Conversations about hair. Coconut + essential oil mask

We girls have our haircare routines, which can generally be very different. It of course depends on the type of your hair. Some like to invest a lot of time and money and the other ones (that would be both of us) don’t have time for it all and just try to keep it short and simple. Something else crucial is to keep the routine natural and as chemical free a possible.

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MU: My hair has natural locks, which sound like fun, but in reality it cost me a lot of nerves when they were longer. At some point I just decided to cut them because it was taking way too much time. Now I’m growing them back because of my experience with essential oils. It helps me keep my hair in shape all the time. I’ve reached the point when I wake up and don’t even have to check them in the mirror before I go out. Sounds too good to be true but it actually works for me.My first rule is – never use a hairdryer (even in winter).

IU: Completely agree to no hairdryer rule if I’m going for a messy a little curly a lot of ingrida-summer-hair-city-hairvolume looks but I do use it just a bit if I feel like having straight hair. I’d rub a few drops of lavender and massage a few drops of lemon before drying.

MU: My second rule – I use DIY hair mask from 2 simple ingredients Coconut oil and 5-10 drops of essential oil 2 to 4 times a month. It’s easier to apply the oils on if the hair is wet so I just touch it with some water before applying it and keep the mask on depending on the situation from 2 to 24 hours. Afterwards I just wash my hair and let it dry naturally. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to put the mask on and it can stay on your hair as long as you want. Fast and simple method which always works if you need your hare to look spectacular for some special event and don’t want to stay hours standing before the mirror… I hate that.

IU: Sometimes I like keeping it on for a couple of days – coconut and lavender is a fantastic combo during the beach holiday.

MU: My favourite combination for the mask is Rosemary and Lemon, which also gives you an energising effect as well as could be effective dealing with hair loss but also try switching it around with Tea Tree + Orange, Lemon + Sage, Bergamot + Lavender.

IU: Yes! Experiment with different oils. Sage + Lemon is my absolute favourite but then I tend to add lemon to any combination I make, seems like it brings out the highlights. I never dyed my hair but I noticed putting a few drops of it especially in the summer makes my hair look a few shades lighter and shinier.

Also, a great way of choosing a combination for a hair mask is thinking about effect the oil has on the hair as well as the emotional state. For example I’d go for lavender in the evening to calm me down before sleep and rosemary or sage in the morning if I needed to concentrate. Double dip!

IMU: What do you do? We would love to hear more about your experiences, recipes and ideas! So leave a comment below and take good care of your precious hair!

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10 important interesting things about essential oils

1. Therapeutic grade essential oils have no expiration date if they are stored well.

2. You should never heat up the oils over 90 C because they lose aromatic and therapeutic benefits.

3. If you make DIY sprays or any beauty products with EO always keep them in a glass containers. Undiluted essential oils can break down specific types of plastic at high concentrations. This may compromise the oil, and may cause leakage.

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4. When putting the oils on your skin always have a carrier oil with you if you should feel any irritation. Most of EO should be diluted before applying them. Mixing EO with water will enhance the effect on your skin, so that’s actually really useful if you are considering making DIY body spray with two ingredients – water and EO. Try out the Peppermint + Lavender spray for hot summer days it helped me fight the heat many times.

5. All citrus essential oils like Lemon, Orange, Lime etc. react to sunlight so you should avoid applying these oils on your skin if you are going to spent some time outside in the sun.

6. Carrier oils are very important for Aromatherapy and can differ in quality. Some oils can be absorbed faster than the others. For example Shea butter is great for your lips and can help protect your skin from cold and wind in winter but it feels a bit heavy and stays on your skin for a long time. Jojoba is great for all face skin procedures because it doesn’t leave a shiny effect and is absorbed quit fast. The most universal oil which I use a lot is coconut oil. It has a very pleasant smell and is great for your skin and hair.

7. Essential oils are volatile products and stay in your body for about 48 hours during which they can influence psychological and physical processes in a positive way.

8. Some oils can increase your concentration levels (Peppermint, Rosemary), others have relaxing and soothing effects (Lavender). Some are great to deal with muscle pain after workout (Wintergreen, Basil) and some are helpful for our hormone system because of their ability to influence hormone levels and to balance them (Sage, Thyme, Sandalwood).  15183925_10154173176047198_42201918_o

9. Your hair is great when it comes to absorbing and carrying the smell so one of my favourite methods for using EO is simply rubbing them in to slightly wet hair.

10. Everyone is different so there will always be oils you love and some which you won’t. Some oils can be very unpleasant even if we know how good they are supposed to be for us.This happens because of our limbic system and its function to connect different information like smell, memories and emotions (check this link for full explanation about limbic system: http://www.quinessence.com/blog/the-limbic-system ) Try to find your favourites because they can lift you up by simply sending the message to your brain that everything is going great! The smell can bring you back in time for pleasant memories or surround you with positive associations and that’s something you are going to be thankful for because most of us live in such fast changing environment and have to deal with stress daily. So if you are having a rainy day, carry your sunshine in your bag or pocket and breathe it in at anytime.  15184015_10154173176692198_1458417860_o

Therapeutische ätherische Öle

Es gibt so viel Information und Angebot am Markt der ätherischen Öle, dass man sich dazwischen leicht verlieren kann. Schwierig erscheint es den Überblick zu behalten, zwischen der Qualität und reinen Quantität an Produkten. Die Preisunterschiede schwanken unglaublich, zum Beispiel kostet die gleiche Menge Melissen Öl zwischen 5 und 180 Euro pro Flasche. Was ist der Unterschied zwischen dem bunten Fläschchen aus dem Drogerie Markt und Amazon oder anerkannten Firmen, wie Young Living? Wieso sollte man mehr Geld für das gleiche Produkt ausgeben und was sind die Sparkonsequenzen?

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Menschen die sich schon länger mit der Aromatherapie beschäftigen, werden ihnen immer den gleichen Rat geben: verwenden Sie nur die Öle, welche mit dem Grad therapeutisch gekennzeichnet sind. Was heißt das also? Es gibt 4 Typen der ätherischen Öle heute auf dem Markt:

         Synthetische (im Labor hergestellt)

         Angereicherte oder gepanschte (Duftstoff Grad)

         Natürliche und zertifizierte Öle

         Therapeutisch hochgradige ätherische Öle

Synthetische Öle sind auf dem Markt weit verbreitet, da sie billig produziert sind. Sie haben keine therapeutische Wirkung und können sogar schädlich sein. Duftstoff Öle können gesundheitsschädliche Chemikalien enthalten. Beide Typen findet man in Drogerien, Souvenirläden und sogar Naturläden. Der Schwerpunkt bei „natürlichen“ und „biologischen“ Ölen liegt auf dem Wachstum in einer natürlichen Umwelt ohne Chemie, was logischerweise einen gravierenden Schritt bei der Qualität bedeutet, im Vergleich zu den anderen. Es bestehen zwei Problemfelder. Erstens, werden die Begriffe wie „natürlich“ oder „biologisch“ viel zu oft für Werbestrategien verwendet und sind nicht wirklich genau kontrollierbar. Und zweitens, sagt es nichts über die Prozesse der Destillation aus, die für die chemischen Zutaten des Öls entscheidend sind. Diese drei Typen der ätherischen Öle machen den größten Teil des Marktes aus.

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Therapeutische Öle sind reine, medizinische, dampfdestillierte Öle, mit allen gewünschten therapeutischen Wirkstoffen, die man innerlich und äußerlich  anwenden kann, wenn man sich vor der Anwendung gut darüber informiert. Das heißt, dass sie sich nicht nur durch die hohe Qualität auszeichnen, sondern auch ihre Gesundheit und Wellness steigern können.

Es gibt wenig Firmen, die therapeutische ätherische Öle anbieten und sie sollten sich gut informieren, bevor sie das Produkt kaufen. Wir verwenden Produkte von Young Living, weil die Firma eine offene Politik (jeder kann die Pflanzenfelder besuchen und diese aus erster Hand erfahren)  und strenge Kontrollen bei der Produktion anbietet, mit dem Siegel „Seed to Seal“.

Alles worüber wir schreiben werden, kann nur deswegen positive Auswirkungen auf unseren Alltag haben, weil wir unsere Erfahrungen mit therapeutischen Ölen gemacht haben und es bringt uns jeden Tag neue Inspiration und Freude.

 Also… Tief einatmen.

 

Therapeutic grade Essential Oils

It is easy to loose oneself in an essential oil market. The range of information and oil supply is vast and it can be difficult to choose and more importantly to fully evaluate the differences in quality. The price range is huge, a bottle of Melissa online could cost you from 5£ to 180£. So what are the differences between them, why should you pay more for the bottle same size and what are the consequences of choosing the cheaper one?

Main advice if you are using oils – use only the best quality ones. There are 4 types of essential oils on the market today:essential_oil_pyramid-copy

  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils
  • Natural and certified oils
  • Enriched or adulterated (perfume grade)
  • Synthetic (manufactured in the laboratory)

 

Synthetic oils are widely used purely because they are much cheaper, they have no therapeutic effect and could even be harmful in some cases. Perfume grade oils can be adulterated and contain chemicals. Both of the two previous types can be sold in convenience stores (even the healthy ones), drugstores and souvenir shops.  The “natural” and “organic” oils are distilled from the plants grown in a natural environment without chemicals, which is a huge step up compared to synthetic, and perfume grade ones. However, there are two problems there. Firstly, terms ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ are used very loosely these days and are not an indicator anymore; secondly it does not tell us anything about the distillation process which is crucial in extracting all the right compounds. All of the above make up most of essential oil market.6127562625_288796a9d6_o

23145184734_d998e47760_oLastly, the smallest category is Therapeutic grade. Whenever we talk about essential oils we refer to therapeutic oils which are pure, medical, steam-distilled, contain all desired therapeutic ingredients. They are highest quality, safe and can bring benefits to your health and wellness.

There are a few companies that offer therapeutic essential oils and researching your source is a must. Inform yourself well before buying the product. We use Young Living because of it’s open company policy (everyone can visit their farms and have a first hand experience) and strict controls on the production and “Seed to Seal” process.

Everything what we are going to write on this Blog is based on our positive experiences that inspire us and is bringing joy to us every day.

Let’s take a deep breath.

 

How to get the smell of Rio back

I had a great opportunity to visit Rio in the Summer of 2007. I went on a concert tour with lots of amazing memories which I still carry with me. One of those is a smell and taste of raw papaya… So as you can imagine it’s almost impossible to get these fruits ripe enough in Europe but I still risk from time to time and then leave them on my window for days hoping they would ripe…

Last time I opened one that was pretty sweet and juicy inside it was on a cold morning  and the first snow was already outside.. I really needed that warm memory of Rio back to get the kick for the day… So I came up with idea of putting 2 drops of Citrus Fresh oil blend on the fruit. It was the last element to bring the exact feeling and taste of Copa Cabana in to my room!

I think that’s a perfect flavour to add to my fresh fruit salad. The taste depends a lot from the smell and the taste of the oil blend is really refreshing in the morning added to a glass of water. How does the smell of Brazilian summer go with the snowy mountain panorama? Well…