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Top 5 Essential Oils for Healing with Aromatherapy

Top 5 Essential Oils for Healing with Aromatherapy

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Top 5 Essential Oils

If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know that aromatherapy and perfuming are high on my list of passions, which is why I want to share with you my top 5 essential oils for healing with aromatherapy.

Because essential oils come from plants, they carry the energetic properties of the plant they were extracted from. So when you work with these sacred tools, you’re layering the energy of the plant medicine with the magic of aromatherapy. For example, an oil like Patchouli, may be antibacterial, anti-fungal, and carry attraction and abundance energy.

At the same time that you are invoking these medicinal and metaphysical properties, you are also tapping into the response of the body to the aroma of the oil.

This is where the olfactory system, which is strongly linked to our deepest subconscious, comes in. We can literally tap into our deepest memories through the power of scent. If you’d like to learn more about the aromatherapy classes I teach, click here.

So now let’s explore the top 5 essential oils for healing with aromatherapy.

Lavender

No discussion on the benefits of essential oils can begin without first singing the praises of the versatile and wonderfully aromatic lavender. One of the most popular essential oils for aromatherapy, lavender has an amazing smell that is gentle enough for most, but which still packs a remarkably powerful punch. Lavender essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the plant and then steam distilled. Well known for its curative properties, including stress relief, this oil can be used in countless ways. The word lavender comes from the Latin ‘lavera’, which literally means to wash.

Lavender essential oil is famous for its calming and relaxing properties, but did you know it possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties? Lavender essential oil has been used to alleviate pain and swelling of achy joints and can ease sore muscles as well.

This is an ideal essential oil to use in your bathing rituals. Just a few drops in a warm bath will leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and ready for new challenges. Lavender essential oil is a favorite amongst massage therapists to help relax their clients. If you have trouble sleeping consider adding a little lavender to your diffuser, or feel free to anoint your pillow or headrest to encourage more restful sleep.

Peppermint

Did you smell that? Or rather, did you feel that? A naturally cooling agent, it only takes a quick whiff of peppermint to put the bounce back into your step. Peppermint essential oil is potent, so keep that in mind when you choose to work with it. The menthol component in peppermint can be an irritant for many people, and contact with the eyes should be strictly avoided. But it is this cooling effect which has made peppermint so valuable for aromatherapy and healing throughout the world.

A naturally occurring hybrid of spearmint and watermint, peppermint essential oil has a remarkably refreshing effect that can be effectively used to stimulate mental awareness and encourage alertness. It also boosts energy. Unlike lavender, peppermint essential oil is extracted before the plant actually blossoms, and is then steam distilled.

A favorite amongst the ancient Romans, who prized it for its welcoming aroma and medicinal properties, peppermint primarily works its magic by reducing inflammation. It brings relief from joint and muscle pain, dissolves headaches, and can also be used to help clear up various skin conditions. Nausea, gas, bloating, and other digestive issues respond amazingly to the cooling effects of peppermint. In fact, peppermint was used as far back as Ancient Egypt to aid with digestion.

Tea Tree

Tea tree is by far one of the most popular and effective essential oils for aromatherapy. A native of Australia, tea tree oil is famously known for its antimicrobial benefits. The local Aborigines used tea tree oil as an effective antiseptic for thousands of years before European contact, and legend has it that the name ‘tea tree’ actually came from the British explorer Captain Cook. Tea tree oil has a delightfully fresh, herbal aroma, and much like peppermint, this essential oil is very potent and contact with the eyes and mucous membranes should be avoided.

 

Tea tree essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the tree and steam distilled. There are so many ways to use this oil. Tea tree essential oil can be inhaled through a humidifier, but it can also be applied directly to the skin through a neutral lotion, oil, or cream which can then be massaged into the skin. Another wonderful way of benefitting from tea tree’s medicinal properties is to add a few drops to your warm bath and allow yourself to enjoy a nice, invigorating soak that will leave you deeply cleansed and feeling refreshed.

Eucalyptus

Another native of Australia, eucalyptus is a powerful essential oil with an incredibly recognizable scent. Known for its fresh and minty aroma, this essential oil is primarily used to treat respiratory diseases, but it also enhances concentration and focus. A powerful antimicrobial and autoimmune stimulant, eucalyptus is highly prized as an ingredient in decongestant chest rubs and many topical pain relievers.

Eucalyptus essential oil’s properties don’t stop there. It can also be used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, and as a diuretic. Much like peppermint, eucalyptus also has cooling properties which help it fight migraines and fevers. This cooling capability also relieves muscle aches and pains.

Eucalyptus essential oil can also be used to help treat colds and flus and nourish hair. If you’re under the weather, just a few drops of oil in your diffuser will help cleanse your body of the toxins which are making you feel sick. If you suffer from dandruff or an itchy scalp, feel free to rub some eucalyptus essential oil into your scalp to give your hair a rejuvenating moisturizing treatment.

Frankincense

Frankincense is one of the oldest and most useful essential oils in the world. Extracted from the resin of one of four species of the genus Boswellia, this essential oil is well-known as a traditional incense that can boast a range of amazing curative properties as well. In fact, its roots as a sacred incense are so deep that it has been used throughout history and across several cultures in numerous spiritual and religious ceremonies.

Frankincense has a unique aroma which is hard to describe in words. It is a perfect combination of woodsy, earthy, and citrus and it compliments almost every other essential oil you can think of. Frankincense essential oil can be used to boost low spirits, relieve stress, and to aid with digestion. It is also an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It is also known that frankincense oil can help minimize the appearance of scars and can be used to help minor wounds heal faster. Insect bites and other skin ailments respond very well to this ancient oil.

Enjoy exploring the magic of aromatherapy, dear ones.

 

Spring Cleaning – Part 3

Spring Cleaning – Part 3

Today’s Spring Cleaning post will be the last in the ‘Spring Cleaning’ series. In ‘Part III’ we are going to discuss the antibacterial and antiviral properties of White Thyme Essential Oil.

White Thyme (Thymus zygis)

Organic Thyme Sweet White Essential Oil (1/3 oz)

White Thyme Essential Oil helps kill airborne bacteria and fends off infectious diseases. Try using 3-5 drops in an Oil Burner. White Thyme Essential Oil can also be used in cleaning mixtures.

Antibacterial Spray

2 cups Water

2 Tablespoons Liquid Castile Soap

1 Tablespoon White Thyme Essential Oil

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Pour ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake to mix. Use this mixture to clean sinks, toilet seats, and other surface areas you wish to disinfect. Spray surfaces and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Wipe down with a clean, damp cloth.

White Thyme Essential Oil can also be added to your laundry (2-4 Tablespoons per load, depending on load size) for fresh, clean, disinfected towels and bath cloths.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Debra Mauldin (Certified Aromatherapist)

Email: mauldinfamily1@yahoo.com

Read more about ‘Spring Cleaning’ at:

https://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/spring-cleaning-part-1/

https://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/spring-cleaning-part-2/

Please support my work by purchasing all of your aromatherapy needs at:

Sources:

The Essential Oils Book by Colleen K. Dodt

Whip Up Your Own Cleaning Products in All You Issue 3 2012

Spring Cleaning – Part 2

Spring Cleaning – Part 2

Today we are going to talk about Tea Tree Essential Oil. It is truly an ‘essential’ for the household when it comes to ‘spring cleaning’ and a good essential oil to have on hand year round.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tea Tree Essential Oil Organic (1/3 oz)

Tea Tree Essential Oil is antiseptic, anti-infectious, and antiviral. It is fungicidal and acts as a parasiticide. Tea Tree Essential Oil has a medicinal aroma that will leave your home smelling fresh and clean. It fights bacteria and mildew safely and naturally.

Try Tea Tree Essential Oil as a toilet bowl cleanser. Mix together: 1/2 cup Baking Soda, 1/2 cup Distilled White Vinegar, and 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil. Pour this mixture into your toilet bowl and leave for 10-15 minutes. Then use a toilet brush to scrub bowl and flush.

Tea Tree Essential Oil can also be added to a tub and tile scrub mixture. Using a funnel, pour 2 teaspoon Borax, 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Castille Soap, 1/2 cup Distilled White Vinegar, 30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil, and 3 cups Hot Water into a spray bottle. Shake well to mix. Put on your gloves, spray surface to be cleansed, and scrub with a sponge. When finished, rinse with hot water. Step back, sniff, and enjoy your fresh, clean bathroom.

Another use for Tea Tree Essential Oil is in your mop water. In a 2 gallon bucket, mix: 1 cup Distilled White Vinegar, 2 teaspoons Liquid Castille Soap, 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil, 1 gallon hot water. Mop your floors as usual. No need to rinse, just let it air-dry.

You can add other Essential Oils to this mixture for different aromas: Grapefruit, Lemon, or White Thyme. All three contain antibacterial properties. Just add 10 drops of your chosen Essential Oil to the mixture above. We will discuss some of these Essential Oils further in later blogs.

Place 6-8 drops of Tea Tree Essential oil to a cotton ball and place these anywhere in the home that mold and mildew are prone to grow.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Debra Mauldin (Certified Aromatherapist)

Email: mauldinfamily1@yahoo.com

Read ‘Spring Cleaning – Part 1’ at:

https://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/spring-cleaning-part-1/?frame-nonce=d761e24089

Please support my work by purchasing all of your aromatherapy needs at:

Sources:

The Essential Oils Book by Colleen K. Dodt

Whip Up Your Own Cleaning Products in All You Issue 3 2012

Spring Cleaning – Part 1

Spring Cleaning – Part 1

Spring has sprung and many thoughts are turning to ‘Spring Cleaning’. Remember, you don’t have to go out and buy a lot of harsh chemical cleaning supplies. You can thoroughly clean and disinfect your home using natural ingredients.

Let’s start with a list of items you will need or may already have on hand.

You will need: Baking soda, Borax, Liquid Castile Soap, Distilled white Vinegar, and rubber gloves.

Essential Oils you will need, or may already have on hand, include: Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, and White Thyme.

For the purpose of this article, we are going to focus on the antifungal and antibacterial properties of essential oils, as well as cleaning recipes and uses.

Grapefruit (Citris paradisi)

Grapefruit Essential Oil Organic (1/3 oz)

Grapefruit Essential Oil acts as an antiseptic and contains anti-infectious properties. It disinfects and leaves a fresh, warm citrus aroma that will uplift everyone in the home.

Try it in your dishwasher for shiny, clean, and disinfected glassware and silverware:

2 cups Baking Soda

2 cups Borax

25 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

Put on your gloves, add ingredients together in a bowl, stir with your hands to mix, making sure there are no clumps. Place this mixture in a plastic container. Use 2 Tablespoons mixture per wash.

Try it in your dryer. Simply place 2-4 drops, (depending on load size), Grapefruit Essential Oil to a clean cloth and add the cloth to your laundry in the dryer. Your clothes will carry an uplifting aroma throughout your day.

Another way to incorporate Grapefruit Essential Oil into your ‘Spring Cleaning’ is to place 4-6 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil onto a cotton ball and strategically place the cotton balls throughout your home; closets, drawers, cabinets, etc…

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Debra Mauldin (Certified Aromatherapist)

Please support my work by purchasing all your aromatherapy needs at:

Sources:

The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood

The Essential Oils Book by Colleen K. Dodt

Spring-Cleaning in All You Issue 3 2012

Essential Oil Recipe for Ostara/Spring Equinox

Essential Oil Recipe for Ostara/Spring Equinox

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Add the following essential oils to 1 oz. of carrier oil:

15 drops – Chamomile

15 drops – Geranium

15 drops – Myrrh

Swirl gently until all oils are thoroughly mixed.

Place 8 to 10 drops in a bath; Use 3 to 5 drops to anoint candles; Wear 4 to 6 drops as a body perfume; Place 3 to 5 drops into water in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner.

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New Heavenly French Lavender & more—15% off

These three new Amrita essential oils are worthy of your special notice! AND through March 31, 2017, take 15% off their price.
Use checkout code THREENEW.

  1. New heavenly French Lavender— USDA-certified organic AND wild-crafted. Dr Streicher writes, “This is the finest Lavender in the world. It can only be described as heavenly. Grown wild in the high regions of Provence, it is very difficult to procure.  After a long search we have located an exquisite oil.” French Lavender is the essential oil that launched modern Aromatherapy. Its elegant fragrance surrounds you with an aroma halo. A few drops on your pillowcase can help you sleep. A drop or two in Jojoba carrier oil can help with rheumatism.  Apply a drop or two directly to a cut, a burn, a bruise, or a bite. While supplies last.   
  2. USDA-certified organic Myrrh from Somalia—Everyone connects Myrrh to the Bible stories—Myrrh is a marvelous essential oil with a myriad of uses. PubMed cites 423 recent studies on Myrrh in modern medicine. Research ranges from chronic disease and cancer treatment to memory enhancement and wound healing. Traditionally Myrrh helps with chapped skin, for aromatherapy massage, to help with coughs and colds, to address thyroid problems, and for healing injuries. It is among the mild non-irritating oils and has anti-bacterial properties. It calms and uplifts.
  3. USDA-certified organic Siberian Fir from Bulgaria—This oil transports you to untouched forests. It rates high for both spiritual and physical characteristics. Bathe with it or diffuse it for stress or troubles and somehow problems are just more manageable. Siberian Fir boosts mental clarity. It’s good for chronic fatigue, pain and stiffness of muscles, arthritis, and respiratory problems.

Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist

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Feng Shui – Neroli Essential Oil

Feng Shui – Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli is a favorite scent derived from orange blossoms. Its light, sweet floral fragrance makes you feel like it’s spring no matter what the time of year. This essential oil has many healing benefits, too, including antibacterial, antiseptic, and carminative. But one of its powerhouse uses is as an aphrodisiac. Inhaling a few drops from a diffuser or from the skin increases libido and creates romantic feelings for those dreamy nights at home. …

Neroli Essential Oil (1/3 oz)

Neroli Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium

Distillation Method: Steam distillation of the flowers.

Origin: Morocco

Very relaxing, helping to aid feelings of anxiety and apathy. Due to its calming effect may be beneficial to sexual problems. May aid symptoms of irritability and tearfulness.

Scent Characteristics: Light, sweet, floral scent with a hint of citrus.

Warning: Keep out of reach of children. Highly concentrated, dilute properly before use. Keep away from eyes & mucous membranes. Not for internal use.

Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist

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