Check out this great video On blending Essential Oils Safely- for Healing purposes, Smell Therapy, Massage, and Organic Perfume Making
We all need to agree since the beginning of time we have learnt most things from others. including animals. But the sad truth is some lie to make money from us. Others are passionate about sharing their knowledge and findings. They don’t lie to us but from where did they gain their knowledge is the main question. Although I studied Aromatherapy after 50 years I am still learning. Essential oils are extremely strong and must never be used straight from the bottle in full strength. Nor are they to be taken as a medicine. They do their healing work via smell, massage and topical applications when diluted in a carrier oil. Tell tale signs is a very long shelf life of over 3 years, product in clear glass cannot be pure oils. If they are not a Doctor , Nathurathpath, Herbalist or Aromatherapist their knowledge is that of someone not trained.
Carrier oils unlike essential oils can be used medicinally and tropically. Carrier oils are used to dilute and "carry" essential oils into the skin. Unlike distilled essential oils, carrier oils are pressed from seeds, kernels and nuts. One reason why carrier oils are necessary is because essential oils are too powerful to be used alone.
1. Olive Oil. Buy only in dark glass bottles as it is often adulterated. Olive oil comes from pressed olives. It’s best known as a healthy, edible oil with a fruity aroma, but it’s also used in aromatherapy as a carrier oil. Extra-virgin olive oil is the preferred variety for aromatherapy and skin care preparations. Olive oil’s scent may interfere with the scent of some essential oils.
Uses: It’s packed with fatty acids and plant sterols, which make it great for cleansing and moisturizing dry skin. Use olive oil as a carrier oil for massage, facial cleansers, hair care, and homemade soaps.
2. Coconut oil. Coconut oil is an edible oil made from the meat of mature coconuts. Fractionated coconut oil is a good base for natural perfumes.
3. Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil comes from the seeds of the jojoba plant.
4. Apricot kernel oil. Apricot kernel oil is made from apricot seeds, also known as kernels.
5. Sweet almond oil. Sweet almond oil has a strong, nutty aroma. It’s an edible oil.
6. Rosehip Oil. Rosehips are the seeds of the Rosa rubiginosa bush or the Rosa moschata bush, high in vitamins A and C.
7. Grape seed oil. Grape seed oil comes from grape seeds. It’s rich in vitamin E, a nutrient thought to heal the skin and reduce wrinkles.
8. Avocado oil Avocado oil is a heavy, thick, edible oil made from avocado fruit. Avocado oil is high in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid thought to help dry, damaged skin.
9. Sunflower oil Sunflower oil is an edible oil extracted from sunflower seeds. The oil is said to act as a skin barrier against toxins and germs that cause infection, making it a great choice for irritated skin.
There are more but this are the most widely used. Remember if in a clear see though container it is not pure. Such as supermarket oils in plastic bottle have bleach in them.
The face and neck skin is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of the body. Therefore, the mixtures should be at half strength.
Body Blending Table.- for the body 2% Face Blending Table 1%
Aged skin is half he above dose.
Carrier - Essential Oil for Pregnancy 1/2% (Half a percent).
20 ml - maximum is 2 drops or less
30 ml - maximum is 3 drops or less
50 ml - maximum is 5 drops or less
For babies over 6-12 months use half a percent as for pregnancy.
The blending factors are, determined by the rate of evaporation when applied onto the skin. If they evaporate quickly, the penetration is minimal. I have not included blending factors in this manual as that is a story all of its own and needs careful explanation to learn blending factors, you'll simply have to attend one of my workshops. However, there is enough explained here to assist you.
Remember - less is often more effective. Sweet Marjoram , clary sage, frankincense, & Rosemary can either be a sedative or a stimulant according to the dosage so when blending it is vital to follow the prescribed dosage because if the wrong amount is given, the blend will simply not produce the desired therapeutic effect. Yet less always works just more timely so.
DON'T FORGET when starting it is important to begin simply with two or three essential oils in a blend or just one oil.
A Febrifuge essential oil will reduce high temperature. Your body's normal temperature is 37 degrees Celsius or 98.6 Fahrenheit. A fever is an abnormally high body temperature. Don't be intimidated by words such as Febrifuge it simple explains A function of a group of oils.
Febrifuges: (lowers body temperature) Black Pepper, Basil, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemon, Ginger, Chamomile.
It is important to work out in aromatherapy if you need to bring the temperature down or up. The oils which encourage the cycle of perspiration are termed Sudorifics.
sudorific: (raises body temperature) Basil, Chamomile (all), Juniper, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and Peppermint. (bathing or compresses)
Babies:- Do not use Essential Oils at all on babies under six months, oils that are safest for 6-month-oldto 2 years are:-
German Chamomile or Lavender in a half a percent, (1/2%) dilution. Always premix oils and use even less than half a percent dilution. See babies in the A-Z Recipes & Ailment section.
Doctor's permission sought before any treatments
No essential oils or massaging around hip area in the first trimester
No movements below waist until 2nd trimester
No reflexology on uterus or ovary points
Legs - no deep pressure, on lymph points. If Oedema, raise legs
Sciatica pain - after 20 weeks use Lavender
Some people can have adverse reactions to certain essential oils under some personal health conditions. These are called contra-indications. It is very important to understand which essential oils do this.
Let me know if you are interested in me writting a book on Fetal Palcenta Circulation and the contraindications of Shampoos perfumes and other product on an unborn child. In the mean time follow my blending tables and contra-indications for essential oils.
Do not use the same essential oil exclusively over a long period of time. You can become sensitive to the oil. Always blend essential oils in a well-ventilated room. Do not take essential oils internally. Always follow suggested amount, however, use less rather than more if you are unsure of amounts.
These contraindications apply only to direct application of essential oils to the skin. They do not apply to diffusing essential oil, perfume oil and soap makers.
If essential oil is ingested, rinse mouth out with water. Drink a large glass of milk. Seek medical advice immediately. If essential oil gets
into eyes, flush with a large quantity of water immediately. Seek medical advice immediately.
Call the poisend help line numbers are on the last page of this book.
SPA BATH: Never add essential oil nor a blend to a spa bath.
Cassia, Clove Bud (Leaf and Stem), Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Costus, Elecampane, Fennel (Bitter), Origanum, Origanum (Spanish), Pine (Dwarf), Savory (Summer), Savory (Winter) Thyme, (all types should not be used for inhalations)
It is vitally important that you learn this section well and print this section. Then paste it on the inside door of your medicine cupboard and your pantry door. If making a mixture for a family member, a friend or a client you should ask these questions about their health before admonishing a remedy.
If you are making a natural perfume always check this section so you know what to add to your contra-indication list. Perfumers do not legally need to add all the oils they have used to make their perfume compound on the bottle. However, they do need to add warnings. In small print.
- Eucalyptus, Peppermint, White Camphor, Black Pepper.
Do not use :- Eucalyptus (all), Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme (all varieties), Sage, Basil
Do not use:- Lavender, Clary Sage, Melissa, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang, Lemon
Lemon, Lime, Orange, Verbena, Tangerine, Mandarin, Bergamot, Angelica, Lemongrass, Grapefruit.
(do not use during the day, go into sun or under a sun lamp) Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, Neroli
Basil, Eucalyptus (Globulus, Radiata & Polybractea), Fennel, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage & Thyme. The oils that are convulsive or can cause epilepsy are generally made up of Phenols or Oxides which in large dosages can cause convulsions and be neuro-toxic, so correct dosages are important when blending. Phenols are the most irritant on skin and mucous membranes and they can damage liver if in massive dosages.
Avoid Peppermint essential oil, Basil essential oil, Lemon Verbena essential oil and Rosemary essential oil.
Avoid Cinnamon essential oil, Clove essential oil and Oregano essential oil.
Avoid Juniper Berry essential oil, Eucalyptus essential oil and Black Pepper essential oil.
Avoid Geranium essential oil.
Before going into the sun or using tanning beds, avoid Bergamot essential oil, Grapefruit essential oil, Lemon essential oil, Lime essential oil Mandarin essential oil, and Orange essential oil. In other word all citrus oils.
Use a maximum of 3 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons olive oil when using the following oils in a bath: Basil essential oil, Lemon essential oil, Lemon Grass essential oil, Nutmeg essential oil, Peppermint essential oil and Thyme essential oil.
Oils that can cause Skin Sensitization or irritate a sensitive skin type:
Basil, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Peppermint, Pine, Tea Tree, Thyme, Ylang Ylang..
Do not use Peppermint and Rosemary essential oil. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of strokes, heart failure and other heart-related complications.
Some essential oils can help with asthma symptoms but proceed with caution.
Clary Sage essential oil has been reported to produce very unpleasant effects if used during or close to the time of alcohol consumption. These effects may include heightening of intoxication, and/or nausea, and/or severe headaches. It is important to understand that most perfumes contain Clary Sage. So for that big night out wear perfume on your clothes or in a perfume locket not on your skin.
Thyme, Cajuput (comes from the Tea Tree family
Hepatotoxic = liver toxicity - with long term use
e.g. Mt Savory, Clove bud, Cinnamon leaf (all toxic & on banned list)
Inhalations Note Thyme, Oregano, Clove. should never be used in inhalers,
On that note essential oils when not made miscible in a carrier oil will settle in the liver like a small ball and often remails there gathering other components. A similar comparison is a stone in a water tank.
(i.e. promotes menstrual flow therefore avoid these oils while pregnant.): -
Basil, Cedarwood, Fennel, Clary Sage, Myrrh, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Thyme. Bitter Almond, Boldo Leaf Oil, Calamus, Camphor Brown, Camphor Yellow, Horseradish, Jaborandi Leaf, Mustard, Mug wort, Pennyroyal, Rue, Sassafras, Sassafras Brazil, Southernwood, Savin, Thuja, Cedar leaf, Thuja Plicata, Tansy, Wormseed, Wormwood, Wintergreen.
Should not be used in Pregnancy. Massage can commence after the first trimester after the client has been to the doctors to check all health aspects.
These constituents affect the liver by making it overwork in order to excrete them. The convulsive essential oils contain ketone constituents, in six out of eight essential oils, so caution is needed. See Abortifacient Oils.
Pregnancy Safety: - The safest Essential Oils to use in Pregnancy are: - Chamomile (German), Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Tangerine, Mandarin, Lemon, Sandalwood, Rosewood. After the fist trimester in low does.
- Below is the short list of essential oils, which are generally contra-indicated during pregnancy. We recommend avoiding the following essential oils if you are pregnant.
Basil, Cedarwood (Atlas and Virginian), Clary Sage, Fennel, Hyssop, Jasmine, Myrrh, Sweet Marjoram, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Sage, Thyme
Essential Oils To Use With Caution:- Cypress, Juniper Berry, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary.
Some essential oils may be beneficial to use during pregnancy, but need to be used with caution. Please consult with a qualified Aromatherapist before using essential oils during pregnancy.
under six months, safest for 6-month-old to 2 years:- German Chamomile, Lavender and Mandarin (but in a 1/2% dilution for massage) Only one drop in a bath mixed with 3 - 4 tablespoons of carrier oil like olive oil.
Oils that interfere or dry up milk flow during Lactation:- Clary Sage, Peppermint, Sage (blocks the milk duct) Therefore pregnant woman should also avoid the use of commercial perfumes and only wear inside a perfume locket. They would be best advised to wear a cotton wool ball or a piece of leather or felt fabric dipped in peppermint oil each morning in a perfume locket.
Lemongrass, Geranium, Fennel (1/2%-1%) DILUTED In Olive Oil.
Fragrance oils that are used in burners are not my idea of safe Aromas, and should never be applied to the skin. The cost of these in Australia is around $3.50 - $6.50. You get what you pay for. They a synthetic oil and loaded with artificial compounds, make in a lab. They often name them the same names as essential oils but are smell a-likes and not the same, thus have no healing properties. They are actually very toxic.
Just like plants and animals our body behaves differently at certain times of the day. Our body rhythms pulse outwards during the day and inwards during the night. This is why night creams are called night creams. Essential oils sacks in plants are fuller during the night than they are during the day. And this is more so during summer. But getting people to pick during the night has many issues for famers to consider. This is why they pick at sun up until about 10 to 11am.
Peppermint oil will settle an unset stomach. But, if you have insomnia only use it between sun up and noon.
If you are using Rosemary for memory and you have high blood pressure use it as smell therapy only and just before bedtime or at sun up.
The right aroma sends happiness messages to our brain; then our brain sends happiness messages to our body. Likewise, if the aroma is not pleasing to us, unpleasant messages are sent to our brain and then to our body.
The aromas travel in the air stream via a hair like structure (called cilia) in the roof of our nose connecting to part of the brain called the olfactory by means of a nerve fibre. The olfactory is concerned with our instinctive drives; creativity, emotions, hunger, intuition, memory, sleep patterns, sex drive, thirst and so on, causing a cascade of responses in the central nervous system and the entire endocrine (hormonal) system.
All that is positive such as falling in love, pleasing odors, joys of eating great food, listening to uplifting music, watching a terrific movie, viewing breathtaking sights, receiving nurturing touches, and massage all cause the release of 'happiness chemicals ' called phenylethylamine also found in chocolate and a family of opium-like substances. Right now if you do not have the correct essential oils at home here what you can do.- Zest a lemon or and orange smell that. You can put orange peel in a saucepan of water bring to the boil them simmer for an hour or so this will release happiness smells into your home.
The best oil for depression is Bergamot. Snell it straight from the bottle daily.
A proven fact is we can rewire our brain.
The way we touch another can trigger all kinds of reactions and response. The way we care for our skin is not just about having lovely skin tone.
Receptors for brain hormones associated with negative feelings such as anger, depression and fear are located in the skin and on cells in the immune system called monocytes.
There are also chemicals in our brain we can stimulate with food, oils and drugs.
As an aromatherapist I study essential oils and how they can help with health issues, our skin our mind body and our soul.
There has been a great deal of study conducted on the essential oil of Sandalwood and the scientific studies showed the oil distilled from farms in a town called Mysore in India can in fact change negative DND to positive DNA in our brain. However, those trees have been over milled and this oil is now almost impossible to buy in a pure state. Australians have been soil testing now for several decades to produce a sandalwood with the same chemicals as the oil from Mysore. They now say- the tests are proving to be very positive. Bergamot oil has also been know to ease depression. On further study I feel sweet orange oil does the same job at a smaller price tag.
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