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The Simple Guide to Mixing Essential Oils

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Whether you’re just getting started with essential oils or you’ve been using them for some time, you may wonder about how to mix them.

How do you know which scents to choose for which purpose? Do you pick a few scents you like, blend them together, and hope for the best?

Mixing essential oils is a little more complicated than that. And while there’s nothing wrong with using scents you enjoy, you’ll get the most benefit when you understand which oils are best for your needs.

Read on for our beginner’s guide to mixing essential oils.

Define What You Want

Before you start mixing, you need to define what you hope to achieve with your essential oil blend.

Here are a few questions to ask before you begin shopping:

  • Who will use this essential oil blend?
  • What effect am I hoping for?
  • When will I use it?
  • Where will I use it?
  • How will I apply it?

Now sit down and write out what you want to achieve by mixing essential oils.

How will you use your oil blend? Will you apply it topically or through a diffuser? Or will you use it in place of harsh chemical cleaners?

Once you have your goals in mind, it’s time to do some research.

Do Your Research

Beyond smelling good, most essential oils serve a very specific purpose. You need to understand which oils do what before you can effectively begin mixing essential oils.

For example, ginger essential oil is a great choice to relieve nausea. However, ginger is contraindicated for those who take blood thinners or medication for diabetes.

An essential oil blend for a colicky baby may not be the ideal blend for a cleaning product. And the wrong oils in a relaxation blend could give you a huge boost of energy instead!

You might begin your research at a bookstore or on reputable websites. You could also visit your nearest health food store or holistic clinic for advice.

Create a list of oils you own or wish to buy. Work within your budget and remember you don’t have to buy every possible essential oil. Start with the basics and expand your collection over time.

In the meantime, here are a few facts to know before you begin mixing essential oils.

Understanding Aroma Categories

Browse any brands of essential oils and you’ll find dozens, if not hundreds, of options.

At first glance, the oils may appear to have nothing in common. The truth is that every essential oil falls into a certain scent category.

Here are a few popular aroma categories and their most popular essential oils:

  • Floral: Lavender, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, vanilla
  • Citrus: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, lemongrass, bergamot
  • Woody: Cedarwood, juniper, cypress, sandalwood, frankincense
  • Earthy: Patchouli, oakmoss, angelica root, vetiver, valerian
  • Herby: Basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, clary sage,
  • Spicy: Clove, ginger, nutmeg, cumin, cinnamon
  • Minty: Peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, catnip

Some essential oils may cross over into two or more categories. Everyone’s sense of smell is unique, too, so what smells herby to one person may smell spicy to another.

Write down each of your essential oils and which category (or categories) they fall into. Essential oils within the same category usually blend well together.

Oils from complementary categories make good blends, too. Here are few ideas to get you started:

  • Floral blends well with: citrus, woody, and spicy
  • Citrus blends well with: woody, spicy, minty, and floral
  • Woody blends well with: earthy, floral, herby, spicy, and citrus
  • Earthy blends well with: minty and woody
  • Herby blends well with: minty and woody
  • Spicy blends well with: citrus, woody, and floral
  • Minty blends well with: citrus, herby, woody, and earthy

Before you start mixing essential oils, there’s one more element to understand: scent notes.

Understanding Scent Notes

Like a beautiful piece of music, your essential blend should feel harmonized and balanced.

Once you know how to combine oils based on their categories, you can create balance by paying attention to the “scent notes” of each oil.

Like the musical scale, scent notes are either top, middle, or base. The amount of time the scent lingers once it’s exposed to oxygen determine its note.

Here’s a basic breakdown of each scent note.

Top Notes

Top notes provide the first impression of a fragrance. Usually light and fresh, these note last for an hour or two and evaporate the fastest.

Common top notes are lemon, lime, basil, bergamot, peppermint, and eucalyptus.

Middle Notes

After the top note dissipates, the middle notes appear. Known as the “heart” of the blend, middle notes last between two and four hours and have a heavy influence on the final or base note.

Common middle notes include chamomile, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, clary sage, and cinnamon.

Base Notes

After the top and middle notes have completely evaporated, the base notes offer the longest impression. These notes are heavy and rich and may linger for a day or even several days.

Common base notes include patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood, ginger, oakmoss, and angelica root.

Ready, Set, Blend

You have your essential oils. You understand aroma categories and scent notes. You’re ready to start mixing essential oils!

First, gather the supplies you’ll need:

  • Essential oils
  • Carrier oil (almond, jojoba, coconut, etc.)
  • Testing strips
  • Dropper
  • 10 ml glass bottles
  • 2 ml glass bottles
  • A notebook

Since essential oils are a big investment, start with very small test blends. 10-15 drops should be enough to test the scent and determine if you like it.

Here are a few more suggestions for mixing essential oils:

  • Follow the 30-50-20 rule: 30% top note, 50% middle note, 20% base note.
  • Write down the exact number of drops you use in each blend.
  • Test your blends over the next few days, as scents evolve over time.
  • Record any feelings, images, or memories that the scents bring to mind.

Final Thoughts on Mixing Essential Oils

Mixing essential oils is both a science and an art.

The more you learn about them, the better equipped you’ll be to create your own unique blends.

Wondering where to start? Check out our recent post on how to make your own essential oil perfume!

How to Make Your own Essential Oil Perfume

essential oil perfume

If I were to open your medicine cabinet, what would I find?

Probably not essential oil perfume. Instead, you have a towering row of manufactured products with ingredients you can’t even pronounce. You probably feel it in your heart that something is just not right with them, but you can’t be sure what exactly it is.

Unfortunately, many women are using toxic substances in their beauty regimens every day without knowing it. They have been using these products for so long that they see them as harmless, but that is anything but true.

Luckily, many of these products are substitutable. One of the best substitutes for your favorite fragrance is essential oil perfume.

With the misinformation that has run rampant on the web, many people are unsure of how essential oils might fit into their daily routine. Creating a fragrance blend can be a great delivery system.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know in order to be able to start customizing your scent today.

Selecting an Oil

There are many different brands of essential oils on the market, so discerning between them and choosing the best one for your needs is imperative.

Unfortunately, many of these brands do not sell quality products. If you would like to be sure you are getting the right oil, there are several factors you should consider.

Purity

Purity is the first criteria you should pay attention to. Impurities can reduce the oil’s effectiveness. Your oils should be unadulterated and ungraded. They should be free of any fillers, additives, or synthetic materials.

Price

Choosing a brand that offers the best price on essential oils isn’t always the safest way to go. Work within your budget, but don’t scan for the cheapest price.

This product is extracted from natural substances, which is an expensive process. So when you see ridiculously low prices, it should be a big red flag.

Popularity

How did you decide which sneakers to buy in middle school?

You looked to see what everyone else was wearing, of course. And you should do the same when you are shopping for essential oils. There is a lot of information out there on the reputations of various products, so go ahead and hunt down some reviews.

In this case following the crowd is the best thing you can do. Make sure you read multiple reviews before you purchase anything.

Bottling Options for Essential Oil Perfume

When you make your own perfume, you also get the fun task of deciding what kind of bottle you want to put it in. There are several options that will work and all of them should be purchased in the 10-15 ml size.

To perfectly dispense the right amount of oil every time, using a roll-on bottle can be a great option. If you choose this bottle, using a towel between your hand and the rolling ball top can make snapping the top into place much easier.

Another option you could try is to use a medicine dropper. This dipping method allows you to retain some control over the amount of product you want to disperse, while still giving you the option to apply a large amount.

Finally, for those who would like to use recycled materials, using an old essential oil bottle can be a reasonable choice. Just be careful when you open it because a little bit of your fragrance blend will go a long way.

A Word of Caution

Before you select your essential oil you should check it for contra-indicators. Some of these substances should not be used on babies, pregnant women, or some others with sensitive health conditions.

Instructions for Making Essential Oil Perfume

So now that you have some background on the oils, it’s time to create your signature scent. There are a lot of options out there made from the smallest flower to the leaves of the largest tree.

Today extractions can be made available from almost any plant and they all contain different benefits for improving the health of their users for almost any ailments.

When you create a new perfume, you can look to the professionally bottled labels for guidance. Some of the oils you can select are used in the most popular brands of fragrance available in retail stores.

For example, Chanel No. 5 contains the following essential oils:

  • Bergamot
  • Lemon
  • Jasmine Absolute
  • Rose Otto
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Vetiver
  • Cedarwood
  • Neroli
  • Vanilla

Bergamot is also used in the Norell Fragrance by Revlon and Giorgio Armani Colone.

Ingredients

  • Bottle
  • Organic Jojoba or Coconut Oil
  • 20 Drops of Orange
  • 20 Drops of Vanilla
  • 5-15 Drops of Ylang Ylang
  • 3-5 Drops of Patchouli

Instructions

  1. Insert all the listed oils into your chosen bottle.
  2. Add Jojoba Oil to fill the bottle to its shoulder. (If you chose the 15 mL bottle, only fill it two-thirds of the way full.)
  3. Snap on your roller ball top, if you have one. If you find you are having difficulties getting it into place, try using a towel between your hand and the ball and then push harder.
  4. Next, place the top on your fragrance and shake it gently.
  5. Now you are ready to apply. Be sure to keep your essential oil perfume capped when you are not using it, and store it in a dark and cool room to prevent degradation of the organic compounds.

Where to Purchase Your Oils

You have a lot of choices when you purchase essential oils. Many of the companies out there are offering inferior products for the same, and sometimes even higher prices, as superior products.

If you are going to buy essential oils you should visit Think Oily, where you can find charts that break down the benefits of each different company’s oil individually.

They have information on everything from what kind of customer support these companies offer, to what their empty bottle exchange policy is.

They also list helpful information on things like money-back guarantees and whether the ingredients come from a sustainable source.

Nighttime Scents: 8 Essential Oils for Sleep

Essential Oils for Sleep

Did you know 50-70 million Americans struggle with some type of sleeping disorder? Unfortunately, many people still ignore the importance of adequate sleep. This is a dangerous practice, as insufficient sleep is linked to poor health, car accidents, and more.

To tackle these sleep issues, it is suggested to avoid caffeine and computer screens in the evenings. It is also suggested to go to sleep and wake at the same time each day. One other popular solution is essential oils for sleep issues.

Are you interested in trying out some great oils to help your sleep habits? Keep reading below for eight amazing oils you should immediately consider!

Choose Your Oil

1. Lavender

Lavender essential oil tends to top most lists for sleep aids. Even those who are unfamiliar with essential oils or those who do not struggle with sleep, know that lavender is used for relaxation.

Lavender has an immense calming effect on the body. It is believed to be so relaxing because inhaling the lavender scent reduces heart rate and blood pressure.

It’s a great oil to have in any collection because it can be used on mostly everyone from babies to adults!

2. Frankincense

Frankincense is one of the best essential oils for sleep available. In addition to supporting sleep, it can help to balance emotions. This oil calms your mind and body while assisting your body’s natural healing processes.

People find the aroma from this oil induces feelings of peace and satisfaction. It also increases feelings of satisfaction. These reasons are why many people find frankincense to be their favorite essential oil.

3. Cedarwood

This essential oil is earthy and woodsy. Many people find cedarwood oils help them to relax and calm their minds after a busy day.

This is a perfect oil to assist with sleep issues because it stimulates the pineal gland. This gland is responsible for releasing melatonin, the body’s natural sleep hormone.

Cedarwood is one of the most popular essential oils for sleep, but some may find the woodsy smell to be too much. If this is the case, try mixing it with a little lavender oil. Rub on the bottoms of your feet and put socks on before bed.

You will be sleeping soundly in no time!

4. Vetiver

Vetiver oil is another rich and earthy smelling essential oil. This is because it is distilled from plant roots. This is a popular sleep aid because the scent is very grounding. Many find this oil helps to stabilize emotions.

As with cedarwood, some people may be turned off by the smell. This oil can also be paired with lavender to make it a more enjoyable scent.

5. Ylang Ylang

This oil is said to be capable of balancing energy, leading to a more relaxed state. This flower has been used to cover the beds of newlyweds on their wedding nights.

Ylang ylang oil is also said to improve focus.

6. Marjoram

Many people think of cooking when they hear of marjoram oil, but it actually can be one of many great essential oils for sleep improvement!

It is distilled from leaves and frequently called the “herb of happiness.” This oil is very soothing. It relaxes the nerves.

Majoram oil also relaxes and soothes muscles and joints. You can mix this oil with some coconut oil and rub on the back of your neck for some tension relief.

Majoram oil also has many other positive effects on your health beyond improved sleep. Be sure to give it a try!

7. Roman Chamomile

For many years, mothers have used Roman chamomile on their children. It is known for the calming, soothing, and relaxing feeling that it causes. This oil is great for anxiety and restlessness.

It has a light floral scent that would be lovely in your bedroom as you prepare for sleep.

8. Sandalwood

A final oil for sleep improvement is sandalwood. This is another rich and woodsy smelling oil. It is known for calming your nervous system.

It induces feelings of calmness, helps with concentration, and increases relaxation. Many people also find that this oil helps induce positive thoughts.

How to Use Essential Oils for Sleep

Now that you have learned about eight great essentials oils to improve your sleep, you can consider what method of using the oils is best for you. There are two main options.

Aromatic

There are multiple ways you can benefit from the scent of essential oils. You easily can place a few drops in your hand, rub them together, and then place your hands over your mouth and breathe in.

Another way to use essential oils for sleep is with a diffuser. With these, you place a few drops of an oil into the diffuser that also has water in it. Set a diffuser by your bed and you will soon find yourself sleeping peacefully.

Try shopping around for top rated diffusers to find one perfect for you!

Topical

You can also use essential oils topically (on your skin). Try using on your face as part of your nighttime skincare routine. As mentioned above placing the oils on your neck or other areas of tension can help you relax as you prepare for bed.

Another great option when preparing for bed is to place a few drops of an oil in a warm bath. This would be an excellent way to relax before snuggling into bed.

When using essential oils topically, be sure to check the safety suggestions. This will inform you what oils need to be diluted before coming into contact with your skin.

For example, many citrus oils can leave your skin extra sensitive to the sun. If you use one of these oils, make sure you avoid sunlight or UV lamps for at least twelve hours.

Time to Get Oiled Up

Now that you have read about eight great essential oils for sleep, you are on your way to peaceful and restful sleep.

Do you still have some questions about essential oils and sleep? Please reach out and we will be glad to help you!

Essential Oils To Restore Thinning Hair

When you’re a young lad and lass, you often feel invincible. You look great. You feel great. Your hormones are probably functioning properly and for the most part your energy levels are stable. You rarely think about these complications because your body is, for the most part, running optimally.

At least that’s how I felt. And then I stumbled into my 30s. Some things started to increase like my weight. And others things started to disappear. Like my hair.

I was proud of my hair in my teenage years and 20s. I used to load it up with gel on a daily basis and never worried much about it. And to be totally honest my life was so busy that I didn’t even notice it getting thinner until one day I looked in the mirror and was struck with a feeling of horror. I always knew as men got older their hair could thin but I never thought it could happen to me (isn’t that how it always goes?).

I tried a lot of different things hoping to stimulate growth. I took Rogaine (haha). I increased fat in my diet because some health experts said a lack of fat can be a contributing factor to hair loss. I tried a few detoxes and cleanses. I even went so far as not washing my hair for two weeks to see if it was shampoo related. Nothing seemed to work for me.

I was always an optimistic, highly enthusiastic and fun to be around guy. But this was a severe shock to my psyche. It’s amazing how something as ‘simple’ as hair can destroy your self-esteem and self-worth isn’t it? We are so heavily critical of ourselves.

One day in a small group at my church, a close friend asked me if I was doing alright. He noticed over the past couple of months that I just didn’t seem to be myself. I confided in him which was very difficult to do. For some reason men don’t usually like to talk about their problems.

But I’m glad I did.

He said that his wife was big into essential oils and that he had been using a particular combination of oils for his hair for the past several years. He asked if I was interested in trying some myself. Well this man had a full head of hair with not a spot of grey on his head. So of course I said yes. I was desperate and at this point I would try almost anything.

I have to admit I was quite skeptical and at my wits end. I wanted to be believe but had been let down so many times before.

The following week he brought me this little bottle of what he referred to as an “oil blend.” He told me how to apply it and I did so for a couple of months.

I could not believe it. It took a few weeks to notice a difference, but my thinning actually slowed down. And I started to see some new growth.

The next time I saw him, I asked if he could get me the recipe from his wife which he gracefully did. It’s now been 2 years of applying this blend to my hair every day. And while my hair is not as boastful as it was in my 20s, it has improved a ton. So I wanted to share the blend with you here.

What You Need

  • Small 5ml oil bottle
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil – 40 drops
  • 24 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 18 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 14 drops geranium essential oil
  • 12 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil

What You Do

Combine fractionated coconut oil and essential oils into your 5ml bottle. Put 4 to 7 drops in the palm of your hand. Then dip your fingertips into your palm and gently massage the oil blend throughout your scalp. Be sure to pay extra attention to thinning or balding spots on your head.

I cannot tell you how much of a difference it has made in my life. I feel like a new man with a renewed sense of self. It’s a far cheaper alternative than some other options such as gimmicky products that rarely work (if ever). Or hair implants which can leave hideous cars should you ever decide to remove them in the future.

If you are suffering from thinning hair and feel like there is nothing in the world you can do to stop it, please consider essential oils. And even if you are not currently suffering from thinning hair, it might be a good idea to use it as a safety measure. Especially if the men in your family have a history of thinning hair.

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.

 

A Biblical View On Essential Oils  

As a massage therapist, I have the good fortune to witness the healing power of essential oils. It’s remarkable how people respond to the fragrances and sensations they impart. At one point in my practice, I became curious about the historical use of essential oils. Researching their origin led me to biblical references.

There are over 500 citations in the Old and New Testaments regarding the use of plant-derived oils. 1/ Isn’t it comforting to know the Lord has given us plants to ensure our health and well-being? 2/ God has placed me in the healing profession, and I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you.

Sources of Essential Oils

Essential oils are scented compounds extracted from plants. They can be derived from flowers, leaves, roots, stems, seeds, berries, sap, and bark. Oil gives a plant its characteristic aroma and therapeutic qualities. An extract can incorporate over 100 compounds, each with a specific healing property! For this reason, essential oils apply to a wide variety of conditions. 3

Historical use

During biblical times, essential oils played several vital roles. Sanctified by prayer, they became powerful medicinal agents. They eased muscle and joint pain, repaired aging skin, and cured illness. During anointing ceremonies, they bestowed leadership. In this context, essential oils symbolized the Holy Spirit. 4/

Essential oils were so highly prized, they were given as offerings. Three kings brought frankincense and myrrh to Jesus at the time of His birth. Consecrated oils conferred blessings. Jesus washed the feet of His disciples and rubbed them with oil to ordain them as priests. 5/

The 12 Essential Oils Cited In Scripture

Here’s an amazing correlation! Jesus chose 12 extraordinary men who became His disciples and the bedrock of His church. Similarly, there are 12 essential oils mentioned in the Bible. What’s especially exciting is that you can obtain these oils today! Here are the 12 essential oils cited in scripture. 6/

1. ALOESWOOD (Santalum album)

Aloeswood is the aromatic resin of the Aquilaria tree, also known as agarwood. Resin is a sticky component of tree sap. Aloeswood is native to India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Biblical References

  • Numbers 24:6 – Aloeswood trees are compared to Israeli dwellings blessed by God.
  • John 19:39 – Aloeswood is the incense burned at the burial site of Jesus.

Uses

Aloeswood diffuses stress by dispelling negativity and focusing your mind. Its soothing scent imparts calmness. Do you ever experience insomnia? Inhaled at bedtime, it facilitates sleep. Aloeswood quells the ache of arthritis. Massaged over the stomach, it curbs indigestion, gas, and bloat. Women, you can add the oil to facial cleanser to improve skin tone. By repairing damaged skin, it fades discoloration and wrinkles. 7/

Fragrance

The scent of aloeswood is sweet, with notes of wood and musk.

2. CASSIA (Cinnamomum cassia)

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Photo credits: Cassia

A cousin to cinnamon, cassia oil is extracted from an evergreen tree native to China. Both cinnamon and cassia oils are derived from the same tree.

Biblical References

  • Exodus 30:24 – The Lord tells Moses to use cassia along with myrrh, cinnamon, calamus, and olive oil to make a sacred anointing oil.
  • Ezekiel 27:18-19 – Cassia oil is a precious commodity for conducting trade with Damascus.

Uses

To resolve gas and diarrhea, rub cassia oil over your stomach. Combat colds and viral infections by diffusing the oil into a room. If your joints are painful, gently massaging them with cassia brings relief. 8/

Fragrance

Cassia oil is warm and woody, with a balsamic undertone.

3. CEDARWOOD (Cedrus atlantica)

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Photo credits: Cedarwood – Cedar Climbing Frames

The cedarwood tree thrives at high altitudes in cold climates. It grows to a height of 100 feet and an age of over 1,000 years! Cedarwood is native to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The oil is extracted from the tree’s wood and leaves.

Biblical References

  • 1 Kings 6:9-20 – Cedarwood is used to build King Solomon’s temple. Its fragrance leads worshipers to prayer and into God’s presence.
  • Psalm 92:12 – The tree symbolizes prosperity for the righteous.

Uses

Cedarwood repels moths and mosquitoes. It eases breathing difficulty associated with colds and flu. Inhale the oil from a bottle, or rub a mixture of oil and lotion over your chest. 9/

Fragrance

Cedarwood has a woodsy, pencil-like aroma, with a note of sandalwood.

4. CYPRESS (Cupressus sempervirens)

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Photo Credits: Cypress – All Posters Images

The cypress tree is an evergreen, bearing tiny flowers and small cones. Its root system is deep and well-developed. The oil is steam-distilled from the tree’s needles and stems.

Biblical References

  • Isaiah 41:19 – Cypress represents security. God helps the Israelites, planting cypress in the wasteland.
  • Isaiah 60:13 – The Lord promises a glorious future. The cypress tree will adorn and beautify His sanctuary.

Uses

Having antispasmodic properties, cypress averts cramping and muscle strain. It also quiets restless leg syndrome. I often encounter these conditions in my massage practice. Cypress treats carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist, common to people who type for prolonged periods. Cypress oil stimulates blood flow. I’ve seen bulging varicose veins subside with topical application. Cellulite also diminishes. I use cypress to help clients feel relaxed. 10/

Fragrance

The scent of cypress is piney and spicy.

5. FRANKINCENSE (Boswellia carteri)

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Photo credits: Frankincense – Pun Miris

Frankincense is the resin of the Boswellia tree, commonly found in Somalia. The tree tolerates poor growing conditions, as you can see in this photo.

Biblical References

  • 1 Chronicles 9:29 – Frankincense is used in ceremonial offerings.
  • Matthew 2:11 – Along with myrrh, frankincense is one of the gifts three kings present to baby Jesus.

Uses

Inhaling frankincense produces instant peace. It reduces discoloration from stretch marks and scars. Mix 3 drops of the oil with an unscented lotion and massage into skin. If you have a respiratory infection, it facilitates breathing when diffused or inhaled. Massage frankincense into sore muscles and joints to put the brakes on pain. If you have insomnia, its heady scent will ease you into dreamland. 11/

Fragrance

Frankincense has a musky, lemony aroma.

6. GALBANUM (Ferula gummosa)

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Photo credits: Galbanum – Essential Oils Company

Galbanum is an aromatic resin sourced from the Ferula plant, native to Iran.

Biblical Reference

  • Exodus 30:34 – Galbanum is an incense ingredient given by God to Moses.

Uses

By increasing circulation, galbanum resolves muscle knots, cramps, and arthritic pain. Its calming scent is relaxing. Since galbanum regenerates tissue, it improves stretch marks, wrinkles, and sagging skin. It also expedites recovery from trauma, shock, and depression. 12/

Fragrance

Galbanum has a fresh scent, akin to green pepper.

7. HYSSOP (Hyssopus officinalis)

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Photo credits: Hyssop – Cool Garden

Found wild in the Mediterranean, hyssop is also cultivated in France, Canada, and the US. A member of the mint family, it grows 2 feet high, bearing purple flowers. The Hebrew name for hyssop means “holy herb.”

Biblical References

  • John 19:29 – Hyssop is offered to Jesus on the cross.
  • Psalm 51:7 – The herb is used in cleansing rituals.

Uses

Topical application of hyssop heals skin irritations, frostbite, wounds, and bruising. Its antiseptic properties prevent infection. To reduce fever, add it to bathwater. If you have respiratory congestion, rub the oil on your chest, and you’ll breathe easier. Aah! By revving circulation, hyssop reduces the discomfort of arthritis and gout. It also treats cramps and muscle spasms. 13/

Fragrance

The scent of hyssop combines mint and pine.

8. Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

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Photo Credits: Myrrh – Viviscienza

Myrrh is the resin of a desert tree that grows in Africa and the Middle East. Traditionally, it’s a burnt offering preceding sacred ceremonies. In fact, there are 152 citations in the Bible mentioning myrrh! 14/

Biblical References

  • Proverbs 7:17 – Myrrh is a sweet perfume.
  • Song of Solomon 3:6 – Myrrh is used as fragrant incense.

Uses

Antibacterial and anti-fungal, myrrh heals wounds and infections. Apply the oil to eradicate acne and athlete’s foot. It also soothes chapped skin. Since it imparts serenity, I use it for massage. Myrrh also reduces swelling and inflammation. When inhaled, it relieves symptoms of bronchitis and colds. 15/

Fragrance

Myrrh oil has a smoky-sweet fragrance, resembling pine.

9. Myrtle (Myrtus communis)

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Photo credits: Myrtle – Selectree

Myrtle is an evergreen shrub native to Africa and the Mediterranean. The oil is extracted from its leaves, flowers, and berries. Are you familiar with eucalyptus? Myrtle is in the same family.

Biblical References

  • Nehemiah 8:15 – Myrtle is a preferred wood for building ceremonial booths.
  • Zechariah 1:8 – The tree confers protection.

Uses

Since myrtle essential oil has astringent properties, it’s beneficial for oily skin, acne, large pores, and sagging. As an antiseptic, the oil cleanses wounds. I like to diffuse myrtle in my treatment area since it counteracts tension, anxiety, and stress. The oil also freshens air and repels insects. 16/

Fragrance

The scent of myrtle is similar to eucalyptus oil.

10. ONYCHA (Styrax benzoin)

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Photo credits: Onycha

Onycha is also known as benzoin essential oil. Onycha creates a celebratory atmosphere due to its mood-elevating effect. For this reason, it’s traditionally used in jubilant religious ceremonies. The oil is extracted from the tree’s resin.

Biblical Reference

  • Exodus 30:34-36 – Onycha is one of the components of consecrated incense diffused in Solomon’s temple. The Lord bequeaths the recipe to Moses and instructs him to place it before the Ark of the Covenant.

Uses

When your spirit needs a boost, onycha will uplift you. Inhaling its fragrance allays anxiety and tension, balancing your nervous system. Its germicidal properties prevent infection. Diffused into a room, it has a deodorizing effect, eliminating unpleasant odors. By reducing inflammation, onycha brings comfort to arthritic joints. 17/

Fragrance

Onycha smells of vanilla.

11. Rose of Sharon (Cistus ladanifer)

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Photo credits: Rose of Sharon – Farm1

Rose of Sharon essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowers, leaves, and stalk of the Cistus plant. Also known as labdanum and rock rose, the bush grows wild in Spain and France.

Biblical Reference

  • Song of Solomon 2:1 – Rose of Sharon refers to the beloved.

Uses

Massaging Rose of Sharon into joints soothes arthritis, due to its anti-inflammatory effect. When inhaled or rubbed over the chest, it unblocks nasal congestion. It also lessens tension. At the onset of illness, massage it into your feet to strength immunity. I utilize this application method when performing reflexology on clients. Applied to the face, it fades scars and smooths wrinkles. An effective germicidal, it staunches bleeding and disinfects wounds. 18/

Fragrance

Rose of Sharon has a honey-like aroma.

12. Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)

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Photo credits: Gyan Unlimited

Spikenard oil is derived from a perennial in the Valerian family, native to the Himalayas of Nepal, India, and China. The Bible refers to the herb as “nard.” The entire plant is fragrant!

Biblical References

  • Luke 7:36-50 – A woman comes to see Jesus while He’s having dinner at a Pharisee’s house. Regretful of her sins, she begins weeping, her tears wetting Jesus’ feet. She wipes His feet with her hair, kisses them, and anoints Him with spikenard oil.
  • John 12:3-5 – Mary, sister of Lazarus, anoints Jesus with one pound of spikenard oil! In worship and gratitude, she pours it on His feet. The oil was worth 300 denarii. At the time, one denarius was a day’s wage. So the cost of the oil was equivalent to a year’s salary. At our current minimum wage, this amounts to $36,000! 19/

Uses

Being antimicrobial, spikenard mollifies itching, dermatitis, psoriasis, and fungal infection. Its sedating quality knocks out insomnia. Spikenard diffuses anger, panic, depression, and stress. By stimulating cellular regeneration, it closes wounds. 20/

Fragrance

The scent of spikenard is redolent of musk, with spicy and floral undertones.

How To Use These Essential Oils?

Before applying essential oil to your skin, be sure to dilute it. Undiluted oil can cause allergic reactions. Ideal carriers are coconut, grapeseed, olive, sesame, sunflower, and sweet almond oils.

For sensitive skin, use 3 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier. For normal skin, you can double this amount. You can also use unscented facial creams and body lotions as carriers at the same dilution rates.

For a bath, mix 6 drops of essential oil with 1 teaspoon of honey and add it to bathwater. 21/ To prevent evaporation, dispense the oil into your tub after the water has finished running.

You can also inhale essential oil directly from its bottle. Alternatively, apply 3 drops to a cotton ball or handkerchief and breathe in the aroma. For a more widespread effect, use a diffuser to disperse essential oil into the air, following the appliance’s directions.

NOTE:Do not apply essential oils to the skin of babies and children, due to the high risk of skin irritation. Since essential oils can increase blood flow, pregnant and lactating women should not expose their skin to them.

Natural Medicine

Each oil above merits a place in your medicine cabinet. God is the Great Physician, and essential oils are one of His healing instruments. Avail yourself of the benefits of Aloeswood, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Galbanum, Hyssop, Myrrh, Myrtle, Onycha, Rose of Sharon, and Spikenard. They have God’s blessing upon them!