Nature is amazing!
She produced prickly pear oil, which is just too awesome for words!
I recently discovered prickly pear oil and instantly fell in love with it's fresh, cucumber, grass like scent. I am always hooked when something naturally smells good.
I started to investigate further and it is no surprise that prickly pear oil is fast becoming a sought after ingredient in luxury skincare treatments.
I decided to base my own Luxury Anti-Ageing Serum around this incredible oil and it is already a personal firm favourite for my own use. The soft, gentle spring time scent carries me away momentarily as I apply my luxury anti-ageing serum. It is a vitamin and nutrient rich elixir containing prickly pear oil, camellia seed oil, cucumber oil and watermelon oil.
I thought I would share with you 6 top skin benefits of this luxurious skin oil.
Top Skin Benefit Number 1
Prickly Pear Oil contains 150% more vitamin E than Argan oil. This is the highest amount than any other beauty oil on the market. Basically vitamin E protects your skin against free radicals. Free radicals come in the form of pollution, sun damage, chemicals etc and if not tackled can increase the formation of wrinkles and ageing of the skin. Vitamin E works to protect your skin against all these things. And prickly pear oil has a whopping amount of vitamin E in it!
Top Skin Benefit Number 2
Prickly Pear Oil contains 60.5% linoleic acid. This is a natural fatty acid that strengthens and repairs the skin allowing it to better retain moisture. This gives the appearance of ironing out fine lines and wrinkles.
Top Skin Benefit Number 3
Prickly Pear Oil contains potent anti-oxidants called called betalains. There are more anti-oxidants in prickly pear oil than you would find in the anti-oxidant rich beetroot and acai. These anti-oxidants are powerful protectors against ageing.
Top Skin Benefit Number 4
Prickly Pear Oil contains amino acids. Amino acids stimulate collagen production. Collagen productions gives the appearance of gently plumping out the skin, giving that youthful look.
Top Skin Benefit Number 5
Prickly Pear Oil prevents blocked pores. This is due to the high levels of linoleic acid. The linoleic acid stops sebum from hardening and therefore works to combat blocked pores.
Top Skin Benefit Number 6
Prickly Pear Oil has natural anti-Inflammatory properties. This wonder oil is fabulous therfore for skin conditions like rosacea.
Creating a natural perfume is a beautiful voyage of discovery. Each perfume is entirely unique and the end result is always an unexpected surprise.
The key to natural perfumery is to build it like a house.
The perfume needs good foundations. These come in the form of base notes. Base notes are essential oils that have a lasting fragrance. In a natural perfume, it is the scent you will still be smelling a few hours later.
Once you have your foundations in place. You need to create the heart of the scent. These give the fragrance body and fullness. They gently linger around your heart, giving you that sense of peace, like you are getting a nurturing hug.
Finally, If you wish, you can put the roof on the house, or should I say, give it a top note. These are often light scents that quickly evaporate. They give you the first impression of the perfume, but they do not hang around for very long. Once they have given you that initial hit, the perfume develops into something fuller and more lasting.
Creating natural perfumes is a beautiful thing.
Each perfume is like a story.
The story I am sharing with you today has no top note. Instead I have chosen to leave this scent lingering around your heart. This perfume has depth and warmth with a beautiful heart centred fullness, and to tie it up, there is a mildly indecipherable kick from the black pepper.
I hope you enjoy!
What you will need:
5 drops black pepper essential oil
11 drops peru de balsam
7 drops sandalwood dilution
7 drops jasmine dilution
10 drops tuberose dilution
9ml light coconut oil
1 x 10 ml bottle
What to do:
Most of the above oils can be purchased at Star Child of Glastonbury
In the case of absolutes, a good tip is to buy the smallest amount and then turn it into a dilution by adding some light coconut oil up to 10 ml in total. You can then add the same number of drops outlined above.
The peru de balsam can be purchased at The Aromatherapy Shop.
This is a simple DIY toner and hydrating mist.
I picked all the ingredients for their skin soothing properties.
The scent is heady and exotic. The mist leaves skin feeling toned yet soothed and softened. This is my new favourite toning mist!
Orange blossom water tones the skin, soothes and relaxes the nerves with its uplifting scent, calms redness and soothes irritation.
Witch Hazel shrinks pore size, reduces inflammation and again soothes the skin.
Jojoba oil is anti-inflammatory, reduces redness and calms the skin.
Neroli reduces inflammation and calms the nerves.
Mandarin brightens and tones the skin.
Patchouli soothes inflamed skin.
75 ml orange blossom water
25 ml witch hazel
10 drops jojoba oil
15 drops mandarin essential oil
5 drops neroli essential oil
1 drop patchouli essential oil
We don't realise how precious sleep is until something happens to upset that natural rhythm that sends us of to the land of nod each night.
Today I am going to share with you 5 top tips to help you get a good night's sleep.
Top Tip for Better Sleep Number 1
In order to sleep well, we need a relaxed mind and body. The best way to achieve that is to do what you love. When we are content, doing what we enjoy then we will be more inclined to be able to relax and get a good night's sleep. Sometimes, however, we lose sight of what we love and we get a little lost. And so, the next four tips will come in very handy in the meantime.
Top Tip for Better Sleep Number 2
Make yourself a salt foot bath before bed. Check out the link of the blog post I have written about this. Soak your feet in warm water with a cupful of Epsom salts for at least 20 minutes. The magnesium in the salts will help you to relax.
Top Tip for Better Sleep Number 3
My next tip is to do some gentle bed time yoga. I have been practising yoga for 25 years and have been teaching for half that time. Gentle poses at bedtime can really help you to relax, Just make sure you don't do anything too active or stimulating as this will wake you up. The following poses can help you to relax. They all activate the parasympathetic nervous system. The mind and body need to be relaxed in order to sleep and when the parasympathetic nervous system is activated then we are supported in achieving a more relaxed state.
Do not do any of these poses if you have eye problems or suffer with your blood pressure. If in any doubt consult your doctor first.
The first yoga posture is Halasana (Plough Pose). If doing Halasana is difficult for you, try doing it on your bed. The softness of the bed will give you some extra bounce and support to get into the pose. Just make sure that you are not near the edge of your bed. Stay safe.
The second yoga pose is Sarvangasana (shoulderstand). If this pose is difficult for you, you can try legs up the wall instead.
The third pose is Karnapidasana (knee to ear pose). If you can get into it, this last pose is incredibly relaxing. Be gentle with yourself and just do what you can. This is my personal favourite for a complete mind switch off. The more tucked in I get the better.
Top Tip for a Better Sleep Number 4
Many moons ago I trained in Swedish massage. I use the techniques almost on a daily basis for my family and my own self. My particular favourite is foot massage. The feet have reflex points that connect to the whole body. When you massage your feet, you activate those points and your whole body benefits. You don't need to be an expert to do this for yourself. I was massaging my own feet, long before I trained in massage. Just be kind and gentle with yourself. Use a mixture of gentle sweeping movements with your fingertips along the top side of your feet. This stimulates the lymphatic system. Then use deeper, circular movements with your thumbs on the under-side of your feet. Make sure you massage the whole of the underside of the foot. You may wish to pay particular attention to the area around the toes. Massaging the toes will help to connect to and relax the whole head, brain and neck area. Do this each night before bed and with time, this repeated self-care will start to pay dividends.
Top Tip for a Better Sleep Number 5
You can massage your feet using my sleep well balm. I created this balm to help people get a good night's sleep. It contains a mixture of hemp butter, vetiver, petitgrain, passionflower and ashwaghandha. All the ingredients were chosen to calm and relax you before bed. So what better way to use it than giving yourself a foot massage and then finish with gentle circular movements on the temples and wrists too.