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Sweet Almond Oil for Skin – My Desert Island Choice

Listening to desert island discs the other day, I asked myself the question “ if I could take just one oil to a desert island which one would it be?” I’ve no idea how long the guests on desert island discs think about this in advance of the programme, but for me the answer was very easy, Sweet Almond oil.

You might think that with all the amazing oils we can now get hold of I would have chosen something a little more ‘exotic’ or unusual  like Mullein or Mustard seed oil.

sweet almond oil for skinOn my desert island it will be hot, so mustard seed would be a very bad choice, it’s great to mix in to head massage oils or to add to oil blends for muscle aches and pains but used on the skin on its own, it causes reddening and it heats the skin which will be the last thing I need!   Mullein needs to be added to other oils such as jojoba to moisturise  or pumpkin seed oil when you need a lifting effect.

The beauty of Sweet Almond oil is that you can use it on its own; it doesn’t need to be mixed into anything.   Almonds and Almond oil go back to pre-Biblical times, it’s a skin care classic.   Rich in fatty acids and Vit E it’s good for all skin types. A little goes a long way as it’s slow to be absorbed into the skin, so while I’m waiting for a ship to rescue me from the island, I  can use it to moisturise my face and body, I can massage with it,  I can rub it into my scalp if I get dandruff…. it’s a perfect desert island companion.   

My perfect oil is one that I just had to use in Moisturiser Plus, my very first cream I made and which has won a Platinum award from Janey Lee Grace, passionate advocate of healthy living without chemicals.





Skin Allergies – Just the beginning?

Warning over ‘epidemic’ of skin allergies from chemicals in cosmetics and household products

I wonder how many people take this headline seriously. We should, because it could have wider implications than we realise.

At last, the news is out that chemicals you put on your skin can have consequences for your health; in fact, you could say that your skin is an excellent drug delivery system!  After all, that’s why hormone patches and nicotine patches work!  So it should come as no surprise that MI (methylisothiazolinone) has negative effects on your skin.

In a world that in increasingly toxic I believe we no longer have the physiological capacity to deal with the huge rise in toxic chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis in one form or another.

Since World War 11, 80,000 new synthetic chemicals have been  produced and released into the environment  –  pesticides, herbicides, chemical solvents, xenobiotics, toxic metals, plasticisers, disinfectants, chemicals from industrial pollution, nitrates and fertilisers, not to mention the rise in smoking and second hand smoke,   – and those are just a handful of what’s on offer.

As far back as 1962, the potential risk from chemicals was highlighted by Rachel Carson in her ground breaking book Silent Spring.

Whilst many companies claim that toxicology studies are done on a particular chemical, what no one can do is assess the risks when different chemicals are combined. If you think about it, it’s an impossible task, where would you begin? There is no way you could test all the different combinations.

Most women are using hundreds of chemicals on a daily basis – shower gel, deodorant, moisturiser, eye cream, night cream, eye shadow, eye liner, lip liner, blusher, lipstick etc and they’re using them every single day.

Many of these chemicals are fat soluble. That means they are stored in fatty/adipose tissue in your body and the organ with the highest % of fat is your brain!

At the moment, the focus is on skin and allergies, but how long will it take to recognise that the increase in brain diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers, just might have something to do with the rise in chemicals in our environment, in our homes, in the products we put on our skin and which, I believe, based on the work I do with clients who suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, are no longer metabolised by an overloaded liver.

When you realise that your liver has specific pathways that deal with all the toxicity most of us are exposed to, it makes sense to support and look after it, which could mean changing your diet, giving up alcohol, changing the products you use, going on a detox, taking appropriate supplements to support liver function..…….there are many options!  There’s a school of thought that says ‘detoxing’ isn’t necessary and it’s a waste of time and money, but your liver is fundamental to your health so it makes sense to take the very best care of it.

Believing the Unbelievable

Did you hear the recent news about a Canadian crash victim, who has been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years and has told scientists through the power of thought that he is not in pain?

Did you know that Edgar Mitchell, the NASA astronaut in Apollo 13 transmitted symbols back to earth using nothing more than the power of thought?

Did you read about Taurus, a submarine that was submerged to a depth of 558 feet [170m] so that it would be out of the range of ELF [extremely low frequencies]. Despite this electromagnetic isolation, a highly experienced Remote Viewer [as part of a research study funded by the CIA at Stanford University] was still able to describe the precise location of 2 colleagues who had been sent to an unknown destination by a 3rd party, at the simultaneous time of her ‘viewing’.

These are just 3 types of communication which are real and have been documented. They stretch our imagination and force us to accept facts that we once thought were impossible and unbelievable.

The idea that I have programmed and energised my range of skincare [Celgenics] with ‘healing energy’ from a variety of energy medicine therapies is probably, for some people, also hard to accept.

There’s a well known quotation:    “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident”
Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 – 1860)

Out of my work as a therapist, I developed the range for a client who was allergic to conventional skincare with its many toxic chemicals.  Because I work with many ‘energy medicine’ therapies, my light-bulb moment was to incorporate the work I do in my practice into my creams and to send my healing message out into the world.

Fortunately, I am in good company – Dr. Larry Dossey, M.D. the highly respected author of nine books and numerous articles,  has lectured all over the world in major medical schools, on the subject of “nonlocal mind” .  That is, mind and thoughts not confined to the brain and body but that spread throughout space and time!

It’s a radical shift for our logical minds but many leading scientists are increasingly accepting this new ‘truth’ that offers us a totally different image of consciousness!

Marian Bourne BSc (Hons), CK, CRT

Nutritionist, Kinesiologist, Cranio Sacral Practitioner

Creator of Celgenics – Skin For The Future

The oil conundrum

Do you or don’t you put oils on your face if your skin is oily?

It’s quite a conundrum for many women who have greasy or oily skin, so if you’re one of them you’re in good company – Victoria Beckham and Alicia Keys have apparently both said that that they’ve suffered from greasy skin and acne.

Oily or greasy skin tends to look a bit shiny and has enlarged pores, it’s also prone to getting pimples, blackheads and blemishes and when you’re in your teens, acne can be a big problem as well.   There’s good news though, although you may hate it when you’re young, as you get older you tend to have fewer wrinkles, so that’s something to look forward to!

There are lots of reasons why you might have oily skin, hormones often play a part especially if you use the contraceptive pill; you may secrete too much sebum which is a common cause of oily skin and dark skin is often oily as it has more sweat glands and sebaceous glands than white skin; using oils that are too fatty on your skin will also exacerbate the problem.

Looking after oily skin doesn’t have to be difficult; the trick is to remove the excess sebum without drying up the skin.  How do you do this?

You need to use a very gentle cleanser and twice a day is plenty. If you over-cleanse or do too much peeling using products that dry out your skin, your body starts to overproduce sebum.  It’s also a mistake to use abrasive exfoliants because you strip the skin of its natural acid mantle which protects the skin from bacteria. Using the right toner [with no alcohol] can help to close up pores which means you reduce the possibility of inflammation from dust and dirt getting into the pores.

Unfortunately, there’s a myth that says you shouldn’t put oils onto oily skin.  This is both true and not true – it’s certainly true if you use oils which are comedogenic, meaning that they block the pores. By contrast, you want to give your skin the right oils so that you help regulate sebum production and your sebaceous glands can have time off! This way you help your skin move toward being a more ‘normal’ skin type.

When you’re looking for a suitable moisturiser for oily skin, read the label and see what plant oils have been included.  The important thing you need to know is what to avoid, [despite what the advertising says] and what oils will actually benefit your skin.

Oils that your skin will love are those with high quantities of omega-3 fatty acids, these are thin, dry oils and quickly absorbed – Kiwi seed, Chia seed, Thistle and Rosehip are all excellent.  The oils you need to avoid or check that they’re used in very small quantities are Olive, Neem, Macadamia, Moringa, Camelina, Coconut oil, Castor oil and also products that are paraffin based or that contain a lot of emulsifiers as these too can clog pores.

You can also use clay masks but only use the masks on the parts of your face that are oily and choose green or yellow clays which are best for oily skin.

Looking after oily skin starts from the inside – what you eat is really important.

Eating lots of saturated animal fats or highly processed vegetable oils can all exacerbate oily skin problems.  Eating chocolate, sugar, fizzy drinks and junk food is the fastest way to create inflammation, alter your blood sugar levels, interfere with absorption of nutrients and disrupt your hormones!

Wise choices in what you eat and what you put on your skin will pay you back many times over.  It’s worth remembering that everything you put on your skin is absorbed, after all, that’s why hormone and nicotine patches work and everything you eat and feed your body with will be reflected in your general health which includes the health of your skin. You are what you eat!