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I love my natural perfumery group. They are so helpful and chock full of useful info… I was looking up something and saw this post today for a newbie and thought this would really be beneficial for those who are interested in the wonders of natural botanicals and creating scent blends with them…
I love making natural perfumes. And have made hundreds over the years. The unique scents that each essential oil will carry can be exalted, or diminunized for very different results and lovely aromas are achieved.
Over the years there is much I have learned on my own as well as through research and sharing with like-minded groups.
Here’s a clip from my natural perfumery group I thought was pertinent to share about tinctures and enfleurages for those that are interested in making their own perfumes from essential oils, and natural elements. :
In NaturalPerfumery@ yahoogroups. com, “miraculousbeads1@ …” <miraculousbeads1@ …> wrote:
> I just made two batches of perfume which contain infused oil and enfleurage alcohol (carefully strained)
> The oil separated from the alcohol (I didn’t add water)
> Does anyone know what caused this to happen?
The oil you used for your infusion or maceration will not mix with alcohol and will separate. Use that oil for oil based perfumes and your alcohol tincture for alcohol based perfumes. Essential oils are not the same as carrier oils (almond oil, coconut, FCO, jojoba, etc.) . They will “dissolve” in high proof alcohol while your carrier will not.
Are you sure you are preparing an enfleurage and not a tincture? In an enfleurage the plant material is not saturated with the fat. The plants are laid on top of the fat (usually a soft solid) tray, recharged daily until the fat absorbs the odor molecules and then the fat is “washed” with alcohol.
If you put the plants directly in alcohol that is a tincture. Bear in mind that a tincture will also extract water from a plant and become diluted. As a result, it’s best to tincture with fully dried plant matter, if you would like to control the alcohol content. There are gauges you can use to measure the percentage of water in your alcohol. The more water, the more likelihood your essential oils will separate and your blend will become subject to spoilage if the alcohol content is too low and you will need a preservative.
— In NaturalPerfumery@ yahoogroups. com, Johanna Knox <johanna.knox@ …> wrote:
> Hi – I’ve been reading with interest and have a question about all this.
> The 33% diluted absolutes from white lotus (diluted in fractionated coconut
> oil) seem to mix in with alcohol fine. I’m wondering why they do, but
> other oils don’t so much?
> Is it all about ratios? Types of oil? How fast you add one to the other?
> Or whether there is water involved as well?
> I’m trying to understand!
> Best wishes
Fractionated coconut oil absorbs water so there is no water content when you mix it with the alcohol.
I always add the oils slowly to the alcohol while stirring
Spring with all it’s glory is in full swing for sure, there’s no better way for me to revel in all of it’s magnificent beauty than to lace up my tennis shoes and enjoy a morning walk. Not only does it do my mind, body and spirit wonders; it really puts a smile on my face and gives me an extra boost that seems to last the rest of the day…
If you’re like me, as much as I enjoy being outside during spring, the pollen can really do a number on my sinuses, and I get terrible headaches, runny eyes, and a stuffy nose that runs from morning till night. These natural remedies really do help.
Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid that is said to help stabilize mast cells to keep them from releasing histamine. It is also a potent antioxidant that is said to help reduce inflammation. It is best used as a long term remedy and many people start taking it about 4-6 weeks before allergy season to help prevent allergy symptoms.As with any herb, you should check with your doctor before using, especially if you have a liver problem, are pregnant, or are on hormonal contraceptives.To Use: Though Quercetin is naturally found in foods like citrus and broccoli, it is very difficult to get the amount needed to relive allergies from food alone. A supplemental dose can be helpful for preventing allergies or helping acute symptoms. Not recommended during pregnancy or nursing though some practitioners feel it is safe after the first trimester and while nursing.
Another helpful natural remedy is my Yellowstar Essentials allergy relief blend. I use this in my diffuser, as well as in an inhaler… It Works Wonders!!
Allergy Relief Blend by Yellowstar Essentials
German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, High Altitude Lavender, Blue Tansy, Melissa-Lemon Balm, Ravensara, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Spikenard, Frankincense, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Fir, Niaouli, Pine-Long Leaf, Pine Scotch, Spruce, Douglas Fir, Vetiver, and Wild Black Spruce.
The following essential oils can be used for relief of allergies :
Blue tansy,(Tanacetum annum True Moroccan blue Chamomile) – 25
all Chamomiles,(Roman-15, German-5, and Moroccan-5 – Ormensis multicaulis)
Melissa / lemon balm,-20
Lavender, High Altitude-60
Pine-Long Leaf, – 20 drops
Pine Scotch, – 20 drops
Spruce – 30 drops
Wild Black Spruce- 12 drops
To make your own allergy relief blend, gather essential oils listed above and a pipette for each (unless they have orifice reducers), and a one ounce dark glass sterilized bottle. This blend may be added to a diffuser, a spray, an inhaler, or even a few drops on a handkerchief carried around with you. If you want to add this to the allergen home spray recipe, for a 16 oz bottle (as recipes lists above) use no more than ¼ oz (7.5 ml), and ideally ⅛ oz (a dram, or 3.75 ml).
Sorry, link isn’t there anymore. But read on to see more of my original article—->
Living with allergies is no fun, and can be completely miserable for those who suffer with them. Even the simple act of getting out of bed may be too much for those who have a terrible case of allergies.
And with all the over-the-counter medicines, you never really know what you are putting into your body. Some of the chemicals used may be just as bad as the allergies they are suffering with, and may even worsen some of the symptoms, and almost as bad, mask the problems so they are never really rid of the root causes completely. This is just another reason people are turning to natural remedies.
An Allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system, or an exaggerated immune response or reaction to substances that are generally not harmful.
So, building up your immune system is the best way to deal with the root of your allergies.
Finding the root cause of the allergy is your biggest asset and will eventually help lead you to dealing with the problem once and for all.
Start by giving your immune system a big step up by getting some sunshine, and enough sleep, eat lots of veges, fruits, nuts and seeds, garlic, mushrooms…—>A study in older adults showed that boosting fruit and vegetable intake improved antibody response to the Pneumovax vaccine, which protects against Streptococcus pneumonia.
Natural Immune Boosting Tips:
Consider probiotics.Studies indicate supplements reduce the incidence of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Fermented milk products have also been shown to reduce respiratory infections in adults and kids.
Catch some rays. Sunlight triggers the skin’s production of vitamin D. In the summer, a 10-15 minute exposure (minus sunscreen) is enough. However, above 42 degrees latitude (Boston) from November through February, sunlight is too feeble and few foods contain this vitamin. Low vitamin D levels correlate with a greater risk of respiratory infection. A 2010 study in kids showed that 1200 IU a day of supplemental vitamin D reduced the risk of influenza A. However, a 2012 study that involved supplementing adults with colon cancer with 1000 IU a day failed to demonstrate protection against upper respiratory infections.
Go for the garlic.Garlic is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent and immune booster. Because heat deactivates a key active ingredient, add it to foods just before serving.
Eat medicinal mushrooms, such as shiitake and maitake (sometimes sold as “hen of the woods”). A recent study showed that a concentrated extract of shiitake enhanced immune function in women with breast cancer.
Essential oils are one great way to give a boost to your immune system.
Essential oils used properly can also help those suffering from allergies get some relief, and for some, even help rid them of the allergy entirely.
Before attempting to make ANY of these recipes or use essential oils, please do your homework.
Essential oil safety should be first on your list, especially when first starting out on your aromatherapy journey.
Treat essential oils with the same care that you treat medicines. You don’t need to be afraid or avoid essential oils and I’m certainly not trying to scare anyone out of enjoying all the benefits that aromatherapy offers. They can be an amazing blessing within a holistic lifestyle. Do remember, however, that when working with essential oils, less is more.
Dilute your essential oils prior to use on the skin and avoid the oils that are more likely to cause irritation and sensitization. When using an essential oil for the first time, do a skin patch test. You can learn how to do a skin patch test by reading AromaWeb’s Aromatherapy Safety article.
which is basically, washing soda, salt, and bleach diluted heavily with water!
Washing soda is a highly alkaline chemical compound that can be used to remove stubborn stains from laundry. It also has numerous uses around the house, and it is used in a range of industrial applications as well. Washing soda should not be confused with washing powder, which is a powdered soap used as a detergent; it is also not the same thing as baking soda, although the two compounds are closely related.- read more here
It would be simple to make your own large bottle of this home allergen spray, which would save you scads of money.
Here’s how you would make your own—In a 16 oz spray bottle (from the dollar store) you would use mostly purified water (bottle filled almost to the top with hot purified water to dissolve the rest of the ingredients) add a little washing soda (about a TBL.) and salt (about a TBL), and a tiny bit of bleach (about a tsp.), shake well and walla! Homemade allergen spray!
If you really want to go full diy make your own washing soda by baking plain baking soda, yes, you heard right… ople can easily make their own washing soda (sodium carbonate)! Simply heat a box or two of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in a 400-degree oven for 45 minutes. The carbon dioxide and water given off create washing soda. This is all over the internet, so you can look it up it yourself. You can check to see that it’s changed by appearance, or you can slightly wet your finger and taste the tiniest amount. It will tingle and burn because it’s so caustic (spit it out — don’t swallow — it’s not to eat!). I make all my own washing soda this way, to make my own homemade laundry detergent and dishwashing detergent, and it’s much cheaper than Arm and Hammer’s store-bought and driving to the store.
I buy two boxes of baking soda at 16 ounces each for 45 cents at the local grocery, so I get 32 ounces of washing soda for less than $1. It’s cheap and easy, and washing soda is very effective.
For those that want a less harsh version, just use 1 tbl of baking soda and a tbl of distilled white vinegar in 16 oz spray bottle filled with distilled water, then shake and spray where needed. You can always add essential oils if so desired.
The original recipe does not include any essential oils for extra benefits. So if you like, just add about 1/8 oz, or about a dram of E.O.s to it and shake it up! That’s it! Try using my Allergy Relief Blend. Or just lavender. Whatever you like.
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