There is something so lovely about the first sense of sunshine on the skin after a long winter. We know now that this wonderful source of nature produces Vitamin D in our bodies, and in moderation promotes health and wellbeing. And like the sun, whatever is absorbed through the skin can also become food for the body.
While having a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains works from inside out to help achieve a healthy complexion, the reverse is also true. What we put on our skin helps to create a healthy body by feeding it from the outside in. Pure plant extracts grown organically, and in the right combination can help aid a number of internal maladies. But, like the sun, how much we need and what the skin best absorbs does need some consideration. This is where we are here to help.
Absorbed deeply through the outer layers of the skin these extracts from flowers, herbs, bark, plant roots and nut oils enter our circulatory system via an intricate network of fine capillaries and then into the various systems of the body. The internal effects are subtle and gradual, like the shifts felt when first undertaking a new exercise or nutritional program. They work best synergistically when all these areas, along with what nourishes your spirit, are being cared for. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts and a little goes a long way. In fact because they are so concentrated it is important that the levels are controlled so that they remain healthy for the body to absorb. Usually essential oils are blended into a cream or base oil for massage, however, they can also be mixed in a bath or an oil burner and inhaled. It all becomes absorbed though the skin, or when inhaling, through the respiratory system.
Janesce’s products have been applied and reapplied on human skin, (never on animal) for over 25 years. The aim is to get the balance of our blends perfect, so that the skin is nurtured and nourished by the best of nature that we can put in a jar. In one product we can use a combination of up to fifteen herbs, all of which become food for the body. While you may purchase a lavender cream to hydrate and balance the sensitivity of the skin the benefits of this cream go much deeper to help support the nervous system. Bit by bit lavender calms, de-stresses and helps the body to relax. So every time you soak your skin with lavender drops, or mist your face throughout the day for a little refreshment, you are helping your body to breathe a little deeper, sleep a little sounder, respond a little calmer.
Alternatively Rosemary helps maintain peripheral circulation which is wonderful for those tired legs after a long day standing. Peppermint helps aid our digestion, which creates a healthier body all round, and Basil assists with mild anxiety. There are herbs that heal, herbs that support the capillary wall, giving it strength, and others that assist with PMS or the hormonal changes in estrogen during menopause. Base oils of sesame, sweet almond and avocado can be used regularly in large quantities all over the body and are highly nourishing as they help to lock the humidity into the skin, especially when used after a warm bath or shower. Regular oil massage is also beneficial for healthy skin tone. It softens the skin while working to nourish the tissues underneath. Blended with herbs and essential oils the massage oil can stimulate the blood and lymph fluids and can also help aid our emotional wellbeing.
We often hear those who pass by our JANESCE stores comment, ‘Ohh..I just love that smell’ as our aromatherapy oils gently warm and drift out the door. Or we hear clients say ‘I feel better already from just walking in here.’ Essential oils instantly provide us with that connection to nature. Notice the next time that you mist your face, with your choice of herbal mist, how you naturally take a deeper breath to just inhale the scent. Your body instinctively knows there is something good in there. So whether you are sipping a cup of herbal tea, adding fresh herbs to your stir fry or applying creams rich in plant extracts, know that in whichever form it comes, it is all working towards a healthier you.