Showing posts with label coconut oil. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coconut oil. Show all posts

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The process of massaging involves rejuvenating the various tissues and muscles of the body by exerting certain amount of pressure, applying certain technique to specific regions of the body. This process helps in enhancing the functioning of the tissues, heals the areas that are injured and bring down the level of the excitability of the nerves. Full body massage can be performed using different techniques. Since ancient times, a number of techniques are practiced to provide relaxation and healing to the body. The three main techniques still practiced today are listed below.

Relaxation of the body
This therapy benefits by providing relief from pain, reducing the level of anxiety and improves sleep by treating sleep related disorders. The three main types of massage are:
  • Swedish: This is one of the most popular types of therapy. In this technique, various strokes are used to either decrease or completely get rid of the pain. It is said that the technique is quite complicated but contrary to this saying, it is found that the kneading and other strokes are easy enough to learn.
  • Deep tissue: True to its name, this type of massage reaches the underlying layers of the skin. The massage reaches inner muscles and tissues and can be used for providing relief from sports injury. Since the massage is deep rooted, most the specialists keep talking to the receiver all through the therapy process so that the receiver does not feel much pain form the massage.
  • Sports: Sports injuries are very common these days. The number of sports has increased and so has the rate of injuries. This type of therapy is worked on the receiver before the start of a match/game to prevent the receiver from getting hurt during the game. The massage is continued after the conclusion of the game/match as this helps in increasing circulation and prevention of injuries.
Apart from these popular techniques, another technique is very common and very popular- the technique of tapping. This includes:

Pounding of the fist: This is a simple method in which one has to form his/her hand in a punching state. Then one has to pretend hitting a punching bag and the punching must not be too hard. Gently, punch with the palms and it will produce the desired effect.

Tapping of the fingertip: One has to form his/her enacting a clap. Then with the tips of the fingers, gently tap on the body part that requires attention. This will ease the muscles and relax the entire body, bringing a sense of relief.

Karate hacking: Similar to the above technique, in this method the palm's side is used instead of the fingertips and can be performed over areas like the calf muscles. But care must be taken not to hit to hard, especially on the bones. Otherwise, all these techniques are stress-relieving and soothing.

While massaging, it must be noted that fragile areas like the spine and the kidneys must not be touched. This can bring detrimental effect. Otherwise, it is okay to receive and perform massage as it is helps in rejuvenating the body and the mind.

Author's Bio:
James Pattrick has a wide range of knowledge on topics such as tantric massage Maui, Tantra Hawaii. His articles have helped many a reader to achieve immense pleasure. He refers to for detail information.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The value of the skin cannot be under estimated as the skin is the major organ of our body. Most of them go behind the skin care products which are pretty useless. If you are one of them, take time to read this article which may help you to get healthy skin naturally.

Almond oil is a type of nut oil which is often extracted from the Almonds. There are many health and beauty benefits for this oil. Read on to find the top secrets of Almond oil for face. There are two different types of almond oil, the first one is the Bitter Almond oil, which is the essential oil for perfumes and cannot be used over skin. And the other is the sweet almond oil which is often used as the carrier oil smells soft and nutty and is safe for skin. So, the best decision would be verifying the Almond oil before using over the skin.

Best skin moisturizer:

Almond oil is not just for cooking. It has essential fatty acids which minimizes the loss of moisture and makes the skin to look young and healthy and hence it is often called as a good moisturizer. It easily penetrates the skin and makes it delicate and soft.

Good skin toner:

Almond oil have the property of soothing the skin, it improves both complexion and skin tone. It helps to give healthy glow when applied directly over the face. It also reduces the scar formation after surgery.

Acne prevention:

Over production of keratin and sebum results in the acne production which makes the pores to get clogged and infected. The fatty acid present in almond oil deposit the fat over the pores and repair the damaged skin making the skin to look beautiful.

Prevents wrinkles and eye problems:

The regular and proper application of the oil over the face may help to prevent the earlier wrinkles and make you to look youthful. If you apply the oil blended with raw honey habitually at night, the eye puffiness and dark circles under eyes would be reduced.

Procedure for applying oil:

Till then, you would have known the skin benefits of almond oil. Do you know how to apply it over the face? Read ahead to know how to apply the oil over face. Before applying it over the face, wash your face and follow-up normal cleansing routine. Then apply a couple of drops over each side of the face. Wet your hands with warm water and gently massage it all over your face. Allow your face to dry to make the almond oil to get settled. Remember, Almond oil is least greasy oil and soak in to your skin quickly leaving slight residue. So, don't apply too much as it may make your face to feel swimming in oil.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Essential fatty acids are great as carrier oils for essential oils and other skincare products to help nourish and smooth skin.

Essential Fatty Acids

Essential oils are often mixed with carrier oils that help dilute the natural chemicals in the essential oils. Many carrier oils also contain nutrients that complement the essential oils and help nourish and heal the skin. Fatty acids are one category of carrier oils that have many helpful benefits.

We frequently encounter fatty acids as part of our daily diets. Though many people try to avoid certain kinds of fat in their diets, fatty acids can actually improve health. When ingested, fatty acids are a source of energy for our body's cells and can help strengthen the cells. Fatty acids are necessary for healthy organ tissues and for distributing oxygen through the bloodstream. Fatty acids are also responsible for preventing signs of early aging in the skin and clearing cholesterol out of the arteries, which promotes weight loss.

Omega-7 and Omega-9 fatty acids can be produced within our own bodies, so we don't need an external source for them. Other fatty acids, referred to as essential fatty acids, cannot be produced in our body and need to be provided through our diet and other means. Omega-3 and Omega-6 are essential fatty acids that can be found in foods like fish, nuts, seeds, and oils.

These essential fatty acids make excellent carrier oils for use with essential oils and skin care products. There is a very wide selection of carrier oils available that contain essential fatty acids, but it's best to choose one that has other benefits associated with it as well. Here are a few carrier oils that contain Omega-3 and/or Omega-6:
  • Coconut Oil. This mild oil is great for healing dry or irritated skin. Its long lasting effects also help the skin to retain moisture. Coconut oil also has a delicious, rich flavor that makes it great for cooking.
  • Hazelnut Oil. For those with oily skin, using essential oils or carrier oils topically may not seem like a good idea. But some oils, like hazelnut oil, act as an astringent, decreasing moisture instead of increasing it. You can get all the benefits of using essential oils and essential fatty acids while improving your complexion.
  • Wheat Germ Oil. As well as containing essential fatty acids, wheat germ oil is also rich in vitamins E, A, and D. It helps smooth rough skin and reduce wrinkles.
Some other favorites include olive, jojoba, apricot kernel, avocado and rosehip seed oils.

John is a professional blogger and writes interesting articles related to health and beauty, this article was researched and written with the help of Wholesale Cosmetics

Friday, October 05, 2012

REMEMBER when we used to lie out in the sun for hours covered in coconut oil?

If you can, you're pre-skin cancer warnings now appear regularly on our TV and billboards.

Slip, slop, slap is the message we've being given.

But, with vitamin D deficiency more common, many people are also wondering if the sun protection message is affecting their health in other ways.

The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is both the major cause of skin cancer and the best source of vitamin D, according to the Cancer Council Australia.

"We need to balance the risk of skin cancer from too much sun exposure with maintaining adequate vitamin D levels," it says.

"Sensible sun protection does not put people at risk of vitamin D deficiency."

Why we need vitamin D and how we get it

Vitamin D keeps bones and muscles strong, as well as keep our immune system robust.

Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children and cancer.

Research suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis.

Vitamin D forms in the skin when it is exposed to UV from sunlight.

It can also be obtained from some foods such as fish, egg yolks and fortified dairy and grain products.

Who's most at risk from vitamin D deficiency

Naturally dark skinned people, people who cover their skin for religious or cultural reasons, the elderly and people who are housebound or in institutional care, babies and infants of vitamin D deficient mothers, people with osteoporosis and those who suffer from milk allergies or adhere to a strict vegetarian diet may all be short on vitamin D.

Certain medical problems, including Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease, can also affect your ability to absorb vitamin D from the food you eat.


Measuring Vitamin DThe most accurate way to measure how much vitamin D is in your body is the 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test.  

How much sun is enough?

A study by St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney; the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and the University of NSW suggests that exposure of 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight four to six times a week, outside of the hours of 10am - 2pm, is the best way to boost vitamin D.

By Helen Hawkes