| The Three Best Carrier Oils For Winter Skin
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/23/2015
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You may or may not know it, but the skin often has different needs in the winter than it does in the summer. Usually it requires deeper moisture and more protection from the elements in order to stay soft, radiant and damage-free. And the wonderful thing about this is that you don’t need to go and buy a special product, either. Nature has provided a plethora of protective and healing plant oils that are inexpensive, easy to use, and just what you need to keep your skin in tip-top shape throughout this long and cold season. Below are three of our favorite carrier oils to use for winter skin. Use them alone, or include them in your private label skin care to enhance the nourishment and skin-protective abilities of your line.
Switch Up Your Citrus
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/16/2015
Citrus essential oils are some of the most loved and commonly used in the essential oil world. I mean, is there really anything better than the gorgeous smell of fresh Lemon or fragrant Orange? But did you know that there is more to the citrus world of essential oils than just Lemon, Orange and Grapefruit? Some are made from fruits, while others are made from the leaves, flowers, and even the stems of citrus trees. Here you will find three less well-known citrus oils that we think more people should know about: Petit Grain, Kaffir Lime, and Red Mandarin.
Fragrance Vs. Essential Oils: Which One Is Better?
Whether you’re a conscious consumer or have your own private label skin care line, the question is bound to come up: “Should I use fragrance or essential oils”? Which one smells better, and what about allergies and shelf life? There is a case to be made for both, and while some think that all fragrances are bad, in reality there are some natural fragrances that are simply proprietary essential oil blends. Following is the RainShadow Labs take on essential oils vs. fragrance for private label skincare.
Take A Calm and Refreshing Whiff of Private Label Yuzu Essential Oil
Do you love the smell of fresh citrus? It’s as if the bright sunshine they grow under gets distilled right along with the essential oil! Many people are aware of the more common citrus fruits such as orange, lemon, and grapefruit, but there is another, less common citrus fruit that deserves some love and appreciation. Introducing yuzu essential oil. This bumpy little Japanese citrus fruit is packed with a bright and sweet citrus aroma that brings harmony and calm to a taxed nervous system and a stressed mind.
Wintergreen Essential Oil: Private Label Soreness Salve
Sometimes our aches and pains can get the best of us. We lose sleep, can’t walk around as easy, or simply realize that it’s time to reinstate that yoga routine we’ve been talking about. Either way, our sore and tired muscles and joints could use some thoughtful help now and again, and wintergreen essential oil is perfectly suited for this exact purpose.
White Thyme Essential Oil: Multipurpose Herbal Oil
Most people are familiar with thyme as a culinary herb, as its wonderfully bright and pungent aroma has certainly captivated chefs for years and years. But this little herb does more than add a burst of flavor to food. It also makes a wonderful essential oil with exceptional antibacterial and disinfecting qualities that lend themselves perfectly to private label formulas for use around the house and in the diffuser.
Sweeten Your Citrus With Tangerine Essential Oil
We love citrus. We love eating it, smelling it, and putting its essence in our diffusers and on our bodies. Everything from yuzu to lemon to grapefruit can get us in an emotional flurry of excitement, as each oil manages to bring a little ray of sunshine into our lives. One of our favorite, yet less well-known but extremely wonderful citrus oils is tangerine. This essential oil is a bright and delicately sweet citrus that provides an uplifting boost to one’s mood, home, and private label skincare formulations.
Sweet Fennel Essential Oil: Ancient Roman Remedy
Sweet fennel isn’t a very commonly used essential oil, but it should be! This oil is a gem when it comes to helping with the elimination of cellulite, assisting in proper digestion, and in releasing negative emotions. It is a lovely herb with a long history of beneficial use and the gentle power of the essential oil it yields makes its long heralded benefits available for us to use today. From aromatherapy to private label skincare, there is a special place for sweet fennel essential oil.
Sweet Birch Essential Oil: Private Label Pain Reliever
Move over traditional menthol-based pain relievers, and make some room for the muscle and joint loving powers of sweet birch essential oil! There’s no need for menthol when you’ve got the naturally invigorating and clarifying properties of sweet birch at your disposal. When used wisely and appropriately, Sweet birch can be used safely in private label formulas to take away pain and stiffness from the body and to help those with respiratory infections find a much needed breath of fresh air.
Sweet Basil Essential Oil: The Private Label Joie De Vivre
Sometimes we need some extra botanical assistance to get our brain producing some much needed happiness and calm-inducing neurotransmitters to help us deal with the stress and strain that often creeps its way into our daily lives. Sweet basil essential oil is perfect for this purpose. Not only does it help to release nervous tension and promote a sense of well being, but it can also be used in private label skincare to banish pain and a dull complexion for good.
Spearmint Essential Oil: A Private Label Peppermint Alternative
Peppermint is a very popular essential oil, and for good reason! Its uses are very multidimensional and it’s a great staple to have on hand, but what about those of us who would like a less pungent alternative? Peppermint’s gentler little cousin, spearmint, has a plethora of beneficial properties to offer, and can be used in many of the same ways as peppermint. From aromatherapy and tooth care to sore muscles and bug bites, there is a private label spearmint application for you.
Revitalize Your Life and Line With Grapefruit Essential Oil
Whether you’re feeling emotionally down, need an energetic pick-me-up, or are seeking balance in a whirlwind of emotional chaos, bright and fresh grapefruit essential oil brings the proverbial sunshine back into your life and into your private label. The more you use it, the more this familiar fruit will solidify itself as a staple in your at-home creations and private label skin care formulations. A powerful antibacterial and disinfectant, as well as an effective cellulite treatment and aroma therapeutic aid, grapefruit is always there when you need it.
Private Label Anti Aging With Ginger Grass Essential Oil
There are two central elements necessary for the creation of effective anti aging skin care: the prevention and reduction of inflammation and the promotion of healthy circulation to the skin. Ginger Grass essential oil does both of these things, eliminating pain and protecting the skin from pro-aging agents, effectively bringing an ancient multi dimensional healing power to your private label skincare.
Put Some Sunshine In Your Line With Lime Essential Oil
Sunny, sweet, and perfectly sour lime is a fun and effective citrus essential oil for your private label and DIY needs. A bit sweeter than lemon, but with many of the same applications, lime essential oil is wonderful for use in skin tightening, anti aging, disinfecting and sadness-fighting formulas.
Antioxidant Power For Your Private Label With Lemon Verbena
Private label skin care with a focus on anti aging must incorporate the power and plant-driven intelligence of antioxidants. Nothing is more simple and truly effective for fighting aging and its minions than the pro-aging neutralization power of effectively delivered antioxidants. You can choose to use isolated antioxidants such as vitamin C or E, a high quality carrier oil such as rosehip seed, or an essential oil such as Lemon Verbena.
Anoint Your Private Label
As we come into this beloved holiday season, our wholesale cosmetics and private label skincare products take a festive turn in their smells, packaging, and featured ingredients. Balms, scrubs, candles and perfumes become sweet, spicy and warming. And what better way to bring that festivity into your life or line than with a beautiful essential oil blend? As a gift, natural fragrance for private label skin care, or personal accouterment, our Anointed blend of frankincense, amber and cinnamon essential oils will have you feeling cozy and festive in no time.
Amber Essential Oil: Ancient Meditation Ally
Humans have been exploring the possibilities of the mind and psyche for thousands of years and one of their favorite methods for doing so has been meditation. Though one can easily practice meditation alone, there are some beautiful essential oils that are well known for aiding in this process. One of the most ancient, unique and mysterious of these is amber essential oil. This deep, sweet and slightly heady tree resin distillate brings the perfect amount of depth to your private label skin care formulas and aromatherapy blends.
Vetiver Essential Oil: Multipurpose Grass
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/27/2014
While many essential oils are made from flowers, there are other types of plants that can be used as well. Vetiver is an earthy, musky smelling grass that offers up its essential oil for a multitude of uses, not the least of which is as a simple natural perfume. It is used daily in many parts of India and is also an effective private label skincare ingredient and infection fighter.
Vanilla Essential Oil: Sweet, Creamy Ambrosia
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/24/2014
The sweet and warming scent of Vanilla is a classic, loved by men, women, and children alike. This sensuous, sweet, and creamy elixir is extracted from the fruits of an exotic flower and brings equally exotic qualities to the blends it’s included in. While most widely used as an alcohol based extract for flavoring food, the essential oil of Vanilla is actually where most of its therapeutic and flavorful properties lie.
Sandalwood Essential Oil: Ancient Golden Nectar
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/20/2014
Sandalwood is a prime example of why essential oils are so fun and effective to use. Upon application, its euphoric sweetness simultaneously informs your brain chemistry via aromatherapy, heals your skin via its anti-inflammatory and regenerative compounds, and revs your hormonal system via its unique form of phyto-androgen. The result is an exotic tonic-perfume that literally makes you feel and look as good as you smell.
Sacred Skin Care With Sage Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/17/2014
When most people think of Sage, they probably think of the practice of “smudging”, where the smoke of the plant is used to purify a room. While this is no doubt a fun and potentially meaningful use of Sage, the essential oil offers us other uses that yield beautiful results thanks to the potent phyto-chemistry of this plant. Whether you’re interested in skin care, immune support, or ancient herbal lore, Sage essential oil will secure its place in your essential oil arsenal.
Rosemary Essential Oil: Culinary Herb Turned Hair Care Extraordinaire
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/13/2014
Sometimes the most common of skin care ingredients are the most remarkable and Rosemary is one of those ingredients. Typically used as an herb for cooking because of its flavor and aroma, Rosemary also soothes irritations of the mind and the skin. It especially lends it healing and strengthening powers to the hair, banishing sad, limp and thinning hair for good.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil: Calm, Soothe, Renew
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/10/2014
Chamomile is a quite popular and well-known herb, often consumed as a relaxing and child-friendly tea. What you may not know is that the essential oil of this remarkable little plant is full of therapeutic qualities, and can be utilized in private label skincare and aromatherapy. Whether you would like to relax and calm down, or heal some scars and regenerate your skin, Roman Chamomile essential oil is there to help.
Flower Power with Lavender, Rose and Neroli
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/6/2014
The art of perfumery began in ancient Egypt and humans have been enjoying the scents of nature and her wonders ever since. Whether the perfume is natural or synthetic, the inspiration for its scent no doubt comes from flowers and the myriad of scent-sual wonders they so kindly offer our noses. When made into essential oils, these flower essences can be blended together to create sweet smelling and therapeutic natural perfumes. At RainShadow Labs, we especially love our flower-based blend of Lavender, Rose, and Neroli essential oils to inspire, calm, heal and harmonize.
Essential Oils For Hair Care
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/3/2014
Thick, shiny, beautiful hair is the perfect accessory. Even if you’ve had a bad day or woke up too tired, a good hair day takes that all away. Harsh shampoos and chemicals can sometimes do more damage than good to our hair, so it’s important to not only use high quality products, but to also know how to help the hair repair and maintain itself. Essential oils are a great way to do that and below you will find four of our wholesale essential oils that you can use for healthy hair maintenance and repair: Rosemary, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood.
Essential Oils For Your Private Label
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/27/2014
Natural and organic skin care embodies the essence of innovative natural science- providing authentic ingredients that impart their succulent natural wisdom to our skin. Essential oils are powerful skin care allies, and can easily take any formula from good to top tier. With such a variety of oils to choose from, it can seem daunting to find the essential oils that are right for you. Here you will find four of our favorite essential oils to start with for your private label- geranium, rose, jasmine and turmeric.
Energize Your Spirit With Essential Oils
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/23/2014
One of the great things about essential oils is that when properly blended, they enhance the effectiveness of the oils around them. This means that using an essential oil blend can be even better than using a single oil. And in today’s modern world where almost everything is demanding and fast paced, you can really use all the help you can get. And that’s exactly why we came up with our Energize and Uplift essential oil blend, a lovely mix of jasmine, lemon, frankincense and sandalwood essential oils, Energize invigorates your mind and uplifts your spirits for the times you need it most.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: Exotic Floral Essence
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/20/2014
Essential oils are distilled from a number of different plant parts- everything from resins and stems, to leaves and occasionally even grasses. But it is the flowers that often evoke the most magical experiences, and great care is taken to ensure that they are harvested and processed at the correct time. Ylang ylang is no exception to this; these fragrant blossoms are harvested and distilled in the early morning, when their fragrance (and therapeutic potential) is at its peak.
Turmeric Essential Oil: Botanical Anti Aging Genius
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/16/2014
Turmeric has been getting a lot of press lately in the health world because of the amazing anti inflammatory and healing properties it possesses. As you may already know, inflammation is one of the most detrimental processes our skin can be exposed to, and keeping it in check is of the utmost importance if your goal is to have a bright, tight and healthy complexion.
Palmarosa Essential Oil: Beautifying Cousin of the Rose
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/13/2014
There are many different kinds of rose oils and all of them are held in high regard when it comes to skin care. It would make sense that something as fair and fragrant as a rose would be one of the ultimate beauty tonics. But there are also plants such as palmarosa, which is not a flower but a grass. And like its flowered and soft-petaled cousins, palmarosa is a wonder when it comes to treating aged and dehydrated skin.
Lemongrass Essential Oil: Multipurpose Maverick
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/9/2014
The beauty of essential oils is not always that they are good for any one thing, but that one oil can be used for a myriad of purposes with equal effectiveness. This is most definitely the case with lemongrass essential oil. It is equally as good as an insect repellant as it is a sore muscle rub or tissue regenerator. It clears athlete’s foot because of its powerful antifungal properties, and can be put in the diffuser to stave off colds and freshen the room. Needless to say, lemongrass is a multi-use maverick, perfectly suited for your private label needs.
Cumin Essential Oil: Ancient Cell-Protector
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/6/2014
Though modern technology has provided many advances in the realm of health and sanitation, looking back to ancient cultures and studying what herbs and practices they utilized can be very valuable. Often, we find that the substances they used can still be effectively employed today. Cumin essential oil was cultivated and used extensively in ancient cultures as a way to treat and prevent infection and digestive issues, as well as a way to prevent food from going bad, and its applications are still relevant for us today.
Cinnamon Essential Oil: Spicy-Sweet Bacteria-Buster
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/2/2014
It’s important to know how to keep your home and family members germ and infection free. When one person gets sick, it can negatively affect the whole household, so having a go-to infection and harmful bacteria fighting remedy is really of the utmost importance. Essential oils provide a natural, effective and sweet-smelling way to keep pathogens and illness at bay, and one of the absolute best oils for this purpose is cinnamon.
Lemon Essential Oil: Everyday Household Hero
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/26/2014
In a day and age when most of us are running around with very busy schedules, products that cover more than one base at a time are invaluable. Lemon essential oil is a fragrant and uplifting essential oil that you can use to clean your house, keep your immune system healthy, and clear your mind of stress and stagnation.
Marjoram Essential Oil: Botanical Body-Ache-Buster
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/23/2014
Nobody likes to get sick. Our body aches, we can’t breathe very well, and it feels almost impossible to get anything on our to-do list done and out of the way. What if there was a way to get rid of that sick, creaky body ache that resigns you to the bed with nothing to do but wait and get better? Thankfully, a popular culinary herb known as marjoram also doubles as a pain relieving essential oil for those times when your body aches and you’re stuck in bed.
Jasmine: Queen of the Flowers
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/19/2014
Whether we know it or not, scent is a powerful influencing force behind many of our actions. The pheromones released by our body odor inform others about the state of our hormonal health and potential biological compatibility. And just as our own pheromones alter human brain chemistry, so too do the pheromones of plants. Some cause a state of relaxation, others cause mental alertness, while others even act as aphrodisiacs. Jasmine essential oil has long been regarded as an exotic botanical aphrodisiac, and has an ancient history of ceremonial use.
Wholesale “Relax” Essential Oil Blend
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/16/2014
Rain Shadow Labs’ Relax Essential Oil Blend is the perfect stress antidote. Aromatherapy blends abound, and it can be tempting to just use one oil for relaxation. However, when the calming oils of geranium, lavender, ylang ylang and sage come together, the result is a blend with soft and sultry floral notes, and a combined stress-busting synergy that will have you relaxed and smelling sweet in no time.
Galbanum Essential Oil: Botanical DNA Repair
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/12/2014
True anti aging skin care repairs skin at every level, optimizing it for the absolute best integrity infused performance. Skin that is dull, clogged, and damaged requires intelligent support via nature’s own botanical pharmacy. Essential oils are masters at delivering potent plant intelligence to skin that is damaged, dull, and withering. And for struggling skin that needs a botanical boost, look no further than galbanum essential oil.
Geranium Essential Oil: Multifaceted Healer
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/9/2014
It takes a very special and potent substance to heal severely damaged and scarred skin. Thankfully, there is one African flower that takes skin regeneration and scar healing to a level all its own. With a sweet and uplifting scent, and super hero potent regenerative powers, geranium essential oil is the perfect oil for healing and maintaining damaged, scarred, and traumatized skin.
Refresh Your Senses With Cypress Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/5/2014
There is something so soothing and wonderfully therapeutic about hiking in the pine filled mountains- the crisp air wakes you up, the sun brightens your mood, and the minty fresh smell of pine and cypress trees illuminate your spirit. But for many of us, hiking in the mountains every day isn’t an option. How can you transport that same invigorating experience into your everyday life? The answer: cypress essential oil.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Aboriginal Disinfectant
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/2/2014
When it comes to fighting bacteria and infections, and reducing inflammation, eucalyptus essential oil is the best of the best. The Aboriginal people of Australia have used eucalyptus leaves for centuries as a poultice to disinfect and cover wounds. To this day some medical doctors will use a solution of eucalyptus essential oil in surgical dressings.
Top 12 Peppermint Oil Uses
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 3/11/2014
Peppermint Essential Oil is core medicine cabinet oil. It’s one that everyone really should keep in the house. Why? It’s good for everything from first aid to counter top cleaning.
Peppermint Essential Oil is anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial. It’s great for the digestive system, the respiratory system, pain relief and circulation. Peppermint Oil’s healing and hygienic uses are well known. There is even archeological evidence that peppermint was used by the ancients for such purposes!
The Many Benefits of Cacao Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/12/2014
RainShadow Lab’s Wholesale Cacao Essential Oil makes it easy for you to procure this delicious, sensuous oil at a manufacturer direct value. Use it in your spa or beauty care establishment, or to blend in cosmetics you make at home for yourself and friends! Our oils are always pure, unadulterated and distilled from premium sources. So, they are richly aromatheraputic and powerfully medicinal!
Cacao Essential Oil is a yummy and super-calming scent. The oil’s toothsome fragrance is actually relaxing on a molecular level. Cacao Oil contains components like anandimide, a molecule that the brain needs to feel blissful and happy, and tryptophan, famous for relaxing the nervous system and boosting mood. The scent of Cacao Oil relaxes the body and mind.
How Essential Oils are Made
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/7/2014
How are Essential Oils made? Essential Oils are made by extracting the fragrant and medicinal liquids in a plant. Essential Oils can be derived from the seeds, roots, bark, stems and leaves of a plant as well as the fruit and flowers. Quality essential oils are extracted using one of three main methods: Effleurage, Steam Distillation and Expression.
The Top Five Essential Essential Oils
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/16/2013
If you’re new to Essential Oils, congratulations! You’ve discovered how powerful essential oils can be in your life as beauty aids, medicinal healers and much more. But starting your essential oil collection is a challenge. There are so many incredible oils to choose from, where do you start? At RainShadow Labs, we believe you should always trust your intuition. But, there are some standard oils that every collection should have. So here it is, the Top 5 Essential Oils You Need To Have In Your Collection!
Immortal Blue: Uses & Benefits of Blue Tansy Essential Oil
Blue Tansy Essential Oil (also known as Moroccan Chamomile) is a highly curative oil. The word tansy comes from the Greek word “Athanaton” meaning “immortal” because Blue Tansy has real tissue regenerating abilities! Though it’s light, botanic aroma makes it lovely for a subtle personal scent, the real power of this deep blue distillation is in its medicinal effectiveness.
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/11/2013
Black Pepper Essential Oil
At RainShadow Labs, we’d like to tell you a story about Black Pepper Essential Oil. Long ago, when Europe was still young, there were no local spices available to Europeans. All spices, including black pepper, had to come from Asia and beyond. All spices were popular in Europe, but it is said that the culinary, healing and uplifting benefits of black pepper were so sought after that the French, Spanish and Dutch started wars over it! Today black pepper isn’t quite so difficult to get a hold of, but its power is entrancing nonetheless!
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/9/2013
Top 7 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/2/2013
Most essential oils are wildly powerful, and their uses are far ranging and impressive. But Lavender Essential Oil is especially magical! The ancient Greeks and ROmans used lavender in their bathhouses (the name Lavender comes from the Latin word lavare – to wash) because they saw how effective it was against so many different toxins! Lavender isn’t just for the bath water- it has so many wondrous uses! Here are RainShadow Labs’ Top 7 Uses of Lavender Essential Oil!
Essential Oil Natural Spider Repellent: Top 6 Scents Spiders Hate!
Get the spooks from arachnids? You’re not the only one! Sure, it’s wildly incredible that they spin silk from their bodies. But since spiders carry venom, and even the non-venomous ones are just plain pesky, spiders in the house are not ideal and even dangerous.
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/25/2013
You want to keep spiders out of your home, but traditional methods of pest control are toxic. Chemicals like piperonyl butoxide to hydramethylnon, common pesticide ingredients, are known carcinogens. The hazards of pesticides range from damage to the nervous system and irritation to the skin and eyes, to affecting the hormone and endocrine system. While they are effective pest control methods, pesticides are not ideal for you or anyone in your house.
Fiery Fragrances for Fall: Diffusing Essential Oils
Let’s get into it: it’s sensational what diffusing essential oils in your home can do for your mind and mood. Saturating scents around your home is a great way to pick yourself up when you’re feeling out of it! Almost any and all essential oils will provide unparalleled benefits when diffused in the air, but we want to focus on those scents that make you feel like you’ve gotten big hug: Fall Scents. The fun thing about diffusing these special Fall Scents is that they not only smell phenomenal, they provide you with health benefits as well!
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/22/2013
Magnolia Essential Oil: A Hidden Beauty Treasure
Magnolia essential oil is one of RainShadow Labs all time favorite hidden beauty treasures! If you don’t know already, essential oils are distillations of the medicinally powerful and richly fragrant chemical compounds found in plants. Essential oils can heal ailments in the body, as well as uplift thought patterns in the mind and restore emotional well-being. We love magnolia essential oil at the moment because it’s a secret beauty gem!
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/23/2013
Top 5 Skincare Myths... Busted!
5) ALL OILS CLOG PORES AND PROVOKE ACNE
Posted by Julia Sanders on 8/26/2013
False! It is a common belief
that oils or products with oils are comedogenic and pore-clogging. This
is just not true! Some oils can potentially suffocate the skin, such as
mineral oil, but many oils are very good for the skin and won't clog
pores and cause acne at all. In fact, many of them clear up acne and
reduce your natural oil production, making you less shiny and reducing
the amount of pore-clogging material upon your complexion. Oils such as
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Safflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Soybean Oil,
Sunflower Seed Oil, and Macadamia Nut Oil are all safe and effective for
facial and body skin care.
4) CHOCOLATE AND GREASY FOODS CAUSE BREAKOUTS
False! There is no evidence indicating that consuming chocolate and greasy foods...
Melissa Essential Oil
Posted by Julia Sanders on 8/19/2013
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Essential Oil, also known as Lemon Balm, is an oil derived from a plant
native to center-southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Melissa
plant extracts have been used for their medicinal properties for ages.
Melissa Essential Oil is particularly famous for its soothing qualities,
memory boosting properties, and anti-depressant powers. It is used to
treat anxiety, depression, hypertension, insomnia, migraines, menstrual
cramping, PMS, indigestion, nausea, asthma, bronchitis, coughing, insect
repellent, eczema, and also for adding flavor and fragrance. No wonder
it was decreed the “Common Oil” and “Sweet Oil,” eh?
Natural, Healing Hair Care Treatments
Posted by Julia Sanders on 7/21/2013
Its Summertime, which means its time to pack away those warm winter hats and flaunt those lovely locks of yours! Whether or not you have short or long hair, it is important to promote healthy hair growth to achieve and maintain a thick, lustrous mane. There are many products out there that tout hair growing capabilities. These products are packed with artificial ingredients and harsh chemicals that can eventually cause damage to your hair, internal organs (remember, your skin absorbs at least 60% of what you apply to it) and can even provoke cancer. Luckily, there is a solution! Avoid the danger of using threatening, artificial products to tend to your hair and benefit from natural products! Read below to discover how natural oils can improve any hair type and texture with noteworthy results.
DIY: Natural Insect Repellent
think we can all agree that outdoor fun is the best part of Summer. But
whether or not you are chilling on your porch, in the woods, or by a
lake there always seems to be pesky insects waiting to attack! And as
annoying as those buzz-killing creatures can be, covering yourself from
head to toe in chemicals to ward them off can be just as vexing. Here
are some natural, do it yourself solutions so you can enjoy the outdoors
without worrying about bugs!
Posted by Julia Sanders on 7/8/2013
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Make Your Own Fragrance
Posted by Julia Sanders on 5/30/2013
Do you want to make your own fragrance? Can’t find that
perfect scent? Looking for something unique for you and only you? Here’s the
lowdown on how to blend the fragrance of your dreams. Discover how to make the
perfect scent for any occasion or a signature aroma just for you.
Patchouli Essential Oil
Posted by Julia Sanders on 5/25/2013
Patchouli essential oil, extracted from the leaves of the patchouli plant, has a long therapeutic and medicinal history that began in Southeast Asia many centuries ago. Bearing a variety of active properties, it is useful for meditation purposes, as an aphrodisiac, to treat skin and hair, and to repel insects. With inherent grounding and uplifting qualities, this earthy, woody aroma taps into the root chakra, the sacral chakra, and even the third eye chakra. While it is often associated with the hippies of the 1960s, this multifaceted oil is a fantastic staple for anyone to have on hand.
Rose Essential Oil
Posted by Julia Sanders on 5/17/2013
One of the most widely used oils in aromatherapy is rose essential oil. It offers a strong, sweet, floral middle note with compelling healing capacity. Put to use as far back as ancient Egyptian times, rose essential oil has been helping humankind with mental, emotional, and physical strain for more than one thousand years. An antidepressant, aphrodisiac, bactericide, skin treatment, lung treatment, and pain-reliever, this miracle oil covers all the bases.
Spruce Essential Oil
Posted by Julia Sanders on 5/7/2013
With a fresh forest scent, spruce essential oil bears a sweeter aroma than the rest of the evergreen oils. Its scent has an immediate grounding, calming, and centering effect, making it a leading aroma for mental clarity and for relieving emotional blockage.
Cacao Essential Oil
Posted by Julia Sanders on 4/30/2013
Used by the Aztecs over two thousand years ago and worshiped by modern science today, cacao offers many delights. Known to open the heart chakra and promote healing on various planes, cacao essential oil can be consumed or inhaled to benefit one’s mind, body, and spirit.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Posted by Julia Sanders on 4/26/2013
Peppermint is often regarded as the world's oldest medicine. Bearing tremendous medicinal and flavorful properties, it’s no wonder that peppermint oil has survived as an edible, topical, and aromatic treatment since the time of the Ancient Egyptians. With a strong, fresh, minty aroma, peppermint oil can treat ailments of the respiratory, circulatory, integumentary (skin, hair, & nails), and nervous system.
Purchasing Pure Essential Oils
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/10/2013
As essential oils gain popularity, more and more companies are offering their version of these products. There are a many options to choose from and it can be difficult for consumers to know which companies are selling the highest quality products. Below are a few signs to watch out for that can be an indication of whether or not you're purchasing your essential oils from a reputable company.
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 2/16/2013
Helichrysum or immortelle essential oil is a very precious and expensive oil with truly remarkable benefits. The scientific name for this plant is Helichrysum italicum and it is found in the Mediterranean. The plant grows mainly in sandy, rocky soil. The oil and plant are also known as everlasting and immortelle.
Essential Oils for Hair Care
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/31/2013
Essential oils can benefit almost every aspect of your life, including hair care. Using essential oils as part of your hair care routine can give you healthier hair and help you to address problems that may be occurring.
There are two simple ways that you can incorporate essential oils into your hair care routine today. The easiest is by adding a few drops of essential oils to your current shampoo. Another way you can utilize essential oils in hair care is to make a scalp treatment that you can massage into your hair and scalp. This can be made using a few drops of essential oils along with a carrier oil which can then be applied to the hair and scalp. Some essential oils that are beneficial to every type of hair are lavender, rosemary, jojoba, and borage.
Essential Oils for Hygiene
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/29/2013
Most people are familiar with the benefits of using essential oils for aromatherapy, but there is so much more to be gained from them. Essential oils can be used for personal hygiene to improve your overall health. Using essential oils in the place of common commercial products can reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. Here are some essential oils can be used to make natural substitutes for common hygiene products.
Anti-Aging Essential Oils
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/25/2013
As skin ages, it loses its elasticity and firmness and gives way to fine lines and wrinkles. Overexposure to the sun and other environmental factors add to the problem, resulting in age spots and uneven skin tone. These signs of aging are the reason why anti-aging serums are so popular among those looking to refresh their skin. Many anti-aging creams are made from chemicals that can damage the skin, but there is a natural way to combat aging skin using essential oils.
Essential oils are very potent and most of them need to be diluted into a carrier oils before you apply them to your skin, especially to your face. Choose one or more of the following essential oils to add to make your own anti-aging remedy.
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/24/2013
Essential oils can be used in many different ways to improve your health and environment. The process of extracting essential oils from the plants they’re derived from produces a concentrated substance that is very potent. You only need to use a very small amount of essential oils. When applying them directly to the skin, essential oils should be diluted in carrier oils to avoid skin irritation.
Carrier oils, also known as base oils, are vegetable oils that are made from the fatty part of a plant, like the seed, nut or kernel. Carrier oils contain nutrients that benefit the skin and can complement the healing properties of the essential oils.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/21/2013
Peppermint is a flavor and fragrance that is often associated with the holiday season. Fresh and cool, peppermint carries the essence of winter. Looking more deeply there is more to this amazing mint than meets the eye, including hidden properties that perhaps reveal a deeper purpose to its widespread use during the Christmas season. These hidden properties include the amazing ability of peppermint to aid digestion and to stimulate the conscious mind. And there is no more necessary time for digestive aids and awakening agents than during the demanding holiday season!!
Essential Oils for Meditation
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/18/2013
Caring for the mind and spirit is equally as important as caring for the body. Meditation is a practice that has been used throughout time to maintain the connection between the mind, body and spirit so we can meet the needs of all three. While prayer is meant to help us speak to a divine power, meditation is meant to help us clear our minds and listen to receive enlightenment and empowerment from our Creator, nature, and ourselves. Meditation is also used to refocus the mind, promote relaxation and enhance spiritual growth.
Healing Cracked Heels With Essential Oils
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/28/2012
skin is a problem for many people during the winter as the cold weather and dry
conditions take their toll on different parts of the skin, particularly on the
heels of the feet. Besides being unsightly, dry, cracked heels can be very
painful and can even lead to infection. Using essential oils to care for your feet
can help the skin stay supple and healthy all winter long. There are many
essential oils that can be applied directly to your feet to heal and moisturize
Blue Tansy Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/26/2012
Tansy oil essential oil is a beautiful cobalt blue colored essential that
is extracted from a weed indigenous to North Africa. It will capture you with
its sweet, refreshing and soothing scent.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/24/2012
seed oil has been recognized throughout history for its restorative properties
and great taste. This essential oil is full of nutrients that are good for our
bodies, both inside and out. It can be applied topically and absorbed into the
skin or eaten to take advantage of its health benefits. With so many uses,
pumpkin seed oil is really a must-have for anyone who uses essential oils as
part of their personal care and grooming.
Cranberry Seed Oil
a favorite holiday flavor, but this little berry is good for more than a
Christmas pick-me-up. Cranberry seed essential oil is made by pressing
cranberry seeds to extract a concentrated oil that is chock full of health
benefits. This essential oil is enjoying increasing popularity in the health
and beauty industry as its positive properties are brought to light.
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/21/2012
Frankincense and Myrrh: Precious Gifts of Nature
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/19/2012
story of the birth of Christ is perhaps one of the most often retold, especially
at Christmas time. We all recognize the age-old details of shepherds, wise men,
and a lonely stable. The gifts of the Magi presented to the baby Jesus were the
most valuable ones available at the time: frankincense, myrrh, and gold. Gold
is something everyone is still familiar with today, but frankincense and myrrh
are not in general use like they were back then.
Bath Time Essential Oils
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/17/2012
A nice warm bath is the perfect way to wrap up a long winter's day. Adding essential oils to your bath can turn your tub into your own
personal spa and help you melt away stress, reenergize your body, and relax
before bedtime. Different water temperatures combined with different essential
oils can help you achieve the desired effect for your warm wintertime bath.
Essential Oils for What Ails You
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/10/2012
Its officially winter, which means cold and flu season is in full swing. Almost everyone sees their fair share of illness at this time of year. Frequent hand washing, eating a balanced diet, and getting plenty of rest can help you avoid the worst of it, but it's good to have a back up plan in place, just in case you do catch a virus. Making essential oils part of your sick-day care routine can help you feel better, faster.
It's best to begin treating cold and flu symptoms as soon as they crop up. Waiting until you have a full-blown illness can make it harder to make headway against the virus. Most essential oils work by way of aromatherapy to help clear sinuses, settle an upset stomach, or give you some extra energy.
Frankincense: The Oil of Kings
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/28/2012
If there was one and only one essential oil I was allowed to use, it
would be frankincense, which comes from the Boswellia sacra tree. The
essential oil of kings!
Tree shepherds indeed!! For thousands of years, passed from generation
to generation, the frankincense trees of the southern Arabian desert
have been cultivated and harvested in order to produce this oil of
kings. Sadly, today frankincense has gone on the endangered species
list and thus the essential oil is becoming far more expensive and much
more difficult to acquire.
Neroli Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/26/2012
Neroli essential oil (citrus aurantium)
is a very precious oil produced from the blossoms of the bitter orange
tree. The blossoms are small, white, and very fragrant. The oil tends to
be more expensive than other essential oils because it requires 1 ton
of orange blossoms to produce 1 quart of oil.
Neroli is named after Anna Maria de La Tremoille, Princess of Nerola
(we're not making this up!) who first introduced the fragrance to Italy.
Essential Oils and Weight Loss
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/23/2012
We hope you had a
great Thanksgiving yesterday! The holidays are a great time to spend
time with family and friends, remember the good things in life, and eat
great food. However, the plethora of good food can be a challenge for
people who are trying to lose weight.
A study done by the
television station ABC revealed that over 45% of adult Americans said they
would like to lose some weight. Everyone is always looking for an easier or
effective way to accomplish this but, at the end of the day, it comes down to
diet and exercise. Controlling your appetite can seem like an uphill battle,
but essential oils can help.
Essential Oils for Skin Care
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/21/2012
to Skin Care
Finding the right balance of skin care products can be very
difficult. Many products contain harsh chemicals that can make your skin
too dry, too oily, or damage it in other ways. Using essential oils for
skin care can help balance your skin naturally and give you an even,
Different essential oils can benefit your skin in different ways. Just
like our skin comes in a variety of types, there are a variety of
essential oils available to help nourish skin. Lavender, chamomile, and
rosewood are useful for all skin types, but branching out into other
essential oils can help treat a myriad of skin problems.
Natural Air Fresheners
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/16/2012
It's so nice to have a home that smells fresh and there are many
products available to help you accomplish that. Unfortunately, many of
the most popular products contain chemicals that can be harmful to your
health and/or the environment. Using essential oils in place of these
chemicals can eliminate their harmful effects and still leave your home
smelling fresh and beautiful.
Another benefit of using essential oils to freshen your home is that
they have additional benefits beyond smelling good. Below are some of
the side benefits of the oils most commonly used as air fresheners.
Essential Oils for Cleaning
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/14/2012
Making the decision to free your environment from harsh chemicals and
switch to healthier options can take some time and effort, but is
definitely worth it. Essential oils provide a healthy replacement for
many of these chemicals. The great thing is that they are very versatile
and have many uses. You will find that the same essential oils you use
for pain relief can also be used as a cleaning agent or to calm your
baby. This will save you money and make it easy for you to have
everything you need on hand at all times.
Replacing the cleaning chemicals in your household can free your
environment from some of its most harmful chemicals. Replacing even a few of these items
with essential oils can go along way to decreasing these risks for your
Essential Oils and Massage
Posted by Gravitate Master on 11/12/2012
Massage has been proven to
be an effective tool for better health and well-being. It helps with
relaxation, ridding the body of toxins, and healing. When coupled with the use
of essential oils, massage can have many added benefits.
Essential oils are
commonly used for massage because they have aromatherapy benefits that help
enhance the benefits of the massage. Oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint,
lavender and sandalwood are among the most popular.
Pregnancy and Essential Oils
Posted by Gravitate Master on 11/9/2012
Pregnancy is a miraculous time as a woman's body grows and changes to
support a small new life. Many of these miracles are accompanied by some
discomfort, without much relief available. Because of the delicate
nature of pregnancy, many medications and even some activities are off
limits to mothers-to-be. However, there are several essential oils that
can relive the discomforts of pregnancy and are safe to use during
gestation. Here are a few options you may not have considered before.
Using Essential Oils as Sleep Aids
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/7/2012
Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to get to sleep,
particularly when you are already tired. There's a huge market for sleep
aids but most of them are made from harmful chemicals that come with
dangerous side effects. Essential oils provide a safe, effective
alternative to the sleep aids you find behind the counter at the
Essential Oils for Children
Posted by Gravitate Master on 11/5/2012
Lately there has been a trend toward holistic products for children.
This is because many of the medications and chemicals that adults use
are not safe for children, but parents are still looking for a way to
alleviate their kids' discomfort. In addition, many holistic products
don't have the same negative side effects that traditional medications
Essential oils are a great alternative solution to help comfort kids and
alleviate their pain or symptoms from sicknesses.
Citrus Essential Oils
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 10/17/2012
The citrus family packs a punch when it comes to delivering therapeutic
and aromatic oils. If you have ever
juiced a lime or a lemon or peeled a grapefruit, tangerine or orange, you know
the instant that the peel has been opened by the aroma that bursts forth. What you smell is the highly aromatic natural
essential oil that is captured in the rind of the fruit. This fresh smell enlivens
the mind and the spirit.
The next time you eat an orange or a tangerine or any member
of the citrus family take the rind and fold it in half with the colorful side
out; squeeze it and the rind should squirt a small amount of the aromatic
fluid. This fluid is the essential oil.
The citrus family of essential oils is a great
year round oil. It can be placed directly into a diffuser or applied topically
as a therapeutic and fragrant ingredient for skincare products. These oils have antifungal, antibacterial,
antiviral and antiseptic properties, which are excellent when included in
household cleaning products. These oils
are also wonderful when blended with other essential oils as fragrance blends
and applied to the skin (though please note that they must be diluted in
advance of direct application or they may cause skin irritation).
Bergamot Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/26/2012
Bergamot essential oil is a very popular oil but many
people do not know the source of bergamot or its therapeutic benefits.
The name bergamot is derived from the name citrus bergamia,
which is a fruit-bearing tree. The
tree is primarily cultivated for this fruit in the Italian province Reggio di
Calabria and the city of Bergamo; thus the name. The fruit of this tree is less sour than lemon and more
bitter than grapefruit and has been used for centuries in teas, as medicine to
treat malaria, and as an essential oil.
Lavender Essential Oil
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/26/2012
If you have a chance to visit a lavender farm like I have, take the time to sit and breathe and observe the magic of this amazing flower. The color alone will take your breath away and the aroma is fresh and floral, soothing and refreshing. You will notice a tremendous calm in your being and the sense that the stresses of your life are a mere memory. Lavender essential oil distills this experience and delivers it at your fingertips any time you want.
How Much Essential Oil to Use
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/24/2012
Essential oils have been used for centuries by many nations and civilizations for treating common conditions of the body and mind. Extremely concentrated extracts of plants, essential oils have a variety of different uses, depending on the properties of the plant of origin. There are also a number of different methods of use for specific ailments and purposes. And each method requires a certain amount of essential oil.
Organic Essential Oils
Essential oils are concentrated oils extracted from plants, flowers, and trees. Like all crops, they can either be organic (raised naturally without chemicals) or nonorganic (with pesticides and other chemicals used in growth and harvesting). As essential oils are an agricultural product, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates essential oils that are declared organic. Facilities can be certified by government regulation with inspection and follow-up. Thus, true organic essential oils will be labeled as certified organic.
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/22/2012
Making Essential Oils at Home
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils taken mainly from aromatic plants. From ancient times through today, these oils have been used for their various physical and emotional benefits as they range from uses in treating bacterial, fungal, and viral infections to soothing anxiety and alleviating depression. There are over 700 plant sources for essential oils. The making of essential oils is a delicate process, but can be done even at home with the right equipment.
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/21/2012
How Essential Oils are Extracted
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils. Most essential oils are extracted through a distilling process, a process involving steaming the plants to release their oils. The steam takes the essential oil with it into a condenser, which cools the steam. As the steam cools, the oil floats to the top of the remaining water. The leftover water still contains some of the plant chemistry and is often called floral water (or hydrosol), used for its own purposes. This method has been used for centuries.
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/19/2012
Treating Adult Acne with Essential Oils
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/17/2012
Are you tired of using teenage acne remedies for your mature skin? Are you frustrated with the drying and peeling caused by benzoyl peroxide? Perhaps youve noticed that these types of treatments contribute to wrinkle development. And maybe you are just sick of acne altogether. There may be a better solution, but first it is important to understand the sources of adult acne.
Essential Oil Blends for Balding
Hair loss is a concern for both men and women. Some essential oils have properties reported to benefit those suffering from balding or thinning hair.
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/13/2012
Hair loss can be caused by inflammation of the scalp. German chamomile (diluted to 1%) can cool the scalp and reduce inflammation. Lavender can do the same, but also adds antibacterial and regenerative properties (3% dilution). Helichrysum can be used at .5-2% to reduce inflammation and aid in cellular regeneration. Sea Buckhorn is bright red (be forewarned!) but helps in nourishing the scalp, reducing inflammation, and regenerating cell growth. Use at .5-2%
Essential Oils for Romance
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/10/2012
In addition to their health benefits, essential oils have been used for soothing anxiety, uplifting low spirits, creating a pleasant environment in the home or at work, and yes, as aphrodisiacs. For centuries, certain essential oils have been used by couples to enhance or prepare for intimacy.
Essential Oils for Shingles
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/6/2012
The varicella zoster
virus is the cause of shingles, a painful skin condition lasting 2-3 weeks or even longer. Shingles causes blisters, inflammation, and pustules that often appear in band-like patterns on the chest, back, abdomen, and occasionally the face. The can create scars and in some cases nerve damage. Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox and cold sores.
Essential Oils for Yeast Infection
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 8/28/2012
, commonly referred to as yeast, is the
cause of both thrush and vaginal yeast infections. Thrush is an infection of
yeast located in the mouth and throat. In infants, it can also infect the
breast-feeding mothers breasts. Thrush causes pain, burning, and itching and
appears as a layer of gooey white on the tongue and throat, with redness and
Aromatherapy for Anxiety
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 8/22/2012
Anxiety is a state of constant stress. It is a condition
of hyper-arousal of the midbrain, the area that is responsible for survival and
is the location of the fight-or-flight response. This part of the brain
responds to the thoughts the individual has that make the person feel alarmed,
threatened, or worried. It is a fear-based condition and is largely the result
of negative thinking.
Aromatherapy for Sadness
Sadness is a common plight of the human condition. When
something goes wrong, it inevitably triggers emotion. The loss of a job, the
death of a loved one, when a dream is lost, or a hope is crumbled, sadness is
something we all have to go through.
Posted by Gravitate Master on 8/16/2012
Whether it is simple sadness over a smaller trouble, or
the heart wrenching grief we experience with a death or divorce, sadness can be
soothed to some degree with the use of aromatherapy. The brain has a direct
link from the olfactory receptors in the nose to a center of the brain
responsible for survival and strong emotions. Therefore, using scent for
therapy is a highly effective means of turning negativity around. Consider
using aromatherapy to help cope in hard times and the sadness may pass sooner
and with fewer ill effects that suffering through it unaided.
Aromatherapy vs. Over the Counter Treatments
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 8/14/2012
We've all taken Tylenol for headaches and Advil for sore
muscles, but we've also heard about how hard these medications can be on the
liver, kidneys, and stomach lining. And what about flu and cough remedies? Are all of these chemicals good
for the body? Many people choose not to use them due to the potential side
effects and suffer through the symptoms instead.
Ease a Cough with Essential Oils
Posted by Gravitate Master on 7/11/2012
Essential oils have been used for centuries as medical remedies. They can be useful for many ailments, including coughs. To treat a cough a person allows the essential oil vapors to enter their airways and help combat the symptoms or sources of the cough.
Oils that Benefit the Skin
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 5/28/2012
Essential oils are highly concentrated products derived from plants. The oils contain a powerful aroma, therapeutic compounds from the plants chemical makeup, and plant hormones. Used for many reasons throughout the centuries including healing, ceremonial uses, and for aromatherapy, certain essential oils are also very good for the skin.
Usually, essential oils are diluted for use in skincare products and anything for application on the body. This is done with carrier oils like avocado, jojoba, soybean, olive, hazelnut, and almond. It usually only requires a few drops of concentrated essential oil to make a treatment.
Some essential oils help heal the skin while others oxygenate. And, unlike other artificial skincare products, essential oils have the capability of sinking down into the subcutaneous tissue layer, well underneath the top surface of the skin. This enhances the potential benefits to the health of the skin.
Some of the most effective essential oils for skincare include: German Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita), a bright blue essential oil that taints most mixtures teal. It has both anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus Carota) is yellow-orange and smells spicy and sweet. With its concentration of beta carotene, it can stimulate skin elasticity.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus) essential oil is yellow-brown with a perky lemon scent. Lemongrass can help the skin eliminate toxins and re-moisturize. Lavender (Lavandula Augustifolia) can be used without dilution and is the safest of essential oils. Lavender helps soothe sunburns, bee stings, and minor burns. Tee tree oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) is a powerful antibacterial agent and is often used to treat acne. Using essential oils instead of synthetic products can greatly benefit the health of the skin.
Essential Oils that Kill Germs
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 5/22/2012
In spite of the general belief that strong chemicals are necessary to sanitize and kill bacteria, essential oils have been around for centuries that have the power to destroy a variety of germs. In fact, essential oils are also used to help speed the healing process with cold and flu viruses.
For cleaning the home, there are many common synthetic products that are known to cause respiratory irritation, skin irritation, and other unpleasant side effects, even when used as directed. For example, window cleaner contains chemicals that, when airborne, are harmful to the lungs. That is why it is warned that users should keep the area well ventilated while they clean.
But with essential oils, used in aromatherapy practices, the vapors are safe to breathe in as you clean. One drop of tea tree essential oil and one drop of lavender will disinfect surfaces in your home when applied to a warm damp cloth.
To disinfect the air, place 3 drops of cinnamon essential oil, 5 drops of orange, and 3 drops of clove into a diffuser. Not only will your room smell wonderful, but it will also come without any of the hazards of chemical air fresheners. In this way, you can utilize the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils while also helping eliminate odors in your home.
If you are suffering from a respiratory infection, a great way to assist the healing process is to use a steam treatment with essential oils. Start with a quart of boiling water just removed from the stove and add 1 drop each of eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree essential oil. Place a towel over your head and, keeping a safe distance, place your face over the steam and breathe for 10 20 minutes.
Of course it is important to seek medical attention when necessary. But adding essential oils can go a long way to increasing the health of your home and family.
Essential Oils for the Non-Believer
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 5/10/2012
Essential oils are often frowned upon by many who believe the ancient practice is not empirically validated in its effectiveness. However, most of this is due to a lack of knowledge and experience on the subject. Essential oils have not only been successfully used for centuries, for numerous purposes, but are also currently being studied for modern-day medicine.
A recent study presented in Edinburgh at the Society for General Microbiologys spring meeting was performed to test essential oils as a replacement for antibiotics. This study went beyond that to evaluate whether the essential oils could treat some of the antibiotic resistant superbugs that have hospitals and physicians across the world worrying.
The results of the study indicated that not only could some essential oils be used to replace antibiotic use, as an inexpensive and efficient substitution, but that essential oils even worked against these warped virus strains we refer to as superbugs.
Two Greek professionals, Dr. Effimia Eriotuo and Professor Yiannis Samaras, who performed the research, evaluated 8 types of essential oils derived from plants. Thyme essential oil was proven the most effective and was able to destroy all bacteria it was exposed to within an hour.
A combination of Thyme and Cinnamon made a powerful combination against several Staphylococcus strains. The researchers concluded that the effectiveness of essential oils made them a potential candidate for replacing antibiotics and for preventing the development of more antibiotic-resistant germs.
Essential Oils for Romance
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 5/4/2012
The olfactory sense is the most closely linked to the brain, meaning that what we smell has a tremendous impact on our mood. Some essential oils bring a sense of calm, others invigoration, while still others are popular for inspiring feelings of romance.
Jasmine is a scent often worn behind the ears of women to intrigue their partners and to boost confidence. Ylang ylang, an exotic scent close to the smell of jasmine is used in weddings and on honeymoons to encourage feelings of love and connection.
Vanilla is a warm, inviting scent that Pre-Columbian Indians used to worship their Gods. It has long been considered an aphrodisiac. Clary Sage is often used to increase a partners interest. Its scent is nutty with a hint of fruit.
Patchouli is an earthy and pungent aroma that is pleasant enough to appeal to both genders. It is often used in treatment of low desire. While it has its roots in long ago history, it became popular again in the 60s, the era of the Beetles and Make Love not War.
Rose is a lovely scent that has long been associated with love and admiration. Supposedly, Cleopatra bathed in hot water with rose petals added to scent her skin. Sandalwood has also been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac. Like Patchouli, it is an earthy scent, but it has more of an oriental tone. It mixes well with rose or lavender for added effects.
Strangely, research has found that sandalwood sends out a scent closely related to the androsterone men produce under their arms when they sweat. It is thus believed that it has the effects of natural pheromones. Using essential oils to make a romantic massage oil, diffuse in a room, or even add scent to a candle, can enhance the mood and improve the closeness of a couple in love.
Natures Fountain of Youth
Posted by Gravitate Master on 3/28/2012
Wrinkles are definitely not a womans best friend. Is it any coincidence that there are thousands of products made to reduce, resolve, and prevent wrinkles? Anti-aging products are big business. But so many of them are full of chemicals.
Natural anti-aging products and practices are becoming increasingly popular with todays more health-conscious generation. The ever sought-after fountain of youth remains elusive, but there are many natural ways to combat wrinkles.
Starting with proper skincare practices, washing the face twice per day is important for clearing the pores from clogging debris and oil. Additionally, washing the face aids the process of cell shedding, revealing a fresher, younger-looking layer of skin underneath.
Using sunscreen, even a natural mineral-based sunscreen, can make a world of difference in the purity, brightness, and elasticity of skin.
If, in addition to these things, you use essential oils in the care of your skin, they can further improve the looks of your skin. Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquids with volatile aroma compounds from the plants they are extracted from.
Buying natural products containing various essential oils
can make a noticeable difference for an anti-aging skincare regimen. Are they natures fountain of youth? Thats for you to decide. But it is worth a try to see what changes you can make in the health of your skin using natural products and essential oils.
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 3/22/2012
Lavender is a plant with many uses. The most commonly used form is English lavender. Other lavender plants include Spanish lavender, French lavender, and Egyptian lavender.
In an attempt to create larger plants that are easier to harvest, hybrids have been created called lavandins, which are used often in commercial manufacturing. But critics say that these plants produce lower quality oil with less of a true lavender aroma.
In the culinary world, lavender is used in the fresh form, or as dried buds to flavor foods. For example, lavender is used to flavor honey in the Mediterranean and is sold worldwide. It is used in baking desserts and as cake decorations.
The flowers can be candied or blended with green, herbal, or black tea. Lavender is added to goats milk cheese and sheeps milk cheese and, in the U.S., many people with a discerning taste enjoy lavender scones and marshmallows.
is perhaps best known for its relaxing and sleep-inducing capacity. As an essential oil, it also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. One may be surprised to learn that it was used in World War I hospitals for disinfecting walls and floors.
Lavender is often used to treat various forms of inflammation including acne, bug bites, burns and headaches. Lavender remedies should be used with caution and proper education, however, as lavender can be highly allergenic and is cytotoxic for pregnancy.
How to Use Essential Oils
Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 3/12/2012
Essential oils are used for a variety of purposes. From massage oil to facial steams, and from dry brushing to compresses, just a few drops of essential oils can make all the difference in the efficacy of these products and methods.
If mixing essential oil with carrier oil, for diluted products like massage oil, the general recommendation is 2.5% essential oil content. In other words, to an ounce of carrier oil, you would add 15 drops of essential oil.
But not all mixtures call for 2.5%. It is thus important to know that an ounce of carrier oil contains about 600 drops of carrier oil. This will help with formulating percentages of essential oil. For example, a 1% ratio would mean 6 drops of essential oil are required for an ounce of carrier oil. Or, for a much stronger solution, 10% calls for 60 drops (3 ml) per ounce of carrier oil.
There are several other natural products that can be made with essential oils
. A facial steam is a simple mixture of 5 or 6 drops of the desired essential oil in a pint of hot water or in a facial steamer. And adding just 3 to 5 drops to honey, clay, and/or mashed avocado makes an excellent facial mask.
Many people are not aware of this, but a tiny amount of oil (3-9 drops) can be added to the water of a humidifier, and depending on the essential oil used, it can help a sick child overnight. Menthol, eucalyptus, and peppermint are excellent choices for opening up the bronchial airways and the sinuses.
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 3/1/2012
Essential oils are plant-based oils, in a highly concentrated form. The volatile aroma compounds are extracted from the desired plant, such as eucalyptus or peppermint, producing concentrated hydrophobic liquid.
Essential Oils for the Skin
Posted by kevin1234 on 10/28/2011
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from various plants. Essential oil of peppermint
for example, is made by extracting the oil of thousands of peppermint
leaves. For this reason, essential oils are generally sold in very small
bottle sizes, as it takes the harvesting of many plants and a great
deal of pressing to fill just one tiny bottle.
Able to penetrate to the subcutaneous skin layer of the skin, pure
essential oils are often used in natural face and body products. One
example is essential oil of carrot seed (Daucus Carota). This essential
oil is full of the antioxidant beta-carotene.
For a beneficial facial massage, use 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil and 6
drops of carrot seed essential oil. Massaging a teaspoon of this mixture
into the skin of the face, for 5 minutes, can moisturize and revitalize
A second essential oil often used in skin treatments is German chamomile
(Matricaria Recutita). With anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal
properties, German chamomile essential oil is also very strong, thus
requiring dilution for use on the skin.
For treating sunburns, take a quarter cup of distilled water, add an
equal amount of aloe vera juice (the real stuff), and squeeze 5 drops of
German chamomile essential oil into the mixture. After mixing, place
the liquid in a spray bottle and spray on burned skin 4 or 5 times per
day, until the sunburn heals.
Lavender essential oil
(Lavandula Augustifolia) is one of the most commonly used essential
oils for the skin. It has antiseptic properties, aiding in the treatment
of bee stings and minor burns. For treatment of these conditions, you
can use the essential oil, undiluted, directly on the affected area. Or,
for an all-over sunburn, you can add 10-15 drops of lavender essential
oil into a cool bath.
There are many essential oils that are beneficial to the skin, with a
variety of benefits and uses. It is important to seek out a quality
product and store essential oils in a cool dark place, to retain their
Uses of Essential Oils
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can be used in many ways on a daily basis. They can be used as air fresheners, in facial creams and lotions, foot soaks and hair care. Essential oils are also used extensively in massage and sauna situations, as well as in steam vaporizers.
Using essential oils can add natural fragrance while also giving you the therapeutic benefits of the oil. Essential oils can form an integral part of holistic living and healing
. These oils are very concentrated, so only a very small amount is needed for most applications.
Essential oils can be used to treat a myriad of symptoms. Since essential oils are so concentrated, care must be taken in their use. Too much of a good thing can also cause additional problems, or perhaps give an allergic reaction.
Essential oils can be used as topical antiseptics for minor cuts and insect bites. Muscle pain can be alleviated by using essential oils when massaging sore muscles. Fungal infections can also be treated effectively using essential oils.
Essential oils can be used in shampoos and conditioners, toothpastes and bath soaks. They are in perfumes and air fresheners. Once you are aware of the many uses of essential oils, you will start finding uses for them almost everywhere.
What Are Essential Oils?
Posted by kevin1234 on 9/8/2011
, also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, or aetherolea is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing the oil of the plant from which they were extracted. The oil is considered essential in the sense that it has a distinct scent or essence from the plant. Essential oils are usually extracted by distillation, but could also be expressed from a solvent extraction.
Essential oils are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products. They can also be used for flavoring food and drink, adding scents to incense or household cleaning products. Essential oils can be used for many different purposes.
Essential oils have also been used medicinally throughout history. They are often used as skin treatments. Sometimes they are used to treat more serious illness as well.
Over time, the use of essential oils declined in evidence-based medicine. Older textbooks still contain references and information regarding the use of essential oils.
In recent decades, interest in essential oils has revived. Aromatherapy, a branch of alternative medicine, uses essential oils and other compounds for curative purposes. Essential oils are also diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage. Essential oils can also be diffused into the air using a nebulizer, heated over a candle or burned as incense.
The Quality of Essential Oils
Posted by kevin1234 on 8/24/2011
The quality of essential oil can vary
so much between manufacturers. Some blends that are low quality are
very low priced while others seem much more expensive. This is
because higher quality oils are more pure and it takes much more time
to create pure oil.
The purer an oil is, the more effective
it will be for curing health ailments and working as aromatherapy
oil. There is a significant number of sellers on the market calling
their products essential oils that only contain a very small
percentage of a single type of therapeutic oil. The other components
in the mixture include animal and vegetable oil.
If a deal on this type of oil seems too
good to be true, chances are it is. If you purchase an oil to use for
natural healing or aromatherapy it will be ineffective if it is not
of high quality. Low quality oils can still have a great scent and
many are used for cleaning products, candles and room-sprays. These
will not have the same effect as pure oils.
Synthetic and chemical components are
also regularly added to low quality oil blends. These should be
avoided, because unnatural products can be risky and harmful to our
overall health. More importantly they will not act as a pure oil
in creating calming and positive outcomes.
Meditation with Essential Oils
Posted by kevin1234 on 8/14/2011
Meditation is one of the most ancient
techniques for relieving stress and healing naturally. Now, more than
ever meditation practices can help to reduce stress. Todays world
is full of technology and constantly changing environments off and
online. It can be difficult for an everyday person to really relax.
Meditation can help and essential oils are part of the process.
For centuries, different cultures have
found that many oils have healing properties and therapeutic
benefits. Different oils can be added to diffusers to create aromas
that help with certain ailments and everyday stressors. The most
popular and common oils used in massage are listed below:
Patchouli: Long known for its benefits
for bringing inner peace to individuals, patchouli has an earthy
Lavender: Lavender is especially useful
when meditating at the end of a busy day. Its properties are calming
and will help to create a good nights sleep after meditation.
Lemon: If you are down or feeling
negative, lemon oil can be the cure. Lemon oil is great when used for
morning meditation for a bright, positive pick me up.
Essential Oils for Bowel Problems
Posted by kevin1234 on 7/22/2011
Bowel issues are quite common in our
society. Stresses, fatigue, poor diet, lack of exercise and secondary
health conditions are all common contributors to bowel issues. Many
people with minor bowel issues and more serious bowel issues such as
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) have experienced positive results
using essential oils in conjunction with doctors recommendations.
Essential oils will need to be mixed
into a carrier oil to reduce any chance of further irritation or
inflammation. They will need to be applied directly to the abdomen.
They can also be put into bath water for a long soak that will expose
the body directly to the oils in the water.
Some of the recommended oils for bowel
issues include rosemary oil, lemon verbena oil and blue chamomile
oil. Be sure to find the right oil for your specific ailment. Some
oils will help with constipation, while others may work well for
treating loose bowels.
In addition to using essential oils
topically to treat bowel problems, the oils can be used for
aromatherapy. If stress has created a tight stomach and intestinal
issues, lavender oil or rose oil can help to reduce the stress.
Heating the oil in an aromatherapy burner is a preferred way to
create a therapeutic scent.
The Best Essential Oils for Treating Acne
Posted by kevin1234 on 7/15/2011
Essential oils are becoming very
popular for treating everyday ailments, including acne. These oils
work to reduce the stress that may cause acne, reduce sebum
production and minimize redness and irritation of pimples. There are
three top acne treating oils including tea tree oil, lavender oil and
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil can reduce
inflammation of acne and will prevent further bacteria from infecting
the area. It is also used for treating dandruff, warts, blisters and
Lavender Oil: Lavender oil has
antibacterial properties that can help to heal acne. It is also used
in aromatherapy that can help to reduce stress levels and promote
deep sleep. Both stress and sleep deprivation are known to cause
Rose Oil: Rose oil works well as an
antiseptic. Similar to lavender oil, rose oil can help to reduce
stress. It can also help promote joy and happiness when used in an
The quality of oils used to treat acne
should be very high. If you are placing the oil directly onto
your face, be sure that the blend will not further irritate your skin
before using it liberally.
Three Most Popular Essential Oils
Posted by kevin1234 on 5/24/2011
Essential oils have been used for centuries to promote good health and to reduce stress. Each oil has a specific purpose, as each scent will create a different reaction. When an oil is added to a diffuser or products such as lotion or bath soap it can create a wonderful aromatherapy experience.
Calm Yourself with Essential Oils
Posted by kevin1234 on 5/16/2011
are fantastic natural ailments for many of todays stressors.We live in a fast paced society that can affect our stress levels and health. We need to take advantage of the little break time we have to enjoy our rest and relaxation. Aromatherapy is wonderful because you can use it everywhere and anywhere!
Cleaning with Essential Oils
Posted by kevin1234 on 5/11/2011
It is clearly dangerous to clean with many of the items that have been produced as household cleaners. Reading the back of the bottles of some of the most popular cleaning sprays can be an eye opening experience. If a bottle has a warning against exposure, it should not be used in the home.
Essential Oils for Massage
Posted by kevin1234 on 5/6/2011
There are several preferred oils that are used for massage. They are all popular for their unique benefits for the skin, aromatherapy and other positive influences in creating a peaceful mind and body. We have a list of the top 3 and their specific benefits.
Natural Products to Help you Sleep Well
Posted by kevin1234 on 3/29/2011
In our society we are constantly on the go. Often our days are filled with hundreds of tasks. It can be difficult to be able to fully relax and to sleep peacefully. But, with a stressful schedule, it is more important than ever to get a good night of sleep.
Essential Oils for the Feet
Posted by kevin1234 on 3/25/2011
Essential oils can work wonders for the feet. In addition to creating a pleasurable experience with aromatherapy, they can work wonders in invigorating and relaxing tired overworked toes.
Uses for Aromatherapy Products
Posted by kevin1234 on 3/24/2011
Aromatherapy can be fantastic for lifting the mood or the spirit. You can create the perfect atmosphere with the right scents used separately or together to invoke emotions and relieve stress.
The Great Uses For Essential Oil
Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/26/2010
Essential oils are numerous. There are a lot of great choices in oils. All are used in a variety of ways, and for a number of different purposes.
Setting The Mood With Ylang-Ylang
Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/25/2010
Aphrodisiacs have proven through history that they can be very helpful in awakening sexuality in people. One powerful aphrodisiac that can accomplish this today is ylang-ylang. Ylang-ylang is a strong essential oil that works in completing sexual improvements.
The Amazing Properties of Vanilla Essential Oil
Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/25/2010
Vanilla essential oil is a wonderful anti oxidant. It protects the body from infections and keeps the immune system buoyed up. Antioxidants allow you to feel healthy too, helping with tiredness and illness.
Did you Know Melons Contain Distilled Water?
Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/20/2010
Adding melons to your diet will improve the health of those using essential oils. Using essential oils combined with the silicon contained in melons will improve the common diet. The melon rind is also full of nutrients and essential oils, so remember to include it when making your melon juice.
The Amazing Bergamot Essential Oil and Its Uses
Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/18/2010
Some oils really stand out with their uses, smells, and originations. Bergamot is one such essential oil. Bergamot oil is attributed to being used in a variety of items, including deodorants, antibiotics, and anti depressants.
The Water of Life: The Many Uses of Rose Water
Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/7/2010
Rose essential oil is oil that is extracted from the roses petals. The extraction process happens through steam distillation. Rose essential oil is a very popular essential oil that is used in perfumes.
The Magic of Fragrant Candles
Posted by Shawna on 9/29/2010
Candles that have essential oils in them can be heated to diffuse pleasant fragrances around the room. The aromatherapy can be dispersed through out the room to help with peace and tranquility. The aromatherapy can help with healing as well as lifting people emotionally. Here are some popular candle scents that are used with aromatherapy.
Cacao Seed Oil 411
Posted by jeff on 8/17/2010
Cacao seed essential
oil has a lot of history that makes it fun as well. It is thought to have
originated with the pre-Mayan Olmec people. The Olmec civilization used cacao
in a lot of different ways. They used it to make chocolate mixes.
They also studied its medical properties. They found that
there was a lot of value with the cacao seed essential oil. They were considered very special.
Essential Oil and Menopause
When a woman goes through the stage of menopause
she is faced with a lot of changes. Some of these changes are physical changes,
like insomnia, headaches, and hot flashes. Other changes are more emotional.
Posted by jeff on 8/16/2010
Aromatherapy can help you with these changes. While it can't stop them entirely
from happening, they can help. Symptoms vary with different women, and the
intensity of the symptoms are different as well.
Calming Your Anxiety-Ridden Pets Naturally
Animals can be very similar to humans sometimes,
in respects to their emotions. Dogs can still suffer from stress and anxiety,
just like humans do. They can have traumatizing experiences, just like humans.
Posted by jeff on 8/13/2010
Pets that are suffering from anxiety can get help. Using essential oils can allow your pets a chance to heal. Natural
medicines offer less negative side effects than traditional medicine.
Top Essential Oils for Stress Relief
Posted by jeff on 8/12/2010
Essential oils have always been used to help out humanity. One of those ways it can help is to
aid people suffering from intense stress. Essential
oils are very effective for relieving stress. They have a lot of advantages. First, they are all natural. There are no
negative side effects that can harm your body.
Using Essential Oils to Combat Grief
Grief is a very overwhelming feeling, especially
to those who are truly suffering. Sadly, sorrow and grief are part of humanity.
The grief cycle has a few different stages. One of those stages is acceptance.
Posted by jeff on 8/11/2010
We cannot get to that point until we move past our initial grief and get to a
point where we are not suffering from so much pain. We need to find a place
where we are not overwhelmed by sadness. Here are some essential oils that can
help with the grieving process.
Bergamot - Bergamot has tremendous calming properties. Bergamot works as an
anti-depressant and works with supporting hormones. Its citrus scent is very
appealing and is used a lot in aromatherapy to alleviate anxiety. Aromatherapy
is often used to improve moods.
Oils That Have Amazing Antiseptic Abilities
work well because of their many antiseptic abilities. Each type has their own
makeup that has distinct natural chemicals. Some even contain hundreds of
different chemicals, which make them very versatile. Here are a few of the most
popular antiseptic essential oils on
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Lavender - Lavender is perhaps the
most popular oil on the market. It is extremely versatile because it is an
antiseptic, anxiolytic, and anti-inflammatory. It helps heal burns, bites,
eases pain, and inflammation.
Natural Alternatives to Prescription Drugs
There are a number of reasons why you should
consider using natural alternatives to prescription drugs. One of them is that
drugs can cause a negative side effect to your child. You may be causing more
damage to your child instead of helping them.
Posted by jeff on 8/5/2010
Essential oils have been researched
over and over again and have a tremendous track record. They are safer on the
body and have gentler results than most prescriptions. They also have fewer side
effects than prescribed drugs.
Roman Chamomile History and Use
Posted by Admin on 7/19/2010
Roman chamomile is similar to German chamomile as far as treatments go. They are completely different species, however. Roman chamomile is a little milder than German chamomile.
Because it is milder it does a great job treating people who are more sensitive. It is often used to treat small children and infants. It can also be a better alternative for elderly people.
Roman Chamomile History and Use
Posted by jeff on 7/19/2010
Roman chamomile is similar to German chamomile as far as treatments
go. They are completely different species, however. Roman chamomile is
a little milder than German chamomile.
Because it is milder it does a great job treating people who are
more sensitive. It is often used to treat small children and infants.
It can also be a better alternative for elderly people.
Neroli Essential Oil Uses
Posted by jeff on 7/16/2010
Neroli essential oil
is extracted from the blossom petals of orange trees. Most
manufacturer's do not carry 100% neroli oil, however. Typically it is
used with another type of carrier oil. This doesn't reduce its many
benefits however. The only reason it is used with a carrier is because
the distillation process requires 1000 pounds of orange blossoms per
pound of neroli essential oil. Can you imagine the price of getting
neroli if the manufacturers tried to sell it in its pure form?
Neroli oil is used a lot to improve the quality of skin. It is used
to clear up acne, for example. All a person need to is apply a few
drops of neroli oil to a cotton ball, and then apply it directly to the
Melissa Essential Oil Uses
Posted by jeff on 7/15/2010
Melissa essential oil
has a few different treatment options and uses. It is one of the more
well-rounded blends that helps in a lot of different ways. Here are a
few of Melissa oil's uses:
It can help people suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder. People
who suffer from ADD are forgetful and easily distracted. Melissa oil
has been able to show significant improvements with people suffering
from mild ADD.
Lemongrass Fights Toenail Fungus
Posted by jeff on 7/14/2010
Lemongrass essential oil has a lot of different uses. One of those uses is to fight off toenail fungus. Lemongrass essential oil purges toenail fungus from the nail.
Basil and Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses
Posted by jeff on 7/13/2010
Lemongrass and basil are essential oils
that are often used with one another. The reason is because they can
both be blended with each other and work great. The combination of
these essential oils
is used a lot in handmade natural soap.
Lemongrass and basil work great together, but they have a few
different uses. Basil has typically been used throughout history for
food preparation. It can also be used medicinally.
Top Uses of Lemon Essential Oil
Posted by jeff on 7/12/2010
Lemon oil is known to help stimulate blood and lymph circulation.
This helps you to clean your body with detoxification when you are
losing weight quickly. Lemon essential oil energizes your metabolism so you can burn fat quickly.
Lemon Essential Oil
Posted by jeff on 7/9/2010
Lemon essential oil
has been used for hundreds of years now in history, for its many
different uses. It began its introduction in the 1400s in Europe,
though it originally was from the Middle East before then. Lemons are
commonly used with cooking.
Lemons are easy to come by. You can actually grow lemon trees pretty
easily in your backyard, if you live in the right climate that is.
Lemon trees can get pretty tall, with the average length being 20 feet.
Lemons begin their life bright green, and eventually turn bright yellow
when fully ripe.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Posted by jeff on 7/8/2010
Ylang ylang is a wonderful essential oil
that has a long history. It is part of the custard-apple family that
originated in Southeast Asia. Ylang ylang is extracted from the flower
petals. The petals are picked early in the morning to get as much oil
from the petals as possible.
Ylang ylang fragrance is intoxicating. It has a long history of
being used as a type of exotic fragrance because of its scent. In
Indonesia people use to spread the flowers on the marriage bed of a
newly married couple.
Great Essential Oils To Use With Your Hair
Posted by jeff on 7/7/2010
are known to help with your hair. There are some specific kinds that
work much better than others. Here are our favorite ones to use to
improve your hair.
Rosemary - Rosemary is great for soothing and healing skin
irritations that plague the scalp. This can include psoriasis and
dandruff. Rosemary increases your hair's natural ability to grow and
develop in a healthy way.
Bergamot Essential Oil Explained
Posted by jeff on 7/6/2010
Bergamot is a fruit that has flowers that are dark purple or red.
The tree is interesting because it grows and matures during the cold
months. The fruit is green and yellow, and most often is compared to
Bergamot is a bitter fruit when it is eaten raw. It can flavor
things well, such as Earl Grey tea. It is known to taste when when it
Essential Oil First Aid Kit
Posted by jeff on 7/3/2010
can be really handy in case of an emergency. It is always a good idea
to include some oils in your first aid kit. You never know when they
will come in handy.
Oils are very nice because they are so useful. If you know how to
use them, and what they can be used for, they can be just as handy as
other traditional medicine. They have great healing properties and are
perfect for a first aid kit.
Allergies and Essential Oils
Posted by jeff on 7/2/2010
Allergies happen. Allergies are the main reason a lot of people go
to see the doctor. Allergy reactions are different from each person,
and can be anything from headaches, stuffy and runny noses, sore
throats, watery eyes, sneezing and coughing. Allergies can be a real
pain when accompanied with these types of symptoms.
Thankfully there are ways to relieve such symptoms. With the help of therapeutic grade essential oils, allergy symptoms can be helped. Here are a few natural ways you can get relief.
Essential Oils For Kids
Posted by jeff on 6/11/2010
Summer is finally here! Children are leaving their scheduled
routines of school and activities and are moving towards a more
relaxed, summer attitude. There are plenty of summer activities,
however, to keep kids busy and on their toes.
are helpful for children during the summer. Children can benefit from
the oils as much as adults can. Here are a few of our favorite oils
that children really enjoy.
Clearing Acne with Sandalwood
Posted by jeff on 6/2/2010
Sandalwood natural essential oil
comes from a tree in Australia. The natives to Australia, Aborigines,
ate the nuts and fruit from the sandalwood tree to help with minor
health problems. The natural essential oil from the sandalwood tree can also help with the symptoms of acne.
Sandalwood natural essential oil
can help treat acne because it is has anti-bacterial,
anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties. Sandalwood essential oil
can kill the bacteria and germs on the skin and reduce the swelling of
acne. It can even help heal scars from past acne.
The Making of Essential Oils
Posted by jeff on 6/1/2010
Essential oils are very useful. They give off pleasant fragrances
that can uplift any room. They can also be used for medical purposes.
Making essential oils
can be complex. The oil is gathered from various parts of plants.
Only a small part of the plant has oil on it so it may take up to a
hundred pounds of the plant to make one ounce of the oil. At least the
oil is heavily concentrated.
How Essential Oils Are Extracted
Posted by jeff on 5/30/2010
Essential oils are extracted from plants. Plants, woods, spices and herbs are main sources of natural essential oils. Distillation is the main source of getting the oil from the plant.
Distillation works well with roots, berries, and leaves. Sometimes,
in the cases with wood, oil can be released when it is burnt. This was
a popular technique with Indians, who used this aromatherapy method
Organic Essential Oil Production
Organic essential oils
Posted by jeff on 5/29/2010
are liquid product that is taken from plants and herbs. They are used
in a variety of products. Some of these products include perfumes,
incense, cosmetics, detergents, and fabric softeners.
Essential oils have been known to be used since the days of Egypt.
Early Egyptians used essential oils for cosmetics, perfumes and also
for embalming their dead. Most organic essential oils have their name taken from the plant material they are taken from.
Essential Oils and Hair Loss
Posted by jeff on 5/24/2010
Losing hair can be depressing. Whatever the reason for losing it,
hair gives both men and women a certain value. Losing it can be more
devastating to some people than others, and that is where treatments
for hair loss come in.
People can put a lot of value on the amount of hair they have. Many
products are currently available for hair regrowth. However, a lot of
these are not very effective.
Getting Intimate With Essential Oils
Posted by jeff on 5/24/2010
Through out the ages sexuality has been something that has been a
major part of humanity. A lot of people are still trying to find ways
to improve their sex lives. Both men and women are looking for things
to help them be more desirable to the opposite sex.
Organic essential oils
can help with intimacy. Essential oils can aid in intimacy and
sexuality by increasing sexual desire. They can also help people who
may be suffering from impotence.
Naturally Curing Shingles
Posted by jeff on 5/21/2010
The illness known as shingles is a viral infection. This virus is
the same virus as chicken pox. Shingles affects specific areas of the
skin and is an infection in the nervous system.
Shingles come about because after having chicken pox as a child some
of the virus was still alive and stayed dormant. When the immune
system years later is traumatized, the virus reawakens and causes the
infection. Things like severe illnesses or emotional stress can
traumatize the immune system.
Using Essential Oils
Posted by jeff on 5/21/2010
Organic essential oils are handy items to have. They can help with a variety of things, both medically and emotionally. Organic essential oils are natures way to treat and help a lot of different ailments and infections.
Scientific research has shown the benefits of using organic essential oil. There are plenty of scientific evidences that prove that organic essential oil can be a natural and safe way to treat medical ailments. It is a great alternative to harsher medical therapies.
Grief and Sorrow: Oils Can Help
Posted by jeff on 5/20/2010
There are not very many guarantees in this world, but there is at
least one. This guarantee is that you will experience grief and sorrow
several times in your life. Grief and sorrow are caused by many
The grieving process has steps that you move through before you are
whole again. After sorrow there is acceptance of the truth. Then
there is moving past the whole grief and living your life again.
Aromatherapy can help you speed through this process to feel complete
and whole again.
Anise: Cure for the Common Cough
Posted by jeff on 5/17/2010
Anise is a natural essential oil
that is part of the parsley family. This botanical plant is grown mostly in Turkey. The natural essential oil
is obtained by steam distillation of the seeds of the plant.
The anise plant is an herb with white flowers. It grows to three
feet or less, and has very delicate leaves. Anise has been used as a
Curing Ailments Naturally With Essential Oils
Posted by jeff on 5/13/2010
Observations show that more people are falling victim to all sorts
of illnesses and disorders. These illnesses and disorders can disrupt
and alter individual’s lifestyles. World Health Organization conducted
a research study that showed 80% of ailments are lifestyle altering.
There are several cures offered in the world for various illnesses
and disorders. Some are through therapies and others are with drugs.
Drugs can be very dangerous and have various side effects.
The Wart Challenge
Posted by jeff on 5/12/2010
Warts, once associated with wicked witches, are particularly
challenging to deal with. You need to kill the center of the wart or it
just keeps coming back. Doctors can freeze the wart, which really burns
it, or cut the wart out. Either process can require several visits to
Essential Oils Help With Science and Medicine
Posted by jeff on 5/11/2010
A lot can be gained by understanding the medicinal properties of essential oil in plants. Organic essential oil blends
are often used to treat medical problems. There are a variety of
reasons for this, the biggest one being that they have been an
effective treatment program for hundreds of years already.
The best results of using essential oil have happened with high quality oil. Diluted organic essential oil
will not work as well as concentrated oil, for example. When you are
looking in to buying organic essential oil look at the quality of the
oil and how diluted it is before buying.
Essential Oils That Help With Skin Problems
Posted by jeff on 5/11/2010
Essential oils have been used for many different physical ailments
through out history. One of those ailments are skin problems. Below are
some essential oils that have been used medically to help with
discomforts that skin irritations provide.
Mastic Oil: Mastic Oil is an organic essential oil that
comes from the resin of an evergreen shrub. It has been known to help
with skin conditions such as acne and eczema. It is also handy for
Essential Oils: Naturally Antiviral
Posted by jeff on 5/10/2010
Many individuals are more than willing to take a pill that their
doctor prescribes them. They are even willing to take over the counter
medicines if it will offer some kind of relief. But many people do not
think about the side effects that these drugs have on their bodies.
There are natural remedies to give relief. These ways are through natural essential oils. Natural essential oils can help cure or provide relief for many different things. Specifically natural essential oils can help with viral infections.
Oils For Lovers
Posted by jeff on 5/7/2010
Smell plays an important role in our moods. Natural essential oils can have a powerful aphrodisiac effect on our system if used correctly. If you want to spice up your love life, here are a few natural essential oil suggestions.
Rose - Rose is a powerful oil with deep romantic roots. Cleopatra
was even rumored to have used rose petals in her bath. As one of the
most popular perfumes of all time, its floral, romantic aroma will set
the mood right away.
Essential Oils and Sinus Infections
Posted by jeff on 4/23/2010
Sinus infections have been around since man was on the earth. There
are several remedies in the world that can help with sinus infections.
Antibiotics are the most popular, but there are natural remedies too.
Aromatherapy is a very effective natural remedy for sinus
infections. A French chemist in 1920, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, termed
using plant oils for healing as aromatherapy. He studied how the
plants oils had healing properties.
Organic or Natural?
Posted by jeff on 4/21/2010
Sometimes it's confusing to know the difference between something labeled as "organic" and something else labeled "natural". The certification of organic varies
from country to country, but involves a set of standards for those
growing, storing, processing, packaging and shipping food products.
This includes everyone from the seed suppliers, farmers, processors,
retailers and restaurants. Here are some of the general rules for
something labeled organic.
Synthetic chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics and
food additives, and also genetically modified organisms are avoided.
The farmland where the food is grown needs to be chemical free for at
least three years. Accurate records need to be kept including
production and sales numbers.
Posted by jeff on 4/21/2010
Everyone in the world today has had at least one pimple inflicting
his or her life. Acne is something that is reoccurring and natural.
Why not fight natural with natural?
There are essential oils that can help beautify the skin and fight acne. Essential oils are a natural gift given to us by Mother Nature. The five essential oils used for skin treatment are lavender, peppermint, sandalwood, tea tree oil, and geranium.
Oils Curing Cancer
Posted by jeff on 4/19/2010
Cancer is becoming more prevalent in the present day than it was in
the past. Research grows to help find a cure for this diverse and
destructive illness. There are many possible cures like radiation, but
none of them come with a guarantee.
Current research is looking into the possibility of using natural essential oils as an anti-cancer agent. Two of the most popular natural essential oils being researched are frankincense and lemongrass. Natural essential oils are extracted straight from their plant and usually contain the plants aroma.
Toenail Fungus Removal Is Possible: Use Natural Essential Oils
Posted by jeff on 4/19/2010
Things as embarrassing as toenail fungus can make our lives a little
more stressful than what they already are. Women can paint their
toenails to hide it, but men do not have such luck. Some people even
avoid going to the doctor because they are so embarrassed. Thank
goodness there are home remedies for toenail fungus.
How To Make Essential Oils
Posted by jeff on 4/14/2010
Have you ever thought about how to make essential oils? There are several techniques of how to make essential oils.
Distillation is one of the most effective ways of extracting oils from
plants. This method uses steam to capture the oil. Once the oil is
captured, the steam condenses and then the water and oil are separated.
If you only want pure natural oil, the distillation method is for
you. Because it uses steam, there are no chemicals used to extract the
oil. As a result, the final product contains no residue or lingering
chemicals, you just get pure natural oil.
Aromatherapy Seventh Heaven
Posted by jeff on 4/13/2010
Aromatherapy has been described as a trip to seventh heaven. There
are numerous aromas that are available for various uses. After the
application, each fragrance has its own result.
Aromatherapy has such a profound effect on individuals because of the essential oils that are used. These oils allow the feeling of relaxation, relief, and being refreshed. Essential oils are the heart of aromatherapy.
Planning the Perfect Party
Posted by jeff on 4/13/2010
I bet when you hear the words perfect hostess you picture someone
you know. This person is maybe a friend or family member that always
seems to throw the best parties. You have also maybe wondered why
their parties are always a hit, when other parties youve been to, or
thrown yourself, seem to flop. The secrets to planning the perfect
party are actually quite simple! Here are 3 tips for making your next
shin-dig a smash.
The first thing you want to do is pick a theme for your party. A
theme is the reason for the party. It should be what the party
surrounds or the main event though its usually quite simple. A theme
can be anything from a movie/TV show, to a game/craft, or even as
simple as a color. Once the theme is determined, the next task is to
decide on an activity or event which coordinates with the theme.
Posted by jeff on 4/12/2010
In todays economy it is very easy to have anxiety and nervousness.
It is stressful having to worry about paying bills and finding jobs.
If ones anxiety is severe and they need help, they probably wont have
enough money to pay doctors and prescriptions for relief. There is a
cheaper and more natural way of relief through aromatherapy with essential oils.
Effects of anxiety and stress may only feel like mental ones, but
there are physical ones as well. Some physical symptoms include rapid
breathing, increased heart rate, and nausea. Mental symptoms include
dread, fear, and worry. These essential oils will help
diminish or alleviate both mental and physical effects of anxiety:
patchouli, lavender, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, and clary sage.
Essential Oils Aid in a Comfortable Pregnancy
Posted by jeff on 4/12/2010
Now just like with anything else during pregnancy, the woman should
always consult her doctor before beginning use. It is not recommended
that she use any essential oils during
the first trimester because in the first twelve weeks the baby is
developing essential organs. There have been no conclusive studies
that show either negative or positive effects on the baby. So to play
it safe, she should not use oils.
Essential Oils Reduce the Response of Inflammation
Posted by jeff on 4/9/2010
In todays world there are several uncomfortable, serious, and mild
health problems that can be relieved or healed. Most of the time all
one has to do is take a pill that their doctor recommends. What most
people dont realize is that health conditions were relieved in the
past as well. The healing came from essential oils
The anointing of essential oils has more purposes then just
religious practices. The term anointing oil means to rub oil on a
desired location. Anointing oil can cleanse spiritually and
physically. One specific physical ailment that essential oils can heal is inflammation.
What Homemade Lye Soap Really Means
Posted by jeff on 4/9/2010
When someone refers to homemade lye soap, it can be hard to know
what they mean if you have never heard it before. Lye is a chemical
used to turn ingredients in to soap. This soap making process is often referred to as homemade lye soap.
Posted by jeff on 4/8/2010
The effects that lavender has had on the culinary industry are
indisputable. Its soft perfume intensifies crme brulee, custards, ice
creams, and compliments biscuits and fruit salads. It is almost second
to saffron, but lavender has more uses than just in the kitchen.
Medically speaking lavender has a value that is incalculable.
Among all of the essential oils, lavender is one of the most versatile. Individuals who use essential oils probably have lavender in their cabinets for its versatility. Because lavender is one of the most versatile among the essential oils,
its consumers are just as diverse. The consumers can range from the
elderly with aches and pains to athletes, pregnant women, or anyone
that is stressed. Lavender is great for skin, sedating nervous,
relaxing muscles, helping digestion, and reducing inflammation.
Essential Oils 101
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/6/2010
You may have noticed the words essential oils
in so many marketed products these days. Essential oils are being
advertised on makeup, hair care, lotions and so many other products. So
what are essential oils and why are they important? How can a person
distinguish between essential and other oils? And what are their
How to Manage Stress
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/6/2010
Stress is a regular part of life. Through change and everyday
living, stress is experienced. Even though everyone experiences
stress, the effect of stress will vary greatly depending on the
individual experiencing it. And likewise, coping mechanisms for stress
widely differ. The effect and management of stress will first depend on
the type of stress.
Natural Ways to Seek Your Fountain of Youth
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/6/2010
We are all searching for our own fountain of youth to be rid of
facial wrinkles. Even though wrinkles are a natural part of the aging
process, having them can make us feel tired and old. Luckily, there are
several natural ways to reverse this aging process right in your own
In learning how to reverse the effects of aging, first we should
understand why wrinkles occur. Wrinkles in the skin are caused by many
things. Some of the major culprits for causing wrinkles are: routine
and constant facial expressions, simply growing older, damage from the
sun, lack of hydration, smoking, or making contact with other free
radicals like pollution. The following suggestions may help to reverse
some of the signs of aging.
Uses of Oils
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/1/2010
When you think of oils, generally the
first thoughts are geared toward automotive or cooking. Granted that
cooking oils make wonderful results that can be tasteful and
decorative, but oils are so much more. Oils
can be used for anointing physically, emotionally, mentally, and
spiritually. The uses of oils are documented all the way back to
biblical times and used with the Egyptians.