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Bergamot Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
December 11, 2018

Bergamot essential oil comes from the oils in the skin of oranges and it has a floral and also fruity aroma. It was originally used simply as a perfume because of its refreshing scent, however, its healing powers were soon discovered.  Today, we’ll discuss a few ways to use bergamot’s natural healing powers in your home.

  • put a few drops of bergamot into a diffuser for a fresh, citrusy and slightly floral scent that will ease stress, anxiety and depression
  • mix 2 to 4 drops of bergamot into a teaspoon of almond or jojoba oil and massage sore muscles to relieve tension and inflammation
  • mix 1 part bergamot to 5 parts of aloe vera oil or aloe vera gel and apply twice a day to treat skin problems such as acne, eczema, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections
  • add 5 drops of bergamot to your bath and relax for at least 15 minutes to relieve mental and physical tension and treat larger areas of skin problems
  • blend bergamot with chamomile, lavender or geranium to make your own natural perfume

Bergamot is another essential oil to use in your home for healthier, natural living. Not only is it naturally antiseptic and anti fungal, it also smells wonderful.


I usually wait until too close to the season before I start writing blogs about Christmas, but not this year. I’m going to give you some essential oil ideas for the holiday season. These are simple to do, inexpensive and you can make it a project so your family can help. You can choose from spicy oils like cinnamon, clove and bay; tree scents like pine and cedarwood; resins like frankincense and myrrh; or citrus oils like mandarin, orange or tangerine.

Christmas House Spray

In a plant spray bottle, dilute 4 drops of pine, 2 drops of mandarin, and 1 drop of cinnamon in 1 1/4 cups of water. Shake before using. You can make your own Christmas blend by choosing from the scents listed above.

Christmas Candle Blend

Having a holiday party? Use 4 drops of mandarin, 1 drop of geranium and 1 drop of cinnamon essential oil on an unscented candle. Light the candle first and let the wax melt around the flame then carefully add the essential oils. Essential oils are flammable so be very careful. If you are fast, you can blow the candle out, add the oils and then relight the candle quickly.

Pine Cone Decorations

Gather some pine cones or buy them from a craft store – they will be dry but we’re going to fix that. Drop 4 – 5 pine cones into a large plastic bag with a cotton ball to which you’ve added 2-4 drops of pine essential oil and seal it tight. In the morning the pine cones will smell wonderfully fresh and you can decorate them with Christmas ribbons that have been steeped in a Christmas essential oil and then dried. To scent the ribbons, swish them around in a cup of water with 6 drops of one of the Christmas oil blends and then let them dry before decorating the pine cones. I have a few more ideas for you but I’m going to wait until Monday! Have a great weekend and go ahead and get started on your Christmas decorations with essential oils.

 

 


Applying Body Oils

Author: Natural-Beauty
November 28, 2018

Winter weather can wreak havoc on the skin. The dry, cold air dehydrates skin, making it appear older and less supple. When properly applied, body oils can reduce the effects of winter weather.

Start by cleansing the skin of all perfumes and lotions. If you have the time and resources, then exfoliating your skin is also advisable. While your skin is still hot and damp generously apply body oils. Allow the oils to soak into the skin before putting on clothing.


Essential Oils for Overeating

Author: Dr. Larita
November 21, 2018

It’s official, the holidays are here. Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations on display in stores everywhere. That reminded me to let readers know about the essential oils that will help when you have eaten too much. Every year I tell myself I won’t eat too much at Thanksgiving but I always manage to feel stuffed after dinner because I like to taste everything. Even if I just put a teaspoon of everything on my plate, it still turns out to be too much.

Essential oils will not dissolve all the extra food you eat for dinner or the extra Halloween candy you indulge in but they will allow you to digest that food more easily. The best way to use essential oils for digestion is in a honey tea. Mix 1 or 2 drops of essential oil into a teaspoon of honey, put it in a mug, pour hot water on it, mix it up and then sip the drink slowly. You can use any one of the following essential oils:

  • lemon
  • ginger
  • cumin
  • peppermint
  • spearmint
  • cardamom
  • dill
  • mandarin
My favorite essential oil is peppermint if I’m only going to use one oil for overindulgence. However, it might be a good idea to be ready for the holiday season and make a synergistic blend of essential oils to have ready whenever you overeat. Once you have blended the following oils together in these proportions, use 1 to 2 drops in honey tea.
  • 10 drops mandarin
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 3 drops coriander


6 Essential Oils For Your Home

Author: Dr. Larita
November 19, 2018

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.


Geranium is an essential oil that should be in everyone’s home because it works  intently on the emotions, is helpful with many medical conditions, and it smells incredible while it’s working. Most essential oils come directly from the plant of the same name but geranium oil is not extracted from the brightly colored flower. It comes from the species Pelargonium –  Geranium Robertianum and is popularly known for treating clean cuts but geranium has many other uses.

Geranium essential oil is very helpful for women who have hormonal imbalances. It can be used to treat PMS symptoms, endometriosis, menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms. Add 10 drops of Geranium to a diffuser or pour a couple of drops onto a cotton ball and gently inhale. To relieve menstrual cramps, try massaging the affected area with 5 drops of Geranium oil blended in a tablespoon of carrier oil. If massage is too painful, add 5 drops of geranium to a warm compress and cover the abdomen to ease the pain.

Geranium makes chilblains disappear overnight and is used in skin care to bring a radiant glow. It is also a fundamental ingredient in the treatment of endometriosis, diabetes, blood disorders, throat infections, nervous disorders, and it works well as a sedative. Geranium is reported to help in cases of uterine and breast cancer but if nothing else, it will definitely help the sufferer to relax and cope with the illness.

 


Cardamom Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
November 9, 2018

Cardamom essential oil  has been shone to be effective against inflammation in laboratory animals. This oil is one you want to have in your essential oil kit after you gather the basic ones like lavender, peppermint , tea tree and eucalyptus. Cardamom is multi faceted in its healing abilities. It has a calming effect on the digestive system so it would be a good one to choose if you have issues with flatulence, stomach or abdominal cramps, irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease.

Cardamom is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Using this essential will help you ease muscle cramps and spasms. It also has a calming but at the same time, stimulating effect. Use cardamom for most types of coughs and respiratory problems as well as for certain kinds of food related infections.

This versatile essential oil can aid in cases of mental, physical or emotional exhaustion. It stimulates you if you’re tired or fatigued but it has a calming effect when your mind or nerves are stressed. This is a balancing and harmonizing essential oil that is excellent for your basic essential oil kit. It is very gentle and can be used in skin preparations for massage as well as cooking.


Bath Oils Once A Week To Relieve Stress

Author: Natural-Beauty
October 18, 2018

poolWork has been stressful lately. It’s usually very demanding and I put in a lot of hours so I can get some quality work done. I love what I do though and I’m very good at what I do. The long hours and the heightened stress levels are just something that I’ve gotten used to. My friends tell me that I need to get a better work-life balance so I don’t end up in an early grave. I think they might be right.

I’ve been finding activities to do that would relieve some of my stress levels. I go to a day spa once a month with some friends and we get massages and facials. I usually feel very relaxed afterwards. A friend of mine also got me some bath oils so I can take a nice, relaxing bath in my home at least once a week. One of my other friends also suggested that I do more physical activity, like hiking, to help relieve some stress. I think all these activities will have a positive effect on my life. I’m down to do anything that would balance out my life more.


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


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