Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Naturally antibacterial vs Chemically antibacterial

Lemon myrtle is one of the most active essential oils against microorganisms. An Australian University study showed that antimicrobial activity increased accordingly when the concentration of lemon myrtle essential oil was increased. 

The results of microbiological tests show lemon myrtle essential oil to be significantly more active than tea tree oil against a broad range of microorganisms. Lemon myrtle inhibited all organisms tested at concentrations of less than and equal to 0.2%. This included a strain of P.aeruginosa, an extremely resistant strain of Pseudomonas which was inhibited at 2% concentration (compared with teatree's 8%). 

When you use Lemon Myrtle Essentials' products like the Organic Lemon Myrtle Self-foaming liquid soap, it has naturally hygienic antibacterial actions. It is formulated to be gentle and good for everyday use and for children. Similarly, using the Lemon Myrtle Essentials Hand Lotion provides more hygienic protection than another hand lotion might.

However many people don't differentiate between a chemical anti-microbial and a natural one like lemon myrtle essential oil. There is a growing proliferation of antimicrobial handwashes, wet wipes and gels on our supermarket and pharmacy shelves. 

Let me tell you why I would prefer to use a natural antimicrobial than a chemical one, for everyday purposes. Man-made antibacterial products do a mass wipeout, not discriminating between good and bad bacteria. 

We need good bacteria - the bacteria cells in our body outnumber those of our body cells by a factor of 10! There are 10 times more bacteria cells than body cells in us! Most of these bacteria are friendly ones, performing a host of useful and life supporting functions, like defending us against harmful bacteria, promoting digestive functions, and a host of other important functions. 

Trying to kill bacteria by using chemical antibacterials or antimicrobials is a fruitless exercise, causing us to kill good bacteria which are better at helping us ward off harmful bacteria than chemicals can. I avoid using chemical antibacterial hand gels or washes. I notice they cause me to get eczema. My educated guess is that they wipe out the good with the bad, and reduces my skin's natural defences. Friendly bacteria are an important part of my skin's and body's defences, as I realised when a serious bout of pneumonia requiring a dosing of 3 super strong antibiotics and later, intravenous antibiotics, caused me to deal with a host of skin, digestive and immune disorders for years afterwards. 

Why are naturally anti-microbial essential oils different? Many foods we eat have naturally antimicrobial effect - for instance, cinnamon, coconut oil, olive leaf extract, various herbs, and so much more.. They appear to selectively inhibit certain harmful bacteria and not the beneficial ones. 

The Lemon Myrtle Essentials self-foaming soap contains organic lemon myrtle essential oil which is naturally antibacterial and kind to your skin, and leaves your skin feeling clean and smelling delicately citrusy!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Lemon Myrtle in cooking!

And here's for something completely different...

Did you know that lemon myrtle is a popular ingredient amongst Australian chefs?

During former US President Bill Clinton's visit to Australia in 1996, Lemon Myrtle Tart was the dessert item at the formal reception hosted by the Australian Government.

Lemon myrtle spice is finely ground lemon myrtle leaf.

Lemon myrtle essential oil is distilled from lemon myrtle leaf.

Why not use lemon myrtle essential oil instead of lemon myrtle ground leaf for cooking? It's more potent as you only need one drop! It's fresher! Ground leaf has a greater chance of oxidising and losing its freshness. Essential oil is stored in small dark bottles and can be refrigerated for maximum freshness and potency. This is the Chefs' lemon myrtle secret!

Tips for using lemon myrtle essential oil in cooking:

1 Only use organic, pure and fresh lemon myrtle essential oil.
2 Keep refrigerated for maximum freshness
3 Use sparingly! Only 1 drop needed eg for 500g of yoghurt, or salad dressing for 4-6 people.
4 Use in oil-based or fat-based recipes - eg ice creams, butters, yoghurt, sauces, soups, oils.
   Not in water based drinks or solutions.

Some ideas - lemon myrtle curry, lemon myrtle pumpkin and coconut cream soup, lemon myrtle butter, lemon myrtle and vanilla yoghurt, lemon myrtle salad dressing, lemon myrtle ice cream, lemon myrtle tart. 

Remember, be sparing! One drop is plenty!!

Lemon Myrtle in macaroons!
"We have tried three different lemon myrtle and yours was from very far the best. It smells and tastes so natural and it is soooooo good. Thanks again!" A.Baron General Manager, La Maison du Macaron in New York

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Multiple Personality or Multi-Talented?

Lemon Myrtle - so many personalities!

* 1 Yes it is refreshingly citrusy, native to Australia, calming to the central nervous system, and so very uplifting.

So it's great in aroma diffusers to help relax, soothe, unwind. Some love it as a perfume!

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* 2 And it is a potent antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
(double that of teatree oil, but aromatically so much more alluring!)

So it's great sprayed in the air to kill bacteria, freshen a room space, cut odours, create a fresh ambience.

* 3 Now it's also getting a reputation to be fantastic for Molluscum
see Molluscum info

The Molluscum Trio at http://www.lemonmyrtleessentials.com/molluscum

* 4 And Chefs love it. Australian Aborigines used it as a spice.
See its many uses at Lemon Myrtle ideas

It's a wonder Lemon Myrtle isn't going through an identity crisis! But it's got too much work to do being so multi-talented..

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Balm for the soul

Imagine a balm so aromatically delicious and soothing, with practical benefits! Soothes lips, calms itchy bites, and naturally antibacterial for cuts, and a wonder for molluscum. It's hard to imagine that this same balm could be used as a perfume balm! We dare you...

Made with love and literally good enough to eat! With such delicious smelling and delicious sounding ingredients as organic virgin coconut oil, organic lemon myrtle essential oil, organic shea butter, organic jojoba, natural vitamin E, and more. Totally free of chemicals, petrochemicals, parabens, mineral oils, colours etc.  To buy go here.

And fun to use - click to open
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lemon Myrtle Mist Spray - a refreshing experience

Lemon Myrtle is a native Australian plant traditionally used by Aborigines for its aromatic and therapeutic properties. It is an aroma so fresh and so lemony and so clear, which never fails to elicit an "Mmmmhh, it's so refreshing!" from men and women alike. Its fresh citrusy scent is so appealing to both sexes ("Who's been getting into my lemon myrtle mist spray?") that often both husband and wife buy their own supply to preserve marital harmony!

What is lemon myrtle mist spray for? Good question. It's not exactly a body spray, nor a surface spray, nor an air freshener (though it can be used for such). Yet it's by far the most popular item in the Lemon Myrtle Essentials range. People can't get enough of it once they have tried it. The bottles just walk out the door!

Let's call it a mood spray, a personal space spray. Lemon Myrtle's effect on the central nervous system is calming, almost sedating, yet uplifting at the same time. The Australian Bush Flower Essences in it are Australia's equivalent to Bach Flower Remedies. The Flower Essences used in it are for clearing the mind, relaxing, unwinding.And it is Certified Organic, made with pure, organic ingredients.

Students use it to stay alert. People love it as a mood enhancer. Mums use it prevent the spread of airborne bacteria around their children during the cold/flu season. (A major bonus is that lemon myrtle is highly anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral. Twice as antibacterial as the wellknown tea tree oil. A natural antibacterial which kills the bad bacteria and not the good.) Day Spas use it to freshen their treatment rooms. You can even spray it on to keep the mosquitoes away! Use it to purify air in enclosed spaces. Bring it with you while travelling as a good all round spray.

Customer comments:
"I really do love your products. I use them all the time particularly the organic Lemon Myrtle Mist Spray which I spray all around me before leaving my home.."

"I have used the Lemon Myrtle Mist Spray also for clearing my office space and find it reenergizing when my energy has dropped."

"I really love using the Lemon Myrtle products. My favourite is the Lemon Myrtle Mist spray. I have some in both my home and in the office. I spray it in the office when I find I am flagging a little during the day, it always lift my spirit."

"I purchased your Lemon Myrtle Mist Spray and I have found it to be very useful indeed! When sprayed in rooms it helps to create a calm and tranquil ambience. I feel very invigorated when I spray it near my personal space as well. In fact I wish I had a bottle of it everywhere I go!"

"The one I enjoy most is the mist spray. I have left the spray in my car, every morning I use it as a perfect pick me up, better than coffee. It never fails to get a comment on how nice it smells when people get in, very invigorating!!"

For an endlessly refreshing lemon myrtle experience visit here

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Coconut oil miracle

Whenever I mention the benefits of virgin coconut oil, I still get people responding with "I thought it was bad for you, isn't it a saturated fat?". (Groan, that is so 1970s..!). If you've been to the health shop recently, you might have noticed the organic virgin coconut oil that is sold as a dietary supplement. Coconut oil's primarily medium-chain fatty acids are used by the body predominantly for energy production and thus seldom end up as body fat or deposits in arteries. They produce energy, not fat. Medium-chain fatty acids do not have a negative effect on blood cholesterol and actually help protect against heart disease. Tests have shown that coconut oil's medium chain fatty acids are effective in destroying viruses, bacteria, fungi and yeast. Whether applied topically of taken internally, coconut oil helps keep skin young, healthy and free of disease. You only need to look at the healthy Pacific Islanders. Read in more depth in The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife.

And for fascinating information on coconut oil and its many benefits to your skin and health, read this book written by a dermatologist Rx:Coconuts!(The Perfect Health Nut) It is truly an eye-opener.

Further research info links http://www.coconutoil.com/ and http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org

That's why you'll find certified organic virgin coconut oil in Lemon Myrtle Essentials range of bodycare products - wonderful for your skin! And remember, it needs to be the Certified Organic virgin coconut oil, because there is another version just innocuously called "coconut oil" which has been refined, bleached and deodorised (RBD coconut oil) - why bother!?

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Organic Self Foaming Liquid Soap

No, it's not a gel, it's not a liquid soap (eventhough it is liquid in the bottle). When pumped out of the unique bottle, the soap comes out in a silky, luxurious foam. Don't be fooled by its small size, that amount lasts many times longer than a cake of soap or ordinary liquid soap, and doesn't cost much more. Why? Because each drop with the help of the the special foaming dispenser creates an abundance of silky luxurious foam.

It's convenient, hygienic, portable, compact. It's mild, organic, smells delicious and naturally anti-bacterial because of the organic lemon myrtle essential oil!

Use in the shower, bath or at the washbasin - luxuriate in its smooth silky lather. Enjoy the refreshing citrusy natural scent and anti-bacterial/antifungal/antiviral properties of organic lemon myrtle essential oil!

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Some tips for using Lemon Myrtle Essentials Organic Self Foaming Liquid Soap:

Use Lemon Myrtle Essentials Organic Self Foaming Liquid Soap to wash hands and body, and even as a shaving foam! Children love it - it's gentle, smells nice, and is naturally antibacterial/ antiviral / antifungal - wonderful for molluscum partnered with essential oil and soothing balm in the Molluscum Trio!

If the dispensing nozzle gets blocked, use a chopstick/skewer/toothpick/pin to clear the nozzle. Rinse nozzle with warm water.

This bottle is refillable. Refills coming soon!

Fragonia - "best new talent"

Fragonia is a new Australian essential oil which has been hailed as the "best new talent" in essential oils. On a molecular level, Dr Daniel Penoel, wellknown French doctor and aromatic medicine practitioner, has described Fragonia as the Golden Triangle. The ratio of its functional groups and the proportions between the molecules are arranged according to the golden proportion which is reproduced at several levels, like a fractal. Says Dr Penoel,"To have, in a single essential oil, at the same time, the golden proportion and the fractal structure is absolutely unique!"

Preliminary testing shows that Fragonia has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and expectorant properties. Dr Penoel suggests a couple of drops of Fragonia applied daily to the groin area, under the armpits, and on the side of the neck, where the lymphatic nodes are situated, to enhance one's immune system via skin application. Fragonia is non-toxic and non-irritating and can safely be used with infants and children.

The most exciting aspect of Fragonia is its ability to affect the emotions on a profound level. It appears to soothe away stresses of the psyche and have a calming effect on the mind. When Dr Penoel was in Australia in December 2005, he gave all of us attending his seminar a vial of Fragonia and asked us to dab some on each chakra point before we went to sleep that night. The next morning, I awoke from many vivid dreams and I recall muttering to myself about what that was all about - not yet making the connection to the Fragonia, until later that day at the seminar when others also mentioned their vivid dreams.

Dr Penoel's wife's experienced a startling result using Fragonia during a bout of illness from exhaustion and cold. She'd been using some other respiratory essential oils which had helped a little, but when she used Fragonia: "My impression was as though I had reconnected my body, soul and spirit.. I had never had a similar experience with any other essential oil before, and I have used many in my life".

Dr Penoel describes many cases of those who have been able to unblock their emotions, open their heart and allow peace to enter, with the help of Fragonia.

One can use Fragonia essential oil neat, or diluted in massage oil.

To purchase pure Fragonia essential oil or the Organic Camellia Massage Oil with organic Lemon Myrtle and Fragonia essential oil go here.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Camellia Oil - special properties

Organic Camellia oil is harvested and cold pressed from the seeds of the Camellia plant, and is a light and non-greasy oil known for centuries in the East for its rejuvenating and skin-nurturing properties.

It is a wonderful oil said to smoothen and brighten skin, prevent wrinkles and dryness, and is highly protective. Reputed to be the Japanese Geishas' best-kept secret for lovely unblemished skin, Camellia oil is highly valued for its anti-ageing and anti-oxidant properties.

The new Organic Camellia oil in the Lemon Myrtle Essentials range is available with a special massage blend of organic Lemon Myrtle essential oil and Fragonia essential oil.

The organic camellia massage blend
1 is a lovely way to enhance your massage, with the lemon myrtle essential oil to calm and uplift, and the fragonia to bring peaceful dreams.
2 can be rubbed onto the skin fresh after a shower or bath, to moisturise and soften your skin.
3 can be added to the Lemon Myrtle Essentials Organic Self Foaming Liquid Soap to enhance the moisturising properties of this luxuriously lathering mild soap
4 can be added to your Lemon Myrtle Luxurious Gel Lotion to make it richer
5 can have a few drops more of your favourite essential oils blended in.

Customer comments on the Organic Camellia Massage Oil with Lemon Myrtle & Fragonia:

Due to an ankle injury years ago, I need to have my calf and leg muscles massaged regularly, so I go through a lot of massage oil. I was recently introduced to the Lemon Myrtle Essentials organic massage oil with Lemon Myrtle & Fragonia. I LOVE it!! It is miraculous! It has a perfect consistency unlike other oils I've used. And I love the scent too! David Witts, Artist & Photographer

It's very balancing and calming because of the Lemon Myrtle and Fragonia essential oils, and has a lovely subtle scent unlike some other massage oils. I like the consistency too, it's not too heavy or too light, so it's great for massage. If a massage oil is too heavy, one has to wipe some off the skin while massaging, and if too light, one has to keep applying a lot of oil. But this Lemon Myrtle & Fragonia Massage oil is just right. Howard Evans, Masseur and Teacher of Massage.