Back To School Essential Oils

I recently did a Back 2 School Make and Take.  Some of the information below you’ve seen before, but you will also find recipes for hand sanitizer, lice spray, bedtime and morning roller balls.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are aromatic substances found in cells or glands of certain plants. They can be found in the flowers, wood, rind, leaves or roots of these plants.  These oils are used by the plant for protection from predators and to attract pollinators. When this substance is still in the plant, it is called an essence. After the distillation of a plant, the aromatic substance becomes an essential oil.

How are they made?

Steam distillation is the most common method of extracting essential oils from the plant.  Fresh or dried plant material is put into a still, and pressurized steam is generated and circulated through the plant material. The heat of the steam opens the cells or glands to release the essential oils. As this mixture cools, it condenses into oil and water. The essential oil then naturally separates from the water.

Expression, sometimes referred to as “cold pressed,” does not involve heat. In this process, oil is extracted from the product under mechanical pressure. Expression is commonly used to extract citrus oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, and Grapefruit, from the rind.img_3877

Powerful Antibacterial Essential Oils

There are many essential oils that kill bacteria, viruses and fungi.  This means that these oils will not only fight and prevent infection, but they can help prevent illness, treat skin conditions, disinfect surface, and eliminate microbes in the air.  They also make a great alternative to treating illnesses with antibiotics when used in conjunction with other natural medicines.

My Top Four

Cinnamon – One of the strongest antibacterial oils.  Shown to work as well as meds with many bacterial infections.

Melaleuca (tea tree) – Antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial.  Has been shown to eliminate MRSA from the skin.

Peppermint – Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral.  Great for boosting immune system.

Oregano – Powerful germ killer and immune booster.

Other favorites

Eucalyptus – Germicidal qualities act as antiseptic.  Great antibacterial for diffusing.

Lavender – Antibacterial and antiseptic, boost immune and circulatory system.

Bergamot – Antibacterial shown to fight infections like meningitis.

Lemongrass – Antimicrobial that inhibits growth of bacteria inside and outside the body

Thyme – Antifungal and antibacterial.  Always dilute before applying to skin and test first.

Clove – Antifungal and antimicrobial.

Rosemary – Antibacterial that has been shown to inhibit spread and growth of numerous strains of E.coli.

How to use essential oils?

Aromatic

Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application.

Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal.

Topical

Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.  To increase absorption, use a light massage to increase the blood flow to the area of application, or through use of a carrier oil as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.

Internal*

Certain essential oils can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Internal use can be a safe and effective method of application.  When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body.   *I highly recommend doing research or talking to a professional before ingesting oils as not all oils are meant to be used internally.  Most importantly use oils that are 100% pure and without synthetic additives.

Healthy Hand Sanitizer

Ingredients:

1 tsp Aloe Vera

1 T Witch Hazel

2 T Distilled Water

1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil

2 drops Melaleuca (tea tree) Oil

3 drops Cinnamon Essential Oilor Oregano Essential Oil

 Combine all items in 2 oz spray bottle.  Top with water if needed.

Lead Lice Astray Spray

Ingredients:

3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil
3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Top off with Distilled Water

Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz spray bottle.

Spray on hair daily (morning is best).  Try to refrain from washing hair daily.

Head LICE FAQs

  • 1 of top 3 reasons kids miss school
  • Unable to jump, fly or swim
  • Unable to live in couch, bed, etc.
  • Unable to live on pets
  • Not dangerous, but contagious

Lice Don’ts

  • Wash hair a lot. They like clean hair.
  • Use toxic products
  • Cut hair, pour on oils, mayonnaise or vinegar. None of these work!
  • It is easily resolved.

Lice Dos

  • Daily wash brushes, hair accessories, etc. if someone contracts lice
  • Check everyone in your home daily until lice are gone
  • Tell your school and friends if you know of any lice issues to stop spread

Morning Bright Roller

Ingredients:

5 drops Lemon Essential Oil

3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Top off with Coconut Oil

Roll on back of neck, behind ears, on hands and inhale.picture1

Bedtime Balm Roller

Ingredients:

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

5 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil

2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

Top off with Coconut Oil

Roll on back of neck and bottom of big of feet.

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