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22 Top naturally disinfecting essential oils

Friday, September 26th, 2014

essential oilsWhen it comes to staying clean and killing germs, there are two main types of cleansing products you can use: those formulated with synthetic detergents, and those that are formulated with naturally disinfecting essential oils. Though detergent-based soaps and cleansers tend to dominate the market today, choosing cleansers that achieve their disinfectant properties with pure essential oils may be the better choice for you in the long run.

essential oil lemonIn the days prior to the invention of synthetic detergents, essential oils were considered a staple ingredient in the soap making process because so many oils possessed naturally occurring disinfectant properties. The essential oils of lemon, lavender, and eucalyptus, in particular, all have strong antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

While synthetic detergents do effectively kill germs, they also spread their chemical-derived ingredients all over the area you’re trying to clean. This becomes a particularly problematic side effect when the area you’re trying to clean is your body, as almost all synthetic detergents are quite drying to skin, and can also induce allergic reactions in some people with sensitivities to their chemical ingredients.

Naturally disinfectant essential oils, on the other hand, can be just as effective at removing harmful bacteria and other grime from your skin without drying it out or causing you to experience allergies. In fact, many disinfecting essential oils also help replenish your skin’s natural moisture and oil as an added bonus.

natural soap - lavenderIf you’re interested in making the switch to essential-oil-based soaps and cleansers, here is a list of some of the top disinfecting essential oils to look for when comparing ingredients.

disinfecting essential oilsYou can take advantage of these naturally disinfecting essential oils by purchasing any of our natural soaps or purchasing these oils in pure form to create your own natural air freshener spray.

Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils: What’s the Difference?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Allergies to synthetic fragrances are common – try products scented in essential oils instead

Do the scented spa products you see in big box stores give you headaches or make you feel nauseous? Are you hesitant to try lotions and bath salts with aromatherapy benefits because you worry that their scents will be overpowering? Have you become convinced that you’re allergic to scents and can only use unscented products?

If the only spa products you’ve tried have come from large retail chain stores, you may not be as allergic to scented spa products as you think you are. Many of the scented products you see lining the shelves of these stores have been scented with artificially created fragrance oils, which have been concocted from a mix of chemicals. Cosmetics manufacturers are not legally required to disclose all the ingredients they use to manufacture their fragrances, and as a result, many of the chemicals they use can be quite harsh and irritating to your skin and your nose.

The lotions, bath salts, soaps, and oils you’ll find online at Castle Baths, however, are scented in pure, natural essential oils, not synthetic fragrance oils. As such, they are much less likely to cause allergic reactions, and deliver real aromatherapy benefits.

Fragrance Oils vs. Essential Oils: Aromatherapy Benefits

 

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Fragrance oils are exactly that, fragrances; they just smell nice (or not so nice as the case may be.) Essential Oils, on the other hand, have real aromatherapy benefits. Spa products scented in essential oils retain the aromatherapy benefits of the herbs and flowers from which the oils were extracted. You can find multiple scientific studies on the effectiveness of aromatherapy here.

You can learn more about the essential oils we use and the aromatherapy benefits of the scents we’ve created by blending various essential oils together here.

A few of the essential oils we use do have allergy warnings, such as those derived from ragweed or pine. You can find disclosures regarding potential allergic reactions to such oils in the additional information tab on our product pages.

So, if you’re ready to end your exile from the world of scented spa products, come check out our aromatherapy essential oil blends!

Essential Oils for Greater Healing and Beauty

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

If you’re interested in aromatherapy, you likely already know that long before the days of mass-marketed pharmaceuticals, essential oils played a vital role not only in the fragrance industry, but also in healing – as they were used as natural, herbal remedies for many common ailments.  A fact of which you may not yet be aware, however, is that almost all of the folk traditions surrounding the use of essential oils for healing purposes have scientific evidence to support their herbal claims.

essential oil peppermintIn fact, many essential oils serve as the active ingredient (under a different name) in many over-the-counter and prescription medications. For example, the essential oil of peppermint is used in the prescription digestive aid Colperin, and many other drugs intended to treat indigestion (ever wonder why Peptol Bismol tastes minty?)

Though industry regulation prohibits anyone from claiming that essential oils can cure, prevent, or treat any injury or illness completely, there are many oils in addition to peppermint oil that have been shown to have beneficial effects on the human mind and body when applied topically or through steam inhalation. If you are interested in experimenting with essential oils for folk remedies, this chart of common essential oils for folk medicine should help you decide which ones you may wish to try.

One of the many reasons so many essential oils have been shown to be beneficial to health is that nearly all of them have disinfectant properties. So the next time you want to eliminate a foul-smelling odor from your home, instead of reaching for that aerosol can of chemical-based air freshener, you may wish to try making your own natural spray with one or more of these disinfecting essential oils.

Essential oils also make great natural skin care solutions. When used topically, they can help normalize troubled skin, help reduce the appearance of cellulite or wrinkles, and give your skin a golden glow unmatched by any synthetic body moisturizer. Additionally, essential oils will not linger in your skin’s deep layers and/or clog your pores as synthetic cosmetics so often do  (and if they do remain in your system to some degree after accomplishing their aromatherapy purpose, there’s no harm to you, as they are infusing your body with natural vitamins and moisture – not chemicals.)

If you are interested in learning more about the healing powers of essential oils, consider scheduling an aromatherapy massage with a local aromatherapist. Not only will it feel great, but it will give you the opportunity to discuss your aromatherapy goals with a professional and discover which oils you should try using at home. Who knows? He or she may even recommend you purchase your essential oils from Castle Baths!

Start Your Teen off Naturally Stress Free

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Our kids are growing up faster and have longer working years ahead of them than ever before – show your teenager how to naturally take care of their skin as well as relieve stress. After all, they will need this skill and this is advice that will be used on a daily basis (unlike some of your other advice)!

Sometimes, as adults, we forget how very stressful being a teenager can be. Hormones are all over the place, large decisions about where their life will head are coming up quickly and self-confidence is almost always an issue. Help your teen to be self assured, confident, and ready to face the changes and challenges that God has in store for them by teaching them how to relieve stress and protect their skin in a natural, healthy way.

Relieving Stress

It is imperative in the stressful, busy world we have brought our children into, that they learn how to relax and let stressful emotions go on a daily basis.  Our Sweet Dreams scent can be found in several different product types ( bath tea, aromatherapy oils, etc.) and will help your teen to relax, sleep well, and be ready for another day in their busy life.

Natural Skin Care

Rosemary essential oilNothing seems more important when you are a teenager than your appearance.  If your teen suffers from lack of confidence in their skin appearance, it may be the kind of face wash that is being applied. See this video on the difference that a natural body wash makes versus a leading competitor’s body wash.

If you have a specific situation, and would like to discuss how our natural products could be used or applied to help, please contact us at (757) 788-8157 or by email.

Give Aromatherapy a Second Chance

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Have you had a bad Aromatherapy Experience?

Garden picked limeI have had several clients tell me about their disappointing experiences with aromatherapy.  There is nothing as bad as thinking you are going to be relaxed or rejuvenated and ending up with a headache, a rash, getting nauseous, or feeling like you can’t breathe through the experience.

The reason most people have this reaction to their Aromatherapy experience is due to the kinds of oil that are being used to create the aroma.  This can be rectified and there is hope that you can have a relaxing and enjoyable aromatherapy experience.

What makes Castle Baths Aromatherapy Better?

Our oils!  Our scents are created specially for the mood you desire and nothing is added that is not a natural ingredient.

How are Essential Oils different than Fragrance Oils?

We use only all natural ingredients and we do NOT use fragrance oils – we use Pure Essential Oils which reduce the risks that you will have a bad reaction.

What Aromas can I choose from?

We have several different scents you can choose from:

Get your Pure Essential Oil Aromatherapy scents the natural way – from Castle Baths today.

Infuse Your Life with Energy!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Some days, you just need a pick me up.

Maybe it was a long week, or maybe a long night last night – or maybe you just know that today is going to be a long one and you would like to make it through without tapping out all of your reserve energy?

Life can be exhausting, these days, Americans work more hours and take fewer vacations than any other country!  We work hard and we play hard – so when do you get to relax?  How do you keep that energy reserve full?

Well, we were wondering that ourselves. So we researched and found the specific aromas that make us feel more energized and are proven to boost mental focus as well as revitalize, renew, and reinvigorate! This led us to create our Energy Blend line of ingredients.  These are specifically formulated lotions, oils, bath teas and salts, soaks, and soaps that can replenish your dwindling supply of energy on any given day.

Go ahead- pamper yourself with some Energy today!

Aromatherapy for Every Mood

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

It is said that our eyes are the window to our souls; I beg to differ.  I believe that privilege falls to the nose. There are many things we still don’t fully understand about the human brain, but it is obvious that a smell can take you back in time.  Perhaps a specific smell reminds you of your mother, or your father, a past lover or friend.  The aroma of several flowers and fruits often provide other benefits, such as feeling more awake and full of energy, or helping you to relax and sleep through the night.  It is this idea that has led us to customize several aromatherapy blends, called our CB-Classics, just for you. Our Sweet Communion blend is about relaxation and balance; with calming lavender, and the sweet scent of woodsy balsam to help you unwind. Our Sweet Dreams blend is specially blended for the deep, relaxing sleep that you need; with calming lavender and vanilla to sweep you off into slumber land. Our Passion blend is formulated for indulgence, with lavender, sandalwood and a hint of rose to get your romance started off right. Our Bathsheba blend is meant to highlight your allure with the aroma of  rosewood and rose to bring him back to your arms. Our Jubilee blend is for rejuvenation, with the aroma of bergamot and sweet grapefruit, you will be ready for whatever the day has to offer. Our Restoration blend is made to restore your creative and womanly pursuits, with a rosy herbaceous blend of aromas to get you back to your usual self. Our Prayer blend is about regaining your connection with God through lavender, bergamot, grapefruit, orange, and sunflower scents. No matter your mood, we have a natural, aromatic option to help you be more yourself.  Don’t hesitate – order your CB Classic Aromatherapy today!

Are Your Feet Getting The Love They Deserve?

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Pamper your feet today with our Castle Baths Natural Foot Bath Salts Gift Set. This array of products will definitely please your feet, while awakening your mind, body, and soul.

This amazing Gift Set includes:

Our Bathsheba all natural Foot Bath Salts have a foot-drenching infusion that will cool and relieve your swollen, weary feet, while helping to reduce pain and inflammation, and melt away tension.

Sweet Communion Mineral Foot Bath Salts are ideal for soaking tired, sore feet. Restful feet are happy feet! This wonderful product has similar properties to the Bathsheba, but also moisturizes and detoxifies your feet.

Jubilee Mineral Foot Bath Salts will help to energize your feet and put the bounce back in your step! This product is ideal for itchy, dry feet, and even Athletes Foot. They will reduce redness and irritation of the bridge, heel, and toe joint areas, reduce soreness, and feed your skin with nutrients and minerals.

Sweet as candy, leaving your feet even sweeter…yet adding no calories to your diet! Our Castle Baths Spearmint Foot Scrub Candy is perfect for scrubbing, exfoliating, and moisturizing all in one. These little candies are very helpful for softening your heels, and are deliciously scented with Spearmint Essential Oil for a little aromatherapy while you soak.

Our feet do so much for us…so do something nice for them. Treat your feet like royalty, and order your Natural Foot Bath Salts Gift Set today!! Your feet will thank you.

Rice Bran Oil Saves the (Hair) Day

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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Rice Bran Oil to the rescue!

hairI love pointing out new ways you can use the products in your beauty regimen! For example:

It’s one of those mornings.

You are running late, and you are in a hurry. You are trying to get ready for work and the kids are running wild. There’s breakfast to be made and your half dressed 6 year old runs past you with her pants on her head. You have a hectic, wonderful life, you smile to yourself. Until you see your hair in the mirror! Oh!

You reach for your mousse, but it isn’t in its usual place. You know exactly where to look – your 14 year old daughter is always ‘borrowing’ it. Yep – there she is, running it through her hair. “Honey, can I have my mousse, please?” you say with an eyebrow raised. She gives you that – ‘You are SO uncool’ look and hands you the empty bottle – “Looks like you’re out, Mom.”

Now what? You go back to your bathroom, aware that it is now 15 minutes later than when you should be leaving. You frantically search your beauty products – is there anything you can use instead? Necessity IS the Mother of Invention!

Have you ever found yourself in this position? I think we all have! You would be amazed at some of the things you can do with rice bran oil – specifically, you can use it in place of hair gel or mousse. Just take a teaspoon or less – rub into your hands and work through your hair. This will feed the hair – keep spilt ends at bay and leave you with a shine – without the oil!

There when you need it, rice bran oil can save the day (or at least your hair day)!

Tell Me More!

Curious about what else rice bran oil can be used for? Well, I was too!! I researched some more, so if you are into this kind of amazing natural product information, then read on!

Perhaps you have used rice bran oil while cooking in your kitchen, or as an alternative to olive oil on your salad? (If not, you should try it!)

Rice bran oil is an amazing product that has benefits most other edible oils can’t match. It has become a preferred method of cooking in Japan due to it’s ability to withstand high cooking temperatures without smoke and since rice bran oil has less flavor than peanut and sesame oils, it is the perfect application for unadulterated food preparation (source).

Rice bran oil has incredible health benefits, when ingested. The cold press method of producing rice bran oil only serves to compound it’s benefits, including the concentrations of Vitamins (especially Vitamin B), but it is also a natural source of anti-oxidants (source). Studies have proven that it can be used to reduce cholesterol, increase cardiovascular health, and even fight tumor growth (source). We don’t pay lip service, so check out our sources! We know it sounds too good to be true, but this is no snake oil.

Rice bran oil’s uses just keep coming! Cosmetic uses include: natural moisturizing ability, rapid absorption into skin, anti-aging properties, reduction of inflammation, and UV protection that is superior to other natural and chemical sunscreens (source).

Rice bran oil is truly a diamond in the rough – its varied uses make it a treasure trove of health and beauty benefits – and you can get some here! We use this incredible ingredient in sea salt scrubs, several of our natural soaps, and in a special pure oil form for skin. Don’t miss out on this incredible product!

Plan your Home Spa Day with Castle Baths Spa Products

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Spas are a luxury and we all know that they cost as one too. Castle Baths offers an entire range of spa products which you can enjoy at home and are pocket friendly. Castle Baths spa products are hand-made with pure, certified, organic and natural ingredients. The naturalness of the spa products is not only very light on your pocket but are a soft breeze for your skin too. Also enjoy the Free Gift offer currently running http://www.castlebaths.com/sale-promo-spa-products.html. Just buy spa products worth $69 and get your 16 Oz of Eucalyptus bath salts absolutely free!

With the new ‘CB Select’ product line from Castle Baths a new scent every month will be ready to fly you to the most fragrant shores! All the more reason to organize a spa day at home!  This month the scent is Eucalyptus that has been known to swoon many a couples.

Plan a day of relaxation out of your busy schedule right at your home. Prepare a warm bath for yourself and add the amazing spa products like the dead sea bath salts from Castle Baths. You will be ready to soak both your body and soul into a tub full of therapy. You can also add drops of your favorite pure essential oil. The fresh aroma of Castle Baths essential oils extends the cleansing and detoxification to your mind too.

Not just the spa products but choose the right music and candles also to set your mood right for your spa day at home. Enjoy your spa with some quite time for yourself and some natural treats of the Castle Baths Spa Products.

Body Treatment Home Spa Kits from Castle Baths

Castle Baths body treatment home spa kits are loaded with every requirement you might have for your spa day at home. Our vanilla milk spa basket includes, vanilla milk, vanilla shower gel, moisturizing lotion, bath salts and bath sponge. The Castle Baths home spa kits specializes in treatments such as body detox, cellulite treatment and body moisturizing. Choose from the therapy you need or treat yourself to all of them.

Choose from the range of home spa kits or make your own by choosing Castle Baths spa products from: http://www.castlebaths.com/.