Stay Young and Beautiful

Written 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 sayrepparttar least.

Scientists who have studied aging are now saying that your genes only have 40 percent ofrepparttar 146314 deciding factor to how old you look and feel,repparttar 146315 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 downrepparttar 146316 levels of stress and negativity in your life.

Cutting down on stress is one ofrepparttar 146317 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 weakensrepparttar 146318 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 onrepparttar 146319 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 lightenrepparttar 146320 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 Oil

Written 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 asrepparttar scent ofrepparttar 146278 Hippy generation (according to one source, itís use began as a mask forrepparttar 146279 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 onrepparttar 146280 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 torepparttar 146281 height of 3 feet, having a strong stem and soft, hairy leaves. For essential oil production,repparttar 146282 plant is cut two or three times per year, withrepparttar 146283 best quality oil derived from leaves harvested inrepparttar 146284 wet season. The leaves are hand picked, bundled or baled, and allowed to partially dry inrepparttar 146285 shade and ferment for a few days beforerepparttar 146286 oil is extracted via steam distillation (Patchouli oil is now becoming available as a CO2 extract in limited quantities). The fermentation process softensrepparttar 146287 plantís cell walls, easingrepparttar 146288 extraction ofrepparttar 146289 oil.

The relative ease of itís cultivation, and itís high oil yield keepsrepparttar 146290 price of true Patchouli essential oils relatively low. It is important to note however, Patchouli is one ofrepparttar 146291 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,repparttar 146292 oil looses a harshness that many find distasteful, and adds a sweet top note. As it ages,repparttar 146293 oil turns from light yellow to a deep amber, withrepparttar 146294 aroma becoming smoother and more rich. Principal constituents ofrepparttar 146295 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,repparttar 146296 aroma of Patchouli was pervasive in cloth and clothing exported from India inrepparttar 146297 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 inrepparttar 146298 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 reducingrepparttar 146299 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 preventrepparttar 146300 spread of fevers and to strengthenrepparttar 146301 immune system.

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