Sleep

marketing1This essential oil recipe was given to me by my mother when I desperately needed to relax and get some sleep.  I am not sure of its origin but I feel I should pass it along.  The scent is heavenly, relaxing and knocks you out.  Just lovely.  Give it a try.  This mixture of oils goes a long way in relaxing your mind and body and nudging you off to a restful sleep.

The Sleep Bomb:
10 drops Lavender
6 drops of Vetiver
4 drops Ylang Ylang

Combine all oils together, I triple this recipe for a dropper bottle, mix will and add 4-5 drops in an ultrasonic diffuser.  If you don’t have Ylang Ylang, you could try Clary Sage in its place.  Still lovely, still calming and still a sedative.

You can also mix these oils in a roller bottle with FCO and apply to the bottoms of your feet or to your chest.

vetiver-5As always, only use the highest quality essential oils.  Neither this recipe nor how it affects the mind and body have been evaluated by the FDA.  If you have a medical issue or are taking medications, please discuss these oils with a doctor before using.  Lavender, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang are GRAS essential oils.

You can purchase these oils here if you wish: http://www.mydoterra.com/stephaniegormanYlangylang_zpsc4c32f99

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Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium_15mlPotent and floral, this essential oil is an important oil to add to any collection, and a must for the home physician’s kit.  To extract Geranium essential oil, the stems and leaves of the geranium plant (Pelargonium graveolens) are steam distilled.  It’s health benefits are numerous including its ability to balance hormones, clear and repair the skin from acne, dermatitis, eczema, burns, cut and other skin issues, fight infections of the upper respiratory tract, and promotes mental stability.  Because Geranium is a popular addition to fragrances, use care when shopping for it.  Do not buy oils that are labeled as “fragrance”, “natural”, or “food grade”.  Only buy essential oils from reputable companies that stands behind their products.

Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil:
• Antibacterial
• Antimicrobial
• Insect repellant
• Cicatrisant
• Hemostatic
• Cytophylactic
• Diuretic
• Deodorant

The antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of Geranium essential oil make it a wise choice to swab onto a wound, using a 50:50 dilution.  It supports the immune system by removing and prohibiting microbes, fungus and bacteria from multiplying and invading the body.  This, along with it’s hemostatic (speeds up blood clotting) and cicatrisant properties allow your skin to heal quickly, cleanly and without complications.

Geranium essential oil, when applied to the skin will help reduce scars (cicatrisant), improve elasticity, inhibit growth of bacteria, smooth out melatonin distribution, and helps improve blood circulation, which makes it a remarkable addition to facial moisturizers and treatment for oily to extremely dry skin as well as those suffering from Rosacea.

When taken as directed internally, it can benefit your kidneys by increasing urination.  Urination is responsible for eliminating most of the toxins from your body.  In addition to toxins, urination removes fat, sugar, sodium and aids digestion by eliminating excess acids and bile from your system.

The antibacterial qualities of Geranium coupled with the skin benefits make this essential oil a good one to add to a deodorant.  Use in aromatherapy is also beneficial because this oil is a circulatory oil, meaning it exits the body through perspiration.  So if your workout is strenuous, it could make you smell like flowers while destroying body odor.

To use this oil, diffuse or use topically by diluting it 1:1 with a carrier oil and rub it into the skin.  To take internally, make sure your Geranium essential oil is 100% pure and add one drop to 4 fl. ounces of liquid.  Children under 6 should not use Geranium internally, and any topical applications should be diluted 1 drop of oil to 3 drops of carrier oil.  Children over 6 should be 1 drop of oil to 2 drops of carrier oil.  If skin sensitivity is present, raise the amount of the carrier oil or stop using it altogether.

For an easy tick repellant for dogs, put a drop in your hand and simply wipe down their backs.  For humans, put a dab on the inside of your wrists, your ankles and a dab behind the ears.  No ticks!

Pets benefit from geranium too!  Aromatherapy is safe for your pets.  You can apply this directly to dogs, 1 drop and rub head to toe.  I do not use any essential oil topically on my cat or bird without the advice of a veterinarian.  Horses, especially mares seem to benefit from geranium aromatherapy or diluted and added to an all natural castille soap shampoo.  Any small wounds benefit from the same antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that humans do.  If there is ever a question on wounds, always seek the advice of your veterinarian.RoseGeranium

Speak with your doctor about using Geranium essential oil if you have any medical conditions.  Don’t try to cure any disease with Geranium Oil yourself, always consult the advice of a physician for any health issues. Don’t use before speaking with your doctor if you are on any medication, pregnant or nursing.  It can interfere with your medication.  These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. 

100% pure Geranium essential oil can be bought here with confidence:  http://www.mydoterra.com/stephaniegorman

Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli is an essential oil extracted by steam distillation from the leaf of the plant Pogostemon cablin, a bushy herb PhotoPlantPatchoulirelated to mint.   The fragrance is slightly minty, musky, and very pleasant.  Its is used in the perfume industry and to scent laundry products and other soaps.

Patchouli is said to be beneficial to skin, and can be used to reduce wrinkles, stretch marks and scars.  When diffused, the fragrance can be grounding and balancing.  Balancing is a term used in essential oils to describe a helpful effect on emotions which can work many ways to improve mood.  For instance if you happen to be depressed it can cheer you, and if you are over excited it can calm you.  It is used in an aromatherapy recipe previously posted for autumn scents.

To diffuse, use 3 or 4 drops in your diffuser.  For topical use dilute with fractionated coconut oil to to avoid skin sensitivity.  Usual dilution rate is 5 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil.

USES:

  • Combine it with Peppermint and apply directly to the forehead, temples or back of neck for headache.
  • Add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer to smooth the skin.
  • It can calm emotions when combined with Vetiver and rubbed on the bottoms of feet.Patchouli_15ml
  • It has anti-fungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Always if you are pregnant or nursing or under a doctor’s care check with your physician.  Can be sensitive to skin.  Avoid contact with sensitive areas and eyes.  Not for use in children, and should be stored out of their reach.  http://www.mydoterra.com/sharonbwilbur/

 

 

Autumn Scents and Comfort With Essential Oils

Fall is here.  Thoughts turn to apple pie, pumpkin spice, and warmth of home and hearth.  A doTERRA recipe I saw on Facebook for a diffuser scent invokes all of those feelings, and may provide additional benefits.

Diffusers used with essential oils should be ultrasonic or cool steam type.  Heat can change the components of essential oils, losing some of the benefits.  I get mine at Amazon.  There are several types of diffusers available.

I mix this recipe in a small amber glass bottle so that I have it ready.  It really is something you’ll want to use again and again.  It’s diffusing in the living room right now, and the scent is heavenly.

Autumn Scents:

  • AutumnDiffusionBlend  2 drops Cassia
  •   2 drops Patchouli
  •   2 drops Wild Orange

Cassia is in the Laurel family and is closely related to Cinnamon.  The scent is similar but stronger.  It can be irritating to mucous membranes so usually needs to be combined with other oils, or diluted with a carrier oil if using topically.   Cassia is warming and can be soothing to aching muscles and joints (dilute with fractionated coconut oil). It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral.  It has historically been used for many ailments and is generally considered safe for consumption, but only in a diluted state because of possible sensitivity.  If you add a drop or two with lemon to your water, it can settle your stomach and help to reduce hunger cravings. It should not be used with children under 6 or while pregnant or nursing.

From the Mint family, Patchouli’s scent is sweet and musky.  It is said to have many health properties and may even work as insect repellant.  It can be grounding and balancing to the emotions when used in aromatherapy and is frequently used for wounds, tissue repair, or other skin conditions such as wrinkles, scars and stretch marks when used topically.  It can can be used aromatically, topically and can be taken internally, but not by children under 6 and further dilution is recommended for children older than 6.  Consult your doctor if pregnant or nursing.

Wild Orange is from the Citrus family.  Its scent is similar to an orange held up to the nose.  It can be used to cleanse and purify both surfaces when diluted to make a multipurpose spray, or the air if diffused.  When diffused it is uplifting and energizing.  It contains powerful antioxidants making it valuable for overall health.  It also may have benefits against seasonal threats.  I often add a drop to my water as a flavoring agent.  It can’t hurt right?  It can be diffused, used topically or taken internally, but not for children under 6 and should be diluted for children older than 6. If you’re pregnant or nursing, consult your doctor.  If used topically, avoid sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours.

No essential oils should be taken internally unless they are 100% pure therapeutic grade.  It sometimes takes tons of material to yield a pound of essential oil.  Some sellers use additives so be cautious about sources.  I trust doTERRA, and this is a great source:  http://www.mydoterra.com/sharonbwilbur/

Any health benefits mentioned above have not been evaluated by the FDA, and if you have medical conditions you should always consult your doctor before taking anything medicinally to assure there are no harmful interactions with medication you are taking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary Essential Oil

RosemaryCarrieMegan_zps83d79862The popular culinary herb, Rosemary, has been popular in Mediterranean kitchens for centuries – probably even before there were kitchens.  The herb aids in the digestion of meat, and tastes wonderful when rubbed on chicken, beef or pork.  But this post is about essential oil.  I wouldn’t ingest this oil.  It is really, really potent.  For internal use, stick to cooking with the plant.

Rosemary essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant Rosmarinus Officinalis.  It belongs to the Mint family, which includes lavender, basil, myrtle and sage.  It is a kind of evergreen that grows wonderfully in warmer climates that don’t have hard freezes, and smells absolutely divine in the garden or near your front door.

The health benefits of Rosemary essential oil are numerous.  From growing hair to insect repellant to healing organs such as the liver, brain and heart to strengthening the entire body.

Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil:
• Treats indigestion
• Appetite stimulant
• Regulates the creation and release of bileRosemaryOil
• Stimulates blood flow, improving circulation
• Stimulates hair follicles
• Slows down premature hair loss
• Benefits dry scalp
• Disinfectant
• Removes oral bacteria, improving oral health
• Soothes respiratory problems due to allergy, colds and flu
• Antiseptic and antispasmodic
• Helps eliminate eczema, dermatitis, oily skin and acne
• Improves focus by stimulating brain activity
• Rich in antioxidants
• Stimulates the immune system
• Releaves most headache and joint pain
• Repels insects

The comforting aroma of Rosemary essential oil diffused will lift your spirits and improve concentration and lower stress.  Always dilute the oil before using topically using olive oil, fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil at a ratio of at a maximum 2:1.  Dilute more if sensitivity is present.  For children over 7, try adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil into their favorite shampoo and conditioner as a guard against head lice.  If they don’t like the smell, use geranium.  There are ongoing studies of the benefits of rosemary.  This is truly a powerful oil.

Do not ingest Rosemary essential oil.  It has been know to cause severe allergic reactions, muscle spasms and vomiting.  Do not use if you have high blood pressure or are prone to seizures unless consulting your doctor first.  Do not use on children.  Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing.  It has been know to stimulate the uterus, and there are claims that it helps to regulate the menstrual cycle.  Excessive use could cause a miscarriage.

Only use 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils!

As always, discuss the use of Rosemary essential oil with your doctor to be sure there is no interference with any medications you are taking.  Do not use this information in place of your doctor’s advice.  The above information has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Rosemary essential oil can be purchased here:   http://www.mydoterra.com/stephaniegormanRosemary

Lemon Essential Oil

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, cook, clean and stay healthy and strong!  We all know the power of the lemon.  It is a purifying, anti-oxidant-packed, vitamin powerhouse.  For ages, people have put lemon in their drinking water to not only make their water taste better, but also because it helps to clear toxins from the body.

 

Some properties of Lemon Essential oil:

  • May Help Weight Loss
  • Reduces Stress
  • Immunity Booster
  • Sedative
  • Astringent
  • Antiseptic
  • Detoxifying
  • Numerous Skin and Hair Benefits
  • Anti-infectious
  • Antibacterial
  • Improves Circulation

 

The health benefits above only apply to therapeutic grade essential oil.  Lemon oils are commonly found because it’s a common culinary ingredient.  Cooking oil is not essential oil.  Take care when purchasing that you are getting 100% pure essential oil.  This oil is cold pressed from the lemon rind.  Pure essential oil should contain no preservatives, solvents, any other oils or flavor enhancers.  It should not be altered in any way.  Lemon essential oil should be diluted 1:1 with a carrier oil, then can be applied to area of concern or be used as a dietary supplement (pure therapeutic grade oil only).  If using as a dietary supplement, you can purchase capsules to use, or you can add a drop to your water.  I make my own skin cream, and lemon essential oil is a constant because of its antioxidant, cleansing and skin conditioning benefits.

Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of Lemon by diffusing into the air, or you can add 20 drops lemon essential oil to 1 cup of water and 5 drops of lavender essential oil in an amber glass spray jar for a linen or room spray.  Use witch hazel or vinegar at the same ratio instead to clean surfaces.

Lemon Essential oil is regarded as one of the safe oils.  It should still be diluted before use.  Essential oils are extremely potent and sensitivity to pure oil is common.  People have experienced photo-sensitivity, so it is recommended that people avoid spending time in the sun for 12 -72 hours.   Lemon essential oil is generally regarded as safe for dogs as long as it is diluted.  Cats don’t like anything citrus, so using lemon on cats would not be beneficial to either of you.

Do not use on cats.  Dogs tolerate lemon very well in diluted topical applications.

If pregnant or nursing, do not use without first consulting your physician, as with all oils.  Avoid using on small children (under 6).

 

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100% pure therapeutic grade Lemon Essential Oil can be purchased here: http://www.mydoterra.com/stephaniegorman