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Video Tutorial: How To Make A Hydrosol

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Below is a tutorial video explaining how to make hydrosols by Nadia Harper RHN, Holistic Nutritionist and Health Advisor. The video can be found on Making Healthy Choices. A hydrosol is the product that remains after roots, barks, plants, flowers, or seeds are steam distilled. A hydrosol can also be the remnants of the essential oil making process.  It can be used for aromatherapy or medicinal purposes. It’s fairly cheap and simple to make.

 

Nadia’s website has written instructions to make a hydrosol, too.

 

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Hydrosols and Floral Waters/Flower Waters: Gentle Ingredients for the Skin

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Hydrosols and Floral Waters/Flower Waters: Gentle Ingredients for the Skin

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Hydrosols are the products that remain after roots, barks, plants, flowers, or seeds are steam distilled. Hydrosols can also be the remnants of the essential oil making process. Unlike essential oils a hydrosol can be applied directly to the skin without dilution since this ingredient contains some elements of essential oil but to a lesser extent. Often hydrosols do not have a strong smell if any. Frequently, the essential oil and hydrosol may smell very differently from one another. The fragrances of hydrosols are sometimes enhanced by adding synthetic ingredients.

 

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Hydrosols are known by different names such as floral waters, distillates, flower waters, and hydroflorates. Although, some suppliers make a distinction between floral waters/flower waters and hydrosols. According to some manufacturers who make a distinction floral waters are obtained by straining essential oil that has been mixed with distilled water for a certain length of time or by combining grain alcohol with the oil to create an emulsion. If the product is made through this process it will contain even less diluted elements of an essential oil than a hydrosol.

It is often true that floral waters/flower waters do not contain any elements or therapeutic properties of an essential oil. They strictly offer a mild fragrance. It is best to check with the company before purchasing hydrosols or floral water to check their definition of the product. Some suppliers label hydrosols and floral waters as the same thing while others label these products separately.

 

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Get Rid of Dark Armpits: Part 2

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IMG_0847(1)The darkness of armpits could be that dead skin cells have built up but this is an easy fix. Just exfoliate the armpits.  You can choose natural exfoliants such as sea salt and/or one that contains lactic acid such as yogurt or a manufactured product.

Also, it could be the applied product. Some people claim that their armpits become darker from using a particular shaving cream, deodorant, etc. So, using a different brand or decreasing the use of the product in question may help if the skin is reacting to a particular ingredient. My friend only uses deodorant manufactured by Tom’s for this reason.

Last but not least the darkness could be a result of hair stubble. Since the hair stubble and ingrown hair is dark it creates a dark shadow (so to speak). So, if shaving is not eradicating the dark shadows then try waxing your armpits. Waxing will pull the hair out as opposed to shaving that sometimes leaves behind a very small amount of hair above the skin.

Okay, waxing isn’t your thing-too uncomfortable. Try using creams such as Nair or Veet that are used in place of shaving hair.

Get Rid of Dark Armpits: Part 1

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Don’t you hate those dark underarms that make you reluctant to wear that cute top or raise your arms up too high?

A bacterial infection can create dark armpits. A doctor will be able to perform the appropriate test to see if a bacterial infection is the cause of the dark armpits. There are also fading creams that a dermatologist can prescribe. Fading creams are available online without the need for a prescription but the doctor will prescribe a cream that has been safely tested and has some level of success. Dark armpits may be a hereditary condition that indicates a high level of insulin or other hormone levels known as acanthosis nigricans.

Yet, the culprit could be trapped dead skin that needs to be exfoliated. However, the underarm may be sensitive to exfoliation. Underarm products containing glycolic or lactic acid will help with exfoliation. Using a mild exfoliant such as baking soda can help to lighten dark armpits, too.

Relief for Itchy Skin

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1. Take an antihistamine.

2. Keep the skin hydrated by moisturizing it.

3. Regularly vacuum floors, carpets and wash bed linens to get rid of dust mites.

4. Relieve itchiness with baking soda and baby oil in a bath or washing in the mixture with a shower.

5. After swimming immediately rinse off with water and soap. Then use a moisturizer that has glycerin to seal in moisture.

6. Consume linoleic fatty acids by eating various oils with your food or just use the oils on your skin. The same is true for linolenic fatty acids, too. The oils can be mixed with your typical moisturizer. Just mix together.

 

Oils to relieve itching:

Tea tree oil

Evening primrose oil

Lavender oil

Eucalyptus oil

Chamomile and calendula oil mixed together

. . . . or you can try  using hydrosols to help provide relief to your itchy skin.

 

Hydrosols to relieve itching:

Hydrosols are the products that remain after roots, barks, plants, flowers, or seeds are steam distilled. Hydrosols can also be the remnants of the essential oil making process. Unlike essential oils a hydrosol can be applied directly to the skin without dilution since this ingredient contains some elements of essential oil but to a lesser extent                                               

-Geranium rose: anti-septic and balancing to sebaceous glands

-Witch hazel: anti-septic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory

-Lavender: anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and balancing to sebaceous glands

Natural Options for Psoriasis

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Disclaimer: This post does not reflect complete information on psoriasis. The treatments and medications mentioned in the post may result in various side effects that will vary from person to person.

  • Emu oil: It has been known to decrease the appearance of plaque psoriasis.

 

  • Mind/body: Hypnotherapy, breathing exercises, yoga or some form of meditation have helped alleviate symptoms of psoriasis for some individuals.

 

  • Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA): Omega-3 fatty acids and evening primrose oil are a source of GLA a fatty acid that promotes healthy growth of skin, hair and nails. Also, eating foods that contain omega three fatty acids such as seafood will provide GLA

 

  • Bentonite Clay: The clay can be taken internally or applied topically to the skin. The clay swells up when combined with water creating open spaces that are filled with toxins from the body.

 

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: Herbal preparations or acupuncture

  • Diet: Eating anti-inflammatory foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables that contain carotenoid ((spinach, carrots, asparagus, broccoli, etc) has helped some people who have psoriasis. Carotenoids are colorful plant pigments the body can turn into Vitamin A.

** Please share natural treatments that have worked for you in the comments below so we all can learn. Thanks.

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Those White Dots on Your Nails

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The white dots on nails are known as Leukonychia. These dots form for the following reasons:

1. Nail Trauma:

It might not have been a recent trauma since nails grow slowly. So, the white dot might actually form several weeks after nail experienced the trauma.

 

2. Side effect or infection:

Sign of side effects of certain medications or mild infection                         IMG_0613

Usually the spots go away without treatment as the nails grow out. However, if all or the majority of the nails are showing white spots then a doctor visit might be in your best interest.

 

3. Sign of more serious conditions:

If all nails are showing white spots it could be a sign of anemia, cardiac disease, cirrhosis, diabetes, or kidney disease.

Lists of Hydrosols

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Hydrosols can can be used for gentle skin care and comes from nature!

 

Calendula hydrosol: It is used for rashes, epidermal healing, scratches, abrasions, and sunburn. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and astringent properties.

Helichrysum hydrosol: This hydrosol is reported to benefit the skin tone.

Lavender hydrosol: This is used for facial skin that is oily and dry.

Lemon Balm (Melissa) hydrosol: Lemon balm works for oily skin and to help acne prone skin. Some people have stated to use it for poison ivy and poison oak, too.

Neroli hydrosol (Orange Blossom): This ingredient can be used as a toner due to its astringent properties. The anti-bacterial properties may help with acne.

Rosemary hydrosol: It adds shine to hair and is helpful with oily skin.

 

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