Nutrient Profiles of Vegetable and Nut Oils

July 7th, 2006

Here is a great webpage I want to share with all of you, www.netrition.com/nuts.html, has an exhaustive report on commonly used oils.

This table has two levels. You can look at the first level of two charts. Then go down from each chart and select a specific oil and see its total nutrient profile.

As these charts only deal with those Minerals that are considered part of the MDR (US medical mininum daily requirement to stop disease or rickets, … only the MINIMUM daily needs) or RDA (US medical RECOMMENDED daily allowance) on a vitamin/mineral supplement bottle, they do not show the rest of the trace Minerals.

What they do not show is that the tree nut oils will be the higher mineral compounds. I use a lot of Essential Oils for different things and thought others might enjoy this as much as I did.

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Aromatherapy Through The Ages

June 17th, 2006

The term aromatherapy is one that has only been used since the 20th century but the practice of it has been around since almost the beginning of mankind. The extraction and use of Essential Oils we know has been around at least one thousand years, with the Chinese being at the forefront of using plants and its oils for medical purposes. Even further back than this, the ancient Egyptians used extracted oils from aromatic plants to treat ailments and more significantly they also used oils like of Cedar Wood, Clove, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Myrrh for embalming the dead.

The ancient Greeks also practiced aromatherapy where the fumigation of oils was carried out both for physical and spiritual healing. It should be noted however that during this period the process of distilling Essential Oils was limited more to the extraction of floral water and not the oils themselves. It was not until around 1200 AD that the distillation of Essential Oils was possible due to the invention of coiled cooling pipes.

Thus in the centuries that followed Essential Oils started to become more popular and more types of plants started to have their oils extracted through the distillation process which were then sold in apocathery shops during the middle ages with more and more oils introduced as their popularity increased.

More recently Essential Oils of plants have been studied more closely for their medicinal qualities so much so that some components have been isolated to create medicines. However it is the synthetic man made chemical medicines produced in latter century and their sometime harmful side effects that have in recent times propelled aromatherapy and the use of Essential Oils as a more natural and preferable Alternative Health substitute which has stood the test of time.

About the author

Graham Grant is the editor of Aroma Therapy Best Guide a website totally dedicated to aromatherapy. For more articles and information please find out more here

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Natural Antibiotic - Cinnamon Bark, Leaf

June 11th, 2006

Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)- A powerful Antiseptic oil with a strong pungent, spicy aroma and reddish brown color. Cinnamon has a long tradition of use, having been produced in Sri Lanka for more than 2,000 years.

Research shows that virus, bacteria, and fungus cannot survive in the presence of Cinnamon oil. Cinnamon Bark oil has even stronger Antiseptic properties than Cinnamon Leaf and readily kills bacterial and fungal infections.

Historically Cinnamon has been used in the Middle East and the Orient for combating viruses and infectious diseases. It has been used as a treatment for fever, diarrhea and menstrual irregularities, as well as Indigestion, cramps, nausea, vomiting and Colic. Inflammations of the throat and pharynx may also be relieved through its use. Inhalation of Cinnamon has proven effective for relieving respiratory infections.

In Ayurvedic medicine Cinnamon is used to relieve many common complaints such as those already noted and to balance the various doshas or body types: Vata, Pita and Kapha.

The trees are cut every two years to just above ground level. The Bark is harvested from the new shoots, then dried. The outer Bark is stripped away, leaving the inner Bark, which is the primary part of the herb used for medicinal purposes. The medicinal value of the herb is attributed to the oil extracted from the inner Bark as well as the leaves.

Cinnamon Bark is one of the most popular food flavoring and a valued commodity on the world market. Because it kills the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease Cinnamon Bark is a common ingredient in many common oral hygiene products like toothpaste, mouthwash and breath fresheners. It is also used for making perfume, Soap, chewing gum, lip stick, nasal spray, cough syrup and soda pop drinks.

Cinnamon Bark continues to be a valued treatment for various common ailments. As in ancient times modern day herbalists continue to prescribe Cinnamon Bark as a remedy for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and Indigestion. Chinese herbalists recommend it for Asthma sufferers when their symptoms are brought on by cold, digestive disturbances, backache, or menstrual related difficulties.

Cinnamon Bark is known to regulate blood sugar levels and may reduce the amount of Insulin required for glucose metabolism by diabetics. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers found a dose of 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of ground Cinnamon to be beneficial in regulating blood glucose levels.

I rely on Cinnamon Bark in my health care practice to keep the air fresh and clear of “bugs” and for preventing the spread of infection. Clients absolutely love its fresh, clean scent and enjoy the benefits it so readily bestows that of preventing and relieving cold and Flu symptoms.

Cinnamon�s powerful scent is a definite pick-me-up! It is useful for relieving “brain fog,” common among Chronic Pain sufferers, as well as the winter “blahs.”

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil enhances Circulation making it excellent for warming you when you are feeling chilled down to your bones! Try 1-8 drops of Cinnamon Bark or Leaf Essential Oil blended in 1 ounce of Jojoba oil and massage your feet with a small amount of the mixture then put on your socks and enjoy warm happy feet all day!

Keep warm when engaging in winter outdoor sports by rubbing a small amount of this same mixture on your chest and abdominal area, as well as over the lung area on your back.

Please note: There are many cheap chemical copies of Essential Oils available, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results always use ethically wild crafted or pure, Organic Essential Oils that are pesticide free!

CAUTION: An intensely powerful oil to be used with respect and extreme caution. Generally not for skin applications except in weak dilutions of less than 1%. May cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Due to its stimulating properties should be avoided during Pregnancy, by Lactating mothers, or young children.

Aromatherapy is a gentle and noninvasive complementary and Alternative Health care system used for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind and spirit to enhance your health. Please consult with your physician regarding your health concerns

About the author

KG Stiles is a certified aromatherapist practicing in Ashland, OR USA PurePlant Essentials is her line of pure Organic and ethically wild crafted Essential Oils. KG’s DVD & book, “Your Aromatic Signature ~ How to Formulate Blends that Heal,” are scheduled for release in 2006. To learn more & purchase: Order Certified Organic Cinnamon Bark Please refer to KG’s Essentials Safety Guide before using any aromatic oils! KG invites you to Subscribe to Health Mastery Ezine to WIN FREE Aromatherapy Products. Contact: KG Stiles Springhill Wellness Center, 2520 Springhill Drive Ashland, OR USA (541) 941-7315

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Purity Ensured Through Pure Essential Oils

June 11th, 2006

Scholars in English grammar would be livid at the phrase pure Essential Oils. For them Essential Oils are by nature pure and adding the expression �pure� to this is nothing but being verbose. Leave apart the criticism of the scholars, in practice one can regularly come along instances when the Essential Oils have been mixed with other oils or the customer has been duped with entirely synthetically manufactured oil. So, now you will appreciate the concern for people when they demand pure Essential Oils.

For the beginners, let us first elucidate about what Essential Oils are. An Essential Oil is extracted from different parts of the plant such as stem, leaves, flower, Bark etc. You name a plant and an Essential Oil derived from it will be available. The list of Essential Oils is really impressive. Some of the most common Essential Oils include Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rose, Jasmine, Cedar Wood and so on. These are derived from a complex process of distillation through water or steam. Certain Essential Oils like Rose leave a fragrant water after the distillation process. This is available in the market as hydrosols. Other hydrosols include Lavender water and Orange Blossom water.

Pure Essential Oils have been proved to have benevolent effect on human beings. Several adverse conditions can be treated through the proper use of Essential Oils. The most common of these is treating burns with Lavender Essential Oil. French chemist Ren�-Maurice Gattefoss� found this effect of Essential Oils as quite interesting. He has contributed largely to the science of using Essential Oils for medical purposes. This science is known as aromatherapy or treating through plant aroma.

However, Essential Oils will produce the desired effects only when they are pure. Chamomile Essential Oil is derived from the Chamomile flowers and has a soothing and comforting impact. When used in the bath after the end of the day, one will experience a rejuvenation of the body and mind. Nevertheless, do you get the same effect if the Essential Oil used is impure? No. Moreover, if an oil to which one is allergic to has been mixed with the Essential Oil, you can also count on the side effects.

The most common of impurities found in Essential Oils are pesticides and insecticides. Now, the use of pesticides and insecticides to grow plants has become widely prevalent. In this case, it is very difficult to do away with pesticides to the most miniscule levels. The process of distillation ensures that most of this is removed from the pure Essential Oils to give just the unadulterated extracts of plants.

Nowadays, Organic Essential Oils have becoming increasingly popular. Organic Essential Oils are manufactured from organically grown plants. When a plant is grown organically, no artificial fertilizers are utilized. This ensures that the Essential Oil that you are using is totally free of pesticides. However, be prepared to shell that extra price for procuring organically pure Essential Oils. Yet no one complains since they are buying Essential Oils for the desired effect and not just for showing off their collection.

About the author

Bryan Josling is working with the Horticultural Research Station in Adelaide. He has also been involved with research on plants. http://www.ndaroma.com

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The Amazing Benefits of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil

June 10th, 2006

Melaleuca oil, also known as Tea Tree oil, is truly nature�s natural Antiseptic. This topical oil, which comes from an Australian tree called the Tea Tree, is naturally safe oil that is effective as an antibiotic, anti-viral, and fungicide.

Tea Tree oil was first used by the Bundjalung Aborigines living in the Northeast Corner of what is now New South Wales, Australia. They would pick the oil-covered leaves of the Tea Tree and rub them on their skin to alleviate cuts, bites, burns, and other skin ailments. They made a dressing for wounds by grinding the leaves into a paste. They also crushed the leaves to use as an insect repellant.

There are several kinds of tea trees. Yet, the most potent medicinal oil is called Melaleuca alternifolia.

Dr. A. R. Penfold, a chemist in Sydney, found that Tea Tree oil was 13 times stronger in killing bacteria than carbolic acid, the universal standard Antiseptic in the early 1900�s. The Medical Journal of Australia published a study that Tea Tree oil was effective in treating pus filled infections of the skin and infected nail beds, and helped speed recovery from Sore Throats when the oil was gargled. Another study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 1990 found Tea Tree oil as effective in treating Acne as benzoyl peroxide, with fewer side effects. It is also effective in treating burns, thrush, and bacterial and fungal infections.

Tea Tree oil can also be used for animals; Bites, cuts, stings, rashes, dermatitis, lice, mange, ringworm, fleas, and ticks are just a few of its veterinary uses.

Melaleuca oil may be applied full strength or diluted in water or other type of oil like Olive Oil. Most Tea Tree oil that is produced is added to skin and Beauty care products, such as deodorants, shampoos, and mouthwashes. Industrial-grade oils are used as disinfectants, floor detergents, and can be added to air conditioning and ventilation systems to kill mold and fungus.

As we rediscover nature�s natural medicines through modern research, a new world of therapies is opened to us. Natural therapies are often as effective as drugs, but without the side effects. Many medicinal drugs contain properties to heal that no synthetic drug has been able to mimic.

About the author

This article was written by Vanessa Pruitt, a work at home mom promoting wellness in our everyday lives. To learn more about the benefits of Melaleuca oil, and about the products Vanessa uses in her home, email her at peetred@hotmail.com To learn more about working from home promoting wellness visit her website at http://www.TriCityMoms.com

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Olive Oil - Oil Profile

June 9th, 2006

Olive: Olea Europaea

Medicinal Parts: Leaves, Bark, fruit.

Description: The olive tree is an evergreen native to the Mediterranean area but widely grown in tropical areas and warm climates.

Properties and Uses:

Leaves: Antiseptic, astringent, febrifuge, and tranquilizer.

Oil: cholagogue, demulcent, emollient, Laxative. A decoction of the leaves or inner Bark of the tree is effective against fever; an infusion of the leaves has a tranquilizing effect helpful for nervous Tension. Olive Oil taken internally increases the secretion of bile and acts as a Laxative by encouraging muscular contraction in the bowels. It is also soothing to mucous membrane and to dissolve Cholesterol. Olive Oil is useful externally for burns, Bruises, insect bites, sprains, and intense itching. With alcohol it makes a good hair tonic, and with oil of Rosemary a good treatment for Dandruff. One of its most common uses is as a base for liniments and ointments.

It is amazing how many applications there are for Olive Oil including; Skin Care, cosmetics, cooking and medicinal. Olive Oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet and is used more commonly than butter. The use of Olive Oil has been linked to reduced Cholesterol and a protection against several types of Cancer.

Extra virgin Olive Oil is particularly rich in the phenolic Antioxidants as well as squalene and oleic acid, and high consumption of the foregoing in the diet provides considerable protection against colon, breast and skin Cancer, coronary Heart Disease and aging by inhibiting oxidative stress. Research has shown that scavenging of the hydroxyl radical was significantly higher among extracts of Olive Oil. This effect was only minimal in seed oils. In addition to their direct Antioxidant capacity, extracts of Olive Oil are also potent inhibitors of xanthine oxidase activity. A constant high Olive Oil intake in the diet, especially extra virgin Olive Oil, provides a constant supply of Antioxidants. This may reduce oxidative stress through inhibition of lipid peroxidation, a factor that is currently linked to a host of diseases such as Cancer and Heart Disease.

The same study also concluded that a diet high in Olive Oil may reduce blood pressure levels due to its polyphenol content. Polyphenols are potent Antioxidants that help the arteries to dilate thereby reducing blood pressure.

Introducing Olive Oil to your diet is an important step in your ongoing health. When selecting an Olive Oil, look for “extra virgin Olive Oil.” It is made from the first press of the olive and is the least processed. If you’re having difficulty figuring out how to incorporate Olive Oil in your diet, here are a few suggestions.

  • Anything you fry in vegetable oil can be fried in Olive Oil. Olive Oil works particularly well when stir-frying vegetables and adds a slightly nutty flavor to the dish.
  • Prepare a traditional Italian salad. Forego the bottled Italian dressings and give this recipe a try.

Ingredients:

  • Lettuce Greens (avoid iceberg lettuce, which has little or no nutritional value.)
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Green or Red Peppers
  • Olive Oil
  • Wine Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

In a bowl, combine lettuce, onion, tomato and peppers. Salt generously then add ground Black Pepper. Pour 2 tbsp. of Olive Oil over the lettuce (a bit more if you are making a large salad), then 4 to 5 shakes of vinegar. Mix well. If you prefer a sharper taste to your salad, add the vinegar before the Olive Oil. Yes, that actually makes a difference. If the salad seems a bit bland it is probably because you didn’t add enough salt and/or Pepper.

Healing with Olive Oil: I wanted to include at least one home remedy for Olive Oil that has been used in my family for at least 6 generations and probably more, (6 generations is as far back as I can actually document.)

First however, let me add a cautionary note. You should never, ever administer a home remedy without first consulting your health care professional. This is particularly true when dealing with children. Just because you learned of a remedy online or in a book does not mean it will be effective or appropriate for your child.

A common childhood ailment is the ever-annoying earache. In some cases that annoying earache can become a serious medical condition escalating into recurring ear-infections that can require tubes in the ears and even reconstructive surgery.

In our family earaches have always been treated with Olive Oil. Not only is this effective, but relief from the pain is virtually instantaneous. Warm up one teaspoon of Olive Oil. I’ve always done this by simply filling a metal spoon with Olive Oil and holding it over an open flame on the stove for a few seconds. (Okay, I guess I qualify as a bit primitive here.)

Big Caution: Check the temperature of the Olive Oil against the inside of your wrist, as you would milk from a baby bottle. The Olive Oil should feel warm, NOT HOT! Because the spoon itself will continue to heat the oil, I transfer the warmed oil to a plastic dispenser, an eyedropper works nicely for this.

Have the patient rest their head on a pillow, with the problem ear facing up. Put 3 to 4 drops of the warmed oil into the ear canal and plug the ear with a tissue or bit of cotton. That’s it. The pain should go away immediately. If this remedy is ineffective, or continues for a prolonged period of time, you are likely dealing with an infection that will require antibiotics.

I’m passing along this family remedy not just because it works, but because of all the children it was used on, not one developed chronic Ear Infections. Now granted, this is a rather small sampling, but I find that significant. Over the years I’ve watched countless neighbors, friends, and in-laws struggle through repeated chronic infections that always seem to escalate first into to tubes in the ears and finally reconstructive surgery. I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t a relationship between this home remedy and the lack of infections in my own children, not to mention the lack of infections in brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.

I believe the key here is early intervention. This home remedy allows you to act as soon as the symptoms are present rather than waiting for them to escalate. And after all, isn’t that why we use Herbs in the first place?

The Herb Book, by John Lust, Benedict Lust Publications, 1974

Lee, A.; Thurman D.I.; Chopra, C. Consumption of Tomato Products with Olive Oil but not Sunflower Oil increases the Antioxidant Activity of Plasma. Free Radical Biology & Medicine, 20:1051-1055; 2000

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Homemade Rose Water and Rose Oil

June 7th, 2006

You can make Rose water and extracts (or any other herb) at home.

Take a large pot, insert a clean brick or rock, fill with Rose petals or Herbs or whatever around the brick. Cover with water and place a small glass dish on top of the brick. On top of the pot put a stainless bowl and fill with ice. Simmer about three hours depending how many petals or Herbs you have, replacing the ice as needed.

The bowl with the ice will condense the steam and drip down into the glass bowl. The water in the glass bowl is your Rose water or whatever herb, on top will be a layer of oil. This is the Essential Oil.

You can separate these and use the water in cooking and the Essential Oil in potpourri, lotions, Soaps or whatever. Or some believe it worked in cleansing space. And rids of entities you do not want around you.

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Aromatherapy For Nausea and Motion Sickness

May 31st, 2006

You are all packed and ready to go. The excitement of the long awaited day has begun. Everyone is in their seats and next thing you know “little Emily” says she is not feeling well. She has a lot of nausea and the car has barely started to move yet.

Several things to check and to help with Motion Sickness and nausea include:

Did the person eat a little bit or a lot before getting into the car? Sometimes not eating can cause Motion Sickness too.

One of our sons, always got Car Sick if he didn’t have something to eat, especially in the morning. We usually had to give him a bite to eat before we could take the family out for breakfast!!

Can the person see out in front of the car? For some people, sitting in the part of the car where they can not see the road ahead can make them feel sick to the stomach.

If these things are fine and Motion Sickness and nausea are still present, the number one Essential Oil is a little bit of Ginger . Simply inhale a drop or two of Ginger placed on a tissue or placed in an Inhaler. Some people will respond better to Peppermint or Spearmint. For some Roman Chamomile gives relief.

For those that suffer from chronic Motion Sickness you may want to try breathing in any one oil or a blend of a couple of the above Essential Oils BEFORE getting into the car, train, boat or plane. Inhaling these 30 - 60 minutes before departure and every 15 to 30 minutes while on your trip may make a world of difference in you enjoying your trip.

Other Essential Oils that might help with nausea include Coriander, Cardamom and Fennel . Since each person has different preference and chemical makeup, you may need to do a trial with each of these oils separately (and the ones listed above too) to find out which one or a combination of a couple seem to give you the best relief before and while traveling.

If you get to the point of vomiting you might want to try this recipe.

Basil - 1 drops Peppermint - 1 drop Lavender - 1 drop 2 teaspoons of a Carrier Oil

Mix the oils together in the Carrier Oil, then rub your hands together to warm the oil. Gently massage over the abdomen, afterwards you may want to cup your hands over your face (nose and mouth) and slowly inhale for a few breaths before washing your hands.

Motion Sickness Blend for nausea

Roman Chamomile - 10 drops Ginger - 10 drops Peppermint e 10 drops

Blend all Essential Oils in an amber bottle. Simply breath a few drops from a tissue or use a Personal Inhaler. Inhale 30-60 minutes before departure and also every few minutes while traveling.

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The Mysteries of Scents and How They Heal

May 30th, 2006

Now, we are moving into a wonderous area of healing thathas been going on for many thousands of years. In Egypt, the priests, magicians, and others who believed in the power of the gods used this method in healing their ill.

Honey, was one of the treatments used for wounds or bites. I have used this myself, and it does work. I had a mosquito bite on my leg and I put some pure honey on it, and it was completly gone by the next morning. It is messy, but it works.

So, now we go into the Mysteries of Scents.

Incense has been an integral part of religious ceremonies for many centuries all acroos the globe, largely because of the soothing effect its smell has on the mind~and soul.

Temples in India have been historically constructed of sandlewood not only because of its superior material qualities but also because of the spiritual ones of its scent.

Nubians, who rarely bathe in water because it is so scarce in northern Africa, rub themselves all over with dough and then oil their bodies throughly with aromatics. Skin disease is virtually unknown among them, and they’re hardly bothered by the cold, cutting winds that sweep through the desert in winter.

In the fourteenth century, the Black Death wiped out half of the population of Eurpoe, yet those who dealt with aromatic oils and essences, especially perfumers, were almost entirely unaffectd by the plague. Five hundred years, later perfurmers again remained immune to the gastly cholera epidemics raging throughout the world.

To reduce stress and improve efficiency, Japenese construction firms pipe aromatic essences to their employees through their air conditioning systems.

In eighteenth century England perfumes were banned for a time, because they deemed “too seductive”. Women who wore them could even have been prosecuted for sorcery.

Cleopatra is renowned throughout the world as one of history’s great temptresses. Some historians believe, however, that she lured men not through any particular physical Beauty but through the seductions of her scent. The Egyptian ruler raised the use of perfumes and skin treatment to an art form and owned a vast herbal gardent that would be worth millions today. This may have been the true secret of the legendary Queen of the Nile.

What do all these unrelated curiousities have in common? Scents, oils, and aromatic essences. Philosophers, scientists, and medical practitioners have known for thousands of years that various plants and Herbs possess mysterious properties, from the tranuilizing to the hallucinogenic, from the poisonous to the sweet.

These properties have been tested, explored, examined, philosophized about, and even synthesized throughout the ages, and they’ve been used in cooking, cleaning, healing, performing religious ceremonies, preparing cosmetics and perfumes, preserving food, and even preserving bodies through mummification.

Why did citizens burn Pine branches in the streets of the medieval Europe? Because the smoke helped fend off the bubonic plague. What would a Renaissance physician have prescribed to calm your blood? Oil of Hyssop. Scent is one of the most mysterious of entities, and some scientists and philosophers even believe that the sense of smell may be closely related to the proverbal “sixth sense”

It certainly works more quickly on the brain than sight, sound, taste, or touch. When the mystery of scent is harnessed for healing, curing, and restoring the mind and body to its fullest efficiency, this process is called aromatherapy. It has been around for thousands of years.

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Aromatherapy For Staying Alert

May 28th, 2006

Summer is here! and if you are like Al and I you have so much you want to do and things you need to do! The last thing you want is to not be awake and alert. Especially when you are doing any of your tasks.

Driving, of course, being a task you must be mentally aware at all times, especially of everything going on around you.

Of course there are other things you do where you need to pay attention and be alert. (You know, like when you are on the golf course or fishing!! . . . Ok, I’m in summer mode!)

Several Essential Oils not only help you stay alert and focused but may also give you the energizing boost you need to finish.

One of the best known Essential Oils for alertness is Rosemary, Grapefruit and Peppermint. Some others that work well too include Spearmint, Eucalyptus Radiata, Bergamot, Lemon, Lime and other citrus. Other oils that may help include: Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Petitgrain, Black Pepper, Coriander, and Juniper.

Give this Alertness blend a try

Juniper - 14 drops Pine needle - 8 drops Rosemary - 8 drops

Blend all in an amber bottles. Place several drops in any Diffuser. If you are using in your car while traveling apply about 5-6 drops on your car Diffusers pad. Insert into plug in. Diffuse for no longer than 20 minutes in the car.

If diffusing in the home, you can diffuse for longer periods of time as the house has more cubic footage than the interior of any auto.

If you don’t have time to blend some oils, you might want to try one of our energizing blends. Mint Energizing blend is a big favorite. Refreshing blend and Revitalizing blends may also help.

Surprising Alertness Blend

Grapefruit - 5 drops Lime - 5 drops Black Pepper - 2 drops Peppermint - 2 drops

Blend all in a small amber bottles. Then diffuse or if you prefer place in a Personal Inhaler and take several inhalations as often as needed.

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