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  1. The main therapeutic ingredient in peppermint essential oil is menthol. It has local anesthetic properties and reduces throat irritations. Menthol is similar to the ingredient in cayenne or hot peppers, capsaicin, which stimulates heat sensors without really causing a change in temperature. Menthol, however, has a cooling effect on the body without changing the actual body temperature. Some medications may adversely interact with peppermint oil so please consult a physician it you have concerns about drug interactions.
  2. Muscle discomfort – Peppermint oil can reduce discomfort and relax muscles – dilute 2 to 4 drops and apply topically to the affected area. Use with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil if you have sensitive skin.
  3. Respiratory health – Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and can relieve some symptoms of respiratory issues. Dilute 2-4 drops and apply topically to your chest and the back of your neck. Or add 10 drops to boiling water, put a towel over your head and breath in the aroma for 5 minutes.
  4. Energy boosting – Because it is invigorating and stimulating, peppermint oil can help fight fatigue and improve focus and concentration. Diffuse it or apply it directly to your temples, wrists and the back of your neck. You can also inhale it directly from the bottle or add a drop or two to a tissue and sniff as needed.
  5. Allergy symptoms soother – Peppermint relaxes the muscles in the nasal passages and clears out mucus and pollen during allergy season. Diffuse 5 drops, inhale it from the bottle or a tissue as above or dilute 2-3 drops and apply it topically to forehead, neck and chest.
  6. Headache relief – Peppermint oil may improve circulation, soothe your stomach and relax tense muscles. It can also help clear your nasal passages when you suffer from a sinus headache. Apply it to your forehead and temples for relief.
  7. Digestive soother – Peppermint oil helps relax the muscles in the intestines and reduce bloating, gas and nausea. It can also serve as a natural remedy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.) Diffuse it, apply it topically to your abdomen or take 1-2 drops internally mixed with hot tea.
  8. Fresh Breath and Healthy and Gums – Peppermint  oil has anti-microbial properties that will freshen breath and may kill bacteria that lead to cavities and gum issues. Add 1 drop to your toothpaste or mouthwash or place one drop under your tongue before drinking a glass of water.


Essential Oil Uses

Author: Dr. Larita
May 24, 2018

essential oils5There are probably as many uses for aromatherapy as there are essential oils, but research shows particular promise in relieving stress, stabilizing your mood, improving sleep, pain, and nausea relief, and improving your memory and energy level.

An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is why using a combination of oils often creates a much more powerful effect than any one particular oil. With a skilled aromatherapist, the possibilities are nearly endless!

In order to give you an idea of the versatility of aromatherapy, the following table lists some of the therapeutic uses of several oils for a few of today’s most common complaints. As you can see, there are some real “multitaskers,” like lavender and peppermint—oils that treat more than one problem.

Complaint Essential Oils
Stress Lavender, lemon, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver, pine, and ylang ylang
Insomnia Lavender, chamomile, jasmine, benzoin, neroli, rose, sandalwood oil, sweet marjoram, and ylang ylang; lemon can wake you up
Anxiety Lavender, bergamot, rose, clary sage, lemon, Roman chamomile, orange, sandalwood, rose-scented geranium, and pine
Depressed mood Peppermint, chamomile, lavender, and jasmine
Pain Lavender, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, lavender, and green apple (especially for migraines)
Nausea and vomiting Mint, ginger, lemon, orange, ginger, dill, fennel, chamomile, clary sage, and lavender
Memory and attention Sage, peppermint, and cinnamon
Low energy Black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, angelica, jasmine, tea tree, rosemary, sage, and citrus

By Dr. Mercola


Watching your loved one’s intellect become disabled by the debilitating disease of Alzheimer’s is a disheartening experience. Living with and caring for a parent or spouse who no longer knows who you are may seem hopeless but aromatherapy massage can bring back your former closeness and introduce a new form of communication between the two of you. This is not a therapeutic massage, just a way to show love and caring so a gentle body massage or a foot or hand massage will do. The essential oils used in this aromatherapy massage will be not only pleasing to the Alzheimer’s sufferer’s senses and yours too, but could also reawaken pleasant memories. Any essential oil can be used but if the sufferer is your Mom and you know she always wore lavender perfume then lavender essential oil would be a perfect choice. Who knows what the Alzheimer’s patient, locked inside her brain, will experience with such an olfactory memory jerk?

Think back and try to recall the aromas your loved one favored and recreate them now. If you simply can’t remember, some good choices are the citrus essential oils of lemon, grapefruit, and orange plus the spices such as cardamom, coriander, ginger and nutmeg because they stimulate the gastric juices and also touch on the basic instincts of feeding and survival. In less advanced cases of Alzheimer’s you can incorporate the gentle fragrances of flowers such as lavender, rose, and geranium coupled with the spices mentioned above or even with basil or rosemary. Make a synergistic massage oil blend of 5 drops of rose, 5 drops of geranium, 2 drops of basil, 10 drops of lavender and 2 drops of rosemary essential oils. Add 5 drops of this blend to 1 teaspoon of jojoba or grapeseed oil and either give the full body massage, hand or foot massage or simply gently massage the neck and shoulder area.


I have been in the hereafter many times – I’m in the middle of a room but I can’t remember what I am “hereafter?” Recently I have been losing things like the cord to my cell phone, keys, books I am currently reading or who I was just getting ready to call. It is very frustrating but I refuse to let it get me down. I found the books and I no longer lose my keys, as long as I remember to put them on the hook I now use specifically for them. I know I am getting older but I don’t think I have dementia or Alzheimer’s yet; I just have lapses in concentration and that can happen to us at any age from childhood to our senior years. These lapses in concentration are probably caused by having too much on your mind or thinking about five things at once. There is no magic oil to bring back your memory but there are some essential oils that can help with concentration and thus make remembering things less difficult.

Use  the following essential oils in equal proportions in one of the room methods, either in a diffuser or in a plant spray for a simple and effective way to improve concentration:

  • Basil
  • Cardamom
  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper

Your brain is like an electrical circuit that can short out when switching from circuit to circuit making your mind go blank or get confused. This is a very involved subject that includes fortifying the brain with nourishing food and making certain your body gets certain vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients especially vitamins C and E, selenium and zinc. Pernicious anemia can be helped by taking vitamin B-12 and iron supplements and lack of potassium which accounts for memory loss in some of us can be remedied with potassium tablets. Tomorrow I am going to continue this subject with a discussion of Alzheimer’s disease. No, I don’t have a cure but I believe you will find some relief if you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

 

 


There are several types of chamomile essential oil but chamomile Roman is especially good when used for the treatment of insomnia and nervous conditions. Chamomile is an 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 home.


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.


Marjoram Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
May 16, 2018

aromatherapy bathThe therapeutic properties of marjoram essential oil have been used for centuries. The Greeks used marjoram to relieve excess tissue fluid, as an antidote to poison and also to calm muscle spasms. Europeans used to sprinkle marjoram all over the floors to hide unpleasant smells. Today, we use marjoram  to add a unique flavor to foods. Aromatherapists use marjoram as an alternative treatment for anxiety and high blood pressure. It is a worthy and pleasing essential oil to have around.

Aromatherapy Applications for Marjoram Essential Oil

  • Use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or add 8-10 drops to bath water before bed to treat anxiety, grief, hyperactivity, insomnia, nervous tension and stress.
  • Use 2-3 drops per 1 ounce of jojoba carrier oil to massage areas of the body affected with arthritis, lumbago, muscular aches and stiffness, rheumatism and sprains.
  • Use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil and massage on chest and throat to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds and coughs.  You can also use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and dab on bruises or chilblains. You can use it neat if you carefully put it only on the affected area.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil like liquid shea oil to massage your back for digestive problems like constipation, indigestion and flatulence.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil for a full body massage or 8-10 drops in a bath to treat high blood pressure.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it onto temples and neck for headaches and migraines. You can also use it on a hot or cold compress.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it onto the lower abdomen and lower back to treat menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome. You can also use 2-3 drops on a hot compress or use 8-10 drops in your bath water.
  • Use 2-3 drops on a handkerchief and inhale occasionally for seasickness.

If you are pregnant, do not use marjoram for aromatherapy. It is also not suitable for use with children. If there is a diagnosis of depression, avoid using marjoram because it has a strong sedative property and overuse of the oil can cause drowsiness. I don’t know why anyone else would want to, but some religious institutions have used marjoram to suppress sexual desires and impulses because of its anti-aphrodisiac property.


VetiverVetiver oil has been used in traditional medicine in South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Africa for thousands of years. It’s native to India, and both its leaves and roots have wonderful uses. Vetiver is known as a sacred herb valued because of its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective properties. It’s a natural body cooler — making it extremely popular in tropical countries. In fact, in India and Sri Lanka it’s known as the “oil of tranquility.”

Some of vetiver oil uses include treating heat strokes, joint disorders and skin problems. Using vetiver oil is also a way to boost energy levels when you’re exhausted. In addition, it’s used to cool the body during very high temperatures and soothe feelings of anxiety and nervousness. Now here are 6 excellent reasons to use vetiver essential oil.

  1. Vetiver oil promotes the regeneration of skin and tissue, which helps rejuvenate the skin and remove dark spots, acne and scars. It also has anti-aging properties that work to treat stretch marks and wrinkles. Simply add a few drops of vetiver oil to your face wash, body wash or lotion for an improved complexion.
  2. Vetiver oil possesses the ability to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals. Benefits of this powerful antioxidant include healthy skin, slower aging, better detox support and reduced cancer risk.
  3. A 2001 study showed that vetiver oil is effective in treating children who have ADHD. Researchers tested different essential oils in children with ADHD and found that vetiver oil increased performance by 100% in all participants. The calming properties of vetiver oil helped lessen ADHD symptoms and increase concentration.
  4. Research has shown that vetiver oil naturally boosts the immune system and the nervous system. It has a protective effect on the body, working to lessen toxicity. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, studies have shown that vetiver oil is able to inhibit DNA damage, while stimulating the immune system and providing support to the nervous system.
  5. Vetiver oil can be used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Studies have shown the oil can help with anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and depression. In one study, vetiver oil was found to have the same impact as Diazepam, a calming medication for anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures and other conditions. Add a few drops to your oil burner and inhale.
  6. Researchers at the the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center analyzed eight different essential oils for their ability to repel termites. They found that vetiver oil proved to be the most effective due to its long-lasting activity. It effectively repelled termites and may also have the ability to repel mosquitoes.

Source: Dr. Axe


hand careI’ve been cleaning today and, as usual, I didn’t use my gloves. Now my hands are all dry with a few nicks and cuts plus my nails look terrible. I’ve got a blend for hand care that will help me with this problem. If you need some loving care for your hands, please use the formula below.

Add the following essential oils to a 1 ounce dark glass bottle filled with 1/2 jojoba oil and 1/2 liquid shea oil leaving room at the top for the essential oils. Shake well before using.

  • 5 drops patchouli
  • 5 drops frankincense
  • 5 drops myrrh
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops rose

Use this luxurious blend often and especially any time you’ve been using your hands to do hard work.

 


Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Some of you go all out and spend lots of money on electronic gadgets and expensive clothing for your mother but if you want to cut back on spending and still give something meaningful, give a gift of aromatherapy products. Essential oils make excellent gifts and will be very useful to your Mom.

If you need any suggestions, check out this list:

  • Aromatherapy essential oils
  • Aromatherapy Incense
  • Essential oil travel kits
  • Aromatherapy massage oils
  • Essential oil diffusers
  • Aromatherapy gift basket
  • Incense
  • Wood incense burners


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