The Magical Powers of Neroli

It can be very difficult to find vegan skin care products that are natural, organic and chemical-free. I usually resort to making my own homemade concoctions instead of spending a ridiculous amount of time and money researching, shopping and ultimately being disappointed in the experience. Until now, that is!

I ordered a few products including the Neroli Toning Mist from Annmarie Gianni’s skin care line and not only was blown away by how amazing they are, I also have found a new love – Neroli.

According to the handy information card that is included, Neroli balances natural oils, soothes skin and minimizes large pores. It also has an incredible aromatherapy benefit of enhancing your mood, calming your soul and can be used as an aphrodisiac. Wow!

So I did a bit of surfing to find out more . . . here are the highlights:

  • Neroli is made by distilling oil from the blossom of the Bitter Orange tree
  • Because it is steam distilled (due to the delicateness of the blossom) it takes 1 ton to make 1 quart of oil
  • It has been used to treat headaches, relieve insomnia and reduce nervousness and anxiety

The coolest thing I found out is that it was introduced to the world by Anne Marie Orsini, a 17th century princess from Nerola, Italy. Is it coincidence that another Annmarie, centuries later would bring it into my life and now yours? I think not!

So, now I have it sitting on my desk and every time I need a pick-me-up or my skin feels a little dry, I mist my face and neck, take a deep breath of the sweet, citrus aroma and smile.

If you want to find out how amazing this stuff really is, please visit Annmarie’s website.

Have you used Neroli in your life? Share your tips below!

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Can Maca Really Do All That!?!

As I learned more about my rascally root friend; Maca, I was astounded by the many benefits it offers.

Regulates and Balances the Systems of the Body

Maca is an adaptogen. This means that it helps the body adapt to stress and changing situations. It works with the your natural rhythms to help rebuildĀ  immune systems, re-mineralize bodies and increase energy and endurance.

It also helps balance your hormones. It can decrease the symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. Depression and PMS can also be alleviated along with thyroid and fibromyalgia issues.

Improved Sexual Response and Fertility

Maca has been used as an aphrodisiac for many years because of its ability to increase sex drive, sexual arousal and physical performance during sex. It can also relieve other low libido effects in women like decreased vaginal lubrication and ability to have an orgasm.

It helps with fertility as well since it increases sperm count, motility and volume in men and positively affects ovarian function in women. It also decreases anxiety and stress which can sometimes be a factor with infertility.

Increases Energy Levels and Mental Clarity

Maca can increase energy and improve both stamina and endurance. Unlike caffeine, Maca is a healthy choice for increasing energy because it is not a stimulant. It obtains its benefits from vitamins and minerals, which is especially beneficial for individuals who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome.

Many people who use Maca also report increased mental clarity.

In my next post, I will give you some recommendations on Maca products.

Resources:
What is an adaptogen? on WiseGEEK
Maca on Rain Tree
Maca Uses on Ph Pure

What do you think about Maca? Have you tried it? I would love to hear your comments on the blog, on facebook or on twitter.