Bergamot essential oil is one of most beneficial oils available. The very first known account of Bergamot oil as a fragrance traces to 1714, where it was found in the Farina Archive in cologne. Bergamot oil has always played a big part in the original Eau de Cologne composed by Farina, from the beginning of the 18th century. It has been growing in popularity since its first account and people have not stopped raving about it.Read More
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It has happened to all of us at one time or another, especially during this time of the year.
The Holidays have passed, the days are shorter, the weather is colder and our bank accounts are smaller. We are struggling to pay our Christmas bills and our mood is greatly affected by all of the above.
All of a sudden, we wake up and we realize that we need to sleep again. We feel weak and sometimes even sad. Our workload makes us feel anxious and often, we even feel like not going into work, that’s how depressing it seems to us. We simply want to crawl back into bed and hibernate, like bears do.
Most people call it a ‘’Winter Depression’’ or Seasonal affective Disorder “SAD” and according to doctors, it’s absolutely normal. However, knowing how to treat it is what’s most important. We mustn’t let these feelings get the best of us. (more…)Read More
Winter is such a festive season; a favorite time of the year for millions of people around the world. Between the cheerful togetherness of family and friends and all the wonderful sights and sounds of the season, it’s difficult to imagine missing a minute of it. Unfortunately, winter is also a time rife with lots of nasty germs and illnesses too. Protect yourself and your good times with these helpful essential oils this season!
#1. Citrus Oils
Citrus varieties are well-documented as immune system boosters that can help you fight against illnesses. They are also great antimicrobials that can take care of airborne germs. Lemon oil is a popular option during the winter season due to its uplifting effects and antimicrobial properties. It’s also helpful for those of us trying to cut back on all the cakes and pies this year, as it’s known to suppress the craving for sugar.
#2. Black Spruce
Beyond being a very pleasant holiday scent, black spruce is prized for being a great supporter of respiratory function. It’s a must-have for the season, especially if you’re prone to catching colds this time of year. Black spruce is also high in esters that research has shown to reduce anxiety. It’s perfect for those of us who get a little extra nervous about large get-together.
Speaking of less than jolly seasonal moods, lavender is often the top choice for emotional support aromatherapy. One of the best documented oils used to boost mood during stressful or depressing moods, lavender oil is also known to help with congestion from colds and allergies. It’s also known for being a skin soother, especially for dry skin.
This wholly holiday-friendly oil will be your best friend when winter fatigue tries to beat you down. Another super mood booster, peppermint oil alleviates many mental health symptoms and can increase your physical energy. It’s also a great support when you’re sick, helping to alleviate sinus related headaches and promote the drainage of nasal congestion.
An overall germ-buster, oregano oil cleans the air of virtually everything that will try to make you sick with its strong antibacterial, anti fungal, and antimicrobial properties. Also considered a powerful anti-anxiety oil, many people use oregano oil aromatherapy to wind down after long and stressful days. It promotes feelings of calm, and is commonly used to aid sleep.
A Note On Mixing
Mixing oils to create luscious scented blends is a favorite option for many oil diffuser users. Once you discover the magic of making your own blends, the world of aromatherapy truly opens up. Use these in combination with your own favorite scents to clean the air and keep yourself in a good mood all winter long! Common winter blends using oils from our list include:
- Improved Respiratory Function: Combine lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint, melaleuca
- Sleep: Combine orange, lavender, frankincense
- Mood Boosting oils: orange, lavender, clary sage
Who doesn’t like the smell of the holidays? Can you imagine the smell of firewood crackling, cookies baking, eggnog brewing, pine of the Christmas tree diffusing and the loving scent of grandma’s perfume floating in the air? These are all aromas that make us feel safe, comfortable and calm. They make us feel at peace and serene, don’t they?
The perfect occasion to greet family and friends. They are a perfect time for bonding, for sharing and for spending valuable time with the people that we love.
The heavenly scents of the holidays
Using the same tactic that people use to sell their homes? Yes, there is a tactic. Imagine visiting a nice and cozy home, finding the decor to be fabulous and totally falling in love with this home because it is exactly what you have been looking for. Well, some would say that baking cookies prior to having a guest visit your home that is for sale is the strategy to have. Once the guests walk in, they immediately feel at home because of the delicious aromas that fill it. It’s like all of those fragrances are the “cherry on the sundae”. It’s what will help “close the deal” as they say.
Why am I telling you this? I just wanted to make a point. Do we agree that distinctive and savoring odors can manipulate our reactions, our thinking, and our perceptions? (more…)Read More
There are various health properties of essential oil diffusers that make them a must have for your home. Using diffusers for essential oils is better because it is faster for the oil molecules to reach your brain through smell, plus it is cheaper, and your entire family can benefit from it.
Cold air diffusers are the best option for essential oil diffusers. A therapeutic grade ultrasonic nebulizer, like the zenith cold air nebulizer, allows for the essential oil vapors to be dispersed without actually heating the oil. This is healthier as the oil compounds do not get damaged by heating.
The benefits of essential oils are also endless, but we have narrowed them down to the top five reasons why you should bring these aromatherapy diffusers home.Read More
Whether you’re trying to keep creepy crawlies off of your skin, away from your deck, or out of your home, there are natural options that you can make at home, based on essential oils, that are effective against bugs and non-toxic to you and your pets.
My personal war is against spiders.Read More
Black pepper has many uses and is used both in medical and culinary settings. Black pepper essential oil has always been used in aromatherapy. Native to countries like India, China, Indonesia, Madagascar and Malaysia. Scientifically known as Piper Nigrum, Black pepper contains near about 3.5% essential oil. Black pepper Essential oil is extracted from Piper Nigrum plant.
This oil can be combined with bergamot, juniper, clary sage, frankincense, coriander, orange, lavender, ylang, vetiver, ginger, palmarosa, geranium, sandalwood, rose, myrrh nutmeg and fennel. Its properties include analgesic,Read More
You may be familiar with the flavour and aroma of Lemongrass from some of your favourite Asian dishes. This easy to grow herb has quite a bit of healing potential that is concentrated in the potent essential oil that is made from it.
Lemongrass essential oil is a wonderful pain reliever. It does this by helping to reduce inflammation from joint and muscle stress, as well as the pain from things like headaches and toothaches. For this application, dilute the Lemongrass with a carrier oil such as Coconut oil, and apply it to the affected area. You’ll quickly feel your muscles unwinding. Try it as an addition to your massage oil. Ladies, this is especially helpful with your cramps, though this is not advised for mothers-to-be. It can stimulate your monthly flow, which is great for those needing better hormonal regulation, but not so great if you’re expecting a little one.Read More