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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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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Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli (Pogestemon cablin) is a plant more commonly known as “mint” and comes from the Labiatae family. It is said to have originated in Indonesia, Philippines, Madagascar, India, Malaysia, and China. Patchouli is usually lighter in color and has slightly thicker viscosity than water. Patchouli can grow to be nearly 3 feet tall and is a large and hairy plant bearing small pinkish-purple flowers with a rich, sweet, earthy, musky, and herbaceous scent that is grounding and balancing. It has been used for centuries in incense, perfumes, alternative medicines, and repellents. Patchouli oil is extracted by steam distillation of the dried and fermented leaves of the plant. 

Primary Benefits

Balancing and grounding effect on emotions, aid in the reduction of cellulite, aids in a smooth, glowing complexion, aids in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and skin imperfections.

Patchouli is very beneficial to the skin, functioning by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, and small skin imperfections while promoting a smooth, youthful, glowing complexion.

Historically, Patchouli has been used to help cool fevers, reduce allergies, rejuvenate skin, fight infections in slow healing wounds, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea, acne, bug bites, congestion, digestion, fungal infections and athlete’s foot, dandruff, depression, sleep, and halitosis (bad breath). 

Possible Uses

-Diffuse to fight anxiety and depression along with fight off insects 
-Apply topically mixed with creams, lotions and shampoos to rejuvenate and heal the skin or fight infections such as slow healing wounds, fungal infections or athletes foot.
-Place a few drops in capsule and take internally to help with internal infections or stomachaches.

Recipes

Worry Free Diffuser Blend

Dandruff Treatment

Mix into 2 ounce of Shampoo, apply to hair and scalp or mix essential oils with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to hair concentrating on scalp and massage in. Let sit on scalp for 5 mins and then wash thoroughly.

Patchouli Room Spray

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle, spritz around any room in your home when you home begins to smell less than fresh.

Hydrating Argan Oil Face Mask

Mix ingredients and apply to face. Leave on face for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Pat dry.

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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