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Ask an Aromatherapist: Is Frankincense Essential Oil the Same as Frankincense Extract?

Frankincense is a favorite of many and is touted for use in everything from skin care to helping against arthritis and cancer. Frankincense is available as an essential oil, resin, and extract. Are they all they same and what are the benefits? Essential oils are distilled from the resin or gum that comes from one a variety of frankincense trees. Boswellia carterii and Boswellia sacra are two common species. Boswellia papyrifera, and Boswellia frereana are also used by some companies. Essential oils contain the small, volatile, hydrophobic or oil loving molecules purified during distillation. Top aromatic compounds vary from species to species but typically Boswellia carterii and Boswellia sa

Herbal Tinctures for Health

One of the most popular ways to take medicinal herbs internally is by using a tincture. If you've visited a local health food store you've probably seen the one ounce dropper bottles lining the shelves. Tinctures take time to are actually simple to make. It's knowing which herbs to use that can be the tricky part. Tinctures are good for more acute issues where a more concentrated extract is desired. Teas and infusions are often preferred for chronic issues. Most tinctures are made using alcohol as a solvent but the actual amount you'll consume when you use the tincture is quite small maybe one or two teaspoons a day. However glycerin or apple cider vinegar can also be used as a solvent altho

Simple Recipes for Teas or Infusions for Digestive and Sleep Support

Yesterday I wrote a post on teas, infusions, decoctions, and tinctures but didn't include any recipes. In these next few posts I'll share a few awesome herbal recipes you make for yourself and enjoy the benefits of herbs in several ways. A simple way to enjoy herbs is by brewing up a tea or infusion. Often when my husband or I are feeling a little under the weather I'll brew a simple tea to support the body and because it's just enjoyable. Some of my favorite herbs for tea include peppermint, spearmint, and ginger to soothe digestive upset or herbs such as lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm to calm and soothe. You can feel free to add in a little green or black tea if desired. For a digesti

Tinctures, Teas, and Decoctions, Oh My!

There is concern over the casual internal use of essential oils. While I do not advocate using essential oils on a daily basis say in your water (use fruit such as a lemon or orange slice instead), clinically there are times when essential oils can be used for acute situations for a short period of time via gel capsules, pastilles, suppositories, pessaries, and stronger topical applications. This is best done with someone knowledgeable in the clinical application of essential oils such a clinically trained aromatherapist, health care provider, or such. Another safer way to benefit from plant based support is through the use of herbal teas, infusions, tinctures, and decoctions. In this blog

Pottery and Palo Santo

My circulatory massage instructor gifted me a gorgeous ceramic bowl she threw and glazed. You can see it in the picture above. I made an aromatherapy roller ball she absolutely loved and she shared some of her awesome pottery with me. I felt led to create a blend for her. Sometimes I feel that stirring -- like someone could really use a blend and get a sense of the intention and oils needed. Sometimes it's an aroma inhaler, sometimes a roll on. And people love and appreciate them. This blend highlights palo santo (Bursera graveolens) or holy wood. I like palo santo in blends for clearing negative energy and fostering focus. Palo santo is rich in d-limonene, like the citrus oils, but also con

Herbs and Oils for Brain & Nervous System Health

Your brain is designed to think -- but do you give much thought to your brain and nervous system? As I study circulatory massage, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and holistic healthcare I'm constantly reminded how amazing life is and what an beautiful masterpiece our bodies are. As you go through your day you depend on your heart to beat and move your blood to deliver nutrients and oxygen to every single cell in the body from your brain to little toe. Your lungs take in life giving oxygen and expel carbon dioxide waste, your kidneys filter the blood and remove toxins and negotiate the balance of water and electrolytes, and your liver store nutrients and detoxifies the blood. All these syste

Warming Relief with Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black pepper is a staple in most kitchens but in aromatherapy and massage? Yes the spicy steam distilled fruit of the Piper nigrum plant can help soothe minor aches and inflammation and support healthy digestion. Black pepper essential oil is warming and encourages circulation and healthy lung function. Black pepper should be used at no more than 1% however, which means 5-6 drops per ounce of carrier. I use black pepper alongside balsam copaiba in my Relieved! blend for the β-caryophyllene synergy. β-caryophyllene offers analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been shown to be anti-viral and support the immune system. Black pepper is also rich in limonene. This

Ask an Aromatherapist: Is Tea Tree Essential Oil Safe for Boys?

A friend's son uses a shampoo with tea tree essential oil listed as one of the ingredients and he finds it very effective at maintaining healthy hair and scalp. But she was concerned over recent press that chemicals found in lavender and tea tree can act as hormone disrupters and "lend further evidence to a suspected link between abnormal breast growth in young boys (prepubertal gynecomastia) and regular exposure to lavender or tea tree oil" . (1) The study was done by a a post baccalaureate research fellow J Tyler Ramsey B.S., at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health and presented at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society’s 100t

Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) for Respiratory Support and More

One of my favorite go to essential oils for respiratory support is ravintsara ct. 1.8 cineole (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole). Like eucalyptus it's rich in -- you guessed it, 1,8 cineole. Research shows this oxide has antimicrobial (1), analgesic (2), anti-inflammatory (2), antispasmodic (3), and mucolytic (4) actions. This oxide has also been shown to increase blood flow to the brain (5), acts as a skin penetration enhancer (6), and has even been shown to inhibit acetylcholinesterase (7) So ravintsara can help ease aches making it useful in massage. It can help open up airways and help with mucus. It may soothe irritated airways and can kill germs (viruses and bacteria). Cineole can

Oh Lavender! You star in this Easy to Make Shea-Aloe Cream

Well loved and oh so beneficial lavender (Lavandula angustafolia) strikes me as a great topic as mother's day draws near. I must admit that I sometimes think of lavender as boring. But the truth is so many people love its aroma and its calming and soothing benefits. Recently I've been whipping up a lovely aloe shea cream that's perfect as an after sun lotion or to soothe garden worn hands. Lavender works beautifully in this cream to soothe skin that seen too much sun or hands that need a little love. This is something you can easily whip up for yourself or mom. So what's so awesome about lavender? It's everything soothing and calming. From helping you drift off to sleep to helping soothe irr

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