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Essential oils. One can never know enough.
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    Ancient cultures traditionally used essential oils to aid and protect the body’s natural defense system and for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. Just like ancient cultures, scientists and practitioners continue to research and realize the powerful benefits that they provide for the mind, body and spirit. The most beneficial essential oils are 100% pure, therapeutic grade and pesticide free. Read the chart below to gain a better understanding of the extraordinary attributes and application methods of essential oils and begin to experience their healing powers. *Note: the benefits below are referenced from aromatherapists and traditional use. Your results may vary. Essential Oils Benefits Chart   Essential Oil Traditional Use Primary Benefits Application Balsam Fir Abies balsamea Historically used in Native American rituals. Balsam Fir is valued for its warming qualities, uplifting nature and balsamic fragrance. Sedative, eases tension, stress derived conditions, depression. Soothes sore muscles, bones, joints, respiratory symptoms such as coughs, asthma, catarrh, throat and bronchitis. Astringent for skin irritation; relieves hemorrhoids, burns, cuts, sores. Diuretic, expectorant, antiseptic for cystitis, genito-urinary infections. Uplifting and refreshing. Inhale 2-3 drops any time of day to bring relief to the senses and ease nervousness. Clear congestion and help ease chronic cough by adding 3-6 drops to hot water in bowl or sink for steam inhalation. Add 10-15 drops to 1 oz. messenger oil and apply to target area to relieve aching muscles and bones, and skin irritation. Massage 10-15 drops with 1 oz. messenger oil and apply as warm compress for soothing back relief. Basil Ocimum basilicum    Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine in the Far East; believed to protect against evil.   Relaxes and soothes when faced with nervous depression, fatigue, asthenia, anxiety, and hysteria; eases migraine from liver and gall bladder problems. Effective skin tonic. Calms spasms associated with asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, muscular and bone aches and pains, gout. For a bath to relax muscles and calm nerves, mix 10-15 drops to 1 oz. whole milk and add to warm water. For a soothing massage mix 10-15 drops to 1 oz. messenger oil. Apply diluted to tip of nose, tense areas or on skin irritations. Diffuse 15-20 drops in 10-15 minute intervals. Chamomile Anthemis nobilis Widely used, chamomile is revered by ancient Egyptians and Moors and traditionally used as one of the Saxon’s nine sacred herbs. Antiseptic and bactericidal properties, aid acne, insect bites, stings and cuts. Antispasmodic: eases arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism and sprains. Anti-inflammatory: soothes dermatitis, burns, chilblains, eczema and rashes. Calms colic, indigestion, menstrual cramps, tension, anxiety and nausea. Uplifts, balances and eases feelings of anger, melancholy and discontent. Relaxes senses to aid sleep. Mix 10-15 drops to 1 oz. messenger oil for a targeted muscle relaxing massage. For a relaxing bath, add 10-15 drops to 1 oz. of whole milk and add to warm water. Diffuse 15-20 drops in a room to calm the senses and ease feelings of restlessness. Clary Sage Salvia sclarea    Historically used by the ancients for medicinal purposes.   Soothes amenorrhea, headache, insomnia, nervous tension, migraine, exhaustion and stressful conditions. Calms asthma, allergies, coughing, sore throat; colic, indigestion, nausea; dysmenorrheal. Hormone-like; regulates period, eases pains from PMS, labor pains and menopausal problems. At low dose, aid for severe leg (skin) ulcers, any damaged or severely infected skin (i.e. cellulites). Add 10-15 drops to 1 oz. messenger oil to cool inflamed, normal, over-hydrated skin or apply all-over for a targeted massage. Diffuse 15-20 drops in 10-15 minute intervals.    Cypress Cupressus sempervirens Sempervirens means “ever living.” Harmonious and strong nature; woody aroma srcinates from the coniferous family. Representative of the yang (action) principle. Stimulates skin circulation, varicose veins, cellulite, wound healing; varicosities, hemorrhoids internal and external, bleeding gums. Aids acne, oily skin and hair, mature skin and excessive perspiration. Soothes asthma, throat infection, whooping cough, laryngitis, bronchitis, pulmonary issues; muscle aches and pains, rheumatism, cramps, arthritis, edema, colitis, gut infections; stimulates sluggish intestines, hepato-pancreatic stimulant. Eases lack of concentration and fatigue. Apply diluted on each temple, back of neck, along the spine and back. Mix 10-15 drops to 1 oz. messenger oil and massage over abdomen to ease menstrual flow. Add 10-15 drops per ounce to personal care products to aid oily hair and skin. Diffuse overnight or use diluted in a chest rub cream for relief from coughing spells. Eucalyptus Eucalyptus radiata Indigenous to and historically favored in Australia. Traditionally used to aid body’s natural defense system. Relaxes and soothes headache, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia. This type is better suited for long term use of chronic respiratory conditions; asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sore throat and sinus problems. Best suited for viral or bacterial infections such as throat and mouth infections, influenza/myxovirus, cold and fever. Soothes and cools the body; relieves areas of inflammation associated with arthritis, muscle aches and pains, sprains, sciatica and rheumatoid arthritis. Traditional home remedy to repel bugs. Inhale 2-3 drops on a tissue any time of day. Clear head by adding 3-6 drops to hot water in a bowl or sink, cover head with towel and inhale for 2-5 minutes with eyes closed. Apply diluted on the temples, behind the ears and on the base of the neck. Relieve muscular aches with a targeted massage by adding 10-15 drops to 1 oz. messenger oil. Diffuse 15-20 drops in 10-15 minute intervals. Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Originates in the Mediterranean and traditionally used in cooking and bears strength, courage and longevity. Astringent for dull, dry, watery, oily and mature skin types; aids corns. Rheumatism, acts as slight muscle analgesic, bruises, cellulites; halitosis. Add 3-6 drops to hot water in bowl or sink, cover head with towel, inhale for 2-5 minutes with eyes closed. Apply 10-15 drops to 1 oz. messenger oil to ease. Mix 10-15 per oz. of personal care toner for skin toning. Frankincense Boswellia carteri Used in ancient times as incense to drive away evil and sickness.   Anti-inflammatory for rheumatism; tonic-digestive; soothes stomach, eases digestion, chronic diarrhea, belching, varicose ulcer. Antidepressant, sedative; cicatrizant, cytophylactic, anxiety, nervous tension, depression, nightmares, fear of future, produces calm mental states. Aid for respiratory relief; add 3-6 drops to hot water in bowl or sink, cover head with towel, inhale for 2-5 minutes with eyes closed. Diffuse overnight to relax and soothe senses. Apply diluted to help soothe a particular area and massage 10-15 drops in 1 oz. messenger oil onto feet, hands and spine for alignment. Geranium Pelargonium graveolens Indigenous to China and historically used as an anti-inflammatory; remedy for wounds and used in skin care.   Antidepressant; balances emotions, nervous stress, neuralgia, quells anxiety; uplifting, increases imagination, intuition, and capacity for intimate communication. Stimulates immune, pancreatic and lymphatic system; eases PMS, menopause; kidney tonic, diuretic; hemorrhoids. Antispasmodic; analgesic; anti-inflammatory. Aids poor circulation; antihemorrhagic; phlebitis, broken capillaries, aids healing from facial plastic surgery. Astringent; balances oil gland secretion, acne,  jaundice; eczema, cellulite and minor skin irritations. Dilute 10-15 drops to 1 oz. of messenger oil for all-over body massage. Apply topically to minor cuts, scratches and areas of irritation such as burns, bruises and eczema. Inhale 2-3 drops on a tissue for a light, fresh floral aroma for the senses. Diffuse 15-20 drops in 10-15 minute intervals throughout the day.    Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum Indigenous to France and Italy. Traditionally used as an anti-allergenic. Nerve regenerator, best for traumas; cleanses and thins blood, aids varicosities; detoxification, relieves headache from liver congestion and fatigue. An emollient; aids broken veins, bruises (internal, external) stretch marks, wounds, old scars, spots; antiseptic for burns. Antimicrobial, bacterial: colds, flu, febrifuge; anti-viral for herpes and fungicidal for warts and Candida. Antispasmodic: asthma, bronchitis; anti-inflammatory: acne, dermatitis, eczema; muscular aches and pains, arthritis. Traditionally used as a home remedy to soothe insect bites. Mix 10-15 drops to 1 oz. messenger oil for a soothing massage. Apply 2-3 drops diluted to soothe irritation from insect bites, such as bee stings. Diffuse 15-20 drops in 10-15 minute intervals to energize the mind and spirit.  Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Historically used for its purifying and soothing powers by ancient Egyptians and Romans. One of the most versatile oils for therapeutic purposes. Relaxes and balances the nerves, eases anxiety, vertigo, sciatica, depression, headache and migraine, hypertension and earache. Antispasmodic and stomachic properties calm asthma, colic, whooping cough, flatulence, dysmenorrhea, labor pains, sprains, strains and stress. Regenerates cells and thread veins, bruises, cuts sores, scars and stretch marks. Useful for areas of inflammation such as athlete’s foot, burns, insect bites, itching, rheumatism, eczema, chicken pox, cystitis. Beneficial for oily skin, acne and dermatitis; excellent antiseptic properties ward off skin parasites, such as scabies. Use 2-3 drops on temples, back of neck, rim of ears, between thumb and index finger, and along the big toe to help soothe; add 10-15 drops to 1 oz. messenger oil. Diffuse 15-20 drops in 10-15 minute intervals throughout the day. For relaxation, place 2-3 drops in the palm of your hands and inhale any time of day. To ease dry skin, mix 10-15 drops with 1 oz. of whole milk and add to warm bath water. Lemon Citrus limonum Indigenous to Italy; traditionally used for its “yang” (action) energy.   Rational oil; helps restore emotional balance; stimulates the left brain, clears thought processes and aids concentration. Strengthens epidermis function, thin hair and nails; balances sebum/oil production, acne; soothes dry skin, athlete’s foot, boils, corns, warts. Helps varicose veins, cellulite; strengthens connective tissues. Enhances immune system; helps colds, flu, fever, respiratory infections, asthma, bronchitis, sore throat and sinusitis; antibacterial properties cleanse and neutralize to help prevent infections; effective room disinfectant. Aids development of acid mantle; balances stomach acidity and pH, reduces blood sugar; detoxifying, relieves constipation, stimulates and cleanses liver and pancreas. Traditional home remedy for insect repellant. Inhale as needed to stimulate concentration and memorization. Diffuse to help protect from airborne germs. Add 2-3 drops to purified water in a spray bottle to help cleanse high traffic areas or to freshen cleansing water. Apply 2-3 drops diluted to skin irritations, such as insect bites, for itch relief. For an invigorating shower or bath, mix 10-15 drops in 1 oz. of whole milk and add to warm water. Lemongrass Cymbopogon flexuosus Indigenous to Nepal and historically used for infection and is regarded as an effective healing agent.   Anti-inflammatory, arthritis; tightens muscles, cartilage, tendons; cellulite. Immune stimulant, vasodilator, hydro lipid retention, digestive tonic, stimulates liver. Sedative action calms stress related disorders. Antiseptic; toning astringent; cleansing to oily skin, blackheads; tightens pores. Dilute 2-3 drops and apply to large areas of the body or to target areas to soothe tendons and related areas. Add 10-15 drops per ounce to personal care product for a cleansing skin tonic. Add 1-2 drops in a cloth and inhale any time of day to relax senses. Diffuse 15-20 drops in 10-15 minute intervals.    Marjoram Origanum marjorana Used by Ancient Romans, known as the “herb of happiness.” Referred by Ancient Greeks as “joy of the mountains.” Antispasmodic: eases arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, lumbago, sprains, strains; neuromuscular contractions; respiratory distress and infections: bronchitis; digestive problems. Aids hypertension, eases palpitations; colds, flu. Relaxes neuralgia, nervous spasms, anxiety, eases headache, hyperactivity, hysteria, migraine, stress problems; curbs excessive sexuality. Apply 2-3 drops diluted to target area to ease muscle spasms. Mix 10-15 drops to 1 oz. messenger oil for a targeted massage. Add 2-3 drops to a tissue any time of day. Diffuse 15-20 drops in 10-15 minute intervals. As tick repellant, add 30 drops to 2 oz. distilled water in a spray bottle. Myrrh Commiphora myrrha Used in the Egyptian embalming process and valued spiritually for its perfume.   Soothing, drying, and fortifying; wounds, cuts, dry and cracked skin, mature skin; sore throat, loss of voice, bronchitis, arthritis, sinusitis; hemorrhoids; antifungal; steadying effect on the nerves. Cool inflammation and apply 2-3 diluted drops to particular area or on temples, back of neck, bottoms of feet and web of hands to relax nerves and soothe weary bones. Orange Citrus sinensis Traditionally used in Chinese medicine and is regarded for its cooling, refreshing effect. Sedative; eases nervous tension and stress related conditions. Antidepressant; balances and uplifts. Antispasmodic and stomachic properties help relieve spasms, bronchitis, chills, constipation and indigestion. Antibacterial; cleanses and helps dull and oily skin. To calm and soothe, add 10-15 drops to 1 oz. of messenger oil and apply for an all-over body massage. Diffuse 15-20 drops to refresh and uplift the senses. For a cleansing and refreshing bath, mix 10-15 drops in 1 oz. of whole milk and add to warm water. Peppermint Mentha piperita Used in ancient Greek and Roman ceremonies for its health-promoting properties; used for overall well-being. Versatile oil that relaxes and soothes; anti-inflammatory properties provide warming and cooling action; ease menstrual cramps, muscular aches and pains, sciatica, rheumatism, arthritis, toothache, laryngitis, sinusitis, rhinitis, mastitis and cystitis; cools skin and relieves dermatitis and itching associated with eczema, pruritis and urticaria. Cleansing and purifying; aids with halitosis, gingivitis, herpes, shingles; softens and degreases skin; acne, helps remove blackheads and retains moisture in skin; antiseptic properties ward off skin parasites such as ringworm and scabies. Soothes feelings of nausea and fainting. Antispasmodic calms bronchitis, dry cough, asthma; colic, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, liver coirrhosis; hepato-pancreatic stimulant. Enhances our receptive capacities on the mental level and helps develop emotional tolerance; relieves headache, mental exhaustion, vertigo, neuralgia and nervous stress. Diffuse overnight to ease away discomfort and to help breathe easier. Apply 3-5 drops diluted in 1 oz. messenger oil to cool areas of skin irritation and itching. Apply to temple, back of neck, web of hands and tops of feet. To help breathe easier, apply 10-15 diluted drops on the chest area and cover with a warm compress for 10-60 minutes. Dilute 10-15 drops in 1 oz. messenger oil or lotion for a soothing massage over the lower abdomen or lower back, and for weary muscles and feet. Rose Rosa damascena Known as ‘the Queen of Flowers’ and valued for its rich, sweet floral aroma that works through the heart. Sedative; soothes a sad heart, regulates nervous system and PMS related conditions: mood swings, cramps, menstruation, nausea, labor pains and post-partum depression. Antidepressant; uplifts sad heart, comforts and eases psychological challenges. Effective heart tonic to aid circulation and palpitations. Antiseptic and astringent properties cleanse; helps relieve and heal infected, dry and sensitive skin, colds sores and aids with gum problems. For a balancing and comforting massage, add 10-15 drops to 1 oz. of messenger oil. Diffuse 15-20 drops in 10-15 minute intervals to relax the body and soothe the spirit.
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