Newsletter: August 2021

Cedarwood

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Cedar trees are native to cold climates, thriving in high altitudes and growing up to 30 metres. Known for its rich hue and warm, woody scent, Cedarwood is one of the most grounding essential oils and helps to promote a calming environment and can provide soothing effects on the mood.

Offering anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, this essential oil offers support to acne prone skin and may also be beneficial for other skin conditions and support the appearance of scars.

Cedarwood can also be utilised to naturally repel insects.

At the end of a difficult day, Cedarwood can be used to promote a calming and relaxing environment and support emotional balance.

A few ways to use this oil:

During your facial routine, add one to two drops of Cedarwood oil to your facial toner or moisturizer to promote clear, healthy looking skin.

Place a Cedarwood oil drop on a cotton ball and place in closet to keep moths at bay.

Before exercising, massage one to two drops onto chest to ground and focus the mind before a workout.

Diffuse at the end of a long day to encourage a calming environment within the home.                                                 

Petitgrain

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Petitgrain oil has a fresh, floral and often herbaceous aroma and thanks to this, it has been used widely in the perfume industry for many years. It is a citrus oil and as with all citrus oils, is photosensitive and as such should not be used topically before sun exposure.

With anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, Petitgrain Essential Oil is a wonderful natural remedy to calm problematic skin and helps to soothe and heal your complexion. Stimulating and toning properties help pores appear smaller and the epidermis more even and smooth.

A few ways to use this oil:

Dilute and apply to skin before applying moisturiser. (Always try a little to ensure no skin sensitivity).

Dilute with a carrier oil and use as a relaxing and calming massage oil.

Add 5 drops to 100g of Epsom salts and add to the bath for a relaxing evening session.

Oil Pulling

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Reduce bacteria in your mouth, and reduce the risk of negative oral health conditions. 

There are approximately 700 types of bacteria that can live in your mouth, and up to 350 of them may be found in your mouth at any given time. Certain types of harmful bacteria can contribute to problems like tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease. Decreasing the number of bacteria in the mouth can help support proper oral hygiene and prevent some conditions. Several studies have shown that oil pulling is a natural method that could help reduce the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth.

Bacteria contributes to bad breath (Halitosis), Cavities and Gingivitis.

Using certain oils with anti-inflammatory properties like coconut oil may also aid by reducing the inflammation associated with gum disease.

The best bit, it is simple, cheap and natural!

It requires an ingredient already in your home and can be easily integrated into your daily regime. Traditionally, sesame oil has been used, however coconut oil possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, whilst Olive oil has an ability to fight inflammation.

Here are the 4 simple steps to do oil pulling: 

Measure one tablespoon of oil, such as coconut, sesame or olive oil. (start with less if you are unsure!)

Swish it around in your mouth for 15–20 minutes, being careful not to swallow any. (start with less time and build it up. It took me 6 months to get to 15 minutes).

Spit the oil into a trash can once you’re done. (Avoid spitting it into the sink or toilet, as this can cause a buildup of oil, which may lead to clogging).

Rinse your mouth well using water before eating or drinking anything.

CAUTIONS: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. Consult your doctor if pregnant or in treatment. Avoid eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.