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DIY: Essential Oils for Massages

Essential Oils are popular products used for aromatherapy as it does not only have physical benefits, they are also beneficial emotionally. You might want to stack every essential oil; however, essential oils are not cheap.

To help you narrow down your choices, I came up with a list of the most effective essential oils you can use to relax your body and mind. But before going into that, let me provide you the proper dilution of essential oils based by your age.

  • For ages 65 and up: 5 drops of an essential oil
  • For ages between 12 and 65: 10 drops of an essential oil
  • For ages between 6 and 12: 7 drops of an essential oil

Steps in creating your own massage oil

  1. Pick your carrier oil. Carrier oil is a base ingredient to any of the massage oils you can find. It is commonly in vegetable-based oil. Below are some examples of carrier oils:
    1. Jojoba Oil – a liquid wax which has healing components and can moisturize all type of skin. Since it is a non-nut oil, jojoba oil is recommended for sensitive skin.
    2. Almond Oil – carrier oil which is rich in vitamins A and E, and Essential Fatty Acids. It has a light odor and color which is practically beneficial for dry skin.
    3. Grape Seed Oil – it has a light odor and said to be one of the best carrier oil for penetration of your skin. It has a low percentage risk for skin allergies.
    4. Hazelnut Oil – this oil does not overwhelm the scent of your essential oil as it has no smell. Same with almond oil, it has great moisturizing properties.
    5. Apricot Kernel – it has a very light constancy and fragrance compared to Sweet Almond Oil. Professional therapists use this carrier oil for facial massages.
    6. Wheat-germ Oil – it is an anti-oxidant with large amount of Vitamin E. Together with its fatty acids, it is suitable for dry and mature skin type.

 NOTE: always use 20ml of carrier oil in your own mixture.

  1. Choose you preferred Essential Oil. Some of the most best essential oils are:
    1. Lavender – it is very popular essential oil as it performs what your body requires to; thus, it is called the balancing oil. In purchasing lavender, make sure to purchase the true lavender not lavandin or any other types. Just the “plain” lavender.
    2. Sandal Wood – this is also popular due to its warm woody smell and said to cure anxiety and depression.
    3. Eucalyptus – it is not only known for its anti-bacterial agents but eucalyptus can also treat your sinus congestion.
    4. Bergamot – it is a photo-sensitizing essential oil, so make sure not to go out after using it in your massage session. Bergamot, like Sandal Wood, can alleviate you from anxiety and depression. To top it off, it is also used by therapist to clients’ suffering from addiction.
    5. Geranium – it is also called the balancing oil; and most women use this oil for menstrual and menopausal difficulties.
  1. Mix them. You may want to use these recipes to start your massage sleep over with friends.
    1. For a flowery girly scent: just mix 20ml of a carrier oil, 8 drops of jasmine and 10 drops each of geranium and rosewood essential oils.
    2. For a massage with a kick: 20ml of a carrier oil, 5-6 drops each of peppermint and black pepper essential oils, 8 drops of cinnamon essential oil and 14 drops of sandal wood essential oil.
    3. For a stimulating massage: 20ml of a carrier oil, 9 drops of jasmine essential oil and 14 drops of each rose and ylang-ylang essential oils.

 I’m hoping this simple DIY using Essential Oils would help you in creating a better atmoshpere when performing a massage to your loved ones. Pick the Essential Oil which your body needs and what really suits your taste. If you have any suggestion, please drop a comment below. Thanks for sharing another Pinay Time with me, Lovelies! 🙂 ❤

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SHORT BLOG: An Alternative Way to Cure INSOMNIA

Sleeplessness or insomnia is considered to be a sleep disorder by Psychology experts. Insomnia is a failure to fall asleep. This sleeping disorder can happen to anyone regardless of age or gender but it is predominantly experienced by the elderly.

Sleeplessness can be experience in a short-term period, around one to three weeks or in a longer period of time which is above three weeks. This can result to irritability, vehicular-related accidents, memory difficulties, risk in heart problems and depression.

Most individuals who have difficulties in sleeping use sleeping pills to help them get some sleep. However, studies show that regular medication of sleeping pills will cause addiction or narcotic-dependency.

To prevent getting an addiction, there are alternative ways in curing insomnia. One of these alternative ways is by using essential oils. Listed below are the essential oils that are specifically graded to help you have a good night sleep:

#1 Lavender

lavender.pngLavender is categorized as a flowering plant; usually grows in the Mediterranean regions but can also be seen growing in North America, Europe and Australia. Lavender is in light blue to purple in color.

There are several significant benefits in using Lavender as an essential oil. Some researchers stated that Lavender essential oil can treat some skin problems and even weight loss. It also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial components. In aromatherapy, Lavender essential oil is one of the most commonly used oil as it also has calming effects to a person’s brain.

The effective way of using lavender essential oil is through inhalation. All you have to do is dilute three to four drops of lavender essential oil in three cups of boiling water. The lavender-water vapor must then be inhaled but not directly, it should be done by fanning the vapor.

Lavender essential oil can also help children from one to five years of age get enough sleep. Instead of inhalation, put one to two drops of lavender essential oil in warm water during bath time.

#2 Roman Chamomile

Roman Chamomile is specifically known in aiding sleeplessness. Most agree that Roman romanchamomile.pngChamomile is one of the safest essential oil not only for adults but also for children. The Latin name of Roman Chamomile is Anthemis nobilis and the method of extraction used to get the essential oil is by Steam Distillation. It is pale blue in color.

You can plainly put two to three drops on a cotton ball and place it in your pillow case. Or just add ten to twelve drops of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil in warm bath water. Some home-practitioners even recommend adding a little milk to disperse it evenly in water.

#3 Vetiver

The Latin name for Vetiver is Vetiveria zizanioides and was derived from a Tamil name which means “hatched up.” It is said to be a perennial grass and grows commonly in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and southern region of India. However, the essential is mainly produced in Haiti and Java. The root of Vetiver is used for extracting the oil. It is prominent for its cooling effects.

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For ages from two to nine, dilute a drop of Vetiver Essential Oil in a teaspoon of vegetable oil that can be found in your own kitchen; then, massage it on your children’s back. For ages from ten and above (including you), dilute 2 drops in a teaspoon of vegetable oil; massage it behind your ears, over your throat or at the nape of your neck.

Few aroma therapists also recommend Mandarin, Sweet Marjoram and Neroli Essential Oils to help you with your insomnia. Before using any of these oils, make sure to administer a test to make sure there are no unpleasant effects on you.

Do you have any alternative way to cure insomnia? If so, drop a comment and share your personal tips with us. Thanks for another Pinay Time, Lovelies! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting new stuff as I sorted few things out. 🙂 ❤

 

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SHORT BLOG: Natural Hair Product

Most hair products being advertised today contain “Sodium Lauryl Sulphate,” which is an active ingredient of detergent; so imagine yourself using those products same as using Tide or any detergent powder available. In addition to that, there are several types of hair products (such as hair spa treatment, hair dye, conditioner, hair moisturizer) with just a single-functionality; thus, if you have a few hair problems, you might need to use 2 to 3 products out of the many. With regards to natural hair products, they are not only safe to use but most ingredients are multiple functionality. Take coconut oil for example, it does not only help thicken your hair but also moisturizes it, giving a lustrous look. Last but not least, most natural ingredients can be mixed altogether without damaging your hair. Unlike with synthetic products, you cannot mix them together as they might damage your hair or worst, it can cause baldness and burnt scalp.

So Lovelies, I’ve included a home-made recipe you can easily prepare. Here it is:

Ingredients to use:

1 cup of water (distilled)
½ cup of Castile soap (in liquid form)
3-4 teaspoonfuls of Avocado oil
¼ teaspoon each of these essential oils: peppermint and tea tree
1 ½ teaspoons of Vegetable Glycerin
15 drops of another pure essential oil (your pick)

Instructions:

Pour all ingredients in one container or bottle and shake the mixture properly; and you are done. Make sure to shake the bottle before every use. Massage the recipe in your scalp for two to three minutes and rinse thoroughly.

In choosing an Essential Oil, make sure you have the proper guidelines or I might post an article regarding the basic things you need to know such ass…(oops, I meant as!), what is the most effective, skin reaction, etc. If you have another recipe you’d like to share, please drop a comment or drop a link of your blog. Thanks for sharing another Pinay Time with me, Lovelies! 🙂 ❤

 

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Essential Oils for Children: Is it safe?

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All parents want the best for their children; sumptuous food, good education and healthy body to experience life to the fullest. The difficult thing parents’ encounter is to make the best decision to attain these goals and keeping their children out of sickness is a priority to them. In deciding what essential oils can be used to their children is not an exemption as well. I’m guessing, we already have an idea what essential oils are. Regardless of the brand or eminence of the essential oil, they are tremendously concentrated mixtures of different chemical components and have the need of awareness in utilizing them. In this blog, we are going to gain knowledge on how to use essential oil with infants and toddlers in a safety manner.

Essential Oils that are Safe for Topical Use on Infants, 3 months of age

Most researches about essential oils inform parents not to utilize essential oils on infants who are less than three months of age. The sole reason is that infant’s skin at this age is immature yet; for that reason, it is more penetrable and susceptible to essential oils. Newborns or infants are not as tolerable as adults in dealing with adverse effects of essential oils. The maximum suggested quantity of essential oils to be used on infants topically is one to two drops for every ounce of carrier oil.

These are the five most recommended essential oils use topically for infants:

  • Roman Chamomile or Anthemis nobilis
  • German Chamomile or Matricaria rectutita
  • Blue Yarrow or Achillea millefolium
  • Dill or Anthum graveolens
  • Lavender or Lavendula angustifolia

 

Essential Oils that are Safe for Topical Use on Infants, 6 months of age

The maximum suggested quantity of essential oils to be used on infants six months of age is three to five drops for every ounce of carrier oil. Here are some of the essential oils that can be used:

  • Bergamot or Citrus bergamia
  • Carrot Seed or Daucus carota
  • Cinnamon Leaf or Cinnamomum verum
  • Atlas Cedarwood or Cedrus atlantica
  • Virgina Cedarwood or Juniperus virginiana
  • Cedarwood or Cedrus deodora
  • Coriander or Coriandrum sativum
  • Fir Needle or Abies sibirica
  • Citronella or Cymbopogon nardus
  • Mandarin or Citrus reticulate
  • Geranium or Pelargonium graveolens
  • Helichrysum or Helichrysum angustifolium
  • Neroli or Citrus Aurantium
  • Grapefruit or Citrus paradise
  • Ravensara or Raensara aromatic
  • Palma Rosa or Cymbopogon martini
  • Sandalwood or Santalum spicatum
  • Tea Tree or Melaleuca alternifolia
  • Rose Otto or Rosa damascena
  • Sweet Orange or Citrus sinensis

 

Essential Oils that are Safe for Topical Use  on Children, 2 years of age

The maximum suggested quantity of essential oils to be used on children two years of age is twenty drops for every ounce of carrier oil. Check the list of essential oils below:

  • Basil, Lemon or Ociumum x citriodorum
  • Basil, Sweet or Ocimum basilicum
  • Black Pepper or Piper nigrum
  • Cassia or Cinnamomum cassia
  • Clary Sage or Salvia sclareao
  • Copaiba Basalm or Copaifera officinalis
  • Frankincense or Boswellia carterii
  • Garlic or Allium sativum
  • Ginger or Zingiber officinale
  • Hyssop or Hyssopus officinalis
  • Juniper Berry or Juniperus communis
  • Melissa or Lemon Balm or Melissa officinalis
  • Myrrh or Commiphora myrrha
  • Sweet Marjoram or Marjorana hortensis
  • Patchouli or Pogostemon cablin
  • Tumeric or Cucuma longa
  • Vetiver or Vetiveria zizanoides
  • Valarian or Valeriana officinalis
  • Ylang Ylang or Cananga odorata

 

 Essential Oils that are Safe for Topical Use on Children, 6 years of age

The maximum suggested quantity of essential oils to be used on children six years of age is thirty drops for every ounce of carrier oil. Here are some of the essential oils that can be used:

  • Anise/Aniseed or Pimpinella anisum
  • Anise, Star or Illicium verum
  • Cardamom or Elettaria cardamomum
  • Fennel, sweet and bitter or Foeniculum vulgare
  • Spanish Marjoram or Thymus mastichina
  • Niaouli or Cineole chemotype
  • Nutmeg or Myristica fragrans
  • Peppermint or Mentha x piperita

 

Essential Oils that are Safe for Topical Use on Children, 10 years of age

From this age, almost all of the essential oils can be administered safely to your toddlers. However, peppermint, rosemary and all different types of eucalyptus are still not advisable to be used in children as these essential oils consist of Menthol and Cineol. Menthol and Cineol invigorates cold-receptor in a toddler’s lungs, thus, activate s a reaction in toddlers that stalls breathing radically.

 

Things to remember in using essential oils to your children:

  • Do your research. There are a lot of blogs online and even books which can help you understand the usage of essential oils to your kids. It could be tedious to do all the research and reading however your kids’ security and safety is at stake.
  • Seek professional help. If you have done your own study about essential oils and still in doubt if it is alright to use it. You can ask for assistance from different professional aroma therapist or doctors. Always weigh your options.
  • Use the correct dosage and/ or dilution. It is very important to always check on the proper dosage before using it to your children. Even an excess drop of essential oil can have unwanted effects to your kids. Make sure to follow the exact procedure in administering an essential oil.
  • Introduce one essential at a time. Infants and toddlers have more sensitive and delicate skin than adults, so make sure to use one essential oil at a time. Do NOT use 2 or more of these oils in a day as a skin reaction can take place within 15-30 minutes from the time you have used it to your babies.
  • Oral Usage is a No No. Ingestion of essential oils to children is ALWAYS prohibited. There are severe and critical effects that may damage your kid’s internal organs.
  • Do NOT forget about the Latin Name. In searching for the proper essential oil to be used for your kids. Do NOT omit the Latin name of the oil as not to confuse yourself with the other essential oils. For example, Lavender has different types and not all are recommended to be used for children.

 

These are only basic guidelines that can assist you if you want to join the trend of essential oil practice. Parents, be smart and safe enough. I’d love to hear your suggestion and opinion about using Essential Oils to your children, so please drop a comment below and lets discuss our points. Thank you, Lovelies for joining Pinay Time with yours truly — The Drunken Cheeks 🙂 ❤

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Organic Beauty Recipes for the Eyes

eyeprodsRevlon. Lamer. Rimmels. FaceShop. These are just few of many companies which sell cosmetics and beauty products. But they are too expensive!

No need to worry! If you have limited budget for skin or beauty products then why don’t you just make your own? And adding the fact it’s all organic, no harmful chemicals that will damage your skin. There are home ingredients that you can use as an alternative measure for eye products. Below are some recipes which are useful.

Eye Cream. This recipe will help you tightens, reduces your under-eye circles and puffiness, firms, minimize signs of aging and repairs damaged skin.

Ingredients to use:

  • ¼ cup green tea
  • 1 tbsp rosehip seed oil
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • ¼ tsp vitamin E
  • 1 tsp emulsifying wax
  • 1 drop of carrot seed essential oil
  • 1/8 tsp NeoDefend (this is a type of preservative but less expensive)
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

Brew the green tea. While brewing, put half-way full of water into each of the two medium-sized sauce pans. In each sauce pan, put a glass bowl with a spout and turn the stove medium heat. In one of the sauce pan, add wax, vitamin E oil, sweet almond oil and your rosehip seed oil. While on the other sauce pan, add your brewed green tea and NeoDefend.

Heat both mixtures and wait until the emulsifying wax is melted completely. You may check the temperature of both mixtures with a kitchen thermometer. Please make sure that both mixtures should have the same temperature as your cream will not set. When both mixtures reach 130 degrees, pour the water mixture into the oil mixture. Mix your cream with the use of a hand-held blender.

Continue to mix your cream every 10 minutes until you see consistency. Usually it will take 30 minutes to an hour when water is no longer separating on the bottom. Add the remaining essential oils and put it in a container.

This normally makes up to 4 ounces and can be use during night and day, even under make up.

Eye Shadow

Ingredients to use:

For the base:

  • Shea butter
  • Arrowroot powder

You may use a combination of these:

  • Turmeric
  • Allspice
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Dried Beet Powder

Directions:

Always start with fewer amounts, around ¼ to ½ teaspoon of arrowroot powder in a bowl. Keep in mind that the more arrowroot powder you use, the lighter and subtle it gets. Add the remaining powders and mix thoroughly. Then, add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of the Shea butter. Shea butter will help keep the eye shadow on your lids and has a moisturizing effect as well. Mix it until it becomes soft and creamy powder.

Here are some color options you also want to try:

For Pale Pink, use:

  • ½ tsp of arrowroot powder
  • ½ tsp of dried beet powder
  • 1/8 tsp of cocoa powder

For Light Brown, use:

  • ½ tsp arrowroot powder
  • ¾ – 1 tsp of cocoa powder

For Mauve, use:

  • ½ tsp arrowroot powder
  • ¾ tsp allspice
  • ¾ tsp dried beet powder
  • ¼ tsp cocoa powder 

With all of these options, make sure to include ¼ – ½ tsp of Shea butter.

You may use different kinds of powder for the desired eye shadow color. Go and experiment on your own.

I hope this short post would be of helped especially to those who are having difficulties finding eye products that work well with your sensitive skin. Do you have any homemade eye products you use? Please leave a comment and share your recipes, lovelies! This is another Pinay Time from yours truly — Drunken Cheeks ❤