In Essence: Bergamot Oil

    • The fruit of the Bergamot tree is a cross between the Citrus limetta (a species of Citrus that can be referred to as either “Sweet Lemons” or “Sweet Limes”) and the Orange. It is slightly pear-shaped and slightly yellowish in color.
    • There are numerous theories about how the Bergamot fruit received its name, the most popular one being that it is named after the Italian city in which it was originally cultivated and sold.
    • Bergamot Essential Oil was used historically in Italian folk medicine and in Ayurvedic medicine to treat problems related to digestion, skin health, and fever to name a few ailments it could effectively relieve.
    • Adding Bergamot Oil to regular black tea resulted in the creation of the popular Earl Grey Tea.
  • The Bergamot Essential Oil that is currently produced in Calabria, Italy is considered to be of the highest quality in the international trading market.

HISTORY OF BERGAMOT OIL

Citrus bergamia, better known as Bergamot, belongs to the Rutaceae family, which is better identified by the name Citrus. This tree’s fruit is a cross between the lemon and the orange, giving the small, round fruit a slightly pear-shaped, and a yellow coloring. Some think the fruit appears to look like a mini orange. Bergamot is a popular scent in the perfumery industry, and its powerful fragrance makes it an important constituent in many perfumes in which it acts as the top note.

There are theories about how the fruit received the name Bergamot. One theory states that its name is Turkish for “the Lord’s pear,” and the other theory states that the name is derived from the Italian city of Bergamo where it was widely cultivated and first sold. The fruit is also produced in Argentina, Brazil, Algeria, the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and South-East Asia where it has its roots. The Bergamot tree grows well in Europe, despite being a tropical plant.

Historically, Bergamot fruit juice was used by the indigenous people of Italy to treat malaria and to expel intestinal worms, while Bergamot Oil was used in Italian folk medicine as an antiseptic and to reduce fevers. When Bergamot Essential Oil was used as a flavoring in black tea, the tea became known as Earl Grey Tea. In Ayurvedic medicine, Bergamot Oil has been used to soothe acne, skin rashes, sores and sore throats, and bladder infections. It is also used to reduce fever, obesity, depression, eczema, gingivitis, flatulence, loss of appetite, and compulsive behaviors.

The current Bergamot Essential Oil production in Italy’s coastal region of Calabria makes up 80% of the world’s total production and is considered to be of the highest quality in the international trading market. Bergamot is among the most popular essential oils used today for its effectiveness, health benefits, and its wide variety of applications.

BENEFITS OF BERGAMOT OIL

The main chemical constituents of Bergamot Essential Oil are: Limonene, Linalyl Acetate, Linalool, Pinene, Bergaptene, Terpineol, Nerol, Neryl Acetate, β-Bisabolene, Geraniol, Geraniol Acetate, and Myrcene.

Limonene is believed to exhibit the following activity:

  • Antioxidant
  • Stimulant
  • Digestive
  • Detoxicant
  • Appetite suppressant

Linalyl Acetate

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Astringent
  • Analgesic
  • Hypotensor

Linalool

  • Sedative
  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-inflammatory

Pinene

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-septic
  • Expectorant
  • Bronchodilator

Terpineol

  • Miticidal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal

Nerol

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Sedative
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-depressant

Geraniol

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-septic
  • Analgesic

Geraniol Acetate

  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-viral
  • Energizing
  • Stimulant
  • Warming
  • Diuretic
  • Aphrodisiac

Myrcene

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-biotic
  • Sedative

Used in aromatherapy applications, Bergamot Essential Oil is known to help reduce anxiety and stress and thereby alleviate symptoms of depression. The oil’s α-Pinene and Limonene constituents make it uplifting, refreshing, and stimulating. Inhaling Bergamot Oil can also maintain metabolism by increasing the hormones and fluids that aid digestion and nutrient absorption. This can reduce constipation by making bowel movements more regular. The relaxing, soothing aroma of Bergamot Essential Oil is sedative and can assist with sleep disorders like insomnia by putting the user into a restful state. The citrus scent of Bergamot Oil makes it a freshening room spray for eliminating unpleasant odors. The anti-spasmodic nature of Bergamot Oil means that those who suffer from respiratory issues such as chronic coughing may find relief from the convulsions of a coughing fit. Its anti-congestive and expectorant properties clear nasal passages and promote easier breathing by loosening phlegm and mucus, thereby eliminating more of the germs and toxins that cause illness.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Bergamot Oil can disinfect the skin by preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. When added to bath water or soaps, it relieves cracks on the skin and heels while also protecting skin against infections. Used in hair products, it can enhance hair’s sheen and prevent hair loss. By stimulating hormones that reduce the sensation of pain, it can relieve headaches, muscle aches, and sprains. As a cicatrizant, Bergamot Oil can balance skin’s oil production and reduce the appearance of unwanted marks and scars by evening out the skin tone. By using it in a natural deodorant, Bergamot Oil can eliminate the bacteria that causes body odor.

Used medicinally, Bergamot Essential Oil works as a febrifuge, which helps the body to recover from illness by fighting infections that cause fever. By promoting the secretion of perspiration, it reduces body temperature while cleansing the body of toxins through pores and glands. Bergamot Oil is known to have properties that make it effective for promoting the fast healing of wounds and eczema by protecting them from becoming septic and by preventing new infections from forming.

 Bergamot Essential Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

    • COSMETIC: Stimulant, Deodorant, Tonic, Anti-bacterial, Soothing
    • ODOROUS: Stimulant, Anti-depressant, Deodorant, Anti-spasmodic, Sedative, Febrifuge, Calmative, Soothing, Analgesic, Antibiotic, Antiseptic
  • MEDICINAL: Analgesic, Stimulant, Diuretic, Anti-septic, Anti-depressant, Tonic, Anti-biotic, Anti-spasmodic, Sedative, Disinfectant, Febrifuge, Digestive, Calmative, Antibacterial, Antiviral

CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING QUALITY BERGAMOT OIL

The Citrus bergamia tree, or the Bergamot Tree, is an evergreen tree that was originally grown by planting seeds or cuttings. When the roots began to rot in 1862, almost all the citrus orchards in Calabria were destroyed. Bergamot then began to be cultivated by grafting Bergamot fruits or buds onto Bitter Oranges. Despite the tree being hardy, the fruit itself is the most delicate of all citrus fruits and must be protected against frost, which will damage it.

In Winter, small, white, fragrant star-shaped flowers begin to blossom on the tree. In the summer, the tree produces yellow pear-shaped fruits, which appear to be a cross between a Sweet Lime/Lemon and an Orange and are commonly used in culinary and perfumery applications. The Bergamot fruit turns yellow as it ripens, and its appearance is comparable to that of a small orange.

The tree does not produce any fruit until 3 years have passed after grafting. The tree fully matures after 12 years of age, at which time it can produce hundreds of fruits. After the tree has matured to 15 years of age, it can produce approximately 1 kilo of essential oil. Between the ages of 70-80, the tree’s productivity begins to decline and it becomes unusable.

In Italy, when the Bergamot fruits are harvested, they are hand-picked between the months of November and January when they are almost ripe, then they are cleaned before extraction occurs.

HOW IS BERGAMOT OIL EXTRACTED?

Bergamot Essential Oil is derived from the cold expression of the Bergamot fruit peel when the fruit is nearly ripe. In the past, Bergamot expression, which was also called cold-pressing, was done by hand and involved pressing the fruit peel until the essential oils were squeezed out from the cells inside the peels.

Today, a mechanical device often carries out the same process; the fruit skin is peeled and then exposed to centrifugal force, which separates the essential oils from water and fruit fragments. 100 Bergamot fruits will yield approximately 3 oz. of Bergamot Essential Oil. After cold-expression, the color of Bergamot Oil ranges from light yellow to a dark green. Its scent is a fresh, sweet, and citrusy top note with a spicy undertone and a floral nuance.

USES OF BERGAMOT OIL

The uses for Bergamot Essential Oil are abundant, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic. Its many forms include oils, gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, sprays, and candle making.

Diluted with a carrier oil and used topically, Bergamot Oil relieves muscle aches and body pains including headaches and discomforts associated with arthritis. Its anti-inflammatory properties relieve redness, itching, and swelling. Due to its antiseptic and astringent activities, Bergamot Essential Oil makes an excellent addition to cosmetics that are meant to help achieve glowing and evenly toned skin. As a toner, it cleanses pores and strengthens skin tissues. Blending Bergamot Oil into shampoo and body washes and rubbing it into the scalp and body may strengthen hair, stimulate its growth, and relieve itchiness and irritation on the scalp and skin. When combined with the essential oils of Chamomile and Fennel, this blend can be massaged into the abdominal area to relieve indigestion and gas.

In aromatherapy, Bergamot acts as a natural perfume and a non-toxic air freshener that creates a relaxing atmosphere and deodorizes unpleasant scents. When diffused, its carminative properties offer relief to the digestive system. It can be added to natural homemade scented cosmetics, candles, and soaps. It is known to be beneficial for creating a feeling of being refreshed and renewed, for uplifting negative moods to prevent depression, and for relieving lethargy, nervousness, and insomnia. When Bergamot Essential Oil is blended into a moisturizer such as a face cream or lotion, it can soothe and promote the faster healing of cuts, acne, psoriasis, and chicken pox.

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For a natural yet powerful anti-microbial and anti-viral home cleaning agent, Bergamot Essential Oil can be blended with Grapefruit Essential Oil then diluted in water and shaken inside a spray bottle before being put to use as a surface cleaner. This mix will not only disinfect but also deodorize by eliminating odor-causing bacteria.

A GUIDE TO BERGAMOT OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

 

BERGAMOT VARIETY & BOTANICAL NAME COUNTRY OF ORIGIN BENEFITS OF OIL
Bergamot (Calabrian) Essential Oil

Citrus bergamia

Found in:

  • Italy
Believed to:

  • improve circulation
  • maintain metabolic rate
  • boost digestion
  • disinfect skin and surfaces
Bergamot (Natural Blend) Essential Oil

Bergamot

Found in:

  • Italy
Believed to:

  • uplift moods and relieve depression
  • deodorize and freshen rooms
  • promote rest and relaxation
  • reduce anxiety and stress
Bergamot – Bergaptene Free (Calabrian) Essential Oil

Citrus bergamia

Found in:

  • Italy
Believed to:

  • relieve muscle aches and body pains
  • tone and purify the skin
  • relieve redness, itching, and swelling
  • cleanse pores while strengthening skin tissues
Bergamot – Bergaptene Free (Natural Blend) Essential Oil

Bergamot

Found in:

  • Italy
Believed to:

  • deodorize
  • create a feeling of being refreshed and renewed
  • uplift negative moods
  • relieve anxiety, stress, irritability, lethargy, nervousness, and insomnia
Bergamot Organic Essential Oil

Citrus bergamia

Found in:

  • Italy
Believed to:

  • strengthen hair and stimulate its growth
  • promote the faster healing of cuts, acne, psoriasis, and chicken pox
  • be a natural perfume and air freshener
  • purify skin and surfaces

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR BERGAMOT OIL

Bergamot Essential Oil should never be ingested due to its toxicity. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using Bergamot Oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women and those taking prescription drugs are especially advised not to use Bergamot Essential Oil without the medical advice of a physician. Individuals with a potassium deficiency are also advised not to use this oil, as Bergamot is known to deplete potassium in the body, the consequences of which include muscle cramps and twitching. Bergamot Oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Prior to using Bergamot Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil and applying a small amount to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Bergamot Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Once applied topically, sun exposure should be avoided, as Bergamot Oil may sensitize the skin to UV rays. This is especially true of Bergamot Oil containing the phototoxic chemical compound Bergaptene, which can cause skin irritation when skin is exposed to sunlight. Skin irritation includes blisters, scabs, redness, and changes in skin pigmentation. Bergaptene-free Bergamot Essential Oil is relatively non-toxic and non-irritating. To prevent photosensitivity, those using Bergamot Oil for topical application should wait 72 hours before spending prolonged periods outdoors, especially in regions with hot climates.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Orange Oil

All About the Uses and Benefits of Orange Oil:

  • Orange Essential Oil, most commonly referred to as Sweet Orange Essential Oil, is derived from the fruits of the Citrus sinensis botanical. Conversely, Bitter Orange Essential Oil is derived from the fruits of the Citrus aurantium botanical.
  • Orange Oil’s ability to naturally enhance immunity and reduce several symptoms of numerous ailments have lent it to traditional medicinal applications for the treatment of acne, chronic stress, and other health concerns.
  • Used in aromatherapy, Orange Essential Oil’s pleasant scent has a cheerful and uplifting yet simultaneously relaxing, calming effect that helps reduce pulse rate. It can not only create a warm environment but can also stimulate the strength and resilience of the immune system and eliminate airborne bacteria.
  • Used topically, Orange Essential Oil is beneficial for maintaining the health, appearance, and texture of skin by promoting clarity, radiance, and smoothness, thereby reducing the signs of acne and other uncomfortable skin conditions.
  • Applied in a massage, Orange Essential Oil is known to increase blood flow. This is known to relieve discomforts associated with inflammation, headaches, menstruation, and low libido.
  • Used medicinally, Orange Essential Oil reduces the incidents of painful and reflexive muscle contractions. It is traditionally used in massages to relieve stress, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion or improper digestion, and congestion of the nose.

HISTORY OF ORANGE OIL

Orange Oil, most commonly referred to as Sweet Orange Essential Oil, is derived from the fruits of the Citrus sinensis botanical. Conversely, Bitter Orange Essential Oil is derived from the fruits of the Citrus aurantium botanical. The exact origin of Citrus sinensis is unknown, as it does not grow wild anywhere in the world; however, botanists believe that it is a natural hybrid of the Pummelo (C. maxima) and the Mandarin (C. reticulata) botanicals and that it originated between the South-West of China and the Himalayas. For several years, the Sweet Orange tree was considered to be a form of the Bitter Orange tree (C. aurantium amara) and was thus referred to as C. aurantium var. sinensis.

According to historical sources: In 1493, Christopher Columbus carried Orange seeds during his expedition to the Americas and eventually they reached Haiti and the Caribbean; in the 16th century, Portuguese explorers introduced Orange trees to the West; in 1513, Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer, introduced Oranges to Florida; in 1450, Italian traders introduced Orange trees to the Mediterranean region; in 800 AD, Oranges were introduced to eastern Africa and the Middle East by Arab traders and were then distributed through the trade routes. In the 15th century, Portuguese travelers introduced the Sweet Oranges they brought back from China to the woodland areas of West Africa and to Europe. In the 16th century, Sweet Oranges were introduced in England. It is believed that Europeans valued Citrus fruits mainly for their medicinal benefits, but the Orange was quickly adopted as a fruit. Eventually, it came to be cultivated by the wealthy, who grew their own trees in private “orangeries.” The Orange has come to be known as the oldest and the most commonly grown tree fruit in the world.

For thousands of years, Orange Oil’s ability to naturally enhance immunity and reduce several symptoms of numerous ailments have lent it to traditional medicinal applications for the treatment of acne, chronic stress, and other health concerns. The folk remedies of the Mediterranean region as well as the regions of the Middle East, India, and China used Orange Oil to relieve colds, coughs, chronic fatigue, depression, flu, indigestion, low libido, odors, poor circulation, skin infections, and spasms. In China, Oranges are believed to symbolize good fortune and thus they continue to be a significant feature of the traditional medicinal practices. It is not only the benefits of the pulp and the oils that are valuable; the dried fruit rinds of both the Bitter and Sweet varieties of Orange have also been used in traditional Chinese medicine to soothe the aforementioned ailments as well as to address anorexia.

Historically, Sweet Orange Essential Oil had many domestic uses such as when it was used to add the Orange flavor to soft drinks, candy, desserts, chocolates and other sweetmeats. Industrially, the antiseptic and preservative properties of Orange Oil made it ideal for use in the production of cosmetics and skin care products such as soaps, creams, lotions, and deodorants. For its natural antiseptic properties, Orange Oil was also used in cleaning products such as room freshening sprays. In the early 1900s, it was used to scent several products such as detergents, perfumes, soaps, and other toiletries. Over time, Sweet Orange Oil and other citrus oils began to be replaced with synthetic citrus fragrances. Today, it continues to be used in similar applications and has gained popularity as a sought-after ingredient in cosmetic and health products for its astringent, cleansing, and brightening properties, among many others.

BENEFITS OF ORANGE OIL

The main chemical constituents of Orange Oil are: Limonene, Monoterpene Hydrocarbons (β- Myrcene and α-Pinene), Alcohols (Citronellol, Geraniol, and Linalool), and Aldehydes (Neral).

 

LIMONENE is believed to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Stimulant
  • Digestive
  • Detoxicant
  • Appetite suppressant

 

β-MYRCENE is believed to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-biotic
  • Sedative

 

α-PINENE is believed to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-septic
  • Expectorant
  • Bronchodilator

 

CITRONELLOL is believed to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-fungal
  • Sedative
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-convulsant

 

GERANIOL is believed to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-septic
  • Analgesic

 

LINALOOL is believed to exhibit the following activity:

  • Sedative
  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Anti-epileptic
  • Analgesic

 

NERAL is believed to exhibit the following activity:

  • Apoptotic
  • Anti-nociceptive
  • Anti-inflammatory

 

Used in aromatherapy applications, Orange Essential Oil is known to have a pleasant scent that has a cheerful and uplifting yet simultaneously relaxing, calming effect, as it helps reduce pulse rate. For this reason, it is believed to be beneficial for vaporizing in any room, especially when experiencing anxiety, sadness, anger, hypertension, frustration, and other negative moods. When diffused throughout the home, it is known to effectively diminish unpleasant scents such as cooking smells and pet odors while also boosting motivation and clarity. The aromatic benefits of Orange Oil are known to not only create a warm environment but to also stimulate the strength and resilience of the immune system and to eliminate airborne bacteria and pathogens. Its sedative properties make it a natural aphrodisiac, which is ideal for relieving the symptoms of low libido in both men and women if used recurrently and systematically. The scent of Orange Oil is believed to enhance cognitive function, thus making it easier to recall memories, especially for Alzheimer’s disease patients. Diffused, or diluted and sprayed into the air before going to sleep, Orange Oil is known to induce sleep and to enhance sleep quality while facilitating the body’s detoxification process and balancing hormones. Diffused in the shower, Orange oil enhances the sense of relaxation and contributes anti-bacterial and cleansing properties. Those who suffer from allergies may find that the oil relieves a runny nose and cough, as its anti-inflammatory properties can benefit the body’s response to physical irritation.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Orange Oil is known to be beneficial for maintaining the health, appearance, and texture of skin by promoting clarity, radiance, and smoothness. In doing so, it reduces the signs of acne and other uncomfortable skin conditions. When applied in a massage, Orange Essential Oil is known to increase blood flow, which relieves discomforts associated with inflammation, headaches, menstruation, and low libido. It is believed to soothe pain in bones, joints, or any site of injury and infection by decreasing swelling that causes aches and soreness, while also reducing redness. When applied to the skin, Orange Oil’s astringent property contributes anti-aging benefits. It also works as a tonic that cleanses and detoxifies the skin while diminishing the appearance of pores. These properties make Orange Oil an ideal ingredient for moisturizers and cleansers that nourish skin, soothe dryness and irritation, eliminate harmful bacteria, enhance collagen production, and plump, smooth, and brighten the complexion. When applied to calluses, especially on the feet, Orange Oil is known to make an effective treatment that softens while hydrating.

Used medicinally, Orange Essential Oil works as a muscle relaxant, which reduces the incidents of painful and reflexive muscle contractions – or spasms. It thereby prevents other consequential problems such as convulsions, coughing, diarrhea, tears in the muscles, and sprains. Its anti-microbial properties make it ideal for application to a cut, bite, abrasion, boil, eruption, or any wound that may potentially become septic, as it prevents bacterial growth and infection. As a tonic, Orange Oil maintains metabolic health and function, while exhibiting anti-oxidant activity that repairs damaged cells. For its diuretic properties, Orange Oil is reputed to eliminate bodily toxins including excess salts, fluids such as water, and uric acid. Orange Essential Oil is traditionally used in massages as an agent that effectively relieves stress, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion or improper digestion, and congestion of the nose or of organs such as the liver.

Orange Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

    • COSMETIC: Tonic, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Cleansing, Stimulant.
    • ODOROUS: Anti-Depressant, Anti-Spasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Diuretic, Sedative.
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-Depressant, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Spasmodic, Anti-Septic, Carminative, Diuretic, Tonic, Sedative, Cholagogic, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Microbial.

CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING QUALITY ORANGE OIL

Oranges belong to the Rutaceae family or the “Citrus” family along with Grapefruits, Lemons, and Limes, among others. Oranges are believed to have been first obtained from a tree native to China; however, since then, Orange trees have been propagated widely in other tropical and sub-tropical climates including those of North and South America, Mexico, Portugal, Jamaica, Spain, France, Italy, Corsica, the Mediterranean region, Cyprus, Egypt, India, and Israel. Common Oranges, Pigmented / “Blood” Oranges, Navel Oranges, and Acidless Oranges are the 4 classifications of Oranges in the Citrus sinensis group. Each class has its distinct characteristics.

Orange trees are evergreen with grayish-brown barks and can reach a height of 4-7.5 meters (13ft – 25 ft). With age, they may even reach 15 meters (50 ft). They have slender, angular branches with dull spines in the leaf axils. The branches eventually grow rounded and the tree often forms the shape of a hemisphere. The glossy, dark green leaves of the Orange tree are oval-shaped and grow to a minimum of 3-4 inches. Orange flowers are small, white, and fragrant, growing individually or in clusters of 2-6.

The round fruits that grow from the flowers’ ovaries have a thick, leathery rind that is green when unripe and yellow-orange when ripe. Sometimes, in warm climates, the rind retains its green color. At other times, it retains only patches of green. The rind is stippled with tiny glands containing the fruit’s essential oil.

Once harvested, Oranges do not continue to ripen in the way that many other fruits do, which means that proper care is required to pick them from their trees at the right time in order to obtain their maximum essential oil yield. Harvesting is done manually or mechanically with the latter process being used more often when the fruits are meant to be processed for juice or oil. Mechanized harvest methods include the use of limb and tree shakers as well as air jets.

The Orange fruit is made up of an outer rind known as the Epicarp, which ranges in color from yellow to orange when ripe. On the underside of the rind, is a porous white tissue layer called the Mesocarp, which is spongy and odorless. It is also referred to as the Albedo or the Pith. The Endocarp, better known as the fruit’s Pulp, is yellow, orange, or sometimes red in color. It is made up of approximately 10-14 wedge-shaped segments called Carpels, which are each covered in a thin, clear membrane. This membrane works to hold the juice-filled pulp and the 2-4 Seeds contained in each Carpel. The segments can be separated into individual slices.

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HOW IS ORANGE OIL EXTRACTED?

In the peel of a fresh Orange, there are cells that contain the fruit’s volatile fatty oil glands. Orange Oil is thus derived from the fruit peel. The extraction process may involve first separating the rinds from the Oranges, then grinding, chopping, or puncturing them before they are pressed. The order of events may differ, in that the fruit peels may first be rolled over with a trough in order to pierce the essential oil pouches located on the underside of the peels. The liquid that results from this pressing process is a combination of orange juice and orange essential oil, which gradually begin to separate from each other, at which point the essential oil is collected.

In a slightly different extraction process, Orange Essential Oil is a by-product of Orange Juice. This process involves the whole fruit being pressed to squeeze the juice and essential oil from the pulp. When the essential oil separates from the juice and rises to its surface, the oil is collected by Centrifugation.

Cold-pressing protects the oil’s anti-oxidants and active ingredients from being destroyed by heat. After undergoing cold-pressing, some citrus oils are steam-distilled. Alternatively, Orange Oil can also be produced through Solvent Extraction, Supercritical CO2 Extraction, and Turbo Distillation. After extraction, Orange Oil has an orange-yellow or orange-brown color and gives off the light, fresh, sweet fragrance of the fruit itself.

USES OF ORANGE OIL

The uses of Orange Essential Oil are abundant, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic. Its many forms include oils, gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, acne treatments, sprays, deodorants, and candles.

Used in aromatherapy applications, Orange Essential Oil can deodorize while exuding its own fresh and energizing scent. Simply inhaling the scent of the oil from the bottle has a sedative, relaxing effect that simultaneously reduces anxiety and contributes to the feeling of being alert. Orange Oil can be diffused throughout a room by adding 5-6 drops in a diffuser on low heat. This is reputed to boost the mood and even improve digestion. To ease both physical and mental fatigue, mix 5 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil and 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil in a diffuser. Inhaling the scent of Orange Essential Oil is also known to relieve the nasal irritation associated with seasonal allergies, as it eases sinus congestion, headache, and itchiness. While traveling, Orange Oil can be sniffed from either the bottle or from a soaked cotton ball just as the first symptoms of irritation begin in the nose.

Orange Oil can be added to the laundry to scent clothing, or it can be added to the dishwasher. To scent the kitchen in particular with a warm, clean Orange blend, fill a pot with water and add 1-9 drops of Orange Essential Oil along with either Lemon Essential Oil or Lemon rinds, Cinnamon sticks, and Cloves. Allow this blend to simmer on the stove. Alternatively, blend Orange, Lemon, Cinnamon, and Clove essential oils in an electric diffuser.

Used in cosmetic applications, Orange Essential Oil is known to enhance the complexion, especially for those who suffer from eczema. For a natural moisturizer, combine 1-2 drops of Orange Essential Oil with 1-3 tsp. of a carrier oil such as Organic Almond, Olive, Coconut, Hemp, Jojoba, or Macadamia. Apply this mix to the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots and to encourage collagen production. Orange Essential Oil can also be combined with other oils such as Frankincense Essential Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil, which are known to facilitate the healing of the skin.

For skin afflicted with acne, Orange Essential Oil can be combined with a small amount of Coconut Carrier Oil on a cotton ball and applied to the affected areas – or areas that seem like they might begin to break out. This mix is reputed to eliminate bacteria, soothe inflammation, reduce pain and swelling associated with acne, and prevent dryness. For an even higher effectiveness, Orange Essential Oil can be blended with Geranium Essential Oil or Cinnamon Essential Oil. After it has been determined that skin will not have a negative reaction to Orange Essential Oil, a few drops of the oil may also be added to a warm bath or to a body wash. For an acne spot-treatment, a cotton swab dipped directly in Sweet Orange Oil can be dabbed onto affected areas of skin to reduce the bacteria that contribute to and worsen acne. 1 drop of Orange Oil can also be mixed with Organic Aloe Vera gel before being dabbed onto blemishes and wrinkles.

For a cleanser that reduces blemishes and unwanted spots without dehydrating the skin, Orange Oil can be combined with Honey. To create this anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory acne treatment, blend together 1 Tbsp. Organic Coconut Carrier Oil, 3 Tbsp. Raw Honey, 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar, 20 drops Orange Essential Oil and 2 capsules of Live Probiotics. With a hand blender, combine all these ingredients, then pour them into a glass bottle and store it in a cool, dark, dry place until it is ready for use.

For a simple yet deeply cleansing face wash that reduces the amount of oil on the skin and controls acne breakouts, a nightly tonic can be made by adding 2-3 drops of Orange Essential Oil to 1 cup of water. This mixture can be used to wash the face before going to bed. For those who apply makeup to the skin, 3-4 drops of Orange Oil can be combined with a 1 Tbsp. of a light carrier oil such as Olive or Sweet Almond before the blend is applied to the face with a cotton ball or cotton pad. Before wiping it off, allow the oil to sit on the skin for 5 minutes.

Used in hair, a combination of Orange Essential Oil and Honey is known to eliminate bacteria, to reduce dandruff and itchiness by restoring moisture, and to balance the scalp’s pH without removing any of its vital natural oils. For a shampoo that achieves all of the aforementioned, combine 1 cup water, 5 Tbsp. Raw Honey, 5 drops Orange Essential Oil, and 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil in a bowl before transferring the blend to a glass dispenser bottle. Shake the bottle well before each use and apply this shampoo as normal.

Used in medicinal applications, Orange Essential Oil can reduce inflammation, promote relaxation, and enhance circulation. Combining it with a carrier oil and massaging it into the abdominal area is reputed to facilitate and improve digestion, which eases or prevents cramps and constipation. For higher effectiveness, Orange Essential Oil can be combined with Peppermint or Spearmint essential oils before it is diluted with a carrier oil and massaged into the belly. Orange Oil is known to have diuretic properties, thus massaging it into the belly also promotes the release of toxins, especially from the digestive tract, while stimulating the bladder and lymphatic system.

Orange Oil’s anti-inflammatory properties can offer relief to those who suffer from pain and swelling in the joints. For a soothing balm that addresses the symptoms of arthritis, melt 1 Tbsp. of Coconut Carrier Oil over low heat, then mix in 10 drops of Orange Essential Oil. Apply this salve to affected areas until it is completely absorbed into the skin. Similarly, to reduce symptoms of edema – better known as fluid retention – warm 3 Tbsp. of Sesame Seed Carrier Oil and mix in 10 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil. This blend can be massaged into swollen feet and ankles until completely absorbed. Alternatively, Orange Oil can be used in a foot soak: Add a mixture of 2 Tbsp. Sea Salt and 10-15 drops of Orange Essential Oil to a basin of warm water and soak the feet for 20-30 minutes. For facial edema, a similar blend can be made by adding 1 tsp. of Sea Salt to a cup of warm water and stirring in 5 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil. This can be applied to the face with cotton balls that have been dipped into the mixture and placed on the cheeks and under the eyes.

To improve digestion, mix 3-4 drops of Orange Essential Oil with 1 tsp. of Olive Carrier Oil and massage it into the abdominal area. This will encourage digestive enzymes to be released, which will subsequently improve digestion and thereby prevent or relieve gas and constipation.

A GUIDE TO ORANGE OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

 

ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL (SWEET)

Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis

Found in: Brazil

Believed to:

  • Have a scent that contributes a refreshing, warming, uplifting, and bright feeling to the environment
  • Have a calming and balancing effect on the mood

 

ORANGE BITTER (SICILY) ESSENTIAL OIL

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium

Found in: Italy

Believed to:

  • Balance skin’s moisture and oiliness
  • Be an ideal cleansing ingredient for those with oily skin and clogged pores
  • Clean, calm, and balance skin without stripping its natural oils
  • Exhibit anti-bacterial, antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, which benefit skin that is acne-prone, clogged, dull, or oily
  • Have a soothing, sedative, and uplifting effect on the mood
  • Enhance digestive functions by relieving constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, and stomach cramps
  • Be helpful for relieving cold and flu symptoms

 

BLOOD ORANGE (SICILY) ESSENTIAL OIL

Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis

Found in: Italy

Believed to:

  • Be anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, carminative, diuretic, and sedative
  • Be a tonic
  • Be a cholagogue
  • Be an effective remedy for various health issues associated with inflammation, such as arthritis
  • Effectively offer relief to those suffering from fevers or the side effects of medication or toxic substances
  • Have anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties that make it ideal for use when trying to prevent minor wounds or burns from becoming infected
  • Have a pleasant aroma that has been described as being uplifting for the mood, making it ideal for addressing negative emotions such as sadness and stress
  • Have anti-spasmodic properties, which make it valuable as a muscle relaxant that addresses spasms before they become serious
  • Have mild aphrodisiac qualities

 

ORANGE ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL (SWEET)

Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis

Found in: USA

Believed to:

  • Be the ideal choice for use in natural products that require only organic ingredients
  • Have a scent that contributes a refreshing, warming, uplifting, and bright feeling to the environment
  • Have a calming and balancing effect on the mood
  • Improve concentration

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR ORANGE OIL

Orange Oil should never be ingested due to its toxicity. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using Orange Essential Oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women and those taking prescription drugs are especially advised not to use Orange Essential Oil without the medical advice of a physician. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Prior to using Orange Essential Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil and applying a small amount to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Orange Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. An absence of an allergic response within 48 hours indicates that the oil is safe to use. Individuals with allergies to citrus fruits are at a higher risk of developing an allergy to Orange Oil and should avoid its use.

Once applied topically, sun exposure should be avoided, as Orange Oil exhibits photo-toxic activity. This means that it increases the effects of exposure to UV radiation, and thus can cause skin irritation, which includes blisters, burns, scabs, redness, and changes in skin pigmentation. To prevent photosensitivity, those using Orange Oil for topical application should wait 72 hours before spending prolonged periods outdoors, especially in regions with hot climates.

Orange Oil is known to be a non-toxic and non-irritating oil; however, potential side effects – most likely to be caused if the oil is used undiluted – include dermatitis and skin inflammation. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent these side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use. Those with health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, liver damage or skin disorders are especially recommended to be advised.

21 WAYS TO CLEANSE AND ENERGIZE WITH LEMON OIL

    • When diffused, Lemon Essential Oil enhances concentration and energy, eliminates toxins in the air and has a calming effect on anxiety.

 

    • When used as a household cleaner, Lemon Essential Oil acts as a natural disinfectant for surfaces that also eliminates mold and achieves a streak-free shine.

 

    • In a massage, Lemon Essential Oil relieves fatigue and flu symptoms, boosts energy and metabolism, and reduces the appearance of cellulite.

 

    • In a bath, Lemon Essential Oil enhances the mood and generally tones the body.

 

  • In cosmetics, Lemon Essential Oil tightens and tones skin, reduces the amount of oil production in skin and hair, and leaves the complexion looking vibrant, healthy, and smooth.

Lemon Essential Oil is reputed to have powerful anti-microbial activity. It can also boost energy and metabolism, uplift the mood, enhance skin quality, and disinfect surfaces. It can be used in numerous body care products ranging from skin and hair care to emotional care through aromatherapy. This article highlights what can be achieved with natural homemade recipes that use the advantages of Lemon Essential Oil.

 

CAUTIONS

  • Lemon Essential Oil is photosensitive and is not to be applied to skin that will be exposed to sunlight within 12 hours.
  • It is highly recommended that glass bottles be used for all the recipes in this article, as citrus oils break down plastic bottles.

USING LEMON OIL IN A DIFFUSER OR ROOM SPRAY (ELIMINATE GERMS AND REFRESH)

Used in aromatherapy, Lemon Essential Oil can reduce fever and flu while relieving throat infections and coughing. By clearing the nasal passages, it promotes easier breathing for those with respiratory issues or infections. This rejuvenating, clean-smelling essential oil is commonly used to enhance concentration and energy.

When diffused indoors, Lemon Essential Oil eliminates toxins in the air and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner and air freshener throughout the home for a mood-elevating, cooling, and revitalizing effect. It also has a calming effect that can subdue negative moods such as anxiety.

 

  1. LEMON OIL BLEND FOR A FRESHENING ROOM SPRAY

Use this blend to freshen a stuffy room and to add a burst of energy and focus while studying.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 40 drops
Lime Essential Oil 40 drops
Petitgrain Essential Oil 20 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 20 drops
Pure Water 120 ml (4 fl. oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all the essential oils in a 120 ml (4 fl. oz.) glass spray bottle.
  2. Gently swirl the mixture together to blend everything thoroughly.
  3. Fill the rest of the bottle with the water, tightly cap the bottle, and shake well.
  4. Spray into the air to freshen the room.

 

  1. LEMON OIL BLEND FOR A DISINFECTING ROOM SPRAY

Use this blend to eliminate airborne bacteria and unpleasant odors.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 5 drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil 5 drops
Sage Essential Oil 5 drops
Cajeput Essential Oil 5 drops
Distilled Water 60 ml (2 fl. oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all the essential oils inside a 60 ml (2 fl. oz.) glass spray bottle.
  2. Gently swirl the mixture together to blend everything thoroughly.
  3. Fill the rest of the bottle with water, tightly cap the bottle, and shake well.
  4. Spray into the air to eliminate and prevent germs.

 

  1. LEMON DIFFUSER BLEND FOR COUGH, COLD, AND SORE THROAT

Use this blend to soothe the throat and nasal passages and to reduce other cold symptoms.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 2 drops
Peppermint Essential Oil 2 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 2 drops
Clove Essential Oil 2 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In order to achieve a thorough mix of oils before adding them to a diffuser, add all the oils to a small glass bottle or vial.
  2. Roll the bottle between the hands to blend oils.
  3. Based on the manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops to an electric diffuser.
  4. To make a massage blend, simply mix all the essential oils with 4 tsp. of a carrier oil of personal preference.

 

  1. LEMON OIL SURFACE CLEANER BLEND FOR ALL PURPOSES

Use this blend to disinfect and refresh various surfaces.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 10 – 20 drops
Liquid Soap 105N 2 Tbsp
Water 2 ½ cups (590 ml / 20 fl. oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients together inside a 613 ml (20 fl. oz.) dark glass bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly blend all ingredients.
  3. Spray onto any surface to disinfect then wipe down with a soft cloth.
  4. Enjoy the fresh, clean scent of Lemon while guarding your environment against harmful bacteria.

USING LEMON OIL IN A MASSAGE (REDUCE CELLULITE AND STRESS)

Used in a massage, Lemon Essential Oil boosts circulation, metabolism, and digestive function. It relieves constipation and reduces blood pressure as well as cellulite. It can inhibit or soothe inflammation such as headaches and can ease the discomfort associated with arthritis.

 

  1. LEMON OIL MASSAGE BLEND TO REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE

Use this blend to stimulate circulation and smooth the appearance of unsightly dimpled skin.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 20 drops
Safflower Carrier Oil ½ cup (120 ml / 4 fl. oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the oils together inside a 120 ml / 4 fl. oz. dark glass bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle and shake well to thoroughly blend the oils.
  3. Massage the blend into the affected areas before sleeping.

 

TIP

To prevent the massage blend from staining bed sheets, cover them with an old cloth or a towel.

 

  1. LEMON BODY OIL BLEND FOR STRESS RELIEF

Use this blend to invoke a sense of calm and relaxation.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 40 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 40 drops
Vitamin E Liquid 3 drops
Carrier Oil (Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, or Fractionated Coconut Oil Suggested) 236 ml (8 fl. oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the essential oils to a 236 ml (8 fl. oz.) dark glass dropper bottle.
  2. Add the carrier oil to this blend.
  3. Cap the bottle and shake it to thoroughly blend all the ingredients.
  4. To use, add 3 droppers full of the blend into a warm running bath.
  5. Soak in the bath for as long as desired.
  6. Alternatively, 3 droppers full of this body oil can be applied to the body in the shower as a relaxing shower moisturizer.
  7. Store this blend in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

USING LEMON OIL IN A BATH (DETOXIFY, REFRESH, AND CALM)

Diluted with a carrier oil and used in a bath, Lemon Essential Oil acts as a detoxifying agent that nourishes, cleanses, and exfoliates skin while clearing up skin issues such as oiliness and acne. Its anti-bacterial properties can also sanitize wounds. Its astringent property rejuvenates dull complexions, making Lemon Oil effective for restoring the luster on tired or sagging skin. Lemon Essential Oil’s high vitamin content boosts immunity by stimulating the body’s ability to combat harmful bacteria.

 

  1. LEMON BATH BLEND TO ENERGIZE AND REFRESH

Use this blend for a burst of refreshing energy and a feeling of revitalization.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 3 drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil 3 drops
Lime Essential Oil 2 drops
Carrier Oil 1 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all the oils in a 14 ml (0.50 fl. oz.) dark glass bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle and shake it to thoroughly blend together all the oils.
  3. Pour 1 Tbsp of the blend into warm bath water.

 

  1. LEMON OIL BATH BLEND TO CALM

Use this blend to calm the senses and to soothe feelings of being overwhelmed.

Ingredient  Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 5 drops
Geranium Essential Oil 5 drops
Carrier Oil 5 ml (1 tsp)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all the oils in a 5 ml dark glass bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle and shake it vigorously to thoroughly blend all the oils.
  3. Pour the blend into warm bath water.
  4. Store the unused blend in a cool, dark place outside of the humid bathroom.

 

  1. LEMON OIL BATH SALT BLEND TO DETOXIFY

Use this blend to eliminate bodily toxins.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 10 drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil 10 drops
Basil Essential Oil 8 drops
Juniper Essential Oil 6 drops
Oregano Essential Oil 6 drops
Epsom Salt 1 cup
Baking Soda ¼ cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour Epsom Salt into a clean mixing bowl.
  2. Add Baking Soda to the salt. Mix well.
  3. Add the essential oils. Mix well.
  4. Spoon the final product into clean jars (such as canning or jam jars).
  5. When adding the salts to a warm bath, ensure complete dissolution in water to avoid slipping.
  6. Depending on the size of the bathtub, use between ¼ to ½ cup of this salt blend per bath.
  7. Relax and enjoy the relief from sore muscles and inflammation.
  8. To reduce the appearance of cellulite with this bath salt blend, simply massage the affected areas while soaking in the tub.

USING LEMON OIL IN COSMETICS (REDUCE BLEMISHES AND ENHANCE HAIR GROWTH)

Used in cosmetics, Lemon Essential Oil is known to provide skin with many benefits such as a complexion that looks vibrant and feels healthy and smooth. It can reduce the appearance of cellulite, and act as a tightening and toning astringent that reduces the amount of oil production in skin and hair.

 

  1. LEMON TONIC FOR OILY HAIR

Use this blend to balance the scalp’s oil production and to remove the look and feel of greasy hair.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 40 drops
Witch Hazel ½ cup
Water ½ cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a squeeze bottle, add all the ingredients.
  2. Cap the bottle and swirl it around to thoroughly blend together all ingredients.
  3. In the shower, wash oily hair as usual.
  4. After showering and while hair is still damp, apply the tonic by making a parting in the hair and rubbing the solution into the scalp with a cotton ball.
  5. Continue to make partings in the hair, and repeat the process until the entire scalp is covered in the tonic.
  6. Allow hair to air dry.

 

  1. LEMON AND LAVENDER LIP BALM TO RELIEVE AND PREVENT COLD SORES

Use this blend to soothe the discomfort of cold sores while actively preventing future sores from forming.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 7 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 7 drops
Coconut Virgin Carrier Oil 4 Tbsp
Beeswax 3 Tbsp
Vitamin E Liquid 2 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small pot over medium-low heat, stir together the Beeswax, Coconut Carrier Oil, and the Vitamin E liquid using a spoon or a long stick such as a chopstick.
  2. Once the oils have melted and blended together thoroughly, remove the pot from the heat and add in all the essential oils.
  3. Thoroughly whisk this blend.
  4. Before the blend hardens in the pot, quickly pour the blend into 2 or 3 metal lip balm tins.
  5. When the salve is cool to the touch, apply it to lips and cold sores.

 

  1. LEMON-HONEY FACIAL BLEND FOR ACNE AND LIGHTENING SCARS

Use this blend to soothe skin irritated by acne and to lighten dark spots and scars.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 30 drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil 30 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 20 drops
Unsweetened Plain Yogurt 2 Tsp
Raw Honey 3 Tsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. First, add the essential oils to a 4 ml (0.15 fl. oz.) dark glass bottle to create an essential oil blend.
  2. Cap the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly blend together all the oils.
  3. In a bowl, add the yogurt and the honey, and thoroughly combine the mixture with a spoon.
  4. Stir in 5 drops of the essential oil blend.
  5. Using the fingers, scoop a generous amount of the facial blend and massage it onto the entire face, focusing especially on areas with blemishes and dark spots.
  6. Leave this facial mask on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

 

  1. LEMON OIL SERUM BLEND TO EVEN OUT THE SKIN TONE

Use this blend to lighten scars and even out hyperpigmentation.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 8 drops
Sandalwood Essential Oil 4 drops
Sweet Almond Oil (Raw, Unrefined Almond Oil) 30 ml (1 fl. oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 30 ml (1 fl. oz.) dark glass dropper bottle, combine all the ingredients.
  2. Cap the bottle and gently shake it or roll it between the palms to thoroughly blend together all the oils.
  3. To use: First, cleanse the skin. While skin is still damp, apply 4-5 drops of the serum to the affected areas and massage it into the skin to ensure absorption.

 

  1. LEMON AND OLIVE OIL HAIR TREATMENT BLEND FOR HAIR GROWTH

Use this blend to hydrate and condition hair of all types.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 5 drops
Geranium Essential Oil 5 drops
Extra Virgin Olive Carrier Oil 6 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small pot on the stove, heat the Olive Oil over low heat only until it is warm.
  2. When the Olive Oil has warmed up, remove it from the heat.
  3. Using a spoon, stir in the essential oils to thoroughly combine the mixture.
  4. To use, apply the oil to damp hair, combing it through from root to tip to ensure thorough coverage.
  5. Wrap the hair in a warm, damp towel for 1 hour.
  6. Shampoo the hair, as usual, repeating the process for a second time, if the oil remains in the hair.
  7. To condition the hair, Apple Cider Vinegar is recommended.
  8. Allow hair to air dry.

 

  1. LEMON OIL EXFOLIATING SUGAR SCRUB FOR HEALTHY, REJUVENATED SKIN

Use this blend to remove dead skin cells and to promote the look of skin that is healthy and radiant.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 15 drops
Coconut Virgin Carrier Oil (or Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil suggested) ¼ cup
White Sugar 1 cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, warm the Coconut Oil for 30 seconds until melted.
  2. Add the sugar and the Lemon Essential Oil to the bowl.
  3. Using a spoon, mix the blend thoroughly until all ingredients are combined.
  4. To use: With the fingers, scoop a generous amount of the scrub (1 palmful) into the hands and massage the scrub onto wet skin in the shower, using a circular motion.
  5. Store the scrub in a 300 g (10 oz.) mason jar.
  6. This scrub can be used to exfoliate once or twice a week for smooth, glowing skin.

 

  1. LEMON OIL BODY BUTTER BLEND TO REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF VARICOSE VEINS

Use this blend to boost circulation and reduce the appearance of enlarged, bumpy veins.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 7-10 drops
Orange Essential Oil 7-10 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 7-10 drops
Basil Essential Oil 7-10 drops
Extra Virgin Olive Carrier Oil ¼ cup
Shea Butter 1 cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl (of a stand/hand mixer), combine the Shea Butter, Olive Oil, and essential oils.
  2. Whip the mixture for 3 minutes until it is light and fluffy like a soft butter.
  3. Scoop the body butter into an air-tight glass container.
  4. For a firmer body butter, store the glass container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

 

  1. LEMON OIL DEODORANT BLEND

Use this blend to neutralize underarm body odors caused by bacteria in perspiration.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 15 drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil 15 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 10 drops
Coconut Virgin Carrier Oil 1 Tbsp
Cornstarch 2 Tbsp
Shea Butter 60 g (2 oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a double boiler over medium heat, melt together the Shea Butter and the Coconut Oil.
  2. Once they have melted together, remove the double boiler from the heat and add the Cornstarch and the essential oils.
  3. Pour the blend into a 120 g (4 oz.) glass jar.
  4. To use: With the fingers, scoop a quarter size amount into the hands and massage it into the underarms.

 

  1. LEMON AND COCONUT OIL FACE MASK BLEND TO BRIGHTEN SKIN

Use this blend to brighten the complexion.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 2-3 drops
Raw Honey 2 Tsp
Coconut Virgin Carrier Oil 1 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small mixing bowl, thoroughly combine all the ingredients.
  2. To use: Cleanse the face, pat dry, and apply a thick coat of the mixture.
  3. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse the mask off with cool water.
  5. Pat dry with a soft towel.

 

  1. LEMON OIL BLEND TO RELIEVE AND IMPROVE THE LOOK OF WARTS

Use this blend to effectively eliminate the bacteria that causes warts.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 14 drops
Thyme Essential Oil 7 drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil 6 drops
Bergamot Essential Oil 4 drops
Cypress Essential Oil 4 drops
Jojoba Carrier Oil 1 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a dark glass bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle and shake vigorously to thoroughly blend all ingredients.
  3. Using a cotton ball, apply 1 drop of this blend to the affected area.

 

  1. LEMON AND OLIVE OIL FOAMING FACE WASH BLEND FOR ACNE

Use this blend to soothe dry, irritated, inflamed, and acne-prone skin.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 10 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 10 drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil 5 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 5 drops
Extra Virgin Olive Carrier Oil 1 tsp
Distilled Water 2/3 cup
Liquid Soap 105N 1/3 cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 230 ml (8 oz.) foamer bottle, combine all ingredients.
  2. Screw on the bottle lid, shake the bottle gently to blend all the ingredients.
  3. To use: Wash face as usual with this foaming face wash and enjoy soothing relief from irritation caused by acne.

 

  1. LEMON AND OLIVE OIL FACE MASK BLEND TO REJUVENATE AND CLEAR SKIN

Use this blend to enhance circulation in the face for a clear, rejuvenated complexion.

Ingredient Amount
Lemon Essential Oil 22 – 24 drops
Olive Carrier Oil ½ Tbsp
Rhassoul Clay 2-3 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients.
  2. Using a spoon, thoroughly mix all the ingredients together until a smooth paste is formed. Ensure that the paste does not have any chunks.
  3. To use: Cleanse the face, pat dry, and apply a thick coat of the paste.
  4. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Rinse the mask off with cool water.
  6. Pat dry with a soft towel.

A LIST OF ESSENTIAL OILS AND INGREDIENTS IN THIS RECIPE ARTICLE

Lime Essential Oil: This invigorating and refreshing oil is known to boost immunity by relieving stress, fatigue, and anxiety. Lime Essential Oil effectively relieves and soothes colds, sore throat, and chest congestion.

Petitgrain Essential Oil: The refreshing and energizing floral yet woody scent of this uplifting and sedative essential oil helps soothe negative feelings such as sadness, anxiety, stress, anger, and fear. Its fragrance also calms the feeling of palpitations and hypertension, thus making Petitgrain Oil beneficial for addressing insomnia.

Pure Water: This kind of water is the purest quality of water. Its quality is attained through processes such as distillation, reverse osmosis, and ion exchange – to name a few – and these processes remove any impurities. For water to achieve the “pure” classification, it must have less than 10 PPM.

Distilled Water: This type of water can also be classified as pure water, as it has approximately 1 PPM. Distilled water is so called because it undergoes the process of distillation. This involves boiling the water, collecting the steam (pure H2O), and condensing it back into water droplets. It does not have any bacteria and has very few contaminants.

Tea Tree Essential Oil: This is a powerful, anti-septic immune system stimulant that is beneficial for eliminating bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It can treat wounds, provide soothing relief for aches, pains, and congestion, promote a sense of calm, and disinfect surfaces.

Sage Essential Oil: The anti-oxidant properties of this essential oil help slow the appearance of aging and its symptoms, such as wrinkles, sagging skin, and loose muscles. Sage Oil promotes the quick healing of wounds and cuts. It reduces skin inflammation as well as the appearance of marks, spots, and scars on the skin.

Cajeput Essential Oil: This decongestant oil is known to clear the respiratory passages. It effectively fights infections caused by bacteria and viruses, and its fresh scent can uplift the mood. The warming effect that Cajeput Essential Oil has on skin makes it beneficial for boosting circulation and facilitating the expulsion of bodily toxins by promoting perspiration.

Peppermint Essential Oil: This oil is popular for its cooling scent that improves focus and mental clarity, boosts energy, clears the respiratory tract, and releases muscle tightness. It is used to soothe and reduce aches and digestive problems. Its anti-microbial property protects the body against bacteria.

Frankincense Essential Oil: This oil has a grounding scent and promotes easy breathing. It induces feelings of tranquility, contentment, and relief from physical and mental fatigue, as well as depression and anxiety, which are common factors in sleeplessness. It is known to reduce heart rate and blood pressure and to allow the body to reach an ideal body temperature that is conducive to sleep.

Clove Essential Oil: This oil is reputed to soothe respiratory issues such as a cough, cold, and sinus congestion. When inhaled, Clove Essential Oil also soothes sore throats. When applied topically, it relieves infections, cuts, and wounds.

Safflower Carrier Oil: This hydrating oil provides skin and hair with moisture without the heavy residue. Despite its thin consistency, this anti-inflammatory oil is beneficial for those who suffer from skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema. Safflower Carrier Oil maintains the cleanliness of skin and its anti-bacterial and detoxifying properties help prevent skin from breaking out.

Lavender Essential Oil: This calming oil is a popular choice for those looking to relieve both emotional and physical stress ranging from sadness to headaches. Its soothing scent diminishes feelings of restlessness, exhaustion, and irritability, thus improving sleep by promoting a sense of inner peace.

Vitamin E Liquid: This powerful antioxidant reduces inflammation, repairs hair damage, and promotes better circulation to boost the healthier growth of skin and hair.

Carrier Oil: Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils before topical application, as the potency of essential oils can be harmful when used in high concentrations without dilution. Carrier oils also help essential oils remain on the skin longer without quickly evaporating, thus allowing them to continue imparting their benefits for longer.

Grapefruit Essential Oil: This oil is reputed to stimulate both physically and mentally, thus boosting immunity, energy levels, and concentration. Its antioxidant properties make Grapefruit Essential Oil beneficial for protecting the body against toxins and against the physical symptoms of aging.

Geranium Essential Oil: The sweet, floral scent of this uplifting oil offers relaxation to the body and mind. It is known to improve mental function and to boost the moods of those who suffer from anger, anxiety, and depression.

Basil Essential Oil: This antibacterial and anti-fungal oil is known to enhance the look and feel of hair and skin by eliminating excess oil and buildup while adding shine. It soothes itching, boosts circulation, and disinfects.

Juniper Essential Oil: This oil boosts circulation and promotes the faster healing of wounds while protecting them from becoming infected. By encouraging perspiration, Juniper Essential Oil cleanses the pores and the internal body systems of toxins, thereby preventing acne and other ailments associated with an accumulation of bodily toxins. Its stimulating scent combats depression, vertigo, and fatigue, while its toning properties have a tightening effect that leaves skin feeling firm and looking youthful.

Oregano Essential Oil: This immune-boosting oil is known to improve respiration and to relieve pain associated with arthritis and injury. As well as stimulating the body, its scent invigorates the mind. Oregano Oil can enhance skin health and soothe skin discomforts such as itchiness while slowing the look of aging and brightening the complexion.

Epsom Salt: These salts are known to facilitate the expulsion of toxins from the body, to relieve stress, to promote relaxation, to soothe inflammation, and to enhance the body’s nutrient absorption.

Baking Soda: This finely powdered salt is known to be an excellent exfoliant that can remove dead skin cells while also balancing the skin’s pH level, which helps maintain clear, even-toned skin. Baking Soda is able to absorb moisture and eliminate the bacteria that contribute to unpleasant body odors. It helps detoxify the body and soften the skin to make it smooth.

Witch Hazel: Although it is best known for its skin cleansing and toning abilities, the uplifting scent of this liquid is also known to boost moods.

Coconut Virgin Carrier Oil: This oil mixes well with other oils in a product and extends the product’s shelf life. It penetrates the skin quickly and adds moisture without clogging pores. Coconut Oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which help combat unpleasant odors. *When using Coconut Carrier Oil on the skin, it is highly recommended that an organic, unrefined, cold pressed, extra virgin variety is used in order to prevent skin irritations; processed Coconut Oils contain ingredients and additives that can potentially cause allergic reactions.

Beeswax: When added to creams and butters, Beeswax acts as a thickening agent and makes them more spreadable on the skin. By exfoliating and helping skin retain moisture, Beeswax prevents it from drying out and promotes the appearance of rejuvenation. This wax naturally has the scent of honey and can calm and soothe negative emotions.

Unsweetened Plain Yogurt: This velvety exfoliant provides skin with moisture and thereby helps to diminish and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. It soothes acne and sunburns and evens the skin tone by reducing discoloration. By gently removing dead skin cells, it leaves skin looking radiant.

Raw Honey: This natural antibacterial agent contains antioxidants that help slow the appearance of aging by moisturizing skin and promoting radiance, thus enhancing the complexion. Due to its pore-cleansing and unclogging action, it is beneficial for both soothing and preventing acne. Using Raw Honey instead of processed Honey will yield the best results for skin.

Sandalwood Essential Oil: This oil is known to soothe skin irritations such as inflammation, wounds, or acne and can reduce the appearance of aging skin. Sandalwood Oil is used to improve mental clarity, memory, calmness, and libido. It is believed to fight bacteria that contribute to respiratory ailments.

Sweet Almond Oil (Raw, Unrefined Almond Oil): This nourishing and almost odorless skin-softening lubricant provides intense hydration that is suitable for all skin types. Almond Oil is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids that make skin look and feel revitalized.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This unrefined variety of Olive Oil is the highest quality, as it is not altered with chemicals or heat, and thus retains more of the vitamins and minerals naturally present in olives. This strengthening oil introduces weight and moisture to hair, sealing it in. It repairs split ends and can smooth the look of frizz. By conditioning hair, treating dandruff, and removing the buildup that prevents the growth of new hair, it improves hair health and appearance.

White Sugar: This hydrating exfoliant gently brushes away dead skin cells to allow healthy, glowing skin to emerge. It facilitates cell regeneration, leaving skin looking and feeling younger and fresher.

Orange Essential Oil: This oil positively influences the body by providing a sense of upliftment, and peacefulness. Its ability to alleviate anxiety, anger, and depression makes it beneficial for relaxing muscles, which promotes restfulness, drowsiness, and thus increased sleep duration. Orange Essential Oil is known to prevent fungal infections and to inhibit the growth of further bacterial growth, which is useful for disinfecting wounds.

Rosemary Essential Oil: This pain-relieving oil stimulates blood circulation, which makes it a popular remedy for arthritis, muscle and joint pains, and headaches. It promotes faster healing for wounds by facilitating the process of coagulation.

Shea Butter: This nourishing butter is full of vitamins and fatty acids, making it an excellent moisturizer for skin. While repairing skin, it protects natural oils and boosts collagen.

Cornstarch: This odorless thickening and binding agent also acts as a softening agent. It can absorb moisture to prevent body odors from forming. The anti-inflammatory properties of Cornstarch make it soothing and relieving for rashes, burns, and itchiness.

Thyme Essential Oil: This oil is known to be one of the strongest antioxidants that support the immune system. By eliminating infections, it treats colds and coughs, detoxifies the body, decongests the nose and chest, increases circulation, and supports the digestive system. Thyme Essential Oil is also beneficial for naturally balancing hormones, reducing anxiety, and relieving insomnia.

Bergamot Essential Oil: This energizing oil is known to boost circulation and to reduce nervous tension, stress, and anxiety, replacing negative mental states with feelings of joy, refreshment, and vigor. The relief of heavy emotional stressors may lead to reduced blood pressure, enhanced relaxation, and better regulation of the sleep hormones serotonin and dopamine, which may lead to better sleep.

Cypress Essential Oil: This oil promotes perspiration, which facilitates the expulsion of bodily toxins as well as excess salts and water. This benefits all body systems, especially the skin, as it prevents acne and reduces the build-up of toxicity. By stimulating circulation and eliminating excess fluids, Cypress Oil diminishes the bumpy appearance of cellulite as well as other unsightly skin conditions that are caused by fluid retention or poor circulation.

Jojoba Carrier Oil: This carrier oil is actually a liquid wax that resembles sebum, which is produced by human skin glands and which acts as a conditioning agent for skin. It is best known for its ability to prevent skin irritations and to balance skin’s oil production by removing excess oil. Jojoba Carrier Oil locks in skin’s moisture and protects it from harsh environmental elements.

Rhassoul Clay: This fine, purified powder comes from a naturally occurring clay found in North Africa. Rich in minerals and known to detoxify the skin while exfoliating, it can smooth and soften skin while balancing its natural oil production, thus leaving it looking radiant.

Liquid Soap 105N: This is a natural and organic soap base made from saponified organic oils of Coconut and Sunflower. This base will not dry out the skin and can be used as a shampoo, body cleanser, hand wash or even as a mild laundry detergent. It provides gentle cleansing action that is suitable for individuals with sensitive skin.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Lemon Oil

    • Lemon Essential Oil is also known by the nickname “Liquid Sunshine!”
    • Lemon Oil possibly has the most powerful anti-microbial activity of all the essential oils.
    • Both the Lemon fruit and the essential oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicines for thousands of years to treat a vast range of health issues.
    • Lemon Essential Oil is known to be invigorating, cleansing, and purifying.
  • Lemon Oil can boost energy and metabolism, enhance moods, and disinfect skin and surfaces.

HISTORY OF LEMON OIL

Due to its yellow color, refreshing scent, ability to purify, and for the burst of energy that it provides, Lemon Essential Oil has earned the nickname “Liquid Sunshine.” Lemon Oil possibly has the most powerful anti-microbial activity of all the essential oils. The name Lemon is derived from either the Arabic word “laimun” or the Persian word “limun,” both meaning “citrus fruit.” Small and evergreen, Lemon trees are considered to be a cross between Bitter Orange and Citron and were originally grown for decorative purposes with the fruit remaining on the tree. Once the fruit’s resourcefulness was discovered, it began to be cultivated.

Lemon trees are native to Asia and were used by not only ancient Indians but also Egyptians and Romans to treat infectious diseases. Lemon trees are believed to have been brought to Europe in the Middle Ages around 200 A.D. and eventually made their way from the Middle East to North Africa and eventually to America. At this time, due to their antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, English sailors in the Royal Navy also often used them while sailing to protect themselves against the ravages of scurvy and vitamin deficiencies.

Both the fruit and the essential oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat a vast range of health issues. Lemon Essential Oil is used today in perfumery, in culinary practices, and to relieve mental exhaustion while improving cognitive function and concentration. For this reason, Lemon Oil is diffused in workplaces in order to improve employee focus and efficiency and to reduce the number of errors.

BENEFITS OF LEMON OIL

Lemon Essential Oil’s active chemical components contribute to the therapeutic benefits that give it the reputation of being an invigorating, cleansing, and purifying oil. These constituents make it ideal for use in cosmetics, aromatherapy, massage, and home cleaning products to purify the air as well as surfaces. These healing benefits can be attributed to the oil’s anti-inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, stimulant, antiseptic, soothing, energizing, and balancing activities, among other valuable properties.

The main constituents of Lemon Essential Oil are Limonene, α-Pinene, Camphene, β-Pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, α-Terpinene, Linalool, β -bisabolene, trans-α-Bergamotene, Nerol, and Neral.

α-Pinene is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-septic
  • Expectorant
  • Bronchodilator

Camphene is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Soothing
  • Anti-inflammatory

Sabinene is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory

Myrcene is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-biotic
  • Sedative
  • Anti-mutagenic

Linalool is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-anxiety
  • Anti-epileptic
  • Analgesic
  • Sedative

Limonene is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Stimulant
  • Digestive
  • Detoxicant
  • Appetite suppressant

Nerol is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Sedative
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Balancing
  • Analgesic

Neral is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Apoptotic
  • Anti-nociceptive
  • Anti-inflammatory

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Used topically after dilution in a carrier oil or in a skincare product, Lemon Essential Oil boosts circulation, metabolism, and digestive function. It relieves constipation and reduces blood pressure as well as cellulite. It can inhibit or soothe inflammation such as headaches and can ease the discomfort associated with arthritis.

Its anti-bacterial properties can sanitize not only wounds but also objects. Its astringent properties rejuvenate dull complexions, making Lemon Oil effective for restoring the luster to tired or sagging skin. Lemon Oil’s high vitamin content boosts immunity by stimulating the body’s ability to combat harmful bacteria.

Used in aromatherapy, it can reduce fever and flu and relieve throat infections and cough. By clearing the nasal passages, it promotes easier breathing for those with respiratory issues or infections. This rejuvenating, clean-smelling essential oil is commonly used to enhance concentration and energy. When diffused indoors, Lemon Essential Oil eliminates toxins in both the air and on surfaces. It can be used as a non-toxic cleaner and air freshener throughout the home for a mood-elevating, cooling, and revitalizing effect. It has a calming effect that can subdue negative moods such as anxiety.

    • COSMETIC: Antiseptic, Tonic, Detoxifying, Anti-fungal.
    • ODOROUS: Anti-microbial, Anti-rheumatic, Bactericidal, Carminative, Febrifuge, Astringent, Calming.
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-microbial, Anti-rheumatic, Anti-septic, Bactericidal, Carminative, Depurative, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Anti-infection, Astringent, Disinfectant, Calming, Anti-anemic, Anti-sclerotic, Cicatrisant, Diaphoretic, Haemostatic, Hypotensive, Tonic, Vermifuge, Detoxifying, Anti-fungal.

CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING QUALITY LEMON OIL

Lemon trees have dark green leaves that are oval in shape and are serrated around the edges. They grow to a height of approximately 6 meters (20 feet) and grow highly aromatic flowers that are usually pink or white in color. The fruit of these trees – the lemons – are green and gradually become yellow as they ripen. Compared to other citrus trees, Lemon trees have a heightened sensitivity to the cold, become dormant at temperatures below 13 ᵒC (55 ᵒF), and require protection against frost. They need full sunlight in order to grow and they thrive in a temperature range between 21 ᵒC (70 ᵒF) during the day and 13 ᵒC (55 ᵒF) at night.

Lemon trees generally prefer slightly acidic soil with adequate drainage, but they can also grow well in a wide range of soils. Ideally, they are planted slightly higher than ground level, thus the holes into which they are placed should not be as long as their root balls. Lemon trees need deep watering once a week and, to help them retain moisture, mulch can be added to their bases.

Lemons continue to be hand-picked; however, they cannot be picked while they are wet. They are usually picked while they are still green and unripe, as they ripen and turn yellow while they are being transported to the essential oil production facility. The pulp also produces more juice in the interim.

HOW IS LEMON OIL EXTRACTED?

Lemon Essential Oil is obtained by the cold expression of fresh lemon fruit peels – also called skins or rinds – which contain volatile oil glands. Nearly 1000 lemons are needed to produce 1 lb. of Lemon Oil. After extraction, Lemon Oil has a thin, watery viscosity, a pale, greenish-yellow color, and gives off a sharp yet fresh fragrance, which can largely be attributed to the chemical constituent Limonene.

USES OF LEMON OIL

The uses for Lemon Essential Oil are abundant, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic. Its many forms include oils, gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, and sprays, to name a few suggestions for homemade products.

When diluted and used topically in cosmetic products, Lemon Essential Oil provides skin with many benefits such as a complexion that looks vibrant and feels healthy and smooth. It can be added to massage blends or diluted in relaxing baths to moisturize chapped skin, relieve fatigue and flu symptoms, boost energy and metabolism, enhance the mood, and generally tone the body. In creams or lotions, Lemon Oil can reduce the appearance of cellulite, and in face washes it can act as a tightening and toning astringent that reduces the amount of oil production. Used in hair products, Lemon Essential Oil works as a tonic that helps achieve hair that is strong and healthy-looking. Lemon Oil removes dandruff and leaves hair shiny without looking or feeling greasy. To balance oil production on the scalp, Lemon Oil can be diluted with Apple Cider Vinegar and water to create a hair rinse.

In aromatherapy, Lemon Essential Oil can be used to relieve cold and flu symptoms, depression, and stress, among other ailments. Diffusing Lemon Oil can clear nasal passages and lungs and boost energy levels. In a similar vein, it can release feelings of irritation by uplifting moods and it can improve concentration by clearing the mind, which can facilitate easier decision making. To relieve allergies, combine Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oils and rub the blend on the bottoms of feet and behind the neck daily. Lemon Essential Oil can be added to natural homemade scented candles or potpourri to steadily diffuse a diluted yet refreshing scent.

As a household cleaner, Lemon Essential Oil acts as a natural disinfectant. Dilute Lemon Essential Oil in a spray bottle filled with water and spray it onto shower walls, windows, wooden furniture, metal surfaces, and countertops to eliminate mold and achieve a streak-free shine. Lemon Oil can also be blended with Tea Tree Oil and again diluted in water and vinegar to create a cleaning spray. For its antiseptic quality, Lemon Essential Oil can be added to homemade soaps.

A GUIDE TO LEMON OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

 

LEMON VARIETY & BOTANICAL NAME COUNTRY OF ORIGIN BENEFITS OF OIL
Lemon (Argentina) Essential Oil

Citrus limon (L) Burm.

Found in:

  • Argentina
Believed to:

  • Moisturize
  • Smooth dry skin
  • Relieve fatigue
  • Boost energy
Lemon (Sicily) Essential Oil

Citrus limon (L.) Burm. F.

Found in:

  • Italy
  • Spain
Believed to:

  • Enhance metabolism
  • Tone the body
  • Reduce the appearance of cellulite
  • Balance oil production
Lemon (Natural Blend) Essential Oil Found in:

  • Italy
Believed to:

  • Relieve gas
  • Reduce Fever
  • Balance moods and emotions
  • Promote easy breathing
Lemon 5 Fold (Natural Blend) Essential Oil

Natural Blends are blends of oils from various natural sources to achieve an economical product that resembles the aroma of the pure oil.

Found in:

  • Italy
Believed to:

  • Purify air and surfaces
  • Energize the mind
  • Enhance focus
  • Cosmetic applications
  • Scenting soaps and candles
Lemon 5 Fold (Sicily) Essential Oil

5 Fold indicates that the oil’s Terpenes have been removed through extended distillation, making its scent five times stronger.

Found in:

  • Italy
Believed to:

  • Nourish and condition skin and hair
  • Cool and revitalize skin
  • Cleanse and refresh the air
Lemon Organic Essential Oil

Citrus Limonum

Found in:

  • Italy
Believed to:

  • Relieve cold and flu symptoms
  • Tighten skin
  • Clear nasal passages
  • Improve concentration

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR LEMON OIL

Lemon Essential Oil should never be ingested due to its toxicity. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using Lemon Essential Oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women and those taking prescription drugs are especially advised not to use Lemon Essential Oil without the medical advice of a physician. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Lemon Essential Oil must be used in dilution, as it can potentially cause skin irritation. Prior to using Lemon Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil, such as Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, or Jojoba Oil, and applying a small amount to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Once applied topically, sun exposure should be avoided, as Lemon Oil may sensitize the skin to UV rays. Lemon Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.

DISCOVER WAYS TO RELAX WITH LAVENDER OIL

A RE-CAP OF LAVENDER OIL

Lavender Essential Oil is an eminent and versatile oil that can be used on almost any part of the body for almost any ailment. It can be used in numerous body care products ranging from skin and hair care to emotional care through aromatherapy. Though the positive effects of Lavender Oil are unseen in aromatherapy, they remain powerful and have beneficial impacts on interconnected body systems. Lavender Oil is famed for its ability to treat aches and pains regardless of whether they are experienced emotionally or physically. This article highlights a small element of possibilities that can be achieved with the advantages of Lavender Essential Oil.

    • When diffused, Lavender Essential Oil can relieve headaches and nausea, and it can promote easier breathing by working as a decongestant. It can deodorize stale air, fabrics, and body odors.

 

    • In a massage, Lavender Essential Oil effectively soothes many types of pain, both mental and physical. It boosts circulation, lowers blood pressure, and strengthens muscles.

 

    • In a bath, Lavender Essential Oil can soothe inflammation, cold symptoms, and stimulate the body’s immune function through its anti-microbial properties.

 

  • In cosmetics, Lavender Essential Oil stimulates cell regeneration, detoxifies pores, and relieves itchiness associated with dry skin.

USING LAVENDER OIL IN A DIFFUSER: GET BETTER SLEEP

When diffused, Lavender Essential Oil’s soothing fragrance can relieve headaches and nausea and it can promote easier breathing by working as a decongestant. It can deodorize a room, linens, or the body. Its calming, sedative quality is known to promote rest and relaxation, helping it to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Although diffusing is now commonly associated with electric diffusers, homemade natural sprays and reed diffusers can also be used.

Both Chamomile and Lavender have scents that are considered relaxing. In fact, because Lavender also repelled bedbugs and lice, it was stuffed into special pockets that were sewn into nightcaps. These days, ‘dream pillows’ are often stuffed with Lavender, Chamomile, and Hops and can be tucked under pillowcases. The following is a recipe for a spray, which may be easier to make and use:

 


 

  1. LAVENDER DIFFUSER BLEND TO INDUCE SLEEP
Ingredient Amount
Chamomile Essential Oil 1 drop
Lavender Essential Oil 9 drops
Neroli / Vetiver Essential Oil 3 drops
Sweet Orange Essential Oil 2 drops

These oils can be used in a spray bottle, an electric diffuser, or in a reed diffuser; however, the water-to-oil ratios will vary, depending on the method of diffusion and the water capacity of the electric diffuser. Follow the instructions below is using a spray bottle.

 

Instructions

  1. Put oils into a small spray bottle and fill with 60 ml / 2 oz. distilled water.
  2. Shake the bottle to thoroughly combine the blend.
  3. Spray over the bed or onto pillows just before bedtime.

 

  1. LAVENDER DIFFUSER BLENDS TO IMPROVE SLEEP
Ingredient Amount
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops
Bergamot Essential Oil 3 drops
Ingredient Amount
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops
Bergamot Essential Oil 1 drop
Patchouli Essential Oil 1 drop
Ylang ylang Essential Oil 1 drop

 

Instructions

  1. Add the essential oil blends to an electric diffuser.

SOURCE: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller & David Schiller

USING LAVENDER OIL IN A MASSAGE: RELIEVE STRESS & PAIN

Lavender Essential Oil can relieve various types of pain such as pain associated with improper digestion, wounds, bloating, muscle aches, joint pains, backaches, and sprains. Diluting it with a carrier oil and using it in a massage can stimulate the intestinal movement that prompts the gastric fluids required for proper digestion. This can help relieve stomach pain, flatulence, vomiting, and diarrhea. Inhaling the aroma of a massage oil that is infused with the soothing scent of Lavender Essential Oil will also ease the emotional pain associated with stress and depression, allowing the user to also relax mentally.

 

  1. LAVENDER MASSAGE BLEND FOR STRESS RELIEF
Ingredients Amount
Carrier Oil (Sweet Almond, Avocado, or Grape Seed suggested) 7 t.
Bergamot Essential Oil 5 drops
Mandarin Essential Oil 4 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops
Lemongrass Essential Oil 3 drops

 

Instructions

  1. Mix the essential oils inside a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
  2. Dilute the blend by adding the carrier oil.
  3. Massage onto chest for comforting and penetrating warmth.

 

  1. LAVENDER MASSAGE BLEND FOR MUSCLE PAIN
Ingredients Amount
Carrier Oil 4 t.
Lavender Essential Oil 2 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 2 drops

 

Instructions

  1. Mix the essential oils in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
  2. Dilute the blend by adding the carrier oil.
  3. Massage gently onto the body for pain relief.

USING LAVENDER OIL IN A BATH: RELIEVE STRESS AND COLD

When used in a bath, Lavender Essential Oil stimulates the body’s immune function through its anti-microbial properties, which can combat the harmful effects of contaminants on the skin by inhibiting bacterial growth and reproduction. Inhaling the fragrance of bath water scented with Lavender Oil, which shows anti-inflammatory activity, can relieve inflammation that causes not only a sore body but also sinus pressure and headaches. Its decongestant and expectorant properties make Lavender Essential Oil beneficial for reducing or relieving respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, and the flu. It does this by loosening phlegm and mucus in the nose and throat to facilitate their elimination. Its anti-bacterial activity fights respiratory infections and inflammation from ailments such as bronchitis, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.

Adding Epsom salts to a bath boosts circulation, and relieves a tired and aching body of pain, joint inflammation, and abdominal cramps. Soaking in a salt bath with Lavender relieves tension in the body as well as tension headaches. Sore feet can also find relief from bathing in this therapeutic and stimulating combination that additionally helps detoxify the body and improve digestion.

 

  1. LAVENDER BATH BLEND FOR COLD AND PAIN RELIEF

 

Ingredient Amount
Carrier Oil (Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil suggested) 4 fl. oz. (125ml)
Lavender Essential Oil 10 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 5 drops
Marjoram Essential Oil 5 drops
Cedarwood Essential Oil 1 drop

 

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
  2. Pour into a warm bath.
  3. Stir ingredients thoroughly into bath water.
  4. Soak in the bath.
  5. Store remaining oil in a cool, dark place outside of the bathroom, which can become humid.

 

  1. LAVENDER AND BATH SALT BLEND FOR BODY ACHES
Ingredient/Material Amount
10-by-10-inch square of muslin/cheesecloth/toe of nylon stocking 1
Lavender Buds 1 cup
Lavender Essential Oil 20 drops
String/Yarn Long enough to tie around a small pouch and hang from bathtub tub into the bathwater
Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salt 1 cup
Baking Soda (Optional) ½ cup

 

Instructions

  1. Place Lavender buds in the center of cloth/toe of the stocking.
  2. Add the essential oil to the buds one drop at a time.
  3. Gather all the material to create a loose pouch and tie together with the string/yarn.
  4. Run the bath water and pour the salt and baking soda directly under the running water to ensure they dissolve.

USING LAVENDER OIL IN COSMETICS: SOOTHE INFLAMMATION AND ITCHING

Used in a moisturizing cosmetic product such as a cream, lotion, or even in a facial steam, Lavender Essential Oil detoxifies, unclogs, tones, and brightens the skin, relieves itching, and can help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. In facial steams, the steam facilitates decongestion of the nasal passages caused by allergies, colds, or flu symptoms. The soothing and stimulating aroma not only reduces anxiety, fatigue, and stress but also leaves a cool, clean scent in the home.

By adding moisture to the skin, the cicatrizant properties of Lavender Essential Oil facilitate the soothing of skin that is in need of healing due to dryness, burns, cuts, scrapes, or other damage. Lavender Essential Oil also fights the look of aging by smoothing the look of wrinkles and boosting circulation, which nourishes and oxygenates the skin to keep it looking healthy and rejuvenated.

 

  1. LAVENDER BLEND FOR A FACIAL STEAM
Ingredient Amount
Distilled water 3 cups
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops
Geranium Essential Oil 3 drops

 

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly cleanse skin.
  2. Boil 3 cups of distilled or purified water.
  3. Remove the water from the heat and allow it to cool in a bowl for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the essential oils to the water and stir.
  5. Place the bowl somewhere stable and comfortable where you can sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Drape a large bath towel over your head, shoulders, and the bowl.
  7. Lean over the bowl with your face 10-12 inches away from the water, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and relax.
  8. Ensure that your eyes are closed during the entire steam, as the oils may irritate open eyes.

 

Lavender Essential Oil is known to effectively condition hair and control hair loss. This is due in part to its anti-depressant and sedative properties, which are beneficial for alleviating the stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia with which hair loss is commonly associated. By diluting Lavender Essential Oil in a natural shampoo and regularly massaging it into the scalp, the increased blood circulation will enhance hair growth, condition the hair, treat dandruff and lice, and strengthen hair while improving a negative mindset.

 

  1. LAVENDER AND SANDALWOOD CONDITIONING SHAMPOO
Ingredients Amount
Shampoo Base 100 ml
Sandalwood Essential Oil 10 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 6 drops
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 4 drops

 

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a clean, dark container.
  2. Use a small dab to lather hair, then rinse.
  3. Repeat, if necessary.
  4. Follow up with a conditioner or rinse.

 

  1. HERBS AND OILS FOR MORE BEAUTIFUL HAIR

Sometimes a little extra help is needed to keep hair beautiful, especially during harsh weather and times of stress. The following are some ideas to inspire self-pampering. Heavier oils can be cut with a bit of Glycerine if preferred.

 

Carrier Oils that have proven to be excellent for hot-oil treatments are:

  • Argan Oil (for all hair types and fine hair)
  • Avocado Oil (for dry hair – very heavy – blend a very small amount of other oils or glycerine)
  • Calendula Herbal Oil
  • Coconut Oil (for greasy hair)
  • Jojoba Oil (for all hair types and fine hair)
  • Oat Oil (for seborrhea – very heavy – blend a very small amount with other oils or glycerine)
  • Olive Oil (for dark hair – very heavy – blend a very small amount with other oils or glycerine)

 

Essential Oils that may be blended include:

  • Chamomile (for fine hair, and blonde hair)
  • Chilli (for hair loss)
  • Cinnamon Bark (for red and auburn hair)
  • Clove Bud (for auburn hair)
  • Lavender (for all hair types)
  • Rosemary (for dark hair, and thinning gray hair)
  • Sage (for dark hair)
  • Thyme (for dark hair)

 

Instructions

  1. Gently heat 4 T. of the chosen Carrier Oil.
  2. Remove from heat and add 30 drops of the chosen Essential Oil(s).
  3. Massage sparingly into dry hair, focusing especially on the ends. Massage into scalp, if it is very dry.
  4. Wrap hair with plastic wrap, then wrap over this with a towel.
  5. Leave in for at least 1 hour.
  6. Shampoo well, repeating if necessary, then condition as usual.
  7. If there is enough oil left for another treatment, store in a clean container and refrigerate.

 


A LIST OF ESSENTIAL OILS IN THIS RECIPE ARTICLE

Chamomile Essential Oil: This oil can improve negative moods, which are commonly associated with sleeplessness. It’s soothing, sedative property promotes the relaxation required for a restful sleep state.

Neroli Essential Oil: Inhaling the alluring, relaxing, uplifting scent of this oil can reduce blood pressure, stress, and feelings of grief. It is known to effectively sedate body and mind to promote the onset of sleep.

Vetiver Essential Oil: The aroma of this warming, balancing oil has a grounding and sedative effect on the mind. This decreases obsessive, paranoid, phobic, and anger-induced tendencies. Vetiver is known for its ability to stimulate blood circulation and to alleviate aches, pains, and general physical exhaustion. By doing this, it reduces stress and pressure in body and mind.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil: This essential oil is known to prevent fungal infections and to inhibit the growth of further bacterial growth, which is useful for disinfecting wounds.

Bergamot Essential Oil: This energizing oil is known to boost blood circulation and to reduce nervous tension, stress, and anxiety, which in turn replaces negative mental states with feelings of joy, refreshment, and vigor. The relief of heavy emotional stressors such as sadness may lead to reduced blood pressure, increased relaxation, and better regulation of the sleep hormones serotonin and dopamine, which may lead to better sleep.

Patchouli Essential Oil: Patchouli is a sedative oil that is known to relieve tension and uplift negative moods by stimulating the hormones responsible for experiencing pleasure. By relaxing the mind and body, it reduces symptoms of insomnia and promotes restful sleep, which results in improved metabolism and cognition.

Ylang ylang Essential Oil: This oil is thought to have a euphoric effect on the mood, which helps reduce nervous conditions such as anxiety, tension, and palpitations. It is known to reduce high blood pressure and, being beneficial for regulating rapid heartbeats and breathing, it reduces other negative emotions such as anger and frustration.

Sweet Almond Carrier Oil: This carrier oil provides an intense hydration suitable for all skin types. This skin-softening lubricant is almost odorless and is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fatty acids. Skin will look and feel nourished and revitalized.

Avocado Carrier Oil: This carrier oil is an odorless healing oil that is silky to the touch and is easily absorbed by the skin. Its anti-wrinkle and regenerative properties prevent the early onset of visible signs of aging by keeping the skin hydrated, nourished, elastic, and soft.

Grapeseed Carrier Oil: This is a light, fast-absorbing oil that promotes the speedy healing of wounds and minimizes the look of scarring. It is odorless and is not known to stain sheets. Skin, being the largest organ, excretes the most toxins from the body thus boosting blood circulation.

Mandarin Essential Oil: This sedative oil relaxes the nerves and promotes feelings of calm, eliminating stress.

Lemongrass Essential Oil: This calming oil is commonly used to relieve anxiety, irritability, and sleeplessness, improving the length and quality of sleep.

Carrier Oil of your choice: Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils before topical application, as their potency can be harmful when used in high concentrations without dilution. Carrier oils also help essential oils remain on the skin longer without quickly evaporating.

Rosemary Essential Oil: This analgesic and anti-inflammatory oil stimulate blood circulation, which is vital to managing pain and which makes it a popular remedy for arthritis, muscle and joint pains, and headaches. It promotes faster healing for wounds by facilitating the process of coagulation.

Frankincense Essential Oil: This oil has a grounding scent and promotes easy breathing. It induces feelings of tranquility, contentment, and relief from the physical and mental efforts of the day, thus proving to have properties that combat depression and anxiety, which are common factors in sleeplessness. It is known to reduce heart rate and blood pressure and to allow the body to reach an ideal body temperature that is conducive to sleep.

Marjoram Essential Oil: This oil relieves pain and spasms associated with ailments such as cramps and pulled muscles. Its antiseptic property protects against viruses and fights against bacteria that make wounds septic, thus promoting faster healing. By stimulating circulation, it warms the body, helps reduce mucus and coughing, and relieves arthritis.

Cedarwood Essential Oil: This antiseptic oil helps the body combat harmful bacteria, and its expectorant properties can clear the respiratory tract by loosening the phlegm that causes congestion.

Steaming Water: Applying steam to the face increases circulation and perspiration, which cleanses the pores of dirt and removes dead skin cells. It plumps and firms skin cells to make the face look fresh and youthful.

Geranium Oil: The sweet, floral scent of this uplifting oil offers relaxation to body and mind. It is known to improve mental function and to boost the moods of those who suffer from anger, anxiety, and depression.

Sandalwood Essential Oil: This oil is known to clean and clear the scalp of dandruff while soothing the senses with its sedative fragrance. It stimulates hair growth and strengthens hair while adding moisture and enhancing its natural shine.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Oregano Oil

RELIEVE AND STIMULATE WITH OREGANO

    • When diffused, Oregano Essential Oil can boost the immune system, improve the efficiency of the respiratory tract, and invigorate body and mind.
    • In a massage, Oregano Essential Oil can improve skin conditions, neutralize pain, and soothe itchiness.
  • In cosmetics, Oregano Essential Oil can fight the look of aging, brighten the complexion, and soothe discomfort associated with arthritis or injury.

Oregano Essential Oil is reputed to relieve a cough and cold symptoms, to disinfect, and to soothe topical discomforts such as inflammation and itchiness. It can be used in numerous body care products ranging from skin and hair care to emotional care through aromatherapy. This article highlights what can be achieved with natural homemade recipes that use the advantages of Oregano Essential Oil.

 

USING OREGANO OIL IN A DIFFUSER OR ROOM SPRAY – TO FIGHT GERMS & ENERGIZE

When used in aromatherapy, Oregano Essential Oil can boost the immune system and improve the efficiency of the respiratory tract by loosening up and eliminating a buildup of mucus and phlegm. It can also soothe throat irritation to suppress coughing fits. Its calming and relaxing effects make it an effective sleep aid when diffused in the bedroom.

Anti-allergenic and sedative, Oregano Oil reduces bodily reactions to allergens and airborne pollutants that cause inflammation, such as pollen and mold. Due to its Carvacrol content, which exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, Oregano Oil can relieve swelling, itching, sneezing, and congestion. Flu and general sickness symptoms may diminish when Oregano Oil is inhaled. As a stimulant, Oregano Essential Oil is known to boost circulation, invigorate body and mind, and thus ease fatigue.

 

  1. OREGANO OIL DIFFUSER BLEND TO ENERGIZE
Ingredient Amount
Oregano Essential Oil 2 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 2 drops
Peppermint Essential Oil 2 drops
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 2 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In order to achieve a thorough mix of oils before adding them to a diffuser, add all oils to a 2 ml glass bottle.
  2. Roll bottle between hands to blend oils.
  3. Based on manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops to your diffuser.
  4. To make a massage blend, simply mix all the essential oils with 4 tsp. of a carrier oil of personal preference.

 

  1. OREGANO OIL STEAM BLEND TO ALLEVIATE COLDS AND ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
Ingredient Amount
Oregano Essential Oil 4 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops
Juniper Essential Oil 4 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Thoroughly cleanse skin
  2. Boil 3 cups of distilled or purified water.
  3. Remove the water from the heat and allow it to cool in a bowl for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the essential oils to the water and stir.
  5. Place the bowl somewhere stable and comfortable where you can sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Drape a large bath towel over your head, shoulders, and the bowl.
  7. Lean over the bowl with your face 10-12 inches away from the water.
  8. Ensure that your eyes are closed during the entire steam, as the oils may irritate open eyes.
  9. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Enjoy the relief of congestion, mucus, inflammation, itching, and other cold and allergy symptoms.

 

  1. OREGANO OIL ROOM SPRAY BLEND TO FIGHT AND PREVENT GERMS
Ingredient Amount
Oregano Essential Oil 5 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 5 drops
Lemon Essential Oil 5 drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil 5 drops
Epsom Salt 1 Tsp
Glass Spray Bottle 60 ml (2 oz.)
Distilled Water 60 ml (2 oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all the essential oils with the Epsom salt inside the spray bottle.
  2. Swirl the mixture together to blend everything thoroughly.
  3. Fill the rest of the bottle with water, tightly close the bottle with the cap, and shake well.
  4. Spray into the air to eliminate and prevent germs.

 


 

USING OREGANO OIL IN A MASSAGE – TO RELIEVE PAIN

When used topically, Oregano Essential Oil can improve skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, and fungal infections, as it eliminates yeast, bacteria, and fungi. Its anti-inflammatory properties can neutralize the pain, itchiness, and general discomforts of insect stings and bites. Muscle aches, joint pains, and rashes may be relieved by using diluted Oregano Oil in a massage.

 

  1. OREGANO OIL MASSAGE BLEND FOR LATE PERIODS
Ingredient Amount
Oregano Essential Oil 4 drops
Almond Carrier Oil 1 tsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure out the carrier oil in a dark bottle.
  2. Slowly add the essential oil and shake the bottle to mix the blend thoroughly.
  3. Massage the blend into the stomach and lower back in a clockwise motion for a few minutes. Repeat several times a day, if necessary, such as morning, afternoon, and night.

 

  1. OREGANO OIL MASSAGE BLEND FOR SORE MUSCLES
Ingredient Amount
Oregano Essential Oil 8 drops
Almond Carrier Oil 2 Tsp
Wheatgerm Carrier Oil 2 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure out the carrier oils in a dark bottle.
  2. Slowly add the essential oil and shake the bottle to mix the blend thoroughly.
  3. Massage the blend into the affected areas.

 

  1. OREGANO OIL MASSAGE BLEND FOR PAIN & INFLAMMATION
Ingredient Amount
Oregano Essential Oil 4 drops
Peppermint Essential Oil 3 drops
Cedarwood Essential Oil 2 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 2 drops
Sweet Almond Carrier Oil 1 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure out the carrier oil in a dark bottle.
  2. Slowly add the essential oils and shake the bottle to mix the blend thoroughly.
  3. Massage the blend into the affected areas.

 


 

USING OREGANO OIL IN COSMETICS – TO HEAL AND SOOTHE

Used in cosmetics, Oregano Oil is known to have antioxidant activity that fights the look of aging, which results in skin that looks clear and smooth. As such, it can treat acne and brighten the complexion. Applied in massage, Oregano Essential Oil’s anti-inflammatory activity can soothe redness, irritation, bites, and discomforts associated with arthritis and injury.

 

  1. HOMEMADE OREGANO-TEA TREE OINTMENT FOR HEALING WOUNDS
Ingredient Amount
Oregano Essential Oil 2 drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil 2 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 2 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 2 drops
Refined Coconut Carrier Oil 2 Tbsp.
Beeswax Pastilles (optional; for increased firmness) 1-2 tsp.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a double boiler, melt the Coconut Oil (and Beeswax, if using) until liquified.
  2. When wax has liquified, add the essential oils one at a time.
  3. Thoroughly mix the oils together, then pour into a small jar or 30 g (1 oz.) salve tin.
  4. Allow the mixture to set in the fridge.
  5. When ready to use, salve can be applied to minor cuts and scrapes then covered with a bandage.
  6. To prevent the salve from melting in high temperatures, store it in a cool, dry place.

 

  1. OREGANO OIL MOISTURIZING LOTION BLEND TO SOOTHE DRY SKIN
Ingredient Amount
Oregano Essential Oil 14 drops
Lemon Essential Oil 2 drops
Avocado Carrier Oil 60 ml (2 oz.)
Coconut Carrier Oil 60 ml (2 oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sterilize a 4 fl. oz. ball glass jar by placing it in boiling water. Remove from heat then dry.
  2. Melt the Coconut Oil.
  3. In the glass jar, pour the Avocado Oil and essential oils, then pour in the Coconut Oil last.
  4. Allow the oils to combine thoroughly by placing the jar in the refrigerator.
  5. When the mixture has solidified into a soft lotion, it can be used to moisturize any area of dry skin without leaving a greasy residue.

 

  1. OREGANO OIL SALVE FOR SANITIZING HANDS
Ingredient Amount
Oregano Essential Oil 25 – 30 drops
Vitamin E Oil (optional) ½ tsp
Olive Carrier Oil ¼ cup
Coconut Carrier Oil ¼ cup
Beeswax 2 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill a pot with 1 inch of water and place on the stove over medium/low heat.
  2. In a glass jar, add the Beeswax and Coconut Oil and place the jar in the pot of water, maintaining the same level of heat on the stove.
  3. Allow the wax and carrier oil mixture to melt slowly for 10-15 minutes without overheating.
  4. In the meantime, prepare the 1 oz. tins by removing their lids for ease of pouring, as the salve is quick to cool and harden.
  5. Once the Beeswax and Coconut Oil have melted on the stove, stir in the Olive Carrier Oil and ensure it is thoroughly blended.
  6. Remove this blend from the heat, and quickly stir in the Oregano Essential Oil.
  7. Carefully pour the finished product into the tins. This recipe can fill 6 tins of 1 oz. capacity.
  8. Allow the salve to harden completely inside the tins before placing the lids on and before applying the salve. This cooling period typically takes between 15 and 20 minutes.

A LIST OF ESSENTIAL OILS AND INGREDIENTS IN THIS RECIPE ARTICLE

Rosemary Essential Oil: This pain-relieving oil stimulates blood circulation, which makes it a popular remedy for arthritis, muscle and joint pains, and headaches. It promotes faster healing for wounds by facilitating the process of coagulation.

Peppermint Essential Oil: This oil is popular for its cooling scent that improves focus and mental clarity, boosts energy, clears the respiratory tract, and releases muscle tightness. It is used to soothe and reduce aches and digestive problems. Its anti-microbial property protects the body against bacteria.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a purifying, cleansing, clarifying, and immune-boosting oil that is ideal for use on skin, for use in aromatherapy, and as a surface cleaning agent and a fabric freshener. Eucalyptus Oil has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antiseptic qualities, among other valuable properties.

Juniper Essential Oil: This oil boosts circulation and promotes the faster healing of wounds while protecting them from becoming septic and infected. By encouraging perspiration, Juniper Essential Oil cleanses the pores and the internal body systems of toxins, thereby preventing acne and other ailments associated with an accumulation of bodily toxins. Its stimulating scent combats depression, vertigo, and fatigue, and its toning properties have a tightening effect that leaves skin feeling firm and looking youthful.

Frankincense Essential Oil: This oil has a grounding scent and promotes easy breathing. It induces feelings of tranquility, contentment, and relief from physical and mental fatigue, as well as depression and anxiety, which are common factors in sleeplessness. It is known to reduce heart rate and blood pressure and to allow the body to reach an ideal body temperature that is conducive to sleep.

Tea Tree Essential Oil: This is a powerful, anti-septic immune system stimulant that is beneficial for eliminating bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It can treat wounds, provide soothing relief for aches, pains, and congestion, promote a sense of calm, and disinfect surfaces.

Epsom Salt: These salts are known to facilitate the expulsion of toxins from the body, relieve stress, promote relaxation, soothe inflammation, and enhance the body’s nutrient absorption.

Almond Carrier Oil: Almond carrier oil provides an intense hydration suitable for all skin types. This skin-softening lubricant is almost odorless and is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids. Skin will look and feel nourished and revitalized.

Wheatgerm Carrier Oil: This moisturizing oil soothes and softens dry, cracked skin and boosts its ability to regenerate and reduce the appearance of scars, leaving a healthy, even-toned, brightened complexion. It originates from the most nutrient-rich part of the wheat kernel and thus provides the skin with proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

Cedarwood Essential Oil: This oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe dry, itching, irritated skin such as acne and fungal infections. It can soothe aching muscles as well as tighten muscles. As a stimulant, it promotes hair growth and slows hair loss. It eliminates toxins in the body, thereby stimulating the metabolism and reducing coughs, and it is believed to enhance focus and wisdom.

Lavender Essential Oil: This calming oil is a popular choice for those looking to relieve both emotional and physical stress ranging from sadness to headaches. Its soothing scent diminishes feelings of restlessness and exhaustion. It improves sleep by reducing feelings of anxiety and emotional distress. It promotes a sense of inner peace by diminishing irritability.

Lemon Essential Oil: This stimulating oil is known to detoxify, disinfect, and induce sleep. Its ability to calm and relieve stress contributes to its ability to boost immunity, which prevents fevers and infections. It is an anti-fungal oil that is known to rejuvenate skin by soothing irritations, increasing skin luster, and reducing excessive oil.

Avocado Carrier Oil: This carrier oil is an odorless healing oil that is silky to the touch and is easily absorbed by the skin. Its anti-wrinkle and regenerative properties prevent the early onset of visible signs of aging by keeping the skin hydrated, nourished, elastic, and soft.

Coconut Carrier Oil: This oil mixes well with other oils in a product and extends the product’s shelf life. It penetrates the skin quickly and adds moisture without clogging pores. Coconut Oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties and helps combat unpleasant odors.

Beeswax: When added to creams and butters, Beeswax acts as a thickening agent and makes them more spreadable on the skin. By exfoliating and helping skin retain moisture, Beeswax prevents skin from drying out and promotes the appearance of rejuvenated skin.

Olive Carrier Oil: This strengthening oil introduces weight and moisture to hair, sealing it in. It repairs split ends and smoothes the look of frizz. By conditioning, treating dandruff, and removing the buildup that prevents the growth of new hair, it improves the health and appearance of hair.

Vitamin E Liquid: This powerful antioxidant reduces inflammation, repairs hair damage, and promotes better circulation to boost healthier growth.

Massage Blends for Body Detoxifying

DETOXIFYING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Open an alternative health magazine, read the signs in the windows of a spa or health food store, check out the website of your local health practice – chances are you’ll see “Detoxifying” treatments offered – from foot baths to FAR infrared saunas, through to cleansing diets and aromatherapy massage. Every culture features traditional practices that help our human bodies detoxify – sweat lodges and saunas, cleansing fasts and herbal teas, hot springs and mud baths

These traditions build on the ways our bodies already work to detoxify. Our bodies continuously eliminate toxins through our digestive, urinary, integumentary (skin), circulatory, respiratory, and lymphatic systems. Traditional detoxification treatments are designed to enhance these built-in mechanisms. It seems that human beings have always sought out and devised ways to cleanse the body of unwanted by-products of foods, especially cooked and smoked foods, the remnants of stress and fatigue, occasional encounters with natural toxins, and sporadic bouts of deliberate intoxication such as that caused by fermented beverages and other substances such as narcotics.

We are designed to process toxins that are naturally occurring, but since the 20th century, human bodies are increasingly bombarded with new toxins from denatured foods and drinks, regular use of intoxicants such as alcohol, pesticides, cigarettes and herbicides, petroleum by-products, air, and water pollutants. Fatigue, constipation, gas, bad breath, low immunity, hormone imbalances, menstrual, menopausal and fertility problems, skin problems, poor circulation, mood swings, depression, frequent infections and mucus build-up all can be signs that the body needs extra help to detoxify.

Like herbs, essential oils can be potent plant helpers in the detoxification process. Traditions correctly identify detoxifying plants and quite a few appear regularly in our diets and folk remedies such as lemon, grapefruit, apple cider vinegar, ginger, bitter greens and hot peppers. Detoxifying foods need not be taken as essential oils; in fact, never ingest an essential oil unless prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner. You can take a tablespoon of lemon juice in warm water each morning to help the liver detoxify, for instance, and it is neither necessary nor advisable to use a few drops of the essential oil instead.

The body eliminates up to 1 pound of waste products every day through the skin. It makes good sense to keep the skin open and able to release waste products efficiently. Perspiring has many functions, chief among them the elimination of waste, so it makes sense to exercise daily, use deodorants instead of antiperspirants and enjoy sauna and steam baths whenever you can. In fact, the body relies on a simple exercise like walking half an hour a day in order to circulate lymph in the lower half of the body. Brushing the skin of the whole body towards the heart from bottom to top is a simple practice that removes dead skin cells and increases lymphatic circulation. Using a salt or sugar scrub in the same way, then soaking in a bath in the dissolved scrub is also beneficial.

IN ESSENCE…

    • The body eliminates waste every day through the skin. Essential oils can be potent plant helpers in this detoxification process.
    • Tradition has correctly identified plants that yield detoxifying essential oils, including Lemon, Frankincense, Patchouli, and Ylang Ylang.
    • The ancient rule of thumb – “as above, so below” – is a reference to the way in which botanicals that help dispel negative thoughts and emotions also help rid the body of toxins.
  • All citrus essential oils are detoxifying, but as a rule, none should be worn on the skin in daylight because they may be sun sensitizing.

(A FEW) DETOXIFYING ESSENTIAL OILS

    • Cypress: Cupressus sempervirens is diuretic, acting to tone the blood and lymphatic vessels, and decongest the lymph.
    • Lemon: Citrus limonum stimulates white blood cells to defend the body against infection and is effective against viruses like the ‘flu. Detoxifies through the blood and liver.
    • Grapefruit: Citrus racemosa is diuretic, antifungal and speeds up lymphatic circulation and the elimination of toxins. Detoxifies through the skin, urinary tract, liver, gallbladder and lymphatic system.
    • Fennel: Foeniculum vulgare dulce is diuretic, and aids digestion and elimination, expelling parasites. Detoxifies through the skin, kidneys and the digestive tract.
    • Fir Balsam: Abies balsamia is antiseptic, anti-cancer and detoxifies through the adrenal glands.
    • Frankincense: Boswellia carterii gently regenerates tissues and the nervous system through its relaxing effects.
    • Juniper Berry: Juniperus communis is antiviral, diuretic, and can help reduce cellulite by eliminating toxins from fatty tissues and expel uric acid from the system. Detoxifies through the kidneys, skin and urinary tract.
    • Palmarosa: Cymbopogon martini cleanses the digestive system at a cellular level. Detoxifies through the nervous and digestive systems.
    • Patchouli: Pogostemon cablin is known by tradition to act on the glands to detoxify skin and strengthen the immune system through its profound stress relieving properties.
    • Peppermint: Mentha piperita is powerful against infections and their toxic residues, but never use it in a bath or directly on mucous membranes. Detoxifies through the respiratory and digestive systems.
    • Rose: Rosa damascena is gentle and so relaxing that it is said to balance hormones and stimulate the immune system solely through its action against stress and its by-products.
    • Rose Geranium: Pelargonium odorantissium or graveolens enhances circulation, balances hormones especially in menopause, and fights yeast while protecting helpful bacteria. Detoxifies by toning the liver, pancreas, and spleen.
    • Rosemary: Rosmarinus officinalis increases circulation. Detoxifies the respiratory system and clears mucus.
  • Ylang Ylang: Cananga odorata is powerfully relaxing and detoxifies through the nervous and digestive systems.

A note about citrus essential oils: All are detoxifying, but as a rule, none should be worn on the skin in daylight because they may be sun sensitizing.

Remember the ancient rule of thumb “as above, so below” – botanicals that help rid the body of toxins also help dispel negative thoughts and emotions. Most importantly, take the opportunity of a self-directed detoxification program in order to thoroughly enjoy yourself – the taste of clean water, the textures, and colors of fresh foods, the satisfaction of moving the body, and the sensory delights of homemade essential oil treatments. When it comes to toxins, the rule is: Reduce, Relax, Refresh and Relish!

BODY DETOX BLEND

Use this blend to help detoxify your skin and body and reduce cellulite. Be careful when rinsing this off in the tub, as it can make things slippery!

INGREDIENTS MEASURE
Juniper Berry Essential Oil 4 drops
Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil 4 drops
Angelica Root Essential Oil 2 drops
Carrier Oil of your choice 20 mL / 4 t.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the ingredients.
  2. Massage the targeted area with firm strokes to activate and encourage lymphatic circulation. You can also use a cellulite roller available at body-care shops.

TIPS:

  1. Use fractionated coconut as your carrier oil for a no-scent, no-stain option.
  2. You can blend a larger quantity and keep in a dark amber glass bottle to use as needed.

Caution: It is possible that these blends may cause sensitivities; their recommended use is in dilution (no more than 1 -3 drops for children, and 4-7 drops for an adult’s full-body treatment) and not as a replacement for traditional medicine.

 


 

    • Juniper Berry Essential Oil: This healing, calming oil is ideal for topical use to deal with skin-related problems such as acne, psoriasis, and infections in general.It is known to relieve the discomfort of arthritis as well as anxiety, nervous tension, and stress. It can help with hangovers and fluid retention while preventing cellulite formation.
    • Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil: This oil boosts immunity and helps the body protect itself from the harm caused by toxins by combatting free radicals that lead to signs of premature aging. It works to eliminate existing infections and defends the body against future infections.
    • Angelica Root Essential Oil: This oil is Diaphoretic, meaning it causes the user to sweat, which helps the body naturally rid itself of toxic elements and a buildup of waste while helping reduce blood pressure.
  • Carrier Oil of your choice: Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils before topical application, as their potency can be harmful when used in high concentrations without dilution. Carrier oils also help essential oils remain on the skin longer without quickly evaporating.

DETOXIFYING MASSAGE OIL (5% ESSENTIAL OILS)

 

INGREDIENTS MEASURE
Essential Oils

(Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Orange, Juniper Berry, and Cypress recommended)

30 drops in total

Approximately 4 drops of each oil

Carrier Oil

(such as Almond, Grape Seed, Sesame, or Hemp)

2 tbsp (30 mL)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the essential oils to the carrier oil.
  2. Mix in a glass bottle, and use ASAP.
  3. Select essential oils that you enjoy and that detoxify the systems of the body that you need to work on most urgently. Try new combinations without regard to convention, and switch blends every two weeks in order to maintain effectiveness and prevent sensitization.

 

    • Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Orange, Juniper Berry, and Cypress Essential Oils recommended): Lemon essential oil is renowned for being astringent, detoxifying, and antiseptic and for having anti-infection, disinfectant, and antifungal properties. It helps to cleanse, purify and nourish the skin while providing a sense of rejuvenation. Orange essential oil is known to prevent fungal infections and to inhibit the growth of further bacterial growth, which is useful for disinfecting wounds. When externally applied, Lime essential oil can also be a remedy for skin infections.
  • Carrier Oil (such as Almond, Grapeseed, Sesame, or Hemp): Almond carrier oil provides an intense hydration suitable for all skin types. This skin-softening lubricant is almost odorless and is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids. Skin will look and feel nourished and revitalized. Grapeseed is a light, fast-absorbing oil that promotes the speedy healing of wounds, minimizing the look of scarring. It is odorless and is not known to stain sheets. Skin, being the largest organ, excretes the most toxins from the body thus boosting blood circulation. Sesame essential oil is an excellent oil for helping with this process by eliminating environmental toxins from the body through the skin. Hemp carrier oil is another fast-absorbing oil that effectively balances and maintains the skin’s moisture, helping to prevent the look of aging by hydrating the skin. For this reason, it is beneficial for skin types that suffer from dryness caused by such afflictions as psoriasis, eczema, acne, and minor abrasions. It is enriched with Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, amino acids, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), protein and vitamin D that boosts calcium absorption.

In Essence: Clary Sage Oil

HISTORY OF CLARY SAGE OIL

Derived from the celebrated medicinal Salvia sclarea herb, which is native to Italy, Southern France, and Syria, Clary Sage Oil receives its name from the Latin word “Clarus,” meaning “clarifying” or “cleansing.” Historically, the seeds of this plant were believed to contribute to the health of the eyes and to improve vision, hence it earned a name meaning “clear eye” or “bright eye.”

Although it is largely used in the flavoring of food, beverages, and in perfumery, Clary Sage Essential Oil came to be used in natural cosmetics for its ability to soothe skin. In medicinal applications, it was known to address female hormone-related complaints, such as nervous tension and negative emotions, hence earning another nickname: “The Woman’s Oil.” Having traditionally been used to flavor Muscatel Wine, the sweetly herbaceous extract also earned the name Muscatel Oil.

BENEFITS OF CLARY SAGE OIL

The main chemical constituents of Clary Sage Bark Essential Oil are: Linalyl Acetate, Linalool, Germacrene-D, alpha-Terpineol, and Sclareol.

LINALYL ACETATE is known to be (a)n):

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Astringent
  • Analgesic
  • Hypotensive

LINALOOL is known to be (a)n):

  • Sedative
  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Anti-epileptic
  • Analgesic
  • Sedative

GERMACRENE-D is known to be (a)n):

  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Stimulant

ALPHA-TERPINEOL is known to be (a)n):

  • Sedative
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibiotic
  • Antioxidant
  • Anxiolytic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antifungal

SCLAREOL is known to be (a)n):

  • Antimicrobial
  • Effective in diminishing pain, cramps, night sweats, and hot flashes
  • Beneficial for balancing hormones

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Its nervine and anti-inflammatory properties promote restful sleep and soothe headaches, respectively, and its uplifting qualities enhance the mood to improve self-esteem and mental strength and to stimulate libido in both men and women. Its anti-spasmodic properties help relieve the sometimes-convulsive discomforts associated with improper digestion, stomach aches, muscle cramps, coughs, and cholera. Furthermore, Clary Sage Oil decreases the symptoms of a cough and cold, effectively deodorizes unpleasant body odors, and supports the balance of hormones.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Clary Sage Essential Oil is suited to both oily and dry skin types. It exhibits a cooling property that soothes skin afflicted with inflammation and it calms rashes. Its balancing property stabilizes the production of natural oil and sebum to prevent acne breakouts. Its rich antioxidant content tones tighten and strengthen the skin and muscles while fortifying hair to reduce hair loss.

Used medicinally, Clary Sage Essential Oil works to eliminate or prevent the spread of harmful bacteria that can promote the development of fungal infections. When applied to wounds, bruises, burns, and irritations, it is known to prevent them from becoming septic, thereby facilitating the healing process. Its anti-inflammatory and stimulating properties make it beneficial for use in addressing muscle aches, joint pain, strains, and sprains. It is also valuable for enhancing circulation, which strengthens the digestive system. With carminative properties, Clary Sage Oil can prevent flatulence and facilitate the body’s elimination of gas in order to decrease the discomfort associated with bloating. When used to address physical ailments related to menstruation, Clary Sage Oil is believed to stimulate and regulate the cycle while reducing any pain, such as cramping.

Clary Sage Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

    • COSMETIC: Astringent, Deodorant, Anti-inflammatory.
    • ODOROUS: Anti-depressant, Anti-convulsant, Anti-spasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Deodorant, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Euphoric, Sedative, Warming.
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-septic, Astringent, Bactericidal, Carminative, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Hypotensive, Nervine, Stomachic, Anti-inflammatory, Warming, Analgesic.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Clary Sage Essential Oil is derived from the Salvia sclarea herb.
    • Clary Sage Essential Oil has earned the nickname “The Woman’s Oil,” due to its benefits for women’s health, especially in relation to menstruation and menopause.
    •  Used in aromatherapy applications, Clary Sage Essential Oil has sedative abilities that induce feelings of relaxation, clarity, and calmness while alleviating dizziness, anxiety, and irritability. It is also known to stimulate libido in both men and women.
    • Used cosmetically or topically in general, Clary Sage Essential Oil exhibits a cooling property that soothes skin afflicted with inflammation. It calms rashes, balances the production of natural oil and sebum, and strengthens the skin and muscles.
  • Used medicinally, Clary Sage Essential Oil eliminates or prevents the spread of harmful bacteria, facilitates the healing of wounds, and addresses muscle aches, joint pain, strains, and sprains. It enhances circulation and is reputed to stimulate and regulate the menstrual cycle.

USES OF CLARY SAGE OIL

Used in aromatherapy applications, the scent of Clary Sage Essential Oil can ease stress when 2-3 drops are diffused. For a diffuser blend that is enriched with other mood-enhancing essential oils, combine 3 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil, 2 drops Orange Essential Oil, 2 drops Ginger Essential Oil, and 1 drop Bergamot Essential Oil.

Furthermore, Clary Sage Oil is known to contribute a deeper sense of concentration and spirituality, when diffused during prayer, meditation, or other devotional practices. For an enhanced state of awareness and attentiveness, 6 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil can be blended with 2 drops of either Frankincense or Orange essential oils before being added to a diffuser. Alternatively, a roll-on Meditation Perfume Blend can be made by combining 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil, 2 drops Melissa Essential Oil, 2 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil, 2 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil, and 2 drops Orange Essential Oil in a 5 ml roller bottle. The rest of the bottle can be filled with a Carrier Oil of personal preference. To use this blend, dab a dime-size amount onto the wrist and rub it in, then proceed with the spiritual practice.

For a blend that enhances the mood with the added benefit of easing joint pain, 3-5 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil can be diluted in a carrier oil of personal preference then added to a tub filled with warm water. This aromatic, stress-relieving soak is reputed to promote restful sleep for those suffering from insomnia. Alternatively, 3-4 drops may be diffused in a bedroom for a few minutes before going to sleep.

For an uplifting room spray that will keep negative moods at bay, pour 45 ml (1.5 oz.) Witch Hazel Distillate into a 120 ml (4 oz.) spray bottle. To this, add 15 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil, 10 drops Bergamot Essential Oil, and 10 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil then add 1.5 oz. distilled water. Twist the spray bottle cap back on and shake the bottle to thoroughly combine all the ingredients. Spray this blend into a bedroom or any other indoor environment to enhance the mood and promote relaxation. For a refreshing, deodorizing room spray, combine ½ cup Witch Hazel Distillate, ¼ cup Aloe Vera Gel, ¼ tsp. Baking Soda, and 10 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle well before spraying it into the air.

Used in cosmetic applications, Clary Sage Essential Oil is known to encourage the growth of clearer, smoother, calmer skin. To make a moisturizer with anesthetic effects that addresses redness and inflammation while soothing sore muscles, add 1-3 drops of Clary Sage Oil to a regular face cream or body lotion before massaging it in.

For a natural face wash that is ideal for use on acne-prone or congested skin, combine 20 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil, 1 Tbsp. Coconut Carrier Oil, 3 Tbsp. Raw Honey, 2 capsules of live probiotics, and 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar in a bowl. Using a hand blender, thoroughly mix together all the ingredients, then pour the blend into a bottle and store it in a cool place when not in use. Regular use of this astringent, anti-bacterial face wash is reputed to reduce and prevent acne breakouts.

Used in hair, Clary Sage Essential Oil is known to stimulate the growth of healthier, stronger strands while eliminating dandruff and preventing the production of excessive natural oils and sebum on the scalp. For an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial scalp massage blend that addresses the problem of dandruff, dilute 5-6 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil in 1 Tbsp. of gently heated Coconut Carrier Oil. Before showering, massage this blend into the scalp and allow it to soak for 30 minutes before washing it out with a regular shampoo.

Used in medicinal applications, Clary Sage Essential Oil is known to diminish pain, promote easier breathing, and balance the mood. For a massage blend that relieves cramps and pain, dilute 5 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil with 5 drops of Jojoba Carrier Oil and massage it into the affected areas. For a blend enriched with more pain-relieving oils, dilute a blend of 6 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil, 4 drops Angelica Root CO2 Essential Oil, 4 drops Cardamom Essential Oil, and 4 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil in 30 ml Marula Carrier Oil. Massage this blend into the abdomen for relief from piercing pains and muscle contractions.

For an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory massage blend that facilitates the healing of wounds and soothes aching joints, dilute 6 drops of Clary Sage Oil in 30 ml (1 oz.) of Coconut Carrier Oil or Jojoba Carrier Oil, and rub the blend into the affected area or apply it to a larger area of skin in an aromatherapy massage.

For a chest rub that soothes symptoms of respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia, simply dilute 2-4 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil in 1 Tbsp. of Almond Carrier Oil. Gently massage this blend into the chest for relief from coughing, wheezing, congestion, and tightness.

A GUIDE TO CLARY SAGE OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

CLARY SAGE ESSENTIAL OIL (FRANCE), CLARY SAGE ESSENTIAL OIL (MOLDOVA), and CLARY SAGE ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL (FRANCE)

Botanical Name: Salvia sclarea L.

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Steam Distilled from Leaves and/or Flowers

Countries of Origin: France / Moldova

Believed to:

  • Ease stress, nervous tension, and negative moods that are often caused by hormonal imbalances
  • Have a calming effect on body and mind, which promotes relaxation
  • Have a cooling and comforting effect on the body
  • Reduce the discomforts of muscle stiffness, headaches, and back pain
  • Contribute cleansing and protective properties to wounds to facilitate healing
  • Stimulate hair growth and regulate the scalp’s production of oil and sebum while eliminating dandruff
  • Promote skin health by addressing acne, oil production, and inflammation
  • Relieve symptoms of fatigue
  • Help soothe the throat and respiratory system, especially in individuals who suffer from asthma
  • Stimulate and improve both digestion and memory
  • Have an aphrodisiac effect
  • Cleanse, detoxify, and balance the body’s systems
  • Have a warming effect
  • Promote perspiration to facilitate detoxification
  • Address the problem of water retention

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR CLARY SAGE OIL

Clary Sage Oil should never be ingested due to its toxicity. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Clary Sage Essential Oil without the medical advice of a physician. Those taking prescription drugs or undergoing major surgery are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Prior to using Clary Sage Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting 1 drop of the Essential Oil in 4 drops of a Carrier Oil and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Clary Sage Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.

A potential side effect of Clary Sage Essential Oil is headaches. If used in conjunction with alcohol or narcotics, it is known to sometimes increase the intoxicating effects, and it may possibly cause insomnia or vivid dreams. Alternatively, its sedative properties may interact with and enhance the effects of sleep-related medication such as Chloral Hydrate and Hexobarbitone. Those with health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, low blood pressure, heart disease or other heart-related ailments, peptic ulcers, liver damage, bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, skin disorders, or estrogen-related ailments are especially recommended to be advised. Clary Sage Oil may potentially react with certain medications, such as diabetes medication or anticoagulant medication, and may cause dyspnea.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this essential oil as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. It is recommended that direct sunlight is avoided for up to 12 hours after using this essential oil.

In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.