“Tea Tree Or Not Tea Tree”

Tea Tree, Melaleuca alternifolia Foster Purchased 2011

“Tea Tree or not Tea Tree” that is the question. I am an avid health junkie. I have tried
everything from Sweat Lodges to Colonic Irrigations and everything in between! I spent at least
six months of my life being Vegan. I remember juicing every day – mind you I was living in
Australia at the time and so I was constantly living in the Sun (Vitamin D) – so that most certainly
contributed to feeling fantastic – or “awesome” as the Aussies would have me say! So yeah, I
was juicing every day, living under the warm Aussie sun (with caution), residing close to the sea,
trying out new natural essential oils and essential oil based Shampoos and Conditioners. I
remember one of my faves was a Tea Tree oil Shampoo and Conditioner that I would often buy
in a health food shop in Byron Bay. Oh my, this place was a haven anyhow but they seriously had
the best oils a girl could find. I would experiment (safely of course) with making new kinds of
body oils and creams for myself and basically glide around Byron smelling and feeling like a
walking flower!
Tea Tree I must say saved me on many occasions. The natural oil itself has so many benefits
including helping to aid and heal; acne and small pimples, bacterial infections, cold sores, ear-
aches, fungal infections, psoriasis, dry cuticles, itchy insect bites, boils and more! It’s an
incredible oil and one I try not to leave home without.


A typical day for me in the land of the Australians would be, wake up in my really nice hostel
dorm room and my bed of course. Go downstairs and have a good breakfast; anything from
smoothies with all kinds of greens and herbs and well just good stuff to yummy scrummy
porridge and other wondrous breakfast treats. I would then hang out with a few people and laze
around talking about anything from love and peace to the wings of politics to shared stories and
tales of love and loss and sharing in our dreams and travel plans – ahh those were the days!
Anyway! I would then possibly attend a few classes like Didgeridoo making or some form or art
or a yoga class. I would then venture into town and pick up some goodies along the way for my
seaside picnic and I would either head to the beach and then on the way back hit the health
store for my daily fix on new health products and books and oils and body creams and and
and…. I don’t think I have ever been as healthy as that. I really was living like a queen for a year
of my life.

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I would finish the day after a day on sand and sea by going back to the incredible hostel full of
lovely people from all over the world where it actually felt more like a community with people
coming and going of course. I would meet up with my new found buddies, maybe catch a movie
in the cinema house they had next door (with lie down seats by the way) – i.e. you could lounge
and watch in the latest of movies from the newest in Hollywood to the artiest of art house
movies. We’d maybe all go out for dinner after or catch a hot chai! Man oh man, those really
were the days and the days that brought a smile to my face greater than the tallest of
mountains.

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essential oils 4 Looking for a nice gift for someone who is close to you, which can also be a great gift for you? A set of essential oils, along with a scented body oil which can act as a carrier. This will guarantee these get used, and there is nothing like a nice massage on your day off.

You know those feelings when you wake up in the late morning on a holiday, and you just snuggle in bed for hours? That is precisely the time where a massage with essential oils can be perfect. It feels great, it smells great, and it can open up the senses and invite a lot more into the morning. Some essential oils are highly invigorating, and if you know your partner well, you will be able to make the most of them. Oils like peppermint, orange, or lemon, these are ones which can do a lot. And combined with a good carrier oil, it can form a seductive and enticing duo.essential oils 3

Essential oils are good, because it is a gift you actually use. And it is not something cold and technical, like a gadget. Yeah yeah, gadgets and other stuff, they are cool and they have their place. But this is more of an intimate sort of gift. Not for everyone. But if you know your partner, and you think they will appreciate it, you will be able to spend a lot of fun times with this single gift. And along with a thoughtful card, or flowers, or candy, or all of the above – it makes for a great gift. And it doesn’t even have to be THE gift. It can be an addition. Either way, it works. It is a gift you both can enjoy and take part in. It is a gift for one, made for two.

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Good lord, there are so many amazing oils out there. Extra virgin olive oil is great on a plate of hummus, sure, but that usually comes in a somewhat large bottle. You know what they say – the really good things, come in small packages. Vials. I am talking about essential oils.

Now look, I am not coming down on olive oil. I love the stuff, and it is actually very good to put on your body, as well as eat. It can do a lot for you, and help the body draw out toxins. Some oils, like olive, are associated closely with cooking and the culinary arts. Some essential oils can also be digested, but their main qualification has to do with healing and maintaining the body.

Alright, I’ll bet good money you got hungry just now from reading about hummus and olive oil. Go on, run out and get yourself some, I’ll wait. Oh good, you’re back! Now, where were we? Right, essential oils. Here are some of my favorites. You can read while you eat. No judgement here.

Oregano – this is a staple. I use it every winter, without fail. Why? Because every darn winter, I get all coughy and phlegmy, to the point where I hate everyone and everything I come into contact with. I am not a nice person to be around when I am sick. I am working on it, honestly. Oregano works as an antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory agent. It can help prevent and treat parasites, mosquitos, lice, and other fun creatures.

Tea tree – this is one which is thankfully getting a lot more recognition in recent years. Those Australians and their trees. The tea tree and eucalyptus tree are both amazing, and both help produce highly beneficial essential oils. Both of these oils are realty great, and the only reason I went with tea tree oil for this list, is because of what it does to my scalp and hair. It is a miracle worker, and I use it constantly, whether in the shower or outside of it (in the form of a spray bottle).lavenderessentialoil

Lavender – this is the one which I use every night, before bed. It has been said to help achieve a deeper and more relaxed sleep, and I tend to agree. Not that I was a kicker and screamer beforehand, but I definitely love lighting a lavender oil diffuser before bed time, and then blowing out the candle as I slip into bed. I love the scent of it, and I can only hope that I’ll be able to pass this ritual on to my kids. Lavender is also great when you are wide awake, since it can help you attain focus and concentration. In ancient times, it was put in bath water. I actually haven’t tried that yet, but that is probably out of pure laziness.

Other favs? Rosemary, peppermint, palmarosa oils and argan oil. These are all great, and they can do a lot for your mind and body. Which are your favorites? If you’d like to learn about more oils check out Maple Holistics for example argan oil.

 

The Many Advantages to Argan Oil

I had mentioned in an earlier article about the need and or want for people to use natural ingredient cosmetic products. In this article I discuss one of my favorite essential oils.

Argan essential oil may have originated in Morocco, but it is now all over the world. It is a part of everyday life for hundreds of thousands of people who seek to live a more natural lifestyle.

Argan seedWhether it is in their shampoo, on their plate, or on their tummy (goodbye, stretch marks!) – people love using argan oil. The argan tree earned its nickname “the tree of life”, by being such a staple to the natives of morocco and Algeria. It has so many health benefits and cosmetic benefits, it is a wonder the western world didn’t discover this tree sooner.

The argan is a lovely-looking tree, and its oils (originating from its fruit) are like liquid gold in color. Once I started using argan oil in my hair, I found that I didn’t want to use any other kind of shampoo. It protects the hair and scalp from damage and premature aging. There are so many harmful chemicals in the air around us, it is inevitable that some of it will end up on our head. Using argan can help counter the harmful effects of the environment, and it encourages the skin to produce newer, healthier cells.

Applying this oil – always in moderation, by the way – can also encourage hair growth, on top of general scalp health. Those of us with hair issues are sure to benefit from the fruit of the Argan tree, and the great thing about this is that you can see results pretty fast. Massage some oil into your scalp, and watch as your hair strengthens and thickens over time. I found a company called Maple Holistics that produces many natural cosmetics using essential oils like Argan.

Is it 100% effective? Not necessarily. Nothing is. Some individuals may find that itshe puts the oil on her skin does not have that promised positive effect on them. It could be for so many reasons, and I wouldn’t presume to know what any specific person’s issues are. I can only use my own experience. And, in my humble opinion, argan oil is one of the greatest discoveries I made in my early 20’s. I actually found it under the name Moroccan oil.

Argan contains vitamin E and fatty acids. It is one of the best ways to moisturize and hydrate, whether it is skin, scalp, or hair. It is even said to help relieve the pain of arthritis. I wouldn’t know about that one, though. Not planning on getting arthritis anytime soon.