Geranium: Benefits and Uses

Geranium Essential Oil (pelargonium graveolens) is created from the steam distillation of the plant’s leaves.  It is considered a middle-note oil, used in blends to enhance the oils it is with, and is often called “poor-man’s rose” for it’s similar floral smell and healing properties. If you don’t have Rose Essential Oil on hand, reach for the Geranium! Geranium is often used by women for strengthening hair, as natural deodorant, and to ease symptoms of PMS due to it’s anti-inflammatory  and anti-depressant properties.

Emotional Benefits

In addition to the physical benefits of Geranium Essential Oil, it has great aromatic benefits as well. It can have a strong uplifting and relaxing effect, to aid in combating feelings of being neglected, anxious, stressed, and hormonally imbalanced. The aroma has been known to bring feelings of calm, joy, and hope.

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Complimentary Oils

Geranium Essential Oil is a sweet floral oil that combines well with many oils, including Lavender,  Sandalwood, and Patchouli.

Popular Uses of Geranium Essential Oil

  • Apply topically to small cuts and wounds to keep clean and possibly aid in tissue repair.
  • When dealing with symptoms of PMS or hormone imbalances, apply topically to abdomen as needed, and diffuse aromatically.
  • Massage onto skin in coconut oil to keep skin hydrated (moisturizer) and perhaps minimize wrinkles/stretch marks.
  • For support of the liver, pancreas, and kidneys, apply topically to areas of concern.

Safety

While Geranium is considered generally safe to apply without a carrier for adults, be sure to  dilute for children (recommended 6+) and sensitive skin.

 


 

 Oil of the Month Club

Geranium is this month’s Oil of the Month. What does that mean? You can get Geranium (and other premium oils in future months) by signing up for the Oil of the Month Club. Each month a 15 ml bottle of 100% pure essential oil is sent to you at a discounted rate of $15.99/month, including tax and shipping. There are no obligations, contracts, or fees when you sign up, and membership can be canceled/reactivated anytime. It’s a great way to build up your high-end oils on a budget. Check it out today!

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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

HELICHRYSUM ESSENTIAL OIL

Helichrysum is known as the “everlasting” or “immortal” oil, and is generally found in the Mediterranean, India, and the Balkans. The oil comes from the stems and leaves of the plant and has been used for medicinal purposes, but is highly revered for its regenerative and protective benefits in skin care. 

Helichrysum is traditionally favored as an anti-inflammatory, antifungal and an antimicrobial. It is known to help promote wound healing, fight skin infections, reduce inflammation, help with allergy symptoms, fight colds and coughs, stomach and digestive issues, burns, acid reflux, and constipation. Helichrysum is prominently used in many anti-aging products for its effectiveness in promoting healthy skin cell growth and regeneration. 

How is it used?

*Add a few drops to a warm bath to help with muscle aches and pains

*Apply topically to reduce the appearance of blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles. Gives a glowing youthful complexion and appearance. Add to a base cream or moisturizer to help fight dermatitis, acne and improve the healing of scars.

*Diffusing Helichrysum instills peace and tranquility and aids in releasing emotional trauma.

Helichrysum is considered to generally be safe and to have virtually no adverse side effects however, it should be used with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil before applying to the skin. 

Recipes

Anti-Aging Serum:

Add ingredients into 2oz bottle with dropper. Shake to mix. Apply to face at night.

Wound Care:

Mix in a 15ml bottle with dropper. Apply blend to wounds as needed.

Helichrysum essential oil benefits

Helichrysum essential oil is considered to be a miraculous oil with countless benefits. Studies have suggested that helichrysum essential oil can help fight infection, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

Other Uses:

Skin protection

Antifungal effects

Acne treatment

Digestive health

Immune booster

Pain relief

Treats scars

Diminishes wrinkles

Heals burns

Helps with bruises

More Information: Helichrysum

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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

Essential Oils at The Office

Why Essential Oils at the Office

We believe that nature is our home, as such, the goal we are trying to achieve with this blog is to help you bring nature’s aromas and its powerful healing powers to your work space, whether you work in a 10ft x 12ft office, or outdoors.

Essential oils are the most basic piece of flowers, herbs, and trees, distilled into an oil form. They’re of course distinguished by their scents, but those scents differ and offer a variety of benefits for you.  For example, some might help you relax while others will wake you up.

Using essential oils for office productivity is a great idea because they can help you work better.  The way essential oils work means they will provide aromatic and physiological benefits.

Each day your mood and the way you feel will be different.  Depending on what you need and the day ahead, you can choose an oil, or blend of oils, to suit.

Need to get some energy into your day? Try peppermint, lemongrass or bergamot essential oils. Do you want to focus and concentrate on getting it done? Grab the Focus oil bottle.

Start with this list of 7 essential oils – they are perfect to begin with and offer a range of benefits.  Use them alone or mix and match as needed. 

The Oils

Here’s a list with our 7 essential oils and their benefits:

  • Geranium – Balancing, mood enhancing
  • Zen – Clarity, Calmness, Peace
  • Lavender– relieve headaches, relaxing
  • Peppermint – tension reliever, energizing
  • Focus – promote productivity and concentration
  • Lemongrass – rejuvenating, invigorating

It is important to know that these are potential benefits. Each person varies with results and these benefits have not been approved for the FDA. These benefits are purely from years of using these products.

USAGE

We realize and are fully aware that not everyone will have the luxury of having a diffuser at their designated work space. Although that would be ideal for an aromatherapy perspective, there are many other simple ways of using the oils that we mentioned before. Here are some ways:

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Top 10 diffuser blend

It’s the weekend! Why not get the day started off right. The following blends are meant to be used in a cold-air diffuser. The type of diffusers I use require a small amount of water to which the oils are added. I generally use 6-8 drops of oil per “batch.” If you don’t have one of the components, you can still try the recipe without it. Enjoy these and maybe share your favorites with us.

1. The Wake Up Blend

This is a much-loved combo, and for good reason! It’s perfect to increase alertness, or when you need a quick pick-me-up:
3 drops Wild Orange EO 
3 drops Peppermint EO


2. Fresh and Clean

This blend is wonderful for creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home. It’s bright and fresh: 2 drops Lavender 
2 drops Lemon 
2 drops Rosemary 

3. Odor Eliminator

We are animal-people, and we’ve had our fair share of “incidences” in our house. Whenever this happens, I like to diffuse this blend. It freshens up the air in no time: 2 drops Lemon 
1 drop Melaleuca 
1 drop Lime 
1 drop White Fir 
1 drop of Cilantro 

4. Seasonal Support

These three oils together are spectacular for helping to maintain clear breathing and a healthy immune response. I use this blend especially during the spring and summer months: 2 drops Lavender
2 drops Lemon 
2 drops Peppermint 

5. Citrus Explosion

I love diffusing citrus blends when we have company coming over. It makes my house smell happy and clean. 1 drop Lemon 
1 drop Lime 
1 drop Wild Orange 
1 drop Grapefruit 
1 drop Bergamot 

6. Take a Deep Breath Blend

I tend to be a very high-energy person. The good part of that? I get a lot done. The bad part? I have a hard time settling down sometimes…
I adore this blend for the evenings when I’m trying to slow my brain down, and I also like to diffuse it in the bedroom as I fall asleep: 1 drop Bergamot 
1 drop Lavender 
1 drop Patchouli 
1 drop Ylang Ylang 

7.Respiratory Blend

Use this blend to boost respiratory function–especially during cold and flu season. 1 drop Lemon 
1 drop Lime 
1 drop Peppermint 
1 drop Rosemary 
1 drop Eucalyptus 

8. Flower Garden Blend

Want your home to smell like a flower garden in full bloom? Try this one: 2 drop Clary Sage 
2 drop Geranium 
2 drop Lavender 
2 drop Roman Chamomile 

9. The Man-Cave Blend

I think this combo smells very masculine and woodsy…. 2 drops White Fir 
2 drops Cypress 
2 drops Wintergreen

10. Bug Repellent Blend

This combo isn’t one that I’d necessarily wear as perfume, but it contains a collection of oils that most creepy-crawlies dislike: 1 drop Lemongrass 
1 drop Melaleuca 
1 drop Thyme 
1 drop Eucalyptus 
1 drop Rosemary

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Juniper Berry

img_0367Juniper Berry is used to help stimulate and strengthen the nerves, and evokes a calming, grounding effect due to its fresh and clean woodsy aroma. This crisp essential oil acts as a natural cleansing and detoxifying essential oil while also aiding in support of the kidneys and the urinary tract. It is used for treating rheumatism, arthritis, and gout, as well as cellulite, acne, dermatitis, and eczema. Juniper Berry is also known for its ability to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and also acts as a skin toner.

History

Juniper Berry was used against contagious diseases, such as typhoid fever and the plague in Europe and Tibet. The berries could be crushed and made into a poultice and applied to infections. They were also steeped for medicinal teas.

Benefits

The berries of the Juniper tree have been used throughout history for a myriad of issues including the improvement of skin ailments such as acne, eczema, and oily skin. The tonic properties allow for increased cell regeneration and pH balance.  It’s balancing properties don’t stop there. Juniper berries also act as a natural cleansing and detoxifying agent and can be taken orally in teas, capsules, or a teaspoon of honey. Medicinal teas with Juniper Berries are often used to aid in improving kidney and liver function.

Uses

Arthritis Poultice

2 drops Juniper Berry
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Spearmint

Directions: Add water to 1 tablespoon of dry clay, making a stiff paste. Work essential oils into the paste and apply mixture to the affected joints. Cover with a bandage and let rest. Best used intermittently.

Face Tonic

3 fl. oz (90 mL) Rosemary Water
1 fl. oz (30 mL) Lavender Water
1 tsp (5 mL) Aloe Vera Liquid
2 drops Juniper Berry
2 drops Geranium
Directions: Combine in a 4oz spray bottle, shake well, and leave to rest for 24+ hours. Shake again, filter through unbleached coffee filter, and store in the fridge.

Restless Anxiety Roller

2 drops Vetiver
4 drops Juniper Berry
6 drops Cedarwood
Carrier Oil 

Directions: Combine all essential oils into a 10ml roller bottle. Top off with desired carrier oil (Sweet Almond, Coconut, or Rosehip). Apply along spine, feet, and pressure points.

Other Uses:

-Diffuse 2-3 drops for treatment of addictions, nervous tension, and to stimulate the nervous system
-Add one to two drops to water or citrus drinks to aid in cleansing
-Add to bath for pain in passing urine, gout, and swollen joints

-Diffuse with citrus oils to purify, freshen and cleanse the air and decrease stress

Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry Essential Oil Reviews

“Nice to diffuse when feeling down”~Amy

“This stuff really helps my sore joints”~Ellinor

“I am so glad you carry Juniper Berry. It is one I use all the time.”~ EO Lover

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