Essential Oils for Spider Veins on the Face

Most people are familiar with the tiny red, blue or purple vein that can show up unexpectedly in various places on the body. The medical term used to describe this phenomenon is telangiectasia, which refers to broken capillaries, or varicose veins. However, because they resemble tiny spider webs, they are commonly referred to as spider veins. 

Spider veins typically occur on the legs and arms but can occur virtually anywhere on the body. They can be especially troublesome when they show up on the face and can create all kinds of cosmetic problems. They tend to make their appearances under the eyes, in the areas around the nose, and on the cheeks. They can be more prominent on fair skinned individuals. While harmless, spider veins can also be unsightly. 

There are medical treatments for spider veins, such as sclerotherapy or various types of laser therapy, but these treatments can be painful, invasive and expensive. Many people opt for non-evasive, less expensive, all-natural treatments. It is a good idea to discuss the various options for spider vein removal with your preferred medical practitioner to decide which method is best for your particular situation. 

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Unhappy elderly woman with skin condition rosacea characterized by facial redness, small and superficial dilated blood vessels, no make-up

Causes for telangiectasia (spider veins) on the face 

Spider veins found on the face can have specific causes not attributable to spider veins found elsewhere on the body. For instance, people who have high blood pressure or who are obese may have a condition called venous deficiency, which causes damage to the walls of the blood vessels which are more vulnerable around the face. Other causes can be attributed to the following:

  • Rubbing or washing the face using too much pressure
  • Aging capillaries 
  • Inflammatory skin conditions, such as Rosacea 
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    Lifestyle factors, such as stress, eyestrain, insomnia, or a sedentary lifestyle
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    Free radicals
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    Cigarette smoking
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    Pregnancy
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    Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
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    Being of Northern European descent 

Additionally, free radicals can be responsible for spider veins that appear on the face, even more so than ones that show up on the legs. Excessive sun exposure can produce free radicals and can be a primary cause of spider veins on the face. This is especially true for the area under the eyes. Smoking cigarettes is another thing linked to free radicals that can cause the spider veins to appear more prominently on the face. In fact, once capillaries are damaged by smoking, they may take longer to repair than those found on people who do not smoke. Second-hand smoke, all kinds of air pollution and environmental toxin exposure can also lead to the development of spider veins.

Dietary advice for the treatment of spider veins 

The development of varicose and spider veins can be exacerbated by constipation, which places pressure on the blood veins. Therefore, it is advisable to eat a diet that is rich in high-fiber foods. On average, an adult should consume somewhere between 25 and 38 grams of fiber each day. (Men should eat closer to 38 grams.) High fiber foods include fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, and whole grains. 

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Foods that strengthen the veins 

Specific foods can help improve blood flow and reverse the inflammation associated with varicose veins or spider veins. Diets that are high in trans fats, caffeine, sugar, processed foods, and alcohol can contribute to arterial damage, poor circulation, high blood pressure, weight gain and hormonal imbalances. Processed foods, especially, can contain high amounts of salt, sugar and, toxins that can worsen inflammation and exacerbate the occurrence of spider veins. 

Spider veins can occur when undue pressure is placed on the capillaries. Stronger veins are important for many reasons, but in this case, they are important because they can help prevent the appearance of spider veins. Specific plant foods can help by providing the flavonoids and antioxidants the body needs to help build tissue and keep the veins strong and healthy. Some examples of these foods include:

  • Citrus fruits that include the pith
  • Buckwheat
  • Red grapes
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    Blueberries
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    Cherries

Certain spices/spicy foods that help encourage good blood circulation that can help prevent spider veins are:

  • Garlic
  • Chilies
  • Onion
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    Ginger 

Natural Treatments for Spider Veins on the Face 

Spider veins can be medically treated, but some people prefer all-natural, less invasive remedies. In these cases, the following all-natural methods have been shown to be effective:

Ginkgo Biloba 

Ginkgo Biloba is another substance that can help strengthen the tissues that form the walls of the blood vessels. This increases the blood flow and oxygenates the tissue, which improves blood circulation and helps prevent spider veins. A recommended dosage of 100-130 mg. of pure Gingko Biloba extract divided into 3-4 doses per day has shown to be effective. 

Apple cider vinegar 

Another substance that works well for the treatment of spider veins is apple cider vinegar. When applied directly to the affected area with a clean cloth soaked in the vinegar for from 20-30 minutes a day, the vinegar helps improve the blood supply to the affected area. Avoid getting the vinegar in the eyes. 

Witch hazel 

Witch hazel's astringent properties can help reduce the appearance of spider veins, like apple cider vinegar, by strengthening the blood vessels. Simply dip a cotton ball into the solution and apply it to the affected area several times a day to eliminate facial spider veins. Always avoid the direct eye area when using witch hazel. 

St. John's Wort 

St. John wort is an herb that can be used internally or externally to treat spider veins. Follow package directions.


Essential oils for spider veins 

Therapeutic essential oils consist of highly concentrated plant essences. They are derived from millions of tiny molecules that act in a complete synergy. Essential oils for spider veins are all natural, non-invasive, and are ideal for this purpose primarily because of their ability to improve blood flow as they balance hormones and lower inflammation. Using the oils for spider veins requires consistency. They should be applied several times each day. 

The best essential oils for spider veins have the following qualities. They are:

Anticoagulant - prevent clots
Lipolytic - dissolves arterial fat deposits
Tonic – boosts the activity of the blood and organs, and improves mood 
Phlebotonic – Strengthens vein walls and maintains their elasticity 
Stimulant – Boosts organ activity, including brain activity 

How to use essential oils to treat spider veins 

There are three primary methods used to treat spider veins with essential oils:

Massage oil

Essential oils can be diluted with a carrier oil, then used on the affected area, and also as full-body massage oils.

Bath

A few drops of essential oil added to hot bath water helps attain significant relief. 


Compresses

The essential oil can be added to a cotton ball or clean cloth that has been dipped in either hot or cold water and wrung out prior to being placed on the affected area. 

The best essential oils for spider veins 

The following essential oils have been shown to be especially effective for the treatment of spider veins on the face:

Cypress oil 

The many therapeutic benefits of cypress oil include improvement in blood circulation, which strengthens the veins. It is considered by many experts to be the best essential oil to use for the treatment of spider veins. 

Lemongrass oil 

Like cypress oil, lemongrass oil works in the treatment of spider veins on the face by improving the blood's circulation. 

Geranium oil

Not only can geranium oil effectively treat the appearance of spider veins on the face and elsewhere on the body. It can also help clear up many common skin flaws and imperfections, leaving the skin flawless and soft. 

Frankincense essential oil is another essential oil that effectively treats spider veins by strengthening the veins and by improving circulation. 

Helichrysum oil works to treat spider veins on the face by soothing inflamed areas, and by dilating the blood vessels. It also dissolved coagulated blood on the outsides of the veins, as well as inside them. Helichrysum oil is noted for being one of the best essential oil for spider veins.  Helichrysum essential oil lessens inflammation and improves circulation when applied topically. It is considered to be one of the best essential oils for eliminating spider veins on the face.

Rosemary oil 

Rosemary oil helps promote steady blood veins as it strengthens their walls and helps improve circulation. 

Clary Sage oil 

Blood circulation is promoted, and vein swelling reduced when clary sage essential oil is used for spider vein treatment. The end result is the prevention of blood pooling and a strengthening of the vein walls. 

Lemon essential oil helps promote the strengthening of the veins and increases blood circulation. Caution should be exercised when using lemon essential oil, because it is photosensitive, and can promote sunburn if exposed to direct sunlight. It is it ideal essential oil to use prior to bedtime to treat facial spider veins. 

Yarrow oil 

Yarrow essential oil helps eliminate spider veins by decongesting thick or stagnant blood that has trouble flowing easily through the veins. This can be caused by sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time. 

Chamomile oil 

Chamomile essential oil strengthens the blood vessels and promotes healthy constrictions. It also reduces inflammation and promotes healthy blood circulation. 

Essential oil blends for facial spider veins 

Certain blends of essential oils can also be effective for the treatment of facial spider veins. These two blends were specially designed with phlebotonic properties to help increase blood flow through the veins. Formula One is a treatment that can be used day or night. Because Formula Two contains a photosensitive essential oil, it is intended for use at bedtime. 

Formula One Ingredients 

Formula One Ingredients 

5 drops of Bergamot essential oil 
9 drops of Cypress essential oil 
5 drops of Geranium essential oil (Alternatively, one can use Clary Sage .) 
3 drops of Tangerine essential oil
3 drops of Helichrysum essential oil 
3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil 
2 drops of Frankincense essential 
2.5 ounces of jojoba oil to be used as a carrier oil


1. Add the essential oils to an empty 2.5 ounce lotion pump bottle 
2. Add the jojoba. 
3. Shake well or stir with a glass stirring rod to distribute oils evenly prior to use.

Formula Two Ingredients (Nighttime treatment)

½ cup carrier oil. We recommend ¼ cup unrefined avocado oil and ¼ cup oil that is infused with calendula.

5 drops geranium essential oil 
5 drops parsley seed essential oil 
5 drops cypress essential oil 
5 drops lemon essential oil 

1. Before bedtime, mix the carrier oils together and place in an amber colored glass bottle. 
2. Add the essential oils, one at a time. 
3. Close the container and shake well to combine oils. 
4. To use, apply 4 drops on your clean face directly on the effected areas. Then using your finger tips, gently massage the oil in gentle circular motions. Leave it to sink deep into the skin overnight. 


Precaution: Only use this facial oil at night as it contains lemon oil which is photosensitive and can affect sunburn. 

Warning

Essential oils are powerful healing tools with the potential for allergic reactions. Symptoms may include:

  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Skin irritation
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    Skin burning
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    Breathing difficulties
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    Rapid heart rate 

Before using oils initially, test a diluted mixture on a small patch of skin and watch for reactions. In most cases, it should be perfectly safe to apply the mixture to a larger area. If allergic reaction symptoms occur after using the oils, discontinue their use and contact a physician.
Women who are pregnant or who breast-feed should refrain from using essential oils unless supervised by a doctor or qualified aromatherapist. 

Essential Oils for Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a type of fungal infection that adversely affects the toenails and fingernails. This fungi nail infection is caused by the same type of fungi that can cause jock itch, ringworm and athlete's foot. These types of infections are slow growing, so one might not immediately notice any changes in his or her nails until the infection has reached more advanced stages. 

There are four major varieties of toenail fungus:

  • Distal sublingual onychomycosis (DSO)
  • White superficial onychomycosis (WSO) 
  • Candida onychomycosis (yeast infection)
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    Proximal sublingual onychomycosis (PSO)

How toenail fungus occurs

There are a wide variety of causes of Toenail fungus infections. Each one has its own fungi nail treatment. The most common types of onychomycosis that cause toenail fungus thrive in environments that are warm and moist. Wearing shoes for prolonged periods of times can create the ideal environment to incite fungi to overpopulate.

When an overgrowth of fungi occurs in, under or on a toenail, a fungal nail infection develops. The fungi usually appears as white scaling around the nails, but can also manifest as black toenail fungus. Both types of toenail fungus can grow increasingly more alarming in appearance, and can also begin to actually eat away at the nails themselves. If left untreated, the fungus can completely destroy the nails, and can result in hot, painful, itchy areas on the toes. 

If you suspect you may have toenail fungus, here are a few things to look for:

  • Nails that begin to thicken 
  • Nails that are flaky or brittle
  • A cloudy white or yellow discoloration 
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    Nails that are black beneath the surface
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    Nails with distorted shapes

While toenail infections or fungus can be caused by many different external factors, these types of infections can also be caused by fungi that already exist on the body. The fungi can also be contracted by coming into contact with someone else who has an infection. The American Academy of Dermatology notes that fungal infections attack the Toenails more frequently than fingernails, due to the fact that the toes are usually covered by shoes where a warm, moist environment easily occurs. 

Onychomycosis can also be contracted when one gets a pedicure or manicure at a nail salon, if employees neglect to disinfect their tools as often or thoroughly as they should. Nail clippers, emery boards and other salon implements used for these services can spread fungal infections from one person to another if they are not sanitized properly. Sometimes, the nail beds can be damaged during a pedicure, or by other means, which is a condition also conducive to toenail fungus. 

Those at highest risk for toenail fungus

Certain risk factors exist that make it more likely for one to develop toenail fungus. Men incur toenail fungus infections more frequently than women. Adults incur them more often than children. Family members are more likely to contract toenail fungus infections if their other family members have them. Elderly adults are at the highest risk for incurring any type of fungal infections of the nails, due to their propensity toward less active body circulation, thus causing their nails to grow more slowly and thicken as they grow older. 

Additionally, one is much more likely to develop one if he or she: 

  • has diabetes
  • is over the age of 65
  • has a disease that results in poor circulation
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    wears artificial nails
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    swims in public pools
  • has an injured nail 
  • has a localized skin injury in the vicinity of the nail 
  • works in a situation that causes the fingers or toes to be moist for extended periods
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    has immune systems that are weakened
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    frequently wears closed toed shoes 

When fungal infections are left untreated for a long period of time, a type of black fungus can develop. It is important to see a doctor under these circumstances, because black nails can indicate other health concerns. When other health conditions, such as melanoma or heart disease have been ruled out, and a doctor has determined that the condition is, indeed, black fungus, it can be safely treated using essential oils, diet and other natural methods, if desired. 

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Anti-fungal Diet 

An antifungal diet can be consumed to help boost the immune system, which, in turn, discourages the growth of fungus in the body. Ideally, one should consume foods that have high fiber content, healthy amounts of protein, and healthful, nourishing fats. It is advisable to eat fermented foods as often as possible, and to consume foods that contain probiotic properties. Additionally, consuming the following foods can help keep toenail fungus at bay. 

Ginger

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that boost both immune functioning and digestion . Fungal growth is fueled by inflammatory conditions. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to have antifungal properties. By drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water approximately 30 minutes before meals, fungal growth can be arrested.

Gluten Free Whole Grains 

Gluten free whole grains can help inhibit fungal growth as it enhances wellness, and instills nutrients like iron, selenium and B-vitamins. 

Pumpkin Seeds 

Pumpkin seeds are not only a wealth of Omega-3 fatty acids. They also have anti-parasitic, antiviral and antifungal properties. 

Cayenne Pepper 

Good circulation can help one's body clear up fungal infections. Cayenne is known for increasing both the metabolism and the body's circulation. 

Coconut Oil 

Coconut oil contains lauric acid and caprylic acid, both powerful antifungals. 

Fruit

The best fruits to eat for antifungal properties are:

  • Bananas
  • White peaches
  • Brown pears
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    Dates 

Fresh Vegetables 

The following vegetables have antifungal properties:

  • Broccoli
  • Rutabagas
  • Parsnips
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    Turnips
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    Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Spinach
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    Cabbage

Yogurt 

Yogurt contains strong antifungal properties, and also helps with digestion, controlling the body's PH balance, and killing Candida yeast cells. (*Yogurt can also be applied topically to toenail fungus to aid in the healing process.) 

Garlic 

Garlic contains, not only antibacterial properties, but also anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties as well. 

It can also help to eliminate the following items from the diet:

  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy 
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    Sugar
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    Wheat
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    Processed grains
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    Foods that one is allergic to 

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Treatments for Toenail Fungus 

Toenail fungus usually does not improve on its own, and most often requires treatment. Treatment methods can often have harmful side effects. For instance, sufferers may receive medical prescriptions for antifungal pills or other types of oral medication. While proven effective, these medications may have more side effects than other treatment methods. Other methods include medicated nail polish, or antifungal nail cream or topical ointments. Alternatively, the nail can be removed by surgery. Laser treatments are also being used to treat nail fungus. However, this method can take up to six months to work, can be painful, and requires several visits to the doctor's office. 
For people who are seeking alternative treatments that are less invasive, less harmful and fully effective, essential oils are a good option. 

Essential Oils for Toenail Fungus 

Certain essential oils have natural antifungal properties. For instance, with the use of tee tree oil nail fungus has been shown to clear up relatively quickly. 

How to use essential oils for toenail fungus 

Essential oils for toenail fungus are most effective when used topically. Start with clean toes and nails. With the exception of tea tree essential oil, which can be used safely full strength, mix 5 drops of essential oil with 10 drops of a desired carrier oil, such as almond or coconut oil. Rub small amounts of the oil directly into the nail and surrounding area in the morning, and just before bed. Wear clean, white socks for at least one hour after application to allow the oil to absorb thoroughly into the nails, cuticles and surrounding areas. Reapply as needed. 


Cinnamon Essential Oil 

The essential oil of cinnamon, also known as Cinnamomun verum, has antifungal properties that are effective in the treatment of toenail fungus. 

Side effects and warnings:

  • Should not be taken internally 
  • Contains coumarin, which is potentially toxic to the kidneys and liver 
  • Skin irritations 
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    Allergic reactions 
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    Should be avoided during pregnancy 

How to use Cinnamon Essential Oil for toenail fungus:

Clean the area to be treated first. Apply 2-3 drops of the essential oil to a cotton swab or cotton ball and apply liberally to the affected area. Allow to air dry before putting on socks or shoes.


Ocotea Essential Oil 

​Ocotea essential oil, or Ocotea bullata, is not a commonly used essential oil because it can be difficult to find. It comes from the branches and leaves of a tree genus native to Ecuador, called the Ocotea. Ocotea trees come in more than 200 different species, all of which are noted for their powerful health benefits. 

However, the medicinal properties of this oil are considerable and powerful. It works very well as an effective treatment for toenail fungus.

Side effects and warnings:

  • Potential skin irritation
  • Hypoglycemia in diabetics
  • Hypotension in those using blood pressure medications 
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    Should not be used during pregnancy 

How to use Ocotea Essential Oil for toenail fungus:

Ocotea essential oil can be applied directly to the affected area without a carrier oil. Make sure the affected area is clean before applying 2-3 drops of the oil using a cotton swab. Then allow to dry thoroughly before replacing socks or shoes.


Tea Tree Essential Oil 

​Tea tree oil for nail fungus is one of the most commonly sought after essential oil treatments available. It comes from Australia and is one of the most highly antifungal essential oils there is. This is an essential oil that is usually affordable and easy to access. Tea Tree essential oil is technically known as Melaleuca alternifolia, or more commonly, Melaleuca oil. This oil does not require dilution before use.

Side effects and warnings:

  • Possible skin sensitivity 
  • Consult with physician prior to use if pregnant 

How to use Tea Tree Essential Oil for toenail fungus:

To use tea tree oil for toenail fungus, first make sure the affected area is clean. Simply apply a few drops of the oil to a cotton swab and apply liberally to the affected area at least twice a day. Allow to air dry before putting on sock or shoes.


Peppermint Essential Oil 

​Peppermint essential oil comes from the leaves of a perennial herb that can be found in many parts of the world. Its scientific name is scientific name is Mentha piperita. When using peppermint oil for toenail fungus, it is important to select an oil that is of high quality, and that is a therapeutic strength.

Side effects and warnings:

  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Eye irritant
  • Should be kept out of the reach of children 
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    Keep out of eyes, inner ears, genitals and sensitive areas, such as wounds

How to use Peppermint Essential Oil for toenail fungus:

Peppermint essential oil does not need to be diluted for the treatment of toenail fungus. Simply clean the area first, then apply 3-4 drops directly to the affected nails with a cotton swab. Allow to dry naturally before wearing shoes or socks.


Tamanu Essential Oil 

​​Tamanu essential oil comes from the nut kernel of the tamanu tree. When one uses tamanu oil toenail fungus is known to respond favorably when applied from 3-5 times daily. Depending on the variety of Tamanu tree from which it originates, its scientific name is either Calophyllum tacamahaca seed oil, or Calophyllum inophyllum seed oil. It comes from Melanesian countries, such as Vanuatu, and also from Polynesian countries, such as Hawaii. Tamanu essential oil also comes from trees grown in Vietnam, Thailand, and from other tropical countries.

Side effects and warnings:

  • Tamanu oil does not have any known negative side effects. However, one should always administer a patch test if he or she suspects sensitivity to a particular oil. 

How to use Tamanu Essential Oil for toenail fungus:

First clean the affected area thoroughly. Apply a few drops of Tamanu essential oil to a cotton ball or swab and apply directly to the toe infection. Allow to air dry before replacing shoes and socks.


Essential Oil Blends for Toenail Fungus 

​Thieves oil for toenail fungus is highly touted as an effective treatment. This oil is a blend of Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cinnamon, and Rosemary essential oils. By virtue of the complexities inherent in blended oils, they are more likely to have side effects than singular oils. When used in small quantities with a good carrier oil, thieves oil can be used safely.

Side effects and warnings:

The clove oil, also known as Syzygium Aromaticum, used in thieves essential oils blend contain three potentially toxic compounds: Vanillin, Caryophillin and Eugenol. These compounds can result in:

  • Skin irritations
  • Nausea
  • Allergic reactions
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    Vomiting
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    Respiratory symptoms
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    In rare cases, seizures

How to use Essential Oil Blends for toenail fungus:

When using Essential Oil blends, it can be helpful to perform a patch test on a small area of skin first, on the unlikely chance that an allergy exists. To treat toenail fungus infections, mix a few drops of the blend with a few drops of carrier oil. Apply directly to the affected area and allow to dry naturally before replacing shoes and socks.

How To Use Essential Oils For The Treatment Of Wrinkles

Aging is a natural part of living. No one enjoys growing older because old age makes people feel inadequate. However, both men and women fear wrinkles even more than they fear growing old. Everyone wants to look young because society stresses the importance of a youthful appearance. Fortunately, nature has a remedy to reduce wrinkles and make the skin more elastic. Known for their powerful properties to people living in previous eras, consumers today recognize the benefits of using essential oils to rejuvenate the skin. 

Reasons that Skin Develops Wrinkles as People Grow Old

Old age is automatically associated with wrinkles, especially wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and hands. Collagen is not produced as plentifully when a person ages. Consequently, the skin begins to sag. The formerly elastic skin of youth eventually loses its elasticity. Creating anti-wrinkle creams with essential oils is an art that anyone can master. The important thing to remember is that the skin needs moisture, antioxidants and elasticity. 

On the Reduction of Wrinkles and a Few Words about Graceful Aging

Specific essential oils can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. However, essential oils will not completely eliminate lines and wrinkles. One important thing to ponder is that an older person should have a few wrinkles. After all, wrinkles make a person look more distinguished, intelligent and wise. Using essential oils to lessen the effect of a face filled with wrinkles is a good idea within the scope of common sense.


The skin wrinkles as people grow older because of the following reasons:

  • Absence of collagen in the skin
  • Lost elasticity of the skin
  • Less elasticity causing the skin to sag

Some Consumers Prefer Using Natural Products on their Faces

While some consumers are perfectly content using creams containing chemicals on their faces, others prefer to experiment with natural treatments. Although using essential oils is not a guarantee that wrinkles are going to disappear, the oils do seem to smooth out wrinkles while helping the skin retain a more youthful glow. Essential oils can render greater elasticity to the face resulting in smoother skin.

Reasons that People Develop Wrinkles

Wrinkles result from the natural process of aging. Some people have more wrinkles than others. Reasons for excessive wrinkles include too much sunshine without sufficient sunscreen, using soaps that are drying to the skin, failure to use skin creams or lotions, failure to take vitamins and minerals and poor nutritional choices in the diet. Frequent squinting, bursts of anger or excessive fits of laughter can cause wrinkles to manifest even in a younger person.


Anger and Laughter can Lead to Wrinkles

A person who is always angry can actually cause the skin to reflect his or her constant bad moods in the form of wrinkled skin. A screamer, pouter or complainer may tend to exhibit more wrinkles than the average person. Likewise, people who laugh all the time often develop laugh lines. Of course, people do not normally go through life without ever displaying any types of negative or positive emotions. Consequently, most people eventually develop wrinkles as they grow older.

Stress Reduction Helps Reduce Wrinkles

Simple activities including meditation, prayer, keeping a journal, taking deep breaths and going for long walks help reduce stress. People who do not react strongly to stress may find that they have less wrinkles as they age. Stress can cause a variety of health problems including wrinkled skin. Researchers are currently engaged in ascertaining the negative effect that stress and anxiety have on the general aging process. 

People who want to maintain good health and have glowing complexions need to find ways that help them alleviate the stressful conditions in their lives. Spending a few minutes a day outdoors, playing the guitar or writing a poem can help alleviate stress. Using essential oils such as lavender and rose oils benefit the mind and the skin.

Wrinkles Make Men and Women Look Older 

While some people do not care about whether they have wrinkles, others view wrinkles as deterrents to their natural looks. Wrinkles do tend to make people look older. For reasons that are more closely related to society than to science, people tend to view women with wrinkles in more judgmental terms than they view men with wrinkles.

Regardless of the way people see others, wrinkles remain worrisome problems for many individuals who do not want to look older than their years.

Wrinkles are caused by the following:

  • Excessive exposure to the sun
  • Failure to use sunscreen products on the skin
  • Failure to use creams and lotions on the skin
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    Washing the face and body with harsh soaps
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    Frequent squinting
  • Frequent bouts of anger
  • Excessive laughter
  • Unhealthy diet and lifestyle
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    Smoking cigarettes and cigars
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    Failure to drink ample amounts of water

Dry Skin Needs Special Attention During the Winter

Besides the fact that wrinkles make a person look older, they are also direct results of dry skin conditions that require immediate attention. People with chronic dry skin often experience cracked, bleeding hands and dull complexions. Winter weather poses a serious problem to people with dry skin conditions. Using deep moisturizing creams that penetrate the skin's surface can help heal severely chapped, rough skin during the colder part of the year. Adding a few drops of essential oils can boost the positive results. 

Drinking Ample Amounts of Water can Help Ward Off Wrinkles

Drinking at least six to eight glasses of pure water every day is another natural way to prevent an excessive amount of wrinkles. Water hydrates the body and skin. An insufficient amount of water in the diet can cause cell damage which, in turn, leads to wrinkles. Natural spring water is a better choice than chlorinated tap water. Although water does not eliminate wrinkles, it can help minimize the detrimental effects caused by cell damage.

Get an Ample Amount of Sleep Every Night

According to research, people who do not obtain sufficient sleep have less cortisol in their bodies. Cortisol, a stress hormone, affects the skin in a detrimental way. The hormone can cause the skin to become dry leading to conditions related to eczema. Cortisol also causes wrinkles. Adequate sleep can result in thicker skins that are less likely to become excessively wrinkled. It is easier to obtain ample sleep by sticking to a nightly routine. 

Read a favorite novel or listen to classical music before retiring. Do not forget to apply essential oils to the face. Retire at the same time on most evenings, preferably not too late, and sleep patterns often improve in remarkable ways. A good night's sleep tends to make a person look more rested. A person who gets enough sleep typically looks younger, has more energy throughout the day and performs tasks with less difficulties.

Anti-Aging Essential Oils and Carrier Oils:

1. Try Natural Vitamin E Oil as an Essential Carrier Oil

Vitamin E is known for its antioxidant properties. Some researchers believe that vitamin E even reduces cholesterol levels. People who want to have less noticeable wrinkles can use vitamin E as a carrier oil. Combining natural vitamin E to the skin may even help prevent skin cancer. Vitamin E is used with essential oils to nourish the skin in a more expedient manner. 

2. The Benefits Attributed to Almond Oil

Almond oil rejuvenates the skin. According to research, almond oil is used to treat difficult chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Almond oil also helps rejuvenate dry skin, tone the complexion and even out skin tone.

3. Rich and Effective Avocado Oil

Even though the avocado contains saturated fat, the fat is healthy for the heart because it occurs in a natural plant rather than as an animal product. Research has shown that avocado oil helps the body produce more collagen. Natural avocado oil produced from the seeds is the best variety containing the most powerful positive effects on the skin.

4. Benefits of Rosemary Oil

Respected by researchers for its antioxidant and antimicrobial constituents, rosemary oil increases circulation while it reduces inflammation in the body and skin. Oil extracted from rosemary leaves is the most beneficial for treating wrinkles. 

5. Lemon Oil Reduces Damage to the Skin

Lemon oil, similar to the lemon used for juice, contains an ample amount of vitamin C. Consumers can buy lemon oil in their local pharmacies or from online vendors. Research has indicated that lemon oil helps the skin look younger while additionally protecting the skin from getting burned by the sun's rays. Lemon oil has also been used to lessen the appearance of scars. 

6. Carrot Seed Oil

The seeds found in carrots contain properties that help heal skin conditions. Researchers have used carrot seeds to treat muscle pains and reduce blood sugar levels. Experiments on rodents demonstrate that carrot seeds may offer hope for people with liver problems. In addition, carrot seeds contain antioxidants that nourish the skin.

7. Clary Sage

Clary sage is related to sage but differs in the flavor and usage. Clary sage has a sweet taste and contains antioxidant components that protect the skin from damage. Clary sage also contains antimicrobial properties.

8. Patchouli Oil

Adding a small amount of patchouli oil to a moisturizing cream adds additional benefits when trying to lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Patchouli oil contains both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components and protects skin from being invaded by bacteria. Research shows that patchouli oil firms facial skin and helps the skin to retain a more youthful appearance.

9. Myrrh Oil

Known for its medicinal properties throughout history, myrrh oil helps the skin ward off infections and reduces inflammation. Myrrh was one of the gifts presented to the baby Jesus by the three Magi, also known as wise men. In addition, myrrh was used as a medicinal dressing for wounds and as an antiseptic agent for the teeth and gums. 

10. Rosehip Seed Oil

Boosting the skin's collagen renders a less wrinkled complexion. Rosehip seed oil boosts collagen because it is high in vitamin C. Plus, rosehip seed oil contains vitamin A to help the skin look tighter. 

11. Evening Primrose Oil

Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, evening primrose oil is known for its ability to help people with chronic eczema. Evening primrose oil extracts moisturize the skin and lessens intense itching. 

12. Olive oil

Used to help the area near the eyes look less wrinkled, olive oil is an excellent carrier oil when combined with essential oils. The right mixture can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, olive oil can prevent DNA damage to the cells of the skin.


What You Need to Know About Essential Oils

Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments.

The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels. In ancient times, Jews and Egyptians made essential oils by soaking the plants in oil and then filtering the oil through a linen bag.

Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.


Ancient Cultures Used Essential Oils as Natural Remedies

In ancient Mesopotamia, people used distillers to make essential oils. Chinese history shows that researchers in ancient China created complex lists of remedies derived from plants. In ancient Egypt, essential oils were regarded as valuable possessions. In biblical times, people were familiar with using essential oils as natural remedies for minor illnesses. 

However, the French people elevated the use of essential oils to an art. In the 1930s, French researchers became interested in studying the attributes found in essential oils and began to develop treatments. Today, research continues to prove that essential oils help many health problems including damaged skin and even mental disorders.

Essential Oils are Natural Products Distilled from Plants

Derived from living organisms, essential oils contain healing qualities associated with various plants. Essential oils are also revered for their delicate fragrances that smell quite different from the ordinary perfumes available in department stores and via online vendors. People use essential oils to treat various types of ailments along with external applications. 

People who use essential oils in combination with diets consisting of whole grains, legumes, unsalted nuts, unsalted seeds, extra virgin olive oil, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables feel healthier and look more attractive. A healthier body automatically exudes a younger image to onlookers.

How To Use Essential Oils For The Treatment Of Wrinkles

Various remedies exist for the purpose of combating wrinkles. With an abundance of choices in the marketplace, many consumers are confused as to which methods actually work and which methods are simply overly expensive and worthless treatments. Some women prefer using heavy creams on their wrinkled faces and swear that these creams help improve their complexions. 

Others prefer using lightweight lotions. People also have access to vitamin C anti-wrinkle creams and various types of gels. However, some consumers want to stick with ancient formulas made from natural ingredients. Essential oils have been used for centuries.

Use an Antioxidant Base Combined with Essential Oils

Eating blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, broccoli and kale can prevent various diseases because these foods are rich in antioxidants. Luckily, antioxidants also have healthy effects on the skin. Essential oils can even help skin conditions that have already been negatively affected by sunlight and environmental pollution. Consumers have access to various types of antioxidant carrier oils to combine with essential oils.

Rejuvenating Essential Oils

1. Damask rose extracts

Research has shown that Damask rose extracts contain specific antioxidants that renew the skin. Known as an old-fashioned remedy for many years, rose oil can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Damask rose extracts are particularly known for their abilities to improve the general complexion.

2. Sandalwood Oil

Respected for its anti-inflammatory properties, sandalwood oil contains unique moisturizing ingredients resulting from the oil's natural skin emollients. Consequently, sandalwood oil helps the skin retain needed moisture and fills in areas of the face where wrinkles tend to collect. Sandalwood oil is also a natural astringent that causes cells to rejuvenate and may offer protection against skin cancer.

3. Ylang-ylang Oil

Known for its unique and compelling fragrance, ylang-ylang oil is a product of Asia that is currently studied by researchers for its anti-wrinkle elements. A previous study showed that ylang-ylang oil helped renew the skin. The antioxidants found in ylang-ylang oil may assist in repairing the lipids of the skin.

4. Geranium Oil

Used previously as a remedy for the common cold, geranium oil has been useful in treating the symptoms caused by chronic bronchitis and sinusitis. In addition, geranium oil contains properties that renew and moisturize skin that has been affected by acne.

5. On the Merits Attributed to Coconut Oil

Used as a carrier oil or as a remedy on its own merit, coconut oil is rapidly becoming a favorite beauty remedy all over the world. A large container of extra virgin coconut oil goes a long way. A small amount of coconut oil moisturizes the skin and hair. Plus, the oil is edible and adds intense flavor to a cup of morning coffee. 

Blending coconut oil with selected essential oils smooths out facial wrinkles and adds a youthful glow to the complexion. Research shows that coconut oil helps wounds to heal more quickly because it increases the skin's collagen levels. Many women use coconut oil as a natural makeup remover that does not contain any chemicals. Use coconut oil sparingly for best results. Avoid getting coconut oil into the eyes.

Select the Right Carrier Oil for the Skin

A consumer needs to select the right carrier oil prior to using essential oils on the face or body. Since essential oils are typically available in small bottles, less expensive carrier oils help essential oils last for longer periods. Plus, carrier oils prevent essential oils from causing unnecessary irritation to the skin. Most experts agree that most people should dilute essential oils before applying them directly to the skin. 

Sensitive Skin Requires the Use of Carrier Oils in Addition to Essential Oils

People with sensitive skin conditions should only use essential oils when they are combined with carrier oils. In addition, a carrier oil adds extra moisturizing effects to the skin. Whether moisture is introduced to the body via an internal remedy such as water or via an external application, the results have powerful effects on the condition of the skin. 

Basic Carrier Oils:

1. Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is a preferred carrier oil because of its affordability and reputation as having properties that rejuvenate the skin. Grapeseed oil features fatty acids that provide nourishment to the skin. 

2. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is widely respected for its positive effects on the hair and skin. When used on a regular basis, jojoba oil helps the facial skin to look firmer. Jojoba oil has an oily texture that is especially potent for moisturizing mature complexions. In general, jojoba oil is well-known for its ability to improve the skin's appearance and add a youthful glow to the facial area.

3. Apricot kernel Oil

Apricot oil contains ingredients that nourish the skin. Vitamin E is one of the primary components occurring in apricot kernel oil. The oil is made from the apricot seed which contains substantial amounts of oleic and linoleic acids promoting a healthier complexion. Apricot kernel oil is especially useful for people with chronic dry skin conditions and wrinkles.

4. Sweet Almond Oil

Use sweet almond oil to protect the skin against aging. The oil nourishes mature skin because it contains essential oils that enable the skin to stay moist. Skin tends to look less wrinkled when it has an ample amount of moisture. 

5. Moroccan Argan Oil

Derived from the Argan tree located in exotic Morocco, Moroccan Argan oil is used to improve the complexion and the texture of hair. In addition, chefs use Moroccan Argan oil when preparing gourmet meals. The oil is a natural product derived from fruit that grows on the Argan tree. 

The nut inside each piece of fruit contains remarkable kernels used to combat wrinkles. Argan is a rare oil. Accordingly, it is one of the more expensive oils. Nevertheless, many women appreciate the positive effects that Argan oil has on the skin.


Special Features Found in Moroccan Argan Oil include:

  • High amounts of vitamin E
  • Natural saponins that make the skin soft
  • Anti-carcinogenic agents
  • Oleic and linoleic acid
  • Sterolins used to retain moisture in the skin

Experience Less Stress by Using Lavender Oil

Known for its stress-reducing properties, lavender oil has a wonderful fragrance that also leads to a better night's rest. The oil's therapeutic effect on stress and anxiety may also help people with skin conditions. The lavender flower contains antioxidants that reduce stress. An abundant amount of stress may cause an imperfect complexion.

Preventing and Treating Wrinkles

Dilute the essential oils with the carrier oil. Combine the essential oils and the carrier oil in a container with a cap. Combine approximately 10 drops of essential oils with 5 milliliters (ml) of the chosen carrier oil. Cover the container and vigorously shake the oils. 

Next, conduct a patch test on the skin before using the mixture. Apply a small amount of the mixed oils onto an inconspicuous part of the skin such as the inside part of an elbow. An unpleasant skin reaction occurring within 24 hours after the application indicates a possible allergic reaction. Any reaction means that the person may need to find another carrier oil and other essential oils for further experimentation.

Try Using Less Essential Oils 

Another alternative is to mix a second batch containing less essential oils. For combating wrinkles and dry skin, the best method is to apply the mixture every morning and evening similarly to the way in which a moisturizing cream is applied. Use the mixture daily for best results.

Essential Oils May Cause Unwanted Side Effects
Even though essential oils are products of nature, they still pose risks to some consumers. Anyone can experience an allergic reaction caused by a plant. Some of the allergic reactions commonly caused by essential oils include the following:

  • Red skin
  • A rash
  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • A runny nose
  • Skin bumps
  • Anaphylaxis

Performing the previously mentioned patch test for several days in a row can help prevent an allergic reaction. If the skin does not react in a negative way, it is safe to use the mixture. Continue to apply the carrier and essential oil mixture to the face for at least three months.

Preventing and Treating Wrinkles

People who want to prevent and treat wrinkles without using harsh chemicals may find that essential oils meet with their requirements. Practical wisdom suggests that consumers always dilute the essential oils with a carrier oil. A good recipe consists of adding 12 drops of the chosen essential oils to each fluid ounce of the carrier oil. 

Always use tiny amounts of the carrier and essential oil mixture because the oils are rather oily. Oil makes the eyes burn. Consequently, it is important to use oil sparingly around the eyes and wipe off the excess oil with a tissue. Never use essential oils or a carrier oil on the eyelid.

The Best Essential Oils For Sleep And Relaxation

Are you getting enough sleep? 

When a doctor conducts a physical exam, one of his or her most frequently asked questions is, “Are you getting enough sleep?”. There is a good reason for this. A person who is not sleeping well may have some underlying condition that needs addressed, and will not thrive in the same way a well-rested person will. 

Sleep is one of the most fundamental elements in leading a healthy lifestyle. It is also important to be able to relax and rest, at times, during waking hours. In today's fast paced world, this is easier said than done. 

A 2012 study by the Cancer Centers, indicates that Americans spent more than $32 billion on sleep aids during that year alone. In July of 2013, another study reported that 8.6 million people use some type of medication for sleep. According to WebMD, almost half of the population of America has insomnia, at some point, and/or complains about poor sleep. 

Sufficient sleep and rest helps heal damaged cells, boosts the immune system, helps recover the body and mind from the day's activities, and recharges the heart and cardiovascular system, preparing it for the next day. 

Stress, and the inability to relax when necessary, can contribute negatively to high blood pressure and heart problems. Surprisingly, people who do not get enough sleep often crave less healthful types of foods as well, which can lead to obesity. Sleep deprivation can cause feelings of drowsiness, and can also cause irritability and depression. 

Job performance can also suffer when one does not get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause one to struggle to take in new information, can cause forgetfulness, or can make important decisions seem more difficult. 

In an article about the benefits of sleep, which was featured in Neurology, a medical journal about how the brain works, Jeffrey M. Ellenbogen talks about the importance of sleep in healthy brain function and development. He notes that a lack of sleep can adversely effect one's ability to formulate meaningful new thoughts, and that it can also cause memory problems. 

An official diagnosis for a sleep disorder is not necessary for one to recognize when he or she has trouble sleeping. Most people are all too familiar with the experience of tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep in the middle of the night. 

Why can't I sleep?

Science suggests that the brain works by using two different systems. The first helps the person fall asleep easily, and aids that person in remaining asleep until it becomes necessary to awaken. The other system wakes the person normally, and keeps him or her awake so he or she can function throughout the day. This is the system that emits signals that place the brain into an alert, or more active state. 

It is important that these two systems stay in sync, however, at times, this can be difficult to achieve. When the two systems are out of balance and no longer complement one another, the wake system remains in its active state long past the time when it should be sleeping. This is considered as an overactive state, which can result in insomnia. 

Insomnia, or the inability to sleep, can impose the feeling that one is neither fully asleep, nor fully awake, and can adversely affect everything about one's lifestyle. 

There are many different causes for sleep disturbances, from noise, to stress, to pain, and there are just as many remedies. Doctors regularly prescribe drugs to treat the symptoms of sleep disorders. However, these types of drugs can be fraught with side effects. Some are even addictive. The same can be said for the over-the-counter versions. 

Essential Oils as a Safe, Natural Alternative Treatment

Essential oils can be used as a safe, natural alternative treatment for sleep difficulties. In a review of the effects of essential oils on sleep published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the majority of studies suggested a positive effect of essential oils on sleep, with lavender being the most frequently studied essential oil. 

Pros and Cons of Using Essential Oils for Re​​​​​​​​​​laxation and Sleep

Pros:
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    Essential oils can be used in place of harsh medications that can be addictive or that have dangerous side effects.
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    Essential oils are much more economical than pharmaceuticals or other artificial therapies.
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    Essential oils can be used as sleep aids without resulting in groggy or drowsy sensations upon awakening. 
Cons:
  • Before using essential oils, it is wise to familiarize oneself with each oil, and to be aware of its properties and potential side effects. Some oils can trigger allergies. Talking to a licensed aromatherapist or physician who is familiar with essential oil usage can help in making the right decisions about which oils to use or avoid for individual users. 

Essential Oils that Induce Sleep in Children 

There are a wide variety of oils that can be used to help promote relaxation and sleep. Whether or a the person using them is an adult or a child plays into which of the oils are better than the others to use for these purposes.

Adults with fully formed immune systems can safely use a wider variety of essential oils. The choices of oils used to safely calm or treat children who have difficulty sleeping is more limited. However, the oils that are safe for children tend to work well. 

When using essential oils with children, it is important that they be kept stored out of their reach. All bottles should be kept tightly sealed, and the eyes, ears and nose should be avoided during application. Only use high quality oils with children. 

Children have been known to respond favorably to the following oils:

How to use essential oils with children

It is a good idea to check with a pediatrician prior to using essential oils with children so that he or she can determine whether the child has an allergy or other conditions under which the oils should not be used. 

In her article about using essential oils on children safely, aromatherapist Kristie Martin suggests that essential oils not be used on children until they are at least six months old. From ages 6 months to 2 years, child-safe oils may be diffused for specific purposes, and for brief periods of time. After age 2, essential oils may be applied topically, using carrier oils to create low dilution levels. 

Lavender is known for properties that promote relaxation and sleep. A drop or two in the bath water of a child over the age of two can work wonders in helping calm the child, and is conducive to helping the child get a good night's sleep. 

If the child is prone to having nightmares, Cedarwood can help eliminate them, and like lavender, can help produce a restful, relaxing state. Cedar Wood essential oil works well with children when it it diffused for short periods of time.

Most children respond well to the aroma of sweet orange, which has a comforting, relaxing effect. A few drops can be placed in the child's bath water, or diffused, or placed into a spritzer, and sprayed on the child's bed linen. 

Your eating habits are essential to a good night sleep

Read our amazing article about "what you eat", and what it can do to your body below

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Let's say you eat unbalanced, nutrient-poor and processed food; there is a significant chance that your energetic vibration will be drastically reduced. You may feel tired, sad, maybe even angry after a sleepless night. 

You may react to situations differently than you usually do, and this will again be picked up by other human beings around you. We may underestimate how we portray ourselves to the world, and how people perceive us. Remember, it is all energy, and energy is vibration. 


General Instructions for Using Essential Oils 

The use of essential oils by adults for sleep and relaxation often utilizes the following methods:

Bath

Place a few drops of oil into hot bath water, keeping in mind that a little goes a long way. Soak in the bath, deeply inhaling the aroma of the oil for an extended period of time. 

Diffuser 

Diffusers come in many different variety, from electric types, to those that work with the heat from a candle, to nebulizers. The most commonly used diffusers utilize a mixture of oil and water, which is disbursed throughout the room in a fine particular mist. 

Massage 

Massage helps one enter the previously mentioned stage of mental restfulness. It can be administered professionally, by a specially trained massage therapist, or it can be administered less formally, by a friend or partner. If no one is available to give a massage, one can easily massage essential oils into the palms of the hands, or onto the bottoms of the feet.

Spritzer

Drops of essential oil can be released into water, until the desired strength is attained. The mixture can be placed inside a spritzer or spray bottle and dispensed into the air over one's bed, or directly onto the bed linens. 

Storage of Essential Oils

Essential oil users tend to keep their favorite oils on hand throughout their houses, in their gym bags, in their cars and in other easy-to-access locations.  However, many remain unaware of the proper way to protect the potency and longevity of the oils by storing them correctly. Here are a few tips that can help make your oils last longer while retaining their optimum strengths.

Keep Away From Heat

Exposing essential oils to heat or sunlight for extended periods of time, can change their chemical composition, and can also cause them to evaporate more quickly. They should not be stored in the car, close to windows, or next to any type of heater, stove or hot areas for prolonged periods of time. 
If you use essential oils for cooking, mix the oil drops in with the drink or meal itself, rather than putting them directly into the hot pan or other source of heat. 

Packaging 

It is best to store essential oils in amber colored glass bottles. This type of bottle helps to protect the oils from ultraviolet light rays, which could damage them, and lessen their potency. Plastic containers should be avoided, as certain types of essential oils, such as those with citrus bases, have the potential to melt some types of plastic. 

Oil Gear 

Do not store essential oils in your handbag nor in plastic bags. Leading oil manufacturers and other manufacturing companies produce specially made gear to help you easily transport your essential oils. Not only do these storage containers help protect your oils from impacts that could shatter their glass bottles. They also help keep them organized and easily accessible. 


Essential Oils for Adults With Sleep Difficulties

The list of essential oils that help with relaxation and sleep difficulties in adults contains a larger number of oils than the list used for children. It includes, but is not limited to, the following oils:

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Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile essential oil comes in many different forms, but the type most often used for sleep disturbances is Roman Chamomile oil, also known as anthemis nobilis. Despite its name, it was first cultivated in Hungary. This oil has been found effective in fighting anxiety and depression, as well as in promoting deep and restful sleep. Anxiety can be both a cause and a symptom of sleep difficulties. 

A 2006 case study published in the International Journal of Aromatherapy, explored the effects of Roman Chamomile essential oil on sleep and its effects on overall mood. The study suggested that participants who used Roman Chamomile essential oil, experienced a greater tendency toward drowsiness and calmness, which substantiates the oil's potential for improving sleep, and helping subjects enter a more restful state. 

Chamomile essential oil is safe for adults to ingest in very small amounts. 1-2 drop added to herbal teas or other hot drinks can soothe the mind and body. It can also be diffused effectively, or applied to the bottoms of the feet at bedtime to help promote a restful night's sleep. Women who are pregnant should avoid using Roman Chamomile until after their pregnancies end. 

Cistus Essential Oil 

Cistas essential oil, also known as Rockrose, or Labdanum, is derived from the cistus ladanifer plant, which is part of the rose family. It was originally harvested in Spain, Greece and Italy. The oil is distilled using the steam distillation method. 

Cistas essential oil is noted for being especially effective in the treatment of sleep difficulties. It is often used in meditation practices, and spiritual ceremonies, and mixes well with sandalwood or frankincense. The aroma associated with Cistus essential oil is said to evoke deep, peaceful emotional states, and to ease the process of meditation. 

Cistus oil should not be used by women who are pregnant or nursing. When used for sleeping, a 1% dilution can be mixed with massage oils or any type of carrier oil and massaged on the soles of the feet or elsewhere on the bod, avoiding the genital area. Diffusing is the best way to take advantage of the oil's meditative qualities.

Clary Sage Essential Oil 

Clary Sage, also known as Muscatel, is native to the northern Mediterranean Basin, Central Asia and Africa. Its essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and buds of the salvia sclarea plant. The oil has long been used to treat depression, and is also effective in the treatment of anxiety. Clary Sage is classified as a nervine, and can help one attain deep sleep via its relaxing properties. 

Clary Sage essential oil can be applied to the feet or pulse points before bedtime, or diffused or applied to one's pillow at night. 1-2 drops added over the heart and/or brow prior to meditation or periods of relaxation can help one more easily access a meditative state. If lack of sleep is caused by menstrual discomfort, clary sage can help. Simply rub from 3-5 drops on the abdomen. When combined with Roman Chamomile, its potency is increased.

What You Need to Know About Essential Oils

Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments.

The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels. In ancient times, Jews and Egyptians made essential oils by soaking the plants in oil and then filtering the oil through a linen bag.

Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

​Frankincense Essential Oil 

Frankincense, also known as oliganum, comes from four different species of the Boswella Sacra or Boswellia carterii tree, each yielding slightly different properties. The tree can grow in dry, desolate conditions, and requires very little soil. Frankincense essential oil is known to have been traded in Somalia, on the Arabian peninsula and in North Africa for as many as 5,000 years. The oil is extracted from the plant using the steam/distillation method.

Frankincense essential oil is an effective sleep aid, because it is capable of inducing feelings of relaxation, mental peace and contentment. It is also said to awaken insight, making users more introspective, while lowering their stress and/or anger.
Frankincense oil for stress relief works best in a diffuser or a vaporizer. It can also be mixed with a carrier oil, and applied to the abdomen, or to the bottoms of the feet at bedtime for an effective sedative, or dropped into a hot bath for steam inhalation.
So long as large quantities of Frankincense essential oil are not ingested, the oil has no known harmful side effects.

Lavender Essential Oil 

Lavender, also known as lavandula angustifolia, essential oil is one of the top essential oils used in the treatment of sleep disturbances, and for all other essential oil treatments. It was first cultivated in Bulgaria, and comes from the flowering tops of the lavandula plant. The oil is extracted using the water/steam distillation method. Noted for its distinctive, sweet aroma, the oil is acclaimed for its capacity to promote a relaxing atmosphere, which can also lead to a more restful night's sleep. 

Lavender essential oil can be used in a hot bath, diffused, spritzed or sprinkled on bed linens. Another was to use Lavender essential oil, is to rub from 2-3 drops in the palms of the hands, then cup each hand, holding it to the nose and inhaling deeply, to draw the scene into the amygdala gand, which immediately works to calm the mind. It can also be rubbed on the soles of the feet, at the temples, (taking care to avoid the eyes), wrists or on any other pulse point. 

Marjoram Essential Oil 

Marjoram, also known as “Goose herb,” is an essential oil produced from the origanum majovana plant, and is related to oregano. It symbolizes happiness in some cultures, and is also known as “joy of the mountains,” or “wintersweet.” According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love used it to create her famous love potions. 

Marjoram produces an oil that is highly acclaimed for its calming properties, as well as the positive effects that it has on the nervous system. Classified as a nervine, Marjoram essential oil strengthens and tones the nervous system, and keeps users active while protecting them from a number of nervous disorders. 

Marjoram essential oil can be mixed with carrier oil and applied to the back of the neck to decrease feelings of stress. If achy muscles are the reason for one's lack of sleep, a Marjoram essential oil massage can help relieve the pain, and also promote relaxation of the muscles. 1-2 drops of Marjoram essential oil can be added to hot water or herbal tea and ingested internally. It can be diffused, or massaged into the soles of the feet prior to bedtime, to help promote a good night's rest. 

Spikenard Essential Oil

Spikenard, or nardostachys jatamansi essential oil hails from the same family as Valerian root. It comes from high elevations in the Himalayas of Nepal, India and in China, and is mentioned in the Bible. 

Spikenard essential oil has been used for centuries for its healing and sedative properties, and to uplift the mood. It works as a natural coolant, and therefore, rids the mind of aggression and anger that can upset sleep. This oil is extra potent as a sleep aid when mixed with Sandalwood essential oil. 

Spikenard can be added to a hot bath to unleash its calming effects. 2 drops inhaled, or 5 drops added to a diffuser can have a similar effect. 5 drops of Spikenard essential oil added to a carrier oil makes a relaxing massage compound that is known to relieve stress headaches and sore muscles, as it helps one overcome sleeping difficulties. 

Valerian Essential Oil

Valerian, or valeriana officinalis, essential oil is another oil that is known for its calming properties. It is best known for its rather pungent, musky aroma, which is considered an acquired scent by some individuals. Valerian essential oil comes from a perennial flowering plant, and was first cultivated in Greece and Italy, but is currently cultivated in Europe and Asia. 

One of the best uses for Valerian essential oil, is in the treatment of insomnia. It also helps improve the quality of sleep, evoking a state of deep sleep that results in feeling more rested and refreshed. Valerian contains active components that optimize the release of hormones, and that also balance the cycles of the body to stimulate this thorough level of sleep. 

Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid using Valerian essential oil. The best way to utilize Valerian essential oil's beneficial properties, is to diffuse as many as 30 drops of the oil up to 3 times daily. It should be kept away from the mucous membranes and eyes. Users who have medical conditions should consult with their physicians prior to using Valerian essential oil. 

Try these six amazing Blends to better your Sleep and relaxation

Blend one
  • 12 drops Orange
  • 8 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Valerian
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
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    Blend six
    • 3 drops lavender
    • 2 drops Vetiver
    • 2 drops Marjoram

    Blend well together in a clean glass jar or bottle. Use in diffuser, inhale, topically, or in a warm bath mixed with epsom salt.

    ALWAYS check if the essential oil you use can cause allergic reactions. Check with your doctor before use.



    Summing up

    Just as it needs water, food and air, the human body needs sleep in order to function properly. Sleep is the time when the body heals itself and works to repair any chemical imbalances. During sleep, the brain also forms new connections, as it restores its capacity for memory retention. Without sufficient sleep, the systems in the brain, and in the rest of the body, cannot function as they should. Sleep deprivation can also significantly lower the quality of one's life, and can even lead to an earlier death. 
    People who struggle with being able to relax, or to fall asleep deeply, can be helped tremendously by using essential oils. However, one should never ignore the potential for any underlying causes of these conditions. If you suffer from insomnia or have difficulties relaxing, it can be a good idea to undergo a physical examination by a qualified physician to eliminate any unforeseen problems that go beyond normal standards.

    Each person responds to essential oils differently from every other person. An oil that might remedy sleep disorders for one person, might be less effective for another. Therefore, it is suggested that the person using the oil try a variety of types, and under different circumstances, to help determine which one works best. For instance, some people respond better to essential oils that are applied directly to the skin, while others find that inhalation through a diffuser works best. 

    When purchasing essential oils for sleep disturbances, or for other reasons, it is important to look for pure oils that do not contain any synthetic ingredients that could result in their own chemical reactions in the body. It is important to purchase oils from a reputable vendor who understands the oil's applications, ingredients, properties and purposes, and that can explain these things, and answer any questions that you may have about them. 


    Resource links
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    Cognitive benefits of sleep and their loss due to sleep deprivation
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    10 Things You Need to Know About Essential Oils Before You Buy by Adrienne Urban

    Essential Oils for Calcium Deposits

    What are Calcium Deposits?

    Calcium deposits occur when excess calcium builds up in blood vessels, body tissue or organs. This buildup of calcium can eventually harden and has the potential to disrupt one's body's normal processes, such as walking or exercising movement through muscles.

    Calcification can occur in virtually any part of the body that overlies a bony surface. For instance, one can find calcium deposits in fingers or at the joints. One might even find a calcium deposit on eyelid areas.

    What Causes Calcium Deposits?

    Although a common myth states that calcium deposits are related to getting excess calcium in the diet, this assertion is not based on fact.

    Calcium deposits can develop when the kidneys do not eliminate excess calcium levels in the bloodstream, and by an overly stimulated thyroid gland. They can also form a response to trauma or a constant irritation.

    Natural Ways of Dissolving Calcium Deposits in the Body

    Calcium deposits can be dissolved using many different natural modalities. The following natural remedies for calcium deposits is a partial list that contains some of the most frequently used:

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    Healthy human cells contain lower levels of calcium and elevated levels of magnesium. Boosting the magnesium in the system assists in breaking down the calcium deposits, while it restores the natural mineral levels. Bathing in Epsom salts several times a week can aid in this process.

    Ice packs applied directly to the affected area can help reduce swelling, and can bring temporary relief. Baking soda, when applied as a paste and brushed, can help break down calcium deposits on the teeth. Flaxseed oil works by helping increase calcium absorption by the body. Additionally, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, flaxseed helps eliminate calcium buildups that cause osteoporosis and arthritis. The same holds true for an anti-inflammatory diet.

    Anti-inflammatory Diet 

    Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can go far to help prevent calcium deposits, and to help eliminate existing calcium deposits. Foods that are included in an anti-inflammatory diet include:

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      Fresh fruits, such as oranges, cherries, strawberries and blueberries

    Applecider Vinegar

    Does Apple Cider Vinegar Dissolve Calcium Deposits?

    Using apple cider vinegar for calcium deposits is one of the condition's most widely-used natural remedies. However, this method does have some disadvantages.

    Apple cider vinegar contains a substance called malic acid, which helps the body dissolve the deposits, and can help ease related arthritis. The malic acid also helps the body to oxygenate the blood, and to attain balanced acid-alkaline pH levels, providing digestive aid, and boosting the immune system.

    The suggested dosage for using apple cider vinegar to treat calcium deposits is 1 Tablespoon of high-quality apple cider vinegar in an 8-ounce glass of spring water, 2-3 times per day.

    Disadvantages of using Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Calcium Deposits 

    While effective for most people, there are those individuals for whom the treatment does not work well. The substance is highly acidic, and when used in moderation, can have antiseptic properties. However, when used in excess, it can cause damage.

    Unless apple cider vinegar is appropriately diluted, it can contribute to the erosion of one's tooth enamel. It has also been known to burn the gums and esophageal tissues. People who have a sensitivity to vinegar can experience burns to the skin if the concentrated liquid comes into direct contact with the skin.

    Potassium is one of the primary electrolytes and effects the body's nervous system and balanced hydration. Low potassium levels have been associated with the over-consumption of apple cider vinegar. Bone density loss has also been associated with the long-term use of apple cider vinegar. Therefore, it is prudent to consult with one's doctor before treating calcium deficiencies with apple cider vinegar, particularly for those individuals with osteoporosis or arthritis.

    Essential Oils for Calcium Deposits

    Bottles of essential oil with rosemary, thyme, creeping thyme, echinacea, wintergreen, lavender, myrrh, frankincense and rose buds on a dark background


    Wintergreen

    When applied externally, wintergreen essential oil quickly penetrates the skin surrounding the muscles and tissues. This stimulates circulation of blood and helps to clear obstructions, such as calcium deposits, in the flow of blood. Wintergreen essential oil does not allow toxins, such as uric acid to accumulate in the area where it is applied.

    Although it is absorbed through the skin, wintergreen essential oil ultimately reaches the bloodstream, where it acts as a diuretic. This speeds up the removal of toxins from the body.

    Application and Precautions

    Apply this medicinal oil to the bottom of the feet, and to any affected area of the body, avoiding the eye area and genitals. Wintergreen essential oil is poisonous because it contains methyl salicylate. This oil should never be ingested.


    Lavender has relaxation properties that can help eliminate or dissipate pain. It can be applied directly to the site of a calcium deposit or added to an Epsom salt bath.

    Application and Precautions

    Lavender oil can be applied externally to the area where the calcium deposit exists, but should not be applied near the eyes. It can also help to apply it to the soles of the feet.

    Pregnant and nursing women and patients who have diabetes should avoid using lavender essential oil. Those with especially sensitive skin should also avoid using lavender essential oil.


    Peppermint Oil 

    Peppermint oil, especially when blended with lavender oil, has been shown to reduce muscle and joint pain and to reduce the size of calcium deposits in the joints. It has as special cooling, effects. If your calcium deposit site is swollen, this oil can provide fast relief. It is quickly absorbed into the skin, reducing swelling, and joint pain. It also decreases fluid retention. The oil should be applied directly to the site of the calcium deposit, with the exception of the eye and genital areas, and can also be applied to the bottoms of the feet at bedtime.

    Application and Precautions

    Peppermint oil is safe when used topically at the site of the calcium deposit, so long as it is not near the eyes or genitals, or when taken orally in amounts that are commonly found in food.

    Oral ingestion of peppermint oil may possibly result in mild side effects for some, which includes flushing, heartburn, mouth sores or a headache. One should consult his or her physician, should any of these symptoms occur.


    Eucalyptus essential oil has properties that are similar to those found in peppermint essential oil. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve pain at the site of a calcium deposit. It can be used in the same way as Peppermint essential oil.

    Application and Precautions

    Eucalyptus essential oil should be massaged in a circular motion on the affected areas of the body, avoiding the eye and the genital regions. It can also be applied to the bottoms of the feet, in small quantities, at bedtime, to be absorbed into the system.
    Taken internally, and in large quantities, Eucalyptus oil can be toxic. Additionally, those with allergic sensitivities may contract to a type of airborne contact dermatitis from using Eucalyptus essential oil.


    Myrrh oil

    Myrrh essential oil contains the components terpenoids and sesquiterpenes. These properties are both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant by nature. They also serve to stimulate blood flow to tissues, which can help reduce the possibilities of the occurrence of calcium deposits and can help reduce the size of existing ones by reducing swelling and increasing blood circulation in the areas of the body where the deposits occur.

    Application and Precautions

    Myrrh essential oil can be diffused or inhales, applied directly to the skin, used with a cold compress, or taken internally.
    Anyone taking anticoagulant heart medication should first consult with a physician before using Myrrh essential oil. People with especially sensitive skin sometimes experience inflammation at the application site. The oil may lower the blood sugar, so those individuals with diabetes or other blood sugar disorders should avoid using it.


    Frankincense is shown to reduce pain when applied directly to the site of the calcium deposit. This essential oil has also been shown to be effective in reducing the size of calcium deposits, and of breaking them up, so the system will absorb them.

    Application and Precautions

    Frankincense can be applied to the bottoms of the feet at bedtime, or rubbed in a circular motion directly at the site of the calcium deposit, except for the eye or genital areas. It can also be diffused into the air and inhaled.

    People who have skin sensitivities should avoid using Frankincense essential oil. Avoid using in the eyes, ears, nose or near the genitals.


    Infused Oils: How they are made, and how to use them

    Facts about Infused Oils

    Used to enhance taste and smell to different oils

    Can be used in many different products such as food and soap

    Has been used for therapeutic uses for more then 5,000 years

    Infused oils can also be used as a colorant

    Infused Oils : How They Are Made and Their Uses

    Infused or macerated oils can be used to add scent, flavor and health benefits to different types of carrier oils, such as olive, coconut or sweet almond oils. To make infused oils, herbs, flowers, peppers, nuts or other plant-based ingredients are typically transferred to specific types of oil and cooked over extremely low heat for long periods of time. This method is called digestion. Other methods of infusing oils will be discussed later in this article. Infused oils differ from essential oils in that they are less concentrated, and different processes are used to make them.

    History of Infused Oils

    The use of infused oils dates back centuries. According to Aromatherapy: An A-Z, by Patricia Davis, infused oils existed prior to the extraction processes used to make the essential oils used today. The first infused oils were made by Israelis, who placed plant materials into jars of oil to macerate in the sun for as long as 50 days, depending on the materials used. Infused oils made from flowers took less time.Infused oils have, for generations, been regarded as a cure-all by homemakers, monks, doctors, chefs and others, and have remained steadily popular.

    Tessserard, (1977, 1988) notes that the use of aromatic plants and oils that used these plants for therapeutic uses, goes back over 5,000 years, where, in Egypt, they were used for both medicinal and spiritual uses. Even earliest civilizations burnt aromatic herbs and woods to drive out evil spirits, which we might now interpret as mental illnesses. In any part of the world, fragrant plants have been, and still are an integral part of the rituals of sorcery, healing and religious practices.

    Unlike contemporary times, home kitchens of the past did not have access to the many plants and plant products currently used in infused oils. They were either too expensive or difficult to come by. During these times, only a few essential ingredients were kept at hand. However, today, with help from the Internet, delivery services and well- stocked stores, products used to make infused oils are more within reach.

    In early Rome, essential oils were obtained when fat was placed on two pieces of glass with herbs or pressed flowers were placed between them. The essential oil saturated the fat and produced what was known as a chassis. This would be cleared of the plant material, and the process would begin again When the chassis was completely saturated with scent, it was referred to as a pomade, which would be treated with alcohol to create an absolute.

    The process was tedious and would take numerous pressings before the oil was strong enough to be used. The resulting product was so expensive to use that only the rich could afford it. This was when infused macerations of oil gained popularity.

    An article published by Gritman Essential Oils, entitled, Macerations: the Ancient Art of making Essential Oils, notes that during the early days of making essential oils, they were obtained when fat was placed on two pieces of glass with herbs or pressed flowers were placed between them. The essential oil saturated the fat and produced what was known as a chassis. This would be cleared of the plant material, and the process would begin again When the chassis was completely saturated with scent, it was referred to as a pomade, which would be treated with alcohol to create an absolute.

    The process was tedious and would take numerous pressings before the oil was strong enough to be used. The resulting product was so expensive to use that only the rich could afford it. This was when infused macerations of oil gained popularity.

    Infused or macerated oils can be used for many different purposes that include:

    • Aromatherapy
    • Insect bites
    • Diaper rash
    • ​Drawing salve
    • ​Body butters
    • ​Herbal massage melts
    • ​Balms
    • Soap making
    • ​Room fragrances
    • ​Food products
    • ​Various medicinal purposes
    • Many others

    What is the Difference Between Essential Oil and Infused Oil?

    Essential oils

    Essential oils are oils that have been distilled from the bark, leaves, roots and other aromatic portions of a plant. These kinds of oils evaporate and have a concentrated aroma. Essential oils are distinct from fixed or carrier oils. They are highly aromatic plant oils. Natural essential oils appear in complex combinations that have specific compositions for each plant.
    According to David Bunting of the Herb Pharm Chronicles, essential oils are, when isolated from the plant from which they originated, are considered to be both herbal products, and plant constituents. These oils are volatile, highly aromatic oils that are traditionally used in flavorings, fragrances and medicinally, in aromatherapy. They can vaporize easily at moderate temperatures, and it is this quality that enables their aroma to reach the olfactory receptors to be perceived as fragrances. They are not soluble in water and only marginally soluble in alcohol. Bunting goes further to state that natural essential oils have a specific composition for each plant, and occur in complex combinations


    How are Essential Oils Extracted?

    Lower quality essential oils are usually extracted from plant material with the use of certain types of solvents. Higher quality oils undergo a process in which steam is passed through the herb or other plant material. Certain essential oils, such as orange, lemon, and other citrus oils, are simply pressed from the fresh plant.

    Infused Oils

    An infused or macerated oil, consists of a carrier oil or fixed oil, that has been permeated with herbs or other plant matter, such as citrus, nuts or organic vanilla. Infused oils are not as strong as essential oils. However, they do have many of the same beneficial properties. Like essential oils, infused oils are hydrophobic, or resistant to water, so they work well together in combination.


    Check out this simple-to-follow video on how to make your own Infused oils, by our friends at Danny Macs Kitchen.



    Fixed or Carrier Oils

    Oils, such as olive oil, which is used in cooking, consist of lipids or fats. These types of oils are known as fixed oils because they do not readily vaporize. Fixed oils, or carrier oils, contain fatty acid chains. Fixed oils that are cold-pressed from seeds and fatty fruits are considered to be the highest quality. Sesame and olive oils are the oils used most commonly in herbal dietary supplements, but many different types of oil can be found in cosmetic products that use herbs.

    Commonly used Carrier Oils

    • Almond oil
    • Avocado oil
    • ​Coconut oil
    • ​Castor Seed oil
    • ​Grapeseed oil
    • ​Olive oil
    • Palm Kernel oil
    • ​Jojoba oil
    • ​Apricot Kernel oil
    • ​Rosehip Seed oil

    What You Need to Know About Essential Oils

    Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments.

    The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels. In ancient times, Jews and Egyptians made essential oils by soaking the plants in oil and then filtering the oil through a linen bag.

    Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.


    How are Infused Oils Created?

    There are numerous ways to make macerations or infused oils. According to the Online Herbal Encyclopedia, Infusing herbs and other plants into oil enable its active medicinal ingredients to be extracted. The encyclopedia notes further, that cold infused oils are cured naturally in the sun, and that those hot infused oils are simmered over low heat.

    Heat infusion works best with berries, barks, and roots, so long as the oil is not heated above from 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent harming the oil. Care should also be taken not to burn any herbs that are used, as this will destroy the intended chemical composition of the mixtures and yield unsatisfactory results. Both types of infused oil can be used externally as massage oils or added to creams and ointments. There are other methods for extracting plant properties for infused oils as well.

    Recipes differ regarding the amounts of plant material used in infused oils, whether the plant material is fresh or dried, the amounts of oil used, and the varieties of oils used for the processes. For instance, the solar infusion method entails placing plant matter, such as herbs, flowers, leaves, and bark into the bottom of a glass container, filling the container with a fixed oil, and setting the container in the sun for up to four weeks. On her website about herbal oils, Wellness Mama lists a number of other methods for infusing oils:

    Slow Cooker Method

    The slow cooker method of infusing oils entails placing plant matter and oils in a jar according to the same instructions used for the solar infusion method. A dishtowel is placed into the bottom of the cooker. The jar is added, then several inches of water, with the level staying lower than the top of the jar lid. Next, the slow cooker should be set at the warm setting while it allows the oils and plant matter to infuse for as many as 24 hours. The temperature should be checked every 4 hours to ensure it does not exceed 130 degrees. The longer the plant matter infuses in the oil, the stronger the oil will be.

    Double Boiler Method

    This is a fast method for infusing oils. To proceed, place 2” of water in a double boiler. Place the plant matter and oils in the top of the double boiler and cover. Turn on medium heat until the water begins to simmer. Reduce the heat to low. Simmer the mixture on low heat for up to 4 hours, checking the temperature and water levels periodically. When the oil turns dark and begins to take on the scent of the herbs, remove the double boiler from the heat and strain through a cheesecloth or strainer.

    How are Infused Oils Used in Soap?

    In an article by New England Handmade Artisan Soaps, it is noted that using infused oils in soap can imbue unique qualities in the soap. For instance, chamomile or calendula infusions can impart a lovely butter yellow to the finished product. The oils add slight scent as well.

    Here are some unique, fragrant combinations of ingredients that can be used in infused oils for soap making:

    • Citrus, nuts, organic vanilla
    • Rosehips, mint
    • ​Lavender, mint
    • ​Lemon balm, mint
    • ​Rose, chamomile
    • ​Coffee bean, organic vanilla
    • Marshmallow root, comfrey
    • ​Plantain (herb), marshmallow root
    • Verbena, lemon

    Using Infused Oils for Soap Coloration

    Jo Haslauer's article in Modern Soapmaking, mentions that clear, bright colors can be achieved by using specific plant infused oils. The author states that she replaces a percentage of her base soap making oils with infused oils. For instance, to make a deep purple soap, she used oil that was infused with the European plant, Alkanet. Here are some other soap colorations created with the use of oils infused with the following plant materials:

    • Orange -Turmeric
    • Orange -Paprika
    • Blue- Woad
    • Pink-Yellowdock
    • Pink - Rhubarb
    • Yellow -Saffron
    • Yellow-Annatto
    • Purple - Gromwell
    • Purple - Ratanjot
    • Green - Comfrey
    • Green - Nettle

    Did You Know? A Note About Nut Oils

    There exists a certain amount of confusion about using nut oils in infused oils. Most of these types of oils are not infusions but are the oils that are pressed from the meats of the nuts. Nut oils are not generally used for cooking but rather used in cold preparations, such as certain salad dressings, and as condiments. The exception is coconut oil.

    Essential Oils: and the Why, How and When to use them

    Facts about Essential Oils

    Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified to date

    Essential Oils can trigger memories and emotions

    Essential Oils can purify your home

    Can enhance spiritual awareness

    Caution: Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use. If contact with skin occurs, avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours.

    Storage: Keep in a cool, dark place.

    Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments.
    The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin, and peels. In ancient times, Jews and Egyptians made essential oils by soaking the plants in oil and then filtering the oil through a linen bag.
    Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
    These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without any side effects. Ready to harness the power of the world’s most proven therapeutic compounds?

    What You Need to Know About Essential Oils

    Aristotle believed that all matter is composed of fire, air, earth, and water. In addition to these four elements, there was a fifth, which was quintessence, or life force. The processes of evaporation and distillation of plants were believed at that time, to remove the spirit or life force from the plant. The idea of essential oils is derived from the concept of quintessence.
    Essential is a contraction of that word.A growing number of people now seek alternatives to traditional medicines so they can avoid the side effects of conventional drugs or the risks of addiction associated with narcotic pain relievers. One of the most popular natural remedies is essential oil.

    What are Essential Oils?

    Essential oils are powerful health and vitality boosters best known for their healing and fragrance properties. They can be used for a sizable range of physical and emotional wellness applications. The oils can be used in complex blends or as single oils, depending on the desired benefits and individual user experience.

    Flint Hills Aromatherapy notes that certain oils mix well with others to create unique blends that have beneficial properties.
    For instance, Clary Sage, Geranium, Vetiver, Bergamot, and Lime mix well with Basil essential oil. Cedarwood, Vetiver, Lavender, and Cypress mix well with Chamomile, and Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Cedarwood all blend well with Cinnamon.According to DoTerra's Essential Oil Usage Guide A-Z, essential oil is comprised of compounds that are found in the various part of plants, such as the seeds, flowers, bark and stems.


    It takes 30 pounds of lavender flowers to make a single 15 ml. bottle of Lavender essential oil. The oils are what give each plant its distinctive aroma. They are highly concentrated, and have been used medicinally for centuries. Many are used today as ingredients in various foods, cleaning products, homemade soap, perfumes, different types of beauty treatments and in countless other products.Lawrence (2002) states that in order for an essential oil to exist, it has to be isolated from the plant by physical means.


    The physical methods used to isolate the oil are distillation with water, steam or both, or expression, otherwise known as cold pressing. This is a unique method used for oils made from citrus peels. A maceration or distillation process can also be used. This process macerates plant material in warm water to release the essential oil that is bound to the plant's enzymes.

    Where can I use Essential Oils?

    All Purpose cleaner: Add three drops each of Lemon oil and Tea Tree oil to a few ounces of warm water, then spray countertops to naturally disinfect.

    Natural mosquito repellent: Combine one drop of Lemongrass oil, Citronella Oil and Eucalyptus oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil to make a natural bug spray and rub on exposed skin.

    Clean Air: Diffuse Cinnamon oil in the air and enjoy its anti-microbial properties

    Washing machine: Add 10-20 drops of your favorite scent pr load

    Bathtub scrub: Mix one-half cup of baking soda, one half cup of vinegar and five drops of Bergamot or Lime oil. Use as a scrub for a sink or bathtub

    Wash produce: To clean fruit and vegetables, add two drops of Lemon oil to a large bowl of warm water.

    Bathroom freshener:  Put a cotton ball soaked in Lime oil in the bathroom as a freshener.

    Improve sleep: Lavender oil can alleviate insomnia. Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow to help you fall asleep.

    Foot bath: Add a few drops of Lemon or Eucalyptus oil to a large bowl of warm water to help soothe the feet

    Homemade soap: Add essential oils of your choice to your warm or cold processed homemade soaps

    How Do I Use Essential Oil?

    There are four primary ways in which to use essential oil,namely aromatically, topically, internally, and in products such as body lotion.TopicallyTopical use of essential oil involves placing the oil directly on the skin and rubbing it in.
    Those with sensitive skin can dilute the oil by mixing it with fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or other pure; cold-pressed carrier oils.InternallyInternal use of essential oil is controversial and should not transpire without consulting a medical professional who is knowledgeable about oils.
    To ingest internally, place from one to two drops of oil under the tongue or drink in a glass of water.
    The oil can also be placed inside an empty capsule and swallowed with liquid.AromaticallyAromatic use of essential oil is affected by placing a couple of drops into the palms of the hands and sniffing them, or by putting the oil in a diffuser to release particles of oil into the air for cleansing and inhalation.


    Diffusers come in several different types:

    • Evaporative diffusers
    • Heat diffusers
    • Nebulizer diffusers
    • Ultrasonic/Humidifying diffusers

    Evaporative diffusers contain filters upon which essential oil is dropped. The circulating air causes rapid evaporation of the oil which is blown into space by the fan.
    A heat diffuser works the same way, only the filter or pad is exposed to a low-level heat source.
    Ultrasonic or humidifying diffusers use water as a catalyst for the oil, which is disbursed into the air in mist form.
    Nebulizer diffusers do not use water or filters but work via an atomizer that creates a gentle mist of essential oil, which is disbursed into the air.


    Products that Use Essential Oil

    According to New Leaf Wellness, here are some of the many products that can contain essential oil:

    • All-Purpose Cleaner
    • Natural Mosquito Repellent
    • ​Bathtub Scrub
    • ​Body Butter
    • ​Lip Balm
    • ​Natural Perfume
    • ​Acne Face Wash
    • ​Breath Freshener
    • ​Natural Skin Toners
    • Hair Conditioners
    • Homemade Shampoo
    • Homemade Deodorant
    • Sugar Scrub
    • Homemade Toothpaste
    • Body Spray
    • Hair Thickener
    • Wrinkle Cream
    • Teeth Whitener
    • Dandruff Treatments
    • Facial Scrubs

    Infused Oils: How They Are Made and Their Uses
    Infused or macerated oils can be used to add scent, flavor and health benefits to different types of carrier oils, such as olive, coconut or sweet almond oils. To make infused oils, herbs, flowers, peppers, nuts or other plant-based ingredients are typically transferred to specific types of oil and cooked over extremely low heat for long periods of time. This method is called digestion. Other methods of infusing oils will be discussed later in this article. Infused oils differ from essential oils in that they are less concentrated, and different processes are used to make them.

    Top Oils Used in Soap

    According to Modern Soap Making, the top ten oils included in soaps are:

    • Lavender, such as Lavandin Grosso or Lavandin Abrialis.
    • Rosemary, such as Spanish Rosemary or Moroccan Rosemary.
    • Folded Lemon, in a steam distilled form.
    • ​Cedarwood, including Atlas, Himalayan and Virginian varieties.
    • ​Dark Patchouli, preferably aged varieties.
    • ​Clary Sage, preferably the Bulgarian variety.
    • ​Folded Sweet Orange, as opposed to bitter orange, due to photosensitivity.
    • Peppermint, that blends well with citrus, bergamot, cedarwood, lemon, lavender, rosemary, tea tree and evergreen or woodsy oils, such as fir or pine.
    • ​Bergamot, preferably the bergaptene-free variety.
    • Tea Tree, preferably the Australian or lemon tea tree varieties

    Can essential oil cause allergic reactions?

    According to doTerra, essential oil does not contain allergens. In other words, the best essential oil does not have contaminants or synthetic ingredients that cause allergic reactions. However, the concentrated nature of natural essential oil makes certain sensitive individuals vulnerable to sensitivity symptoms under specific conditions.

    Therefore, even though this is unlikely to occur, common sense precautions should be exercised when using any essential oil. If an undesired reaction occurs, the offending oil should be withdrawn from use until a physician who is knowledgeable about oils can be consulted. Since essential oil is, by nature, a highly concentrated formula, the likelihood of developing a sensitivity reaction can be reduced by diluting the oil with fractionated coconut oil.

    Essential Oil Sensitivity Symptoms:

    • Skin swelling, pain or tenderness
    • Itchy skin
    • Boils, hives or rashes
    • Upset stomach
    • Breathing difficulties

    Although sensitivity reactions are not likely to occur, it is wise to conduct a simple skin test before embarking upon the topical use of a given
    essential oil. Merely 1-2 drops of essential oil with 3–6 drops of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut or sweet almond oil, and apply the mixture to an inconspicuous area of skin. Let the oil fully absorb into the skin, followed by repeated examinations of the area over several hours.
    Should pain, redness, swelling, itchiness, or other undesired symptoms occur, a sensitivity to that particular oil might exist, indicating the need to discontinue use of that oil.

    Can essential oil be used during pregnancy?

    According to Dr. Lindsey Elmore of Young Living, the choice to use essential oil during pregnancy is a decision that should be made through consultation with one's doctor or other medical professionals who are knowledgeable about their usage. While no firm rules apply, some doctors advise their patients to avoid or use only small amounts of the following oils:

    • Sage
    • Clary Sage
    • Wintergreen
    • Fennel
    • Hyssop
    • Idaho Tansy

    Pregnant women should also be judicious about using supplements or blends that contain the particular oils mentioned above.

    How do I know Which Essential Oil to Use?

    Here are some of the most popular oils and some of the things that they treat:

    Arborvitae

    Arborvitae promotes healthy cell function and immune system, is used for allergy relief, and works as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent.

    Basil

    Basil can be used effectively for abdominal cramps, amenrrhea, bee stings, bursitis, chronic fatigue, earache, fatigue, insect bites, migraine, muscle spasms, restless leg syndrome, tendinitis, torn ligaments or muscles and vertigo.

    Bergamot

    Bergamot provides effective relief for colic, sadness, irritability and stress.

    Black Pepper

    Black pepper contains powerful antioxidant properties. It improves circulation, works as a digestive aid, curbs the urge to smoke and enhances mood. 

    Cardamom

    Cardamom supports the respiratory system, helps clear breathing passages, works well for motion sickness and elevates the mood. It can also be effectively used to treat indigestion.

    Cassia

    Cassia is one of the best treatments for boils. It is also used to treat typhoid fever.

    Cedarwood

    Cedarwood is used to help relax both the body and the mind. It is also used to help support respiratory function, and to promote healthy, clear skin.

    Eucalyptus

    Eucalyptus is used to treat allergies, bronchitis and asthma. It is shown to be an effective cough remedy, and is used for congestion, hay fever, hypoglycemia, pneumonia and to treat poison ivy rashes.

    Frankincense

    Frankincense can assist people who have problems with absentmindedness, amnesia,aneurysms, arthritis, autism, concussions, sadness, inflammation, liver disorders, mental fatigue, metal toxicity, ovarian cysts, Parkinson's Disease, polio, schizophrenia, seizures and wrinkles.

    Helichrysum

    Helichrysum is used to treat alcoholism, aneurysm, circulation disorders, hemorrhoids, tinnitus, tissue regeneration, torn tendons and varicose veins.

    Lavender

    Lavender is one of the most widely used oils. It is used for the treatment of insect bites ,anxiety, arrhythmia, bruises, calming, cuts, scrapes, skin allergies, ear infections, itching, eczema, heat stroke,, insomnia, measles, burns, poison ivy, atherosclerosis, rashes, stress and sunburn.

    Lemon

    Lemon essential oil is used to treat coughs, dysentery, gallbladder stones, greasy hair, gout, kidney stones, gout and sore throats.

    Lemongrass

    Lemongrass is used to treat bladder infections, connective tissue trauma, carpal tunnel syndrome, gastritis, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, metal toxicity, muscle spasms, tissue regeneration, torn tendons, urinary tract infections and varicose veins.

    Rosemary

    Rosemary is used for gallbladder issues, gout, kidney stones, hangovers and sort throats.

    Vetiver

    Vetiver is a balancing oil that works on absentmindedness, hyperactivity, memory loss and autism.

    In his publication, 101 Ways to Use Essential Oil, the benefits of oil usage comes from their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The oils are quickly growing in popularity because they can treat various illnesses and other conditions without side effects.

    It is important to use only the highest quality therapeutic grade oils available.

    Common problems and how to treat them:

    Here are some common problems that can be treated with oils, and the recommended oils to use with each one

    Acne

    Lavender, Melaleuca or Lemongrass work well for the treatment of acne. To use, apply up to three drops topically to the affected area up to twice a day. Adjust the number of drops used according to the severity of the problem and the size of the area that is effected.

    Alertness

    Peppermint oil can be diffused into the air or rubbed into the palms of the hands and inhaled as needed for a quick pick-me-up.

    Discomfort from Arthritis

    Frankincense or Peppermint oil may be used by applying a a drop or two topically to the affected area as needed. Small amounts applied frequently work best.

    Athlete's Foot

    A good oil remedy for athlete's foot is Oregano or Melaleuca. To use, apply up to three drops topically to the area between the toes and around the toenails twice daily until symptoms subside.

    Bloating

    Peppermint or Clary Sage work well for bloating. Apply a few drops topically to the stomach area, or rub a few drops on the soles of the feet before bedtime. Please consult a physician before using Clary Sage if pregnant.

    Bronchitis

    Eucalyptus or Thyme can be topically applied to the chest and neck area as an effective treatment for bronchitis. Alternatively, one can gargle a few drops of either of these oils in warm water, or diffuse one into the air and inhale.

    Bruising

    Helichrysm or Geranium oil may be effectively used to treat bruises. Apply a few drops topically to the affected area several times a day.

    Cellulite

    Cellulite can be treated with Grapefruit or Lemon essential oil. Topically massage three drops vigorously on the direct location of the cellulite daily, especially prior to exercising. Additionally, two drops may be added to eight ounces of water to be sipped throughout the day.

    Insomnia

    Lavender or Roman Chamomile oil can all be used to treat insomnia. To use, add up to 5 drops to a warm bath, or rub topically on the soles of the feet before going to bed at night.

    Indigestion

    Indigestion can be effectively treated by using ginger or peppermint oils

    Jet Lag

    Peppermint, Bergamot and Rosemary are the best oils to use to rejuvenate oneself after a long flight.

    Joint Soreness

    For sore joints, wintergreen or peppermint oils are quite effective.

    Leg Cramps

    Leg cramps can be effectively treated with Clary sage or Cypress oils.

    Mental Fatigue

    Lemongrass or peppermint work well to make the mind more alert and to eliminate mental fatigue.

    Migraine

    Migraine headaches respond well to peppermint oil.

    Motion Sickness

    Ginger, Peppermint or Lavender oils are effective remedies for motion sickness.

    Muscle Stiffness

    Lemongrass is often used effectively to treat muscle stiffness.

    Neck Soreness

    Wintergreen is often used to treat neck soreness.

    Nose Bleeds

    Lavender, Geranium or Helichrysum are three oils that work well to help eliminate nose bleeds.

    Osteoporosis

    Lemongrass, Clove or Melaleuca are used for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.

    PMS

    The best essential oil to use for PMS is Vlary Sage, Bergamot or Geranium.

    Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy can be effectively treated with Melaleuca, Rose oil or Lavender.

    Psoriasis

    Helichrysum, Melaleuca or Roman Chamomile are the best oil choices for the treatment of psoriasis.

    Rashes

    Rashes usually respond positively to Melaleuca, Lavender or Roman Chamomile oils.

    Restless Leg Syndrome

    The best oils to use for restless leg syndrome are Marjoram or Cypress.

    Ringworm

    Oregano or Melaleuca are excellent oil choices for the treatment of ringworm.

    Sadness

    Frankincense stands at the forefront of oils used to treat sadness or depression.

    Scarring

    Scars may be effectively treated with Frankincense, Lavender or Helichrysum

    Shingles

    Melaleuca, Melissa or Sandalwood have been shown to be effective in the treatment of shingles.

    Sore Throat

    Lemon or Melaleuca are effective oils to use for sore throats.

    Stress

    Grapefruit or Bergamot work well to reduce stress levels.

    Sprains

    Reach for the basil or wintergreen oils to treat sprains.

    Stomach Ache

    Either Peppermint or Ginger work well for an upset stomach.

    Sunburn

    Lavender, Peppermint or Melaleuca have the power to soothe a painful sunburn.

    Teeth Grinding

    Lavender is the oil to use for those who grind their teeth.

    Tennis Elbow

    Try peppermint to help sooth the pain of tennis elbow.

    Tension

    Lavender is a great tension soother.

    Tinnitus

    Tinnitus responds well to treatment with Peppermint, Geranium or Helichrysm.

    Tonsillitis

    Ease the pain and swelling associated with tonsillitis by using Oregano or Melaleuca.

    Toothache

    The best oils to use for a toothache are Melaleuca or Clove.

    Wasp Stings

    Lavender can effectively sooth a wasp sting.

    Warts

    The regular application of Oregano or Melaleuca oils can help shrink warts.

    Wrinkles

    Apply Frankincense or Helichrysum directly to wrinkles to see them gradually lessen or fade away.