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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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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 | 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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Natural Cleaning Products

Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products | Happy Earth Day!

natural cleaning productsMake Your Own Natural Cleaning Products | Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is this Sunday on April 22nd, 2018. In honor of our Mother Earth, pledge to make a change to help better our planet. Even one small change can be a big change in time. One way is to make your own natural cleaning products. Not only is it easy, but it’s cheap!

Cleaning products have become a big source of urban pollution and contribute to high levels of “volatile organic compounds” in our air. Start with changing just one synthetic and non-natural cleaning product that is used on the regular in your household for a natural alternative. In doing so you are making the world a better place for us all to live. Let’s work together to make the world a safer and more beautiful place to live, starting within our own homes.

Natural Cleaning Products

Natural Glass Cleaner

In a spray bottle combine the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 2 cups of water

Shake to blend and spray on your windows and glass surfaces.

Antibacterial Spray

  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 cup water

Add the ingredients to a spray bottle, shake to mix. Spray the air, table tops, door knobs, counter tops, etc.

Herbal Floor Cleaner

  • 1/8 cup liquid soap
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup herbal tea (try a peppermint tea, it is antibacterial)

Combine all ingredients in a bucket and swirl around until sudsy. Proceed to mop as normal.

Wood Furniture Polish

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • A few drops of oil (olive oil and jojoba work well)

Brass Cleaner

Any ingredients that contain a natural acid, such as vinegar, Tabasco sauce, ketchup, tomatoes, lemon or lime juice.

Dryer Sheets

Make your own easily! Mix together 15 drops of spearmint essential oil and 12 drops of lavender essential oil. Put mixture on a clean cloth, fold cloth several times. Wrap another cloth around that and toss into dryer!

Top 10 Natural Cleaning Uses for Baking Soda

A commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes and is slightly alkaline (it’s pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and adsorbs odors from the air.

1. Drain cleaner: Pour one cup down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water.

2. Chemical smells out of clothes: Soak clothes for two to three hours or overnight, in one cup of baking soda. Agitate the machine occasionally. Repeat if necessary. Wash as usual. (This method is great for removing the new smell out of clothes.)

3. Cat urine: Alternate sprinkling baking soda, which will neutralize acid odors, with white distilled vinegar.

4. Dog odors and urine: Sprinkle with baking soda. Let set for a few hours before sweeping up.

5. Silver polish: Make a paste of baking soda and water, scoop some onto a clean, soft rag, and polish the silver. Rinse and polish dry.

6. Soft scrubber: Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough liquid soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop onto a sponge and clean the bathtub or tiles. Rinse.

7. Scouring powder: Simply sprinkle baking soda into a sink and scrub.

8. Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Squirt with enough water that the baking soda is damp. Let set overnight, making sure the baking soda is damp before you go to bed. In the morning, simply scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge. Rinse.

9. Refrigerator deodorizer: Place an open box in the back of the fridge. It will “adsorb” odors, which means that it will draw odors to the baking soda molecules.

10. Cutting board deodorizer: Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.

3 Ways to Kill Mold Naturally

1. Tea Tree (strong scent of tea tree)

  • 2 teaspoons tea tree oil
  • 2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.

2. Grapefruit Seed Extract (odorless)

  • 20 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.

3.  Vinegar Spray (strong scent of vinegar)
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing.

If you are interested in creating a more natural and earth-friendly home, check out our online class- Natural Home: Cleaners and Room Scents.

What are you doing for Earth Day? We’d love to hear about it in our comments!