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How to Make Your own Essential Oil Perfume

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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.

 

What Are The Best Essential Oils for ADHD Treatment?

What Are The Best Essential Oils for ADHD Treatment?

For parents, having a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD can create many worries like how the child will handle life and cope with studies. According to CDC, up to 6.4 million children have ADHD. ADHD is a common childhood mental disorder related to neurodevelopment. If statistics are anything to go by, ADHD is diagnosed three times more often in boys than girls. Sometimes a child can overcome this debilitating challenge; however, this condition can run into adulthood

Types and Symptoms Of ADHD

Based on symptoms, Children with ADHD are often classified into three major types: Inattention, impulsive hyperactivity, or a combination of the two.

Inattentive type: Forgetfulness, easy distraction, and inability to pull through a task before jumping to another

Inability to focus:

  • Losing things (pencils, toys) and always unable to complete assignments.
  • Daydreaming
  • Difficulty in following instructions
  • Lack of organization

Children with hyperactive/impulsive type often show the following symptoms:

  • Constant movement
  • Fidgeting and squirming in seats
  • Impatience
  • Unbridled emotions
  • Excessive talking
  • Interrupting conversations needlessly

Causes and Treatment of ADHD

The cause of ADHD is still unknown; however, many medical experts believe it to be a result of genetics and environmental factors.  Alongside recommended diets, essential oils are very beneficial and can help improve mental clarity, promote concentration, and calm a restless child. Both adults and children can enjoy the healing powers of essential oils. The following are  considered the best essential oils for ADHD/ADD.

What Are The Best Essential Oils for ADHD Treatment?

Vetiver Oil

Vetiver oil is gotten from the roots of Vetiveria zizanioides, a grass native to India. This thick, dark essential oil has a distinctly warm and earthy fragrance. Vetiver oil can help improve focus and stabilize psychological processes. According to experts, Vetiver oil can reduce the symptoms of ADD and ADHD in children. It also helps to ease tension and reduce hyperactivity. It is one of the best essential oils for ADHD treatment to try out.

In a study conducted by Dr. Terry Friedman, M.D, on children between the ages of 6-15 who have an attention deficit condition, Vetiver was found to improve the brain activity of all the participants.

How to use Vetiver Oil For ADHD

  • Before using Vetiver essential oil for ADD, make sure you dilute with a carrier oil like almond or olive oil. Start by rubbing a drop to the bottom of the feet to help control impulses. Also, apply a drop to the back of your neck.
  • You can also drop the oil on your palms, rub together, place over your nose and inhale.

Frankincense Oil

Frankincense has been in use since the ancient times for setting a relaxing ambiance during religious rites. This spicy oil is one of the best essential oils for attention and focus due to its ability to induce relaxation, improve mental clarity, and bring feelings of comfort. It also helps reduce feelings of anxiety relieve stress. Frankincense oil is not only functional for ADD, but it is also an excellent antiseptic and diuretic. People with respiratory issues will find this oil an efficient aid.

How to use Frankincense Oil For ADHD?

You can use Frankincense oil alone or blend with other essential oils to increase its effectiveness. Apply topically after diluting with a suitable carrier oil or use with a diffuser.

Lavender Oil

There are not many essential oils that can induce a peaceful and calm feeling on the body like Lavender oil. It has a sweet and alluring aroma and is commonly used to relieve stress, anxiety and induce relaxation and sound sleep. Studies have repeatedly shown that Lavender oil is the best oil for depression, reducing stress levels and restlessness. Using Lavender oil for ADD will help improve concentration and cognitive performance. It is one of the best essential oils for ADD in adults.

How to use Lavender Oil for ADHD Treatment?

Morning and night, rub drops of lavender oil on the bottom of your feet, your neck and temples. You can also inhale directly from the bottle or use in a diffuser.

Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood is extracted from parts of Cedar tree and has been used for centuries for treating many ailments. It is known to stimulate thought clarity and mental synergy by boosting the supply of oxygen to the brain. Studies have also shown that Cedarwood oil affects limbic system in the brain, which is the seat of emotions. Using Cedarwood essential oil for ADD can help improve focus, and calm the mind. Many also use Cedarwood oil for treat skin conditions, repel insects, and disinfect wounds.

How to use Cedarwood Essential Oil For Treating ADHD?

  • Dilute Cedarwood oil with a carrier oil and apply to the base of the feet, back of the neck or temples.
  • Alternatively, you can inhale directly or use with a diffuser.

Ylang-Ylang Oil

Ylang-ylang oil is extracted by steam distillation of the flowers of Ylang-Ylang tree, a plant native to Asia. It is an excellent antidepressant, antiseptic, and nervous system enhancer. According to research, the sedative properties of ylang-ylang oil can help reduce heart rate and blood pressure. It can help to promote mental clarity and concentration in ADD patients and make them feel contented.

How to use Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil?

  • Use Ylang-Ylang oil with caution. Make sure you dilute sufficiently with a carrier oil before topical application. Rub on the base of the feet, the temples and the back of your neck.
  • You can also inhale sparingly or use with a diffuser.

Mandarin Oil

Mandarin Oil is a citrus-based oil extracted from the peels of Citrus reticulate and can induce calm in a depressed spirit. When combined with lavender oil, the soothing effect it gives is outstanding.

How to use Mandarin Oil For ADHD?

Mandarin oil, like every citrus-based oil, is photosensitive and skin irritation can occur upon exposure to sunlight. Preferably, apply before going to bed.

Tea Tree Oil

Also known as Melaleuca oil, Tea Tree oil is a potent oil with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it an efficient aid for people with ADHD. Tea Tree Oil can help improve attention and concentration. It also boosts the growth of immunoglobulin cells in the body. These cells are often inhibited by candidiasis and clostridia overgrowth.

How to use Tea Tree Oil For ADHD?

Put a drop or two on your palm, rub together, place your palms over your nose and inhale deeply. Inhaling will help boost the body’s immune system.

Roman Chamomile Oil

Roman Chamomile is commonly used as a stress reliever and mood booster. It has a comforting and soothing aroma that promotes mental stability and focus in ADD patients.

How to use Roman Chamomile Essential Oil?

  • Apply topically to the wrist, behind the ears, and other pulse points.
  • Use with a diffuser.
  • Alternatively, you can inhale directly from the bottle,

Cilantro Oil

The accumulation of heavy metal toxins is common with people suffering from ADHD. Studies have shown that Cilantro oil can help remove these toxins through a process called chelation. Aside from being a detoxifying agent, it is also antimicrobial, antidepressant, and antioxidant. The reduction of lead and other toxins in the body alleviates the symptoms of ADD.

How to use Cilantro Oil?

  • Use a Diffuser
  • Use topically by rubbing on the children’s body.

Cypress Oil

Cypress oil is gotten from the cypress tree and has powerful characteristics similar to ylang oil. One typical situation in ADD patients is confusion – inability to focus on a single thing. Using cypress oil can help stabilize and structure the mind, and improve mental clarity. In cases of nervous tension, Cypress oil will induce calm and relaxation.

How to use Cypress Oil?

  • You can use as a massage oil or mix with your cream. Rub the oil on your feet, neck and temples.
  • You can also use with your diffuser.
  • Another way to use cypress oil is by adding a few drops to your bath water.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary Oil is another essential oil for ADD to try. Students in ancient Greece and Rome rubbed the oil on their foreheads to aid concentration. You can use this oil to improve emotional stability in children. It can also help increase their assimilation rate when studying or learning.

How to use Rosemary Oil For ADHD

Rub on the bottom of the feet or use with a diffuser.

ADHD Essential Oils Blend Recipes

Using the recipes below, you can make your essential oil blends at home.

Recipe 1 – Massage Oil

  • 20 drops of mandarin oil
  • 20 drops of roman chamomile oil
  • 20 drops of lavender oil
  • 60 drops of carrier oil (olive or coconut oil)

Mix the ingredients and store in a tightly covered glass bottle, away from sunlight. Massage on your temples, back of your knees, and the bottom of your feet.

Recipe 2 Inhaler Blend:

  • 2 drops of Cedarwood oil
  • 2 drops of Lavender oil
  • 5 drops of Vetiver oil
  • Store these ingredients in a bottle and inhale at intervals to boost concentration. It is also safe for kids but should be administered by an adult.

9 Best Essential Oils for Varicose Veins (With Massage Recipes and More)

9 Best Essential Oils for Varicose Veins (With Massage Recipes and More)

It is not just about the pain and discomfort; varicose veins are not pretty. The term is used to describe veins that have become bulgy and twisted, causing worrisome cosmetic concerns. Its milder companion is called spider veins, due to its web-like appearance. Varicose veins appear on the leg than other parts of the body due to its distance from the heart and the effect of gravity—the legs accommodate a lot of pressure and carry the weight of the entire body. This condition affects more women than men, and this may be attributed to hormonal factors like puberty, menopause, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, etc. Reports say up to 50% of women may end up suffering from varicose veins at one point in their lives.

Causes and Symptoms

Varicose Veins happen when there is a disturbance in the free flow of blood from the legs back the heart. When blood circulation is hindered, a condition called blood pooling (blood builds up in veins) happens, causing veins to become weak, enlarged, and twisted. This disturbance is often a result of increased pressure due to weight gain, pregnancy, or an injury. Factors like genetics, poor diet and alcohol worsen the condition.

Signs and symptoms include achy legs, the appearance of spider veins, itchy skin, ankle swelling, cramps, and restless leg syndrome.

Essential Oils and Varicose Veins

Although varicose veins are not life threatening, the discomfort and unsightliness call for a lasting and safe solution. Conventional treatments include endovenous laser treatments, sclerotherapy, elastic stockings, exercise, or a surgical procedure called vein stripping. Essential oils are natural remedies capable of promoting proper blood circulation, which is essential for getting rid of varicose veins. You can use them independently, or blend them with other essential oils. In this article, I have highlighted the best essential oils for varicose veins, best ways to apply them, and possible essential oil blends for varicose veins you could make.

What Are The Best Essential Oils for Varicose Veins Treatment?

Helichrysum Oil

The major cause of varicose vein is poor blood circulation. If there is an essential that does a good job of boosting blood circulation, it is Helichrysum oil. The oil is anti-inflammatory and can also help soothe inflamed tissues. Helichrysum works by dissolving coagulated blood in or outside the vein, therefore aiding proper and efficient blood flow. This will not only clear the varicose veins, but it will also avert future occurrences. It is also useful for treating chronic pain, depression, infections and other health conditions.

Cypress Oil

Cypress essential oil is a vasoconstrictor and a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It calms the mind, deflates swollen blood vessels, improves blood circulation, hinders fluid retention, and relieves pain. It heals varicose veins by strengthening the vein walls. Also, Cypress oil helps with hormonal imbalances – a common cause of varicose veins. Other properties of the oil include antibacterial, antimicrobial, astringent, decongestant, deodorant and diuretic. Besides being an essential oil for varicose veins, it also works for conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, painful menstruation, muscle fatigue and chronic pain.

Frankincense Oil

Over the years, Frankincense has been used as an essential oil for treating arthritis, depression, hepatitis, wrinkles, multiple sclerosis and many other diseases. It works for varicose veins too. It helps improve the strength of the veins, therefore, preventing bulging and twisting. It also lowers blood pressure through improved blood circulation and balances body hormones. Frankincense oil also helps to boost the body’s immune system, improve eyesight and mental clarity. It is one of the best Essential oils for varicose veins in pregnancy.

Lemongrass Oil

The use of lemongrass oil for varicose vein stems from its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It improves blood circulation, inhibits blood pooling, and strengthens the blood vessels. It is one of the best essential oils for veins on legs. By ensuring that the blood vessels stay healthy and unclogged, future occurrences of varicose veins can be averted. Many also use Lemongrass essential oil as an insect repellant, sedative, antiseptic and antibacterial.

Geranium Oil

Geranium oil is useful in the cosmetics world. It is a great essential oil for treating acne, promoting hair growth and for clearing wrinkles. However, it does not end there. Geranium Oil helps to alleviate unsightly swellings of the vein and boosts blood circulation. Besides helping to clear varicose veins, it also helps rejuvenate the skin.

Lemon Oil

This oil is a popular astringent derived from the lemon plant. It helps strengthen the vein walls and promote proper blood circulation. Apply lemon essential oil to clear up your varicose veins and prevent future occurrences.

Ginger Oil

Ginger is more than just another culinary item for your kitchen. This oil effectively lowers blood pressure by clearing out blockages in blood’s pathway. Ginger oil is one of the best essential oils for spider veins on the face.

Chamomile Oil

In almost every natural remedies for diseases, Chamomile essential oil pops up. It promotes blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and clears out varicose veins in no time. Chamomile Oil strengthens the blood vessels and promotes healthy constrictions.

Yarrow Oil

Yarrow Oil comes in very handy for women who experience menstrual cramps, irregular periods and hot flashes. Its ability to promote proper blood circulation and balance body hormones makes it an efficient natural remedy for varicose veins. When blood can flow freely in the veins, it won’t pool – pooling makes the blood vessels bulge and twist.

You can also use Clary Sage Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Basil Oil, Calamus Oil, Lime Oil and coconut oil for varicose veins.

How to use Essential Oils for Varicose Veins

Compress: Both cold and warm compress works effectively for varicose veins. It will promote blood circulation and reduce the swelling.

Method: Pour one liter of cold or warm water into a bowl, and add five drops of your preferred essential oil. I suggest you dilute the essential oil with one teaspoonful of carrier oil before adding it to the water. Soak a clean cloth in the water and wring out excess water. Compress directly over the affected area for at least 15 minutes, with your legs elevated. Repeat this every evening.

Massage Oil: You can also rub essential oils over the affected areas to improve blood circulation in the area. Make sure you dilute the oil first with a carrier oil. Massage upwards in the direction of your heart. Repeat this twice daily.

Warm Bath: To improve circulation and deflate bulging veins, you can use essential oils with your bath water. Allow your bathtub to fill up before adding the essential oil. Soak yourself in the water for 20 -30 minutes.

Essential Oil Recipes for Varicose Veins

Recipe 1 – Simple Massage blend for varicose veins

  • 10 drops of geranium oil
  • 10 drops of neroli oil
  • 5 drops of cypress oil
  • 4 teaspoons of carrier oil (coconut, sweet almond, grapeseed, etc.)

Usage: Mix the ingredients and store in a glass bottle. Massage onto the affected area. Start from your feet (elevated) and massage upward towards your heart.

Recipe 2 – Massage oil for varicose vein prevention

  • 10 drops of geranium oil
  • 10 drops of cypress oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil
  • 5 drops of lemon oil
  • 2 tablespoons of carrier oil

In a non-reactive bowl, combine the ingredients. Massage the blend on your ankles, and rub upward toward your heart. Ensure you do not rub directly over the varicose veins. Elevate your legs after the massage and repeat the process at least twice daily.

Recipe 3 – Gentle massage

  • 15 drops of cypress oil
  • 15 drops of geranium oil
  • 10 drops of basil oil
  • 40ml carrier oil

Usage: Mix the ingredients and massage the blend around the bulging veins. Make sure you do not apply directly over the veins.

Recipe 4 – Bath blend

  • 5 drops of cypress oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil

Mix the oils together and infuse 5 drops of the blend with your bath water. Soak yourself in the bath and massage your legs.

Recipe 5 – Hot and Cold footbath blend

  • 3 drops of lavender
  • 3 drops of geranium
  • Two big bowls/tubs, large enough to fit both feet within

Usage:

Fill each of the bowls with hot and cold water respectively. Add lavender oil to the cold water and geranium oil to the warm water.

First, soak your feet in the cold water for five minutes, then place your feet in the hot water for another five minutes. What cold water does is constrict your blood vessels while the hot water dilates them. This will contribute to easing blood circulation.

Other recommended lifestyle adjustments for varicose

  • Diet: Incorporate high fiber foods, berries, cayenne pepper, flax and chia seed, and vitamin E into your diet. Foods high in antioxidants are good for you. You should avoid trans-fat, sugar, caffeine, refined and processed foods.
  • Weight Loss: Obesity is one of the leading causes of varicose veins. Losing weight can also help.
  • Exercise: It does not have to be intense. Studies have shown that walking can improve blood circulation and improve cardiovascular strength.
  • Try not to sit or stand for long durations at a stretch. Walk and stretch at intervals.
  • Avoid alcohol. It causes vasodilation of your blood vessels and can worsen your condition.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Final Note

Following the suggested course of treatment consistently will help clear varicose veins in no time. Ensure you dilute essential oils with carrier oils to reduce irritation, especially on sensitive skins. If you have any health condition, ensure you consult a medical expert before using essential oils.

9 Best Essential Oils for Cellulite (With Blends & Recipes)

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What Are The Best Essential Oils For Cellulite Massage & Treatment? 

Also known as adiposis edematosa, cellulite is the protrusion of hypodermal fat deposits in the fibrous connective tissue that appears as skin dimpling and nodularity. It occurs often on the buttocks, upper arms, lower limbs, and abdomen. Cellulite can occur in both sexes, but it is predominant among women than men. According to a study, 85% - 98% of women (especially obese women) are predisposed to the condition, making it physiologic than pathologic. Cellulite does not just disfigure the body; it also causes stretch marks due to weakened skin elasticity.


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Causes and treatment of Cellulite

Although the real cause of cellulite is unknown, some factors are known to contribute to its formation. They include physiology, diet, hormonal factors, fluid/water retention, genetic factors, exercise habits, inflammatory alterations, lymphatic blockage, extracellular matrix, and alteration of connective tissue structure. Also, a high-stress lifestyle causes catecholamines level to increase, a factor that has been connected to cellulite. Excess fat depositions make it a common sight among overweight people; however, thin individuals are not exempted, especially if they have family members who have cellulite.

Without going through painful surgery, laser treatments, costly therapies, or extreme exercises, you can get rid of cellulite naturally by using essential oils. Most of the drugs and creams out there do not tackle the underlying cause of cellulite. Essential Oils go deep down to address the original cause – detoxify the body, boost blood circulation, balance body hormones, and dissolve fat deposits amidst other things. The following are the best essential oils for cellulite.

The 9 Best Essential Oils For Cellulite You Should Use

Juniper Oil

Though commonly used as hair, scalp and skin tonic, Juniper oil has also gained a reputation for its detoxifying and cleansing abilities. Using Juniper oil for cellulite will help reduce water retention and break down the buildup of toxins and harmful fat deposits in the body. It also contributes to getting even skin tone and eliminating stretch marks caused by cellulite. People with arthritis and joint pain would also find this oil beneficial.

Usage: Massage Juniper oil on the affected area to get rid of the unwanted cholesterol.


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Rosemary Oil

Extracted from the culinary herb, Rosmarinus officinalis, Rosemary Oil is one of the best essential oils for cellulite. It helps to improve blood circulation and combat lymphatic blockages, both of which are connected to cellulite. It also helps to boost memory and relieve stress.

Usage: Massaging a few drops of the oil on the affected area will help reduce water retention, toxins and to get an even skin tone.


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Geranium Oil

Geranium Oil is a versatile oil suitable for almost every skin type. It is particularly used in many cellulite lotions. Geranium oil improves blood circulation, clear lymphatic blockage, and fluid retention, thus causing the breakdown cellulite buildup in the body.

Usage: Apply topically by massaging onto the affected areas. I suggest you dilute with coconut oil or any other suitable carrier oil.


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Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Oil is a popular essential oil for treating many skin conditions like acne and eczema. Its astringent property makes it an excellent essential oil for cellulite. It helps to prevent fluid retention, eliminate toxins and boost blood circulation. Cypress Oil also helps to combat stress and aid relaxation.

Usage: Dilute the Oil with a carrier oil and massage evenly on the affected areas.

Grapefruit Oil

The aroma of grapefruit oil uplifts the spirit and helps relieve stress. Grapefruit oil will help eliminate cellular toxins and fluid retention. Diffusing or inhaling the oil reduces appetite, curbing excess or emotional eating. This will also contribute to preventing additional fat accumulation. Grapefruit oil has high vitamin c content that helps with fighting obesity, the major cause of cellulite buildup. It is also one of the best essential oils for stretch marks.

Usage: Use grapefruit oil for cellulite by massaging on the affected area. The oil, like every citrus-based oil is photosensitive, meaning you should not go under the sun after use.

In addition, you can eat the fruit every day and drink lots of water.

Fennel oil

The excellent detoxifying and diuretic properties of Fennel oil help the body get rid of toxic wastes and fluid retention in body tissues. It also effectively helps to dissolve subcutaneous fat deposits, boost collagen production by increasing estrogen. Studies have shown that Fennel oil detoxifies the body by cleaning the intestines or by pushing the toxins to the skins for excretion.

Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood is another diuretic essential oil to try. Its properties make it effective against fluid retention and cellulite buildup under the skin. It also helps to tone the skin, clear our impurities and excess fat deposits, and decongest inactive tissues. You can use Cedarwood Oil for cellulite by massaging onto the affected area after diluting with coconut oil.

Orange Oil

The abundance of vitamin c in Orange oil makes it a valuable oil for treating cellulite. It promotes the production of collagen, which in turn strengthens the hypodermal connective tissues to stop it from dimpling under the weight of fat cells. Orange Oil also boosts blood circulation. You will find the Orange Oil a helpful essential oil for wrinkles and stretch marks.

Lemongrass Oil

The aroma of Lemongrass oil is somewhat similar to that of Lemon Oil. Aside from being an essential oil for treating hyperhidrosis and extreme sweating, it also helps dissolve cellulite buildup. It has detoxifying and astringent properties that help remove toxic wastes from the body. Also, Lemongrass is a sedative and antidepressant, which boosts energy and relieves stress.

You can use Lemongrass oil alone or blend with other essential oils. Massage on the affected areas at least twice daily.

Other natural treatments for cellulite

  • 1. Apple Cider Vinegar: This contains minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium that can help to dissolve fat deposits and cellulite.
  • 2. Jojoba Oil: This is the best carrier oil for cellulite. Although it is commonly used with essential oils, it can also work independently. It will help keep the skin hydrated and boost its elasticity.
  • 3. Epson Salt and seaweed: Epson salt gets rid of toxic wastes from the body, while seaweed increases blood circulation and skin texture.

Methods of using Essential Oils for Cellulite Treatment

The following are ways you can apply Essential Oils as natural remedies for cellulite.

  • 1. In the Bath: Inside a non-reactive bowl, mix 4-6 drops of your essential oil for cellulite with one teaspoonful of milk or castile soap. Fill your bathtub with warm water before dispersing the oil into the water. Afterward, soak yourself in the water for 20-30 minutes.
  • 2. Massage: Mix 2-3 drops of your cellulite massage oil blend with one teaspoonful of almond or jojoba oil and massage onto the affected area at least twice daily. It will dehydrate your skin and give it a firmer appearance.
  • 3. Dry Brushing: Before bathing, disperse 2 drops of essential oil onto a natural-bristle body brush. Brush your limbs upwards towards the heart in a circular motion.

Essential Oil Recipes for Cellulite

The following are essential oil for cellulite recipes that work effectively.

Recipe 1 – Cellulite Massage Oil Recipe

  • 20 drops of Rosemary Oil
  • 20 drops of Fennel Oil
  • 15 drops of Grapefruit Oil
  • 15 drops of Juniper Oil
  • 5 drops of Geranium oil

Mix the above ingredients in a 5ml glass bottle and store away from sunlight.

Recipe 2 – Anti-cellulite Oil

  • 10 drops of Orange oil
  • 10 drops of Juniper Oil
  • 10 drops of Cypress Oil
  • 10 drops of Cinnamon Oil
  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil
  • ¼ cup hazelnut oil

Mix the ingredients and store in a tightly covered glass bottle, away from sunlight. Shake well before massaging the blend on the affected area, preferably before going to bed.

Recipe 3 – Citrus Massage Oil Blend

  • 5 drops of Lemon Oil
  • 5 drops of orange oil
  • 5 drops of lime oil
  • 7 drops of cedarwood oil
  • 8 drops of grapefruit oil
  • 10 drops of cypress oil
  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil (carrier oil)
  • 1/4 cup of hazelnut oil

Mix the above oil blends for cellulite inside a glass bottle and shake well. Make sure it is tightly covered and store in a dark place. Shake before every use and massage on the affected area before going to bed.

In Conclusion

Cellulite can take time to dissolve—necessitating your patience and commitment. During treatment, ensure you follow a healthy diet and lifestyle pattern. Essential Oils, together with high fiber and low-fat diets, lots of fluid intake and exercise, cellulite will no longer find your body conducive and will disappear in no time.

The Incredible Benefits of Essential Oil Diffusers

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What Are The Benefits Of Essential Oil Diffusers?

Still don’t have a diffuser? You are missing many advantages you should be getting from essential oils. Our body understands the power of aromas. Be it the sweet smell of the rose flower, or the delicious aroma of your lunch meal. Aromatherapy, the act of treating various health condition using aromatic plant extracts and essential oil has come to be a preferred choice of healing. Essential oils are known to provide natural relief to the body with little or no side effects. Their therapeutic properties include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibiotic, antiseptic, disinfectant, antibacterial, antiviral and so much more.

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A diffuser is a device that dissolves and disperse essential oils into the air, whether in the home or office, allowing you to enjoy the full benefits of essential oils. When the molecules are diffused into the air, they are quickly absorbed by the respiratory system and can provide a calming and soothing effect on the mind, uplift the spirit, and enhance overall wellbeing. The diffusion not only adds fragrance to the air but also rids it of bacteria and other germs present.

By inhaling the air, essential oils can work a lot faster than normal and achieve desired effects. The aroma causes the nervous system to send signals to the limbic system in the brain, where the memory and emotions lie. Just the way you salivate when you perceive a strong and sweet food aroma, the brain is prompted to initiate different physiological functions like releasing hormones, relieving pain, or enhance mood.

There are different kinds of diffusers based on their mode of operation:

The Ultrasonic Diffuser

These kinds of diffusers work as a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and as an essential oil diffuser. They create a fine mist of water and oil and disperse them into the air.

The Nebulizing Diffuser

The nebulizing diffuser works with the atomizing technology. It directly converts essential oils into vapor without the need for water. This kind of diffuser ensures you get 100% therapeutic-grade, undiluted oil.

Other types of diffusers include the heat and the evaporative diffusers and produce a lower oil molecule than the rest. The use of heat from lamps or candles reduces the effect and benefits of the essential oil.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a diffuser. They include:

  • Auto-shutoff: This feature will stop your diffuser when it runs out of oil to prevent internal elements from burning out.
  • Timer: To allow you determine how long you want the diffuser to run.

I have compiled some Essential Oil Diffuser benefits that would encourage you to get one if you don't already have one.

What Are The Benefits of Aromatherapy Diffusers?

Sleep, Rest, and Relaxation

Essential oils have a way of helping you calm down and relieve stress after a long day at work. The aroma of the oil will remove the tension, and make your body feel more relaxed. Using a diffuser remains the fastest way to achieve these effects, than any other form of application. You can keep one at your office to help you relax, and at your home, by the bedside to aid your night rest.

For this, you can diffuse oils like Lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, mandarin, clary sage and spikenard few minutes before bedtime so they can evenly spread.

Pain Relieving

Not only can you apply essential oils directly on the body for pain, but the use of diffusers can also help enhance the effects and relieve pain. It is particularly useful for pain resulting from headaches, migraines, stressed muscles, and sore joints.

I would recommend diffusing ginger, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, chamomile, or marjoram essential oil for quick pain relief.

Illness Prevention and Disinfectant

The use of a diffuser at your home or office can help ward off illnesses like cold, flu, etc. The powerful antimicrobial property of essential oils comes in handy when diffused. When the molecules of the oil are exposed to the pathogens or microbes in the air, they render them powerless before they can affect your body. This way, they disinfect the surroundings. Another way it prevents illness is by boosting your immune system, which means, even if microbes find their way into your body, your body will be able to fight any impending illness.

Suggested Oils: Rosemary, lemon, thyme, cinnamon, clove, and tea tree oil.

Intellectual Boost

Diffusing Essential Oils also help to boost your mental ability by charging your brain cells. When you feel stressed, your cognitive abilities are lower than normal. Essential oils soothe your body and help you feel relaxed, which in turn will help boost your mood. This will improve your brain’s ability to focus. Another interesting fact about essential oils is their ability to create hormonal balances. Whatever may hinder your brain’s inherent capabilities will be removed by consistently diffusing essential oil.

You will find the peppermint oil, basil, lemon or rosemary oils excellent for this purpose.

Anti-depressants

Essential oils can help you feel more happy. It is normal to be emotionally down, but research has shown, that aromas can trigger pleasant memories, sometimes from the past and give you a boost. Sweet smelling oils like Lavender can be particularly uplifting, psychologically, and provide a cal feeling to the spirit. You can also try lemon, rosemary, or neroli oil.

Easy Breathing

When the molecules of essential oils hit your nasal passageway, they can help to decongest and reduce inflammation. This will help you breathe more easily. In cases of breathing disorders like sleep apnea or snoring, diffusing the oil 15 minutes before sleeping can help you throughout the night. I would recommend the peppermint oil for this purpose, though rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon oils do an excellent job.

Insect repellant

Having essential oil molecules in the air can help prevent insects like moth, mosquitoes, houseflies, etc. from invading your home. Simply diffuse either clove, lemongrass, rosemary, or cedarwood.

For Fragrance and elimination of bad odors

We all hate bad odor, be it in the bathroom or the toilet, or even the person next to us. A diffuser can help you eliminate all appearances of bad odor and add an attractive fragrance to your environment. It can also help you set the mood for celebration or a particular ambiance.  Peppermint and Spearmint essential oils can create a refreshing mood. Pine, spruce, or fir can set a special holiday ambiance.

Other Forms Of Diffusing  Essential Oils

Direct Inhalation

You can do this by pouring a few drops of the oil onto your palms, rub them together and inhale directly by cupping your hand over your nose.

Steaming

In a bowl containing hot water, put 2-3 drops of essential oils. Get a towel to cover your head and bend over the bowl directly. Inhale the steam emitted for a few minutes.

Final Thoughts

Whatever your aim of diffusing is, the incredible benefits of essential oil diffusers are undeniable and unprecedented. You will experience a feeling of overall wellbeing, and ensure that you and your family enjoy full health benefits of diffusing essential oils. When choosing oils, ensure you go for only pure and therapeutic grade oils. Simply put a few il drops into the machine, set your timer and you are good to go.