MARKET REPORT JUNE 2019

The following report contains updates on the current trends in production and availability of the most in-demand Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, and Raw Materials sourced from around the globe.

Chamomile German Oil

In Nepal, Chamomile is harvested from February to March. The current growing conditions are favorable. This year’s production was optimum due to improved weather conditions. The demand for Chamomile is strong and, at present, the price is both stable and lower than last year’s prices.

Chamomile Roman Oil

In the UK, Roman Chamomile is harvested in July. The current growing conditions are favorable; however, the final crop quality depends on the weather in June and at the time of harvest. Compared to last year’s harvest yield of 6000 kg, this year’s yield is projected to be much lower at an estimated 3000 kg. The total yearly demand is approximately 4000 kg. It is too early to know the market conditions, but they depend on the final quantity of the new crop.

Castor USP & Castor Organic Oils

In India, Castor is harvested from December to April. The lack of rainfall in the Castor growing region has led to low crop yield, of which there are approximately 900 000 tons. There are 400 000 tons of carryover crop from last year. Last year, the crop yield was 1400 000 tons, and the carryover crop was 600 000 tons. The annual demand is around 1700 000 tons. Compared to the demand, the quantity of available crop is low, hence prices have begun to increase and are expected to remain high.

Organic Castor Oil is harvested between February and May. This year’s harvest yield is almost 10% lower at 1800 kg/hectare, compared to 2000 kg last year. Sowing is also lower than 30% compared to last year and is approximately 35% lower than the 5-year average. Due to low acreage and production this year, Castor Oil has a 25% higher rate than last year. The annual demand for Castor is increasing, due to its beneficial properties and the consequential high usage of Organic Castor Oil in the cosmetics industry. Due to increased demand for the product and this year’s decrease in production, the market conditions still seem favorable. There is even greater demand expected from the world market, due to the acceptability of Organic Castor Oil.

Cajeput Oil

In Indonesia, Cajeput is harvested and the oil is produced year-round. At present, there are no issues with the growing conditions. This year’s harvest yield is projected to be normal, neither higher nor lower than previous years. The crop is stable and the demand has greatly increased throughout 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, due to earlier restrictions on other sources of Cineol/Eucalyptol. Now that the other sources have recovered, the prices for Cajeput have stabilized. At present, market conditions are unclear.

Eucalyptus Oil (Blue Mallee)

In Australia, Blue Mallee Eucalyptus is generally harvested from September to June. The current growing conditions are unfavorable due to a prolonged drought and resultant dryness. This has caused a decline in the crop yield, as two years of below-average rainfall have led to poor growth. The demand for Blue Mallee remains strong and in excess of supply. The market also remains strong, strengthened further by the limited availability of supplies.

Bergamot Calabrian & Bergamot Organic Oil

In Italy, Bergamot is harvested from November to February. As observed in the last harvest and as forecasted for the new crop, it appears that Bergamot trees are recovering from difficulties in the previous three years, caused by climatic changes that affected the blossoming. This year’s harvest yield is projected to be higher than the previous one; however, a more accurate prediction can be made in late August/early September. The demand for Bergamot has been increasing due to its popularity in Aromatherapy and due to growing Asian markets. The market is good for sellers, due to the high prices, which are also influenced by significant demand from fresh fruit markets.

In Italy, Organic Bergamot is harvested from mid-November to the beginning of March. The winter and spring weather conditions have resulted in favorable conditions for a regular Bergamot blossoming; however, the summer weather conditions will determine the next crop trend. The 2018/2019 Bergamot harvest yield was regular in terms of fruits harvested and was in line with the previous one. There is a high demand for Bergamot, but there is poor availability at this point in the year.

Safflower Oil

In Mexico, Safflower is harvested in April and May. This year’s weather was favorable and, though some areas experienced losses due to the low amount of rain, this issue affected less than 10% of the Safflower production. This year’s harvest yield was better than that of the previous year. The demand is stable, though it is necessary to constantly review the climatic conditions that may affect the crop’s performance. Given that the amount of Safflower harvested in Mexico is higher this year compared to last year, the prices are expected to be stable.

EXHILARATING WAYS TO USE EUCALYPTUS OIL

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is reputed to purify, cleanse, clarify, and boost immunity. It is popular for its soothing, stimulating, and anti-bacterial properties and 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 Eucalyptus Essential Oil.

USING EUCALYPTUS OIL IN A DIFFUSER OR ROOM SPRAY (SINUS RELIEF AND SPIRITUALITY)

Used in aromatherapy, the cooling and healing scent of Eucalyptus Essential Oil is known to relieve mental exhaustion by boosting circulation, stimulating the mind out of sluggishness and rejuvenating the spirit. Those suffering from sinus congestion or sinus tension that causes headaches can diffuse Eucalyptus Essential Oil to clear nasal passages and to eliminate harmful airborne bacteria.

As a natural disinfecting air spray, Eucalyptus Essential Oil acts as an anti-microbial, non-toxic air freshener that removes from the environment bacteria, viruses, and mold that could contribute to respiratory issues. Diluted with water, a Eucalyptus spray can freshen the room and eliminate the body odors trapped in shoes and sports gear. Those who suffer from allergies will benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties that make it easier to breathe.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS MELTING SHOWER CUBE BLEND FOR SINUS RELIEF
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 5-7 drops
Green Food Coloring (optional) Enough for desired shade of green
Water 2 Tbsp
Cornstarch 1 cup

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Cornstarch to a mixing bowl. Using a spoon, thoroughly mix them together until the mixture appears to be a crumbly powder.
  2. (Optional) Add in a few drops of the food coloring and thoroughly mix it into the powder.  The coloring might not be very concentrated until step 3 is complete.
  3. Combine the water into the powder until the food coloring disperses evenly throughout the mixture and clumps begin to form in the powder. (Note: This amount of water will not be sufficient for forming a paste; however, from this starting point, more water can be carefully rationed to form a paste.)
  4. Continue adding a few drops of water at a time, mixing it in well. (As soon as water touches the Cornstarch, the latter begins to harden, so adding water slowly is critical.)
  5. Once a thick paste has formed, transfer the mixture to a mini ice cube tray.  Smooth and flatten the mixture so that it is level with the top of the ice cube tray, in order to form perfect cubes.
  6. Freeze the tray contents for 1 hour or until the mixture is set.
  7. When the shower cubes are ready for use, place them on the shower floor and turn the water on. To prevent slippage in the shower, place the cube in a shallow dish or near the shower drain.
  8. Shower as usual and enjoy the aromatic vapor from a cube as the water melts it and diffuses its decongestant scent.
  9. Store unused shower cubes inside a jar in a cool, dry place. If the cubes are runny due to too much water in the mixture, store them in the freezer.
  10. If the cubes do not diffuse a strong enough aroma for personal scent preference, more essential oils can be added to the finished cubes. This can be done by first crushing the cubes in a mixing bowl, then adding a few more drops of essential oils to the powder, and stirring in small amounts of water to recreate a paste. The paste can then be placed in an ice cube tray and frozen until ready for use.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS FACIAL STEAM TO RELIEVE COLD AND ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 20 drops
Sweet Marjoram 20 drops
Ravensara Essential Oil 15 drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil 15 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

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

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS ROOM SPRAY BLEND TO ENHANCE SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 15 drops
Distilled Water 60 ml (2 oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix the essential oil with the water inside the spray bottle. (Increase the volume as desired, adding 15 drops of the essential oil per 2 oz. of distilled water.)
  2. Tightly close the spray bottle with the cap and swirl the mixture together to blend everything thoroughly.
  3. Spritz the room spray into the air to enhance spiritual practices.

 


 

USING EUCALYPTUS OIL IN A MASSAGE (REDUCE PAIN AND CELLULITE)

Diluted with a carrier oil and used topically in a moisturizer or a blended massage oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil’s stimulating properties may help to revitalize the skin and tired muscles. It facilitates easy breathing, enhances feelings of relaxation, creates a refreshing feeling, soothes nervous tension, and helps clear the mind. This soothing oil provides relief to minor burns, sores, bites, and cuts by decreasing pain, inhibiting bleeding, eliminating bacteria from the wound, and promoting the closing of scars

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS MASSAGE OIL BLEND TO RELIEVE PAIN
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 8 drops
Peppermint Essential Oil 8 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 8 drops
Grapeseed Carrier Oil 14 ml (½ fl. oz.)
Sweet Almond Carrier Oil 44 ml (1 ½ fl. oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients inside a 60 ml (2 fl. oz.) amber glass bottle.
  2. Replace the bottle cap and shake well to thoroughly blend all oils.
  3. To use, dispense up to 1 Tbsp of the blend into the palm of your hand and massage into affected areas.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS MASSAGE BLEND FOR SINUS RELIEF 
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 8 drops
Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 5 drops
Jojoba Oil 60 ml (2 oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all the ingredients inside a 90 ml (3 fl. oz.) amber glass bottle.
  2. Replace the bottle cap and shake well to thoroughly blend all the oils.
  3. To use, dispense up to 1 Tbsp of the blend into the palm of your hand and massage into affected areas.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS MASSAGE BLEND TO DIMINISH CELLULITE
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 5 drops
Lemon Essential Oil 4 drops
Cedarwood Essential Oil 4 drops
Sage Essential Oil 2 drops
Cypress Essential Oil 2 drops
Hazelnut Oil 60 ml (2 oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients inside a 90 ml (3 fl. oz.) amber glass bottle.
  2. Replace the bottle cap and shake well to thoroughly blend all the oils.
  3. To use, dispense up to 1 Tbsp of the blend into the palm of your hand and massage into affected areas.

 


 

USING EUCALYPTUS OIL IN A BATH (BOOST IMMUNITY AND SOOTHE MUSCLES)

Eucalyptus Essential Oil’s germicidal and antiseptic properties make it a popular choice for use on wounds, cuts, burns, bites, stings, and sores. Besides soothing the irritated skin, it relieves pain, protects any openings from becoming infected, and promotes faster healing. Added to warm baths, Eucalyptus Essential Oil’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties help to rejuvenate stiff and sore muscles.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS SOOTHING AROMATHERAPY BATH BLEND
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 15 drops
Peppermint Essential Oil 10 drops
Sweet Orange Essential Oil 10 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 5 drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil 5 drops
Carrier Oil (Jojoba or Apricot Kernel Oil suggested) 125ml (4 fl. oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all the oils in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle. Shake the closed bottle to thoroughly blend all oils.
  2. Pour 1 Tbsp of the blend into warm bath water.
  3. This blend can also be used as a decongestant and immune-boosting massage blend for the chest, back, and feet.
  4. Store the unused blend in a cool, dark place outside of the humid bathroom.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS BATH BLEND TO BOOST IMMUNITY
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 5 drops
Lemon Essential Oil 5 drops
Pine Essential Oil 2 drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil 2 drops
Virgin Coconut Carrier Oil 2 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all the oils in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle. Shake the closed bottle to thoroughly blend all oils.
  2. Pour 1 Tbsp of the blend into warm bath water.
  3. This blend can also be used as a decongestant and immune-boosting massage blend for the chest, back, and feet.
  4. Store the unused blend in a cool, dark place outside of the humid bathroom.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS BATH SALT BLEND TO RELIEVE PAIN
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 8 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 8 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops
Epsom Salt 1 cup
Baking Soda ¼ cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

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

 


 

USING EUCALYPTUS OIL IN COSMETICS (SOOTHE AND STIMULATE)

When used cosmetically to nourish hair, Eucalyptus Essential Oil’s powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties relieve scalp itchiness by facilitating the removal and prevention of dandruff flakes. With its strong scent and anti-microbial properties, Eucalyptus is capable of eliminating lice and nits. Due to its astringent properties, Eucalyptus Oil controls sebum production, thereby preventing hair follicles from becoming clogged with excess sebum and dirt that can lead to hair loss. As a hair stimulant, it boosts circulation in the scalp and encourages hair growth, strengthening the hair by improving elasticity and preventing breakage.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil helps dry up blemishes and acne outbreaks, alleviating inflammation and pain. The oil’s anti-bacterial properties help reduce the chance of future outbreaks.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS HOT OIL TREATMENT BLEND FOR NOURISHING AND STRENGTHENING HAIR
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 4-5 drops
Coconut Oil 1 Tbsp
Jojoba Oil 2 Tsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small pan, mix together the Coconut Oil, the Castor Oil, and the Jojoba Oil. Heat the mixture until it is warm enough that it can still be touched with bare hands. Ensure that the oils are never overheated nor brought to a boil.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and, using a spoon, mix in the Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
  3. Using the fingertips, massage the oil blend into the scalp.
  4.  Leave the oil in the hair for 15 mins before washing it off.
  5. This hair treatment can be applied once a week or once every 3 days.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS SHAMPOO BLEND TO HYDRATE DRY HAIR
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oils 10 drops
Peppermint Essential Oils 10 drops
Coconut Milk (Homemade or Canned) ¼ cup
Liquid Castile Soap ¼ cup
Olive Carrier Oil or Almond Carrier Oil ½ tsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar or bottle.
  2. Tighten the jar lid or bottle cap and shake to thoroughly blend all ingredients.
  3. Store the finished product in a cool place.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS AND APPLE CIDER VINEGAR CONDITIONER BLEND FOR DANDRUFF
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 6-8 drops
Apple Cider Vinegar ½ to 1 Tbsp
Water 1 cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. After shampooing hair, follow the steps below to create a conditioning vinegar hair rinse.
  2. Dilute the Apple Cider Vinegar in the water. (Above is a general ratio, but it can differ based on individual hair types and the condition of water in the individual’s area.)
  3. Add the Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
  4. Massage hair and scalp with the blend, especially the ends of the hair. Let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  5. Rinse your hair with water. For those with long hair, it is recommended to leave the vinegar rinse on, as it prevents hair from becoming tangled.
  6. A slight odor of vinegar might linger while hair is wet, but will disappear when hair is dry.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS OIL BLEND FOR SCALP PSORIASIS
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 3 drops
Fractionated Coconut Oil ½ cup
Oregano Essential Oil 3 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In an applicator bottle, combine all the oils and shake well to blend together thoroughly.
  2. To apply, section the hair and squeeze the product from the applicator bottle.
  3. Using the fingertips, gently massage the oil blend into the scalp.
  4. Leave the oil in for 2 hours.
  5. Wash hair as usual. It is suggested that the oil is washed out of the hair with a mild, non-sulfate shampoo.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS FACE WASH BLEND FOR ACNE AND BLEMISHES
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Pure 35-40 drops
Unscented Liquid Castile Soap 240 ml (8 oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, combine ingredients and transfer into a small pump bottle.
  2. Use as you would any face wash.

 

TIPS

  • 35-40 drops (This amount makes a dilution of less than 1%, as this recipe is intended for use directly on the face)
  • 240 ml (8 oz.) of Liquid Castile Soap will last approximately 1-2 months.
  • Diluting 180 ml (6 oz.) of soap with 60 ml (2 oz.) of water makes the soap last even longer.

 

The following are a few other essential oil blend suggestions for this recipe:

  • 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 25 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 240 ml (8 oz.) Liquid Castile Soap
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
  • 240 ml (8 oz.) Liquid Castile Soap

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS SUGAR SCRUB BLEND FOR EXFOLIATING FACE, HANDS, AND BODY
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 8 drops
Coconut Oil (thick) 1/4 cup
Green Food Coloring 2-3 drops
Extra Fine Granulated Sugar ½ cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Thoroughly combine the sugar and the Coconut Oil. (The denseness/consistency of the Coconut Oil should be similar to that of lard.)
  2. Mix in the Eucalyptus Essential Oil and the food coloring.
  3. Scoop the finished mixture into a jar/container.
  4. To use, apply this mixture to the face, hands and/or body. Gently scrub for 2-3 minutes before rinsing off.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS CONDITIONING OIL BLEND FOR BEARDS
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 4 drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil 4 drops
Castor Oil 20 ml (¼ oz.)
Grapeseed Oil 20 ml (¼ oz.)
Moroccan Argan Oil 20 ml (¼ oz.)
Jojoba Oil 20 ml (¼ oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 60 ml (2 oz.) dropper bottle, combine all the oils.
  2. Tightly cap the bottle and shake it vigorously to ensure the oils mix together thoroughly.
  3. To use, take a small amount of the oil in the palm of your hand, rub the hands together, and gently smooth onto facial hair to soften and condition your beard.

 

  1. EUCALYPTUS BLEND FOR DEODORANT
Ingredient Amount
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 10 drops
Baking Soda 1/3 cup
Cornstarch 1/3 cup
Sandalwood Essential Oil 10 drops
Vitamin E Oil 2 Tbsp
Coconut Carrier Oil 3 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients together until thick paste forms.
  2. Transfer this blend to a storage container such as a shallow, wide-mouthed jar, and allow it to set for 24 hours.
  3. To use, apply the deodorant to underarms with fingertips.

 


 

A LIST OF ESSENTIAL OILS AND INGREDIENTS IN THIS RECIPE ARTICLE

 

Cornstarch: As an odorless thickening and binding agent, this ingredient helps hold a shower cube together and allows the shower cubes to harden and become sturdy. Cornstarch acts as a softening agent if the shower cubes are used in a bath instead. It can also absorb moisture to prevent body odors from forming. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it soothing and relieving for rashes, burns, and itchiness.

 

Ravensara Essential Oil: This anti-allergenic oil alleviates allergic reactions, allowing the body to build resistance against allergy-inducing substances. By eliminating bacteria, Ravensara Oil treats infections while preventing new infections from forming. It relieves severe and spasmodic coughs and allows muscles to relax, thereby alleviating breathlessness, cramps, and a sensation of pulling pain in the abdomen.

 

Sweet Marjoram: This anti-viral oil effectively eliminates harmful bacteria and viruses associated with colds, flu, and other viral illnesses, thus treating infections. The expectorant properties of Marjoram Oil make it effective in clearing congestion caused by colds and infections.

 

Peppermint Essential Oil: This oil is popular for its powerful cooling scent, which improves focus and mental clarity, boosts energy, clears the respiratory tract, and releases muscle tightness. It is used to soothe and reduce pain, redness, inflammation, aches, and digestive discomfort. Its anti-microbial property protects the body against bacteria. When used topically, it closes pores and tightens skin. Its simultaneous cooling and warming sensation on skin makes it an effective numbing agent.

 

Grapeseed Carrier Oil: This light, non-greasy, moisturizing, and fast-absorbing oil promotes the speedy healing of wounds and minimizes the look of scarring. It is odorless and is not known to stain fabrics. Grapeseed Oil boosts circulation and when used in hair products, conditions hair to help retain moisture and restore shine while preventing hair breakage and hair loss.

 

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.

 

Lemon Essential Oil: This stimulating oil is known to detoxify, disinfect, and induce sleep. Its ability to 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.

 

Cedarwood Essential Oil: This oil is known to enhance concentration and to promote the retention of information. It tightens and tones the skin, promotes hair growth, and prevents wounds from developing infections. Its anti-inflammatory property soothes skin irritations and relieves muscle and joint pain.

 

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.

 

Cypress Essential Oil: This oil promotes perspiration, which facilitates the expulsion of bodily toxins as well as excess salts and water. This, in turn, 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, which are caused by fluid retention and/or poor circulation.

 

Hazelnut Oil: This non-greasy, hydrating oil helps skin absorb oil and balance oil production while introducing skin-softening moisture that minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. By offering skin protection through its antioxidant and rejuvenating properties, Hazelnut Oil shields skin against environmental stressors that lead to the appearance of aging, leaving the complexion looking younger and brighter.

 

Sweet Orange Essential Oil: This oil positively influences the body by providing a sense of upliftment, peacefulness, and cheerfulness. 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.

 

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.

 

Pine Essential Oil: This oil is known to boost immunity by clearing mucus and phlegm from nasal passages and protecting the body and the environment from harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. When used topically, it reduces redness and inflammation while soothing skin that is prone to eczema and psoriasis. Its antioxidant properties balance skin, rejuvenating the complexion to leave it looking and feeling healthy.

 

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 as well as reducing pulse rates. It promotes a sense of inner peace by diminishing irritability.

 

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.

 

Baking Soda: This finely powdered salt is known to help detoxify the body and to soften skin to make it smooth. Baking Soda eliminates the bacteria that contribute to body odor and reduces the pH level to offset the acids present in perspiration.

 

Virgin Coconut Carrier Oil: This deeply conditioning oil is known to increase skin hydration by reducing water loss in the dry skin. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties can also facilitate the healing of wounds.

 

Coconut Carrier Oil: This moisturizing and conditioning oil helps regrow and repair dry, damaged hair, thus promoting the health of the scalp. While relieving the discomforts associated with lice and dandruff, Coconut Oil strengthens and softens hair to make it silky and lustrous. By preventing breakage and split ends, it slows the loss of hair and protects it from environmental stressors as well as heat damage.

 

Fractionated Coconut Oil: This softening oil is known to relieve skin dryness by reducing skin’s water loss. Coconut Oil can reduce inflammation, relieve irritation, and remove psoriasis skin plaques by softening the skin.

 

Coconut Milk: This cooling liquid is different from Coconut Water, in that it is extracted from grated coconut. With its natural moisture, it nourishes hair to encourage the growth of longer and thicker strands.

 

Liquid Castile Soap: This natural, non-toxic soap contains vegetable-based ingredients, making it a milder and more environmentally-friendly option. Its rich oil content means that it easily produces a high-foaming lather that requires less water than traditional liquid soaps.

 

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.

 

Almond Carrier Oil: This nourishing oil provides intense hydration that is suitable for all skin types. Almond Oil is a skin-softening lubricant that is almost odorless, and it is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids that make skin look and feel revitalized.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar: This strengthening tonic has traditionally been used for hair conditioning benefits. With a pH level that is close to that of human hair, it helps balance the natural pH of sebum. This protects the scalp against bacteria and fungus, which are main causes of dandruff. By clearing the scalp of product build-up, it refreshes hair, reduces frizz, detangles hair, and stimulates hair growth. Its stimulating properties encourage hair to grow healthier and stronger, reducing the chance of breakage.

 

Oregano Essential Oil: This immune-boosting oil is known to improve respiration and 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.

 

Extra Fine Granulated 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.

 

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. This stimulating and nourishing oil promotes the growth of healthy hair and prevents dryness. It soothes itchiness and inflammation while preventing the accumulation of dead skin cells.

 

Castor Oil: This nourishing oil stimulates circulation to promote the growth of stronger, thicker hair. By moisturizing, smoothing, and softening hair, it prevents hair from becoming dry and brittle.

 

Moroccan Argan Carrier Oil: This conditioning oil is known to make hair softer and smoother. By penetrating and moisturizing hair, it repairs damage while leaving it looking shiny without the greasy residue. Moroccan Argan Oil boosts the growth of hair that looks thick and healthy.

 

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 balance skin’s oil production by removing excess oil and for preventing skin irritations. It locks in skin’s moisture and protects it from harsh environmental elements.

 

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.

 

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

The Heat: Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke/Sunstroke

The symptoms of heat exhaustion or heatstroke can start slowly and appear innocent, but this is a potentially dangerous situation, especially among the young and elderly. A person might feel dizzy, faint, nauseous, or drowsy. They might be confused or disoriented, have a headache, fever, rapid heartbeat, or hyperventilation. A temperature over 104 degrees F {40 degrees C} is a sure warning sign unless the person has just momentarily become hot from exercising in the sun. When the body’s thermoregulation system is overwhelmed, the person stops sweating which is a sure sign of trouble, especially if the skin becomes hot and dry and flushed red. Also, the person can be feeling cold and shivering, even though heatstroke is the cause. It’s easy to think that heatstroke won’t happen in humid conditions, but humidity reduces the evaporation of perspiration and so keeps heat in. Whatever the circumstances of heat exhaustion, heatstroke, or sunstroke, it is important to get medical attention as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, get the person out of the sun and into the cool. Remove any unnecessary clothing. Attempt to cool them down in any way possible, using cool water sponging, cool compresses, a water spray, or regularly replaced cold, wet towels. Key areas to try and cool down are the head, neck, armpits, wrists, and groin. If nothing more than water is available, pour it over the person’s head and over the key areas. As soon as possible, get the person in a cool shower or, better still, into a bath of cool water. This option, however, is not advisable if the person is elderly or has cardiovascular disease, because it can raise blood pressure.

If pouring water over the body, apply 1 drop of neat eucalyptus radiata to the back of the neck. When sponging, use ice-cold water with eucalyptus radiata and lavender oils added and continue for at least 24 hours. One quick dowsing with water will only lower the body temperature by one-hundredth of a degree, which isn’t going to be enough. Alternatively, if immersing the person in a cold-water bath, add 4 drops each of eucalyptus radiata and lavender essential oil. Apply neat lavender or eucalyptus radiata to their temples, the back of their neck, and the solar plexus – the upper abdomen – and have them breathe deeply.

Although the person with heatstroke may not feel thirsty, they should drink plenty of liquids. If you can’t find rehydration packs in the local stores, make up your own as described below**. Heatstroke can develop over days and takes a few days to recover from it. Keep an eye on the patient throughout this time.

Heat Cramps

Heat cramps can occur after unaccustomed exercise and perspiration, with loss of body fluid and electrolytes. Drink plenty of water and take rehydration drinks, or make your own and massage the legs with the following oil:

Heat Cramps

Geranium: 2 drops

Eucalyptus Radiata: 3 drops

Blend together and then dilute by adding 3-5 drops to each 1 teaspoon {5mL} of carrier oil.

Prickly Heat

Prickly heat {miliaria rubra} is a rash of tiny blisters that can look like little pink or red spots. Caused by blocked sweat glands, it is extremely itchy. It can affect any part of the body, and the best line of action is to keep as cool as possible and expose the area to air only cover with light cotton clothing.

Apply a splash to the area, made by diluting 6 drops each of eucalyptus radiata, lavender, and chamomile roman to a teaspoon of alcohol {vodka is fine} and shaking it all in a large cup of spring water. Warm baths are very soothing if you add to them 4 drops each of eucalyptus radiata and lavender essential oil.

Including baking soda in the bath is a good solution. If you can use this method, you only need lavender oil, but – and this is important – add the lavender to the baking soda and mix them together before putting in the bath; don’t just put them in separately. Below are the amounts you will need for various age groups. If wanting to help a baby, try to get hold of calamine lotion. Add 2 drops of chamomile german {or chamomile roman} and 2 drops of lavender to 2 tablespoons {30 mL} of calamine lotion. Alternatively, bathe the baby in a warm bath, ensuring the folds of the skin are thoroughly dried afterward.

Baking Soda Blend for Prickly Heat: Babies

Baking soda: 1/2 cup

Lavender: 1 drop

Mix the lavender essential oil with the baking soda thoroughly before adding a small amount to the bath. If the baby is under 12 months, this quantity is enough for four baths; if between 12 and 24 months, this makes enough for three baths.

Baking Soda Blend for Prickly Heat: Children Age 2 to 7 Years

Baking soda: 1/2 cup

Lavender: 2 drops

Mix the lavender essential oil with the baking soda thoroughly before adding to the bath. This quantity is enough for two baths.

Baking Soda Blend for Prickly Heat: Children Age 8 to 10 Years

Baking soda: 1/2 cup

Lavender: 3 drops

Mix the lavender essential oil with the baking soda thoroughly before adding to the bath. This quantity is enough for two baths.

Baking Soda Blend for Prickly Heat: 11 Years to Adult

Baking soda: 1 cup

Lavender: 3-4 drops

Mix the lavender essential oil with the baking soda thoroughly before adding to the bath.

**Rehydrating Blend

Drink plenty of fluids to replace those lost and take a rehydration formula drink to replace electrolytes. If you can’t get one, make your own:

Bottled water: 1 pint {475 mL}

Sugar: 3 level teaspoons

Salt: 1/4 teaspoon

Lemon essential oil: 1 drop {or fresh lemon or lime juice}

Mix together well and drink one small glass at a time.

A warm bath with 4 drops each of geranium and ginger essential oil diluted in a small amount of carrier oil often helps to calm the nerves, and at the very least it will make you feel better.

Best Essential Oils and Their Benefits

Essential oils, also called volatile oils, are scented oils extracted from plants. Historically, they’ve been used in medicine, cosmetics, perfumes, food, and, more recently, aromatherapy. Essential oils are “essential” because they contain the “essence” of the plant, meaning the taste or odor.

Not only are essential oils popular, they have legitimate therapeutic use and the science to back it up. Although the exact benefit depends on the oil in question, some have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. Others can affect cognitive function, mood, and memory. Some can even help alleviate stiff, sore muscles and joints.

Some essential oils can be applied to the skin, others are best taken orally. However–and this is important–do not ingest or topically apply any essential oils unless you are absolutely certain that they can be used this way. Not all essential oils are safe to take internally and some can irritate the skin. Essential oils are a concentrated source of many phytochemicals and some essential oils must be diluted with an unscented “carrier oil” to be used safely on the skin.

Health Benefits of Common Oils

One of the primary benefits of essential oils is that, when used properly, they offer many benefits and have few, if any, side effects. Many essential oils are effective against harmful organisms. Some can positively affect your mood and mental state. Some essential oils can even help you reduce a headache or feelings of nausea. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to improve quality of life and reduce unpleasant side effects of aggressive therapies and health conditions. Just be careful not to spill them; some surfaces, like painted wood, may react with essential oils.

Lavender Oil

Derived from fresh lavender flowers, lavender oil is one of the most well known essential oils. It appears to slow the activity of the central nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote better concentration, and help encourage hair regrowth in those suffering from alopecia areata, a type of hair loss.

Lavender may also help fight anxiety. In one study, encapsulated lavender oil was found to be effective for generalized anxiety disorder, without sedative effects or potential for abuse.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil, derived from the leaves of Eucalyptus odorata, a smaller variety of eucalyptus tree, is a powerful biocide. It’s antimicrobial, insecticidal (kills insects), herbicidal, acaricidal (kills ticks and mites), and nematicidal (kills nematodes). It’s especially effective against the bacterial strains Staphylococcus aureusHaemophilus influenzaStaphylococcus agalactiae, and Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Eucalyptus oil is great for respiratory health. Inhaling eucalyptus steam can help alleviate a cough and congestion. The aroma of the oil acts as an expectorant, helping to loosen phlegm in the nasal passages and lungs.

In one study, researchers found that the combination of eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil boosts cognitive performance. The same study also found the scent of these two essential oils reduce headaches and promote mental and muscular relaxation.

Peppermint Oil

 

Peppermint oil can help alleviate nausea, a headache, upset stomach, gas, indigestion, and anxiety. It works on the digestive system by speeding up the rate of elimination. Peppermint oil calms the involuntary smooth muscle of the stomach, producing an antispasmodic effect, and improves the flow of bile. It can help soothe discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and studies have shown that encapsulated peppermint oil can reduce IBS symptoms in as many as 80% of people who take it. Peppermint oil is effective because it contains menthol that interferes with the movement of electrolytes across cell membranes, stopping involuntary contractions.

Beyond digestive help, peppermint oil may offer relief for HSV-1 (Herpes simplex) outbreaks by permeating the skin and acting as a virucide directly on the virus. More research is needed, but preliminary results suggest topical application may fight outbreaks.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is another essential oil with strong antimicrobial properties. Also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree oil comes from “tea” or “paperbark” trees. In Australia, it has a long history of use as an antiseptic. Bundjalung aborigines native to Australia inhaled the aroma of crushed leaves to relieve a cough and used poultices to help heal wounds.

Today, we know that tea tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiprotozoal. It fights harmful organisms by damaging cell membranes. Tea tree oil also inhibits the growth and sporulation of yeast and fungus. The oil can be applied topically to cuts to discourage infection.

Like peppermint oil, tea tree oil seems to have an effect on HSV-1. One study revealed that, while topical tea tree oil doesn’t prevent recurrent herpes outbreaks, it may reduce viral load by up to 98.2%.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is derived from the seeds of the wild jojoba shrub, a small, woody desert plant native to Arizona, California, and northwestern Mexico. Historically, Native Americans used jojoba oil to help wounds heal. Jojoba oil contains unique fatty acids and fatty alcohol esters that are similar, but superior, to those found in sperm whales.

Unlike other essential oils, jojoba oil is not a volatile oil, but still offers plenty of benefits, primarily to the skin. With respect to wound healing, researchers found that jojoba oil accelerates the closure of wounds at a cellular level. To improve skin appearance and reduce acne, incorporate jojoba oil into your skincare routine. Evidence indicates that clay-jojoba oil facial masks might be an effective remedy for mild acne.

Blue Chamomile Oil

Blue chamomile oil is extracted from German chamomile. The vibrant color of blue chamomile oil is a result of the steam extraction process—the azulene content in the oil darkens to an inky blue, brilliant azure, or deep green. This color fades and turns dark yellow during storage, but, don’t worry, the oil’s benefits don’t fade.

Chamomile has been used therapeutically for thousands of years by Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians to remedy everything from skin conditions and injuries to fever and insomnia. As a traditional medicine, blue chamomile oil may help with eczema, wounds, bruises, burns, canker sores, mastitis, and other conditions.

Chamomile is also appreciated for its anti-inflammatory effects. One study found that chamomile inhibits and prevents a chemical process in the body that incites inflammation. Further, chamomile seems to inhibit the effects of the stomach-ulcer-provoking bacteria Helicobacter pylori.

Chamomile tea can help with insomnia, and inhaling the aroma of chamomile oil produces a mild sedative effect on the brain, which makes you feel sleepy. Like lavender, chamomile oil offers a mild anti-anxiety effect for those who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder.

Rose Oil

Rose oil is a floral-scented essential oil derived from the petals of several species of rose. In contrast, rose absolute is not an essential oil because the essence of the rose is extracted using a more intense chemical extraction processes. Like other essential oils, rose oil promotes a calm mood and fights harmful organisms. It contains tocopherol (a vitamin E compound), carotene, and high levels of phenolic compounds. Rose oil can make your skin more permeable so it’s often added to skin care products to improve efficacy.

Oregano Oil

Oregano oil contains carvacrol, a powerful organic compound with a long list of beneficial properties, including fighting harmful organisms. Carvacrol also supports liver health.

Jasmine Oil

Jasmine oil is derived from jasmine flowers. While many of the essential oils mentioned are sleep aids and relaxants, jasmine oil has a stimulating effect. When applied topically, jasmine oil increases alertness, breathing rate, and vigor. These effects may promote an uplifted mood and better sense of well-being.

Copaiba Oil

Copaiba oil is extracted from the Amazonian plants in the Copaifera genus. Copaiba oil contains copalic acid, which seems to halt the growth of common, but harmful, dental bacteria such as Streptococcus pyogenusStreptococcus salivarius, and Streptococcus mutagens. Copaiba oil also has strong anti-inflammatory effects. Unlike most essential oils, copaiba oil can be taken orally.

Bergamot Oil

Bergamot oil is known for its calming effects, but it may also encourage a healthy body weight and help with vascular and heart health. Researchers aren’t yet sure how, but bergamot oil encourages normal cholesterol levels and blood sugar.

Neroli Oil

Neroli oil is derived from the blossom of Citrus aurantium, also known as the bitter orange tree, which is native to tropical and subtropical Asia. The oil goes by many names but is frequently called “orange bitters” and “Seville orange.” It’s known as Neroli because of a 17th-century Italian princess, Anne Marie Orsini of Nerola, took a liking to the scent. Neroli oil is commonly added to diet pills due to its ability to act as an appetite suppressant. One of the major benefits of Neroli oil is that it helps relieve symptoms associated with menopause and stress. It also boosts the actions of the endocrine system, fights harmful organisms, and soothes irritation.

Lemon Balm Oil

Also called valerian, lemon balm is another essential oil that helps with symptoms of menopause, especially disordered sleep patterns. Lemon balm also seems to sharpen memory and boost problem-solving abilities. Some promising research indicates that it may improve recall for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Pomegranate Oil

Pomegranate oil comes from the many seeds of the pomegranate. It’s exceptionally rich in linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid. Some research suggests pomegranate oil may even delay the development of colon cancer and skin cancer. The oil also enhances the immune system.

Frankincense Oil

Frankincense oil is extracted from Boswellia tree sap and has a long history of therapeutic use. Most interestingly, frankincense promotes normal cell growth.

How to Use Essential Oils

Most essential oils are safe to use, but you have to pay attention to their intended use and stick to those applications. Some oils can only be used aromatically and should not be applied to the skin or taken orally. You may have noticed that many of the oils are effective against harmful organisms. Those effects aren’t always limited to harmful organisms—they might affect gut and skin microbiota, too. Others can kill cells indiscriminately, including normal tissue cells.

There are, of course, gentle essential oils that are great for the skin. Neroli oil, for example, promotes circulation and soothes irritation. Rose oil moisturizes the skin and is used as a gentle toner. To take advantage of some of the skin benefits of essential oils, AquaSpirit® contains Neroli, rose, jasmine, and lavender oil. It encourages healthy-looking, radiant skin and promotes well-being.

What Are the Health Benefits of Eucalyptus?

Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen tree native to Australia. As an ingredient in many OTC products, it is used to reduce symptoms of coughs, colds, and congestion. It also features in creams and ointments aimed at relieving muscle and joint pain.

The oil that comes from the eucalyptus tree is used as an antiseptic, a perfume, as an ingredient in cosmetics, as a flavoring, in dental preparations, and in industrial solvents.

Chinese, Indian Ayurvedic, Greek, and other European styles of medicine have incorporated it into the treatment of a range of conditions for thousands of years.

There are over 400 different species of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus globulus, also known as Blue Gum, is the main source of eucalyptus oil used globally.

Leaves are steam distilled to extract the oil, which is a colorless liquid with a strong, sweet, woody scent. It contains 1,8-cineole, also known as eucalyptol.

The leaves also contain flavonoids and tannins; flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants, and tannins may help to reduce inflammation.

Health benefits of eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is believed to have a number of medicinal properties, although not all of them have been confirmed by research. Below we outline some of its potential health benefits.

Antimicrobial properties

[eucalyptus leaves]

Eucalyptus leaves and essential oil are commonly used in complementary medicine.

Interestingly, toward the end of the 19th century, eucalyptus oil was used in most hospitals in England to clean urinary catheters. Modern research is now starting to back this practice up.

In February 2016, researchers from Serbia found evidence supporting the antimicrobial action of eucalyptus.

They concluded that a positive interaction between E. camaldulensis essential oil (a tree in the Eucalyptus family) and existing antibiotics could lead to the development of new treatment strategies for certain infections.

They hope that this property could eventually reduce the need for antibiotics.

study published in Clinical Microbiology & Infection suggests that eucalyptus oil may have antibacterial effects on pathogenic bacteria in the upper respiratory tract, including Haemophilus influenzae, a bacteria responsible for a range of infections, and some strains of streptococcus.

Colds and respiratory problems

Eucalyptus features in a range of preparations to relieve symptoms of the common cold, for example, cough lozenges and inhalants.

Herbal remedies recommend using fresh leaves in a gargle to relieve a sore throat, sinusitis, and bronchitis. Also, eucalyptus oil vapor appears to act as a decongestant when inhaled. It is a popular home remedy for colds and bronchitis.

It may act as an expectorant for loosening phlegm and easing congestion. A number of cough medications include eucalyptus oil, including Vicks VapoRub.

Researchers have called for further studies to clarify the possible therapeutic role of eucalyptus leaf extract in the treatment of respiratory tract infection.

Eucalyptus and dental care

The antibacterial and antimicrobial potential of eucalyptus has been harnessed for use in some mouthwash and dental preparations.

In promoting dental health, eucalyptus appears to be active in fighting bacteria that cause tooth decay and periodontitis.

The use of eucalyptus extract in chewing gum may promote periodontal health, according to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology.

Fungal infections and wounds

The University of Maryland Medical (UMM) Center describe how traditional Aboriginal medicines used eucalyptus to treat fungal infections and skin wounds.

Insect repellent

Eucalyptus is an effective insect repellent and insecticide. In 1948, the United States officially registered eucalyptus oil as an insecticide and miticide, for killing mites and ticks.

Oil of lemon eucalyptus is recommended by some as an insect repellant; it is effective at keeping mosquitoes away.

In 2012, researchers from New Delhi, in India, found that E. globulus oil was active against the larvae and pupae of the housefly. They suggested that it could be a viable option for use in eco-friendly products to control houseflies.

Pain relief

Eucalyptus extract may act as a pain reliever, and research indicates that the oil may have analgesic properties. In a study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, scientists applied Eucalyptamint on the anterior forearm skin of 10 people.

Eucalyptamint, an OTC preparation with the generic name methyl salicylate topical, is used to treat muscle and joint pain linked to strains and sprains, arthritis, bruising, and backache.

The scientists concluded that “Eucalyptamint, produced significant physiologic responses that may be beneficial for pain relief and/or useful to athletes as a passive form of warm-up.”

Stimulating immune system

Eucalyptus oil may stimulate an immune system response, say findings published in BMC Immunology.

Specifically, the researchers found that Eucalyptus oil could enhance the immune system’s phagocytic response to pathogens in a rat model. Phagocytosis is a process where the immune system consumes and destroys foreign particles.

Other conditions that eucalyptus may help with include:

  • Arthritis – potentially due to its anti-inflammatory properties
  • A blocked nose
  • Wounds and burns
  • Ulcers
  • Cold sores – perhaps due to its anti-inflammatory properties
  • Bladder diseases
  • Diabetes – eucalyptus might help lower blood sugar
  • Fever
  • Flu

Precautions and side effects

According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), some essential oils can be hazardous, but those that are available commercially, from reputable sources, are safe to use if handled appropriately. The NAHA say that it is important to use “pure, authentic, and genuine essential oils.”

Eucalyptus products can generally be used safely on the skin, as long as the oil is diluted. It should not be applied directly to the skin until it is diluted with a carrier oil, such as olive oil.

The dilution should be between 1 percent and 5 percent eucalyptus oil to between 95 percent and 99 percent carrier oil; this equates to roughly one to five drops of essential oil in an ounce of carrier oil.

Eucalyptus can produce irritation and a burning sensation. It should not be used too close to the eyes.

It is important to do an allergy test before using eucalyptus because it is highly allergenic. An allergy test can be done by adding the eucalyptus oil in the carrier oil and putting a drop on the arm. If there is no reaction in 24 hours, it is safe to use.

Allergies can develop over time. If you have used eucalyptus oil in the past and now seem to be having an allergic reaction to it, discontinue use.

It is not safe to take eucalyptus oil orally because it is poisonous.

In some individuals with asthma, eucalyptus can make their condition worse. Others find that it helps to relieve their asthma symptoms.

Side effects may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach upset

Signs of eucalyptus poisoning include dizziness, feelings of suffocation, and small pupils. It is important to note that eucalyptus may interact with other medications and can impact the liver.

Children are more sensitive to essential oils, so care should be taken when using eucalyptus with children. Use should be avoided during pregnancy.

Essential Oils for Treating Cold Sores

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essential oils for cold sores

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

Lavender

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

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

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

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

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

Peppermint oil

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

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

Chrysanthemum oil

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

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

Eucalyptus oil

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

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

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

Clove oil

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

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

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

Chamomile oil

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

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

Tea tree oil

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

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

Hyssop oil

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

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

Lemon balm oil

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

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

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

Thyme oil

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

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

Risks and considerations

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

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

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

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

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

Common carrier oils used to dilute essential oils include:

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

Additional home remedies for cold sores

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

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

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

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

Five Effective Essential Oils for Headaches

Essential oils are used as home remedies for a variety of ailments. But is using essential oils an effective way to relieve headaches, and, if so, which essential oils are best?

An essential oil is a concentrated liquid extracted from a plant. Aromatherapy is an alternative therapy based on the use of these oils. Aromatherapists believe that each essential oil offers a different set of health benefits.

Research supports the health benefits of certain essential oils, while other claims are based on tradition. This article explores five of the best essential oils for treating headaches, as supported by scientific evidence.

It is estimated that more than half of the adult population worldwide experiences occasional headaches, with the most common type being a tension headache.

While there are a number of over-the-counter and prescription medications available for headaches, these treatments can cause side effects.

When someone experiences headaches regularly, they may look for natural treatments, including essential oils.

Which essential oils help headaches?

There are a number of studies that show specific essential oils may be beneficial for headaches. These include:

1. Lavender oil

Lavender is often used to help people get to sleep and to reduce stress, anxiety, or depression.

Many believe that it can help relieve headaches and migraines that are triggered by stress.

2012 study suggests that the inhalation of lavender essential oil can be a safe and effective treatment to manage migraine headaches.

2. Rosemary oil

Rosemary oil is traditionally used to treat headaches and improve circulation.

There are few studies that specifically support rosemary oil as an effective headache treatment. However, a 2008 study suggests that rosemary oil has anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties.

Another study from 2013 found that rosemary oil helped to reduce pain and insomnia in people going through opium withdrawal treatment.

These research examples suggest that rosemary oil may reduce the pain associated with a headache. However, more studies on humans are required before this can be confirmed.

3. Peppermint oil

Bottle of essential oil surrounded by peppermint leaves and flowers.
Peppermint oil is stimulating and may relieve tension headaches when applied topically.

Peppermint has been used in alternative medicines for thousands of years. It is one of the most popular essential oils for treating headaches.

A recent 2015 review of published studies on essential oils states that applying peppermint oil to the temples and forehead provides relief from tension headaches.

The active ingredient in peppermint oil is menthol. Research published in 2015 shows menthol may be effective in treating migraines when applied to the head as a gel.

4. Chamomile oil

People traditionally drink chamomile tea to relax and unwind. Chamomile oil is commonly believed to have a similar effect.

Research from 2012 showed that chamomile oil might improve some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

As headaches are often caused by stress and anxiety, it follows that chamomile oil may help treat headaches.

There are anti-inflammatory properties in chamomile that may also reduce a headache, but more research is needed into its health benefits.

5. Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus is traditionally used to clear sinuses and reduce inflammation. People experiencing headaches due to blocked sinuses may find that inhaling eucalyptus reduces their symptoms.

One study found that eucalyptus oil was effective for relieving pain and lowering blood pressure when it was inhaled.

How to use essential oils for headaches

Woman massaging her temples.
Essential oils can be diluted and massaged into the temples or forehead to help relieve headaches.

There are a number of different ways that you can use essential oils to treat a headache. These include:

  • Applying oil to the temples or forehead: Essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil before they can be applied to the skin. Once diluted, the oil can be massaged into the temples and across the forehead.
  • Inhaling oil: Essential oils can be inhaled by adding a few drops to a tissue, holding the tissue under the nose and breathing deeply.
  • Using a compress: Create a compress by soaking a towel in cold water with a few drops of essential oil. The compress can be applied to the forehead or neck.
  • Adding oil to the bath: Adding a few drops of essential oil to a hot bath can be a relaxing way to treat a headache.

Risks and considerations

As with many alternative remedies, essential oils are not regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Association (FDA), so it is important to buy a reputable brand.

Essential oils are generally safe when used properly. It is important to dilute them with a carrier oil before applying them directly to the skin. They may cause skin irritation if used undiluted.

Some people are allergic to essential oils even when diluted so it may be helpful to put a small amount on a patch of skin first to test for an allergic reaction. If there is no reaction within 48 hours, then the oil is safe to use.

If a person has any existing health conditions, it is a good idea to speak with a doctor before using essential oils.