Coughs, Colds and Eucalyptus Oils Oh My!

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We are in the depth of winter here in Western New York. It is cold, windy and we have a lot of snow. Although this weather can bring coughs, cold and runny noses and there are essential oils that, when used properly, can provide relief. Our two favorite oils to help soothe wintertime coughs and colds are Eucalyptus Radiata and Eucalyptus Globulus.

E.Radiata, or narrow-leafed peppermint gum, is aromatically softer that E.Globulus, but still has that Eucalyptus aroma we all know. An excellent choice to help soothe sniffles, coughs and hoarse, scratch throats. This oil is wonderful to diffuse, or use in the shower.

E. Globulus, or blue gum eucalyptus, is the top gun of eucalyptus oils. When you smell it, you recognize it’s powerful aroma right away. This is a wonderful oil with many uses! Boost your respiratory system, soothe insect bites, or use in an insect repellent blend, or ease your aches, pains or sprains.

Do not take this oil internally! Always dilute in a carrier such as olive oil, sweet almond oil or sunflower oil or unscented cream or lotion. Use a 2% dilution, which is 10 drops to 1 oz of carrier oil.
Do not use with children under 10 years of age.

Resources:

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Julia Lawless

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Salvatore Battaglia

Aromatics International

Ylang Ylang ~ “Flower of Flowers”

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Our Monday Monograph is Ylang Ylang!

Here are the fun facts!

We use this essential oil in our Namasate Hand and Body Lotion

Latin Name: Cananga odorata

Botanical Family: Annonaceae

Distillation: Steam distilled from fresh flowers

Properties: Sedative, anti-depressant, hypotensive, antiseptic and tonic.

Notes: Excellent in creams, lotions or massage oils. Also beautiful in a diffuser.

Source: The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia

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Beyond Pumpkin Pie ~ Cinnamomum cassia

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I love the monthly newsletters I receive from the East West School of Planetary Herbology (check them out at planetherbs.com). The current issue highlights cinnamon, and it is so interesting, I felt compelled to share this verbatium.

Five Things You Need to Know About Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia)

1. As an important warming stimulant, cinnamon is used to warm the body and dispel pain, especially of the joints.

2. Also as part of its warming and circulating nature, cinnamon improves digestion, allays nausea and relieves abdominal pain — an added perk is its delicious flavor and aroma!

3. Cinnamon’s astringent nature makes it useful in formulas for diarrhea and internal bleeding, especially for excess menstrual bleeding and ulcers.

4. Chinese medicine uses different parts of cinnamon for different indications. Generally, the twigs (gui zhi) are used to facilitate diaphoresis. The bark (rou gui) is more deeply warming than the twigs and is better suited to warming the body and dispelling pain.

5. The jury is still out on whether cinnamon truly lowers blood sugar but many Type 2 diabetics use it as a supplement to decrease insulin resistance. Some studies have suggested that large doses (over a teaspoon per day) of C. cassia (the typical grocery store variety) may cause liver damage or bleeding in some individuals; an alternative low coumarin-content species is Ceylon cinnamon (C. verum).

Crazy for Citrus limon!

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Who has loves essential oil of lemon (Citrus limon)?

Today, we highlight this popular essential oil. Lemon oil is cold expressed from the outer rind of the fresh lemon peel, and is best if it is certified organic. The aroma is fresh, bright and is sure to lift your spirits as well as aid in better concentration!

Lemon oil has antibacterial, astringent, and antiviral properties, and is an excellent addition to your essential oil collection.

This oil is phototoxic, which means you should not apply it to your skin prior to going outside.

Lemon oil blends well with other essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, frankincense, rosemary and ylang-ylang.

Standard diultion rate is 10-12 drops per ounce of carrier oil.

Lemon juice is high in vitamins A, B and C, and is beneficial for colds, flu and sore throats, acidic disorders and liver congestion.

DIY Spa Treatment

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A quick and easy DIY home spa treatment using baking soda and essential oils!

One teaspoon of baking soda, one drop of your favorite essential oil and enough water to make a paste.
Take a pea size amount and gently spread over your face. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry.
Follow with a moisturizer.

I love Clary Sage for it’s uplifting and calming aroma!