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Essential Oils: Beginner's Guide with Simple Recipes for Aromatherapy, Weight Lo

 

 

Essential Oils

Beginner’s Guide with Simple Recipes for Aromatherapy, Weight Loss, and Stress Relief

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[][] Introduction

For thousands of years, essential oils have been used for various purposes, including cosmetic uses, emotional uplifting and spiritual enhancement. The ancient tradition of harnessing the powers of essential oils has caught the attention of numerous people, as these substances can bring complete body and mind wellness that other individuals may consider impossible.

The purest essential oils are extracted from botanical plants through cold pressing and steam distillation. According to studies, essential oils are even more useful and potent than the plants from which they come. Once you hold and smell a bottle of essential oils, you can certainly tell that it comes from the pure essence of nature.

In addition, holding a bottle of any type of powerful essential oils is like holding the health-enhancing botanical plants through inhalation, diffusion, topical application, internal intake, or massaging.

Essential oils can be used for various purposes including promoting a positive emotional state, enhancing physical wellness, purifying a home, refining the skin, and creating deep and real spiritual awareness.

Essential oils are said to activate an individual’s limbic system, which is the brain’s center of memory and emotion. Thus, they can inspire an emotional state that is positive and balanced. For instance, smelling the refreshing fragrance of a fresh orange peel can usually brighten your atmosphere. This is because essential oils have a unique, pleasant, and complex scent that sparks off the limbic system.

Essential oils can also enhance or improve your physical well-being. Modern lifestyles translate to lack of exercise, poor diet, and a number of environmental toxins that diminish energy levels. Essential oils, as well as essential oil-infused supplements, can provide the necessary solution for feeling your best and restoring balance in terms of physical wellness.

Essential oils can also be useful for purifying your home. Most of the chemical formulas for home purification available on the market contain harmful ingredients that are detrimental to your health. In order to enjoy your home without compromising your health, it is advisable to use essential oils, which can cleanse dirty surfaces, clean sticky messes, polish countertops, and provide a fresh fragrance, gently and effectively.

During ancient times, essential oils were considered the top skin care secret for promoting a clear and attractive complexion. Back then, no harmful chemicals were used to protect the skin. People used essential oils to nurture their skin and hair. In addition, some essential oils can help diminish signs of aging.

Apart from physical and emotional well-being, essential oils are also used for creating deep and real spiritual awareness. A number of spiritual ceremonies and religious traditions make use of incense and essential oils to help people transcend and connect with something higher than themselves. According to studies, the pure components of essential oils activate the olfactory receptors and stimulate the limbic system in the brain, which is associated with emotion, memory, and mind state. Essential oils can help improve your spiritual practice and awareness; for these applications, you just need to dilute the oils and apply them onto your wrists, behind your ears, and feet. Essential oils are also used through diffusion in a personal or quiet area.

In this book, you will learn about the origins and fundamentals of essential oils. One chapter will focus on the actions and applications of essential oils in different bodily systems. You will also learn about the significance of the quality of essential oils and the common ones you should keep at home. There will also be chapters focusing on carrier oils and how to use them with essential oils, the safety of essential oils, and the profiles of various essential oils. You will also learn about how essential oils are used for aromatherapy, weight loss, and stress relief with basic recipes you can follow. One chapter deals with other common uses of essential oils that you might not have dreamed possible. In the final chapter, you will learn about the chakras, how to balance them, and what essential oils can do to restore balance in each chakra.

[][] Chapter 1: Origins of Essential Oils

Whenever you peel an orange, rub a lavender sprig between your fingers, or walk through a garden of roses, you become aware of the special fragrance of that particular plant, don’t you? However, you might also wonder exactly what it is you smell. In general, essential oils give herbs and spices their particular flavors and scents. Essential oils also give fruits and flowers their fragrance.

For instance, identifying the essential oil in the orange peel is not so hard. This is because of the richness of its scent, which spurts when you peel the orange. Once the droplets of oil found in the glandular cells or tiny pockets in the outer peel become volatile, they infuse the air with their particular aroma.

However, not all plants have essential oils with such rich scent. For instance, the rose flower’s aromatic content is extremely low; as such, it would take numerous petals in order to produce 300 grams of essential rose oil. While the aromatic attribute of essential oils has a significant role in either the attraction or repulsion of specific animals or insects, it is not fully explained why some plants have essential oils and others do not. A number of scientists also assert that essential oils are significant in the lives and transpiration processes of some plants, as well as protect against disease. Thus, essential oils are regarded as the life-blood or “hormone” of a certain plant because of their highly concentrated nature.

Essential oils are found in different parts of certain plants, including the root, seeds, bark, flowers, resin, balsam, and wood. For instance, the bitter orange tree produces orange essential oils from its fruit peel; neroli essential oils from its blossoms; and petitgrain essential oils from its twigs and leaves. The clove tree is able to produce various types of essential oils from its leaves, buds, and stalks. The Scotch Pine produces distinct oils from its resin, needles, and wood.

The origins of essential oils go back to the earliest civilizations. However, over the course of time, the broad range of essential oils produced from various natural sources as well as their process of extraction and usage has developed.

[][] Essential Oils Origins – Ancient Civilizations

For thousands of years, aromatic plants and their essential oils have been used as perfumes, incense, and cosmetics, as well as for both culinary and medical purposes. Many early civilizations used essential oils in their rituals, making them an important part of their tradition. Essential oils were also regarded for their therapeutic and religious roles. Today, some cultures still practice such rituals in the Eastern and the Western parts of the globe. For instance, in the East, most Tibetan temples have burning sprigs of Juniper as an integral part of purification. In the West, Roman Catholics use Frankincense during their mass.

In ancient civilizations, perfumes were regarded as an expression of the cosmic and animistic doctrines. They were a huge part of the art of therapy, as well as the incantations and theophanies of certain cults. From around 2000 BC, the Indian Vedic literature lists more than 700 substances including Spikenard, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Ginger, and Coriander. However, essential oils were more than just perfumes for some ancient cultures.

In the Indo-Aryan language, the term “atar” means odor, wind, smoke, and essence. Adherents of the Rig Veda made use of herbs and essential oils for their therapeutic and liturgical rites. These cultures’ understanding of the plants developed into the Ayurvedic or Indian tradition of medicine that is still used today.

The ancient herbal tradition of the Chinese involved the use of herbs, essential oils, and the practice of acupuncture based on the earliest records of the Book of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor dating back from before 2000 BC. Some of the remedies of this Chinese herbal tradition included Ginger and Opium essential oils, which were used in therapeutic applications, and also for religious rites, including the Tcheou-Li and Li-ki ceremonies. Today, Borneo Camphor is still being used in China, specifically for ritual purposes.

Probably the richest and most famous use of the first aromatic materials came from ancient Egypt. The Papyrus manuscripts from the reign of Khufu contain records of a number of medicinal herbs. In another papyrus that was written around 2000 BC, choice perfumes and fine oils, as well as the incense of temples, were used as offerings to delight the god. Aromatic gums and essential oils, including Myrrh and Cedar, were used in the process of embalming. In fact, traces of Frankincense and Styrax in cosmetic pots and ornate jars were found in tombs.

In the stone inscriptions of the Nile Valley, complete symbolic representations were preserved, covering the preparation process for essential oils, fermented liqueurs, and balsams. The Egyptians were regarded as experts when it came to herbal ointments and preparations, as well as cosmetology. One of their most prominent remedies was the “kyphi,” which is a mixture of sixteen ingredients used as perfume, incense, or taken internally for medicinal purposes. The “kyphi” was primarily an antiseptic and a remedy for poison. In addition, according to Plutarch, it could induce sleep, brighten dreams, and lessen anxieties.

[][] Essential Oils Origins – Eastern Treasures

Some of the earliest trade materials of ancient times were made up of natural aromatics and perfume items. These were rare and expensive. Around 1240 BC, the Jewish people started their exodus to Israel, taking with them numerous varieties of precious oils and gums. The Jews knew of the many uses of these materials. According to the Bible, the Lord imparted the formula for a specific anointing oil to Moses on the journey to Israel. This anointing oil included essential oils such as Cinnamon, Myrrh, Olive, Cassia, and Calamus. This holy oil was used for the consecration of Aaron and his sons to become priests. Thus, this method of consecration using essential oils continued through the succeeding generations. Eastern treasures such as Myrrh and Frankincense were offered to Jesus Christ upon His birth.

Merchants from Phoenicia also exported scented oils and gums from the peninsula of Arabia and eventually throughout Rome and Greece. These merchants were responsible for introducing the Orient treasures to the West. They brought cinnamon from India, camphor from China, rose from Syria, and gums from Arabia. They ensured that their trading routes were kept secret.

The Egyptians taught the Greeks a great deal about herbs and essential oils. For instance, during the 5th century BC, Democrates and Herodotus visited Egypt and imparted what they knew about natural therapeutics and perfumery. Around 425 BC, Herodotus recorded the process of turpentine distillation and imparted the information about odorous materials and perfumes. Meanwhile, Dioscorides conducted a detailed study regarding the sources and uses of aromatics and plants, which were applied by both the Romans and the Greeks. Dioscorides then compiled the details into a five-volume pharmacology known as the Herbarius.

Hippocrates was born in Greece and is regarded as the “father of medicine.” He prescribed perfumed fomentations and fumigations as part of his medical practice. In general, the Greek medical practice was derived from Hippocrates, who was known to cure using aromatic unctions.

Megallus also created one of Greek’s famous preparations called the “megaleion” from cinnamon, cassia, and myrrh. It was used both as a cure for battle wounds and skin inflammation and as a perfume.

The Romans used aromatic oils and perfumes more lavishly than the Greeks did. They utilized three kinds of perfumes, including solid unguents (ladysmata), scented oils (stymmata), and powdered perfumes (diapasmata). These perfumes were primarily used to aromatize their bodies, hair, clothes, and linens. Large amounts of these scented oils were also used for massage after bathing.

As the Roman Empire fell and Christianity came forth, most of the Roman physicians fled to Constantinople, taking with them the books of Hippocrates, Dioscorides, and Galen. Consequently, the physicians translated the books into Arabic, Persian, and other languages and passed on their knowledge to the Arabs after the Byzantine Empire.

[][] Essential Oils Origins – The Alchemy

The Arabs produced a number of great men of science between the 7th and 13th centuries. One of them was Avicenna, a physician and scholar who was enormously gifted with talent and intelligence. He wrote more than a hundred books during his lifetime. One of these was solely about the Rose, a flower treasured in Islam. Avicenna invented the refrigerated coil as part of the distillation process, using it to create aromatic water and pure essential oils.

In 1975, Dr. Paolo Rovesti, who led an archaeological expedition to Pakistan, found a distillation apparatus made of terracotta in the museum of Taxila. Rovesti’s expedition was set to investigate the ancient civilization of the Indus Valley. The museum also showcased perfume containers dating back to 3000 BC. This confirmed the use of the refrigerated coil in the process of preparing aromatic oils. This discovery implied that the Arabs either improved or revived a process that was already used more than 4000 years ago.

During the time of the Crusades, one of the most popular scents was rose water. It came to the West along with the method of distillation and other exotic plant extracts. The “perfumes of Arabia” became famous all over Europe during the 13th century, while aromatic plants and herbal bouquets were scattered on floors and carried as protection against infectious diseases during the Middle Ages.

The Europeans started to experiment with their own native herbs, as they lacked the trees of the Orient that produced gums. In the beginning, they tried Rosemary, Sage, and Lavender. By the 16th century, essential oils and lavender water, referred to as “chymical oils,” could already be bought from pharmacists.

When printing was invented, the publication of numerous herbals began. One called the Grete Herball was published in 1526. Some publications also included illustrations of various herbal combinations and methods of volatile oil extraction.

Meanwhile, philosophers employed the art of distillation in their practice of alchemy as they tried to transform base metals into gold. Their pursuit in doing so was primarily spiritual in nature. They asserted that the various distillation states were the same as that of an inner psychic transmutation. These stages include dissolution and coagulation; separation; extraction; fusion; and sublimation. Similarly, while aromatic materials are distilled to create a pure essence, the human emotions could also be concentrated and refined in order to bring out their true nature.

Thus, according to the alchemists, volatile oils are comparable to the purified human psyche. The “quintessence” concept of alchemists asserts that volatile oils are an emanation of matter while the human psyche is the manifestation of the spirit. Consequently, alchemy is the mediator between matter and spirit.

[] Essential Oils Origins – The Scientific Revolution

During the Renaissance period, pharmacopoeias were filled with aromatic materials. For centuries, pharmacopeias were the only protection against plague and epidemics. With the introduction of aromatic materials, the medicinal applications of essential oils were recorded. The writings in the pharmacopeias included well-established aromatic materials such as cinnamon, juniper, rosemary, sage, lavender, rose, frankincense, and cedar. There were also essences such as cajeput, orange flower, pine, artemisia, chervil, and valerian.

The industries of distillation and perfumery attracted a number of illustrious names. In Europe’s northern countries, flourishing commercial businesses sprang up, specifically in Grasse, France. Towards the end of the 17th century, the perfumery profession became distinct from its general field, which also distinguished between aromatics and perfumes.

Alchemy paved the way to technical chemistry, along with an interest in the interrelationship between matter and spirit, as well as the mutuality between psychology and medicine. The concept of opposing speculation with deductive reason and logic was also developed.

The early 19th century was the period for scientific revolution. Chemists were able to distinguish the various constituents of essential oils as well as provide them particular names such as cineol, citronellol, and geraniol.

Enthusiastic research was conducted for the discovery, conceptualization, and application of essential oils. This paved the way for the growth of the modern industry of drugs and pharmaceutics. However, this research also led to the development of synthetic oil counterparts, which are available today.

Unfortunately, in the advent of artificially-produced oils and improper methods of treatments, the credibility of aromatic remedies and herbal medicine was lost. During the middle of the 20th century, the popularity of essential oils waned, and almost died out completely, specifically their applications in cosmetics, food products, and perfumes.

[][] Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used in both medical and religious practices for thousands of years, according to references in numerous ancient manuscripts. In the Holy Bible, we find at least 200 references to essential oils. During the Renaissance era in Europe, essential oils were used widely. Meanwhile, during ancient times in India and even until today, the art and tradition of using essential oils was not lost. As the practice continued for thousands of years, it was included as a principal part of the Ayurvedic medicine, which involves aromatic oils. Accordingly, these traditional practices and references have proven the medicinal attributes of essential oils.

Aromatherapy is said to have originated in France during the early 1900s. Europeans discovered and learned the practice quickly and it became a basic part of their conventional medical practices. In Asian countries, aromatherapy was used along with the use of homeopathic medicines. In the United States, aromatherapy was not acknowledged significantly until the early 1980s, when it was categorized into two distinct movements. One is pure essential oils devised for therapeutic purposes, and the other is a mass-market move for creating oils used for perfumes and deodorizers, among others.

With the advent of modern science during the 19th century, most forms of homeopathic and herbal medicine experienced a decline. This was primarily due to people who, for financial gain, deliberately dismissed these practices. For instance, scientists who at first had the best intentions in ameliorating medicinal practices started to isolate the chief active ingredients of plants and reproduced them in testing grounds. Thus, they produced aspirin and antibiotics such as penicillin, which were used extensively. Penicillin was derived from bread mold, while aspirin was derived from wintergreen, birch, and meadowsweet. Today, these medicines are marketed primarily for the establishment and profit of huge businesses.

While there is value in most modern scientific medicinal discoveries, it should be acknowledged that the isolated compounds found in these synthetic therapeutic oils and drugs have a number of detrimental side effects. In addition, these drugs can be easily abused, especially when there is a lack of supervision from health practitioners.

Every plant contains a number of chemical compounds, which occur mostly in small amounts. As such, every type of essential oil also contains such chemical compounds. It is a fact that some trace elements are important to sustain life and that the human body needs one to ingest another. However, based on scientific studies, when plant materials are broken down into a single component, specifically in a laboratory, most of these trace elements are lost. Furthermore, man-made elements or identical compounds that are made chemically also lack trace elements. Consequently, this could result in the development of left-rotating elements, which clog up receptor sites and build additional complications.

The efficiency of herbal and essential oils comes from the combination of their components; thus, the trace elements are just as important as their primary constituents. Even the minor constituents of living products, such as essential oils, have a strengthening and controlling effect on the primary constituents. Most of the trace elements empower essential oils to provide healing more efficiently than synthetic reconstructions, oils, or drugs that result in side effects and do not contain the necessary trace elements.

Unfortunately, some people give little attention to the therapeutic value, durability, and quality of essential oils. This is mainly due to the mass-marketing techniques in the media for promotional strategy and profit. Some manufacturers even claim that their essential oils are pure and genuine, when in fact they are synthetic substitutions. As such, an oil product you use and trust may be synthetic and therefore worthless.

On the other hand, the majority of the purchasing public today has become more aware, educated, and conscious of the quality of the essential oils. Thus, personal experience and education are the most useful tools in this type of market.

[][] Chapter 3: Actions and Application of Essential Oils in Different Systems of the Body

Just as with other plant-derived remedies, the therapeutic potential of essential oils has yet to be realized in full. While numerous medicinal herbs have been used since ancient times, most were utilized to provide biological active compounds to create the foundation for most modern drugs, including cocaine and quinine. Just the same, there is much to be learned about their exact medical specialization.

In general, modern research has asserted traditional beliefs regarding the therapeutic applications of specific plants; however, in the passing of time, the terminology has changed. For instance, the herb Basil was once identified as a plant that “protects against evil,” or is “good for the heart,” due to its scent that “takes away sorrow.” Today, Basil is regarded as an excellent antidepressant, prophylactic, and nerve tonic.

Just like herbal cures, essential oils have a wide field of activities and applications. For instance, lemon balm is able to energize or rejuvenate specific systems of the body. Other herbs and oils can cause relaxation or sedation.

In the next section, you will gain a better understanding of how essential oils work, as well as their areas of activity, through an overall presentation of the human body’s systems. You will learn how essential oils act and how they are applied in each body system.

[] For The Skin

More often than not, skin problems are manifestations of a more serious health condition such as hormonal imbalance, toxin build-up, emotional or nervous problems. When it comes to the skin, the versatility of essential oils is specifically valuable, because they have the ability to fight skin problems on various levels. Given that they are soluble in water, alcohol, and oil, essential oils provide the ideal ingredients for general skin care, cosmetics, and the treatment of particular skin diseases.

In this light, the following essential oils activities are specifically beneficial:

Antiseptics

Essential oils with antiseptic properties include Sage, Thyme, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Clove, and Lemon. They are beneficial for insect bites, cuts, and spots, among others.

Anti-inflammatory Oils

Essential oils with anti-inflammatory properties include Lavender, German Chamomile, Yarrow, and Roman Chamomile. They are beneficial for eczema, bumps, bruises, and infected wounds, among others.

Fungicidal Oils

Essential oils with antifungal properties include Tea Tree, Patchouli, Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, and Myrrh. They are beneficial for candida, athlete’s foot, and ringworm, among others.

Granulation Stimulating or Healing (Cicatrizing) Oils

Essential oils with healing properties include Chamomile, Lavender, Frankincense, Neroli, Geranium, and Rose. They are beneficial for cuts, burns, stretch marks, and scars, among others.

Deodorants

Essential oils with deodorizing properties include Lavender, Juniper, Bergamot, Cypress, Lemongrass, Spanish Sage, and Thyme. They are beneficial for cleaning wounds, excessive perspiration, etc.

Insect Repellents and Parasiticides

Essential oils with parasiticidal properties include Garlic, Citronella, Clove, Atlas Cedarwood, Spike Lavender, Geranium, Eucalyptus, and Camphor.

[] The Circulatory System, Joints and Muscles

Since the skin and the mucosa absorb the essential oils into the bloodstream, they affect the circulation in general. Essential oils with a warming or rubefacient effect influence the internal organs as well as cause better local blood circulation. These essential oils cause a glow and warmth to the skin’s surface. Thus, they can provide a numbing or analgesic effect, specifically to relieve pain. These oils can also alleviate local inflammation by creating free mediators in the body that cause the expansion of blood vessels. Consequently, the blood is able to flow more quickly and freely. In addition, the expansion of the blood vessels reduces swelling.

Essential oils such as Hyssop have a regulating or balancing effect on the circulatory system in general, thus reducing the levels of blood pressure once it becomes exceedingly high; or stimulating the circulatory system once it becomes sluggish.

Hypotensives

Essential oils with hypotensive properties include Lemon, Sweet Marjoram, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang. They are beneficial for palpitations, high blood pressure, and stress, among others.

Hypertensives

Essential oils with hypertensive properties include Thyme, Rosemary, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Spike Lavender. They are beneficial for chilblains, poor circulation, and listlessness, among others.

Rubefacients

Essential oils for external redness and swelling include Sweet Marjoram, Black Pepper, Camphor, Rosemary, and Juniper. They are beneficial for muscular stiffness, lumbago, rheumatism of joints, and sciatica, among others.

Antitoxic or Depurative Agents

Essential oils with antitoxic properties include White Birch, Grapefruit, Fennel, Lemon, and Juniper. They are beneficial for skin eruptions, arthritis, congestion, and gout, among others.

Lymphatic Stimulants

Essential oils with lymphatic properties include Lime, Mandarin, etc. They are beneficial for obesity, cellulitis, and water retention, among others.

Circulatory Tonics

Essential oils with restorative properties include Lemon, Yarro, and Cypress. They are beneficial for inflammations, swellings, and varicose veins, among others.

[] For The Respiratory System

Infections in the lungs, nose, and throat respond extremely well to essential oil treatments. For instance, inhalation is an effective way of using essential oil properties. This is because as the properties of the essential oils reach the bronchi, the lungs will exhale them directly, causing an increased bronchial secretion or a protective reaction that is useful for most respiratory problems.

Through inhalations, the essential oil properties that are responsible for treatment are absorbed into the blood faster than through oral ingestion. Moreover, a number of essential oils that are absorbed from the stomach are excreted through the lungs and only a minimal part is excreted through urine.

Expectorants

Essential oils with expectorant properties include Fennel, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood, Pine, Myrrh, and Thyme. They are beneficial for sinusitis, catarrh, coughs, and bronchitis, among others.

Antispasmodics

Essential oils with spasmolytic properties include Cajeput, Hyssop, Chamomile, Cypress, Bergamot, and Atlas Cedarwood. They are beneficial for dry cough, colic, whooping cough, and asthma, among others.

Balsamic Agents

Essential oils with balsamic properties include Myrrh, Benzoin, Tolu Balsam, Frankincense, and Peru Balsam. They are beneficial for colds, congestion, chills, etc.

Antiseptics

Essential oils with antiseptic properties include Borneol, Thyme, Tea Tree, Sage, Cajeput, Hyssop, Eucalyptus, and Cajeput. They are beneficial for flu, sore throat, colds, gingivitis, and tonsillitis, among others.

[] For The Digestive System

While most experts in herbal medicine do not recommend essential oils to be taken orally, they can be applied externally and cause specific changes in the processes of the digestive system. However, although herbal medicine offers various remedies for a wide range of liver, stomach, and gall bladder complaints using plants such as dandelion, meadowsweet, and chamomile, their efficiency depends on a compounding of aromatic mix such as mucilage, tannins, and bitters that are not found in volatile oils alone. Thus, the external use of essential oils in digestive system problems, although effective, is quite limited compared to the internal ingestion of herbal remedies.

Antispasmodics

Essential oils with antispasmodic properties include Cinnamon, Chamomile, Aniseed, Caraway, Lemon Balm, Fennel, Peppermint, and Orange. They are beneficial for indigestion, spasm, pain, etc.

Carminatives and Gastrics

Essential oils with carminative and gastric properties include Mandarin, Angelica, Peppermint, Basil, Chamomile, and Fennel. They are beneficial for nausea, flatulent dyspepsia, and aerophagia, among others.

Cholagogues

Essential oils with cholagogue properties include Borneol, Caraway, Peppermint, and Lavender. They are beneficial for stimulating the gall bladder and increased flow of bile.

Hepatics

Essential oils with hepatic properties include Rosemary, Lemon, Peppermint, and Lime. They are beneficial for jaundice, liver congestion, etc.

Aperitifs

Essential oils with aperitif properties include Garlic, Orange, Aniseed, Ginger, and Angelica. They are beneficial for anorexia and loss of appetite, among others.

[] For The Immune System

Nearly all essential oils have bactericidal properties, and can prevent infections by inhibiting the action or growth of microorganisms. Some essential oils also promote the production of white blood cells, which can help prevent and treat infectious illnesses. They were used against plagues in the Middle Ages. Today, these aromatic herbs and oils have built up a good reputation in treating infections, including typhoid and malaria, specifically in the tropics.

Bactericidal and Prophylactic (Antiviral) Agents

Essential oils with antiviral properties include Rosemary, Tea Tree, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Bergamot, Basil, Eucalyptus, Niaouli, and Camphor. They are beneficial for colds, influenza, etc.

Febrifuge Agents

Essential oils with antipyretic properties include Tea Tree, Angelica, Eucalyptus, Basil, Lemon, Peppermint, Sage, and Thyme.

Sudorifics and Diaphoretics

Essential oils with sudorific properties include Chamomile, Rosemary, Hyssop, and Thyme. They are beneficial for eliminating toxins, promoting sweating, etc.

[] The Nervous System

Research indicates that most essential oils have properties that conform to the traditional views of herbal medicine. These include Bergamot, Sweet Marjoram, Chamomile, Lavender, and Sandalwood. Researchers found that these essential oils have a sedative effect on the central nervous system. In addition, some, including Peppermint, Jasmine, Clove, Basil, Neroli, and Ylang Ylang, have a stimulating effect on the nervous system and cause a relaxing, soothing effect in terms of emotional aspect. Essential oils including Lemon, Lemon Balm, and Bergamot can have a sedating effect on the nervous system and cause a sense of rejuvenation to the “spirit.”

Some essential oils are also regarded as “adaptogens,” which have a normalizing or balancing effect on the body systems. These include Rosewood and Geranium, which can either stimulate or sedate, depending on the individual and situation.

Sedatives

Essential oils with sedative properties include Lemon, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Hops, Lavender, Bergamot, and Valerian. They are beneficial for stress, nervous tension, insomnia, etc.

Stimulants

Essential oils with stimulating properties include Rosemary, Basil, Angelica, Jasmine, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, and Peppermint. They are beneficial for nervous fatigue, convalescence, and lack of strength.

Nerve Tonics (Nervines)

Essential oils with nervine properties include Chamomile, Clary Sage, Lavender, Rosemary, Juniper, and Marjoram.

[] For The Mind

The mind is probably the most discussed yet the least understood activity area of essential oils. Aromatic oils are used to influence both the states of the mind and the emotions. This is why essential oils are used as incense for rituals and religious purposes. At Toho University, Japan and Warwick University, England, various studies were conducted to put traditional beliefs and applications of essential oils into a scientific setting. These studies found two types of reaction to odors, which were named “hard-wired” response and “soft-wired” response. The “hard-wired” response is deep-rooted prior to birth, making it solely instinctual. For instance, a sexual signal or the scent of a mother’s skin may be considered as a “hard-wired” response. The “soft-wired” response is acquired or learned after birth. The fragrance of honeysuckle that is similar to a childhood garden may be considered as a “soft-wired” response.

The manner of classification becomes harder when it comes to the emotional or psychological responses to the scent of a specific essential oil. Consideration should be given to each individual’s temperament with a given situation instead of predicting a set of responses.

In 1991, the Psychology of Perfumery Conference asserted that psychological effects differ from one individual to another, even if pharmacological effects are the same. The effect of a scent or odor on an individual may depend on various factors.

These include the amount of scent applied; the manner and situation in which the scent was applied; the individual to whom the scent was applied (sex, age, personality); the mood the individual was in before the scent was applied; the previous associations the individual may have with the scent; and the individual’s inability to smell certain odors.

Essential oils begin to show their versatility once an individual’s needs are considered. For instance, the rose, a flower, is commonly associated with love, beauty, and spiritual levels. As an essential oil, however, the rose is associated with a long tradition of application for physical conditions like regulating the female cycle, skin problems, purifying the blood, and promoting the circulation. When an individual smells a rose, all these associations are confirmed; thus, the fragrance affects the individual’s mind and body at the same time. This effect is based on the individual’s personal experience.

[] For Internal Use

If you are trying to find exact information about the internal use of essential oils, chances are you are having a difficult time.

In general, herbal medicine experts do not suggest the internal use of essential oils. For one, essential oils are often confused with fragrance oils, which are synthetic and inappropriate for ingestion. On the other hand, there are instances wherein essential oils are taken internally; however, this should be done under the supervision of a health care practitioner or herbal medicine expert.

Internal use of essential oils provides a number of benefits that mere inhalation cannot. They can be used to flavor food products. Take for example, candy canes. Children and adults alike enjoy the flavor. Chances are, candy canes are flavored with a small amount of Peppermint essential oil to suit the atmosphere of the holidays.

Yet, the internal use of essential oils for culinary or therapeutic purposes necessitates more mastery or control than most novices have. Given that essential oils are highly concentrated, it is risky to take them internally without the supervision of a trained or educated practitioner.

Essential oils, in spite of being cold pressed or steam distilled, should not be taken internally or ingested without a proper understanding of their usage as well as risks. Some of the essential oils that are cold pressed or steam distilled include Orange, Allspice, Black Pepper, Clove, Ginger, Fennel, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Basil, Grapefruit, Lemon, and some other botanicals.

[][] Chapter 4: Quality of Essential Oils

Effective therapeutic use requires essential oils with superior quality. As such, it is futile to purchase a product that claims to be pure and natural when it is downright synthetic and dangerous. Note that the pleasant smell of a certain essential oil product does not guarantee its efficiency. Most, if not all, synthetic essential oil products are useless. The body cannot absorb or digest them. Even if the body can metabolize synthetic products, the normal skin, colon, and kidney pathways cannot excrete them.

Given that the most prominent purchasers of aromatic oils are the cosmetic and perfume industries, the chief criteria for producing and marketing essential oils include aroma and uniformity. Neither the cosmetic nor the perfume industries are primarily concerned with the medicinal value of essential oils. Thus, growers of various essential oil sources, as well as processors, adapt their products to these prominent buyers to save and earn money.

Unfortunately, the current laws permit the production and marketing of products that come under the category “essential oils” even if they are loaded with protein and vegetable oils. Many are dangerous synthetic reproductions with just a minimal amount of pure essential oils.

Moreover, given that some pure essential oils are quite costly to produce, some processors combine two or more oils in order to come up with an aroma similar to that of an expensive product. These blends often have excellent fragrances.

When essential oils are combined by a medicinal oil expert, the constituents would likely match that of an individual essential oil; however, this is not always the case. For instance, Melissa oil provides excellent medicinal and anti-microbial properties; however, it is extremely expensive. Thus, most people are not able to purchase it. Some companies offer a blend of Melissa oil, which is rectified and more affordable than the pure version. These rectified blends are adequate in terms of price and quality.

On the other hand, some unscrupulous dealers are in the business of diluting pure essential oils in a carrier base so that their products will pass as natural and pure. These are fake versions of essential oils, which you can easily spot because they have an oilier base than essential oils. You can test the quality of essential oils, pure and natural or not, by putting a drop of the oil on blotting paper. The oil should be absorbed quickly without leaving an oily patch.

Since production of pure essential oils is quite expensive, they are sold at a higher price. Other factors in the production process include weather conditions, the time of day, and the season, among others. These factors also affect the chemical composition of essential oils.

If you are purchasing essential oils, make sure to start with suppliers, dealers, or shops that are primarily concerned with health and nutrition as opposed to those associated with cosmetics and perfumery. Once you are used to the smell of pure essential oils, your nose can easily detect if the product you are buying is natural and pure.

[][] Chapter 5: Safety of Essential Oils

[][] Essential Oils, Photosensitization, and Phototoxicity

When a specific essential oil constituent or a natural chemical found in a certain essential oil reacts through Ultraviolet light exposure, the result can be photosensitization and phototoxicity. Consequences can include blistering, inflammation, reddening, and/or burning of the skin.

In general, citrus oils are classified as phototoxic, although not all of them are. Essential oils usually become phototoxic or not based on their method of extraction. For instance, Bitter Orange essential oil is considered to be phototoxic; however, Blood Orange and Sweet Orange essential oils are not. Steam distilled Lime essential oil is not phototoxic, but cold pressed Lime essential oil is.

Some of the most common essential oils that are considered to be phototoxic include the following: Tagetes, Lemon (cold pressed), Bitter Orange (cold pressed), Mandarin Leaf, Rue, Fig Leaf (absolute), Opopanax, Grapefruit, Lime (cold pressed), Cumin, and Angelica.

Essential oils that are regarded as phototoxic, but not yet proven or confirmed as such, include the following: Combava Fruit, Lovage Leaf, Skimmia, Cumin Seed (absolute), Angelica Root (absolute), Cumin Seed (CO2), Celery Leaf, Celery Seed (absolute), Angelica Root (CO2), Khella, Clementine, and Parsnip.

Citrus essential oils that are regarded as not phototoxic include the following: Bergamot (furanocoumarins removed), Lemon (steam distilled), Blood Orange, Tangerine, Mandarin, Orange Leaf, Satsuma (cold pressed), Tangelo, Sweet Orange, and Yuzu.

[][] Essential Oils, Dermal Irritation, and Skin Sensitization

Essential oils that are undiluted and used on the skin can result in sensitization or severe irritation. As such, prior to using essential oils, make sure they are properly diluted – although some can still cause dermal irritation even if diluted. In addition, it is strongly suggested that you conduct a skin patch test if using a given essential oil for the first time.

The following is a list of essential oils which are likely to result in sensitization or dermal irritation, even if diluted.

Essential Oils That are Likely to Result in Sensitization: Melissa, Benzoin, Tagetes, Star Anise, Catnip, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang), Clove, Oakmoss, Pine, Bay Laurel, Cassia, Fennel, Cinnamon (bark and leaves), Lemongrass, Citronella, Peru Balsam, and Anise Bay.

Essential Oils That are Likely to Result in Dermal Irritation: Fennel, Cassia, Tagetes, Sage (Dalmatian), Fir Needle, Clove, Spruce, Thyme, Parsley, Allspice, Benzoin, Cinnamon (bark and leaves), Oregano, and Bay Laurel.

[][] Hazardous Essential Oils

In this section, you will find out that not all essential oils offer benefits when used on your own. The following list includes essential oils that should be taken only under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. If you are not sure about the safety of a specific essential oil and it is not on the list, it is best not to assume that it is safe.

The essential oils that are hazardous when applied in an improper way include the following: Brown Camphor, Wormwood, Bitter Almond, Mugwort, Sweet Birch, Mustard, Wintergreen, Spanish Broom, Calamus, Boldo Leaf, Yellow Camphor, Deertongue, Onion, Garlic, Horseradish, Sassafras, Jaborandi, Melilotus, Pennyroyal, Rue, Thuja, Arnica, Wormseed, and Ajowan.

How to Conduct a Skin Patch Test

As mentioned earlier, some essential oils are likely to cause allergic reactions or sensitization in some individuals. Some that are promoted actively as “safe to use” likewise result in sensitization. These include Tea Tree and Lavender.

If it is your first time using an essential oil, it is best to conduct a skin patch test on a small area of your skin. This test is quite easy to perform and can help you discern whether or not you are sensitive to a certain essential oil.

While most hydrosols are considered safe to use for topical applications even when undiluted, a skin patch test is still recommended.

The first step to perform a skin patch test is to ensure that your preferred essential oil is properly diluted for topical use.

Next, place 1 to 2 drops of your chosen diluted essential oil on your elbow’s inner part. Again, make sure it is diluted and not categorized as hazardous. It is also best to avoid those that are supposed to cause dermal irritation or sensitization.

Next, apply a bandage to the area to keep it dry. Make sure you avoid getting the area wet while performing the skin patch test. Observe for 24 hours.

If you feel any type of irritation or reaction prior to reaching 24 hours, remove the bandage at once and wash the area carefully using water and mild soap. If there is no irritation after 24 hours, then it is safe to use the diluted form of your chosen essential oil on your skin.

Keep in mind that even if a specific essential oil does not cause irritation to your skin, it might irritate the people around you. In addition, if you are allergic to a certain plant, you are likely allergic to the essential oil of that plant.

Chapter 6: Essential Oils That You Should Keep at Home

Apart from their refreshing and therapeutic aroma, essential oils offer a number of benefits for physical and emotional well-being as well as home care and hygienic purposes. The best thing about pure essential oils is that they have no negative side effects. As such, you should be familiar with some of the most common essential oils to keep in your home for various purposes.

Lavender

This essential oil is perfect for calming the mind and relaxing the nervous system prior to going to sleep. It can also alleviate symptoms of depression. The restoring and calming effects of lavender make it an effective massage or bath oil. It is also used in a diffuser to provide a relaxing atmosphere throughout the house. Lavender essential oil can also relieve headaches, nervous tension, and migraine.

Apart from its calming properties, lavender also has antibacterial properties, which is useful for wounds, cuts, bug bites, acne, burns, and dandruff. It is also effective in decongesting the respiratory system and clogged sinuses due to colds.

Dried lavender with some extra oils is used at home to keep moths away. A few drops can remove unwanted odors from stinky socks and sweaty clothes. When added to water, lavender is perfect for cleaning and washing the floor in your home.

Tea Tree

This essential oil is equipped with a number of healing compounds, including antifungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiparasitic. It is considered as the go-to essential oil for various purposes. Tea tree oil rejuvenates the tissues of the skin in the event of insect bites, lesions, cold sores, burns, fungal infections, psoriasis, eczema, lice, and athlete’s foot.

At home, tea tree oil combined with water is sprayed in various areas where there are molds or mildew, or places that are prone to germs and bacteria, such as the kitchen and bathroom. It is also used as a disinfectant spray for countertops, door handles, and other parts of the house.

Peppermint

This essential oil is effective in ameliorating mental alertness. It also helps boost energy, which is handy if you are trying to avoid caffeine or sugar. Peppermint essential oil relieves headaches caused by caffeine withdrawal. It contains antibacterial compounds that help relieve symptoms of food poisoning, IBS, and other problems related to the digestive system. This essential oil can also kill infections associated with the gums and teeth.

For home purposes, peppermint essential oil is made into a spray with a small amount of water to deodorize boots and shoes. It is also an efficient agent for washing the floor.

Rose

This essential oil alleviates symptoms of depression, heartbreak, emotional traumas, shock, and grief. Rose oil is said to open the heart chakra and boosts one’s self-confidence. It is also used traditionally as an aphrodisiac, probably due to its sweet scent.

Rose essential oil has the ability to regenerate the cells as well as heal the skin. Its intense skin rejuvenating compounds help in stopping wrinkles, reducing stretch marks, and lessening the visibility of scars. In addition, rose essential oil is efficient in reproductive issues and menstrual irregularities.

Eucalyptus

This essential oil has numerous medicinal properties. Although it has a strong smell, its antiseptic, disinfectant, and germicidal compounds make it perfect for relieving chest colds, throat problems, sinusitis, coughs, and other respiratory problems. Eucalyptus essential oil is also an effective expectorant that can stop fever and sinus congestion as it can thin out the mucus. This oil is great for soothing the nerves, joint pain, and sore muscles.

Eucalyptus essential oil can stop bladder and urinary infections. It also energizes and stimulates the mind as one inhales its fragrance.

For home use, this essential oil is used as a disinfectant spray, specifically in germ-prone areas such as the kitchen and bathroom.

Basil

This essential oil is helpful for most common ailments. For instance, it relieves congestion from colds, coughs, and bronchitis. It also alleviates pain from rheumatism and fights off fatigue and exhaustion. Basil essential oil is also effective in improving the memory, especially when inhaled before sleeping.

More often than not, basil oil is combined with a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond, to relax the muscles during a massage. At home, it is used as a spray to repel insects and stop the itching of insect bites.

Rosemary

Rosemary is commonly used as the dried herb for cooking; however, this essential oil is efficient as an all-natural stimulant, specifically for memory. It is also used to relieve symptoms of respiratory problems including bronchitis and asthma. Additionally, it is used to fight ovarian and liver cancer cells, as well as enhance hair and scalp health.

Neroli

This essential oil is especially perfect for the skin: its compounds can lessen scars and reduce the visibility of stretch marks. In addition, neroli essential oil balances out oily skin; thus, it reduces wrinkle appearance. Traditionally, this essential oil is used to suppress emotions such as anger, irritability, panic, depression, anxiety, and stress.

Frankincense

Traditionally used as incense, this essential oil is efficient in alleviating the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis. It is also used to reduce signs of congestion and dry cough. The fragrance of Frankincense essential oil helps in eliminating feelings of fatigue and exhaustion. It also assists in balancing out the emotions when one feels insecure, unhappy, or stressed out.

Sandalwood

This essential oil is usually associated with men who think the scents of other oils are too feminine. Sandalwood has a neutral scent that relieves the feelings of depression, stress, anxiety, and irritability. It is also efficient in relieving cold and flu symptoms, and in dealing with laryngitis and other throat problems.

Chapter 7: Blending Essential Oils

One of the most important things you need to know when using essential oils is how to create blends for various purposes. Essential oil blends are usually created simply for aromatic pleasure; however, some are specifically useful for physical, emotional, and mental wellness and even for hygiene, skin care, and home care.

Essential oils are categorized into groups based on their fragrances. These categories include floral (Neroli, Lavender, Jasmine); woodsy (Cedar, Pine); earthy (Vetiver, Oakmoss, Patchouli); herbaceous (Rosemary, Marjoram, Basil); minty (Spearmint, Peppermint); medicinal/camphorous (Cajuput, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree); spicy (Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg); oriental (Patchouli, Ginger); and citrus (Lemon, Orange, Lime).

Based on this system, essential oils in a similar category blend well together. On the other hand, this does not mean you cannot blend essential oils from different categories. It just ensures that those in the same category will mix well.

Some categories that blend well are as follows: florals with citrusy, spicy, and woodsy oils; oriental and spicy oils with florals, citrus, and oriental oils; and minty oils with woodsy, earthy, citrus, and herbaceous oils. Woodsy oils blend well with all other categories.

How to Harmonize Your Essential Oil Blends

Most people who have tried blending essential oils notice that several hours after the initial application, the fragrance smells different. This is because some essential oils vaporize more quickly than others. When the oils vaporize or evaporate, the aroma changes.

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Chapter 8: Essential Oil Profiles

Knowing the profiles of essential oils is important in order to maximize their benefits as well as take the necessary precautions when using them. Profiles can also help you to know the appropriate blends when creating your own recipe for a specific purpose.

The profiles presented in this section include the properties, benefits, uses, method of extraction, safety information, and aromatic description for each essential oil.

Allspice Essential Oil

Also known as Pimento Berry, the Allspice essential oil has a warm, spicy aroma, similar to cinnamon and clove essential oils. It contains a substantial amount of Eugenol that makes its aroma sharp yet still sweet.

Allspice is great to use, specifically during winter and fall. You can use it in a diffuser at full strength, or blend it with other essential oils before diffusing. It is recommended to blend it with Bergamot or Orange essential oils because when used alone, it can irritate the mucous membrane.

Allspice is regarded as an antiviral oil due to its high Eugenol content. When used in small dilutions, it can be an aphrodisiac due to its rich, spicy aroma.

While Allspice is known for massage, personal fragrancing, muscular, and arthritic applications, it is likely a dermal irritant. As such, if you are planning to use this essential oil topically, make sure it is well-diluted.

Botanical Name: Pimenta officinalis

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Cocoa Brown

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Sharp, sweet, spicy

Uses: Muscle tone, arthritis, rheumatism, stiffness, gastric cramps, muscular cramps, nausea, nervous tension, neuralgia, bronchitis, indigestion, depression, exhaustion, and coughs

Amyris Essential Oil

Amyris essential oil has a gentle aroma and is often used as an alternative to Sandalwood oil. Its vanilla fragrance is similar to that of Benzoin Absolute. It is also great as a natural fixative.

When diluted in small amounts, Amyris oil acts as an aphrodisiac.

Botanical Name: Amyris balsamifera

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Pale Yellow

Consistency: Thick

Aromatic Description: Sweet, woody, warm

Uses: Acts as a fixative; used for perfumery or fragrancing; has sedative and antiseptic properties

Anise Essential Oil

Anise essential oil has a distinctive black licorice aroma. Just a couple of drops can enhance a blunt blend. It is often used in a diffuser as well as inhaler blends, specifically for alleviating colds, flu, and bronchitis.

Anise essential oil is said to promote breast milk production and regulates a woman’s menstrual cycle. However, it should be used with caution, especially by individuals with oestrogen-dependent cancers.

For emotional wellness, Anise essential oil can help calm an individual when diluted in small amounts.

Botanical Name: Pimpinella anisum

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Rich, sweet, distinctive licorice scent

Uses: Colds, flu, cough, bronchitis, muscle aches, flatulence, and rheumatism

Angelica Root Essential Oil

The root of the Angelica plant is its most used part due to its therapeutic properties. Numerous sources claim that the Angelica Root essential oil helps in fighting infections, eliminating toxins, and stimulating the immune system. Furthermore, the aromatherapy history of this essential oil is associated with its efficiency in fighting stress, exhaustion, and anxiety.

On the other hand, Angelica Root oil is regarded as phototoxic. Most available sources claim that it contains bergapten, a constituent that is also present in Bergamot essential oil.

Botanical Name: Angelica archangelica

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Pale Yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Woody, fresh, herbaceous, peppery

Uses: Alleviates psoriasis, dull skin, gout, toxin build-up, exhaustion, and water retention

Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood essential oil was one of the first raw oils to undergo the process of extraction. It was also used for spiritual embalming, specifically in Egypt.

This essential oil has a woody scent and is said to be efficient in fighting negativity and stimulating calmness.

Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Light Golden Yellow

Consistency: Oily, medium

Aromatic Description: Sweet, woody, reminiscent of synthetic mothballs

Uses: Arthritis, acne, coughing, bronchitis, cystitis, stress, dermatitis, and dandruff

Bay Laurel Essential Oil

Also known as Laurel Leaf oil, Bay Laurel is often confused with Bay Oil, not only due to their names, but their aromas as well. Bay Laurel oil has a spicy yet sweet scent and is said to be efficient in enhancing confidence, promoting courage, and increasing focus.

This essential oil is also famous for its effectiveness as an expectorant. In addition, it is said to fight flu and cold symptoms.

Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Uses: Colds, flu, tonsillitis, amenorrhea, and loss of appetite

Bergamot Essential Oil

One of the prominent citrus oils, Bergamot essential oil is efficient for easing sadness, depression, and grief. It is also used for fighting acne and oily skin. Its aroma is reminiscent of Orange oil although it also has a floral scent.

Just like most citrus oils, Bergamot essential oil is extremely phototoxic due to its high content of Bergaptene. As such, it should be used with utmost care, especially when applied topically. In addition, you should avoid exposure to UV or sun rays when using it.

Some manufacturers of Bergamot essential oil synthetically remove the Bergaptene content. Some varieties are sold as steam distilled oil.

Botanical Name: Citrus bergamia

Common Extraction Method: Cold Pressed/Steam Distilled

Color: Golden/Green

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Citrusy, fresh, floral, lemon, orange

Uses: Abscesses, boils, cystitis, halitosis, loss of appetite, psoriasis, acne, stress, anxiety, cold sores, depression, itching, and oily skin

Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black Pepper essential oil has an aroma similar to that of ground peppercorns as well as a bit of greens or floral. Unlike ground peppercorns, however, this oil does not cause sneezing or eye irritation.

Black Pepper oil is said to alleviate aching muscles and improve circulation. It is also efficient in easing arthritis pain. In addition, it enhances stamina and alertness; therefore it is advisable not to apply or use it at bedtime.

Botanical Name: Piper nigrum

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Fresh, crisp, reminiscent of peppercorn

Uses: Arthritis, aching muscles, constipation chilblains, poor circulation, muscle cramps, and poor digestion

Blue Cypress Essential Oil

Blue Cypress essential oil is often associated with emotional and spiritual applications. It is said to be a grounding oil due to its sweet and woody scent with a hint of lemon/fruit.

This essential oil, as its name implies, may be blue, although it can also be extremely pale or clear, depending on the amount of guaiazulene during its distillation process. Guiaiazulene is a constituent of Blue Cypress oil that bestows anti-inflammatory properties.

Botanical Name: Callistris intratropica

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear or extremely pale yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Sweet, woody, fresh, with hints of cedar, fruit or lemon

Uses: Asthma, arthritis, and fragrancing

Blue Tansy Essential Oil

Also known as Moroccan Tansy or Moroccan Chamomile, Blue Tansy oil is one of the most hard-to-acquire essential oils. As such, its varieties are often adulterated.

Most aromatherapy experts recommend Blue Tansy oil for anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antifungal, and anti-allergen application.

Botanical Name: Tanacetum annuum

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Deep blue

Consistency: Medium

Aromatic Description: Fruity, sweet, with notes of floral, herbaceous, and camphorous

Uses: Asthma, eczema, muscular aches, sunburn, etc.

Cade Essential Oil

Cade is a variety of Juniper, which is why it is sometimes called Prickly Juniper or Juniper Tar. It is native to the Mediterranean regions.

Its rectified variety is acquired through steam distillation of the oil’s crude extraction that has undergone destructive distillation. Due to its benzo[a]pyrene content, Cade oil is said to be carcinogenic. Thus, it should not be used externally or internally. Experts recommend using only the rectified Cade oil.

The aroma of rectified Cade oil is woody, smoky, and reminiscent of tar. This oil is said to be useful in Chakra applications as well as meditation.

Botanical Name: Juniperus oxycedrus

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distillation/Crude oil rectification

Color: Light to medium brown

Consistency: Medium to thick

Aromatic Description: deep, smoky, reminiscent of tar or wood

Uses: Eczema, cuts, dermatitis, spots, and dandruff

Cardamom Essential Oil

Cardamom essential oil is known for its therapeutic and aromatic benefits. Its scent is sweet yet spicy, making it great for blending with other spice, wood, and citrus oils.

This essential oil is said to rejuvenate and uplift one’s emotions in times of anxiety or depression. It is also efficient in alleviating fatigue and stress. Cardamom oil is regarded as an aphrodisiac.

Botanical Name: Elettaria cardamomum

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Rich, spicy, sweet, and woody

Uses: Loss of appetite, fatigue, stress, coli, and halitosis

Cananga Essential Oil

Cananga essential oil is often used as a substitute for more costly oils such as Ylang Ylang, which also resembles its scent.

Botanical Name: Cananga odorata var macrophylla/Cananga odorata

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Pale Yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: reminiscent of Ylang Ylang

Uses: Insect bites, oily skin and hair, high blood pressure, nervous tension, fragrancing, stress, and anxiety

Cistus Essential Oil

Also known as Rock Rose or Labdanum, Cistus oil is a rich balsamic oil, often used as a fixative in fragrancing applications and perfumery. It is also great for blending with other oils, specifically with those that belong to the floral, spice, and wood families.

Cistus essential oil is also a balancing and grounding oil, and is efficient during meditation and prayer.

Botanical Name: Cistus ladaniferus

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Golden yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Balsamic, fresh, herbaceous, woody, and a bit floral or spicy

Uses: anti-aging, antibacterial and antiviral applications, fragrancing and natural perfumery; substitute for Ambergris

Cornmint Essential Oil

Although steam distilled Cornmint essential oil contains about 80% menthol, most of its variants are dementholized or fractionated to take off a huge percentage of menthol. Once the dementholized oil is processed, it is usually not recommended for aromatherapy applications.

On the other hand, Cornmint oil is often used as a cheaper substitute for Peppermint essential oil.

Botanical Name: Mentha arvensis

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Mint/menthol aroma (highly concentrated)

Uses: Similar to that of Peppermint oil except for holistic aromatherapy applications

Davana Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Artemisia pallens

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Burnt orange

Consistency: Thick

Aromatic Description: Sweet, rich, fruity, a bit woody with a hint of camphor and vanilla

Uses: Antiseptic, anxiety, coughs, menstrual pains, wound healing

Dill Seed Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Anethum graveolens

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Watery

Aromatic Description: Sweet, fresh, slightly earthy, herbaceous

Uses: Griping pains, amenorrhea, flatulence

Dalmatian Sage Essential Oil

This essential oil is also known as Common Sage oil.

Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Fresh, herbaceous, camphorous, fruity

Uses: Fragrancing only in low dilutions

Elemi Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Canarium luzonicum

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear with a tint of yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Citrusy, spicy, peppery, fresh

Uses: Catarrh, anti-aging skin care solution, scars, wounds, stress, extreme coughing, bronchitis

Fir Needle Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Abies alba

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear with a tint of yellow

Consistency: Thin/oily

Aromatic Description: Earthy, fresh, sweet, woody

Uses: Colds, flu, bronchitis, coughs, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches, sinusitis

Galbanum Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Ferula galbaniflua

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Earthy, woody, balsamic, spicy, fresh

Uses: Acne, abscesses, boils, cuts, anti-aging skin care solution, lice, bronchitis, poor circulation, muscle aches, sores, wounds, stretch marks, scars

Geranium Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear to amber

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Fresh, floral, sweet, a bit fruity

Uses: Dull or oily skin, acne, lice, cellulite, menopause

Gurjum Balsam Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Dipterocarpus jourdainii

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Sweet, peppery

Uses: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bronchial infections, anxiety, colitis, skin inflammation

Helichrysum Essential Oil

This essential oil is also known as Immortelle oil.

Botanical Name: Helichrysum angustifolia

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Light yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Earthy, herbaceous, fresh

Uses: Acne, abscesses, burn, boils, dermatitis, irritated skin, eczema, and wounds

Hops Essential Oil

Hops are the female cones/flowers of Humulus Lupulus, which is a climbing plant often found in Europe. They are commonly used in crafting beers.

Hops essential oil has a sharp, bitter aroma. It blends well with other essential oils that belong to the citrus, floral, wood, herbaceous, and spice categories. When blended at low dilutions, Hops oil is perfect for aromatherapy or fragrance recipes.

This essential oil has sedative properties that help during times of stress, anxiety, and even insomnia. Some also use it as natural deodorant at extremely low dilutions.

Botanical Name: Humulus lupulus

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Golden Yellow

Consistency: Medium

Aromatic Description: Sweet, fresh, a bit bitter or sharp

Uses: Stress, anxiety, insomnia, sedative

Hyssop Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Hyssopus officinalis

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Earthly, woody, fruity, a bit sweet, fresh

Uses: Sore throat, coughing, bruises

Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Juniper is a coniferous tree with berries and branches, used for spiritual and medicinal purposes. Since ancient times, the Native Americans burn the berries, making them a natural incense to purify or cleanse the air.

Juniper essential oil is a natural antiseptic that helps fight acne when applied in low dilutions. It is also efficient as a natural air freshener for eliminating airborne germs.

This essential oil is said to be grounding and calming. It helps to ease stress, thanks to its sedative effect similar to that of Chamomile and Clary Sage essential oils. Juniper Berry essential oil is also used during meditation and prayer in a room through a candle burner or diffuser.

The aroma of Juniper Berry oil is fresh, crisp, woody, and sweet. It blends well with other oils belonging to the wood category, specifically Rosewood, Sandalwood, and Cedarwood. It is also great for blending with Clary Sage, Fir Needle , Grapefruit, Orange, Patchouli, Vetiver, and Cypress oils.

Botanical Name: Juniperus communis

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Fresh, woody, earthy, crisp, a bit fruity

Uses: Acne, flu, colds, toxin build-up, gout, obesity, cellulitis, hemorrhoids, rheumatism

Kanuka Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Leptospermum ericoides

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Pale yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Earthy, sweet, herbaceous, reminiscent of Manuka oil

Uses: Similar to the uses of Common Tea Tree including athlete’s foot, chicken pox, colds, cuts, insect bites, migraine, ringworm, sores, urethritis, whooping cough, acne, candida, cold sores, corns, flu, itching, oily skin, sinusitis, spots, warts

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Pale yellow to vivid yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Earthy, lemony, fresh

Uses: Athlete’s foot, acne, flatulence, excessive perspiration, muscle aches, scabies, stress, insect repellent, oily skin

Manuka Essential Oil

This is also known as the New Zealand Tea Tree oil.

Botanical Name: Leptospermum scoparium

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Slightly oily, medium

Aromatic Description: Earthy, woody, balsamic; warmer and richer than common Tea Tree

Uses: Similar to the use of Common Tea Tree essential oil. These include athlete’s foot, acne, chicken pox, cuts, itching, oily skin, sores, warts, cold sores, corns, flu, candida, migraine, insect bites, ringworm

Melissa Essential Oil

Also known as Lemon Balm oil, Melissa essential oil is best purchased from reputable sources, given that it is often adulterated.

Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Herbaceous, lemony, fresh

Uses: Depression, insomnia, menstrual cramping, nausea, bronchitis, insect repellant, fragrancing, anxiety, hypertension, migraine, indigestion, asthma, coughing, eczema

Mullein Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Verbascum thapsus

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Pale yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Spicy; reminiscent of Nutmeg oil

Uses: Anti-inflammatory and expectorant

Myrtle Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Myrtus communis

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Pale yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: A bit camphorous, sweet, with a hint of floral

Uses: Coughs, asthma, sore throat

Neroli Essential Oil

This essential oil is also known as Orange Blossom oil. It comes from the flower blossoms of the orange tree. Steam distillation is often used for its extraction.

The aroma of Neroli oil is exotic, citrusy, floral, and sweet. It is great for blending with other aromatics and essential oils that belong to the wood, herb, floral, spice, and citrus categories.

Botanical Name: Citrus Aurantium

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Orange to brown

Consistency: Medium

Aromatic Description: exotic, citrusy, floral, sweet

Uses: Frigidity, mature skin, shock, stretch marks, depression, insomnia, scars

Niaouli Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Melaleuca quinquenervia

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Musty, earthy, harsh

Uses: Coughs, colds, bronchitis, aches, cuts, acne, dull or oily skin, flu, whooping cough, sore throat

Nutmeg Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Myristica fragrans

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Spicy, rich, woody, sweet; reminiscent of the cooking spice

Uses: Constipation, arthritis, fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, neralgia, rheumatism, slow digestion, poor circulation

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is a resin tree that is valued and used for its cosmetic, medicinal, aromatic, and spiritual applications. The essential oil is also known as Olibanum. It is often associated with perfumery, incense, fragrancing, and spiritual applications.

Frankincense essential oil is used in cough and respiratory formulations for its expectorant properties. It comes from frankincense resin after being steam distilled. Its aroma is fresher, cleaner, and sweeter than resin, which is why most people prefer its scent.

This essential oil is regarded as calming, grounding, and relaxing, without a sedative effect.

Botanical Name: Boswellia carteri

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Light yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Woody, fresh, balsamic, a bit fruity and spicy

Uses: Asthma, anxiety, extreme coughing, bronchitis, stretch marks, stress, scars

Palo Santo Essential Oil

Palo Santo is commonly found in South America where it is considered sacred. Literally, it means “holy wood.” Native shamans use it for spiritual applications. Other people use it during prayer and meditation.

Palo Santo essential oil is regarded as calming and grounding. It is also used for Chakra applications, specifically for driving away negativity.

The aroma of this essential oil is woody and sweet, although its scent is often compared to other essential oils including Atlas Cedar, Frankincense, Lemon, Mint, and Sweetgrass.

Botanical Name: Bursera graveolens

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear to Pale yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Citrusy, woody, sweet, a bit minty

Uses: Insect repellent; bronchitis, coughs, and other respiratory illnesses; regarded as efficient in clearing negativity; used for spiritual applications and vibrational work

Petitgrain Essential Oil

This essential oil is also known as Orange Leaf oil. It is extracted through steam distillation from similar botanical families such as bitter orange and neroli. It is distilled from the leaves of the tree, although some make use of the tree’s branches and twigs to acquire oil.

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear with a tint of yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Woody, a bit floral, fresh

Uses: Stress, acne, oily skin, fatigue

Ravensara Essential Oil

Ravensara essential oil is often mistaken for Ravintsara oil. Both come from Madagscar; however, they are not the same.

Botanical Name: Ravensara aromatica

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear with a tint of yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: A bit sweet with a hint of fruit; reminiscent of Eucalyptus oil; smells like medicine (syrup)

Uses: Colds, flu, bronchitis, cold sores, joint pain, muscular pain, shingles, cold sores, other respiratory tract infections

Ravintsara Essential Oil

This essential oil, also known as Ho Leaf Oil, is often mistaken for Ho Wood oil or Ravensara oil.

The scent of this essential oil is reminiscent of Eucalyptus, although it is fresher and “greener.” Ravintsara oil is great for blending with other essential oils that belong to the citrus, mint, and wood categories.

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Earthy, fresh, woody, reminiscent of Eucalyptus, with a hint of pepper

Uses: Shingles, flu, stress, depression, muscular pains and aches, calms the nerves, gives the immune system a boost, promotes quality sleep

Rosewood Essential Oil

Rosewood essential oil is also known as Bois-de-rose oil. It has a sweet, fruity, woody, floral, yet subtle aroma. It is great for blending with other essential oils that belong to the citrus, wood, herbaceous, floral, and spice categories.

Unfortunately, the production of Rosewood oil has caused the species to be endangered, so production has greatly decreased.

Botanical Name: Aniba rosacodora

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear with a tint of yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Woody, floral, sweet, fruity

Uses: Colds, flu, fever, acne, stretch marks, frigidity, stress, headache, skin that is dull, dry, oily or sensitive

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood essential oil is regarded as versatile, due to its various uses for fragrancing, perfumery, emotional, spiritual, and skin care applications. In ancient times, it was used for chakra applications and incense.

This essential oil is grounding and calming. Furthermore, it is said to provide a sense of inner peace. It is also helpful in alleviating stress, low self-esteem, and depression, and is regarded as an aphrodisiac.

The aroma of Sandalwood essential oil is woody, rich, and sweet. It is often used in fragrances with popular brands.

Botanical Name: Santalum album

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear with a tinge of yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Sweet, rich, woody, floral, fragrant, delicate

Uses: Chapped, dry, oily or sensitive skin, scars, depression, stress, stretch marks, leucorrhea, laryngitis, bronchitis

Spearmint Essential Oil

Spearmint essential oil is one of the most preferred substitutes for Peppermint oil, specifically if one prefers a subtler aroma. It is often used for therapeutic and fragrancing applications. In addition, it blends perfectly with other essential oils such as Rosemary, Bay Laurel, Lavender, Peppermint, Basil, and Orange.

Botanical Name: Mentha cardiaca or Mentha spicata

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: A bit fruity, minty

Uses: Exhaustion, flatulence, nausea, asthma, scabies, fever, headache, vertigo

Spruce Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Picea mariana

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Woody, fresh, sweet, earthy, with a hint of fruit

Uses: Depression, coughing

Tagetes Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Tagetes minuta

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Gold

Consistency: Thin to medium

Aromatic Description: Sweet, fresh, floral, a bit fruity

Uses: Warts, corns

Tangerine Essential Oil

This essential oil has a citrusy, sweet, and fresh aroma. It is not phototoxic like other essential oils in the citrus category.

Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Greenish orange

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Sweet, fresh, citrusy, more concentrated than tangerine peels

Uses: Similar to the uses of Orange essential oil

Tulsi Essential Oil

This essential oil is commonly used in the regions of India. It is a significant part of the Ayurvedic practices, specifically for spiritual, medicinal, and aromatic applications.

The aroma of Tulsi oil is similar to that of Clove and Basil oils. It contains a huge amount of Eugenole (85%), which provides its distinct aroma. It has a sweet and warm scent that helps in stimulating energy or rejuvenating one’s body.

Tulsi essential oil is not recommended for topical use as it may cause sensitivity, allergy, or dermal irritation.

Botanical Name: Ocimum tenuiflorum, Ocimum sanctum, Ocimum gratissimum

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Pale yellow

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Warming, strong, spicy

Uses: Similar to that of Holy Basil

Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver essential oil is often used topically, especially for oily skin and acne problems. It is also utilized in fragrancing, emotional, and spiritual applications.

This essential oil is regarded as calming, grounding, or soothing. It is most recommended for de-stressing or unwinding. Vetiver essential oil is also said to alleviate exhaustion, help cope with insecurity or fear, address anger, and eliminate anxiety.

Vetiver essential oil has a strong aroma; as such, it is usually blended or diluted with other oils prior to use.

Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanioides

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Golden to dark brown

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Earthy, woody, smoky, spicy, herbaceous

Uses: Stress, depression, insomnia, exhaustion, arthritis, sores, muscular aches, rheumatism, cuts, oily skin

Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Juniperus virginiana

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Medium, a bit oily

Aromatic Description: Woody, fresh, balsamic; reminiscent of cedar closets and chests

Uses: Coughs, bronchitis, acne, dermatitis, cystitis, stress, dandruff, insect repellant

Yarrow Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Dark blue

Consistency: Medium

Aromatic Description: Herbaceous, woody, sharp

Uses: Hair care, fever, hypertension, migraine, hemorrhoids, indigestion, insomnia, scars, varicose veins, stretch marks, wounds

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Cananga odorata var genuina

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear with a tinge of yellow

Consistency: Medium

Aromatic Description: Sweet, fresh, a bit fruity, floral, fragrant, delicate

Uses: Stress, depression, anxiety, hypertension, frigidity, palpitations

Yuzu Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus junos

Common Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Greenish orange

Consistency: Thin

Aromatic Description: Citrusy, reminiscent of Grapefruit and Mandarin oils

Chapter 9: Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Most people think of aromatherapy as something that smells good such as potpourri, perfumes, and scented candles. The term “aromatherapy” is often associated with the application of therapeutic essential oils extracted from plants, which are diluted in an intricate type of solution.

Difference between Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Therapy

In essence, aromatherapy and essential oil therapy are the same. However, aromatherapy appears to be a misnomer because it implies that the fragrance of all essential oils is pleasant. In fact, some types of essential oils have an unpleasant odor.

In addition, the term “aromatherapy” implies that inhaling or smelling a type of essential oil is the only method of obtaining therapeutic healing. On the contrary, there are other ways people can use essential oils apart from inhalation.

Essential oil therapy may be the proper term when these oils are used for therapeutic purposes; however, aromatherapy is obviously the term better recognized by most people.

Health Benefits of Aromatherapy

Whether you notice it or not, it is easy to discern how your sense of smell can affect your feelings. It is enormously powerful, able to distinguish at least 10,000 different fragrances. However, aromatherapy does not mean only appealing fragrances; it also provides a number of health benefits through inhalation of essential oils. These include enhancing one’s mood, well-being, and balance, relaxation and relieving stress, boosting the respiratory, circulatory, and immune systems, and relieving minor discomforts.

Aromatherapy is a natural health treatment for different situations, although it cannot treat major illnesses and therefore does not replace conventional medical practices, nor prescription medications. However, aromatherapy is an effective method for relieving various common discomforts and symptoms associated with both minor and major illnesses.

In aromatherapy, different blends of essential oils are used in order to obtain a synergy. As the essential oils are blended, their respective compounds change to enhance their powers. Once a certain level of power is achieved, synergy results.

The recipes for blending essential oils should be followed precisely. Furthermore, the oils should be kept for at least a week prior to mixing them with carrier oils.

Diluting Essential Oils

The first step in diluting essential oils is to choose what oil you want to use for a specific purpose. Then, simply add your chosen oil to base products in order to enhance its power. You can dilute essential oils with base products such as bath oils, massage oils and lotions, shower gels, and hand and body lotions.

If you are using essential oils for massage, simply add 5 drops of your chosen oil to a teaspoon of base lotion or oil. For inhalation, place 1 to 2 drops of your essential oil on a tissue or in boiling water. For bathing, add 8 to 10 drops of essential oil to your bath water. If you are using essential oils for a sauna, simply add 2 drops of your chosen oil to 2.5 cups of water. For a foot bath, add 8 drops of essential oil to a bowl of water.

What You Need to Know About Carrier Oils

Essential oils are often combined with a carrier oil because their healing scents disappear quickly. Carrier oils come from a plant’s fatty portion. They help to make the scent of an essential oil stay for a longer period.

Some of the most common carrier oils include olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil.

Olive oil has an aroma that makes it less appealing than other oils used in aromatherapy and skin care applications. It also has an oily texture and heavy viscosity. It can be overpowering if not used in a small dilution with another carrier oil.

If you prefer to use Olive oil as a carrier for your essential oil blend, make sure to buy cold pressed virgin oil. You should also take note that Olive oil may cause allergic reactions or sensitivity in some people. It contains 10% saturated fat; less than 1% alpha linolenic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid; 11% linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 essential fatty acid; and 60% oleic acid, which is an omega-9 fatty acid. Olive oil's botanical name is Olea europaea. Its aroma is similar to that of virgin olive cooking oil, which smells like olives. Its color is light to medium green and its shelf life is up to 1 to 2 years.

Sweet Almond Oil is regarded as an all-purpose carrier oil, which you should keep on hand when using essential oils. It is one of the most affordable carrier oils available. It contains 65% oleic acid, 8% saturated fat, and 27% linoleic acid.

Its botanical name is Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus. Its aroma is sweet, light, and nutty. Its viscosity is medium and its texture leaves a hint of oil on the skin, although it absorbs quickly. Its color is clear with a yellow tint and it has a shelf life of up to 1 year.

Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin A and trace and essential minerals. It is said to be good for the skin and hair. Its texture and properties make it specifically suitable for hair care use. Its thick consistency and aroma make it useful in formulations and blends with a low ratio.

In order to retain its fragile constituents, Avocado oil must not be refrigerated. It contains 12% linoleic acid; 19% saturated fat; less than 5 % alpha linolenic acid; and 66% oleic acid.

Its botanical name is Persea americana. Its aroma is sweet, nutty, and fatty with a thick viscosity. Its texture leaves a waxy or fatty feel on the skin. Its color is deep olive green with a shelf life of up to 1 year.

Jojoba oil is a type of wax which is extremely stable. It acts a natural anti-inflammatory agent, making it a suitable choice for massage use and inflamed skin. The composition of Jojoba is comparable to the natural sebum or oil of the skin. It is the perfect choice, especially for people who are prone to acne or oily skin.

The botanical name of Jojoba is Simmondsia chinensis. Its aroma is not extremely strong; the fragrance is distinct but nice. Its viscosity is medium and it absorbs well. Its color is golden yellow and its shelf life is highly stable or indefinite.

Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) is a variant of coconut oil, distilled for filtering. It contains the coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides. Thus, FCO is not completely oil, since it does not contain all the components of coconut oil. In aromatherapy, the ingredients of FCO are usually altered chemically to standardize a particular component or remove natural compounds. Therefore, if you prefer to create a blend with an all-natural and unaltered carrier oil, it is best to choose Olive oil or Jojoba.

On the other hand, FCO is highly stable. It is also colorless and odorless, which makes it useful if you want an extremely penetrating oil. FCO does not turn sour or rancid. Apart from being affordable, FCO is non-greasy and can penetrate well.

The botanical name of FCO is Cocos nucifera. Its viscosity is light and its shelf life is highly stable.

Essential Oil Recipes for Therapeutic Aromatherapy – Emotional Wellness

As a safety precaution, make sure to follow the steps exactly as you select your essential oils. Moreover, keep in mind that aromatherapy is not a substitute for prescription medications, nor proper medical treatment.

Directions

Select the blend you prefer and pick a method you like to use[_:_]

Diffuser Blend: Multiply the measurement of your chosen blend by 4 to come up with a total of 20 drops. Add your blend to a dark-colored glass bottle. Mix it well by shaking the bottle or rolling it between your hands. From your blend, add the required number of drops to the diffuser. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Bath Oil: Multiply the measurement of your blend by 3 to come up with a total of 15 drops.

Bath Salts: Multiply the measurement of your blend by 4 to come up with a total of 20 drops.

Massage Oil: Multiply the measurement of your chosen blend by 2 to come up with a total of 10 drops.

Air Freshener: Multiply the measurement of your chosen blend by 6 to come up with a total of 30 drops.

Essential Oil Recipes for Building Confidence

The following recipes or blends are perfect if you want to build or enhance your confidence.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 2 drops of Bay Laurel essential oil with 3 drops of Bergamot.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 3 drops of Orange essential oil with 2 drops of Rosemary.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 4 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 1 drop of Jasmine.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil with 2 drops of Cypress.

Essential Oil Recipes to Boost Energy and Alertness

The following recipes are great if you want to boost your energy and alertness, especially if you are tired.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 2 drops of Basil essential oil with 1 drop of Cypress and 2 drops of Grapefruit.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil with 2 drops of Ginger.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 2 drops of Rosemary essential oil with 3 drops of Bergamot.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil with 2 drops of Lemon and 1 drop of Frankincense.

Follow the directions in the Recipes for Confidence when choosing the method to use for your blend.

Essential Oil Recipes to Promote Happiness

The following recipes are perfect if you want to promote or enhance happiness, peace, and joy in your life. Citrus essential oils are usually a great choice if you are seeking for a happy or pleasant environment. The best thing is that citrus essential oils are cheaper than other types of oils.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 3 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 1 drop of Ylang Ylang and 1 drop of Grapefruit.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 1 drop of Geranium essential oil with 2 drops of Orange and 2 drops of Frankincense.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 2 drops of Sandalwood essential oil with 2 drops of Bergamot and 1 drop of Rose.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 2 drops of Orange, Lemon, or Bergamot essential oil with 2 drops of Grapefruit and 1 drop of Rose, Neroli, or Ylang Ylang.

Follow the directions in the Recipes for Confidence when choosing the method to use for your blend.

Essential Oil Recipes to Improve Memory and Concentration

The following recipes are effective for enhancing memory retention and concentration. In aromatherapy, Rosemary essential oil is considered the oil to use for boosting memory and concentration while Cypress, Peppermint, and Lemon essential oils are used for staying alert and focused.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 3 drops of Rosemary essential oil with 2 drops of Lemon.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 4 drops of Cypress essential oil with 1 drop of Peppermint.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 1 drop of Basil essential oil with 2 drops of Cypress and 2 drops of Rosemary.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 3 drops of Lemon essential oil with 2 drops of Hyssop.

For blend 5, you will need to combine 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil with 3 drops of Lemon.

Follow the directions in the Recipes for Confidence when choosing the method to use for your blend.

Essential Oil Recipes to Manage Feelings of Anger

The following recipes are great for bringing calm when you are feeling angry.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 1 drop of Rose essential oil with 3 drops of Orange and 1 drop of Vetiver.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 3 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 1 drop of Jasmine and 1 drop of Ylang Ylang.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 1 drop of Roman Chamomile essential oil with 2 drops of Bergamot and 2 drops of Orange.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 3 drops of Orange essential oil with 2 drops of Patchouli.

Follow the directions in the Recipes for Confidence when choosing the method to use for your blend.

Essential Oil Recipes to Conquer Anxiety

The following recipes are helpful in overcoming the feeling of anxiety, especially during trying times.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 2 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 2 drops of Clary Sage and 1 drop of Frankincense.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 3 drops of Sandalwood essential oil with 2 drops of Bergamot.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 3 drops of Lavender essential oil with 2 drops of Clary Sage.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 1 drop of Rose essential oil with 2 drops of Mandarin, 1 drop of Lavender, and 1 drop of Vetiver.

Follow the directions in the Recipes for Confidence when choosing the method to use for your blend.

Essential Oil Recipes for Therapeutic Aromatherapy – Physical Wellness

As a safety precaution, make sure to follow the steps exactly as you select your essential oils. Moreover, keep in mind that aromatherapy is not a substitute for prescription medications, nor proper medical treatment.

Essential Oil Recipes for Arthritis

The following recipes are helpful in relieving the symptoms and discomforts of arthritis.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 2 fl. ounces of carrier oil with 20 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil and 1 drop of Black Pepper.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 2 fl. ounces of carrier oil with 10 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil and 10 drops of Helichrysum.

Directions

Mix all essential oils well and store in a dark-colored glass bottle or container. Massage a minimal amount of your chosen blend gently into the arthritic joints. It is advisable to consult your doctor for the proper massage technique for your specific type of arthritis. Depending on the form of arthritis, doctors may or may not allow their patients to massage their affected joints. If you feel any discomfort, stop using the blend and consult your doctor.

For carrier oils, it is recommended to choose those with anti-inflammatory properties such as Pomegranate Seed, Jojoba, and Hemp Seed oils. Emu oil may also be used as a carrier oil due to its intense anti-inflammatory compounds.

Essential Oil Balm Recipe for Minor Cuts and Scrapes

This recipe is a natural alternative to antibiotic ointments for minor cuts, abrasions, or scrapes. Antibiotic ointments available in the market often contain petroleum jelly, which can clog pores. Instead, you can use beeswax and natural vegetable oils to alleviate abrasions.

The ingredients of this essential oil balm include 1 net wt. ounce grated Beeswax, 40 drops Lavender essential oil, 40 drops Tea Tree oil, 3 fl. ounces vegetable carrier oil such as Sweet Almond oil, Jojoba, or infused oil, and a 4-ounce jar with a wide mouth.

Directions

In a double boiler, heat the beeswax at a low setting. If you prefer, you can also melt the beeswax in a bowl suited for a microwave with a reduced power setting. It is quite taxing to remove beeswax from pans, so melting it in a microwave is more convenient. In another pan, slowly heat your chosen carrier oil. While it is still warm, pour the carrier oil into a bowl and add the beeswax. Stir well and add the essential oils. Continue stirring well. Then pour the mixture into your jar and let it cool for a couple of minutes prior to replacing the lid. You can use the balm when it has totally cooled.

You can apply a small amount of the balm after cleaning your minor abrasions. Apply a bandage as needed.

Essential Oils Blend for Bruises

One of the most remarkable anti-inflammatory essential oils is the Helichrysum. It is great for easing the discomfort of bruising.

The ingredients for this blend include 8 drops of Helichrysum essential oil and 1 fl. ounce Sweet Almond or Jojoba carrier oil. You can also use other anti-inflammatory essential oils such as German Chamomile, Yarrow, or Roman Chamomile oils.

Directions

Combine the Helichrysum essential oil with your chosen carrier oil. Store in a dark-colored glass bottle. Apply the mixture to bruises twice a day.

Essential Oils Recipe for Menstrual Cramps

Women who experience menstrual cramping know how uncomfortable it is each time their period comes. This essential oil recipe can help relieve the discomforts of menstrual cramps.

The ingredients for this recipe include 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil, 3 drops of Lavender, 4 drops of Cypress, and 1 fl. ounce Jojoba carrier oil.

Directions

Combine all the essential oils with the carrier oil and store in a dark-colored glass bottle. When you experience menstrual cramps, massage a small amount of the blend into your abdominal area.

Aromatherapy Blend for Stuffy Nose and Nasal Congestion

This simple recipe helps to relieve congestion due to colds.

The ingredients include 26 drops of Ravensara essential oil, 30 drops of Eucalyptus, 4 drops of Peppermint, and an aromatherapy inhaler or a cotton ball.

Directions

Mix the essential oils in a dark-colored glass bottle. It is advisable to secure a glass bottle with a a built-in dropper or orifice reducer.

Apply 2 to 3 drops of the blend to a cotton ball, put it near your nose occasionally, and inhale the fragrance. Do the same if you are using an aromatherapy inhaler. Follow the instructions of the inhaler’s manufacturer.

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Essential Oil Recipes for Therapeutic Aromatherapy – Skin Care and Hygiene

As a safety precaution, make sure to follow the steps exactly as you select your essential oils. Moreover, keep in mind that aromatherapy is not a substitute for prescription medications, nor proper medical treatment.

Aromatherapy Recipe for Acne

This recipe includes essential oils that are equipped with antibacterial compounds, which help reduce acne development.

The ingredients of this recipe include 6 drops of Lavender essential oil, 1 drop of Geranium, 5 drops of Tea Tree or Manuka, and 1 fl. ounce Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba carrier oil.

Directions

Place your chosen carrier oil in a clean bottle, preferably amber glass. Add the essential oils and close the bottle tightly. Roll the bottle between your hands for a couple of minutes to mix the oils well. You can apply a small amount of the mixture to your neck, back, or face; however, make sure to avoid the areas near your eyes, ears, nostrils, and lips. Roll the bottle gently before each use so the oils are mixed properly.

Aromatherapy Recipe for Bath Bomb. Bath bombs are a type of bath fizzies that add scent and color to your bath water. This recipe is perfect for enhancing your bath and making it relaxing.

The ingredients for this recipe include 1/4 teaspoon powdered herbs, 15 drops of your preferred essential oil, 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup Citric Acid, water or hydrosol placed in a spray bottle, and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Jojoba carrier oil.

Directions

Add all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use a sifter to ensure that the dry ingredients are free of clumps. Add your chosen essential oil, drop by drop. Mix well and slowly add your carrier oil. Continue mixing the ingredients. Then slowly add water or hydrosol while blending the mixture using your hands. You can use a spray bottle to add the water or hydrosol, or use a dropper to add the liquid into the mixture.

The mixture should stick together when you try to press it firmly. It is advisable not to allow it to moisten too much. Then press the mixture into molds to form bath bombs. Set the molds into wax paper and allow to dry for at least a day.

Drop one or two bath bombs into your bath water for an aromatic and relaxing bath. Make sure to keep the bath bombs in an airtight bag or container. They can last up to 6 months or more as long as they are stored away from humidity and air.

Aromatherapy Recipe for Bath Oil

Just like any other type of oil, essential oils do not mix well with water. Moreover, concentrated oil may settle on the skin in just one area. As such, it is better to use a natural bath oil.

In this recipe, carrier oil is used to avoid the risk of sensitization. Moreover, carrier oils are helpful in nourishing and moisturizing the skin when bathing.

The ingredients in this bath oil recipe include 20 drops of Lavender essential oil or 15 drops of your preferred essential oils blend and 2 fl. ounces Jojoba carrier oil. If you are using your own essential oil blend, make sure it does not irritate the skin.

Simply mix the oils together and store in a clean glass bottle. You can adjust the amounts of the ingredients as you wish to double or triple the recipe.

Essential Oils Mouthwash Recipe

This recipe is a minty mouthwash without added flavorings like most available mouthwash products on the market.

The ingredients of this recipe include 8 drops of Spearmint or Peppermint essential oil, 5 drops of Myrrh, 1 to 2 fl. ounces of Vodka for emulsification of essential oils and killing of germs, and 6 fl. ounces of water.

Mix the vodka and water in a glass bottle. Add the essential oils and shake well. Make sure that your bottle is airtight.

Shake the mouthwash each time you use it, as the oils do not stay mixed with water.

Aromatherapy Recipe for Shoe Deodorizer

Rather than purchase commercially-produced shoe deodorizers that contain some harmful chemicals, it is best to make your own natural deodorizer.

This recipe includes 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil, 4 tablespoons cornstarch, and 4 tablespoons baking soda.

Directions

In a bowl, combine the baking soda and cornstarch. Add the essential oils gradually and mix well until the oils incorporate into the dry mixture. Store in an airtight bottle or other container. It is advisable to store the recipe in a powder sifter container.

To use the mixture, sprinkle it into your shoes lightly and let it sit for several hours, preferably during the night or when the shoes are not in use. Prior to wearing them, turn your shoes upside down and tap on their soles to discard the powder from the interior. Regular use of the powder will gradually eliminate or reduce the odor.

Aromatherapy Diffuser Recipes

The following are aromatherapy blends that you can use for your essential oil diffuser. You can create your preferred blends by adding the appropriate amount of essential oils to a glass bottle, preferably amber glass. Add the proper number of drops from your preferred blend to your diffuser according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

It is important to become familiar with the safety guidelines and contraindications of your diffuser from your chosen blend of essential oils. It is advisable to make a small amount of the blend first to ensure that you like its outcome before doubling the recipe.

Thicker essential oils such as Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Benzoin, and Patchouli should be used in nebulizing diffusers. Again, make sure to check the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your diffuser.

These aromatherapy diffuser recipes are helpful, particularly for the pleasure of the olfactory glands that interact immediately with the brain. Apart from the fragrance, these recipes are intended for various therapeutic purposes, depending on the essential oils used in each blend.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 1 drop of Jasmine essential oil with 5 drops of Lime, 3 drops of Sweet Orange, and 1 drop of Cinnamon.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 12 drops of Patchouli essential oil with 2 drops of Linden Blossom, 5 drops of Vanilla, and 1 drop of Neroli.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 4 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 1 drop of Jasmine, 3 drops of Sandalwood, and 2 drops of Grapefruit.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 10 drops of Lime essential oil with 3 drops of Ylang Ylang, 7 drops of Bergamot, and 1 drop of Rose.

For blend 5, you will need to combine 4 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 2 drops of Lemon, 2 drops of Grapefruit, and 2 drops of Ylang Ylang.

For blend 6, you will need to combine 3 drops of Cedar (Virginian) essential oil with 2 drops of Lavender, and 5 drops of Spruce.

For blend 7, you will need to combine 4 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 1 drop of Jasmine, 3 drops of Sandalwood, and 2 drops of Grapefruit.

For blend 8, you will need to combine 5 drops of Rosemary essential oil with 3 drops of Lavender, 1 drop of Peppermint, and 1 drop of Roman Chamomile.

For blend 9, you will need to combine 6 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 3 drops of Spearmint, and 11 drops of Lemon.

For blend 10, you will need to combine 5 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 4 drops of Lavender, and 1 drop of Cypress.

For blend 11, you will need to combine 9 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil with 5 drops of Lavender, and 5 drops of Spearmint.

For blend 12, you will need to combine 1 drop of Rose essential oil with 5 drops of Sandalwood, 2 drops of Scotch Pine, and 2 drops of Lemon.

For blend 13, you will need to combine 6 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil with 3 drops of Patchouli, and 1 drop of Jasmine.

For blend 14, you will need to combine 4 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil with 2 drops of Bergamot, and 4 drops of Clary Sage.

For blend 15, you will need to combine 7 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil with 2 drops of Vanilla, and 1 drop of Ylang Ylang.

For blend 16, you will need to combine 1 drop of Cinnamon essential oil with 6 drops of Juniper, and 3 drops of Sweet Orange.

For blend 17, you will need to combine 9 drops of Sandalwood essential oil with 1 drop of Neroli.

Directions

Multiply the measurement of your chosen blend by 4 to come up with a total of 20 drops. Add your blend to a dark-colored glass bottle. Mix it well by simply shaking the bottle or rolling it between your hands. From your blend, add the required number of drops to the diffuser. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Chapter 10: Essential Oils for Weight Loss

As most people know, the key to losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to have good nutrition and regular physical activities. However, apart from physical components, you can also lose weight by paying attention to psychological and physiological aspects.

People who have tried to lose weight know that it involves a struggle of mind and body, brain chemistry, emotions, hormones, genetic makeup, and environment. In addition, most people rely on the conventional knowledge that exercise and diet are the only ways to lose weight.

Apart from good nutrition and regular exercise, essential oils can also help with weight loss. Derived from the seeds, roots, fruits, flowers, and leaves of certain plants, essential oils are hydrophobic liquids containing highly-concentrated aromatic compounds. As previously mentioned, they have been used for various purposes for thousands of years due to their therapeutic properties.

While ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Indians, and Romans used essential oils for medicine, cosmetics, and spiritual enhancement, modern scientists have discovered promising outcomes from the benefits of essential oils, specifically in an individual’s mood alteration and physiological aspects.

For instance, aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils to balance and promote the wellness of the body, mind, and spiritual wellness. It stimulates parts of the brain through the nose to create a positive impact on an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional states.

The nose can distinguish thousands of different odors. Once molecules are inhaled, the olfactory glands communicate almost immediately with the brain’s hippocampus and amygdala: the areas of human memory and emotions. This creates an immediate interaction with the receptors of the brain which control heart rate, blood pressure, stress levels, learning, motivation, attention span, and pleasure.

As discussed in the previous chapter, aromatherapy is an effective treatment for hormone imbalance and anxiety using essential oils. Undeniably, there is no substitute for having good nutrition and regular exercise when it comes to weight loss. However, most of the challenges involved in losing weight are based on psycho-physiological aspects. These challenges include emotional eating, lack of motivation, cravings for unhealthy food, dieting fatigue, poor digestion, low energy, and depressed moods. Accordingly, essential oils could be one important piece that is missing in an individual’s fitness program to help promote and sustain his/her weight loss goals.

The Best Essential Oils For Weight Loss

In this section, you will learn some of the common essential oils that help shed unwanted pounds as well as what they do and how they work in the process of losing weight.

Lemon

This essential oil is cold pressed from the lemon peel. It has a refreshing and stimulating scent, blending with slightly sour fragrances. When it comes to weight loss, Lemon essential oil can increase energy, relieve pain, suppress weight gain, and enhance mood.

Lemon essential oil contains limonene, which is equipped with fat-dissolving properties. It is a powerful treatment for discarding negative feelings. It also elevates the levels of norepinephrine, which is a neurotransmitter and stress hormone that increases the oxygen in the brain for more effective cognitive function, better blood flow, and normal heart rate. Consequently, the muscles can perform better and faster.

In addition, lemon essential oil can relieve aches and strained muscles caused by workout routines.

Grapefruit

This essential oil is used primarily as an antiseptic and disinfectant. It has a sweet and uplifting aroma. Regarding weight loss, Grapefruit essential oil can boost metabolism, curb cravings, reduce abdominal fat accumulation, and increase endurance and energy.

Grapefruit essential oil contains a natural chemical compound known as Nootkatone. Nootkatone stimulates an enzyme known as AMPK, which controls the body’s metabolic rate and energy levels. Once the body receives Nootkatone, the chemical reactions of the enzyme AMPK accelerate in the brain tissues, skeletal muscle, and liver. According to research, the interaction between Nootkatone and AMPK results in reduced weight gain, decreased body fat, improved physical performance, and increased endurance.

Cinnamon

This essential oil is derived from the leaves or inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree. It has a sweet, warm scent. When it comes to weight loss, Cinnamon essential oil can regulate the levels of blood sugar, reduce inflammation, and improve insulin sensitivity.

Insulin is the hormone which metabolizes fat and carbohydrates through stimulating blood glucose absorption. This is done by storing blood glucose as fat or converting it to energy. When the body cells stop responding to insulin, the body starts to store fat rather than burn it. This condition is referred to as insulin resistance. When an individual has this condition, he/she has difficulty losing weight, and may gain pounds. Insulin resistance is also a precursor to having high levels of blood insulin and blood sugar, as well as Type 2 diabetes.

Nowadays, a great number of people are affected by metabolic syndrome, which involves various disorders including abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, impaired glucose tolerance, high blood sugar, and insulin resistance.

Cinnamon essential oil helps to increase the rate of blood glucose as well as insulin sensitivity. It is also said to inhibit molecule production, a significant factor in preventing weight gain.

Peppermint

This essential oil contains menthol that provides a cooling and calming effect. Its minty and intense scent can boost one’s mood. Regarding weight loss, Peppermint essential oil aids in better digestion, increases the levels of energy and mental alertness, boosts mood, and reduces appetite and cravings.

Peppermint essential oil contains up to 70% menthol. It has been used for thousands of years to alleviate indigestion. It is also efficient as a muscle relaxant. It is usually combined with a carrier oil and used to reduce bloating, relax muscles in the stomach, and improve bile flow; thus, it promotes better and faster food digestion.

In addition, Peppermint essential oil is regarded as a natural appetite suppressant. In one study, participants who inhaled Peppermint essential oil every two hours decreased their levels of hunger and consumed only a few calories.

Fennel

This essential oil has a sweet and earthy scent. When it comes to weight loss, Fennel essential oil can improve digestion, reduce weight gain, suppress appetite, and promote restful sleep.

Fennel is a good source of melatonin, a hormone responsible for regulating circadian rhythms. Melatonin signals the brain’s wake-sleep cycle. Moreover, it can reduce weight gain through creating “beige fat” instead of “white fat.” Beige fat is a type of fat that is converted to energy, while white fat is stored.

During the Middle Ages, fennel seeds were used to suppress the appetite, specifically on fasting days. This practice has intrigued the curiosity of modern scientists, who came up with Fennel essential oil. A study showed that inhalation of this essential oil for 10 minutes twice a day can result in faster food digestion and fewer calorie consumption.

Bergamot

This essential oil has a complex blend of sweet and spicy scent. Regarding weight loss, it increases energy and boosts the mood.

Depression and anxiety often result in emotional eating, which can provide a temporary sense of relief and comfort to an individual. However, this can lead to more negative emotions such as self-criticism and guilt.

Bergamot essential oil provides a break in the vicious cycle of emotional eating. Studies indicate that its benefits can take effect in just 15 minutes. One study showed that participants increased their levels of energy and established positive emotions upon inhaling bergamot essential oil every 2 hours. Saliva samples were also taken from the participants and tested for cortisol, a hormone released as a response to stress. Participants who inhaled Bergamot essential oil produced lower levels of cortisol than those who did not.

Other Essential Oils for Weight Loss

Apart from those discussed above, some other essential oils are worth trying if you want to lose weight. These are said to have efficient properties that can suppress appetite and prevent weight gain. The essential oils for weight loss include Cloves, Tangerine, Spearmint, Sandalwood, Ginger Root, Rosemary, Patchouli, Orange, Lemongrass, Cypress, Celery Seed, Laurel, Lavender, Rose Geranium, Juniper Berry, Mandarin, Eucalyptus, Hyssop, Oto Tea, and Jasmine.

How to Use Essential Oils for Weight Loss

Given that essential oils are extremely concentrated plant extracts, it is necessary to take a few precautions prior to using them, specifically for first-time users.

In general, inhaling essential oils through aromatherapy is a low-risk method for losing weight. However, you can also use essential oils topically by diluting them with a carrier oil prior to applying the mixture to your skin. It is strongly suggested to conduct a small skin test on a sensitive area to prevent any allergic or adverse reaction. If your skin does not reflect any strange reaction for at least 24 hours, you can use the mixture all over your body.

In addition, it is best to stay out of direct sunlight when using essential oil blends, because some essential oils are phototoxic, especially those derived from citrus plants.

If you decide to use aromatherapy, the first step is to hold the essential oil blend to your nose. Inhale deeply for 3 to 5 minutes. You can also use a diffuser to fill a room with the aroma. Some people prefer to use an aromatherapy necklace to use the blend for immediate effects anytime and anywhere. Others dilute an appropriate essential oil into a carrier oil and massage it all over their body or in areas where fat is accumulated.

You can also add 5 drops of your chosen essential oil to a warm bath. Soak in the water for at least 30 minutes.

Essential Oils Recipes for Weight Loss

Apart from being a fun way to try out various scents, creating essential oil blends is an efficient way to obtain the weight loss properties of each oil. There are a number of tried and tested essential oils recipes that promote weight loss, dissolve fat, and suppress appetite.

Anti-cellulite Rub

The ingredients for this recipe include 5 drops of Rosemary essential oil, 10 drops of Grapefruit, 2 drops of Peppermint, 2 drops of Ginger, and 2 drops of Cypress. Combine all the essential oils and blend with a carrier oil. Store in a glass bottle. Make sure to shake the blend well before applying to the body.

Fat-reducing Massage

The ingredients for this recipe include 5 drops of Grapefruit essential oil, 5 drops of Cypress, 5 drops of Lemon, and a quarter cup of Almond. Simply mix the oils together and store in a clean glass bottle. Massage the blend to the areas of your body where fat accumulates the most.

Appetite-suppressing Diffusion

The ingredients for this recipe include 20 drops of Lemon essential oil, 40 drops of Mandarin, 12 drops of Peppermint, and 12 drops of Ginger. Combine the oils and add a few drops of the mixture to a diffuser.

Rejuvenating Bath

The ingredients for this recipe include 5 drops of Ginger essential oil, 5 drops of Sandalwood, 5 drops of Orange, 5 drops of Lemon, and 5 drops of Grapefruit. Mix the oils together and add 5 drops of the blend to a warm bath.

Craving-curbing Salve

The ingredients for this recipe include 40 drops of Bergamot essential oil, 80 drops of Fennel, 24 drops of Patchouli, and 1/2 cup carrier oil such as Olive oil. Mix all ingredients and store in a glass bottle. Massage the blend on your abdomen.

Metabolism-boosting Soak

The ingredients for this recipe include 10 drops of Rosemary essential oil, 8 drops of Grapefruit, 10 drops of Cypress, and 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil such as Jojoba. Mix all oils with your preferred carrier oil. Add a few drops to your bath water and soak in it for at least 20 minutes.

Chapter 11: Essential Oils for Stress Relief

Essential oils have a number of healing applications ranging from pain relief to emotional therapy to antibacterial protection. According to scientific research, essential oils are efficient in various types of healing because there are over 50 million smell receptors that interact with the Limbic System of the brain. The Limbic System is responsible for arousing one’s memory, emotions, and sexual drive. From the perspective of ordinary individuals, essential oils simply make them feel better and energized; not to mention, these oils smell nice.

In order to improve your overall health, one of the most effective strategies is to reduce stress. There are five essential oils that provide stress relief and rejuvenation: Lavender, Rose, Vanilla, Frankincense, and Chamomile.

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils, due to its calming and fresh floral fragrance. It is regarded as the “universal” oil. When it comes to stress relief, Lavender essential oil is helpful for balancing and relaxing both the emotional and physical states of an individual. Its earthly and lightly sweet scent provides a soothing effect to anyone who inhales it.

Rose is another essential oil that is extremely versatile. Although it is more expensive than other oils due to its exquisite process of extraction, it helps provide relief from depression and stress merely through its aroma.

Vanilla has a pure, warm scent that provides relaxation to anyone who smells it. Most aromatherapists compare its scent to the fragrance of mothers’ milk. Vanilla essential oil has the ability to provide long-lasting relaxation as well as enhance mental clarity.

Frankincense is the most common essential oil used for stress relief, due to its exotic and comforting scent. When applied topically, this oil can rejuvenate one’s cells and calm the muscles. It also helps to alleviate symptoms of bronchitis, asthma, and cough.

Chamomile essential oil, whether a Roman or German type, helps in soothing and calming the nerves. It is also efficient in supporting digestive health. The Roman variety of Chamomile aids in alleviating paranoia, mental anxiety, and hostility. The German variety, on the other hand, is commonly used for treating irritated skin.

The Best Essential Oils for Specific Stress-Related Problems

For anxiety and stress, the best essential oils are Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon, and Grapefruit. You can also use Frankincense, Melissa, Geranium, Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile, and Orange essential oils.

For emotional stress, the best essential oils are Clary Sage and Bergamot. You can also use Sandalwood, Geranium, and Roman Chamomile.

For chemical stress, the best essential oils are Rosemary and Lavender. You can also use Geranium and Grapefruit oils.

For mental stress, the best essential oils are Bergamot, Lavender, and Grapefruit. You can also use Sandalwood and Geranium oils.

For environmental stress, the best essential oils are Geranium, Cypress, and Bergamot.

For physical stress, the best essential oils are Marjoram, Bergamot, Lavender, and Geranium.

For performance stress, the best essential oils are Grapefruit and Bergamot. You can also use Rosemary and Ginger oils.

All the aforementioned essential oils can be used in aromatherapy or applied topically by diluting in carrier oils.

Essential Oils Recipes for Stress Relief – Physical Stress

Muscle Toner

This recipe is perfect as a sports massage for energizing and strengthening the muscles.

The ingredients for this blend include 2 drops of Lemongrass essential oil, 4 drops of Rosemary, and 4 drops of Ginger.

Massage Blend for Tired and Aching Feet

This barefoot treat helps soothe and relax the feet after a long day of work.

The ingredients for this blend include 4 drops of Lavender essential oil, 3 drops Peppermint, and 3 drops black pepper.

Chest Relief Aromatherapy Blend

This recipe is perfect for alleviating respiratory problems.

The ingredients for this blend include 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil, 3 drops of Cedarwood, and 4 drops of Lemon.

Aromatherapy Blend for Neck and Shoulder Relief

This recipe helps in relaxing the neck and shoulders. You may need to ask someone to massage the blend into your affected muscles.

The ingredients for this blend include 3 drops of Ginger essential oil, 2 drops of Vetiver, and 5 drops of Lavender.

Directions for the recipes above: Simply combine the oils together and store in a clean glass bottle, preferably amber glass. Apply to the muscles as needed.

Essential Oils Recipes for Stress Relief – Psychological and Emotional Stress

Essential Oils Recipe for Insomnia

This recipe helps in having a good sleep at the right time, thus fighting insomnia.

The ingredients for this blend include 10 drops of Lemon essential oil, 15 drops of Clary Sage, 5 drops of Lavender, and 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Simply mix all the oils together and store in a glass bottle. Massage the blend on the skin. You can also use it in your bath water, adding 4 drops of Sandalwood and 2 drops of Vetiver.

Essential Oils Blend for Work-related Stress

This recipe helps in calming the mind as well as the body, especially after work.

The ingredients for this blend include 2 drops of Valerian essential oil and 4 drops of May Chang. Combine the oils and place in a diffuser beside your bed.

Essential Oils Vaporizer for Mental Stress

This recipe aids in promoting mental relaxation and alertness.

The ingredients for this blend include 4 drops of Peppermint and 2 drops of Spike Lavender. You can vaporize these oils and inhale the blend’s aroma for about 15 minutes. You can also add 2 drops of Neroli essential oil to your bath water. Other essential oils that you can vaporize for mental stress include Sweet Orange (2 drops) and Roman Chamomile (3 drops).

Therapeutic Bath Oil for Emotional Stress

This recipe helps in discarding feelings of depression, stress, and anxiety.

The ingredients for this blend include 4 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of German Chamomile. Simply add the essential oils to your bath water and soak for 20 minutes.

Note: These blends can help relieve physical, psychological, and emotional stress through aromatic or topical application. When using essential oils topically, note that they work best with a carrier oil such as Jojoba or Sweet Almond oil prior to massaging on the skin's surface. When adding essential oils to bath water, it is advisable to use a 1% solution for frequent use. This is equivalent to adding 1 drop of essential oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil, while a 2% solution calls for 2 drops of essential oil to one teaspoon of essential oil, and so forth. For occasional use, you can use a 3% to 5% solution. A 1-ounce bottle requires 5 to 6 drops of 1% solution; 10 to 12 drops for 2% solution; 15 to 18 drops for 3%; and so on.

Chapter 12: Recipes for Other Uses of Essential Oils

Essential Oil Recipes for Eliminating Depression

The following recipes or blends are perfect for combating the feelings of depression.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 3 drops of Sandalwood essential oil with 1 drop of Rose and 1 drop of Orange.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 3 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 2 drops of Clary Sage.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil with 1 drop of Ylang Ylang and 1 drop of Lavender.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 2 drops of Jasmine or Neroli essential oil with 1 drop of Lemon and 2 drops of Frankincense.

Refer to Chapter 4 and follow the directions discussed in the Recipes for Confidence when choosing the method to use for your blend.

Aromatherapy Blends for Overcoming Fear

The following blends help in eliminating fear and promoting calmness.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil with 2 drops of Bergamot.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 2 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil with 2 drops of Clary Sage and 1 drop of Vetiver.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 3 drops of Sandalwood essential oil with 2 drops of Orange.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 2 drops of Jasmine or Neroli essential oil with 2 drops of Frankincense and 1 drop of Clary Sage.

Refer to Chapter 4 and follow the directions discussed in the Recipes for Confidence when choosing the method to use for your blend.

Aromatherapy Blend for Coping with Grief

The following blends include essential oils that promote emotional and mental strength in times of grief. Rose essential oil is regarded as ideal in this situation.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 2 drops of Rose essential oil and 3 drops of Sandalwood.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 3 drops of Cypress essential oil with 2 drops of Rose.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 3 drops of Sandalwood essential oil with 1 drop of Rose and 1 drop of Neroli.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 1 drop of Rose essential oil with 1 drop of Cypress, 1 drop of Helichrysum, and 2 drops of Frankincense.

Refer to Chapter 4 and follow the directions discussed in the Recipes for Confidence when choosing the method to use for your blend.

Aromatherapy Blend for Insomnia and Other Sleeping Disorders

Although aromatherapy does not guarantee a cure from insomnia or its main cause, the relaxing and calming effects of essential oils can help you fall asleep quickly and deeply until your wake-up time. On the other hand, if you have a more serious sleep disorder than insomnia, it is best to consult a health care expert to find out its root cause.

These blends can help alleviate minor sleep disturbances or occasional insomnia.

Insomnia Aromatherapy Blend

The ingredients for this recipe include 5 drops of Clary Sage, 10 drops of Roman Chamomile, and 5 drops of Bergamot.

Directions

Combine all oils and store in a glass bottle, preferably dark-colored. Add 1 to 2 drops of the blend to a tissue and secure inside your pillow. This will help you fall asleep faster and sleep longer than usual.

You can also use this blend in a diffuser. The ratio should be 2 drops of Roman Chamomile to a drop of Bergamot to a drop of Clary Sage. Add the blend to your diffuser an hour prior to going to bed.

Some people use 1 to 2 drops Lavender essential oil to help them relax before their bedtime.

Aromatherapy Recipe for Reducing Irritability

Most people feel irritable, especially during a hard day’s work. These blends help reduce or discard such feelings.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 2 drops of Lavender essential oil and 3 drops of Mandarin.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 2 drops of Lavender essential oil with 2 drops of Roman Chamomile and 1 drop of Neroli.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 4 drops of Sandalwood essential oil with 1 drop of Neroli.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 2 drops of Sandalwood essential oil with 3 drops of Mandarin.

Refer to Chapter 4 and follow the directions in the Recipes for Confidence when choosing the method to use for your blend.

Aromatherapy Blends for Alleviating Panic Attacks

The following blends are helpful in reducing the occurrence of panic or panic attacks.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 2 drops of Helichrysum essential oil and 3 drops of Frankincense.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 4 drops of Lavender essential oil with 1 drop of Rose.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 4 drops of Lavender essential oil with 1 drop of Neroli.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 4 drops of Frankincense essential oil with 1 drop of Rose.

Refer to Chapter 4 and follow the directions in the Recipes for Confidence when choosing the method to use for your blend.

Aromatherapy Blends for Easing Loneliness

The following blends are helpful during periods of sadness, anxiety, and loneliness.

For blend 1, you will need to combine 2 drops of Frankincense essential oil with 2 drops of Bergamot, and 1 drop of Rose.

For blend 2, you will need to combine 2 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 3 drops of Clary Sage.

For blend 3, you will need to combine 3 drops of Bergamot essential oil with 2 drops of Roman Chamomile.

For blend 4, you will need to combine 2 drops of Frankincense essential oil with 3 drops of Clary Sage.

Refer to Chapter 4 and follow the directions in the Recipes for Confidence when choosing the method to use for your blend.

Aromatherapy Recipe for Bath Salts

This recipe for bath salts is helpful for boosting or improving your mood.

The ingredients for this recipe include 3 cups of salt such as Dead Sea salt, Epsom salt, sea salt, pink salt, or a combination of these salts; 15 to 24 drops of your preferred essential oil or a blend of essential oils; and 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut oil or Jojoba oil.

Note: Salts come in various grain sizes and the more grain sizes you use, the more visually attractive your bath salts may be. Chunkier salts may look more appealing, while larger salts take longer to dissolve in bath water.

Directions

In a bowl, combine all ingredients well, using a spoon or fork. Store the blend in a salt tube, jar, or airtight container. Salts that are stored in a container with a loose lid will lose their fragrance quickly. Let the blend sit for 24 hours. Prior to using the bath salts, mix them again to make sure that the oils are incorporated well.

It is stronglyly recommended to leave the bath salts uncolored to retain their natural components. However, if you are using Black Sea Pink Salt or Hawaiian Red Sea Salt, expect your bath salts to be naturally colorful. You can also mix these salts with plain sea salt or Dead Sea salt for a speckled effect.

Aromatherapy Hair Conditioner Recipe

This blend is a natural hair conditioner that promotes hair growth and strength. Rosemary essential oil and Jojoba helps improve the hair, specifically if it is dry. Rosemary oil is also helpful in preventing or eliminating dandruff.

The ingredients for this recipe include 1 to 3 drops of Rosemary essential oil and 1 tablespoon of Jojoba carrier oil. This makes a single application.

Directions

In a bowl, mix the Rosemary essential oil and the Jojoba carrier oil. You may increase the amounts of the oils depending on your need and store the mixture in a glass bottle, preferably one with a built-in dropper, since the blend is diluted.

To use it, wet your hair with warm water. Apply the blend and let it stay on your hair for about 15 to 30 minutes. Wash your hair as always.

Recipe for Natural Carpet Deodorizer

This recipe is great if you are fond of carpets; it can help eliminate unwanted odors.

The ingredients for this recipe include 20 drops of Lavender essential oil, 10 drops of Lemon, and a 16-ounce box of baking soda.

Directions

In a large bowl, put the baking soda, followed by the essential oils. Since Lemon essential oil has a yellow color, it is important to mix it well into the baking soda to avoid causing oil stains in your carpet. You can also use other essential oils that you prefer instead of Lemon oil. Once the oils are well-blended into the baking soda, store the deodorizer in an airtight container or glass jar.

To use the deodorizer, simply sprinkle it onto your carpet. You can also make use of containers with built-in powder sifters. Some people use spice containers, which normally have holes and allow you to shake the deodorizer prior to using it. When you are done sprinkling the deodorizer, leave it for 10 to 20 minutes, then vacuum your carpet normally.

Natural Dryer Sheet Aromatherapy Recipe

If you want a natural way to make your laundry smell good, this recipe is perfect for you. It requires only cotton fabric remnants and selected essential oils. This recipe allows you to save money instead of buying the expensive dryer sheets on the market. In addition, you can also avoid the chemicals and synthetics that commercial dryer sheets contain.

The ingredients for this recipe include 5 drops of your preferred essential oil and scraps of white or natural cotton fabric. You can cut up your old T-shirt that you no longer wear. Ideally, the size should be about 5” x 5”.

Directions

Put 1 to 4 drops of your chosen essential oil into your cotton fabric and place it into the dryer. Toss in your laundry and dry your clothes normally. Once the drying cycle is finished, expect your clothes to have a faint aroma of your essential oil.

Note: Make sure not to use more than 4 drops of your essential oil, since oils are flammable. It is also advisable to use clear or pale-colored essential oils that are not sticky or thick. In addition, it is best to use a white cotton fabric, specifically if you are drying light-colored clothes.

Vanilla Extract Aromatherapy Recipe

As previously mentioned, Vanilla essential oil has an extremely pleasing aroma. It is usually the top choice for blending with other natural botanical oils such as mint, citrus, and spice. It also helps in balancing the aroma of blends.

Vanilla beans cannot produce oil even if they undergo steam distillation. Solvent and carbon dioxide extraction is essential for obtaining the flavorful and aromatic components from vanilla beans. However, vanilla bean absolutes are quite expensive. As such, it is best to create an alcohol-based extract, which is applicable for water-based formulations such as body sprays and room mists.

Another alternative to vanilla bean absolutes is infusing vanilla into a vegetable or carrier oil. The shelf life of vanilla extract is usually indefinite; however, when infused with a carrier oil, its shelf life is shortened to just a few weeks or months.

This recipe is an easy way to create an aromatherapy vanilla extract for skin care. You can save money by creating your own vanilla extract. In addition, it is not time-consuming to make this recipe and it allows you to control the quality of vanilla beans as well as the alcohol you would use. More often than not, commercial vanilla extracts are concentrated. It is advisable to use high-quality beans so that the flavor and aroma of the extract is better than those available on the market.

The ingredients for this recipe include 3 to 4 fresh, high-quality vanilla beans, approximately 6”; 7 to 8 fl. ounces of your preferred vodka; 8-ounce glass bottle with cap; and muslin fabric for straining. Take note to use vanilla beans that are dark, with consistent coloring from tip to tip. You can also add 1 or 2 more beans if you want your extract to be more concentrated.

Directions

Prepare your vanilla beans and cut them lengthwise. Then cut them again into tiny pieces, approximately 2 centimeters or 1/4” to 1/2” in length. Place the small pieces of vanilla beans into your bottle. Add in the vodka. Make sure you leave room for shaking the bottle well, and replace the cap tightly.

The extract should be placed in a dark area for a month; however, make sure to shake it daily. After a month, strain the extract using the muslin fabric to get rid of all the particles and pieces of the vanilla beans. Straining may take a few tries until all particles are completely removed. Then transfer the extract to another clean glass bottle.

Note: You can multiply this recipe according to your needs. For instance, you can use a 16-ounce glass bottle or make the recipe in a 750-ml bottle of vodka. Once you open a new bottle of vodka, remove a few ounces to leave enough room for the vanilla beans as well as for shaking the bottle daily. After a month, you can strain as directed above and transfer the extract into 4- or 8-ounce glass bottles.

Facial Toner Essential Oils Recipe

This recipe is a natural facial toner that allows you to avoid harmful chemicals which are usually found in commercial facial toners.

The ingredients for this recipe include 8 drops of Grapefruit essential oil, 4 drops of Cypress, 4 drops Tea Tree, 2.5 fl. ounces Witch Hazel hydrosol, and 1 fl. ounce high-proof vodka.

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a 4-ounce bottle. Mix them all by shaking the bottle well.You can also omit the vodka and increase the amount of Witch Hazel hydrosol. A type of Witch Hazel is available in drugstores; however, it is not the same as Witch Hazel Hydrosol. The drugstore varities contain about 14% alcohol. This is why it is advisable to use Witch Hazel hydrosol.

Shake the toner prior to each use to incorporate the essential oils well with the vodka and hydrosol. Apply the toner to your face with a cotton ball.

Essential Oils Recipe for Men’s Cologne

This recipe is suited for men who want to have a refreshing and masculine scent.

The ingredients for this recipe include 15 drops of Patchouli essential oil, 15 drops of Bergamot or Mandarin, 5 drops of Bay Laurel, 5 drops of Oakmoss Absolute or 2 to 3 drops of Vetiver, 3 drops of Ginger or Black Pepper, 1 to 2 drops of Neroli, 1 fl. ounce distilled water, and 2.5 fl. ounces of high-proof vodka or Perfumer’s Alcohol.

Directions

Pour the water and alcohol into a sterile 4-ounce glass bottle, preferably one with a built-in sprayer cap. Add the oils to the water and alcohol mixture and let sit for 5 to 7 days. Make sure to shake the bottle once or twice a day to incorporate the oils well.

Note: As an alternative, you can substitute some amounts of water for alcohol, especially if you are sensitive to alcohol. You can also switch the essential oils with your preferred blend; however, make sure you check the safety guidelines and contraindications for each of your chosen essential oils.

Prior to using the cologne, it is important to shake the bottle well, because essential oils cannot be dissolved completely in water or alcohol. If you forget to shake the bottle, the oils will not be distributed evenly each time you use the cologne. Apply it as you normally would with any cologne. It is advisable to conduct a skin patch test to ensure your skin does not get irritated by the oils. Try applying the cologne to a small area on your forearm. Discontinue using the cologne if you see any irregularities in your skin after application.

Aromatherapy Recipe for Scented Hair

This is a simple recipe for providing your hair with a pleasing aroma.

The ingredients for this recipe include 1 drop of Lavender essential oil, Sandalwood, or Rosemary.

Directions

Simply apply your preferred essential oil to the bristles of your comb or hairbrush and apply to your hair. The oil will give it a refreshing or unique fragrance.

Aromatherapy Recipe for Insect Repellant

This recipe is a gentle repellant to drive away insects. It is an affordable alternative to costly commercial products. Moreover, these essential oils provide a pleasing aroma.

The ingredients for this recipe include 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, 15 drops of Citronella, 5 drops of Lemongrass, 10 drops of Eucalyptus, 1.5 fl. ounces of distilled water, 1.5 fl. ounces of high-proof vodka or alcohol (except rubbing and isopropyl alcohol), and a 4-ounce spray bottle.

Directions

Choose between 1.5 fl. ounces of vodka/alcohol and 1.5 fl. ounces of distilled water. You can also use 3 fl. ounces of distilled water to replace the amount of alcohol or vodka. Fill the 4-ounce bottle with your choice, but make sure to leave room for shaking it well before every use. Add the essential oils.

In order to incorporate the oils with the water or alcohol, shake the bottle well prior to using the blend. If you neglect to shake the bottle, the essential oils will be concentrated and may irritate the skin.

You can use this blend on your clothing and skin. The frequency of use depends on your needs. On the other hand, if you see any irregularities in your skin, discontinue using the repellant. It is also important not to try the blend on delicate clothing or furniture, as the ingredients might be harmful.

Note: While this recipe may work for some people, there is no assurance that it will work for you or other members of your family, specifically for stings or bug/insect bites. Remember that every situation and every person is different.

Cocoa Butter Aromatherapy Recipe for Stretch Marks

The most effective way to prevent stretch marks is to keep your skin nourished and moisturized, especially during pregnancy. It is also important to moisturize the skin when you are losing a substantial amount of weight, because the skin tends to sag as it loses its elasticity due to weight loss.

Numerous women have attested to the efficiency of Cocoa Butter in preventing the appearance of stretch marks. Pure Cocoa Butter has a delicate fragrance of cocoa as long as it has not been deodorized. However, if you are adding essential oils, it is advisable to use deodorized cocoa butter to retain the scent of the essential oils so it will not clash with the cocoa butter’s aroma.

The ingredients for this recipe include 4 drops of Neroli essential oil, 1 fl. ounce Avocado oil or your preferred carrier oil, and 3 net wt. ounces of Cocoa Butter; you will also need a 4-ounce jar with an airtight lid.

Directions

Melt the Cocoa Butter in a double boiler and add in the Avocado oil. Into a small bowl, pour the mixture carefully and let cool for a couple of minutes. Once the mixture is cool, add in the Neroli essential oil. It is important for the mixture to cool first, as essential oils evaporate quickly when exposed to hot temperatures.

Then, gently pour the mixture into the 4-ounce jar and let cool. Your butter may be softer or firmer, depending on the room temperature. If you prefer softer butter, add a little more oil; for firmer butter, use less oil.

Apply the blend to your abdomen, upper thighs, or in areas where stretch marks are likely to develop. Do this at least 1 to 2 times a day. Make sure to avoid contact with the genitals. Discontinue using the blend if you notice certain irregularities on your skin.

Note: You can use other essential oils that are efficient in preventing or reducing the visibility of stretch marks. However, make sure you know the safety guidelines and contraindications of your chosen essential oils.

Chapter 13: Essential Oils and the Chakras

In Sanskrit, the word Chakra literally means “wheel.” It is a holy and sacred Hindu and Buddhist word pronounced chak-ru.

The origins of the Chakras are founded mostly within Hinduism as derived from the first writings about them around 1000 BC. On the other hand, the concepts of energy centers and the chakras came from the Ayurvedic tradition of prana and the Chinese tradition of qi.

According to the chakra concepts, each individual has 7 primary chakras and 21 less significant chakras. These chakras are also called vortices or energy centers. Each one is believed to appear like a colored wheel which spins clockwise at various frequencies or rates.

While chakras resemble colored wheels, the naked eye can not see them. They only interconnect an individual’s spiritual and physical selves. Each of the primary chakras is linked directly to a particular area, as well as nerve centers in the body.

Each of the chakras is said to absorb and filter the energy emitted through an individual’s thoughts and actions, simultaneously absorbing and filtering the emitted energy of those people around the individual. If one of the chakras becomes imbalanced, negative energy will flow through it; then it starts to spin either too fast or too slowly. In addition, when a chakra is unbalanced, the body’s physical region and other particular aspects of an individual’s emotional and spiritual selves are affected.

It is believed that chakras are significant during meditation and prayer as well as in the attempt to ameliorate one’s physical, emotional, and/or spiritual outlook. Many people have acknowledged the extraordinary benefits of integrating their personal spiritual belief and practice with the principles of chakras. For instance, the chakras can help in discerning if your body, emotions, and even your spirit are out of balance.

To enhance the benefits of chakras, most people use essential oils, specifically if they want to improve part of themselves. The combination of the chakras and essential oils allows people to focus on their intent to balance the different areas of their lives.

Balancing the Chakras

Several methods of balancing the chakras exist, including the use of essential oils, prayer or meditation with crystals, and working on a “singing” bowl.

Using essential oils is probably the easiest and most common method of balancing the chakras. Most people meditate, reflect, pray, and work on their energy using essential oils to aid in restoring balance to their chakras.

You can use essential oils to balance your chakras by rubbing a drop or two of appropriate essential oils onto the area above the chakra that you intend to put into balance. If you prefer not to put oil directly onto your sin, you can rub essential oils into your palms and raise your hands as if you are touching your aura. It is believed that raising your hands will eliminate the negative energy your aura has.

To be more specific, try swirling your hands counterclockwise in order to chase away negative energies. Then, swirl your hands clockwise in order to restore balance in your aura.

You will learn more about balancing the chakras with essential oils in the next sections of this chapter.

Meanwhile, you can also balance your chakras through praying or meditating with crystals. Each crystal represents the color of a particular chakra. They are used to restore balance as well as strengthen the chakras. For example, blue crystals are associated with the throat chakra. They are said to aid in establishing a balanced communication and harmony with the throat chakra.

The Primary Chakras

As mentioned earlier, each person is believed to have seven primary chakras. These include the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown chakras. In this section, you will learn about the location of each chakra; the color, element, sound, and crystals associated with each chakra; the signs and symptoms of balance and imbalance for the chakras; and the essential oils that can help restore the balance of each one.

Root Chakra

The first chakra is known as the Root Chakra, derived from the earth element. It is at the chakra system’s base. It is often associated with the sense of grounding and security. In addition, the Root Chakra is said to set the foundation for expanding various aspects in one’s life.

Location

The location of the Root Chakra is at the spine’s base. The other parts of the body that are related to this chakra include the perineum, which is at the pelvic plexus, along one’s first three vertebrae. The Root Chakra is regarded as an energy cone that starts at the spine’s base, moving lower, then a little bent up.

Functions/Behavioral Characteristics

The Root Chakra has the following functions: survival; safety/security; physical identity, physicality, and aspects of self; basic needs (self-preservation, food, shelter, sleep, etc.); foundation and support for living one’s life; and grounding.

The Root Chakra is said to set the foundation on which an individual builds his/her life. It aids one in feeling safe as he/she explores life. In addition, the Root Chakra is associated with the sense of security and safety, regardless if it’s physical or metamorphical.

Color/Sound/Crystals

The color associated with the Root Chakra is red and its sound is C/Oohm. The crystals associated with the first chakra are Garnet, Red Aventurine, Red Tiger’s Eye, Red Agate, Red Jasper, Bloodstone, and Ruby.

Signs of Balance

You will know that there is balance in the Root Chakra if you feel that you are grounded, content, secure, and safe.

Symptoms of Imbalance

You will know that the Root Chakra is imbalanced if you feel you are ungrounded, fearful, confused, unclear of purpose, and insecure.

Essential Oils

The essential oils used for balancing the Root Chakra include the Benzoin, Frankincense, Oakmoss, Spikenard, Angelica Root, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Patchouli, and Vetiver. You can blend these essential oils and rub a drop or two on the area just above the location of the Root Chakra.

Root Chakra Essential Oil Recipe

This recipe is a grounding foot massage recipe that is efficient for your feet’s reflex points. It is also great for general foot relaxation or soothing. It is formulated to keep the Root Chakra balanced and grounded.

The ingredients for this recipe include 3 drops of Patchouli essential oil; 1 drop of Vetiver oil; 1 ounce Baobab oil; and 2 drops Sweet Marjoram oil. Simply blend all the essential oils into the carrier oil and massage into your feet.

The Sacral Chakra

The second chakra is the Sacral Chakra, derived from the water element. It is often associated with the sense of creativity, bodily emotions, and sensuality. The energy of the Sacral Chakra is distinguished by flexibility and flow. The primary function of the Sacral Chakra is founded on the principle of pleasure.

Location

In front, the Sacral Chakra is found at the center of the lower belly, about three inches below the navel. At the back, the second chakra is found at the lumbar vertebrae level. Some other locations of this chakra include the genital areas. In women, it is found at the level of their ovaries while in men, it is in their testicles. The Sacral Chakra is often linked with the lymphatic system.

Functions/Behavioral Characteristics

The Sacral Chakra has the following functions: relationships; feelings or emotions; creativity; sense of the inner and outer worlds; and fantasies.

The Sacral Chakra is said to be the center of an individual’s sensations and feelings. It is regarded as the center of the emotional realm. The second chakra is specifically active in one’s expression of his/her sexual and sensual desires.

Given that pleasure motivates this chakra, it becomes the driving force for enjoying life through one’s senses, whether sight, hearing, touch, or taste. The Sacral Chakra gives an individual the feeling of the world in himself/herself and around him/her. Consequently, this chakra is significant in establishing one’s sense of well-being.

Furthermore, the Sacral Chakra is substantial in the development of one’s flexibility in life. Since it is derived from the water element, this chakra is characterized by the flow and movement of an individual’s thoughts and emotions. It aids in the expansion of one’s self as well as the foundation of identity through connecting or relating with others and the world.

Color/Sound/Crystals

The color associated with the Sacral Chakra is orange and its sound is D/Ohm. The crystals associated with the second chakra are Citrine, Carnelian, Milky Quartz, Selenite, and Moonstone.

Signs of Balance

You will know that there is balance in the Sacral Chakra if you feel that you have a healthy sexual drive, a smooth creative flow, and a positive outlook.

Symptoms of Imbalance

You will know that the Sacral Chakra is imbalanced if you feel you are having fear of emotional or sexual intimacy, sexual dysfunction or problems, infidelity problems, and a feeling of being withdrawn or needy.

Essential Oils

The essential oils used for balancing the Sacral Chakra include the Cardamom, Neroli, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Orange, Rose, and Ylang Ylang. You can blend these essential oils and rub a drop or two on the area just above the location of the Sacral Chakra.

Sacral Chakra Essential Oil Recipes

This recipe is formulated to awaken your sensual self through the rich, exotic, and floral fragrances of the essential oils.

The ingredients for this recipe include 12 drops of Texas Cedarwood or Sandalwood essential oil; 12 drops of Ylang Ylang oil; 12 drops of Mandarin Orange oil, and a cup of Dead Sea salt. Blend all the essential oils and combine with the Dead Sea salt. Add to your bath water and soak in it for at least 20 minutes for optimum results.

The second Sacral Chakra essential oil recipe is a diffusion blend. It is formulated to create an exotic and warm atmosphere in a room, thus opening the Sacral Chakra and providing leverage to the sensual power source. Consequently, this will establish balance and strength.

The ingredients for this recipe include 3 drops of Mandarin Orange essential oil, 6 drops of Neroli oil, and 1 drop of Cinnamon Leaf oil. Combine all the oils, adding them to 1/4 cup of water in a candle lamp. You can also add the oils to a room diffuser, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure to breathe in the spicy yet sweet aroma of this blend in order to stimulate sensuality.

Solar Plexus Chakra

The third chakra is the Solar Plexus chakra, derived from the fire element. It is founded on the principles of power and the intellect. The third chakra is associated with manifestation of power, personal responsibility, will, and mental abilities. Given that it is founded on the fire element, its energy is represented by heat and transmutation.

Location

The Solar Plexus Chakra is located at the level of the solar plexus, which is between the navel and the lower chest. Some experts claim that this chakra is simply located in the area of the navel.

Functions/Behavioral Characteristics

The Solar Plexus Chakra has the following functions: personal power; manifestation of the will; establishment of ideas and plans towards reality; and taking into account everything through counting and categorization.

The main function of the Solar Plexus Chakra is to render energy for an individual to move forward as well as actualize his/her intentions and desires. This chakra is at the foundation of personal power. It is also associated with an individual’s actions and direction in life towards reaching his/her goals. Moreover, the Solar Plexus Chakra is significant in the states of social status as well as an individual’s manner of showing himself/herself to other people.

Color/Sound/Crystals

The color associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra is yellow and its sound is E/Ahm. The crystals associated with the third chakra are Amber, Golden Topaz, Yellow Calcite, Citrine, and Sunstone.

Signs of Balance

You will know that there is balance in the Solar Plexus Chakra if you have inner peace; calm demeanor; flexibility; confidence without arrogance; and are comfortable in your skin.

Symptoms of Imbalance

You will know that the Solar Plexus Chakra is imbalanced if you have the feeling of being rejected or abandoned; low self-esteem or egotistical behavior; the feeling that the world is all against you; extereme eagerness to please, or rebellion; nervousness; addictive behaviors; and stressed out or nervous feelings.

Essential Oils

The essential oils used for balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra include the Cedarwood, Clove, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Coriander, Ginger, and Juniper oils. You can blend these essential oils and rub a drop or two on the area just above the location of the Solar Plexus Chakra.

Solar Plexus Chakra Essential Oil Recipes

This recipe is an empowering perfume blend that you can apply in order to stimulate stability and enhance confidence.

The ingredients for this recipe include 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil, 5 drops of Lemon oil, 3 drops of Jasmine oil (absolute), and 1/2 ounce Sweet Almond oil. Combine all the essential oils, including the Sweet Almond oil. You can apply it directly onto your solar plexus or dab some of the blend behind your ears. You can also apply it after a shower as an aromatic body oil, and re-apply as needed or desired.

Another recipe is a mist blend that opens the Solar Plexus Chakra in order to establish a balanced and healthy intestinal system.

The ingredients for this recipe include 3 drops of Texas Cedarwood essential oil, 4 drops of Lemon oil, 3 drops of Jasmine oil, and 2 ounces water (distilled). Combine all the essential oils and pour in a spray bottle with water. Make sure to mix all ingredients thoroughly. You can mist yourself with the blend in order to establish an empowering and balanced energy.

Heart Chakra

The fourth chakra is the Heart Chakra, which is derived from the air element. It is the center of the system that connects the earthly and spiritual chakras. The fourth chakra is associated with a number of manifestations of compassion, love, and relating to one’s self and to others. The Heart Chakra is founded on the principles of integration and connection.

Location

The Heart Chakra is found at the chest’s center, between one’s breasts. This chakra has several dimensions and is often characterized by a front towards the chest’s center and a back towards the spine. The Heart Chakra is found a little bit to the left of the actual heart organ. This is the reason why it is called the “Heart Chakra.”

The fourth chakra is connected to the lungs and the cardiac system, which are interdependent organs. Both depend on air as well as breathing to perform properly. The thymus is the gland responsible for regulating the immune system. It is associated with the fourth chakra.

Functions/Behavioral Characteristics

The Heart Chakra has the following functions: capacity to love; acceptance and forgiveness; empathy and compassion; compassionate discrimination; grieving; connection and relationships; peaceful and harmonious way of being; and integration of insights and awareness.

The Heart Chakra connects the upper and lower chakras along with their energies. This means that it serves as a bridge to integrate spiritual and earthly matters.

When it comes to love, the Heart Chakra does not only involve romance. It goes beyond one’s preoccupations and egotistical limitations into acceptance and compassion. The energy that aids in relationships and transfiguring experiences and emotions is love, which is in the Heart Chakra.

In addition, the fourth chakra is the center wherein one experiences life’s beauty. It sees the world in a state of acceptance and openness, bringing one in touch with himself/herself and the world.

Color/Sound/Crystals

The color associated with the Throat Chakra is blue and its sound is G/Ehm. The crystals associated with the fourth chakra are Angelite, Aquamarin, Celestite, Apatite Azurite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Sapphire, Larimar, Kyanite, Turquoise, Blue Quartz, Lapis Lazuli Sodalite, Chryscocolla, and Blue Calcite.

Signs of Balance

You will know that there is balance in the Heart Chakra if you are compassionate, content, joyful, and able to give and express love.

Symptoms of Imbalance

You will know if the Heart Chakra is imbalanced if you are hateful, selfish, unable to give and/or receive unconditional love, jealous, depressed, lonely, and grief-stricken.

Essential Oils

The essential oils used for balancing the Heart Chakra include the Cypress, Geranium, Bergamot, Lavender, Jasmine, Lemon, Melissa, Orange, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Mandarin, Neroli, Tangerine, and Rose. You can blend these essential oils and rub a drop or two in the area just above the location of the Heart Chakra.

Heart Chakra Essential Oil Recipes

This recipe is a soothing mist blend that combines the essences of flower, fruit, and leaf in order to create balance at the center of your Heart Chakra.

The ingredients for this recipe include 2 drops of Sweet Marjoram essential oil, 6 drops of Bergamot oil, 1 drop of Ylang Ylang oil, and 2 ounces water (distilled); you will also need a spray bottle. Simply combine all the oils and add to the spray bottle with water. Make sure to shake the ingredients well before spraying on self or into the airspace.

Another recipe is a nourishing bath oil blend, which is said to support the Heart Chakra. It engages the emotions through the intricate balance among the essential oils.

The ingredients for this recipe include 6 drops of Bergamot essential oil, 6 drops of Lavender oil, 2 drops of Rosemary oil, and 1/4 cup Grapeseed oil. Mix all essential oils together and add to your bath water. You should soak for at least 20 minutes to obtain its optimum efficiency.

Throat Chakra

The fifth chakra is the Throat Chakra, which is derived from the Ether (sound) element. It is founded on the principles of communication and expression. It is found at the throat level, at the neck’s center. The fifth chakra serves as an energy passage between the head and the lower body parts.

Location

The Throat Chakra is found at the throat level. Just like the Heart Chakra, it has several dimensions. It is often characterized as moving out of the throat’s front and moving in at the back with an upward angle.

The Throat Chakra is linked to the brachial and phayrngeal plexi. It is also associated with other body parts including the tongue, mouth, jaws, palate, pharynx, neck, and shoulders. The thyroid gland is associated with the Throat Chakra as it is responsible for the energy process in the body through metabolism, growth, and temperature.

Functions/Behavioral Characteristics

The Throat Chakra has the following functions: all forms of communication (verbal/non-verbal/internal/external); expression or ability to speak out; tendency to project, plan, create ideas and turn them to reality; connect with the realms of spirit, the etheric realm, and intuitive abilities; realization of purpose or vocation; and excellent sense of timing.

The Throat Chakra is associated with expressing one’s self in terms of his/her own truth, creativity, and purpose in life. It is important to remember that the fifth chakra has a natural link with the second chakra (Sacral), which is the center of creativity and emotions. The focus of the Throat Chakra is how to express and project creativity to the world in accordance to its authenticity or form.

In addition, the Throat Chakra connects an individual to his spirit. Given its location, the fifth chakra is regarded as the “bottleneck” of the energy movement in the body. It is right before the head’s upper chakras. Once the Throat Chakra is opened, it can aid in aligning one’s perception of reality as well as releasing any pressure, which may affect the fourth chakra (Heart) just below it.

It is said that the fifth chakra is also connected with the etheric body that holds the perfect template or blueprint of the body’s other dimensions. The Throat Chakra is regarded as a reference point in aligning the energy throughout the chakra system.

Color/Sound/Crystals

The color associated with the Throat Chakra is blue and its sound is G/Ehm. The crystals associated with the fifth chakra are Apatite, Azurite, Blue Calcite, Blue Quartz, Chrysocolla, Lapis Lazuli Sodalite, Turquoise, Angelite, Aquamarine, Celestite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Sapphire, Kyanite, and Larimar.

Signs of Balance

You will know that there is balance in the Throat Chakra if you are expressive, honest, patient, receptive to criticism, and a good listener, and have effective communication skills.

Symptoms of Imbalance

You will know that the Throat Chakra is imbalanced if you are unable to listen, afraid to speak up or repress feelings, manipulative, deceitful, and shy or talk excessively; have poor communication skills and uncontrolled verbal outbursts.

Essential Oils

The essential oils used for balancing the Throat Chakra include the Bergamot, Cypress, Spearmint, Basil, Peppermint, and Cypress oils. You can blend these essential oils and rub a drop or two on the area just above the location of the Throat Chakra.

Throat Chakra Essential Oil Recipes

This recipe is a mineral bath blend that revitalizes the Throat Chakra.

The ingredients for this recipe include 8 drops of Lavender essential oil, 8 drops of Tangerine oil, 8 drops of Chamomile oil, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 4 tablespoons of sea salt, and 2 tablespoons of powdered oatmeal.

Combine all the ingredients and mix well until they are fully incorporated. Simply add your desired amount of the blend to your bath water and soak for as long as you want.

Another recipe is a diffusion blend for the Throat Chakra. It is formulated to open the Throat Chakra to enhance personal expression.

The ingredients for this recipe include 3 drops of Lavender essential oil, 6 drops of Roman Chamomile oil, and 1 drop of Peppermint oil. Combine all the oils and add to your diffuser, following the manufacturer’s instructions. You can also add the blend to 1/4 cup of water placed in a candle lamp. Breathe in the aroma to foster open communication through its calming effect.

Third Eye Chakra

The sixth chakra is the Third Eye Chakra, which is derived from the light element. It is regarded as the foresight and intuition center. The sixth chakra is founded on the principle of imagination and openness.

Location

The sixth chakra is located on the forehead between the eyebrows, just a little above the bridge of the nose. More often than not, people think it is in the middle of the forehead; however, it is between one’s eyes where the eyebrows would meet. The location of the Third Eye Chakra is likewise described as being behind one’s eyes in the middle of the head. You should remember that secondary chakras are found along the forehead’s mid line, while the sixth chakra is located lower than the mid line.

The Third Eye Chakra is often associated with the pineal gland, which is responsible for the regulation of biorhythms such as wake and sleep time. This gland is found in the brain and is regarded as a center of attention due to its relationship with the effect of light, perception, and mystical consciousness states. The gland is close to the optic nerves, which makes it sensitive to changes in lighting as well as visual simulations.

Functions/Behavioral Characteristics

The Third Eye Chakra has the following functions: intuition; psychic abilities associated with clairaudience and clairvoyance; connection to insight and wisdom; vision; perception of subtle movements and dimensions of energy; access to illumination or mystical states; and motivation of creativity and inspiration.

The Third Eye Chakra is regarded as a tool for perceiving the subtler qualities of reality. It pertains to the realm of subtle energies, going beyond physical senses. Once the Third Eye Chakra is activated, it may seem that you are seeing even with closed eyes and opening up to an inner perception and intuitive sensibility.

The sixth chakra connects an individual differently in terms of seeing and understanding; its images are often difficult to depict in words. The Third Eye Chakra allows an individual to get in touch with the intangible and the undefinable more closely. The visions or images of the Third Eye are subtler than regular visions. For instance, they may appear cloudy, ghost-like, blurry, or dream-like. In some instances, the inner visions may be as clear as watching a movie in front of you.

It is necessary to sustain awareness of this chakra’s energy; however, it may require the ability to focus and relax into an uncommon fashion of seeing and perceiving. When focusing your mind and consciousness, you are likely to see past the illusions and distractions which stand in front of you. You gain more insight to create and live more deeply according to your highest good.

The Third Eye Chakra is also related to the realm of spirits and the archetypal dimensions.

Color/Sound/Crystals

The color associated with the Third Eye Chakra is indigo and its sound is A/Eem. The crystals associated with the sixth chakra are Blue Quartz, Kyanite, Amethyst, Charoite, Purple Flourite, Lepidolite, Sugilite, and Sodalite.

Signs of Balance

You will know that there is balance in the Third Eye Chakra if you are intelligent, intuitive, and a fast learner, have common sense, a sense of spirituality, and clear memory.

Symptoms of Imbalance

You will know that the Third Eye Chakra is imbalanced if you are not sympathetic nor empathic, over-intellectualizing, forgetful, and judgmental, lacking common sense and intuition; and have sleep, dream, or nightmare issues.

Essential Oils

The essential oils used for balancing the Third Eye Chakra include the Bay Laurel, Cypress, Frankincense, Angelica Root, Clary Sage, Elemi, Juniper, Rosemary, Helichrysum, Marjoram, Vetiver, Patchouli, and Sandalwood oils. You can blend these essential oils and rub a drop or two on the area just above the location of the Third Eye Chakra.

Third Eye Chakra Essential Oil Recipes

This recipe is a soothing massage oil blend. It is formulated to open and enhance the sixth chakra.

The ingredients for this recipe include 5 drops of Jasmine essential oil, 5 drops of Rose Otto oil, 2 drops of Lavender oil, 1 drop of Vanilla oil, 1 drop of Sandalwood oil, 1 drop of Neroli oil, and 4 tablespoons of Jojoba carrier oil. Simply mix all the ingredients together. Massage the blend into your neck, shoulders, or temples. You can also dab your desired amount of the blend onto your pulse points as a personal fragrance.

Another recipe is a diffusion blend for the Third Eye Chakra. It is said to open the sixth chakra as well as balance your journey in life.

The ingredients for this recipe include 4 drops of Juniper Berry essential oil, 5 drops of Grapefruit oil, and 1 drop of Rosemary oil. Combine all the oils and add to your diffuser, following the manufacturer’s instructions. You can also add the blend to 1/4 cup of water placed in a candle lamp. Breathe in the aroma to establish an atmosphere that expands your vision.

Crown Chakra

The seventh chakra is the Crown Chakra, derived from the thought element. It is founded on consciousness and allows an individual to get in touch with the universe. The seventh chakra is found at the top of the head, providing access to the higher consciousness states. It opens what is beyond an individual’s personal visions and preoccupations.

Location

The Crown Chakra is found slightly above one’s head or at the top of one’s head. It is laid like a crown that radiates upwards.

The seventh chakra is associated mainly with the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus and the pineal. The pituitary gland and the hypothalamus work together for the regulation of the endocrine system. Due to the location of the Crown Chakra, it is closely related to the entire nervous system and the brain. It is likewise associated with various behavioral and psychological aspects. Take note that the energy of this chakra is linked with the first chakra (Root) because both are at the chakra system’s extremities.

Functions/Behavioral Characteristics: The Crown Chakra has the following functions: consciousness, connection with the limitless and the formless, communion with the higher consciousness states, awareness of higher wisdom and consciousness; awareness of what is sacred; liberation and realization from constrictive patterns; and presence, bliss, and ecstasy.

The Crown Chakra is related to one’s superiority over limitations, regardless if they are personal or beyond time and space. It is in this chakra that the paradox is translated as the norm; thus, opposites seem one. The Crown Chakra provides awareness with a quality that is transcendent and universal.

Once an individual absorbs the energy of the Crown Chakra, he/she will have a sense of blissful union with spiritual ecstasy. In addition, this chakra permits access to the enlightened wisdom and topmost clarity.

The Crown Chakra is sometimes regarded as the passage to the divine or cosmic self or the universal consciousness. It is associated with the universe and the infinite.

Color/Sound/Crystals

The colors associated with the Crown Chakra are white and violet and its sound is B/Om. The crystals associated with the seventh chakra are Diamond, Lepidolite, Purple Flourite, Snow Quartz, Clear Quartz, Herkimer Diamond, Moonstone, and Selenite.

Signs of Balance

You will know that there is balance in the Crown Chakra if you are insightful and wise, have a balanced spiritual life, a sense of life’s purpose, and a sense of connection with a higher power and others.

Symptoms of Imbalance

You will know that the Crown Chakra is imbalanced if you are unspiritual, feeling angry with or unloved by the Creator, possessing a God-complex, and feeling alone in the universe; have unclear spiritual or life purpose, and excessive fear of death.

Essential Oils

The essential oils used for balancing the Crown Chakra include the Elemi, Cedarwood, Galbanum, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Neroli, Rosewood, Spikenard, Vetiver, Gurjum, Jasmine, Myrrh, Rose, and Sandalwood oils. You can blend these essential oils and rub a drop or two on the area just above the location of the Crown Chakra.

Crown Chakra Essential Oil Recipes

This recipe is a transcendence diffusion blend. It is formulated to establish an atmosphere which can help you put off the imbalance in the Crown Chakra as well as transcend through it.

The ingredients for this recipe include 3 drops of Lavender essential oil, 6 drops of Frankincense oil, and 1 drop of Sweet Basil oil. Combine all the oils and add to your diffuser, following the manufacturer’s instructions. You can also add the blend to 1/4 cup of water placed in a candle lamp. Breathe in the aroma to put off any emotional burden as well as illusion.

Another recipe is a massage blend that can be used during meditation. It is formulated to sooth the Crown Chakra and create a balanced atmosphere.

The ingredients for this recipe include 1 drop of Patchouli essential oil, 1 drop of Lavender oil, 5 drops of Frankincense oil, and 1 ounce of Baobab carrier oil. Mix all the essential oils with the carrier oil. You can apply a drop of the blend under your nose to obtain optimal benefits, or put a few drops on the the tips of your fingers and massage them into your temples. This will enhance your skills and concentration during meditation, leaving the Crown Chakra relaxed and balanced.

Conclusion

Incorporating essential oils into your lifestyle is definitely fun and beneficial. As you have learned in this book, essential oils provide not only pleasing scents, but also numerous benefits for physical, emotional, and mental wellness.

In addition, essential oils are great for hygienic purposes, home care, and skin care. However, it is important to follow the safety guidelines and contraindications of essential oils to optimize their beneficial properties.

When buying essential oils, make sure your sources are reputable so that you are guaranteed high-quality oils. A number of companies or people are selling synthetic essential oils which they claim to be pure and natural. As such, you should watch out for those sellers.

In addition, when you decide to create your own essential oil blends, make sure to remember the categories that blend well with each other. On the other hand, if you dare to be more creative, there are no limitations to creating your preferred blends as long as you know the proper amounts of every ingredient you use.

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Essential Oils: Beginner's Guide with Simple Recipes for Aromatherapy, Weight Lo

For thousands of years, essential oils have been used for various purposes, including cosmetic uses, emotional uplifting and spiritual enhancement. The ancient tradition of harnessing the powers of essential oils has caught the attention of numerous people, as these substances can bring complete body and mind wellness that other individuals may consider impossible. Essential oils can be used for various purposes including promoting a positive emotional state, enhancing physical wellness, purifying a home, refining the skin, and creating deep and real spiritual awareness. During ancient times, essential oils were considered the top skin care secret for promoting a clear and attractive complexion. Back then, no harmful chemicals were used to protect the skin. People used essential oils to nurture their skin and hair. In addition, some essential oils can help diminish signs of aging. In this book, you will learn about the origins and fundamentals of essential oils. One chapter will focus on the actions and applications of essential oils in different bodily systems. You will also learn about the significance of the quality of essential oils and the common ones you should keep at home. There will also be chapters focusing on carrier oils and how to use them with essential oils, the safety of essential oils, and the profiles of various essential oils. You will also learn about how essential oils are used for aromatherapy, weight loss, and stress relief with basic recipes you can follow. One chapter deals with other common uses of essential oils that you might not have dreamed possible. In the final chapter, you will learn about the chakras, how to balance them, and what essential oils can do to restore balance in each chakra.

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Essential Oils: Beginner's Guide with Simple Recipes for Aromatherapy, Weight Lo Essential Oils: Beginner's Guide with Simple Recipes for Aromatherapy, Weight Lo