About Red Silk Essentials
We believe Health and Wellness is about our physical health, the mind/body/spirit connection and the importance of harmony and balance in all things. For us, essential oils are a key way of finding that balance.
We have created a custom Wellness blend that helps balance the body and promote overall health. Our proprietary Meditation blend, comprised of elevating, grounding and opening essential oils, will help quiet your busy mind.
Nature has it’s own pharmacy. Our goal is to find or create personal care and wellness products using natural ingredients that are nourishing, cleansing, protective and fragrant to your body and soul.
Founder, Cindy Raleigh
I was introduced to health and wellness at an early age, thanks to my Aunt Gerry’s friendship with Adelle Davis, considered by many to be “The First Lady of Nutrition.” No soda or white bread in our house growing up.
My mom taught me to diligently dissect labels on food (way before it was trendy). Today I apply my mom’s lessons to not only items going in my mouth, but anything in my home. What I learned in doing so is that the word “fragrance” on a product label represents an undisclosed mixture. Manufacturers can legally hide hundreds of toxic chemicals in this one word.
Now I read labels on everything, especially if I am putting it on my skin to be absorbed. If I sell something, I know what is in it and I have tested it. If I recommend somebody else’s product, same thing, I have checked out the ingredients and I have used it. I only create and promote products I use myself and for my family, so you can be sure there are no hidden “fragrances” or toxic chemicals.
The Art of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological wellbeing.
Essential oils are extracted from the flower, fruit, leaf, seed, bark or root of a plant or tree and just one drop can have powerful health benefits. Essential oils are usually created through the process of distillation, which separates the oil and water based compounds of a plant by steaming.
It was the Egyptians who first made extensive use of plants with distillation methods dating back 3,500 B.C. Essential oils were used as medicine, cosmetics and in the burial of rulers and pharaohs. Cleopatra, who was famous for her beauty, had the first spa near the Dead Sea where she used essential oils for her personal beauty treatments.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said that “the way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day”.
The term “aromatherapy” was first used in the 1930’s by French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé who after an accident in his laboratory discovered that lavender oil relieves pain and assists minor burns in healing.
Essential oils contain naturally occurring chemical compounds that act in specific ways; some are stimulants or depressants, others have anti-inflammatory properties, still others are expectorants and diuretics. Many essential oils have antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and even anti-carcinogenic properties.
In her book “Health through God’s Pharmacy”, published in 1980, Austrian Herbalist Maria Treben claims that “there is a plant for every illness”.
Nowadays, numerous studies and books are being published about the healing power of essential oils. Aromatherapy has become a fundamental component of alternative and holistic medicine.