Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?
I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.
We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.
As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.
Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.
And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you are currently taking.
Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.
Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…
Rosemary essential oil, strongly herbal and stimulating, comes from an evergreen shrub native to Asia and is now cultivated in France Tunisia, and the Slavic countries. Many ancient cultures considered rosemary sacred and used it to ward off evil.
The oil is produced from the shrub’s flowers through steam distillation.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR
- Circulatory Issues
- Intestinal Issues
- Mental Fatigue
- Migraine and other types of headaches
- Respiratory Issues
- Skin puffiness and swelling
- Varicose Veins
HOW IT’S USED
- In a vaporizer or diffuser
- In a cream blend or lotion blend
- In a massage oil blend
- In a bath
- As a shampoo
- Palma Rosa
- Rose Geranium
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR:
DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY
DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE EPILEPSY
DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN USE ROSEMARY AS A MASSAGE BLEND FOR CELLULITE?
The epidermis (outer layer) of a woman’s skin is thinner than the outer layer of a man’s, and women also tend to have more body fat than most men do. That’s why a woman is more likely than a man to have visible cellulite.
The lumpy cottage cheese looking skin that is a result from enlargement of the fat pockets just under the epidermis. There’s no surefire way to get rid of cellulite, but you can enlist essential oils in breaking down some of that under-the-skin (subcutaneous) fat.
1 cup carrier oil
20 drops fennel essential oil
20 drops juniper berry essential oil
10 drops essential oil (good choices: cypress, grapefruit, lemon, rosemary, or sage.)
To make the blend
1. Pour the carrier oil into a glass or ceramic bowl.
2. Add the fennel and juniper berry essential oils along with the third essential oil of your choice, and stir to combine.
3. Pour the blend into a dark colored glass bottle that closes tightly, and store the bottle in the refrigerator between uses.
To use the blend
1. Using your fingertips, apply this blend to areas affected by cellulite, and massage it into the skin.
2. Repeat this treatment once a day for 10 minutes.
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Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
Information pulled March 22, 2020