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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 

 
Inspired Living: 3 Important Nutrients for Beautiful Skin & Hair
Danna Norek's Inspired Living Articles
Written by Danna Norek of Aura Sensory   

You can use all the beauty products you can get your hands on, however if your nutrition isn’t balanced and plentiful in certain nutrients, your efforts may fall short.  The food we take in to our bodies has as much to do with how our skin and hair look (even your eyes look brighter and clearer), as the products we use externally.

While it is true that some people are just more genetically gifted with the color, texture and even length of their hair according to “beauty ideals” which are often unattainable, it is also true that everyone can benefit from proper nutrition and get the best kind of beauty – from within. 

Naturally Occurring Sulfurs

Food rich in naturally occurring sulfurs, like garlic, broccoli and onions, are important. They help to sustain the backbone of our skin and hair, the protein structures like keratin and collagen which help add that youthful resilience to these tissues.  These also happen to be wonderful nutritional immunity boosters, and excellent anti-cancer agents as well.

Omega 3 fats

Healthy fats are key in maintaining the suppleness of the skin as well, as they provide an “internal moisturizing” aspect for both the skin and hair.  These fats, which are abundant in nuts like almonds, walnuts and macadamia nuts, as well as vegetables like avocados and proteins like fish, are absolutely paramount in maintaining healthy skin and hair. 

They help to keep pliability and flexibility, which is something that can wane over time and with age.  Omega 3 fats are also important factors in heart and circulatory health. They also help maintain proper brain function.

Silica

Silica is an important nutrient as well. It has been called the “beauty mineral” because it has so many benefits when it comes to the health of tissues that we associate with beauty, like the skin and hair. 

This nutrient  is commonly found in dark leafy greens, asparagus, cabbage, and most other fruits and veggies that are grown in the ground since they attain their silica mineral content from the soil directly. 

Silica is a building block or strong tissue.  It helps add shine, body and flexibility to all tissues, and your skin and hair will definitely grow like crazy and glow with health if you have a diet high in this mineral.

 
Eco Living: Simple Eco Tips
Li Wong's Eco Living Articles
Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

Happy Earth Month!  During the month of April, many people celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd.  I personally believe that every day is Earth Day, so I hope that everyone will take the time this month to learn more about our beautiful blue Planet! 

One thing that I often come across is that people care about the environment, but they may not know how to live a green lifestyle.  They may think it is too expensive or difficult to do.  However, I have found that most eco-friendly practices end up being way less expensive in the long run, and much friendlier for your wallet.  In addition green activities and crunchy products are much better for you and your family’s health.  Many environmental practices and activities are so simple and take very little time to do! 

You don’t need to start with something complicated.  Start out with something small and work your way up to the more complex things.  Also don’t be afraid to change and try something new!  

I have shared many eco living tips and recipes over the years, but here are some of my favorite easy green tips!

Consume Less:

One of the most pressing ecological issues is overconsumption.  Overconsumption causes a wide range of environmental problems, including energy wastage, food and resource depletion, habitat destruction, environmental degradation, climate change, and more.  If people could choose only one eco-friendly thing to do, consuming less would be a great choice, because this simple act has the greatest impact. 

Many people often buy items that they don’t need; I think we are all guilty of buying items that end up sitting around our homes for months to years!  These unused items cause clutter, and a lot of it ends up in landfills later on.  In the future, try to buy less, and buy only what you need or will use.  This will not only save you money, but it is better for the environment, and it will prevent future clutter.  For old items, give them to friends and family, donate them, or sell them to someone who will use them!

 

Reuse Glass Containers:

Most of the foods I eat are fresh and made from scratch, but I still eat some foods packaged in glass jars.  I save all my jars from my tomato sauce, olives, artichokes, sunflower seed butter, and other foods.  After I clean the jars out, I use them to package my herbs and spices, and the aromatherapy and herbal products that I make for myself.  Reusing and giving a new life to items is one of the simplest and most eco-friendly things you can do!  And if you can’t reuse a jar, then recycle it!

(Note: reusing jars is a great idea for at home, personal use.  But when making products for a business, new jars are a must for good manufacturing practices). 

 

Reuse Old Toothbrushes:

Most people use and replace their toothbrushes a few times a year.  Instead of throwing away your old ones: reuse them for other tasks!  I often save my old toothbrushes and use them for cleaning; they are great for cleaning in between the tiles of bathtubs.  They can be used in many other cleaning tasks too: use old toothbrushes to clean the dirt from your fingernails, jewelry, appliances, or the bottoms of your shoes when they become muddy!  I remember when I was young, we used toothbrushes in art class.  They made interesting paintbrushes for abstract art! 

Some companies make eco-friendlier toothbrushes too.  They may make toothbrushes from recycled plastic, and for some companies you can mail your old toothbrushes back to them (they will recycle them for you.  You usually can’t recycle toothbrushes in your regular recycling program since toothbrushes are made with multiple materials).  Other companies make toothbrushes that have removable heads, so you’ll only need to change the toothbrush head when it’s time for a new toothbrush (which creates less waste). 

I hope that this month you’ll join me in learning more about the environment, and that you’ll implement a few small or big green changes in your life!

 

Links:

Here is World Wildlife Fund’s 2012 Living Planet Report.  This is a science based report on the health of the Earth and human impact on the environment. http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/living_planet_report/

 

I have written over eighty Eco Living and DIY articles!  Here are a few of my articles you might be interested in:

My article on the difference between conservation and preservation: http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/68-environmental-issues/733-eco-living-conservation-and-preservation

An article on living green on a budget! http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/69-living-an-earth-friendly-lifestyle/156-eco-living-living-green-on-a-budget

An Eco Living article on indoor water conservation: http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/69-living-an-earth-friendly-lifestyle/757-eco-living-indoor-water-conservation

A few articles on eco resolutions and more simple green tips: http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/69-living-an-earth-friendly-lifestyle/701-eco-living-new-year-eco-resolutions

http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/69-living-an-earth-friendly-lifestyle/887-eco-living-eco-friendly-resolutions

http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/69-living-an-earth-friendly-lifestyle/805-eco-living-green-resolutions

My very first eco living article on what is eco living and living a green lifestyle: http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/69-living-an-earth-friendly-lifestyle/66-eco-living1

An Eco Living and DIY article on natural skin care ingredients for age spots: http://www.anbportal.com/absolutenm/templates/?a=947&z=126

Some green spring cleaning tips! http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/69-living-an-earth-friendly-lifestyle/826-eco-living-spring-cleaning

 

  

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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