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Category: Essential Oils
Posted: 2008-04-29 17:17

LEMON - (Citrus limon)

It has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. It may serve as an insect repellent and may be beneficial for the skin.

CAUTION: Citrus oils should NOT be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours.

I've collected some healthy uses for lemon essential oil:

* Use 6 drops of Lemon oil and 6 drops of Purification oil in a squirt bottle mixed with distilled water to use in the bathroom as an air freshener.

* Use 1-2 drops of Lemon oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.

* Use 1 drop of Lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
* For homemade lemonade, in a blender mix 2 drops of Lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water.

* Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a corn, callous or bunion mornings and evenings.

* To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of Lemon oil. Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir to be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water.

* Add 2-3 drops of Lemon oil to water and spray counter tops to sterilize them.

* Add a drop of Lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle.
* Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.

* Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures.

* Place a drop of Lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers to lessen pain and aid healing.

* Put a drop of Lemon oil on bleeding gums caused by gingivitis or tooth extraction.

* Put a drop of Lemon oil on oily skin or acne to balance sebaceous glands (oil glands).

* Rub several drops of Lemon oil on cellulite to improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.

* Rub two drops of Lemon oil topically to clear athlete's foot.

* Rub several drops of Lemon oil on varicose veins to improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.

* Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a wart morning and night until it disappears.

* Rub a drop of Lemon oil to clean a butcher's block or other cutting surfaces.

* Put 10-15 drops of Lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug. This also leaves a fresh smell in the room.

Hair Gardens

Category: Skin Deep
Posted: 2008-04-25 09:37

I'm really on a different path today. Grab your imagination and join me!

Don't we usually try to get the oil OUT of our hair??!!??

The answer is yes, and the answer if no. I hope you are very confused!

Yes, we want clean hair, which we have translated into not oily. However, our scalp is a little hair growing factory and the oil in each follicle is the lubricant - think of pistons in an engine ... even better if you think of water in a garden! These little follicles are private gardens, each with its own prized plant ... one hair.

When you don't water a garden, the plant dies. If a gardener were found purposefully dehydrating his garden soil, while a plant is rooted and in leaf, we would really think him self-destructive of his own efforts.

How is that different from us (hair gardeners) pumping out any and all oil from each follicle? No, I am not advocating we all get used to a hermit-looking mop of hair but I am bringing your attention to what shampoos do to your garden.

Some hair oil, rather scalp oil, is not just beneficial to your hair, it is essential for strong, shiny, healthy hair.

Your first decision is to trash your shampoos and find a natural alternative to these products that strip-mine all the oils from the hair follicles. Gaining in popularity is Ghassoul which contains no surfactants, cleanses gently by absorbing impurities and surface oil, respects protective lipids on the scalp, and does not irritate the sebacious glands. Ghassoul is also highly recommended if you have any dandruff, scalp conditions or sensitive/allergenic skin.

Make it your project for this summer to have a happy hair garden!
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