Essential oil ideas for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching I thought I might share some ideas I’ve come across, for scents that could help make for a great occasion. I’ve stopped using after-shaves for some time and now only use essential oils. With so many great essential oils and oil blends who needs Calvin Klein, Lagerfeld, Chanel or Estee Lauder; especially when you consider that a lot of these big names use synthetics that aren’t that great for you.
ylang ylang

Ylang ylang trees on the Young Living farm in Ecuador. Imagine the aroma from 240,000 ylang ylang trees.

Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)

One essential oil that I’ve been using lately as an after-shave alternative is Ylang ylang. It smells great and both guys and gals can use it. It has so many great qualities from both a physical and emotional level.
It’s uplifting, relaxing, promotes confidence and is said to balance male and female energies.  It has a reputation as an aphrodisiac and in Indonesia, the marriage bed is sprinkled with ylang ylang flowers on the wedding night. On a physical level it has properties that can assist with high blood pressure. I usually apply a few drops on either the wrists, neck or even chest area around the heart. However you could also diffuse it in your living area or bedroom, or alternatively incorporate it into a massage, by adding it to a carrier oil (Almond oil, jojoba, etc). Ylang ylang’s other properties are: antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, vasodilating and sedative
Blend Classification: Personifier and Modifier
Blends with: Anise, bergamot, cardamom, chamomile, cumin, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, marjoram, sandalwood and vetiver.
Odor: Type: Middle to Base Notes (20-80% of the blend); Scent: Sweet, heavy, cloying, tropical floral with spicy balsamic undertones.
Safety data: Use sparingly if you suffer low blood pressure.

Shutran™

Shutran is an essential oil blend that was especially created by Gary to be used like a cologne (although without the synthetics in it). And although it was designed for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence, its aroma is appealing to both men and women. It includes the exclusive-to-Young-Living Idaho Blue Spruce (Picea pungens), a refreshing, invigorating essential oil to both body and mind. Also in the blend is ocotea (Ocotea quixos), hinoki  (Chamaecyparis obtusa), davana (Artemisia pallens), cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), coriander (Coriandrum sativum), lemon (Citrus limon), lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) and ylang ylang (Cananga odorata). If applying on your skin avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after.

Blends you can make up

The following are a couple of great ideas that were posted on the Young Living blog

Tyler’s “Blue Collar Meets White Collar” after-shave.

Has a masculine yet gentle aroma, that you can apply after shaving or before bed to moisturize the skin overnight. For this blend use the following:

  • 6 drops of Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum)
  • 4 drops of Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • 3 drops of Mister™, Hong Kuai or Hinoki10 drops of V-6™ vegetable oil
  • 10 drops of witch hazel extract

Make sure you use darkened glass bottle to store your blend

Tyler’s “Perfume for Her” for a light, sweet and long-lasting perfume. For this blend use: 

  • 15 Drops of a citrus essential oil like Bergamot
  • 3 drops of either ylang ylang, lavender, clary sage or geranium
  • 2 drops of a secondary floral oils from those listed above.

If the aroma is too strong add a few drops of V-6™ vegetable oil . If you prefer it stronger, add an extra drop of oil (or as needed) of the two floral oils.

Hope you have a lovely Valentines

Till next time

Cheers

Anthony

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

Further reading:
Using essential oils in your love life, Wellbeing,  30th January 2013
Using essential oils in your love life: Part 2, Wellbeing, 7th February 2013.
Essential oils vs perfumes, Essential Oils For Living, 14th February 2013

The superbugs are here!!!

Clostridium difficile bacteria. From the Center for Disease Control

Lately I’ve been spotting numerous stories on the mainstream media covering the so-called ‘superbugs’. These are bacterium which are highly or completely resistant to antibiotics.  For example from 3 weeks ago was this story in the Melbourne Age: Deadly superbug hits Australia  And in my article Arming ourselves against the superbugs on Wellbeing.com I talked about a Four Corners TV programme that aired a week ago, entitled Rise of the Superbugs which also raised the same topic.

 

The short and narrow of it all is that western medicine is losing the battle against bacteria. Notice I said “western medicine”. As I’ve highlighted a number of times on this website, essential oils are more than adequate to meet the threat of viruses and bacterium. For example, the article in the Age mentioned Clostridium difficile or C diff. A British study carried out in 2009 found that Geranium and Lemongrass essential oils were effective against C.diff among other antibiotic resistant bacteria.[1]

And yet many medical researchers scratch their heads and talk about going back to a pre-antibiotic age (for what that entails, check out my post Arming ourselves against the superbugs ). Others continue the search for new antibiotics, many of which are toxic in their own right. Not only that, the antibiotics you take for one bug can make you susceptible to other bugs as the article from The Age pointed out:
“…Illness is most likely to occur in people who are taking or have recently taken antibiotics, as they kill naturally protective gut flora…” This is not unlike the effect we get from flu vaccinations. Remember the H1N1 pandemic virus that the world was in a panic about in 2009? Well it was found that people taking their regular seasonal flu vaccinations increased their risk of contracting the more virulent H1N1. So much for providing us with more protection[2]

Essential oils like Lemongrass show great promise as a way of beating back the bugs. Yet you don’t hear this mentioned in the mainstream media do you?

Till next time
Cheers
Anthony

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

[1] Doran ML, Morden WE, Dunn K, Edwards-Jones V. Vapour-phase activities of essential oil against antibiotic sensitive and resistant bacteria including MRSA. Lett Appl Microbiolog. 2009 Apr;48(4):387-392.
[2] See my post Getting ready for the next flu season, Part 3

Dried wolfberries. Delicious but also nutritious. Photo from wstefano, Wikimedia Commons

In our last post, I included some testimonials showing how different people had benefited from drinking Ningxia Red. Gary Young, has also incorporated the wolfberry into numerous nutritional supplements and meal replacement formulae.

Ningxia wolfberries are also found in these other nutritional products:

Balance Complete™ Vanilla Cream Meal  Replacement

This is quite yummy. I have it for breakfast in the mornings (alternate it with powermeal – see below). You can make some great shakes with it. We typically add fruit like apples, bananas, strawberries and blueberries (when in season) as well as Ningxia Red juice and some coconut milk. Occasionally I will add an egg to it as well. It keeps me going till about lunch-time. If you find you’re still feeling hungry, add an extra scoop or add an egg. Balance Complete is high in fiber and protein, along with good fats, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.  It’s designed to be a powerful energizer, immune system booster and cleanser.
Along with the high antioxidant benefits from Ningxia wolfberry powder you’re getting these healthy ingredients:
brown rice bran, barley grass, aloe vera, cinnamon powder and a whey protein blend.

Read other people’s testimonials

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Essential oils for pregnancy

Essential oils can be valuable to women going through pregnancy. Stretch marks, skin elasticity, tearing of skin during childbirth, stress and anxiety – these are things that essential oils can help with.

To improve skin elasticity and reduce stretch marks –

Lavender and Myrrh can assist here. Also the oil Geranium and the oil blend Gentle Baby. Gentle Baby is a Young Living blend containing Rosewood, Lemon, Lavender, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa, Rose and Geranium. Essential oil blends are very potent. Somehow mixing these oils together creates something greater than the sum of its parts.

To use: Dilute 1 part essential oil with 1 part vegetable oil (can be almond oil, grape seed oil, olive oil or fractionated coconut oil) Massage over the abdomen during the entire pregnancy to prevent scarring and on the perineum (tissue between vagina and rectum) to help it stretch during childbirth. It can also be massaged over the back, neck and feet area or diffused into the environment to relieve anxiety and engender serenity (Avoid applying on bare skin, if you intend going outdoors because a number of the oils are sensitive to the sun).

For relief of anxiety –

A number of oils diffused, inhaled or massaged can relieve stress and anxiety. Gentle Baby I’ve already mentioned. Others include Joy and Valor.   Joy is a YL oil blend containing Rose, Bergamot, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Geranium, Jasmine, Palmarosa, Roman Chamomile and Rosewood. Again, avoid applying to bare skin, if you are going to be exposed to sunlight. Valor contains Rosewood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense and Spruce. Many of these oils were used by the ancient Romans to instil courage and self-confidence before battle; not that you’re going to go off to war or anything like that, although I suspect some of my fellow women may certainly associate childbirth with battle. 🙂  Valor will help reduce some of the stress before and after childbirth.

Essential Oils to avoid during pregnancy –

A number of essential oils mimic the hormones in our bodies and as such can disrupt normal pregnancy development. These should be avoided, while you’re pregnant. These include : Basil, Calamus, Clary Sage, Fennel, Hyssop, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Sage, Tansy, and Tarragon.

On a similar note, we only ever recommend the use of pure, unadulterated and therapeutic grade essential oils (See our article from March this year). Anything less and you risk doing yourself and your baby serious harm. If you want to use oils that are therapeutic grade in quality or would like more information on the oils mentioned in this article , please contact us.

My best wishes to all mums-to be out there,

Gavina

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

Essential Oils for the Skin – Part Three

We continue from our last post, looking at essential oil products made for the skin. You will notice from some of the testimonials, that a number of these products serve multiple functions, e.g. people have reported wolfberry eye creme actually helping their vision, or the Sandalwood moisture cream helping someone to sleep. Folks, these skin products aren’t just skin products, like the ones you might buy at the supermarket. They contain pure, therapeutic grade, unadulterated essential oils. So these skin products don’t just help you look good, they have the potential to make you feel good and improve your health.

6. KidScents Lotion

This was actually designed to moisturise and protect children’s very sensitive skin, but as you’ll see, adults are putting it to good use as well. It includes MSM, shea butter, aloe vera, almond and wheatgerm oils, extracts of calendula, chamomile, orange blossom and algae. The essential oils used are Cedarwood, Western Red Cedar leaf, Rosewood and Geranium.

Testimonials:

Angie Eichholz   
Sedalia, MO, United States
2007  Kidscents Lotion helped with a raw nose

Read the full testimonial

the following testimonial is from friend, Artemis:

Although this was designed for children’s skin, we’ve found it to be one of the best skin moisturisers that Young Living has. At a meeting that we held recently, my husband Noel had everyone put KidScents Lotion on the back of one hand, and leave the other hand untouched. Within minutes it was obvious how much softer the skin was on the hand that received the lotion, and how much “plumper” the skin looked (ie. healthy and radiant). We were all soooo impressed.

7.  Orange Blossom Facial Wash

This one can be used morning or night to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, without removing the natural oils in your skin. It includes MSM, Wolfberry seed oil, aloe vera gel, extracts of orange blossom, rosebud, calendula, chamomile, St John’s Wort, Gingko Biloba, kelp and grape seed. The essential oils used are  Lavender, Rosemary Verbenon, Lemon and Patchouli.

Testimonials:

(See Michelle O’s testimonial http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/701 )

8.  Sandalwood Moisture Cream

To nourish and revitalise your skin, try this one. It’s recommended you use after cleansing and toning your skin. It contains Goats cream, which has been used for centuries to revitalise dehydrated skin. Also included are MSM, Wolfberry Seed Oil, Shea butter, tocopherol (vitamin e), and extracts of gingko biloba, grape seed, chamomile and orange blossom. The essential oils included are Sandalwood, Myrrh, Rosewood, Rosemary Verbenon and Lavender.

Testimonials:

Marlene Kosnac   
Greenwood, DE, United States
2006  Rosacea is starting to disappear

Read the full testimonial or send a question http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/1413

Jan Meredith   
Eugene, OR, United States
2004  Better sleep at night

Read the full testimonial or send a question

See also Michelle O’s testimonial http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/701 on using sandalwood moisture creme as part of a facial

9.  Tender Tush

Tender Tush was developed with babies in mind, as it helps to protect and nourish skin in the nappy area. However as you’ll see in some of the testimonials, a lot of women are using it for themselves. Its soothing ingredients of coconut, olive and wheatgerm oils make it suitable for alleviating skin redness and irritation, as well as stretch marks and keeping skin supple.  It also includes cocoa butter, beeswax, almond oil and the essential oils of Sandalwood, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, cistus ladanifer, blue tansy and Frankincense.

Testimonials:

Beverly Boytim   
Willis, TX, United States
2008  Diaper rash gone with Tender Tush

Read the full testimonial or send a question

Karen Hanna   
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
2007  Tender Tush cleared up some cold sores.

Read the full testimonial or send a question

Inge Wegner   
Glen Ellyn, IL, United States
2006  Dry hands are history

Read the full testimonial or send a question

And from my friend, Artemis:

OK – for the first time in my life, I took the plunge and decided to get waxed “down there”……and it was a lot more than a bikini line wax! The beauty therapist asked me if I had any lotion to put on it, and I thought of Tender Tush. Originally designed for nappy rash, I figured it was the perfect thing to put on my red raw skin! It was absolutely fantastic, and took the “smarting” out of the skin and was extremely soothing. I then decided to try Young Living’s Sandalwood Moisture Cream over the top….and that did sting, so I didn’t try it again. But the Tender Tush was brilliant, and I can imagine how soothing it must be to a baby’s sore bottom as well.

10.   Wolfberry Eye Cream

This one is great for easing puffy eyes and those dark circles. It helps to tighten the skin. Use it before bedtime or in the morning. It’s formulated from the extracts of Ningxia Wolfberry seeds.  It’s rich in vitamin E and linolenic and linoleic acids and is highly regarded in China for its skin regenerative properties. [1] The cream includes MSM, Aloe Vera gel, Goat’s cream, Avocado oil, Shea butter, Kukui nut oil, Almond and Jojoba oils, Rosehip seed oil, Witch hazel extract and the essential oils of Lavender, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense and Geranium.

Testimonials:

Kathleen McCoy   
Chicago, IL, United States

2004 Wolfberry Eye Crème in nose for scab removal

Read the full testimonial or send a question

Janet Prescott   
San Diego, CA, United States

2008  How I am restoring my vision

Read the full testimonial or send a question

Anna Scott   
Rural Hall, NC, United States

2004  Vision Improvement

Read the full testimonial or send a question

That concludes our series on essential oils for the skin. If you have any questions about these oils please contact us. To obtain any of these oils or oil based products, please visit our site.

Till next time

Cheers

Anthony

Further Reading: Essential Oils Desk Reference, P225-231

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

[1] Essential Oils Desk Reference, P231

Essential Oils for the Skin – Part Two

Ok I promised in my last post on this subject, that I would highlight some skin care products that utilise essential oils, safely and effectively.

So what you have here is a list of products, with brief descriptions and uses, followed by some testimonials of other people who have used them.

1.  A.R.T. (Age Refining Technology) Skin Care System

Consists of a Day Activator, Night Reconstructor and Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  Use the Foaming Cleanser in the morning. Then apply the Day Activator for your day time skincare. Use the Gentle Foaming Cleanser again in the evening, prior to bedtime, and immediately apply the Night Reconstructor.  This will help hydrate your skin while you sleep. The enzymes in both the Day Activator and Night Reconstructor help activate the body’s natural ability to revitalise its DNA.

Both the Day Activator and Night Reconstructor  include wolfberry seed oil, German Chamomile, Sandalwood and Frankincense essential oils, plant extracts of  aloe vera, green tea, lecithin, grape seed, mugwort and shea butter. The foaming cleanser includes Sandalwood, Frankincense and Lemon essential oils, along with plant extracts of aloe vera, melissa leaf, gingko leaf, camellia oleifera leaf and lavender.

Testimonials:

Sandy Fox 
Mountain Home, AR, United States
2008  A.R.T. Skin Care helped with skin irregularities Read the full testimonial or send a question

 Ysha Oakes   
Gainesville, FL, United States
2005  A.R.T. Skin Care Reversing Skin Spots  Read the full testimonial or send a question 

Debbie Baronian   
Okato, Taranaki, New Zealand
2008,  ART Skincare is amazing!  Read the full testimonial or send a question

2.  Boswellia Wrinkle Cream

This is a collagen builder and if used daily, can help minimize wrinkles. It includes Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Geranium and Ylang Ylang essential oils. It also includes MSM, Wolfberry Seed oil, lecithin, and extracts of calendula, chamomile, rosebud, orange blossom, St John’s Wort, Kelp, Gingko Biloba and Grape Seed.

Testimonials:

Michelle O   
Wayne, NJ, United States
2005, Young Living Facial   Read the full testimonial or send a question

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Continuing in our search for alternatives to the many cosmetics we buy, we look at skin care in this post. Here is a brief list of essential oils which are beneficial to the skin:

  • Cedarwood – Often used to soften and moisturize the skin.
  • Frankincense – Was long used in the Ancient World to combat premature aging of the skin. Research at Ponce University in Puerto Rico shows that it enhances DNA repair.
  • Geranium – Aids in Skin regeneration
  • Lavender – Promotes tissue regeneration and found to be effective in dealing with acne, eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks and burns.
  • Myrrh – Used in the Middle East for thousands of years for chapped and cracked skin and wrinkles.
  • Rosewood – Helps restore skin elasticity
  • Roman Chamomile – Used for Acne, dermatitis and eczema.
  • Sandalwood – Used for skin revitalization.
  • Tea Tree or Melaleuca (Melaleuca Alternifolia) – Used to heal conditions such as Acne and sores. A potent anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory oil it makes a great topical cleanser.

Another ingredient which is important to your skin care, and which we last mentioned in our post on Hair, is MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane). Teri Williams, a cover model for Vogue Magazine, described this nutrient as “absolutely dynamite for the skin” and “…the single most important nutrient to support healthy skin and hair”. [1] Read the rest of this entry

Essential oils for the Hair.

Last week we looked at how many of the products we use for our day to day grooming – shampoos, soaps, moisturisers, etc – are in fact harmful to our bodies and our environment. This is actually nothing new. Most people you talk to will agree that we are putting way too many chemicals into ourselves. But when it comes to doing something about it at the supermarket shelves, we tend to forget about all that.

So we ended last week’s post by stressing the need to do our research before spending those hard-earned dollars, and I included some useful tools towards that end.

This week, we look at how essential oils can be beneficial to our hair.

Some oils to Consider

Essential oils are great for nourishing, strengthening and cleansing both the hair follicles and the hair shafts. Essential oils are also effective in fighting fungal infections that may be at the root of things like dandruff.

If you have a dry scalp, then some oils you may want to consider are Cedarwood, sandalwood, geranium and patchouli. If it’s an oily scalp you have then peppermint, lavender and lemon oils could be handy. Read the rest of this entry