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How to LAYER essential oils for muscle pain

 

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Here is an example of how to layer essential oils.

Do you have sore muscles, bones or joints? Body aches, back aches, leg cramps?

Create your own Icy Hot pain reliever with these 3 essential oils. Peppermint – Sweet Orange – Frankincense.

This combination of oils create cooling and warming sensations that divert attention from the actual pain and help block the pain signals being sent to your brain.

Layer these 3 oils about 30 seconds apart. Use neat (straight from the bottle undiluted) unless you have sensitive skin. If you are sensitive, dilute with one of our carrier oils such as Sweet Almond or Coconut Oil.

How to Layer:

Use Peppermint essential oil first. Peppermint is a stimulant and gives a cooling sensation.

Next, use Sweet Orange. This is a warming oil that has anti-inflammatory properties.

Finally, use Frankincense. This oil is mildly sedative and reduces inflammation.

When through – add a  squirt of Sweet Almond or Coconut Oil to your hands to dilute and blend off of your fingers.

 

How to Use Essential Oils

 

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Essential oils are generally used in four ways:

Aromatically

Topically

Internally

Externally (i.e. around the home)

 

Aromatically

The aromatic application is the most widely known and used.

Essential oils are processed by the olfactory bulb and the limbic system, the same system that processes thoughts, memories, and emotions, which can help us feel calm, encouraged and stress free.

And the positive compounds and their properties, once within our blood stream, can encourage our immune system response or promote well-being in a multitude of ways.

This is because the “aroma” you breathe is actually a fine mist or vapor of the oil, containing all the same properties of the oil itself.

Here’s how to use essential oils with aromatic applications:

Diffusing: A good diffuser should use cool or room temperature air or ultrasonic vibrations to diffuse the oil into the air, which help the oil molecules remain air-bound for several more hours and do not affect the structure of the oil through heat, which can diminish the quality of the oil.

Direct Inhalation: Directly inhaling the oil can be done by holding the bottle of essential oil a few inches from the nose and breathing in the aroma, or by adding a drop to your hands and cupping them over the mouth and nose.

Indirect Inhalation: Adding a drop to a handkerchief, cotton ball, small square of fabric, shirt collar, hair, pillowcase, etc can all be beneficial. Try this with Lavender to encourage a calming effect of prior to sleep.

Hot Water Vapor/Steam Tent: Heat a pot of water (not boiling), add 1-3 drops of essential oil, place a towel over your head while leaning over the water, and inhale the steam. Try this with Eucalyptus for respiratory health.

Humidifier: Just like a diffuser, cool air humidifiers are best. Be aware that essential oils can damage plastic components over time, so choosing one made for essential oils is best. (Try tea tree oil to clean the air.)

Fan, Vent, Etc: Just like with the indirect inhalation, you can add the oil to cloth and place it in a vent or even in front of a fan. Try this with Peppermint in the car to calm motion sickness.

Perfume or Cologne:  For perfume or cologne, add a 1 drop or a small dab to the wrists, behind the ears, or add 10 drops to 1-3 tsp of distilled water or alcohol to mist on the body or clothing.

How to Use Essential Oils Topically

Diluting NEVER hurts. It doesn’t decrease the effectiveness of the oil, and may help to increase absorption by preventing evaporation, as well as decreasing the likelihood of a skin reaction.

NEAT – NEAT means you can generally apply the oil directly to the skin without any dilution. However, it’s still a good idea to patch test your own skin first, just in case.

Those with sensitive skin, as well as children and the elderly, should do a patch test or dilute before use. Use a guideline of  a 1:3 ratio (1 drop of essential oil to every 3 drops of carrier oil such as sweet almond or coconut).

If you’re pregnant or nursing, use more caution or talk to your naturopathic doctor. Avoid for children and pets.

Here are some other topical precautions to consider:

Citrus oils, and a few others, can cause a sensitivity to the sun. It’s usually recommended to avoid sunlight for at least 12 hours of applying topically.

It’s usually better to “layer” oils than to blend them. What this means is that if you’re using 2 or more oils topically, apply one, then wait between 5-30 minutes and apply the other over it (instead of mixing a drop of each in your hand and then rubbing this into the skin). Mixing the oils is as much an art as it is a science, which is why we tend to stick to the blends a company has already created, since we know they are safe and effective.

Here’s an example of LAYERING for sore muscles.

Here’s how to use essential oils in some of the most popular topical applications:

In a Massage: Massage is one of the most enjoyable ways to use essential oils topically. Massaging the oils into joints, muscles, and tissues is relaxing and beneficial.

Over the Area of Concern: The next option is to apply the oils to the chest, the abdomen, back of the neck, or directly over the area of concern (diluted as indicated). You can also apply to the energy centers of the body.

Hot or Cold Compresses: Soak a cloth or towel in cool water with drops of your favorite essential oil to place over the area of concern. Or wrap the cloth/towel in a hot water bottle to use as a warm compress. (Oils for muscles and joints and a cool or warm compress on the muscles is amazing.)

Bathing, Foot Baths, Etc: You can add essential oils to your bathwater, to your bath salts, or to a foot bath to soak in. (Melaleuca in a foot bath helps soothe itchy feet.) When using it in these ways, it’s often a good idea to mix with a carrier oil to help disperse the oil and protect your skin from getting multiple drops all in one (potentially very sensitive) area!

How to Use Essential Oils Internally

Important: Not all essential oils can be used internally, nor should all people use them in this way. The FDA has listed certain essential oils as “Generally Recognized as Safe” for internal use. Although our essential oils are of therapeutic grade – we do not recommend internal use until you speak with your naturopathic physician or other trusted health advisor.

How To Use Essential Oils Around the Home

We offer many suggestions HERE

 

Pure Coconut Oil

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Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil

Our 100% pure Coconut oil comes from the ‘cocos nucifera’ or coconut palm and our coconut oil is expeller pressed oil extracted from the actual ripened coconut.  Rich in medium chain fatty acids, it is a vital ingredient in many foods. It is also quite often used for medicinal, as well as bath and body purposes.

Fractionated Coconut carrier oil has scent and will produce a barrier on the skin, but unlike virgin coconut oil will not clog pores (non-comedogenic) and is extremely resistant to rancidity. The shelf life is at least 2 years and is probably more under proper storage conditions (cool, out of direct sunlight). Refrigeration is not needed.

History of Coconut Oil

The coconut has been a staple for vast populations all around the globe long before written history. Indigenous peoples, who relied on it for their primary source of food, also knew about the amazing usefulness of its oil. Dubbed the “Tree of Life” by pacific islanders, many believed it to be a cure for all illnesses.

The coconut was harvested two to three thousand years ago in ancient India, making it the oldest traditional crop grown.

Coconut Oil Uses and Benefits

A Healthy Complexion

Double-blind controlled clinical trials have found coconut oil effective in improving skin hydration, increasing skin lipid levels, while at the same time showing no irritant effects. This should be no surprise, as people in the tropics have used it as a traditional moisturizer for centuries, maintaining smooth healthy skin while continually exposed to the sun and the salty sea air. Add it to a spray bottle and enjoy a natural moisturizer that rubs in easily and doesn’t leave an “oily feel”.

Silky Smooth Hair

Coloring, drying, teasing, combing and bleaching can all put stress on the cuticle (outermost layer of the hair follicle) and create split ends. Combing wet hair also causes significant damage; when wet, hair follicles absorb water and swell. This causes the cuticle to be even more susceptible to damage during combing or brushing. A study published by the Journal of cosmetic science found that application of coconut oil significantly reduced the amount of damage to hair compared to other products. Their conclusion states, “This study has firmly established the superiority of the protective effect of coconut oil on hair damage in grooming processes when it is used as a pre-wash conditioner…. Coated on the fiber surface, it can prevent or reduce the amount of water penetrating into the fiber and reduce the swelling. This, in turn, reduces the lifting of the surface cuticle and prevents it from being chipped away during wet combing…. ”

Dry Skin

Coconut oil based lotions help the skin retain moisture naturally. For dry skin – apply to skin twice a day. Use a mild cleansing soap. Use as a base you’re your favorite essential oil and put into a spray bottle for added convenience. Or try our ready made solutions.

Make an all-natural deodorant. Mix ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of cornstarch in a bowl. Then mix in six (6) tablespoons of coconut oil until mixed (adding essential oils are preferred). Although not an antiperspirant, it will absorb wetness without the use of harsh chemicals.

Country of Origin: Indonesia, Malaysia
Source of Oil: Coconut Palm Nut
Form: Liquid
Color: Yellowish Off-White 
Natural: Yes
Extraction Method: Expeller Pressed
Refinement Status: Refined 

Sweet Almond Oil

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Pure Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil (Prunus dulcis) is pressed from the dried kernel of sweet almonds and is rich in omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids.  It increases skin’s moisture level by limiting evaporation and is rich in Vitamin E and other nutrient rich lipids.

The term sweet refers to the type of almond oil rather than a scent. True Sweet Almond Oil is unscented and is an excellent emollient which softens and reconditions the skin. It penetrates easily and can soothe dry, irritated areas. Excellent for all skin types.

Work several drops of Sweet Almond Oil between your palms and massage into desired areas. For the face, after cleansing, massage 3-5 drops into your skin, paying particular attention to the area around your eyes.

You can expect a shelf life of 12 months under proper storage conditions (cool, out of direct sunlight). Refrigeration after opening is recommended.

The History of Sweet Almond Oil

The almond tree’s domestication is thought to have been sometime between 3,000 and 2,000 B.C. Originally native to the Middle East, the United States has become the world’s largest producer. Commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, sweet almond oil is thought to bring the body back into balance. The almond itself is the fruit of a tree, technically considered a drupe it is not a nut.

Sweet Almond Oil Uses and Benefits

Natural Hair Care

Lighter and thinner than olive oil, sweet almond oil is great for protecting and adding shine to hair, while at the same time smelling wonderful. Try using it as a pre-conditioner to washing, conditioning and styling in order to prevent split ends. Add after styling to prevent frizz and add shine. As a versatile moisturizer, try massaging it directly into the roots to help ease the symptoms of dry scalp. While these benefits are already scientifically known, some believe that it can actually stimulate growth and lead to fuller and thicker hair.

Purely Moisturizing

Almond oil is excellent for every skin type and will calm itching, chapping, dryness and inflammation. Incorporate into your lip balms for a natural source of vitamin E and plump, healthy lips. Smooth away fine lines and wrinkles by gently rubbing sweet almond oil around your eyes and lips until absorbed.

Almond oil doesn’t penetrate skin as deeply as other oils and therefore is perfect for aromatherapy. Infuse with your favorite essential oil to create your own personalized perfume that will last for years. Try mixing it into your warm bath water for a stress reliving and skin moisturizing luxurious bathing experience.

Cancer

 

Cancer hope

Immunologist Mahmoud Suhail is hoping to open a new chapter in the history of frankincense.

Scientists have observed that there is some agent within frankincense which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close themselves down. He is trying to find out what this is.

“Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted,” he says. “It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be.

“Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.”

Working with frankincense could revolutionise the treatment of cancer. Currently, with chemotherapy, doctors blast the area around a tumour to kill the cancer, but that also kills healthy cells, and weakens the patient. Treatment with frankincense could eradicate the cancerous cells alone and let the others live.

The task now is to isolate the agent within frankincense which, apparently, works this wonder. Some ingredients of frankincense are allergenic, so you cannot give a patient the whole thing.

Dr Suhail has teamed up with medical scientists from the University of Oklahoma for the task.

In his laboratory in Salalah, he extracts the essential oil from locally produced frankincense. Then, he separates the oil into its constituent agents, such as Boswellic acid.

“There are 17 active agents in frankincense essential oil,” says Dr Suhail. “We are using a process of elimination. We have cancer sufferers – for example, a horse in South Africa – and we are giving them tiny doses of each agent until we find the one which works.”

“Some scientists think Boswellic acid is the key ingredient. But I think this is wrong. Many other essential oils – like oil from sandalwood – contain Boswellic acid, but they don’t have this effect on cancer cells. So we are starting afresh.”

The trials will take months to conduct and whatever results come out of them will take longer still to be verified. But this is a blink of the eye in the history of frankincense.

Nine thousand years ago, Omanis gathered it and burnt it for its curative and cleansing properties. It could be a key to the medical science of tomorrow.

Scientists have observed that there is some agent within frankincense which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close themselves down. He is trying to find out what this is.

“Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted,” he says. “It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be.

“Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.”

Working with frankincense could revolutionise the treatment of cancer. Currently, with chemotherapy, doctors blast the area around a tumour to kill the cancer, but that also kills healthy cells, and weakens the patient. Treatment with frankincense could eradicate the cancerous cells alone and let the others live.

The task now is to isolate the agent within frankincense which, apparently, works this wonder. Some ingredients of frankincense are allergenic, so you cannot give a patient the whole thing.

Dr Suhail has teamed up with medical scientists from the University of Oklahoma for the task.

In his laboratory in Salalah, he extracts the essential oil from locally produced frankincense. Then, he separates the oil into its constituent agents, such as Boswellic acid.

“There are 17 active agents in frankincense essential oil,” says Dr Suhail. “We are using a process of elimination. We have cancer sufferers – for example, a horse in South Africa – and we are giving them tiny doses of each agent until we find the one which works.”

“Some scientists think Boswellic acid is the key ingredient. But I think this is wrong. Many other essential oils – like oil from sandalwood – contain Boswellic acid, but they don’t have this effect on cancer cells. So we are starting afresh.”

The trials will take months to conduct and whatever results come out of them will take longer still to be verified. But this is a blink of the eye in the history of frankincense.

Nine thousand years ago, Omanis gathered it and burnt it for its curative and cleansing properties. It could be a key to the medical science of tomorrow.

Digestion

 

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The scent of lavender can be soothing to the stomach. If you feel nauseous, or know that you are going to be traveling in a car of plane and are prone to motion sickness, spray some lavender oil on your skin and clothes or rub it into your temples, neck and palms.

Sleep Aid/Insomnia

 

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A study on college students found that using lavender oil improved the overall quality of sleep by 60%. This included length of sleep, time it took to fall asleep, restfulness and reduced symptoms of insomnia.

Another study published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine found that lavender oil showed immediate improvements on 5 men and 5 women who struggled with insomnia.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16131287

To improve your quality of sleep,  diffuse lavender before or during sleep can help. Or rub it directly on your neck, chest and temples which is also effective.

And finally, taking a healing bath by adding 15 drops of lavender oil and 1 cup of epsom salts to the bathtub is another effective way to use lavender oil to improve sleep and relax the body.

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Lemongrass Oil

The calming and mild smell of lemongrass oil is known to relieve anxiety, irritability, and insomnia. The sedative and hypnotic properties of lemongrass oil can help to improve the duration and quality of sleep. Torelieve stress, create your own lemongrass massage oil or add lemongrass oil to your body lotion.

Insect Repellent

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 Got ants?

Get clove bud and peppermint essential oils.

Commercial bug sprays are loaded with toxic chemicals like DEET. You don’t want this stuff on your skin or in your lungs.

Clove bud oil is effective against ants because its strong scent masks the smell of the food trail. Peppermint oil is also has a strong aroma and is great for ridding your home of ants and other pests.

Caution – use caution when working with clove bud oil if you are pregnant or have liver disease.

Remedies:

Simply soak a cotton ball in peppermint essential oil and place around the house to prevent ants. This also works well to prevent mice and can substitute for mothballs in your dresser or closet.

Homemade Natural Ant Repellent

Ingredients:

35 drops clove bud essential oil

35 drops peppermint essential oil

4 ounces of water

Mix oils and water in a medium spray bottle. Shake well.

Spray baseboards, porches, kitchen cupboards and other high traffic locations. Repeat if needed.

Important Notes:

Shake the bottle before use as essential oils can separate.

Use a dark colored spray bottle to prevent the oils from oxidizing or store your spray bottle in a cool, dark place.

Do not use this spray on your skin as the oils are strong and could cause burning or stinging.

And here’s one more:

30 drops Peppermint essential oil

10 drops Clove essential oil

15 drops Orange essential oil

½ cup white vinegar

½ cup water

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle. Shake before use and mist liberally on baseboards, cupboards, windowsills, doorways and spray as often as needed.

 

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Lemongrass Oil

Because of its high citral and geraniol content, lemongrass oil is known to repel bugs such as mosquitoes and ants. This natural repellant has a mild smell and can be sprayed directly on the skin. You can even use lemongrass oil to kill fleas; add about 5 drops of oil to water and create your own spray, then apply the spray to your pet’s coat.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3217679/

Simple Lemongrass Lotion Repellent

Use a 2 ounce bottle

Fill bottle with unscented lotion

Add 5-6 drops of lemongrass

Or simply purchase our ready made Bye Bug!

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Here’s another:

Use 15 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of eucalyptus oil. Add to 2 Tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil. Shake before use. Then pour a bit of oil into the palm of your hand, rub together and massage it wherever you have exposed skin.

Store remaining in a cool dark place.

Fever Reducer

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Peppermint

Because of peppermint oil’s cooling effects, it is an excellent natural treatment to bring down a fever especially in children.  Simply mix peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub it on a child’s neck and on the bottom of their feet to help stabilize a fever instead of aspirin or other drugs.

Energizer

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Peppermint

For a non-toxic alternative to dangerous energy drinks, take a few whiffs of peppermint. It will perk you up on long road trips, in school or any other time you need to “burn the midnight oil.” For those with chronic fatigue syndrome, peppermint oil may improve focus and concentration.