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  • The Health Benefits of Vanilla Essential Oil

     

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    Photo courtesy of  organicfacts.net This particular essential oil is derived from a very well known plant that has numerous uses: foods, fragrances, aromatherapy, just to name a few. Perhaps one of the most famous essential oils available, we'd like to introduce to you the health benefits of vanilla essential oil.

     

    Commonly known for its application in culinary contexts, Vanilla can actually do a lot more for your health than just tingle your flavor palette.

     

    The health benefits of vanilla essential oil are closely related to its properties as an antioxidant, antidepressant, tranquilizing and relaxing substance.

     

    Vanilla essential oil is extracted from fermented vanilla beans, which come from vanilla plants that typically grow in Mexico and neighboring countries.

     

    Antioxidant: Vanilla essential oil's antioxidant property is an extremely powerful one. Many of our health troubles and problems are a result of the oxidation of living cells and tissues. Free radicals or oxidizers alter the DNA structure of these cells to become structurally similar to that of cancerous cells. Consequently, this results in the body's immune system becoming weaker, potential loss of memory, organic and nervous system issues, gradual degradation of the senses, emotional and mental instability and an overall susceptibility to diseases and infections. The antioxidant property of vanilla oil neutralizes these free radicals and protects the body from these problems including infections and some forms of Cancer. It can also help repair existing damage done to the body by stimulating the recovery process.

     

    Antidepressant: Vanilla essential oil's powerful aroma and flavor can seriously uplift your mood. The pleasingly sweet and soothing taste and smell of vanilla can positively affect anyone's mood. The active ingredient responsible for this effect is Vanillin Hydroxybenzaldehyde. Don't believe us? Just try having a vanilla ice cream cone and see if you won't crack a smile!

     

    Tranquilizing: The sweet and soothing aroma of vanilla essential oil once again comes into play when talking about its property as an effective tranquilizing and relaxing substance. It can help lower blood pressure and relax your nerves and muscles so that getting a good night's sleep is no problem. It only takes a small amount to feel the effects of this powerful essential oil; it can provide relief from anxiety, anger and restlessness so that the only thing you're concerned with is beauty sleep!

  • The History of Aromatherapy

    History of Aromatherapy

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     History of Aromatherapy:

    Because AYRES Beauty is such a strong believer in the power of aromatherapy, we decided to dedicate an entire blog post to its origins.

     

    Aromatherapy is believed to have evolved from the burning of fragrant woods, needles, leaves and tree gums centuries ago. This discovery and practice most likely came about when people realized that certain firewoods produced pleasant scents when burned, and can be likened to modern day incense burning.

     

    Between 7000 and 4000 B.C.E., Neolithic tribes discovered that heated animal fats had the ability to absorb the aromatic and healing properties that are inherent in certain plants. Though the exact specifics regarding this discovery are unclear, we speculate that it could've happened when fragrant flowers or leaves were accidentally dropped onto fat as meat was being cooked over an open fire. Either way, the impact of that discovery led to further developments such as plants being regularly added to food, used for wound healing, and helped soothe and moisturize dry skin, significantly better than unscented fat did. These "fragrant" fats - the predecessors of modern day body lotions - scented the wearer, protected hair and skin from the environment and insects, and even relaxed muscle aches. Lastly, people discovered that these scented fats even improved energy levels and emotional well-being.

     

    The development of aromatic water came next. "Water" is a slight misnomer, because it was actually a combination of essential oils, water, and alcohol. This mixture was used to enhance the complexion and scent the hair and skin. People also ingested these mixtures as medical tonics.

     

    As time went on, and civilizations evolved, incense, body oils, and aromatic waters were fused to form new blends that had properties that could help heal the mind, body, and spirit. This is how the use of aromas became an integral part of holistic and natural healing, and eventually lay the foundation for modern day aromatherapeutic practices.

  • Health Benefits of Ylang Oil

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    With aromatherapy becoming increasingly popular in Western culture, many of the essential oils that are commonly used for these purposes are also gaining celebrity status. Ylang essential oil, derived from the steam distillation of fresh flowers of the ylang-ylang tree is one of these essential oils, which only recently appeared on the holistic medicine and treatment radar.

     

    So why is it that this essential oil is growing more and more popular amongst the alternative medicine community?

     

    Well, it's mostly due to the number of health benefits that it offers. And like most other essential oils, it is rather dynamic and can be used in a variety of ways to help keep the mind and body fresh and healthy.

     

    Let's take a look at 3 of the health benefits of ylang oil.

     

    1. Hypotensive: Ylang essential oil is an excellent agent for lowering hypertension or high blood pressure. In today's hectic and highly stressful societies, high blood pressure is quickly becoming a serious health issue among both young and old. While there are drugs available that help mitigate this particular problem, they have known adverse side effects that may end up being just as bad and undesirable as the hypertension itself. Ylang oil, on the other hand, is an easy, effective, natural, and safe solution to this problem. Moreover, it has no adverse side effects on health, when taken in professionally-prescribed quantities.

     

    2. Aphrodisiac: Using ylang essential oil has been linked to improvements in libido, which can help boost romance between couples. This is particularly useful for people who are significantly impacted by the stresses of everyday life, which can negatively affect romance and sex life. Everything from work, depression, and career responsibilities, to environmental pollution can influence your sex hormones and consequently your libido. With a little help from natural essential oils like ylang, you might just be able to rekindle your romance yet.

     

    3. Nervine: This essential oil has also been linked to positive effects for the nervous system. It has intrinsic properties that help to strengthen the nervous system as well as repair damage that it may have suffered. It also helps to reduce stress and protects nerves from developing a number of disorders that target the nervous system.

     

    So there's a brief background on this powerful and multipurpose essential oil. Armed with this information on how you can holistically improve and protect your health, why not give it a try? And remember, as with all forms of medicine, holistic or not, you should always consult a medical professional prior to diving right in!

     

    Until next time, stay happy and healthy!

  • The Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil

       

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    At AYRES, we carefully hand-pick each and every one of our ingredients. As you may know, we're big on the holistic value that essential oils have to offer, and so we make sure that the oils we include in our products complement each other and, ultimately, create the best aromatherapy experience. Today, we'll be taking a closer look at the benefits of jasmine essential oil - a key essential oil we include in our collection.

     

    Jasmine is a fairly well known flower with a strong, yet sweet and pleasing fragrance. The flower is often linked to love and romance and aside from its poetic and romantic associations, this flower has much to offer by way of healthy living!

     

    Top 5 benefits of jasmine essential oil:

     

    Expectorant: This property of jasmine essential oil is particularly beneficial when you're feeling the effects of a cough or cold. Its ability to act as an expectorant helps you get that much-needed full night of undisturbed sleep, by providing relief for the respiratory tract which is typically the source of a long night of coughing, tossing, and turning. It can also help eliminate snoring by relieving congestion from nasal and respiratory tracts. With this essential oil working its magic on your system, you're sure to have a sound and restful slumber.

     

    Antidepressant: The aroma of jasmine essential oil produces an uplifting effect on the mind which helps to ward off negative emotions and feelings of depression. This aromatic effect of the essential oil stimulates the release of specific hormones in the body that are responsible for controlling your mood and emotions.

     

    Antiseptic: Jasmine essential oil's antiseptic properties make it an excellent disinfectant and help keep germs, pathogens and other nasty microscopic pests out of and away from your body. It can even be applied to cuts and wounds, which prevents them from becoming infected and has even been linked to the elimination of potential infections from tetanus. But its antiseptic properties don't just stop there; it can also have internal benefits. When inhaled, it has been linked to the reduction in respiratory infections and can help provide relief from coughs and colds.

     

    Sleep Aid: Closely related to the properties that make it a very good expectorant, jasmine essential oil is also great for helping you sleep. Its ability to behave as an expectorant, sedative and antispasmodic, create the ideal bodily state for a long, undisturbed and deep sleep. This is an important property because, whenever your body doesn't get enough rest, that can affect other aspects of your behavior, physiology, and ultimately your overall well-being.

     

    Antispasmodic: The last of our five benefits is related to the jasmine essential oil's ability to relax your muscles. But it's not just the muscles that we are able to voluntarily control; it also can provide relief from muscle tension and exhaustion for internal muscles. This can help alleviate conditions like spasmodic coughs, congestion, cramps, asthma and shortness of breath. This is important because severe spasms, when left untreated, can be extremely disruptive and potentially dangerous.

     

    Quick Tip: Jasmine essential oil blends very well with other essential oils like bergamot, sandalwood, rose and citrus fruits like grapefruits, lemons, and oranges.

  • The Health Benefits of Patchouli Oil

       

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    Many of the essential oils that we include in our aromatherapy-based products have a number of different properties, and work together very well, when combined, to create a rejuvenating and relaxing experience for the entire body.

     

    Let’s explore the health benefits of patchouli oil, which has long been known to exhibit therapeutic effects on the mind.

     

    Patchouli essential oil is derived through the steam distillation process of the leaves of the patchouli plant. The basic components of the essential oil are patchouli alcohol, seychellene, pogostol, alpha patchoulene, beta patchoulene, alpha guaiene, alpha bulnesene, caryophyllene, and norpatchoulenol.

     

    The health benefits of patchouli oil are closely linked to its ability to act as an antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticide, fungicide, sedative, and tonic substance.

     

    What are patchouli oil's health benefits?

     

    1. Antidepressant: Patchouli oil is an excellent supplement for people suffering from depression and mood swings. Commonly used in aromatherapy for its ability to suppress or eliminate feelings of sadness and loss, it replaces these negative thoughts and emotions with optimism and hope. It's also able to relax tension, caused by a variety factors, by stimulating certain hormones and facilitating chemical reactions in the mind and body. Specifically, the oil acts on hormones typically associated with feelings of pleasure, like serotonin and dopamine, which consequently help ameliorate feelings of sadness, anxiety, and anger.

     

    2. Aphrodisiac: Experiencing problems with your love life? Nothing a little patchouli oil can't help. This essential oil can help improve a whole host of problems commonly associated with the bedroom, including anxiety, loss of libido, etc. Moreover, it can be helpful for both men and women when used for this particular purpose. It can help you put a spark back into your love life by stimulating the sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone, which help boost sex drive. Its ability to act as a natural aphrodisiac has been well documented for centuries, and for good reason!

     

    3. Antiseptic: It's not uncommon for essential oils to act as a defense against foreign invaders of the body. Patchouli oil falls nicely into this category of essential oils and has an inherent knack for protecting your body, especially wounds and ulcers, from developing infections and potentially becoming septic. This property may very well be the most important characteristic of patchouli oil, simply because of the health risks associated with infections, and its ability to mitigate against more serious health risks.

     

    4. Anti-inflammatory: Whether inside or on the surface of the body, patchouli oil can soothe inflammation, quite effectively. It's especially effective when the irritation or inflammation is the result of a fever. In fact, it can even provide relief from the fever itself. Because of this particular property, patchouli oil is very useful in treating a variety of skin conditions, and internal inflammation from conditions like arthritis.

     

    Stay tuned for more helpful tips on how to apply holistic solutions to everyday problems!

  • The Benefits of Lavender Oil

     

    The Benefits of Lavender Oil

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    Benefits of Lavender Oil

    We strongly believe in the power of aromatherapy and its ability to help heal the body and psyche. That's why each and every one of AYRES Beauty products has been carefully formulated with essential oils that have known aromatherapeutic properties. One of the key essential oils that we use in our products is one that you may very well be familiar with, as its scent is both distinct and soothing - lavender oil.

     

    So, what’s lavender famous for?

     

    Lavender oil is one of the most versatile essential oils, it’s known for its ability to relax the body. it has soothing and antiseptic properties that can help heal skin from bruises, irritations, and cuts. Moreover, lavender's pleasant scent has been known to produce relaxing and calming effects - both physically and emotionally. It's so dynamic that you can think of it as having your own miniature first aid kit, perfume and stress reliever, all in one.

     

    Incorporate lavender into your daily routine:

     

    1. Sense of calm

    -- Using what's called the cupping and inhalation method where you inhale deeply to draw the scent up into areas of the brain that are responsible for calming the nervous system, as well as rubbing it on areas of the body, lavender essential oil can have tremendous calming effects on the mind and body.

     

    2. Sleeping aid

    -- Dab a few drops of lavender oil on your palm and rub it into your pillow to help you sleep.

     

    3. Burn reliever

    -- Applying 2-3 drops of lavender oil on a minor burn can help decrease the pain. It's anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can reduce or quell redness, swelling and pain.

     

    4. Kitchen ingredient

    -- Try adding a few drops of lavender to any recipe for instant flavor and enhancement.

  • How to Protect Your Skin During the Summer

     

    Protect Your Skin During the Summer

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    How to Protect Your Skin During the Summer:

    We are now in the middle of the summer and while it can be fun enjoying outdoor activities, too much sun exposure can raise the risk for long-term health problems, many of which may go unnoticed in the short-run.

     

    We don't mean to cast dark clouds over some of the best months in the year, but by heeding some of this useful information, you'll be well on your way to getting the best of both worlds - protecting your health and indulging in summertime festivities.

     

    Keep your sunscreen handy -  This comes pretty highly recommended by experts including moms . It's an extremely effective defense against inflammation, sunburns, and potentially longer-term health problems related to the skin. Nowadays, there are more than a handful of different types of sunscreens available: lotions, ointments, creams, gels, spray, wax sticks, you name it, so pick one you love (that also has a decently high SPF) and lather it on!

     

    Here are few things to keep in mind:

     

    Apply generously and often. The trick to making sunscreen effective is knowing when and how often to use it. Applying it 15 to 30 minutes prior to prolonged sun exposure gives it ample time to soak into your skin and provide maximum protection. The amount that you should be applying should take you approximately one full minute to completely rub in, so make sure you're using enough for your body size.

     

    If you plan on spending some time at the beach, use at least 1 full ounce - enough to fill a shot glass - on your entire body including your face. If you feel like you need more, by all means, go the distance. And if you're planning on working up a sweat or jumping in the water, remember to reapply every two hours.

     

    Make sure your sunscreen is water resistant and has an SPF of 15 or higher. Water resistant sunscreen has pretty much become the standard, at this point. It makes sense. If you're outside and it's hot and sunny, you'll probably be sweating. If you're by the pool, beach, lake or any other body of water, you'll most likely jump in at some point. In both cases, you don't want your sweat or water to remove that protective coat for your skin.

     

    According to The American Academy of Dermatology, a sunscreen's SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to produce a sunburn on sunscreen-protected skin to the amount of time needed to cause a sunburn on unprotected skin. For example, with an SPF 2 sunscreen a person who normally (without sunscreen) would turn red after 10 minutes of sun exposure would take 20 minutes to turn red. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 would allow that person to multiply that initial burning time by 30, which means it would take 30 times longer to burn. However, SPF should not be used to determine time in the sun. - (webmd)

     

     

    Choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection. Sunscreens containing cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate), benzophenones (oxybenzone), salicylates, sulisobenzone, zinc oxide, titanium oxide, and avobenzone  are ones that will provide this kind of protection. (Parsol 1789)

     

    If your favorite sunscreen is lacking in these ingredients, it may really only be filtering UVB - the most commonly known culprit in skin cancer and sunburns. However, protecting yourself from UVA is just as important. This often overlooked type of UV ray is responsible for premature aging and other forms of skin-related issues.

  • The Skin Benefits of Rosemary Oil

     

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    At AYRES Beauty, we've committed ourselves to creating and introducing aromatherapy-based body care products, all infused with essential oils, that help your skin and body feel nourished and healthy. And we're constantly working to improve the sensual experience that comes with using our products by searching far and wide for the very best natural ingredients. Among these is Rosemary Oil - a key ingredient in our Patagonia product collection. Let’s take a look at some of the top skin benefits of rosemary oil and give you a better idea of why we've chosen to include this magical and naturally-occurring essential oil in our product formulation. The history of rosemary oil:

     

    Rosemary oil has been a commonly used culinary and medicinal herb since ancient times, dating back to the Greeks and the Romans. Known to benefit phytonutrients, antioxidants, and essential acids, it was revered for its therapeutic properties which were believed to facilitate healing and purification of the body. It is now widely used in aromatherapy for its ability to stimulate the brain, provide mental clarity and improve memory. It also offers other health benefits like the ability to loosen stiff muscles, alleviate congestion of the respiratory tract, and help boost liver and gall bladder function. The benefits for your skin:

     

    Loaded with nutrients like iron, vitamins, calcium, and antioxidants, rosemary oil is an effective topical supplement for all skin types and is a common ingredient in skin care cleansers, soaps, toners, creams, and face masks.

     

    1. It can rejuvenate your skin. Gently massaging rosemary essential oil into your skin helps to restore its tone and hydration. It can keep your skin feeling taut and healthy by helping remove wrinkles and bags. Furthermore, rosemary oil's ability to facilitate cell regeneration, combined with its powerful antiseptic and disinfectant properties make it an effective treatment in replacing damaged tissue that can lead to the appearance of spots and scars.

     

    2. It has anti-aging effects. While it's no fountain of youth, rosemary oil's powerful antioxidants can help slow down the effect of aging on the skin. By rubbing the essential oil on your skin, it can keep your skin looking and feeling firmer and give it more elasticity. And as we mentioned before, it's ability to facilitate cell growth can help fade some of those pesky fine lines and wrinkles that Father Time has in store for just about everyone.

     

    3. It helps prevent skin infection. Its anti-inflammatory properties are great for reducing puffiness and swelling of the skin, and can also help heal burns.

     

    These are just a few of the benefits that rosemary oil has to offer. There are countless other things that this essential oil can do for your body, like promote healthy hair, mental clarity and overall psychological and physiological well-being.

     

  • Fishnet Textiles

     

    The AYRES brand and product line are inspired by the rich culture of Argentina, and everything from the glaciers of Patagonia to the dimly lit tango bars have played a significant role in creating our identity.

     

    Among these cultural influences is the fishnet pattern - a staple of Argentine Tango - which lends an air of elegance and sophistication to the AYRES brand. And while you're probably more than familiar with the fishnet pattern by now, there are actually a handful of uses that go beyond typical punk and goth fashion. At AYRES, our packaging designs were inspired specifically by the traditional matte black fishnet pattern, but more colorful variations have become increasingly popular over the years.

     

    Normally viewed as a sexy type of attire, fishnets are mostly worn as an undergarment, and insofar as it highlights curves by applying a grid close to the body, it usually draws attention to the wearer's muscular definition.

     

    Fashion is certainly the most common context in which you'll see the fishnet pattern, but there's also a lesser known, more practical application for the fishnet textile.

     

    You may be surprised to know that fishnet textiles are very popular as high performance, base layer apparel used in cold weather outdoor sports. Some of these activities include: fishing, skiing, hunting, hiking, and mountaineering. When used for these types of activities, the pattern is usually knitted from polypropylene fibers, nylon, or merino wool, and offers a variety of benefits over more traditional densely knitted base layer apparel.

     

    The benefits of this type of pattern are associated with the presence of large void spaces in the fishnet fabric structure that help trap insulating air for warmth in cooler climates and conditions. It also allows for the rapid transport of moisture from the wearer's skin to the outer layers of his or her garment which helps to minimize conductive heat loss.

     

    So whether you're looking to make a fashion statement or get active in the great outdoors (maybe a trip to Patagonia?), make sure you have your fishnets handy and ready to go!

  • Coconut Oil Benefits

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    At AYRES Beauty, we take a very natural and holistic approach to caring for your bar soap. Lucky

     

    for all of us, there are more than enough wonderfully effective naturally-occurring plants, foods,

     

    and other resources that Mother Nature produces!

     

    Quite the trending topic,coconut oil is the latest product to hit the market and

     

    make a big splash. The main reason why is because of the variety of ways in which it can be

     

    used and, consequently, its various benefits.

     

    Let’s take a look at the benefits that coconut oil has to offer:

     

    1. Great Fat Burner: Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain triglycerides which can increase

    energy expenditure significantly more than the same amount of calories derived from other

    longer chain fats. According to this study, consuming 15-30 grams of medium-chain glycerides,

    like the kind found in coconut oil, per day, increased energy expenditure over a 24-hour period

    by 5%; totaling about 120 calories per day, or 840 calories per week.

     

    2. Helps Reduce Hunger: Consuming coconut oil, daily, can help reduce your hunger and

    prolong satiation. This property is believed to be related to the way that the fatty acids are

    metabolized. According to this study, 6 healthy men were instructed to

    eat varying amounts of medium and long-chain triglycerides for a period of time, and the results

    showed that the subjects who ate the most medium-chain triglycerides (derived from coconuts)

    ate an average of 256 fewer calories per day.

     

    Another similar study was conducted with 14 participants and produced similar results. And

    despite these studies being relatively small in scale, there's good reason to believe that long

    term consumption of coconut oil could have a significantly beneficial influence on body weight.

     

    3. It contains Antibacterial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Properties: Nearly half of the fatty acids

    found in coconut oil are Lauric Acid, a 12-carbon compound. When the coconut oil is digested,

    it also forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin. Together, these two compounds can ward off

    harmful pathogens like fungi, viruses, and bacteria, and keep your immune system balanced and healthy.

    Studies have shown that these substances have the ability to kill the bacteria Staphylococcus

    Aureus (what causes Staph infections) and the yeast Candida Albicans (a common source of

    yeast infections in women).

     

    4. A healthy heart: Loaded with saturated fats, coconut oil, contrary to popular belief, is not

    detrimental to maintaining healthy blood lipid levels.

    According to this study, 40 women saw a reduction in total and low-density lipoprotein

    cholesterol (while increasing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; the good kind) after consuming

    coconut oil vs. soybean oil.

    Studies in both humans and rats have shown that coconut oil improves important risk factors

    like Total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, which, in turn, may lead to a reduction in the risk for

    developing heart disease.

     

    5. Your hair and skin's new favorite product: Aside from the various benefits associated with

    consuming coconut oil, this seemingly magical oil also serves purposes that have nothing to do

    with digestion!

    Coconut oil’s popularity is increasing for cosmetic purposes and to improve the appearance and

    health of both skin and hair.

    Coconut oil can also protect against hair damage, by blocking about 20% of the sun's UV rays.

     

    It's about time you get your hands on some quality coconut oil and test these amazing benefits!

    Your body, hair and skin, will thank you! And you can thank us, later.

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