Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Citrus X paradisi

Grapefruit essential oil can provide an uplifting environment due to its invigorating and energizing aroma, while acting as a purifying agent when added to a skin care routine.

Description

The name “grapefruit” is attributed to the fruits growing in clusters which resemble those of grapes. Known for its energizing and invigorating aroma, Grapefruit helps uplift mood. Grapefruit is also renowned for its cleansing and purifying properties and is frequently used in skin care for its ability to promote the appearance of clear, healthy-looking skin. Grapefruit can also support a healthy metabolism.*

Uses

  • Add to your teenager’s facial routine to improve the appearance of blemishes (avoid sun exposure).
  • Diffuse while dieting or trying to lose weight to increase motivation.
  • Add one to two drops to your water to support a healthy metabolism.*

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

Add dōTERRA Grapefruit to your body scrubs and body wash to stimulate smooth and radiant skin. Enjoy the fruity and spry flavor of Grapefruit in your morning smoothie to *support a healthy metabolism. In moments of distraction, diffuse dōTERRA Grapefruit to bring a sense of focus to the task at hand.

Children can also enjoy the aromatic benefits of dōTERRA Grapefruit with this DIY Alphabet Grapefruit Soap recipe.

For more uses and benefits of dōTERRA Grapefruit oil, read the Product Spotlight here!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Vetiver Essential Oil

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Description

Vetiver oil is distilled from the roots of the vetiver grass which has long been used to prevent soil erosion due to it’s impressive root system. Vetiver essential oil has long been used as a fixative in the perfume industry.  It has an aroma that is very earthy, sweet, and woody. (You can learn more about the Vetiver Plant Here)

The plant is harvested for it’s roots which are stream distilled for the oil.  This oil is very viscous (thick like honey) although it does thin out when mixed with other oil and can actually be added to almost any blend.

 

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dōTERRA Vetiver has a unique, exotic aroma that’s sweet, woody, caramel, and smoky making it ideal for calming emotions and focusing your thoughts.  These properties make Vetiver Oil ideal for use in massage therapy.  It can also be rubbed on the feet before bedtime to promote a restful night’s sleep. When taken internally, Vetiver can support a healthy immune system.*

  • Add 1–2 drops to tea or hot drinks during winter time to promote immune-supporting properties*.
  • Use as a massage oil to calm emotions.
  • Take a warm bath with a few drops of Vetiver essential oil for deep relaxation.
  • Diffuse with Lavender, doTERRA Serenity®, or doTERRA Balance® to calm emotions and lessen stress.
  • Use a toothpick to help get the desired amount out of container if Vetiver is too thick to get out of the bottle. A little goes a long way.

Directions for Use

Aromatic use: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice or apply to a personal inhaler or the felt pad of a charm or leather strap for the aromatic use.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Always safer to dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Click HERE For more information on the safe use and application of essential oils.

**These statements has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How do we use it? 

The earthy aroma of this oil aromatically blends well with black pepper, geranium, orange, ylang ylang, bergamot, lavender, mandarin, rose, grapefruit, clary sage, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli, cedarwood, lemon, ginger, and lemongrass.

Vetiver oil may be used to treat most skin problems and is also know to naturally help reduce swelling and could be recommended to those managing aches and pains, sprains, muscle or joint stiffness, and similar problems. Widely used to scent household products including but not limited to detergents, soaps, cleaners, window coverings, baskets, and table or floor matts.

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doTERRA CPTG quality means we are confident in using this internally and topically for use in soaps, toiletries, diffuser and aromatherapy, massage oil, balms, tonics, homeopathic products, air fresheners, lotions, face lotions, inhalants, deodorants, skin care products, hair products, shampoos, conditioners, beard and hair oils, household cleaning products, detergents, candles, body sprays, body creams, ointments, bath salts, perfumes, and colognes.  For a relaxing and stress free evening at home, we use Vetiver as a massage oil for the body, a beard oil for my husband, in a rollerball blended with Lavender, doTERRA Serenity®, or doTERRA Balance® and rolled on our feet before bedtime to promote a restful night’s sleep*.

You can also add a few drops of Vetiver essential oil to a warm bath for a deeper relaxation.

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Rosemary

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Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

While it is frequently used for cooking, Rosemary has long been revered by many cultures for its internal benefits and energizing scent.

 

 

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy digestion*
  • Supports healthy respiratory function*
  • Helps reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue*

 

Aromatic Description

Camphoraceous, Herbaceous

Collection Method

Steam Distilation

Plant Part

Flower, Leaf

Main Constituents

1, 8-Cineole, α-pinene, camphor

Description

Rosemary is an aromatic, evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods such as stuffings, pork, roast lamb, chicken, and turkey. Along with its culinary applications, Rosemary has many benefits. Rosemary supports healthy digestion* and internal organ function.* Long revered by experts, Rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures. Rosemary’s herbaceous and energizing scent is frequently used in aromatherapy. Taken internally, it helps to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.*

Uses

  • Diffuse while studying to maintain concentration.
  • Take internally to help reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.*
  • Add 1–2 drops of Rosemary essential oil to meats and favorite entrées for flavoring and to support healthy digestion.*
  • may support healthy hair growth

Rosemary

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional cautions below.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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Medically Reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, APRN on September 7, 2017 — Written by Adrian White  https://www.healthline.com/health/rosemary-oil-for-hair

 

How to use rosemary oil for hair growth Last reviewed

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Quick and Simple Recipe for Dry Shampoo:   Combine 1/4 cup arrowroot powder and 2 drops Lavender, Rosemary, and Peppermint essential oil for a simple dry shampoo.  For a simple recipe, visit:  http://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-dry-shampoo

Copaiba Essential Oil

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[ko-pey-buh] – Copaifera reticulata, officinalis, coriacea,
and langsdorffii

Copaiba, similar to Black Pepper, can help soothe anxious feelings and, when taken internally, supports a healthy immune and cardiovascular system.*

Primary Benefits

  • Supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive and respiratory systems*
  • Powerful antioxidant*
  • Helps calm, soothe, and support the nervous system*
  • Promotes clear, smooth skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes

Aromatic Description

Spicy, woody

Collection Method

Steam distillation

Plant Part

Resin from Copaifera reticulata, officinalis, coriacea, and langsdorffii

Main Constituents

Caryophylene

Description

Copaiba essential oil is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree which can grow upwards of more than 100 feet and can be found in tropical South America. Copaiba oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Since the 16th century, copaiba essential oil has been utilized in traditional health practices by the natives of north and northeastern Brazil. Similar to Black Pepper essential oil, Copaiba can help soothe anxious feelings and it can be applied to the skin to promote a clear, smooth complexion. Taken internally, Copaiba essential oil supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems.* Although Copaiba does not contain cannabinoids, the main component caryophyllene may be neuroprotective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits.* It’s also a powerful antioxidant that promotes immune health.*

Uses

  • Add 1 to 2 drops to water, juice, or tea to support the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory system.*
  • Provides antioxidant support when ingested.*
  • Take internally to help soothe and calm the nervous system.*
  • Apply topically combined with a carrier oil or a facial moisturizer to help keep skin clean and clear, and to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Dilute one to two drops with a carrier oil, then apply to desired area. See additional precautions below.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Medicinal Uses

In the 21st century, studies have shown that the beneficial effects of Copaiba are due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-tetanus, antiseptic and antihemorrhagic properties.

In Brazil, studies on the medicinal plants, especially Copaiba oil-resin, are documented in one rat study to have no effect on healing a severed intestine.

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Black Pepper Essential Oil

black pepperBlack Pepper (Piper nigrum)

With noteworthy topical and internal benefits, Black Pepper essential oil can be used to add spice and sharpness when cooking, or to ward off seasonal and environmental threats.

Description

Black Pepper is best known as a common cooking spice that enhances the flavor of foods, but its internal and topical benefits are equally noteworthy. This essential oil is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, known for their antioxidant activity* and ability to help ward off environmental and seasonal threats. Black Pepper promotes healthy circulation,* but should be used with caution when applied topically due to its strong warming sensation. It can also help with the digestion of foods, making it an ideal oil to cook with and enjoy both for its flavor and internal benefits.*

Uses

  • Create a warming, soothing massage by combining one to two drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  • Diffuse or inhale directly to soothe anxious feelings.
  • Take one to two drops in veggie caps daily when seasonal threats are high.*
  • Add to meats, soups, entrees, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion.*

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Primary Benefits

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  • Provides antioxidant support*
  • Supports healthy circulation*
  • Aids digestion*
  • Enhances food flavor
  • Soothes anxious feelings*

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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Lavender Essential Oil

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Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender is often considered a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses, including calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension.*

Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume; it is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities which continue to be Lavender’s most notable qualities. Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to promote a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.

Uses

  • Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
  • Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
  • Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
  • Take internally to reduce anxious feelings.*
  • Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

Primary Benefits

  • Soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Taken internally, Lavender reduces anxious feelings and promotes peaceful sleep*
  • Helps ease feelings of tension.*
  • Lavender reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or the bottoms of feet to prepare for a restful night’s sleep.
  • Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air with a light mist of Lavender combined with water in a spray bottle.
  • Add Lavender to bath water to soak away stress, or apply it to the temples and the back of the neck.
  • Use it in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
  • Lavender makes a great addition to any hair treatment, shampoo, or conditioner.
  • It can help keep the scalp looking clean and healthy.
  • It helps to keep hair looking thick and healthy.
  • It may support the heart and cardiovascular system.*
  • It may also help to support healthy immune function and response during times of seasonal threats.*
  • Lavender synergistically helps to soothe and calm the nervous system.*
  • It can be particularly calming and support healthy moods during menstruation and menopause.
  • Lavender promotes feelings of vitality.
  • It can reduce anxious feelings, even when the ability to smell aromas has been lost.
  • When diluted and massaged on the abdomen of infants or when added to bath water, Lavender can promote calming and soothing feelings.
  • This essential oil evokes positive feelings of self-awareness.
  • It is helpful to diffuse when trying to stay on task.
  • Lavender subjectively improves work environments.
  • It promotes feelings of clear breathing and open airways.

    Lavender is truly one of our favorites and a favorite on millions of customers.

    * statements have been evaluated by the FDA. But projects are not intended to diagnose, treat, curve, or prevent disease

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Statements with asterisks refer to internal use. All others refer to aromatic or topical use.

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Winter is approaching… don’t be SAD.

201511-orig-depression-949x534A seasonal change in Neurotransmitters may result in notable symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
Well recognized expert in this field Robert Tisserand shares a wonderful explanation of how these seasonal changes may effect us, and how Essential Oils Can help.

We are sharing his reformatted but unedited article here as a reference to our readers.
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Essential Oils and Seasonal Affective Disorder

by Robert Tisserand

sad girl on the windowsill looking out the windowFeeling unusually sad is not uncommon in the winter months. Classic (winter based) seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder, affecting people with otherwise normal mental health. Symptoms include difficulty waking up in the morning, nausea, tendency to oversleep and overeat, cravings for carbohydrates, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating or completing tasks, withdrawal from friends, family and social activities and decreased sex drive. While sharing many symptoms with clinical depression, the main distinguishing factor of SAD is its seasonal character.

Neurotransmitters

There is likely not a single cause for SAD but scientists have identified several physiological suspects: serotonin, melatonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. SAD has been most strongly linked to reduced levels of serotonin, an important “feelgood” neurotransmitter. Since eating carbohydrates increases serotonin levels, this may explain the tendency to binge on carbs. However, even in the general population, postmortem examination of the hypothalamus shows minimal serotonin in the months of December and January, suggesting that this is not sufficient in itself to cause SAD (Gupta 2013, Levitan 2007).

Studies have shown that dopamine depletion causes a temporary worsening of symptoms in SAD patients. Dopamine is associated with “reward” pathways in the brain, and may also be linked to binge eating. Fatigue and lethargy in SAD are very likely associated with low levels of dopamine and also norepinephrine (Levitan 2007).

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland when there is very little light, and it signals our body to sleep. And if we choose to ignore those signals (because falling asleep while driving or in a meeting for example may have negative consequences), our natural sleep rhythms may be thrown off balance. We naturally produce more melatonin in winter months.

Many species naturally decrease their activity during winter months, as food sources are diminished and there is not enough sunlight to go hunting for whatever is still available. Some animals, such as bears and hedgehogs, even choose total hibernation, sleeping through the winter months to awaken when sun is high and food abundant. We humans cannot afford such winter sleep indulgences, and so we need to fight the ramifications of ignoring our natural circadian rhythms (the inner clock that tells us to sleep when the sun goes down).

Common treatments for SAD include light therapy, vitamin D supplements and antidepressants. However, essential oils may also be of great service.

Essential oils

Studies on depression and the sense of smell show that clinical depression is associated with reduced olfactory sensitivity (Negoias et al 2010, Schablitzky and Pause 2014). However, this may not apply to SAD, where researchers find the opposite – an increased olfactory sensitivity, especially in the right nostril, which corresponds to the right side of the brain (Postolache et al 1999). This increased sensitivity suggests that people with SAD may be especially responsive to aromatherapy.

It has long been claimed by aromatherapists that essential oils can positively affect mood, and scientific studies are now providing significant evidence for such effects, as well as explanations of how they work. Inhalation is a very efficient mode of administration for affecting neurological function, as the smell receptor sites in our nasal cavity have a direct link to the brain, via the olfactory bulbs.

In a 2013 article, researchers at Xiamen University, China, commented: “Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine) thereby further regulating mood.”http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23531112.

Many studies have found that vaporized citrus oils are particularly effective for mood enhancement. In one, a mixture of bergamot, orange and lemon (with lemon predominating) was slowly vaporized throughout the day over a two-week period, and depressed patients exposed to this fragrance were able to reduce their dose of antidepressants (Komori et al 1995).

Bergamot and lemon oils are among the most widely-researched for positive effects on mood. Rodent studies show that lemon oil is antidepressant (Komori et al 1995) and invigorating (Komori et al 2006). It also reduces anxiety and boosts both serotonin and dopamine (Komiya et al 2006), two neurochemicals that are often reduced in SAD. In addition to lemon oil, other essential oils that positively impact dopamine and/or serotonin, and are also antidepressant, include clary sage, Atlas cedarwood, eucalyptus globulus and orange (Costa et al 2013, Kako et al 2008, Martins et al 2015, Seol et al 2010).

The citrus oil that has been most widely researched for mood effects in humans is bergamot. Bergamot oil inhalation, from diffusion or water-based sprays, has shown significant effects in the following conditions:

* Reduction of work-related stress in a total of 83 elementary school teachers (Chang & Shen 2011, Liu et al 2013).

* Reduction of anxiety in 53 patients awaiting surgery, compared to 49 control patients (Ni et al 2013)

* Reduction of stress hormone cortisol, along with reduction in self-reported fatigue and anxiety in 41 healthy women, within 15 minutes (Watanabe et al 2015).

* Changes in heart rate variability that indicate relaxation in 25 healthy females compared to 22 controls, within 15 minutes (Peng et al 2009).

Many other essential oils are said to be uplifting – some of these are more stimulating, and some are more calming (see below). However, note that a “relaxed alertness” is also described for some essential oils, as is as an antidepressant effect.

Stimulating oils

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Black pepper
Black pepper is the only essential oil that has been shown to significantly increase epinephrine levels on inhalation (Haze et al 2002) and so might be useful where lethargy is a problem, but perhaps not if anxiety is high.

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Grapefruit
In healthy adults, inhaled grapefruit oil was stimulating and invigorating, increasing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system by 50%, and causing a slight increase in skin temperature (Haze et al 2002). Grapefruit oil inhalation slightly increased epinephrine and norepinephrine levels. The effect was not statistically significant, but it may reveal a tendency (Haze et al 2002).

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Jasmine absolute is widely regarded as an antidepressant. Vaporized jasmine absolute had a stimulating effect on the autonomic nervous system, resulting in greater blood oxygen saturation and increased alertness and perceived vigor (Sayowan et al 2013).

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Lemon
Rodent studies show that lemon oil is antidepressant and invigorating (Komori et al 1995, Komori et al 2006). It reduces anxiety and boosts both serotonin and dopamine (Komiya et al 2006).

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Rosemary
A proven essential oil for those who have difficulty concentrating (Moss & Oliver 2003, Moss et al 2003), rosemary oil also acts on serotonin receptors (Martinez et al 2009). Also see Rosemary Boosts Brain Power.

Calming oils

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Bergamot
Bergamot was a key ingredient in the original Eau de Cologne, which was said to have restorative and refreshing properties. According to the research (cited above), inhaled bergamot oil reduces anxiety and stress, and correspondingly causes slight reductions in blood pressure and heart rate.

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Clary sage
Clary sage oil increases both dopamine and serotonin levels, and these effects are thought to explain its notable antidepressant action (Lee et al 2014, Seol et al 2010).

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Orange
Research on orange oil demonstrates that it is calming, reduces anxiety and heart rate, and improves mood (Goes et al 2012, Jafarzadeh et al 2013, Lehrner et al 2005). Orange oil does increase serotonin levels (Costa et al 2013).

Rose
Inhalation of rose essential oil resulted in a 30% decrease of epinephrine levels (Haze et al 2002). So this would be an appropriate essential oil for extreme stress, but not for extreme lethargy. Prolonged inhalation of rose oil (24 hours) by gerbils revealed an anti-anxiety effect that was described as being similar to “some serotonergic agents” (i.e. substances that increase serotonin) (Bradley et al 2007).

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Traditionally, Buddhists used sandalwood oil as a therapy for anxiety, depression and insomnia, while Tibetan Monks used it to relax the body and focus the mind. Research reveals that inhaled sandalwood oil is calming, while improving mood and increasing attentiveness (Heuberger et al 2006).

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Not everyone should take substances that increase serotonin. In particular, drug interactions are possible. Be aware that a few essential oils, if taken with for example SSRI drugs, could possibly lead to serotonin syndrome, such as I reported here [Interaction with SSRI medication] almost certainly due to blue (German) chamomile oil.

If you have chosen an oil or blend that fits you the best, I recommend using a diffuser with intermittent setting and diffusing oils in intervals of 30 to 60 minutes and then stopping for at least the same amount of time for the greatest therapeutic benefit. This way the nervous system does not habituate or adapt to the olfactory stimulus. And, it’s safer. In a day, 2-3 sessions are usually adequate. If diluted essential oils are being worn as fragrance, body oil etc., these limits won’t apply.

So, get those diffusers and inhalers ready, because the winter still has a long way to go and even if you are not suffering from SAD we can all use some uplifting now and again, especially when the temperatures drop into single digits and blizzards roar outside.

References

Bradley, B., Starkey, N., Brown, S., & Lea, R. (2007). The effects of prolonged rose odor inhalation in two animal models of anxiety. Physiology & Behavior, 92, 931–938.
Chang, K.-M., & Shen, C.-W. (2011). Aromatherapy benefits autonomic nervous system regulation for elementary school faculty in taiwan. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2011, 1–7.
Costa, C., & Cury, T. (2013). Citrus aurantium L. essential oil exhibits anxiolytic-like activity mediated by 5-HT1A-receptors and reduces cholesterol after repeated oral treatment. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 42, 1–10.
Goes, T., & Antunes, F. (2012). Effect of sweet orange aroma on experimental anxiety in humans. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 18(8), 798–804.
Gupta, A., Sharma, P. K., Garg, V. K., Singh, a. K., & Mondal, S. C. (2013). Role of serotonin in seasonal affective disorder. European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, 17(1), 49–55.
Haze, S., Sakai, K., & Gozu, Y. (2002). Effects of fragrance inhalation on sympathetic activity in normal adults. The Japanese Journal of Pharmacology, 90(3), 247–253.
Heuberger, E., Hongratanaworakit, T., & Buchbauer, G. (2006). East Indian Sandalwood and alpha-Santalol odor increase physiological and self-rated arousal in humans. Planta Medica, 72, 792–800.
Jafarzadeh, M., Arman, S., & Pour, F. (2013). Effect of aromatherapy with orange essential oil on salivary cortisol and pulse rate in children during dental treatment: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Advanced Biomedical Research, 2, 1–10.
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Komiya, M., Takeuchi, T., & Harada, E. (2006). Lemon oil vapor causes an anti-stress effect via modulating the 5-HT and DA activities in mice. Behavioural Brain Research, 172, 240–249.
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We welcome your comments and feedback.

If you would like to learn more about essential oils and the support and benefit to your families health, please let us know.  If you would like be host a FREE class we would be happy to schedule with you to help you on your road to health.

Be Healthy, Happy, and Strong!

Jen & Joe

Eucalyptus -Eucalyptus Radiata 

Eucalyptus was widely used in World War 1 to control infections and influenza.

Found in many of the doTERRA blends like Protective Blend, Skin Clearing Blend, Respiratory Blend and their Repellent Blend, this plant is steam distilled from the leaves and the essential oil provides properties that assist and support on many levels. It is found to be antiviral, antibacterial, expectorant, analgesic, insecticidal, hypotensive, disinfectant, and a catalyst.

Some of the top uses for this wonderful oil are as follows:


Ear aches – dilute and apply topically to outer ear and bone behind the ear or chest.

Congestion, cough, bronchitis and pneumonia – Dilute and apply topically to chest or use in a diffuser.

 Asthma and Sinusitis – Put in palms of hands and inhale aromatically or applied alluded to the chest and feet.

Fever – Applied topically with peppermint down the spine to help lower fevers.

Shingles, malaria, cold and flu – Diffuse aromatically or apply topically to bottoms of feet or along the spine.

Muscle fatigue and pain – Dilute and gently massage topically over area to ease overused muscles.

Mental sluggishness – Use aromatically with rosemary and poems and inhaled deeply to improve blood flow to the brain. (We also like to diffuse in our house when we find our brains focusing on many tasks.)

Cleaning disinfectant – Add 10-15 drops to a spray bottle for a quick drying disinfectant cleaner.

Dust mites – Apply  10-15 drops to a spray bottle to use as a dust mite deterrent.

Emotional balance – use aromatically and topically to get from congested to stimulated.

Be Healthy, Happy, and Strong!  

 Jen & Joe

 

*ORT Group LLC provide RV transportation delivery and direct sales of doTERRA brand products for customers all over the world for their home, travel and health.  Please feel comfortable in contacting us directly should you have any questions regarding your Wellness needs.  We would be honored to help you on your journey.

* reference Total Wellness publishing. The Essential Life, a simple guide to living the wellness lifestyle. 2nd edition published 2015

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