The following words are widely used when discussing essential oils.Analgesic: this is pain-relieving, for mild and sever pain, for shoulder pain, knee pain,back problems, muscle pain. An agent that relieves or diminishes pain.
Antidepressant: this lifts the mood, for depressed people. An agent that is uplifting and counteracts melancholy.
Anti fungal or fungicidal: this inhibits mold and fungi growth. An agent that resists or destroys fungi.
Anti infectious: this prevents uptake of infection.
Anti inflammatory: this helps to reduce and prevent inflammation.
Antispasmodic: this relieves muscle spasm in smooth muscle. An agent that prevents and eases spasms and relieves cramps.
Antiseptic: this is cleansing and prevents the development of microbes.
Aphrodisiac: this increases sexual desire. An agent that provokes sexual interest and excitement.
Astringent: this contracts blood vessels and body tissue. An agent that contracts, tightens and binds tissues.
Calming: this produces a sedative or tranquilizing effect.
Carminative: this reduces intestinal spasm, settles the digestive system. An agent that settles the digestive system and the expulsion of gas from the intestines.
Cicatrizant: promotes healing of scar tissue.
Cephalic: this is stimulating and clears the mind.
Decongestant: this reduces or relieves congestion.
Deodorant: this destroys or inhibits odors.
Digestive: this aids the digestion of food.
Diuretic: this aids urine production.
Expectorant: this expels mucus in the respiratory system.
Febrifuge: this helps reduce fever. An agent that cools and reduces high body temperature.
Immune stimulant: this stimulates the correct function of the immune system.
Hormone influencer: this is a tonic of the hormone system. An aent that stimulates the action of hormones.
Rubefacient: this is warming and increases blood flow.
Sedative: this slows down functional activity and lessens excitement, calming. An agent that reduces nervousness, distress, or agitation.
Stimulant: this has an uplifting effect on the body. An agent that stimulates the physiological functions of the body.
Tonic: strengthens and enlivens the body or parts of the body.
Reference: Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. 2nd edn, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
© 2017, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
After years of debating on whether or not we should do it, we finally decided to remodel our basement! We finally finished the walls, put a new floor in, added a living room, and we fulfilled our dream of having a bar inside the house.
Since there was going to be a lot of Sangria and Cosmos being consumed at the new bar, we realized we were going to have to put a bathroom in the basement. The only place left to do this was the room right next to the bar, and this got us thinking: If the bathroom was going to be directly next to the bar and living room, it would be most ideal to reduce, as much as possible, all odors that would be coming from the bathroom. So how could a household, like mine and everyone else’s, do that?
As fall comes around the corner, it brings with it a number of changes both to the environment and our bodies. As the weather starts cooling down, our immune system defenses begin to deteriorate and we become more vulnerable to inconveniences such as colds and constant coughs. Luckily, we have the tools needed to naturally prepare our bodies for the changes in the season and to maintain our health at a comfortable level until spring comes around.
There’s a reason pumpkin-spice is so popular in the fall. It’s natural to want to warm up this time of year. As Mother Nature starts to cool things off, that glass of iced tea doesn’t seem so appealing. Instead, a warm cup of tea or a spicy glass of warm cider feels heavenly.
And, luckily, you can warm up your energy just like you warm up your beverages! Essential oils extracted from spices are warming for the body and the heart: cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.
I hope you have all enjoyed this summer as much as I did, be it by going to the lake, walking around the park, or by simply sitting outside and catching some rays of sunlight. I know that I certainly indulged in the sun this summer (and yes maybe I did over-indulge), by going out to the lake or waiting in line at the food truck park.
I tried my best to protect my skin this summer via sunscreen, but with this summer being one of the hottest summers in history, I could feel my skin crying for help in the sizzling sun.
Exposing yourself to the sun for too long comes with some risks to our health and appearance. Excessive exposure can lead to uneven complexion, blotchy skin, wrinkles, and irritated skin, all of which ages your skin. Every minute that you spend outside accumulates damage to the skin over time and deteriorates your health.
With the end of summer quickly approaching and less exposure to the sun, now is the best time to begin repairing your summer skin. It’s time to give our skin some tender love and care, the natural way.
The essential oils listed here are ideal for skin care since they heal, vitalize the tissue, stimulate the renewal of cells, cleanse and rejuvenate the skin.
Here’s a guide to repairing your skin:
Ever play that game where you have to choose just a couple of things you’d want if you were stranded on a desert island? For me, Mandarin essential oil would definitely be on the list! I love this stuff!
I first discovered Mandarin oil about twenty years ago, and ever since, it’s been my go-to oil on stressful days, on nights that I can’t sleep, and even for my young son. In fact, Mandarin is one of the safest and gentlest essential oils for children and pregnant women. Kids especially seem to like it because it smells like candy!
What exactly does Mandarin oil do?
Whether you’ve got indigestion, gas, or stomach spasms, Mandarin oil can help your digestive system secrete bile and break down fats. It’s also got antispasmodic qualities that can give you quick relief from gas pains and hiccups.
Simply mix 20 drops of Mandarin with 4 ounces of carrier oil and massage it clockwise over your tummy. (And, yes, this mixture is safe for young kids and the elderly!) – For children under 2, mix 4 ounces of jojoba oil with 5 drops of mandarin oil.