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Some Essentials favor Hardier Climates

written by T.J. Phoenix

Producing essential oils organically is not that difficult, and it's only the first step.  I list the origins of my oils, not to focus on the organic growing conditions, but because it is one aspect of the essentials profile.
What does this mean:  Lets take Lavender first.  Lavender is not difficult to grow organically.  In fact Lavender is not difficult to grow
anywhere. A side note, and it will tie in later is this.  I have read _many_ lab analysis comparing various chem-types of lavender.  My take away
from countless chemical breakdowns of lavender essential oils: both steam distilled and Co2 distilled is this:
_ Lavender grown in rough climates, higher altitudes, is medicinally superior.
_ French Lavender: Grown in France under the best of conditions is medicinally inferior, frequently. (I don't like speaking in absolutes.)
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Why is this important:_  because the lavender adapts chemically to survive in harder climates, and as a result, passes that change on
chemically in the rendered oils.  Lavender grown in good soil, is still good, but lavender grown in difficult conditions is far superior. The chemicals the lavender produces to survive, are fortunately for us, ones our bodies can relate to, assimilate and improve ourselves
with a result.  My principal lavender I sell as an essential, and incorporate in my creams, is Kasmir Lavender.  Grown in the Northern most
state of India, the chemical breakdown on it rivals any medicinal lavender grown anywhere.

If that wholesaler was my source I couldn't sell at all, because I wouldn't even be competitive.  I am competitive  and I still have only a dozen
clients a month.  That's okay, it is what it is.  I sell mostly on ebay because the cosmetic industry is so big and commercial, that even when people
are exposed to fabulous superior oils, they don't know what they are looking at, and I understand that as well.

I have very eastern values on life and healing.  I am fulfilling my responsibility (one I set in my own heart) by "putting it out there". I don't work with any oils I don't fully understand and have first hand experience with their direct healing benefits.  I do not condone the objectification of the natural world, by humans: ones intelligent enough to read this. These pages are here, for your benefit, and because I need to be able to write this down and move on. (As it were.)

The use of essential oils for healing is not alternative but traditional medicine in India... for over a thousand years.  Essential oil use medicinally goes back to early Egyptian times with lavender  being one of the first to really be understand.  And that makes sense.  Lavender has so many medicinal applications it has it's own page. As do peppermint/spearmint, calendula,  chamomile, sandalwood, rose, rosemary, carrot seed, citrus... the list goes on and on.

The face creams and salves I produce have been worth their creation just for my own selfish rewards.
Rapid healing,
increased vitality,
increased natural collagen,
 the stabilization of brain chemistry during difficult periods of healing,
bone and joint healing. Here again the list goes on and on .

Why am I not "marketing them"  to the big guys if they're so good.  The big guys already know essential oils are wonderful.
There's no way not to.   Their profit structure is different.  If I can cover materials, and keep going, ultimately that is enough.
The healing potential of essentials is a gift from nature.  As a gift, I try not to obstruct the flow of the energy.   If everyone grew
their own it would break down the infrastructure a lot, but like so much else in life, people are convinced not to.
For instance, I personally believe that the best carrier oils for cosmetics are: evening primrose, unrefined hemp seed oil, organically produced
coconut oil, and macadamia nut oil.  Organic carrier oils, especially the coconut oil, are, for me important.  Only because coconut
can be intensively farmed for higher yields and that is frequently done through chemical fertilizers and herbicides that would concern me.

Medicinally, I consider these "carriers"  which are far more then just carrier's (they too offer healing) as the "Fab Four" of natural cosmetics.
Not isolated or reshaped but in natural forms.  Sometimes things are listed as organic, because they are not synthetic, but depending on the
chemical fracturing that went on in the lab, they might as well be.
I thicken creams with natural unrefined beeswax only, that aside from offering anti-bacterial qualities is wonderful in other capacities as well,
which I view as a win/win situation.

 

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