So I am a really bad sleeper, have been for probably close on 30 years after my 3rd child was born, she literally didn’t sleep until she went to school, up at least 3 times a night and that’s how life went back then. Of course I didn’t know what I was doing back then so her not sleeping was just a normal part of life. However, it caused me to get into the habit of not sleeping and I have been tired and grumpy ever since LOL! Knowing that little bit of my lack of sleep history you will understand why menopause sleep disruptions aren’t really a problem for me but as I get older I am getting Lot more tired and frustrated that I just can’t go to bed and wake up the net morning.Continue reading “Having Trouble Sleeping?…Try This..”
Category: Essential Oils
WHY HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD OVER ESSENTIAL OILS?
Well probably for the most part people are sick to death of hearing about and seeing essential oils every where they look. They are sick of the justifications, the claims, the medical advice from non medical persons and the call to hideous wealth. People are just getting over it, however, I want to show you how I use essential oils as the world’s once biggest skeptic, to the world’s biggest fan (ok maybe not biggest) of essential oils.
When I first heard about oils I straight up had my guard up, my bristles were spiking up and down my back, and the claws were out ready to attack this new age hippie that stood before me, trying to get me to put an oil on my body so I could experience how amazing they were. I didn’t want to try her hippie juice, I wanted this woman to go away. But I was there at this presentation for my daughter’s sake, it was her meeting, I was just there for support. I remember getting a stress headache because this woman was railroading me, and there was little I could do about it but smile and wave, which is typically not what I would normally do. To cut a long story short, she told me to put peppermint on the back of my neck and that would get rid of the headache. Offff couurse it willll was my reply but I did it anyway and within 10 minutes my headache was gone. That was the start of my oily journey 2 years ago. I have swapped from Young Living to Doterra and back again, I have used oils off amazon, from the chemist and local health food shop, I have used organic oils and non organic oils alike and I can honestly say that Young Living are the best oils I have used and continue to use.
Lets talk chemicals for a bit. Chemicals are found in just about everything we eat, wear, spray on our foods, our cosmetics, soap, everything. Chemicals are causing disruptions to our bodies, our childrens bodies, how they grow, how they develop, how our brains are developing and so forth. Once upon a time I didn’t think too much about this or even care, when I was young I was invincible, I was a smoker, I ate what I liked, I was thin, I likened myself to Xena Princess Warrior. It wasn’t until ‘old age’ started to set in that I realised that lifestyle and ridiculous attitude has signed me up for a less than healthy old age and an even worse menopause. So if you are young start taking care of your body now because it is a whole lot harder when you hit 40’s and then 50’s to undo the years of complacency with your health. So, anyway, this is why I continue to use essential oils, they are chemical free, natural and used correctly won’t have any side effects. They literally work quicker than a lot of meds and they help improve cellular function in the body. Don’t get me wrong I still do medicine when necessary and doctors are essential. If you break your arm don’t grab for the nearest bottle of Lavender get to the doctor, if you have any illness that isn’t getting better get to the doctor you could be prolonging some underlying issue.
So, for me essential oils is a no-brainer, I have all but swapped out chemicals in my bathroom for natural products, all cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, moisturisers, make up is all natural. Essential oils have helped me through some pretty dark times with menopause. Emotionally they will help ground you, they will stop you from killing your spouse, yelling at the kids and kicking the dog. Oils are very calming and will help you get yourself together in a way that you can take a breather and think about your next move. This is really important for any hormone related issue that arises.
Essential oils are for wellness. They are to avoid illness by keeping you above the wellness line. They are not for curing disease and chronic illness although many profess to this, I for one know they work for surface issues but for illness such as cancer etc I would not be mucking around with that, get to a doctor. There have been many many horror stories because people are taking the advice of MLM dsitributors who are at large untrained and unqualified to be giving any medical advice on anything. Don’t do that, get trained professional help and leave the essential oils for emotional issues, calming the kids, getting grounded, helping with skin issues etc. Essential oils will save you emotionally from using anti depressants and heavy drugs like that which I don’t agree with. My daughter was on anti depressants and it made her worse, she now uses oils and has a better understanding of her emotional issues. Use essential oils in your diffuser in your home to uplift the funk in your home. Essential oils can be great in flu seasons to ward of viruses and germs, they are a great protection against seasonal threats and they are also great to use for head colds etc. This is how I use essential oils. I NEVER ingest, EVER. They funny thing with oils is that once you start using them you respond differently to chemicals and at large the world around you. I know for me I want to do better for my health and my home. It’s like health and essential oil use goes hand in hand, it’s very interesting.
So, that is why I use essential oils. Can I be so bold as to tell you to try them, you could very well be surprised!
Citrus Fresh For An Uplifting Boost!
Young Livings Citrus Fresh is the perfect combination of Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarine and Spearmint. Citrus Fresh offers an uplifting ans refreshing aroma that can transform any space in your home or workspace, and can give you an energy boost when you feel like you are running on empty. Just add a few drops to distilled water in a spritzer bottle and spray your rooms to get rid of funky, unwanted odors and to raise energy levels or add to your diffuser for an even better effect.
Essential oils are potent. They are pure volatile substances that need to be used with safety in mind. If you are going to apply directly on to your skin, make sure you alwayd use a carrier oil and remember all citrus oils are photosensitive, which means, don’t go out in direct sunlight after you have applied them or you could emd up looking like an oompa loompa! Always take proper care when using essential oils.
As part of my Aromatherapy Course I had to make rose water for this particular assessment I am doing. I have never made rose water before and I really don’t know why. It is so beautiful.
Ok, the ingredients are, 10 drops rose oil, 5 ml vodka or chemist alcohol, & 100 ml distilled water. You add all these together, put in a spritzer bottle and voila! Rose Water! I used it on our pillows, bed covers, curtains, I went into my teenage son’s room and squirted it around, much to his disgust and angst, and I think I will make another bottle for the toilet. It smells amazing and because we are using pure oil the fragrance is lingering. When using essential oils for anything you really need to make sure you are using 100% PURE essential oils and not the cheap ones from the grocery store or chemist. There is a reason they are cheap!
Use your new homemade rose water instead of store bought, chemical laden, air freshener, candles and those plug ins. Your rose water will work just as effectively if not better and you won’t be breathing in all those nasty chemicals.! It’s a win win!
What is Aromatherapy?
This article explains aromatherapy better than I can and it will help you get a better understanding if you are thinking about giving essential oils a try.
Definition of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy entails the use of essential oils and other natural aromatics for physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.
History of Aromatherapy
Although essential oils have been available for nearly one thousand years, the term aromatherapy was first introduced less than 100 years ago. Learn more about the fascinating history of essential oils and aromatherapy by reading AromaWeb’s History of Aromatherapy article.
Why Essential Oils are Used for Aromatherapy
Essential oils have been found to provide psychological and physical benefits when used correctly and safely. The Essential Oil Profiles area details over 130 essential oils. Absolutes, CO2s and Hydrosols are also commonly utilized in aromatherapy. Although CO2 extracts and absolutes are not steam distilled and thus are not considered essential oils, the term essential oil is sometimes used as a blanket term to include all natural, aromatic, volatile, plant oils including CO2s and absolutes.
In addition to essential oils, aromatherapy encourages the use of other complementary natural ingredients including vegetable oils (also known as carrier oils) and hydrosols.
Products that include synthetic ingredients are frowned upon in holistic aromatherapy. It is important to note that perfume oils also known as fragrance oils (and usually listed as “fragrance” on an ingredient label) are not the same as essential oils. Fragrance oils and perfume oils contain synthetic chemicals and do not provide the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
What to Look Out for When Buying Aromatherapy Products
The United States does not regulate the use of the word aromatherapy on product packaging, labeling or in product advertising. Therefore, any product can be marketed as a product suitable for aromatherapy. There are quite a few products on the market that are fragranced with fragrance oils that are marketed as being aromatherapeutic. It’s important to look at the ingredient label when seeking true aromatherapy products.
Also, use caution with marketing claims that state a product is “Made With Essential Oils” or “Made With Natural Ingredients.” Claims like these do not state that the product is only made with the ingredient(s) specified. Such products may contain heavy proportions of synthetic fragrance oils and only contain a minute quantity of essential oil to simply be able to profess the “Made With Essential Oils” claim.
Don’t let false marketing hype scare you away from the benefits of holistic aromatherapy. By exploring AromaWeb and other reputable aromatherapy resources, you can learn how to safely use just a few essential oils and start gaining the benefits of aromatherapy. If you realize you hold an even deeper interest, you can learn to make your own products and control the exact ingredients included in your own personal aromatherapy products.
The Benefit of Inhaling Essential Oils
Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer both psychological and physical benefits. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but when inhaled into the lungs, the natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) can supply therapeutic benefit. Diffusing eucalyptus essential oil to help ease congestion is a prominent example.
If not done correctly and safely, however, the use of essential oils can have severe consequences.
The Benefit of Topical Application
Essential oils that are applied to the skin can be helpful with skin care and addressing topical and muscular concerns. Since essential oils are so powerful and concentrated, they should never be applied to the skin in their undiluted form. To apply essential oils to the skin, essential oils are typically diluted into a carrier such as a cold pressed vegetable oil, also known as a carrier oil. Common carrier oils include sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil and grapeseed oil. A more detailed definition of Carrier Oils is found on the What are Carrier Oils page. A detailed list of carrier oils and their properties can be found on the Carrier Oils Used in Aromatherapy properties page.
Additional Benefits of Aromatherapy
In addition to therapeutic benefit at the emotional and physical level, essential oils are helpful in other applications. Essential oils can be used in household and laundry cleaners. Some oils act as a natural insect repellent and pesticide. You may recall using citronella candles during the summer to keep mosquitoes away. Citronella essential oil is the ingredient in the candles that is responsible for repelling the mosquitoes. Visit the Essential Oil Uses page for additional information on ways that you can use essential oils.
Essential oils can be blended together to create appealing and complex aromas. Essential oils can also be blended for a specific therapeutic application. Essential oils that are carefully blended with a specific therapeutic purpose in mind within the scope of aromatherapy may be referred to as an essential oil synergy. A synergistic essential oil blend is considered to be greater in total action than each oil working independently. AromaWeb’s Recipes area offers a variety of recipes and synergies.
About Aromatherapy Products
As touched on above, not all ready-made aromatherapy products labeled with the word aromatherapy are pure and natural. Products that contain artificial ingredients do not provide true aromatherapy benefits. At worst, they provide no benefit or be harmful. At best, they provide only a fraction of the benefit that natural products supply. Buyers seeking true aromatherapy products must look at the ingredient label to ensure that the product does not contain fragrance oils or unpure (chemical) components. A general rule-of-thumb is to be wary of products that do not list their ingredients and those that do not boast of having pure essential oils (look for products that contain pure essential oils on their ingredient list and avoid those that have words like fragrance). A note, however, is that some sellers of good-quality aromatherapy blends do not list their ingredients because they are worried that others may copy their creation. By asking the seller more about the blend, and listening to how they respond, you should have a better idea about the quality of the blend being sold. Good suppliers should be happy to provide you with a list of the ingredients. They understand that some individuals must avoid particular essential oils due to health problems.
This article has been taken from my new favorite essential oils website http://www.aromaweb.com
How to Use Essential Oils Safely
General Safety Guidelines
Essential oils can be safely used to enhance wellbeing and as part of a healthy lifestyle. They are used by millions of people every day, most of them without incident. However, essential oils are powerful substances and can be harmful if not used with due care and diligence. The essential oil in a bottle is 50-100 times more concentrated than in the plant, and safety issues apply to essential oils that do may not apply to the whole plant or herbal extract.
There is a lot to know about essential oil safety, and this page only encompasses general safety guidelines.
If you are currently experiencing and adverse reaction to essential oils, please view the First Aid Guidelines.
Topical use and dilution
Do not apply undiluted essential oils to your skin. It’s that simple. The most common adverse reaction, experienced by hundreds, possibly thousands of people every year, is a skin reaction, and the most common cause is using an undiluted essential oil. Generally, the reasons for doing this are either (1) ignorance: no-one told you this wasn’t a good idea, or (2) someone told you that it was a good idea, and that it was safe.
Above is a Table with general guidelines for the dilutions of essential oil that are commonly used in different scenarios. For children, see the chart below under “Children”. Here is a Dilution Guideline Chart for your use.
Some essential oils, such as lemongrass, clove or cinnamon bark, are more likely to cause skin reactions than others. However, people frequently have bad reactions to essential oils that are relatively safe because they are used undiluted (see database). This is not because these essential oils contain impurities. The same companies that tell us genuine essential oils can’t cause adverse reactions are the same brands causing most of the reactions. The simple fact is, dilution and risk are directly linked, and this is a well-known phenomenon in dermatology and toxicology.
If you have an allergic reaction to an essential oil, your immune system has been primed, usually for life, so you might need to avoid that oil indefinitely. Click here for Adverse Reaction Reports featuring allergic contact dermatitis. Irritation is different, does not involve the immune system, and usually happens from improper use. Click here for Adverse Reaction Reports featuring irritant contact dermatitis. For more information on irritant and allergic skin reactions to essential oils, read our detailed description here.
Perhaps even more important, do not put drops of essential oil into a bath and then step into it. Essential oils do not mix with water, they float in tiny droplets on the surface, and you are about to sit on those droplets of undiluted essential oil. Whenever essential oils are ‘mixed’ with water without a dispersing agent, there is a risk of irritation, since undiluted droplets of essential oil attach to the skin, often in sensitive areas. Because the oils are warmed up by the water, and also cannot evaporate, they often sting like crazy. Click here for Adverse Reaction Reports featuring bath and washing products. Therefore, essential oils always need to be fully dispersed in and appropriate base before being added to a bath.
We have put together a Bath Safety page, listing suitable dispersants and how to use them, as well as explaining why substances such as Epsom salts or milk do not work.
Undiluted essential oils should not be dripped into the ears, but diluted essential oils may be placed on a cotton wad for partial insertion.
Do not drip undiluted essential oils into eyes as this will cause a chemical burn and may result in temporary blindness. Diluted essential oils may be used close to the eyes. More here.
Do not ingest essential oils unless advised to do so by a practitioner who is qualified/licensed to prescribe essential oils in this way. Taking essential oils orally engages many areas of risk that other modes do not. Do not take essential oils either undiluted or in water, as there is a risk of mouth/stomach irritation. This is similar to what happens in a bath (see above) except that mucous membrane tissue is more sensitive than skin, yet our gut only sends out pain signals when erosion has progressed quite far. Essential oils are widely used in food flavorings, and GRAS status for many essential oils applies to food flavoring use, but it specifically excludes medicinal use. One or two drops of most essential oil can be safely taken in a day, but more than this is not recommended.
Inhalation and diffusion
It is not advisable to directly and intensively inhale essential oils for longer than 15-20 minutes, such as with steam inhalation. However, this does not apply to ambient inhalation from essential oils vaporized into the air. If you are diffusing essential oils, it makes more sense to do this intermittently than constantly, all day long. Ideally, diffuse essential oils for 30-60 minutes on, then 30-60 minutes off. This is not only safer, but it’s also more effective as both our bodies and our nervous system habituate to essential oils after this period of time. Whenever you are using or diffusing essential oils, some air exchange (fresh air) is advisable.
Although perfumes have been known to exacerbate asthma, this has never been recorded for an essential oil. However, anecdotal accounts suggest that individuals with asthma may find that certain essential oils trigger an attack.
Essential oils are flammable, and should not be used in any way that involves close proximity to a naked flame or similar fire hazard. Essential oils are not explosive, and they are safe when used in a diffuser, but there is some degree of risk. Burners that are lit with a candle flame are not recommended, but fragrant candles are safe.
Keep essential oils in a place where young children cannot reach them, and never let them handle essential oils bottles. Even two-year old kids have been known to unscrew caps on essential oil bottles and drink the contents. The fact that the bottle contains an orifice reducer helps a little, but young children are used to sucking liquids. This usually results in a visit to the emergency room. While the end result is rarely fatal, every year there are some very close calls. To help prevent such accidents, all essential oils should be sold in bottles with child-proof caps. Of course this doesn’t always work, but it does make a difference.
Above is an age-related Table for recommended dilutions. For the three younger age groups (up to age 6) this applies to any topical application. For the older two age groups (6 to adult) the percentages are for full-body applications. More concentrated dilutions can be used for local applications (small areas of skin). Here is a Dilution Guideline Chart for your use.
If you have a skin condition, are pregnant, have epilepsy or asthma, are on a course of treatment with prescribed medication, or are in any doubt about any condition you may have, you are advised to seek the advice of a doctor or suitable practitioner before using pure essential oils.
This is a set of general safety guidelines to help you use essential oils with minimal risk. And remember, risk and hazard are two different things to consider.
This whole article I took from Tisserand Institute because Robert Tisserand is the world leader in essential oils safety and how to use the oils correctly. He is world reknowned and and absolute authority on essential oils safety.
Essential Oils – Why You Should Try Them
Now I am not here to argue any points about how many roses it takes to make rose oil or how essential oil farming practices are killing the planet,really?, I am here simply to tell you how they have worked for me and my family. I am studying an aromatherapy specialist course (specializing in menopause) currently, but I have been using oils for about 3 years now. I have not made any money from MLM even though I am involved in them, I just love to use them. I will be launching my own brand in the near future but that is not the reason I am making this post today.
I think we all know what essential oils are by now, I mean you can’t open a magazine or look at your news feed without an ad for essential oils popping up. Essential oils are the blood of the plant so to speak, they are what keep a plant safe from predators, disease and they also provide the plant with it’s distinct aroma. For example in Citrus fruit, when you squeeze the rind and all that liquid squirts out, that’s it’s essential oil, roses have that distinct rose smell from the essential oils contained within its petals, some essential oils come from seeds, roots and even the bark and some plants can be used in their entirety. Essential oils are extracted from their host plants by way of steam distillation or cold pressing.
So, why has the world gone mad and started replacing main stream medicine with these natural essential oils? Essential oils have hundreds of different chemical constituents in each drop. These chemicals interact with our cells in a way that brings wellness and healing to a damaged cell. Aromatically, the smells of the oils work directly with our brain to induce memories, or they can create new memories relating to that specific oil. For this reason oils are great to use for emotional support. Here is an example;
When you were a kid you used to visit your grandmothers house on the holidays, (for me it was my aunt), she always had something baking, cakes, biscuits, roasts, puddings. It was always the best time and you have very fond memories of that, so now, every time you smell something baking it reminds you of a fond time in your life. The same is said for essential oils or perfumes, it can be a good or bad experience so make sure when you are using an essential oil for the first time that you are in a good place. If you want to try lavender for the first time and you are sad or angry, that is the emotion you will relate to smelling that specific oil. Look, there are technical terms for all this but seriously lets just talk plain English that everyone can understand.
My main use of essential oils is for the emotions. Going through peri menopause nearly did me in, my emotions were on high all the time, I was super angry or super depressed, it’s a terrible place to be. I was introduced to essential oils and was not at all impressed by the rep so I judged the oils on her lack of knowledge of the product. I thought they were hippie crap and didn’t want a bar of them. But I eventually bought a pack and have been using them ever since. I joined the 2 big mlm companies, yes I know this isn’t allowed, but too bad I love oils from both companies, and like I said, I haven’t made any money out of them so I don’t think they would really care. So essential oils saved my sanity. They reduced the chemical load I had bought into the house via scented candles, air sprays and those plug in things, all are very toxic and wreak havoc with our endochrine systems. Suddenly moods improved, and I wasn’t some crazy psycho who wanted to neck herself every other day. See, I told you, oils literally saved my life. The other incredible thing was that we didn’t get sick as often. I would have my diffuser going every day and even to this day we have probably been sick half a dozen times, if that, in the past 3 years, for me, this is amazing, winter usually spells disaster for me, but not anymore.
Anxiety is rampant in the world, 3 of my 4 kids suffer from anxiety on different levels. After much convincing they are now avid essential oil users with manageable anxiety levels. Don’t get me wrong, essential oils don’t take away all your anxiety but they bring them down to a level you can manage and function with. In some people the anxiety disappears altogether. What we need to remember is that essential oils are adaptogens, they will adapt with you, if you start using an essential oil with a mindset that they won’t work, then they actually won’t. Some call this placebo I call this understand how your brain works. This is sometimes the case with patients who have used meds their whole lives and become totally dependant on them and fear not using them. Chances are the oils won’t work for them because they have a mindset that medicine is the only thing that will work. You will find this a lot in the older generation. But if you have an open mind to try natural things you will be pleasantly surprised how effectively they do work.
Medically – look I really think there is a place in our world for medicine, without it my youngest daughter would have died, but I think we could be diligent in seeking out the areas that we don’t really need to be using medicines. Headache tablets are a good example, grab some peppermint or lavender in place of tylenol, both work equally as well but the essential oils offer a natural solution and the tylenol a synthetic one. I would never ingest oils, even though some of the best experts in the world will tell you it’s safe, I have read far too many articles that makes me believe otherwise. Most trained aromatherapists will warn you against it but, you do you. My advice would be to not listen to your MLM uplines as most times they are not trained, do your own research and then do what you think is best for you and your family. Me, nope, not doing it unless it’s in the form of a supplement. The difference here is the supplement has to go through a process, if you ingest essential oils direct, you are taking the oil in it’s purest form which can be dangerous.
Diffusing is the most effective way to use essential oils for your emotions, clearing your space from negative energies and great for when you are not feeling so well. Using the essential oils topically (on your skin) is another great way as this will send the oils straight into your blood stream giving you maximum effect. Ingesting is not only dangerous but not as effective as the other 2 methods as the oils have to pass through all your stomach acids which breaks down the oils effectiveness.
Oh I almost forgot, it is CRITICAL that you buy 100% pure oils. Oils you get from the chemist or grocery store will be full of synthetics and fillers. Ingest that and you are on a path to liver hell! Always buy your oils from reputable companies, do your research, there are a lot of oil companies out there, look for recommendations, ratings and referrals. Just because an oil label says 100% pure oil will only mean the oil content in that bottle is 100% pure. About 5% of that bottle will contain essential oil and the rest synthetics and fillers. So be super careful.
So there you have it, if you are interested in natural remedies and solutions then try essential oils!