Posts Tagged ‘aromatherapy’

Treating Asthma and Allergies with Essential Oils

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Allergies and asthma can be treated in natural and convenient ways. Natural methods, instead of drug methods, prevent harmful toxins and chemicals from entering your body. Drug related methods have negative side effects, which most natural methods do not.

Essential oils help treat asthma and allergies.Acupuncture is one way you can treat asthma and allergies in a natural way. There are a lot of powerful acupuncture techniques and points that you can use to help improve and treat your lungs. Speak with your acupuncturist about rubbing on the wrist crease, which is where the lung point is.

Cleaning your nose can also treat symptoms of allergies. Cleansing your nose can really keep the nasal passage of your nose and throat clear. This can be really nice for people who are suffering from allergies and colds.

A good way to clean out your nose is with a saltwater solution. Saline, or saltwater solution, should be squirted through the nose. When it is swallowed you simply have to spit out the solution so you don’t have to swallow it.

Essential oils are a very good choice as well. Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Frankincense are good choices of essential oils. They can even be mixed together to breathe easier.

You can rub the essential oils directly on your chest a few times a day if you want. Another option is to put it in a warm bath. Essential oils can be applied on washcloths as well, or through a humidifier. Always speak to your aromatherapist beforehand to make sure you know how to use the oil correctly.

Herbal formulas improve the immune system. There are certain Chinese herbal formulas, like Ding Chuan Wan, that can help improve the strength of the body. Ding Chuan Wan is a well-known formula that is used a lot for asthma.

Certain supplements can also help with allergies and asthma. Supplements, like grape seed extract and cod liver oil, are good to use with allergies. Both supplements strengthen her immune system, while its anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation in the body.

Allergies and Cosmetics

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Have you had an allergic reaction to cosmetics before? The reason that you have a bad reaction is due to the ingredients in the cosmetic. Even with the high volume of women who test out the cosmetics before it is put before the public, there are still a lot of women who can still suffer allergic reactions to the ingredients in the cosmetics.

An allergic reaction may take you off guard. This is especially true for women who have worn makeup for many years and out of the blue have a bad reaction to one. It only takes one ingredient to cause an allergic reaction.

To avoid really bad allergic reactions you need to look for any difference in how your skin looks or feels. Pay close attention to these differences. If your skin starts to feel itchy, flaky, or dry stop using the cosmetic.
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Some allergic reactions start off innocently as dry skin. However, if you continue to use the cosmetic the dry patch of skin will cause more severe allergic reactions. This can be anything from hives, to peeling skin, or even rashes.

If you have a severe reaction to your cosmetic you should consult your doctor. They will normally prescribe an ointment to apply to the skin. Depending on how severe the reaction is, they may also have to prescribe shots and skin peels. It is imperative to stop using the cosmetic that caused the reaction immediately.

To avoid allergic reactions from happening in the first place you can take some precautions. First, buy natural wholesale cosmetics that are free from harsh chemicals. Natural wholesale cosmetics are made of all natural ingredients, which is much easier and nicer on the skin.

Natural wholesale cosmetics often times have natural essential oils that can also help sooth the skin. For example, tea tree oil has a natural anti-inflammatory property that can help sooth and treat skin problems. It is also appropriate for skin cosmetics because it helps to firm skin and tighten pores.

Don’t immediately put your cosmetic you buy on your face. For the first use, always test out your cosmetics on your arm before you test them out on your face. Testing a small patch of skin for any allergic reactions will help you avoid showing up to work the next day with rashes across your face.

Clearing Acne with Sandalwood

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Sandalwood natural essential oil comes from a tree in Australia.  The natives to Australia, Aborigines, ate the nuts and fruit from the sandalwood tree to help with minor health problems.  The natural essential oil from the sandalwood tree can also help with the symptoms of acne.

Sandalwood natural essential oil can help treat acne because it is has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties.  Sandalwood essential oil can kill the bacteria and germs on the skin and reduce the swelling of acne.  It can even help heal scars from past acne.

A great topical mixture is one tablespoon of sandalwood power, one tablespoon of turmeric powder, and a little honey.  Mix until it turns into a paste and apply on the affected areas of the skin.  This will help clear your acne and blemishes.

Dry itchy skin or sensitive skin can be relieved using sandalwood.  Just use a little milk, camphor oil, and sandalwood powder.  Rashes can also be relieved with the addition of lime juice to the previous mixture.

Oily complexions can also be relieved using rosewater and sandalwood.  It helps by soaking up the excess oil and treating current acne.  It will also prevent acne from occurring by preventing blockages.

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After having acne most people have large pores.  You can reduce the size of your pores by mixing sandalwood powder, gram powder, and rosewater or milk or honey.  It will also help to stop your outbreak and shrink your acne.

Sandalwood is very fragrant. If you do not like the smell, there is another option.  Red sandalwood has no fragrance but it is just as effective.

Sandalwood helps with just the symptoms of acne.  It is still important to use other products to get to the root of acne problems.  There are so side effects because it is a natural treatment, but a mild rash may occur.

The Making of Essential Oils

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Essential oils are very useful.  They give off pleasant fragrances that can uplift any room.  They can also be used for medical purposes.

Making essential oils can be complex.  The oil is gathered from various parts of plants.  Only a small part of the plant has oil on it so it may take up to a hundred pounds of the plant to make one ounce of the oil.  At least the oil is heavily concentrated.

There are multiple ways to extract the oil when making essential oils.  Some methods are better than others for specific plants.  Usually the harder it is to extract the oil from the plant, the more expensive the oil will be.

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The most common method used for making essential oils is steam distillation.  In this method high-pressure steam goes over the plant matter, into another chamber, and then until a container.  The oil is skimmed off the top and the water underneath it can be used for toners or fragrances.

Now when the flower or plant is too fragile, then solvent or steam diffusion extraction is used.  Steam diffusion extraction is similar to steam distillation, but the steam is at atmospheric pressure instead of high pressure.  Solvent extraction uses a solvent to extract the oil and then the solvent is removed through low-pressure distillation.  A waxy solid is left over which is oils, waxes, and pigments and all of them are then separated out and used.

There are some flowers or plants that have very little essential oils.  For these plants the enfleurage method is used.  Enfleurage saturates flowers in odorless vegetable oil to extract the oil.  Alcohol then removes the essential oil from the vegetable oil and then evaporates over time.

Citrus essential oils come from the fruit of plants rather than the actual plant.  The cold pressing method squeezes the fruit until the juices are out.  The juice is then centrifuged to separate the oil.

The last method is carbon dioxide extraction.  The carbon dioxide is released into a container that has the plant and slowly turns into a liquid.  The liquid form of carbon dioxide acts as a solvent and extracts the essential oil.  The liquid passes into another chamber and the carbon dioxide evaporates into a gas and leaves the essential oil behind.

Naturally Curing Shingles

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The illness known as shingles is a viral infection.  This virus is the same virus as chicken pox.  Shingles affects specific areas of the skin and is an infection in the nervous system.

Shingles come about because after having chicken pox as a child some of the virus was still alive and stayed dormant.  When the immune system years later is traumatized, the virus reawakens and causes the infection.  Things like severe illnesses or emotional stress can traumatize the immune system.

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There is great discomfort and pain with shingles.  A doctor would probably prescribe steroids, antibiotics, anti-viral, and pain medications to help ease the pain and illness.  There are natural ways to help cure shingles too.

One great natural way to heal shingles is to use natural essential oilsNatural essential oils have great healing properties.  There are also no side effects when using natural essential oils.

Because essential oils are natural and less harmful, they take about 3 days to see results.  Some people have seen results right away though.  The essential oils need to be taken for at least 21 days because that is how long a virus can stay active for.

There are a few different ways of applying essential oils.  One way is to take them internally or orally in gel capsules.  Essential oils are heavily concentrated so they should be taken in small doses both morning and night.

Another application is to massage the oil on the neck, spine, and infected skin.  The oil should be diluted with carrier or massage oil before applying.  Massage the infected area at least 3 times daily.

Each essential oil has specific healing properties for specific ailments.  Ravensara is a great essential oil to take orally to cure shingles.  Essential oils that are great to use separately or together to massage away shingles are sandalwood, blue cypress, peppermint, and ravensara.

Using Essential Oils

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Organic essential oils are handy items to have. They can help with a variety of things, both medically and emotionally. Organic essential oils are natures way to treat and help a lot of different ailments and infections.

Scientific research has shown the benefits of using organic essential oil. There are plenty of scientific evidences that prove that organic essential oil can be a natural and safe way to treat medical ailments. It is a great alternative to harsher medical therapies.

Aromatherapy, for example, is a common healing method. It is considered an alternative therapy to mainstream medicine. A lot of people aren’t even aware of aromatherapy and the benefits it can have.

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Aromatherapy is similar to what happens when you walk through a garden full of herbs or flowers. It is similar to lighting scented candles while making love. If you already do these types of things you are already practicing a type of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is available for anyone to use. It is an easy practice to do, even for beginners. Aromatherapy is a good choice because of its effectiveness.

Essential oils can be found in a variety of products. It is in almost all bath products. It is also found in good, quality scented candles.

Organic essential oils usually come from plants. More specifically, they come from various parts of the plants. Sometimes oils can be extracted by all parts of the plant or only in certain parts. Stems, twigs, leaves, flowers, fruit rinds, and bark are popular plant parts to get essential oil from.

Essential oils can be used alone or mixed with other essential oils. Essential oils vary in price. The more pure the essential oil is, the more expensive it will be. How pure the essential oil is is based on how much plant material was required to extract the oil and how concentrated  the oil is. It also deals with how effective the drops of oil are.

Aromatherapy Helps Depression

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Some feel that depression is something that can be snapped out of, but these individuals have obviously never suffered from depression.  Depression can be feeling of extreme sadness that come and go without warning.  Depression can also be severe and feel like a dark cloud following you where ever you go.

Depression affects you mentally making you feel like you are worth nothing.  It also affects your relationships.  Depression can affect you physically too.  Depression causes stress.  Stress causes a change in appetite, activity decrease, and can make the body strain.

There are remedies to help with depression.  Most people use pharmaceutical drugs, but these drugs have mild to severe side effects.  The drugs can be addicting, loss of hair, and other side effects.  There are other, more natural ways to help with depression.

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Aromatherapy is a natural way of helping with depression.  Aromatherapy uses scents to help penetrate the feeling of despair and help the body heal naturally.  Other natural things like exercise and sufficient sleep can help with aromatherapy to heal depression.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils for the fragrance.  Three essential oils that work really well at helping to heal depression are Jasmine, lavender French, and Neroli.  These essential oils can be used separately or combined.  If you combine them, they are just more powerful and effective.

Jasmine is a potent yet beautiful fragrance.  It can help relax you physically so that you can leave the stresses of the day behind you.  Jasmine also helps to give you a boost of self-esteem.

Lavender French helps you to relax mentally.  It can also help your mood and muscles relax.  Lavender French comes from France and is a very popular oil fragrance.

Neroli oil is a great sleeping aid.  Like Jasmine and Lavender French, Neroli helps to relax as well.  It can also help you feel rejuvenated and dispel anger and irritability.

Grief and Sorrow: Oils Can Help

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

There are not very many guarantees in this world, but there is at least one.  This guarantee is that you will experience grief and sorrow several times in your life.  Grief and sorrow are caused by many various reasons.

The grieving process has steps that you move through before you are whole again.  After sorrow there is acceptance of the truth.  Then there is moving past the whole grief and living your life again.  Aromatherapy can help you speed through this process to feel complete and whole again.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to help the body heal naturally.  There are several essential oils in the world.  Only some of these oils will work to help you through the grief and sorrow.  The individual essential oils that can help are roman chamomile, bergamot, lavender, and juniper.

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Roman chamomile has the properties of an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and a detoxifier.  With the grieving process it will help you relax, relieve restlessness, reduce anxiety, and sleep.  Roman chamomile will also help you to dispel anger and stabilize emotions.  This oil can be diffused or directly inhaled or apply it directly to the skin.

Bergamot is an anti-depressant and supports hormones.  It has a citrus fragrance that up lifts your mood.  Bergamot can be diffused or directly inhaled.  Do not apply it to the skin that will see sunlight within 36 hours because it is phototoxic to the skin.

Juniper will help with grief because it gives feelings of love, peace, and health.  This oil has cleansing properties, helps with circulation through the kidneys, and detoxifies.  It can be inhaled, diffused, or applied to the skin.

Lavender oil is a universal healing oil.  Its abilities are far and wide.  Lavender can help you in your time of grief by helping you relax, reduce nervous tension, sleep, concentrate, and have mental acuity.  Apply it to the skin undiluted or diluted for massages.  It can also be inhaled or diffused.

Not only are there individual essential oils that can help with grief and sorrow, but there are concoctions of essential oils as well. The names of these concoctions are the following: valor, release, harmony, forgiveness, gratitude, and present time.  Using these oils will help you through your time of grief and sorrow.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Aromatherapy has been around for centuries.  The proof that aromatherapy works is in how long it has been used.  Aromatherapy is even a multi-cultural healing tool.

It is thought that the Egyptians in 1555 B.C. were the first to use aromatherapy. The Chinese used it as well and compiled a book of which essential oils are best for what.  The Greeks and Romans used it as well.

Aromatherapy is a natural way of helping the body heal using essential oils.  Essential oils come from plants.  Steam distillation is the purest way of extracting essential oils.

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You can buy essential oils at most natural stores.  Organic essential oils are oils from plants that did not have pesticides sprayed on them.  Non-organic essential oils come from plants that did have pesticides sprayed on them.  The pesticides can contaminate the essential oils.  Making essential oils will give you the power to know exactly how the plants are grown.

Buying essential oils can get expensive, that is why making essential oils is a smart idea.  Make sure that when you are making essential oils you store the oils in dark glass bottles.  Essential oils are light sensitive so that is why you use dark bottles.

Essential oils can be applied in several ways.  They can be massage into the skin using carrier oils.  It can also be diffused, breathed in with steam, and mix with water for sprays.

One of the largest benefits of essential oils is that they have no side effects.  They are fast acting because they are absorbed into the blood stream through the skin or inhaled.  The essential oils are naturally expelled from the body through perspiring or breathing.

Each essential oil has its own natural healing properties.  Lavender, geranium, and bergamot help to reduce stress, depression, and fatigue.  Essential oils can be used separately or mixed together for multiple purposes.

Candle Making Wax

Monday, May 17th, 2010

When doing candle making, it is always important to know which wax to use.  Each wax has different properties and will produce different types of candles.  In candle making the wax will affect the quality of your candle.

There are several candle making waxes, but the most popular used with companies is gel wax.  It is popular because you can suspend things like beads, stones, and marbles in it.  The down side with gel wax is that its melting point is around 200 F. When it is melted, it is still in gel form and is hard to pour into molds.

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Another popular wax is beeswax.  Its natural color is white or yellow and it has a sweet fragrance to it.  Beeswax is also a very expensive wax.

Bayberry wax was originally used by the colonies.  Bayberry wax comes from the surface of the bayberry fruit.  It takes 50 pounds of this fruit to make 1 pound of wax.  Because of this, the colonies used these candles sparingly.  The benefit of this wax is that it naturally has a pleasant fragrance and it dark green.

The more popular wax used by colonials is tallow wax.  This wax comes from animal fat like cattle and sheep.  The draw back to this candle is that it has an unpleasant smell when it is burned.

Paraffin wax is the most used wax.  It is derived from the refining of petroleum.  Paraffin wax’s benefits are that it has a low melting point, readily available, and is considered biodegradable.

Palm wax comes from palm trees.  This wax makes beautiful candles.  They are beautiful because the candle will have crystalline designs in it.

Soy wax is a popular wax for fragrant candles.  It helps to bring out the smell of both aromatherapy and scented candles.  It is also compatible with dyes.  Candles made of soy wax will also have a beautiful glossy sheen to them.

Anise: Cure for the Common Cough

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Anise is a natural essential oil that is part of the parsley family. This botanical plant is grown mostly in Turkey. The natural essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the seeds of the plant.

The anise plant is an herb with white flowers. It grows to three feet or less, and has very delicate leaves. Anise has been used as a spice.

Seeds from the anise plant are used for a popular alcoholic drink in Turkey. It is also used a lot in medicine. Through out history it has been used as a treatment for the common cough or more serious coughing issues, such as bronchitis and whooping cough.

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Anise is helpful for the respiratory system. It is also commonly used to support good digestion. Anise natural essential oil is used for a variety of medical practices including working as an antioxidant, anti-coagulant, and anesthetic.

Medical professionals prescribe anise natural essential oil for arthritis and rheumatism as a natural medicine. Pharmaceutical companies often use anise natural essential oil in cough mixtures. It helps with coughs as well as masks the distasteful flavor of other drugs in the mixture.

Anise can be taken internally but usually it is preferably used in blends. It works well with spearmint, peppermint, and fennel. If it is diluted 50-50 it can be directly applied to the sensitive location.

Anise natural essential oil should be avoided by people who are prone to allergies and inflammatory skin conditions. It has a high level of anethole, which causes dermatitis. It should also be avoided during pregnancy.

There are many courses in education about the healing properties of essential oils. Essential oils can be used for aromatherapy for healing the mind and body. For people who are enduring heartache and broken spirits, essential oils have also been used to uplift spirits and keep them rejuvenated.

Tea Tree Oil’s Many Beneficial Properties

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is a wonderful organic essential oil. It is very pale, gold, almost clear color oil. Tea tree oil is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia.

Tea tree organic essential oil has benefits, both medically and cosmetically. It works great as an antiseptic and anti-fungal oil. There are many different treatments that tea tree oil performs.

Melaleuca alternifolia is actually a paperbark tree, not a tea tree. Melaleuca alternifolia is found on the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. Tea tree oil is not the same thing as tea oil. Tea oil is used for seasoning and cooking, whereas melaleuca oil, or tea tree oil, is not.
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Tea tree oil is very effective for acne treatment. It works great on skin conditions. It can be used as a disinfectant, antibiotic, and can clear up nasty skin boils. Tea tree oil has also been known to work against eczema, psoriasis, and athlete’s foot.

Tea tree oil is taken from the plant’s leave, through steam. Tea tree organic essential oil is also used in a wide range of products. Some of these products include cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, body wash, ointments, creams, and household cleansers.

Melaleuca, or tea tree oil, helps keep skin healthy and gives hair more luster. Simply add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo and it can relieve dandruff and scalp conditions. It has also been known to cure head lice.

Tea tree oil works great as an antihistamine, antioxidant and antiseptic. It can even help out with bruises, burns, gangrene, bronchial congestion, and body odor. Some other things it is commonly used for are impetigo, ring worms, sinus infections, sore throats, healing wounds, insect bites, and melanoma.

There are some warnings that come along with tea tree oil. First, pregnant women are warned not to use it since ingesting any of it can be very dangerous. Also, while it does help get rid of fleas it is not recommended to use on cats since they are likely to ingest some while they groom themselves.

Beginning of Aromatherapy

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The use of natural essential oils for healing has been around for centuries.  Individuals from the Stone Age even used natural essential oils.  There is evidence that they used natural essential oils in a French cave through an illustration.

Egyptians used essential oils as well.  They used it in their religious rituals and in medications.  They used it for preservation on their dead.  The Pharaohs of Egypt even used it to trade for slaves or treasures.

Romans used essential oils in political and temple buildings for peace and tranquility.  They often put lavender in their public bathes as well.  They also used essential oil for massages after bathing.

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Essential oils were even used in China.  The Chinese used the oils for healing illnesses.  The first medical book in China was “Yellow Emperor’s Private Manual”, which listed the effects of essential oils.

The application of essential oils became more effective in 1897.  A French pharmacist experimented with different concoctions of essential oil and extracts that were popular that the time.  With the concoctions and the invention of the burner head, the oils were diffused and became more efficient.

The French botanist Rene-Maurine Gatteforril experimented with several essential oils.  He discovered their specific healing capabilities and wrote them in books in 1928.  In these books he also wrote how to effectively apply the oils to disinfect, sterile, kill viruses, and reduce inflammation.

Doctor Jean Valnet in 1964 discovered how essential oils aid in cell regeneration and sterilization.  He promoted using aromatherapy in the medical field and before World War II the essential oils were being used as disinfectants and sterilizers.  In the hospital the oils were used to fumigate the halls and to sterilize surgical and dental tools.

In modern days a lot of people are spectacle about aromatherapy because the FDA has not approved it and because a lot of research has not been done on it.  Mr. Huang Shu Li, the chairman of Bel’Air, researches with science to validate the healing properties of aromatherapy.  Bel’Air has combined with the National Yang Ming University in Taiwan to confirm the effectiveness and safety of essential oils.  Even though essential oils have been used for centuries, people still want medical proof that they work.

Essential Oils Help With Science and Medicine

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

A lot can be gained by understanding the medicinal properties of essential oil in plants. Organic essential oil blends are often used to treat medical problems. There are a variety of reasons for this, the biggest one being that they have been an effective treatment program for hundreds of years already.

The best results of using essential oil have happened with high quality oil. Diluted organic essential oil will not work as well as concentrated oil, for example. When you are looking in to buying organic essential oil look at the quality of the oil and how diluted it is before buying.

Essential oils are taken from natural plants. There are many drug prescriptions that are also used from natural plants. Plants are useful for cooperate and natural medicine prescriptions.
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Organic essential oils are constantly being researched for the medical properties. They have been used for healing and pain relief for hundreds of years, and scientists want to know what makes them work. Universities and major research firms to this day still continue to research and study natural plants and their medical properties.

Essential oils can be taken out of different parts of the plant. Popular spots are in the roots, bark, stems, and leaves. They can be found in all of these parts, or just one of them.

There are different ways to use essential oils. You can dilute it on a rag and place it on the ailment, or directly place it somewhere. Another popular choice is through aromatherapy. Aromatherapy allows you to breathe in the fragrance of the organic essential oil.

Aromatherapy has many different benefits. It has been known to get rid of headaches and other medical problems. Certain essential oils work better for aromatherapy than others, but most work great.

As mentioned above, when looking for organic essential oils be sure to only use the best quality oils. Find a reputable company that sells pure oils in their natural form. Diluted oil will not give you as good a result as non-diluted ones.

Essential Oils: Naturally Antiviral

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Many individuals are more than willing to take a pill that their doctor prescribes them.  They are even willing to take over the counter medicines if it will offer some kind of relief.  But many people do not think about the side effects that these drugs have on their bodies.

There are natural remedies to give relief.  These ways are through natural essential oilsNatural essential oils can help cure or provide relief for many different things.  Specifically natural essential oils can help with viral infections.

The use of essential oils for healing is called aromatherapy.  Doctors in France use aromatherapy to help cure various illnesses.  They use a process called aromatogram, which helps identify which essential oil is best for each circumstance.

Essential oils can work to prevent illnesses and they can help heal them.  The interaction of the essential oil’s molecular structure on the virus structure determines its effectiveness.  Each essential oil works best with certain bacteria and viruses.

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Preventing infections is just as important as treating current infections.  This massage oil will help to boost your immune system and weaken viruses.  The concoction is 4 tablespoons of carrier oil, 10 drops lavender, 7 drops tea tree, 1 drop geranium, 1 drop palmarosa, and 1 drop lemongrass.  This concoction is to be massaged into your feet morning and night.

You can prevent infections through cleaning your surroundings as well.  To disinfect surfaces clean them with a damp cloth of 1 drop of tea tree and lavender oil.  To clean the air put 5 drops orange, 3 drops cinnamon, and 3 drops clove oil into your diffuser.

If you have a respiratory infection, steam inhalation is a great way to get relief.  Remove a boiling one-quart pot of water from the heat and mix in 1 drop of tea tree, thyme, and eucalyptus oil.  Put a towel over your head and breath in the steam for 10 to 20 minutes.

There are several viruses in the world.  There are several flu viruses alone.  You can use coriander, eucalyptus, geranium, hyssop, lavender, marjoram, and peppermint to help heal yourself and get relief.

Oils For Lovers

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Smell plays an important role in our moods. Natural essential oils can have a powerful aphrodisiac effect on our system if used correctly. If you want to spice up your love life, here are a few natural essential oil suggestions.

Rose – Rose is a powerful oil with deep romantic roots. Cleopatra was even rumored to have used rose petals in her bath. As one of the most popular perfumes of all time, its floral, romantic aroma will set the mood right away.

Jasmine – Jasmine is a favorite natural essential oil. Women can use jasmine essential oil behind their ears, or on the back of their neck, to stimulate their partner. It also has the property to be uplifting to add confidence.

Ylang-ylang – Ylang ylang is a simlar scent to jasmine. It has been considered an aphrodisiac for a very long time and is associated with weddings and honeymoons. It is a very attractive, exotic natural essential oil.

Vanilla – Vanilla is a very sweet aroma that has aphrodisiac effect. It can be subtle, but is definitely not easily ignored. Pre-Colombian Indians thought this oil was so special that they used it for worshipping their Gods.

Clary Sage – This natural essential oil is great for boosting libidos. Clary sage has a nutty fragrance with fruity overtones, and will quickly improve the mood. Add a few drops to a massage oil, a diffuser in your room, or a few drops in a bowl to get you in the right mood.

Patchouli – Patchouli oil has been around for Centuries and regained popularity in the 1960s. Patchouli oil is an aphrodisiac that appeals to both men and women because of its strong, earthy aroma. It also is a good treatment for loss of libido and interest in sex and other sexual malfunctions.

Sandalwood – Sandalwood’s aphrodiasiac properties have been recorded throughout history for thousands of year. It’s sensual, oriental scent can be pungent and musty – but mixes well with other sweet scents such as rose, basil and lavender. Research scientists discovered sandalwood produces something similar to androsterone, or men’s underarm perspiration. They believe sandalwood sends out unperceptable, but highly erotic, signals to the opposite sex.

Candles: A History in the Making

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Candles have a deep history.  When you look at the history of the world it’s been relatively recent that candles have not been needed for lighting purposes.  The type of candle that resembles our modern-day candle was invented nearly 5,000 years ago! This article will peruse the history of candle making.

And so the history of candles breaks down into two time segments.  The first segment is before electricity. The second of course is after electricity.

Electricity is the time divider for candle history because electricity changed the purpose of candles forever.  Before electricity candles were made for utility. A candle’s function was to provide light, as archaic as that sounds. After electricity a candle’s function was superfluous.  In other words, candles were more for fun, than for vital use.

Let’s take a closer look at a candle’s role before electricity. For thousands of years candles lit people’s way and they were always made of some type of wax. But these functional candles were not all peaches n’ cream. Not at all in fact! Candles were first made out of animal fat extracts to make wax.  And all through the dark ages these archaic candles burned black smoke and must have smelled awful! Because of the black smoke that burned from these early candles, people’s walls within their homes were always covered with thick blackness.

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Much later in Colonial America candle making turned to bees wax for production.  Bees wax burned purer than the animal fat candles of the past, but still was not ideal. A type of wax was needed that could burn both smokeless and odorless.

This all was leading up to the discovery of electricity in 1752 by Benjamin Franklin.  However, it wasn’t until Thomas Edison came along over 100 years later that the light bulb was invented to conduct electricity.  With these discoveries and technological advancements, electricity had a great purpose; finally homes would be lit without candles.

Unsurprisingly, with the technological advancements of electricity, the candle world was also evolving.  Around the same time as all of this new progress, people were inventing more efficient waxes for candle burning. Paraffin was invented at this time.  And since that time forth chemical engineers have continued to perfect waxes for candle making.

Now candle making has become recreational, since candles are not a necessity for seeing in the dark.  And with this new recreational role, candles have become a fun and exciting hobby, and/or business venture for people around the world. And with so many available products, people can candle make with ease in their own home, and without professional help.

Making Wax Candles

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Candle making on your own is very rewarding.  You can give the candles away as gifts, sell them, or use them personally.  Although candle making is fun, you need a lot of supplies to do it correctly.

In candle making you can use fragrances or dyes.  You can mix different ones together to make a new fragrance or stick to one color or scent at a time.  You can either use the fragrance in the wax or on the wick.

There are several different kinds of wax that you can use.  Some have natural colors and fragrances.  Soy wax is great for scented candles.  Paraffin wax is commonly used and comes from refining petroleum.

Using molds in candle making can kick up the creativity.  Beginners should try to stick to simple molds.  There are all kinds of shapes and sizes.  You can buy these molds at most craft stores or you can make your own.

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If using molds intimidates you, try using jars.  They are much more simple, but just as beautiful.  You can use different shapes or sizes to help beautify your candle.

You will need something like a double broiler to melt your candle wax into.  Just get a really big metal pot and put a coffee can in the middle of the pan.  Fill some water in the pot, but don’t let it over flow into the coffee can.  Make sure that you stir the melting wax constantly so that it does not burn.

The temperature of the wax is very important.  You will need a candy thermometer to monitor the wax’s temperature.  At 185 degrees you can add your dye or fragrance.  At 135 degrees you can pour it into a mold.

When you are candle making, you need to make sure you are safe.  Keep children and pets out of the melting work area.  Always have a fire extinguisher on hand incase you over heat your wax and catch it on fire.

Gel Candles

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Gel candles are increasing in popularity.  They are very decorative and are great as scented candles.  Individuals are even starting to make gel candles as hobbies.

Before you start candle making with gel candles, you must know that there are different density levels.  The levels are low, medium, and high.  The density level within the gel candle affects the potency of the fragrance that the candle gives off when it is lit.

The lowest density level gives off a light fragrance that complements the room.  The highest density level has the power to cover up a foul scent.  So before you make your candle ask yourself, “how potent do I want my candle to be?”

The most popular thing about gel candles is its ability to suspend things within it.  The gel can hold objects like beads, stones, marbles, or even decorative fruit.  You can see these objects suspended in the candle because it is translucent.

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Just like wax candles, gel candles can have dyes mixed in it as well.  Gel candles can be fragrant, colorful, and suspend objects within them.  The beauty of gel candles seems endless because you can do one or all of the options mentioned above.

In candle making, wax candles are easier to work with than gel candles.  Candle making with gel candles is harder because they never get in a true liquid form.  Even when you go to pour it into the mold, it is still a gel or syrup like consistency.

After a lot of practice, making gel candles will become easier.  You will always have to be careful about adding too much dye and fragrance though.  It is always worth the extra effort once you have your finished candle.

Candle making with gel is very rewarding.  It is rewarding because in the beginning it is tricky to work with, but over time you will master it.  Once you have made your candles you can enjoy them, sell them, or give them as gifts.

How To Make Essential Oils

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Have you ever thought about how to make essential oils?  There are several techniques of how to make essential oils.  Distillation is one of the most effective ways of extracting oils from plants.  This method uses steam to capture the oil.  Once the oil is captured, the steam condenses and then the water and oil are separated.

If you only want pure natural oil, the distillation method is for you.  Because it uses steam, there are no chemicals used to extract the oil.  As a result, the final product contains no residue or lingering chemicals, you just get pure natural oil.

The distillation method has three parts to it, so there are three pieces of equipment.  There is the retort or still where the steam begins.  The second piece is the condenser where vapor turns into fluid.  The last piece that holds the water and oil is called the separator.

The plant and the steam come in contact in the retort or still.  There are three methods for the water to extract the oil in the distillation method.  Two methods are hydrodistillation where the plant sits in boiling water or the plant can sit on a screen above the water using the wet steam method.  The third is the dry steam method where the water is in a separate container and the steam enters the bottom of the retort through a pipe.

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The heat from the steam opens up the fibers of the plant and the water gathers the oils out.  The steam and oil combination then go through the condenser.  The condenser can be a copper pipe or tube.  Its purpose is to allow the heat to escape quickly allowing the water to condense back into liquid form.

Once the water and oil have turned back into liquid form, they are gathered into the separator.  The separator is usually made out of glass.  Here the water and oil rest and separate. Once the oil rises to the top, it is bottled separately from the water.

Depending on the type of plant used, the water left over may have some uses.  In the example of lavender, the water still contains its sweet perfume.  This water, hydrosol, can be used to freshen laundry, linens, or the air.

Being able to make essential oils in your own home is very rewarding. You can do it as a hobby or buy the essential oils from commercial companies. The method of distillation is very effective and produces pure oil.