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. 

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Love Your Skin with Tamanu, Jojoba and Essential Oils!

Calophyllum_inophyllum_Blanco2.256Oils for your face?  Well I used to be skeptical.  Beauty products have always been a miss for me.  When I was a teen, the ones that fought acne dried my skin out terribly, the moisturizers always seemed to bring back the zits, and I still had the oily skin.  As I aged, the pimples declined in number but the oily skin persisted, with the errant zit showing its ugly self when I least expected it.  I gave up spending a fortune on ineffective face washes, astringents and moisturizers years ago and had been using olive oil for a while to clean and moisturize my face because it was the only thing I found to work –– until I found the magic of Tamanu nut oil, Jojoba oil and the benefits of essential oils.  Olive oil alone was okay to clean my face, but it really didn’t help cut the amount of oil my skin produced. It also did nothing for blackheads.  These are two recipes that I have created and used with success on two different skin types.  Try one.  You won’t be disappointed.  If you have combination skin, try the recipe for oily skin.  The initial cost may seem fairly high for all of the ingredients but are cheaper in the long run.  Store them in a cool, dark place, and the oils are good for a year, more for the essential oils if stored with the same care, and you’ll never again have to spend hundreds falling for beauty product promises that end up in landfills because they just don’t work.

TamanuOil Base Oil Blend:
• 20 Drops   Tamanu Nut Oil
• 20 Drops   Jojoba Oil

Oily Skin Recipe:
• 4 drops   Carrot Seed essential oil
• 6 drops   Ylang Ylang or Lavender essential oil
• 6 drops   Bergamot essential oil
• 6 drops   Lemon essential oil

Other essential oils that treat oily and combination skin: Frankincense, Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Cypress, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Tea Tree.

Dry Skin Recipe:
• 4 drops   Cedarwood essential oil
• 4 drops   Carrot Seed essential oil
• 6 drops   Ylang Ylang or Lavendar essential oil
• 6 drops   Lemon essential oil
• 2 drops   Geranium essential oil

Other essential oils that treat dry skin: Myrrh, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose Otto, Rosewood and Sandalwood.

Tamanu Nut Oil Benefits:
Antibacterial – acne fighter, aids in healing cuts
Astringent
Anti-inflammatory
Inhibits staph and candida infections
Aids skin regeneration – reduces appearance of scars & wrinkles
The oil actually protects your skin from the sun with an SPF of 20!

To make Tamanu oil, the nuts are harvested, dried for a month and then cold pressed.  There should be no additives, no other method of extraction should be considered and the origination should be Madagascar.  The oil is a deep, earthy olive-yellow in color and has a pleasant, nutty aroma.  It is a must for creating your own personal facial moisturizer, regardless of your skin type.  From young to mature skin, there are just too many benefits to leave it out.  It is gentle and can be applied directly to your skin.  In 2 weeks my oily skin was balanced with improved texture, my pores less visible, blackheads nearly gone and my skin tone evened out.  My neighbor’s incredibly dry skin was smooth and hydrated, less tight-feeling and had experienced improved texture.  She swears she will never go back to the chemical-laden cream hunt.  Just like essential oils, you don’t need a lot.  It can be used alone, but it blends really nicely with Jojoba oil, which I recommend.

Jojoba is an incredible oil in its own right because it contains virtually all vitamins and minerals required for healthy skin (and hair), plus it has many of the same benefits of tamanu oil!  It mimics your own sebum production, so your skin actually creates less, stopping that unsightly shine from developing in oily and combination skin.  People with dry skin can count on relief that lasts all day long.

Both oils can be used in the oil-cleaning method.  To do this, massage 3 to 4 drops onto your face and neck.  Let it sit for a bit so it can mingle with the oils in your skin, and then rinse with warm water.  They both fight stretchmarks, heal chapped lips and last a long time, regardless of weather when applied. Other uses include burn relief, including sunburns. They are also considered a good treatment for nail fungus as well as athlete’s foot.

People are having good results in fighting eczema and psoriasis with tamanu oil, reducing itching, moisturizing the skin and killing bacteria that can cause infections.  Also people with shingles have had good results.

Moms, remember to use tamanu nut oil if your baby is suffering from diaper rash.  You’ll never go back to the old Butt Paste standby. It is an all natural, gentle, soothing, antibacterial, antifungal and healing oil.  Do not use on any child who has a nut allergy.

Dogs, cats and horses with skin problems can be topically treated with tamanu nut oil.  It is regarded as safe for them.

***Tamanu oil is regarded as safe but do not use it if you have any allergy to nuts.***

Please see additional information on essential oils before using, and as always, if you are taking medications or have health issues, consult a doctor before using any essential oil.

Questions and comments are always welcome.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

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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.

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