Emotions and Essential Oils

Essential Oils and Emotions–How essential oils can you affect your negative emotions.

Next time your angry or anxious, reach for essential oils. Different families of oils affect the body differently and help control your emotions and emotional health.

Different Families of Essential Oils

Essential Oils from Herbs and Grasses: Reach for these Oils when you are feeling Discontented, Angry or Bitter… You’ll be glad you did, Essential Oils in this family Include Lemongrass, Rosemary and Thyme.

Essential Oils from The Spices Family: Use these essential oils when your emotions are somber, disinterested or bored. Great examples are clove, cinnamon, black pepper and the Doterra Passion blend.

Essential Oils from the Citrus Family: Use Essential Oils including lemon, grapefruit, lime, or doterrra’s Cheer blend when your feeling distressed, discouraged or gloomy,,, or when it is gloomy outside.

Essential Oils from the Mints Family: These are cooling and Energizing Essential Oils, use them when your emotions are of apathy, Insecurity or anxiety. Oils in this family include peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen.

Essential Oils for the Floral Family: Use Lavender, Jasmine, or Ylang Ylang or any other Essential Oil in the floral family to combat fearful, worried or hurt emotions.

Essential Oils from the Tree Family: When fighting of emotions of grief, sadness or shame, reach for essential oils in the tree family including arborvitae, cedarwood and frankincense or use the Doterra Console blend.

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Juniper Berry Essential Oil; The Uses and Benefits and history of this Essential Oil are great.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil; The Uses and Benefits and history of this Essential Oil are great.

This little nugget is a well kept secret, but Juniper Berry Essential Oil packs a punch with a myriad of emotional and physical uses that will benefit you and your home.

If your looking for a natural solution to a series of ailments including fluid retention, urinary tract infections, abdominal bloating, menstrual cramping, heavy legs, detoxifying, cellulite, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, acne, ulceration, eczema, mental exhaustion, chronic fatigue , anxiety or tension  inJuniper Berry or Juniperus Communis can be a great resource. (Worwood, The Complete Book, 1991, p 549), as it is analgesic, anthelmintic, anti inflammatory, antiseptic, caminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, spasmolytic and tonic.   But WTF does all that mean in laymen’s terms… lets go through it.

Who Started this Phenomon?

Juniper was used to burn as incense in Tibet for both religious and medicinal purposes, and was used to ward off evil spirits.  Historically it was also used as a disinfectant in times of plague or other contagious diseases.  The French burned a mixture of juniper and rosemary twigs in hospital wards to purify the air and in Yugoslavia, juniper oil was a cure all in their traditional folk medicine.  Then there is my favorite use, making GIN. (shout out to The Botanist) my favorite gin at the moment. Not just because the bottle is beautiful, but because they are from the Isle of Islay, which also happens to be my favorite hashtag right now ( #ISlay )  Not to mention it tastes sooo effing good with some lime essential oil on the rocks in the heat of the summer, or with a little tonic sitting by the fire in the winter.

For the astrologers out there, Juniper Berry Essential Oil falls under the astrological signs of Pisces and Libra and is ruled by the planets Jupiter, Neptune and Venus (Lembo, The Essential Oil Guide to Vibrational Healing, 2016, p127).   Libra’s in our trying to always be in balance often suffer from lower back and kidney pain, no wonder this is our oil.

Interestingly, a juniper branch was traditionally hung on doors the eve of May Day to ward off witchcraft.  In Italy it was burned on Christmas Eve to deflect the evil eye.  Who isn’t about warding off the evil eye, I mean really.  Seriously, I’m about to plant a juniper berry plant in the front yard so I can burn the berries and ward it off too.

What is Juniper Berry Essential Oil?

The juniper is a small evergreen tree or shrub with short spiny leaves.  It matures at 4-6 feet in height and is often found in chalky or limy soils.  The oil is steam distilled from the small berries that are similar to black currants in appearance.  The berries turn from green to a deep purple when ripe.  Beware, there are also oils derived from the wood of the plant, but the oil from the wood doesn’t have the same intensity of therapeutic values (Tisserand, The Art of Aromatherapy, 1977, p241).

When to use Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Well the olds (I’m talking the super olds, as proof of their language) say this:

“The berries are hot in the third degree, and dry in the first being counter-poison, and a resister of the pestilence and excellent against the bites of venomous beasts: it provokes urine, and is available in dysenteries and strangury.  It is a remedy against dropsy, and brings down the terms, helps the fits of the mother, expels the wind, and strengthens the stomach.  Indeed there is no  better remedy for with in any part of the body, or the colic, than the chymical oil (essential Oil) drawn from the berries.  They are good for cough, shortness of breath, consumption, pains in the belly, rupture, cramps, confulsions…. the berries stay all fluxes, help the haemorrhids or piles, and kill worms in children (Niholas Culpeper),

In more recent (and FDA Compliant) times it is said to support healthy kidney and urinary tract function, it reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and acts as a natural skin toner, and it is a natural cleansing and detoxifying agent and also helps to promote a healthy complexion…Yes Please!

While we’re on the topic of purification and detoxification, it is also said to cleanse and purify your aura specifically working on your crown, Third eye and Navel Chakras and can relieve your mind of repetitive negative thought patterns.

Where do you use Juniper Berry Essential Oil

  1. So My top 5 Uses for Juniper Berry Essential Oil:
  2. Put a drop in my toner to make my skin tone
  3. Diffuse with Bergamot to promote feelings of calmness and self assurance.
  4. Use in meditation to break ties to anything (including internal dialogue) that is holding you back.
  5. Apply (using proper dilution) to the bottom of my feet after an evening spent with the Botanist or over indulgence in any adult beverage.

 

Massage Blend to Help Reduce Fluid Retention

Mix together:

  • 15 drops Cypress Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Juniper Berry  Essential Oil

Let them mix together as the synergy of the three oils together is where the most benefit comes from.

Add this mixture to 3 TBSP of Sweet almond oil and massage from feet upward towards torso, then from fingertips up arms toward torso, which helps with lymphatic drainage and reduces fluid retention as well as cellulite dispersal (Worwood, The Complete Book, 1991, p 413).

Anti-cellulite Bath

While getting rid of Cellulite is a multi faceted project, baths along with the above massaging can help with that.

Dissolve 1 cup Epson Salt and 1/2 cup of Sea Salt in your bath.

Mix the following Essential Oils together:

  • 6 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Essential oil
  • 8 drops Basil Essential oil

Dilute 5 drops of this mixture to 1 tsp of sweet almond oil or jojoba Oil  and add to your bath.  If any of the oil is floating on the top of the water, scoop it up and massage it in to the cellulite prone areas.

To Get my favorite book on Essential Oil Recipes Click Here.  It is The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy and is about 700 pages of goodness.

 

Contraindications: Don’t use Juniper Berry Essential Oil if you are pregnant or nursing and avoid in cases of Kidney disease.  Just be cool! Check with your physician, this blog is never meant to treat, diagnose or cure anything other than your curiosity about essential oils.  For Medical advice, talk to your Medical professional.

 

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I is for Immortelle. Who What When Where and Why to use Immortelle

I is for Immortelle.  Who What When Where and Why to use Immortelle

I was introduced to Immortelle last summer, It was a fantastic recommendation and I have incorporated it into my daily skin care routine every morning.  It is silky smooth and has a lot of oils that are known to be fantastic for your skin.  I will typically roll it on the top of my forehead (I have very expressive eyebrows, which results in fine lines along my forehead from raising them, a little too often).  I also use it along the corners of my mouth as well as where there would inevitably be crows feet growing if  I didn’t use it.

I also spend ALL Summer out in the sun.  Not sunbathing (I’ve never been into just lying in the sun, but my face does get a lot of sun from hiking, going fishing and crabbing as well as just being outdoors constantly.  This oil goes on every outdoor trip with me and I love how it nourishes my skin after sun exposure

What is in Immortelle?

The long answer is that it is a couple of things.  The immortelle that I use is a proprietary blend of oils combined by doterra that consists of the following ingredients:

  • Frankincense Resin
  • Hawaiian Sandalwood
  • Lavender Flower
  • Myrrh Gum Resin
  • Helichrysum Flower
  • Rose Flower

This however is not to be confused with the Immortelle essential oil that is Helichrysum italicum which is an essential oil from a single plant.  Be very careful when you are looking for immortelle that you understand what it is and don’t confuse them.

Who should use Immortelle?

The short answer is anyone trying to keep their youthful glow, and I feel like this applies to people of all ages.  It totally sucks when people wait to start taking care of their skin until they are 40, because a lot of damage is already done, and just like everything else in life, it is much easier to maintain something that it is to try and fix it.  In a nutshell the Immortelle blend will do the following things

  • Helps to reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps reduce contributing factors to the appearance of aging skin
  • Helps sustain smoother, more radiant, and youthful-looking skin
  • Helps to beautify the skin
  • There are powerful oils in every drop

When should you use Immortelle?

Well like I just said possible every day for your whole life if you are looking to maintain healthy youthful skin, but here are some daily uses that you could start tomorrow to get your skin on track (and who doesn’t want that right).

  • Apply as part of your morning and night facial routine after toner before serum and moisturizer. The Helichrysum helps to block uv rays according to Dr. Ax, so I add it to my routine because of my sun exposure.  Helichrysum is also an antioxidant Powerhouse, and since oxidation is what causes aging, so I’m totally down with getting as much Helichrysum in my life as I can.
  • Apply topically to reduce the appearance of blemishes.  If you think about it acne is caused by excess oil in a clogged pore which allows bacteria to grow in it, causing redness.  For this reason many of the oils in this blend are great restoring the natural (unclogged) state of the skin because of their antibacterial properties.
  • Apply after a long day at the beach for a soothing sensation it will help nourish your skin
  • Apply under your arms after a sweaty workout or a day in the sun again because of the antibacterial properties, it kills the bacteria that grows in your sweat that causes Body Odor.

Where should you use Immortelle?

I primarily use it on my face and neck because of its ability to make skin glow, but it also has a number of great aromatherapy qualities.  Lavender, Sandalwood and Frankincense are great for relaxing your mind and calming your nerves, so a great place to use it to roll it on the back of your neck, or bottom of your feet.  You could also put it in a diffuser to make your whole house smell delightful.

Why Use Immortelle?

Well that one is easy, because it Rocks, and nobody wants to look their actual age.  Anything that helps me look a couple of years younger is great!

 

So there it is, it is awesome, I hope you get some in your life as soon as possible.

 

Ciao

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