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Lavender Love

Lavender, we all love it. Usually when we purchase lavender, it is true lavender but I’m going to share your common options, so you can grab the right oil for the right reason!

True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). This is the one I typically use and the one I offer for sale. It works as a calming, antidepressant on the mind.

It has antiseptic, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties. This makes it great for treatment of wounds and burns. It can also help throat infections and inflammation. It works to regulate the nervous system and balances the body. You can use it to help migraines, asthma and can help calm heart nerves (palpations).

Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia). This is a more intense lavender than true. It has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic properties and can act as an expectorant. This makes it great to help headaches, aches/pains, respiratory complaints and broken skin.

As this oil is more potent, you must be mindful of the chemistry. This makes it less appealing for children, pregnancy and epilepsy!

Lavender (Lavendula stoechas). The properties are similar to true Lavender with a calming, anti-depressant for the mind! This oil is great for migraines, asthma, burns, wounds and for calming and balancing.

You can find 100% pure lavender oil in my shop! You can also find Lavender scented Lip Balm in my shop here!

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Selecting a Carrier Oil

Carrier oils. Who has been told to ‘make sure you dilute your essential oil before applying to the skin’ ? Probably all of us! Neat essential oils are just TOO potent to be added without proper dilution. Just like western medicine, too much can be a bad thing. Like essential oils, carriers have unique properties and benefits! It is important to know carrier properties so you can pair the right oils for the best impact.

I’m going to touch on a few of the most common and some of my favourites.

Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba oil)

Jojoba works on all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. As it is penetrates the skin well, it works well as a carrier oil for essential oil application it also works to keep pores clean acting as an antibacterial. Jojoba also had protein minerals creating a waxy substance that mimics collagen making it a good facial oil. It is similar in structure to our bodies natural oils making helping balance oil production of the skin. It is highly moisturizing and gentle on the skin. Jojoba also has an SPF rating around 4.

Prunes amygdalus (Sweet Almond)

This is a super oil. It contains vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, D & E. It is high in protein and trace minerals. It works great for all skin types but especially for itching, soreness, dryness and inflammation. Vitamin E is an extremely powerful antioxidant. Oxidative stress is a major cause of the deterioration of your skinโ€™s collagen layer. Since collagen keeps your skin looking supple and wrinkle-free, you want to stave off oxidative stress with antioxidants. Almond oil has a natural SPF rating around 5.

Cocus nucifera (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Clear, odorless and light in texture making it great for blending with oils in perfumes or fragrances. In order to remain a liquid, the lauric acid has been removed making it an incomplete oil. Both regular and fractionated coconut oils are great sources of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Coconut oil also has a natural SPF rating around 2-8.

Triticum ciestivum/durum (Wheatgerm Oil)

This oil has a strong odor and heavy texture and is best used in small amounts. It has vitamin E and essential fatty acids which helps reduce skin damage, fight free radicals, support healthy collagen formation and maintain even skintone. Wheatgerm works best on dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. Due to the high level of antioxidants and vitamins, wheat germ oil helps regenerate scar tissue and lubricate the skin. The best part, it has an SPF rating of 20 making it one of the higher SPF ratings.

Those are a few of my favorites and I hope you have more information to pair the perfect carrier with your essential oils.

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Four Steps to Relieving a Tension Headache

The last weekend before Christmas is always crazy! If you’re on the island like me, this also means you’ve been without power this weekend! The stores are crazy, the weather is crazy….it is feeling hard to stay organized this week. If the extra crazy has brought on a little tension, here is my 5 step process to relieve a tension headache and how to incorporate your essential oils. I always like to try natural methods first, it often works if you catch it early enough.

One thing to keep in mind, like western medications, essential oils can take 20 minutes to two hours to start taking effect. I like to start by apply the oil so it gets working asap for me.

1. Apply your essential oils! Make sure they have been properly diluted in a carrier oil, you can also use my Head-Helper roll-on, designed specifically for headaches. I like to apply it to my temples, back of my neck and traps. I usually roll on and massage in.

2. Apply heat. I use a neck pillow, throw it in the microwave and voila!

3. Use peanut or massager on neck/traps. Once my heat bag has cooled, I use a roller for the back of my neck/head and traps. If you have someone near by, I’m sure they could help you out! If you don’t have a roller, a tennis ball or hockey ball work great. I usually apply pressure as it feels good.

4. Drink lots of water. Water helps flush toxins out of the body. If you’re massaging the area, different chemicals may be released in the body bringing out toxins in the body ๐Ÿ™‚

When we have busy days we sometimes forget to drink water (I’m guilty…it usually starts with forgetting my water bottle at home). When you become dehydrated, your brain tissue shrinks causing it to pull away from the skull. This often causes headaches and can be solved with hydration!

As someone who suffers from chronic migraines and headaches, the best thing you can do for yourself is listen to your body, respect its needs and rest! Making sure you notice when it’s coming makes a huge difference too ๐Ÿ™‚ if I can catch it at the early stages, I usually start drinking water and I apply my roll on and massage it in. Often times this is enough to stop it !

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Why Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are EVERYWHERE these days. It’s a great and a bad thing. The term ‘aromatherapy’ means using essential oils from plants for improving or maintaining health and beauty.

EOs are organic compounds and may react to light, temperature, air and time. They are volatile at room temperature and shouldn’t leave you feeling greasy. It takes them anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours + to penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream. Yes, you ready that right…into your blood stream.

Essential oils are extracted from plants using a variety of methods, usually with distillation or expression. An essential oil has the โ€œessentialโ€ aromatic and chemical properties of that plant.

Essential oils are made up of minute molecules that are very easily absorbed. Each oil has a unique chemical composition of terpenes, esters, oxides, alcohols, phenols, ketones, and aldehydes. These components interact with bodily systems, and depending on the essential oil support various systems of the body.

I’ll write more another day about how they work ๐Ÿ™‚ For now, let’s chat 5 reasons why you should use them.

1. They’re versatile. No, there isn’t one oil to rule them all…but we can get close. Take an oil like peppermint. Peppermint has 10 properties: analgesic, antiseptic, decongestant, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and on. This means you can solve a lot of problems with one tiny amber bottle. This also means that you can use them for anything from low energy to chronic pain.

2. They’re natural! Hollaaa, they are from plants. There is a reason the use of essential oils can be dated back around 5000 years. I’d rather start natural and use western medicine if I absolutely must. No point filling my body with shit if I don’t have to ๐Ÿ™‚

3. They work to help heal the body and to help relieve symptoms as apposed to masking them.

4. You can skip the chemical dyes and scents. No not all essential oils smell awesome, but some do! The scents of the forest, rose, coffee, amber, citrus, eucalyptus…yum.

5. You can clean with them! If you have dogs and kids that lick everything (hopefully that’s not just my house), natural cleaners are important. Your skin also absorbs everything you put on it, which means every night you do the dishes or clean the bathroom, your skin is lapping up the Vim, lysol or whatever it is you’re using.

Now, like anything there are risks. If you are pregnant, prone to high blood pressure, epilepsy etc. it is important to check with a certified aromatherapist before using.

Different oils and uses require different dilutions. It is important to understand how to dilute your EOs for topical use. Please please use safely. Make sure their properties align.