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Using Essential Oils to Help Treat Depression

There are basically two types of depression: feeling down and clinical depression. When you feel down, there is usually a way to “snap out of it.” It might take a little while, sometimes a few days, but it ispossible to get yourself over it and move on. Clinical is caused by a real chemical imbalance in the brain. With clinical ... Read More »

Nutmeg Oil, Some Uses

Nutmeg oil (Myristica fragrans) is a lovely sounding word. It sounds crunchy, warm and nutty. The scent of Nutmeg is light, fresh, with deep, sweet, warm woody undertones. Aromatic influences: Adding zest, fun, and enchantment to life. Inspires creativity and imagination. Cheering, fortifying and refreshing. Combines well with: Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Ginger Root, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Bay Leaf, Red Mandarin, ... Read More »

Orange Oil, Some Uses

Orange oil (Citrus sinensis) has a sweet, warm, summery fragrance that makes you feel like an energetic child, ready to go out and experience the world again. Aromatic influences: Bringing joy and laughter to life. Combines well with: Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Red Mandarin, Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Ginger Root, Sandalwood, Neroli, Clary Sage, Myrrh, Geranium, Frankincense, Palmarosa, Nutmeg, Lavender, Rose, ... Read More »

Lemon Oil, Some Uses

Ah Lemons! They are sharp, invigorating, crisp and they make your mouth pucker. Lemon oil (Citrus limonum) is used everywhere as a cleaner, to make furniture polish, and to freshen the air in a room. It’s bright and it makes you smile, all while it helps get rid of bacteria. Can’t argue with that! Aromatic influences:  Health, healing, physical energy and purification. ... Read More »

Lime Oil, Some Uses

Coming from a lovely, green fruit, Lime oil (Citrus aurantifolia) has a sweet tangy scent to it, similar to Lemon but all it’s own bright cheerful self. Aromatic influences: Refreshes a tired mind, uplifting, stimulating, cheering, and restorative. Combines well with: Lemon,  Orange, Tangerine, Bergamot, Red Mandarin, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Lavender, Nutmeg, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Chamomile (German and Roman), Fennel Seed, Geranium, Eucalyptus (Radiata, ... Read More »

Tangerine Oil, Some Uses

Tangerines are lovely, small oranges, most often associated with mandarin oranges. They have a light, sweet taste and Tangerine oil (Citrus reticulata) takes that taste and concentrates it into a bright, sweet, aroma that makes you want to smile. Aromatic influences: Relieving emotional grief, stress, and fear. It cheers, inspires, and assists in bringing about a sense of peace. Combines well with: ... Read More »

Bergamot Oil, Some Uses

Bergamot oil (Citrus aurantium var bergamia) is an example of making the best out of life. This oil has a tangy, fresh, bright scent and it comes from a fruit so sour it is inedible. It is no wonder this oil is the primary oil used to treat depression. Aromatic influences: Stabilize a person in a shaky emotional state, keeps the mind young ... Read More »

Grapefruit Oil, Some Uses

Grapefruit oil (Citrus Paradisi)  is energetic, tangy, and uplifting. You feel like you can do anything. One of the best mood pick-me-ups you can find. Aromatic influences: Uplifting, gives confidence, and prevents one from drowning in one’s own negativity. Combines well with: Lemon, Palmarosa, Bergamot, Neroli, Rosemary, Cypress, Lavender, Geranium, Peppermint, Cardamom, Clove Bud, Ginger Root, Lime, Tangerine, Orange, Jasmine, Ylang ... Read More »

Sandalwood Oil, Some Uses

Sandalwood oil (Santalum album)is one of those oils that makes you think of exotic Indian locales and beautiful colors and people. It is the oldest known perfume material, used for 4,000 years in cosmetics and perfumes all over the East. It has a woody, musky, exotic scent to it. Aromatic influences: Meditation and healing. Combines well with Red Mandarin, Rose, Clove Bud, ... Read More »

How-to: Make Flower Water Skin Toner

Flower waters, like rose water and lavender water, were very popular skin toners in previous centuries. They are usually a byproduct of the distillation of oils. However, you can make them for yourself. I found some recipes for flower waters in a couple of my books that I thought I would share. One book in particular, Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees, has a great ... Read More »