A conversation with Marguerite, a former member of the National Advisory Council on Aging, has remained with me: “You know, I don’t feel old even in my 80s, but when I look at my hands, they look old. That’s the part of me I have difficulty reconciling with.” I was then in my late 30s and can’t say I related much but lately, I was looking in awe at my hands and noticed that they no longer look young. Since then, several other women have made similar statements.
The good news is, I now know what to do to help them look better thanks to ayurveda.
So I decided to opt for argan and rosehip oil with a plant maceration. But which one to use? So I am currently holding trials with a maceration of comfrey and another one with plantain. Of course, I added essential oils to both for their healing properties and uplifting scent.
Why argan, rosehip, comfrey or plantain? First, because ayurveda always recommends using a combination of three for balance. Here are the other reasons:
Pure argan oil is one of the rarest oils in the world and is revered for its rich concentration of minerals and vitamins, including vitamin E. It contains high levels of tocopherols, powerful antioxidants that are vital for healthy skin, reduce inflammation and stretch marks. Its phenolic acid compounds protect the skin from harmful free radicals that contaminate skin and leave it dull, lifeless and dry. Its squalene helps protect collagen and make skin softer. A lady who sells her own brand of argan oil in Ottawa mentioned it’s also great to alleviate vaginal dryness. Not a bad start for a recipe, and certainly worth using on the face and neck as well. It has also been proven to be highly beneficial for those with arthritic or rheumatic conditions, so it is ideal for the hands. The only downfall of this oil is its price, as is the price of the next oil.
Berber women used to grind and press argan oil from the undigested argan pits they collected from goat waste. While this method is still used in some areas of Morocco, most argan oil for sale today is extracted using modern harvesting technologies.
Rose hips have been used since the Stone Age. The “wild dog rose” is the type of rose most often cultivated today for their hips. This plant grows up to ten feet tall and bears a very fragrant flower. Colour and scent vary a great deal from variety to variety, but it tends to be on the pink-red side.
The astringent qualities of rosehip oil helps regenerate new skin cells. This can be used to treat scars, acne and burns. While it is an astringent, it does not dry out the skin. Quite the contrary. It actually helps to rehydrate it and keep the moisture in it. Rose hips are rich in vitamin A, commonly called the “skin vitamin”. It regenerates skin cells, healing wounds and scars, and helps the immune system to fight off any infections. It also keeps the skin elastic and nourished. This will not only prevent wrinkles, but can actually help to minimize any that have already appeared. As with argan oil, rosehip oil contains elements that reduce rheumatoid arthritis.
Comfrey’s anti-inflammatory properties speed wound healing due to its natural concentration of allantoin, a substance known to aid granulation and cell formation which is what the healing process is all about. It has been used for ages by pregnant women in macerations to prevent stretch marks. It helps heal swelling, inflammation, sores, bruises, broken bones, and pulled muscles and ligaments.
Although many people consider this herb a weed it is truly a miracle medicinal herb. It is regarded as one of the best wound healers around because it increase the speed of healing AND relieves pain. It stops bleeding, draws out foreign matter, stops itching, prevents and stops allergic reactions from bee stings, kills bacteria, and reduces swelling. First macerated in oil, then included in unguents it is ideal for cuts, insect bites, diaper rashes, chafed skin, boils, bruises, chapped lips, and burns. And it is beneficial for much more than the skin to as you can find out in http://www.herballegacy.com/Ahlborn_Medicinal.html.
Tomorrow, Saturday May 30, is Hingtonburg Arts in the Park where I will have a booth and give a presentation on ayurveda and oils at the main tent, at 1 pm. It will include a testing of five high quality food grade carrier oils (coconut, olive, sesame, almond and grapeseed) to see which suit your skin best. There are many more you could chose from. Participants will be able to test which of the new oil mix they like best.
In the meantime, I invite you to suggest names for this new product, ideally short and ideally easily translatable to French. The winning name will earn its creator a free Face to Grace t-shirt.
UPDATE, June 12
Testing of this product showed that 4 in 5 women preferred the product with the comfrey maceration rather that its plantain counterpart, and the dropper versus the spray.
UPDATE, June 24
This product has now been officially named ROSED’ARGAN. It is enriched with essential oils of vetiver, blood orange and lavender essential oils.
UPDATE, June 24
C’est officiel, le nouveau produit se nomme ROSED’ARGAN. Il est enrichi des huiles essentielles de vétiver, d’orange sanguine et de lavande.