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Your Official Guide to Frankincense Oil

If you’re already an essential oil user, then you have undoubtedly come to realise that every essential oil is a magnificent alternative wellness and beauty tool. If you haven’t yet, add Frankincense oil to your arsenal! This timeless and well-known oil has ancient roots (literally!) that are now becoming much more appreciated in the modern world.

What is Frankincense Oil?

It’s possible that you know Frankincense (and its counterpart Myrrh) more from its popularity as one of the first gifts given to Jesus upon his birth by the wise men. If Frankincense was precious enough to give to the infant Jesus, then even in ancient times its powers were recognised.

Sourced from the gummy sap of the Boswellia tree’s cut bark, Frankincense boasts incredible properties that help to relieve chronic stress and anxiety, diminish pain and inflammation, enhance immunity, and even fight cancer.

 

Uses of Frankincense Oil

There’s practically no limit to the uses of Frankincense oil, but in your daily life it’s helpful to find a place to start. Check out these powerful uses to determine how Frankincense oil can contribute to your own better health and wellness.

Relieve Stress: Use Frankincense in a bath or diffuser to achieve a feeling of peace and relaxation. If you love soaking in the bath, add just a few drops of Frankincense oil to your hot water. If baths just aren’t your thing, invest in a diffuser so that you can inhale the unique citrusy aroma of Frankincense and reap its benefits to fight anxiety.

Fight Aging: Whether it’s acne, fine lines, large pores, or wrinkles that are causing your skin major grief, Frankincense’s powerful astringent nature can protect skin cells to resolve your most aggravating skin problems. Just mix 6 drops of Frankincense into one ounce of carrier oil (like Coconut or Sweet Almond) and apply to your skin.

Prevent Dental Problems: Oral hygiene is paramount to good health, and Frankincense can help your oral hygiene regimen! Once again, its astringent properties save the day by preventing tooth decay, bad breath, infections, and cavities. You could even make your own toothpaste with Frankincense and baking soda.

Relieve Pain and Inflammation: Even in Biblical times this was a widely understood use of Frankincense. The oil can help to improve circulation and lower joint and muscle pain when it is diffused and/or massaged onto the affected area.

Soothe Indigestion: Did you know that the majority of the body’s immune system is housed in the gastrointestinal tract (AKA the “gut”)? When you experience indigestion, it’s actually a sign that your entire body is a bit off balance. Severe, chronic GI issues can lead to a stunted immune system and painful side effects. Use Frankincense to ease gas, constipation, and cramps by diffusing it in your home. By breathing in the oil, your body can begin to once again achieve equilibrium because the Frankincense supports secretion of digestive enzymes and relaxes muscles in the digestive tract.

Fight Cancer: A thorough study was done in Germany in 2012 which discovered that Frankincense can fight cells of specific forms of cancer, even those that are resistant to chemotherapy. Though this is not a widely accepted form of cancer treatment, many alternative doctors are open to using holistic methods to challenge cancer and force it into remission.

The Best Frankincense Blends

Try blending this oil with other citrus oils like Lemon, Lime, and Orange. Even Bergamot, Myrrh, and Lavender work well with Frankincense!

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The Incredible Uses of Lavender Oil

If you’ve tuned in to any of our previous blogs, you’ve no doubt noticed that lavender oil is mentioned a great deal. In fact, its name seems to pop up regardless of the topic. The explanation is simple: lavender oil is a timeless favorite with incredible uses that span health, wellness, and beauty.

Lavender began its reign more than 2,500 years ago when the Ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians used it as a perfume. During the Roman times, it cost a full month’s wages for a farm laborer to buy just one pound of lavender flowers, as lavender had become such a prized commodity for use in the Roman baths. This flower’s history trickles down through Medieval and Renaissance Europe and newly colonized America, with one theme always in common: lavender’s scent not only served as a great perfume but also to ward off disease and improve health.

As a beginner essential oil user, lavender is a Must Have for your collection, and as an experienced essential oil user you undoubtedly always keep a fresh stock of lavender available. So what exactly is so extraordinary about lavender oil? Read on to find out!

Lavender Provides Antioxidant Protection

The countless toxins, chemicals, and pollutants in our air, water, and food expose us to a frightening number of free radicals that are responsible for stunting the immune system and paving the way for disease. Antioxidants are the solution to this problem, and it just so happens that lavender oil helps the body produce the three most powerful antioxidants. Diffusing and inhaling the oil for just 60 minutes a day can significantly protect cells from the damage that often leads to cancer, according to Romanian scientists!

Lavender Boosts Mood, Sleep, and Brain Function

Lavender is well known for its use in treating migraines, stress, anxiety, and depression, and research now exists to prove it! In 2013, a study found that lavender oil lessens anxiety and improves quality of sleep.  Better yet, there were no adverse side effects, unlike the prescription medications often used to battle anxiety and sleep issues.

Other studies have been occurring in quick succession, and they all prove that inhaling lavender oil for only an hour a day can have astonishing positive impacts on the brain, from reducing chances of postnatal depression to limiting symptoms and development of Alzheimer’s disease!

If you struggle with falling asleep and feeling refreshed upon waking, lavender oil could be your answer. Spray some on your pillowcase, diffuse into the air, or rub on your neck, chest, and temples to help your brain enter a restful state of mind.

Lavender Heals Cuts and Burns

Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, lavender supports the healing of skin wounds, especially when enhanced with clove, cinnamon, and tea tree oil. Many studies have been completed and nearly 100% prove the true potential of lavender to heal the skin.

Lavender is the Skin’s Best Friend

Aside from healing cuts and burns, lavender is also a popular favorite for skincare uses. With antioxidant and antimicrobial characteristics, just 10 drops of lavender mixed with 1 ounce of coconut oil can soothe dry skin, battle eczema, and even reduce age spots!

It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite essential oil with such a plethora of irresistible choices, but lavender is definitely a top contender!

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Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Energy with Essential Oils

With the holidays now come and gone, you may feel like you need to sleep for three days to recover from all of the excitement. But what about a regular Tuesday, when getting out of bed feels more like a Herculean task? Or those meetings at work you can’t seem to make it through without dozing off? If facing each day with a surplus energy seems like a foreign concept to you, then it’s time to find a natural way to fight fatigue. Coffee may be the world’s favorite stimulant, but essential oils offer a much healthier and effective way to truly regain your energy.

 

How Can Essential Oils Fight Exhaustion?

Unlike coffee, which only provides a temporary spurt of energy, essential oils actually address the underlying health problems causing fatigue in order to provide more consistent results. The phytochemicals found in essential oils, such as antioxidants, beta-carotene, and resveratrol, play a major role in human health. Since essential oil particles evaporate quickly, they are easily vaporized, inhaled, and absorbed into the bloodstream for instant impact.

The best part about using essential oils is the potential for creativity. It’s not like taking a medicine when swallowing a horse pill is your only option. You can diffuse the oils, dab them on your skin, add them into a hot shower, or even make your own body care products that are sure to invigorate. If you want to benefit from aromatherapy but are on-the-go or don’t have a diffuser, simply mix your oils with water in a spray bottle. Such a better alternative to store-bought air fresheners, and with the added bonus of boosting your energy!

Which Oils Boost Energy?

Spicy and citrus scents are best known for their abilities to combat exhaustion and fatigue since they all contain similar phytochemicals that stimulate the nerves and emotions. On the other hand, many floral scents serve as sleep aids, and there’s no denying that quality sleep is an integral component to sustained energy throughout the day.

Rosemary: This highly stimulating oil clears the head and boosts the brain, so this isn’t one to take around bed time! Start your day by diffusing rosemary in your home, car, or work place to enhance your energy levels.

Lemon, Orange, Lime, Bergamot: These citrus oils help to increase concentration and alertness so that you can battle the mental fog that often comes with exhaustion. Even just a dab of diluted oil on your wrists or temples is enough to enliven your senses and help you face the day with renewed spirits.

Peppermint: This mint, along with spearmint, is a remarkable stimulant thanks to its strong and refreshing scent. After a quick whiff of peppermint you’ll find yourself able to focus and concentrate far more effectively.

Lavender: Lavender is wildly popular and very well known for its role as a natural sleep aid. Chances are, your fatigue is interwoven with your sleep patterns. Spray some lavender on your pillow, diffuse it at night, or take a relaxing soaking bath with drops of lavender before bed to help your mind relax, de-stress, and enter a deep and rejuvenating sleep!

Try these blends to battle your exhaustion and finally enjoy your day without a cloud of fatigue following you around.

Exhaustion Blend #1:

15 drops Eucalyptus

10 drops Rosemary

5 drops Grapefruit

Blend and use topically, add to a diffuser, or include in your favorite DIY recipe.

Exhaustion Blend #2:

15 drops Basil

15 drops Lemon

This recipe targets mental fatigue- when your body might still be restless but your mind can’t seem to keep trotting along. Use aromatherapy for instant results!

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Essential Oils: Nature’s Medicine

What does the term “medicine” mean to you? Is it the cold medicine that you begrudgingly take when your cold turns you into a sneezing, snotty mess? Is it the insulin you take to keep diabetes under control or the cream to soothe your psoriasis? Maybe it is the prescription your doctor ordered to keep your troublesome cholesterol low or blood pressure balanced? You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in this modern age who has never taken some sort of medicine.

The problem is, many mainstream medications create their own side effects that are just as unpleasant as the original problem. If you’ve ever read the fine print on prescription labels or listened to the fast-talking commercial announcer at the very end of an advertisement, you’ll know just how many terrible impacts medication can have on the body. Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, and skin reactions don’t exactly sound like a party, let alone the cancers and disorders that have come to the public’s attention through increasingly common malpractice lawsuits.

 

But we’ve become reliant on these medications! It’s a societal frame of mind. We are taught that illness is best treated with medicines purchased at the pharmacy. Fortunately, essential oils offer an alternative to this rat wheel; they are nature’s medicine that offer all of the health benefits without any of the side effects. So why won’t your doctor tell you to grab Geranium oil from your local drugstore instead of a chemical-laden medication? That answer requires a quick delve into history.

Pharmaceuticals vs. Holistic Medicine  

Ancient medicine was based on the belief that healing is most effective when the whole person, rather than one specific illness or body part, is taken into consideration. As Socrates stated, holistic health isn’t just an absence of illness, but a complete state of balance for the body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda of India are the two most well understood ancient holistic health traditions. They both harnessed nature’s healing power in order to heal the body as an interconnected system.

However, all of this changed with the scientific revolution of the 19th century as physicians discovered germs and their ability to cause disease. Health became viewed as a game of symptoms and syndromes rather than a lifestyle in which the patient should participate. The limitations of this system didn’t become clear for nearly a century, as which point holistic health began to pop up as a viable alternative.

In today’s world, pollutants and chemicals in our food and environment, paired with often poor diet and exercise habits, are medically afflicting more and more people. While prescription medications, which are now more prevalent than ever before, can most certainly work wonders on issues and diseases that were previously untreatable, pharmaceuticals are also contributing to addictions and nasty side effects that hurt health more than they improve it.

The Essential Oil Solution

Essential oils are literally nature’s medicine. They occur naturally, without human intervention, and are known to heal nearly every medical malady out there. Though the extensive use of pharmaceuticals is undeniable, essential oils are enjoying a renaissance as more and more people seek alternative solutions to chronic physical and emotional problems.

These volatile liquids are distilled from different parts of plants and actually heal the body at the cellular level. Essential oils are so potent that one batch of oil can equal the power of hundreds of pounds of its flower or leaf. Every oil serves different purposes, and oils work even more impressively when blended together.

If you want to reap the health benefits of essential oils, aromatherapy and diluted topical application both offer countless remedies for common and unique health conditions.

Lavender, for example, is a calming oil that can prevent and reduce anxiety, soothe the skin, and aid the sleep cycle. Peppermint, meanwhile, is loved for its ability to increase the blood’s oxygen level, which improves focus. Combined with rosemary, peppermint can improve memory and retention. Many people also utilize peppermint oil to soothe troubled digestive systems. Lemon is nature’s antibacterial cleanser, so it can treat minor cuts and wounds, brighten dull skin, and even boost immunity. Frankincense is even known to kill cancer cells! Referred to as the “king of all oils”, it can be blended with just about any other oil to help them work at deeper levels and provide more thorough healing.

The list goes on and on! Cinnamon, grapefruit, tea tree, geranium, eucalyptus, orange, and so many more oils can completely transform your health. The most common uses of essential oils include the following:

  • Digestive tract and immunity support
  • Family first aid
  • Weight management and detoxification
  • Household cleaning
  • Personal hygiene
  • Seasonal change adjustment
  • Muscle pain reduction
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Sleep and relaxation aid

Rather than masking the symptoms of a problem, essential oils work to resolve the root of the problem so that it no longer exists. Nature knows what it’s doing, and essential oils are the proof!

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Your Ultimate Essential Oil Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are a truly magical time of year, but buying that perfect present for every single family member and close friend can be overwhelming! When you add in your child’s teachers, extended family, and your favourite coworkers, it’s sometimes a wonder you can make it through the holidays without completely emptying your bank account and losing your mind.
The holidays should be a time of celebration and thanks, not stress and chaos. Using essential oils to strategically create personal, thoughtful gifts can be a major time and money saver to help you regain your sense of holiday Zen. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that you can take pride in delivering gifts that will be used for a host of authentic and natural purposes rather than being stuffed into the back of a closet and never seen again.
If you’re a lover of essential oils, use the holidays as a time to spread their magic to others and save yourself some money and anxiety in the process!

 

 

For the Moms and Dads in Your Life: All-Purpose Healing Balm
When it comes to raising a family, safe and effective medicines are so important but often hard to find. If you know a few parents who would appreciate an natural healing balm that works naturally to disinfect and moisturise, then this recipe is going to be like gold for you this holiday season.
All-Purpose Healing Balm protects, disinfects, and moisturises while simultaneously reducing inflammation. It’s a miracle for diaper rash, burns, insect bites, chapped lips, dry skin, wounds, and even eczema. The essential oils packed inside will calm the senses and restore tissue while also smelling irresistible. It’s the balm that children will actually beg to have. Dress this recipe in a decorative mason jar, whip up a cute label, and you have yourself a unique gift that’s sure to be appreciated.

INGREDIENTS
• Four 4-ounce glass mason jars for the final product
• 1 quart mason jar for melting

• 1 cup coconut oil
• 1 cup olive oil
• 4 Tbsp. beeswax pastilles

(PER JAR…)
• 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
• 8 drops Lemon Essential Oil
• 6 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
• 3 to 4 drops Vitamin E

DIRECTIONS
To heat oils and beeswax in the 1 quart mason jar, fill a large saucepan halfway with warm water, set burner to low/medium, and place mason jar in the saucepan. Stir with a knife every few minutes until melted.
Meanwhile, add the essential oils and vitamin E oil to each of the jars.
When the first set of ingredients have melted, fill each jar to within a half inch of the rim and quickly mix to distribute oils. Let the jars cool until the salve hardens, but cover with a paper towel to protect from dust and bugs! Secure lids tightly and decorate jar to your liking.

For the Spa Lovers in Your Life…Homemade Lavender Coconut Oil Salt Scrub
Air Conditioning in the summer season sends skin into an unpleasant cycle of itchiness, dryness, and sensitivity that’s hard to kick. For those people in your life who value skincare and enjoy pampering themselves, make this lavender coconut oil salt scrub so that they can indulge themselves without the cost of a spa treatment.
The Epsom salt in this recipe is a powerhouse of health benefits because its minerals can alleviate muscle pain, reduce swelling, exfoliate the skin, and even serve as a mood lifter. When you add coconut oil and lavender essential oil to this blend, there’s nothing it can’t do for the skin! It’s a perfect holiday gift to show you care.
INGREDIENTS:
• 2 cups coconut oil
• 1 cup Epsom salt
• 20 drops lavender oil
• Decorative mason jars for gifting

DIRECTIONS
Add ingredients in a small bowl and mix until well combined. Divvy up into mason jars and seal the lid tightly. You could even be extra helpful and attach a small description of the health benefits of Epsom salt, coconut oil, and lavender oil!

For the Kids in Your Life… Homemade Aromatherapy Play Dough
If there’s one thing kids are bound to love, it’s a gift that they can tear into, rip apart, and mould to the ideas in their own imagination. Though homemade play dough is nothing new, aromatherapy play dough takes a classic kids activity and adds scientifically-proven health benefits into the mix for a gift that parents with appreciate and kids will L-O-V-E.

INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• ½ cup salt
• 2 tsp cream of tartar
• 1 cup water
• 1.5 tbsp coconut or olive oil
• Food colouring of choice
• 6-8 drops of lemon/lavender/sweet orange/peppermint essential oils

DIRECTIONS
Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in an unheated sauce pan, then add water, cooking oil, and food colouring until smooth. Heat on medium-low and stir until the play dough forms a ball of the correct consistency. Remove from heat, cool for 4 minutes, and knead in essential oils of your choice. Package the play dough in a child-friendly air-tight container with a label. A few great essential oils blends to use include sweet orange and peppermint for concentration, or lemon and lime for an uplifting citrus scent.
With so many incredible, homemade, and natural gift choices available using essential oils, you can have yourself the most cheer-filled holiday season yet!

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Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Essential Oils

Choosing a great essential oil can feel a lot like buying a car or a TV. So many choices! So many promises! Once you cut through all of the sophisticated marketing and clever advertising, which product has the best quality for the cost? Where do you even start!? We are here to answer all of your questions and help you pick an essential oil you can trust.

  1. Terminology: Essentials oils are a unique class of products since they aren’t typical medicines, they aren’t edible foods, and they aren’t official cosmetic products. They fall into a grey area that the FDA doesn’t govern, meaning there are no formal requirements or controls for labelling and quality. This means it is very important to do your own research before picking a product to make sure the company’s claims about their products aren’t unfounded. The biggest controversial term used right now in EO-World is “therapeutic grade”. Here’s what you need to know about it:

    • The term “therapeutic grade” is a recent development.
    • It was created and used by companies hoping to indicate that their product is meant specifically for holistic aromatherapy purposes and thus was carefully crafted to be of high quality.
    • There are no standards required for a company to call their oils “therapeutic grade”, so do your own research to be sure the company is legitimate.
    • Oils not labeled as therapeutic grade can still be of very high quality! With that said, most companies have started using the term “therapeutic grade” on their packing due to a growing common conception that oils must be labeled “therapeutic grade” in order to be worth using.
    • TAKE AWAY MESSAGE: It’s important to use essential oils that are carefully grown, extracted, processed, packaged, tested, and stored. The term “therapeutic grade” implies that all of those things are done with the utmost care- but with no industry standards for the term currently in existence, there is no guarantee without further researching the company.

 

  1. Purity: In order to use essential oils in holistic medicine, the oils must be complete and unaltered with the highest ratio of natural elements for therapeutic benefit. However, industries like the fragrance, cosmetic, and beverage industries often use essential oils that have been altered, adulterated, mixed with fillers and synthetics and overall changed from its natural, therapeutic form. For this reason, it is important to find an essential oil company that sells oils that are pure – no fillers, no artificial additives, and no changes to the chemical components. Only then will your money be well spent on a true product!

    • TAKE AWAY MESSAGE: Make sure the essential oils you are using are truly and 100% essential oils. They should not be blended with less expensive ingredients, synthetics, or carrier oils.
  1. Quality: It seems like quality would be the same thing as purity, but they are actually two very separate concepts. Let’s say you found an oil that is 100% pure – nothing about the oil was changed from extraction to packaging. Unfortunately, that oil can still be of very poor quality based on the soil in which the plant grew, weather and climate variables, harvesting methods, storage before and after distillation, the part of the plant used in distillation, the distillation equipment used, and packaging techniques. Phew, that’s quite a list, I know. That’s why it’s so important to do your research and find a company that works ethically and is willing to be transparent about their processes.

    • TAKE AWAY MESSAGE: The internet is a powerful tool, so look at what others have said about the different brands you are considering. Research the companies. And of course, try it out for yourself to see if it meets your standards.
  1. Cost: Ah, the wallet. I keep mine safeguarded as if I were surrounded by a gang of pirates. I hate, hate, HATE spending money when I don’t need to, and I know I’m not the only one! Essential oils are so adaptable, and a few drops go a long way, so your money is very well spent on a few bottles- as long as the company’s pricing is fair. If one company is light years cheaper than most others, it’s probably too good to be true. Low, low price equates to low, low quality. On the flip side, unless a company offers something outstanding that no other company does, a high, high price probably equates to… a rip off. You do need to pay for quality, but make sure it’s within range of other similar companies.

    • TAKE AWAY MESSAGE: Rare oils, or oils that require significantly more plant to create the oil, will be more expensive. Common oils will be cheaper. A super low price is probably too good to be true (bummer, I know).
  1. Testing: Figuring out the essential oil testing lingo can look a bit like alphabet soup, but the tests exist so that producers, suppliers, and customers can have quantifiable proof of an oil’s quality and purity. Gas Chromatography (GC) and Mass Spectroscopy (MS) basically prove that the elements within an oil sample are appropriate and untainted. You’ll see it referred to as a GC-MS test. The results are compared to reliable samples to check for true purity and quality.

    • TAKE AWAY MESSAGE: If a company makes their GC-MS testing results available, use them in your research to help make an informed decision.

That summarises the major items to be considering when shopping for an essential oil, but don’t let it overwhelm you! Everybody has a different favourite brand. Have some fun experimenting!

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The 10 Best Uses of Tea Tree Oil

Essential oils and science make an interesting pair. As we mentioned in The History of Essential Oils, EO’s have been used since ancient times for every use imaginable, but formal 21st century research on their miraculous influence is unfortunately limited due to conflicts like finding funding and establishing standardisation. Luckily for us, Tea Tree oil is one of the most researched essential oils due to its reputation as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The research, combined with the experiences of those in the aromatherapy and alternative medicine world, proves that you have an abundance to gain from adding Tea Tree oil to your daily life!

It’s important to note that true Tea Tree oil can only come from Australia, where natives have been enjoying its many benefits for thousands of years. In fact, Tea Tree oil became the go-to antiseptic for Australian soldiers during World War II.

Without further ado, here are the top ten uses for Tea Tree oil in your life!

1. Treat Acne

You say pimples, I say… what a nuisance! Maybe it’s just me, but don’t breakouts always seem to happen right before major events like a party or business meeting? Most acne treatments available in stores contain benzoyl peroxide, which in addition to being a nasty chemical can cause red and peeling skin. Tea Tree oil can actually work just as effectively as benzoyl peroxide, and it is much safer and gentler on the skin.

Homemade Tea Tree Oil Acne Treatment: Mix 5 drops pure Tea Tree essential oil with two teaspoons of coconut oil or raw honey. Rub on your face, let set in for one minute, then rinse. This works! I experienced an awful acne outbreak right before my sister’s wedding. I applied this remedy in the morning and evening and saw results almost immediately. Thank you Tea Tree oil- this Maid of Honour had clear skin in all of those wedding pictures!!

2. Clean The House

Harness Tea Tree’s antimicrobial properties to clean your house without the synthetic chemicals and fragrances found in normal cleaners.

Homemade Tea Tree Oil Cleaner: Mix 8 ounces water, 4 ounces distilled white vinegar, 15 drops Tea Tree oil, and 15 drops lemon oil in a cleaning spray bottle. Use a dark glass bottle if possible to prevent oxidation of the oils. Shake well (to mix the oils into the vinegar and water!) and use anywhere in your home to clean and sanitise!

3. Soothe Hair and Scalp

Tea Tree oil is a popular addition to shampoos because it can moisturise the scalp, remove dandruff, prevent lice, and possibly even stimulate hair growth.

Homemade Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Cleanser: Mix 5 drops of Tea Tree oil into your shampoo for daily use, or blend 10 drops Tea Tree oil with 10 drops Lavender oil and 2 ounces Coconut oil for a once-in-a-while pampering.

4. Fight Off Infection, Fungus, and Bug Bites

Like I mentioned above, Australian soldiers in World War II cherished their Tea Tree oil for its ability to keep them healthy, and a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has now confirmed that Tea Tree oil helps kill MRSA and staph infections! You can harness Tea Tree’s antimicrobial powers by using it on minor cuts, fungus, and bug bites.

Homemade Tea Tree Wound Ointment: Mix 1 drop Tea Tree oil with 1 teaspoon of Coconut oil. Add 1 drop of Lavender oil if desired. After thoroughly cleaning the area, apply a small dab directly to the cut or abrasion. Rinse clean and reapply 1-2 times each day as needed.

Homemade Tea Tree Athletes Foot Powder: Blend ¼ cup arrowroot powder (to absorb moisture), ¼ cup baking soda (to eliminate itchiness and odour), and 20 drops of Tea Tree oil. Mash with a fork. After rinsing your feet and patting them dry, apply the powder and leave on at least 5-10 minutes. Do this twice daily to get rid of that pesky Athlete’s Foot for good!

5. Relieve Psoriasis and Eczema

Just in case Tea Tree oil hasn’t already proven itself as the miracle oil, it can also relieve skin inflammation. While it takes a whole-body healing to completely heal the psoriasis or eczema, Tea Tree oil can decrease itching and help clear the skin.

Homemade Tea Tree Skincare: Mix 8-10 drops of Tea Tree oil with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil (Coconut oil, Grape Seed oil, Hemp Seed oil– your preference based on skin type) and apply to the affected area 1 or 2 times a day. You can add Lavender to this blend for even more soothing and relief!

I’ll let you go now, so you can run out your door and buy a few bottles of Tea Tree oil (If you don’t already have a stockpile in your cabinets!).

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Carrier Oils – What are they… and what are they for?

Carrier oils are a crucial piece to the essential oil puzzle, but they are also easy to overlook because the term isn’t very well-known outside of essential oil and aromatherapy circles. A carrier oil does just what its name suggests; it carries an essential oil to the skin. Why the middle man, you ask? Carrier oils need to dilute essential oils. The essential oils are so incredibly potent that you don’t want to apply them directly to your skin.

If you’re going a little cross-eyed trying to figure out how exactly essential oils and carrier oils differ, here’s a cheat sheet for you.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS CARRIER OILS
Distilled from leaves, bark, roots of botanical plant. Cold-pressed from the fatty portions of plant like seeds, nuts, and kernels.
Will evaporate Will not evaporate
Will not go rancid, only lose potency Will go rancid over time
Very strong aroma based on the plant of origin No aroma or faint nutty aroma

Here are the fundamentals to keep in mind next to you go shopping:

  • Just like with essential oils, there’s quite a variety of carrier oils to pick from based on your needs and preferences.
  • A high quality carrier oil is cold-pressed from the fatty portion of a plant. Cold-pressed is important because otherwise many of the oil’s therapeutic properties will be lost in the heating process. Most standard grocery store oils will not be cold-pressed, so read labels carefully and purchase from a specialty store if needed.
  • Common carrier oils include Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Sesame Oil, and Shea Butter.
  • Less common, but still effective, carrier oils include Apricot Kernel Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Kukui Oil, Pecan Oil, Sunflower Oil, Walnut Oil, and Wheatgerm Oil
  • You don’t need to use carrier oils if you’re not applying the essential oils to your skin!

My favorite quick and easy carrier oil is coconut oil. I always have it on hand, it’s relatively affordable, and it has more health benefits than I could list in day. When a particularly nasty muscle ache hits, I whip out the coconut oil and create my own muscle rub by adding a few drops of peppermint, lavender, and roman chamomile. The coconut oil helps to carry the essential oils to the muscle, it makes everything easy to massage into the skin, and it prevents the essential oils from burning my skin or evaporating before they’ve done their job. Buh-bye muscle pain.

Remember, essential oils are famous for their potency, so a few drops go a long, long way! Here are a few recipes to get you started with carrier oils. Keep in a cool place in a dark container and they will last for a year or more!

Homemade Vapor Rub

-¼ cup almond or coconut oil

-10 drops Eucalyptus

-10 drops Peppermint

-10 drops Rosemary

-Stir and apply to chest as needed.

Eczema Relief

-¼ cup carrier oil of choice

-8 drops Chamomile

-8 drops Lavender

-4 drops Rose

-Blend and apply on skin as needed.

Migraine Relief

-3 to 4 teaspoons jojoba, grapeseed, or coconut oil

-9 drops Peppermint

-5 drops Clove

-9 drops Wintergreen

-6 drops Ginger

-Blend and rub into shoulders, back of neck, and temples as needed.

 

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Top 4 Uses of Essential Oils: What and How?

Essential oils have recently become more mainstream in our society, but they have actually been used for thousands of years for their cosmetic, medicinal, emotional, and spiritual properties. Is it just me, or does ancient medicine always seem to have it all figured out?! Our Top 4 uses of Essential Oils will help you get started.

The reason that essential oils wield so much power links back to their extraction. Through either steam distillation or cold pressing, pure essential oils are pulled from their botanical source (a mint leaf, for example). The resulting essential oil is far, far more potent than the plant itself. I know it sounds unbelievable, but you would need to drink 25 cups of peppermint tea to reap the benefits of 1 drop of peppermint essential oil. I enjoy a good cup of tea and all, but sounds like the essential oil wins that contest!

 

As I mentioned in A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils, essential oils have an endless number of uses from which we can benefit each day. It can be hard to keep track of everything, especially if you’re just getting started with your essential oil journey, so the cheat sheet below is here to help.

Overall, it’s safe to say that there is an essential oil out there for whatever purpose you can think of! Aromatic and topical applications.

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How can essential oils improve your life? And how exactly do you use them, anyway? All of your answers are here in this blog!

Megan

1. Elevate Mood

Scent has a powerful hold on our emotions, like that whiff of perfume that reminds you of your first school dance or the blueberry pie that transports you back to your grandmother’s kitchen. When you inhale an essential oil by diffusing it, the odor molecules affect the brain through the receptors that control things like heart rate, blood pressure, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance. So, for example, smelling Lavender will help balance the receptors that control relaxation. Similarly, essential oils can be absorbed through the skin for the same benefits. Just be sure to blend the oils with a bit of carrier oil first, then massage into your wrist, back of neck, temples, or other strategic places for absorption.

Elevate Mood

2. Support Physical Wellbeing

There’s definitely no quick way to explain all of the ways in which essential oils can benefit your health, but that’s a good thing! From athlete’s foot, dry scalp, and circulation problems to burns, congestion, and allergies, there is an essential oil for just about everything. Diffuse them and/or use them topically for best results.

3. Purify the home

If you’ve never taken a second to check what toxins are lurking in your household cleaners, go ahead and take a peek. Essential oils contain powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that disinfect the house without leaving nasty chemicals behind. You can also use them in the laundry, to remove stains, and much more! Blended with other power houses like vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap, you’ll experience clean on a whole new level.

4. Body and Skin Care

On top of working miracles for our health and our mind, essential oils are also the ultimate body and beauty tool that keeps on giving. Acne? Oily or dry skin? Age spots? There’s an app essential oil for that.

Just be sure to always, always, always use a carrier oil as a base when applying oils directly to your skin. Or get creative and use one of our many Body Care Recipes with essential oils to pamper yourself silly. (Go ahead, we’ll watch the kids).

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The Best Essential Oil Recipes to Pamper Yourself Silly

I love using essential oils for everything, from preventing infections to cleaning the bathrooms or forcing my acne into submission. But there is something in particular about using essential oils for spa-like pampering that I just can’t get enough of.

Different essential oils can rejuvenate your skin, hair, nails, and even soothe aching muscles and wash away your fatigue. Consider this your crash course to identifying which oils can help you achieve your goals- and how! Plus, of course, our favourite pampering recipes that you definitely want to copy at home.

  1. SUGAR SCRUBS FOR SILKY SKIN

My favourite aspect of pampering with essential oils is getting to say that sugar is actually a good thing!! When blended with the right ingredients, sugar moisturises and exfoliates the skin. These sugar scrubs can be very costly in stores, but they are so easy to make yourself with a few simple ingredients. Use them anywhere on your body- face, arms, legs, and especially feet!- for that silky glowing skin you thought only movie stars on the red carpet could attain.

 

*Important note- test on your face before slathering yourself in the sugar scrub. All skin types react differently. Many people say that sugar scrubs work miracles on their face, but it’s always best to make sure you won’t have a reaction!*

Soothing Vanilla Lavender Face Scrub: 1 cup white sugar, ½ cup almond oil or coconut oil, ½ tsp Vitamin E oil (optional), ½ tsp pure vanilla extract, and 15 drops lavender essential oil. Blend and scrub for a clean fresh feeling. Plus, the lavender will work its magic to alleviate inflammation and redness.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars: ¼ cup coconut oil, ½ cup melted goats milk or hemp soap, 4 drops of peppermint essential oil, 1 cup sugar. Slowly mix everything together and pour in silicone moulds to dry for 2 hours. These will smell so irresistible and make awesome gifts during the holiday season! If you want a non-solid form of this, just take out the melted soap and mix everything else together as normal. You can make it look adorable in a mason jar with ribbon.

 

  1. TAKE CARE OF YOUR NAILS

I have to confess… I’m a nail biter. I don’t have any nails to even try and take care of. Maybe you’re like me, or maybe you just don’t have time to take care of the nails you do have! OR, maybe you’re the person with those gorgeous, long nails that I wish I could have! Regardless, essential oils can help all of us strengthen our nails and keep them healthier.

Myrrh is considered the best essential oil for nail care, and carrier oils like coconut, jojoba, and almond oil can also improve nail health. Try a few of these recipes below and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

The Nail Nourisher: 15 drops lavender, 10 drops lemon, 4 drops myrrh, 2 tablespoons almond oil. Combine everything in a glass storage bottle and shake to completely blend the ingredients.  Each night just apply 1 drop to each nail and massage.

The Broken Cuticle Healer: 4 drops lavender oil, 2 drops bay leaf, 3 drops sandalwood, ½ ounce jojoba oil. Soak nails in this formula for 10 minutes and then buff to bring out your nails’ natural shine.

 

  1. HEAL YOUR HANDS

Our hands are the most battered and overused part of our body, but it’s easy to forget about their care! Lavender, sandalwood, roman chamomile, and frankincense essential oils work wonders to rejuvenate the skin, especially in the recipes below.

Moisturise the Hands: 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 tsp almond or coconut oil, and 2 drops geranium or lavender oil. Mix into a paste and rub over hands for 2 minutes. Rinse in warm water and then apply your favourite moisturiser. You won’t realise how dry your hands were until you’ve felt this final product!

Exfoliating Sugar Scrub: ½ cup sugar, ½ cup Epsom salt, 3 drops sandalwood oil, 3 drops roman chamomile oil, 3 tablespoons almond oil. Mix ingredients together and then use a teaspoon to scrub and massage hands. Rinse with warm water.

 

  1. GIVE YOUR FEET SOME TLC!

Of all the body parts that can ache at the end of a long day, is it usually your feet? After all, they are carrying all the weight, and those dress shoes probably aren’t as comfortable as your favourite slippers. The best thing to do with throbbing feet is to take a foot bath and give yourself a foot massage! Try these recipes to finally feel some relief.

For Tired, Achy Feet: Small tub of hot water, ¼ cup Epsom salt, 3 drops pine oil, and 4 drops lavender oil. Blend everything together and soak your feet for 15 minutes.

Massage Oil If You’re Very Active: 1 ounce carrier oil, 5 drops rosemary oil, 3 drops peppermint oil, and 4 drops lavender oil. Your feet will thank you for this treat!