K is for Kernels & Koalas


I have mentioned in earlier posts on the AtoZChallnege about making blends up for massage. The aromatic oils are called essential oils, and the medium that you dilute them in, is called the base oil. Many base oils are made from the kernel of a nut or seed, such as Sweet Almond Oil, Peach Kernel, Avocoda Oil, Grapeseed Oil to name but a few.

Probably the most common are Sweet Almond Oil and Grapeseed Oil, at least in the UK they are, different parts of the globe may have different common ones according to the type of trees which may be more prolific. Sweet Almond and Grapeseed are quite light, without being too oily, and they give a good medium for massage. Lotions as a base often soak into the skin too quickly for massage, and can give a tacky feel to them, whereas a base oil will always remain smooth. Adding essential oils to a plain body lotion is a great way of making your own though.

Avocado oil is very thick, and I find quite unpleasant to use because of the greasy feel it has. Many people think that they have dry skin, and so use oil as a way of nourishing the skin, when in actual fact they have a build up of dead skin, and oils and creams keep the dead skin cells plastered to the skin’s surface. If this sounds like you, try exfoliating instead witha good exfoliator. This could be as simple as adding a handful of salt to the plain base oil as you are oiling your skin. Then simply rinse the salt off with the shower head. if it feels nice and smooth, then exfoliating is the way to go in future.


Koala bears spend their lives in the Eucalyptus tree, a native to Australia.

Eucalyptus:                Eucalyptus globulus                                    Keyword: Respiratory System

One of the tallest tres in the world, the whole tree exudes the odour, imparting a healthy atmosphere in the region. Widely used as an inhalant and chest rub. It is a powerful anti-septic. Koala bears eat the leaves. Ask your self, have you ever seen a koala with a cold?

Excellent for all symptoms of a cold, from the runny nose to flu-like symptoms and everything in between.

Do not use if using homeopathic remedies.


Thank you for reading and passing by. Blessings Joy


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