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September 2006 Ageless herbal newsletter

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Green tea (Camellia sinensis)

Tea is well known the world over as having been used since ancient times in China. Black tea is used all over the western world as a very popular drink, usually served with a choice of milk and sugar or with lemon.

The bud and young top leaves of the plant, Camellia sinensis, are used to make various types of tea, which vary according to the way the tealeaves are prepared for use.

The more popular commercial black tea is rolled, fermented and then dried. Oolong tea, another variety of tea, is also rolled and dried and fermented, but the fermentation process is much shorter. Green tea is heat-treated and rapidly dried, then rolled and is not fermented.

It seems that the process of fermentation destroys the majority of active ingredients in tealeaves and that green tea is therefore the most beneficial variety to use for health purposes, as this form of tea is not subjected to fermentation.

Japanese people are known to drink large amounts of green tea and it is suggested in certain studies that this is directly linked to the low rate of cancer in Japan.

Tea is harvested from a large bush, which is normally clipped down to 2 to 3 feet in height, to make it easier to harvest the leaves. The plant has many branches and the young leaves are very hairy. The young leaves and the buds appearing at the end of the branches are preferably harvested, as old leaves are considered to make an inferior quality tea.

Tea tasters are employed by a variety of companies that manufacture tea and various teas are very often graded as to taste, color and smell. The tea industry seems to be a rather competitive business, rather similar to the wine industry.

Various blends of black tea are made, but most Asian people prefer a simple green tea to black tea. According to most Asian tea lovers, Black tea and black tea blends on the market in the West are revolting to the palate.

Green tea is usually made to drink by boiling a cup of water per teaspoon of the dried tea and is very often used during a very ritualized formal “tea ceremony” in Asian cultures.

The way the tea is stirred, brewed and poured is highly stylized, with emphasis being placed on sound, beauty and setting, to create a harmonious, peaceful, relaxing and almost meditative atmosphere. This “tea ceremony” is often used to create a setting in which disputes can be amicably resolved.

Green tea should be prepared in a ceramic or glass container and is usually only left to steep for a very short period, to produce a weak brew. It is noted that a person should ensure that the container is not coated with a lead based paint, as the lead could leach into the tea.

Green tea is filled with polyphenols, or oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC), which are strong anti-oxidants and anti-cancer agents, ridding the body of free radicals. Green tea is also high in tannins, which are astringent and relieve diarrhea.

Green tea contains caffeine, a strange amino acid called theanine, chlorophyll, lignin, organic acids and protein.

There are green tea products on the market which have been decaffeinated and in which the polyphenols (anti-oxidants) have been concentrated.

Internal use of green tea green tea extract camellia sinensis internal external anti-oxidant fight free radicals stop aging polyphenols oligomeric proanthocyanidins anti-cancer stop tumors anti-aging skin care rose oil damask essential oils Bulgarian rose oil otto attar included in creams lotions

Green tea is used as a calmative and is found to be a relaxing and restorative drink, calming the stomach after eating. It is commonly used to stop mild diarrhea and for debility in the aged or after a long sick bed. It is also reported to have a mild diuretic effect (increasing urination).

Green tea is often taken for the strong anti-oxidant effects of the polyphenols and many people believe this prevents the mutation of cells and thereby decreases the risk of cancer, as the spreading of mutated cells form cancer.

It is reported in many studies that Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (contained in green tea) are active free radical scavengers, which inhibit the spread of tumors and have definite anti-cancerous effects.

Certain studies seem to indicate that BLACK tea INCREASES the risk of cancer of the rectum, gallbladder and the endometrium (the mucous membrane lining the uterus), whereas substances in green tea are found to bind with nitrates (found in smoked, barbequed and processed meats), inhibiting the digestion of these cancer-causing elements, thereby helping to prevent cancer.

The polyphenols in green tea are also said to reduce cholesterol levels, prevent blood clotting, help eradicate free radicals and stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels after prolonged use.

Green tea is also reported to have fat burning properties and may have promise as a weight loss aid, although we believe that there is no product on the market that can help you lose weight healthily without a balanced diet and a moderate exercise plan.

Green tea is available as a concentrated extract, which is included in many commercial anti-oxidant preparations on the market throughout Europe and America.

Precautions for internal use

Only limited amounts of green tea should be used when pregnant or when nursing a baby. Green tea can also interfere with MAO inhibitors and blood thinning medication.

It should not be consumed together with other medication, as it may interfere with the absorption of such medicine.

External use of green tea green tea extract camellia sinensis internal external anti-oxidant fight free radicals stop aging polyphenols oligomeric proanthocyanidins anti-cancer stop tumors anti-aging skin care rose oil damask essential oils Bulgarian rose oil otto attar included in creams lotions

Green tea is often included in anti-aging skincare products for topical use, due to the antioxidant properties contained in the herb.

Green tea has three major benefits when used in skin care:

Face creams containing green tea are more astringent, giving a tightening effect. This astringent effect is due to the high concentration of polyphenols and tannins in the tea.

The polyphenols also protect the skin against pollution and cause the surface veins on the face to contract, which reduces inflammation caused by windburn, sunburn, or other external factors. Polyphenols also promote cell regeneration and help to heal wounds, or chaps and scrapes on the skin.

Green tea improves the gloss, shine and tensile strength of hair.

Green tea included in the following products

Rose essential oil green tea extract camellia sinensis internal external anti-oxidant fight free radicals stop aging polyphenols oligomeric proanthocyanidins anti-cancer stop tumors anti-aging skin care rose oil damask essential oils Bulgarian rose oil otto attar included in creams lotions

Our rose essential oil is extracted from the damask rose - Rosa damascena of the Rosaceae family and is also known as Bulgarian and Turkish rose, otto of rose and attar of rose.

Due to the exorbitant price of pure rose oil, we call our rose oil a fractionated rose oil, as the oil is blended to stabilize the geraniol content.

rose essential oil

Although this essential oil may not sell as much as lavender oil, partly due to the cost, it is one of the best all-purpose oils to have around. It not only fights depression, grief, anger and fear, but looks after your heart and digestive system, while being the most wonderful remedy for female problems and one of the best oils to use on the skin.

Oil properties

Damask rose oil has a deep, rosy, fresh aroma, the color ranges from clear to a pale yellow or greenish tint.

Origin of rose oil

'Rosa' comes from the Greek 'roden' meaning 'red', as the ancient rose was thought to have been crimson.

Anicenna, the 10th century Persian physician, used the rose to make his first essential oil and a rose distillery existed in 1612 in Shiraz, Persia.

Rose petals were scattered at weddings to ensure a happy marriage and are still a symbol of love and purity. Roses and rose oil are also used to aid meditation and prayer.

It takes about 60,000 roses (about 180 lb) to make one ounce ( 29.57 ml) of rose otto - or to put it in a different way it takes 40,000 kilograms of roses to make 1 liter of rose otto.

Extraction

Rose otto oil is extracted from the fresh flowers, picked before 8 am in the morning, by steam distillation and the yield is 0.02 -0.05 %. The heat used in the distillation process is carefully controlled, as the aroma can be damaged if the heat is too high.

Precautions

Damask rose oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing, but should not be used during pregnancy.

Uses

Damask rose oil soothes and harmonizes the mind and helps with depression, anger, grief, fear, nervous tension and stress and at the same time addresses sexuality, self-nurturing, self esteem and dealing with emotional problems.

It is most helpful for poor circulation and heart problems, which would include heart palpitations, arrhythmia, as well as high blood pressure. It is also used to boost the liver and gall bladder.

For the respiratory system, Damask rose oil assists in cases of asthma, coughs and hay fever, in the digestive system, for liver congestion and nausea.

Rose otto oil has a clearing, cleansing, regulating and purifying effect on the female sex organs and can be used for regulating and balancing hormones, irregular menstruation, functional infertility, leucorrhoea (a vaginal discharge), menorrhagia (heavy or prolonged menstruation), uterine bleeding and other uterine disorders, while having a general toning effect on the uterus.

On the skin it is most effective for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, while having a general stimulant and antiseptic action, which is good for all skin types, but especially so for dry, mature and irritated skin. It is used to repair broken capillaries, inflammation, as well as skin redness. It is useful in eczema and herpes. Rose water can be used for conjunctivitis (an eye inflammation).

Summary

Damask rose oil gives a feeling of well-being and happiness, it helps a nervous mind, can be helpful for the respiratory tract, for digestive problems, for menstrual problems and in skin care.

Burners and vaporizers

In vapor therapy, rose oil can be helpful with allergies, asthma, baby blues, headaches, migraine, nervous tension and as a relaxant. It is particularly effective to fight depression, anger and grief, while dealing with emotional problems, sadness and loss.

Blended massage oil or in the bath

As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, rose oil can help with allergies, baby blues, asthma, hay fever, headaches, depression, migraine, nervous tension, depression, grief, stress and sadness. It is used to boost poor circulation, calm the heart, stimulate the liver and gall bladder and for general skin toning.

Lotions and creams

When rose oil is included in a cream or lotion, it stimulates the skin, while moisturizing and hydrating. It boosts all skin types and is particularly beneficial to dry, mature and sensitive skin. It helps to reduce skin redness, fight inflammations, healing broken capillaries on the skin and acts as a general skin tonic with its astringent properties.

For more information on Rose oil, or to buy our rose oil blend, please visit www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/rose.htm

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Skin care

  • Healing cream
    • To assist in wound healing while soothing skin complaints – such as eczema and psoriasis, acne and piles and moisturizing and protecting the skin. This product has shown its effectiveness over a wide range of problems and judging from sales over more than a decade – it is the trusted healing cream to help with all mishaps, allergic reactions, irritated, burning, itchy and uncomfortable skin conditions.
  • Face wash
    • This face wash will properly clean your face and remove all impurities and environmental pollutants, without drying the skin. It contains eight herbal extracts to help promote a clear, vital and healthy complexion and a younger looking skin.
  • Moisturizing day cream
    • This day cream is formulated to help fight the signs of aging on various fronts. It helps to reduce free radical damage which, if left unchecked, leads to premature aging. The herbal extracts help to promote cell rejuvenation and regeneration and provide moisture and hydration to the skin.
  • Nourishing night cream
    • This nourishing night cream penetrates the skin extremely well and does not make the skin feel oily. It contains a host of herbal extracts to help in the fight against premature aging and has added vitamin E as well. Apart from the moisturizing effect and the anti-aging properties it also softens and smoothes the skin.
  • Eye gel
    • An effective refreshing eye gel to help reduce puffiness and dark rings around the eyes, while fighting wrinkles and lines. This is a very clever combination of herbal extracts and the base formula has its roots in a clinically proven formula.
  • Mud face mask
    • With this skin treatment product we combined a special selection of herbs in a base of thermal mud with oligoelements. This recommended weekly treatment will boost circulation to the skin, help to fight wrinkles and lines, improve firmness while at the same time improving suppleness and elasticity of the skin.

 

Hair care

  • Shampoo with rosemary extract + 7 other herbals
    • Our shampoo is in a class of its own – and granted – it is far more expensive than cheap supermarket shampoos, but no other shampoo has the active ingredients we have in our shampoo. The rosemary will boost the health of the hair and scalp, while the other seven herbal extracts will help strengthen the hair and make it shine, increase the volume and make it manageable.
  • Rosemary hair treatment conditioner
    • We have found that this hair conditioner should really be used as a conditioning treatment. This then removes the need to condition the hair every time you wash – and can be used once a month. It is a superb hair tonic and helps in the control of sebum secretion of the scalp. Although not formulated for dandruff – the ingredients will assist with this as well, while supporting the health of the scalp.

 

Specialized herbal gels and lotions

  • Hand and body lotion
    • When formulating this hand and body lotion we created a rich nourishing, protecting and reviving lotion, which will not leave the skin oily or tacky, but will create a well moisturized, hydrated and supple skin. After applying this lotion it will quickly be absorbed by the skin, leaving it silky soft, smooth and well moisturized.
  • Stretch mark gel
    • Although nothing can remove already formed stretch marks (only surgery can do that) – thousands of satisfied clients confirm that this gel improves the appearance of old stretch marks. The gel will help in PREVENTING stretch marks (a 92% success rate) and is used with great success by expectant mothers and body builders who may form marks when bulking-up. The formula of this gel is based on clinical studies done in France, to which we added other herbal extracts.
  • Cellulite gel
    • Fighting cellulite is easy with this herbal cellulite gel. It contains a patented extract of Bayberry (Myriceline) and nine other plant extracts and essential oils. The gel will help to get rid of cellulite (which has been clinically proven) and will also help to prevent cellulite from forming. So now it is easy to get your soft body contours back again.

 

Herbal supplements

  • Apple cider vinegar (liquid) with Centella asiatica
    • The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are combined with the therapeutic properties of Centella asiatica. This old folk remedy is still used with great effect by thousands of people daily.
  • Digest capsules
    • If your digestive system is under-par and you struggle with constipation or you simply need to boost the health of your digestive system then this capsule is for you. Fenugreek is a general digestive tonic and psyllium is a magical bulking agent that will help proper bowel movements, without using a laxative.
  • Detox capsules
    • Our modern day lifestyle exposes us to many unwanted additive and our diet also places stress on the body. To help the body get rid of toxins and waste materials naturally we combined fennel, basil, celery and parsley to help the body remove these toxins. It peps-up your metabolism and helps the bladder, kidneys and liver to do their work more effectively.
  • Urinary and bladder health capsules
    • Using an all natural approach, our capsules will help the discomfort and burning urine sensation of urinary tract infection and help clear up foul smelling urine. We combined cranberry, dandelion, uva ursi and vitamin C in a single capsule to effectively fight bladder infections and to stop the burning sensation when urinating.
  • Tri- Mushroom blend capsules
    • If you need an immune system boost then have a look at our combination of maitake, reishi and shiitake mushrooms. These mushrooms have showed to be a great help in boosting the immune system – and form a good nutritional supplement support for HIV/Aids patients and people receiving chemotherapy. Any person with even a slightly compromised immune system may benefit from this supplement.
  • Olive leaf extract capsules
    • This natural detoxifier helps with a variety of ailments and people with chronic fatigue syndrome, infections, glandular fever (Epstein Barr), and even candida and herpes have found it of value. Olive leaf extract helps to fight bacteria, viruses, retroviruses, and protozoa and yeast strains. Apart from fighting all of these problems it also helps to improve kidney function and fights free radicals.
  • Sexual supplement (previously known as Vuka Nkuzi)
    • Men normally don’t admit when they have a declining libido although it is a most common problem. We combine in this supplement seven different natural ingredients to boost sexual health – without any side effects often experienced with such medication. After more than a decade, and thousands of regular Vuka Nkuzi clients we still offer this well priced supplement to boost the libido.

 

Other products

  • Jojoba oil
    • This liquid golden ester not only moisturizes and penetrates the skin but also helps to fight wrinkles and lines while promoting a clear and unblemished skin. Jojoba does not clog the pores but helps to restore skin elasticity and smoothness. It will leave the skin supple and velvety soft without any oiliness and can be used neat on the skin.
  • Lavender oil
    • This is the most popular essential oil and with good reason. Lavender oil is a superb product to use on burns, insect bites, sunburn, wounds and other skin complaints and irritations. Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat (not diluted) on the skin, and is great to help with regeneration and rejuvenation of skin cells. Emotionally it has a calming and soothing effect and is an exceptionally pleasant smelling oil.
  • Tea tree oil
    • Once used, you will always have a bottle of tea tree essential oil handy. It deals effectively with bacteria, fungi and viruses. Our oil surpasses the “Australian Standard” by having less than 15% 1,8 cineole and more than 30% of Terpinen-4-ol. This powerful essential oil is effective in various ways to fight infections and skin problems.
  • Almond oil
    • This light and deeply moisturizing oil has a softening effect on the skin and can be used on the face and body. Almond oil has excellent emollient properties and helps to balance water and moisture loss in the skin. It can be used neat on the skin and also makes an excellent massage base.

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