Saturday, September 14, 2013

Safflower Oil and Thistle Oil

I was a bit confused about two oils: Safflower and Thistle oil. Below is my research about their qualities:
Marian Thistle
Cафлор красильный
Světlice barvířská
Ostropestřec mariánský
Carthamus tinctorius
Silybum marianum

Carthamus tinctorius is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual plant. It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. Plants are 30 to 150 cm (12 to 59 in) tall with globular flower heads having yellow, orange, or red flowers. Each branch will usually have from one to five flower heads containing 15 to 20 seeds per head. Safflower is native to arid environments having seasonal rain. It grows a deep taproot which enables it to thrive in such environments. 
Silybum marianum (milk thistle) is an annual or biannual plant of the Asteraceae family. This fairly typical thistle has red to purple flowers and shiny pale green leaves with white veins. The medicinal parts of the plant are the ripe seeds. Other common names for this species include blessed milk thistle, Marian Thistle, Mary Thistle, Saint Mary's Thistle, Mediterranean milk thistle, variegated thistle and Scotch thistle.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Aromatic sachets

My aromatic decorative sachets are made up of leaves of aromatic herbs and flowers from my  garden: Mint, Lavender and Melissa. They are perfect for making the dresser drawers and closet smell wonderful or in the room for delicate fragrance which brings peace and balance to one’s emotions.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Black Eucalyptus Soft Soap - Moroccan Beldi

This soap is a vegetable paste made from natural oils. For my soap I used:
- Olive Oil,
- Palm-kernel  Oil,
- Castor Oil,
- Cocoa Butter,
- Cocos Butter,
- milled Eucalyptus leaves,
- EO: Eucalyptus, Laurel.
It is in the  black beldi form of a slurry becomes smooth in contact with water.
This soap is really a magic cream what offers purification, gentle scrub, nourishing, comprehensive skin care and wonderful fragrance.
The Beldi is a mild natural exfoliant that removes skin impurities, removes toxins and purifies the skin surface. It has  soothing and softening properties.
Before applying soap, your skin should always be hot, so let the jet flow of hot water a few minutes before applying. Take a ball about 3 cm in the palm of your hand and massage for five minutes your body, use it as a scrub. Once the scrub soap done, you will get rid of dead skin cells and you will find a soft and silky skin.

Massage Oil

There are many different types of massage oils available.
 After my study all of them I decide to use two of the best carrier oils:
1. Grapeseed oil makes a great massage oil, it has  a smooth, silky texture without being greasy. It is absorbed fairly well into the skin, but not too quickly. This makes it an ideal choice for an ingredient of massage oil. Grapeseed oil is "long" oil, rich source of omega-6, vitamin E. Helps mature, damaged, tired, stressed skin.
2. Jojoba oil has antibacterial properties and contains long chain wax esters that closely resembles skin sebum. Antioxidant, conditioning, reach in vitamins and minerals. It is very well-absorbed, is  not irritating to skin, is "medium" oil.
To choice of Essential Oils depends on the purpose of massage. Would you like to relax and get a portion of energy?
So, these EO will help: Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange.