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Essential Oil Guide

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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In the 1920’s a French chemist, Rene Maurice Gattefosse, coined the term “aromatherapy.” Gattefosse suffered a serious burn to his arm, while working to refine a new perfume. He turned to the nearest cool liquid available to relieve his pain, which was a vat of lavender oil. Reportedly the chemist was rewarded with immediate relief and a speedy recovery without scarring. Occurring to Gattefosse, essential oils are not only useful in perfumery, but also as a healing agent. In 1937, Gattfosse referred to this emerging therapeutic field as “aromatherapie” in recognition of the antiviral, antiseptic, bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils.

Essential oils are the nerve/intelligence fluids of plants, being complex, volatile substances containing plant hormones, nutrients and thousands of other bio-chemicals that scientists haven’t documented yet. When smelling or applying essentials oil to the skin, they are absorbed and carried through the bloodstream to their intended target.
Essential oils have a balancing effect on the body, mind and emotions. Having a wide range of healing properties, pure essential oils are used with ease and convenience by all.

The natural plant fluid oil offers gentle alternatives to the dangers of “synthetic drugs.” This aspect can be particularly beneficial for the chemically sensitive. You don’t have to be in therapy to use essential oils. That’s why “aromatherapy” is a misleading term creating “experts” having you believe that essential oils are a mystery that can only be understood with years of experience and specialized training. This is how many aromatherapists are justified. Neither, essential oils, nor their uses were invented by Gatlefosse.

Plant derived aromatic massage oils and salves were used by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Arabic and Chinese enhancing mental, emotional and physical health. The father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, believed that “The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and massage every day.”

The 3,000 year old traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda) regarded aromatic massage and baths as an important component of its healing. Spas today incorporate the benefits of essential oils in a form of massage known as “aromassage.”  Even though a massage is relaxing and helps increase circulation and eliminates impurities, combining with deep massage the relaxing aromatic properties of essential oils, may influence your physical health and emotional outlook. Never having this type of massage you’re in for a feely, smelly treat, grab a towel and a partner and enjoy!

Remember Not All Oils are Created Equally!  Making sure that the essential oils you are using are pure, botanically based and not synthetic fragrance oils is the first rule. Essential oils vary in price, depending on the type of plant they are extracted from and the manufacturing. In other words, if the price of the essential oil is low, your best bet is to assume that the product is also.

Also needed is a “carrier” or “messenger,” oil to add to, or blend your essential oils. These can be irritating when applied directly to the skin. Quality messenger oils such as jojoba, sweet almond, grape seed, apricot kernel, or peach kernel should be used. While oils such as vegetable or olive are sometimes recommended, I personally find that these tend to “cling” to skin rather than be neatly absorbed. The best ratio for mixing a massage oil blend is three to five drops of essential oil per each tablespoon of carrier oil.  Courier Xpress is my handcrafted carrier oil made with pure organic grape seed oil and 24K gold flakes,

Your personal preferences and needs should be complemented by your selection of essential oils. For instance, if you feel a need to de- stress, lavender or peppermint are good choices. If you’ve been lacking energy and need to refocus, lemon should be your choice. Remember, though, it is personal choice.

Here’s the 7 Essential Oils – All of which are available individually or as a complete set at my online store.  These oils are simply the best organic quality you can buy!

  • DV Tea Tree 6

This tree’s leaves were used by the aborigines of Australia to help heal wounds and to make a tea. The common name comes from the European colonists who loved the tea. Captain Cook used the tea to overcome scurvy in his men. Tea tree has a lemony scent. It is beneficial for head-clearing effects, assisting in skin and fungal conditions, respiratory infections and female bacterial yeast infections. It is an effective insect, particularly mosquito, repellent for humans as well as cats and dogs.

Anecdotal Evidence: Respiratory, decongestant, skin, digestive, cleansing qualities.

  • Ova Lemon 3

Lemon was used to calm pregnant women and to relieve morning sickness. Even today, lemon oil is used to treat nausea and stimulate appetite and circulation. The purifying qualities of lemon have been documented for thousands of years. They include treating colds and sore throats and cleansing. Lemon oil can be used as a skin cosmetic, a conditioner, a mild deodorant and exfoliate.

Anecdotal Evidence: Tooth whitener, hair lightener, bacterial cleanser, skin tonic, astringent, diuretic, cooking, refreshing, uplifting.

  • Phi Mint 1

Phi Mint 1 is a menthaceous herb whose stock and stems are perfectly square. The leaves from the peppermint plant are cultivated, harvested and extracted to obtain the aromatic neuro-cerebral pungent oil. In order to honor an ancient wisdom, use a phi measure of white blossom peppermint to purple blossom peppermint.

Anecdotal Evidence: Cooling, refreshing, stimulating, mild topical pain relief, memory enhancement, as well as nasal, lung, ad head-clearing qualities.

  • Pi Orange 2

Orange oil comes from the peel of the fruit. The scent of orange oil is sweet and it promotes a bright and positive social mood. It is light, tangy and crisp, and is a great skin food.

Anecdotal Evidence: Promotes restful sleep, positive feelings, mucus clearing, nervine, overall body strengthener, digestive, bright outlook, aphrodisiac.

  • Septa Lavender 7

Lavender oil for thousands of years has been the most widely used and versatile healing oil. It is effective, easy to use and is the only essential oil that can be 100 percent safely applied undiluted to the skin. Lavender oil is really a treat for the skin because it prevents scaring, especially stretch marks, and promotes health and healing. Lavender is a great sanitizer and is used in eye lotions, mouthwash and skin tonics. From restful sleep to emotional stability, arthritis, rheumatism and headache relief, you’ll love your septa lavender Mother Nature’s Sacred Oils.

Anecdotal Evidence: Head clearing, respiratory, nervine, relaxant, digestive, skin health, sedative, analgesic, decongestant.

  • Star Eucalyptus 5

The eucalyptus is dubbed the fever tree. It has a strong, balsamic odor that increases the healthfulness of the air and environment. This is particularly true around dank, swampy, marshy illness-riddled districts because its roots helped to dry out waterlogged soils. Eucalyptus was used as a malaria preventative in Sicily. The eucalyptus leaves are used in distillation.

Anecdotal Evidence: Head clearing, refreshing, invigorating, respiratory, decongestant, cleansing, cooking, reduces inflammation and spasms, and acts as an analgesic.

  • Tetra Basil 4

Basil has been cultivated for at least 4,000 years in India. It was there considered a sacred herb and a protection against illness. Sweet basil oil is said to aid concentration and clarify the mind. It was obtained from the flowers and leaves of basil. Out of 150 varieties of basil, I use four leaf groups; hence, tetra basil. Avoid use during pregnancy.

Anecdotal Evidence: Digestive, circulatory, respiratory, soothing muscle relaxant, uplifting, aphrodisiac, mental stimulation.

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