Aromatherapy

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Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

 

 

 

Blue Tansy
Botanical Name: Tanacetum annum
One of my favorite oils to combat nervous tension, stress, anxiety and worry. For the skin, it rectifies irritation, itching, and dermatitis. A wonderful essential oil to use in muscle, asthma and arthritis blends.
Blends well with Pine and Cypress.

 

 

 

Verbena
Botanical Name: Lippia citriodora
Inhaled, this green, herbaceous, lemon and floral scent can be sedating. Verbena is a great nerve tonic, wonderful for insomnia or depression. It is not recommended to be used on the skin when getting sun; may cause skin sensitivity.
Blends well with basil, bergamot, chamomile, geranium, neroli, rose, and rosemary.

 

 

Rosewood
Botanical Name: Aniba rosaeodora
A tonifying oil that combats low energy, overwork and jet lag. Rosewood is a perfect addition to add to your anti-aging skin blends because it improves skin elasticity, dryness, blemishes, acne, and eczema. It is an uplifting essential oil reducing nervous tension, nervous depression and psycho-emotional issues from sexual abuse.
Blends well with Cedarwood, Coriander, Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood and Vetiver.
Pink Grapefruit
Botanical name: Citrus paradisi
This uplifting essential oil is so potent, it helps combat jet lag, premenstrual symptoms and even migraines. Its antidepressant qualities lifts up the spirit to counter depression and stress. Pink Grapefruit is known to have a stimulating effect on the digestive and lymphatic systems, making it great for reducing fluid retention, obesity and cellulite. Its astringent properties work well on oily and congested skin, especially with acne. May casue phototoxicity, so do not get sunlightwhile using this essential oil on your skin.
Blends well with Sweet Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Lavender, Juniper, Rosewood and Peppermint.

 

Basil
Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Basil is a very important essential oil for the treatment of headaches, especially migraines.  In the 16th century, Basil powder was inhaled to treat migraines.  Today it is still used and has promising effects on mental fatigue as well.  Its anti-inflammatory properties make it suitable for menstrual cramps.
Blends well with Bergamot, Birch, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass and Marjoram.

Tangerine
First brought to the USA from China through Europe. Tangerine peel and the essential oil is very popular in Chinese medicine. It is known for increasing circulation, reducing muscle spasms and cramps, relieving tired and aches limbs. Tangerine essential oil has pacifying qualities making it very useful for relieving anger, fear, grief, and anxiety. It especially is helpful with children who have anxiety. It has been used in pre-natal massage because of its vitamin C content, but please check with you Doctor first. Has been known to relieve stretch marks if blended with Lavender and Neroli. Could be photo toxic so do not spend time in sunlight after use.
Blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lime, Lemon, Neroli, Orange and Rose.

Bergamot
Botanical Name: Citrus bergamia
Commonly known as the distinctive flavor in Earl Grey tea.  It has been used as a insect repellent, but if you don’t use it and you get bit by an insect, use it on the bite site.  Can be applied to forhead and temples to reduce anxiety, tension, stress, insomnia and depression.  May help respiratory infections such as cough, bronchitis, and tonsilitis.  Bergamot has fragrant mood lifting qualities.  Try mixing with Lavender and using as a naturaly deodorant.  May cause photosensitivity on skin when in sunlight.
Blends well with lavender, chamomile, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Juniper, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang

Lime
Botanical name: Citrus medica
Lime essential oil is fragrantly refreshing especially when the mind is tired.  It has disinfecting properties and is also restorative.  A wonderful oil to use after an illness to increase energy.  Lime may be useful in treating alcoholism and anorexia,  May cause photosensitivity on skin when in sunlight.
Blends well with Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Nutmeg, Rose, and Ylang Ylang.

 

Cedarwood
Botanical name: Cedrus atlantica
Cedarwood essential oil has a significant amount of ketones which gives it the ability to break down fats, which may be beneficial in treating cellulite and fluid retention.  It has also been used to treat hair loss, dandruff, acne and psoriasis.  It may be very calming, relieve tension, anger and promote deep sleep.
Blends well with Bergamot, Cypress, Juniper and Rosemary

Chamomile, Roman
Botanial name: Chamaemelum nobile
Like the tea, Chamomile has been used for imsomnia, muscle tension, calming the nervous system, relieving belly aches, restless leg syndrome, rashes and sensitive skin issues.  Calming to children.
Blends well with Clary sage, Geranium, Lavender, and Rose.

Clary Sage
Botanical name: Salvia sclarea.
This relaxing essential oil calms a racing mind and moments of panic.
Clary sage has been known to ease pre menstrual symptoms and cramps associated with menstruation. It has a good reputation for easing underlying stress around sexual problems. This amazing essential oil may assist in reducing stress for expectant mothers, encouraging labor and may also help combat post natal depression. The uplifting quality of Clary sage has helped people recovering from drug addiction. Because it assists in reducing tension, it may help reduce headache and migraine strength and frequency. Clary sage is an overall body balancer.
Blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender and Lime.

Lemongrass
Botanical name:Cymbopogon citratus
This sweet lemon scented grass is commonly used in soaps, candles and deodorizers. It is often used as a season in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. However, the anti-bacterial actions make it good for the skin, such as athlete’s foot and also for respiratory problems. Lemongrass may help combat headaches, sore throats and sore muscles expecially after a strenuous work-out. Wonderful for relieving tired legs when standing all day long because it stimulates circulation. An extra benefit of this powerful essential oil is it is a natural insect repellant.
Blends well with Basil, Cedarwood, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rosemary and Tea Tree essential oils.

Sage: The Sacred Herb of the Romans
Salvia officinalis. Sage in historical times was known as “herba sacra”, which means sacred herb by the Romans. Salvia is derived from the word for “salvation.“ The Lakota Indians used sage for purification, healing and to dispel negative emotions.

Sage helps balance male and female hormones in general. It is also wonderful for the skin. It strengthens the vital centers of the body and supports the metabolism. Emotionally reduces depression and mental fatigue. Also well known for menstrual problems, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone deficiencies. Medicinal properties include hormone regulation, antifungal, antiviral and a circulatory stimulant.

Warning: Sage should not be used if you are pregnant, epileptic, have high blood pressure or on infants. It is too potent.

Despair no More
Diffuse or try this air spray:
3 drops Sage
4 drops Lavender
2 drops Orange

To combat emotional stress or trauma, use oils in a diffuser or mix oils together and add to 8 oz. water in a spray bottle. Use as a room spray.

Clarifying Bath
4 drops of Sage
½ c. milk
Swirl both into warm to hot water. Great for skin and reducing stress or trauma.

Rise and Shine with Rosemary!

Rosemarinus officinalis. Now that summer vacation is over and school has begun, Rosemary is the perfect oil for the events in September. The clean, strong fragrance from the flowers and needle-like leaves of Rosemary are cleansing, purifying and stimulating. Dating back to Egyptian and Roman times, Rosemary has been used as a natural antiseptic, disinfectant and detoxifier, which stimulates both the body and mind. It combats mental fatigue, enhances concentration and fights procrastination. In the sports arena, Rosemary increases circulation, which helps with sore muscles and does double duty in keeping locker rooms smelling fresh! Lastly, it is very useful when added to hair products; from Victorian times until present, Rosemary has been used to add shine and enhance dark colored hair.

Warning: Rosemary should not be used if you are pregnant, epileptic or on infants. It is too potent.

Eye Opener
Add a drop or two to your washcloth and use on body (keeping away from the eyes) to start your day refreshed!

Drive Time
Add a couple drops to a tissue and place above visor to keep driver alert.

Deep In Thought
Greek and Roman students wore Rosemary wreaths while they studied, but instead, try this air spray:
2 drops Cedar
1 drop Eucalyptus
4 drops Lavender
2 drops Orange
2 drops Rosemary
Mix oils together and add to 16 oz. water in a spray bottle. Use as a room spray when studying or working on a tedious task.

Mane Event
8 drops Cedar
8 drops Lavender
12 drops Rosemary
Add essential oils to 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Pour 1 teaspoon of blend into the palm of your hand. Warm it by rubbing your hands together. Massage into your scalp and hair. Keep hair wrapped in a towel or shower cap for 15 minutes to increase the hair’s absorption. Wash your hair normally or maybe twice. Follow with conditioning rinse if you have dark hair. This is safe for color treated hair.

Dark Hair Conditioner
15 drops Cedar
15 drops Rosemary
Add to a bottle of a natural hair conditioner. Apply after shampooing and follow directions on bottle.

Rosemary may also be added to your shampoo bottle to relieve dandruff.

Lavender for Mental Clarity
Lavandula angustifolia. Lavender oil is extracted from the freshly cut tops of the plant that is harvested in July and August. It is harvested during the hottest time of the day because the essential oil content is at the highest. It is grown mainly in Utah, Idaho and France. Lavender is one of the most widely used oils because it has so many usages and it is safe for children as well. Lavender can be applied directly to the skin (neat).

Lavender oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, analgesic, and detoxifier. As an inhalant, it is calming, relaxing and balancing emotionally. It has been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity. It reduces mental stress and increases alertness. It is the perfect oil to use for any skin ailment. Lavender is wonderful for nervous tension, pre-menstrual issues and insomnia. It is also an adaptogen, which adapts to your own body needs, so it may also assist with energizing you.
Blends well with: bergamot, orange, lemon, tangerine, geranium, roman chamomile, clary sage, pine, neroli, rose, and neroli.

Insect Repellent
4 drops Eucalyptus
4 drops Lavender
4 drops Rosemary
4 drops Tea Tree
Add 1 teaspoon of witch hazel and 4 teaspoons water in a bottle. Shake before applying directly to skin.
OR
Add to 5 teaspoons jojoba oil. Rub onto skin, especially the pulse points on neck, wrists and ankles.

Apres-Soleil Oil
5 drops Chamomile
2 drops Geranium
10 drops Lavender
2 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
2 ounces Apricot Kernel Oil
Mix all ingredients together and gently rub onto sunburned parts.
One Tablespoon of this mixture may be added to a bath.

Birch
Botanical name: Betula alleghaniensis
Birch is best known to support bone function and treat bone pain. It is also helpful for frequent bladder infections, rheumatism, muscular pain, tendonitis, cramps and cellulitis. This essential oil is very powerful and must be diluted. Avoid during pregnancy, lactation, with children, anyone with epilepsy or on blood thinners including aspirin.

Blends well with Cypress, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Peppermint and Roman Chamomile essential oils.

Ravensara
Ravensara essential oil is great to have on your travels because it has been known to clear congestion and respiratory infections, relieve sore muscles, aches and pains including menstrual cramps and it is safe on the skin. Ravensara is well known as an antiviral essential oil and has been used on shingles, cold sores and herpes outbreaks without stinging. May also be helpful on burns, wounds, cuts and scrapes.
Blends well with Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Lavender, Pine and Sage

 

Juniper berry
Botanical name: Juniperus osteosperma
The scent of Juniper inspires feelings of love, health and peace. This purifying essential oil has been known to benefit the skin for acne, dermititis and eczema, increase circulation and promote the release of toxins.
Blends well with: Bergamot, all Citrus oils, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, and Rosemary.

Cypress
Botanical name: Cupressus sempervirens
Cypress essential oil is most often used in massage blends because it is commonly known to reduce muscle contraction and menstrual pain. Also it is known for strengthening connective tissue, blood capillary walls and the circulatory system plus reducing cellulite. It may decrease scar tissue, be beneficial for asthma and reduce nervous tension. Cypress isn’t the most pleasant smell, blending it with other essential oils is best.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary sage, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, and Orange.

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