Creative Organic Green Household Helpers

Ever wonder if those commercial cleaning products and indoor pesticides you use might do more harm than good? You’re not alone. Natural home-care products {many of which contain herbs} are growing in popularity as more homemakers become aware of indoor toxins. The use of certain cleaning products has been linked to higher rates of asthma, inducing the condition in some people, as well as aggravating the condition in those who already have this chronic inflammatory disease. And although you can buy many excellent nontoxic products for your home, it’s easy and fun to make your own. Just remember that even plant products can be toxic under some circumstances, and the same cautions given for other herbal uses also apply here.

SIMPLY CLEAN SOLUTIONS

With just a few basic ingredients, you can make safer “green” cleaning products for a fraction of the cost of the commercial products and without the scary ingredients. Distilled white vinegar {which contains acetic acid} has anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties and can eliminate mineral deposits from the sink and bathroom fixtures, as well as cookware. Acidic lemon juice kills germs on countertops, cutting boards, and more. Baking soda deodorizes and dissolves grease and dirt. Mixed with other ingredients, it makes a gentle but effective scrub. All-natural castile soap made for centuries with olive oil, not only washes dirt and grease from your body, but also from household surfaces and laundry.

Many herbs have potent disinfectant properties, too. Basil, bay, cardamom, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, ginger, hyssop, lavender, lemongrass, oregano, peppermint, rose geranium, rosemary, sage, spearmint, and thyme are cleaning powerhouses. All contain a multitude of plant chemicals that possess antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiviral actions. By adding a few drops of these essential oils to your homemade cleaning products, you can boost their cleaning power and impart a delightful fragrance that makes cleaning more pleasurable.

Because essential oils break down plastic over time, it’s best to store your homemade cleaning products in labeled, dark glass containers. Plastic spray bottles are fine for short-term storage of smaller quantities. Also, remember to store all cleaning products, even those made with natural ingredients, in a cool, dark location where children and pets cannot reach them.

KITCHEN COUNTER-TOP SPRAY

Use this fragrant solution to disinfect countertops, refrigerator shelves, and painted surfaces, including walls and wood trim. Feel free to experiment with other antibacterial essential oils, such as basil, thyme, or lemon.

1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

1/2 cup water

10-12 drops rose geranium essential oil

In a small, dark glass jar, combine the vinegar, water, and oil. Stir. Pour small amounts into a spray bottle as necessary.

GENTLE SPEARMINT SCRUBBER

This non-scratching, a chlorine-free paste is perfect for cleaning cookware, countertops, and porcelain sinks and tubs. Lemon and lemon verbena essential oils also work well in place of the spearmint.

1 cup baking soda

1 tablespoon liquid castile soap

Warm water {90 to 110 degrees F}

In a small, dark glass jar, combine the baking soda, soap, and enough water to form a thick but pourable paste. Stir in the essential oil. Apply to surfaces, wait for 5 minutes or more, then scrub with a sponge. Rinse off the residue with water.

Myrrh {Commiphora molmol syn. C. myrrha}

Also, Known As:

  • Bola
  • Gum Myrrh Tree
  • Mu-yao
  • Myrrh

Myrrh is indigenous to Ethiopia and Somalia in Africa as well as the Arabian Peninsula and belongs to the small trees of the family Burseraceae. Basically, myrrh is said to be an oleo-gum-resin or a combination of capricious oil, gum and resin (a semi-solid substance contained in the sap secreted by plants) and acquired from the Commiphora myrrha, Commiphora molmol (popularly known as the Somali myrrh), Commiphora mada, gascariensis (also known as the Abyssian myrrh or syn. C. abyssinica, and other different species of Commiphora. Myrrh comprises asymmetrical masses or tear-fashioned portions that are either reddish brown or dark yellow in color. These substances either radiate involuntarily or from the openings in the bark of the plants. The different varieties of the herb, like the Somali and Arabian myrrh, are termed according to their respective sources of origin.

Most present day herbal medicine practitioners recommend the use of myrrh as an antiseptic. Myrrh forms an important ingredient of an ointment that is applied externally to cure hemorrhoids or swollen anus veins, bed sores as well as wounds. The tincture prepared by steeping myrrh in alcohol is said to be an effectual oral astringent (a substance that tightens affected tissues) and is generally used as a mouthwash or for curing painful throat and other similar problems. Although the internal use of myrrh is seldom recommended as the herb cannot be easily absorbed by the intestines, it is sometimes consumed to treat indigestion, ulcers and also alleviate bronchial congestions. At times, myrrh is also used by physicians as an emmenagogue to invigorate menstrual flow in cases of delayed menstrual cycles or insufficient menstruation. There are many people who advocate the use of myrrh for therapeutic use in problems such as cancer, leprosyand syphilis (a sexually transmitted disease), but there is no scientific or whatsoever evidence in this regard.

As mentioned earlier, that myrrh is said to be an oleo-gum-resin or a combination of capricious oil, gum and resin. And hence chemical analysis of myrrh has displayed that the herb encloses approximately eight percent of a volatile oil, 25 to 40 percent of resin and around 60 percent of gum. It has been found that a variety of aldehydes (organic compounds) and phenolic ingredients (poisonous caustic compounds) present in the volatile oil enclosed in myrrh blend with the acidic elements in the resin to turn out a number of astringent and antiseptic effects in the oleo-gum-resin. The material properties of the gum and the resin are also found to bestow a defensive action on the blend. It may be noted here that though myrrh is present as an important constituent in numerous marketable mouthwashes, the herb is more extensively used as a fragrance in the manufacture of soaps, cosmetics and colognes. In addition, myrrh is also used as an ingredient to flavor food products like candy, baked goods and other such items. Significantly, in Germany, the authorities have permitted the use of myrrh powder and tincture for relevant treatment of minor oral inflammations and pharyngeal mucosa.

Since time immemorial, people have held myrrh in high esteem for its antiseptic as well as detoxifying properties. Myrrh is sour, spicy and astringent and the primary properties include warming and stimulating the body. For people who experience exhaustion and tiredness, myrrh may be used as a tonic to revitalize their system. In addition, myrrh is also known to enhance the blood circulation, drive out cold and any feebleness arising out of it. The herb is also effectual in pushing out eruptions as it draws the blood near the skin surface enabling to treat rashes as well as eruptive infections. Moreover, myrrh is helpful in lowering the body temperature during fevers. There are numerous other aspects of the herb that include enhancing the blood circulation to the reproductive system, alleviating spasm or muscle contractions and also controlling the menstrual cycle. Many physicians use myrrh during childbirth as the herb effectively encourages uterus contraction and also alleviates pain.

On the other hand, myrrh is an effective medication to cure coughs and also removes the congestion or jamming of the respiratory system. The herb is particularly beneficial for treating bronchitis, asthma, cold and catarrh or running nose. The antiseptic property of myrrh is an added bonus as this acts actively against all viral and bacterial infections, combat all other diseases as well as invigorates the body’s immune (resistance) system. The astringent property of the herb aids in apprehending releases or discharges from the body, phlegm and persistent running nose.

The warming property of the herb in the digestive system invigorates the desire for food, enhances the flow of digestive juices, perks up digestion and at the same time, improves absorption. The herb has a unique quality to calm down as well as stimulate the stomach, relieve colic or stomach pain and spasm, wind and indigestion. In addition, the herb also relieves fatigue or exhaustion owing to poor digestion. The herb’s action to augment digestion also helps in cleansing the digestive tract of all noxious substances as well as function as a remedy for common detoxification and anti-inflammation. This quality of myrrh is especially useful in treating arthritis, rheumatism (stiffness in joints and muscles) as well as gout (a disease that causes swollen joints). The herb’s action against bacteria and fungi aids in containing infection and candidiasis (yeast infection) in the digestive system and also gets the intestines rid of all parasites.

Plant Parts Used:

Gum resin, essential oil.

Medical Actions Of Myrrh:

Although scientists, as well as physicians, have established the astringent, antiseptic as well as the anti-microbial properties of myrrh, research into the medical actions of the herb so far cannot be said have been adequate. Since myrrh is not soluble in water, the herb cannot be used to prepare an infusion. Hence, it is usually consumed as a powder or tincture. Another important thing to remember is that myrrh also cannot be easily soaked in by the intestines and hence it is generally used externally like gargles to treat sore and inflamed throats.

Myrrh holds a place of importance in Ayurveda medicine too. Ayurveda medicine practitioners recommend myrrh as a tonic and also as an aphrodisiac (a substance that stimulates sexual urge). In addition, they use the myrrh to purify the blood from toxic substances. It may be noted here that myrrh is also reputed to possess properties that enhance mental power. In India as well as in the Middle East, the herb is also used to treat problems of the mouth, gum, throat and the digestive system. Myrrh is also beneficial for curing irregular and excruciating menstruation.

Herbal medicine practitioners worldwide have now accepted that myrrh is one of the most effectual medicines in the world to cure aching throats, canker sores and gingivitis (infections in the gum around the tooth). The tincture prepared with myrrh may be diluted with water to be used as a gargle to aid in combating infections and inflammations as well as make tighter the exaggerated tissues. When applied externally, myrrh’s astringent (a substance that pulls tissues closer) and antiseptic properties help in treating acne and boils. It is also beneficial for treating inflammatory skin problems. In Germany, physicians use myrrh to treat pressure sores caused due to prosthetic or artificial limbs owing to the herb’s dehydrating and mild painkilling properties.

OTHER MEDICAL USES
  • Strep throat
  • Tooth decay

Growing Myrrh:

The myrrh has its origin in the northeastern parts of Africa, particularly Somalia. However, over the years, myrrh is presently found in other countries like India, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Iran and even Thailand. Myrrh grows naturally in dense undergrowth’s or thickets and thrives well where the drainage of the soil sound and prefers ample sunlight. Normally, myrrh propagates from the plant’s seeds during spring. However, it also grows from the plant’s cuttings at the fag end of the budding period. The semi-solid substance secreted by the cut branches of myrrh is collected and dehydrated for use.

Components of Myrrh:

Myrrh contains volatile oil, resin, gums.

Myrrh Extracts and Tinture:

Myrrh as well its extracts can be taken in tincture form. Even capsules containing myrrh extracts are available in the drugstores now. Normally, the tincture prepared with myrrh is taken in quantities of one to two ml thrice daily. The tincture may also be applied externally to alleviate painful canker sores as well as to treat athlete’s foot. It is not possible to prepare tea with myrrh owing to its sticky characteristic. Herbal practitioners also recommend usage of capsules containing one gram of myrrh resin three times daily.

Possible Side Effects:

Myrrh is said to be a safe medication and so far there have been no complaints regarding adverse effects following the use of the herb.

Applications:

Myrrh is basically a useful herb and has various applications. The herb can be used as a tincture, capsules, gargle or mouthwash, douche, powder, essential oils as well as a chest rub.

Resin:
TINCTURE: The tincture prepared with myrrh is used to treat infections, fevers, head colds as well glandular fever. This tincture is an excellent remedy for all problems of the respiratory tract. The tincture may be blended with an other cough and cold remedies to treat the ailments. Normally, herbalists recommend consumption of up to five ml of the tincture in dosages of one or two ml daily. However, it must be diluted well by adding water before consumption.
CAPSULES: Compared to the tincture, capsules prepared with myrrh extracts are a more pleasant substitute. It is advisable to take one capsule of 200 mg each five times daily to treat the disorders cured by the herb’s tincture.
GARGLE/MOUTHWASH: Dilute the myrrh tincture by adding one to two ml of it to a half cup of water and use this as a gargle or mouthwash to treat painful throats or mouth ulcers.
DOUCHE: Douche prepared by diluting the myrrh tincture may be used for the effectual treatment of thrush.
POWDER: In China, herbal practitioners use powdered myrrh as an analgesic to alleviate pain without losing consciousness. Usually, three to nine grams of myrrh powder is blended with another herb called safflower for effectual treatment of pains in the abdomen that are related to clotting of blood like in the instance of menstrual pains.
Essential oil:
OIL: Take 10 drops of oil extracted from myrrh and dilute it with 25 ml of water. Shake the mixture well and then apply externally on injuries and persistent sores or boils. Lotions prepared from the oil may also be used to stop hemorrhoids. In all such conditions, the myrrh oil acts as an effective remedy.
CHEST RUB: To treat respiratory tract ailments such as bronchitis and colds associated with phlegm (thick mucus secreted by the respiratory passage walls), use one ml of oil extracted from the myrrh herb and mix it with 15 ml of either almond or sunflower oil to rub on the chest.

Favorite Essential Oil Diffuser Blends For Autumn

One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is to scent my home, especially during the holiday season.

Not only does it make our house smell lovely and give us that homey feeling, but it can help prevent illnesses from spreading depending on the essential oils used.

Essential oils will work to scent your home best if you diffuse them. There are many different ways to disperse essential oils, from placing your drops on a cotton ball to diffusing them in an electric diffuser.

Each blend contains the exact amount of essential oils to use in your diffuser at one time. But if you’re like me and you want to make a more considerable amount of the blend at once, that way you don’t have to gather 3-4 essential oil bottles and count drops every time you refill your diffuser, you can quickly make a larger batch of the blend.

Just multiply each essential oil amount below by 10 to get the right drops for a more significant batch. Add the correct amount of each essential oils to a clean, empty bottle, then insert your dropper top and cap the bottle. Be sure to label it with your blend’s name and how many drops to use in your diffuser.

Orange Pomander
3 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
2 drops Clove essential oil (Eugenia caryophyllata)
2 drops Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Earthy Autumn
3 drops Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin)
3 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
1 drop Clove essential oil (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Autumn Rains
4 drops Grapefruit essential oil (Citrus x paradisi)
2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
1 drop Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)
1 drop Juniper Berry essential oil (Juniperus communis)

Cup of Chai
3 drops Cardamom essential oil (Elettaria cardamomum)
2 drops Cassia essential oil (Cinnamomum cassia)
2 drops Clove essential oil (Eugenia caryophyllata)
1 drop Ginger essential oil (Zingiber officinale)

Aromatic Herbs: Tansy

Tansy {Tanacetum vulgare}

Tansy is an upright herb with a crown of bright yellow clustering flowers. It is a member of the Asteraceae family and is also known as common tansy, bitter buttons, cow bitter, mugwort, and golden buttons. It grows to a height of three feet and produces pinnate, lance-shaped leaves that are uniformly toothed. Its button-shaped flowers sit atop erect, reddish stems.

Native to Europe and Asia – and of possible Asian origin – the plant was likely first cultivated as a medicinal herb by the Greeks. In the eighth century, it grew in the herb gardens of Charlemagne and at the Abby of Saint Gall in present-day Switzerland, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At that time, it was used to treat worms, digestive issues, rheumatism, fevers, sores, and to cause the eruption of measles. In the Middle Ages, high doses were administered to induce abortions, while lower doses were thought to encourage conception. During the Catholic Lenten season, tansy served with meals to replicate the bitter herbs eaten by the Israelites. By the 16th-century, the British considered tansy “necessary for a garden.”

Aromatic Qualities

The oddly agreeable scent of tansy is similar to that of camphor, with some hints of rosemary. It is used as an ingredient in some expensive perfumes. It was also long used in embalming; it would be packed into coffins and wrapped in winding sheets to ward off worms.

Its medicinal benefits may be in question, but tansy still offers a major boon to humans – it is a powerful insect repellent. At one time, farmers planted tansy in valuable orchards to keep away aphids and other destructive insects. In England, tansy was hung in windows to keep out flies and placed in bedding to repel moths and fleas.

Culinary Uses

Even though Europeans used tansy as a seasoning from the Middle Ages on, we now know that the leaves and flowers can be dangerous if consumed in large quantities. The herb’s volatile oil contains toxic compounds, including thujone, and ingesting too much tansy can cause convulsions and liver and brain damage. The flower extract is still used as a flavor corrective by the liquor industry.

tansy basket

Healing Properties

Tansy had a centuries-long run as a medicinal herb and was valued by herbal healers of many nations. During the Middle Ages, a bitter tea made with the flowers was used to treat parasitic worm infestations. In the 15th century, Christians regularly ate tansy cakes during the Lenten season because it was believed that the heavy diet of fish during that season could cause intestinal worms. Tansy was also used for treating migraine, neuralgia, and rheumatism.

Recent research has shown, however, that due to the presence of thujone, this herb can be dangerous to ingest in any but the smallest quantities.

Tansy has also been used to repel human pests like flies, midges, and mosquitoes, and a 2008 Swedish study showed that tansy oil had a 64 percent effectiveness rate in repelling ticks.

As a companion planting, it has many uses – tansy can repel the Colorado potato beetle, sometimes reducing the population by as much as 60 percent, and it keeps destructive pests away from cucumbers and squash, as well as roses and some berries.

tansy bouquet

History and Lore

  • Nineteenth-century Irish folklore insisted that bathing in a solution of tansy and salts would cure joint pain.
  • Some beekeepers use dried tansy as fuel in their smokers.
  • During the English Restoration, a “tansy” was a sweet omelet flavored with tansy juice.

Niaouli

Aromatherapy

MELALEUCA VIRIDIFLORA

Niaouli (botanical name Melaleuca viridiflora) is also occasionally known as gomenol and belongs to the Myrtaceae family. An essential oil obtained by steam distilling the tender leaves and twigs of the plant that is used as a substitute for lavender in its native country for nearly all purposes. Niaouli is seldom used as a herb and it is actually the essential oil obtained from its leaves that are of importance. Niaouli essential oil possesses potent antiseptic properties, particularly against yeast. The niaouli plant is actually an evergreen tree having a supple trunk with a spongy bark. This tree bears piercing linear leaves and spikes of sessile flowers that have a yellowish hue. The niaouli trees are usually tall often growing to a height of 10 to 15 meters. The trunks of the trees are straight, smooth and whitish. The trees have ringed boughs and the younger ones have a somewhat reddish hue.

niaouli oil treeAustralia is the country of origin of the niaouli tree, which is now found growing in other places, such as the French Pacific Islands and New Caledonia. As aforementioned, niaouli essential oil is extracted from the young leaves and twigs of the tree by the steam distillation method. This essential oil has a pale yellowish-green hue and a fresh camphoraceous (camphor-like) scent that reminds one of the essential oil obtained from the tea tree. As this tree is found in abundance in Australia, the country is also the major hub for producing niaouli essential oil.

Since niaouli possesses potent antiseptic properties, the places where the trees grow are disinfected by the leaves dropping on and covering the ground. In addition to creating a healthy environment, it also helps to purify water. Going by the records in history, this herb was extensively used in the obstetric wards of the French hospitals owing to its potent antiseptic attributes. Even today, niaouli essential oil is very popular and forms an active ingredient in many kinds of toothpaste and mouth sprays.

The normal process of obtaining niaouli essential oil is to extract it by vapor or steam distillation method from the tender leaves, twigs, and shoots of the herb. This essential oil possesses a nippy and clear floral scent and is used for its therapeutic properties – decongestant, refreshment and insecticidal. On several occasions, niaouli essential oil is blended with other essential oils, such as lavender, lime, lemon, juniper, rosemary, myrtle, Scotch pine as well as sweet fennel in different formulations to treat several types of illnesses. In fact, this herb has a long history of use by various cultures around the world. Since its antiseptic properties ensure fresh and healthy environment, places, where niaouli trees grow, usually do not have malaria attacks. While niaouli trees are able to protect us from malaria, it is also used to purify water. People of different cultures extensively used niaouli for these two properties of the herb. A herbal tea prepared using tender niaouli leaves is effective in encouraging strong bowel movements. As mentioned earlier, this herb and its products have extensively been used in the obstetrics and gynecology wards in several hospitals for their strong antiseptic properties. Presently, niaouli essential oil, as well as its products, are frequently used in radiology treatments on the skin with a view to preventing burning during treatments with radiation. The best thing about this essential oil is that it is not only easily obtainable but also simple to use. Niaouli essential oil works by preventing sensation during radiological tests and, thereby, safeguards the skin from burning.

Often, niaouli essential oil is used to treat cancer patients since it has the aptitude to stimulate blood circulation. At the same time, this essential oil augments the growth of white blood cells (leukocytes, which strengthen the immune system). In addition, this essential oil may be applied topically or massaged to relieve muscle cramps as well as pain. When taken internally, niaouli essential oil is useful for treating intestinal infections as well as infections of the urinary tract. If you are using this oil to wash external wounds, remember to always dilute the oil to very low concentration before use. Herbalists often prescribe niaouli douse to help in treating skin disorders like boils, acne, cuts, insect bites and even ulcers as this essential oil possesses potent properties that can stimulate tissues.

In addition, use of niaouli essential oil also brings about the clarity of thoughts and improves the ability to concentrate. It also helps to stimulate spiritual feelings in an individual and drive away depression. Niaouli essential oil is said to be non-toxic and non-irritant. At the same time, this oil possesses potent stimulating properties and hence, it needs to be used early during the night. Always remember to dilute niaouli essential oil by blending it with any suitable carrier oil that possesses soothing properties before use. Most importantly, while buying niaouli essential oil from any herbal medication store, ensure that you are purchasing the genuine and unadulterated quality of the oil.

The essential oil extracted from steam distilling the young leaves, twigs and shoots of the trees possess a somewhat sweet and fresh aroma. As mentioned before, the color of this oil varies – from being colorless to light yellow to a greenish tinge. Different qualities of niaouli essential oils are available in the market and, hence, it is necessary that you buy the finest quality and unadulterated oil if you intend to use it for therapeutic purposes. Unlike many other essential oils, niaouli essential oil does not result in any toxicity or cause irritation when used externally or internally. On the other hand, this essential oil possesses numerous positive attributes that are beneficial for our well-being. Since it possesses significant antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial, analgesic and disinfectant properties, it is widely used in preparing various effective medical formulations. While niaouli is generally available in the form of oil, one may also use this essential oil in vapor therapy owing to its analgesic and disinfectant properties. Presently, apart from being available in the form of oil, niaouli can also be obtained in the form of lotions and creams. The lotion or cream form of niaouli essential oil is easier for topical application on the skin as a medication.

Chemical analysis of niaouli essential oil has displayed that the major components of this oil include y-terpineol, 1.8-cineole, a-phellandrene, linalool, a and b-pinene as well as piperitone. This essential oil is said to be safe for use since it does not cause any toxic reactions, irritations or sensitize the skin. Niaouli essential oil possesses numerous therapeutic or medicinal properties. It is anti-rheumatic, antibacterial, analgesic, balsamic (an aromatic ointment for medicinal use), decongestant, expectorant, insecticide, febrifuge (aids in reducing fever), cicatrizant (helps to heal wounds), vermifuge (aids in expelling worms from the intestine), stimulant as well as vulnerary (a medication used to promote healing of wounds).

The best health benefit of niaouli essential oil is derived from its disinfectant attributes. This particular property of this essential oil helps to strengthen the body against contagions, to nurture the digestive system as well as facilitate healing all types of skin infections. When used in vapor therapy, niaouli essential oil has the aptitude to aid in promoting concentration as well as clearing the head, combating contagions, relieving pains and also in harmonizing the digestive system. When combined with any other essential oil for massage purpose or added to bath water, niaouli oil effectively combats infections, heals all skin infections, provides relief from pain and tones up the digestive system. It is useful for people suffering from arthritis, gout, and rheumatism. In addition, this essential oil also helps to keep the oily skin clean by clearing up the skin pores, thereby, preventing infections.

Niaouli essential oil and oil obtained from eucalyptus, cajuput and tea tree have a number of common attributes. In fact, the chemotypes of niaouli essential oil display an assortment of activities that are very helpful medicinally as well as pharmacologically. This oil is highly effective for massages and rubs to alleviate throbbing muscles and joint aches.

The essential oil obtained from the leaves and twigs of niaouli trees is widely used in aromatherapy owing to its potent antiseptic properties and aptitude to stimulate various functions. This essential oil is widely used to clear contagions like bronchitis, sinus, and catarrh.

This essential oil possesses potent top and middle note offering an unsullied and sweet aroma, something akin to the smell of camphor, and reminds one of cardamom and eucalyptus. It is generally believed that niaouli essential oil possesses strong antiseptic and analgesic (pain relieving) attributes.

Niaouli essential oil is also safe for use by children provided it is used in very low concentrations – the intensity of the oil in a blend with any carrier oil needs to be one percent or even lower. This essential oil is rich in cineole content and this makes it similar in attributes to the essential oil extracted from eucalyptus.

GENERAL PROPERTIES:

  • antiseptic
  • antiviral
  • fungicidal

BLENDS WELL WITH:

  • geranium
  • lavender
  • patchouli
  • tea tree

GENERAL USES:

  • bronchitis
  • catarrh
  • genito-urinary infections

PRECAUTION:

While the niaouli essential oil is usually known to be placid, it can cause irritations. Hence, it is advisable to lower the concentration of this oil by blending it with other essential oils or carrier oils before use.

Neroli {Citrus aurantium}: Aromatherapy

Neroli essential oil is obtained from the flowers of the Seville orange trees. This essential is obtained by water distilling the orange blossoms since they are very fragile and, hence, cannot undergo the steam distillation process. The aroma of neroli essential oil has a lot of resemblance to bergamot. Neroli essential oil possesses an invigorating and typical, zesty fragrance with a sweet and flowery tinge. The flowers are usually collected manually during the period between late April and early May. Going by history, the late 17th century Duchess of Bracciano and Princess of Nerola in Italy, Anne Marie Orsini was the first to introduce the quintessence of the bitter orange tree as a fragrance to perfume her gloves and her bath. It is believed that ever since the term neroli was used to denote this essence.

It may be mentioned that the neroli essential oil is considered to be among the most valuable and pricey natural oils available on the market. While this natural oil is obtained from the aromatic white flowers of the Seville orange trees, it is one of the most expensive natural oils since several tons of flowers of this species is required to obtain just one pound of the essential oil. This essential oil possesses numerous aromatic properties and, in aromatherapy, it is used to treat as well as prevent several medical conditions. While neroli essential oil has a relaxing and soothing impact on the nervous system, its use also facilitates alleviating conditions, such as depression and fretfulness that are associated with mental stress or tension.

Neroli essential oil is rejuvenating in every sense and, hence, it is a beneficial element in several skin care products, particularly those that are meant for treating dry skin and associated problems, such as acne, dermatitis, and inflamed skin conditions. In addition, neroli essential oil is also a wonderful remedy for mature skin (skin of the elderly people), stretch marks and scars. It is known to tone up the complexion of the skin as well as soften wrinkles. Neroli essential oil also has industrial use and is often used in the manufacture of colognes, perfumes, and toilet waters. Like in the instance of most other essential oils, using a little amount of neroli essential oil will sustain for a prolonged period. This natural oil obtained from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree is not only versatile in use and utility but also blends easily with almost all other essential oils.

As aforementioned, neroli essential oil is obtained from the flowers of the bitter orange tree and is considered to be very pricey natural oil. The blossoms of the bitter orange tree are petite, whitish and highly scented. It also needs to be mentioned again that neroli essential oil is not obtained through steam distillation, but by a method is known as solvent distillation using water. This is primarily owing to the fact that the blossoms of the bitter orange trees are very fragile and cannot endure steam distillation.

The essential oil extracted from the blossoms of the bitter orange trees possesses several therapeutic properties and, hence, is used to treat a number of conditions or physical and mental disorders. This natural oil possesses sedative as well as stimulant properties that are beneficial for the nervous system. It can be used to treat most of the problems related to stress and tension having an emotional origin. In addition, neroli essential oil is widely used to treat conditions, such as heart palpitations, diminish nervous anxiety and cure insomnia or sleeplessness. Deep inhaling of the aroma of neroli essential oil as well as massaging a few drops of this natural oil blended with jojoba oil on the solar plexus helps to soothe and comfort the body and the mind. The same effect is experienced when one uses this as a natural perfume or diffuses the oil in little quantities. In fact, in aromatherapy, neroli essential oil is believed to be among the most vital aromatics while treating depression and nervousness caused by tension and anxiety.

Neroli essential oil is also considered to be one of the most beneficial oil for women, especially for the skin care of elderly women. For treating mature skin, this natural oil needs to be blended with rose Otto and clary sage oils for utmost benefits. The oil’s relaxing characteristics are passed on to the cells, which are rejuvenated. In addition, use of neroli essential oil is also useful for people having sensitive skin. Most importantly, the essential oil extracted from the blossoms of the bitter orange trees has been proved to be beneficial for the female reproductive system, especially for providing relief from menstrual cramps. When using this oil for this particular therapeutic purpose, add neroli essential oil to your bath or bring down its concentration to around 10 percent by adding it to apricot kernel oil and massage the blended oil on the abdomen. This will help to provide relief from menstrual cramps immediately.

The essential oil obtained from the flowers of the bitter orange trees possesses anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial and anti-spasmodic properties. These properties of this natural oil help it to treat intestinal problems. In order to cure intestinal disorder with neroli essential oil drop a few drops of the oil in your bath or dilute it and massage the oil on the abdomen. In addition, massaging diluted neroli essential oil on the abdomen is very useful in treating stomach problems caused by stress and mental tension.

Neroli essential oil has varied use in aromatherapy. It has been reported that the fragrance of this essential oil is effective in successfully treating conditions, such as shock and nervous depression. Use of this natural oil also helps in relaxing the body and the mind and alleviates certain conditions that may appear to be critical. Neroli essential oil is known to provide relief from several hopeless situations related to mental disorders. In aromatherapy, the essential oil extracted from the blossoms of the bitter orange trees may be used in burners and diffusers to increase the atmosphere in a room. Its use in this manner helps to bring in an air of peace and comfort.

As has been discussed earlier, neroli essential oil possesses several therapeutic properties and is, therefore, used to treat different conditions. Below is a brief account of the condition-specific utilities or benefits of this natural oil that may benefit you. Just go through the list and you may find it suitable for treating some medical condition you might be enduring.

  • In case you are suffering from depression and nothing seems to be working to alleviate this pathetic condition, it is advisable that you try using neroli essential oil. Used in aromatherapy, this essential oil not only helps to cure depression but also results in a happy feeling and uplifts your mood. This attribute of neroli essential oil makes its use widespread in aromatherapy.
  • In the instance of getting a wound or a cut and the physician not being readily available for administering an anti-tetanus injection, you may apply neroli essential oil, of course in a diluted condition, on your wounds or cut. The antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties of neroli essential oil will help to shield your wounds from becoming infected and tetanus. It has been proved that the oil obtained by solvent distillation of the blooms of the bitter orange trees is effective in healing as well as protecting wounds from getting infectious. Once you have applied this oil to your wound or cut, you can afford to visit your doctor at your leisure.
  • Owing to its anti-bacterial properties, neroli essential oil is very effective in eliminating bacteria – it is also known to be bactericidal. Bacteria are responsible for certain ailments and conditions, such as typhoid, cholera, food poisoning and some specific skin disorder and using this essential oil helps to cure all such diseases and conditions.
  • Another important characteristic of neroli essential oil is that during cold climates, its usage helps to keep one warm and does not allow him/ her to catch a cold or suffer from a cough. It facilitates the body to fight against these conditions caused by infections. In addition, the oil also possesses some expectorant properties that help in checking production of excessive mucus by the body and ensures that you breathe freely and have a sound sleep even during the winter months.
  • Neroli essential oil possesses the characteristics to heal wounds by forming scars on them (cicatrisant property). It has been established that this particular feature of neroli essential oil works much more effectively compared to any other anti-mark lotion or cream. In effect, neroli essential oil forms an important ingredient in several herbal anti-mark lotions or creams. Using neroli essential oil or lotions and creams containing this oil facilitates in erasing spots, blemishes, and after-marks caused by boils, acne, chickenpox and other similar conditions.
  • Use of neroli essential oil encourages the growth of new cells as well as helps to maintain the health of the existing cells in the body. In other words, using this oil on a regular basis helps one to grow bigger, more powerful and healthier.
  • The antiseptic property of neroli essential oil not only helps to disinfect the body but also makes the surroundings germ free. When taken internally, the essential oil obtained from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree helps to heal various types of contagions – including those of the kidneys, colon, prostate and the urinary tracts. In addition, this oil is also effective in curing skin infections and also protects the body from all new contagions.
  • The aroma of neroli oil helps to shoo away all types of foul body odor. While you may choose to use this oil as a body perfume, it can also be used as room fresheners or vaporizers to clean the atmosphere of all foul odors. Doing this not only helps to make the room scented, but also sterilizes the place.
  • The anti-spasmodic property of neroli essential oil is effective in treating spasms and providing relief from coughs, cramps, and aches due to spasms. It also helps to cure spasmodic cholera and relax the muscles alleviating pain.
  • At the same time, neroli essential oil obtained from the bitter orange trees is also stomach and beneficial for all types of stomach disorders. Use of neroli essential oil encourages digestion as well as enhances appetite.
  • Neroli essential oil also possesses sedative properties which help it to alleviate mental disorders, such as distress, nervous anxiety, depression, and anger. Using this natural oil on a regular basis helps to relax the body as well as the mind.
  • Many herbalists often recommend neroli essential oil treat colitis (inflammation of the colon), neuralgia (acute spasmodic pain caused by damage to or failure of a nerve), fat cracks and diarrhea. Moreover, use of neroli essential oil also helps in losing unwanted weight.
  • As mentioned earlier, neroli essential oil is highly beneficial for the skin. Topical application of this natural oil on the surface of the skin makes the skin smooth, protects it from all types of infections and helps to make it appear fresh and healthy adding glamor. Use of neroli essential oil facilitates in sustaining the appropriate amount of moisture in the skin and also balances the oils present in the skin.
  • The essential oil extracted from the blossoms of the bitter orange trees is responsible for maintaining the overall health of an individual. Its use ensures that the correct rate of metabolism and proper blood circulation are maintained by the body. In addition, neroli essential oil also helps to strengthen the immune system helping us to fight against various ailments.

General Feel Good Properties:

  • antispasmodic
  • antitoxic
  • aphrodisiac
  • sedative
  • slightly hypnotic
  • tranquilizing
  • uplifting

Blends Well With Essential Oils:

Blends well with any essential oil but especially with citrus oils such as lemon and sweet orange

  • chamomile
  • clary sage
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • patchouli
  • rose
  • sandalwood
  • ylang-ylang

Medicinal Use:

  • aging skin
  • anorexia
  • anxiety
  • broken capillaries
  • bulimia
  • childbirth
  • colitis
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • fear
  • flatulence
  • frigidity
  • grief
  • high blood pressure
  • hysteria and panic
  • impotence
  • indigestion
  • insomnia
  • nervous dyspepsia
  • nervous tension
  • over-sensitivity
  • palpitations
  • rejuvenation
  • shock

Precaution Using Neroli Oil:

Neroli essential oil obtained from the aromatic flowers of the Seville orange or the bitter orange trees should never be used by patients undergoing chemotherapy for treating any type of cancer.

Essential Oils for Treating Cold Sores

Cold sores, which are also called fever blisters, can be itchy, painful, and embarrassing. They are typically caused by the herpes simplex virus.

Cold sores can be treated with antiviral medications, which may shorten how long the symptoms last. There are various home remedies, as well, which are used to ease their discomfort.

Furthermore, a lot of studies have been done that show compounds in certain essential oils may help treat cold sores.

Essential oils might have some advantages over medication. For instance, essential oils usually cause fewer side effects than antiviral drugs.

Although they may be helpful in treating the symptoms of the herpes simplex virus, essential oils can be harmful if taken orally. When used to treat cold sores, the oils are applied topically to the skin only after they are mixed with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil or coconut oil.

In this article, we take a look at 10 essential oils that research suggests may be able to help treat cold sores.

Essential oils for cold sores

The following essential oils may be useful for treating cold sores:

Lavender

Applying certain essential oils may help to reduce cold sore irritation.

Lavender oil has been used for years to treat a variety of issues, including skin irritation and bruises.

Although it may not have any effect on the virus, lavender oil may be helpful in reducing pain associated with cold sores. In one study, lavender oil appeared to have the potential to decrease pain and inflammation.

The first time someone uses lavender oil, they should dilute it with a carrier oil. If there is no reaction, they might be able to use a stronger mix.

Lavender oil can also be used undiluted, as it does not usually irritate the skin. One or two drops of lavender oil can be applied directly to the sore.

Peppermint oil

In one study, peppermint oil was shown to inhibit the activity of both the herpes virus type 1 and type 2. The study concluded that peppermint oil might be useful in treating recurrent herpes infections.

A few drops of peppermint oil diluted with a milder oil, such as almond oil, can be applied to the sore.

Chrysanthemum oil

Although chrysanthemum oil may not specifically treat the herpes simplex virus, research has suggested that the oil has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, which may reduce symptoms.

Allergies to chrysanthemum oil are not uncommon. It is best to test a small area of the skin before using the essential oil on a cold sore. Never apply directly to the skin, and always dilute in a carrier oil.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil may be useful in treating cold sores due to its anti-inflammatory ability.

A paper in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology indicated that eucalyptus oil could decrease inflammation. By reducing inflammation, eucalyptus may speed up the healing process of a cold sore.

Users should be sure to dilute eucalyptus oil in a carrier oil before applying it to the skin to avoid irritation. Eucalyptus is a known allergen, so people should not use it if they have a reaction.

Clove oil

The effect of clove has been studied on the herpes simplex virus as well as other viruses, including hepatitis C.

Clove may have an antimicrobial and antiviral effect on the herpes simplex virus. It also may decrease pain associated with a cold sore.

Clove is irritating if applied directly to the skin. It should be diluted with a milder oil, such as coconut oil. Users should use caution when applying the mixture to the sore.

Chamomile oil

Chamomile oil interrupts absorption of the herpes virus into the cells differently than antiviral drugs, according to some research.

This oil may also be useful in treating drug-resistant strains of herpes. Again, chamomile oil must be diluted in a carrier oil before being applied to the skin.

Tea tree oil

According to a review published in the International Journal of Dermatology, tea tree oil has shown the ability to stop or kill the herpes simplex virus.

The oil is strong, so it is best to use it with caution. Users should dilute it with a carrier oil to decrease the chances of a skin irritation.

Hyssop oil

Research on hyssop oil showed that the essential oil caused a decrease in viral activity.

A few drops of hyssop oil can be diluted and applied to the cold sore.

Lemon balm oil

Lemon balm oil, which is also called Melissa extract, may have an antiviral effect on the herpes simplex virus.

One study indicated that the oil prevents the herpes virus from penetrating the cells.

Users should apply the diluted oil to the cold sore with a cotton swab three or four times a day for best results.

Thyme oil

Thyme oil has been examined to determine its ability to treat herpes simplex virus type 1. The results of one study indicated that the essential oil shows antiviral action against the virus.

Thyme oil should always be diluted with a carrier oil before it is applied to the cold sore.

Risks and considerations

lemon balm essential oil in glass bottle with fresh leaves
To reduce the risk of an allergic reaction, essential oils such as lemon balm should be diluted with a carrier oil before being applied to the skin.

When using essential oils to treat cold sores, it is important to understand the risks. Some essential oils can be irritating to the skin and may damage the skin if they are used too much.

An allergic reaction is also possible when using essential oils. Hives, redness, or itching at the site of application are signs of an allergic reaction.

If signs of an allergic reaction develop, people should stop using the oil immediately.

Diluting an essential oil with a carrier oil may be useful and necessary. Dilution means the carrier oils provide better absorption as well as less irritation to the skin.

Common carrier oils used to dilute essential oils include:

The ratio of essential oil to carrier oil may vary. Typically, a ratio of 2–5 drops of essential oil diluted in 1 ounce of a carrier oil is used.

Additional home remedies for cold sores

aloe vera dripping its gel in to glass bottle
Applying aloe vera may help to calm cold sore symptoms.

In addition to essential oils, there are also other natural home remedies that can ease the symptoms of cold sores.

Home remedies that may help ease cold sore symptoms when applied include:

  • aloe vera
  • hot or cold compress
  • zinc
  • vitamin E
  • witch hazel

Home remedies do not kill the herpes virus or prevent future flare-ups of cold sores. Instead, home remedies may ease cold sore symptoms, such as pain, redness, and itching.

Summary

Cold sores can be painful and annoying. The essential oils listed here may help decrease symptoms and treat the sores.

It is wise to keep in mind that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who regulate medications, do not control the use of essential oils.

It may be helpful to consult with a certified aromatherapist to find the best brands and uses of various essential oils for cold sores.

If cold sores occur frequently, it is also best to consult a doctor to work out if additional treatments are needed.

10 Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil

  1. Bladder benefits. Incontinence and bladder irritation are a concern for many people, especially women post-childbirth and post-menopause. Pumpkin oil strengthens the muscles that support the bladder (which can help to prevent prolapse and stress incontinence) and also soothe bladder irritation, reducing urge incontinence.
  2. Prostate performance. There is a strong body of evidence that shows that pumpkin seed oil can prevent prostate enlargement — a major health issue for men over 60. Not only that, but it has even been found to reverse enlargement in men who are already experiencing the discomfort of an enlarged prostate.
  3. Hold onto your hair. Male pattern baldness (as well as hair loss in women) is sometimes associated with overly high levels of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). One of the phytochemicals in pumpkin oil, beta-sitosterol, has been found to block the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Pumpkin oil also contains delta-7-sterol, which blocks DHT via a different mechanism. The effects of these naturally occurring chemicals have led to speculation and anecdotal evidence for pumpkin oil as a treatment for hair loss.
  4. Heal your digestive tract. The high fatty acid content of pumpkin oil can balance out excess inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, helping to soothe uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms associated with an unhealthy digestive tract. This can have a secondary impact, in that you will absorb more nutrition from your food if your GI tract is functioning properly.
  5. Make your heart happy. Want to reduce your risk of heart disease? Pumpkin seed oil can help you accomplish that goal. According to HealthandEnergyFoods.com: “Pumpkin seed oil has high levels of phytosterols which are believed to help reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad type of cholesterol) by lowering its absorption when taken with a meal containing cholesterol.”
  6. Build your bones. Vitamins A and K build strong bones and help to prevent fractures and post-menopausal bone loss.
  7. Support your liver. Since pumpkin seed oil is a great source of healthy fats and antioxidants, consuming it can help support liver health. On top of that, using it in place of certain anti-inflammatory drugs can protect your liver from unnecessary damage. William Gamonski at LifeExtension.com explains the studies that back this up: “the indomethacin-supplemented rats experienced increased levels of liver lipid peroxidation, an indicator of liver injury, whereas the pumpkin seed oil group experienced no side effects.”
  8. Protect your peepers. Perfectly Pressed pumpkin seed oil contains high levels of zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that has been shown to protect your eyes from UV and blue light damage.
  9. Nourish your brain. Pumpkin seed oil is high in essential fats, which are the primary fuel for your brain.
  10. Ease the symptoms of menopause. As Vivian Kelly at WeWomen.ca puts it: “Hot flashes and insomnia may be a thing of the past! Hurrah. Research now shows that postmenopausal women could get some relief with the use of pumpkin seed oil.” The natural phytoestrogens in pumpkin seed oil can help to lower your blood pressure and provide relief from symptoms like hot flashes, headaches and joint pain.

Pumpkin-Seed-OilDid you know that those tasty little kernels are packed with goodness?

Unfortunately, roasting them at high temperatures destroys a lot of the nutrition inside. They’re still a good source of fiber and some vitamins and minerals, but after roasting to crunchy perfection, they’re more of a snack with some healthy qualities, than a healthy food per se.

Many of the nutritious properties of the seeds are found in the oil, though, and if it’s extracted properly the nutrients won’t be damaged or eliminated.

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Black Spruce Essential Oil

It reaches up into the sky but stays firmly grounded by also reaching deep into the earth. It’s stable and elevated at once, and the air flows easily around it.

This is the way Black Spruce essential oil can support us. It opens up the breath while helping us feel grounded in our bodies and uplifted in our minds.

Black Spruce is like a friend who cheers you up after a long day—when you feel tired and all you want to do is lay down, but then you spend time with your friend and are filled with a fresh flow of relief and happy energy. Soon you can’t remember being tired at all!

These recipes show you some of these soothing, restoring aspects of Black Spruce.


 

Black Spruce is helpful for nighttime allergy symptoms.

Black Spruce can be very helpful for allergy symptoms that might keep us from resting at night.

Here’s a blend you can make in 1 oz (28 gm) of aloe (Aloe barbadensis). There’s a version for kids over five years old (with less essential oil) and one for adults.

Kids Nighttime Aloe Allergy Relief

Grown-Up Nighttime Aloe Allergy Relief

Combine all the ingredients in a 1 oz (30 ml) flip-top bottle. Then just apply the blend to the back of your neck, your upper back, and chest before bed.

It has a one to two-month shelf life, so when it’s time to make it again you can either use the same oils or switch them out for others with similar properties. For another nighttime allergy blend, try Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana).

To make this blend for the daytime, try Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), Lemon (Citrus limon), and Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica).

A few words of caution: Be sure to have people with asthma smell this blend before using it. If it makes their chest feel a little tight, try a different remedy.


 

Black Spruce Gives Great Massages!

When massaging someone who is tired and sore all over (maybe they’ve hiked a little too far, or have achy muscles due to the flu), it is so wonderful to use essential oils that ease pain and offer a gentle infusion of energy.

Black Spruce essential oil fits the bill.

It helps stuck energy flow more freely. That means that physically, it can help relieve tight, constricted areas of pain. Emotionally, it chases away fatigue to make room for more energy!

This blend combines Black Spruce with other oils that relieve pain, while soothing and energizing the heart. Make it in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle.

Tired & Achy Massage Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil (Trauma Oil is a skin nourishing, pain reducing oil made by infusing three herbs (arnica, calendula, and St. John’s wort) in a base of carrier oil—usually that’s olive oil.)
  • 8 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 3 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
  • 2 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)

This blend works well as an all-over massage oil, but you can also concentrate your attention on specific areas.

The other three oils in the blend support Black Spruce’s effects. Peppermint and Lemon add a wonderful cooling action, and the Lavender soothes pain and helps muscles relax.


 

How Black Spruce supports respiratory health.

When we’re trying to recover from a cold or the flu (or any respiratory issue), what are we actually trying to do?

We’re trying to:

  • Break up and expel mucus.
  • Reduce inflammation.
  • Open up our sinuses.
  • Fight viruses or bacteria (or both!).
  • Boost immunity.
  • Relax tension in our muscles.
  • Ease aches and pains throughout the body.
  • Increase energy (but at the same time support healthy rest).

There are some amazing essential oil components that can do all of this! I’d like to tell you about two:

Bornyl acetate — Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative

1,8 cineole — Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, mucolytic (breaks up mucus), antispasmodic, and airborne antimicrobial

Black Spruce is one of a handful of essential oils that contains bornyl acetate, and a healthy dose of 1,8 cineole is found in Ravensara. The 1,8 cineole in Ravensara is even an airborne antimicrobial so it can help destroy airborne germs before you ever breathe them in.

What would be a good way to make use of these oils and their components? Breathing them in as much as possible! I like to use Aromatherapy inhalers because I can take them with me everywhere

Here’s a great inhaler recipe with Black Spruce:

Fresh Forest Inhaler

Making an Aromatherapy inhaler is simple! An inhaler looks like a little lip balm tube. It’s plastic with a cotton insert. The cotton is what holds the essential oils. To make the inhaler, all you have to do is drop the essential oils onto the cotton (I sometimes like to put the cotton in a little bowl first, so I don’t spill any essential oil), then put the cotton into the plastic inhaler sleeve, snap the bottom closed, and you’re done.

Use Black Spruce for back pain blends.

I have a lot of favorite essential oils that I turn to in the winter.

Black Spruce essential oil is one of these cold-weather favorites. It has the ability to restore and revitalize your spirit.

Here’s a blend you can rub on your lower back several times a day. It helps support your adrenals so you have more energy to get up, go to work, and deal with your daily tasks on top of cold, foul weather.

“Get Your Groove Back” Back Blend

Make your back blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle, and use it when you wake up, in the middle of your day, and as evening sets in. It won’t be long till you’re back in the groove of feeling like yourself.


 

Black Spruce is one of those bacteria reducing essential oils that makes a great ingredient in natural soaps.

This is also a great way to get the respiratory benefits of Black Spruce, as you breathe it in with the steam in the shower. It helps open up your lungs and reduce any mucus or congestion. And its fresh, foresty scent is so refreshing!

Black Spruce Body Wash

  • ½ oz (14 g) castile soap
  • ½ oz (14 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 6 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 6 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

This blend works well in a 1 oz (30 ml) plastic flip-top bottle, so it’s safe to use in the shower. I recommend making it fresh every week, as it’s not made with preservatives.

This shower gel has wonderful emotional and mental benefits, too. Black Spruce helps you feel grounded and centered—very down to earth—while also imparting a sense of optimism, possibility, and peace. This is a great way to start the day!


 

Get to know Black Spruce.

There is something warm and inspiring about Black Spruce essential oil. It quickly becomes a favorite for many people who start spending time with it.

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