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Using Essential Oils for Immunity

Stave Off the Cold and Flu

It’s that time of the year where the germs are flying around EVERYWHERE! Using essential oils for immunity will absolutely give you a leg up on all those sneezing and wheezing folks out there spreading their joy.

Why do we get sick more in the winter vs. the summer? There’s several reasons.

  1. Shorter days mean less production of Vitamin D and Melatonin 
  2. We’re breathing mostly recycled air and getting very little fresh air
  3. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter lowers your resistance
  4. The air tends to be much drier – germs like dry air
  5. More stress – wait – what?

Yes, we’re more stressed in the wintertime. The Straight Dope explains it like this:

Psychological (as opposed to physical) stress may also play a role. A study published last year in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that the more psychological stress people were under, the more likely they were to get colds.

All of the above combine to create the perfect storm and voila – we get more colds and flu in the winter. Essential Oils for Immunity, vitamin D and melatonin

If you haven’t gotten enough sleep on a regular basis, forget to wash your hands more often and don’t go outside very much, you’re just asking for a cold or the flu

Harvard University pretty much says the same thing but with lots more college words:

1) During the winter, people spend more time indoors with the windows sealed, so they are more likely to breathe the same air as someone who has the flu and thus contract the virus (3).

2) Days are shorter during the winter, and lack of sunlight leads to  low levels of vitamin D and melatonin, both of which require sunlight for their generation. This compromises our immune systems, which in turn decreases ability to fight the virus (3).

3) The influenza virus may survive better in colder, drier climates, and therefore be able to infect more people (3).

How Do Essential Oils Help?

Essential oils are ideal for boosting your immune system and help you stay healthier in the long run. Here’s some of the best essential oils for immunity:

  • Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata) helps to minimize unwanted bacterial, viral, or fungal activity.
  • Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is powerful for immune support and can help reduce the presence of unwanted fungal or viral activity.
  • Lemon (Citrus limon) helps boost your immune system and your liver loves it!
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) supports healthy lung function and boosts your immune system.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor) promotes healthy respiratory functions and helps when fighting a cold or flu.
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) promotes balance and is antibacterial, antifungal and stimulates the immune system.
  • Tea Tea (Melaleuca alternifolia) is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, supports a healthy respiratory system and helps with cough and congestion.

There’s a whole bunch more, but honestly, with these essential oils, your immune system will absolutely love you (and hey, we’re getting close to Valetine’s Day – why not show some self-love?)!

You’ll find all of these amazing essential oils in an immune-boosting blend I created called Thievery Synergy Blend.

Diffuse a few drops in a cold mist diffuser, breathe it directly out of the bottle or dilute it with your favorite carrier oil or lotion and apply to your chest and neck at least 3 times a day.

Want the Scented Balance Thievery Synergy Blend? You can get it by filling out the contact form and I’ll ship it to you lickety-split! Aromatherapy can help you get and stay healthy through the seasons – I can show you how!

Thank you for stopping by – I’m grateful for you!

Blessings,

Melissa

Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your medial professional for any and all health concerns.

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New To Essential Oils? Here’s How To Use Them – Wisely

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Are you new to essential oils? Here’s how to use them – wisely. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around out there and I’d like to help you get started with good information. It’s not hard to use these gifts of nature, but there is a right – and wise – way to use them.

Is this blog post the end-all-be-all of aromatherapy? Nope. Not even close. But the information you get from me is safe, ethical and sustainable. That’s important!

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the gifts of nature. They are derived from plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and fruits. The “essence” of the plant is most commonly distilled using steam, or in the case of citrus fruit, the rind is cold pressed to extract the oil. There’s several other ways of extracting oils, but these are the two most common ways.

Andrea Butje, the Owner of Aromahead Institute says this:

Essential oils come from aromatic plants. Not all plants are aromatic. If a plant has a scent, it is generally an “aromatic plant.” You smell essential oils in a plant when you breathe in the aroma of a rose flower, peel an orange, or crush basil leaves. Depending on the plant, the essential oil is found in different parts: the flower of a rose, the fruit of citrus, the leaves of many herbs, the resin of frankincense and myrrh, the roots of vetiver, the twigs of the bitter orange tree (for Petitgrain), the seeds of coriander.

So, How Do I Use Them Wisely?

Here’s the easiest and wisest ways to use essential oils:

  • Inhaling from the bottle or a personal inhaler
  • Applying essential oils to your skin
  • Diffusing them by using a cold mist diffuser

Through my classes at Aromahead Institute, I learned an ethical and sustainable method of aromatherapy. That’s important because prior to modern life, people used only what they needed from the earth – nothing was wasted. Since these aromatic plants come from the earth itself, they are a limited resource. Using only what you need for a blend and no more is wise and ethical.

Personally, I rarely use Sandalwood (Santalum album) because in order to harvest the bark of the tree to get the oil, you have to kill it – cut it down. There are sustainability programs in place, but I see it this way: if you have a hundred or more oils (and I do), you have more than enough to create your blend without harming the environment!

I’ll quickly talk about each method below. Please note that if you’re pregnant, on certain medications or under 10 years old, talk with your certified aromatherapist or medical professional first. Not all essential oils are safe for everyone!

Inhaling Essential Oils

Inhaling is the quickest and easiest way to get the oils themselves into your system. A few oils that are safe to inhale are Lavender, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Cedarwood and Patchouli.

Simply open the bottle, hold it under your nose (don’t touch the bottle to your nose) and inhale deeply while keeping your lips closed. Do this for 30 to 60 seconds. You can also add a few drops to a personal nasal inhaler or on a tissue with the same effect.

If you’re experiencing a sinus infection, add two drops of Tea Tree essential oil to a bowl of steaming water, put a towel over your head and breathe in as deeply as you can.

Topically Applying Essential Oils To Your Skin

When you want to apply essential oils to your skin, it’s wise to dilute it first with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba wax or avocado oil. You can pour a small amount of carrier oil into the palm of your hand and add one or two drops of essential oil. Then simply apply to your skin always avoiding your eyes and ears.

CAUTION: NEVER PUT ESSENTIAL OILS IN YOUR EYES OR EARS! ‘Nuff said on that one.

For instance, to relieve an upset stomach, add two drops each of Sweet Orange and Peppermint essential oils to a dab of carrier oil – just enough to rub on your belly.

Congested? Add two drops each of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils to a small dab of coconut oil and rub on your chest. 

All of the body butters, lotions and roller balls that I create are perfect for applying to your skin. With the roller balls, especially for anxiety and depression, rolling the blend over your heart area is ideal. For headaches, you simply apply the roller ball blend to your temples, forehead and the back of your neck nearest your hairline. 

Diffusing Essential Oils Into the Air

Diffusing essential oils into the air is one of my favorite ways to use them everyday. I keep a diffuser going in my studio and in my home. Most folks who visit my studio always stop at the door and simply inhale. You never know what will be in the diffuser!

Make sure the read the instructions that come with your cold mist diffuser for proper use. For the most part, diffusers use a small amount of water. Simply add 5 or 6 drops and enjoy the scent! There are even some models that will fit into the cigarette lighter or USB port in your car!

What Method Did I Leave Out?

I purposely left out the subject of taking essential oils internally. Why? It’s a controversial subject and there’s a lot of folks who swear by it. So here’s food for thought. Would you drink 20 cups of peppermint tea all at once? Would you eat 10 lemons all at once? But that’s exactly what you’re doing when you internally take a drop of essential oil.

It takes 256 pounds of peppermint leaves for every quart of peppermint essential oil. For that precious bottle of Lavender, it takes 3,000 pounds of the flower for one quart of essential oil. Are you getting the picture of just how potent essential oils are?

Listen, I know there’s oil companies out there that advocate ingestion but I disagree with this practice because it can be downright dangerous. As in toxic. A clinical aromatherapist or naturopathic physician can safely guide you if that’s the method you need for a particular concern.

As a certified aromatherapist, my advice is unless you know exactly what you’re doing, don’t take essential oils internally. Ever.

Can I Use Essential Oils On My Pet?

If you have cats, the short answer is NO! Cats can’t metabolize essential oils in their liver and it could be very toxic to them.

If you have a dog, the short answer is it depends. My advice is avoid it. If you have a dog over 50 pounds, use them sparingly. If you insist on using essential oils on your dog, then treat Fido as you would a small child. You wouldn’t overload your toddler, so please don’t overload Fido!

Be Wise, Be Ethical, Be Sustainable With Essential Oils

You now have a thimbleful of information about essential oils – a drop in the bucket if you will. Do you see why a certified aromatherapist is important?

Since plants and trees are a limited resource, using just what you need from your essential oils is sustainable – and ethical. Using 50 drops when you really only need 5 drops is really kind of greedy and wasteful.

If you look at history, you learn that essential oils (along with herbs and botannicals) were used as medicine. In the case of essential oils, more is not better. You wouldn’t take 10 aspirins when all you need are two – so why overdose on essential oils? Treat them with care – treat them as you would medicine – with respect.

I want you to be safe and healthy in body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy is ideal for your physical and emotional wellbeing. I would be very grateful for you to share this information.

As always, blessings,

Melissa

P.S. Want a custom blend or more information? Fill out this contact form and let’s get started!

 

Good Essential Oils for Wintertime

Good Essential Oils for Wintertime, essential oils for bacteria and inflammation, clary sage, lemon, lavender, peppermint, oreganoThis week, we’re taking a look at good essential oils for wintertime. They’re all good but some are just better than others for those dark wintry days.

As usual, it’s aromatherapy to the rescue! There’s several good essential oils for wintertime that help you focus, stay alert and help fight off the blues. And many of these are immune stimulating essential oils which is always good in the wintertime!

Peppermint (Mentha x peperita)

Peppermint is probably one of my favorite oils. It has very versatile and it does so much to help you especially in the winter. It can help clear your energy, it’s uplifting and stimulating to your mind to combat fatigue, it awakens and refreshes, it stimulates the digestion of new ideas and creativity and supports self confidence.

It is a well-known and proven analgesic, anti-inflammatory, decongestant and also helps with itching. Please use caution when using peppermint with children.

Lemon (Citrus limon)

Nearly everyone loves the aroma of fresh squeezed lemons. It has such an uplifting scent and as such, helps reduce anxiety and depression. Lemon essential oil with its components limonene and citral, can decrease both physical and psychological stress.

Wintertime is stressful with all the extra clothes you have to wear and snow and ice on the streets. With its antibacterial and antioxidant actions, anti-inflammatory actions, and activating, tonic effects on the mind and body,

Lemon essential oil can be used to help support the immune system and promote well-being. It also supports healthy liver function.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

I have to say, Clary Sage is an amazing oil – another one of my favorites. It reduces anxiety, calms the mind and is emotionally uplifting, all good qualities to have for those dark winter nights. Home of Real Aromatherapy

Clary Sage has a wide range of actions for people with respiratory issues such as asthma. It seems like we catch more colds during the winter and the properties of Clary Sage are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic – perfect for everyday use.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

If there is one oil that is amazing and perfect to have on hand in the wintertime, it’s Oregano. There is scientific proof that Oregano has extremely effective properties against methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), showing a higher effectiveness than 18 currently used drugs. Oregano is exceptional for your respiratory and digestive systems and is a good natural antiseptic due to the Thymol content.

What more could you ask for in a wintertime oil – it’s a stimulating nerve tonic, warming and calming and gives a feeling of well being. It also helps relieve the fear associated with anxiety.

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

No list would be complete with Lavender. Whatever the situation is, whatever time of the year it is, use Lavender. It’s a known anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, it makes a great analgesic and it promotes balance and relaxation. Lavender is also an immunostimulant and helps with depression as well. I love this stuff!

All of these essential oils are available at Aromatics International to help you get through this winter. And if you’re reading this post during warmer days, there’s some good essential oils for summer, too.

Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or fill out the contact form.

As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by.

Blessings!

Melissa

PS – the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.