Category Archives: Aromatherapy

Essential Oils for Cleaning the Air

Essential oils are very efficient for cleaning the air. Essential oils are effective at cleaning and purifying the air in our home. One of the main purifiers of air are trees, essential oils from trees such as eucalyptus, fir, pine and spruce are superior at cleaning the air and assisting us to breathe easier. Citrus essential oils cleanse, freshen and send an uplifting aroma into the air. Here are some of my favorite essential oils for cleaning and purifying the air.

Essential Oils for Cleaning the Air

Grapefruit – Citrus paradisii

Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus radiata

Lemon – Citrus limon

Lime – Citrus aurantifolia

Balsam Fir – Abies balsamea

Peppermint – Mentha x piperita

Sea Pine – Pinus pinaster

Ravensara – Ravensara aromatic

Black Spruce – Picea mariana

Sweet Orange – Citrus auranthium

Tea Tree – Melaleuca alternifolia

Essential Oil Blends for Cleaning the Air 

Both of theses blends freshen, clean and purify the air. These blends can be added to a water/mist diffuser and/or a room spray.

FRESH CITRUS BLEND

Grapefruit 5 drops

Lemon 5 drops

Orange 5 drops

Lime 5 drops

Peppermint 1 drop (optional)

BREATHE EASY BLEND

Lemon 10 drops

Eucalyptus radiata 5 drops

Ravensara 5 drops

Diffuser
Add 8 fluid ounces/240 mL distilled or purified water to diffuser* and add 8 drops of fresh citrus blend or breathe easy blend into the water. Turn diffuser on and diffuse for 15-30 minutes
*tap water can be used but distilled or purified water is best

Room Spray– fill 8 ounce/240 mL bottle* with distilled or purified water and add 8 – 16 drops fresh citrus blend or breathe easy blend.
*tap water can be used but distilled or purified water is best
*best to use a glass bottle with atomizer

Diffusers

Mist diffusers are my favorite diffuser over the dry diffuser I talk about the dry diffuser being very loud and the strong release of essential oils. Mist diffusers have a base of water that essential oils are added to and then misted into the air for a subtle scent and cleansing mist omitted into the air.

Here are some diffusors that I like and have tested. They are quiet, have a water supply and will run from 6-8 hours and have different color lights.

Wooden look

Wooden look

White dome with colored lighting

White cylinder with colored lighting


Essential Oils

Essential oils are available at natural grocery stores and health stores, Whole Foods and other grocery stores. Generally the Aura Cacia and NOW brand is carried at the stores. Essential oils are also available online. Here are a few high quality essential oil suppliers:

Natures Gift

Original Swiss Aromatics

Pranarōm 

Plants are Air Purifiers

I have plants all over my house. They clean and purify the air. NASA did a study on the plants that clean the air and remove toxins from the air. Read about it here.

ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Uses | Benefits

ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Benefits | Uses

Ylang-ylang, pronounced EE-lang EE-lang, comes from the tropical tree known as the cananga tree that is native to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The essential oil is produced from the flower and has a rich, sweet floral smell. It is often used in perfume and aromatherapy due to it’s soft floral scent.

Ylang-ylang Types

Ylang-ylang essential oil is unique in that it is distilled in “fractions”, meaning it is stopped at different stages to produce different types. There is no clear “line” for when to stop the distillation to produce each type, so each distiller will make it’s own determination, creating slightly different variations. The different grades are ylang-ylang extra or super and ylang-ylang 1, 2, and 3, and ylang-ylang complete.

Ylang-ylang extra or super is the first “fraction” while the ylang-ylang complete is the full, uninterrupted distillation or a blend of all the distillation. The longer distillation does not necessarily produce a higher quality essential oil.

Ylang-ylang Benefits

Ylang-ylang has been used as an antidepressant as it relaxes the body and mind and has an uplifting effect on mood. It is also used as an aphrodisiac especially when mixed with Jasmine or Rose. Ylang-ylang has been shown to lower blood pressure and soothe sore muscles. It has also been used for symptoms of PMS and menopause.

Ylang-ylang Uses

Ylang-ylang essential oil has a rich, floral scent. It is often used in perfumes and skin care products due to this strong and unique smell. Ylang-ylang has a balancing, soothing, and softening properties and can be used for most skin types including combination, dehydrated, dry and oily skin. It is also great for dandruff and to stimulate the scalp.

Cautions

As with all essential oils, cautions should be used especially around children, elderly and animals. Ylang-ylang has a strong scent and can cause headaches and nausea with too much use. Ylang-ylang should be avoided during pregnancy.

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rosemary essential oil

Rosemary Essential Oil | Types | Uses | Benefits

rosemary essential oilAll About Rosemary Essential Oils

Rosemary, rosmarinus officinalis, is a woodsy herb with fragrant needle-like leaves and small white, purple, pink, or blue flowers. It produces a strong, fresh and woodsy-like scent. Rosemary the plant is often used in a variety of culinary dishesRosemary essential oil can also be used for a variety of health, skin, body and hair care benefits. Read on to learn more about the uses and benefits of Rosemary essential oil.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Overall, Rosemary essential oil is stimulating, invigorating and refreshing. Rosemary is also great for staying focused and alert and for memory retention. It can be used for most skin care, especially those with acne, combination, oily and mature skin. Rosemary essential oil is also great for oily hair and hair loss.

Rosemary Essential Oil Types

There are many different types of rosemary plants, therefore producing many different types of rosemary essential oils. Here are two different rosemary essential oil types.

Rosmarinus officinalis var Cineole,

This particular rosemary essential oil type is great for use in respiratory conditions such as opening up nasal passages, reducing coughing and breaking down mucus. For skin and hair care it is great for acne, oily skin and scalp, and can stimulate hair growth.

Rosmarinus officinalis var Verbenon

This rosemary has a more gentle scent and is less stimulating than Rosemary Cineole. It is the type used most frequently in skin care products. Due to it’s regenerative properties, it is often used for mature and aging skin, scarring, burns and sun damage. Rosemary Verbenon is also great for oily scalp and dandruff.

Precautions

Rosemary essential should be avoided during pregnancy and should not be used if you experience seizures or have hypertension. As with all essential oils, always use caution when applying directly on your skin and dilute with a proper carrier oil. Precautions should always be taken when using around children, elderly and pets.

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lavender essential oil

All About Lavender Essential Oil & Lavandin Essential Oil

lavender essential oilAll About Lavender Essential Oil & Lavandin Essential Oil

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is one of those all-around every-day types of essential oils. It can be used for stress release, relaxation, sleep induction, soothe irritated skin, heal a burn, ease headaches, muscle relaxation, kill germs, etc. Lavender essential oil is quite popular and is a great oil to have in your collection. Lavandin (Lavandin intermedia) essential oil is a variety of lavender that is a cross between true lavender and spike lavender. Often times these two essential oils types are used interchangeably, however there are some differences. Read on to learn more about lavender and lavandin essential oil.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil also known as true lavender has so many useful attributes for physical ailments, emotional needs, and skin care.

It is a mild pain reliever and a natural anti-inflammatory and therefore can be used for most physical ailments. Lavender works great for headaches, muscle aches and pains, arthritis, burns, etc. Lavender can also be used an an anti-bacterial and is great in our Aromatherapeutic Anti-Flu Spray. A primary attribute for lavender is as a relaxant. This makes it great for stress-reduction, going to sleep, and calming anxiety. Lavender essential oil can be used to help balance all emotions. It is also great for most skin care uses. Lavender has a more floral and sweet scent.

Lavender essential oil blends well with most other essential oils especially citrus oils, rose, rosemary, geranium, and frankincense.

Lavandin Essential Oil

As previously mentioned, lavandin is a hybrid of two other lavender plants. Lavandin is easier to cultivate and produces a larger yield therefore making it frequent substitute for lavender and is often used as a fragrance in soaps, lotions, perfumes, etc. There are several chemotypes of lavandin; Arial, Grosso, Super. Although lavandin and lavender have many similarities, they differ in their chemical compositions. Lavandin intermedia Super is higher in esters which makes it more relaxing and a potent antispasmodic.

Lavandin essential oil is also used for many physical, emotional and skin care needs in particular as an:

  • Antiseptic: Can fight infections and helps heal wounds and cuts.
  • Antidepressant: Helps boost self-esteem, mental strength and confidence.
  • Reduces scarring: from stretch marks, acne, boils, and pox.
  • Cold reliever: helps reduce coughs and phlegm in the respiratory track and lungs.

Lavandin essential oil blends well with Jasmine, Bergamot, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Thyme, Patchouli, and Cinnamon.

Lavandin Super is the closest to true lavender.

When using both lavender and lavandin topically, it is best to dilute with a plant oil such as avocado oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.

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aromatherapy

Aromatherapy | Essential Oils | Absolutes | CO2 Extracts

aromatherapyAromatherapy | Essential Oils | Absolutes | CO2 Extracts

Let’s explore the world of aromatherapy!

Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant extracts or essential oils for physical and/or mental wellbeing. Absolutes and CO2 Extracts are also commonly used in aromatherapy. We will explore each of those in detail in this blog post. Aromatherapy also encourages the use of complimentary natural ingredients including plant oils, herbs, salts and sugars. Synthetic ingredients including fragrance and perfume oils, are not used in aromatherapy as there is no therapeutic benefit to them.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are the natural oils from a plant and is usually produced by steam or water distillation. These oils capture the plant’s scent/flavor and are considered the “essence” of the plant. Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way. It is important to educate yourself on the essential oils you use in order to ensure that you can use them safely.

Essential oils are comprised of naturally occurring chemicals, also called constituents. Pure essential oils are never adulterated or have any additives. Cost and quality of essential oils can vary greatly as it is dependent on the availability/rarity of the plant, growing conditions, the distillation process, country of origin, etc. Also some essential oils will be made into a blend with other essential oils or with a carrier oil.

When applying topically most essential oils should be diluted. Putting pure essential oil on your skin can cause sensitivity or irritation. Plant oils, such as olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, etc. are great carrier oils to add essential oils to when applying topically. Essential oils can also be added to diffusers with water to mist into the air for inhalation.

Essential oils have so many wonderful therapeutic properties and when used safely are great to incorporate into your daily life and wellness routine!

Absolutes

Similar to essential oils, absolutes are highly concentrated aromatic liquid extracted from plants. However, absolutes differ from essential oils, as they require a use of chemical solvents for their complicated extraction process. These chemical solvents are later removed, however a trace amount often remains in the final product. Due to this trace amount of solvent, pure essential oils are typically preferred for use in holistic aromatherapy.

Absolutes still have a place in aromatherapy as some plants require a use of chemical solvents to extract the aromatic oil. Jasmine oil is an example of an absolute. Absolutes are typically even more aromatic/concentrated than essential oils. Therefore, even less of the absolute needs to be used.

CO2 Extracts

CO2 Extracts are oils extracted by using carbon dioxide (CO2). In it’s regular state, carbon dioxide is a gas we breathe. When pressurized it becomes a liquid. This liquid is then used as a solvent with the plant to extract the oil from it. The CO2 is then brought back to a gas state and the remaining liquid is the CO2 extract. Unlike absolutes, once the extraction process is complete, all of the CO2 returns to its gaseous state and no solvent remains. CO2 extracts have an advantage over essential oils as they are not as sensitive to temperature and oxygen, they have a longer shelf-life and a finer scent. Due to these reasons and others, CO2 extracts are becoming more popular.

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