Essential Oil

Sunburn Soothing Bath

I just recently acquired a sunburn and this bath has helped sooth the burn and keep my skin hydrated.

Ingredients
1 cup of oatmeal
1 cup of baking soda
1 tbsp. of aloe essential oil (optional)

Mix the oatmeal and baking soda together and pour into a luke warm bath. Add the aloe oil. Soak in the bath for 15-20 minutes. Pat dry the burned areas.

Tip: If the sunburn is on areas where clothes/straps usually sit, pat corn starch on those areas after the skin dries.

Natural Blemish Remover

Lavender & Tea Tree Blemish Remover

Ingredients:

1 ounce jojoba oil
10 drops tea tree (malaleuca alternifolia) essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops lemon essentail oil

Directions:

1. Fill a small bottle (1 ounce size is perfect if you have it) with the jojoba oil.
2. Add essential oils, cover and shake well

To use: Apply 3 – 4 drops to a cotton pad or finger tips and apply to affected area.

How to make your own natural herbal infused oil in a few easy steps.

Make your own oils from scratch. Once made, these oils are suitable for a range of uses, they can be burned in a candle oil burner to add fragrance to the air, excellent to use at your altar instead of incense, use it to anoint candles for candle magic, add to baths for spell work purification and for silky and heavenly soaks, make it into perfume, use for a variety of skin conditions, use it as massage oil or even just a delicious cooking oil or salad dressing.

See below for instructions.

Use, olive, almond, sunflower or coconut oil work best.

1. Find a large, clear, clean glass jar or bottle with a tight lid.

2. Pack fresh, clean, whole herbs loosely into the jar, use any herbs you like or a mixture, you can experiment with smells and tastes or if you need a specific one for a spell or potion only use that.

3. Cover the herbs with oil. High quality olive oil is best, but any good quality vegetable oil will work.

4. Put the lid on as tightly as you can, and set the jar on a sunny windowsill - this is best done in the summertime, but can be done in winter if you have a window that gets maximum amount of light, even in winter.

5. Leave the jar on the windowsill for 30 days, shaking it gently once a day.

6. Find another large, clear, clean glass jar or bottle with a tight lid, a large funnel, and some cheesecloth. Pack the cheesecloth fairly tightly in the funnel. Set the funnel in the empty jar, and wrap some cheese cloth around where the mouth of the jar meets the funnel, to prevent spillage. You can also use a fine sieve but it won’t work as good.

7. Slowly pour the oil into the clean jar through the funnel. The cheesecloth will strain the herbs, letting the oil filter into the jar.

Experiment with mixes. Fill the jar with a mix of chamomile, vanilla and lavender to ensure pleasant sleep. Mix vanilla and cinnamon to fill your kitchen with cooking scents.

This does not make essential oil. Essential oils are the herbs compressed to make oil. This makes diluted oil. There is no need to further dilute this oil.

Lavender is soothing, cinnamon invigorating, mint fresh. White willow bark has a spicy smell, sage is used by Native Americans for cleansing, chamomile is used to soothe and help sleep. Do some research about your favorite scents, and see what you can find.

In the Autumn try using rosemary which also has astringent and healing properties as well.

In the summer pick or purchase mint to make a refreshing oil
White willow bark (or any kind of bark or nuts or roots) may need to be soaked in water first, left in the oil longer, and/or used as freshly as possible.

Some herbs can be used dried, like cinnamon, but for the most part, dried herbs lose their essential oils, so best to use fresh.

Store oil in a cool, dark place, and smell it occasionally. If it smells rancid, don’t use it.

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Featured Essential Oil: Rosewood 

Rosewood has a very pleasing, warm, and woodsy aroma that has been used in aromatherapy for spiritual, uplifting, and strengthening purposes. Rosewood works wonders for the skin and facial rejuvenation, cancerous and pre-cancerous cells, as well as emotional and physical health and well-being.

Rosewood is extracted from the trunk of the rosewood tree, also known as Brazilian evergreen tree, through steam distillation. The trunks of the trees are usually a red-colored wood. In the early 1900′s, the oil was extremely popular in high-class perfumery, which caused deforestation of the tree. Since then, the demand dwindled, giving the trees the opportunity to grow and thrive.

Botanical Name: Aniba rosaeodora
Botanical Family: Lauraceae
Aromatic Description: Sweet, woody, fruity, floral aroma

Plant Properties: Anti-bacterial, anti-infectious, antiviral, antifungal, stimulant and anti-parasitic.

Aromatic Affect on the Mind: Its sweet and woody aroma makes is grounding and relaxing.

Spiritual Influence: This oil has interesting spiritual influences and that is why it is used in so many of the professionally made blends that I use for emotional release, trauma and encouragement.

- First Chakra: Root Chakra – Rosewood essential oil is derived from a tree with deep root in the earth. This oil assists with connecting our bodies and spirits with nature! This allows us to be grounded and aligned with earth’s energies.

- Second Chakra: Sacral Chakra – In the second chakra, Rosewood assists with menstrual cramps and irregularities. Rosewood is also one of the oils that help us emit positive energies when connecting with others, and important part of the balancing of the sacral chakra.

- Third Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra – Rosewood is one of the powerful oils that support creating a positive self-image with a sense of self-empowerment. The oil also helps us connect with our gut feelings of higher wisdom and recognize our intuitive wisdom.

- Fourth Chakra: Heart Chakra – In the heart chakra, Rosewood helps us to balance our love for ourselves and for others!

- Fifth Chakra: Throat Chakra – Rosewood assists with supporting our inner strength, which, in turn, helps us be able to speak our Inner Truth with confidence and love.

- Seventh Chakra: Crown Chakra – In the Crown Chakra, Rosewood assists with meditation and bringing ourselves to a higher frequency. At this high frequency, we are able to quiet the mind and be in the present moment!

Contraindications: NONE.

Methods of Usage:

- Neat: Place a drop or two directly onto clean and intact skin. A couple drops on the wrists, shoulders, temples or neck imparts a strong woodsy and honey-like aroma. Note: This oil should not be used undiluted on facial skin!

- Blended with Carrier: Use 5 drops per 1 TBL of carrier oil such as grapeseed, rosehip, jojoba or hazelnut oils, and massage over any area where you would like for healing to occur.

- Bath: Place 8 drops into 3 handfuls of bath salt and disperse, or add 8 drops to vodka or whole milk and disperse.

- Shower: Soak for at least 3 minutes in steamy shower, then with the water off or turned away from the body, allow 5-7 drops to fall in the palm of the hand and distribute all over wet body (not face). The oil will penetrate very quickly, and the body can be rinsed again, or not.

- Diffusor: Follow diffusor manufacturer’s instructions, but typically add about 8 drops.

- Room Deodorizer: Add 15 drops per 2oz distilled water and spray as desired.

WARNING: Do Not Use Pennyroyal to Terminate Pregnancy

This is an herb that when searching for an herbal remedy comes up quite often, as it was used in Europe to terminate pregnancies two thousand years ago. 

However, this herb is TOXIC if ingested and SHOULD NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES be used in an effort to terminate pregnancy. There are plenty of other options out there, and pennyroyal and its essential oils have been known to cause death in infants, college students, and pets. 

Lavender Massage Oil

With my ambundance of lavender this year ,I am racing to make as many things that I can.  I do like to leave some lavender out in my garden because it looks so pretty when it sways in the breeze.  But I also feel guilty just letting it sit and not making anything with it.

If you grow lavender, or if you can get your hands on some, I highly recommend making some lavender massage oil.    Nothing relaxes me more than the scent of lavender; add a massage with that and I am one happy person!

Ingredients:

Enough lavender flowers to fill a medium sized mason jar.
Organic carrier oil, use an oil that does not have a strong scent such as sunflower, avocado, or even olive oil.

Method:

Fill jar with lavender flowers.  To make it easy, I just snip off the tops of the lavender so it’s still on the stem.  Discard the remaining bare stems.

Fill the jar with your choice of oil, making sure the lavender is fully covered.  Seal jar securly and place on a sunny window sill for 2 weeks.

After 2 weeks, drain the lavender oil through a fine seive.  Pour massage oil into a dark glass bottle and store in a cool dark place.

Featured Essential Oil: Lemon

Lemon essential oil is made by cold-pressing fresh lemon rinds. It has an uplifting citrus scent that is refreshing and replenishing for the mind and body, and helps with concentration. Mix lemon and rosemary essential oils to help with memory. 

Lemon essential oil is known for its intense purification and sanitizing properties. Mix it with water in a spray bottle for cleaning surfaces, removing grease stains and even to help remove glue or gum. Add a few drops to a cotton ball and put it in your fridge to fight odors.

Ancient Romans used lemon oil to ward off insects and freshen clothes. They associated it with Juventas, the goddess of youth.