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A Better Sleep with Amazing & Natural Scent.

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Armpits smell | OrganicIsBeautiful

Today, lets discover together how a few drop of essential oils in your bedroom can tremendously help you reach the calm and relaxing sleep. Say bye to insomnia with OiB.

The traditional Lavender

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Lavender | OrganicIsBeautiful

One of the more popular and traditional aroma therapies, lavender brings a fair amount of clinical evidence showing its effect on sleep. Lavender is a flowering plant that grows natively in the Mediterranean, but can now be found to flourish in sunny and warm climates all over Australia & Europe. It is a shrub with a woody stalk and small budding flowers that range in colors from light blues to purple.

Lavender scents tend to improve the overall sleep quality for a variety of ages and genders. However, the smell is typically most effective on women, younger people, and those with mild insomnia (rather than severe).

The refreshing Peppermint

Peppermint oil is derived from the leaves of the peppermint plant or Mentha pipertita, a hybrid of the water mint and spearmint plants, and M. arvensis var. piperascensa, a plant from the Labiatae family.

The essential oil is often used as a home remedy for stomach problems, muscle pain, and headaches. Signs show that the refreshing herb is good for more than Mint Juleps – the smell of it can actually make you less tired.

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Peppermint | OrganicIsBeautiful

One study put participants in a dark room for about ten minutes and then measured their sleepiness. Those that were exposed to peppermint oil during their little time-out showed less sleepiness than those that were in the dark with no smells.

Peppermint is one of the easiest plants to grow in your garden, and is almost bulletproof. Plant a little by your front door, and grab a handful as you head to work in the morning. Or, pick up some peppermint oil for a more clinical approach.

Combo Lemon & Sage. 

Tea time, consider camomile tea | OrganicIsBeautiful
Tea time, consider Camomile tea ! | OrganicIsBeautiful

Get a lemon and take a big bite, that’ll wake you up.

If you want a slightly less lip-puckering stimulant, then the smell of lemon oil could do the trick. You can also make it a warm relaxing tea, combining with Honey and Ginger.

If lemon tea is not your cup of tea, another herb, sage, also works as a natural sleep aid. Just steep 4 tablespoons in a cup of hot water, steep for four hours, strain, and reheat to drink.

 

The Superstar, Chamomile. 

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Camomile | OrganicIsBeautiful

Chamomile is of course the superstar of night time teas.

Chamomile, scientifically known as Matricaria recutita and also called German chamomile, is normally employed by natural healers to treat digestive disorders, colds, muscle spasms, skin rashes, inflamed gums and infections.

But it is the herb’s ability to reduce anxiety, elevate mood and combat insomnia that is presently of particular interest to medical researchers. There’s precious little evidence that it has any sedative effects, yet millions of people continue to drink it before going to bed.

Amanda 😉

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To All Honey Lovers !!!

Hello everyone, I hope your week is starting beautifully well. On my side, I am digging for new tips to enhance naturally our skin health without hurting our budget. Today, we will talk about Honey. Yes, Honey! Who knew it was much more that a sweetener for afternoon tea session?

Are you a Honey lover as much as me?

This article, written by BeautyxJaney is for you.

Natural Skincare Remedies & Healthy Lifestyle  | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com
Natural Skincare Remedies & Healthy Lifestyle | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com


Honey has been my facial cleanser of choice for the past 6 months, and my skin is loving it! The purpose of the honey cleansing method is towash your face without stripping your skin from its natural oils,while nourishing your skin with all of the lovely benefits of honey.

Honey | OrganicIsBeautiful
Honey | OrganicIsBeautiful

The benefits of using honey as a face wash:

Antibacterial, helps prevent acne
Healing, helps treat acne and discoloration
Moisturizing, hydration is key for maintaining a youthful complexion
Antioxidants,key for anti-aging
Gentle on delicate skin
Honey is perfect for all skin types, it moisturizes dry skin andbalances oily skin

How to:

Honey will not remove makeup so if you have any on you will need to take it off beforehand
Use honey as you would any other cleanser, both morning and night; rub it in to your skin in light circular motions, concentrating on any problem…

TIPS: It is important to use raw honey because pasteurized honey is heated and most of the beneficial properties are lost in the process. I like to use organic raw honey because it is the highest quality, which makes it the best option for my skin.

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My Results:

My skin is sensitive, combination, and acne prone. Before the honey cleansing method I typically had moderate breakouts, some type of small blemish on my face everyday, and occasionally those awfully painful blemishes, along with very dry skin around my nose and chin.

I began by only cleansing with honey for the first 2 months, and once my skin was dramatically improved I started using a gel cleanser in the evening paired with a clarisonic (see my AM and PM skincare routine.) My complexion is smooth, radiant, and my breakouts are under control. My pores are more refined too! However, I still break out occasionally, but my blemishes are a lot smaller and heal up faster.

Further tips:

→ If you have longer hair make sure it is pulled back tight, and if you have bangs make sure they are out of the way (I always use a headband)
I find this easiest to do in front of a mirror so you can make sure the honey is evenly distributed and completely rinsed off.
→ If you plan to let your honey sit for awhile make sure you don’t have too much on or it will drip!
If any honey happens to get in your hairline go over those spots with a damp cotton ball or washcloth to clean it up
Busy morning? Lazy night? Let your honey sit while you brush your teeth!

In few words, I highly recommend trying this out! If you’re not ready to set your current facial cleanser aside, try honey cleansing only in the morning or doing a honey mask a few times a week.

If you have a known honey, bee, or pollen allergy this isn’t for you, if you’re not sure, do a test patch on your wrist, let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse, and check if that area feels sensitive or has a noticeable reaction.

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Honey Lovers

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Argan Oil, you will never get tired of it!

I am always very busy, either up for some new experiences or catching with friends after work (did you say lady’s night? 😉 ), I know how it feels when your day to day life constantly put a huge strain on the appearance of your hair.

And we all know hair can easily become tired and damaged through:

Constant colouring.
→ Heat from straighteners and hairdryers.
Use of damaging and destructive conditioners. 

Many products only coat the hair as opposed to getting to the very root of the problem of replacing lost oils.

So, I thought what best to concoct a sweet post on the natural ways to maintain a constant appearance of healthy well hydrated hair that looks always looks like it does the moment you leave the salon. And your hair will say thank you! Oh Yes!

Say Hi to Argan Oil

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Argan tree | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

Argan oil naturally protects your hair and skin during high pressure and somewhat stressful lifestyles.

Using Argan oil allows you to take an organic approach by treating hair by repair, conditioning, controlling frizz and ultimately restoring a positive balance of healthy hair and natural beauty.

All in once! I already love it, and use it regularly. Argan oil is made up from a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins that combine to help:
Conditioning of the hair and roots
 Improve and encourage hair growth
Treat the scalp naturally

Can it get even better?

The answer is Yes. As Argan oil is non comedogenic it does not clog up pores which could otherwise lead to follicles on the scalp becoming blocked and greasy.

How Argan oil is produced

As a natural solution from Morocco, Argan oil is produced using a traditional made by hand extrication techniques that ensures the product maintains its purity, is unrefined and has nothing taken away or added to it at the time of production.

Production is usually in small quantities to ensure it maintains the highest levels of purification and integrity to ensure you are satisfied with the end result. It is a slow and progressive process.

Argan | OrganicIsBeautiful
Argan | OrganicIsBeautiful

 The result.

The positive effects of Argan oil can be instant and can provide you with provide you with: SIMPLICITY. A Luxurious appearance with minimal effort.

Just a few drops of Argan oil is all it takes. Daily application massaged into your hair creates a smooth hydrated and silkier looking healthy appearance.

Argan | OrganicIsBeautiful
Argan | OrganicIsBeautiful

 

My experience? I personally love it, I apply it on my hair to nourish as well as on my skin to repair after a long day at work. Don’t worry, I will soon add some homemade Argan oil recipe for skin and hair and add them to OiB blog.  Just for you 😉

I want to hear your thought and personal experience. What about you? How often do you use Argan Oil? Is it for your skin or your hair, or both?

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How Does Ayurvedic Medicine Works?

What is Ayurveda medicine?

Ayurvedic medicine is the one of the oldest documented Indian health systems.

“Ayurveda” is translated from Sanskrit (the equivalent language to Latin in India) to mean “the science of life“. Ayurveda is not a “one-size-fits-all” system. Instead, its regimens are tailored to each person’s unique prakruti (Ayurvedic constitution).

Religion doesn’t play a key role in the practice of Ayurveda; the concept of balance or harmony is more important.

The beliefs

A key tenant of Ayurveda is its focus on individual treatment. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that each person is born with a unique mixture of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha itself is made up of five elements: space, air, fire, water and earth.

  • Air represents all that is gaseous.
  • Water consists in all liquid.
  • Earth relates to any solid matters.
  • Fire, any matter that can be transformed


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Energy that controls the body movements, its overall motion: blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and heartbeat.

Pitta Energy that controls the body’s metabolism, its overall food transformation: digestion, absorption, nutrition, and temperature.

Kapha Energy that controls the body fluids that soften both Pitta and Vata’s energies in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.

 

The Pros?

    → Priority to balancing lifestyle, diet, habits and surroundings.

Indian practitioners give a traditional Ayurvedic oil foot massage. (Photo credit: Valery Kraynov)
Indian practitioners give a traditional Ayurvedic oil foot massage. (Photo credit: Valery Kraynov)

This is because it’s believed that imbalances occur due to stress, unhealthy diet, weather and strained relationships.

    → Only natural substances derived from plants, fruits, vegetables and natural minerals.

    → Side-effect are limited.

   → Complete and effective treatment, “root-cause” based, not “symptomatic”

    → No surgical procedure needed.

The Cons?

Medicinal effect can vary from one person to another.

Many Ayurvedic treatments — like meditation and individualized diets — are therefore aimed at keeping a person healthy, not curing them of disease. It can not cure any kind of disease or illness.

Some unofficial substances mixed with the Ayurvedic formula are now available in the market today. As a consumer, you need to be careful in buying unadulterated medicine from the market

Reliability of the medicines and the physicians

For instance, in the USA, there is no official licensing procedure for Ayurvedic practitioners. Qualifications and credentials of practicing physician must be established. If you’re considering an Ayurvedic treatment, or any other alternative therapies, be sure to speak with your primary care physician or other health care professional. Some Ayurvedic treatments may be dangerous when combined with prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Reference

 

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The Rubber Tree and its The White Gold

It was during my first jungle 50km trail marathon that I discovered my first rubber plantation

It takes about six years for a rubber tree to grow to a point where it’s economical to harvest the sap, which is called latex. The sap from the rubber trees is processed into a wide range of products around the world, although the use of synthetic rubber has resulted in a decline in the natural rubber industry.

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Where does rubber come from?

Historically speaking, Brazil used to stand as the number one rubber tree producer. It is not the case anymore. This species was native to Brazil, northern Bolivia and eastern Peru. At one point the rubber trade brought in 40% of Brazil export revenue, all from wild trees. What about today?

Rubber is now harvested in Africa, Central and South America as well as Asia, the latter accounting for greater than 90% of the production.

South East Asia Map | Organicisbeautiful
South East Asia Map | Organicisbeautiful

In the early 20th century, the British in Malaysia and the Dutch in Indonesia cleared large areas of rainforest to create rubber plantations.

A bit of history

Indonesia

Before 1945 the former Netherlands East Indies (nowadays Indonesia) was a colony of the Netherlands. It was in 1864 that the first rubber plant was introduced in Indonesia during the Dutch Colonization.

Malaysia

Peninsular Malaysia is among the world’s most important rubber growing areas. Rubber “pokok  getah” is also grown in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Together the 14 states produce almost 20%  of the world’s natural rubber

Thailand

The first rubber tree in Thailand has been planted by a Thai-Chinese investor in 1899.

Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka’s rubber industry began in 1876 with the planting of 1,919 Hevea rubber seedlings in Henarathgoda Gardens in Gampaha.
First rubber plantation in Sri Lanka
First rubber plantation in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, smallholders account for 63 percent of the area planted in rubber tree.

Beginning in the late 1970s, free trade zones were promoted in Sri Lanka as essential to economic development, and in support of the rubber plantation industry.

What does organic mean?

Grown without chemicals, synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Organic helps retain the health of our planet and its people by: providing safe work environments for cotton field workers, eliminating the use of damaging synthetic pesticides ensuring soil fertility is maintained and improved.

Type of products?

Since teh 1950’s, as tire manufacturing becomes more automated, demand for synthetic rubber, which is highly processable and consistent, also increase.

Synthetic rubber is estimated to account for 59.8 percent of consumption and natural
rubber 40.2 percent.
There are 2 interdependent sectors:
  The plantation industry, including smallholders, which grows rubber trees and harvests latex that is converted into stable concentrates and raw rubbers.
The rubber products manufacturing industry, which converts raw rubber into value-added finished rubber goods. Some examples of goods:
  • Tyres, tubes
  • Hot water bottles
  • Auto parts
  • Industrial components
  • Gloves, condoms, balloons
  • Boots, shoe soles
  • Jar seals
  • Carpets, mattresses
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Rubber Gloves | OrganicIsBeautiful

How natural rubber is made?

All natural rubber originates in the Hevea tree, and it begins its journey when the tree is tappped. Tapped?

Tapping means

to make a cut in the bark of the rubber tree
to harvest the latex.

Latex is harvested by tapping the rubber tree in a manner that does not harm the tree. How?
The trunk of a tree is composed of different layers.
  • The bark is the outside layer that protect the tree, same as your skin protect your body from external attacks. It is about 6mm thick.
  • The cambium is the “blood” of the tree: it is the part that makes the tree grow.
  • The wood is in the center.
For a rubber tree, between the bark and the cambium exists another layer, called lactiferous vessels. This layer contain latex. Voila.
Tapping latex from a rubber tree in Thailand - Organicisbeautiful
Tapping latex from a rubber tree in Thailand.

Some facts:

  • When the cut is badly made touching the cambium, the bark closes up badly. It splits and turns brown.
  • No tapping is made during dry season. Each tree are tapped early morning on a regular and fixed-time basis.
  • After the tree no longer produces latex, it is harvested and its wood is turned into lumber

Reference

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