Tea Tree Tested for Strep, Staph, Candida, Acne, Athlete’s Foot & Antibiotic

Tea Tree forest
Tea Tree forest

I’ve been trying to spread the word about the multitude of uses for essential oils over the past 15 years and most of what I’ve heard from the medical community is…

There’s no way an essential oil could work as well as an antibiotic or common western medicine. Well, the scientists that have been conducting tests with all natural essential oils have been proving them wrong.

Essential oils DO work, for a multitude of ailments and only now are being accepted as a “maybe” for a viable replacement.

The widespread use of antibiotics has contributed to the development of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic treatment.

Now we’ve got bacteria that can not be killed by the typical antibiotic and the western medical world is having to look for alternatives.

Bacteria that are resistant to penicillins, vancomycin, and other antibiotics can cause life-threatening wound infections, primarily in hospitalized patients. There is a critical need to develop new antibiotics with new mechanisms of action.

Tea Tree Blossoms

Tea tree oil and manuka oil are natural substances that appear to be good candidates for the development of new antimicrobial products.


This article provides a thorough review of the evidence for a role of these oils in inhibiting the growth of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

However, the experimental conditions and the mode of administration of the oils are not always described. It is not clear how much of the evidence is based on test tube studies and how much is based on topical application of the oils in animal or human subjects.


Review of Tea Tree Oil and Manuka Oil

-Reichling J, Weseler A, Landvatter U, Saller R.

Bioactive essential oils used in phytomedicine as anti-infective agents: Australian tea tree oil and manuka oil. Acta Phytotherapeuitca. 2002;1:26-32.

tea tree blossoms
tea tree blossoms

Australian tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree that grows in the subtropical coastal regions of New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.

New Zealand tea tree oil, better known as manuka oil, is made from the leaves and young branches of the manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium).

Both Manuka and Tea Tree oils are known to have antimicrobial properties and are used in a variety of products applied to the skin.

Australian tea tree oil is widely used in skin creams, body lotions, shampoos, and oral hygiene products. It is also used medicinally to treat skin ulcers and infections.

Manuka oil is used in a skin cream to treat sores on the feet. The purpose of this article was to review the antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral effects of these oils for human and veterinary use.

The essential oils from the Australian tea tree and New Zealand manuka tree contain different compounds and display different antimicrobial activities.

Tea tree oil contains primarily monoterpenes, with terpinen-4-ol as the main component. Tea tree oil contains only small amounts of sesquiterpenes.In contrast, the dominant components of manuka oil are sesquiterpenes. Manuka oil contains only traces of terpinen-4-ol.

Tea tree oil shows activity against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. These include the human pathogens;

Escherichia coli and various Streptococcus and Staphylococcus species. Tea tree oil inhibits the growth of the fungus Candida albicans, the culprit in common yeast infections, and other fungi that cause athlete’s foot infections.

It also inhibits the growth of Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium implicated in acne. A clinical study found that a gel containing 5% tea tree oil was as effective as a 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion, the established treatment of acne vulgaris.

Tea tree oil may be useful against skin and ear infections in dogs and cats, because it inhibits the growth of the common fungus Malassezia pachydermatis (some caution is warranted when treating animals with tea tree and other essential oils as cases of toxicosis have been repeatedly reported by veterinarians when the oil was applied topically to dogs, cats, and birds. In most cases, the oil was used to treat dermatological conditions at inappropriate high doses.

The typical symptoms of toxicosis observed were depression weakness, uncoordination, and muscle tremors. In the majority of cases, treatment of clinical signs and supportive care have been sufficient to achieve recovery free from pathological conditions within several days.1

Manuka oil has antimicrobial activity against a more limited range of organisms than tea tree oil. It is largely ineffectively against Gram-negative bacteria. However, the investigated Gram-positive bacteria were susceptible to manuka oil at lower concentrations than tea tree oil. A â-triketones-enriched manuka oil inhibited the growth of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium implicated in stomach ulcers, more effectively than tea tree oil.

—Heather S. Oliff, Ph.D.

1Refer Villar D. et al., “Toxicity of melaleuca oil and related essential oils applied topically on dogs and cats,” Vet Human Toxicol. 1994;36(2):139-142).

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Melaleuca forest
Melaleuca forest

There are numerous tests being done everyday to further enhance the reputation of the natural healing qualities of essential oils to prove once and for all that they really do work, and could benefit us in so many ways.

The natural world is full of wonderful healing medicine……


Eco-Friendly “Green” Laundry Tips

Natural Laundry Tips


I love finding new a different ways to use essential oils and am always looking for new applications for them. They truly are little miracles and have helped me be so much more eco-friendly and ‘green’ than I ever thought possible.

You can help your laundry “go green” along with the rest of your household by creating simple laundry products in your own kitchen.

How to Make Homemade Laundry Softener;

A simple laundry softener can be made from 1 part Borax and 2 parts Baking Soda, and can be scented with natural Essential Oils, or left unscented.  Toss one or two tablespoons of this simple powder into your wash to help soften and fragrance your clothing and linens.

Mountain Rose Herbs is one of those suppliers I always return to for their consistently high quality stock of ingredients. They have wonderful hydrodols/distillates which can be used for a multitude of purposes.

Scenting Clothes Naturally; Ironing with Hydrosols

Certain Hydrosols make great Linen Waters too. Neroli Hydrosol, Lavandula Hydrsosol, or Rose Hydrosol can be used while ironing to add a touch of gentle, all natural fragrance to your clothing.  Ironing with Hydrosol is best reserved for dark fabrics, but all fabrics should be tested with a little Hydrosol prior to use as Hydrosols can stain certain fabrics.  Since Hydrosols can vary from batch to batch it is important to patch test your fabric every time to avoid accidental staining, even if you have used a particular type of Hydrosol for this purpose in the past.

Scenting Clothes in the Dryer;

Another easy way to scent your laundry with natural Essential Oils is with your dryer.  Add just one drop of Essential Oil (Lavender is a great choice) to a cotton ball, and seal it inside a Muslin Bag. Toss the Muslin Bag into the dryer along with your wet laundry.  The scent of the Essential Oil will quickly fill the Dryer with aroma, leaving just the right amount of scent on the laundry.  Be careful to choose an Essential Oil that is safe for the entire family, and to never use more than one or two drops per load.

An even greener step would be to skip the dryer all together and hang your clothes out on a clothesline to dry and soak up all the fresh air and sunlight. (p.s. sunlight kills germs and freshens clothes naturally!) You could always spray them with a hydrosol for a little added scent while hanging out to dry.

I hope you find a way to use essential oils in your ‘green’ home!

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Here’s to the natural beauty workshop for your tips; thanks for the great info!



Natural Cleaning Products to Purchase

If you’d rather not spend the time making your household cleaners,  a blog I recently came across had a nice list of natural alternatives;

Green Works seems to take the cake for this and seems to be liked well by most who’ve tried it and also offers a large selection of products; Green Works.

All of these products are made with all natural ingredients, all biodegradable.

Frankly Green put up a list of a lot of other environmentally-friendly brands that also:

Thanks to the family green wordpress blog for this great list!!!

DIY distillers and where to buy distilling equipment for making essential oils

Mini Still Full View
Mini Still Full View

Have you ever wanted to distill your own essential oils instead of spending loads of $$ on buying them? Especially when some are diluted and therapeutically speaking, not worth the price.

Yes, there are reputable companies out there who consistently offer top of the line essential oils, but their prices reflect this and wouldn’t it be great to know exactly where that essential oil you’re using comes from?

By home distillation, you can control exactly how the plants/flowers/etc. are grown, tended and what products are used or not used in their raising. (i.e. pesticides, herbicides, etc.)

separating can where final oil separation and capture happens
separating can where final oil separation and capture happens

I’ve always dreamed of trying my hand at home-distillation. On ‘Serenity Acres’ (our cute one acre property), is loaded with flora of all types and is prime for distilling.

We’ve got grapefruit, tangelos, calamondin (calamandrina’s), bitter orange (best for NEROLI!!–my fave!), oakmoss, echinacea (purple coneflower), gardenia, wild roses, calendula, lemongrass, camphor trees, and loads more! I could stay busy all year!

Wouldn’t it be great to have fresh grapefruit and tangelo essential oil? And omg…neroli (from the bitter orange blossom)!..which also means petitgrain (from the leaves/twigs of bitter orange tree)….oh, I’m too excited! Wish I could afford one!

UPDATE: all our citrus trees were frozen in the past two winters (we had two weeks of around 19 degrees) and that just did the poor trees in. I can’t believe Florida can get so cold! So, hopefully we can get some of those fine citrus trees again, but until then, I’ll have to play with the plants that made it through the freeze.

One of these days I’ll have saved enough to purchase my own distiller, so needless to say, I’ve looked around a lot. I’ve found many distillers on the net and most are quite expensive for the hobbyist.

If anyone has made their own distiller, or has tips on where they found a great deal on one, please email or comment I’d love to hear what worked for you! 🙂

I did find some that look promising, both in price and value:

AWESOME videos and distillers for essential oils at Rainier!!!

Also see them on Facebook here


Portable electric tabletop distillers (also really awesome for distilling tap water to save $ instead of buying bottled water) from Spirit Master.

more electric tabletop distillers from Homebrew Heaven


essential oil distiller directionsHere’s a list of what’s for sale on EBAY for e.o. distillation


GREAT VARIETY of distillation equipment here at Crucible

or see more below:

AnnapolisHomebrew; distillers & distiller parts (from alcohol distilling site)

Item #62010

StillSpirits Airstill

The AirStill is a self-contained, electrically heated and air-cooled distilling machine. No external heat source or cooling water is required.

After one hour warm-up time, production rate is approximately one liter per hour.

IMPORTANT: StillSpirits distilling equipment is sold in the United States for the purposes of water distillation, and the production of essential oils and herbal extracts.  These uses are legal in all 50 states.  No other alternative should be inferred because none is implied. Home distilling in the United States is illegal, and committing this offense could bring about criminal penalties.
Price: $239.99


from China:

Portable Table Top Essential Oil and Hydrosols Distiller


cool blog post about home distillation:

Essential Oil Distillation & Other Tuesday Night Projects

So apparently my kitchen is turning into a bit of a chemistry lab. What are all of those beakers and hoses you ask? Why, it’s a steam distiller, of course!

I will continue to update this post if I find a better deal on distilling equipment.

Please let me know if you’ve found a better one! 😉



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How to Make an Essential Oil Distiller By CindyM (Ehow)

Things You’ll Need

  • 2 clean plastic milk jugs
  • ¾-inch copper piping
  • Metal tea kettle with no opening at the top
  • Rubber stopper
  • Ice
  • Liquid sealant
  • A drill and 3/4 (19mm) drill bit
  • Plant material
  • Tennis ball can
  • Meat thermometer
  • Glass container


    • Take the first milk jug and drill a hole in the lid large enough to just fit the copper tubing. Drill another hole near the bottom of the jug.

    • Cut the top off the second milk jug and drill a hole in the bottom large enough to fit the copper piping through.

    • Cut the copper tubing. You will need one piece long enough to run from the kettle stopper to the first milk jug. The second piece will run from the first milk jug to the second and coil through it.

    • Coil the one piece of copper piping seven or eight times around the tennis ball can. Leave one end long enough to travel from the first milk jug to the second. The other end should be straight and left just long enough to exit the second milk jug.

    • Put the stopper in the tea kettle and poke the meat thermometer through.

    • Get a 3/4-inch (19 mm) drill bit, to drill a hole in the stopper.

    • Fill your first milk jug with your plant material and screw on the lid.

    • Put one end of the straight copper pipe through the tea kettle and put the other end through the lid of the first milk jug.

    • Take the coiled piece of copper pipe and place the long straight end into the hole at the bottom of the first jug. Place the coiled portion of the copper pipe into the second milk jug. Run the other straight end out the drilled hole. Feed enough pipe through to reach your glass container which will hold the oils produced from your essential oil distiller.

    • Seal all the openings of your essential oil distiller with sealant.

    • Fill the second jug with ice water. This will cause the vapor to condense.

    • Place the glass container under the copper pipe running out of the bottom of the second milk jug. This container will capture the essential oil once the distillation process is complete.

    • Fill the kettle with water and place it on the stove on high heat.

    • The water will begin to boil and cause steam to penetrate the plant material. This steam will, in turn, capture the essential oils. The copper piping through the ice will cool the steam and separate the oils from the water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Drying your plants beforehand will increase the yield of each batch as you can fit more dried plants into the milk jug at one time.
  • Let plants dry naturally out of the direct sun.
  • Do not let the temperature of the water exceed 175 degrees F or your water will evaporate.

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And another one:

How to Make Your Own Essential Oil Distillery

Written by contributing writer
How to Make Your Own Essential Oil Distillery

Make your own essential oil distillery. This is as simple a still as you can make without spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on a mini-distillery. Most of the items in the still we will build can be bought at a second-hand store for only a few dollars. Distillation is a method of separating chemicals (in this case, an essential oil) by boiling into steam and cooling that steam into a liquid. To isolate essential oils, heat up plant material (usually flowers) and cool the steam that comes from the plants so it becomes a liquid called the essential oil.


Things you need

  • Liquid water
  • Plant material
  • Large pot (base only)
  • Wok
  • Large lid (flat but slightly domed)
  • Jar with lid
  • Ice
  1. Place the largest pot you can find on the hob. Fill this pot 2/3 full with water. Any pot that is deep and can hold a lot of water will work.

  2. On top of this pot, place a wok so that it is seated above the water. If a wok is not available, use any pan that can sit on top of the pot. A wok is ideal since it is thin enough to transfer the heat and will sit nicely on top of any size pot.

  3. Fill the wok halfway with fresh plant material. This can be any type of material from which you wish to extract oil. You can use the stems, leaves, flowers, fruit peels, even the roots. Any plant will do but beware that some plants and plant parts are toxic. Do not assume that the oil is good for you simply because it is “natural.” Do not cut the plant more than absolutely necessary, for highest yield.

  4. Place an empty jar in the centre of the plant material with the open mouth up. Make sure that the jar is absolutely clean since this is where you will collect your essential oils.

  5. Place a metal lid on the wok. This lid should be wide enough to cover the wok. It should be a fairly flat lid with a slight dome to it. It should be able to fit in the wok with the handle side going into the wok so that the part normally facing the pan is facing the ceiling. The idea is to let the steam condense on the inside since the outside of the lid is cooler. The oil will cool and condense on the inside part of the lid and will run down the domed part to the handle in the centre. At the centre it will drip into the jar. This is called distillation.

  6. Assuming that the lid does not leak at the knob/handle above the jar, pour cold water into the lid on top and drop in a few ice cubes. This will speed up the process of distillation.

  7. Turn on the stove, and boil the water in the pot. As long as there is water in the pot, the apparatus can keep going. The time depend on the type of material you are using, as thicker material will take longer to extract oils from. For extracting oils from flowers, it takes at least 2 hours to get everything out of the plant, depending on the boiling point of water at your elevation. The higher you live above sea level, the longer it will take. Check the water level periodically, being careful not to burn yourself. If the water starts to run low, add more water.

  8. After everything is cooled down, remove the jar from the centre of the plant material and put a lid on it.

Tips and warnings

  • Baby food jars are the best to use as collecting jars because they have a wide mouth, are small, and close airtight.
  • Make sure that the apparatus (the distiller) is stable and that steam/hot water do not escape in a way that can burn you. Do not touch the apparatus while it is hot. Do not let the apparatus get to the point that it runs out of water. Do not lift the lid at the top while cooking since it is not healthy to inhale that much essential oil. If there is ice in the upside down lid, it may be safe to touch (on some parts) but steam escaping from underneath the lid when raised may still be dangerous.
  • Do not assume that all oils obtained this way are safe since certain plants may have poisons that can become concentrated in this manner. Stick with edible plant parts for a safer experience.

How To Go Green Without Spending Too Much Green; How to Make Eco Friendly Air Fresheners and Household Cleaner Recipes


How to Make Environmentally Friendly Air Fresheners & Other Household Cleaners

With the sagging economy, industrial pollution, wastefulness and uncaring going on in the world; life can really get you down sometimes.But, we can decide to make it better, even if only a little at-a-time. With everyone trying, even a little bit can make a big difference.

When we do our best to live “green” or “eco-friendly” by taking care of our surroundings we are making a difference, and who wouldn’t want to do that without breaking the bank?

Making your own natural cleaners and organic home products is not only fun, but really easy. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done something good for yourself, your family and future generations. Who knew cleaning naturally could be so rewarding and at the same time so much fun?

smell the lavenderAir Freshener

It’s so simple to make your eco-friendly air-freshener , but first you must first choose which essential oils you’d like to use. This will be the biggest expense of your homemade products. Any /all of the essential oils listed below are excellent for purifying and cleaning the air; freshening it naturally.

You may choose a combination of your favorites, or use only one of them. It won’t really matter, they all work brilliantly.

To make your choices easier, I’ve listed the essential oils most used for air freshening in descending order of their antiseptic/anti-bacterial qualities;

Thyme, Tea Tree, Clove, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Cinnamon.

(as for the order of which is most antibacterial, etc… this list  is only typical and approximate as many times depending on the specific essential oil’s originating plant material, chemotype, growing conditions and other factors; for instance; Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, and Rosemary may actually be higher on their antiseptic / anti-bacterial list of attributes at any given time.)

Dissolve 30-40 drops of your chosen essential oils into 10 ml of grain alcohol (not isopropyl); or instead of the grain alcohol you could use 10ml of mentholated spirits.

Add that mixture to

approx. 500 ml (16 ounces) of distilled water (or a little less so as to fit into a 16 ounce spray bottle).

Shake well to mix (and be sure to shake before each use) and spray wherever you want a fresh scent while cleaning the air.

I always write on the bottle “Shake & Spray Air Freshener” and the ‘scent’ I’ve used with a Sharpie so I won’t forget to shake the contents each time and with a glance can see what the ingredients are. It helps to add the date as well so you know when to make a fresh bottle. It’s best to discard unused portions after a month or so and start fresh.

natural wood floors

Natural Floor Cleaner

When we had our new Pergo floors installed, the salesman gave me this great recipe for homemade floor cleaner. He told me how great it had worked on his own wood flooring. And since then, I’ve used nothing else.

This fantastic floor cleaner can be used on everything from ceramic tile to Pergo; on natural wood and even on linoleum it works brilliantly.

Just get a 16 oz. spray bottle, ( I like to recylcle them or get them at the dollar store)

Fill the 16 oz. spray bottle with:

  • 1/3 distilled water,
  • 1/3 distilled white vinegar,
  • 1/3 alcohol (I use rubbing alcohol and it works fine, but better still would be grain alcohol for a less strong smell),
  • Add about 3 drops of liquid dish soap and
  • about 25 drops of Lavender, Lemon or Orange essential oil.

Shake well before each use. Spray small sections of floor from about 18 in. away, and clean as you go (works best if you spray and let sit for about 30 sec. to a minute). For tougher spots, spray and let sit for 1 minute and re-spray right before cleaning. Smells great! Cleans great! And best of all it doesn’t hurt you, your family or your environment! This bottle usually lasts me about a month or so and is so cost effective; you’ll never have to purchase one of those expensive brands ever again.

16oz spray bottle

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

I use this all purpose cleaner on almost everything. It works just as good as more expensive natural brands.

  • 2 teaspoons borax
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Optional essential oil blend (lavender, orange, lemon or whatever scent you like) approx. 5-25 drops

Combine the washing soda, borax, and soap in a spray bottle.

Pour in the hot water (it will dissolve the minerals), screw on the lid, and shake to completely blend and dissolve.

Just spray and wipe away. For touch to clean surfaces, leave the cleanser on for a few minutes before wiping it off.

Shake well before each use.

Storage: Leave in a labeled spray bottle

scrub a dub dub

Soft Scrub Cleaner

This great cleaner is so simple to make and you probably have these everyday items in your kitchen handy enough to make this whenever needed.

This scrub can be used on the bathtub, sinks, shower, even delicate marble or Formica counter tops.

Just use ½ cup baking soda with enough liquid soap (organic castile soap is the best) to make a frosting like consistency.

You can add 5 to 10 drops of an antibacterial essential oil, such as lavender, lemon, or orange (optional).

Scoop your soft scrub mixture onto the surface that is to be cleaned with a sponge, then scrub, wash, and rinse. Make only as much as you will use at the time as this recipe will dry out in a short time.

natural face

Mold Cleaner / Inhibitor: Tea Tree Treasure;

This mixture can last for months and is super easy to make.

Just add 2 tsp. of Tea Tree Oil (5ml = 1 tsp) to

2 cups water (16 ounces = 480ml);

Shake well before use and spray on problem areas. Do not Rinse. The strong odor will dissipate in a day or so. Store in a cool dry place with an appropriate label.


I hope you find many wonderful uses for these natural recipes in your ‘green’ home. Try them once, and see how much you save…you’ll go back to these recipes again and again after you realize they work just as good if not better than their more expensive counterparts. Plus, isn’t it great knowing you’re doing something good for future generations by helping to keep our world beautiful instead of adding more pollutants and toxins?

A great place to find organic oils, herbs and such is Mountain Rose Herbs as they are world renown for their fresh ingredients. Also, Young Living Oils is a wonderful company for the best therapeutic grade essential oils in the world.

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Sources; http://www.organicreverence.com/id6.html


Losing weight already!

Ok, new diet plan……
Hi everyone!
I hope some people will benefit from this.
Throughout the years I’ve experimented with so many different diets, and found none to work for me as they were, while learning to use the things that work from all of them and I’m already seeing results after only a week.

Ok,first things first;
Wake up, take 3 deep breaths and tell myself that its going to be a good day and stick to it. Then, the first thing after getting out of bed in the morning is stretch, pee and then drink at least four glasses of water (its ok to put lemon or lime for taste) wait at least 2 hrs. before any intake of food, and keep drinking water if possible! Your first meal should consist of fruit (make a fruit bowl) my choices of fruit 1.bananas 2.grapefruit 3.watermelon 4.honeydew.5. strawberries 5. blueberries, or a mixture of each.. etc..
eat as much as you want its all good for your body !
then follow the water intakes, if you are a coffee drinker? like me its ok to drink it but no more then two cups (if you like milk or sugar try soy or rice milk and the sweetener should be honey) this should hold you for about 3hrs at least.
On to lunch… this is the crucial part of this healthy process, once you eaten lunch you will not be eating again for at least five hours. unless its a healthy snack like celery & carrot sticks w/a tsp. of peanut butter.
For lunch you might consider starting with a cleansing shake..here’s one I like: this consists of papaya, coconut milk, fresh ginger root (I keep mine in the freezer), banana, a dash of salt and honey, mixed with crushed ice and blend together…walla! yum and really works.this shake will cleanse your colon and will help regulate bowel movements. i guarantee it, after this you can follow with a tuna wrap or salad,for the tuna wrap used romaine lettuce,cubumbers avocados, clementines oranges,tomatoes and if you like onions,for the dressing used 2 tsp of yogurt 1 or two of mustard 1 spoon of balsamic vinegar a little olive oil. mixed in a bowl and poured over the salad or inside the tuna wrap. may substitute chicken for tuna. i warranty its tasty 🙂 for dinner eat a fresh fish try to find something different each night, scallops, sea bass, tuna or mahi mahi serve with vegetables and a little sweet yams or cassaba, really any vegetable is great with seafood .this is the best time to start to really live and eat a good healthy diet with lots of living foods!and don’t forget the H2o……remember your body weight halved is the amount in ounces of water you should be drinking per day just to stay hydrated, not including if you want to lose weight.
good luck and good health!

Absorption & Elimination of Essential Oils Through the Skin

I thought this was such a great article I had to post it as I’ve been wondering how to address the absorption/elimination of essential oils through the skin topic without sounding too technical so that everyone can understand this critical issue that’s been raised over and over again in the western medical world.

Essential oils really do enter our skin, so be cautious in their usage. Even with Lavender (yes, it’s still safe to use undiluted on the skin, but be aware…too much of anything may be harmful!).

In this Aromatherapy topic of the absorption of essential oils through the skin is reviewed to better understand the topical application of aromatherapy.

Skin is the largest organ of the body. The skin of an average person weighs about 9 lbs. Our skin is a living, dying and rejuvenating organ, which is continuously on the move. With good skin care the skin renews itself every 28 days. Old skin cells are sloughed off and new ones take their place. Mistreatment of the skin can take up to three to four months to have an effect and visa versa. The health of your skin is a great indicator of the health of your overall body.

Skin is the packaging that keeps us warm, literally holds us together and keeps the rain out. It acts as our first defensive warning system and alerts our brain of the conditions of environment it comes in contact with. Our skin is mostly water proof, but is permeable to water, lipids, water soluble solutions, and substances with small molecular structures and low molecular weight. Substances with a molecular weight over 500 most likely will not penetrate the skin. Essential oils have a molecular weight of 225 or less.

In aromatherapy, molecules of essential oils applied to the skin pass through the skin’s epidermis and are carried away by the capillary blood circulating in the dermis. The molecules of essential oil are then taken into the lymphatic and extracellular fluids. From there the therapeutic components of the essential oils are broken down and used by various regions of the body. Because of the lipid solubility of essential oil components of essential oils that are applied to the skin are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and come in contact with the fluids surrounding the brain. Other great examples of therapies applied and absorbed through the skin are; the nicotine patch, birth control patch and motion sickness patches. If the skin was as impermeable as was once thought aromatherapy and these therapies would not work.

There are several factors the effect the rate of absorption of essential oils. The area of skin which is used to apply the essential oil does effect how much of the oil is absorbed into the body. Even if it is a set amount of essential oil that is applied to the skin in a carrier oil there is less that is absorbed if it is only applied to small patch of skin. The beauty of skin is that we have a lot of it, which allows for application over a generous portion of the body. Different areas of the skin are more permeable than others. The palms of the hand, soles of the feet, forehead, scalp, behind the ears, inside the wrists and armpits are more permeable than the legs, buttocks, trunk and abdomen for the water soluble components of the essential oil (Balacs 1993). Subcutaneous fat has a poor blood supply which means that essential oils applied to these areas may take longer to be absorbed. Also, mature or dehydrated skin slows the absorption of essential oils.

Essential oils applied to the skin can stimulate circulation to the surface skin cells, encourage cell regeneration and the formation of new skin cells. Some essential oils calm inflamed or irritated skin, relieve muscle spasms and tension. Many scientist believe that essential oils stimulate the body’s own natural defense systems. The positive effect of essential oils on blood circulation is well documented. Studies have found that basil, tea tree and thyme essential oils can encourage the production of white blood cells, boosting the immune system of the body.

A simple self test can check the reality of the claim by aromatherapist that essential oils are absorbed by the body or not. Lavender essential oil applied to the cheek can be tasted. Garlic essential oil can be smeared onto your ankle and will quickly be tasted. Blood samples taken after an essential oil is applied to the skin have proven that components of essential oils can be found in the blood stream shorty after application.

Skin is our largest elimination organ. Most essential oils that are absorbed into the skin can be detected in exhaled air within 20-60 minutes (Katz 1947). Essential Oils are eliminated from our bodies within 20 minutes to 26 hours through our saliva, urine, feces or sweat in a healthy adult. Essential Oils work as rubbish collectors, attaching themselves to toxins, free-radicals, cell debris, heavy metals, renegade cells, fungi, bacteria, viruses or other debris and taking them to the body’s exits for disposal. Because of this, in an unhealthy adult, it can take up to 14 hours for the essential oils to pass through the body. The human body takes the most vital properties of essential oils and uses them to bring itself into balance and is left in a healthier state without side effects. After the essential oils perform healing their functions they are metabolized and eliminated with the bodies other waste.

The nerd in me finds the absorption and elimination of essential oils fascinating. What do you think about how the body absorbs essential oils? Do you have more to add?

I’d love to hear your thoughts or experiments 😉

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The Aromatherapy You Thought You Knew But Never Knew

Research Reveals The “Real Aromatherapy Story”

I’ve read nearly every book out there on aromatherapy, and been in the field for far over ten years. Yet, somehow I missed the fact that the aromatherapy history books had the story of the rebirth of aromatherapy all wrong.

For a particular story I was writing on Lavender oil, I was going over all my notes, and I was fact checking every detail of aromatherapy history when I stumbled upon a reference that stated that according to Robert Tisserand, the story of Gattefosse was incorrectly told. I went to Tisserand.com and low and behold the true story was right there on his site.

The story of Gattefosse’s famous burn is like the story of the “fish that got away,” in which the fish keeps growing with each retelling of the story. It seems that the story of Rene-Maurice Gattefosse has grown in such a way that history has been rewritten. In 1937 Gattefosse published the book Aromathérapie in French. In 1993, it was published in English. In his book he tells the story of the famous burn that happened in his laboratory in his own words,

“The external application of small quantities of essences rapidly stops the spread of gangrenous sores.
In my personal experience, after a laboratory explosion covered me with burning substances which I extinguished by rolling on a grassy lawn, both my hands were covered with a rapidly developing gas gangrene. Just one rinse with lavender essence stopped “the gasification of the tissue”. This treatment was followed by profuse sweating, and healing began the next day (July 1910).”

In nearly every aromatherapy book the story is told differently. According to the myth, “In 1928 a French chemist by the name of Rene-Maurice Gattefosse rediscovered the healing properties of essential oils. While working in his family’s perfumery business an explosion severely burned his hand. He plunged his hand into the first liquid near him. That liquid turned out to be lavender essential oil that had been being used for its fragrance and for cosmetic purposes. He was amazed at how quickly his wound healed, without infection or scarring. As a result Gattefosse turned his scientific attention to the medicinal properties of essential oils and their benefits for skin conditions.”

In reality his treatment with lavender of his severe burn was deliberate. Gas gangrene is a serious bacterial infection which produces gases within the tissues in gangrene. It is a very deadly form of gangrene and in his time would have most likely have been fatal. The bacterium that causes gas gangrene can be found in soil. I agree with Tisserand’s belief that he probably came in contact with it when he “extinguished it by rolling on a grassy lawn.” Knowing the real story makes me even more impressed with the power of lavender. I have on many occasions poured lavender onto burns with amazing results. I have never witnessed the results of it on gas gangrene.

Gattefosse actually began to study essential oils in 1907 with a group of scientists. Although all accounts of his famous burn are in 1928, it was actually happened in 1910. He published his findings in his book Aromathérapie which was well received by others who went on to do their own research. Gattefosse first coined the term “aromatherapy”. Aromatherapy began as a medical therapy based on the pharmacological effects of essential oils. They were considered equally effective as the conventional pharmaceutical drugs. According to Gattefosse, aromatherapy was to be used to treat a symptom or a disease in the same way that conventional medicine did. He did not see a distinction between the two and believed aromatherapy to be an integral part of medicine. He was also aware of the psychological and neurological effects of essential oils.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Popular, Hard to Come By and Fabulous!

We’ve recently received a lot of requests for and inquiries about Ylang Ylang oil, one of the most complex and exquisitely fragrance essential oils of all. This is another oil which has conspicuously shot up in price over the last year. The Comoros Islands are the most prolific producers of Ylang Ylang oil, exporting approximately 80% of the world’s Ylang Ylang oil. As with the Comoros Islands’ other two biggest export commodities, vanilla beans and cloves, production and availability of Ylang Ylang oil fluctuates dramatically in response to both demand and supply, which is often determined by natural disasters such as powerful cyclones.

Today, the Comoros Islands are producing approximately half the volume of Ylang Ylang oil they produced five years ago, and with powerhouse consumers like Chanel buying up the oil to manufacture perfumes, competition between buyers is intense!

tComplicating matter is that the Comoros has been in a state of terrible political upheaval. On March 25th, African Union Forces, including troops from Sudan, Tanzania, Senegal, supported by France and Libya Launched an invasion of Anjouan, one of the three autonomous islands making up the Comoros. The primary objective was to topple Mohamed Bacar’s allegedly illegal Presidency, after local elections in defiance of the federal government and the African Union. Bacar fled the Comoros and is being held in custody at the French Reunion air base. We hope that life in the Comoros will soon return to normal and that people can get back to persuing prosperous enterpises such as distilling more Ylang Ylang!

If you find a bargain on Ylang Ylang oil which seems too good to be true, it’s probably untrue…Ylang Ylang oil, also known as Canaga odorata variety genuina, is frequently cut with or simply substituted with plain old Canaga oil, also know as Canaga odorata variety macrophylla. The two oils have much in common, but genuine Ylang Ylang oil has a creamy mellow floral note which you’re not likely to find even in the best Canaga oil. Nevertheless, buyer beware.

While most of the Ylang Ylang inquiries I’ve received lately are about price, it’s more common to be asked about the significance of the numerals “I”, “II” and “III” which one finds attached to the name Ylang Ylang. I think I’ve heard a hundred different explanations of what these numbers mean. I’m not going to claim to be an authority on the matter, but I’ve had the good fortune to speak to several distillers who all agree with one another on the correct interpretation of these figures.

The distillation of Ylang Ylang oil is generally done in stages, during which the producer interrupts the distillation process and separates portions of the total yield of oil. For example, The producer distills a quantity of Ylang Ylang flowers for a number of hours and then stops, removing the collected oil. This oil is described as “Ylang Ylang extra”. The producer then resumes distillation, which goes on for a slightly longer interval than the first and then stops again, removing the collected oil. This oil is described as “Ylang Ylang I”. The process continues at increasingly longer intervals, the final interval lasting 24 hours or more, and Ylang Ylang II and Ylang Ylang III are collected.

Each Fraction of Ylang Ylang oil possesses it’s own aroma, which an educated nose would have little difficulty distinguishing between. Ylang Ylang Extra is the most sought after for fine perfumery and Ylang Ylang III is most commonly used for scenting candles and cold process soaps. Ylang Ylang I and Ylang Ylang II are in between grades, and are the most popular for cosmetic and aromatheraputic applications. There is also a Ylang Ylang Complete, which is distilled with interruptions, and is made up of the full yield of a single Ylang Ylang oil distillation.

Cedar By Any Other Name…..

Just Because It’s Called Cedar, Doesn’t Mean It’s So

One of my favorite essential oils is cedar wood. And I mean real cedar wood oil, which is the only kind Yellowstar*Essentials uses.

True cedar wood oil is distilled from Himalayan cedar (Cedrus deodara), or Lebanon Cedar (Cedrus libani), or Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica). But there are many essential oils called “cedar,” which aren’t really from cedars at all. So be sure the oil you are using is the cedar you intend to use.

One so-called “cedar” is Virginian Cedar, also called Texas Cedar and Pencil Cedar. Virginian Cedar is a juniper (Juniperus virginiana), which is a member of the Cypress family. Comparing Virginian Cedar Wood oil to pencils is perfect, because the essential oil really does smell like freshly sharpened pencils! It’s a very pleasing scent, but it just won’t do as a substitute for true, sweet and resinous cedar wood oil.

Other so-called “cedars” are White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) and Red Cedar (Thuja plicata). These are arborvitae, not cedar. Arborvitae, meaning “Tree of Life,” is a beautiful, stately conifer of the Cypress family. Arborvitae is used in perfumery and spoken of highly, but personally, I don’t know why. To me, Arborvitae smells like Mugwort and Wormwood, neither of which make it anywhere near my top ten list. I have a hard time seeing this used as a substitute for true, balsamic, and woody cedar wood oil.

Port Orford Cedar is (you guessed it!) not a cedar. It’s another cypress. Botanists know it as Lawson’s Cypress, or Chamaecyparis lawsoniana. Lawson’s Cypress is indigenous to the Pacific Northwest, so as a one-time Oregonian, I have a special affection for it as a native member of the beautiful temperate rainforest. However, Port Orford cedar isn’t a substitute for genuine cedar wood oil.

We could go on this way, but you get the point. Yellowstar*Essentials has the real thing — genuine Himalayan cedarwood oil (Cedrus deodara) for its wonderful, sweet, resinous and woody aroma. Our Himalayan Cedarwood comes from India where true cedar has been used for thousands of years in Ayuvedic medicine and to make fine incense. We at Yellowstar*Essentials, know there is just no substitute for the real thing. And we make it easy for you to get the best genuine Cedar wood oil too, whether it be Himalayan, Atlas or Lebanon.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

I love sweet orange oil and use it for so many things and am always finding new uses. There are those who say it isn’t safe, but it truly is one of the safest.

Citrus essential oils, including Sweet Orange, are completely safe when applied to the skin of a baby or expectant mother as long as they are diluted into a cosmetic base (i.e. lotion, cream, shampoo, oil, etc.). Citrus oils have exceptionally low molecular weight, which means that most of the essential oil that the skin comes in contact with diffuses into the air and is not actually absorbed into the body. Aromatherapy that is used diluted into products is perfectly safe. Everything, including water, can be toxic when used in too large of a dose. Products containing essential oils generally contain very low concentrations of essential oils which makes them extremely safe.

The chemical composition of sweet orange essential oil is: α-pinene (0.54%), myrcene (2.08%), limonene (95.37%), neral (0.06%), citronellal (0.10%), decanal (0.06%), geranial (0.12%) (Weiss EA. Essential Oil Crops. CAB International, 1997). The major constituent of sweet orange essential oil is limonene.
Sweet orange is non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing. Sweet orange is not photo-toxic, although bitter orange is definitely photo-toxic. (Leung A, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients used in Foods, Drugs and Cosmetics.) Studies that have found citrus essential oils photo-toxic were conducted at 5% on animals and not at the typical 1% used in products used for human topical applications.

Sweet orange is rarely a problem for people with fragrance allergies. In all of my years in the industry I have only come across one person with such severe allergies that sweet orange was among their allergens. Scenting with the totally natural essential oil of sweet orange is a superior to using the lab created fragrances that are so common in baby products. The chemistry of sweet orange essential oil is nature made. There are no hidden ingredients, no undisclosed fragrance chemicals, no phthalates, and no added preservatives. When you purchase products made with fragrance oils there is a whole host of hidden ingredients.

Sweet Orange is cold pressed from orange peels. The scent is very familiar to most people. The essential oil of sweet orange is very commonly used in the food industry as flavoring. It is used for orange flavoring and spearmint flavoring. Limonene is an inexpensive starting material for the synthesis of l-carvone, which is a source for synthetic spearmint flavoring less costly than pure spearmint.

Many of the rumors about essential oils being toxic or dangerous are based on myths and/or based on animal trials. Since essential oils are not actually processed by an animal’s body the same way that is processed by a human body this information is useless and confusing. Additionally, unusually high doses of essential oils are given internally to animals for these clinical trials. Essential oils should only be applied to the skin and not consumed. These methods for testing are faulty all around. To say nothing of how cruel it is to have an animal consume something that is not intended for internal use. Additionally, even the topical tests are faulty since human skin is less permeable than rabbit skin.

There are no actual toxic results or cases in which humans were involved using citrus essential oils. Aromatherapy has been used for hundreds of years by pregnant women with absolutely no cases harm when used under normal external conditions. I know people who use it personally, that have worked day in and day out as an aromatherapist and during two pregnancies had absolutely no problems using sweet orange during either pregnancy. As a matter of fact, I found aromatherapy incredibly useful throughout those pregnancies as well as during labor and delivery. I believe so completely and totally that essential oils are safe for use on children that I use it on my own family.

Find some sweet orange oil and see what uses you can find for it’s sweet uplifting scent!