Some favourite Essential Oils

All Essential oils are beneficial for our health and well-being, but most of us have our favourite oils that we use to again and again.  Here are some of ours.

 

Citronella –  Cymbopogon Nardus

Ah, Summer is coming and in comes Citronella oil.  In 1948, Citronella Oil was registered by the US EPA as an insect repellent and since then has been use by herbalists as a natural insect repellent.   It has a distinct lemony smell.

It was first recorded back in 1982 as the first botanical insecticide and Citronella candles were first introduced in the 1940’s.  Today we find Citronella oil in candles, soaps, incense sticks, perfumery as well as a flavouring agent in many foods.

It originates from Ski Lanka and the oil is won by steam distilling the aerial parts and leaves

It’s a natural insect repellent, add 40 drops of Citronella, 20 drops of Lemongrass oil and 20 drops of Cedarwood to a 50ml spray bottle with water and you have a powerful insect repellent.  Shake well and spray any bare skin before going outside.  Burn Citronella or use in a diffuser inside and out to keep the bugs away.  Also use Citronella candles for the same purpose. Insects hate Citronella and Lemongrass because it masks the scent, they seek to find a target, a human body.  Citronella is the perfect insect repellent for malaria carrying mosquitoes.

  1. Use Citronella to combat oily skin and sweaty feet
  2. It has antiseptic, anti-bacterial, properties and can be used as an insecticide and deodorant.
  3. Because of its antiseptic properties burn or spray in a sick room to detoxify the room
  4. Because of its anti-bacterial properties can be used in wound care
  5. Used in hair products can promote a healthy scalp
  6. As an anti-inflammatory can be used for muscle pain

When using it as an insect repellent on small children, spray into your hands and then rub onto the child’s arms and legs.

Do not use around the eyes as it will sting and burn

We use Citronella and Lemongrass in our Bugs Away insect repellent.

 

Lemon  –  citrus limon

In Ayurvedic medicine, lemon oil has been used to treat various health conditions for over 1000 years. They were brought from Asia to Europe in 200 A.D.

In the old days, while at sea, English sailors used lemons to protect themselves from scurvy and other infections.

It’s no wonder the cleaning and wellness industry use Lemon in their products, it is both a natural cleaner and the smell is invigorating and uplifting.  And that really says it all about Lemon.

Lemon essential oil is usually extracted from the skin through steam.  It’s one of the safer Essential oils to use when diluted, even on small children.

A few drops mixed in with a tablespoon of carrier oil and then added to running bath water will make both a relaxing and at the same time invigorating bath.

Is your jewelry or silver ware looking sad and tarnished?  A few drops on cotton wool will bring back your jewelry to its earlier beauty.

A couple of drops in some olive oil will bring your furniture back to life and at the same time feed the wood.

Using organic 100% Lemon essential oil, you can add a couple of drops to your deserts, drinks and cakes.  Not only will they taste good, but the lemon oil will cleanse your digestive system

It’s a natural disinfectant, add about 50 drops of Lemon oil and 25 drops of Tea Tree oil to half a liter of water and pour into spray bottle,  now you have your own cleaning disinfectant without all the nasty chemicals.

Add a few drops of oil onto an piece of cloth and add to your dryer, your clothes will smell lemony and fresh.

What does Lemon essential oil do:

It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties

  1. Clears the skin, purifies and cleanses the epidermis
  2. Lifts the spirit, helps with depression, anxiety, and fights fatigue.
  3. Can help with nausea and morning sickness

Like all citrus fruit oils, Lemon can irritate the skin, if you experience any redness, itchiness or irritation stop using this oil immediately.

Do not get it in or near the eyes as it can cause burning.

As usual, we recommend testing this diluted oil on a patch of skin on the inside of the arm. If nothing happens after a few hours, it is safe for you to use it on yourself.

 

Lemongrass  –  Cymbopogon citrates

For years, Lemongrass has been used in Asian cooking for soups, curries, sea food and of course teas. It was also used help with diarrhea, stomach aches, skin infections and irregular menstruation. It was also used for the same purposes in China.

Lemongrass is popular for massage because it is relaxing and soothing.

It’s a natural insect repellent, just drop a few drops in a 50ml spray bottle with water, shake well and spray any bare skin before going outside.  Burn or use in a diffuser inside and out to keep the bugs away.

Add a few drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage legs, shoulder and back after a long run or workout to soothe away any discomfort.

For beauty, add a few drops in a tablespoon of carrier oil and add to running a warm bath, soak in and relax and let the benefits of this oil relax and pamper your skin.  It purifies the skin, making it an excellent oil for acne and oily skin.

What can lemongrass be used for.

  1. It has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties
  2. In some cultures, it is called fever grass because it has the ability to reduce a fever
  3. Can reduce muscle and joint pain
  4. Has the ability to boost circulation and immunity
  5. Can be used to inhale or burn or diffuse as an anti-depressant
  6. As an analgesic can reduce joint and muscle pain.
  7. Can be used s an eco-friendly deodorant
  8. Reduces oiliness of the skin and takes away that shine

As with all oils, try it on an inconspicuous part of the body to ensure you have no allergic reaction.

 

 

Rose Geranium –  Pelargonium graveolens var. Roseum

Not everyone can afford Rose Absolute, so a wonderful substitute is Rose Geranium.

It can be used both for beauty and well-being.  And although it shares most of the properties with Geranium, for me, Geranium has a sickly-sweet smell whereas Rose Geranium, still smelling of the scent of the Pelargonium family, has a far more superior aroma.

In the perfume industry, Rose Geranium is often added to help the scent of Rose Absolute last longer.

More about Rose Geranium:

  1. It has antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-anxiety properties
  2. It’s relaxing, relieves stress and gives emotional stability
  3. It minimizes the appearance of large pores
  4. Helps fade scars and blemishes faster
  5. Is known to be skin rejuvenating
  6. Soothes the skin and can help with burns
  7. Inhaling Rose geranium can uplift the mood and increase energy levels
  8. In skin products, helps balance the skin’s natural oil production

We love it for its anti-aging properties and use it in our Eye and Face serum, our Face spritzer and in our Scar and Stretch Mark roll on, which you can find here.

 

Vetiver – Chrysopogon zizanioides – aka Khus oil

 

Not so well known, yet, but science is now researching the benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil and rightly so. In 2016 researchers found that Vetiver oil improved brain function, remain alert and focus on study.  In 2015 studies on rats revealed they appeared more relaxed after inhaling Vetiver. In 2016, a study showed that using Vetiver oil can improve alertness and decrease mental fatigue and some people are already using it for sufferers of ADHD.

It has an earthy, leathery, woody smell and is used in scented products for men.

 

Uses of Vetiver Essential Oil:

  1. Calming, balancing, and grounding
  2. Relieves stress, shock, emotional trauma
  3. Soothes anger and irritability
  4. Burn or inhale for nervousness
  5. Helps with mental fatigue
  6. Helps concentration at work or school
  7. Aids memory
  8. Can help joint and muscle pain
  9. It has high antioxidant properties

 

We use vetiver in our Anxiety Roll and Menopause roll-ons.

Written by Anna Mandala MCMA, MCTC,  MASC (P.TH.), MUBM
Principal of the IIHTVH
Teacher, Healer, Counselor, Herbalist, Medium, Author
Reiki Master/Teacher
Karuna Master/Teache
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