Essential Oil: Lemon Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus limon

Common Method Of Extraction: Cold pressed

Parts Used: Fruit peel

Note Classification: Top

Aroma: Clean, sugary citrus, slightly sour

Largest Producing Countries: Italy and USA

Traditional Use: All parts of the lemon have used around the house and medicinally. The oil has been used around the house as a cleaning agent, and medicinally it has a history of stimulating the digestive system.

Properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, hepatic, hypotensive, laxative, sedative, vermifuge

Benefits: Acne, anemia, arthritis, asthma, candida, chilblains, colds, constipation, depression, detoxification, digestion, fever, general fatigue, herpes, indigestion, infections, insect bites, liver congestion, mouth ulcers, oily skin, rheumatism, slow circulation, sore throat, varicose veins, warts, wounds, wrinkles. Lemon has many applications in the bathroom. It may be used as a disinfectant to clean surfaces, blended into a mouthwash for its antibacterial properties, or blended into an air freshener.

Blends Well With: Benzoin, chamomile, cistus, elemi, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, neroli, oakmoss, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Of Interest: Lemons are harvested while they are still green to yield a higher quality oil.  It takes over 3,000 lemons to produce 1 kilo (2.2 lbs) of expressed oil.

Safety Data: May cause skin irritation. Phototoxic.

 

  • Stress: Lemon oil is calming in nature and therefore helps  in removing mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizzinessanxiety,  nervousness and nervous tension. It has to ability to refresh the mind by  creating a positive mind-frame and removing negative emotions. It is also  believed that inhaling lemon oil helps in increasing concentration and  alertness. It can therefore be used as a room freshener in offices to increase  the efficiency of the employees.

 

 

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  • Insomnia: Usage of lemon oil ensures good sleep and helps  those suffering from insomnia.
  • Immune System: Lemon oil has high vitamin content and  therefore it helps in increasing the immunity of the body. It further stimulated  White Blood Cells and thus increases your ability to fight diseases. Lemon oil  also improves the circulation in the body.
  • Fever: Lemon oil is effective against infectious diseases  such as fever, malaria and typhoid.
  • Stomach Disorders: Since lemon oil is carminative, it is  used in treating various stomach problems including indigestion, acidity,  stomach upsets, cramps, etc.
  • Weight Loss: Lemon juice is very helpful in reducingweight.
  • Asthma: It is believed that lemon is also useful for  treating asthma.
  • Hair Care: Lemon oil is also effective as a hair tonic.  Many people use lemon oil to get strong, healthy and shinning hair. Lemon oil is  also used for removing dandruff from head.
  • Skin Care: Lemon oil is a good remedy for the increasing  the luster of dull skin. It is astringent and detoxifying in nature, and  rejuvenates dull skin. Its antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and  various skin disorders. Lemon is also recommended for oily skin.

 

Other benefits of lemon include the following:

 

  • Cleaners:  Lemon is a good cleaner; therefore it is used for cleansing the body,  metal surfaces, etc. It is also a disinfectant and hence it is used for cleaning  surfaces such as butcher’s knife and block that can get contaminated easily.
  • Soaps and Cosmetics: Lemon juice and lemon essential  oil is used in soaps, face wash and many personal  care and skin care cosmetics due to its antiseptic nature.
  • Perfumes: Lemon oil has a distinct refreshing aroma which  makes it a good ingredient for perfumes. Many scented candles contain lemon oil.  It is also uused in potpourris.
  • Drinks: Lemon oil is used in various artificial drinks  concentrates to give them the taste of lemon juice.

 

Lemon oil blends well with many other essential  oils including lavender  essential oil, rose  oil, neroli  essential oil, sandalwood  oil, geranium  essential oil, ylang  ylang essential oil, tea  tree essential oil, etc.

 

Information Source: Mountain Rose Herbs; Organic Facts

Essential Oil: Geranium (Rose) Oil

Geranium (Rose) Essential Oil

 

Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens

Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Flowers and leaves

Note Classification: Middle

Aroma: Heavy, sweet, floral

Largest Producing Countries: Egypt, Spain, France, and Italy

Traditional Use: Throughout history geranium has been known as a powerful wound healer. It has been utilized medicinally and in the fragrance industry.

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrizant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, insecticide, regenerative, rubefacient, sedative, styptic, tonic, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge, vulnerary

Benefits: Acne, anxiety, broken capillaries, bruises, burns, circulatory disorders, cuts, cystitis, depression, dermatitis, diabetes, diarrhea, eczema, fluid retention, hemorrhoids, herpes, insect bites, lymphatic congestion, menopause, neuralgia, ringworm, shingles, sore throats, stabilize emotions, tonsillitis, ulcers, wounds. The antidepressant and emotional stabilizing effects of this oil can be used in many ways. Diffuse into the air, or make a room spray that you can spray as needed. You can also add the oil to a full, hand, or foot bath.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Of Interest: Geranium leaves can be used in jams and jellies. The oil can be used in baking. A couple of drops may be added while making sugar cookies. The aroma fills the house while you are baking and adds flavor to the cookies.

Safety Data: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

 

I have always wanted to try rose essential oil. I havent gotten that chance yet, but it will come. I think it would make a pretty perfume scent.

 

info Source: Mountain Rose Herbs

D.I.Y Essential Oil Body Spray: Green Tea & Cucumber

I recently learned about how I could make my own body spray with my gave essential oils. So I decided to go to my local whole foods and get an essential oil mix which is green tea and cucumber. The smell is awesome. It’s a really simple reciPe.

 

For a clean scent I added:

-Water (mostly)

-10 drops of Green Tea & Cucumber essential oil

Shake well and spray

Cedarwood Essential Oil Recipe

Scalp Soothing Blend

  • 1 ounce Jojoba Oil
  • 4 drops Cedarwood Oil
  • 4 drops Pine Oil
  • 3 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 3 drops Rosemary Oil

Blend oils together and then massage into scalp. Leave the oils in for approximately 10 to 20 minutes and then shampoo.

Essential Oils: Starting Something New

Lately I have read things where women like me are starting their natural hair journey and not wanting to use any synthetic or chemical products into their hair and I feel the same way. Whats the point in getting rid of a harsh chemical mixture and then going out buying other things that contain chemicals as well taking away from the natural. Doing this has influenced me to look at the rest of the things that I have that has bad things such as hair and beauty products, food, and things that I use that harm the environment. Learning about essential oils and what they are useful for got me wanting to make things that I love such as candles, and body sprays, making my own lotions, skin products and more. Its something new. I found some really good recipes that contain essential oils from soothing a stuffy nose to oiling my scalp.  I have always wanted to try aromatherapy.

100% Essential Oil: Wintergreen

100% Pure Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Gaultheria Procumbens

Plant Part: Leaves

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Origin: India

Description: Wintergreen is a small evergreen herb which grows up to 15cm (6 in) high with slender stems, leathery serrated leaves, drooping white flowers followed by fleshy scarlet berries.

Color: Colorless to pale yellow clear liquid.

Common Uses: Wintergreen Essential Oil has a history of use as a pain reliever. It is also believed to increase the speed of healing for skin disorders, and when added to lotions, acts as a natural moisturizer.

Consistency: Thin

Note: Middle

Strength of Aroma: Strong

Blends well with: Ylang-ylang, Peppermint, Marjoram, Lavender, Birch Sweet and Vanilla.

Aromatic Scent: Wintergreen Essential Oil has a strong mint candy flavor.

History: Wintergreen Essential Oil and Sweet Birch Essential Oil are both nearly identical in chemical composition and aroma; similarly, both have been used in traditional folk remedies. This tradition has led to the discovery of Methyl Salicylate, its main ingredient, as a pain reliever. Wintergreen is a traditional native North American remedy, used for aches and pains and to help breathing while hunting or carrying heavy loads.

Cautions: Avoid use if pregnant. Safety in young children, nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

I am a real fan of essential oils  they come in handy with so many things from skin and hair to helping get rid of a common cold or stuffy sinuses. I will start making my own candles and body fragrances. Cant wait.

Rosemary

Essential Oil Rosemary (rosemarinus officinalis) 0.5 fl oz by Aura CAC

Awhile back I purchased rosemary essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs and I really like it and the benefits of it. I mostly use it for my scalp along with a carrier oil like olive oil. I also added it to my shea butter for my skin. Although, I am not a fan of the smell, its hard to place what it smells like so I add another essential oil with it like peppermint oil. I love the clean smell of peppermint oil.