Sunday, July 17, 2011

Black Cumin Oil by Deborah Dolen

Black Cumin Oil by Deborah Dolen Mabel White : Properties and Attributes

Black cumin oil, having the Latin name of “Nigella sativa” is also known as black caraway oil, but in the end – it is not black. Black cumin oil is highly regarded by many as a panacea and may therefore not be taken seriously by some, but for those inclined to dismiss folklore, it should be noted that these humble seeds have been found superior to almost every other natural remedy when used for autoimmune disorders, conditions in which patients suffer greatly because their own systems attack their bodies. I swear by Black Cumin oil, externally, in all of my skin cleansing recipes and I feel it is a major antioxidant as well as unparallel to any other oil in energy and synergy. It smells very crisp, and fresh, like carrot seed oil if you have ever had the good fortune to smell carrot seed oil. I am familiar with just about any oil or essential oil known to man and Black Cumin Oil is tops in my book. Red Rapsberry Seed oil is also excellent, internally and externally-but so palatable, Chefs constantly are seeking red raspberry seed oil which keeps the price extremely high.

Black cumin, especially when combined with garlic, is regarded as a harmonizer of the imbalance which allows immune cells to destroy healthy cells. The technical language to describe this property is "immunomodulatory action." The difference between black cumin and interferon is that there are no known side effects with black cumin when administered in normal dosages. The saying goes that the beauty of black cumin is their capacity to restore harmony.
The most dramatic results are achieved with asthma and allergies. These respond relatively quickly unless there is infection, in which case, the infection needs to be eliminated before the symptoms of immune weakness subside. Continued use for six months or longer tends to give outstanding results. For extreme fatigue, consider mixing some crushed seeds with some royal jelly.

In the 13th century, the Arabic physician Ibn Kaym claimed black caraway could be used for over 50 ailments such as Bronchial Asthma, Bronchitis and other diseases of the respiratory tract. Also inflammation reduction, Arthritis relief, correction of digestive disorders, constipation relief, fighting parasitic infestations, detoxification and strengthening of the liver, increased energy and general good health are among the many benefits from using black caraway.

At the 71st annual meeting of the federation of American societies for experimental biology, a report was issued supporting some of the medicinal claims of Black Caraway. Some medicinal response may be attributed to the increase of immune enhancing T cells. This may support the black caraway’s role in balancing and strengthening the immune system. We love to use it in our facial cleansing milks.

Deborah Dolen is also known as author Mabel White. Mabel White is Deborah Dolen's pen name for a decade and counting. Deborah Dolen is an author who lives in Bradenton, Florida.

Monday, July 11, 2011

What Perfume Are You? by Mabel White

Making your own perfume is actually very easy to do. The most important aspect will be what specific notes attracts your passion? List several perfumes or colognes you like. Chances are great that they will all possess teh same notes. For instance, when I listed out my several favorite scents they all contained orange blossom, musk, vanilla and lily of the valley. I do not like amber, so that explained why I never liked Tabu, Ciara and the like.
To discover what basic scents you are attracted to, look at this index:

So, when making perfume you may want to inspire off the classics. Learn what perfume notes you love by researching what notes are in designer scents you like. From there you can create perfume, room sprays and even blends to drop into your lotion or bath.  Join Deborah Dolen on for conversations about building your own perfumes.

Photo of Author Deborah Dolen

SOURCE from Mabel Diy


Aromatherapy Basics by Bestselling author Deborah Dolen is available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Making Lip Scrubs with Sugar - Sugar Lips ©

Making Lip Scrubs with Sugar - Sugar Lips © by Mabel DIY

Making your own lip scrub is easy, you are basically making a paste using super fine sugar and oil or vegetable glycerin. Superfine sugar can be purchased in the bar tending section of your grocery store, to make your own lip scrub, as well as Safflower oil which is naturally high in vitamin e. You do not need a preservative when you are working with oil based products or vegetable glycerin. Vegetable Glycerin is water based, but is so high in natural alcohol, it also does not need a presevative when making a lip scrub with it. It will not mix with oil, so make your choice between the two. The only way lip scrub can go bad is just over time, oil based products can go rancid. That just means store your lip scrubs in a cool dark place and they should last a year or two. Because lip scrubs can "clump" after a few months, it is probably best to make them "fresh" as you need it. I have never figured out a way to stop clumping.

Why Not Salt?

If I ever said salt, and I did in my earlier work, I apologize. Salt will work in a jam, and again, you need no presevatives. But salt tastes yukky and dries out the lips. Sugar is so pleasing I call my formula "Sugar Lips." Neat flavor ideas include "Rose Petal," "Lemon Drops" or "Honey." You can get these oil based flavors at "sources" below in this article. Water based flavors will not work in oil based mediums, and extracts are water based, as well as not true professional flavor.

If you are going to use vegetable glycerin to make your paste, which is a great humectant, you will need a professional water based flavor for your formula. Oils will just float on top. You do not have to have flavor, you can make it plain. Professional Water based flavors can also be purchased through the vendors below. When making any body care product, even lotion or body butters, I just use professional flavors because they smell great and are safer than the standard fragrance oils-which have far less regulation as to what is in them.

After Scrub Healing Salve Recipe © Mabel DIY

When you are exfoliating your lips, you are not only sloughing away dead skins, cells, and increasing ciruclation, you are also making your lips raw. Because of that a healing type "after" scrub salve should be used. I love lanolin and emu oil, as they are the most healing oils I know, along with vitamin e. Vegans may not like lanolin or emu, and for vegans, castor oil and vitamin e would be acceptable and effective.
Makes 5 Ounces of Lip Healing Salve
2 Ounces Lanolin
1 Ounce of Emu Oil
1 ounce of Vitaim e Oil
1 ounce of beeswax
2 Drops of Flavor oil (optional)
Heat together in a small crock pot or ancor hocking measuring cup in the microwave. If using a microwave figure 4 minutes until everthing is metled. Keep an eye on it and wear mitts. Pour into heat resistent containers such as tins or jars.

Lip Plumping Recipe

I have something to say about lip plumping products and why I am indexing this "recipe." Just drink a lot of water and that is the best way to rehydrate your lips. Often we do not drink enough water. Your lips cannot plump anyway without water-even when using products for plumping. Plus, we tend to ingest our lip products, so really examine any ingredients you see listed when buying any lip plumping products. Teens are the biggest buyers and why I think drinking loads of good old fashioned water is good enough. Teens can get carried away with self perception and think they must have plumped lips to be beautiful. This is not true, and to spend upwards of $70 on something needless, well, it can be spent in better areas. If it is a special event, [I know] I may use a natural known "irritant" on my own lips, which is good oil cinnamon oil. Even cinnamon oil I will dilute times ten, with carrier oil because it will burn any skin if put straight on and eyes too. And no, I would never sell the preparation.

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