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The Dangers of Rancid Oil In Your Beauty Products

Too Many Products Contain Rancid Oils...

As a maker, I am always curious about other brands' ingredients, their processes and packaging. I love to see, touch, and smell what other people are doing. I know it looks glamourous from the outside, but making products that you can be proud of, on the inside, is a lot of crucial decision making, hard work, and expense. Good skin care products will contain a fair amount of oil in them. Oils are usually about half of the ingredients for face creams and body lotions, while a good serum is almost all, if not all, oil. So, with such a concentrated amount of one ingredient in a product, it is important that you as a consumer be educated about the importance of the quality of that ingredient. 

Not All Oils Are Created Equal

Refined oils are extracted using high heat and chemicals as solvents. This method of extraction greatly affects the nutritional content of the oil. However, highly refined oils are less expensive to produce than the organic, and cold pressed versions. All oils are subject to rancidity and oxidation with sunlight and heat.
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Cold pressed oils retain their nutrient value, including their innate oxidative protective... vitamin E! Vitamin E is a fat soluble nutrient that has antioxidant properties, which protect cells from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that can cause damage to living cells and tissue in our body. It is the nutrients in our foods that protect our cells from the damage of free radicals. Studies have also shown that Vitamin E taken internally and applied topically are effective in protecting the skin against the early damage introduced by ultraviolet radiation.

If the oil ingredients in the products you are using are not natural, cold pressed oils, the vitamin E content will be too low to protect the product from easily becoming rancid. Add to this, products that are put in clear glass containers, or plastic, are even more at risk. Heat and sunlight are a big factor in oxidizing oil ingredients.  

Rancid oils pose a big health risk and should be considered toxic. When rancid oils are eaten or applied to the skin, free radical damage to the cells is increased. It is well known in natural medical circles, that rancid oils are considered carcinogenic, pro-inflammatory and very toxic.

Most oils should have very little odor. The nut oils should have a sweet nutty smell. The best description of the smell of rancid oil is to think about the smell of a melting crayon. Rancid oils have a sharp, unpleasant, metallic, or bitter smell. Even when a product has fragrance or essential oils, you can perceive the smell of rancidity in the oils contained in a product. 

At Essential Apothecary Alchemist we use organic, cold pressed, virgin oils in our products. To this we add an extra dose of non GMO mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) - pure form and food grade. We bottle our products in light protecting brown glass to protect our products from harmful and destructive UV light. We recommend storing your EAA products at room temperature and avoid direct exposure to sunlight and excessive heat. 

 

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Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1775384

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5582569_Chemical_Properties_and_Cytotoxicity_of_Thermally_Oxidized_Oil

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2040110/

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.

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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BRIGHT tooth polish

 

INGREDIENTS: Organic raw coconut oil, clay, organic untreated sea salt, peroxide, natural baking soda, essential oils of cinnamon, peppermint, tea tree, myrrh, and clove.

Teeth are very porous and the tiny microscopic holes in them make them susceptible to bacteria. Contrary to popular belief, sugar does not cause cavities per se, rather, sugar, and foods high in phytic acids, demineralize the body, making teeth more susceptible to bacteria causing cavitation. We have formulated BRIGHT tooth polish with the finest ingredients to support a healthy mouth.

Teeth are living and can therefore heal and repair. Baking soda promotes tooth re-mineralization, acts as a gentle polishing agent, neutralizes odors, and helps create an alkaline environment. The debate over the benefits of fluoride, used in conventional tooth paste, is on-going. Current science overwhelmingly shows fluoridation has little to no benefit in preventing dental caries. We are exposed to many sources of fluoride and it is cumulative. Studies have shown the connection of fluoride toxicity to impaired thyroid function, immune system function, diminished IQ, and many more adverse symptoms.

Clay is a mineral product that is nourishing and highly detoxifying. It is used as a gentle tooth polish. Natural clay is high in silica, magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium.

We use organic, raw, and unrefined coconut oil in our BRIGHT tooth polish. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. Coconut oil improves circulation, and prevents periodontal disease and tooth decay. Coconut oil also improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of stronger bones and teeth.

EAA uses untreated, unheated, solar dried Mediterranean and Hawaiian sea salts. These sea salts are high in minerals and trace elements. Natural sea salt has anti-bacterial properties, is naturally antiseptic, and has been known to reduce pain.

The essential oils used in BRIGHT were selected for their anti-microbial and healing properties. Cinnamon is highly anti-microbial. Research has shown cinnamon oil to be highly effective in addressing streptococcus mutans and lactobacillus platarum. These bacteria are responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. Clove oil is also highly antimicrobial and is the most concentrated antioxidant known. Myrrh essential oil is both anti-septic and soothing to gum tissue. Tea Tree oil is also anti-microbial, immunostimulant, and analgesic. Peppermint oil is anti-bacterial, and analgesic. Peppermint oil can enhance or restore the sense of taste because it stimulates the trigeminal nerve.

USE: Because we use pure and natural ingredients in our BRIGHT tooth polish you may notice a change in its consistency due to temperature fluctuations. Use desired amount on either a wet or dry tooth brush. Brush gently for 2 minutes, morning and before bed, daily, to keep teeth clean and bright.

 

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THE ALCHEMY OF ESSENTIAL OIL PERFUMES... and their healing properties

THE ALCHEMY OF ESSENTIAL OIL PERFUMES   

Essential oils are, by their very nature, alchemical. The extraction of the vital essence of plant materials for the purpose of their elixiorative substances, extends deep into ancient history.

These alchemical solutions contain very complex molecules that contain in their very essence, healing properties. 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 used; as antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, hormone balancing, agents. 

Essential oils are very profound substances. They are complex harmonies of hundreds or even thousands of different chemicals. 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. To quote David Stewart PhD, “… even though inanimate, creation does not speak in words, its voice resounds everywhere, to be heard and understood by the spiritually attuned. “

The names of EAA perfumes I borrowed from my Grandfathers native Greek language. Each of the 8 perfume names speaks of qualities both spiritual and physical. I hope you enjoy these transformative perfumes meant to be unisex and to be blended for even more complex aromas.

FLORAL FRAGRANCES

ICHOS [ee-kos] the sound

Jasmine scent profile: warm, rich, sweet, floral
healing properties: anti depressive, calming, sexual tonic, uterine tonic, enhances intuition

Neroli scent profile: bitter-sweet, warm rich, green
healing properties: cooling, anti bacterial, anti depressive, mild astringent, calming, digestive stimulant, helps to release repressed emotions, eases depression caused from denial

Rose scent profile: rich, soft, sweet, complex, floral
healing properties: antibacterial, anti depressive, anti inflammatory, astringent, calming, cooling, neuro tonic, heals emotional wounds and heals deep despair

Sandalwood scent profile: woody, sweet, soft, balsamic
healing properties: anti depressive, anti fungal, anti inflammatory, astringent, calming, carminative, cooling, lymph decongestant, sexual tonic, calming to the nervous system, helps calm the mind

ALITHEIA [ah-lee-they-ah] truth

Lily Accord scent profile: sweet, rich, floral
healing properties: anti depressant, calming, restorative

Neroli scent profile: bitter-sweet, warm, rich, green
healing properties: cooling, anti-bacterial, anti-depressive, mild astringent, calming, digestive stimulant, helps to release repressed emotions, eases depression caused from denial

Jasmine scent profile: warm, rich, sweet, floral
healing properties: anti depressive, calming, sexual tonic, uterine tonic, enhances intuition

Yang Ylang scent profile: floral, sweet, slight spice 
healing properties: cool, moistening, calming to the nervous system. Helps to settle a restless heart and aids sleep. Uplifting aphrodisiac and sexual tonic. Also used to address infection and inflammation. Settles a restless heart and aids sleep. 

GREEN FRAGRANCES

ENOTITA [ehn-oh-tee-tah] unity

Rosewood scent profile: warm, sweet
healing properties: anti-depressant, stimulant

Violet Leaf scent profile: green, slightly sweet
healing properties: calming

Gin Accord scent profile: green, clean, bright
healing properties: analgesic, antispasmodic, digestive stimulant, stomatic, tonic, helps to calm, center, and still the mind  

MATI [ma-tee] eye

Citrus scent profile: warm, tangy
healing properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, cholagogue, diuretic

Frankincense scent profile: resinous, rich, camphoraceous
healing properties: analgesic, antidepressant, calmative, immune tonic

Fir scent profile: softly balsamic, jammy, clean, sweet, with the aroma of freshly crushed needles
healing properties: - anti-tumoral, anti-cancerous, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, assists in breaking unhealthy patterns

Labdanum scent profile: resinous, leather, balsamic, herbaceous
healing properties: expectorant, mood balancing, uplifting, helps integrate learning

Rose scent profile: rich, soft, sweet, complex, floral
healing properties: antibacterial, anti-depressive, anti-inflammatory, astringent, calming, cooling, neuro tonic, heals emotional wounds and heals deep despair

Bergamot scent profile: sweet, fresh, fruit, green
healing properties: antiseptic, febrifuge, cooling, refreshing, anti-depressive, uplifting, calming and tonifying, eases anxiety and depression

WOODY FRAGRANCES

MITRA [mee-tra] matrix

Black Pepper scent profile: warm, woody, spicy
healing properties: anti-tumoral, expectorant, digestive stimulant, warming, stimulating to the endocrine system, increases energy, increases circulation, can be comforting and stimulating

Rose scent profile: rich, soft, sweet, complex, floral
healing properties: antibacterial, anti-depressive, anti-inflammatory, astringent, calming, cooling, neuro tonic, heals emotional wounds and heals deep despair

Cinnamon scent profile: spicy, warm, woody
healing properties: anti microbial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, stimulates blood flow, sexual stimulant

Clove scent profile: spicy, warm, sweet, woody
healing properties: anti-microbial, antiseptic, analgesic, anti-oxidant, mentally stimulating, stimulates dreaming, creates a sense of protection 

Rose Geranium scent profile: sweet, floral, green, citrus, spice
healing properties: analgesic, anti-anxiety, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, lymphatic decongestant, pancreatic tonic, benefits dry and inflamed conditions, helps to relax the mind and emotions, eases irritability

DASOS [dah-sos] forest

Juniper scent profile: fresh, resinous, balsamic, woody
healing properties: antiseptic, diuretic, decongestant, anti infectious, warming, stimulating, expectorant, lymph decongestant.

Benzoin scent profile: sweet, balsamic, vanilla like, resinous
healing properties: anti catarrhal, anti infectious, astringent, calming, carminative, cicatristant, diuretic, expectorant,  gently grounding, sedative, vulnerary (wound healing), helps to steady and focus the mind, warming and nurturing

Sandalwood scent profile: woody, sweet, soft, balsamic
healing properties: anti depressive, anti fungal, anti inflammatory, astringent, calming, carminative, cooling, lymph decongestant, sexual tonic, calming to the nervous system, helps calm the mind

Tonka Bean scent profile: warm, sweet, nutty, vanilla, powdery, herbaceous
healing properties: grounding, warming, uplifting, balancing, stimulates creativity

Vetiver scent profile: sweet, earthy, warm, smoky
healing properties: anti inflammatory, anti depressive, cooling and nourishing, restorative, supports digestion

Earth Attar scent profile: wet earth
healing properties: grounding, soothing, detoxifying

Balsam Fir scent profile: fresh, green, sweet, floral, fruity
healing properties: disinfecting, invigorating, energizing, uplifting, detoxifying, aids in emotional strength

RESIN FRAGRANCES

YPARXI [ee-park-see] being

Vetiver scent profile: sweet, earthy, warm, smoky
healing properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-depressive, cooling and nourishing, restorative, supports digestion.

Cardamom scent profile: warm spicy, sweet, balsamic
healing properties: anti-spasmodic, digestive stimulant, brain and nervous system tonic

Cedar Wood scent profile: woody, sweet, balsamic
healing properties: anti-infective, astringent, calming, lymph tonic, decongestant, can help bolster the will when feeling defeated

Tobacco Accord scent profile: warm, spicy, woody, hay
healing properties: aphrodisiac, relaxing, calming, relieves mental stress and exhaustion, stimulates digestion, grounding

DYNAMI [dai-nahm-me] power

Tobacco Accord scent profile: warm, spicy, woody, hay
healing properties: aphrodisiac, relaxing, calming, relieves mental stress and exhaustion, stimulates digestion, grounding

Old Bourbon Accord scent profile: bourbon, woody, resin, fruity
healing properties: calming, soothing, sexual tonic, restorative, digestive stimulant

Cedar Wood scent profile: woody, sweet, balsamic
healing properties: anti-infective, astringent, calming, lymph tonic, decongestant, can help bolster the will when feeling defeated