The Soothing Effects of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint

llp_2Sore throats. Itchy noses. Hives. If you have allergies, you know these symptoms well. Thankfully, the bounties of the Earth are here to help! While everyone reacts differently to essential oils, many have found relief with an equal parts blend of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint. Alone, each component is helpful in their own right, and together they become a powerhouse blend that is useful (and economical) to have in your medicine cabinet.

 

Lemon

Lemon fruit is grown year round around the world, from the United States and Brazil to Italy, South Africa, and China. They are harvested when ripe and the rinds are pressed for their oils in a process called cold expression. Believed to originate from India, it is said that Alexander the Great brought lemons to Europe from Asia. Lemons are a powerhouse when it comes to health. They are packed with vitamins and minerals vital for survival, which makes them quite the healing fruit. Most commonly used for detoxifying, anxious depression, and digestive problems, Lemon is also used to soothe sore throats and skin infections, which is why it is used in Spark Naturals allergy blend.

Lavender

Primarily grown in Europe and Asia, Lavandula angustifolia, commonly known as Lavender, is typically harvested midsummer, set to air dry for a few days, and then steam distilled. Ancient civilizations, including the Greeks and Romans, often used the flowers in their baths and burned it in their sick rooms. Today, it is widely used to soothe burns, rashes, and anxiety. Lavender is included in Spark Naturals allergy blend because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Peppermint

“Mentha”, is thought to take its name from the greek nymph Minthe who was turned into a plant by Persephone after her husband (Hades) affair. Hades in turn made Minthe into an herb the people loved, cultivated, and used. Today, Mentha Piperita, or Peppermint, is cultivated mainly in the United States and has been since the 1850’s. Along with being used to ease nausea, it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and a decongestant. It also is known as an adaptive essential oil. It heats when heat is needed, and cools when needed, which is unique and impressive.

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Uses

In your favorite diffuser, add 2-4 drops LLP Allergy Blend and diffuse into the air to help clear contaminants and open airways.

Place a drop or two of LLP Allergy Blend as needed onto a diffuser necklace, parachord bracelet, or small handkerchief and gently inhale as needed.

In a 10 mL roller bottle, add 25 drops of LLP Allergy Blend and top with preferred carrier like fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or rosehip oil. Gently shake and roll onto pressure points and/or on the pads of the feet, and dab under the nose. Or, if you’re not the DIY type, order the LLP Roller here.

Place 1-3 drops of LLP Allergy Blend into a capsule and take one as needed, not exceeding 2 in one day.

Precautions

Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician about possible medicine interactions.

Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

When in doubt ALWAYS dilute with your favorite carrier oil, especially on young and sensitive skin.

LLP Allergy Blend Reviews

“Arrived just in time! It’s my first day using to battle allergies and sinus congestions and I am amazed. I have been trying all day to try to clear my nostrils and nothing worked, until this blend. Just 5-7 drops in a little oil diffuser with a tea light was all I needed. Within 10 minutes I could breathe and my lungs started to feel so clear. So happy. The sun even came out as I started to breathe! 🙂 Will buy again! (in bulk if necessary) Love this oil. Thank you Spark Naturals!”~Gavin

“The very first time I diffused this blend I got immediate relief with my allergies. I diffuse in my bedroom every night now and hardly ever need to take allergy meds. My allergy symptoms are significantly diminished and I’m not getting sick from them. Love this product.”~Bonnie

“My husband suffers from bad allergies, I purchased the gel caps and add few drops and he takes every morning and said it’s working great! Thanks Sparks for a awesome blend. I only wish it came bigger then 15ml between diffusing and adding to gel caps you can go through it pretty fast!”~Angelina

“Have been suffering with constant runny nose and extremely strong sneezes were my back spasms. Been adding a few drops to diffuser at night a couple a times a week and my symptoms disappear.”~Maritza

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~The Spark Team~

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Delicious Frosted Lemonade

Frozen Lemonade is always a refreshing treat! Tangy, frosty, and sweet. Get your spoon ready – we know you’ll love this homemade Frosted Lemonade recipe! 

Quick Feature: Lemon Essential Oil

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Spark Naturals Lemon & Honey Tea

Lemon and honey in hot water is a CLASSIC natural remedy when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s EVEN BETTER when you add a drop of Shield to it – the taste improves, and you get an extra immunity boost!

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Spark Naturals Lemon Honey Tea
-boiled water
-juice of 1/2 a lemon
-honey, to taste
-1-2 drops Spark Naturals Shield Blend

Directions: Pour the water into a large mug and add the lemon juice. Stir to combine and add honey to taste. Add Shield blend and breathe in the steam (be careful not to breathe it if it’s too hot!) while waiting for it to cool. Stir and drink up!
This works great with ginger tea as well!

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Lemon & Sugar Scrub

Do you love to make sugar scrubs? Want one that is light, fresh, and a great cleanser? Try this Lemon Sugar Scrub!

Ingredients:
-1 cup white sugar
-1/4+ cups Coconut oil
-15 drops Spark Naturals Lemon essential oil
-8 oz. mason jar

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Directions:
Measure out 1 cup of white sugar and place it in a mixing bowl.

Measure out your coconut oil. The amount of oil you use is up to you, but you might consider starting with 1/4 cup and going from there. In addition to smelling fantastic, coconut oil is great for your skin.

Mix your coconut oil with your sugar until your mixture becomes almost light and fluffy looking, adding more or less coconut oil until you have your desired consistency. How moist you would like your scrub to be is completely up to you!

Add your essential oils to give your mixture a nice lemony scent! Lemon is a great natural cleanser. Put in about 15 drops of this essential oil, but you may opt for more or less.

Place your sugar scrub in a clean 8 oz. glass jar. Then enjoy!

How to Use:
Scoop out about a spoonful and rub it in your hands as though you were washing your hands with soap, allowing the oil to moisturize your skin while the sugar exfoliates. Rinse your hands with cool water once you have worked in the scrub and enjoy your silky smooth skin!

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Hemp Seed Oil Benefits

Hemp Seed Oil is one of the world’s oldest and healthiest natural oils. Produced from the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant, Hemp Seed Oil has a perfect ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 essential fatty acids and 80% total essential fatty acids, which is more than any other plant. With this perfect blend of omega and essential fatty acids, there is a massive range of health benefits including better integumentary health such as thicker hair, softer skin, and stronger nails. Hemp Seed Oil also contains both vitamin E, well-known for its benefits in skin care, and vitamin D, which is not present in other plants. Hemp Seed Oil can also be helpful for eczema, premenstrual stress, and inflammation.

Topical Use

Applying Hemp Seed Oil on your skin is an effective way to nourish, protect and repair damaged skin. Hemp Seed Oil is perfect for most skin types as it can moisturize without clogging your pores. It can help balance oily skin, hydrating it and regulating the skin’s oil production. Part of what makes Hemp Seed Oil so beneficial to the skin is that it’s rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

Consuming Hemp Seed Oil

Taking Hemp Seed Oil internally can provide the same skin benefits and additional overall health benefits as using the oil topically. Consuming these nutrients can help treat skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne while keeping the skin nourished and moisturized. Hemp seeds are a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and introducing this fatty acid into your body is associated with positives outcomes. GLA produces an anti-inflammatory effect because the body converts it into anti-inflammatory compounds.

Uses

Hemp Seed Oil Vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons Hemp Seed Oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk everything together until evenly and well blended. Enjoy on your favorite salad.

Acne

Combining Hemp Seed Oil with Tea Tree oil can produce incredible results. It can be used to help clear up acne and reduce scars. It’s completely absorbed into the skin shortly after application and will leave the skin smooth and hydrated.

Moisturizer

The simplest, most natural way to use Hemp Seed Oil is by massaging a small amount onto clean face as you would with any moisturizer. Hemp Seed Oil can also be used as a makeup remover, simply rub a tablespoon of oil all over the face, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then with a warm washcloth remove al the makeup.

The important difference between HEMP and MARIJUANA

Hemp and Marijuana fall under the same Hemp plant family. The Latin term for Hemp is Cannabaceae, or Cannabis for short. However Hemp and Marijuana are two, very different variations of cannabis, just as lemons and oranges are two, very different variations of fruits.

Marijuana is the psychoactive variety of cannabis that gets people “high” because it contains THC. CBD oil is Non-Psychoactive (It CANNOT get you high) and Packed with beneficial proteins, amino acids, and omega-3s. CBD oil has a high cannabinoid profile. Cannabinoids have the potential ability to stimulate the human system in place of the naturally produced compounds.

Our bodies contain hundreds of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors called the endocannabinoid system. The cannabinoids system and their receptors are found in our brain, organs, glands and throughout our entire bodies. And this system plays a major role in biological processes such as sleep, memory, mood and even pain sensation.  It is thought that CBD might affect your health by attaching to receptors in your body’s endocannabinoid system – a complex biological system involved in maintaining certain aspects of your health.

Even though research continues, CBD Oil has shown to make connections to our body through the endocannabinoid system that no other compound can.

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