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Here are just some of the uses that essential oils have. Never choose fragrant oils as they are not pure. Essentially, Essential oils are pure. It’s almost like having a first aid kit in your bathroom as they have uses for all sorts of medicinal and cosmetic conditions. Some are a little expensive but that is because it is not as easy to procure the oil from some plants and the cost are more.
I pinched this information off the Dr Axe site as sometimes it is easier to look at infograms for information than reading screens of text
Try it you will just love the smell anyway.❤️
The Power Of Essential Oils
For centuries, people around the world have enjoyed the aromatic pleasures and skin health benefits of the wonderful oils that come from Nature’s many plants.
The power of essential oils is more than just a pretty fragrance, the therapeutic effect of an essential oil can be up to 70 times stronger than the source plant – to give you an idea of their intensity, one kilo of rose petals yields around one drop of essential oil.
They have great benefits for health, well being, sensual perfume, creating an ambiance in the home with aromatic oil burners. I use them all the time. I light up the candles first thing in the morning, its a great way to start the day with a pleasing uplifting aroma other than that great smell of coffee.
At around $5,000.00 a kilo, true rose essential oil doesn’t come cheap! The good news is, that you need very little to create a dramatic effect in skincare. Rose is associated with love, the heart, the feminie, and the colour red; it is often used for female hormonal imbalance, for supporting healing during bereavement or loss, and for any signs of redness and ageing in the skin, like broken capillaries and wrinkles. An interesting finding from a German research study is that rose oil is lipophilic, or fat-loving, explaining why it works well in creams and lotions because it is drawn to work on the skin’s cellular structure, enhancing the absorption of other nutrients in the product.
Vibrant, invigorating, and strengthening, rosemary activates the brain cortex and helps to stimulate memory and concentration, overcome sluggishness, and revive clarity, It has a powerful cleansing effect, and is often included in cold and flu massage or inhalation blends to rid the body of mucus and toxins. It has a tonic effect on the skin, and I often recommend it as a compress for clients with acne breakouts: simply add a couple of drops to warm water, swish well, soak a clean facecloth in the mixture and wring out before placing on the affected area for 20 seconds. Studies also show that antioxidants in rosemary prevent UV-induced skin pigmentation and have a lightening effect on existing age spots or discolouration.
It’s no coincidence that lavender oil appears in pretty much every natural skincare product, from baby balms to night creams. Soothing, calming, reassuring, non-irritating, and non-sensitising, it is safe for all skin types, and has remarkable healing, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties: countless studies attest to lavender’s therapeutic benefits in treating burns, skin ulcers, acne, eczema, swelling, sprains, the effects of radiation therapy, and more. It also encourages deep relaxation, calms emotional anxiety and eases insomnia, making it a must for massage and bath blends.
Immortelle oil brings a feeling of deep peace and spiritual connection, opening the heart to love and healing emotional wounds. Also known as ‘Everlasting’, this highly scented herb hails from the Mediterranean, where it has a long tradition of therapeutic use, especially for skin problems, including bruises, stretch marks, wound healing, eczema, and scarring, as well as emotional problems like anger. Its potent skin-healing effects are due to its high content of phenolic antioxidants, which stimulate skin cell turnover and renewal. For me, it is a stand-out oil for repairing, nourishing skin and preventing signs of ageing.
Gentle, nurturing, and comforting, this sweet-scented oil is derived from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. It is deeply sedative, so should be used sparingly; it is excellent in aromatherapy blends for insomnia, to soothe shock, and ease digestive upsets. Research has shown it to have particular benefits for patients post-heart surgery, significantly improving their relaxation and sleep patterns. In skincare, it is an excellent anti-ageing ingredient, helping to reduce broken capillaries and restore and strengthen at a cellular level, as well as being astringent and hydrating, so boosting skin tone and texture.
One of the most important oils for treating skin problems, German chamomile contains azulene, an anti-inflammatory that gives the oil a deep blue colour. When inhaled, the scent has a powerful soothing and strengthening effect, and is excellent for easing emotional and mental stress and nervous tension. Used topically, it soothes itching, redness, eczema, psoriasis and burns, as well as inflammation caused by sprains or pulled muscles.
This is very interesting information I am sure you will agree
The antimicrobial activity of high-necrodane and other lavender oils on methicillin-sensitive and -resistant Staphylococcus aureus
The objective of this study was to compare the antimicrobial efficacy of several lavender oils, used singly and in combination, on methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA and MRSA).
Four chemically characterized essential oils from Lavandula angustifolia, L. latifolia, L. stoechas, and a necrodane-rich L. luisieri were assessed for their antibacterial activity using the disc diffusion method.
All four lavender oils inhibited growth of both MSSA and MRSA by direct contact but not in the vapor phase. Inhibition zones ranged from 8 to 30 mm in diameter at oil doses ranging from 1 to 20 microL, respectively, demonstrating a dose response. At any single dose, the extent of inhibition was very similar irrespective of the chemical composition of the oils or the strain of S. aureus used. Several binary combinations of the oils were tested, and the results showed that the necrodane-rich L. luisieri oil interacted synergistically with L. stoechas (high in 1,8-cineole, fenchone, and camphor) and L. langustifolia (rich in linalool and linalyl acetate) to produce larger inhibition zones than those produced using each oil individually.
The results suggest that combinations of lavender oils should be investigated further for possible use in antibacterial products.
I love walking into a room that has that beautiful Aroma. Studies have shown that certain smells can affect your moods, energy, evoke vivid memories and powerful emotions. I personally love the smell of Lemon Grass, to me, it makes the room feel clean and bright. I find that lemon grass also appeals to men, they seem to recognize the fragrance and comment on how much they like it. I often use lemon scented Eucalyptus, it is sort of antiseptic smell and one that is great if you are feeling a ‘bit under the weather’, maybe the beginnings of the flue. Also reminds me of the bush in Australia.
It is has been suggested that certain odors can create a healthier home and work environment.
An example, and I am sure we have all done this, when you enter a room with a “oh that smells beautiful” makes you feel good, or when someone forgot to empty the garbage bag with last nights prawn shells in it. The reaction to the garbage smell is, your face immediately becomes screwed up, mood changes to accusingly, “Who didn’t take out the garbage last night” and you become that unpleasant person.
I think everyone has their preference to an Aroma. The smell that you enjoy may not be the same for your partner or spouse so it is a good thing to find an aroma that suits you both. I know my husband is not very keen on the odour of Ylang Ylang, me, I love it.
You have hundreds of different essential aromatherapy oils. My suggestion is not to use fragrant oils. They are usually made from artificial scents and to me are very overpowering, stay with the pure oils. Men usually don’t like those strong scented sort of smells but will handle the subtle smell of pure essential oils.
Some of the oils can be rather expensive, although lemon grass and lavender are normally reasonably priced. Only a drop or two is needed and a small bottle will last a long time.
Rather than use candles and an aroma burner, I found this recipe for Scented salt dough balls. The scented dough balls can last for a very long time and only take a drop or two of oil on them every now and then to keep that nice fragrance in you room. These can also make nice gifts.
2 cups plain flour
1 cup table salt
1 cup of water
1/4 tsp essential oil
Mix the water into the flour and salt to make a modelling-type dough. Add a few drops of food colouring for your desired coloring before adding the oil.
Knead well until smooth, roll into small balls and leave to dry.
Dry the balls in a warm place over several days, or speed up the process by placing them in an oven at a very low temperature for a few hours
Tip: Adding 1 tbsp of lemon juice helps the dough to harden.
You are able to perfume a room with these balls and look nice, placed in an attractive ceramic bowl. They harden after a period but remain absorbent and can be regularly refreshed with a few drops of oil.
Unlike potpourri dough balls do not get dusty and dry over time. As the balls get impregnated with the oil, they develop a glossy appearance. Instead of balls you can also try other shapes such as shell shapes or fruit shapes. What ever takes your fancy