I saw the familiar yellow school bus in our neighborhood this morning, definitely heralding the end of summer—at least for the academic calendar. Back to school is always an exciting time for kids and parents alike, albeit for different reasons! Whether your children are just starting their school career, are somewhere in the middle, or are heading toward graduation, aromatherapy can support a wellness lifestyle throughout their entire year. Let’s look at some possibilities of how to do that. [Read more…]
Looking for a powerful herb to grow that will put on a show in the garden too?
Echinacea is your herb. It’s well-known for being an immune-enhancing plant. It has a reputation for being effective against colds, sore throats, and flus, especially if taken at the beginning of the infection. Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar points out in her book Medicinal Herbs, A Beginner’s Guide that it is also rich in polysaccharides, which aids cells in resisting viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Here’s more in-depth information on the health benefits of echinacea from chiropractor Dr. Axe. [Read more…]
Essential Oil Uses
As I’ve been studying aromatherapy over the last two years and starting my business, I’ve found some tips on essential oil uses that make life a little easier! I thought it might be helpful to share with you a few of the tools that I use when creating butters, balms, salves, synergies and all kinds of other fun things for my product line. [Read more…]
Over the last week, I’ve seen them peeping from behind their heart-shaped leaves. Little flower faces shyly stretching up to the sky. Could there be a sweeter flower than violets?
Certainly one of my favorites, violets are a joy to behold when spring arrives. Their aroma fills the air when warmed by the spring sunshine. They’re so lovely I can’t help but think of this quote from L.M. Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables,
“Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?”
While you’re enjoying the beautiful violets gracing the front lawn, why not try making your own tisane to sip on a spring afternoon? Violet leaves contain Vitamin C and their mild, earthy taste is refreshing. Add a bit of honey to sweeten it up, and you’ll enjoy your pretty and tasty tisane. [Read more…]
I have fallen in love with sweet orange essential oil.
I just can’t get enough of it lately. Maybe it’s because it’s early spring, and I am ready for sunshine and balmy breezes to replace the gray, chilly days of late winter in Indiana. Or perhaps it’s because of the uplifting properties of orange. Whatever the reason, I’ve been using orange a lot lately in my synergies and products for clients. [Read more…]
Warm, spicy, exotic. Three words that come to mind when I think of a favorite herb and oil of mine: ginger, or Zingiber officinale by its nomenclature. A perfect choice for winter wellness, ginger has a rich history as a medicinal, healing botanical. [Read more…]
It looks as if winter has finally decided to arrive in Indiana. We had one of the warmest Decembers I can remember, and my family was actually outside playing basketball on Christmas Day! That has changed, however, and the cold has arrived whether it was wanted or not, along with about three inches of snow.
It seems that cold weather seasons also bring germs and illnesses that aren’t so widespread throughout the rest of the year. For wellness purposes, I’ve found that essential oils help me throughout the winter. One of my favorite oils to use is *Eucalyptus globulus for its affinity with the respiratory system. [Read more…]
One of the joys of Christmas is giving gifts that you know people will enjoy. In my view, it’s even better if I’ve made the gift myself. Over the years I’ve sewed, knitted, and even tried my hand at making jewelry (soon discovered jewelry is best left to those with some experience!). Since I’ve become an aromatherapist, many of my gifts now revolve around aromatherapy oils and herbs. Last year I made gift bags for my family that contained lip balm, salve, and lotion bars. [Read more…]
Brilliant leaves, crisp apples, and chilly temperatures herald the coming of fall and winter. Unfortunately, along with the changing of the season also comes exposure to colds and flu. Let’s be proactive and explore some ways we can stay as healthy as possible during the next few months. In my next few posts, I’ll explore how aromatherapy and herbs can support us through the fall and winter.
One of the most basic things we can do to fight nasty bugs is to keep our homes clean. I know, it’s a battle, especially with children in and out of the house, but here’s an essential oil cleaning solution that will help you quickly mop up messes and leave a lovely aroma behind. No chemically smell here.
Aromatherapy Spray Cleaning Solution
Keeping your home clean can help prevent the spread of germs that make us sick. Perhaps you love using essential oils in creams and for inhalation, but haven’t considered using them while cleaning. Well, with the antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties of
- Eucalyptus: antibacterial, antiviral
- Lavender: antibiotic, antiseptic
- Lemongrass: antibacterial, anti fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral
- Rose geranium: antibacterial, antifungal
- Tea tree : antibacterial, anti fungal, antimicrobial, antiviral
By no means does this cover all of the EOs that would be useful in a cleaning solution. This one includes some of my favorites. How about you? Have you concocted a cleaning recipe that works wonders for you? Let us know about it in the comment section.
Here’s to a healthy fall and winter!
- Eucalyptus (radiate or globulus is fine) 5 drops
- Geranium 6 drops
- Lavender 9 drops
- Lemongrass 7 drops
- Tea Tree 6 drops
- 14 oz of filtered water
- Mix this synergy of essential oils and store in a colored, glass bottle.
- Fill a spray bottle with 16 oz of water and add 8 drops of the synergy to the bottle.
- Shake well before spraying.
- Keep out of reach of children.