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…
The beneficent aura of the sandalwood tree belies the tree’s parasitic character. To survive, this evergreen extends its roots into other trees and feeds on their nutrients. The tree’s wood was used as a building material for millennia, but the sandalwood tree is nearing extinction, and sandalwood essential oil is now the only commercial sandalwood product. To extend the oil’s availability, producers create blends of sandalwood with several other essential oils.
Look for East Indian sandalwood oil when you want the real thing.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR
- Aging Skin
- Bronchial Congestion
- Itching and Inflammation
- Urinary Tract Issues
HOW IT’S USED
- In a vaporizer or diffuser
- In a cream blend or lotion blend
- In a massage oil blend
- In a bath
- Black Pepper
- Clary Sage
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Sandalwood oil is not associated with any specific warnings.
BLEND OF THE DAY
Bath Blend For Anxiety
Aromatherapy can be very effective with the anxiety that accompanies current happenings as well as thoughts about future circumstances and events. Several essential oils can help restore your sense of well-being if you get knocked off balance after interacting with coworkers, family members, or just life happening in general.
You will need:
1/2 cup milk
4 drops sandalwood essential oil
1 drop ylang-ylang essential oil
To make the blend
1. Pour the milk into a glass or ceramic bowl.
2. Add the sandalwood and ylang-ylang essential oils to the milk, and stir to combine.
3. Add this blend to a warm bath.
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Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
Information pulled April 3, 2020