Tag Archives: Purify

Melaleuca-Did You Know?

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)Did you know Melaleuca essential oil has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications? Melaleuca is the oil of energetic boundaries. A natural disinfectant, Melaleuca clears the baggage from the negative energy. It clearly releases codependent and toxic relationships. Melaleuca encourages people to connect with each other in a positive way.

For many centuries, the native Aborigines of Australia used the therapeutic oil of the Melaleuca trees for a wide range of topical and oral applications. They crushed the leaves to use as rubbing mediums and mixed them with clay to form poultices, and even bathed in the water that had collected under the trees. When the white settlers came, they watched and learned how to use the leaves for their own healing purposes.

It was most unfortunate for people in the west that there was no documented evidence of the use of Melaleuca oil. It was to remain confined to Australia, as a bush remedy, for the next 150 years. In 1922, however, an Australian chemist, Arthur Penfold and his team, distilled the oil from the Melaleuca alternifolia, and subsequently published a paper stating that it had a wide-rang of antibacterial and anti-fungal activity.

During the Second World War Melaleuca oil was in such short supply that all the available supplies of oil were used to help stop infections from the unavoidable war wounds, both in soldiers and munitions workers that were helping with the war effort. Soon it was considered necessary that a cheaper, more readily available, alternative should be manufactured to help stop the spread of germs. The once thriving industry went into a steep decline until recently. Over the past few years it has made a huge come back.

Melaleuca is best known for its purifying properties. It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin, nails, and to promote a clear, healthy complexion. Taken internally, Melaleuca enhances immunity when seasonal threats are high, and Melaleuca can be used on surfaces throughout the home to protect against environmental threats. Melaleuca is frequently used on minor skin irritations to soothe the skin, and help it recover quickly. Diffusing Melaleuca will help purify, and freshen the air.

10 Facts About Essential Oils

Jasmine flowers1.  Essential oils have been used since early recorded history to support health and wellness.
The ancient Egyptians used many essential oils as medicine and their recipes are recorded in the hieroglyphics. There are 188 references to the use of essential oils in the Bible.  Today, essential oils are considered by many to be the leading edge of natural products.

2. Essential oils have been documented, through research, to have many beneficial properties.
Many essential oils can be supportive to the immune system, moods, skin, muscles and more. Many can be relaxing, uplifting, enhance clarity of thought and support emotional well being.  Each essential oil contains several to several hundred different kinds of molecules, each of which offers benefits in promoting good health, healing and regeneration.  The more oils we use, the better off we are.

3.  Essential oils can be used in many different ways.
They can be applied to skin, diffused in the air, added to bath, added to food and drink. The doctors in the European medical community prescribe oils to be taken internally, in addition to or in place of pharmaceuticals.

4.  Essential oils are absorbed easily by skin.
When they are applied to skin, they are absorbed easily and carried by the bloodstream to every cell in the body within minutes. They can increase oxygen uptake, enhance absorption of nutrients, enhance longevity and help our bodies detoxify.  By simply inhaling therapeutic grade oils, we can uplift our mood and increase our feeling of peacefulness and well-being.

5.  Essential oils are very concentrated plant extracts.
A single drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. 5,000 pounds of rose petals are required to distill 1 pound of pure rose oil, making it one of the most precious and expensive oils on the market. The amount of plant material required for distilling explains why some oils are more expensive than others. And yet, since we only use a small amount of essential oils at a time, even oils that are expensive are often considered to be very economical.
Screen shot 2015-08-06 at 8.41.11 PM
6.  Essential oil purity is absolutely critical!
Historically, essential oils have been used as food flavoring, as air fresheners, in veterinary preparations and for other industrial uses, so the quality of the oils was not important. Today, when using essential oils as a natural support to health and wellness, purity is absolutely critical. 95% of the world’s essential oils were created for industrial use. Many of the oils found on the market, even in health food stores, are of low quality.

7. Essential oils will last for at least 5 years (if not 10), so one bottle could literally last you a decade.
Hopefully that thought will help you realize the cost involved in purchasing some essential oils is well worth the investment. Because they are so concentrated and only a tiny amount is needed in anything you do, they’ll last you a very, very long time. The only exception to this rule is citrus oils, which will see a reduction in potency after a year or two. Citrus oils are used the fastest in my home so this is never an issue.

8. Essential oils are very small in molecular size,
which means they are absorbed well by the skin, making them perfect ingredients in personal care items intended to heal, soften, and nourish. However, they do not accumulate in the body over time. They simply offer up their healing properties, and then pass on through.

9.  Essential oils are natural and can’t be patented;

As such, you can expect that the large majority of mainstream healthcare practitioners will never recommend essential oils as therapeutic alternatives to drugs. More importantly, because essential oils cannot be patented, drug companies will not waste money studying them. This limits our scientific knowledge of essential oils greatly, and the majority of what we know about them are things that have been passed down through the ages of time for thousands of years of personal use and experimentation.

10. Essential oils are not really oils.
They do not contain the fatty acids that constitute what we would consider an actual oil. It has been said that essential oils are the life force or the soul of the plant

Douglas Fir-Did You Know?

Screen shot 2015-10-28 at 7.58.40 PMDouglas Fir Needle Oil is extracted through steam distillation from the twigs, and needles. The aroma is very citrusy, fresh and crisp. Douglas Fir is a conifer that grows natively throughout North America. This tall, evergreen fir tree is frequently used in the Christmas tree industry. Douglas Fir can be used in candles, sprays, diffusers, and freshener sprays.

This oil helps muscular pains, and aches. Works best when massaged into muscles. It soothes, and relieves pain after exercise or intense muscle use. In general, Douglas Fir oil is non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.

Douglas Fir has a unique chemical composition that’s particularly rich in beta-pinene, contributing to its ability to promote feelings of clear airways. Douglas Fir can also be used to purify the skin and promote a positive mood, also helping with stress, and reducing anxiety. Blending Douglas Fir with citrus oils will create an uplifting environment while freshening the air.

Wild Orange-Did You Know?

Orange Fruit
Did you know the orange is one of today’s most popular fruits? Originally oranges earned fame anciently to help control scurvy, one of the most devastating diseases of the time. The orange followed trade routes around the world, planted in areas where conditions allowed by sailors who knew its medicinal importance.

Oranges probably originated in South Asia-possibly in Southern China, Vietnam or the northern reaches of the Indian subcontinent. Indian records mentioned wild oranges as ingredients in recipes. The use of oranges in Indian cooking and medicine dates back at least 7,000 years. By 1000 A.D., farmers in China established orange orchards and competed to produce much better varieties of this delightful fruit.

Wild orange essential oil can be used in an all-purpose spray to cleanse and purify surfaces. Add a drop to your water every day for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health. Diffuse to uplift mood and energy levels and to freshen the air. Energize the mind and body. Dispense one to two drops in the palm of your hand along with equal parts Peppermint and Frankincense. Rub palms together and inhale deeply from palms, then rub on the back of neck.