Pogostemon cablin leaf oil (Patchouli) is a member of the mint family but it actually has a cedar-like smell. It grows naturally in Asia.
The aroma of Patchouli:
Patchouli’s scent has made it a popular ingredient in perfumes. In fact, according to Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine, Patchouli combines so well with other scents that it is used in at least a third of all perfumes and fragrances.(1) It was even used to add scent to an action figure. (2)
The leaf itself is put into clothing to repel insects. Unless you live in Asia, good luck finding a leaf. Instead, use Patchouli Essential Oil. In a study that was looking for non-toxic mosquito repellents, 38 essential oils were used. Lemongrass, clove, and patchouli (when undiluted) were “the most effective and provided 2 hours of complete insect repellent.” (3)
Patchouli and Skin:
According to Eyewitness Handbook:Herbs, Patchouli“is used in aromatherapy to regenerate skin cells and treat acne, eczema, athlete’s foot, and cracked skin.” (4)
Possible Antibacterial Properties:
In a study entitled “Evaluation of the antibacterial activity of patchouli oil” it was concluded that “Molecular docking technology and antimicrobial test in vitro proved that patchouli oil had strong antimicrobial effects. Particularly, pogostone and (-)- patchouli alcohol have potent antimicrobial activity.” (5)
The oil is extracted from the leaves through steam distillation.
Never apply an essential oil directly to the skin. Always use a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil, with topical application.
To encourage safe doses with children, dilute the essential oil and use it in an air diffuser. Use small doses and never use around children with respiratory diseases like asthma.
Never ingest essential oils without consulting a health-care professional.
Supports the body’s efforts to maintain a healthy mucous membrane.
Supports free breathing and may help reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with irritants.
How It Works:
HistaBlock provides nutrients that support healthy respiratory function as the body battles irritants, pollutants and toxins. Stinging nettle provides well-known support against seasonal airborne substances. This formula provides antioxidant strength to help stabilize mast cells.
The antioxidant quercetin has been used for its reputed effects in supporting the respiratory system. Quercetin may help stabilize cells that release compounds when exposed to irritants. Bromelain is an enzyme that works to help reduce the swelling of mucous membranes during times of respiratory stress. Bitter orange contains synephrine, which helps the body support open airways.
Nettle leaves, quercetin, Bitter orange fruit and bromelain.
There are several lemon essential oil uses. It can be used to add a natural aroma to your laundry. It can be used as a room spray to freshen any room. Lemon essential oil can also be used to repel bugs and it’s terrific to clean with. Check out some of our favorite lemon essential oil uses and feel free to share your favorite lemon essential oil recipes in the comments section!
Combine and use to scrub porcelain sinks, tile, and stainless steel.
1/3 cup baking soda
3 drops peppermint essential oil
7 drops thyme linalol essential oil
8 drops lemon essential oil
2 drops pine
Combine essential oils with baking soda in a glass container.
I like to use a sugar shaker.
Sprinkle onto carpet, wait 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
The essential oils will disinfect and deodorize your carpets.
Gentle Air Freshener
6 drops lemon
2 drops clove
Drop onto scent ball pad and diffuse.
This delicious combination makes your house feel both fresh and cozy.
Powerful Air Freshener
4 drops thyme linalol
3 drops pine
2 drops lemon or lavender
Drop onto a scent ball pad and diffuse
Cedar chips or wood shavings
3 drops each lavender and geranium essential oils
5 drops each lemon and pine essential oils
Optional: Dry lavender flowers, clean pine needles, or 1 drop patchouli.
Combine all ingredients and place in a muslin bag.
Safer Mosquito Repellent
6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
2 drops geranium essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
1-2 drops peppermint essential oil
1 Tablespoon Herbal Trim
¼ teaspoon vegetable oil
1.5 ounces purified water
Pour all ingredients into a 2 ounce bottle with a spritzer top, and shake to blend.
Spray liberally onto all exposed skin areas, and repeat as necessary throughout the day.
Geranium-Rose Cleanser and Exfoliator for All Skin Types
4 Tablespoons ground oats
\6 large ripe organic strawberries
2 teaspoons light cream
1 drop rose or 2 drops geranium essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
Grind up oatmeal in a coffee mill reserved just for your skin care ingredients. Mash strawberries in a glass bowl, and then add oats.
Add enough cream to make a paste.Add essential oils.
Divide mixture in half. Apply to face, and leave 10 minutes.
Rinse off with cool water. Makes two applications.
Christie’s Safer Body Spray
5 drops frankincense essential oil
2 drops clove essential oil
6 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops red mandarin essential oil
3 drops pink grapefruit
½ teaspoon aloe Vera gel (optional)
½ teaspoon massage oil (optional)
1.5 ounces purified water
Pour all ingredients into a 2 ounce spray bottle and shake to blend.
Spray this soothing and spicy blend on the body.
The spray will feel lighter without the aloe Vera and the massage oil,
but the fragrance lasts longer with it.
3 drops bergamot
2 drops lemon
1 drop rosemary
Citrus & Spice Bath
2 drops lemon
3 drops red mandarin
6 drops bergamot
4 drops Deep Relief blend
Ground lemon zest (Optional)
¼ capsule Super Antioxidant (for color)
¼ Cup Epsom salts
Combine all ingredients. Makes enough for 1 bath. Not for people with sensitive skin.
Don’t soak for more than about 10 minutes.
Do not add additional drops of essential oils to this recipe.
Today, shampoos contains chemicals like parabens, phthalates, petroleum byproducts, and SLS, which provides that satisfying foam while depositing chemicals onto your scalp.
The evidence of these chemicals is on your head. Oily hair, dandruff, itching, inflamed scalp. You may think that your shampoo is helping these conditions, but it may be the culprit initiating these troublesome symptoms in the first place.
Many who are worried about the chemicals in their beauty products have vowed to go all natural. But natural paraben- and SLS-free shampoos can be pretty costly and don’t necessarily address deep down issues causing dandruff or oily hair.
Authentic essential oils added to homemade shampoos is the solution you’ve been looking for. Homemade soaps eliminate all those harmful chemicals from your shower routine, and essential oils bring their health benefits while also making your hair smell like a field of lilacs or citrus sunrise.
Solve your hair maladies for good using these trusted all-natural shampoo recipes.
Homemade Essential Oil Shampoo Ingredients
Depending on your hair and personal preferences, you can use a variety of ingredients to make your shampoo.
Most simple recipes use liquid castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s. This soap is organic, fair trade, and non-GMO project verified. You can get this soap in numerous scents (scented naturally using essential oils), but the basic, unscented soap will probably work best with your own essential oil mixture.
Some people choose to use castile soap alone to wash their hair, since it’s an all-in-one natural soap, but many find that it makes their hair dry and dull. Adding these other ingredients to your shampoo will help you get the results you want.
The second most important ingredient, if you choose to add to your castile soap solution, is coconut milk. Most recipes call for canned coconut milk, but others recommend homemade coconut milk if canned milk isn’t providing your desired results.
Some recipes move straight from these two main ingredients (castile soap and coconut milk) to adding essential oils. Others recommend a few other steps, especially if you have dry hair.
You can add a small amount of olive or almond oil to soothe frail, dehydrated hair. Others suggest adding honey, coconut oil and vitamin E oil for a more gentle mixture.
Here are two recipes you can follow, depending on how simple or complex you want to make your homemade shampoo with essential oils.
Simple Homemade Shampoo Recipe
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
1/4 cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
20 drops of essential oils
For dry hair add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)
(Recipe courtesy of Wellness Mama)
Complex Homemade Shampoo Recipe
1/2 cup liquid castile soap
1/4 cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
1 tbsp vitamin E oil
40 to 50 drops essential oils
(Recipe courtesy of Shalom Mama)
Essential Oil Combinations to Try
When creating your essential oil shampoo, there are a few things to remember.
Never put essential oils directly onto your scalp. Essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut, jojoba or olive oil first to protect your skin.
If you aren’t sure if you or your family members are allergic to any essential oils, test them before using them in your shampoo. Place 1 to 2 drops of diluted essential oil on the inside of your elbow and wrap the area for 24 hours. If your skin isn’t irritated, you should be fine to use that oil.
These shampoo recipes aren’t tear-free, so be sure to keep the soap out of your children’s eyes when they wash their hair. If the solution gets in someone’s eyes, rinse them with cool water for 15 minutes. If irritation still occurs, see a doctor.
Essential oils have many uses, from simply smelling delicious, to relaxation, to fortifying damaged, dry hair. Feel free to experiment with scent mixtures to find your favorite combinations. And remember, less is more when it comes to powerful oils. Be conservative with the amount of drops you use at first and add more later if the solution isn’t strong enough for you.
Some popular essential oils and their uses for shampoos include:
Chamomile: Use for fine to normal hair. Chamomile gives golden highlights and sheen to your hair, conditions, soothes inflamed scalps, and helps scaly scalps.
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is an antiseptic and can be used for dandruff treatment.
Lavender: Good for all hair types, it helps balance natural scalp oils, soothes the scalp and calms hair, promotes hair growth, and can be used to treat itchiness and dandruff.
Lemon: Use for oily hair and treatment for dry scalp and dandruff. Gives golden highlights and helps balance your scalp’s natural oils.
Lemongrass: Helps oily hair by slowing down scalp oil production.
Peppermint: Use with dry hair. Peppermint promotes growth by stimulating circulation.
Rosemary: Good for oily hair, dandruff treatment, and promoting hair growth.
Tea Tree: Can be used to treat a dry scalp, dandruff, and lice. Good for oily hair.
Thyme: Thyme is antiseptic, stimulates blood flow, and invigorates the scalp to help with hair loss.
Ylang Ylang: For oily hair, dandruff treatment, and stimulating hair growth. Oil is soothing and antiseptic.
Your scalp will need a few weeks to adjust to your natural shampoo. It’s important to be patient as the natural oils are redeposited onto your scalp and your hair soaks up all the healthy ingredients you are now feeding your locks.
Your natural essential oil shampoo will allow you to wash your hair less. And once you see the shine and vitality that your hair will get from all-natural soap, you’ll never use grocery store shampoo again!
I personally enjoy 2 oz. of Aloe Vera Juice in my morning glass of unsweetened cranberry juice. I also have an additional 1 to 2 oz. later on during the day as well, added in my water. It does have a taste, but I have gotten use to it. After you start to feel how much the Aloe Vera Juice helps you, the taste will totally be worth it!
Directions: Add 2 to 6 oz of Aloe Vera Juice daily to water, juice or even the into protein shakes.
That’s often the first question people ask when considering whether to add aloe vera juice to their diet.
Maybe you’ve heard stories about mothers who use the juice to get babies to stop sucking their pacifiers.
All I can say is that tolerating the unusual taste of aloe vera juice is definitely worth it!
And it’s probably even a good thing. Beware of companies that claim their juice doesn’t have an unpleasant taste. The process for removing the taste can leave the juice with only 10 to 15 percent aloe vera.
And sky’s the limit when it comes to the benefits of drinking aloe vera juice on a regular basis:
Get Lots of Vitamins and Minerals
Maintain Dental Health
Supports Cholesterol Levels Already in the Normal Range
Promote Hair Growth
That’s just the beginning!
The benefits are practically endless, and impossible to summarize in an article like this.
1. Stay Regular
Along with cleansing the body, drinking aloe vera can also improve digestion and colon health, which for many people can make many health problems better. As they say, “the road to health is paved with good intestines.”
2. Consume Lots of Vitamins
Aloe vera juice is a vitamin storehouse.
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12… aloe vera juice has them all!
Drinking aloe vera juice can keep you well-hydrated and feeling great. And staying hydrated can ward of thirst that leads to hunger and fatigue.
4. Absorb Minerals
Aloe vera juice contains lots of minerals that your body needs every single day. Calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron… these are just a few human staples aloe vera juice can provide in spades.
5. Support Blood Sugar Levels Already in the Normal Range
Since aloe vera juice can support blood sugar, drinking it regularly can be good for many.
6. Stimulate Hair Growth
Want longer hair?
Try drinking some aloe vera juice! The juice can help moisturize and maintain the right PH balance.
7. Protect Those Pearly Whites
Aloe vera juice is rich in the vitamins and minerals that promote dental health by protecting your mouth and gums. You’ve probably even seen toothpaste that contains aloe vera.
8. Supports the Immune System
Rich in vitamin c, a few shots of aloe vera juice can help support the respiratory system.
9. Cleanse the System
Stress and the crappy food we eat can leave our bodies full of harmful toxins that every once in a while should be removed.
It’s vitamins, minerals and other trace elements that help keep the body clean.
10. Fights Free Radicals
We’ve hardly talked at all about antioxidants.
But aloe vera juice has those too… the antioxidants that can fight off harmful free radicals.
Drinking aloe vera juice regularly will give you a good chance of boosting your immunity to sickness.
11.Supports Healthy Skin
Some experts say drinking aloe vera juice is a great way to control skin issues.
Along with hydrating the body (which is key), the nutrients in aloe vera juice may support healthy inflammation.
12. Support cholesterol levels already in the normal range
By reducing triglycerides, aloe vera juice can be great for supporting healthy cholesterol levels.
There was a time when people had to make their own aloe vera juice to enjoy the many health benefits of this amazing concoction. Today, aloe vera juice is much easier to find.
Just in case you still think the juice isn’t right for you, let’s review the list of benefits one last time:
Consume Lots of Vitamins
Support Blood Sugar Levels Already in the Normal Range
Stimulate Hair Growth
Protect Those Pearly Whites
Supports Immune System
Cleanse the System
Fights Free Radicals
Supports Healthy Skin
Supports Cholesterol Levels Already in the Normal Range
Dan is a fanatical health nut who religiously takes supplements every day. And when he’s not taking supplements, he’s reading just about every health article he can find. He’s addicted to NSP’s Nature’s Harvest, Ionic Minerals, Relief Formula and Chlorophyll ES.
Q:“Microbiome” is one of the natural health industry’s latest buzzwords. What is it and why is it important?
A: Outside of the lab, organisms rarely live in isolation, but instead live in complex communities; this relationship is referred to as symbiosis. The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, 90 trillion of which are bacteria and fungi that live on us and in us and perform needed or harmful activities. Some of them help with digestion or help extract vitamins or nutrients from food. Others can cause serious illness when not kept in check. Over the past 10 years or so, researchers have discovered that some gut bacteria – when not kept in check by a healthy microbiome – can produce enough endotoxins to trigger a host of problems. For example, endotoxins in the bloodstream have been associated with blood sugar imbalance and weight management issues. If you think of the gut being its own ecosystem, that’s a good analogy for a microbiome.
The health of the microbiome is directly linked with energy levels, immune system health and more. So it’s vital to keep the gut healthy for overall wellbeing.
Q:What steps can a person take to properly care for his/her microbiome?
A: Maintaining a healthy microbiome begins with diet as what we eat can influence the balance of gut microflora. Eating a high-fiber, low-carb diet with lots of vegetables and plenty of protein supports healthy glucose levels, staves off hunger and sugar cravings, and supports pancreatic health. Certain fermentable fibers such as inulin (onions are a good source) give the gut bacteria a vital food source while protein nourishes the body and helps with satiety without overworking the pancreas.
Next we can support the microbiome with key nutrients:
Berberine is a constituent found in a few plants that not only helps support the microbiome, it helps support already-balanced blood sugar levels.
Probiotics (friendly flora) taken daily help maintain the levels of good bacteria in the gut. NutriBiome™ Bacillus Coagulans is able to survive the acidic environment of the stomach, unlike most strains that can lose up to 95% of their viable microbes.
Love and Peas® Sugar Free is a high-protein, low-carb meal replacement powder that allows us the health benefits of nutritious protein, including a feeling of fullness without animal products, gluten, dairy or sugar.
Q:Does cleansing help the gut stay healthy?
A: Yes, periodic cleansing can help remove accumulating waste and toxins from the body, including the microbiome, which is important to helping maintain a healthy balance.
The body is home to two large groups of firmicutes and bacteroides bacteria. Firmicutes extract more energy from food, which is largely unnecessary in today’s western society. Further, some produce potentially harmful endotoxins. These should be eliminated.
New CleanStart® Mild is an effective cleansing program that features psyllium, triphala Ayurvedic fruit blend, bentonite and magnesium. It works in several ways:
supports the body’s natural, everyday cleansing of waste and environmental toxins
provides 5 grams of fiber per serving to help gently move contents through the digestive system for elimination
supports the body’s natural processes of detoxification of the liver, kidneys and bowel
helps maintain energy levels and supports well-being
helps support repopulation of the microbiome with Bacillus coagulans
For best results, consult your physician about using a CleanStart® program two or three times a year for cleansing benefits.
Q:What else helps with toxins?
A: Our new Detox Basics formula was designed to help with DAILY detoxification. Cleansing is only advised from time to time, but we can nourish the body with important nutrients (included in Detox Basics) every day to provide needed detox support:
Milk thistle for liver detoxification support
Berberine for gut health support and to combat endotoxins
N-Acetyl-Cysteine to help upregulate critical cytochrome P450 enzymes, which help process potentially toxic compounds including drugs
Turmeric and Vitamin C to support the immune system
Bacillus coagulans produces lactic acid in the gut, which changes the microenvironment to support healthy microbiome balance
Eating cruciferous vegetables also helps because they assist in hormone balance and in the breakdown of toxins and excretion of heavy metals.
When we clean up the gut and resupply the “good guys,” we give our microbiome the best chance to not just survive, but thrive.
Q:What makes new NutriBiome Bacillus coagulans unique?
A: Bacillus coagulans is a unique, gut-friendly, spore-forming bacteria. Studies show that this strain provides relief from digestive upset, including occasional diarrhea, bloating and gas. It helps detoxify the microbiome and supports immune health. Interestingly, Bacillus coagulans is a heat-stable spore, so it’s got a higher survival rate in the stomach’s acidic environment than most probiotics. That makes Bacillus coagulans highly versatile and portable. I think people will really love it.
REMOVE, REPAIR, REPLENISH…
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