Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass is known as the Oil of Cleansing. This refreshing essential oil encourages individuals to let go of toxic energy and promotes clarity. Lemongrass combat emotions such as despair, darkness, and negative energy. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Lemongrass essential oil.

Lemongrass comes from the Gramineae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for grasses. The main chemical constituents found in lemongrass are aldehydesnatural compounds which contain anti-inflammatory and hypotensive properties. The extraction method for Lemongrass essential oil involves the steam distillation of lemongrass. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The most common primary uses for Lemongrass essential oil include the following: airborne bacteria, carpal tunnel syndrome, cholesterol, cramps, bladder infection, diuretic, fleas, hernia, lactose intolerance, mental fatigue, muscular dystrophy, purification, retina (strengthen), sprains, muscle strain, tissue repair, urinary tract infection, varicose veins, and wounds. 

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Lemongrass, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

I would also like to include a personal success story about my father. My father struggles with high cholesterol and for years, his doctor had him trying a variety of medications to lower his LDL cholesterol. These medications would somewhat help, but my father had to deal with the various side effects caused by these medications. At the time, I was fairly new to essential oils and my father was extremely skeptical. Let me emphasize extremely skeptical. Despite his uncertainty, he agreed to try a little experiment. Instead of taking his cholesterol medication, he began taking 3 drops of Lemongrass in a veggie capsule daily. My father continued eating the same diet and followed his normal exercise routine–the only difference was that he was taking Lemongrass and not a prescription medication. After a few weeks, my dad went in for his appointment and had his blood drawn. To his surprise and his doctor’s, my father’s cholesterol was in the normal range. Lemongrass has allowed my father to naturally regulate his cholesterol (free from side effects)! Lemongrass made my father an essential oil believer.

Lemongrass essential oil can be applied via all three application methods–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Lemongrass essential oil can be applied directly to the skin (or diluted for sensitive skin) on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Lemongrass essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: take Lemongrass essential oil using a veggie capsule! Additionally, Lemongrass essential oil can be great in cooking.

Everyday Uses:

  • Ready to ditch the traditional smelly bug repellant? Lemongrass is a natural bug repellant! Check out my DIY Bug Spray recipe here!
  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Lemongrass and Wild Orange essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Is there a strange smell lingering in your refrigerator? Put a few drops of Lemongrass on a cotton ball and leave in your refrigerator for natural freshness!
  • Tired of struggling with hypertension or high cholesterol? Take 3 drops of Lemongrass in a veggie capsule daily!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Lemongrass essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Lemongrass essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit is known as the Oil of Honoring the Body. This uplifting essential oil “teaches true respect and appreciation for one’s physical body. Grapefruit combats negative emotions like anxiety by promoting self-acceptance and encouraging integrity through acknowledgment and respect for one’s physical needs. This essential oil encourages “a positive relationship with one’s body based on love, tolerance, and acceptance.” The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Grapefruit essential oil.

Grapefruit comes from the Rutaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for citrus. One of the main chemical constituents found in grapefruits is d-Limone, a natural compound which contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The extraction method for Grapefruit essential oil involves the cold pressing of grapefruit rinds. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Grapefruit essential oil include appetite suppressant, bulimia, cellulite, dry throat, edema, gallbladder stones, hangovers, mental stress, obesity, overeating, performance stress, PMS, stress, and withdrawal.

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Grapefruit, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Grapefruit essential oil can be applied via three application methods­—topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Grapefruit essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Grapefruit essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: add to a drink or take using a veggie capsule!

Everyday Uses:

  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Grapefruit and Peppermint essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Looking for a natural way to boost your metabolism? Add a drop of Grapefruit to a glass of water before eating a meal!
  • Need an early morning pick-me-up? Add a few drops of Grapefruit to a basic body wash for an invigorating shower!
  • Dealing with cramps because it is that time of the month?  Massage a few drops of Grapefruit to relieve symptoms! 
  • Struggling to drink enough water throughout the day? Add 1 drop of Grapefruit to 8-ounces of water for a refreshing drink!
  • Why is it that blemishes always show up right before an important event? Add a few drops of Grapefruit to a cotton ball and dab the affected areas! 
  • Need of an afternoon pick-me-up? Inhale Grapefruit directly from the bottle, or apply to the wrists for an energizing boost!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Grapefruit essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Grapefruit essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano is known as the Oil of Humility. This empowering essential oil “dispels materialism and attachment that hinders an individual’s growth and progress.” Oregano encourages true spirituality and the elimination of toxic relationships and activities. Additionally, Oregano promotes humility, the willingness to be strong, and clears negativity. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Oregano essential oil.
Oregano comes from the Labiatae botanical familywhich is the fancy, scientific word for mintThe main chemical constituents found in Oregano are phenolswhich contain antibacterial properties. The extraction method for Oregano essential oil involves the steam distillation of the herb. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Oregano essential oil include athlete’s foot, calluses, canker sores, carpal tunnel syndrome, fungal infections, immune system support, inflammation, intestinal parasites, MRSA, muscle aches, parasites, pneumonia, ringworm, staph infection, viral infections, warts, and whooping cough.

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Oregano, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Oregano essential oil can be applied via three application methods­—topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Oregano essential oil should be diluted before it is applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Dilute using a 1:3 ratio (1 drop of Oregano with 3 drops of fractionated coconut oil). Aromatic: Oregano essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: Oregano essential oil is great for cooking! Tip: 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil with 1 drop of Oregano essential oil = 1 teaspoon dried oregano!

Everyday Uses:

  • Are you starting to feel a little under the weather? For a quick immune boost, add 2 drops of each of the following essential oils to a veggie capsule: Oregano, Lemon, Frankincense, and Melaleuca
  • Looking for an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner? Add 10 drops of Oregano to a 16-ounce spray bottle filled with water to clean your sinks, showers, and bathtubs!
  • Struggling with rough cuticles while you are trying to get ready for sandal season? Mix about 6 drops of fractionated coconut oil with 1 drop of Oregano and rub on cuticles/toenails!
  • Are you one of those people who always has cold feet? Right now I am raising my hand. Mix about 6 drops of fractionated coconut oil with 1 drop of Oregano and massage onto your feet to instantly warm your body!
  • Is your throat starting to feel a little scratchy? Add 1 drop of Oregano to a shot glass filled with water and gargle to soothe your irritated throat!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Oregano essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Oregano essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Melaleuca Essential Oil

Melaleuca (tea tree oil) is known as the Oil of Energetic Boundaries. This empowering essential oil encourages one to relinquish self-betrayal and assists in purification practices. Melaleuca “helps break the negative ties in toxic relationships so that new, healthy connections may be formed that honor one’s personal space and boundaries.” Additionally, Melaleuca promotes respectful connectionsresilience, and developing new energetic boundaries. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Melaleuca essential oil.
Melaleuca comes from the Myrtaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for Myrtle shrubs and treesThe main chemical constituents found in melaleuca are monoterpenes, which contain antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. The extraction method for Melaleuca essential oil involves the steam distillation of melaleuca leaves. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Melaleuca essential oil include acne, allergies, athlete’s foot, bacterial infections, bronchitis, canker sores, cold sores, colds, coughs, eczema, flu, fungal infections, gum disease, hives, infection, inflammation, lice, MRSA, mumps, nail infection, pink eye, rashes, ringworm, shingles, sore throat, staph infection, sunburn, tonsillitis, varicose ulcer, viral infection, warts, and wounds.

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Melaleuca, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Melaleuca essential oil can be applied via three application methods­—topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Melaleuca essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Melaleuca essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: take in a veggie capsule!

Everyday Uses:

  • Are your nails feeling weak and brittle? Apply Melaleuca to your nails after showering for both purification and strengthening benefits! 
  • Experiencing annoying acne spots? Add 1 drop of Melaleuca to your daily moisturizer for enhanced cleansing properties!
  • Trying not to itch your bug bites or irritated skin? Add a few drops of Melaleuca to moisturizing body lotion to relieve discomfort!
  • Razor burn? Apply Melaleuca directly to your skin after shaving to prevent irritation! 
  • Do you have minor cuts or scrapes from an outdoor adventure? Apply Melaleuca to the affected area to cleanse and promote healthy healing!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Melaleuca essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Melaleuca essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is known as the Oil of Truth. This supportive essential oil encourages new perspectives by promoting wisdom, spirituality, and enlightenment. Frankincense “shields the body and soul from negative influences and assists the soul in its spiritual evolution.” Even more, Frankincense enhances meditation and combats feelings of abandonment and negativity. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Frankincense essential oil.

Frankincense comes from the Burseraceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for resinous trees and shrubsThe main chemical constituents found in frankincense are monoterpenes, which contain antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. The extraction method for Frankincense essential oil involves the distillation of the gum/resin of Boswellia trees, which grow primarily in West Africa. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Frankincense essential oil include aneurysms, arthritis, asthma, balance, breathing, cancer, concussion, confusion, depression, immune system support, improved vision, inflammation, memory, mental fatigue, moles, MRSA, multiple sclerosis, postpartum depression, scarring prevention, ulcers, warts, and wrinkles.

Research is currently taking place around the world to better understand the potential power of Frankincense essential oil in fighting cancer cells.  Studies have identified that in cases where cancer cells are unresponsive to chemotherapy, they can be responsive to the healing powers of frankincense. The future of Frankincense and its role in preventing and treating cancer could be the ultimate game changer. If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of frankincense, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Frankincense essential oil can be applied via all three application methods­–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Frankincense essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Frankincense essential oil can be inhaled directly of diffused. Internal: place 1 drop under your tongue or take using a veggie capsule!

Everyday Uses:

  • Feeling extra stressed or anxious? Rub a few drops of Frankincense on your temples and wrists for a calming effect! You can also diffuse frankincense to uplift your mood!
  • In need of an immunity boost? Place 1 drop of Frankincense under your tongue on a daily basis to support healthy cellular function!
  • Looking for a natural way to reduce age spots and wrinkles? Add 1 drop of Frankincense to your daily moisturizer for extra skin rejuvenation!
  • Experiencing joint pain or discomfort? Apply Frankincense to the direct area of concern for anti-inflammatory relief!
  • Has winter weather caused your nails to feel brittle and dry? Rub 1 drop of Frankincense on your nails for extra strength!
  • Need to enhance your environment during yoga or meditation? Diffuse Frankincense and align with your daily intentions!
  • Do you feel a tension headache coming on? Press 1 drop of Frankincense to the roof of your mouth and apply Lavender and Peppermint to the temples, back of the neck, or reflex points for relief!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Frankincense essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Frankincense essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is known as the Oil of Communication. This calming essential oil promotes open communication and relaxation. Lavender “encourages emotional honesty and insists that one speak their innermost thoughts and desires.” Even more, Lavender reduces tension, the fear of rejection, and fear of expression. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Lavender essential oil.

Lavender comes from the Labiatae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for mint. Two of the main chemical constituents found in lavender are alcohols and linalool which contain anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. The extraction method for Lavender essential oil involves the distillation of the flower top of lavender. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Lavender essential oil include allergies, anxiety, appetite loss, bites/stings, blisters, burns, calming, chicken pox, concentration, crying, cuts, dandruff, depression, diaper rash, exhaustion, fever, gnat repellent, grief/sorrow, dry/fragile hair and hair loss, hyperactivity, inflammation, insomnia, itching, jet lag, dry lips, menopause, mental stress, mood swings, pain, physical stress, poison ivy/oak, post labor, postpartum depression, rashes, relaxation, rheumatoid arthritis, dry/sensitive skin, sunburn, teeth pain, tension, ticks, vertigo, withdrawal, and wrinkles.

If you are interested in learning more about the research and studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Lavender, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Lavender essential oil can be applied via all three application methods­–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Lavender essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Lavender essential oil can be inhaled directly of diffused. Internal: place 1-2 drops under your tongue or take using a veggie capsule! Tip: 1 drop Lavender essential oil = 1-2 teaspoon dried culinary lavender!

Everyday Uses:

  • Struggling with seasonal allergies? Add 2 drops each of Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemon to a veggie capsule to alleviate allergy symptoms! 
  • Accidentally burn yourself? Apply Lavender to burned skin for instant relief!
  • Long day and in need of some relaxation? Toss a scoop of Epsom salt and a few drops of Lavender into a warm bath to unwind!
  • Interested in updating your chai tea latte? Add 1 drop of Lavender for a soothing, calming drink!
  • Do you feel a tension headache coming on? Apply Lavender (and Peppermint!) to the temples, back of the neck, or reflex points for relief!
  • Looking to enhance natural eyelash growth? Add 1 drop of Lavender to a brand new wand of mascara! Your eyelashes will become stronger and longer over a few weeks of daily use!
  • Having trouble sleeping at night? Or maybe you just need a great nap? Diffuse Lavender and cedarwood essential oils for the sweetest of dreams!
  • Forgot to put on sunscreen at the beach? Oops! Lavender is a great sunburn soother! Add a few drops Lavender to fractionated coconut oil and rub on your sunburnt skin!
  • Tired of buying semi-effective dryer sheets? Add a few drops of Lavender to wool dry balls and toss in the dryer with damp clothes for a natural freshener!
  • Did you have a minor cut or scrape? After cleaning the affected area, apply 1 drop of Lavender for increased healing and relief!
  • Experiencing a stressful day at work? Diffuse Lavender or simply inhale the lavender aroma straight from the bottle for an instant calming effect!
  • Struggling with a dry scalp and unwanted dandruff? Add 1 drop of Lavender to shampoo while washing your hair to stimulate hair growth and control dandruff!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Lavender essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Lavender essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

The Basics of Essential Oils

And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

-Revelation 22:2

Essential oils are the unique, aromatic compounds found in plants. These natural extracts come from leaves, stems, roots, barks, flowers, fruits, and seeds. How do essential oils really work? What we perceive as the simple fragrances of plants, are actually the aromatic compounds which provide plants with protective, reproductive, and regenerative properties.  People can also benefit from the chemical constituents of essential oils through aromatic, topical, and internal applications.

The Importance of Quality: Essential oil quality is directly affected by the geographic location of the plant, time of year the plant was harvested, and method of extraction. Pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils reflect the same properties of the plants from which they were derived and humans can benefit from the same protective, regenerating, and immune-strengthening properties. Therefore, it is important you only use pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils as they will exhibit the chemical constituents of the original plant, maintaining the integrity of the desired plant properties.

A Brief History: Essential oils have been used for centuries by many cultures around the world for a variety of purposes.  Did you know that essential oils are referenced in both ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts? Additionally, essential oils have religious connections as they are mentioned throughout the Bible. If you are interested in learning more about the essential oils mentioned in the Bible, check out this list with specific bible verses!

Extraction Methods: There are two main methods for essential oil extraction – steam distillation and cold expression.

  • The primary method for essential oil extraction is steam distillation. Through this method, the plant material is placed in an extraction chamber and the chamber is infused with steam.  The vaporized water and essential oil will exit the extraction chamber through a cooling system which separates the water (condensed from the steam) and the extracted essential oil. Steam distillation accounts for over 90% of essential oil extraction. This method is effective as essential oils are volatile and hydrophobic. Essentially, this means essential oils are easily evaporated and repel water.
  • The other method, cold expression (or cold pressing), is utilized to extract essential oils from citrus peels and rinds. Citrus essential oils include Lemon, Wild Orange, Lime, Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Tangerine!

Okay, okay…I will wrap up my little science lesson. I believe it is critical you have an essential oil foundation before you begin using essential oils.  Gaining some basic knowledge will be immensely beneficial as you begin incorporating your new “oily” friends into your life. However, if you do want to geek out on the science of it all, I highly recommend investing in this bookModern Essentials dives into the nitty gritty details of the chemical constituents and how they work with the human body.

I know you are probably getting excited to learn about the many essential oils available and how they can enhance your life! Trust me, our exploration process will begin soon! But first – I want to make sure we really enhance our knowledge about holistic health and personal empowerment before we jump into playing with the oils.

What are some unique facts you know about essential oils? I would love to hear your thoughts!