Essential Oils for Summer

So, yes, I do realize that summer is almost over and that we are all dreading the daily grind – school, homework, sports, repeat – but I taught this class and thought you might be interested in some of this information and can save the recipes for later.  For this class I used doTerra and Now essential oils.  At the bottom you will find recipes for sugar scrub, anti-itch roller and after sun spray.

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_3653

Common Oils

My Top Four

Lavender – Calming the body and mind.

Frankincense – Antiseptic, digestive, diuretic, astringent, expectorant.

Peppermint – Relieves pain.  Good for digestion and clears nasal passages.

Melaleuca – Antifungal and antibacterial.

Other favorites

Lemon – Antibacterial and antiviral.

Cinnamon – Antibacterial, boost immune and circulatory system.

Clove – Improves cardiovascular and oral health, and the immune system.

Grapefruit – Supports lymphatic function and decrease appetite.  Antidepressant, stimulant and antiseptic.

Oregano – Antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, ant parasitic and anti-inflammatory.

Clary Sage – Disinfectant, laxative, antiseptic and fever reducer.

Ylang Ylang – Antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac.

Rosemary – Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, disinfectant and helps to ease depression.

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.  You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.

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. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain.

*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 you want to make sure that the oils are 100% pure and without synthetic additives.IMG_3654

Essential Sugar Scrub

Use 8 oz Mason Jar

The Base:

Just remember 80% sugar to 20% oil

1 cup of white or brown sugar and ¼ cup olive oil     

 Ingredients:

1 cup White Sugar

¼ cup Olive Oil

7-10 drops essential oil

Some combos I like:

5 Grapefruit + 3 Rosemary

5 Wild Orange + 1 Clove

5 Lemon + 2 Cypress

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After Sun Relief Spray

To make your skin feel loved after a long day in the sun put on this cooling and skin healing spray.

Use 2 oz Glass Spray Bottle

Ingredients:

1 T Aloe Vera

1 T Coconut Oil

5 drops Eucalyptus Oil

5 drops Frankincense Oil

5 drops Geranium Oil

* 5 drops Lemon Oil

Top with Witch Hazel

Aloe assists with skin healing.

Coconut Oil contains antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

Eucalyptus antibacterial and helps to cool and numb pain.

Frankincense provides long term sunburn benefits.

Geranium helps expedite the healing process of wounds and skin irritations

*Lemon oil soothes inflammation but can only be applied when no longer going in the sun as it can cause phototoxicity.

Witch Hazel decreases healing time.

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Anti-Itch Oil

Helps to soothe bug bites and mild rashes.

Use 10ml Glass Roll On Bottle

Ingredients:

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

5 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil

3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Top off with a Coconut Oil

Mix all ingredients in a Roller Bottle

These oils are beneficial because:

Lavender is full of anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, also kills any fungus or bacteria responsible for itchy skin conditions.

Melaleuca loaded with antifungal, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties.

Peppermint offers pain relief, anti-septic, and anti-inflammatory.

Coconut Oil contains antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

Happy Mixing!

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