Essential Oils on a Budget: 8 under $10 & 12 under $20

Looking to expand your Essential Oils Collection without breaking the bank? Here are  8 15ml (Large size) essential oils that are $10 or less, and 12 15ml (Large size) essential oils under $20! These are great oils to have for

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Incredible Benefits of Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black Pepper Piper Nigrum is a common essential oil that has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine and by the ancient Greeks. It originates from Madagascar, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China, and comes from the unripe fruit/berry, which grows from a small white flower on the woody vine. It’s smell is sharp, warm, strong, woody, and spicy, with a watery viscosity that is usually a greenish yellow to a yellowish white color. It is steam distilled and has many uses and benefits. Black Pepper can be used topically, internally, and aromatically.

Black Pepper is commonly known as a cooking spice that brings out the flavor in food, but its topical and internal benefits are also very appealing. Black Pepper is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, known for their antioxidant activity and ability to help fight seasonal and environmental threats. Black Pepper can be used to help in the treatment of pain relief, chills, colds, muscular aches, digestive problems, rheumatism, coughs, calm anxious feelings, increase circulation to the skin, and exhaustion.

Black Pepper should be used with caution when applied topically due to its strong warming sensation, but can be used to promote healthy circulation. It can also be used as a general digestive tonic to help stimulate appetite, tone colon muscles, and aid in the healthy digestion of foods. It should always be kept out of reach of children and if you are nursing or pregnant, please consult your health care provider before using it. Avoid contact with the eyes!

Oils that blend well with Black Pepper are: Bergamot, Clove, Fennel, Clary Sage, Coriander, Lavender, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Geranium, Lemon, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Wild Orange, Rosemary, Sage, Lime, YIang Ylang, Melaleuca, and Lemongrass.

Properties of Black Pepper are: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aphrodisiac, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, laxative, rubefacient and tonic.

Possible uses:

  • Take one to two drops in veggie caps daily when seasonal threats are high
  • Diffuse or inhale to calm anxious feelings
  • Add to a base slave to use for tired aching limbs, sore muscles, and to help sort out bowel problems.
  • Create a soothing and warming massage by combining one to two drops with Spark Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Add to entrees, soups, meats, and salads to bring out the flavor and assist digestion.

Recipes to Try:

Muscle Rub

Combine oils in roller bottle and apply to sore muscles are needed.

Arthritis, Inflammation, Nerve Pain

Combine all oils in a glass bottle and shake to mix oils together. Massage into painful, swollen joints twice a day or as needed.

Wake Up Diffuser Blend

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Ravintsara Essential Oil

Ravintsara Cinnamomum Camphora

Ravintsara is a pale yellow or colourless essential oil, that originates from Madagascar. It is extracted from the dark green and waxy leaves of the large Cinnamomum Camphora tree in the Lauraceae family. Its name actually means “good leaf” in Madagascar. Ravintsara has a fresh smell that is similar to Eucalyptus or Camphor. 
Over the years it has been recognized as having strong antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, anti fungal, antiseptic, disinfectant, expectorant, and relaxant properties as well as being an excellent nerve tonic. It is considered to have respiratory and immune-boosting properties and is also used widely for meditation, skin cleansing, muscular pain, stress, depression, and to help promote better sleep. Other known uses are; to help with colds & flu, pain relief, coughs, skin conditions, viral infections, headaches, toothaches, and inflammation. 
Ravintsara is generally used aromatically and topically and blends well with many oils such as; Citrus oils, Wild Orange, Neroli, Lemongrass, Grapefruit, Lavender, Jasmine, Basil, Cedarwood, Clove Bud, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Helichrysum, and Eucalyptus. 

A few ideas for possible use:

  • Apply 3 drops of oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil to your chest to relieve breathing troubles. 
  • Diffuse or inhale directly from the bottle. Apply topically to your temples and back of neck to relieve anxiety. 
  • Add a few drops of Ravintsara to a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into your muscles and joints. 

Sinus Relief Recipe

  • 7 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops Ravintsara Essential Oil
  • 4 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Combine in 10ml roller bottle and top off with fractionated coconut oil. Apply around sinus area *avoid eyes.

Decongestant Diffuser Blend

  • 3 Drops Ravintsara
  • 2 Drops Eucalyptus
  • 2 Drops Peppermint

Add oils to diffuser and enjoy the refreshing aroma

Petitgrain Essential Oil

Petitgrain essential oil is produced from the same botanical species (Citrus Aurantium) as Neroli and Bitter Orange, but Petitgrain has its own characteristically unique aroma of bitter-sweet, somewhat harsh, woody, floral smell. Petitgrain is distilled from the leaves and twigs

Petitgrain is sometimes known as the poor man’s Neroli because it is much less expensive but offer many of the same uses and benefits. 

Petitgrain essential oil is known to be uplifting, calming and balancing, and It aids in reducing stress and anxiety.

Therapeutic Properties

-Promotes relaxing feelings

-Allows restful sleep

-Supports healthy immune system 

Health Benefits

Aids in treating hypertension

Prevents microbial infections

Prevents body odor and skin infections

Petitgrain is a mood lifter like other citrus oils, and it smells fantastic to most people. Diffuse when you are feeling down or just want a fresh smell in the air. Blend with citrus and floral essential oils for added benefits. 

Mood-lifting Citrus Blend

Petitgrain is an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic, which makes it an excellent option to add to creams, gels, salves and massage oils for muscles aches and pains. 

Sore Muscles Relief Massage Oil

Mix all oils together and massage onto sore, achy muscles.

Uses

May be applied topically

May be used aromatically

May be taken internally 

Petitgrain is an absolute wonderful oil to learn about and to have in your essential oil cabinet!

Petitgrain is not currently in our regular essential oil collection but in the month of November you can order it as part of the Oil of the Month for only $15.99

It’s RavINTsara, not RavENsara

Can’t you just hear Hermione Granger saying that? In all seriousness though, we want to get this specific confusion out of the way. Ravintsara and Ravensara are both essential oils from the plant family Lauraceae and have many similarities but are NOT the same oil. (And YES, we are aware the label was misprinted. We are in the process of getting it fixed, but until then, c’est la vie!)

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Ravintsara Fun Facts

Extraction: Cultivated in Madagascar, the large leaves are steam distilled into a colorless to pale yellow liquid.

Ravintsara Properties: analgesic, anthelmintic, anti-allergenic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal, antidepressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, disinfectant, expectorant, mucolytic, relaxant.

What that means is Ravintsara essential oil can be used for a wide variety of ailments from excess mucus to viral respiratory issues, fatigue to shingles. It is very effective in treating a variety of more serious respiratory conditions including bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve pain and soreness. It may also help relieve joint soreness associated with arthritis and rheumatism. Ravintsara essential oil is also known to help calm the nerves and relieve symptoms of anxiety and stress.

Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus (radiata), Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Wild Orange, Tangerine.

Caution: Best avoided during pregnancy and while breast-feeding.

Ravintsara Essential Oil Possible Uses:

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For Colds and Flu:

~Diffuse a few drops at night in your diffuser at bedtime to help with congestion as well as cleaning your body of certain toxins. Bonus- it will help you get a good night of sleep.

~Steam inhalation – add 6-8 drops of Ravintsara essential oil to a bowl or sink with hot water. Cover your head and shoulders with a towel and inhale the vapors (use caution with hot steam).

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For Respiratory Problems:

~Applying 3 drops of oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil to your chest to relieve breathing troubles.

~It is also a good expectorant which can help reduce and dilute any mucus that may be blocking your airways. Can be combined with peppermint essential oil for an even greater effect.

For Stress and Emotional Wellbeing:

~Diffuse or inhale directly from the bottle.

~Apply topically to your temples and back of neck to relieve anxiety.

To Promote Sleep:

~You can diffuse Ravintsara through the night or add a few drops of the oil to your pillow and inhale it all night long.

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For Joint and Muscle Pains:

~Add a few drops of Ravintsara to a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into your muscles and joints.

 

So why are we sharing all of this wonderful information about Ravintsara essential oil when it’s not in our regular store? This month we are excited to introduce Ravintsara Essential Oil to the Oil of the Month line up! It’s a great oil to kick off the year as we plunge through winter and all the aches, pains, and illnesses that brings. Sign up today to get your 15ml bottle and kick off 2018 right!

~The Spark Team~

 

How Do You Fall?

Fall is officially upon us! The leaves are beginning to change from green to beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. The crisp, cool weather means that we are dusting off the boxes filled with sweaters, pants, and scarves. The sweet aroma of baked goods fill the air. But, for some this can also mean seasonal allergies, colds, and stuffy, closed up homes.

Combat the negative aspects of fall with Essential Oils. Some of our favorite fall time Essential Oils include:

sn_eo15_cedarwoodCedarwood: Cedarwood has a warm, woodsy, earth aroma. When the stress of the holidays is getting to you, Cedarwood can be used aromatically to calm and comfort. It is also great to use as an insect repellent, expectorant, and anti-fungal.  Cedarwood can be applied topically (neat) to the chest and throat several times a day to help with a cough or dry throat.

sn_eo15_worangeWild Orange: Wild Orange exudes all things uplifting and happy. It’s citrusy scent is a favorite in soaps, cosmetics, detergents, and perfumes. It’s anti-fungal and purifying properties support a healthy immune system and can help alleviate water retention. When combined with Clove or Cinnamon, Orange creates a wonderful cozy scent during the fall. When spring comes around, combine with lavender or geranium for a fresh, clean, invigorating scent.

SN_EO15_Cinnmn.jpgCinnamon Bark: Cinnamon Bark is a favorite fall scent. Whether you are adding a drop to a warm cup of hot chocolate or baking up some delicious holiday treats, cinnamon’s warm, spicy scent brings a feeling of coziness when the temperatures start to cool. Although it is most commonly used in the culinary world, it’s antibacterial, antiseptic, and astringent properties can be used to support a healthy metabolic and immune system. Cinnamon is a must have for the holidays when gathering with friends and overindulging on all of those sweet treats at parties.

SN_EO15_Wintrgrn.jpgWintergreen: Wintergreen is most commonly found in gum, toothpastes, mouthwashes, candies, and muscle creams. This is not just because it has such a wonderful, sweet mint smell and taste, but because of its incredible anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, anti-septic, and stimulating properties.

sn_eo15_cloveClove Bud: Clove Bud is the perfect aromatic mix of warm and spicy, yet sweet. Historically used for infections, tooth pain and digestion support, clove bud can also be used to enhance flavor while cooking and support cardiovascular health, when taken internally, because of its antioxidant properties. Add to toothpaste to clean teeth and gums or to water and gargle for a refreshing mouth rinse.

Fall Spice Diffuser Blend

Directions:

Fill diffuser to line with water, add oils, diffuse and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup raw sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 8 drops of Wild Orange essential oil
  • 4 drops of Cinnamon Bark essential oil
  • 2 drops of Ginger essential oil
  • 2 drops of Clove Bud essential oil
  • 2 drops of Nutmeg essential oil

Directions:

Blend all ingredients, add one tablespoon to a mug of frothed milk and stir. Can add a shot of espresso for a caffeine boost. Remainder can be stored in the refrigerator or shared with friends.

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Scented Pine Cones

Directions:

Add desired drops of essential oils to a 4oz glass spray bottle, fill remainder with water. Place 6-10 pinecones in decorative bowl and mist with essential oil mixture as needed.

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Sweet Energizer Diffuser Blend

Directions:

Fill diffuser to the line with water, add equal parts of oil, and feel the energy!

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Pumpkin Spice Lotion

SONY DSCDirections:

Mix butter, oils, and beeswax and put in double boiler (or a pot over a pot of water). Stir until all ingredients are melted and well combined. Add paprika to the melted mixture, allowing the paprika to seep and give color (approx. 10 minutes, does not have to be completely dissolved). Pour the melted mixture in a mixing bowl, leaving the undissolved paprika in the pot. Place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator. Once almost, but not completely solid, remove and add essential oils. Mix with hand mixer until desired consistency/texture. You can allow it to warm at room temperature for a bit if needed. Transfer into a jar with tight sealing lid and enjoy as needed!

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Pampered Holiday DIY

It’s that time of year again! Shorter days and longer nights means more time together indoors. Emotions run high (or low) and tight quarters breeds germ city. Last year we shared a calming play dough and diffuser decor DIY, so this year we thought we’d add a few DIY gift ideas to the list! With all the craziness the holidays and colder weather can bring, take time to breath, meditate, and spend time together in harmony with these following suggestions-but first, a little bit about the essential oils used. We chose these specific oils not only for their scents, but for their calming, uplifting, and/or immunity properties.

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Calming

Bliss Blend a proprietary blend of Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Vanilla used to ease stress and anxiety as well as to help calm the body enough to sleep.

Zen BlendA masterful grounding blend of spruce, rosewood, blue chamomile and frankincense designed to promote clarity, calmness and an overall feeling of good and peace.

Lavender– Historically been used to clean and help heal wounds and burns, to repel insects, to calm and soothe emotions, to recover from minor illness, to address skin complaints, to relieve headaches, and to wash laundry, as well as in perfumery and cooking.

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Uplifting

Wild OrangeA favorite among cosmetics, perfumes, soap and detergent manufacturers for its amazing smell, anti-fungal and antidepressant properties. Wild Orange and citrus oils are used in aromatherapy to invite and create feelings that are calming and happy.

Peppermint Great for mental fatigue and depression, renewing the spirit, and stimulating mental agility and improved concentration.

Rise BlendA blend of Tangerine, Lime, and Eucalyptus Essential Oils with a sweet fresh scent.

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Immunity

FrankincenseAids in healthy cellular function, combats major illness, speeds recovery of wounds, aids in feelings of relaxation, and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.

MyrrhCan help with bronchitis, colds and coughs along with meditation and enhancing spiritual mood. It is often mixed with lotions, creams or carrier oils to treat wounds, athlete’s foot, cracked skin, acne or other skin ailments

ShieldLegend has it that in 15th century England, during the time of the great plague, grave robbers and other thieves developed their own blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary to protect them while robbing the plague victims. Today this blend is great to fight off illnesses like colds and flus. 

CloveHas a spicy, pleasant aroma and is valuable for relieving respiratory and digestive problems.

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The Holidays can be stressful, so while making these fun gifts for your family and friends, remember to keep some for yourself. You deserve it.

~The Spark Team~

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Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Commonly known as Tea Tree, Melaleuca (melaleuca alternifolia) is a bushy tree with little narrow leaves and white cottony flowers at the end of long branches and twigs. These trees are native to Australia and are now grown throughout the world including Tasmania and Kenya. The oil produced from the Melaleuca tree is colorless to pale-yellow with a strongly medicinal aroma.

History

The Australian Aborigines used Melaleuca medicinally for centuries, possibly even millennia. It’s properties were brought to the attention of the scientific community in the early 1920’s by Dr. A. R. Penfold, an Australian government scientist. By the 1940’s “Tea Tree Oil” was so valued by the government that those needed to produce it during World War II were exempt from military service in order to provide sufficient supplies for the first aid kits of all military personnel.

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What makes Melaleuca so special? The oil that is steam distilled from this tree can be used for a wide variety of ailments due to its antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

Topical treatments using Melaleuca can drastically improve acne and other skin issues. Several studies done in the last 20 years found that when treating acne, a topical gel containing 5% Melaleuca oil was found to be more effective than both a placebo and a 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion.

Because of it’s antifungal nature, a couple of drops Melaleuca essential oil slightly diluted can quickly clear up even the most intense case of athlete’s foot. It relieves the skin irritation and kills the fungus.

From a minor paper cut to a more predominant gash, the antiseptic and immunostimulant nature of Melaleuca cleans and helps prevent infection while also promoting healing. When used in a salve it acts as a natural “neosporin”.

Uses

AUTUMN WOODS DIFFUSER BLEND: Diffuse 3 drops Cedarwood, 3 drops Melaleuca, and 2 drops Cypress essential oils in your favorite diffuser to purify the air with a pleasant woodsy aroma.

ATHLETE’S FOOT SPRAY: In a 1oz glass bottle, combine 10 drops Clove, 5 drops Melaleuca, and 5 drops Oregano essential oils and fill the rest with Witch Hazel. Shake and spray on affected areas. (Not to be used more than 10 days in a row.)

Melaleuca Essential Oil Reviews

“I love it!” ~Lynn

“I or someone in the house can start to get sick and I immediately start drinking this in my water and diffusing it in the air. I myself don’t become sick. Works every time.” ~ Pam

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~The Spark Team~