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.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is known as the Oil of Wellness. This encouraging essential oil promotes both emotional and spiritual wellness. Eucalyptus “encourages individuals to take full responsibility for their own health.” Additionally, Eucalyptus promotes feelings of liberation and increased responsibility, while combating the desire to escape life and feelings of powerlessness. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Eucalyptus essential oil.

Eucalyptus comes from the Myrtaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for Myrtle shrubs and treesThe main chemical constituents found in eucalyptus are oxides and monoterpenes, which contain anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. The extraction method for Eucalyptus essential oil involves the steam distillation of eucalyptus 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 Eucalyptus essential oil include asthma, bronchitis, congestion, cooling of the body, coughs, disinfectant, ear inflammation, fever, flu, inflammation, jet lag, kidney stones, lice, measles, over-exercised muscles, pain, pneumonia, respiratory viruses, shingles, sinusitis, and tennis elbow.

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

Eucalyptus essential oil can be applied via two application methods­—topical and aromatic. Topical: Eucalyptus essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Please note: for individuals with sensitive skin or for children, dilute Eucalyptus essential oil with fractionated coconut oil (utilizing a 1:1 ratio). Aromatic: Eucalyptus essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused.

Koala Highlight: I recently visited Featherdale Wildlife Park, which is located just outside of Sydney, Australia. Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to the largest collection of Australian native animals in the world. I instantly fell in love with the koalas.  One of the first things I noticed when I encountered the koalas, was the familiar scent of eucalyptus. Here are just a few fun facts about koalas:

  • Koalas are marsupials (which makes them a relative of kangaroos!)
  • The average lifespan of a koala is 20 years
  • A newborn koala is barely the size of a jelly bean
  • A baby koala will stay in its mother’s pouch for nearly 7 months
  • The population of Australian koalas has dropped by 90% over the last decade
  • Koalas live and sleep in eucalyptus trees and their diet consists primarily of eucalyptus leaves (talk about constantly living in a state of Zen!)

Cleary, I might be a tad obsessed with koalas. I was inspired to create my own unique diffuser blend for a little reminder of my Australian adventure.

“Koala Escape” Diffuser Blend: Eucalyptus, Tangerine, & Cedarwood (2-3 drops of each essential oil)

Everyday Uses:

  • In need of a spa escape? Place a drop of Eucalyptus on your shower floor and inhale the aromas through the steam!
  • Feeling congested? Place 3 drops of Eucalyptus in a mug and fill the mug with boiling water! Breathe in the steam through your nose (and make sure to cover your eyes with a towel) for instant relief!
  • Suffering from migraines? Frozen Eucalyptus washcloths are pure heaven! Check out this post for the recipe!
  • Achy and tired muscles? Add 2 cups of Epsom salt and a few drops of Eucalyptus to a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes!

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 Eucalyptus essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Eucalyptus 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.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is known as the Oil of a Buoyant Heart. This invigorating essential oil positively impacts body, mind, and spirit. Not only does Peppermint combat negative feelings of pessimism and despair, but it also promotes relief, optimism, and renewal. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint comes from the Labiatae botanical family, which is the scientific, fancy word for mint. The primary chemical constituents found in peppermint leaves are phenolic alcohols and menthol, which contain antibacterial and invigorating properties. The extraction method for Peppermint essential oil involves the steam distillation of peppermint 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.

Some of the primary uses for Peppermint essential oil include alertness, bacterial infections, chronic fatigue, congestions, cooling of the body, cramps, fever, flu, headaches, heartburn, hives, hot flashes, hypothyroidism, indigestion, itching, jet lag, memory, migraines, muscle fatigue, nausea, osteoporosis, sciatica, shock, swollen eyes, ulcers, and varicose veins.

Peppermint essential oil can be applied via all three application methods–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Peppermint essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Please note: for children and individuals with sensitive skin, dilute 1 drop of Peppermint with 1 drop of unfractionated coconut oil. Aromatic: Peppermint essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: add to a drink or take using a vegetable capsule! Additionally, Peppermint essential oil can be used in cooking. Tip: 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil = 1/8 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves.

Everyday Uses:

  • Do you easily get car sick? Inhale the aroma of Peppermint straight from the bottle, or rub on your temples and the back of your neck to relieve symptoms!
  • Feeling congested? Rub Peppermint on your chest and/or the sides of your nose to open up airways!
  • Need a quick breath freshener? Place 1 drop of Peppermint under your tongue, or add 1 drop to an 8-ounce glass of water for instant freshness!
  • In need of a morning energy boost? Place 1-2 drops of Peppermint on your shower floor and breathe in the steam!
  • Do you feel a tension headache coming on? Apply Peppermint to the temples, back of the neck, or reflex points for instant coolness!
  • Experiencing indigestion?  Rub a few drops of Peppermint over your abdomen for relief!
  • Experiencing acid reflux or heartburn?  Add 1 drop of Peppermint to an 8-ounce glass of water or take a veggie capsule with 1-2 drops!
  • Are you dealing with spiders in your home or office? Place a few drops of Peppermint on cotton balls for a natural spider repellent! 
  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Peppermint and Grapefruit essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Struggling with seasonal allergies? Add 2 drops each of Peppermint, Lemon, and Lavender, to a veggie capsule to alleviate allergy symptoms! 

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 Peppermint essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Peppermint 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!