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Posted on: October 23, 2009

The EPA acknowledges the efficacy of essential oils! ( not to imply that the EPA is our protector ) Essential oils are becoming more and more mainstream. Seventh Generation is a well known and widely available line of cleaning products. The news is that the product line has the distinction of being the first and only naturally-derived EPA registered disinfectants approved to claim “kills over 99.99 percent of germs naturally on hard, non-porous surfaces” and effective against the common Influenza A virus (“the flu”) and its related strain, H1N1, otherwise known as “swine flu.” The active ingredient is thymol, which is derived from thyme essential oil. I have always suggested the use of essential oils for cleaning up around the house and for diffusing in the air during cold and flu season.

Alternative health care really isn’t so alternative any longer. Alternative to what? Well, your definition depends on where you stand, doesn’t it. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with natural health degrees can anticipate growing job prospects. Yeah! This is good news. It is projected that the employment rate in alternative medicine will grow around 42 percent between 2004 and 2014. There will be 24,000 health care professionals, including physicians, trained in oriental medicine by 2010. Over a fifth of American hospitals now offer some sort of alternative therapy. In 2007 Americans spent $33.9 billion out-of-pocket on complementary and alternative medicine. In addition to those products, we spent an additional $11.9 billion visits to Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners. Interesting coincidence… as I am compiling this newsletter a graduate student finishing up her thesis called and wanted to discuss and get a quote regarding the use of essential oils as mainstream therapies in the US versus elsewhere.

In the home office
Posted on: October 23, 2009

I have been busy preparing for a program that I direct at our High School. It’s a College and Career Counseling program staffed by volunteers. I just cancelled the Fall Session for lack of volunteers. Depressing. Frustrating. Irritating. There is a lesson here… maybe a blessing. Maybe a break and some distance that I didn’t know I needed. I don’t need to meet those deadlines and now can write a new edition of a newsletter. We had a case of the flu here at our house that coincided rather well with a few very stormy days. I was without office phone and fax for a week – thanks to some damage during underground work at the ever increasingly popular water district. The universe applied my brakes for me.

Essential oil profile
Posted on: October 23, 2009

Red Mandarin Citrus reticulata var. mandarin.

There are many cultivars of this species. Most agree that Tangerine and Mandarin and Satsuma are the same. This citrus oil is very user friendly, it’s agreed to be non-toxic and non-irritating at low doses. A good oil for a beginner. It smells so sweet and familiar.

Citrus oils age relatively quickly and should be used while fresh. Don’t try to ration it out and keep it for longer than a year. Go ahead and use it while it’s bright and fresh. It can be added to blends for the face to treat oily skin, acne either in a moisturizer or a Hydrosol based toner. The essential oil can be used to treat indigestion and intestinal gas. Add a drop or two to a glass of warm water with honey. You can use it in your home in a diffuser to alleviate and calm sensitivities and excitations. It is nice massage blend for kids in the evening. Use 5-10 drops to one ounce of base oil on a pregnant belly to reduce/prevent stretch marks. In a massage blend it increases lymphatic circulation and aids in detoxification. Citrus oils can cause photosensitivity, this has been rarely reported and appears to affect a small percentage of users. We tend to be pretty well covered up in the Winter, though.

Posted on: October 23, 2009

The recipes on my mind are for Monica’s eBook of Handmade Natural Bodycare Products. She came over last night to smell some things and get some ideas for a trio of products intended as gifts; recipes that will have a seasonal theme and complement each other well. She left me thinking about the Holidays and of essential oils that go well together. Here are some groupings that you can use in the bath, diffuser or to scent your own body care products.

Forest Blend – Pine, Rosemary and Eucalyptus.  This is also a great blend for respiratory congestion and to ease aches and pains from inflammation.

Decadent Floral Blend – Jasmine, Rose, Ylang and Bois de Rose. The heavy smell of tropical flowers just transports us. They are precious and expensive, the Bois de Rose can dilute them without sacrificing them. Save something like this for treating yourself to something special.

Woods – A blend of Cedarwood and Sandalwood – Organic.  A good blend to decongest the lymph system. Not overpowering.

Sedating – Vetiver, Red Mandarin and Lavender. The Vetiver does have a full and heavy scent, nicely lightened up by the sweet citrus and clean Lavender, making a well rounded combination. Red Mandarin is the only citrus oil that is sedating. It is also a good addition to your own holiday blend. I’m looking forward to Satsumas by the case.

Revitalizing Blend – Ravensare, Thyme and MQV. Read about Thymes and determine which is best for you in this blend. This blend smells like medicine, and it is! I would reserve this combination for a bath or massage when you aren’t feeling your best. They are all stimulating and are sure to wake up your brain. They are anti-microbial as well and are appropriate to use if you think you are coming down with something.

Green vitality blend – Bois de Rose, Frankincense, Clary Sage and Geranium.  I’ve been using and thinking of Frankincense outside of its scent lately, but there is a cleanliness and depth to it that is really nice. This is an inexpensive and well rounded combination of scents.

Bargains and Deals
Posted on: October 23, 2009

I am still offering one ounce of Organic White Grapefruit for $6.50. Inula. 2 mls for $23.37, 5 mls for $48.03, 15 for $120.79 and 30 for $240.06.  Send me an email and let me know if you are interested. The Inula offered at currently is not from Corsica. It is from a distiller in Canada. Organic and very nice. Send me an email and let me now if you are interested. Click here for contact information.