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September 5, 2018

The Endless Benefits of Essential Oils

“Essential oils are concentrated potent, plant energy.” Nadine Artemis

 

One of the simplest and most powerful natural tools. The benefits of essentials oils are endless. They’re not only antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal but also reduce scars, heal blemishes, fight infections, can be used as household cleaner, boost focus,  intuition and mental acuity, reduce stress, improve insomnia and so on. There’s an endless selection and many of these oils have been used since Egyptian and roman times. Whatever you’re struggling with, there’s an oil for it.

One of the reasons why essential are so powerful is because of the powerful monoterpenes that they contain. Monoterpenes  help remove toxins, turn on protective genes, help the liver break down carcinogens, stimulate the lymphatic system and cell death, soothe pain, inflammation and encourage tissues to heal. Just to name a few.

Essential oils can be used in a number of ways. They can be inhaled, added to massage oils, skin, hair  and oral care products, used as a household cleaner in baths, diffusers and salt pipes.

Some oils are quite strong and can be irritating if applied directly to the skin. This is where you want to mix them with a carrier oil to reduce the likelihood of irritation. My favorite carrier is castor oil. It penetrates the skin on a deeper level and is also very healing and detoxifying.  

 

Carrier Oils

  • Coconut, Olive, jojoba, castor, sesame
  • *Must be organic and cold pressed

 

Caveat

  • Some oils are quite strong and can be irritating if applied directly to the skin.
  • Citrus oils increase photosensitivity. Best not to use before going out into the sun.
  • Only use pure essential oils from a trusted source. Cheap oils are often diluted and adulterated.
  • Store away from direct sunlight and heat

 

Breast Health

Orange oil, frankincense and laurel have high levels of monoterpenes which are anti inflammatory, help to stimulate estrogen detoxification and stimulate the lymphatic system. They’re a great addition to breast massage oils and balms. 

 

Frankincense 

  • Frankincense is synonymous with spirituality and increases intuition
  • Anti-inflammatory,
  • Incredible for skin care : scars,  uneven skin, melasma, heals wounds, fades scars, treats wrinkles , nourishes dry skin and eases signs of aging
  • Reduces apprehension, tension and  worry.
  • Great for oral care and fresh breath.
  • Healing and detoxifying  for breast tissue  

 

Orange

  •  Great mood booster, helps to lift moodiness and reduces worry
  • Dilute to use in massage, skin care blends and bathing.
  • Healing and detoxifying for breast tissue
  • Wonderful addition to breast massage oils.
  • Helps to heal acne and dermatitis
  •  Improves the appearance of the skin.

*Will increase photosensitivity. Best not to use before going out into the sun.

 

Laurel

  • Increases perception, clarity and peace
  • Energy boosting
  • Invigorates infinite intelligence  
  • Dive deep into dreamland
  • Cleansing –  can be used as a household cleanser
  • Great for acne, blemishes and renews skin
  • Use in massage oil for lymphatic circulation
  • Healing and detoxifying for breast tissue

 

Rose

  • Brings joy and feelings of love
  • Heart opening
  • Reduces fear, melancholy and helps recovery from sadness and grief.
  • Relaxes the mind and nerves
  • Restores energy balance
  • Helps to balance the female moon cycle

 

Lavender

  • Promotes relaxation
  • One of the safest oils to use
  • Cooling and calming to the physical body
  • Purifying and immune enhancing
  • Helps prevent infections
  • Balancing to the male/female systems.
  • Lavender enhances the body’s healing powers; used specifically for burns.
  • It has pain-reducing properties
  • Great for skin conditions, acne, rashes, dermatitis, irritation
  • Great for insomnia, stress and anxiety
  • Perfect for cuts, burns, and wounds
  • Speeds healing  for acne, scars
  • Lessens mental restlessness, dispels depression
  • Increases lymph flow
  • Use one drop under each arm as a deodorant.

 

Tea Tree 

  • Great for acne, psoriasis, eczema
  • Improves dry scalp
  • Heals, soothes and cleans cuts and wounds
  • Powerful first aid
  • Fights sinus infections, relieves congestion and respiratory tract infections
  • Lice, sunburns
  • Soothes skin irritations
  • Improve Psoriasis and Eczema
  • Natural household cleaner
  • Fights Toenail Fungus and Ringworm
  • Kills Mold
  • Natural DIY Deodorant : one drop under each arm will do
  • Protect Wounds and Cuts
  • Great for oral health
  • Natural Insect Repellent

 

Rosemary 

  • Increases focus
  • Reduces feelings stagnancy
  • Great for lymphatic system, liver, digestive, immune and skin systems.
  • Use neat as an acne wash and spot on serum.  
  • Excellent hair tonic. It is commonly used to remove dandruff, soothe dry scalp, and strengthen and shine hair strands.
  • Inhale for meditation and  concentration
  • Revives emotions to move from apathy into renewed confidence and motivation.

 

Peppermint

  • Pacifies throbs,
  • Reduce redness and itchiness
  • Eases headaches,
  • Clears the sinuses,
  • Improves digestion
  • Anti-viral
  • Cooling
  • Great to treat rashes, insect bites and blemishes
  • Great for first aid kit
  • Antifungal
  • Revives dull skin and balances oily skin

 

Tips

  • Carry a bottle with you, or have one at your desk at work or home. When stress starts to creep up, take a few inhales from the bottle. I’ve currently got a bottle of bergamot and ylang ylang next to my computer. They’re both great stress reducers. If you need to increase focus, rosemary is your ally.
  • Add a drop of lavender oil between your toes before going to bed. The skin between your toes is very thin and absorbs very quickly.

 

Jazz up your showering experience.

Add 2-3 drops of an essential oil to the bottom of the shower and let the hot water disperse the aroma. (Renegade Beauty)

 

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