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March 9, 2017
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Oils for the Immune System

Winter isn’t over yet. This time of year, a lot of pesky bugs are going around. To avoid catching every illness that you come into contact with, it’s important to take care of yourself and your immune system.

The immune system fights disease and works to keep your body healthy. It can recognize and therefore protect the body from bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms and antigens. But in order for it to do its job, the lymphatic system and all the major organs need to be kept in good condition. Eating healthy whole foods, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep will help your organs function properly and strengthen the immune system.

There are several essential oils that can aid the immune system as well. They can be diffused, as well as diluted and massaged into the bottoms of the feet, along the spine, or under the arms. They are also helpful when added to a warm and relaxing bath.

Here are some of the best essential oils for boosting the immune system:

  • oregano
  • frankincense
  • lemon
  • clove
  • cumin
  • geranium
  • ginger
  • lavender
  • ledum
  • tea tree
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • white lotus

For further information on which essential oils to use and how essential oils can help boost your immune system, see the Reference Guide For Essential Oils.

Source: Reference Guide For Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, p. 493.

March 7, 2017
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Tangerine

Tangerine essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the Citrus nobilis or Citrus reticulata var. tangerine plant.

It has anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, laxative, and sedative properties. It primarily affects the emotional balance, immune system, and skin.

Tangerine oil may help cellulite, circulation, constipation, fat digestion, insomnia, liver problems, parasites, stress, and water retention. It has a wide variety of applications to aid in health and well-being.

Used aromatically, tangerine is sedating and calming due to the esters and aldehydes that it contains. The aroma is fresh, sweet, and citrusy.

It is generally regarded as safe for human consumption. It can also be diffused or used topically.

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

Source:  Reference Guide For Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 141–42.

March 2, 2017
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Calming Sugar Scrub

This sugar scrub uses a calming blend of rosemary essential oil and chamomile tea.

Calming Sugar Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=2 cups (480 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Open the tea bags, and empty the leaves into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add sugar and rosemary essential oil.
  3. Mix well to incorporate all ingredients.
  4. Put in a 16 oz. PET jar, and pour the fractionated coconut oil over the mixture. The oil will seep into the mixture.
  5. To use, massage over skin, and rinse well with water.

Use this calming scrub in the bath or shower for a relaxing experience that also leaves your skin glowing. This is also a fantastic scrub to use for pedicures.

February 28, 2017
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Class Idea: Reference Guide Scavenger Hunt

Those who are new to using essential oils need guidance knowing how to use the samples that you give them. The Primary Usage Guide is the perfect companion to essential oil samples!

How Is This Booklet Useful?

The reference booklet is full of great information about essential oils. It explains their health and wellness benefits and lists the most common uses for specific oils. It also suggests the best essential oil blends and supplements to use for a large variety of health conditions. The booklet even serves as a calling card for you—there is a spot on the back to place your contact information.

Introduction to Essential Oils Class Idea

The goal of this class is to help your attendees learn about essential oils and show them how to find answers to their essential oil questions.

Start the class with a short lesson introducing and explaining the essential oils. You can use the “Introduction to Essential Oils” section found in the Primary Usage Guide. For even more information, you can also use the “Science and Application” section found in the Reference Guide for Essential Oils. Become familiar with the information in this section so that you can answer questions.

Conduct a scavenger hunt activity. Pass out a Primary Usage Guide to everyone in the class. (We recommend letting them take their booklet home with them as a free gift. Make sure to include your contact information on the back!)

Here’s how the scavenger hunt activity works:

  • You ask the class a question about an essential oil—how it is used, which oil can help certain symptoms, etc.
  • The class attendees try to find the answer in their booklets.
  • The first person to find the answer raises his or her hand and shares where the answer is found. (You can reward this person with a treat if you want!)
  • Everyone in the class turns to the correct page so they can review the answer themselves.
  • You repeat with a new question.

Doing a scavenger hunt activity is a fun way to give your students a reason to look through the Primary Usage Guide.  As they do, they will pick up some great information about essential oils and their uses and become familiar with how to find answers in the booklet. Doing this activity could increase the likelihood of your attendees trying and buying essential oils.

Open the class up for questions. Leave time to answer questions your attendees have. Try to keep the questions in this class focused more on the essential oils and their benefits. Refrain from marketing a particular brand of essential oils in this class. Your goal with this class is to help your attendees learn more about the essential oils and how to find information about which ones will help them with their health and wellness concerns.

February 23, 2017
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Study Buddy Diffuser Blend

Diffusing the right blend of essential oils can help you concentrate, retain information, and energize your mind. This Study Buddy blend can help clear your head and activate your intellect while you study. Not to mention that it has a nice, uplifting scent!

February 21, 2017
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Embracing Emotions

Emotions are part of the human experience. They are more than just thoughts and feelings; they are part of a biological process. Every emotion we experience releases chemicals in the body. These chemicals can have a profound effect on one’s overall health.

In maintaining a healthy body, it is important to process and own one’s emotions. Some research suggests that trapped emotions can cause ailments in the body. In the book Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, Karol K. Truman says, “Psychoneuroimmunology is concerned specifically with the impact of mental attitudes on the body’s resistance to disease, especially exploring the links among and between the mind, the brain and the immune system.”

Dr. Bradley Nelson further discusses the possible effects of emotions on health in the book The Emotion Code. “Trapped emotions can cause you to make the wrong assumptions, overreact to innocent remarks, misinterpret behavior and short-circuit your relationships. Even worse, trapped emotions can create depression, anxiety and other unwanted feelings that you can’t seem to shake. They can interfere with proper function of your body’s organs and tissues, wreaking havoc with your physical health, causing pain, fatigue and illness.”

It is important to release the negative emotions we experience by first embracing them. Embrace your emotions by writing them down, meditating, and being honest with yourself and others about your feelings. Dr. Bradley Nelson writes, “Your thoughts are immensely powerful. Whenever you say what you’re thinking or write something down, you’re using the energy of your thoughts to affect the world around you. It is through thought, belief and intention that all things happen.”

Essential oils may further aid in processing and releasing of emotions. They can be diffused, applied topically, or ingested. There are some great tips on how to manage your emotions, including the use of essential oils, in the booklet “What to Do in an Emotional Emergency.”

For further information on which essential oil blends to use and how essential oils can help you embrace and release your emotions, see the Reference Guide For Essential Oils.

Source: Reference Guide For Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 42, 43, 457.

February 16, 2017
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Pink Pepper

Pink pepper, or Brazilian peppertree, essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of a tree in the Anacardiaceae family. Some of its properties include antibacterial, antifungal, and diuretic.

Historically, pink pepper was used as a medicine for an assortment of ailments by the indigenous people throughout the tropics. It is commonly used to treat bronchitis, gout, heart problems, inflammation, tuberculosis, venereal disease, warts, and wounds. It is primarily used as an antifungal.

Pink pepper oil supports the immune and respiratory systems and promotes healthy skin. It can be applied directly to the area of concern or diluted and taken orally.

Although this oil is generally considered safe for human consumption by the FDA, it should be avoided during pregnancy.

See Reference Guide For Essential Oils to learn more about pink pepper and many other pure essential oils.

Source:  Reference Guide For Essential Oils , 2017 Edition, p. 125.

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!

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