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 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.

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

Where to Apply Essential Oils

With so many ways to apply essential oils, it can be difficult to know what methods to use! We want to share a few tips for applying essential oils topically so that you can reap the greatest benefits from your oils.

More often than not, we just opt for applying the oils directly to the location of pain. Yes, this can be effective, but there are other methods that can potentially be more effective.

Applying essential oils to the body’s reflex points is one of these methods. Modern Essentials tells us, “Reflex therapy is a simple method of applying oils to contact points (or nerve endings) in the feet or hands. A series of hand rotation movements at those control points create a vibrational healing energy that carries the oils along the neuroelectrical pathways. The oils either help remove any blockage along the pathways or travel the length of the pathway to benefit the particular organ.”

We sell the following charts so that you can reference the different reflex points at any time. The charts also include recommended oils for each organ.

There are several essential locations on the head for different types of headaches and helping with sleep. By applying the oils to specific locations around the head and face, you can experience faster relief and better absorption, maximizing the health benefits of your essential oils.

Here are a few specific locations to help with headaches, stress, and sleep problems:

Tension headache: Behind the earlobes, base of the skull at the neck, top of the shoulders where the neck meets.
Sinus headache: Bridge of the nose, inside edge of the eyebrows, outer edge of the nostrils.
Stress: Across the forehead, on temples, inside edge of the eyebrows, between the eyebrows.
Sleep: Crown of the head, on temples, between the eyebrows, behind the earlobes.

This is only the beginning of learning proper application of essential oils. As you begin to dive further into using essential oils, you can find more information about specific application methods, when each method is most effective, and specific oils that help with a variety of health conditions in Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. Let us know if you have any questions!

Source: Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 16–33.

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.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Cypress

Cypress essential oil (Cupressus sempervirens) is steam-distilled from the branches of the cypress conifer tree. This oil is known for its fresh, herbaceous, slightly woody aroma with evergreen undertones.

Cypress was used anciently for its benefits to the urinary system and other fluid loss such as diarrhea, perspiration, and menstrual flow. The Chinese value cypress for its benefits to the liver and the respiratory system.

This essential oil contains the following health properties: antibacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, mucolytic, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, lymphatic and prostate decongestant, refreshing, relaxing, and a vasoconstricting. Cypress is known for its effects on the cardiovascular system, muscles, and bones.

Common uses of cypress essential oil include aneurysm, carpal tunnel, concussion (brain), deodorant, hemorrhoids, herniated disc, Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscle fatigue, nosebleed, shingles, stroke, tuberculosis, and varicose veins. Other possible uses of cypress are asthma, reducing cellulite, circulatory system functioning, colds, spasmodic coughs, diarrhea, edema, fever, gallbladder, hemorrhaging, influenza, laryngitis, lung circulation, nervous tension, ovarian cysts, skincare, scar tissue, whooping cough, and wounds.

Application of Cypress Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Can be applied directly to the skin without dilution. Apply to reflex points and directly to the area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Cypress influences and strengthens and helps to ease the feeling of loss. It creates a feeling of security and grounding, and it helps to heal emotions.
Internal Application: Not to be used internally.
Safety Data: This oil should be used with caution during pregnancy.

Ways to Use Cypress Essential Oil:

1. Bed Wetting
Many children have problems with wetting the bed, but no worries—essential oils can help with that! Simply combine 5 drops cypress and 3 drops ylang ylang with 1 oz. (30 ml) water in a small spray bottle. Shake well before use, and mist over pillow and sheets just before bedtime.

2. Diffuse
Diffusing is a great way to reap the benefits of this fantastic oil. You can diffuse the oil alone, inhale directly from the bottle, or add it to some of your favorite oils to make a great diffuser blend! We’ve included some of our favorite blends with cypress to get you started!

3. Massage Oil
Because of the wonderful circulatory, skin revitalizing, and relaxation properties of cypress, it makes a great addition to any massage blend. You can add the suggested carrier oil or another of your choice. Here are some simple blends that you’ll love!

Carpal Tunnel Massage Oil
3 drops basil essential oil
3 drops marjoram essential oil
2 drops lemongrass essential oil
2 drops cypress essential oil
2 tsp. (10 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Combine the oils together in the palm of your hand, and gently massage into the arm starting at the shoulder and continuing down to the fingertips. Pay special attention to the wrists and other areas of pain.
Leg Cramp Massage Oil
15 drops cypress essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
2 tsp. (10 ml) Jojoba Oil
Combine the oils together in your hand, and slowly massage into your legs, gradually massaging in deeper to help the muscles fully relax.

4. Roll-on Blends
Roll-on blends are a great way to spread essential oils easily to any location. We’ve created a few blends for you to try out. Just drop these oils into a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and top off with your favorite carrier oil. Roll the mixture on the affected location, and lightly massage in with your hands if necessary.

Varicose Veins
3 drops cypress
2 drops bergamot
1 drop neroli
1 drop lemongrass
Joint Pain Relief
2 drops peppermint
2 drops wintergreen
2 drops frankincense
2 drops eucalyptus
2 drops cypress
2 drops rosemary
Menstrual Cramps
10 drops cypress
10 drops peppermint
5 drops lavender

5. Nosebleeds
Cypress can effectively stop nosebleeds. Combine 2 drops cypress, 1 drop helichrysum, and 2 drops lemon in 8 oz. (240 ml) ice water. Soak a cloth in the water, and apply the cloth to the nose and back of the neck.

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 77–78.

Balancing Your Chakras with Essential Oils

Chakras are centers of energy in the body that govern certain aspects of our physical and mental well-being, with each of the primary chakras correlating to a specific area of the body. Essential oils are effective in balancing and stimulating the chakras due to their individual energy properties. There are many tools that you can use to balance and clear each chakra. In this post, we want to share some tools that can maximize your oil use while balancing and stimulating your chakras.

An excellent tool for chakras is gemstones. These precious gems contain energy that correlates with the energy centers of your body. Gemstones combined with essential oils can help improve well-being and promote energy and healing. Inherent energies of different stones offer various metaphysical and physical benefits.

We have created this chart explaining the properties of each gemstone and which chakras each corresponds with. This chart details historical facts, uses, physical attributes, inherent energies, and chakras for each of the following gemstones: amethyst, brecciated jasper, carnelian, crystal, green aventurine, hermatite, rainbow fluorite, red aventurine, red leopard jasper, rose quartz, sodalite, and tiger’s eye.

Similar to the properties of gemstones, the colors around us can also play a part in chakra enhancement. Balancing your chakras has never been simpler with these fun, color-coordinated glass roll-on vials to organize your chakra oils!

Each chakra is influenced differently by the energies of essential oils. Here are some of the oils that influence each chakra. Try making some roll-on blends with these oils to help you balance your energy centers.

Crown Chakra: basil, frankincense, jasmine, neroli, rose, rosemary

Third Eye Chakra: cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, juniper, lavender, peppermint

Throat Chakra: bergamot, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, melaleuca

Heart Chakra: lemon, rose, chamomile, lavender, bergamot, frankincense, neroli

Solar Plexus Chakra: lime, cinnamon, peppermint, black pepper, lemongrass, melissa

Sacral Chakra: orange, ylang ylang, clary sage, cassia, geranium, petitgrain, patchouli

Root Chakra: sandalwood, patchouli, cedarwood, vetiver, black pepper, peppermint

For more information about the oils that affect your chakras, consult Modern Essentials.

There is so much to learn when it comes to chakras! AromaTools carries a wide range of products to supplement your research. Clearing and balancing your chakras can be extremely beneficial to your metaphysical and physical health. Check out some of these materials we offer to learn more about how you can take charge of your chakras today and improve your health! Click here to view all the products we offer pertaining to chakras.

 

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

Essential Oil Spotlight: Jasmine


Jasmine essential oil (Jasminum officinale) is extracted from the flowers through absolute extraction. This oil is commonly known for its powerful, sweet, tenacious, and floral aroma with fruity-herbaceous undertones. Jasmine is known in India as the “queen of the night” and “moonlight of the grove”; women have treasured jasmine for centuries for its beautiful, aphrodisiac-like fragrance.

Jasmine is commonly used for hoarse voice, pink eye, and sensitive skin. Other possible uses for this oil include conjunctivitis, coughs, dysentery, eczema (when caused by emotions), labor pains, menstrual pains and problems, muscle spasms, pain relief, sex, skin care, and uterine disorders. This essential oil has anticatarrhal, antidepressant, and antispasmodic health properties; it can affect emotional balance and the hormonal system.

Jasmine has incredible emotional properties because it can penetrate the deepest layers of the soul, opening doors to our emotions. It can encourage feelings of confidence, energy, euphoria, and optimism—all while reducing anxiety, apathy, depression, indifference, listlessness, and relationship dilemmas. When used as a cologne or perfume, jasmine increases feelings of attractiveness.

Applications of Jasmine Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: This oil can be applied directly to your skin without dilution. Apply to area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: You can diffuse or inhale the aroma directly. Jasmine is uplifting to the emotions and may help increase intuitive powers and wisdom. It may also help to promote powerful, inspirational relationships.
Internal Application: Jasmine is recognized as safe for internal use by the FDA. Dilute 1 drop of oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or in 1/2 cup (125 ml) of beverage.
Safety Data: This oil is not to be used internally on children under 6 years old and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over 6 years old.

Ways to Use Jasmine Essential Oil:

1. Massage Oil
Jasmine essential oil is wonderful for massages because of its ability to balance the emotions while energizing the body and awakening one’s sensuality. Combine the oils of your massage blend together, and lightly massage into your skin. If desired, you can place these massage blends in a 10 ml roll-on bottle for daily use.

Aphrodisiac Massage Oil
2 tsp. (10 ml) Jojoba Oil
4 drops ylang ylang
3 drops jasmine
2 drops tangerine
2 drops sandalwood
Soothing Skin Oil
3 drops jasmine
2 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 tsp. (10 ml) Fractionated
Coconut Oil

2. Bath
Baths are a great way to relax and rejuvenate. Try some of these bath blends to spice up your routine.

Romance Bath Oil
1/4 cup (50 ml) Castile Soap
4 drops ylang ylang essential oil
4 drops frankincense essential oil
4 drops jasmine essential oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil
4 drops rose essential oil
Combine the oils with the castile soap in a small dish. Pour some of this solution under the running bathwater. Stir the water around with your hand to allow the mixture to spread evenly; enjoy!
Body Scrub
1/4 cup (50 ml) Jojoba Oil
1/4 cup (50 ml) Castile Soap
1/2 cup (100 g) sea salt
5 drops orange essential oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil
3 drops jasmine essential oil
8 oz. plastic bottle
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly. Pour mixture into the plastic bottle. To use, squirt some into your hand, and massage over body to exfoliate and moisturize. Rinse off thoroughly.
Silky Smooth Bath Oil
8 drops jasmine essential oil
8 drops fennel essential oil
2 Tbsp. (25 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil
Combine all oils in the palm of your hand, using your finger to stir them together. Add the oils to a warm running bath. Using your hand, stir the water around to combine thoroughly.

3. Perfume
Jasmine has strong aromatic influences to enhance the emotions and increase one’s feelings of attractiveness. Try some of these perfume blends, and see which fits you best. Place the essential oils in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with your favorite carrier oil (approximately 2 tsp./10 ml). Apply the perfume to your neck and wrists.

Emotional Balance
4 drops jasmine
4 drops orange
3 drops sandalwood
Love Potion
3 drops jasmine
3 drops sandalwood
1 drop geranium
1 drop orange
1 drop ylang ylang
White Roses
4 drops rose
3 drops jasmine
1 drop patchouli

4. Diffuse
The sweet, floral scent of jasmine leaves an amazing aroma in your house—not to mention the great uplifting health properties! Try out some of these diffuser blends to experience the benefits of jasmine today.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 77–78.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Essential Oil Spotlight: Basil


Basil essential oil (Ocimum basilicum CT linalool) is steam-distilled from the leaves, stems, and flowers of the basil plant. This oil is characteristically known for its herbaceous, spicy, anise-like, camphorous, and lively aroma.

Anciently, basil was used to treat respiratory problems, digestive and kidney ailments, epilepsy, poisonous insect or snake bites, fevers, epidemics, and malaria. The French have historically used basil to help aid migraines, mental fatigue, and menstrual periods.

Today basil is most commonly used for autism, bee/hornet stings, bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cramps (abdominal), earache, hiatal hernia, incisional hernia, infertility, mouth ulcers, muscular dystrophy, ovarian cyst, and viral hepatitis. This essential oil primarily affects the cardiovascular system, muscles, and skeletal system.

Basil contains antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic (powerful), antiviral, decongestant (veins, arteries of the lungs, prostate), diuretic, disinfectant (urinary/pulmonary), energizing, stimulant (nerves, adrenal cortex), and uplifting health properties.

Other possible uses of basil oil include anxiety, chills, concentration, digestion, fainting, insect repellent, chronic mucus, vomiting, and whooping cough.

Applications of Basil Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Basil can be applied neat (with no dilution) directly to the area of concern and reflex points. Dilute with a carrier oil when using on sensitive skin or children (see safety data below).
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of basil helps one maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought.
Internal Application: Basil is recognized as safe for internal consumption by the FDA and may be used as a food flavoring agent or taken in capsules.
Safety Data: Basil is not to be consumed internally by children under 6 years old and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and older. The use of this oil should be avoided during pregnancy. Basil should not be used by people with epilepsy. This oil may also irritate sensitive skin; test by applying to a small area before continuing application.

5 Ways to Use Basil Essential Oil:

1. Massage
There’s nothing like a simple soothing massage with some of your favorite essential oils to calm your mood. Try these massage blends to help boost your mental health and aid carpal tunnel syndrome.

Mental Fatigue Massage Blend
4 drops basil essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops juniper essential oil
2 Tbsp. (25 ml) carrier oil or butter
Combine essential oils with your favorite carrier oil or butter, and lightly massage into your neck, hands, and feet.
Carpal Tunnel Massage Oil
3 drops basil essential oil
3 drops marjoram essential oil
2 drops lemongrass essential oil
2 drops cypress essential oil
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Blend oils together, and massage gently into your arm from your shoulder down to your fingertips. You can also make this massage oil in a roll-on bottle for easier application.

2. Earache
Basil is great for helping to dull painful earaches. Add 1 drop each of basil and melaleuca to a cotton ball, and hold over the ear canal for 30 minutes. Do not place directly into the ear canal.

3. Diffuse
Basil’s aroma can have an amazing influence, as it helps one maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought. Try out some of these diffuser blends to help you focus and engage better in all your endeavors.

4. Bath
Bath salts are perfect for relaxing, but they are also a great way to soak up the benefits of essential oils. Try out the following recipe to help calm your anxiety and energize your body. Remember that basil may irritate sensitive skin, so be careful and dilute further if necessary.

Calm the Anxiety Bath Salts
2 cups (500 g) Epsom Salt
1/2 tsp. (2 g) baking powder
1 tsp. (5 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
3 drops lime essential oil
2 drops basil essential oil
16 oz. PET Jar
Combine salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix essential oils with almond oil. If desired, mix in a few drops of food coloring. Slowly stir oils into the salt mixture, and blend well. Allow the salts to sit for a couple hours in order for the salt to soak up the scent. Add 1/2–1 cup (125–250 g) of salt mixture to your bath under the running tap.

5. Cooking
Basil essential oil is a great ingredient to add to your kitchen. This oil can add rich flavor to any of your recipes with just a drop or less. When adding basil essential oil to your food, start with a toothpick dipped in the oil and stirred into the mixture, and add more until you reach the desired taste. Keep in mind that cooking (or heating) the oil tones down the bold flavor. Here are some of our favorite recipes with basil essential oil!

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 38–39.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty With Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Essential Oils for the Digestive System

After the holiday season, we are all bound to have some sort of digestive problems. Essential oils are a great way to aid our bodies in returning back to normal any time of year! With so many organs involved in the digestive process, it’s easy for things to go wrong; but with these tips, you’ll be feeling better in no time. Let’s go over some of the common problems we all struggle with on occasion:

Bloating

Nothing can get you down more than a bloated stomach! Bloating, or abdominal swelling, is typically caused by overeating, menstruation, constipation, food allergies, and irritable bowel syndrome and can cause a lot of discomfort. The trick to this one is simple: rub Digestive Blend directly on your stomach and the reflex points on your feet, or give this roll-on recipe a try!

Bloating Roll-on:
5 drops fennel essential oil
1 tsp. (5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Combine oils in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and apply on stomach once or twice a day as needed.

Constipation

Constipation is defined as having fewer than 3 bowel movements in a week, or having stools that are hard or difficult to expel. Constipation is caused by lack of fiber, dehydration, ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement, depression, medications, excessive dairy intake, stress, and laxative abuse. Oils that are great for constipation include rosemary, lemon, peppermint, marjoram, and Digestive Blend. These oils can be applied directly to the abdominal area but may need to be diluted depending on which oils you use. Give this roll-on blend a shot!

Constipation Roll-on:
1 drop rosemary essential oil
1 drop lemon essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1 tsp. (5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Add essential oils to a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil. Massage gently on the stomach and back.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be really uncomfortable and extremely inconvenient. Diarrhea is defined as more than 3 bowel movements in a day. Serious cases of diarrhea last more than 2 days and can cause dehydration. These cases should be treated with an oral rehydration solution. Diarrhea is typically caused by viral, parasitic, or bacterial infections. Oils that help with this condition include peppermint, ginger, geranium, and Digestive Blend. Try this roll-on blend to help relieve this issue!

Diarrhea Roll-on:
3 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops fennel essential oil
1 tsp. (5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Add essential oils to a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil. Apply over the stomach as needed.

Gas/Flatulence

Gas is always uncomfortable, inconvenient, and unwanted, and it can be caused by just about anything. You can remedy this problem with the use of lavender, ginger, peppermint, cardamom, eucalyptus, and myrrh essential oils. Try this roll-on out!

Gas Relief Roll-on:
1 drop lavender essential oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil
1 drop ginger essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1 tsp. (5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Add essential oils to a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil. Apply over the stomach once or twice a day as needed.

Heartburn

Heartburn is a painful burning sensation in the throat or chest. It’s a result of backed-up stomach acid in the esophagus and is often brought on because of certain foods, medication, pregnancy, and alcohol. Oils that help relieve heartburn include lemon, peppermint, and Digestive Blend. Give this remedy a shot!

Heartburn Water:
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1 tsp. (5 ml) honey
1 cup (240 ml) warm water
Add peppermint oil to honey, and dissolve in warm water. Drink slowly.

These are just a few examples of digestive problems that essential oils help combat. See Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for more information and ideas on how you can have a healthier digestive system today!

Also, don’t forget to check out our post “The Art of Roller Bottle Blending” for more information on safe roller bottle use!

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