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27
JUL

7 Essential Oils for Anxiety

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Mental Wellbeing at 9:59 am | By: Aly Semigran

Anxiety is everywhere and if it’s not affecting you, there’s a good chance it’s affecting someone you know. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States every year (1). That accounts for 18.1 percent of the population.

Those numbers in and of themselves are enough to cause you even more anxiety. Whether it’s work, relationships, the news or our genetics (or, for some folks, all of the above), no one is truly immune to anxiety.

Thankfully, natural remedies like essential oils can be used to help ease stress and anxiety. Let’s take a closer look at how chronic stress affects our health and some of the best essential oils for anxiety.

How Chronic Stress Affects Your Health

Clinical aromatherapist Amy Kreydin explains that human beings have two main processes when it comes to stressors: “We can be in an active state or a state of rest.” Or, in other words, “fight-or-flight and rest-or-digest.”

When we’re under chronic stress, Kreydin says, “We can’t tell the difference between big stressors or little stressors.” When those wires get crossed, you might start to react the same way to wildly different issues. (For instance, someone cutting in front of you in line at the grocery store could produce the same reaction as, say, getting into a car accident.)

“Internally, you may chemically produce the same volume of stress,” Kreydin says. This not only has a major impact on your mental health but also your physical health. “If you can’t get into the rest-and-digest mode, you’re getting bad sleep and a bad intake of your nutrition.” Since sleep and diet are an essential part of your health, being in constant fight-or-flight mode “has a snowball effect on the rest of your system,” Kreydin says.

Using Essential Oils for Anxiety

In order to combat anxiety and the many ways it can impact our overall well-being, essential oils for stress are proving to be a source of hope and major help.

“The ability of some essential oils to shift us out of that fight-or-flight and into rest-or-digest influences the chemical shift of the nervous system,” Kreydin says. The direct inhalation of certain essential oils draws them into the limbic part of the brain, where memory is stored and where actions (such as anxiety) are controlled.

By inhaling essential oils that best fit your profile (more on that in a bit), you can start to anchor a certain scent to a certain feeling. And, because these scents are going to the part of your brain where memory resides, you’ll associate that essential oil with a particular feeling.

“Let’s say you inhale a bit of lavender before bedtime. You start to train the brain that lavender is relaxing and it’s time to go to sleep,” Kreydin explains. She notes that you can also use essential oils during the day and pair them with a relaxing activity like meditation. “You are telling your brain, ‘OK, this is downtime.’”

It doesn’t have to be a once-a-day endeavor, either. In fact, it may be to your benefit to use essential oils as much as what works for you. “Just like we exercise our bodies, we can exercise our brain to relax, and integrating essential oils in intervals throughout the day can have a nice ripple effect,” Kreydin says.

7 Best Essential Oils for Anxiety

Whether you decide to visit an aromatherapist or figure out which scents work best on your own, here are seven of the best essential oils for anxiety:

Lavender

One of the most popular essential oils, particularly for stress and anxiety, lavender has been shown time and again to have relaxing effects on people (2). “Because it acts as a sedative, it tells the central nervous system it’s time to relax,” Kreydin explains. While lavender may not be the best option for daytime use in some people (it may trigger sleepiness), it’s a fast-acting essential oil for those who do benefit from it.

How to use it: Kreydin recommends using an aroma stick for lavender inhalation so that it doesn’t overpower entire spaces.

Ylang Ylang

An ideal essential oil if you’re feeling flustered, ylang ylang can help clear out the negative headspace you might be stuck in. In one study, subjects who applied ylang ylang oil rated themselves more calm and relaxed than subjects in the control group (3). Kreydin praises the “cooling effect” ylang ylang has on people, as well as its “affinity for liver energy, which is where we store our anger and frustration.”

How to use it: Since ylang ylang has a powerful floral fragrance, and too much can cause headaches, Kreydin recommends using an aroma stick over a diffuser.

Rose

Though rose is one of the more expensive essential oils, its therapeutic benefits make it worth every penny. A 2017 study observed that rose oil had physiological and psychological relaxation, analgesic and anti-anxiety effects (4). A highly recommended essential oil for women, particularly older women, Kreydin says it can do wonders for those going through menopause and the stressors that can come along with it. Plus, who doesn’t like to stop and, quite literally, smell the roses?

How to use it: Once again, Kreydin suggests an aroma stick over a diffuser when using rose.

Jasmine

When it comes to jasmine—a very floral scent—sometimes less is more. But jasmine offers unquestionable benefits for some people dealing with anxiety. Jasmine oil has a stimulating effect that could be useful for relieving depression and uplifting mood, one study found (5). In addition, jasmine has been revered for centuries for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties (6). So, if your physical pain is causing stress, jasmine may be able to help with both issues! Because jasmine has such a strong scent, Kreydin suggests balancing it out with complementary scents like cedarwood or frankincense.

How to use it: As with other stronger scents, it’s best to dilute jasmine if using a diffuser, or use it in liberal doses with an aroma stick.

Peppermint

While peppermint may remind you of brushing your teeth, that might not actually be a bad thing, especially if you find yourself stuck in a negative headspace. Kreydin says that peppermint is as refreshing a scent as it is stimulating. In fact, some studies have found peppermint to enhance memory and increase alertness (7). For some users, peppermint awakens thoughts of, “this clears my brain and I feel good. I have a clean slate.” Peppermint has also demonstrated calming effects in combination with other essential oils. In a study on nursing students, subjects who inhaled a blend of lavender, peppermint, rosemary and clary sage aromas experienced lower levels of anxiety and perceived stress than the control group (8).

How to use it: Users can reap the benefits of peppermint via diffusers and massage oils, or by diluting it in a warm bath.

Petitgrain

Derived from the leaves and small twigs of the bitter orange tree, petitgrain oil has sedative and relaxant properties. A 2017 study suggested that inhaling petitgrain essential oil can improve workplace performance and reduce stress levels through balancing the autonomic nervous system (9). Petitgrain delivers more of a “green and grassy” scent, which Kreydin says is ideal for people who don’t react well to florals. Kreydin likes to mix petitgrain with a sweet and relaxing citrus, such as mandarin or tangerine, to give patients a calming and serene scent profile.

How to use it: Depending on how you respond to petitigrain and its complementary scents, you can put it in a diffuser before bed or use an aroma stick.

Neroli

While citrus scents can give some users a feeling of sunshine and happiness, others may feel overwhelmed by essential oils such as lemon or orange. (And overwhelmed definitely isn’t a feeling you want to have when you’re trying to de-stress.) This is where neroli, which comes from the flowers of the bitter orange tree, comes into play, Kreydin says. For those who respond well to it, neroli can pull double duty as a mood booster and a tension reliever. A 2014 study on postmenopausal women found that neroli oil may have potential as an effective intervention to reduce stress and improve the endocrine system (10).

How to use it: Neroli can be used via diffuser or directly on the skin, but Kreydin warns that the scent may still be too strong for some.

How to Choose an Essential Oil for Anxiety

If you’re a newcomer to the essential oils realm, it’s best to figure out which scents work best for you when you’re in a stress-free state. If you’re in a panic mode, you don’t know what your response is going to be. (For instance, if you’re panicking and a scent like lemon triggers an unpleasant memory, it could make it worse.)

When you’re feeling more even-keeled, do a test inhalation and see how the various essential oils make you feel. For many, it’s different from what they had initially expected, Kreydin says. If you’re used to synthetic scents (like those from candles or detergents), the actual scent may come off as too strong or even unpleasant to you.

That’s why booking an appointment with an aromatherapist may make the most scents— ahem, sense—when it comes to anti-anxiety essential oils and/or essential oil blends for anxiety.

Not only does this allow you to experience essential oils for anxiety in a controlled environment, but an aromatherapist is “someone who understands the chemistry of essential oils, which ones can and cannot interact with certain medications, and how your body will react with them,” Kreydin notes.




26
JUL

5 Essential Oils for Sleep, Backed by Science

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Health Aids,Herbs at 9:00 am | By: Monica Weymouth

In theory, sleep is simple. All you have to do is lie down, close your eyes and enjoy sweet dreams as your body runs on autopilot.

But in practice, of course, things are a little more complicated. In a 2016 survey by Consumer Reports, 27 percent of respondents reported having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep most nights, while 68 percent struggled with sleep at least once a week (1). This goes a long way in explaining the $41 billion Americans spent on sleep aids in 2015—a number that’s expected to be around $52 billion by 2020.

While everybody is different and some pharmaceuticals work wonders for those with insomnia, many sleeping pills have harsh side effects, including dizziness, gastrointestinal issues, drowsiness, memory problems and a particularly troubling phenomenon known as “sleep driving” (2).

Prefer a more natural way to catch some zzzs? Essential oils—potent, concentrated oils extracted from the leaves, flowers and stems of plants—have been used for thousands of years to treat conditions ranging from epilepsy to migraines to sleeplessness. When used safely and in combination with other sound sleep practices, they can be an invaluable addition to your bedtime routine.

Why Is Sleep Important to Your Health?

Sleep is a crucial, non-negotiable component of your health and well-being, both physical and mental. As you sleep, your brain devotes its energy to preparing for the day ahead and forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information. Meanwhile, your body is busy repairing and healing itself—and, in the case of children and teens, growing.

Potential side effects of not getting enough sleep range from the pesky—think crankiness, forgetfulness and trouble concentrating—to the dangerous and potentially deadly. Chronic sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk in heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke, as well as car accidents (3).

So, how much sleep do you need? According to research by the National Sleep Foundation—a national nonprofit promoting healthy sleep and safety—adults ages 18-64 should be logging 7-9 hours nightly (4). (Recommendations are slightly less for seniors and more for children.)

Common Causes of Insomnia

Chronic insomnia can be caused by a number of factors. It may be the primary condition or a symptom of an underlying problem. Common causes include:

  • Stress
  • A change to your schedule
  • Using computers, TVs, video games, smartphones and other screens near bedtime
  • Eating close to bedtime
  • Mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Medications, both prescription and over-the-counter
  • Medical conditions including chronic pain, cancer, diabetes, overactive thyroid, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol

Symptoms of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep, waking up throughout the night, waking up too early, daytime sleepiness, difficulty focusing, irritability, depression and anxiety (5).

5 Best Essential Oils for Sleep

As a certified clinical aromatherapist, Robin B. Kessler frequently recommends essential oils for sleep and relaxation. “Essential oils are very effective in treating insomnia and sleep disorders, as long as they are used correctly and safely,” says Kessler, who serves as the New Jersey regional director of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy.

Before introducing essential oils into your routine, Kessler recommends consulting a professional, as some oils can inhibit blood clotting, interfere with medications and cause severe allergic reactions. In her own practice, Kessler frequently uses the below oils to treat sleeplessness.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Prized for its healing properties since the Middle Ages, lavender has a long history of therapeutic uses. More recently, lavender oil—with its sweet, floral, slightly woodsy scent—has been shown to help with sleep disorders. A 2015 study concluded that, when combined with healthy sleep habits, lavender improved sleep quality in college students (6); another 2015 study showed that lavender was successful in treating both insomnia and anxiety in ICU patients (7).

Because lavender oil can also be a stimulant, Kessler uses it cautiously.

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Derived from the outer peel of the orange fruit, sweet orange oil can be both energizing and relaxing. Numerous studies have found that the fresh, citrusy scent is effective in lowering the pulses and anxiety levels of patients undergoing dental procedures (8), and aromatherapists frequently use it for stress-related sleep disorders.

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)

Derived from the roots of vetiver grass, vetiver essential oil has a strong, earthy, grounding scent. Although a lesser-known oil in the West, it’s extremely popular in its native India, and has recently attracted attention for its calming properties. A small study suggested that vetiver was helpful for children with ADHD (9), while another showed the oil to be as effective as commercial anti-anxiety medications (10).

Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)

Warm and woodsy, cedarwood oil is extracted from the wood of cedar trees. When inhaled, studies have shown that cedar has significant sedative effects (11), and it has been effective in improving the sleep quality of people with dementia (12).

Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

A popular tea choice, chamomile has been used for therapeutic purposes since ancient times. And while a cuppa is certainly calming, chamomile essential oil is even more effective. A 2006 study showed that inhaling chamomile induced feelings of drowsiness and calmness while reducing stress hormone levels (13). Have trouble falling asleep? Another study found that chamomile may significantly reduce the time it takes to drift off (14).

How to Use Essential Oils for Sleep

There are a number of ways to incorporate essential oils and calming scents into your sleep routine. Using a diffuser is a popular method, and there are plenty of models on the market. “Diffusing is an excellent way,” says Kessler. “If you’re using it at bedtime, I suggest closing the windows and doors, running the diffuser for an hour, then shutting it off and going to sleep—it will still be in the room and air as you drift off.” Each diffuser is different, so be sure to read the manufacturer’s dosing instructions.

You can also make a spray by mixing your oil with a high-proof alcohol (oil and water don’t mix!) and a few drops of liquid Castile soap. Kessler recommends spritzing it on your linens and pillow a half hour before turning in for the night.

Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they should be diluted before being applied directly to the skin. Kessler recommends making a dilution using a “carrier oil”—essentially a complementary, milder oil—such as coconut or jojoba, then applying to your wrists. If you have especially sensitive skin, consider a hydrosol. Also known as “flower waters,” hydrosols are by-products of the essential oil distillation process and are more gentle in nature, says Kessler.

Essential Oil Recipe for Sleep

Ready to try essential oils for sleep? Be sure to carefully research a safe oil recipe, or consult a certified aromatherapist. This recipe from Kessler is designed to be used with an essential oil inhaler.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 5 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Put the wick into the inhaler and add each oil. Close the inhaler and shake to mix the oils. Inhale in each nostril deeply before going to bed.




18
JUL

5 Essential Oils for Hair Loss

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Personal Care at 11:42 am | By: Suki Eleuterio
essential oil hair loss

Losing your hair can be an emotional, stressful and embarrassing experience. I know, because it happened to me.

One day, while combing my hair, I found a bald spot near the back of my head. The pure shock of feeling my bare scalp, with no hair at all, was terrifying. To make matters worse, my wedding was only a few months away. I needed to find the root of the problem…fast.

My doctor called this sporadic hair loss “alopecia areata.” An autoimmune disease in which your body attacks the hair follicles, alopecia areata is often triggered by stress and can cause hair to fall out suddenly.

Although my hair started to slowly grow back as my stress subsided, the experience triggered a desire in me to learn more about the common causes of hair loss, as well as natural ways to treat it.

What Causes Hair Loss?

There are many reasons for losing your hair, the most common one being genetics (that’s right, blame your grandparents). A recent study found that male pattern baldness can be attributed to nearly 280 different genes (1). Aging is another factor, since your hair follicles become more brittle with age. This is why it is important to take good care of your hair and maintain a healthy scalp.

Illnesses like anemia, thyroid conditions and cancer can also trigger hair loss, and aggressive treatments like chemotherapy can cause hair to suddenly and drastically fall out. Autoimmune disorders (as I discovered with alopecia areata) can also lead to sudden hair loss.

Men are not the only ones who suffer from hair loss. Women are often susceptible to hair loss when navigating hormonal changes including pregnancy, postpartum and menopause.

In addition, vitamin or protein deficiencies can cause hair loss, which is why it’s important to take your vitamins daily, particularly a good multivitamin. And finally, stress can cause hair loss, particularly prolonged or chronic stress.

Benefits of Essential Oils for Hair Loss

On my quest to find some natural treatments for hair loss, I was surprised to find something I already have in my closet: my favorite lavender essential oil.

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils derived from plant compounds. The oils are extracted from the plants by a process of distilling. Used in cultures since ancient times as remedies, essential oils have been known to offer natural healing and antiseptic properties.

Essential oils, along with scalp massage, are a great way to maintain a healthy scalp. Nowadays, we are always focused on the best shampoo or conditioner for our hair, but we often forget about taking care of our scalps.

“Healthy hair and a healthy scalp go hand in hand,” says Susie Bennett, a longtime hair care professional and managing market builder at Monat Global. “The proper blend of essential oils can mimic our natural sebum, actually clearing away build up from products, environmental pollutants and dried up natural sebum to reduce hair thinning and encourage healthy new growth.”

Long term use of harsh chemicals in shampoo can lead to dryness, which causes the hair to become frizzy and brittle. The more we itch and scratch our scalps, the more we agitate the already brittle hair, causing it to break. Essential oils can be excellent tools for calming and soothing the scalp and promoting new hair growth.

Studies have shown that certain blends of essential oils have the potential to improve hair growth. In one study, participants in the active group massaged essential oils (thyme, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood) in a mixture of carrier oils (jojoba and grapeseed) into their scalp daily (2). The researchers found that 44 percent of the participants using the essential oils mixture showed improvement.

5 Essential Oils for Hair Loss

Let’s take a closer look at five essential oils for hair loss, and how you can incorporate them into your routine:

Lavender

Known for its sweet, floral smell, lavender is often used in lotions, perfumes and candles. But did you know that lavender is also great for your hair? Lavender essential oils can moisturize and soften your hair and even help stimulate scalp circulation. In a 2016 animal study, researchers found lavender oil to have hair growth-promoting effects (3).

The calming scent has been known to reduce stress, which promotes well-being. One of nature’s antiseptics, lavender can also reduce itchiness and irritation on your scalp, promoting a healthier scalp.

How to use: Blend lavender in a carrier oil (like coconut oil) and massage into your scalp before bed. Wash in the morning and repeat as needed.

Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil is rich in antioxidants and has been known to strengthen circulation. Often used in cooking, rosemary can also be used for your hair and scalp health.

This strong-smelling herb can be used to reduce dandruff, increase hair thickness and soften and condition your hair. Rosemary can also be used to improve circulation in the scalp, which helps maintain its overall health. In fact, a 2015 trial suggested that rosemary oil may help promote hair growth and be effective in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia (4).

How to use: Blend rosemary oil in a carrier oil (try jojoba) and massage onto the scalp for 30 to 40 minutes. Then wash your hair as usual.

Cedarwood

With a soothing smell and calming effects on the mind, cedarwood essential oils have been used in aromatherapy, natural aftershave and for oil control on your face. Ancient civilizations have used cedarwood oil for its many therapeutic and astringent properties. For hair loss, cedarwood can be used to balance the oil-producing glands on the scalp as well as to treat dandruff and itchy scalp.

How to use: Mix a few drops of cedarwood oil into your shampoo, wash and dry as usual to prevent dandruff buildup.

Peppermint

Cooling peppermint oil is great for rejuvenating and revitalizing. For hair loss, peppermint can be used to stimulate blood flow and increase hair follicle growth. A 2014 animal study found peppermint to have positive effects on hair growth, including a significant increase in hair thickness, number of hair follicles and follicle depth (5).

This oil has antimicrobial characteristics, which are helpful for clearing and cleansing the scalp. When using peppermint oil, it’s important to do a spot test, because it may cause skin irritation for some people.

How to use: Mix a few drops of peppermint in a carrier oil like coconut oil and apply to the scalp. Leave on for 15 minutes and then wash as normal. You can also add 4-5 drops of peppermint oil to your shampoo or conditioner.

Clary Sage

The name might sound strange but clary sage is a powerful essential oil that has been used in treatments for depression, childbirth, digestive issues, and even as an anticonvulsant. Clary sage has also been shown to stimulate blood circulation, which is why it is used in promoting hair growth. It can also help fight dandruff and naturally conditions your hair.

How to use: Mix clary sage in a carrier oil like jojoba and massage onto the scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let it sit for one to two hours. Wash your hair with water or a natural shampoo and then leave to air dry.




3
JUL

Essential Oils Guide: Top 10 Essential Oils and What They Do

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 1:28 pm | By: Aly Semigran

Taking care of your overall physical and emotional wellness is an essential aspect of life, so it makes sense that essential oils are key elements in helping you do just that. It’s why essential oils have become so popular, not only in health care but also in personal care regimens.

But what exactly are essential oils, and how do they benefit us? Our complete essential oils guide tells you everything you need to know about essential oils and what they do.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils come from various species of flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, stems and trees,  says Kristin Rondeau, a learning and cultural specialist with Saje Natural Wellness. On average, essential oils are 80 times more potent than the dried herb, she adds.

“They are composed of plant molecules that are highly volatile, complex chemical structures created in nature,” Rondeau explains. “They are known to be the life force of the plant—concentrated energy that collects in the secretory system of plants and supports their metabolic functions.”

These oils not only capture the concentrated aroma of the plant they are derived from, but can also harness the healing power from their plant source, Rondeau says. “Essential oils are thought to work in a complementary fashion to offer a holistic effect.”

But, as clinical aromatherapist and reflexologist Amy Kreydin points out, calling them oils is “a bit of a misnomer.” That’s because unlike oils, fats, waxes and butters like coconut oil, cocoa butter or jojoba liquid wax, essential oils aren’t lipids, they are actually volatiles.

Volatile substances like essential oils evaporate into the breathing space, Rondeau says. They can be inhaled or applied directly to the skin when properly diluted.

Benefits of Essential Oils

The benefits of essential oils are vast. “Most essential oils are going to fit into the category of having some sort of antimicrobial, meaning they can be antibacterial, antiviral or antifungal,” Kreydin says.

They’ve also been used around the world for centuries. “Essential oils have been used medicinally and therapeutically for as long as human beings have had relationships with plants,” says aromatherapist and founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, Amy Galper. “There is evidence of plants being used for healing over 5,000 years ago, in civilizations like Babylonia, Egypt, China, India and Israel.”

These various essential oils, which have stood the test of time, can be used for everything from pain management to reducing stress, and so much more. Kreydin says that essential oils “tend to have a Swiss Army knife function,” in that they have a plethora of benefits and uses. There are also a variety of ways to apply essential oils and their accompanying carrier oils.

10 Essential Oils and Their Uses

To better understand the benefits and uses of essential oils, let’s take a closer look at 10 of the most popular essential oils out there:

Lavender Essential Oil Benefits

Arguably the most popular of the essential oils, lavender is loved because of its “whole-body calming and balancing benefits,” Rondeau says.

Easily adaptable and versatile to the body’s needs, the “floral and herbaceous” lavender can help calm our mental and emotional states, she adds.

Lavender is said to help with everything from stress management to sleep issues, including falling or staying asleep. When it comes to using lavender for sleep, Kreydin recommends turning on a diffuser 30 minutes before bed and unplugging it before going to sleep so that the room smells like lavender. “Your brain will remember, ‘This is the smell we use to sleep,’” she says.

Lavender, which is an anti-inflammatory, can also be used for pain management, such as sore muscles, body aches and tension headaches. For this use, Kreydin suggests pairing lavender with a carrier oil, such as jojoba. (A carrier oil is a fatty acid that works with the volatile so that the skin recognizes it as a form of nutrition and hydration, Kreydin explains.)

Tea Tree Essential Oil Benefits 

Right behind lavender in terms of popularity and overall usage is tea tree. Native to Australia, this essential oil is “pungently fresh,” Rondeau describes. “It balances the skin with its refreshing and clearing properties.”

Used aromatically and topically (when mixed with a carrier oil), tea tree is widely used in both traditional and alternative medicine.

That’s because it’s an antimicrobial, which makes it helpful for first aid when it comes to treating minor cuts, scrapes and burns, Kreydin points out.

The cooling and cleansing properties can also be beneficial in preventing head lice and dandruff, which is why you’ll sometimes see tea tree oil in shampoos and conditioners.

Some also say that tea tree’s purifying properties make it ideal for chakra healing and balance, Rondeau adds.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits 

An “invigorating and uplifting” essential oil, eucalyptus can be used to refresh and stimulate, Kreydin says. For instance, if you need a good jump-start to your day that isn’t coffee, eucalyptus may give you the energy you need. “This essential oil is fresh and light, and often one of the first aromas to reach the nose and dissipate quickly,” Rondeau says.

Since eucalyptus works so quickly in the nose passageways, it can also aid in opening up the lungs and chest during high allergy seasons. That said, because it travels in the airways and lungs, Kreydin notes that people with breathing issues, such as asthma, should use caution around eucalyptus as it could trigger an asthmatic attack. For those with asthma, she recommends using it in a well-ventilated room until you know how you will respond to it personally.

In order to get the benefits of eucalyptus, Rondeau suggests adding the recommended amount to a bowl of steaming water or to an ultrasonic diffuser. Kreydin says you can also put a couple of drops on your shower wall or into a washcloth on your shower floor.

Peppermint Essential Oil Benefits 

Peppermint is a “zingy, herbaceous oil” that is designed to lift our moods and soothe the body, Rondeau says. “It creates a cooling, tingling effect that is known to help relieve pain and soothe tension. It provides a distinct cooling sensation to the skin while inspiring feelings of clarity and purpose.”

When applying peppermint to the skin, our experts recommend diluting it first as directed on the label.

Peppermint is also often found in over-the-counter products to aid with relieving coughs, due to its natural menthol elements. It can be a lifesaver during high-allergy times, such as ragweed season, Kreydin says. “Where eucalyptus goes toward the lung or chest, peppermint goes toward the sinuses.”

Lemon Essential Oil Benefits

When you think of lemons, you think of summer and happiness, right? Well, there’s a reason for that. Lemon essential oil is often referred to as “sunshine liquid,” Rondeau says, thanks to its “ability to brighten your mood and your outlook.

“Lemon energizes the body, balances your skin tone and can be used to freshen your home,” she adds.

Cold pressed from the rind of ripe yellow lemons, this essential oil is used to uplift and inspire. For example, you might try using lemon with an inhaler or aromatherapy stick to help sharpen your mind while studying or to clear your head.

For many, lemon is tied to scent memory, Kreydin points out. The scent may remind you of cleaning, so don’t be surprised if it motivates you to do just that.

In addition to being an antimicrobial (meaning it can be used for first aid, such as helping with paper cuts or scratches), lemon is also a natural astringent. Galper suggests adding lemon essential oil to a sugar scrub as a detox remedy.

However, because lemon is a phototoxic oil, it can maximize the damage of UV rays, including sunburn and dark spots. You’ll want to dilute lemon before going into the sun and follow all instructions, Kreydin says.

Orange Essential Oil Benefits

Another citrus-based essential oil, orange is known to have mood-boosting properties. It’s derived from the peel of the flowering plant, Rutaceae, which is a hybrid of pomelo and mandarin. “Sweet yet soothing, orange can gently lull you into a deeper state of rest and help to remind you of the positive in life,” Rondeau says.

Since it’s not as overpowering as lemon, orange is ideal to use for seasonal affective disorder, Kreydin says. During those dreary winter months, you can use an aromatherapy stick or wear aromatherapy jewelry with diffuser stones to get that burst of summer smell.

However, orange oil is just as helpful in the summer months, Kreydin points out. When paired with cypress in a massage oil, the properly diluted amount of orange may help with fluid congestion in the legs.

Orange can even help with removing the residue of adhesives from stickers!

Cypress Essential Oil Benefits 

Obtained from steam distillation of the needles and twigs of the evergreen tree, cypress has a variety of potential uses, including aromatherapy for relieving cough and flu symptoms and rheumatoid arthritis pain, Rondeau explains.

Kreydin notes that people who want (or need) to avoid commercial antiperspirants containing aluminum can use cypress as an ingredient in homemade deodorant. It also works well in body scrubs and cleansers “to wash away germs and improve vitality,” Galper adds.

Known for its notable, forest-like odor, cypress can be diffused indoors. You can add cypress to a diffuser to clear the air, Galper says, as it’s “good for circulation…it’s cleansing and detoxifying.”

For those who desire a less pungent, outdoorsy smell, Kreydin suggests mixing cypress with rose geranium for a lighter, more floral scent.

Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits 

Rosemary is a stimulating and warming herbal essential oil that is known to help release stressful feelings, Rondeau says. It can also help “soothe muscular aches and pains, while keeping your mind sharp and your senses invigorated.”

Rosemary, which is steam-distilled from the flowering tops, stalks and leaves of the rosemary plant, can also be used to clear up sinus congestion, Rondeau adds.

Rosemary verbenone oil is gentle on the skin. It can be used to help treat acne, repair damaged skin and reduce wrinkles and age spots, especially when paired with rose geranium, Kreydin says. Rosemary cineole oil, on the other hand, should never be used on the face, she says.

As with all essential oils, follow labeled instructions for proper dosage, Rondeau advises.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Benefits 

Lemongrass, which is derived from a slender, yellowish tropical grass, has a myriad of uses. “It has a long history of use as a folk remedy, Rondeau says. “Invigorating with a cleansing, fresh aroma, lemongrass has uplifting properties that make it a valuable addition to blends for promoting a sense of joy and releasing stressful thoughts.”

That very same “tropical” smell lemongrass possesses can also be useful for getting rid of musty odors in the home, Kreydin says.

In addition to its aromatherapeutic properties, lemongrass can work as an effective bug repellent, Rondeau notes.

However, since lemongrass can irritate the skin, it’s important to dilute it properly and is best used through a diffuser, Kreydin says.

Sage Essential Oil Benefits

There are different types of sage available, but overall, Rondeau describes the essential oil as “a warm, sweet and lively herb that inspires clearing and feelings of inner balance.” (For instance, dried sage—with its sweet and herbaceous aroma— can be burned to clear out negative feelings from physical surroundings.)

Sage, in its various uses in aromatherapy, may help soothe digestive discomfort, headaches, sore throats and muscular aches and pains, Rondeau says.

One of the most popular types is clary sage, Kreydin notes. “Generally considered a women’s essential oil, it’s popular for use during PMS and menopause.”

If you spritz diluted clary sage onto your sheets before going to bed, it can help cool you down. It provides hormonal support, Kreydin says, and can “gently nudge your body in the direction” you need it to go.

Essential Oil Safety

When using essential oils, there are important safety precautions to remember. Some oils are not safe to use around children or pets, for example. In addition, pregnant or breastfeeding women and people with medical conditions, such as epilepsy or high or low blood pressure, should always use essential oils with caution and follow their labeled instructions, Rondeau warns.

Proper use and dilution of essential oils is key. Guidelines must be followed, Galper explains. For instance, “If you’re using essential oils on the face, the portion should never be higher than 1 percent.” (In other words, for a 1-ounce bottle, you should only use 8-10 drops of the essential oil.)

However, if you’re using an essential oil for something like physical pain, the dilution will be higher, around 5 to 8 percent. That’s why following instructions and dosage is of the utmost importance.




4
MAY

How to Make Your Own Citronella Candle

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Home at 10:22 am | By: Ysolt Usigan

When the weather heats up, you instantly want to eat delicious barbecue outside, sip margaritas on the porch or enjoy the warm summer air with family and friends. Unfortunately, once dusk hits, mosquitoes run rampant. Saying hello to summer also means saying hello to these summer pests. Bug bites can easily ruin the outdoor fun.

Lucky for you, there are solutions to repel mosquitoes—bug sprays, cover-ups, even high-tech bug-zapping traps. Some are more effective than others, but one of our favorite go-tos is the citronella candle. And the best part is, you can make your own!

“You can control exactly what ingredients are used to make your citronella candle,” says Stephanie Moulton, an expert candle maker and owner of Coming Home Candles. The main ingredient you need is citronella oil.

How to Make a Citronella Candle

Here is Moulton’s easy, step-by-step tutorial for making your own citronella candle.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 16-oz. metal candle tin
  • 2 pre-waxed wicks with tabs (Size: CD-14)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Soy wax flakes (10 oz.)
  • Saucepan and glass measuring cup with handle (to use as a double boiler)
  • Scale
  • Thermometer
  • Citronella fragrance oil or citronella essential oil
  • Complementary essential oils (optional; try lavender, lemon or peppermint!)
  • Clothespin (to help hold the wicks in place)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Use hot glue to adhere two pre-tabbed candle wicks to the bottom of a 16-ounce tinplate candle tin. Glue the metal tabs across from each other at points between the center and sides of the tin.

Step 2: Simmer a few inches of water in your saucepan. Measure out about 10 ounces of soy wax flakes and pour them into your glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup into the pot of water, with the handle on the outside of the pan. Melt the wax to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. It is VERY important to use a thermometer to measure the temperature of the wax.

Step 3: Once the wax reaches the exact temperature, remove the measuring cup from the heat source. Add up to 0.9 ounces of citronella fragrance oil and up to 0.1 ounces of a complementary essential oil to the wax. Stir until the oil is well-mixed into the wax. (Note: If you’d prefer not to use fragrance oil, you can swap in citronella essential oil.)

Step 4: Pour wax into the tin. Use a clothespin to secure the wicks so they won’t fall over. Let cool and sit for 48 hours before burning.

Special Considerations

While it’s awesome to be able to make your own citronella candle, it’s super important to make sure your wax is at the right temperature before you add the fragrance oil, Moulton warns. “Not only can hot wax burn your skin if it splashes on you, every fragrance oil has a flash point (the temperature at which the oil combusts), and you don’t want to pour fragrance oil into wax that is hotter than its flash point.”

In addition to safety precautions, you absolutely need to measure and get the right size wick. “If the wick is too small for the container, it won’t melt the wax all the way to the edges of the container,” says Moulton. “If the wick is too big, it will burn with a larger than normal flame.”




13
APR

6 Surprising Essential Oil Uses at Home

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 3:12 pm | By: Ysolt Usigan

Simply put, essential oils are extracts from plants. They can come from the plants’ petals, stems, barks, seeds, trunks and roots. They contain specific chemical components that work together to create therapeutic benefits.

You’re probably most familiar with using essential oils for aromatherapy purposes—spa treatments, relaxing massages, helping to clear your congestion when you have a cold—but they have many other uses you probably never even thought of. Not only are essential oils anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic, they also have antibacterial, antifungal and sedative properties.

“I know people that now find they don’t mind washing the dishes and doing some household cleaning because the oils they’re using not only smell delicious, but also have mood-boosting properties,” says Jessica Klingbaum, certified aromatherapy specialist.

Here are six surprising essential oil uses at home.

Multipurpose Cleaner

Use essential oils from orange, lemon or grapefruit for cleaning everything from glass to counters in your home. Mix with distilled water and/or vinegar to make an all-purpose cleaning spray.

“I love that it’ll leave the kitchen smelling great and there’s nothing toxic in what I’m using,” says Klingbaum, founder of BeHipandHealthy.com. Essential oils can also fight germs and help keep our immune systems strong.

Deodorizer

You can make your home smell nice with essential oils—that’s a given. But did you know you can use it to specifically deodorize the inside of your stale-smelling refrigerator, your stinky trash bins, the bathroom, and even the inside of your shoes?

“Instead of getting some kind of plug-in air freshener for the bathroom, try putting a drop or two of lemon essential oil on the inside of the cardboard roll of toilet paper,” Klingbaum suggests.

Use essential oils derived from cinnamon, cardamom and clove for the kitchen, and jasmine, sandalwood and rose for bathrooms.

Geranium, basil and lavender oil work best to deodorize smelly shoes and shoe closets.

Carpet Freshener

Over time, your floors can start to smell stale. Freshen up your carpet or rug with essential oils made from mandarin or lemon. You can add two drops onto a cotton ball and put it right into your vacuum cleaner bag or put a couple drops on a small piece of newspaper and vacuum it up. Breathe a sigh of relief as your vacuum releases a fresh scent into the air while you clean.

You can also mix 10 drops of an essential oil into 200 grams of baking soda. Store it in an airtight container for a couple of days. When ready, sprinkle it directly onto your carpet before vacuuming.

Sticker Remover

Essential oils can also be your solution for sticker residue or even stubborn price tags on household items that you want to remove. Just a drop or two of lemon essential oil on the sticky spot you’re cleaning up will do the trick, says Klingbaum.

Insect Repellent

Bugs like mosquitoes, ants and beetles are not fans of peppermint, lavender, citronella, lemongrass and rosemary. Use three to four drops per cotton ball and leave them near or around windows and doors to keep little critters at bay.

You can also create a spray using 10 drops of the same essential oils diluted in 8 ounces of water or rubbing alcohol. Shake and use on your skin or clothes to repel insects.

Dust Mite Remedy

Just add a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the water while washing your bedding to rid sheets and pillowcases of mites. You can also mix the essential oil with water in a spray bottle to use on upholstered furniture for the same purpose.




5
APR

4 Ways Essential Oils Can Boost Your Yoga Practice

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Exercise and Fitness at 4:30 pm | By: Joe Palinsky

Close your eyes and try to imagine what it feels like to enter your favorite yoga studio. You might picture the way sunlight cascades in through the windows during your class or the calm energy you experience when you first sit and focus your breathing. After thinking about how the studio looks, try and think about how it smells. Most yoga studios take advantage of using essential oils during classes in order to help participants feel relaxed, focused, and ready to get to work.

Whether you practice yoga in a studio with other people or you are someone who likes to experience the activity alone at home (1), adding essential oils into the mix can transform the way you feel throughout. Check out these interesting ways essential oils can boost your yoga practice.

1. Improve Breathing

Breath is a crucial part of yoga. In fact, most meditative practices and exercises will ask you to try to slow your breathing and focus on how it feels to inhale and exhale. The more you focus on your breath, the easier it becomes to lose yourself in the rhythm of movements yoga involves. You might have heard instructors mention the word “prana” before (2). This word loosely translates from Sanskrit to mean “vital life force.” Since breathing is a vital action, discovering essential oils to help improve the quality of your breath can be a great find.

Peppermint should be at the top of your list when you are aiming to use essential oils in your yoga practice. According to several studies (3), using peppermint essential oils while exercising can improve how your body takes in oxygen. Additional studies reveal that peppermint can give your mind a boost as well. Getting into the habit of using peppermint will make yoga a more calming and rewarding experience in no time.

2. Sharpen Focus

Clearing your mind is another important aspect of practicing yoga. You want to free yourself of the thoughts that tend to plague the mind throughout the day while practicing. Of course, this is easier said than done. As much as you might try to keep yourself focused, you may discover you can’t get a certain tune out of your head or you keep going back to a mistake you made at work the previous day. To err is human and to go back to that same error in your mind time and time again is just as human.

To keep your spirits high and your mind focused while going through each movement, you might want to try cinnamon. Cinnamon essential oil has been shown to have a number of key benefits for those who use it (4). In fact, there has been a ton of research centered on how much of a medicinal punch cinnamon tends to pack. To keep the mood light and your energy positive during your practice, check out what cinnamon has to offer.

3. Clean the Air

If you have frequented a yoga studio or two in your day, then you most likely know how gross a studio can become. People can become sweaty, sticky, and smelly when they are putting their bodies through intense physical movements. There is no shame in what your body is attempting to cleanse through your skin, though you might not want to smell what is pouring out of everyone’s sweat. To keep a room clean and fresh, essential oils are definitely the way to go.

Classic scents like lemon can be a perfect fit, but you might feel like you want to try something a bit more adventurous. Tea tree oil has been a popular choice in recent years for people who want to give their homes and businesses deep cleans without relying on harsh chemicals (5). Mixing some of this oil with water in a spray bottle and using it to wet and wipe down surfaces will help rid the air of toxins and prevent the smells of the human body from lingering in your space for too long.

4. Fight Stress

Finally, having a solid spiritual center is another key part of engaging with yoga. You want to focus your mind, body, and spirit through your movements, and the spirit can often prove to be the most challenging. Unlike the body and the mind, the spirit tends to be the hardest concept to nail down. Focusing on essential oils that aid in calming anxiety can often prove to be invaluable when it comes to discovering your own spiritual core.

Essential oils like bergamot might be what you need (6). In various research studies, bergamot was shown to have a positive impact on psychological stress. If you find that you are unable to keep yourself calm or spiritually focused, this oil might be a useful tool in getting back on the right track.

There are countless options for you to consider when it comes to improving your yoga experience with essential oils. All you need to do is find the scent that works best for your goals.




3
APR

6 Healing Essential Oils to Keep in Your Medicine Cabinet

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak

Essential oils have been used medicinally for years. These amazing products contain potent medicinal and cosmetic properties and can be used as an alternative to over-the-counter medication. Essential oils stimulate the body’s natural responses as well as its healing system. So, let’s check out 6 healing essential oils to keep in your medicine cabinet.

1. Lavender

The most well-known of the essential oils, lavender contains antiviral and antibacterial properties and can be applied directly onto the skin to heal scrapes, bites and stings. Plus, lavender can help promote relaxation and improve sleep.

2. Calendula

Often used in shampoos and lotions, calendula has anti-inflammatory properties due to its high level of flavonoids—plant-based antioxidants that help protect cells from free radical damage. One of the best essential oils for scars, calendula also works great to heal many inflammatory conditions, including dermatitis and diaper rash.

3. Peppermint 

Peppermint can be used as a cooling oil to treat fever as well as sore muscles. You need to mix peppermint with a carrier oil first, and then apply the solution to your back, neck and chest for an instant cooling effect.

4. Eucalyptus

A powerful antispasmodic, antiviral and antibacterial oil, eucalyptus oil can be a natural alternative to treat coughs and colds. Just add a few drops to a basin of steaming water to inhale, or a vaporizer, as it can help disinfect and clear both the nasal passages and lungs.

5. Tea Tree

One of the most popular essential oils, tea tree is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic oil. It can be used to treat cuts, fungal infections, and insect bites. Plus, tea tree oil is used in multiple lotions and creams to help treat acne.

6. Lemon

Lemon essential oil contains high amounts of vitamin C and antibacterial properties. It can help minimize acne breakouts and prevent future scars. Its vitamin C content helps trigger the production of collagen, which keeps the skin firm and encourages the formation of new skin cells.




12
JAN

Keep Your Home Clean With These 7 Essential Oils

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Green Living,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Essential oils are wonderful. They smell great, offer tons of health benefits and can even help cleaning your home. Loaded with naturally antibacterial properties, essential oils are the ideal ingredient for homemade DIY cleaning products. Add oils to clean up and sanitize your kitchen or bathroom or use to enhance your laundry routine. Let’s look at some of the best oils for cleaning and disinfecting your home.

1. Tea Tree

Tea tree oil fights germs, bacteria and viruses in everything from homemade wipes to hand soap and much more. Plus, tea tree oil can be used against bugs helping to deter lice and other pests.

2. Rosemary

Loaded with natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, rosemary essential oils can be used in many different ways for home cleaning. From homemade soaps to laundry detergent, air freshener sprays to remove stubborn stains, rosemary can be mixed with washing soda,
baking soda, and vinegar to create a powerful stain remover product.

3. Citrus Seed Extract

A powerful antimicrobial agent, citrus seed extract is often used for dishwashing products. Also labeled as grapefruit seed extract, these essential oils are considered natural degreasers and can be very helpful in your kitchen

4. Lavender

One of the best-smelling naturally antibacterial essential oils, lavender can be mixed with another common natural cleaner: vinegar. Just add 4-5 drops of lavender to your vinegar cleaning mixture for its natural antibacterial properties as well as an enhanced scent.

5. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a natural germicide which can help clean and sanitize your home leaving a “great smell” in the air. A powerful dust mite buster, eucalyptus is great for stinky jobs in the kitchen and bathroom, plus it can help to deter pests.

6. Peppermint

Another essential oil that can leave your house smelling great after cleaning, peppermint contains antibacterial properties that can be used in spray cleaners and natural deodorant spray. Easy-to use, you just need to mix 10-15 drops of peppermint with a cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and use the air freshener along cracks and crevices to deter ants and spiders.

7. Pine

A common ingredient in cleaners, pine oil is effective at killing yeast spores, E.coli and other household germs. Pine is a strong and powerful ingredient, perfect for ridding the bathroom of mold and mildew and cleaning hard floors while leaving a natural fresh scent.




6
NOV

Add These 6 Things to Your Evening Ritual for Better Sleep

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Teas at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Cropped picture of a woman sitting on a bed with favourite tea and holding a mug of tea

Unfortunately, many people have a difficult time sleeping well these days. Stress, busy schedules, and hectic lifestyles often lead to difficulties falling asleep and sleeping throughout the night. Evening rituals or bedtime routines can be an excellent way to improve your overall sleep. The purpose of these activities is to relax and de-stress your mind and body, helping you calm down, sleep longer and better. Let’s look at 6 things you can add to your evening ritual for better sleep.

1. Magnesium Supplement

Magnesium is well known for its ability to improve sleep and reduce insomnia. Studies have suggested that this mineral helps decrease cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, which keeps you up at night. Magnesium also promotes muscle relaxation and can help mood disorders.

2. Herbal Teas

Some herbal teas contain relaxing agents that can help sooth your nerves, improve blood flow, and make you feel more relaxed. The best herbal teas for sleep include chamomile, valerian, lavender, peppermint, and passion flower.

3. Taking a Bath

A hot bath is one of the best ways to promote relaxation. Immersion in warm/hot water is known to be extremely therapeutic and can significantly help relax your mind and soul after a stressful day.

4. Cooler Bedroom

Turn down the thermostat in your bedroom to improve the quality of your sleep. The National Sleep foundation recommends that the room temperature should be kept around 65 degrees in order to keep you cooler and prevent restless nights from feeling too hot.

5. Use an EO Diffuser

An essential oil diffuser can help improve your sleep as these essential oils have soothing and relaxing aroma therapeutic properties. Look for valerian, lavender, chamomile, cedarwood, vetiver, frankincense, geranium, patchouli, ylang, and bergamot.

6. Stretch

Stretching is another great way to promote relaxation and improve overall sleep. Stretch for a few minutes to reduce stiff joints and cramping muscles as well as to prevent injuries and reduce built-up tension and stress.




3
NOV

The Best Essential Oil Blends For The Fall-Winter Transition

Filed Under: Aromatherapy at 2:20 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
Bottle of essential oil for ayurveda massage with cinnamon stick ,star anise and bay leaves with selective focus on shabby wooden background .

We’re right in the thick of Fall! Soon we’ll find ourselves spending more time inside and these blends are perfect for bringing in those comfy fall feelings. Each blend is spicy, sweet, refreshing and instantly puts you in a good mood—filling your home with the good vibes of the season! Just add the oils to your diffuser and you’re good to go.

Whether you’re entertaining or having a cozy night in, give these blends a try and let us know what you think!

Warming Pumpkin Spice

3 drops cinnamon
3 drops ginger
3 drops clove
2 drops cardamom

Walking in the leaves

3 drops frankincense
2 drops lime
2 drops peppermint
2 drops orange

Gingersnap

3 Drops of ginger
2 Drops Cinnamon
2 Drops clove

Fallen Snow

4 drops peppermint
3 drops bergamot
2 drops cypress

Winter Spice

3 drops orange
2 drops white fir
1 Drop cinnamon




17
SEP

The Best Essential Oil Blends for Focus & Concentration

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Health Concerns & Ailments,Mental Wellbeing at 9:22 pm | By: Jessica Justh
Woman working on computer and writing down her thoughts

Aromatherapy is so much more than cleverly named and pleasant smelling candles. When practiced correctly, and to the fullest, aromatherapy has the potential to not only enhance and elevate moods but positively alter fundamental brain functions in amazing ways.

With another summer firmly in our rearview, and with several months of colder weather and darker days ahead, now is a great time to unlock the full slate of healing and rejuvenating benefits aromatherapy can offer. Whether you work in an office or stay at home with your littles, get through these hectic times with these essential oil blends that will have you feeling laser-focused and ready to conquer the world (or just back to school season).

Memory & Concentration Blend

This blend uses rosemary essential oil which is known for boosting memory and concentration. Throw in some lemon essential oil to heighten the senses and you’ve got yourself a dynamic pairing that will keep you on point all day.

INDREDIENTS

1 tablespoon jojoba oil

3 drops rosemary essential oil

3 drops lemon essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Pour the carrier oil (jojoba) in a glass dropper bottle or a roller bottle. Then add your essential oils. With essential oils it’s important to remember that a little goes a long way. Just add a drop or two and rub on your temples.

Crunchy Concentration Blend

Calling all bohemians! Sandalwood is the star of this earthy blend that provides a sense of clarity and pairs well with the calming effect of patchouli.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon of coconut oil melted

2 drops of sandalwood

2 drops of patchouli essential oil

2 drops of orange essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Pour the carrier oil (coconut) in a glass dropper bottle or a roller bottle. Then add your essential oils. When using, a little goes a long way. Just add a drop or two and rub on your wrists.

Fresh Focus Blend

Knock out brain fog with frankincense. Applying frankincense topically can work wonders for you mood and peppermint puts pep in your step and improves concentration.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon of almond oil

3 drops of frankincense

3 drops peppermint essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Pour the carrier oil (almond) in a glass dropper bottle or a roller bottle. Then add your essential oils. You only need a few dabs to feel the effects. Just add a drop or two and rub on your wrists.

 




7
SEP

3 DIY Face Masks + Clear Skin Commandments

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Personal Care at 9:30 am | By: Jessica Justh
clearskin

If asked, “what’s your largest organ?” it’s doubtful that “skin” would be in most people’s top 10 (or even top 100) guesses – but it’s true. And what you apply TO your skin can greatly affect not only how you look, but how you feel.

Feel the glow by following our clear skin commandments…

1. Drink water

This is not only about downing eight glasses a day but starting your morning right with hot water and lemon. It helps aid digestion and is a better alternative to coffee.

2. Practice self-care

Take time for self-care. Take that yoga class you’ve been meaning to for ages. Planning time for self-care can reduce stress-inducing hormones that wreak havoc on your skin.

3. Supplement

Help cover any nutrient gaps with supplements. A daily multivitamin with nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, selenium and chromium all play an essential role in reducing excess sebum, helps build collagen and repairs skin cells.

4. Eat a balanced diet

A well-balanced diet high in antioxidants and omegas will do your skin (and your health) a world of good. Start stocking up on blueberries, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes – all great sources of the types of antioxidants that help fight acne and result in radiant skin . Acne has another enemy in the form of Omega-3s. Consuming salmon, nutsand olive oil help reduce inflammation, a root cause of those pesky blemishes.

5. Sleep!

Get plenty of “beauty sleep.” Less sleep lowers circulation, which could leave you looking pale and washed out. Your body’s cellular renewal occurs at night, so the night time really is the right time to apply as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients as it needs.

3 DIY Masks For Better Skin

1. Pore-fect Honey Mask

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons of honey

1 tablespoon of baking soda

1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Combine together all the ingredients in a bowl and massage onto face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

 

2. Calming Crunchy Acne Mask

INGREDIENTS

½ tsp turmeric

1 tablespoon yogurt

1 tablespoon oatmeal

1-2 drops lavender essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Carefully mix together all the ingredients (turmeric can stain!). Gently massage onto face and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing.

 

3. Ultimate Acne Mask

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon our fave facial clay – your face will pulse!

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 drop lavender essential oil

1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

2 drops vitamin e oil

DIRECTIONS

Mix together everything except the aloe and vitamin E oil until a paste forms. Apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes or until dry. Remove using a warm cloth. Follow up by applying the aloe vera and vitamin e oil to prevent overdrying.

 




17
AUG

DIY Citrus Coffee Sugar Scrub

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Personal Care at 12:00 pm | By: Jessica Justh
citruscoffeescrubShed those excess cells and exfoliate without the toxic ingredients in conventional, store bought products by making your own scrub. Who doesn’t want silky, smooth skin in the summer…uh, yes, please.

Feeling extra crafty? Make a large batch and put in mason jars for an easy gift idea. Plus, you probably have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup organic sugar

1/2 cup coffee grinds

¼ cup of melted coconut oil

12 drops of lemon essential oil (or juice of one lemon)

6 drops orange essential oil

 

DIRECTIONS

Place coconut oil in a quart sized pot and melt until liquid. Pour into glass bowl and combine with remaining ingredients. Stir together until well mixed and place in a quart sized Mason jar. To use, scoop out a small amount and add a little water for a creamier like texture. Give some extra love to areas that need some extra exfoliating like knees, elbows and feet.




1
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Earth Philosophy

Filed Under: Aromatherapy at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of essential oil products to our customers: Earth Philosophy.

Earth Philosophy is an artisan operation that grows organic herbs and harness their healing properties for use in natural wellness and skin care products. All products are properly formulated for topical application, providing a safe and convenient way to bring the many benefits of plant therapy into our daily lives.

Earth Philosophy evolved from a common philosophy of living simply, knowledgably, and naturally. The company’s philosophy is simple: sustain nature, as nature sustains you.

Earth Philosophy grows herbs from organic seeds and cultivate those using environmentally sustainable methods. The herbs are hand-harvested and extracted into fresh herbal oils and tinctures before being hand-blended with essential oils and organic sunflower oil to create ready-to-use herbal and essential oil blends that provide plant-based alternatives to many mainstream health and beauty items.

Earth Philosophy fresh essential oil blends are produced in small batches, using only organic, Non-GMO, GC/MS tested ingredients. This brand offers single oils, skin mists, and therapeutic wellness oil blends.

You can save even more when you shop Earth Philosophy products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.