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Explaining Essential Oils- Lime

Explaining Essential Oils- Lime

Lime Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus × aurantiifolia

What is it?

Limes are one of the most well known, tropical fruits used in almost every culture where they are available for mostly culinary uses. In Hispanic cultures, lime is typically paired with cilantro and is enjoyed in various traditional recipes.

How can I use it?

Aromatherapy- Lime is an inexpensive essential oil that can be easily diffused by itself or paired with other oils. It is a favorite oil to add to other tropical scents such as bergamot, lemon, and jasmine.

PH Balancer– Keeping your body in an alkaline state is optimal for the best health possible, because cells cannot thrive in an acidic environment. Ingesting a few drops of pure lime oil per day can help alkalinize your system due to the acidity/alkaline content found in citrus fruits such as lime.

Natural Cleaning Uses– Lime is a wonderful ingredient to add to your homemade natural cleaning products because of its antiseptic properties. With its fresh aroma, lime essential oil can give your DIY cleaning products a tropical scent boost.

Food/ Beverage Booster- Lime can be used in many dishes to provide a unique and fresh flavor. For example, adding lime to your taco dishes can add a cultural boost. You can also add lime to cocktails and enjoy a tropical twist in your favorite beverage. 

What are the benefits?

Limes contain flavonoids which are phytochemicals that may have several health benefits in balancing PH and in helping people manage certain metabolic disorders. It also has alkalinizing properties and is a natural antioxidant.

What are the risks?

Lime is in the citrus oil family, which contain compounds that can make you more sensitive to the sun’s UV light and may increase the risk of sunburn. Use caution if you are in direct sunlight and do not apply it topically before entering tanning beds or going to the beach.

Do not ever start or stop any natural remedy, supplement, or treatment without first checking with your healthcare provider and discuss the risks and benefits.

Be sure you are using a bio-friendly, 100% therapeutic grade oil. Do not ingest a low-quality oil, as they may be filled with other products and not 100% pure.

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Explaining Essential Oils- Jasmine

Explaining Essential Oils- Jasmine

Jasmine Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Jasminum

What is it?

Most jasmine plants are found in tropical regions. Jasmine is heavily regarded in many cultures as a precious substance. In the Hindu culture, motiyaa (jasmine plant) is hung in temples and used in religious ceremonies and weddings. In Asian cultures jasmine tea, referred to as ‘sanpin cha” is a popular beverage treat.   

How can I use it?

Aromatherapy- Jasmine is one of the most popular essential oils because of its sweet aroma and calming effects. Studies have shown that diffusing jasmine essential oil can help you relax and unwind naturally and fill your home or office with a fresh, floral scent.

Anxiety/Insomnia Relief– Topical application of jasmine essential oil or drinking jasmine tea has been shown to promote anxiety relief. It has been used for centuries to calm nerves and naturally promote relaxation.

Aphrodisiac- The scent of jasmine has been shown to have an aphrodisiac effect, which is why it is a popular ingredient in many perfumes, including the widely popular Chanel #5.

Antibacterial– Jasmine essential oil has been shown to have antimicrobial properties that are beneficial in preventing infection in superficial wounds and can also be used as a natural replacement for traditional first aid items such as peroxide and alcohol.

Natural Product Base– Jasmine is a great ingredient to add to your homemade natural products such as soaps, lotions, perfumes and candles. With its comforting aroma and grand amount of health benefits, jasmine essential oil can give your natural products an added healing boost.

What are the benefits?

Jasmine is a natural antibacterial agent that can be used in medicinal teas and also is a great holistic ingredient in hundreds of natural recipes.  

What are the risks?

Jasmine is categorized in a class of substances known as galactagogues, which can impact lactation and ovulation, so use caution if you are trying to prevent pregnancy or are on hormonal medications (HRT).

Do not ever start or stop any natural remedy, supplement, or treatment without first checking with your healthcare provider and discuss the risks and benefits.

Be sure you are using a bio-friendly, 100% therapeutic grade oil. Do not ingest a low-quality oil, as they may be filled with other products and not 100% pure.

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Explaining Essential Oils- Patchouli

Explaining Essential Oils- Patchouli

Patchouli Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin

What is it?

Patchouli is a perennial herb with pastel pink flowers that is typically found in the tropical regions of Asia. Patchouli essential oil is made by extracting through steam distillation of dried leaves.

How can I use it?

Aromatherapy. Patchouli essential oil is a favorite scent that is typically paired with earthy scented essential oils such as eucalyptus, sandalwood and tea tree. It can be used to induce a calming atmosphere and also to promote relaxation.   

Bug Repellent. Patchouli essential oil has been shown to be an effective insect repellent that is not only natural but non toxic. Spraying patchouli essential oil is safe in your home, car or office and can kill pesky bugs such as ants and flies. It can also prevent infestations and be used as a bug preventative.

Skin Protection. Science Direct reported an article with research completed by the Journal of Ethnopharmacology that showed topical administration of patchouli oil prevented UV radiation-induced cutaneous photoaging in mice, which suggests that patchouli oil may prevent skin damage from excess sun exposure.

What are the benefits?

Patchouli essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and bug repellent properties and is a wonderfully scented oil that is a favored scent in multiple aromatherapy blends.

What are the risks?

People who are on anticoagulant medications (blood thinners) and those with bleeding diseases such as hemophilia should avoid patchouli oil. You should also not use this oil before or directly after having major surgery.

Do not ever start or stop any natural remedy, supplement or treatment without first checking with your healthcare provider and discussing the risks and benefits.

Be sure you are using a bio-friendly, 100% therapeutic grade oil. Do not ingest a low-quality oil, as they may be filled with other products and not 100% pure.

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Explaining Essential Oils- Ginger

Explaining Essential Oils- Ginger

Ginger Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

What is it?

Ginger Essential Oil is extracted from the roots of the Zingiber officinale herb. It is named after the Greek term “zingiberis” which means “horn shaped.”

How can I use it?

Anti-inflammatory. The International Journal of Preventive Medicine reported a study that revealed the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of ginger in health and physical activity. Ingesting ginger can help the body reduce inflammation levels and promote healthy antioxidative action.

Anti-Cancer. Studies have shown the anticancer potential of ginger due to its functional cancer preventing ingredients like gingerols, shogaol, and paradols. Ginger has been suggested as a possible natural cancer preventing protocol along with avoiding cancerous toxins such as tobacco and other carcinogens.

Cooking Addition. Many cultures use ginger as a culinary secret. Adding a ginger to an style recipe can help provide a healthy, natural flavor boost.  It can also be used to flavor certain desserts such as stewed apples and is used in many cider recipes.  

Motion Sickness & Nausea. Ginger has long been used as a remedy for queasiness. You can make a natural ginger ale drink by adding 2-4 drops of therapeutic or food grade ginger essential oil product into your water and sipping on it as needed until symptoms subside.  

It can be beneficial to take ginger oil with you on trips to help manage motion sickness in a car, train or airplane. You can also take it with you during activities that may induce nausea such as theme park or boat rides.

Liver Health. Multiple studies have shown the protective effect of ginger extract was exhibited in acetaminophen-induced liver damage and indicated that it could be useful in preventing acute liver injuries.  Therefore the data in this study suggests that taking ginger oil on a routine basis can help you detox your body and promote liver health.

What are the benefits?

Ginger carries great potential for treating a number of ailments including degenerative conditions, digestive issues such as indigestion, ulcers, nausea and vomiting, and has shown evidence in cancer prevention. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties which can be beneficial in multiple organ systems.

What are the risks?

Do not ever start or stop any natural remedy, supplement or treatment without first checking with your healthcare provider and discussing the risks and benefits.

Be sure you are using a bio-friendly, 100% therapeutic grade oil. Do not ingest a low-quality oil, as they may be filled with other products and not 100% pure.

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Explaining Essential Oils- Cedarwood

Explaining Essential Oils- Cedarwood

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Cedarwood Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica

What is it?

Cedarwood essential oil is extracted from cedar trees and is an earthy smelling oil similar to sandalwood.

How can I use it?

Anxiety Reducer.  Essential oil extracted from red cedarwood essential oil has been proven to be an effective alternative method to treat anxiety. Applying a safely diluted solution of this oil topically or diffusing it aromatically can help manage anxious feelings and help promote calmness.

Sleep Aid. Due to Cedarwood’s sedating effects, Studies have shown that the aromatic use of Cedarwood essential oil may be beneficial to those who struggle to fall asleep or suffer with insomnia.  

Skin Care. Because of its antimicrobial content, cedarwood essential oil is a great natural remedy for treating certain skin conditions. It has been shown to effectively treat acne breakouts and can also be used to reduce scar formation and treat eczema.  

Insect Repellent.  Cedarwood oil can be a great alternative to toxic bug repellents such as DEET and can be safely applied to skin when diluted with a carrier oil.

What are the benefits?

Cedarwood contains special healing ingredients called sesquiterpenes. These chemicals promote emotional balance, support the body’s immune system and can act as antioxidant agents. The specific sesquiterpenes found in cedarwood are cedrene and thujopsene which have been shown to help balance moods and promote emotional balance and well-being.

What are the risks? 

Cedarwood oil has been listed as a safe agent by the U.S. Environmental Protective Agency for aromatic or topical use. Never ingest any essential oil without first checking with your physician. Avoid getting this oil into eyes, mouth or open sores.