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.

Essential Oils & the Zombie Apocalypse—a Beginner’s Booklet to Die for!

Doesn’t everyone secretly love a zombie apocalypse? Then we’ve got the most engaging way to introduce essential oils! Enter Essential Oils & the Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Guide for a World Overrun by the Undead. By the way, the cute cartoon illustrations are G-rated—no gratuitous gore here.

A humorous, comic-book story line is interspersed with everything beginners need to know to start successfully using essential oils. (Even just the basic trio of lemon, lavender, and peppermint will get them going.) Experienced “survivors”—with bigger oil arsenals—will also find useful blends and recipes.

Our tense tale opens with a plea for help from Frank, a stranded friend of the heroine, Clary Sage Jones. She begins fighting her way back to Frank—and her dog, Pepper—through the peripheral problems of an apocalyptic crisis. Of course, the possibility of a zombie encounter also looms large. But Clary is not afraid. She’s armed with her trusty essential oils, basic aromatherapy supplies, and considerable savvy.

What follows is a fascinating tale of close calls and amazing escapes—all aided with the healing power of essential oils. (Even the far-fetched finale highlights the genuine antiviral properties of certain oils.)

Chapter 1 focuses on handling the mental and emotional strain of stressful circumstances. (Sound a lot like everyday life?)

These pages from Chapter 2 (focusing on common physical ailments) illustrate how every chapter offers both single oils and blend for common health conditions. Application methods and handy tips are also included throughout the booklet.

Chapter 3—on meeting outdoor challenges—offers recipes for the many potential hazards encountered in nature, including allergies, sun exposure, insects, and more.

Simple solutions for life’s little emergencies are covered—plus wound and shock treatment—in an introduction to first aid in Chapter 4.

Inevitably, a zombie encounter happens! Despite hypothetical use here, essential oils are accurately portrayed as the wave of the future for many modern health problems.

Essential Oils & the Zombie Apocalypse makes a great gift or class idea for this Halloween season, or any time of year!

Source: Essential Oils and the Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Guide for a World Overrun by the Undead

Help Kids Conquer Fears: “Clary Sage & the Super Scary Zombies”

During the scary season, here’s a reassuring way to introduce children (and their parents) to the emotional benefits of essential oils! A suspenseful tale about confronting nighttime terrors shows kids how to use oils for courage, calm, and restful sleep. This engaging booklet includes recipes for diffuser blends, roll-on vials, and misting sprays. A “baby zombie” plush doll with an absorbent diffusing “brain” is sold separately.

  • Young Clary Sage Jones is an adventurous soul braving all sorts of scenarios with her friends Frank, Coco, and Pepper.

  • But Clary harbors a secret fear of what may be lurking in the dark. Using her mom’s trusty essential oils and tools, Clary confronts her fear.

  • Can Clary Sage conquer her fears and vanquish her zombie foes with the aid of essential oils? Children (and adults) will eagerly turn the pages to find out!

Clary Sage & the Super Scary Zombies” makes a great gift this Halloween or anytime.

For adults who secretly love a zombie apocalypse, see our beginner’s guide to aromatherapy, Essential Oils & the Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Guide for a World Overrun by the Undead. Even veteran oil “survivors” can scare up some good blends and recipes with this booklet.

Source: The Adventures of Clary Sage Jones: Clary & the Super Scary Zombies

“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.

Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray

Have you ever thought about the bacteria collecting on your yoga mat? Yoga mats tend to be hard to clean; but it needs to be done, so we’ve come up with a simpler way to disinfect your mat while adding the benefits of essential oils to the routine. We’ve put together an antibacterial cleaning spray using essential oils that is sure to leave your mat smelling fresh and clean.

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Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup

This south-of-the-border-style soup is definitely one of our favorites! It’s creamy, just a little spicy, and simply delicious. The essential oils really round out the ethnic flavor. Who doesn’t appreciate an easy, slow-cooker meal on a busy day? You’ll absolutely love this soup!

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (10 oz.) green enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz.) white beans
  • 3 cans (15 oz. each) black beans
  • 2 cans (4 oz. each) diced, fire-roasted, green chilies
  • 1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes (optional)
  • 4 tsp. ground chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika
  • 2 drops cumin essential oil
  • 2 drops cilantro essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • Toppings: cheese, sour cream, fresh lime, cilantro, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Place the chicken, chicken broth, enchilada sauce, beans, green chilies, diced tomatoes, seasonings, and essential oils* into a slow cooker. Stir the ingredients together, and cook on high for 3–5 hours or on low for 5–7 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it using a couple of forks or a hand beater.
  3. Soften the cream cheese slightly in the microwave. Spoon small chunks into the slow cooker and stir it in. (*For stronger seasoning, stir in the essential oils at this point.)
  4. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker, cover, and cook for 30 minutes more, or until the cream cheese melts in.
  5. Scoop the soup into bowls, top with sour cream, cheese, lime juice, cilantro, or anything else you desire.

 

Coconut-Citrus Bath Melts

Sometimes you just need a nice hot bath to make things better. These bath melts will enhance your bath by soothing your skin and energizing your body. You’re going to love how you feel!

Coconut-Citrus Bath Melts

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 5 drops lime essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 1 Tbsp. zest from any citrus fruit (optional)
  • Small silicone molds or ice cube tray

Instructions:

  1. Using a double boiler, melt the coconut oil over medium heat until liquified.
  2. Allow the coconut oil to cool momentarily before adding the essential oils.
  3. Stir the essential oils and the zest into the coconut oil.*
  4. Pour the mixture evenly into the molds or ice cube tray.
  5. Refrigerate the bath melts for 1–2 hours or until hardened completely.
  6. Put a bath melt into your warm bath and allow it to dissolve while you soak.
  7. Because coconut oil may liquify in a warm room, keep the remaining bath melts in the refrigerator until ready for use.

*You can substitute an floral-herbaceous blend for the citrus oils, if desired, and replace the zest with crushed, dried herbs. Try an essential oil blend of 5 drops geranium, 5 drops lavender, 5 drops lemongrass, and 5 drops rosemary essential oils.

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.

Grilled Cinnamon Peaches

With peach season upon us, here’s a way to top off a late-summer cookout with a simple, delectable dessert. Warm, sweet, cinnamon peaches make the perfect complement to savory barbecued dinners. You can also panfry peaches indoors. Since they’re so quick and easy, you’ll make this your go-to dessert for many occasions!

Grilled Cinnamon Peaches

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 peaches
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. butter, melted
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
  • vanilla ice cream or yogurt for topping

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and cinnamon essential oil, and set aside.
  2. Slice the peaches in half—leaving the skin on—and remove the pits.
  3. Brush the melted butter with cinnamon essential oil all over the peach halves. Grill them with flesh side down over medium heat for 2–3 minutes or until browned. You may want to use the cooler edges of the grill if you’ve been barbecuing meat. (Alternately, panfry the peach halves over medium-high heat in the same way.)
  4. Turn the peach halves face up, and sprinkle the brown sugar over the flesh. Grill for another 2–3 minutes or until the skin is browned and loosened. (If panfrying, cover the pan and cook for another 2–3 minutes or until the sugar caramelizes.)
  5. Remove peach halves from the heat, and serve with or without the skin—topped with ice cream or yogurt.

 

Natural Disinfecting Wipes

Store-bought disinfecting wipes contain harsh chemicals that may do more harm than good. These all-natural wipes are safe for your skin, so you can use them to clean and disinfect your house without worry! You’ll also save money with an effective, convenient, and easy-to-make product. And your home will smell as clean as it looks.

Natural Disinfecting Wipes

  • Servings: Yield=100–200 wipes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the water, vinegar, witch hazel, castile soap, and essential oils.
  2. Cut the roll of paper towels in half, and place half the roll in the OmniWipe container.
  3. Pour the liquid mixture over the paper towels, making sure to coat evenly.
  4. Place the lid on the container and tip it back and forth, allowing the liquid to soak into the paper towels.
  5. Open the container and carefully pull the cardboard center out of the paper towels. (It should be easy to remove once soaked.) Then pull up the center paper towel. Thread it through the hole in the lid for dispensing the wipes. Replace the lid on the container.
  6. Apply the vinyl label to the side of the wipe container. Click here for instructions.
  7. Carefully remove a wipe to clean your desired surface.

Depending on the thickness of the paper towel roll, you may need to increase or decrease the amount of water and vinegar so that the wipes are not too wet or dry.