When you hear the word ‘essential oils’, the first thing that comes to your mind is fragrance or perfume. Well, you’re not wrong. Most people associate essential oils with the creation of perfumes. The picture of a French chemist carefully mixing and diluting the oils to create a
one-of-a-kind perfume comes to mind.
However, with recent advances in technology and medicine, essential oils are not limited to the science of making perfumes anymore. More and more people are exploring the wonders of essential oils, from relaxation to mood elevation, to influencing the behavior of another person, and the like. It may be daunting to know how to start using essential oils. Therefore, this list will introduce you to some of the reasons why more people are using essential oils. Whether you’re a scent connoisseur or an amateur, this list will surely guide you.
What Are Essential Oils?
Before understanding the benefits of essential oils, it’s necessary to know what essential oils are. Essential oils are chemical compounds extracted from plants. The term ‘essential’ is used because the oil captures the essence of the plant itself. For instance, lavender oils are extracted from lavender plants while tea tree oils are extracted from native Australian plant Malaleuca alternifolia.
Extraction of essential oils requires a careful process of distillation, either via steam or water, and other mechanical methods such as pressing and maceration. Once the essential oil is extracted from the plant, it’s purified and combined with other substances known as carrier oils or vehicles. This preserves the oil for longer use since most essential oils are sensitive to air or moisture.
Essential oils may be categorized as pure or synthetic. Pure essential oils are aromatic compounds extracted from the plant directly. They’re composed of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other volatile organic compounds. These volatile compounds are the ones being detected by our sense of smell, which also emanates the essence of the plant it
was extracted from.
On the other hand, synthetic essential oils are compounds synthesized in labs. These compounds are carefully produced through several synthetic methods which can result in a compound that may or may not be the same as the active compound present in the plant. Some scientists synthesize these essential oils with some modifications, either to enhance or
to tone the smell of the oil down.
Essential oils can either be directly inhaled or massaged into the skin, depending on the effect you want to achieve. Inhalation can be done straight from the bottle, or it can be diluted for your diffuser or body bath. If it’s used on your skin, you can put a few drops on your palm and rub it in the area you want to apply. Some people add it in their cosmetics to achieve
fragrance, while others combine the best essential oil fragrances for DIY perfumes.
Whatever you want to achieve, some studies say that essential oils, when used for
aromatherapy, can be very beneficial to you.
Listed below are some of the most effective uses of essential oils, and the reasons why people
keep buying them from local stores.
- For Relaxation
Most people use essential oils because of their powers to induce relaxation. After a long
day at work or an exhausting exam at school, it’s tempting to have a relaxing moment
away from the anxiety and exhaustion of the day. Aromatherapy has proven relaxation
benefits and alleviates stress, insomnia, and even depression.
Essential oils used for relaxation stimulate the part of the brain responsible for
controlling the emotions. With proper use, essential oils can help release stress and the
negative emotions stirring your brain. It can calm your mind and help in boosting your
Lavender oils are the best when you want to use essential oils for relaxation. They’re
highly recommended if you often experience stress and anxiety at school or work.
Lavender oils are effective because they can lower your blood pressure and stabilize the
heart rate. It can restore your nervous system and calm your nerves, which then leads to a
good night’s sleep or reduces restlessness.
You can use lavender oils by rubbing it on your temples and wrists, or through a carrier
oil if you want a relaxing massage.
- For Sleep
Have you ever tried going to bed early but ended up just lying there? Well, you’re not
alone. A large number of people across the world suffer from acute or chronic insomnia.
Acute insomnia can last for a night to a week, while chronic insomnia can bother you for
If you find yourself struggling to sleep, essential oils can be your best buddies. Essential
oils contain soothing and relaxing effects. Other essential oils specialized for inducing
sleep can relieve your airways by clearing it and preventing sleep disruptions caused by
snoring or sleep apnea.
Aside from lavender oils, chamomile and sweet marjoram oils can induce sleep.
Chamomile can help get a good night’s sleep by reducing your anxiety level and tackling
depression at the same time. Chamomile has been known for this effect since ancient
times. Chamomile was consumed as an herbal medicine to alleviate insomnia.
On the other hand, sweet marjoram oils are known for their calming and soothing effects.
The scent coming from sweet marjoram oil targets the part of the brain responsible for
relaxation and calmness, which helps to reduce insomnia and induce sleep.
- For Energy
Let’s say you’re able to get a good night’s sleep and you want a great head start for the
day ahead. You can drink your morning coffee, complemented with some essential oils
to boost energy and motivation. Yes, there’s an essential oil for that! These essential oils
provide energy-enhancing benefits that improve your focus and motivation.
These essential oils help your body by waking up your senses and making you feel
energized and revitalized. It can clear your head and motivate you to start clearing your
to-do lists and have a productive day. They also elevate your mood, reduce your stress
and anxiety, and give you the necessary uplift to help you get going.
Some of the best-known essential oils for boosting energy, confidence, and motivation
include peppermint and rosemary oils. Peppermint essential oils are versatile, but its
strength is derived from its capability to boost your energy and wake up your mind. It
can also improve your exercise performance and help in fighting fatigue. You can add it
to a diffuser or apply it to your skin.
Rosemary offers the same advantages as peppermint but its ability to fight fatigue is
greater than that of peppermint. It’s a stimulant that also helps you to focus and get your
senses right. Some studies suggest that inhalation of rosemary essential oil can improve
cognitive abilities and boost confidence.
- To Focus
Yes, there’s also an essential oil to improve focus and concentration. When you need to
stay alert and focused during work, or if you have to ace an exam the next morning,
essential oils can be your best friend. These essential oils can help stimulate the brain
immediately, which sharpens your focus and improves your concentration on a specific
The aromatics present in essential oils are detected by the olfactory epithelium in the
nose and a signal is sent directly to the brain. This stimulates the brain which improves
your cognitive abilities, sharpens your memory, and improves your focus. These
essential oils can reduce your recall time and help you to stay alert. So, if you think
you’re overdosing on coffee, you can use these essential oils.
One of the most effective essential oils in this area is wild orange oil. These oils smell
like zingy oranges found in the wild. The smell is so powerful and the aroma so uplifting
that it can improve your energy level significantly. It also creates a feeling of happiness
which can motivate you to focus and stay concentrated. You can either add it to a
diffuser or inhale it directly.
- For Immune Support
Traditional herbal medicines are often consumed with the leaves or roots to achieve
maximum efficiency. With the advances in science and medicine, scientists are now
capable of determining the active compounds present in those plants and extract them
into essential oils. Most essential oils can boost, protect, and guard your immune system.
Some even have antimicrobial properties that are effective in combating a wide range of
disease-causing bacteria, viruses, or fungi.
One of the most well known antimicrobial essential oils is lemon oil. You probably have
noticed that most antimicrobial soaps and detergents contain a lemon-scented variant.
This is because the antimicrobial activities of lemon oil are backed by research. Aside
from being antimicrobial, lemon oils are also antioxidants. The antioxidants can boost
your immune system.
Another powerful essential oil for the immune system is eucalyptus oil. Some people
consume eucalyptus oil through a diffuser to clear their airways and improve their
respiratory health. But the advantages of eucalyptus oil are much wider than that. It can
help fight off several diseases which include chickenpox, measles, and even flu. It can
either be inhaled or applied topically on the skin.
More and more people are considering essential oils for the benefits they provide. Essential
oils can be used to help in relaxation and sleep. They can be used to boost your confidence
and mood. They can also help you to combat diseases. Therefore, essential oils are
considered traditional medicine which has been in practice since ancient times. After reading
through this list, you can go ahead and look for essential
Look I Have Some Lips Where There Never Was a Lip
Now I never have been one for tattoos, until I heard about permanent makeup. This cosmetic technique employs tattoos as a means of correcting flaws either nature, old age or disease has erased or forgot. In my case my mother plucked my eyebrows way to thin and I am fair so they all but disappeared. I also was left out in the lip department when God was handing out lips, I got ones that evaporated. As I got older in pictures, this flaw made me look almost snake like.
Thanks to Jeffrey Lyle Segal, I have been corrected. I have metamorphosed into a butterfly who can now smile with confidence. as I looked in the mirror.
For those who know me, they know I am terrified of needles. With the ointment Jeff uses there is a minimal of pain. For the eye brows there is none. What you do is hear a sound that sounds like tearing. For the lips, the initial round it is pain free. There is a little discomfort when the needle returns to same place, but nothing that one can’t handle. For me the eyes are the hardest and not because of the needle. I have hyper sensitive eyes that tear up and send hundreds of droplets down my face in the wind. When the ointment is applied my eyes rebel and I become a difficult patient but Jeffrey was patient and now the eyeliner is done to perfection.
Having permanent make-up, means you wake up looking refresh and put together without doing a thing. When you are sick, you still look radiant, which can lift your spirits to heal faster.
Normally eyeliner costs $475 for a single application top or bottom or $850 for two sessions a month apart. Lips run $475 for liner and $575 for both lining and lip stain. For a second session take a $100 off if prepaid at the first session. For eyebrows the price is $475 for a single application or $850 for two sessions a month apart. These prices are all on the low end for Manhattan. As a special deal for all T2C readers, as a Valentine’s Special booked by February 14th Jeff will offer an additional $100 discount for what ever service you choose.
Jeff has been a permanent cosmetic artist since 1991. He has been a media makeup artist in film, theater and TV with over 30 years experience. He is the author of “The Shape of Permanent Beauty” and he teaches makeup design training for permanent cosmetics. Besides being a permanent cosmetic artist, he is also a certified Hypnotist offering non-drug assisted version of anesthesia and anxiety reduction.
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Tom Ruck – The Patriot Behind the Parades
Visionary Tom Ruck Set to make history as the only person to have both marched and actively participated in All Major Landmark Parades with his Appearance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, creating a special moment in patriotic history.
His upcoming Appearance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 23rd, 2023 will see him make history as the only person to have both marched and actively participated in All Major Landmark Parades in the United States with his Appearance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
After applying earlier this year, Ruck was selected as an official balloon wrangler for the new character appearance of “Leo.” Based on the Adam Sandler Netflix animated comedy, he will march down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and past the storied halls of Macy’s Department store to the delight of thousands of revelers on the street and millions of fans worldwide watching the broadcast show on both television and internet streaming.
As a proud American citizen, it was his belief in the importance of the traditions of America that spurred his involvement which over time led to his appearing in some of the biggest parades rooted in the tradition and heritage in the country.
“I believe in America and American traditions,” Tom states. “There’s nothing more traditional and more American than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.”
Few people can boast about playing a big part in recognizable parades such as the Thanksgiving celebration along with the Tournament of Roses Parade, which is the annual parade held along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day.
During his high school years in 1971 he was selected as a member of the prestigious McDonald’s All American High School Band, where two musicians were selected from each state and marched in the 1971 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and following that the 1972 Tournament of Roses Rose Parade. After high school, while at the University of Missouri Ruck continued his participation in Music with “Marching Mizzou”.
Years later as an adult he moved to California and joined the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. He became a member of the tournament as a “White Suitor” and has been involved with the organization since 2008.
Making an American dream come true has always been a motivating factor for Ruck. As an individual has accomplished several notable feats during his professional career that have carved out profound chapters that motivate the reader of his personal biography.
Currently based in Alexandria, Virginia, his life has led down a road worthy of a Hollywood screenplay. He has been presented to two Presidential Transition Teams for the position of Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. The Boeing Corporation and his “hometown” St. Louis Cardinals have honored Ruck for his achievements in supporting America’s Veterans and his contributions to veteran causes.
He also is an accomplished author and has published an award-winning book that honors the American Veteran. “Sacred Ground, A Tribute to America’s Veterans” was released by Regnery Publishing, now part of Salem Media Group, and achieved a #5 ranking on Amazon.
“I created this book as a labor of love to honor the truest of American heroes, our veterans,” he enthusiastically expresses, “and to give back I donate all royalties from the book to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.”
Ruck has appeared on over 100 radio and television programs and served as featured speaker at over 50 national and regional events. He was also an invited guest speaker at the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014 in Sainte Mere-Eglise in Normandy, France honoring the men of the 82nd and 101st Airborne for their courageous efforts that fateful day.
Ruck has held national leadership positions primarily with nationwide financial and healthcare corporations. He also has served with the Department of Veterans Affairs, as the Director at Fayetteville National Cemetery, and the Director of the Los Angeles National Cemetery, and also served as the Strategic Planning Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs Long Beach Medical Center.
Ruck recently moved to the Washington DC area to accept the position of Senior Engagement Manager with the Department of Homeland Security, Blue Campaign, developing national partnerships and awareness campaigns for Human Trafficking in 2022.
Now, his next walk on the journey of his life in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will once again tell the tale of a great American showing incredible patriotic love for their country and compassion for the citizens of the country.
Loud and Clear Worldwide Awareness for Role of Climate Change on Wildlife
This is your very important wake up call!
The climate crisis is now and it has dramatically impacted human beings, global industries, and the health of our environment.
“Humans, land, and breathable air are not the only collateral damage from climate change,” says Chris Weber, co-founder of Animals Around the Globe. “Animals everywhere are also greatly affected by the results of climate change.”
Climate change has had a potentially catastrophic impact on wildlife as rising temperatures, the breakdown of fragile global ecosystems, and diminishing habitats have led to a decrease in at-risk populations of certain species.
As world leaders and climate change experts work to combat the negative effects of climate change, Weber goes on to say there will need to be champions for wildlife who step up to take part in the fight.
Animals are part of a healthy ecosystem, and their habitats — with abundant trees and untouched nature — help absorb carbon and limit rising temperatures. Keeping animals and their habitats safe is part of the work to fight climate change.
“We need to cultivate a greater sense of affection toward and deeper connection with animals. When people care, they are more inclined to protect,” says Weber.
Through their animal-centered website and podcast, both Chris Weber and his fellow co-founder Jan Otte, have championed the need for focus on biodiversity and action on climate change. In a recent discussion with Lea Henzgen of the AMES Foundation, the two discussed with Henzgen how the biodiversity crisis may be a larger issue than the climate crisis, yet does not receive as much attention.
Biodiversity and climate change are intertwined. As the temperature of the Earth increases, vegetation, food sources, the makeup of habitats and environments, and water access and quality alter dramatically, forcing animals to migrate or adapt to find more livable conditions. If livable conditions cannot be found or adapted to, entire species could potentially be lost to extinction.
However, the climate crisis is not the only factor in the loss of habitats and extinction. Development by human beings and poaching play a significant role in the biodiversity crisis. The issue of conservation is complex, and goes beyond simply caring what happens to animals that may live a world away.
“One key challenge is the stark contrast between populations in developed regions, which possess the financial resources needed to assist but often remain distanced from wildlife, and those in developing regions, which live alongside wildlife but often exploit it for sustenance and income to combat pressing economic need,” Weber explained in an article for the Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Fighting the biodiversity crisis alongside the climate crisis takes a deeper understanding of economics and cultural differences, along with a grasp of the science behind climate change.
As climate change intensifies, the animal kingdom and the human world are becoming far more intermingled. Along with habitat loss that comes with human development and the negative effects of extreme weather like hurricanes and tsunamis, wildlife is increasingly in greater danger due to human interaction.
Ecosystems change due to climate issues, animals must move further and further from their original habitats to find food, shelter, and water; and as human beings occupy more geographical space and encroach on where animals are sourcing their food and water, chaos can ensue. In the end, it’s typically animals that bear the brunt of that chaos.
“We look at three core pillars to address these issues,” says Weber. “First, entertaining people. We want to capture their interest and draw them into the world of wildlife. Second, educating that audience. We are channeling the knowledge and insights of our experts and allowing them to share their own forays into the wild. Third, building an online community where users can immerse themselves in the topic and one that facilitates firsthand encounters, whether virtual or real.”
For Weber, Otte, and many like them interested in conservation and animal welfare, engaging people in caring about animals is the first step to saving them from the negative effects of climate change. By working to decrease conflict with humans — whether by saving habitats or helping animals find safe havens — the biodiversity and climate crisis issues are being addressed. Both crises are slippery slopes that, if not properly addressed and mitigated, will lead to further issues.
Through advocacy and boots-on-the-ground work, climate change and biodiversity crisis activists are making real change in the world. According to research, climate change is one of the primary concerns of voters — especially among younger generations. Making a noted difference for animals globally starts with awareness and small steps toward meaningful change.
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‘The Best Hug in The World’ is a Terrific Tale of Love
Tommy Feight’s “The Best Hug in the World” is a tale of magical moments that will appeal to both children and their parents. Illustrated by graphic designer Daniel Klein, the charming book tells the story of a young boy’s love of hugging.
Rather than being a celebration of heartfelt moments, however, this emotional journey is anything but straightforward for young Shams and his father. The sweet, brown-eyed boy at the center of the story is determined to become the world’s best hugger, but his noble quest is fraught with setbacks.
Join Shams and his father as their father-son relationship is tested like never before. “The Best Hug in the World” is packed with endearing characters, genuine love, and a profound message that will resonate with parents and children alike.
Buy this book online today, and share heartfelt story times with your children that teach invaluable life lessons.
Macy’s, The 4th and The Drones
Macy’s had a drone show for the first time ahead of the start of its 4th of July Fireworks this year. Spectators cheered when 500 drones formed the shape of the Statue of Liberty on East River.
The drone show took place before the Macy’s fireworks celebrating the United States’ 247th independence day.
The drones formed LL Kool J, a radio, Stars and Stripes, a turning Statue of Liberty, an American flag and spelled out the word “Macy’s,” all while Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” blared along the water.
It truly was spectacular.
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