Love the “Skin” you’re in…

canstockphoto15433244As I have mentioned in my other blogs I have extremely sensitive skin. I have used a variety of commercial skin care products with varying degrees of success. Let’s just say that I know which stores have the best return policies. I have also been using my own essential oil products for years. I have a variety of blends that I use at different times, for different reasons.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body; the total area on an adult’s body is approx 20 sq feet and is made up of the: Read More

Heads Up!

headacheI have had headaches & migraines since I was a young teenager. Each year approximately 45 million Americans suffer from headaches. (That is 1 in 6 people). One of the reasons I got interested in Aromatherapy was because I was taking a lot of OTC pain relievers to help with my headaches and they weren’t working all that well; I was also concerned about the long-term effects of pain reliever usage on my stomach. I decided then, that I wanted to go a different route, to manage the ongoing pain that I was experiencing.
With our busy lifestyles, our daily stress can cause a lot of different physical symptoms which can include, you guessed it…Headaches. (Other causes of headaches may include certain foods, air pressure as well as anxiety, lack of sleep, and dehydration). It is important to take the time to manage your stress and to understand your headache and/or migraine triggers. Read More

A is for Allergies?

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz…  Anonymous   (And people in my house are starting to sneeze…  A lot!!!)
100_4432Due to climate change, more and more people seem to be suffering from seasonal allergies. Trees and plants are budding out, and there is a lot of pollen in the air. When it comes to allergies, there are many things that you can do to alleviate your symptoms.

Allergies, simply put, are an overreaction of the immune system to substances that you come into contact with, such as pollen or pet dander.  Diffusing essential oils is one of the ways to find some relief from the symptoms of allergies and hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis).

There are many essential oils that you can choose from, depending on your age,overall health,scent preference, and what your allergy symptoms are. Try diffusing one or two of these essential oils …

Lavender2Lavender: The workhorse of essential oils, as it is useful for so many things. It is said to be helpful for sneezing, sinus congestion and for boosting the immune system.

German Chamomile & Roman Chamomile: are very gentle, effective essential oils. Roman Chamomile is said to be useful for sinus congestion.  German Chamomile is reported to have anti-allergenic properties.  Don’t use either variety of the Chamomiles if you have an allergy to Ragweed.

canstockphoto8353462Lemon: with its antiseptic properties, lemon helps to clean the air of germs and bacteria when used in a diffuser or as a room spray. It is also said to help to support the immune system.

* Lavender, German & Roman Chamomile essential oils are:

  •  gentle enough to use for children over the age of 2  and for elderly people.
    (Lavender & Chamomile hydrosols are a better way to go with children under the age of 2 & can be used as room sprays)
  • Lavender, & both German & Roman Chamomile essential oils are generally safe to use after the 1st trimester of pregnancy but use caution as everyone responds differently to essential oils.  Diffusing & inhalation are always best during pregnancy.
  • *Lemon essential oil: is better for diffusing for children over the age of 2 & for pregnant women.
  • may cause skin irritation & is photosensitive

As always with essential oils, less is best & dilute before topical use.

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