Showing posts with label Aromatherapy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Aromatherapy. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Omega 3, 6, 9 Oils - ESSENTIAL OILS for a Healthy Body

Foreign seeds can be caught anywhere, includin...
Foreign seeds can be caught anywhere, including these harvested flax seeds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We are being bombarded each day with information on omega 3 6 9 oils and supplements. Listening to so many facts and figures might get complicated for the common man. You need information about each of these but in a simpler and intelligible manner and this is exactly what we give you in this article.

Omega oils belong to the group of essential fatty acids or EFAs. The number against each of these fatty acids is representative of their chemical structure. However what is important is their role in our body and their health benefits.

The body needs these fats to perform important functions and prevent various diseases. Studies show that Omega fats or the essential fatty acids can help prevent cancer, mental disorders, arthritis and cardiovascular diseases.

However, these essential fatty acids or Omegas cannot be synthesized within our body which is why they need to be obtained through our diet. Let us discuss more these oils and other dietary sources of essential fatty acids.

Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats and comprise three fatty acids - Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The main dietary sources of omega 3 are Fish oils. Certain vegetable oils such as Flaxseed oil and Canola oil are also rich in omega 3.

Fish oils are extracted from the tissues of cold-water fatty fishes such as salmon, sardines, Hoki, tuna, and mackerel. They are rich in both EPA and DHA fats and can be instantly absorbed by our body.

Flaxseed oil is the richest vegetarian source of omega 3. Flaxseed oil contains ALA fats that need to be converted into EPA and DHA to be absorbed by our body. It contains both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in a ratio of 4:1.

Canola oil is one of the healthiest and cheapest cooking oil available today. Developed by the hybridization of rapeseeds, canola oil is very rich in ALA content. It has a very low content of saturated fats which makes it heart-friendly.

Omega 6 Fatty acids are essential fatty acids and comprise of Linolenic acid, Gamma-linolenic acid, Dihomogamma linolenic acid and Arachidonic acid. Omega 6 is mainly obtained from vegetable oils, nuts, and baked goods.

Omega 6 sources include Safflower oil, Sunflower oil, Corn oil, Hemp oil, Evening primrose oil, Walnut oil, Wheatgerm oil and Soybean oil.

Safflower oil is the richest natural source of Omega 6 fatty acids. They are colorless, odorless and are ideal for cooking purposes. Safflower oil is rich in monosaturated as well as polyunsaturated fats.


Soybean Oil is extracted from soybeans and is a rich source of both omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids. To ensure maximum benefits of Soybean oil, it must be used in an unrefined state only since the refining process turns the unsaturated fats into hydrogenated fats.

Walnut Oil contains both omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids in a ratio of 10:1 respectively. It is a rich source of unsaturated fats and is considered good for our cardiovascular health.

Omega 9 Fatty acids are monounsaturated fats. Omega 9 fats can be synthesized within our body. They contain Oleic acid which is beneficial for reducing inflammation throughout the body. Omega 9 fatty acids are mainly found in Olive oil and avocados.

Omega 3 6 9 oils should be a part of a healthy diet plan. Balanced and proper consumption of Omega 3 6 9 oils can keep your heart, mind, joints, and skin healthy.




Monday, June 11, 2018

Make A Blend Of AROMATHERAPY Oils For Effective Skin Care

A specially created massage combining techniqu...
A specially created massage combining technique and aromatherapy oils. The essential oils are absorbed through the skin and carried to the muscle tissues, joints and organs to relieve tension and relax your mind. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Most of the skin care products which are known to benefit contain essential oils. A wide range of aromatherapy oils are known to cure a variety of ailments, specified numbers are good for enriching the skin. Some beneficial essential oils are known to rejuvenate tissue and enhance metabolic functions of the skin. Blending therapeutic oils according to skin type has yielded good results.

You can easily blend some extracts at home for better results, but how do these oils help your skin? These aromatic liquid derivatives are nature's treasure chest of healing wonders. All you need to do is mix a few drops in pure oils like almond, olive and even avocado oil for your personalized home remedy to be ready.

These base or carrier oils are cold pressed from seeds, nuts, and fruits, while essential oils are called 'active ingredients'. Foraging mature skin, essential oils that are enhanced with estrogen, have shown good results in reducing aging signs and wrinkles. Fennel and Clary Sage are known to have anti-aging symptoms. Some effective ones are Sea Buckthorn and Cistus, which have a concentrated Vitamin A and astringent qualities that help firm up the skin.

The quality and purity of base liquids are essential as they should be able to moisturize and nourish the skin. Apricot derivative is excellent carrier oil for dry to normal skin and is nonirritant, even on sensitive skin. Hazelnut, Walnut extracts are slightly astringent and work well on oily skin but can be used on all skin types. Almond oil is full of ketones that help in cell rejuvenation and rebuilding of tissues, leading to increased elasticity.

It is fun creating your own blends that suit your skin. Just take the essential oils that you require and the base oil, add equal amounts of base oil with aromatic oils, mix them well and use it the way you desire- spas, face mask or even a diluted direct application on your body.

However, as these are highly potent, it is best to mix only 30 drops per ounce of base oil.
These tips are not restricted to use but works well for both men and women. Some essential oils can make the skin extra sensitive to sunlight, so avoid using them on the face- lemon, orange, clove, thyme, and cinnamon. Generally, these are safe for all types of skins.



Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Dangers of AROMATHERAPY

A specially created massage combining techniqu...
A specially created massage combining technique and aromatherapy oils. The essential oils are absorbed through the skin and carried to the muscle tissues, joints and organs to relieve tension and relax your mind. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Yes, aromatherapy is an all-natural remedy using oils distilled from plants. But merely because it's all-natural does not mean it has no producing potentially hazardous bad effects. Although they're proven to have beneficial effects on both the body and mind, volatile oils, identical to any medications, should be used with care.

Volatile oils are readily available in many natural health and beauty goods stores. Naturally, you can always do a little research or consult the vendor which aromatic oils are the right ones for your requirements. But what if you study the wrong article or asked a novice therapist or practitioner who doesn't have enough experience with handling volatile oils?

It's always recommended to confer with your doctor or any professional first before starting to treat any sort of condition through this method. This is especially true if you're currently undergoing a type of treatment using medicines; the volatile oils may affect the natural processes of the drugs, therefore creating further harm than help. When trying to find oils, always keep in consideration their traits and the sort of disorders they can help remedy.

Aromatic oils are fundamentally employed through an exterior application on the skin or through inhalation. Some therapist or practitioner will also recommend ingesting teas manufactured from the flowers or other regions of herbs known to be good to the body and mind. Nevertheless, always ensure that you avoid oral consumption of aromatic oils because they are often hazardous to your organs. Not all the oils available out there are identical; some of the oils you can buy maybe alcohol-based. The alcohol used may be toxic or not intended for ingestion. It is better if you purchase the pure form of volatile oils, those that contain little else but the distilled plant extracts.

Some individuals might experience adverse reactions when rubbing essential oils on their skin. Skin irritations or allergies may arise, particularly when the oils are applied around the mouth, eyes, nose, or near any mucous tissue layers. These areas should be spared make up the application of sweet-smelling oils. If possible, use the diluted form of oils in place of their concentrated form; you can purchase carrier oils, in that you add concentrated volatile oils little by little to lower their concentration. People putting up with asthma and various respiratory problems should avoid using perfumed oils as they might cause serious problems to the airway.


Aromatic oils are more often than not sold in small bottles. When stashing them, always ensure to store them in cool and dark places, as sunlight may impact their potency. They should be also kept where kids may not be in a position to reach them. Don't forget that a large number of these aromatic oils smell sweet; your kids could be tricked into thinking they're sweet drinks and might drink them. Some oils like camphor and bitter almond are just too hazardous to be stored at home. The bitter almond oil comprises formaldehyde, that is very hazardous for the skin and internal organs.

There are oils that are in general safe to be employed on children. They include lavender, chamomile, rose, orange, tea tree and others. However, they should be diluted with carrier oils by employing 2 tsp. of carrier oil for each 1 drop of volatile oils. There are advocated dosages for each age bracket of children.
It's best that you contact an aromatherapy professional first before using them on your kids.



Monday, May 7, 2018

ESSENTIAL OILS - Orange - An Oil Rich in Limonene That Combats Tumors

English: Orange blossom and oranges. Taken by ...
Orange blossom and oranges.
Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Orange (Citrus sinensis) is in the citrus family of botanical plants. The essential oil comes from many different countries including the U.S. Originating in Asia the sweet orange tree was brought to Europe in 1520 by Portuguese explorers. Along with the lemon tree, it was introduced to the New World by Columbus and was grown in both the West Indies and in Florida. Traditionally in China, the rind of the unripe bitter orange was of greatest value medicinally-primarily to stimulate the digestion and relieve spasm. It was also considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity. In the 18th century Europe, oranges gained a reputation for alleviating nervous disorders, heart problems, colic, asthma, and melancholy.

How Can Orange Essential Oil Help Us Today?

Today, orange oil has been documented in research studies to be antitumoral, a relaxant, anticoagulant, and a circulatory stimulant. Rich in limonene, it has combated tumor growth in over 50 clinical studies. Its therapeutic value lies in its ability to unblock and circulate stagnant energy, mainly when it accumulates in the liver, stomach, and intestines. It is one of the best all-around essential oils for the digestive system. It's great for abdominal distention and pain, poor appetite, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, and vomiting. It can also be effective for constipation and irritable bowel. Orange essential oil is used in arteriosclerosis, hypertension, cancer, insomnia, and fluid retention. It is particularly useful for skin care, especially for cellulite and dry skin conditions and calluses. It also is helpful for wrinkles. It is wonderful for opening the heart, beneficial for sadness, nervousness, and anxiety. Orange can be relaxing and energizing at the same time. Sweet orange oil helps us take a more relaxed approach, encouraging adaptability and the smooth handling of events in our lives. It instills a more positive attitude in life. Orange contains joy and energy. It is bursting with vitality, bringing happiness to the heavyhearted. It can kindle a spark long forgotten and revitalize spiritual connections. Orange conquers fears of letting go, and obsessions. For emotional healing, use orange to encourage joy, upliftment, lightheartedness, regeneration, creativity, self-confidence and a positive outlook.

To use orange oil, dilute one part essential oil with one part mixing oil or apply neat (undiluted) to the body. It can be directly inhaled or diffused and taken as a dietary supplement. It can also be dropped directly on the tongue to freshen breath. I find orange essential oil to be one of my favorites, especially for cooking. It mixes well with bergamot, coriander, clove, geranium, ginger, lemon, marjoram, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, juniper, cypress, lavender, rosemary, clary sage, labdanum, and frankincense. As for safety, orange is non-toxic, not irritating and non-sensitizing. This is a phototoxic oil however and caution should be taken when applying to the skin and going out in the sunlight within 24 hours of application. Want to learn more about the healing properties of orange and other essential oils? Consider becoming a certified aromatherapist. Educational courses in healing energy and aromatherapy can help you understand how essential oils heal the body/mind/spirit. The Institute of Spiritual Healing & Aromatherapy is teaching courses throughout the United States on the healing properties of essential oils including orange.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Base Carrier Oil For AROMATHERAPY Home Recipes

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A bottle of Trader Joe's brand grapeseed oil.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is a quick reference guide for essential oils base carrier for aromatherapy home recipes because essential oils are very concentrated they need to be diluted for some uses, and the best way to do this is by using a base carrier oil. In addition to helping dilute the essential oil a good quality base carrier also helps the essential oils uses to penetrate the skin especially with massage use.

These are some of the most popular base carrier oils for aromatherapy;

  • Apricot Kernel Oil - This is a very pale yellow  contains minerals  vitamins, it has a light soothing feel and is easily absorbed with nutrition for the skin.
  • Avocado Oil - This is a dark green color  contains vitamins & proteins, lecithin essential fatty acids, which is very good for dry skin, skin irritations;
  • Camellia Oil - This is a clear color and contains oleic acid which is an essential fatty acid, that works as a lubrication oil that leaves your skin soft  silky;
  • Evening Primrose Oil - This is a pale yellow and contains a high level of gamma linoleic acid, vitamins  minerals which is excellent for treating psoriasis  eczema and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin;
  • Grapeseed Oil - The color of this one is almost colorless or pale green which contains vitamins, minerals  protein, and is very light & easily absorbed on you skin;
  • Hazelnut Oil - This colour is yellow. It is very rich in vitamins  fatty acids. This is good for restructuring this skin and get the oil into the bloodstream, plus it leaves a soft silky feeling;
  • Rosehip Seed Oil - This oil is colorless. It contains a high levels of linoleic  Fatty acids, which is particularly important for tissue regeneration;
  • Wheatgerm Oil - This is a yellow to orange colour. It is rich in vitamins, phosphorous, zinc, iron sulphur  essential fatty acids. It is great for nervous systems, skin irritation, scar tissue and stretched skin;

You can also use a 100% pure oil unrefined cold pressed vegetable, nut or seed oils for abasing carrier oils when mixing your essential oils recipes. Not all cold pressed oils are suitable for aromatherapy massage. Some, like carrot, will stain the skin if used neat, and others like olive and sesame are very heavy and will leave you feeling greasy, and some are just far too expensive to be used on there own. But, using aromatherapy you only add a small amount of these oils to the common, nullity purpose base oil because of their special properties. For uses of aromatherapy carrier oils are divided up into two categories. They are Multi-Purpose Oils and Special enhancers.

Multi-Purpose oils are a versatile vegetable oil and used as the main base oils in blends. Used on their own for massage oils or can be enhanced by the adding of small amounts of special enhancers.

Special enhancers are a vegetable oil that is added to the nullity purpose carriers in small amounts to help with troubled skin conditions or as a preservative for a longer shelf life.




Monday, March 26, 2018

Natural Remedies for Depression - ESSENTIAL OILS and Thought Processes

Depression
Depression (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It's always best to look for the most gentle yet effective way to treat any disorder or disease. The fewer side effects, the better and we've all probably heard of enough stories of the volatile side effects that tend to result from prescription medications, especially those of anti-depressant medications. There are many natural remedies for depression and a number of self-help techniques that you can turn to. Depression is a disorder of your thoughts and if you keep focused on that fact, you can overcome depression by taking back control of your mind.

In writing, it does sound like an easy task to just change your thoughts to more uplifting and empowering things and leave all those negative and joy-stealing thoughts behind, but our mind is a mysterious thing. Our thoughts came from a variety of experiences and influences that we don't even realize, as well as being a result of the chemical make-up of our body. Not an easy thing to control, especially if you've spent most of your life not realizing that you can control your thoughts. The easy part is getting lost in thoughts and letting your mind control your feelings.

Since depression can be attributed to a chemical imbalance in the body, it is helpful to find some natural remedies that will alter your chemical processes to produce more serene, uplifting and calm thoughts. Essential oils are a gentle and effective way to treat a variety of your body's ailments. They can be used with a carrier oil for a massage, a few drops can be added to a bath or they can be used in a diffuser. There are quite a lot of impure essential oils being marketed today that may still have some aroma but will not have the potency to aid in the re-balancing of the body. Check your local health store as well as a variety of online sources to locate reputable essential oil manufacturers. Young Living Essential Oils is a quality manufacturer and has an excellent website with valuable information about essential oils and company practices. Some essential oils used for depression are lavender, bergamot, clary sage, orange, and ylang-ylang.


Along with various other natural substances, you can treat depression by changing your thought processes. Whether you use prescription drugs or natural therapies, you will eventually have to use this method to avoid falling into the "depression trap" again. There are a number of different ways to change the way your mind thinks and depending on your personality, some will work better than others. Try out all that you can to see what resonates the most with you, and then stick with one or more as part of your daily routine. Some examples of resources to change your thought patterns are subliminal audio, meditation, affirmations, hypnotherapy, reading resources and spiritual nourishment. These are just some resources that you can look for to give yourself that paradigm shift to get rid of depressed thoughts for good.

Medications are not a necessity to treat depression. Perhaps in some situations, it may be necessary to take medications, at least for a period of time, but I believe from my own experience and of hearing the victories from others, that we all have the power to alter our own minds and have them work for us instead of against us. Check out the natural remedies for depression and don't ever give up on empowering yourself to live the life you were meant to live - depression free!





Saturday, February 10, 2018

AROMATHERAPY Essential Oils: Seven Things You Should Know

Lavender Distillery
Photo  by markhillary 
Aromatherapy uses essential oils to treat medical conditions, to alleviate psychological ailments, for cosmetic purposes, and to reduce stress. The essential oils of aromatherapy have the power to enhance both your physical and mental state.

Essential oils are extracted from living plants and trees. When essential oils are used appropriately, most can be used at home safely, enjoyable, and with beneficial effects. Keep the following seven things in mind if you want to try aromatherapy at home.

(1) Most essential oils should never be applied directly without diluting them. Only lavender and tea tree oil are exceptions to this rule. 
(2) Essential oils are flammable, so use extreme caution around flames and heat sources. If you use a burner to diffuse the oil, put water in the burner first. The essential oil will enter the air as the water evaporates.
(3) Essential oils are for external use only. On very rare occasions, a qualified aromatherapist may prescribe essential oils by mouth. Some essential oils can be very toxic if swallowed. Even essential oils that have a therapeutic effect when diluted in certain oral treatments (like mouthwash) should not be swallowed.
(4) Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children.
(5) If you want to use essential oils during pregnancy, on babies, or with young children, please seek the advice of a trained, qualified aromatherapist first.
(6) If you are using essential oils as part of homeopathic or herbal medicine treatment, get advice from homeopathic or herbal medicine practitioners as well as from an aromatherapist.
(7) Some medical conditions require a doctor's care, and not all medical conditions benefit from aromatherapy. Always check with your doctor first before undertaking aromatherapy for the treatment of any medical condition.

Following these seven principles for safe aromatherapy will help your experience with aromatherapy to be both enjoyable and beneficial.




Monday, November 27, 2017

The "Swiss Army Knife" of ESSENTIAL OILS

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Essential Oils - Photo  by   Mayra CorrĂªa e Castro 
Is There Anything Your Swiss Army Knife Can't-Do?

Much more than just a pocket knife, the Swiss Army knife has long been considered the ultimate preparedness tool coming with a can-opener, bottle-opener, screwdriver, corkscrew, tweezers, nail file, scissors, and toothpick. Some higher-end versions even come with a LED flashlight, flash drive, and more!

Just as a Swiss Army knife can come in handy in thousands of situations, therapeutic-quality lavender oil is probably the most versatile of all essential oils. Lavender essential oil, (lavandula angustifolia) has been studied extensively in both Western and Eastern societies and has been discovered to possess the following properties:

  • Antiseptic,
  • Antifungal,
  • Analgesic,
  • Antitumoral,
  • Anticonvulsant,
  • Vasodilating,
  • Relaxant,
  • Anti-inflammatory,
  • Reduces blood fat/cholesterol,
  • Combats excess sebum on skin,
Real, pure lavender oil has powerful healing properties for physical issues and emotional/mental issues alike. It is legendary for its ability to heal burns, cuts, scrapes, rashes, acne, and general skin conditions. Likewise, its powerful relaxing aroma penetrates into the limbic region of the brain where it is believed to enact its well-known influence on stress, tension, sleep issues, and even depression. Lavender is literally an essential element of any first-aid kit, a useful item to bring when spending time outdoors, a powerful addition to any household.

But not all lavender oil on the market is created equal.

Facts about Therapeutic-Grade Lavender vs. Cheap Lavender
  • Real therapeutic-grade lavender essential oil (lavandula angustifolia) contains over 200 natural compounds, some of which scientists have not even been able to identify yet. The broad therapeutic effect of our lavender oil comes from its naturally diverse chemical composition.
  • Many lavender oils on the market are made with cheaper lavender hybrids such as lavendin.
  • The best lavender oil I am aware of is distilled from organically grown lavender on Young Living's farms in Mona, UT and Provence, France. It is steam-distilled at low temperatures to preserve the integrity of the essential oil. Nothing is added, and nothing is taken away.
  • Not only are cheaper hybrids used, but many cheap lavender oils are constructed in a laboratory and cut with low-cost chemical compounds such as acetylated lavandin, synthetic linalool, linalyl acetate, Ho leaf fractions, and rosewood oil.
  • 15 tons of fine lavender oil is produced annually in France.
  • Somehow, 250 tons of "fine" lavender oil is exported annually from France.
  • The moral of the story is make sure you get your essential oils from reputable sources. You truly do get what you pay for.



Still not sure about lavender? Check this out -

Top 10 Reasons to Have Therapeutic-Quality Lavender On Hand

10. Stop bleeding and cleanse wounds.
9. Calm down cranky kids (or cranky adults).
8. Great for headaches, bruises, and contusions.
7. If in doubt, try lavender!
6. It takes 170-250 lbs of lavender blossoms and plant material to make one lb of our lavender oil.
5. The bottle fits in your pocket or purse.
4. It won't expire.
3. Non-toxic, and actually helps the body to cleanse itself from toxins.
2. You get super-concentrated allergy meds, sleeping pills, wound disinfectant, PMS drugs, anti-anxiety drugs, burn treatment, sunscreen, and more in one convenient bottle.
1. Cost effective (replace all the above with just lavender in many cases!)




Friday, October 13, 2017

The Making of ESSENTIAL OILS - Steam Distillation, Absolutes, and CO2's Explained

Aromatherapy Goes ‘High Tech’

New methods of essential oil extraction are entering the mainstream of aromatherapy, offering new choices in oils never before available. With the new labels of ‘CO2′ and ‘SCO2′, along with the traditional ‘steam’ and ‘hydro’ distillations, ‘absolutes’, and ‘cold pressing’, a little education for the aromatherapy enthusiast can go a long way in essential oil selection. Is one process better than another? Does one produce a nicer smelling oil, or one with greater aromatherapeutic value? It turns out that essential oil production, like winemaking, is an art form as well as a science. The value of the newer processing methods depends greatly on the experience of the distiller, as well as the intended application of the final product. Each method is important and has its place in the making of aromatherapy-grade essential oils.

Steam and Hydro Distillation

Steam distillation, the most common method of essential oil production, involves the flow of steam into a chamber holding the raw plant material. The steam causes small sacs containing essential oil to burst. The oil is then carried by the steam out of the chamber and into a chilled condenser, where the steam once again becomes water. (Hydro-distillation is a similar process where the plant material is boiled, with the resultant steam being captured and condensed). The oil and water are then separated; the water referred to as a ‘hydrosol’, can be retained as it will have some of the plant essences. Rose hydrosol, for example, is commonly used for it’s mild antiseptic and soothing properties, as well as it’s pleasing floral aroma.



A number of factors determine the final quality of a steam distilled essential oil. Aside from the plant material itself, most important are time, temperature and pressure, and the quality of the distillation equipment. Essential oils are very complex products; each is made up of many, sometimes hundreds, of distinct molecules which come together to form the oil’s aroma and therapeutic properties. Some of these molecules are fairly delicate structures which can be altered or destroyed by adverse environmental conditions. So, much like a fine meal is more flavorful when made with patience, most oils benefit from a long, slow ‘cooking’ process.

The temperature of the extraction chamber cannot be too high, lest some components of the oil are altered or destroyed. The same is true of the chamber’s pressure. Lavender, for example, should not be processed at over 245 degrees F and three pounds per square inch of pressure (3 psi). Higher temperatures and/or pressures result in a ‘harsh’ aroma – more chemical than floral – and lessen the oil’s therapeutic effects. Also, the extraction period must be allowed to continue for a certain period of time in order to flush ALL the oil’s components from the plant, as some are released more quickly than others.

Despite the drawbacks of aggressive processing, high temperatures and pressures are often used to produces large quantities of oil in a short period of time. These oils are usually destined for use in cosmetic and processed food manufacturing but are sometimes sold to final consumers as essential oils for use in aromatherapy. These oils will be less expensive but are of limited therapeutic value, and the difference is apparent when the aromas are compared side-by-side.




Absolutes

Some plants, and particularly flowers, do not lend themselves to steam distilling. They are too delicate, or their fragrance and therapeutic essences cannot be completely released by water alone. These oils will be produced as ‘absolutes’ – and while not technically considered essential oils they can still be of therapeutic value. Jasmine and Rose, in particular, are delicate flowers who’s oil are often found in ‘absolute’ form.

The processing of an absolute first involves the hydrocarbon solvent extraction of a ‘concrete’ from the plant material, a semi-solid mixture of typically 50% wax and 50% volatile oil. The concrete is again processed using ethyl alcohol (the same alcohol found in beer, wine, etc.) in which the wax is only slightly soluble. The volatile plant oil separates into the alcohol and this mixture is removed. The alcohol is then evaporated and the result is an almost pure plant extract – depending on the care taken in the evaporation process, sometimes 2% or less of the ethyl alcohol may remain. The use of solvents in the extraction process notwithstanding, absolutes can have incredibly deep and complex aromas.

CO2’s and SCO2’s

And now for the most modern technologies, Carbon Dioxide and Supercritical Carbon Dioxide extraction. Both methods involve the use of carbon dioxide as the ‘solvent’ which carries the essential oil away from the raw plant material. The lower pressure CO2 extraction involves chilling carbon dioxide to between 35 and 55 degrees F, and pumping it through the plant material at about 1000 psi. The carbon dioxide in this condition is condensed to a liquid. Supercritical CO2 extraction (SCO2) involves carbon dioxide heated to 87 degrees F and pumped through the plant material at around 8,000 psi – under these conditions, the carbon dioxide is likened to a ‘dense fog’ or vapor. With the release of the pressure in either process, the carbon dioxide escapes in its gaseous form, leaving the essential oil behind.



These carbon dioxide methods have a couple of advantages: Like steam distillation, there are no solvent residues left behind, and the resultant product is quite pure. Like solvent extraction, there is no heat applied to the plant material or essential oil to alter it in any way. The oil produced is very accurate with respect to the original state of the plant. The CO2 methods also are the most efficient, producing the most oil per amount of plant (one of the reasons for the high cost of essential oils is the low yield of oil from most plants – one ton of Rose petals produces less than 1 pound of oil, for example). The efficiency of CO2 extraction is particularly important when rare or endangered plant species are involved, such as Indian Sandalwood – less of the precious plant is needed to produce an equivalent amount of oil.

Cold Pressing

Finally, there is the ‘cold pressing’ of citrus oils from the peels of fruit, as is done with Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, and the like. This method involves the simple pressing of the rind at about 120 degrees F to extract the oil. Little, if any, alteration from the oil’s original state occurs – these citrus oils retain their bright, fresh, uplifting aromas like that of smelling a wonderfully ripe fruit.

Which is Best?

CO2’s, with some obvious advantages, are not always the best choice for a particular need. They still are the most expensive, despite their higher yields. The resultant product differs slightly compared to one produced another way – the oils produced by steam distillation of some plants may sometimes be found to have a more agreeable aroma. Patchouli, for example, seems to benefit from the steam distillation process by becoming a little warmer and richer. Many other essential oils are quite effectively produced via steam distillation, with little alteration from the original plant state. However, oils from other plant species do seem more ‘complete’ with CO2 processing, with Frankincense and most of the ‘spice’ oils being good examples where a little something special is present in the aroma – these oils are likely of greater therapeutic value than their traditionally made counterparts.

Producing essential oils of the aromatherapeutic grade is skill requiring years of experience. It takes the work of a dedicated artesian at every step, from growing and harvesting to fine-tuning the distillation process, to produce a truly fine oil. The making of a fine essential oil relies far more on knowledge and experience than it does on the particular extraction method. There are, however, legitimate reasons to select one distillation method over another – some plants simply require a particular process to produce a fine oil, and the oil needed for a particular application may only be made by one process. In the end, as is often the case in aromatherapy, your own sense of smell can tell you which oil will work best for you.


By Misty Cech

Misty is a Naturopath and yoga instructor with a professional practice in Boulder, Colorado. She is a great fan of aromatherapy grade essential oils and bach flower essences, and regularly employs them with her clients.

Article Source: EzineArticles



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ESSENTIAL OILS -The Eucalyptus Family of Healing Oils

Lavender Distillery
Lavender Distillery - Photo  by     markhillary
There are over 700 varieties of the eucalyptus tree with over 500 producing a type of essential oil. They form 75% of the flora of Australia and have naturalized themselves to many other countries. Some are medicinal oils, some industrial oils and some are used in perfumery. Each oil will have different constituents, different properties, and uses. The oil comes not from the bark of the tree but from its leaves. Eucalyptus is definitely an oil that should be in everyone's medicine cabinet. All of the eucalyptus oils are in the myrtle family (Myrtaceae).

The Australian Aborigines used eucalyptus in the treatment of all kinds of fever, including malaria. There are so many different varieties, each having a unique chemistry and therefore different healing qualities. For instance, Eucalyptus globulus known as blue gum tree is especially good for infections of the respiratory tract but also for treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, and wounds. E.globulus is great for purifying air and the trees produce ozone. Its chemistry shows its high in oxides, specifically 1,8 Cineole. Of all the medicinal grade eucalyptus oils.

E.globulus is the most widely known and used. Eucalyptus citriodora is lemony in fragrance and is more cooling in action than the E.globulus. Its key constituent is citronellal, an aldehyde. This variety of eucalyptus is better to use when mucus secretions are yellow indicating infection and heat in the body. It's also a great insect repellant especially helpful against cockroaches and silverfish. One important point about E.citriodora is that it is mild and thought to be best for children because of its lemony fresh smell.

Here's another great eucalyptus-E.Dives, also known as Peppermint Eucalyptus. It has a menthol fragrance and its key constituent is piperitone, a ketone. This eucalyptus has great mucolytic properties and is used for infections especially sinus, ear, kidney and for vaginitis. E.Dives is the strongest of the medicinal eucalyptus oils and therefore best used topically. Eucalyptus polybractea is also called Blue Mallee and like E.globulus, it is high in 1,8 cineole. It is a very antimicrobial and an expectorant oil yet gentler in action than some of the others.



The final eucalyptus we should all be aware of is Eucalyptus radiata. It too is high in 1,8 cineole. E. radiata is very antibacterial, antiviral and an expectorant oil that is great not only for respiratory conditions but is especially good for sinus infections. It is by far the gentlest and most effective of the eucalyptus oils since is it so low in aldehydes which distinguishes it from E. globulus and E. dives.
Want to learn more about the healing properties of the various eucalyptus oils as well as other essential oils? Consider becoming a certified aromatherapist. Educational courses in healing energy and aromatherapy can help you understand how essential oils heal the body/mind/spirit.



Monday, September 25, 2017

Tips to Clean Your Home With ESSENTIAL OILS

Have you ever noticed that ALL your commercial cleaning products list "warning" or "caution" labels on the bottles? Obviously, those labels are put there for a very good reason. The bottles DO contain poison and can cause adverse symptoms if inhaled or touched. Yikes!

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Here's where we can shift to a new concept of cleaning, without worry of chemicals, fumes, or synthetics harming our bodies. Essential oils are the best-kept secret for cleaning and purifying your environment.

Amazingly, essential oils are just as powerful as conventional cleaners.

It's very simple and a lot less expensive when you use essential oils instead of store-bought regular cleaners. The essential oils in this article anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. And the best part is they are 100% safe and even good for you! Conventional cleaners can't say that.

Using the highest quality therapeutic grade essential oils (such as young Living's) is of utmost importance. Poor quality oils are not effective in killing germs, nor are they safe to use in the ways I describe in this article.

Here are a few ways to achieve a healthy, clean home using essential oils.

Floors:

If you mop your floors
(tile, wood, laminate, marble) - replace your floor cleaner and use a bucket of water with 10-20 drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oils. Research has shown that lemon and lavender essential oils kill many strains of bacteria. And it's completely safe to inhale and walk upon!

If you steam or Roomba your floors
(tile, wood, laminate, marble) - walk through the house and drop a few drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oils in various places. Especially by the front door, garbage can area, bathrooms, and kitchen. As you steam the floor, the essential oils will be dispersed by the steamer or roomba, killing bacteria, mold, and viruses in the process.

If you vacuum your floors
- put 5 drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oil on a tissue and vacuum it up. This will kill the germs that get sucked up in your vacuum and also diffuse the oils into your home leaving it smelling wonderful!

Air Purifiers:

To have a clean air environment, get rid of that air freshener that's plugged into your wall! Its fragrance is definitely not of therapeutic value. Use a few drops of Thieves or Purification essential oil blends on a cotton ball and place it in your AC vent. Both of these blends were formulated to kill airborne bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungus. They also neutralize smoke and pet odors.

Or better yet, get yourself a cold air diffuser and diffuse either of these essential oils every day.

Hand Wash:

To make a chemical free, germ-killing hand wash, use up the remainder of your foaming hand wash and save the bottle. Now, fill it 1/8th full with Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap (or organic dishwashing soap.) Fill the rest with spring water. Add 10 drops of Thieves essential oil. Shake well and use at the kitchen and bathroom sinks.



Hand Disinfectant:

Loose your Purell and get a bottle of Lemon essential oil. Rub 1 drop of Lemon essential oil into hands after using public restrooms. Lemon essential oil kills germs while uplifting your mood as well. What a bonus!

See how just a few changes in your cleaning routine can easily replace a bunch of chemical cleaning products in your home? I suggest starting slowly by eliminating one cleaning product per week and incorporating an essential oil in its place. Soon you will be truly "greener" than anyone else you know and probably a bit healthier, too!

© Christa McCourt



Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Magic of ESSENTIAL OILS

Sprouted in Africa and introduced to various Southern European nations way back in 17th century, Geranium has since been used widely for varied purposes. In the present times, there are more than 700 varieties of Geranium available however only two are used when it comes to the production of aromatherapy oils. These two are known as the pelargonium odorantissimum and pelargonium graveolens.

The plant has been known for its several healing properties. As with many essential oils, it is used for soothing pain consequential to fractured bones, treat bleeding and open wounds. As a matter of fact, in various European nations, it is a tradition to grow this tree outside a home in order to protect it from evil spirits. As it has a fragrance similar to that of rose, it is widely used in the production of perfumes and skin care products.


Geranium oil is extracted from the stalks, leaves and flowers. They are steamed and distilled to produce an essential oil that can be blended with other oils such as lavender, cypress, patchouli, ylang-ylang, rosemary, bergamot, myrtle, fennel, neroli, pine, fennel, juniper, basil, sandalwood and bergamot. This is one factor that makes it one of the most preferred and versatile oils that is used in a variety of aromatherapy.

It is used as a skin care remedy. Doctors suggest its use for treatment of bruises, shingles, eczema and scalds.  It is also a great remedy as an insect repellent. When used in burners, it can make atmosphere stress free.

On the other hand is Lemon Oil that too is popular for its various benefits.  It is extracted from the skin of Citrus Limon. The fruit appears from pink collared flowers and slowly turns into yellow colour. With it comes several beneficial usages. Whether used as a prevention or treatment of disease and illness, this oil has amazing refreshing as well as calming effects. It is used in a variety of aromatherapy benefits.

It is also an amazing remedy for treating digestive disorders. If you are suffering from stomach problems, ulcers and heart burns then you can consider consuming this oil and enjoy its benefits within the quickest time. For minor wounds, abrasions boil and cut this oil is no less than a blessing. Usage of lemon oil also helps in relieving nervousness, anxiety and stress. You simply need to browse through web pages if you are planning to shop for essential oils.


About the Author:

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