Friday, March 17, 2017

Essential Oils and How to Use Them Part 1

Ok, so you listened to a great presentation on essential oils and loved everything you heard about them.  You bought some and just received them in the mail.  Now what?  Well, if you're anything like me your mind totally went blank and you can't remember which oil did what.  Right?  Well, maybe you remember what one or two can help with but what about the rest?  I'm hoping to answer those questions for you in this post and in future posts because, frankly, that would make this post super long and "ain't nobody got time for that", Am I right?! 
Today, I want to talk about three oils that I've been researching this week.  So, cool the things I found out about them. 

The first one is Grapefruit!  I love grapefruit in fruit form, the smell, taste (with some sugar), mmm sooo good!  Now, I love it as an oil as well!  There are SO many benefits from using this oil everyday!  First of all grapefruit is referred to as the "forbidden fruit" and one of the "seven wonders of Barbados".  It was first documented in 1750 by Welshman Rev. Griffith Hughes. 
The name grapefruit is attributed to the fruits growing in clusters which resembles those of grapes. 
Known for its energizing and invigorating aroma it helps uplift the mood and provides a clarifying effect on the mind.  It is also renowned for its cleansing and purifying properties  and used frequently in skin care for its ability to promote the appearance for clear healthy looking skin.  Who knew?  Also supports a healthy metabolism. 
Primary benefits:  Improves the appearance of blemishes, supports healthy metabolism, uplifts the mood
Uses and directions:  Add to nightly facial routine to improve the appearance of blemishes. Avoiding exposure to sunlight for at least 12 hours. 
Diffuse 3-4 drops in diffuser while dieting or trying to lose weight to increase motivation. 
Add 1 to 2 drops to water to support healthy metabolism.
Apply 1-2 drops to desired area.  Dilute with fractionated coconut oil to minimize skin irritation.
For more info. go here!

Clary Sage
Next oil is Clary Sage!  It has been used since the middle ages to help rejuvenate and calm the skin.
The main chemical component of Clary Sage is linalyl acetate, part of the esters group, making it one of the most relaxing, soothing, and balancing essential oils. Also inhaling clary sage helps to bring feelings of relaxation to promote a restful nights sleep. Also, If you think that your gums are weakening their hold on your teeth, then sooner or later, they will start falling out.  Speak to a dental professional first, but it is never a bad idea to use Clary Sage oil because it has astringent properties. It does not only strengthen your gums, but also strengthens and tones the skin, muscles and hair follicles, preventing hair loss and making you look and feel younger. It functions as an antioxidant in this way by tightening up the skin that might be sagging due to the activity of free radicals present in the body.
Hypotensive: Hypotensive is the antonym of Hypertensive. Clary Sage oil is very effective in reducing blood pressure by relaxing the veins and arteries, thereby reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, atherosclerosis, and brain hemorrhaging. By reducing blood pressure, it also widens the blood vessels and allows for increased circulation, resulting in increased oxygenation to the muscles and organ systems, boosting their performance and your overall metabolic performance. 
There is a lot more information to list.  If you're interested in reading more about clary sage go here
It helps with antidepressant, uterine, digestive, deodorant, stomach, and other issues.  
I was so impressed with all that Clary Sage helped with. 
There are just so many uses for Clary Sage. 
       1.   During the menstrual cycle, apply 3-5 drops to the abdomen area for a soothing massage.                       2.   Combine with roman chamomile and add to bath for a stress relieving bath.
       3.   Diffuse 3-4 drops in diffuser or apply to pillow at night for a restful nights sleep. 
       4.   Add 1 drop to shampoo or conditioner for healthy hair and scalp. 
       5.  Combine with fractionated coconut oil to massage, soothe and rejuvenate skin. 
       6.  Also, for internal use, add 1 drop to 4 fl.oz. of liquid 
Love love love this one!
For more info. go here!

Juniper Berry
 Derived from the coniferous tree, Juniper Berry essential oil has a rich history of traditional uses and benefits. Juniper Berry acts as a natural cleansing and detoxifying agent, and supports healthy kidney and urinary tract function.  Juniper Berry acts as a natural skin toner and reduces the appearance of skin blemishes. Its woody, spicy, yet fresh aroma has a calming, grounding effect. When diffused, Juniper Berry helps cleanse and purify the air.  
I think this is one that I'm going to have my daughter use with her facial cleanser.  She recently had a scan done to see what oils her body is lacking and juniper berry was one of them.  This will help her confidence both with her selective mutism (go here for her story) and will keep her skin looking clear! 
           1.  Add one to two drops to water or citrus drinks as part of a natural cleansing regimen.
           2.  Apply one drop to promote a clear, healthy complexion.                                                
           3.  Diffuse with citrus oils to freshen and purify the air and lessen stress.
For more info. go here!
What is your favorite oil?  How do you use it?  I'd love to know!  Have a wonderful day and thanks for dropping by! 


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