This citrus essential oil is the newer more hip version of the citrus oils. A serious powerhouse in the citrus family.
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:
- Anti inflammatory
If you’re wondering what this delightful oil blends well with, try one of these:
- Black Pepper
- German Chamomile
- Roman Chanomile
- Coriander Seed
- Eucalyptus Radiata
- Greenland Moss
- Juniper Berry
- May Chang
Top Uses for Copaiba
If you’re wondering what you’re going to do with this little oil, look no further:
- Add to epsom salt bath and soak to ease joint and muscle pain
- Diffuse to support respiratory wellness
- Apply topically for metabolic support
- Diffuse to for a calming environment
Contraindications: None known at this time.
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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
- Use as a natural disinfectant around your house
- Add to your deodorant recipe to fight the bacteria that cause body odor
- Use as a natural insect repellant
- Diffuse to boost immunity during cold and flu season
- Add to custom blend perfumes as your top note.
- Use aromatically to sooth your nervous system when going into stress inducing situations (I’m thinking public speaking…yikes).
- 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.
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.
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.
I have a daily routine. After I get ready in the morning, I have my tea and read the trending news. I read it from many sites to ensure that I get a well rounded view of what the right and left are both thinking on any given topic, then I form an opinion. What I have noticed is that in today’s political climate it is becoming so difficult to be respectful and tolerant of others views when most of the time someone is on the hateful other end. It is such a shame, I’ve never seen such a polarized community; I worry that we could end up in serious civil unrest. I mean why are we above it, you watch it happen in other civilized nations. The thing that keeps screaming in my head is that we need to find peace…. I wish it for all of you, here is todays Haiku about Peace, Roll some on, roll with the punches, and love your neighbor, even if you don’t appreciate their values and opinions, chances are their heart is good.
Blood Rushes, Tides Rise
Drowning in Rage; Peace is Our
Although I am very aware that essential oils can’t cure the worlds problem (and trust me I wish they could), I do know that essential oils can affect emotions. I’ve been wearing this grounding calming blend for a while.
Peace be With you,
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.
Watch this Video on Emotions and Essential Oils
Thats all for now, Ciao
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
- So My top 5 Uses for Juniper Berry Essential Oil:
- Put a drop in my toner to make my skin tone
- Diffuse with Bergamot to promote feelings of calmness and self assurance.
- Use in meditation to break ties to anything (including internal dialogue) that is holding you back.
- 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
- 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).
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.
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.
Watch this Video on Juniper Berry Essential Oil
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.
Dove wings high above
Floral, sweet, narcotic sex
Recently I read a beautiful Haiku about rain. Since I was raised outside of Seattle it took me not only back to the land of my upbringing, but to my 5th grade english lesson where we learned the art of haiku. It is a really beautiful way to communicate, and since I need to flex my writing muscles, I decided to give it a shot.
Ylang Ylang is an extremely sensual oil that has been known throughout history as an aphrodisiac. The love that comes from this oil is not only about love with another person but also about love for yourself. It relieves internal dialogue that may not serve you at any given time. I find that sometimes without thinking of these qualities I reach for it and put some on, only to realize that it was exactly what I needed.
Let me know what you think and if you would like to see more Haiku’s
Feature Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesh_valke/5067582626
You hear reps all the time saying don’t use plastics with essential oils, but then you will see that same company bottling their products (think shampoo, conditioner and hand soap) in plastic bottles. I was really curious about this, so I decided to dig in and of course share the information with you.
Why do reps tell you not to use oils in plastic containers in the first place? I began to question this after squeezing lemon (not oil, just a regular lemon slice) into a styrophome cup on an airplane years ago. After about 15 minutes the inside of the cup had parts of the styrophome that were literally melting. That’s when I began thinking about how different materials are better than others for drinking/storing things.
Fast forward a decade and I’m in grad school getting my MFA in Glass Sculpture when I began helping a bioengineering PHD candidate on his dissertation. He was looking for a way to create a glass medical slide that had channels running lengthwise with a little well at either end so that they could put a chemical in one end and grow brain neurons on the other end to see how different chemicals affect the brain, and whether the neurons grow towards the chemical or away from it. Crazy right, I was an art major helping this literal brainiac. Well he needed my help because glass is one of the most resistant materials there is to chemical breakdown (other than a few very strong acids it is impervious to chemical interaction in it’s solid state. At the time the only product on the market to do this type of analysis was plastic, but in many cases the plastic would interfere with the chemicals undermining the results. I know this is crazy.
Needless to say I am now researching essential oils and everyone says don’t use plastic… Even I tell people not to do it because I know that lemon oil (the one most commonly taken internally with water) can break down styrophome, I can’t even imagine what other oils can do.
The bottom line is this, plastics are reacting with a host of things, some as benign as water, imagine what essential oils can do. They are showing to release hormone disruptors as well as other harmful chemicals. As such glass is always your best option. There are plastics that people say are ok to use with oils, I would say use them sparingly, and only in a pinch when you have no other option.
So what plastics are “considered” safe?
- HDPE plastic (High Density Polyethylene)
- #1 plastic
- #2 plastic
- Thick, food grade plastic
As far as the hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and other products; the potency of the essential oils are reduced dramatically when they are diluted in these products, therefore not having the same effect on the plastic, and if you are buying from a reputable company, they will always be in one of the above plastic containers. DoTerra uses number one plastic for their packaging containers, however after a quick search I did find this about plastic #1; it is from a site called “living without plastic”, so it is not unbiased. It is interesting however.
“Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE or polyester)
Description: PET is the most well known member of the polyester family of plastic polymers. It initially gained widespread use as a wrinkle-free fiber (commonly called “polyester”), and the majority of its production still goes toward textile manufacturing. It has become extremely popular for food and drink packaging purposes because of its strong ability to create a liquid and gas barrier – so oxygen cannot get in to spoil food, and the carbon dioxide that makes drinks fizzy cannot get out. Properties: clarity, lightness, strength, toughness, barrier to liquid and gas.
Typical Use: Bottles (water, soft drink, juice, beer, wine, mouthwash, salad dressing), peanut butter/jam jars, oven-ready and microwaveable meal trays, detergent and cleaner containers. Also used in liquid crystal displays, film for capacitors, insulation for wire and insulating tapes, and as a common finish for wood products such as guitars, pianos and vehicle/yacht interiors.
PET fabric (polyester) is commonly used in textiles (fabric and clothing), padding and insulation (for pillows, comforters, upholstery), carpet, and mouldings. Also for tyre reinforcements, conveyor belts, safety belts, coated fabrics and tarpaulins.
Toxicity: PET may leach antimony (antimony trioxide is used as a catalyst and flame retardant in PET) (PET1, PET2). The longer a liquid is left in a PET container the greater the potential for release. As well, warm temperatures inside cars, garages, and enclosed storage areas increase the release of antimony into the liquid. Antimony trioxide is considered a possible carcinogen (PET3). Workers exposed to antimony trioxide for long periods of time have exhibited respiratory and skin irritation and among female workers, increased incidence of menstrual problems and miscarriage — while there is no evidence that these effects could arise from exposure to the small amounts of antimony released from PET products (such as water bottles), we prefer not to be exposed to it at all (PET3).
Evidence is also emerging that phthalate endocrine disruptors also leach from PET (PET4, PET5).
PET as a textile – i.e., polyester – likely contains flame retardants incorporated into it during the manufacturing process. As such, polyester is often described as “inherently flame retardant”, but it is unclear exactly which flame retardant chemicals are added to polyester as it is being made, and thus it is difficult to know if there is a toxicity issue with polyester fibre.
Recycling: About 29% (PET6). Recycled material downcycled into polyester fibre for fleece clothing, tote bags, strapping. Note: “Downcycling” means that the recycled material is of lower quality than the original PET, and can only be made into progressively lower quality products until it can no longer be recycled and becomes landfill waste which is most likely landfilled.
Alternatives: Use a glass or stainless steel reusable water bottle. Buy in glass and reuse those bottles/jars – mason jars are incredibly versatile. Choose natural fabrics (e.g., organic cotton, wool, hemp) for clothing.
Our Suggestion: AVOID. Many consider PET a relatively safe single use plastic, but given the research indicating it can release antimony and phthalates, and our precautionary approach, we suggest avoiding it whenever possible. If you must use it, keep it away from heat and do not reuse it.”
However then I ran across some studies being done in Germany, and since I typically trust European and Australian interests in health over commercialism, I personally, always give a little more weight to studies being done there. Although the results are different, and not complete yet, the resulting opinion, I couldn’t agree with more; “it may be time to consider how safe so-called safe plastics really are”.
German mineral water comes from natural springs. So, to see if the estrogenic compounds were actually coming from the water itself, Wagner emptied the bottles and replaced the water with a pure snail medium and a tiny species of snail that is especially sensitive to estrogenic compounds. Eight weeks later, female snails living in plastic bottles had more than twice as many embryos inside their bodies compared to the glass-grown snails. “Something from the plastic,” says Wagner, “must have leached out and changed the reproductive patterns of our snails.” Wagner cautions against jumping to conclusions. Water is still a healthy beverage, he says. And until the compounds at work in the snail study have been identified, it’s not possible to know if PET plastics pose a human health risk. Still, tests in his lab have shown far less estrogenic activity in tap water than in even the most “ultra-pure” bottled waters. “Having done all of these experiments, I started drinking tap water,” says Wagner. “It might have other stuff in it, but at least it doesn’t have estrogenic compounds.” Swan says, it may also be time to reconsider how safe so-called “safe” plastics really are. “I used to say: ‘4, 5, 1, and 2. All the rest are bad for you,'” she says, referring to the recycling codes on plastic products. “Now, I’m not saying that anymore. We don’t know about 4, 5, 1, or 2. This raises questions about all plastic bottles.”
Another source says :
Never Use Oils in These:
- Water bottles
- Solo cups and their equivalents
- Plastic drinking straws
- Plastic kitchenware
- Thin plastic containers
As far as me, I will continue to purchase my products because I love them, but am actively looking for glass containers to put them in. The problem is that most glass containers have plastic pumps and caps and things like that. I’ll let you know what I find.
That’s all for now