Organic Essential Oils vs Synthetic Fragrances

We are committed to using pure essential oils in our products as we feel that it is vital that everything we smell, apply to our bodies or bathe with must be natural, as organic as possible and therapeutically active.

It is possible for synthetic oils to be made so well they have almost exactly the same smell as the pure natural product,  however what they lack are the properties of the natural product, as the life force making the natural essential oil effective is not present. During production and usage,  synthetic oils give off harmful chemicals and are often tested on animals which we are 100% against.

Essential oils are made from the flowers, leaves, resins, barks of trees,  they are harvested in many ways. Most essential oils are made by steam extraction,  the oils go one way and “hydrolat”, which is floral water containing the therapeutic benefits of the flower, go another. We use the hydrolat in our products as this is an active base.

What is an essential oil
Essential oils are odorous pure plant essence,  they are complex chemical compounds produced by photosynthesis obtained from the plant by either steam distillation, maceration, hand expression or solvent extraction.
Essential oils have a consistency more like water than any other type of oil, they do not have a greasy feel and are usually thinner than oils. Aromatherapists use essential oils in their “mixed state”, called Terpenoid,  because terpene are the chemical constituent present in the greatest quantity in the oil.

A lady, Mme Marguerite Maury,  was the first person to compare essential oils to human hormones, she said essential oils were like plant hormones, this fact has since been confirmed by scientific research.

Almost all essential oils are antiseptic and antibacterial, others being antiviral and antifungal. Some oils will stimulate and regenerate while others can sedate and calm the body and mind. One essential oil can have many properties, such as Lavender with approximately 70 properties, but it is very rare that many properties of an oil would be required at once, and like hormones in the body, essential oils seem to target the specific area required.

Organic versus Non organic essential oils
We need to look after our soil. Years of applying artificial fertiliser and pesticides have taken their toll on the structure and substance of our soil. As many ancient hedgerows have been removed to make way for bigger fields, this has caused a huge problem with wind erosion. Native insects including bees are being affected by pesticides sprayed on crops and plants and it is for this reason that we must, as much as possible, use organic methods to produce our food.  Unfortunately in this World,  it is consumer power which makes the change to organic farming and the production of essential oils is no different.  We source organic raw materials and essential oils as much as we can for the simple reason, using organic ingredients are kinder for us to use, kinder for the environment and kinder for our bees, butterflies and other native animals and insects.  We must take care of our lovely planet so let’s make a stand.

What is smell…

For something to smell, it must exist as a gas or vapour and be carried into the nose by air. Smells enter the nose by inhalation through the nostrils, but odours can also flow from the mouth into the nose from the odorous components of the flavour of the food.

Only a very small proportion of inhaled air reaches the Olfactory organ, but when it does, the odours can cause us to suddenly recall events from the past, when we associate the odour with a previously experienced emotion.

It is possible to train the mind to focus on the sense of smell, so establishing and developing an Olfactory memory and the power of discrimination of odours.

Essential oils and Olfactory

When inhaled, essential oil particles are taken directly to the roof of the nose, where the receptor cells of the Olfactory system are situated.  From each receptor cell protrude thin hairs called cilia, which register and transmit information about aromas, via the Olfactory bulb, to the centre of the brain.  From here, electro – chemical messages are forwarded to the area of the brain associated with smell.
These trigger the release of Neuro chemicals,  which may be sedative, relaxing, stimulating or euphoric.   Other messages may be relayed to other parts of the body registering the oils effects.  Aromatic particles also travel down the nasal passages to the lungs.
Most people can detect 10,000 different odours (many flavours are smelled rather than tasted).  Research has identified primary smells to be Fragrant, Fruity, Spice,  Resinous, Burnt or foul.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said that “the way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day”

Why we say no to MICROBEADS

What are microbeads? Everywhere we go nowadays, we are inundated with information about how damaging certain products are to our planet and microbeads are one ingredient that is being highlighted recently.

Microbeads are tiny little balls of plastic that are very effective when used as a facial scrub but are also very effective at helping to damage our beautiful planet. Once you have finished with your facial wash, toothpaste or body scrub, the microbeads from your products will make their way down into our oceans. Marine species can’t distinguish between food and microplastics so many are found with life threatening amounts in their stomachs and it was recorded that 663 species of marine wildlife were negatively affected by plastic pollution last year alone.

So, how can we help fight this issue?

It’s quite simple, always read the labels. A lot of branded products nowadays will brag about their products being microbead free (just like we do) and it’s quite simple to replace your daily products with microbead free ones. Consumer pressure is the only way these huge multi national companies will listen to us and change their ways too.

Companies, like us, are proud to be microbead free. Our bodyscrubs, which will be unveiled later this year, will state it on the label so that it is easy for you to choose a scrub without microbeads.

At Helpmeorganics, we are actively finding ways to provide high quality, environmentally friendly products to enhance your lifestyle both in your home and workplace.  So join us and the Marine Conservation Society and let’s stop using Microbeads.

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