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.

Cough girl

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:

  • AnxietyJasmine 3

  • 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.


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!

Study Link

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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 12

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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Nov 10

Holiday Essential Oils Let Them Comfort, Heal, Invigorate

 This is such an exciting time of the year and I feel so inspired to research and find out all kinds of really good information. For instance in the Cooking with Essential Oils chapter, I decided to not only cover Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s traditional foods but also Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Winter Solstice traditional foods! I also added some basic knowledge about each holiday, which I found so very interesting and hope you do to.

Oct 06

Favorite Essential Oil Blend for the Fall



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.