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Winter Is Wonderful With These Essential Oils.

Winter, arguably the most pleasant time of the year unless you live in the Arctic region, brings in its wake health issues like skin ailments, allergies, cold, cough, and flu. These ailments are generally triggered by micro organisms like bacteria, fungus, and virus that are present around us, and tend to multiply during this season. Moreover, as we remain cooped indoors to escape the cold outside, the increased concentration of these organisms inside can further add to our health woes.

So, how do you meet these health challenges? by using synthetic drugs? Well, the answer should be an emphatic No! For using synthetic drugs can mean inviting additional trouble in the form of myriad side effects.essential oils in winter aromatherapy

This is where the science of aromatherapy can help you in dealing with such ailments in a natural way. The essential oils extracted from flowers, roots, barks, and leaves of plants (or trees) have anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti viral, anti inflammatory, expectorant or decongestant properties. In fact, these have been used since ancient times in different cultures and civilizations around the world. The best part of using aromatherapy or essential oils is that, unlike synthetic drugs, these are relatively safe. However, you must go through essential oil classes or online aromatherapy consultation before using them.

The following essential oils can be of good help in combating the ailments that we face in winter.

Lavender:

The advent of winter means a preponderance of nasal congestion, cold and cough. Lavender, with its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant properties can be of help in treating head and muscular aches associated with a cold or flu. Also, the dry and cold wind in this season can leave your skin flaky and rugged with annoying crease lines. This condition can be alleviated by applying this particular essential oil in a diluted carrier thanks to its cell regenerative properties.

Cardamon:

The essential oil combines aromatic as well as therapeutic properties. It lends itself to be blended with other oils such as spice oils, wood oils, and citrus oils among others, and can be used for its energizing or mood enhancing effect. It can help to fight conditions like loss of appetite, stress, fatigue, and depression, not to mention its use as an aphrodisiac. Again, Cardamon essential oil should be used diluted in a carrier. You can receive proper training in using this oil by partaking in an aromatherapy workshop. Education is important in learning proper dilution guidelines in order to avoid unsafe practices that can create unwarranted health issues, especially in children.

Oregano:

The reason we often end up suffering from ailments during winter (and in other seasons as well) is our weak or compromised immune system. This is where Oregano with its powerful immune boosting properties can help us to fight winter induced ailments like cold, cough, and flu. In addition to strengthening our immune system, Oregano’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties can help in the decongestion of nose, throat, and chest. In fact, thanks to its multitudinous beneficial properties, the oil can be the perfect treatment for winter related ailments. Moreover, the oil can induce a feeling of calm leading to get a better sleep. Please note that this oils should be used with awareness due to its high phenol content.

Lemon:

The winter season aids the growth of microorganisms around us. Thus, the use of lemon oil to clean our surroundings of germs can be of help thanks to its powerful anti-bacterial quality. The mood enhancing ability of this citrus oil can help you to fight stress as well.

Peppermint:

We have often used this as a mouth freshener. However, its powerful mood enhancing quality can be used to fight stress and fatigue. Peppermint has an immune boosting property too, which if used after going through an aromatherapy workshop or essential oil classes, can be helpful in fighting health issues that we face during the winter season. The oil can provide relief from a headache caused due to sinus pressure.

Frankincense:

The oil’s immune boosting property can help you to fight ailments that are common in the winter season such as cold, cough, allergies, and flu.

Cinnamon:

The essential oil can be extracted from the bark as well as leaves, and can be mood stimulating. Keep in mind that the oil from the bark and the oil from the leaf have different safety concerns. It is better to diffuse the oil from the bark because it can be very irritating if applied to the skin. Importantly, the oil can be helpful in supporting the immune system and provides anti-viral properties.

Winter should be enjoyed and not to be spent huddled inside the room due to sickness. Make use of the aromatic or essential oils to combat the microorganisms that multiply during this time of the year, besides boosting your immune system. However, before you embark upon using these essential oils, learn about their right use through aromatherapy workshop or online aromatherapy consultation.

The Chemistry of Monoterpenol Rich Essential Oils and Its Benefits

Aromatherapy Consultation stands distinctive when it comes to anything related to essential oils. It perfectly help us acquire the right knowledge unlike other sources. This blog is about one of the important chemicals of essential oils and its benefits.

As previously discussed, Essential Oils are composed of many chemical components. These components make up chemical families. In a previous post, monoterpene rich oils were discussed. Today we will discuss monoterpenol rich oils also known as monoterpene alcohols. These compounds contain a hydroxyl group attached to one of the carbon atoms of a monoterpene. Monoterpene alcohol components usually end in ol. For example, Lavender consists of the chemical component linalool or Geranium consists of the chemical component geraniol. Most monoterpene alcohols are nourishing to the skin with the exception of Peppermint, which has the component menthol.

The application of a high dilution of peppermint will first have a cooling sensation and then it will start to have more of a burning sensation. Monoterpene alcohols are considered tonics for the body. They bring balance to the nervous system which in turn is beneficial for health. No wonder these alcohols form an important part of aromatherapy consultation.

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Essential oils that comprise mostly of monoterpenols may have immune stimulating, anti-viral, sedative and anti-bacterial properties to name a few. Listed below are the names of a few major monoterpene alcohol rich essential oils. Monoterpene alcohol rich oils are more prone to oxidation as compared to sesquiterpenes. It is recommended that you purchase these oils in small quantities to support sustainability. Better opt for an Aromatherapy consultation before you purchase these oils off the shelves of any store. This will help you understand which one to buy and in what amount. You can also opt for a certified aromatherapist to know anything regarding this in detail.

8 Monoterpenol Rich Essential Oils And Their Uses:

Basil ct linalol (Ocimum basilicum ct linalol):
This oil is derived through steam distillation using the flowers and leaves. The chemical component linalool makes up a big percentage of this essential oil. This oil is analgesic and antiviral to name a few of its benefits. Basil essential oil is emotionally uplifting and useful in supporting stress and anxiety. Like most spice oils it is useful for treating digestive issues and nausea. However, before applying the same it would be better to go through an aromatherapy consultation or read ebooks on aromatherapy to know the correct dosage.

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum):
This oil is great when used as a part of a massage blend to alleviate painful conditions. This essential oil is great when used in a blend to support stress and anxiety. Coriander is steam distilled using the seeds. Seed oils are beneficial to use in a blend when a person is stuck in a mental rut. It allows for growth and expansion.

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia):
Lavender essential oil is famous for supporting rest and relaxation. The chemical family Ester also contributes to the wonderful energetics of this oil but that will be discussed in another post. Lavender is very balancing for emotions. Lavender has many therapeutic properties as well which include pain relief, anti-inflammatory action, immune support and it is very nourishing for skin conditions.

I love to include lavender in blends because of its affinity to round a blend. Just note that lavender does not always produce a soothing effect for every user. Some people actually have noted the opposite and experienced a more stimulating effect. More the reason that one should go through essential oil classes to know its correct dosage and usage.

Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana):
I have to admit that this is one of my favorite essential oils. This oil is great for addressing stress and anxiety and I love how it creates a beautiful synergy when blended with other essential oils. I love using it as part of a sleep blend in lieu of lavender. This oil is also good when used in pain relief blends, anti-fungal blends and abdominal massage blends.

Neroli (Citrus aurantium var amara):
This oil is acquired through steam distillation using the flowers. This delicate soft floral aromatic oil is very supportive to the user. It is very powerful in calming the nervous system, therefore helping to engage one into a parasympathetic state. Neroli is great when used in a sleep support and stress support aromatic blend. This monoterpene alcohol rich oil is great when used in an anti-aging facial blend.

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini var. motia):
Palmarosa is a great addition to a facial serum due to its affinity to provide skin regeneration and its ability to treat many skin conditions. This oil was chosen for use in our Stress and Anxiety workshop. Palmarosa provides a cooling energy which is beneficial for emotional concerns. Therapeutically, this oil has immune supporting, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Peppermint (Cananga odorata):
Ylang Ylang is derived from steam distillation of the fresh blossom. This oil is very soothing for the heart. It makes a great addition to use in a synergy to support stress and depressive states of mind in conjunction with a therapist. It is also good to use in skin care due to its skin healing abilities. This oil should be used in low amounts because it is known to cause headaches and can be irritating to those with sensitive skin. You can learn more about it here .

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia):
This is a very popular oil that is known for treating acne and for use during the cold and flu season. I have personally used Tea tree essential oil as a part of an antifungal blend. Tea tree is supportive to the immune system. To clear congestion I like to include it in a steam blend to help clear out mucus. Using tea tree oil that is oxidized can cause skin sensitivity. It can also be irritating to those with sensitive skin.

If you are interested to know more about the world of these fragrances, you can take up Aromatherapy education online or in person and expand your knowledge of Essential oils. But, be careful before you choose any course randomly. It is better to do some market research or go for aromatherapy consultation to find out the best ones available.

Make Your Travelling Enjoyable With Essential Oils.

Travelling, be it for professional or personal reasons can evoke a range of emotions in you ranging from happiness to downright anxiety. However, one thing that most of us remain wary of during travel is about facing a health scare. Yes, you don’t want to fall prey to a stomach bug or suffer from bouts of nausea, for such health issues can take the very zing out of travelling. As a result, instead of enjoying the travel you start cursing your fate.

So, what do you do to prevent or face a health issue head on if it does happen during travel? Pop up pills at random? Well, given the side effects of such pills on your organs it would be better to look at the benefits of essential oils. As an integral part of aromatherapy essential oils can work wonders on your system provided you know how to use them. It would be better on your part to acquire aromatherapy education to know the use of such oils for health benefits. On the other hand, using these oils without having the required knowledge can have side effects as well.

Hence, while travelling you can carry essential oils only after following a due aromatherapy consultation process to prevent or face health issues like:

  • Headaches and body aches
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Indigestion and fever
  • Cough and cold
  • Lack of sleep and others

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Better, you ought to go through essential oil classes online from a certified aromatherapist to acquire knowledge on such oils before using them. Let’s discuss the benefits provided by some of these oils in order to get relief or better, prevent such health issues from hitting you unannounced especially while travelling.

For Headaches, Stress, and Anxiety

Peppermint Oil:

Upon applying topically on forehead, neck and shoulders, peppermint oil can have a calming effect on contracting muscles. It can help in stimulating the blood flow to the affected region, which in turn can induce relaxation. So, dilute a few drops of peppermint oil with coconut oil to get relief from headache or bodyache. The best part is that it does not have any side effects unlike painkillers.

Lavender Oil:

The active ingredients of linalool and linalyl acetate present in lavender oil can induce relaxation by affecting our limbic system in a positive way. It also helps in regulating our serotonin levels, which can cause nagging headaches like migraine.

Eucalyptus Oil:

The oil helps in cleansing our body of harmful toxins besides clearing the nasal cavity. The latter benefit can help to reduce or at best eliminate the sinus pressure, which leads to headaches. In fact, eucalyptus oil can have a positive effect on clearing sore throat, cough, cold, and stress – terrible health issues that we often confront during travelling.

Rosemary Oil:

Thanks to its anti inflammatory, analgesic and calming properties, rosemary oil can be of help if you happen to suffer from headache, stomach upset, or fever. Moreover, its application can help in improving mental alertness as well.

For Nausea, Vomiting and Stomach Upset

Ginger Oil:

In addition to its widespread culinary usage Ginger oil’s soothing effect can be of great help in preventing nausea. So, if you are driving on a winding road or travelling for long, inhale the aroma of a drop of ginger oil or diffuse the oil inside your car. And upon diluting with water the oil can be taken internally to get relief from a bout of stomach upset as well.

Lemon Oil:

If you are suffering from motion sickness induced nausea, lemon oil can be of help. Just sniff a few drops of it for that feeling of nausea to vanish. The oil can be of help in GI related ailments like indigestion, bloating, and constipation as well.

Basil Oil:

The carminative properties of this oil can help in combating flatulence, besides nausea and GI tract infections.

For Stress, Anxiety, and Lack of Sleep

Bergamot Oil:

Derived from a hybrid citrus fruit similar to an orange or lemon, the oil is said to produce a calming effect on our body and mind thus help in reducing stress.

Ylang Ylang Oil:

The oil is extracted from the flowers of a tropical tree found in South East Asia. It has a soothing effect on our nervous system, which can lead to a reduction in stress and lowering of blood pressure.

Apart from the above two, there are plenty of oils such as Vetiver, Chamomile, and Valerian that are reported to possess stress busting ability. However, instead of trying out self medication these oils should be used only after going through a proper aromatherapy education. Such an education can be obtained through courses like essential oil classes online or aromatherapy education online.

To combat health issues or to prevent them from affecting your travel, you can make use of the therapeutic properties of essential oils. The application of such oils – only after following an aromatherapy consultation, can make your travel really enjoyable.

Read More: Why Should Anyone Take Classes on Aromatherapy?

Blend Essential Oils Confidently With Aromatherapy Workshops

Blending aromatic substances is both a work of art and science. However, when you are blending the aromas primarily for the sheer pleasure of its fragrance, you need not pay much heed to the therapeutic properties of the resultant mixture. Having spent years in the perfume industry, the perfumers are both scientists as well as artists. They blend different types of aromatic compounds to form beautiful fragrances. As their basic aim is to create fragrances, they may even use synthetic compounds to enhance the effect.

But, this is not the case for Essential oil blends. In aromatherapy, you have to use natural aromatic compounds to make effective aromatic oil blends. You should not forget that it is an alternative therapy that has some effect on the body, mind, and soul. So, it has to be 100% natural to earn maximum benefits. You may go for an aromatherapy consultation if you wish to evaluate the truth of this statement. No certified aromatherapist will ever tell you to mix even a single synthetic substance with the naturally derived essential oils.

Let us now learn something more about blending different types of Essential Oils.

The Basics Of Essential Oil Blending:

The first thing that you should know about Essential Oils is they can be categorized based on their different types of aromas. For example, the floral aromatic compounds include Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, while the Earthy ones include Vetiver, Patchouli, Oakmoss and etc. There are a wide variety of categories based on the principle of aroma. Essential oils of the same category blend well with each other. But, there are exceptional cases too, when the compounds from one category blend well with that of other categories like:

  • Florals blend well with Woodsy ones
  • Spicy oils with Florals, Citrusy and Oriental
  • Minty with Woodsy and Herbaceous oils

You will gain a better idea about these in your aromatherapy workshops.

Essential Tips For Blending Essential Oils:

  • Use natural ingredients only. Essential Oils, grain alcohol, CO2s, carrier oils, water, and herbs are some of the ingredients you can use when blending.
  • Start by blending small quantities (about 5-25 drops). That way you will save more on your experiments.
  • Start blending first with the Essential oils, Co2, and absolutes. If you like the blend, you can go ahead with alcohol and carrier oils. If you don’t, you do not have to waste any of these products.
  • Store your blends in 2ml amber bottles called “Shortie” that you can either buy online or get from an aromatherapy vendor.
  • Note down every detail of the experiment – the oils you have used, their chemical properties, uses, and amounts. Also, note down the names of ingredients you have used in the entire experiment.
  • Label your blends properly. Use numbers and symbols if you do not have space to mention everything. Make it aUntitled Document point to explain these numbers in your notebook.
  • Once you have prepared a blend, give it some time to settle down, at least a few days. During that time, the chemical constituents in the oil may round up a bit, altering the aroma to some extent. After that, you can decide whether the experiment was successful or not.

These are the simple tricks. If you wish to know more about Essential oil blending, you have to opt for aromatherapy workshops to learn every single step in detail. You can also get your hands on eBooks on aromatherapy to further your knowledge.

Blending For Therapeutic Purpose:

When you are blending Essential oils to address any particular medical issue, you have to keep two things in mind:

Purpose Of The Experiment: What issue are you planning to address? If you are creating the blend for a specific person, you should note down every single detail about him/her like his/her age, medications, allergies, drug use and alcohol use. This will help you come up with the perfect blend without deteriorating his/her health further.

Safety Requirements: You should be very careful regarding safety. Even all the natural compounds are not always perfect. They may cause allergies and reactions. You have to learn a lot about the side effects and safety precautions of the ingredients you are using in your blends.

A proper aromatherapy workshop will give you all such details before you set off on your own, creating blends that work. Of course, you can self-tutor yourself with eBooks on aromatherapy and essential oil classes online. But, those come later. It would be best if you can opt for an in-person aromatherapy consultation before you start blending those oils. The effects will be better with little or no waste.

Get ready to embark on a journey of beautiful fragrances and natural therapies to do some good to mankind!

***Please note that this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or ailment.

Also Read: Can Essential Oils Help us Gain Clarity Of Thought

Reasons To Include Essential Oils In Your Vacation Planning

Planning a long vacation? Good! This is the perfect time to unwind in some remote land and rejuvenate your body and mind. But, what guarantee you have that your vacation will be completely according to your expectations? Incidents happen every time, be it sickness, insect bites, accidents or anything that hampers your planned schedule. That is why the travel bugs always carry a first aid kit in their travel bags with all the necessary medicines and equipment to prevent the entire tour from going waste due to unfortunate incidents.

essential oil online classesBut, have you ever thought about including Essential Oils in that bag of yours? Have you ever considered taking useful Essential Oil classes online before you start traveling? You may be wondering, “Why on Earth should I include Essential Oils in my travel companion list? Or, why should I even think about taking some online classes before I go for a vacation?”

Weird, right?

Well, maybe not. You will be surprised to know that many people with wanderlust have a good knowledge of these natural oils, their benefits, and uses. They consider those little bottles quite useful in situations when there is no medical store nearby. Be it a bad headache or an upset stomach, Essential Oils can be used to promote health and wellness while on the road. Besides, they also help you take proper rest and improve your sleep in an alien environ. People who are sensitive to their environment must carry a few Essential Oils to ensure healthy conditions. In case you have allergies, a sound knowledge of Aromatherapy will also help you keep a check on such issues. So, do you get it why those tiny bottles are so important?

But now, you are in more trouble than before. How will you decide which are the must-haves? There are more than a hundred varieties of Essential Oils available. Plus, you can always make your own ones if you ever had an effective Aromatherapy consultation in the past. So, what to do now? No worries at all! Read till the end and you will be glad you did this before setting off.

The 5 Must-Have Essential Oils In Your Travel Kit

Tea Tree Oil: The Tea Tree Oil is said to be exceptionally good for insect bites, sunburns and sores as well as for scratches and cuts. If you do not like the scent of your hand-sanitizer, Tea Tree Oil can serve that purpose as well. So, just do not forget to pack one in your travel kit and then, “Insect Bites or cuts? Bring it on! I have my protection with me!”

Lavender: Basically, this is an all-rounder in the realm of Aromatherapy. Whether it is sunburn or skin irritations like eczema, the Lavender oil will help provide relief. You can also use the natural oil to improve your sleep and calm your kids. Headaches? When you have this Essential Oil with you, the tour will not be interrupted in any way.

Citrus Oil: If you are sensitive to dusty and smelly rooms/bathrooms, Oils like lime, lemon, wild orange, and grapefruit will help you to some extent. Every time you will not be guaranteed a pristine room to stay the night if you are on an adventure. But, a spritz of these oils will help you get rid of the odor and sleep peacefully.

Peppermint: One of the must-haves in your travel kit, this Essential Oil helps you get rid of stress, fatigue or a headache. If you are not feeling like traveling anymore, a wisp of this oil will uplift your mood and instil the confidence to carry on.

Eucalyptus Oil: Do you have a tendency to catch a cold easily? This oil should not be forgotten at any cost then. However, it is extremely sensitive to the skin so do not use it directly on your skin. Dilute it and spray it on your pillow or in the room before you sleep. It helps ease discomfort arising due to common cold and fever.

If you have attended Aromatherapy workshops in the past, you will have some knowledge on the uses and properties of Essential Oil blends. When traveling, include some carrier oils in the kit like coconut oil, sweet almond oil and etc. to blend and dilute different Essential Oils and make your own compositions. This will prove useful in terms of providing assistance and relief in adverse situations.

Opt for reliable Essential oil online classes before your trip to stay prepared for all types of situations. You never know what is to come. But, you can always not let it harm your dream vacation. Invest in a proper carrying case and do not forget to include the carrier oil, even if in a small amount. You will get enough time to blend and experiment if you are not on a tight schedule. Have a great tour!

Improve Sleep And Increase Productivity With Essential Oils

Have you noticed how long it takes to fall asleep these days? You close your eyes, but, it seems like your brain is still working, reminding you constantly about the affairs of the next day. Is it natural? Well, of course not! Insomnia is a disease of this generation – the generation of Smartphones and the internet. Then again, you keep your phones open the whole night in the fear of missing out on your important clients and their urgent messages. As most of you work beyond time zones, it becomes all the more difficult to rest peacefully at night.

Nowadays, “Goodnight” has the least value. You all know that you are going to stay wide awake until your brains give up and, pause working for the day. But, they are again alerted by the first ring of alarm in the morning, literally pushing you out of the bed and reminding you of the unfinished tasks from the day before. Is this the life you dreamed of? Is this how you wish to spend your valuable moments? And, if you do not, then how can you make this any better? It is not possible to leave everything and sit at home. But, you can always seek the help of Mother Nature to give you the required strength needed to stay ahead of the curve without compromising your health and overall wellness.

Enters Aromatherapy And Essential Oils”

Aromatherapy has long been considered as one of the most effective mental as well as physical health-promoting practices in the world. From the early Egyptians to the Romans before Renaissance, these natural oils that were derived from the barks of trees, leaves, roots and herbs, were held in high esteem. They were said to have immense health enhancing properties that the ancient Kings and Queens found to be of great use. However, the term “Essential Oils” was coined much later, in the middle of the twentieth century.

Anyways, this was all to say that Aromatherapy practices are long been said to ease depressive feelings, stress, anxiety, insomnia, lack of confidence and other mental disorders. So, if you are experiencing sleep problems due to workplace stress, you can take online essential oil classes to know how to get rid of this excess pressure in your life.

A Few Essential Oils To Help You Relax And Sleep

  • Lavender In spite of having a number of therapeutic properties, Lavender is essentially used to promote relaxation and sleep. It has alcohols and esters that help you stay asleep for a long period of time. And, that too without experiencing nightmares.

  • Roman Chamomile It has a calming and soothing effect on the body that keep sleep problems at bay. The amazing floral scent is really apt for your bedroom ambiance.

  • SandalwoodOh yes! The essential oil derived from this plant is extremely effective in the case of insomnia. The only drawback is, a small bottle of this precious oil is more pricey than others.

  • Cedarwood It has a characteristic earthy smell that calms the brain and helps you relax.

Now, getting adequate sleep in the night is not all. You should also be able to concentrate on your work the next day so that you can go home with a fresh mind and spend some time of your own. But, the increasing work pressure seldom leaves your mind open to other things, be it your family or your social life. The Boss keeps calling; the clients keep calling and, you are literally sandwiched in between. Not getting enough time to enjoy other aspects of your life is one of the main reasons for the increasing depression and less focus on the work at hand. You may not believe it, but Aromatherapy has an effective solution to this problem as well. There are some essential oils that amplify your concentration and help you focus more. You can get the details at Aromatherapy workshops or any popular eBook on Aromatherapy. However, the names and brief descriptions of some of these oils have been provided below:

  • RosemaryThis Essential Oil improves concentration by stimulating the mind.

  • EucalyptusIt increases focus, improves memory and enhances performance.

  • Vetiver While this Essential Oil is primarily meant to improve sleep, it also has some effect on the mind, helping you focus more on the work at hand.

  • Basil It reduces feelings of fatigue, thus increasing productivity to a certain extent. It also improves memory and helps you concentrate more.

  • Sage This amazing Essential Oil helps stimulate your senses just like a cup of coffee will do in the morning.

If you have the right knowledge of these Essential Oils and you learn how to blend them to enhance their functionalities, you will be able to get rid of the chronic problems of this generation like stress, fatigue, insomnia and lack of focus.

Yolanda, a qualified and experienced Essential Oil Blending expert, aspires to help provide support for new generation of these mental health disorders. Therefore she gives Essential Oil Classes online, Aromatherapy Workshops and she also write eBooks on Aromatherapy to create awareness of the immense benefits of these natural oils. You can opt for her online or in-person classes to better your lives and enhance your productivity naturally.

A Few Impressive Ways Essential Oils Can Better Your Lives

I smell thee, As beautiful as the winds

As gracious as the sky, As deep as the sea

I breathe in and breathe out

And, my mind is free!

The human sense of smell is amazing. Our olfactory nerves can detect and distinguish between 10,000 different kinds of aroma and trigger memories associated with each. This powerful influence of fragrance is being used for the welfare of the human race since the beginning of civilization. The early Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts bear proofs of aromatherapy practices, only the term was coined some thousands of years later in the 20th century. In Egypt, these fragrant oils with extensive therapeutic properties were mostly used for embalming i.e, the preservation of bodies after death. However, Essential oils have come a long way since then.

essential-oil-classes-onlineIt was not before the middle of the 20th century when the French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé introduced the term “Aromatherapie” to refer to the practice of using Essential Oils to promote health and well-being. However, Aromatherapy was never accepted into mainstream medicine. But, some of the doctors these days, do refer to the practice as a supplementary treatment besides drug usage.

Now, the thing is not about acceptance or rejection. It is about whether you are able to rely on the amazing benefits of essential oils to better your life. Before you base your final decision on any passing statement, let us discuss some facts about these natural oils to clear all your confusion.

Fragrances Can Alter Your State of Mind

Have you ever been in a situation when a particular smell has uplifted your mood instantly? Well, we are not talking about the enticing smell of your favorite dish, but a purer, more natural kind of smell. If you have, then you will understand exactly what is being said here. According to the modern scientists, the fragrances of essential oils have a powerful impact on your nervous system, giving rise to certain physiological as well as mental effects. They also tend to have a considerable effect on the limbic system of your brain that controls both your emotions as well as your memories. That is why certain scents have a profound effect on memories, triggering bits and pieces of past recollections. Furthermore, the scents of Essential Oils also affect the sympathetic nervous system to some extent. However, the changes are subtle and cannot be determined if they are not observed carefully. But, the use of Essential Oils like Lavender, Rose and etc can indeed enhance moods, according to various researches and studies by the modern scientists.

The Scents Reduce Anxiety And Stress

It has been proved over the time that Essential Oils can relieve stress and anxiety, improve sleep and enhance your confidence to some extent. The most probable cause behind this can be its influence on the limbic system of your brain that controls emotions. However, the experts suggest you do not apply the Essential Oils directly on your body without diluting them. Certain aromatic compounds also work best when blended with other substances.

Essential Oils Have Antiseptic Properties

A number of Essential Oils like Oregano, thyme, tea tree, cinnamon, and lemon are known for their antiseptic properties and, they are used to accelerate healing in case of an infection or inflammation. However, you should have a thorough knowledge of each to blend them in the right proportions for maximum effect.

Now that you know the benefits of Essential Oils on your mind and body, let us ponder certain situations where these natural compounds can help improve your life:

  • Workplace Stress – You can use your knowledge of Essential oils to prepare your own compounds and combat workplace stress. You can use it in a diffused form or you can have a personal inhaler, whichever seems convenient for you. It will also help reduce sleep issues.

  • Reduce Acne – Some Essential Oils have antibacterial properties like the Tea Tree oil. You can use it in a diluted form to get rid of pimples or acne.

  • Quit Smoking – Unable to give up on smoking? Helichrysum, better known as the “compassionate oil” may help you quit this bad habit. It is widely used in massage therapies, blended with some carrier oil.

  • Helping Your Baby Sleep – Do you go through the struggles of taking your toddler to bed every night? A dilution of ½ a percent total blend of Roman Chamomile and Lavender oil can solve your problem.

Gain confidence – Basil, Nutmeg, and Cinnamon are said to build concentration and increase confidence. You can use it before going for an interview or a presentation.

There are umpteen ways in which Essential Oils can help improve your lives. But, it is not advisable to trust blindly on the products displayed on the store shelves. When you are about to buy Essential Oils, it is crucial to lay more stress on purity than ever. The purity of an Essential Oil varies with differences in harvesting, distillation, manufacture and storage. So, the best thing will be to do your due diligence when searching for a reputable supplier of essential oils when wanting to obtain oils to blend. You need to have a sound knowledge on the different types of Essential Oils, their individual properties and blending proportions to create your own compositions. You can opt for Essential Oil classes online or an in-person Aromatherapy consultation to gain a better insight into the world of fragrances. When you are experimenting with nature, be careful about what you do. It is not wise to embark on this journey without any help. But, if you can do it properly, there is no end to the amazing secrets you are going to reveal and the mysteries that will be unfolded.

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Learn More About Aromatherapy With Essential Oil Classes Online

Essential oils help in providing your skin with the much-required nutrients. By virtue of the A-list fashion magazines, youtube tutorials and essential oil classes online, we all are acquainted with the names of at least some essential oils.

However, what a majority of us might not know is probably the fact that essential oils did not come into existence until the invention of refrigerated coils. The essential oils were better known as the essential essences or aromatic products before the refrigerated coils were invented.

Just like you, your skin too breathes. Cleaning the epidermis of your skin, essential oils restore the natural glow and radiance to your skin. There are choices galore when it comes to choosing the right essential oil for your skin. However, not all essential oils work wonders for all types of skin, though. There are associated different applications and purpose to every essential oil for the different type of skin. Take, for instance, there are some essential oils recommended for the cleansing purpose, and there are essential oils that come with certain medicinal properties to take care of some skin ailments.

As recommended by the experts, it is unhealthy to use essential oils in the raw form. As the essential oils in raw form can cause irritation to your skin, it is advisable that you should always dilute them before applying on your skin. Also as the experts claim, only the distilled and diluted essential oils are usable for the purpose of skin care.

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Are you keen to add essential oils to your beauty kit? Maybe you should look into the following excerpt to know more about the essential oils you need to stock up on to tweak your beauty regimen –

Lavender oil:

Hugely recognized for its beautiful fragrance, lavender has the ability to relieve itchy and sensitive skin. Also, lavender plays a crucial role in protecting your skin from different skin conditions such as infections (fungal), eczema, slow healing wounds and burns. The above conditions can make the skin look less appealing and may create some healthy skin concerns. Lavender essential oil can assist with premature ageing. You can smooth a one percent dilution of lavender essential oil over your face, neck and other exposed areas of your skin. It is advisable that you should mix a small amount of lavender oil into your day and night cream. Lavender oil is a prized possession among those who prefer natural treatments because of the calming, soothing effects of its fragrance. Most importantly, it is extremely gentle and has antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Geranium oil:

Geranium oil is popular among the essential oil lovers especially because of its anti-fungal and disinfecting properties. Geranium oil is perfect for treating acne-prone and sensitive skin. It can prevent your skin from getting breakouts and also, control oil production as long as other health modalities are adhered. To reap the uncountable benefits of Geranium oil, you can gently use a one half percent dilution of the oil and apply it over the problematic areas, or even all over the skin. Many people don’t know a lot about Geranium oil, thanks to the smattering of information about it. You can rely on the essential oil classes online to avail more knowledge about it.

Tea Tree oil:

Owing to its uncountable benefits, Tea Tree oil deserves a permanent spot in your beauty cabinet. For an all-herbal treatment for blackheads and acne, you can use Tea Tree oil for spot treatment. The oil comprises mild disinfecting properties that can quicken the healing process of your skin problems. You can add a drop on a cotton pad or q-tip with Tea Tree oil and then, drape it over different areas of concern. Besides working well as an effective acne treatment, Tea Tree oil can be also used as a great makeup remover, nail care solution, or dandruff care product. Tree tree oil is known to oxidize quickly so ensure that you are using a fresh and good quality oil.

Angelica essential oil:

Hugely praised for its anti-spasmodic, depurative, carminative, digestive, hepatic, nervine, stomachic and stimulant properties, Angelica oil has advantages galore. Besides relaxing spasms and reducing gases, this oil also helps in fighting off infections and improving digestion when used as a part of a massage blend. Angelica Root essential oils is also beneficial for combating stress and anxiety that can lead to exhaustion. It has been said that Angelica Root oil has provided support as part of a smoking cessation blend due to its emotional properties. Angelica Root is widely used in perfumery but you must keep in mind that it has phototoxic properties.

Rosemary oil:

Used as a Rosemary oil, it helps stimulate cell renewal process. There are several different chemo-types of Rosemary essential oils. Rosemary ct verbenone is a good oil to use for skin care. Rosemary oil can also be used as an effective scalp treatment. When used as a scalp treatment, it can help you get rid of dandruff. You can use an amazing hair care pack to treat dandruff. In a bowl, mix five drops to your hair conditioner and use it as an effective hair rinse formula after shampooing your hair.

Sandalwood oil:

Just like any other essential oils, Sandalwood also has a host of benefits when it comes to your overall health and wellbeing. Its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, grounding, carminative, disinfectant, balancing and sedative properties have garnered a huge amount of appreciation from every nook and corner of the globe. Also, sandalwood essential oil treats congestion and is antitussive, benefits mature skin, skin healing, soothes nervous disorders due to its powerful grounding effects.

Eucalyptus oil:

Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the eucalyptus trees that are mainly found in the bushlands of Australia. Besides being versatile in nature, eucalyptus oil offers a very invigorating fragrance. You can take care of your scalp with eucalyptus oil in order to get rid of dandruff. Dilute the oil in a carrier and apply the blend directly on your scalp and massage it in order to improve blood circulation. You can also mix it with your shampoo or conditioner to revitalize your lifeless and dull hair.

Ylang Ylang:

Derived from the fresh flowers of the Ylang Ylang tree, it is considered to be the best essential oil among other varieties. Since it is the product of the first extraction, Ylang Ylang is especially known for its significant amount of esters and mind-blowing fragrance.

As now you have got a brief idea about different types of essential oils and their health benefits, squeeze some time out from your busy schedule to learn the technique of blending them. Wondering how to nail the art of blending? This is where the online essential oil classes of Aromatherapy come into play. With help of these classes, you can learn more about essential oils; their benefits, different types, etc.

Related Article: Learn How Aromatherapy Books Online Can Help You Learn More.

Amazing DIY Holiday Gift Ideas Using Essential Oil

Another festive season is upon us! With Christmas and the subsequent New Year around the corner, go ahead with some DIY gift ideas. Want to impress your loved ones with some offbeat gifts? How about making some beautiful presents with essential oil? With the expensive gifts being passé, home-made presents are rapidly gaining popularity.
Holiday gift ideas using essential oilAs one of the key sources to health and wellness, aromatherapy has earned several accolades and a wide fan following from across the globe. A lot of researches and studies have discovered the exceptional healing properties of these organic products that has escalated the popularity and demand of products made up of essential oils.

When it comes to Christmas or New Year Presents, there are some brilliant DIY essential oil gift ideas  that are creative, absolutely inexpensive and easy to prepare at home. Unsure about your gift-making skills? With aromatherapy ebooks and essential oil classes online now you can dish out some amazing gifts using different essential oils. Scroll down to know more –

DIY Essential oil pendant diffuser:
The DIY essential oil pendants make an amazing Christmas gift undoubtedly. On a surface covered with wax papers, roll out clay until it’s about ¼ inch thick. If you find air bubbles when you begin to roll, use a toothpick to pop them and then proceed. The next step would be pressing a lid, cookie cutter or cap into the clay to create the shape of your pendant. Add a hole that you will string your DIY pendant with. Peel away the clay from your pendant and allow it to dry out for 1-2 days.

Related article: Learn the Art of Blending Essential Oils in Right Proportion

Car diffusers:
The DIY essential oil car diffusers are another useful gift idea that you can give to just anyone. Collect clothespins, cork, glue, ribbon and essential oils. Put a few drops of oil on the cork and attach it to your car vent.

Cinnamon scented pine cones:
Place a bunch of pine cones on a cookie sheet. Put it on the middle rack of your oven in a preheated 200 degree for about an hour. After cooling them, place them in a large resealable plastic bag and close it properly. Put some drops of essential oil and add a bit clean water in a spray bottle. Shake it up and generously spray the pine cones. Leave the bag tightly closed for four to seven weeks in order to infuse the pine cones with the scent.

Scented candles:
Gather the essential materials including braided wick rope, wick tabs, unscented soy candle wax and essential oil. Assemble wicks properly. Now melt some wax. Cool then down. Pour the cooled wax in a container and allow it to sit for a few moments, watch the top and bottom to begin to solidify around the container, and then drop in the assembled tab and wick. Let the DIY candle solidify for some hours and then trim the wick down to 1/4th inch.

Peppermint sugar scrub:
You need 2 cups of sugar, ¼ cups of coconut oil, red food coloring and essential oils. Pour sugar into medium sized bowl. Mix in coconut oil, add a few drops of essential oil and divide your sugar mixture into two equal sized portions. Mix in a few drops of red food coloring to one portion. Add sugar in layers to the jar, press the sugar down with a spoon. Alternate between the pink and white layers. Add a label and ribbon to the jar.

What are you waiting for! Go ahead and dish out these DIY presents this festive season.

Identify different types of chamomiles from essential oil classes online

German, Cape or Roman chamomile? Blue or not blue? Confusion! Confusion!

It is quite likely to get all confused by the different types of chamomiles available in the wild and also in the market for essential oils. You will feel puzzled by their diverse properties and uses. But, they have certain similarities as well. If you want to know in details, you can always opt for online essential oil classes to identify each variety and learn their uses and significance in the world of aromatherapy. However, this post aims to describe each category briefly so you get a better understanding of chamomiles and clear all confusion before you go for those classes.

Different types of chamomilesFirst, let us turn to the basic three varieties of chamomile available in the market, namely German Chamomile or Matricaria recutita, Roman Chamomile or Anthemis nobilis and Cape Chamomile or Eriocephalus punctulatus. However, there exists several other genus and species of chamomile in which the color and aroma varies. The German and Cape Moroccan chamomiles have an ink-blue tinge which differentiates them from the rest. However, the German chamomile is denser than its Cape chamomile counterpart due to a higher concentration of Chamazulene. Both German and Cape chamomile are very gentle in nature, hence, and very beneficial for skin conditions. Cape is gentle to use with children.

With the help of essential oil classes online, you can learn more about their differences in details. That will help you identify the right bottle when you go shopping for essential oils. When purchasing an essential oil the genus and species should be located on the bottle. And it will also keep all confusion at bay regarding the various uses and characteristics of chamomile essential oils. Furthermore, if you have a knack towards aromatherapy, the oil blending classes will help you pursue your career in that field.

Uses of different types of chamomiles:

Chamomiles have plenty of uses provided you know which one to use when. The following points will shed some light on that:

German Chamomiles–
They are widely known for their anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. Few drops of the essential oil mixed with a carrier of oil can calm your senses and provide you with a good night’s sleep. It is also used in treatment of allergies, dermatitis, muscle pains, skin rashes, sprains and joint pains. Sometimes a migraine attack can also be treated with the help of this mild blue herbal oil. You can know more intricate details by opting for essential oil classes online.

Roman Chamomiles–
Generally, the Roman variety is used to reduce spasm in muscles. It is a great addition to a massage oil blend to treat stomach cramps and to support digestion. It can be beneficial for restless leg syndrome. Sometimes, it is also used to treat asthma attacks, anxiety, nervous tension and etc. This variety of herbal oil is also used to treat menstrual conditions.

Cape Chamomiles–
Although it is quite different from both the basic types of German and Roman chamomiles, yet its uses are somewhat similar to that of the other varieties that are being discussed. It is anti-inflammatory, calming and emotional supportive and can be mixed in perfumes to enhance their aromatic properties.

Also read: Oil blending Classes Online: German Vs Roman Chamomiles

Oil blending classes online or offline can teach you how to identify different types of chamomiles and use them to enhance your health. If you can utilize them properly, you will reap huge benefits in terms of both your physical as well as mental health.

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