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GreenCharmCosmetics. An exciting life, my dogs and unique experience.

My name is Anna. I live in Riga – it’s a wonderful city! If you have one time the possibility to visit it – do it, without thinking a long time!!

I have a wonderful son Michael.

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Easy Russian “Napoleon” cake. Number 1 for the Christmas table!

Russian cake “Napoleon” is a classic, iconic Russian cake recipe that never gets old! If you’ve never had this buttery, flaky and creamy cake before, you are seriously missing out! It’s made with 12 layers of buttery puff pastry, creamy vanilla custard and garnished with pastry crumbs, chocolate, berries, or everything you like;)

Russians believe that the cake came into existence in 1912. It was prepared in Moscow for the first time to celebrate Napoleon’s defeat. The crumb coat denotes the snow that played a vital role in defeating the Napoleonic La Grande Armée spirit.

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Вам хочется подарить родным и друзьям эксклюзивный подарок? Free Christmas greeting cards!N 8, 9&10

Вам хочется подарить родным и друзьям особенный подарок? Супер! 

Я предлагаю маленький флешмобик. Я буду публиковать открытки к новому году и Рождеству, а вы сможете их распечатать и подарить своим близким и друзьям. Начнем?

Итак! Открытка номер восемь: за пять минут до нового года!

 

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Priceless Eucalyptus oil. 6 Benefits. Part 6.4.

  1. Relives cough and cold symptoms

 

With anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, eucalyptus is an effective cold remedy.

Eucalyptus oil is particularly beneficial for a cough because it’s an expectorant. In other words, it detoxifies your body, fighting off the harmful organisms making you sick. It also helps you breathe easier when you’re feeling congested.

 

2. Relieves pain

Owing to the strong analgesic, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of the active component eucalyptol, this oil is extensively used for providing relief from pain and inflammation in case of arthritis and joint pain.

 

3. Nourishes

Eucalyptus Oil is known to moisturise the skin. Not only does it deliver an intense dose of hydration, but it also locks in moisture to help your complexion glow.

 

4. Desinfects wounds

The Australian aborigines used eucalyptus leaves to treat wounds and prevent infection. Today the diluted oil may still be used on the skin to fight inflammation and promote healing.

 

5. Removes dandruff

The antifungal and antiseptic properties present in Eucalyptus oil works against the formation of dandruff. The yeast-like fungus called Malassezia is the usual cause of dandruff. This oil, along with a suitable carrier oil, could efficiently keep dandruff formation and related issues like itchiness at bay.

 

6. Freshens breath

Mint isn’t the only weapon against stinky breath. Because of its antibacterial properties, eucalyptus oil can be used to fight the germs that cause unfortunate mouth odor. Some mouthwashes and toothpastes contain the essential oil as an active ingredient.

 

read more: https://www.verywellhealth.com/steam-inhalation-with-eucalyptus-essential-oil-88169

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/a26030985/eucalyptus-oil-benefits/

 

previous posts: https://greencharmlifeblog.com/priceless-eucalyptus-essential-oil-history/ https://greencharmlifeblog.com/priceless-eucalyptus-eo-koala-part-6-2/ https://greencharmlifeblog.com/priceless-eucalyptus-essential-oil-part-6-3/

 

 

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Priceless Eucalyptus essential oil. Part 6.3.

 

In Ayurveda, Eucalyptus is known for its Vata pacifying properties as it has heating energy. It strengthens the overall metabolism, circulation, and immune system. It’s also a powerful antiseptic and analgesic that can be used to treat wounds, infections, and painful inflammation of the muscles that lead to muscle soreness.

Eucalyptus oil can clear your airways and allow more oxygen into your lungs, boosting energy and promoting mental clarity. “Most people who breathe it automatically feel a great release like their breathing becomes easier,” says Galper. Diffuse five drops at home or work to refocus.

 

read more: https://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/about-us/conservation/plant-of-the-month/2076-november-2015

previous posts: https://greencharmlifeblog.com/priceless-eucalyptus-essential-oil-history/

https://greencharmlifeblog.com/priceless-eucalyptus-eo-koala-part-6-2/

 

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Essential oils in aromatherapy, cosmetology, cooking. Priceless Eucalyptus essential oil. Koala. Part 6.2.

 

Some facts about Eucalyptus

  • Otherwise known as…: Eucalyptus Essential Oil from the Eucalyptus Globulus is also known as Tasmanian Blue Gum.
  • A floral name: The ‘eu’ and ‘kalypto’ in the word mean ‘well’ and ‘covered’ in Greek. This refers to the delicate membrane that covers the flower bud, which falls off as the flower grows.
  • See right through: You can, in fact, see the oil in a Eucalyptus leaf. If you hold it up to the light, you can see tiny pricks of white or yellow, which is the Eucalyptus Essential Oil in the tissue of the leaf.Similarly, if you crush the leaf in your fingers, you can immediately smell the invigorating aroma of Eucalyptus Oil.

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Essential oils in aromatherapy, cosmetology, cooking. Priceless Eucalyptus essential oil. History. Part 6.1.

 

Originally native to Australia, eucalyptus trees are now grown worldwide and used for their medicinal properties. Their healing power comes from eucalyptus oil, which is made from the tree’s oval-shaped leaves.

 

History

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Gorgeous Geranium in cooking. Part 3.

Scented Geraniums are known for the fragrant essential oils that can be extracted from the glandular tissue in the leaves. There are over eighty scented geranium varieties including dozens of Rose-scented varieties and lemon, mint, fruit, nut, spice, pungent, and oak-leaved varieties. Rose-scented geraniums have been used for centuries to make perfumes and have also been used as a natural pest deterrent, baking flavor, and dried for potpourri.

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5 ways Geranium eo can fascinating beautify your skin and hair. Part 2. EO part 5.

 

  1. Has anti-wrinkles & lifting properties

Thanks to its qualities as an astringent and all-round healer, Geranium eo is a highly effective anti-aging ingredient. Not only does Geranium eo tone and protect your skin, tightening your epidermis to reduce fine lines’ appearance, it also has potent cellular regeneration properties. With a revived epidermis, your complexion will look more youthful than ever.

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Вам хочется подарить родным и друзьям эксклюзивный подарок? Handmade gift for New Year and Christmas!Номер 3&4

Вам хочется подарить родным и друзьям особенный подарок? Супер! 

Я предлагаю маленький флешмобик. Я буду публиковать открытки к новому году и Рождеству, а вы сможете их распечатать и подарить своим близким и друзьям. Начнем?

Сегодня две открытки сразу: за вчера и за сегодня.

Итак! Открытка номер три: с моими любимыми совятами:))

 

 

И открытка номер четыре: рождественский олень с подарками.

 

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This oil can change your life! Exclusive Geranium essential oil. Part 1. Essential oils part 5.

Some history

The first plant to reach Europe was probably brought to the Leiden botanical garden already before 1600 and was P. triste. It passed to France, and in 1631, the Englishman John Tradescant obtained a few seeds from Rene Morin in Paris. Since the plant came from a trip to the East, it was considered to originate in India. In 1672, the Dutchman Paul Hermann was probably the first botanist to collect pelargoniums in southern Africa and sent seeds to Jacob Breyne, who illustrated a few species in 1678.

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Вам хочется подарить родным и друзьям эксклюзивный подарок? Handmade gift for New Year and Christmas! Номер 2.

Вам хочется подарить родным и друзьям особенный подарок? Супер! 

Я предлагаю маленький флешмобик. Я буду публиковать открытки к новому году и Рождеству, а вы сможете их распечатать и подарить своим близким и друзьям. Начнем?

Открытка номер два. Смешная, детская, для любимых.



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Вам хочется подарить родным и друзьям эксклюзивный подарок? Handmade gift for New Year and Christmas!Номер 1.

Вам хочется подарить родным и друзьям особенный подарок? Супер! 

Я предлагаю маленький флешмобик. Я буду публиковать открытки к новому году и Рождеству, а вы сможете их распечатать и подарить своим близким и друзьям. Начнем?

Открытка номер один. Милая, теплая, домашняя.

 

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Устали от подделок? Причитайте и сохраните ваши деньги!

Анализ качества эфирных масел

 

Анализ используется для определения подлинности и доброкачественности эфирных масел. Для этого определяются цвет, запах, плотность, угол вращения, показатели преломления, растворимость в спирте, кислотное и эфирное числа, эфирное число после ацетилирования (Кузнецова М.А, Рыбачук И.З., https://www.twirpx.com/file/3037829/). Наиболее доступными способами определения качества служат определение примесей в эфирном масле.

Определение наличия спирта.


Газовое (полированное) стекло помещают на чёрную бумагу (или чёрную ткань) размещают на ровной поверхности. На стекло наливают воду,
чтобы она равномерно плёнкой распределялась по стеклу. Пипеткой наносят несколько капель эфирного масла на воду. Не должно быть помутнения в воде, вокруг капли эфирного масла.
Если спирт определяется, есть помутнение – эфирное масло не соответствует стандарту для применения в ароматерапии и косметологии!

Такое эфирное масло не применять!


Определение жирных и минеральных масел.


1 мл эфирного масла взбалтывают в пробирке с 10 мл 90% этанола (спирта). Не должно появляться мути и жирных капель. Можно использовать меньшее количество, определяя качество, составив 10% раствор эфирного масла и спирта.

Например
10% раствор: к 5мл спирта добавив 10 капель эфирного масла. Если жирные или минеральные масла определяются – эфирное масло не соответствует стандарту для применения в ароматерапии и косметологии!

Такое эфирное масло нельзя применять!

 

В своих продуктах я использую только натуральные качественные и по возможности органические эфирные масла!

Предлагаю познакомиться с одним из продуктов с эфирными маслами: https://greencharmlifeblog.com/product/acne-spot-treatment-anti-acne-tincture-acne-treatment/

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Crazy questions, questions, questions… Sweet or salty?

As for me, it is not a question at all! Sure, SWEET!! But I have a friend, who prefers salty food. In the restaurant, she always looks at me and asks: why, tell me, why do you eat this piece of cake instead of a good portion of pasta? Hmm, answer I, I don’t know, why, but I know “how” – with a big pleasure;))

 

And you? What is your choice?

If you are looking for smth Christmas sweet, but it doesn’t be food, have a look at my shampoo bar: https://greencharmlifeblog.com/product/handmade-shampoo-solid-bar-for-men-ginsengorange-shampoo-bar-for-travel/

Find 25+ Christmas cake recipes here: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/christmas/christmas-recipes/g549910/best-christmas-cake-recipes/

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Essential Oils in aromatherapy, cosmetology, and cooking. You need it! Hot and cheerful Clove essential oil. Part 4.

Cloves smell great, but did you know that they have many health benefits associated with them? They have been used for toothache, fighting fatigue, boosting the immune system, treating acne, controlling diabetes, and treating painful sites, among other things.

Clove oil is made from cloves that start out as pink flower buds of an evergreen tree.  They are hand-picked, and the buds are dried until they turn brown. They are ground down, and the powder is used in cooking or made into an essential oil.

 

 

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Breaking question of the day:) City or Country?

 

As for me, so without any doubt – city. A big city, plenty of different interesting people, many theaters and museums, a long history, an old town. Hmm, it seems to me that I speak about my city – Rīga!

And you? Where do you live and where do you want to live?

 

 

read more: https://www.latvia.travel/en/city/riga-8

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Your hair will love it! Number 1 in hair care – BTMS.

 

Short description of BTMS

A plant-derived product, emulsifier, and conditioner, composed of 75% Cetearyl alcohol (a derivative of coconut) and 25% behentrimonium methosulfate (a derivative of rapeseed oil). Solid white flakes with a light odor. An insoluble product which, however, disperses into water and oil. HLB value: 15. Oil-in-water emulsifier. pH: 5 to 7 (in a 2% solution).

INCI : Behentrimonium methosulfate, Cetearyl alcohol

read more: https://www.lesamesfleurs.com/products/emulsifier-conditioner-btms?lang=en

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Sodium Coco Sulfate vs. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – what you need to know

Short description of the SCS

Sodium coco-sulfate, derived from natural coconut oil and palm kern oil. In the needle form, the product is free-flowing and disperses easily in water. Heat is required to fully dissolve the product. It provides good lather, thickening, and conditioning properties. This product is also a replacement for betaines and alkanolamides in personal cleansing products. A unique naturally derived anionic surfactant for the formulation of “natural type” personal cleansing products that are preservative-free.

 

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Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, SCI. Ingredient to die for!

Scientific Facts: 

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is a fine white powder. It has a mild odor and can be prepared from the fatty acid mixture from coconut oil.

Commonly known as Baby Foam due to its exceptional mildness, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate Raw Material is a surfactant comprised of a type of sulphonic acid called Isethionic Acid as well as the fatty acid – or sodium salt ester – obtained from Coconut Oil. It is a traditional substitute for sodium salts that are derived from animals, namely sheep and cattle.

NB: http://Amended Safety Assessment of Isethionate Salts as Used in Cosmetics

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A wonderful mild and nourishing shampoo solid bar

from here: https://greencharmcosmetics.store/products/shampoo-solid-bar-fruits-rouges-for-all-hair-types

 

 

I make my shampoo bars from natural ingredients, that sometimes have strange names: SCI, SLSA, SCS. Wow! Often I am asked about them and in the next posts I’m going to explain, what is what.

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Essential oils in aromatherapy, cosmetology, and cooking. Fascinating and joyful Bergamot eo. Part 3.

 

Today I’d like to speak about one of my favorite essential oils – fascinating and joyful Bergamot eo. It’s prized for its soothing scent, spicy taste, and wide range of uses.

ABOUT THE PLANT

 

COMMON NAMES

Bergamot orange tree

LATIN NAME

Citrus bergamia, Citrus aurantium

BOTANICAL FAMILY

Rutaceae

PLANT DETAIL

This green-leaves shrub is 5m high, and the fruits are smaller than oranges but very similar.

FLOWERING PERIODNATIVE REGION

Asia

 

ABOUT BERGAMOT FRUIT

INCI NAME

CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA FRUIT OIL

ESSENTIAL OIL NAME

Bergamot essential oil

PART USED

Zest

SCENT

Bergamot Essential Oil smells citrusy and possesses a beautifully complex aroma with underlying floral and bitter characteristics.

EXTRACTION METHOD

Cold expression

PRODUCTION

4,8 ML of essential oil per KG of bergamot

 

 

Bergamot oil is extracted from the rinds of citrus fruit (Citrus bergamia) that grow on bergamot orange trees. If you’re a fan of Earl Grey tea, you’re already enjoying the distinctive taste of bergamot, which is used to flavor it.

The earliest roots of the bergamot tree can be traced to Southeast Asia. It’s currently grown in many parts of the world but achieved its prominence and name in Bergamo’s town in southern Italy.

 

Important Precautions for Using Bergamot Oil

Bergamot essential oil should not be used full strength directly on the skin. It can be mixed with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or mineral oil, and used as a skin softener. Bergamot oil can also be mixed with water vapor and used as an aromatherapy treatment. Do not swallow essential oils.

 

Bergamot is the most delicate of the citrus plants, requiring special climate and soil to thrive. Italians have used Bergamot oil for years to reduce feelings of stress and to soothe and rejuvenate skin. In Greece, the unripe fruits are used as sweetmeats, eaten by the spoonful as a dessert or coffee.

Bergamot essential oil is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be uplifting and calming, making it ideal for helping with anxious and sad feelings. It is also purifying and cleansing for the skin while having a calming effect.

 

Bergamot eo for the skin

Spicy and citrusy bergamot oil is a natural astringent, with clarifying and oil-reducing properties that make it ideal for anyone suffering from overactive sebum production. It’s a balancing addition to formulas to deal with oily skin: bergamot will penetrate and unclog pores while respecting your skin’s natural lipid barrier, neither over-drying nor stripping. It’s also super helpful for hyperpigmentation, which can be a lingering hangover from acne blemishes long after they’ve healed.

Several compounds in bergamot oil have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This may make bergamot oil an effective spot treatment for acne in people who do not have sensitive skin. Its analgesic qualities may also make it effective against painful cysts and pimples.

Applied to post-blemish marks, bergamot oil stimulates skin cell renewal, redistributing skin pigments for an even and toned complexion. What’s more, bergamot has naturally powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, making it an effective tonic for live blemishes and bacterial-induced pore-clogging. 

 

 

Bergamot eo for the hair

 

Bergamot oil enthusiasts (and people who love soft, lightly scented hair) swear by this essential oil’s ability to soften and tame curls. Anecdotal evidence indicates that bergamot oil may also be soothing to an irritated scalp.

For hair health, bergamot oil is a stimulating and regenerating add-on to your everyday routine. It can add shine to dull locks suffering from dryness and weather-induced breakage, and frizz. And it’s also an effective tonic when it comes to dealing with scalp health. Bergamot oil works to stimulate skin cell renewal on the scalp to promote the healthy sloughing away of dead skin to reveal new skin underneath. 

The incredibly high content of Vitamin C that’s naturally present in bergamot oil also works to protect your hair against oxidative stress from environmental pollutants, as well as stimulating the production of collagen.

 

How to use

Add 4-12 drops to a bowl of steaming water/facial steamer and inhale deeply for 5-10 minutes.

For massage, add 2 drops to 4 tsp carrier oil.

Add 1 drop to 2 tsp of carrier oil for local application.

For diffusing, add 10-15 drops to your diffuser.

Start with the lowest number of drops; increase as desired.

 

Studies have shown that Bergamot oil can decrease stress and anxiety, making it great for sniffing at your desk during the day or dripping a few drops into a diffuser while you sleep. It’s frequently used as a top note in fragrances (like Tom Ford Neroli Portofino) and pairs well with florals and spices.

previous parts:

https://greencharmlifeblog.com/aromatherapy-miracle-star-anise-oil/

https://greencharmlifeblog.com/essential-oils-unique-chamomile-oil-part-2/

 

To read more about:

https://www.aromaweb.com/books/worwood.asp

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/bergamot-oil.asp

https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/22/4/614/htm

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Essential oils in aromatherapy, cosmetology, and cooking. Unique and powerful Chamomile oil. Part 2.

Chamomile – most of us associate this daisy-looking ingredient with tea, but it’s available in essential oil form too.

Chamomile oil comes from the flowers of the chamomile plant, which actually happens to be related to daisies (hence the visual similarities) and is native South and West Europe and North America.

Chamomile plants are available in two different varieties. There’s the Roman Chamomile plant (which is also known as English Chamomile) and the German chamomile plant. Both plants look largely the same, but it actually happens to be the German variation that contains more of the active ingredients, azulene and chamazulene which are responsible for giving chamomile oil a blue tinge.

  • Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile or Anthemis nobilis)

In ancient Rome, Roman Chamomile was used to help soldiers take courage during times of war. Since then, Roman Chamomile essential oil has become popular for its sweet, soothing nature. With a unique, floral scent and chemical components known for their soothing abilities.

  • German chamomile (Matricaria recutita or Chamomilla recutita)
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COMMON NAMES

Chamomile (or Camomile), Roman chamomile, English chamomile, Garden chamomile, Ground apple, Low chamomile, Mother’s daisy, Whig plant.

LATIN NAME

Chamaemelum nobile, Anthemis nobilis

BOTANICAL FAMILYA

steraceae

PLANT DETAIL

The plant measures 10-30 cm height. Do not confuse with German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.) smaller and known to be rich in azulene and chamazulene, giving a special blue color to the essential oil.

see also: https://www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/default.asp

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The use of chamomile oil goes back a long way. In fact, it’s reportedly one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind.

Its history can be traced right back to the Ancient Egyptians’ time, who dedicated it to their Gods because of its curing properties and used it to fight the fever. Meanwhile, the Romans used it to make medicines, drinks, and incense.

During the Middle Ages, the Chamomile plant was scattered on the floor at public gatherings. This was so that its sweet, crisp, and fruity fragrance would be released when people stepped on it.

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If you’ve ever enjoyed a cup of Chamomile tea, you are already familiar with the aroma and sense of calm that chamomile offers. The aroma and sedative effect of the undiluted Roman Chamomile Essential Oil, however, is much more fragrant and powerful.

Roman Chamomile is known to be especially helpful in combating insomnia.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is one of the few essential oils that most agree is especially safe to use, well diluted, with children. When diffused, it can help to calm irritable babies and soothe a toddler’s nasty temper tantrums.

Roman Chamomile Oil is also heralded for its anti-inflammatory action. It can be used to help calm inflamed skin and to ease arthritis, headaches, sprains, and muscle aches.

 

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Chamomile essential oil for the skin:

1. Good For Acne And Eczema:

Put an end to the painful conditions of acne with a dab of this oil. Your inflammation and redness vanish, plus you will be able to enjoy scar-free skin. Mix it with Evening Primrose oil for handling the inflammations. It is also a sought after natural antidote for eczema-like skin conditions.

2. Eases Skin Rashes And Scarring:

Mix 3 to 4 drops of Roman chamomile oil with coconut oil and dab it on your skin. This calms any kind of irritation your skin might be experiencing. Along with hydrating and moisturizing your skin, it also adds radiance. It is also known to be effective in healing sunburns. Add a few drops to your bath or do a cold compress with this oil infused water for quicker healing.

3. Makes Skin Young, Moisturized And Blemish-Free:

Get rid of those crow’s feet and dark circles hampering the beauty of your eyes with the regular application of this essential oil. It eases the blemishes and evens the skin tone. It has skin repairing, regenerating, and strengthening properties, which in turn keeps your skin young and refreshing.

 

 

Chamomile essential oil for hair

4. Enriches Your Hair Color And Radiance:

Rinse the hair with a gentle dab of chamomile oil to brighten up the blonde hair instantly. Add a few drops to your henna mixture and apply it for accentuating those natural highlights. A few drops can be applied on to towel dried hair to give your hair a lovely shine.

5. Natural Anti-dandruff Agent:

Chamomile is an effective natural solution for hair lice and dandruff. In addition, it also soothes the irritated scalp. It hydrates the scalp, thus eases the associated irritation and itching.

6. Moisturizes And Softens Hair:

Known for its nerve soothing properties, chamomile oil easily qualifies as wonderful oil to nourish the hair and scalp. It is effective on dry and brittle hair. It retains the moisture level and strengthens the hair from within, leaving behind soft and strong tresses.

 

see also: https://www.healthline.com/health/chamomile-oil#chamomile-varieties

Some interesting facts about chamomile/chamomile oil

  • Chamomile goes by lots of different names – Chamomile (or Camomile), Roman chamomile, English chamomile, garden chamomile, ground apple, low chamomile, mother’s daisy, whig plant, to name but a few…
  • Chamomile means ‘apple of the ground’ in Greek.
  • Chamomile oil is a great hair moisturizer, helping retain hair moisture and strengthen hair from within
  • Chamazulene is an anti-inflammatory that’s only found in chamomile essential oil.
  • Because it’s so gentle, chamomile essential oil is ideal for sensitive skin.

 

 

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Essential oils in aromatherapy, cosmetology, and cooking. Miracle Star Anise oil.

Star anise is an evergreen tree which is commonly known as Star anise seed, Badiam, Chinese star anise, Anis de Chine, Anis Étoilé, Anís Estrellado, Aniseed Stars, Anis Étoilé Chinois, Ba Jiao Hui, Anisi Stellati Fructus, Badiane, Badiana, Badiane de Chine, Chinese Anise, Bajiao, Eight-Horned Anise, Illicium, and Eight Horns. Its origin is in Southern China.

 

Botanical Name:

Illicium verum

Country of Origin:

China

Extraction Method:

Steam Distilled

Plant Part:

Seeds

Strength of Aroma:

Medium

Aromatic Scent:

Spicy-sweet characteristic licorice scent

Blends Well With:

Cedarwood, Dill, Sweet Fennel, Lemon, Mandarin, Peppermint and Petitgrain

Cautions:

Star Anise oil is estrogenic and therefore should not be used in pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis, and estrogen-sensitive cancers. We recommend a maximum dilution of 1.75%.

from here: https://www.planttherapy.com/star-anise-essential-oil

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Traditionally, Star Anise oil is used as a herb for its healing properties and numerous health benefits. The seeds of Star anise fruit are sundried and then steam distilled to extract essential oils. The oil is a pale yellow to clear with a strong scent that resembles licorice. It has a thick consistency.

It possesses anti-rheumatic, anti-epileptic, and antiseptic properties, which makes it versatile. It acts as a decongestant, solves digestive problems, and provides sound sleep. It is used as a flavoring agent in various dishes.

Star anise essential oil has constituents such as anisaldehyde, alpha-pinene, camphene, beta-pinene, cis and trans-anethole, acetoanisol, linalool, and safrol.

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Anise star essential oil is used in aromatherapy to promote peaceful sleep, relieve digestion and is a natural remedy for PMS symptoms.

High fragrant oil is used in the perfumery, cooking, toothpaste, soaps, skin creams, and mouthwashes.

In cookery
Anise seeds can be cooked in bread, cakes, biscuits, fish dishes, soups and curries, and some European dessert and fruit dishes. They flavor confectionery such as dragees in France, and a solitary seed was once the center of the much-loved aniseed ball.

Anise seeds and their oil are used mostly to flavor various alcoholic spirits and liqueurs such as France’s pastis – Pernod, Ricard, anisette – the ouzo of Greece, Turkey’s raki and the array of other eastern Mediterranean countries. Sometimes, particularly in Pernod’s case, most of the anise flavor comes from the Chinese star anise. However, that anise oil is added to these drinks is fairly certain, but the oil is not now allowed to be sold to the public to make their own pastis-type drinks. Often the flavor of aniseed can be given to a dish by adding the spirit or liqueur rather than the seeds, and in France, there are many specialties named ‘Ricard,’ for instance.
The leaves of anise may be used in salads, with vegetables like carrots and fish soups.

Other uses
The French use anise oil, under strict control, to scent pharmaceutical products such as toothpaste, mouthwashes, and syrups. In veterinary practice, seeds have been fed to cows as this apparently helps the production of milk (which has a faint aniseed flavor). Seeds, crushed or whole, can scent potpourris and other household pomanders.

 

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Эфирные масла в косметологии. Анисовое масло.

 

Синонимы: анис обыкновенный, сладкий анис, гантус, бадьян.
Латинское название: Pimpinella anisum.
Семейство: зонтичные.
Родина – Малая Азия.
Ареал произрастания – Европа, Азия, Северная Америка, Украина, Россия.
Аромат: сладкий, тёплый, легкий, тягучий.
Химический состав: транс-анетол 80-90%, метилхарвикол 0,5-2%, анисовый
альдегид 0,1-0,4%.
Источник эфирного масла: семена.
Метод получения: паровая дистилляция. Выход эфирного масла – из 35-50
кг сырья 1 кг эфирного масла (2-3% от массы сырья).


Лечебные свойства в косметологии.

Основные: противовоспалительное, антибактериальное,

Дополнительные: обезболивающее

Показания к применению. Дерматология и косметология.


Стареющая кожа, морщины, дряблая кожа, сухая кожа, ожоги.


Противопоказания.


Повышенная свёртываемость крови, непереносимость.

Предостережения.


Детям до 3-х лет не применять накожно, высокие дозировки могут дать нарушение мозгового кровообращения, мышечные парезы. Осторожно применять при язвенной болезни желудка и 12-ти перстной кишки.


Дозировки.


Для достижения лечебного результата оптимальны средние дозировки 3-8
капель на процедуру.
Предельно допустимая концентрация – 2%.
Реакция кожи: от нейтральной до покалывания, легкого жжения 1-2 минуты.


Сочетаемость.


По семейству: зонтичные – кориандр, фенхель.
По химическим компонентам: базилик, фенхель.

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Ароматерапия в дерматологии и косметологии.


Использование ароматических эссенций для косметических целей является наиболее древней из областей применения ароматерапии. И сегодня косметическое использование эфирных масел, ароматической воды и других производных ароматических растений
пользуется всё большей популярностью как у профессионалов, так и у любителей косметологии. Эффективное применение эфирных масел при проблемах кожи обусловлено рядом аспектов: местными и общими свойствами эфирных масел, мягкостью действия, высокими терапевтическими результатами, сочетаемостью с другими методами, процедурами выбора.

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Местные свойства эфирных масел наиболее ценны в косметологическом плане, так как позволяют влиять непосредственно на
проблемный очаг. В косметологическом плане проявляют себя свойства: антибактериальные, антисептические, антивирусные, противогрибковые, улучшающие микроциркуляцию крови и лимфы, нормализующие проницаемость сосудистой стенки, антигистаминные,
противовоспалительные, спазмолитические, противоотёчные, местно-обезболивающие, регенерирующие, увлажняющие, нормализующие физиологические свойства кожи, противозудные, расщепляющие жиры, нормализующие тургор кожи, смягчающие рубцовую
ткань, отбеливающие кожу, улучшающие состояние ногтевой пластинки, противоожоговые, разогревающие, тонизирующее кожу, местно-раздражающее.

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Общие свойства действуют опосредованно на механизмы формирования, патогенез косметологической проблемы. Наличие общего действия позволяет при грамотном подходе добиться стойкого
эффекта и длительной ремиссии. В косметологии проявляются общие свойства ЭМ:
 биорегулирующее;


 воздействие на нервно-психическую сферу: адаптогенное, седативное, успокаивающее;


 иммуномоделирующее и иммуностимулирующее действие;


 регулирующее уровень гормонов;

 антитоксическое, мочегонное;


 антиоксидантное;


 стимулирующее общее кровообращение.


Мягкость действия выражается в комплиментарности составных компонентов ароматических растений и эфирных масел организму человека, наличием только натуральных компонентов, отсутствием привыкания. В отличие от широко применяемых синтетических веществ, производные ароматерапевтических растений в меньшей степени обладают побочными эффектами. При их использовании случаи сенсибилизации и аллергии наблюдаются в редких случаях.


Высокие терапевтические результаты ароматерапии обусловлены высокой концентрацией в эфирных маслах биологически активных химических компонентов растения и выраженным терапевтическим действием. Например, антибактериальные свойства чайного дерева в 5 раз выше, чем у 96% спирта.

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Эффективность ароматерапии основана на многофункциональности лечебных свойств эфирных масел, в первую очередь их биорегулирующим и адаптационным действием на человеческий организм. Ароматерапия сочетается с другими методами решения косметологических и дерматологических проблем, усиливая эффективность лечебных и профилактических мероприятий. Место ароматерапии в курсе лечения определяет врач-косметолог, дерматолог.

В косметологии эфирные масла используются с помощью процедур выбора: обогащения косметических средств, местного аромамассажа, водного, водноспиртового, масляного лосьонов, компресса, аппликации, туалетной воды, спиртового тоника, холодных и горячих ингаляций, местной и общей ванны, нанесения чистого эфирного масла, приёма внутрь, индивидуальных духов.

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A useful guide to using essential oils in your beauty routine. Part 2.

Are essential oils safe?

Essential oils have been used for medicinal and skincare purposes for thousands of years in many different cultures. Today, essential oils are often used in skin care products to add fragrance or instill aromatherapeutic benefits. Some essential oils have been clinically proven to possess antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, and insect-repelling properties. For example, research has shown that tea tree oil, when applied properly, can help treat acne by killing the bacteria that causes it.

 

These natural oils can be rich in antioxidants and contain antibacterial ingredients that protect against skin issues. However, “Most of the components in oils can significantly irritate and damage the skin. Common examples include fragrant ingredients like limonene, citronellol, and eugenol, which are all present in fragrant plant oils. The positives just don’t outweigh the negatives,” says Paula Begoun, the founder of sensitive skincare specialists Paula’s Choice.

 

How essential oils can hurt your skin?

Some components of these oils are indeed beneficial for the skin. For example, many of them are rich sources of potent antioxidants like caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid (among many others). Others contain antibacterial ingredients that protect against visible skin problems related to fungi, yeast, and other topical troublemakers.

Sounds good, right? But in the long run, it’s not good for the skin because most of those compounds can also significantly irritate and damage the skin. Common examples include fragrance ingredients like limonene, citronellol, eugenol, and linalool, all present in many fragrant plant oils. The positives just don’t outweigh the negatives.

Some essential oils for acne-prone skin such as rosemary, lemongrass, thyme, cinnamon, citronella, and tea tree oils do have research showing them to be helpful. But they also cause significant irritation and haven’t proven to be as effective as the gold standard active ingredient for acne, benzoyl peroxide (which research shows can even reduce redness!).

In terms of essential oils for aging skin, none can successfully deal with the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots, loss of firmness, or address the need to exfoliate the skin, especially in comparison to the hundreds of beneficial, non-fragrant plant extracts and vitamins that have no risk of causing irritation.

from here: https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/natural-skincare/essential-oils-for-skin.html

It’s important to know which oils are good for the skin and the others that simply aren’t. Ksenia Selivanova and Claudia Felton, founders of Lion/ne skincare consultancy, say: “There are some oils that have been ‘proven’ to take down the inflammation and help blemish-prone skin; a few of these are tea tree oil, rosemary oil, and lemongrass.”

“However, we would not recommend these essential oils as a ‘go-to’ due to their volatility and potential to cause more harm than good to the skin. If you do choose to use tea tree oil, make sure not to apply directly on an open wound or spot that has been picked!”

 

previous part: https://greencharmlifeblog.com/a-useful-guide-to-using-essential-oils-in-your-beauty-routine-part-1/

 

To be continued…

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A useful guide to using essential oils in your beauty routine. Part 1.

What are the ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, are the fragrant essence of a plant. These highly concentrated liquid oils are the foundation of aromatherapy, which is based on the idea that the aromatic oil from a plant has healing properties. Essential oils should not be confused with perfumes or other fragrance oils. Essential oils are natural to the plant, whereas fragrance oils are chemically produced to mimic certain aromatic scents for perfumes, colognes, candles, etc.

Essential oils are the volatile essences of plants that create unique, wafting fragrances. They can be extracted from any plant’s flowers, bark, stem, leaves, roots, and sometimes its fruits. No matter the source, these oils are complex mixtures, often containing up to 60 different substances—some good for skin, others not so good.

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How are they extracted?

Essential oils are extracted one of two ways: either by steam distillation or expression or pressing. Distillation is the most prominent method used to extract aromatherapy oils, however. This technique involves steaming the plant matter until it breaks down. This breakdown phase’s byproduct is the plant’s fragrant oil, which is cooled, separated from the water, and finally filtered into its pure essential oil.

Some aromatherapy oils are too concentrated to apply directly to the skin. In this case, the oil is combined with a ‘carrier’ oil or lotion to dilute its strength. Applying stringent oils to the skin can cause harmful reactions, such as rashes or burns. Certain essential oils should be avoided if you are pregnant or have been diagnosed with a specific illness.

A bit from the history

For thousands of years, people have been using natural oils for beauty. In fact, the first recorded use of essential oils dates back to 18,000 B.C.E! Today, people are returning to the age-old practice of using aromatherapy and essential oils in their daily beauty routines.

for example https://asiaent-life.com/the-benefits-of-using-essential-oils-for-cosmetology/

or the scientists’ opinion: https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9284/5/1/11/htm

 

 

How are essential oils used?

Essential oils can be diffused for inhalation, applied topically, or used for cleaning,” says New York City-based certified acupuncturist Mila Mintsis, who specializes in pain management and anxiety disorders.

 

According to dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology in New York City, Sejal Shah, it may be best to inhale essential oils if your concern is internal or emotional. “Clinical studies have shown that aromatherapy by inhalation can have real benefits for people with, for example, anxiety, [problems with] mental focus, depressive symptoms, and menstrual pain,” says Robert Tisserand, an essential oil educator and aromatherapy expert from California. He adds that using essential oils via bathing, diffusing, and topical applications can also help well-being.

 

 https://greencharmlifeblog.com/cosmetology-and-aromatherapy-part-1/

https://greencharmlifeblog.com/cosmetology-and-aromatherapy-part-2/

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Life is an embarrassing miracle! The quote of the Day by Albert Einstein.

 

https://greencharmlifeblog.com/dreams-fairycute-picture-discusion/

 

And another one Perle from the Great Albert Einstein:

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

https://www.goalcast.com/2017/03/29/top-30-most-inspiring-albert-einstein-quotes/

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Косметология и ароматерапия, взгляд из других времен и современность. Часть 2. Cosmetology and aromatherapy. Amazing history. Part 2.

Начало здесь:

https://greencharmlifeblog.com/the-history-of-the-aromatherapy-part-1/

     Греки были творцами различных мифов и легенд, в которых часто фигурировали растения, их волшебные возможности изменять внешность, давать красоту.

     По одной из греческих легенд Фаон, мореплаватель с остова Лесбос, во время одного из своих плаваний доставил на остров Кипр таинственную пассажирку, в которой он с благоговением узнал Венеру. На прощание богиня подарила ему божественную эссенцию, которая изменила его грубые черты, и Фаон стал прекраснейшим из смертных.

 

      Существует легенда, что нимфа Энона поведала Парису некоторые тайны туалета Венеры, и с помощью этой волшебной косметики Елена Прекрасная обрела свою сверхъестественную красоту, ставшую роковой для греков и троянцев.

https://www.facebook.com/anna.svergun.716/posts/651439552229150

     Вернувшись из Трои, она поведала эти секреты своим соотечественницам, заложив тем самым основы древнегреческого парфюмерного искусства.

     Другая легенда гласит, что одна прелестная девушка Милита, дочь простого крестьянина, каждое утро плела гирлянды из свежих цветов и возлагала их в храме Венеры. Однажды на подбородке у девушки появилась язва, уничтожившая её удивительную красоту. Тогда богиня явилась ей во сне и велела приложить к язве несколько роз с алтаря. Милита послушалась, после 6 чего исцелилась и стала ещё красивее. 

     С этого времени роза прославилась как цветок не только красивый, но и целебный. Экстракт розы стал основой для притираний против язв и воспалений, косметических лосьонов.

     Кассандан была представительницей знати и любимой женой Кира Великого. Она родила царю четверых детей: Камбиса II, который впоследствии унаследовал трон и захватил Египет, Смердиса (или Бардию), также правившего империей на протяжении короткого срока, дочерей Роксану и Атоссу, сыгравшую важную роль в истории империи. Кир страстно любил свою жену, и после ее смерти всю империю, включая 25 проживающих в ней народов, охватил траур. Кир не мог оправиться от смерти Кассандан в течение следующих 10 лет. Кассандан похоронена в «Тюрьме Соломона» в Пасаргадах. На древнеперсидском Кассандан означает «создание красоты». Позднее это имя эволюционировало и превратилось в Кассандру.

     Греческие солдаты, отправляясь на битву, брали с собой мешочек с миррой, залечивающей раны.

     Врач Гален, был одним из первых, кто получил крем при смешивании растительного масла, воска и воды. Такой крем хорошо освежает, и тонизируют кожу, сохраняет её пластичность.

     Римляне широко пользовались обычаями и знаниями завоёванных народов. Постепенно благовония повсеместно вошли в жизнь граждан Римской империи, при этом рабам не позволялось пользоваться ароматическими эссенциями.

     Поэт Овидий, посветил косметике целую книгу, в которой описывает рецепты, включающие множество компонентов, среди которых были луковицы нарцисса, ячмень, ароматная смола, мёд.

https://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/ovid/lboo/

В качестве лучшего косметического средства Овидий рекомендовал олибанум (ладан), полагая, что если это вещество приятно богам, то уж для смертных тем более полезно. Олибанум по его рецепту, смешанный с фенхелем, миррой розовыми лепестками и нашатырём, превращался в отличное снадобье.

https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/ovid-on-cosmetics-medicamina-faciei-femineae-and-related-texts/

Во времена расцвета империи помимо римских бань (терм), ванны служили средством гигиены и ухода за кожей для знати. В основном в ванну добавляли лаванду, латинское название которой происходит от lavare – мыть.

     Индия, богатая ароматическими растениями, с древних времён имела богатую культуру применения косметических средств и благовоний.

     Поэма «Анвар и Суайли» содержит множество упоминаний.

«Девушка вошла в покой царя, её лик подобен свежему цветку розы, розовеющему под лёгким утренним ветерком, её кудри подобны лепесткам гиацинта, укрытым покровом из чистого мускуса…» «Ей в кудри вплетены жасмин и гиацинт,  Фиалкам тёмным локоны подобны, Струясь вдоль щёк, касаясь глаз, чаруют Сердца они подобно нарду…»

     https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/anvar-i-suhayli

     Более всех ценилась роза и производимая из неё розовая вода. Обычай омовения рук перед едой, распространённые в Средней Азии, получил здесь повсеместное распространение. Помимо розы, для создания рецептов красоты были популярны жасмин, ветивер, сезам, паданг, чампак, курна, букол, хна. Обязательной частью свадебного подарка жениху невесте был «синдаган», мешочек с туалетными принадлежностями. В него обязательно входили флакон с розовым маслом, сосуд для опрыскивания гостей розовой водой, коробочка для хранения пряностей. Среди индийских мусульман были популярны ароматические порошки. «Амир», состав которого включал сандал, алоэ, розу, камфару, цибетин. Другой порошок «чикса» состоял из горчичных семян, муки, кипариса, сандала, пачули, кус-куса, аниса, бензоя и других пряностей. Для натирания тела применялся «ургуджа» – ароматическая мазь из сандала, алоэ, розового масла и жасминовой эссенции. Ухаживая за волосами, индийские женщины смазывали их ароматическим маслом с кус-кусом (ветивером).

 

     Китайские красавицы, пренебрегающие мылом, не испытывали предубеждения к косметике, которую обильно наносили на кожу. Чтобы улучшить цвет лица они на ночь наносили смесь чайного масла и рисовой муки.

     Некоторые африканские народы до современного века сохранили обычай натирания, имеющий гигиеническое и эстетическое значение. В жарком климате слой жирных масел защищает кожу от палящих лучей, а красивая, блестящая кожа признак африканской красоты. В качестве натираний использовались и сейчас популярны кокосовое и пальмовое масла.       

     В Нубии существовала разновидность купания, в котором тесто втиралось в кожу, затем удалялось вместе с прилипшей грязью, после чего тело растиралось ароматизированным душистыми пряностями маслом.  В Судане такое «купание» заменялось окуриванием ароматическими веществами. Накрывшись с головой шерстяным одеялом, склоняются над пахучим дымом из дерева туллох. Проводя так около 10 минут, добиваются хорошего очищения, тонизации кожи.

      Во времена Средневековья в Европе травы и ароматические масла применялись повсеместно. Одним из удачных косметических рецептов была изготовленная в 1370 г. «венгерская вода» или вода королевы Венгрии. По одной из легенд её изобрёл по специальному заказу аптекарь престарелой королевы. Благодаря употреблению воды семидесятидвухлетняя королева так похорошела, что стала походить на молодую красавицу, и на ней женился король Польский. В рецепт «воды королевы Венгрии» входили как основной компонент эфирные масла: розмарин, скипидар, сосна, лаванда, мята и спирт.

     Вода было внесена в Лондонскую фармакопею (1683 г.), где ей приписывали около ста лечебных свойств. Исследования современного времени подтвердили проверенную веками истину, и доказали эффективность ароматических растений для косметических целей. Наряду с известными давно ароматическими растениями розой, лавандой, жасмином, розмарином, ладаном, мятой, сосной, сандалом были вновь открыты свойства, популярных сегодня растений и производимых из них эфирных масел чайное дерево, иланг-иланг, пихта, ромашка, календула и многих других.

     Ассортимент средств XXI века индустрии красоты очень широк и постоянно обновляется. Нужно помнить, что не всякое совершенное открытие сейчас действительно новое.

     Как говорил Сократ:

«Нет ничего нового, под солнцем».

     Бережно используя древние знания в современном мире, добавляя новые открытия, мы сможем помочь каждому человеку раскрыть и подчеркнуть его красоту.

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Косметология и ароматерапия, взгляд из прошлого и современность. Часть 1. Cosmetology and aromatherapy. Amazing history. Part 1.

Косметология и ароматерапия, взгляд из прошлого и современность. Часть 1. Cosmetology and aromatherapy. History. Part 1.

     Продолжение здесь: https://greencharmlifeblog.com/cosmetology-and-aromatherapy-part-2/

 

Красота с древних времён была заветной целью прекрасной половины человечества. Хотя эталоны красоты менялись с течением времени, всегда были и остаются волнующими, уже ставшие мифологическими образы Венеры, Нефертити, Клеопатры. Красота, как образ разных эпох могла очень сильно разница.

     Считавшиеся прекрасными и восхитительными женщины эпохи Возрождения, смотрящие на нас с картин Рембрандта, Тициана, в современную эпоху, вероятно, испытывали бы психологический комплекс рядом с моделями XXI века. С течением времени меняется представление о красоте, оставляя неизменным стремление женщины быть красивой и как следствие, любимой.

     Опыт первого применения растений для красоты остался скрытым в глубине веков. Вероятно, первый опыт использования растений для придания коже красивого оттенка был связан с использованием женщиной отвара, либо части растения, прикладывая его к лицу. Готовя отвар, из приятно пахнущих трав, или проводя другой эксперимент, некоторые женщины обнаружили, что их кожа становится лучше, они становятся более привлекательными для мужчин. В дальнейшем в течение тысячелетий этот опыт накапливался, совершенствовались методы, расширялся арсенал используемых средств.

     Получить достоверную информацию можно только начиная с периода изобретения иероглифической письменности в XI веке до н.э. вначале у шумеров, затем египтян, позднее у китайцев, племени мая и других народов.

Enthroned King of Ur

     С возникновением системы передачи знаний, появилась возможность накапливать, совершенствовать представления о мире и, конечно, средствах, влияющих на красоту. Древнейшие письменные упоминания Вавилона, унаследовавших знания и культуру шумеров, встречается множество свидетельств об использовании растений в лечебных и косметических целях. Солодка, роза, ладан входили в 3 состав различных косметологических рецептов. По некоторым источникам, в это время впервые были получены эфирные масла розы и сопутствующий продукт технологии дистилляции – розовая вода.

     Быт ассирийцев был роскошным и утончённым, изобиловал ароматическими веществами и косметикой. Последний ассирийский царь Сарданапал довёл свою страсть к красоте до такой степени, что, подобно своим жёнам наряжался и красился. Геродот свидетельствует, что в период расцвета Вавилона среди его жителей было принято умащать тело ароматическими маслами и обильно использовать косметику.

 

      Культура древнего Египта развила применение ароматических растений: благовоний, притираний, водных процедур. Система ухода за телом, включающая тщательное омовение и умащение всего тела ароматическими и жирными маслами, была средством защиты от палящих лучей солнца и придавала коже эластичность. Гигиенические процедуры – тщательное омовение водой и умащение всего тела ароматическими маслами были повсеместно распространены. Такая система ухода за телом защищала кожу от жаркого климата, солнечных лучей и делала кожу эластичнее. До сих пор эта система гигиенических мероприятий популярна на Востоке. 

     Притирания составлялись только жрецами, так как считалось, что простому смертному не положено знать Божественную Природу растений. Были популярны составы из орегана, ладана, мирры. Косметические средства египетской красавицы были многочисленны. Кроме ароматических масел и притираний использовались краски для лица, черный порошок «кохл» для глаз. Одним из секретов красавиц того времени был обычай окрашивать пальцы и ладони листьями хны.

     Увлечение благовониями и косметикой постоянно возрастало и достигло своего пика в период правления Клеопатры. Царица, прославившаяся своей расточительностью, употребляла благовония в огромных количествах. Предложенный ей рецепт ванны с молоком, мёдом и ароматическими маслами до сих пор носит название ванны Клеопатры.  Чтобы произвести впечатление о себе на Марка Антония во время их первой встречи она использовала благовония.

     Шекспир в поэме Антоний и Клеопатра, поэтически изменив текст Плутарха, описывает эту встречу:

«Её корабль престолом лучезарным Блистал на водах Кидна. Пламенела Из кованного золота корма. А пурпурные были паруса Напоены таким благоуханием, Что ветер, млея от любви, к ним льнул…»

https://history.wikireading.ru/383075

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/cleopatra/full.html

     Уже во дворце Клеопатра, зная о растениях стимулирующих половое влечение, соблазнила Антония после ванны с жасмином в своей комнате, усыпанной лепестками роз. Употребление благовоний и ароматических масел египтян нашли своих последователей у других народов.

     Опыт применения египтянами благовоний и ароматических масел получил распространение у других народов. По легенде, в числе других средств обольщения к благовониям прибегла Юдифь, чтобы спасти свой народ от угнетения:

«…омыла своё тело водой и умастила благовониями. После этого причесала свои волосы, надела на голову диадему и облеклась в праздничные одежды… Чтобы привлечь к себе взгляды всех, кто её видел».

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/judith-a-remarkable-heroine/

     Обширное описание различных ароматических растений, употреблявшимися древними евреями, содержится в «Песни Песне». По ней можно заметить, как были известны и ценились ароматические вещества.

«Твои масти приятны для обоняния, имя твоё мирровое масло…» «…И благоухание одежды твоей подобно благоуханию с Ливана» «Сестра моя, невеста, сад запёртый, замкнутый колодезь, запечатанный источник: Орошённое место, в нём гранатовый сад с превосходными плодами, с киперами и нардами, С нардом и шафраном, с иром и корицей, со всякими благовонными деревами, с миррой и алоэ…»

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Song%20of%20Songs%201&version=NIV

     Древние греки приписывали благовониям божественное происхождение и считали атрибутами богов. Гомер описывает туалет Афродиты, которая готовится к встрече с Герой:

«Там амброзийной влагой она до малейшего праха С тела прелестного смыв, умастила маслом чистейшим, Сладким, небесным, изящнейшим из всех благовоний: Чуть сотрясали его в медностенном Крониона доме, Вдруг до земли и до неба божественный дух разливался».

In this blog I will write about cosmetics, cosmetics ingredients, skin, hair, body, will give receipts of home remedies, answer your questions, will show the “process” of cosmetics making, will write about the life of my family in Riga and, hope, much more:)

Cosmetics and much more for you

From a young age, I had strife with oily and acne prone skin. I have tried many remedies, even going so far as to getting professional help, but unfortunately, it didn’t really help solve my problems.

 

 

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The new haircut I want to be absolutely trendy and captivating in 2020! To cut or not to cut?

several scissors

I love changes. And I love new hair styles, new haircuts and looks.

2 days ago, Vogue wrote: Everyone knows the Modern year of 2020 is going on, and in the Modern year, every teenage girl and young ladies want to wear a different look before going to any special event or festival. So you should just need to wear this look of Short Hair and get a more attractive look on the next special occasion.

https://vogueclash.com/short-hair-2020.html

“The 20th Century bob hairstyle symbolizes the independent, progressive, and spirited woman. Many have turned to vintage-style bobbed hair to encourage a more daring side of their personality. Think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Think Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. Think Louise Brooks in… well…all of her silent movies. Millie even felt thoroughly modern when her locks were shorn. French designer Coco Chanel has her hair bobbed in 1916. When Bernice bobbed her hair in 1920 it signified a change in her personality from mousey to sassy.

Many women have turned to the bob hairstyle looking for a dramatic change inside themselves and to abandon the past along with the hair. As is usual with the 20th Century, the movies and media play a big part in promoting and popularising the fashion of the day with many women copying the styles of their filmstar idols.

Strong female personas throughout history have been defined by their bob hairstyle. Cleopatra is often depicted wearing aspects of the bobbed style (actually, it’s a braided headpiece). Also Joan of Arc in the 15th Century. Pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart wore cropped hair. Richard the Third…well… for him, maybe not so much about the hairstyle.

We all know very well the famous short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald is published in the USA’s Saturday Evening Post magazine. The story is titled Bernice Bobs Her Hair and tells the tale of a young sweet girl who is transformed into an avenging vamp merely by getting a bob haircut.

In the 1960s the bob is about to become as radical a style shape as in the 1920s and will symbolise a further phase of female emancipation. Young women take interest in the future and distance themselves from the stuffy austere past of their parents (does this sound familiar?).

In 1963 Vidal Sassoon re-styles the bob and its attitude for the 1960s by creating the five point bob cut.

It is short, geometric, angular, unfussy. This time the bob is easier to style as the shape lies in the cut and can be styled at home.

Now we also have tame bobs: soft classic bobs that are flattering and not too severe; bobs that don’t look like bobs and back to bobbing the hair for practical reasons. And, if you are Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the bob is the only haircut to be taken seriously in fashion circles.”

It is from an amazing article, you can read it here: https://visforvintage.net/2012/04/03/history-of-bob-hairstyle/

Mmmmm, It will sound strange, but I think about some kind of this look almost all my life. I have worn this look many times and in different variations, but very rarely was satisfied with it: too short, too long, too, too…

Last 7 years, I have worn African hair braids.

https://greencharmlifeblog.com/about-me-and-my-family-a-son-a-mother-and-3-chihuahuas/

It was wonderful and inspiring! I have had red hair, white hair, orange hair, pink hair, brown hair, black hair, 4 color hair, and many other crazy colors. I took the braids off yesterday and realized that my own hair is long enough for new experiments with the cut and the color! What do you think? Of course, I want a bob haircut and light red hair! Oh, gosh! Now It’s time to choose. I have some pictures and need help: which hair cut is the most attractive???

I personally like the most the 4th one.

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Magical history of Cosmetics, from the Stone Age to modern days.

 While some people assume that cosmetic products are a recent invention, discoveries of the use of cosmetics go back thousands of years.

 

Remains of palettes estimated to be around 100.000 years old have been discovered that contain traces of mixed pigments. These were most likely used for cave art and body decoration, while the Neanderthals even used body adornment to make statements of personality.

Much later on, the ancient Egyptians used scented oils and ointments to clean and soften their skin, protect it from the sun and wind, and even to mask body odors. Heavy make-up around the eyes also became common in ancient Egypt as a beauty statement and to offer protection from evil spirits and improve eye-sight!

 

 

Discoveries show that people living in present-day Turkey used creams made of animal fat to soothe the skin as far back as 3000 BC, and the ancient Greeks applied white toxic lead to their face to obtain the pale look that was all-the-rage. The Greeks also painted their lips with a paste made of iron oxide or ochre mixed with olive oil and used kohl for eye shadow and to connect the eyebrows.

 

 

 Still back in ancient times, Chinese people stained their fingernails with colors to represent a social class. Soon after, they began using rouge for lips and rice powder to make their faces white.

 

    Also, the ancient Romans made their skin paler by using chalk powder, white lead, and a cream made of animal fat, starch, and tin oxide.

 

 Moving into the first millennium AD, henna became popular as hair dye and painting complex designs on hands and feet around 300-400 AD in parts of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and South Asia.

 

 

     Even the sea-faring Vikings were at it! Both men and women used make-up, such as kohl for the eyes, while much attention was paid to the grooming of hair and beards and weekly bathing, which was unusual at the time.

 


 In the Middle Ages, cosmetics usage spread across Europe, to the chagrin of the church. Pale skin was still deemed attractive, so lead, chalk, or flour was employed. Some people would even engage in bloodletting in the hope of lightening their skin. Lipstick and rouge were seen as reserved for women of “bad character,” such as prostitutes, and church officials were known to proclaim that cosmetics were only used by heathens and Satan worshippers!


 Elizabeth I of England was famous for her red hair and pale beauty, which she obtained using white lead and vinegar. Many women made tremendous efforts to look like her, using hair dye to attain the same hair color.

 

     Soon after, the aristocracies of England and France became obsessed with their cosmetic regime. Pale skin, rouge, and wigs were a must. The application of beauty spots became widespread, with the exact location of the spot being seen to represent a particular aspect of an individual’s personality!

 

 

 

 

 

 The rise of an actual cosmetics industry took off at the start of the 20th century. In the very early 1900s, make-up was not yet in wide use, except for face whitening for which arsenic was often used! Pale skin was associated with wealth as rich people did not have to spend time outdoors tending to fields. The entertainment industry played a major role in making cosmetics fashionable as of around 1910, first through famous ballet and theatre stars, and later Hollywood, where icons of our industry such as Helena Rubinstein and Max Factor began their careers as make-up artists.

 

Text by https://cosmeticseurope.eu/cosmetics-industry/history-cosmetics/

Picture by me;)

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Paris. Notre Dame. Grieve. Maybe classic love songs of all time could help a bit.

 

I am still grieving for the fire yesterday. It was horrible!

Fallen debris from the burnt out roof structure sits near the high altar inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Authorities declared Tuesday morning that the blaze had been contained as firefighters hosed the south side of the transept to cool down the building, and a district around the cathedral was sealed as military and police patrolled the area. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The photo is taken here:

the source of the photo

 

I think, that the classic songs of all time could make the sorrow a bit smaller. Leastways I think so.

 

 

Take care, love your relatives and friends and I hope, this night will be romantic.

#grieve #sorrow #Paris #notre Dame #the fire #classic love songs

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World, France, Paris and Notre Dame after the fire. I have a heavy heart.

 

 

My first flight was to Paris. For the first time in my life, I traveled alone abroad.

Then I was a student of about 17-18 y.o. It wasn’t an excursion, I stayed in the apartment of the family of a girl, who I had met some months ago in Petersburg. There lived: her father, her mother, my friend, her elder sister, her brother sometimes came to visit his family and stayed at sleepover and twins (her brother and her sister). And for two weeks – me…

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Ooooh, my dear God!! The symbol of Paris, of France and of all the world, the Notre Dame de Paris is on fire! I cannot believe it!

 

Notre Dame de Paris is on fire! Right now!

First of all, the live report shows now Euronews.

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Супер важная информация. Вы носите очки? А подбирать оправу к своему типу лица умеете?

Before choosing the glasses you have to know your face shape.
it is probably the most important knowledge when you are choosing your glasses.

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We all have to do a little cooking sometimes. Some people like it, the others hate it. Let’s speak about eating preferences! And in the end, I have a huge video gift for you!! Cooking lifehacks!!! Healthy food links.

I think I stay between: I do not like and do not hate. I prefer healthy food: fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts.

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How often do you fart? Is there is anyone, who did not do it at least one time in public in his life? I do not trust:)))

I apologize to the intelligent and very good mannerly people, but damn, it is funny!

I have to say, that sometimes I did it in public. Heavenly the most times nobody understood it:)))))

And you? Have you a funny or shameful story? Tell it!

#farted iguana #funny video #funny animals #video #iguana fart

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What do you feel, when you want smth very very much, but cannot do it?? You haven’t possibility, or are busy, or something else, what do you feel?

I am frustrated in such moments.

Like now. I have so many ideas, what about to write, about to discuss, to laugh together, but absolutely have no time(((

I have now 4, hm, say, questions to close: I have started to change my shop at Etsy. It goes, but not so speed, as I would like.

The second “question” is my site. I want to write the posts about cosmetology, skin and hair problems and how can resolve them in your kitchen or in the garden, I want to tell you about aromatherapy and give some advice about the essential oils, I’dd like to answer your questions. I am going to open a small shop here with funny,, cool,  natural, things (not only cosmetics) and I read and read a bundle of instructions about that and about that, sometimes I feel that my brain boils.

The third thing concerns my own cosmetology cabinet, that is almost ready, but however, there are yet many things to do.

The fourth ” problem&question” is that I want to write some small books about home remedies, aromatherapy, how not to spend a lot of money on the “firm” cosmetics and much more…  My customers and friends have asked me about it for a long time.

The problem is that I have not finished making repairs in my apartment. Something here, there, need to buy something and wait, when it arrives.

So, I’d like to say THANK you, that you subscribe to my blog!  I love you all!! And promise that the first 1000 subscriber will get a gift from me and my shop!

And two of my loved songs about love

 

 

 

 

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The ultimate guide to aromatherapy for skin, hair and maybe something else:)).Essential Oils. History.

This is the text of my son. Later I will tell more about the history of using essential oils. It is very exciting.

Today we will talk about essential oils. Essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile (easily evaporated at normal temperatures) aroma compounds from plants. Essential oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence” of the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. In contrast to fatty oils, essential oils typically evaporate completely without leaving a stain or residue. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam. Other processes include expression, solvent extraction, absolute oil extraction, resin tapping, wax embedding, and cold pressing.

Lemon essential oil

Aromatic plants, essences and oils have been used for ages in ceremony, religious observances, beauty care, food preparation and preservation, as incense, and for perfumes. Aromatic plants have also been the basis for herbal and botanical medicines and remedies for thousands of years. In India, Ayurveda utilized essential oils to help the body balance energy and achieve harmony with the outside world. The ancient Egyptians also harnessed the unique power of essential oils in their process of mummification, as we are shown in the hieroglyphics of their time. In the era of modern medicine, the term “Aromatherapy” first appeared in print in 1937 in a French book on the subject: Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles, Hormones Végétales by René-Maurice Gattefossé.

essential oils

Different essential oils may have drastically different pharmacology. Some act as locally anesthetic counterirritants and, thereby, exert an antitussive effect. Some essential oils, such as those of juniper and agathosma, are valued for their diuretic effects. Many essential oils affect the skin and mucous membranes in ways that are valuable or harmful. Some essential oils, such as clove oil or eugenol, were popular for many hundred years in dentistry as antiseptics and local anesthetics.

Studies have shown that aromatherapy is very useful in treating psychological disorders such as stress, depression, and anxiety. By using essential oils to stimulate positive signals in your brain, you can significantly reduce negative emotional conditions. You may use these oils in an oil diffuser or a hot bath. Certain essential oils have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that, when applied to the skin, can reduce irritation and inflammation. These oils may either be applied directly to skin or used with a carrier oil.

#essential oil #essential oils #oils #aromatherapy #aromatherapy history #skin #hair #health

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A small myth you should know about chihuahua! Especially, if you think to get a pet home and do not know, whom to choose.

Everyone who sees my small doggies make so: mmmm, how cute dogs, how minor, how beautiful and try to stroke one of them. And they are always unpleasantly surprised when I say: No, please! These are furious dogs, and they don’t like the stranges and will try to defend me!

Look! A very very small puppy is very serious and ready to act.

Chihuahuas are small but very self-confident, brave and angry. The only person they love is their owner, then the relatives and friends of the owner and that’s all. Yes, they are the smallest dogs all around in the world, but they take the second place (after dachshunds) after level of angriness.

Honestly, chihuahuas are cool, cheerful, funny, kind and very very trusted. They will defend their owner even with their life. It was reported, that a small chihuahua matched a bear! To get such a fearless defender, first, you have to grow this tiny furball, explain to him, what is right, what is wrong, what it mays, what not. And the then his whole life to stay his best friend, mother, and father, brother and sister. If you haven’t done it, a chihuahua can be angry even to his owner.


To prove it, I have found a video about my favorite breed.

 

#video #chihuahua #dogs #animals

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Superfunny video-collection of all magical beings. Highly recommend to see.

 

I hope very much, you will enjoy:))

And I would recommend the Studio S, they have video with deep and difficult sometimes thoughts. So if you are sarcastic and have a sense of humor, pay attention to this group.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23StudioC

We have fairy week, hm, what would it mean?

 

#video #funny video #sarcasm #magical beings #to think #fairies

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If I could be anything right now, I would be in a fairy wood. And where would you be?

I would be in a magic wood, beautiful, cute and very strange. You remember I wrote about my history with fairies.

 

https://greencharmlifeblog.com/are-you-feel-sometimes-nostalgic-for-your-childhood-and-what-you-feel-nostalgic-for/

It seems me, my magic wood should be like these:

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Are you feel sometimes nostalgic for your childhood? And what you feel nostalgic for?

Honestly, I miss this feeling of lightness of life. You do not think about your work, children, credits. You live like a puppy (sorry!!): there is a gigantic bag with huge opportunities: to see for the first time mountains, seas, oceans, unusual plants, and flowers, to meet the cuisine of different nations, to not think about the weight!!! (I think the girls will understand me).

 

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The quote of the night.

“Go then if you must, but remember, no matter how foolish your deeds, those who love you will love you still.”

 

Sophocles. Antigona

https://www.ancient-literature.com/greece_sophocles_antigone.html

http://classics.mit.edu/Sophocles/antigone.html

 

It is so deep. It is about natural love. The person, who knows this love, is naturally very happy.

 

#quote #life as it

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It is International Women’s Day. As a fashion blog, I want to remind all the women following me today that your beauty is not based on what you wear, how much you weigh, how you do your hair, whether your makeup is on point, or whether you’re sexually attractive to ANYBODY. Your beauty also doesn’t come from how much you achieve in life, whether you succeed, or whether you reach all your goals. Your beauty comes from fulfilling the special place you hold in this world. You are an individual. By being yourself to the best of your abilities, you give to the world what no one else can give it: YOU. That is true beauty. You are an integral part of the tapestry of this world, and without you, the world would be a bleaker place.

Happy International Women’s Day.

 

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