9 Essential Oil Blending Tips You Must Read

9 Essential Oil Blending Tips You Must Read

NO Rules Perfume Blending does not have hard and fast rules that must be followed to create that beautiful blend that you’ll love for a lifetime. The lack of limits and restrictions is what makes perfumery an art form. Let’s get started with a few tips to get you off to an excellent start. Tips Tips: 1. When creating a new blend, start out small with a total number of drops of either 5, 10, 20 or 25 drops. 25 drops should be the most that you start with. By starting small, you waste less oil in your blending experiments. 2. Start creating your blend by only using essential oils, absolutes or CO2s. After you have designed the blend, then you can dilute it by adding carrier oils, alcohol, etc. If you hate the blend you created, you have then not wasted any carrier oils or alcohol. 3. Keep a notebook that lists each oil that you used with the number of drops used for each oil. When the creative juices flow, it is easy to get carried away and later forget the exact recipe for your blend; one drop too much or too little of even one oil can drastically change the aroma of your blend. When you find that perfect blend, you want to be able to replicate it, and it’s near impossible if you didn’t take notes! If you are especially ambitious, it’s also a wise idea to note the vendor name of the oil that you used as the aroma and quality of oils do vary between vendors (even with the same vendor, the aroma...
Sleep – For Some It Is An Undiscovered Country

Sleep – For Some It Is An Undiscovered Country

    TIRED COUNTRY Sleep disorders are a group of conditions that affect the ability to sleep well on a regular basis. Whether they are caused by a health problem or by too much stress, sleep disorders are becoming increasingly common in the United States. In fact, more than 75 percent of Americans between ages 20 and 59 report having sleeping difficulties regularly. The American Sleep Association estimates that 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder.  Short sleep duration is thought to be responsible for 3-5% of obese adults and drowsy driving is responsible for 1,550 fatalities. Most people occasionally experience sleeping problems due to stress, hectic schedules, and other outside influences. However, when these issues begin to occur on a regular basis and interfere with daily life, they may indicate a sleeping disorder.     CAUSES Allergies and Respiratory Problems Allergies, colds, and upper respiratory infections can make it challenging to breathe at night. The inability to breathe through your nose can also cause sleeping difficulties.   Nocturia Nocturia, or frequent urination, may disrupt your sleep by causing you to wake up during the night. Hormonal imbalances and diseases of the urinary tract may contribute to the development of this condition.   Stress and Anxiety Stress and anxiety often have a negative impact on sleep quality. It can be difficult for you to fall asleep or to stay asleep. Nightmares, sleep talking, or sleepwalking may also disrupt your sleep.   Chronic Pain Constant pain can make it difficult to fall asleep. It might even wake you up after you fall asleep. Some of the most common causes of chronic pain include: arthritis chronic fatigue syndrome fibromyalgia...
Lavender Blends Inhaler Recipe

Lavender Blends Inhaler Recipe

Lavender is probably the most famous essential oil for relaxation and soothing nerves . . . if not the most famous essential oil hands down! That’s because it’s so safe and so good for a wide range of issues. Emotionally, it’s good for “calming the mind, comforting feelings and alleviating fears, while it is uplifting and revives the spirits.” (That’s from Salvatore Battaglia’s excellent book, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy.) Lavender may be powerful, but it’s also very gentle, and it’s one of the oils I trust the most in blends for children. Here’s an Aromatherapy inhaler for kids (over five years old) who experience anxiety: Breathe and Be Calm for Children 2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) 2 drops Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) Breathe and Be Calm for Big People 3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 6 drops Juniper berry (Juniperus communis) 6 drops Cypress (Cupressus...
Lavender Essential Oil: Versatile, Diverse, Essential

Lavender Essential Oil: Versatile, Diverse, Essential

“Lavender: the glory of aromatherapy, a mother queen to pacify and console, a cooling tonic relaxer and rescue remedy, a panacea of amazing amplitude, a multiple healer for the heart, the lungs, the digestive tract, a bestower of tranquility and peace…..” Dr. Malte Hozzel Versatile The amazing Lavender is one of the most versatile of essential oils. It sometimes seems as if there is nothing that Lavender can’t do! Lavender lifts you up when you are tired; it settles you down when you are anxious; it aids sleep; it relaxes the muscles; when used in a massage blend it balances and emphasizes the notes in other oils; it uplifts you when you are feeling down, and it soothes the skin. Added to all of this, True Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia) is one of the safest essential oils, and one that you can put on the skin undiluted; always test patch first to make sure there isn’t a reaction. In fact, modern aromatherapy really began when Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist, used pure Lavender oil on his burned hands after a laboratory explosion and noticed exceptionally quick and complete healing. There are many different species of lavender which produce variable essential oils that have very different constituents, qualities, and uses. Since we are Aromatherapist or lay people rather than academic botanists or gardeners let’s concern ourselves with those varieties that produce readily available essential oils: True lavender, Spike Lavender, Lavender Stoechas and Lavandin. Let’s Walk the Garden There are so many different types of Lavender to help with so many types of concerns, it can get confusing. To help you through...
Fire Cider

Fire Cider

Fire Cider Healing by Another Name     Herstory   Rosemary Gladstar has been a dedicated herbalist since 1972 and started the California School of Herbal Studies in the early 1980s.  There was a desire to teach her students about herbal preparations which could be as much about medicine as food.  Experimenting with different concoctions, fire cider was born. The cider contains herbs, vinegar, and honey.  Using vinegar and honey to create a medicine is called an oxymel and was first documented by Hippocrates, the practice continued in various forms to the present day.  In the middle ages, it was called “4 Thieves” because it was said to have kept four grave robbers from contracting the plague while going about their ghastly business. Several apple cider vinegar recipes have been in circulation for many decades as folks found them beneficial to keep the immune system in good shape through the winter months. Rosemary’s fire cider original recipe contains garlic, onions, horseradish root, ginger root, hot peppers, sometimes turmeric, and often echinacea. *Combined, they make for powerful immune enhancers.  Other ingredients are often added to enhance the already powerful combinations. Since the 1980’s the cider has gained popularity both as homebrew and by small herbal companies. It is easy to make as you will soon see. If you do not have the time or inclination, you can buy Fire Cider but only from one company that trademarked the name, taking it from the public domain and as a widely used folk remedy under with this specific name.   The Controversy – All to One   Though fire cider had been...
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