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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


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.


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