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May 2008 Ageless herbal newsletter

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Aromatherapy

This is an alternative therapy, which uses selected volatile substances extracted from plant material in massage mediums, lotions and inhalants in an effort to affect mood and help promote better health.

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Although some people may think that aromatherapy only refers to aromatic massage, it really goes far deeper than that. Essential oils, which form the base of aromatherapy, are also used in a purely medicinal way, and here we can look at the work done by French doctors, Lapraz and Duraffourd - where essential oils are used as a medicine.

Essential oils should, however, never be ingested without being prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner who is adequately qualified to do so.

Although conventional medicine sometimes scoffs at holistic treatments (or if you want to call it complementary or alternative medicine), many people do believe that they have improved their health by using these alternative methods.

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Aromatherapy massage

Aromatherapy massage is truly a great way to relax and de-stress, the essential oils do offer the added extra of their therapeutic properties to the body during massage, as they are absorbed through the skin.

Other aromatherapy applications

Massaging is not the only way in which the molecules of essential oils can be absorbed by the body, and essential oils can be used in the following ways as well:

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Although general aromatherapy (excluding medicinal use of essential oils) is not meant to replace standard medical advice and treatment, it has however been shown to be effective in helping with some ailments and problems.

To view a list of different ailments and what essential oils can be used to help ease or perhaps prevent them, please use this link to our sister website: http://www.essentialoils.co.za . This site also sells a vast range of pure essential oils, including specific blends and carrier oils, at very competitive prices.

Please note - if you have a medical problem, please consult your licensed medical practitioner and note that all information contained on this site, is purely for information purposes.

Aromatherapy safety

Essential oils are extremely powerful and concentrated compounds, and each oil can consist of several hundred different compounds. Since they are powerful, they must be used with proper care, and the person using them should abide by certain safety rules to ensure that they can cause no harm. Using the correct quantity for a therapy is very important, as too much of a certain oil may make you feel sick and may also cause problems.

To view a more detailed report on safety guidelines regarding essential oils, please click on this link to our sister site: http://www.essentialoils.co.za/safety.htm

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We sell different ranges of skin care products: Herbal skin care at http://www.Ageless.co.za which incorporates the therapeutic use of essential oils.

However, the following essential oils may on their own be of great benefit to the skin, and you may decide to make your own specific blend or cream at home. For more information about blending oils and dilution rates etc. please click here for a link to our sister site, http://www.essentialoils.co.za

Optimum skin health demands that the skin should have a certain level of moisture, as well as lubrication, to keep it firm, elastic and healthy.

When the skin has a tendency towards having too little moisture and lacking in normal lubrication (a too low level of sebum) the result would be a dry, lifeless and vulnerable skin, lacking in good tone and elasticity, which could be accompanied by flakiness and a distinct scaly look, which becomes far more pronounced in cold and dry weather.

Our research into essential and carrier oils have found the following oils to be of great benefit to the skin:

All of the following oils can be purchased individually from our sister site, http://www.essentialoils.co.za

Carrier oils (also known as base oils), can be used neat (undiluted) on the skin:

Jojoba

Since jojoba oil is composed of wax esters, it is an extremely stable substance and does not easily deteriorate. The structure closely resembles that of your own skin sebum, making it an excellent moisturizer and ideal for all skin types.

When used as a massage medium, it acts as an emulsifier with the skin's natural sebum and gently unclogs the pores and lifts grime and imbedded impurities.

It contains myristic acid, which also has anti-inflammatory actions. Since its structure is similar to that of the skin's own oils, it is quickly absorbed and is excellent for dry and mature skins, as well as any inflamed skin conditions.

If a good nourishing ingredient is needed for hair care, jojoba oil is also sometimes added to commercial hair care products, but due to the cost of jojoba oil, the quantities included are usually low.

It can in most cases be used on acne skin without any problem as it helps to control acne due to its anti-bacterial and cleansing action. It has antioxidant properties - so the oil does not become rancid easily and can prevent rancidity in other oils. It can be used pure in massage, or can be mixed with other carrier oils.

Almond

Sweet almond oil is obtained from the dried kernels of the almond tree and it is an excellent emollient (softening and soothing to the skin) and also helps the skin to balance its loss and absorption of moisture.

It is further a great moisturizer suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is greatly lubricating. It does not penetrate the skin overly fast, making it a good massage medium to use to help spread the oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin.

Not only does almond oil help protect the surface of the skin, but it has great value to act as an emollient, skin soother and softener, while conditioning the skin and promoting a clear younger looking complexion - it also helps to relieve muscular aches and pains.

It has a high concentration of oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids, and it is often used as a massage carrier oil.

Sweet almond oil is one of the most popular carrier oils, since it is non-greasy, spreads easily and also is great for nourishing the skin.

Avocado

Crude avocado oil is a rich heavy oil that is deeply penetrating and rich in vitamins A and D, lecithin, potassium as well as vitamin E.

Crude Avocado oil is light green in color as it still contains chlorophyll and is classified as a mono-unsaturated oil.

It is often used to treat people with dry and mature skins and also people suffering from eczema or psoriasis. It is very useful when treating sun or climate damaged skin that is dehydrated and under-nourished as it is said to help with regenerating the skin and softening the tissue.

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Pure Rosehip oil

It is not an essential oil, yet is classified under this heading, for a lack of a different heading. It can be used neat (undiluted) on the skin.

It is high in GLA, and helps reduce the signs of aging, especially the fine lines around the eyes (crow’s feet) and lines around the mouth, the drying effects of the sun and climate, as well as assisting with attenuating both accidental and surgical scars.

It helps the skin heal and regenerate and prevents the formation of ugly keloid scar tissue (thickening of the skin when forming scar tissue) and is helpful in healing burns, scars and stretch marks.

There have been some reports that it can aggravate acne, but since it is mostly used to counter the effects of aging, this problem is not that relevant.

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Rosehip oil is not a volatile essential oil, yet is expensive and scarce due to crop failures, and for this reason is often sold adulterated, and mixed with another carrier oil, so make sure you buy a pure version.

It has great healing properties for damaged and distressed skin which makes it a good choice to include when mixing a massage oil or preparing a carrier oil blend, or to use neat when wishing to give your face a boost.

In a cream or lotion, or used neat on the skin, it is one of the most rejuvenating and regenerating compounds to be found, and for this reason, good quality anti-aging skin care products normally contain rosehip oil.

It is a good source of vitamin C, which is essential in the formation and synthesis of collagen in the skin, without which your skin would not only age prematurely, but will have terrible tone and the elasticity and suppleness of the skin would also be impaired.

Sandalwood (Mysore)

On the skin, sandalwood oil relieves itching and inflammation of the skin, and is most effective in relieving dehydrated skin - making it great for anti-aging skin care - and the astringent action has a great toning effect and is also used with great results in oily skin conditions and to prevent the skin from forming ugly scars and for fighting dry eczema.

Rosewood

It is an excellent oil to use in skin care, as it sorts out dull, dry and oily skin, while having a cell stimulant and tissue regenerating action on the skin, which promotes rejuvenation of the skin

Frankincense

It is said to help rejuvenate an aging skin, is a skin tonic and is effective with sores, carbuncles, wounds, scars and skin inflammation.

Jasmine

This very fragrant oil helps to tone dry, greasy, irritated and sensitive skin, increases elasticity and is often used to assist with stretch marks and to reduce scarring.

Lavender

On the skin, lavender oil tones and revitalizes and it is useful for all types of skin problems such as abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, lice, insect bites, stings - it also acts as an insect repellent.

Lavender oil is one of the few essentials oils that can be used neat on the skin, and this is especially useful when treating a minor burn wound.

A study was conducted, which investigated the effects of lavender oil on preventing mutation in the cells and promotes healthy cell division.

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Acne

The following essential oils were found to be of benefit, if used to combat acne and pimples:

Acne is the most common disorder of the skin. Mild acne is characterized by pimples as well as blackheads, usually found on the face, back and neck.

More severe cases are extremely painful, causing enlarged pores and leaving lasting impressions of scarred skin. Generally acne is caused by a natural over-production of sebum and the skin’s inability to process this, causing blockages and inflammation of the skin.

If you suffer from severe cystic acne we recommend that you consult a skin specialist, as a dermatologist will likely script oral antibiotics or other medication.

Women using birth control pills can develop acne due to an imbalance of hormones. Alcohol and cigarettes also affect the skin as well as blood impurities that stem from a poor or unbalanced diet.

Always clean skin meticulously, an acne skin is very sensitive. Eat a well balanced diet, avoid fatty food and take plenty of exercise, especially in the outdoors.

Certain pure essential oils can be applied neat to individual marks or spots (such as tea tree oil or lavender) but must be used with great care, since neat oils can cause an allergic reaction.

Apply very sparingly at night after cleansing the skin using a cotton bud, and continue applying every night until the mark/spot has completely disappeared.

A facial treatment oil can also be made by using a suitable carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, and adding benzoin, cedarwood, German chamomile, geranium, lavender, lemongrass and tea tree oil. The essential oil content in the mixture must not exceed 2% - therefore in a 100 ml (3.52 fl oz) only use 2 ml (0.07 fl oz) of essential oil. In practical terms – 1 ml is approximately equal to 15 drops of pure essential oil.

Some skins may not react well to a treatment oil, but some people have reported very good results.

The beneficial effect of essential and carrier oils is realized by almost all manufacturers of skin care products and these oils are widely used for their different healing, toning and rejuvenating properties.

Aromatherapy has also been found, over the ages, to affect the mood and psychological state and is considered a gentle alternative treatment to many different medical conditions, although it is not thought of as an effective cure in most cases.

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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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