Announcing the Rose + Cacao Collection

Our Rose + Cacao Collection has launched, and is available on our website. I've worked so hard on this collection and can't wait to share it with you! Please feel free to repost this image to share it with friends. If you are chocolate lover, looking for the perfect Valentine's gift, or just want to treat yourself, we have lots of amazing offerings!

This collection contains two cacao absolute perfumes, Cupcake and La Vie en Rose, a decadent vegan brown sugar and pink Himalayan body scrub that smells exactly like a fudge brownie, a Triple Chocolate Whipped Body Butter, and an aphrodisiac cacao, rose geranium, and vanilla massage oil. Everything is ridiculously delicious and made from the highest quality organic essential oils and materials with lots of love!

A Rose by Any Other Name

Rose Essential Oil and Rosewater

Rose essential oil is one of the most complex essential oils, containing over 300 different chemical constituents (Wildwood, 2000), mostly composed of monoterpene alcohols. It is reported to be one of the most effective tonifying essential oils, helping to balance negative moods and emotions, regulate the spleen and liver, and is one of the best oils for cosmetic purposes due to its outstanding skin regenerative properties and intoxicating scent. It can be used as a toner, cleanser, facial refresher, to set and soften makeup applications, and as a hair rinse.

Distiller from the Han dynasty, 1st century A.D. Credit: Islam Inventions

Distiller from the Han dynasty, 1st century A.D.
Credit: Islam Inventions

However, the essential oil is not the only beneficial product resulting from rose petal distillation. Rosewater, the fragrant by-product (hydrosol) of the distillation, has been revered for its culinary, perfumery, and medicinal benefits since ancient times. Its discovery traces back to Persia in the 10th century (Adamson, 2004), soon spreading throughout the rest of the Ottoman Empire. Roses have as long of a history of admiration in ancient civilizations, just as they do today, with roses figuring heavily in Roman and Egyptians mythological and artistic representations, typically as offering to various goddesses (Iles, 2004), and used in fragrant perfumes and unguents. Rose water was a pervasive every day item for many Islamic-influenced regions; it was used for cooking, in such dishes as Khushkananaj, a pastry that was filled with almonds, sugar, and rosewater (Friedman and Cook, 1988); in religious ceremonies and ritual purification of holy spaces, as exemplified by the Hagia Sophia’s cleansing following initial construction with rose water; in bathes, perfumes, fragrant washes, and exchanged as customary gifts, in beautiful specially made glass bottles called, gub.

Like most exotic ingredients, rosewater was imported throughout Europe via Spain, and became popular in Arabic-inspired dishes and as fragrant waters. Soon, it was used by medieval physicians as a means to strengthen and fortify the senses, for heart ailments (Adamson, 2004), and as a treatment for depression. It became very popular during the Napoleonic and Victorian eras, with many different companies utilizing rosewater as a key ingredient in their various skin lotions and in fragrance splashes.

Some of the amazing skincare properties of rosewater include:

  • naturally antiseptic
  • suited for all skincare types
  • balances the pH of the surface of the skin
  • reduces redness and visible unsightly veins
  • soothes irritated, sunburned, or acne-prone skin
  • nourishes and moisturizes aging or dry skin
  • stimulates collagen repair to decrease the appearance of wrinkles

Aromatherapy Facial Mist

One of our new products, Rosa Neuva Aromatherapy Facial Mist, contains organic rosewater (rose hydrosol) an absolutely pure aromatic water that is a secondary end product after the distillation of essential oils. Hydrosols are milder than essential oils, yet are still fragrant and contain the critical chemical components of essential oils, making them an excellent therapeutic alternative. In addition to rose hydrosol, Rosa Neuva conains pure witch hazel hydrosol, one of the best antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant hydrosols available. Most commercially available witch hazels are composed of high volumes of alcohol and synthetic preservatives, which can be very drying to the skin. The inclusion of hyaluronic acid, with its absolutely superior moisture retaining properties, and a variety of skin specific organic essential oils make this Aromatherapy Facial Mist superior to most other comparable brands on the market. Your skin will feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and better than ever!

Use our Aromatherapy Facial Mist as a nightly toner, to moisturize and refresh your face throughout the day, or as a way to set/soften makeup. They even be sprayed on linens or the air to impart a lovely aroma.  Or use them whenever you need an emotional pick-me-up. The possibilities are limitless!

 

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Rosa Neuva

Our Rosa Neuva Aromatherapy Facial Mist is highly healing and calming. It contains organic witch hazel and rose hydrosols, which are the aromatic waters that are a secondary end product after the distillation of essential oils. Hydrosols are milder than essential oils, yet are still fragrant and contain the critical chemical components of essential oils, making them an excellent therapeutic alternative. The addition of organic rose geranium and cistus essential oil, pomengranate seed extract, cucumber fruit extract, and hyaluronic acid make this toner exceptionally anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and skin regenerative. It’s a great way to refresh and nourish your skin throughout the day, without any of the harshly drying side effects that alcohol-based toners tend to have. It’s formulated for sensitive and aging skin.

Description of oils and extracts:

  • Rose geranium essential oil is soothing, calming, and skin regenerative. It helps to repair wounds, irritation, and speeds the healing of skin.
  • Cistus, a rare oil made from the flowers of the rock rose plant, is a superior essential oil with anti-aging, skin balancing and wound healing properties.
  • Cucumber fruit extract is cooling, astringent, and skin softening.
  • Pomegranate extract contains an exceptional amount of antioxidants, helping to neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals on skin, and is a very nourishing for all skin types.
  • Hyaluronic acid increases the skin’s ability to hold moisture and is an excellent anti-aging serum

Aromatherapy Room Mists for Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu season is almost upon us! Momoko Therapeutic’s Aromatherapy Room Mists, especially our Orange Spice Room Mist, all contain the antimicrobial action you need this season. Our Room Mists help to destroy viral pathogens that have been coughed and sneezed into the air before they spread throughout your entire house.

Spray them in the air when someone in your house gets sick to disinfect the air, deodorize the room, and for a nice aromatherapeutic pick-me-up!

They are available in three different scent blends, including Midori, a lavender, lime, and pine scent, Orange Spice with sweet orange, cinnamon, and clove, and Purify, an amazing combination of sage and lemongrass essential oils.

Aromatherapy in the Treatment of Anxiety and Stress

Aromatherapy is increasingly gaining recognition by the medical research community as a valid complementary solution for combatting anxiety and central nervous system overstimulation. In a recent study conducted by the Korean academy of nursing (Cha et al, 2010), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) and Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) essential oils, when inhaled, were found to have a statistically significant response on lowering systolic blood pressure and sympathetic nerve system activity, hence having an effect of lowering overall physiological feelings of anxiety, panic, and nervous tension. Additionally, another Korean scientific study concluded that the inhalation of Citrus aurantium subsp. bergamia (bergamot), lavender, and ylang ylang essential oils on a daily basis reduced clinical subject’s “blood pressure, pulse, subjective stress, state (of) anxiety, and serum cortisol levels” (Hwang, 2006).

Nardostachys Jatamansi (spikenard), an herb renowned in Ayurvedic medicine, also has profound calming and sedating properties (Lyle et al, 2009), making it an excellent choice for stress-related disorders and insomnia (Schnaubelt, 1995). Chamomile has a very long history of use in herbalism, particularly in Western Europe, for its anti-inflammatory, carminative, aka digestion-promoting, (Tisserand, 1977), anti-spasmodic, sedating, (Schnaubelt, 1995) and relaxing properties. There are a whole host of tinctures, salves, teas, essential oils and bodycare products containing chamomile, typically Matricaria recutita, otherwise known as German chamomile, available on the German market.

All of the above outlined herbs, and their subsequent essential oils, have been scientifically suggested to be effective in treating symptoms of anxiety and stress-related insomnia. One of the primary tenets of aromatherapy relies on the art of synergistic blending. Synergistic blending is defined as when “essential oils are blended, the formula may have an enhanced character that cannot be explained by the properties of the individual parts,” (Harrison, 2008), meaning that when multiple essential oils that have similar chemical, and therefore, physical properties are combined then the sum is greater than its parts. Combining the essential oils of spikenard, citrus oils from the bitter orange tree, lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang can then be reasoned to potentially exert a greater sedating and calming effect then if they were used singularly.

 

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Here at Momoko Therapeutics we strive to create products that are innovatively effective. Our newest addition to our line of aromatherapeutic treatment oils is Serenity. Serenity is a blend of the previously mentioned highly anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing), sedating, and calming essential oils, with the addition of a beautiful vanilla absolute, in a base of organic jojoba oil. The treatment oil is packaged in a convenient glass roll-on perfume bottle. It has a gorgeous floral scent undertoned with base notes of the most delicious warm vanilla, making it multi-purpose as it can be used as perfume oil, as well as a tool to help relieve overwhelming feelings of anxiety and insomnia.

Serenity Treatment Oil joins our Calm Aromatherapy Inhaler  which was also designed to be a convenient and direct means to treat anxiety and panic.

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Works Cited:

Cha JH, Lee SHYoo YS. 2010. Effects of Aromatherapy on Changes in the Autonomic Nervous system, Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity and Aortic Augmentation Index in Patients with Essential Hypertension. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing, 40(5):705-13.

Hwang, JH. 2006. The Effects of the Inhalation Method using Essential Oils on Blood Pressure and Stress Responses of Clients with Essential Hypertension. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi.36(7):1123-34.

Schnaubelt, Kurt. 1995. Advanced Aromatherapy. Rochester: Healing Arts Press.

Harrison, Jimm. 2008. Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for Esthetics. Clifton Park: Milady.

Lyle, N., Bhattacharyya, D., Sur, TK., Paul, S., Chatterjee, S., and Gomes, A. 2009. Stress Modulating Antioxidant Effect of Nardostachys jatamansi. Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics. 46(1):93-8.

Tisserand, Robert, B. 1977. The Art of Aromatherapy. New York: Destiny Books

Article on Essential Oils and Norovirus

Here is some interesting information about essential oil effectiveness against norovirus, the gastrointestinal virus that is highly contagious and has been sweeping the country as of late.

The effect of essential oils on norovirus surrogates


Essential oils (EOs) have long been applied as flavoring agents in foods, and due to their content in antimicrobial compounds, they have potential as natural agents for food preservation. In this study the effect of three EOs, clove, oregano and zataria, was evaluated on the infectivity of norovirus surrogates, i.e. feline calicivirus (FCV) and murine norovirus (MNV). Different concentrations of EOs were individually mixed with each virus at titers of ca. 7–8 log TCID50/ml and incubated for 2 h at 4 °C and 37 °C. The infectivity of the recovered viruses after triplicate treatments was evaluated by cell-culture assays. 2% of oregano EO at 37 °C decreased the FCV titers by 3.75 log TCID50/ml, with decreasing effects at lower concentrations, and also decreased MNV titers by 1.04–1.62 log TCID50/ml, with respect to the concentration used. Clove and zataria EO effects on FCV showed similar trends in titer reductions to those obtained with oregano EO, achieving the maximum titer reduction when FCV was treated at 37 °C with 0.1% of zataria EO. These results represent a step forward in the understanding of EOs as antimicrobials and their possible application in the food industry as alternative natural compounds to reduce viral contamination and, therefore enhancing food safety. Effects of essential oils were evaluated on Norovirus surrogates. Oregano EO was quite efficient on inactivating MNV and FCV. Zataria EO at 0.1% gave the maximum reduction on FCV infectivity.

Source:
 Elizaquívela, P., Azizkhanib, M., Aznara, R, and Sanchez, G.
 a Department of Microbiology and Ecology, University of Valencia, Spain
 b Department of Food Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, Iran
 c Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Spain