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The lymphatic system and skin health

When your lymphatic system is stagnant, it can show up on your skin. The lymphatic system assists with the expelling of toxins. It lies just beneath your skin. If it is not working as it should or clogged, your skin may suffer from acne, loss of elasticity, premature aging and other skin conditions. The lower body gets a head start in the morning as we get up to walk around and move. To get the circulation going for the upper body try this: clasp your hands behind your head so your elbows stick out. Now in a pumping motion put the elbows together in front of you for a count of 30-50 times. Other ways you can kickstart the system is to dry brush your skin and jump on a trampoline or maybe doing the chicken dance 😉
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Good news Sunday

Sunday’s are great ”Good News” days 🤩
Do you agree? Here are some positives for an optimistic outlook today 💚💚💚
1- Parts of the Great Barrier Reef are showing the best signs of coral recovery in 36 years!
2- There are now enough solar panels around the world to generate 1 terrawatt of electricity.
3- The world’s largest offshore wind farm in Yorkshire is now fully operational and will help to provide renewable energy to more than 1.4 million homes in the UK.
4- Hawaii closed its last coal power plant to focus on greener energy options, removing 1,5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases per year.
5- In the space of a year the number of monarch butterflies 🦋 in California grew from 2’000 to nearly 250’000!
In these times, we all need to hear some good news too
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True organic of Sweden

True organic of Sweden

Organic and natural skincare products made in Sweden in sustainable packaging. True Organic of Sweden is a multi award winning brand for people who want effective skincare that is kind to the skin and the planet.

 

When my son was born I had just finished a degree in science of natural health. My son had diaper rash and I had sore breasts from breastfeeding. I searched for any ointment relief, even the organic certified ones had ingredients that I would never use on my son. They could have as little as 5 percent organic ingredients and the rest could be anything. How can this be?

I was living in Switzerland at that time, and when I moved back to Sweden, my home country a few years later, I started looking around for how to actually produce skin care. I found a wonderful organic and natural skin care guru.  Together we created the first product:  All you need is me balm. Two weeks after launch, All you need is me balm won its first award of many. It’s 100% natural and 95% organic in a compostable tube made of sugarcane. I was very happy and content with my accomplishment of such a unique, pure and effective balm but then people started to ask me “What is your next product “? Next product ?! I asked. After this I followed by  producing my own wish list of my dream skincare products. True organic of Sweden skincare brand was born.  True organic of Sweden skincare products are with as few ingredients as possible, as high in organic content as possible and ingredients that you recognize, at the same time very effective products that bring results. We have 7 products today and developing more.Our customers are loyal, we have a 60% return rate. http://trueorganicofsweden.com

Now we sell all over the world, to distributors, retailers and directly to consumers.

 

Starting as a one person company has been a challenge. Both financially and time wise. I have never wanted to employ lots of people but instead used freelancers and distributors responsible for their areas. The distributors have bought in bulk, have exclusive rights to their country but in return also been responsible for getting the products into retailers and conduct marketing, sales and PR. Some distributors have been better than others but as a small unknown brand it’s even difficult to get a distributor to look at your products. So if the distributors ignore their obligations there’s not much you can do other than remove the brand from them but then you might not fin anyone else willing to take your brand in that market.

 

Another challenge has been in the sourcing of ingredients and creating products that are efficient, as high in organic ingredients as possible, 100% natural using only planet friendly ingredients in sustainable packaging. Not all ingredients can be found grown organically. Most products have water and water can never be organic. This brings the organic level down. Organic produce is grown without synthetic fertilizers, genetic engineering, irradiation or pesticides. The plants need to grow at a certain distance from any farm that is not organic so the bees cannot fly in between. Our mission statement is  to create top quality skincare products with the highest levels of organic ingredients. We are committed to protect the planet, its resources and all those who populate it.

 

The skincare business is big and competition is fierce but the more of us organic and natural skincare producer there are, the better it is for our environment.If natural, organic products in sustainable packaging become the norm, the better it is for all of us, our children and the planet.

 

Looking towards future opportunities there is a very positive awareness that there is no planet B and everyone needs to do their bit.

 

With so many natural disasters around the world it’s difficult for even the most climate change deniers to ignore facts. People are looking for ways to do their bit to help our planet. More are turning to organic and natural products. We are becoming aware of sustainable packaging and getting upset when an item is packaged in far more plastic than needed. Luckily we see that innovation is buzzing and sustainable solutions are presented in every field.

 

With the pandemic we had to rethink like everyone else and concentrate our efforts more to the online business instead of retail stores. Our distributors who had mainly retail stores were suffering while the ones with online businesses were thriving. http://trueorganicofsweden.com

 

A business is a living thing and one needs to nurture it and be flexible because change is constant. Wether it’s a pandemic, war or inflation. Being a small business it may be easier to make a quick change. We for example had Rosewood essential oil in our deodorant Undercover agent. I found out that rosewood is endangered so we could quickly change to ho leaf essential oil instead with a similar scent.

 

Talking about being flexible and change, I have decided to take on a partner in the business. It’s one of our distributors who has more economical muscle and is an established skincare distributor. Together we will be able to create new products faster and more cost effective. If you take on a partner it’s important that you have the same vision and values. For me it’s not an unknown partner, I know and have worked with this company for several years.

 

The advice I can give anyone wanting to start a business is just do. You can have market research, plans and preparations for years but I say just start. Take a first step and then the next one. I have to say, everything takes much longer than you think and more expensive than you thought.

If you go ahead, do something you are passionate and interested in, feel the excitement and have fun! That’s what I always have said, I will do it as long as it’s fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bergamot benefits for skin

Why do we add bergamot essential oil to many of our products? Besides that it has a heavenly scent, bergamot oil is used for its soothing effect on skin. It has
antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Bergamot oil can also help
with stress reduction. Inhaling the refreshing and fruity scent has been found to reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue by signaling to your brain to release the happy hormones, 😃serotonin and dopamine. Bergamot stimulates cell renewal and promotes healthy, toned skin.
What’s not to love? 😊

Beautiful 🤩 photo by our friend Simona💕 @_sim_ca_
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Body Buddy lotion

We're so happy that more and more of you are discovering our gem, Body Buddy! 💚

Sweet orange essential oil - an excellent skin toner with a natural source of Vitamin C

Lemongrass essential oil - reduces water retention and tones skin

Aloe Vera - amazing plant for various skin conditions and gives glowing skin

Oat kernel oil - maintains a protective barrier for healthy skin, has anti-itch properties

Safflower oil - a rich source of Vitamin E, keeps skin supple

Squalane - improves skin elasticity

Vitamin E - powerful antioxidant, helps to soften skin

Lactic acid - gentle nourishing agent for skin

Bergamot essential oil (bergaptene free) - soothing and skin conditioning.
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How to choose a Face oil that actually improves your skin

A top tip is to apply face oil to damp skin. If the skin is dry the oil just sits on top. Only a few drops are needed. The oil will spread itself so no need to slather loads. Another option is to add a few drops to your face cream. With face oils you usually get what you pay for. The finest organic oils are very expensive. But they are also active ingredients and can actually improve your skin. Our beautiful Face it is a blend of high performance pure organic oils. Chia seed oil packed with antioxidants, safflower oil to reduce the size of the pores and re-balance skin, rosehip oil helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, Vitamin E prevents premature aging, bergamot essential oil uplifts and promotes clear skin, geranium essential oil tightens and increases skin circulation.


Thank you to Simona @organicsmix.sk for the fabulous photo 🤩
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Apply body lotion for blood circulation

At times it’s easy to neglect our skin below the neck and just give attention to our faces. Especially in winter times when we can cover up. But our skin is the largest organ and deserves love and attention all over. Blood circulation is essential, your heart, is striving for your health by sending tiny, tiny blood cells to every part of your body, helping them to thrive by giving your cells oxygen. Boost your blood circulation by excising, dry brushing and massaging with body lotion. For example with our absolutely delicious organic Body buddy lotion 💚💚💚
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Hydrate your body

In the summer months, especially when it’s hot outside, ☀️ it’s important to keep hydrated during night time. This is the time your body does its healing. Chia seeds are the ultimate hydration food. A great way is to have a snack like chia pudding before bed, it hydrates you without you having to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom 😉
Mix coconut milk with chia seeds- let it sit for 20 minutes - Add some fresh berries and voila!
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Holistic approach to beauty and wellness


Those who know me, know that I’m a big believer in a holistic approach to overall beauty and wellness. What we eat, how we move, what we apply to our skin and what we think is all connected. We have all probably heard about the fantastic benefits of meditation. I’ve tried doing it on my own, apps and websites with guided meditations. I stick with it for a few days but then... Now I’ve found something that works for me that I wanted to share. It still took discipline the first week, but now it’s a habit. YouTube 👍
I like the @thehonestguys for meditation and Suzanne Grace for breathing exercises and clearing your chakras. I have to say, I find myself with a more positive mind. Do you have a favorite meditation method you would like to share?

https://youtu.be/DbuJkDjvjyI

https://youtu.be/MFGOqhO2oVM

The beautiful photo by art director @thebeautymaiden and photographer @amandaxnilsson
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Benefits of Bergamot essential oil

Our face serum Face It contains Bergamot to give the serum a refreshing scent, but also for the beneficial properties. 

About Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot oil is one of the world’s most widely adored citrus oils. The benefits of this oil are numerous and its aromatic profile is so compelling that it has been used for centuries in the perfume and confectionery industries. Bergamot’s bright sweetness has a tendency to produce big smiles when a few drops are added to your diffuser.

When diffused, Bergamot has powerful mood stabilizing effects. It can calm agitated children, is great for promoting clarity in the workspace, and is most revered for its mood elevating effects. Diffuse the beautiful fragrance as a nighttime blend with lavender to promote restful sleep and sweet dreams. Our diffusers make the perfect nightlight for your child’s bedroom. Simply adding a drop to the hands with a deep inhalation can help to calm the emotions and lift the spirits.

Aside from being an absolute staple in your home diffuser stash, this oil also has a natural affinity for the skin and hair. It is a nourishing tonic that will infuse your hair with luster and shine. Add a few drops of Bergamot to your favorite oil and apply to clean hair.

Bergamot Essential Oil Profile
This superior grade of Bergamot is a clean, nuanced citrus oil, with a classic tangy-green top note. It is organically cultivated for Floracopeia in the southern Italian region of Calabria.

How to Use Bergamot Essential Oil
Direct Palm Inhalation: Perhaps the easiest way to use bergamot oil is through a simple direct palm inhalation. Place a drop of this mood balancing oil in the palm of your hand, gently rub the palms together, bring them towards your face and take a deep inhalation. Repeat at any point in your day when you would like to feel uplifted and clarified. As a quick palm inhalation blend, do this with a drop of rose oil to discourage feelings of sadness or melancholy.
Diffuser: Bergamot is one of our favorite oils to keep handy by the diffuser as its sweet fragrance blends well with almost any other oil -- give it a try! It is universally loved by the whole family. We find that children especially find Bergamot enjoyable. Bergamot is a great year round fragrance for creating a fresh, welcoming home.
Please use safety precautions, because citrus and the sun are incompatible. Citrus oils, including bergamot, are phototoxic, and can damage your skin if rubbed on the skin and exposed to sunlight.

Other Ways To Use Bergamot Essential Oil
Apply a drop to support skin health, including the soothing of insect bites or itchy, red skin.
Add several drops to a mister or spray bottle as a natural and pleasant insect repellent.
Dilute one drop of bergamot in 2 tablespoons of warm water. Gargle the mixture to freshen the breath and maintain oral health.
At nighttime, place two drops on a cotton ball and tuck it under your pillowcase before bed for a restful, pleasant sleep.


Ayurvedic Wisdom for Bergamot Essential Oil
According to the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, bergamot essential oil decreases problems caused by Vata and Kapha (the biological forces of wind and phlegm). By balancing "phlegm," bergamot oil helps to reduce sluggishness, complacency and melancholy. Its mood-uplifting qualities support heightened and brightened energy.

Aromatic Profile and Blending of Bergamot Essential Oil
Perfumery Note: Top note
Odor: Complex citrus, tangy-green, sweet, fresh and clean, slightly floral and spicy
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
Dry-out: Oily-herbaceous, slightly sweet and somewhat balsamic
Blends Well With: most oils, including other citrus oils, spice oils, rose oil, sandalwood oil, frankincense oil, vetiver oil, lavender oil, jasmine oil, nutmeg oil, ylang-ylang oil, geranium oil, cypress oil, neroli oil, clary sage oil, melissa oil, marjoram oil, angelica
Safety Considerations for Bergamot Essential Oil
Though it is generally non-toxic and non-irritating, bergamot is extremely phototoxic. Do not expose skin to sunlight for 12 hours after application. Repeated use can result in contact sensitization (rotate between different oils). Do not use on children younger than 5 years of age. Do not take bergamot essential oil internally.

Interesting Bergamot Essential Oil Information
Bergamot essential oils are now commonly employed in the place of more expensive, dried bergamot peels. The oil is used in the food and confectionery industry as flavoring for liqueurs, aromatic teas, candies and candied fruits. The juice and skin of the fruit are also used in the agro-alimentary industry for the production of soft drinks, jellies and jams. Bergamot also gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor.

Bergamot was the base for the original French "eau de cologne"; it is still used in many modern-day perfumes to fix the aromatic bouquet and to add a top note of freshness to the fragrance. In the 18th century, bergamot bark was shaped and dried into elaborately decorated boxes, which were highly prized among the French aristocracy.

Bergamot essential oil, a citrus, is not to be confused with the herb bee balm (Monarda didyma).

first published on flora opera.com

Our serum Face it has bergamot essential oil

 

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