Natural & Organic What Do These Words Really Mean?

Natural is a word that has been thrown around so much I almost feel it is a throw away word.  Its most common usage is to distinguish phenomena that exist only because of humankind from phenomena that doesn’t, presumes that humans are somehow separate from nature, and our works are un- or non-natural when compared to, say,  honeybees.

When speaking of food, skin care, or cosmetics, “natural” takes on an even more complicated meaning. Why? Every country has a different definition of the word, the US for example, the FDA has given up on a meaningful definition of natural food (largely in favor of “organic”, another ambiguous term. Many plants are the result of thousands of years of selection by humans, from a plant that wouldn’t exist without human intervention.

Many words are grouped in with the word organic; chemical-free, and natural.

The usage in many cases is technically incorrect [though of course all] food is all organic, because it contains carbon, etc. The concern is the way they are used to dismiss and minimize real differences in food, skin care, and cosmetics and product production.

A product can be synthetic and manufactured or produced, but be safe; and sometimes be the better choice. Added preservatives prevent bacterial growth in food, skin care, and cosmetics which is not a bad thing. Things can be natural and “organic”, but still be quite dangerous.

With food, skin care, and cosmetics it is very, very important to go by the expiration date when they contain no preservatives.  There are many organic/natural products that are great and contain natural or organic preservatives, they do exist, just be conscious label reader!

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Excerpts taken from I09

Essential Oil Of The Month: Lime

Lime (from Arabic and French lim) is a citrus fruit

Some species of limes are: Key lime, Persian lime, kaffir lime, and desert lime.

Limes are a good source of vitamin C, and are often used to accent the flavors of foods and beverages. Limes were first grown in southern Iraq and Persia.

Kaffir Limes

The pleasant citrus aroma of lime may help mental clarity, anxiety, and encourage creativity.

 

In India, the lime is used in Tantra for removing evil spirits. It is also combined with Indian chillies to make a protective charm to repel the evil eye. Furthermore, it was believed that hanging limes over sick people cured them of the illness by repelling evil spirits lurking inside the body.

 

 

When human skin is exposed to ultraviolet light after lime juice contact, a reaction known as phytophotodermatitis can occur, which can cause darkening of the skin, swelling or blistering. Bartenders and others in the food industry that handle limes and other citrus fruits on a regular basis may develop phytophotodermatitis due to the high concentration of furocoumarins in limes; the main furanocoumarin in limes is lemittin.

 

Lime essential oil can help prevent and heal infections, as it is an antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, and disinfectant. Helps acneic skin.

Blends Well With:  Clary Sage, Lavender, Neroli, Lemon, Lemongrass, Letiver, Orange, Basil, Jasmin, Geranium, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Vanilla, Citronella, and Ylang-Ylang.

 

FYI

The tree known in Britain as the lime tree (Tilia sp.), called the linden in other dialects of English, is a broadleaf temperate plant unrelated to the Citrus fruits.

 

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

Thank You To My Blog Readers!

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I have recently have been getting a lot of very lovely and kind comments from my readers.

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you very much it means a lot to me!!!

Xoxoxo

Sincerely

CT Esthetic

Some Ways I Decompress After A Long Stressful Day!

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I love to take a bath at least once a week. I like to add fun ingredients into the water such as: powdered milk/buttermilk, epsom salt, seaweed, sake, beer, bath oil, green/chamomile/herbal tea bags, Kneipps Herbal Baths, Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Bubble Bath Warming Balsam Fir, & Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath.

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Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath

I also like to bring my laptop into the bathroom and play a audio book or watch something on Netflix while I take the bath.

I like to sit on my porch and read magazines while my dog runs around in his dog run.

Take walks with my dog.

Make cup of tea and read a book.

Just get in the car and drive around pretty neighborhoods with the windows down, music playing, and a yummy drink in the cup holder.

Get a pedicure taking advantage of the massage chair.

Yoga – the corpse & cobblers pose are two of my favorites

Reflexology

Acupuncture

Massaging my feet, scalp, hands, and feet.

Laying on a an acupressure mat or walking on a cobble stone mat bare foot (ease into using them).

Moji massager and The head Tingler

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Cobble Stone Mat

Savoring ice cream in a cone.

What do you like to do when you are stressed?

LED Light Therapy Safety – Protect Your Eyes!

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I can’t say enough about how much I love LED(Light Emitting Diodes)/Photo/Helio Therapy for the skin!!!!

There are very few cons to the therapy and plenty of pros!

However, eye safety must be a priority even with LED!

Why?

 

Macular degeneration, often age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD)  an eye condition: that usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina. It occurs in “dry” and “wet” forms. It is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment in older adults (>50 years). Macular degeneration can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other activities of daily life.

There are few absolute contraindications to light therapy, although there are some circumstances in which caution is required, such as when a patient has a condition that might render his or her eyes more vulnerable to phototoxicity, has a tendency toward mania, has a photosensitive skin condition, or is taking a photosensitizing herb (such as St. John’s wort) or medication. Patients with porphyria should avoid most forms of light therapy. Patients on certain drugs such as methotrexate or chloroquine should use caution with light therapy as there is a chance that these drugs could cause porphyria.

If Women’s Roles In Ads Were Played By Men!

Favorite Products of the Month!

L’Oreal Advanced Suncare

Invisible Protect Dry Oil

Spray SPF 30

 

Sake – great as toner

or in the bath

 

Coalion Blackhead O2

Bubble Pore Pack -

Charcoal & Oxygen Mask

 

Moji Massagers

 

Innoxa Gouttes Bleues

French Blue Eye Drops

Aspiring Model Taking the Stigmata Away From Colostomy Bags!

(Picture: Caters)

 

Bethany Townsend a 23-year-old make-up artist from Worcester, UK posted a bikini picture that  showed off the two colostomy bags she’d earned in her battle against Crohn’s disease, and now hundreds of other sufferers have followed her example. Colostomy bags are  needed some times in cases of Crohn’s and colitis, as well as bowel cancer.

Beauty Quote of the Month!

Yes We Shed Skin – Talk About Dust!

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The top layer of skin sheds a million dead skin cells every forty minutes!

That means you shed about 1.5 lbs/.68 kg of dead skin cells a year!

If you live to at least 75 years of age you will have shed 112.5 lbs/51.03 kg!

Want proof look at the dust in your home, dead skin cells make up 90% of the dust in your home!

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