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Which Essential Oils are best to improve the Skin?

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Which Essential Oils are best to improve the Skin?

Here is a question we get asked a lot.  Which Essential Oils are best to improve the skin?  What about the hair? So we decided to round up all of the superstar essential oils and let you know why we’ve picked them.  For skin, make sure to dilute according to manufacturers suggestions with carrier oil.  For hair, just a drop or two added to your hair preparation will be sufficient.

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And before you spend a cent on essential oils we’ve said before and will say again, NEVER buy essential oils that aren’t truly organic. Especially in the States, there are vague regulations and marketers can say just about anything to make you think they are organic when they aren’t. Watch for “beyond organic” “better than organic” and RUN! Since essential oils are so powerful and concentrated extracts from plants, if the plants have been soaked in or sprayed with herbicides and pesticides, it will be in the extracts that come from them. So we believe that the most important thing to watch for when comparing essential oils is that they are organic.

Here is our favorite source for organic essential oils and we’ve even set up as affiliates with them because of their high standards and because we truly love and trust their products. Another great place for quality organic products, including organic essential oils (for GREAT DEALS) can be found at this ORGANIC MARKET. We love what they are doing and have set up as affiliates with both of them. So as you shop, just smile about the savings & especially the extra health benefits you’ll be getting! 

Bergamot Oil – promotes healthy, clear skin. Aids in skin tightening which helps give the appearance of smaller pores. It is antibacterial, an analgesic, antiseptic, andtispasmodic, and offers soothing effects. It also can be very helpful in treating cold sores and mouth sores.

Carrot Root Oil – High in carotenes and other antioxidants, Carrot oil stimulates and regenerates skin and hair. Retin-A – a form of vitamin A, has long been used to support hair growth. Carrot oil is an extract of carrot root emulsified in Jojoba oil.  It may very beneficial for people experiencing hair loss, but is also good for improving overall hair health.

Carrot Seed Oil  Carrot Seed is fantastic for skin care (revitalizing and toning) and considered one of the best essential oils for mature skin. Carrot seed oil also assists in removing toxins and water build up in the skin giving it a fresher more firmer appearance. Carrot seed oil has a detoxifying effect on the liver and cleans the digestive system and the body as a whole. Aromatic Scent: Woody-earthy, slightly spicy, strong, fruity, warm, herbaceous and musky.  Warnings: Should be avoided during pregnancy. For external use only.

Cedarwood – It has been used for acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, greasy skin, hair loss, skin eruptions, ulcers, arthritis, rheumatism, bronchitis, catarrh, congestion, coughs, cystitis, nervous tension and stress-related conditions.   Cedarwood is has been successfully studied for treatment of hair loss.

Blue Chamomile – One of the most effective oils for reducing inflammation. Hair loss is sometimes attributed to inflammation in the scalp and follicles, resulting in less-than-ideal cellular function. Some even attribute hair loss to an over-heated scalp. German Chamomile is both anti-inflammatory and cooling.  Also used for skin problems including allergies, infections, burns, inflammation, rashes, and bites.

Clary Sage – Used to rejuvenate skin cells, calm the complexion and reduce dandruff. Deeply relaxing, and it may be helpful to reduce melancholy, stress and relieve tension. Also thought to reduce symptoms associated with PMS and menopause.  Used as a sedative, hormonal balancer, for it’s soothing, relaxing effects. Can reduce menstrual cramps, PMS and menopausal hot flashes. Adrenal stimulant. Warnings: Possible skin irritant for some. Avoid use during pregnancy

Clove – Antiseptic and an excellent antioxidant. Can increase circulation, and shown to be successful in stimulating new hair growth. For scalp circulation stimulation.  Warnings: Use in very small amounts due to possible skin sensitivity.

Cypress – Excellent for reducing the appearance of broken capillaries in the skin. Cypress oil is antiseptic and a rich antioxidant. Stimulates circulation which is optimal for hair growth.  Helps Reduce oiliness of skin.  Qualities:Antiseptic, toning, diuretic, astringent, reviving

Frankincense – Excellent to aid in un-doing the damage the skin has endured. This oil is fascinating to me, as I heard it would help with basil cell skin cancers (which I’ve had quite a few). The first time I used it, I was stunned to watch the skin cancers completely vanish after using it repeatedly morning and night for about a month. I later worked with one of the top dermatologists in the country on a shoot, and asked her about it. She said it is highly effective on basil cell, however not effective on the more dangerous form of skin cancer. I believe it works by penetration below the surface, and restores damage to the DNA. Impressive and very intriguing. This oil is known for qualities to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and appears to tighten and even skin tone as well.

Geranium – Shown to be effective for use with oily, acne prone and even mature skin. Also appears very useful on skin issues such as eczema and dermatitis, and has the effect of brightening and revitalizing dull skin.

Grapefruit – appears to be highly effective for use as a cleansing agent and for oily skin. 

Helichrysum  Shown to be regenerating to soft body tissues, helichrysum is found in blends for both mature skin and for healing wounds. Helpful for scalp tissue as well, for anti-aging and healthy hair production. Also an excellent antiinflammatory, and excellent for enhanced circulation.

Lavendar – Balancing, soothing, regenerative, anti-inflammate and antibacterial. The most commonly used oil for stress reduction. Lavender is also good for the skin, especially when mixed with bergamot it helps promote skill cell growth. Lavender is also good for taking the sting out of sunburns and some herbalists prescribe lavender paste to be applied to minor burns. It is helpful in treating a number of skin conditions including burns, cyctitis, vaginitis, and leucorhea. It helps to improve circulatory problems such as varicose veins when rubbed onto the skin.

Lemon – Used for skin lightening effects and said to aid in reducing the appearance of fine lines. It is antiseptic, however can be a skin irritant in some, especially those with sensitive skin.

Myrhh – Pure myrrh can be mixed with a carrier oil and applied externally for skin problems. It can also be mixed with water to relieve throat and gum problems.  It may be useful to revitalize and nurture mature skin. May also provide relief for bronchitis and colds when used in a diffuser or vaporizer. Reduces wrinkling, antiseptic and anti-fungal. Heavy warm base note. Qualities: Sedative, uplifting, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory

Palmarosa – Great to help stimulate new cell growth, moisturize skin, and can even help to regulate oil production. Excellent for the face and neck, and any anti-aging skin care product.

Patchouli – Works well as an antimicrobial, astringent, fungicide, and in deodorant. Also has properties to aid with acne issues, dry, cracked, chapped skin, eczema, oily and even appears effective in aiding mature skin.

Rosemary  This oil has been considered one of the premier hair growth enhancing oils. It is found in many preparations for hair and scalp. Shown to increase cellular metabolism, and stimulating healthy hair growth.  Also shown to be successful in alopecia areata treatment.

Sage – Used for hair growth, with stimulating properties found in Rosemary – along with hormone balancing of Clary Sage. Can balance scalp oils, and is found in blends for scar reduction and skin regeneration.  Used to rejuvenate skin cells, calm the complexion and reduce dandruff.  Not for use if pregnant.

Sandalwood – Used to help soothe damaged and irritated skin, also to diminish the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and scars. Also appears to be effective in smoothing out the surface of the skin.

Sea Buckthorn – This oil has been used for centuries for cosmetic purposes. Cosmetically, Sea Buckthorn Oil has been used for numerous purposes. Natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids help reverse damaging effects of sun radiation and minimize long term effects of sun exposure, like wrinkles, dryness, dark spot reduction, and the soothing of skin inflammation. The oil is well tolerated by any type of skin and provides long term anti-inflammatory, restorative and revitalizing actions. Appears to enhance the skin and scalp health for every skin type and imbalance. Highly nutritive, potent antioxidant and regenerative.

Ylang Ylang – Used to reduce stress. Long history of used to increase the thickness of the hair and for healthier hair. Can have a balancing effect on scalp oil production, and may help with split ends.  Ylang ylang oil could have a soothing effect on the skin and its stimulating effect on the scalp could promote more luxurious hair growth. Appears highly effective for use on irritated, oily, or acne prone skin. Has a strong aroma.

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You guys are the BEST!!! Please share your thoughts, as always, we love hearing your ideas!!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

 

Natural Eczema Cures & Remedies

Natural Eczema Cures & Remedies

 

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Natural Eczema cures & remedies, making the fight a lot easier and winning it!

This is something we get asked about all the time on naturesknockout.com and we have a lot to share.  It’s not really a “recipe” per say, but a lot of tried and true natural eczema cures and remedies and what we believe to be cures as well (based on our own experience and feedback from all of you) So anyway, here we go…

USE WATER SPARINGLY, IF AT ALL

Water is one of the worst irritants and literally fuels the eczema, so you’ll want to protect the skin from it as much as possible.  We tend to over clean and eczema is one of the bodies ways of telling us that the immune system is not very happy.  There’s so much more to say, but basically our skin is covered with a natural protective oily coating.  It’s important to keep that intact and using water can actually strip that away.  So the better option is to use an emollient (like coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil) to clean because it actually lifts the impurities off of the surface.

When you need to shower or immerse yourself in water, you can apply coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to the skin prior to exposure, then wash with a gentle, safe soap, and follow up with a little oil after towel drying the skin.

CLEANSE GENTLY

With your son’s eczema, it’s important to avoid all products containing sodium laureth or sodium lauryl sulphate (for more info on those, head to our I-Spy.) It’s best to make sure he only uses natural or organic soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents…but even if an item says it’s natural, check the ingredients to make sure it’s completely non-chemical.  This might sound odd, but oil based cleansers will lift impurities, without drying the surface. So we feel that unfefined, pure organic cold pressed coconut oil is the best cleanser you could use. Use it alone and without water while skin is irritated.

SEA SALT

If the eczema has a thick and rough texture and no lesions, freshly ground sea salt can be added to the coconut oil to scrub the area (not close to the eyes though)…often eczema will respond well to that as it usually carries bacteria that the salt fights.  Remove it with a damp cloth and reapply the coconut oil to relubricate. Please be sure skin is not broken or the salt could really hurt.

Another thing to consider is that if the acid mantle has been stripped, it can cause eczema breakouts. One way to restore the acid mantle is by applying a tiny amount of apple cider vinegar to the affected area.

LUBRICATE

The skin needs lubrication, not hydration.  So that means, using healthy oils is good, using water or products with water is not so good (boo)  The number one best treatment we’ve found is Emu Oil It works great and soothes burning skin immediately. We believe this should be a staple in ever medicine cabinet of a person with skin problems.

NO MORE LOTION

Yes, that includes lotions.  Bummer on that–at least, until the skin is healthier.  But most lotions tend to aggravate eczema because of the high water content in them.  And unfortunately, that even includes many of the safe and natural ones.  Heavy lubricating creams and oils are the best for protecting and nourishing the skin to get it back to a more healthy state.  Again, we say, the skin should be treated with Pure Emu Oil for quick relief and lasting results.

FRAGRANCE

One more thing–get away from fragrance and any product that contains it.  Even if it says “natural fragrance or fragrance blends” the skin can’t be fooled. :-/

LOCK IN PROTECTION

Oops, I just thought of another, so one last thing :)..  covering the skin after lubricating it will help tremendously.  If it’s on the hands, apply a lubricant, put cotton gloves on, and keep them on for a few hours or overnight.  The skin will usually respond well.

MAKE SURE TO BE INFORMED

And I don’t want to get off on a negative note, but when it comes to steroid creams, use them sparingly if you have to, but be sure to read all of the side effects thoroughly, because they are real.

FOODS

Some foods may cause a reaction in people who are eczema prone…some to watch for are red meats, sea food, eggs, dairy, GMO grains, breads with yeast, additives, preservatives, blueberries, tomatos, lemons, and lime.  Psssst, I’ll share a secret–I have eczema too.  I guess it’s not really a secret because I blab it all the time.  Sorry, off task—anyway, I can have those items when my skin is doing well, but when it’s broken out, I try to avoid them until I can get it under control.

Something to add to the diet is more probiotics or acidophilus, more dark leafy greens

 

Please comment below, we LOVE to hear your thoughts, abut this or anything else that crosses your mind–we’re ready!

Take care of yourselves, YOU are so worth it!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

 

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Best Natural DIY Deodorant Recipe

Best Natural DIY Deodorant Recipe

We’ve tried so many natural deodorants and found one or two along the way that worked fine, nothing spectacular.  Then we started hitting the kitchen cabinets and put together this recipe that literally takes less than 5 minutes to gather together and make and we really love it.Best Natural DIY Deodorant Recipe

The recipe is super fast and easy and it works better than most of the natural deodorants we’ve tried!

NOTE: You will sweat, but that’s great because it means the body is eliminating toxins.  So don’t fight it, just know that you can have good protection and keep from stinking.  This is the Best Natural DIY Deodorant Recipe we’ve ever used,  it works super well and lasts all day.

One last thing, we are strong believers that believe that because essential oils are powerful and concentrated oils that are extracted from plants, that it’s essential that those plants must be 100% Organic. These ones below are the only ones we’ve found that we feel good about recommending at this time:

Organic Essential Oils

CITRUS REFRESHER DEODORANT RECIPE

NOTE: We only recommend certified organic essential oils as they are highly therapeutic and concentrated. If they don’t say “certified organic” they are likely loaded with pesicides & herbicides. We added links above and below to mountain rose where we trust their quality.

Also, we also found another ORGANIC MARKET with great prices that we love what they are doing and have set up as affiliates with them. They also carry many of the ingredients we like to use as well.

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (if you have allergies to this, you can replace it with more tapioca flour)
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 12 drops of orange certified organic essential oil
  • 6 drops of lemon certified organic essential oil
  • 6 drops of lime certified organic essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a deep dish. Smash and grind into a toothpaste type consistency. Store in an 8 oz glass jar with a lid.

Our favorite essential oils to use are wintergreen, peppermint, and tea tree oil, but they are hot oils and for sweaters, we would caution that they might not be such a big hit.  For us, they work great, but that’s something to consider.  If you tend to be a sweater, another combination we love is citrus oils, like orange, lemon, grapefruit and lime.

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Also, a little note on the sea salt we listed below as optional.  For more sensitive skin, it may be a little irritating, so we’d recommend eliminating it on a daily basis.  If you aren’t so sensitive, it’s great to add for additional exfoliation, which is a great way to eliminate bacteria buildup and odor.

That’s really all there is to this–it’s truly the best natural DIY Deodorant Recipe you’ll find!

And, speaking of Beauty, here are links to our “Beauty Foods” Cookbooks so you can eat wonderful food that helps create beautiful skin at the same time…

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

grain-free-gluten-free-cookbooks

 

Let us know how you love it!!

Take care of yourself–you’re worth it! 

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

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Cloth Diapering 101 – fun info every new mom should know!

Cloth Diapering 101 – fun info every new mom should know!

Enjoy the Cloth Diapering 101 video and…

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I actually LOVE cloth diapering, especially knowing that what’s going next to my baby’s skin is totally safe!

Cloth Diapering 101

Some people think they are too much hassel, but not having blow-outs and not dealing with many diaper rashes makes it a lot easier to me–but best of all, I’m not exposing my baby to dangerous chemicals either! 🙂

So watch the video and please let me know if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions–let’s discuss!

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Cloth Diapering 101

Natural product reviews

 

Join us as we share a really exciting announcement-wheeeee!!  And we’re going to give you some fun tips and review a few of our current favorite things!

Natural Product Reviews on Hair Spray, Hand Cream, Coconut Oil, and Peppermint Essential

Favorite Natural Hair Spray

Favorite Coconut Oil

Favorite Peppermint Essential Oil

Natural Hand Cream

Enjoy this video of some of our favorite natural product reviews and let us know some of your favorite natural & organic things!!!

Love you guys 🙂

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Laurie & Tiffany