Product Review: NYR’s Rose Facial Oil

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my skin. Sure, it’s an oil slick most of the time – moreso since I’ve turned 40. And sure I’ve got visible signs of sun damage but that’s what I get for all that baby oil I used back in the 80s, right? Then there’s the blemishes …

For years I put up with my skin flaws just because I never found anything that could solve my problems. Since I’ve discovered NYR Organic, however, I knew they’d have a solution.

I asked a fellow consultant what she would recommend and her reply, to be honest, kind of scared me. Without a moment of thought, she told me to try NYR’s Rose Facial Oil.Rose Facial Oil

Didn’t she hear me when I said I have very oily skin??!!

She hadn’t steered me wrong in the past though — NYR’s Palmarosa line, by her recommendation, works wonders on my oily and acne-prone, yet sensitive, skin — so I decided to give it a try.

Wow! Was I amazed!!

At first I only used it at night. No way was I walking around – in public! – with an oilier-than-usual face. BUT my skin never became oilier. In fact, it became quite balanced. And because it sinks in right away, I can use it in the morning and at night.

My skin looks and feels so much better now that the oil production has ‘normalized’. AND much of the redness is gone too.

Now I can go hours before applying any powder. Most days I don’t even wear any. And gone are all the color-corrective creams and powders.

How can the Rose Facial Oil perform such miracles? It’s all in the ingredients.

It contains just 7 ingredients but they are powerful and specific: grapeseed oil, hazelnut oil, evening primrose oil, rose flower oil, rose flower cera, patchouli leaf oil and geranium flower oil.

Grapeseed OilGrapeseed oil:
– a carrier oil high in linoleic acids
– easily absorbed by the skin
– rich in antioxidants
– known for its nourishing properties
– unique ability to lock in moisture
– promotes tissue regeneration, tightening and toning
– its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties make it useful for treating acne
– prevents pores from clogging

Hazelnut oil:
– a carrier oil high in oleic acid
– contains Vitamin E
– known for its astringent qualities
– recommended for those with oily or acne prone skin
– has the ability to filter out some of the sun’s rays

Evening Primrose oil:
– high in gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid
– helps to relieve symptoms of eczema
– has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe irritated skin
– highly moisturizing
– helps clear blemishes
– softens wrinkles exaggerated by dehydration of the skin
– supports repair and regeneration of skin tissue

Rose flower oil:
– the fragrance is soothing and uplifting to the spirit
– very emollient
– tones dry, senisitive and mature skin
– skin regenerating properties that repair and restore burned and inflamed skin
– anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that effectively treat age spots and scars

Rose flower cera:
– wax from the rose flower
– gives texture
– locks in moisture

Patchouli leaf oil:
– stimulates growth of new skin cells
– speeds up healing and prevents scars from forming
– one of the most active oils for using on the skin
– helps treat acne; dry, cracked skin, syptoms of eczema

Geranium Essential OilGeranium flower oil:
– is an astringent, antiseptic and stimulant
– is used for acne, dermatitis, congested skin, mature skin, oily skin, dry skin, eczema, stretch marks
– is useful for a wide variety of skin types and conditions

So there you have it! The reasons why NYR Organic’s Rose Facial Oil works so well. It was made for normal skin but is just as wonderful for other skin types too. This just may be the answer you were looking for!

Here’s what it says on the website:

About the product

  • For normal and dehydrated skin
  • Nourishing
  • Restorative
  • Also excellent for dry and more mature skin

Directions

  • For best results, gently massage into damp skin.

Ingredients

  • Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil
  • Corylus avellana (Hazel) nut oil*+
  • Oenothera biennis (Evening primrose) oil*
  • Rosa damascena (Rose) flower oil
  • Rosa damascena (Rose) flower cera
  • Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil*
  • Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil*
  • Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. Natural constituent of essential oils listed.

*Organically produced ingredient.
Made with 21% organic ingredients.
+ Nut based ingredient.
This is a vegan product.

“Breath Easy” Blend Of Essential Oils

The season has already changed from summer to fall, and the weather is following right along.  This time of year is notorious for changes in our respiratory health.

We experience more colds, allergies and sinus problems.  And this year, we’ve personally seen our fair share of bronchitis and pneumonia both within our family and those around us.

While both OTC and prescription medications may offer relief, too much of a good thing can work against us.  And at a certain point, we don’t want to keep burdening our bodies with such toxic loads.

NYR Organic’s essential oils to the rescue …

While I firmly stand behind the effectiveness of NYR’s fantastic face and body care products (because I’ve used them, and with great success), I wasn’t so sure about the essential oils.  As with anything new, I was skeptical.  But, I found a “recipe” for the Breath-Easy Blend in NYR’s catalog and decided to give it a try.

A cleansing blend to use as a decongestant steam or in a vaporizer to help ease winter cold symptoms.

Eucalyptus 15, Rosemary 5 drops, Geranium 5 drops

I got out my aromatherapy burner and tea lights, filled the bowl about halfway with water and added the essential oils as prescribed.

And I’ve gotta say, it’s truly working!

Eucalyptus oil (botanical name:  Eucalyptus globulus) has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, stimulating, and other medicinal properties.

It’s effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis.

BONUS:  Normally people suffering from any sickness are “down”. Eucalyptus oil, which is stimulating, removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness and rejuvenates the spirit. It is also effective in treating stress and mental disorders.

Rosemary oil (botanical name:  Rosmarinus officinalis) is unmatched in treating respiratory problems. The scent of the oil gives relief from throat congestion. The oil is used in treating respiratory allergies, cold, sore throat and flu. Since rosemary oil is antiseptic it is effective for respiratory infections as well. The oil is antispasmodic and is used in bronchial asthma.

BONUS:  Rosemary essential oil is an excellent brain and nerve tonic. It is often used by students during exam times as it increases concentration and helps in studying efficiently. It stimulates mental activity and is a good remedy for depression, mental fatigue and forgetfulness. Inhaling rosemary oil lifts your spirits immediately. Whenever your brain is tired, inhale rosemary oil to remove boredom and get fresh mental energy.  And because of its extensive pain relief properties, a rosemary vapor bath may help to relieve rheumatism.

Geranium oil (botanical name:  Pelargonium graveolens) has antibacterial, antispasmodic, antitumorial, adrenal support, anti-inflammatory, astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, haemostatic (stops bleeding), and general tonic properties.  In fact, it is one of the few essential oils used effectively against MRSA in laboratory studies.

Relative to respiratory issues, geranium opens the airways (decongests), eases sore throats and tonsilitis, supresses coughs, removes excess phlegm, supports the immune system, and generally strengthens and tones the respiratory system.

BONUS:  Some say that geranium oil is effective at keeping the bugs away — flying insects, especially mosquitoes, and lice!

So, whether you’re chemical-free or chemical-reduced, there’s an effective and inexpensive natural remedy for you.  And isn’t it nice to know that the various oils are multi-functional and multi-purpose?   More bang for your buck!

Go forth and breath freely!

Aside

NYR Organic’s Rejuvenating Frankincense line for Signs of Aging is one of our most popular collections. So, what exactly is Frankincense, what does it do and how does it work so well? 

And how does it effect my skin??  (read through to the end for the answer to that important question)

Three Magi and their Gifts of Frankincense & Myrrh – Detail from art of Gentile da Fabriano

It was one of the gifts of the Magi – in addition to myrrh and gold they offered frankincense to the newly born baby Jesus.

Since ancient times the aromatic fragrance of burning Boswellia resin has been part of many religious ceremonies and is still used as a means to indicate special festive atmosphere in the church today.

But frankincense can do much more: “The resin from the trunk of Boswellia trees contains anti-inflammatory substances,” says Professor Dr Oliver Werz of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, in Germany.

Inflammatory Conditions

A potent anti-inflammatory

Examining the curative effect of frankincense, Professor Werz and his colleagues were able to show where exactly how boswellic acids – which are responsible for the impact of the ingredients of the Boswellia resin – interfere in the process of inflammation.

“Boswellic acids interact with several different proteins that are part of inflammatory reactions, but most of all with an enzyme which is responsible for the synthesis of prostaglandin E2, [these] acids block this enzyme efficiently and thereby reduce the inflammatory reaction,” he says.

Prostaglandin E2 is one of the mediators of the immune response and plays a decisive role in the process of inflammation, in the development of fever and of pain. Werz says he is convinced that is convinced that the active substances can be very beneficial in therapies against diseases like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis or atopic dermatitis.

Frankincense resin

Fewer adverse effects

In addition to a new, targeted use in the treatment of inflammatory diseases, boswellic acids also have the advantage of producing fewer adverse effects than today’s prevalent anti-inflammatory treatments like diclofenac or indometacin. The impact of these common drugs is less specific, says Werz, and unlike boswellic acids, they can increase the risk of stomach ulcers and can harm the kidneys.

In the current study, the researchers compared the anti-inflammatory effects of the resin of several different kinds of frankincense.

There are more than ten Boswellia species in the world. The most well-known and widely-used one is the Boswellia serrata from Northern and central India.

However says Professor Werz of his study, “We were able to show that the resin of the Boswellia papyrifera is ten times more potent”. This species mostly occurs in the Northeast of Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia) and on the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen, Oman).

Gathering the evidence

Frankincense is a mainstay of Ayurvedic medicine and a recent raft of studies has shown explored its healing potential.

Taken orally , capsules containing Boswellia frereana have been shown to ease painful arthritis .

Animal studies and pilot clinical trials in humans support the potential of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract (BSE) for the treatment of a variety of inflammatory diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and asthma .

Boswellia serrata extract also exhibits anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activities. There is also laboratory evidence suggesting that Boswellia carteri possesses anti-cancer properties.

Frankincense Tree from Somalia

Protecting an endangered species

The research into the medicinal qualities of frankincense throws up several questions about the sustainable production of the tree, however.

“Boswellic acids exclusively occur in the resin of Boswellia trees and are very difficult to produce synthetically,“ Professor Werz points out. Therefore these trees are the only source of these promising active ingredients.

However several species of Boswellia trees, including Boswellia papyrifera which grows in Northern Ethipoia, are already endangered.

Ethiopia is, in fact, worldwide the main producer of frankincense and myrrh, and exports large quantities of gum arabic.

In a study of frankincense production in 2011 the researchers noted that extraction of the resin does not threaten the survival of the trees in any way.

While sustainable gum/resin production could significantly contribute towards sustainable development of what are often marginal dry lands, it is years of improper land use (overgrazing, over-harvesting of gum/resins and wood) threatens the sustainability of the frankincense tree and as a result of that also the long-term gum/resin production. In addition infestation by the longhorn beetle is threatening the planting of new trees.

In some impoverished countries the trees are simply being used as heating fuel.

“Without sustained protection not only plant species are endangered but at the same time medicine loses promising active ingredients,” Professor Werz warns.

Note: Neal’s Yard Remedies sources its wildcrafted frankincense from Somalia, from producers that have been tending and harvesting the trees by hand for generations. In addition NYR uses a different species – Boswellia carterii – in its products.

Boswellia carterii is the oil traditionally used in aromatherapy and this genus only grows in Somalia. In addition, in Somaliland frankincense production does not compete with agricultural production in the way it does in Northern Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa.

It also provides an income to families in a country with few other natural resources and thus few other opportunities to participate in the global marketplace.

So what does this mean for my skin?

You will feel an almost instant tightening and firming of your skin as soon as you apply the serum or facial oil, gentle hydration when you use the toner, and over time, you will notice great improvement with wrinkles, signs of ageing and “crepiness” of the skin as you use the cleanser, mask and hydrating cream.  Your skin will be smoother and firmer and will look radiant.

Did you know …  In Ancient Egypt, dehydrated skin was smothered in therapeutic frankincense facemasks –according to hieroglyphics on cartouches –promising to ‘banish wrinkles’.   Frankincense was also used in mumification balms because of its skin-preserving properties.  (Imagine what it can do with living cells!!)  And in ancient traditions, frankincense was used to induce prayer & meditation since it is know to slow the heartrate.  (How relaxing, soothing, calming …)

Click here to view NYR’s Frankincense collection.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s “lesson” (grin).  Stay tuned for more exciting and beneficial epsiodes.

What’s NYR and What’s In It For Me?

WHAT IS NYR ORGANIC?

Neal’s Yard Remedies (“NYR”) has been going strong in the UK for over 30 years and is now starting to take off on this side of the pond.Where it all began ...

They believe that nature knows exactly what we need to live healthier lives, and they’ve made a mission out of transforming nature’s gifts into luxurious, effective certified organic products appropriate for everyone in the family.

They also believe that outer beauty is a reflection of inner health.  So they combine skin-type specific products with specially-formulated supplements to naturally enhance your health from within.

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put into your body!

Just like the tree above.  The tree = our outer beauty. The roots = our inner health.  The two should be in perfect balance.  Thus, the NYRO “tree” logo.

And although NYR takes great joy in delivering outstanding skincare, body care, cosmetics and fragrances, their passion runs much deeper.

Their organic ingredients, handmade products (yes, handmade!), recyclable packaging, personal service and entrepreneurial business opportunity are all part of the greater mission to help people transform their lives, which will help change the world.

And they’re even winning awards for it!  Their “Bee Lovely Campaign” won Silver at the International Green Awards.  And Chairman Peter Kindersley has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Natural & Organic Awards for his ongoing commitment and support of organic living.  In 2011, they won the Natural Health Magazine award for the Best Natural & Organic Range for the third year running.

AND WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

As a customer, you’ll access a healthier, happier, more planet-friendly way to live.  Wouldn’t you love to indulge in affordable products that really work AND have aromatherapy benefits, i,e. smell really good but also benefit your brain and body in various ways?

As a hostess, you’ll receive free and discounted products when you introduce your friends and family to the NYR experience and host a party.  What would you “buy” with $100 in free products and another $100 in half-price credit, on average?

And as a consultant, you’ll transform your finances with your own NYR business.  What would an extra $300 or $500 or $1000 or more each month mean to your family?  And who else could you positively impact by exposing them to the NYR holistic approach to health and beauty?

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I’m glad you’re here to learn more about NYR organic!  Stay tuned for my next post about Frankincense, a main ingredient in some of our most popular products.