Stay Young and BeautifulWritten by Cheryl White
Staying young and beautiful is an important factor in many of our lives. The thought of getting old, wrinkly and loosing our faculties is rather daunting to say least.
Scientists who have studied aging are now saying that your genes only have 40 percent of deciding factor to how old you look and feel, rest is due to what you eat, drink and your state of mind. According to these studies, this means you can delay aging symptoms by years, simply by taking small steps to improve your diet, fitness and by trying to cut down levels of stress and negativity in your life.
Cutting down on stress is one of most important things you need to think about, prolonged stress can be hazardous to your health. Studies have shown there is evidence that chronic stress weakens immune system, making us more susceptible to infections and illnesses.
Try to be positive about your life, if you are not one of lifeís natural optimists it will be worth learning to become one by practicing positive thinking, such as; If you find yourself reacting to an event in a destructive way, stop for a moment and focus on positive areas of your life or think of a good time in your life and reflect on best features about yourself, once you have managed to get into a better state of mind take another look at your problem or event, is it actually as important as you first thought?
Is there an easier way to go about your problem? Or perhaps there is someone who you can ask for help to lighten load. By believing in yourself, thinking that things can only get better and that this situation is temporary, you will be surprised how much happier and calm you can become.
Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and a minimum of one portion of oily fish a week, this will boost your immune system and help give you more energy to go about your busy lifestyle. By eating your recommended portion of fruit and vegetables, scientists also say you cut your overall cancer risk by twenty percent. Eating oily fish at least once a week can cut your risk of heart attack by forty percent. Fish also helps to reduce risk of several forms of cancers and can ease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Aromatherapy Favorites: Patchouli Essential OilWritten by Misty Rae Cech
Patchouliís History and Uses
Ah, Patchouli oil - people seem to love it or hate it. This well know essential oil has a somewhat deserved reputation as scent of Hippy generation (according to one source, itís use began as a mask for odor of a particularly cherished herb), though itís traditional use dates back hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. Today, Patchouli oil has a well-deserved reputation in aromatherapy, with itís deep, musky, and sweet odor, and Earth and Fire balancing energy. It is an exotic aroma that can forever leave an imprint on olfactory memory.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) is a perennial herb native to Southeast Asia, growing wild in Sumatra and Java at elevations between 3,000 and 6,000 feet Ė though itís cultivation is more pervasive in lower tropical jungles. This bushy plant grows to height of 3 feet, having a strong stem and soft, hairy leaves. For essential oil production, plant is cut two or three times per year, with best quality oil derived from leaves harvested in wet season. The leaves are hand picked, bundled or baled, and allowed to partially dry in shade and ferment for a few days before oil is extracted via steam distillation (Patchouli oil is now becoming available as a CO2 extract in limited quantities). The fermentation process softens plantís cell walls, easing extraction of oil.
The relative ease of itís cultivation, and itís high oil yield keeps price of true Patchouli essential oils relatively low. It is important to note however, Patchouli is one of few essential oils that improve with age (others being Frankincense, Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Vetiver), and that a properly aged Patchouli oil is much more desirable than a fresh one. Over time, oil looses a harshness that many find distasteful, and adds a sweet top note. As it ages, oil turns from light yellow to a deep amber, with aroma becoming smoother and more rich. Principal constituents of oil include: Patchoulol (25-35%), Alpha-Bulnesene (12-20%), Alpha-Guaiene + Seychellene (15-25%), and Alpha-Patchoulene (5-9%).
Perhaps first due to itís power as a moth repellent, aroma of Patchouli was pervasive in cloth and clothing exported from India in 19th century. The scent became an indicator of true ĎOrientalí fabric, so much so that English and French garment makers were obliged to scent their imitation products with Patchouli to ensure their acceptance in domestic marketplace. Beyond its use for preventing holes from being eaten in oneís cloting, Patchouli oil has been used for centuries in traditional medicine in Malaysia, China and Japan. Primarily indicated for skin conditions, Patchouli may be of benefit in cases of dermatitis, eczema, acne, dry chapped skin, and other irritating conditions, along with dandruff and oily scalp conditions. As a cell rejuvenator, it may help in healing wounds and reducing appearance of scars. It is considered an excellent remedy for insect and snake bites, and has been used as a fumigant and rubbing oil to prevent spread of fevers and to strengthen immune system.