Sweet & Spicy Fennel Oil

doTERRA Essential Oil

Fennel 

Deep Cleansing, Purifying and Revitalizing

Used for centuries for its many health benefits, fennel essential oil has pronounced antioxidant properties and is considered a tonic.

Sweet Fennel has compounds that are anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogestic, positive hormone activity within the body to support hormonal balance -male and female – amazing positive support for gastro-intestinal and urinary tract systems.

Fennel’s sweet yet spicy aroma is balancing and may bring to mind licorice.

Fennel is a hardy biennial or perennial herb, growing to a height of two meters (six feet), with fine, feathery leaves and umbels of golden-yellow flowers. The essential oil is produced from the crushed seeds.

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The use of Fennel as an herb stretches back to antiquity, featuring in the culinary and medical arts of Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and India, as well as in Anglo-Saxon Cookery. Fennel (sweet) has clean, sweet, aniseed top notes and earthy, spicy, peppery undertones.

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It blends well with Geranium, Lavender, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Frankincense and Lemon.

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Properties: Analgesic, anti-infectious, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aperitive, carminative (settles digestion), depurative(purifies and cleanses the blood), cholagogic (stimulates the flow of bile from the gall bladder into the intestines), digestive stimulant, diuretic, emmenagogic (promotes and regulates menstruation), expectorant, lactogenic, oestrogen-like, expectorant, splenic, stomatic, relieves colic, indigestion and excessive gas.

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Fennel has a tonic effect on the smooth muscle of the intestine, which is valuable in colitis, and in some cases of constipation, as it strengthens peristalisis (the rhythmic contractions of the intestinal muscles which move the partially-digested food mass through the intestines).

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Uses:

Fennel is a good urinary-tract antiseptic, excellent for alleviating flatulence and digestive problems, local massage combined with drinking Fennel Tea is recommended.

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Fennel is very supportive of the respiratory system in that it can relieve coughs and nervous asthma.

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Fennel helps eliminate water retention issues, cellulite and obesity if
enough water is consumed on a regular basis (both apply topically and ingest as a Tea several times a day) – makes happy Kidneys and Spleen

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It also can be helpful with gout, arthritis, etc. to prevent the build-up of toxic wastes in the body, which precede the inflammatory condition of the joints.

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Fennel is one of the plants that has been known for thousands of years for its effects on the female reproductive system. It now seems probable that this is due to a plant hormone – a form of oestrogen – in its structure. It can help to regularize the menstrual cycle, particularly where periods are scanty and painful, with cramping pains. It has been found to reduce symptoms of pre-menstrual stress, and also the water retention, which many women experience in the few days before menstruation is due.

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A few drops rubbed between the palms of the hand and inhaling has an amazing positive effect inside and out.  Fennel encourages us to express ourselves!  Fennel Oil releases our urge to create. It helps us to find, like oil of Ginger, productive outlets for the active mind.

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Application Blends:

Cellulite Massage: Fennel 6 drops, Coconut oil 10 drops – make blend and massage into areas of skin where Cellulite may have collected unwanted wastes – twice a day -while focused on eliminating weight and changing eating habits.

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Cellulite Massage: Fennel oil 2 drops, Rosemary 2 drops, Cypress 2 drops, Lemon 4 drops, Patchouli 1 drop; gently blend and apply to sides of thighs in upward motion am and pm.

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PMS Body Oil: 4 ounces of coconut oil, Fennel 5 drops, Ylang Ylang 4 drops, Clary Sage 5 drops, Roman Chamomile 6 drops, Lime 4 drops, Coriander 5 drops; gently blend together and massage the oil over your body daily, as needed

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Cycle Regulating Bath Oil: 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts, Fennel 2 drops, Coriander 2 drops, Geranium 3 drops, Clary Sage 3 drops; add oils to Epsom Salts and then into bath water – soak for 15 minutes and pat dry

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Menopause Balancing Bath: 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts, Fennel 1 drops, Geranium 1 drop, Clary Sage 2 drops, Roman Chamomile 2 drops; mix oils into bath salts and then into bath water-soak 15 minutes.

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Cramp Relief Bath: 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts, Fennel 2 drops, Lavender Oil 1 drop, Ylang Ylang 3 drops, Marjoram 2 drops; gently blend oils into Epsom Salts and then into bath water –soak for 15.

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Appetite-Suppressing Inhalant: Fennel 6 drops, Bergamot 9 drops, Patchouli 6 drops; gently blend and add to wick and seal the inhaler and use to reduce cravings and stretch time between meals.

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Courage Boosting Blend: 1 tablespoon coconut oil, Fennel 3 drops, Thyme 4 drops, Black Pepper 1 drop, Ginger 1 drop; gently blend and apply to bones behind the ears  and the backs of the knees.

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Appetite-Suppressing Stomach Rub: 2 ounces of coconut oil, Fennel 8 drops, Patchouli 4 drops, Grapefruit 5 drops; gently blend and apply to tummy.

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Caution: Best used after pregnancy is completed and avoid if seizure disorders have happened!

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Amazing Benefits of Coriander

Doterra Essential Oil

Coriander Essential Oil
Coriandrum sativum

Popular across many cultures for various uses, Coriander essential oil is extracted from the seed of the coriander plant. Coriander’s healthful therapeutic benefits, which can be attributed to its extremely high linalool content, range from digestive support to supporting a healthy insulin response.

For aromatic, topical, or internal use.

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Historical Uses: Chinese culture has used coriander for piles, dysentery, nausea, toothache, measles and painful hernias.

The Chinese incorporated Coriander into their medical practice as long ago as 207 B.C.E. and believed that Coriander could bestow IMMORTALITY.

In India, Coriander was a remedy for constipation and insomnia, as well as for easing the pain of childbirth. Women consumed the seeds regularly to promote fertility. During the Elizabethan era, candy coated coriander seeds were served as a sweet after meals and to guard against gas. Coriander is also a natural deodorant

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Possible Uses: Coriander essential oil may  help with arthritis, anorexia, colic, colds, digestive spasms, diarrhea, flatulence, dyspepsia, gout, flu, general infections, migraine, measles, nausea, muscular aches and pains, neuralgia, nervous exhaustion, poor circulation, piles, rheumatism, oily skin and stiffness. It may help control pain related to menstruation.

Many individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes benefit from ingesting Coriander on a regular basis. Patients have reported when acute stress or sustained tension starts a high ―sugar‖ response – applying Coriander directly over Pancreas and Stomach mitigates the symptoms (profuse sweating, dizziness, disorientation, etc.) almost immediately.

Coriander is a circulatory stimulant and encourages the release of toxins from the body, thereby improving conditions such as arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, gout, rheumatism and a sluggish lymph system.

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Properties: analgesic, antibacterial, anti-depressive, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory (topical application) antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, stimulant (cardiac, circulatory, nervous systems)

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Mental Benefits: Can provide a calming influence to those suffering from shock or fear when diffused into the area. Can be stimulating to those who are suffering from low energy when diffused. Comforts the intellect and uplifts the mind benefiting those who are both worried and emotionally bereft.

It improves memory and mental functions. It promotes Happiness and Joy by reducing worry. This is considered a protective oil and helps to increase feelings of spontaneity and passion and seeks to achieve stability without denying Joy. Coriander seed oil is ideally suited, therefore, to complex, creative individuals who find it difficult to cope with predictability and routine.

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How to use:

  • Topically – Can be applied neat to skin at reflex points and/or directly to area of concern.
  • Aromatically – Diffuse.
  • Internally – Categorized as GRAS for human consumption by the FDA.

The aroma is soothing to some and may be used for its soothing properties by diffusion. Consider as a rotation oil used with other oils to add variety for not only the aromatic benefit but the antibacterial properties as well.

It may be applied directly (neat) for help with muscle pain or for rheumatism and directly on the abdomen or back for digestive difficulties. For digestive difficulties, it may be taken internally mixed with water or other liquids with honey or agave added to sweeten the taste.

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Mela-what? Melaleuca!

DoTerra Essential Oil:

Melaleuca Essential Oil
Melaleuca alternifolia

Recognized by its more common name “tea tree”, melaleuca has been revered for its cleansing and regenerative properties, especially for the skin. Composed of more than ninety different compounds, melaleuca has limitless therapeutic applications. For aromatic, internal or topical use.

Today modern science has begun to investigate the effectiveness of this oil against many different types of pathogens and microbes including resistant strains of MRSA, super bugs. Research is validating the use of this extraordinary natural oil for personal and medicinal consumption. .

It is an excellent choice for wound care and tissue healing, and has long been known as a potent anti-fungal agent. With more than ninety different compounds combing to create a synergistic masterpiece, Melaleuca is nothing short of miraculous in its effect.

Properties: Antibacterial, analgesic, anti-infectious, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, strong antiseptic, antiparasitic, decongestant, antiviral, expectorant, digestive, immune stimulant, neurontonic, insecticidal, tissue regenerator, and stimulant.

Historical Uses: Melaleuca essential oil, also known as tea tree oil historically has been used to heal cuts, skin infections and wounds by aborigines.

Possible Uses: doTERRA melaleuca essential oil may help with bronchitis, athlete’s foot, coughs, colds, flue, diarrhea, rash, gum disease, sore throat, skin healing, tonsillitis, sunburn, and vaginal thrush.

Aromatic Guide: Diffusing doTERRA melaleuca oil promotes purity and cleansing.

Application:

  • Topically – Can be applied neat directly to area of concern or to reflex points on the body.
  • Aromatically – Diffuse melaleuca essential oil.
  • Internally – Take internally using gel capsules, or with food/beverage. Melaleuca is classified as a Food Aditive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL) by the FDA.
Commons uses for Melaleuca essential oil:
  • Anti Bacterial: It is said that wherever Mother Nature gave the diseases, she gave the cures there itself. The activity of microbes, bacteria, virus and fungi are at their peaks in the Tropics and hence most of the medicinal plants are found there too. Tea Tree is one such plant. It can cure some of the ugliest bacterial infections of the Tropics. Wounds, which are most prone to bacterial infections in this region, can be effectively cured and protected using this oil. Although this oil is seldom taken orally, but if so, in mild concentrations, can cure internal bacterial infections too, such as those in colon, stomach, intestines, excretory system and urinary system. It can also be used in treatment of Tuberculosis.
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  • For wounds, tea essential oil is an excellent anti septic. It can be applied directly on the wounds, boils, sores, cuts and certain eruptions, as well as insect bites and stings, to protect them from infections. It is as good as any anti biotic, but without its adverse side effects.
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  • Tea tree essential oil helps cure viral infections like common cold, influenza, mumps, measles, pox etc.
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  • Those who are suffering from cough and cold, congestion, bronchitis and other troubles associated with cold, are sure to get relief using this Tea Tree Essential Oil. It gives relief from cough, cold, bronchitis and congestion.
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  • Insecticide: It is obvious that an essential oil that is so deadly for those adamant and hardy bacteria and viruses, will be effective against insects too. Tea Tree Oil is an efficient insect deterrent and insect killer. It does not let parasites and other insects like mosquitoes, fleas, lice, flies etc. come near a person who has rubbed some of this oil on his body. It kills internal insects and worms too, such as intestinal worms like round worm and tape worm and others like hook worms.
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  • Apply topically and neat (undiluted) to wounds, cuts, bites, fungus, athletes foot, skin disorders, and less severe burns.  Also apply neat to address fungal issues.  Use a carrier when applying to more sensitive areas, especially the genitals for herpes or thrush.  It can be applied neat or with a carrier to the face and neck for skin disorders.  Add a 5% dilution to shampoo to address dandruff problems.  Gargle or oil-push a 5% dilution of melaleuca to effectively address mouth and gum problems.  Melaleuca is an excellent anti-bacterial, effective against virus and supports the immune system when diffused.
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Put Headaches in the “Past Tense”

DoTerra Past Tense Essential Oil Blend

PastTense™
Tension Blend

PastTense™, dōTERRA®’s proprietary blend for tension and the discomforts associated with headaches, provides calming comfort with the strength of CPTG® essential oils of wintergreen, lavender, peppermint, frankincense, cilantro, marjoram, roman chamomile, basil, and rosemary. Packaged for convenient application in a roll-on bottle. For aromatic and topical use.

Past Tense is a blend of essential oils specifically blended to relieve headaches. It also relieves pain associated with tense and aching muscles and joints. It comes in a handy roll-on that fits easily in your purse or pocket.

Common Uses
Headaches/ Migraines
Tense Muscles
Muscle Pain
Joint Pain
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Application 
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Simply roll on the spot of pain.
Provides a cooling sensation and relaxes the pain away.
This is a very strong blend – use a little 
and waits 5 minutes before applying more.
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About The Ingredients:
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Wintergreen:
Analgesic, antibacterial, anti­inflammatory, astringent
and can be a stimulant, strong mover of elements, pain relief even to bones, arthritic pain, headaches, joint pain and skin disorders. It may also be effective with
cystitis, acne, bladder infection, gout, gallstones, edema,
eczema, osteoporosis, ulcers and UTI.
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Lavender:
Analgesic, antibiotic, antidepressant, anti­inflammatory,
antiseptic, diuretic, disinfectant and sedative.
Effective on acne, arthritic pain, asthma,bronchitis, burns,
colds and flu, cuts and wounds and depression.
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Peppermint:
Analgesic, anti­inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic,
antispasmodic, astringent, expectorant, stimulant.
Effective on arthritic pain, asthma, back pain, bronchitis,
colds and flu, colic, congestion, depression, diarrhea, f
ever, headaches indigestion, insect bits, menstrual problems,
migraines, motion sickness, nausea and skin disorders.
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Frankincense:
Analgesic, anti­cancerous, antidepressant, antifungal, anti­
inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic and sedative,
oxygenates the brain and circulatory system.
 Effective on Asthma, Bronchitis, cuts and wounds, dermatitis,
 depression, headache, indigestion, skin disorders, sore throat and
stomach ache. (also has been reported to inhibit cancer cell growth).
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Cilantro:
Plant grows for 8­10 weeks and flowers, once it does flower, it will
make seeds, which can be harvested as Coriander Seeds.
Cilantro Oil is made from the leaves of the plant and need to be
harvested carefully as the leaves are fragile and the oil processes
quickly and thinly when distilled.  It is primarily thought to be good
for detoxing tissues and binding to heavy metals within the
body. In the case of surface contact it has a nice analgesic property.
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Marjoram:
Analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, antioxidant, anti­
microbial, antispasmodic, anti­cancerous, antiviral, mood lifter,
disinfectant, expectorant, sedative, and stimulant.
Effective on arthritic pain, asthma, anxiety, back pain, bronchitis,
bruises, colds and flu, constipation, cuts and wounds, headaches,
hypertension, indigestion, insomnia, menstrual problems, migraines,
sprains, stomach ache and stress.
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Roman Chamomile:
Antiinfectious, antiinflammatory, antiparasitic,
antiinfectious, antiinflammatory, antiparasitic, antispasmodic,
calming, and toxins out of tissues, and decongestant.mood lifter,
inspires courage and sense of self, acilitates movement of
miniscule elements
Effective on; blood cleansing, depression, insomnia, muscle tension,
restless legs, skin conditions like acne, helps liver reject poisons,
allergies,bruises, cuts,dermatitis, eczema, shingles, rashes & sensitive skin.

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Basil:
Antibiotic, antidepressant, antiinflammatory, antiseptic,
antispasmodic, antiviral, decongestant, disinfectant, and
expectorant.
Effective on bronchitis, cold & flu, depresion, earache, ear infections,
headache/migraine, insect bites and stress.

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Rosemary:
Antibiotic, antispasmodic,astringent, diuretic, respiratory relief & stimulant.
Effective on acne, arthritic pain, asthma, bronchitis, bruises, colds & flu,
cuts and wounds, dermatitis, diarrhea, headaches, insomnia, joint pain
skin disorders and stomach ache.

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Testimonials:
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I keep it handy and use it whenever I feel a headache coming on. I have shared Past Tense with co-workers for back pain and pinched nerve pain. It is wonderful for all sorts of tense and/or achy muscles and joints. One of my co-workers said he’d like to buy it by the 50 gallon drum. -Thauna
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This blend is smartly bottled in a roller to roll on temples and base of skull for headache pain and tension. It’s worked for me, and my customers say it works for them. Treating pain is one thing for which essential oils are generally very effective. -Jenni
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Here is an interesting thing – my friend Cindi Byrd used her PAST TENSE ROLL ON for a cold sore and it worked to get rid of it!!! -Tony and Sharyl Yeisley
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I was completely blown away by how amazing Past Tense is. I get headaches frequently and have always taken Motrin. Past Tense is so amazing I honestly go to that first. my daughter hasn’t been feeling well the last few days. she complained of having a headache so I ran to get my roll-on. she was happy not to have to take a pill & I was happy not to be giving her a pill. this is a must have for every home & medicine cabinet! – Tara
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So, I just want to give a shout out to Past Tense. A doTERRA roll-on blend that is amazing! I had a headache the other night and honestly, I don’t get many headaches but this one was a bad one. I got out my trusty oils and decided to try the Past Tense. I rolled it on my forehead, tempals (staying out of my eyes!!), and the back of my neck, the headache went away. It was great! The only thing was that 15 minutes later, I could feel the headache coming back. This is exactly when I know I need to use “the power of three”, ha ha ha… I apply the oil three times in one hour, every 20 minutes. If one application doesn’t work the first time to relieve my symptoms, usually this three application process does. Sometimes it takes more or less, but this usually works for me. Anyway, after the second application my headache was gone, never to return. Thank goodness! This also made me realize the reason for my headache. I was getting too wound up that day, too much going on in my head. That night I took a bath with bath salt made with doTERRA oils, that I of course made myself. I love that I can learn to control my stress and mood with using these amazing oils - Natalie
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Bergamot Essential Oil

DoTerra Bergamot Essential Oil

A highly favored oil for its lovely fragrance, Bergamot is unique among citrus oils for its calming properties. dōTERRA®, in keeping with the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® standard, cold-presses the oil from the rind of the bergamot fruit. For aromatic, topical, or internal use.

Application:

  • Topically – Can be applied neat to the skin. Can be applied to forehead, reflex points or directly onto the area of concern.
  • Aromatically – Can also be diffused.
  • Internally – Can be added to food or water to be taken internally. Bergamot has been classified as GRAS by the FDA for human consumption.

The health benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like deodorant, vulnerary, vermifuge, anti biotic, anti septic, anti spasmodic, sedative, analgesic, anti depressant, disinfectant, febrifuge, cicatrisant, digestive etc.

Bergamot is a citrus fruit whose rind is used for extracting the Bergamot Oil. The scientific name of Bergamot is Citrus Aurantium var. or Citrus Bergamia. It is a tropical plant but thrives well in Europe too.

This oil has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years to help oily complexions and troubled skin.  It may also be used to soothe insect bites.  It is also what gives Earl Grey Tea its distinctive flavor.

Bergamot Oil has a very sweet smell and a number of medicinal and industrial uses due to its properties listed below

  • Anti depressant & Stimulant: The components of Bergamot Oil, like Alpha Pinene and Limonene, are anti depressant and stimulant in nature. They give a feeling of freshness, joy and energy in cases of sadness and depression by improving circulation. They also stimulate hormone secretion and thus help maintaining proper rates of metabolism. This stimulating effect increases secretion of digestive juices, bile and insulin, thereby aiding digestion, proper absorption of nutrients, assimilation and decomposition of sugar and the resultant lowering of blood sugar level.
  • Relaxant & Sedative: The Flavonoids present in Bergamot oil are very good relaxants too. They soothe nerves and reduce nervous tension, anxiety, stress etc. and hence help cure ailments associated with stress such as sleeplessness, high blood pressure etc.
  • Anti Biotic & Disinfectant: Certain components of the essential oil of Bergamot are anti biotic and disinfectant in nature. They inhibit growth of germs, virus and fungi. They also effectively prohibit infections, such as those of skin. If regularly used with bathing water or in soaps (this is already used extensively in skin-care soaps), the skin and hair remains protected from infections and become shiny. It also cures infections of colon, intestines, urinary tract and kidney
  • Anti Septic & Vulnerary: The same disinfectant and anti biotic properties of Bergamot Oil make it a good anti septic and vulnerary agent. It not only helps fast healing up of wounds, cracks on skin and heels, ulcers, eczema, itches etc. but also protects wounds from being septic and developing tetanus.
  • Febrifuge: Febrifuge is a substance or an agent that reduces fever and lowers body temperature. Bergamot is a good febrifuge due to many reasons. First, being an anti biotic, it fights infections from virus, bacteria and protozoa which cause fever, such as influenza (virus), malaria (protozoa) and typhoid (typhus bacteria), and thus helps curing fever. Second, it stimulates the metabolic system and secretions, thereby giving a feeling of warmth and resulting in more secretion (perspiration or sweat) from the Eccrine glands (sweat glands) and sebaceous (sebum) glands, thus reducing body temperature.
  • Analgesic: It reduces the feeling of pain in the body. Actually it stimulates secretion of certain hormones which lessen sensitivity of nerves to pain. Thus it is very helpful in case of headache, sprains etc. all those symptoms which require heavy dosage of analgesic pills.
  • Digestive: As discussed above, it activates and increases secretions of the digestive acids, enzymes and bile and facilitates digestion. It also synchronizes or regulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines and this way too, help in digestion.
  • Cicatrisant: This property of Bergamot oil is the reason behind its extensive use in cosmetics, skin-care products such as beauty soaps, creams, lotions etc. Cicatrisant is a property or an agent which helps the scar and other marks on the skin to disappear. It also makes the distribution of pigments and melanin even and uniform, resulting in the fading away of marks.
  • Deodorant: No doubt, this property of bergamot oil is going to attract the teenagers who are after every new deodorant in the market and desperately want something really refreshing and natural. This is an excellent deodorant. Its own refreshing aroma (fragrance) and disinfectant properties (which inhibit growth of germs causing body-odor) make it a really effective and attractive package as a deodorant.
  • Anti Spasmodic: It relaxes nerves and muscles and thus gives quick relief in cramps, convulsions, painful muscle contractions etc.
  • Vermifuge: It kills worms. Thus it is going to be a very fragrant choice for children who have worms. It can also be applied on the affected tooth or used as a mouthwash to kill oral germs and protect teeth from cavities.

Other Benefits:

It is also Tonic, that is, it tones up respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, nervous system as well as skin and muscles. It is also anti congestive and is used in vaporizers to relieve congestion and respiratory problems, particularly during cough and cold.

Few Words of Caution:

Bergamot Oil must be protected from sunlight. Bergaptene, one of its components, becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why it should be stored in dark bottles in dark places. Even exposure to sunlight should be avoided after it is applied or rubbed on skin (for 72 hours)

Testimonials:

I LOVE this EO. I use it primarily for CP soaping, but it is an excellent scent for aromatherapy, massage, homemade cleaners, & creams. Everyone always wants to know what smell that is they can’t put their finger on. I always think of trees, oranges, and spices when I smell it. If you have never tried it, get some now!

-Jenny Jones

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I use this oil (topically) primarily for its antispasmodic qualities. Combined with lavender, it does a wonderful job of helping me relax and let go at the end of the day.

-Ashley Phipps

Bergamot is one of my favorites for use in Aromatherapy. The sweet scent is not overpowering, yet it works wonders.

-Jennifer Mackenzie

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DoTerra Lemongrass Oil

doTerra Lemongrass Oil

Sweet, citrusy fragrance, balances emotions, lowers cholesterol

Lemongrass oil, though not a citrus oil, has a sweeter, more powerfully citrus aroma than lemon oil.  It has a long history of use, dating back thousands of years.

Historically, lemongrass has been used for infectious illnesses and fever, an insecticide and as a sedative to the central nervous system.  And, according to Professor Amrine, “African people used lemongrass to manage honeybees for the last 60,000 [?] years.”  He noted that this oil boosts the immune system of the bees, making them more resistant to the pathogens carried by mites that can invade the hive.

Key properties of Lemongrass oil

Some of the therapeutic properties oflemongrass include: analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, astringent and sedative.

Common uses for Lemongrass oil

Lemongrass can be used for its calming effect, to relieve stress.  With its sweet, citrusy scent, it is excellent to help restore and balance the emotions.  Whether diffused, used with direct inhalation or diluted for a full-body massage, it’s a powerful tool to help stabilize the emotions, especially during times of distress and emotional trauma.  It is also helpful for boosting mental acuity.

Lemongrass can also be used in skin care, particularly for cleansing oily skin and to close pores.  It is also helpful for other skin disorders and bruising.

Lemongrass is very effective in soothing aching feet, tired muscles and painful backs.  Applied topically, it has an analgesic effect on the back, feet and large muscles.  Many people have also found it effective for migraines.

The FDA has certified lemongrass as GRAS, so it can be ingested for help with digestive or stomach issues.  It may be helpful for stomach ache, indigestion, constipation or flatulence.  Just dissolve 1-2 drops of lemongrass in a teaspoon of agave or honey, or put on a sugar cube, and add to ¼ cup of water.  You may also put the oil into a capsule for easy ingestion.

Since it has anti-fungal properties, lemongrass can be used effectively to aide with athlete’s foot and nail funguses.

If you tend to perspire excessively, just add some lemongrass oil to some water (at about a 5% – 10% dilution) in a spray bottle, shake it well to disperse the oil and spritz yourself.  Many people have found this to be very effective.

Modern research into Lemongrass oil

Lemongrass has been proven to lower cholesterol. 

The University of Wisconsin has published the results of a clinical trial, involving 22 people with high cholesterol.  The participants were given 140 mg capsules of lemongrass oil daily.  On average, cholesterol was lowered from 310 to 294.

Others involved in this study also had a significant drop in blood lipids.  They experienced a 25-point drop in cholesterol, after one month, and this positive trend continued over the course of the short study.  Once the responders stopped taking lemongrass, their cholesterol returned to previous levels.

Other uses for Lemongrass oil

  1. Lemongrass oil revitalizes the body and relieves the symptoms of jetlag, clears headaches and helps to combat nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions.
  2. It is a great overall tonic for the body, and it boosts the parasympathetic nervous system, which is a boon when recovering from illness, as it also stimulates glandular secretions.
  3. It is useful with respiratory infections, such as sore throats, laryngitis and fever, and helps prevent the spreading of infectious diseases.
  4. Lemongrass oil may help tone the muscles and tissue, relieves muscle pains by making the muscle more supple.
  5. It helps to keep pets clean of fleas, ticks and lice.
  6. When diffused, lemongrass oil can be used for nervousness and as an insect repellant.  It is also great to revive the mind, when feeling lethargic, and to energize, as well as relieving fatigue.
  7. Lemongrass is a great oil to add to a bath, to assist with cellulite, digestive problems, as a diuretic, for infections, nervousness, for over-exerted ligaments and as a general tonic.
  8. Mix lemongrass with dōTERRA‘s fractionated coconut oil and use in massage for clearing cellulite, as well as toning the skin, opening blocked pores and helping with acne.  The antiseptic and anti-fungal properties are useful in treating athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.
Precautions:  Can be a skin irritant over time.  Use with care during pregnancy.
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Basil Essential Oil

DoTerra Basil Essential Oil

Basil Essential Oil
Ocimum basilicum

Valued for its restorative and calming properties, basil is commonly used for soothing sore muscles and joints, to ease breathing, and as a cooling agent for the skin. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.

Basil originates from tropical Asia and the Pacific Islands, but is now cultivated throughout Europe and the USA. The plant is an annual hairy herb growing up to 1 meter (3 feet).

The flowers range from white to pink, depending on the species and attract swarms of bees in summer time. Basilicum comes from the Greek word ‘Basilicos’ meaning ‘king’ or ‘royal’.

A much favored herb in India, it is held sacred to Krishna and Vishnu, and the leaves are even chewed before taking part in religious ceremonies.

It is said to have protective qualities, a Basil leave is placed on the chest of a Hindu when resting. It is also used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

The therapeutic properties of basil oil are analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-venomous, carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, stomachic, sudorific, tonic and stimulant.

Basil oil is a good tonic for the treatment of nervous disorders and stress related headaches, migraines and allergies. It is used to clear the mind and relieve intellectual fatigue, while giving clarity and mental strength.

It has a beneficial action on the respiratory tract and is often used for asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections. It furthermore is also effective in cases of constipation, nausea, vomiting and cramp, and is also good when used for menstrual problems.

The oil’s capability to improve memory and sharpen the mind has been praised in India since old. Basil’s possible neuro-regulating properties make it an excellent choice for support of mild nervous disorders, stress and anxieties. It is noted as a natural nerve tonic, with the ability to be stimulant and/or restorative depending on the body’s needs.

It helps to minimize uric acid in the blood, thus relieving gout. It is useful in arthritis as well and when used on the skin, it helps to control acne. In general it refreshes the skin and can also be used on insect bites.

Basil Plant

Health benefits of basil essential oil include the following:

  • Cosmetics: Basil essential oil is used topically to massage the skin. It enhances the luster of dull looking skin as well as hair. As a result it is extensively used in many skin care supplements that claim to improve the tone of your skin. It is also used for acne and skin infections.
  • Digestion: Basil essential oil is also used as a digestive tonic. Since basil oil has carminative properties, it is used for treating indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps and flatulence. It provides immediate relief from the gas in your stomach and intestines. It is also colic and hence is used for bowel pain.
  • Cold: Basil essential oil is effective in providing relief from cold, influenza and associated fever. Due to its antispasmodic nature, it is used in case of whooping cough.
  • Respiratory: Apart from its usage in cough, it is used for asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections.
  • Infections: Basil oil is good for treating a variety of infections such as cuts, wounds, skin infections, bladder infections, etc., due to its antibacterial properties. It is also good for viral infections.
  • Stress disorder: Basil essential oil has a refreshing effect and hence it is used for treating nervous tension, mental fatigue, melancholy, migraines and depression. Due to this calming nature of basil essential oil, it is widely used in aromatherapy. It regular use gives mental strength and clarity.
  • Blood circulation: Basil oil improves blood circulation and thus helps in increasing the metabolism.
  • Pain relief: It is analgesic and provides relief from pain. Hence it is used in arthritis, wounds, injuries, burns,bruises, scars, sports injuries, sprains, headaches, etc.
  • Eye treatment: It is ophthalmic and hence relieves bloodshot eyes.
  • Anti vomiting: Basil essential oil can be used as an anti vomiting agent in motion sickness and many other
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Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

OREGANO (Not just for cooking!)
Historically, Greek physicians used oregano essential oils for wounds, headaches, and venomous bites and even hemlock poisoning. It wasn’t long before its medicinal benefits were used to treat lung conditions, bronchitis, sinusitis, and cold symptoms including cough.   The benefits of using oregano essential oil have captured the interest of modern-day researchers.  Today, oregano essential oil has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, and antiseptic properties. For external use, oregano essential oil is valued as a strong analgesic and antirheumatic agent.

Uses:

As a general guideline, oil of oregano can be diluted 50% or more with a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil)and applied directly to the affected area.  It is a hot oil so dilution is recommended to prevent irritation.  It can also be used more specifically, as in the following examples:

  • Rub the diluted oil into the gums 1-2 times per day for infections.
  • Apply oregano essential oil to warts, boils, or even fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. Saturate the area, bind with a clean bandage. allow the oil to sit overnight and then change the dressing.  Continue until the infection is gone.
  • Add several drops of oregano oil to liquid hand soap or body wash to expedite healing of wounds, abscesses, or skin infections.
  • Apply diluted oregano essential oil into areas of diaper rash at each diaper change until the rash is gone. Make sure to use only a 1-2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil to avoid irritation.
  • Rub a drop of the oil underneath each nostril daily to relieve sinus problems. Inhale deeply each time to allow the vapors to travel through your sinuses.
  • Oregano oil can also be used as an antiseptic for use in cleaning supplies. Try adding several drops of the diluted oil to a clean cotton cloth and wiping down kitchen surfaces to kill any harmful bacteria.
  • Diffuse overnight to help reduce congestion or sinus problems.
  • Gargle Diluted with water for sore throats.
  • Can be used internally as a natural anti-biotic

There are several studies showing that Oregano my be effective in fighting bacteria:

Studies:

Oil Of Oregano Rivals Modern Antibiotic Drugs

Oregano Oil May Protect Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Georgetown Researcher Finds

How has Oregano Oil changed your life?

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