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Family characteristics represented in the essential oils of plants.
Posted on: November 19, 2016

Plants are categorized by a system that has 7 ranks. You will see the bottom two listed on a bottle of essential oil, Genus and species. The next largest classification is Family. Physical characteristics are used to categorize plants into Families. Essential oils from plants in Families can share show Family characteristics. Learning about plant families can be interesting. It can be a learning tool and a guide for using and blending essential oils.

The Burseracae plant family includes the Boswellia, the Canaruim, and the Commiphora genus. Think of Frankincense, Elemi and Myrrh as representatives of each Genus. Oils from these are used to treat the respiratory system because they are drying and act as an expectorant. They are also used to heal wounds because they are anti-inflammatory and promote scar tissue.

See what I mean…?

This information could be helpful in a few cases, you would like to use Myrrh in a respiratory blend but don’t want to work with the thick material that doesn’t do well in the diffusor. You can use this familial information to find a substitute. Perhaps a blend calls for Elemi, but you don’t like the smell and Myrrh may be a suitable substitute.

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Using Red Raspberry Seed oil
Posted on: November 14, 2016

I am careful to purchase Red Raspberry Seed oil that is cold processed and lightly filtered. This unrefined product is flushed with nitrogen and packed in nonreactive containers. When the Red Raspberry Oil arrives I immediately decant it into smaller glass bottles and refrigerate.

A relatively small amount of oil produced from those tiny seeds and it is full of good stuff for your skin. This is truly topical nutrition. It is 83% essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are not made in our bodies, it is essential to have them in the diet. About 50% omega 6, about 30% of omega 3 and about 10% omega 9. Specifically named lineoleic, linolenic, palmitic, etc… these essential fatty acids reduce the destruction of collagen, cell regenerative, anti-inflammatory. They are the precursors of other molecules and are important constituents in cell structure. Applying nutrition topically can direct the nutrition to a specific area, ingesting nutrition allows for metabolism and dispersion through the body.

Healthy skin is able to hold moisture. Skin needs to be nourished in order to be healthy. Topical application of nutritious oils does make a difference in the health of the skin.

Nutrious seed oils are a perfect vehicle for essential oil in skin care. You can make a beautiful regenerative skin serum by adding 25 drops of essential oils to one ounce of base oil. Choose from Helichrysum, Neroli, Carrot and Sandalwood make a wonderful combination. Cleanse the skin and prep with a few sprays of a hydrosol, this allows the few drops of serum to be thinly spread over the skin and absorbed.

Making a facial serum
Posted on: November 11, 2016

First, I want to talk a little bit about rancid fats. Any fat, liquid or solid can become rancid. Rancid fats can become discolored and smell bad, but it can also be hard to tell. Heat, light, oxygen, contamination and some enzyme actions can initiate the process and speed the process as well. Oxygenation is the primary cause of rancidity. An electron gets removed from the carbon in the fat. That fat is now unstable, an autocatalytic reaction occurs producing a lot of rancid oil that our bodies have to treat differently. We should be using only fresh and well cared for oils on our skin and in our food.

I am careful to purchase Red Raspberry Seed oil that is cold processed and lightly filtered. This unrefined product is flushed with nitrogen and packed in nonreactive containers. When the Red Raspberry Oil arrives I immediately decant it into smaller glass bottles and refrigerate.

A relatively small amount of oil produced from those tiny seeds and it is full of good stuff for your skin. This is truly topical nutrition. It is 83% essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are not made in our bodies, it is essential to have them in the diet. About 50% omega 6, about 30% of omega 3 and about 10% omega 9. Specifically named lineoleic, linolenic, palmitic, etc… these essential fatty acids reduce the destruction of collagen, cell regenerative, anti-inflammatory. They are the precursors of other molecules and are important constituents in cell structure. Applying nutrition topically can direct the nutrition to a specific area, ingesting nutrition allows for metabolism and dispersion through the body.

Healthy skin is able to hold moisture. Skin needs to be nourished in order to be healthy. Topical application of nutritious oils does make a difference in the health of the skin.

Nutrious seed oils are a perfect vehicle for essential oil in skin care. You can make a beautiful regenerative skin serum by adding 25 drops of essential oils to one ounce of base oil. Choose from Helichrysum, Neroli, Carrot and Sandalwood make a wonderful combination. Cleanse the skin and prep with a few sprays of a hydrosol, this allows the few drops of serum to be thinly spread over the skin and absorbed.
You can read the blog entry titled 5 oils you should put on your face  for some ideas about using oil to clean your face.

 

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Using Helichrysum essential oil
Posted on: November 9, 2016

Also known as Everlast or Immortelle. The scent is herbaceous, green and reminiscent of hay.

The genus Helichrusum has hundreds of species. The name comes from the Greek words for sun ‘helios’ and gold ‘chrysos’. They thrive in the heat and sun and are happy in arid sandy soil. Only a few of this species are used in aromatherapy, their little yellow flowers aren’t big producers of oil and it’s very expensive. Historically I’ve obtained very high quality product from distillers in Corsica, France, Italy and Bosnia. I’ve recently found a small grower in Southern California that is distilling some very nice material from organically grown Helichrysum italicum.

Helichrysum essential oil can be inhaled directly, diffused or applied topically. The cost of the material means that its primary use is in concentrated serums.

Helichrysum is a go-to oil in aromatherapy for activating healing and supporting skin health. It supports and speeds the healing of wounds, bruises and scars. Used in facial care it soothes, reduces redness and patchiness and over time stimulates collagen.

You can make your own serum with a nourishing base oil of your choice and a 10% dilution of Helichrysum essential oil. Just a few drops massaged onto clean skin prepped with a few sprays of hydrosol.

You can make a scar blend with Helichrysum, Carrot Seed oil and Yarrow essential oils in a soft cream or a liquid base oil.

  • Widely used in France as an anti-inflammatory and to stimulate the liver cells.
  • Use as an antispasmodic and diffused or inhaled directly for a cough.
  • Apply immediately to trauma to reduce and prevent bruising and swelling.
  • Use a drop or two in massage for sore muscles and joints.
  • Treats dermatitis, burns and eczema
  • Use as an inhalant for headaches and exhaustion and other stress related conditions.
Using phenol rich essential oils properly
Posted on: November 8, 2016

Thyme, Clove bud and Oregano essential oils have high percentages of phenols.

These oils are readily available, inexpensive and are often recommended for use in treating an illness. Oils high in phenols can be toxic to the liver and are irritating to mucous membranes and skin.

So, why would I even use them? These oils are great for treating an infection as well as stimulating the immune system. They are a bit analgesic and anti-inflammatory and that’s a little bonus if you don’t feel well, right?  You can reap their benefits and use them safely with DILUTON, DILUTION, DILUTION. A 1% dilution is generally safe for topical use for 3 or 4 days.

I suggest blending phenol rich essential oils in a base oil that’s nourishing to the skin with other essential oils that are well tolerated and anti-infectious. Geranium, Tea Tree, Clary Sage and true Lavenders are appropriate.

 

The chemistry of essential oils is NOT simple, it’s new vocabulary and can be boggling. If you’d like to get a broad overview you can read my blog ‘Quite a bit of chemistry’ by clicking here.

 

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