Category Archives: Essential Oils

These posts cover essential oils specifically and their benefits from use with modern medicine to in use of modern medicine.

Black Pepper

Latin Name:

Piper nigrum

Basics:

Black pepper can help to motivate change and reduce fear and blocked energy. It can be useful in dealing with negativity, fatigue and depression. It is also good for nicotine cravings as well.

Theraputic Properties:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Good for nausea and vomiting related to overindulgence.
  • Antibacterial against pathogenic bacteria.
  • Vasodilator & rubefacient (warming).
  • Helps when quitting smoking with cravings.

Blends well with:

  • Lemongrass
  • Clove Bud
  • Spike Lavender
  • Cardamom
  • Clary Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Juniper Berry

Saftey Concerns:

Can be skin irritating, a 1% dilution is recommended for topical use and do not use in the bath.

Lemon Essential Oil

Latin Name

Citrus limon

Basics

Lemon is uplifting and cleansing. It helps to expand energy and reduce depression and tension. It is generally sourced from Spain, Italy, France, and S. Africa. Lemon is cold pressed.

Theraputic Properties

  • Has significant anti-pain properties.
  • Anti-inflammatory activity.
  • Reduces anxiety and depression.
  • Can decrease both physical and psychological stress.
  • Antioxidant.
  • Antispasmodic
  • Can tighten tissues.
  • Has a cooling effect.
  • Can have a diuretic effect.
  • Helps detox the body by increasing the synthesis of enzymes in the liver.

Blends Well With:

  • Cypress
  • Patchouli
  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Geranium

Saftey Concerns

Lemon essential oil is phototoxic if more than 12 drops per 1 oz of carrier oil is used. A severe skin reaction can occur if exposed to u.v. light up to 18 hours after application.

Keep in mind the experation date from when the oil was distilled. Citrus oils generally last a year. They oxidize fairly quickly compared to other oils, and can cause skin irritation when used topically if this has occurred. Store in a cool dry place and replace yearly.

Cypress Essential Oil

Latin Name

Cupressus sempervirens

Cypress Basics

Cypress is an earthy scented oil with calming and soothing properties. It is excellent for overthinking, feelings of overwhelming, major life transitions and grief and trauma aid. It is sourced from Spain, France, Italy, and Morocco and extracted by steam distillation.

Therapeutic Properties

  • used to treat pain and inflammation
  • has good activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria
  • plays a role in the prevention of degenerative conditions due to antioxidant properties
  • has been used to relieve spasmodic coughs in natural medicine
  • great for decongestion of the respiratory and venous systems
  • serves as a diuretic and helps reduce excess fluid in tissues

Blends Well With

  • Juniper Berry
  • Rosemary
  • Grapefruit
  • Black Pepper
  • German Chamomile
  • Thyme ct. linalol,
  • Eucalyptus

Saftey Consideration

Take caution when using with asthmatics as it may be helpful with the airway or a potential irritant in some cases. Always start with a low dilution, you can add more if needed.

Dog Safety & Essential Oils

Are essential oils safe for dogs?

Our fur babies are part of our family, so naturally we would want to use what we find so beneficial on them too right? There’s nothing wrong with that either, as long as you know which oils to use and how to properly use them. Not all oils are safe for dog use. You also need to take into account the size of the dog and age, puppies and toy breeds should also have diluted oils when used topically. When using foot applications apply to the pads and between the toes. I personally add them to the shampoo and I have a spray mist I use daily when ever Shadow, my black lab, goes out. I will list the recipe below.

According to the VCA the following essential oils can be toxic to dogs and should not be given to them either internal or topically.

  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Penny-royal
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Pine
  • Sweet birch
  • Wintergreen – not safe internal human use either
  • Ylang ylang
  • Peppermint

Now I will be honest, I have seen multiple recipes on the internet that use these oils for dogs, and I am guilty of using peppermint on Shadow, before researching further. Nothing happened to him with use, but I would rather not take the risk. Just like people I am sure different dogs are more sensitive to different oils so always start with a small amount and add a drop or two gradually, but remember essential oils are concentrated and less is more. Here are some pet safe oils:

  • Frankincense – anxiety, inflammation, tumors, warts, infections, skin rections
  • Lavender – anxiety, allergies, burns, eye infections, wound care, abcessess
  • Lemon – electrolyte balance, immune boost, lymph function
  • Melissa – chronic cough, immune support, depression
  • Oregano – bronchitis, colds, infections, MRSA, staph, strep, ringworm
  • Rosemary – flea repellent
  • Helichrysum – liver issues, nerve damage
  • Terra-shield – flea repellent, mosquito repellent
  • DigetsZen – diarrhea, ulcers, vomiting, digestive issues, upset stomach
  • Deep Blue – arthritis, muscle cramps

Flea Repellent Recipe

Mist: In a glass spray bottle fill with distilled water and add 10 drops of rosemary and 10 drops of Terra-shield.

Add a few drops of rosemary to what ever shampoo you’re already using for added flea repellent. You actually see the fleas dying, try it.

Natural Immune Defense

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On Guard

On Guard is an oil blend by doTerra to support natural immune defense. Not only by supporting the immune system itself, but also using antibacterial/viral and disinfecting properties. But this post isn’t to tell you how amazing On Guard is, although it is, but rather I want to discuss the 5 oils used in the blend and each of the properties that make them great go to oils in cold and flu season! You will also know what oils to blend if you do not use doTerra or have any On Guard on hand.

Wild Orange:

Wild orange has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It helps to support the immune system and is effective in helping the body defend itself against the cold and flu. One of it’s best properties in my opinion is its ability to relieve anxiety.

Clove:

Clove helps to keep bacteria, viruses and mold from growing and spreading. It also helps to stimulate the immune system. Clove is a powerful antioxidant, as a dried spice it measures 300,000 on the ORAC scale (antioxidant) as an oil it measures over 1 million. Clove also relieves pain.

Cinnamon Bark:

Cinnamon bark inhibits bacterial and fungal growth. It helps improve the circulatory system for increased blood flow. The use of cinnamon dates back to biblical times, when it was often traded and its origin kept a secret.

Eucalyptus:

Supports healthy respiratory system function, has strong antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and helps reduce inflammation.

Rosemary:

Rosemary is a natural detoxifier and antioxidant. It helps inhibit the growth of bacteria mold and keeps it from spreading. IT also reduces inflammation and helps reduce pain.

 

 

 

 

Classifications of Essential Oils

Understanding oil classifications…

…can help you to better understand which oils to use when you have a need arise. It gives you a broad knowledge base of oil characteristics and what options you have choose from. These oils are grouped with similar characteristics but each individual oil has unique properties.

Citrus Oils

Citrus oils are uplifting and detoxifying. The heighten emotions of feeling invigorated, joyful, energized, validated, enlivened, restored, productive and mindful. Use citrus oils to address negative feelings of being discouraged, gloomy, distressed, depleted, anxious, faint or mindless.

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Top properties: antimicrobial, antiseptic, antioxidant, calming, energizing, stimulating, and uplifting.

Floral Oils

Floral oils are calming and harmonizing. They elevate feelings of reassured, mended, purposeful, loved, exuberant and expressive. Use floral oils to address negative emotions of fear, worry, hurt, unheard, wounded, neglected, frustrated, depressed, isolated or burdened.

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Top properties: Analgesic, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiviral, regenerative, and relaxant.

Herbs

Herb oils are activating and cleansing. They help elevate feelings of acceptance, yielding, open-minded, invigorated, enhanced, unattached, trusting, progressing, enlightened, and relieved. Use herbs to address negative feelings of stubborn, anger, unyielding, confusion, hindrance, degraded, obstinate, doubtful, stalled, limited or inundated.

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Top properties: Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, antiviral, carminative, detoxifier, and immunostimulant. They are also great to cook with, just don’t use too much!

Leaves

Leaf oils are invigorating and soothing. They elevate positive emotions of accepting, yielding, receiving, invigorated, enhanced, unattached, trusting, progressing, enlightened and relieved. Use leaf oils to address negative feelings of stubborn, refusing, confused, hindered, degraded, doubtful, stalled, and limited.

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Top properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, insecticide and invigorating.

Resin Oils

Resins are restoring and strengthening. They elevate positive feelings of unified, connected, grounded, nurtured, enlightened, bonded and awakened. Use resins to address negative feelings of being separated, disconnected, stressed, malnourished, unprotected, abandoned, darkened or weak.

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Top properties: Analgesic, antidepressants, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, cytophylactic and restorative. This is my personal favorite go to group of oils.

Roots

Roots are centering and calming. They elevate feelings of being rooted, flowing, centered, elevated, aware, peaceful, meditative and prioritized. Use root oils to address negative feelings of being ungrounded, obstructed, disconnected, erratic, unattentive, agitated and scattered.

Top properties: Calming, grounding, neuroprotective, neurotonic, nervine, restorative and as a sedative.

Spices

Spices are warming and protecting. They elevate feelings of honesty, charitable, bold, receptive, supported, participating, activated and empowered. Use spices to address negative feelings of being repressed, self-centered, uncertain, denied, dominated, apprehensive, apathetic, somber, disinterested or board.

Top properties: Antiemetic, anti-infectious, anti-parasitic, aphrodisiac, digestive stimulant, immunostimulant and warming.

Woods

Woods are grounding and renewing. Elevating feelings of receiving, devoted, collected, stimulated, progressing, courageous and composed. Use to address feelings of blocked, uninspired, unsure, congested, stalled, cowardly, overzealous, greving, sad and ashamed. 

Top properties: Analgesic, anticatarrhal, astringent, grounding, regenerative, relaxant and steroidal.

Essential Oil Basics

Who are essential oils for?

Well I would like to say everyone, but in reality there are plenty of people who would not benefit from their use due to their own limitations. While anyone can receive beneficial effects they are not for everyone. If you are not willing to educate yourself on the proper use of essential oils then you need not use them. While they may be natural and safe there is still improper uses which could result negatively. If you are not willing to use essential oils consistently for desired results they probably are not for you. While you may pick and choose when and what to use them for, I am not saying you need to use them daily or for everything, but when you do decide to use them for a beneficial purpose actually use them to achieve the benefit! If you don’t like natural products and scents they may not be for you. However if you are willing to learn, consistent in your use for medicinal purpose, and a nature lover then you will love essential oils if you don’t already!

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the aromatic chemical components of plants. They are used by the plant for 3 main functions: to repel, to attract, and for medicinal properties. They are also beneficial and very versatile in use for people and animals.

When should you use essential oils?

The best answer is whenever you feel the need! There are so many uses that you can use them daily in all most all areas of your life. From diffusing for fragrance to soothing a itchy bug bite or cooking a delicious meal. Essential oils often times can be used in place of many  of the OTC medications found in your medicine cabinet. They may be used for a holistic approach to health or as a compliment to your existing medical treatment. *Disclaimer: Always consult a medical professional regarding any health concerns or use of essential oils with medications.

Where can you get them?

Essential oils are widely available both online and in the store. It is honestly your preference where you choose to buy from. However it is extremely important to do your part in researching the quality of the oil as there is no regulations in place to prove quality oils are being distributed. It is the company’s responsibility to test and ensure pure potency of the oil, but it is not a requirement for the company to sale, see where we start getting into a gray area? Also not all essential oils are pure and most you find at the local drugstore contain additives and chemicals! I myself use doTERRA essential oils as I have found them to be the most reputable company with 3rd party testing and access for you to actually review the test results from your batch! What ever company you do decide to go with ensure pureity and sourcing ( I will cover this more in depth in a later post).

 Why use essential oils? 

I started using essential oils because they smell amazing!! The more I used them for beneficial use the more in love I fell. They offer a natural way to give your body what it needs for homeostasis. They have a variety of uses from emotional balance to anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properities. They also offer side benefits rather than side effects. You may use an oil for one reason and see that it creates an additional benefit for you. I will let you know that there are a number of oils that work for multiple uses and it may take you a few tries to learn what works best for you and your body, much like managing a medication. But that’s what makes using essential oils so easy, you have unlimited options!!

How are essential oils derived?

There are multiple ways to extract the oils from the plant. Specific to the plant will determine the best method for extraction. The methods are steam distillation and cold pressing. Steam distillation uses just that, steam to extract the aromas and then a condenser converts the steam back into a liquid form. Cold pressing, used for citrus oils, uses mechanical and centrifugal force by pricking and stabbing the rind of the fruit, and collecting the oils underneath. Essential oils are extremely concentrated and should be used appropriately. For example it takes 3 pounds of lavender to get 15 mL of oil. A single drop can effectively achieve desired results.