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3 Quick Tips on Using Essential Oils Safely

Aromatherapy use is growing exponentially these days in its reach to the general public. There is a groundswell of people beginning to see the real therapeutic benefits of using essential oils to help their overall well-being. They can help get you a good night's sleep, reduce anxiety, and have many other benefits. The consistent problem however, is that there is so much misinformation out there spread by people trying to sell them that the real knowledge of how to use these oils in a safe way can be hard to find, especially on the internet. Here are a few guidelines to follow to help filter out the noise, and begin to use your oils safely, and with confidence.

1. You really can not go wrong when you use essential oils via inhalation. The general consensus is that even if you inhale an oil or blend for long periods of time, the worst that is going to happen would be a headache, or possibly nausea. Inhaling through the use of an essential oil diffuser, or by placing a few drops on a tissue or cloth is always a safe way of use.

2. Using essential oils topically on your skin is where we start to see a lot of bad information out there. You should never use these oils directly on your skin. That can have some very negative effects, beginning with rashes, and ending with some extreme sensitivity issues, and even liver / kidney problems. When using them on your skin you should always dilute them in a carrier oil, like grape seed oil or jojoba oil. When diluted, topical use is also a very safe way to get the benefits they can provide. There is still a chance of dermal reaction, or rashes, so a good rule of thumb is to do a patch test about the size of a nickel on your inner forearm to test how your skin might react.

3. It is becoming common to see a lot of articles out there recommending the ingestion of essential oils in a caplet to help with various problems. It can not be stressed enough that this is a very dangerous practice. Ingesting essential oils can lead to liver and kidney failure. Our bodies process these compounds very slowly, and can be toxic. Just as you would not use prescription drugs without a doctor's advice, you should not ingest essential oils without expert advice. In the US there is almost no one with the proper knowledge to use oils this way. If someone claims themselves as an expert, proceed cautiously. Ingesting essential oils can potentially be very helpful when used properly. Find a certified clinical aromatherapist if you are looking for help with this type of usage, and consult your doctor as well.

Aromatherapy is taking its rightful place as a daily part of people's lives. A good smelling world is something anyone would want, and improving how you feel at the same time makes it even better. Hopefully this guide helps you feel confident in using essential oils in your life. It will not take long before you'll wonder how you lived without them!

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What Does Aromatherapy Do?

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I am glad you asked! The idea behind aromatherapy is that the use of the therapeutic essential oils can help prevent disease by reducing anxiety. Anxiety causes many issues to include pain, hair loss, reduced immune system, rashes, and much more. Aroma or smells has an effect on the part of the brain that supports our emotions, behavior, motivation, long-term memory and sense of smell.

Smells can trigger fond memories, such as the smell chocolate chip cookies. You smell chocolate chip cookies so you think of you and your mother in the kitchen when you were little bringing a sense of happiness. Smells can also trigger bad memories, such as the very same smell of chocolate chip cookies. You smell chocolate chip cookies so you think of you falling off the back porch while you were eating a chocolate chip cookie creating a sense of pain. In each of these scenarios, your body has a reaction whether it be positive or negative.

Pleasant smells in the air make people stay around longer in retail stores, spas, hotels, movie theaters, museums, and casinos. They have also shown to improve productivity and improve the physical performance of athletes when the room smelled of peppermint or lemon.

Bottom line, aromatherapy hones in on the smells that create a positive and relaxing response from your body giving you a sense of overall well-being. So the next time that someone asks you, “What does aromatherapy do?” you can tell them that it helps you chill!

It is easy to incorporate into your routine. I personally recommend an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser. They are reliably inexpensive and you can put them anywhere. (Bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, office) They are awesome gifts too. I am addicted to mine. There are all types of essential oils for all types of moods. They come with recipes for whatever you're looking for at the time. My 10-year-old grandson wants one for his birthday to help treat his allergies! They even have one with a color LED changing nightlight with and auto shut off. Just take your pick. (This is the one I have. The light is soothing to me as well.) Whatever you choose, it will make an astounding difference in your life.

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DoTerra Loyalty Rewards Points Explained

I wanted to take some time to explain the doTerra loyalty rewards program. Not only do I LOVE the oils, but joining up to doTerra with a wholesale account (it's called being a Wellness Advocate), and get 25% off retail prices.

The more oils I buy on the loyalty rewards program, the more oils I get for free. They are hugely generous with their points, and I have received ALOT of free oils.

There is an initial $ 35 sign up fee for a year, and then the following years it costs $ 25 for the membership, and you get a bottle of peppermint with that.

It took some time for me to get my head around all the aspects of it, so I wanted to make things clear about how it works.

As a participant in the Loyalty Rewards Program, you will immediately begin earning points that can be used as cash to purchase doTERRA products. Depending what kit you buy when you sign up, you can earn up to 30% of your total monthly Loyalty Rewards purchases! (See terms and conditions below.)

I started out at 10% because I bought a basic kit, but after a year I was getting 30% of my rewards points back, which I could redeem for products. If I was to do it again I might buy a more expensive kit to start with, so I could fast track the points accumulation.

Month 1-3: 10% of points back

Month 4-6: 15% of points back

Month 7-9: 20% of points back

Month 10-12: 25% of points back

Month 13+: 30% of points back

Back Office:
So how it works is in your back end office, you set up a sales template, each month on the 1st, (Utah time, this is where doTerra head office is) they release a new product of the month, so in order to get that free product, you have to order products totaling more than 125 PV (points value) before the 15th of that month.

They usually have other deals as well as the free product, like 10% off a product, and every now and then they will have a deal of putting in an order for 200PV and you get another free product, usually a more expensive product.

There are also occasional BOGO deals, where for a week they will run a BOGO deal, (buy one get one free).

If you live in Australia or NZ, you get to parciticipate in the Australian / NZ BOGO, and if the US have a BOGO deal, you change your shipping warehouse on yous sales template to the US and get those deals as well.

The currency exchange for me is best against the AU $, so buying from the AU Warehouse is cheapest, sometimes I buy from the US warehouse, and get products that are not in the AU Warehouse.

It's also very thrilling when doTerra release new products, especially new oils.

What is important below is to make sure your order passes 50PV to get rewards points, and also to keep your accumulated points, that you at least make an order of 1PV.

It's not as hard as it sounds, because buying oils is so exciting.

(One thing to note, always have over 100PV in your sales template at all times, it just means it helps the Wellness Advocates above you. )

Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum monthly Loyalty Rewards order of 50 PV to earn points
  • Orders with a minimum of 1 PV * will maintain both Loyalty Reward level (%) † and previously earned points
  • No maximum monthly points accumulation limit
  • Reward points expire 12 months from the date of issue
  • Reward points can be used to purchase full PV products only
  • Reward points can be redeemed by phone (1-800-411-8151) or online in the new shopping cart
  • Redemption orders have no PV
  • A redemption fee of $ 3, applicable taxes, and shipping and handling charges will apply
  • Must be an LRP participant for 60 days before reward points can be redeemed
  • All reward points and percentage will be immediately canceled with LRP cancellation
  • Reward points have no cash redemption value and are non-transferable
  • Products purchased with LRP points are not for resale
  • Cancellation of LRP order must take place over the telephone by calling Member Services at 1-800-411-8151

* Loyalty Rewards orders must exceed 50 PV per single order to earn Reward Points.

* Loyalty Rewards orders must exceed 50 PV per single order to advance Loyalty Reward levels (%).


New Wellness Advocates who enroll with a Natural Solutions Kit and have a 100 PV Loyalty Rewards order the following month * will receive:

  • 100 LRP points
  • Start LRP point accrual at 15%

New Wellness Advocates who enroll with an Every Oil Kit and have a 100 PV Loyalty Rewards order the following month * will receive:

  • 200 LRP points
  • Start LRP point accurual at 20%

New Wellness Advocates who enroll with a Diamond Kit and have a 100 PV Loyalty Rewards order the following month * will receive:

  • 400 LRP points
  • Start LRP point accurual at 25%

* Points will be redeemable 60 days following enrollment. If the LRP is canceled before 60 days, the new Wellness Advocate will not receive points awarded.

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Important Benefits of Using Castor Oil

Castor oil is commonly known to be a very bland, unsuitable oil yet it has many skin related and also many medical advantages. The oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the seeds of the castor plant. This thick light yellow oil is one of the oldest oils that were recognized for their therapeutic benefits.

It is utilized everywhere through the world for its therapeutic properties. This oil has a large quantity of Vitamin E, proteins, minerals, and also possess anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which is why it is the best natural remedy for a large variety of problems.

In spite of the fact that the taste is not that pleasant, however the characteristics of castor oil make it a vital medication for the therapeutic purpose. Mostly employed as a home remedy, it is used to treat a wide range of issues ranging from skin, hair issues to internal digestive problems.

In pregnancy and labor:

It is very helpful to mention labor in pregnant women. The labor is induced by pushing the uterus and causing contractions. This makes it very much easier to deliver the baby

For skin related issues:

Castor oil has been an aid for skin issues, for example,
• Acne and blemishes
• Burns
• Dry, patchy skin
• Stretch marks and other spots etc.

It has a characteristic emollient property that goes into the deepest skin layers and empowers the generation of collagen and elastin, which keeps the soft skin by keeping it hydrated. It also diminishes signs of aging by rejuvenating skin.

For the treatment of wounds and injuries:

A major character of castor oil is that it keeps skin hydrated and moisturized. This helps to give strength and keeps it safe against infection.

It also speeds up the process of healing of wounds. Another thing it is very effective in, is diaper rashes caused to babies.

For treatment of constipation:

As the oil is composed of natural ingredients, it is well known for its laxative actions. The oral intake of the oil results in the release of ricin oleic acids in the digestion tracts therefore damages constipation. It helps digest the undigested food and clears the intestinal tract.

For farming different hypersensitivities:

Castor oil helps in disposing of allergic reactions like warts and moles. Utilizing it is expected to help break down small growths in the ovary as it has unsaturated fats that, later on, gets consumed by the skin and expelled out.

As the oil increases immunity of the body, it is used both externally and internally to treat various issues.

For farming various different Issues:

It serves as a remedy for various other common disorders such as:
• Fungal infections
• Skin inflammations
• Migraines
• Gastrointestinal tract related problems

Serves as a natural cure:

Helps to cure many problems naturally such as:
• Sore muscles
• Joint pains
• Inflammation of nerves

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The Soothing Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oils

Bergamot is a plant that produces citrus fruits. The tree falls to the liutaceae family, and the oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit. Newly ripen fruit collected in winter for producing the best oil. 100 kilos of fruit can produce 1-2 Kilo of oil. The oil is derived from the cold compression that differs from the other essential oils which are generated from the steam distillation process.

Bergamot oil is considered as the “top-note” aroma that means it is one of the strongest groups of essential oil and can last for 24 hours. When the oil is placed on the skin of the client, the client experiences either a cold sensation or a hot sensation. As the oil is very strong, you need to use fewer drops in the aromatherapy. Bergamot essential oils never used directly on the skin. You are recommended to use sunscreen before applying the essential oil. The oil can be sued for all types of skin and hair.

The health Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oils:

Bergamot is defined as a hybrid between a sour orange and a lemon. As a result, the fruit has a sweet smell. The essential oil also bears the same sweet smell and is used in the aromatherapy and many medical industries because of its healing benefits. Some of the major benefits of the essential oil are given below:

Improves Blood Circulation: It improves the blood circulation. The properties of the oil like alpha-pinene and limonene are antidepressant and there before creates the feeling of joy and freshness. Take 2-3 drops of the oil in your palm, rub the oil and cup your mouth and nose and breath slowly.

Helps in Digestion: In Ancient Chinese Medicine, the essential oil is used to help the flow of the vital energy so that the digestive system can work smoothly. The oil also used to soothe indigestion and gas. By stimulating the production of digestive juice, it helps digestion. The oil also makes to break down the foods easily in the digestive tract and also stimulates muscle contractions in the intestines by moving the waste substances through your intestines as your body absorbs nutrients. To regulate your appetite or to help digestion, use five drops of the oil and massage the oil in your stomach.

Helps in hormonal secretions: It stimulates hormonal secretions, digestive juices, insulin, bile, and helps to maintain the proper metabolic rates. This helps to maintain the proper absorption of the nutrients. Use 2-3 drops of the oil in your abdomen.

Heals infection: It kill bacteria, heal scars and reduce marks and acne. The oil is beneficial for irritating skin. Because of its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties, the oil is used in the soap industry to produce soap. It also heals infections of the kidneys, colons, and the urinary tract.

Usage: Drink Earl Gray Tea or rub the oil into your throat, abdomen, feet or the affected areas. You can also use oil vaporiser for greater benefits.

Reduces tension and stress: Using the oil through the diffuser or oil burner or take an aromatherapy with the oil helps to reduce stress and tension. It brings mental calmness. The powerful healing properties of the oil can stimulate the hormones like dopamine and serotonin that results from the feeling of relaxation and sedation.

Releases pain: It stimulates secretion of certain hormones and reduces the sensitivity of the nerves that cause pain. As a result, it is very helpful for reducing headaches, sprains, and muscle aches. Try to use five drops of the oil in the affected areas of your body.

Deodorant: One of the great benefits of the Bergamot oil is its scent. The sweet smell and the soothing properties of the oil hinder the growth of the germs that cause body odor. Therefore, the oil is used in the perfume industry. You can apply the oil directly to your armpits or can mix 2-3 drops to your regular deodorant.

Reduces Fever: Bergamot oil reduces fever as its fight against the bacteria, protozoa and viruses that cause fever. IT also simulates the metabolic system and gland secretions and reduces the additional secret from the eccrine glands (sweat glands) and sebaceous (sebum) glands that less the body temperature.

Dental Care: The oil is applied to the infected teeth as the mouthwash to kill the germs. It also protects your teeth from the cavities. The oil also kills intestinal worms that can cause anemia.

Blood Sugar Control: Research found that taking a small amount of Bergamot essential oils help to lower blood sugar levels.

Skin care : Bergamot essential oil is a natural cicatrisant or cell regenerative agent that can reduce the scars and other blemishes on the skin. It also uses to remove acne because of its antimicrobial agent. The essential oil acts on skin pigmentation. It lightens the dark spots. As a result, the oil is used by the shampoos and soap companies.

Recent research reveals that the essential oil is also beneficial for fighting against food poising as the oil kills bacteria. The oil is anti-congestive and used to relieve congestion and respiratory problems. Although the oil has many health benefits, you should consult a doctor before using the oil.

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The Use of Essential Oils in Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy, also known as Essential oil therapy, is the art and science of using natural aroma or fragrant essential oils collected from fruits and flowers for therapeutic purposes. In this therapy, the aromatic plant extracts and oils are used to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It attempts to combine physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual's innate healing process.

French perfumer and chemist, Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, coined the term “aromatherapie” in 1937 in his book named Gattefosse's Aromatherapy where he expressed the early clinical findings for using aroma for mental relief or psychological stress

Essential Oils – The heart and backbone of Aromatherapy:

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts. Although they are called oils, they are not oily like other vegetable oils like soybean, sunflower or olive oil. Some are viscous while some are solid and watery. Lavender, lemon, and Eucalyptus oils are watery. It may contain vitamins, hormones, antibiotics and antiseptics. It also contains the hormones of the plant and roots from where they are extracted.

How it work in the Aromatherapy:

Aromatherapy offers an immediate positive impact on the client when they experience the therapy. In the aromatherapy, essential oils work in two basic ways: through the skin and the nose.

The oils can quickly evaporate into the air. They are volatile and easily disperse in the air and float around and reach the rose. The aromatic molecules float and enter into the nostrils and nasal cavity. When these molecules hit receptors of the nasal cavity and nerve-rich patches, it sets off direct reactions that result in brain activity. On the other hand, the aromatic molecules can also enter to the mouth and reach the bloodstream through the mucus membrane of the nasal cavity.

It can also enter into the body through the skin. You can trace the presence of the essential oils by analyzing the excretion perspiration, feces, urine, breath after a certain time of experiencing the essential oils.

Whether you are using it in the massage time or the bath, it enters the body in the above two ways and helps to heal the body and mind. As it is easily absorb and enter the body easily, it increases blood circulation. It also relieves local inflammation by releasing mediators in the body which causes the blood vessels to expand so that the blood can move more quickly. Studies have shown that specific essential oils used in the aromatherapy can heal stress and tension and can bring peace of mind and sound sleep.

Some of the common types used in the aromatherapy are:

  • Bergamot
  • Lavender
  • Clove
  • Bay Leaf
  • Black Pepper
  • Lemon or Yuzu
  • Clary Sage
  • Jasmine oils
  • Fennel
  • Carrot Seed
  • Virginia Cedar wood oil, etc.

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Benefits and Uses Of Ruh Gulab Attar, Costus Root Oil, and Lemongrass Oil

Pure essential oil are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.

For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used these healing plant oils for a variety of health conditions. They are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine.

Benefits Oil Costus Root Oil

  • Fight cold and flu symptoms
  • Relax your body and soothe sore muscles
  • Heal Asthama
  • Alleviate pain
  • Improves Liver Functions
  • Improve digestion
  • Reduce cellulite and wrinkles

Benefits Ruh Gulab Attar

  • Rose is erotically sensual & luxurious. It may provide emotional comfort in times of turbulance, enlivens the heart, boosts confidence and brings out one`s deepest feelings, increasing affection and sexual desire.
  • The scent calms strife and gives a feeling of peace and happiness, which ensures warm, happy associations. It soothes and calms hyperactive personalities who are ill at ease, unsettled, unsure or unhappy with themselves or who feel a sense of guilt, jealousy, grief and resentment.

Essential oil uses

History of Aromatherapy

Since the use of essential oils is present in many countries, it is difficult to pinpoint where the practice originated. Oils have been used by the Jews, Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans both as cosmetics, perfumes and for their medicinal purposes. Some cultures even used oils in spiritual rituals.

In 1928, French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé used lavender oil to heal a burn on his hand. He then decided to further analyze the properties of lavender oil and how it could have been used to treat other types of skin infections, wounds or burns.

With this the science of aromatherapy was born. Gattefossé's main goal was to help injured soldiers during World War I. The use of these oils began to spread especially with practitioners of alternative medicine, such as massage therapists and beauticians throughout Europe.

Aromatherapy did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s when essential oils began to be added to various lotions, candles or other fragrances.

There are also trained professionals such as aromatherapists, physical therapists, massage therapists, nutritionists or even doctors of natural medicine who use aromatherapy in their practice and are trained in specific uses for essential oils.

Essential Oils Now Used In Medical Hospitals

Aromatherapy has a variety of health benefits and can be used in various settings. It is a great non-invasive way to treat a variety of medical conditions and can be used safely in combination with many other therapies.

Many traditional hospitals like Vanderbilt University Hospital are catching on to the benefits of essential oils and are using them in the treatment of anxiety, depression and infections in hospitalized patients.

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Aromatherapy – Nature’s Fragrant Medicine

We all know how fragrances make us feel. Some aromas make us euphoric, others have a more soothing effect, and specific familiar smells can transport us back in time and bring on feelings of nostalgia. The psychological and emotional effects of fragrance and the extreme importance of our sense of smell are obvious. But, did you know these same fragrances can also be used to heal your body and create well-being in your life? Aromatherapy is a well-known technique among healers from all parts of the world and all civilizations.

What do they know that you do not?

As with Color Therapy, Sound Healing, Crystal Healing, and Energy Therapy, the aim of Aromatherapy, within the scope of healing, is to activate the senses of the body. The goal is to eliminate the conditioned, logical, and analytical mind, thus activating the wonderful reality of “feeling” and experiencing life in it most empirical and purest form. It is in this empirical state, that we are able to break the illusions of separation and connect on a level level with the energies that surround us. Dr. Richard Gerber MD, author of Vibrational Medicine, tells us that one of the best ways we can change dysfunctional patterns in our energy bodies is to administrator the therapeutic doses of frequency-specific energy. We do this by using herbs, crystals, sound, and energy also called vibrational medicines.

It is common knowledge and practice, that scent can affect physical and psychological changes in living beings. We experience it regularly in our daily lives. When we smell a fragrance, it triggers an immediate emotion or feeling, that makes us happy, excited, calm or even nostalgic. Aromatherapy, practiced throughout thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians and the Vedic culture of India, where plant extracts and medicinal plants are still widely used.

The term Aromatherapy was coined in 1937, by a French perfumer and chemist by the name of Rene-Maurice Gatterfosee. Aromatherapy is the holistic science of utilizing naturally extracted essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind, and spirit. Through the knowledgeable and controlled use of essential oils, we are able to achieve physical, emotional health, and overall well-being. As with other holistic practices, Aromatherapy is always used to treat the “whole” person and not just the symptom or the disease.The application of essential oils is historically stated countless times and through diverse civilizations (Egyptians, Greeks, Romans etc.) for a variety of health-related applications. Today, there are thousands of studies on essential oils. We know that their effectiveness is adequately merited by their composition of very small molecules, that are able to penetrate deeply and quickly into our cells (Transdermal delivery).

The sense of smell is the most neglected of all the senses in humans. This is surprising when we consider that seventy to seventy-five percent of what we perceive as taste, actually coming from our sense of smell. The neurons that sense the odor molecules, lie deep within the nasal cavity, in a patch of cells called the olfactory epithelium. To understand how odor is humanly perceived, it is important to know why the limbic system allows us to have differently when experiencing different odors. The Limbic system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex, related to our instinct and mood. It also controls our most basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, domination, care of offspring). A very important aspect of smell is that olfactory neurons make up the only sensory pathway, that is in direct contact with the brain. Because of the close connection to the limbic center, feelings and emotions can naturally be regulated, as well as memory.

The application and uses of Aromatherapy in healing, obey the same Universal Law that everything vibrates at different and specific frequencies. Every atom in the universe has a specific vibratory or periodic motion. Most plants (and animals,) use enzymes to break down molecular components during their life processes. And, each of these enzymes has a unique crystalline form with a specific vibratory frequency. The vibrational frequency of an oil reflects the innate integrity of these elements and the intrinsic enzymes embodied within its substance.

The process of using Aromatherapy in healing treatments is to apply plant-derived oils with the correct matching frequency. Therefore, allowing the physical body to absorb these energetic vibrations and bringing the body back to a state of well-being and equilibrium. Essential oils do not resonate with the toxins in our bodies; neither, do they resonate with negative emotions. This incompatibility is what naturally helps remove toxins and toxic energy from our systems. Aromatherapy, energetically speaking, can help dislodge forgotten traumas by surfacing them in our consciousness. For, it is in a state of consciousness that we can face, deal with them, and let them go. The therapeutic properties of this method, create exceptional vibrational remedies, capable of healing or rebalancing the body / mind / soul / spirit. Essential oils can regularly be used in body oils for massage, facial / body lotions and oils, baths, inhalation, diffusion, and on the energy points on your body.

It is fairly simple to integrate Aromatherapy into your daily life. You do not need to be a master of plants and herbs. Choose a few. Learn about their energetic properties. Smell each oil. How do they make you feel? Once you have narrowed down your list and hand chosen your favorites, here are some DIY ideas:

  • Place a few drops on a tissue and place it in the air vents in your car. Enjoy Aromatherapy anywhere you go. No need to schedule extra time to enjoy the benefits of essential oils.

  • You can mix your favorite oils with coconut or jojoba oil (my favorites) and use them instead of your regular perfume.

  • Mix your essential oil in distilled water. Then, using a spray bottle, spray it as an air freshener around the house. You can also spray it on your favorite pillows and throws.

Be Creative! You Are Unique!

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Aromatherapy Through The Years

Aromatherapy is something that is used in spas around the world. It is something that is used to help relax the body and mind, lower pain and anxiety and enhance the body's own energy and it is something that is wildly popular today.

It is a complementary therapy, one that utilizes blends of essential oils through a variety of applications and it is said to offer the benefits of increased well being to those who participate in the effects of it.

Aromatherapy can be as simple as using essential oils in a massage or during a bath or steam. The oils are applied topically or put in the water in the case of a bath, and then they go to work releasing their scents and helping you to relax.

While going to the spa for a day of beauty may be a reliably new thing, aromatherapy has been around for centuries. In fact, the ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Indians all used essential oils in their practices. They knew the benefits of these oils and used them in the making of their drugs, perfumes and cosmetics. They further realized that certain oils aided in certain situations, while others were best used in other ways, and that has has filtered down to modern aromatherapy thought today. Of course we now use the essential oils in many different ways than our ancestors, but the idea is the same.

Essential oils and aromatherapy have also been used in the medical community. During World War II for example, French doctor Jean Valnet started using oils for antiseptics that helped the injured soldiers he attended.

Today, those plant based oils and aromatic smells can be used in aerial diffusion where the whole space is fragranced, which can be used in direct inhalation to help with respiratory infections or as a decongestant. We use these essential oils topically as part of a massage or compress as some oils are known to soften and aid in skin care. You may have your favorite oil or you may need a specific oil for a specific reason, but the end result will likely be the same. Adding oils and aromatherapy makes people relax, makes them happy and soothes the soul. They are great for helping in calming and psychologically just make you feel better.

So next time you are having a day, check out aromatherapy, you'll be glad you did!

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What Are the Health Benefits of Aromatherapy?

Some people might think that aromatherapy is replacing traditional medicine. Although it is an alternative method of practicing wellbeing, let it be known here and now that aromatherapy is in no way a replacement for modern medicine. Instead, see it as a tool that helps enhance your wellbeing both physically and psychologically using scents to stimulate certain responses. When performing aromatherapy, your goal should be to use the essential oils to shift your mental state and assist your body's natural ability to regulate, heal, and balance itself.

How Does It Work?

Aromatherapy works as you inhale certain scents to stimulate your hypothalamus. Your hypothalamus is what regulates important bodily functions, like sleep and emotional responses. Once it reaches your hypothalamus, the stimulus of the scent travels through your limbic system and into the hippocampus, which is a part of your brain that's crucial for memory. Not only does this help us associate a certain scent with a specific memory, but this is also what allows the body to react to the healing scents of aromatherapy.

Who Can Benefit?
Aromatherapy has endless benefits and is not exclusive to any one group of people. If you're easily stressed or tend to feel out of balance, using aromatherapy might be a way to combat these involuntary feelings. Even those with respiratory concerns may be able to find an essential oil that soothes them. Overall, aromatherapy can be used by anyone who wants to experience the holistic powers of essential oils. Just remember, it's not meant to replace traditional medicine.

If you want to know for sure whether or not aromatherapy is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

* Do you suffer from joint or muscle pain?
* Do you regularly have trouble sleeping?
* Are you experiencing depression, chronic stress, or anxiety?
* Do you experience PMS or menopausal symptoms?
* Do you have skin concerns, including acne or cellulite?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider exploring your options with aromatherapy. What have you got to lose?

How Can I Use Aromatherapy?

You can get creative with your use of aromatherapy once you understand its properties and benefits. Here are a few ways you can try out aromatherapy in your everyday life.

* Adding it to a diffuser and inhaling the steam.
* In a foot and hand bath.
* Direct application onto the skin (always remember to use a carrier oil or other form
of dilution to prevent any discomfort on the skin).
* With a compress.
* As a chest rub to support your respiratory system.
* On a pillow for soothing effects to help you fall sleep faster.

Now that more and more people are becoming familiar with the benefits of aromatherapy products, you can find aromatherapy being practiced almost everywhere you go these days. Spas, massage centers, and yoga studios are incorporating this style of relaxation to further improve the mental welfare of others. Many aromatherapy fanatics claim that it can help awaken your senses and boost your cognitive function, including improved memory and an overall more relaxed state of mind. If you're looking for these types of effects, you can read more about aromatherapy to better understand the products you can use to get the most out of this holistic practice.

What are some useful aromatherapy products?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils and a variety of aromatherapy products like candles and aromatherapy diffusers. Candles and diffusers are great aromatherapy products and allow you to change the type of oil you want to use, so they're comfortable and convenient.

Before you purchase your aromatherapy products, make sure that they're made especially for this purpose. This relates more to the essential oils than anything else. There are some products that can be labeled as aromatherapy products but might not actually be built to provide the benefits you're looking for. Some products may contain artificial ingredients, which can actually cause more harm than good in most cases. Be sure that you're using aromatherapy products that were built for the purpose of providing the calming and stimulating effects of aromatherapy.3

Where can I find aromatherapy supplies?

There is no shortage of places to find aromatherapy supplies. With its popularity surging and no signs of it slowing down, you can grab as many essential oils and aromatherapy supplies as you need, regardless of your budget. There are countless varieties of essential oils that can offer different benefits to you. You can search your local brick and mortar shops or browse any distributor of aromatherapy supplies online to get started on your path to feeling the benefits of aromatherapy. A healthy mind, body, and soul is within reach.

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The Essentials Of Aromatherapy

Essential oils have long been a major part of going to the spa or for a massage. They can be diffused into the air, added to massage oil and used directly on the body or they can be personally used to treat what ails you.

If you go back centuries, basic cures for ailments were found by using different plants and extracts from plants, and what they learned has followed through to today where we use these same plants for all the good they can give us.

Take eucalyptus for example. This is a fast growing plant, and evergreen even and it is native to Australia. You may think of it first as the main diet for the koala but the leaves can be used to make an essential oil that helps to reduce coughing, colds and congestion, it is antiseptic, it is antimicrobial and it is great to counter respiratory issues. As a cream preparation, it can be used in a massage to help relieve muscle and joint pain and since it's cooling in nature, it is wonderful for everyday aches and pains too.

Bergamot is a citrus spotted oil that is used to treat stress, depression and anxiety. It too has healing properties and works well to help skin infections heal. It also stimulates the liver, the spleen and the digestive system. Added to massage oil, bergamot helps you relax as the tension leaves your body. What could be better than that?

Chamomile has long known to be a major calming agent. It's popular in tea and also popular in the spa setting as it is an antidepressant and a mood lifter. Chamomile is also used for its antiseptic and antibiotic properties.

Tea tree oil is very widely used so it's no surprise that it is the most popular of the essential oils and one used a lot in aromatherapy situations. It has lots of uses not the least of which is it is a natural immune system booster. It also fights infections, heals the skin of minor cuts and burns, alleviates muscle aches, the flu and even things like athlete's foot! Talk about a multipurpose essential oil!

If you are looking for aromatherapy to alleviate hyperactivity look no further than marjoram. It also relieves anxiety, assists with digestion and helps with issues like cramps. In a massage, it can help alleviate headaches and tension and it also combats fatigue.

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Aromatherapy – Get to Know The Lamiaceae Family – Part 1

Welcome to the first of a three-part series on the Lamiaceae plant family relevant to aromatherapy.

The Lamiaceae plant family is also known as the Labiatae plant family. It is the largest of all the plant families and includes many of the well-known herbs. The plants are known for their strong aromas, and in aromatherapy some of the best known and loved oils come from this family.

Plants include: Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Melissa true, Clary sage, Sage, Hyssop, Marjoram-Sweet, Marjoram-Spanish, Patchouli, Spike lavender (Lavendin) and Basil.

General therapeutic benefits for this plant family include being good respiratory oils, stimulating, balancing, antiseptic and anti-viral.

Three of the essential oils from this botanical family are:

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

Lavender would be one the most used of all essential oils. It is gentle yet effective and is suitable for all ages – from babies through to the elderly. It is also used in hospitals at times, one of the few essential oils that is.

Lavender is used to assist with stress relief, insomnia and to relieve headaches. It is very good for assisting with colds, coughs, flu, sinus, and other respiratory ailments because of its antiseptic properties.

With the stress relief, lavender works on both physical stress and emotional stress.

Because of its versatility, lavender would be one of the must-have essential oils for the first aid kit.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

It is important to have a good supplier of peppermint oil, so that you know it is unadulterated.

Peppermint is a cooling oil and anti-inflammatory. It is said to be helpful with irritable bowel syndrome and with regulating the ovaries.

It is very good for helping people to become clear-headed and refreshes the spirit. It can be used to help people who have mental fatigue or who can not concentrate. Due to this, it is excellent for oil burners in environments such as offices, meeting rooms, and other areas where people need to be alert and concentrate.

Peppermint is an ideal assistant for all digestive problems such as indigestion, colic, flatulence, stomach pains, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and relief from travel sickness.

It is also used in ointments to help relieve muscle pain, bruises, contusions, joint pain and insect bites.

Because peppermint is a very strong oil it should not be used on very small children. It should also be used in small quantities because of its potency.

There are no known contra-indications to the complete oil. This is why it is important to know that you are getting a good quality oil.

Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli)

Patchouli has several uses in aromatherapy – it can assist with fluid retention and is also great for healing cracked and broken skin as it has regenerative properties.

It is an oil for emotional balance and can be beneficial in helping with stress-related issues.

Patchouli is non-irritant and non-toxic.

If you're feeling down, mix a little patchouli with mandarin and spearmint!

As always, if in any doubt, it is important to consult with a qualified aromatherapist. Never diagnose yourself – that is what your doctor is for!

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Aromatherapy – Get To Know The Lamiaceae Family – Part 2

In part two of my series on the Lamiaceae family, I would like to explore five more essential oils in this group.

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

This oil needs to be used with caution as it is neurotoxic. It is best used by a trained therapist. Hyssop is said to be anti-inflammatory. It can be helpful for asthma, cystitis and a sore throat. It can also assist with relieving the aggravation caused by scratching eczema.

It has no known contra-indications, but there are many other oils that could have been used instead if you are not trained in aromatherapy.

Lavendin (Lavendula hybrida)

Lavendin has a camphor content of about 20%. This makes it very good for assisting with respiratory complaints such as bronchitis and laryngitis. It can also be helpful for muscular and circulatory problems. Lavendin can be very helpful in assisting with relieving symptoms from insect bites and stings. Due to the high camphor content though, it should be avoided in cases of epilepsy and pregnancy.

Melissa (Melissa officinalis)

Melissa is very hard to find and due to this is quite expensive. Some people get confused because some companies sell a product called melissa, but it is not true melissa. It is generally a blend of oils such as lemongrass and citronella.

True Melissa is recognized as one of the best essential oils available for sickness during pregnancy. It could be helpful for calming hysteria, indigestion, nausea and settling upset stomachs. It has been found to be very antiviral and assists well against viruses such as flu, herpes, smallpox and mumps.

It does have a high aldehyde content, which can cause skin irritation.

Marjoram – Sweet (Origanum marjorana)

Sweet marjoram can be very helpful to assist with insomnia, especially with high blood pressure. It is a good oil for warming and comforting the heart, so may be useful in cases of grief or loneliness. As it is a warm oil, it can be used for muscle spasms, rheumatic pain, strains and sprains.

Sweet marjoram may also be helpful for digestive complaints such as colic, flatulence, constipation and spasmodic indigestion.

It has anti-spasmodic and emengagement properties which are good for painful and scanty periods. It can also be used in a hot compress over the abdomen to help relieve period cramps.

It should not be used during pregnancy.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Basil can be used to assist with most circulation and heart problems, including arteriosclerosis, hypotension, irregular heart beat and varicose veins. It can also be helpful for uterus congestion, painful periods and fever.

Basil is a very good oil for assisting with the respiratory system. It could be helpful for sinus congestion, asthma, bronchitis, and flu.

Digestive complaints such as vomiting, nausea, hiccups, dyspepsia and gastric spasms can be assisted.

Basil is excellent for helping with mental fatigue, clearing the head, and for nervous disorders.

Basil should be avoided during pregnancy.

It is important to note that several of the above essential oils are to be avoided during pregnancy. There are many essential oils that are safe and gentle to use so it can be easier to use them. Please consult with a qualified aromatherapist if you have any questions, and do not forego your medical professional's advice.

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Aromatherapy – Get To Know The Lamiaceae Family – Part 3

In the final of my three-part series on the Lamiaceae family, we will explore the reminder of the essential oils.

Marjoram – Spanish (Thymus mastichina)

The properties of Spanish marjoram are similar to those of sweet marjoram, although Spanish marjoram has a higher cineole content. This makes it more effective for assisting with respiratory tract infections.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage needs to be used with care as it can bring on epileptic fits and can be toxic to the central nervous system in large quantities.

Sage could be helpful for tiredness, depression and grief. It can be soothing to the emotional (parasympathetic) nervous system and calming to the nerves.

It is an oestrogen mimic so can be used to assist in regulating the menstrual cycle. It can also be used to assist with menopausal problems.

Sage can also used for digestive problems, and aches and pains caused by rheumatism.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Clary Sage has oestrogen mimic properties which makes it good for assisting with female hormonal disorders, from menstrual problems through to menopausal symptoms.

It could be very effective for treating fear, nervousness, paranoia and depression. It stimulates, revitalizes and regenerates.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

There are three main chemotypes of rosemary: camphor-borneol, 1,8-cineole, and verbenone.

Specific to the chemotypes, the camphor-borneol type is best for helping with muscular aches and pains, the 1,8-cineole type is best for helping with pulmonary congestion and to help with elimination of waste from the liver and kidneys. The verbenone type is non-irritant and is very good for helping with quality skin care.

In general, rosemary is good for assisting with lifting the spirits and for stimulating the mind. It can be effective in helping with fluid retention, liver and spleen disorders, and jaundice, along with blood circulation and low blood pressure.

Rosemary is one of the most effective essential oils for the central nervous system. It can help with mental clarity and awareness. It is a very good brain stimulant and can help improve memory.

It can assist with many respiratory problems, including coughs, asthma and sinusitis, and it can be used to help relieve pain caused by rheumatism and arthritis, and stiff and overworked muscles.

As it is a highly stimulating oil, it is not suitable for people with epilepsy or high blood pressure. It is also to be avoided during pregnancy.

Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Spearmint can be used as a digestive stimulant, and can be helpful for nausea, flatulence, constipation and diarrhea. Spearmint is more suitable to use with children than peppermint. It can be helpful for respiratory complaints due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-catarrhal properties. Spearmint can be uplifting for the spirits and for mental fatigue and depression.

It is not to be used during pregnancy. It is not a skin irritant and is non-toxic.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about the very versatile essential oils in this botanical family.

It is most important that if you have any questions you consult with a qualified aromatherapist, and it is most important that you consult with your medical professional.

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12 Essential Oils for ADHD and ADD

1. Vetiver oil

Vetiver oil is rich in fragrance, and therefore, an additive in body perfumes, perfumed soaps, oils and air fresheners. However, with research, Vetiver is effective in the treatment of ADD. Due to its aromatic effect on the mind, it calms, ground and balances the mind. With the calming, warming, sedative and soothing properties on the nervous system, Vetiver, banishes anger, hysteria, and irritability. Moreover, it reduces neurotic behavior and reduces the feeling of anxiety, a characteristic of people with ADD / ADHD. To use Vetiver essential oil, place five drops within a teaspoon of carrier oil, such as jojoba and then apply that to the base of the neck.

2. Basil oil

Most users call it “the oil of renewal”. Basil oil reduces anxieties, fear, and nervousness efficently. It calms the mind and the heart since making it able to overcome stress and fatigue. Basil essential oil is useful for people suffering from nervous disorders. Add basil in a room diffuser.

3. Lavender oil

For a long time, Lavender has been useful in eliminating nervous tension, treating respiratory problems and enhancing proper blood circulation. With its calming scent, lavender tones the nerves, then eradicating anxiety. To reduce cases of nervous tension, emotional stress and restlessness, place a few drops of Lavender essential oil on a pillow before night sleep. According to research, Lavender oil affects the autonomous nervous system, and that is why it is a perfect remedy for treating insomnia.

4. Lemon oil

Lemon oil is stimulating, calming and sleep-inducing. Due to its calming nature lemon is effective in removing mental fatigue, exhaustion, nervousness, nervous tension, and anxiety. It refreshes the mind, increasing concentration, and alertness, an essential need for people with ADHD. Add lemon essential oil in a room air freshener.

5. Rosemary oil

This powerful oil is effective in treating ADHD. It soothes the mind and improves focus. Moreover, the rosemary enhancements alertness and improvements performance for overall quality of memory. Rosemary essential oil blends well with Lavender and Lemon. In this cases forming a formidable memory booster. For effective results, one can inhale the oil directly.

6. Frankincense oil

Common oil among spiritual people, frankincense essential oil, alleviates anxiety and depression. Moreover, it increases intuition. By lowering anxiety, it acts as an excellent sleep aid. The oil reduces heart rate and high blood pressure without any adverse side effects. Massaging or a warm shower of Frankincense essential oil is an effective way of using it. Still, the oil a room diffuser works perfectly!

7. Myrrh oil

With most of its use in perfumes and fragrances, the yellowish-orange oil has a viscous consistency and is vital in calming and balancing the body. The myrrh balances the most critical hormones in the body. Balancing hormones, in turn, gives a feeling of calm and concentration. Blending it with Lavender works perfectly in room diffusers while mixing Myrrh with jojoba, makes it an effective massaging oil.

8. Ylang ylang oil

Ylang ylang essential oil is an extract of fresh flowers of Ylang ylang tree. The oil has extensive uses in aromatherapy, treatment of hypertension, memory, and perfumes. It eliminates anxiety, inducing a relaxing and joyous feeling. Beside, the oil strengnts the nervous system, and repairs damaged parts of the nerve. As a sedative, it induces sleep and improvements concentration. Due to its volatile nature, it works well in a room diffuser.

9. Peppermint oil

Its everyday use is as a breath freshener. However, peppermint essential oil has an extensive application in the field of health practices, culinary arts, and cosmetic practices. Peppermint promotes energy levels, increasing concentration, alleviating mental fats and restlessness. These aspects make it efficient in dealing with ADD and ADHD. The concentration of Peppermint is naturally high, so mixing it with carrier oils such as almond, makes it highly effective. For use, either, apply the oil topically on the skin or inhale it directly from a bottle.

10. Cypress oil

Carenen, limonene, and alpha-pinene are active compounds of cypress essential oil. The oil is a perfect antibacterial, stimulating, antispasmodic and antiseptic. In dealing with ADHD, Cypress essential oil induces a feeling of calmness due to its sedative effect. Also, it eliminates anxiety, anxiousness, insomnia, emotional stress and difficulty in concentrating. Among the various ways to use the oil, the most effective are either massaging it on the skin or inhaling directly from a bottle.

11. Roman chamomile oil

With great soothing abilities, Roman chamomile essential oil calms the mind and the whole body, in turn, increasing concentration, a need for people with ADHD. Moreover, Roman chamomile treats insomnia efficiently. Among ways to use this essential oil, is either adding 4-5 drops to a glass of water or hot beverage or applying on the skin directly.

12. Clary sage oil

With powerful antidepressant, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, euphoric, sedative, nervine and hypotensive properties, Clary sage essential oil is very vital in the field of medicine, with particular emphasis on people with ADHD. Due to its sedative properties, it reduces nervous convulsions, nervousness, anxiety, and hysteria; thus making the mind alert! An alert mind is a concentrating mind, just what people with ADHD need. To efficiently use Clary sage oil, apply it to a pulse point, rub on the skin directly, or apply few drops to the pillow at night. This oil forms a perfect blend with roman chamomile. When using the mixture, add a few drops to bathwater.

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