Monday, May 3, 2010

How are Essential Oils Used?

For over 5000 years, the use of plant aromatics accompanied civilization wherever it spread. Now its called Aromatherapy and its used in our present day health and beauty therapies.

Massage uses touch as a way to deliver aromatherapy. Essential oils are diluted in lotions or carrier oils such as grapeseed oil, and nourish the skin and enhance the goals of massage. The aromas of the essential oils help balance your state of mind through the brain's limbic system.

In Skin Care, the natural substance in many essential oils and hydrosols aid in gentle cleansing and are known for their antiseptic and antioxidant effects. They can help tone, sooth or stimulate tissues, even influencing the generation of new cells.

In Bath and Spa, the age-old practice of using aromatics in the baths and steams is still very popular in todays spas. Blends of fragrant essential oils can be customized to meet your individual needs and used in tubs, body wraps, facials and scrubs. These nourishing blends help reduce the effects of stress, soothing the senses and restoring the body.

What are your favorite essential oils and how do they make you feel?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

BathTherapy Bath Bombs

Create your own captivating and relaxing bath experience with bath bombs handmade by EclipseSpa. We make our bath bombs with all natural ingredients and scent them with essential oils, or natural fragrance oils We accept wholesale orders for our bath bombs and offer many fragrance options. Our bath bombs will leave your muscles feeling more relaxed and your skin super soft.

EclipseSpa is excited to announce that we are now using Celtic Sea Bath Salts in our Bath Bombs.

Since 1976, Celtic Sea Salt® Brand salt has been harvested by the salt farmers of Brittany using a farming method that preserves the purity and balance of ocean minerals.

These bath salts are authentic, unprocessed, gourmet, kosher, whole salt from one of the most pristine coastal regions of France.

Our bath bombs added to a warm bath will help to draw impurities out of your skin and invigorates the water. Salt baths also help with aches, pains and sore muscles, such as those associated with arthritis or muscle injury.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Remedies for Dry Cracked Feet

Dry cracked feet can make you feel uncomfortable and unattractive. And it’s not only a problem during the long winter months, dry feet can creep up on you at any time of the year.

While there are many cures for dry feet at your local drug store, not all of them are natural. That’s why we’ve put together some of the best natural dry cracked feet remedies for you. Get ready to reveal new soft, beautiful, touchable feet!

Vinegar Soak. Mix about a cup of white vinegar and a small amount of EclipseSpa's organic shower gel in a tub of warm water. Mix and let soak for about ten minutes.

Baking Soda Soak. Add some baking soda to a foot bath and let soak for about half an hour to help soften dry, hard feet. This also works great for the rest of your skin and you can even add some to your bath salts. OR drop in one of our bath bombs to your foot bath and get the same moisturizing effect

Milk. Add a cup of milk to a warm foot bath. Dairy is a great natural moisturizer and will help soften up hard dry skin on your feet.

Grapeseed Oil. Grapeseed oil has been used as moisturizers for dry skin long before traditional moisturizers were manufactured. After you’ve tried one of these other treatments, pat your feet dry and rub in a generous amount of oil, then put on thick socks to help keep the moisture in.

Sugar Scrub. The combination of shea butter, therapeutic oils and exfoliating sugar will leave your feet silky soft. Used over time, your feet will ready for showtime in your strappy summer sandals.

While soaks and lotions may help, they don’t get at the root cause of your problems. While dry weather may aggravate your condition, if you find you’re having to repeatedly treat your aching feet, your problem might be more than just the weather or genetics. Here are a few other causes you might look into.

Upgrade your shoes. Poor fitting shoes can cut off circulation to your heels and toes. If the skin doesn’t get blood, it doesn’t get enough water, nutrients, or water. Get your feet measured to make sure you’re wearing the right size.

If you’re using an inexpensive brand, you may want to invest in some quality footwear. They can help your feet, legs, back, and usually last a lot longer too.

Poor hygiene can also be a cause of dry cracked feet. It can be easy to neglect your feet when you’re scrubbing, but taking the extra time to scrub can be well worth it. Be sure to moisturize after since soaps can be drying.

While it may not seem like a huge issue, dry cracked feet could actually be a sign of a poor diet. Make sure you’re getting enough water and eating a well balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Natural Skin Care for Anti Aging

It seems like every day there’s a new product on to market to help turn back time. Truthfully, no matter what any company tells you, there’s no such thing as a fountain of youth, but there are steps you can take to make yourself look and feel younger without surgery or expensive treatments or products.

A well balanced, nutrient rich diet is the best way to keep yourself looking young. A lot if skin aging is caused by free radicals. They are damaging chemicals from the air we breathe, the food we eat, and our environment in general. Just like free radicals can hurt us, antioxidants can combat free radicals.

Antioxidants like vitamins A, E, and C are found in many fruits and vegetables. Try eating a variety of vegetables along with a diet rich in protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.

Just like some foods can help you look younger, other foods and bad habits can speed up the clock. To stay looking your best, don’t smoke and limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine. You should also try to eat fresh (preferably raw) foods daily and avoid a lot of processed foods and preservatives.

Another skin ager is sugar – soft, sticky and deadly – it is not awful for your health in general it’s extremely aging to your skin. Avoid or reduce sugar as much as possible from your diet and you will see a difference in your skin.

Dry skin, acne, and other skin issues can all make you look older as well, and they can all be helped by drinking plenty of water and eating right.

To supplement your healthy skin diet you can try a few natural products to maximize the effects. EclipseSpa has the following products that are ageless beauty secrets for your skin care:

Men's body and face lotion. Yes, I did first create it for men, but women have gotten a hold of it and are using it for themselves too. The ingredients are pure heaven for your face and body. Here are some of the benefits. Tamanu Oil deep conditions the skin, Grape Seed Oil lends supreme antioxidant levels and anti-aging Resveratrol to boot, Lavender soothes and calms inflammation, Rosehip, Borage, Flax, Sunflower, and Coconut Oils eliminate dry skin, wrinkles, rough patches, sun damage, and premature aging.

Grapeseed massage oil. First designed as a massage oil, it quickly became a luxurious bath oil favorite for many. Grapeseed oil absorbs into you skin without leaving it greasy. This is a highly antioxidant oil full of minerals and proteins for your skin-Our ageless beauty secret. You'll find this oil to be an effective make-up remover as well as a body moisturizer too. One great price for all these restorative uses!

While nothing can stop the clock altogether, healthy, youthful skin is achievable and these easy steps will help you get started.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, you know that it’s not just annoying and even unsightly, it can also be incredibly painful. You’ve probably tried all kinds of moisturizers with no real luck. The reason may be that the moisturizers simply makes your skin oily or irritates the problem even further.

The best way to avoid this is by going natural. Here are some easy, natural treatments to help moisturize your skin.

Drink plenty of water. This one is totally simple, but often overlooked. Your skin needs water to stay soft and smooth. While putting water on your skin will dry it out, putting it in your body is essential for keeping it hydrated. Plus, drinking enough water will make you feel better too!

A really good way to eliminate itchy dry skin quickly is to use a natural moisturizing shower gel. Over cleaning your skin is often unnecessary and can really dry it out. Avoid long baths, particularly with very hot water as this is extremely drying to the skin. Quick showers are the better option, for both your skin and environment. And follow up with all natural grapseeed oil to seal in the moisture. You can get 100% natural grapeseed oil which is used for massages, bath oil and moisturizing at most health food stores and of course, EclipseSpa.

Sometimes the skin on your body is okay but it’s the skin on your face that can be overly dry. For a great natural face wash, mix equal parts yogurt and cooked oatmeal with some cucumber juice. The yogurt and oatmeal help moisturize and soothe while the cucumber juice closes up your pores. Just remember that natural washes aren’t foamy like soap, but that doesn’t mean they’re not properly cleaning your skin.

If you have especially dry skin on your face, the best treatment is also probably the simplest and least expensive one around: honey. Honey has been used for centuries to moisturize, and you really don’t need anything else. Just apply honey to your face like a masque, let dry for 30 minutes, then rinse off. Your face will feel fresh, clean and healthy.

When it comes to moisturizing dry skin, you can usually skip all the fancy moisturizers and use good old fashioned oil. Just massage in daily to smooth, soft skin. While most oils will work, grapeseed oil and extra virgin olive oil are great for moisturizing and treating a variety of skin conditions. You can even mix in some honey (you can heat it to soften and help it mix) for added moisturizing power. Another recommendation is our men's face and body lotion. Yes, ladies, this lotion is perfect for your face too. I can't tell you how many orders we get from women who are using this on their face. They tell me their face is so much softer and their make-up goes on smoother after the application of this moisturizer.

Remember that natural remedies are about fixing the cause as well as treating the problem. It’s best to protect your skin from damage rather than treat it afterwards. Be sure to protect your skin from dry, cold winter conditions by using scarves, gloves, and avoid long exposures to severe cold when possible.

If nothing seems to be working for your dry skin, it may not caused by something you can tackle on your own. There may be an underlying condition or nutrition deficiency that is causing your problem. If these treatments don’t seem to help, try visiting your doctor or natural health practitioner.