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WHY IS WATER ALMOST ALWAYS THE FIRST INGREDIENT?

Have you ever wondered why water is usually the first ingredient in your skin care, or body care, product. If water is not the first ingredient, it is almost always in the top 3. When most skin care lines have their products manufactured for them, these products are made in huge batches. When these big batch products are made, they are typically made with inexpensive man made ingredients. To these base creams, companies add lovely things like plant infusions, nutrients, and essential oils, but this doesn’t change the core of the product. To make a cream, you need 3 main parts. The first part is water, the second part is oil, and the third part is wax. The water, the wax, and the oils are heated separately and then blended together. Wax is used as an emulsifier - without it, the water and oil will separate. Most often the oils and waxes that are used are man made petroleum products. These man made chemicals are known endorcrine disrupters, and they tend to build up in our body tissues.

Everything leaves a trace of its existence, and the traces of all beings, all objects, all life, are recorded in the water.

As we discussed in the previous blog, water has a crystalline structure that can hold memory. When water comes from clean sources, when it runs clean and is living, its crystalline structure is beautiful and healthy.  Michael Standther speaks eloquently regarding the power of water, “because water has such great powers of absorption, it is a treasure trove of innumerable secrets. The whole of the history of mankind is recorded in the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world. Everything leaves a trace of its existence, and the traces of all beings, all objects, all life, are recorded in the water. It is a supremely magical medium, which permeates and impregnates the universe. If you listen to a drop of water it will speak to you.” And the Kogi tribes say that water is a living, thinking being. They see streams as a baby, rivers as adults, and the ocean as the great all powerful One.

If you wonder why water is the most abundant ingredient in your product, the simple answer is, its cheap!

I feel it is safe to say that the water used in most products in not clean, living water. I would bet that most of the water used is from the tap, or distilled tap water. If you wonder why water is the most abundant ingredient in your product, the simple answer is, its cheap! Not many companies would take the time and effort to source spring waters, which are the most pure water sources available to us. This is what sets EAA apart from almost every other skin care brand available.

 

We use hydrosols distilled from fresh spring water in all of our products.

I look forward to sharing more detailed information about the healing powers of hydrosols in my next blog post, so keep reading, and please share my blog post, and Essential Apothecary Alchemist products, with those you love.

You Are A Container Of The Most Abundant Elemental On Our Beautiful Blue Planet: WATER

Nutrition experts tell us that we should be consuming ½ of our body weight in ounces every day. To do that takes a lot of commitment, but if you do, your body processes work a lot better. Staying hydrated will help to lubricate your joints, cushion your brain, help to detox your body, improve your digestion and the processing of nutrients, increase elasticity in the skin, and delay signs of aging. Water is an essential nutrient!

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Is Your Clean Beauty Product In Glass Or Plastic?

I have always felt that humans are too adaptable. We adapt so easily that we become indifferent to a multitude of things that may possibly lead to our demise. Humans tend to put so many aspects of their lives into the back of their minds to revisit later, along with a million other things they choose to ignore.

I would like to help you unearth one of those buried items, so that you, as a consumer, can now make a more conscious choice about what you want to do about your consumption of products that use plastic containers.

 Plastic is cheap to produce, it is light weight, it is easy to manipulate into an infinite range of colors and shapes, and it is toxic. Because of its toxicity, it is linked with severe health effects such as endocrine disruption (it mimics estrogen), reproductive issues, decreased sex hormones, impaired immunity, cancer, birth defects, insulin resistance, liver damage …

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 Plastic is not inert, and the process of chemicals moving from a container into your product is called leaching or migration. If your product is in contact with plastic, the chemicals in the plastic are leaching into your product. And, anything you put on your skin absorbs into your body the same as if was ingested. If this wasn’t enough, the plastic that ends up in the landfills, eventually ends up in our water. There is an enormous quantity of plastics produced worldwide. Over 300 million metric tons of plastics are produced annually. Nearly half of this number accounts for the disposable containers that are discarded within a year of purchase.

 Pervasive use of phthalates (a common substance used in plastic manufacturing) in the containers used for our personal care products has resulted in widespread exposure. Dermal exposure is a significant route for this toxin to enter delicate physical systems.

 A 2011 study conducted by the Environmental Health Perspectives states, “Almost all commercially available plastic products we sampled—independent of the type of resin, product, or retail source—leached chemicals having reliably detectable EA (Chemicals that mimic or antagonize the actions of naturally occurring estrogens are defined as having estrogenic activity or EA), including those advertised as BPA free. In some cases, BPA-free products released chemicals having more EA than did BPA-containing products.” I would assume from reading this study and its findings, all products stored in plastic containers are NOT safe, if you don’t want to consume plastic.

 Let’s take a deeper look at the ingredients in most common plastic containers.

Phthalic acid: a common ingredient in most plastic and has been found to be very toxic. It is hazardous when it comes into contact with the skin or inhaled.

 Phthalic acid acts as a corrosive to our tissues. This chemical causes inflammation and can cause blistering on the skin.

Phthalic acid has been shown to cause skin destruction or dermatitis. Polyethylene Terephthalate can leach antimony (metal) which is used during its manufacturing. The longer the substance is exposed to the PET container, the higher the levels of antimony were found. Temperature, sunlight exposure, and pH levels also contribute to the leaching effect. Bromine has also been found in PET bottles. Bromine is a known central nervous system depressant.

 We surely can’t avoid all plastic these days, but we can as consumers be more mindful of purchasing products that value their ingredients enough to put them in glass bottles and jars. It can take anywhere from 100 to 1000 years for plastic to degrade. Studies have also shown that up to a million sea creatures are being killed every year from plastic and plastic contamination.

This conscious consumption will also keep these toxins out of our landfills, out of our oceans, and out of our bodies. EAA uses a high quality glass that will not leach into the product.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3299092/

http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9926545

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/cookware-plastics-shoppers-guide-to-food-safety#1

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/vinyl-chloride.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3791860/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3222987/

 

 

How Are You Feeding Your Skin?

I have always had an affinity to natural medicine and clean living. I raised my daughters on home remedies, and vibrational medicine practices. There was, however, a big disconnect when it came to the products I was putting on my skin.

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December 02, 2017

Posted in essential oil, healing, winter


Winter Wellness: Body, Mind, Spirit

I would like to give you all a few pearls that I have learned through the years to assist you, to be able to rise above, and shine through, the darkness of winter.

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THE ALCHEMY OF ESSENTIAL OIL PERFUMES

The method for extracting the vital essences from plant materials is an ancient one and has its roots in the alchemical sciences. The process of distillation, is a profoundly alchemical process, involving all the elementals. Each element is necessary to coax out the plant's life energies in this process of transformation. We begin with a copper still [metal elemental], into which we add plant materials [wood elemental], and spring water [water elemental]. The still is then heated [fire elemental], to cause steam [air elemental], where the plant material is broken down to release it's essence. The water that is released from the still is the most yin (feminine) aspect of the transformation, and the essential oil that is suspended on top of the water is the most yang (masculine) aspect of the process. Each of these transformed products offer very specific uses. Today we will focus on the essential oil aspects of distillation.

Essential oils are profound plant medicines that interact in very complex ways with our human cells. Essential oils are complex harmonies that nature produces made up of many specific chemical molecules. Their highly potent constitution makes them powerfully attuned and they can behave as chemical messengers, capable of unlocking the receptor sites of cells and communicating with our cellular intelligence at the level of the DNA. 

When you apply essential oil perfumes, you are literally changing your body's chemistry. It is well known that essential oils have remarkable effects on the body organs, the skin, the mood via the limbic system (a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood), and all other systems of the body. Essential oils are some of the most concentrated natural plant medicines available. Why would anyone want to wear a chemically derived fragrance that can do none of these, and most likely contains toxic petrochemicals? The tell tale sign of a synthetically derived perfume is that it will last on the skin, hair, your clothes for a very long time and the fragrance will change very little. The volatility of pure essential oils leads to perfumes that change on the skin with time, and will dissipate naturally. Perfumes made from pure essences interact in amazing ways and it may be said that the influences of the weather, the heavenly bodies, and the mood and intent of the perfumer all impact these volatile molecules. 

 

While I offer 8 pure oil blends, I also create custom perfume blends. Historically perfumers tended to translate the art of perfume blending to a musical comparative. Perhaps, because of the ephemeral similarity between an essential oil fragrance and a struck musical note, both wafting through the ethers. When it comes to blending musical notes, essential oils, and color harmonies, our human senses are incredibly sensitive and are profoundly effected by the outcomes. Think about each essence as a single note in a song. While each note is simple, it is chemically complex, just as a single note has a very complex vibratory harmony. When single notes are combined and left to harmonize, this creates a cord, or an accord in perfume language. Single notes and accords are blended together to make up a signature scent or perfume.

 

Composition of a harmonious song [finished perfume], is the thoughtful blending of top, middle, and base notes. These complex arrangements in the right combinations make for a lovely fragrance. Top notes are lighter in fragrance and usually dissipate quickly. They are highly volatile, and fast acting. Citrus oils are good examples of top notes. Middle notes give body and balance to a perfume. Mid notes offer a warm and soft aroma to a perfume composition. Green plant materials are typical of middle notes. Base notes are heavier and long lasting, and are intense in character. Base notes encourage other lighter notes to linger. Woods, roots, and resins are characteristically base note in nature. Some essential oils act as fixatives, meaning they stabilize the molecules of a perfume and increase the longevity of the fragrance, especially the lighter molecules of the top notes. Essential oils high in sesquiterpene molecules like sandalwood and myrrh have been used for thousands of years for their fixative properties.

 

 
A perfume can have a focus of top, middle, or base notes, but often to balance a well rounded perfume, the top, mid, and base notes will also be added. When I am customizing a composition for a client I usually begin with the top notes. We smell directly from the bottles the highly volatile notes of blood, sweet, and bitter orange varieties. We take in the subtle differences of pink and white grapefruit, then savor lime, and bergamot for example. Next the middle or heart notes are gathered, enjoyed and selected. Heart notes like clary sage, lavender, ylang ylang, jasmine, and rose geranium are a small sampling of middle notes. And finally base notes like patchouli, benzoin, vanilla, tonka bean, vetiver, frankincense, and rose wood fill out the base aspects of the perfume.
 
Because essential oils are expensive to produce, you will not find natural perfumes on the mass market. It takes approximately 10,000 roses to produce 20 drops of rose essential oil. 

 

This should not however dissuade you from procuring a treasure of this nature. Using a natural fragrance, especially one concocted specifically to your unique sensibilities, will literally transform your body, mind, and spirit... Isn't this the definition of ALCHEMY?

Behave | A Brief Homage to Bay Laurel Essential Oil

Featured as a key ingredient in our Behave hair pomade, the essential oil of Bay Laurel is both antiseptic and antibiotic. Bay Laurel can protect wounds from infection, and inhibit the growth of bacteria. The astringent properties are able to prevent hair loss by strengthening the bond between the hair’s root and our scalp. While promoting a discharge of toxins from the body and strengthening your immune system, the spicy and herbaceous scent of bay laurel will promote general wellness. The aroma of Bay Laurel will work to address anxiety, stress, and depression, by calming nervous tendencies.

BEHAVE has many uses as do most of our other products. Because we only use food grade organic ingredients, the aim is to nourish the skin. The organic beeswax provides a hydrating and softening barrier to the skin and hair. We use BEHAVE as a skin conditioner, especially in the dry winter months. It is great on chapped hands and we use it liberally on our elbows and feet.

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