.  Here is my recipe for rosemary infusion. 

Ingredients:

8 ounces of distilled or spring water

1 teaspoon of rosemary

 

Directions:

Boil the water.  Take the pot off the heat, add the rosemary, and cover.  Let it infuse for at least 15 minutes to an hour or longer.  Strain and cool.

 

Notes:

Rosemary infusion can be used in skin or hair care.  It is an excellent skin toner.  Rosemary infusion helps hydrate the skin, improves skin clarity, and it is great for acne.  You can also add it to other skin care products like masks, scrubs, soap, and more!

I highly recommend using rosemary infusion as a hair rinse after shampooing.  Rosemary infusion is often suggested for dark hair, but it’s great for all hair types.  It is very hydrating and leaves the hair feeling soft and shiny.  It is often used for dandruff.  It is thought to improve overall hair health and it may promote hair growth.

In the recipe, I used the dried, organic herb.  But if you have access to fresh organic rosemary, simply use 2 teaspoons of the fresh herb. 

Infusions have a short shelf life.  Store rosemary infusion in the fridge and use it within a few days to a week.  For a longer shelf life, try freezing the excess, and defrost a few ice cubes as needed. 

 

 

About The Author: 

Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company.  She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy.  Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001.  Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception.   She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm  

For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog:  http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/

For information on Earth Alkemie's products (skin care, hair care, perfumes, DIY raw ingredients, and containers), properties of natural ingredients, the benefits of natural cosmetics, and green business practices, please visit Earth Alkemie’s blog: http://www.earthalkemie.com/blog

For Earth Alkemie's news and products, environmental issues, eco living, herbalism, aromatherapy, and crafting tips, visit Earth Alkemie's face book fan page: https://www.facebook.com/EarthAlkemie 

 
Eco Living: Soothing Insect Bite Gel And Oil
Li Wong's Eco Living Articles
Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

I love the summer time, but I hate bug bites!  I often use all natural, aromatherapy insect repellents, which prevent most bites.  However, I don’t use them daily, and sometimes I will get an insect bite doing simple outdoor tasks, like getting the mail!  So when I get bug bites I use my soothing insect bite gel or oil to reduce itchiness, redness, and inflammation.

 

Ingredients:

1 oz of carrier oil or aloe gel

9 drops of lavender essential oil

9 drops of german chamomile essential oil

 

Directions:

Add the carrier oil or aloe gel to a 1 oz bottle.  Add the essential oils, cap, and shake well before use.

Notes:

Aloe is a soothing ingredient that is great for irritated, red skin.  It makes an excellent base for insect bites.  Be sure to use organic aloe gel, since most brands of organic aloe have minimal additives.  They usually only contain organic aloe and small amounts of potassium sorbate, citric acid, and a thickener.

You can use your favorite carrier oil for this recipe.  Almond or apricot oils are good choices for all skin types.  Or you could use a herb infused oil for its extra properties, such as calendula oil.  Calendula helps irritated skin.

In this blend, I used lavender and german chamomile essential oils, since they are both anti-inflammatory, and they are available from most essential oil companies including brands found at local health food stores.  If you don’t have one of these essential oils, just use 18 drops of the essential oil you have.  For example, if you don’t have german chamomile essential oil, use 18 drops of lavender essential oil.  And vice versa.  

This formula makes approximately a 3% dilution, which is suitable for teenagers and adults.  For older children, cut the amount of essential oils and use only a 1% concentration: 3 drops each of lavender and german chamomile essential oils (for a total of 6 drops of essential oils in the blend).  For younger kids, reduce the amount of essential oils even more, and use only ½% concentration.  Try using 1 drop of lavender essential oil, and 2 drops of German chamomile essential oil, for a total of 3 drops of essential oils in the product. 

Please note: this is a strong 3% concentration.  This particular recipe is only meant for application to small areas of the skin (in this case, the insect bites), for short term use (a few days to a week or so, during the duration of the bites).  Do not use a dilution this high for daily, long term use (weeks or months), on large areas of the skin.  If using it every day, for long periods of time, on large areas of the skin use only a 1-2% concentration for teens and adults, and ½% to 1% dilution for children (depending on their age).

 

 

About The Author: 

Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company.  She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy.  Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001.  Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception.   She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm 

For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog:  http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/

For information on Earth Alkemie's products (skin care, hair care, perfumes, DIY raw ingredients, and containers), properties of natural ingredients, the benefits of natural cosmetics, and green business practices, please visit Earth Alkemie’s blog: http://www.earthalkemie.com/blog  

For Earth Alkemie's news and products, environmental issues, eco living, herbalism, aromatherapy, and crafting tips, visit Earth Alkemie's face book fan page: https://www.facebook.com/EarthAlkemie 

 
Eco Living: Aromatherapy Summer Skin And Hair Care
Li Wong's Eco Living Articles
Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

Summer is just around the corner.  Keep your skin and hair well hydrated and healthy with my aromatherapy skin and hair care tips! 

 

Refresh Your Skin With Hydrosols:

A hydrosol is a product of plant distillation that contains water soluble plant chemical components and an extremely tiny amount of essential oil.  Hydrosols help keep the skin hydrated.  During the warmer months, I like to mist my skin throughout the day with hydrosols.  This provides moisture and helps keep my skin looking great all day.  Hydrosols make excellent toners too, and they can be used in a wide variety of skin care products like cleansers, masks, scrubs, lotions, and serums.  One of my favorite summer time hydrosols is peppermint hydrosol, since it is cooling and great for blemished and sensitive skin.  Many hydrosols can help soothe sunburned skin and bug bites, such as peppermint, lavender, chamomile, or helichrysum hydrosols. 

 

Use Hydrosols For Soft, Bouncy Hair:

I use hydrosols in my hair care too!  Hydrosols help keep my hair soft, shiny, and full of body.  You can add them to products like shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks.  But my favorite use is using hydrosols in hair rinses.  I like to add a couple teaspoons of a hydrosol to a few ounces of distilled water, and use that as a hair rinse after washing my hair.  Some of my favorite hydrosols for hair care are lavender and rosemary.

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Inspired Living : Chemicals Damage More Than Your Hair…
Danna Norek's Inspired Living Articles - Outer Beauty
Written by Danna Norek of Aura Sensory   

There are still a variety of harsh chemical treatments that are on the market which are highly destructive not only to your hair but also to your scalp.  Since your scalp is a direct pathway into your blood stream via transdermal absorption, you also have to worry about these volatile chemicals getting into your blood stream as well.

 

A perfect example of a volatile treatment is many of the semi-permanent and permanent straightening treatments on the market. They are really no less toxic or different than the “perm” products that were so popular when I was growing up which promised fuller, curlier hair.

 

One only needs to observe how the technicians have to apply these toxic treatments to understand the damage they can do.  They must wear gloves, and are also often required to wear a breathing filter around their mouth and nose as well due to toxic fume exposure.

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Eco Living: Relaxing Aromatherapy Body Oil
Li Wong's Eco Living Articles
Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

Happy Mother’s Day!  Celebrate your mom and Mother Earth with this fabulous, relaxing, all natural aromatherapy body oil!

Ingredients:

1 ounce of jojoba oil

5 drops of mandarin essential oil

2 drops of ylang ylang essential oil

Directions:

Add the jojoba oil to a clean, sanitized 1 ounce bottle.  Add the essential oils, cap, and shake well.  For best results, apply to damp skin.  

 

Notes:

This body oil doubles as a facial serum!  After cleansing and toning your face, apply 2 to 5 drops to damp skin.

There are a few kinds of mandarin essential oil: red, green, and yellow.  You can use whichever mandarin essential oil you like; they are all relaxing.  According to essential oil safety expert Robert Tisserand and chemist Rodney Young, mandarin essential oil is not phototoxic.  So this body oil can be used day or night.  I suggest using only organic citrus peel essential oils.

There are a few fractionations of ylang ylang essential oil, including extra, #1, #2, #3, and complete.  Extra and #1 are the earliest fractionations, and they are the most floral.  Extra and #1 are the favorites of many aromatherapists and perfumers, but they are usually more expensive.  The scent of extra and #1 is floral, sweet, with a slight almond note.  To my nose, #2 and #3 are still floral (but not as floral as extra and #1) but have green and woody notes.  I use all the different fractionations in aromatherapy and perfumery, but I like complete the best.  Complete is either a mix of all the different fractionations or it is a complete, full distillation.  To me, complete smells floral, complex, and well rounded.  You can use any of the fractionations for fragrance and to help soothe anxiety and stress.

Jojoba oil is a liquid wax that is similar to the skin’s sebum.  It is great for all skin types, and absorbs quickly into the skin.  Jojoba has a very long shelf life.  I recommend using cold pressed, unrefined or expeller pressed, unrefined jojoba oil.  Try to use organic jojoba oil, if possible.  If you don’t have jojoba oil, feel free to use your favorite carrier oil.

For best results use this blend up within six months to a year.  Store your aromatherapy body oil in a cool, dark, but not damp place, such as a fridge or a non-humid room.  Shelf life is measured from the time the plants are harvested.  Ingredients are usually a few months old or more by the time they reach your hands, so take this into account when making products.

You can add an antioxidant to prevent oxidation and help keep your blend fresher for longer.  Vitamin E or rosemary oil extract are great antioxidants to use in oil based blends.  The amount of antioxidant to add depends on the manufacturer.  Vitamin E and rosemary oil extract are made in different strengths.  So for some brands you may use a single drop for several ounces of product, and for other brands you’d use a much larger amount for one ounce of product.  

 

 

 

About The Author: 

Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company.  She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy.  Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001.  Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception.   She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm  

For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog:  http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/

For information on Earth Alkemie's products (skin care, hair care, perfumes, DIY raw ingredients, and containers), properties of natural ingredients, the benefits of natural cosmetics, and green business practices, please visit Earth Alkemie’s blog: http://www.earthalkemie.com/blog  

For Earth Alkemie's news and products, environmental issues, eco living, herbalism, aromatherapy, and crafting tips, visit Earth Alkemie's face book fan page: https://www.facebook.com/EarthAlkemie 

 
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