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Room Diffuser Recipes

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Open Airways

5 drops of Eucalyptus Oil

4 drops of Lavender Oil

2 drops of Peppermint Oil

Purifying Room

1 drop of Tea Tree Oil

1 drop of Grapefruit Oil

10 drops of Lemon Oil

Headache Ease

3 drops of Lavender Oil

3 drops of Peppermint Oil

3 drops of Roman Chamomile Oil

Blues Relief

2 drops of Clove Oil

2 drops of Lemon Oil

3 drops of Sweet Orange Oil

Daily Balance

2 drops of Geranium Oil

2 drops of Rose Absolute Oil

2 drops of Clary Sage Oil

Mental Focus

3 drops of Eucalyptus Oil

2 drops of Peppermint Oil

2 drops of Tangerine Oil

Cheer Up Buttercup

1 drop of Lime Oil

1 drop of Grapefruit Oil

2 drops of Lemon Oil

6 drops of Tangerine Oil

Essentil oils for Arthritis

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Essential Oils for Arthritis Include:

Bay Leaf: Helps relieve the pain and inflammation.

Tea Tree: Helps relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis.

Lemon: Helps reduce inflammation of joints.

Cedarwood: Helps decongest the lymph system and improve poor circulation.

Frankincense: Helps relieve muscle aches and pain. Myrrh: Calms the spirit and relaxes the body to speed up the healing process.

Commonly Used Essential Oils

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia): Antidepressant, appetite balancer.

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum): Anxiety, mental fatigue, mild depression, indigestion, nausea, heartburn, stomach ache, poor circulation

Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica): Immune Support, stress, tension, anxiety, emotional exhaustion.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea): Relax and strengthen nervous system

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens): Poor circulation, immune support, general overall tonic, stress, anxiety, mild depression, hormonal imbalance

Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Nervous exhaustion, mental fatigue, mental fog

Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum): cell regenerative, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, indicated for bruises and swelling

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia): Adaptogenic, promotes relaxation

Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus): cleansing, antiviral, insect repellant, use for cleaning, antimicrobial

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata): calming, great for children (can combine with lavender), slightly more warming citrus aroma

Neroil (Citrus aurantium var. amara) relieves and reduces anxiety, antispasmodic, PMS, antidepressant, nourishing, postpartum depression, pregnancy/delivery

Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin): antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, soothes the nervous system

Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Sluggishness, immune support, nervous stress, mild depression, shock.

Pine (Pinus sylvestris): Poor circulation, fatigue, immune support, adrenal support. (Pine may have a stimulating effect on the adrenal cortex; it can be a good essential oil choice for fatigue and nervous debility. It is energizing without being overly stimulating. It is used extensively with clients who are in adrenal burnout, who have chronic fatigue syndrome or are generally overstressed.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Good strengthening tonic for the whole body often used for clients who are tired, run down and may be helpful for exhaustion.

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides): Poor circulation, immune support, nervous tension, mild depression, and mental exhaustion.

Clary Sage

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Clary Sage Oil

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research found that inhalation of clary sage oil had the ability to reduce cortisol levels by 36% and improved thyroid hormone levels (TSH). The study was done on 22 post-menopausal women in their 50’s, some of which were diagnosed with depression and at the end of trial the researchers stated that “clary sage oil had a statistically significant effect on lowering cortisol and had an anti-depressant effect improving mood”.

This is just one of the many studies proving clary sage oil benefits hormones. The biggest benefit of clary sage is that it helps balance out estrogen production in the body. Because clary sage helps balance out those estrogen levels, it’s an incredibly effective essential oil in a wide array of hormone imbalances.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), the cananga tree, is a tropical tree originating in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines. The health benefits of Ylang-Ylang can be attributed to its properties that include an antidepressant, antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine and sedative substance.

The chief components of the essential oil of ylang-ylang are benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate linalool, caryophyllene, geranyl acetate, methyl benzoate, p-cresyl methyl ether and other components known as Sesquiterpenes

WARNING: Do not use during the first trimester of pregnancy. While Ylang Ylang is regarded as safe for use later in pregnancy, early weeks are questionable.


Ylang-Ylang fights depression by relaxing both the body and mind; thereby driving away anxiety, sadness, and chronic stress. It is also an uplifting effect on mood and induces feelings of joy and hope. Because of its ability to act directly on the olfactory system of the brain, inhaling ylang ylang can have immediate, positive effects on your mood. Research shows it can help release negative emotions, including anger, low self-esteem and jealousy. This could explain why many people feel Ylang Ylang is energizing, useful for fighting fatigue, and even body aches. Excess stress or depression can manifest as those symptoms. Apply to your pressure points.


Seborrhea or Seborrheic eczema is caused due to malfunctioning sebaceous glands. This disorder results in irregular sebum production and the consequent infection of the epidermal cells. The appearance is unattractive and painful. The white or pale yellow skin, whether dry or greasy, peels off. This normally happens on the scalp, cheeks, eyebrows, and wherever else hair follicles are found. Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil can be beneficial in improving the inflammatory situation, reducing the skin irritation and redness by regularizing sebum production and treating the infection itself.

Antiseptic: Ylang-Ylang can help to avoid both sepsis and tetanus by inhibiting microbial growth and disinfecting the wounds. This property of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil protects your wounds from infections from bacteria, virus and fungus. It also helps to speed up the healing process.

Aphrodisiac: This can be very beneficial for those people who have lost interest in sex due to tremendous workload, professional stress, depression, or the effects of pollution. The loss of libido or frigidity is a growing problem in modern life. However, Ylang-ylang may be able to help you rekindle your sex drive.

Hypotensive: Ylang Ylang supports a healthy circulatory system. It is a very effective agent for lowering blood pressure. It’s considered one of the most helpful essential oils when partnered with lavender, clary sage, and frankincense for controlling blood pressure and preventing heart arrhythmia. Massage a single drop daily over the heart (combine with a carrier oil).

Sedative: This oil sedates or calms nervous afflictions, stress, anger and anxiety, while inducing a relaxed feeling. It is also beneficial in fighting insomnia. Try diffusing the oil in your home or massaging it into your skin to bring on stronger feelings of awareness, confidence, peace and self-love.

Nervine: Ylang-Ylang is a health booster for the nervous system. It strengthens the nervous system and repairs any damage it may have suffered. Furthermore, it also reduces stress on the nerves and protects them from developing a number of nervous disorders.

Skin Health Preserve:r A popular use for ylang ylang is applying to the skin in order to preserve a “youthful glow” and help prevent signs of aging or irritation. Ylang ylang has also been indicated in use to prevent skin cancer cells. Combine one to two drops with coconut or jojoba oil. Massage it into the face once or twice daily for protection.

PMS Remedy: Aromatherapy or massage with ylang ylang can be helpful for reducing PMS symptoms. To address PMS cramps, tension and stress, apply ylang ylang oil combined with lavender oil to the back of neck and lower abdomen. Natural

Hair Care Product: Try massaging ylang ylang into your scalp along with along with coconut oil or jojoba oil (or just add to your regular condition) to increase the appearance of healthy, shiny hair. It can also be helpful for preventing tangles and dandruff, while also working as a hair loss remedy for many people. Some research even shows this combination can kill head lice.

Diabetes:  Ylang ylang can help protect tissue and cells from damage, making it helpful to diabetics. Lowering the risk for nerve damage due to diabetes complications, allows ylang ylang to play an important role in diabetic health. Massage several drops into the reflex points of the feet.

Essential Oil Basics

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Essential Oil Basics… What are essential oils?

An essential oil is an aromatic, volatile substance found within a plant. It is the most concentrated form of plant constituents. The oil is extracted from a particular part of the plant, like the flower, leaf, resin, bark, root, branch, seed or fruit. Within these oils, hundreds of organic constituents promote beneficial responses when applied or inhaled.

Essential oils come from all around the world. Plants are native to regions and require specific soil, climate, and season to produce the plant constituents in correct proportions. Some essential oil companies prefer “seed to finished product.” This requires growing and harvesting in numerous locations globally. Other companies form partnerships with growers in various regions and enlist step-by-step testing to ensure the final product is pure and meets specifications for the oil. Finally, companies may also enlist a combination of the two methods by owning some growing sites and partnering to others.

How do you use essential oils?

#1 Inhalation. Simply open the bottle or dispense a few drops and inhale. With each inhalation of an aroma, thousands of olfactory nerves in the nostrils send messages to the brain.

#2 Diffusion. Diffusion doesn’t deliver as concentrated an aroma as inhalation, but it does extend the aroma for longer periods of time. Diffusion includes the use of vaporizers, diffusers, candle lamps, air fresheners, room sprays and mists, and more. Many of these applications combine essential oils with water and may include one or more essential oils.

#3 Topical. Essential oils are readily absorbed through the skin, where they mingle with the skin’s natural emollients. There are many topical applications for essential oils, including massage oils, face creams, body moisturizers and lotions, foot scrubs, body mists, and more. Some essential oils may be applied “neat” or directly to skin. However, others are so concentrated they must be diluted with carrier oils, water, or other carriers before being applied directly to the skin.

#4 Internal. Use caution when considering taking essential oils internally. The quality of oil, type of oil, your potential interaction risks will all have bearing on the outcome. Some oils are safe for inhalation and/or topical use but toxic when taken internally. Internal use is best when guided by an experienced practitioner.

Here are a few oil uses to battle  allergies.

Peppermint, lemon and lavender are cleansing oils. Diffusing these oils in your home on a regular basis will help to reduce pollens and allergens.

Eucalyptus globulus is known for supporting the respiratory system by easing scratchy throats, relieving respiratory symptoms from seasonal allergies (and cold/flu), relieves asthma and clears the head. It is effective applied topically, and needs to be diluted prior to applying to skin. Mix eucalyptus with a carrier oil and apply to the neck, chest or bottoms of feet. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus to a hot shower will allow the aromatic properties of the blend to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. Caution: for young children and elderly use Eucalyptus radiata instead.

Place a few drops of peppermint on your temples to release an allergy or sinus headache. For skin rashes, use a few drops of Roman Chamomile or lavender to stop the skin reaction.

Dianna Richardson, ND

Travel Mist

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Travel Mist: Essential Oil Blend

8 drops peppermint oil

8 drops tangerine oil

8 drops tea tree oil

2-ounce amber spray mist bottle (cobalt or aluminum also work)

2 fluid ounces distilled water


In bottle, combine essential oils. 

Top off with water, replace lid and shake until well blended. 

 To use, shake bottle and mist airspace.

4-Thieves Spray

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 3:50 PM

4-Thieves Spray

2 oz. dark glass spray bottle

1 teaspoon organic witch hazel

10-15 drops of 4-Thieves essential oil blend

Almost 2 oz. of distilled water


In your clean spray bottle, add 10-15 drops of your Thieves oil. Next add 1 tsp. of witch hazel. Then pour distilled water into bottle until full. Put on your spray top and use as you see fit.

Desk Diffuser Salts

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Desk Diffusion Salts

1/2 cup Coarse Sea Salt

24 drops Frankincense Essential oil

24 drops Bergamot essential oil

4-ounce bottle

1 tablespoon Frankincense Tears


In jar, combine all ingredients and stir until well combined. 
 To use, open lid and allow to diffuse into the air. 
 Shake jar occasionally to redistribute oils. When scent fades, replenish with additional essential oils.

Peace & Calming Blend

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 1:50 AM

Peace & Calming Blend

30 drops tangerine;

20 drops orange;

20 drops Ylang Ylang;

10 drops Patchouli;

4 drops blue tansy or moroccan chamomile

Combine oils and mix with preferred carrier oil in 1/2 ounce bottle for use on body. Another option is to combine oils and add a few drops to a diffuser (no carrier oil added).