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NEW! Aromatherapy Personal Mists

NEW! Aromatherapy Personal Mists

 

We are proud to present our new Aromatherapy Personal Mists! Therapy in a bottle is now convenient enough to take with you anywhere. Planes, cars, purses, or bags, its use of the powerful properties of essential oils will create an aromatic sanctuary wherever you go. Available now in six unique blends for only $11.95 a bottle on our website, www.plantlife.net.

 

 

 

 

Using 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oil, each Mist has its own distinctive therapeutic value. Read on to find out which Mist is right for you!

 

breathe
Breathe – With essential oils such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Camphor, Breathe is a blend for those suffering from a cold, flu, or allergies. By harnessing the properties of essential oils known for their exceptional respiratory support, we’ve created a natural way to help ease the frustrations of being sick.

Calm

 

Calm – A blend for those of us needing to find our inner peace. When you’re feeling stressed, agitated, or in need of calming, the soothing properties of essential oils such as Lavender and Bergamot will help provide the peace and serenity you desire.

 

energy
Energy – This blend is a boost in a bottle! Using stimulating essential oils such as Basil, Lemongrass, and Rosemary, this Mist will aid in clearing mental fatigue and invigorating your mind, body and spirit.

 

purify

 

Purify – Help keep your environment free from germs the natural way using the antibacterial and antiviral properties of essential oils such as Tea tree, Eucalyptus, and Lemon. The perfect size to stash in your bag

for on the go use while traveling or at home.

Uplift

 

Uplift – Don’t let negativity keep you feeling down! This blend of mood elevating essential oils like Sweet Orange, Lime, and Tangerine will help inspire a positive perspective.

 

wellbeing

 

Well Being – Tackle those “off” days with renewed vigor with this Mist, created specifically for aiding in restoring your center and renewing your well being. By using a blend essential oils such as Petitgrain and Ylang Ylang, their restorative properties will help balance your mind and body the natural way

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Better Skin Now! Exfoliation and Hydration

Better Skin Now! Exfoliation and Hydration

 

Winter is over, Spring is coming to an end, and summer is right around the corner. Time to break out the bathing suits and shorts… but wait! Winter has left you with flaky, dry, and scaly skin! Not to fear, Plantlife is here to talk about how important exfoliation and hydration is to your skin and not just after winter, but all lifetime long! Available now for the month of May, we are offering an Exfoliation Kit on our website, to help you achieve beautiful skin!

 

Exfoliation? What’s that?

The word exfoliate comes from the Latin word exfoliatus, which means to strip off the leaves. Similar to a tree, your body also sheds its “leaves” (skin cells) to prepare for incoming new cells. Skin has two main layers: the Epidermis (outer layer) and the Dermis (lower layer). New skin cells are produced in the Dermis and are pushed upwards to the Epidermis, forcing dead skin cells to shed. “Why are my skin cells dying?” you may be wondering, but dead skin cells are natural and are a good thing! When skin cells are pushed into the Epidermis they slowly age, becoming acidic and filling with Keratin. The Keratin filled cells help protect your skin from outside elements and from moisture loss. As we age, cells can fill with Keratin and die at an uneven rate and also accumulate in areas creating dry, flaky patches of skin. Exfoliating your skin helps keep the natural process of shedding dead cells balanced and preventing patchy skin. Exfoliation also gives your skin a more healthy, glowing, and youthful appearance as it helps newer skin cells to surface.

There are two types of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical. Chemical exfoliation includes chemical peels by skin specialists or different types of acids that promote skin peeling. Mechanical exfoliation involves physical scrubbing of the skin by using loofahs or ramies (like Plantlife Hemp & Bamboo scrubbers!), or brushes. As we do not recommend using chemicals on the skin, we will only be talking about mechanical exfoliation.

 

How Do I Exfoliate Without Damaging My Skin?

The skin is your body’s largest organ so it makes sense why you would want to take care of it. Exfoliating can appear damaging since it literally is scraping off skin cells and can temporarily leave skin red. However, exfoliation is like helping your skin breathe. As skin varies in thickness on different locations of the body, it has different requirements for proper exfoliation. We will break it into three main areas to keep it simple: face, body, and feet. It is important to remember to always exfoliate on wet, clean skin!

The skin on the face is the thinnest and most delicate. Over-exfoliation of this area can be damaging. The face should be exfoliated softly and not more than once a week. Do not use pumice or rock exfoliates on the face. Scrubs for the face should have finely ground ingredients and brushes, scrubbers, or cloths should be gentle and soft. Men in particular benefit from exfoliating the face as it uncovers the hair follicles for better shaving results.

Skin located on the body (arms, legs, torso, but avoiding private areas) is tougher than skin on the face. The body can be exfoliated more than once a week, but using brushes, scrubbers, or cloths should be soft and gentle like Plantlife Hemp & Bamboo scrubbers. Legs and arms greatly benefit from exfoliation, making them soft and keeping them smooth. Exfoliation of the body can also help prevent body acne such as back acne.

The bottom of the feet have the thickest portion of skin and can handle rougher exfoliation. Pumice and other porous volcanic rocks are typically used for exfoliation of the feet. Feet can also be exfoliated more than once a week.

 

I’ve Exfoliated, Now What?

Exfoliation is only the first step to a healthier skin appearance. The next step is hydration! Sloughing off dead cells can leave your skin thirsty and feeling dry and unprotected because the dead skin cells filled with Keratin help prevent moisture loss. When you hydrate, the skin cells retain the hydration, helping prevent dry skin patches and flaking skin and improve overall look and feel. It is also important to note that skin hydration is not just topical! Remember to drink plenty of water every day. This will improve your overall appearance by help your body flush toxins from the skin and reduce pore size and help prevent blemishes. Plantlife body oils are the perfect way to easily hydrate your skin after a bath or shower!

 

Easy as 1…2…

Better looking skin doesn’t have to be difficult to achieve or expensive. Exfoliating and hydrating are both simple ways that should go hand in hand in your skin care regime. If incorporated into your routine, not only will you have better skin in time for summer, but you’ll be taking care of your body’s largest organ for life!

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Spring Cleaning the Natural Way: 2013

Spring Cleaning the Natural Way: 2013

Spring is here and so begins the annual Spring Cleaning at Plantlife! We are featuring a fantastic Spring Cleaning sale on our website to clear out some space for new things to come. As you prepare for your own cleaning journey, check out our some of our favorite essential oils for housework and a few helpful recipes for all natural, green cleaning!

 

Our Favorite Essential Oils for Spring Cleaning

 

Clean House blend

Our very own blend created for a fresh smelling house! We specially formulated it using essential oils great for cleaning properties and their amazing aromas! Perfect for adding to existing cleaning products, linen sprays, or any make your own cleaning recipes.

 

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential oil makes a great addition to your cleaning list as its very own properties are known to be antimicrobial and also believed to be antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic. Hailing from Australia, the indigenous people used to use parts of the Tea Tree plant to help heal and disinfect.

 

Lavender Essential Oil

The wonderful aroma of Lavender creates a soothing, comfortable environment for your home. The perfect aroma for any cleaning recipes or products for your bedroom or laundry.

 

Lemon and Orange Essential Oils

The citrus aromas of Lemon and Orange essential oils create a cheery, uplifting atmosphere. Lemon essential oil makes a wonderful addition to cleaning, as it has been said that the acidity dissolves tarnish, removes grease, deodorizes and disinfects. Orange makes the list as well, as it has been said that it makes a great stain remover, cleaner, and deodorizer.

 

 

Recipes!

 

Mattress Freshener (Can also be used as a Carpet freshener)

1 Cup Baking Soda
5 Drops Essential Oil of choice
Container with a lid

Combine 5 drops to 1 cup baking soda into a container with a lid. Shake well to mix the essential oil with the baking soda. You can use right away, but for better results, let sit for a day. Sprinkle on mattress and leave for 15 minutes. Then, using hose attachment on your vacuum, vacuum mattress until no baking soda is left. If the aroma isn’t strong enough for your mattress or carpets, add a few extra drops.

For a carpet freshener, just double or triple the recipe depending on how much carpet area you need to refresh. We recommend leaving on the carpet for an hour.

 

Helpful Microwave Cleaner

1-2 Tablespoons of White Vinegar
2 Cups of Water
Microwaveable safe bowl or cup
Add a drop of essential oil for a microwave deodorizer (optional)

Combine 1 to 2 table spoons of White Vinegar with two cups water into a microwaveable safe container. Place container into microwave and close the door. Microwave for 4 minutes. Let the container sit in the microwave with the door closed for a few minutes to cool, remove container, and wipe down microwave as normal. Dirt and food should come right off!

Warning! Water microwaved in a smooth bowl can become superheated causing it to boil under the surface tension and explode when cool air hits it. Let the bowl sit in the microwave for a few minutes to let cool or add a small item like a toothpick to the bowl before heating.

You can also use a sponge soaked in the same solution and microwave for a few minutes although it may not be as effective as the bowl method.

 

Gunk Remover

1 part Coconut Oil
1 part Baking Soda

Mix equal parts of Coconut Oil and Baking Soda thoroughly together in a jar or container with a lid. Apply paste to sticky area and let sit for a few minutes and scrub clean. You can also add a few drops of essential for aroma. We recommend Lemon as it works well with sticky situations.

Note: Baking soda can be abrasive, be careful on surfaces such as plastics you don’t want scratched.

 

 

What are your favorite natural cleaning recipes? Let us know by leaving a comment!

 

Note: While essential oils are wonderful for green cleaning and are non-toxic to humans, be careful around cats as they have little to no tolerance for essential oils and may even be dangerous for them.

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What to do with Soap Grains

What to do with Soap Grains

 

Are you wondering what to do with soap grains or how to use them? Wonder no more! Here are a few recipes for how to get the most out of soap grains! If you would like to buy soap grains, check out our website at www.plantlife.net.

 

What are soap grains and why would I want to use them?

Soap Grains are chopped up pieces of soap, typically the odds and ends after cutting that are too small to use for anything else. The soap is perfect to use, but unable to sold as a bar or sample because of its size. We hate wasting stuff or throwing things away, so we turned it into something you can use!

Why use soap grains when you can just use a bar of soap? Well, there’s a variety of ways you can use soap grains other than just as plain soap! Here are some fun recipes to try with your soap grains.

Recipes

Ramie Soap Sack

1 Ramie Soap Sack
5-6oz of Soap Grains

One of the most obvious ways to use soap grains is using them with a ramie soap sack. Add grains into soap sack, close, and then wet and wash as you normally would. The soap sack provides great exfoliation for your skin.

 

Drawer Scenter or Potpourri

1 bag of some sort or container that lets the aroma out (you can use a Ramie Soap Sack)
Soap Grains

Fill bag or container with your choice of scent soap grains. (We recommend Cassia! It’s a strong smell that is warm and comforting.)  Place bag or container in drawer, shelf, bowl, or wherever you choose. Soap grains will give off a wonderful aroma! The smell will last for months as well.

 

Melt and Pour Your Own Soap

Soap Grains
Microwave
Microwave Safe Glass Measuring Cup or Container
Any Shape Mold for the Soap
(Additives if you want)

You may want to make more or less melted soap, so this recipe won’t give any measurements. Melt soap in microwave-safe container in microwave until melted (you can also do this on the stove, but make sure to keep a careful eye on the soap and make sure it doesn’t burn!). Depending on how much soap you are making, the microwave time varies. For 8oz of soap it takes about 30 seconds to 1 minute to melt thoroughly. Watch soap carefully as you do not want to burn the soap. Please use caution, as soap will be hot. Take container out of microwave and stir, making sure there are no lumps. If there are lumps, put it back in the microwave for a few more seconds. Mix in any additives you may want, such as color or essential oils. Pour into the mold you have chosen. Wait until hard to remove the soap. If soap is hard to remove from mold, try placing in the freezer for a little bit.

Extra Ideas for Making Your Own Bar

You can just melt and pour your own bar from the soap grains but there are other things you can do to customize your own bar soap. Be creative! Picking a good mold can be the first step, such as one with bumps on the bottom for a massaging soap or even just interesting shapes. You can try adding coloring to make the soap different colors (color may vary as soap is not clear). Soap coloring can be found at your local craft store. You can also add to the scent by adding a few drops of essential oils to the melted soap. If you want to make your soap exfoliating, try adding ground oatmeal or grinding up almonds or seeds. Other interesting things to add would be dried leaves or dried flowers like basil, eucalyptus, or lavender. You can crush the leaves and mix them into the melt soap, or add to the bottom and pour the soap on top of it making a layer of leaves or flowers. These also make great homemade gifts!

 

Foam Soap

3/4 cup Soap Grains
8oz of Distilled Water
Airtight Container
Foam Soap Container/Pump (such as the Plantlife Foam Soap Pump)

Add 3/4 cup of soap grains and 8oz of distilled water into airtight container. Let sit overnight. Shake the mixture to see if all grains have dissolved. If grains have not dissolved, stir, and let sit for a while longer. Pour into Foam Soap container/pump when ready. Use as normal! Aroma will not be as strong as our regular foam soap, but foam will still be just about as thick as our regular foam soap. If you think the foam is not thick enough, add more grains. If you want the scent to be stronger, add a few drops of essential oil and mix (add only a few drops at a time as scent may be overpowering or too harsh on skin if you add too much essential oil). Shake before each use for best results.

 

Soap Clay or Putty

Soap Grains
Blender

Add soap grains to the blender and blend until very fine. Shape, mold, sculpt or do whatever you want with it! Let the kids play with it! Makes a great clay or putty similar to playdoh. Easy clean up, smells great, and does not stain.

 

Do you use soap grains? Have another great idea on how to use them? Let us know by leaving a comment!
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Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salt: Part 4

Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salt: Part 4

If you’ve been following along with our 4 part article, you know that we’ve been talking all about the history of bathing, the benefits of water, and all about salt and it’s benefits. If you haven’t been reading, you should go check out parts 1, 2, and 3! We hope you’ve enjoyed our article and hope you have learned a little something about bathing and salt! This last part is just a short wrap up to summarize what we’ve been talking about and a few recipes for you to try out!

A Quick Summary

We covered that water is refreshing, purifying, and a necessary part of life. Our body is made up of water from our saliva, to blood, to our cells and joints. The minerals in water help our bodies function, absorb and utilize all the nutrients we eat and drink. Bathing is a great way to absorb those minerals and has been used throughout the ages by the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, and even Hippocrates. Bathing today is seen as forms of hydrotherapy such as thallassotherapy and balneotherapy or even just soaking in a hot tub.

Salt has been revolutionary to civilization by helping preserve food and for currency. Unrefined, unprocessed salts such as Celtic Sea salt, Dead Sea salt, and Epsom salts still contain all their minerals that our body needs and cannot produce on their own. A bath is a great way for those minerals to be absorbed by our body and a way to relax and bring peace. Celtic Sea salt has the most minerals and is used in Plantlife Therapeutic Mineral Bath Salts. It is still harvested today in the same 2000 year old tradition with wooden rakes.

What’s On Sale This Week!

For this final week in September, we are featuring Relax Therapeutic Mineral Bath salt. It has a fresh, warming aroma that soothes and calms the body and mind for total relaxation. It’s perfect for every day use after a hard day at work. While

A Few Simple Recipes

If you don’t have time for a bath or don’t have a bath, you can always try a foot or hand soak. Just add salts to a comfortably warm bucket of water and soak!

 

Exfoliating Body Scrub

Plantlife mineral bath salt and massage oil can be combined to make an exfoliating body scrub. Just add massage oil to the bath salt until the mixture becomes wet, but not soaked. Mix and apply. You can also try this mixture with olive oil instead of massage oil.

 

Scent Your Own Salt

For every 3oz of bath salt (one box of Plantlife Mineral Bath Salt), add 10-15 drops of any essential oil of your choice. Mix and store in a glass container.
A few combinations of essential oils you may want to try are:

 

Bath Bombs

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Slowly pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir. If you pour too fast, the mixture might begin to foam. The mixture should clump together. Pack tightly into mold and then carefully remove from mold. Let dry for 1-2 days and store in airtight container.

 

Have any questions or comments? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 3

Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 3

 

 

September is National Arthritis month and in recognition, we are featuring a different bath salt on sale every week on our website throughout September. Along side this sale, we are taking the opportunity to give you a brief history of bathing, salt, and the benefits water and bath salts can have when used! This is part 3 in our 4 part article, all about salt!

Why is salt so beneficial? Salt is salt, right? There are so many types of salt to talk about, but in this article, we will narrow it down to the type used in our bath salts, Celtic Sea salt and what is in it that is so beneficial.

 

A Brief History of Salt

Salt has been around forever and humans have been using it for just about as long. In the beginning, people would trade salt for gold and also used it to preserve food to keep it from going bad. It helped civilization to store food for longer amounts of time, making them less dependent on roaming herds. For a long time, salt bars were used as currency. It was so valuable, Roman soldiers were sometimes paid in it and in ancient Greece, slaves were traded for it. Salt determined the wealth of cities and funded wars. It was a hard item to obtain so it was very valuable, highly sought after, and was most often used in trading. These trade routes used for transporting salt are called the “salt roads.”

Salt has had other meanings besides wealth throughout history. It was used at Stonehenge for Druid rituals as a symbol of life-giving and in early Japan, was sprinkled on theatre stages before a performance to ward off evil spirits. In Arab countries, salt used to be used as a sign of friendship and to close a deal. In the Bible, salt was used metaphorically as good men are referred to being “the salt of the earth.”

From culinary to health to preventing ice on roads during winter months or softening hard water, salt is all around us and used for a wide variety of things. The types of salt used for bath salts are unlike regular table salt. Table salt has been bleached, iodized, and put through many other harsh steps that change its molecular structure and take out vital minerals, which is why this salt needs to be eaten in moderation as it can cause health problems. The right type of salt can be very beneficial to our bodies as it contains minerals we need that our bodies do not produce on their own. Salts used in bath salts or in Thalassotherapy (sea salt bath therapy) still contain all of their natural minerals that the body absorbs through water.

 

Of all the sea salts, Celtic Sea salt contains the most minerals and has the lowest amount of sodium. Once dissolved in water, it also has a very similar likeness to human blood and body fluids, which make it better for your body to absorb. Celtic Sea salt comes from the northern coast of France and is still harvested using a 2000 year old Celtic farming method. Harvesters of the salt use wooden rakes to scrape the layers of salt out of the sea and into piles. The reason wood rakes are used is because metal can change the molecular structure of the minerals contained in salt. This old Celtic farming method of using wooden rakes ensures the purity and balance of the minerals in the salt.

What’s In It?

So what is in Celtic Sea salt that makes it so great for the body? A few of the types of minerals in Celtic Sea salt are chloride, iron, sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, manganese, silicon, and fluoride. These trace minerals are important to your body. They act as facilitators for biological reactions meaning they help carry the brain’s messages throughout the nervous system, improve muscle response, and help the body absorb the nutrients it gets from food.

Sodium and Chloride help regulate acidity in the body and sodium maintains pH balance in cellular fluid. Both are necessary for osmosis and electrolyte balance. Iron is needed for cell function and blood utilization. Magnesium aids in cell functionality and is necessary for muscle contraction and absorption of amino acids. Potassium helps stimulate nerve impulses and muscle contractions, stimulates kidney and adrenal function, and is also important for biosynthesis of protein. Calcium is used to build healthy bones and teeth, stimulates muscles and nerves, helps blood coagulation, and is necessary for regulating a healthy heartbeat. Zinc is beneficial for growth, development, immune system response, insulin synthesis, and can help prevent bacterial infections. Copper aids in the absorption of iron and vitamin C. Manganese is necessary for use of glucose, lipid synthesis and metabolism, and pancreatic function and development. Silicon helps with bone growth and formation, and may help keep skin young looking and keep hair and nails healthy. Fluoride keeps teeth enamel strong and helps the body absorb calcium.

 

What’s On Sale This Week

This week, we are featuring our Stress Relief Therapeutic Bath Salt on sale for 20% off on our website. Our Stress Relief bath salt is a synergistic formula specially combined to soothe the nerves and calm the mind, perfect after a hard day of work or anytime you feel overwhelmed. We use hand harvested Celtic Sea salt that contains over 84 vital trace minerals that are essential to our bodies.

Next week will be the last part in our 4 part article and we will be wrapping up with some recipes and other facts you should know. Don’t forget to check it out!

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Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 2

Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 2

 

September is National Arthritis month and in recognition, we are featuring a different bath salt on sale every week on our website throughout September. Along side this sale, we are taking the opportunity to give you a brief history of bathing, salt, and the benefits water and bath salts can have when used! This is part 2 in our 4 part article, the benefits of water!

 

 

The Benefits Of Water – Part 2

Water has been seen throughout the ages as cleansing, refreshing, healing, and as a sign of renewal and a source of life. Our bodies are 85% water and it makes up 9/10s of our blood, saliva, plasma, lymphatic fluid, synovial fluid in the joints, and cerebrospinal fluid. It carries hormones, proteins, and helps deliver chemical messengers and signals from our brain to the rest of our body. It flushes toxic wastes, makes our cells big and healthy, and helps lubricate our moving parts.

Water is a universal solvent and it carries with it minerals that can be absorbed by the skin, which is why adding salts and essential oils to your bath can be beneficial. Additives like salt or oil can be absorbed into the skin and into the bloodstream in as little as 2 to 15 minutes. The heat from water in a bath opens our pores to help absorb minerals and aids in dilating blood vessels, boosts circulation, and helps detoxify our body. The suspension of our body in water also helps bring relief from gravity’s pull on our muscles and joints.

Bathing is so beneficial to our bodies that there have been types of therapy developed around using water to help heal the body. Hydrotherapy is the use of water to treat various ailments by using water’s physical propertiessuch as temperature and pressure. It is a broad term and refers mainly to all forms of water therapy. It can help bring relief and aid to diseases such as arthritis, psoriasis, and fibromyalgia, improve circulation, and help reduce swelling, aches, pains, and improve many other conditions.

A type of water therapy, Balneotherapy is the treatment of disease by using mineral waters externally and is typically used at spas in the form of hot or cold baths, hot tubs, saunas, or wet compresses. Similar to Balneotherapy, another form of therapy using water is Thalassotherapy. It is the same concept, but uses specifically sea water and salt from various seas. Hydrotherapy is becoming more popular nowadays as people are looking for natural ways to help heal the body and as spas are becoming more common.

We’ve talked a lot about the physical benefits of taking a bath, but there are also some psychological benefits as well. As the water reduces tension on the body and relaxes muscles, the mind will also release stress and unwind. Baths have been shown to help people relieve stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, mild depression, and help people feel more positive overall. Observations have shown that people feel renewed and purified after a bath.

 

This Week On Sale!

While we recommend all our salts to add to your bath, for this second week in September, the featured salt is our Detox Therapeutic Mineral Bath Salt. This formula is specially designed to extract the toxins and free radicals from the body using a blend of essential oils and Celtic Sea salt. Our salts contain 84 vital trace minerals the body doesn’t produce on its own that are essential to our bodies.

Stay tuned for next week’s article, part 3 in our 4 part article which will be all about salt!

 

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Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 1

Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 1

 

 

September is National Arthritis month and in recognition, we are featuring a different bath salt on sale every week on our website throughout September. Along side this sale, we are taking the opportunity to give you a brief history of bathing, salt, and the benefits water and bath salts can have when used!

So how many of you actually take a bath instead of a shower? Probably not a majority of you. Or maybe you spend your time soaking in a hot tub or Jacuzzi instead of a bathtub. In some cultures, like in Turkey and Japan, bathing is still a major part of life. Not many people today have time for a bath, but maybe this four part article will convince you to take some time to bathe.

 

Part 1: A Brief History of Bathing

Bathing has been around for thousands of years and has come and gone from popularity over the turning centuries. As early as 3000 B.C., water has been seen as a purifying element for the body and soul and has had deep religious meaning. Bathing throughout this period commonly took place as steam baths or cold baths. There have also been remains of bathing rooms found to date as early as 1700 B.C. from

the Palace of Knossos in Crete. The Egyptians, like Cleopatra, used to soak in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea around 69 B.C. and Homer, a famous Greek poet and writer, wrote about the heroes of his books taking baths to regain their strength. Hippocrates, a Greek physician, used to write about the healing power of water and salt and regularly encouraged patients to soak in sea water from 460-377 B.C.

In the time of the Romans, bathing was probably at its peak in popularity. After working hard all day, Romans would join together at the bath to wash away their aches and mental frustrations. They saw bathing as an art, turning it into a time to talk about business, socialize, spend time with friends and family, and least important, get clean. These people, like Homer, Hippocrates, and Cleopatra, knew that bathing had much more to offer than just washing off the dirt; it offered peace, relaxation, reflection, self-indulgence and relief from worries, diseases, aches, and pains. They witnessed that a freshly bathed person felt renewed, purified, and peaceful.

The art of bathing waned slightly after the fall of the Roman Empire but did not disappear completely. Bathing took place in the Middle Ages as well, but then declined sharply after the Renaissance as water was thought to carry diseases. Religious views of bathing being a sin of self-indulgence also contributed to the decline in popularity. Forms of water therapy began to emerge again as people like Vincent Priessnitz and Sebastian Kneipp developed their own techniques. Other information and research about hydrotherapy was made publicly available thanks to people such as J.S. Hahn who wrote On the Power and Effect of Cold Water and Dr. James Currie who wrote Medical Reports, on the Effects of Water, Cold and Warm, as a remedy in Fever and Other

 

Diseases, Whether applied to the Surface of the Body, or used Internally. Many other books have been published and hydrotherapy is still continued to be researched.
Today bathing has regained its popularity as people are searching alternative forms of therapy for their ailments or just to relax and relieve stress. The increasing amount of spas has been contributing to its growth in popularity as they provide forms of water therapy making it more available to the public. Although the average person is busy with responsibilities and the stressful moments of their life, we hope you will take the time to bathe and discover the many benefits water (and our bath salt) has to offer.

 

 

 

This Week on Sale!

For this first week in September, we are featuring our Sore Muscle Therapeutic Bath Salt on sale for 20% off on our website. Our Sore Muscle bath salt is a unique combination of essential oils and mineral salts specifically intended to aid in relaxing sore, tired, and over worked muscles and reduce pain and inflammation. We use hand harvested Celtic Sea salt that contains over 84 vital trace minerals that are essential to our bodies.

Come back next week for Part 2 of our article as we will be talking all about the benefits water can have when you take a bath!

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In the Spotlight: Lemon Essential Oil

In the Spotlight: Lemon Essential Oil

 

 

Yet another excellent multi-purpose tool in natural living is Lemon Essential Oil. You may have noticed many of our recipes include a few drops of this very versatile oil, largely due to the fact that Lemon EO is just about great for everything.

Among its many applications, Lemon Essential oil is a known bactericidal and Antiseptic oil. It stimulates the central nervous system and increases resistance to disease. This oil is excellent for circulatory issues, oily skin, varicose veins, astringents, detoxification and purification.

Truth be told, Lemon was the first essential oil I ever purchased. I wanted to try my hand at homemade cleansers and figured I’d get the most bang for my buck with this oil. You could say Lemon essential oil made me a believer in the awe-inspiring abilities of bottled nature because whatever concoction I made (from deodorizers to countertop cleaners) worked like a charm!

Brief History

Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil) is the product of the outermost peel of a lemon. Although no one can pinpoint where the tree originated, it was introduced to the Middle East about A.D. 1100. In 1493 Columbus brought citrus fruits to the Americas.

Facts

  • It takes over 3,000 lemons to produce just 1 kilo (2.2lbs) of Essential oil
  • Our Lemon Essential Oil is extracted using the cold pressed method in which the outer rind is    scored and the resulting oil is captured.
  • Lemon has historically been used to aid in breaking fevers as well as to fight scurvy.
  • It is a very popular oil in Spain where it is often referred to as a cure-all
  • In studies, it has been shown to increase concentration and memory during testing.
  • Italy and North America are the biggest producers of Lemon Essential Oil.

Blends Well With…

Here are a few suggestions for essential oils that blend well with Lemon for the maximum therapeutic or aromatic benefit!

Lavender – ChamomileSweet OrangeYlang Ylang

Neroli EucalyptusFrankincense Tea Tree

How to Use

There are so many excellent uses for Lemon Essential Oil, it would be impossible to list them all. Here are a few more popular or traditional ideas!

  • Carpet Cleaner – Just 20 drops of Lemon Essential Oil per gallon of water in your carpet cleaning machine will help brighten and freshen dull carpets. For darker carpets, perform a spot test first!
  • Deodorizer – Whether it’s the air in your home or office, or your gym shoes, Lemon essential oil makes an ideal deodorizer and purifier. For the air freshener recipe please read more here.
  • Cleaning Products – As I mentioned above, Lemon Essential Oil is my “go to” oil for ALL my cleaning needs. It does everything (and more) traditional chemical cleaners do without the nasty side effects! For recipes, read more here
  • Skin and Hair Care – Lemon’s astringent qualities make it ideal for oily skin and hair. A few drops of this EO in your homemade (or natural, existing) hair care products will help with oil absorption. A simple skin tonic (see recipe here) aids oily and acne prone skin.
  • Naturally remove gum, tree sap and other sticky substances with a few drops of Lemon essential oil. Apply the oil, let it sit for a few minutes and remove the substance.

For a limited time, you can purchase a 30ml bottle of Lemon Essential Oil for only $8.00! This is a savings of $9.60 off the regular price for this size oil. Sale only applies to the 30ml bottle and not the 10ml bottle. Regular list price for the 30ml Lemon Essential Oil is $17.60.  Buy Now!

Note: Lemon essential oil can cause photosensitivity. Avoid sun or UV lights for at least 12 hours after topical application.

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What You Can Do About Common Pollutants in Your Home!

What You Can Do About Common Pollutants in Your Home!

 

The one place we should always feel safe and secure can be surprisingly bad for you. Sure, we’re all aware of silent killers like carbon monoxide, but did you know that the soles of shoes, fresh dry cleaning and dry dust mops can cause a plethora of respiratory problems?

In an enlightening article by Melinda Wenner Moyer from Redbook, Ms. Moyer identifies common household pollutants which may be wreaking havoc in our homes and on our health. Click here to read Ms. Moyer’s article in full.

Because the insulation of homes is so much better now than it used to be it creates an almost airtight seal on the home. this means…

“whatever you emit indoors — whether it’s your burnt microwave popcorn, cigarette smoke, or cleaning-product fumes — is going to persist in the indoor environment for longer,” says Lynn Hildemann, an environmental engineer and researcher at Stanford University.

What Can You Do?

Kick off your shoes in the front hall. The bottoms of our shoes are covered in a fine layer of chemicals, dirt, bacteria, and mold. That stuff settles onto floors and into carpeting, and regular household activity can stir it up, causing you and your family to breathe it in, Hildemann says. Try stationing a shoe basket or rack in the entryway to keep things more organized.

Wait a few days before picking up your dry cleaning. Freshly dry-cleaned clothes can emit chemicals that have been linked to cancer and neurological problems, according to the EPA — and it’s important to make sure the solvents are completely dry before bringing them into your home. You could also switch to a dry cleaner that uses “wet” or CO2 cleaning, neither of which emit the same kind of dangerous fumes, according to the EPA.

Go fragrance-free. The EPA warns that some air fresheners can release compounds that cause headaches and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Lemon and pine scents concern experts most, Hildemann says: The chemicals that produce those smells react with ozone in the air to form formaldehyde and ultrafine particles that can collect in the lungs. For a safer room freshener, dip cotton balls in a sweet-smelling extract like vanilla and stash them around the house.

VENTILATE! Not surprisingly, indoor pollution becomes more of an issue during the winter, when we keep our windows closed for months on end, light cozy (but smoky!) fires, and braise our favorite cold-weather meals in the oven. Not only does cooking produce fumes, but gas stoves release trace amounts of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide into the air. That doesn’t mean that roasting one turkey is going to hurt you — just like other chemicals, the exposure is cumulative.

Ms. Moyer does include a few other often overlooked areas of the home which should garner a little more attention as well as convenient and easy ways to help cut down on the amount of chemical pollutants hiding in your home. While the article does espouse the benefits of natural cleaners (yay), my only wish would have been for just a mention of the natural cleaning powers of pure essential oils.  Maybe next time!

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