Essential Oil of the Month: Lemongrass!

Essential oil of the month Lemongrass!

Cymbopogon, better known as lemongrass, is a genus of Asian, African, Australian, and tropical island plants (herb) in the grass family.  Lemongrass is widely used as a culinary herb in Asian cuisines prized for its strong citrus flavor with hints of mint and ginger it is also as a medicinal herb in India. In the garden, lemongrass forms a tall, grassy clump 3 to 5 feet tall. Its appearance rivals that of many ornamental grasses and can easily fulfill a similar role in the landscape. Harvest lemongrass for its bulbous stem bases, rich with lemony flavor, or clip leaves for infusing tea and soup stock. The oil is used as a pesticide and a preservative. Research shows that lemongrass oil has antifungal properties. Despite its ability to repel some insects, such as mosquitoes, its oil is commonly used as a “lure” to attract honey bees.

 The essential oil is stimulating, relaxing, soothing and balancing. The chemical composition of lemongrass essential oil varies according to the geographical origin; the compounds typically include hydrocarbon terpenes, alcohols, ketones, esters and mainly aldehydes. The essential consists of mainly citral at about 70 to 80 percent.

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Lemongrass essential oil is a source of essential vitamins such as vitamin:

A

B1

B2

B3

B5

B6

folate

vitamin C

It also provides essential minerals such as:

magnesium

phosphorous

manganese

copper

potassium,

calcium

zinc

iron

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Grass

Color

Pale Yellow to Vivid Yellow

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Top

Strength of Aroma

Strong

Aromatic Description

Fresh, lemony, earthy.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses

  • Muscular Aches & Pains; as well as Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Indigestion
  • Helps Physical & Mental Exhaustion, Anxiety, & Depression by Boosting Self-esteem, Confidence, Hope, & Mental Strength
  • Inhibits Microbial & Fungal Growth has Antiseptic Properties; Helping Lower Fevers, Acne, Heal Wounds

  • Astringent
  • Helps Flatulence
  • Stimulates Urine & Lactation
  • Helps with Hairloss 
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sedative & Calming

Lemongrass is personally one of my favorite essential oils!

photo credit: Andrea_Nguyen Fresh lemongrass via photopin (license)

Sugar – Why sugar is bad for your skin!

Sugar & High Glycemic = Increased Insulin Levels

Increased Insulin Levels = Inflamation

Inflammation of the Skin = Glycation

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What is Insulin?

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans, which regulates the amount of glucose (type of sugar) in the blood.

What are High Glycemic Foods?

Foods that are assigned a value on The glycemic index according to how fast or slow a food cause blood glucose levels (blood sugar levels) to rise. 

  • High Carbohydrates
  • Dairy Products & alternatives
  • Fruits – such as oranges & pineapple
  • Legumes
  • Sugars – honey, glucose, fructose, sucrose
  • Vegetable – such as potatoes & carrots

For a more indepth look at High Glycemic foods click here from Harvard Medical School.

Why in this Case is Inflammation bad?

I am going to talk about chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is perstistant low level inflammation that never stops. The body perceives a threat when there isn’t one sending white blood cells to swarm but have nothing to do and nowhere to go, and they may eventually start attacking internal organs or other healthy tissues and cells. It can lead to muscle loss, and certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. As well as causing glycation of the skin.

What is Glycation? How Does it Affect Skin?

Glycation  is when sugar molecules attach to fat and protein (such as collagen)  molecules making those molecules ridge. Causing collagen a protein to become inflexible making elastin in your skin less elastic. Collagen and elastin keep your skin firm and wrinkle free. With the loss of collagen and elastin, which as we age do lose over time but is exacerbated by inflammation causes sagging skin, wrinkles, acne and Rosacea.  Glycation also causes, free radical formation and oxidative stress. Free radicals can damage the skin by trying to grab an extra electron from atoms in the skin. When atoms are taken away from molecules in the skin, it causes damage to our skin’s DNA that increases skins aging. Again causing loss of collagen and elastin as well as causing pigmentation to the skin in spot as well as broken blood vessels. While oxidative stress is when in the balance between the production free radicals and other bodies antioxidant defenses are exacerbated.  Oxidative stress causes the skin to lose collagen and elastin as well as causing skin pigmentation.

Following a healthy diet by a dietician or doctor that is has less sugar and low glycemic food will help not only your skin but your entire body and your aging process..

Favorite Products of the Month!

Enfleurage -Serene Spirit Essential Oil Blend

Great for mediation and relaxation!

 

Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 - 15ml

NIOD – Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1

Great Anti-aging serum to stimulate collagen!

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Matte Magic Mist & Set

Best Makeup Setting Spray to fight April showers!

 

 

Inspirational Quotes!


Must haves for July!


Dose of Color 

(any of the lip products 

they are very pigmented)


Hair RePear T-Shirt Hair Towel


Trademark Lollia by Marmot Elona

Eau du Parfum in Calm


StriVectin Volumizing

Hand Treatment 


Captain Blakenship 

Golden Waves Sea Salt

Shimmer Spray


Sunday Riley Juno
Hydroactive Cellular 

Face Oil


Kopari Coconut Oil

Coconut Body Glow


Michael Todd 

Charcoal Detoxifying

Facial Mask

Inspirational Quotes!

The Importance of Hats for Sun Protection: The Brim of the Matter

We all know that a hat protects you from the sun, but

did you know for

every 1 inch of brim to your hat = a 10% lower risk of skin cancer to your face!

Ditch the baseball cap, look for brims that go all the way around the hat. Bonus many hats now offer added UPF protection, the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating system measures the UV protection provided by fabric.

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Siggi Bucket Boonie Cord Fishing Beach Cap Summer Sun Hat Wide Brim for Women UPF50+

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Simplicity Women’s Summer UPF 50+ Roll Up Floppy Beach Hat with Ribbon

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Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Shapeable Outback Sun Hat – Sun Protective

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Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Fairway Golf Hat – Sun Protective

Happy Mother’s Day!

My Some of My Favorite Art of the Dada Movement!

1916-1924

Dada or Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century. Dada in Zürich, Switzerland, began in 1916 at Cabaret Voltaire, spreading to Berlin shortly thereafter, but the height of New York Dada was the year before, in 1915. The term anti-art, a precursor to Dada, was coined by Marcel Duchamp around 1913 when he created his first readymades. Dada, in addition to being anti-war, had political affinities with the radical left and was also anti-bourgeois.

Dada activities and output were broad varied and included public gatherings, demonstrations, and publication of art/literary journals; passionate coverage of art, politics, and culture were topics often discussed in a variety of media.

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untitled, Reinhold Dohl 1965

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Zeren Badar

 

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MARCEL DUCHAMP (1887-1968)
‘L.H.O.O.Q’, 1919 (ready-made)

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Dada Poem Wedding Dress, 1994

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MAN RAY (1890-1976)
‘Object to be Destroyed’, 1923 (ready-made)

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Sometimes I feel Skinless; 1995

 

Video:  The beauty of human skin in every color!

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