Citronella Essential Oil Uses
Citronella Essential Oil History
Citronella is obtained from the plants of the Cymbopogon family, found in tropical Asia (originally coming to Europe from Sri Lanka) .Cymbopogon Nardus is also part of the Lemongrass family, thus giving Citronella it’s lemon scent.
It is a type of grass that can grow up to 2 meters tall & can destroy pastureland as cattle will not feed on the grass because of it’s unpleasant taste & texture.
Citronella was a popular ingredient in wax candles, which help deter mosquitos. The citronella oil is used as a ingredient in perfumes, soaps, skin lotions, polishes, detergents & deodorizing cosmetics. It also adds an interesting aroma to some Chinese foods.
Citronella Essential Oil Properties :
Citronella Essential Oil Uses
Citronella Essential Oil has a clearing & uplifting effect on the mind, which could help people with depression. It creates general strength & invigorating effect on the body. Being very helpful in fighting against flu, colds & some infections. It’s deodorant & stimulating qualities could refresh sweaty & tired feet !
It is also good for relieving fluid retention, as well as removing parasites from the … Read the rest
Grapefruit essential Oil Uses
How Grapefruit Essential Oil Is Obtained
Grapefruit Essential oil is a by product of the juicing process of a grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi ) & you will find it imbedded deeply in the outer peel of the fruit (Known as the flavedo). Unfortunately the thick spongy white layer (albedo) of the peel will absorb & thus decreases the amount of essential oils that can be produced if the two layers are not separated carefully prior to the oil being extracted.
The two layers are separated by a machine which rolls & scrapes the flavedo away from the fruit before it goes on to be juiced. The flavedo then forms a wet pulpy mass that is put in to a centrifuge & the oil becomes separated from the solids. The solids can also be pressed to produce even more essential oil from the grapefruit. Once it has been separated from the solids it is then filtered & bottled. This form of extraction will produce about 1.5ibs of essential oil from a ton of fresh fruit.
There is however another way in which more substantial amount (25ibs) of essential oil can be obtained from a ton of grapefruits by … Read the rest
What is Ylang Ylang Essential Oil ?
Ylang Ylang essential oil has a long history. It originated out of Southeast Asia, though it is popular now in other parts of the world. The oils are extracted from the ylang ylang flower, petals are typically picked early in the morning so the maximum amount of oil can be extracted.
Ylang Ylang has an intoxicating fragrance. It has a long history of being used because of it’s exotic scent. Indonesia, for example, use to spread the Ylang Ylang flowers on the marriage bed of a newlywed couple.
Health Benefits of Ylang Ylang
It is also known for treating medical conditions. It is used to relieve skin that is irritated by bites from insects. It is used a lot in skin ointment for skin diseases or skin irritations.
It also aids hair that needs restoration or re-growth. It can be beneficial for people who are trying to fight infections. It prevents the fever from coming on in the first place.
It mixes well with carrier oils & other essential oils. In particular it mixes well with rosewood, clove & lemon. Other oils are ginger, orange, eucalyptus, jasmine, sandalwood & rose.
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Best Massage & Essential Oils to Help With Eye Bags
With it been the Christmas period & lot’s of late nights & busy days, It’s going to be a hard time on the body & especially your eyes.
Puffiness under the eyes is what is commonly referred to as eye bags. Age is one of the contributors to this condition because the skin tissues in the area sag & weaken then accumulate fluid giving them that swollen appearance. Apart from age, lack of enough sleep. sleeping with the face down, smoking, eczema, allergies & water retention are some of the other factors that aggravate the condition. It can also be hereditary.
The puffiness is usually not painful & does not indicate a serious condition, but it can be unsightly. If you are not comfortable with the appearance, there are essential oils that can help you reduce the puffiness so you have a more beautiful look.
Lavender Essential Oil
A drop of this natural essential oil can be mixed with a drop of lemon oil & a teaspoon of distilled water. You can then use the solution to massage the area under your eyes right before you go to bed. After … Read the rest
Ginger Essential Oil Benefits
Ginger is native to a host of different nations, including India, China, Africa & the west Indies. Potent & exotic, the very essence of ginger is captured in essential oil form through a process known as steam distillation.
Steam distillation uses a still (much like the kind you’d associate with manufacture of moonshine) full of the organic material, in this case ginger root. Then hot steam is forced over the material & releasing the essential oils for harvest. It’s a bit more complicated than that, but that’s the essence of steam distillation in a nutshell.
While there is a great deal of legend & folklore associated with ginger, in modern aromatherapy, it is prized for three primary reasons, as a natural libido booster, as a digestive aid & as an effective nausea fighter.
Ginger to Lift a Lagging Libido
Ginger has been employed as a sexual stimulant for centuries, perhaps because the uses of ginger are so versatile. Ginger can be added to the diet, or ginger essential oil can offer all of the aromatherapy benefits, it can be consumed in teas & drinks & much, much more.
In various trials & studies, ginger has been … Read the rest
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Massage
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects millions of people worldwide (Check the graph on the right). Why do some people have it & others don’t ? It’s because of he way their digestive tract & intestines work. A presence of IBS symptoms indicate there is a problem with their digestive health. Fortunately, this article discusses how to help IBS sufferers naturally.
It’s symptoms include:
- Build up of Gas.
There is no fixed cure to it, but you can relieve the symptoms, with controlled medication. However more people are looking at finding natural remedies – Diet, Mental Healing & Colonic Massage, among others.
Let’s Discuss Them in Detail Below.
1- Planning the right diet for IBS patients
As mentioned above, this health disorder is related with the function of the digestive system. Therefore, there are certain foods which you should not eat or else your digestive system will suffer from overworking & pain. For example, we all know that fat is the worst digestive stimulant. Meaning, eating too much fatty food will make your digestive system work too long & can cause pain & discomfort for the sufferer of IBS. Also avoid foods … Read the rest
Healing Power Of Essential Oils
Essential oils are aromatic oils extracted from plants & have many therapeutic benefits. Essential oils are used to soothe the skin. heal cuts, eliminate pimples, help you relax, relieve digestive problems & even cure colds & flu.
For therapeutic purposes. only the most pure oils will do. Unfortunately there are many companies out there selling low quality oils & you should only buy from a source that you can trust. Like with anything else, you get what you pay for, if an oils price seems to good to be true, it’s probably not a good quality oil for medicinal purposes.
When using essential oils, it’s important to remember that these oils are strong & should not be applied directly to the skin. Mix them with a base oil like sweet almond or coconut oil to reduce their potency.
Essential Oils & Their Uses
Perhaps the most popular of the essential oils, Lavender has many uses. It is a great topical treatment which can help heal cuts, bruises & burns & is also a wonder aid to help you relax & can be a natural sleep inducer.
Peppermint essential oil is great for treating … Read the rest
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant. It has a number of health benefits & is found as an ingredient in many aromatherapy products.
The oil is a pale yellow in colour & has a thin consistency. It blends well with Lavender & Eucalyptus essential oils.
The Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil Includes :
- It can be used to stimulate the mind & improve concentration. Inhaling the oil when used in a vaporized can help focus.
- It is cooling on the skin & is calming on irritated & itchy skin. This can ease conditions such as acne, ringworm & dermatitis. Oil of peppermint can also be used to soothe sunburn, adding it to a moisturizing skin cream & applying as needed.
- The oil can help to relieve headaches, as it has pain relieving qualities. It can be blended with a carrier oil & applied to the temples. Those qualities can also be of benefit for relieving menstrual cramps. The oil can be diluted in carrier oil & massaged into the abdomen. This method can be used for conditions such as arthritis & rheumatism as well.
- Peppermint oil can be used as a
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What is the Best Essential Oil For Toothache ?
People have been battling toothaches for as long as people have existed. Modern methods of correcting a toothache simply involve visiting a dentist, paying a large sum of money & calling it a day. However, the state of the US & UK economy & the expensive cost of dental work make it very difficult to just visit a dentist to correct the toothache. That’s why famous natural home toothache remedies are becoming more popular with people who can’t afford to visit the dentist or those who are scarred of visiting the dentist. While I do agree that every toothache must get serviced by a professional dentist I also agree that you can use natural toothache remedy to temporary relieve the pain & discomfort until you can afford a dentist. The remedy or what I like to call a secret weapon for a toothache is Clove Essential Oil.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove Oil is an essential oil that is obtained from the clove plant (syzgium aromaticum). Oil of clove has been used in dentistry as an antiseptic & analgesic because of it’s main ingredient Eugenol. The best part about clove oil is … Read the rest
Carrier Oils For Dry Skin
This blog is to promote some of the best Carrier Oils for dry skin. With the long winter months or the hot sunny summers the human skin is put under a lot of pressure to preform at it’s best all the time. Using Carrier & Essential Oils give the skin that little help to keep it at it’s best all year round.
The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin. It forms the protective wrap over the body’s surface.
Sebaceous glands are found in the skin of mammals. They secrete an oily substance called sebum that is made of fat (lipid). The role of sebum is to protect & waterproof hair & skin, & keep them from becoming dry, brittle & cracked. While some may curse sebum when it overproduces (typically during adolescence….but sometimes beyond…), over time less & less is produced by skin. At this point, many effects of aging become noticeable. Because the skin is more vulnerable at this time, it is subject to the effects of climate, stress, cellular breakdown, slow cell regeneration, & general aging.
If you are beginning to notice the effects of drying skin, looking for products that
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