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Wednesday, July 5, 2006

12:59PM - Peppermint

Peppermint stimulates and counters shock, mental fogginess, and lack of focus. It has a dualistic action which can stimulate the mind and calm the nerves making it ideal as a physical tonic and emotional soother. It's name is derived from Greek mythology -- Minthe was a beautiful nymph that Pluto, god of the underworld loved. His jealous wife tuned her into a plant. The sad Pluto could not change her back, but gave her the fragrant aroma so well known to the world. Peppermint's nature is energetic and awakens our innate intelligence.


Caution: A powerful and overwhelming
aroma. Use in small doses. Will be
sensitizing in large doses. Avoid during
pregnancy and nursing. May antidote
homeopathic remedies. Dilute before
applying to skin or using in the bath.

Bath: fill the tub with bath water. Add & swish 9-10 drops of essential oil into the bath water. Some essential oils are
more irritating to the skin than others. Read the safety cautions for each essential oil. Or add 9-10 drops of essential oil
to one teaspoon of carrier oil, such as jojoba oil and add & mix into the bath water so the essential oil is soluble in the
carrier oil before adding to the bath.

Liquid Soap: add about 30-45 drops of essential oil to 8 ounces of unscented liquid hand soap or unscented liquid shower body wash. Shake vigorously.

Body Oil: add about 12-15 drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier oil, such as jojoba oil and shake to blend.

Body Lotion: add 50-60 drops of essential oil to 16 ounces of unscented body lotion. Stir with a spoon or stirring stick to blend the essential oil into the lotion until smooth.

Body Mist: add 10-15 drops of essential oil to a 1 ounce glass misting bottle filled with spring or distilled water. Shake well and shake before each mist.

Liniment: add 25-20 drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier oil, such as jojoba oil. Shake well to blend.

Compress: add & mix 3-5 drops of essential oil to a bowl of warm or cool water. Soak a wash cloth, wring and apply.

Shampoo/Conditioner: add 12-15 drops of essential oil to one ounce of unscented or mild shampoo and conditioner. Shake well to blend.

Hair Brush: place three drops of essential oil into the palm of your hand; rub over the natural bristles of a hair brush. Brush your scalp and your hair.

Diffuser: add essential oils to an electric diffuser, candle burner or a lamp ring.

Room Mist: add 17-20 drops of essential oil to a 1 ounce glass misting bottle filled with spring or distilled water. Shake well and shake before each mist.

Scent: add five drops of an essential oil to a hanky or tissue and carry with you throughout the day. Or place under your pillow case to ease you into sleep.

Scent: add five drops to a cotton ball and place in drawers and linen closets.

Place: a drop of essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and inhale. (Keep away from your eyes). (A wonderful way to encourage a deep breath).

Never take essential oils internally.

Essential oils are very concentrated substances and should be diluted before applying them to the skin. Follow guidelines or recipes which recommend a 2%-5% solution.

Have a recipe’s concentration of essential oils when using with children. Do not use essential oils with infants.

Do not apply citrus essential oils, especially Bergamot before direct exposure to the sun. These essential oils increase photosensitivity.

Essential oils are not soluble in water. Make sure you dilute or fully disperse them when using water as a base.

Essential oils can cause a prickly, irritating sensation to the skin. Do not rub water on the area. Doing so will cause the oil to spread. Apply any vegetable/carrier oil to the area; this will cause the essential oil to be absorbed and ease the irritation in minutes.

Keep essential oils away from your eyes.

Keep essential oils out of the reach of children and animals.

If skin irritation occurs or an allergic reaction occurs with any essential oil or product with essential oils in it, discontinue use.

Essential oils should not replace proper health care. If you are under medical supervision consult with your health care provider before using essential oils.

These suggestions for Your Safety are not to be considered complete and all-inclusive.

Current mood: artistic

Thursday, March 2, 2006

8:46PM

Essential oils can be used in our daily life. Here are a few examples of other uses for essential oils that you might not have thought about.

-A few drops on your vacuum bag before vacuuming is a nice way to freshen the
room every time you clean the house.

-Add it to your dishwater when doing dishes not only will you benefit from inhaling it but it will leave a nice scent on your dishes.

-Try a few drop in your bath, shower gel and shampoos.

-For a great pick me up in the morning put a few drops on your shower head as
you shower and take in the essence of the essential oil.

-To help with travel sickness put 2 drops of peppermint on a handkerchief or tissue and inhale.

-Try putting a couple of drops of lavender on a cotton ball and place it in your pillow case to help you sleep.

-Add about 50 to 75 drops of essential oil to 2 ounces of pure water in a spray
bottle. Shake well before using as an air freshener.

-Add 25 drops of essential oil to potpourri that has lost its scent.

-To make your personal favorite perfume add 25 drops of an essential oil to
1 ounce of water in a mist bottle or to a carrier oil.

Some essential oils can not be used directly on your skin. Oils are so versatile that by simply blending it with a carrier oil you can expand their uses.

Current mood: calm

Monday, February 27, 2006

11:33PM - Vanilla

VANILLA (Vanilla planifolia)
Botanical family: Orchidaceae
Functional Group: Aldehyde
Part of plant used for distillation: Bean/pod
Extraction process: Solvent-resinoid, Co2
Country of origin: Mexico, Tahiti, Java, Madagascar
Empirical Properties: Aphrodisiac, warming, soothing
Caution: Potential skin irritant. Dilute before applying to skin or using in the bath.

Vanilla's rich, warm and intriguing fragrance appeals to both men and women. The vanilla plant is an orchid. Some consider orchids the most highly evolved flower. Vanilla is a climbing vine bearing flowers having both male and female organs. It is thought to encourage a deep desire to embrace and express the union of sensuality and spirituality. Its aromatic warmth may offer comfort and nurturance for feelings of tension, anger and frustration.A goddess of the vanilla plant was once worshipped in Mexico. Only in Mexico does a natural pollination of the vanilla plant occur; grown anywhere else, it must be hand pollinated. Vanilla's nature is to encourage sensual and spiritual union
with ourselves and others.

Current mood: cheerful

Saturday, February 4, 2006

10:15PM - Cedarwood

(Cedrus atlantica)
Botanical family: Coniferae
Functional group: Sesquiterpene
Part of plant used for distillation: Wood
Extraction process: Steam distillation
Country of origin: Morocco, India
Empirical Properties: Calming, stabilizing, harmonizing, comforting, grounding
Caution: High concentrations may possibly irritate the skin. Avoid use during pregnancy. Potential skin irritant. Dilute before applying to skin or using in the bath.

Cedarwood's aroma is strong and has a life-giving quality that imparts a sense of spiritual wisdom and resilience. Like the large cedar tree, Cedarwood oil
gives us immovable strength in times of crisis. It may calm and soothe nervous tension and anxiety and states of alienation. Perhaps it brings balance to feelings of destabilization.

Cedar is frequently mentioned in the Bible, and was used to symbolize fertility, abundance, and spiritual strength. The doors of Solomon's Temple was built out of Cedarwood and the ancient Egyptians highly valued it as a ritual incense. Cedar's nature is to remind us of our own inner strength.

Current mood: chipper

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

1:04PM

JASMINE (Jasminum officinalis)
Botanical family: Jasminaceae
Functional group: Alcohol
Part of the plant used for distillation: Flowers
Extraction process: Enfleurage/solvent-concrete
Country of origin: France, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt
Empirical Properties: Aphrodisiac, antidepressant, sedative
Caution: It's powerful aroma indicates it should be used in small
doses. Potential skin irritant. Dilute before applying to skin or using in the bath.

Native to Persia and Kashmir, Arab poets sung its praises, and used it as symbol of love and spiritual longing. Also associated throughout history with the goddess of the Moon, Jasmine, grown along the Nile, may be represented by Isis, the Egyptian mother goddess who held the secrets of fertility, magic and healing. She is thought to have founded the custom of marriage.Jasmine's nature is to assist each individual's awareness of their unique passions and desires.

Current mood: calm

Friday, January 27, 2006

11:06PM - A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

ROSE (Rosa damascena or centifolia)

Botanical family: Rosaceae
Functional group: Alcohol
Part of plant used for distillation: Flowers
Extraction process: Steam distillation & solvent
Country of origin: Morocco, Bulgaria, Turkey, France
Empirical Properties: Anti-depressant, calmative, sedative, aphrodisiac
Caution: Potential skin irritant. Dilute before applying to skin or using in the bath.

As the "Queen of Flowers" rose oil has a timeless link as a symbol of love and compassion. Rose's sweet, gentle aroma brings warmth to the soul, healing our emotional wounds and restoring the trust that makes it possible to love ourselves and others once again. Its joy is tireless in relieving melancholy,
sadness, disappointment, sorrow, heartache and depression.The rose has been prized by all cultures -- the Turks believe it came from the blood of Venus, while the Mohammedans say that it originated from the sweat of Mohammed. The damask rose is the Holy Rose, a symbol of God's love for the world. It is representative of faith, hope, and love -- each of what rose oil seeks to restore to the center of one's being. Rose's nature is to comfort and remind each of us of the unique perfection of our soul.

Current mood: good

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

8:04PM

LAVENDER (Lavandula augustifolia)
Botanical family: Lamiaceae/Labiate
Functional group: Ester
Part of plant used for distillation: Flowers
Extraction process: Steam distillation
Country of origin: England , France, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
Empirical Properties: Antidepressant, antiseptic, calming, balancing, sedative
Caution: Potential skin irritant. Dilute before applying to skin or using in the bath.

Lavender's loving aroma is often considered an aromatic "Rescue Remedy" and is ideal for men, women and children. It may calm and balance strong emotions such as frustration, irritability, nervous anxiety, panic, hysteria and insomnia. It appears to cleanse and soothe the heart, allowing for a release of anger, the emotion which so often a cause for severe depression. Lavender has long been associated with spiritual love which encourages forgiveness and compassion, allowing for the full creative composure and expression of ones individual self. Lavender's nature is to heal and release all discord which may arise in our physical, emotional and spiritual lives.

Current mood: satisfied

Monday, January 23, 2006

4:32PM - random scents

APPLE (For a cheering up),
BASIL (For promoting peace and happiness),
BAY LEAF (To increase psychic awareness),
BERGAMOT MINT (To promotes restful sleep),
CALENDULA (To promote good health),
CARAWAY (To increase energy),
CARDAMOM (To promote feelings of love and desire for sex),
CATNIP (For calming, all except cats),
CELERY (To promote restful sleep),
CHAMOMILE (To promote sleep and tranquility),
CINNAMON (To increase energy and awareness),
CLOVE (To promote healing),
COFFEE (To enhance conscious mind),
CORIANDER (To improve memory),
DILL (To sharpen conscious mind),
EUCALYPTUS (To promote healing),
FENNEL (To promote longevity),
GARLIC (To promote health and to purify the body),
HONEYSUCKLE (To help in weight loss),
GINGER (To increase energy),
HOPS (To promote sleep),
JASMINE (To promote love, sex and sleep),
JUNIPER (To promote healing),
LAVENDER (To promote good health),
LEMON (To promote health, healing and energy),
LEMON GRASS (To purify the body),
LIME (To increase energy),
MAGNOLIA (To promote feelings of love),
MARJORAM (To promote sleep),
MINT - PENNYROYAL (To increase energy),
PEPPERMINT (To sharpen the conscious mind),
SPEARMINT (To promote healing) -
MYRRH (To promote healing),
ONION (To boost immune system),
ORANGE (To increase joy and energy),
PARSLEY (For protection),
PINE (To promote healing.
ROSEMARY (To promote longevity),
SAGE (To improve memory),
STAR ANISE (To increase awareness),
THYME (To promote good health),
YARROW (To increase awareness)
YLANG YLANG (to promote sex and love).

BENZOIN (To promote energy) ,
BLACK PEPPER (To increase alertness),
BROOM (To promote tranquility),
CAMPHOR (To increase energy),
CARNATION (To increase energy),
CEDAR (To increase spirituality),
CUMIN (To boost the immune system),
CYPRESS (To promote healing),
DAFFODIL (To increase feelings of love),
DEER TONGUE (To arouse sexually),
FRANKINCENSE (To increase spirituality),
GARDENIA (To promote feelings of peace and love),
GERANIUM (To promote happiness),
HYACINTH (To help overcome grief),
HYSSOP (To purify the body),
IRIS (To increase feelings of love),
LEMON VERBENA (To increase feelings of love),
LILAC (To increase feelings of love),
LILY (To promote inner peace),
LILY OF THE VALLEY (To improve memory),
MIMOSA (To promote psychic dreams),
NARCISSUS (To enhance feelings of love),
NUTMEG (To increase energy),
ROSE (To promote feelings of love and peace),
ROSE GERANIUM (To promote feelings of peace, love and happiness),
RUE (To promote calm),
SAFFRON (To increase energy),
SANDALWOOD (An aphrodisiac, and promotes healing),
SWEET PEA (To promote happiness),
TULIP (To promote peace and happiness),
VANILLA (To promote sex and love),
WATER LILY (To promote peace and happiness)
WOOD ALOE (To increase feelings of love).