Our Brain and Essential Oils

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Polly Glasse | 0 comments

Do Essential Oils Affect the Brain? You betchya!

When you smell an essential oil the small molecules are inhaled and they dissolve into the roof of our nose, the epithelial tissue.

At the same time, these molecules stimulate our olfactory receptors. Which, in turn, triggers our sensory neurons that carry signals from the receptors to the olfactory bulb. The olfactory bulb filters the signals of the scent of the essential oil.

The mitral cells take the signals from the olfactory bulb to the olfactory cortex. This is why we recognize the particular scent we are smelling.

The essential oil scent is carried from the olfactory cortex to the limbic system (the non thinking part of our brain) which is responsible for heart rate, blood pressure, memory, respiration, etc.

True Aromatherapy is only with pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Not from fragrance oils.  Most people don't know how effective aromatherapy treatments can be in addressing behavioral issues, moods swings, etc. along with changes in lifestyle and diet.

The essential oils can be very effective since their small molecules can cross our blood-brain barrier. This is a membrane around our brain whose job is to protect it from virus, bacteria, etc. 

Please consult a professional aromatherapist when using essential oils as therapy.

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A bit about the power of essential oils & Aromatherapy.

Posted on September 12, 2016 by Polly Glasse | 0 comments

A great study done on the effects of essential oils (the only true aromatherapy) and how it's possible to help our bodies heal with toxic pharmaceuticals. This study was performed Republic of Korea. A good question is "Why aren't studies on the effects of essential oils performed in the USA?"



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Tuberose Wax- What exactly is it? Why do we use it?

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Polly Glasse | 0 comments
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Everyone knows a tuberose flower right? (See picture on the right.) Well, we use Tuberose Flower Wax, made with the Enfleurage method of extraction from of the flowers from this plant. (See picture on the left.) 

Why? Tuberoses are amazing. They smell like something from heaven. They lookImage result for picture of tuberose flowers magestic, wild & regal. The oil and wax have amazing benefits to our health. Since we use only food grade ingredients - real ingredients, we thought you may want to know a little bit about the Tuberose Wax used as one of the ingredients in our Face Serums.  

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Common in food and skincare, Sodium Benzoate...all natural, safe? Or not?

Posted on April 14, 2016 by Polly Glasse | 1 comment

Sodium benzoate is a synthetic chemical produced when benzoic acid, which is found naturally in some fruits and spices, is combined with sodium hydroxide. Since sodium benzoate contains a natural ingredient, it is probably safe, right? Isn’t that the meaning of Natural? After all, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Canadian Health Protection Branch have pronounced this chemical preservative to be acceptable when consumed in low amounts.  Wait, what does THAT mean?

The actual truth is that the FDA has granted sodium benzoate GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status, and their “safe” limit in food is 0.1 percent by weight. In water, the acceptable “safe” limit, set by the EPA is 5 parts per billion (ppb). Sodium Benzoate is a common food additive. It’s found in carbonated sodas, fruit juices, salad dressings, skin care, as well as, fermented foods like vinegars, wine, and pickles.

Sodium benzoate is a sodium salt that is occurs naturally in very low levels in berries, apples, plums, cinnamon, and several other natural foods. Since it is in natural in these forms, there is nothing unnatural about it. This is the big difference to us....the Sodium benzoate used in skincare, and as food additives with the “all Natural” label is label, synthesized sodium benzoate. It is a close relative to benzoic acid.

This is a game changer. When these preservatives are added to foods and to the interior of metal cans that contain beverages or liquid foods, they can have a detrimental effect on your health. Yuck!

Most people get scared when finally understanding that the “all natural” claim, whether it be on a food or skin care label, means nothing.  We think it’s exciting to take control of what you put in your body, on your skin and for what you decide to dole out your cash.

Any questions?  Just ask. We love to spread information and let people have a choice in what they want.  Be Well! 

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Penetration Enhancers: Propylene glycol is considered "a natural ingredient?"

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Polly Glasse | 0 comments

It's common knowledge that what you eat affects how your body functions. What most people don't think about is how what you put on your skin also affects your health.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body.  Some of the major functions include protects organs/body from viruses and bacteria sitting on outer layer of the skin, detox (about 20% of emotional & physical detox), keep our skeletal system in tact, helps regulate temperature, protects our vital organs, and more.

It used to be our skin wouldn't let the synthetics, harsh chemicals, toxins, etc into it. It's one of the main functions to protect the body and internal organs against toxins. However, with the of penetration enhancers, the game has changed.  A commonly used penetration enhancer is Propylene glycol. 

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