Nov 27

Peppermint Oil for the Holidays and for Reducing Daytime Sleepiness

Happy Holidays! This article could be a life saver for all of us this holiday season. The stress, the hustle and bustle, we need all the help we can get. Let’s face it there is no room for daytime sleepiness on our agenda. Peppermint oil to the rescue!

Please keep in mind peppermint oil is not the same as an extract that you would use for cooking or baking purposes. Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled directly from the plant while the extract is primarily peppermint flavored alcohol. Go for the real thing.     peppermint 2

Listed are a couple of suggestions using peppermint oil for the holidays and throughout the year to uplift your mood, increase your energy level and calm your nerves.

  • Feel like a bath, a few drops of peppermint essential in the bath water will work wonders

  • Out and about rub some peppermint oil on your temples to help relieve stress

  • Spend the evening with peppermint essential oil aromatherapy and let the aroma fill the room promoting all kinds of good feelings, thoughts and over-all well-being

  • Let’s not leave out a massage with peppermint essential oil inducing relaxation plus

Peppermint oil was used as a folk or traditional remedy for nausea, indigestion, cold symptoms, headaches, muscle and nerve pain, stomach problems, and bowel conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Essential oil of peppermint may be found in very small doses in capsule or liquid forms. The essential oil can also be diluted with other oils, such as carrier oils, and applied to the skin.

Today, peppermint oil is used for the common cold, cough, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus infections, and respiratory infections. It is also used for digestive problems including heartburn, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cramps of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract and bile ducts, upset stomach, diarrhea, bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, and gas. Some people also use peppermint for menstrual problems, liver and gallbladder complaints, preventing spasms during endoscopy procedures, and as a stimulant.

Peppermint oil may also be applied to the skin for headache, muscle pain, nerve pain, toothache, inflammation of the mouth, joint conditions, itchiness, allergic rash, bacterial and viral infections, relaxing the colon during barium enemas, and for repelling mosquitoes.

In foods and beverages, peppermint is a common flavoring agent.

In manufacturing, peppermint oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics, and as a flavoring agent in pharmaceuticals.

How exciting – research to substantiate peppermint essential oil in reducing daytime sleepiness.

This study was undertaken to ascertain whether peppermint oil could limit the increase in sleepiness. The researchers enrolled 20 undergraduate students from Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom and were randomly assigned to 2 groups: the control group (no peppermint oil) and the experiment group (using peppermint oil).

For the experimental group subjected to peppermint oil, a fixed low concentration of the oil was placed on an aroma pad near their nostril prior to the participant entering the room.

The results were in conditions where there would be a chance of increased sleepiness, both groups had an increase in sleepiness. However, the increase in sleepiness was significantly lower in the peppermint group.

The researchers concluded that this study does support the claim that peppermint oil can ward off sleepiness. So, let’s go get some peppermint essential oil!

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Nov 27

Sweet Orange and Basil Essential Oils for the Holidays and Treating Skin Conditions

The Holidays are here! Let’s use sweet orange and basil essential oils to do some cooking sending a wonderful fragrance all through the house.

Essential oils have been a significant component of medical therapy for thousands of years. The role of essential oils in medicine today has been replaced with prescription medications. Lately there has been an increasing demand for natural therapies. One could say that essential oils are coming to the forefront once again.

Many of the prescription medical drugs for acne are effective but have significant side effects. The over-the-counter acne therapies are also effective, but again, have side effects. Acne treatments may contain preservatives, stabilizers and other synthetic compounds. There is some reasonable research that some additives may not be safe for long-term use.

Acne is probably the most common skin condition. Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by acne every year. Almost everyone remembering back to the teen years can recall experiencing the acne scourge. Essential oils may provide some needed relief.

For example, let’s take a look at sweet orange essential oil and basil essential oil. Essential oils are absorbed into the body via the nose and the pores of skin and hair follicles. From there they enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. The beauty of aromatherapy is that you benefit from the inhalation and topical application of the essential oils.

First on our list is sweet orange. It has a fresh, sweet, citrus smell and is considered a valuable treatment oil for many ailments. The oil is extracted from the fruit of the orange plant (Citrus sinensis) by cold-press method and it is best to only use organic, cold-pressed oils to avoid chemical toxicity.     mandarin oil bottle

Sweet orange essential oil beneficial for:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Inflammation

  • Sore throat

  • Digestion

  • Cancer

  • Cellulite

  • Acne

Moving on to see what sweet basil essential oil is all about. Basil is a highly fragrant herb most often used as a seasoning in cooking, but also it has become increasingly popular for its various health benefits.

Basil essential oil was widely used in ancient times in places like India for various medicinal purposes (Ayurvedic medicine). The herb was used to treat diarrhea, cough, mucous discharges, constipation, indigestion, and certain skin diseases.     basil 1

Basil essential oil includes its ability to treat:

  • Nausea

  • Motion sickness

  • Indigestion

  • Constipation

  • Respiratory problems

  • Stress disorders

  • Itching

  • Eyes

  • Diabetes

What wonderful fragrances and so very valuable for your health.

A 2012 medical study demonstrated that sweet orange essential oil and sweet basil essential oil were very effective in the treatment of acne (43 percent to 75 percent resolution). They demonstrated that one mechanism of action for these two essential oils was the inhibition of bacterial growth.

The study recruited 28 patients with acne and involved three gel formulations consisting of (1) antibacterial (essential oils), (2) keratolytic medication (3) essential oils mixed with acetic acid, and (4) kerolytic medication with acetic acid. The patients were separated into four groups of seven patients in each group. Treatments were applied daily for eight weeks and weekly checks were conducted to evaluate patient improvement.

The essential oil formulations were chemically and physically stable during application of treatments. The essential oils with acetic acid mixture achieved the highest improvements of 75%. This appeared to be a result of their joint antiseptic and keratolytic activity. Side effects (burning and redness) disappeared within a few minutes of completing the application, therefore, did not interfere with adherence to treatment.

Congratulations, sweet orange and sweet basil in accomplishing such high positive results. Wonderful news for people suffering with acne.

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Nov 27

Cinnamon Essential Oil for Christmas and Lowers Blood Pressure

What better way to celebrate the Holidays than using essential oils. The aromas of the oils can be so diverse – some stimulating, some relaxing, some for digestion, and the list goes on. Cinnamon essential oil has a wonderful spicy fragrance so let’s put some in a diffuser sending the aroma throughout the house. It is also known for many medicinal purposes that you will see further down the page.

Most people can’t tell when their blood pressure is high, which is why hypertension is called the “silent killer.” In this case, what you don’t know can hurt you. Elevated blood pressure can lead to a greatly increased risk of heart attack and stroke along with other serious illnesses.

 Blood pressure can elevate to as high as  220/170 (systolic pressure/diastolic pressure) and is quite common during activities, such as weight lifting without doing any harm. Only when excessive pressure is sustained day and night do blood vessel linings begin to be injured and undergo those unhealthy changes known as atherosclerosis.

Lifestyle changes, such as quitting cigarettes, losing weight, and increasing exercise, can dramatically reduce blood pressure. Regarding exercise, one study found that engaging in aerobic exercise 60 to 90 minutes weekly may be sufficient for producing maximum benefits.  Another study found that taking four 10-minute “exercise snacks” of brisk walking per day significantly improves blood pressure.

Let’s find out about cinnamon. Most people are familiar with the sweet but pungent taste of the oil, powder, or sticks of bark from the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon trees grow in a number of tropical areas, including parts of India, China, Madagascar, Brazil, and the Caribbean.      cinnamon-oil

The latest news going around is that there is a great difference between different types of cinnamon. The 2 most popular in the news would be Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is considered the “true” cinnamon and is from Sri Lanka. Cassia cinnamon tends to be used more in the U.S. and can be from various countries. Coumarin can be very toxic to the liver and kidneys. There are very minimal amounts of coumarin in Ceylon cinnamon, whereas, cassia cinnamon contains a very significant amount. If you use cinnamon a lot, please consider Ceylon cinnamon.

Cinnamon is an ancient herbal medicine mentioned in Chinese texts as long ago as 4,000 years. It has a broad range of historical uses in different cultures, including the treatment of diarrhea, rheumatism, certain menstrual disorders, circulation, nausea and digestion. In modern medicine, cinnamon is useful in reducing blood glucose levels in diabetes, fights bacterial and fungal infections, inhibits development of Alzheimer’s disease, effective against HIV, stops progression of multiple sclerosis, lowers bad cholesterol, eliminates headache and heartburn.

As we can see, cinnamon essential oil is a “super” oil that not only smells great but has many benefits.

A report published in the journal, Nutrition, stated that cinnamon essential oil alone without any diet or lifestyle changes reduced blood pressure levels (systolic and diastolic). The scientists went on to explain their procedures.

Dr. Akilen and his co-workers limited their meta-analysis to only three randomized clinical trials out of a possible 93 studies. The doses of cinnamon used in the studies ranged from 500 mg to 2.4 grams per day and the duration of all of the studies was 12 weeks.

After surmising all of the information, the results were that cinnamon essential oil intake was associated with significant decreases in blood pressure.

Dr Akilen and his co-workers noted that a recent review had “confirmed that cinnamon and components of cinnamon have been shown to have beneficial effects on virtually all of the factors associated with metabolic syndrome, including insulin sensitivity, glucose, lipids, antioxidants, inflammation, blood pressure, and body weight.”

“In summary, this meta-analysis of three RCTs indicates that the consumption of cinnamon essential oil (short term) is associated with notable reduction of systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with prediabetes and type-2 diabetes,” they wrote.

Cinnamon essential oil lowers blood pressure and is so wonderful for the holidays!

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Nov 16

Rosemary Essential Oil for Thanksgiving and for Hypotension

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is widely used as a spice when cooking, especially in Mediterranean dishes. It is also used for its fragrance in soaps and other cosmetics. Traditionally, rosemary has been used medicinally to improve memory, relieve muscle pain and spasm, stimulate hair growth, and support the circulatory and nervous systems. It is also believed to increase menstrual flow, act as an abortifacient (causing miscarriage), increase urine flow, and treat indigestion. A study in humans found that long term daily intake of rosemary prevents thrombosis.     Rosemary Oil 1

Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits:

  • Hair loss Infectious disease

  • Impaired memory

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Gout

  • Skin conditions

  • Throat and lung infections

  • Liver conditions

  • Hepatitis

  • Muscle soreness

The medical name for low blood pressure is hypotension. Low blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is much lower than normal. This means the heart, brain, and other parts of the body do not get enough blood. Normal blood pressure is usually between 90/60 mmHg and 130/80 mmHg.

Blood pressure varies from one person to another. A drop as little as 20 mmHg, can cause problems for some people. There are different types and causes of low blood pressure.

Severe hypotension can be caused by sudden loss of blood (shock), anemia, medications, severe infection, heart attack, or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

Orthostatic hypotension is caused by a sudden change in body position. This occurs most often when you shift from lying down to standing. This type of low blood pressure usually lasts only a few seconds or minutes. If this type of low blood pressure occurs after eating, it is called postprandial orthostatic hypotension. This type most often affects older adults, those with high blood pressure, and persons with Parkinson disease.

Neurally mediated hypotension (NMH) most often affects young adults and children. It can occur when a person has been standing for a long time. Children usually outgrow this type of hypotension.

Symptoms of low blood pressure may include:

  • Blurry vision

  • Confusion

  • Dizziness

  • Fainting

  • Lightheadedness

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Sleepiness

  • Weakness

  • Excessive thirst

  • Fatigue

  • Depression

  • Rapid shallow breathing

  • Cold, clammy skin

Do you think rosemary essential oil can be effective in helping hypotensive patients? Well, let’s find out.

A study was performed to find out the effectiveness of Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) essential oil as an anti-hypotensive treatment for patients with hypotension and its influence on health-related quality of life.

Researchers enrolled thirty-two patients diagnosed with hypotension for a prospective study for 72 weeks in a Spanish pharmacy. Clinical evaluation was carried out through the control of systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels (SBP and DBP, respectively) according to the International Standards from the American Society of Hypertension. Statistical methods were used to evaluate the effectiveness of Rosemary essential oil and to evaluate the relationship between the two variables (SBP and DBP) and scores from physical and mental summary components obtained from the SF-36 Health Survey.

The increase achieved in blood pressure values after administration of Rosemary essential oil was clinically significant. The positive results obtained from this study did prove the anti-hypotensive effect of rosemary essential oil and its relationship with the improvement in patients’ quality of life.

Rosemary is absolutely fabulous in roasted turkey but has also proven itself worthy of treating hypotension.

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Oct 06

Favorite Essential Oil Blend for the Fall

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Add this blend into a diffuser and inhale the wonderful autumn fragrance!!

 

3 drops Sweet Orange      Let’s get refreshed and energized for the season.

2 drops Cinnamon             Bring some spice into your life inviting those warming accents.

6 drops Juniper Berry       Just like you are out in the woods smell the woody,     sweet, fresh and crisp aroma.

2 drops Clove                Sweet and spicy for providing overall health.

2 drops Rosemary         Lift your spirits with a bit of rosemary on those rainy fall days.

4 drops Cedarwood       Woody, balsamic and very earthy in scent reminiscent of a walk in the forest.

2 drops Patchouli                    A little bit of aphrodisiac is good anytime of the year.

Sep 05

Dogs with Skin Problems Try Essential Oils

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List of Essential Oils for Dogs

Lavender   (antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-itch, antifungal, anti-anxiety properties)

Helichrysum   (anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiallergenic, antiseptic properties)

Niaouli    (safe alternative for tea tree oil) (antihistamine and antibacterial properties)

Neem    (anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, astringent properties)

Geranium   (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties)

Cedarwood   (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent properties)

Great All Around Skin Recipe!     

Not only will your dog have relief but will smell fantastic!

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

5 drops Vitamin E

10 drops Lavender Oil

5 drops Helichrysum Oil

4 drops Geranium Oil

3 drops Niaouli Oil

Mix all of the above oils and apply 2-3 times a day.

Jul 13

Best Essential Oils Recipe for Hair Regrowth

Best Essential Oils Recipe for Hair Growth

 

  1.   Place ½ tsp jojoba oil and 4 tsp grapeseed oil (both known as carrier oils) in a small bowl.

  2.   Mixing essential oils 2 drops of thyme oil, 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of rosemary and 2 drops of cedarwood with the carrier oils.

  3.   Massage into scalp for 2 minutes every night, rinse in the morning.

  4.   Continue with this treatment until you see improvement.

*This recipe is from an actual study published in the Archives of Dermatology.

The researchers had the patients who were diagnosed with alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease where hair is lost from some or all areas of the body) massage their scalp daily with the essential oils mixture for 7 months.

They found that the essential oils for hair regrowth was a safe and effective treatment in 44% of the patients which would be 19 out of 43 patients. If you experience hair loss, why not give it a try!

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Jun 18

Keep Deer Flies Away

 

 

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This is my favorite recipe using essential oils to keep deer flies away:

20 drops Lavender

10 drops Lemon

5 drops Eucalyptus

5 drops Tea Tree

5 drops Peppermint

3 drops Clove

2 drops Citronella

Add all of these oils into an aromatherapy bottle or spray bottle and apply when going outside.

May 13

Losing Weight with Coconut Oil

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). Ayurvedic medicine texts written in Sanskrit about 4,000 years ago report the health benefits of coconut oil.  Southeast Asian countries consider coconut the “tree of life” because of its highly valued and respected source of plant-based fats that have been used both as an energy-dense food and as folk medicine.

It has various applications in food, medicine, and industry. Because of its high saturated fat content it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to two years without spoiling.

Benefits of coconut oil would be:  hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality, bone strength, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Abdominal obesity, also known as central obesity, is when excessive abdominal fat around the stomach and abdomen has built up to the extent that it is likely to have a negative impact on health. There is a strong correlation between central obesity and cardiovascular disease also, a strong association with type 2 diabetes. Abdominal obesity is not confined only to the elderly and obese subjects. Abdominal obesity has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease as well as other metabolic and vascular diseases.

50% of men and 70% of women in the United States between the ages of 50 and 79 years now exceed the waist circumference threshold for central obesity. A permanent routine of exercise, eating healthier‚ and, during periods of overweight, consuming the same number or fewer calories than used will prevent and help fight obesity.

Now, let’s review this study. Researchers investigated the effects of dietary supplementation with coconut oil on abdominal obesity and cholesterol levels on women between the ages of 20-40 years. The groups were either given dietary supplements of soy bean oil or coconut oil over a 12 week period. Results were reductions in body mass index (BMI) were observed in both groups but only the coconut group exhibited a reduction in waist circumference.

The authors concluded that “It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.” Bravo coconut oil – once again proving its worthiness in weight reduction!

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May 13

Anti-Aging effect of Argan Oil on the Skin

The argan tree is native to Southwestern Morocco and the oil has been used for generations to treat skin infections, bug bites, and skin rashes. Today, it is used as a moisturizer for hair and skin. It is known as “liquid gold” and “Moroccan gold” in the beauty industry.

Argan oil is extracted through cold pressing the kernels of the argan fruit. It has a distinctive, fatty and nutty aroma and absorbs moderately leaving a slight oily feeling on the skin.     Argan-Oils glass

Some benefits of using argan oil would be:  eliminates acne, moisturizes dry skin and hair, and reduces stretch marks. It has been found to lower cholesterol, improve circulation, stabilize blood sugar, reduce pain from arthritis, strengthen immune system, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce cardiovascular risk.

During menopause, estrogenic secretion is reduced causing a disruption of skin functioning, thus causing the decline in skin elasticity characteristic of skin aging.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate in postmenopausal women the effect of daily consumption and/or application of argan oil on skin elasticity.

Sixty postmenopausal women were randomly divided into two groups for the trial period. The treatment group of 30 participants received dietary argan oil, the control group of 30 participants received olive oil, and both groups applied argan oil on the forearm during a 60-day period.

The results were the consumption of argan oil led to a significant increase in skin elasticity. Both groups applying the oil to their skin also experienced a significant increase in skin elasticity.

The authors stated “Our findings suggest that the daily consumption and/or topical application of argan oil have an anti-aging effect on the skin demonstrated by the improvement of skin elasticity.” Don’t wait until you are older – start using argan oil now! If you are older no time to waste get that oil asap!

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