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13 Apr

10 Days of Essential Oils Day 7: Orange

For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!

Click Here to see our complete Essential Oil Catalogue.

Day 7: Orange

If you love the smell and taste of a freshly peeled orange, you will fall head over heels for Orange essential oil.

With beautifully fragranced white flowers and large round bright orange fruit, the Citrus aurantium (bitter orange) yields Orange essential oil from the fruit, Neroli oil from its flowers and Petitgrain oil from its foliage. The sweet orange tree Citrus sinensis, brings orange oil from its fruit, and every once in awhile is produces an oil called neroli Portugal from its blossoms.

Cold-pressing the whole orange or just its peel produces Orange essential oil. It has a zesty, refreshing, bright smell, that is slightly green and very citrusy of course. Steam distillation of orange peels is another way Orange essential oil is produced.

The orange tree is native to China and India and also grows abundantly in the Americas, Israel, and Mediterranean countries. Brazil, Cyprus, Israel, Mexico, and the United States are the primary sources of Orange essential oil.

When you have the flu you may typically reach for Eucalyptus oil, but did you know that Orange oil can also relieve the discomfort that accompanies the flu. A few drops into a warm bath or diffuser brings comfort from flu symptoms. It is known to help regulate body temperature and can either cool a fever or warm the chills.

Used as a massage oil it can help ease pain in the joints and muscles. 3 Drops into a tablespoon of carrier oil should do the trick.

In skincare, Orange essential oil balances oil levels in the skin. It can promote the production of collagen which helps maintain healthy, youthful skin. It can also reduce puffiness and wrinkles. Stimulating circulation of lymphatic fluids, Orange essential oil helps release toxins, and reduce fluid retention. For these reasons it is often included in topical treatments for cellulite.

Emotionally, Orange essential oil balances by either stimulating or relaxing as needed. It can also have a great effect of energizing and can even counteract boredom and lethargy. It calms the nerves and helps ease anxiety, hysteria and even insomnia. It reduces depression, tension and stress. It is known to help those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) when used in the winter. You can diffuse a few drops into the air or wear a drop or two in diffuser jewelry.

Some claim that Orange essential oil can also have a positive effect on creativity, harmony, and self-awareness.

As with all of the citrus oils, remember not to wear it out in the sun. Doing so can cause hyper pigmentation and sunburn as citrus oils are photosensitive.

The suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.

 

12 Apr

10 Days of Essential Oils Day 6: Mint

For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!

Click Here to see our complete Essential Oil Catalogue.

Day 6: Mint/Peppermint

Think about all the ways mint’s freshness impacts your life. From the moment you brush your teeth in the morning, to the steaming hot mug of minty tea in the afternoon, to the foot cream you apply after a long day, ending with brushing your teeth before bed. In all of our daily cycles, mint plays one role or another. Even that acetaminophen you take for a headache is linked to the mint plant. After all, that is where acetaminophen originally came from.

The peppermint plant bears tiny purple, pink or white flowers. Grown commercially in Australia, Brazil, China, England, France, Japan, Morocco, Spain and the U.S. peppermint oil is extracted through steam distillation. There were once many different species of mint, though that number has been drastically reduced due to hybridization. Peppermint oil has a strong, sharp, menthol aroma that is also pungent and strong.

Peppermint is known to treat headaches, muscle aches, heartburn, abdominal bloating, and sluggish digestion. You can dilute 3 drops into 1 tablespoon carrier oil and massage onto the temples, muscles, and abdomen to help treat these conditions. As an anti-inflammatory it is helpful to treat pain when massaged onto the affected areas. Use the same dilution as above.

Diffused into the air, Mint essential oil counteracts fatigue. It promotes clear thinking and is energizing. It can also help clear the sinuses. Breathing it from the bottle is a helpful remedy for motion sickness.

Applied diluted to the back of the neck it can also help counteract hot flashes.

Mint essential oil can also help reduce acne, as it is antibacterial as well as controlling excess oil.

Thinking of the cooling effects of Mint essential oil, you can also use it to “cool” emotions such as anger, hysteria and nervousness. It can help improve mental fatigue and bring clarity to the mind. Some say it even helps with self-confidence.

As always the suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.

11 Apr

10 Days of Essential Oils Day 5: Lavender

For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!

Click Here to see our complete Essential Oil Catalogue.

 

Day 5 Lavender

Ah Lavender. You either love it or hate it. It is amazing the strong reactions Lavender Essential Oil brings out in people. The wonderful thing about essential oils is that many oils can treat the same problems, thus, you can work with oils you like the smell of and receive the benefits you desire. I have a rule in aromatherapy: if you don’t like the smell of an oil, don’t use it in aromatherapy. An oil that has calming benefits aren’t going to calm you at all if all you can focus on is how much you dislike the fragrance. Find another calming one and enjoy it.

For those of you who love lavender like I do, read on.

Lavender flowers range anywhere from a blue-violet, to a deep purple. They resemble tiny little pinecones. Growing 3-4 feet tall, Lavender is a woody, evergreen shrub. Here in Ontario we actually grow a lot of lavender, though France is still the primary producer. Of course Lavender is commonly cultivated in Bulgaria, England and Turkey.

The Greeks and Romans of ancient times prized lavender for its cleansing properties and of course for its fragrance. They lavished themselves with Lavender soaps and oils and in their bathwater.

Lavender is common remedy for insect bites, lice, muscular aches and pains, nervous disorders, fatigue, respiratory ailments, and stomach aches. It is also popular in skincare to keep skin clean, clear and soft.

Lavender is also used in linen washes and sprays as it promotes sleep and relaxation. You can make your own linen spray by combining water and a few drops of the essential oil in a glass or PET plastic container. Shake and spray on linens and pillow cases, even as a room spray. In a 50ml bottle, you can add 7-10 drops of Lavender essential oil.

Mixing a few drops into a carrier oil makes a massage oil that you can use for muscle aches, pains and strains. A remedy for insomnia when massage just before you go to bed, or as a skin treatment for sunburns.

Inhaling Lavender essential oil either through the air in a diffuser, using diffuser jewelry or directly from the bottle, it can help with emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, irritability, nervousness, stress, and worry. It is known to nurture creativity, and self-expression. Add a few drops to a warm bath to help alleviate these conditions. The fragrance and warmth of the bath can bring people great comfort.

Lavender has so many uses; you could fill an entire book on the many ways Lavender essential oil can be incorporated into your life.

As always the suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.

10 Apr

10 Days of Essential Oils Day 4: Ylang-Ylang

For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!

Click Here to see our complete Essential Oil Catalogue.

Day 4: Ylang-Ylang

A common ingredient in perfume, Ylang-Ylang essential oil is known for its “heady” scent.

The tree on which it grows displays clusters of large star-shaped flowers. These flowers range from white to pink, and yellow to yellowish-green.

Ylang-Ylang is known as an aphrodisiac and once you smell it, you’ll know why. The fragrance is fresh, floral, sweet, exciting, exotic and even seductive.

Immediately after the flowers are gathered they are steam distilled to release the essential oil. This process can take up to several days.

Ylang-Ylang is sometimes to referred to as “a poor person’s Jasmine” and produces up to 6 different grades of its syrupy yellowish oil. Some experts say the yellow flowers produce the best oil.

Unlike carefully cultivated Ylang-Ylang, wild Ylang-Ylang doesn’t typically have a strong scent. It is cultivated in the Comoro Islands, Haiti, Java, Sumatra and Zanzibar.

Ylang-Ylang essential oil is most often recommended for sexual problems, especially lack of sexual desire. It is not actually physiologically a means to create a sexual response, it has a euphoric and heady scent that helps set a romantic mood. Add a few drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil and use as massage oil. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.

Ylang-Ylang has been used to treat depression. You can wear it as a perfume, add it to diffuser jewelry.

Ylang-Ylang is a little strong to be diffused into the air and inhaled for prolonged periods.

In skincare, Ylang-Ylang oil helps soften and smooth the skin, making it great for mature skin. It is said to counteract wrinkles because of its ability to relax facial muscles.

Don’t forget that the suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.

 

9 Apr

10 Days of Essential Oils Day 3: Rosemary

We are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We are continuing with Rosemary Essential Oil.

We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!

Click Here to see our complete Essential Oil Catalogue.

Day 3 Rosemary

Rosemary Essential Oil has a pungent and pine-like aroma accompanied by camphor. It comes from Rosemarinus officinalis. Rosemary can grow to heights of 5-6 feet.

Steam distillation is the most common method of extracting the essential oil.

Depending on where the oil is coming from, it may smell similar to Eucalyptus (Spain and North Africa) or more like Frankicense (France). There are a few different varieties of Rosemary, some of which include the cineol type and the camphor type.

Rosemary was one of the first plants in the world used for medicine, food and religious rituals.

According to old “flower lore”, rosemary means “remembrance”. This is probably because of the effects Rosemary has on memory. It is a great study aid for students or anyone wishing to improve the memory of they are studying. If you have a big presentation at work, use Rosemary essential oil while you prepare to help improve concentration and retention. This can be done by diffusing a drop or two in the air while you study or work.

Rosemary has been used in treatments for arthritis. You can add a drop to a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage the areas where you are experiencing pain and inflammation. This also works for sprains, muscle spasms and aches.

You can also use this dilution to treat headaches. Simply massage the diluted oil into the temples or along the scalp where you feel the headache the most.

This dilution also works well to relieve gas and improve digestion. Massage in a clockwise motion on the abdomen.

If you have a cough and cold you can use Rosemary in a similar way as Eucalyptus. Diffusing a few drops into the air can help clear the lungs and sinuses.

Massaging the diluted oil onto the skin or scalp can help treat the itching and inflammation caused by psoriasis, eczema, and other types of dermatitis.

For beauty benefits, you can employ Rosemary oil to help stimulate cell renewal. It is great for mature skin, eases lines and wrinkles. Always dilute Rosemary oil for topical application. It also helps to heal minor wounds and burns. Diluted Rosemary oil also clears acne, blemished and dull, dry skin. It fights acne bacteria and regulates oil production.

For mental fatigue, diffusing Rosemary essential oil can provide swift relief. It can also help you cope with stress and nerves. It balances intense emotions which is a great way to cope with anger and control mood-swings.

It has been known to help depression. You can diffuse it in a diffuser or wear a drop in diffuser jewelry.

A word of caution: camphor type Rosemary essential oil should not be used by epileptics or those prone to seizures. As such you should always consult a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner before beginning any aromatherapy or alternative medical treatment. These suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner.

8 Apr

10 Days of Essential Oils Day 2: Lemon

For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!

Click Here to see our complete Essential Oil Catalogue.

Did you ever wonder why almost all commercial cleaners are lemon scented? There is a reason for this. Lemon has anti-bacterial properties. Back when we made all of our cleaning products from scratch, we used fresh lemon juice and lemon essential oil to sanitize our homes and workspaces.  Did you know you can sanitize a cutting board by rubbing it with a lemon that has been cut in half? Did you know washing your floors with a lemon mixture keeps creepy crawly bugs out of your house? Lemon has many wonderful properties and uses!

Lemon comes from a small evergreen tree. It has thorns but it also has beautiful, fragrant white or pale pink flowers. The fruit is round or sometimes oval from Citrus limon or Citrus limonum. Lemons are bright yellow when they are ripe.

Lemons are native to India and Asia and grow wild in Mediterranean climates. Lemons are also cultivated in Guinea, Israel, Italy, North and South America.

The fresh lemon peels are cold-expressed to produce the pale greenish-yellow oil. The scent is fresh and light, sweet but also slightly sharp and tangy.

Because of lemon oil’s ability to sanitize surfaces and kill airborne germs, European hospitals use it to clean hospital rooms. Lemon can also enhance immunity (by stimulating white blood cell production) improving the body’s ability to combat infection. This makes it the perfect go to when you or a family member is sick. You can clean surfaces with lemon oil and also diffuse a few drops into the air in a diffuser to clean the air, helping stop the spread of colds and flu to other members of the household.

Lemon helps to counteract acidity in the body which is why many natural healthcare practitioners suggest beginning your day with a warm cup of lemon water. (Fresh lemon juice, not essential oil. Please do not ingest essential oils). There are many more benefits of adding fresh lemon juice to your diet.

Traditional aromatherapy uses tell us that we can use lemon in aromatherapy to uplift and focus the mind. To help with lack of focus, or low moods, diffuse 3 drops in a diffuser into the air in the home or workspace. You can also keep a bottle on hand and simply inhale the aroma any time you feel the need.

You can even get rid of warts with lemon essential oil. Apply a drop undiluted to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat up to 6 times daily until the wart drops off. Try to keep it covered with an adhesive bandage to help keep the oil in place an aid in penetration.

You can also diffuse lemon oil in the kitchen after cooking to clean the air and get rid of cooking smells. You can wipe down kitchen surfaces with lemon essential oil to sanitize and freshen.

Wearing a drop of lemon oil in diffuser jewelry can also help counteract sluggishness, chronic fatigue, and concentration problems. It improves clarity, concentration and recall. It is a wonderful alternative to Rosemary oil for those that don’t like the smell of rosemary.

Lemon oil, like all of the citrus oils should not be worn in the sun as they promote photosensitivity. That means that wearing lemon oil in the sun can cause hyper pigmentation, burns and other skin ailments.

Making your own natural cleaning products with lemon essential oil is a fabulous way to enjoy all of the benefits of this versatile oil.

Don’t forget that the suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.

6 Apr

10 Days of Essential Oils Day 1 Eucalyptus

For the next 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!

Click here to see our complete Essential Oil Catalogue.

Day 1: Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Did you know that there are over 500 species of Eucalyptus? Eucalyptus is indigenous to Australia however; many of these 500 species were cultivated in other countries, such as China, Spain, and South Africa.

Prized for its fast growing timber, not to mention its yield of commercially useful essential oil, Eucalyptus is one of the most well known of all the essential oils. Eucalyptus globulus is the Eucalyptus that is most commonly used in aromatherapy.

Extracted through steam distillation from the leaves and twigs of the Eucalyptus tree, it is best known for its ability to clear nasal and/or sinus congestion. It is the number one oil used during cough and cold season. Eucalyptus has been used for many things from laundry detergent to flavouring throat lozenges. But it’s most traditional use for aromatherapy is that of a decongestant and treatment for respiratory infections.

When you are sick, Eucalyptus essential oil acts as an expectorant, helping you to cough up excess mucous. It also acts as a fighter against viral and bacterial infections. That’s right! The causes of the flu, laryngitis, sinusitis, sore throats, and tonsillitis can be conquered with Eucalyptus essential oil. Eucalyptus is also a known anti-inflammatory.

That’s not all the mighty Eucalyptus can accomplish. When you have aches and pains, (associated with the flu or not), eucalyptus eases them due to its rubefacient (warming) effects.

Eucalyptus essential oil goes beyond just breathing. It’s great for your skin too. Topically it speeds wound healing and has been effective in treating excess oil production in the skin that causes breakouts. It can also be employed to treat fungal infections of the nails, which is why you will often see it in natural foot care products.

There is also an emotional benefit to having Eucalyptus oil at the ready. Eucalyptus is stimulating and refreshing which can help you overcome sluggishness. It is useful in situations where you feel you are being stifled or oppressed, or even emotionally over-loaded. It helps to restore balance, improve your concentration and even increase optimism.

There are still even more ways to use Eucalyptus essential oil. These uses are a great place for you to start experimenting.

For coughs, colds and congestion, you can diffuse a few drops into the air with a diffuser, or add 2 drops to a bowl of hot tap water (not boiling) and place a towel over your head and inhale the steam. It is helpful to breathe the steam for a few minutes, blow your nose and repeat a few times. You can do this a few times daily until the congestion clears.

For emotional and uplifting effects, you can also diffuse a few drops into the air with a diffuser. Alternatively, you can add a drop or two to diffuser jewelry allowing you to breathe a little in all day. You can also make a room spray and spray some into the air a few times daily when you are sick or feeling down.

There are countless more ways to use this amazing oil. Don’t hesitate to drop into the store for more information on how to use essential oils.

Don’t forget that the suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.

16 Mar

The Tree of Life

Hand-crafted copper and stone Tree of Life necklaces are made by Sheena Bujold of Shine Curiosities.  Her love for jewellery making really does shine in each piece.

Come in and see many more of Sheena’s dazzling jewellery, purse charms, metal bookmarks, and wine glass charms.

 

15 Mar

Mercury in Retrograde How Does This Affect Us?

The planet Mercury rules all things related to communication, intellect, awareness, logic and reasoning and the way in which we express ourselves. So how does Mercury’s influence affect these aspects of our lives? Simply put, Mercury is a high energy, fast acting force that pushes us into motion. Mercury’s influence can make us restless both physically and psychologically.

Mercury’s energy also rules travel. Our daily commutes, visits to friends and family and even short trips out of town.

Tapping into Mercury’s fast pace energy can be just what you need to get things done, have your voice heard, keep a clear mind and be creative.

But what happens when Mercury is in retrograde and what does that mean?

When a planet goes into retrograde, it is has the appearance of moving backward. Because of this, the energy of Mercury can have us pushed backward as well.

Travel can become unreliable, tempers are short and our thought processes aren’t optimal, leading to arguments, miscommunications, bad business deals and failed project plans and delays in travel.

Things to avoid during Mercury retrograde: signing contracts, making final decisions on projects and engaging in public speaking. Remember travel is affected at this time too, so expect delays and even cancellations.

So when is Mercury in retrograde and how do you survive?

Mercury is in retrograde for 2019 from March 5-28, July 8 to August 1 and October 31st to November 20th.

Focus on the positive. Look at your life as it stands right now and make some time for self reflection. You can review projects, business deals and collaborations as well as goals both professionally and personally. Just remember reflection not correction!

Helpful assists for Mercury retrograde survival:

All Charmed Mercury Retrograde Smudge Spray helps you with “anxious or unsettled feelings or situations that might come up during this time. Cleanse your home, work or car with soothing scents of lemongrass, tangerine, ylang-ylang and frankincense.” This smudge is infused with sage leaves and lavender flowers. Each bottle contains Amazonite, Black Tourmaline and Labradorite crystals to help boost the effectiveness of the essential oils and herbs.

Use our Himalayan salt lamps or candle holders to improve mood and concentration.

Choose an essential oil or essential oil blend that fits comforts your senses.

Choose from many other products to keep you balanced and grounded.

“This too shall pass.”

Blessings,

Lady Black

13 Mar