Essential Oils 101 – Mixing Ratios

Today:

  • Mixing Ratios
    • Undiluted Application

Mixing Ratios

When blending essential oils, it often works best to use an essential oil from each perfumery note.  A 3:2:1 ratio is a good place to begin – three parts top note to two parts middle note to one part base note and is best to use up to between three and a maximum of five different essential oils.  If you use too many then the oils may have an antagonistic effect on each other and the benefits of the therapeutic actions will be reduced.

Another good rule of thumb is the 30-50-20 rule, which is to prepare your oils by using 30% top notes, 50% middle notes, and 20% base notes.

.25% Dilution. For use on children 6 months to 6 years of age.
.25% = 1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil

1% Dilution. For use on children over the age of 6, pregnant women, elderly adults, people with a sensitive skin type, and those with pre-existing conditions.
1% = 1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil or 5-6 drops per 30ml

2% Dilution. For use on all normal adults.
2% = 2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil or 10-12 drops per 30ml

3% Dilution. For use in treating temporary health concerns, muscle pain, injury or respiratory problems.
3% = 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil or 15-18 drops per 30ml

25% Dilution. There are some essential oils which can be used at this strength. A few can even be used with no dilution, or “neat.”
25% dilution = 25 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil or 125-150 drops per 30ml

Once the essential oils are mixed, set the blend aside to rest for 24-48 hours. This resting period allows the chemicals and constituents of the different essential oils to meld together, helping them blend better.  Thereafter, mix with the carrier oil.

Undiluted Application

Undiluted or “neat” application is the use of essential oils applied directly to the skin without a carrier or base oil. An undiluted application is only applied in a specific localised area.  It is important to only use a small amount (1 to 2 drops) of oil and not to continue use for extended periods. There is also a school of thought you must not use essential oils undiluted.

  • Acne spot treatment
  • Bruises
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Cold sores
  • Ear infections
  • Headaches
  • Insect bites
  • Migraines
  • Minor burns
  • Minor skin infection or trauma
  • Whip lash

Oils considered safe to use undiluted

  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile, Roman
  • Cinnamon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium (Rose)
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemon Balm
  • Myrrh
  • Orange, Sweet
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea Tree

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

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Essential Oils 101 – Perfumery Notes

Today: 

  • Perfumery Notes
    • Top / Head Notes
    • Middle / Heart Notes
    • Base / Bottom Notes

Perfumery Notes

Different oils have different rates of evaporation. Most essential oils fall into one of three categories depending on their volatility.

Top / Head Notes

Top notes have the lightest fragrances which are quickest to evaporate (in an hour or two) and the most stimulating and uplifting to the mind and body.  They tend to give the first impression of a blend and typically have antiseptic properties.  Lighter and smaller molecules produce thinner oils that are less viscous. They are more volatile and are more aromatic. Lighter and smaller molecules assimilate in the body faster and thus are metabolised faster. For this reason, they will also linger in the body for a shorter period.  (10-30% of your blend)  Average30%.

Middle / Heart Notes

Once the top notes dissipate, the middle notes make their presence known. Also called the heart of the fragrance, middle notes usually last between two and four hours and bear a strong influence on the final base note.  These are warm, soft and subtle fragrances which usually last throughout a massage. They have a medium volatility and tend to affect the functions and general metabolism of the body and are also good for balancing and relaxing the mind.  The majority of essential oils are classified in the middle note category. The aroma of middle note essential oils are not overpowering.  (30-60% of your blend) Average 50%.

Base / Bottom Notes 

Once both top and middle notes have completely evaporated, the base notes provide the longest impression of the blend, taking one to several days to dissolve and are usually the most relaxing and sedating oils.  Base Notes are richer and heavier with larger molecules which create thicker oils that are viscous and are less volatile (aromatic). Heavier and larger molecules are absorbed in the body slower and are metabolised slowly in the body. (15-30% of the blend).  Average 20%.

Some oils do cross over between the notes and can be described, as middle/top or base/middle.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Carrier Oils – Hemp Seed – Sweet Almond

As mentioned last week, by no means is this an exhaustive list of carrier oils, they are the ones I chose because of my sensitive and now maturing skin.

Today:

  • Carrier Oils
    • Hemp Seed
    • Jojoba
    • Rosehip
    • Sweet Almond

Hemp Seed (SPF 6)

Hemp seed oil is composed of omega-3, omega-6, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are important for healthy cell creation and skin wellness.  Hemp seed oil closely matches our skin’s lipids, and the essential fatty acids are easily absorbed into the skin, preventing skin aging and also maintaining a healthy moisture balance.   Hemp oil has a light, non-greasy texture, making it ideal for use in facial oil blends for all skin types and can also be taking internally.

Not only does it contribute substantially to younger looking skin and creates a moisture barrier, it relieves psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, acne and minor abrasions, osteoporosis, arthritis, rheumatoid, poor circulation, PMS, irregular hormone levels, menopause, cancer, multiple sclerosis, immune deficiency, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, low energy levels, low metabolism, weight loss, Crohn’s disease, cardiovascular disease, gallstones, kidney degeneration, HIV virus and Tuberculosis.

Jojoba (SPF 4)

Jojoba oil is one of the most popular carrier oils, although it isn’t an oi, it is a liquid wax and is the least oily carrier oil.  Jojoba oil is an incredibly stable, resilient material, and will not easily deteriorate or turn rancid because it consists of wax esters.  It is rich in vitamin E and contains vitamin C, E and B complex, cobalt, copper, iodine, sulphur and zinc. It contains a high percentage of iodine making it one of the most powerful natural healers.  Jojoba oil may go cloudy in cool temperatures and will return its clear state with heat.

It closely resembles sebum, a natural moisturising factor (NMF) of the skin. The role of NMFs is to maintain skin hydration which decrease with age. Products that are NMFs will help attract moisture from the environment drawing it into the skin.  Using an NMF helps prevent dry cracking skin, helps irritated skin, increases elasticity, promotes skin repair and regeneration.

Jojoba oil is great for all skin types.  Similar to grapeseed oil, it is not a nut oil so suitable for anyone with sensitive skin. It does not clog the pores or aggravate acne and with regular use it will minimise fine lines and wrinkles, decreases pore size, reduce stretch marks and enhance skins suppleness.  It also helps treat eczema, psoriasis, cuts and athlete’s foot. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal helping to destroy many common skin bacteria’s.

Rosehip Seed 

Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the musk rose. Not to be confused with the rosehip fruit, rosehip seed oil all-trans retinoic acid, a natural form of vitamin A, as well as vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A, which are all antioxidants which help fight free radicals.  It’s rich in essential fatty acids, but more specifically oleic, palmitic, linoleic and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (vitamin F), also known as an essential fatty acid (EFA), and when absorbed through the skin, these fatty acids convert to prostaglandins (PGE), which are involved in cellular membrane and tissue regeneration.  Rosehip seed oil corrects dark spots and hydrates dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines.

Sweet Almond (SPF 5)

Almond oil is pressed in the mature, shell-free seeds of the almond tree. The kernels consist of 40–50% fatty oil, protein, vitamin E and B and vital minerals. They contain fatty acid omega-3, which enhances brain function and circulation. The nutritional content has made it a dietary source of these ingredients.  Almond oil is exceptional for the skin as it slows down the skin’s aging process.

Almond helps with skin irritation, including swelling and itching making it beneficial for very dry or irritated skin and is suitable for all skin types and those with nut allergies.  Almond oil is wonderful for sun damaged skin, sunburns, wrinkles and other signs of damage related to aging, along with skin cancer and is a favoured massage oil.

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Carrier Oils – Apricot Kernel – Grape Seed

By no means is this and next weeks post an exhaustive list of carrier oils, they are the ones I chose because of my sensitive and now maturing skin.

Today:

  • Carrier Oils
    • Apricot Kernel
    • Avocado
    • Evening Primrose
    • Grape Seed

Apricot Kernel (SPF2-6)

Apricot kernel oil is chemically similar to sweet almond oil, however, has an incredibly light consistency and bouquet making it particularly ideal for treatments.  It absorbs quickly and has a very fine texture which makes it suitable for use on oily skin. Due to its texture, and also for its anti-aging qualities, apricot kernel oil is a perfect carrier for facial massage and moisturizing blends.

Apricot kernel oil is rich in gamma linoleic acid (GLA), which comes from essential fatty acid omega-6. The GLA content helps the skin to stay moisturised and plays a role in toning and firming skin. Apricot kernel oil contains vitamin E and A which slows the aging process of the skin and has an anti-inflammatory effect and soothes eczema and other skin irritations.

Avocado (SPF 4-15)

Avocado oil has a slow drying time and is good for mature skin which tends to be thinner with a much slower rate of cellular regeneration and also rehydrates and nourishes damaged sun-dried skin.  Due to its slow drying time and thick consistency, it makes it a good base for aromatherapy massage oil blends.

Avocado oil is high in sterolins and sterols. Sterolin is extremely moisturising and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It contains vitamin A, D and E which is effective in fostering collagen production as well as in treating age spots. With its advanced level of vitamin E, avocado oil can be beneficial on cracked skin, reduce itching as well as inflammation of the epidermis.

Evening Primrose

Evening primrose oil is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which nourish the skin. It also soothes inflammation and can be used in dandruff applications.  Small amounts are often added to other carrier oils for fortification.

Evening primrose (unrefined) oil helps nourish the skin and hair, reduces signs of eczema and psoriasis, fights the effects of aging, is used to help with symptoms of many debilitating health issues and hormone imbalances and acne. Unrefined means the oil is left in a virgin state after being pressed. The oil is not filtered or processed, therefore has a stronger fragrance but maintains more health benefits.

GrapeSeed (SPF 4)

Grapeseed oil is one of the lightest carrier oils and is extracted from the seeds of grapes. The dried grape seeds are pressed and extracted.   It is the preferred carrier oil because of its smooth glide and light, satin like finish and will not stain sheets. It also has some astringent qualities and is good for oily, acne prone or sensitive skin.

Grapeseed oil soaks into your skin quickly, and does not leave an oily coating on your skin and helps the body repair wounds faster on the skin with fewer scars.   It actively combats acne and itchy eczema helping to fade the appearance of sun damage and deep wrinkles. Working on the cellular level, grapeseed oil’s powerful antioxidant properties protect against tissue damage, yet remarkably gentle and is rich with vitamin E and other nutrients.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Tagetes – Ylang Ylang

Today:

  • Tagetes
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang Ylang

Tagetes Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Tagetes essential oil is an antibiotic, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, insecticide and a sedative substance.

Health benefits: It inhibits biotic, microbial and other parasitic growth, protects against sepsis, relaxes spasms, fights infections, kills and repels insects, soothes inflammation and nervous disorders.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Tea tree essential oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antiviral, fungicide, insecticide, antiseptic, cicatrisant (skin healing), expectorant, stimulant and sudorific (induces sweating) in nature.

Health benefits: It inhibits bacterial, microbial, and viral infections, kills insects, protects wounds from becoming septic, promotes absorption of nutrients, speeds up healing of scars, cures coughs and colds, stimulates systemic functions and appropriate discharges.

Thyme Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Thyme essential oil is an antispasmodic, antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), antiseptic, bactericidal (kills bacteria), cardiac, carminative, cicatrisant (skin healing), diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, hypertensive, insecticide, stimulant, tonic and vermifugal (kill worms) substance.

Health benefits: It stops spasms, relieves rheumatism by removing toxins, protects wounds from becoming septic, and kills bacteria, cures chest infections, coughs and colds, is good for heart health, relieves excess gas, heals scars, increases urination and regulates menstrual cycles.

Vanilla Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Vanilla essential oil is an antioxidant, aphrodisiac, anti-carcinogenic, febrifuge (reduce fever), antidepressant, sedative, tranquilising and relaxing substance.

Health benefits: It neutralises the effects of free radicals and other oxidants, repairs damages due to oxidation, enhances the libido and promotes sexual arousal, inhibits the growth of cancerous cells, reduces fever, fights depression and uplifts mood, soothes inflammation, reduces nervous disorders, promotes sleep, reduces stress and anxiety through its soothing qualities.

Vetiver Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Vetiver essential oil is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, cicatrisant (skin healing), nervine (calm the nerves), sedative, tonic and a vulnerary (wound healing) compound.

Health benefits: It soothes inflammation, protects against sepsis, enhances the libido, speeds the healing process of scars and spots, cures nervous disorders and boosts the body’s ability to heal itself.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Base/Middle)

Properties: Ylang Ylang essential oil is an antidepressant, antiseborrhoeic (preventing or relieving seborrheic dermatitis), antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive (lowering the blood pressure), nervine (calm the nerves) and sedative substance.

Health benefits: It fights against depression and uplifts mood, stops sebum secretion, protects against sepsis, increases libido and cures various sexual disorders, reduces blood pressure, cures nervous disorders, soothes inflammation and reduces the severity of nervous disorders.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Rosemary – Spearmint

Today:

  • Rosemary
  • Rosewood
  • Sage
  • Sandalwood
  • Spearmint

Rosemary Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Rosemary essential oil stimulates hair growth, is a disinfectant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, antibacterial and analgesic (pain relief) substance.

Health benefits: It aids hair care, skin care, mouth care, anxiety, mental disorders, depression, pain, headache, rheumatism, respiratory problems, bronchial asthma, indigestion and flatulence.

Rosewood Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Rosewood essential oil is as an analgesic (pain relief), antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, deodorant, insecticide and stimulant substance.

Health benefits: It reduces pain, fights depression, protects wounds from becoming septic, enhances libido and promotes sexual arousal, kills bacteria, is good for the brain, cures headaches, eliminates body odour, kills insects and stimulates gland discharges.

Sage Essential Oil (Top)

Properties:  Sage essential oil is an antifungal, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), is as a cicatrisant (skin healing), depurative (purifying and detoxifying), digestive, disinfectant, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), laxative, and a stimulant substance.

Health benefits: It inhibits viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections, protects wounds against becoming septic, heals damages done by oxidation, soothes inflammation, clears spasms, increases the production of bile, promotes digestion, fights infections, opens up obstructed menstruation, cures coughs and colds, reduces fever, helps clear the bowels, stimulates discharges and boosts systemic functions.

Sandalwood Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Sandalwood essential oil is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), antispasmodic, astringent, cicatrisant (skin healing), carminative, diuretic, disinfectant, emollient (softens the skin), expectorant, hypotensive (lowering the blood pressure), memory booster, sedative and a tonic substance.

Health benefits: It protects wounds from infection, soothes inflammations due to fever and other conditions, clears up spasms, tightens gums and muscles and helps stop hair loss.  It reduces the chance of haemorrhaging, heals scars, relieves gas, increases urination, fights infections, keeps skin smooth and free from infections, cures coughs and colds, reduces blood pressure, increases memory, soothes nervous disorders and inflammations and boosts your immune system.

Spearmint Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Spearmint essential oil is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), insecticide, restorative and stimulating substance.

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, clears spasms, gives relief from gas, is good for the brain, opens up obstructed menses, kills insects, restores health and heals general wear and tear, stimulates discharge and systemic functions.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Patchouli – Rose

Today:

  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Petitgrain
  • Pine
  • Rose

 

Patchouli Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Patchouli essential oil is an antidepressant, antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant (skin healing), cytophylactic (protects cells), deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge (reduce fever), fungicide, insecticide, sedative, and a tonic.

Health benefits: It fights depression and uplifts mood, soothes inflammation resulting from high fevers, prevents wounds becoming septic, increases libido and cures sexual disorders, tightens gums and muscles, stops haemorrhaging, heals scars, promotes cell growth, eliminates body odour, increases urination and removes toxins, cures fever, kills fungus and insects, reduces emotional and nervous disorders.

Peppermint Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Peppermint essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), anaesthetic, antiseptic, antigalactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), cordial, decongestant, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), hepatic (liver), nervine (calm the nerves), stimulant, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), sudorific (induces sweating), vasoconstrictor vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms).

Health benefits: It relieves pain, induces numbness, protects against sepsis, reduces milk flow and discharge, relaxes spasms, strengthens gums, stops hair loss and lifts skin, induces firmness in muscles, stops haemorrhaging, removes gas, is good for brain and memory health, promotes bile discharge, clears congestion and eases breathing, relieves obstructed menstruation, expels phlegm and catarrh, reduces fever, is good for the liver, nerves, and stomach, promotes perspiration and slight contraction of the blood vessels.

Petitgrain Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Petitgrain essential oil is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, antidepressant, deodorant, nervine (calm the nerves) and a sedative.

Health benefits: It protects against sepsis, relaxes spasms, fights depression and uplifts mood, eliminates body odour, treats nervous disorders, soothes inflammation and reduces nervous afflictions.

Pine Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Pine essential oil is an antibacterial, analgesic (pain relief), diuretic, energising, anti-septic aromatic substance.

Health benefits: It helps in skin care, increases metabolism, relieves pain, eases stress disorders, mental fatigue, urinary tract infections and various respiratory problems.

Rose Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Rose essential oil is an antidepressant, antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal (kills bacteria), cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), cicatrisant (skin healing), depurative (purifying and detoxifying), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), haemostatic, hepatic (liver), laxative, nervine (calm the nerves), stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion) and an uterine oil substance.

Health benefits: It fights depression and uplifts mood, soothes inflammation due to fever, protects wounds against developing sepsis, relieves spasms, fights viral infections, enhances libido and cures sexual disorders, tightens gums and muscles, stops haemorrhaging, inhibits bacterial growth, promotes discharges and secretions, heals scars, purifies the blood, opens up obstructed menses, stops haemorrhaging, boosts liver health, cures constipation and nervous disorders and is good for stomach and uterine health.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Niaouli – Parsley

Today:

  • Niaouli
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Palmarosa
  • Parsley

Niaouli Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Niaouli essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), antiseptic, bactericidal (kills bacteria), cicatrisant (skin healing), decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), insecticide, stimulant, vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms) and a vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It is used for pain relief, treatment of rheumatism and arthritis, protects against wounds becoming septic, inhibits bacterial growth, boosts health, clears up scars and spots, decreases congestion, eases breathing, expels phlegm and catarrh, reduces fever, kills and repels insects, stimulates functions and kills worms.

Nutmeg Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Nutmeg essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), antiemetic (preventing vomiting), antioxidant, antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-parasitic, aphrodisiac, cardiac, vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms), laxative, prostaglandin inhibitor, stimulant and a tonic.

Health benefits: It relieves pain, stops vomiting, counters premature aging, treats rheumatism and arthritis, protects wounds from developing sepsis, reduces spasms, kills parasites and worms, enhances libido, improves heart health, clears bowels and stops prostate enlargement.

Orange Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Orange essential oil is an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, carminative, diuretic, tonic, sedative and a cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile).

Health benefits: It soothes inflammation, fights depression and uplifts mood, protects against sepsis, enhances libido and as a cure for sexual dysfunction, relieves gas, increases urination and removes toxins, tones up general health of the immune system, reduces emotional and nervous disturbances, increases discharge and secretions from glands.

Oregano Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Oregano essential oil is an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow) and an anti-allergenic.

Health benefits: It inhibits viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections, heals damage done by oxidation, soothes inflammations, promotes digestion, opens up obstructed menstruation and helps cure allergies.

Palmarosa Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Palmarosa essential oil is used as an antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, cytophylactic (protects cells), digestive, febrifuge (reduce fever) and a hydration balm.

Health benefits: It protects against sepsis, inhibits viral and bacterial growth, promotes growth and regeneration of cells, facilitates digestion and reduces fever.

Parsley Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Parsley essential oil is antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), antiarthritic (relieves arthritis symptoms), antiseptic, astringent, carminative, circulatory, detoxifier, digestive, diuretic, depurative (purifying and detoxifying), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow, febrifuge (reduce fever), hypotensive (lowering the blood pressure), laxative, stimulant, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion) and uterine.

Health benefits: It inhibits microbial growth, treats rheumatism and arthritis, protects against sepsis, tightens gums and muscles, stops hair loss, reduces chances of haemorrhaging, removes gases, improves circulation of blood and lymph, removes toxins, facilitates digestion, increases urination and subsequent removal of toxins, purifies blood, reduces obstructed menstruation, soothes fever, reduces blood pressure, clears the bowels, stimulates functions and restores uterine health.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Lime – Neroli

Today:

  • Lime
  • Mandarin (Tangerine)
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Neroli

Lime Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Lime essential oil is antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal (kills bacteria), disinfectant, febrifuge (reduce fever), haemostatic, restorative and tonic.

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, protects against viral infection, boosts appetite, kills bacteria, fights infections, reduces fever, stops haemorrhaging and boosts health.

Mandarin (Tangerine) Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Mandarin (Tangerine) essential oil is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, circulatory, cytophylactic (protects cells), depurative (purifying and detoxifying), digestive, hepatic (liver), nervous relaxant, sedative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion) and tonic.

Health benefits: It protects wounds against becoming septic, relaxes spasms, increases blood and lymph circulation, promotes growth and regeneration of cells, purifies blood, facilitates digestion, and is good for the liver, soothes inflammation and nervous afflictions, is good for the stomach and toning up the body.

Marjoram Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Marjoram essential oil is analgesic (pain relief), antispasmodic, anaphrodisiac (reduce sexual desire), antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal (kills bacteria), carminative, cordial, diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), digestive, diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, fungicidal, hypotensive (lowering the blood pressure), laxative, nervine (calm the nerves), sedative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), vasodilator and vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It reduces pain, eliminates spasms and cures cramps, protects from wounds becoming septic, inhibits viral and bacterial growth, removes excess gas from the intestines, cures headaches, increases perspiration, promotes digestion, increases urination, opens up obstructed menses, cures coughs and colds, dilutes phlegm, kills fungus, lowers blood pressure, cures constipation, soothes nervous disturbances, widens and relax blood vessels, and improves the health of your stomach.

Myrrh Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Myrrh essential oil is an antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), astringent, expectorant, antifungal, stimulant, carminative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), anti-catarrhal (remove excess mucous), diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), vulnerary (wound healing), antiseptic, immune booster, circulatory, tonic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

Health benefits: It is used to curb microbial growth, tighten gums and muscles and reduce haemorrhaging, alleviates coughs and colds, stops fungal growth, stimulates discharges and systems, reduces excess gas, is good for stomach health, relieves phlegm, promotes sweating, helps wounds heal quickly and protects them from infection, boosts protection against diseases, improves circulation, protects from rheumatism and arthritis, boosts health and immunity, sedating inflammation and reducing spasms.

Neroli Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Neroli essential oil is an antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, bactericidal (kills bacteria), cordial, carminative, cicatrisant (skin healing), cytophylactic (protects cells), disinfectant, antispasmodic, deodorant, digestive, emollient (softens the skin), sedative and a tonic.

Health benefits: It uplifts mood and fights depression, enhances libido, protect wounds against infections, kills bacteria, provides relief from gas, speeds up the fading of scars, promotes cell growth, fights infection, reduces spasms, eliminates body odour, improves digestion, takes care of skin, while soothing anxiety and inflammation.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Paddington’s Birthday Giveaway

What an amazing giveaway!

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“After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation.”
― Robert McCammon, Boy’s Life


No we haven’t gone barking mad.  We’re celebrating because Paddington, our Golden Retriever, turns 14 YEARS OLD TODAY! To be sure, he’s a tad worn around the edges but still as handsome as ever, full of mischief and in fact he thinks he’s still a puppy!

To celebrate this auspicious day, Mr T and I are excited to give you the opportunity to download our 2 new kindle books for free, that’s right FREE but ensure that you download them from the Amazon website between August 25 and August 29 as they are only free for 5 days! There’s a link to each book below the book description.

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Essential Oils 101 – Juniper – Lemongrass

Today:

  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm (Mellissa)
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass

Juniper Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Juniper essential oil has long been known as an antiseptic, sudorific (induces sweating), antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), depurative (purifying and detoxifying), antispasmodic, stimulating, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), astringent, carminative, diuretic, rubefacient (causing redness of the skin to increase blood circulation), vulnerary (wound healing) and tonic.

Health benefits: It protects wounds against becoming septic, increases sweating, cures rheumatism and arthritis, purifies blood, eliminates spasms, stimulates functions, is good for the stomach, makes gums stronger and stops haemorrhaging, reduces excess gas, promotes urination, brings colour to the skin and promotes quick healing of wounds.

Lavender Essential Oil (Middle/Top)

Properties: Lavender essential is calming, sleep inducing, analgesic (pain relief), aphrodisiac, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antifungal.

Health benefits: It is beneficial for treatment of issues with the nervous system, insomnia, pain relief, urine flow, respiratory disorders, skin care, hair care, blood circulation, indigestion and immune system health.

Lemon Balm (Melissa) Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Lemon balm essential oil is commonly used as an antidepressant, cordial, nervine (calm the nerves), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), sedative, antispasmodic, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), febrifuge (reduce fever), hypotensive, sudorific (induces sweating) and a tonic.

Health benefits: It reduces feelings of depression, cures nervous disorders, opens blocked menses, sedates inflammation, reduces spasms, and is good for the stomach. It inhibits bacteria, removes gas, increases perspiration and removes toxins, reduces fever, lowers blood pressure and boosts the health of your immune system.

Lemon Essential oil (Top)

Properties: Lemon essential oil is an antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal, disinfectant, febrifuge (reduce fever), restorative and a tonic.

Health benefits: It protects wounds becoming septic, inhibits viral and bacterial growth, strengthens gums, and stops hair loss, lifts skin, induces firmness in muscles, stops haemorrhaging, fights infections and cures fevers.

Lemongrass Essential Oil (Middle/Top)

Properties: Lemongrass essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), antidepressant, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antipyretic (prevent or reduce fever), antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal (kills bacteria), carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge (reduce fever), fungicidal, galactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), insecticidal, nervine (calm the nerves), sedative and a tonic.

Health benefits: It relieves pain, fights depression, inhibits microbial growth, reduces high fever, protects wounds from being septic, strengthens gums and hair, reduces haemorrhaging, kills bacteria, eliminates gas, reduces body odour, promotes urination, reduces fever, stops fungal infections, increases milk, kills insects, strengthens nerves, soothes inflammation and nervous disturbances.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Geranium – Jasmine

Today:

  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum (Immortelle)
  • Jasmine

Geranium Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Geranium essential oil is an astringent, aphrodisiac, haemostatic (stops blood flow), cicatrisant (skin healing), cytophylactic (protects cells), diuretic, deodorant, styptic, tonic, vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms) and vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It is used to induce tightening of the gums, muscles, skin and blood vessels and in stopping haemorrhage, scar healing, promotion of cell growth and increased urination. It stops body odour, tones up the body and kills intestinal parasites and worms.

Ginger Essential Oil (Base/Middle)

Properties: Ginger essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), antiemetic (preventing vomiting), antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), laxative, rubefacient (causing redness of the skin to increase blood circulation), stimulant, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), sudorific (induces sweating) and tonic.

Health benefits: It relieves pain, stops vomiting, protects wounds becoming septic, relaxes spasms, inhibits bacterial growth, eliminates gas, improves brain and memory function, expels phlegm and catarrh, breaks fevers, clear bowels, brings colour to the skin, improve stomach health, promotes sweating heling remove toxins from the body.

Grapefruit Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Grapefruit essential oil is a diuretic, disinfectant, stimulant, antidepressant, antiseptic, aperitif, lymphatic and a tonic.

Health benefits:  It stimulates urination, fight infections, reduce depression and uplift spirits and mood, protects wounds from becoming septic while increasing the elimination of toxins.

Helichrysum (Immortelle) Essential Oil (Base)

Properties:  Helichrysum essential oil is antispasmodic, anticoagulant, antiallergenic, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antirheumatic (counteracting swelling in the joints), antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), nervine (calm the nerves), anti-inflammatory, antitussive, cicatrisant (skin healing), expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), anti-septic, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), emollient (softens the skin), mucolytic, fungicidal, hepatic (liver), diuretic, splenic and cytophylactic (protects cells).

Health benefits: It reduces spasms, maintains the fluidity of blood, fights allergies, inhibits microbial infections, dissolves and clears blood clots, reduces inflammation from fever, and is good for nervous system health, reduces various other types of inflammation, clears phlegm and reduces coughs, heals scars, protects wounds from becoming septic, stimulates proper bile discharge into the stomach, makes skin smooth and young, dissolves mucus, and kills fungus. It is good for the liver and spleen, while stimulating urination and the regeneration of new cells.

Jasmine Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Jasmine essential oil is an antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, cicatrisant (skin healing), expectorant, galactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), parturient, sedative and uterine.

Health benefits: It fights depression and uplifts mood, protects wounds, cures sexual dysfunctions, and increases libido, reduces spasms, heals scars, gives relief from phlegm and coughs, increases breast milk, and regulates obstructed menstrual cycles, eases the delivery of babies and labour pains, while sedating inflammation and nervous disturbances.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Clove – Frankincense

Today:

  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense

Clove Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Clove essential oil is antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating in nature.

Health benefits: It is used in treatments related to dental care from toothaches to cavities, as well as for infections, skin care, stress, headaches, respiratory problems, earaches, indigestion, nausea, blood circulation issues, blood purification, diabetes, immune system weakness, premature ejaculation, cholera and sties.

Coriander Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Coriander essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, carminative, depurative (purifying and detoxifying), deodorant, digestive, fungicide, lipolytic (breaks down fat for weight loss), stimulant and stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion).

Health benefits: It reduces pain, increases libido, reduces spasms, eliminates excess gas, purifies the blood, decreases body odour, promotes digestion, inhibits fungal growth and infection, reduces fat by breaking it down through hydrolysis, maintains good health and tone of the stomach.

Cypress Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Cypress essential oil is an astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic, haemostatic (stops bleeding), hepatic (liver), styptic, sudorific (induces sweating), vasoconstrictor, respiratory tonic and a sedative.

Health benefits: It strengthens gums and contracts muscles, protects wounds against infections, clears spasms, removes body odour, increases urination, promotes perspiration, strengthens the respiratory system and soothes inflammation.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Eucalyptus essential oil has a number of important qualities, including anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial and stimulating.

Health benefits: It treats respiratory problems, wounds, muscle pain, mental exhaustion, dental care, skin care, diabetes, fever and intestinal germs.

Fennel Essential Oil (Middle/Top)

Properties: Fennel essential oil is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitif, carminative, depurative (purifying and detoxifying), diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, galactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), laxative, stimulant, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), splenic, tonic and a vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms).

Health benefits: It protects wounds against becoming septic, clears spasms, increases appetite, removes excess gas, purifies blood, increases urination, and promotes a regulated menstrual cycle,  defends against coughs and colds, increases milk secretion, helps clear bowels and constipation, stimulates systems and is good for stomach and spleen health.

Frankincense Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Frankincense essential oil is an antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant (skin healing), cytophylactic (protects cells), digestive, diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine and vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, fights infections, induces contractions in gums, muscles and blood vessels, removes excess gas, heals scars, keeps cells healthy and promotes their regeneration. It promotes digestion, increases urination, regulates menstrual cycles, cures coughs and colds, soothes anxiety and inflammation and ensures good health of the uterus.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Goodbye sweet beautiful girl <3

I remember as clear as day the evening our precious little girl showed herself to me in Mauritius.  I was cooking dinner and she walked in from the patio and meow’ed hello.  I went down on my haunches, extended a finger and she immediately walked over and sat on my lap and never left it since.  She sat on my lap every day while I ate breakfast and while I sat at the computer and she slept, if not on me, next to me every night – under the covers in winter.  Poor island girl really felt the cold.  

Recently, she seemed a little flat; I initially put it down to the cold weather and she seemed happy snuggling and sleeping in her blankie.  Then I smelt a strange smell on her breathe and realised she was sick.

Pete was home and he too noticed the small changes in her.  A week later we took her to the vet who diagnosed her as having tick bite fever and feline aids.  It was a terrible shock but her prognosis seemed very positive.  We immediately started her on medication and special immune boosting food.

For 2 weeks we went to the vet if not every day, every other day.  They saw a lot of fight left in her and continued to inject her with antibiotics, liver support and saline.  I was now feeding and watering her every 4 hours using a syringe with small amounts of food and immune building muti as she was too weak to eat on her own, even though she desperately tried to, bless her little heart. Most times, we made it outside in time for a tinkle then she was too weak to even attempt to go outside.

The last 48 hours of her precious life were horrific as she was crying out in pain, battling to get sufficient oxygen and fitting.  I couldn’t bare seeing her suffer so.  It has been the most traumatic thing to endure and there was nothing I could do to help her or stop the gut wrenching pain!  I kept telling her how much I loved her and it was okay to let go, to go peacefully, to be pain free and I would be with her and hold her until the end. I did.

Rest gently sweet beautiful girl, you were very loved and the most wonderful dear companion I could ask for.  I miss you desperately and home is incomplete without you.  I love you. ❤

Essential Oils 101 – Cedarwood – Clary Sage

Today:

  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella
  • Clary Sage

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Cedarwood essential oil is antiseborrhoeic (preventing or relieving seborrheic dermatitis), antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, insecticidal, sedative and a fungicide.

Health benefits: It cures seborrhoea, heals wounds, fights spasms, causes contractions in the gums, muscles, tissues, skin and blood vessels, while increasing urination and the subsequent removal of toxins, water, salt and fat from the body. It regulates menstrual cycles, cures coughs and colds, kills insects, sedates inflammation and nervous disturbances, and inhibits fungal growth and infections.

Chamomile Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Chamomile essential is an antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), carminative, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), cicatrisant (skin healing), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), analgesic (pain relief), febrifuge (reduce fever), hepatic (liver), sedative, nervine (calm the nerves), digestive, tonic, bactericidal, sudorific (induces sweating), stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms), and vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It cures spasms, protect wounds from becoming septic and infected, curbs biotic growth and infections, fights depression and uplifts mood, cures neuralgic pain by reducing swelling in the effected vessels, and soothes inflammation from fever, eliminates gases, promotes discharge of bile, helps decrease visibility of scars, opens up obstructed menses and regulates them, cures pain, reduces fever, and is good for the liver, sedates inflammation and hyper-reactions, improves nervous system health, aids digestion, reduces spasms, kills bacteria, increases perspiration, improves digestion, and fights infections.

Cinnamon Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Cinnamon essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), astringent, anti-clotting, stimulating, cooling and carminative in nature.

Health benefits: It is a brain tonic, eases respiratory problems, skin infections, blood impurity, blood circulation issues, infections, wound healing, pain relief, birth control, menstruation problems, breastfeeding, heart disorders, diabetes, colon cancer, indigestion, and as a relief for bad breath!

Citronella Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Citronella essential oil is an antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and deodorant. It is diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), diuretic, febrifuge (reduce fever), fungicidal, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), stimulant, tonic and vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms) and an insect repellent.

Health benefits: It inhibits bacterial, microbial, viral and fungal infections, kills insects, protects wounds from becoming septic, relaxes spasms, sooths inflammation, eliminates body odour, stimulates perspiration, increases urination and the removal of toxins from the body, reduces fever, repels insects and is beneficial for good stomach health and digestion.

Clary Sage Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Clary sage is an antidepressant, anticonvulsive, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), euphoric, hypotensive, nervine (calm the nerves), sedative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion)and uterine.

Health benefits: It fights depression and uplifts mood, stops convulsions by sedating nervous disturbances, relaxes spasms, protects wounds from becoming septic, reduces sexual dysfunction and increases libido, causes contractions, kills bacteria and curbs bacterial growth, removes excess gas, eliminates body odour, improves digestion, relieves obstructed menstruation, lowers blood pressure, improves nervous system health, sedates various extreme emotions and anxiety, maintains good stomach health and fixes damage sustained by the uterus.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Black Pepper – Carrot Seed

Today:

  • Black Pepper
  • Cajuput
  • Camphor
  • Caraway
  • Carrot Seed

Black Pepper Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Black pepper essential oil is a digestive, diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), carminative, aperient (relieve constipation), antispasmodic, antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), antiarthritic (relieves arthritis symptoms), antibacterial and an antioxidant.

Health benefits: It aids in digestion, increases perspiration and helps remove toxins from the body, removes gas from the intestines and does not let them build up, acts as a purgative, cures spasms, treats arthritis and rheumatism by removing uric acid and other toxins from the body. It inhibits bacterial growth, fights premature aging and neutralises free radicals.

Cajuput Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Cajuput essential oil is an antiseptic, cosmetic, bactericide, insecticide, decongestant, analgesic (pain relief), expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms), antispasmodic, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), carminative, stimulant, tonic, sudorific (induces sweating) and emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow).

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, takes care of skin, kills bacteria and insects, cures congestion in the respiratory system, reduces pain, cures coughs, reduces fever, cures spasm, and gives relief from the pain of neuralgia. Cajuput, removes gases, stimulates secretions and nerve responses, tones up organic systems, increases perspiration, gives relief from obstructed menses and regulates consistent menstruation.

Camphor Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Camphor essential oil is a stimulant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, decongestant, anaesthetic, sedative, nerve pacifier, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, and an insecticide.

Health benefits: It stimulates, cures spasms, protects wounds from infections, eliminates congestion, desensitises and acts as local anaesthetic, calms nervous disturbances, cures neuralgic pain, soothes inflammation, fights infection and kills insects.

Caraway Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Caraway essential oil is a galactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), antihistaminic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), disinfectant, diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow, expectorant, aperitif, astringent, insecticide, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms).

Health benefits: It increases milk in the breasts, curb histamine to fight coughs, protect wounds against becoming septic, and is very good for the heart, cures spasms and cramps, removes excess gas, promotes digestion, maintains stomach health, fights infections, increases urination removes toxins from body, regulates menstrual cycles, cures coughs, increases appetite, contracts gums and muscles, kills insects, stimulates secretions, and increases overall health.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Carrot seed essential oil is antiseptic, disinfectant, detoxifying, anti-oxidant, carminative, depurative (purifying and detoxifying), diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), stimulant, cytophylactic (protects cells) and a tonic.

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, fights infections, removes toxins from the body, neutralises free radicals and reverses the effects of oxidation, removes excess gas and does not let it build up in the body, while purifying blood by removing toxins, increasing urination, opening and regulating menses, stimulating secretions, and promoting the regeneration of new cells.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Anise – Bergamot

Today:

  • Essential Oils and Their Properties
    •  Anise
    • Basil
    • Bay
    • Benzoin
    • Bergamot

Anise Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Anise essential oil is an anti-epileptic, anti-hysteric, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aperient (relieve constipation), carminative, cordial, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, insecticide, sedative, stimulant and vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms).

Health benefits: It treats rheumatism and arthritis, protect against septic, relax spasms, acts as a purgative, removes gas, warms the body, clears congestion and eases breathing, facilitates digestion, expels phlegm and catarrh, kills and repels insects, worms and lice and relieves nervous afflictions.

Basil Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Basil essential oil is carminative, anti-spasmodic, analgesic (pain relief), antibacterial, and ophthalmic (eye).

Health benefits: It has long been used for skin care, indigestion, respiratory problems, infections, stress disorders, blood circulation issues, pain and vomiting.

Bay Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Bay essential oil is an antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), anti-spasmodic, analgesic (pain relief), astringent, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), febrifuge (reduce fever), insecticide, sedative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), sudorific (induces sweating) and tonic.

Health benefits: It protects against septic, inhibits microbial growth, relieves neuralgia pain, relaxes spasms, provides pain relief, increases appetite, tightens gums & muscles and helps stop hair loss.  Other applications have been for the treatment of haemorrhage, promotion of bile secretion, relief of obstructed menstruation, and reduction of fever. The essential oil also kills and repels insects, sedates inflammations and nervous afflictions, and is good for the stomach, while increasing perspiration and the elimination of excess toxins in the body.

Benzoin Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Benzoin essential oil is an antidepressant, carminative, cordial, deodorant, disinfectant, relaxant, diuretic, expectorant, antiseptic, vulnerary (wound healing), astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and sedative.

Health benefits: It uplifts moods and fights depression, eliminates gas build-up, warms the respiratory system, reduces body odour, cures infections, relaxes, promotes urination and the subsequent removal of body toxins, strengthens gums and stops haemorrhaging, cures inflammation, improves circulation, cures arthritis, calms anxiety and relieves tension.

Bergamot Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Bergamot essential oil is a deodorant, vulnerary (wound healing), vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms), antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, sedative, analgesic (pain relief), antidepressant, disinfectant, febrifuge (reduce fever), cicatrisant (skin healing) and digestive in nature.

Health benefits: It removes body odour, relieves spasms, suppresses pain, improves mood and fights depression, heals cuts and scars and promotes efficient digestion.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – What, How & Benefits of EO’s

Today:

  • What are Essential Oils
  • How Essential Oils Are Extracted
  • Benefits of Essential Oils
    • Detoxify The Body
    • Aid Healing
    • Emotional Well Being Support
    • Enrich Physical Health

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the fragrant, highly concentrated natural constituents that are found in plants. They are what give the plant its characteristic odour and contain the healing power of the plant from which it was extracted. When used correctly, essential oils bring a wide range of health benefits since unlike modern drugs, they have no side-effects.

A typical essential oil will contain more than 100 different chemical compounds, each of which exhibits a specific therapeutic property, and it is for this reason that many essential oils can be used for such a wide range of conditions. Virtually all essential oils possess antiseptic properties, but many also have antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Essential oils are located in tiny secretory structures found in various parts of plants such as leaves (eucalyptus), berries (juniper), grasses (palmarosa), flowering tops (lavender), petals (rose), roots (angelica), zest of fruit (orange), resins (frankincense) and wood (cedar).

How Essential Oils Are Extracted

Mostly, essential oils are obtained by steam distillation although other methods are used. Citrus fruits are cold pressed by mechanical means, and the oil from delicate flowers is obtained by a more sophisticated method that produces what is known as an absolute – not an essential oil. This special process is used because delicate flowers cannot withstand the high temperatures needed to extract essential oils by steam distillation.

After extraction, the resulting essential oil is a highly concentrated liquid that contains the aroma and therapeutic properties of the source from which it came.

Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are a deeply intricate part of the plant and actually have a very similar makeup to our own cells.  Essential oils are beneficial to our bodies and move quickly into our bloodstream and cells to provide numerous health and wellness benefits for a number of different problems.

Detoxify The Body

Essential oils help move toxins out of our body while also increasing our oxygen intake we need to keep cells healthy.  They also extract toxins out of our skin as well as internal organs and tissues.

Aid Healing

Many essential oils contain anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antivirus properties which help support the natural healing process of the body and can be used in different ways on cuts, bites and muscle aches.

Emotional Wellbeing Support

Some essential oils help soothe our senses when we are stressed, while other give us energy when we are run down and to treat anxiety and depression and others to energise our soul.

Enrich Physical Health

Our cells absorb whatever essences the plant contains and this helps heal certain aspects of our physical health, from boosting our immunity and others to prevent diseases and to relieve symptoms from ailments.

Essential Oils101 – Introduction

Over the coming weeks I will share with you all I have learnt and gathered and put together into my go-to essential oils booklet aka encyclopaedia which is ever evolving and being added to. ♥

If you have anything to add, please let me know, I would love to share as much information as possible, after all, as we know, sharing is caring. ♥

I will cover:

  • What are Essential Oils
  • How Essential Oils Are Extracted
  • Benefits of Essential Oils
  • Essential Oils and Their Properties
  • Carrier Oils
  • Perfumery Notes
  • Mixing Ratios
  • Undiluted Application
  • Methods of Application
  • Safety Guidelines
  • How to Store Essential Oils
  • Other Products used with Essential Oils
  • Over 40 of my own Formulas

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

 

M I A

Can’t believe it has been 3 months since I last published a post.  I have heaps of them lining up in my mind but alas that is where they stay.  No excuse really other than normal day to day life getting in the way of writing plus travelling back and forth to Kenya to be with my Pete. ❤

I am thinking about starting a series on Essential Oils.  I’ve had loads of fun compiling my own little EO booklet which I want to share plus I have “perfected” a few serums which I am thrilled with.  

What do you think?  Is that something you would be interested in?  🙂 xo