Showing posts with label Essential Oils. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Essential Oils. Show all posts

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Making of ESSENTIAL OILS - Steam Distillation, Absolutes, and CO2's Explained

Aromatherapy Goes ‘High Tech’

New methods of essential oil extraction are entering the mainstream of aromatherapy, offering new choices in oils never before available. With the new labels of ‘CO2′ and ‘SCO2′, along with the traditional ‘steam’ and ‘hydro’ distillations, ‘absolutes’, and ‘cold pressing’, a little education for the aromatherapy enthusiast can go a long way in essential oil selection. Is one process better than another? Does one produce a nicer smelling oil, or one with greater aromatherapeutic value? It turns out that essential oil production, like winemaking, is an art form as well as a science. The value of the newer processing methods depends greatly on the experience of the distiller, as well as the intended application of the final product. Each method is important and has its place in the making of aromatherapy-grade essential oils.

Steam and Hydro Distillation

Steam distillation, the most common method of essential oil production, involves the flow of steam into a chamber holding the raw plant material. The steam causes small sacs containing essential oil to burst. The oil is then carried by the steam out of the chamber and into a chilled condenser, where the steam once again becomes water. (Hydro-distillation is a similar process where the plant material is boiled, with the resultant steam being captured and condensed). The oil and water are then separated; the water referred to as a ‘hydrosol’, can be retained as it will have some of the plant essences. Rose hydrosol, for example, is commonly used for it’s mild antiseptic and soothing properties, as well as it’s pleasing floral aroma.



A number of factors determine the final quality of a steam distilled essential oil. Aside from the plant material itself, most important are time, temperature and pressure, and the quality of the distillation equipment. Essential oils are very complex products; each is made up of many, sometimes hundreds, of distinct molecules which come together to form the oil’s aroma and therapeutic properties. Some of these molecules are fairly delicate structures which can be altered or destroyed by adverse environmental conditions. So, much like a fine meal is more flavorful when made with patience, most oils benefit from a long, slow ‘cooking’ process.

The temperature of the extraction chamber cannot be too high, lest some components of the oil are altered or destroyed. The same is true of the chamber’s pressure. Lavender, for example, should not be processed at over 245 degrees F and three pounds per square inch of pressure (3 psi). Higher temperatures and/or pressures result in a ‘harsh’ aroma – more chemical than floral – and lessen the oil’s therapeutic effects. Also, the extraction period must be allowed to continue for a certain period of time in order to flush ALL the oil’s components from the plant, as some are released more quickly than others.

Despite the drawbacks of aggressive processing, high temperatures and pressures are often used to produces large quantities of oil in a short period of time. These oils are usually destined for use in cosmetic and processed food manufacturing but are sometimes sold to final consumers as essential oils for use in aromatherapy. These oils will be less expensive but are of limited therapeutic value, and the difference is apparent when the aromas are compared side-by-side.




Absolutes

Some plants, and particularly flowers, do not lend themselves to steam distilling. They are too delicate, or their fragrance and therapeutic essences cannot be completely released by water alone. These oils will be produced as ‘absolutes’ – and while not technically considered essential oils they can still be of therapeutic value. Jasmine and Rose, in particular, are delicate flowers who’s oil are often found in ‘absolute’ form.

The processing of an absolute first involves the hydrocarbon solvent extraction of a ‘concrete’ from the plant material, a semi-solid mixture of typically 50% wax and 50% volatile oil. The concrete is again processed using ethyl alcohol (the same alcohol found in beer, wine, etc.) in which the wax is only slightly soluble. The volatile plant oil separates into the alcohol and this mixture is removed. The alcohol is then evaporated and the result is an almost pure plant extract – depending on the care taken in the evaporation process, sometimes 2% or less of the ethyl alcohol may remain. The use of solvents in the extraction process notwithstanding, absolutes can have incredibly deep and complex aromas.

CO2’s and SCO2’s

And now for the most modern technologies, Carbon Dioxide and Supercritical Carbon Dioxide extraction. Both methods involve the use of carbon dioxide as the ‘solvent’ which carries the essential oil away from the raw plant material. The lower pressure CO2 extraction involves chilling carbon dioxide to between 35 and 55 degrees F, and pumping it through the plant material at about 1000 psi. The carbon dioxide in this condition is condensed to a liquid. Supercritical CO2 extraction (SCO2) involves carbon dioxide heated to 87 degrees F and pumped through the plant material at around 8,000 psi – under these conditions, the carbon dioxide is likened to a ‘dense fog’ or vapor. With the release of the pressure in either process, the carbon dioxide escapes in its gaseous form, leaving the essential oil behind.



These carbon dioxide methods have a couple of advantages: Like steam distillation, there are no solvent residues left behind, and the resultant product is quite pure. Like solvent extraction, there is no heat applied to the plant material or essential oil to alter it in any way. The oil produced is very accurate with respect to the original state of the plant. The CO2 methods also are the most efficient, producing the most oil per amount of plant (one of the reasons for the high cost of essential oils is the low yield of oil from most plants – one ton of Rose petals produces less than 1 pound of oil, for example). The efficiency of CO2 extraction is particularly important when rare or endangered plant species are involved, such as Indian Sandalwood – less of the precious plant is needed to produce an equivalent amount of oil.

Cold Pressing

Finally, there is the ‘cold pressing’ of citrus oils from the peels of fruit, as is done with Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, and the like. This method involves the simple pressing of the rind at about 120 degrees F to extract the oil. Little, if any, alteration from the oil’s original state occurs – these citrus oils retain their bright, fresh, uplifting aromas like that of smelling a wonderfully ripe fruit.

Which is Best?

CO2’s, with some obvious advantages, are not always the best choice for a particular need. They still are the most expensive, despite their higher yields. The resultant product differs slightly compared to one produced another way – the oils produced by steam distillation of some plants may sometimes be found to have a more agreeable aroma. Patchouli, for example, seems to benefit from the steam distillation process by becoming a little warmer and richer. Many other essential oils are quite effectively produced via steam distillation, with little alteration from the original plant state. However, oils from other plant species do seem more ‘complete’ with CO2 processing, with Frankincense and most of the ‘spice’ oils being good examples where a little something special is present in the aroma – these oils are likely of greater therapeutic value than their traditionally made counterparts.

Producing essential oils of the aromatherapeutic grade is skill requiring years of experience. It takes the work of a dedicated artesian at every step, from growing and harvesting to fine-tuning the distillation process, to produce a truly fine oil. The making of a fine essential oil relies far more on knowledge and experience than it does on the particular extraction method. There are, however, legitimate reasons to select one distillation method over another – some plants simply require a particular process to produce a fine oil, and the oil needed for a particular application may only be made by one process. In the end, as is often the case in aromatherapy, your own sense of smell can tell you which oil will work best for you.


By Misty Cech

Misty is a Naturopath and yoga instructor with a professional practice in Boulder, Colorado. She is a great fan of aromatherapy grade essential oils and bach flower essences, and regularly employs them with her clients.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ESSENTIAL OILS -The Eucalyptus Family of Healing Oils

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Lavender Distillery - Photo  by     markhillary
There are over 700 varieties of the eucalyptus tree with over 500 producing a type of essential oil. They form 75% of the flora of Australia and have naturalized themselves to many other countries. Some are medicinal oils, some industrial oils and some are used in perfumery. Each oil will have different constituents, different properties, and uses. The oil comes not from the bark of the tree but from its leaves. Eucalyptus is definitely an oil that should be in everyone's medicine cabinet. All of the eucalyptus oils are in the myrtle family (Myrtaceae).

The Australian Aborigines used eucalyptus in the treatment of all kinds of fever, including malaria. There are so many different varieties, each having a unique chemistry and therefore different healing qualities. For instance, Eucalyptus globulus known as blue gum tree is especially good for infections of the respiratory tract but also for treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, and wounds. E.globulus is great for purifying air and the trees produce ozone. Its chemistry shows its high in oxides, specifically 1,8 Cineole. Of all the medicinal grade eucalyptus oils.

E.globulus is the most widely known and used. Eucalyptus citriodora is lemony in fragrance and is more cooling in action than the E.globulus. Its key constituent is citronellal, an aldehyde. This variety of eucalyptus is better to use when mucus secretions are yellow indicating infection and heat in the body. It's also a great insect repellant especially helpful against cockroaches and silverfish. One important point about E.citriodora is that it is mild and thought to be best for children because of its lemony fresh smell.

Here's another great eucalyptus-E.Dives, also known as Peppermint Eucalyptus. It has a menthol fragrance and its key constituent is piperitone, a ketone. This eucalyptus has great mucolytic properties and is used for infections especially sinus, ear, kidney and for vaginitis. E.Dives is the strongest of the medicinal eucalyptus oils and therefore best used topically. Eucalyptus polybractea is also called Blue Mallee and like E.globulus, it is high in 1,8 cineole. It is a very antimicrobial and an expectorant oil yet gentler in action than some of the others.



The final eucalyptus we should all be aware of is Eucalyptus radiata. It too is high in 1,8 cineole. E. radiata is very antibacterial, antiviral and an expectorant oil that is great not only for respiratory conditions but is especially good for sinus infections. It is by far the gentlest and most effective of the eucalyptus oils since is it so low in aldehydes which distinguishes it from E. globulus and E. dives.
Want to learn more about the healing properties of the various eucalyptus oils as well as other essential oils? Consider becoming a certified aromatherapist. Educational courses in healing energy and aromatherapy can help you understand how essential oils heal the body/mind/spirit.



Monday, September 25, 2017

Tips to Clean Your Home With ESSENTIAL OILS

Have you ever noticed that ALL your commercial cleaning products list "warning" or "caution" labels on the bottles? Obviously, those labels are put there for a very good reason. The bottles DO contain poison and can cause adverse symptoms if inhaled or touched. Yikes!

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Supermarket shelves (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here's where we can shift to a new concept of cleaning, without worry of chemicals, fumes, or synthetics harming our bodies. Essential oils are the best-kept secret for cleaning and purifying your environment.

Amazingly, essential oils are just as powerful as conventional cleaners.

It's very simple and a lot less expensive when you use essential oils instead of store-bought regular cleaners. The essential oils in this article anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. And the best part is they are 100% safe and even good for you! Conventional cleaners can't say that.

Using the highest quality therapeutic grade essential oils (such as young Living's) is of utmost importance. Poor quality oils are not effective in killing germs, nor are they safe to use in the ways I describe in this article.

Here are a few ways to achieve a healthy, clean home using essential oils.

Floors:

If you mop your floors
(tile, wood, laminate, marble) - replace your floor cleaner and use a bucket of water with 10-20 drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oils. Research has shown that lemon and lavender essential oils kill many strains of bacteria. And it's completely safe to inhale and walk upon!

If you steam or Roomba your floors
(tile, wood, laminate, marble) - walk through the house and drop a few drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oils in various places. Especially by the front door, garbage can area, bathrooms, and kitchen. As you steam the floor, the essential oils will be dispersed by the steamer or roomba, killing bacteria, mold, and viruses in the process.

If you vacuum your floors
- put 5 drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oil on a tissue and vacuum it up. This will kill the germs that get sucked up in your vacuum and also diffuse the oils into your home leaving it smelling wonderful!

Air Purifiers:

To have a clean air environment, get rid of that air freshener that's plugged into your wall! Its fragrance is definitely not of therapeutic value. Use a few drops of Thieves or Purification essential oil blends on a cotton ball and place it in your AC vent. Both of these blends were formulated to kill airborne bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungus. They also neutralize smoke and pet odors.

Or better yet, get yourself a cold air diffuser and diffuse either of these essential oils every day.

Hand Wash:

To make a chemical free, germ-killing hand wash, use up the remainder of your foaming hand wash and save the bottle. Now, fill it 1/8th full with Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap (or organic dishwashing soap.) Fill the rest with spring water. Add 10 drops of Thieves essential oil. Shake well and use at the kitchen and bathroom sinks.



Hand Disinfectant:

Loose your Purell and get a bottle of Lemon essential oil. Rub 1 drop of Lemon essential oil into hands after using public restrooms. Lemon essential oil kills germs while uplifting your mood as well. What a bonus!

See how just a few changes in your cleaning routine can easily replace a bunch of chemical cleaning products in your home? I suggest starting slowly by eliminating one cleaning product per week and incorporating an essential oil in its place. Soon you will be truly "greener" than anyone else you know and probably a bit healthier, too!

© Christa McCourt



Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Magic of ESSENTIAL OILS

Sprouted in Africa and introduced to various Southern European nations way back in 17th century, Geranium has since been used widely for varied purposes. In the present times, there are more than 700 varieties of Geranium available however only two are used when it comes to the production of aromatherapy oils. These two are known as the pelargonium odorantissimum and pelargonium graveolens.

The plant has been known for its several healing properties. As with many essential oils, it is used for soothing pain consequential to fractured bones, treat bleeding and open wounds. As a matter of fact, in various European nations, it is a tradition to grow this tree outside a home in order to protect it from evil spirits. As it has a fragrance similar to that of rose, it is widely used in the production of perfumes and skin care products.


Geranium oil is extracted from the stalks, leaves and flowers. They are steamed and distilled to produce an essential oil that can be blended with other oils such as lavender, cypress, patchouli, ylang-ylang, rosemary, bergamot, myrtle, fennel, neroli, pine, fennel, juniper, basil, sandalwood and bergamot. This is one factor that makes it one of the most preferred and versatile oils that is used in a variety of aromatherapy.

It is used as a skin care remedy. Doctors suggest its use for treatment of bruises, shingles, eczema and scalds.  It is also a great remedy as an insect repellent. When used in burners, it can make atmosphere stress free.

On the other hand is Lemon Oil that too is popular for its various benefits.  It is extracted from the skin of Citrus Limon. The fruit appears from pink collared flowers and slowly turns into yellow colour. With it comes several beneficial usages. Whether used as a prevention or treatment of disease and illness, this oil has amazing refreshing as well as calming effects. It is used in a variety of aromatherapy benefits.

It is also an amazing remedy for treating digestive disorders. If you are suffering from stomach problems, ulcers and heart burns then you can consider consuming this oil and enjoy its benefits within the quickest time. For minor wounds, abrasions boil and cut this oil is no less than a blessing. Usage of lemon oil also helps in relieving nervousness, anxiety and stress. You simply need to browse through web pages if you are planning to shop for essential oils.


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Facts about AROMATHERAPY

If you want a therapy that will soothe and relax your whole being, why not try aromatherapy? This is the kind of treatment, which uses essential oils and other plant oils to enhance both the psychological and physical function. Aromatherapy makes use primarily of therapeutic oils.

This kind of oil has been known to have an effect on both the body and mind according to research. Aside from essential oils, other natural ingredients would include cold pressed vegetable oils, jojoba, hydrosols, herbs, milk, powders, sea salts, sugars, clays, and mud.



All of these are used in order to make aromatherapy effective. Aromatherapy can be inhaled and applied. Once the aroma oils are inhaled into the lungs, there is a soothing effect that runs through the body. The natural components also offer some therapeutic effect.

One example is the inhaling of eucalyptus which decongests the nose and the lungs. The physical application benefits of essential oils take effect once it is placed on the skin where the blood streams have the ability to absorb it. This will help in rejuvenating the skin as well as initiate hygiene, health, beauty and well being. Plant oils are not applied undiluted to the skin. Usually, they are diluted in a light carrier oil like sweet almond oil and apricot kernel oil.

Aside from the aromatherapy benefits, essential oils can also be used in laundry, cleaning and some as insect repellants. We have the citronella as an example. This is the type of essential oil that is placed in a scented candle in order to drive away mosquitoes. Aromatherapy oils are the key for a very relaxing aromatherapy. You have to make sure that you were able to choose the right one and use it according to its specification in order to achieve the optimum desired effect.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Hemorrhoids Relief and Treatment with AROMATHERPY

Aromatherapy currently enjoys steadily increasing popularity as a method of treatment for hemorrhoids these days, but aromatherapy can often be confusing to the average person. What is it? How does it work? Does it even work at all? These are valid questions that should be asked of any regimen of treatment. When properly used and understood, aromatherapy offers beneficial, at home treatment of hemorrhoids.

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Lavender - Photo by woodleywonderworks 
First, it is helpful to understand precisely what aromatherapy is and is not. Aromatherapy is not magic. It does not imply that merely by sniffing a particular scent your ills will be cured. In point of fact, aromatherapy is a bit of a misleading term. Properly speaking, it should be labeled as plant-based medication that is taken either by inhalation, according to the same principle by which asthma inhalers work, or topically through the skin, just as ointments and creams work. The essential oils used in aromatherapy are medications, and just as chemically complicated and potentially dangerous as any other medications.

In fact, essential oils are generally not oils at all. They are concentrated liquids that are extracted from plants by various means that include simmering, steaming, and condensation. Due to these methods, it generally takes quite a bit of plant matter to equal a proportionally tiny amount of essential oils. Fortunately for one's pocketbook, essential oils are used only in minute quantities due to their level of concentration. As an example, some studies have shown that essential oil of oregano is such a powerful antiseptic that 1 part oregano oil to 4000 parts water will sterilize the water. It would be impossible to use on a human being undiluted, it would be far too powerful. Therefore, essential oils are always diluted in a carrier oil or water before use. Also, due to the concentration level, essential oils should never be taken by mouth without the supervision of a qualified herbalist who is familiar specifically with aromatherapy.

Essential oils are also usually quite volatile, which means that the active, medicinal chemicals in them evaporate quickly when exposed to air. Therefore, essential oils are kept in tightly closed, dark glass bottles, in pure form, until right before they are to be used. Then, and only then, they are mixed with the carrier that dilutes them to their proper strength. If a prepared blend is left exposed to oxygen for even a day, the actual medication is probably gone. It may still smell nice, and can be used for that purpose, but don't expect to get the therapeutic effect anymore.

There are two different ways to treat hemorrhoids with essential oils, and these can be used together. The first method involves a shallow bath of hot water. This method should only be done in a bathtub, as the dosages given are not meant for a sitz-bath that fits over the toilet. Run a shallow, hot bath, and sprinkle twenty drops of lavender and twenty drops of juniper essential oils. Swish through the water with your hand to make sure that they are well mixed in the water, and soak for twenty minutes. To use the other method, you'll also need a carrier oil of some kind. The most popular carrier oil for aromatherapy is sweet almond oil, but apricot oil also works well. In a pinch, the vegetable oil that is used for baking can work, but this is not optimal as it is practically guaranteed to have some impurities. Blend two drops of lavender and one drop of geranium oil with one ounce of the carrier oil, and apply to the area as you would an ointment.

Always test yourself for allergies to essential oils by diluting one drop in a small amount of carrier oil and dabbing it on the inside of your elbow. Leave it there for twenty-four hours and check closely for a reaction. If you are allergic to an essential oil, it is important to know before applying it to such a sensitive and tender area of your body. In addition, should you start to have any skin reactions during treatment, immediately cease all aroma therapeutic treatments immediately, along with anything else you've been placing on your skin. Given these cautions, however, aromatherapy has offered relief and treatment to many people who are suffering from hemorrhoids. In combination with a diet and lifestyle change, these aromatherapy treatments should clear up the problem in no time.



Friday, July 14, 2017

How Effective is AROMATHERAPY in Sexual Arousal?

Aromatherapy helps in promoting relaxation, suppressing appetite, bringing both physical and mental healing to the body, and in enhancing sensuality. This can be accomplished with candles, oils, inhalers, or diffusers when the scent of the essential oils releases into the room. Essential oils are taken from a plant's flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots.

The essential oils and herbs are varied and they all have different properties and while some are helpful with skin conditions, or arthritis, others may help stimulate the mind, increase your energy or even enhance excitement and create a romantic atmosphere.



Some herbs and essential oils are sensual and natural aphrodisiacs. Patchouli and Sandalwood essential oils are very useful in creating an atmosphere of romance. You can easily purchase aromatic candles that have these essential oils added to them. The oils may also be added to the candles or a diffuser for a wonderfully natural and aroma that will help enhance your romantic setting.

An essential oils massage can be a sensual act that you share with your partner. Many plant oils contain natural aphrodisiac properties and when used in massage oil, they can set a mood that is inviting to romance and love. Massage with herbal essential oil increases your blood circulation and thus warms you. It is a very popular technique used to increase sex drive. So, it is not difficult to infuse the air with romance through the use of aromatherapy. Other ideas to set the mood include putting on some light music in the background.

Warning: Please note that using essential oils directly on your skin without diluting them with carrier oil may cause skin irritations to occur. Always read the safety precautions on the labels of your essential oils before using them.



Saturday, June 10, 2017

AROMATHERPY Foods - Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Pure Peppermint Oil

This Aromatherapy Foods(TM) recipe made with pure essential oils makes very flat, crispy chocolate chip cookies. They will spread a great deal on the pan while baking. If you enjoy cookie pieces these cookies are ideal for cutting into bite sized bits before they have a chance to cool. Or you can remove them immediately from the baking sheet and allow to finish cooling on a rack.

Macro of chocolate chip cookie. Yummy!
Macro of chocolate chip cookie. Yummy!
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Wikipedia)

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ingredients

Half pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus some for baking sheet
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 - 6 drops pure organic peppermint essential oil
3 cups all-purpose pastry flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 - 2 cups chocolate chips

Preparation and Baking Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment; set aside.
Into small bowl cream butter until smooth, add sugars, and beat until smooth. Beat in eggs, vanilla and peppermint oil. Into a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Slowly stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie onto baking sheet; space dough 2 inches apart to allow for spreading. Bake until golden, 8-10 minutes. Remove cookies immediately and allow to cool.

Makes sixty 3-inch cookies.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Twist of Lime ESSENTIAL OIL - AROMATHERAPY Oils

One of my most favourite oils, lime essential oil comes from the fresh skin of the citrus aurantifolia from the Rutaceae Family, also known as Citrus latifolia. Citrus oils have a lot in common with each other but also stand alone with their own unique properties.

Lime trees grow up to around 5 metres in height. The fruit is born from small white flowers. The fruit is bright green averaging around 5cm (2 inches) in diameter.

Lime Oil can be used as a food additive and in the perfume industry. It also has many benefits in healing and health preventation. The fruit is a rich source of vitamin C amongst others.

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Unripened key limes growing in a backyard.
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Wikipedia)

Historically, The lime fruit was often carted on ships and used for the prevention of disease such as scurvy.

The Oil Extraction process

Certified Organic Lime Oil is taken from the skin of Lime by cold expression or steam distillation. Lime oil is of a watery consistency and a green often slightly yellow or orange colour. The aroma is natural, much like a concentrated Lime skin.

Using the Essential Oil

Lime oil can be used in many ways. It is recognised for its use in the treatment or prevention of illness and disease. It has many uses in cooking and used for its naturally calming and refreshing smell, Lime Essential Oil should be included in all homes for medicinal and Aromatherapy uses.

Some of the many uses of Lime Oil are listed below.

  • Lime oil can be used for treating Stress, Anxiety and fatigue and may increase the body's ability to think clearly.
  • Lime Essential oil has been used for the treatment and suppression of symptoms of headaches and migraines.
  • Many people have responded well when Lime Essential Oil was used to treat stomach problems and when used to aid the digestive system.
  • Lime Oil may aid in the healing of cuts and abrasions, minor wounds, and boils. It may also be beneficial to the healing process of scars associated with these cuts and abrasions etc.
  • Lime oil may relieve symptoms associated with Stress, Anxiety and Nervousness. It is ideal for use in a Vaporiser or Burner
Precautions

Precautions should be used when using any Essential Oil. Lime Essential oil should be used within guidelines expressed by the processor. Phototoxicity can occur with Lime Essential Oil. When used on the skin it is recommended to remain away from direct sunlight. Correct procedures will be on your bottle or in information sheets provided at the time of purchase.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Types of AROMATHERAPY Oils

Aromatherapy oils come in many types and provide many benefits based on their combinations. By using plants and herbs, a person can create a sense of wellbeing as well as provide relief for ailments, illnesses and diseases of all kinds, alleviating their symptoms and providing a better quality of life for sufferers. The different types of oils for aromatherapy use combinations of these herbs and plants or use one at a time in order to provide necessary benefits.

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Oil of cloves can be purchased over the counter at pharmacies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are several herbs and plants that give off an aroma that is used in perfumery such as basil and bergamot. Basil helps an individual improve concentration by making them more sharp as well as relieving migraines, depression and headaches - an amazing set of benefits. While the benefits of basil are wonderful, pregnant women should be sure not to use it as it is known to stimulate contractions. Along with being popular in perfumery, bergamot repels insects, and improves the functioning of both the digestive tract and the urinary tract. Individuals suffering from stress based ailments such as chicken pox and cold sores can rely on the aromatherapy oil of bergamot to relieve those symptoms along with some eucalyptus oil.

Circulation is stimulated with the use of black pepper, with its spicy and sharp smell. Sufferers of pains and aches in their muscles can use black pepper to sooth those discomforts. Bruises also quickly disappear when black pepper is applied to the skin. The oil of cloves in aromatherapy is used in dentistry as an analgesic, and is also used as an antiseptic, antiemetic, carminative and antispasmodic. Used with peppermint, eucalyptus provides much needed relief to sufferers of flu and cold by opening and relaxing the airway, a wonderful natural remedy to use in combination with other remedies. Many people find the benefit of aromatherapy oils surprising after they give it a try.

A person can depending on the antiseptic, diuretic and astringent benefits of geranium oil as well as the antiseptic qualities of lavender to relieve the discomfort of burns and minor cuts. There are many plants that are used as aphrodisiacs as well, such as ylang-ylang, sandalwood, rose and jasmine. If an individual´s mood is low, that person can rely on the effects of lemon which has been used in a study in Japan to prove that it lowers the stress levels of mice while in the form of vapor.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

AROMATHERAPY and Low Female Libido - 5 Essential Ways

First of all let's look at aromatherapy in a close way. Aromatherapy and low libido is related and it the former that is used to heal the later. Aromatherapy is popular each day and it is used in addition to some oils and aromatic plants to improve health and mood. Aromatherapy method has been used for many centuries now and even the most known historical figure Cleopatra is known to be an essential seductress due to the way she used her aromatherapy knowledge.

Aromatic candle
Aromatic candle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The hypoactive sexual desire disorder or the low libido is more common in women than men and studies are showing that some causes of decreased libido is stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue and hormones. These signs can be treated by the use of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy and low female libido can be treated by the use of today's libido boosting aromatherapy. It is true that aromatherapy can set up someone's mood and behavior towards sex and intimacy. Thee are different essential oils to use in aromatherapy to reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety and increase nitric acid that is essential in blood circulation in the body which also reaches the sexual organs. The blood flow also reaches the brain and triggers the erotic centers hence increasing sex drive.

Essential oils to use in aromatherapy and low female libido:

  • Angelica is a most useful and stimulating oil that is also use by the libido depleted women who are also in their menopause stages, anemia or heavy and painful periods
  • The aromatherapists also use ambrette, benzoin and cumin in dealing with sensual and sexual drive increase
  • The Clary-sage warms the body while encouraging vitality and creativity as well as mace and nutmeg not forgetting patchouli
  • The use of black pepper, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon are used to provide scent and endurance as well as warmth and should be used prior to love making
  • When one is anxious, lacks mood, confidence ad is restless the following oils are effective in aromatherapy and low female libido. Geranium, rose, Ylang-ylang and jasmine. They boost sex drive by stimulating the release of pheromones and also fight frigidity and impotence. They can elevate libido hence promote compassion and love hence the drive for love making


These oils used in aromatherapy and low female libido should be used when they are diluted first. Then they are applied on the skin directly depending on the type of the oil used. One can also use a cloth or cotton woo and pour few drops before holding it near the nose for inhalation or steam inhalation can also be used. Some people will use the aromatherapy and low female libido oils in water especially in the bath tub.



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

AROMATHERAPY Massage Creams

Driven by the stresses of the day, we have no choice but to subject ourselves to fatigue and tension. Often, we still have to hold 3 jobs at a time just to accommodate all our periodic expenses. And some rest and a good night sleep are our well-earned comforts.

A specially created massage combining techniqu...
A specially created massage combining technique and aromatherapy oils. The essential oils are absorbed through the skin and carried to the muscle tissues, joints and organs to relieve tension and relax your mind. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sounds strange? It is but it happens. Its ironic that we have to toil ourselves daily just to get the leisure we want at the end of the day. And yet we work some more everyday just to make both ends meet with maximum comfort we want for ourselves.

It seems that this has become the trend and we just have to follow the flow of living. Nonetheless, our daily schedule is tiring and truly physically taxing. With some measures to maintain our vigor and to rejuvenate our spent energy, we are sure to find ourselves refreshed as the new morning starts.

One of the known methods that could provide the release of one's body and mind in everyday stress is through aromatherapy. Apart from being an art, it is also a science that aims to induce healing through the stimulation of the olfactory nerve. This works primarily by altering moods using scents and aromas.



There are a number of principles used in aromatherapy. The candles and lotions aside, it also advocates the use of creams that have a delicate mixture of essential oils in massage therapy.

Aromatherapy massage creams brings about the effects of tranquility in the mind and more vibrant skin. Aromatherapy creams are made from aromatic essential oils that are known to bring healing only on one's mind and body but also to one's skin. In fact, the essential oils used in aromatherapy are first discovered when a Frenchman accidentally dipped his burning finger in lavender oil. This then helped heal the wounds with the absence of scars.

Like with the essential oils, aromatherapy massage creams also have various flavors that can cater individual needs.

These are often blended with skin-rejuvenating ingredients like jojoba oil and coconut oil and botanical thickeners to produce a good aromatherapy cream.

Unlike with massaging oils though, aromatherapy massage creams can only be used through topical application. Combined with soothing massage, aromatherapy creams can help reduce the stress from fatigue, muscle strain, headaches, depression and even hypertension. It could also possibly redirect a person with anxiety disorder from thoughts that often bug his mind.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

ESSENTIAL OILS - What is the Role of Magic and Spirituality?

From the beginning, man has been preoccupied with the question of divinity-who is responsible for us being here and how do we relate to the Creator. All primitive peoples have developed some kind of world-view which they expressed through myths, legend or stories. 

All life was viewed as dependent on a force which transcended the visible world. This force was honored through specific rites and rituals. How was illness and environmental disturbances or disasters interpreted in this world view?-as discord or disharmony between the human, environmental, and spiritual realms. Disease was viewed as disunity and so early on the art of healing was bound up with an ability to appease the spirit world, please the gods and counter curses.

Incense-smoke with "grains"-of-incense
Incense-smoke with "grains"-of-incense (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Role of Incense and Aromatics

In these world views, fragrant odors were thought to be favored by the gods and were a way of appeasing their anger and wrath and ensuring divine favor and attracting special attention to prayers. Since scent delighted the human senses, it was assumed that the deities found it very pleasing in fact it was considered the "food of the gods." 

These odors were thought to work like a drug on the minds of the gods as well as on the minds of men and thus the gods would look kindly on the misdeeds of man. In Syria and Mesopotamia, incense smoke was used as a form of divination to calm the wrath of the gods so they would be inclined to give positive oracles. It was also used as a means of purification-cleansing the human soul before the face of the god.

Many herbs and aromatics were also considered to have magical properties including healing. Temples erected to honor the gods had great urns for the burning of incense before the gods. Early on, burning incense in the sick room was a common way to cure. The Sumerians and Babylonians burned incense as a means of purification to please their gods, the Hebrews used burning incense (generally thought to be frankincense) to veil the presence of God in the holy tabernacle, the early Persians used incense in their worship which is depicted on their monuments at Persepolis, the Muslims still offer incense in the shrines of their saints today. The Roman Catholic church, Anglican and orthodox Christian churches still use frankincense and myrrh incense to honor God in their rituals.

Incense was absolutely indispensable in ancient Egyptian rituals. The ascending smoke was seen symbolically as a vehicle to carry one's prayers to the deities and to bridge the realm of human and spiritual. This is particularly true for their elaborate ceremonies surrounding death.

The Hebrews also used incense to carry their prayers to God.
"Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice." Psalm 141:2.
The use of perfumed ornaments like necklaces made of saffron, orris, musk and Benjamin were used in black Africa and throughout Asia to appease the spirits. In India, the sacred plant of basil was made into sacred beads and rosaries.  In Tibet, dry incense is worn as a talisman to ward off evil spirits and in Mexico to this day, a clove of garlic is still hung around the neck of a newborn as a protection.

Amulets are commonly used in magical rites in many cultures and often include aromatic plant materials. In today's world, many users of essential oils are now wearing "diffuser" jewelry to ward off germs from others and protect against bacteria and viruses. For travelers, especially on airplanes, this simply makes good sense. When enough people begin performing this action, a ritual will be established that says-this is how we ward off "evil spirits" like bacteria and viruses. Are you wearing diffuser jewelry

    Want to know more about essential oils and how they can help us stay healthy? Consider becoming a certified clinical aromatherapist. The Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy teaches classes throughout the United States on aromatherapy and energy healing.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

AROMATHERPY MASSAGE OIL – Adding Ease To Your Life

Hectic schedule may be leaving you stressful resulting in enormous strain and pressure. If you too are caught up in the same situation and looking for a solution to relieve the stress, then massage with aromatherapy massage oil can be the perfect solution to get relaxed and regaining the freshness that you had missing for a long time. 

Massage in Frankfurt, Germany
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Massage serves as an active stress antidote. Various massage oils are available in the market but if you are looking for the best and the natural one then aromatherapy massage oil would definitely pose to be the best option.

Nature presents the best cure.  In the past, natural herbs were used as an ailment to curb the disease and other problems. But, in the past few decades whole arena has changed there has been a rapid increase in the usage of chemicals, which have adversely affected the body and skin of many people. 

But, aromatherapy has introduced a breakthrough to the shell of troubles that artificial oil massages has been creating. Relax and cure various joint with a little massage all over your body with aromatherapy massage oil.

Aromatherapy massage oil can be put to diverse uses namely relaxation, romance, stress reliever, children’s massage and many more depending on your aspirations and needs. Just a simple massage with aromatherapy massage oil works as a helpful healing process, where disease or injury has occurred in muscles, connective tissues, bones or any other part of the body. 

You can choose the most appropriate massage oil that suits your needs and aspirations the best. If you find it difficult to decide which aromatherapy massage oil is appropriate for you, seek the advice of professional cosmetologist who can guide about the suitable oil that suit your type of skin to the best.

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You can look for massage oils in the shops nearer to your home. But, in case you don’t want to indulge in troubles involved in going out and shopping. One more easier and faster option is available, the Internet. You can browse through various sites selling access wide range of aromatherapy massage oil. They also give you the benefit of reasonable low prices on bulk purchase of aromatherapy massage oil.  

Internet can be the one stop shop for you, you can compare the prices of massage oil offered by various sellers and can choose the appropriate message oil accordingly.

Get stress free the natural way with aromatherapy massage oil that can help you relieve the stress by activating your body cells and toning your body. Make the best use of Internet shopping that gives you an added advantage of getting the desired massage oil from the comfort of your home.