Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer a Review!

   
 
  

Not greatest moisturizer on the market but it makes up for it in innovation.

It was specifically designed for you to apply the lotion while still wet from the shower. It absorbs immediately to lock in moisture from your shower preventing it from evaporating. While you can apply any oil or lotion while still wet they take much longer to absorb and are slippery which can be dangerous in the bathroom. If your skin is not very dry that you can use this alone. If your skin is very dry you will need to follow up with additional oil or lotion on top of the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer.

Lightly and pleasantly fragranced the scent only lasted a few minutes. I think that for those with chronic dry skin adding this additional step maybe worth while.

  

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.

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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In a long-term relationship with your loofah? Stop Now! You’ll want to read this!

Via One of My Favorite Beauty Blogs!!!  Tres Savage By Jake

OK, so this is something I was reading about recently and I absolutely died! I feel like when it comes to beauty we’re conscious of so many things…but unfortunately there are still so many things we’re barely aware of. Today, we’re going to be talking about why you should be ditching your loofah…and I’m going to give you a couple of strong reasons as to why.

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Exfolia Beauty Cloth

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What’s the big deal?

If you’re anything like me (which you are…that’s why you’re reading my blog) you’re probably in a long-term relationship with your loofah. Really though, the truth of the matter is that you should be changing your loofah about every week or so and tossing the old one. I know it sounds ridiculously expensive but a lot of discount stores tend to carry loofahs or exfoliating gloves in bulk (if you’re lucky) and you can get them for about a quarter a piece, which definitely makes it so worth it…! I guess I still haven’t told you what the problem is though, so let’s get into the downfalls of our beloved loofahs.

Due to their intricate webbing a wet loofah will literally pick up all of the dirt and debris from your skin and keep it locked inside. This means that if you’ve ever had a scab, excess skin on your feet from wearing heels or anything of that nature, all of those things are going to be left on your loofah after cleansing. Sometimes, if you’re lucky enough you can actually see the debris through the webbing and even if you try to rinse it out, it will never completely clean it. Not only that, every time you wash yourself you’ll only be adding that bacteria back to your body…and as you know, that’s never a good thing.

The best types of loofahs are the ones that resemble a washcloth (washcloths themselves are more abrasive though and don’t slough away as much of the dead skin on your body and require four times more product, so don’t try and opt out for an actual washcloth) . They are just as effective as the big poofy ones, but they can be cleaned in your washing machine as often as you like! The washing machine easily removes dirt and debris while the heat of the dryer kills any remaining bacteria. One of these loofahs is about a ten dollar investment, but they should last you about six months to a year if they’re properly cared for (and they’re so worth it).

Important Note:

As great as it sounds to have a handful of loofahs lying around the house, in a situation where that isn’t possible you can soak your loofah in scalding hot water for about 30 seconds or soak them then put in the microwave for a minute or two (will be very hot remove with tongs!)…this will help to kill the majority of the bacteria (not all of it, but the majority). You also have the option of tossing it in the washing machine if you need to (and no, the fibers won’t break down during the cycle), but if the loaf pouf isn’t tied together tightly when made to won’t hold its shape if run through the washing machine.

I don’t recommend using these exfoliating cloths or loofahs on the face with the exception of the Exfolia cloth, which shouldn’t be used in the eye area and if used on the face use a separate cloth for the body!

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The Many Uses of Baking Soda in Skin and Body Care!

  1. Mix with water to neutralize a chemical peel
  2. Great gentle exfoliant to use to help remove self tanner orange residue
  3. Mix into your toothpaste for extra whitening and fresh breath
  4. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath water for an invigorating bath
  5. Dust under your arm pits to absorb and neutralize moisture and odor as needed
  6. Remove residue and oil from hair and make up brushes by adding 1 tsp. of baking soda to a small basin of water (leave hair brushes for about 10 minutes in solution and just gently swish make up brushes in solution remove and lay on paper towels for 10 minutes, then rinse hair and make up brushes in water.  For make up brushes always rinse with the handle and bristles facing down so that water doesn’t get in the handle.)
  7. Cooking with garlic and got smelly fingers (mix 1 part baking soda to  3 parts soap to neutralize order)
  8. Doing a pedicure?  Try 3 tablespoons of baking soda for a foot soak and make an exfoliating scrub as mentioned above to not only exfoliate but to neutralize any foot odor
  9. Remove product build up from your hair while gently exfoliating your scalp by adding 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda to your shampoo in the palm of your hand.  (Not recommended for color treated hair.
  10. Smelly sneakers?  Shake a little baking soda in your sneakers after each use to absorb moisture and odor.
  11. Mix with water, facial oil such as grape seed/olive oil/almond oil/hazelnut oil, or your cleanser to make a gentle exfoliating scrub (3 parts baking soda to water, cleanser or oil)
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English: Sodium bicarbonate, sodium hydrogencarbonate, sodium bicarb, “baking soda”, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hard Water and Your Skin

Via Ask An Esthetician.

 

An Excellent Article I would like to share:

 

A few months ago I moved from Chicago to Israel and my skin went insane.  I had breakouts galore and overall my skin went from looking nice to a complete disaster.  Now try going to esthetician job interviews when your skin actually looks like it needs the help of an esthetician.  Not pretty.  (Luckily I found bosses who understood what was going on with my skin and overlooked it, hiring me anyhow).  I’ve written about the issue of your skin going psycho in the past so I had a pretty good idea of what was causing my skin woes.  I also met other people who had moved around the same time I had and were experiencing similar skincare issues.  So I realized that what was going on wasn’t completely personal.  In my case I blamed the following issues for my skin issues: change in the climate I was living in, different food, stress, and hard water.  In order to treat my skin, specifically my breakouts, I started using my strongest skincare products (Retin-A and salicylic acid serum from Epionce) more often than I had before.  As with many skincare problems my skin started to calm down around the three month mark of being in my new home.  Of course I still have breakouts occasionally but nothing like when I first moved.  I’ve also recently adjusted my skincare routine because of the winter.

What happened got me thinking about how hard water affects our skin so I decided to investigate and share what I learned with my readers.*

eHow explains how hard water hurts your skin in the online article The Effects of Hard Water on Skin:

Hard water is comprised of high concentrations of undissolved minerals, such as calcium carbonate and dolomite. Although hard water contains these elements, it is not detrimental to your health, but it is harsh on your skin.  …

Damage to Healthy Skin Cells

  • Hard water can cause damage to healthy skin cells. The elements such as zinc, lead, magnesium and calcium found undissolved in hard water will break down the elastin and collagen found in healthy skin cells. When this happens, the skin becomes vulnerable to sun damage through harmful ultraviolet rays.

Acne

  • Since hard water is composed of undissolved minerals, acne can occur on a more frequent basis. Hard water dries out the skin, depriving it of natural oils. This causes skin irritation, which leads to acne breakouts.

Dry Skin

  • The insoluble minerals found in hard water wind up settling on the surface of the skin and cause itchiness and dryness. In severe cases, the skin will become inflamed, crack, and bleed.

Ineffective on Germs

  • Skin is more prone to germs when washed with hard water because it actually coats the skin with a dull film, due to the insoluble minerals in it. When this happens, the body’s natural oils are unable to reach the epidermis of the skin, and this leads to failure in the skin’s natural antimicrobial properties.

Self magazine investigates the issue even further in the article Is Your Water Causing You to Break Out?:

The problem with hard water is that its high mineral content prevents it from properly reacting with soap and, instead of triggering a lather, it creates a soapy layer on the skin. This not only clogs pores, but also irritates the skin, making it itchy, flaky and dry.

“These impurities in water make it difficult for soap and shampoo to wash off, leading to dryness of the skin and scalp, which directly irritate skin and cause redness and rosacea,” says Dr. Dennis Gross, Manhattan                                    dermatologist and founder of the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare product line.

There’s also a correlation between hard water and skin disorders, like eczema. “The minerals, such as calcium, that are found in higher concentration may cause loss of moisture in the skin, which can lead to irritating conditions, such as eczema,” says New York dermatologist Dr. Eric Schweiger. Research at the University of Nottingham found that, out of over 7,500 school-age children, eczema was significantly more common for those living in hard water areas than those living in soft water areas.

It’s not just a matter of converting hard water to soft, which can be achieved with an at-home filtration system, because this does not take care of the heavy metals–like iron, zinc, magnesium, copper and lead–that cause skin issues. “An at-home filtration system is not an effective means of safeguarding the skin because the heavy metals are microscopic and present in the actual solution of the water,” says Dr. Gross.

So what are these heavy metals actually doing to our skin?

According to Dr. Gross, the impurities cause a chemical reaction with the skin’s natural oils, changing the consistency of the oil from a liquid to a wax, which in turn, clogs the pores and leads to acne. They have the same response to creams, even those that are non-comedogenic.

“After the face is washed and dried, the impurities from water still remain on the face and cling to the skin,” says Dr. Gross. “Even though these creams are formulated with oil-like substances specifically created to not block pores, when the creams come in contact with water impurities left on the face (after it has been washed and patted dry), the remaining impurities cause the oil-like substances to clog the pores.”

Also, the impurities found in tap water can act as free radicals, which bond with healthy skin cells and then destroy them. This in turn leads to the breakdown of collagen and leads to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.  …

But Dr. Gross thinks it’s just a matter of time until dermatologists start considering the havoc water is wreaking on our skin. He wasn’t concerned much with water, either, until the skin woes of patients at his Manhattan practice led him to investigate further. “They would return from trips in the U.S. or abroad with irritated skin–even though they were using the exact same skincare regimen,” he said. Concluding that their skin issues resulted from the variation of city water, Dr. Gross began running lab tests on tap water nationwide. “I was shocked by the variation of heavy metal content from city to city,” he says.

In his research, Dr. Gross found that each metal pointed to a certain skin issue. He considers iron–with high amounts in Los Angeles, Park City, and New York–to be the most detrimental metal found in tap water because the accumulated deposits get energized by the sun, which has been linked to some cases of skin cancer. But for those individuals who are breakout prone, he says that calcium and magnesium are the two elements that will cause the most damage. “Both of these elements cause one’s own oils to become comedogenic and form waxy plugs that clog pores and lead to further breakouts, inflammation, flare-ups and irritation,” he said.

Some, after making this discovery, have quit tap water cold turkey–opting to cleanse with anhydrous (no water necessary) products or bottled water (so Paris Hilton). Washing with distilled water often leaves those unaccustomed with a “slippery” feeling, as the water instantly lathers and dismantles the soap scum later that lingers on skin.

But for those who can’t resist that refreshing rush of H20 pouring down on their faces in the shower each morning, they can opt for products that contain chelators, an organic complex that sequesters the heavy metals on the surface of the skin, preventing them from penetrating into the pores and causing damage. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Hydra-Pure Intense Moisture Cream is infused with Dr. Gross’s Chelating Complex, which he says “is likened to washing your face with pure H20.”

Personally I don’t think any of my skincare products have chelators in them, but I am going to try to be more vigilant about using toner (I have quite a few and forget to use them all the time) after cleansing in order to make sure that I have removed some of the mineral deposits left on my skin.  One day I would like to get a filter for our water, but in the meantime I’ll just have to get creative.

Further Reading:

*I also need to add that my hair and scalp has been a complete disaster since I moved because of the hard water where I live.  I still haven’t figure out how to fix that issue.

Image from personal.psu.edu

 

My Newest Shower Obession! Shower Bombs (Or How I Finally Got A Little Relief from my Cold!)

Level Shower Bombs

Salus Shower Bombs

 

Drop in the bottom of the shower near your feet under direct water away from the drain and breathe!

National Bubble Bath Day! Yes, There Is Such A Thing!

Rub A Dub Dub!

English: A woman takes a bath in a bathtub.

A woman takes a bath in a bathtub. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s National Bubble Bath Day!

Baths are fun and can be very relaxing!  Having a stressful day, why not take a bath or even more fun a bubble bath!

Mr. Bubble Bath

Batherapy Liquid Mineral Bath in Lavender

Bokek Bath Salt Sampler

 

 

California Baby Calendula Bubble Bath

Yes to Carrots Bubble Bath

Munchkin Bath Crayons – who says you have to be a kid to have fun!

Lush Cosmetics Dreamtime soothing lavender and jasmine melt

Lush Cosmetics Bubble Bar in Rocket for out-of-this-world bubble baths

Lush Cosmetics Bath Bomb in Butterball beautiful butter cream hydration for dry skin

Make Your Own Bath Fizzes!

Martha Stewart the DIY genius is at it again with a video and article with recipe on how to make your own bath fizzes, which aren’t cheap!

Thank you Martha!

If you want to buy instead of make Bath Fizzes, I love Lush Bath Bombs!

Lush Bath Bomb in Twilight

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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