Learn About the Incredibly Nourishing Oil for Hair, Skin and Nails: Hemp Seed Oil

Historically, the Cannabis sativa botanical – more commonly known as the Hemp plant – was used in the manufacturing of clothing, footwear, rope, and eventually paper products, among other versatile uses. In the context of spiritual practices, Hemp was used in rituals wherein it was burned as incense to elevate mystical mindfulness and alertness to enhance meditative observations. In Africa, it was used and continues to be used medicinally to address symptoms of fevers and dysentery as well as snake bites. According to historical records, the ancient Chinese used Hemp seeds and Hemp Seed Oil in culinary applications as early as 6000 BCE. For millennia since then, physicians have used Hemp seeds to address several illnesses, disorders, and complaints.

The name Hemp Oil is often used interchangeably with or mistaken for Hash Oil – also referred to as Marijuana Oil, Cannabis Oil, or Weed Oil – due to the fact that both are derived from different plant varieties of the same botanical family known as Cannabis; however, these two oils vary in the plant part from which they are extracted as well as in their properties, benefits, extraction methods, and constituents, among other factors. Thus, contrary to popular belief, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil does not exhibit sedative or narcotic properties. Hemp Seed Oil has also found continued beneficial uses in the manufacturing of cleansers, including shampoos, detergents, and soaps, among other natural products. This article highlights the various other uses, benefits, and safe practices of Hemp Seed Carrier Oil.

HEMP OIL BENEFITS

The main chemical constituents of Hemp Carrier Oil are Linoleic Acid, α-Linolenic Acid, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, and γ-Linolenic Acid.

LINOLEIC ACIDS (OMEGA-6) are known to:

  • Moisturize hair and promote its growth
  • Facilitate wound healing
  • Be an effective emulsifier in the formulation of soaps and quick-drying oils
  • Exhibit anti-inflammatory properties
  • Soothe acne and reduce chances of future outbreaks
  • Promote moisture retention in skin and hair
  • Make oils feel thinner in consistency when used in an oil blend, thus being beneficial for use on acne-prone skin

ALPHA-LINOLENIC ACID (OMEGA-3) is known to:

  • Lessen inflammation
  • Control blood clotting on the skin
  • Soothe joint pain and ease stiffness to improve flexibility

OLEIC ACIDS (OMEGA-9) are known to:

  • Maintain the softness, suppleness, and radiance of skin and hair
  • Stimulate the growth of thicker, longer, and stronger hair
  • Reduce the appearance of aging, such as premature wrinkles and fine lines
  • Eliminate dandruff and thereby support hair growth
  • Boost immunity
  • Exhibit anti-oxidant properties
  • Prevent joint inflammation, stiffness, and pain

PALMITIC ACID is known to:

  • Have emollient properties
  • Soften hair without leaving a greasy or sticky residue
  • Be the most common saturated fatty acid

STEARIC ACID is known to:

  • Have cleansing properties that purge dirt, sweat, and excess sebum from hair and skin
  • Be an ideal emulsifying agent that binds water and oil
  • Help products remain potent when stored for long periods of time
  • Condition and protect hair from damage without diminishing luster or making it feel heavy
  • Have exceptional cleansing properties
  • Soften skin

GAMMA-LINOLENIC ACID (OMEGA-6) is known to:

  • Be anti-inflammatory
  • Nourish the skin with essential fatty acids
  • Support the growth of healthier and stronger skin, hair, and nails
  • Effectively soothe pain and discomfort associated with arthritis and symptoms of PMS, including headaches
  • Soothe joint pain and ease stiffness to improve flexibility
  • Potentially soothe symptoms of allergies
  • Encourage healthier brain activity

The Cannabis plant also contains a class of several chemical constituents called Cannabinoids, which are the compounds responsible for giving Marijuana the mind-altering effects that change a person’s temperament, conduct, perceptions, sensitivities, and awareness, among other faculties. The main psychoactive component in Cannabis is called Tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly identified by its abbreviation THC. Because Health Canada controls the amount of THC that is present in all Hemp products and limits it to 10 PPM (parts per million) to ensure that it is safe to use, Hemp Oil will not exhibit psychoactive properties and thus will not cause the user to get “high.” Furthermore, the use of Hemp Oil will not cause one to falsely test positive on a drug-screening test. NDA’s Hemp Oil is laboratory-tested for its THC levels, and all oil tests show trace levels that are below 10 PPM, thus making them largely undetectable.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil is reputed to refresh, revive, and strengthen the skin with its emollience. It is believed to even out the complexion with toning properties that promote the clearing of conditions such as acne and eczema, thereby enhancing skin’s texture and appearance. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants Hemp Seed Oil is known to help maintain skin’s clarity and brightness for a radiant complexion that looks and feels rejuvenated. Hemp Seed Carrier Oil works to balance oil production in the skin of all types while soothing inflammation and shielding skin against harsh environmental pollutants.

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When applied to hair in natural shampoos or conditioners, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil has the same protective effect, conditioning the hair and scalp to naturally calm inflammation and promote the health, luster, growth, and strength of the strands.

Rich in essential fatty acid content, Hemp Oil is known to have a composition comparable to that of skin lipids, making it an exceptional hydrating emollient that nourishes dull and parched skin and nails while encouraging the regeneration of skin’s protective barrier. It is reputed to soothe skin ailments such as minor abrasions, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. By enhancing skin’s elasticity, Hemp Carrier Oil exhibits a firming and tightening activity. Furthermore, by increasing skin’s ability to hold water, Hemp Seed Oil’s long-lasting hydration contributes plumpness, suppleness, and softness, thereby diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Being light in consistency, it exhibits fast absorption into the skin without clogging pores and makes both a reparative moisturizer for dry, blemished skin as well as an ideal ingredient in natural massage blends.

Used medicinally, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil is reputed to exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that diminish the appearance of scars, facilitate the healing of infections, and alleviate painful symptoms of menstruation and Premenstrual Syndrome. By improving circulation, Hemp Oil is reputed to promote the body’s expulsion of toxins, ease the pain in sore muscles and joints, and prevent or reduce varicose veins. The fatty acid content of Hemp Seed Oil is known to boost immunity and metabolic function while sustaining the balance of hormones, blood pressure, and healthy, naturally-occurring bacteria in the body.

Hemp Carrier 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: Antioxidant, Regenerative, Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory.
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-viral, Antioxidant, Cardioprotective, Regenerative, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-coagulant.

HEMP OIL USES

Used in cosmetic and topical applications, Hemp Seed Oil can be used by itself as a moisturizer, or it can be combined with essential oils for enhanced effectiveness. For a sophisticated medley of carrier oils, Hemp Oil blends well with Aloe Vera Gel, Olive Carrier Oil, and Avocado Carrier Oil.

For a gentle facial moisturizer that is ideal for application under the eyes, simply dab a drop under the eyes and on the eyelids. This can be used all over the face instead of synthetic creams that work to reduce wrinkles, puffiness, and under-eye bags. To use Hemp Seed Oil as a nourishing cleanser that eliminates impurities, including makeup, without stripping skin of its beneficial natural oils, dip a soft, clean cloth into 1 tsp. of Hemp Carrier Oil, then gently pat it on and rub it into the areas of skin with makeup, including the eye area, ensure the oil does not get into the eyes. After rinsing off the oil, apply a toner and pat the skin dry.

For a fragrant, skin-conditioning body lotion that disinfects the skin while stimulating circulation, first combine the following ingredients in a 245 ml (8.30 oz.) dark bottle: 240 ml (8 oz.) Hemp Seed Carrier Oil, 3 drops Chamomile Essential Oil, 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 2 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil, 2 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil, 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil, 2 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil, 2 drops Clove Essential Oil, 2 drops Geranium Essential Oil, and 2 drops Patchouli Essential Oil. Depending on the desired results, other essential oils may be substituted. This lotion can be applied to the entire body after a bath or a shower while the pores are more receptive to hydration. This body oil is known to not only reduce or eliminate harmful bacteria and fungi but to also boost circulation and thus promote a refreshed appearance with a smooth, firm, and refined finish.

Alternatively, a Hemp Seed Oil body butter can be made by melting 60 ml/gram (2 oz.) of each of the following ingredients in a double boiler: Hemp Seed Carrier Oil, Jojoba Carrier Oil, Coconut Carrier Oil, Avocado Carrier Oil, Palm Kernel Carrier Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Beeswax pellets. After all the ingredients have thoroughly melted together, add 50-75 drops of any essential oils of personal preference to the blend. Suggested essential oils include Geranium, Neroli, Orange Sweet, and Sandalwood essential oils. Pour the mixture into a 475 ml (16 oz.) glass jar instantly while it is still in a liquid state. Once the mixture solidifies, it can be applied to the body in the manner of a body lotion.

For a hair treatment that promotes the growth of healthier, silkier, and stronger strands, coat them with 1 Tbsp. of Hemp Oil before washing hair in the shower as usual. This simple practice is reputed to increase circulation to the scalp, soothe and prevent the formation of dandruff, inhibit the development of infectious growths, decrease hair loss, and increase thickness.

Used in medicinal applications, Hemp Seed Oil soothes areas of skin that are sore, painful, itchy, irritated, and inflamed. To alleviate skin conditions that exhibit these symptoms, such as eczema, first combine the following ingredients in a 70 ml (2.5 oz.) darkly-colored bottle: 60 ml of Hemp Seed Carrier Oil, 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, and 5 drops of Coconut Carrier Oil. Cap the bottle and gently shake it to ensure thorough blending of all the ingredients. Apply a small amount of this solution to the affected areas of skin, rubbing it in gently. Allow it to dry on the skin for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water.

Similarly, Hemp Seed Oil can be used to soothe the symptoms and discomforts of acne, such as inflammation, redness, congested pores, and to prevent the onset of future breakouts by addressing the bacteria that may potentially cause it to form. To cleanse the pores of white and blackheads and to tighten and decrease the size of pores, first wash the face with water of any preferred temperature. Next, gently massage Hemp Oil into the affected areas of skin and allow it to dry for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off with water. This can be used for skin rashes as well. To soothe symptoms of psoriasis, use the same method, leaving the oil on the affected areas for 20-25 minutes.

A GUIDE TO HEMP OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

HEMP SEED – REFINED CARRIER OIL

Botanical Name: Cannabis sativa

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Cold pressed from grains

Country of Origin: The Netherlands

Believed to:

    • Range in color from pale Yellow to Golden Yellow
    • Be a nutrient-rich, cosmetic-grade variety that is ideal for use in skin and hair care products
    • Reduce the appearance of signs of aging
    • Restore skin health to improve its texture and appearance
    • Protect the skin’s moisture barrier
    • Have an average rate of absorption that also leaves a slightly oily residue and sheen on the skin
    • Be ideal for use in manufacturing natural products requiring odorless and colorless ingredients
  • Be ideal for use in natural products that require longer shelf lives

 

HEMP SEED CARRIER OIL (UNREFINED)

Botanical Name: Cannabis sativa

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Cold pressed from grains

Country of Origin: Canada

Believed to:

    • Range in color from light to medium Olive Green
    • Retain its “virgin” state with a strong but natural aroma and color
    • Be a nutrient-rich, cosmetic-grade variety that is ideal for use in skin and hair care products
    • Restore skin health to improve its texture and appearance
    • Protect the skin’s moisture barrier
    • Have an average rate of absorption that also leaves a slightly oily residue and sheen on the skin
  • Be ideal for manufacturing natural products that will have more potency due to its minimal processing

 

HEMP SEED ORGANIC CARRIER OIL (UNREFINED)

Botanical Name: Cannabis sativa

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Cold pressed from grains

Believed to:

    • Range in color from Green to Dark Green
    • Be rich in essential fatty acids, proteins, and minerals with a full amino acid spectrum
    • Be a nutrient-rich, cosmetic-grade variety that is ideal for use in skin and hair care products
    • Be easily absorbed into the skin
    • Restore skin health to improve its texture and appearance
    • Protect the skin’s moisture barrier
  • Be ideal for use in manufacturing natural products that require the use of organic ingredients

HEMP OIL SIDE EFFECTS

Hemp Carrier Oil is for external use only. 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 Hemp Carrier Oil without the medical advice of a physician, as it may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, heart-related ailments, skin disorders, hormone-related ailments, hypertension, or any chronic health condition. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use.

Prior to using Hemp Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by applying a dime-size amount of this oil to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Hemp Oil must never be used near the inner nose and ears or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Hemp Oil include irritation of the skin, cramps, and diarrhea.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this Carrier Oil as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. 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.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Despite the fact that Hemp Oil and Hash Oil are both derived from varieties of the Cannabis plant, these two oils are produced in different ways and thus have different properties and effects.
    • Hemp Oil does not exhibit the sedative or narcotic properties that are characteristic of Hash Oil, also known as Cannabis Oil or Marijuana Oil.
    • Used topically, Hemp Carrier Oil is reputed to refresh, revive, and strengthen the skin, even out the complexion, enhance its texture and appearance, maintain its suppleness and softness, and repair dryness as well as damage.
    • When applied to hair, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil is known to naturally calm inflammation of the scalp and to condition the strands, thereby promoting their rejuvenated appearance and texture.
  • Used medicinally, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil is reputed to facilitate the healing of infections, improve circulation, promote the body’s detoxification, ease muscle and joint pain, and balance hormones.

A Powerful Stimulant For Body And Mind: Sage Oil

Native to the southern European and Mediterranean regions, the Sage herb was highly valued in both the ancient Greek and Roman societies, which considered it to be sacred. For centuries, it has been believed that Sage had the ability to grant a longer life, and in China, it was traditionally used as a remedy for addressing infertility and symptoms of menopause. According to historical records, in some communities, the Sage herb also had culinary applications and was used as a preservative for foods such as meats. The oil of the Sage herb was also considered to be beneficial for both the mind and the body, hence it was used to quicken the senses by addressing negative emotions, such as sadness, and shifting them into positive moods, such as the sense of courage. It was believed that Sage Oil had a positive influence on the individual’s inner lifeforce, thus it was used in spiritual practices to not only encourage the onset of hypnotic conditions that would increase mystical mindfulness but to also cleanse the mind of negative self-talk that creates unhelpful behavior patterns.

Sage Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Salvia officinalis herb, also referred to as Common Sage, True Sage, Garden Sage, and Dalmatian Sage. The latter nickname is due to the fact that most of the world’s Sage grows wild in the region of Dalmatia. The name Sage is derived from the Latin “salvere,” meaning “to save,” as its benefits have historically been known to “save” the user’s general health – both emotional and physical. Its beneficial uses included applications for fungal ailments and respiratory conditions. In the Middle Ages, Sage earned the nickname “Sage the Savior” for its countless valuable properties, while the community of Lakota Indians nicknamed it “master herb” for its cleansing and nerve tonic properties.

Sage Essential Oil is commonly mistaken for Clary Sage Essential Oil, which is derived from the Salvia sclarea herb; however, despite belonging to the same family of evergreen shrubs, these two herbs and their resultant oils differ from each other. Although both oils smell herbaceous, the scent of Sage is robust and piquant, while the scent of Clary Sage has a softer, sweeter profile, exuding floral, earthy, and nutty tones with a fruity nuance.

Though Sage Oil has historically been used largely to address complaints related to digestion, it continues to be used in a vast array of versatile applications including skin care, hair care, overall health care, and in the making of cosmetics and fragrant soaps.

SAGE OIL BENEFITS

The main chemical constituents of Sage Oil are Camphor, α-Thujone, β-Thujone, 1,8-Cineole, and α-Pinene.

CAMPHOR is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Decongestant
  • Absorbent
  • Cooling
  • Warming
  • Anesthetic
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Cough suppressant
  • Febrifuge

1,8-CINEOLE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Anti-viral
  • Increased blood flow
  • Reduced tension headaches
  • Cough suppressant

α-Pinene is known to exhibit the following activity:

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

Used in aromatherapy applications, the scent of Sage Oil is known to cerebrally, emotionally, and spiritually stimulate and clarify the mind while exhibiting a balancing, uplifting, soothing, and strengthening effect on the senses to ease negative moods such as fatigue.

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When diffused, Sage Essential Oil is known to help soothe discomforts of the digestive, respiratory, and female reproductive systems.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Sage Essential Oil makes an ideal ingredient in skin care products intended to slow and inhibit the appearance of signs of aging, as its antioxidant property addresses wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and muscles, and the disintegration of tissues. With cicatrizant qualities, Sage Oil works to diminish the appearance of blemishes, spots, and scars, making it ideal for addressing stretch marks, sores, and swelling as well as for diminishing the appearance of enlarged pores. Used in hair, Sage Oil’s moisturizing and conditioning properties help soothe irritation and prevent dandruff while cleansing the scalp to remove the look and feel of greasiness caused by excessive oil.

Used medicinally, Sage Essential Oil is reputed to ease muscular and joint pain associated with inflammation, tenderness, stiffness, and other symptoms of arthritis, strains, and sprains. With anti-inflammatory properties, Sage Oil is known to soothe the redness, soreness, and itching that is characteristic of skin conditions such as dermatitis. Sage Oil’s anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties are reputed to eliminate toxins, thereby providing relief to minor skin abrasions and injuries such as bruises, cuts, burns, and irritation while protecting them from developing infections.

With antiseptic properties, Sage Essential Oil is reputed to prevent toxic substances from entering the body while it reduces the effects of toxins that have already entered, including intoxicants, excess salt, or ingested spice. It boosts circulation, helps diminish the appearance of cellulite, and makes an effective solution for cleansing wounds and other minor topical injuries including insect bites.

Furthermore, Sage Oil’s anti-spasmodic property effectively addresses spasms, such as those associated with coughs, chest and stomach pain, and cramps. Its depurative property promotes the body’s elimination of toxins by promoting perspiration and its laxative property boosts excretory functions, thereby addressing discomforts such as constipation. Its carminative property promotes relief for digestive complaints, while its anti-fungal properties are reputed to address infections both internally through diffusion and externally through topical application. Accordingly, Sage Oil is known to calm dysentery as well as skin afflicted with conditions such as dermatitis and Athlete’s Foot.

When diffused, Sage Oil’s anti-bacterial property is believed to address infections of the nose and throat, thus reducing the symptoms of asthma and coughs, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, congestion, and the buildup of phlegm. By encouraging the release of digestive secretions, Sage Oil enhances and facilitates the function of the entire digestive system. As an emmenagogue, Sage Oil is known to regulate and stabilize menstrual cycles while also calming related symptoms, such as mood swings, fatigue, nausea, weakness, and headache.

Sage 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: Stimulating, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Astringent, Tonic.
    • ODOROUS: Stimulating, Febrifuge, Expectorant, Digestive, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Tonic, Stomachic, Hypertensive.
  • MEDICINAL: Stimulating, Laxative, Febrifuge, Expectorant, Emmenagogue, Disinfectant, Digestive, Depurative, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Anti-septic, Cicatrizant, Astringent, Diuretic, Tonic, Laxative, Stomachic, Hypertensive.

SAGE OIL USES

Used in aromatherapy applications, Sage Oil is known to balance the mind by diminishing anxiety and promoting the reestablishment of tranquility and relaxation, thereby promoting sleep. For a therapeutic bedtime blend, combine 2 drops of Sage Essential Oil, 1 drop of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, and 20 drops of Neroli Essential Oil, then add it to a diffuser of personal preference. Diffusing Sage Oil is known to not only uplift the mood but to also provide relief from headaches and congestion while supporting the health and function of the respiratory, digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems, among others. Sage Essential Oil blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Vetiver essential oils.

Used in cosmetic and topical applications, Sage Oil is believed to promote hair health. To help decrease the chances of hair loss, combine 3-4 drops each of Sage Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Peppermint Essential Oil, then dilute the mixture in 1 Tbsp. Olive Carrier Oil. Massage this blend into the scalp twice a day to encourage strong, healthy hair growth.

For a massage blend that addresses day and night sweats experienced during the time of menopause, combine 10 drops Sage Essential Oil, 10 drops Lime Essential Oil, 5 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, and 5 drops Thyme Essential Oil, then dilute the mixture in 30 ml (1 oz.) of a carrier oil of personal preference. Massage the required amount of this blend to the affected area. Alternatively, 1 Tbsp. of this blend can be added to a warm bath for a daily soak that diminishes fluid retention and the appearance of cellulite.

For a more complex massage blend that also energizes while exhibiting a simultaneously calming effect, in a 60 ml (2 oz.) amber glass bottle combine 60 ml (2 oz.) Sweet Almond Carrier Oil, 14 drops Sage Essential Oil, 5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, and 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Cap the bottle and shake it gently to thoroughly combine all the oils. Massage 1-2 tsp. of this oil blend into sore muscles, and skin as well as the temples to soothe a headache.

For a body oil that is known to have detoxifying effects, combine 15 drops Sage Essential Oil, 15 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, and 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil in a 60 ml (2 oz.) bottle and gently swirl the contents to thoroughly combine them. Next, add 60 ml (2 oz.) Grapeseed Carrier Oil to the blend. Cap the bottle and gently shake it to ensure all the oils are combined. Massage a small amount of this oil all over the body. The application can be repeated several times a day to soften the skin and to facilitate the elimination of fat and toxins.

For a hot oil hair treatment that is reputed to strengthen the hair while balancing oil production in the scalp, combine 60 ml (2 oz.) Coconut Carrier Oil and 30 ml (1 oz.) Jojoba Carrier Oil in a glass bowl, then place this bowl in a pan containing boiling water until the oils are gently heated. The glass bowl can be removed from the heat once the oils inside reach a temperature at which they can still be applied tolerably to the scalp without causing burns. At this point, 30 drops Sage Essential Oil and 10 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil can be blended into the carrier oil mixture. To use this hair oil, massage it into the scalp and smooth it down over the strands until the ends are also coated. Cover the head with a shower cap and allow the oils to soak into the scalp and hair for 30 minutes before washing it out with a regular shampoo.

For a Sage Oil shampoo that not only cleanses but also clarifies the scalp of accumulated environmental pollutants and product residue, simply combines all of the following oils in a dark bottle: 120 ml (4 oz.) Liquid Castile Soap, 60 ml (2 oz.) Water, 40 drops Sage Essential Oil, and 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil. Cap and shake the bottle to ensure that all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Massage the shampoo into the scalp, then rinse it out with warm water and follow it with a conditioner.

Used in medicinal applications, Sage Oil is reputed to soothe and relax muscles by increasing circulation. For a massage blend that also eases stress and promotes better digestion, dilute 10 drops of Sage Essential Oil in 2 tsp. of a carrier oil of personal preference. Alternatively, a hot compress can be made with Sage Oil by adding 4 drops to a bowl of warm water then dipping a small folded towel into the solution and applying the compress directly to the affected area.

For a bath blend that is known to calm symptoms of menopause while enhancing immunity and promoting the health and function of the circulatory system, dilute 5 drops of Sage Essential Oil in 1 Tbsp. of a carrier oil of personal preference then adding this to warm bath water. Alternatively, Sage Oil can be added to 1 Tbsp. of Castile Soap before being added to a bath. This blend is known to effectively diminish the appearance of enlarged pores, soothe sores and wounds, and calm skin conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis. Furthermore, it is believed to have a steadying effect on involuntary trembling, such as hand tremors, and to enhance the health and function of the lymphatic system.

A GUIDE TO SAGE OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

SAGE DALMATIAN ESSENTIAL OIL

Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Steam distilled from leaves

Country of Origin: Hungary

Believed to:

    • Be clear and pale yellow to greenish yellow in color
    • Exude a top note with a medium aroma that can be described as herbaceous with strongly musty nuances
    • Stimulate the nerves while promoting their equilibrium
    • Reduce feelings of sadness and fatigue
    • Enhance the ability to recall and retain information
    • Soothe muscle aches and joint pain, thus benefitting those suffering from arthritis or the consequences of over-exercising
    • Offer relief from symptoms of colds and coughs, such as shortness of breath, accumulation of phlegm, fatigue, fever, chills, and infections
    • Alleviate and regulate symptoms of menopause, such as night sweats and hot flashes
  • Soothe pain associated with menstruation

SAGE ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL

Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Steam distilled from leaves

Country of Origin: Spain

Believed to:

    • Be clear and pale yellow to greenish yellow in color
    • Exude a top note with a medium aroma that can be described as herbaceous with strongly musty nuances
    • Be ideal for disinfecting and soothing cuts, lesions, scrapes, and pustules
    • Lessen the effects of exposure to toxins and sedatives
    • Diminish the harmful effects of a diet high in salt and spices
    • Support the health of the skin, stomach, and excretory tract by calming inflammation
    • Enhance metabolism by promoting the health and function of the digestive system
    • Control and normalize menstrual cycles
    • Prompt action in several body systems, such as the brain, circulatory, nervous, and excretory systems
  • Be an ideal ingredient for natural products that require the use of organic components

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR SAGE OIL

Sage Essential Oil is for external use only. 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 Sage Oil without the medical advice of a physician, as it may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with (or with a history of) the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, heart-related ailments, skin disorders, hormone-related ailments, epilepsy, high blood, and hysteria. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. Sage Oil should not be applied to open wounds or broken skin, as this may facilitate the oil’s penetration into the body in concentrations that may be toxic.

Prior to using 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. Sage Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Sage Oil include irritation or sensitization to the skin, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, inflammation, seizures, wheezing, rapid heartbeat, tremors, and kidney problems.

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. 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.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Sage Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Salvia officinalis herb, also referred to as Common Sage, True Sage, Garden Sage, and Dalmatian Sage.
    • In the Middle Ages, Sage earned the nickname “Sage the Savior” for its various treasured properties. For its cleansing and nerve tonic properties, the Lakota Indians nicknamed it “master herb.”
    • Sage Essential Oil is commonly mistaken for Clary Sage Essential Oil; however, despite belonging to the same family of evergreen shrubs, these two herbs and their resultant oils differ from each other.
    • Used in aromatherapy applications, Sage Essential Oil is known to stimulate and clarify the mind while exhibiting a balancing, uplifting, soothing, and strengthening effect on the senses to ease negative moods. It is known to promote a sense of attentiveness, enhance memory, and soothe discomforts of the digestive, respiratory, and female reproductive systems.
    • Used cosmetically or topically in general, Sage Essential Oil is reputed to eliminate toxins, provide relief to minor skin abrasions, diminish the appearance of blemishes, and address stretch marks, sores, and swelling. Its moisturizing and conditioning properties help soothe dryness and irritation.
  • Used medicinally, Sage Essential Oil is reputed to ease the muscular and joint pain, address bacterial infections and spasms, eliminate toxins, promote relief for digestive complaints, and calm skin conditions such as dermatitis and Athlete’s Foot. Sage Oil is also known to regulate and stabilize menstrual cycles and related symptoms.

 

Rosemary Oil; Benefits of Therapeutic Use

Rosemary is a fragrant herb that is native to the Mediterranean and receives its name from the Latin words “ros” (dew) and “marinus” (sea), which means “dew of the Sea.” It also grows in England, Mexico, the USA, and northern Africa, namely in Morocco. Known for its distinctive fragrance that is characterized by an energizing, evergreen, citrus-like, herbaceous scent, Rosemary Essential Oil is derived from the aromatic herb Rosmarinus Officinalis, a plant belonging to the Mint family, which includes Basil, Lavender, Myrtle, and Sage. Its appearance, too, is similar to Lavender with flat pine needles that have a light trace of silver.

Historically, Rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Hebrews, and Romans, and it was used for numerous purposes. The Greeks wore Rosemary garlands around their heads while studying, as it was believed to improve memory, and both the Greeks and the Romans used Rosemary in almost all festivals and religious ceremonies, including weddings, as a reminder of life and death. In the Mediterranean, Rosemary leaves and Rosemary Oil was popularly used for culinary preparation purposes, while in Egypt the plant, as well as its extracts, were used for incense. In the Middle Ages, Rosemary was believed to be able to ward off evil spirits and to prevent the onset of the bubonic plague. With this belief, Rosemary branches were commonly strewn across floors and left in doorways to keep the disease at bay. Rosemary was also an ingredient in “Four Thieves Vinegar,” a concoction that was infused with herbs and spices and used by grave robbers to protect themselves against the plague. A symbol of remembrance, Rosemary was also tossed into graves as a promise that loved ones who passed away would not be forgotten.

It was used throughout the civilizations in cosmetics for its antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties and in medical care for its health benefits. Rosemary had even become a favorite alternative herbal medicine for the German-Swiss physician, philosopher, and botanist Paracelsus, who promoted its healing properties, including its ability to strengthen the body and to heal organs such as the brain, heart, and liver. Despite being unaware of the concept of germs, people of the 16th century used Rosemary as incense or as massage balms and oils to eliminate harmful bacteria, especially in the rooms of those suffering from illness. For thousands of years, folk medicine has also used Rosemary for its ability to improve memory, soothe digestive issues, and relieve aching muscles.

Rosemary Essential Oil’s chemical composition consists of the following main constituents: α -Pinene, Camphor, 1,8-Cineol, Camphene, Limonene, and Linalool.

α -Pinene is known to exhibit the following activity:

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

Camphor

  • Cough suppressant
  • Decongestant
  • Febrifuge
  • Anesthetic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-inflammatory

1,8-Cineol

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Anti-viral
  • Cough suppressant

Camphene

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Soothing
  • Anti-inflammatory

Limonene

  • Nervous system stimulant
  • Psychostimulant
  • Mood-balancing
  • Appetite suppressant
  • Detoxifying

Linalool

  • Sedative
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Analgesic

Used in aromatherapy, Rosemary Oil helps reduce stress levels and nervous tension, boost mental activity, encourage clarity and insight, relieve fatigue, and support respiratory function. It is used to improve alertness, eliminate negative moods, and increase the retention of information by enhancing concentration. The scent of Rosemary Essential Oil stimulates the appetite and is also known to reduce the level of harmful stress hormones that are released when involved intense experiences. Inhaling Rosemary Oil boosts the immune system by stimulating internal anti-oxidant activity, which in turn fights ailments caused by free radicals, and it relieves throat and nasal congestion by clearing the respiratory tract.

Diluted and used topically, Rosemary Essential Oil is known to stimulate hair growth, reduce pain, soothe inflammation, eliminate headaches, strengthen the immune system, and condition hair to make it look and feel healthy. Used in a massage, Rosemary Oil’s detoxifying properties can facilitate healthy digestion, relieve flatulence, bloating and cramps, and relieve constipation. Through massage, this oil stimulates circulation, which allows the body to better absorb nutrients from food. In cosmetics for hair care, Rosemary Essential Oil’s tonic properties stimulate hair follicles to lengthen and strengthen hair while slowing the graying of hair, preventing hair loss, and moisturizing dry scalp to relieve dandruff. Traditionally, Rosemary Oil combined with Olive Oil in a hot oil hair treatment has been known to darken and strengthen hair. The anti-microbial, antiseptic, astringent, antioxidant, and tonic properties of this oil make it a beneficial additive in skin care products that are meant to soothe or even treat dry or oily skin, eczema, inflammation, and acne. Effective for all skin types, this rejuvenating oil can be added to soaps, face washes, face masks, toners, and creams to achieve firm yet hydrated skin that appears to have a healthy glow that is free of unwanted marks.

Rosemary Essential Oil’s refreshing and energizing aroma can be diluted with water and used in natural homemade room fresheners to eliminate unpleasant odors from the environment as well as from objects. When added to recipes for homemade scented candles, it can work the same way to freshen the scent of a room.

    • COSMETIC: Stimulant, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial, Astringent, Disinfectant, Antioxidant.
    • ODOROUS: Anti-stress, Cognition-enhancement, Psycho-stimulant, Stimulant, Decongestant.
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Detoxifying, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Laxative, Decongestant, Antiseptic, Disinfectant, Antiseptic, Anti-nociceptive.

CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING QUALITY ROSEMARY OIL

Rosemary is a perennial bush that often grows on the sea cliffs of Spain, France, Greece, and Italy. The leaves of the aromatic Rosemary bush have a high oil concentration, and it is part of an aromatic family of herbs, which also includes Lavender, Basil, Mint, and Oregano to name a few.

Rosemary is a hardy plant that can withstand frost, but it also loves the sun and thrives in dry climates where the temperature is between 20ᵒ-25ᵒ Celsius (68ᵒ-77ᵒ Fahrenheit) and does not drop below -17ᵒ Celsius (0ᵒ Fahrenheit). Though Rosemary can grow in a small pot inside a home, when grown outside, the Rosemary bush can reach a height of approximately 5 ft. Due to its adaptability to various ecological conditions, Rosemary plants can vary in appearance in terms of their colors, the sizes of their flowers, and the aromas of their essential oils. The Rosemary plant requires adequate water drainage, as it will not grow well if it is over-irrigated or in soils with a high clay content, thus it can grow in the earth that ranges in soil type from sandy to clay loam soil as long as it has a pH range of 5,5 to 8,0.

The upper side of Rosemary leaves are dark and the undersides are pale and covered in thick hairs. The tips of the leaves begin to sprout small, tubular pale- to deep-blue flowers, which continue to bloom in the summer. Rosemary Essential Oil of the most superior quality is obtained from the flowering tops of the plant, although oils can also be obtained from the stems and leaves before the plant begins to flower. Rosemary fields are usually harvested once or twice a year, depending on the geographical region of cultivation. Harvesting is most often done mechanically, which allows more frequent cutting due to higher yields from rapid regrowth.

Before distillation, the leaves are dried either naturally by the heat of the sun or by using driers. Drying the leaves in the sun results in poor quality leaves for producing oils. The ideal drying method involves the use of a forced air-flow drier, which results in better quality leaves. After the product is dried, the leaves are further processed to have the stems removed. They are sieved to remove dirt.

HOW IS ROSEMARY OIL EXTRACTED?

Rosemary Essential Oil is most commonly extracted through the steam distillation of the plant’s flowering tops and leaves. After distillation, the oil has a watery viscosity and can be colorless or pale yellow. It’s powerful and refreshing smell is herbaceous and similar to mint with an undertone that is characterized as woody and balsamic.

USES OF ROSEMARY OIL

The uses of Rosemary 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.

Used in aromatherapy, the woody, evergreen scent of Rosemary can promote relaxation and boost alertness as well as brain function, thereby improving memory. To relieve stress while studying and maintain concentration, diffuse Rosemary Essential Oil in the room for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Diluted with a carrier oil and used topically, Rosemary Essential Oil’s detoxifying and anesthetic properties can boost immunity by recharging the body’s detoxification system. By diluting Rosemary Oil in a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil and massaging it into the lymph nodes, the body will be stimulated to more rapidly eliminate waste and to soothe digestive ailments. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it an ideal essential oil for relieving muscle aches and pains. For a massage oil that reduces pain, blend Rosemary Oil with Peppermint Oil and dilute the blend in Coconut Oil then rub on tender muscles and aching joints.

Rosemary Essential Oil’s anti-viral, anti-microbial, and antiseptic properties make it a natural homemade multi-purpose cleaning spray to cleanse indoor environments and eliminate harmful bacteria therein. A dilution of Rosemary Oil in distilled white vinegar and water make a spray cleaner that is suitable to wipe down surfaces like countertops.

A GUIDE TO ROSEMARY OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

 

ROSEMARY VARIETY & BOTANICAL NAME COUNTRY OF ORIGIN BENEFITS OF OIL
Rosemary (Morocco) Essential Oil

Rosmarinus Officinalis

Found in:

  • Morocco
Believed to:

  • soothe inflammation
  • strengthen the body
  • eliminate harmful bacteria
Rosemary Essential Oil (Spanish)

Rosmarinus Officinalis

Found in:

  • Spain
Believed to:

  • improve memory
  • soothe digestive issues
  • relieve aching muscles
Rosemary Organic Essential Oil

Rosmarinus officinalis

Found in:

  • Spain
Believed to:

  • relieve nasal congestion
  • reduce fever
  • relieve muscle and joint pain

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR ROSEMARY OIL

As per NAHA guidelines, we do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using Rosemary Essential Oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women and those taking prescription drugs are especially advised not to use Rosemary Essential Oil without the medical advice of a physician. The oil may have a negative effect on the fetus and potentially lead to miscarriage. Rosemary Essential Oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7. Those with high blood pressure should avoid using this oil, as it may further elevate blood pressure.

When applied topically, Rosemary Essential Oil should be used in dilution – a carrier oil such as Almond, Coconut, Jojoba, Olive, or Hemp is recommended – and in small amounts, as using the oil directly or in high concentrations can potentially cause skin irritation. A skin test is recommended prior to use. 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. Rosemary Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Rosemary receives its name from the Latin term “Dew of the Sea,” as it is native to the sea cliffs of the Mediterranean region
    • Rosemary belongs to an aromatic family of herbs that includes Basil, Lavender, Myrtle, and Sage.
    • Rosemary was considered sacred by ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Hebrews, and Romans, who used it to improve memory, incense, protection, and as a reminder of the life and death cycle, among other uses.
    • Rosemary Essential Oil of the most superior quality is obtained from the flowering tops of the plant.