If you are an avid gardener and have been looking for a chemical free way to keeping your garden green and pest free, you have come to the right page.
Essential oils are highly potent chemically complex compound structures at the molecular level. Their essence can deter several species of insects or attract some of them, based on which oils you use.
Many vegetable and flowering plants often fall prey to fungal attacks, bugs and worms of several varieties. The most common are:
Mexican Bean Beetle.
Tarnished Plant Bug.
Tomato Horn worm.
Slugs and snails.
While this is just a broad list category of bugs, beetles, worms and caterpillars, there are several other insects and birds that feast on your garden daily.
Ongoing research has shown that spraying chemical pesticides are not good for the plants. The vegetables and fruits it gives us ends up being toxic which will harm our bodies and those of the ones we love.
On the other hand, using essential oils is beneficial to the plant and the environment at large. It also does not poison the plants and the produce. It keeps away insects of all kinds, bugs and beetles, caterpillars and worms, even birds. Some of the best essential oils that are useful for spraying in the garden are:
Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca).
Peppermint oil has a very strong scent that repels most garden insects like Aphids, flies, beetles and spiders. Even ants do not like it.
Tea Tree oil is potent and helps fight fungal attacks on the plants. It is better to spray this oil on the stems of the plants and spray lightly on the leaves.
Rosemary oil repels many pests including larvae that eat up leaves. Spraying this oil on the leaves helps deter pests from chewing up leaves. It also attracts butterflies because of its woodsy scent.
Lavender oil attracts bees and butterflies which permit cross pollination and helps your plants produce more vegetables and fruits. Placing cotton balls drenched with essential oil near plants that have flowers attracts these garden friendly insects that help make your job as gardener easy!
Cinnamon has a pungent, strong earthy smell that deter a lot of pests. It also helps reduce the growth of weeds in your garden. Another sure fire way to reduce weeds in your garden is to hand pluck them yourself. This is good exercise for your fingers which keeps Arthritis at bay.
Orange oil is mild and has a sweet scent. It helps attract bees and butterflies. You can place cotton balls containing a mixture of rosemary, orange and lavender oils near flowering plants that will direct the bees and butterflies straight to those plants by way of wafting scents through the air.
Clove oil is aromatic which has a strong sweet and spicy scent, which keeps insects away.
How to use these essential oils in effective garden sprays: Mix 15 to 20 drops of essential oil in quarter to half a gallon of warm water, depending on how strong you want the mist spray to be. Spray this mixture at least 2 times a week over your garden. Continue reading on how each of these oils benefit your garden.
How to wash fruits with essential oils:
It is good to wash fruits from the supermarkets and grocery stores to get rid of pesticides and fungicides. In half to one gallon of water, add 6 to 8 drops of Orange or Lemongrass essential oils, along with half a cup of vinegar. You can also add a tablespoon of rock salt, and mix it well. Add your fruits and vegetables and wash them well before use.
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Case # 2
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Case # 3
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Tea Tree essential oil has to be used in moderation each time because it can dry out your skin if used in excess.
Tea Tree is not the same as the tea “chai” beverage. The botanical name is Melaleuca alternifolia, which grows in Southeast Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Native to Australia for centuries, its medical benefits have been preached far and wide. The use of Tea Tree essential oil has since spread all over the world.
Properties of Tea Tree essential oil: antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrizant (promotes healing through the formation of scar tissue), expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant, and sudorific (induces sweating) substance.
It can help remove antibacterial infections of the colon, stomach, digestive tract, urinary tract, and excretory system. Tea Tree can be taken in extremely small quantities, one to two drops, mixed in any soup, stew or cold drink. It may not agree with your body. So try a small quantity and discontinue at once if you do not feel well.
Tea Tree helps prevent infections to wounds. It helps your skin heal faster. The antioxidants in Tea Tree oil can help retain the tautness, the elasticity of your skin giving it a more youthful look. You can mix tea tree oil with any carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil and body lotion. Tea Tree oil can help reduce wrinkles.
Tea Tree essential oil can help clear up congestion brought on by cold and viral infections. People suffering from bronchial or asthmatic breathing issues can breathe easier if they rub tea tree oil on their chest before going to bed. It can help loosen and release phlegm from the lungs, clearing sinus and nasal passages.
Tea Tree oil can help clear the scalp of infections and dandruff. It can be mixed with any carrier oil – like coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, beeswax, or hair cream. The scalp can be washed off with warm to hot water.
Tea Tree oil can be applied directly to boils, blisters, sores, around wounds and cuts. This will help prevent and minimize further infection.
Tea Tree oil can be used to apply underarm as a natural deodorant, and this helps prevent the growth of bacteria in that area, causing your body to have no odor during the day. Tea Tree essential oil is used in the manufacturing of natural deodorant sticks.
Tea Tree oil can be used to reduce pain caused due to an ear infection. Use a drop or two to clear out the infection in the ear canal. Do not use it on children under the age of five. Keep a close watch on children after using tea tree oil drops in their ear.
Tea Tree oil can clear out bacterial infections of the skin. It clears out acne, (pimples) caused by oily skin and eliminates bacteria altogether in repeated applications. It can help people with serious skin infections like eczema, Psoriasis, and rosacea (extreme redness and itchiness, infected patches of skin).
Tea Tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and joint aches caused due to muscular sprains and sports injuries. It helps speed up the healing process and promotes tissue restoration. It can also help people suffering from muscular atrophy or degenerative arthritis, called osteoarthritis, a chronic disorder that damages the cartilage and tissues surrounding a joint.
Tea Tree oil can be used to spray on mattresses and let to dry out in the sun. The mattress can be used again in the evening after exposing the mattress a good two to four hours in full sunlight. Before spraying the mattress, you can use a hand-vacuum to clean dust mites off the mattress. Discard the bag or empty canister of dust outside, at once.
Add 20 – 25 drops of tea tree oil in warm to hot water. This mixture can be filled in a spray bottle which can be used to spray around doorways outside the house to keep insects and bugs, especially mosquitoes far away from your front door. Do this twice a week for best results. Do not spray in the presence or around animals.
Tea Tree oil spray can be used to ward off insects like mosquitoes, garden bugs and other insects that cause you to lose the fun in your yard. Insects do not like the scent of Tea Tree essential oil.
Some of the main chemical compounds of tea tree essential oil are alpha pinene, beta pinene, sabinene, myrcene, alpha phellandrene, alpha-terpinene, limonene, cineole, gamma terpinene, para-cymene, terpinolene, Linalool, terpineol, and alpha-terpineol.
Disclaimer: This oil as with all essential oils is not intended to be a substitute cure for medicine or actual doctor’s advice. Different people react differently to essential oils. Some people have extra sensitive skin and they may have to use a carrier oil to dilute the potency of the essential oil before they apply it on their skin. People with health issues would do well to research essential oils before they start the use of essential oils to create a sense of well being for themselves.
Lavender flowers bloom between late June to September. They are harvested at their peak to extract valuable essential oil. Lavandula Angustifolia is the genus name. It has 47 known species of flowering plants. They are found in different parts of the world, on Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, Europe, North and Eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, Southwest Asia to Southeast India. The Lavender shrub is a perennial plant that grows to about 3 feet in height. The purple-blue flowers grow in clusters on the thin long stalks of the plant.
Lavender essential oil is highly potent and prized. Oil enthusiasts consider this essential oil to be a miracle oil. This oil has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. The ancient Greeks called it Lavender Nardus, after the Syrian city of Naarda. It was one of the herbs used to prepare Spikenard, that is mentioned in the Bible in different books.
The Romans realized that the Lavender plant has medicinal properties. They used it extensively to scent their baths, beds, and clothes.
Lavender oil can instantly elevate your mood by simply inhaling it. Remember to carry this essential oil with you everywhere you go. It has calming, soothing, sedative and healing effects.
Helps you Sleep well: This is the primary use of Lavender oil. It can help you sleep better. Sprinkle a few drops on your palms and rub it on your neck and chest areas. You can also sprinkle a few drops on pillows and sheets. It will give you a great night’s rest, leaving you refreshed and wide awake in the morning. It’s better than any prescription medicine or narcotic.
Helps calm your nerves: Lavender oil drops can be used in a diffuser or applied to your temples to help you calm your nerves. This helps relieve stress caused due to daily life situations. It helps reduce migraine headaches, fainting spells, and dizziness. Just rub a few drops of the Lavender oil on to your temples and massage gently.
Helps you clear your mind and focus: Diffusing the oil drops through a diffuser can help put your mind in a relaxed state and bringing it to a clear focus. Don’t overuse the oil if you want to focus clearly on projects, an exam or any deadline. There is the danger of getting too relaxed, that nothing may get accomplished.
Reducing motion sickness: Simply place a drop of lavender oil on the tip of your tongue, on your navel, or behind your ear. It should help reduce motion sickness caused by travel on boats, ships or airplanes.
Ease Dry or Chapped skin suffering: Rub drops of Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin to bring instant relief. You can also rub a drop or two on chapped lips. Make sure you don’t lick it with your tongue.
Eliminate Dandruff: Massage a few drops of Lavender on your scalp. This helps reduce and eliminate dandruff.
Ease the nerves in your feet: Drops of lavender oil in warm to hot water in a basin can help ease the nerves in your feet. Soak it for fifteen minutes daily. Dab your feet with a dry towel, put your feet up and relax.
Anti-fungal properties: Use a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton swab to dab at nails of the foot with fungal infection. This oil helps remove fungal infections and restore nails to a healthy condition.
Helps you maintain a well-balanced mind: Make it a practice of taking a warm water bath with generous drops of Lavender oil which can help you de-stress completely before going to bed. People with high-stress jobs can use this remedy once every two or three days to help keep a well balanced, mental state.
Helps relax tense nerves: Lavender oil has shown to be extremely helpful in relaxing the nervous system, promoting ease of movement in the body, especially those who suffer from paralysis, sprains, and stiff joints. Add Lavender oil to lotions, creams, and shampoo to help your body relax totally.
Ease Sunburns: Take a cold water bath to reduce sunburns. Then apply a few drops of lavender oil to a cotton swab and dab on the skin to help ease sunburns.
Helps heal Eczema / Dermatitis: Mix drops of Lavender oil with a carrier oil like Olive oil or coconut oil, to rub on skin affected by Eczema. This will help fight the germs and reduce the skin infection. Other skin infections can also be relieved by using Lavender essential oil.
Helps Improve Digestion: Add a few drops of lavender oil to your tea or soups. This will help relieve indigestion and reduce acid reflux.
Helps Lower Blood Pressure: Lavender oil acts as a calming sedative and helps bring down stress on the heart, thereby lowering blood pressure. It also helps with reducing the risk of heart disease.
Helps Clear Nasal Passages: Lavender oil drops like Eucalyptus oil can be added to steaming water to help clear nasal passages and help those with allergies, sinus pressure or respiratory issues. Be careful not to spill any of the hot water while doing a steam inhalation. Do it on a steady surface with a blanket to cover your head.
Reduce the pain of Bee Sting and Insect Bites: Put a drop or two of Lavender oil on the insect bite or bee sting and it will help reduce the pain and swelling.
Soothes Minor Burns: A few drops of Lavender oil dabbed on a skin burn will help relieve and heal the skin faster. It has shown to help with healing sores, scalds, burns and ulcers.
Heals cold sores: Lavender oil clears the bacteria on cold sores, helping it heal faster.
Reduce Hay Fever: Rub a few drops of Lavender oil in your palms and inhale to reduce the symptoms of hay fever.
Relieve Earaches: Rub a few drops of Lavender oil behind your earlobes down the sides of your neck, and throat area to relieve earaches.
Reduce uneasiness of the stomach: Rub drops of Lavender oil between your palms and apply to the stomach area. If you are sensitive to this oil, mix it with a carrier oil like Coconut oil. It will help reduce flatulence and overcome the bloated sensation caused due to indigestion.
Use as a Natural Deodorizer: Add Lavender oil drops to a warm/hot laundry wash to deodorize and kill odor-causing bacteria. You can create your own fragrance by adding drops of lavender oil to dryer sheets, damp clothes, towels, bed sheets, curtains, etc.
Helps Kill Lice and Parasites in Animals: A spray created using Lavender oil drops can be used safely on animals to help kill lice and other parasites.
Use as a Mosquito or insect repellent: Most insects do not like the scent of Lavender oil. Use a few drops of the oil on exposed areas of skin while going out to ward off insects including mosquitoes. Add drops to your palm and spread evenly across your skin. Use a carrier oil like Coconut or Olive oil if you have sensitive skin.
Disclaimer: This oil as with all essential oils is not intended to be a substitute cure for medicine or actual doctor’s advice. Different people react differently to essential oils. Some people have extra sensitive skin and they may have to use a carrier oil to dilute the potency of the essential oil before they apply it on their skin. People with health issues would do well to research essential oils before they start the use of different essential oils to create a sense of well being for themselves.
Frankincense oil is extracted from the resin of the Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacara tree that’s commonly grown in the Middle Eastern regions and Somalia. This tree can grow in extremely dry and arid conditions.
The Frankincense resin has been used by many different religions over the years, especially the Jewish and Christian religions, burning it as incense during worship. Frankincense got its importance because it was one of the first gifts given to Jesus by the wise men. Frankincense oil is either inhaled or absorbed through the skin after mixing with a carrier oil, like almond, coconut or olive oil. It can also be used after mixing with any unscented lotion or jojoba oil. The oil supposedly transmits messages to the limbic system of the brain, which influences the nervous system. Only a few drops of this oil should be inhaled or used on the skin. This oil may not suit all people, so test this oil before starting to use it daily.
This oil is nowadays used in homes during Meditation and Yoga time. Experiencing peace and quiet while diffusing this oil can help promote brain focus. Use 2 – 3 drops in a diffuser for a 15 – 30-minute session.
When purchasing essential oils, always avoid synthetic oils. They don’t provide the desired health benefits. Instead, look for oils that say “pure essential oil” or “100% essential oil” for the highest quality essential oils.
Helps Reduce Stress and Negative Emotions: Inhaling the fragrance from the diffuser has been shown to reduce heart rate and high blood pressure. This oil helps with overcoming anxiety and depression. It does not have negative side effects.
Helps Boost Immune system of the body: Scientific research has shown that Frankincense has immune-enhancing abilities to help the body destroy harmful bacteria, viruses and even certain cancers. (1) This essential oil can be used to keep germs from forming on the skin, mouth or in your home. People choose to use frankincense to naturally relieve oral health issues; the antiseptic qualities of this oil can help prevent gingivitis, bad breath, cavities, toothaches, mouth sores and other infections from occurring. (2)
Helps Fight Cancer and deal with Chemotherapy side effects: Frankincense oil has been shown to help fight certain types of cancer. (3) A 2012 study even found that a chemical compound found in frankincense called Akba is successful at killing cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy, which may make this oil a potential natural cancer treatment. Studies are still ongoing in this field.
Powerful Astringent that helps kill harmful Bacteria and germs: Frankincense is an antiseptic and disinfectant. It has the ability to eliminate cold and flu germs from the home and the body naturally and can be used instead of chemical cleaners. Drops of this oil can be mixed in with plain warm water soap solution and used to mop and wipe floors at home, in hospitals, clinics, dental clinics and office buildings.
Rejuvenates youthful look and heals skin: Frankincense has the ability to strengthen elasticity of the skin and improve its tone, improve the skin’s defense mechanisms against blemishes caused by bacteria or daily exposure to climate, and refresh youthful appearance as you age. It helps improve the tone and make the skin taut, helping avoid wrinkles, reduces the appearance of scars and acne, and heals wounds. It is also used on the skin to help fade surgery scars, stretch marks due to pregnancy, and for healing dry or severely cracked skin, due to cold winter or harsh external conditions.
Helps balance our hormonal levels as we age: Frankincense oil reduces painful symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause by balancing hormone levels. It can help relieve pain, cramps, constipation, headaches, anxiety, nausea, fatigue and wild mood swings. Frankincense oil helps with regulating estrogen production and reduce the risk of tumor or cyst development in premenopausal women.
Beneficial to Digestion: Frankincense essential oil helps the digestive system to properly detox and produce regular bowel movements. It helps reduce severe cramping in the stomach, relieve nausea, flushes out excess water from the abdomen that causes bloating and relieve PMS-related stomach pains. (4) This oil helps speed up the secretion of digestive enzymes, relaxing the muscles of your digestive tract thereby helping improve blood circulation, which is needed for proper digestive tract health. It’s been shown to be beneficial in reducing symptoms of the leaky gut syndrome, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) all of which are age-related health issues. (5) It also helps in increasing urine production which helps eliminate toxic wastes from the body, resulting in the overall great health of your body.
An effective sleep aid: Frankincense essential oil is useful in lowering levels of anxiety or chronic stress that can keep you awake at night. It has a calming fragrance that can help you fall asleep without the need for medication. It helps by opening your nostrils and allows your body to reach and keep an ideal sleeping temperature throughout the night.
Helps Decrease Inflammation and Pain due to age: Frankincense can stop the production of inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis, asthma, painful bowel disorders like IBS and similar conditions. (6) It can be useful in helping prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue and has been shown to significantly reduce levels of dangerous and painful inflammation, making it a natural treatment option for pain-related conditions that affect the muscles, joints, and tendons. Applying this oil topically on the affected area is recommended in small doses. If allergy or other reaction occurs, discontinue use at once, as this oil may not suit all people.
Use with caution: Frankincense essential oil is extremely well-tolerated by most people. There are no serious side effects of using frankincense oil reported so far. The user must not ingest large quantities, which can result in this oil becoming toxic. Direct Ingestion is not recommended. Ingest this oil by using small quantities (up to a teaspoon) indirectly through soups or stews to provide health benefits to your body. Stop use immediately if this oil does not agree with you.
Frankincense oil can cause certain adverse reactions for some people, like minor skin rashes, digestive issues like nausea or stomach pains. Frankincense has blood-thinning effects, so anyone who has problems related to blood clotting should avoid using this oil or consult with a doctor first. Avoid total use of Frankincense essential oil if you are taking anticoagulant or nervous system related medications.
Orange essential oil is extracted from the fruit peels of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis).This citrus variety is a native of China. It is called sweet orange oil to distinguish it from other citrus family essential oils derived from bitter oranges – like the Bergamot essential oil obtained from Citrus bergamia.
The orange evergreen tree has dark green leaves with white flowers and bright orange round fruit, varying in size, with leather-like skin. The trees are native to China, but are now cultivated extensively in different parts of the world, especially America.
The main active components in orange essential oil are limonene, myrcene, citronellal, neral, alpha-pinene, geraniol, Linalool, and sabinene. These phytochemicals in essential oils are highly potent, and they act individually and together to bring about metabolic changes and benefits to the human body at the cellular level. The therapeutic properties of the orange oil are antiseptic, anti-depressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, diuretic, and a cholagogue (acts as a medicinal agent which promotes the discharge of bile from the system, purging it downward).
Orange oil blends well with these oils – black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, frankincense, sandalwood, and vetiver.
Benefits: Orange essential oil is used extensively in daily aromatherapy sessions to create the feeling of happiness and warmth for clients while calming nervous symptoms and digestive problems. People can use this oil to deal with colds and flu, It helps eliminate toxins from our bodies and stimulates the lymphatic system while helping the formation of collagen ( is the most abundant protein found in skin, blood vessels, digestive system, tendons, and bones).
Uses for Orange Essential Oil:
Control Acne:Orange oil can help reduce acne in people with oily skin. It helps cut the oil production by your skin glands. Add 5 – 6 drops of orange oil to a cup of water and wash the face with a soft towel before going to bed.
The Orange oil acts as an astringent, a deep pore cleanser when used with a light carrier oil like olive oil or sweet almond oil. Mix 4 – 6 drops of orange oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply on your face with a cotton ball. Wipe after 5 minutes. This will help cleanse makeup off your face leaving your skin refreshed before going to bed at night.
For treating acne, use a cotton swab to dab a few drops of sweet orange oil on the acne. The antiseptic cleansing effect of the orange oil helps kill bacteria and clear up acne in a few days, depending on how worse your acne is.
Improve Dental Hygiene: This will help couples keep a better marriage. The refreshing smell of orange oil cannot only combat bad breath but help fight gum infections and inflammation such as gingivitis and pyorrhea. Orange oil reduces bacteria growth in the mouth and reduces gum inflammation resulting in a healthy mouth.
Add ½ teaspoon salt and 5 drops of orange oil to a cup of warm water. Use this after stirring well, for gargling. People who suffer from mouth ulcers find it helpful to numb the pain and reducing recurrence.
Relieve Seasonal Allergies: Seasonal allergies are usually caused by pollen and spores of mold. When these tiny particles are inhaled, the lining of the nasal passages gets inflamed and irritated.
During an allergy attack, white blood cells recognize micro foreign bodies trying to enter the body. They unleash an immune response against the allergen by releasing histamines. This starts the allergy reaction – the causation of red and itchy eyes and nose, which includes repetitive and uncontrollable sneezing. Orange essential oil can help stop the progression of allergic reactions caused by mold, pollen, and tiny spores
Always carry a small vial of orange oil during allergy season. Whenever you feel the slightest irritation in your nostrils, take a good long sniff of the oil. Allergic reactions can rapidly spread to your mucous membranes like the sinuses. This can result in nasal and sinus congestion including blinding headaches. Essential oil like Orange oil inhalation can help relieve these symptoms at once.
Improve Digestion: Orange oil can be used to improve digestion and it helps reduce flatulence and other stomach related problems.
To improve digestion, use 5-6 drops of sweet orange oil in the diffuser. Mix 3-4 drops of the oil in a teaspoonful of olive oil and gently rub on the abdominal area. This increases the secretion of digestive enzymes, improving daily digestion of food while relieving chronic gas and constipation. Use one drop of orange oil on a tissue and keep it near babies, who refuse to feed because of colicky pains. It will help relieve their symptoms.
Reduce Edema:Edema is defined medically as the swelling from fluid accumulation in the body tissues in certain areas of the body that is prone to water retention, like the face, legs, and feet.
Orange oil can be used to help reduce fluid retention greatly. Warm 3 tablespoons of olive oil and add 10 drops of sweet orange oil. Apply on your feet and massage it in gently. Have your spouse or family member do it for you on a daily basis till your symptoms reduce or are gone for good.
Another way to use orange essential oil for swollen feet is to add it into a relaxing foot bath. Add warm water to a wide plastic or aluminum basin then add a mixture of 2 tablespoons sea salt and 15 drops of orange essential oil. Immerse your tired and swollen feet in the water for 30 minutes. Do this daily and do not stop this practice for any reason as you age. This helps you relax every evening before going to bed while bringing down the swelling in your feet.
For facial edema, add a teaspoon of sea salt to a cup of warm water and stir in 5 drops of sweet orange essential oil. Use a cotton ball to dab this water under the eyes and on the cheeks and neck area.
Disinfect and clean surfaces: Orange essential oil has antiseptic properties. It can be used very effectively to clean frequently used surfaces like kitchen counters, cutting boards, cutlery and dining table to reduce bacteria growth. In fact, it is fast becoming a regular ingredient in cleaning products. Commercial cleaning liquids may contain chemical substances that are better avoided in the kitchen and serving areas. You can easily make your own disinfectant solution with orange oil.
Add 10 drops of sweet orange oil to a cup of warm water and use a clean sponge to wipe surfaces with this mixture. Allow to dry naturally. Orange oil is non-toxic, so you don’t need to wipe down with water again. You can easy spray using a spritz bottle with the mixture and wipe them down. You will have a kitchen smelling and looking great. You can use this solution in commercial office buildings and save money by avoiding the use of chemical cleaning industrial products.
Door handles and knobs are full of germs as people transfer germs by constant use. Wiping them with orange oil in a cleaning solution can keep infection down to a minimum. Do this particularly during the cold and flu season to keep children from getting infected.
Treat Arthritis pain: Arthritis causes pain and swelling of joints which can be extremely debilitating. As we age, there can be bone deformities, loss of cartilage and related autoimmune diseases of the skin caused due to arthritis. Chronic inflammation is the main symptom of arthritis, so the anti-inflammatory property of orange oil can provide gradual relief.
Mix 10 – 15 drops of orange oil daily into a tablespoon of warm coconut or olive oil over very low heat. Apply the mixture on the affected areas like knees, knuckles, finger joints, elbow joints, and gently rub it in until it is completely absorbed by the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of orange essential oil go to work and help reduce the pain caused by Arthritis. As you continue to use this natural medication daily, you will find that you have great relief over the years.
Relieve daily fatigue: Daily stress of work and family life can wear us out. Physical and mental fatigue can be relieved with orange essential oil. Mix orange oil with lavender to speed up the effect of removing fatigue from your mind. This mixture greatly enhances your mood and rejuvenates your tired spirit.
Mix 5 drops each of sweet orange oil and lavender oil. Use this mixture in a diffuser. Apply a few drops to your wrists and forehead (temple area) like you would Vicks vapor rub, for faster absorption into the body.
Adding essential oils to your warm bubble bath will give you great relaxation. Soak in the water for 30 minutes for good relief and mental rejuvenation. Listening to your favorite music while in the bath, will relax you even better.
Acts as a Diuretic: Orange essential oil has mild diuretic properties that result in an increased output of urine. This helps the body by removing toxic substances, salts, and leftover wastes of protein digestion such as uric acid.
By removing excess and harmful fluids from the body, diuretics like orange essential oil helps reduce edema caused by water retention in tissues. It also reduces blood pressure and excessive load on the heart gradually.
Acts as an Antiseptic: Citrus oils have antiseptic properties, including orange essential oil. It helps reduce the risk of infection if you apply the oil using a cotton ball around the wounded area. Orange oil is an excellent antiseptic for disinfecting cuts, scrapes, insect bites, open boils and skin eruptions. It is safe to use on children, use a small quantity and disinfect the wound around it. Never directly apply the oil on the wound. Keeping the area around the wound is crucial for faster healing of the skin.
Acts as an Antispasmodic:Spasms are involuntary muscle contractions that are painful. Commonly referred to as muscle cramps, spasms can be debilitating and can result in sprains and muscle tears. The relaxing effect of orange oil can bring immediate relief.
Acts as an Anti-depressant: Peeling an orange releases its natural oils unseen to the eye. Orange essential oil is often used in aromatherapy to help people with depression or reduce stress levels after a long day’s work.
A sniff of the orange essential oil will help your mind feel alert while putting it into a relaxed state. The chemical components induce a sense of happiness and well-being. It helps reduce cortisol secretion and remove mental anxiety.
Acts as a mild Aphrodisiac: Orange essential oil is a mild aphrodisiac, increasing blood flow due to a relaxed state of mind and body. This helps improve sexual performance. It has the immense ability to reduce anxiety and relax your mind and this helps increase in the secretion of sex hormones which helps in having a better relationship between couples. Use orange essential oil drops in a diffuser after you come home. Getting your body into a relaxed state will help you and your partner perform better in bed.
Exercise caution before you use it: As with all essential oils, Sweet orange oil is relatively milder than bergamot, another citrus oil – which has a higher concentration of naturally formed chemical components. Use citrus oils a few drops at a time because of its potent nature.
Sweet orange oil actually tastes bitter. It can cause toxicity if used in excess, the main symptoms being vomiting, diarrhea, and headache. Always test your skin for sensitivity by applying to a small area of your skin, before applying on your skin.
Eucalyptus essential oil is colorless. It is obtained from the fresh leaves of the tall, evergreen eucalyptus tree. Scientifically classified as Eucalyptus Globulus, it is also known as fever tree, blue gum tree or stringy bark tree, depending on where it is located in the world. Eucalyptus was primarily native to Australia. Since then it has spread to other parts of the world like India, Europe, and South Africa. Due to the medicinal compound eucalyptol which is present in its makeup, it is used in a variety of over the counter drugs including rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes.
Heals Wounds: Eucalyptus essential oil has antiseptic qualities because of its germicidal quality. Ozone is formed when it is exposed to air, which is a well-researched antiseptic. This oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions, and sores. It is also an effective salve for insect bites and stings. Besides soothing the affected area, it helps protect the open wound or irritated area from developing infections due to microbial activity caused by exposure to air.
Helps you breathe better: Eucalyptus Oil helps with common colds, persistent coughs, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis, and sinusitis.It has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties, which makes it a good ingredient in many medicines for respiratory ailments, Gargling eucalyptus oil mixed with warm water has been shown to be consistently effective in treating sore throats.
Asthma, a respiratory condition that affects millions of people around the world have found the beneficial use of eucalyptus essential oil. Massage 4 – 5 drops of eucalyptus onto the patient’s chest. The soothing effect of the aroma and vapors will calm the throat and dilate the blood vessels, which allows more oxygen into the lungs, restoring normal breathing. The anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus essential oil help the patient get relief from asthmatic symptoms. People with asthma, bronchitis, COPD, pneumonia, tuberculosis and other constrictions of the windpipe can be made to feel better by using eucalyptus oil.
Rejuvenate your Spirit: Eucalyptus oil creates a cooling and refreshing effect. Eucalyptus oil is a stimulant, which helps you rejuvenate and revitalize your spirit by removing exhaustion, mental sluggishness and lifting up the spirits of those feeling sick. Diffusing Swiss Mist Eucalyptus oil can be effective in helping relieve stress and mental disorders.
Eucalyptus essential oil helps stimulate mental activity by increasing blood flow to the brain. This oil is considered a vasodilator, which means that it increases the blood flow around the body by relaxing the blood vessels and allowing blood to circulate freely. More blood to the brain means more brain power, and eucalyptus essential oil is used in classrooms as a form of causal aromatherapy to help increase student focus and performances. There is a definite positive correlation between brain function and use of Eucalyptus essential oil.
Ease Muscle Pain: For those experiencing joint and muscle pain, massaging eucalyptus oil on the skin helps relieve stress and pain. It acts as an analgesic and is anti-inflammatory in nature. Patients suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments, and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis and nerve pain can feel better using Eucalyptus oil. Massage the oil on the affected areas of the body.
Eucalyptus oil is an effective bug repellent. It is used as a natural treatment for lice. Mainstream products have dangerous chemicals that you don’t want being absorbed into your scalp and can be damaging to the hair. Use a few drops of eucalyptus oil through a lice-infested head to get a better and healthier solution against lice infection.
Nourish your hair by mixing a few drops of eucalyptus oil with coconut oil or other hair oil to refresh your scalp, and keep dandruff from forming.
Natural Dental Care:
Eucalyptus essential oil is very effective against cavities, dental plaque buildup, gingivitis and other dental infections owing to its germicidal properties. It is used an active ingredient in mouthwash, toothpaste, and other dental hygiene products.
Removes Intestinal Germs:
Eucalyptus oil is frequently used to remove germs in the intestine. Studies have shown that ingesting eucalyptus oil can prevent bacterial, microbial, and parasitic conditions, particularly in the colon and intestine.
Restores Skin health:
Eucalyptus oil can be applied topically to treat skin infections and it helps speed up healing.
Manage your Diabetes better:
Ingesting eucalyptus oil using it in soups can help control blood sugar. Diabetic patients suffer from lack of good blood circulation, resulting in the amputation of limbs or even death. Massage eucalyptus oil onto the skin topically, and inhale it as a vapor frequently to ease the constriction of blood vessels. The relaxing qualities of eucalyptus oil will benefit diabetic patients.
Relieves fever, congestion, and colds:
Eucalyptus oil is also used for treating fever and reducing body temperature. One of the common names of eucalyptus oil is “fever oil”. Combined with peppermint oil and sprayed on the body as a mixture proves effective against fever. It can also be used as a deodorant and a temperature reducer.
Pour Eucalyptus oil into a jug filled with warm to hot water and inhale. It will help remove severe congestion and cold. You can cover yourself with a sheet as you inhale to keep the water in the jug stay hot longer. Inhale for 5 – 10 minutes. Repeat twice daily till you start feeling better.
Uses in the Home:
Eucalyptus oil’s antiseptic and deodorant nature makes it a great room freshener for homes, offices, clinics, and hospitals. It helps kill bacteria and germs in the air while keeping the environment of the rooms clean and sterilized. Drops of this oil can be used with soap liquid to clean sinks and toilets to leave a bacteria-free, clean and refreshing smell.
Eucalyptus oil is frequently used in soaps, detergents, and household cleaners. This is because the oil has a pleasant, sweet aroma while acting as an antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial agent.
Eucalyptus essential oil has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. It can be used as a vapor rub or inhalant by massaging it onto the chest. It can relieve the symptoms of harmful infections like tuberculosis by helping clear the lungs and reducing inflammation in patients.
Aromatherapy and Relaxation:
You can add eucalyptus oil to your home hot/warm water bath for both adults and children. Private spas and saunas use this oil because of its refreshing and antiseptic attributes. The benefits of eucalyptus essential oil can be mostly accessed through the vapor when the oil mixes with the warm water, as well as topical application or ingestion.
There are still many less-researched areas of uses for eucalyptus oil. It can be applied to treat hay fever (a seasonal allergy), teen acne, endometriosis, and herpes simplex virus.
The use of eucalyptus oil in aromatherapy is growing in popularity because it blends well with other essential oils like thyme, rosemary, marjoram, lavender, cedarwood, and frankincense.
Dysentery and Stomach ache: can be eased simply by using a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the belly. Pour the oil into your palm and rub it in on your belly using a circular motion which will help ease your stomach ache and discomfort.
Ear Inflammation: You can reduce ear pain by rubbing a few drops of eucalyptus oil around the outside part of the ear. Never drop oil directly into ear cavity.
Ease Shingle Pain: Shingles can be painful. This pain can be eased. Pour eucalyptus oil into a bowl of warm/hot water. Soak a warm wet towel and squeeze dry, then apply on the shingles affected areas to relieve pain. You can try dropping eucalyptus oil directly on a small area, on the shingles and wiping with a warm wet towel. If the condition gets worse, stop use at once. Usually, the antiseptic, antiviral properties of the eucalyptus oil will help the shingles heal faster.
Use with caution:
Using too much eucalyptus oil can be harmful. It can disrupt homeopathic treatments. People with allergic sensitivities can be affected by using eucalyptus essential oil, as it might cause airborne contact dermatitis. Always consult your doctor for advice, or have an allergy test done on your skin, the patch test, (apply on a small patch of skin) before using it topically. Some people can be allergic to Eucalyptus oil or other oils. Essential oils can be ingested by using it in teas or soups. However, if you feel stomach ache or discomfort happening each time you use it, stop ingesting it at once, as it may not be suitable for you.
The bergamot orange or the herb known as wild bergamot, offers many health benefits. It has a distinctive citrus aroma, a pleasant orange-blossom fragrance that helps lower anxiety and depression levels. Bergamot oil helps with digestive ailments, and the bergamot peel provide liberal amounts of antioxidants and antimicrobial properties.
Bergamot provides Antioxidants
Your skin will be thankful. As the largest organ of our body, our skin matters. Antioxidants play an important role in minimizing cell damage to our skin and maintaining a radiant, youthful appearance. Bergamot oil, helps enhance a tea’s flavor or aroma, adding a liberal amount of antioxidants that are beneficial to our skin daily.
Bergamot Oil flavor in Tea:
Earl Grey’s popular tea is the Bergamot oil flavored tea. The bergamot oil adds its orange-blossom-like aroma that helps to calm and soothe its drinkers and put them in a happy disposition for the rest of the day. How? Because the natural chemical composition of the Bergamot essential oil reacts with the chemical composition of the human brain to help with changing moods from depression and sadness to calm and controlled behavior, mixed with happiness or gladness.
Bergamot helps Improve Digestion
The properties in Bergamot helps with digestive disorders. The American Chemical Society, in 2009, stated that dietary and herbal products use Bergamot as a drug because of its eupeptic properties which help with digestive disorders. A few drops in your lemonade should help settle your queasy stomach and comfort you.
Bergamot as a Natural Antidepressant
The citrus fragrance has been proven to enhance a person’s mood. The “International Journal of Aromatherapy” published a study back in 2004 that showed a marked improvement in reducing anxiety and depression in their test subjects, when they used bergamot oil. This oil has a calming effect on the brain.
Bergamot Is a Powerful Antimicrobial
The “Journal of Applied Microbiology” published a study in 2007 that identified Bergamot as a natural antimicrobial. Native Americans and naturopaths worldwide have used it to treat urinary-tract infections and yeast infections in men and women. There, however, are no scientific studies to confirm this.
General: As with all essential oils, never use Bergamot Oil undiluted, directly on the skin, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless advised by a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test on a small area, to check for skin reactions, before using the oil on a larger area. Also, make sure to mix it well with any carrier oil to make essential oils less potent and harmless to your skin.
Lemongrass and its oil have been used for hundreds of years. It is well known for its herbal and medicinal properties. Back in the day, Indian and Chinese doctors, who were known as the natural healers, used Lemongrass in various ways to help people with their ailments. They used it to treat infectious illnesses and fevers, cold, and rheumatism. The plant was used to cleanse dwellings, used in spiritual cleansing rituals to protect and purify the home against evil, negative energies.
Lemongrass oil has a citrus aroma and lemony flavor. It is used to flavor soups, teas, and other meat, poultry dishes. This essential oil also adds fragrance to homemade cleaners, deodorizers, candles, soaps, and shampoos.
Today, Swiss Mist’s organic Lemongrass Essential Oil has potential medicinal and therapeutic properties. It can be used externally to reduce muscle inflammation, as an insect repellent, and kill bacteria on contact. Using it as a home cleaner helps. Used in foods and soups, it helps with ease of digestion. It is not only an anti-bacterial but an antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic.
Chemical Compounds and Properties: The Lemongrass plant’s biological names are Andropogon Citratus and Cymbopogon Citratus. The oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant through steam distillation. The chemical compounds extracted are Citral, Geranyl Acetate, Limonene, Myrcene, Farnesol, Nerol, Neral, Citronellal, Geraniol, Terpineol, Dipentene, Methyl and Heptenone.
These naturally derived chemical properties have the power to mitigate fungal and bacterial infections on surface tops and in the air.
Benefits and Uses of Lemongrass Oil:
1. Lemongrass oil is an anti-inflammatory. It helps with relieving sore muscles when used as a massage oil. It can also help alleviate a cramped stomach.
2. It can be used to apply on cuts and wounds. Mix a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil in saline solution to wash and clean wounds.
3. When used in soups and foods along with Ginger Carrier oil, this essential oil can act as an antimicrobial to prevent infections in the urinary tract, stomach, colon, respiratory tube and organs.
4. Lemongrass oil can be used to bring down anxiety levels due to stress caused by work, sorrow, and grief caused due to death of a loved one. It can help uplift human spirits, improve mental strength, levels of tolerance and raise confidence levels. Add a few drops to unlit candles or use in diffusers.
5. The Lemongrass essential oil can be used in moist heat applied through a hot, wet towel on the forehead of a person or child suffering from fever. It can also relieve congestion in the windpipe and infection in the lungs if added to green tea or regular hot tea.
6. Viral infections like the cold, influenza, can be reduced by inhaling Lemongrass essential oil in a hot vapor steam inhalation.
7. Using lemongrass oil in foods and soups helps with increased urination. This helps the user lose fat through urine. About 4% of the urine volume is composed of fats. And urinating frequently keeps your kidney and bladder healthy, as urine cleanses out your body by removing toxins.
8. The oil from Lemongrass can be used to treat athlete’s foot and ringworm infections.
9. Adding 20 to 30 drops of Lemongrass essential oil to 24 or 32 oz of water can make the resulting spray an effective insect repellent.
10. Pour 2 drops of Lemongrass essential oil on your palm and rub both your palms together, then inhale it gently. This will help your senses revive and make you more alert to your surroundings.
11. Inhaling Lemongrass oil can help calm your body, lower stress levels, and stimulate your nerves.
12. Adding a few drop of Lemongrass essential oil to tea can help with reducing menstrual cramps for women.
13. Lemongrass essential oil can be added to body wash, shampoos, or in a tub for a relaxing, hot water soak. This oil helps fight skin infections and keep your skin looking young.
14. Strengthen your hair follicles by mixing a few drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil like Coconut oil to make your hair roots vibrant and healthy.
15. Adding a few drops of Lemongrass oil to your daily tea will help you produce anti oxidants which will help your body fight cancerous cells by strengthening your immune system and antibodies for other infections.
16. Inflammation caused by Arthritis, Diabetes, Nerve disorders, unhealthy Cholesterol levels, Cardiovascular disease and other health issues, can be mitigated when you rub 3 drops of Lemongrass oil over the affected area.
Precaution: Using Lemongrass oil without proper directions or applying it to users with sensitive skin or babies is not advised. If you must use Lemongrass essential oil make sure the recipient does not get affected by it. Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children, at all times. Wash your hands before and after use of all types of essential oils. Make sure your family members are not allergic to the smell and flavors of Lemongrass oil before you use it in soups or dishes. Always, perform a skin patch test before you apply it fully. Sensitive skin users have to be extra careful with the use of essential oils. Pregnant women and people with medical conditions have to use essential oils with caution or not use it at all.