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…
Tea Tree oil is found in pharmacies, spas, and salons around the world, and is one of the most popular and widely used essential oils. Tea Tree is a small tree that grows in the Australian state of New South Wales and is produced from the Tree’s leaves and twigs through steam distillation.
You may see bottles of it labeled ti-trol or melasol, so be sure to check for the botanical name to be sure of what you have.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR
- Respiratory Issues
HOW IT’S USED
- In a vaporizer
- In a massage oil blend
- In a bath
- In a cream blend or lotion blend
- In a neat (undiluted) applications
- Chamomile (German)
- Clary Sage
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR:
AVOID CONTACT WITH EYES
AVOID CONTACT WITH MUCOUS MEMBRANES
MAY BE TOXIC IF TAKEN INTERNALLY
MAY CAUSE SKIN IRRITATION
BLEND OF THE DAY: DANDRUFF
There are lots of dandruff shampoos and medicated products that you can buy, but none will solve the problem permanently. However, essential oils and some changes to your hair-care regimen can go quite a long way toward solving the problem.
8 ounces unscented shampoo (this is available at natural foods stores or you can order it online)
10 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
- Pour the shampoo into an 8 ounce dark-colored glass bottle to closes tightly.
- Add the lavender and tea tree essential oil to the shampoo, and shake well to blend. (Personally I prefer to mix in a glass or ceramic bowl then add it to the bottle)
- Apply a quarter-size amount to your hair.
- Lather, and wait 30 seconds before rinsing.
Overnight Conditioning Blend:
1 ounce spring water (bottled water)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
5 drops carrot essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops thyme essential oil
3 drops sage essential oil
- Pour the spring water and apple cider vinegar into a dark-colored glass bottle that closes tightly.
- Add carrot, eucalyptus, thyme, and sage essential oils to the bottle, and shake well to blend.
- At bedtime, pour 1 teaspoon of this blend into the palm of your hand, and massage it into your scalp.
- Leave the blend in overnight.
- In the morning, wash your hair with the shampoo described earlier in this section.
Overnight Dermatitis Blend
1 teaspoon jojoba carrier oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
- At bedtime, pour the jojoba carrier oil into a teaspoon.
- Add the tea tree essential oil to the carrier oil.
- Pour this blend into the palm of your hand, and massage it into your scalp.
- Leave the blend in overnight
- In the morning, wash your hair with the shampoo.
- Repeat this treatment every night until your scalp stops itching.
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Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
Information pulled July 17, 2020