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Bergamot is a citrus essential oil that is defined as a cross between a sour orange and a lemon. It is the oil that gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor. It has the unique ability to be both uplifting and calming at the same time. It is wonderful to use as a purifying and cleansing agent for the skin while also having a calming effect. It is also used to fight bacteria, help reduce scars and reduce headaches and muscle tension.

Seven Super Uses for Bergamot Essential Oil

  1. Natural Mood Booster – bergamot can create feelings of joy, refreshment and energy by supporting healthy circulation. Rub 2-3 drops onto the hand and cup your mouth and nose. Breathe in slowly. Also apply it to your feet and the back of your neck.
  2. Stress Buster – relieve stress and anxiety by using bergamot in a diffuser or apply 1-2 drops   topically to the wrists and temples.
  3. Lymphatic Support – Apply 2-3 drops onto your feet before bedtime or mix 3-5 drops with a carrier oil for a calming and relaxing massage that may encourage lymphatic drainage.
  4. Immune Boost – to fight harmful bacteria and stress, take a drop or two of bergamot oil internally in a warm tea (only under the supervision of your healthcare professional) or diffuse it, inhale it directly or add it to a warm water bath.
  5. Digestive System Aid – To support digestion and regulate appetite, rub 3-5 drops of bergamot oil onto your stomach. This may stimulate muscle contractions in the intestines and the production of digestive juices.
  6. Natural Deodorant – add bergamot oil to deodorant or apply it directly to the armpits to help prevent the growth of germs that cause body odor. Combine bergamot with lemon, cedarwood or sandalwood oils to make a personalized fragrance.
  7. Food Cravings Fighter – Diffuse bergamot in the classroom, office or at home in between meals to help control hunger pangs.

 

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Ginger essential oil enjoys hot yoga and so do I. Hot yoga is right in line with ginger essential oil’s spicy, unique personality. It also has the effect of helping your muscles feel strong, loose, and relaxed. Sometimes those same muscles feel less relaxed after a good hot yoga session. Once the heat cools down, muscles can start to tighten up. Soreness and tension can creep in and make you uncomfortable.

True to its unique nature, ginger essential oil has a creative way to care for sore muscles. It makes a muscle tension inhaler—yes, an inhaler! Breathing in ginger essential oil helps you feel relaxed and uplifted, which translates to more relaxed muscles and less pain. Here’s a wonderful inhaler blend you can make for yourself:

Ginger’s Active Muscle Care Inhaler

Inhalers are fun to make! Andrea Butje from Aromahead describes the process of making one in this post from The Aromahead Blog (which has another great muscle tension inhaler blend!).

All you have to do is soak the cotton insert of the inhaler in the essential oils, load it into the inhaler sleeve, and snap it closed. You can find colorful, disposable inhalers at Fragrance World of Topeka.  Aromatics International has reusable inhalers, which are wonderful if you use your inhaler often and want to reload it with new blends but they are more expensive.  

 Source: Andrea Butje – Aromahead


Ginger Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
October 1, 2018

Ginger is available at most grocery stores today in the produce section but way back in the 14th century, it cost about the same amount as a lamb or calf to purchase.  The reason it was so expensive is that is was widely used as a medicinal tonic for many ailments. Ginger is featured in many Asian dishes and has a hot, fragrant flavor as a cooking spice. You may be more familiar with it as an ingredient in gingerbread and ginger snaps and the scent of it often reminds one of Christmastime and cookies baking in the oven.

In Chinese medicine, ginger is one of the most used herbs because it has warming properties that help reduce internal dampness in the body. Ginger essential oil is the most potent form of use because it has the highest levels of gingerol which has powerful inflammation-cooling properties and many other health benefits. Ginger essential oil can be used to ease nausea, digestive distress, menstrual disorders, joint discomfort, chronic pain and respiratory issues. It is also known to promote self-confidence and is often called the “oil of empowerment.”


Aromatherapy for Stress

Author: Dr. Larita
September 28, 2018

Everyone has varying degrees of stress in their life on a scale from positive to distressful. Your mind, body, and soul will greatly benefit from the use of pure, safe, natural, and effective essential oils. Aromatherapy essential oils may be exactly what you need if you are trying to reduce the mental stress caused by work, school, unemployment, or financial worries.

There are specific essential oils that can be used for mental stress and they can be used alone or in a synergistic blend. The oils to use are geranium, lavender, sandalwood, basil, bergamot, grapefruit, cardamom, and patchouli. A specific synergistic blend to use might be geranium, lavender and bergamot but you can blend others or simply use just one of the above mentioned oils.

Several ways to use your synergistic blend of aromatherapy essential oils for stress follow:

  • Use 6-8 drops of your chosen oils or synergistic blend in a warm bath or shower every night.
  • Add 5 drops per teaspoon of your essential oils or blend to a carrier oil (i.e., almond, jojoba, liquid shea) and use this formula as a massage oil. You can also massage it on your body before leaving your home and wear it as a fragrance oil.
  • Use the oils in a diffuser at home or at work.
  • Add 8-10 drops essential oils blend to 2 1/2 cups water in a plant spray bottle and spray occasionally in your office or other environment.
  • If you are not allowed to use a diffuser at work (I don’t know why not) you can put a drop or two on a tissue and sniff it occasionally; you can sniff the bottle in which you have stored the oils; or you can put a dab of oil on the space between your nose and upper lip.


How do you Burn Essential Oils in an Oil Burner?

Author: Natural-Beauty
September 25, 2018

Are you wondering how you can have a pleasant scent in your bedroom, sitting room or even in your office? Essential oils which are also healthy to your skin can be burned in the oil burner to release a sweet smelling fragrance into a room. The procedure involved is an easy and quick one;

Add ¾ of water into a copper bowl and place it on the oil burner;

Put drops of essential oil into the pot;

Place a lit tea candle under the pan in the oil burner; you can add more drops of the essential oil for more effect.

The water will evaporate leavingy our room smelling nice.

Do not leave the oil burner unattended.

The electric oil burner is an alternative method of burning essential oil. It doesn’t produce a bare frame as there’ll be no candle and it provides a stronger aroma compared to the silver oil burner. Electric oil diffuser is safer to use as there is no risk of getting burned or spilling the content in the bowl. However, it’s not okay to use in the bathroom, and it’s expensive. So go ahead and burn essential oil and relax in your room as you enjoy the great smell.


Aromatherapy for Stress Part 1

Author: Dr. Larita
September 24, 2018

There are all kinds of stress in the world and all of us are under one kind of stress or the other. The kinds of stress and the degrees that we can have it are diverse. Because of this diversity in the sorts of stress, the essential oils or oil blends we use are also varied.

We first have to make a distinction between positive stress, normal stress and distress. Positive stress is the feeling you get when you perform your job fast and efficiently – it feels good when you accomplish something. Normal stress is what happens when circumstances require us to perform out of the ordinary accomplishments. You’ve heard of people who performed unheard of feats when they were in an accident and when it was over, they wonder how they did it!

Distress is the kind of stress that we do not want to have. It is when healthy stress becomes persistent and unrelieved leaving us with no energy, no will, and with increasing frustration over the ever increasing pressure. This kind of stress requires the use of aromatherapy essential oils. It will take some time to discuss all the different types and degrees of distress and the oil blends to treat it. I’m going to take several blogs to discuss this topic but today let me just mention  lavender essential oil.

Lavender essential oil can be used to treat most kinds of stress. Put 2 drops of lavender neat on your fingertips and gently massage your temples, forehead, the back of your neck and your cheek bones. You can also put lavender in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil and massage it all over your body before going to sleep. If you have no other oil, lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils and I believe it should be in everyone’s medicine chest.


Kissable Lips

Author: Dr. Larita
September 20, 2018

lips2Are your lips ready for  kissing? Keep your lips looking their best and they will always be kissable. Lips can easily crack, become infected, develop lines and be the site of cold sores or herpes virus reactions. None of these unfortunate events are attractive and they can easily be avoided. Nothing is more irritating than dry cracked lips whether it’s due to illness, overexposure to too much sun or cold. Aromatherapy essential oils can help keep your lips soft and kissable without using petroleum or animal fat.

LIP GLOSS BASE

  • 1 ounce white beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops jojoba oil
  • 5 drops carrot oil
  • 1 capsule vitamin E

LIP GLOSS ESSENTIAL OILS

  • geranium
  • lavender
  • chamomile
  • palma rosa
  • lemon
  • rose

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler and add the almond oil, stirring constantly. When the beeswax is completely melted, add the jojoba oil, carrot oil and vitamin E, then stir again. Lastly, mix in the 10 drops of your chosen essential oils from the list above. Tomorrow, we will give formulas for the lip conditions mentioned above.


baldness

Occasionally I receive a question that I want to answer in a general way to all readers. A recent blog reader asked if there are any aromatherapy essential oils that will treat baldness. Well, my initial response is to try not to become bald in the first place by using essential oils that prevent this condition so let’s talk about stimulating hair growth. Long hair is always fashionable and essential oils can help you have longer hair too. Hereditary factors can contribute to hair loss, as can your overall age and health as well as stress and prescription drugs.

A simple way to strengthen your hair is to use rosemary essential oil. Simply add 1 drop of this amazing essential oil to a cold water rinse when you finish washing your hair. There is no need to rinse the rosemary out because it will give your hair a lustrous shine. The cold water rinse will cause your blood capillaries to contract and that will cause the movement of nutrients into the bulb of the hair or the follicle that feeds the hair. Many of the best selling hair products contain rosemary essential oil.


Baby Aromatherapy Remedies III

Author: Dr. Larita
August 23, 2018

Teething

There is a wide variation in the age when babies begin teething but whenever they start, teething may cause inflammation and soreness of the gums, runny nose, runny stool and often fever as well. It’s important to give the baby something to chew on at this time but do not give him anything he can choke on. Teething is often wrongly blamed for any and every symptom a baby can get so it is important to stay aware of your baby’s condition at this stage.

The essential oil formula for teething is: chamomile – 6 drops or lavender – 5 drops diluted in 5 teaspoons sweet almond oil and mixed well. Then take 1 teaspoon of the oil mix and put it in a small container. Fill with ice-cold water and stir very well. Now you have two mixtures for a two-part treatment. First,  dip a cotton ball into the cold water and oil mixture and gently wipe around baby’s gums. Then using  just the oil mix, massage around the outside of baby’s face along the jaw line. You only need to use a couple of drops of the oil mix each time; just rub a little between your fingers before applying.


Lose Weight with Patchouli

Author: Dr. Larita
August 15, 2018

I have a reader question that I would like to discuss today. Jenny asked if I would help her with more information on how to lose weight with patchouli essential oil. First, Jenny, there is no wonder drug or essential oil that will help you to eat less. It is really about self control and your own mindset that you want to change your body through diet and exercise. Visualize a piece of meat and imagine cutting and separating the fat from the lean part. If your diet consists of fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, your body tissue will look like the lean cut of meat. On the other hand, if you eat cakes and sweets, potatoes smothered in butter and fatty meats, you body tissue will be like the fatty part.

There are many essential oils that help fight fat but Jenny asked abut patchouli which can help dieters in several ways. First, it has the ability to diminish your appetite. Regularly put 2-3 drops of patchouli into a diffuser and let it diffuse through the air to reduce your appetite. This is a good way to balance the diet and exercise program you are on. You can also put 8-10 drops of patchouli into your bath water. This will not only help you to reduce your appetite, it may also ease water retention and bloating. Massaging your body with 1 ounce of a good carrier oil containing 2-3 drops of patchouli will also ease water retention and help you tone your body as your diet and exercise program help you lose weight. Jenny, I hope this is helpful to you and to any others interested in losing weight.


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