Essential oils, Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy and essential oils information

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This is a fun topic…

Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being.

Essential oils, the pure essence of a plant, have been found to provide both psychological and physical benefits when used correctly and safely.  Over 90 essential oils.Absolutes, CO2s and Hydrosols are also commonly utilized in aromatherapy. Although essential oils, CO2 extracts and absolutes are distilled by different methods, the term essential oil is sometimes used as a blanket term to include all natural, aromatic, volatile, plant oils including CO2s and absolutes.

I haven’t had much experience with aromatherapy and essential oils but I will say, lavender I have used and I do believe it has a calming affect.  I put it in an electric melter with water in my bedroom and it just calms me before bed. I start it early so I can do my before bed yoga so I’m ready to sleep.

The Benefit of an Aroma ~ Inhaling Essential Oils
Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer both psychological and physical benefits. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but when inhaled into the lungs, the natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) can supply therapeutic benefit. Diffusing eucalyptus essential oil to help ease congestion is a prominent example. I do want to add, my husband has a very hard time sleeping after his 12 hr flights, his nose is always blocked. We started using eucalyptus  oil in the electric diffuser and it has helped so much I had to buy another diffuser for us.

And I’m learning how they can be helpful with our furbabies too.

I found this article about how essential oils might be a new antibiotic…cool! Anything natural is better than chemicals I think….read it

As I read more about these, I’ll fill you in.  In the meantime, here is a great site to learn about how to use them. For some great shopping for herbs and oils, check out this site, Mountain Rose Herbs.

Mountain Rose Herbs. A Herbs, Health & Harmony Com
 

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1. Lemon Essential Oil

We use lemon and other citrus essential oils aromatically by diffusing them into the air. I also add 10-15 drops of lemon or orange essential oil to all of my homemade cleaning products for a fresh and clean smell without the chemicals.

Lemon has natural antibacterial, antiviral and antihistamine properties and it is great for dabbing on insect bites or in salves used on wounds. I also often add lemon or sweet orange essential oil to our homemade shampoo since the scent is energizing. There is some evidence that lemon can stimulate hair growth. I add lemon and orange to either my honey face wash or my oil cleansing blend for use at night.

Don’t use citrus essential oils for any homemade products that we will use on our skin during sun exposure as citrus can increase sun sensitivity.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils to diffuse as it is said to help increase mental clarity and is invigorating. It is also an ingredient in my homemade vapor rub.

I use it on my feet for nausea or upset stomach and on my neck for headaches. It is an ingredient in our homemade bug spray and I also add peppermint and lavender to a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to help cool sunburns,

3. Lavender Essential Oil

I absolutely love the scent of lavender essential oil and diffuse it as an air freshener. It is said to help digestion, support skin health, stimulate hair growth, help mitigate the effects of stress and more.  It’s so nice a bedtime and all night long. Lavender essential oils is also an ingredient in many of my homemade beauty products.

4. Oregano

I love that the smell of oregano reminds me of Italian food. I also love the natural antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties of Oregano. It is important to note that Oregano is very potent and should always be diluted for topical use. In times of bad illness, I diffuse oregano into the air. I don’t do this often since it isn’t the most pleasant scent but it definitely works!

I’ve used (or had a family member who has used) Oregano effectively for:

  • Getting rid of athletes foot (diluted with coconut oil)
  • Massaged on feet to help deal with intestinal parasites
  • Diluted topically for killing ringworm
  • Diluted to help remove warts
  • Diluted on sore muscles to speed muscle recovery

And I’ll share some charts I’ve found…

40 uses chart

The Benefit of Physical Application

Essential oils that are applied to the skin can be absorbed into the bloodstream. The constituents of essential oils can aid in health, beauty and hygiene conditions. Since essential oils are so powerful and concentrated, they should never be applied to the skin in their undiluted form. To apply essential oils to the skin, essential oils are typically diluted into a carrier such as a cold pressed vegetable oil, also known as a carrier oil. Common carrier oils include sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil and grapeseed oil.

This is a  great site…Aroma Web

These are some really cool diffusers, you can get them here..

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