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Beauty Tips, From our Director

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HEALTH

Throughout history, herbal medicine in the form of herbs, plant aromas and essential oils have been revered as sacred — both for treating ailments and disease, as well as providing life-enhancing benefits. In most ancient cultures, people believed plants to be magical, and for thousands of years herbs were used as much for ritual as they were for medicine and food.

Essential oils have an effect that is more than just a pleasant scent. Essential oils have the ability to trigger emotions and memories, and are therefore very powerful when it comes to wellbeing, on a physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual level. Every time that you hold a bottle of essential oil, you are holding the pure “essence” of botanicals (hence the term “essential” oils). It can be said that essential oils are the “soul” of a plant.

Pure essential oils are powerful. They are about 70 times more concentrated than the whole plant, and work more deeply than dry herbs, delivering potentially very fast and effective results for holistic health and wellbeing. From scientific studies, we know that essential oils comprise a powerful blend of antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, just to name a few. But they also vibrate at particular frequencies that may effect energy and activate certain altered states of wellbeing and consciousness.



How Essential Oils work

Whilst an aromatherapy massage or bath can be a beautiful once-off treatment, essential oil “aromatherapy” can be integrated into your daily lifestyle in a holistic way, for ongoing wellbeing of mind, body and soul. 

Oils enter the body via three delivery systems:

1. Through aroma, following the olfactory nerve pathways from the sinuses into the central glands of the brain (the Amygdala and Hippocampus), which control emotional, neurological, hormonal and and immunological functions. Bypassing the reasoning brain altogether, the smell is processed according to emotion, memory and learning.

2. By massaging them into the skin, which allow the oils to become absorbed into the bloodstream dermally via the hair follicles, and to have a systemic effect.

3. Through the respiratory system as you inhale the aroma, which has a direct effect on the sinuses, throat, and lungs. 



Passing the Blood / Brain Barrier

The blood brain barrier — the barrier membrane between the circulating blood and the brain — is very selective as to which substances it allows to pass through it. Essential oil compounds are extraordinarily small, making them uniquely suited to cross the blood brain barrier, and postively impact the brain and overall health. Once crossed, essential oils can rapidly absorb and interact with receptors in the central nervous system to help support healing and normalisation of stressed or dysfunctional cells.



Aromatherapy as Vibrational Medicine

Each essential oil has its own frequency — and since our bodies vibrate at certain frequencies — if our bodies are out of balance, then essential oils are a modality that can help us to regain homeostasis. Some research claims that, of any natural material, essential oils have the highest measurable frequencies —which are measured in Hertz, a measure of cycles per second — creating an environment where disease, bacterial, virus, and fungus cannot live. The average frequency of a human body that is healthy will measure a frequency of 62 to 68 MHz whilst essential oils have been measured at the following high frequencies:

Rose (Rosa damascene).....................320 MHz

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)........118 MHz
Blue Chamomile (Matricaria recutita).....105 MHz
Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)............98 MHz
Peppermint (Mentha peperita)..............78 MHz

The higher ranges are said to affect spirit and emotions while the lower frequencies have more effect on all areas of the physical body. It is theorised that a stronger frequency will entrain a weaker frequency, and this is how essential oils work as vibrational medicine: their harmonious high-frequencies overcome or neutralize imbalances and dis-ease in our beings – physical and otherwise.


Quality & Organics

The quality of your essential oils is important. Oils need to be chosen for being extracted through careful steam distillation and cold pressing, which preserves the integrity and power of the extracts.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and enter the body quickly, therefore look for a trusted producer that makes quality, pure oils without anything added. You’re more likely to have an allergic reaction to oils that are of lower quality or have synthetic enhancement added.

If pesticides have been used in plant production there may be concentrated residue in your product, which will enter the body at the same time. Essential oils — as with other products applied to the skin — are ingested by the body like a food. And like foods, 100% organic certified products or ingredients are worth the higher price if you care about truly safe, natural products.

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How to use Essential Oils safely

For daily use, oils can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically (chakra points, behind the ears, the neck, wrists or directly on to an area of concern) and incorporated into massage. Or you might simply carry them with you as you would a crystal.

Essential oils are usually lipophilic ("oil-loving") compounds that are not miscible with water. The most common way to safely dilute essential oils for topical use is in a carrier oil. This can be a quality vegetable oil such as jojoba, coconut, wheat germ, or olive.

Its important to note that just because it is derived from a plant, it doesn’t mean it’s safe to rub on your skin, or breathe, or drink, even if pure or organic. Natural substances can still be irritating, toxic, or cause allergic reactions. Like anything else you put on your skin, it’s best to test a little bit on a small area and see how your skin responds.

Always use oils on the skin in a dilution of 1-3%, versus applying the neat oil to the skin or hands. That means if you have one teaspoon of carrier, you would add 1 drop of pure essential oil to make a 1% solution. Young children and the elderly may be more sensitive to essential oils, so you may need to dilute them more. Alternatively, find an aromatherapy roll on or body oil that has been pre-blended in the right quantity. In baths, add a little milk to help disperse the oils through the water, otherwise they can end up sticking to your skin.

Taken by mouth, many essential oils can be dangerous so be sure to seek the medical advice of a qualified aromatherapist or integrated medical professional before ingesting oils. Pregnant women should seek specific medical advice before using any oils, topically or internally. Avoid direct sun exposure or use on a non-exposed area with all essential oil concentrates and dilutions as some oils may be photosensitising.



Summary

Aromatherapy is holistic and enjoyable, with benefits for body, mind and soul. It is the art and science of using botanical extracts and their physical, energetic and vibrational properties to create and maintain emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. When used correctly, essential oils are a beautiful addition to daily life and mood.

MISS FOX has created a collection of 7 high vibration, skin-safe oils based on the Chakras that makes working these wellness wonders into our daily routines impossibly easy. Available from November 1 at MISS FOX Melbourne. To pre-order email us at enquiries@missfox.com.au


References:

Battaglia, Salvadore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition, The International Centre for Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003

Lee, Myeong Soo; Choi, Jiae Choi (2012). "Aromatherapy for health care: an overview of systematic reviews". Maturitas. 3 (71): 257–260.

Keville, Kathy, Aromatherapy for Dummies, Wiley Publishing, 1999

Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 1991

Ryman, Daniele (1984). The Aromatherapy Handbook: The Secret Healing Power Of Essential Oils. Century Publishing CO. Ltd. pp. Chapter 3. ISBN 9780852072158.


 


Media Spotlights, Treatment Spotlights

THE SKINCARE OBSESSIVE: Q&A: VENUS LEGACY TREATMENT.

A few weeks or so ago I went into Miss Fox in Melbourne’s CBD and had the opportunity to try the Venus Legacy Treatment. Below is a Q&A with Erin from Miss Fox on the treatment.

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Can you give my readers a quick overview of the Venus Legacy treatment? 

Venus Legacy is the gold standard for non-surgical body and skin enhancement. It feels like a hot stone massage making it a comfortable treatment for our clients. Venus Legacy uses Varipulse Technology which massages the skin allowing us to work on the deeper layers. While the Varipulse is massaging radio frequency fields work to target the fibroblasts which will produce more collagen and elastin resulting in firmer, plumper skin. It also works on the fat cells helping to shrink them and remove toxins from fatty areas and encouraging blood flow to the area and a slimmer physique.

What parts of the face and body can the treatment work on? 

Venus Legacy can work on all areas of the face and body. We can contour waist lines, reduce cellulite on all areas of the body, lift the face and help to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. The only area we cannot work over is the thyroid gland. 

Should you change anything in your daily routine prior to your treatment? 

I always suggest my clients to stay hydrated and eat as clean as possible leading up to their treatments. Also giving your body or face an exfoliation the day before treatment will help as we wonʼt be working over layers of dead skin cells. 

Who would best suit the treatment? 

The treatment is best suited to anyone with concerns about cellulite, fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin. We always do a thorough consultation to ensure the treatment is safe for our clients and they donʼt have any contraindications. 

Is there any down time?

No down time at all. Erythema (redness) may last up to 12 hours and some clients experience bruising. This normally goes away within a few days. 

How long until I see results? 

Results typically can be noticed after one or two treatments. We take photos and measurements on our clients first session so we have something to look back on and compare results. 

How many treatments to maintain results? 

Venus legacy has documented its results to last a minimum of 18 months but will continue to last ongoing if one session per quarter is maintained after the series. It is also important to continue with regular exercise and eating a clean diet with daily dry body brushing incorporated into your routine. 

Should I do anything particular after the treatment? 

After the treatment hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Going for a walk (if you are working on  your body) or doing some yoga to further detoxify the body is recommended here at MISS FOX

Think of this treatment like a spot treatment for your area of concern. After the treatment moving your body will help burn fat from that area. 

How often should you have treatments and how far apart? 

Once a week for 8 sessions for the body and 10 sessions for the face. 

- Erin Holmes, Venus Legacy Specialist, Beauty Therapist MISS FOX Melbourne.

For more information on Miss Fox and the Venus Legacy Treatment Click Here.
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Thank you to Erin from Miss Fox for taking the time out to answer the interview questions.

Media Spotlights

SKIN SOLUTIONS: WOMEN'S HEALTH & FITNESS

Skin Analysis Melbourne
SKIN ANALYSIS MELBOURNE

Like beauty X-ray vision, skin analysis is one of the industry’s most popular procedures. Gone are the days of naked eye assessment; trained therapists can now use nifty modern tools to take a look at what lies beneath your skin’s surface – from pigmentation issues and fungal infections to pre-teen sun damage. But to what effect? WH&F journalist Angelique Tagaroulias and editor Katelyn Swallow investigate.

To be honest, I spent a large portion of my youth out in the sun – from family days at the beach as a child battling the waves to my later years sun-tanning by the pool, lathered up in coconut oil (eek). To top it off, my skincare routine as an adult consists of splashing water on my face and the occasional cleanse on days that I do care enough to wear make-up.

Despite my lack of skin love, I’ve had minimal issues with my complexion over the years (or so I thought). So when WH&F editor Katelyn and I decided to get a skin analysis at the renowned MISS FOX day spa in inner city Melbourne, I wasn’t sure what I’d get out of it. Katelyn, on the other hand – with her many years’ suffering redness and the occasional spots of acne – could barely contain her excitement. 

THE ROAD TEST

The waiting room of the MISS FOX day spa, clinic and beauty salon appears more like a Vogue spread than a place to fill out your medical form. With the front entrance located down a hip Melbourne laneway and the steps to the spa sprinkled with rose petals, we were given herbal tea to sip as we scribbled, perched on beautiful red couches and surrounded by Marilyn Monroe paintings. It was luxe meets comfort, and we were instantly at ease.

The initial 10 minutes of my consult was spent informing the therapist of my skin concerns, its general condition and my daily skincare routine (gulp). Once the history was taken, I was escorted
to a darkened room with a daybed for the formal skin analysis and medifacial (which was absolute bliss).

A skin analysis is essentially a time machine for your face, showing damage or underlying issues invisible to the naked eye and that may have occurred as early as childhood. This info is used by a qualified skin therapist, who takes into account your skin’s current condition, skincare routine, skin type, genetics and medical history, to recommend a skin treatment.

“Some form of spectral imaging or photography is used to assess what is happening below the skin surface that’s not visible to the naked eye,” says director of MISS FOX Melbourne Day Spa, Salon & Clinic Victoria Fox (missfox.com.au).

“For example, a hand-held wood lamp that utilises black UVA light is held over an area of skin in a darkened room. The presence of certain bacteria or changes in the pigmentation of your skin will cause affected areas of your skin to change colour under the light, showing skin irregularities such as pigmentation, oil and hydration levels, and can detect bacterial or fungal
skin infections.”

Despite not having any obvious skin concerns aside from an oily T-zone and dehydration post-holiday (sun exposure and holiday food were to blame), the wood-lamp light showed white patches and spots across my brow and cheeks – pigmentation issues that had developed from my years out in the sun; I was surprised (and horrified) to find that my lifestyle had showed up years later – and on my face.

I was given a skincare plan, including products (both natural mineral make- ups and clinical strength synthetic versions) to use at different times throughout the day to help with my combination skin. 

THE BENEFITS

HOW: Using specialised equipment and skin grading systems, a therapist can analyse your skin’s condition and recommend the appropriate treatments and products for healthy skin.

WHY: With so many items and treatments available in today’s
market, choosing the right skincare products and treatments can be
difficult and overwhelming for the average consumer. Skincare sold at a department store or chemist is rated differently to clinic-only products, containing milder forms of ingredients and lower active percentages for consumer safety, whereas products designed to make physiological changes to the deeper layers of skin must be professionally prescribed.

RESULTS: By consulting a skin professional, you can receive advice that cuts through the hype and is tailored for your skin, its needs and your personal skin goal. You’ll also have access to products with more active ingredients, and will see more effective outcomes.

THE VERDICT

Following our road test, Katelyn and I agreed that anyone can benefit from a skin analysis – whether you have normal skin and a clear complexion, suffer from acne, or simply want to soak up the excess oil on your snoz.

If you do have a more serious condition such as rosacea, psoriasis, redness, eczema, asthma or liver problems, it’s advisable to seek further assessment from a health professional, says Fox.

“Chronic health conditions and internal imbalances all impact the health and appearance
of the skin, so many skin treatment programs will incorporate internal supplementation and recommend work to address the emotional and mental health of a patient as well, which may require a referral to other professionals,” says Fox.

“In our experience, an initial skin analysis will serve you for approximately three months. As yourskin improves and changes as a result of prescribed treatments and homecare, a follow-up session will show if your routine is still relevant or needs to
be modified.”

The cost of an initial skin analysis at MISS FOX is $150 to $300 and your homecare routine will see you investing in anything from $200 to $800. On average, you’re looking at paying about $150 per month for a clinical skin treatment.

Although I went into the consult thinking it wasn’t worth my time or money, our skin is our largest organ, so the investment in taking good care of it seems well worth it. Even if you don’t have any significant skin issues – like myself – talking to a professional and seeing the damage I had done helped scare me into taking better care of one of my greatest assets. Plus, the procedure is safe provided you are in the hands of a skilled professional.