5 Things you Need to Know about Essential Oils Before You Put Them On

A lot of people don’t take essential oils seriously, they just think they’re something that smells good, like perfume.  Here are 5 things you need to know before you put them on, especially #1.

1.  How to Take off Essential Oils-  Just because Essential Oils are natural doesn’t mean your going to like the smell of all of them.  Sometimes they smell good at first and the as it fades or mixes with your natural oils,  you don’t like it anymore.  Or worse, it gives you a rash, makes you feel sick or heated.
Apply a carrier oil, preferably olive oil.  Then wash off with soap and water.  Only oil attracts oil which helps draw it off your skin.

2. Essential oils can affect medications you are taking.-  If you are taking a medication, Essential Oils, like herbs can affect the the medicines affectiveness.  Don’t use an essential oil that does the same thing as your medication without consulting your doctor.

3.  Just because it smells good doesn’t mean it’s right for you.-  Ayurveda says a body in balance craves things to keep it in balance and a body out of balance, craves things that keep it out of balance.  So test an essential oil before you buy it, and see how you react to it as well as look up what the negatives and positives of the essential oil are.

4.  Not all essentials are created equal.-  Be aware of where your essential oils come from.  Are they Organic, sustainably harvested, and fair trade?  Are there only essential oils in that bottle?  This is important because your skin is your largest digestive organ and what you put on it goes into your blood stream.

5. Some essential oils are on the Endangered and Vulnerable- list, yet are still being sold, a couple are: Sandalwood, Frankincense and Rose Wood.

Cardamom: Courage in a Bottle

Flowers Floating in Herbal Tea  I don’t think there could be a more perfect herb to help counteract the windy, rainy, cold, warm spring of Colorado than Cardamom.  Weather you are looking for some courage and grounding or want get rid of a little excess Kapha, Cardamom can do that and a whole lot more.  In ancient Egypt soldiers would put on Cardamom essential oil to increase their courage, before going into battle, so maybe you could use some before work.

Cardamom V-P+K-  (Having trouble understanding these symbols?  Click here.)

Cardamom can be used as an Essential Oil for smelling or as a spice in food.

Foods that use cardamom:  Chai, Pumpkin Pie, Rice Pudding and Oatmeal.  Spices are great for stoking the digestive fire and Cardamom is known for getting rid of Vata gas and Kapha mucous.  Side note: its antispasmodic qualities, can be helpful for getting rid of hiccups, and intestinal cramping (Dillute essential oil in a carrier oil and apply to abdominal area.)  Not recommended during your period, due to its heating qualities use peppermint instead.

Cardamom stays fresher when stored in pod form and can be chopped in a coffee grinder as needed.

Do you cook with Cardamom?  Let me know how you use it in the comments below.

 

(How to) Easy Essential Oil Gift Ideas

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As the season of gifting approaches why not give a fast acting gift of happiness with a yummy salt scrub that will make your shower feel like a spa.  Or a room spray that can disinfect as well as smell great, or an uplifting blend, that can be used in your office or home.  Smell is one of the fastest ways to affect the mind.  Lavender calming stress, Lemon to enliven and brighten a gloomy disposition.  Smell can also affect your digestion, Peppermint helps calm a full stomach or fennel to stoke the digestive fire.  Overall pleasant smells make us feel happy and can greatly affect the mood of the environment you are in.

Essential oils for the Doshas

*Means ok for salt scrub, the others may be to harsh for the skin and should only be used in a spray.

Vata- *Chamomile (Grounding), *Lavender (Calming), *Jasmine

Pitta-*Rose (Heart opening), *Peppermint (Cooling), *Lemon (Uplifting)

Kapha- Eucalyptus (Decongestant), *Orange (Uplifting), Sage (Drying)MP900387904

Salt Scrub Ingredients:

1 cup of salt (small grains, not rock salt)

3/4 cup of Olive, Almond or Jojoba oil

Preferred Essential Oils

Plastic or Tin container

Directions:

Combine salt and oil into bowl, mix with spoon or clean hands.  (You want to have the salt soaked but not liquidy so if you need to add a little oil go for it.)

Add essential oil a couple of drops at a time and stir to avoid making too potent.  Watch video for blending tips.

Scoop salt scrub into container.  (Preferably not glass as the person using will be in shower and you don’t want them to drop it with oily hands.)

The more you decorate the container, the more posh it gets.  That means think ribbons, tags, charms, anything you want, be creative.

**My favorite essential oils for salt scrub are geranium and lemon blend.**

Room Spray Ingredients:

Distilled water (amount depends on size of bottle)

If you are doing a floral spray you can start with a pre-made rose water base instead.

Preferred Essential Oils

Empty spritzer bottle (can be in found in natural food or craft store.)

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Pour water into spritzer bottle. Leave room at the top for essential oils and the tube that goes into the bottle for the spritzer.

Slowly add essential oils and check the smell as you go.  Watch video for blending tips.

Decorate with ribbon, tag or card, or decorate your own labels. (Blank sticky  labels can be found in the office sections of the store.)

**Lavender spritzer is an antibacterial and smells wonderful, you can even spray a little near your pillow to help you sleep at night.**

Essential Oil Safety Tips:

*If you haven’t done much blending you can stick to one essential oil, or try not to go over three.

*Not quite sure what oils, Lavender and Vanilla on their own are very accepted and enjoyed smells.

*Don’t apply essential oils to skin with out diluting with carrier oil.

*Keep essential oils away from eyes.

*Do not ingest essential oils.

*Pregnant women should ask their doctor before using essential oils.

Summer Reading (Ayurveda Books)

Here is a list of the Ayurveda books I find myself recommending the most.  They are in no particular order and each have a brief review.  I have also found that every Ayurveda book has an intro to the Doshas, it is definitely worth the time to read this section even if you feel fairly knowledgeable about the Doshas.  It seems that everyone is written with a slightly different focus or view-point.

1.  Eat Taste Heal an Ayurvedic Guidebook and Cookbook for Modern Living by Thomas Yarema, M.D., Daniel Rhoda, D.A.S., and Chef Johnny Brannigan  This book has a great intro. to Ayurveda focusing on Doshas and taste.  The rest of the book is filled with more modern recipes that have different options for different Doshas. 

There is also an online site for recipes I recommend a lot which is www.Joyfulbelly.com  

2.  Ayurveda the Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad  This book is a wonderful introduction to Ayurveda covering a wide span of topics in an easy to understand format.  Perfect for anyone wanting to know more than just the meaning of the Doshas.

3.  Balance your Hormones, Balance your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Welness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Science by Dr. Claudia Welch, MSOM  I feel this book should be in every womans library.  This book is clear and simple to understand and delves into a lot of topics on women’s health, and shows you that you do not have to suffer there are natural ways to work with your body to find health.

4.  Yoga and Ayurveda Self Healing and Self Realization by Dr. David Frawley  This book covers a lot of Ayurveda and Yoga information, you may want some previous knowledge on the subject before diving in or make sure to start from the beginning as the book builds on itself.  I remember trying to read this book before going to CCA. Having studied the subject for a while on my own I thought I knew a lot and that this book would be a walk in the park, it proved me wrong.  Dr. David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) is considered a Saint in India and has great knowledge of the Vedic texts and shares this in his books.  Another book that I would recommend by this Author if you are interested in the subject area is Neti: Healing Secrets of Yoga and Ayurveda.

5.  Ayurveda and Aromatherapy (The Earth Essential Guide to Ancient Wisdom and Modern Healing) by Dr. Light Miller, ND and Dr. Bryan Miller,DC  I love this book it covers some of my favorite topics all in one book: Ayurveda, Marma Points and Essential Oils.  The essential oil guide is a great reference tool sharing the effects on the Doshas and great information on the oils themselves.

All of these books are based on Ayurveda with different subject focuses I hope you find one that interests you.  I invite you to take some time out of your day and enjoy one of these great books sitting out under the shade of a tree.