Manuka Oil…Benefits and Uses

Manuka Oil…Benefits and Uses

Manuka Oil Latin name Leptospermum Scoparium is a great oil, I wish we could have it in the United States but for the time being we will have to live vicariously through our friends down under.  It makes sense that it would be offered in New Zealand and Australia first since the Manuka bush is native to New Zealand.

In order to make the oil, all the parts of the bush are steam distilled including the flowers leaves and stems.  It generally grows next to kanuka bush and care must be taken to seperate the differing plant materials prior to distilling them.    History tells us that Manuka was the original tea tree and Captain James Cook, wrote back in the day that the plant has “a very agreeable bitter taste and flavor when the leaves are recent, but loses some of both when they are dried”.  It looks like this, and it is so beautiful that I would love to have it in my backyard. Maybe when I buy a vacation home in New Zealand.
Interestingly, I heard about manuka honey before the oil itself, because Manuka Honey is all the rage in the alternative health circles right now.  And the great thing is that it’s not even like humans are infusing the honey with plant parts. But the pollen of the manuka bush is so strong that they honey that the bees make from it, as tremendous healing benefits that researchers at New Zealand University at Waikato attribute to higher enzyme content in the honey.

So, thats what it is, but What can it do?

Manuka has been a part of the Mouri medical system or, Rongoa Maori.  Rongoa Maori is a holistic approach to health that predates New Zealand’s British collinization, and along with some of their native Mauri arts, this health system is still alive today.   One of the plants featured in this system is Manuka, of which the essential oil that is widely used to heal cuts, infections, burns, scrapes, sores and topical problems of all kinds. Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, Manuka has been intensively studied by scientists for its first aid applications, for which it is highly effective as was written in this Fox News article.  ( disclaimer, I do not usually use Fox News as a reference because I don’t agree with most of what is on the network, but this article was actually good.) And in a 2014 study Manuka was effective in batteling 2 types of candida, staph and e.coli, so it’s a pretty baddass oil.

What does it smell like you ask?  Well it has a very rich spicy herbaceous scent that is calming and grounding.

Benefits of Manuka Essential Oil:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-histamine (think about the antihistamines you take for allergies)
  • Natural cough reliever
  • Reduces scaring on skin (cicatrisant)
  • Cytophylactic (helps regeneration of cells)

10 Uses for Manuka Essential Oil 

  1. Put a drop on a bee sting or insect bit to get relief
  2. Use it in diy deodorants to keep your pits smelling delightful
  3. It helps wounds heal and has been administered to patients after surgery to promote healing
  4. Put a drop in your moisturizer to help with dry skin
  5. Put a drop in your shampoo to help with dandruff
  6. Apply with lemongrass to relieve sore or achy muscles
  7. Mix with water and spritz in sneakers to freshen the smell
  8. Massage on feet daily to zap toe fungus and athletes fut
  9. Diffuse in your home to calm your heart and your mind
  10. Zap a zit.  Manuka helps fight acne because of it’s antibacterial qualities

It really doesn’t have any warnings which is awesome, but I still wouldn’t recommend drinking a bottle of it or anything,  Use your common sense.
Heal Your Heart Diffuser Blend

  • 2 Drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 Drops Frankincense
  • 1 Drop Manuka
  • 1 Drop Red Mandarine

Red Mandarine Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Red Mandarine Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

I am so freaking excited.  I just ordered my mothers day trio of spanking new, never been released before oils from doTERRA.  Included in them is Red Mandarine, Kumquat, and Sunny Citrus Blend.  In my world, this rocks.  So while I am trying to get ready for their arrival with the anticipation of someone waiting for the stork, I thought I would share all my preparatory research.

WTF is Red Mandarine is my first question, and other than I citrus fruit being my first inclination I have no idea.  Thank god for the inventor of the internet.   Red Mandarin Essential Oil is sweet, and  floraly, it smells a little like orange blossoms. Red Mandarine and Tangerine have the same scientific species name, but tangerine is an american term for the red mandarine, they are the same thing but as the variety of the tree was spread across the world, the nutrients in the soil have yielded surprisingly different tasting fruits, with different chemical constituencies.  So one must look at both the latin name of the plant, and the sourcing location.  I have emailed doTerra to find out exactly where theres is sourced and will update ya’ll when I hear back.

 

What I do know is that like other citrus, Red Mandarine is high in d-limonene, and let me tell you d-limonene is our friend.  Sounds silly but that d-limonene has been shown to reduce cholesterol, among other things like fighting off cancer cells as explained in this Alternative Medicine Review.  Ummmm Yes Please!!!!!

 

Benefits of Red Mandarine Essential Oil

  • It has a soothing and balancing energy.  that makes it great for yoga or to add to any of these meditation blends.
  • It has superior anti-spasmodic properties and can be used in massage blends to soothe the muscles and relieve tightness.
  • It is great for your skin.  Historically it has been used to clear acne, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and scars
  • It reduces pain and anxiety when used aromatically
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • circulatory
  • cytophylactic (stimulates generation of new cells)
  • depurative (a.k.a detoxifying and purifying)
  • digestive
  • hepatic (good for your liver)
  • nervous relaxant
  • sedative

Uses for Red Mandarine Essential Oil

  • Put a drop  in your nighttime facial moisturizer to reduce acne, and improve cell regeneration while your body is resting.
  • Instead of drinking orange soda try putting a drop of this in your soda water for a delightful tasting bubbly water.  Make sure you use glass as oils deteriorate plastics and you don’t want to drink that.
  • blend with lemongrass and coconut oil to massage on sore muscles
  • Add 4 drops to a diffuser during your meditation or yoga practice
  • Make a room spritz and deodorize rooms that have stagnant air

 

Red Mandarine Diffuser Blend That is Spicy Grounding and sweet

  • 3 Drops Red Mandarine
  • 1 Drops Basil
  • 1 Drops Black Pepper

 

And just in case you think I’m a freak,,,, check out this guy… I love this song, and even more, this parody.

 

If you haven’t started on Your Essential Oil Journey yet, I’d love to get you started  Visit this page to get started

 

That’s it for now

xo

s

Kumquat Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Is anyone as excited as I am right now.  I just ordered my Mothers Day Citrus Trio from Doterra, and in includes Kumquat Essential Oil, Red Mandarine and Sunny Citrus blend. I’m really stoked to get these little bottles in my hot little hand.

Since I am doing research for myself about this lovely little gem of an oil, I thought I would share.  While there are several different varieties of Kumquat trees, the oil that doTERRA sourced is from the Fortunella Japonica variety which is sometimes called Morgani Kumquat, not that you really care.   Here’s a couple of fun facts:

Fun Facts About Kumquats

  • Kumquat is cantonese for Golden Orange
  • Kumquats are the size of a very large olive or a very small plum
  • Kumquats are native to South Asia
  • The first historical record is in 12th century Chinese literature
  • Kumquats came to America as an ornamental plant in the 1880’s later becoming  a marketable fruit as the Asian Population grew.
  • Kumquat fruit is added to many Asian teas
  • Kumquat trees are used as ornamental bonsai trees in many Asian gardens
  • The Fruit can be eaten whole, peel and all
  • The peel is the sweet part, while the flesh is bitter (reverse of oranges)

Why Use Kumquat Essential Oil

One of the major reasons that I am super into essential oils and am really into this one is because I don’t like to take a lot of pharmaceuticals or use synthetic chemicals.  I haven’t taken an antibiotic in more than a decade (but I absolutely would, if I needed to)  I just try to have a healthy lifestyle and keep a chemical free home, well, mostly chemical free.  In todays world there are so many antibiotic resistant viruses or “super bugs”, which is another reason I am into oils.  The whole super bug thing makes me wonder why the whole planet of species seems to be getting stronger while, we as a human species  are getting more sick.  I guess that’s a later post, but I got on that train of thought because of my findings today… drumroll please…..  In this study kumquat essential oil was tested for antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory affects agains skin pathogens.  The study shows that kumquat oil exhibited strong activity against most of the pathogenic bacteria and yeast strains that were tested.  AND… it was was active in fighting a series of super bugs.  Kumquat oil also reduced the nitric oxide, which is a super science way of saying that it is an anti inflammatory as well.   Pretty freaking awesome right,,, I’ll take two bottles please.

Kumquats Essential Oil is also 98% d-limonene, and let me tell you d-limonene is our friend.  Sounds silly but that d-limonene has been shown to reduce cholesterol, among other things like fighting off cancer cells as explained in this Alternative Medicine Review Volume 12, Number 3 2007

So beyond that, it smells great and accesses the emotional part of your brain that convinces your body you should feel energized and have a positive attitude… I think we could all use a little kumquat oil.

So just to sum all of those benefits up:

  • antimicrobial
  • anti-inflamitory
  • helps your body protect itself against viruses
  • helps dissolve cholesterol
  • helps you feel invigorated and energized
  • improves mood

Not bad right.  This might be my new favorite oil.

 Uses For Kumquat Essential Oil

  • Use this oil with vinegar to wipe down solid surfaces in your home (see the recipe below for homemade non toxic cleaner)
  • Diffuse in the air to get rid of airborn pathogens
  • Put a drop in your hand and inhale to get a mid day energizing boost
  • Add a drop to your facial cleanser, toothpaste or shampoo for additional cleansing properties
  • Add to baking soda and use to scrub the grime off your bathtub

If all of that wasn’t enough I found this guy:

Check out this kid trying a kumquat.  So freaking funny.  Now I feel like I have to look for more. And I just found this one, that might be even funnier.

That just made my Day!!!  Kids are so freaking cute!

 

Homemade Non-Toxic Surface Spray

Ok so in a 16 oz glass spray jar I add 1 cup of water, 1 cup distilled white vinegar, and 25 drops of anti bacterial essential oils.  You can use 25 drops of 1 oil or do a mixture of a couple of different oils as long as the total number of drops adds up to 25.  The ones I usually use are Melaleuca, Lavender, Lemon, On-Guard and guess what, Now I’ll be adding kumquat.

Get Started with Essential Oils

If you haven’t gotten started on your essential oil journey yet, and you would like to check out my how to order oils page where it explains all the options.  I’d love to help you get started.

I hope you enjoy the kumquat as much as I think I’m going to

xo

s

 

Essential Oils for Meditation or Prayer

Essential Oils for Meditation or Prayer

I have always loved the quote that worrying is praying for what you don’t want to have happen, and have found that worrying is not a productive use of time.  However prayer, connection, positive thinking and meditation all go hand in hand.  Although I am not religious, I admire the act of praying, of reaching out and trying to connect with something bigger than yourself, I think detaching from the outcome and at times surrendering is beautiful.  And as my meditation practice has developed, I recognize that there are many similarities between my daily meditation practice and other peoples daily prayers.  So for the purpose of this post, I will use the term meditation, but I think as you read through you will see that many of the qualities that are attained by these oils are excellent for any type of mental or spiritual work.  I do however use the term meditation here, because that is the term that I use with my practice.

So If you’re reading this post, you more than likely fall into 1 of 2 categories.

  1. You are meditating but are looking for ways to enhance your meditation practice, or
  2. You are new to meditation and want to try it.

Either way it is a great thing, studies show that regular meditation helps us to reduce our stress, and improve our health.  Some studies suggest that meditation can improve a number of things including

  • Blood Pressure
  • Irritable Bowel syndrome
  • Depression
  • anxiety
  • Insomnia

While there are many types of meditation most of them have 4 common elements including:

  1. Few Distractions
  2. Comfortable Posture
  3. A focus of Attention
  4. An Open Attitude

While I agree with all of these I have found that a 5th component is extremely beneficial to my meditation practice— Essential oils.

Just as meditation allows you access to the part of your brain that controls memory and emotions along with all your automatic systems like breathing and heart beat, Oils allow you access to the emotional part of your brain, so using oils for meditation is like the double whammy!

There are a few oils that I use over and over again, and I even came up with a wonderful smelling diffuser blend, and anointing blend that I use during my meditative practice, but you have to read to the end to get it.

  1. The first oil that I use is…. yep… you probably already guessed it… Frankincense.  It is the father of all essential oils and you know what they say, “When in doubt, bust the Frankincense out”… In fact did you know that there are stories of every major religion using  frankincense in religious ceremonies including christian, muslim, buddhist and hindu.  It really is the bomb.  So besides using it in meditation because every major religion has, I use Frankincense because it is considered the oil of truth, and the one thing that you really want in your meditation practice is honesty.  Honesty with the deepest parts of yourself, honesty between you and your maker or you and source energy, or you and whoever it is that guides you.   It is also a very grounding oil, and helps to calm your energy.
  2. The second oils that I use is Arborvitae.  Arborvitae oil is from a giant variety of cedar tree who’s name literally translates into tree of life.  Arborvitae trees can live for over a thousand years and when they do die, they don’t rot because the wood is so full of oil that insects don’t eat it and water doesn’t penetrate it.  So this oil is what gives this tree life.  There’s a lot of wisdom to be had in 1000 years of life, and that is what I want in my meditation.  Because Arborvitae is a tree it is also a very grounding oil, and I always imagine as I am smelling it that I can really let my mind be free because I have roots that are grounding me to the earth.   The second reason that I use Arborvitae is because I read a book called The Hidden Life of Trees and in a scientific way the author Peter Wohlleben illustrates that trees do in fact communicate and feel.  So Arborvitae oil is sourced in the Pacific Northwest near the only temperate rain forest in north america and they don’t cut down the trees to get the oil, they actually get the saw dust from local lumber yards that are making roof shingles and other wood products from the arborvitae, they distill the oil from the sawdust.  It gets even better because then they send the pulp that is left over to a paper mill so that absolutely every part to the tree is used.  I’m all about that.  You can watch this video for more information about how it ties to Native American culture in the PNW.
  3. The Third oil that I use is Sandalwood.  One because it smells delightful!  I actually had fans made of sandalwood at my outdoor wedding in august so that if people were hot they could fan themselves and the whole place smelled heavenly.  But I use it in my meditation practice because it is known as the oil of sacred devotion it is known to heal emotional and spiritual wounds and because it is a very mild sedative it prepares you to allow your mind to connect with your source, creator or god.  It has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for attaining enlightenment and awakening your love for your self.  I also love that indian sandalwood, which is what I use is 100percent controlled by the Indian government who ensure that they are harvested in a sustainable way.
  4. The fourth oil I use is Patchouli.  It’s not just for hippies anymore, although I think I am a weird gangsta/hippie hybrid.  Long before hippies in the 60s used the scent of patchouli as a signal for free love,  it had a history as a signal of authentic goods on the trade routes.  Patchouli is also from India and became popular in the west because the leaves were packed between the beautiful pashmina scarves that became very fashionable.  The scarves were so popular that much like today people started making fakes, but the Brits could always tell the real thing because they had the delightful aroma of patchouli.   I have always sort of not liked patchouli because of it’s association with stinky hippies, but after incorporating it into my skin care products, and now into my meditation I love it.  It is a very grounding and centering oil that promotes peaceful feelings, which makes sense since it is known as the oil of peace.  But the most important reason that I use it in meditation is because it is great for bringing together your thoughts and helping to clarify problems.
  5. The fifth oil that I use is Spikenard.  Spikenard has been used for thousands of years, both Cleopatra and King Tut’s tomb were anointed with spikenard.  There is also a story in the bible where Mary Magdalene anointed baby jesus with spikenard then washed his feet with her hair as a symbol of her devotion.  Now I’m not looking to wash anyones feet with anything, I do want a certain level of  commitment to my meditation practice.  Meditation keeps me sane, makes me healthier and for that reason I am happy to use a sacred oil of devotion that makes me feel thankful for my life, my circumstances and every thing else.
  6. The 6th oil that I use is clary sage.  Indian sages said it gave illumination while the romans credited it to attaining good health.  I choose it for a few reasons.  The first is because it has a warming and slightly assuring effect.  It is a sedative for the nervous system but gives you a euphoric feeling which I find really helps my mind feel light and allows my it to be present yet float off, it is a nice balance to the grounding oils I use. This one should be avoided while pregnant though.

So now you know the oils, but here’s how I use them.

  1. Like many of the people throughout history I will anoint myself with them putting a drop on my finger then rubbing it behind my ears, on my temples, in the center of my forehead and on my wrists.
  2. There is always diffusion.  Use a diffuser with 2 drops of each in it and it will get the scent into the room.  This is effective, but I only use this method when I meditate using gong cds. because I don’t love the sound of the diffuser when I’m meditating.  When the cd’s are playing though, this is a great way to continue to have the oils around you.
  3. The third method is another one of my favorites especially if you have a specific meditation place.  This is a room spritz.  Put the oils in a glass spray bottle with water and then you can shake it up and spritz your meditation space which can be a room if you live in a mansion, or it can just be your pillow or chair.  I love this method because I have a little yoga/meditation room (it’s like the size of a closet, and I don’t live in a mansion) but every time I spray the room I feel like I am clearing the space of negative energy and My brain has come to recognize the spritzing as a sign that I’m going to meditate and it actually prepares my brain and body for the meditation.

 

Meditation Anointing Roller Ball Blend

In a 10ml roller bottle, add

  • 1 Drop Arborvitae
  • 1 Drop Patchouli
  • 2 Drops Sandalwood
  • 1 Drops Bergamot

Top off with Fractionated coconut oil and use prior to and during meditation.  Because there is a small amount of bergamot in this, be careful when going out into the sun as bergamot and most citrus oils are photosensitizes and can cause irritation to people with extremely sensitive skin when exposed to the sun.

Meditation Room Spritz

In a small spritzer bottle add 5 drops each

  • Frankincense
  • Patchuli
  • Sandalwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender

Top with water and shake well before using

 

Meditation Diffuser Blend

  • 2 Drops Frankincense
  • 2 Drops Sandalwood
  • 2 Drops Lavender

 

 

So there you have it.  I hope you enjoy your next meditation session, or prayer session with essential oils, let me know how it goes!

Also if you have oils you love to use for meditation or spiritual work, let me know what those are.  I love recipe swapping.

If you haven’t gotten into Essential Oils Yet, I would be happy to help you get going on your essential oils journey.

 

Happy Meditating

xo

s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I’m not Using Veráge Skin Care Line any Longer

Many of you know that I am a little bit of a freak about toxins.  I am not a fan of man made chemicals.  Call me crazy, but I don’t think that as a species humans have had the time needed to evolve to the chemical environment we call earth.  Mad made chemicals have been around for about 100 years or so and as the number and quantity of them have increased so has the rate of illness in our species.  While some chemicals have been proven in the last 30 years to be harmful, others haven’t so we keep slathering them on our bodies, putting them into the air, and eating them so they coat our digestive systems useless rendering our bodies starving for nutritious real food.

A few years ago (like 15) I began making my own body care products. I have a hard time slathering foreign substances all over the largest organ of my body, the ski.  Over the years I have developed some awesome recipes,,,, and a shortage of time.   In recent years I have become a bit lazy and have started purchasing stuff from brands I trust.  So I thought every Wednesday I would go through and evaluate one of the products I am currently using to decide if I need to find a more natural solution or go back to my homemade option.

This week on the potential chopping block; Doterra Verage Skin Care Line, which includes a face wash, toner, serum and moisturizer.  I love the way this stuff feels on my skin, but lets see if it stands up to my all natural standards.

After spending entirely too much time looking up what each of these ingredients are, my head was about to explode and looked like this inside.

I finally with only a few ingredients had to stop the insanity and began day dreaming about this, and I’m not talking about the curtains or that ridiculous shirt:

 

But then I changed my mind because I really do care about this topic, however, unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a clear answer.  Below you will find a list of all the ingredients in the Veráge Cleanser, what they are and what they do.  I found it interesting that all of the ingredients are naturally occurring, not containing any synthetic chemicals. The thing that struck me as odd is that these naturally occurring chemicals are almost all altered in a laboratory, so the chemical is extracted from the plant and then combined with other organic plant molecules, or stripped of something.  The further I went down the rabbit hole I noticed that the reasons that these naturally occurring substances are being altered in the cosmetic industry is so that they lather better, or have a more slippery texture or that with some of the molecules removed they can be used as a thickener, instead of for health reasons, like your body absorbs it easier or it without this molecule your body can use it to improve elasticity.  Almost the whole way the processing was driven by textural or appearance reasons instead of health ones .   I just wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about it.  On one hand just as doterra is promising, it is all plant based, organic material.  On the other, it has been altered in a laboratory in order to make it more appealing to the masses, which right away makes it less appealing to me.

During the time it was taking me to write this and come to grips with what I was finding out about my beloved facial regime two things happened, I watched a documentary and I met an esthetician.  The esthetician told me that it doesn’t matter what you buy, nothing is natural unless you make it yourself, and that the best thing you can do is to find the smartest Dr.s and rely on their knowledge,,,, ummm not in my world.  The documentary on the other hand talked about how when you alter things that are naturally occurring in nature you are essentially telling whoever or whatever you think created or organized the earth (god, jesus, mother earth, source energy, green martians.) that it didn’t do a good enough job creating the things that we need.  Interesting thought, but I question if that entity, whoever it was ever dreamed that we could fuck up the earth this bad.  And if evolution is the answer, then there’s no way this was predicted.  I believe we do need a little extra help, especially in the wrinkle department.  I like to be healthy, but I’m also a little vain.

Ultimately I talked to my friend that is doing some research on the nutritional value of rice bran  when the bran is not removed, vs the nutritional value of rice with the bran removed.  To me this is a prime example of the same principle because ultimately, I am trying to nourish my skin.

So I have made the decision to eliminate the doterra skin care line and make my own using extra virgin cold pressed oils.  

This may be temporary, and is not because I think that the doterra line is bad.  Instead I believe that most of the time using/eating whole ingredients is always the best option.  The FDA has said that every ingredient in the doterra line is safe, but they really say a lot of things are safe, more than I believe in them, I believe in doterra as a company and I know that they do everything in their power to ensure they have great healthy products.    I know this to be true not only because it falls within their coorporate culture and they are a great, compassionate company that really cares about customers, but also because most of the founders of doterra are mormon and you know how much the mormans want huge families to get to a higher level of heaven, they can’t have their people dying from cancer and preventing them from getting to the penthouse in the sky… Just saying

Anyway, my point is that if you do not have time to make your own stuff, with ingredients you can whip up in your kitchen, I think doterra is probably the best product out there in terms of everything being organic and plant based without any synthetics.  However if you can order some stuff online and spend a little time each week making stuff using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen, I think that might be the way to go.

Soooo now I have the challenge of figuring out what products to use.  Thank god I have the complete book of essential oils and aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood, which is like a 600 page bible of essential oils and all things related.  So stay tuned while I dig through the mountain of information that is available in that book and online and i’ll post recipes when I get them resolved.

What a long way to come to that conclusion, but I couldn’t throw out all of this work, so here is a list of most of the ingredients and what they do:

 

Verage Cleanser Ingredient List: Aqua, Decyl glucoside, laurel glucoside, glycerin, sodium olivoyl/cocoyl aminoacids fructoside, xanthum gum, polyglyceryl-4 caprate, citrus sinensis (wild orange) peel oil expressed, Ocimum basilicum (Basil) herb oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (Melaleuca)Leaf Oil, Coco-glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Absorbic Acid, Tacopherol Sodium Levulinate, Citric Acid, Sodium Anisate, Citrus Aurantium Amara Fruit Extract, Citrus Reticulata fruit Extract, Citrus Sinesis Peel Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Lactic Acit, Sodium Phytate.

 

That sounds like an awful lot of words that I can’t pronounce, and I love doterra products, so I really hope this is up to snuff.

Decyl glucoside is a mild non-ionic surfactant used in cosmetic formularies including baby shampoo and in products for individuals with a sensitive skin. Many natural personal care companies use this cleanser because it is plant-derived, biodegradable, and gentle for all hair types. Decyl glucoside is produced by the reaction of glucose from corn starch with the fatty alcohol decanol which is derived from coconut.

My concern with decanol is that it can be extracted from coconut or palm kernel oil, but it can also be created using the ziegler process a quick google of the ziegler process yields this information: 

The Ziegler alcohol synthesis involves oligomerization of ethylene using triethylaluminium followed by oxidation.1 The triethylaluminium, the Ziegler catalyst, is synthesized by action of aluminum, ethylene, and hydrogen gas. In the production process, two-thirds of the triethylaluminium produced is recycled back into the reactor, and only one-third is used to produce the fatty alcohols.1 The recycling step is used to produce triethylaluminium at a higher yield and with less time, making the overall process more efficient. Triethylaluminium reacts with ethylene to form higher molecular weight trialkylaluminium. The number of equivalents of ethylene n equals the total number of monomer units being grown on the initial ethylene chains, where (n = x + y + z), and x, y, and z are the number of ethylene units per chain. Trialkylaluminium is oxidized with air to form aluminum alkoxides, and finally hydrolyzed to aluminum hydroxide and the desired alcohols.[2]

  1. Al+3ethylene+1.4H2 → Al(C2H5)3
  2. Al(C2H5)3 n-ethylene → Al((CH2CH2)nCH2CH3)3
  3. Al((CH2CH2)nCH2CH3)3+ O2 → Al(O(CH2CH2)nCH2CH3)3
  4. Al(O(CH2CH2)nCH2CH3)3 → Al(OH)3 + CH3CH2(CH2C2)mOH

The temperature of the reaction influences the molecular weight of alcohol growth. Temperatures in the range of 60-120⁰C form higher molecular weight trialkylaluminium while higher temperatures (e.g., 120-150 °C) cause thermal displacement reactions that afford α-olefin chains. Above 150 °C, dimerization of the α-olefins occurs.

 

laurel glucoside:  Well, at pure levels it causes irritation to the skin, but then so can many plants.  It is derived from the coconut plant naturally and this study published on pub med shows that it reduces the harmfull effects of sodium laurel/laureth sulfates https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24617572

Xanthan Gum: This ingredient is a carbohydrate made through fermentation. Manufacturers use sugar from soy, wheat, dairy, or corn, and add a particular type of bacteria called Xanthomonas campetris. The result is a slimy substance that helps to thicken and emulsify skin care formulas. Yum!!!!!

Glycerin: is a byproduct of soap making.  When the fats (animal or vegetable) are mixed with lye, glyceerin chemically separates from the mixture.  Small soap makers will leave the glycerine in the mix and pour the soap because it is a great humectant (attracts moisture to it when it is on the skin) but commercial soap makers will add salt to they can extract the soap solids, and take the glycerine for their more profitable lotions and moisturizers.  Often times in an effort to make glycerine colorless and pure it is filtered and bleached to enhance appearance.

sodium olivoyl/cocoyl aminoacids fructoside:  A molecule that is pressed from olives then attached to a sugar molecule to be a very mild surfactant and moisturizer.

 

polyglyceryl-4 caprate is 4 compounds that are attached to a glycerine molecule.  So again plant extraction attached to a byproduct of soap making process to attain a separate compound where each individual part is naturally occurring, but they are combined in a way to create something new.  This chemical is very safe, mild and deemed safe by ECOCERT

citrus sinensis (wild orange) peel oil expressed, Ocimum basilicum (Basil) herb oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (Melaleuca)Leaf Oil are all essential oils and naturally occurring.

Coco-glucoside: is an non-ionic surfactant that can be used as a foaming, cleansing, conditioning, and thickening agent to liquid cleansers and shampoos. It is derived from renewable raw materials such as coconut oil and corn and fruit sugars, and is completely biodegradable.

Glyceryl Oleate: is the ester of glycerin and oleic acid. It is produced from oils that contain high concentrations of oleic acid, such as olive oil, peanut oil, teaseed oil or pecan oil.

Absorbic Acid: is vitamin c, although it can be synthetically produced, it is from plants in the Verage Facial Cleanser.

Tocopherol: is a form of Vitamin E typically derived from vegetable oils.

Sodium Levulinate: is the sodium salt of levulinic acid,  and levulinic acid, or 4-oxopentanoic acid, is produced from by-products of the sugar industry. It is the precursor to a large number of products, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, flavours and fragrances, personal care products, food additives, resins and coatings, plasticisers, solvents, fuel additives and biofuels. So far, levulinic acid was available on the market, but in insufficient quantities and produced by a process that had trouble to meet environmental standards.

Citric Acid: Naturally occuring in citrus fruits, sourced from plants in this product.

 

OMG, I can’t keep doing this!!!

 

P.S.  I before I got my wholesale account with doterra I thought that the company being run by mormons would bother me because although mormons have always been nice to me, I have never really understood or taken the time to study the religion and to be honest, I’ve always thought they were a little weird and borderline cultish.  I almost didn’t sign up with doterra because of it.  Then I realized that it was really a positive thing. A lot of mormons use use doterra on their families which pretty much guarantees quality.  They don’t even drink caffeine, they are going to try everything they can to keep their products pure.  See there’s always a silver lining, and it turns out that it hasn’t been a factor at all.  I’ve had a really positive experience other than the fact that they all talk waaaayyy too much about having babies.