Botanical Name- Theobroma cacao
Extraction- Expeller Pressed/Refined from Cocoa Beans
Shelf life- Approx. 3 year if stored in a cool dark place
Raw Cocoa is a hard, light yellow butter with a light chocolate-like odour. It has healing and moisturizing qualities which have made it very popular in the making of lotions, soaps, mositurisers and lip balms, often as a thickening agent. It is very emoillent and protective for skin while making the soap solid and dense in form.
It contains antioxidants and is naturally rich in Vitamin E which assists in anti-aging, and scar tissue health as well as containing cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP). This is a substance that inhibits the production of immuno globulin IgE's which aggravates symptoms of both dermatitis and asthma. So it's like an antibody to allergies!
Cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. These fatty acids actually are a benefit to your skin, because they will provide a layer of protection from skin stressors and free radicals. This helps to slow to process of aging while acting as a mild sunscreen. Your skin will look healthier from day one. Because this will also slow the development of wrinkles, you will reap the benefits for years to come.
Weather, hormones, and seasons of life all impact the health of our skin. Cocoa butter is a gentle and non-toxic option to help reverse the numerous signs of life. Almost any pregnant woman will tell you that she has heard of or tried cocoa butter for stretch marks. While, there may be no complete, proven cure, women boldly testify of positive results. The previously mentioned antioxidants also work to lighten age spots, to even skin tone, and to reduce scars. Some people have even recommended cocoa butter as a natural healer for those with sensitive skin or skin irritations such as eczema and dermatitis. Using cocoa butter is an easy way to replace commercial ointments and creams that are generally loaded with harmful chemicals.
It can be used in the treatment of dry lips or skin, wrinkles and sun damage, It has many anti-aging properties but is also beneficial to minor burns and other skin irritations or complains.
So that's mostly why it's in most of my soaps and most of my healing balms.
It's Completely WONDERFUL!
Essential Oils Assist in
For horses, emotions play such a vital part in how they train, ride and socialize with other horses.
Examples of negative emotions are anger, abandonment and grief. Positive emotions are joy, happiness and harmony.
What is an Emotional or Behavioral Pattern?
When humans or animals first learn to respond to a situation they start to develop a pattern or way to handle them as in our example above. Depending on a many factors, we learn to respond in different ways and sometimes in a negative way that is harmful to us.
Once the response is learned, the stimuli will produce the pattern unless it is changed or released. Good emotional patterning we don't want to change; but unhealthy patterns we would like to change!
So, if a child, adult, cat, dog or horse encounters fear and the response is "run away"! That is a pattern that could be changed and would be beneficial to change!
Why is it Unhealthy if we don't Release Emotions or Patterning?
If negative human or horse emotions are not released then they can produce poor emotionally patterning that has a negative outcome that is explained above.
Books on emotions including: Carolyn Mein, DC - Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils; Louise Hay - Heal Your Body; Karol Truman - Feelings Buried Alive Never Die and Candice Pert Molecules of Emotion, the body stores emotions on a cellular level.
The authors above explain that many times if the body can not handle a traumatic experience or painful emotion it stores it on a cellular level until we are either ready to deal with it or release it!
Emotional patterning determines likes and dislikes, habits, ability to socialize, attitude and reaction or response to everything! Whether it is human, animal or horse emotions, they can literally control behavior on a subconscious level. Unless, they are released!
Essential oils easily penetrate the skin and can be carried throughout the blood and tissues within minutes. They stimulate the amygdale of the brain.
This area is the emotional center where all the emotions are stored. Therefore, just smelling an essential oil can help us safely release emotional fear, trauma and memories.
They can help animals and humans clear the unconscious patterning that holds back potential, happiness and more! This is an extremely valuable tool!
How do we Release Emotions for our Animals and Ourselves?
Choose several oils to work with and use them daily. It is as simple as that! For horse emotions place them in front of their muzzle and observe your horse since their limbic system functions a bit differently than ours.
Essential Oil Uses for Horses
Essential oils can be used for numerous equine conditions. For physical issues, you can dab the oil directly on the affected location. For respiratory issues, dab on the chest and then let the horse inhale the oil. For emotional issues, let them inhale the oil and you can dab it on their forehead or poll. Here are some specific conditions and essential oils which can help to remedy them.
Horse Emotions (and People)
*Note: If a horse turns his head away from an essential oil when you let him sniff it, he is showing you that he doesn’t prefer that oil.
Nervousness/ Anxiety: Valerian and Lavender essential oils.
Hormone Imbalance (Mare issues): Clary Sage and Geranium essential oils.
Muscle Spasms: Basil, Lavender, Marjoram essential oils.
Sore/ Overused Muscles: Eucalyptus, Balsam Fir, Lavender essential oils.
Scratches/ Greasy Heal: Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Lavender essential oils.
Rain Rot: Tea tree, Lemongrass, Geranium essential oils.
Sarcoids: Thieves, Tea Tree, Oregano essential oils.
Thrush: Thieves, Tea Tree, Thyme, essential oils. You can place undiluted oils directly on the frog for severe cases, or soak cotton balls and tape them on or put on a hoof boot for 24 hours.
Abscesses: Tea Tree, Oregano, Thieves, Lavender essential oils. Make a foot soak using selected oils, Epsom salt and warm water. Soak for at least 20 minutes to encourage the abscess to open and drain.
Sheath Cleaning: Thieves, Myrrh, and Rosemary essential oils. Add a few drops of Thieves oil to KY jelly or a mild cleanser. Then add 1/2 gallon of water to clean the inside of the sheath. (Thieves oil is also recommended for swelling in the sheath.) To clean the outer part of the sheath, add about 5 drops of Myrrh and Rosemary oil to pure grade vegetable oil.
There are also several essential oils that repel biting insects–see this post for homemade fly spray recipes that use essential oils.
Important Note: Always consult your veterinarian if your horse has a serious condition. Essential oils are not meant to be a substitute for responsible veterinary care.
Even though essential oils are all-natural, there are some safety tips we should follow when using them for ourselves, our horses, or other pets:
Purchase only 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils and follow directions on the label.
Essential oils are usually used diluted with carrier oils, such as coconut, olive, sunflower, or vegetable oil for topical applications. They may cause redness or irritation if used on the skin undiluted.
They should not be used in the eye (duh!) or ear canal.
Do not ingest (eat/ drink) essential oils, unless you have consulted professional (Aromatherapist) advice.
Discontinue using an oil if you or your horse has a reaction (skin, respiratory, stomach.)
Consult a physician or professional trained in essential oil use if you or the animal is pregnant. (Like acupressure, essential oils can be deceptively potent!)
~ To read more, click here. I am not affiliated with this link in any way. I do not even support Young Living or Do Terra or their misleading and potentially dangerous education. ALWAYS dilute essential oils.
However, I thought that the article is an interesting one and I believe that horses can improve on many levels with the use of essential oils.
Real Hand-made soap. Lovingly made from scratch using the Cold Process soaping method.
Organic and VEGAN.
All natural additives, herbs and healing oils. NO PALM OIL is used in any products to assist in the preservation of the natural habitats of orang-utans in the wild.
These natural handmade soaps are created with ultimate skin care in mind.
For people who suffer with skin conditions such as Eczema, Dermatitis and dry, unhappy skin who are aware of the masses of chemicals going on their skin, and want to make the wise and positive changes to their lives and to those they love. These soaps are made for people with sensitive skin, and the amounts of healing oils, natural butters, organic herbs and pure 1st grade essential oils used in every recipe are there to help, not just to sound good!
Commercial soap is a chemical detergent, it is petrochemical based, contains known skin irritants, asthma triggers and hormone disruptors!
For the entirety of your life almost every day, you are likely to apply this concoction of dangerous chemicals to your skin. Skin, being the largest bodily organ absorbs anything applied to it's surface... and it does so very well.
Why is there now, more than ever cases of skin cancer???
I jam pack my soaps with oils that are exceptionally nutritious for the skin (and the diet). Bugger the cost! I'm on a mission!
Palm is cheap and nasty and is in probably 80% of the soaps out there! I add all of my special oils when the soap is cool and almost too cool to pour. The less heat, the more the potency of the herbs, oils, essential oils. That is when I add everything that I want to be in the finished product and in quantities that I expect a difference in not only the moisture content but also the resiliency and condition.
I like to add Natural clay to some of my soaps. Many people don't know how imperative the handling of clay is. Its properties and benefits are lost when stirred in plastic or stainless steel and with a spatula or fork. I like to learn the best ways to get the most punch into every bar of soap!
Some ingredients I love are
Sweet Almond oil, Hemp Seed Oil (Without a doubt my favourite - love this oil for the skin- its amazing, full of essential fatty Omega 3 and omega 6 acids that our body and skin needs to be healthy.)
Evening Primrose, Rose hip, Macadamia, Coconut, Olive, Castor, Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Mango butter... Most of these are in every soap!
The highest quality ingredients are used in all products, and are sourced in Australia (where possible) from organic and cruelty free suppliers.
No artificial fragrances or colours unless stated on the label then its only about .5% of mica colour and 2% of fragrance oils.
Percentage of profits go towards "No kill' animal shelters to support their amazing work.
The organic percentages in all products are increasing progressively.
If you have eczema then you know how important it is keep your skin moisturised and avoid creams with fragrance and known irritants. Eczema and allergies are often caused by dietry products, such as wheat, milk, sugar and other environmental factors, so a topical cream is not expected to cure the problem, but will certainly help the skin repair itself, soothe it when its hot and irritated and provide much needed relief.
I have developed a number of products for Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis and other skin conditions. All containing natural, vegan, cruelty-free ingredients. The reason these products work is because; no chemicals to play havoc with already sensitive skin, contains natural oils and extracts that are known for hydrating and being beneficial for damaged skin, eczema, dermatitis, natural preservative to keep bacteria out, no chemical colorants, or artificial fragrances which are top of the list in irritants to avoid. These products all contain ingredients famous for deep conditioning and skin repair. Cell regeneration and repair, calmative, emoilent, anti oxidant, so not only do all the ingredients help with moisturisation of extremely dry skin, but it gives protection against dryness and flaking. The goal is to find something that works for you and your family, to relieve, soothe, calm and to succeed in not exasperating the problem.
Essential oils are used in some products for their amazing ability to synergistically improve skin condition, destroy bacteria, (anti septic, anti microbial, anti bacterial), anti inflammatory (Awesome for reducing swelling, redness, puffiness, and irritation). The list goes on. So much research has been done on the subject that only the best ingredients that history recommends are included. Here are the choices!
Ok, so for some time now I have wanted to jump on the natural hair care band wagon. (The NO POO method, as they say)
I made a few batches of shampoo, but it was horrible to use, just wouldnt cut through all that build up on my hair, it was literally repelling the product. The next batch was better but I still wasn't happy. I knew what it needed but could I find the ingredients that were natural, to do what I needed?
We have arrived!!!
NO POO Shamps. its a Castile soap kind of shampoo, as natural as possible too!
Still tweaking the formula to be just a bit more nourishing for dry damaged hair.
The first day I used it, my hair was a tangled mess, not even possible to style while wet (but I did try)!
Using a wide tooth comb and my hemp seed hair oil I got it presentable.
In all fairness, I washed massaged rinsed and REPEATED, so it was well and truly squeaky clean (and tangled- my hair is quite long).
When my hair was dry however, it was awesome, probably like our hair was when we were 5! Soft, light, clean and shiny.
It's funny how we think our hair is shiny when its loaded with chemical products....you will see what I mean if you ever try it!
So tonight I will trial it for the second time and only wash once and rinse. If I still have trouble with it, next wash, I will smooth some of my hair oil into the middle and ends of my hair before washing.
I'm yet to decide on a scent, so have made this a special product where you can choose your own scent! I think thats kinda cool!
Its recommended to trial a new natural shampoo for 4 weeks as it can take that long for the chemicals and build up to be released from the hair and scalp and for your skin to adjust to a different PH. Some people give up before this time, but remember you only have to go through this phase once only before natural shampoo is a regular part of your life. I've heard people say over and over again, that they will never go back to commercial shampoo.
thats alot of chemicals no longer running down your entire body when you wash your hair in the shower.
Thats a good enough reason for me to keep trying it. If I dont get exactly the results I'm after, I will further tweak my conditioner base to include more nourishing healing oil quantities. I'm pretty lucky to have the hair oil on hand and I really do recommend getting that with the shampoo and conditioner pack.
Ok so I will post my results some time in the future!
Wish me luck
I'm never going back to any other kind of shampoo. This is the first time in 26 years I have been symptom free of scalp psoriasis! My hair is awesome! no dandruff, no itching, no oiliness, no fly aways, no dry broken sections at the back, just healthy, naturally balanced, soft shiny hair and happy scalp. I recommend natural castle shampoo to everyone!