Jun 13

Citrus Essential Oils for the Summer

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May 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 along with 2 ounces carrier oil of your choice and apply when going outside.

*If you would like more detailed information about each of the oils click – Lavender  Lemon  Eucalyptus  Tea Tree  Peppermint  Clove  Citronella

May 17

Eliminate Age Spots and Wrinkles with Essential Oils

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Recipe

 

2 Tbs. Coconut Oil (Base Oil) – Excellent moisturizer and hydrator for the skin along with antibacterial and antifungal properties

6 Drops Lavender Reduces and prevents wrinkles by moisturizing and increasing blood flow to the skin tissues

4 Drops Lemon – Lightens dark spots, tightens and firms skin diminishing wrinkles and bags under the eyes

4 Drops Sweet Orange – Helps tone the skin, decreases wrinkles and dark spots due to promoting the production of collagen

3 Drops Frankincense – Regenerates skin cells, thereby, preventing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots

2 Drops Patchouli Helps to smooth wrinkles and fine lines encouraging new skin cell growth

2 Drops Sandalwood Soothes skin eliminating scars, fine lines and wrinkles

 

Combine and apply 2-3 times daily  –  You will see a difference!

*If you would like more detailed information about each of the oils click – Coconut  Lavender  Lemon  Sweet Orange  Frankincense  Patchouli  Sandalwood

 

 

Apr 21

Essential Oil Rub for Dry Scalp

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Recipe

10 drops Tea Tree

10 drops Lavender

5 drops Rosemary 

6 drops Lemon 

5 drops Peppermint 

Add all of the above to 1/8 cup carrier oil   (I prefer Avocado because it is full of vitamins, proteins and fatty acids and will quickly merge with other oils).

Rub this wonderful combination of oils onto your scalp 10-15 minutes prior to washing your hair. 

*If you would like more detailed information about each of the oils click – Tea Tree  Lavender  Rosemary  Lemon  Peppermint 

Jan 12

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.

Jan 12

Lavender Fights Depression and Insomnia

The use of lavender has been recorded for more than 2,500 years. Egyptians, Phoenicians and the people of Arabia used lavender as a perfume — and also for mummification, by wrapping the dead in lavender-dipped shrouds. In ancient Greece, lavender was called “nardus,” “nard,” or “spikenard” (named for the Syrian city of Naarda) and was used as a cure for everything from insomnia and aching backs to insanity. Lavender oil is extracted primarily from the flowers of the plant through steam distillation. Lavender is known to be one of the best essential oils for sleep and one of the best essential oils for depression. lavender 11111

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. However, people with a depressive disorder find they have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.  Depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living.

There are several types of Depression:

Major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression – combination of symptoms that interfere with sleep, work, eating, study and enjoying activities

Dysthymic disorder – mild symptoms for long periods of time

Psychotic depression – severe depressive illness includes hallucinations and withdrawing from reality

Postpartum depression – major depressive episode which develops within weeks of giving birth

SAD (seasonal affective disorder) – a depressive illness that happens during the winter months

Bipolar disorder – experiences moments of extreme highs and extreme lows

Each year depression affects 5-8 percent of adults in the United States. This means that about 25 million Americans will have an episode of major depression this year alone. All age groups and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups can experience depression.

Insomnia is a persistent disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or both, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep. With insomnia, you usually awaken feeling unrefreshed, which takes a toll on your ability to function during the day. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.

The purpose of a recent study was to explore the effects of lavender aromatherapy on depression and insomnia. Forty-two women college students who complained of insomnia were studied during a four-week protocol. Results of the study indicated that lavender did have a beneficial effect on depression and insomnia.

It’s a definite – lavender essential oil is good for uplifting your mood so be gone depression and isn’t it wonderful to get some sleep!

Study Link

Jan 12

Eucalyptus, Lemon, Tea Tree, and Lavender Essential Oils for Coughs

A cough often accompanies the common cold or flu, seasonal allergies, asthma, pneumonia or bronchitis. Smoke or other irritating substances in the environment can bring on a cough. GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease) may cause a cough. Medicines that control high blood pressure have been known to produce coughing.

You should not be too concerned if you have an occasional cough but if you have a chronic cough there should be concern because it may indicate the presence of a disease or an infection. The most common causes of a chronic cough are respiratory diseases such as asthma or chronic bronchitis, or digestive disorders such as heartburn.

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Aromatherapists suggest that aromatherapy essential oils for coughs and essential oils for colds can be an effective treatment. Essential oils and their uses can be issued through topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion to stimulate a desired response.


Aromatherapy Essential Oil Uses
for Coughs

A list of essential oils and their uses recommended for treatment of a cough:

  • Angelica has antispasmodic properties which soothes the cough.

  • Black pepper has anti-bacterial properties in clearing congestion and helps prevent sinusitis.

  • Cajeput (relative to tea tree) has anti-bacterial properties that helps fight infections of the upper respiratory system.

  • Cedarwood has expectorant properties so it removes mucus from the lungs and respiratory tract. It also relieves headache and other symptoms of coughs and colds.

  • Cyprus has expectorant properties and facilitates the removal of phlegm amassed in the respiratory tracts and the lungs.

  • Eucalyptus has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties which makes it a good ingredient in many medicines that treat respiratory problems.

  • Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties which helps relax the breathing passages and has antiseptic properties that boost the immune system.

  • Lavender has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which loosens up the phlegm and relieves congestion.

  • Lemon has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which make it especially effective in treating infections of the throat.

  • Myrrh has antimicrobial and anti-viral properties so it tends to reduce the accumulation of mucus in the lungs.

  • Peppermint has antibacterial and antiviral properties which are helpful in treating coughs.

  • Rose has antibacterial properties so it helps in reducing coughs.

  • Rosemary has antiseptic and anti-spasmodic properties which appear to relieve throat congestion.

  • Sandalwood has expectorant properties and is particularly effective in treating coughs.

  • Tea tree has antiviral and expectorant properties that can be effective in the treatment of infections that may be responsible for coughs and helps clear bronchial congestion.

 Just a little tidbit for today:

Mixing essential oils can be accomplished by blending the oils with lotions, creams or carrier oils and applied to the skin. Some well-known carrier oils would be: almond, aloe vera, apricot kernel, avocado, calendula, coconut, evening primrose, grape seed, hazelnut, jojoba, macadamia, olive, and sesame.

When using essential oils for the skin, safety must be taken into consideration by doing a skin test. If sensitivity occurs, wipe off the essential oil with vegetable oil.

Jan 12

Eucalyptus and Pine Needle Oil Preventing Winter Illnesses

Eucalyptus essential oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties making it a must for colds and flu. It is often found in cough drops and ointments such as the infamous Vicks VapoRub just take a whiff – you are smelling eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus essential oil stimulates the immune system and combats inflammation in the lungs. Use it to make your own salve for a chest rub or in steam inhalations. It is known to be one of the best essential oils for colds and one of the best essential oils for coughs.eucalyptus 1

Eucalyptus is native to Australia and has spread to other parts of the world including India, Europe and South Africa. Though many countries produce eucalyptus oil in small quantities, the prime source of eucalyptus oil for the world is still Australia.

Traditionally, Eucalyptus species have been used for insect repellent, respiratory infections and mouth washes. The Australian Aborigines have used the leaves to disinfect wounds and treat infections for thousands of years. The best-known essential oil worldwide might be eucalyptus oil, produced from the leaves of Eucalyptus globulus.

Pine oil is another highly beneficial winter essential oil which can relax and relieve nasal congestion, colds and coughs. It can help people suffering from sinusitis or chest infections. It is best added to hot water for steam inhalation therapy.

Historically, the pine tree originated in Britain and northern Europe and then spread to other parts of the world. The main producers of the essential oil would be Austria and Russia, Baltic States, France, Hungary, Siberia and Yugoslavia. It is undoubtedly best known for being used as a Christmas tree all over the world.Pine bottle

Pine oil is obtained through steam distillation of the twigs and needles. Manufacturers use the oil to make perfumes and other scented products. They also manufacture soaps and cleaning products with the oil. It is used extensively for massage therapy and is known to be one of the most highly recommended essential oils for skin care.

Scientists observed the positive results of a study using a mixture of menthol, eucalyptus and pine needle oil or using individually all performed superbly in protecting respiratory cells, thereby, preventing any of the winter illnesses.

Study Link

Jan 12

Jasmine Essential Oil Along with Massage Relieves Depression

Jasmine essential oil is known for its sweet and exotic aroma. It has been a favorite oil for many people for thousands of years. The name Jasmine comes from the Persian word ‘yasmin’ which means “a gift from God.”

Listed below are jasmine essential oil uses:

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  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Stress

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Menopausal symptoms

Jasmine has also been known to act as an aphrodisiac.

Aromatherapy massage combines the physical and emotional effects of gentle massage with the psychotherapeutic properties of essential oils. It stimulates the body’s lymphatic and circulatory systems and improves the supply of nutrients to the body tissues and aids in the elimination of toxins. The purpose of an aromatherapy massage is not so much to physically work out all the kinks and sore spots in your body, but to use the restorative properties of essential oils to relax and heal your body and mind.

You name the ailment, and there’s an essential oil that could relieve it. They’re used to treat pain, muscle spasms, stiffness, depression, insomnia, asthma, congestion, hypertension, and the list goes on. Here’s a brief rundown of complaints and the aromatherapy massage oils that just might help them:

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. However, people with a depressive disorder find they have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.  It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.  Depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living.

There are several types of depression:

  • Major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression – combination of symptoms that interfere with sleep, work, eating, study and enjoying activities

  • Dysthymic disorder – mild symptoms for long periods of time

  • Psychotic depression – severe depressive illness includes hallucinations and withdrawing from reality

  • Postpartum depression – major depressive episode which develops within weeks of giving birth

  • SAD (seasonal affective disorder) – a depressive illness that happens during the winter months

  • Bipolar disorder – experiences moments of extreme highs and extreme lows

Each year depression affects 5-8 percent of adults in the United States. This means that about 25 million Americans will have an episode of major depression this year alone. All age groups and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups can experience depression.

Let’s see how jasmine essential oil and aromatherapy therapy do in reducing depression.

This particular study investigated the effect of aromatherapy massage using jasmine essential oil on physical and emotional experiences with humans. Forty healthy volunteers participated and were divided into a control group (applying placebo onto the skin) and the experimental group massaging jasmine onto the skin.

The results were in comparison with the control group, the jasmine oil group experienced significant increases of breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure, which indicated an increase of autonomic arousal. At the emotional level, subjects in the jasmine oil group rated themselves as more alert, more vigorous and less relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings suggested an increase of subjective behavioral arousal.

The researchers stated “In conclusion, our results demonstrated the stimulating/activating effect of jasmine oil and provide evidence for its use in aromatherapy for the relief of depression and uplifting mood in humans.”

Study Link

We, at Good Living Essential Oils, always look forward to hearing about great results from studies using essential oils.

Jan 12

Echinacea for Decreasing Incidence and Duration of the Common Cold

Echinacea essential oil is best known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties making it a must have to prevent or treat acute viral and bacterial infections, colds, and flu. If you feel like you are getting sick, start taking echinacea as soon as possible. Most of the time a few days of Echinacea essential oil therapy is all that is needed to help you regain your healthy feeling.

Echinacea was commonly used by Native Americans for hundreds of years before the arrival of European explorers, settlers and colonizers. It is endemic to eastern and central North America and thrives in moist to dry prairies and open woodlands.      echinacea-natural-

Echinacea’s stimulatory effects on the immune system have made it one of the most popular herbs in the world. Its ability to enhance the body’s natural defenses has applications in fighting common colds, influenza and other infections. Echinacea is also used to fight many other infections including urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria.

Other echinacea essential oil uses not related to infection include chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), rheumatism, migraines, acid indigestion, pain, dizziness, rattlesnake bites, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Sometimes people apply echinacea to their skin to treat boils, abscesses, skin wounds, ulcers, burns, eczema, psoriasis, UV radiation skin damage, herpes simplex, bee stings, and hemorrhoids. Looks to me like Echinacea could be a super oil with all of its therapeutic purposes.

Scientists did a meta-analysis using 14 unique studies evaluating the effect of Echinacea on the incidence and duration of the common cold. They found that the published evidence did indeed support Echinacea’s benefit in decreasing incidence and duration of the common cold.

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