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January 14, 2007

Molds and Mildews

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There is no known way of killing the fungus completely due to the fact that molds produce airborne spores (seeds). What you will do is try to figure what caused the mold/mildew, then try to get rid of the mold/mildew and then try to keep the situation from happening again.

There are a couple of ways that an ordinary person can try to take care of mold/mildew. If it is your shower or bath and you have those dark spots (which happens on grout a lot), you can spray bleach on the spot and brush it off, let it dry and then put a sealer on (all grout should have a sealer put on before you take a shower or bath). If the spot does not go away then you will have to take out all the old grout and put in new and dont forget to seal it.

If you have a larger area, and it is in the sheetrock or behind wall coverings, the best thing to do is take the wall covering off, take the sheetrock down and install new waterproofing sheetrock. So basically it is a remodel job.

If it is in your basement, you will have to dry out the area (either a humidifier to take the water out of the air or even a fan will help dry it out).

If the walls have mold/mildew on them, you may have to get a professional in to clean the walls and then seal them. The other situation is if you have moisture coming in the walls then you need to either dig out around the basement, reseal the outside walls and you may have to put in drainage tile to keep the water away from the walls.

Remember too, that just painting the walls will not do anything – latex pain ‘breathes’ so do not use in a damp area.

Another thing in a basement to check out is the air system, if you have an older furnace and you get a funky aroma when the fan turns on, then I would check the filter, make sure it is clean and then you may have to get a professional in to clean the duct work.

If you have mold/mildew in your carpet, the best thing is to rip it up and throw it away. Then clean the sub-flooring well, seal it and then you can put new carpeting/flooring in. One reason there could be mold in carpets is when a carpet is cleaned, there is still water in the carpet and it doesnt dry quick enough. One thing most people dont understand is that it only takes 24 48 hours for mold/mildew to start growing!!

Now if you want to use Essential Oils to help with mold/mildew you can use any of the fungal oils.

These are Tea Tree, Dill, Geranium , Lemongrass, Rosemary, Thyme (linalool), Cedarwood (atlas), Cajeput, Eucalyptus Globulus, Marjoram and Myrrh.

One recipe you may want to try this for mild mildew is

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.

This may help keep things under control after the major cleaning has been done.

One thing to remember is that you can get really sick from molds and mildew, so take precaution if you are going to do the work yourself. A respirator, gloves, eye protection and more should be used at all times.

Other Essential Oils known to have antifungal properties besides those listed above include: Rosewood, German Chamomile, Lemon, Mandarin, any of the Eucalyptus, Fennel, Helichrysum, Cajeput, Peppermint, Spikenard , Basil, Geranium , Pine needle , Patchouli , Ravensara, Clary Sage, Clove bud , Basil, and Oregano.

Some of these may be more effective than others depending on where and how you are able to apply them. Whether or not these will work on the type of mold or mildew you have present will be up to you to decide. Some smell rather pleasant, others may not be enjoyed.

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January 11, 2007

Perfumery Basics

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One of the most delightful aspects of Essential Oils is the ability to make your own individual perfume blends. In order to create your own personalized scent, you should play with oil combinations to find what works for you; however, there are some general guidelines that should be followed to come up with generally pleasing scents.

Perfumes are really very simple to make; all you need is a high-proof alcohol (a low-scent vodka or grain alcohol like Everclear work well); some amount of distilled water – how much you use depends on the ‘type’ of perfume, like cologne, eau de parfum, etc.; and Essential Oils. Start out with a blend of 70-95% alcohol and 5-30% water. To this, add 1-30% of the total in Essential Oils. You can use a single oil, or make a complex blend. If you use a blend, start with base notes, then add middle notes, then top notes.

Depending on the blend, many oils can be used for different notes (Base/Middle, Middle/Top). Swirl this mixture gently, then set away in a cool, dark place for at least a month, then strain it through a paper coffee filter. Bottle in dark glass to store it.

You can also make a ‘solid perfume’, by melting 2 parts Beeswax, then add to it 3 parts Jojoba oil and 1 part of your chosen Essential Oil blend.

Commercial perfume blends are intricate webs of scents, usually containing ten or more different oils. For example, Chanel NO. 5 contains a blend of Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli, Jasmine, Rose, Lily of the Valley, Orris Root, Ylang-Ylang, Vetiver, Cedarwood, and Vanilla. When starting out, however, you should probably only include one or perhaps two of each note-tier, making a total of 3-6 oils.

Chances are good that your first few attempts will not turn out nearly as pleasant as you would like. Don’t let this discourage you! As you experiment with mixing different oils, you will get a feel for what works well together, and what does not. There are many theories and schools of thought on what makes different oils work well together, but I hold to the conviction that it is entirely a personal choice.

Here are a few simple recipes to help give you some ideas:

Citrus Medley

Beach Fresh

Aytar (East Indian blend)

Article from Bella Online

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January 10, 2007

Lavender Aromatherapy

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Lavender is considered the most useful of all Essential Oils. Lavender is known to help relieve Headaches, Insomnia, Tension and stress. Its therapeutic properties have been well chronicled all over the world. Originally an inhabitant of the Mediterranean countries, this perennial herb has long been recognized for its exotic perfume and medicinal properties.

Used in past by the ancient Romans for its healing and Antiseptic qualities, the name itself comes from the Latin “lavare” or “to wash”. Tibetans still make an edible Lavender butter to use as part of a traditional treatment for nervous disorders. Today, the Essential Oil of Lavender is widely used across Europe and North America for a number of illness and medical problems.

Lavender is just a beautiful herb in your garden. It has gray-green, pointing leaves that grow in a bushy, spreading manner. It is crowned with tall spikes of beautiful pale Violet flowers during summer. As an ornamental flower, Lavender is unique, sporting exotic fragrance, Beauty and a rich harvest of sweet smelling blooms. Old English Lavender, a popular inhabitant of a cottage garden, can grow up to two to three feet high, producing fragrant grayish leaves and Blue/purple flowers.

The more compact variety Hidcote, has darker Blue flowers, grows to around a foot high and is very pretty in any flower or herb garden. The easiest way to propagate Lavender is to cut softwood cuttings in the spring. However, as Lavender benefits from a light pruning in early autumn, these clippings make excellent new plants too, as long as you protect them from frosts and winter bite.

With its flowery fragrance Lavender is the most versatile and useful oil. If you are a newbie to Essential Oils, you may need to start here by using Lavender oil. Called the “Swiss army knife of Essential Oils”, because of its versatility, Lavender is very soothing to sun burnt skin and is used to cleanse cuts and skin irritations.

Essential Oil of Lavender is used in aromatherapy practices to get rid of Depression, fight tiredness and get relaxation. It has strong disinfectant properties and was even used on the wars to prevent infection and relieve pain.

A drop of Lavender oil mixed with a teaspoon of Carrier Oil, such as Grape Seed and massaged into the temples and back of the neck will drive away Headaches. Mixed with any massage oil, it also helps relieve the pain of Arthritis or aching muscles. Occasionally, just a small cotton ball with droplets of Lavender near your pillow can help you drift off to a deep sleep.

Lavender Essential Oil can help reduce anger and frustration, while improving your self esteem. Lavender is found to elicit the emotion of happiness. Lavender has a property of calming and sedating effects. You can also use Lavender, by scenting a relaxing and Antiseptic bath by slowly adding Lavender droplets and letting the bath water run over it as it fills the bath. Fresh Lavender flowers are excellent for bath too.

Dried Lavender is a tool to experience the sheer aromatic properties in a relaxed ambience. To dry your Lavender, strip the leaves or the just opening flowers from the stalk and spread out in a warm place, before using in pot pourris to fragrance your rooms. Around your home, dried Lavender stalks can be burned like Incense sticks or burned on the fire for their wonderful fragrance.

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January 8, 2007

Aromatherapy Baths

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Stress Reduction

Sore Muscle Relief

Skin Conditioning and Rejuvenation

Sleep Inducing

Spirit Uplift

General Relaxation

Use 8 drops of desired mixture per bath, less if you have sensitive skin. To disperse the oils more thoroughly in the water, mix them with one tablespoon of vodka or vinegar before dropping them in the bath.

NOTE: Any of the blends can be used directly in the bath or made into bath oils.

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December 28, 2006

Winter Essential Oils

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Aromatherapy brings us the aromatic energy of living plants in the form of Essential Oils. These fragrances are a natural antidote to the emotionally debilitating effects of winter. Aromatherapy is supportive in the winter season of quiet regeneration. Winter Essential Oils cleanse and freshen air in homes closed tight against the cold weather.

Essential Oils for winter include woody, evergreen, citrus, spice and resin oils. Gingerbread and delicious spice cake come to mind with pungent Essential Oils such as Clove, Cinnamon, allspice, Ginger and Nutmeg. Fresh citrus oils including Bergamot, sweet Orange, Lemon and Tangerine recall memories of old fashioned citrus pomanders.

Warming oils include Orange, Black Pepper and Rosemary. Immune boosting oils are Tea-Tree, Lavender, Sandalwood and Bergamot. To ease congestion and fight infections use Tea-Tree, Pine, Eucalyptus and Lavender. Bergamot tea is useful for a Sore Throat and can be used as a gargle. Chamomile tea is very soothing and eases an upset stomach.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)Bergamot is uplifting sweet with a fruity fragrance. Helpful for Depression. Refreshes a room. Avoid sunbathing and sunbeds when using this oil.

Black Pepper ( Piper nigrum) Hot, dry, spicy oil with a deeply warming effect. Relieves muscular aches and pains. Stimulates the digestive, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Can irritate sensitive skin, use sparingly.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus)Eucalyptus was first employed by Australian aborigines, who not only chewed the roots for water in the dry outback but used the leaves to treat fever, cough, and Asthma, and European settlers quickly adopted it as medicine. You can also use a few drops of Eucalyptus oil in boiling water or in a bath as an inhalant. Eucalyptus is often used for – Sore Muscles, Insect repellant, Tension headache, Cold, Cough, Sinusitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Strains/sprains. Warming and Antiseptic oil with a strong camphorous medical smell.

Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis) Juniper Berry Essential Oil contains mainly pinene, myrcene, sabinene and limonene. These constituents are also found in other winter season oils including Pine, Cypress and Fir Needle. Juniper berry Oil Blends especially well with these oils. Juniper oil is refreshing, clarifying and uplifting to the spirit. Its physical actions are cleansing, astringent (for oily complexions) and toning. Detoxifying, cleansing and Antiseptic. Do not use in Pregnancy or if you suffer with Kidney Disease. Not suitable for children.

Lemon (Citrus limonum)Lemon is a fresh sunny scent that is cold pressed from the rind itself! Lemon has Antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on Immune Function. It may serve as an insect repellent and may be beneficial for the skin. Diffuse it in your house for a fresh alternative to air spays. It compliments the Oil of Oregano to neutralize the over growth of Candida. Put a few drops on a tissue and vacuum it into your vacuum bag to freshen the smell of your carpets and furniture coverings. 1 drop is also very refreshing and purifying when taken in a glass of water.

Neroli is distilled from bitter Orange trees. It has a refreshing, spicy aroma and is known for its sensual, exotic effect. Neroil oil is emotionally unifying and soothes with harmonizing effects. Described as both sensual and spiritual, Neroli helps to re-establish the link between a disconnected mind and body. Neroli paves the way for a gradual release and allows us to recall hope and joy!

Orange (Citrus sinensis) Orange Essential Oil is obtained from the rind of the fruit and used principally as a flavoring agent. Warming, Orange oil is an Antidepressant, Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, febrifuge, phototoxic sedative, tonic. Orange oil helps spreads sunshine on gloomy thoughts and Depression, has a very comforting and warming effect and dispels Tension and stress and helps revive when feeling low on energy.

Orange oil calms the stomach both for Constipation and diarrhea. Stimulates bile which helps digestion of fats. Has a beneficial effect on Colds, Bronchitis and fever. Helps with the formation of collagen, vital for tissue repair and Hair Growth. Also helpful with muscular pains. Helps Anxiety and Insomnia. Possibly reduces blood Cholesterol levels. Orange oil helps dry skin conditions softening wrinkles and dermatitis. An excellent skin tonic. Orange oil can make the skin photosensitive to sunlight.

Peppermint (Mentha piperata) Peppermint oil is the most extensively used of all the volatile oils, both medicinally and commercially. The characteristic anti-spasmodic action of the volatile oil is more marked in this than in any other oil and greatly adds to its power of relieving pains arising in the alimentary canal. From its stimulating and carminative properties, it is valuable in certain forms of dyspepsia, being mostly used for Flatulence and Colic. It may also be employed for other sudden pains and for cramp in the abdomen; wide use is made of Peppermint in cholera and diarrhea.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Rosemary is stimulating and refreshing, an invigorating pick-me-up. To help refresh and nasal passages and assist Easy Breathing. Excellent for hair and scalp problems including Hair Loss and Dandruff. Do not use if Pregnant or if you have High Blood Pressure or suffer with Epilepsy.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Tea-Tree is a powerful Antiseptic, anti-bacterial oil which helps boost the Immune System. Excellent for treating cold sores and fungal infections such as thrush. Spots, insect bites, warts, cuts and grazes.

WINTER WARMTH BLEND

Combine the following oils:

A wintertime aromatherapy blend For a massage oil, dilute 12 drops of this “mother” blend in 3 ounces of vegetable oil. To diffuse into the air, use a Candle Diffuser or terra cotta ornament style Diffuser. Add a few drops of “mother” blend to water in your Diffuser.

Sinus CONGESTION BLEND

To relieve Sinus congestion, respiratory problems and to clear a stuffy head, Combine the following oils:

Add drops to a bowl of hot water and inhale.Makes a great cold remedy. This is a powerful decongestant for those unwanted Colds. Add a few drops to your burner and inhale this way.

Sore Throat GARGLE

To soothe a Sore Throat and combat infection.

  • 2 drops of Tea-Tree

Add to a glass of water and use as a gargle. Do not swallow, Essential Oils must not be taken internally.

SEASONAL AFFECTED DISORDER (SAD)

Many people are affected in the winter months by this disorder which is associated with a reduction in sunlight, as the days get shorter, and the weather is frequently overcast. Symptoms experienced can range from Depression, fatigue, lethargy, weight gain and food cravings. The following Essential Oils can help to relieve the symptoms associated with this disorder.

Pick Me Up BLEND

Combine the following oils:

SUNSHINE BLEND

Combine the following oils:

The oils can be used in a burner, either individually or in combination.

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Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac. – – Therapies for healing – mind, body, spirit

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New Year’s Resolution No. 1: Prevent Cancer, Use Olive Oil

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Science Daily If you want to avoid developing Cancer, then you might want to add eating more Olive Oil to your list of New Year’s resolutions. In a study to be published in the January 2007 issue of The FASEB Journal, scientists from five European countries describe how the anti-Cancer effects of Olive Oil may account for the significant difference in Cancer rates among Northern and Southern Europeans.

The authors drew this conclusion based on the outcomes of volunteers from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, and Spain, who consumed 25 milliliters (a little less than a quarter cup) of Olive Oil every day for three weeks. During this time, the researchers examined urine samples of the subjects for specific compounds known to be waste by-products of oxidative damage to cells, a precursor to Cancer. At the beginning of the trial, the presence of these waste by-products was much higher in Northern European subjects than their Southern European counterparts. By the end of three weeks, however, the presence of this compound in Northern European subjects was substantially reduced.

“Determining the health benefits of any particular food is challenging because of it involves relatively large numbers of people over significant periods of time,” said lead investigator Henrik E. Poulsen, M.D. of Rigshospitalet, Denmark. “In our study, we overcame these challenges by measuring how Olive Oil affected the oxidation of our genes, which is closely linked to development of disease. This approach allows us to determine if Olive Oil or any other food makes a difference. Our findings must be confirmed, but every piece of evidence so far points to Olive Oil being a healthy food. By the way, it also tastes great.”

Another interesting finding in the study suggests that researchers are just beginning to unlock the mysteries of this ancient “health food.” Specifically, the researchers found evidence that the phenols in Olive Oil are not the only compounds that reduced oxidative damage. Phenols are known Antioxidant compounds that are present in a wide range of everyday foods, such as dark chocolate, red wine, tea, fruits, and vegetables. Despite reducing the level of phenols in the Olive Oil, the study’s subjects still showed that they were receiving the same level of health benefits.

“Every New Year people make resolutions that involve eating less fat to improve their health,” said Gerald Weissmann, MD, Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “This academically sound, practically useful study shows that what you eat is just as important as how much you eat. No wonder Plato taught wisdom in an olive grove called Academe.”

The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) is published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and is consistently ranked among the top three biology journals worldwide by the Institute for Scientific Information. FASEB comprises 21 nonprofit societies with more than 80,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. FASEB’s mission is to enhance the ability of biomedical and life scientists to improve—through their research—the health, well-being, and productivity of all people. FASEB serves the interests of these scientists in those areas related to public policy, facilitates coalition activities among member societies, and disseminates information on biological research through scientific conferences and publications.

Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

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December 14, 2006

What is an Essential Oil?

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As you study and learn more about Aromatherapy you will quickly find out what an Essential Oil is.

And to get the quality and purity you need to use in Therapeutic aromatherapy there are certain things you should be looking for too.

To start with an Essential Oil comes from a living PLANT. Not an animal, not the earth or out of the air, or from a the petroleum industry.

Essential Oils are always distilled or cold pressed from various plant parts.

Plants can be trees, shrubs, grasses, and bushes. The parts distilled might be the flower, the seeds, the peels, the Bark, the twigs, branches and trunks (including the resins they produce), the leaves and the roots.

Some oils are extracted by solvents or carbon dioxide. Technically they aren’t called Essential Oils if extracted using those methods – they are concretes and absolutes.

Essential Oils are the subtle, volatile liquids extracted by steam distillation and cold pressed (peels of citrus fruit). They are the essences of life of the plant. They are unique to each plant variety. Rosemary smells different than roses and oranges smell different too. The Essential Oil is the so called fingerprint of each plant!

Volatile means to evaporate rather quickly into the air from a liquid state to a gaseous state.

Things to look for in Therapeutic Essential Oils.

The label should state the following information:

  • Common name of Essential Oil may also include a chemo type i.e. Thyme – ct Linalool.
  • Botanical name of plant the Essential Oil is extracted from i.e. Thymus vulgaris.
  • The Part of the Plant extracted from. i.e. the leaves

Other helpful information but not crucial is the country of origin.
The method of extracted is nice to know and most companies will have this too.

Another factor is to find out if they have the oils tested for Purity?
The most common tests run on Essential Oils are Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry. These are the basic tests. They tell us the chemical constituents and if there is contamination in any form.

Whether an Essential Oil is Organic, wild crafted or cultivated doesn’t assure the Therapeutic Quality of an oil. Only testing to be sure it is not adulterated with pesticides, insecticides or other man-made chemicals is what’s important.

The testing will tell us that and if the biological markers for a particular oil are in alignment with those chemical constituents that it should have. Of course, unless you are a chemist or know what you are looking for, the tests typically won’t mean much to the average person using Essential Oils.

Today we see a lot of advertised products stating they are Aromatherapy – this or that (could be a lotion or more than likely a scented Candle). But just because a product says it is ‘aromatherapy’, doesn’t mean it is Therapeutic Aromatherapy. If by chance it only has a few drops of pure Essential Oils but the rest of the product is made of ‘fragrance’ oils then it is more detrimental to your health than anything.

Fragrance oils are man-made using different chemicals made to smell like things in nature or our food supply. As an example, there are no Essential Oils that when blended together will make the smell of Strawberry shortcake or blueberry muffins or pumpkin pie.

If there was – it would be sold by Aromatherapists around the world. But you won’t find those products sold on any TRUE aromatherapy site unless they are selling FRAGRANCE OILS! If they do not specifically state that their are fragrance oils in a product along with Essential Oils, you should not buy the product.

And if they state that the scent of a Blueberry muffin will help you with some health problem – I suggest you leave the site or store!!

Fragrance oils are typically petroleum based products with chemically altered scents added to them. This may sound extreme but you might as well go smell out of your automobiles gas tank as gasoline is a petroleum based product too! Essential Oils are too expensive to put in your gas tank to make it smell good

Now, don’t get me wrong, occasionally you will find a fragrance oil product that has some Essential Oil in it. You will even find Fragrance oils called ‘Lavender’, ‘Rose’, and ‘Vanilla’. But a good way to figure if you are getting a fragrance oil or a Pure Essential Oil is to look through the items for sale. If all the bottles are the same size and they are all priced for exactly the same price – well, they are all fragrance oils.

Pure Essential Oils will vary in price. Rose, Jasmine, Melissa being some of the most expensive Essential Oils available. They cost several dollars for just a few drops. And Orange and other citrus oils are very inexpensive so large amounts will be just a fraction of the cost. J

So, if the name is a food or baked good, or some other goody name, it probably is a fragrance oil. And although they smell good, they are made with unnatural substances that can be hard for the body to deal with. Some may be more dangerous than you could ever imagine. Eventually many people will develop some type of a sensitivity to fragrance oils. We hear it all the time. And although a sensitivity can develop at any time in ones life, natural substances are less likely to cause any kind of problem.

So, once again, Therapeutic Quality Essential Oils are the volatile essences produced by a living plant that are extracted by distillation or pressing. They possess anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. They affect you at the cellular level to help your body to be chemically balanced, emotionally and physically.

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Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

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December 13, 2006

Ways to Use Essential Oils

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Here are a few common or general ways to use Essential oils:

  • Inhalation – a drop or two on a tissue and inhaled
  • Applied to a terra cotta disc or other Clay Diffuser and placed in the sun.
  • Use a Tea light or other electric oil warmer so the Essential Oils can permeate the room, home or office.
  • Put a few drops in a foot bath.
  • Add a few drops to your regular bath.
  • Put upto 15 drops in 1 ounce of Carrier Oil and massage.
  • Put upto 15 drops in 1 ounce your shampoo or conditioner, then use as normal for hair care.
  • Put upto 10 drops in 1 ounce of lotion to smooth on your skin.
  • Add several drops to a spray bottle, add distilled water, shake well and spray around the room.

We are often asked for the ways we use Essential Oils here are some of the more specific ways we use them.

1. In the dish wash water – a few drops of Peppermint or Lemon. We wash dishes by hand. Although you can add a few drops to the powder or gel when you put them in to your automatic dishwasher.
2. In the bath tub – Lavender or a synergy blend – Theratone is one of our favorites.
3. On the bed Sheets – again Lavender
4. In the Automobiles – Conifer Blend, or Citrus Blend . Although we have a Car Scenter and an Aeron Car Diffuser , some times we just put some on a tissue and lay on the front seat.
5. In the vacuum cleaner – Pine or one of the Fir needles, or Peppermint or Mint Energizing blend, or for a change Anise .
6. By our Computers – Grapefruit, Spearmint, or Rosemary on a small passive Diffuser like the new little Terra Cottas.
7. When we travel – to hotels – we use our Natura or a Scentball – We usually start by diffusing Lavender and Purifying blend blend, sometimes we might add a little Theives blend . Then before bed a drop or two of Lavender on the pillows.
8. We use Lavender on Burns & cuts.
9. Peppermint and Rosemary – on the back of the neck when we have Headaches.
10. Helichrysum on Bruises, cuts and other Scar producing injuries.
11. When we have a back ache or muscle aches – We use Muscle Warm blend , or Dar’s blend mixed in a little Carrier Oil and massaged into the affected areas.
12. Kerchew! – Coughing When we have been exposed to people out in the public who are sneezing and coughing. We will use Purifying blend and Theives blend (mixed with Carrier Oils ) massaged into the bottom of our feet at bedtime.
13. Sorethroats – at the start of a sorethroat – we gargle with a drop of Thyme or Oregano in 2-3 ounces of water every couple of hours. Usually knocks it out within a few hours.
14. Dry chapped skin – A blend of Lavender and Rose lotion or sorbolene cream.
15. Canker sores – ever brush your teeth and have the tooth brush miss your teeth and hit your gums? Next thing you know you have a sore on your gums. A drop of Myrrh in warm water and swish around. Do a couple times a day and soon the sores are healed.
16. We have dogs and so although we keep things as clean as possible – every now and again you smell doggy smells in the house. So we spray some Essential Oils in the air. In our Recipes Files we have several Room Spray recipes. I like the citrus sprays but you may prefer one of the others.
17. This time of year we seem to have a few mice that like to come in, but Peppermint on the thresholds of the doorways keep them from ‘sneaking’ in.
18. During this time of the year, it is always fun to burn a few Candles, so often times, if we aren’t diffusing other Essential Oils will light a Candle or two.

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December 12, 2006

How to Scent your Artificial tree

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This time of year many of us, (yes we are included due to Allergies to molds that are present on live trees) love to have our artificial tree smell like a REAL TREE!

The Essential Oil that most folks enjoy is the smell of Douglas Fir Needle. We do have those that prefer Siberian Fir Needle as it is a little less intense. Yet for others their trees should smell like a Pine or Spruce.

A combination of any or all of these is wonderful too.

To have your tree smell like a real tree, simply add several drops to cotton balls and place in your tree.

We prefer to use terra Cotta Diffusers. We have several little terra cotta discs or Terra Cotta Pendants. You can place them in your tree or near the tree. If you can place it next to a heat source – like a sunny window or near a heat vent, the Essential Oil will penetrate the air more quickly.

You can also place several small decorative Pine cones that you have dropped several drops of oil onto your tree too.

As you are scenting for the tree smell, you might want to think about a corner that has other holiday scents.

I like to put a drop or two on the tree of Peppermint. Especially since we hang candy canes on our tree.

Or you might want to put a drop or two of Anise (Licorice smell) or Clove or Cinnamon on your tree or in your Diffuser. These are all common holiday scents.

So, enjoy your artificial tree. If you get the scenting right, when your holiday guests arrive they will comment, (just as my nephews have,) at how wonderful our tree makes the house smell!! Of course, they might get close to the tree and discover it is fake, but you can keep the scenting a secret if you wish!!

One added note – As you spend a lot of time in your home and around the tree, realize you will become accustomed to the smell of the Essential Oils in the air. You may not smell the tree scent all the time. You will have to test the amount of Essential Oils you add to your Diffusers or Pine cones. You’ll figure it out so you can enjoy your natural tree scent on your artificial tree!!

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December 6, 2006

Aromatherapy Skin Care

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Every one wants to look best and well groomed; a good skin is that ultimate wish for many millions of people all over the world. If you are looking after your skin, natural Skin Care products are the preferred option.

There are many advantages to using natural Skin Care products, because synthetic chemicals which are added to top brand Skin Care products is not what you want to absorb through your skin. You will be looking for all those things herbal to tone up your skin just because you do not want all those harmful chemical substances to harm and spoil your skin.

Ultimately, you will decide to use one of those exotic aromatherapy recipes for maintaining your skin.

Though, inhaling the fragrant aromas of Essential Oils is just one way to enjoy aromatherapy, another innovative application is applying Essential Oils to the skin in the form of properly formulated preparations, massage oils, mineral baths and sprays.

The molecular structure of Essential Oils makes them readily absorbed in the protective oily layer of the skin, where they are quickly absorbed.

Aromatherapy Skincare is a safe, effective way for the body to acquire the beneficial properties of Essential Oils.

Acne Medication: 8 drop Tea Tree + 6 drops Bergamot + 4 drops lavender: 0.75oz of Jojoba oil. Apply to face every evening, massaging around the pimple.

Mix recipe with cream for daytime use (never go into sun while using). Add a few drops of Carrot oil to the mixture.

Dry Skin Wash: 10 drops Sandalwood oil + 10 drops bois de Rose oil +10 drops Lavender oil: 2 tablespoons of Avocado.

Hair Treatment: 2 drops Rosemary oil + 1 drop Lavender oil + 1 drop Bay oil: 20 ml Olive Oil. Use as scalp massage or apply to hair

Problem Skin Wash: 10 drop Myrrh oil + 10 drops Palma Rosa oil +10 d Frankincense oil: 1 tablespoon of Borage and 1 tablespoon of Flaxseed.

Reviving Face Mask: 2 drops petit grain oil + 2 drops Lemon oil + 2 drops Ylang Ylang oil: 20 ml of iced water. Mix with enough crushed almonds to make a paste. Apply as a face mask. Let dry, then rinse off.

Sun care Blend: 14 drops Lavender oil +1 drops Peppermint oil: 4-8 oz. of cold water. Use in an Atomizer on sunny days, spiriting yourself as needed.

Dry Skin: Your skin produces a protective emollient substance known as sebum. People whose skin doesn’t produce enough sebum often sport dry, itchy and flaking skin. How ever, certain Essential Oils can help you. The tenacious, low volatility oils like Patchouli and Sandalwood, as well as heavily scented oils like Rose and Ylang Ylang are especially well suited for dry skin preparations.

Moisturizing Cream:

Melt the wax and the Almond oil in a double boiler. Reduce the heat and add the rosewater gradually in a thin stream, while vigorously agitating the mixture. As soon as the water is incorporated take off heat. When the mixture cools and turns creamy, add the Essential Oils.

Oily Skin: Conversely, overactive sebaceous glands result in oily skin. People with oily skin need a regular cleansing exercise to take off excess oil and prevent clogged pores. This recipe for a facial mask uses the natural capacity of Essential Oils to help dissolve excess oil.

Oily Skin Facial Mask:

Mix 3 tablespoons of white corn meal and Almond meal (freshly ground raw almonds are better), add the following essential oils:

Add enough rosewater or Orange flower water to make a wet paste. Using circular motions gently massage the mixture onto your face, avoiding the soft tissues under the eyes. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water. Finish the treatment by splashing cold water on your face to close your pores.

Normal Skin: Normal, healthy skin can benefit from a toning/balancing facial mist.

Toning Facial Mist:

Add the following Essential Oils to 2 fluid ounces of distilled water:

Pour into a spray bottle. Essential Oils and water will separate, so shake the bottle vigorously before spraying this refreshing blend onto clean skin.

Sunburn: Your sunburned skin will benefit from a soothing, fragrant mist of distilled water and Lavender oil. Adding a few drops of Peppermint and Spearmint oil contributes a cooling effect.

Sunburn Mist:

Add the following oils to 2 fluid ounces of distilled water.

Mist lightly over sunburned skin.

Aromatherapy Skincare is a wonderful way to experience the immense benefits of Essential Oils; it works its way deeply into the skin, affecting the entire constitution. The aromas associated with this action work their fragrant magic on the whole human body.

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NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

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