Essential Oil Spotlight: Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) essential oil is steam distilled from the bright yellow-orange rhizome. (Rhizomes are horizontal, underground stems that sprout both vertical roots and stems to propagate perennial plants.) Turmeric is a pungent herb commonly used to season savory dishes in its native India. The essential oil likewise has a warm, earthy, and spicy aroma. Turmeric properties: analgesic, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antioxidant, antitumor, and insecticidal.

Common Primary Uses: Turmeric can be taken internally, topically, or aromatically— as an antioxidant, to help with indigestion, and for neurological health and protection (the latter since it contains chemical sesquiterpenes that can cross the blood-brain barrier). Turmeric is antibacterial when inhaled or applied to the skin, and topical use also helps heal skin conditions.

Other Possible Uses: Turmeric may be beneficial for arthritis, blood clots, cancer, depression, digestive issues (including gastritis and nausea), epilepsy, and joint pain and health.

Application of Turmeric Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical: Turmeric can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly to area of concern or to reflex points.

Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The warm, earthy aroma of turmeric is grounding and relaxing to the mind and emotions.

Internal: Turmeric oil is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute 1 drop oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or in ½ cup (125 ml) of beverage (e.g.soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for older children. (Because of its strong taste, turmeric may be preferred taken in a capsule.)

Safety: May irritate highly sensitive skin. Dilute as needed with carrier oil. Consult with a physician before use if taking medications (especially for diabetes) and during pregnancy and lactation.

Ways to Use Turmeric Essential Oil

Diffuser Blends: Because of its earthy aroma and slightly woody undertone, turmeric is complemented by the lighter citrus oils (tangerine, in particular) and the sweeter spice oils (cassia, cinnamon, clove, and ginger, and pink pepper). Try the following original blends that combine calming and grounding with uplifting and focusing properties.

(Recipes from “Dreamy Diffuser Blends” postcard.)

Skin Care for All Types: Because of its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, turmeric oil can help with teenage acne, on the one hand, and aging skin, on the other.

Acne: Apply a dab of turmeric essential oil neat (undiluted) to a blemish to help heal and reduce scarring. For a moisturizer that won’t clog pores while it fights blemishes, combine 4 drops turmeric with 1 oz. (30 ml, or 2 Tbsp.) of jojoba carrier oil (technically a wax that mimics the skin’s own secreted sebum).

Aging: Turmeric’s cell- and tissue-regenerative ketones also make it ideal for mature skin care. For a nighttime treatment, combine 4 drops turmeric essential oil with 1 oz. (30 ml, or 2 Tbsp.) of organic sunflower oil . (Sunflower carrier oil is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and in linoleic and oleic acids—omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids—making it ideal for dry, wrinkled, or sun-damaged skin.)

Muscle and Joint Relief: Use the same ratio as for skin care—4 drops turmeric essential oil to 1 oz. (30 ml, or 2 Tbsp.) carrier oil, such as fractionated or raw coconut oil. Rub onto sore muscles and inflamed or arthritic joints twice a day. (Turmeric can also be taken 1–2 times daily internally to help any sort of internal inflammation, as noted below.)

Digestion and Inflammation: As a common savory seasoning, turmeric helps promote digestion and relief digestive difficulties, including inflammation in the digestive tract. Take 1–2 drops turmeric essential oil in a capsule, along with an edible carrier oil such as fractionated or raw coconut. (A regular vegetarian, cellulose capsule will dissolve in the stomach, while a delayed-release capsule will dissolve in the intestines—for help in targeting internal issues.)

Source: Modern Essentials, 10th edition.

“Heavenly Air” Diffuser Blend

This fresh new diffuser blend is amazing! The floral-herbaceous aroma with a light minty overtone is absolutely amazing. This blend is relaxing, calming, and refreshing—really a perfect blend for any day. Diffuse this blend to give the air an uplifting aroma.

Everyone deserves a great diffuser! We carry many different models with various features to suit any circumstance. Click here to learn more about diffuser types and how to pick the best one for you.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Bergamot

Bergamot (citrus bergamia) essential oil is pressed from the rind, or peel, of this citrus fruit. The oil is clearly recognized by its sweet, lively, citrusy, and fruity aroma. Bergamot properties: analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, neuroprotective, sedative, and uplifting.

Bergamot essential oil is commonly used to help with agitation, brain injury, colic, depression, emotional stress, environmental stress, infection, mental stress, performance stress, physical energy, physical stress, PMS, and rheumatoid arthritis. This essential oil primarily affects the digestive system, emotional balance, and skin.

Other possible uses of bergamot include acne, anxiety, appetite regulation, boils, bronchitis, carbuncles, cold sores, oily complexion, coughs, cystitis, digestion, eczema, emotions, endocrine system, fever, gallstones, gonorrhea, infectious disease, insect bites, irritated lungs, psoriasis, respiratory infection, scabies, sore throat, nervous tension, thrush, acute tonsillitis, ulcers, urinary tract infection, spot varicose veins, and wounds.

Application and Safety Data

Topical: Bergamot can be applied neat (without dilution). Apply to forehead, temples, reflex points, and/or directly on the area of concern. May also be applied as a deodorant.
Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The scent may help to relieve anxiety, depression, stress, and tension. It is also uplifting and refreshing.
Internal: Bergamot is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute 1 drop bergamot oil in 1 tsp. of honey or in 4 oz. of beverage.
Safety: Avoid direct sunlight or UV light for 72 hours after topical use. Repeated use may result in extreme contact sensitization.

Ways to Use

1. Diffuser Blends
Bergamot essential oil is a huge hit in diffuser blends not only for its powerful aromatic properties but also because it simply smells wonderful! We have created many amazing diffuser blends with bergamot for you to try. Just click on one below that looks appealing, and start diffusing bergamot today.

2. Comas
Bergamot can be helpful to support a comatose patient. Alternate applying 1 drop frankincense and 1 drop bergamot to the back of the neck, just below the skull, once a day.
3. Perfumes
Essential oil blends can make beautiful perfumes. We’ve written a post featuring 15 perfume recipes and their health benefits—including several blends containing bergamot. A downloadable file with printable labels is included. Click here to make fabulous fragrances for both women and men.

4. Smoothies
To add healthful flavor to your fruit or green smoothies, include 1–2 drops of bergamot essential oil. You’ll love the citrus burst and the support for your digestive system.
5. Bath Bombs
Making your own bath bombs means completely customized creations! And you can feel secure knowing that you’re not soaking in any harmful chemicals. Follow this recipe to make simple, luxurious bath bombs! For a stress-relieving and emotionally relaxing bath, add 10 drops bergamot, 10 drops orange, and 3 drops copaiba to the basic bath bomb recipe.

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 40-41.

Sleeping Cream for Kids

If you have kids, you’ve probably struggled to get them to fall asleep at night. And we need sleep just as much as they do, so it’s time to help them fall asleep faster and sleep through the night. Orange essential oil is great for relieving anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. It also promotes calming and peaceful energy. Combined with lavender—known to help with relaxation and sleep—this simple cream is perfect for helping your little ones relax and sleep well at night.

Sleeping Cream for Kids

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (50 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Soften the coconut oil, but don’t melt it. Add the essential oils, and beat on high with a hand mixer for a couple minutes, or until the coconut oil is whipped and creamy and the oils are mixed in.
  2. Transfer the cream to the glass jar.
  3. Rub a small amount of cream on each of your children’s feet at the beginning of their bedtime routine. Proceed with the rest of the bedtime routine, tuck your kids in, and watch the cream work its magic as they drift off to dreamland!

This sleeping cream makes a perfect gift for friends with kids or grandparents that love to watch your kids!

Store this cream at room temperature. If it’s too cold, it will harden and be difficult to apply; too hot, and it will melt.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Juniper Berry

Juniper berry (Juniperus communis) essential oil is steam-distilled from the berries and needles of cypress conifer trees. This essential oil is recognized by its sweet, balsamic, and tenacious scent.

This essential oil contains antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, cleansing, detoxifying, diuretic, stimulant, and tonic health properties. Juniper primarily affects the following body systems: digestive system, emotional balance, nervous system, and skin.

Historically, juniper has been used for physical and spiritual purification, cleansing infections, embalming, relieving arthritis and urinary tract infections, warding off plagues, epidemics, and contagious diseases, kidney and bladder problems, pulmonary infections, and fevers.

Today, juniper berry essential oil is commonly used to help with acne, alcoholism, dermatitis/eczema, kidney stones, and tinnitus. This oil may also help with detoxifying and cleansing the body, coughs, depression, energy, hemorrhoids, infections, liver problems, aching muscles, nerve function and regeneration, obesity, rheumatism, ulcers, water retention, and wounds.

Applications of Juniper Berry Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: This oil can be applied neat (with no dilution). Apply directly to the area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: The aroma of juniper evokes feelings of health, love, and peace and may help to elevate one’s spiritual awareness.
Internal Application: Juniper berry is generally recognized as safe for human consumption. Place a drop under the tongue, or take in capsules.
Safety Data: This oil should not be consumed by children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution on children 6 years old and over. Use with caution during pregnancy or while nursing.

Ways to Use Juniper Berry Essential Oil:

1. Skin Clarity Roll-on
We all aspire to have clear, healthy skin. If you’re struggling to achieve this, try combining 10 drops melaleuca, 8 drops lavender, and 8 drops juniper berry with 2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil in a 10 ml (1/3 oz) roll-on bottle. Roll the mixture on your face after removing makeup, and massage in if necessary. Click here to view the full recipe.
2. Hangover
Add 5 drops grapefruit, 2 drops rosemary, and 1 drop juniper berry to 1 cup (250 g) epsom salt. Dissolve 1/2 cup (125 g) of the mixture in warm bathwater for a soothing bath to ease hangover symptoms.
3. Diffuser Blends
Juniper berry essential oil comes with so many aromatic benefits that you can’t help but diffuse it with some of your favorite oils. Here are a few diffuser blends we’ve come up with that you can try!

4. Dermatitis/Eczema
Skin conditions can become extremely uncomfortable and irritating. To treat dermatitis/eczema, blend 2 drops helichrysum and 2 drops juniper berry with 1 tsp. (5 ml) fractionated coconut oil in a small roll-on bottle, and apply on the affected skin.
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.

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 79.

“Peaceful Mornings” Diffuser Blend

This sweet, fruity-floral diffuser blend is the perfect way to start your morning. Now you can wake up on the right foot. Just put this blend in your diffuser right when you wake up to relieve stress and tension before it even begins. Try out this blend and let us know what you think!

Need a new diffuser? We carry a wide variety of diffusers for you to choose from. Each diffuser is unique and has its own qualities. Click here to learn more about the different diffusers we carry and the features that make them unique. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions!

A Guide to Using Essential Oils with Your Furry Friends

Today’s guest blogger is Ashley Lipman! Ashley absolutely loves essential oils and enjoying aromatherapy benefits. She’s very excited to share her knowledge and experiences of using essential oils around pets with us today!

Essential oils have become a staple for many of us. I was first introduced to essential oils when I was having trouble sleeping. My daughter gave me a diffuser and some lavender essential oil. She explained that all essential oils are not equal. When I began reading about lavender essential oil, it seemed too good to be true, but I had nothing to lose. Within a few days, I was falling asleep faster and sleeping sounder. As a bonus, the scent of lavender keeps mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting bugs away, which is useful if you like sitting on the porch in the evenings or going camping.

Our Fur Babies

We own a dog and a cat that are both indoor pets. My little friends have been part of the family for a long time. When it’s bedtime, they come into my room. The cat will jump up on the bed, allow me to pet her for a moment, and when I am no longer needed, she will curl up and go right to sleep.

The dog is a different story. It seems when the lights are turned off, his energy is turned on. He will get in his bed; then he will get out of his bed and jump up on my bed. He likes to get under the covers and burrow around until he has created a comfortable spot near my feet. And as soon as you think it’s over, he will pop his head out from the end of the bed and jump off the bed to get water. Then his ritual begins again.

Luckily, despite my two fur babies being polar opposites at bedtime, I have found ways to use essential oils with both of them!

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are torture for your pets. If they get infested with these pests, they bring them into your home. Since these pests live off of blood, they will bite you and your children as well. They are what you might call “equal opportunity” bloodsuckers.

The chemicals that are sold to fight fleas and ticks are smelly, oily, and expensive. From my research, I determined that you have to be careful with the essential oils you use on pets. Always dilute your mixture.

Dogs

For dogs, mix 30 drops of essential oil with 1 cup (250 ml) of water. Shake it well, and mist your dog twice a day. When you’re first trying a new oil, begin with only 10 drops; this solution will not be as effective for the dog, but it will give you a test period to see if your dog tolerates the oil well. The best essential oils for dogs include the following:

  • Eucalyptus
    • Bonus tip: if the humans in your house suffer from spring and summer allergies, this oil will help keep your sinuses clear and relieve other allergy symptoms.
  • Peppermint
    • Bonus tip: mist your kitchen cupboards, drawers, and baseboards with this oil, and it will help keep mice out of your home.
  • Cedarwood
  • Citronella

Cats

You must be very careful with the essential oils you use on cats. There are great essential oils to protect cats, but you MUST dilute with a carrier oil. Mix 5 drops of essential oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) of carrier oil. Mix it well, then rub it on your cat’s fur and legs. Avoid the eyes, mouth, and genitals. Here are some good essential oils to use on cats:

  • Cedarwood
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary

***Do NOT let your cat ingest the oils.***

Don’t Forget about Your Parrots!

This is probably not something you hear about often. But if you are a parrot lover, you can help keep them happy and healthy with essential oils. You will need to do your research and make sure to use the best quality oil available.

Essential oils can help parrots feel like they are in their natural habitat. The oils we use often come from the plants, trees, and vines that grow in their home.

You will want to use an ultrasonic diffuser around your parrots. This adds humidity to the air, which is good for parrots’ skin. Use 3–4 drops of essential oil in your diffuser. Try one oil at a time for a few days to see if your birds function well with it.

When a parrot stresses, it is usually because it is away from its natural home. Parrots express stress by becoming aggressive, plucking out feathers, screaming for long periods of time, and self-mutilating. Often, if you introduce essential oils, the parrot will settle down and thrive.

The top 3 essential oils for parrots include geranium, lavender, and peppermint.

Final Tips

To help your pets between treatments, use a cloth-like collar on your pet. Place a few drops of oil on the outside of the collar. The pet will get the benefits of repelling insects, but since the oil won’t come into contact with their skin, there is no worry about overexposure. So what are you waiting for? Treat your furry (and feathered) friends to the benefits of essential oils today!

About the Author


Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer delivering awesome content through various niches, one of which is health and lifestyle. Apart from that, she is also an essential oil addict. She loves essential oils and enjoying the benefits of aromatherapy. Ashley uses oils on a daily basis for freshening her living space, hair and skin care, or massages. She especially cannot live without lavender oil, which helped her a lot with her sleeping disorder. Since then, Ashley has been researching the health benefits of essential oils and spreading the word about them.

Sources:
www.madewithoils.com/lavender-essential-oil
www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-for-sinus-congestion
www.creeklinehouse.com/how-to-use-essential-oils-when-you-have-cats

Image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/birds-nature-colorful-green-camera-3456261/

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.

Application of Fennel Essential Oil and Safety Data:

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