Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bergamot Essential Oil


Dear, dear friends, I welcome you to our time together.  It brings joy when we gather.  And today’s topic, Bergamot Essential Oil, also brings joy to Aromatherapy.  


The bergamot fruit grows mainly in the Mediterranean, preferring the temperate climate.  The fruit was actually named for the Italian city of Bergamo, where the bergamot oil trade started, thousands of years ago.  The benefits of this little powerhouse are underutilized today, though.

It’s of the citrus family, probably a hybrid of a lemon & orange.  The orange making the juice sweeter than the lemon.  The aroma reminds me of the lemon, but without the tartness, giving it a calming & soothing aroma.


**REMEMBER, BERGAMOT IS OF THE CITRUS FAMILY & IS PHOTO SENSITIVE.  KEEP EXPOSED SKIN OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT OR ULTRA VIOLET RAYS FOR 12 TO 24 HOURS AFTER APPLICATION**

Bergamot Essential Oil is analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, laxative & sedative.  It will improve blood circulation, prevent infections, reduces pain, relaxes & sedates, aids in digestion, good for your skin, eliminates bad odors in the air, on your body & pet odors, reduces fevers, kills germs, relieves spasms, aids in healing & so much more.  


I mentioned it improves blood circulation.  When your blood is flowing the anti-depressant chemicals of Bergamot are creating feelings of joy & energy.  These chemicals also stimulate your hormonal secretions.  This helps maintain your metabolic rates.  This, in turn, aids in digestion by increasing digestive juices, bile & insulin, helping in absorbing nutrients & with  the assimilation & decomposition of sugar.  Reducing your blood sugar improves your neurological & mental conditions. 


Using Bergamot Essential Oil in your skin & hair care products can prohibit & protect from infections.  The disinfectant & anti-biotic components inhibit the growth of fungi, germs & viruses.  It’s known to cure colon, intestine, urinary tract & kidney infections.

Instead of turning to over the counter pain medications with their side effects, try the analgesic properties of Bergamot Essential Oil first.  It stimulates the hormones which dull the nerves’ sensitivity to pain.  It has helped in the cases of muscle aches, headaches & other ailments where you would use analgesic medicines.


Related to those symptoms  are nervous tension, stress & anxiety.  Bergamot Essential Oil has flavonoids which relax & soothe the nerves.  This can help alleviate & cure depression, high blood pressure & insomnia.  These flavonoids also stimulate dopamine & serotonin production, inducing feelings of well-being & sedation.

Earlier I mentioned how this Essential Oil activates the secretion of your digestive acids, bile, & enzymes.  This aids in breaking down your food.  Bergamot Essential Oil synchronizes & regulates the rhythm of your intestines, reducing the strain to your intestinal tract & quickening the digestive process.  This, in turn, reduces constipation & can prevent gastrointestinal complications.

Bergamot Essential Oil is utilized in the elimination of acne scars.  It aids in the uniform distribution of melanin & pigments.  This leaves behind an even, attractive skin tone.  Marks & scars just fade away.

It aids in the elimination of painful skin conditions like acne, psoriasis & boils.  It relieves itchy, dry skin, reduces oily skin, soothes insect bites & cold sores.

Citrus aromas are quite strong & Bergamot Essential Oil is no exception.  This makes it wonderful for overcoming or eliminating odors.  Use it in your deodorant.  It not only covers up any body odor, but it’s disinfectant properties inhibit the growth of odor-causing germs.  It’s great for refreshing & disinfecting rooms.

Bergamot Essential Oil, as an anti-biotic, fights infections, caused by bacteria, viruses & protozoa that cause fevers.  It also stimulates your metabolic system, increasing gland secretions,  which provides a feeling of warmth.  This results in toxins being cleansed from the body through perspiration, ultimately reducing your body temperature.

Use a few drops in your vaporizer during cough & cold season.  It will help loosen the phlegm, making it easier to cough out.  During the day, when you’re having difficulties breathing, rub a drop or two in your palms, cup your nose & breath in the vapors.


If the congestion is severe, mix a few drops each of Bergamot Essential Oil & 1Eucalyptus Essential Oil in your diffuser. 

Bergamot Essential Oil can be used to prevent bad breath.  You can add a drop or two to some warm water.  Use it as a rinse or gargle.  The sweet citrus smell provides freshness, and the anti-microbial property kills the germs.  Regular rinsing of your mouth with Bergamot Essential Oil can help prevent cavities.  For a tooth ache you can apply a drop to the tooth & then rinse well.

Such a versatile, fragrant Essential Oil.  I know I’ve said this about a few different oils, but Bergamot Essential Oil deserves to be in your first aid kit.  And your bathroom.  And kitchen.  Well, I think you get the idea.

I thank you for your time & I look forward to our next chat.  Til next we meet, Be Blessed.



LB



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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ylang Ylang Essential OIl


Greetings to you, my dear friends.  I am so happy you’re joining me.  Today we’re going to look at Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (cananga odorata) is distilled from the tropical, star-shaped flowers of the Ylang Ylang tree (pronounced ee-lahng ee-lahng).  This tree originated in the rainforests of the Philippines, then introduced to the Comoro Islands & Madagascar & now can be commonly found growing in the rainforests of certain Asian & South Pacific Islands like Indonesia, Java, Sumatra & Polynesia.

The distillation of Ylang Ylang is a bit different.  Other Essential Oils are typically put through the distillation process once, producing one grade.  The Ylang Ylang flowers go through the distillation process four times, producing four grades of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.  They are, in order of fractions, Extra (or Complete), I, II & III.    This process can affect the aroma & composition of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.  The best quality for Aromatherapy is the Extra & Ylang Ylang I.

The sweet, rich, spicy, yet delicate floral fragrance make Ylang Ylang Essential Oil a favorite in perfumes, but it is much more than a nice aroma.  The health benefits are numerous & varied.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is an anti-depressant, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-spasmodic, anti-seborrheic, nervine, aphrodisiac, hypotensive & a sedative substance.  Ylang Ylang flower is used to make a tea, which also possesses these attributes.

It’s been known to aid in the treatment of Seborrheic Eczema.  This skin disease is a malfunction of the sebaceous glands.   (We talked about Sebaceous Cysts on 10/29/17 (see Sebaceous Cyst & Essential Oils)).  Seborrheic Eczema is caused by the irregular production of sebum.  This causes epidermal cells to become infected.  The result is white or pale-yellow skin which can be either dry or greasy.  As this infected skin starts peeling off it can be rather unattractive & painful.  It tends to occur on the scalp, eyebrows & wherever you find hair follicles.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is known to help regulate sebum production & treat the infection.  This, in turn, reduces the irritation & redness, calming the skin.

It works as an anti-septic.  Cuts, abrasions or burns can become infected.  Ylang Ylang Essential Oil inhibits microbial growth & disinfects the wounds.  This property protects wounds from bacteria, virus & fungus.  It also increases the speed with which your wounds heal.  This makes it a great Essential Oil in the combat against acne.

Ylang-ylang essential oil is a health booster for the nervous system. It strengthens the nervous system and repairs any damage it may have suffered. Furthermore, it also reduces stress on the nerves and protects them from developing any number of nervous disorders. 

It’s hypotensive, which means it helps lower your blood pressure.  Since high blood pressure has become a major health issue & the pharmaceutical medications are causing more issues, Ylang Ylang has been tested & proven to be just as effective, yet without the side effects.

Ylang Ylang is considered to be one of the most powerful of the aphrodisiac Essential Oils.  Indonesian newlyweds will find their honeymoon suite covered in the flowers. It energizes you, intensifies eroticism, increases libido, promotes feelings of trust & attraction between lovers.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is also known to aid in your meditation practice.  It encourages releasing negative energy like low self-esteem, anger & jealously (something I’m working on in myself).  This Essential Oil promotes the positive energy of self-confidence, spiritual awareness & gratitude.  It supports a greater alignment of your mind, body & spirit.

For your Chakra work, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is said to help balance the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras.  We haven’t talked about  Chakras.  That would be an entire blog of its own.  But these two Chakras are located between just below your heart & just above your pelvis, your gut area.

Some other benefits of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil are in the cure of infections in certain organs, like your stomach, intestines, urinary tract & colon.  It has helped people with insomnia & fatigue due to its calming effect on your nervous system.  It also maintains the moisture & oil balance of your skin, keeping it hydrated, smooth & young.

Be careful when first using Ylang Ylang Essential Oil as it can cause headaches for some individuals, especially if diffused in high concentration.  Always test patch first & use in moderation.

Ylang Ylang is of the floral family of Essential Oils.  There are eight families (camphourous, citrus, earthy, floral, herbaceous, resinous,  spicy & woody) & we’ve not talked much about them yet, either.  Another category used for Essential Oils is what is known as “Perfumery Notes”.  Those are top, middle & base & refer to the strength of the aroma.  (Ylang Ylang is a base note to middle aroma.)  Both these categories are important when you’re blending aromas & we will be going in depth with each soon.



I thank you for your attention & I look forward to our next chat.  Til next we meet, Be Blessed.



LB



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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Frankincense Essential Oil


Oh my gosh!!  I’m so excited!!  I finally have Frankincense Essential Oil!!!

Oops!  In my excitement I totally forgot my manners!!  Greetings & welcome to LBEliteAromas blog.  We discuss Aromatherapy, Essential Oils. Meditation & Yoga.  Today we’ll talk about a very old & famous Essential Oil, Frankincense.

Ok, so, where was I?  Oh yes!  I remember!!!  I’m so excited!!  My Frankincense Essential Oil arrived
today!!!   I’ve been curious about Frankincense since I started this community & the time finally arrived!!  Now, lets look at this ancient oil.

Frankincense (Boswellia sacara) come from the old French “franc encens”, meaning “quality incense”.  Frankincense was highly valued by kings & the wealthy during ancient times.  You may have heard it was one of the gifts from the Magi or Wise Men to Baby Jesus.  Gold (symbol of kinship on earth), Frankincense (symbol of deity) & Myrrh (symbol of death).  There’s more to these gifts then the spiritual symbols & we’re only going to explore some of the other properties of Frankincense today.

As I mentioned, Frankincense was a highly valued commodity for thousands of years.  Ancient Egyptians would buy the resin by the boatloads from the Phoenicians.  Since at least 500 BC Frankincense has been a staple in traditional Chinese medicine.

One of the reasons is because of its health properties (although some of its other applications include insect repellent, perfume, incense & embalming).  Frankincense Essential Oil can reduce pain & inflammation, it boosts the immune system & mood, combats infections, aids in digestion, is analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti-septic, an expectorant, aids in the relief of coughs, sore throats, strep, pneumonia, staph infections, reduces stress, calms the nervous system, boosts the mood & more.

At the time Jesus was born, infant mortality rate was very high.  Frankincense would have been used by the wealthy to improve their child’s chances of survival.  This would have been a very practical & appropriate gift to give a king.

Frankincense Essential Oil is actually derived from the gummy sap that oozes from a cut in the bark of the Boswellia tree.  This is allowed to harden & dry, then scraped off the
tree.  This teardrop-shaped resin is the natural state of Frankincense.  It’s how it would have been used in antiquity.  It is edible & often chewed like gum.  It is also burned in this form & crushed for use.  There’s a whole other process to turn it into the liquid oil & some of its properties are lost in the process.

That doesn’t mean that Frankincense Essential Oil is of any less use, because there are many uses & benefits we can obtain from it.

Frankincense Essential Oil is known to strengthen your skin, improve the tone & elasticity & reduces the signs of aging.  It can help fade scars, acne & stretch marks.   It can lift the skin & heal dry or cracked skin.

It’s an antiseptic & disinfectant.  Diffused in your home can help eliminate the cold & flu germs from both home & body.  It will aid in the prevention of germs forming on your skin, mouth or in your home.  You can make your own disinfectant cleaner using a Frankincense blend instead of harmful chemicals.

There have been studies that demonstrate the immune-enhancing abilities of Frankincense Essential Oil.  It helps destroy dangerous bacteria, viruses & even some cancers.  Using Frankincense in a homemade mouth rinse will help prevent bad breath, cavities, mouth sores, gingivitis, toothaches & other infections.

Frankincense is used to assist the digestive system in properly detoxing & its elimination from the body.  It helps in reducing bloating & PMS related [stomach pains].  It relieves [stomach pain], cramping & nausea.  It encourages proper digestive health by increasing the secretion of digestive enzymes, urination production, relaxing the digestive tract muscles & improving circulation.  Frankincense Essential Oil has shown to be beneficial in relieving symptoms of chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, leaky gut syndrome, IBS & Crohn’s disease.

It acts as a sleep aid by lowering anxiety levels or chronic stress.  The aroma of Frankincense
Essential Oil is calming, grounding, helping you fall naturally asleep.  It can eliminate aches & pains & allows your body to better regulate your ideal sleeping temperature by opening your breathing passages.

Dealing with symptoms of an imbalance of your hormone levels?  Symptoms like cramps, pain, headaches, constipation, fatigue, mood swings, nausea or anxiety dragging you down?  Frankincense Essential Oil can help balance your hormones, providing relief of these symptoms.  It also helps with regulating estrogen production & could help reduce the risks of tumors or cysts.

The chemical make-up of Frankincense can inhibit the production of key inflammatory molecules that are associated with arthritis, asthma, IBS & more.  Frankincense is useful in preventing the breakdown of cartilage tissue.  It aids in the reduction of painful or dangerous inflammation.  This makes it a natural option for conditions that affect muscles, joints & tendons.

Maybe one of the most interesting findings is how Frankincense has been shown to help fight specific types of cancer cells.  The chemical compound AKBA, which is found in Frankincense, is successful at killing cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapy, thus making it a natural cancer treatment, potentially.

Let’s take a moment & look at the last two paragraphs.  Inflammation & cancer.  From what I’m learning, these are the two biggest scourges of our lifetime & it’s believed that inflammation is actually one of the causes of cancer.  That leaves us with inflammation being the Number 1 cause of all our ailments, aches, pains, illnesses, diseases, etc.

But it doesn’t really stop there.  There is research that is showing that the cause of inflammation in the body is poor gut health.  While we could take more steps back, lets stop the trail here.  Frankincense can aid in gut health.

Now, let me make this clear, I am not advocating oral ingestion of any Essential Oil.  My research does show that in low quantity pure or organic Frankincense Essential Oil is safe.  My research also shows you can use the oil topically for the same results.  Be aware, results may vary & time could be longer.

But, you can blend Frankincense Essential Oil with the carrier oil of your choice & apply to the gut area.  The oils will be absorbed in through the skin to the organs & circulatory system where the chemicals will do what they can.  Frankincense Essential Oil can only be a piece of the puzzle for
your ultimate overall health.

Doesn’t Frankincense Essential Oil sound like just the answer to almost anything?  Well, as with everything, there is a darker side.  Frankincense is usually well-tolerated, especially compared to prescription medications.  Remember, all things in moderation & that includes Essential Oils.  Ingesting large quantities of Frankincense can be toxic.  Topical overuse (usually of undiluted oil) can cause adverse reactions.  Frankincense is known to react negatively with some anti-coagulant medications, so folks with clotting issues should consult with their doctor first.

So far, we’ve only looked at the physical side of Frankincense, but before we part today, I wish to quickly share another side of this incredible Essential Oil.  The spiritual side.

The woody, earthy, slightly fruity/sweet, warm & spicy aroma of Frankincense Essential Oil induces feelings of peace, satisfaction & relaxation.  Add some drops to Epsom Salts for a hot stress-relief bath.  Diffuse the oil in your home to fight anxiety.  Using Frankincense Essential Oil Aromatherapy has aided some to a higher level of intuition & spiritual connection.

So, you see, Frankincense Essential Oil is another must have oil for your first aid kit.  The pure or organic oil is a little more expensive, so you may want, or need, to put it on your wish list.

My friends, thank you for your attention today.  I pray you are able to take glean some useful information from today’s study.  Please click the share button for your friends.  And leave me a comment.  I read them all.

Til next we meet, Be Blessed.

LB

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Aromatherapy & Safety


My dear friends, I welcome you to my home.  I’m so glad you are joining me.  I appreciate your time & hope you can find some tips.
Today I feel the need to speak of a very real issue that is arising fast.  That is Aromatherapy, Essential Oils & safety.
A very dear friend of mine tagged me on social media.  It was a story of a lady & her sweet little dog.  This lady, we’ll call her Jill, shared her experience on social media so others could avoid the same issue.
In Jill’s share she stated she had just bought a new diffuser & from the sounds of it, was running it continuously for a few days.  She was using Tea Tree Essential Oil (see Tea Tree aka Melaleuca Essential Oil, July 9, 2017).
Jill reported that her little dog has a dog walker because Jill works some long hours.  What I’m understanding from this is Jill, unknowingly, was running her new diffuser with an antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, home cleaning, mold-killing, viral infection killing, athlete’s foot cure concentrated Essential Oil in a confined space where the dog couldn’t get away.  For extended periods of time this poor animal was breathing in these properties.  Yes, the dog got sick.
Does this make Jill a bad pet mom?  To be honest, I don’t know.  There’s too much I don’t know about the situation.  I do believe she was not aware of the dangers of using Essential Oils as opposed to Aromatic Scents.  I believe she was uneducated on how powerful Essential Oils truly are.
And since this is becoming a problem, I thought we should go over some basics regarding Essential Oils.  I love my Oils & am growing in my use of them.  I want to share with my community, so you can look for a more natural way to handle some of your issues.  But safety is so very important.  Using Essential Oils incorrectly can be just as dangerous as using pharmaceutical drugs incorrectly.
Let’s start with the number one fact: ESSENTIAL OILS ARE CHEMICALS. 
Period.  The end.  Just because they’re natural does not mean there are no safety concerns.  All chemicals must be respected & understood before you use them.
Essential Oils are one of nature’s most powerful tools.  They have been used for thousands of years to enhance our living & well-being.  They ease aches & pains.  They relieve coughs & colds.  We use them to fight infections & prevent illnesses.  It’s been said that for every ailment of man, God has provided the cure in nature.  Essential Oils are a big part of the cure.
As I said, Essential Oils are chemicals.  A good example would be the photosensitive oils, also known as “hot” oils.    A hot oil is generally your citrus group.  Lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, etc.  When applied topically the photosensitive chemical will react with ultraviolet light when it exposed to it.  Extended exposure will cause inflammation, blistering, reddening & burning of the skin.
But even Lavender Essential Oil, as calming in its uses, is powerful stuff.  There have been & are still on-going studies of the drug “clotrimazole” & Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) on Candida albicans (1Scientifica 10/13/15, 2Caspian Journal of Reproductive Medicine 9/6/14, 3Dr. EricZ Living the Abundant Life 6/10/17).  These studies are showing that Lavandula angustifolia is just as effective at killing candida 4in vitro as the pharmaceutical chemical “clotrimazole” after the first 24-48 hours.  What makes Lavender Essential Oil a better option is it has more benefits & less side effects then the pharmaceutical.
More traditional doctors are more often recommending Essential Oils instead of prescribing pharmaceuticals.  Science is confirming what has been known for thousands of years, Essential Oils are nature’s cures.  One of the facts found about Tea Tree Essential Oil is it is just as effective as pharmaceutical antibiotics, yet without the negative side effects, & has a positive synergistic effect.  This means Tea Tree Essential Oil is also preventing antibiotic resistance from developing.
We have learned how to use Nature’s bounty to nourish, support & heal our bodies.  We also have learned which ones will hurt us, even kill us.  But in the last 50-100 years or so, we have been taught to trust what man can make & have forgotten Nature’s lessons.  But because Nature is so good at what she does, we are drawn back to her.  We now need to re-learn the lessons of what is good for us & when it can turn harmful.
Please, my friends, before using any organic or pure Essential Oil, do your research!  Learn how the chemicals in the oil effect your body.  And always, always remember ALL THINGS IN MODERATION!!
If you went to a traditional doctor & he prescribed a pharmaceutical drug, you would take it as prescribed, correct?  Prescriptions are in moderation, correct?  Then why wouldn’t you use chemically  based Essential Oils in moderation?
We have travelled so far from our natural roots.  We live in segregated communities, on concrete land, no longer connected to the earth, or others.  No longer grounded into Nature or in tune with her.  We have insulated ourselves into the “safety” of man-made products & forgotten our survival safety knowledge.
Now, as we are seeking more natural ways of healing our minds, bodies & spirits we must also learn to think outside the box we crawled into years ago.  We must realize everything is two-sided, a possible danger to us & even more so to the young, small, elderly & sensitive.  We must realize & research the possible benefits & dangers of returning to nature for everyone in our home.
Please, my dear friends, please, start slow on your path with Aromatherapy & Essential Oils.  Find one you like & read up about it.  What are the properties, what is it known to effect?  Do a patch test to see if you have a reaction to it, both on your skin & your olfactory senses.  There’s a certain blend that will, on most people, lift their mood.  I know it does mine, but for my son, it has a very opposite effect.  So be sure to test how it affects you & those around you, including your pets.
Safety can never be over stressed, on anything.  Driving, walking down the street or using nature’s bounty.  I hope I have helped you understand the need to research & use your own instincts. 
I thank you for your attention & I look forward to our next chat.  Til next we meet, Be Blessed.

LB

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