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Natural Nootropics

Natural Nootropics

Nootropics are commonly referred to as smart drugs, brain boosters, or cognitive enhancers. They have become increasingly popular over the last few years because they hold the great promise of improving your memory, your attention span, your mental energy, basically everything in your life.  From your physical body functions, to your emotions to your thinking, work, and relationships. If you can take a simple pill and improve all these areas in your life it would change everything. Natural nootropics work in many different ways, since they are derived from natural sources. They differ from other types of synthetic nootropics in that they are not created by pharmaceutical companies. They may be available as over the counter supplements, while more concentrated forms of natural nootropics may still require a prescription.

Drugs often have chemical compounds that basically force your body to respond in a certain way. Natural Nootropics are gentler and work in a more holistic way with your body. In order for them to be as effective as possible, they require some time and effort. For example, you need to make sure you are getting enough sleep, staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet. You need to exercise your brain; stimulate it by reading, doing puzzles or getting social interaction.

Popular Nootropic Supplements!

Lions Mane

People can eat Lion’s mane because it’s a mushroom. It has been used in Japanese and Chinese medicines to improve the function of the brain. It also helps people who suffer from depression. This natural nootropic helps prevent damage to brain cells which is caused by chemicals, stress, and toxins in the environment.

Ginkgo Biloba

Leaves from the Ginkgo Biloba tree have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The Mayo Clinic did an analysis of each of the medical purposes that this nootropic is used for, and they determined that there is a good amount of scientific evidence to suggest that Ginkgo Biloba is useful for improving cognitive performance and reducing anxiety.

Tryptophan

You are probably most familiar with this essential amino acid because it is in turkey and people (erroneously) believe that it makes them sleepy. However, tryptophan is also available in pill format, and it is most commonly taken as a non-prescription aid for depression. Tryptophan works by increasing the amount of serotonin in your brain. When used for this purpose, it is typically taken three to four times per day for a total of eight to 12 grams. Additionally, there has been at least one study that links this natural nootropic to a reduction in memory deficits.

Thianine

Theanine is found in green tea and mushrooms and also sold as a dietary supplement. According to various studies, theanine has been found to affect the levels of some neurotransmitters to prevent against  brain dysfunction, and to protect against stroke. L-theanine is even said to improve sleep quality in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In terms of potential nootropic uses, several small studies indicate a combination of theanine and caffeine can improve cognitive performance, particular in the areas of focus and alertness.

CBD Oil

There are a lot of health benefits from using cbd as it boosts the functioning of central regulatory system of the body which affects the mood, appetite, pain management and memory. Cbd is also famous for its nootropic or brain boosting effects such as memory improvement, increased focus, effective pain management and improving the overall health and functioning of the brain by stimulating the different areas of the brain. Many studies have revealed that cbd oil helps in neurogenesis, which is a process that helps create new neurotransmitters in the brain, which help to relieve stress and improve the overall functioning of the brain.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Favourite Essential Oils

Our Favourite Essential Oils
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years as remedies, skin therapies, and personal fragrances. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, and Chinese all used concentrated oil from plants and herbs for a multitude of purposes. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit; they enhance both physical and emotional health. Each essential oil has an array of unique healing properties, uses, and effects. Combining essential oils to create a synergistic blend creates even more benefits. Created in France, the birthplace of Aromatherapy, and blending exceptional ingredients sourced with care and caution around the world,‘1001 Remedies’ are very special. We are more than just a beauty product, our skincare products are ‘remedies! Here are our top five essential oils used in our products.

Citronella

The health benefits of Citronella Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Used in a diffuser, vaporiser or oil burner, it is said that its relaxant qualities can help create a calming atmosphere. It has a soothing, cleansing and refreshing aroma. This beautiful essential oil is used in Magic Skin gel to help treat wounds and keep them clean.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is widely used for its medicinal and industrial purposes. In its industrial applications, it is used in disinfectants, air fresheners and deodorizers. It is also a common ingredient in make-ups, perfumes, liniments, mouthwashes, soaps, deodorants, inhalant, lozenges and antiseptics. Eucalyptus Essential Oil is also known for its ability to treat a wide range of respiratory diseases such as cough, colds, asthma, sinusitis and bronchitis. This makes it the perfect air detoxifier which we use in our room spray Purair.

Myrrh

Myrrh essential oil is high in antioxidants to fight free radicals that can damage or destroy healthy cells. It can also destroy bacteria that can lead to acne or fungus that can cause red itchy skin. As an added benefit, it can also strengthen the hair roots helping to prevent hair loss. These are some of the reasons we use Myrrh in magic skin!

Lavender

Lavender oil is known for its calming and relaxing properties, which may aid in alleviating insomnia, anxiety, depression, restlessness and stress. Due to its wide variety of uses, lavender oil may help with nearly all kinds of ailments, from pain to infections. Making essential oils part of your bedtime routine can also help train your mind to associate the specific scent with falling asleep. We use this relaxing oil in our goodnight balm to promote a restful night’s sleep.

Cinnamon

‘’Cinnamon Oil’s’ health benefits include managing diabetes, alleviating menstrual pain, acting as perfume, fighting inflammation, fighting bacteria, supporting oral and dental health, preventing cancer, supporting respiratory health, managing pain, and repelling mosquito. It has a bittersweet smell that is very calming and also helps you unwind after a long day. Cinnamon essential oil boosts the functioning of our immune system. Our bodies are then more capable to deal with minor and major infections and diseases. It can even prevent auto-immune conditions in which the immune system of the body itself leads to the disease which is why we use it in Purair

Top three home-made face masks!

Top three home-made face masks!

Although there are some great face masks on the market, it is really easy to create amazing ones using the ingredients you have in your kitchen! Whipping up a quick freshly made face mask is great fun and delivers a boost of nutrients to your skin. Here are our favourite three recipes for achieveing beautiful skin with the ingredients you have in your own kitchen!

 

Clay Mask for Acne prone skin

Clay face masks can help treat blackheads, spots and other blemishes by unblocking pores, alleviating toxins and balancing out or replenishing the natural occurring oils of the face. Clay has the capability to absorb any excess oils, grime and other unwanted toxins from the skin. As well as exfoliating and toning, it will also promote the growth of new cells! Green clay is particularly beneficial for problem or acne-prone skin, as it has wonderful cleansing abilities and will draw out any unwanted toxins or impurities and then shrink the pores to stop them getting back in. Aloe vera gel can help sooth and moisturize the skin, and is particularly beneficial for certain skin conditions involving inflammation or dry skin. Aloe vera gel can soften dry skin, heal scars, soothe sunburns, and speed up the healing and moisturizing of dry inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It can also speed up the healing of acne, and it’s antiseptic properties can prevent further flare-ups. 

Ingredients:

2 table spoons of green clay 

1 table spoon of aloe vera gel

Mix ingredients together in a bowl and apply a thick layer to the skin, leave for 10-15 mins and rinse off.

 

Oat and Honey mask for sensitive skin

Oats gently exfoliate skin and are also anti-inflammatory, making them ideal for dry, itchy skin. Antioxidant-rich and antibacterial honey is another ingredient with acne-fighting power, helping to balance skin tone and leave you glowing.  For anyone with irritated skin, this will work as an anti-inflammatory. It also aids in preventing skin ageing, and is rich in anti-oxidants. Honey also contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide, a well-known disinfectant. A thin coating of honey can be applied to the skin to disinfect and heal minor skin wounds and chapped lips.

 

Ingredients:

2 table spoons of raw honey

1 table spoon of ground oats

Mix together in a bowl and apply a trick layer to the skin for 20-25 mins before rinsing off with cool water.

 

Avocado, Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar Moisturising & Brightening  face mask

The high content of Vitamin A in avocado helps in the removal of dead cells from the body. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and is involved in the creation of elastin and collagen which bind your skin cells together and maintain your skin's firmness. Avocados also contain an amino acid called glutamine which cleans and protects your skin from environmental damage. Avocado oil is a great moisturiser for skin; it can soften dry skin and is often used as an ingredient in massage lotions. Due to it's ease of absorbtion, it can penetrate deep into the layers of the skin to clean and restore nutrients. Avocados also have powerful humectant qualities which can draw water from the skin and plump it up. The antioxidants in avocados help eliminate the toxins that are responsible for premature ageing and wrinkling of the skin. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant which helps in preventing free radical damage by oxidizing fats in your skin cells which helps to prevent skin ageing. Olive oil has been used for centuries as a beauty routine to improve skin condition; the properties of olive oil do not clog your pores as many moisturizers you find on store shelves may. It penetrates deep within your skin's layers and the oil provides protection from free radicals while cleansing the skin cells. The combination of vitamin A and vitamin E in olive oil repairs cells from harmful environmental factors. Vinegar is rich in potassium, which helps regulate the skin's pH levels and also helps treat allergies. The lactic, acetic, and malic acids in vinegar are powerfully anti-fungal and also have antibacterial properties which help treat and prevent infections. Additionally, these compounds are also great at reducing inflammation and relieving dry, itchy skin.

Ingredients:

1 mashed avocado

1 table spoon olive oil

1 tea spoon apple cider viager

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl, apply for 15-20 mins and rinse off thoroughly with cool water.

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