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Miranda’s Aromatherapy Body Washes

Aromatherapy is the use of pure plant extracts known as essential oils to assist in the physical and psychological wellbeing of the body, mind and spirit. It has many benefits and is something I truly believe in and love practising in my day-to-day life.

I have developed three limited edition aromatherapy body washes that use the very best blends of certified organic essential oils. Each body wash has been been specifically formulated to soothe, uplift and harmonise. They all use nurturing ingredients that are gentle and won’t irritate or dry your skin.

The Balancing Body Wash uses pure organic Geranium, Rose, Orange and Ylang Ylang essential oils to really harmonise and balance your mood. It smells beautiful and it is a great everyday wash, day and night, in the bath or the shower.

The Calming Body Wash uses Lavender, Chamomile and Bergamot essential oils to soothe and relax your body and mind. It is perfect to use at night to assist in calming your senses and helps you unwind before bed to encourage a deep restful night’s sleep.

The Energising Body Wash uses Lemongrass, Bergamot, Orange and Mandarin essential oils, it helps to motivate and uplift your senses. I love using it in the morning as it makes me feel energised and revitalised, ready for the day ahead!

My tip is to take the time to enjoy all of the aromatherapy benefits when using the body washes (or one of the KORA Organics Mists). Close your eyes and take three deep inhalations, count to ten as you exhale and think of a positive affirmation.

Enjoy!

Much love,
Miranda xxx

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Tea For Two

Tea For Two

Drinking herbal tea is a great way to stay hydrated, a wonderful additional source of vitamins and minerals with many aromatherapy benefits – from calming the mind to uplifting the spirit, and there’s the social aspect of sharing tea and memorable conversations with friends. Herbs also have a variety of amazing healing powers too, which is why we use many well-sourced, specifically selected and high quality certified organic herbs in KORA Organics.

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The Application of Essential Oils, Part 2

The Application of Essential Oils, Part 2

Continuing our discussion on essential oil application, so what do they have to do with the demands of modern living; when we continue to expect more of ourselves; others/relationships and our peers/careers than ever before? How can these catalysts of change help us when we continue to feel time poor; as we strive to excel at home, work and play (because we want it all), when we push ourselves to meet deadlines, fulfill even the most unrealistic goals; and… we want to make money, have fun, be successful, be loved, nurtured and on and on our wish list goes.

Well, maybe they can help us make the small and effective changes to our body and mind by simply deploying them in our everyday skin and body care regimes. All it takes is ‘choice’ and ‘action’.

It can be as simple as using skin and body care products that contain certified organic essential oils, so that when you moisturize your skin your are addressing the state of your skin and body as they are absorbed into the underlying tissue and organs.

Choose to incorporate them into your daily self pampering rituals; such as taking a bath, shower (make both an aromatic experience), use them to vaporize into your home, board room or hotel suite; to help influence the way you feel, think and act. Continue to employ self empowering, proactive measures when addressing your health and wellness. The Shimizu corporation in Japan used essential oil of peppermint in the work place and found that it increased productivity and reduced work error by 50%.

Above all remain respectful of such potent plant extracts; they are 70 times more potent than the plant or herb they are extracted from.

Always follow the directions of use and recommended dosage level for pregnant women, adults, children and infants so that you can confidently and safely explore so many other methods of use. There are so many ways to care for yourselves and others and the essential oils do all the work for you. Who would have thought that smelling an essential oil/blend when applying your moisturizer could also affect the way you feel and think in that moment?

Other methods of use include; vaporization, compressing, aromatic showers, sitz baths, hand and foot baths, hair rinses, inhalations, perfumes and room sprays.

In Summary; essential oils can help us maintain a healthier way of living. They generally improve our vitality and increase our confidence and self-esteem. All these elements form the basis of good health. Essential oils are supporting catalysts for change, they are not ‘cure alls’, they too require our support to help us help ourselves; remaining vigilant with our diet, exercise and healthy habits will go a long way to achieve a well balanced life. Choosing certified organic where possible especially with regards our essential oil.

I invite you to make the changes you desire as you embrace the wonderful world of Aromatherapy… Enjoy!

Judith White

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The Application of Essential Oils, Part 1

The Application of Essential Oils, Part 1

Aromatherapy is one of the most versatile natural therapies of our time. Essential oils, the working tools of Aromatherapy are used in many industries; they are added to foods as flavors, perfumes, medicines, natural therapies, massage to name a few and they are used extensively in natural skin and personal care products as actives. The versatility of essential oil use spans industry and application; there are so many safe and effective methods of use. The most effective way to use essential oils when addressing maladies of the body or skin is via topical application.

When applied to the skin (always diluted into a suitable medium such as an organic vegetable oil or crème), they are absorbed via the hair follicles.

Each essential oil is unique, characterized by the sum total of its parts; the constituents of an essential oil govern its efficacy.

For example Lavender (lavendula officinalis or angustifolia specie) is renowned for its cytophylactic quality (cell renewing), which makes it a wonderful addition in skin and body care products where renewal and repair is required. In Aromatherapy, essential oils are used to treat skin conditions (when the skin is unbroken).

Sandalwood possesses rare antibacterial qualities; it is deeply moisturizing to dry, chafed, flaking or dehydrated and sun-damaged skin. Sandalwood is highly prized and priced as it is also one of the least toxic essential oils; comprising of approximately 90% Santalol.

Ylang ylang, a wonderful aphrodisiac to the body and soul; it is used in Aromatherapy to address conditions of the heart, both physical and emotional.

Here we again touch on versatility; the fragrant molecules of the oils; being able to affect change in the way we feel or think within three seconds. Imagine, simply inhaling and smelling an essential oil can stop a potentially ‘bad day’ in its track.

At your fingertips you can choose from; the euphoric benefits of clary sage, the uplifting qualities of bergamot, the mood elevation of grapefruit or lime and the enlivening qualities of lemon. Keep Rosemary on hand if you want to enhance concentration and the ability to retain information. The list goes on.

Next time, we’ll discuss the application of essential oils in the context of modern living.

Judith White

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What Is Aromatherapy & What Are Essential Oils – Part 3

What Is Aromatherapy & What Are Essential Oils - Part 3

As you consider aromatherapy and essential oils, it is also important to learn about their quality. Essential oils undergo many different testing methods to verify their authenticity and quality. The most common methods of testing are by a liquid gas chromatograph and a mass spectrometer which identifies the major, minor and trace constituents of each oil. Testing essential oils is critical to guard against adulteration especially for those used in Medicine, Natural Medicine, Skincare and Aromatherapy.

Essential oils vary in color, some appearing completely colorless. Others are distinctly blue or yellow, orange or brown. Some are thick such as Patchouli and Sandalwood whilst others are more ‘water-like’ such as lavender. Essential oils are as unique and individual as we are. Possessing their inherent strengths and weaknesses; they are 70 times more concentrated than the plant or herb they came from; they are powerful actives when used to address the health of our body, the condition of our skin and the emotional state our body.

Essential oils, once tested and verified for their chemical composition, can be assessed for efficacy in, or the role they play on, our body and our mind. They can relax us, stimulate us, sedate us and they can make our blood vessels dilate or constrict. They have the capacity to do all this and more.

Essential oils are potent actives, approximately 70 times more potent than the plant or herb they come from. It is important to store them and use them in accordance with recommended dosage and application methodology.

Always dilute them when using them directly onto the skin (follow directions of use) and never near the eyes or mucous membranes. Keep out of reach of Children and there are some to be avoided topically during Pregnancy (follow the directions and contraindications on the pack).

Aromatherapy is the most versatile, safe and effective natural therapy when used as directed. Quality is essential, wherever possible choose Certified Organic; once we allow compromise into our lives it can seep into every corner. Enjoy!

Judith White

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What Is Aromatherapy & What Are Essential Oils – Part 2

What Is Aromatherapy & What Are Essential Oils - Part 2

As we continue our discussion of essential oils and aromatherapy, it is the fragrance composition of an essential oil that determines its therapeutic nature affecting; the skin/ body systems when applied topically and our moods and emotions when inhaled through the nose.

Essential oils are antiseptic, antiviral and/or antibacterial, the degree depends on the qualities contained in the oil itself.

The aromatic essences are evaporate and are highly sensitive to both heat and light.  It’s important to keep them away from direct sunlight and well lidded.

The cost of an essential oil depends on the % of oil in the plant, its availability, growing conditions, specie / variety, method of extraction etc. For example Rose essential oil is one of the most expensive essential oils, there are so few essential oil molecules in the Rose petals that a single drop of organic Rose is approximately AUD$0.50.

Other influencing factors effecting cost, quality and quantity; aromatic plants need to be picked at certain times of day to maximize the essential oil ‘yield’ (%), growing conditions – especially for certified organic plants, climate, quality of soil, season, in-climate weather can all reduce or increase the available amount of extractable oil.

Next on our discussion of aromatherapy, I’ll talk about testing and potency.

Judith White

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What Is Aromatherapy & What Are Essential Oils – Part 1

What Is Aromatherapy & What Are Essential Oils - Part 1

We’re delighted to introduce you to Judith White, an incredible resource and truly definitive woman in the world of Aromatherapy and certified organic products. Judith will be joining the Spread the Light family to share her knowledge on organic topics. We hope you will join us for her first series, on a topic about one of the defining ingredients in many KORA Organics products, luxurious Essential Oils.>

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of pure plant extracts known as essential oils. In this series, I discuss what makes those essential oils essential and how to use them in aromatherapy.

Essential oils, validated by science, are highly concentrated molecules that reside within different parts of aromatic plants, each, depending on the oil, plays an active role in the plants immune system. Essential oils need to be extracted from the plant part so we can utilize them as a natural medicine or therapy; the most common extraction method being steam distillation. 

These volatile plant liquids are derived from either; flowers, roots, leaves, resins, woods, grasses and seeds and some plants produce several different essential oils; such as the Orange tree which produces sweet Orange oil from the fruit, Neroli from the blossom and Petitgrain from the leaves and leaf stem.

The following is a simplified visual for steam distillation: plants are placed into a vat, steam passes through the plant parts, the plant pores dilate and release the evaporative aromatic molecules into the steam. The steam is cooled, thus returning the vapor to water. Essential oils and water remain separate; leaving the essential oils to reside on top of the aromatic water to be ‘tapped off’. The aroma infused water is called a hydrosol.

Essential oils are antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial to a greater or lesser degree depending on the specie and composition.

Next time, we’ll discuss the fragrance composition and its therapeutic nature.

Judith White

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