Lavender: the Swiss Army Knife of Essential Oils

During my last essential oils class, there was a lady in the front row that did not want to smell any of the oils. Before passing each oil onto the next person, she covered her hand with a napkin and said to me, “I’m sensitive to smells.”

A few days later, the same lady approached me and asked, “What was that one oil that I smelled before the class started? When I got home, I didn’t feel no pain!” I wasn’t sure which oil she was referring to, but I gave her a sample of lavender oil to try. A few days later, she bought a bottle of lavender oil and a diffuser-the lavender provided pain relief because it helped her to relax!

With the chemical components of linalyl acetate and linalool, lavender essential oil is widely known for its ability to calm emotions. It is also wonderful for the skin; it is useful to apply on burns, sunburns, cuts, hives and other skin imperfections. I rubbed it on my daughter’s legs when she broke out in hives. I also combined lavender with melaleuca, frankincense and coconut oil to make an effective “Owie Spray” that smells like sweet flowers!

Have you tried lavender oil, the “Swiss Army Knife of essential oils”?

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Blue Oils for Beautiful Skin

When my son was about four months old, he had a rash on his cheek that eventually spread to his other cheek. It would get better for a few days, but would get irritated again after he scratched it. Doctors were not sure what it was–they thought it was irritation from drooling, eczema, ringworm, or yeast. Each time that it was red or oozing, I rubbed a yarrow and pomegranate essential oil blend on it and it would get better in a couple of days. I am so grateful for non-toxic solutions that work!

A few days ago, I started applying the yarrow/pomegranate blend and blue tansy to my face and hands (I had taken a break from putting a lot of essential oils on my skin due to my severe psoriasis flare last year). Not only do these oils smell like delicious, pungent Jolly Rancher candy, they make my skin look and feel so much healthier! These beautiful blue oils make my face feel like satin and they provide a dewy glow. My dry, delicate hands are smoother–they almost feel like silk!

So, how do these oils work? Pomegranate and yarrow are both anti-inflammatory agents. Yarrow provides moisture to the skin and has a positive effect on the skin’s pH. Blue tansy contains sabinene which helps to clear up blemishes. Both blue tansy and pomegranate contain chamazulene, a chemical that provides the beautiful blue hue of the oils. Chamazulene is also the chemical component that is soothing to the skin.

Have you tried these beautiful blue oils yet?

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References

Lin, T., Zhong, L., & Santiago, J. (2018). Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils. International journal of molecular sciences. 19(1): 70. 10.3390/ijms19010070

Tadic, V., Arsic, I., Zvezdanovic, J., Zugic, A., Cvetkovic, D., & Pavkov, S. (2017). The Estimation of the Traditionally used Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium L. Asteraceae) Oil Extracts With Anti-Inflammatory Potential in Topical Application. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 199, 138-148. 10.1016/j.jep.2017.02.002

Essential Oils for Love and Intimacy

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Are you hoping for a romantic evening? The alluring scents of essential oils can help to ignite feelings of joy, love, and passion.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang contains caryophyllene and germacrene-d which is a soothing chemical combination. Ylang Ylang has been used in perfumes (it has been called “The Perfume Tree”), weddings and religious ceremonies for centuries.

The floral scent of Ylang Ylang is sweet and uplifting. Place two to three drops into a diffuser or rub a couple of drops on your neck or over your heart. The scent will help you to relax and enjoy the moment.

Jasmine

Love and joy are often associated with the smell of jasmine flowers. They are popular additions to bridal bouquets and are often used in religious temples.

The floral scent of Jasmine essential oil is unique and exotic. If Jasmine essential oil were a person, I would describe her as feminine, inviting, and confident. To evoke feelings of euphoria with your loved one, rub Jasmine essential oil onto your nose, neck, behind your ears, or over your heart.

Inspiring Blend

How would you like to spend Valentine’s day in a secluded garden surrounded by sandalwood plants, jasmine flowers, cinnamon cookies, and champagne? You won’t have to travel far if you have the Inspiring blend.

This blend contains sandalwood, jasmine, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and vanilla–the perfect blend of exotic, spicy, and sweet. Your secluded garden is just a couple of drops away–put two to three drops in a diffuser or rub one to two drops on your pulse points. Your Valentine’s Day will be filled with passion and adventure!

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Turmeric: One That Wins Over Diseases

My enthusiasm for natural health began more than six years ago, and I am still amazed whenever I discover a natural solution that works so well. A few months ago, my husband started taking turmeric oil and he started to feel relief from his joint pain the very next day!

Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years for cooking and medicinal purposes. A search on PubMed for turmeric resulted in 4841 articles. Current research shows that turmeric may be beneficial for the nervous system, skin and metabolic processes. These are just some of the benefits that I found on the database.

I was also fascinated by the names of turmeric. In Sanskrit, turmeric has at least 53 different names. Here are some of my favorites.

  • Hridayavilasini: gives delight to heart, charming
  • Jayanti: one that wins over diseases
  • Jawarantika: which cures fevers
  • Kashpa: killer of worms
  • Laxmi: prosperity
  • Mehagni: killer of fat
  • Varna Datri: enhancer of body complexion
  • Vishagni: killer of poison

Essential oils are 50 to 70 times more potent than herbs. Have you tried turmeric essential oil? Contact me for the purest essential oils!

Reference

Aggarwal, B. B., & Prasad, S. (2011). Turmeric, the Golden Spice: From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine. In I.F.F. Benzie, S. Wachtel-Galor (2nd ed.), Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.

This post was published on March 8, 2019. It was updated on December 20, 2019.

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Essential Oils Can Uplift Your Mood

A few weeks ago, everyone in my house (all five of us) were attacked by the stomach bug. The first couple of days were spent nursing the kids back to health and cleaning up after them. The third day was the worst because that was the day that both my husband and I developed symptoms. When the fourth day rolled around, my stomach was recovering, but breastfeeding my four-month month old baby left me further depleted and malnourished. The malnourishment and nausea eventually fostered feelings of depression. I knew that my body was starting to recover, but everything in my house smelled disgusting and made me nauseous. So, that night, I opened my box of essential oils and pulled out clove, geranium, grapefruit and juniper berry. I laid down on the bed and closed my eyes. After a few minutes, the soothing aroma slowly melted my nausea and sadness away. The enchanting fragrances of plants and flowers gently transformed my bedroom into a welcoming, comforting haven. Continue reading to learn more about these precious plant oils!

Clove

When I open a bottle of clove oil, I imagine exotic, luscious desserts originating from the fairytale world of Hansel and Gretel. Not only does clove oil smell delicious, it can also be used for cleaning teeth and gums.

Geranium

The lovely, floral scent of geranium evokes feelings of peace. Like the Egyptians in ancient times, our current culture uses geranium oil to beautify the skin and hair.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit oil has a sweet, fruity, inviting aroma. In addition to uplifting the emotions, grapefruit has been known to promote healthy metabolism and healthy skin.

Juniper Berry

The fresh, energizing scent of juniper berry can be used to purify the air. When used internally, juniper berry can support the urinary tract and kidneys. When used topically, this oil can be used to clear skin blemishes.

What are some of your favorite essential oils?

This post was originally published on March 2, 2019. It was updated on December 9, 2019.

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