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Hello, my name Vicki, creator of Niema's Treasures. I am an artrist and designer with a diverse background in the health and beauty industry.

 

In addition to designing jewelry and accessories , my career includes work with a variety of cosmetic lines specializing in hypo-allergenic or plant-based products. I've done extensive research related to aromatherapy and holistic remedies.

 

This blog is devoted to my passion for natural regimes, practices, and products that make you feel wonderful!

 

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Vicki Allen, B.F.A., M.S.

 

By vallen1, Jan 15 2018 01:17PM

I’m sure we all remember stories of “love potions” in movies or old wife tales. Of course, most of us dismiss these notions as pure fantasy. There is no substance, (or at least unknown to me) than can make someone fall in love with you right, but is there?


I do find essential oils an interesting substance in their affects on mood and atmosphere. Essential oils have been shown to have mood inducing properties. It is fascinating and illuminating to research the study of plant material on our lives. The aroma or application of essential oils can have profound effects on a group of people or an individual’s mood. The particular combination of essential oils used can be dependent upon the situation or occasion.


In the spirit of “Valentine’s Day” I have listed a group of essential oils that are known to have unique affects on our mood:


Geranium tends to relax and creates a pleasant mood

Clary Sage is said to create a euphoric, masculine mood. It is relaxing and encourages conversation

Sandalwood creates the same effect as sage, but in my opinion has a more pleasant aroma.

Rose encourages romance and heightens the perception of extravagance on special occasions

Ylang-ylang is oriental in nature, dominate and sensual.

Citrus oils (Grapefruit, Lemon) and Ginger tend to be stimulants


“By blending together 2 drops of sage, 2 drops of geranium and 1 drop of sandalwood“ you get a solid foundation for a warm, relaxed evening with interesting conversation. Add citrus oils to refresh and stimulate. Prepare a romantic setting and be sure to add heat sources (candles, flower bowls). You can refresh the blend by adding 2 to 4 drops of each.


Typically you should blend your recipe with a carrier source to facilitate its use. Carriers can be water, oils (sweet almond, jojoba, argan, rosehip, coconut) or an unscented lotion or liquid soap. For the purposes of the blend suggested here, oil may work better. A good rule of thumb would be 6 drops of essential oil to 1 oz of carrier which is a 1% dilution. There are instances where higher dilution rates are appropriate, but 1% is a safe starting rate. Do not use undiluted essential oils on the skin. Always do a spot check on a small area of the skin prior to use to determine if any reaction occurs.


Essential oils can be somewhat daunting for the novice, but there is plenty of information out there to help understand the basics (https://www.auracacia.com/community/essential-oil/understanding-the-basics).

“Whenever you use essential oils, keep these safety tips in mind:


Do not use essential oils undiluted on skin.

Keep in mind that the absorption is increased on damaged skin.

Test diluted essential oils on inconspicuous areas before general use.

Use photosensitizing essential oils cautiously.

Consult with a health practitioner before use if pregnant, nursing, suffering from any medical condition, or taking medication.

Keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets.

Keep essential oils away from your eyes.

Do not use essential oils internally.

Follow specific recommendations for dilution based on the person and application.

Don't overuse essential oils.”


You may want to experiment with combinations and develop your custom blend. It may take time to find the right mix but what a pleasant exercise!


Auracacia. (2017). Understanding the Basics. Retrieved January 11, 2018, from www.auracacia.com: https://www.auracacia.com/community/essential-oil/understanding-the-basics

Worwood, V. A. (1991). The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. Novato: New World Library.




By vallen1, Jan 5 2018 07:24PM


Sandals are my favorite part of warm weather. It’s almost as if my feet were longing to break out from the bondage of closed toe shoes and finally get free! I struggle however, to keep my feet looking good enough to sport open toe shoes. Unfortunately, I don’t have the kind of feet that look like they should be on the pages of a magazine, but I take comfort in the fact that not many of us do.


Sandals are my favorite part of warm weather. It’s almost as if my feet were longing to break free from the bondage of closed toe shoes and finally get free! I struggle however, to keep my feet looking good enough to sport open toe shoes. Unfortunately, I don’t have the kind of feet that look like they should be on the pages of a magazine, but I take comfort in the fact that not many of us do.


You can spruce up your feet with a simple pedicure and habits. Your feet really need extra care considering we are on our feet day in day out, standing, walking, exercising and whatever comes to mind. The skin on your feed is much more prone to develop conditions that are related to skin build up and other issues. Because of the hard work your feet do every day, it is very important to give them extra care, especially in cold weather months.


Invest in good products for your feet, exfoliants, moisturizers and the like that pamper your feet. Regular pedicures and treatments that sooth tired, stressed feet also help. You can do your own pedicures or get someone special to help. Here is a step-by-step guide to a self pedicure:


Step 1: Soak your feet. They should be clean and polish free.


Step 2: Remove your feet from the soak and scrub with a foot file or pumice stone while they are wet focusing on rougher areas


Step 3: Apply an exfoliant specifically for feet


Step 4: Clip and shape your toenails. It is best to clip the nail straight across and use an emery board slightly under the edge of the nail. Gently shape and smooth each toenail


Step 5: Apply a cuticle softener & remover to the base of each nail. Use a cuticle pusher to roll back raised cuticles.


Step 6: If necessary, use a cuticle nipper to remove detached cuticle.


Step 7: Return you feet to the soak basin to rinse

Step 8: Apply moisturizer and let sit until feet are dry enough to polish if desired


You may want to reapply a moisturizer after your polish has totally dried. Maintain your pedicure with a moisturizer that includes acids to exfoliate while nourishing the skin.



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