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The Fragrant way to Beauty - 2

Perspiration is a method of cooling us down, and so skin regulates our inner temperature.

Nerve-endings are scattered throughout the skin, some registering pressure, some pain. Skin can tell the difference betweens a lover's caress and the boss poking us on the shoulder with his finger!

Sebaceous glands are working away to lubticate the skin, and just how hard they are working determines whether you have a dry or oily skin. Skin is one big activity centre, with hairs growing from their follicles, nerves sending out messages, toxins being eliminated, temperature checks being taken and, through the capillaries, blood and lymph fluid travelling back and forth.

Of vital importance to us in this chapter are tthe connective tissues - collagen and, to a lesser degree, elastin. These determine how spongy the skin is, or is not. Essential oils work cosmetically and as anti-ageing agents in several ways. Thery stimulate skin cells into reproducing at a quiker rate, thus reducing the time-lag between new skin growth and the elmination of toxic debris by improving the lymphatic flow and general condition of the lymph glands.

They improve circulation which aids oxygenation and energise the dermis by the rate nutrients are fed to it. Some can balance the rate at which sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands, thereby stabilising a healthy skin condition. As bactericides they neutralise unwanted and unfriendly bacteria, preventing blemished conditions: and as anti-inflammatories, they calm sensitive and damaged skin.

Some essential oils contain phyto-hormones they create an equilibrium within our endocrine system which surpasses in effectiveness that produced by any other substance.

Their action on the peripherial nerve-endings helps to relieve the stress and tension that so often lead directly to ageing skin - you look as worn-out as you feel. Collagen and elastin are kept in good condition, and there is some basis to believe also that the nutrients and proteins contained in essential oils actually work as restorative building-blocks to these all-important tissue fibres.

One of the most extraordinary aspects of working with essential oils is that a patient who comes to me for treatment of a physical condition, a back ache for example, will after six weeks treatments look about ten years younger than he or she did at the beginning of treatment.

Partly this is due to the relief showing as the pain lifts. But there is more to it than that. The texture of the skin all over the body, sometimes so dramatic that it looks as if the person has had a face-lift.

This phenomenon never ceases to amaze me and I am, again and again, reminded of how comprehensive are the benefits of the essential oils. When treatment is designed specifically for the face, results can be nothing short of miraculous.

The most expensive skin preparations in the world contain essential oils and other natural ingredients as their principal active ingredients but, because the product must be able to endure a long shelf life, they contain chemical preservatives as well.

All sorts of chemicals are used in commercial cosmetic preparations and some of them, such as steroids, cause serious problems. In addition, dubious animal products are often included in commercial preparations, and with the seas now being so unhealthy that whole seal populations can be wiped out, it is true to say that when you put a shop-bought product on your face, you really don't know what effect it will have.

Besides bypassing all these unknown quantities, making and using your own home-made beauty products will save you a great deal of money. Advertising and packaging make shop-bought products very expensive, as does the need for the manufacturer and retail outlet to make their profit. But by following the recipes here, you and your skin will be the ones to profit.

Reference: The Fragrant Pharmacy: Valerie Ann Worwood


The Fragrant way to Beauty

The human face is like a book - it tells a story- each wrinkle represents a chapter in your life and each blemish tells a story of misuse.

Laughter lines tell the world that your life contains humour, while a drooping mouth says there is an underlying sadness or anger to your tale.

The vicissitudes of each life are written large across the front-page: sadness, ill health, stress and tension, crisis, disaster, they are all there for the world to see.

No face is a mask, and even if we cover our skin with camouflaging make-up, that too tells its own story - that we have something to hide.

The skin that covers our body reacts to our emotions, so that people under stress often find their skin becoming dry and taut, and in severe emotional states, dehydrated.

Hormonal changes produce spots and blemishes, as well as increased oiliness with dry patches.

Climate also affects face and body skin. Hot weather can produce lumps and bumps as well as dryness and wrinkles, while moist damp air has a beneficial effectand gives the skin a dewy texture.

Cigarette smoke can age a face by making it grey and wrinkled, and pollution has the same effect - which is why I am seeing more and more young women with prematurely ageing facial skin.

We used to be able to wash our faces in soft rainwater, but who wants to do that any more with acid rain destroying the beauty of the human face as surely as it destroys the beauty of the European forest?

Until fairly recently it was thought that the skin was a waterproof coating through which nothing could be absorbed into the layers below. Now, all matter of medications are applied directly on to the skin for absorption.

But those working with essential oils have always known that they are absorbed into the body, not only because their therapeutic values can be seen to be working but because oils applied directly on to the skin are excreted - through urine, faeces, perspiration and breath.

This has been shown scientifically many times over. and ' the sweet smell of success' is easy to observe without any scientific apparatus other than a human noise.

Moreover, particular oils have their preferred methods of exit and the route they travel is a factor in deciding which oil to use.

It is indeed because the skin is such an effective absorber that essential oils need not be taken orally - where in any case they only come into contact with the digestive system and all its rubbish.

The natural and extremely small molucules of essential oils penetrate the dermis and get to work with their purity maintained.

Technically, the skin is an organ weighing about four kilos which protects us from the outside world and regulates the body's natural cooling and heating systems.

There are few differences between male and female skins.

The epidermis is the outer layer of skin cells and the one we see, but that is the product of the lower layer of skin called the basel laye, where new plump, moist cells are produced.

These travel upwards and outwards and on their journey they encounter various hazards that lose them some of their moisture, making them leaner.

It can take three to four monthsfor cells to reach the epidermis, and if you are treating your skin the results may not show for that length of time (although some treatments will make you look younger in about an hour).

And of course the reverse is true: damage done by eating the wrong foods, not enough vitamins or a low immunity can also take up to four months to show on your skin.

When the skin cells reach the outer layer, they fall off and become household dust.

Our skin is a living and dying, regeneratin organ, forever on the move.

Skin cells are rich in substance called keratin which also makes up nails, and skin cells, like nails, can become brittle and flaky.

Skin is an excretory organ and is constantly at work to throw off toxic waste - not only under the arms, but all over.

Reference: The Fragrant Pharmacy: Valerie Ann Worwood


A-Z of Dance and Sports Injuries - 7

Shoulder Strain

Contact sports-Boxing-Throwing

Injury to muscles and tendons. Use the ice method for ten minutes at a time and after forty-eight hours use the heat compress or flannel method.

Three times a day massage all the arm and shoulder area with the following:

 Ginger  10 drops
 Chamomile  10 drops
 Nutmeg  10 drops
 Diluted in 30 ml vegetable oil  

Thigh Injury - Ham Strings

Dance-Gymnastics-Running-Competitive sport

An injury to the ham string tendon which connects the thigh muscle at the back and side.

Use the ice method and ice packs for at least ten minutes four times a day. Also massage three times a day using the following.

 Rosemary 10drops 
 Eucalyptus 10 drops
 Chamomile 10 drops
 Lavender  5 drops

Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil 


Wrist Ganglion

See Foot ganglion

Wrist Strain

Contact sports- Pole Vaulting-Skiing-Bowling

Over-stretching of one or more ligaments in the wrist. Apply an ice pack three times a day. Afterwards massage with the following oil:

 Ginger 20 drops
 Nutmeg 17 drops
Clove  3 drops 
Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil   
Use an elastic bandage between treatments.  

The Fragrant Pharmacy: Valerie Ann Worwood


A-Z of Dance and Sports Injuries - 6

Leg Sprain (Lower Leg)

Dance-Jogging-Running-jumping-Skiing-Most Sports

Over stretching the ligamnets in the legs. Use an ice pack four times a day for twenty minutes at a time.

Afterwards massage with the following:

 Rosemary   10 drops
 Eucalyptus  10 drops
 Peppermint  10 drops
 Diluted in 30mls vegetable oil

After forty-eight hours change to hot compresses, on which you have placed 2 drops each of rosemary and lavender.

Between treatments keep the leg wrapped with an elastic bandage and periodically massage the whole of the leg from the ankle to the thigh.

Leg Strain (Lower Calf Muscle)

Dance-Running-Jogging-Aerobics-Most Sports

Injury to the muscles and tendons in the calf.

Follow treatment as for sprain by using this oil:

 Ginger  10 drops 
 Clove 5 drops 
 Nutmeg 5 drops 
Chamomile Roman  10 drops 
Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil 

Neck Sprain

Contact sports-Diving-Gymnastics-Motor racing

Violent over-stretching of ligaments in the neck region. A collar is usually prescribed and should be worn at all times.

Use an ice pack around the neck area, for at least fifteen minutes at a time.

Massage the neck and shoulders three times a day using the following.

 Ginger 10 drops 
 Rosemary 10 drops
Black Pepper   5 drops
Peppermint 5 drops
 Diluted in 30mls vegetable oil

The ice-cup method can be used to relieve pain.

If you have headaches as a result, use 5 drops of peppermint oil in 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and massage around the back of the neck, up to the hairline.

Nose Injury

Apply an ice pack immediately. Gauze can be placed in the nostrils to stop bleeding: 1 drop lavender oil on the gauze before cutting it into two pieces.

See a doctor. If the nose is broken, smooth the following oil gently over the forehead and cheekbones:

Chamomile   10 drops
Lavender 10 drops 
Geranium   5 drops 
Rosemary  5 drops
Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil 

If the nose is not broken, apply ice three times a day and massage the nose area, as well as the forehead and cheekbones with the above oil.

The Fragrant Pharmacy: Valerie Ann Worwood

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