Posts Tagged ‘essential oil’

Roman Chamomile History and Use

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Roman chamomile is similar to German chamomile as far as treatments go. They are completely different species, however. Roman chamomile is a little milder than German chamomile.

Because it is milder it does a great job treating people who are more sensitive. It is often used to treat small children and infants. It can also be a better alternative for elderly people.

Roman chamomile essential oil is available to treat a variety of things. It was used by the Egyptians, Moors and even the Saxons through out human history. Roman chamomile were first grown in Northern Ireland. The essential oil is extracted from the plant’s white and yellow flower head.
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Roman Chamomile is used to calm down the central nervous system. It can also calm down upset stomachs and nausea. Because it is a mild essential oil it used to be prescribed for morning sickness in pregnancy.

Roman Chamomile also relieves symptoms of flatulence. It can help with digestion disorders, such as nervous bowel syndrome. It has antispasmodic properties that allow it to help abdominal aches or menstrual cramps. It is also has anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile essential oil can relieve sprains and swelling when added to a cold compress.

Roman chamomile is often used by people with sensitive skin. It mixes well with a variety of other essential oils. Popular mixes are with lemon, rose, jasmine and lavender.

Roman chamomile is also a great aromatherapy oil. It is very versatile and can be used in a lot of different ways. It is there to sooth and help both the spirit and the body.

Roman chamomile has many other uses. It is a great all-purpose oil that can be used directly on the skin. Be sure to always talk to your aromatherapist for any special instructions on how to use any products that you buy from them.

Neroli Essential Oil Uses

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Neroli essential oil is extracted from the blossom petals of orange trees. Most manufacturer’s do not carry 100% neroli oil, however. Typically it is used with another type of carrier oil. This doesn’t reduce its many benefits however. The only reason it is used with a carrier is because the distillation process requires 1000 pounds of orange blossoms per pound of neroli essential oil. Can you imagine the price of getting neroli if the manufacturers tried to sell it in its pure form?

Neroli oil is used a lot to improve the quality of skin. It is used to clear up acne, for example. All a person need to is apply a few drops of neroli oil to a cotton ball, and then apply it directly to the affected area.

Neroli has also been used to lessen the signs of scars and stretch marks. People can massage the neroli essential oil right on the skin with a nice carrier oil. A good option is using lanolin.
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Neroli helps the skin a lot because of its skin cell regeneration properties. Because it can regenerate skin it allows the skin to be more elastic, which can reverse existing skin damage. For this reason it is used a lot with anti aging skin products.

It has other uses as well. Neroli oil is used a lot to help treat and alleviate headaches. A good option for this is to add a few drops of neroli oil to a hot or cold washcloth to help relieve the pain.

Neroli essential oil also treats menstrual symptoms. It can alleviate both the physical and emotional symptoms that come with menstruation. It can help physically with cramps and headaches, and emotionally with the mood swings and stress.

Neroli can also aid people who are facing emotional turmoil. It helps people who are suffering from anxiousness, stress and depression. Neroli is used to improve moods and boost energy levels.

Neroli essential oil has a lot of advantages. It can be used a lot of different ways. Plus, it has a sweet, floral scent that makes it a favorite to use with a diffuser or in aromatherapy.

Essential Oil First Aid Kit

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Essential oils can be really handy in case of an emergency. It is always a good idea to include some oils in your first aid kit. You never know when they will come in handy.

Oils are very nice because they are so useful. If you know how to use them, and what they can be used for, they can be just as handy as other traditional medicine. They have great healing properties and are perfect for a first aid kit.

When putting together your first aid kit decide what types of essential oils you think should be put in there. There are a lot of oils out there, with a lot of great remedies, but try to limit the amount in your kit. A good maximum number to stick to is about seven or eight.
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When you use essential oils in your first aid kit you need to handle them with care. Store them in a proper fashion so it isn’t affected by heat or light. The oils tend to be more volatile, so be sure to choose a good place to store the kit.

When you are choosing your oils know how they are used. If they need to be mixed before they can be applied find a good base or carrier oil to go along with it. A good carrier oil is sweet almond oil.

The first aid kit should also include normal things found in a kit. Add gauze, tape, scissors, tweezers, band-aids, etc. Also include a way to apply the various oils.

Put a sheet in there on how to properly use the essential oils. When you are faced with an emergency you can sometimes get anxious and forget how to use them. A list of remedies and instructions can be handy in case someone isn’t as familiar with the oils too.

Be safe when using the oils in your kit. Never leave the first aid kit where children can reach it, since essential oils should never be swallowed or used the wrong way. Also, every so often do a skin patch test to make sure that the oil is still working its best. If you get an allergic reaction, stop using the oil as soon as possible.

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.