Keep Spring Allergies under Control with Essential Oils

Despite the excitement we feel for the approaching spring, there’s a little thing that tends to get in the way: allergies. Nobody likes sneezing, itchy eyes, or a scratchy throat, especially when we want to be outside enjoying the greenery and flowers blooming around us. Although spring allergies may not affect you, chances are they affect someone you know, and that’s no fun to be around. Incredibly, some of the essential oils that best aid allergies are also some of our favorites. Lemon, lavender, and peppermint have incredible properties that will help you with all your allergy symptoms. It’s time for you to start smelling the roses—comfortably!

For a simple allergy remedy, take 2 drops of each lemon, lavender, and peppermint in a capsule twice a day, or as symptoms arise.

Diffuser blends are a great way to relieve allergies. The aroma of essential oils quickly penetrates the blood-brain barrier and enters the bloodstream through your lungs. If you have any of the following symptoms, just diffuse these blends, and you’ll be feeling better in no time.

Itchy Eyes & Throat
2 drops lemon
2 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint
Scratchy Throat
2 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 drops cedarwood
2 drops melaleuca
Watery Eyes
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop rosemary
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop peppermint

If you’re looking for a topical application method, try combining 20 drops lavender, 15 drops lemon, and 10 drops peppermint in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil of your choice. Roll this blend onto the back of your neck and ears whenever you feel allergy symptoms coming on.

Now you can officially enjoy the spring and all that it brings without the sneezing and itchy, swollen eyes! You can read more about essential oils and seasonal allergies in Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 220–21.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Marjoram

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of the plant. This oil has antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antisexual, antispasmodic, arterial vasodilating, digestive stimulating, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, and tonic health properties. Marjoram is known for its herbaceous and spicy aroma.

Historically, marjoram was used to combat poisoning, fluid retention, muscle spasms, stiff joints, bruises, and respiratory congestion. Today, some of the primary uses of marjoram essential oil include arthritis, bone spurs, carpal tunnel syndrome, colic, constipation, croup, expectorant, neuralgia, muscle aches and fatigue, pancreatitis, Parkinson’s disease, physical stress, sprains, stiffness, and tendinitis.

Marjoram essential oil can also help anxiety, boils, bruises, burns, celibacy, colds, cuts, fungal and viral infections, hysteria, menstrual problems, ringworm, shingles, shock, sores, and sunburns.

Application of Marjoram Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Can be applied neat (without dilution). Apply directly to the area of concern and to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of marjoram essential oil promotes peace and sleep.
Internal Application: Marjoram is generally recognized as safe by the FDA for human consumption and can be used as a flavoring agent.
Safety Data: Not to be used internally by children under 6 years old, and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and older. Should be used with caution during pregnancy.

Ways to Use Marjoram Essential Oil:

1. Tendinitis
Tendinitis can be extremely painful. Try applying a drop of marjoram on location, then cover with a cool pack for 15 minutes. Repeat whenever necessary.

2. Diffusion
Diffuser blends are a simple way to use your favorite essential oils. Here are a few blends that we created for you to try out so you can enjoy the aroma of marjoram essential oil.

3. Roll-on Blends
Roll-on blends are a great way to maximize the use of multiple essential oils, and they’re so easy to apply. Here are some simple blends to help you start using marjoram essential oil topically. Each of these blends should be combined with 2 tsp. (10 ml) of carrier oil in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, then applied directly to the area of concern.

Muscle Recovery
5 drops marjoram
5 drops white fir
6 drops cypress
6 drops peppermint
Arthritis
3 drops frankincense
4 drops peppermint
2 drops marjoram
Carpal Tunnel
3 drops basil
3 drops marjoram
2 drops lemongrass
2 drops cypress
Nerve Pain Relief
8 drops marjoram
8 drops eucalyptus

4. Cooking
Marjoram is a commonly used herb in many recipes, and you can easily use the essential oil as a replacement. Here are a few recipes we have that include marjoram essential oil for you to try out.

5. Massage Oil
Using marjoram essential oil in a massage oil has many benefits. Marjoram essential oil is great for muscle spasms, can serve as a sedative to your nerves, and promotes relaxation. Combine any of these blends with 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) of your favorite carrier oil to reap the benefits!

Nervous Tension
6 drops marjoram
3 drops rose
2 drops lavender
Muscle Relief
7 drops marjoram
3 drops rosemary
2 drops lemongrass
Emotional Balance
4 drops marjoram
2 drops frankincense
2 drops rose
Aches & Pains
5 drops peppermint
5 drops marjoram
3 drops lavender

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 90–91.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson

7-Day Pill Cases and Capsule Blends

A lot of people struggle to consistently take their pills. You can set reminders on your phone, put sticky notes on the mirror, stuff plastic bags of pills in your pocket, and so on. We’ve all done it. But the biggest struggle is having to prepare your pills every time you need to take them. With these 7-day pill cases, you can prepare the majority of your pills at the beginning of the week and carry them with you wherever you go!

These brand new 7-day pill cases make taking your pills much easier. Now you can get your medicine and vitamins on the go. The compact style was designed to fit easily in your backpack or purse, and these cases are super easy to use. You may want to consider having multiple cases—one for morning, midday, evening, etc. That way you can stay organized and keep yourself on schedule. The cases come in 10 color options, so you can even pick your favorite style!

We also carry these convenient pill wallets with 2 separate 7-day slots, perfect for your morning and evening pills. They come in green and purple, and each bag is labeled with the day of the week for easy and organized use.

When it comes to pills, essential oils are your best friend. Many oils are safe for internal consumption, but they should still be diluted when used regularly. If you are still unsure of whether your oil is safe to take internally, Modern Essentials lists this information under the Single Essential Oils and Essential Oil Blends sections, as well as on page 52 (9th Edition, Internal Application section). Filling your own capsules with essential oils is a simple way to take your desired oils internally. However, because the essential oils will dissolve the capsules rather quickly, you shouldn’t attempt to make them up ahead of time.

A simple way of filling a capsule is to drop the oils directly from the bottle into the capsule. This does take some hand-eye coordination, and it is easy to drop too many drops or to accidentally get the oil on the side of the capsule, resulting in the user tasting the oil while taking it and causing the capsule to dissolve more quickly.

A more effective and easier way of filling capsules is to use a glass pipette. Simply fill the pipette with oil, place the pipette inside the bottom half of the capsule, and place the correct number of drops inside. Using a pipette also makes filling your capsules on the go much easier. Just mix up a batch of the blend you want to take, and place it in a 5 ml dropper bottle to carry with you wherever you go. You can use the extra sections in the pill cases to carry your empty capsules.

Capsule blends are a great way to maximize your internal use of essential oils. We have created some capsule blends for you to try out. Drop the essential oils into the capsule, and fill the remainder with olive oil. Our size 0 capsules hold .68 ml (10 drops), and our size 00 capsules hold .91 ml (14 drops).

Pain Relief:
2 drops fir
2 drops copaiba
2 drops frankincense
Hormone Balance:
2 drops rosemary
2 drops frankincense
2 drops clary sage
Antibiotic:
1 drop oregano
2 drops basil
2 drops rosemary
Immune Booster:
2 drops Protective Blend
2 drops lemon
1 drop frankincense
1 drop oregano
Weight/Appetite Control:
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop grapefruit
1 drop peppermint
1 drop cinnamon
1 drop tangerine
Acid Reflux Aid:
2 drops grapefruit
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lemon
1 drop Digestive Blend
Tummy Ache:
2 drops digestive blend
2 drops lemon
1 drop orange
Allergy Relief:
3 drops lemon
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lavender
Hangover Relief:
2 drops grapefruit
4 drops lemon
1 drop rosemary

There are endless possibilities when it comes to blending oils for internal use. Find what works for you, and make sure to dilute whenever necessary! Consult our “Capsules and Essential Oils – FAQs” post for more information about using capsules.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Cypress

Cypress essential oil (Cupressus sempervirens) is steam-distilled from the branches of the cypress conifer tree. This oil is known for its fresh, herbaceous, slightly woody aroma with evergreen undertones.

Cypress was used anciently for its benefits to the urinary system and other fluid loss such as diarrhea, perspiration, and menstrual flow. The Chinese value cypress for its benefits to the liver and the respiratory system.

This essential oil contains the following health properties: antibacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, mucolytic, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, lymphatic and prostate decongestant, refreshing, relaxing, and a vasoconstricting. Cypress is known for its effects on the cardiovascular system, muscles, and bones.

Common uses of cypress essential oil include aneurysm, carpal tunnel, concussion (brain), deodorant, hemorrhoids, herniated disc, Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscle fatigue, nosebleed, shingles, stroke, tuberculosis, and varicose veins. Other possible uses of cypress are asthma, reducing cellulite, circulatory system functioning, colds, spasmodic coughs, diarrhea, edema, fever, gallbladder, hemorrhaging, influenza, laryngitis, lung circulation, nervous tension, ovarian cysts, skincare, scar tissue, whooping cough, and wounds.

Application of Cypress Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Can be applied directly to the skin without dilution. Apply to reflex points and directly to the area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Cypress influences and strengthens and helps to ease the feeling of loss. It creates a feeling of security and grounding, and it helps to heal emotions.
Internal Application: Not to be used internally.
Safety Data: This oil should be used with caution during pregnancy.

Ways to Use Cypress Essential Oil:

1. Bed Wetting
Many children have problems with wetting the bed, but no worries—essential oils can help with that! Simply combine 5 drops cypress and 3 drops ylang ylang with 1 oz. (30 ml) water in a small spray bottle. Shake well before use, and mist over pillow and sheets just before bedtime.

2. Diffuse
Diffusing is a great way to reap the benefits of this fantastic oil. You can diffuse the oil alone, inhale directly from the bottle, or add it to some of your favorite oils to make a great diffuser blend! We’ve included some of our favorite blends with cypress to get you started!

3. Massage Oil
Because of the wonderful circulatory, skin revitalizing, and relaxation properties of cypress, it makes a great addition to any massage blend. You can add the suggested carrier oil or another of your choice. Here are some simple blends that you’ll love!

Carpal Tunnel Massage Oil
3 drops basil essential oil
3 drops marjoram essential oil
2 drops lemongrass essential oil
2 drops cypress essential oil
2 tsp. (10 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Combine the oils together in the palm of your hand, and gently massage into the arm starting at the shoulder and continuing down to the fingertips. Pay special attention to the wrists and other areas of pain.
Leg Cramp Massage Oil
15 drops cypress essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
2 tsp. (10 ml) Jojoba Oil
Combine the oils together in your hand, and slowly massage into your legs, gradually massaging in deeper to help the muscles fully relax.

4. Roll-on Blends
Roll-on blends are a great way to spread essential oils easily to any location. We’ve created a few blends for you to try out. Just drop these oils into a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and top off with your favorite carrier oil. Roll the mixture on the affected location, and lightly massage in with your hands if necessary.

Varicose Veins
3 drops cypress
2 drops bergamot
1 drop neroli
1 drop lemongrass
Joint Pain Relief
2 drops peppermint
2 drops wintergreen
2 drops frankincense
2 drops eucalyptus
2 drops cypress
2 drops rosemary
Menstrual Cramps
10 drops cypress
10 drops peppermint
5 drops lavender

5. Nosebleeds
Cypress can effectively stop nosebleeds. Combine 2 drops cypress, 1 drop helichrysum, and 2 drops lemon in 8 oz. (240 ml) ice water. Soak a cloth in the water, and apply the cloth to the nose and back of the neck.

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 77–78.

Fight the Flu with Essential Oils

The worst flu season in over a decade continues—we’re just over halfway through the typical time frame. Why are we experiencing increased numbers of infections, hospitalizations, and even fatalities this year? Primarily because the H3N2 subtype of influenza A is predominant—and it’s a particularly virulent and mutable strain of the flu virus. Even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the flu vaccine is only about 36% effective against H3N2.

Anything you can do to stay healthy right now is worth trying, and essential oils can help protect and support you during this epidemic. Here’s how to use your best natural medicines against all strains of this ruthless virus.

Step 1: Strengthen Natural Immunity

To stimulate your immune system, use essential oils daily, or at least 3–4 times a week. Diffuse 3–4 drops during sleep, or apply 1–2 drops to the sole of each foot at bedtime. Try alternating between single oils and protective or immune-boosting blends every week—this helps avoid desensitization to any one oil.

Single oils: Use oregano, cinnamon, frankincense, or melaleuca. (For internal application of oregano and cinnamon, take a capsule of 1–3 drops diluted with carrier oil.)

Blends: Use a protective or immune blend, or make the one below.

Immune Booster
1 drop frankincense
1 drop melaleuca
1 drop rosemary
1 drop lemon
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop orange

Topical: Add oils to 2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil in a 10 ml roll-on vial. Apply to bottoms of feet or base of skull 3–4 times daily.

Aromatic: Use this blend in a diffuser.

Step 2: Engage Antiviral Arsenal

The flu is highly contagious, spreading easily through sneezing, coughing, or direct contact. If you’re living around an infected person, continue diffusing and/or topically applying antiviral essential oils and blends. This may help the sick get well faster and keep others from getting infected.

Single oils: Use helichrysum, melaleuca, clove, melissa, lime, cinnamon, lemon, oregano, peppermint, eucalyptus, or thyme.

Blends: Use an antiviral respiratory blend, or make the one below.

Citrus Spice Defense
1 drop lemon
1 drop cinnamon
2 drops oregano
2 drops eucalyptus

Topical: Combine essential oils with 2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil in a 10 ml roll-on vial.  Apply to bottoms of feet or base of skull 3–4 times daily.

Aromatic: Use 1 drop each of the essential oils in a diffuser. (You can alternate this combination with our antiviral Cold Fighter Diffuser Blend.)

Step 3: Soothe Flu Symptoms

If you do get sick, essential oils can help reduce the severity of the flu and shorten its duration. Flu symptoms appear 1–4 days after the virus enters the body. A fever usually comes first, followed by low energy, body aches, headache, chills, and dizziness. Some people experience nausea and vomiting.

Body Aches Bath
Add 4 drops of thyme and 2 drops of eucalyptus to 1 cup (250 g) of epsom salt. Run warm bathwater over the mixture to disperse the essential oils throughout the tub. Soak for 15–20 minutes.

Headache Help
Apply 1 drop each lavender, peppermint, and frankincense to the base of the skull and forehead.

Nausea Nix
Inhale peppermint or ginger directly from the vial or after rubbing 1–2 drops into your palms.

After 2–3 days, cold-like symptoms may develop: runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and sore throat. See our companion post, ‘Tis the Season for Sickness, for simple solutions to soothe these symptoms.

Balancing Your Chakras with Essential Oils

Chakras are centers of energy in the body that govern certain aspects of our physical and mental well-being, with each of the primary chakras correlating to a specific area of the body. Essential oils are effective in balancing and stimulating the chakras due to their individual energy properties. There are many tools that you can use to balance and clear each chakra. In this post, we want to share some tools that can maximize your oil use while balancing and stimulating your chakras.

An excellent tool for chakras is gemstones. These precious gems contain energy that correlates with the energy centers of your body. Gemstones combined with essential oils can help improve well-being and promote energy and healing. Inherent energies of different stones offer various metaphysical and physical benefits.

We have created this chart explaining the properties of each gemstone and which chakras each corresponds with. This chart details historical facts, uses, physical attributes, inherent energies, and chakras for each of the following gemstones: amethyst, brecciated jasper, carnelian, crystal, green aventurine, hermatite, rainbow fluorite, red aventurine, red leopard jasper, rose quartz, sodalite, and tiger’s eye.

Similar to the properties of gemstones, the colors around us can also play a part in chakra enhancement. Balancing your chakras has never been simpler with these fun, color-coordinated glass roll-on vials to organize your chakra oils!

Each chakra is influenced differently by the energies of essential oils. Here are some of the oils that influence each chakra. Try making some roll-on blends with these oils to help you balance your energy centers.

Crown Chakra: basil, frankincense, jasmine, neroli, rose, rosemary

Third Eye Chakra: cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, juniper, lavender, peppermint

Throat Chakra: bergamot, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, melaleuca

Heart Chakra: lemon, rose, chamomile, lavender, bergamot, frankincense, neroli

Solar Plexus Chakra: lime, cinnamon, peppermint, black pepper, lemongrass, melissa

Sacral Chakra: orange, ylang ylang, clary sage, cassia, geranium, petitgrain, patchouli

Root Chakra: sandalwood, patchouli, cedarwood, vetiver, black pepper, peppermint

For more information about the oils that affect your chakras, consult Modern Essentials.

There is so much to learn when it comes to chakras! AromaTools carries a wide range of products to supplement your research. Clearing and balancing your chakras can be extremely beneficial to your metaphysical and physical health. Check out some of these materials we offer to learn more about how you can take charge of your chakras today and improve your health! Click here to view all the products we offer pertaining to chakras.

 

Source: Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Jasmine


Jasmine essential oil (Jasminum officinale) is extracted from the flowers through absolute extraction. This oil is commonly known for its powerful, sweet, tenacious, and floral aroma with fruity-herbaceous undertones. Jasmine is known in India as the “queen of the night” and “moonlight of the grove”; women have treasured jasmine for centuries for its beautiful, aphrodisiac-like fragrance.

Jasmine is commonly used for hoarse voice, pink eye, and sensitive skin. Other possible uses for this oil include conjunctivitis, coughs, dysentery, eczema (when caused by emotions), labor pains, menstrual pains and problems, muscle spasms, pain relief, sex, skin care, and uterine disorders. This essential oil has anticatarrhal, antidepressant, and antispasmodic health properties; it can affect emotional balance and the hormonal system.

Jasmine has incredible emotional properties because it can penetrate the deepest layers of the soul, opening doors to our emotions. It can encourage feelings of confidence, energy, euphoria, and optimism—all while reducing anxiety, apathy, depression, indifference, listlessness, and relationship dilemmas. When used as a cologne or perfume, jasmine increases feelings of attractiveness.

Applications of Jasmine Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: This oil can be applied directly to your skin without dilution. Apply to area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: You can diffuse or inhale the aroma directly. Jasmine is uplifting to the emotions and may help increase intuitive powers and wisdom. It may also help to promote powerful, inspirational relationships.
Internal Application: Jasmine is recognized as safe for internal use by the FDA. Dilute 1 drop of oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or in 1/2 cup (125 ml) of beverage.
Safety Data: This oil is not to be used internally on children under 6 years old and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over 6 years old.

Ways to Use Jasmine Essential Oil:

1. Massage Oil
Jasmine essential oil is wonderful for massages because of its ability to balance the emotions while energizing the body and awakening one’s sensuality. Combine the oils of your massage blend together, and lightly massage into your skin. If desired, you can place these massage blends in a 10 ml roll-on bottle for daily use.

Aphrodisiac Massage Oil
2 tsp. (10 ml) Jojoba Oil
4 drops ylang ylang
3 drops jasmine
2 drops tangerine
2 drops sandalwood
Soothing Skin Oil
3 drops jasmine
2 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 tsp. (10 ml) Fractionated
Coconut Oil

2. Bath
Baths are a great way to relax and rejuvenate. Try some of these bath blends to spice up your routine.

Romance Bath Oil
1/4 cup (50 ml) Castile Soap
4 drops ylang ylang essential oil
4 drops frankincense essential oil
4 drops jasmine essential oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil
4 drops rose essential oil
Combine the oils with the castile soap in a small dish. Pour some of this solution under the running bathwater. Stir the water around with your hand to allow the mixture to spread evenly; enjoy!
Body Scrub
1/4 cup (50 ml) Jojoba Oil
1/4 cup (50 ml) Castile Soap
1/2 cup (100 g) sea salt
5 drops orange essential oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil
3 drops jasmine essential oil
8 oz. plastic bottle
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly. Pour mixture into the plastic bottle. To use, squirt some into your hand, and massage over body to exfoliate and moisturize. Rinse off thoroughly.
Silky Smooth Bath Oil
8 drops jasmine essential oil
8 drops fennel essential oil
2 Tbsp. (25 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil
Combine all oils in the palm of your hand, using your finger to stir them together. Add the oils to a warm running bath. Using your hand, stir the water around to combine thoroughly.

3. Perfume
Jasmine has strong aromatic influences to enhance the emotions and increase one’s feelings of attractiveness. Try some of these perfume blends, and see which fits you best. Place the essential oils in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with your favorite carrier oil (approximately 2 tsp./10 ml). Apply the perfume to your neck and wrists.

Emotional Balance
4 drops jasmine
4 drops orange
3 drops sandalwood
Love Potion
3 drops jasmine
3 drops sandalwood
1 drop geranium
1 drop orange
1 drop ylang ylang
White Roses
4 drops rose
3 drops jasmine
1 drop patchouli

4. Diffuse
The sweet, floral scent of jasmine leaves an amazing aroma in your house—not to mention the great uplifting health properties! Try out some of these diffuser blends to experience the benefits of jasmine today.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 77–78.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Managing Anxiety, Depression, and Emotions with Essential Oils

Anxiety, depression, and emotional imbalance are common and serious conditions that most people experience at some point in their lives. Rather than deny the reality that it could happen to you (or that it is already happening), we want to equip you with some information to help you out! We have also added in some diffuser blends to get you on the road to better mental health today!

We have designed these amazing mini tear pads to help you—and those around you—simply learn about a wide range of conditions and ways that essential oils can help. They also make great tools to help in your teaching endeavors as class handouts. Keep reading to learn more about these conditions and the information these tear pads can offer you!

Anxiety:

Anxiety is the body’s way of preparing itself to deal with a threat or to deal with future stressful events. While this response is normal and happens as part of the body’s natural response to stress, this response can also happen at inappropriate times, or too frequently, as in the case of anxiety disorders. Anxiety can include both physical and mental symptoms such as fear, nervousness, nausea, sweating, increased blood pressure and heart rate, feelings of apprehension or dread, difficulty concentrating, irritability, restlessness, panic attacks, and many others.

Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health condition and a contributing factor in many chronic diseases. An anxiety disorder can develop when the body’s “fight or flight” response is activated frequently or for a prolonged period of time. This tear pad discusses the essential oils that aid in the calming and relaxing the mind and how these oils should be applied for optimum results.

Depression:

Depression is a disorder marked by excessive sadness, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness, irritability, sudden weight loss or gain, trouble sleeping, and loss of interest in activities normally enjoyed. These symptoms can continue for weeks or months if not treated and can destroy an individual’s quality of life.

Essential oils can play a big part in your fight with depression by uplifting your mood and relaxing your mind. Oils also help aid your physiological symptoms by helping you sleep better, boosting your energy, and even assisting proper digestion. All these symptoms play a part in your ability to recover from depression. This tear pad explains the effect that oils have on the mind and body and how they can help you specifically overcome this condition.

Emotions:

To put it simply, emotions are the way we currently feel. These feelings come in response to what we see, smell, hear, feel, taste, think, or have experienced and can affect our future thoughts and behavior. While much is still being discovered about the complex psychological and physiological processes involved in emotions, researchers have discovered that emotions involve many different systems in the body, including the brain, the sensory system, the endocrine/hormonal system, the autonomic nervous system, the immune system, and the release or inhibition of neurotransmitters (such as dopamine) in the brain. Recent research has also begun to uncover compelling evidence that various essential oils and their components have the ability to affect each one of these systems, making the use of essential oils an intriguing tool for helping to balance emotions in the human body.

The specific oils you use will affect you differently, so it is important to know which ones are right for you. This tear pad gives information on how your emotions are specifically affected by the oils, and which oils work best with specific emotions, along with ideas for how to blend the oils and apply them for maximum effect.

Everyone has the right to feel mentally healthy, and that’s why you should too! With these tools, you can more confidently step onto the road to mental health recovery and feel more like yourself again. Let us know if there are any other conditions you would like to learn more about so that we can continue to help you embrace life happily!

Click here to learn more about these new mini tear pads!

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Basil


Basil essential oil (Ocimum basilicum CT linalool) is steam-distilled from the leaves, stems, and flowers of the basil plant. This oil is characteristically known for its herbaceous, spicy, anise-like, camphorous, and lively aroma.

Anciently, basil was used to treat respiratory problems, digestive and kidney ailments, epilepsy, poisonous insect or snake bites, fevers, epidemics, and malaria. The French have historically used basil to help aid migraines, mental fatigue, and menstrual periods.

Today basil is most commonly used for autism, bee/hornet stings, bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cramps (abdominal), earache, hiatal hernia, incisional hernia, infertility, mouth ulcers, muscular dystrophy, ovarian cyst, and viral hepatitis. This essential oil primarily affects the cardiovascular system, muscles, and skeletal system.

Basil contains antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic (powerful), antiviral, decongestant (veins, arteries of the lungs, prostate), diuretic, disinfectant (urinary/pulmonary), energizing, stimulant (nerves, adrenal cortex), and uplifting health properties.

Other possible uses of basil oil include anxiety, chills, concentration, digestion, fainting, insect repellent, chronic mucus, vomiting, and whooping cough.

Applications of Basil Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Basil can be applied neat (with no dilution) directly to the area of concern and reflex points. Dilute with a carrier oil when using on sensitive skin or children (see safety data below).
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of basil helps one maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought.
Internal Application: Basil is recognized as safe for internal consumption by the FDA and may be used as a food flavoring agent or taken in capsules.
Safety Data: Basil is not to be consumed internally by children under 6 years old and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and older. The use of this oil should be avoided during pregnancy. Basil should not be used by people with epilepsy. This oil may also irritate sensitive skin; test by applying to a small area before continuing application.

5 Ways to Use Basil Essential Oil:

1. Massage
There’s nothing like a simple soothing massage with some of your favorite essential oils to calm your mood. Try these massage blends to help boost your mental health and aid carpal tunnel syndrome.

Mental Fatigue Massage Blend
4 drops basil essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops juniper essential oil
2 Tbsp. (25 ml) carrier oil or butter
Combine essential oils with your favorite carrier oil or butter, and lightly massage into your neck, hands, and feet.
Carpal Tunnel Massage Oil
3 drops basil essential oil
3 drops marjoram essential oil
2 drops lemongrass essential oil
2 drops cypress essential oil
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Blend oils together, and massage gently into your arm from your shoulder down to your fingertips. You can also make this massage oil in a roll-on bottle for easier application.

2. Earache
Basil is great for helping to dull painful earaches. Add 1 drop each of basil and melaleuca to a cotton ball, and hold over the ear canal for 30 minutes. Do not place directly into the ear canal.

3. Diffuse
Basil’s aroma can have an amazing influence, as it helps one maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought. Try out some of these diffuser blends to help you focus and engage better in all your endeavors.

4. Bath
Bath salts are perfect for relaxing, but they are also a great way to soak up the benefits of essential oils. Try out the following recipe to help calm your anxiety and energize your body. Remember that basil may irritate sensitive skin, so be careful and dilute further if necessary.

Calm the Anxiety Bath Salts
2 cups (500 g) Epsom Salt
1/2 tsp. (2 g) baking powder
1 tsp. (5 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
3 drops lime essential oil
2 drops basil essential oil
16 oz. PET Jar
Combine salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix essential oils with almond oil. If desired, mix in a few drops of food coloring. Slowly stir oils into the salt mixture, and blend well. Allow the salts to sit for a couple hours in order for the salt to soak up the scent. Add 1/2–1 cup (125–250 g) of salt mixture to your bath under the running tap.

5. Cooking
Basil essential oil is a great ingredient to add to your kitchen. This oil can add rich flavor to any of your recipes with just a drop or less. When adding basil essential oil to your food, start with a toothpick dipped in the oil and stirred into the mixture, and add more until you reach the desired taste. Keep in mind that cooking (or heating) the oil tones down the bold flavor. Here are some of our favorite recipes with basil essential oil!

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 38–39.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty With Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Essential Oils for the Digestive System

After the holiday season, we are all bound to have some sort of digestive problems. Essential oils are a great way to aid our bodies in returning back to normal any time of year! With so many organs involved in the digestive process, it’s easy for things to go wrong; but with these tips, you’ll be feeling better in no time. Let’s go over some of the common problems we all struggle with on occasion:

Bloating

Nothing can get you down more than a bloated stomach! Bloating, or abdominal swelling, is typically caused by overeating, menstruation, constipation, food allergies, and irritable bowel syndrome and can cause a lot of discomfort. The trick to this one is simple: rub Digestive Blend directly on your stomach and the reflex points on your feet, or give this roll-on recipe a try!

Bloating Roll-on:
5 drops fennel essential oil
1 tsp. (5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Combine oils in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and apply on stomach once or twice a day as needed.

Constipation

Constipation is defined as having fewer than 3 bowel movements in a week, or having stools that are hard or difficult to expel. Constipation is caused by lack of fiber, dehydration, ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement, depression, medications, excessive dairy intake, stress, and laxative abuse. Oils that are great for constipation include rosemary, lemon, peppermint, marjoram, and Digestive Blend. These oils can be applied directly to the abdominal area but may need to be diluted depending on which oils you use. Give this roll-on blend a shot!

Constipation Roll-on:
1 drop rosemary essential oil
1 drop lemon essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1 tsp. (5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Add essential oils to a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil. Massage gently on the stomach and back.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be really uncomfortable and extremely inconvenient. Diarrhea is defined as more than 3 bowel movements in a day. Serious cases of diarrhea last more than 2 days and can cause dehydration. These cases should be treated with an oral rehydration solution. Diarrhea is typically caused by viral, parasitic, or bacterial infections. Oils that help with this condition include peppermint, ginger, geranium, and Digestive Blend. Try this roll-on blend to help relieve this issue!

Diarrhea Roll-on:
3 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops fennel essential oil
1 tsp. (5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Add essential oils to a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil. Apply over the stomach as needed.

Gas/Flatulence

Gas is always uncomfortable, inconvenient, and unwanted, and it can be caused by just about anything. You can remedy this problem with the use of lavender, ginger, peppermint, cardamom, eucalyptus, and myrrh essential oils. Try this roll-on out!

Gas Relief Roll-on:
1 drop lavender essential oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil
1 drop ginger essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1 tsp. (5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Add essential oils to a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil. Apply over the stomach once or twice a day as needed.

Heartburn

Heartburn is a painful burning sensation in the throat or chest. It’s a result of backed-up stomach acid in the esophagus and is often brought on because of certain foods, medication, pregnancy, and alcohol. Oils that help relieve heartburn include lemon, peppermint, and Digestive Blend. Give this remedy a shot!

Heartburn Water:
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1 tsp. (5 ml) honey
1 cup (240 ml) warm water
Add peppermint oil to honey, and dissolve in warm water. Drink slowly.

These are just a few examples of digestive problems that essential oils help combat. See Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for more information and ideas on how you can have a healthier digestive system today!

Also, don’t forget to check out our post “The Art of Roller Bottle Blending” for more information on safe roller bottle use!

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition.