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The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body: 101 Natural Body Care Recipes

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This book will walk you through the seemingly complex, but realistically simple, process of creating your own oils, soaps, creams, and gels, utilizing them effectively to boost your health both in mind and body. You will learn how to recognize scents and how they interact with each other in the form of oils for your body and mind. You will learn how to buy and use essential oils and recognize the properties of various pure essential oils.

You will learn which common and uncommon essential oils are out there and what they entail as well as how to start blending them. The various equipment you will need, carrier and base oils, and solutions and dilutions used are outlined for you here.

You will learn how to create recipes for cleaning around your home and how to use essential oil mixtures for essential beauty, baths, bath salts, herbal baths, children’s baths, foot baths, hand and nail care, hair oils, shampoos, rinses, and perfumes. Additional uses, including everything from oils for the elderly and sick to your pets, are provided as well. No matter what you are using your oils and natural body products for, this book will help guide you through the process of creating and forming them.

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The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body - Marlene Jones

The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for your Mind and Body

101 Natural Body Care Recipes

Marlene Jones

The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for your Mind and Body: 101 Natural Body Care Recipes

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We wanted you to know a portion of the profits of this book will be donated in Bear’s memory to local animal shelters, parks, conservation organizations, and other individuals and nonprofit organizations in need of assistance.

– Douglas and Sherri Brown

PS: We have since adopted two more rescue dogs: first Scout, and the following year, Ginger. They were both mixed golden retrievers who needed a home.

Want to help animals and the world? Here are a dozen easy suggestions you and your family can implement today:

•  Adopt and rescue a pet from a local shelter.

•  Support local and no-kill animal shelters.

•  Plant a tree to honor someone you love.

•  Be a developer — put up some birdhouses.

•  Buy live, potted Christmas trees and replant them.

•  Make sure you spend time with your animals each day.

•  Save natural resources by recycling and buying recycled products.

•  Drink tap water, or filter your own water at home.

•  Whenever possible, limit your use of or do not use pesticides.

•  If you eat seafood, make sustainable choices.

•  Support your local farmers market.

•  Get outside. Visit a park, volunteer, walk your dog, or ride your bike.

Five years ago, Atlantic Publishing signed the Green Press Initiative. These guidelines promote environmentally friendly practices, such as using recycled stock and vegetable-based inks, avoiding waste, choosing energy-efficient resources, and promoting a no-pulping policy. We now use 100-percent recycled stock on all our books. The results: in one year, switching to post-consumer recycled stock saved 24 mature trees, 5,000 gallons of water, the equivalent of the total energy used for one home in a year, and the equivalent of the greenhouse gases from one car driven for a year.

Author Acknowledgement:

Special thanks to all my sources who provided me with a wealth of knowledge and made me look good when I could not do it on my own.

Author dedication:

To my sister Jacquie Harakis who, by example, inspires me to continue working toward becoming a healthier person.

To my father, Gordon Dolla, who by his untimely death on Feb. 4, 2010, taught me that when we love, we must articulate.

To my beloved mother, Elizabeth Dolla, for teaching me how the strength and love of a mother can conquer almost all.

To my siblings, Maria Paula, Victor, Debra, and Esther, for allowing me to open my heart to new possibilities.

To my wonderful children, Julian, Jedd, and Jael, for reminding me every day that I am blessed and that mothers must always make time to play and have fun, even while writing a book.

To their father, Steven Jones, for trying to be malleable and allowing me to keep working with him toward success.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Brief History of Aromatherapy

Chapter 1: Overview of Essential Oils

Chapter 2: Handling Essential Oils

Chapter 3: Common Carrier and Base Oils

Chapter 4: Common Essential Oils

Chapter 5: Uncommon Essential Oils

Chapter 6: Blending Essential Oils

Chapter 7: Essential Oils to Avoid

Chapter 8: Essential Oils for the Home

Chapter 9: Bath Salts and Oils

Chapter 10: Making Soap

Chapter 11: Methods of Basic Soap Making

Chapter 12: Beauty and Wellness Treatments

Chapter 13: Other Important Uses for Essential Oils

Chapter 14: Quick Guide of Conditions and Essential Oils Used for Treatment

Chapter 15: Tools and Further Research

Conclusion

Glossary

Bibliography

Author Biography

Introduction

If you are like a growing segment of the U.S. population, you care about what you consume, either through ingestion or topically. You care about the fat content in the morning pastry you eat every morning and the synthetic chemicals in the scented body cream you use. You also care about what these products can do to your body — whether they might be responsible for the increasing incidents of cancer across the country, and how you can substitute them for safer products that may enhance and prolong your life.

The increasing popularity of aromatherapy comes from more than just its fragrant qualities. It comes from the enlightenment of those who have, either accidentally or purposefully, gleaned knowledge that nature has healing powers for the body and for the mind. These powers were discovered and used long before the beginning of modern civilization by notorious historical figures like Cleopatra. More than leadership skills punctuated Cleopatra’s legendary rule of Egypt. According to David Pybus, a young Cleopatra was able to captivate some of the most powerful men of her time — Julius Caesar and Mark Antony — due to her knowledge and use of natural scents, which were both perfumes and intoxicants. Pybus is a self-described aromancer, a fragrance specialist, who heads the Scents of Time project. Through this project, he has captured and bottled what he believes are the ancient scents of Cleopatra, Tutankhamun (also known as King Tut), Pompeii, and the Mayans.  

Never underestimate the intoxicating power of the blue lotus, Pybus writes on his website, www.aquadeluna.com. The Egyptian lotus (nymphaea caerulea) is an ancient flower that was revered by ancient Egyptians, including Cleopatra, who believed it rose and fell with the sun. Part of that reverence might have come from the flower’s stimulating effects, which Cleopatra might very well have relied on. Today, the blue lotus is used in aromatherapy and is said to bring about heightened awareness and tranquility.

Cleopatra is the most prominent figure among ancient Egyptians who used aromatherapy. There is no recounting the history of aromatherapy without examining its use in ancient Egypt, as well as in other parts of the world like Africa, Asia, and Europe. Aromatherapy is said to have begun with Cleopatra’s Egyptians, who used infusion to extract oils from fragrant plants before using them for medicine, cosmetics, and other uses, including cooking. During infusion, plant matter is soaked for a specific period in oil or another liquid while a gentle heat source, such as the sun, is applied. Infused oil is what remains after the concentrated parts of the plant are loosened during the process and the remaining plant matter is strained from the developing liquid. Infused oil, though not considered pure essential oil, is useful in aromatherapy because it contains concentrated plant essence that can be therapeutic.

Aromatherapy, from the two words aroma and therapy, incorporates the use of olfactory, or smelling, senses. According to the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, aromatherapy is the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize, and promote the health of body, mind, and spirit. The oils and scents we derive from plants and flowers help us create and maintain health and happiness, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

In the Bible, aromatherapy started long before Cleopatra conquered Egypt. According to Kayla Fioravanti, an Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) registered aromatherapist, vice president, chief formulator, and co-founder of Essential Wholesale and Essential Labs, there are 188 Biblical references to essential oils. An example of these biblical references is in Exodus 30:22-25: Then the Lord said to Moses, take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant cane, 500 shekels of cassia — all according to the sanctuary shekel — and a hint of olive oil. Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend the work of a perfumer. It will be a sacred anointing oil.

Fioravanti continues to learn about aromatherapy as ARC requires. ARC, now a certified nonprofit based in Oregon, was established in 1999 by the Steering Committee for Education Standards in Aromatherapy. ARC registers and tests qualified aromatherapy professionals with thorough knowledge of the craft.

Hippocrates, who is called the father of modern-day medicine, is widely credited with dismissing the common belief that illness came from supernatural forces. He was born in Greece in 460 B.C. and his life’s work is the basis of today’s medicine. Hippocrates carefully studied patients’ symptoms before prescribing medication and subscribed to the healing power of nature, including the use of herbs. Historical accounts note that during his lifetime, Hippocrates studied and documented more than 200 different herbs; evidence that today’s medicine probably began with aromatherapy, which is now considered alternative medicine.

How Smell Works

Imagine you are driving through your suburban neighborhood one morning on your way to work. In the car with you is your 3-year-old who you first have to drop off at day care. As is customary during your weekday morning driving routine, you chat about your surroundings. Is that a building? she asks as you pass by a familiar apartment complex. You look forward to the questions she asks you this morning, just as she does on other weekday mornings.

She begins to ask you another question, and you assume that it is another question about the building, but she surprises you. What is that stinky?

You look at her through the rearview mirror and chuckle at the small hand covering her nose. You observe that her eyes have begun to tear up and, as if on cue, an offensive smell wafts up your nostrils, causing you to stop chuckling. You recognize the smell of a skunk even before you see the famous foul-smelling critter. It takes more than one minute and a few hundred feet before you stop smelling the contents of the skunk’s scent glands.

Though children are not necessarily superb smellers, their sense of smell is more heightened than their other senses. It is highly unlikely that children and even adults think about how their sense of smell works, even though they use it dozens of times in the course of a day. The ability to perceive odors, both pleasant and unpleasant, is often the first reaction people have to stimuli. The ability comes from deep within the nose. Apart from being the gateway to the respiratory system in human beings and other animals, it is a mucus-covered appendage that allows the tiny molecules of a scent to travel to your brain, letting you respond to a smell.

The sense of smell is a chemical reaction that begins when tiny chemical odor molecules float through the air into the nose. Air moves inside the nose, dissolving in the warm, mucus slime that exists within the nose cavern, and allows the chemical molecules you inhale to float upward until they hit the olfactory epithelium — a small ceiling area in the nasal cavity. It contains nerve cells known as olfactory receptor neurons that detect odor. 

It is not only odor that dissolves in the thick mucus deep inside the nose. Chemical odor molecules do the same, at least until they reach and get trapped in the limbic system structures, which are considered the most primitive parts of the brain because they influence emotions and memories. Scientists have found that odor molecules perform different functions and nerve cells in the limbic system structures hold on to different smells depending on the shape of the nerve cells. Because odor molecules are trapped within these nerve cells, they are able to tell your brain to sense each different smell you may come in contact with.

Shen notes that each odor molecule affects each nerve independently. For example, he writes the scent of grapefruit oil, and particularly its primary component limonene, affects autonomic nerves, enhances lipolysis through a histaminergic response, and reduces appetite and body weight. More information is available at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15862904.

There are involuntary reactions to smell, such as tears streaming from your 3-year-old’s eyes after encountering the skunk’s scent. Research shows that everyday smells can act as triggers of how your body reacts. For example, the smell of chemicals from paint or smoke has been linked to feelings of fatigue. The smell of rosemary has been linked to boosts in mental clarity and self-esteem, because it stimulates the central nervous system. Chamomile and lavender have been used to stave off hysteria, impatience, stress, and tension.

Current Uses for Essential Oils

Around the home, for aromatic surroundings, first aid, or for a soothing massage, essential oils have a myriad of uses. They can be used to add fragrance to your home by mixing a few drops with water in a spray bottle and using this as an air freshener. They can also be used to clean surfaces in the kitchen or bathroom and used to add fragrance to candles.

Some essential oils are useful for medicinal purposes. For instance, the tea tree oil derived from the leaves of the Australian native narrow-leaved paperbark is a potent antiseptic that can be used for topical treatments for bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, scabies, and even head lice. Next time your child comes home from school with the parasitic insects in his or her hair, try destroying them with some tea tree oil instead of rushing out to your local drugstore.

What You’ll Learn

This book will introduce you to the different kinds of essential oils, their characteristics, and their uses. It will show you how they are extracted from their plant bases and readied for use with special equipment that enhances safe handling, which is of utmost importance when handling simple oils, such as lavender, or more complex and toxic oils, like bitter almond.

Considering the amount of work and expense that goes into creating essential oils, learning adequate storage methods that will prolong their shelf lives is very important. This book will show you how to extract, dilute, and protect your essential oils, and how to create and protect soaps, body creams, and herbal gels. You will learn how these natural products can improve your outlook on life. You will also read from experts and professionals who create these products for a living, because they are passionate about the benefits they offer. This learning experience should capture your attention not just because it is interesting, but because it holds the possibility of well-being that can last for the rest of your life. It all starts with essential oils. If you are wondering what they are and how you can use them, please read on.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Overview of Essential Oils

What Exactly is an Essential Oil?

Think of a few dozen fresh green leaves from a blooming coriander plant in the palm of your hand. When you squeeze those leaves hard enough, a green, juicy substance will ooze onto your hand. That juicy substance is your basic, undiluted essential oil. The squeeze method of extraction, however, is not one of the methods this book will cover, because it is much more time consuming than any other method featured here. From allspice to lavender and ylang-ylang, everyday and exotic plants are the bearers of essential oils, which, despite their name, do not feel oily. They are called oils because they contain oil-soluble chemicals derived from plant matter.

The term essential oil may vary according to each user, but in this book, the term refers only to the essence — the concentrated and aromatic oils derived from plants and flowers long identified for aromatherapy uses. These oils come from plant leaves, fruits, stems, and roots and are used for a variety of purposes, including therapeutic. You may encounter warnings whenever the therapeutic qualities of essential oils are discussed, advising you not to rely on essential oils to treat serious medical conditions and to seek professional medical care in such cases. It is probably a good idea to follow these well meant pieces of advice while also keeping in mind that essential oils make up the immune systems of some plants, helping them fight infection and repel pests. Imagine then what they can do for you.

Essential oils are classified into three notes or scent characteristics: top, middle, and base. The classification depends on whether their scents are immediately evident once you establish contact with them. Eucalyptus and grapefruit essential oils belong in the top group of oils that tend to evaporate quickly and contain anti-viral properties. They are also light, uplifting, and because they are easily extracted, they are more inexpensive than either middle or base note oils.

A majority of essential oils, like black pepper, cardamom, and rosemary, are classified as middle notes, because they create a balance when blended with other oils. The aromas from middle note essential oils are not always immediately evident but they are characterized by warm, soft fragrances.

Essential oils classified as base notes tend to be heavy with solid aromas like those from balsam of Peru, cedarwood, and cloves. They are intense and rich, making their presence immediately evident when you come into contact with them. They are known to slow down the evaporation of the other oils and are the most expensive of all essential oils.

Because essential oils are volatile (meaning that they evaporate quickly) and concentrated, special extraction methods are necessary to separate them from their hosts and harvest them for use. The most common method of extraction is steam distillation, which involves steam cooking the plant

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  • (5/5)
    In the past week I've had the best smelling kitchen in my neighborhood! I had so much fun creating soaps and creams.After getting through the history and understanding essential oils I quickly started perusing the rest of the book to see which combinations I'm going to create. It was difficult to choose but decided to make the ones that I had ingredients at hand for first.Because I have fine hair I decided to try the "Aloe Vera Hair Gel" to see if it really would add volume to my hair. It certainly did! I'm so pleased I can have manageable hair now without using harsh products. It was also time for me to have a good facial cleanse so I used the simple "Oatmeal Cleanser." It's amazing what a little oatmeal and heavy cream can do to your skin. I loved it.I've used Castile Soap for years but never considered making my own until I saw the recipe and how easy it was to make. The recipe is large and rather than adding one essential oil to the batch I divided it into 4 containers and added a different scent to each one. I will never be buying this soap again.I feel that Marlene Jones is offering us an alternative that shouldn't be passed by. Using essential oils and homemade products not only is healthier for our bodies but our environment as well. I encourage you to consider making your own products; I can guarantee you'll have fun and the satisfaction of having healthy products as an end result.
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    Let’s face it; the economy is not getting any better. The food cost and household items are getting more expensive every week. People are looking for ways to save money. The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body contains over 101 natural body care recipes that you can make at home. The book gives a brief history of aromatherapy, an overview of essential oils and how to handle the oils. There is a long list of common carriers and base oils, like - cranberry seed oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and many others. Then you learn about the common essential oils, like - balsam of Peru, cedarwood, lavender, lemongrass, tea tree, and etc. You learn about the 30 uncommon essentials oils and what oils to avoid. From there you’ll get a brief 101 on soap making. The recipes range from household cleaners, to bathroom soaps and shampoos, beauty and wellness treatments, and other oils. Wow! I didn’t know there were so many different kinds of oils! I like the concept of making soaps and cleaners at home, but I wonder if some of these ingredients can be found outside of big cities, like - geranium oil, apricot kernel oil, and many others. The book also includes simple home remedies, backache blend, cold and flu blend, and my favorite - cold sore blend, but I have no idea where to find tea tree oil or geranium oil. The recipes look simple if you can find the ingredients. I enjoyed reading about the different oils.

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  • (5/5)
    Making your own creams, soaps and gels can be an overwhelming and confusing process. Thank you Marlene Jones for putting together a guide to make it simple. “The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels For Your Mind and Body”, is a wonderful resource for someone who likes to do-it-yourself. I care about what I put on my body and what I put in the environment, this guide gave me the confidence to make my own products. My favorite so far is the Aloe Vera Mask for dry and sensitive skin. Wow, 3 Tbsp aloe vera juice, 1 Tbsp. aloe vera gel and 3 drops of essential oil of my choice and I just saved $20 bucks. In this economy it’s important to save wherever you can, offsetting the high cost of beauty products is a great benefit. Now with this guide I don’t have to compromise on quality.After reading the history of essential oils, I decided what to make first, compiled a shopping list and I was on my way to making my own. I found that I already had some of the common ingredients at home. I was surprised a how easy it was to make my own products. Marlene Jones guides us through the making of oils, salts, shampoo, soaps, creams, gels, and other beauty products. Each oil is defined, their characteristics are listed plus their benefits and uses are described in an A to Z format. I especially enjoyed chapter 14 titled, Quick Guide of Conditions and Essential Oils Used for Treatments. In this chapter you will find help for whatever ails you, arthritis, eczema, headaches, and even the flu, plus many more.This is a guide that you will use for many, many years. Not only will you be able to make beauty products for yourself but you will also be able to make gifts for friends. This guide is a must have beauty product.
  • (3/5)
    Journalist Marlene Jones releases her first full-length book titled, “The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for your Mind and Body”. Within its pages, she introduces the concept of aromatherapy, a little of its history, the different ways essential oils can be created, and how they can be used safely and effectively. She also discusses the creation of soaps, creams, salts, gels, and other health and beauty products that can be made from the comfort of your own home.“The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for your Mind and Body” includes a section on essential oils to avoid, something that I don’t usually see as separate in typical aromatherapy books. Usually, these books lump all oils together – typically just in alphabetical order - and run through description after description, making it seem like ‘information overload’ to the beginner. Jones’ separate chapter ensures that these potentially harmful substances are set apart and stand out. A good show of responsible writing on the author’s part. While I found the book to be a good but very basic introduction to the subject of aromatherapy, I did see some problems. First, most in the aromatherapy field consider Robert Tisserand to be the father of modern aromatherapy and his book, “The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs” is considered to be the ‘aromatherapy bible’ of sorts. Yet Jones doesn’t mention Tisserand or his book even once in her work, not as a reference or included in her further reading section. Second, she doesn’t even tackle the important distinction between essential and fragrance oils until the very end of chapter 10, almost 200 pages into the book. This distinction makes or breaks whether certain oils can be considered ‘aromatherapy’ in the first place; readers should have to get 2/3s of the way though the book before learning this. Third, I did like the idea of adding color pictures to the book but the single color section in the middle didn’t really add to a better understanding of the subject matter. It was more of a little visual interlude, pretty and more pictures of wet rocks than I would have cared to look at but that’s about it. Fourth, the bath salt chapter was unusually short – only 4 pages. I would have either completely left this chapter out since it isn’t mentioned in the title or added quite a bit more information. A basic bath bomb recipe is offered but no mention of the types of salts that can be used, their different mineral contents, mixing of various salts, and the purpose or reasons each would be included for various ailments. Further, mica was noted as a colorant but not the fact that it is an eye and skin irritant and should be used with caution. Similarly, the perfume section, located at the end of chapter 12, only mentions ingredients for making your own perfume but has no recipe or ratio to follow; this section is located at the end of a chapter chock full of recipes for other concoctions. Finally, the book has some contradicting information. For example, she notes on page 34 that it takes more than eight million Jasmine flowers to make two pounds of essential oil but on page 86, the ratio is 3.6 million flowers to make one pound of oil. Doubling the latter figure only gets you 7.2 million, but not ‘over eight million’. Even a minor discrepancy such as this can lower the book’s credibility. I did like Jones’ writing style and the book was very well organized and edited; I found no noticeable spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors. She’s obviously passionate about her subject and has a good knowledge bank to back up her information. However, it’s definitely not an authoritative source on the subject of aromatherapy.
  • (5/5)
    The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body: 101 Natural Body Care Recipes Marlene Jones 978-1601383693A wonderful, healthy art and craft!This is a fabulous guide! Well written and easy to follow.I learned that, yes, I can do this...and I am not a rocket scientist!Her summaries of common essential oils brought them to life.You will better understand their uses and how to incorporate them into your own special blends. Many have significant health benefits and knowing which oils offer which benefits is priceless. This potency and health value is something you won’t get from commercial brands. Learn what the purpose of essential oils is and how to handle them. What are the differences? She lists any equipment needed and her recipes are short, and easy to follow.Jones has numerous uses for essential oils from beauty treatments to common ailments. This is more than soap making it is a fun and useful craft. I would make some of these formulas with my family, and friends. I plan to make some of the blends for my pet. Healthy soaps, shampoos, bubble baths, scrubs, and lotions are easy to master and fun to try at home.She offers great resources, and also explains what oils to stay away from. Some oils can have significant health hazards. Jones shares her information in an easy to read, and easy to do manner. You will learn many reasons why making soaps or lotions to your liking can be fun and healthy. Marlene Jones is knowledgeable and conveys her expertise easily and willingly. A portion of the book proceeds support The Humane Society of the United States. I highly recommend this book. A great read and a wonderful gift.I received a complimentary review copy.