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Benefits and Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil

5 Aug

The essential oil of Frankincense is quite popular in our modern era. And, with good reason. Frankincense has been valued since ancient times for its medicinal, aromatic, cosmetic and spiritual applications. Today, we know that this essential oils is naturally beneficial for:

  1. Better respiration
  2. Anti-Inflammatory properties
  3. Helping to relieve stress and anxiety
  4. Helping to support the immune system
  5. Skin care

Below I have shared a couple of recipes that have been popular with attendees to my sessions on the Benefits and Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil. Our next class is scheduled for August 12th at our Annapolis location starting at 5:30pm. These classes are free. Your Body Needs…Frankincense is sold undiluted in 5ml or 10ml, it is organic and from a sustainable source. You will love the quality of our Frankincense.

Stop the Noise Blend.

To help slow down and deepen breath.

  1. Bath: Add 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops clarysage and 2 drops lavender essential oils. Take deep breaths as you inhale the aroma.
  2. In a diffuser: Add 4 drops frankincense, 3 drops clarysage and 4 lavender OR 4 drops frankincense, 2 drops rose, 2 drops ylang ylang and 3 drops orange essential oils.

Anti-Inflammatory or Joint Conditions.

  1. In 15ml of cold pressed carrier oil (almond, grapeseed, safflower) add 5 drops of frankincense, 7 drops of lavender and 2 drops of thyme essential oils. Apply as needed.

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!

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!

YBN News Flash!

11 Apr

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Here’s the scoop:

Don’t miss out on our aroma massage package series, this offer only comes around a couple of times in the year.  For a limited time you can purchase your massage series and keep up with those regular sessions.  Remember, massage is good for you!

Buy five or more (50 minute with aroma) $100 massages for $90 each.

OR

Buy five or more (75 minute with aroma) $125 massages for $115 each.

When to purchase: 

Begins Wednesday April 10th – ends Thursday April 18th at 5 pm.

Ways to purchase:

1.  Come into the studio during office hours Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm.

2.  On line at YourBodyNeeds.com

3.  Call (443-292-4395) during office hours to order over the phone.

Conditions:
1) Must be purchased during the offered dates.
2) No refunds or exchanges.
3) You will receive one card per package – not multiples

NEW CLASS!

Aroma Yoga- Enhance Your Experience, our latest class, was introduced early this spring.  Each week features a different theme where the poses and essential oil blends work hand in hand with the other.  This yoga class truly does enhance your experience and is for all levels; come see for yourself.  Classes are held every Monday at 5:30 pm with talented yoga instructor Kim Murphy.

 Classes include:

“Breathe Deep”, “Happiness in a Pose”, “Still the Mind”, “Stretch, Flow, Focus”, “From Energy to Ahh…” and “Wring it Out”.

If you haven’t attended yet what are you waiting for?

Please call the office to register for Aroma Yoga at 443-292-4395  (space is limited).

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Cost: $28 each OR $150 for a package of six classes

*Please bring your own yoga mat to class.

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!

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!

Baby it’s Cold Outside- Winter Skin CareTips

21 Jan

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Your skin, the largest organ of your body, protects you, absorbs nutrients, provides insulation and so much more.  With exposure to drier air and colder temperatures skin loses oil and water it needs to stay healthy and supple and becomes dry, irritated, cracked or itchy.  Here are some tips to help your skin as the journey through winter continues.

In the Bath:

  • Avoid long hot showers.  As tempting as it may be to take a hot shower or bath to warm up, use lukewarm water only.  Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils.  The hotter the water and the longer the shower the more oil your skin loses.
  • Dry skin brushing.  Do this once a week to help stimulate your skin’s natural oils.  Use small swift circular motions towards the heart.  Dry brush skin right before your shower or bath.
  • Use natural soaps that are gentle to your skin such as Your Body Needs… Goats Milk Soap, Lavender Soap and Peppermint Eucalyptus Soap.  Avoid commercial soaps, these tend to be drying to the skin, and are loaded with synthetic fillers and fragrances.  You can even make your own body washes using unscented castile soap, essential oils and sweet almond oil!
  • Exfoliate in the shower once a week.  Create your own sea salt and sugar scrubs using sweet almond oil and essential oils.  These scrubs rid the skin of dead cells and add lipids back into the epidermis.
  • Always, always, always apply body oil after a shower or bath.  You can create your own blends, or if that is a daunting task, use Your Body NeedsClassic Blend Body Oil.  Apply body oil when skin is still slightly damp, this way your skin will be both hydrated and moisturized.  

Give Your Hands a Hand:

Our hands are exposed to everything!  Give them the extra care they need.

  • Hand washing and detergents are drying to your skin.  This doesn’t mean you have to stop washing your hands!  Remember to apply moisturizer to them frequently such as Your Body Needs Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream.  This cream is truly a winter- time staple!  Never leave home without it!
  • Keep your hands protected from the elements by wearing gloves or mittens.
  •  Avoid hand sanitizing products that contain alcohol.  Alcohol is extremely drying to the skin.  Can’t live without your hand sanitizer?  Make your own using essential oils such as Tea Tree, Thyme and Lavender mixed with distilled water and aloe vera gel.  Place ingredients in a 2 ounce spritzer bottle and take it with you!
  • Wear gloves when washing dishes.  This will protect your hands from being over-exposed to hot water and detergents.

In the Laundry:

  • Check your detergent.  Do not use anything that contains synthetic fragrances.  Instead, use varieties that are free of perfumes and dyes.
  • Avoid scented dryer sheets. If you do use dryer sheets, again, make sure they are free from fragrances.
  • If you miss that fresh laundry scent add a damp cloth with a few drops of Tea Tree or Lavender essential oil and pop it in the dryer along with your clothes!

Other Ways to Help Your Skin:

  • Don’t forget your feet; they get dry too!  Be sure to use a pumice stone on callused areas and apply Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream to them before going to bed.  You will have smooth feet in the morning!
  • Using heat in the home is unavoidable however that adds to the drying of your skin.  Use a humidifier to replace lost moisture in the air.  Not only will your skin benefit, your sinuses will too!
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.  Water helps all systems of your body, skin included!

Protect and take care of your skin.  Nourish it by using natural products; your skin absorbs everything you put on it into your body.  Your skin is the only organ of the body that is directly exposed to it all! Nourish it, protect it and it will protect you!  Stay warm and mosturized everyone!

Want to learn more about taking care of your skin?  Attend our workshop, “Love the Skin You’re In” on Tuesday February 19th at 6:30 PM. You will learn how to use essential oils in skin care and create a body oil and an exfoliating salt scrub.  Call the office or stop by the studio to register.

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!

Gifts of Comfort & Joy

17 Dec

If you are still looking for the perfect gift or for a little something Your Body Needs… has what you need to fill those stockings with cheer!  We have an array of beautiful gift packages that have been created and assembled here at the studio. We are pleased to bring you bath fizzies and fizzy bath salts this year as well as beautiful dried flower buds of lavender, rose and chamomile. Everything smells so good and looks amazing. Come on in and find something for everyone on your list and give beautiful gifts that will bring comfort and joy to all!

Stocking Stuffers

We have a selection of products perfect for little gifts or for stuffing those stockings!

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Little Somethings:  Packaged with a waffle weave face cloth, natural wooden soap dish, face brush and lavender soap.  These are a favorite every year!

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Bath Fizzies: Come in a variety of shapes from stars, snowmen, angels, doves and more.  These are fun and whimsical and make the perfect gift for anyone.  They smell great and leave your skin feeling soft and nourished after taking a bath!

There are two varieties to choose from “All is Calm” featuring  a blend of Lavender, Orange and Clary Sage and “Peace on Earth” is a blend of Patchouli, Frankincense and Clove Bud.

We also have Bath Salt Fizzies too!

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The Gift Packages…

Body Beautiful Gift Package

Body Beautiful Gift Package

Body Beautiful is packed with everything for your skin.  Classic Blend Body Oil, Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream, Bath Fizzie Ball (made with essential oils of rose, ginger and mandarin) and finished off with beautiful chamomile buds.  This is such a delightful gift to give!

Visions of Sugar Plums

Visions of Sugar Plums

Visions of Sugar Plums is the ultimate gift for de-stressing.  This wonderful package contains beautiful loose chamomile flowers, a nebulizer, essential oils of Lavender, Mandarin and Roman Chamomile and an herbal eye pillow.  Perfect for getting that great night sleep; you  will have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head in no time!

A Rosy Holiday (center)

A Rosy Holiday is a beautiful gift to give.  The dried rose petals smell amazing and catch the eye.  This package contains Classic Blend Body Oil, a facial brush and a heart-shaped bath fizzie made with essential oils of Rose, Ginger and Mandarin.

Staff Picks…

Rose and Janet C:

Visions of Sugar Plums.  What Rose says,  “This would be an awesome give to receive even if the person doesn’t know anything about aromatherapy.  It is packaged beautifully, anyone would be happy to get this as a gift!”

What Janet C says, “I like that the nebulizers are easy to use and clean.  Also, it is nice to be able to mix oils and create blends to diffuse around the house, especially during the holidays.  I would love to receive this package!”

Chris & Janet D:

The Blending Package.  What Chris says, “I like the base of almond carrier oil, it does wonders for my skin.  I like the that the package has everything in it to make blends and I really like the combination of of Ginger, Rose and Mandarin essential oils .”

What Janet D says, “These have everything in them you need to blend.  They make a great introduction for those starting out on the path of blending.  Everything is kept tidy in the zip bags.  The zip bags makes them very portable, take them with you when you travel!”

Nikki:

Body Beautiful.  “I would love to receive this package.  It has the necessities for skin care especially during the winter months.  Classic Blend Body Oil, Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream (I never leave home without it) plus a bath fizzie!  The chamomile buds make the package extra special.  I would use the buds for tea and along with the fizzie to soak in the bath.  This package is beautiful!”

Corey:

Home for the Holidays.  “I enjoy using my tealight diffuser so I picked this package.  It comes with essential oils of Ginger, Cinnamon and Orange which smell good together.”

Corey is also a fan of our Muscle Therapy Cream.  The blend of six essential oils (Peppermint, Rosemary, Ginger, Black Pepper, Clove Bud and Thyme) really helps to take the ache out of overworked muscles.  Muscle Therapy Cream makes a great stocking stuffer!

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

If you still don’t know what to give massage gift certificates always make the perfect gift!

Happy Holidays Everyone!  See you in the new year with the essential oil of the month!

Take care and be merry!

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!