Essential Oils and ADD: My Story

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ADD And Essential Oils

Many people around the world deal with the condition referred to as ADD or ADHD, and I’m one of them. While there are a wide array of medications available, some people do not find relief from them, or find that they need relief from the side effects. I started in the former, but fell into the latter category. While my medication is a subject for another time, one thing that was constant was the relief I found in essential oils.

The Beginning: Headache Help Becomes Focus

I didn’t set out to explore the world of essential oils for ADHD initially. Instead, I discovered them as a result of using essential oils for another purpose. Specifically, I used diluted peppermint oil to help fight chronic headaches. I noticed that, when I applied this treatment, not only would my headaches go away, but I would also be able to focus better and was more productive. I attributed this, at first, to the feeling of ease that comes when a headache subsides, but, after doing some reading, I realized that it was just as likely that I was benefiting from the aromatherapy benefits of essential oil. As a result I bought an oil burner, and never looked back.

I started using a strictly peppermint oil and water blend, which I found helped me concentrate on the work I had in front of me. This makes sense, in retrospect, as peppermint oil has long been associated with increased concentration and is recommended by many as a natural remedy for attention issues.

As I experimented further, I found that a blend of 1/3 peppermint, 1/3 rosemary, and 1/3 lavender was the best mix for my particular symptoms. The peppermint and rosemary provided concentration and focus, without making me feel the heart-pumping, racy thoughts that I had experienced with medication previously. The lavender was the final addition to this mix, which I called my work blend, as its calming scent helped my mind stay at ease and comfortable with the energy that it naturally had, as well as that being provided by the peppermint and rosemary oils.

Focus Becomes Relief

After some personal exploration I began taking medication again, and no longer needed the concentration and energy that peppermint and rosemary provided me. Instead I had to find a way to help counteract the side effects of the medication I was taking.

This task required a different approach altogether. Rather than focusing on energetic oils like peppermint and rosemary, I instead looked into soothing scents. I initially began with a lavender/water blend, but eventually added patchouli to the mix. I found that the lavender-only approach would make me feel at ease in a way where I wouldn’t want to use the focus from my medication on my work. The grounding sensation that the patchouli provided tempered this, and my side effects perfectly. If you want to try this at home, I recommend a 50/50 patchouli and lavender blend, and then adjust it from there. If you find yourself needing a more calming situation then bump up the lavender, and if you need to keep a little bit of the edge that helps you keep on working, then favoring more patchouli is the way to go.

Another thing l like about this particular mix is that it is so flexible. It covers a broad array of situations, from cleaning around the house to rushing to meet a deadline, just by altering the proportion of oils used.

Other Ideas and Going Forward

While these are the primary mixes that I use, they are not the only ones. Some days might be more stressful than others, and for those days I’ve found that adding something citrus to my lavender/patchouli blend is an excellent coping strategy. I favor tangerine, but others have talked about how lemon is the perfect aroma to help you feel like you can, despite what everything around you says, get through the day. A drop or two of citrus provides the perfect amount of bright undertone to the aroma to lift it without being overpowering.

One thing that I want to experiment more with is the addition of various wood oils, in particular cedar. I think that there’s a chance that cedar may eventually take the place of the patchouli in my anti-side effects blend. I’ve found that the woodiness and richness of these oils stands up to the lavender much better, while providing a different kind of grounding sensation than the patchouli does.

Essential Oils and ADD/ADHD

While I am not a doctor, and everyone’s mind and body work differently, I strongly recommend using essential oils as part of your ADD/ADHD experience. I’ve found that they’ve helped me focus more without medicine, and have done an excellent job of minimising some of the more unpleasant side effects that result from the medication. My life would not be what it is without essential oils, and for that I am grateful!

My Personal Journey with Acne and Essential Oils

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I wish I had known about the power of essential oils and how they can help with acne breakouts years ago. They have been the hallmark to healing my sensitive, oily and highly volatile skin.

I cringe when I think back to my journey with acne. I suffered from all types. Dozens and dozens of blackheads on my nose and cheeks. A forehead that was laced with white heads. And those massive, red and inflamed cystic knots that always lingered below the surface of my skin. Those things cursed my neck and back. And they hurt!

If you can relate, I’m sorry. I know how painful acne can be. Both physically and emotionally. I also know how desperate you can become in an effort to rid yourself of such a burden. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably tried everything. I spent so much money on cosmetic products that ‘guaranteed’ results. Time and time again. The only thing those products ever did was to excessively dry out my skin. And that only made the problem worse.

I remember getting so desperate at one point that I tried rubbing apple cider vinegar all over my face. It gave a small bit of relief but at the expense of smelling like a pungent bottle of vinegar. So much for that idea.

My battle with acne persisted… for years. All the way into my thirties.
And it wasn’t until my wife introduced our family to essential oils that I finally found the relief I was searching for.

My Personal Transformation

Essential oils have a unique way of working with our body to treat and heal a multitude of underlying conditions. Even acne.

After applying a blend of several essential oils to my face (I’ll talk about which ones in a moment), I felt an immediate relief. The aroma of the oil blend relaxed my nerves. My skin, which usually felt dry, irritated and painful was quickly calmed and soothed. A few days later, I noticed that my blackheads were shrinking in size. And my whiteheads were beginning to dry up too.

A couple of weeks later, those painful, cystic acne knots were becoming smaller and less painful. Eventually they disappeared altogether.

The Best Oils for Acne

Here are a list of the best oils for acne. And why they work so well.

Geranium Oil

Even when acne has cleared up, it is notorious for leaving scars on the surface of your skin. Geranium oil is derived from the pelargonium genus flower. This is an extremely powerful oil that has a multitude of purposes. When it comes to acne, it has a profound ability to heal and reduce the visibility of scars on the surface of skin.

Lavender Oil

Lavender is known as the calming oil. It has long sense been used as the go to essential oil in the relief of burns. This is because of its almost immediate ability to calm inflammation and numb the receptors of pain. When acne is present on the face or other parts of the body, the skin is in a constant state of inflammation. Acute inflammation is actually beneficial. Its job is to send a signal to the body to mediate the healing process. With acne however, that inflammation becomes ongoing or in other words, chronic. This prevents the body from healing and makes an existing problem even worse. Lavender oil will calm that inflammation and allow the skin to relax… feeling soothed, and allowing healing to naturally occur.

Tea Tree Oil

Also known as melaleuca oil. This is the powerhouse of the essential oils for acne. Strong yet gentle, it is equipped to aid even the most severe breakouts on the most sensitive of skin. It boasts antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which is ideal in eliminating the Propionibacterium acnes microbe that grows on the skin and is responsible for acne breakouts.

Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil can dilate blood vessels, increasing circulation. The better the circulation to an area of the body, the quicker it can heal. Combine this with cinnamon oils’ antibacterial and antiviral properties and its ability to decrease inflammation and you have another oil that can sway the battle with acne in your favor.

Eucalyptus oil

I love this oil. It has a smell that reminds me of a mixture between a pine tree and a mint leaf. Like some of the other oils, it has antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. When used with the other oils above, it will dry out existing breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.

To Conclude

And there you have it! The oils that I used to heal my problematic breakouts. For best results and a smooth, youthful complexion, I recommend you use them daily like I do.

I also suggest that you dilute 10 drops of each oil (50 drops total) with 30-40 drops of fractionated coconut oil (also . It’s important to always dilute essential oils if you plan to use them topically. Some can cause irritation in people and the process of dilution helps to eliminate or reduce that likelihood. Don’t worry, they’re still powerful even when diluted.

Here are some other essential oils that people have used for acne and other skin conditions. I haven’t personally used them myself but they are worth mentioning for your personal reference.

Those oils are arborvitae, bergamot, birch, cardamom, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, helichrysum, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, myrrh, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, vetiver, white fir, wintergreen, yarrow and ylang ylang. And I am sure there are others!

That’s all for now.
Never forget – You’re beautiful. Let the power of essential oils help remind you of that!

What Are The Health Benefits of Marjoram Essential Oil

What Is Marjoram Essential Oil?

Marjoram, also known as Origanum Marjorana, is an essential oil derived from the leaves or the flower of the marjoram plant by using steam distillation. Steam distillation is a process that extracts the essential oils from the leaves of organic plants by passing steam through them which separates the oil and the water compounds of the leaves. It is then concentrated to create a powerful effect. The main components of marjoram oil include Sabinene Hydrate, Terpinene, Cymene, Terpineol, Linalool, Linalyl Acetate, Gamma-Terpinene, and Terpinolene.

Marjoram is very similar to oregano but with a finer texture and milder flavor and is sometimes called “sweet marjoram.” It is one of many varieties of oregano that originated from the Mediterranean. As a culinary additive, fresh or dried marjoram has been used for many years giving a unique flavor to sauces, dressings, soups, and stews, and many other dishes. It’s also known for its positive effect on the nervous system and its calming properties as well.

Marjoram essential oil is so versatile and has numerous health benefits for both internal and external overall health. Whether it’s used orally, topically, or with the use of aromatherapy, it has many different benefits for each way. Just 2 tablespoons of marjoram are rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and other nutrients.

Health Benefits Of Marjoram Essential Oil

  • Analgesic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anaphrodisiac
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Bactericidal
  • Carminative
  • Cephalic
  • Cordial
  • Diaphoretic
  • Digestive
  • Diuretic
  • Emenagogue
  • Expectorant
  • Fungicidal
  • Hypotensive
  • Laxative
  • Nervine
  • Sedative
  • Stomachic
  • Vasodilator
  • Vulnerary

What Are The Best Ways To Use Marjoram Essential Oil?

There are numerous ways to use marjoram oil. As an essential oil, it should only be used topically or through aromatherapy and never taken orally, and only added to food if it’s fresh or dried. Here are the ways to use marjoram;

* Bath

When diffused in water, the essential oil is inhaled and is absorbed into the skin to relieve anxiety, stress, insomnia, colds, coughs, aches, and pains.

* Diffuser

Candle diffusers, electric heat diffusers, and cool air nebulizing diffusers.

* Topical application

Cosmetically, marjoram is used in body lotions, skin creams, bath soaps and shaving gel.

* Aromatherapy

Marjoram essential oil can be inhaled through the use of aromatherapy through vaporizers and burners. Aromatherapy uses essential oils for healing through our sense of smell. When you breathe in the essential oil parts of the brain are stimulated that effect emotional, physical, and mental health. There are many health benefits of using marjoram essential oil with aromatherapy. It can be used for headaches, tension, sinusitis, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, anxiety, and stress.

* Message therapy

During treatment, the essential oil is inhaled offering the same benefits as aromatherapy, but it also helps with muscular pains and spasms when you rub it into the skin. Furthermore, it helps with fatigue, back pain, detoxification, and migraines.

Best Way To Dilute Marjoram Essential Oil & With Which Carrier Oil

Most essential oils are highly concentrated and have to be diluted with carrier oils before applying on your skin to avoid skin irritations and sensitization and should never be applied without diluting it first or used internally. Carrier oils are usually referred to as vegetable oils, base oils, or fixed oils. The best way to dilute an essential oil is by adding 6 drops of essential oil to 1 Tbsp of cold pressed carrier oil to make 2% dilution. Carrier oils are usually pressed from the seeds or kernels. These are some examples of carrier oils;

  • Almond oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Pomegranate seed oil
  • Olive oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Safflower oil

Dilution increases the surface area of absorption and does not reduce the effectiveness of the essential oil.

What Other Essential Oils Blend Well With Marjoram Essential Oil?

Marjoram oil blends very well with:

  • bergamot
  • eucalyptus
  • lavender
  • cedarwood
  • chamomile
  • cypress
  • rosemary
  • tea tree essential oil
  • wild orange

Is Marjoram Essential Oil Safe For Pregnant Women & Children?

It’s best for pregnant women to avoid using marjoram oil. Marjoram Essential oil is safe to use for babies 3 months old and older (aromatherapy, not topically)

Marjoram essential oil is a potent, concentrated oil that has numerous health benefits. However, it should never be taken orally and should always be diluted with water or a carrier oil when used topically. Besides taking it externally or topically, the aroma has a warming effect that helps with poor circulation or to overcome chills due to cold weather, while it promotes a calming atmosphere to relieve stress. Also applying it before and after exercising brings relief to your muscles and joints.

What are The Best Essential Oils for Insomnia Relief and Treatment?

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Insomnia And Essential Oils

Insomnia is a sleep disorder where people have difficulty falling asleep or having a good night rest. In America, millions of people suffer from insomnia—unable to rest adequately after an exhausting day. Often we find ourselves turning uncomfortably in the bed, unable to shut off our minds, unable to push out the myriad of thoughts clouding our heads.

Sleep is an essential part of life that we often do not get enough of and is just as important as food and water is to our health and survival. Medically, it is easier for one to stay alive for days without food than without sleep. According to National Sleep Foundation, adults within the age range of 26-64 require seven to nine sleeping hours daily, while those above 65 require seven to eight hours. Usually, insomnia is an independent occurrence, but can be a result of another health condition or using drugs like caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

Types of Insomnia

There are three categories – transient, acute and chronic insomnia.

Transient insomnia: This often lasts less than a week and is caused by disorders like a change in environment, depression, or stress.

Acute insomnia: This is a disruption in sleeping pattern for less than a month. It is often a result of daytime schedules and is sometimes called stress-related insomnia or short-term insomnia.

Chronic insomnia: This lasts for more than a month and is often accompanied by other conditions like muscular weariness, hallucinations, mental fatigue and double vision.

What Causes Insomnia?

Stress is the leading cause of insomnia in the world. Other factors that contribute to insomnia are:

  • Hormonal imbalances (during menstruation or menopause)
  • Neurological disorders
  • Heartburn
  • Pain, resulting from injury
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Use of psychoactive drugs (such as stimulants)
  • Use or withdrawal from pain relievers
  • Emotional stress
  • Working late night shifts

Our List of The Best Essential Oils for Insomnia

Without using sleeping pills or sedatives to induce sleep (they have long-term effects), there are essential oils that can help you reduce sleepless nights. These essential oils have proven sedative properties that will contribute to calming a disturbed mind and promote good night rest. The following are the most popular oils for insomnia.

Lavender Oil

Essential Oils for Fungal InfectionsUnarguably the most popular of all essential oils, Lavender oil is extracted from a plant in the mint family. The delicious and pleasant aroma of Lavender oil makes it a preferred essential oil for insomnia. It predominantly contains alcohols and esters and has many therapeutic properties. Scientific research has shown that Lavender oil has sleep-inducing effects; helps calm the mind and soothe the body. Lavender oil will help you relieve stress and get a good night rest. You can use Lavender essential oil for insomnia as a massage oil, a bath oil, or with a diffuser.

Sweet Marjoram Oil

Many have reported they fell in love with marjoram oil at first smell. It has a sweet smelling fragrance that can trigger happy feelings in a depressed spirit, help you relax and get a good night rest. Marjoram has sedative and analgesic properties that work both as a stress reliever and to lower blood pressure. It is also an excellent essential oil for sleep apnea and snoring. You can use Marjoram alone, or blend with Roman Chamomile and Lavender oil. Either way, you will get a good night rest.

Frankincense Oil

Studies have shown that the smoke from burning Frankincense oil can ease anxiety and depression. Frankincense oil has Incensole acetate as one of its compounds, and it is primarily responsible for its sedative effects. Using this oil before going to bed can help you sleep soundly. You can combine this oil with Lavender oil to enhance its sedative effects.

Roman Chamomile Oil

This oil has a floral aroma and has been used for centuries as a relaxing oil. Chamomile is an essential oil to help babies sleep – and adults too. It soothes the nervous system and can help relieve stress. You can mix Roman Chamomile with Lavender oil to get an even powerful blend.

To enjoy the therapeutic benefits of this oil, use it with your diffuser. Alternatively, dilute with a carrier oil and massage to the bottom of your feet before going to bed. You can also mix with your body lotion or shampoo.

Valerian Oil

Valerian oil has valeric acid, a component largely responsible for its sedative properties. It modulates the GABA receptor and represses the breakdown of GABA to cause sedation. It is one of the best essential oils for insomnia. It is one of the best essential oils for deep sleep. You can use this oil topically by applying to the bottom of your feet or around your wrist.

Clary Sage Oil

Through its effects on GABA receptors, Clary Sage Oil works similarly to Valerian oil. In a study done to assess the power of Clary Sage Oil as a stress reliever compared with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile oil, Clary Sage was discovered to outperform all the other oils. Aside from being an excellent anti-stressor, it can also help people with depression.

Orange Oil

Orange Oil has a citrusy aroma and is excellent for insomnia caused by stress. Like other citrus-based oil, it can uplift your spirit, soothe your body and relieve depression. Due to the photosensitivity of citrus oils, do not expose your skin to sunlight within 12 hours of use. Preferably, I would suggest you use in the night before going to bed. You can use orange oil with your diffuser, or rub the diluted oil on your abdomen.

Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, and antidepressant properties, making it excellent for inducing relaxation and sleep. It has a warming and comforting aroma that helps relieve depression, loneliness, and trigger a happy feeling. Cedarwood oil works by stimulating the pineal gland, releasing melatonin –important for sleep regulation. Use Cedarwood with a diffuser, or rub the diluted oil on your forehead, wrist, and the back of your neck.

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood is another essential oil that can help calm your mind and get a good night rest. You can use alone or blend with other essential oils. Other essential oils to try are Spikenard oil, Lemon oil, Mandarin oil, Bergamot oil, and Ylang-Ylang oil.

How to use Essential Oils for insomnia

The following are suggestions on how to use essential oils effectively for insomnia:

Diffusing: Using aromatherapy for insomnia is a proven way to get sound sleep. Both electric and candle diffusers can be used. You can diffuse the essential oil for 45 minutes before going to bed. For economic purposes, set a timer for the diffuser, so it doesn’t run throughout the night.

Warm Bath: Add 6-8 drops of essential oils or blends to your warm bath water to get a refreshed spirit and relieve insomnia. If you already use a bath oil, you can mix it with essential oils.

Massage Oil: Having your body massaged with essential oil blend can help you relax and wind out after a long day.

Spritzer: You can mix essential oils with distilled water and use in a water spritzer. Spray around the house and on your pillow.

Steaming: Add a few drops of essential oils to a bowl containing hot water. Face the bowl and inhale the steam escaping. Preferably, cover your head with a towel.

Essential Oil Blend for Insomnia

Recipe 1 – Good sleep blend

  • 75 drops lavender oil
  • 45 drops sweet marjoram oil
  • 30 drops roman chamomile oil
  • 30 drops bergamot oil
  • 6 drops ylang-ylang oil
  • 6 drops valerian oil

Mix the ingredients and store in a 15ml dark glass bottle. Shake well and store in a cool dark place.

Other Natural Treatments for Insomnia

Diet: Adjusting your diet is the first step to ensuring a good night sleep. When foods don’t digest well, it can disturb your intestines, cause heartburns, or gas. Also, consuming too much sugar and carbs can prevent you from having a comfortable sleep. Drop the excess carbohydrate and incorporate more of green vegetables, healthy fats, magnesium and potassium into your diet.

Exercise regularly: It doesn’t have to be a hard workout session. You can go swimming, do yoga, take walks or go hiking with your family.

Listen to music: Sometimes, listening to quiet music at bedtime can lure you to sleep.
Relieve Stress: The inability to shut the brain off for the night is common with insomnia patients. For starters, avoid taking phones or other electronic gadgets to bed. Studies have shown that they disrupt melatonin and activate arousal neurons.

Avoid Caffeine: Avoid consuming caffeinated drinks after 4 pm so your sleep doesn’t get disturbed.

 

DIY Best Essential Oils for Face Wash Recipes & Blends

Best Essential Oils for Face Wash

What Essential Oils To Use For a Face Wash?

Once you have discovered the amazing benefits of essential oils, it will be difficult to stop using them. I use essential oils for almost everything—scars, burns, cuts, bruises, stress, good sleep, skin care. They are an essential part of my daily routine. If like me, you are obsessed with keeping your skin flawless and youthful looking, then you need to add essential oils to your skin care kit.

Essential oils are excellent remedies for many skin conditions—acne, eczema, sun spots, aging, pimples, etc. When combined into blends, you can get results that are even more outstanding. One of the best ways to apply essential oils for skin care is by making it your facial cleanser. This will help tighten skin pores, clear dirt and leave the skin refreshed. Ensure you dilute with carrier oils before topical application, especially if you have sensitive skin. The following are the best essential oils for a face wash.

The Best Essential Oils For a Face Wash

Frankincense Oil

This sweet smelling oil is beneficial to all skin types. Frankincense oil helps tighten the skin, promotes healthy cell regeneration, improves skin tone, and reduces the appearance of scars and wrinkles.

Geranium Oil

Geranium oil is good for making essential oil face wash for acne-prone skins. It helps to control the production of sebum and keeps the face clean and refreshed. It also helps to heal bruises, cuts, burns, and many skin conditions like eczema, ringworms, and dermatitis.

Lavender Oil

This oil has an irresistible aroma that has relaxing effects on the body. It helps with regeneration of new skin cells, tightening skin pores, and healing scars.

Jasmine Oil

Jasmine oil has soothing effects on the skin. It is useful for achieving an even skin tone. Jasmine oil strengthens the skin and improves its elasticity.

Patchouli Oil

Patchouli oil is a good essential oil for acne, eczema, and sunburns. This earthy oil regulates sebum production, prevents scarring and tightens sagging skin. Patchouli oil is excellent for aging skin.

Ylang-Ylang Oil

The rich and floral fragrance of this oil makes it the favorite of many aromatherapists. It is suitable for all skin types and helps to regenerate skin cells. It helps smoothen out fine lines and improves skin elasticity.

DIY Homemade Essential Oil face wash recipes

Most of the essential oil face wash recipes here are mixed with Liquid castile soap to enhance their cleansing effects on the skin. Liquid castile soap is a natural, concentrated soap made from plant oils. As with every other soap, contact with your eyes may cause severe stinging and burning sensation.

Recipe 1 – Face wash

  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 5 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of frankincense oil
  • 5 drops of lemon oil

First, melt the coconut oil by heating mildly. Remove the heat source after it melts and add other ingredients. Store in an airtight glass jar and keep in a cool and dark place.

Recipe 2 – Exfoliating facial cleanser

The high percentage of vitamin C and antioxidants in Orange makes ii an effective facial cleanser. It refreshes and exfoliates the skin giving you a more radiant and healthy skin.

  • 35 drops of orange oil
  • 1 tablespoon of finely ground orange peel
  • 8 ounces of liquid castile soap
  • Blend the ingredients together and store in a glass jar.
  • Recipe 3 – Citrus based facial cleanser
  • Ten drops of orange oil
  • 15 drops of lime oil
  • 15 drops of lemon oil
  • 5 drops of grapefruit oil
  • 8 ounces of liquid castile soap

Mix the essential oils with the liquid castile soap and store in a glass jar.

Recipe 4 – Peppermint Blend

Peppermint oil is beneficial for proper blood circulation. It also helps to regulate oil production in the body. Menthol, the primary component of peppermint oil has cooling effects on the skin. You should, however, use with caution and dilute appropriately.

  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 8 ounces liquid castile soap

Recipe 5 – Cooling facial blend

This blend carries the combined properties of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil. While tea tree oil is good for acne prone skin, eucalyptus helps to soothe the skin, thus alleviating inflammation and irritation.

  • 15 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 25 drops of tea tree oil
  • 8 ounces of liquid castile soap

Recipe 6 – Floral Blend

  • 15 drops of lavender oil
  • 25 drops of geranium oil
  • 8 ounces liquid castile soap

This blend is not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Recipe 7 – Herbal Cleanser

  • 30 drops of basil oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary oil
  • 8 ounces of liquid castile soap

Basil essential oil is excellent for toning the skin and fighting acne. When blended with rosemary oil, the toning effect increases and keeps your skin free from blemishes.

Recipe 8

  • 2 ounces of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba, almond, grapeseed, avocado, or olive oils)
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 10 drops of frankincense oil
  • 10 drops of rose hip oil
  • 10 drops of patchouli oil
  • 10 drops of myrrh oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of Rosemary oil

Mix these oils together in a 16oz glass bottle and store in a cool dark place.

Recipe 9 – Natural Toning Face wash

  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 2 teaspoonful of raw honey
  • 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap
  • 5 teaspoons of jojoba oil or any preferred carrier oil
  • 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary oil
  • 15 drops of lavender oil

Directions: In order, mix the ingredients and stir gently. Ensure you do not add the soap before the water. When the ingredients totally blend, pour into a foamy soap dispenser.
Use this facial wash once or twice daily.

Recipe 10 – Tea Tree oil facial cleanser

  • 1/4 cup of castor oil
  • 1/2 cup of grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup of jojoba oil
  • 15 drops of tea tree oil

Mix these ingredients in a bowl and stir thoroughly. Store the blend in an airtight jar away from sunlight. You can use the blend through hot compress.

To conclude

Most of the recipes above were formulated through experiments. Feel free to try a few blends of your own to see what works best for you. Just ensure you dilute sufficiently with a carrier oil, and you are on your way to achieving a fresh, radiant and beautiful skin.

Use These 11 Essential Oils for Anti-Aging Effects On Your Skin

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What Are The Best Essential Oils For Anti Aging?

Aging is a natural process. Wrinkles and fine lines on the face are often signs that the clock is ticking. We cannot stop the clock, but we can reduce its effects and slow down the process. As we age, the collagen and elastin production in the skin decreases, reducing skin elasticity and firmness. This causes sagging, wrinkling and age spots. Some other factors like dehydration, unhealthy diets, air pollution and toxins contribute to the reduction of collagen in the skin. High stress levels also cause premature aging.

The internet today is flooded with many beauty products claiming to reverse the aging process. You may probably be confused on which to choose since they all claim to be the best option. Without having to waste your time surfing through the long list of antiaging creams (often toxic), you can switch to natural and organic skin care options like essential oils.

Essential oils are a safe and good alternative extracted from natural sources –plants. They are rich in antioxidants, therapeutic, and aromatic properties. I use them for healing wounds, scars, and for maintaining healthy skin. I have compiled a list of the best essential oils for aging skin and recipes that will not only slow the aging process but also keep your skin youthful and refreshed. Continue reading.

Essential oils for Wrinkles and Anti-Aging

Frankincense Oil

Frankincense is a sweet, warm and slightly spicy oil that has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. It is soothing to the skin and possesses anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties. These qualities are essential for preventing and managing the aging process. Frankincense reduces the appearance of blemishes on the skin, including sunspots and age spots, and helps the skin to achieve an even tone. It is the best oil for aging skin.

The powerful astringent property of frankincense also helps protect skin cells from damage. Aside from using frankincense oil for age spots, it also contributes to reinvigorating the skin, balancing skin pH, improving elasticity, and promoting healthy cell regeneration. Frankincense oil can also be used to combat acne, skin moles, stretch marks, and wrinkles around eyes.

How to Use: Dilute six drops of frankincense oil with 1 ounce of carrier oil (like jojoba) and apply onto areas where skin tends to get saggy. Perform a quick skin patch test before topical application to determine its suitability for your skin.

Geranium Oil

The fragrance of Geranium oil is flowery and alluring that most people fall in love with it at first smell. The power of Geranium oil doesn’t end with its aroma alone. It is an active and efficient anti-aging essential oil that can make your skin seem ageless and flawless. Geranium oil is a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory agent that tightens the skin, reduces the appearance of pores and scars, regulates sebum production, and tones the skin. The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of Geranium oil will keep your skin refreshed, clean, and free of damages.

How to use: You can mix Geranium oil with your regular body lotion or dilute with a suitable carrier oil. Apply on saggy areas of the skin.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is one of the best essential oils for skin burns and cuts due to its excellent restorative properties. It is known to refresh and heal the skin while reducing skin blemishes. Lavender oil is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and can help fight free radical damage. Research has shown that lavender oil contributes to producing three powerful antioxidants in the body – catalase, glutathione, and superoxide dismutase.

How to use: When 10 drops of Lavender oil is mixed with one ounce of coconut oil or aloe Vera, the resulting blend has amazing benefits on the skin. You will get rapid healing to sunburns, dry skin, cuts and scraps. You can also blend with frankincense oil to reduce age spots and other blemishes.

Myrrh Oil

Myrrh has been used for ages as a perfume, incense and for treating ailments. This oil is incredibly rich in powerful antioxidants and can effectively overturn aging caused by free radical damages. Myrrh oil helps maintain a firm and healthy skin, heals damaged skin and boost the immune system. It is also anti-inflammatory, meaning it can relieve itches, swellings, and skin inflammations. Myrrh oil soothes and heals chapped and dry skin. This earthy oil is best suited for mature skin.

Rose Oil

Rose essential oil is gorgeous and excellent for the dry and mature skin. High in antioxidants, it helps rejuvenate the skin and promotes its natural moisture. Maturing skins are often prone to dryness, and Rose oil can efficiently supply the necessary moisture. By using Rose essential oil for aging skin, you will get a hydrated, radiant, and toned skin. It also contains astringent compounds that help heal broken capillaries, reduce fine lines and reduce inflammations and redness.

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood oil was historically used as an essential oil for treating infections. However, the excellent moisturizing properties of sandalwood oil makes it a preferred essential oil for wrinkles, age spots, and for clearing fine lines around the eyes and forehead. It helps to remove skin blemishes and achieve an even skin tone. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent, effective for alleviating inflammation, itches, and hyperpigmentation.

Neroli Oil

Due to the high vitamin C content of Neroli oil, it helps to repair damaged skin cells, trigger cell growth efficiently and soften scars. It is useful for toning the skin and improving its elasticity. People who have stretch marks and scars will find this oil very beneficial.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil has been used an ingredient in skin and hair creams, but it can also be beneficial for reversing the aging process. It is rich in antioxidants, useful for combating free radical damage, a factor responsible for aging and stress. You can use this oil as a topical treatment or with a diffuser – both works.

Clary Sage Oil

Clary Sage has a warm and herbal aroma and is often used as a natural deodorizer. As a skin care essential oil, clary sage balances the skin and manages the production of sebum on the skin. It also helps maintain a healthy skin pH balance. Clary Sage oil is rich in antioxidants and can help clean pores, tone the skin, and reduce inflammation. It also helps relieve stress and anxiety.

Helichrysum Oil

Helichrysum has long-lasting blooms, a feature which earned it its other name, immortelle. It is one of the best essential oils for anti aging. This oil works well for reversing the aging process and give the skin a firm and radiant look. Helichrysum oil works at a cellular level, repairing skin cells, and clearing out the appearance of wrinkles. You can mix Helichrysum oil with your cream or body lotion for topical application.

Grapeseed Oil

If you have acne-prone skin, then grapeseed is the best oil to use. It regulates the natural production of sebum, keeping your face clean and refreshed. Grapeseed oil is high in antioxidants and vitamin C, which are both responsible for strengthening and repairing skin cells. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe inflamed or chapped skin. It is one of the best anti-aging essential oils for reducing the appearance of blemishes and dark spots.

Best Carrier Oils for Anti-aging

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba is probably not a name you hear all the time, but this oil is one of the best hydrating carrier oil you will find. Performing the role of sebum in the body, it moisturizes the skin and hair, preventing rough or scaly patches. Jojoba oil is a natural emollient that regulates the production of oil by the body, keeping it balanced and at healthy levels. It is an effective natural remedy for eczema, acne, and many other skin conditions. The antioxidants and antibacterial compounds present in Jojoba oil make it effective for fighting bacteria, clearing fine lines, wrinkles, and reversing aging effects. This oil is one of the best oils for anti aging.

According to research conducted in Germany, Jojoba oil is effective for treating skin lesions and improving the skin’s texture.

Pomegranate Oil

I’ve recommended this oil every time asked me for the best carrier oil to use with anti-aging oils blend. It is a potent base oil rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, D, E, and K. It contains bioflavonoids, which has rejuvenating effects on the skin and helps prevent sunburns. When mixed with an essential oil for anti-aging, it promotes faster absorption by the skin.

Essential oil recipes for anti aging

Recipe 1 – Anti-aging essential oil blend

  • 2 drops of Clary Sage Oil
  • 3 drops of Myrrh Oil
  • 3 drops of Rose Oil
  • 5 drops of Geranium oil
  • 6 drops of Rosemary oil
  • 1 ounce of Olive oil
  • 2 teaspoonful of Vitamin E oil
  • 1 ounce of Fractionated Coconut oil

Mix the ingredients above and store in a dark glass bottle, tightly covered. Massage on the skin every night after bath.

Recipe 2 – Sunburn Blend

  • 2 drops of German Chamomile oil
  • 3 drops of Blue yarrow oil
  • 7 drops of Lavender oil
  • 1 tablespoon of avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil

Combine the ingredients and apply over sunburned areas to get soothing relief.

Recipe 3 – Massage Blend

  • 2 drops of Clary Sage oil
  • 5 drops of Neroli oil
  • 5 drops of Sandalwood oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Fractionated coconut oil
  • Mix the ingredients together and use as your massage oil.

Recipe 4 – Bath Blend

  • 2 drops of lime oil
  • 2 drops of rose oil
  • 3 drops of patchouli oil
  • 3 drops of Geranium oil
  • 3 drops of clary sage oil
  • 1 teaspoonful of fractionated coconut oil

Blend the ingredients and add to your bath water to get your body refreshed and mood elevated.

Recipe 5 – Anti Blemish Blend

  • 1 drop of frankincense oil
  • 1 drop of lavender oil
  • 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of ylang-ylang oil
  • 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil

Mix and store in a 10ml bottle. Apply twice daily on the spots or blemishes.

What Are The Best Essential Oils For Menopause Relief & Treatment?

best essential oils for menopause relief

As menopause approaches, women often witness irregular periods and heavier or lighter flows. Hot flashes are common during this period, which usually lasts for 30 seconds to ten minutes, accompanied by shivering, sweating and skin reddening. Symptoms often vary among women. Some women experience endometriosis and painful periods, while others stand at high risk of having heart disease, which is probably due to aging than menopause. Other symptoms of menopause include vaginal dryness, mood swings, night sweats, fatigue, breast pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, hair thinning, and loss of vaginal elasticity.

Menopause is an entirely natural and biological phenomenon and requires no particular treatment. The symptoms, however, can be managed traditionally through hormone therapy. This requires taking doses of estrogen in the form of pills, gel, or creams. Essential Oils are alternative therapies you can use in managing symptoms of menopause. They provide relief to menopausal symptoms and help the body with imbalances. You can use essential oils for both post menopause and pre-menopause symptoms.

Essential Oils guide for Menopause

Essential Oils for boosting Estrogen Levels

Essential oils like cypress, geranium, lavender, thyme, rose and clary sage contains components that can mimic estrogen and can prove helpful during menopause. Popular in this list is clary sage oil and is often recommended by aromatherapists because it contains sclareol, the most common estrogen-like substance. Using Clary Sage can help slow down the development of osteoporosis (bone degradation), often caused by the decline of estrogen levels in the body. Clary Sage has a fruity aroma and can help relieve cramps, soothe anxiety and alleviate the pain of childbirth.

How to use

You can blend Clary Sage oil with peppermint oil or lemon oil to get relief from hot flashes. You can rub the diluted essential oils on the back of your neck, on your feet, or on fatty areas where hormones are produced and stored. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of the oils to a napkin and inhale directly.

Essential oils for Hot Flashes and Sweating

Peppermint oil tops the list of the best essential oils for night sweats and hot flashes. It contains menthol, a component that triggers a cool feeling wherever it is applied. The skin absorbs this oil easily and spreads the cooling effect around your body. When you experience hot flashes and intense sweating, applying peppermint oil will provide substantial and instant relief. This oil can also help relieve cramps and stress, and boost the immune system. Other oils like lemon, orange, grapefruit, thyme, roman chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium and clary sage can help provide natural relief to hot flashes during menopause.

How to use

Immediately when you notice the sign of hot flashes, add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil to a napkin or tissue and inhale gently. You can also dilute 10-12 drops of peppermint oil with 30ml (one ounce) of distilled water to make a peppermint hydrosol spray. Carry this around and spray on your neck, face and head (avoiding eye contact), when you feel any sign of hot flashes.
You can dilute any of the listed essentials with a carrier oil and massage on your feet or the back of your neck. Do not use undiluted to prevent skin irritation. Additionally, to use aromatherapy for menopause, you can use the oils with a diffuser.

Essential Oil to balance hormones

You will find oils like Neroli, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender and Geranium beneficial for balancing body hormones and alleviating menopausal symptoms. The oils—Geranium especially—are used in many anti-aging creams. Geranium oil will not only aid in balancing hormones; it helps fight depression, night sweats, and anxiety.

You can use Geranium oil by adding two drops to your napkin and inhaling. You can also add it to your bath water to get a relaxing bath.

Essential Oils for Vaginal dryness and Elasticity

Oils like frankincense, lavender, sandalwood, Helichrysum and Rose oil can help to lubricate and soothe your vaginal tissues. They have rejuvenating effects on the skin and can help to liven a dry skin tone. You can add vitamin E oil to improve the elasticity and strength of the vaginal walls. They will also heal skin abrasions caused by dry vagina during sexual intercourse.

Usage: Dilute any of the essential oils with coconut or olive oil and rub on your vagina twice daily. Note: it is better to dilute it too much than too little.

Essential Oil for Emotional Disorders and Insomnia

Lavender, Clary Sage, Ylang-ylang, and Roman Chamomile oils are all excellent for boosting moods and balancing emotions. They possess excellent analgesic and antidepressant properties that will not only calm your nerves but also make you relax.

Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile, Valerian and Lavender oils are sleep-inducing oils that will prove helpful when you go through hormonal changes. You will discover many benefits in using Lavender oil with your diffuser.

Essential Oils for Pain Relief

If you experience headaches, backaches, or breast pain, you can use rosemary, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme, or marjoram oils to get substantial relief.
Dilute any of the oils and rub on your temples, feet or the back of your neck.

How to use essential oils for menopause relief

The common method of using essential oils is by applying them topically or using with a diffuser. Before topical application, it is important that you dilute your preferred essential oils with a carrier oil to minimize its potency effects and make it last longer on the skin. Another way to use essential oils is adding them to warm bath water and soaking yourself in the water for 30 minutes.

Using essential oils with a diffuser allows the body to enjoy their benefits through the olfactory passages. Inhaling essential oil molecules triggers the limbic system (the seat of emotions) in the brain. Alternatively, you can add essential oils to your body lotion.

Essential Oil Recipe for Menopause

Recipe 1 – Night Sweat blend

  • 10 drops of thyme oil
  • 10 drops of clary sage oil
  • 20 drops of lemon oil
  • 20 drops of grapefruit oil
  • 2 ounce of fractionated coconut oil

Mix the above ingredients and use for body massage or with a warm bath.

Recipe 2 – Menopause lotion

  • 1 drop of jasmine oil
  • 1 drop of angelica oil
  • 2 drops of clary sage oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil
  • 6 drop of lemon oil
  • 2 ounce of body lotion

Mix the ingredients and use as a body lotion or massage oil. Apply at least once daily.

Recipe 3 – Hot flash body spray

  • 3 drops of peppermint oil
  • 3 drops of rose oil

Add these oils to 100ml of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray on your face, chest, and neck whenever you experience hot flashes. Ensure you store away from sunlight.

Natural Treatment for Menopause

Diet: To balance body hormones and alleviate menopausal symptoms, you should include plenty of mineral and essential fats in your diet. Foods that can help are organic fruits and vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, Natto, phytoestrogen foods, probiotic foods, and high fiber foods. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water.

Importantly, avoid packaged foods, conventional meat, refined oils, fried foods, carbonated drinks, added sugar and alcohol.

Manage Stress: At this stage, it is important that you manage stress properly to prevent escalation of menopausal symptoms. Ways to relieve stress include exercising, aromatherapy, meditation, spending more time with nature and building close relationships.
Ensure you get sufficient sleep: Studies have shown that stress and insufficient sleep can result in high cortisol levels, low concentration, lower immunity, weight gain and anxiety. Ensure you get between 7-9 hours of sleep daily.

Conclusion

Symptoms of menopause often vary with various individuals. It is a natural stage every woman must go through; however, the physiological and emotional effects can sometimes prove difficult. Using an Essential Oil for menopause can be very useful managing the symptoms and struggles. Talk to an expert aromatherapist or your physician if you have additional concerns.

The Best Essential Oils for Pain Relief and How to Use them

best essential oil for pain relief

Essential Oils are very potent in providing natural relief from varying degree of discomforts such as back pain, migraines, neuropathy, muscle tensions, and inflammation. Essential Oils have varying properties like anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, analgesic, anti-rheumatism, anti-depressant, sedative, anti-microbial, etc.

There are different kinds of Essential Oils, based on their sources and I have compiled a list of the best Essential Oils for pain and inflammation. In this post, you will discover the amazing effects of each Essential Oil, usage, and other precautionary tips that will help you make the best choices.

The Best Essential Oils for Pain Relief

Lavender Oil

It will not be an overstatement if I say the Lavender Oil is one of the most effective oils for pain relief, stress, and relaxation. Aside from its amazing and delicious aroma, the Lavender has antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and sedative properties that have soothing, relaxing effects that help in relieving headaches, easing sore muscles or body aches. Just the aroma of the Lavender oil is sometimes enough to provide relief in many situations. Lavender Oil can also help with sleeping disorders because poor sleep is an aid to pain.

Essential Oils for Fungal InfectionsUsage: The Oil is mild and safe for topical use, but you can also dilute in your preferred carrier oil like coconut or castor oil. One or two drops of the oil can be used undiluted on the forehead and around the neck region. You can also use a few drops of the diluted oil diluted oil directly on the affected area.

Lavender Oil can be used with a diffuser. You can also add a few drops of the oil into your bath water for use before going to bed. Another way is to blend the Chamomile and the Lavender Oil together to enhance their effect as an essential oil for muscle pain.

Clary Sage

Gotten from the herb Salvia sclarea, the Clary Sage is an essential oil for aches and pain. Particularly, the oil is used for menstrual and menopausal pain. When used with massage oils, the Clary Sage has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, effective for muscle cramps, pain, and aches. It also helps with relieving stress and reducing stomach spasms.

Usage: Clary Sage oil should be used sparingly, cautiously and should never be used internally.

You can use the oil with a diffuser before going to bed or inhale the oil directly, as this is known to calm the nerves, and give a feeling of ecstasy.

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile Oil is popular for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Based on the sources, there are two types of the Chamomile oil: Roman Chamomile, gotten from Anthemis nobilis and German Chamomile Oil, extracted from Matricaria chamomilla. They are both useful as essential oils for back pain and can be used for headaches, muscle, and joint pains as well. Chamomile oil also has carminative effects, which aids in reducing the abdominal pain caused by gas.

Roman chamomile is the milder of the two and is used to provide relief to abdominal discomfort in children. The Chamomile has soothing and therapeutic effects on the mind, body and skin. It works well independently and can be blended with other essential oils, especially with Lavender Oil.

Usage: You can use Chamomile with a diffuser, or apply topically to the affected area after diluting with a carrier oil.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is a hybrid produced by crossing spearmint and watermint. It has menthol as one of its major elements, and this gives the oil a very refreshing smell. Peppermint oil is effective against migraines and headaches, though ironically, the plant is known to intensify migraine’s pain.

The oil has antispasmodic properties that make it efficient as a reliever for nausea, stomachaches, and digestive disorders. It curbs painful spasms by calming the lining of the stomach and the intestines. It also has analgesic properties, which makes it an essential oil for lower back pain, joint pain, and fibromyalgia pain.

Usage: Peppermint oil can be used by mixing with a suitable carrier oil like jojoba, olive, or coconut oil. Mix 4-5 peppermint drops with a teaspoonful of the carrier oil. Apply the blend topically to the affected area, or the temples in case of a headache. You should take care and prevent the oil from reaching your eyes. You can also blend the oil in Rosemary or the Lavender Oil.

Juniper Oil

The anti-spasmodic and anti-rheumatic properties of the Juniper makes it an excellent oil for arthritis pain, and other muscle or joint related pain. Sourced from the berries of blue-green evergreen Juniperus communis, you can also use the oil in treating other painful conditions like hemorrhoids, colitis, and dysmenorrhea. It is also useful for nervous tensions and neuropathic pain.

Usage: Juniper is a stimulant, and should be preferably used at the start of the day as it can interfere normal sleep or night rest. You can mix Juniper with a lotion or cream to help provide relief to the body, joint and muscle pain, reduce muscle spasms, and pains resulting from arthritis and other conditions. You can use topically for arthritic or rheumatic pain.

You can also add a few drops of the oil into your hot bath and immerse yourself in it for 15-20 minutes. This is very effective against hemorrhoids. You can mix the oil with either a spoonful olive oil or herbal tea and consume internally. This will help treat colitis and indigestion.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Oil is a popular decongestant with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Extracted from the bark and leaves of the Eucalyptus tree, it is a pungent warming Essential oil for nerve pain, muscle injuries, and sinus congestion.

Usage: Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a very strong oil and should be diluted with a carrier oil (coconut/jojoba oil) before usage. Exceptions for raw usage is pain resulting from an insect bite or sting.
You can use as a lotion and rub it on affected areas. You can also use in your bath water by dropping a few drops of the oil in it. Alternatively, you can blend the oil with other Essential Oils such as the Lavender to enhance its effects.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Though used as a memory booster, and to aid concentration and mental alertness, Rosemary oil is an excellent oil for pain. The Rosemary oil is gotten from the Rosmarinus officinalis, which is the culinary herb. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that provide remedy to the body, muscle and joint pain, back pain, rheumatism, and headaches.

Usage: Rosemary Oil can either be used topically by massaging the oil unto affected areas to relieve pain. Alternatively, you can rub 2-3 drops in your palm and inhale directly in case of headaches.
Please note, that Rosemary oil is not safe for use by pregnant or nursing mothers.

Helichrysum Essential Oil

Extracted from the Helichrysum italicum, the oil contains anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic properties. It is also an essential component of many anti-rheumatic medications. Helichrysum oil provides a potent relief from nerve pain and other painful ailments like sciatica.

Usage: For bruises, massage the oil onto the affected area. This will make the pain disappear and any skin discoloration. In cases of sunburns, dilute the oil with coconut oil and apply on the area to reduce the soreness and pain.

Marjoram Oil

Marjoram is more than just another spice or edible oil; made from sweet marjoram, it has mildly sedative, analgesic, and antispasmodic properties. These properties make it an excellent oil that works against chronic pain and helps provide relief for rheumatism and osteoarthritis. It is also a good essential oil for tooth pain.

Usage:For topical application, I would suggest you dilute the oil in olive oil before rubbing on the affected area. It will provide relief to muscle spasm resulting from straining the muscles.
It can also be used internally to curb abdominal spasm that is caused by diarrhea.
When you feel feverish or cold, you can use in an infuser to provide relief from a headaches.

Clove Essential Oil

Clove is gotten from the tropical tree, Syzygium aromaticum. Clove is very spicy and pungent and has sedative and antimicrobial properties. It is known to first give a burning sensation when applied raw on the skin followed by an anesthetic effect that provides immediate relief from acute pain.

Usage: In cases of throat and tooth pain, put a few drops of the Clove oil in warm water and gargle for a few minutes. For muscle pains, soreness and joint pains, dilute the oil with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil and rub on the affected area. Use just a drop of the raw oil in cases of insect bites or sting.
For a headache, mix a few drops of the oil in water or salt solution and rub on the neck and forehead.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Extracted from the heartwood of the Sandalwood tree, this oil belongs to the list of the most expensive essential oil. This is because the tree has to be up to 50 years or older to produce high-grade oil. The oil is reputed for its outstanding antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Whether muscle or skeletal pain, it provides excellent relief.

Usage: You can use internally by putting a few drops in an infuser or drinking a cup of water mixed with 3 drops of the oil. This mainly lessens pain resulting from endometriosis.

Precautionary note: Some essentials are not suitable for people with allergies, so care should be taken before any form of usage. Try to test with a few drops, and that you are allergic to one does not mean you will be allergic to all. Just find one that works for you. Also before topical usage, I would suggest you perform a skin patch test to determine suitability.
Most pure essential oils are very concentrated and should be diluted with a suitable carrier oil before usage. Carrier oils also have therapeutic properties of their own, and the blend will further increase the potency of the essential oil. Pregnant and nursing mothers should totally avoid using essential oils.

Conclusion

Essential oils can be mixed with each other to enhance their effects. Feel free to try different combinations and get the relief you deserve. You will find them a lifesaver during painful times, and usually, massaging a few drops over the affected area does the trick. You can also use hot or cold compress, or with a bath water. Don’t let pain hinder you from living a fulfilling life.

Skip The Chemicals With These 4 DIY Cleaning Recipes

Nothing makes a mom like me happier than a clean house. I love the fresh smell. I love knowing that the germs are held at bay – at least for a little while. However – I don’t love the thought of harsh chemicals that could harm my children or my pets. The thought of my child licking a surface (you know they all do it!) or a pet getting sniffing around on the floor and getting sick from chemical residue is more than I can take.

My solution to this problem is easy. I use natural cleaners that I can make at home. It’s wonderful to get a streak-free shine, germ-free surfaces and a lemony fresh smell in my kitchens and bathrooms without using toxic cleaners. It’s easy for you to do this, too. You probably have everything you need in your pantry already.

Natural cleaners include:

  • Lemons
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Peroxide
  • Vinegar

Vinegar

To clean your kitchen start with vinegar. Vinegar will shine your glass surfaces without leaving streaks. Use it on glass cabinets, counters, range hoods and more. Vinegar dries fast and is safe to use around kids and pets.

In the bathroom, vinegar can clean that nasty toilet. Simply pour a cup of vinegar in the toilet and let it sit overnight. In the morning, sprinkle the toilet with some baking soda, scrub and flush. Your bowl will be sparkling clean and smell fresh.

You can even clean your hardwood floors with a vinegar solution. It’s so easy to clean your floors to a sparkling shine and they will smell fantastic too. Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar, 3 drops of lemon essential oil and a gallon of warm water together. Mop your floors and let it dry. The floors will be squeaky clean.

Lemons

Lemons are also great cleaners. Does your microwave have stuck on splatters? Simply cut a lemon in half. Place one half directly in the microwave and heat for about two minutes. The lemon will loosen the food and grease so it wipes off easily with a damp paper towel. It also leaves a wonderful smell behind.

Use lemons to deodorize those sink drains, too. Food particles can get trapped in the pipes and around the drain. Clean your drain area with lemon juice on a towel or cloth. Then squeeze some of the lemon juice down inside the drain to leave behind a fresh clean scent.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a popular cleaner for a variety of things. A gentle paste made of baking soda and peroxide is fantastic for cleaning glass stove tops without scratching them. Use the paste to get the gunk up from the edges of the sinks, too. Clean odors from your refrigerator with a box of baking soda. Just open the box and place it on the shelf. Leave it there and it will absorb the odors in a couple of days. Baking soda and water made into a paste is gentle enough to use on your tub to remove soap scum.

Mix And Match The Ingredients

It’s not enough to just smell and look fresh and clean – especially with little ones running around. I need things to be disinfected, too. There’s a natural remedy for that, too. Simple, easy and effective, Rosemary Lemon Vinegar Disinfectant will handle those germs.

  • Rosemary
  • Lemons
  • Vinegar

Place quartered lemons into a mason jar. Add in a couple of handfuls of rosemary (fresh is best but dried will work) and cover with white vinegar. Place the lid on and seal it tightly. Store it for about 7-14 days, shaking every few days. Finally, strain the contents. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle and enjoy your wonderful smelling disinfectant in bathrooms, kitchens, anywhere you want to kill germs.

Mix peroxide, baking soda and Dawn dishwashing liquid together in equal parts to use as a laundry detergent. This will lift stains and get grease out of clothes, even if it has been set in or if the article has went through the dryer. I use this potion to get rid of perspiration stains on my workout clothes. It works better than any stain stick on the market. I also wash my husbands greasy work clothes in 1/4 cup of this mixture for each laundry load. Wash the clothes in warm water for best results.

Lower Your Cholesterol with These Best Essential Oils for Cholesterol

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Cholesterol is a naturally occurring substance produced by the liver and necessary for the manufacture of cells and proper function of nerves and hormones. Three forms of cholesterol exist in the body – Low-density lipoproteins (LDL), high-density lipoproteins, and triglycerides. LDL is regarded as the bad protein because it has more cholesterol and low protein. Cholesterol travels as fatty acids (called plaque) in the blood and deposits itself along the wall of the arteries. When these deposits accumulate, they hinder blood flow to essential areas of the body.

In a healthy body, cholesterols are kept in the balance, but this balance is tipped by consuming hydrogenated fats and refined carbohydrates. Although genetic factors have been linked to high cholesterol levels, it is majorly a result of lifestyle factors. Health risks posed by high cholesterol are stress, diabetes, hypertension, and hypothyroidism.

How to reduce cholesterol quickly and naturally?

High cholesterol is a condition that can be treated naturally without medication by making better diet choices and increasing physical activities. Along with a healthy diet, using essential oils for high cholesterol has been proven (through studies) to lower cholesterol levels safely without side effects that often occur by using cholesterol medications.

The Best 11 Essential Oils to Lower Cholesterol Levels

Clove Oil

One of the best essential oils for cholesterol is Clove oil. Clove oil is believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. Although it is often used as a flavoring agent, it has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties useful for treating toothache, fighting infection and reducing pain and inflammation. The primary component of Clove Oil, Eugenol, has a platelet inhibiting mechanism of action that helps prevent blood clotting.

Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass oil is a potent analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent and known to have chemical compounds that can boost the immune system. Clinical researches done on Lemongrass oil establishes as an essential oil for lowering cholesterol levels in the body. This oil is safe for use internally and topically. Use lemongrass essential oil for cholesterol by consuming 1-2 drops (added to capsule filled with a carrier oil) daily.

Lavender Oil

Essential Oils for Fungal Infections

Lavender is a crucial oil in the world of aromatherapy because of its many therapeutic properties. Its ability to reduce emotional stress, a factor that has been connected increased levels of blood lipids. Lavender oil helps clear the walls of the arteries and promote proper blood flow.

Grapefruit Oil

Grapefruit oil is both a detoxifier and cholesterol reducing agent. It is often used as an essential oil for weight loss due to the presence of d-limonene, a component that contributes to the release of fatty acids in the blood. By reducing lipid peroxidation and cholesterol levels, the body loses weight.

Simply add 1-2 drops of grapefruit oil to your drinking water to help flush out toxins from the body. Taking grapefruit juice also has outstanding health benefits.

Cypress Oil

Cypress oil is often used in treating varicose veins and spider veins because of its ability to promote proper blood circulation. Often high blood lipid level can inhibit proper blood flow in the body; Cypress oil prevents this. It is also high in antioxidants and can offer significant cardiovascular support and reduce cholesterol levels.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil is more than just a culinary piece. It is in fact, one of the best essential oils for cholesterol. It not only offers cardiovascular support to the body; Rosemary oil is high in antioxidants and can positively affect the body’s cholesterol levels. Mix 2-3 drops of rosemary oil with a capsule full of olive for internal usage.

Basil Essential Oil

Basil oil is gotten from the herb, Ocimum basilicum, and contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Basil Oil works effectively for lowering the blood’s cholesterol level. In a study, Basil oil was tested on rats infused artificially with high cholesterol. The study discovered using basil oil resulted in substantial reduction of LDL. Also, an increase in HDL levels followed the reduction of LDL.

Cinnamon Oil

This oil is extracted by distilling the leaves and bark of the cinnamon plant. The primary components of Cinnamon oil include tannin, mannitol, aldehydes, aldehydes, pinene, and eugenol. According to latest discoveries, taking half-teaspoon of cinnamon oil daily can reduce sugar levels, cholesterol, and triglycerides by up to 30%. Research published in the journal, Diabetes Care also discovered that daily intake up 3-6g of cinnamon reduced serum glucose, LDL, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.

Bergamot Oil

This citrus oil is primarily an antidepressant with an uplifting aroma. It helps control bad cholesterol and emotional eating. Bergamot also has excellent sedative properties and can contribute to combating weight gain. The high amount of polyphenols in Bergamot oil makes it efficient for fat oxidation, regulating metabolism and preventing the accumulation of cholesterol. When combined with Lavender oil, the result is amazing.

Oregano Oil

Aside from its culinary uses, many do not know that Oregano is beneficial to the heart. It is a natural cholesterol reducing agent and contributes to maintaining a healthy heart. Oregano contains omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, arginine, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and semi-essential amino acid. Studies have shown that regular intake of oregano oil reduces cholesterol and triglycerides levels in the blood. Oregano is also an efficient antimicrobial agent that can help inhibit infections that may hamper the heart’s health.

Ginger Oil

This oil doesn’t directly affect cholesterol levels; instead, it influences factors that contribute to rising cholesterol levels. It accelerates the breakdown of sugar, its assimilation in the body, and conversion to sugar. This will prevent the body from storing excessive fatty acids.

Some Essential Oil Recipes to lower your cholesterol levels

Here are recipes you could try—

Recipe 1 – For Oral Consumption

  • You can try any of Rosemary, Myrrh, and Oregano Oils. Consume one or two drops, mixed with a capsule filled with carrier oil daily.

Recipe 2 –

  • 1 drop of Bergamot oil
  • 1 drop of Rose oil
  • 1 drop of Ylang-ylang oil
  • 5ml of Olive oil
  • Mix the oils above and ingest once daily.

Recipe 3 –

  • 1 drop of Ginger oil
  • 1 drop of peppermint oil
  • 1 drop of black pepper oil
  • 1 drop of rosemary oil
  • 10ml of Sweet almond or olive oil
  • Blend these oils and ingest.

Recipe 4 – Cholesterol Reducing blend

  • 1 drops of Clove oil
  • 2 drop of grapefruit oil
  • 2 drops of lemongrass oil
  • Add the oils to your capsule and ingest twice daily.

Recommended food that reduce cholesterol

Your diet is largely responsible for the rise and fall in the body’s cholesterol levels. Taking foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fiber can substantially lower LDL and reduce risks of cardiovascular diseases. Here are foods you should consider adding to your diet.

  • Garlic and Onions: These two contain Sulfur compounds that help cleanse the arteries and reduce high cholesterol naturally.
  • Blueberries: Blueberries are high in antioxidants, beneficial for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. They also help reduce LDL cholesterol levels that may block the arteries. Also, blueberries contain pterostilbene, a natural cholesterol reducing agent.
  • Cod Liver Oil: High-quality cod liver oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Coconut Oil: Studies have proven the anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil. It contains Lauric acid, a potent anti-inflammatory agent that contributes to boosting HDL levels in the blood.
  • Olive Oil: Olive Oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids that help to lower LDL cholesterol levels in the blood.
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