Essential Oil Books for General Information about Essential Oils

Over the years I have read a lot of books on essential oils, but the market has never been more flooded than it is right now.  I want to tell you about my favorite resources for finding general information on essential oils.  To make it easy, the title of each book has a direct link to amazon.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.  This book is over 600 pages of awesomeness.  Mrs. Worwood has a PHD in complementary medicine, is the chair of the research board of the International Federation of Aromatherapists and is a consultant of clinical aromatherapy.  She knows her stuff and it shows throughout the 600 pages.  The index is to thorough that it is not difficult to find what you are looking for and it covers a range of topics from the science of oils, to a whole section on carrier oils as well as literally hundreds of recipes for men, women, babies, children and even pets.  If I could only choose 1 book, this would be it, it might be the best $19.00 I’ve Spent.  If you’re interested in it you can buy it here.

 

My Second Favorite Book is The Art of Aromatherapy by Robert B. Tisserand.  Mr. Tisserand is a pioneer in the aromatherapy field and while this book has a lot of information, it is a little different.  It covers fewer oils, but is a great source of history.  It covers how ancient civilizations used oils and some ancient recipes as well as current ones.  Sections in this book include “The Body”, “The Mind”, “Aromatic Baths’, “Massage” and “Skin Care” among others. Click Here to get your hands on this little gem.

Another book that I have loved for so long that the corners were chewed on by my dog, Donkey when he was a puppy (he is now 7) is Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles is a book of 175 recipes and herbal formulas for your skin.  This book is less about essential oils and more about making wholesome products for your skin. It was through this book that I learned how to make homemade lotion, how oils and waters can combine and a whole slew of other things.  It is truly a great book, however I will say that some of the skills you learn through this book take some time to hone in.  My first lotion recipe was a disaster, but over time I have mastered it thanks to this book.  And at $15 bucks it was a great addition to my library.

Rounding out my library is The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing by Margaret Ann Lembo.  This book is entirely different as it focusses on the energetic level of essential oils and how they combine astrologically, or with different gemstones, or plants, numbers or colors.  With each oil it gives a positive affirmation to use with the oil either throughout the day or in a concentrated meditation practice.  I know there are a lot of people who think this type of things is absolute craziness, but if you are into energy work at all, this is a great resource.

Another tremendous resource is an app that has a companion book called Modern Essentials.  I love the book, but love the portability of an app.  If I am at the yoga studio and someone asks me what oils is good to support muscles after a rigorous class, I can just whip out my phone.  I love that this app and book list the many different oils that may help as well as they way to use them, and in some cases with recipes.  The book is awesome, but the app is a lifesaver when I’m on the go.

The final place where I keep current on studies that are being done about essential oils is the pub med websight where there is currently 17,077 articles that mention essential oils.  Yowza, it is all pretty sciency and some of it is hard to follow, but it is a tremendous resource none the less.

I hope this helps you to make some decisions on where to get information.. Leave me a comment about what Essential Oil Books are in your library, I love finding new treasures.

 

xo

s

 

Introducing Dōterra’s New Neroli Touch

Introducing Dōterra’s New Neroli Touch

I have had a love affair with Neroli Essential Oil for a long time, and was ecstatic yesterday when at Convention I learned that Dōterra was introducing a Neroli Touch.

I fell in love with Neroli Essential Oil about a decade ago when my friend used Neroli on her wedding day, and without knowing anything about except the sweet scent permeating from her, I thought “OMG, I NEED that in my life”.

Yesterday, during the dōterra announcement that it was adding this beautiful oil to its arsenal of oils, I took tons of notes. Last night I turned to all my essential oil books to get even more information, because oil geeks bring there reference library to convention right…    Neroli is such a common essential oil that in one of my books alone the index cites 52 places where it is mentioned.  You know that saying “good things come in small packages”, well this is the perfect example. It takes 1 ton of flowers to produce  2 lbs of this extremely potent and powerful oil.

Neroli Oil is made from bitter orange blossoms.  Although Native to The Mediterranean, these plants, like many, have been transported and are thriving in many parts of the world.  Contrary to the fact that it comes from a plant named “bitter orange” the scent is quite sweet with spicy undertones and a bit of “greenness” lingers. Another interesting fact is that the flowers have to be picked before dawn or the precious oil will evaporate under the heat of the sun.  It is also important to note that it is most commonly “diluted” with petitgrain to bring the cost down, so in this case you get what you pay for and a less expensive oil  wont have the same benefits.

It wasn’t surprising to me to find out that neroli oil, among other benefits, is slightly hypnotic and tranquilizing, I mean I don’t typically fall in love that easily— I must have been hypnotized.

Neroli essential oil is thought to have gotten its name after Maria de la Tremoille, Princess of Neroli; who would spray her gloves with it, which soon became all the rage called Guanti di Neroli.  Their modesty in the 16th century amazes me, it is hot in the Mediterranean, I won’t put on gloves unless it is under 40F.  Women during the 16-17th centuries used this oil in wedding ceremonies both in their bridal bouquet and in the bridal chambers the night of the wedding.  It is said that the calming affects helped with pre-wedding jitters and any jitters that might occur that night.  Move over valium, Neroli smells so much better!  In addition, the Venetians were a very inventive crew, they used it to fight off the plague and flu. (Tisserand, 262)

Once made popular by Princess Neroli, the Venetians went crazy for it… You know the Venetians, they had to be in on every trend in the 16-17 centuries; a blatant display of wealth.  None the less, Neroli became very prized in Venice.  During this time, the time of not showering that is, Neroli mixed with Bergamot made it one of the first “Perfumes”.  I bet people in Venice were happy for this little concoction.  Even today the island stinks in the summer.  From Italy the popularity of Neroli Oil traveled south to Madrid, but not exactly in the way you would expect.

The scene in Madrid was a bit different. Madrid was where Neroli Oil was first identified as an aphrodisiac.  Prostitutes would don the oil so that their customers could identify their occupation.  I’m telling you today, I’m glad this scent isn’t a good indicator of occupation because I’ve been wearing it like crazy…. unless it is the scent of an Essential Oil Gangsta….   Anyway later research shows that it affects blood flow (it’s a blood cleanser) in a healthy way and supports the circulatory system.

It should be noted that 12% of modern perfumes user neroli, so it must have some qualities that attract others, as I can’t imagine that cosmetic companies would waste their time.  However you should know that if you are interested in making your own blend, Neroli is a top note, meaning the first to dissipate, and should be accompanied by a base and middle note.  This will be a later blog post…. so much to do, so little time.

So the nitty gritty of the oil.  Here are the formalities.

Therapeutic Properties of Neroli Oil according to- (Worwood pg 308):

  • antidepressant
  • anti-infectious
  • Antimicrobial
  • antiseptic
  • calmative
  • carminative
  • cicatrizing
  • circulative
  • cytophylactic
  • regenerative
  • restorative
  • sedative
  • spasmolytic
  • tonic

 

Therapeutic Uses for Neroli Oil according to- Worwood pg 608 :

  • Insomnia
  • Convalescence
  • indigestion
  • abdominal spasm
  • intestinal cramp
  • stress and related conditions
  • scar tissue
  • scarring
  • skin regenerating
  • acne
  • problematic skin
  • stretch marks
  • menopausal anxieties
  • sleep disorders
  • nervousness
  • depression
  • tension
  • emotional exhaustion

So clearly it has a lot of benefits, but in my mind I just love the scent, and now that we also have the new Rose touch I will be layering them on, smelling delightful.

If you are looking to make some blends with the oil itself, one of the most common historical perfumes is a mixture of Neroli, Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon and Rosemary in equal parts, this provides top middle and base notes for a well rounded scent.

The second mix, which is way lighter and sweeter is Neroli, Jazmine, Rose and Sandalwood.

 

To see the other oils that just came out Check out this video of the 2017 Doterra Convention Kit Unboxing

For the sake of ease, mostly of my mind so that I don’t have to remember proper Chicago style citing, all citations are in the form of an affiliate link that will show you which book it is. (call me lazy, I don’t mind). Also please note that I am not a medical professional and this information is not meant to treat or cure anything.  Talk to your Dr. for that.

 

 

Introducing Doterra Copaiba Essential Oil 

Introducing Doterra Copaiba Essential Oil 

Today Doterra announced the introduction of Copaiba Essential Oil to their already robust line of Essential Oils.

While different species of Copaiba typically yield slightly differing therapeutic outcomes, Doterra is offering their Copaiba Essential Oil which is a blend of 4 different species of copaiba plants to achieve optimal health benefits.

The cannaboid debate continues, it is important to know that there are three main cannaboids this one has no cin effect (won’t get you high) but comes in direct contact with your cb2 receptors in the brain directly helping your immune and endocrine systems, and it’s completely legal (Doterra would never do anything illegal)

This oil is a liver detoxifier, is great for your cardiovascular system and improves metabolic function,,,, who doesn’t want that right!!!  Another great reason to have this little gem in your arsenal is because it helps support a healthy digestive system Woot Woot!!!!

Therapeutic Qualities of Cupaiba:

  • Analegisic
  • Antifungal
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antiseptic
  • Astringent
  • Cicatrizing
  • Circulatory
  • Diuretic
  • Expectorant
  • Stimulant

If you’re wondering what this delightful oil blends well with, try one of these:

  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • German Chamomile
  • Roman Chanomile
  • Coriander Seed
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Greenland Moss
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Manuka
  • Majestic
  • May Chang
  • Thyme
  • Niaouli
  • Ravensara

Top Uses for Copaiba

If you’re wondering what you’re going to do with this little oil, look no further:

  1. Add to epsom salt bath and soak to ease joint and muscle pain
  2. Diffuse to support respiratory wellness
  3. Apply topically for metabolic support
  4. Diffuse to for a calming environment

Contraindications: None known at this time.

 

See you in the next post, don’t forget to subscribe.

Ciao,

S

Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil: Uses and Benefits 

Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil: Uses and Benefits 

Litsea seed essential oil (litsea cubeba) has a long list of uses and benefits that make it a great addition to your health arsenal. 

 Also known as May Chang, Litsea Cubeba is a small plant found in tropical areas of Japan and Taiwan The leaves are typically a vibrant green with a pleasant, lemony smell. It produces small, pepper-like fruits from which the essential oil is extracted. 

Many data indicated that Litsea Cubeba essential oil possessed antimicrobial, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiparasitic activity, acute and genetic toxicity, cytotoxicity as well as being a potential cancer prevention agent (Wang et al., 1985; Gogoi et al., 1997; Luo et al., 2005; Ho et al., 2010; Wang and Liu, 2010; Wang et al., 2012; Huang et al., 2013).

While the thoughts of words like antiseptic and antimicrobial conjure up memories of offensive odors in institutional disinfectants, Litsea  has a pleasant smell that is more citrusy than Melissa, without the musty tones of lemon grass making it great to blend with Basil, Bergamot, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Rose, Rosemary, and Ylang-ylang. 

While humans, for the most part find the aroma calming, insects don’t.  In one study Litsea oil was found to be an effective Natural Insect Repellent which is why it is used in many “outdoor blends” of essential oils, which I can’t live without!  

While it deters bugs it also has been used for years in Asian medicine to feature enlarged pores and help with oily skin… Yes Please! Just put 5frops of Litsea in 1tbsp of carrier oil and dab it on your face a couple of times a day. 

The benefits don’t stop there.  In an article published by PubMed, one study showed that vapors from Litsea Cubeba have anti-cancer properties and were able to (through a series of biological responses) arrest cancer cells.  Which makes sense right, natural products help our bodies function naturally. 

Uses For Litsea Cubeba 

  1. Use as a natural disinfectant around your house
  2. Add to your deodorant recipe to fight the bacteria that cause body odor
  3. Use as a natural insect repellant
  4. Diffuse to boost immunity during cold and flu season
  5. Add to custom blend perfumes as your top note. 
  6. Use aromatically to sooth your nervous system when going into stress inducing situations (I’m thinking public speaking…yikes). 
  7. Dilute and apply to feet to prevent athletes foot. 

So there you have it, I hope you find some uses for this little gem around your home.

Xo

S
Contraindications:  don’t use while pregnant or nursing, avoid exposure to direct sunlight when using topically for 12 hours after use. 

Please note, I am not a medical practitioner and this is not meant to be a substitute for medical advise.  

Doterra Product of the Month September 2017

Doterra Product of the Month September 2017

I’m so excited about Doterra’s Product of the month and promotions for September 2017 

Summer is ending and if you’re anything like me it can be bittersweet.  I hate seeing the days get shorter and losing sunrises to the fog up here in the Pacific Northwest. 

Not to fear, dōTERRA’s Cheer touch is here.  This is one of my favorite blends, it is so uplifting and is the perfect scent to wear as we move into fall.  It is one of my all time favorite perfume substitutes the warm citrus scent is like a bottle of sunshine regardless of the weather outside. 

The sweet part of  this bittersweet time is remembering all the parts of fall I love. The turning leaves, pots of soup on the stove and cuddling up with a blanket and a cup of herbal tea. 

This being fall, and back to school season, the second  part of this Months Doterra Essential Oils promotion reminds me of when I returned to college 9 years after graduating high school at the age of 27, which I thought was ancient at the time. Because it had been so long since I had “studdied”  I took a little study skills lecture. One of the things they talked about was a study that shows that scents can trigger memories and that students who use a specific scent while studying and then again while testing scored better.  At the time they suggested butterscotch hard candy, but using peppermint touch is so much better for a number of reasons. Peppermint Essential Oil has the added benefit of relieving tension and increasing focus.  Peppermint touch is free with any 100 pv Loyalty Rewards Program order placed before the 15th of September 2017, and is prediluted with fractionated coconut oil in a rollerball.  Just throw it in your backpack and go ace that test!!!!! 

I hope you enjoy this transition into fall as much as I will.  

Xo

S