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Our Essentail Oils

by on Nov.30, 2011, under Essential Oil

Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia)

Aromatic Description: Fresh, orange/lemon/citrusy, slightly floral.

Bergamot Oil Uses: Acne, abscesses, anxiety, boils?cold sores, cystitis, depression, halitosis, itching, loss of appetite, oily skin, psoriasis, stress.

Safety Information: Bergamot Oil is phototoxic. Do not use if the area of application will be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours due to its phototoxicity.

Petitgrain Oil (Citrus aurantium)

Aromatic Description: Fresh, woody, and slightly floral.

Though distilled from the same botanical species as neroli and bitter orange, Petitgrain Essential Oil possesses its own characteristically unique aroma. Petitgrain Essential Oil is distilled from the leaves and sometimes the twigs and branches of the tree whereas neroli essential oil is distilled from the blossoms and Orange Essential Oil is typically cold pressed from the rinds of the fruits.

Petitgrain Oil Uses: Acne, fatigue, oily skin, stress.

Safety Information: Unlike many other citrus oils, Petitrain Oil is not considered phototoxic. It does not indicate any special precautions when using Petitgrain Oil.

Fir Needle Oil (Abies alba)

Aromatic Description: Fresh, woody, earthy, sweet.

Fir Needle Oil Uses: Arthritis, bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu, muscle aches, rheumatism, sinusitis.

Safety Information: Fir Needle Oil is a possible skin irritation depending on true plant species.

Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinale)

Aromatic Description: Warm, spicy, earthy, woody.

Ginger Oil Uses: Aching muscles, arthritis, nausea, poor circulation.

Safety Information: Ginger Oil is slightly phototoxic. Do not use if the area of application will be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours due to its phototoxicity.

Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulate)

Mandarin Essential Oil is a favorite of children and parents. Of all the citrus oils, Mandarin Oil is the sweetest and tends to be the most calming. If desiring to use a citrus oil in the evenings before bed or with children, Mandarin Essential Oil is usually the best choice.

Aromatic Description: Very sweet, citrusy, fruity.

Mandarin Oil Uses: Acne, dull skin, insomnia, oily skin, scars, spots, stress, wrinkles

Safety Information: It does not indicate any special precautions when using Mandarin Oil. It may be prudent to treat Mandarin Essential Oil as a phototoxic oil.

Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint Essential Oil contains menthol. Menthol induces a cooling sensation, and use of Peppermint Oil in a body mist or even in the diffuser can help to cool you down. Emotionally, Peppermint Oil is stimulating and is a good choice for inclusion in blends intended to help enhance alertness and stamina. Peppermint should be avoided before bedtime.

Aromatic Description: Minty, reminiscent of peppermint candies, but more concentrated. More fragrant than spearmint.

Peppermint Oil Uses: Asthma, colic, exhaustion, fever, flatulence, headache, nausea, scabies, sinusitis, vertigo.

Safety Information: Avoid Peppermint Oil in cardiac fibrillation, epilepsy, fever. Peppermint Oil is a mucous membrane irritant and neurotoxic (toxic to the nerves). Some of this information applies to oral use, but is provided for informational purposes (no essential oil should be taken internally without the guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner). May cause sensitization.

Cedarwood Oil (Cedrus atlantica)

Aromatic Description: Woody and sweet. The aroma is reminiscent of artificial mothballs.

Cedarwood oil Uses: Acne, arthritis, bronchitis, coughing, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, stress. Cedarwood essential oil is antiseptic, astringent, anti-bacterial, a stimulant to the skin and circulatory system, sedative and an aphrodisiac.  In aromatherapy, it is useful in the treatment of eczema, dry skin, dandruff, fluid retention, nervous tension, arthritis, rheumatism, cystitis and asthma.

Safety Information: It should not be used in pregnancy or with young children, due to its toxicity.

Lavandin Oil (Lavandula hyrida)

Aromatic Description: Fresh, sweet, floral, more herbaceous than lavender.

Lavendin Oil Uses: Abscesses, asthma, blisters, boils, burns, cuts, cystitis, dry skin, dull skin, eczema, fatigue, insect bites, irritated skin, lice, muscle aches, scabies, shock, sores, sprains, strains, vertigo, wounds.

Safety Information: Avoid in pregnancy, epilepsy and fever because of camphor content in Lavandin oil.

Clove Oil ( Eugenia caryophyllata)

Aromatic Description: Spicy, warming yet slightly bitter, woody, reminiscent of true clove buds, but richer.

Clove Oil Uses: Arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, sprains, strains, toothache.

Safety Information: Clove oil is a mucous membrane and dermal irritant. Avoid Clove oil in alcoholism, in haemophilia, in prostatic cancer, with kidney and liver problems and if taking anticoagulants.

Citronella Oil (Cymbopogon nardus)

Aromatic Description: Citrusy, slightly fruity, fresh, sweet.

Citronella Oil Uses: Excessive perspiration, fatigue, headache, insect repellant, oily skin.

Safety Information: Citronella oil may cause possible sensitization, avoid Citronella oil during pregnancy.

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Aromatic Description: Tea Tree oil is medicinal, fresh, woody, earthy, and herbaceous.

Tea Tree Oil Uses: Acne, athlete’s foot, candida, chicken pox, cold sores, colds, corns, cuts, flu, insect bites, itching, migraine, oily skin, ringworm, sinusitis, sores, spots, arthritis, warts, whooping cough.

Safety Information: Tea Tree oil may cause sensitization in some. It does not indicate any special precautions when using Tea Tree oil.

Nutmeg Oil (Myristica fragrans)

Aromatic Description: Rich, spicy, sweet, woody. Similar to the cooking spice, but richer and more fragrant.

Nutmeg Oil Uses: Arthritis, constipation, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, slow digestion.

Safety Information: If used in large amounts, Nutmeg oil can cause toxic symptoms such as nausea and tachycardia. Nutmeg oil is a possible oral toxin (no essential oil should be taken internally without the guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner), possible psychotropic (may affect behavior) and possible carcinogen.

Cinnamon Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Aromatic Description: Much richer in aroma than ground cinnamon. Cinnamon essential oil is peppery, earthy, spicy, bright yet slightly woodsy. Oil distilled from the bark of the cinnamon tree is preferred over the oil distilled from the leaves. Cinnamon bark essential oil, however, tends to be much more costly.

Cinnamon Oil Uses: Constipation, exhaustion, flatulence, lice, low blood pressure, rheumatism, scabies, stress.

Safety Information: Cinnamon oil is a mucous membrane irritant and strong skin sensitizer. Avoid in alcoholism, in haemophilia, in prostatic cancer, with kidney and liver problems and if taking anticoagulants.

Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon citratus)

Aromatic Description: Fresh, lemony, earthy.

Lemongrass Oil Uses: Acne, athlete’s foot, excessive perspiration, flatulence, insect repellent, muscle aches, oily skin, scabies, stress.

Safety Information: Avoid lemongrass oil in glaucoma and with children. Use caution in prostatic hyperplasia and with skin hypersensitivity or damaged skin.

Pine Oil (Pinus nigra)

Aromatic Description: Fresh, woody, earthy, balsamic

Pine Oil Uses: Colds, coughing, flu, rheumatism, sinusitis, antibacterial, analgesic, diuretic, energizing, antiseptic and aromatic properties.

Safety Information: Pine oil may cause sensitization.

Star Anise Oil (Illcium verum)

Aromatic Description: Sharp, anise and licorice-like aroma.

Star Anise Oil Uses: Rheumatism, bronchitis, coughing, colic, indigestion/cramping, colds, flu.

Safety Information: Star Anise oil is narcotic and slows circulation when used in large doses. Slight risk of sensitization. Avoid Star Anise oil in cases of alcoholism, liver disease, paracetamol use, breast-feeding, pregnancy, endometriosis, certain cancers, hyperplasia, and damaged skin and with young children.

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How To Use Essential Oils To Improve Your Life

by on Aug.07, 2010, under Essential Oil

Suggested Uses Bath, Diffuser, Massage, as a Perfume, or Body/Room Spray.

These are general guidelines. Every essential oil may not be suitable for some uses.

Diffuse Add 5-10 drops of essential oil blend to the well of your aroma lamp, be sure to add enough water. A lamp ring is another alternative.
Bath: Add 6-8 drops to a bath. Swish to mix oils or better yet dissolve in 1/4 cup milk or 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

Spritzers These are easy to make just follow the guidelines below. Use 4 oz. of distilled water To make a facial mist use 8-10 drops of essential oils per 4 oz. of distilled water. 30-40 drops per 4 oz. for a body spray 80-100 drops per 4 oz. for a room spray. Some essential oils may not be suitable.
Massage /Body Oil Add 6-10 drops to 1 ounce unscented oil Try Sweet Almond or Grapeseed oil.

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Difference between fragrance and essential oil

by on Aug.07, 2010, under Essential Oil

Articles refer from candleandsoap.about.com

What is the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils – especially as they relate to candle making and soap making?
Well…if you’re a candle maker or soap maker who uses them interchangeably – who makes candles and makes soaps that just smell good (to you and others,) regardless of whether it’s natural or not, then there’s probably not much difference at all. As long as it’s a quality fragrance or essential oil, and has been tested to be safe in the application you’re using it for.

But if you’re dedicated to making only natural soaps and natural candles, then there is all the difference in the world! Few topics in soap making and candle making have engendered so much discussion, debate and controversy as fragrance oils vs. essential oils in candle and soap making.

But let’s start with the basics:

What is a fragrance oil?
A fragrance oil is a mix of various chemical components, some natural (from plants or even animals), and some synthetic. They are carefully formulated and/or blended to the exact specifications of a perfumer whose goal is to design a scent. “The perfumer is effectively an artist who is trained in depth on the concepts of fragrance aesthetics and who is capable of conveying abstract concepts and moods with their fragrance compositions.” – Wikipedia -” Perfumer”  Sometimes they are formulated to smell like something occurring in nature (e.g. lavender, pine, bluebonnets, strawberries), or sometimes they are formulated to smell like an entirely new creation or concept (e.g. spring rain, love spell, winter wonderland.)

There are literally thousands of various compounds that each have their own scent…that blended together create a fragrance oil. Some fragrance oils contain essential oils as part of the natural components or constituents. Some do not. Some contain synthetically made constituents of essential oils. To help thin the various compounds, and to help create some uniformity of strength across fragrance oils, they are usually diluted with a “diluent.”

Whether the constituents of the fragrance oil are safe on your skin will determine whether or not a fragrance oil is “skin safe” for soap, lotions or other cosmetic applications. Fragrance oils, and especially the constituents that make up fragrance oils, are guided by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials which generates, evaluates and distributes scientific data on the safety assessment of fragrance raw materials found in perfumes, cosmetics, shampoos, creams, detergents, air fresheners, candles and other personal and household products. Perfumers and fragrance oil blenders are also guided by IFRA, the  International Fragrance Association, which is the official representative body of the fragrance industry worldwide. Its main purpose is to ensure the safety of fragrance materials through a dedicated science program. They focus on fragrance safety both as it relates to the consumer and to the environment.

The DuPont Corporation used to use “Better Living Through Chemistry” as their slogan. Think of fragrance oils as “Better smelling through chemistry.” Just like chemistry has created many wonderful and safe things that make our world better, easier and more pleasant – chemistry has created many wonderful-smelling things that are a part of our everyday lives.

However, not everyone believes in “Better Living Through Chemistry”…especially as it relates to chemicals in our soaps and candles. What if you want it natural?

What is an essential oil? Much of the renaissance of soap and candle making in the 20th Century was due to people wanting to get back to more natural ways. Whether out of fear of cancer or other health problems, wanting less chemicals in our environment, or just a desire for a simpler existence, people began wanting the things around them to be more natural. From the food they eat to the soap they bathe with, some people want nothing in or on their bodies but the pure basics. These are the warriors for the use of essential oils in candles and soap.

Essential oils are natural oils that contain the “essence” of a plant. They are the liquid or resin that is distilled, pressed or extracted from different parts of the plant – leaves, flowers, bark, berries, root, needles, seeds, beans, peel, cones, wood, stalks etc. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, though some oils are gotten through other processes like expression or solvent extraction.

Sometimes the oil can come from different parts of the plant – a few plants (like an orange tree) contain several different essential oils in different parts. Orange essential oil is derived from the fruit, neroli from the flower blossoms and petitgrain from the leaves.

It takes many, usually hundreds of, pounds of plant material to make a pound of essential oil. It takes about 200 pounds of lavender to make a pound of lavender essential oil. It takes over 2000 pounds of rose petals to make a pound of rose essential oil. (That’s why it’s SO expensive!)

Essential oils can be used in making soap and making candles – as well as in making many other fragrant items like room sprays, lotions, bath salts and oils, balms etc. They are also, of course, the foundation for the whole practice of aromatherapy.

For the most part, they can be used in about the same concentrations, and used in the same ways as fragrance oils. Remember, many fragrance oils contain essential oils as part of their blends.

Some people may be concerned about the safety of essential oils – and rightly so. Essential oils are powerful organic chemicals. But the same care should be taken whether using fragrance or essential oils in your candles and soap. Chemicals are chemicals whether they’re created in a lab, or created in nature. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe to put in or on your body.

So which is better?
I love essential oils. I also love fragrance oils. I had both of them in my soaps and candles. I do not believe that either one is inherently better than the other. They both have their proper uses, cautions and advantages. Like with all things, it is up to us candle makers and soap makers to learn all we can so that we can make educated choices about the products we make.

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Meaning of Aromatherapy

by on Jul.28, 2010, under Oatz Candles

Therapy using palm wax candles and Pure essential oils

Articles refer from picperfect.com.au

Therapy using 100% pure essential oils:

Pure Essential Oils have the power to calm and joy, rejuvinate and nourish our mind, body and spirit. Humans are vulnerable to scent, and we often react to a smell emotionally before becoming aware of it physically. Our pure essential oils and essential oil candles will change your mood in a positive way and lift your spirits. In scientific terms, this is because smell sends a direct message to the limbic system, the part of the brain that governs emotions.

Essential oils are sometimes called the ‘life force’ of plants. The oils are extracted from various parts of the plant: the roots, leaves, flowers, bark and fruit; and have been used for centuries to heal humans and even animals. Pure essential oils are also used for spiritual as well as physical purposes.

Pure essential oils are a great and natural way to relieve pain, aches and illnesses. By using them on thier own or in a blend, Essential oils are extremely versatile, you can use them in many ways; Candles, massage with a base oil, oil burners, vaporisers, baths, atomisers and compression. Which ever way you use the oils, you will see a positive outcome.

Aromatherapy is one way we can learn to heal ourselves. The key to living a fulfilled life is to nourish and balance ourselves on all levels. Our range of oils and candles will help you reach your potential. Filling the atmosphere with exquisite healing aromas. These wonderful fragrances generate a natural feeling of wellbeing and influence the range of emotional and physical conditions that touch us as we go about our daily lives.

Therapy using Palm Wax Candles:

Palm wax comes from the fruit of palm trees. The oil palm grows in Western Africa, South & Central America and varieties of it throughout the globe. These trees are now domesticated and grow on plantations. The fruit is very rich in oil that is used for cooking, soap, cosmetics and quite perfect for making durable, long lasting natural wax candles. Many palm plantations are now adopting eco-friendly, sustainable farming and fair trade practices, which are good for the environment and for the people that work there.

Beautiful Appearance
Palm wax is a beautiful crystalline natural wax that makes a high quality, long burning candle. It has a stronger scent throw of Pure Essential Oils than other candles, while it is burning and also when it’s cold. Either way, it fills the room with beautiful healing aroma. Small round candle burn- time 17 hours, Large round candle burn-time 96 hours.

When it comes to candles, nothing lends as much beauty and luminescence as these natural wax pillar candles do. They can have a distinct ice-like appearance which resembles the frosty crystals that collect on windows in the winter time.

One reason why this natural candle wax is such a preferred choice in candle making is because of its hard texture and high melting point. So, even in the summer when it gets quite hot, the candles remain hard and sturdy. Palm wax is even harder than paraffin, which gives you an idea of its durability and strength.

No Soot!
The beauty of our palm wax candles is they are 100% biodegradable, and the candles smokeless . They have a hotter flame, which means no black soot while burning. Our candles have a natural cotton wick which makes them entirely environmentally friendly. Palm wax candles aroma fills the room for hours.

Use Caution While Burning Your Pillar Candle

  • Make sure to burn the candle on a heat resistant surface.
  • Always make sure to keep the candle away from any flammable substances and objects.
  • Make sure there are no flowing curtains near the candle as they can easily catch fire.
  • Keep the wick trimmed to a length of one-fourth inch. This will prevent a smoking flame and any accidents from happening.
  • Make sure to remove all debris and wick trimmings from around the candle.
  • Keep the candle in an area where there is minimal draft. Also, keep out of the reach of children.
  • Make sure a burning candle is attended to at all times as leaving it unattended could cause potential problems.

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Tips for how to use the essential oils

by on Jun.16, 2010, under Essential Oil

Skin Care:

To blend a nourishing face oil, combine 20 drops of your essential oil blend to 2 tablespoons of carrier blend it.

After washing your face, leave the skin damp. Apply 2 to 3 drops to you fingers and rub them together.

To apply the oil:

For oily skin: Lightly tap on your face.

For normal to dry skin: Use your fingers to spread the oil with upward strokes.

For dry, chapped skin or after sports.: Follow with a light face cream

For sunburn: Follow with alove vera gel.

Massage and bath oil:

There’s nothing like a warm bath to shift your moods and emotions. Including essential oils further enhances the bath’s power to ease the body and transform the spirit.

For bath oil, put 1 to 2 tablespoons in a full bath. For massage oil, combine 30 drops of essential oils to 2 tablespoons carrier oil in a 1- ounce amber glass bottle.

1. For pain, tension, circulation problems or water retention:

Apply and gently massage the affected area. Do not press. To heighten the effect, use a hot compress. To make a compress, soak a washcloth in hot water, add a few drops of your essential oil blend, and place the washcloth on the affected area. To amplify the effect of the oils, relax and allow the heat to penetrate.

2 For digestion issues, abdominal distress or menstrual cramps:

Apply a few drops to your abdomen and massage gently in a clockwise, circular motion.

Follow by placing a hot washcloth over the affected area. Let your body relax and your mind calm.

3. For immune support:

Gently apply massage oil to the soles of your feet. Use your fingertips to feel and apply pressure to areas that need attention.

4. For respiratory issues or emotional distress:

Apply your oil blend to the chest, then stand directly under the showerhead or rest with a hot compress on your chest.

Inhalation blends

The aromas of essential oils can be helpful to both clear and mind and ease breathing

1. For sinus congestion, clouded thinking, or to shift your mood and find inspiration.

Place a drop inside your nostrils or on the center of your chest. Inhale individual oils or a blend from the dropper bottle.

2. To counter nausea or insomnia , to induce relaxation and deep breathing

Place 2 to 3 drops on a tissue and inhale from the tissue with slow , deep breaths 10 to 15 times.

3. For congestion, colds, flu, sore throats, or bronchitis

Put 2 to 3 drops of essential oil blend in a bowl of steaming hot water. Close your eyes tightly, place a towel over your head and inhale the steam.

Caution: If you have asthma, do not use this method.

Diffusing Oil

Diffusing oils feature 2 oils mixed to fill a room with healing aromas.

1. For an air freshener, respiratory, immue support, or meditation blend

Use an electric ceramic diffuser.

2 For heavier, gummy oils from resins, woods, roots and smome flowers

To avoid overheating, use a nebuizling diffuser.

3. To shift your mood or emotions

Create an air freshener, deodorant , cooling body spray, or light personal scent. Make a hydrosol in a 2 ounce spray bottle, which can be purchased at a pharmacy. Mix 10 drops of combined essential oils. Fill the spray bottle with filtered water. Shake well and spray around a room or around your neck, shoulders and chest.

Anointing Oil

Place a 100% essential oil blend in an amber glass dram bottle with an orifice reducer.

1. For insect bites or blemishes

Place a drop on your fingertip and apply to the affected area.

2. To relieve indigestion

Apply 2 to 3 drops directly on your abdomen.

3. To shift a mood or emotion.

Apply the oil on pulse points- the palm side of your wrists, the sides of the neck, the temples, and the crown of your head. OR Place a few drops on a tissue and breathe in deeply or inhale directly from the bottle to enhance the effect.

4. For chakra balancing

Place 2 to 3 drops on the area of each chakra:

First- Soles of your feet

Second– Below the navel

Third- Just below the breastbone

Fourth– center of your chest

Fifth– Throat area

Sixth– On your third eye ( center of you forehead)

Seventh– top of you head.

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The world of essential oils

by on Jun.16, 2010, under Essential Oil

It’s no surprise that the building blocks for our health and happiness exist in nature. From common aspirin to today’s most advanced medical breakthroughs, the natural world- the healing plants in particular- often provides the remedies our bodies need. Like us, plants have their own ways to find nourishment, fight disease, replicate, and heal. Essential oils are potent yet gentle concentrates distilled from the aromatic substances of nature’s most healing plants: what helps these plants flourish can help do the same for us.

Essential oil particles are tiny and evaporate quickly. As we sense their complex aroma, we can absorb them through our skin or inhale them. They then interact with the brain and the rest of our physiology to heal us from within. We can sue them to help us sleep, relax our muscles, and steady us through hormonal shifts. These subtle essences offer an accessible way to fight illness, lift the spirit, calm the mind, and redirect our energies. With essential oils, we can bring timeless natural principles into accord with our need for health and our impulse toward growth.

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Distributors wanted!

by on Oct.18, 2009, under Retail Outlets

We are looking for distributors with outlets to sell our soaps and candles. You could have a physical outlet or an online store or just starting out wondering what business to get into. Just let us know, we can work something out within your budget.

Thinking of expanding your product line? If you are into natural products concept, these are the  best products to complement your existing products. Best thing is, all our candles and soaps are locally made.

Give us a call and see if we could help you.

e-mail          :   oatztrading@yahoo.com

tel                  :   012-539 8126

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