I think it’s safe to say: Fall is here in Turku. We have colder mornings and evenings. Fall leaves are not yet yellow. Nor the overwhelming work with the rake yet here.
Here are some tips for using essential oils in fall time:
Couple of drops of f.e eucalyptus, peppermint, doTerra’s Onguard blend (it has wild orange peel, clover and cinnamon bark). I need a pick me up, when I am having a cold. I love doTerra’s Motivate oil blend. It has clementine, peppermint and coriander. It’s my favorite even without a cold right now.
Light and joy to the tired ones
During the dark nights of winter, rosmary and pine tree smells reliese noradrealin, which can help for tiredness. You can add couple of drops of them diluted on to your skin or into your diffuser.
Waiting for Christmas
Two drops of cardamom mixed to your skin lotion, helps to get your liquids moving. Cardamom also has warming sensation, that feels wonderful in your cold feet. Cardamom can be mixed to cinnamon bark during Christmas or to some citrus, if you want a pick me up.
Just when I thought that the flu season was over and getting rid of my hay fever, I got the worst flu and my throat was really bad. I had also horrible ear ache, even though my ear was complitely healthy. My doctor forgot to give me any meds, but not to worry I had some of my own! I used doTerra’s Breath essential oil blend in my diffuser, that has peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon and melaleuca in it. Internally I used (and still use until I’m 100%) doTerra’s Onguard capsules, that improve immune defence.
For the skin, I found this great recipe (you can mix all of these things into a 10 ml glass roller bottle):
1 drop of doTerra’s Frankincense oil
1 drop of doTerra’s Oregano oil
2 drops of doTerra’s Onguard oil
2 drops of doTerra’s Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil)
Mix fractionated coconut oil to the rest of the bottle or some other carrier oil.
I have used homemade hand soaps for years. Natural liquid hand soaps are quick and easy to make. I want to keep all the extra chemicals and additives away from my home. You get enough of them from outside of the home. Many 100% pure essential oils are naturally disinfecting and they bring a natural sent. If you have a sensitive skin, lavender oil is a good choice. Lemon and peppermint are favourites for other people. If it’s the flu season, I use doTerra’s protective Onguard blend that has wild orange, clover, cinnamon and eucalyptus oil in it (or I use ready Onguard foaming hand soap).
Here is my recipe for self made liquid hand soap:
1/3 of the bottle Castile soap (or other natural liquid soap/ doTerra’s cleaning concentrate)
I wrote an article yesterday about how to take care of a head ache with essential oils. I gave tips on different kinds of head aches (caused by muscle pain, stress or congestion). In the vlog I go through natural ways of taking care of head ache. In the vlog I mention a recipe for DIY bath soap that you can make to reduce stress. Happy New Year 2018!
One of the first things that I tried essential oils for last spring was head ache. My job is pretty physical and I carry around my heavy toddler quite a lot. Jammed muscles in my neck and shoulders cause head ache sometimes. Sometimes tired eyes cause it. I use to take anti-inflammatory drugs sometimes, but now I rarely use them. For me it helps almost immediately to put a drop of peppermint oil to my temples and neck (mixed together with coconut oil).
Here are some essential oils that help with different kinds of head ache. Put two drops to massage oil/ lotion and rub it to your shoulders, neck, feet or toes. You can also mix essential oils to your bath soap (or make your own bath soap) or put it into diffuser.
For a head ache that is caused by stress: Lavender, marjoram and chamomile. Rub two drops of lavender to your neck, close to the skull and to your temples and back or your ears.
For a head ache caused by congestion: Eucalyptus, peppermint and ravensara. Put two drops of marjoram, lavender or peppermint to a tissue and inhale three times deep (not for people with asthma).
Here is an easy gift idea for Christmas or pampering yourself in the shower. A lot of people don’t have a bath, so here is some “aroma therapy” for the shower. A shower bomb dissolves into the water and brings “aroma”. You can use any essential oils for the recipe that you wish. I have a vlog, where I show how to make this recipe in Finnish, but you can watch it muted too) If you want to open the air ways or cheer up, peppermint and eucalyptus are great. Lavender is calming for the night. Citrus fruits bring freshness and energy.
1 portion (the amount of the bombs depends on their size, but there should be enough for one silicon tray)
1 cup of baking soda
1/3 cup of distilled water
25 drops of doTerra’s essential oils
Mix them all together and make an even mixture. It needs to be pretty thick. Add more baking soda if needed. I had to add some! Divide the mixture to silicon trays and let it dry for 12-15 hours.
I made today a vlog about skin care with essential oils. I go through different essential oils for different skin types (ageing and dry skin) and especially oily skin. I mention in the video a vlog, where I talk about how important it is to use pure essential oils. I made an article about this same topic, where I list all the oils that I talk about in this video and how to use them.
Essential oils can balance, cleanse and renew your skin. It’s very important to check the quality of the essential oil brand you are using. Even if the label says 100% pure essential oil, unfortunately it doesn’t mean anything. Companies mix synthetic chemicals and other ingredients in them. There is no real regulation in the industry, other than what the companies do themselves. (I have a vlog about this)
You can improve the health of your skin tissue with good quality essential oils especially in your face and hands. You should dilute always your essential oils (except lavender and tea tree oil you can use directly in special circumstances) with jojoba, coconut or some other vegetable oil or with basic lotion without sent in it.
Here are tips for using essential oils for skin care:
Eucalyptus: Cooling and antiseptic, you can use for example for spots and boils.
Geranium: Contracting and balancing, cleans and firms the skin. Reduces inflammation and treats acne, eczema and little cuts.
Juniper berry: Contracting and cleansing, can help with acne, eczema and oily skin. Don’t use while pregnant.
Lavender: Antiseptic and stops inflammation. It can reduce eczema, sun burn and mosquito bites. It can relieve mild burns in the skin. Lavender also increases cell growth and healing, so it can help with scars.
Roman chamomile: Calming and antiseptic, it’s good for sensitive and dry skin, relieves acne and eczema.
Sandal wood: Softens dry, ageing and wrinkly skin, it also can relieve sun burn, nettle-rash and other irritation in the skin.
Tea tree: Antiseptic and stops inflammation and fungus, it’s good for boils and skin rashes and other inflammation in the skin.
I thought I would post another Christmas present tip for a lady who has it all. My first one was chemical free bath soap. Here is a recipe for my foot scrub. You can choose which essential oils you want to use. If you want to make a relaxing foot bath you can use lavender, geranium or frankincense. If you want something energizing, good choices are: Peppermint, doTerra’s Breath oil blend, eucalyptus, lemon and other citrus fruits.
Mix into a beautiful glass jar:
3/4 cup epsom salt/ sea salt
1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil/ olive oil/ almond oil
10 drops of lavender oil
10 drops of essential oil of your choice
Put your feet into a warm foot bath and rub your feet with salt mixture. Keep your feet in the salt water as long as it’s warm. You can get few foot baths from this amount. Only use this for healthy feet.
In this weak’s vlog I share some tips on how to naturally take care of your nails, hands and cuticles. For my long nails, it has helped that I drink green smoothies. I have cut back dairy and use oils for my hands. This vlog continues my last article. If you need tips on how to take care of your feet and toe nails, I have also article about that.