People use Shea butter for a variety of reasons, from treating damaged skin to healing medical conditions to promoting healthy hair. This multi-purpose, au natural regimen comes from the nut of the karite trees found in West and Central Africa. In order to extract this soft solid, making it available to the masses, the women of Africa must gather 88 pounds of karite nuts and put in 20 hours of hard labor just to create two pounds of the liquid gold. Despite this intense process, the African people have been using the karite nuts’ hidden treasure for thousands of years, while Westerners are just starting to become aware of the benefits.
Cocoa butter, also called cacao butter, is the cream-colored fat extracted from cacao seeds (cocoa beans) and used to add flavor, scent, and smoothness to chocolate, and a multitude of topical lotions and creams. While Cocoa Butter may best be known for preventing and treating stretch marks, it has also been proven to boost the Immune System and even PREVENT CANCER. This is because Cocoa Butter, like chocolate, contains a lot of CMP (cocoa mass polyphenol) which inhibits the growth of cancerous cells and tumors. Preliminary research indicates that CMP actually helps suppress excessive T-cell activity in the immune system, which could help treat conditions associated with overactive immune systems, such as psoriasis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Cocoa butter is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, and melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin.
Lavender essential oil is best known for balance. In reference to the skin, lavender is known to treat burns, scrapes, acne, eczema, inflamed skin conditions, psoriasis (as an anti-inflammatory), sunburn, athlete’s foot, relieves itching, hives, open wounds or sores, or poorly healing wounds. The scent of lavendar is helpful for those with anxiety, depression (including manic), hyperactivity, fears and delusions, extreme emotions, panic attacks, hysteria, fainting, self-injury, challenging behavior, limited communication skills, fear of touch, and disturbed sleep patterns.
Lemongrass essential oil is known to be an analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, and immune stimulant. In terms of the skin, lemongrass helps with acne, oily skin, boils, athelete’s foot, and herpes simplex. It also helps to act as an astringint which constricts the skin. It minimizes pores, limits the secretions of oil, and provides a temporary skin-firming treatment. Lemongrass is also excellent for tired and sore muscles.
Organic Rosemary Essential Oil is a mild analgesic for headache, antidepressant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, and antifungal agent. In skin care, Rosemary is known as a CELL REGENERATOR and helps with slow healing wounds. The scent of rosemary is good for poor memory, lack of concentration, difficulty studying, exhaustion, lethargy, depression, limited communication skills, dislike of exercise, and lack of energy or clarity of thought.
Organic Chamomile Essential Oil is known for its calming and soothing effects. It's used to assist with cuts, boils, inflammed skin, stress relief, and depression. Chamomile calms sensitive skin and neutralizes allergies. Furthermore, the aromatic influence may help release emotions linked to the past.
Organic Rose Otto Essential Oil is a precious and very expensive oil known to be one of the best for skin care. It balances oily skin, as well as nourishes and moisturizes dry and aging skin. Along with it's calming aroma, this oil helps heal broken capillaries and assists in keeping the skin soft and radiant. Rose Otto is a nonirritant, non-photosensitizin, and non-phototoxic oil. It is also know to be a sexual stimulant.
Kara’s favorite definition of “ORGANIC” thus far:
Organic: Plants that have been grown without the use of pesticides and usually fulfill organic guidelines set out by independent agencies. Organic farming is not just the absence of pesticides, but the presence of an agricultural system that protects croplands, supports biodiversity, and respects the balance of nature rather than attempting to control it with powerful, often toxic synthetic chemicals. The Organic Trade Association (1995) defines organic agriculture as “an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals, and people.”
“Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers”
(Jade Shutes & Christina Weaver p. 39-40)