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Archive for January, 2014

Warming essential oils for cold winter days

a wonderful massage by the fireplace is just the thing to warm you up in this chilly weather

All this chilly weather got me thinking about warming up and how best to do that. So besides snuggling up with your favorite cuddle-muffin, or curling up next to the fireplace, how do you warm up with essential oils? Do you know which essential oils are warming?

And doesn’t a nice warming massage with gorgeous essential oils that help heat you up sound great?!!

Here’s a beautiful blend for a lovely warming massage as well as the best carriers to use:

  • Cistus labdanum (Cistus ladaniferus ): Warming, increases circulation, calming, stress, sleep, mood uplifting, euphoric, meditation, loosens tight muscles, fixative to hold scent of a fragrance.
  • Cumin; Warming, improves circulation, also good for: digestion, flatulence, purifying, cellulite, calming, stress, mood uplifting, euphoric, relieve fatigue, meditation, helps relieve pain.
  •  ginger- always great for warming and strengthening
  •  nutmeg, – very well known as a warming e.o.
  • black pepper : Very Warming to the body, use with caution, Relaxes tight muscles, also good for: Improves digestion. Flu, Nausea and/or Vomiting, Quinsy, Toothache, Vertigo, Cholera, Catarrh, Colic, Constipation, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Fevers, Flatulence, Heartburn
  • Allspice- warming and cheering as well as sense-enhancing
  • oregano, warming and detoxifying as well as strengthening
  • cinnamon,  very warming, use with caution
  • carrot seed,  warming, drying
  • Spanish marjoram, warming and medicinal

Please note that capsicum, cinnamon, and black pepper (as well as all of these oils listed) can be dangerous to the skin and burn if not diluted properly. Use only maximum 3-5% dilution in your carrier oils to be safe.

Other warming oils:
Allspice (warming, cheering, sense-enhancing), Cardamom, Cassia, Celery seed, Clove, Capsicum (very hot!) or Chili Seed a.k.a.Cayenne (Capsicum annum) , Cumin, Fennel (warming, invigorating), Oregano, Bay, black pepper, cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), ginger, eucalyptus, pine, rosemary, thyme, peppermint.

Dilution amounts chart:

(use 20-30 dps.  of e.o blend per oz of carriers for 3-5 % dilution)

Carrier Oil

Essential Oil Dilution

Oz.

Measure

1% Dilution

2% Dilution

3% Dilution

4% Dilution

5% Dilution

1/6 oz.

5mls

1 drop

2 drops

3 drops

4 drops

5 drops

1/3 oz.

10mls

2 drops

4 drops

6 drops

8 drops

10 drops

1/2 oz.

15mls

3 drops

6 drops

9 drops

12 drops

15 drops

2/3 oz.

20mls

4 drops

8 drops

12 drops

16 drops

20 drops

5/6 oz.

25mls

5 drops

10 drops

15 drops

20 drops

25 drops

1 oz.

30mls

6 drops

12 drops

18 drops

24 drops

30 drops

1 2/3 oz.

50mls

10 drops

20 drops

30 drops

40 drops

50 drops

chart resources;

Best massage carrier oils:

Grapeseed oil, fractionated coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil all work very well for massage; a blend of them is even better.
Grapeseed oil is very light, and won’t stain sheets. Blend the grapeseed with fractionated coconut oil which is also very light and will help the blend feel less greasy, add a little jojoba and you have the perfect light massage blend. If you want a more moisturizing blend use the fract. coconut blended with avocado and apricot kernel oils. 🙂

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Time for Thyme; Thymus vulgaris c.t. Linalool

Don’t you think it’s time for some thyme? It’s one of the most under-appreciated essential oils to be sure, and also one of the best.
Thyme is the perfect essential oil to start the year off right, I mean, the Greek work ‘thumus’ in which it was derived from, means courage, and isn’t courage exactly what we need to begin again?
Plus with it’s amazing purification properties, it’s also the perfect e.o. to start a new year.
And even the way we speak the word Thyme, it is the same as how we say Time…. it just makes it all seem so copacetic and synchronicitous… LOL (I made that word up just for this post  🙂
So, without further ado…here’s all about thyme , especially my favorite type; Thymus vulgaris c.t. Linalool (most mild type):

Aromatherapy Notes

This Thyme essential oil has a bright lemon and eucalyptus-like top note followed by a musty, mossy, herbaceous middle note and slightly balsamic, woody undertones.

This oil blends well with: Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Cedarwood, Oregano and Rosemary Oil.

Traditional Uses

Roman soldiers soaked in a bath infused with Thyme oil before battle to absorb it’s physical healing and spiritually courageous properties.

The Middle Ages saw Thyme prescribed for a wide range of ailments including: paralysis, leprosy, body lice and as a general antimicrobial and antiviral tonic used externally and internally.

As time progressed, the uses of Thyme oil became more broad spectrum. It was employed in pre and post-surgical dressings, to prevent and kill the yellow fever virus (transmitted by mosquitoes) during WWI. More recently, it’s antioxidant properties have been explored regarding natural food preservation and studies on many forms of cancer.

Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature

Anthelmintic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antiparasitic, Antiputrescent, Antirheumatic, Antiseptic (intestinal, pulmonary, genito-urinary), Antispasmodic, Antitussive, Antitoxic, Astringent, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Cictrisant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Hypertensive, Nervine, Revulsive, Rubefacient, Stimulant (immune system, circulatory), Sudorific, Tonic, Vermifuge. (See Definitions.)

First and foremost, Thyme essential oil is one of the most powerful natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents known to the medical community. According to Jean Valnet, M.D., Thyme oil kills the anthrax bacillus, the typhoid bacillus, meningococcus, and the agent responsible for tuberculosis and is active against salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria.

Psychological:

  • Instills spiritual fortitude
  • Dispels despondency, lack of motivation and lethargy
  • Revives and fortifies energy
  • Can relieve depressive states of withdrawal, pessimism, insecurity and self-doubt
  • Aids with cases of nervous-related disability and chronic anxiety
  • Can support the alleviation of chronic fatigue
  • Aids with concentration, focus and memory recension

Immune System:

  • Stimulates white blood cell production (strengthening immune defenses)

Circulatory:

  • Increases blood flow and pressure
  • Stimulates the capillaries (can aid with anemia and hair loss)
  • Strengthens the heart beat
  • Can aid in cleansing the vein and artery walls

Respiratory:

  • Fortifies and stimulates effective lung function
  • Serves to loosen and clear chest, lung and sinus congestion
  • Quells persistent coughing
  • Treats bronchitis tonsillitis and laryngitis
  • Quells asthmatic symptoms

Digestive:

  • Calms nausea
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Eases abdominal distension and bloating
  • Relieves indigestion and intestinal gas
  • Combats gastroenteritis (viral stomach flu)

Oral:

  • Effective against gingivitis and plaque-caused organisms in the mouth (it is used in Listerine mouthwash for this reason)

Neuromuscular:

  • Helps eliminate excess uric acid from the body thereby treating conditions such as gout, sciatica, arthritis, and rheumatism
  • Relieves pain and aches from injuries
  • Warms and lubricates the joints

Application and Use

The linalool chemotype is the only Thyme variety considered safe for use with children.

Thyme oil should always be diluted for any application: 1% or less in carrier oil or water.

Topical:

  • Blend with Myrtle essential oil to calm spasmodic coughing.
  • An aqueous solution of 5% Thyme oil is able to kill typus bactillus, colon bactillus, staphylococcus and streptococcus in a matter of minutes.

Inhalation:

  • May be used in a nebulizing diffuser or a steam inhaler in small quantities (1-10 drops).
  • When combined with fenugreek, Thyme works to relieve the pain of migraine headaches.
Safety

A generally non-toxic essential oil, the main component in Thyme oil is Thymol, a powerful antiseptic that can be toxic if used improperly and has history of irritating the skin in undiluted use. A small amount should always be tested first for sensitivity or allergic reaction and careful measurement of dosage is required for topical, aromatherapy and internal uses. Avoid use if pregnant or have high blood pressure. -thank you! SynergyEssentialOils.com. for the wonderful info!

Also check out http://onlythebestherbs.com/how.php?sn=3913-2 for more info on this chemotype of thyme.

 

Recipe using thyme for the new year;

Try this blend for your new year-New Beginnings blend:

  • 7 drops grapefruit
  • 4 drops tangerine
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 2 drops spearmint or peppermint
  • 3 drops juniper
  • 4 drops Atlas cedarwood
  • 8 drops thyme ct linalool

This blend can be added to many different things depending on how you want to use it.

  • In a diffuser for cleansing your space.
  • For a body re-fresher or spritzer add 20 drops of this blend to 4 ounces of water with a splash of vodka, shake and use anytime.
  • For an anointing oil or perfume type, use 12 drops of this blend mixed with 1 ounce of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil or similar.
  • For a bath salt or body salt scrub, add 20 drops of the blend to 4 ounces of dead sea salts and 1-2 oz. of jojoba, sweet almond, olive, grapeseed or similar oil, mix and use as an exfoliating body scrub or soaking bath salts.
  • For a take-with-you-to-go style inhaler for freshness on the go, put about 25 drops or so of this blend in a small dark glass bottle, or you can make your own aromatherapy inhaler. You can find inhalers for pretty inexpensive all over the internet. Here’s a few places:

Aromatherapy Inhaler – Plastic, Pack of 4 (w/caps & wicks)-These plastic inhalers are convenient and portable. Place a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil or Aromatherapy Blend on the wick, slip it into the base and cover. To use, simply remove the top and inhale.

Aromaticsinternational.com

More about THYME

Two wonderful Thyme essential oils from Synergy: Thyme c.t. linalool fron France, and “Benchmark” thyme from the UK. Thyme linalool is the most gentle of the Thymus vulgaris varieties, with potent antibacterial properties, yet a gentle nature. “Benchmark” thyme is a combination of four pure thyme essential oils of Thymus zygis, and is certainly one of the most effective antibacterial essential oils available today.

Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris c.t. Linalool

Derived from the Greek word ‘thumus’ meaning ‘courage’, Thyme is a perennial evergreen shrub with small, stalky stems sprouting small, ovoid grey-green fragrant leaves and pale purple flowers. This Linalool chemotype is reputedly the most gentle variety and is native to the sun-exposed Spanish hills and the rocky banks of the Mediterranean sea.

About the Oil

This essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the fresh leaves and flowering tops of French-grown Thyme plants .

Thyme Essential Oil, ct. Linalool, France
Thyme Essential Oil, ct. linalool, France, (Thymus vulgaris), part used Herb, method steam distilled, origin France, sold in weight 1 ounce to 2.20 pounds.
Key Constituents:
Linalol + Cis-4-Thujanol [30-40%]
Terpinene-4-ol [6-12%]
Myrcene [4-8%]
Para-Cymene [4-8%]
Gamma-Terpinene [4-8%]
Action:  Thyme linalol is highly antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, a uterine tonic, and a cardiotonic (just as thyme CT thymol-but is gentler).
Safety Data:  If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.
Companion Oils:  Bergamot oil, all citrus oils, Cedarwood oil, Juniper oil, Melaleuca alternifolia, Oregano oil, and Rosemary CT cineol.

Where to buy Thymus vulgaris c.t. Linalool:

  1. synergy essential oils; http://www.synergyessentialoils.com/thyme
  2. AromanticsInternational; http://www.aromaticsinternational.com/thymelinalol105?keyword=Thyme%20ct%20linalol
  3. WhiteSageLanding.com;http://whitesagelanding.net/our-shop/buy-essential-oils/thyme-linalol-ct-essential-oil
  4. amazon; thymus vulgaris ct linalool
  5. etsy.com; https://www.etsy.com/listing/104181796/thyme-essential-oil-ct-linalool-thymus
  6. Ananda Apothecary; http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/thyme-essential-oil.html
  7. Nature’s Sunshine Only the Best Herbs; http://onlythebestherbs.com/how.php?sn=3913-2
  8. BirchHillHappenings; http://birchhillhappenings.net/Thyme-vulgaris-c-t-Linalool.html
  9. Alabamaessential oils http://www.alabamaessentialoils.com/thyme-essential-oil-ct-linalool-france/product/eo-tlct-f-3/

Happy thyme-ing!!!

I will keep updating, and please comment if you find other great places to buy thymus vulgaris ct linalol. 🙂

New Year recipes; Essential Oil Recipes for New Beginnings

swallowtail at SCEEC

photo by Candice L Collins

 

Happy New Year!!! Can you believe it’s almost 2017 already????happy new year

2016 is now come and gone, and we find ourselves at the beginning of a brand new year.

I love new beginnings. It’s like a fresh start; a way to press the re-start button on a whole new life.

We have the chance to put those things behind us that no longer work for us, or are unhealthy, or cause us negativity in our lives.

Whoo hoo! Out with the old, in with the new. I am ready.

Are you?

Are you ready for new beginnings,  a brand new start, letting go of the past and living for the now, for today?

Here’s a few essential oil blends that can help you get started from my recipe articles:

I originally had this linking back to my article at Yahoo Contributor, but since they have closed, I’ve decided to just post the whole thing here since I’m still looking for permanent homes for my articles. 🙂

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The first essential oil recipe for new beginnings has to do with an over-all fresh blend to give us that ‘breath of fresh air’ so to speak, clearing out the old negative stuff and inhaling a clean, new start. I started with citrus oils of course, as they are so great for an uplifting, and happy feeling. And perfect for winter to aid in easing winter doldrums. Then added a bit of lavender for a super clean and lovely balance. Next is spearmint for a minty freshness and followed up with juniper, Atlas cedarwood, thyme ct. linalool and cypress.

Try this blend for your new year-New Beginnings blend:

 

  • 7 drops grapefruit
  • 4 drops lemon
  • 4 drops tangerine
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 2 drops spearmint or peppermint
  • 3 drops juniper
  • 4 drops Atlas cedarwood
  • 3 drops thyme ct. linalool
  • 3 drops cypress

This blend can be added to many different things depending on how you want to use it.

For a body re-fresher or spritzer add 20 drops of this blend to 4 ounces of water with a splash of vodka, shake and use anytime.

For an anointing oil or perfume type, use 12 drops of this blend mixed with 1 ounce of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil or similar.

For a bath salt or body salt scrub, add 20 drops of the blend to 4 ounces of dead sea salts and 1-2 oz. of jojoba, sweet almond, olive, grapeseed or similar oil, mix and use as an exfoliating body scrub or soaking bath salts.

For a take-with-you-to-go style inhaler for freshness on the go, put about 25 drops or so of this blend in a small dark glass bottle, or you can make your own aromatherapy inhaler. You can find inhalers for pretty inexpensive all over the internet. Here’s a couple places:

Aromatherapy Inhaler – Plastic, Pack of 4 (w/caps & wicks)-These plastic inhalers are convenient and portable. Place a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil or Aromatherapy Blend on the wick, slip it into the base and cover. To use, simply remove the top and inhale.

Aromaticsinternational.com Here are a few more blends to help with new beginnings:

Blessings blend

  • 3 drops juniper
  • 3 drops basil
  • 6 drops jasmine
  • 5 drops sandalwood
  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops rose

This blend helps when you want to bless someone, or set a protective blessing around yourself. Mix this blend of oils with a carrier like grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba, olive, or coconut oil…one to two ounces of carrier should do it, if you want to use it on your body. If it’s just for a diffuser for the air you don’t need a carrier.

 

Business Success

  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 1 drop Basil
  • 1 drop Patchouli
  • 1 drop Cinnamon
  • 1 drop Frankincense

This recipe can be doubled, tripled, whatever, or however much you’d like to make. By all intents and purposes the properties of the oils in this blend should help bring you success in your business. I’ve yet to try this one, but hey, I’ll take anything that can help cash flow! Plus, isn’t belief in something half the battle?

Just mix the oils & add them to a base or carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, coconut, or jojoba. Anoint your hands, business cards, cash register, or the front door of the place of business to increase cash flow. Here’s to making a success in your business!

 

Citrus Purification

  • 7 drops Tangerine
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 10 drops Grapefruit
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Lavender

This is a beautiful purifying home scent too. Just add this blend to a 4 ounce bottle of water (with a splash of vodka to help dissipate the scent), shake and use anywhere. Also great for your car.

 

Liquid Courage

  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 1 drop Black Pepper
  • 1 drop Clove
  • 1 drop Sandalwood
  • 2 drops cypress

This is the blend to wear when you need liquid courage (no not a shot of vodka!). Wear this blend anytime you want to increase your fortitude, especially before being introduced to new people, or right before you have to do public speaking, or any nerve-wracking situations that cause you distress.

 

Uplifting energy

  • 4 drops orange
  • 2 drops mandarin
  • 1 drop Cardamom
  • 2 drops coriander
  • 3 drops bergamot
  • 1 drop spearmint

This blend is perfect to cheer you up and give you an uplifting feeling, whenever you are feeling depleted, worn out or just ill. This blend is also great when your energy reserves just seem empty and is especially useful after heavy work to ” recharge your batteries.”

 

Interview blend

  • 4 drops Ylang-Ylang
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Rose
  • 2 drops Bergamot or Mandarin

This is a perfect blend to start the new year off when going to an interview. Wear to any interview and not only will it help to calm you, but make a lasting impression after you leave.

 

Peace

  • 3 drops Ylang-ylang
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Chamomile
  • 1 drop Rose Absolute
  • 3 drops mandarin

This blend imbibes the whole aura of peace. Perfect to wear when you feel nervous or upset. This blend will help calm you down.

 

To ease winter depression:

  • 5 drops orange
  • 5 drops mandarin
  • 7 drops bergamot

This blend works great for lifting depression; very uplifting and stress reducing. Just brings a smile whenever inhaled.Also read my article: https://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/can-essential-oils-help-with-depression-using-aromatherapy-as-a-mood-regulator/

I hope these essential oil recipes help make your new year better than the last.

Best to you!

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