Too many times we hear, see and experience sadness, depression, and anxiety in our society. Many suffer terribly with these maladies and I wish I could help each and everyone…even if it’s only one soul that finds a smile in nature to ease some of their sorrow.
More and more these days, plants are finding a medicinal purpose in our lives, people like natural cures rather than subjecting themselves to harsh man-made chemicals and pills.
Essential oils like Citrus oils are happy and bright. I’ve written a lot on the subject of
And try these essential oil blends to brighten your life:
..💖Love was created by ROCKY MOUNTAIN OILS... it’s such a joyful scent and is reminiscent of my YELLOWSTAR ESSENTIALS blend, though mine has the addition of Roman chamomile, and Tunisian neroli …wearing it or inhaling it brings back memories of being loved, being held, and sharing loving times and feelings. 💖
It’s very calming and helps overcome depression. This blend will help you deal with stress and other nervous conditions. Use when you are treating anxiety and overwhelming negative emotions. It especially helps you forgive others.💖
It also helps you overcome grief and let go of negative experiences. When there is overwhelming grief, the adenoids and the adrenals shut down, this blend may help open these glands so you can get control of the grief instead of it controlling you.
💖Scent: Love has a soothing, subtle scent to it, with fruity overtones and warm undertones that make you smile.
💖Ingredients: Essential oils of: Lemon, Orange, Geranium, Bergamot, Red Mandarin, Ylang Ylang Extra, and Turkish Rose, Roman Chamomile and Tunisian Neroli in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil.
💖Caution: This blend contains photosensitive oils (may cause dark spots on the skin if the applied area is exposed to the direct sunlight). So stay out of sunlight for 2-3 hours after application.
Contains 66% Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO).
Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. 😊
This is for you daliajojo, and of course you too – if you’re one of those that love DIY natural beauty, or just want to make sure what you’re using on your skin is totally good for you, read on for a gorgeous natural skincare recipe for all types of skin.
She was wondering about another product from Darphin called: 8 Flower Nectar Elixir.
Here’s their product info for a little background:
A precious youth elixir
Rejuvenating elixir, in the pure tradition of aromatherapy, blends rare and radiance boosting aromatic essences from 8 precious flowers. Opulent formula with anti-oxidants, nourishes and helps smooth the look of lines and wrinkles, firm skin and renew skin suppleness, resilience and youthful radiance, key evidence of truly, younger-looking skin. With an exquisitely feminine, sensual fragrance that could double as a perfume, it is the quintessential holistic beauty care that creates a feeling of overall beauty and well-being while rejuvenating skin’s appearance.
Relieves discomfort due to dryness
Nourished, firmer skin
Renewed softness and suppleness
Youthful-looking and radiant complexion
Reduced appearance of lines and wrinkles
99% of the total ingredients from natural origin. Formulated without parabens. Non-comedogenic. Clinically-proven efficiency.
PM. Apply 5 drops to face and neck. Massage 8 Flower Nectar gently in upward motions from the inner to the outer part of the face.
That’s what they claim, and to be honest, I’ve never used it, but I can tell by the ingredients what this is, and what it can/can’t do.
Funny that they mentioned it could double as a perfume, because it totally is. In fact, I’ve got a natural perfume recipe that is almost the exact thing..except for the Everlasting otherwise known as Immortelle or Helichrysum Italicum essential oil.
And here’s an ingredient that I’ve not mentioned before; Iris essential oil, which might also be called Orris Root Absolute or Concrete. This beautiful rarity is a special addition mostly because of it’s wonderful skin care toning properties. It’s also great as a base note in natural perfumes because of its fixative qualities.
Iris Absolute is beautiful material, the aroma is slightly sweet, earthy, green and violet.
Iris oil is a deeply fascinating and time consuming material to produce. The main producers today are located in China, France and Morocco.
To get the essential oil, the rhizomes/roots (orris root) are collected, washed, surface layer removed, cured and stored for as long as 4 years.
The length of time the orris root is stored is largely responsible for the percentage of the prized constituent – IRONE, the aroma of Irone is a lush green violet accord with excellent tenacity. Most material commercially offered will have a 1%, 8% and 15% Irone content.
To get the Iris essential oil, or orris root , the rhizomes (roots) are taken out of storage, blitzed, until material resembles a starchy pulp. This is then steam distilled to produce essential oil and due to the chemistry containing myristic acid, so the material hardens up very quickly – resembling a waxy concrete and this is the reason so many people refer to the essential oil as Iris Essential Oil, or Iris Butter.
Then to get Iris Absolute the Iris Butter/Essential oil is alcohol washed to remove the myristic acid and the oil left is vacuum distilled to get the absolute oil. Although now quite rare, Iris Absolute with a content of 80% Irone or more is still produced, but the current starting price is 70’000GBP/105’000USD per kilo.!!
Click here at Oshadhi to get an understanding of how they price their essential oils. This is how a good company should price their essential oils.
Places I’ve found to buy pure Iris essential oil or orris root concrete butter:
And making this at home is so much easier than you might think.
The hardest part is getting all the ingredients. They are quite expensive, but you’ll be able to make them go a very long way, and include your close friends and family too. so it’s totally worth it.
But one thing they don’t mention in their ingredients list is the carrier oil. Most likely they have used essential oils diluted in jojoba since this carrier is closest to the natural oils in our skin.
that’s it….well, almost. Just make sure that you’re using jojoba diluted essential oils. You never want to use straight (or undiluted) essential oils on your skin. With the exception of lavender or tea tree.
Treat Essential Oils With Respect
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.
Add all drops to a pretty glass bottle and use in the evenings before bed and after cleansing your face. I use a 1 oz (30ml) serum bottle, but if you want it filled to the very top, use a 1/2 oz (0.5 oz) or 15 ml bottle with glass eye dropper.
How to get Radiant Skin
Now for those that are concerned about wrinkles or want an anti-aging serum the recipe’s essential oils are wonderful, but I would add the following for extra benefits:
GREAT ADDITIONS for anti-aging effects: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, and Carrot seed oil,
for sensitive skin use Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, and Roman Chamomile, you may want to use Neroli too in a 2% dilution (or about 12 drops pure e.o. to 1 oz carrier).
Excellent carriers like Rosehip seed oil, jojoba, argan, tamanu (aka; inophyllum calophyllum), evening primrose, avocado, olive, sesame, sunflower, centella (gotu kola) and kukui nut oils are perfect for mature skin.
Always get enough water, sleep, and good nutrition for a glow that starts on the inside!
Start with a base of jojoba oil and add the oils suited to your skin type. For example, dry skin likes jojoba + Argan , Evening Primrose, and Rose Hip Seed oils. I love to add a couple Vitamin E capsules (use a needle to make a hole in the capsule and squeeze to empty the liquid inside) to every recipe. If you have acne-prone skin, you could create a combination of jojoba and tamanu oil. Got combination skin? Try jojoba, grapeseed and argan with Vitamin E. It’s all about finding what works for your skin.
It may take a bit of experimentation to find just the right combination for your personal skin type.
Start with an 80% ratio of jojoba and 20% of another oil specific for your skin type. You can adjust this ratio as needed. Several carrier oils can be combined to get the perfect combination.
And quality does matter. I recommend buying the best quality oils that you can find. Your skin is your biggest organ, and everything you put on it absorbs directly into your bloodstream. The best oils are cold-pressed, pure, and unrefined oil with no additives.
If you’re interested in making your own essential oil blends, or just wondered what might go into specific recipes for energy work, read on, I have a real treat for you. This was originally written for YahooContributor back in ’09, but since they’ve shut down the site, it needed a home.
Primer, “Rose Base” Recipe (used in many of the following recipes), Clearing Room Spray, Positive Energy Spray, Setting Up Boundaries or for Protection Blend, Asking for Spiritual Guidance Blend, Clearing the Aura After Energy Healing Work Blend, and a beautiful Facial Winter Spritzer.
None of the links in this article work, they are no longer linked to Yahoo as the site has been taken down.So here’s another of my orphaned articles I’ll share it with you here… I’m working on finding homes for the rest of them. 🙂
First, a primer, or a little refresher course-
About Dilution of Essential Oils:
Almost all pure essential oils should be used diluted (mixed with a carrier such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, etc.), especially if you will be using them on the skin. Remember that essential oils are extremely concentrated, as they include the whole spirit or “life blood” of the plant, flower, resin or root they originated from. Did you know that it takes 30 large roses to make 1 drop of rose oil, and 60,000 roses (about 180 lbs. of rose petals) to make 1 ounce of Rose oil? Now you know why it is so expensive!
Really, none of the essential oils should be applied neat (undiluted) with the exception of lavender or tea tree essential oils. And remember too, that they come from natural plants so some may be allergic to their properties. Please try a patch test before using any essential oil blend on your skin by applying 1 drop of diluted essential oil to the inside of your elbow, cover it with a band-aid and leave for 24 hours to check for allergic reaction.
Dilution Ratios for Blends and Essential Oil Recipes
Using the following ratios for your essential oil blends and recipes should keep you within the safe zone.
60 drops e.o. / 1 oz. carrier = 10% dilution ( for room sprays, aromatic spritzers, + inhalers)
30 drops of e.o. (like rose, jasmine, neroli, sandalwood, etc.) to 1 oz carrier such as Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba makes 5% dilution.
20 drops e.o. / 1 oz = 3% dilution.
15 drops essential oils / 1 oz of carrier is called a 2.5% “normal” dilution.
9 drops essential oils / 1 oz of carrier would constitute a “light dilution”, also called a 1.5% dilution.
6 drops e.o. / 1 oz carrier is 1% dilution
FOR INFANTS or SMALL CHILDREN, ELDERLY or PREGNANT use 3-6 drops e.o. / 1 oz of carrier for a 0.5-1% dilution
There’s about 600 total drops in 1 fluid ounce if you want to figure out a different dilution percentage.
Body sprays can handle up to 60 drops of e.o. per every 4 ounces of carrier, and for room sprays, up to 100 drops per every 4 ounces of water (or carrier) is the normal range .
ON to the good stuff!!
Extending Expensive Essential Oils and “Rose Base” Recipe:
Creating a 5% or 10% dilution is also a great way to extend the life of the more expensive oils (like rose, sandalwood, jasmine or neroli). For example, to make a “rose base” add 30 drops of rose otto to 1 ounce of fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil –because of their little to no scent and long lasting properties – use this as your “scented base” for the recipes calling for rose.
If you have a really nice rose otto or rose absolute use this method to really open up the scent, as right out of the bottle rose absolute is quite overpowering and bombards the senses. With most essential oils it seems the more they are diluted, the more delicate the aroma, allowing the scent to fully open and be appreciated for all its attributes. Essential oils like lemon or lavender do not need to be stored this way, as they are light enough to begin with, so just keep them in the dark bottles they came in, and store in a cool and dark place.
For Energy Work use this Cleansing and Clearing Blend:
25 drops of Lavender,
20 drops of Rosemary,
20 drops of Lemon,
15 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas),
5 drops of Eucalyptus,
5 drops of Juniper,
5 drops of Pine, and
5 drops of “rose base”
in 4 ounces of purified water
Makes a lovely room or “space-clearing” spray, or use a few drops of the undiluted blend in a diffuser.
Use a “normal” or “light” dilution if using as a body spray. Make sure to always shake well before each use.
Positive Energy Spray:
4 ounces of purified (or distilled) water
10 drops of “Rose base”,
10 drops of cedarwood (Atlas),
7 drops of vetiver,
7 drops rosewood ,
9 drops of lavender,
6 drops “neroli base”,
12 drops pink grapefruit,
12 drops of orange,
12 drops of tangerine,
8 drops of lemon,
8 drops of bergamot (BF–bergaptene free)
Shake well and use as a room spray. For a body spray, use about 45-60 drops of this blend and add it to 4 ounces of distilled or purified water, shake well each time before use.
Cleansing and Positive Energy Combination Spray:
To cleanse the space and bring positive energy at the same time, you might want to try one of these combinations:
30 drops Pink Grapefruit,
25 drops Lemon,
25 drops Tangerine, and
20 drops Lavender
with 4 ounces purified water.
35 drops Cedarwood (Atlas),
35 drops Grapefruit,
20 drops of Orange, and
10 drops “rose base”
added to 4 ounces of purified water.
Always shake well before using.
Setting up Boundaries or Protection blend:
You might want to use this blend to aid in protecting your space from negativity or bad energy:
1 drop fennel,
3 drops of rosemary,
3 drops of juniper,
8 drops of lemon,
2 drops of hyssop and
3 drops of vetiver
diluted into 1-4 ounces of carrier
You can use a few drops of this blend for an anointing oil, or use a few drops of the blend diluted in 4 ounces of purified water as a spray.
Asking for Spiritual Guidance blend:
Add 1 drop of the following blend placed on the “third eye” chakra before meditation or asking for spiritual guidance:
7 drops of cedarwood (Atlas),
3 drops “neroli base”,
3 drops of “rose base”,
2 drops of jasmine,
1 tiny drop of angelica (pre-diluted at in a carrier as angelica is VERY strong),
1 drop of both German and Roman chamomiles,
7 drops of lavender,
4 drops of geranium,
1 drop of cistus (pre-diluted in a carrier) and
4 drops of frankincense (pre-diluted in a carrier)
blended into 1 ounce of jojoba, sweet almond, grapeseed, or unscented coconut oil,
this may also be added to 2 ounces of purified water to make a spray if you’d rather not place anointing blend directly on skin.
To clear the Aura after Energy Healing work;
It is best to use a drop of rose base diluted in purified water sprayed around you, or one drop of rose base diluted in a carrier oil as an anointing oil to clear the aura, though, the clearing spray works fine too.
Facial Spritzer Winter Recipe:
A nice winter facial spritzer for almost all skin types
3 drops of the “rose base”
and 3 drops of the “neroli base”
( no more than 10 drops total maximum)
added to 4 ounces of one of the following;
rose,lavender or neroli hydrosols,
or even distilled water.
My favorite facial spritzer in the winter is;
4 oz. of neroli hydrosol,
4 drops of “neroli base” (you can also use a 3% dilution for any of the “base” recipes such as “rose base” or “neroli base” ),
2 drops of geranium,
2 drops of sandalwood and
2 drops of bergamot; but make sure the bergamot is bergaptene free (or bf). Bergaptene content in regular bergamot causes photosensitivity and since the bergaptene has been removed in this type, it allows it to be used in skin and hair care formulations without worrying about sun exposure after use.
Mix together the essential oils and hydrosols in a dark glass or PET plastic (PET is a type of plastic that can withstand essential oils) spray bottle, shake well before each use, and spray over face anytime for a nice moisturizing spritz.
Originally from my Yahoo repertoire, I decided to add this gem to my blog. Happy new year!
With this article, I’ll show you how it’s possible to employ pure essential oils to help ease depression and lessen anxiety, simply and naturally.
First things first, if you’ve never used essential oils before, read a primer I wrote on essential oils, what they are and the difference between therapeutic grade and most “on the market” essential oils called “Many Helpful Suggestions on Uses of Essential Oils” before delving into this article, it will save you lots of questions. (Since my links/articles are still orphaned and looking for homes, for the purposes of safety, and if you are not familiar with essential oils please research them before using these potent beauties. Some may be harmful if used incorrectly.
More and more these days, plants are finding a medicinal purpose in our lives, people like natural cures rather than subjecting themselves to harsh man-made chemicals and pills.
“A depressed emotional state is a common reason for using complementary and alternative therapies today. A wide range of psychological, physical, and energetic issues can lead to feelings of depression and a pervasive outlook of negativity. Moreover, once in a state of depression, patterns can arise that make relief all the more difficult to find. The use of essential oils for uplifting the psyche and spirit is becoming more widespread because of the oils’ broad and dramatic effects. While the oils themselves may not directly affect the underlying cause of depression, they may help individuals break free from depressive cycles – they may provide the impetus to ‘get off the couch’, so to speak, and begin creating long lasting change.”– Ananda Apothecary
Can essential oils help with anxiety?
The short answer is yes. The how and why are a bit more scientific, but suffice to say that it’s true what they say, “your nose knows”. You’ve definitely experienced this before. A good example would be smelling a freshly baked apple pie and remembering Grandma’s house in the country when you were just a kid. That’s your limbic system at work. Basically, your sense of smell is the shortest and quickest way into your brain, including your memory banks, through the limbic system ( which is the seat of the emotional center and is partly responsible for our our emotional reaction to something, our fight or flight response, our hormonal secretions, motivation, pain reflex and our mood fluctuations). Some essential oils have thousands of chemicals contained within a tiny drop, and some have only a few, but they all have purposes, and can all cause strong reactions when inhaled or used on the skin.
Can essential oils help with depression?
Again, the short answer is yes they can, in the same way they can help with anxiety, essential oils can also aid in reducing melancholy and heightening happy feelings or uplifting your mood by pure science of chemistry. Just knowing what chemicals to use, and that they are pure therapeutic grade essential oils can really ‘make or break’ the deal. Essential oils are really just natural science by God, given to us as “medicine” whether it be for the body (physical), mind (mental), or spirit (emotional and spiritual).
The best therapeutic grade essential oils to use to lift your spirits and put you in a better mood are as follows:
Essential Oils that are Antidepressant mood regulators:
Rose or rose otto – the best ‘heart opener’, aids with joy, uplifts and restores balance Orange– any citrus oil uplifts and brightens your mood, they are ‘sun in a bottle’, grounding, nourishing, energizing Bergamot – relaxes nerves and refreshes the spirit Geranium – like rose, wonderful for work of the heart Mandarin – another citrus uplifter, but with a more mellow property, works wonders on children Lemon – super sunshine in a bottle, very uplifting, grounding, nourishing, energizing Neroli (orange blossom) – comforts the mind and heart, natural tranquillizer for shock, depression or anxiety Chamomiles – grounding and uplifting
Essential Oils for Anxiety or Stress
Lavender – calming, regenerating, balancing Chamomiles – remarkable calming effects Clary Sage – calming, relaxing, balancing, Geranium – calming, balancing, protecting Rose or rose otto Mandarin – wonderful for calming children too Lemon – refreshing and gentle calming Bergamot- relaxing, uplifting Vetiver -very calming, centering, and stabilizing Neroli– nourishing to spirit and soul, cooling and calming Palmarosa – calming and uplifting nerves, reduces anxiety Sweet Marjoram – sedative and toning, immediate calming effect Frankincense– warming, calming, quieting, awakens the spirit, centering, meditative, new enlightenment of self and encourages an unconditional love Coriander- healing and anti-inflammatory, aids feelings of security to anyone who is not grounded and calms the spirit
How to use these essential oils for anxiety or depression
There are a variety of ways you can use these essential oils to aid in mood regulation. Two being: INHALATION AND TOPICAL APPLICATION.
One of the simplest ways is to use a diffuser for your personal or work space. Most are quite simple to use either by adding water and a few drops of essential oil, and plugging it in, or by a candle warming the water and oil mixture. You can find them just about anywhere now, from the grocery store to ebay and Amazon , aromatherapy stores or specialty stores. Click Here To Visit Diffuser World.
There are also nebulizers which are even better at dispersing essential oils into the air.
These plug right into your cigarette lighter or extra power source in your dash or console of your car. Take the fresh scent with you and brighten up your day instead of complaining about traffic. After diffusing something like lemon or peppermint in your car I guarantee you’ll spark right up and have a smile on your face.
Best used by adding essential oils to an unscented lotion, aloe vera gel or diluted with an oil, for example, getting a massage.
Although this method is not recommended often as essential oils are potent and may be too strong for some people. Many are sensitive to the extreme potency of a therapeutic grade essential oil, but if you’re feeling brave and have used essential oils before (especially Lavender, one of the safest out there) then feel free to use a couple drops in your palms and rub together to release the scent. You can dab it under your nose, rub a couple drops into your wrists or the like. I would only try this with the following oils:
Lavender, Rose, Neroli, Geranium, Lemon, Mandarin, (almost any citrus oil, but beware citrus oils are phototoxic; meaning don’t wear them in the sun)
There is so much I could say about the wonders of massage…but I don’t want to lose you so I’ll just say that if you can get one, DO! They are the best preventative medicine available to us and with the use of essential oils added to your massage lotion, gel or oil, you won’t believe the miracles that can happen. Just ask any Massage Therapist or “Raindrop Technique Therapist” and you’ll get an ear-full of how magical a massage can be. If your loved one is giving the loving massage, use a MAXIMUM of, or no more than 8-10 drops per oz. as essential oils are very potent. It’s better to use less and add more if needed. Just choose your carrier oil, gel or unscented lotion and add your choice of therapeutic grade essential oils and mix well.
Remember, it’s always better to try than to give up, so smile and know someone is thinking of you and wishes the very best for your health and well-being!
PLEASE, if you are going to use all or any part of my articles, I ask that you please give credit where it is due and link back to my article. Thank you!
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Springtime is my favorite time of year in Florida…not just because of the gorgeous weather, but for the hypnotic and beautiful aromas of orange blossoms wafting through the balmy breezes tickling my nose and sending smiles and light through my soul.
There’s just nothing like the scent of the orange blossom (or neroli)….and it will always be my favorite.
Neroli oil is a plant oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium subsp. amara or Bigaradia). Its scent is sweet, honeyed and hypnotic citrusy/floral. Even better is the lovely effect it has on the body, mind and soul.
Neroli Oil is an angelic fragrance that is like a beacon of hope, and a light for the spirit, and it can aid healing with many emotional and spiritual issues.
The fragrance is warm, soft, floral, and light, yet grounding.
The aroma triggers a feeling of happiness and safety almost immediately.
Neroli oil comes from the flowers of the bitter orange tree, which bloom in the spring, when new life reawakens after winter’s chill.
Neroli oil’s healing benefits for the body include:
Healing for dry, sensitive skin
Rejuvenating to mature skin, complexion
Healing to small broken blood vessels under skin
Useful for insomnia
Helpful for psychosomatic illness
Supports heart and cardiovascular health
Neroli brings light to the soul.
Relieves grief, depression
Treats feelings of hopelessness
Promotes strength, courage
Hypnotic, euphoric scent can uplift the spirit
Neroli is relaxing and gently strengthening. Its fresh and comforting floral aroma inspires courage, quiet resolve and happiness. Petitgrain inspires strength and commitment. Its fresh, woody aroma is stabilizing and reassuring.
A mixture of neroli and petitgrain produces a fragrant blend. Not only do their respective aromas meld perfectly, but the benefits they inspire are reinforced through their bond. Individuals who are sad and lacking confidence will find it helpful to focus on a combination of pleasantly reassuring neroli and strengthening petitgrain.
Combine 20 drops of neroli and 20 drops of petitgrain with 8 ounces of distilled water. Place the mixture in a bottle with a spray atomizer attachment. In times of stress shake the bottle, then lightly mist the face and inhale the aroma.
The blended oils can also be diffused using an aromatherapy lamp. Or try adding 3 drops of the mixture to a teaspoon of oil and use as a gently relaxing massage. Sweet therapy indeed. –thanks auracacia.com 🙂
Although oranges had been known since the first century, it wasn’t until the late seventeenth century that neroli oil was discovered; it is thought to have been named after Anna Maria de la Tremoille, Princess of Neroli (near Rome). The oil and the therapeutic properties of the flowers were particularly valued at this time by the people of Venice, who used it against the plague and other fevers, drank it as a tisane, and rubbed a distilled water into their bodies twice a day. At one time, neroli was used as a perfume by prostitutes in Madrid (customers could recognize them by the smell), but now orange perfumes have undergone a sea change, signifying purity, and blossoms are worn in bridal headdresses.
Bitter Orange is widely grown in the western parts of India, eastern Africa and Himalayas. Spaniards brought sour orange into St. Augustine, Florida, in the mid-1500s. By 1763, sour oranges were being exported from St. Augustine to England, setting the grounds for what is Florida today – one of the world’s largest producers of oranges. This state even uses the orange blossom as the official state symbol since May 5, 1909. During the orange blossom time, in spring, millions of delicate waxy white flowers scent the air throughout central and south Florida. Being one of the most fragrant flowers, orange blossoms are an indispensible material in perfume industry.
Neroli is used as both a base note and a top note depending on the oils that it is blended with.
It helps regenerate skin cells, improves skin elasticity, and even helps with acne, scarring, and stretch marks. Internally, neroli acts as a natural tranquilizer, and can relieve chronic anxiety, depression, and stress. Besides being a beloved oil by aromatherapists all over the globe, neroli is also often used in bridal bouquets, both as a symbol of purity, and for its ability to calm the bride’s nerves.
Orange Blossom is a fragrant distillation of fresh bitter-orange flower. This orange, also known as sour orange, is usually too sour to be enjoyed out of hand, but this very same bitterness makes this type of orange much more aromatic than the rest of the orange varieties. Almost all parts of bitter orange are used to produce beautiful and aromatic materials for the fragrance industry: the essential oil is derived from peel of a fruit, orange leaves are used in production of Petitgrain oil, while delicate white flowers serve in production of Neroli and Orange Blossom absolute.
Neroli increases circulation and stimulates new cell growth. It can prevent scarring and stretch marks, and has been found useful in treating skin conditions linked to emotional stress. Any type of skin can benefit from this oil, although it is particularly good for dry, irritated or sensitive skin. It regulates oiliness and minimizes enlarged pores. Neroli Oil helps to clear acne and blemished skin, especially if the skin lacks moisture. With regular treatment, it can reduce the appearance of fragile or broken capillaries and varicose veins.
Neroli Essential Oil has been used throughout aromatherapy for a variety of health benefits due to its antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and carminative properties. More recently however, Neroli Essential Oil has been discovered to attain anti-cancer effects. Studies have proven Neroli to be an effective inhibitor of tumor and cancer cell growth, due to the presence of its Farnesol chemical component.
Farnesol is an acyclic sesquiterpene alcohol naturally occurring in some citrus essential oils, including Neroli. The Farnesol found in Neroli Essential Oil has been shown to effectively promote the death of cancer cells through apoptosis. Apoptosis is a natural occurrence in a human’s daily life, in which averages of 50 to 70 billion cells die each day. When apoptosis occurs insufficiently in the body, uncontrolled cell proliferation occurs, causing cancer.
Neroli Essential Oil is a widely known powerful sedative and tonic for the nervous system. The oil is able to calm one’s mind and body on a cellular level, allowing for relief from anxiety and all nervous tension. This property of Neroli Essential Oil will induce anti-cancer effects, as all dis-eases are caused by emotional disorder, leading to stress and tension throughout the entire body.
Here are a few of my favorite books on healing the spirit with essential oils in no particular order:
It’s rare to find a pure 100% neroli oil, as it’s impossible for companies to be able to offer it for a low cost. It takes approximately 1,000 pounds of orange blossoms to make one pound of neroli oil….so keep this in mind when buying it as it’s most likely cut or diluted with other oils….especially if the price is low.
YOUNG LIVING OILS: if you order from them use: youngliving.org and my distributor. # 1064822
It’s amazing what winter’s cold dry air can do to your skin. During this time of year it’s always a good idea to use a heavier skin treatment than you would during the summer months.
Here’s a great little DIY recipe that is not only beautifully scented and all natural, but really great for winter skin. I use this cream/serum type mixture all over my face as well as an eye makeup remover….it’s fabulous!
Winter Anti-Aging Rose Facial Cream:
1/2 oz + Rosewater or Rose Hydrosol
1 oz. witchhazel
3/4 oz. glycerin
3 TBL orange blossom honey
3 TBL Rosehip seed oil (and/or argan or wheatgerm oil)
Combine everything in a glass bowl and gently mix w/ whisk until thouroughly combined. Store in airtight glass jar at room temp.. (around 67 degrees). This will last you through the winter in most cases. You can use only one of the essential oils listed, or a combination of these, or any mixture thereof. I tweak this recipe everytime I use it and sometimes use more or less of these ingredients, so whatever consistency you like feel free to ammend this however you choose. Happy blending! 🙂
The best moisturizers aren’t necessarily the most expensive, and if you love knowing exactly what you’re using on your skin, and don’t mind messing up your kitchen a bit, then this DIY body cream recipe is for you
If you are looking to connect with Archangel Michael, or just need the protection or help of this powerful angel, look to your heart, and ask Michael specifically for what you need.
Thankfulness and Gratitude are two sure-fire ways to open the communication pathways between humans and angels, and it doesn’t hurt to have the scents and energies they like around while asking. Creating your own all natural essential oil blend to aid the process.
This is the original Yellowstar Essentials Archangel Michael Blend made with undiluted essential oils only.
Carriers (as in carrier oils such as; Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Cocoanut, etc.) are added after your blend has a little time to meld together. This anointing blend will connect you to the energy of Archangel Michael. Diluted in fractionated coconut oil or other carriers, it will be safe for use on the skin.
Archangel Michael Blend
TOP NOTES (drops)
Lemon Blossom 7
MIDDLE NOTES (drops)
Jasmine 3 full drops
Rose 2 full drops
Neroli 3 full drops
BASE NOTES (drops)
Sacred Frankincense 3
Myrrh 2 full drops
Galbanum 2 full drops
Atlas Cedarwood 7
Star Anise 1
If you want to use this blend for an anointing oil, perfume oil, or the like, add beeswax and carrier oils to the consistency you like. (wax must be melted and stirred into warm carriers, then cooled to see the thickness and consistency of your final product… it can always be remelted and more wax added).
ARCHANGEL MICHAEL (Beshter, Mikail, Sabbathiel, Saint Michael)
Archangel Michael’s name means ‘he who is like God’.
Archangel Michael’s functions are to oversee Lightworker’s life purpose and to rid all toxins associated with fear. He also assists with bravery and heroic deeds.
Archangel Michael guides and directs people who feel unsure of their life purpose or soul mission, and provides guidance in regards to which positive steps to take.
Archangel Michael inspires leaders, bolsters courage, gives direction, energy and vitality, offers protection and motivation, and increases self-worth and self-esteem.
The essential oils to use for protection, security, safety, empowerment, releasing fears and overcoming obstacles with Archangel Michael are:
Anise Star – Aniseed – Black Pepper – Cajeput – Carnation – Clary Sage – Clove – Cumin – Elemi – Frankincense – Galbanum – Geranium – Ginger – Hyssop – Juniper – Lavender – Lime – Melissa – Mimosa – Myrrh – Niaouli – Oak moss – Palmarosa – Pimento Berry – Pine – Rosemary – Sage – Sweet Fennel – Tea-tree – Thyme – Valerian – Violet – Yarrow
To banish negativity and dispel phobias, apprehension and anxiety with the help of Archangel Michael, use one of the following essential oils:
April is here!!! Yay!… and spring is definitely in the air. I’m feeling a bit frisky this morning after using one of my homemade morning body polishes and just wanted to share with you a couple great recipes for making your own. They are really quite simple to make (even a novice can do it!).
There’s nothing like waking up to the scent of citrus oils…they are so energizing, fresh, and perky, you just can’t help but smile when you inhale their burst of sunshine. I have so many favorite essential oils, but I really couldn’t live without my citrus oils, they truly are my sunshine in a bottle!
If you love citrus oils as much as I do, here are a few body scrub and citrus blend recipes that you can use, or alter depending on your tastes:
Consider these skin workouts, increasing circulation, getting rid of dead skin cells, and aromatherapy treatments all in one!
Citrus-Smiles Wake-up Call Scrub
1/2 cup pure virgin coconut oil (or butter) You can also use any other carrier of your choice
2/3 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup if you like a more moisturizing scrub)-you can also use salt, brown sugar or any other exfoliant of your choice
Guaranteed to open up those tired morning eyes and give you a wonderful start to your day made with 100 percent certified-organic virgin coconut oil. My product’s only other ingredients are sugar, vitamin E and essential oils. That’s it. It’s a tropical island in a jar. The scent is divine, and the polish leaves skin soft and glowing, as if you’ve just been to the spa. You’ll spend a mere 30 seconds polishing and buffing your skin to a healthy radiance. With Pink Grapefruit, Lemongrass and Tangerine pure essential oils.
Make your own:
1/2 cup pure virgin coconut oil (or butter)
2/3 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup if you like a more moisturizing scrub)
5 drops Tangerine e.o.
7 drops Pink Grapefruit e.o.
4 drops Lemongrass e.o.
1 drop Neroli e.o.
2 Vit. E caplets
Crack of Dawn Scrub
Yup, I said it…Crack of Dawn is a magic bullet for waking your ass up in the morning…it’s like crack for natural ingredient enthusiasts! Once you try this one, you’ll definitely be addicted!
1/2 cup pure virgin coconut oil (or butter) You can also use any other carrier of your choice, like jojoba, olive, grapeseed, sweet almond, etc. depending on how moisturizing you want your scrub
2/3 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup if you like a more moisturizing scrub)-you can also use salt, brown sugar or any other exfoliant of your choice
3 drops Tangerine e.o.
3 drops Pink Grapefruit e.o.
4 drops Sweet Orange e.o.
2 drops Peppermint e.o.
2 drops Rosemary e.o.
2 drops Neroli e.o.
1 drop Vanilla abs.
2 Vit. E caplets
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Essential oils were used in ancient Egypt, Sumeria and in earlier times. In this truly holistic therapy the mind and body are inseparable. Plato is to have said that the source of most illness has its roots in the soul. There may be no better way to influence the mind and spirit, than through a physical medium that includes nature’s essences; essential oils provide this.
Scent has a special impact on living organisms. Scientific research into the human sense of smell finds it to be10,000 times more powerful than taste. Scent travels rapidly to the brain, and is shown to have a direct effect on the limbic system. The limbic system communicates with the autonomic nervous system. This is the known connection in the brain to the hypothalamus, emotion, memory, and some visceral (gut) reactions. Since the 1980’s olfactory research has promoted the psychological benefit of essential oils used in aromatherapy.
“The profound and complete therapeutic effects of essential oils derive from more than their pleasant fragrance. They have vital electromagnetic properties and vibrational energies that invigorate the mind, the soul, the body’s energy, and thus their functioning.” Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.
The most common treatment applications using pure essential oils are inhalation and application through the skin.
Certain essential oils, for example, offer different psychological effects:
Citrus, ylang ylang, geranium, jasmine, orange, sandalwood, lemon, lemon verbena, mandarin, and many more
basil, peppermint, rosemary (rosemary shows a positive effect in Alzheimer’s) as well as other essential oils
neroli, petigrain, cedarwood, chamomile, melissa, valerian, just to name a few
Studies dating from the 1920s report the following benefits of selected essential oils:
relaxing, circulation, meditative along with hundreds of other attributes
Strengthening, stabilizing and much more
anorexia, relieving hopelessness, just to name two
fatigue, general nerve tonic, anti-depressant, soporific, confusion, melancholy, mental clarity and concentration, reduces anxiety. (careful use prevents over-stimulation), along with many other things
anti-hysteric, sedative, hypotensive, and more
sedative for anxiety and antidepressant, stimulates appetite, and alot more
calming, hyperactivity, good for use with children, as well as a list of other attributes
sedative and nervine for insomnia, paranoia, panic, and hysteria, along with pms, and much more
anxiety, confusion, cellulite, and many more properties
grounding increases dream activity, heals quickly, this oils has tons of properties for healing and more
apathy, paranoia, confusion, anxiety, nervous trembling and paralysis, diuretic, allergies, etc.
grief, insomnia, alert, and much more
grounding, meditative and so much more
To be truly effective, essential oils must be absolutely pure. Synthetic or adulterated oils, although less expensive, will not give you the effects you desire and may even have adverse effects. To in sure quality, you may want to choose only oils that are guaranteed to be organic or ethically wild crafted, properly distilled or extracted, originating from a reliable source and priced accordingly. It is essential that the oils are species specific.
Caution: certain essential oils are not recommend for use during pregnancy, and may be skin irritants if not properly administered.
8 -10 drops.
10-20 drops in 1 ounce of oil.
2-5 drops on a tissue or cotton ball.
use pure oils only.
15-20 drops in 1 ounce of lotion.
4 ounces of distilled water with 40-60 drops of pure essential oil, shake before using
Note: glass or PET bottles are essential oil safe.
Two blends that have worked well are as follows:
This blend will relax the nervous system, ease tension, and bring emotional equilibrium.
· 10 drops Lavender
· 10 drops Petitgrain
· 4 drops Roman Chamomile
This blend will profoundly relax the individual, induce sleep, and bring calm to an active mind that is preventing the correct emotional balance and total relaxation.
· 10 drops Lavender
· 10 drops Basil
· 3 drops Neroli
The precious oils of plants enable us to use the art of aromatherapy to enhance well being and open a new door to healing the spirit.
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