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The Chemistry Of Monoterpene Essential Oils and Its Benefits

Basically Essential Oils are derived from Nature but they are composed of many chemical components. These components make up chemical families. Some chemical families such as monoterpenes may possess similar therapeutic properties. In some other chemical families such as sesquiterpenes, generalizations cannot be applied.

Essential oils that comprise mostly of monoterpenes are great for deodorizing the air and, they also have mild antiseptic properties. Some monoterpene rich oils provide a rubefacient effect such as Black pepper (Piper nigrum). Listed below are the names of a few major monoterpene rich essential oils. Keep in mind that these oils are prone to oxidizing quicker and, you should not purchase these oils in large amounts. Oxidized oils can cause skin irritation and other issues. 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.

8 Essential Oils With Monoterpenes And Their Uses

  • Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica): This one is extremely beneficial as a deodorizer, Anti-inflammatory, and decongestant.
  • Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): It’s antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral properties make it just suitable to be used in skin care products during the cold and flu season.
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia): Energetically, this essential oil is a must when used to support stress and anxiety concerns. It is also great to use with cardamom and sweet orange to support digestive issues. This oil does come with a major safety concern because it has phototoxic properties. This means that you should avoid the sun, tanning beds and UV rays for up to 18 hours after using this Essential Oil to avoid burning of the skin.
  • Black pepper (Piper nigrum): This oil possesses many beneficial therapeutic properties. It is great to use for massage in a blend to treat pain and inflammation due to its warming effects. Black pepper also has an affinity to support digestion and it is a great addition to use with oils such as sweet marjoram, bergamot, and sweet orange.
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii): The resinous essential oil is excellent for skin care especially for mature dry skin. This oil has many healing properties physically and emotionally. Frankincense is great for addressing pain such as headaches when used in conjunction with lavender or peppermint.
  • Lemon (Citrus limon): This top note oil is bright and energetic. It is great to diffuse with Rosemary to support learning. It has a great circulatory effect and is amazing when a synergy is created using juniper berry and grapefruit essential oil. This is a great oil to use during the cold and flu season and it is beneficial in green cleaning products. Just like bergamot this oil also has phototoxic properties so it is advised to avoid the sun, tanning beds and UV rays for up to 18 hours after use.
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. Amara): This one is a great addition to a facial serum due to its skin healing abilities. You can diffuse it in your home to help filter the air when used as a deodorizer. Lastly, it helps uplift the mood when in a depressed state.
  • Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis): It is somewhat emotional and is highly beneficial for circulating stagnant energy. Great to use in anti-depressant blends, this Essential Oil possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties. Due to its antispasmodic properties, it is excellent to use in an abdominal massage blend for constipation and cramps.

All Essential Oils do not share the same properties. You have to possess a sound knowledge of each or a majority of them to enjoy their benefits. An Aromatherapy education can give you that. These days, you can easily opt for essential oil classes online to enhance your knowledge of Aromatherapy. This will not only help you help yourself but also dozens of people like you who want to try our natural therapies to get rid of their chronic issues. Education is the best way to make that happen. So, get ready for your classes where you can blend different types of oils and do magic with them.

Also Read: Blend Essential Oils Confidently With Aromatherapy Workshops

8 Essential Oils That Provide Relief From Muscle Pains

How many times do you pop pain-killers whenever you suffer from a chronic muscle pain?

Probably you do that every time you have this issue and, you know that you cannot stand down because of it. You go to the nearby pharmacy and you ask them for a pain reliever even without a doctor’s prescription sometimes. But, is it right for our health? These medical drugs have tremendous side effects. You may not be aware of it, but you are doing great harm to your body by popping in analgesics every now and then. On the other hand, there are some Essential Oils that have a positive effect on any kind of muscle pain. This is the reason they are even preferred by the physicians as alternative therapies, quite popular these days.

But,

Are these Essential Oils really effective?

Well, they are. That is the reason why they have become so popular among Naturopathists and Aromatherapists. The Analgesic herbal oils work on chronic pains with little or no side effects. Sometimes, they also have other beneficial effects on the body like:

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Decongestant

  • Anti-depressant

  • Anti-spasmodic

  • Anti-microbial

  • Sedative

However, you should always opt for an Aromatherapy consultation before you use them. The experts will guide you in the best possible manner. According to many people, these alternative therapies, though they take a bit more time than chemical drugs to act on the pain areas, are more effective in the sense they give long term relief from pains. Furthermore, when they are blended with Trauma Oil – a herbal product extracted from Calendula and Arnica flowers and the St. John’s Wort flowering top – the effect increases. But, all Essential Oils cannot relieve you from pain. Let us now see which of them can:

Black Pepper Essential Oil:

Extracted from Black Pepper (Piper nigurm), this oil is extremely effective for chronic muscle pains. What this particular oil does is increase the blood circulation to the affected area and reduce inflammation and gives you the relief you seek. Do you suffer from neck and shoulder pains frequently? The Black Pepper Essential Oil is what you need. However, this oil works better when blended with other essential oils such as Lavender, Peppermint, and Marjoram. Enrol in some Essential Oil classes and learn how to create your own blends easily.

Lavender Essential Oil:

The Lavender Essential Oil has been used for centuries to treat anxiety pains and migraines. According to a study in 2015, it also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties making it suitable for providing relief in painful conditions. Be it menstrual cramps or the intense pain of a migraine attack, the Lavender Essential Oil helps soothe the body and give you some relief from your despair. The oil contains certain compounds that act as a mild sedative on the body, helping you find some rest when your body is in an tightened condition. You can either apply it topically on your body by diluting it with other mild agents or you can inhale it slowly. However, do not try anything without proper Aromatherapy education. You can also buy some Ebooks on Aromatherapy to know the right ways to get relief from your pains with the help of these useful oils.

Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil:

With its anti-inflammatory and sedative properties, this oil is even recommended by the doctors from WebMD to get rid of neuralgia, headaches, migraine, stomach cramps and etc. These days, most of us working for 8 hours at a stretch sitting in front of the computer screen. This habit creates a lot of problems for us, sometimes giving rise to chronic neck and shoulder pain. Instead of popping painkillers, you can give this Essential Oil a try. When blended with other products like Black Pepper, Peppermint, and Lavender, it shows a huge effect on such headaches and stress related pains in the body.

Peppermint Essential Oil:

Extracted from a hybrid of Spearmint and Watermint, this oil is one of the oldest Essential oils to be used in relieving stress and pain. Menthol is present as a major ingredient which accounts for that refreshing essence. While its antispasmodic effect alleviates nausea, stomach ache and indigestion issues, the analgesic properties relax lower back pains, reduces a headache caused by tension, anxiety or sinus congestion. You should avoid using with children under five years of age and in high amounts.

Rosemary Essential Oil:

According to the University of Maryland, this particular Essential Oil helps improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation and get rid of pain and spasms. This is so effective that the German Government has approved this Essential Oil for analgesic uses. There are several chemotypes of Rosemary essential oils so the one with camphor is great to use to increase circulation.

You have to remember certain things before you start using the aforementioned Essential Oils to get relief from acute pain, headaches, and spasms. For example, it is not wise to apply any essential oil on your body directly from the bottle without diluting it to an extent. Then again, you should keep Essential Oils away from the reach of children. And last but not the least important thing is, do not use Essential Oils on pregnant women without proper research on various essential oils. You never know what allergic reactions that can lead to so refrain from doing anything of the sorts. The Essential Oil classes online will feed you with more such information on these extremely useful but sensitive natural products. If you want, you can go for one to enhance your knowledge and enjoy the benefits.

Have a good day!

Related Article: The Classes on Aromatherapy Can Help You Professionally

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Essential Oils – How They Work to Calm Emotional Disorders?

In the recent times, there have been many discussions regarding emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression. Discussing such an important issue is a big step taken to support people suffering from the problems. The question is – are there any natural remedies that can work against anxiety and depression? This often ends up with another question like – can the custom essential oil blend calm emotional disorders? Here is a discussion on the subject that might help. 

Custom Essential Oils Blends

A Study on How Custom Essential Oils Work on Emotions:  

Did you have any idea that scents act powerfully on human emotional disorders? Yes, this is true. Among the five senses, the smelling sense in human beings is directly connected to brain, which is the center of controlling human emotions. This further implies that scent not only can work on emotional disorders, but also a physical response of the human body. 

In fact, a recently conducted study shows that there is a connection between dementia and anti-anxiety medicines. There are good reasons to opt for essential oils as a complimentary treatment.  It is hard to know, but breathing in a nice aroma can change imbalances and chemistry of a human body that causes mood swings. 

As soon as your nose senses an aroma, it implies that small molecules have entered into the nose from something via the process of evaporation. Essential oils being volatile, their molecules soar in the air. When inhaled, the molecules are passed through the nostrils that send messages using receptors to olfactory system. These receptors again pass the messages to brain, which results in the smelling sense. 

Olfactory bulb forms a part of limbic system capturing messages via the smelling sense that helps in recording a memory further. For example, a particular aroma can remind a person of someone very special in his/her life. That is why some people believe the essential oils can really help those dealing and passing through negative and saddening memories. 

List of Essential Oils:

Have a look at the list of essential oils that can work effectively in alteration of mood swings: 

Bergamot 

Bergamot has historical reports to calm down antidepressant effects in a person. It is a great natural remedy to calm down anxious feelings, sadness or agitation.

Frankincense

This is used to encourage joyous feelings in the mindset of a person. Its chemical makeup aids in stimulating the brain’s limbic system, pituitary glands, penial and hypothalamus. 

Lemon 

Its scent promotes calming and clarifying properties that is helpful when someone is feeling low, anxious or down. In short, it helps to aid normal response of body to stress and anxiety. 

Neroli

It helps to support blood pressure within anxious feelings, uncontrolled emotions, skin conditions, sadness, etc. This helps to calm and uplift your mood. 

YlangYlang

This is used for anxious sadness and feelings occasionally. 

Valerian 

It is a great natural remedy that persuades calm feelings. 

Disclaimer:  Please note that this article is for informational purposes only.  It is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease of ailment.  Please consult with a licensed physician first when addressing health or mental concerns

Tips for Using Essential Oils Effectively and Safely

Aromatherapy can offer some amazing benefits, but only when approached rightly. Internet and social media platforms have given everyone a scope to share information — but, regrettably, the majority of people are not aromatherapy experts. And this means they may have advice or suggestions that are absolutely dangerous.

Essential oil

You should always follow recommendations from practitioners who are certified aromatherapists or have formal training in aromatherapy. Don’t always trust in the advice you see floating around out on the web as they can come with severe consequences.
If you want to ensure that you are safely using your essential oils, check out the following rules:

    Avoid internal use of essential oils

There is special training for legitimate usage of essential oil internally, and most aromatherapy sellers are unaware of it. Just because someone has some training under their belt doesn’t necessarily mean he or she has detailed instruction. You are recommended to make sure your professional is an expert before you ingest anything. Find out how and where the person was trained because it is much better to be safe than sorry.

•    Avoid applying undiluted aromatherapy oils to your skin

If you have read any of the authentic recipes for cosmetic products like massage lotions and foot scrubs, you must have seen that there is a mention to always use a carrier oil. That way, you can dilute the organic oils so that they do not irritate your skin. Also, if you are using aromatherapy oils in the bathtub, you can obtain the same effect by combining them with milk¸ sea salts or Epsom salt first. Thus, the oils are not able to float on the surface of the water and cause any kind of irritation to your skin.

•    Essential oils to avoid using in the bath

There are some aromatherapy oils that you should avoid using in the bath. These include basil, black pepper, fennel, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, ginger, marjoram, lemongrass¸ peppermint and orange. In urgent situations, you should use aromatherapy oils like Tea Tree, Lavender, and Chamomile (Roman) undiluted. They are all quite safe for using a single undiluted drop on a burn or cut to help prevent infection.   

•    Don’t apply phototoxic oils to your skin before exposure to the sun

Just because aromatherapy oils are all-natural doesn’t mean that they can’t react with other situations and things. For instance, some essential oils including, grapefruit, cumin, lemon, lime and bergamot can make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays. So, don’t use these oils prior to heading off on a beach vacation or just tripping to the tanning bed.

Hopefully, the above lesson will help you know the way essential oils can react before you use them. You can also refer to reliable aromatherapy workshops for knowledge about how you can benefit from essential oils before putting yourself at risk.

 

Intro To Aromatherapy Webinar

Recently I conduct a free intro to aromatherapy webinar.  I wanted to address safety concerns, methods of how aromatic products are produced and to cover a little aromatic history.  I decided to make this webinar availabe for a person to watch in the comfort of their home.  Please enjoy the webinar.

 

 

Ho Wood Essential Oil

Latin NameCinnamomun camphora ct linalol

 

Family:  Lauraceae

 

Extraction Method: Steam distilled using twigs and wood

 

Aroma: Floral, Sweet, Fresh and Woody

Ho Wood is a tree that grows in Taiwan.  Traditionally it has been used to make the handles of Japanese swords and blades because of it soft texture.  The Ho Wood allowed the blades to stay almost free from scratches.  This oil has some similarities to Rosewood but it is produced using a more sustainable method. Ho Wood may not be as popular as lavender but the chemical makeup is amazing.  This oil is usually comprised of a high amount of linalol.   I am currently using a batch of Ho Wood essential oil which is comprised of 98% linalol.

The high amount of linalol in this oil makes it an excellent choice to use for boosting the immune system because it is considered to be an immunostimulant and anti-viral.  This component also may be helpful in alleviating pain because it is analgesic and anti-inflammatory.  Ho Wood would make a nice addition to a pain blend that is a result of the cold and flu.  So this is an amazing multipurpose essential oil.  I have used Ho Wood essential oil as part of a hypotensive blend to support high blood pressure with great results.  Just keep in mind that you should seek the assistance of a trained aromatherapist and should consult with your physician when addressing medicinal concerns.  

The linalol component in Ho Wood would be great to use as part of a natural cleaning product.  Ho Wood is both an airborne anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. It would be both beneficial to add to aloe vera to make your own form of hand sanitizer or to add to castile soap to help promote overall wellness.  This oil blends well with other high linalol oils such as Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Ghandi Root(Homalomena aromatica) and Bergamot Mint (Mentha citrata).      

Emotionally this oil has sedative properties and it is very calming to the nerves.  Ho wood can act as an antidepressant and is very supportive of anxiety.  Ho Wood also supports spiritual healing. Cosmetically, Ho wood is skin healing and anti-inflammatory.  It would be an excellent choice as part of a facial product because it is antibacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.    

 

Resources

Componenet Database @ Aromahead http://components.aromahead.com/

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

 

Do You Know The Thyme?

I still mention and will always mention my unsafe use of essential oils before being properly trained.  I want to educate others about some of the choices we make when we purchase essential oils.  So do not worry because essential oil usage is relatively safe when used properly.  I am not stating that everyone that uses essential oils must go through extensive training but a little knowledge is key.  I will not cover every aspect of safety for this particular post.  I will stress knowing what you are using.  You must know your essential oils.  When I first started purchasing essential oils I shopped according to price.  I was looking for the best deal that I could find.  After research, I was made aware about adulteration.  So at this point I looked for what I felt were better suppliers and even contacted some of them.  I am not implying that a high price tag is a better oil.

Here are some helpful hints when purchasing your essential oils.  The label.  That is right.  Labeling is not the only part but it is a very important part of using essential oils safely.  So now you might ask the million dollar question.  What should I look for in a label or and what information should be located on the website.  Here is a list below.

  • Name of essential Oil (Ex: Thyme ct linalool)
  • Latin Name or botanical name (Thymus vulgaris ct linalool)
  • Plant part used
  • Safety information

When I first started purchasing essential oils, some of the companies did not provide all of the listed information.  I believe it is a requirement now to have the above information listed.

The reason for this post is to let you know that even though a plant such as thyme may look the same; the chemical composition may be different.  Essential oils are very special because a few factors affect the outcome of the oil.  I will list a few below:

  • Climate
  • Soil
  • Altitude
  • Rainfall
  • Demographics

Due to some of the above factors, chemotypes are developed within certain aromatic plants.  The aromatic plant will still have the same outward appearance but internally they are different.   Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) may be assigned to one of seven different chemotypes based on the dominant component.  For example you have Thymus vulgaris ct linalool, Thymus vulgaris ct thymol, Thymus vulgaris ct carvacrol to name a few.

I will explain the difference between the chemotype thymol and linalool.  Try not to get confused by the chemistry but this is just to show the vast difference in the two oils of the same genus and species.  Thymus vulgaris ct thymol is usually mostly comprised of monoterpenes and phenols.  Monoterpenes and phenols are chemical families.  This essential oil is very supportive for the cold and flu and is highly anti-infectious to name a few of its properties.  Because of the presence of phenols it makes this oil have certain safety precautions.  Thymus vulgaris ct thymol should be used with awareness because it can be very irritating to the skin and mucous membranes.  This oils should be very well diluted and used for a short amount of time.  A patch test should be conducted upon first use of this oil.  This oil should not be used in inhalers, for baths or in diffusers.  This is a very powerful and stimulating oil but you must utilize safety.

Thyme vulgaris ct linalool is also very supportive of the immune system and anti-infectious.  Unlike thymus vulgaris ct thymol, this oil can be used for a longer period of time.  This oils belongs to the monoterpene and monoterpenol family.  Essential oils high in monoterpenols are generally regarded as safe and healing for the skin.

To summarize I purchased a bottle of thyme essential oil many years ago and used it in a steam blend.  The only problem is that I did not know which thyme I was using.  I did not even realize that chemotypes existed.  I must also admit that I used too many drops for the blend and it was not pleasant.  I write this post in an effort to keep my readers informed and sharing is caring.

 

References:

Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemotype

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

*Image courtesy of Jade Shutes/EWSAS  (www.theida.com)

 

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Latin Name: Cananga odorata 

 

Family:  Annonaceae

 

Extraction Method: Steam distilled using the flowers

 

Aroma: Floral, Sweet and Sensual

Ylang Ylang is a tropical tree that is native to Madagascar, Java, Sumatra and the Philippines.  The best essential oil is derived from the yellowed-flowered trees.  Timing is everything with Ylang Ylang and in order to obtain a good essential oil, this tree must be harvested early summer during the morning hour for distillation.  There are as many as five different grades of ylang ylang in terms of fragrance quality so keep that in mind when purchasing this precious oil.

Emotionally this oil has sedative, antidepressant and aphrodisiac properties.  It has been stated that ylang ylang has a profound ability to address anxiety about sexual inadequacy.  Traditionally in Indonesia, the flowers of this tree are spread across the marriage bed of newlyweds.  As stated by Gabriel Mojay, "The aphrodisiac power of ylang ylang is inseparable both from its ability to relax and uplift, and from its voluptuous aroma."

So as previously stated ylang ylang is known for its exotic spicy sweetness and it is a great addition to perfumery.  Please keep in mind that using a high concentration of this essential oil may in fact cause nausea and/or headaches.  This is a very profound oil so sometimes using less is more than enough.

Cosmetically Ylang Ylang is used for both dry and oily skin due to the balancing action on the secretion of sebum.  So you can see how this oil obtains balance for the skin.  It is great when added to a facial serum because it is a multipurpose essential oil when trying to address various skin types.   It has also been stated that ylang ylang has been used to address hair loss and is considered a hair tonic.  

Ylang Ylang is amazing in its ability to slow down an over rapid heartbeat and breathing.  May be excellent for short term use to address conditions of shock, anxiousness or anger.  This oil also demonstrates the ability to lower blood pressure. You must use caution using with individuals that suffer from low blood pressure.

Resources

Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999

Cooksley, V. Aromatherapy: Soothing Rmedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, Prentice Hall Press, 2002

Mojay, G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, The Healing Arts Press edition, Limited 1999

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

*Image courtesy of Susan Ford Collins/Jungle Mama (www.flickr.com/photos/jungle_mama/)

Coriander Essential Oil

Latin Name: Coriandrum sativum

 

Family: Umbelliferae (Apiaceae)

 

Extraction Method:  Steam Distilled

 

Aroma:  Fresh, Lemony and scentual

Coriander is an herb which grows 11 to 13 inches in height.  It is native to Russia and Romania, North Africa and some plants are found growing wild in parts of England.  The dried seed (not the essential oil) is used as a flavoring agent in many Indian dishes and the leaf which is known as cilantro is a staple for many Mexican dishes.  All parts of the corainder herb is utilized for cooking.  

On an emotional level, corainder essential oil is known to possess relaxing qualities due to its normally high linalool content.  Linalool is responsible for possessing antianxiety and sedative properties.  Coriander has been referred to as being motivating and uplifting.  The aroma aids in relieving stress.  This oil is wonderful when blending with other calming essential oils such as lavender.  The aroma may not be as pleasant when blending on its own.   Known as an Herb of protection and of Immortality, corainder can imbue a feeling of security, peace and earthy permanence. 

Because of its linalool component, coraiander has been used to support rheumatic pain, headaches, inflammation, intestinal gas and cystitis flu.  This is because therapeutically linalool is known to be antioxidant, analgesic,anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic and immunostimulant.  Corainder is gently warming which makes it so beneficial for conditions of pain.  The Coriander seed has also been used in treatment of anorexia nervosa because of its stimulating action on the appetite. 

Resources

Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999

Keville, K and Green, M. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide To The Healing Art, Crossing Press, Second Edition, 2009

Mojay, G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, The Healing Arts Press edition, Limited 1999

Schnaubelt, K. Medical Aromatherapy, Healing With Essential Oils. Frog LTD 1999

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

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