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Chamomile Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
June 27, 2017

There are several types of chamomile essential oil but let’s discuss chamomile Roman which is especially good when used for the treatment of insomnia and nervous conditions. Chamomile is another essential oil that is antibacterial, antiseptic, and disinfectant but it is most useful for its internal and external anti-inflammatory properties.

Chamomile can be used when children have teething problems and can be added to the bath to ease nerves and tetchiness. It can also be used to treat burns, sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, hay fever, diarrhea, sprains and strains, nausea, fever, and nervous or depressed states. Chamomile’s analgesic, diuretic, sedative and calming properties make it absolutely essential to have in your basic care kit.


essential oilsWhen I took my Allergies Webinar through Aromahead Institute, I learned about 5 blends that can be used to reduce or even resolve allergies without the use of chemical medications. Aromahead Institute uses a holistic health model  that includes essential oil blends that nourish and protect vital energy and also resolve acute health issues.

Yesterday’s blog talked about blend number 5 for the essential oil inhaler so I started backwards. Today I want to start with blend 1 which is a linen spray. The linen spray will help you sleep better and reduce your night time congestion. Blend 1 is a nourishing vital energy blend that will not only help you sleep better but also reduce stress. You will add 2 drops ylang ylang, 7 drops orange essential oil and 3 drops lavender essential oils to a 1 ounce spray bottle of water. I use distilled water but you really don’t have to.

Once you have made the spray, keep the bottle on your night stand. At bed time, spritz your bed, over and under your pillow for a restful night of sleep. The ylang ylang is calming and soothes tight muscles. The orange essential oil reduces stagnation and helps you relax and unwind. The lavender essential oil is peaceful and the aroma is calming.


Relieve Allergies Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
June 22, 2017

MODEL RELEASED. Man sneezing into a handkerchief.

My husband has really bad allergies but he loves to do yard work. He has tried all the OTC medications to no avail. Every time he goes into the yard he comes back sneezing. I was on Facebook one day and I saw a post from Aromahead Institute for an aromatherapy class to get rid of allergies naturally. I decided to go ahead and take it since it was free and I learned so much I signed up for another class.

The best thing about this is that my husband hasn’t been sneezing after yard work since I made him an essential oil inhaler. His inhaler has one of the essential oils formulas I learned during the class. Add 5 drops each of cedarwood, tea tree and lavender essential oil to the inhaler and sniff as needed. Just like with cooking, I can’t do anything exactly like it says so we also added 2 drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils to the inhaler. My husband loves it and I love not hearing him sneezing and snorting after yard work.


The average person hears essential oils and they think it’s something that will make their home smell nice. And while that is certainly true, they also have many other uses that extend far beyond a pleasant fragrance.

There are a lot of essential oils out there, but if you plan on having only a few in the house, these are some good options.

Lavender

If you only plan to have one essential oil in the home, this should be it. Used topically, it can treat skin rashes, acne and minor burns. It’s often used as an alternative treatment for insomnia and its calming scent helps treat nerves and anxiety issues. In addition, it’s been shown to decrease mental stress and anxiety as well as increase cognitive function.

 

Lemon Oil

Lemon has more applications than most other oils will ever dream of and is a great one to keep around the home. It can be used in water to treat bad breath, in shampoo to alleviate dandruff, or even be blended with aloe gel for use as a hand sanitizer.

And because lemon is calming, it can also be used to reduce mental fatigue, anxiety and nervous tension. It also has the ability to create a positive mindset and help reduce negative emotions.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus is great for treating chest congestion and, because of its disinfectant properties, it’s ideal for spraying in the kitchen or bathroom or diffusing to reduce germs and odors. It also has a cooling and refreshing effect and helps treat stress. This essential oil is actually a stimulant that removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness.

Together, lavender, lemon oil and eucalyptus oil create a powerful combination to eliminate stress and help people relax. These three ingredients can be blended to make up a blend that is very relaxing. A favorite blend among our customers, they have told us they look forward to getting home and relaxing after trying this blend for the first time.

Peppermint

Peppermint is commonly used in tea to treat nausea. However, it can also be blended with pine and eucalyptus and applied to the chest to treat coughing and congestion. And with its antibacterial properties, it is a great addition to water when cleaning.

However, this essential oil is also a great solution for improving focus and concentration. For those who love energy drinks to keep them going strong during the day, our peppermint inhaler.

Rosemary

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, indecisive or confused, the soothing aroma of rosemary is a great solution for clearing your head. It also supports healthy digestion and respiratory function.

We have combined peppermint and rosemary oils together to improve focus, clarity and insight, which is why customers love our Fresh Peppermint and Rosemary Plug In Refill.

Vanilla

You may not be aware of this, but vanilla essential oil has powerful antioxidant properties that help to neutralize free radicals and protect the body from everyday wear and tear. It also helps to stimulate the body to repair damage that has already been done.

Vanilla also has a relaxing and calming effect on the brain and nerves, making it a great treatment for those needing help with anxiety and restlessness.

You can both relax and refresh with our Balancing Vanilla Peppermint Plug In Refill, which combines the calming of vanilla with the invigorating qualities of peppermint.

This article is shared by Scent Fill and written by Sheena White.


head lice

I worked with elementary school children for 28 years and I know that you can treat head lice with tea tree oil. I love tea tree oil for all of its many and diverse uses. I just don’t like the way it smells. I use it if I’ll be home but not if I have to go out. I have an excellent oil treatment for head lice that does not use tea tree oil. Add 10 drops each of rosemary, lavender, geranium, and eucalyptus  to  2 ounces of sweet almond oil.

Rub the oil throughout the hair and leave it on for at least 1 hour then shampoo the oil out and rinse it well. Comb the hair with a nit comb after shampooing. Repeat this activity in about 3 days. Be very careful when you apply the oil and do not get it in the eyes. If essential oil gets in the eyes, wipe it out with plain sweet almond oil, not water. Water disperses the oil too quickly.


Essential oils are a natural, effective way to soothe allergies and sometimes even eliminate them altogether. Here is one of the ways you can use essential oils for allergies in a warm, aromatic steam.

This is actually a stock blend, which means you’ll blend four essential oils together, then use a single drop of that blend in your steam. This allows you to get the benefits of multiple oils in a single drop.

Stock Blend for Allergies

Make this blend in a 5 ml bottle. To make, just add all of the essential oil drops to the bottle and tighten the cap to snap the orifice reducer in place. (The orifice reducer is what allows you to get one drop out of the bottle.)

To do a steam with essential oils for allergies (or when you want to prevent them), you’ll need a bowl of warm, steamy water. I like to fill a soup bowl about halfway. Then add a single drop of your stock blend to the bowl.

Just one drop is enough. In fact, if I get two or three drops of essential oil in my steamy water, I usually like to set that bowl aside to let it diffuse into the room, and start over with a new bowl of water.

Once you’ve added the essential oil, close your eyes (that’s important!), lean over the bowl, and breathe in the warm, nourishing steam. It is best to drape a towel over my head to concentrate the steam even more. Breathe in the steam for a few minutes, and repeat several times a day. And here’s something you’ll want to take note of . . . you might want to keep a box of tissues nearby when you steam! It tends to loosen up your sinuses and unclog your nose, making you want to sniffle and blow your nose.

Thanks again to Andrea Butje at the Aromahead Blog for this information.


Have you ever eaten a big, delicious meal, and then gone for a leisurely walk to help you digest?

Sweet Marjoram does this every day! It loves to cook wonderful meals, and then take gentle nature walks. It brings along a little pair of scissors and a basket to collect wild herbs . . . and Sweet Marjoram is always ecologically responsible about what it’s harvesting.

These walks fill Sweet Marjoram with the peace of nature, and its digestion seems to flow more easily and naturally as a result.

If you can’t get out for a nature walk after every meal, here’s a digestion oil that can help just as much.

Sweet Marjoram’s “Nature Belly” Digestion Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) jojoba 
  • 9 drops Sweet Marjoram 
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile 
  • 6 drops Cardamom 

Make your blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle. Pour the jojoba in the bottle, add the essential oils, and shake gently.

Apply your digestion oil on your belly and low back after a big meal. You can also apply it before the meal, so it can keep your belly feeling comfortable even as it’s getting full. This blend is also helpful for muscle cramps, so if you experience tension or cramps in your belly, you can reach for this blend for relief.

If you find yourself in places where it’s not practical to apply a belly oil (such as work or out to lunch with friends), you can actually use an inhaler for digestion instead. Inhalers are easy to make and use anywhere. Here’s a recipe from The Aromahead Blog. Much thanks to Andrea Butje for this blog.


“Smudge” Your Way to Happiness

Author: Natural-Beauty
June 12, 2017

When people think of aromatherapy, essential oils like lavender and patchouli usually come to mind. Native Americans, however, have used another type of aromatherapy for hundreds of years. Smudge stick sounds like something you would use to apply eye makeup with, but “smudging” is actually a method of aromatherapy employed by burning herbs, like sage, throughout a dwelling.

Some Native Americans believe the smoke created by burning some herbs has cleansing affects, as well as cognitive, emotional and physical benefits. Some even believe “smudging” can act as a messenger to energies and realities beyond conscious comprehension and understanding. Just as many take a hot bath to refresh and relax their bodies, dedicated smudgers burn sage or sweetgrass to treat depression, anger, fear, grief and anxiety.

Smudge sticks can be found at many specialty health stores. To begin smudging use matches or a candle to light the stick, and blow on the flame to put out the fire. Let the smudge stick smolder. Once the smoke begins to fill the air, fan it towards the body.


Oil Diffusers Are A Great Gift

Author: Natural-Beauty
June 7, 2017

There are some great gifts out there for friends and family and I am always looking for the best options when it comes to getting them something meaningful and something that they will be using for a long time. I have been really into diffusers for essential oils lately and I love to give them as a gift to my friends and family.

With some great diffusers for essential oils, I can enjoy the sweet smell of my favorite fragrances in my home and make sure that my friends and my family members are enjoying them as well. I love to find a new fragrance to try and I am always really excited to use my diffuser with a new fragrance that I have discovered.

Oil diffusers are always a great gift and I love to make my friends and family happy with a gift of a new diffuser. It is so much fun to keep a living room or a bedroom filled with some wonderful aromas that instantly set the mood just right. I can find some diffusers that have a modern look to them or a pretty wood design. I can’t wait to find one for my boyfriend since his birthday is coming up.


Essential Oil Diffusers Fill My Room With Relaxation

Author: Natural-Beauty
June 2, 2017

There is something about essential oils that always makes me feel instantly relaxed and helps me to enjoy the time that I am spending at home to the fullest. I have always been into essential oils and using some aromatherapy to help me to stay emotionally and physically healthy day after day. It is so nice to come home to a state of relaxation with my diffusers.

I love all of the different kinds of diffusers that are out there and that I can always find some that work well for giving me the kind of relaxation that I am looking for. There are some stylish finds whether I want to have a diffuser that has a modern or classic look to it. I like to have a diffuser in a lot of the rooms in my home so that I can enjoy the right atmosphere.

With essential oil diffusers, I can always feel great in my home. It is so nice to come home after a long day at work and enjoy the diffusers or to enjoy them after a hard workout. I love finding some new diffusers that works well for any room. The diffusers help me to work better in my home office and to sleep better in the bedroom.


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