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The Surprising Health Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil

Often used in Asia to flavor culinary dishes and teas, lemongrass offers a number of health benefits. Chinese medicine used lemongrass to relieve physical discomfort and stimulate circulation, particularly when it came to joint and muscle issues. The oil also possesses natural digestive properties that help protect against the odd stomach upset.

The oil supports skin, particularly when it comes to purifying and toning. Additionally, lemongrass increases awareness and reduces negative feelings. The oil’s natural ability to repel insects, make it one powerful agent to have on hand when you’re venturing outdoors. Check out this homemade bug spray with Lemongrass

Application: 1:4 dilution. Topically, Inhaled, Diffused, Dietary Supplement.

Safety Precautions*: For sensitive skin, dilute heavily. Do not use on children 18 months or younger.

Blends well with: Basil, Cardamom, or Spearmint.

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Here are more health benefits of lemongrass essential oil

Need to get rid of some pesky fleas? Add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to your dog’s shampoo.

Do you need a more positive outlook on life? Maybe you have just recently found yourself sporting a negative attitude. If so, place just a single drop of lemongrass essential oil into the palm of one of your hands. Rub your hands together firmly, and then inhale slowly for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Varicose veins are unsightly, and you can’t be blamed for wanting to hide or cover up your legs if you suffer from this condition. Don’t worry, lemongrass can rescue you from this situation as well. Add 2 drops of cypress oil to 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil and combine with 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil. Apply directly to your varicose veins once or twice a day.

Do you have ligament or muscle discomfort? Lemongrass seems to be excellent in helping the body regenerate connective tissue, and helps regulate blood flow. It is also said to be great in supporting the body with head tension. See this study: Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Cymbopogon citratus.

 

*Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. There is a difference of opinion on whether or not Lemongrass has the same photosensitive reactions on the skin. To be safe, avoid sunlight or UV rays for at least 12 hours after applying. Always consult your healthcare professional if you are pregnant, nursing, or under a health practitioner’s care.

 

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Essential Oils you should never give your Cat

Are you considering using something natural like essential oils for your cat?

For us, Casper kitty is not just a pet, he is a valuable and loved member of our family. So, we are as concerned about his health as we are our own. Casper gets good food and plenty of exercise. But, as an outdoor cat, he has also had his share of bumps and scrapes. While we have a great vet and would not hesitate to use him when needed, we treat most of Casper’s health issues like we treat our own – with essential oils.

Although Essential Oils have been shown to be beneficial to humans and animals alike, a word of caution when using them on our feline friends – cats are extremely sensitive to EOs and can suffer harmful consequences if wrong oils or wrong dosages are given. Even inhaling a sensitive oil can pose problems.

The simple explanation is that cats lack a crucial liver enzyme that allow them to breakdown otherwise harmless compounds (hydrocarbons and terpenoids) that are found in many essential oils. These compounds are then stored in the liver and can cause liver damage. Sometimes it can take a long time for for these effects to manifest and by then it is often too late.

Here are the oils that can be harmful to kitty:

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But it isn’t just a simple matter of staying away from certain essential oils, cats are also very sensitive to insecticides, herbicides, and other chemicals that find their way into the majority of EOs on the market. So, make sure whatever oils you use are 100% pure, therapeutic grade.

Once you have decided on a safe essential oil brand, you will find that there are as many opinions on what specific oils are safe and oil uses as there are oils. So the oils that I recommend are what I feel comfortable using on Casper.

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Wild Orange Essential Oils great for mood, cleansing and energy

Wild Geranium Massage Blend

Wild Orange is one of our favorite oils. We just call it HAPPY OIL because it’s fresh scent and taste really lifts our mood. Used in a blend to create Wild Geranium Massage it is just amazing.

LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW YOUR FAVORITE WAY YOU USE WILD ORANGE!!

A popular oil for cleaning and freshening, wild orange oil also offers a number of health benefits. For instance, the oil possesses a high level of antioxidants which helps combat those harmful free radicals within the body. As with many other citrus oils, Wild Orange is great for detoxing your body. Studies also show it is fantastic to uplift mood and help reduce stress.

Wild orange can even be used as a surface cleanser for tabletops, dishes, floors, and anything in between. The oil supplies similar properties when it comes to bodily health by combatting harmful environmental elements and seasonal threats.

The oil’s strong purifying and cleansing properties, along with its natural ability to disinfect, make it one powerful agent to have on hand for Spring cleaning.

Uses

To cleanse and purify surfaces, add 3-4 drops wild orange to a spray bottle then fill the rest with distilled water. Shake well and use as needed.

For flavor and health benefits, put 1-2 drops of wild orange in a glass of drinking water, smoothie, desserts or anything else you can come up with. You can also use the oil aromatically by diffusing throughout the room or apply the cup and inhale method to boost energy.

General Methods of Application

  • Apply pure locally on the skin (mix 50/50 in a carrier oil for sensitive skin)
  • Aromatically
  • Internally

Precautions

Those with sensitive skin should dilute the oil with a carrier oil. Avoid touching the eyes, ears, and other sensitive areas with the oil. People who are nursing, pregnant, or are receiving medical attention should consult their physician before use. Additionally, make sure to store the oil away from children. This oil is photosensitive; avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after applied topically.

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Blend Recipe: Wild Geranium Massage

Ingredients

15 mL Carrier Oil

10 drops Geranium Essential Oil

5 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil

Directions

Relieve nerves and stress while melting away muscle soreness with this massage blend. In a small glass jar or bottle, add all ingredients and shake well to mix. Massage into the neck, feet, shoulders, and lower back.

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Fennel Essential Oil for Occasional Digestive Issues

Fennel has lots of great properties promoting natural digestion.

Add fennel to your meals for relieving occasional indigestion and digestive troubles.  Often used by Roman warriors, fennel was believed to fortify the mind and body for war. The oil possesses natural digestive properties that help protect against issues like occasional indigestion. As a  matter of fact, if you have been to an Indian restaurant, you might have tried the after-meal snack called Mukhwas which contains Fennel seeds.

Fennel oil is distilled from the seeds and is effective in relieving all sorts of stomachaches, even those caused by menstrual cramps.  The oil calms minor skin irritations and strengthens the lymphatic system. Fennel’s strong digestive properties, along with its natural ability to support the skin, make it one powerful agent to have on hand when you’re in need of relief. It is also a great to promote respiratory function.

Fennel is also known for its ability to promote healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation as well as fighting sweet tooth cravings.

Fennel Essential Oil for Occasional Digestive IssuesPrimary Benefits

  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Supports a healthy respiratory system
  • May help promote healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation

Uses

To support digestion or menstrual issues, blend 3-4 drops with a carrier oil and massage over the affected area and into the soles of the feet. You can also take internally if you’re experiencing a minor stomachache by placing a couple drops in your hot tea.

To use as a flavoring agent, put 1-2 drops in your dish (particularly good in desserts). You can also use fennel to calm cravings by placing a drop below the tongue.

 

General Methods of Application

  • Apply pure locally on the skin (mix 50/50 in a carrier oil for sensitive skin)
  • Aromatically
  • Internally

Precautions

Those with sensitive skin should dilute the oil with a carrier oil. Avoid touching the eyes, ears, and other sensitive areas with the oil. People who are nursing, pregnant, or are receiving medical attention should consult their physician before use. Additionally, make sure to store the oil away from children.

Blend Recipe: Relief for Occasional Digestive Issues

Ingredients

1 drop Ginger Essential Oil

2 drops Fennel Essential Oil

2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

5 drops carrier oil (i.e. coconut oil, olive oil)

Directions

If you experience occasional constipation, you can relieve it through an essential oil capsule. Simply add all ingredients in a “00” veggie capsule and, every three hours, ingest until the issue is resolved.

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I Never Thought This Could Work

Jon’s Essential Oil Story

I have been very allergic to pollen my whole life. In fact, from April through July every year since I was four years old I had to choose. I either had to suffer through it or treat it with conventional methods that often left me lethargic and in a brain fog. Since I couldn’t stand suffering through it, I basically went around like a zombie for four months out of the year. But today, summer means fun in the sun and the great outdoors. You can even find me mowing the grass with sniffle-free enthusiasm! I owe it all to my sweet wife, and believe it or not, the power of plants.

A few years back, my wife Lynn was introduced to pure essential oils derived from plants. She absolutely loved them and tried to get me try them. Well, the thought of walking around smelling like lavender didn’t exactly appeal to my masculine side. Besides, if I hadn’t heard about the power of essential oils (and at 40-something, I thought I had heard it all), then it was likely not worth my attention. Plus, plants and I were not exactly on friendly terms, so I may not have had the best attitude.

Of course, what I didn’t know at the time was that essential oils are a plant’s natural immune system, the chemistry that protects the plants from disease. What does that have to do with people? People and plants have compatible chemistry and what helps them, can potentially help us. I am living proof! But back to my story…

They say that “pride goeth before a fall”. I certainly found that to be true on a trip to Utah in March of 2012 when I awoke feeling like a truck had hit me. I suddenly realized that spring came much earlier in the high deserts of Utah than in cooler northern climate of Norway where we were living. And I felt the full force of the pollen explosion the morning of a very important meeting.

I felt awful and looked even worse. I panicked as I thought – I can’t go to my meeting in this condition! Luckily, Lynn was with me. She convinced me to use her essential oils instead of taking of making a mad dash to Walgreen’s. I added two drops each of lavender, lemon, and peppermint to a shot glass of water, swished it around my mouth for 30 seconds and swallowed. Whew! It certainly had a kick and boy did I feel better fast!

This changed my world! Since that day, I have used essential oils during pollen season and it has made all the difference. No longer in a lethargic brain fog, I not only have the energy to play with my kids, I can play with them in the grass, something unthinkable a few years back.

There are millions of stories of how pure, therapeutic grade essential oils have made a difference in the health and wellbeing of others. If you want to know more, join our free webinar on Essential Oils.

Chai-like Immune Booster Latte Recipe with Essential Oils

Delicious and good for you. This recipe is sure to boost your immune system and indulge your senses at the same time.

Baby it’s cold outside! …But I feel warm and cozy on the inside, thanks to a cup of Chai-like Immune Booster latte. I say chai-like because there isn’t actually any chai in it. This concoction is made of essential oils and as such, you get the added benefit of boosting your immune system while savoring the sweet, spicy chai-like flavors.

This recipe* makes one small cup, but double or triple it to fit your favorite tea cup!

  • ¾  Cup Very warm milk (not boiling)
  • 1 T Honey (or sweetener of choice, but I prefer the flavor of honey)
  • 1 drop Protective** Essential Oil blend
  • 1 drop Lemon Essential Oil
  • 1 Good book (optional) 🙂

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*This EO immune recipe is adapted from lexysauve.wordpress.com
** This blend contains wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. To find out how to get this protective blend, contact us.

 

 

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Clean Naturally with This Cheap and Easy Recipe

I have been on a quest to find a DIY natural, effective, safe, and cheap granite countertop cleaner that even my kids can use. I found tons of recipes and variations of recipes out there and put together my favorite conglomeration for an environmentally friendly granite cleaner recipe that will also clean many other surfaces in your home.

So, in my research I found out that stone surfaces do not do well with acidic cleaners (lemon juice, vinegar, etc). These ingredients can actually “etch” your countertops and traditional cleaning products like Windex can strip the sealant off your stone. There is always soap and water, or even just water, but this leaves your countertops looking streaky or dull.

So, what’s a girl to do besides buy the special granite cleaner at $7 a pop for a mere 12 ounces? Check out this inexpensive recipe for a clean, shiny, streak-free, granite countertop (and some):


Recipe

  • ¼ cup Rubbing Alcohol (70%)
  • 3 drops dishwashing liquid
    I recommend castile soap or an organic brand, but check the label for citric acid
  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)
    Lemon essential oil masks the alcohol smell and has great shining, cleansing, and purifying properties. Don’t worry, there is no citric acid in the essential oil, so I am not contradicting myself. Also, I only use pure essential oils.
  • Spray bottle
    I am not a big fan of plastic, so I recommend using glass

Place all the ingredients in the spray bottle, shake gently, and you are ready to go!

Here is what you can use this amazing cleanser for*:

  • granite countertops (of course)
  • mirrors
  • stainless steel
  • porcelain
  • fiberglass
  • plastic
  • laminate
  • cooktops
  • microwaves
  • doorknobs
  • toilet seats

I am sure the list can go on and on. Let us all know if you come up with other uses or tweaks for this recipe. Happy cleaning and be well! -Lynn & Jon

 

*Here’s my little disclaimer. I haven’t tried this out on ALL surfaces but have read of other’s success. Check with the manufacturer and test this on a small area if you are uncertain.