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June Oil of the Month: Moldavian Dragonhead

This month, we are so excited for you to experience a Moldavian Dragonhead!

Not only does this rare and precious essential oil boast a fun and fanciful name, it also brings a host of benefits and a beautifully soft, spicy lemony scent.

A sniff of Moldavian Dragonhead brings to mind that beautifully balanced sweet-tart scent of those vintage, natural lemon drops that come in the little round tins.

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Essential Oils in the Bath

 

The only thing more relaxing than a bath at the end of a hard day is perhaps adding a little of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend and letting the aroma surround you. The busy thoughts dissipate, the sore, tired muscles relax and one can even momentarily drift off.

It can be wonderful or it can be miserable if essential oils are not added to the bath correctly. As aromatherapists, we have heard stories of major irritations,  including to children, from something seemingly benign as citrus oils or Lavender. Usually, it is the delicate area that hits the water first, but it can be anywhere on the body.

Essential oils love fat and lipids. They are lipophilic, not hydrophilic; that is they combine well with fats, but not with water.  Dry ingredients like Epsom salt are hydrophilic and dissolve well in water. Essential oils need something that will work well with both lipophilic and hydrophilic to bring them together.  Milk, Epsom salt, hydrosols, or cornstarch are not advised to use to disperse the essential oils. That is where solubilizers come in.

Two popular products, Solubol and Polysorbate are solubilizers and can be very helpful in allowing essential oils to disperse in water. It helps them to mix together and thus the essential oil is able to dilute and be much safer. We recommend using a small amount of essential oils in the bath, only 2-5 drops, first mixed with the solubilizer.  For children we recommend only Kidsafe oils be used.  Robert Tisserand recommends a 1:1 ration for the essential oils and either the Solubol or Polysorbate.

A dry product called Natrasorb could also be used. “ This is modified tapioca starch. It will absorb and carry large quantities of carrier and essential oils and is particularly useful for bath products. The starch is processed to create little ‘pockets’ to hold the oils in a solid, powder form. Once the natrasorb bath comes into contact with the water, it dissolves and releases its carrier/fragrance load safely dispersing them into the water. It will not cling or leave a film on your skin or the tub. Very easy to use. Great for including in a dry shampoo. “Use from 1 to 50%.”  [1]

You may not know it, but you actually have some products at home that contain solubilizers. They can be found in body wash, shampoo, and bubble bath.  By adding 1 tbs of one of these products with your essential oils before adding to the bath water will help to emulsify. It’s best to use products without fragrance as they can throw off the PH balance and cause UTI’s. We also recommend using other bath products without fragrance or glitter.

Although carrier oils will dilute essential oils and make them safer, they will not disperse the essential oils in the water. Just as when you are making salad dressing and can see that oil and water or oil and vinegar don’t mix, essential oils or carrier oils and bath water will remain separated. It also can be a hazard as it can make the tub slippery.

 

Bath blend

2 drops Bergamot

2 drops  Cedarwood Himalayan

1 drop Vetiver

1 tablespoons  fragrance-free body wash or shampoo

Mix ingredients together and pour under running water

 

By taking an extra minute to use one of these products containing emulsifiers mixed with your essential oils in your bath, you will be able to have an enjoyable and beneficial experience.

 

References:

[1]  Tisserand, Robert. “Bath Safety, how to use essential oils in the bath”.

 

Essential Oils for Sleep

Essential Oils for Sleep2:00 am…2:20 am… 2:47 am ….

There’s nothing worse than sleepless nights. Sometimes it goes on for days, sometimes for months or years. But no matter how long it lasts, it’s miserable.

There are tons of reasons for lack of sleep. Noise, exposure to electronic devices,  hormone changes, stress, or worry: Take your pick. And whatever the reason, not sleeping can seriously affect your health.

 

Essential oils can promote relaxation, helping with falling asleep.

Essential Oils for SleepCalming not only to the mind but also to the body, these oils can help to quiet intrusive thoughts, and relax tense muscles, promoting sleep. Plant Therapy has some great synergies just for this purpose.

 

Just One Sleep Blend

Essential Oils for SleepYou can also create your own custom blends that help promote good sleep cycles

Plant Therapy has this great chart, showcasing oils that can help you get some zzzzz’s;

Download Sleep Chart HERE :

Essential Oils for Sleep

 

Reflections of a Summer Lover

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


Oh happy days are here!

I am a child of summer.  And, my inner child remains happiest in the season of the sun. This I have learned about myself.

Summer is when my spirit feels most buoyant and unbound. Joy is easier to access as it readily bubbles to the surface.

If winter is the hibernal season, and spring is of renewal, for me summer is a  season of sustenance.

Our mind, body and spirits are nourished by the abundance of sunshine and daylight, the refreshing array fresh fruit and vegetables, the heady scent of summer blooms, and the frequency of the dazzling dragonflies. For many, these beautiful, blessed dragonflies — whose magical beauty shimmers under the summer sun —  represent and remind us of the ability to reflect light for the greater good.

I arrived in this world as a native to perpetually sunny Southern California. Though I was born in December, it was as summer-like, bright, 85-degree-day.

Reflecting back, I realize my spirit has always sought the sun  ever since  to find and create summer for my soul wherever I happen to be.

As a child in Southern California there was joyful abandon playing outdoors and walking barefoot in the grass, especially with the heady scent of the orange groves at the end of our street.

Later, I lived by the beach there and spent every summer day of my teen-age years barefoot in the sand and jumping through the waves.

To this day, I prefer my feet unbound to feel more grounded. If I am not barefoot, then flip flops are the footwear of choice. From my perspective, you cannot have too many pairs.

In my early adulthood, I moved to the Midwest for work. That’s when I quickly realized I needed sunlight and warmth to feel vital and nourished. What I had taken for granted, now needed to be recreated. If it was going to take awhile for summer to come to me where I was, then I needed to go in search of  summer.

Winters breaks became tropical getaways to the Caribbean where the season of the sun was only a flight away.

Immediately upon arrival, my whole being was transported by the soft air, shimmering waters, and the sun in the sky. Not only did my body thaw, but any tension I carried immediately melted away.  Breathing in the sea breeze allowed me to clear the clutter in my head, returning back to real life with a sense of renewed clarity.

Later, I moved to New England with shorter winters, but also shorter summers. This meant ensuring that I savored every drop of summer while it was in season. I joined the tradition of spending idyllic long weekends on Cape Cod. Crossing that bridge from the mainland marked the point where I was able to let go of the go-go-go and relax into loafing.

Now, I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Another west coast for sunsets on the sea and walks on the beach framed by turquoise water and white sugar sand.  And, though actual summer  is a swelter, but most of the rest of the year we live in season as if it  is part of our daily life.  My challenge here is taking the time from daily life to enjoy living in paradise.

No matter where you live, and what your experience, you can always create your own summer for the spirit. Aromatherapy offers a natural opportunity to help create that buoyant and relaxed state of mind.   Even when you can’t break away to chase the sun, a sniff of the synergies evoking the sense of summer can transport you instantly to to a mini-break in your own mind’s eye.

For me, the sensory experiences of the summer season call for a switch to scents that are fresher and cooling  such as citrus and mints.

To help you get started, or to inspire you to create your own experiences, I offer below some summer loving synergies curated from my own collection to evoke favorite seasonal memories.

These were created for inhalation purposes to most readily connect with the mind and spirit. I prefer to make these in a personal inhaler to have with me when needed. You may also choose to use your diffuser, with the exception of the Beach Rose synergy because the rose otto 10% is diluted in vegetable oil, which can damage the unit.

I wish you an abundance of sun in your spirit!

Inner Child

This uplifting and cheerful blend helps restore my joy of the simple life on a sunny day during my childhood in Southern California.

Mental Mojito

This refreshing and revitalizing scent helps when I need that sense of clear -headed clarity created after a Caribbean Vacation. 

  • 3 drops Lime, Citrus x aurantifolia
  • 2 drops Peppermint,  Mentha x piperita
Beach Rose  

This soothing scent is evocative of the slow days, sand dunes, and snow cones of Cape Cod where I crossed the bridge into a state of contentment and relaxation.

 

Sangria Siesta 

(for Inhalation)

This deeply relaxing and uplifting synergy is reflective of the lazy days of a Florida summer calling for loafing on the lanai for rest and reflection.

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