A couple of easy recipes for exfoliants and scrubs that you can easily make at home and that don’t use ingredients that are toxic to the person or the environment.
Find a jar big enough to contain all the ingredients. You need half a cup of coconut oil, half a cup of brown sugar, a cup of coarse salt, 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil, 10 drops of orange essential oil and 10 drops of lemon essential oil.
Mix the sugar and salt together while you heat the coconut oil on a low heat stove. Once the coconut oil is liquid, pour it over the sugar and salt. Add the essential oils and mix well. Use this exfoliant in the evening before going to sleep, citrus essential oils are photosensitive, meaning they make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Take half a cup of the carrier oil of your choice, add half a cup of coarse salt, and then add 20 drops of lavender essential oil. This is a very calming exfoliant. Using a carrier oil of your choice suitable for your skin type and salt or sugar (or even both) you can also make a custom exfoliant using your favorite essential oils for your skin. Always pay attention to the doses, essential oils must always be well diluted.
Make your own bath salts with essential oils
Making bath salts with essential oils at home is very easy and not expensive. You can also make personalised bath salts gifts and creating a cute packaging.
The basic ingredient is sea salt, choose a good quality one, sea salt is useful for toning the skin and eliminating toxins. Another good thing is that the scent of essential oils in the tub increases when mixed with sea salt, try it, you will be surprised.
Grab a jar or bowl of your choice to keep the salts and mix the essential oils well with the salt. After that it’s up to you to choose the best essential oils, of course include only essential oils that do not cause skin problems, which can be used in the bathroom and avoid citrus essential oils if you intend to take a bath before leaving the house. In fact these are generally photosensitive and can increase the possibility of sunburn. Pay attention to the contraindications for each oil, especially for older people and children.
A recipe against cellulite
3 drops of juniper essential oil
3 drops of grapefruit essential oil
3 drops of lavender essential oil
two cups of sea salt
Recipe for salts for guys
3 drops sandalwood essential oil
3 drops patchouli essential oil 1
3 drops lavender essential oil
Avoid giving lavender essential oil to prepubiscent males, it appears to have an effect on male development and hormones.
Cold and cough recipe
3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops of cedarwood essential oil
3 drops of mint essential oil
Recipe for a fragrant and relaxing bath
3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops of lime essential oil
3 drops of lemon essential oil
Given the presence of citrus oils, do not take a bath using this recipe before leaving the house!
Jojoba oil, how to use it for massage and aromatherapy
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.
To Tattoo or not to Tattoo…
Tattoo art and body modification are nothing new. There is archaeological evidence that suggests people may have been tattooing their bodies as far back as 50,000 years ago. These early finds consist of possible tattoo tools and human figurines adorned with body art.
In 2014 a mummy of a Sudanese woman ,excavated in 2005, the tattoo on her had a CT scan and a tattoo was discovered on her inner thigh symbolizing the Archangel MichaelIt is believed it may have been to protect her from sexual violation or to help her have a child.
Painting and tattooing the body is often a primal need to convey individualism or personality. A way of showing the world a body you feel portrays you as much as the way you speak or write.
Society seems to love or hate and fear tattoos and see them as a mark of anger or thuggery. We often jump to conclusions about the person wearing this body art and have strong views…
‘Grandmother used to take my mother to the circus to see the fat lady and the tattooed man — now they’re everywhere.’
is a quote from Joan Collins and perhaps sums up how we don’t look to see the story behind the tattoos themselves and see instead an image of our prejudices and beliefs.
The tattoo represents not only a willingness to accept pain — to endure it — but a need to actively embrace it. Because life is painful — beautiful but painful.
Look on interview guidelines and many will have a paragraph advising the interviewee to “please cover all visible tattoos and piercings,” Unfortunately, the repercussions of body art can affect your ability to gain favour with potential employers, even if you hold all the necessary qualifications, which ,whilst wrongful discrimination, is very evident. Today we are much more open to the idea and even Barbie can be bought with a sheet of tattoos !
Some people feel that tattoos need to have the secrets of the universe hidden in their art, to be meaningful enough to etch into your body for eternity however others feel you should get anything you like, even if you just appealed to you in that instant.
I believe you always remember your first tattoo — whether it’s something you planned for months, years, or decided on a whim, Making that initial decision to get inked can be emotional, thrilling, and might even signify an important event, relationship, or life stage.
I have heard it said ‘ Why would you get tattoos? They’re expensive and painful to get and they are PERMANENT! And the classic reply…why would you have a child?
Tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul.
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