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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Mar 31

Spring Essential Oils bringing Relief, Renewal, Rejuvenation

Mar 30

Clove Oil Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease

Until modern times, cloves grew only on a few islands in the Maluku Islands (historically called the Spice Islands). Cloves have been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for treating respiratory and digestive ailments and in Traditional Chinese Medicine for bad breath, indigestion, diarrhea, ringworm, athlete’s foot, and to calm the nerves.

Clove oil is extracted from the clove bud by steam distillation and is considered to be strongly antiseptic due to its high content of a compound known as eugenol.Clove bottle

 

Benefits of Clove Essential Oil: 

  • Dental care, like toothaches and cavities, as well as for infections

  • Skin care

  • Stress

  • Headaches

  • Respiratory problems

  • Earaches

  • Indigestion and nausea

  • Blood circulation issues and blood purification

  • Diabetes

  • Boosts the immune system weakness

  • Premature ejaculation

  • Cholera and sties.

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S.? It is also a major cause of disability. There are many different forms of heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It’s the major reason people have heart attacks.

Other kinds of heart problems may happen to the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. These include high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, peripheral artery disease, stroke, and congenital heart disease.

You can help reduce your risk of heart disease by taking steps to control factors that put you at greater risk:

  • Control your blood pressure

  • Lower your cholesterol

  • Don’t smoke

  • Get enough exercise

Let’s take a look at a recent study. Researchers investigated the effect of clove essential oil and its major constituent, eugenol on fatty liver and dyslipidemia.

The results were clove essential oil was found to produce significant improvement in fatty liver and dyslipidemia with consequent expected protection from cardiovascular diseases and other complications of fatty liver.

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Mar 30

Acne Issues Resolved by Using Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood is a tree with a highly aromatic wood. It is economically and culturally important to many countries around the Pacific and Eastern Indian Ocean regions where it grows or is traded. The wood is prized for making furniture, ornaments, sacred objects, carvings and joss sticks (incense).

Sandalwood essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of wood and roots of the sandalwood tree. The essential oil is used in medicine, perfume and aromatherapy.

The oil is excellent for soothing, firming and softening skin and is effective for eliminating scars, wrinkles and acne.  Just apply 2 to 3 drops topically, but if your skin is sensitive be sure to dilute this essential oil in sesame, coconut or olive oil before applying to your skin.Sandlewood

Benefits of Sandalwood Essential Oil:

  • Sleep

  • Impotence

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Bronchitis

  • Diarrhea

  • Acne

  • Scars

  • Wrinkles

  • Herpes simplex and herpes zoster

  • Cold sores

  • Cancer

  • Urinary tract infections.

Now, let’s cover acne ever so lightly. Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and greasy skin is how acne is characterized and may lead to scarring. Acne may evoke feelings of anxiety, depression, and reduced self-esteem and may even lead to thoughts of suicide.

The cause of acne is primarily 80% genetics in most cases. It tends to affect areas of skin where there are more oil glands such as the face, upper chest and back.

There are many treatment options that are available to improve the appearance of acne including lifestyle changes, topical and oral medications.

It is time to review a study about sandalwood essential oil and acne. This particular research was performed to see if sandalwood essential oil could help adults and adolescents with acne. A highly purified sandalwood oil from Australia was used in this study. Patients applied a treatment regimen consisting of a foaming cleanser, an acne serum, a spot treatment, and a mask as directed for 8 weeks. The results were significant improvement of the skin and minimal side effects using sandalwood oil.

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Feb 25

Aromatherapy Significantly Decreases Pain and Depression

Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil Therapy, is the use of essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods and roots through steam distillation or cold pressing to balance, harmonize, and promote the health of the body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years. The Greeks, Romans and ancient Egyptians all used aromatherapy oils. The Egyptian physician, Imhotep (first physician known by name in written history) recommended fragrant oils for bathing, massage and for embalming their dead. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used aromatherapy for baths and massage.    bottles

Archaeological evidence of aromatherapy has been found in many ancient civilizations including China, India, Japan, Korea, Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. They were also used in cosmetics, perfumes, drugs and for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.

A French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil when he applied it to a burn on his hand caused by an explosion in his laboratory. He then started to analyze the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Rene-Maurice founded the science of aromatherapy and wrote a book “Aromatherapie.” By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy.

The aromatherapy essential oils are used extensively for many health issues and are being explored more and more by the scientific community for the treatment of a number of diseases such as leukemia, asthma, heart conditions, cancer and many more conditions. Aromatherapy essential oils are volatilized or diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by a nebulizer, heated over a candle flame, or burned as incense.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

  • Aromatherapy is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component such as depression

  • Improve memory

  • Stimulates the immune system

  • Reduces fluid retention

  • Restores balance in the body

  • Increases blood circulation

  • Increases energy levels

  • Promotes healing and recovery

  • Eliminates headaches

  • Reduces insomnia

  • Alleviates pain

  • Eases digestive issues

Now, let’s review a recent study on how beneficial aromatherapy was with alleviating pain and depression. Pain and depression are common in arthritis patients which can significantly affect quality of life. As these are both highly prevalent, the issue of a possible more natural treatment without any side effects would truly be a step up in the medical field.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of aromatherapy on pain, depression, and feelings of satisfaction in life of arthritis patients.

The sample consisted of 40 patients, enrolled in the Rheumatics Center, Kangnam St. Mary’s Hospital, South Korea. The aromatherapy essential oils used were lavender, marjoram, eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint blended in proportions of 2:1:2:1:1. Then mixing essential oils with a carrier oil composed of almond (45%), apricot (45%), and jojoba oil (10%) and they were diluted to 1.5% after blending.

The results were aromatherapy significantly decreased both the pain score and the depression score of the experimental group compared with the control group suggesting aromatherapy could most certainly be useful in helping patients suffering with arthritis.

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Feb 25

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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Jan 01

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.

Causes of Insomnia:

  • Stress

  • Depression and/or anxiety

  • Pain or discomfort

  • Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures

  • Some medication may interfere with sleep such as those used for colds, allergies, high blood pressure and asthma

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!

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