Castile soap is a soap making method that was created in the ‘Castile’ region of Spain using primarily olive oil. It is a multi-purpose soap that contains few ingredients and is biodegradable. It can be used as a hand soap, body wash, shampoo, pet shampoo, household cleaner, dish soap and more!
We love castile soap for its versatility, however, many castile soaps can are very drying on the skin. That is why you will see that we make our castile soap using super-moisturizing oils of avocado and castor oil.
Our liquid hand soap and body washes will be more moisturizing that the castile soap. So if you are looking for a liquid soap primarily for hand and body - we suggest you choose the liquid hand soap or body wash.
Castile soap is a great option as a multi-purpose soap for around the house or for travelling.
Essential oils are highly
concentrated, volatile (the tendency
of a substance to vaporize) oils extracted from various
parts of plants. They are called ‘essential’ oils because they contain the ‘essence’
of the plant material.
Essential oils are powerful and
have various therapeutic properties. Aromatherapy is the art and science of
using essential oils on the physical, psychological and emotional state within
the body. They are generally extracted by steam distillation but there are
other processes including, cold expression, solvent extraction, co2 extraction
Inhalation: Essential oils contain tiny
molecules, when inhaled are able to reach the olfactory system of the brain in
the limbic system. The limbic system is linked to memories, emotions,
horomones, sexuality and heart rate. An aromatherapy diffuser is the most
efficient way to release essential oils into the air. You can also just inhale
directly from the bottle.
Absorption through the skin: Essential oil
molecules are also able to penetrate the skin and pass into capillary
blood. You always want to dilute them
before application by adding a small amount (see blending chart) to a carrier
oil, lotion or other medium.
Bath: Add a few drops of essential
oil to your bath water and enjoy the benefits of both topical absorption and
Note: we do not recommend ingestion
of essential oils. Please see ‘Essential
Oil Safety: Ingesting essential oils’ for more information.
DIFFUSER: Add 5-15 drops
to your ultrasonic diffuser, ceramic diffuser, scentball or car diffuser.
BATH: Add 3-8 drops
to your bath water and enjoy!
MASSAGE: Add 5 drops
per 30ml of carrier oil or lotion and massage onto skin. *see blending chart
for more details
directly from the bottle for immediate effects
CAUTIONS: Never apply
essential oils pure on the skin - always dilute in a
carrier oil, lotion or other medium before topical application. Lavender
Lavender is an amazing plant
with a wide range of properties which is why it is so popular (it also smells
amazing). There are over 40 species of lavender in the world and we carry
essential oils made from three species.
‘True’ lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a sweeter,
softer aroma than other Lavender varieties and is the most commonly used for
therapeutic use. It is an excellent choice for many skin ailments, anxiety and
Lavender Supreme(Lavandula angustifolia): The same species (L. angustifolia) but grown at a higher
altitude. This causes the plant to contain a higher linalool content which
promotes relaxation in the body and mind.
Lavander Spike (Lavandula
latifolia): has a sharp, almost minty aroma when compared
to ‘true’ lavender. It contains a higher camphor and 1,8-Cineole content which
makes it less relaxing than true lavender. It is a great choice for respiratory
support, headaches, pain and
inflammation and helps to stimulate circulation.
Note: because of higher
camphor content, this oil is not recommended during pregnancy.
Blue Chamomile and Roman Chamomile are very similar but have some key
differences that are important to note when using for aromatherapy.
Therapeutically, they are both used for soothing the skin, inflammation,
fevers, the nervous system and the digestive system. They are both excellent
for pain relief, are anti-bacterial and have relaxing properties.
Blue Chamomile contains a component called
chamazulene which gives it a dark blue colour as well as its anti-inflammatory
properties. An excellent choice for dry, irritated skin conditions and promotes
healing and skin cell regeneration. Soothing for digestion, menstrual pain and
Roman Chamomile has a pale yellow colour
and is very calming, promotes sleep and is excellent for children. Also used
for sore muscles, arthritis, headaches, including migraines. Soothing for the
mind, balances moods and emotions.
Carrier oils are also known as base oil or vegetable oil. They are used
for massage, moisturizing the skin and also for diluting essential oils before
applying to the skin.
They are called ‘carrier’ oils because they carry the essential oils
into the skin. Carrier oils do not have the aromatic properties that essential
oils have, however, some will have a subtle natural aroma. They are not
volatile like essential oils asin they will not evaporate like essential oils.
There is a wide range of carrier oils that can be used with or without
essential oils including sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and more.
They have a range of thickness, absorption rate and uses. Many carrier oils are
excellent for moisturizing the skin, reducing inflammation and often contain
fatty acids, anti-oxidants and vitamins that the skin loves!
Carrier oils are most often cold-pressed and some are expeller pressed
Opinions and research regarding the use of essential oils during
pregnancy differs widely.
Aromatherapy has been proven to be beneficial for
some people and can help ease some physical discomforts of pregnancy such as
nausea, headaches, backache as well as help balance the emotions.
If you feel
you would like to use essential oils during pregnancy, childbirth and/or while
breastfeeding - ensure you follow safety guidelines and inform your medical
provider that you are using essential oils.
here may not have been evaluated by Health Canada nor any other regulator. The
information and products we carry are not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure, nor prevent any disease. They are intended
as an educational resource. Please feel free to contact us if you have any
Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) does not recommend nor condone the
ingestion of any essential oil in any manner. However, it is widely marketed
and some oils have been approved for consumption (as flavouring) in the
USA." - CFA
Nezza Naturals, we recommend inhalation and topical application over ingesting
essential oils. Molecules of essential oils are small enough to be absorbed by
our skin and into our olfactory system during inhalation - this makes them
fast-acting and effective without the need for ingestion.
Safety: Essential oils are high concentrations of plant material
and are extremely potent. When used improperly, they can have harmful effects
on the body
Some essential oils, although beneficial to humans can be potentially
toxic to our pets.
Animals such as cats and dogs are unable to break down
certain essential oil components. They also have a stronger sense of smell than
humans and some essential oils can be overpowering for our furry friends.
Note that cats are even
more sensitive to essential oils compared to dogs. We do not recommend using
any essential oils on your cats.