As you surely know, to use essential oils on the skin you must first dilute them in a carrier oil. There are many types of carrier oils and you can choose the one you prefer or that best suits your needs.
Today we take a look at jojoba oil, an oil that comes from a plant that grows in the western part of the United States and in Mexico.
The scientific name of the plant is Simmondsia chinensis, the plant was used by Native Americans for cosmetic and therapeutic uses, the important part of this plant are the nuts that contain what we call oil even though it actually looks more like a wax or cream.
Native American peoples heated nuts to melt this wax. Sometimes they ate just nuts because they contain a substance that makes hunger go away. When they went in search of prey and could not stop to eat, these nuts were just right. Numerous animals feed on these nuts, including squirrels and deer.
Why do we use jojoba oil?
One of the main advantages of this oil is that it is not really an oil and does not have the flaws found in normal oil. First of all, it has a chemical composition not unlike that of the skin’s sebum and therefore is quickly absorbed without blocking the pores.
It also contains vitamin E, minerals and other nutrients and therefore also has nutritional properties. It has mild antibacterial properties and therefore jojoba oil can be used with good results on inflamed or irritated skin. Due to the fact that it does not block pores and is antibacterial it is particularly recommended in cases of acne.
You can also use it on the scalp if you have dandruff or oily hair. You can use it for both oily and dry skin or even mature skin with wrinkles. It is naturally an anti-oxidant and therefore lasts a long time compared to other oils which become rancid after even a few months.
There are also those who say it is good for arthritis. As if all this were not enough it also has a pleasant scent. The only drawback of jojoba oil is that it costs more than other oils. You can use it with the essential oils of your choice diluted but given the cost others dilute it in turn in other carrier oils.
Why do jeans have small pockets inside the front pockets?
Surely you have wondered why jeans have a small pocket inside the front pocket. Some will say they are pockets to hold loose change and there are people (men generally) who use them this way. Others think they are to put the lighter or tickets or other useful and small objects that they carry around.
But actually the pockets were for a very important purpose when the first jeans were created. Think that jeans date back to the 1800s when all men had a pocket watch. It was therefore essential for this new type of trousers to have a special place for this object that all men then had. Now practically no one has a pocket watch, but the pockets are still there.
Were Edwardian women waists ‘photoshopped’?
Well, not exactly photoshopped, they didn’t have computers those days and certainly not Adobe Photoshop to play with.
We know that women those days were shorter but physically the same as us, so some of the amazingly thin waists look quite unbelievable. Sure, corsets could make waist look very thin but some are unnaturally small.
That’s when a bit of doctoring was used to make the waist look thinner. It was normally done directly on the negative by painting over the extra waist. If you look closely at many photos of the time you will see that there are strange shadows around the waist or the area look darker or lighter than the rest of the photo.
Some were a bit over the top like this photo below. You can clearly see that the waist was doctored.
Others might be less obvious but they still look suspicious if you look closely.
The October birthstone is the Opal
The October birthstone is the Opal. The October birthday loves to chat and will respond wholeheartedly to those they believe loves them and values friends very highly. They are hurt easily and if betrayed will try to forgive quickly which is a testament to their inner beauty. Opinionated they will not care what others think once they have made a decision . They day dream and imagine being in the great outdoors and travelling to beautiful places.
The opal symbolises faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning “precious jewel.” Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.
Opalscan exhibit a wide variety of colors.it diffracts light and can display all the colors of the rainbow simultaneously. For this reason, it has been considered great luck throughout history as it was thought to possess all the value of each gemstone in the opals color spectrum. Unfortunately after the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel Anne of Geierstein, people in the 1800s began to associate opals with bad luck and even death.
Known as the eyestone the opal inspires love and hope, innocence and purity, luck and happiness.Bringing energy to the system, soothing and clearing the emotional body, and boosting the will to live and the joy of life, It kindles optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, and allows for the release of inhibitions inspiring love and passion.
Opals are protective. They are stones of happy dreams, particularly soothing for children and those who have always slept badly or had recurring nightmares with no apparent reason, helping any issues a child may have with an invisible or imaginary friend, and is especially helpful before sleep if the child wishes the friend to go away at bedtime. It enhances foresight, empathy and confidence and helps the wearer influence people to his point of view.
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