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Cut the Chemicals and Enjoy More Energy

Cut the Chemicals and Enjoy More Energy

via Cut the Chemicals and Enjoy More Energy.

A closer look at chemicals in our products and the effects they have on us. It makes for a scary read but don’t worry you wont find one of the nasties in this article in any of dollop’s products! dollop is committed to keeping things 100% natural and that’s how things will stay.

Stay natural, stay wonderful πŸ™‚

Lal x


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Top cosmetic and personal care chemicals that cause hormonal disruption

Top cosmetic and personal care chemicals that cause hormonal disruption

via Top cosmetic and personal care chemicals that cause hormonal disruption.

This article goes a long way to explaining why dollop doesn’t use these chemicals! In fact dollop doesn’t use ANY chemicals at all! We’re 100% natural, no preservatives, emulisifiers, stabilisers, fragrances or colours, just how nature intended and just what your skin loves πŸ™‚

Keep an eye out for future posts on other synthetic ingredients that we don’t use and why.

Stay natural, stay wonderful πŸ™‚

Lal x


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A quick and easy body butter recipe

Just a quick one! I’m not sure this is strictly a butter, as it uses two oils, but the concept is the same!

I thought of this when I needed a dollop of something for after a shower so I whipped up a quick batch. So easy and effective!

Ingredients

30g coconut oil
10g olive oil
Your choice of essential oils

I used the kitchen ingredients I had to hand. You can substitute olive oil for sunflower, grapeseed, wheatgerm, peanut, whatever you have to hand. Substitute coconut oil for any fruit, seed or nut butter. Coconut oil is a white solid at room temperature, it is widely available in supermarkets and much easier to source than many ingredients I use.

Method

Melt the coconut oil over a bain marie/double boiler. Add the olive oil, stir and remove from the heat.

I put the liquid into a cold bowl at this stage. Put in the fridge for 30 mins.

Add any essential oils that you like, around 10 drops, or however you like it, or keep it fragrance free if you prefer.

Whisk the ingredients, if they are cold enough they will form a thick, white cream. If not refrigerate for another 15 minutes and try again.

Use this simple body butter on damp skin after bathing. For facial use try using a floral water as a skin toner then using this butter, it will help soak in the benefits of the water. Must be used on wet/damp skin otherwise it will be very greasy. Suitable for normal and dry skins if you follow my exact recipe. Other oils/butters will be beneficial to other skin types.

It will store in a cool, dark place until the earliest expiry date of the ingredients used.

As there is not emulsion (water and oil mixture) like in lotions, this butter requires no preservatives. That’s how we do it at dollop, we keep it simple so we can keep the chemicals out.

Stay natural, stay wonderful πŸ™‚

Lal x

Disclaimer

The content of these pages is for general information purposes only. Any reliance on this information is therefore strictly at your own risk. dollop accepts no responsibility for the incorrect use of the information this page contains. Where cited the information used is from a third party source and this should be referred to for full information. By using third party information dollop does not claim to verify or confirm the content of such. This site can be linked to other sites that dollop has no control over in regard to content, nature or availability. Any inclusion of links via comments etc are not endorsed or recommended by dollop. dollop does not claim to provide any curative or diagnostic information and advises that anyone with a medical condition, suspected medical condition, taking medication or who is pregnant or breast feeding to consult a doctor or qualified aromatherapist before using any of the natural products discussed.


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Terminology explained

Terminology explained: Therapeutic actions of essential oils

Aromatherapy is full of medical terminology used to describe the therapeutic actions of the essential oils. Here’s a glossary of some of the more frequently used terms that might be useful when researching the subject:

Analgesic – relieves pain

Anticonvulsive – counteracts convulsions

Antidepressant – relieves depression and melancholy

Anti-inflammatory – relieves inflammation

Antiseptic – inhibits bacterial growth

Antispasmodic – relieves muscle spasms

Antitoxic – counteracts the effects of poison

Astringent – contracts tissues

Carminative – removes gas from bowels

Cholagogue – increases bile flow from the gall bladder to small intestine

Choleretic – stimulates bile secretion

Cicatrisant – aids scar formation

Cytophylactic – aids cell regeneration

Demulcent – has a soothing effect on the skin

Deodorant – effective against body odour

Digestive – improves digestion

Diuretic – increases urine production

Emmenagogue – promotes menstruation

Erythema – redness of the skin caused by the dilation of blood vessels

Expectorant – aids removal of catarrh and other broncho-pulmonary secretions

Febrifuge – lowers high temperatures and fevers

Rubefacient – stimulates circulation locally, causing erythema

Sedative – has a calming effect

Stomachic – of benefit to the stomach

Sudorific – promotes sweating

Tonic – generally beneficial to the body or specific area treated

Vermifuge – aids the expulsion of intestinal worms

Vulnerary – promotes wound healing

Taken from: Tisserand, R., 1994, pp 307 – 312

 

Hope that clears things up a little!

Stay natural, stay wonderful J

Lal x

www.dollop.yolasite.com for paraben free, aromatherapy bodycare

References

Tisserand, R., 1994, The Art of Aromatherapy. Seventeenth Impression. Essex: The C. W. Daniel Company.

 

 


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Profile on: Bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia)

Profile on Bergamot Essential Oil (Citrus bergamia)

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Native to tropical Asia and only found in Europe in a coastal area of Calabria in Italy for some time, bergamot is now cultivated and produced in the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Morocco and Corsica [1], [2]. It is produced by cold expression of the nearly ripe peel of the fruit of the bergamot tree and should not be confused with the herb bergamot sometimes known as bee balm (Mondarda didyma). This fruit is too sour to be edible so is therefore cultivated primarily for essential oil production and of course the production of Earl Grey Tea.

It was named after the Italian city of Bergamo, which is said to be the place the oil was first sold. It uses in folk medicine are only seen in Italian history, no other countries document using it. In the modern age bergamot is widely used in aromatherapy and has particular use in treating skin, mouth, respiratory and urinary tract infections [2].

Bergamot has a carminative effect on the digestive system and is indicated in the relief of nervous indigestion, loss of appetite due to emotional stress, colic, flatulence and indigestion [1]. It is also indicated in the treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa [1]. A topical massage would be a recommended treatment for these conditions, although bergamot oil is also available in capsule form to be taken internally. DO NOT ingest the essential oil!

It’s herby, citrus aroma is both sedative and uplifting. It is frequently used in cases of stress, anxiety and depression [1]. It has a relaxing, calming and restoring effect on both body and mind. A regular massage, skin application or inhalation will relieve stress, calm the mind and uplift the spirit. It is also said to aid concentration and is recommended as a study aid or to help combat exam stress [3].

Bergamot has many beneficial effects on the immune system and can help fight the herpes simplex I virus that causes cold sores [1]. It is also indicated in the treatment of colds and flu due to its pulmonary antiseptic qualities [2]. In conjunction with lavender and tea tree oil it is effective in the treatment of chicken pox, shingles and cold sores [1]. Similarly it is effective in the treatment of infections. Cystitis and urinary tract infections can be prevented from spreading by using bergamot oil in the bath [1].

Due to its antiseptic qualities, bergamot is indicated in the treatment of wounds and acne. Recommended for oily skin types, bergamot regulates sebum production also making it suitable for problem skin. It is recommended in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, varicose veins, ulcers, insect bites and as an insect repellent [1], [2]. A great skin tonic for young skin that is prone to excess oil, acne or spots.

Bergamot has analgesic effects, in fact it stimulates the secretion of hormones that lessen the nerves sensitivity to pain. As it is also anti-spasmodic it is very useful in massage for relieving tired, aching and tense muscles and promoting relaxation and healing.

Recently bergamot has been indicated for use in cases of high cholesterol and the regulation of blood glucose, see http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/bergamot_for_cholesterol for the full low down.

Some caution must be used when using bergamot essential oil. It contains bergapentene which is phototoxic. Do not use bergamot essential oil or products that contain this oil before exposure to bright sunlight as it increases the skins sun sensitivity [1]. Bergamot essential oils and products that contain the oil should be stored in a dark place.

Summary of therapeutic indications

Colic

Indigestion

Flatulence

Loss of appetite due to emotional stress

Cold sores

Chicken pox and shingles

Insomnia

Anxiety

Stress

Depression

Cystitis

Pain

Varicose veins

High cholesterol

Blood glucose imbalances

Urinary tract infections

Coughs, colds and flu

Wounds

Acne

Oily skin

Eczema

Psoriasis

Bergamot blends well with the following essential oils: Clary Sage, Frankincense, Mandarin, Jasmine, Cypress, Geranium, Sandalwood, Orange, Rosemary, Vetiver and Ylang-Ylang.

I hope you enjoyed the information. As always please feel free to comment or ask questions, and please like and share!

Go to www.dollop.yolasite.com for our range of Beautiful Bergamot paraben free, aromatherapy skincare. We’re launching our products in the UK in February. Try our dollop Beautiful Bergamot face cream, body lotion, massage oil and more!

Stay natural, stay wonderful J

Lal x

References

[1] Battaglia, S., 2003, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Sixth Edition. Australia: The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy.

[2] Lawless, J., 1992, The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils. Dorset: Element Books.

[3] Worwood, V. A., 1991, The Fragrant Pharmacy. London: Bantam Books.

Disclaimer

The content of these pages is for general information purposes only. Any reliance on this information is therefore strictly at your own risk. dollop accepts no responsibility for the incorrect use of the information this page contains. Where cited the information used is from a third party source and this should be referred to for full information. By using third party information dollop does not claim to verify or confirm the content of such. This site can be linked to other sites that dollop has no control over in regard to content, nature or availability. Any inclusion of links via comments etc are not endorsed or recommended by dollop. dollop does not claim to provide any curative or diagnostic information and advises that anyone with a medical condition, suspected medical condition, taking medication or who is pregnant or breast feeding to consult a doctor or qualified aromatherapist before using any of the natural products discussed.

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How to use lavender – some home remedies and unusual uses

How to use lavender – some home remedies and unusual uses

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I hope you enjoyed my profile on lavender! I simply would be lost without this herb, in oil and dried form, it’s just so useful! I grow it in my garden for a guaranteed supply in herb form, I never have enough for my needs though so buy the rest from a small independent herbal shop.

Here are some of the simple ways I use lavender on a day to day basis. I hope you enjoy them πŸ™‚

Lavender in the bathroom

Feeling stressed, achy, tired, depressed or just generally yucky? Add 10-20 drops of lavender oil to your bath. Lavender will help relieve aching muscles, relieve tension, help with headaches, improve the condition of your skin and relieve a stuffy nose. As it is also antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial and helps boost the immune system it will help stave off winter germs. For an extra treat you could also add a sachet of oats, or a cup of bicarbonate of soda, Epsom salts or sea salt all of which improve skin condition. Always rinse off after adding these ingredients. Add a few drops of another essential oil too if you like, my favourites with lavender are ylang ylang, bergamot, rosewood, eucalyptus or rosemary depending on what I need at the time.

Fancy getting more technical? Try these:

Lavender, honey and oat body scrub

Exfoliating and deeply moisturising.

1 tbsp oats

2 tsp wheatgerm

1 tsp honey

Olive oil to combine

5-10 drops lavender essential oil

Mix all the ingredients, adding essential oil to your required strength of fragrance. Use on wet skin, rubbing in circular motions then rinse. Can also be used as an exfoliating mask if left on skin for 5-10 minutes. If you don’t have wheatgerm add sea salt or sugar instead. Of course other essential oils can be added, I like a few drops of ylang ylang or geranium, bergamot or rosewood are uplifting too.

Lavender, camomile and oat bath sachet

Half a cup of dried lavender

Half a cup of dried camomile

1 cup of oats

Use a piece of muslin to tie them in a loose bunch. If you don’t have muslin any thin material will do, I often use old tights or socks! Add them to your bath under the running water, just like a bath tea bag! In fact if you can find dried camomile flowers, use a few camomile tea bags.

Spots, pimples and blemishes

Lavender has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being anti septic, antifungal, antimicrobial and it helps to heal scar tissue. As it is safe to use neat on the skin a dab of the pure oil can be used on a spot or pimple or to help soothe an insect bite.

Lavender in the bedroom

Lavender is well known for its use in sleep inducing products, and for good reason, it does have excellent sedative effects. It also helps with stress and anxiety therefore promoting a peaceful sleep. Simple ways to use lavender to induce sleep include:

  • a few drops of the essential oil on your pillow
  • having a lavender bath before bed, see above
  • using a sachet of dried lavender under your pillow
  • using a lavender massage oil before bed

Lavender also has insecticidal properties and can be used as an insect repellent. Moths particularly hate lavender, and rosemary. Sachets of the dried herbs hung in wardrobes and in drawers keep clothes smelling fresh and moths at bay. They can be topped up with essential oils for a boost, also squashed regularly to release the scent. Do not use rosemary essential oil if you are epileptic.

I also love to keep my bedding fresh with lavender and a few other things…

Lavender and valerian bedding spray

1 spray bottle

Water

2 tbsp white vinegar

15-20 drops lavender essential oil

10-15 drops valerian essential oil

Shake all the ingredients together and lightly spray your bedding daily. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell! Vinegar is a natural deodoriser, as is lavender, it becomes odourless once dry, so this spray acts like a natural version of febreeze, deodorising and perfuming action in one! This works great on pet bedding too, I usually use lavender and thyme as fleas and other unwanted guests hate the stuff. I often use the spray on the dogs themselves, lavender and lemon is a great coat conditioner and freshener. Use lavender and rosemary as a clothes freshener for the wardrobe. Do not use rosemary essential oil if you are epileptic, it can cause fits.

Lavender for the home

When it comes to housework I have a simple recipe that cleans everything:

1 bucket water

1 cup white vinegar

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

10 drops lemon oil

Agitate the mixture thoroughly and clean all surfaces safely; wood, uPVC, leather, tile, vinyl etc. I clean everything with it, starting with mirrors and windows, then TV and window sills, leather sofas, coffee table, door frames, then skirting boards. Mirrors and windows needs to be wiped dry immediately to avoid streaks. It leaves all surfaces clean, fresh smelling and ready for polish or treatment if necessary. Due to the antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, bactericidal, insecticide and antiviral properties of the oils you can be confident that your home is thoroughly clean.

Clean up your washing

We’re all told to wash at 30 degrees to help save electricity and be more carbon responsible, which is a something we should definitely all try to be. The thing is washing at these temperatures wont kill all germs. When I use towels for therapy treatments these are boil washed to ensure that nothing nasty survives, when I was a chef, I was required by law to do the same with my whites. But everyday clothing, and the environment, cannot withstand a boil, so what to do? Simple! Add 5-10 drops of lavender, or tea tree, or a mixture, to your powder draw. This will see off nasties like germs, fungus, viruses and microbes even at 30 degrees. Great if someone in the household has athletes foot or other easily spreadable complaint. Adding these oils also helps combat germs, fungus and bacteria that build up in your washing machine.

First aid kit in a bottle

Due to its amazing variety of effects lavender oil is a first aid kit, and handbag, essential in my home. It can be used neat or diluted on the skin for the following:

Burns

Insect bites

Spots, pimples and blemishes

Athletes foot

Psoriasis

Eczema and other itchy rashes

Bruises, scars and stretch marks

Cuts and scrapes

See why I love this herb?

That’s why I’ve include it in my range of dollop products. Luscious Lavender Face, Body and Spa also incorporate other natural oils to create a luxurious and beneficial skin treatment, naturally of course. Β www.dollop.yolasite.com

As always please feel free to comment or ask questions, and please like and share!

Stay natural, stay wonderful πŸ™‚

Lal x

www.dollop.yola.site.com for paraben free, aromatherapy bodycare

Disclaimer

The content of these pages is for general information purposes only. Any reliance on this information is therefore strictly at your own risk. dollop accepts no responsibility for the incorrect use of the information this page contains. Where cited the information used is from a third party source and this should be referred to for full information. By using third party information dollop does not claim to verify or confirm the content of such. This site can be linked to other sites that dollop has no control over in regard to content, nature or availability. Any inclusion of links via comments etc are not endorsed or recommended by dollop. dollop does not claim to provide any curative or diagnostic information and advises that anyone with a medical condition, suspected medical condition, taking medication or who is pregnant or breast feeding to consult a doctor or qualified aromatherapist before using any of the natural products discussed.