Winter Blues Diffuser Blend

Here is a great diffuser blend you can use to help with depression and nervous anxiety (it may even be beneficial for those who are lonely or experience “winter blues”):

‘Tis the Season for Sickness

Seasonal changes can stress our immune systems, making us more susceptible to illness. Diffusing Protective Blend and using it on household surfaces can help avoid trouble. But it’s also best to be prepared with some “simple solutions,” should sickness strike.

Easy tips and recipes for colds, cold sores, congestion, cough, earache, and fever can be found in our new booklet, “Modern Essentials: Simple Solutions”—along with 150 entries for other common ailments.

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Colds:

  • Blend 5 drops each lemon and thyme in 1 Tbs. (15 ml) jojoba oil. Apply a small amount to throat, forehead, chest, and back of neck 2–3 times daily.
  • For adults and children, you can also diffuse thyme oil in an aromatherapy diffuser.

Cold Sores:

  • Combine 4 tsp. (6 g) beeswax pellets, 1 Tbs. (10 g) cocoa butter, and 3 Tbs. (45 ml) jojoba oil, and melt in a microwave (30 seconds at a time, stirring in between) or in a double boiler. Cool slightly, and add 5 drops each helichrysum, melissa, and peppermint. Pour into small jars or lip balm containers, and allow to cool completely. Apply a small amount to cold sores as needed.

Congestion:

  • Diffuse Respiratory Blend in an aromatherapy diffuser.
  • Drop 2 drops eucalyptus and 1 drop peppermint on the floor of the shower to inhale the vapors while showering.
  • Combine 6 Tbs. (90 ml) coconut oil and 1½ Tbs. (7.5 g) beeswax pellets, and melt in a microwave (30 seconds at a time, stirring in between) or in a double boiler. Let cool slightly, and add 20 drops eucalyptus, 15 drops lemon, and 20 drops peppermint. Pour into small jars or salve containers, and allow to cool completely. Apply a small amount on the chest and throat as needed.

Cough:

  • Diffuse Respiratory Blend in an aromatherapy diffuser.
  • Mix 1 drop each eucalyptus and lemon with 1 Tbs. (15 ml) honey (local and raw preferred). Blend about 1/3 of this mixture in 1 cup (240 ml) warm water, and drink slowly.
  • Combine 1 drop each eucalyptus, lemon, and melaleuca with 1 tsp. (5 ml) jojoba oil, and apply over chest and back.

Earache:

  • Put 1 drop each basil and melaleuca on a piece of cotton ball. Place over (not in) the ear canal for 30 minutes.
  • For children, dilute above combination with carrier oil or garlic oil extract (can pierce and use garlic capsules)—which also has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Fever:

  • Blend 2 drops each eucalyptus and peppermint in bowl of cool water. Moisten a washcloth with this water, and sponge the forehead, back of neck, and feet.

Source: “Modern Essentials: Simple Solutions” Booklet

For more helpful tips, see our article on Staying Healthy This Winter Season.

’Tis also the season for sharing, so be sure to pass along these tips for making winter days more merry and bright.

Hair Conditioning Serum

Does your hair get dry and brittle, especially after long days in the sun? Sometimes our hair just needs a deep conditioning serum to help it retain moisture and stay healthy. According to Modern Essentials™, the essential oils in this recipe are often used to help with dry, fragile hair and may even help stimulate hair growth. Leave the conditioning serum in for as little as 15 minutes or as long as all night before shampooing your hair. You can even make it into a spray to help protect your hair from the sun’s rays during the day (see extra idea below).

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Hair Conditioning Serum

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (60 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the 2 oz. plastic bottle. Shake to combine.
  2. To use, squirt a little (about 1/4 tsp. or 1–2 ml) of the oil into the palm of your hand, and massage through your hair using your fingers. Work from the ends of your hair up to the roots.
  3. Leave on over night (or at least for 15 minutes) before shampooing your hair. Cover your pillow with a towel to protect your pillowcase and sheets if needed.
  4. Apply 1–2 times a month or when your hair is feeling dry and brittle.

Extra Idea:

  • Use this recipe to create a leave-in spray conditioner for protecting your hair from damage due to the hot summer sun or cold winter days. To do this, simply place 1 tsp. (5 ml) of this conditioning serum in a 2 oz. Spray Bottle, and fill the remainder with water. Shake well with each use, and spray hair (avoiding the roots) as needed.

Source: Modern Essentials™, 7th Edition, pp. 315–16.

Homemade Chest and Throat Salve

Be prepared for the cold winter months with this Homemade Chest and Throat Salve! This salve incorporates pure essential oils that have been studied for their abilities to help support clear breathing and help strengthen the immune system. Just rub this salve on the chest and on the bottoms of the feet, cover the feet with socks, and breathe a little easier this winter!

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Stay Healthy This Winter Season!

Are you worried about your family catching a cold or the flu this winter? If so, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of cases reported for influenza-like illnesses for the 2014–2015 season has more than doubled the national average.

So, what can we do to keep ourselves and our family healthy? Many essential oils have antibacterial and antiviral properties that may help boost the immune system to help the body fight illness. Modern Essentials lists the following oils as the primary recommendations for the following conditions:
Cold: Thyme, lemon, Protective Blend, and melaleuca. For children: Thyme, lemon, and cedarwood.
Congestion: Eucalyptus, peppermint, and Respiratory Blend.
Influenza: Respiratory Blend, melaleuca, peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, and Protective Blend. For children: Cypress and lemon.

Top 5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter Season:

1. Get plenty of rest, and try to get as much sunshine as possible. If our bodies are well rested and have sufficient quantities of vitamin D, we can better fight the viruses that come.

2. Get a water bottle that you can use with essential oils, and keep a small bottle of lemon or Protective Blend in your purse or backpack. Add 1–2 drops of oil to your water, and drink it throughout the day to boost your immune system.
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3. Use a diffuser to diffuse essential oil throughout your home or office. Have your kids take a Whispi™ Diffuser with them to inhale the oil throughout the day.

4. Wash hands often, especially before meals or after coming home from public places. If you aren’t able to wash your hands with soap and water, consider carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer with you. Here is a recipe for a homemade hand sanitizer.

5. Act quickly if you feel something coming on. Some things you can do are gargling and swishing a drop of oregano or Protective Blend mixed with water, sleeping, and showering or bathing with essential oils. Below is a recipe for making shower disks with essential oils.

Some symptoms of influenza include a sudden onset of high fever, dry cough, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, and nasal congestion. If you are experiencing influenza-like symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. This information is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling.

ShowerDisks

Breathe Easy Shower Disks

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix the baking soda and water together to form a paste. Add water, if needed, to reach the desired consistency.
  2. Prepare a muffin tin by adding cupcake liners. If you have a silicone muffin tin, you don’t need the cupcake liners.
  3. Pour the baking soda mixture into the cupcake liners (about 1/2 full).
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15–20 minutes, or leave on the counter to dry overnight.
  5. Once baked, allow to cool completely before adding a couple drops of each of the essential oils on each disk. If you wish, you can add the oils right before you shower.
  6. To use, simply place a disk on the floor of the shower, and allow the steam to diffuse the oils as you take a shower.

The information above is an abridgment from the Modern Essentials “Personal Usage Guide” section by AromaTools. This information has been designed to help educate the reader in regard to the subject matter covered. This information is provided with the understanding that the publisher, the authors, and AromaTools, LLC, are not liable for the misconception or misuse of the information provided. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body. The authors, publisher, and AromaTools, LLC, shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this information. The information presented is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified health care professional.

Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm
Modern Essentials, Sixth Edition, pp. 228–229, 231, 233, and 263

Hand “Santa”tizer

These cute Hand “Santa”tizers are so easy to make, and they work great as a teacher gift or a gift for your neighbors and friends.

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DIY Scented Beeswax Candles

Candles make great decorations and can provide a lovely scent in your home! We brought this post back from the archives to show you just how easy it is to make your own scented candles.

Have you been looking for a cute decoration idea? Well, we have a great one for you! This homemade beeswax candle smells amazing, is made of all natural ingredients, and is so easy to make.
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