Essential Oils

I use essential oils every day! Yes, I still grow many fresh herbs and make my own teas, tonics, extracts, infusions, etc. but there are many times when the strength and potency of essential oils work differently. I use them in place of other less healthy products: Air freshener, soap, perfume, laundry, cleaning, pest control, flea/tick repellant, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, personal care products, and more. Using essential oils in our daily life has been a great help in our physical wellness and clean environment. If you want to learn more, please feel free to contact me at deana@deanasgarden.com.

Here’s a brief introduction to essential oils:

What are essential oils? Liquids derived from plants through steam distillation; super-concentrates of plant properties

What is the difference between essential oils and herbs? Essential oils are extremely potent and faster acting.

What are pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and why is that important? Purity and Quality that impacts effectiveness and safety

How do Essential Oils work?

  • Used by the body as a food
  • Strengthen natural healing ability
  • Release elements that disrupt healing (toxins, etc.)

Why Essential Oils and how are they different from allopathic (conventional) medicine?

  • Allopathic medicines tend to mask symptoms while essential oils help the body heal
  • Shelf-life – Virtually indefinite shelf life when stored below 90 degree out of sunlight
  • Versatility – one essential oil can be effective for a variety of conditions
  • Safety – As of this date, there have never been any reported death caused by essential oils
  • Ease of use – Using essential oils is uncomplicated and quick

What are the basic guidelines and tips for using essential oils?

  • To apply the oil neat means to use the oil without diluting. To dilute essential oils, use a carrier oil like pure olive, vegetable, coconut, almond oil, or their blends.
  • When using an essential oil for the first time, it is best to dilute with a carrier oil
  • Store oils in a dark, cool place (below 90○ F).
  • The body absorbs oils the fastest through inhalation and second fastest through bottoms of the feet.
  • Take care not to let the oils contact plastic and paints (including nail polish); Use glass instead of plastic. Avoid touching electronics and plastic while oils are on the skin.
  • When applying oils to children or pets, ALWAYS dilute 1 drop of essential oil with at least 3 teaspoons of the carrier oils listed above.
  • If skin irritation occurs, do NOT dilute with water. Dilute with the carrier oils listed above.
  • Avoid getting oils in eyes. If oils get in the eyes, do NOT use water. Dilute with carrier oils listed above.
  • Temporarily limit exposure to UV light when using photosensitive oils like citrus, bergamot, and angelica.
  • Do not drop oils into the ears; if use on the ear is recommended, only apply on the exterior part of the ear.
  • Internal use is not recommended for children under 6 years old

How are Essential Oils used?

  • Topical (T)
    • Apply oil neat or diluted directly to area of concern or by massage.
      • Using “raindrop” or “aroma touch” technique
    • Internal (I)
      • Take orally by adding oil to food or beverage or by swallowing a capsule with the oil inside.
    • Aromatic (A)
      • Inhale directly through the mouth or nose after applied to the hands, from the bottle, or by breathing the vapor that is nebulized, diffused, or sprayed.

How are essential oil blends different than single oils? Teamwork

Usage Tips

  • Use a Reference and/or other resources
    • Books
  • Online articles
  • Social Media
  • Apply Safety Precautions
  • Incorporate into daily living using recipes

References

Behling-Hovdal, J., Potter, R., Behling, E. (2013). The Essential Survival Guide to Medical Preparedness. Publisher: Author and Synergy Enterprises, LLC

Fasa, P. (2012). Cancer industry trying to co-opt most recent potential natural cure – frankincense. Natural News; Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/035296_frankincense_cancer_natural_cure.html

Higley, C. & A. (2013). Reference Guide for Essential Oils. Publisher: Author

Johnson, S. A. (2014). Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails: A definitive guide to essential oils that could save your life during a crisis (2nd Edition). Publisher: Author.

O’Connor, A. (2009). The Claim: Cinnamon Oil Kills Bacteria. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/08/health/08real.html?_r=0

Stewart, D. (2010). The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple. Care Publications. Marble Hill, MO.

Truman, M. M. (2013). Chemistry of Essential Oils; Made even simpler. Publisher: Author Las Vegas, NV.

Recipes

Sprays:

  • ½ distilled water
  • ½ grain alcohol (rubbing alcohol ok but has a different smell)
  • 2 drops of your preferred essential oil/blend per oz of liquid
  • Add castile soap to make a cleaner

Detox/Stress Relieving Bath:

  • ½ part Baking soda, ½ part bentonite clay, 2 parts Epsom salts, or other organic powder or combination
  • 10 drops of essential oil/blend per cup

Carpet Fresh:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 5-8 drops essential oil (I like blends like purification, thieves, and singles like lavender)

INSTRUCTIONS: Mix together with a fork, place in a mason jar with a screen lid (like a sprouting lid with holes), sprinkle on carpet and leave for at least 15 minutes, then vacuum.

Night Time Face Treatment

  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 5 drops Essential oil/blend
    • Frankincense is my favorite but others I know have enjoyed Rose, Lavender (don’t forget about the sunscreen aspects), and Sandalwood

Salt Scrub

  • 1 cup course Sea Salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 5-15 drops of your favorite essential oil