Monday, May 4, 2009

Some Uses of 5 Essential Oils

Pure essential oils can boost your immune system by combating diseases and pollution.

Here is a quick run down of some of the things you can use particular essential oils for.
  • Help in sleeping
  • Relieves depression, migraines and nervous tension
  • Helps clear breathing e.g. in bronchitis
  • Useful for stomach ache
  • Helps skin conditions such as acne, eczema and many others
  • In infants helpful for colic and ear ache
  • Calming
  • Useful for insect bites. Rub a little directly on the sting.
Lemon Oil
  • Use it for cleaning. It is a very effective antiseptic.
  • Also is anti-bacterial. Use it as a disinfectant.
  • Diluted it helps reduce acne.
  • Use as a natural deodorant.
  • Deters insects
  • Enhances mood. Diffuse or spray into the air. Relaxing.
  • Mix with olive oil to clean wood.
  • Relieves headaches. Can use it in combination with lavender.
  • Relief from upset stomach.
  • Can help with sleeping.
  • Useful with dry coughs.
  • Repels insects such as mosquitoes, ants, flies etc.
  • Use for insect stings.
  • Helps remove bad breath
  • Helps to increase mental alertness.
  • Useful in skin care. Reduction of wrinkles.
  • Bronchitis. It causes the bronchii to dilate, deepening breathing. Also use with peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus.
  • Elevates mood in depression.
  • Aches and pains including joint pain.
Eucalyptus Oil
  • Also a great antibacterial. Diffuse or spray into the air to reduce airborne bacteria.
  • Relieves headache
  • Deodorant
  • Helps with coughs and colds.
  • Use for muscular pain.
  • Use in the bath to help relieve exhaustion.
Of course there are many other essential oils. Each one has its own list of useful benefits. These five oils are commonly used, and are probably fairly easy to find. There is much more to learn even about these five than is included here. This just gives a brief idea of their usefulness and, maybe a place to start in experimenting with these very beneficial gifts from nature.

Enjoy and have fun


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Essential Oils as Air Purifiers

Here is an interesting concept. Diffusing essential oils into the air can help improve the air quality.
Some things diffused essential oils can do
  • Inhibit growth of infectious microbes - used in hospitals in France and England
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial
  • Remove odors - alters structure of odors making them harmless
  • Removes metallic particles
  • Removes chemicals from the air
  • Increases negative ions
  • May stimulate and oxygenate your brain
  • Neutralize mildew
  • Neutralize cigarette smoke
Which Oils?
Some of oils to consider using for diffusing are:
  • Lemon
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Rosewood
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Frankincense
How to Diffuse
The common aroma oil burner, heated by a tea light candle, is perhaps the method most well known. While this does work, some suggest that if the reason for diffusing the oils is therapeutic then it is better to use a method that does not use heat. The basis of this is the possibility that heat changes the chemical make up of the oil.
Some cold methods of diffusion include glass nebulizers, vaporizers, humidifiers and evaporation devices.

A glass nebulizer is the most effective as it will properly ionize and microscopically size the molecules of the essential oil. This ensures suspension of the droplets in the air for longer.

Misting the oil is an easy and inexpensive way to diffuse the oils into the air. Fill a 1 oz spray bottle with purified water. Add 10-15 drops of essential oil. Shake the bottle vigorously before misting the contents, as the oil does not mix well with water. The other alternative is to add a bit of vodka to the oil before adding to the water.

Inhalation is another way of dispersing the essential oils. Put 1-2 drops on a tissue, cotton ball or handkerchief. Place it in your pillow case, in front of your heating/cooling vents, in your car or other place where you want the effects of the essential oil.

Whether you want to improve the air quality or just enjoy the aromas experiment and see what works for you.

Have fun and enjoy the experience of essential oils.