Essential Oil Spotlight: Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil has a wonderful, sweet, floral aroma with herbaceous, balsamic, and woody undertones. The aroma of lavender has been used for many years in sachets, pillows, and potpourri to help promote feelings of serenity and peace.

Lavender essential oil is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. The list of common primary uses, historical uses, French medicinal uses, and other possible uses contains over 120 conditions. So, if in doubt, use lavender!

Lavender essential oil possesses analgesic, anticoagulant, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antifungal, antihistaminic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antitumor, cardiotonic, regenerative, and sedative properties.

Body systems often affected by lavender essential oil include the cardiovascular and nervous systems, emotions, and the skin.

Research being conducted on lavender continues to show new possible uses and therapeutic benefits that lavender may possess. To learn more about a number of these research studies, including summaries and sources, please see the book Modern Essentials.

Applications of Lavender Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Lavender essential oil is one of the gentlest essential oils and can be used safely on children, pregnant women, elderly people, animals, and those with sensitive skin. It can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Lavender essential oil can be diffused or inhaled directly. Lavender oil promotes consciousness, health, love, peace, and a general sense of well-being when inhaled. It also nurtures creativity.
Internal Application: Lavender essential oil can be taken internally. Try placing a drop or two under the tongue, taking it in a capsule, adding a little to a beverage, or using it as a flavoring in cooking. If adding lavender to a food or beverage, try using just a toothpick at first, and add more to taste.

5 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
The scent of lavender blends well with most oils, especially with citrus oils and other floral oils. As an antihistamine, lavender essential oil is beneficial for relieving allergy symptoms. Its sedative properties make it a great option for promoting a good night’s rest. Try diffusing one of the following blends in your diffuser. You could also add a drop of lavender essential oil to a cloth, tissue, nasal inhaler, or the palms of your hands and breathe in the aroma.

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Orange

Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) is cold expressed from the rinds of the fruit. It is very easy to extract—if you have ever peeled an orange, you have likely ended up with essential oil on your hands. The oil is deep golden yellow with a characteristic orange peel aroma.

Orange essential oil is used primarily for anxiety, digestion (sluggish), fear, heart palpitations, insomnia, menopause, nervousness, uplifting, and withdrawals.

Oranges have historically been used for palpitations, scurvy, jaundice, bleeding, heartburn, relaxed throat, prolapse of the uterus and the anus, diarrhea, and blood in the feces. This essential oil may also help appetite, rickety bones, bronchitis, colds, colic (dilute for infants; helps them sleep), dermatitis, digestive system, fever, flu, lower high cholesterol, mouth ulcers, muscle soreness, obesity, sedation, tissue repair, water retention, and wrinkles.

Some of the properties of orange essential oil include anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, sedative, and tonic.

Applications of Orange Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Orange essential oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. Avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after using on skin.
Aromatic Application: Orange essential oil can be diffused or inhaled directly. Orange oil is calming and uplifting to the mind and body when inhaled.
Internal Application: Orange essential oil can be taken internally and is often used as a flavoring in cooking. Put 1–2 drops of orange oil under the tongue or in a beverage. It can also be taken in capsules.

5 Ways to Use Orange Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Orange essential oil is effective to help influence emotions. It is often used for balancing emotions, confidence, happiness/joy, loss, counteracting negative emotions, feeling overburdened/overwhelmed, pity (especially self-pity), and uplifting the mind. Try diffusing orange essential oil alone or in one of the following recipes:

Here are a few other diffuser blends that use orange essential oil:

2. Add to a Massage Oil or Bath
Try adding one of the following blends to 1 1/2 Tbsp. massage oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. You can also use these blends in a diffuser or a bath (combine with 1/4 cup epsom salt to evenly disperse throughout the tub).

Uplifting Massage
5 drops juniper berry
3 drops orange
3 drops lime
Invigorating Massage
3 drops cypress
2 drops bergamot
2 drops orange
Relaxing Massage for Men
5 drops sandalwood
4 drops orange
2 drops vetiver

3. Combine in a Roll-on Blend
Orange essential oil is known for helping heart issues, stimulating sluggish digestion, relieving insomnia, and turning frowns into smiles. If you need help with any of these conditions, try making a blend and rolling it on the area of concern or on the bottoms of your feet. Just add the recommended number of drops to a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and then fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. These recipes are formulated at a 5% dilution ratio.

Circulation Roll-on
7 drops orange
3 drops ylang ylang
2 drops lavender
Digestive Roll-on
(eases constipation)

7 drops orange
3 drops black pepper
2 drops peppermint
Insomnia Roll-on
6 drops orange
6 drops lavender
Happy Roll-on
4 drops orange
4 drops lavender
4 drops ylang ylang

4.  Put in a Natural Mouthwash
Try putting orange essential oil in a coconut oil mouthwash. Just add 1 drop each orange and lemon essential oil to 1 tsp. coconut oil. Swish the solution around in your mouth, and then swallow or spit into the garbage. (Don’t spit into the sink because coconut oil can solidify in the pipes.)

5. Use in Cooking Recipes
Orange essential oil is easy to add to any of your favorite recipes. Just substitute 1 drop of orange oil for 1 tsp. of orange zest. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to help you get started:

Other Ideas Using Orange Essential Oil

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, p. 94.
Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller & David Schiller

Essential Oil Spotlight: Cinnamon

Cinnamon essential oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is steam-distilled from the bark of the tree. It contains antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious (intestinal, urinary), anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic (light), antiviral, astringent, immune-stimulant, purifying, sexual-stimulant, and warming properties. It also enhances the action and activity of other oils.

Cinnamon essential oil is commonly used for airborne bacteria, bacterial infections, bites/stings, breathing, diabetes, diverticulitis, fungal infections, immune system (stimulates), infection, libido (low), mold, pancreas support, physical fatigue, pneumonia, typhoid, vaginal infection, vaginitis, viral infections, and warming the body.

Historically, this most ancient of spices was included in just about every prescription issued in ancient China. It was regarded as a tranquilizer, tonic, and stomachic and as being good for depression and a weak heart.

This oil may be beneficial for circulation, colds, coughs, digestion, exhaustion, flu, infections, rheumatism, and warts. Cinnamon oil fights viral and infectious diseases, and testing has yet to find a virus, bacteria, or fungus that can survive in its presence.

Applications of Cinnamon Essential Oil and Safety Data

Cinnamon essential oil is one of the strongest essential oils, and care should be taken when using it.
Topical Application: Before applying cinnamon oil topically, make sure to dilute it 1:3 (1 drop essential oil to at least 3 drops carrier oil). Please note that repeated use of cinnamon essential oil can result in extreme contact sensitization, so make sure to dilute well, avoid when pregnant, and frequently give your body a break in between uses.
Aromatic Application: When diffusing cinnamon essential oil, be careful to not inhale directly from the diffuser, as it may irritate the nasal membranes.
Internal Application: Cinnamon essential oil can be used in cooking, but make sure to start with only a toothpick and add more if needed.

5 Ways To Use Cinnamon Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Try this blend in your diffuser to increase your mental alertness:

2. Use in a Romantic Massage Oil
Because cinnamon essential oil is known to be an aphrodisiac and is a warming oil, it makes a great addition to a romantic massage oil. Here is a great recipe to help you and your spouse enjoy an intimate massage together:

Romantic Massage Oil:
5 drops ylang ylang
1 drop cinnamon
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil.

3. Add to a Breath-Freshening Spray
Try adding 2–3 drops each of cinnamon and orange essential oil to this Essential Oil Breath Spray recipe.

4. Add to Cooking Recipes
Cinnamon essential oil is great to add to any of your favorite recipes. We had a difficult time picking from our recipes that use cinnamon essential oil, but here are some of our favorites:

5. Protect Your Plants with This Gardening Spray
Keep birds and bugs from eating your plants with this garden spray.

Protective Gardening Spray

  • Servings: Yield=1 gallon (about 4 liters)
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. To a small glass bowl, add the emulsifier, essential oils, and dish soap in order; gently stir after adding each ingredient. Pour a little (up to 1 cup or 250 ml) water into the bowl, and stir to combine.
  2. Pour mixture into a gallon-sized (4-liter) water jug (mostly full of water). Place the cap on, and carefully shake to combine. Pour mixture into your 16 oz. glass spray bottles.
  3. To use, spray the tops and bottoms of the plant leaves. It is best to spray on a cloudy day or in the evening so the sun and cinnamon essential oil combination doesn’t burn the plants. Apply every couple weeks or as needed. Wait 2–3 days after spraying to harvest any food.

To learn more about cinnamon essential oil, see the book Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Sources: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, pp. 48–49; 329–30.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Petitgrain

Petitgrain essential oil (Citrus aurantium) is obtained from the bitter orange tree. It is distilled from leaves and sometimes the tips of young twigs, but in earlier centuries it was extracted from unripe oranges, picked when they were still green and no bigger than a cherry, hence the French term petit grain, meaning “small grain.” This was uneconomic because in the effort to produce petitgrain essential oil, the crops of mature oranges were reduced drastically. So rather than producing oil from the unripe fruit, producers started distilling oil from the leaves of the tree and kept the oil’s original name. Because of its very pleasing scent, petitgrain has been used extensively in high-quality perfumes and cosmetics.

Petitgrain essential oil contains antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, and stimulant (for digestive and nervous systems) properties.

It is commonly used for depression, focus, greasy/oily hair, stress, and uplifting one’s mood. This oil may also help with acne, dyspepsia, fatigue, flatulence, greasy hair, insomnia, and excessive perspiration.

Petitgrain essential oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) on adults when used topically on area of concern or reflex points. It can also be diffused or inhaled directly and is generally regarded as safe for internal use (often consumed in small amounts in capsules).

5 Ways To Use Petitgrain Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Petitgrain is a great oil to diffuse because it has the ability to uplift one’s mood and may help with stress, focus, and depression. Try these blends in your diffuser:

2. Roll on for Sleep
Petitgrain essential oil is also beneficial in helping with insomnia (especially when sleeplessness is caused because of loneliness or stress). Here is a good recipe to put in a roll-on bottle to rub on the bottoms of your feet at night when you need a little help falling asleep:

Sleepy Time with Petitgrain Roll-on Blend:
2 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
7 drops petitgrain
Add oils to a 5 ml roll-on for short-term use or a 10 ml roll-on for daily use. Fill the roll-on the rest of the way with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil.

All-Natural Deodorant3. Add to Deodorant
Try putting petitgrain in your all-natural deodorant. You could even make your own using this recipe and replace the oils with this blend:
4 drops lime
4 drops orange
2 drops clove
2 drops petitgrain

4. Add to a Warm Bath
Petitgrain is most known for its ability to help with depression and for supporting the nervous system. It is a good alternative to use in place of bergamot essential oil when needed over a long period of time or when the photosensitive nature of bergamot is a problem (petitgrain essential oil is not a photosensitizer). Try adding petitgrain essential oil to your baths! Just mix the oil with epsom salt before adding to warm bathwater. Here are a few recipes to try:

A Refreshing Calm:
5 drops petitgrain
5 drops ylang ylang
5 drops orange
1/4 cup (60 g) Epsom Salt
Relaxing with Petitgrain:
5 drops petitgrain
5 drops lavender
3 drops fennel
2 drops orange
1/4 cup (60 g) Epsom Salt
Good Morning, Sunshine:
4 drops rosemary
6 drops grapefruit
5 drops petitgrain
1/4 cup (60 g) Epsom Salt

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5. Care for Greasy/Oily Skin and Hair
Petitgrain essential oil has many applications in skincare because it helps to reduce over-production of sebum and is a gentle but effective antiseptic. This makes it a good oil for acne or oily dandruff. Just put a few drops in the final rinse after shampooing greasy hair, or apply after washing your face.

To learn more about petitgrain essential oil, see the book Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Sources: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, p. 101.
Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller & David Schiller
Aromatherapy: An A–Z by Patricia Davis
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson

Healthy Nails Serum

Keep your cuticles soft and your nails healthy and strong with this serum! This recipe is designed for easy application with a roll-on bottle.

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Healthy Nails Serum

  • Servings: 1 tsp. (5 ml)
  • Time: 2 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Drop the essential oils, in the order listed, into the roll-on bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil (about 1 tsp).
  2. To use, roll mixture on nails and cuticles as needed.

Note: You can double the recipe and fill a 1/3 oz. (10 ml) Roll-on Bottle instead.

The Art of Roller Bottle Blending

Blending essential oils is definitely an art that takes practice to master, but even beginners can create some great blends. In this article, we will discuss the basics of blending so you have a better idea about where to begin. Our focus today will be on creating blends in roll-on bottles.

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Why use roll-on bottles?

Roll-on bottles, often called roller bottles, are useful for the following reasons:

  1. You can use them to create blends customized to your needs.
  2. Your blends can be pre-diluted and ready for use.
  3. They make it easy to apply blends without creating a mess.
  4. They can be conveniently carried on your person or in a bag to use whenever you need them.

What carrier oil should I use to dilute the essential oil in a roll-on bottle?

Some of the most common carrier oils to use for diluting essential oils are Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Jojoba Oil.

What are recommended dilution ratios?

Dilution amounts can vary based on many factors, including the a person’s weight, skin sensitivity, health issues, oils being used, or the length of time they are used. It is important to note that these recommendations are simply guidelines, not absolute rules, and are fairly conservative. It is always better to start out with a greater dilution and increase the essential oil drops as needed.
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What oils should I use?

You will want to use oils that are of therapeutic quality and safe to apply topically to the skin. The specific oils that you choose should be based on what you want to accomplish with the roll-on blend. For example, if you want to create a relaxing essential oil blend, you will want to choose essential oils that help relax or promote calmness.

How do I create my own blends?

Because this may seem a little complicated, we’ll break it down into a few different steps.

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Step 1: Look Up Essential Oils for Desired Result

First, you will need to figure out what you want the essential oil blend to do. Once you figure that out, look up those properties in Modern Essentials. For example, let’s say you want to create a relaxing blend to help promote sleep. You could look up “Relaxation,” “Calming—Sedative,” and “Sleep” in Modern Essentials™ and come up with these lists of essential oils:

Relaxation:

  • Lavender
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Lemon
  • Massage Blend
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Clary Sage
Calming—Sedative:

  • Lavender
  • Calming Blend
  • Invigorating Blend
  • Bergamot
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Cedarwood
  • Geranium
  • Vetiver
  • Juniper Berry
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Orange
  • Rose
  • Lemongrass
  • Clary Sage
  • Marjoram
Sleep:

  • Lavender
  • Calming Blend
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Marjoram

Note: The oils in red are the primary recommendations, the oils in orange are the secondary recommendations, and the oils in green are other recommendations. When creating our blend, we may want to choose from the oils in red first, but it is still a good idea to do the next step with the orange and green recommendations too in case we decide to use some of them in order to create a more balanced blend.

Step 2: Figure Out The Essential Oils’ Classifications and Notes

This is the hardest part, especially for beginners. Now that we have our list of essential oils, we need to organize them based on their classifications and notes. “It is important to understand that the order with which the oils are blended is key to maintaining the desired therapeutic properties in a synergistic blend. An alteration in the sequence of adding selected oils to a blend may change the chemical properties, the fragrance, and thus, the desired results” (Modern Essentials™, p. 62). In general, oils that are from the same botanical family usually blend well, and oils with similar constituents also mix well.

Using the Single Essential Oils section of Modern Essentials™, you can look up the oils in the lists above and write down their “Blend Classification” and “Odor” (or note type).

The above list of essential oils can be divided into the following classifications (and should be added to the blend in the order described):

  • 1st—The personifier (1–5% of blend) oils have very sharp, strong, and long-lasting fragrances. They also have dominant properties with strong therapeutic action. (ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, clary sage, orange, rose)
  • 2nd—The enhancer (50–80% of blend) oil should be the predominant oil, as it serves to enhance the properties of the other oils in the blend. Its fragrance is not as sharp as the personifier’s and is usually of shorter duration. (lavender, lemon, bergamot, geranium, cedarwood, marjoram, frankincense, sandalwood, orange, rose, lemongrass)
  • 3rd—The equalizer (10–15% of blend) oils create balance and synergy among the oils contained in the blend. Their fragrance is also not as sharp as the personifier’s and is of a shorter duration. (lavender, bergamot, geranium, cedarwood, marjoram, frankincense, juniper berry, rose, lemongrass)
  • 4th—The modifier (4–8% of blend) oils have a mild and short fragrance. These oils add harmony to the blend. (lavender, ylang ylang, lemon, bergamot, sandalwood, rose)

You will also want to categorize the essential oils according to their note:

  • Top note essential oils are the fastest evaporating oils and the most immediately noticeable scents in a perfume. They diffuse quickly and tend to be light, crisp, and penetrating. (lemon, bergamot, orange, lemongrass)
  • Middle note essential oils, also called heart notes, should make up the main body of the blend. They soften and round out the fragrance to harmonize the mixture. (lavender, ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, geranium, marjoram, juniper berry, clary sage, rose)
  • Base note essential oils are usually not recognized until several minutes after application. Base note fragrances tend to become more pleasant over time and, when used in proper proportions, can give depth to the blend. (ylang ylang, cedarwood, frankincense, vetiver, sandalwood, clary sage, rose)

Step 3: Choose Your Essential Oils and Amounts to Use

It is recommended for beginners to start out with only 3–4 oils including a top note, a middle note, and a base note. As you get more comfortable with blending, you can experiment with adding more essential oils to your blends.

So, for your relaxing blend, you could use lemon for your top note; Roman chamomile and lavender for your middle notes; and cedarwood for your base note. This will also give you a personifier (Roman chamomile), an enhancer (lavender), an equalizer (cedarwood), and a modifier (lemon).

This roll-on recipe uses a 10% dilution, which is 20 drops of essential oil for a 10 ml roll-on bottle. This is a possible formula:

Relax to Sleep Roll-on Blend

  • Servings: Yield=10 ml Roll-on
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add essential oils in order to the roll-on bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle up with carrier oil. Insert the roller ball, and screw on lid.
  2. To use, roll oil on feet, neck, or wrists to help promote relaxation and sleep.

Of course, you don’t have to be really strict with these formulas or ratios since they are just a guideline. Besides, there are many differing opinions on how to blend and the correct ratios to use, and you may not have all the essential oils needed to fill each of the above categories. Your intuition and nose may prove to be most useful in learning how to create your own blends. As you experiment, start out with smaller quantities (such as 10–20 drops total) so you aren’t wasting a lot of oil if you end up not liking the result.

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6 Roll-on Blend Recipes

These recipes are all designed to be a 10% dilution ratio in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, so adjust the recipes for lesser or greater dilution as needed. If you are using a 5 ml roll-on bottle, cut the recipes in half or make the recipe in a separate bottle and only put 10 drops in the roll-on bottle.

Instructions:

Add the drops in order to a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle up with a carrier oil. Let sit overnight, if possible, to allow the oils to blend fully.

Note: We included some adjustments to recipes in parentheses. If adjustments aren’t noted for every oil, just include the recommended drops. You can also make the blend in a separate bottle (such as these sample bottles) and then place the number of drops needed to achieve the desired dilution.

Recipes:

Relax to Sleep:
1 drop Roman chamomile
14 drops lavender (6 drops for children)
3 drops cedarwood (2 drops for children)
2 drops lemon (1 drop for children)
Happiness:
5 drops orange
10 drops lemon
3 drops lavender
2 drops ylang ylang
Owie Stick:
1 drop helichrysum
15 drops lavender (7 drops for children)
3 drops melaleuca (1 drop for children)
1 drop frankincense
Digestive Support:
2 drops ginger
4 drops peppermint
5 drops lavender (2 drops for children)
5 drops lemon (1 drop for children)
4 drops fennel (1 drop for children)
Muscle Soother:
2 drops peppermint
4 drops birch
10 drops marjoram
3 drops lemongrass
1 drop lavender
Immune Booster:
1 drop clove
8 drops oregano (4 drops for daily use)
6 drops melaleuca (2 drops for daily use)
2 drops rosemary (1 drop for daily use)
2 drops frankincense (1 drop for daily use)
1 drop lemon

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Please comment below and share with us any roll-on recipes that you have tried and enjoyed! We would love to learn from your experiences!