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First… here are some better health thoughts and roses.
Merri and I love roses. You can order orange autumn and Halloween roses, like these here.
However we use roses for much more than their beauty… with rose essential oil.
At Jyske Bank’s recent Global Wealth seminar many delegates asked about my cologne… telling me how much they liked it.
I have not used cologne for something like 40 years.
The delegates were picking up the aroma of the essential oils I use….as Merri says “drench myself in!”
There are three ways I use essential oils almost every day.
First, I use the essential oil, rose otto in an Aloe Vera mixture as a face cream after shaving.
For whatever reason, I have stuck with the barbaric habit, learned from my teens, of scrapping a sharp blade across my face every day. Gillette has refined the concept so it works quite well, but… a blade is a blade as in in sharp… ouch…. cut… scrape. Especially after drying the skin in an airplane for 12 hours or so… the dry skin can fight back with the blade…
Therefore, rose otto rejuvination face gel.
The gel is really soothing and the smell is wonderful.
You can learn more about the 2 oz. amber glass jars of Rejuvenation Face Gel here.
Next… most mornings I give myself a partial “Abhyanga Massage” with an essential oil blend.
These massages tone the circulation, wake up the body’s metabolism, give the skin added protection and provide important nutrients.
Oil massages with essential oils help balance the system and eliminate impurities.
The motion of massage creates heat and friction which enhance circulation and help cleanse the areas of toxic buildup.
Ideally one can have a daily full self body oil massage. This is nourishing, relieves fatigue, provides stamina, pleasure and enhances sleep, improves the complexion and the luster of the skin, promotes longevity and nourishes all parts of the body.
Here are some of the benefits that can be gained from these regular self massages.
* Increased circulation, especially to nerve endings
* Toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
* Calming for the nerves
* Lubrication of the joints
* Increased mental alertness
* Improved elimination of impurities from the body
* Softer, smoother skin
* Increased levels of stamina through the day
* Better, deeper sleep at night
These abhyangas are traditionally performed in the morning, before a bath or shower and use cured sesame oil, an herbalized massage oil, or an aroma massage oil.
I use essential oil blends of jojoba and essential oils created by our friend from Candace Newman.
Often… when I do not feel I have time to give myself a full abhyanga, I at least massage my feet.
Foot massage for health have been used for at least 5,000 years ago. The idea is to stimulate acupuncture points in the feet. This is the principle of reflexology.
Reflexology works on the body’s energy flow. The feet have energy processing points linked to the entire body, so if there is a blockage of energy flow in the body, there is also a block in the feet. Pressure on the blocked points in the feet stimulates the flow of energy in the body.
Putting essential oil on these points stimulates and balances energy flow even more.
A daily foot massage makes us just a little better… each day. Done eery day… these little boosts are just like eating a bag of bad potato chips every day. The little bits add up (in a negative or positive way). 3,500 calories creates a pound. An eight ounce bag of chips is about 1,200 calories. Eat a bag once and nothing much happens. Eat one a day from 3 days and you add a pound… unless you cut back elsewhere or burn up 3,500 calories. In a month you’ve got 10 pounds.
The little things that we do every day in life add up!
These massages by the way can even help get rid of excess weight without exercises and dieting. This can be one of the most natural, scientific and healthy method of shedding unwanted fat and excess weight.
The weight loss treatment can even help reduce cholesterol levels.
More on that in an upcoming message.
Third, I use essential oil instead of a deodorant, or antiperspirant… usually lavender or geranium.
There are two reasons for this. First, there is quite a lot of evidence that deodorants and antiperspirants may be bad for your health.
There is a great article about this at control your www.impact.com entitled “Deodorants, Antiperspirants and Your Health.”
This article says: The goal of this article is to provide an overview of the health risks that come with the regular use of most deodorants and all antiperspirants.
This first part of the series will explain the basics: the cause of body odor, the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants, and a short overview on both products. The second part of this series will look into the connection between the aluminum in antiperspirants and Alzheimer’s Disease. The third part will focus on the aluminum in antiperspirants and Breast Cancer. The fourth part will talk about the connection between Deodorants, Parabens and Breast Cancer. The final part will delve into alternatives to aluminum / parabens containing antiperspirants / deodorants.
If you use deodorants or antiperspirants I recommend you read the entire article. Here are few key points from it:
Sweat has no odor, the familiar unpleasant odor is caused by bacteria that live on our skin and hair. These bacteria metabolize the proteins and fatty acids from our apocrine sweat, causing body odor.
Deodorants deal with the smell by neutralizing it and by killing the bacteria that metabolize the proteins and fatty acids.
Antiperspirants on the other hand, try to prevent sweating by blocking the pores using aluminum. Without sweat, the bacteria cannot metabolize proteins and fatty acids that cause body odor.
Antiperspirants – The Over-The-Counter Drug
It might be a surprise to learn that the antiperspirant you use daily is in fact an over-the-counter (OTC) drug. As mentioned, Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with aluminum salts in order to prevent the release of sweat, effectively changing the function of the body. Antiperspirants are considered to be drugs because they affect the physiology of the body. 
Because antiperspirants are drugs, they are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Consequently, every antiperspirant sold in the US has a Drug Identification Number (DIN), which you can find on the label. A document called ‘monograph’ states requirements for categories of nonprescription drugs such as antiperspirants. It defines for example what ingredients may be used and for what intended use. If the standards of the OTC monograph are met, premarket approval of a potentially new OTC product is not necessary.
Antiperspirants contain many ingredients. However, part II and III of this series will focus on the active ingredient for antiperspirants: Aluminum. Most antiperspirants also contain paraben, an ingredient that is also used in deodorants.
As mentioned, deodorants deal with body odor by neutralizing the smell and by killing the bacteria that metabolize the proteins and fatty acids that occur in sweat.
In the last decade one particular ingredient in deodorants has become controversial: Paraben, a widely used preservative. Part IV will focus on paraben and its health effects.
Deodorants and Antiperspirants are Considered to be Safe
Both antiperspirants and deodorants are considered to be safe by the FDA, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and the Mayo Clinic.
However, as you will learn in this series, FDA regulation does not mean that a drug is without danger. Like prescription drugs, the FDA oversees OTC drugs to ensure that they are properly labeled and that their benefits outweigh their risks.
There are many products or ingredients of products that have become controversial in regards to health effects. However, this does not mean that products will be taken off the market until deemed safe. Often, the FDA does not consider the evidence of danger to consumer’s health strong enough to take action.
The FDA will be the main subject of a future article, but if you want to research some of the bad decisions the FDA has made in the past, then Google some examples of product that only got pulled off the shelves when it became too obvious that people were dying due to heart attacks caused by these medications: ‘Vioxx’, ‘Celebrex’ and ‘Bextra’. The conclusion of this debacle according to leading cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol:
Neither of the two major forces in this 5-and-a-half-year affair — neither Merck nor the FDA — fulfilled its responsibilities to the public.
So I am not putting that stuff (Deodorants or Antiperspirants) under my arms in the sensitive lymph area… ever.
“These areas are so important to health that my friend Jay Glaser M.D. suggest avoiding regular soap for cleaning these areas. In his book “Body Renewal – The Lost Art of Self Repair” Jay writes: Use gentle glycerin soap only in the groin and underarms. Otherwise use mung bean flour, barley flour or chickpea flour instead of soap, available in Indian groceries (mung bean flour is usually best, but you can try them all). Keep your flour in a dry container near the shower, moisten it in your fingertips and gently apply it to the areas to be cleansed.”
Jay, by the way is one of the best healers I know… an MD and ayurvedic physician who spent years learning ayurved in India. When Merri and I first began improving our health through Panchakarma. See more on this at Ecuador Shamanic Way.
Jay was the medical director along with John Douillard and Deepak Chopra at the health center. Over the next seven years we developed a friendship and when we were invited to hike into the Llangantis deep in the Ecuador’s Oriente to learn more about the shamanic life… Jay and his wife Danielle were the first we asked to join us. Sanskrit is the root of Quechua the language of the Andes and Jay’s knowledge of Sanskrit and ayurvedic healing were invaluable in helping us see connections between Indian and Andean healing.
Jay’s book “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Repair is a must read.
You can order it on Amazon.com by clicking here Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Repair
Here is Merri and me with Jay overlooking the LLanganatis.
Personally, I avoid soap every other day and on weekends. I just shower in warm water. I am not sure what the health benefits are but I do know that commercially marketed soaps can be dangerous.
Take for example, “Softsoap Antibacterial Soap” a brand of liquid hand soap manufactured by Colgate Palmolive. Check the label of this soap and you will read the words. “Proven to eliminate the dirt and germs your family encounters. Contains light moisturizer to leave your hands feeling soft. GENTLE ENOUGH FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. As with any soap avoid contact with eyes.”
What does this really mean. How can we find out how products really are?
There is a way.
Every product shipped in the USA has to have an OSHA regulated form called a “Materials Safety Data Sheet”. This form is meant to protect workers shipping and handling products. You can find the real story behind a products toxicity by looking up the “MSDS.” Take for example the Softsoap’s MSDS.
Get ready to cringe. The “MSDS” on this chemical based formula that is “gentle enough for the whole family” states under the general controls section “Avoid contact with skin and eyes.” It warns workers to wear rubber gloves while using this and such. How this warning is mysteriously converted into gentleness on the store shelves is beyond me, but you can see the “MSDS” for yourself.
Though it is doubtful that Softsoap alone will be really harmful to our health, we must wonder how many other things that are pushed on us as safe and gentle when they really are not. How many of these light toxins does our body have to deal with every day? How many of our allergies, diseases and imbalances are created by this continual bombardment of chemicals that do not kill, but each take their little tolls?
So I use soap under my arms lightly.
This can bring no harm and at the least I save a few bucks a year in reduced soap costs!
Then I use lavender or geranium essential oil mixed with jojoba oil. Essential oils are so strong that its better not to apply them direct to skin without mixing them in a neutral oil like jojoba.
Both lavender and geranium oils are antibacterial and may have health benefits instead of detriments… plus they smell really good. Hence everyone wanting to know about my (non existent) cologne.
The website organicfacts.net says: The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to remove nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. Lavender has the Latin name Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma that gives the feeling of a clean aroma.
Lavender fields photo from organicfacts.net.
Geranium oil is an anti bacterial oil distilled from the leaves and stems of the geranium plant which are harvested just before flowering and helps relieve depression, anxiety and frustration. This oil has more than 250 different molecules belonging to many chemical families. Its dual balancing actions are due to its high content of stimulating alcohols and relaxing esters. Its balanced chemistry results in its regulating effect on hormonal systems and it acts on the adrenal cortex to balance the nervous system.
Use Rose Otto essential oil on your face and lavender or geranium essential oils under your arms. Get ready for people to ask “what smells so good”.
I showed this article to Jay Glaser and he wrote me: “Rose oil is also known in the Vedic medical sciences for its cooling and calming properties. Another important essential oil anyone can use for creating more balance is sandalwood oil, which has a cooling, purifying effect on both body and mind. It is traditionally also used for spiritual purposes, because it soothes the emotions, calms irritability and settles the intellect. Yogis use it therefore to have clearer meditations free of distracting thoughts. You can place a small amount over the heart, the seat of the emotions, to free your awareness in order to focus. Good sandalwood oil has come more into demand and sandalwood trees more rare, so get it from a reliable source that preserves the trees.”
Jay is correct about sandalwood. The genuine sandalwood trres are medium-sized trees of the genus Santalum that grow mainly in India, Australia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Islands. Santalum album, or Indian sandalwood, is currently a threatened species and consequently very expensive. To preserve this wonderful species use sandalwood sparingly.
I buy almost all of my essential from our friend Candace Newman (The OiIlady). She has been offering essential oils for decades and has a great website about their uses. Candace offers the best in pure essential oils including lavender, geranium and rose otto. She also produces the wonderful rose otto facial rejuvenation gel and is a reliable source for sandalwood oil produced in a way that preserves sandalwood trees.
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