Part I: The Power of Essential Oils

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Happy Monday, Friends! Do you feel that stress makes it hard to unwind? Does anxiety keep you from a good night’s sleep and prevent you from feeling confident and relaxed? My secret to feeling refresh, renew, and rejuvenate is by incorporating essential oils and infused products in my daily rhythm and rituals. Essential Oils and Herbalism (also known as Herbal Medicine) has been used for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until I had my first baby, four years ago that I started looking for a more natural approach to take care of my family and my self.

Did you know that by using an essential oil diffuser will break down a pure essential oil into a fine mist which will travel through the air and neutralize chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and eliminate bad vibes? Yes, it’s true! Making it easier to improve the air quality of your home by refreshing up the air with natural fragrances.

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If you’re a stay at home mom like me and need an extra pick up me during the midday? stop reaching for more caffeine and invest in a high-quality diffuser like Vitruvi’s hand-crafted WHITE STONE DIFFUSER looks beautiful in any space, designed out of the highest quality porcelain. It uses ultrasonic technology so you can diffuse essential oils while keeping their full integrity. It features a safety-off switch, run time of up to 7.5 hours, and an optional light for creating ambiance.

Since I stopped drinking caffeine weeks back I have definitely been reaching for my WAKE ROLL-ON OIL + FOCUS ROLL-ON OIL from Vitruvi every morning, and in just 10 seconds, it has helped me kick-start my day by helping me feel more alert, energized, refreshed, and even improve my mental clarity in a natural way! Once you have become more familiar with herbs, essential oils and their benefits I know you will get hooked as much as I have, but first, let’s get to the basics, what are essential oils and where do they come from.

The history of essential oils
The use of scented oils in incense and candles has played a part in religious rituals throughout the ages, with many cultures believing the aromas could ward offer evil or inspire us to new heights. The Egyptians used scented oils in burial rituals and as a symbol of status. The Greeks believed aromas connected them to the gods, while the Romas used scented oils for seduction.www.dearmomigetitnow.com

Using essential oils as a therapy began in the 1930s when the French Chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé coined the term aromatherapy after finding that lavender oil helped heal his burned hand without scarring. In World War II, Dr. Jean Valenet, a French army surgeon, used oils on wounded soldiers, while Austrian beauty therapist and biochemist Marguerite Maury prescribed oils and is credited with the idea of using essential oils in massages.

What are Essential Oils

When we peel an orange or walk through a rose garden what is that we smell? Well, my friends, it is essential oils which give spices and herbs their specific scent and flavor. Exactly how flowers and fruits get their perfume. Essential oils are the natural compounds found in the seeds, flowers, stems, roots and other parts of plants. However, not all plants contain essential or volatile oils in such profusion. Essential oils are the “soul” of a plant, possessing tremendous power and energy. How are essential oils created? Well, essential oils are distilled from botanicals such as flowers, shrubs, trees, roots, bushes, and seed. Distillation techniques carefully maintain low pressure and low temperature to preserve the fragile constituents of essential oils. There are four main distillation methods used are; Steam Distillation, Absolute Oils Extraction, Resin Tapping, Cold Pressing.

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Watercolor herbs and spices by Elena Medvedeva

For medicinal purposes, these oils may be used in their purest and most concentrated forms, however, most common uses require oil-infused product blends such as lotions, creams, salts or bath essences. In addition to undiluted -100% pure essential oils for those who enjoy aromatherapy and the art of personally by combining them. Typically when we hear about essential oils, we think aromatherapy – products that smell nice. But it’s much more than that. Aromatherapy is an ancient therapy that uses aromatic essential oils to promote the health and well-being of your body, mind, and emotions.

What is Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is an ancient therapy that promotes the use of aromatic essential oils for the health of the body, the mind, and emotional well-being, restoring inner harmony and balance to the individual. Aromatic essential oils have the power to provide positive physical, emotional and psychological benefits. The word ‘aromatherapy can be confusing and misleading because it suggests that it is a form of healing which works exclusively through our sense of smell and on the emotions. This is not the case for apart from its scent each essential oil has an individual combination of constituents which interacts with the body’s chemistry in a direct way, which then, in turn, affects certain organs and system as a whole. Heres an example, when oils are used externally in the form of a massage therapy, they are easily absorbed via the skin and transported throughout the body same as if you took a garlic head and rubbed it under the soles of your feet. The volatile oil will be taken into the blood and the odor will appear on your breath a little later, crazy right! It’s interesting to note that different essential oils are absorbed through the skin at varying rates.

How to Use Essential Oils_

WATERCOLOR CLIPART by April Dustin
WATERCOLOR CLIPART by April Dustin

+ Burner/Ultrasonic Diffuser: Before adding 2 – 4 drops of essential oil add a little warm water on the hot plate to dilute the oils. For an electric diffuser add the oils and water per manufacturer’s instructions.

An oil burner lamp or an oil warmer has a cup which holds the essential oil on the top while the bottom part of it has space to keep a burner like a candle lamp or a wick. The heat from the fire below goes to the above part which in turn heats and evaporates the essential oil and gives out the fragrance into the surroundings.

An electric diffuser, obviously, uses electricity to convert the essential oils into a mist which then spreads in the room it has been placed. The electrically operated motor placed in the essential oil diffuser acts as a nebulizer (which is one of the types of electric diffusers) which in turn helps in the emission of the essential oils into the air.

+ Pillow/Tissue: Use 1-2 drops on to your pillow cover case or on to a piece of tissue paper inhale and breath deeply.

+ Body Massage: Dilute 3-5 drops of Essential Oil in a capful of Almond Carrier Oil or a teaspoon in any Lotion/Cream.

+  Inhalations: For steam inhalation, use a diffuser, vaporizers, or even a spray bottle.   You can even add 5 drops of your favorite Essential Oil to 1⁄2 liter of boiled hot water, cover head with a towel and lean over the bowl for direct inhalations and breath deeply. You may also add 5 drops in a pot of boiling water so that the molecules of essential oils diffuse into the air. (Please be very careful when using boiling water.) 

+ Compresses: Place 3 drops of Essential Oil in cold or hot water depending on need. Soak a washcloth and apply to the desired area. Re-soak the cloth each time it loses the desired temperature.

+ Baths: Add essential oils directly to hot water and they will evaporate quickly, along with their therapeutic benefits. Or, as an antidote to sore muscles, mix a few drops of essential oils into two cups of Epsom salts and dissolve into your bath.

+ Direct application: Dilute 2 drops with a carrier oil for direct application, such as jojoba oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. on the desired area. Due to their high concentration, essential oils should not be applied directly on the skin. Dilute any essential oil of your choice in Sweet Almond Carrier Oil or any other Lotion or Cream to spread them onto the skin safely and effectively. Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oil is one of the few essential oils that can safely be applied purely on the skin. 

Where to Apply Essential Oils? Crown of head, Temples, Behind Ears, Neck, Upper back, Abdomen, Soles, and top of feet, Ankles.

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Although essential oils are extracted from completely natural products they are extremely concentrated and may have some side effects if you do not use them properly. Some oils are not safe to use during pregnancy, around infants and because essential oils are highly concentrated they can irritate the skin when used in undiluted form. Therefore, they are normally diluted with a carrier oil for direct application, such as jojoba oil, olive oil, or coconut oil.

There is virtually no limit to using essential oils, our sense of smell is more sensitive and immediate than any of our other senses, which is why aromas can be so evocative. These combined effects enable aromatic oils to work on our mind, body, and spirit, bringing balance, healing and often profound sense of well-being. I am so excited to share what I have learned with you guys along the way!

Remeber to always keep oils away from children and check with specific SAFETY DATE before using a new oil, especially with regard to toxicity levels, dermal irritation, and sensitization.

With Care,

Donna

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