Cardamom Essential Oil

Cardamom belongs to the family Zingiberaceae and originates in India. It is a striking, large-leafed plant, growing to about 10 feet (3 meters) in height. The seeds of the plant have been used in Indian cookery for hundreds of years and are equally popular in many of the kitchens of the Western world. The essential oil gives the spice its distinctive warming, invigorating qualities. Chewing the seeds can help to alleviate indigestion and heartburn and stimulate the digestive system into working more effectively. Much of the cardamom oil that is produced commercially comes from Guatemala.

Essential Oil

Cardamom oil is extracted from the dried seeds of the plant by the process of steam distillation. It is either colorless or pale yellow and smells sweet, warm and spicy. It can be used in baths, massage or in vaporizers and its effect is warming, uplifting, invigorating to the spirits and imparting a sense of contentment to those who have been suffering from anxiety and stress.

Cardamom oil is also believed to be an aphrodisiac and can be used in massage to stimulate a jaded sexual appetite. Cardamom oil also benefits the digestive system, having a carminative (antiflatulent) and antispasmodic effect when mixed with a base oil and massaged gently over the abdomen. It can also be used in mouthwashes as it has antiseptic properties.

Suitable methods of use

  • Bathing
  • Inhalation
  • Massage
  • Mouthwash
  • Vaporizer/diffuser

Precautions

Cardamom is generally non-toxic and non-irritant, but may cause skin irritation in some cases.

Bergamot Essential Oil

The oil has a sharp and pungent fruity fragrance and is easily extracted, from the rind of the fruit in particular, by squeezing the rind in the process known as expression. This is done mechanically nowadays, although originally it was done by hand. Bergamot 

Oil of bergamot has been used for its therapeutic properties for many centuries in Europe. In Italy in particular it has been used to treat fever and worms. It is also a fragrant and flavor some addition to many food products – Earl Grey tea, for example – and an important component of many perfumes and scented products, in particular, classic eau de Cologne.

Bergamot oil is a powerful antiseptic. In appropriate dilution, it has prove its use in the treatment of many troublesome skin complaints, such as eczema, some of which can be reluctant to respond to other forms of treatment. Stress-related complaints such as headaches and irritability will often respond well to a massage with oil of bergamot in the blend. The effect of the oil is vitalizing and uplifting, soothing tension away without any sedative effect. The pleasant fragrance makes a lovely addition to a blend for a vaporizer.

Bergamot eases problem gastrointestinal spasm and flatulence and gentle abdominal massage can bring relief from constipation and colic. The oil is also detoxifying and is thought to help in the treatment of cellulite when used in massage. In addition to this, when used for bathing, bergamot oil can soothe inflammation and can help alleviate vaginal itching and the symptoms of cystitis. In inhalation or massage, it can be used in the treatment of respiratory infections such as sore throats and bronchitis. Bergamot can also be used in a mouthwash to deodorize bad breath and fight mouth and throat infections, or on the hair to control dandruff.

Suitable methods of use

Precautions

Bergamot oil should not be used on the skin prior to exposure to the sun – it is photo toxic and can cause pigmentation. If possible, try to use bergapten-free oil which reliable suppliers of essential oils should stock.

What Causes Hair Loss and Its Cure

“I’ve got so much to do I’m pulling my hair out!” How many times have busy women said something like this?
Well, it’s not too far from a true statement. Many times, working mothers and other women pile too much on their plates and can’t seem to get anything done.

Get stress level under control. Too much stress is a very real cause of hair loss in women, according to recent research. Stressful situations also lead many people to neglect their diets, and rapid weight loss does not help keep the scalp and hair healthy.
You may notice that you’re losing extra hair about three months after a traumatic event, such as major surgery, severe illness or a high fever. This hair loss is not permanent, and your hair will grow back.

Check your medicines. Some medications can cause hair loss, so check with your doctor or pharmacist if you suspect a connection. Some medicines that may be the culprit include blood thinners, gout medicines, vitamin A (if you overdo it), birth-control pills and antidepressants.

Be prepared for after-pregnancy fallout. Women often notice healthier, thicker hair during pregnancy and are terribly disappointed when large amounts of hair begin to fall out after the baby is born.
Those changing hormones during and after pregnancy can affect hair growth and loss. There is no need for alarm if you notice your hair falling out and you’ve just had a baby.
Menopause is another time in a woman’s life when hair loss can begin.

Make sure thyroid and iron levels are normal. Anemia (iron deficiency), a low blood count or thyroid problems can cause hair loss. You may need a simple blood test to determine if you have normal hormone and nutrient levels.

Look for redness and rash. If you notice redness, scaling or a rash on your scalp, see your doctor. You may have a scalp infection. Many infections can be treated with anti-fungal medicines, and the hair will grow back.

Don’t damage your hair follicles. To help keep your hair on your head and not in your brush, avoid hot curlers, curling irons, harsh chemicals and tight braids. They can all harm your scalp and hair.
If you stop pulling your hair with braids or tight rollers before your scalp scars, your hair will grow back. Once your scalp has scarred, your hair loss may be permanent.
Hot oil treatments and permanents can cause hair loss.
If you have a nervous habit of pulling or twisting your hair, stop it now!
Some people can’t stop this habit on their own and need counseling or drug therapy.

Hair loss in women is a cause for concern, but not necessarily a cause for alarm. Think about what is taking place in your life now and what has happened in the last few months. You may just need to slow down, eat healthier foods, and take good care of your scalp and hair.