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Making your own perfume or body oils using essential oils is a lot like making music in a band or orchestra. You need base notes, middle notes and top notes for the blend to be beautiful and to smell wonderful. These notes in perfume making can be either male or female and in some cases they are for either sex so I say, if you like the way it smells – use it. Below are some essential oils in each category for you to experiment with and make your own blends.

Base Note Essential Oils (Always start with the base and go up)

Middle Note Essential Oils

Top Note Essential Oils

  • Anise
  • Bay
  • Bergamot
  • Cumin
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Pettigraine

Store your essential oil perfume blends in dark colored bottles in a dark cool place for best results. Right now, you can go to your local perfumery and start sniffing the essential oils above to see which ones you want to experiment with when you make your first perfumes.

 


Trembling that is not related to a physical ailment like Parkinson’s disease can be helped with aromatherapy. I remember my Uncle Albert’s hands were always trembling, probably because he was an over the road truck driver. I bet this treatment would have helped him, had I known about it then. Yesterday, my husband did the yard trimming with a weed eater and we have a large corner lot so there was a lot of trimming to be done. When he came in, his hands and arms were trembling noticeably so I rubbed his body with the following essential oils: 2 drops of narcissus, 4 drops of nutmeg and 2 drops of lemon diluted in 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil.

Since it was his hands and arms that were trembling, I rubbed the oil over his right arm, across his chest, down the other arm and over both hands. Within two to three hours, the trembling had lessened significantly. You can use the same treatment again within six hours if needed.  If the trembling is in the lower part of your body, rub the oil (use about the size of a quarter in the palm of your hand) over your lower back, hips, legs, and feet. You may need help with this part, but you should also rub it all down your spine and about a hands width on either side of your spine. If you don’t have anyone to help, just get as much of your spine as possible. Narcissus essential oil is very expensive and many places don’t carry it so if you can’t find it or don’t want to pay so much for the little amount you need to use, you can use chamomile essential oil instead. It is much more reasonably priced.

 


Coriander essential oil has been used for thousands of years in Asian countries and is composed of over 65% linalool which makes it great for the skin. It stimulates the appetite and is wonderful for relieving occasional digestive issues. Coriander and cilantro come from the same plant and go together well as essential oils and when used in cooking. When using coriander oil on the skin, use it with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil if your skin is sensitive.

Seven Super Uses for Coriander

  1. Blood Sugar Balance – coriander contains properties that can assist with balancing cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. To support healthy blood sugar, take 1 drop internally as needed.
  2. Gas, Nausea and Bloatingcoriander’s digestive support properties assist in relieving gas and nausea. It also helps relax the digestive system and can ease unsettledness that often leads to nausea. Apply 2 to 3 drops topically to the abdomen or take 1 drop internally.
  3. Skin Health – coriander is an effective Ayurvedic remedy for rashes and itchy skin because of its anti-irritant , soothing, inflammation – cooling and antiseptic properties. Apply 2 to 3 drops topically to the irritated area.
  4. Anxiety – coriander oil is a mild stimulant and is capable of relaxing the mind too, thereby reducing feelings of stress and nervousness. Diffuse or apply a blend of coriander, lavender and chamomile topically to the soles of the feet and the back of the neck.
  5. Muscle and Joint Discomfort – because of its inflammation-cooling and spasm-soothing properties, coriander oil may reduce pain associated with muscle and joint issues. For soothing relief, apply it topically to the area of concern.
  6. Adrenal Fatigue – to support the adrenals and promote proper function naturally, apply coriander to the back of the neck or the soles of the feet.
  7. Appetite Stimulant – to boost the appetite, take 1 drop of coriander oil internally or apply 2 to 3 drops to the palms, cup the nose and inhale deeply for 5 minutes.


The use of natural essential oils stimulates potent mental, emotional and physiological responses. The aroma of the essential oil stimulates a reaction in the brain but also when the oil is inhaled into the body, the natural chemicals in the oil supply great therapeutic benefits. For example, diffusing eucalyptus is a very effective way to help ease congestion and inhaling peppermint oil improves energy.

When you breathe in the aroma of any essential oil, that is called “direct inhalation“. There are several methods of direct inhalation:

  1. Open a bottle of essential oil and breathe in the fragrance.
  2. Put a couple of drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, make a cup with your hands around your nose and mouth and breathe in the aroma. Remember, some essential oils require a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil to dilute the concentration or prevent irritation to the skin.)
  3. Put a drop or two of oil or a blend of two or more oils on a tissue, hold it close to the face and  breathe in the scent.

Another widely used method of aromatherapy is diffusing the essential oils in a room. A diffuser causes the essential oil to evaporate into the surrounding room. Diffusing oils can change your mood by relaxing or stimulating the mind. Diffusers are also used to kill airborne germs and ease respiratory issues. Here are several ways to diffuse essential oils:

  1. Add a blend of lemon, clove, orange, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils to a diffuser to cleanse the air.
  2. Add peppermint oil to a diffuser to improve energy.
  3. Add lavender or chamomile oil to a diffuser to reduce stress, ease a headache or just to relax.


Inhalation Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
06/11/2019

Do you feel a cold coming on? Do you already have a miserable cold and feel stuffy? Aromatherapy inhalation is a method of using essential oils that will help you tremendously. All you do is add a few drops of essential oil to hot water to make a therapeutic steam. Inhaling this steam will help to open your airways and improve your breathing during colds, flu, hay fever and sinusitis. The essential oil travels up your nose through the vapor and then the tiny molecules of essential oil help to loosen blockages and sooth mucous membranes in your nasal passages. As you breath deeply and breathing becomes easier, the essential oil vapor travels farther down the respiratory passages toward your lungs. This will ease your cough and tight chest.

It is easy to do an aromatherapy inhalation at home. Half fill a heatproof bowl with near boiling water. Remove your glasses or contact lenses, add up to a total of 6 drops of essential oil to the hot water, lean over the fragrant steam with a towel draped over your head and the bowl. Lift the towel every 2 to 3 minutes so you don’t become uncomfortable. Breathe slowly, deeply and steadily so the aromatic fragrance enters your nose and lungs for up to 15 minutes. You will feel the essential oils clearing your head and nose, bringing a feeling of lightness and relief.

These inhalation blends are safe for all adults except those with asthma. If you have asthma, these may be too strong for you and you should not use inhalations. Instead, you should take an aromatherapy bath to ease your breathing.

  • To ease a stuffy head, use 3 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops pine
  • To unblock the nose, use 3 drops peppermint and 3 drops oregano
  • To sooth the throat and chest, use 3 drops cedar wood and 3 drops frankincense
  • To help ease a chest infection, use 3 drops tea tree and 3 drops lemon


If your Dad is as busy and on the go as mine was, it would be nice to find him a great way to get rid of some of that stress. Aromatherapy is extremely helpful when it comes to achieving easy stress relief. Some people use candles and oil burners and other great supplies for their aromatherapy needs. The right ones can help Dad stay peaceful in the midst of his busy life.

You can help Dad with an essential oil like peppermint that can wake him up in the morning or a different one like lavender or chamomile that can soothe him to sleep at night. Dad can use the essential oils in a diffuser in the bedroom or in a spray in the living room or any other room in the house. There are even great ways to use essential oils in the car for that morning and evening commute.

Giving the gift of aromatherapy is easy and affordable. It’s an unexpected gift for one to give to Dad, Mom or any of your friends and family whenever you want to surprise them with something they wouldn’t expect. You can find amazing aromatherapy gifts for your friends and family online that really help to enhance any environment and help keep stress at bay.


DIY Hangover Antidote

Author: Dr. Larita
06/06/2019

Did you party a little too hearty last night? I bet that was fun but now don’t you need to calm the lingering after effects of all that fun? Here is a blend of essential oils that is an antidote for headaches and also helps you to detoxify. It calms inflammation, reduces muscle spasms, releases tension, encourages circulation, and cools heat.

DO IT YOURSELF HANGOVER OIL

  • 3 drops of Lemon Oil (Citrus limon)
  • 2 drops of Juniper Berry Oil (Juniperus communis)
  • 2 drops of Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 1 drop of Peppermint Oil (Mentha × piperita)
  • 10 ml of Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 1 – 10 ml Glass Roller Bottle

How To Make It

Make your DIY hangover oil in a 10 ml roll-on bottle.

Pour the jojoba into the bottle, and add the essential oils. Snap the roller-ball top into place. (If you have trouble pouring the jojoba oil directly into the small 10 ml bottle, try a funnel.)

Rub your DIY hangover oil into the back of your neck.

It really does help—a headache is basically inflammation and tense, spasming muscles. If you can relax the muscles in your neck, the relief will radiate up into your scalp.

You can massage a few drops of this hangover oil directly into your scalp if you like, but you don’t want to get your hair too oily. (Also, we like to keep essential oils well away from our eyes, so keep that in mind.)

Thanks to Aromatics International for today’s blog.


Bath Bombs

Author: Dr. Larita
05/31/2019

bath bombsIn this fast paced world, most of us are very busy and always in a hurry. If you are like me, you usually take a quick shower because you don’t have time for a bath. If I am going to take the time for a bath, I want it to be memorable.  The next time you want to feel special, you should try a bath bomb. This is an amazing way to relax in the bath and make your skin feel wonderful.

Bath bombs are composed of natural ingredients including pure aromatherapy grade essential oils like lavender and chamomile. The fizz in the bombs will surprise and please you and adding the essential oils of your choice will make you extremely happy. Your skin will feel silky smooth and you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.


Nail Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
05/24/2019

To have beautiful healthy nails, you have to not only treat the nail but also the nail bed or cuticle. There are many physical conditions that appear in the nails as ridges or thickening. Arthritic and rheumatoid illnesses show up as thickened nails and they often also become distorted. Aromatherapists who do body work should keep their nails short and they must constantly attend to their nail length because the essential oils they work with cause nails to grow quickly.

The essential oils to use for making your nails grow are lemon, carrot, grapefruit, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint and cypress. You can choose from jojoba, evening primrose and borage oil as well as almond, grapeseed and avocado oil to dilute your essential oils.

Here is a wonderful synergistic blend you can use to strengthen your nails:

  • 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 5 drops jojoba oil
  • 3 drops carrot oil
  • 8 drops lemon
  • 2 drops rosemary

Make up the blend and store it in a dark colored bottle so it is ready to use. When you want to use it add 10 drops to 1 teaspoon avocado oil and blend it well. Massage this mixture well into your fingers and fingernails or your toes and toenails. Do this after you manicure your nails but do not add nail polish.

 


If your neck is showing signs of age, you might want to give it a special treatment of the following synergistic  blend of essential oils. Use 10 drops of rose, 7 drops clary-sage, 10 drops lemon, and 20 drops carrot essential oil blended well with 1 teaspoon  of evening primrose oil. Gently massage this mixture into the skin and leave it on for at least ten minutes before wiping off the excess oil.

After a long winter of turtle-neck sweaters and woolen scarves, the neck will benefit greatly if you slough off dead skin cells, brighten up and tone the neck and prepare it for a treatment oil as discussed in part I of essential oils for neck care. Mix 1 teaspoon of ground almond with 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil into a paste and rub it all over the neck and chest area in upward movements. Leave this on for 10 minutes then rinse it off with water followed by a rinse with the following tonic water: 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon spring water, 1 teaspoon witch hazel, and 2 drops lemon essential oil. Mix the lemon essential oil with the witch hazel and then blend that with the other ingredients. Rinse most of the paste off with water and then add the vinegar tonic water to the final rinse until all the almond paste is gone.


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