Essential Oil Spotlight: Fennel


Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) essential oil is steam-distilled from the crushed seeds of this plant. Fennel can be easily identified by its sweet, somewhat spicy, and licorice-like aroma. This essential oil contains the following health properties: antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, and expectorant.

Fennel was historically used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans when they awarded victorious warriors with garlands of fennel as a sign of praise. They believed that fennel would bestow these warriors with strength, courage, and longevity.

Common uses of fennel essential oil include blood clots, bruises, digestive system support, gastritis, kidney stones, lactation, pancreas support, parasites, skin revitalizing, tissue cleansing, and wrinkles. This essential oil primarily affects the digestive and hormonal systems.

Other possible uses of fennel essential oil include colic, stimulating the cardiovascular system, constipation, digestion (supports the liver), balancing hormones, nausea, obesity, PMS, and stimulating the sympathetic nervous system.

Topical Application: This oil can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to at least 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin. Apply directly to the area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Fennel increases and influences longevity, courage, and purification. Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Internal Application: Fennel oil is recognized by the FDA as safe for human consumption and serves as a powerful flavoring agent.
Safety Data: Repeated topical use may lead to contact sensitization. Use with caution if susceptible to epilepsy. Use with caution during pregnancy. This oil should not be taken internally by children under 6 years old, and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children ages 6 and older.

Ways to Use Fennel Essential Oil:

1. Digestive Problems
Fennel essential oil has beneficial digestive properties. It can quickly alleviate bloating, gas/flatulence, and diarrhea. Combine 5 drops fennel essential oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and apply over your stomach as needed.
2. Cooking
Fennel has a strong licorice-like flavor and serves as a valuable ingredient in many spices and other recipes. It can be strong, so start small when adding it to your recipes; you can always add more later. Here are a few recipes using fennel essential oil!

3. Bath Oil
This essential oil is known for its ability to revitalize the skin, cleanse tissue, and smooth wrinkles. For this reason, fennel makes a beneficial addition to bath oils and soaps. For a silky-smooth feel after your bath, combine 8 drops jasmine, 8 drops fennel, and 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) jojoba oil in the palm of your hand, and hold under warm running bathwater. Swish the water around with your hand to disperse the oils.
4. Diffuser Blends
With its strong aromatic influence, fennel can serve as a nice addition to a diffuser blend. Its sweet yet spicy aroma can uplift you and fill you with courage. Here are a couple blends for you to try out.

5. Air Freshening Spray
Air fresheners should not only smell great, but also be emotionally uplifting. Combine 10 drops fennel, 8 drops lemon, and 6 drops juniper berry with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 1 oz. spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water, and shake to combine. Spray the mixture around the room, and breathe in the emotional support.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 63–64.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Essential Oil Spotlight: Coriander

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) is steam-distilled from the seeds of a plant in the parsley family. This oil is known for its woody, spicy, and sweet aroma. Coriander essential oil contains analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, and stimulant health properties. Coriander most directly affects the digestive and hormonal systems.

Historically, coriander was used by the Chinese for dysentery, piles, measles, nausea, toothache, and painful hernias. Today, this essential oil is commonly used to help with cartilage injury, degenerative disease, muscle aches, muscle development, muscle tone, and whiplash.

Other uses for this essential oil include anorexia, arthritis, colds, colic, diarrhea, digestive spasms, dyspepsia, flatulence, flu, gout, infections, migraines, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, and stiffness.

Application of Coriander Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Coriander essential oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) directly on location or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Aromatically, coriander is a gentle stimulant for those with low physical energy. It also helps one relax during times of stress, irritability, and nervousness. It may also provide a calming influence to those suffering from shock or fear.
Internal Application: This oil is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA. Coriander also serves as a wonderful flavoring agent in many recipes.
Safety Data: Coriander should not be taken internally by children under the age of 6 and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years and older.

Ways to Use Coriander Essential Oil:

1. Diffuse
With its powerful aromatic influence, coriander adds a nice touch to some of your favorite diffuser blends. Here are just a few diffuser blends you can try out!

2. Alzheimer’s
Diffuse a blend of 1 part coriander and 2 parts lemon using an aromatherapy diffuser for 15 minutes daily.

3. Cooking
Coriander essential oil can add an amazing flavor to any of your favorite meals. Here are some of our favorite recipes that use coriander essential oil!

4. Massage Oil
Coriander essential oil can help to improve circulation, so it can be very effective in a massage oil. For an invigorating massage, combine 1 oz. (25 ml) Sweet Almond Oil with 3 drops coriander, 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops lime, and 2 drops rose in a small bowl or 1 oz. bottle. Gently rub a small amount into your muscles.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 56.
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

“Invigorating Focus” Diffuser Blend

No matter what you have on your plate, you could probably use a little more focus in your life. This makes a great diffuser blend to help keep you going at work or to energize your body before a workout. Whatever you’re trying to tackle, this blend will open your senses and keep you focused!

There’s nothing better than a new diffuser to go with your new blend. Check out the wide variety of diffusers we carry!

Essential Oil Spotlight: Lime

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) essential oil is cold-pressed from the peel of the fruit. Lime oil is distinguished by its sweet, tart, intense, and lively aroma. This oil contains antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, restorative, and tonic health properties.

Historically, lime was used as a remedy for dyspepsia. It was also often used in place of lemon for fevers, infections, sore throats, and colds. This essential oil is known for its powerful effect on the digestive, immune, and respiratory systems.

This oil is commonly used to help with bacterial infections, fever, gum/grease removal, and skin (revitalizing). Other possible uses of lime essential oil include anxiety, blood pressure, dissolving cellulite, improving clarity of thought, energy, gallstones, lymphatic system cleansing, nails (strengthening), nervous conditions, sore throats, water and air purification, and promoting a sense of well-being.

Application of Lime Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Can be applied neat (with no dilution) directly to the area of concern or to reflex points. It makes an excellent addition to bath and shower gels, body lotions, and deodorants.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. Lime essential oil has a lively fragrance that is stimulating and refreshing. The aroma can help you to overcome exhaustion, depression, and listlessness.
Internal Application: Lime oil is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA and makes a great flavor addition to food and drinks.
Safety Data: Lime oil is known to cause photosensitivity, so it is advised that you avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after topical application.

Ways to Use Lime Essential Oil:

1. Diffuse
The sweet yet tart aroma of lime essential oil makes it a nice addition to diffuser blends. You can diffuse it alone, or combine it with some of your other favorite oils. Here are a few diffuser blends we like!

2. Cooking
Lime is common flavor in both sweet and savory dishes. Since this essential oil comes from the peel of the fruit, it serves as a replacement for lime zest. You can substitute 1 tsp. (2 g) zest with 1 drop of lime oil in any recipe. Here are some of our favorite recipes using lime essential oil.

3. Hair Pomade
There are so many great uses of lime essential oil. In this recipe, lime oil adds to the amazing aroma, but it also helps to revitalize your scalp. The best part is that this hair pomade also serves as an amazing lotion for your hands and lips. Click here for the recipe!

4. Flavored Water
The health properties of lime essential oil are incredible and can even help to purify your water. We also can’t forget about how good lime-flavored water tastes, so we’ve made up a few flavored water ideas for you to try out! These make a perfect refreshing drink for summer activities and parties.

5. Bath Salts
Essential oils add a nice touch to a warm, soothing bath. We’ve created a few blends for you to add to your next bath. Just add the blend to 1/2 cup (125 g) epsom salt, stir well, and add under the running tap. Swish your hand through the bathwater to help it disperse properly.

Wake Up Refreshed
2 drops peppermint
2 drops orange
1 drop lime
1 drop grapefruit
1 drop lemon
Uplifting Mood
2 drops lime
2 drops orange
3 drops neroli
Focused Energy
1 drop lime
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop grapefruit
1 drop lemon
1 drop orange
Invigorating Focus
1 drop lime
1 drop frankincense
1 drop peppermint
1 drop rosemary
1 drop orange

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 87.

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.

“Tax Day Headache Relief” Diffuser Blend

Hopefully, you haven’t been too busy to file your taxes already . . . but if you’ve procrastinated the inevitable, here’s a nice diffuser blend to cure the stress headaches! If you did get your taxes done early, diffuse this blend anyway—and take a deep sigh of relief. This diffuser blend is great for any stressful day of the year, not just tax day. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

Click here to learn more about the different diffusers that we carry, and let us know if you have any questions! You can also consult our “Which Diffuser Is the Best?” post to learn more about the different diffuser features.

Pet Care with Essential Oils

We all know that essential oils have incredible effects on humans, but we can’t overlook the benefits they bring to our animals. In many cases, pets are our best friends, so they deserve to be taken care of in the same way we take care of ourselves. We’ve done some research so that you can know how to appropriately use oils on your pets without putting them in danger.

Guidelines of Essential Oil Pet Care:

  • Animals absorb essential oils much faster than humans, so you should never use more than 1–2 drops of oil at a time.
  • Dilute your essential oils heavily with a carrier oil. Typically a 1:4 dilution (1 part essential oil to 4 parts carrier oil) is a safe option while you are learning more about appropriate and safe use.
  • Never use melaleuca on cats, and consult a veterinarian before using this oil on dogs.
  • Keep oils away from your animal’s eyes, mouth, nose, or other sensitive areas, unless specifically directed.
  • Use all oils in moderation and with extreme caution, and observe how the animal responds before continuing. If your pet gets uncomfortable, stop immediately.
  • Do not use citrus oils on cats.
  • Avoid using essential oils on puppies, unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian.
  • Pay attention to how your pet reacts when you diffuse essential oils. Even though you are not directly applying the oils to your pets, the very aroma of oils could be too much for your pet. Consider diffusing smaller amounts of oils when your pets are around.
  • Don’t use essential oils too often on your pets. Continual use of essential oils on or around pets can cause toxicity, so it’s important to free your home of essential oils for a couple days at a time to give your pets a break.

The information listed here is just scratching the surface. There is a whole world of information out there for using essential oils safely on your pets. Lucky for you, we have gathered a wide range of materials to help you learn more about proper animal care and essential oils! We carry tear pads, books, recipes, and reference cards that contain more specific research on different animals. Click here to view these materials so that you can research for yourself and find out what works best for your pets.

Every animal is different, so it really is up to you as the owner to make educated decisions about how to use oils with your pets—after all, you know them better than anyone else. A general rule of thumb is to be very careful when applying oils. Start with small doses and an extremely high dilution, and work from there.

Here at AromaTools, we like to take care of you and your pets. Have you seen our cute dog collar and diffuser pendant? This lavender-colored, nylon dog collar sports a running motif of paws, bones, and essential oil vials—a fun way to share your love of oils through your pet! The collar is available in adjustable small, medium, and large sizes. A loop on the collar makes it easy to attach our matching dog leash and diffuser pendant. Using aromatherapy with your pet has never been easier! The durable pendant ventilates through its paw-print cutout, providing continual therapeutic benefits. The locket comes with 6 colorful, reusable scent pads—you can change aromas and the background color of the design.

We have also come up with a few other blog posts to help you and your furry friends! Give our Essential Oil Pet Shampoo a try; there’s nothing like cleaning your pet without harsh chemicals. Or you can try out this recipe to make a Homemade Flea Collar using essential oils. Give these recipes a click and try them out!

Diffuser blends can be a great way to expose your pets to essential oils, but remember to follow the guidelines stated above. Here are a few pet-friendly diffuser blends that we have made to help your pets relax. Diffuse these blends in a well-ventilated space with a way for your pets to leave the room if their senses get overwhelmed. Let us know what you think after you try these blends out!

We have written multiple blog posts on this topic that you may be interested in reading. Click on some of the following posts to learn more specifically about what you can do to further enhance your use of essential oils with pets.

We are still learning about using oils with our pets, just like you are, so we’d love to hear about your experiences and what you’ve learned! Please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns. See Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for more information about using essential oils on animals.

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

“Anxious Dogs” Diffuser Blend

There’s nothing worse than when dogs get anxious and go absolutely crazy. We’ve created this diffuser blend that is completely safe for your dogs and will help them to calm down. Click here to learn more about the diffusers that we carry! 

If you want to learn more about what oils are good for your dogs, we carry a few different products that will help you learn more about using essential oils with pets.

“Spiritually Refreshed” Diffuser Blend

As we pull through the remainder of the cold winter months and head into spring, we can all use a little refreshment and rejuvenation. This diffuser blend will refresh your spirit and leave you feeling relaxed and energized for whatever lies in store for you.

Looking for a new diffuser? Click here to learn more about the diffusers that we carry. If you need help choosing which diffuser you want, check out our “Diffusion Methods and Comparison Charts” post!