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Citronella oil

(Cymbopogon nardus)

You can find Citronella oil in Mother Gaia’s Aroma Sprays.

Citronella oil is extracted from Cymbopogon nardus (also known as Andropogon nardus) and is of the Graminae (Poaceae) family. It is also known as Sri Lanka or Lenabatu citronella. The oil is used extensively as a source of perfumery chemicals such as citronellal, citronellol, and geraniol. These chemicals find extensive use in soap, candles and incense, perfumery, cosmetic, and flavoring industries throughout the world. Citronella oil is also a plant-based insect repellent and has been registered for this use in the United States since 1948. The United States Environmental Protection Agency considers oil of citronella as a biopesticide with a non-toxic mode of action.

Oil properties: Citronella oil has a slightly sweet, lemony smell. It blends well with bergamot, geranium, lemon, orange, lavender and pine.

Extraction citronella oil: Citronella oil is extracted by the steam distillation of finely chopped fresh, dried or part-dried grass.

Precautions: Citronella oil may irritate sensitive skin and cause dermatitis in certain individuals.

Therapeutic properties: The health benefits of Citronella Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, insect repellent, stomachic, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge substance. Citronella oil has strong antifungal properties, and is effective in calming barking dogs.

• Citronella oil’s most useful quality is that of it being an insect repellent. It is best used in a spray, a diffuser or on a cotton ball amongst linen. It is also useful in ridding cats and dogs of fleas.

• Furthermore, citronella oil helps to clear the mind and has a general toning and tonic effect on the body. It is helpful with colds, flu and minor infections, and has deodorizing qualities.

• Citronella has been proven as an effective antimicrobial for aquatic animals, thus naturally supporting our aquaculture needs. Essential oil of C. nardus demonstrated its potential as alternative to commercial antibacterial agent.

Benefits Of Citronella Essential Oil

Inhibits Bacterial Growth: Components like methyl isoeugenol and a few others that are found in this essential oil are responsible for this property. They kill bacteria and inhibit any further bacterial growth in the body. This is particularly helpful in treating infections in wounds, as well as in the colon, urethra, urinary bladder, stomach, intestines, urinary tracts, prostate, and kidneys.

Fights Depression: This oil fights depression and gives relief from anxiety, sadness, and negative feelings. It induces a fresh, happy feeling and hope.

Relaxant and Stress Reducer: Commonly used to control emotions in aromatherapy, it can help relax your mind and contribute to reduced stress reactions and better sleep for people who can’t sleep. Try diffusing citronella oil in your home, massaging it into skin or spraying it onto your bed sheets.

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Tip of the Week

Need more time? 

We all say we never have enough time to do what we want and spend time with those we love. But is it really true? Not really.

We can find the time if we make an effort to schedule our day. Once we have a scheduled routine for the necessities then we see all the time in between.

• Take a few minutes and write down what you need to do each day.

• Put your list to a time line or schedule table.

• Fill in the gaps with the fun stuff.

This is also a great way to change our routines to add exercise or meditation. Scheduling these activities helps ensure we do them.

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Recipe of the Week

Grain Free Peppermint Cheesecake

borrowed from http://www.lilaruthgrainfree.com/

A delicious wheat free and low sugar treat.

Ingredients: 

• 1 1/2 cups almond flour (Bob's Red Mill)

• 1/2 cup arrowroot starch

• 1/4 cup cocoa powder

• 1/8 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 cup honey

• 1/4 cup melted butter

• 1 1/2 tablespoonsalmond milk

• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

• 1/4 teaspoonpeppermint extract

FOR CHEESECAKE:

• 3 packages of cream cheese (24oz) (Full Fat)

• 1/3 cup greek yogurt

• 1/2 cup honey

• 2 eggs

• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 1 tablespoon butter, melted

• 1 tablespoonarrowroot starch

• 1/4 teaspoonpeppermint extract (optional) some prefer to only have the peppermint extract in the crust portion.

• 1 box Wholesome! brand candy canes (optional) Sprinkle crushed candy overtop or add 1/2 cup to cheesecake batter for extra peppermint flavor and crunch.

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees

• FOR THE COOKIE CRUST: Whisk together almond flour, arrowroot starch, cocoa powder and salt.

• Add melted butter, honey, vanilla extract, peppermint extract and work into flour by hand until dough forms. Dough will be a bit sticky. Let dough sit for 5 minutes.

• Press dough into parchment paper lined 8x8 baking dish. (Alternatively, you can use the dough to make one large cookie, let cool + pulverize into crumbs and add 3 tbsp butter to make a chocolate graham style crust. Either way is delicious).

• FOR THE CHEESECAKE: In a large mixing bowl (use a stand mixer or hand mixer), add yogurt, honey, melted butter and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.

• Add in cream cheese and blend again until smooth. Sprinkle arrowroot starch overtop and blend until incorporated evenly. Add eggs, one at a time and mix together until smooth.

• Pour cheesecake batter onto cookie crust. Place your baking pan on top of a cookie sheet and place into the oven. Bake at 330 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Outer edges will be golden and middle will be just a bit jiggly. (Every oven differs just a bit, so check in at the 35 minute mark).

• Carefully remove cheesecake from oven and gently place pan on wire rack to cool. Cool 45 minutes, then place into refrigerator covered for 6 hours and allow to firm. Once firm, swiftly lift parchment paper corners to remove cheesecake from pan. Place on large cutting board and cut into bites. Serve and enjoy! Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.

 

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How to Smell Better Naturally

Find a great all natural deodorizing spray here.

What causes body odor?

Body odor (or B.O., bromhidrosis, osmidrosis or ozochrotia) is a perceived unpleasant smell our bodies can give off when bacteria that live on the skin break down sweat into acids – some say it is the smell of bacteria growing on the body, but it really is the result of bacteria breaking down protein into certain acids.

Body odor usually becomes evident if measures are not taken when a human reaches puberty – 14-16 years of age in females and 15-17 years of age in males. People who are obese, those who regularly eat spicy foods, as well as individuals with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, are more susceptible to having body odor.

Sweat itself is virtually odorless to humans; it is the rapid multiplication of bacteria in the presence of sweat and what they do (break sweat down into acids) that eventually causes the unpleasant smell. The smell is perceived as unpleasant, many believe, because most of us have been brought up to dislike it. Body odor is most likely to occur in our feet, groin, armpits, genitals, pubic hair and other hair, belly button, anus, behind the ears, and to some (lesser) extent on the rest of our skin.

Body odor can have a nice and specific smell to the individual, and can be used – especially by dogs and other animals – to identify people. Each person’s unique body odor can be influenced by diet, gender, health, and medication.

Can you change your natural body odor?

While you might mask your natural scent with deodorant, perfume, or scented lotion, your natural chemical odor can still be detected by those around you. Still, you can change this scent if you find that your natural aroma is not exactly pleasing. Here’s a look at some of the controllable factors that influence how you smell.

How you bathe – Hygiene plays an important role in body odor, because odors are produced by bacteria naturally present on the skin. Sweat itself is odorless, but when it evaporates on the skin, there may be unpleasant odors caused by bacteria. While you won’t want to eliminate bacteria completely with antibacterial soap, you might switch to a more gentle cleanser and use products like tea tree oil to shrink the pores and minimize sweat.

What you eat – Have you ever noticed that eating too much garlic can actually make you smell garlicky the next day? That’s because your diet has a strong effect on your body odor—particularly when you eat foods high in sulfurous compounds like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. Foods that tend to make you sweat more, such as hot peppers or other spicy foods, might also contribute to body odor. Drinks with caffeine or alcohol may also cause you to sweat more.

How your body metabolizes food – Hard-to-digest foods like wheat, red meat, and dairy might also cause you to stink. If your body is unable to metabolize certain foods properly, toxins may build up in your digestive tract and seep through the skin.

Watch your stress levels – When you exercise or otherwise get overheated, your eccrine (sweat) glands produce a watery substance designed to regulate body temperature. But emotional stress triggers different glands—the apocrine glands, which are found mostly in the underarms and groin area—and they secrete a milky fluid. This fight-or-flight-related liquid is made up of water and lipids, so it’s a veritable feast for odor-causing bacteria, according to experts at the Mayo Clinic. Meditation, yoga, and other calming practices may help.

Wear breathable fabrics – Naturally derived fabrics like cotton, silks, and wools have more breathability than most man-made materials like rayon or spandex, according to research published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology and other journals. But when it comes to workout clothes, look for moisture-wicking synthetic materials.

Natural Treatments for Body Odor

Apply apple cider vinegar – Acid, like the kind found in apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, inhibits the growth of bacteria—including the kind that makes your sweat smell gross. Just be cautious, and use it sparingly: “While apple cider vinegar and lemon juice may help reduce levels of odor-causing bacteria on the skin, they may cause skin irritation,” says Zeichner. So if you decide to dab a few drops on your underarms with a cotton ball or add a splash to your bathwater, make sure you have no minor cuts or scrapes. Witch hazel and tea tree oil are also believed to be antimicrobial.

Go herbal – Sage is a delicious addition to both savory and sweet foods, and...

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Product of the Month

Mother Gaia's Hand Sanitizer

Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, ZERO Water, & Honey with Lavender, Tea Tree, Sweet Orange, and Red Thyme essential oils.

Prevent the flu without alcohol or petroleum. Moisturizing and naturally antibacterial. Boosting immunity and killing bacteria.

Find yours here.

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Subscriber Promotions

Offers only for subscribers of Mother Gaia's Newsletter

November: BUY ONE GET ONE - Thanksgiving Feast Spray. The wonderful aromas of turkey, falling leaves, and stuffing. 

Find it here.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

 

Dancing Gaia: The Nature of Movement & Meditation

We’ll begin class with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for residents only. 

Want Dancing Gaia in your community? Send Mother Gaia an email here.

Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, Saturdays @ 1:30pm

323 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Nine dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts, snacks, and handouts for attending.

 

Group Classes Mother Gaia Brings to You

How about an unusual birthday party for that open minded teen, loved one, or friend that has everything? Or just a fun way to learn and experience the benefits of natural healing with friends and/or family? Mother Gaia brings all the supplies and information needed for a great educational experience.

Combine classes for a more complete experience and save $10 per person. Host a class and get your first complete set for free! Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space. Mother Gaia is fully insured for your protection, references can be provided upon request.

Aromacraft  

Learn about and experience essential oils and all of their wonderful benefits, create up to seven (7) of your own products to take home including a ZERO water based spray, moisturizing lotion, aroma body/bath oil, natural skin toner, deeply cleansing mudd mask, strengthening tooth powder, and nourishing mineral milk bath. 

Herbalcraft 

Learn about and experience herbal remedies, their amazing benefits and simple uses, and blend up to six (6) products including an herbal tea, naturally scented herbal sachet, moisturizing herbal infused mineral milk bath, infused body/bath oil, cleansing mudd mask, and strengthening and antibacterial tooth powder.

 ***Every participant receives a handout booklet packed full of useful information.***

Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

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