What is the magic in Essential Oils?

At Honey Kissed Skincare we believe there is a certain magic or, should we say, force found in the gifts that Mother Nature has given to us.

Since the beginning of time humanity has tried to capture and hold the fleeting scent of a flower.  Think of all the memories that are tied to a special floral scent, how we long to relive an experience, to feel that long lost emotion that only that floral scent can unlock.  As if a magical moment was lost forever.  Well, the magic is not lost; in fact it can be bottled to be relived again and again. This magic of the flowers or should I say their essences that we long to hold is very real.

There are healers, alchemists, and lovers who, at different times and from various parts of the world, have found the key to capturing the magic of these floral scents. To be able to preserve them and be able to use at will. These ethereal oils were known as … the soul of the plant!  Magical, Heavenly, or celestial as these treasures seemed to be was summed in a word ETHEREAL.  Essences is what we now call them because that is what they are, the essence of the plant. This essence, this magic, this life force, the very power of the plant is different with each plant. Each has it’ own fragrance, its own personality, its own energy – no two are alike.

When one takes a closer look at this magical gift from the plant world it is found that the oil is located in the form of globules or tiny sacs in or on the surface of the plant tissue. Some can be seen with the naked eye, such as Saint-John’s-Wort when held up to a strong light.

Why are these ethereal or essential oils produced by the plants? They are not just a byproduct of the plants metabolism. Essential oils play a vital part in the life of the plant. To scare off harmful insects and attract beneficial ones is the job of essential oils for many plants. These oils protect the plants from bacteria and fungal infection. When the oils evaporate during the life of the plant a vapor is created that form a barrier that protects the plant from too much cold or heat.

Essential oils are not really oils in the true sense of the word, they are volatile. When a drop of essential oil is placed on a sheet of white paper they evaporate without a trace. They float like magic from your skin into the air, unlike the fatty oils such as olive oil or corn oil.

Honey Kissed Skincare would like to share this gift of nature with you.  Everything we do is with your skin and nature in mind. We promise to never use man made fragrances, No man can equal Mother Nature

 
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The Essentials of Honey Kissed Skincare

Of course, honey is a key ingredient in all of products made at Honey Kissed Skincare and yes it is essential in the formula.
However, the essentials I am referring to, for this article, are the essential oils. Think of the product line as aromatherapy for the bath. We will never use fragrance oils (as my grandmother said… they just make you stink pretty).
Skin care is essential to healthy living and is so much more than a fantasy smell.

The use of essential oils goes back thousands of years.  Not as long as honey, but still a long rich history. The history on essential oils dates back to 4500 B.C., according to papyrus found in the Temple of Edfu.
Hieroglyphics in the Egyptian Temple of Isis, on the island of Philae, describes the ritual of “ Cleansing the Flesh and Blood of Evil Deities”, a three day ritual that required using essential oils.

Then there are the Greeks, or should I say Hippocrates (the father of medicine), who learned a great deal of the Egyptians use of essential oils.  Hippocrates attended the school of Cos, which had teachings that were learned from the cities of the Nile.

Lastly, there are the Romans, who purified their temples and political buildings by diffusing essential oils. They also used aromatics in their steam baths, to both invigorate the flesh and ward off disease.
Plant oils were used by so many cultures throughout time for healing, health, and spiritually. Until, modern man discovered drugs and became civilized. This civilized man thought of the old ways as “folklore”.  Their thoughts switched to not needing the healing properties from oils and plants, THEY NOW HAD DRUGS. After this, essential oils were forgotten for a while.

Well, in the late 19th century essentials oils were reintroduced into modern medicine, thanks to Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, Ph D. He was a cosmetic chemist from France and in 1907 he led a group of scientists and began studying essential oils.

It is true what they say, everything old is new again.

At Honey Kissed Skincare we believe in the power of the essential oils that the ancient’s knew so well and modern man has just discovered. The oils from nature can and do so much for one’s spirit, mind, body, and oh yes our skin.
Whether you choose perky peppermint oil, lovely lavender oil, or even the golden Frankincense and Myrrh combination; essential oils are so good for your skin and will leave a heavenly scent.
(You won’t stink, pretty or not) Thanks Grandma.

It all starts with water

At The Honey Cottage we believe everything starts with water.

Everything that our body does requires water, after all 70% of it is made up of water. When we do not drink enough water the body becomes dehydrated and will not function properly. Our bodies can not get rid of all of the toxins that come from our environment without sufficient amounts of water. That is why the best formula is to drink ½ of your body weight in ounces daily. “What does that mean?” you might ask… simply put if you weigh 100 Lbs. you will want to drink at least 50 oz’s of water a day. That is one half your body weight; this is so that your body can run properly.

Remember true beauty starts from within, as well as beautiful skin. Drink your water, eat well, and use a good skin care routine.

We will discuss  skin care issues in later posts, from acne to athletes foot. The oils we use and what they can do for your skin, and of course raw honey will be hot topics.

Stay with us as we get under your skin.