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June’s Essential Oil of the Month…The Chamomiles!

3 Jun

PAP_YBN-4-hi-res Botanical Name: Matricaria recutita (German chamomile) & Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile)

Source: Flowers

Overview:

German and Roman chamomile come from two different plants.  The properties of these essential oils are somewhat similar however their chemical make- up are very different.  Both German and Roman chamomile are somewhat similar in odor,  herbaceous and sweet.  German and Roman chamomile have been used medicinally since ancient times.  Roman chamomile was used up until World War II as a disinfectant and antiseptic in hospitals and surgeries.   The chamomiles are some of the gentlest essential oils.

Uses & Facts:

Recipes:

 After Sun Soother

4 drops German Chamomile essential oil

5 drops Lavender essential oil

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1 drop Peppermint essential oil

Combine the essential oils with one ounce of Sweet Almond Oil.  Massage into skin for relief.

Breathe Better Diffuser Blend

4 drops German Chamomile essential oil

3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

5 drops Frankincense essential oil

Add essential oils to a tea light diffuser or nebulizer.

Stress Ease Diffuser Blend

4 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

4 drops Orange essential oil

4 drops Lavender essential oil

Add essential oils to a tea light diffuser or nebulizer.

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Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of June receive 10% off your German and Roman Chamomile Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

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May’s Essential Oil of the Month…Clary Sage!

1 May

PAP_YBN-7-web Botanical Name: Salvia sclarea Source: flowering tops and leaves Overview:  The aroma of clary sage essential oil can be described as earthy and herbaceous.  Clary sage is an excellent essential oil for the nervous system, it truly does induce a calming effect and is useful during times of stress, depression, anxiety and insomnia. While clary sage essential oil is known to be calming to the nervous system, other systems of the body benefit too.  Clary sage essential oil is helpful to the female reproductive system in all stages.  It can be used to help reduce menstrual cramps, when combined with geranium essential oil provides menopausal relief and it can also be used during childbirth (consult with your physician and an aromatherapist before using any essential during pregnancy or childbirth).  

  • Clary sage essential oil is also effective for those suffering from asthma; inhaling this essential oil can provide relief to spasms of the bronchial tubes and open up the lungs for better breathing.

It has also been said that clary sage essential oil helps to overcome creative blocks, diffuse while working on a paper, speech or anything else where you need your creativity to soar!
A word of caution, do not combine the use of clary sage essential oil with alcohol as this essential oil can induce a narcotic effect. Don’t miss out on stocking up on clary sage essential oil this month!  And be sure to book your massage and try our blend of the month, “Clarity” featuring essential oils of clary sage, lavender, lemon and juniper berry.

Facts:

Recipes:

clarysage Creativity Blend Use this blend when you have to work on a project, write a paper or anything else where you need to tap into your creative potential!

Clary sage essential oil– 3 drops

Black Pepper essential oil– 5 drops

Grapefruit essential oil– 4 drops

Add essential oils to a tea light diffuser or nebulizer and create away.

So You Can Sleep Blend

Clary sage essential oil– 3 drops

Neroli essential oil– 5 drops

Roman Chamomile essential oil– 3 drops

Add essential oils to an electric diffuser (nebulizer) to use at bed time and during sleep.  Sweet dreams!

Menstrual Cramp Relief Blend

Clary Sage essential oil– 5 drops

Rosemary essential oil– 4 drops

Roman Chamomile essential oil– 5 drops

Add the above essential oils to 1 ounce of grapeseed carrier oil and massage over abdomen 2-3 times a day as needed for pain relief.  

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of May receive 10% off your Clary Sage Pure Essential Oil purchase! As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

Got Allergies? Try Essential Oils for Relief.

22 Apr

These past few weeks we have seen a lot of clients at the studio suffering from seasonal allergies.  With that in mind we decided to pull this blog from our archives to help you out!  May you seek relief soon.

Using essential oils is a great way to help bring some relief to allergy suffering.  If you have been a sneezy, itchy, watery eye mess this season you are not alone.  Let’s take a look at which essential oils will help bring some relief and how to use them.

Itchy watery eyes soother

Use a compress.  Place a small amount of cool water in a bowl (about 1/4 cup) add to it 2 drops of Roman Chamomile (anti-inflammatory) and 3 drops of Lavender (anti-inflammatory).  Soak a washcloth in the water and wring out.  Place over eyes (5-10 minutes) for soothing relief.

Runny nose, sneezing relief

Use essential oils for decongesting: Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Rosemary.

Inhaling any one of these essential oils directly from the bottle can provide quick and easy relief.  You can also put a few drops of the oils on a tissue to take with you.

Hay Fever Diffuser Blend

Cedarwood: 5 drops

Eucalyptus: 3 drops

Peppermint: 2 drops

Rosemary: 3 drops

Place the above essential oils into a tea light diffuser or nebulizer.  Breathe in the aroma to find comfort and relief.  For best results diffuse for at least two-hour intervals.

*Use this blend in an electric diffuser at bedtime.  Omit the Peppermint essential oil (too stimulating for sleep) and add a total of 7 drops of Cedarwood essential oil in its place.

Steam inhalations are a great way to clear up nasal passages if you are congested or experiencing sinus congestion and pain .  A great blend is 1 drop of Peppermint and 2 drops of Eucalyptus in a bowl then add to it about a cup of boiling water.  Breathe in the steam; keep eyes closed when doing this as Peppermint can irritate the eyes.

Asthma and lung congestion

Cedarwood, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary and Sandalwood.  These oils help to open and soothe the lungs and expand breathing.

Breathing Expansion Diffuser Blend:

Frankincense: 4 drops

Cedarwood: 3 drops

Sandalwood: 4 drops

Rosemary: 2 drops

Place the above essential oils into a tea light diffuser or nebulizer.  Breathe in the aroma to find comfort and relief.  For best results diffuse at two-hour intervals.

*Use at bedtime with and electric diffuser for relief while you sleep.

Stay Healthy Tips

In addition to using essential oils make sure you are drinking water to keep your body hydrated.  Also ensure you are getting adequate amounts of sleep.  Allergies can take a toll on our immune systems so rest is important.  Because our immune system is working hard Thyme is another essential oil to keep handy as it provides support to our immune system.

Try using a tea light diffuser  or electric diffuser in your bathroom during your morning shower routine using one of the above blends or with Thyme essential oil.  The steam of the shower and the diffusion of the essential oils help to clear nasal passages and open your lungs.  Be sure to place the tea light diffuser in a safe place so nothing comes in contact with the candle flame.

Here’s to finding some allergy relief this season!  Take care everyone.

…And one last quick tip…place one to two drops of Eucalyptus essential oil on your shower floor right in front of where you are standing.  The aroma will envelope you and open your respiratory system!

April’s Essential Oil of the Month…Geranium!

2 Apr


PAP_YBN-11-webBotanical Name
: Pelagonium graveolens

Source: leaves and stems

Overview:

Geranium essential oil has an up-lifting  fresh and floral aroma; welcome spring with this lovely essential oil!  Geraniums are a popular plant, that come in a variety of colors; in fact, there are over 250 different species of this plant.  Geraniums originated in South Africa and were introduced in Europe during the 17th century.  An interesting fact about geranium plants is their beautiful aroma comes from the leaves not the flower!

Geranium essential oil is extremely balancing to the body this includes hormones, skin and the nervous system.  Because geranium essential oil is a hormone balancer it is useful for relief of PMS and menopause.  In skin care, geranium is an excellent choice as it balances sebum (oil) production therefore  helpful for those with dry skin, oily skin or combination skin types.  On an emotional level geranium essential oil is both calming and uplifting.  Geranium essential oil can be used in massage, bath, a compress, skin care, diffused or through direct inhalation.

Don’t forget to book your massage  this month and try geranium essential oil in our blend of the month, “April Blossoms“.  This month we bring you a delightful happy blend of Geranium, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Jasmine essential oils.

Uses & Facts:

Recipes:

Spring Clean Window Cleaner

8 ounces distilled water

8 ounces white distilled vinegar

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20 drops geranium essential oil

16 ounce spray bottle

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle.  Shake before each use.

Use this to clean windows, mirrors and other surfaces that are dusty and grimy.

Happy Spring Cleaning!  Learn more about how to clean your home with essential oils and other products in the Clean Your Home Naturally workshop.

Cleansing Spring Bath Salt Blend

1 cup sea salt

1/4 cup baking soda

1/2 cup rose petals (available for purchase in our studio!)

10 drops orange essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil

Combine sea salt, baking soda and rose petals in a bowl, stir well.  Gradually add the essential oils being sure to stir well after every few drops.

Store your bath salt in a sealed jar.  Use in bath by either adding a few generous scoops to your water or place the amount you are using in a muslin bag so the petals do not clog your drain.  Soak and enjoy!

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of March receive 10% off your Geranium Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

Aromatherapy for a Good Night’s Sleep

22 Mar

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We have all been there.  Long nights  laying there with thoughts zooming around in your head, your mind won’t stop, the to-do list just keeps going and going with endless thoughts churning like an ocean during a storm.  You simply cannot sleep and time keeps ticking by leaving you awake while the world is at rest.  A sleepless night is miserable to say the least.

In order to function and perform daily tasks we need good quality sleep.  We spend an average of one-third of our lives asleep.  Sleep is necessary in order to recharge our minds and our bodies.  According to Harvard Medical School the average American adult gets 6.9 hours of sleep on a weeknight and 7.5 hours of sleep on  weekends and about 70 million of us sleep poorly and for more than half of Americans poor sleep is a long-term problem.  Sleep helps with memory function, attention and awareness to our surroundings, reduces stress, makes us less prone to accidents, increases  our creativity and more.  If you are not getting adequate sleep or if you want to enhance your sleep, the use of essential oils can truly help.

How Aromatherapy Can Help

Diffusing certain essential oils in your bedroom can help you get the restful sleep you need.  Essential oils will not cure insomnia or the cause of it however, using essential oils with therapeutic properties for calming the nervous system can help to promote a good night nights sleep.  Many of us are familiar with tea light diffusers however nebulizers (electronic diffusers) are perfect to use while you sleep; there is no candle and they turn off automatically.  You can fall into a slumber and not worry about a thing!

Here’s a list of essential oils to use for a restful nights sleep:

Chamomile, Roman– Helps to promote calm and restful sleep.

Clary Sage– Balancing to the mind, calming.

Frankincense– Helps to reduce anxiety and stress.  Also

helps with the respiratory system.

Lavender– Calming.  Helps to reduce mental stress and anxiety.  Very helpful for insomnia.

Neroli– Has sedative properties, soothing.  Useful in times of insomnia.

Orange–  Calms the nervous system.

Rose– A sedative for the nerves.  Helps to alleviate irritability and insomnia.

Sandalwood– Helps to relax the nervous system.  Useful for insomnia.

Aroma Blends for a Good Nights Sleep

Here’s a few sleep inducing blends to get you started.  These blends are based on using a nebulizer– in each case add distilled water to your nebulizer along with the essential oils.

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Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

  • Place an aromatic blend in your nebulizer about 15-20 minutes before turning in; the aroma will fill your room before you get there making it a sanctuary for sleep.
  • Take an aromatic bath using essential oils listed above.  Use no more than 6-10 drops total in your bath.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages after noon.
  • Avoid rigorous exercise at least 3 hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid falling asleep with the television on, better yet, remove the television from your bedroom completely.
  • A few minutes of meditation can help and gentle yoga stretches can also help you relax after a busy day.

Take time to wind down before bed so your body has time to switch gears from the activity of the day.  Perhaps spend some time reading or writing out your to-do list for tomorrow.  Find a routine that works for you.  You may find that you look forward to bedtime with the use of a nebulizer and essential oils and wonder how you lived without it!  Combining the use of aromatherapy with an evening routine to wind down is a healthy habit in which you will be rewarded with shut-eye, a well rested body and mind to take on the day!  Good night and sleep well everyone!

 

March’s Essential Oil of the Month…Rosemary!

1 Mar

PAP_YBN-26-hi-resBotanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Source: flowers and leaves

Overview:

Rosemary is a popular aromatic herb.  It grows wildly in the Mediterranean region near the sea and the botanical name for rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) reflects this; the Latin ros, means dew and marinus, means sea.  Rosemary essential oil is energizing and stimulating which makes it perfect for this time of year as we transition from the slumber of winter to aliveness of spring.

Rosemary is a versatile essential oil; use it for depression, fatigue, memory, headaches, chest congestion, flu, in household cleaning and in hair care.   Rosemary essential oil is an analgesic which makes it useful to use for muscular and arthritis relief.  Diffuse Rosemary essential oil while working or studying in order to get the mental boost this essential oil provides.  Feel the energy Rosemary essential oil brings, use it first thing in the morning to get that “wake up” boost to get your day going or during that mid day slump when energy is waning.

Don’t miss out on your massage this month with our Blend of the Month!  This month we bring you “Love Your Life” featuring essential oils of RosemaryNeroliGrapefruit and Palmarosa.

Uses & Facts:

Recipes:

 Hair Care Tip:

1. Add a small amount of shampoo to your hand.

2. Add one drop of Rosemary essential oil to the amount of shampoo in your hand.

3.  Massage into hair and scalp.

Repeat the above steps with your conditioner too.  Not only will this awaken your senses but your hair will feel soft and manageable too!

Concentration Booster Diffuser Blend

Use this blend when you need that extra boost to focus.  Use at work, while driving*, before a meeting, while studying for that exam and any other occasion where you need that extra boost to focus.

Add the following to a tealight or electric diffuser:

Rosemary essential oil– 4 drops

Peppermint essential oil– 1 drop

Grapefruit essential oil– 4 drops

Lavender essential oil– 3 drops

*When using a car diffuser cut the number of drops in this recipe by half.  Use no more than 6 drops total of essential oils in a car diffuser.

Counter Top Spring Cleaning Disinfecting Spray

Add the following to a 4 ounce spray bottle:

Rosemary essential oil– 12 drops

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Lemon essential oil– 14 drops

Lemongrass essential oil– 5 drops

White Distilled Vinegar- 2 ounces

Distilled Water- 2 ounces

To use:

Shake before each use.

Spray on counter tops and wipe off with a clean sponge.

For an extra boost add one drop of the essential oils to your sponge before use.

Making your own disinfectant sprays is a great alternative to using commercial cleaning products that are filled with harsh chemicals.  Learn more by attending the Clean Your Home Naturally workshop.

 

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of March receive 10% off your Rosemary Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

January’s Essential Oil of the Month…Palmarosa!

2 Jan

PAP_YBN-22-hi-resBotanical Name: Cymbopogon martini

Source: fresh or dried grass

Overview:

Palmarosa essential oil is light, refreshing and sweet in aroma which helps to alleviate stress, anxiety and restlessness.  The therapeutic properties of palmarosa essential oil include antiseptic, bactericide, hydrating, digestive (aids in the digestion of food), and a tonic (helps to strengthen and improve bodily performance).

Perhaps the best use of Palmarosa essential oil is in skin care.  All skin types benefit from this essential oil.  Palmarosa essential oil is hydrating, good for those with sensitive skin, stimulates the regeneration of skin cells (excellent for use on scars) and balances sebum the natural oil in our skin.  Winter is a time when our skin is especially dry; add palmarosa essential oil to your skin care regime, your skin will thank you!

Uses & Facts:

Recipes

Renew You Bath Blend

Palmarosa essential oil– 4 drops

Geranium essential oil– 2 drops

Grapefruit essential oil– 3 drops

Add the essential oils to bath water just before getting in.  This blend will hydrate your skin and leave you feeling balanced and renewed!

Fresh Start Body Wash

Palmarosa essential oil– 8 drops

Lemon essential oil– 6 drops

Rosemary essential oil– 4 drops

Grapefruit essential oil– 6 drops

1. Add the essential oils to a 4 ounce bottle.

2. To the bottle add 15 mls (one tablespoon) sweet almond oil.

3. Fill bottle with unscented castile soap.

4. Shake to combine.

In your shower or bath add a small amount to a cloth (such as our waffle weave washcloths) and lather up, energize your mind and body and hydrate your skin! Be sure to follow with Classic Blend Body Oil to moisturize your skin once you get out of the shower.

Enjoy!

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of January receive 10% off your Palmarosa Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

December Essential Oil of the Month…Juniper Berry!

3 Dec

Botanical Name: Juniperius communis

Source: Berry

Overview:

Juniper berry essential oil has a fresh, woodsy and cleansing aroma.  It is an energizing essential oil which makes it a good choice to use this time of year as the days get shorter.  Diffuse juniper berry essential oil in your home for an energizing and outdoorsy feel.  Try blending with peppermint and cinnamon essential oils to create a cheerful ambiance in your home.

Juniper berry essential oil is known for its detoxifying qualities.  Because of juniper berry’s warming and circulatory benefits it helps to get the blood flowing and rid the body of wastes.  Juniper berry essential oil also helps to reduce muscle aches and pains and joint stiffness.

Try juniper berry in your massage this month with our Winter Wonderland massage blend.  This month our massage blend features juniper berry, black pepper, cedarwood and peppermint.  This blend will help to give you energy, detoxify and relieve muscle soreness.

Uses & Facts:

Recipes

Detoxify Salt Scrub

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sea salt

Juniper berry essential oil

Grapefruit essential oil

15mls (1 Tablespoon) Almond oil

Directions:

1. Place sea salt in a medium bowl.

2.  Pour the almond oil over the sea salt and mix together with a spoon until blended.

3.  Add juniper berry essential oil and mix well.

4. Add grapefruit essential oil and mix well.

Once all ingredients are incorporated and mixed well, place in a jar to use in the shower.

To use:

Use in shower on wet skin.  Start from the ankles and work your way up, working in circular motions.  Rinse off. (I suggest using salt scrubs after you have washed your body that way the you get the benefit of the oil staying on your skin to mosturize.)  After your shower pat skin off and on damp skin apply our Classic Blend Body Oil.

Use salt scrub one time a week; you do not want to over exfoliate.  Do not use on freshly shaven skin or on cuts or wounds.

Winter Ambiance Diffuser Blend

5 drops Juniper berry essential oil

4 drops Cinnamon essential oil

3 drops Peppermint essential oil

Add water to a tealight diffuser or nebulizer, add essential oils and enjoy!

 

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of December receive 10% off your Juniper berry Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

October Essential Oil of the Month…Ginger!

1 Oct

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

Source: Root

Overview:

The aroma of ginger essential oil is one that is pungent, warm and spicy.  The warm and spicy qualities this essential oil has makes it perfect for autumn!  Ditch your synthetically fragranced candles and have fun creating diffuser blends this fall for your home. Ginger essential oil blends well with citrus oils and spice oils such as clove bud and cinnamon.

Ginger essential oil is perfect for use in massage because one of it’s therapeutic properties is analgesic (pain reliving).  At Your Body Needs ginger essential oil is an ingredient found in our Muscle Therapy Cream and Muscle Rub (which is one of the aromatherapy blends you can choose for your massage session).  Ginger essential oil also helps increase circulation making it ideal to use for muscle pain, arthritis pain and for treating cold hands and feet.  Another benefit of ginger essential oil is it can help to boost energy levels, combat nervous exhaustion and mental fatigue because it is stimulating.  For those out there that suffer from travel sickness this essential oil is for you since ginger helps to relive nausea!

Ginger essential oil is handy to have in your essential oil stash.  Use it for circulation, muscle pain, arthritis pain, to relieve nausea and to help reduce coughs and colds.   Add ginger essential oil to your life this month and reap the benefits it has to offer!  And don’t forget to schedule your massage appointment to experience ginger essential oil in our Blend of the Month: “Fall into Autumn” or in our Muscle Rub blend.

Uses & Facts:

Recipes:

Warm My Cold Hands and Feet Blend

Use this blend as a massage oil for your hands and feet to get the circulation going!

2 drops Ginger essential oil

3 drops Black Pepper essential oil

5 drops Lavender essential oil

Add one ounce of grapeseed oil and mix both essential oils and grapeseed together and massage into hands and feet.  Better yet, after you make the blend find a willing participant to massage your hands and feet for you!

Cold and Flu Blend

2 drops Ginger essential oil

3 drops Thyme essential oil

7 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

This can be used as a diffuser blend in your home to dispel germs.  You can also use this as a massage blend and rub on the chest to ease cold and flu congestion.  To use as a massage blend add the above drops to one ounce of grapeseed oil and blend together.

Autumn Home Diffuser Blend

3 drops Ginger essential oil

4 drops Cinnamon essential oil

5 drops Orange essential oil

Place oils in a diffuser or nebulizer, add water and enjoy the scent of autumn in your home naturally!

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of October receive 10% off your Ginger Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

Germ buster recipe

28 Jan

The majority of essential oils have antiseptic properties, which means they inhibit the growth of bacteria. In using them, they will not only make your home or office smell wonderful but you are purifying it as well – especially important during the winter season.  Here is a recipe you can use in a tea light diffuser or nebulizer. Some of the essential oils listed  have anti-viral and anti-fungal properties as well.

3 drops cinnamon

2 drops clove

4 drops lemon

4 drops eucalyptus