What Are Free Radicals?
Free radicals are organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. These molecules are very unstable, therefore they look to bond with other molecules, destroying their vigor and perpetuating the detrimental process.
Some processes brought about by free radicals are inevitable, such as aging, but others can be prevented, like environmental pollution, cigarette smoking, and poisons like cleaners or herbicides.
A Miracle Solution?
Antidotes to the voracious electron appetite of free radicals are antioxidants. An antioxidant is a molecule stable enough to donate an electron to a rampaging free radical and neutralize it, thus reducing its capacity to damage. Antioxidants are found in fresh foods like vegetables and fruits, particularly in vitamins found in these foods, including A, E, and beta-carotene. It's better to get antioxidants from a balanced diet, rather than vitamin supplements, because the body can more easily absorb them.
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The Top 10 High-Antioxidant Foods
Which foods are the real antioxidant bombs? Norwegian and American scientists compiled an extensive list.
In terms of the highest antioxidant content per serving, the winners were:
5,75 millimoles per 100g serving
2,87 millimoles per 100g serving
3,72 millimoles per 100g serving
2,68 millimoles per 100g serving
3,58 millimoles per 100g serving
8. Cloves, ground
2,64 millimoles per 100g serving
4. Artichokes, cooked
3,56 millimoles per 100g serving
9. Grape juice
2,56 millimoles per 100g serving
3,13 millimoles per 100g serving
10. Cranberry juice
2,47 millimoles per 100g serving
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Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural essential oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.
Aromatherapy was an accidental discovery. French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé accidentally set his arm on fire in his laboratory in 1920s. The nearest cold liquid he could locate was lavender oil, probably because it was a perfume laboratory. He noticed that the burn healed quickly and left no scarring. From that point on he researched essential oils and how they heal.
Aromatherapy means “treatment using scents.” The healing art of aromatherapy uses essential oils to relieve stress, anxiety, and fatigue to promote relaxation and wellbeing.
Stress causes premature aging
Extreme or prolonged emotional stress, sadness, grief, anxiety (and even tension caused by happy events) can have dramatic effects on the body. These conditions cause oxidative stress, which means the production of free radicals in our body. These physical effects manifest in many different ways, and may include sleep problems, depressed immune function, chronic headaches, and quick aging of the skin.
Unfortunately, our bodies are unable to counteract all the daily free radical damage to our cellular function. Many herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine have antioxidant effects, which means that they may help neutralize free radicals.
Positive emotions help build resistance to stress
If we take a more holistic approach to health, maintaining balance in the body and the mind is key to live longer and happier. In other words, we could say that positive emotions are powerful free radical scavengers...
Indeed, there is an undeniable connection between emotional and physical health. For instance, it is said that for every 10 minuets of good laughter (not just a smile) you can achieve an average of 2 hours of deep sleep a night.
“Whatever occurs in the mind affects the body and vice versa. The body and the mind cannot be considered independently. When the two are out of sync, then both emotional and physical stress can erupt.” Hippocrates
Aromatherapy directly impacts on emotions
Essential oils can directly impact emotional states through the olfactory system, which makes it a uniquely holistic healing modality. Aromas are sensed and analyzed in the reticular system of the brain stem. In this body system, emotions, memories, and attention are connected.
Certain aromas can stimulate the hypothalamus, a part of the brain. The hypothalamus then produces hormones, which are potent compounds that influence emotions and behavior.
Herein lies the power of aromatherapy -- it can not only influence the physical imbalances of the body, but also affect emotions and memory.
How does it work?
- Essential oils stimulate our sense of smell.
- Smells enter through our nose and travel to the part of our brain that controls our moods, emotions and memory.
- Things we smell have a significant impact on how we feel.
TOP 10 ESSENTIAL OILS
1. Rose (Rose centifolia, R. Damascene, Rosaceae): anger, bitterness, emotional exhaustion, grief, jealousy, sadness
2. Bergamot (Citrus aurantium): anger, anxiety, frustration, sadness
3. Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens): anger, anxiety, moody tendencies, sadness, stress
4. Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea): fear, sadness, worry
5. Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia): anxiety, irritability, sadness, stress, worry
6. Lemon (Citrus lemon): anxiety, bitterness, stress
7. Peppermint (Mentha piperita): anxiety, sadness, stress
8. Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata): anxiety, emotional exhaustion, frustration, guilt, impatience, sadness, stress
9. Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile): anger, grief, irritability, emotional over-stimulation, sadness, stress, worry
10. Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum): apathy, emotional exhaustion, emotional tension
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Aromatherapy: methods of application
MASSAGE – It is one of the oldest and best methods to use aromatherapy. It helps the essential oils to get absorbed readily in to the blood stream.
BATH – This method could be used for having a wonderful and a relaxing experience. Add few drops of essential oils to the bath water and soak in.
INHALATION – It is one of the best techniques of application. It affects the nervous system through the olfactory system. It could be done by adding few drops of essential oils to the hot water and inhaling the vapor. Inhalers are also available in the market for this purpose.
The most important step in skin care is cleansing. This is a must for beautiful glowing skin. Makeup, sweat, pollution, dead skin cells pile up on the skin, clogging pores and preventing other products from performing to their potential.
Incorporating a cleanser into your skin care regimen is a good way to prevent potential acne breakouts, infections and other skin care problems. Skin care experts typically recommend that you use your chosen cleanser before you wash your face (even when you do not wear makeup). This allows the cleanser to fully penetrate and thoroughly cleanse your pores.
A good skin care routine should take place twice a day, it must include removing makeup and other impurities as well as exfoliate.
For the morning routine, use a face wash to remove dead skin cells and revitalize skin. The goal is to dislodge dead skin cell and impurities while maintaining the skin’s moisture barrier intact.
A good end-of-the-day cleansing routine for dry skin includes makeup removal with a cream cleanser and can remove all the impurities while nourishing and protecting the skin. Massage cream cleanser all over the face and remove with tissues until no trace of makeup or dirt is evident on the tissue.
Cream cleansers are generally recommended for dry skin, as they are not drying. Liquid or gel-like cleansers are recommended for oily skin to absorb excess oil.
The form of makeup remover that you will choose will also depend on how much makeup your wear as well as on the frequency with which you wear it. For example, if you usually wear heavy foundations, cream makeup removers are likely your best choice.
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