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Essential Oils

Essential Oils - Melaleuca

The leaves of the melaleuca tree have been used for centuries by the aborigines to heal cuts, wounds and skin infections. Melaleuca oil (Melaleuca alternifolia, or more commonly known as tea tree) has been used for centuries by cultures around the world to soothe. The oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of certain myrtle shrubs and trees, and said to be 12x the purifying strength of phenol. It's a really great oil for immune support and cleaning. 

Melaleuca is known for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin, promotes healthy immune function and protects against environmental and seasonal threats.  Yep great to mix with Lavender and Lemon for allergies.

Some common uses for Melaleuca are: acne, antiseptic, athlete’s foot, boils, bronchitis, burns, Candida, cold sores, colds, decongestant, diarrhea, flu, gum disease, immune stimulant, decrease inflammation, infections (bacterial, fungal & viral), insecticide, mites, parasites, rash, shock, skin health & cuts, sunburn, tonsillitis, ticks, tissue regenerator, warts and wounds

·       For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area.

·       Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving to prevent razor burn.

·       Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and strengthen nails.

·       Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental concerns.

·       Can be used to manage oily skin when applied directly or sprayed on with water.

·       This is a powerhouse mix:  Mix equal parts Melaleuca & Lavender.  Can apply without diluting or add to an empty spray bottle, add water, shake before spraying on.  This mix is great for pink eye, ear infections, Owie spray for kid’s scrapes and burns.  Never apply an oil directly into an eye or ear.  To apply for ear infection get some on your finger and rub around where ear meets head.  For pink eye rub on the bone around the eye.

Essential Oils | Featured Oil: Frankincense

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Frankincense is derived from the sap from a specific variety of trees in the genus Boswelia.  Harvests are done at various times and the more opaque resins are considered to be the best quality.

Emotionally Frankincense may help a person have a better attitude, which may help to strengthen the immune system.

Aromatically this oil helps to focus energy, minimize distraction and improve concentration.  It can alleviate symptoms of hyperactivity, impatience, irritability and restlessness.

In going through this list you will see why Frankincense is called the “King of Oils”.

  • Heal wounds from cuts, scrapes, and burns.  For even greater benefit, apply Lavender essential oilfirst then layer Frankincense on top.  The combination of these two oils together is amazing when it comes to healing wounds.
  • Reduce and fade scars. Continue use after the wound has healed to reduce and fade scarring.
  • Strong immune system. The antiseptic properties of Frankincense make it ideal for supporting a strong immune system.  Massage a few drops into the balls of your feet every day.  Also diffusing it throughout your home. This is especially good during cold and flu season.
  • Stress, anxiety and depression. Apply a drop at the temples to relieve stress and evoke a feeling of calmness.  You can also rub a few drops mixed in a carrier oil on the back of the neck when you feel anxious.  Something else you can do is simply inhale the aroma of the oil by rubbing a drop or two between the palms of your hands then bringing them up to your nose and taking a deep breath. Also stops head chatter when applied to neck.
  • Anti-aging. None of us likes to look old.  Dabbing Frankincense on fine lines and wrinkles will make them less noticeable.  A 50/50 blend with a carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil).  Also add a drop of Frankincense to your daily moisturizer.
  • Relieve itching. A single drop applied to the affected area will bring immediate relief.
  • Relieve arthritis pain and swelling. Mix with a carrier oil and rub into aching joints at night before bed and throughout the day,
  • Remove moles, skin tags, and warts. Insert a toothpick into the bottle.  Roll the toothpick on the skin tag, mole or wart.  Make sure the oil only goes on the affected area.
  • Reduce swelling from insect bites. A single drop dabbed on an insect bite will reduce the swelling and stop the itching.
  • Enhance the efficacy of other essential oils. The best is saved for last.  Layer Frankincense over other essential oil to enhance that oil’s properties and drive the oils deeper into the cells.  This layering will deliver amazing results for those times when you need to kick it up a notch.

Some common uses for Frankincense are:  ADD/ADHD, aging, allergies, antiseptic, asthma, anxiety, bites, bronchitis, cancer, carbuncles, colds, coughs, concentration, diarrhea, headaches, hemorrhaging, inflammation, laryngitis, liver stress, pneumonia, prostate issues, meningitis, mood elevator, respiratory aid, sciatic pain, sores, staph, strep, tension, tonsillitis, ulcers, warts and wrinkles

Article By: Lonni A. (Align Patient)

Essential Oils | Featured Oil: Lemon

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Lemon is a very versatile and amazing essential oil! It possesses antifungal, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties and is often used to help build the immune system, fight respiratory conditions, aids in digestion and is known as a powerful aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser. Lemon also plays a very versatile role in helping clean around the house. It makes a wonderful natural disinfectant, and it also does a great job of breaking up grease and gum on dishes or in fabrics. In addition to these benefits, the aroma of lemon is naturally uplifting and has been shown in several studies to help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety.

Some common uses for Lemon are:  Anxiety, Air Pollution, Allergies, Common Colds, Concentration, Constipation, Depression, Energizing, Furniture Polish, Greasy/Oily Hair, Hangovers, Overeating, Physical Energy, Purification, Relaxation, Stress, Water Purification.

  • Pour nickel size amount of shampoo into hand. Add 1 drop off Lemon and mix together.  Shampoo hair as normal for greasy/oily hair.
  • A Cure for Laundry Neglect. Lemon essential oil takes out ALL odor when you forget and leave your load of laundry in the washer way too long!
  • Deactivate the Sticky. Lemon oil can help you avert a hair cutting crisis the next time you deal with gum in hair. Got kids with obsessive addictions to stickers or temporary tattoos? Works for those too. Not for wide receivers.
  • Love Your Luster.Bring your furniture back to life with lemon oil! Just add a few drops of lemon oil to olive oil for a non-toxic furniture polish. Lemon oil leaves a beautiful shine, prevents fine wood finishes from drying out, and replaces lost moisture in antique woods as it penetrates worn finishes.
  • Stop Cutting Board Bacteria Palooza. Cutting boards can harbor bacteria in your kitchen.  Nobody wants to taste the chemicals you have in your cleaning closet, yet most people love the taste of lemon!
  • Control an Aphid Invasion, Naturally. Aphids — those pesky little bugs that dine on your roses and other plants.  Lemon oil (or peppermint) with water in a garden spray bottle are a natural pesticide that kills aphids and their larvae on contact, but leave your plants looking lovely.
  • Clear Thinking & Clear Focus, Made Visible. A clear mind, a clean slate, a fresh outlook.  It’s all good.  Real good. Diffuse lemon oil and you got it.
  • Nice Mood … No Really.  Chase away the moody blues (not the band), with a bit of blah-reducing lemon oil. Whether you choose to diffuse it or apply topically, it’s hard to not improve your outlook with lemon oil around!
  • A Brighter Complexion.Lemon oil can help remove dead skin cells and exfoliate.  For a homemade defoliant, add 4-5 drops to a small amount of oatmeal and water for a homemade scrub.  Feels great!

Article By: Lonni A. (Align Patient)

Using Essential Oils

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Have you ever walked through a garden or smelled an orange?  If so you have experienced an essential oil.  Essential oils are found in the bark, seeds, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. For centuries people have been using essential oils to help benefit their lives.  There are two ways that essential oils are extracted.  They are distilled or cold pressed.  From perfumes and colognes, food preparations to personal health-care essential oils are seen in our everyday lives.

How do we use essential oils?  There are three ways to use essential oils.

Aromatically:  Involves smelling either a fine mist or an essential oil directly. When oils are inhaled you receive powerful mental, psychological and emotional responses.  The easiest way to use an essential oil is to open a bottle and simply breathe in the aroma or place a drop in the hands, rub them together then cup them around the nose and mouth and breathe in.  Oils can be placed on pieces of cloth or tissue and held close to the nose.  Diffusing is great for killing airborne pathogens and helping with your mood.  Diffusers are devices that evaporate essential oils into a room or space.

Lemon, Orange and Lavender are great to inhale when feeling emotionally down.  Peppermint brings feelings of joy when used aromatically.

Topically: Our bodies love the oils and when applied directly are absorbed into the bloodstream.  Moving throughout the body very quickly.  Many essential oils are safe to use when applied NEAT (applied with no carrier oil; an oil used for dilution such as Fractionated Coconut Oil).  If you ever asking yourself where do I apply this oils? The answer is your feet.  When diluting oils this is a great rule of thumb. Babies 1 drop to 1 tablespoon carrier oil, Children 1 drop to 1 teaspoon carrier oil, Adults 3-6 drops to 1 teaspoon carrier oil.

Apply Lavender to your feet just before going to bed or add a couple drops to bath water to relax your body.  Peppermint or Rosemary on the forehead and back of neck relieve headaches.

Internally:  Dried herbs, teas and plants all contain essential oils but when essential oils are removed from plants they become very concentrated.  Small amounts should be used when taken internally.  You can apply essential under the tongue (1-2 drops), in tea, food, water even in gelatin cap.  Before ingesting an oil make sure it is “Safe for Supplemental Use.”  Check the “Supplemental Facts” label on an essential oil bottle to guide you in its use.

1-2 drops of Lemon added to your glass of drinking water aids in body detoxification.  For digestive issues use Peppermint or a Digestion Blend.

Over the next weeks we are going to be learning about the top essential oils recommended for you and your family!

Article By: Lonni A. (Align Patient)