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Explaining Essential Oils- Turmeric

Explaining Essential Oils- Turmeric

Turmeric Essential Oil

What is it?

Turmeric is a perennial plant that is in the same family as ginger and cardamom. Turmeric is made by the steam distillation method from extracted turmeric roots of the Curcuma longa plant.

How can I use it?

Anti-Inflammatory- Turmeric has been used for centuries to reduce pain and inflammation in the body and is a highly recommended natural alternative to traditional anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Some people with conditions such as arthritis and gout have seen benefits from using turmeric.  Studies have exhibited this natural remedy is effective in treating inflammatory conditions.

Neurological Disease Treatment- An ingredient in turmeric called turmerone is a bioactive substance that inhibits microglia activation. Microglia are cells located in the spinal cord and throughout the brain. In diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s turmeric has been used as an adjunct alternative therapy to help manage, slow the progression of and also possibly prevent future neurological symptoms.  Though there is no cure for these conditions, turmeric is often used to help manage them and there is increasing research suggesting using turmeric can aid in the management of post stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

Cholesterol ReductionResearch suggests that the main ingredient in turmeric; curcumin may be effective in reducing cholesterol levels. Curcumin has multiple antioxidant and healing properties, making it a possible alternative treatment to taking statin medications.

What are the benefits?

Turmeric essential oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties which make it a highly recommended ingredient in many holistic and ayurvedic remedies.

What are the risks?

People with gallbladder problems should avoid ingesting turmeric, as it may trigger worsening symptoms.

Patients on blood thinning medications should also avoid use of turmeric and similar oils such as ginger due to the possibility of increasing the blood thinning effect of these medications.

Chemotherapy recipients and those on dialysis should also use caution when using turmeric.

Turmeric is a highly concentrated substance and can cause worsening of issues such as acid reflux, GERD and stomach ulcers. Use caution if you have been diagnosed with conditions such as Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis.

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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Immune Boosting Essential Oils 

Immune Boosting Essential Oils 

Proper hygiene is essential to the prevention of viruses and pathogens but other than washing your hands how can you protect yourself? Below is a is list of essential oils that you can use to naturally disinfect and promote wellness.  

Frankincense  

This oil contains many healing ingredients such as: Phellandrene, Limonene, Pinene, Borneol, Farnesol and Myrcene which all have anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. Research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information revealed that 70% of patients showed improvement in their respiratory issues when they were treated with gum resin of the Boswellia tree, also known as Frankincense. 

Diffusing frankincense is a great natural way to support respiratory health.  

Lemongrass 

It’s been proven that stress can lower the immune system, so stress relief is an important variable in keeping a healthy immune system. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center research suggests that the use of lemongrass aromatherapy to may help patients with anxiety and stress relief. Diffusing lemongrass in your home or office diffuser can help you feel more relaxed and calmer, therefore boosting your immune system. 

Tea Tree 

.It is a naturally anti-microbial and antiseptic compound which can clean a wound naturally and effectively. It is very beneficial in preventing infections and bacterial growth. This oil can be used as a natural hand sanitizer. It is a great substitute to alcohol solutions. It has been scientifically proven to kill viruses and bacteria such as E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenza. You can put it on your hands the same as you would use the antiseptic gels such as purell to cleanse your skin before a meal or after shaking hands with someone. 
 

According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Tea Tree oil has also been proven to be an effective treatment against many fungal infections such as Athlete’s foot. This oil has natural, bacterial and fungal killing properties which can be used as a natural fungal treatment. 

Placing a diluted solution of Tea Tree Essential Oil in the ear canal has been shown to help naturally treat ear infections and reduce the pain associated with inner ear inflammation. 

Do not use any alternative treatment without first consulting your licensed healthcare provider. Be sure you are using 100% pure essential oils that do not contain fillers or artificial ingredients.

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Make your own Natural Air Gel Freshener

Aromatherapy with essential oils is a much safer option to freshen your home without exposing you and your family to toxic air freshener products. Below is a recipe to create your own DIY gel air freshener you can safely use in your home, office or even your car.  

Natural Gel Air Freshener 

Ingredients 

Water  

2 packs unflavored gelatin 

1 tablespoons table salt 

1-2 teaspoons essential oil of choice 

Glass container (Mason jars work well) 

Seed sprouter lid 

Food coloring (Optional)  

Instructions 

1-Heat 3/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon of salt in a small saucepan 

2-Slowly add the gelatin and stir until completely dissolved   

3- Remove from heat   

4-Add 1/4 cup water 
5- Carefully pour into the mason jar

6- Add up to 1 teaspoon of essential oil of choice into jar

(Optional- Add food coloring of choice)  

7- Add seed starter lid to jar lid.  

8- Allow to cool for 12 hours.   

Keep the air freshener in a safe place away from kids and pets. 

Also be sure you are using only high-quality essential oils that do not contain other fillers.  

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Essential Oil blends Perfect for the Fall Season

Aromatherapy has been scientifically proven to trigger your olfactory senses, which improves circulation and can help you feel calmer and improve your general feeling of wellness. There are many blends used to treat physical, emotional and psychological ailments and promote general well-being.  The use of essential oils is widely practiced in holistic and alternative medicine.

There are hundreds of essential oil options, blends and remedies for just about every ailment. A holistic health practitioner or aromatherapist can help guide you to oils to improve your well-being. Essential oils can be applied in various different ways and some can even be taken internally for medicinal purposes. 

Below is a list of wonderful essential oil blends perfect for the fall season.  

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Thanksgiving Bliss Blend

3 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

2 Drops Vanilla Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser 1-3 hours for an inviting Thanksgiving aroma!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Autumn Aromatherapy

4 Drops Orange essential oil

3 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser create autumn inspired aromatherapy!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Spooky Scented Halloween Fragrance

4 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

3 Drops Clove Essential Oil

2 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser and enjoy a spooky Halloween scent!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Congestion Relief

4 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

2 drops Lemon Essential Oil

1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser to naturally relieve sinus congestion!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Fresh Forest Scent

4 Drops Spearmint Essential Oil

3 Drops Clary Sage Essential Oil

2 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser to enjoy a fresh forest scent!

Do not ingest any essential oil without first checking with your physician, as some essential oils can interact with medications or certain conditions. Secondly, 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.