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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


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.


Bath Oils for Pregnancy

Author: Dr. Larita
May 9, 2018

Pregnancy is both a beautiful and stressful experience for women. Since the baby is so connected to the mother, when the mother is stressed out her baby may feel stressed out as well. Taking a relaxing soak with aromatherapy bath oils can put mother and child in a good frame of mind.Not only will a relaxing soak with bath oils reduce stress, it also surrounds the mother with beautiful smells. Many pregnant women report sensitivity to smell. Doctors recommend mothers surround themselves with pleasant smells to ease the mind and prevent nausea.

You can dilute 5 drops of any of these essential oils – tangerine, grapefruit, geranium, chamomile, ylang ylang, lavender in 1 teaspoon of shea, grapeseed, or almond oil to make a wonderful bath oil. If you or a loved one are going through a difficult pregnancy and have a hard time relaxing, consider giving bath oils a try.


A Recipe for You: Thyme’s “Everything but the Sink” Hand Cleanser

As an educator for 28 years, I can tell you that being around kids means you need to have the kitchen sink in your purse or a bathtub in your backpack to keep them clean. Unfortunately, carrying those items around is not practical and it would kill your back! Still, we want our children be healthy and germ free so here is a convenient and alcohol free hand cleanser for you to use instead.

Thyme’s “Everything but the Sink” Hand Cleanser (for kids five and older)

Thyme essential oil is excellent to use for reducing infections. This recipe has everything it needs to cleanse and care for your tot’s hands when you are out and about.

  • 1 oz aloe vera gel
  • 3 drops thyme
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 2 drops tea tree

Make this blend in a 1 oz bottle with a flip-top. To use, shake out a few drops into the child’s palm and have them rub their hands together.

For kids younger than five, use a blend that’s made with just hydrosols because they’re very nourishing! You can make this blend in a 2 oz PET plastic spray bottle. (PET plastic is known to be a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach.)

Happy Hands Hydrosol Blend

  • 1 oz  lavender hydrosol
  • 1 oz tea tree hydrosol

Spray little hands with this blend, then wipe them clean with a paper towel until you have a chance to wash up with soap and water.

Thanks to Andrea Butje  at The Aromahead Institute


We have often talked about the different ways to use essential oils but let me remind you that one way is through inhalation. The next time you have an upset tummy, try this essential oil blend in an inhaler. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much better you feel by simply taking deep breaths from your inhaler suffused with the essential oil blend below. If you don’t have bergamot mint, you can substitute a plain bergamot and peppermint blend.

Deep Breath/Calm Tummy Inhaler

  • 7 drops bergamot mint or a mix totaling 7 drops of bergamot and peppermint
  • 3 drops sweet orange
  • 5 drops lime

You can make this recipe your own by adjusting the drop count the way you want it by using the drop by drop blending technique below.

Just put a single drop of bergamot mint essential oil into a small bowl, then smell it. Now add a single drop of sweet orange and smell your blend again. Then add a drop of lime, smell the blend, and decide which essential oil you’d like more of. End with about 15 drops of essential oil total. When you like your blend, use the cotton wick of the inhaler to absorb the essential oils, and assemble your inhaler.

 

 

 


Aromatherapy Gifts Are Awesome In Today’s Busy World

Author: Natural-Beauty
May 4, 2018

It is nice to find some great ways to get rid of stress and I have been finding aromatherapy very helpful when it comes to getting great stress relief. It has been nice to find some candles and some oil burners and other great supplies for my aromatherapy needs. The right ones have been helping me to stay peaceful in the midst of my busy life.

It is great to find some essential oils for every one of my needs too. I can find an essential oil that wakes me right up in the morning and I can find one that helps to soothe me to sleep at night. I enjoy working with some essential oils diffusing in my office and I enjoy having them in my bedroom and in the living room and in many other rooms in the house.

I want to give the gift of aromatherapy and it is nice to be able to give this gift to my friends and to my family whenever it is that I want to surprise them with something that they wouldn’t expect to get. I have been finding some amazing aromatherapy gifts for my friends and family online, like some oil burners that really help to enhance an environment.


It seems like youth and a youthful appearance is more and more of a must in today’s society. I have definitely been feeling the pressure myself, even though I am only in my thirties. I have been finding some great ways to stay looking good through the years. I want to stay looking much younger than I really am for my whole life.

It is nice to find some handy products online that ensure that I can have the amazing skincare that I want to have. I have found a great anti-aging cream that has been helping me out so much when it comes to keeping my youthful glow alive. I want to keep the youthful beauty of my twenties going for as long as possible.

The anti-aging cream that I have been using has been already giving me some great results. This cream is great for using on a regular basis and it ensures that I can have skin that I can really feel confident showing. The cream features vitamins and Shea butter and it has been keeping my skin really youthful and free from the signs of aging. It has been nice to have the cream to ensure that I can keep my skin soft and look its best.


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