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February 14, 2017
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Essential Oils for Romance

This is the month for romance, so set the mood with the help of essential oils. There are many ways to use essential oils for a special evening with the one you love. Diffuse essential oils, or add them to massage lotion or your food (especially chocolate) to promote feelings of  love and harmony.

  • Rose enhances balance and harmony in the body.
  • Sandalwood lifts the spirits and opens the heart.

The following oils are known aphrodisiacs:

  • Clary sage
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Cinnamon

Once you’ve set the stage, focus on your loved one. In order to truly commune on a deep romantic level, you need to relax and be in the moment. Experts on romance say that vulnerability, honest communication, and expressing gratitude and sincere affection for your partner will bring connection on a deeper level. Research supports that people in happy monogamous relationships live longer and enjoy better health. So snuggle up to your sweetie and enjoy the love—it’s good for you!

February 9, 2017
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Diffuser Blend for Romance

Diffusing the right essential oils is a great way to set the mood for romance. Here is a Calming Romance Blend to diffuse when you want to create a romantic atmosphere. Sandalwood is known as an aphrodisiac, and goldenrod is calming. Together these two oils create a lovely ambiance, perfect for a romantic night in.

February 7, 2017
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Essential Chocolate

Most people would agree that chocolate is an essential for Valentine’s Day. Creating your own chocolates for yourself or your sweetheart is fun and easy:

  1. Melt a bag of organic chocolate chips in the microwave or a double boiler. Add 1 tsp. (4 g) coconut oil, and stir in.
  2. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil(s) to give your chocolate a delicious and healthy kick.
  3. Spoon over your favorite nuts on wax paper, or pour into fun candy molds.
  4. Let cool until hardened. Then enjoy!

Here are some of the best essential oils to couple with chocolate:

  • Peppermint: There is nothing like that combination of rich, dark chocolate with the fresh crispness of peppermint. (Peppermint works best with dark chocolate.)
  • Orange: Orange and chocolate are, of course, a match made in heaven. Tangerine is equally delicious.
  • Lemon: A little lemony zing brings a bright and tangy flavor to chocolate.
  • Lime: This works well with both dark and white chocolate. Try making some white chocolate truffles with a little lime oil, and then dip the truffles in dark chocolate—it’s a great combo!
  • Bergamot: This oil is used to flavor earl grey tea and works equally well to flavor chocolate.
  • Lemongrass: Lemongrass adds an unexpected and pleasant zing. It’s strong, though, so don’t add too much.
  • Cardamom: This is a classic partner for chocolate.
  • Ginger: A little ginger oil with a dash of cinnamon powder makes for a delicious and unique chocolate.

Chocolates make a great gift any time of year. And chocolates made with essential oil have a special gourmet flavor with added health benefits!

February 3, 2017
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Diffusing Benefits

Therapeutic-grade essential oils affect the brain in positive ways. The brain is protected by a membrane called the blood-brain barrier, which separates it from  the blood circulating around the brain. This barrier blocks damaging substances from getting to the brain and into the cerebrospinal fluid. The American Medical Association did some research on whether or not positive agents could cross the barrier to help treat certain diseases and degenerative conditions that affect the brain. They discovered that sesquiterpenes, found in some essential oils, had the ability to go beyond the blood-brain barrier. These sesquiterpenes increased oxygen in the brain, which in turn increased antibodies, endorphins, and neurotransmitters.

The easiest way to to put oils in the air for inhalation is with an aromatic diffuser. Cold-air diffusers work best because they do not alter the chemical makeup of the oil.  The cold air breaks the oils up into an oxygenated microfine mist that improves the quality of the air. When diffused, essential oils reduce airborne bacteria, fungus, mold, and chemicals.

Depending on the mood you want to create or the health issue you want to address, there are endless essential oil blends to use with your diffuser.

Here are some tips for choosing which oils to diffuse:

  • Oils like lavender, geranium, and chamomile are helpful if you have trouble sleeping.
  • If you need an energy boost, try rosemary, juniper, nutmeg, balsam fir, lemongrass, and clove.
  • For clarity, diffuse basil, peppermint, ylang ylang, bergamot, and jasmine.
  • If you need a little harmony in your life, try lavender, sandalwood, orange, rosewood, lemon, and frankincense.
  • To give your immune system a boost, use hyssop, citrus, oregano, clove, cumin, and tansy.

 

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 11, 27, 639–42.

February 1, 2017
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Alkalize Your Body

Over-acidity in the blood and body tissues can cause a variety of ailments and diseases. Viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and fungi grow in acidic environments. Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, AIDS, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic fatigue result when the pH balance in the body becomes too acidic.

There are a number of ways the body can become too acidic: an improper diet; kidney, liver, and adrenal disorders; emotional disturbances; fever; and an excess of niacin, vitamin C, and aspirin. Foods such as meat, dairy, whole wheat, coffee, tea, wine, beer, yeast products, and junk food will raise acidity in the blood.

The body heals when it is slightly alkaline. To alkalize the body, there are some factors to consider. Oxygen reduces the acidity of the blood. Essential oils contain oxygen and can be a great way to neutralize acid the body. Lemon oil is particularly good at counteracting acid levels. Adding essential oils such as lemon to the diet and avoiding acidic foods, as well as drinking plenty of water every day, will help restore your body to an alkaline state. This will prevent illness and disease from thriving and will invigorate the immune system.

Learn more about how to alkalize the body, read Alkalize or Die by Theodore A. Baroody.

Read more about acidosis in the Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, p. 365.

 

January 26, 2017
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Coconut Oil Bath Melts

Use these luxurious bath melts to soften and soothe dry skin. These are especially great for wintertime!

Coconut Oil Bath Melts

  • Time: 5 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (200 g) Coconut Oil
  • 15 drops essential oil of your preference (we recommend lavender, lemon, peppermint, geranium, or ylang ylang)

Instructions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in a double boiler or in a glass bowl in the microwave.
  2. Stir in essential oil of your preference.
  3. Pour into molds or an ice cube tray. Let cool and solidify in the refrigerator for an hour.
  4. After cleaning your skin in the bath or shower, use bath melt to moisturize and pamper your skin.
  5. Let the oils soak in, and then dry off as usual.

These also make a great gift!

January 24, 2017
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Hearty Crock Pot Beef Stew

Nothing is more comforting than a hot, delicious beef stew on a cold wintry day. Try this hearty slow-cooker recipe with the added flavor and health benefits of essential oils.

 

Hearty Crock Pot Beef Stew

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 20 minutes active; 7–8 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. (1 kg) lean stew beef
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) flour
  • 1 tsp. (2 g) paprika
  • 1 tsp. (3 g) garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (480 ml) beef broth
  • 1 tsp. (6 g) salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium dried bay leaves
  • 6 carrots, chopped
  • 6 medium potatoes, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) cold water blended with 3 Tbsp. (23 g) flour
  • 5 drops thyme essential oil
  • 5 drops oregano essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine flour, paprika, and garlic powder in a zip-top bag; add beef, and toss to coat.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Brown the seasoned and coated beef in the hot oil, searing all sides. Put browned beef into the crock pot.
  4. Add the onion, garlic, broth, salt, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, bay leaves, carrots, and potatoes.
  5. Cook the beef stew on low for about 7 hours, or until the beef and vegetables are tender.
  6. About 30 minutes before serving, add the flour and water mixture and essential oils to the crock pot. Set heat to high, and cook for about 20–30 minutes, or until the broth has thickened.

January 21, 2017
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Orange Mint Scrub

The uplifting aromas of orange and mint make this scrub an invigorating skin treatment. Exfoliate and moisturize at the same time!


Orange Mint Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=1 1/2 cups (360 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Gently mix ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Scoop into the PET jar.
  3. Keep jar near your bathtub or sink to use this refreshing scrub whenever your skin needs a boost.

January 14, 2017
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Updated Reference Guide for Essential Oils: 2017 Edition

Since first being published in 1996, the Reference Guide for Essential Oils has been updated many times to stay the most up-to-date reference guide in the essential oil industry. This latest edition includes many improvements, not only to the design, but also to include new products, essential oils, and information.

Now 688 pages, this definitive guide is a great resource for essential oil beginners and experts alike. If you use essential oils, you’ll want to have this book in your personal library!

Here are some of the features you’ll find in this edition:


ah_rg2017_cover_tocNew design and images throughout the book. The Reference Guide for Essential Oils just got even more beautiful with full-sized images for section headers and additional images for essential oils, oil blends, personal care products, and supplements! You will love how colorful this book is now!


Easy-to-understand information about the science behind the essential oils and how to use them. In Science & Application section, you can learn about the basics of essential oils and more advanced scientific information such as the chemical constituents that make up essential oils and why the constituents make essential oils beneficial for our health. Among other topics addressed in this section, you can also learn about the 3 different application methods—aromatic, topical, and internal—and various practical ways to apply the oils to yourself or others.


ah_rg2017_singleoilsDetailed information for over 100 single essential oils. Each essential oil in the Single Oils section outlines information about the oil including botanical family, extraction method/origin, chemical constituents, properties, common primary uses, folklore, historical uses, other possible uses, body systems affected, aromatic influence, application, oral use as a dietary supplement, safety data, blend classification, and other oils it blends well with. The newest addition to this section is Juniperus oxycedrus.


ah_rg2017_oilblendsDetailed information for commercially available essential oil blends. In the Oil Blends section, you’ll learn about what single oils make up each blend and their purpose in the blend, the body systems each blend affects, its aromatic influence, application, safety data, companion oils, frequency, and other pertinent information. A new blend was just added to this edition.


ah_rg2017_personalcareDetailed information for commercially available essential oil personal care products. Under each product, the Personal Care Products section lists the ingredients, essential oils and their purpose in the product, suggested use, and body systems affected. Various new personal care products have just been added to this section.


ah_rg2017_supplementsDetailed information for commercially available essential oil–inspired supplements. In the Supplements section, you will find information about each supplement such as ingredients, essential oils and their purpose in the supplement, suggested use, safety data, body systems affected, companion products, companion oils, frequency, and additional comments. Various new supplements have been added to this edition.


ah_rg2017_notesA place to keep personal notes. As you use essential oils, you will inevitably have information you want to write down such as personal experiences of oils that have worked for you, diffuser blends, new products, ideas, protocols, suggestions from others, etc. The Notes & New Products section gives you a place to keep all these thoughts together.


ah_rg2017_personalguideOver 600 conditions/ailments with suggested essential oils, oil blends, personal care products, and supplements to try. The Personal Guide is the most-used section of the book because it is the easiest way to find what essential oils you may need to help your health condition. This section outlines the primary essential oil recommendations in purple and the secondary essential oil recommendations in green. You will also find recommended application methods (A=Aromatic, T=Topical, I=Internal). If there are personal care products or supplements that may help, they will be listed under the condition as well. You may also find essential oil recipes, protocols, and others’ personal recommendations.


ah_rg2017_appendix

Easy-to-reference charts and graphs. This book includes additional information, charts, and graphs in the appendix of the book for easy reference.


References to scientific research studies. Hundreds of footnotes throughout this book lead to summaries and references for more than 300 published research studies on essential oils and essential oil constituents.


This book’s unique color-coded system makes it simple for anyone to quickly find—and confidently use—recommended essential oils, oil blends, and essential oil–inspired supplements for hundreds of different health and wellness conditions.

Join the millions of individuals who are rediscovering the natural healing powers of essential oils with the Reference Guide for Essential Oils!

January 12, 2017
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Melissa

Melissa essential oil, also known as lemon balm, is steam-distilled from the leaves of the Melissa officinalis plant in the mint family.

Melissa is one of the earliest known medicinal herbs. Historically, it was used for nervous disorders and many problems having to do with the heart and emotions. It was also used to aid fertility.

It has antibacterial, antidepressant, sedative, and other qualities that make it useful in a wide variety of applications. It is helpful in relieving anxiety, asthma, colic, depression, indigestion, insomnia, nausea, fevers, throat infections, and vertigo.

Aromatically, melissa is delicate and lemony. It is calming and uplifting and may help balance the emotions.

Melissa blends well with geranium, lavender, and other floral and citrus oils. It is a good oil to diffuse or to use externally on the area of concern.

See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about melissa essential oil and many other pure essential oils.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, pp. 98–99.