Bergamot Essential Oil

BergamotBergamot is a yellow-green citrus fruit. Despite the fact that bergamot fruit is inedible, the oil has many culinary and household uses and is used as a fragrance for pipe tobaccos. Prized for its bright, citrus-sweet bouquet, bergamot is known as a “stress-buster” that promotes emotional balance, blissful relaxation, self-confidence and serenity.

Botanical Name: Citrus Aurantium var. or Citrus Bergamia.

Origin: Italy

Aromatic Scent:  Citrusy and fruity with a warm spicy floral quality

Strength of Scent: Medium

Extraction Method: Cold compression, opposed to the steam distillation of many other essential oils

Plant Parts Used: Rind or peel

Traditional Uses: One of the most common applications that you may not know about is its use in black tea. The inclusion of this essential oil in regular black tea is then given a different name – Earl Grey!

Its powerful aroma makes it a popular component in many perfumes. It is often used as the all-important “top note”.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), uses bergamot to assist with the flow of vital energy in smoothing the digestive system. TCM uses it to soothe occasional indigestion and gas.

Promotes opening of the solar plexus (orange) and heart (green) chakras.

Its sweet and fruity aroma uplifts the spirit and calms the mind.

It can be applied to your wrists to use as a perfume and keep your heart open.

Properties: Analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vulnerary

Blends well with: Chamomile, citrus oils, clary sage, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, mandarin, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, pepper(black), rose, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver, violet and ylang ylang,

Suggested Uses:  It is one of the best oils for diffusing as both an airborne antimicrobial and refreshing odor. Research studies in Taiwan found that Bergamot oil reduced both work-related stress and pre-operative stress. In a diffuser, combine equal parts of Bergamot, Patchouli and Grapefruit for a stress reducing aroma.

Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: four part of vegetable oil). Apply several drops (2-4) on location or chakras/reflex points.

May be used as Dietary Supplement if noted on label.

Safety Precautions: GRAS (generally regarded as safe)

This oil can possibly result in skin irritation (dilution is recommended). Repeated use can result in extreme contact sensitization. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).

Bergamot essential oil is phototoxic. Avoid direct sunlight or ultraviolet light for up to 72 hours after use.

Although, Bergamot may be used as a dietary supplement (approved as a Food Additive (FA) by the FDA) if noted on label, it is advised not to use it in this or any manner for children under 6 years of age.

Know the company you are purchasing your essential oils from, they may be adulterated (changed). Only use therapeutic grade essential oils for best results!

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.

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NYR Organic

Romy Fraser started the company as a natural apothecary over 30 years ago. She was a former teacher with a passion for holistic health, beauty and wellbeing,  The original shop, Neal’s Yard Apothecary, was started in Neal’s Yard, London in 1981. The name was changed to Neal Yard Remedies in 1983 and is known today as NYR Organic.

Today, they are one of the top selling organic skincare companies in the UK, Japan and Dubai with direct selling channels in the UK and US. They are driven by the passionate belief that health and beauty should be more natural and less synthetic.

On July 17, 2014 NYR Organic received a 100% in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Skincare Ratings.NYR Organic received 100% in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Skincare Rankings

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~No synthetic fragrances ~No silicones ~ No mineral oils ~ No parabens ~ No GM ingredients ~ No phthalates ~ No propylene glycol ~ No animal testing ~ No DEA ~ No acrylates ~ No nano ~ No BHT

Not only are they ethical but also award-winning. Here are a few of awards they have received. Best New Certified Organic Beauty Product, from the prestigious CEW(Cosmetic Executive Women), Beauty Insiders’ Awards for their Beauty Sleep Concentrate, Best Organic range for an incredible 4th year-running from Natural Health magazine, and an Ethical Corporation Award for their Bee Lovely and Help Save the Bees campaign. Just to mention a few.

NYR’s reasons to choose organic are; you are protecting your health, the environment, and the well-being of farm workers and their families across the globe- for now and the future.

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Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Oil for Head Lice

Now that school has started, you may hear that dreaded four letter word, LICE!!!

Tea Tree or Melaleuca oil is very effective in eliminating this very pesky problem without any harmful side effects. It is an essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor. It is steam distilled from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia, which is a native of Australia. It is a member of the Myrtle plant family. The following natural properties is what make it so effective.

  • Tea tree oil has natural insecticide properties which help to treat head lice very effectively.
  • Tea tree oil contains natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties which help to kill the lice and prevent it completely.
  • Tea tree oil contains terpinen – 4 – ol, a natural bacterial fighting ingredient which helps to cure many skin irritations, hair problems, infections and diseases.
  • Tea tree oil coats the hair, scalp and contains agents that will helps to kill the head lice and its eggs.
  • Tea oil not only kills the lice but also it will soothe and heal the irritated scalp that has been affected by the lice.

 Here are a few interesting facts about the history of Tea Tree oil found on the American Cancer Society website.

The aborigines of Australia were the first to discover the healing properties of tea tree oil thousands of years ago. They treated cuts, burns, and skin infections by crushing the leaves of the tree and applying them to cuts and injuries. In the 1770s, the British explorer Captain Cook observed the native Australians brewing tea from the leaves. He then brewed tea of his own to give to his crew to prevent scurvy. He coined the name tea tree.

In the 1920s, Australian physicians began to use the oil to clean wounds and prevent infections after surgery. They believed it to be more effective than carbolic acid, the antiseptic most used at that time. Average Australians then began to use the oil as a household remedy for skin conditions and fungus infections. During World War II, tea tree oil was included in the first-aid kits given to all Australian soldiers and sailors.

After the discovery of penicillin and other antibiotics in the late 1940s, tea tree oil went out of favor as an antiseptic until the 1980s, when it was discovered that some bacteria were resistant to certain antibiotics, such as methicillin and vancomycin. Today, there is renewed interest in tea tree oil as an alternative to these antibiotics for skin infections.

Doesn’t this make you want to have a bottle of Tea Tree oil in your family medicine cabinet?

10 Different Methods for Treating Head Lice with Tea Tree Oil

Good luck!

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint

Pure peppermint oil is considered one of the best essential oils around due to its many health benefits for our bodies. It’s medical properties are anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain-relieving, pain reliever and curbs appetite. It has been known for centuries as a healing medicinal herb.

It has been scientifically studied and proven to be beneficial for:

  • Indigestion – 1 or 2 drops in a glass of water (glass not plastic) can relieve pain of indigestion or gas, ease motion sickness and stomach cramps.
  • Nausea – Mix it with a carrier oil and massage it into the back of the neck or forehead.
  • Pain Relief – It is used for migraines, muscle spasms, pulled muscles and fever and headaches. When mixed with a carrier oil it’s high amounts of calcium antagonisms has a cooling effect on the painful areas.
  • Chest Congestion – It provides relief to nasal and chest congestion, bronchitis, sinusitis and other respiratory conditions because it has a high content of menthol and is a natural expectorant.
  • Stress – When inhaled it provides an instant calming effect to the nervous system. Mix it with a carrier oil and it can provide a calming effect to tired or overworked muscles.

It is also known for focus and stimulating our conscious minds. Dr William Dember of the University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased mental accuracy by 28%.

Many have used it to remove head lice and dandruff. It is also used for skin conditions such as acne.

It has so many nutrients and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and potassium. You can, now, buy it as a supplement (capsule or tablet).

I am sure there are other uses I have missed or that are waiting to be discovered, but this will give you an idea of the power packed in this little oil.

ALWAYS REMEMBER- Do not take essential oils internally unless you know the company (they are safe) or have the words DIETARY SUPPLEMENT in the directions on the bottle.

Pamela Basinger, BS, LMT

http://ablissfulbalance.com/

Got Allergies??

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I have had allergies all my life. Starting this Spring I am allergy meds free!

I placed 2-3 drops equal parts of peppermint, lavender and lemon essential oils in a capsule. I took one capsule every morning and as needed through the day, but I rarely needed a second capsule. One usually did the trick.

This is truly amazingly! Who knew after all these years of taking allergy meds, that this was possible.

A friend did not want to mess the capsules, so she used a shoot glass instead. She put 2-3 drops equals parts in, gargled and then swallowed. Still amazing results.

REMEMBER TO NEVER TAKE ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY UNLESS YOU KNOW THE COMPANY AND THEIR PRODUCTS. If it is safe, it should have the words Dietary Supplement on the Label.

I recommend are Young Living essential oils.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.