Beauty Must Haves For September!

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Matte Revolution’

Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick

in Bond Girl

The Laundress Delicate Wash, Lady

St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan

Bobbi Brown Lip Color Shimmer Finish

in Twilight Shimmer

Dermaflage Worryless Starter Kit

Scar Coverage (Has learning curve, but really works

once you get the hang of it!)

Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

Kiehl’s Original Musk

Beauty Bear Age Delay Pillow

T3 Source Showered Filter

TopShop Lip Ombre

Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Great for preventing blisters!

Take Care of Your Feet and Toes – What to Look for at a Nail Salon!

10% of all skin condition problems are fingernail & toenail related!

Don’t neglect your feet or hands!

§ Make sure that your shoes are dry inside. A moist and dark environment can lead to many foot related conditions. Avoid using powders on your feet that contain starch it can encourage fungus growth.
 
§ Be careful if you are diabetic, have circulation problems, et cetera.
 
§ Go to nail salons that dispose of non-reusable items. Metal implements should be opened from a sterilized bag if it isn’t ask for one opened in front of you.
 
§ Look for a dry heat or autoclave sterilizer. If they only use an UV sterilizer it isn’t enough to properly sterilize metal implements.
 
§ High level hospital grade disinfectant spray that can kill Tuberculosis should be used on all hard surfaces or non porous surfaces. No regular over the counter cleaners!!!
 
§ The foot tubs, chairs, work stations, bowls, et cetera should be cleaned after every client with the high grade disinfectant.
 
§ Ideally look for a nail salon that has disposable foot tub liners.
 
§ Your cuticles should not be cut! This can lead to infection!!!
 
§ After metal instruments are used they should be placed into a jar of disinfectant.
Look out for double dipping with a wooden stick or hand on your skin and putting back into a jar.
 
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I like to go to a new nail place right before closing time so I can see how they clean.
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Dry heat & autoclave sterilizer

Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Care – a Review!

For Patients developed by Podiatrists:

According to the website the nail polishes and remover are for:

  • Patients with yellow, discolored nails
  • Diabetic patients
  • Patients with dry, brittle nails
  • Men and women undergoing chemotherapy
  • Pregnant women looking to avoid harsh chemicals
  • Children who wish to limit exposure to formaldehyde
  • Patients with strong healthy nails who want to keep them that way
  • help repair and prevent brittle nails
Formulated to:
  • hydrate nail cuticles
  • help repair and prevent brittle nails
  • allows the nails to breath
Is the first and only nail Polish to receive the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Approval –  The APMA Seal of Acceptance/Approval Program recognizes products which have been found beneficial to foot health and of significant value when used in consistently applied program of daily foot care and regular professional treatment.
I like the fact that the products have 30 different shades of nail color along with nail care products such as base coat, top coat, cuticle care and a nail hydration. Each product is infused with a special blend of ingredients selected by Dr. Cirlincione and Dr. Spielfogel. The polishes contain: wheat protein, tea tree oil (anti-fungal) , garlic bulb extract (anti-fungal) and lavender. Dr.’s Remedy products do not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor or pthalates or DBP.

 
$17.00 each
My Favorite Colors:

Cozy Cafe

Mellow Mauve

Nuture Nude

 

Purity Pink

Defense Deep Red

Revive Ruby Red

Youthful Yellow

Noble Navy

Subtle Sunshine

 

 

It doesn’t last as long as polishes that do contain the Big 3, but that is pretty consistent for this type of polish.  Easy to remove and apply and has an average dry time of 15 minutes.

 

Make Your Own Hand & Foot Soaks!

While the ingredients sound strange together keep in mind the ingredients are chosen for how they benefit your skin not how appetizing they are. You are not drinking these soaks you are making them to help give yourself softer and more youthful hands and feet. You could if you wish do a bath for your body with any of these soaks. Just remember to completely rinse your body afterwords, scrub and rinse out your tub, and you may want put a thin cloth or paper towel over the bath tub drain right before you drain the tub to collect ingredients from the soak so you don’t get a clogged drain. Another option is to put any large pieces in pantyhose and knot the ends to infuse the bath without a mess.

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the soak don’t make the recipe you may have an allergic reaction!

Hand & Foot* Soak Recipes:

Put all ingredients in the below recipes in either a microwave safe bowl and microwave slowly at medium or low until warmed.  Or heat slowly in a non-copper pan at low heat until warm.  Once warm let the ingredients steep together for at least 10 minutes rewarm if necessary before soaking your hands or feet.

Always soak for 15-20 minutes unless stated and rinse your skin after the soak with water. Apply cuticle oil, I like Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil (available online or at Whole Foods), and hand or foot cream while the skin is still damp to lock in moisture.

*Double recipes for feet

The Egyptian:

Warm 1 quart of whole milk (cow or goat) or buttermilk

Add:
1 large hand full of fresh parsley
1 inch of fresh ginger sliced into thin slivers
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
3 tablespoons of honey

This recipe is natures way to naturally exfoliate & promote circulation this treatment really takes you back to the ancient Egyptians. Like Cleopatra bathing in milk for beautiful skin.

Dancing Happy:

For the hands & feet that need extra exfoliation.

Warm 1 pint soy milk
1 pint whole milk (cow or goat) or buttermilk
Add:
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
3 garlic cloves sliced, diced, minced or crushed, just not whole
1 teaspoon hot paprika or cayenne powder (beware of open skin or touching your eyes it will sting!)
2 cinnamon sticks

These ingredients help to relieve inflammation, stimulate circulation, warm & revitalize the body, great for dancers feet, overworked feet, & arthritis!

The Stain Remover Soak

Designed to lighten yellow nails! Do not use the recipe for anything other than your nails!

1 pint warm water

Add:

2 tablespoons lemon juice (beware of open skin and your eyes it may sting)
2 tablespoons strawberry juice
1 denture stain remover tablet
1 small hand full of parsley

Soak nails only for minutes or until stains are removed. Rinse well, then apply a good cuticle oil. Lemon juice is a great natural bleach for getting yellow stains out, strawberries are a natural whitener, denture stain remover helps lifts the pigment.

Deodorizing:

For those who need a little help with smelly feet this kills odor causing bacteria and deodorizes,

Warm 1 quart water
Add:

6 tablespoons of baking soda
3 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 large hand full each of fresh mint bruising the leaves and fresh parsley
1 orange sliced
3 tablespoons Epsom salts
1 tablespoon of chlorophyll

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.

Baby Foot Skin Peel: A Review!

What Baby Foot Claims:

Baby Foot is an innovative foot care product that will make your feet as smooth and soft as a baby’s foot. The unique formula of 17 types of natural extracts allow your feet to exfoliate naturally leaving them highly moisturized.

This effective and gentle process removes the unwanted dead skin cells that have built up layer after layer. In addition, Baby Foot can improve other foot issues like: Foot Odor, Athletes Foot and Blood Circulation. So say goodbye to rough, dry, cracked soles, by using a product that really works!

Baby Foot

Baby Foot is designed specifically to remove unwanted dead skin cells from your feet. It’s effective, effortless and very simply to use.

 
Dead skin cells will start to peel between 3 – 7 days after your initial application. Do not forcebly remove the dead skin cells when peeling begins. It will exfolicate gently and naturally. In some instances the skin may become dry until the peeling begins. Should this occur, moisturize lightly and sparingly with an oil-free beauty care product. Peeling time may vary from person to person and can take up to 2 weeks to complete.If you feel that a second application is needed, then wait 2 weeks after the 1st treatment and reapply.
Bathe as usual and do not add lotion if possible. If your feet become too dry you may lightly add an oil free moisturizer. Not required, but the peeling process will be enhanced if you can soak your feet daily. Results will vary among individuals due to the thickness of the dead skin cells on the soles of the feet. Peeling usually begins within 3 – 7 days, but could be as long as 14 days. Soaking your feet daily will speed up this process. The peeling process usually completes within 7 – 10 days. After bathing, gently rub your feet with your hands to commence the peeling process. Do not use a foot file. You can use Baby Foot 2 weeks after your initial application. Baby Foot can be used whenever you notice the build up of dead skin cells. We recommend using it every 2 months. Remember that based on the individual this timeframe will vary.

I tried Baby Foot last Friday

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I didn’t us any lotion on my feet.  I didn’t see any peel to my feet although they were much smoother and softer immediately after I rinsed off Baby Foot on Friday. No changes to my feet until yesterday evening all of the sudden my feet were peeling off in sheets!

Here is a picture of my feet today!

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I have to say that Baby Foot keeps it’s promise the skin underneath the peeling is so soft, no amount of foot scrubbing and pedicures could accomplish it!  It is basically a home chemical peel for your feet for $25.00. It is a steal when you compare it to the cost of a chemical peel at a spa or continuous pedicures!

Buy it here!

This is an unbiased review, I don’t get paid for my reviews of products.

If you have circulation, lymph, cancer, diabetes, a compromised immune system or a foot related issue I advise checking with a medical professional before using this product!

Dangers of Fish Pedicures!

What is a fish pedicure?

A fish pedicure, also known as a fish spa, involves patrons dipping their feet in a tub of water filled with small fish called Garra rufa. Garra rufa are sometimes referred to as “doctor fish” because they eat away dead skin found on peoples’ feet, leaving newer skin exposed.

Garra rufa are native to the Middle East, where they have been used as a medical treatment for individuals with skin diseases, like psoriasis (1). One study has illustrated the effectiveness of fish pedicures in the treatment of psoriasis; however, this treatment was performed in a controlled setting at a medical university in Austria, not at a nail salon (2).

CDC is not aware of any published reports on illnesses resulting from fish pedicures. Nail salon foot baths, however, have caused outbreaks of nontuberculous mycobacterial infections that left infected pedicure customers with boils and scars (3).

Photography by Ralmonline/Flickr

Why have some states banned the use of fish pedicures?

Each state has the authority to ban fish pedicures. Currently, over 10 states have banned the use of fish pedicures.

Most of the bans are based on at least one of the following reasons:

  • The fish pedicure tubs cannot be sufficiently cleaned between customers when the fish are present.
  • The fish themselves cannot be disinfected or sanitized between customers. Due to the cost of the fish, salon owners are likely to use the same fish multiple times with different customers, which increases the risk of spreading infection.
  • Chinese Chinchin, another species of fish that is often mislabeled as Garra rufa and used in fish pedicures, grows teeth and can draw blood, increasing the risk of infection.
  • According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceExternal Web Site Icon, Garra rufa could pose a threat to native plant and animal life if released into the wild because the fish is not native to the United States.
  • Fish pedicures do not meet the legal definition of a pedicure.
  • Regulations specifying that fish at a salon must be contained in an aquarium.
  • The fish must be starved to eat skin, which might be considered animal cruelty.

Resources

References

  1. Undar L, Akpinar MA, Yanikoglu A. “Doctor fish” and psoriasis. Lancet 1990;335;470-1.
  2. Grassberger M, Hoch W. Ichthyotherapy as alternative treatment for patients with psoriasis: a pilot study.External Web Site Icon Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2006;3(4):483-8.
  3. Vugia DJ, Jang Y, Zizek C, Ely J, Winthrop KL, Desmond E. Mycobacteria in nail salon whirlpool footbaths, California. Emerg Infect Dis. 2005;11(4):616-8.

Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Please note: These uses are for pure, unadulterated essential oils. Please know that not all essential oils are the same! Most essential oils are fragrant/cosmetic/perfume grade oils, Look for therapeutic-grade.

To clean non-carpeted floors, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water. Then add 5 – 10 drops of lemon, pine, or spruce essential oil. If the floor is especially dirty, add several drops of dish washing soap. This will clean even the dirtiest floor.

To make a carpet freshener, add 16 – 20 drops of essential oils to 1 cup of baking soda or borax powder. Mix ingredients together well and place in a covered container overnight so that the essential oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle over carpet then vacuum the powder up.

You may also put 3-7 drops of Lemon essential oil on a cotton ball and place it into a vacuum bag – doing this scents the air while vacuuming. If your vacuum collects the dirt into water, simply add a few drops into the water reservoir before vacuuming. This refreshes both the carpet and acts as an air freshener.

Some essential oils can act as gentle stimulants to the limbic system of the brain by their scent, increasing alertness and concentration enhancing the capacity for learning, improving memory, and assisting many other cognitive functions. A wide range of essential oils offer these benefits, such as: Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary and Melissa. To help increase these functions simply inhale the chosen essential oil directly from the bottle or put a drop on a tissue and keep in your pocket for use throughout the day.

Use 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease, grease spots, glue and adhesives, and crayon from most surfaces. Tip: try a test area before to make sure you won’t ruin any finishes.

Substitute lemon oil for lemon juice or lemon seasonings to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages, and desserts. To use Lemon oil in place of the zest of “one” lemon – use 8 drops lemon essential oil.

Combine 2–3 drops with water in a 4oz. spray bottle filled with water to help cleanse and sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

Soothe or prevent corns, callous, or bunions by rubbing 1-2 drops of Lemon oil on the affected area, morning and evening.

Fill a bowl with cold water, add 2–3 drops of Lemon oil, and drench fruit and vegetables in the lemon water to extend the shelf life of fresh produce.

Add a drop to your dishwasher before the wash cycle for spot-free dishes.

Lemon has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. According Jean Valnet, M.D., the vaporized [diffused] essence of lemon can kill meningococcus bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours, and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours. Even a 0.2% solution of Lemon oil can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes and inactivate tuberculosis bacteria.

Lemon has been shown to have antidepressant effects in research done by Komori, et al.,1995. Diffuse or inhale Lemon oil to receive the benefits of aromatherapy.

Lemon oil may help brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing the dead skin cells. Simply mix a drop with your cleanser to help promote healthier skin tone.

Lemon oil can serve as an effective insect repellent.

Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a wart morning and night, may help it to disappear.

Rub 1-3 drops of Lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces to disinfect those surfaces.

Add one teaspoon of lemon essential oil to one-cup mineral oil for an effective furniture polish.

Homemade lemonade, in a blender mix 2 drops of Lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water. Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste.

Put a drop of Lemon oil on bleeding gum’s caused by gingivitis or tooth extraction to help with healing and disinfecting.

Rub 4-6 drops of Lemon oil with 1 teaspoon of Massage Oil on cellulite, may improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.

Rub 4-6 drops of Lemon oil with 1 teaspoon of Massage Oil on varicose veins, may improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.

Some find lemon oil to help remove warts. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a wart morning and night, may help it to disappear.

Put 10-15 drops of Lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug. This also leaves a fresh smell in the room.

Diffuse Lemon essential oil to freshen the air in your home or office.

Add 1-2 drops Lemon oil to a glass of water, tastes yummy, no calories, and alkalizes the water. Tip: only use a glass glass as Lemon oil WILL dissolve items made from petrochemicals and styrofoam.

Soak kitchen dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water with a drop of Lemon oil to disinfect and kill germs.

Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom to sanitize hands.

Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures.

Place a drop of Lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers to lessen pain, may aid in healing.

Rub two drops of Lemon oil topically, may clear athlete’s foot.

Heartburn is a burning pain felt behind the breastbone. It is most often the result of acid reflux, that is, when stomach acid rises up the esophagus where it irritates the lining. Lemon essential oil (which comes from the rind, not the pulp) is one of the best remedies for heartburn, as it causes the stomach to stop excreting digestive acids. Simply add a drop or two of Lemon oil to a small glass of water and drink.

Relaxing & Rejuvenating Aromatherapy Bath Salt Recipe: 1 drop Grapefruit oil, 1 drop Lemon oil, 1 drop Orange oil, 1 drop Patchouli oil, 3 drops Ylang Ylang or Geranium oil, 1 cup Epsom Salts or Sea Salt. Add to running bath water. Soak for 20 minutes.

NingXia Red Electrolyte Drink Recipe: Combine 2 oz. Ningxia Red
,16 oz. purified water
, 20 drops YL Mineral Essence
, 1 drop YL Lemon oil
, 1 drop YL Peppermint oil
, 1 teaspoon YL Blue Agave. Mix ingredients together in a glass bottle (I like to re-use my empty NingXia Red bottles to keep my water and mixes in, they’re nice sturdy bottles). You can make a more watered down version for the kids. More on NingXia Red.

Refreshing Bacteria Killing Spray: You’ll need – 32 oz. spray bottle, 8 drops Spearmint oil, 8 drops Lemon oil, 6 drops Lavender oil, 6 drops Thyme oil, 6 drops Rosemary oil, 4 drops Eucalyptus globulus, and water. Fill spray bottle 7/8 of the way with water, add your Young Living essential oils. Shake the mixture well and periodically during use. This mixture smells as terrific as it is powerful at killing germs.

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Base and Top Coats – What really makes a manicure last!

Applying the right base coat and top coat can make all the difference in how long your manicure lasts!

Here are some of my favorites! All 3 Free unless noted!

Bonder by Orly rubberized basecoat

Grips nail lacquer to the nail surface for lasting adhesion. This unique formula delivers a cutting edge resin technology to improve lacquer adhesion and wearability.

Butter Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat

Is a non-toxic primer for nail color. Helping keep your nails free of stains, it provides an ideal surface for lacquer, smoothing out ridges and imperfections. Fabulous by itself, it leaves a matte, silky finish. Men can also utilize the basecoat for an invisible, yet immaculate manicure.

CND Stickey Base Coat

Anchors color to the nail to prevent peeling and chipping.

Butter Matte Finish Top Coat.

Turns any color matte, flat, and utterly beautiful.

Note: when using a matte top coat don’t use any kind of spray, oil, or liquid to help to set the top coat faster. I’ve found it makes the matte top coat less matte and more shiny. Once completely dry it is fine to use hand cream or nail oil.

Seche Vite™ dry fast top coat

Vite is widely acknowledged as the world’s finest top coat. Specially formulated to penetrate through nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish. Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling.

Note:  Vite is meant to be used on wet nail polish only!!!!  Thus penetrating to the base coat.  If applied to dry polish or to touch up a manicure the next day the nail polish will come up in huge pieces when it chips because the top coat wasn’t able to penetrate to the base coat like it should when applied to wet polish.

Seche Vite is not “Big 3-Free”. It is free of formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), but does contain toluene, a common solvent.

Using Seche Vite:

  1. Polish nails
  2. Get a decent bead of Seche Vite on the end of the brush (you’ll have to experiment to find the right amount)
  3. Place the bead in the middle of the first nail you polished WHILE IT IS STILL WET-ish
  4. Use the tip of the brush to drag or comb through the bead, helping the polish spread but not letting the brush bristles touch the nail polish below
  5. Seche Vite will spread across the nail bed and self-level

It seems that some solvents and plasticizers used in Big 3-Free products (such as Butter) are not compatible with the ingredients in / formulation of Seche Vite.

Appears they are not waiting sufficient time for solvents in lacquer color to evaporate. Seche Vite has a  high solvent (Toluene) content which flashes (evaporates) off quickly and hardens over, thus trapping the lacquer color solvents beneath and not allowing color to dry.

I would recommend that they apply the lacquer color and allow it to dry completely. This will allow the solvent from the nail lacquer to flash (evaporate) off, and topcoat can then be applied with desired results. However, we never recommend using any product with Toluene, DBP, or Formaldehyde.

If you find that this is the case with your 3 free nail color, don’t use Vite.  Since the point of using Vite is to make the polish last longer by applying to wet-ish polish.

CND Speedy Top Coat

Another great top coat, with great shine.

Other Favorites:

Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil

Sephora Collection Crystal Nail File

Not all nail files are created equally. I prefer a glass nail file, since they are gentle on the nails, easy to clean, and will last a lifetime if cared for properly. Use one side to gently buff out ridges and the other to create a healthy shine.

Be Natural Dry Heel Eliminator

ARCH Sole Savour Creme

 

Be Natural Callus Eliminator

be natural Cuticle Eliminator

Eucerin Intensive Repair Hand Cream

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

With the exception of the lips don’t use on your face. I love this as a hand cream!

Skin Fact!

Your lips and eyelids’ skin is thinnest on your body.

Your skin is thickest on your palms and on the soles of your feet.

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Essential Oil of the Month: Pine – Smell like the Holiday’s and Help Your Sore Muscles!

Essential oils are the oils from the plants they were extracted from in concentrated form. Essential oils have been used in skincare, folk and alternative medicine, aromatherapy, cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, foods and drinks for centuries.

Pine oil is an essential oil obtained by the steam distillation of needles, twigs and cones from a variety of species of pine, particularly Pinus sylvestris.

 

If you are yet to know which tree we are talking about, you must have seen it being used as a Christmas tree!

The Scots Pine – cones (Pinus sylvestris), near Boronów, Poland

It is used in aromatherapy, as a scent in bath oils, and cleaning products.  It is naturally deodorizing, and antibacterial. It may also be used varyingly as a disinfectant, massage oil and an antiseptic.  Pine oil is a phenolic disinfectant that is mildly antiseptic. Pine oil disinfectants are relatively inexpensive and widely available.

Original Pine-Sol® Cleaner

Tthe Scotch pine, belongs to a family of evergreen conifers that includes about 90 species that grow in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. The Scotch pine grows to a height of 100 feet or more in the northern forests of Europe. It’s one of the hardiest pine trees and can thrive in long, bitterly cold winters. The tree is called Scotch pine because at one time it covered much of Scotland, where a few primeval stands of these impressive trees remain today. In the U.S. the Scotch pine is often grown as an ornamental landscape specimen, prized for its beautiful bluish-green needles. Thousands are raised on Christmas tree farms all over the northern U.S. — that’s how many Americans have come to know and love the sweet, refreshing aroma of pine.

The needles, twigs and bark of all pine species contain a sticky, fragrant resin from which substances such as rosin, turpentine and essential oil are extracted.

Pine essential oil is steam distilled from the fresh twigs and needles, of the tree — not directly from the crude resin, as turpentine is. The twigs and needles impart a sweet-evergreen aroma to the essential oil.

In aromatherapy, pine is used in saunas, steam baths and massage blends for sore muscles and it is analgesic and hence it is also a good remedy for people suffering from joint pain, arthritis, and rheumatism. It can give an energizing feeling when applied making it effective in removing mental stress. Regular massage with pine essential oil gives can help to give you mental clarity. It removes anxiety and nervous tension, and is useful for people suffering from loss of concentration.  It is antiseptic so it can help along with tea tree oil to help athletes foot.  In skin care it can help in treating psoriasis, itching, pimples, and eczema.

Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Strong, dry-balsamic, turpentine-like
Largest Producing Countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, and USA

Traditional Use: Used to treat colds and congestion. It is also used in the fragrance industry for its forest like aroma.

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, balsamic, cholagogue, decongestant, deodorant, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, insecticide, stimulant, vermifuge

Benefits: Arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, candida, colds, coughs, cuts, exhaustion, fatigue, fever, infection, muscular aches and pains, nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions, poor circulation, rheumatism, sinusitis, slow circulation, sore throat, sores. During the cold season pine oil can be added to a diffuser to help purify the air. In addition, if you are sick it may be added to an inhalation or bath.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, peppermint, ravensara, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme

Holiday Muscle Rub Recipe:

12 ounces of Carrier oil (I like a 2:1 ratio of Almond Oil to Grapeseed Oil)

15 drops pine essential oil
15 drops juniper essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
2   drops rosemary essential oil
Directions
To make a penetrating massage oil for overworked muscles, dilute essential oils of this concentrated blend into the 12 ounces of carrier oil.
Can be used as a massage oil or added to a bath.

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 pine essential oil to the carrier oil and massage into the face or specific area. Remove excess oil with a toner specific to your skin type or condition with a cotton pad.

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.

 

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