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ESSENTIAL OILS INFORMATION

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SO WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY YOU SAY? WHAT DOES IT DO FOR ME?  WELL LET ME SHARE A FEW THINGS I KNOW ABOUT IT AND WE CAN BOTH LEARN.

THE HISTORY OF FRAGRANCE IS SHROUDED IN MYSTERY.  PRIMITIVE USE BEGAN WITH  BURNING GUMS AND RESINS FOR INCENSE, THEN EVENTUALLY  TO RICH SCENTED PLANTS THAT WERE INCORPORATED INTO ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE OILS TO ANOINT THE BODY FOR CEREMONY AND PLEASURE.  

FROM 7000 TO 4000 BC, THE FOILS OF OLIVE AND SESAME ARE THOUGHT TO BE COMBINED WITH FRAGRANT PLANTS TO CREATE THE ORIGINAL NEOLITHIC OINTMENTS.   EGYPTIANS IMPORTED MYRRH AND SPICES, GUMS AND FRAGRANT PLANTS RESERVED FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES. 

THEN THE HEBREWS IN 1200 BC EMPLOYED FRAGRANCE TO CONSECRATE THEIR TEMPLES, ALTARS, CANDLES AND PRIEST.  THE HOLY OIL GIVEN TO MOSES FOR THE INITIATION OF PRIEST:  MYRRH, CINNAMON AND CLAMUS , WIXED WITH OLIVE OIL. 

THE Ancient Greek WORLD WAS RICH IN FRAGRANCE ALSO.  THE GREEK WORD AR’OMATA, DESCRIBES INCENSE, PERFUME, SPICES,AND AROMATIC MEDICINES.  A CONCOCTION, MANUFACTURED BY A PERFUMER NAME MEGALLUS, WAS THE LEGENDARY MEGALEION, WHICH CONTAINED BURNT RESIN, CASSSIA, CINNAMON AND MYRRH AND WAS USED IN THE TREATMENT OF WOUNDS AND INFLAMMATION.

BY THE 7TH CENTURY BC ATHENS SET UP MERCANTIL CENTRS IN WHICH HUNDRED OF PERFUMER SET UP SHOP,  THEIR TRADE WAS HEAVY IN FRAGRANT HERBS SUCH AS MARJORAM, LILY, THYME, SAGE, ANISE, ROSE AND IRIS INFUSED INTO OLIVE, ALMOND, CASTOR AND LINSEED OILS TO MAKE THICK UNGUENTS.

SO YOU SEE  ITS NOT SOMETHING NEW  AND YET SO MANY OF US HAVE NEVER USED ESSENTIAL OILS OR AFRAID.

FROM THE Far East, JAPAN, ARABIA , THE AMERICAS HELD FRAGRANT TREASURES:  BALSAM OF PERU AND TOLU, JUNIPER, AMERICAN CEDAR, SASSAFRAS, AND TROPICAL FLOWERS LIKE VANILLA.  THE NATIVE AMERICAS HAD ALONG HISTORY WITH  BURNING INCENSE AND USING SCENTED OINTMENTS.  AZTECS WERE AS EXTRAVAGANT WITH INCENSE AS THE EGYPTIANS.  PEOPLE OF THE Great Plains USED ECHINACEA AS A SMOKE TREATMENT FOR HEADACHES; MANY TRIBES USED PUNGENT PLANTS SUCH AS GOLDENROD, FLEABANE AND PEARLY EVERLASTING  THERAPEUTICLLY .

FRANCE BECAME THE LEADER IN RE-ESTABLISHING THE THERAPEUTIC USES OF FRAGRANCE.  IN 1928 THE TERM “AROMATHERAPY” WAS COINED BY THE FRENCH CHEMIST RENE-MAURICE GATTEFOSS’S INTRODUCING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THERAPETIC PURPOSES WAS STIMULATED BY A LABORATORY EXPLOSION IN HIS FAMILY PERFUMERY BUSINESS, WHICH HIS HAND WAS SEVERELY BURNED.   HE PLUNGED HIS HAND INTO A CONTAINER OF LAVENDER OIL AND WAS AMAZED AT HOW QUICKLY IT HEALED.

THROUGHOUT OF THESE YEARS AND HARD WORK OF PIONEERS HAVE TURNED AROMATHERAPY INTO A HEALING ART, REDISCOVERING THE USES OF FRAGRANCE FROM ANCIENT TIMES AND SPARKED A REVIVAL OF AROMATHERAPY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD!!!

HERES A THOUGHT FOR YOU!   

DID YOU KNOW THAT FEMALES HAVE A KEENER SENSE OF SMELL THAN MALES!!  EVEN AS INFANTS!

SO LADIES,  MAKE SURE TO TELL YOUR HUSBANDS THE KIND OF PERFUME YOU LIKE SO YOU DON’T GET SOMETHING THAT SMELLS LIKE A GREASE SHOP!

THEIR ARE SO MANY ESSENTIAL OILS TO CHOOSE FROM AND THAT HAVE SO MANY DIFFERENT PROPERTIES AND THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES;  I WILL GO INTO SOME MAIN BASIC ONES FOR YOU.


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BASIC ESSENTIAL OILS AND USE

DON’T USE UNDILUTED ESSENTIAL OILS ON THE SKIN.  THEY CAN CAUSE BURNING, SKIN IRRITATIONS AND PHOTOSENSITIVITY.  THERE ARE A FEW EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE, SUCH AS LAVENDER OR TEA TREE UNDILUTED ON BURNS, INSECT BITES, PIMPLES AS LONG AS YOU DON’T HAVE EXTREMELY SENSITIVE SKIN.

USE PURE ESSENTIAL OILS FROM PLANTS.

TEST FOR SENSITIVITIES, MOST PEOPLE WITH SENSITIVITY TO SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES ARE NOT SENSITIVE TO HIGH QUALITY ESSENTIAL OILS. 

KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.  DON’T TAKE ESSENTIAL OILS ORALLY UNLESS THEY ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ORAL THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES.  USE CAUTION DURING PREGNANCY AND FIRST TRIMESTER, SOME MAY BE TOO STIMULATING FOR WOMEN PRONE TO MISCARRIAGE. 

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS AND USE WISELY, ALWAYS READ UP ON YOUR OILS.  AND I’M NOT A DOCTOR OR CERTIFIED AROMATHERAPIST (BUT HOPE TO BE SOON) AND I ONLY HOPE TO INSPIRE OTHERS ABOUT AROMATHERAPY AND HEALING PLANTS FOR A GREENER EARTH.

INFORMATION ON HOW TO

 MAKE BLENDS

THEIR IS ALWAYS A DILUTION RATE WITH A CARRIER OIL:

1% DILUTION:  5-6 DROPS ESSENTIAL OIL PER OUNCE OF CARRIER OIL

2% DILUTION:  10-12 DROPS ESSENTIAL OIL PER OUNCE OF CARRIER OIL

3 % DILUTION:  15-18 DROPS OF ESSENTIAL OIL PER OUNCE OF CARRIER OIL

10 DROPS= 1/10 TSP=1/60 OZ=ABOUT 1/8 DRAM=ABOUT 1/2 ML.

12.5 DROPS=1/8 TSP=1/48 OZ=1/6 DRAM=ABOUT 5/8ML.

25 DROPS=1/4 TSP=1/24 OZ=1/3 DRAM=ABOUT 1 1/4 ML.

COMMON CARRIER OILS ARE:  ALMOND, APRICOT, AVOCADO, CASTOR, COCONUT, COCOA BUTTER ,GRAPESEED, JOJOBA, OLIVE.  MY FAVORITE IS FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL!


TEN BASIC ESSENTIAL OILS

LAVENDER:  FIRST-AID OIL, ANTIVIRAL AND ANTIBACTERIAL, BOOST IMMUNITY, ANTI-DEPRESSANT,ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTI-SPASMODIC

CHAMOMILE:  ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTI-ALLERGENIC, DIGETIVE, RELAZANT, ANTI-DEPRESSANT

MARJORAM:  ANTI-SPASMODIC, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTISEPTIC

ROSEMARY:  STIMULATING TO CIRCULATION, RELIEVES PAIN, DECONGESTANT, IMPROVES CIRCULATION

TEA TREE:  ANTIFUNGAL, ANTIYEAST, ANTIBACTERIAL

CYPRESS:  ASTRINGENT, STIMULATING TO CIRCULATION, ANTISEPTIC, ASTRIGENT

PEPPERMINT:  DIGESTIVE, CLEARNS SINUSES, ANTISEPTIC, DECONGESTANT, STIMULANT

EUCALYPTUS:  DECONGESTANT, ANTIVIRAL, ANTIBACTERIAL STIMULANT

BERGAMOT:  ANTIDEPRESSANT, ANTI-PARASITIC, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

GERANIUM:  BALANCING TO MIND AND BODY, ANTI FUNGAL,ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

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ESSENTIAL OILS BY SCENT TYPES

FLOWERY:  GERANIUM, JASMINE, LAVENDER, PALMAROSA, ROSE, VANILLA, YLANG YLANG

CITRUS:  BERGAMOT, CITRONELLA, GRAPEFRUIT, LEMON, LEMONGRASS, LIME, MELISSA, NEROLI, ORANGE, PETITGRAIN, TANGERINE

SPICY:  CINNAMON, CLOVE, GINGER, NUTMEG, PEPPER

WOODY:  CEDARWOOD, CORIANDER,CYPRESS, FIR, FRANKINCENSE, HELICHRYSUM, JUNIPER, MYRRH, PATCHOULI, SANDALWOOD, VETIVER

HERBAL:  BASIL, CHAMOMILE, CLARY SAGE, EUCALYPTUS, MARJORAM, OREGANO, PEPPERMINT, PINE, ROSEMARY, SAGE, TEA TREE, THYME

OILS IN THE SAME CATEGORY BLEND WELL TOGETHER!

SO MANY POSSIBILITIES WITH ESSENTIAL OILS!  I EVEN MAKE MY OWN PERFUME.  HOW ABOUT DISINFECTANT ROOM SPRAYS, FIRST-AID SPRAY, FOOT SOAKS, NASAL INHALER;  THEIR ARE ALOT OF BOOKS ON ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY SO HOPE THIS INSPIRES YOU TO DIG A LITTLE DEEPER AND HAVE SOME HOMEMADE NATURAL FUN!


RECIPES FOR E.O. BLENDS

AIR FRESHNER:

  • SPRUCE. 50 DROPS
  • LAVENDER 25 DROPS
  • EUCALYPTUS 25 DROPS
  • CEDARWOOD 20 DROPS
  • DISTILLED WATER 4 FLUID OZ

FILL A 4 OZ MIST SPRAY BOTTLE WITH THE WATER AND ADD THE ESSENTIAL OILS( EO) AND SHAKE BOTTLE TO MIX.  THE INGREDIENTS AGE AND BECOME STRONGER.

  • MOOD ELEVATING:
  • GERANIUM 5 DROPS
  • BERGAMOT 4 DROPS
  • ALLSPICE   3 DROPS
  • ORANGE  3 DROPS

CARRIER OIL. 1 TSP (5 ML)

MUSCLE RELAXER:

  • CEDARWOOD. 4 DROPS
  • CHAMOMILE. 4 DROPS
  • LAVENDAR. 4 DROPS
  • LEMONGRASS. 3 DROPS
  • CARRIER OIL. 1 TSP (5 ML)

CALMING MASSAGE OIL:

  • YLANG-YLANG  5 DROPS
  • ORANGE. 5 DROPS
  • PETITGRAIN. 5 DROPS
  • CARRIER OIL. 1 TAB (15 ML)

ROMANCE MASSAGE OIL:

  • YLANG-YLANG. 5 DROPS
  • PATCHOULI. 3 DROPS
  • CLOVE. 3 DROPS
  • ORANGE. 3 DROPS
  • CLARY SAGE 1 DROP

CARRIER OIL 1 TAB (15 ML)

 

STRESS RELIVER:  MIST SPRAY

 

  • CHAMOMILE. 60 DROPS
  • GERANIUM. 30 DROPS
  • CINNAMON  20 DROPS
  • LAVENDER. 30 DROPS
  • DISTILLED WATER 4 FLUID OZ. (120ML)

 

DE-STRESS BLEND:  ( ROLLER BOTTLE. 10 ML)

  • 10 DROPS. BEGAMOT
  • 10 DROPS ROMAN CHAMOMILE
  • 10 DROPS FRANKINCENSE
  • ADD TO 10 ML ROLLER BOTTLE AND APPLY TO BOTTOM OF THE FEET

PERFUME/COLONGE:

  • ORANGE  4 DROPS
  • GERANIUM. 2 DROPS
  • LAVENDER. 3 DROPS
  • SANDALWOOD. 4 DROPS
  • DILUTE IN 1 OZ OF CARRIER OIL FOR MESSAGE OR USE JOJOBA OIL FOR PERFUME

 

SKIN CREAM:

  • 10-15 DROPS FRANKINCENSE
  • 10-15 DROPS LAVENDER
  • 5-10-DROPS GERANIUM
  • 3-5 DROPS SANDALWOOD

ADD TO 1/2 C. COCONUT OIL.  APPLY TO SKIN REGULARLY.

CAN ADD 1 DROP OF LEMON AT NIGHT TO HELP CLEANR AND RENEW SKIN,  JUST MAKE SURE TO BE OUT OF THE SUN AT LEAST 12 HOURS.  CYPRESS CAN ALSO BE ADDED TO HELP WITH DARK CIRCLES UNDER EYES.

LIP BALM:

  • 1 OZ BEESWAX
  • 1 OZ COCONUT OIL
  • 1/2 OZ SHEA BUTTER
  • 1/2 OZ COCOA BUTTER
  • 20 DROPS PEPPERMINT EO
  • 10 DROPS LAVENDER EO

THIS RECIPE MAKES 3 OUNCES OF LIP BALM .  20 LIP BLAM TUBES.

LINE UP EMPTY LIP BALM TUBES, MEASURE BUTTERS AND OILS AND PLACE IN GLASS JAR.  FILL LARGE SAUCEPAN WITH 1-1/2 INCHES OF WATER AN BRING TO BOIL.   ONCE BOILING, ADD GLASS JAR IN CENTER OF SAUCEPAN,  STIR EVERY FEW MIN UNTIL INGREDIENTS ARE MELTED AND COMBINED.   ONCE WAX IS MELTED REMOVE FROM HEAT AND LET COOL 3 MINUTES THEN ADD THE ESSENTIAL OILS.  POUR MIXTURE INTO LIP BALM CONTAINERS AND LET COOL.

FOCUS BLEND:

  • 20 DROPS WILD ORANGE
  • 20 DROPS PEPPERMINT
  • TOP OFF 10 ML ROLLER BOTTLE WITH FCO ( FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL
  • GREAT FOR KIDS TO USE DURING HOMEWORK!

 

 

HERE ARE SOME POPULAR BRANDS OF ESSENTIAL OILS:

YOUNG LIVING

ROCKYMOUNTIANOILS

DOTERRA

PLANT THERAPY ESSENTIAL OILS

 

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