Using essential oils is such an easy way to reduce stress, they are so versatile and easy to use.
Bergamot is known as the "little oil of stress" and is simultaneously calming & uplifting. Lavender, one of the best known oils, is calming and balances the mood. Ylang Ylang (pronounced E-lang E-lang) regulates the heartbeat and controls the amount of adrenaline produced by the body.
Using these 3 oils in a bath is fantastic if you have had a stressful, busy day or if you have trouble sleeping.
Essential oils have been described as the
life force or energy field of the plants. In Kirilan photography, plants are
seen to have energy fields, just as people are. In Ancient Egypt the power of aroma
was taken very seriously. Priests prepared anointing oils for each of the
gods; Pharaohs used perfumed oils, also
prepared by the priests, for war, love, prosperity etc. They have been used for
ceremonial purposes in most religions, Christian, pagan and Eastern for
millennia. Frankincense is still used in churches today.
There's a nasty tummy bug doing the rounds at the moment, with cramps, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
Marjoram essential oil is great for pain and great for digestive complaints in general; German Chamomile is also good for digestion, painkilling and anti-inflamatory; Lavender good for this too as well as easing nausea.
How to use the oils
2 teaspoons (10ml) Olive oil
2 drops Marjoram
I drop of Lavender
I drop of German Chamomile
Mix together and rub on the tummy at the first sign of discomfort; this can be used also if you have been in contact with anyone who has the bug, it will prevent contagion or reduce the severity of an attack.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is increasingly common, many of us suffer from it or
know someone who does. I have found essential oils really helpful for this
condition. Although everyone will not necessarily have identical results from
specific essential oils (essential oils are complex chemical substances and
each person's own chemical makeup is unique; also each person's symptoms are
different) there are some oils which have a very well earned reputation for
relieving the symptoms of IBS.
I had heard of carrot seed oil but had never bought it. I was recently given a present of a bottle and it has become one of my favourites. The scent is beautiful- sweet, sharp and uplifting.
Carrot seed oil is reputedly one of the best oils for the skin, especially dry, mature skin, wrinkles, scars, eczema, dermatitis and other conditions. I used it blended in a cream with Lavender and German Chamomile- it was beautiful and my skin felt great. (Wrinkles, watch out, I have carrot seed oil and I will use it!
The children are on holidays and out enjoying the sun (between the
torrential rain of course!!) and more likely than usual to have cuts, scraps,
nettle stings etc. Wouldn't it be nice to have a remedy which is good for all
ailments AND boosts the immune system AND doesn't cost the earth?? An excellent
first aid remedy to take on holiday also for added peace of mind and it can of
course be used for adults as well.
Lavender, Chamomile and Tea Tree essential oils mixed in witch hazel ticks
all the boxes.
A lovely way to lift the spirits, create a Christmassy athnosphere, freshen th air and kill the nasty airborne bugs (What more could you want??)
1 drop of Frankincense essential oil
2 drops of Orange essential oil
2 drops of cinnamon essential oil
Add to 50ml water and use in room sprays or burners.If you want your Christmas cards to be really special, dampen a cotton wool ball with the blend, put it with the cards in a bag or box and leave overnight or longer if possible
Don't use this blend on the skin as it may cause irritation.