Best Natural Treatments for Skin Blemishes and Essential Oils to Use for Acne

Essential Oils for the Different Types of Skin

Here’s another of my orphaned articles from Yahoo Contributor Network / Associated Content, hope you enjoy!

The best natural treatments for skin blemishes and acne aren’t necessarily the most expensive. Everyone wants a clean, clear face; free of pimples, spots, and uneven skin tone. Here are some products and recipes that have worked for me in the past, are all natural, and are dependable:

Tea tree oil

Tea Tree essential oil (also called Melaleuca oil) is an absolute MUST for acne or problem skin. Tea Tree oil has powerful antibacterial (and even antifungal and antiviral!) properties and is effective against MRSA, which is a strain of bacteria that has developed resistance to some man-made antibiotics. So it’s a natural product that can fight the spread of nasty germs. Its properties also make it crucial in fighting acne.

Best Burt’s Bees Products Treatment for Skin Blemishes:

  • Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick!!! – worked wonders for me! (and I love the ingredients: SD Alcohol 40-B (from Yellow Corn), Calendula Flower Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Yarrow Oil, Parsley Seed Extract, Willowbark Extract, Lemon Oil, Fennel Oil, Water, Tea Tree Oil, Juniper Oil, and Eucalyptus Oil.)
pic from thehippyhomemaker.com

Essential Oils Best for Treatment for Skin Blemishes & Acne:

  • Tea Tree essential oil – may be used directly on the skin without carrier oil, but you may like to add coconut oil for its antibacterial properties, or jojoba oil (healing and nourishing) for added benefits. An absolute must-have in your acne arsenal! Some people have cleared their skin with just this ingredient alone.
  • Bergamot essential oil (BF or begaptene free) – best to use a carrier such as grapeseed or coconut oil as it is very light and the scent is lovely for both men and women.
  • Lavender essential oil – lavendula angustifolia – maybe used undiluted directly on skin, as Lavender is a universal essential oil with a multitude of properties, always great for any skin type.
  • Rosewood essential oil – nice mixed with tea tree for those less sensitive, it also adds a nice moisturizing quality, make sure to mix with coconut, jojoba, grapeseed or similar carrier.
  • Clove essential oil (only for intense overnight spot treatments)- always use diluted in a carrier such as grapeseed, jojoba, coconut, etc.

Other essential oils that are useful for oily/acne/combination skin:

Geranium, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Juniper, and lemon.

Essential oils are some of my favorite ingredients to use as not only are they all natural, but have many amazing properties to heal all types of skin maladies. The best things you could use in treatment for skin blemishes are natural products. Just make sure to do a patch test to be sure you don’t have allergies.

Also note that essential oils are very potent and less is always more when it comes to using them on the skin. Make sure to dilute them with a carrier oil. One of the lightest carriers is grapeseed oil, but coconut is also a great choice, because of its antibacterial properties, and the jojoba is perfect for when you need extra healing.

My old stand-by remedy for getting rid of blemishes overnight when I was out of all my other treatments, was dabbing a bit of toothpaste mixed with tea tree oil on the pimple, and going to sleep. Most often, it was ready to go by morning. I’d steam my face to open the pores and be rid of it. And follow up with my easy to make Blemish remover toner.

The popping yourself idea probably isn’t thebest advice for everyone, but for me it always worked. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that to anyone, but just had to throw it in there. But the toner is a MUST!!
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Recipe for Blemish remover toner:

Use this after cleansing and patting dry lightly.

In a 4 oz bottle add:

  • Witch hazel 3 oz
  • Calendula oil mixed with fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil 12 to 20 drops
  • Tea tree oil 5 drops
  • Bergamot (bf) 2 drops
  • Lemon 2 drops
  • Eucalyptus 3 drops
  • Juniper 2 drops
  • *Optional- Frankincense or Sandalwood (either is fine) 2 drops

Shake well before each use, apply to cotton pad and swab skin lightly.

if you just don’t feel like making your own. I highly recommend
BURTS BEES (Amazon sale)

or email me to make you a custom order fresh!

Resources & More Reading
Also see: get rid of acne naturally with essential oils

Pore-reducing Mask, an Acne Mask & Toner, and a Pore Cleansing Strip Recipe

Essential Oils for the Different Types of Skin

More natural skin recipes etc. from YellowstarEssentials blog

Search Yellowstar Essentials wordpress blog acne

Get Rid of Acne Naturally with Essential Oils

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Natural Holistic Remedies for Shingles

Just recently a good friend of mine came down with shingles. Aww man, I feel so bad for her. It must be horrible, and I wish there was more I could do for her to ease her suffering, so it prompted me to look it up in my article list. Sure enough, I found it was one of my orphaned articles from the old Yahoo Contributor Network / Associated Content library. I’m going to pass is on to her and hopefully have enough ingredients to make her my relief spray. She’s at the doc’s now, and hopefully they’ll give her something to alleviate the horrible symptoms.

Anyway, here’s the article from 2009 in it’s entirety:

There are so many natural and holistic remedies for all types of maladies these days that it is difficult to weed through all the bad or mis-information strewn across the web. This series of articles, “Natural Holistic Remedies” will address only the tried and true remedies and natural therapies, either through personal experience or gathered from trusted sources. I’ve been studying these types of holistic cures and aids for over over 20 years and have discovered many new concepts as well as debunking some older (and some newer ones too).

General Shingles Information

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection of the nerve roots. Shingles affects the nerve endings in the skin and results in pain and a rash. Shingles affects 750,000 Americans annually. It can strike at any age but is most common in people older than 40.

Possible Causes of Shingles

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox When a person has chicken pox, it lives dormant in the body. If it becomes active, it results in a case of the shingles, not another bout of the chicken pox. Approximately 90 percent of people who have chicken pox are at risk of developing shingles. Stress, cancer, use of anti-cancer drugs, spinal cord injuries, the common cold and immune system problems can trigger shingles. People who have never contracted chicken pox have very little chance of developing shingles.

Possible Symptoms of Shingles

The first signs of shingles appear as three or four days of chills, fever, body aches and sometimes pain in the affected area. Then tiny blisters with red rims appear, along with extreme pain and sensitivity at the site. Other symptoms of shingles include fatigue, numbness, depression, tingling, shooting pains, swollen lymph nodes, headache and fever. This phase usually lasts one week to 10 days, when the blisters dry up and fall off. In most cases, shingles lasts a few weeks, but some people can experience pain for months.

Possible Lifestyle Changes for Shingles

There is no way to prevent shingles, but people can avoid getting chicken pox by being immunized with the vermicelli vaccine. People who have never had chicken pox should avoid contact with anyone who has the disease. Avoid contact with anyone with shingles because the fluid from the blisters is extremely contagious. Pregnant women, infants, children and anyone with immune deficiencies should not be in contact with anyone with chicken pox or shingles. Also, things like meditation, Yoga, Pilates, or any naturally calming practices will help keep shingles to a minimum as stress makes shingles worse. Try to keep stress and anxiety to a minimum, whatever works for you!

Personal Experience: Shingles “Natural Remedy” Skeptics

If you’ve ever had shingles before, you know the pain that can be associated with it. Both a cousin and a friend of mine came down with shingles and were both in serious enough pain to ask me for help. While one was very skeptic of “natural cures”, the other was right away willing to try my natural remedy. Needless to say, after making them my “Shingles Relief Spray” and advising them of some dietary adjustments, they are both believers and ask me for all kinds of natural cures and advice now.

Beneficial Dietary & Herbal Aids

  • L-Lysine is important for healing and for fighting the virus that causes shingles.
  • Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids aids in fighting the shingles virus.
  • Vitamin B Complex is needed for nerve health and to counteract deficiencies.
  • Zinc enhances immunity and protects against infection.
  • Calcium and Magnesium for nerve function and healing.
  • Garlic is excellent for building the immune system.
  • SAMe aids in reducing pain and inflammation.
  • Cayenne relieves pain and aids healing.
  • Lemon Balm – This lemon scented herb helps the body fight viruses.
  • Licorice – The licorice has virus-fighting ingredients that can inhibit the herpes simplex virus. It appears to interfere with the growth of the virus. It also fights inflammation and can be used instead of products containing cortisone without the side effects. Taken internally, it can be used as a tea and is often blended with other herbs for taste. Do not take for longer than 6 weeks at a time, and do not take licorice if you have high blood pressure or a history of heart disease.
  • Alfalfa and Dandelion promotes healing.
  • Baikal Skullcap This is an herb that has been used since ancient times in China. It fights bacteria and infections, so it is helpful in treating shingles as well as many other conditions. Used topically, you can make a paste using the ground root mixed with water. Apply the paste to the affected areas as needed.
  • Astragalus Root and Echinacea boosts immune function.
  • Bi phaya yaw (Clinacanthus nutans)- an herb used in traditional Thai medicine, has been shown in clinical studies to shorten the time it takes to recover from shingles in some cases. It is applied in cream form.
  • Olive leaf extract aids in fighting the virus of shingles. Eat plenty of foods that contain vitamin B6, including bananas, nuts, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
  • A combination of oat straw, St. John’s wort, and skullcap helps to reduce stress and itching. Mix equal amounts of oat straw, St. John’s wort, and skullcap tinctures together, and take one teaspoon of this mixture four times daily.

Yellowstar Essentials All Natural Shingles Relief

Analgesic, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiseptic, Anti-Spasmodic, Anti-Viral, Anxiety-Relief, Antifungal, Cooling, Helps Problem Skin Recover Faster.

Ingredients: Aloe vera, Jojoba Oil and Sunflower oil, Ravensara Ravensara aromatica, Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia, Lavender Lavandula augustifolia, Bergamot Citrus bergamia, Thyme Thymus vulgaris ct linalol, German Chamomile Matricaria recutita, Clary Sage Salvia sclarea, Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis, Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus, Oregano Origanum vulgare, and other natural essential oils.

For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. If condition worsens or persists for more than seven days, discontinue use and consult a physician. May cause an allergic reaction in some individuals with sensitive skin; test on small area before use. If severe irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately and consult a physician. Do not apply to wounds or broken skin. Do not bandage tightly. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. In case of accidental ingestion contact a Poison Control Center or physician immediately. Do not get on clothing. As with any drug, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health professional before using this product.

REFERENCES:

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 3rd Edition, Phyllis Balch, CNC; James F. Balch, M.D.

Yellowstar Essentials; click on “Natural Remedies Kits” on the left navigation box to find shingles relief spray

http://www.thehealthsuccesssite.com/shingles.html

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Essential Oil Recipe Blends & Dilutions for Energy Work; Clearing & Balancing the Chakras

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.

It includes:

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. 🙂

enjoy!!

 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.

MORE RECIPES:

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.

Or

  • 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;

  • purified water,
  • 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.

Resources & More Reading;

http://www.naturesgift.com/methods.htm

Great books:

Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field

Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils

Aromatherapy for the Soul: Healing the Spirit with Fragrance and Essential Oils

Subtle Aromatherapy

Be sure to check out more of my articles on chakras: (working on linking these back to this blog)

Essential Oils and Chakras Part One; Introduction to Using Essential Oils for Balancing the Chakras

Essential Oils and Chakras Part Two; Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras 1-3

Essential Oils and Chakras Part Three; Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras 4-7

original link: http://voices.yahoo.com/essential-oil-recipe-blends-clearing-7336602.html

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Natural DIY Winter Skin Anti-Aging Facial Cream

rose essential oilIt’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)
  • 1/4 oz. Vit. E
  • 3-10 drops of anti-aging essential oils (I use rose, neroli, jasmine, ylang ylang, frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, patchouli, and geranium)

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! 🙂

need to buy ingredients? here’s a helpful list:

 

For more read my article on daily glow here.

If you like DIY beauty projects also see this lovely rose cleansing cream recipe here. 

MORE DIY BEAUTY articles:

  • Best DIY Natural Pore Cleanser Recipes

    find fabulous skin care tips and all-natural DIY recipes such as: a pore-reducing mask, an acne mask & toner, and a pore cleansing strip recipe
  • Easy DIY Shea Butter Hair Conditioner Recipe

    If you love DIY projects and saving money, try this easy and fabulous hair moisturizer/conditioner that is fully customizable to your hair’s needs.
  • Easy DIY Body Cream Shea Butter Recipe

    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

African Sandalwood Essential Oil

I love the scent of Sandalwood….deep, sweet, woody, and so relaxing, perfect for meditation, and repairing skin. It also reminds me of a dear friend who isn’t with us anymore, but her memory lives on each time I catch a whiff of the mesmerizing aroma of sweet sandalwood.

The documented use of Sandalwood goes back 4000 years to India, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Many temples and structures were built from Sandalwood and the Egyptians used it in embalming.

There’s so much to love about it, no wonder it’s one of the world’s most expensive essential oils/resins. The Sandalwood from the Mysore region of India is the most famous type and is known for it’s exquisite scent; the Santalum album is the best sandalwood in the world. But, don’t despair if you can’t afford the Indian Sandalwood, here is a different kind of sandalwood from Africa that carries it’s own exquisite properties.

The therapeutic properties of Sandalwood African Essential Oil are as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, sedative and tonic.

     

  • Essential Oil: Sandalwood
  • Botanical Name: Osyris lanceolata
  • Aroma: Sandalwood African Essential Oil has a strong sickly sweet note which rapidly gives way to a woody note slightly reminiscent of Cedarwood.
  • Uses: Sandalwood African Essential Oil is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, sedative, tonic. Said to be relaxing, soothing, cooling, and sensual. It promotes restful sleep and helps to ease an anxious mind. Helps clear bronchitis, coughs, chest infections, asthma, insomnia and irritability. On the skin, it relieves itching, inflammation, and anti-aging skincare, toning, dry eczema prevent the skin from forming ugly scars. It is also widely used in the perfumery industry and in soap making.
  • Blends Well With: Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Rosewood, Patchouli, Vetiver and Rose.

 

  • Plant Part: Wood
  • Extraction Method: Steamed Distilled
  • Origin: Tanzania
  • Description: African Sandalwood is tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms. The species is found mainly in East Africa and it is a semi-parasitic plant. African Sandalwood is said to have a high concentration of santalols (approx 32% max) and santalyl acetate content (approx 35%)..
  • Color: Pale Yellow to Greenish Yellow clear liquid
  • Common Uses: The therapeutic properties of Sandalwood African Essential Oil are as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, sedative and tonic. Sandalwood Oil is said to be relaxing, soothing, cooling, and sensual. It promotes restful sleep and helps to ease an anxious mind. It’s considered an aid in meditation and prayer – a common practice is placing a drop of sandalwood oil on the third eye. It is grounding in times of emotional distraction and aids with peace and acceptance in times of loss. In vapor therapy, Sandalwood Oil can be used to help clear bronchitis, coughs, chest infections, asthma, insomnia and irritability. On the skin, it relieves itching and inflammation, and is most effective for anti-aging skincare. The astringent action has a great toning effect and can be used to prevent the skin from forming ugly scars and for fighting dry eczema. Sandalwood Oil is also widely used in the perfumery industry and in soap making.
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Note: Base
  • Strength of Aroma: Medium
  • Caution: Sandalwood African Essential Oil is considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil. Avoid use during pregnancy.
  • Sandalwood essential oil has a strong, sweet note which rapidly gives way to a woody note slightly reminiscent of Cedarwood.
  • Sandalwood oil is said to be relaxing, soothing, cooling, and sensual.
  • It promotes restful sleep and helps to ease an anxious mind.
  • It’s considered an aid in meditation and prayer.
  • Sandalwood is also wonderful for wrinkles, acne, scars, stretchmarks, psoriasis and eczema

 

Here’s a few places I found African Sandalwood :

NDA; New Directions Aromatics

Amazon- Eden’s Garden

Ebay; the Pink Lotus Store

google search;

Essential Oils that Benefit Organs & Organ Systems

When doing research for the best essential oils to use that will benefit the organ systems of the body, I came across a wonderful site Dr. Fosters Essentials, who, in my humble opinion, is one of the best out there. I wanted to share some important and very helpful information with those of you who may be interested in learning about the awesome powers of flowers, plants, resins, roots, berries, barks, and the amazing miracles essential oils can perform when used correctly.

From all the work, trials and experimentation I’ve done with essential oils, I have also found these to be true, Read on for some great information:

Essential Oils that benefit many organs & organ systems :from Dr. Fosters Essentials

Organs:

  • Brain: Frankincense, Migra-Stop (Ingredients: Peppermint, Marjoram, Cajeput, Basil and other essential oils for enhancement.), Grounding oil blend (Cedarwood, Vetiver, Lavender and other supportive herbs) Rosemary, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Lavender, Cedar, Vetiver, Brain Regain Formula
  • Sinuses: Germ Shield (Eucalyptus globulus, Peppermint, Melaleuca alternifolia and other essential oils in Jojoba oil) , Myrtle, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Fir, Clove, Cedarwood, Breathe Again Formula
  • Ears: Helichrysum, Brain Regain Formula
  • Eyes: *Frankincense, Lavender, Clary Sage, Lemongrass, Eyebright FormulaBrain Regain Formula
  • Teeth: Clove, Black pepper, Peppermint, Cajeput, Roman chamomile, White Lotus, German Chamomile (teething)
  • Gums: *Myrrh, Geranium
  • Thyroid: Sweet Essence oil blend (Cypress, Cinnamon, Coriander, Fennel), Lemongrass, Spruce, Myrrh, myrtle, Female Magnetism Formula, Healthy Heart Formula
  • Heart: Ylang ylang, Helichrysum, Rose, Laurus Nobilis (angina), Lemon, Palmarosa, Rosemary, Neroli, Melissa, Tea tree, Lavender, *Healthy Heart Formula, Relaxing blend
  • Lungs: Pine, Ravensara, Eucalyptus, *Germ Shield, * Peppermint, Herp-Ez oil blend, Myrtle, Marjoram, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Melissa, Hyssop, Ginger, Fir, Fennel, *Germ Blaster Formula, * EZ-Resp Formula
  • Kidneys: Juniper, Goldenrod, Grapefruit, Galbanum, Lemongrass, Kidney/Bladder Formula
  • Adrenals: Nutmeg, Sage, Spruce, Pine, Geranium, Female Harmony FormulaFemoPause Formula
  • Bladder/kidneys: Sandalwood, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Juniper, Yarrow, Kidney/Bladder Formula
  • Liver: Lemon, blue tansy, Geranium, Tsuga, Anise, Fennel, Mandarin, Orange, Tangerine, Rosemary, Peppermint, Laurus nobilis, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile, Circulation blend, *L/GB Formula
  • Gallbladder:  *Lemon, Cypress, German Chamomile, Birch, Nutmeg, Yarrow,  *L/GB Formula

Organ Systems:

  1. Circulatory system: *Helichrysum, *Lemon, *Cypress, Pine, Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Grapefruit, Geranium, Tangerine, Blood Detox Formula, Circulation blend
  2. Digestive: Ginger, Fennel, Tarragon, Black Cumin, *Peppermint, *Sweet Essence oil blend, Lemongrass, Black pepper, Orange, Marjoram, Dill, Roman Chamomile, Spearmint, Thyme, Digestive Formula, Colon Cleanse Syrup
  3. Endocrine System
    1. Pancreas: *Sweet Essence oil blend, Dill, Coriander, Fennel, Geranium, Fleabane, Female Harmony Formula
    2. Reproductive system: Yarrow, Fennel, Sage, Clary Sage, Myrtle, Lavender, Geranium, Jasmine, Ylang ylang, Nutmeg, Spikenard, Sandalwood, Female Harmony Formula, FemoPause Formula, Female Magnetism Formula
    3. Prostate: Myrtle, Yarrow, *Prostate Formula
  4. Hair, Skin and Nails (Integumentary System):
    1. Hair: Ylang ylang, Rosemary, Lavender, Cedar
    2. Skin: Chamomile, Rosewood, Germ Shield, Lavender, Myrrh, Rose, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Sage, Tangerine, Peppermint, Myrtle, Juniper, Geranium, Elemi, Coriander, Clove, all Floral waters, *Healthy Cholesterol Formula, *Calcium From Herbs
  5. Immune system: Lemon, Ravensara, Cistus, Spikenard, *Herp-Ez oil blend (Geranium, Melissa, Ravensara), Frankincense, White Lotus, *Oregano, Mountain Savory, Tea tree, black cumin, Idaho tansy, *Echinacea Premium Formula, *Germ Blaster Formula, AntiViral blend (Eucalyptus, Oregano, Lemon, Lavender, Pine, Lemongrass, Clove and other essential oils), AntiFungal blend (Eucalyptus, Manuka, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Lemon Myrtle, Bay Laurel and other essential oils)
  6. Lymphatics: Tangerine, Cypress, Lemongrass, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Myrtle, *Blood Detox Formula
  7. Nervous System: (regenerate) Geranium, Peppermint, Migra-Stop, Vitex (especially when there are tremors), Nutmeg, *Peaceful Nerves
  8. Structural System:
    1. Bones: *Birch, Wintergreen, *Calcium From Herbs Formula
    2. Joints:*Kidney/Bladder Formula, *Blood Detox Formula, *Tissue Repair Oil
    3. Ligaments: *Lemongrass, *Calcium From Herbs
    4. Muscular System: Marjoram, Calcium From Herbs
  9. Urinary System: Sandalwood, *Juniper, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Yarrow, *Kidney/Bladder Formula

There Are No Hopeless Situations:
There Are Only Men Who Have Grown Hopeless About Them.”
– Clare Boothe Luce

Aromatherapy Remedy Reference …Cont…

More remedy reference

  • Abrasions- Geranium
  • Abscesses- Lavender
  • Aches- Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Rosemary
  • Acne- Bergamot, Cedarwood, Lavender, and Tea Tree
  • Acute Fear- Geranium, Ylang Ylang
  • Aging Skin- Geranium, Sweet Orange, Frankincense, Rose, Myrrh, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Neroli
  • Aggression- Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Juniper, Lemon, Marjoram, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, and citrus
  • Analgesic- Bergamot, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary
  • Anger- Chamomile, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, citrus
  • Anti-bacterial- Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Patchouli
  • Anti-cancer- Geranium
  • Anti-convulsive- Clary Sage
  • Anti-depressant- Allspice, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, all citrus
  • Anti-inflammatory- Bergamot, Cinnamon, Geranium, Patchouli, Peppermint, Myrrh
  • Antiseptic- Bergamot, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fir Needle, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sweet Fennel, Tea Tree
  • Anti-spasmodic- Eucalyptus, Sweet Fennel, Lavender
  • Anti-viral- Bergamot, Cajeput, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree
  • Anxiety- Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Orange, and Ylang Ylang
  • Aphrodisiac- Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Sweet Fennel, Vanilla, Neroli, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood
  • Appeasing- Patchouli, Lavender,
  • Arousing- Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Rose, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Neroli
  • Arteriosclerosis- Rosemary
  • Arthritis- Basil, Black pepper, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Ginger
  • Congestion- Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary
  • Cooling- Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Spearmint
  • Coughs- Allspice, Lavender
  • Courage Booster- Basil
  • Cracked Skin- Patchouli, myrrh, frankincense, sandalwood, vetiver
  • Cramps- Allspice, ginger, rose, jasmine, sandalwood
  • Criticism- Grapefruit
  • Crying- Clary Sage, Rose, Bergamot, citrus oils
  • Curbs Appetite- Patchouli, Sweet Fennel, Grapefruit
  • Cuts- Lavender, Tea Tree
  • Cystitis- Eucalyptus
  • Dandruff- Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Tea Tree
  • Deodorizing- Anise, Basil, Cajeput, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lime
  • Dependency- Grapefruit
  • Depression- Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lime, Sweet Orange
  • Dermatitis- Lavender
  • Detoxifying- Grapefruit, Lemon, Sweet Fennel, cypress
  • Digestive- Cedarwood, Peppermint
  • Discontentment- Geranium, all citrus
  • Disinfecting- Fir Needle, Lemon, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree, Lavender,
  • Disorientation- Cajeput, Rosemary
  • Distrust- Lemon, grapefruit
  • Dry Skin- Geranium, Sweet Orange, Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Neroli
  • Eczema- Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli
  • Emphysema- Eucalyptus
  • Emptiness- Bergamot, Neroli
  • Encourages Menstruation- Basil
  • Encourages Vivid Dreams- Clary Sage
  • Encouraging- Bergamot, citrus and neroli
  • Energizing- Anise, Cajeput, Cinnamon, Clove, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Spearmint, Sweet Fennel
  • Envy- Grapefruit, Bergamot
  • Equalizing- Lime
  • Erases Doubt- Basil
  • Erotic- Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Neroli
  • Euphoric- Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Neroli
  • Explosive Emotions- Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender
  • Fatigue- Allspice, Clove, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sweet Orange
  • Fear of Failure- Sweet Fennel
  • Fevers- Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lemongrass
  • Flatulence (Gas)- Allspice, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint
  • Flea Repellent- Patchouli
  • Flu- Citronella, Clove, Eucalyptus, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree
  • Forgetfulness- Basil, Cajeput, Peppermint, Rosemary
  • Frustration- Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang
  • Fungal Infections- Clove, Tea Tree, Myrrh, Patchouli
  • Gall Stones- Rosemary
  • Gout- Rosemary
  • Grief- Bergamot, Grapefruit and all bright citrus
  • Guilt- Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot
  • Hangovers- Rosemary, Basil, Lavender, Rose, Rosemary
  • Hardens Nails- Lemon
  • Harmonizing- Cedarwood, Fir Needle, Cypress, Lavender
  • Head Lice- Lavender
  • Headache- Basil, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lime, Rosemary, Peppermint, Rose,
  • Heartache- Geranium, Rose, Lemon, Grapefruit and all citrus
  • Helplessness- Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Grapefruit
  • Herpes Simplex- Eucalyptus, Lycine, Tea Tree
  • High Blood Pressure- Lavender, Ylang Ylang
  • High Cholesterol- Rosemary
  • Hopelessness- Bergamot, Sweet Orange, all citrus
  • Hostility- Clary Sage, Rose, Lavender, Bergamot
  • Hot Flashes- Grapefruit, Lavender, Rose, and a host of other (see Menopause post)
  • Hyperactivity – Lavender
  • Hysteria- Tea Tree, Bergamot, Geranium, Rose
  • Increases Intuition- Lavender, Anise, Vetiver, Myrrh, Frankincense
  • Increases Alertness- Basil, Lemon, Rosemary
  • Increases Creativity- Rosemary, Neroli, all citrus oils,
  • Increases Sensitivity- Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Bergamot
  • Indecisiveness- Basil, Patchouli, Rosemary
  • Indigestion- Allspice, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Sweet Fennel, Tangerine
  • Infections- Lavender, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree
  • Inflammation- Lavender
  • Insect Bites- Lavender, Tea Tree
  • Insect Repellent- Bergamot, Cajeput, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Tea Tree
  • Insomnia- Bergamot, Lavender, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang
  • Intoxicating- Clary Sage, Neroli, Jasmine,
  • Invigorating- Basil, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Wintergreen
  • Irrational Thinking- Eucalyptus, Lemon
  • Irritability- Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Geranium
  • Irritated Skin- Geranium, Lavender
  • Itching- Peppermint, Lavender
  • Jealousy- Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, all citrus
  • Lack of Concentration- Basil, Lemon, Rosemary
  • Lack of Direction- Basil , Eucalyptus
  • Lack of Self Esteem- Geranium, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang
  • Lethargy- Patchouli, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon
  • Lice Repellent- Patchouli
  • Lifts Melancholy- Bergamot, Citronella, Clove, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, all citrus
  • Liver Disorders- Rosemary
  • Meditative- Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Sage,
  • Menopause- Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Sweet Fennel, Rose, Jasmine,
  • Mental Fatigue- Basil, Rosemary, Lemon, Lemon Blossom, Peppermint, Spearmint
  • Migraines- Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Rose
  • Mildly Euphoric- Anise, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Rose, Neroli
  • Mood Swings- Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Patchouli, Rose
  • Mosquito Repellent- Clove, Citronella, Lemongrass,
  • Muscle Cramps- Allspice, Ginger, Lanvender, Birch, Wintergreen
  • Muscle Spasms- Allspice, Ginger, Lavender
  • Nausea- Allspice, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint
  • Nervous Exhaustion- Allspice, Basil, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Spruce, Sweet Fennel
  • Nervousness- Bergamot, Clary Sage, Fir Needle, Tangerine
  • Neuralgia- Allspice, Citronella, Geranium, Peppermint
  • Normalizes Emotions- Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Sweet Fennel, Ylang Ylang
  • Obesity- Grapefruit
  • Obsession- Clary Sage, Geranium
  • Oily Skin- Cedarwood, Citronella, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon
  • Pain- Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary
  • Panic Attacks- Lavender, Bergamot, Jasmine
  • Phlegm- Eucalyptus
  • PMS- Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Sweet Fennel, Rose
  • Pneumonia- Eucalyptus
  • Poor Circulation- Allspice, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Ginger
  • Post Natal Depression- Clary Sage, Sweet Orange, Lemon, all citrus, Geranium, Rose,
  • Premature Balding- Rosemary
  • Prevents Sleep- Patchouli
  • Problem Skin- Lavender, Tea Tree
  • Psoriases- Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon
  • Rashes- Lavender
  • Refines Pores- Spearmint
  • Refreshing- Basil, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Fir Needle, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Spearmint, Wintergreen
  • Rejuvenating- Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Rosemary, and all citrus
  • Relaxing- Anise, Bergamot, Cajeput, Clove, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Sweet Fennel, Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Valerian
  • Resisting Change- Sweet Fennel, Ylang Ylang
  • Respiratory Problems- Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Fir Needle, Peppermint, Spruce
  • Restlessness- Clary Sage, Lavender, Geranium, Valerian, Vetiver, Sandalwood
  • Restoring- Geranium, Rosemary, Sweet Fennel, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Rose, Lavender
  • Rheumatism- Allspice, Citronella, Lavender, Sweet Fennel, Ginger
  • Ringworm- Tea Tree, Myrrh
  • Romantic- Clary Sage, Patchouli, Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Neroli
  • Scabies- Lavender
  • Scarring- Lavender
  • Scrapes- Lavender, Tea Tree
  • Sedative- Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Vetiver
  • Self Absorption- Ylang Ylang
  • Sense Enhancing- Allspice, Anise, Geranium, Lemon
  • Sensual- Clary Sage, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood
  • Shingles- Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Inula, Ravensara
  • Shock- Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lavender, Geranium, Rose
  • Sinusitis- Basil, Eucalyptus, Lavender
  • Skin Conditioning- Bergamot, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lime, Spearmint, Frankincense
  • Skin Spots- Cajeput
  • Soothing- Basil, Bergamot, Cajeput, Citronella, Clove, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lime, Patchouli, Spearmint
  • Sore Muscles- Allspice, Basil, Citronella, Eucalyptus, wintergreen, birch
  • Sore Throat- Lavender, Tea Tree
  • Sores- Patchouli, myrrh
  • Sorrow- Eucalyptus, Lemon, sweet orange and all citrus
  • Sprains- Lavender
  • Stabilizing- Geranium
  • Stiffness- Allspice, Geranium, ginger
  • Stimulates Memory- Basil
  • Stimulating- Cajeput, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint
  • Stings- Tea Tree, Lavender
  • Stomach Disorders- Sweet Fennel, Sweet Orange
  • Strengthening- Basil, Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary
  • Strengthens Immune System- Cajeput, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree
  • Stress- Allspice, Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lime, Patchouli, Spruce, Sweet Fennel, Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang
  • Stretchmarks- Tangerine
  • Sunburn- Eucalyptus, Lavender
  • Tension- Allspice, Clary Sage, Geranium, Rosemary, Sweet Fennel, Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang
  • Tightening- Grapefruit, cypress
  • Tonifying- Anise, Basil, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sweet Fennel\
  • Tranquilizing- Geranium
  • Ulcers- Geranium
  • Unwinding- Cajeput, Lavender
  • Uplifting- Anise, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Patchouli, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang
  • Uterine Hemorrhage- Geranium
  • Vaginal Infection- Eucalyptus
  • Viral Infection- Tea Tree
  • Vitalizing- Cinnamon, Spearmint
  • Warming- Allspice, Anise, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Geranium, Rosemary
  • Warts- Lemon, Tea Tree
  • Water Retention- Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli, Rosemary
  • Whooping Cough- Sweet Fennel
  • Worry- Clary Sage, Lemon
  • Wounds- Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree
  • Wrinkles- Clary Sage, *Myrrh, Frankincense, Rose, Elemi, Galbanum, Neroli, Lemon, Spikenard, floral waters (Lavender, Geranium, Chamomile, Clary sage, Melissa, and Juniper).