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I guess it is safe to say that grief is an emotional bullet that proves hard to dodge. Even animals like elephants and dolphins grieve. Yes, they do mourn the loss of one of their own – and in an elaborate memorial ritual if I might add. This is quite fascinating when you really think about it.

And speaking of memorial rituals, I once read that some African and Asian cultures hire professional mourners known as moirologists.

I swear I’m not making this stuff up. As it turns out, these individuals are skilled mourners who have mastered the art of mourning over the years. Without them, your ‘ceremony’ will definitely be missing something. These mournful experts put up a heck of a tear and wail performance to show the whole village how much the deceased will be missed. I know it is weird, but it’s true – look it up.  

Children can also grieve the loss of a pet or an item they held dear to them. The internet is full of videos showing kids grieving the loss of goldfishes, cats, dogs, frogs, hamsters – just about anything they were attached to. As they grow older, grief, unfortunately slowly but surely, starts becoming a part of their life experiences.

In this piece, we shall dissect grief and have a look at its insides. We shall learn what causes it as well as some of its different stages and symptoms. The grieving process is scary and tasking even for the most composed and upbeat person.

For this reason, I’ll share some essential oil blends that have stood the test of time and held my hand in the toughest of times. So buckle up and as Bender would say ‘lets go already’.

What Is Grief?

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There are lots of definitions about grief. But here is one that I feel describes grief best…Grief is basically what you feel and think when you lose something you treasure. It could be a loved one (most common), your job, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, miscarriage, divorce, losing a pet or moving to a new city/home.

It is the anger, sadness, regret, and numbness of the soul all wrapped up into one engulfing feeling. Like a pain in your gut or like you have a gaping hole in your chest that nothing can fill it up.

And though people use the terms ‘grief’ and ‘mourn’ to mean the same thing, the two are quite different. Mourning is simply an expression of grief. It is letting the grief out. It often involves crying, talking about the loss, writing about it or punching something.

The pain that accompanies grief is deep cutting and cannot be drowned by alcohol. If anything, the pain learns to swim. Luckily, over time, the pain fades away. Speaking of time, there is no telling how long the grieving process will take. It is always unique to every individual.

But regardless of the uncertainty involved, understanding the different phases/stages of grief will help you go through the process faster.

Stages Of Grief

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Initially, these stages were 5 but were later adjusted to 7. And while I will list the stages in a ‘chronological’ manner, rarely do people go through grief in the outlined order.

The phases may be experienced in any order, severally, and repetitively. This is to mean that you may start off feeling sad and then progress to anger only to revert back to sadness after a while. In all this, the most important thing to remember is that it is your time to grieve. You should allow yourself to go through it in your own way.

1. Shock and Disbelief

The very first reaction to any loss is shock. Learning that you have lost someone you care for dearly will send a cold chill down your spine, numb your body and fill you with doubt.

This is one way the brain actualizes emotional protection. It could last for several weeks. The time one experiences most often than not reflects the suddenness of the said loss. But as I pointed out earlier, everyone experiences grief differently. It is thus common for one to experience shock throughout the loss as a way of getting through it.

2. Denial

In this stage, individuals are stubborn – in the sense that one will deny the death of a loved one regardless of the circumstances that surround the death. The mind goes into this state by default to try and avoid the pain that accompanies the loss.

In addition to refusing to accept a loss, some also deny the fact that the loss affects them seriously. You can think of denial as a method of self-preservation. In a way, it is similar to shock. Denial keeps one from experiencing the pain and from progressing to other stages of grief.

3. Pain and Guilt

As one starts to soak in the reality of the loss, the numbing feeling leads them to extreme suffering and pain. Usually, this pain is accompanied by guilt.

It is pretty common for individuals to start asking themselves a bunch of ‘what if?’ questions. They start feeling guilty and remorseful for opportunities they missed, the things they could have done but did not do and that they feel would have prevented the loss.

Though this is the most dreaded stage, it is recommended that one let go and allow themselves to experience the pain in its entirety. Masking this phase with drugs and alcohol will only make things worse. When you start using drugs and alcohol, they will feel like your best friend. But in no time, they will turn into your worst enemy and show you their bad side.

4. Bargaining

This phase involves a lot of negotiations. The negotiations are designed as a form of emotional release from the pain and shock of the loss. The negotiations are usually with a higher power to try and make sense of the situation. Unfortunately, especially with loss related to death, nothing can be done to reverse the situation.

5. Anger

People in this phase lash out at everyone around them. The anger experienced is a result of their feelings of helplessness. In addition to this, they may start blaming others for the death of their loved one. Grief has a way of straining the relationships of those who are left behind.

To help preserve these relationships, it is important that one finds a healthy release of the toxic emotions. Failure to find a release will lead to the destruction of bonds that took years and hard work to form.

6. Depression

People who have never gone through depression in the past have a harder time coping in this stage. Depression has a way of consuming and encompassing your life. Life itself lacks meaning. While it is worrying and scary to go through this phase, it is healthy and common while grieving.

After spending all your energy in the other grieving stages, depression provides you with ample time to reflect on your life and recover from the loss. Taking time to feel the isolation and loneliness will make it even easier for one to re-enter the world in their own time.

When going through depression, you should try your best to avoid people who tell you to ‘get over it’. Why? Well, you cannot control your feelings and emotions in this way. Instead and like with other grieving stages, you should release yourself to the emptiness and feelings of despair.

This stage is important for recuperation and reflection.

7. Acceptance

As one adjusts to life without what they have lost, depression, anger, and other extreme feelings start to fade away. Some signs that show one is going through acceptance include:

  • Beginning new hobbies and projects
  • Working on social and financial problems
  • Restructuring and finding a balance to life without the lost loved one
  • Cleaning out the personal items of the loved one
  • Seeking out support systems and old relationships

Note that acceptance does not mean one is happy. Instead, acceptance is the conscious decision one makes to move on and work hard toward feeling normal again. After a huge loss, it is rare (close to impossible) that one will feel the same way they did before the loss. However, acceptance comes in when one stops looking at the pasts and focuses their sights on the future.

Common Responses To Grief

Behavioral

Social withdrawal, isolation, irritability, restlessness, tearfulness, and loss of interest in other people

Cognitive

Racing mind, a sense of unreality, difficulty in making sound decisions, forgetfulness, confusion and repeated disturbing images

Emotional

Distress, shame, blame, numbness, guilt, fear, anger, distress, disbelief, shock, suicidal and helplessness

Physical

Change in sleeping patterns, headaches, colds, and change in appetite

Spiritual

Loss of direction, searching for understanding, loss of meaning and yearning

Is There A Cure For Grief?

Grief is a natural response to loss – we have already seen this; the only cure there is to it is avoiding living life isolated and shut away from others. And even then, you might experience grief going by the fact that you will be losing on what the world has to offer.

Most people maintain that time is by far the best healer of grief. However, I still feel as though it does not work perfectly without some assistance from third-party treatment methods.

While there isn’t a set time for grieving (as such no one can take too long to grieve), on the other hand, when complications related to grief (emotional, physical and mental complications) are left untreated, it only means that in the long run, you will need help to deal with the loss experienced.

Therapies For Grief Management

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Medical and mental health professionals have quite a few therapies they use to manage grief complications some of these include group therapy, counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, participating in outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation programs and education.

Since grief is a rather personal experience, the treatment program every grief-stricken individual is served with is quite personal as well.

Before you decide on any treatment, it is best that you speak to your health counselor.

1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment

You can consider the cognitive behavioral therapy as an umbrella for many therapy processes based on the behaviors (behaviors in this case also include thoughts). Since people are prone to changing their thoughts, individuals who go through this therapy treatment believe that they can also change their emotion and behavior as well.

This therapy treatment involves having minimal patient and therapist interaction. The entire goal of this therapy is not to instruct patients on how they should feel but on the contrary, to help patients learn how they should react to the thoughts and external stimuli to achieve the results they wish to see.

2. Medically Assisted Grief Therapy

Health experts are divided with regards to this type of therapy. Note that there isn’t a single drug that will wave your grief into oblivion. Instead, a bunch of medications is used to assist in relieving the symptoms experienced when in grief.

Some health experts believe that prescribing medications to help deal with the symptoms will clear the way for the individuals to deal with the mental and emotional aspect of the loss. Temporarily dealing with the symptoms can also be good enough as it will help you to function normally and complete your daily responsibilities faster.

The reason some health experts do not agree with this process is that most medications used tend to have an effect on one’s emotions. Some experts further argue that the said medications can result in a slowed gown grieving process.

The idea of introducing medication into your life to help with the grieving process should be handled on an individual basis. If you feel like some of the grief symptoms are getting in your way of normal functioning, you should speak to your doctor ASAP.

3. Other Therapies Used

Group therapy, complicated grief treatment, and group therapy are some of the therapeutic methods that can be used in assisting to alleviate grief symptoms.

Complicated grief treatment is completed in three phases. These phases include goal setting towards recovery, coping as well as sharing about the loss, and last but not least, reviewing and planning for a future living with the loss.

Best 5 Essential Oils For Grief

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1. Cedarwood

As it is the case with all woodsy essential oils, Cedarwood empowers individuals with the strength of tall standing trees – the kind of strength that enables these trees to grow tall for years through all kinds of prevailing conditions.

Just like our lives, these trees have weathered all kinds of storms, flood, fires, and numerous other disasters. And the beauty of it all is that they bloom right after. They do so with such grace. This serves as a reminder that the dark times we are passing through will eventually pass.

Cedarwood is a potent essential oil that equips patients with the ability to go through storms by stabilizing their emotions, grounding them and instilling a new found strength and calmness.

2. Cinnamon Leaf

Leaves used in aromatherapy represent a nourishing strength, energy, protection against extreme emotions of loss and fulfilled emotions. These leaves let in light into our lives during dark times.

Cinnamon leaf essential oil has a penetrating and warming aroma that uplifts with great ease and reinvigorates the zeal to live once more. It brings back one’s desire to live life in the moment. This oil will subtly encourage you to venture back into your normal routine.

3. Lavender

Yes, my list of essential oils will not be complete without lavender. It is an essential oil that deserves to be among the best for grief.

In the recent times, lavender has grown exponentially in popularity. All those people could not be picking it off of shelves for nothing.

For you going through grief, it will provide a reduction in blood pressure, provide you with emotional stability, stimulate the brain to alertness and induce comfort and a fresh trail of thoughts that give you renewed energy to face life.

Aside from grief, lavender’s benefits range from providing impeccable results on your skin to keeping away mosquitoes – it is a jack of all trades!

4. Jasmine

Jasmine essential oil is derived from the delicate jasmine flower. Jasmine has great results on the limbic brain and helps with grief.

Jasmine essential oil will help you to breathe better by clearing your nasal passages; it will increase the levels of oxygen in the blood and thereby improve the vital processes. It will also help improve blood pressure levels and allow you to remain focused and think clearly.

5. Bergamot

A 2017 clinical study revealed that individuals who inhale Bergamot essential oil showed reduced levels of hyperventilation and extreme stress. Bergamot oil also works wonders against anxiety and depression.

Bergamot has similar effects to grief symptoms like diazepam. The oil protects the brain and heart cells. Who wouldn’t want an extra layer of protection on these vital organs? 

Other essential oils that have proven to be great for grief include Neroli, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Orange, Valerian, Clary Sage, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Patchouli, geranium, Sandalwood, Cypress, Chamomile (Roman & German).

Recommended Product For Grief

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Essential Oils For Grief – Of Bleeding Hearts And Mournful Souls Essential Oil Benefits

6 Essential Oil Blends To Overcome Grief

Important note – regardless of how bad your grief response and symptoms feel, you should find comfort in the fact that you will find relief in aromatherapy oils and blends. These will help you feel better.

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Blend 1: Overcoming Denial Blend

Essential oils:

  • Chamomile – 3 drops
  • Bergamot – 5 drops
  • Lemon – 2 drops

Isolation and denial are a normal process of grief. In this state, you are simply in shock and the brain is trying to get through the loss in the best way it knows how to. Sure it will not act like a portion to attract people to you (it is not a love potion), but it will pump you with the courage you need to face the new world.

Simply add these 3 essential oils into the diffuser and fill it up with water. Diffuse the blend for about 30 minutes. Repeat 4 times daily while the room is well ventilated.

Blend 2: Grief Anger Management Blend

Essential oils:

  • Rose – 7 drops
  • Lavender – 8 drops
  • Sweet Almond (carrier) – 1 oz. (30ml)

No one likes working with an angry individual. You are perhaps feeling that way due to the loss you have just experienced. It is important to sort out your anger issues sooner rather than later. This blend helps you keep grief and anger management in check.

Add in the essential oils and the carrier oil in a small glass bottle and mix well before use. Apply a few drops on your pulse points and massage it like you would your lotion. Relax for several minutes and allow time for the oils to get to the brain.

Blend 3: Blend for Spiritual Assistance

Essential oils:

  • Neroli – 12 drops
  • Ylang Ylang – 8 drops
  • Jasmine – 6 drops

The bargaining phase includes striking covert deals with God or looking for solutions that could help correct the loss. While this stage makes some people more spiritual, it postpones the inevitable, i.e. accepting the loss. The longer this stage is delayed the longer one remains miserable.

Mix the essential oils in a glass bottle. Whenever you want to use the blend, pour in 8 drops in a diffuser and fill it up with water. Diffuse and breathe in the aroma.

Blend 4: Depression Relief Formula

Essential oils:

  • Cypress – 5 drops
  • Patchouli – 4 drops
  • Bergamot – 8 drops
  • Grapeseed (carrier oil) – 1 oz. (30 ml)
  • Roll on Bottle

During grief, deep sadness, worries and regret haunt individuals. You will most probably experience this. While there is no much that anyone can do to make you feel better, try inhaling this blend to lift your spirits. It will give you the power to brace yourself for the coming days.

Blend the essential oils with the carrier oil in a roll-on bottle. When you want to use it, inhale deeply; hold your breath and release. Repeat few times daily.

Blend 5: Acceptance Blend

Essential oils:

  • Grapefruit – 12 drops
  • Vetiver – 8 drops
  • Sandalwood – 10 drops

Not everyone gets to this stage; the few that do are lucky. And they are probably in better condition than they give themselves credit. In the acceptance stage, one has peace of mind and the strength to beat tough times.

Blend the above oils and store in a dark glass container. Add 10 drops into a diffuser. If you want, you can also use this as a massage lotion. Just be sure to use a carrier such as sweet almond or jojoba oil to dilute it.

Blend 6: Moving On Mourners Diffuser Blend

Essential oils:

  • Cedarwood – 3 drops
  • Tangerine – 4 drops
  • Geranium – 5 drops

It is easy to lose your grip on life when going through the grieving process. This blend is designed to provide you with great stability and to uplift you above your situation.

Making this blend is easy. Add in the above essential oils up to a diffuser and fill it up with water. Let the blend diffuse throughout your home.

Conclusion

Grief is part of being human. There is no escaping it. At some point, we all have to go through it. This is the bitter truth and we cannot afford to bury our heads in the sand.

But though inescapable, we can find relief and soothe the sad feelings and pain using nature’s gifts – essential oils. I know that it can be tempting to take the pain away with pharmaceuticals and mind altering drugs.

But think about your loved ones – would they want you drugging yourself? I’d think not; the best way to overcome grief is to go through the phases while honoring the memory of lost ones and trying to overcome the source of your grief.

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Whether you like it or not, germs are a part of life. No matter how clean you are and how hygienic your surroundings are, you will encounter them every day. Though many chemical-based products can help you to kill them, they harm your health in some way or another.

Happily, essential oils are a great way to get rid of germs. But not all plant oils are created equally. The best essential oils for killing germs are listed below. These exhibit strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, thus, making them highly effective.

So, let’s understand each of these essential oils in detail and how they can help you to fight germs and yet maintain your health.

But before we get to that, here is a little, but yet important information you should read.

What Can Germs Do To Your Body?

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Germs (or microbes) are everywhere. You can find them in food, air, soil, water, animals, plants, any surface, and even your body. But not all germs are harmful. While some are good, others are bad.

Germs can be classified into four types:

  • Bacteria
  • Virus
  • Fungi
  • Protozoa

Once germs attack your body, they can easily snuggle and stay there for a long time. They consume all your energy and nutrients and start generating toxins. These toxins cause common infections such as rashes, fever, diarrhea, stomach aches, colds, coughs, and vomiting.

5 Essential Oils That Kill Germs Effectively

The essential oils listed below are proven to be effective against:

  • Fungi
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria

You can even try blending them for a stronger effect.

1. Eucalyptus Oil 

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Scientific Name: Eucalyptus globulus

Eucalyptys globulus is commonly called Southern Blue Gum. It is a tall, evergreen tree, which is commonly found in the south-eastern parts of Australia. It grows to a height of 45 meters and is characterized by smooth barks. The leaves of Eucalyptys globulus are steam distilled to extract its essential oil.

Properties: 

  • Antimicrobial – Kills microbes
  • Antibacterial – Fights against bacteria  
  • Antifungal – Effective against fungi
  • Antiviral – Effective against virus
  • Flavoring – Enhances the taste of a dish
  • Biopesticide – Manages agricultural pests
  • Mosquito Repellent – Repels mosquitoes naturally
  • Deodorizer – Removes bad odor

How does it help?

E. globulus is one of the best essential oils for killing germs. To examine its in-vitro antibacterial properties, the essential oil of this plant were extracted via hydro-distillation process.

The inhibitory effects eucalyptus essential oil were examined against E. coli (Escherichia coli) and S. aureus (Staphylococcus aureus) through dilution broth & agar disc diffusion methods.

The results showed that E. globulus oil had strong antibacterial properties in preventing the development of Gram-positive & Gram-negative bacteria. This is mainly due to the compounds 1,8-cineole, ρ-cymene, and α- pinene.

Further, it has antiviral and antifungal properties. Eucalyptus oil consists mainly of monoterpene compounds like gamma-terpinene, alpha-terpinene, ρ-cymene, alpha-pinene, alpha-terpineol, terpinen-4-ol, citral, 1,8-cineole, and thymol. When these components were examined for their antiviral properties (in vitro), it showed that it was effective against HSV-1 (Herpes Simplex Virus – Type 1).

How to use it?

Germ-fighting Spray: Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 4 drops of eucalyptus and 4 drops of lemon essential oils. Blend well and store this mixture in a clean spray bottle. Use the spray whenever required. Shake well before use.

2. Sage Oil

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Scientific Name: Salvia officinalis

Salvia officinalis is also known as common sage, culinary sage, or garden sage. It is an evergreen, perennial subshrub, which has grayish leaves, woody stems, and purple flowers.

The benefits and use of sage (Salvia) goes back to ancient times. It was widely used in traditional medicines for pain relief, eliminating free radicals, inflammation, angiogenesis, viral, and bacterial infections.

Properties:

  • Antioxidant – Inhibits the process of oxidation
  • Anticancer – Effective against cancerous cells
  • Antiseptic – Prevents the growth of microorganisms
  • Anti-inflammatory – Reduces pain, redness, and swelling
  • Antibacterial – Fights against bacteria 

How does it help? 

According to a research paper published in the Iranian Journal of Microbiology, sage exhibits strong antibacterial properties

To demonstrate this, a few researchers took a mouthwash containing the extracts of Salvia officinalis (or sage) and another placebo mouthwash that didn’t contain any active ingredient. The idea was to test the clinical effects on SM (Streptococcus mutans) that causes dental plaque in school children.

The research involved 70 school girls as participants (between the ages 11 and 14), each with the same oral hygiene and socioeconomic conditions. These 70 students were divided randomly into two groups of 35 students each.

The first group was administered with Sage Mouthwash, whereas the other group with Placebo Mouthwash.

When their plaque samples were collected, the results were evident. Students who used sage mouthwash saw a significant reduction in the number of Streptococcus mutans (a type of bacteria) in dental plaque. This is mainly due to its compounds like thujone, camphor, and 1,8-cineole

How to use it?

  • Clean the germs from air: Mix 3 drops of sage oil with 2 drops of lemon oil and 2 drops of lavender oil. Diffuse this mixture in your room via an ultrasonic diffuser. This disinfects the air and kills all the germs.
  • Sage & sea salt mouthwash: Boil 2-3 cups of water and add a little amount of sea salt to it. Add 5-6 drops of sage essential oil and boil for an extra minute. Let cool, then filter and store in a clean glass bottle. Use as a mouthwash in the morning and before going to bed.

3. Tea Tree Oil 

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Scientific Name: Melaleuca alternifolia 

Originated from Australia, tea tree is another very effective essential oil for killing germs. The tea tree plant is widely found in New South Wales and southeastern parts of Queensland in Australia.

Melaleuca alternifolia are small trees that grow to a height of 20 feet with bushy crowns and white, papery barks. Their leaves are soft, smooth, and linear, each 1 mm wide & 10–35 mm long. The leaves contain a rich amount of oil.

Properties: 

  • Anti-inflammatory – Reduces redness, swelling, and pain
  • Antiviral – Effective against virus
  • Antifungal – Prevents the development of fungi
  • Antibacterial – Wards off bacteria
  • Cicatrisant – Heals wounds faster
  • Insecticide – Kills insects and bugs
  • Deodorizer – Removes bad odor 

How does it help? 

Of all the properties that tea tree oil has, its antimicrobial effects are the most effective.

Tea tree was traditionally used by the Australian Aborigines. They crushed tea tree leaves and inhaled its aroma to treat colds and coughs. They even diluted it and sprinkled on wounds to help them heal faster.

The antimicrobial properties are attributed to compounds like α-terpineol and terpinen-4-ol.

From keeping your house clean to treating fungal/bacterial/viral infections, tea tree essential oil is very effective.

How to use it? 

  • Homemade cleaning spray: Take a 4 oz. glass spray bottle and pour in 2 teaspoons of tea tree essential oil. Add 2 cups of water and a pinch of baking soda, close the bottle and shake to mix all ingredients. Spray this mixture on the surfaces or any space in your house that needs an antifungal or antiseptic cleaning.
  • Clean the bacteria from air: Mix 4 drops of tea tree oil with 4 drops of lemon oil, 4 drops of peppermint oil, and 4 drops of eucalyptus oil. Store this blend in a dark glass bottle. Diffuse in a diffuser to disinfect the air. 

4. Peppermint Oil 

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Scientific Name: Mentha x piperita 

Peppermint is a hybrid between spearmint and watermint. Though it is native to Middle East and Europe, it is cultivated throughout the world.

It is a perennial plant, which grows to a height of 30-90 cm. It has smooth stems with rhizomes wide-spreading. The leaves are dark green and have a minty, herbaceous flavor.

The use of peppermint dates back the ancient Egyptians times, as early as the 13th century. From treating skin problems to preventing free radical damage and keeping bacteria at bay, peppermint oil can do wonders.

Properties:

  • Antioxidant – Inhibits the process of oxidation
  • Antispasmodic – Relieves muscle spasms
  • Antibacterial – Acts on bacteria effectively
  • Antiseptic – Impedes the growth of microorganisms
  • Astringent – Constricts or shrinks the body tissues
  • Stimulant – Enhances the activity of the central nervous system
  • Carminative – Prevents the formation of gas
  • Circulatory – Improves blood circulation
  • Stomachic – Aids in healthy digestion
  • Analgesic – Relieves pain
  • Deodorizer – Removes bad odor

How does it help? 

Peppermint has strong antibacterial properties. It is highly effective against pathogenic bacteria such as Pseudomonas aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Serratia marcesens, Streptococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aerogenosa.

When the antibacterial activity of Mentha x piperita was examined via agar well diffusion method, it was found that the compounds menthol and ethyl acetate helped in killing the bacterial pathogens. 

How to use it?

  • All-purpose homemade cleaning spray: Mix 1½ cup of water with 1 tablespoon of castile soap. Add 10 – 15 drops of peppermint oil to it and mix well. Store this mixture in a glass spray bottle and use it as necessary.
  • Coughs & Colds: Mix 4 drops of peppermint oil with 2 drops of frankincense oil, 2 drops of eucalyptus oil, and 2 drops of oregano oil. Store this mixture in a small glass bottle. Use a few drops in a diffuser.
  • Purify the air: Mix 3 drops of peppermint oil with 2 drops of wild orange oil and 2 drops of lemon oil. Store in a small glass bottle and use in a diffuser. 

5. Borage Oil 

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Scientific Name: Borago officinalis 

Borage oil is obtained from the seeds or flowers of Borago officinalis via a cold-pressing method. It is also known as Starflower and belongs to the Boraginaceae (or forget-me-not) family.

Borage is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a perennial plant that grows to a height of 2 feet. It has large, hairy leaves with pink flowers. They taste and smell like cucumbers.

From treating allergic conditions to alleviating arthritic symptoms, borage seed oil can be of great help.

Properties:

  • Antidepressant – Helps you overcome anxiety and depression
  • Antifungal – Prevents the growth of fungus
  • Antibacterial – Impedes the growth of bacteria
  • Analgesic – Relieves pain
  • Anti-inflammatory – Reduces swelling, redness, and pain
  • Antiseptic – Destroys the disease-causing microorganisms
  • Antiviral – Effective against virus
  • Antitoxic – Neutralizes toxins
  • Antitussive – Gets rid of cough
  • Decongestant – Reduces mucus congestion
  • Deodorizer – Removes bad odor

How does it help? 

When the antibacterial properties of Borago officinalis were evaluated, it was found to be highly effective against bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica, and Enterobacter spp. These are associated with food poisoning and other foodborne diseases. 

How to use it?

  • Homemade cleaning spray: Take an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and add 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus essential oil and 1 teaspoon of borage oil together with a cup of water. Close the bottle and shake well. Spray this mixture on the surfaces or any space in your house that needs an antifungal or antiseptic clean.
  • Clean the bacteria from air: Mix 4 drops of borage oil with 3 drops of lemongrass oil, 4 drops of lavender oil, and 4 drops of clove oil. Store this in a dark glass bottle. Diffuse this mixture to disinfect the air. 

Recommended Product  

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Conclusion

Germs releases toxins and toxin build-up can be harmful to your health. It can make you ill and are even the root cause of many deadly diseases like cholera, typhoid, food poisoning, etc.

Though there are many ways to keep yourself protected from germs, essential oils are effective and 100% natural. They are generally free from side effects. Besides, keep your home clean and wash your hands with soap and water.

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What Are The Best Essential Oils For Tennis Elbow – Works for Non-Tennis Players Too! https://essentialoilbenefits.com/essential-oils-for-tennis-elbow/ https://essentialoilbenefits.com/essential-oils-for-tennis-elbow/#comments Sun, 04 Aug 2019 20:06:54 +0000 https://essentialoilbenefits.com/?p=6084 What Are The Best Essential Oils For Tennis Elbow – Works for Non-Tennis Players Too! Essential Oil Benefits

You cannot reach for a juice box or a cold beer at arm’s length. And even when you can reach it, you can’t pick it up without experiencing intense pain in your elbow and forearm.

What’s even worse is, you seem to have lost the ability to grip objects. Like a devolving ape losing your opposable thumb all over again.

What you are experiencing is not a stroke. Relax…it is not that serious. What you have is a fairly common condition known as Tennis Elbow.

But how could you have ‘Tennis’ Elbow? You don’t even like the sport!

Heck, the closest you have gotten to it was in high school when you were still trying to find yourself or impress a girl/boy you liked.

Here’s a fun fact for you. Stress on your forearm and elbow develops over time and you don’t need to have ever picked up a racket in your life for it to develop. Shocking right?

But like always, I got you, my dear Oliviarites. Today, we shall educate ourselves on this ‘overuse injury’ and the steps we can take to contain the symptoms and avoid it in the days to come.

What Is Tennis Elbow?

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Health experts call this pain lateral epicondylitis. But this is a mouthful, so I shall stick to tennis elbow.

Though the term has gained popularity, only a handful of persons diagnosed with the condition develop it from playing tennis. Tennis elbow is a fairly common injury. Luckily, it heals without major treatment. However, you have to allow the affected limb some resting time.

The pain experienced in tennis elbow is focused on the point where the elbow joins with the forearm. The injury is related to tendons and muscles in the forearm.

Tendons are the tiny inelastic strands of tissue that attach muscles to bone. When you put your arm to constant use through repetitive motion (not necessarily playing tennis or badminton), the tendons at the end of the elbow may develop some tears.

The tears will in turn cause pressure and stress on your arm. The end result is pain when you try lifting and gripping objects. Tennis elbow is not a chronic condition per se, but it can develop into one if left untreated for long.

Here are some statistics to munch on. Tennis elbow only affects 3% of individuals in the world. Most of these persons are aged between 30 and 50 years. Of the reported cases, less than 5% are related to tennis.

Causes Of Tennis Elbow

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Since tennis elbow is an overuse condition, the list of its causes is as long the number of activities people participate in, and that involves the repeated use of the muscles connecting the elbow and the forearm. With that, I will start listing the causes from the obvious ones to the ‘not-so-obvious’ ones.

Playing racket games like tennis, squash, badminton, and table tennis

In these sports, the strokes made involve the forearm muscles (especially the backhand strokes). Players with poor technique and a bad racket grip will exert undue stress on their tendons leading to tiny tears.

The more you play these games, the higher your chances are of developing tennis elbow. Additionally, golfers have a version of this condition – they call it golfer’s elbow

Not warming up before strenuous activities

Unfortunately, the kind of lives that most Oliviarites lead leaves them with minimal time to indulge in physical fitness activities. On face value, it is understandable how one would lack time to hit the gym or at the very least complete a light indoor workout session.

But if you ask me, we are just lazy. I know that sounds harsh but it’s true. We all have 24 hours to work daily. But how do some start-up business owners (arguably, the busiest business persons around), manage to hit the gym?

Simple, they want to and are passionate about their well-being. Anyway, you are not here for a physical fitness pep talk so I’ll drop it.

When you decide to get physical, whether it is hitting the gym, participating in an afternoon game with your friends or just a run to clear your head, ensure you stretch and warm up first.

The purpose of warming up and stretching is to make muscles pliable and little less prone to damage. Failure to do so increases the risk of tearing tissues and developing tennis elbow.

Using the wrong sports equipment

It is important to get the right sports equipment. When playing tennis, ensure it is just the right size and weight for you. To get the best quality, be prepared to spend a reasonable amount of cash.

Let’s take tennis for instance. A heavy/imbalanced racket will stress your muscles and cause them to tear. Choose a racket that is light, and has just the right tension for your player level.

Direct elbow trauma

Yes, this is also a cause. This happens a lot too often than we care to admit. Usually, trauma is caused by hitting the elbow on the edge of the table or taking a fall and landing on your elbow. The pain is sharp (though short-lived).

Working in repetitive industries – such industries include bricklaying, clothing construction, assembly line production, and plumbing, playing instrumental music or intense computer work.

You might be used to the physicality of your job, but the activities take a toll on your arm. If you work in the above industries, it would do you good to have regular massages to relax the muscles and to accelerate the healing process of the torn tendons.

Recreational activities

Some activities are repetitive. They involve a lot of wrists and arm movement. Such activities/hobbies include casting lines when out fishing, paddling a canoe or boat, or the overhand tossing of balls, stones and other objects of significant weight.

Antibiotics

Some antibiotics including Fluoroquinolones, Levofloxacin, and Ciprofloxacin also increase the risk of sustaining workout injuries including tennis elbow. These medicines will prevent some cells from replicating and repairing after sustaining damage.

As such, it goes without saying that the more one exercises when using these drugs the higher the chance of developing tennis elbow.

Smoking

Compared to non-smokers, smokers are at a higher risk of developing tennis elbow. Nicotine in cigarettes affects the muscles. It causes them to lose elasticity and weakens them.

Eventually, the tendons tear and unfortunately, since the muscles cells are already damaged, the repairing process is slower – it takes ages for torn tendons to heal (for smokers).

Disease

Individuals suffering from diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are prone to develop this pain over time.

Age

I have to throw this in. With age comes wisdom (though not all old people are wise. Some are even shallow). But also, with age comes a gradual reduction in the efficiency of the immune system and all body organs.

When one is young, he/she can pull some incredible stunts with his/her body. The sky is the limit when one is young and fit. However, the body gradually becomes rigid and prone to injury.

Strenuous and repetitive activities and movements respectively increase the chances of developing tennis elbow.

While these factors may increase one’s risk of developing tennis elbow, for some, the condition develops for no reason. For others still, those you would expect to develop it, never do.

Symptoms Of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is characterized by recurring pain on the outside of the forearm (upper forearm). This is the space below the elbow’s bend. However, pain may also be experienced a little further down the arm – closer to the wrist.

Pain is felt when one tries to bend or lift the arm. Pain is also felt when one performs basic actions like gripping small items, writing, and typing. When you twist the forearm the pain felt will be sharp. This means that turning doorknobs will be a problem.

Below is a list of the symptoms:

  • Elbow pain that worsens when holding or grasping an object
  • Sore forearm muscles
  • Morning stiffness of the affected elbow and persistent aching
  • The outside of the elbow is tender and sensitive

Variations Of Tennis Elbow

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Tennis elbow does not always affect the elbow. It can affect any moving part with tendons. Of course, when it affects any other body part, it is given another name. Below are some tennis elbow (tendonitis) variations.

Golfer’s Elbow

Individuals feel pain on the inner side of the elbow. The pain is also referred to as baseball elbow/suitcase elbow. The affected area features tendons that attach surrounding muscles to your medial epicondyle. This part is involved in heavy lifting and swinging a golf club or baseball bat/ball.

Affecting the Shoulder

This is a variation of tennis elbow that affects many people. Health experts refer to it as the rotator cuff tendonitis. I prefer calling it the swimmer’s/pitcher’s/tennis shoulder.

This condition develops over time when an individual repeatedly moves their arm over their head. The repeated movement causes the rotator’s cuff to get inflamed.

The rotator’s cuff is a set of muscles designed to control shoulder movement. The muscle is made up of the subscapularis, the infraspinatus and the supraspinatus tendons. Individuals prone to this pain are tennis and baseball players, carpenters, welders, and swimmers.

Affecting the knee

This condition is popular as jumper’s knee. The pain attacks the patellar tendon located on the lower side of your kneecap.

In addition, it affects the quadriceps tendons located at the top of the kneecap. The pain is a version of tennis elbow and thus develops following muscle overuse. This mostly affects basketball players.

Affecting the wrist

This pain is felt at the thumb base and the back of the wrist. It often manifests as De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. The pain develops as a result of continuous grasping and pinching. Some women get it during pregnancy without reason.

Affecting the Achilles

The Achilles tendon is a muscle at the back of one’s foot. The tendon is attached to the bone forming the heel. Jumpers and runners are the common culprits of this pain. Additionally, individuals who love wearing shoes that fit poorly, or that have backs that dig into this tendon are most likely to develop this condition and pain. However, at times the pain is often related to reactive arthritis, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Diagnosing And Treating Tennis Elbow

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Diagnosis

To diagnose the condition, doctors conduct physical exams. During the exam, he/she may apply pressure on the affected elbow or request you to move your fingers, wrist, and elbow.

In most cases, the medical history you provide along with the physical exam will be sufficient to diagnose tennis elbow. However, if the doctor suspects an underlying condition causing the manifesting symptoms, he/she will suggest an x-ray or other imaging tests that may be best.

Treatment

Usually, the condition will get better without treatment. However, if self-care measures and pain medications are not helping your case, your doctor may recommend therapy or in severe cases, surgery.

Therapy

If the pain is associated with playing tennis, health experts may recommend an evaluation of your tennis backhand technique. If the pain is work-related, they may recommend finding better ways of completing tasks and reducing stress on the affected elbow.

When working with a physical therapist, you will be taught exercises that will gradually strengthen and stretch the tendons.

Surgical procedures

Injections – your doctor may suggest injecting plasma rich in platelets into the affected tendon. Botox along with other irritants may prove helpful as well in relieving pain from the tendon.

Ultrasonic tenotomy – this procedure is rather scary in theory. It sounds like something you would come across in a 2060 based Sci-Fi movie.

The procedure involves the doctor inserting a special needle directly into your damaged tendon. Using ultrasonic energy, the needle vibrates so fast that the targeted tissue liquefies! Once this happens, it is sucked out.

Surgery

If the symptoms experienced have not improved after 12 months following non-invasive treatments, you may undergo a surgery to extract the affected tissue. The surgery can be completed through a single large incision or several tiny incisions.

How Do You Treat Tennis Elbow Using Essential Oils

What Are The Best Essential Oils For Tennis Elbow – Works for Non-Tennis Players Too! Essential Oil Benefits

Some of the above-mentioned treatment options require significant lifestyle change or the way in which you carry out a particular movement. Worst case scenario – you may have to undergo surgery or undergo physical therapy.

Luckily, there is yet another treatment option to explore. Essential oils have been in use for centuries and show great promise to conditions like tennis elbow. Certain essential oils will help ease the pain experienced and hasten the healing process. Below are some of the best essential oils to reduce inflammation and take away your tennis elbow pain.

1. Wintergreen

Due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, wintergreen is an excellent and efficient essential oil in dealing with muscle discomfort and soreness. Additionally, it works to alleviate pain in muscle tissues.

Being rich in methyl salicylate, it acts as cortisone and helps reduce tendon inflammation and accelerate the healing process.

2. Sweet Marjoram

Sweet marjoram essential oil is perfect for muscle spasms and joint pain and stiffness. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces inflammation and relieves pain fast.

When applied on a painful elbow, it relieves the muscle pain as well as its tenderness. The beauty of this essential oil is that it can assist in cases of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis pain.

3. Lavender

Lavender is probably the most popular essential oil in the world due to its aromatherapeutic benefits. It has been in use for centuries for calming and relaxation as well as to relieve migraines and headaches.

Studies conducted in 2015 reveal that lavender oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and therefore is effective in accelerating the repair of broken tendons when applied topically.

4. Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties which work wonders in reducing inflammation and easing arthritis. It works best when used for a deep massage aromatherapy.

Due to its menthol content, peppermint oil is cooling and refreshing when applied to the affected elbow and relaxes the tensed muscles.

5. German Chamomile

This essential oil is popular for its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving qualities. It also contains compounds that are great for the skin which is important when tending to joint injuries. 

Other essential oils that you can use for tennis elbow include black pepper, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, ginger, helichrysum, juniper, lemongrass and rosemary.

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What Are The Best Essential Oils For Tennis Elbow – Works for Non-Tennis Players Too! Essential Oil Benefits

What Are The Best Essential Oils For Tennis Elbow – Works for Non-Tennis Players Too! Essential Oil Benefits

6 Best Essential Oil Recipes / Blends For Tennis Elbow

Recipe 1: Tennis Elbow Massage Blend

What Are The Best Essential Oils For Tennis Elbow – Works for Non-Tennis Players Too! Essential Oil Benefits

Essential oils:

  • Rosemary – 6 drops
  • Peppermint – 4 drops
  • Ginger – 8 drops
  • Eucalyptus – 7 drops
  • Sunflower oil (carrier oil) – 1.5 oz. (45ml)

How to prepare and use:

If you are not the type to walk into a massage parlor and enjoy a relaxing massage, then you can have your friend or partner massage this blend on your affected elbow. You can use this massage blend on the affected elbow twice a day.

Preparing this blend will take 5 minutes tops (assuming you already have all ingredients). Simply mix all ingredients in a dark glass bottle and massage it on the affected elbow. You can also massage the blend on your neck, shoulder, or knee if you experience pain.

Recipe 2: Muscle Soother Blend

What Are The Best Essential Oils For Tennis Elbow – Works for Non-Tennis Players Too! Essential Oil Benefits

Essential oils:

  • Juniper – 2 drops
  • Peppermint – 5 drops
  • Wintergreen – 7 drops
  • Lemongrass – 4 drops
  • Sweet almond oil (carrier oil) – 1 oz. (30ml)

How to prepare and use:

When you misuse or overuse a particular body part, at some point it will throw a tantrum. These tantrums are very often painful. Though the pain that results from the ‘body tantrum’ is gradual, it almost always catches us by surprise.

If you are not a fan of taking OTC drugs, this blend will work wonders for you. The blend includes peppermint, wintergreen, and lemongrass which are excellent pain-relievers. Individually they are potent but together they pack an even greater punch.

To prepare this blend, mix the ingredients in a dark bottle (should be a glass bottle) and massage it on the sore and painful tendon.

Recipe 3: Joint Inflammation Relief Formula

What Are The Best Essential Oils For Tennis Elbow – Works for Non-Tennis Players Too! Essential Oil Benefits

Essential oils:

  • Frankincense – 6 drops
  • Rosemary – 5 drops
  • German Chamomile – 3 drops
  •  Birch – 4 drops
  • Peppermint – 3 drops
  • Coconut oil (carrier oil) – 1 oz. (30ml)

How to prepare and use:

Getting the inflammation down should be the first step when dealing with tennis elbow. After this, you can start working on reducing the pain.

Mix the ingredients in a roller ball dark glass bottle. Fill up the essential oil mix with sweet almond as carrier oil. Once the blend is ready, roll it on the inflamed tendon. Note that applying pressure on the area will be extra painful but it needs to be done. If you can’t do it yourself get someone to help.

Recipe 4: Sore Muscle Balm

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What you need:

  • Beeswax – 1 oz.
  • Sweet almond – 2 oz.
  • Cinnamon, peppermint, rosemary, camphor, eucalyptus, and ginger – 5 drops
  • Clary sage, lavender, black pepper – 2 drops

How to prepare and use:

This blend will soothe your sore muscles, reduce inflammation and also increase blood circulation to accelerate healing. Camphor is readily absorbed into the body and cinnamon has therapeutic properties. Rosemary reduces muscle pain and ginger improves circulation.

Melt the wax and pour in the sweet almond oil. Once slightly cooled, add in the essential oils in the ratios recommended. Mix the above in a dark glass jar. Once done, allow it to cool. You can rub the balm on your sore elbow 2-3 times daily basis.

Recipe 5: Sore Elbow Soak

What Are The Best Essential Oils For Tennis Elbow – Works for Non-Tennis Players Too! Essential Oil Benefits

Essential oils:

  • Lavender – 3 drops
  • Juniper – 3 drops
  • Peppermint – 2 drops
  • Black pepper – 2 drops
  • Epsom salts – 1 cup

How to prepare and use:

Though the soreness is on your elbow muscle, who says you cannot use a bath to relieve the soreness. It might be a bit much but the results will be promising. Prepare a bath with the above ingredients, soak in the water and while in it, use it to massage the sore elbow tendons.

Fill your tub with water. Pour the Epsom salts into a non-reactive bowl and then add the remaining ingredients dropwise. Stir with every drop added. Once all ingredients are mixed, pour the mixture into your tub. Disperse the blend in the water and soak for 30 minutes as you gently massage your sore tendons.

Recipe 6: Tendon Repair Blend

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Essential oils:

  • Clove – 2 drops
  • Cypress – 3 drops
  • Wintergreen – 5 drop
  • Helichrysum – 7 drop
  • Sweet Marjoram – 4 drops
  • Carrier oil – 1 oz.

How to prepare and use:

What a lovely combination. This blend will solve your tendon problems associated with tennis elbow and get you on the road to fast recovery. Mix the above ingredients in a dark glass jar and apply on the affected areas.

Conclusion

Repetitive strenuous activities can lead to pain of the involved muscles over time. While there are a number of ways to avoid this from happening, when it does happen, use the blends recommended above – thank me later.

Trust me, how do you think the old elbows feel after chalking up this entire segment for you guys? I’m way past tennis elbow now…I’m now faced with tennis fingers

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Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) https://essentialoilbenefits.com/diy-face-mask-recipes/ https://essentialoilbenefits.com/diy-face-mask-recipes/#comments Sat, 20 Jul 2019 21:15:52 +0000 https://essentialoilbenefits.com/?p=6035 Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

You will find five treatment routines in this section, each involving the use of four masks and catering to different skin types and conditions.

Now, before we go any further, let me clarify one very important thing – using multiple masks does not mean layering them on top of each other.

In fact, you will wash your face clean after each mask and then proceed to apply the next mixture. The idea is to prep your skin for the treatment that follows. This way, you end up with a range of benefits and get more from the ingredients used in each mask.

So, here are a few multi-mask routines that can be used once or twice a month.

A. Face Mask For Very Dry and Cracking / Flaking SkinBest DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

 

Recipe 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp apricot kernel oil
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seed oil
  • 1 tsp gotukola powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 tbsp honey

Method:

Mix the powders together in a glass bowl and add honey to the dry ingredients. If the paste seems like dough or is too thick, add a few drops of your favorite hydrosol to it. Remember, just a few drops as you want this mixture to have a consistency of toothpaste. Then, add the oils to this paste and whisk the ingredients for 2-3 minutes.

Although the powders play the role of a binding medium, it can be hard to mix lipids with honey. So, get ready to whisk with all the muscle strength you can muster. This is going to take about 3-4 minutes of whisking at the least.

Alternatively, pour the mixture into your food processor and run the machine on its highest setting for a good 2 minutes or use a hand-held blender and you will end up with a smooth and homogenous emulsion.

To apply this mask, first cleanse, exfoliate and steam your skin. While your face is still damp, apply this mask like you would a lotion and massage for a good 10-15 minutes.

This mask can be used around the eyes as well but stay far away from the lashes. Since it contains honey, it will sting badly if it gets into your eyes.

Smooth over the remaining mask in a thin layer over your face; sit back and relax, allowing the lipids and herbs to work on your skin for a good 30 minutes, making a total of 45 minutes of application time.

After half an hour, wash your face with warm water or the steam water used earlier, cool it down to tepid and then wash your face without using a cleanser. Pat your skin dry and that is it. You don’t have to use a moisturizer after this treatment.

Recipe 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tsp flaxseed oil
  • 1 tsp silk protein
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 4 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 4 drops grapefruit essential oil

Method:

Mix the mustard and the flaxseed oil together in a glass bowl. To this mixture of lipids, add the essential oils of jasmine and grapefruit.

Next, mix in the silk protein and the cinnamon powder. Give the mixture a good whisk till the powders and the lipids come together to form a smooth lotion, without any lumps. Owing to the use of silk protein, this mask will have an exceptionally silky and smooth texture.

To apply, begin by cleansing your face, follow with exfoliation and steaming. You can use the fruity steam mix with this recipe.

Like with the other recipes in this series, application of the mask should start with a good 15 minutes of massage. Divide it into two segments of 7-8 minutes of hand massage, moving your fingers and the palms of your hands in upwards and side way strokes on your skin.

Continue the massage with a mechanical device such as an ultra sound or vibrating massager. You will have quite a bit of the mask left over even after liberally applying it for the massage. Smooth this on your skin and leave it on for about half an hour.

Although you can apply this mask on the skin around your eyes, you will need to be exceptionally careful because both cinnamon and mustard oil will not just sting like crazy if they get into your eyes but may even cause serious damage.

So, it is best to stay away from the upper eyelid and the lower lash line. After 30 minutes, wash your face with warm water or wipe it off with cotton wool soaked in warm tea. You don’t need to moisturize after this treatment.

Recipe 3

Ingredients:

  • 10-15 whole almonds
  • 2 tsp sweet almond oil
  • 7-8 black raisins / 15-20 Zante currants
  • 1 tbsp sesame or pumpkin seeds
  • Lemon hydrosol/orange juice (optional and as required)

Method:

Soak the sesame/pumpkin seeds along with the raisins/currants in warm almond milk or water. The almonds will also have to be soaked but these are best treated separately as you will need to soak them overnight to get rid of the outer brown skin. Grind the seeds and the raisins together to get a smooth paste.

To this mixture add the sweet almond oil and give the mask a good whisk, preferably using your hand-held blender. If the mask is too thick use some orange juice/lemon hydrosol, whatever you have handy, to adjust the consistency. Like other oil masks in this series, the aim is to prepare a mixture that feels like a store-bought lotion and has the same consistency.

To apply, cleanse your skin first and exfoliate gently or exfoliate the night before. If orange juice is used in the recipe and you scrub your skin too hard when exfoliating, the ascorbic acid in the juice will make your skin sting and cause redness. Steaming will help but only do so if you don’t have sensitive skin.

Massage the mask on your face for about 15 minutes and then smooth over the remaining mixture in a thin layer, which should be kept on for 30 minutes.

Go ahead and use the mask on the skin around your eyes as well, but make sure you catch any wayward drops that threaten to run into your eyes.

Wash with warm water or wipe with warm tea. Moisturize lightly after this treatment. If you have used orange juice in the recipe no need to tone your skin after the treatment.

Recipe 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp walnut oil
  • 1 tsp sweet almond oil
  • 1 tsp ashwagandha
  • ½ tsp honey (optional)
  • 3 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 3 drops myrrh essential oil

Method:

Mix the walnut and the sweet almond oils together in a glass bowl and add the essential oils to this mixture. Whisk well to ensure that the essential oils are mixed thoroughly.

Set this oil mixture aside and in another small bowl, take the required amount of honey and add the ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng) powder to it. Mix well and then add the oil mixture to this.

Whisk vigorously to ensure that the honey and the lipids form one smooth blend. As for the other masks, you can always use a hand-held blender for the task.

Another way to prepare this oil mask is to use ashwagandha infused oil in the recipe instead of the powder. If you are using ashwagandha macerated oil, leave out the honey since it is only used as a binding agent in this recipe.

In case of the infused oil, simply whisk together all the carrier and infused oils and then add in the essential oils to prepare your lipids blend.

Instructions for application are the same as above. In a nutshell, massage your skin with the blend for 15 minutes, then apply the remaining mixture as you would any mask and keep it on for no less than half an hour.

Wash with warm water or wipe using cotton wool or a face cloth soaked in warm tea. Pat your skin dry and tone and lightly moisturize. Hold off the moisturization for a few hours if you don’t have very dry skin.

Once again, this lipid based, non-drying mask can definitely be used on the skin around your eyes but both honey and ashwagandha will sting if you get the mask in your eyes. So, be careful!

Ready to try one of the above face masks recipes?

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Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

As for all other face mask recipes that follow below, there is no need to cleanse or exfoliate beforehand.

B. For dry skin

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

Step 1: For cleansing and exfoliation

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 2 tsp flaxseed meal (heaped)

Mix the olive oil with the flaxseed meal and add honey to this paste. Blend the ingredients using a fork till you get a smooth and thick paste.

Apply on your skin as you would any exfoliating face wash, massaging your face and neck in upward strokes. Use gentle pressure to slough off the dead cells and cellular debris.

Keep the cleansing mask on your skin for 7-10 minutes, massaging areas of the face that are prone to blackheads, hyper-pigmentation and wrinkles.

After 7 minutes, wash your face with warm water or wipe it off using cotton wool soaked in warm green tea. If you have used green tea, apply the next mask while your skin is still damp.

Step 2: Antioxidant protection, nourishing, anti-hyper pigmentation

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • 2-4 tbsp coconut cream
  • ½ tsp mustard seed paste
  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 1 tsp plantain powder
  • ½ tsp olive leaf extract
  • ½ tsp licorice root extract

For this recipe, you will need to start with milled mustard seeds (just the soft yellow part on the inside with the black seed coat removed) also known as mustard flour. You will find this in most specialty food stores or you can order it online.

Take about 2-5 heaped tablespoons of this and grind to a smooth paste using the blender/ food processor and some water.

You will only need about ½ tsp of this paste in the recipe. The rest can be frozen in an airtight container. If it has been made beforehand and frozen, thaw the mustard paste and take the required amount into a glass bowl.

Add matcha, plantain leaf powder, olive leaf extract and licorice root extract to it. Pour in about 2 tablespoons of coconut cream into the bowl and mix till you get a thick but homogenous paste. Adjust the quantity of coconut milk as required.

Apply this mask in a thick coat all over your face and neck except the skin around the eyes. Keep it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water. Pat your skin dry and go for the next mask.

Step 3: Hydrating, moisturizing, healing and anti-oxidant

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • 10-15 rose petals or 1 tsp rose petal powder
  • 1 tsp rosehip powder
  • ½ tsp algae extract or 1 tsp spirulina
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • ½ avocado (small)

Mash the green flesh of ½ an avocado to a smooth puree and add yoghurt to it. Blend using a fork till you get a creamy mixture with no chunky avocado bits in it.

Next, reach for the rose petals. Remember these have to be used immediately once crushed, but you do have the option of using rose petal powder if you can’t get your hands on fresh blooms.

If using rose petals, wash these under running cold water and grind to a paste using a mortar and pestle.

Mix the petal paste with the yoghurt-avocado mixture. Add rosehip powder and algae extract/ spirulina to this mixture and blend till you get a smooth, creamy paste. You may have to add some whey or buttermilk to get the consistency right (should be like cake batter).

Massage your face and neck for a good 10 minutes with this creamy formulation, using upward strokes and gentle pressure.

Then, apply the remaining mixture in a thick coat all over your skin, including the area under your peepers. Keep the mask on for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with warm water. Don’t forget the final splashing of cold water.

Step 4: Long lasting protection and moisturizing

  • 1 tbsp hempseed oil
  • 1 tbsp argan oil
  • 1 tbsp evening primrose oil
  • 4 drops each of lavender, geranium and rose/palma rosa essential oils

Blend these oils in advance and store in a dark glass bottle. Apply 3-4 drops all over your face and neck after the last mask treatment.

C. For aging skin

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

Step 1: Cleansing and exfoliation

  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (virgin) or sesame seed oil
  • ½ tsp rose petal powder
  • ½ tsp lavender powder

Mix the floral powders with honey and once you have a lump-free paste, add coconut oil to it. Whisk the ingredients till you get a homogenous mixture.

Apply all over your face and neck, using circular movement to massage your skin with this formulation. Use gentle but firm pressure, concentrating on problematic areas that have open pores, hyper-pigmentation and fine lines.

The massage and the mask are meant to remove cellular debris and dirt from the surface of the skin as well as the grime trapped inside the pores. But don’t use excess pressure or you will end up causing micro tears and inflammation.

After 5 minutes of massage, keep this mask on your skin for another 5 minutes. To wash, use tepid water or wipe your face off using cotton wool soaked in rosehip tea.

Step 2: Hydration, nourishment and protection

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • 1 slice papaya (peeled)
  • 1 tsp chlorella
  • ½ tsp vitamin C
  • 1 tsp plantain leaf powder
  • 1 tsp alfalfa powder
  • ½ tsp grapefruit seed extract
  • 1 tsp paste of cooked peas
  • Butter milk as required

Cook the peas and peel a slice of ripe papaya. Mash these together to form a smooth paste. You can use a fork or a hand-held blender to puree the vegetable and fruit.

To the paste, add chlorella, plantain leaf powder, alfalfa powder and grapefruit seed extract. Pour in some butter milk, about 2 teaspoons at first, and mix till you get a homogenous paste. Add more buttermilk if required.

Once the mixture has the consistency of cake batter in terms of both thickness and smoothness, add vitamin C to it. Whisk till all the vitamin C crystals are dissolved.

Although you can prepare this mask in advance, vitamin C should be added right before application because the nutrient degrades rapidly when exposed to air and moisture.

Apply the mask in a thick layer using your fingers. Cover all parts of your face and neck. This formulation can also be used on the under-eye skin. Keep the mask on for 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water. Go for a final splash of cold water before patting your skin dry.

Step 3: Heal, regenerate and moisturize

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • Ghee (clarified butter) as required
  • ¼ tsp black pepper powder (fine ground)
  • 1 tsp black lentil powder
  • 1 tsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp mung bean flour

The most important and only requirement for this recipe is that all the dry ingredients have to be ground to the finest particle size. Once you accomplish this, simply mix all the dry ingredients with the clarified butter to form a muddy paste, with the consistency of skin lotion.

Apply on your face like you would any skin cream, massaging the formulation into your skin and allowing the dermal layers to soak up all the healing goodness of the ingredients.

Use upward strokes to massage your neck and your face but use a gentle hand or some of the ingredients might prove to be a bit abrasive.

You can also use a hand-held face massager. After about 10 minutes of massage, slather some more of the buttery mask on your skin in a very thin layer.

The clarified butter will melt as the heat of your body acts on it and it will start to drip, so it is best to not use a thick layer.

Keep the mask on for 15 minutes after the massage and wash it off with warm water infused with green tea.

This is a nondrying mask, so you can use it on the skin around your eyes, but limits its use to just the under-eye area. If used on the upper lids, it will seep into your peepers.

Massage your face gently as you wash the mixture off. As usual, splash some cold water on your skin once you are done taking the mask off and pat your face dry.

Step 4: Long lasting glow and protection

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • 1 tbsp carrot seed carrier oil
  • ½ tbsp argan oil
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 4 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 4 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops turmeric essential oil

These oils can be blended well in advance and stored in a dark glass bottle. To use, take about 3-4 drops of the mixture in the palms of your hands, rub them together to warm the oil with your natural body heat and apply all over your face and neck.

Because you have already given your skin a pampering massage in the last step, you don’t have to repeat. Simply press the oils into your skin to get all day protection and nourishment from them.

D. For normal skin

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

Step 1: Cleansing and exfoliation

  • 1-2 tbsp raw honey
  • ½ tsp licorice root powder (not extract, unless it is in powder form)
  • ½ tsp orange rind powder

Mix the dry ingredients with honey to form a thick paste. Apply all over your face and neck except the skin around your eyes.

Massage your skin with the mask using circular and upward strokes for about 5 minutes. Then, apply a thin layer of the remaining mixture all over your skin and sit back and relax.

Because licorice root powder has been used in the recipe, you will experience a mild sensation of warmth/stinging. To wash this mask off, use water at room temperature and make sure that you get all the gooey mixture off your skin. Pat your face dry and go to the next step.

Step 2: Nourishing, hydrating, soothing and antioxidant

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • ½ banana
  • 5-7 leaves of spinach or kale
  • 7- 9 leaves of basil
  • 1 tsp alfalfa powder
  • 1 tsp chlorella
  • 1 tsp wheatgrass powder
  • Almond/sesame milk as required

Wash the kale and basil leaves and peel the banana, puree the leaves and the fruit in the blender and add the dry ingredients to the pulp. Pour in 2-4 tablespoons of almond/sesame milk and blend at high speed for about a minute and your mask will be ready for use.

If you don’t have almond or sesame milk on hand, soak 7-9 almonds overnight, peel them and use these in the recipe along with some green tea or rose hydrosol.

Alternatively, you can soak sesame seeds in some warm water for about 3-4 hours and use these in the recipe just as you would the almonds.

Just make sure that the consistency of the mask is like that of cake batter, regardless of whether you use nut milk or soaked seeds/nuts.

Coat your skin with a thick layer of the mask and keep it on for 20 minutes. Wash it off with regular water and pat your skin dry. Do not apply this mask on the skin around the eyes. Instead use banana peels (chilled) on your peepers while this mask works on your skin.

Step 3: Hydrating and moisturizing

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • 1 tsp moringa leaves powder
  • ½ cooked sweet potato
  • ½ tsp fennel seed powder
  • ½ tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp rice starch
  • 2 tbsp coconut /milk cream

If possible, use coconut cream in this recipe over milk cream, you will get better results from coconut cream instead of the dairy product. This is an easy recipe once you cook the sweet potato and get the rice starch going. Steaming is the best way to cook the sweet potato.

For the rice starch, add a heaped tablespoon of rice flour to ¾ cup of water and bring it to a boil. Simmer till you get to half the original quantity of the mixture then strain and cool to room temperature.

This can also be done the night before and the starch can be stored in the refrigerator for a day, without worrying about it going bad.

Peel and mash the sweet potato to a smooth pulp and add the powders to this puree. Also, add 2 tablespoons of rice starch and 2 tablespoons of coconut cream to the puree and powders and whisk with a fork till you get a smooth and homogenous paste.

If needed, add some more coconut cream to get the right consistency. As with the other masks, you are going for the thickness of cake batter.

Apply this mixture in a thick layer all over the face and the neck, including the area under the eyes. Keep it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with regular water or green tea infused water at room temperature. Pat your skin dry.

Step 4: All day glow and protection

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp rosehip seed oil
  • 3 drops neroli essential oil
  • 3 drops basil essential oil
  • 3 drops oregano essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil

Blend the oils and store in a dark glass bottle and after the last mask has been washed off your face, apply about 3-4 drops of this oil all over the neck and the face. Use upward strokes to massage the oil on your skin.

E. For oily and combination skin

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

Step 1: Cleansing and exfoliation

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp neem leaf powder
  • ½ tsp chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour
  • Lemon hydrosol as needed

Mix the honey with the flour and the neem leaf powder. You will get a very thick paste, so add about a teaspoon of lemon hydrosol to get a lotion-like consistency. If you don’t have lemon hydrosol, lemon tea or just green tea will also do.

To use, apply the mixture all over your face and neck and massage your skin with it using circular strokes.

Use the natural exfoliating nature of the flour and the botanical powder to your advantage by gently scrubbing your skin for a good 5-7 minutes with the mixture.

Apply the remaining mask on your face and neck in a medium thick layer and keep it on for about 10 minutes. Wash it off with plain water or green tea infused water at room temperature. Pat your skin dry and go to the next step.

Step 2: Antioxidant, nourishing and regenerative

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • ½ tomato
  • 7-8 leaves of spinach or kale
  • 6-7 mint leaves
  • 2 tsp pomegranate peel powder
  • 2 pinch cinnamon powder (don’t use if you have very sensitive skin or are allergic to cinnamon)
  • ½ tsp olive leaf extract
  • Aloe vera juice/gel as required

Wash the tomato and the leafy greens and puree them in the blender, without using water. Remove the vegetable puree into a bowl and add pomegranate peel powder, cinnamon powder and olive extract to it. Mix well and add aloe juice/gel as required to get the consistency of cake batter.

Apply this mixture on your face and neck with a face mask brush and keep it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off with tap water and pat your face dry.

This mask will undo oxidative damage and protect your skin from free radicals. Moreover, it will nourish the dermal cells and erase hyper-pigmentation.

Step 3: Hydration moisturization and protection

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • 1 tsp mung bean flour
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1 heaped tsp sesame seed paste
  • ½ avocado
  • Buttermilk as required

Soak a tablespoon of sesame seeds in warm water for about an hour and grind to a paste using the blender. Mash the creamy, green flesh of ½ avocado using a spoon, ensuring that there are no chunky bits left behind. To the avocado pulp, add the sesame seed paste and mix well.

Next, spoon in the mung bean flour and the spirulina. Pour some butter milk into the bowl along with these dry ingredients. About 2 tablespoons should be enough. Whisk the mixture till you get a homogenous paste, which is as thick as cake batter.

Apply it all over your face and neck, including the under-eye skin. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Splash some cold water on your face in the end and then pat your skin dry.

Step 4: Glow and protection without oiliness

Best DIY Face Mask Recipes For All Skin Types (aging, dry, normal/sensitive, oily/combination, very dry skin) Essential Oil Benefits

  • 1 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 1 tbsp evening primrose oil
  • 1 tbsp rosehip seed oil
  • 4 drops carrot seed essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
  • 3 drops lemongrass/sweet orange essential oil
  • 3 drops palma rosa essential oil

Blend these oils and keep them in a dark colored glass bottle for future use. After the mask treatment, apply about 3-4 drops of the oil on your face and neck, working in upward strokes. Massage your face with the oil blend for about 5 minutes and enjoy the all-day glow that this regimen offers.

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Hola Amigos!!! Ah yes, man’s best muchacho. You know, it’s actually quite distressing that this phrase refers more to dogs instead of your real human mates.

But when you really think about it, no dog’s going to stab you in the back, steal all your money, sleep with your fiancée and do you wrong – that’s all Homo Sapiens baby.

Worst case scenario; a bored mutt will just chew up a few of your left shoes. And like all great pals, any harm done towards you by your loyal tail-wager will be purely accidental or unintentional. Unfortunately, it’s in this regard that man’s best friend evolves into your entire family’s worst nightmare.

No, no, I’m not talking about rabies, ticks, fleas, or all those other parasites – those have all been effectively reduced if not completely eradicated in today’s hygienic homes. No, today we’ll be looking at what could possibly be the equivalent of influenza, whopping cough, or bronchitis for dogs.

Only in this case, the cough takes a much uglier turn since it can infect humans too. So watch out all you pooch lovers, because you just waltzed into Olivia’s ultimate fleabag guide to everything you need to know about Kennel Cough.

What Is Kennel Cough?  

Essential Oils For Kennel Cough: Man’s Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare? Essential Oil Benefits

Also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, kennel cough is an infection of the upper respiratory system for dogs. Like the common cold in humans, the cough can be highly contagious and can have an array of different causes and origins. Before we get to the symptoms and causes, it’s worth noting why the disease is called kennel cough.

Unlike cats which can get terribly anti-social and introversive, dogs are the complete opposite. You’re likely to find more areas where dogs congregate than almost any other animal in the planet.

From dog parks and dog shows all the way to daycare facilities, pounds and kennels, all these are places where dogs commonly contract kennel cough. They spread it round through coughing airborne droplets, direct contact, or even contaminated surfaces such as food bowls.

The rate at which kennel cough spreads can be almost 100% in animal shelters and kennels – hence the name. But not to worry!

Although the condition sounds severe and terrible, it’s not all that bad. It’s a highly treatable condition even in pups under the age of 6 months. In fact, some adult dogs even show immunity while others recover on their own without any treatment.

So, how do you know it’s kennel cough and not some other respiratory illness?

Symptoms Of Kennel Cough

Essential Oils For Kennel Cough: Man’s Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare? Essential Oil Benefits

The classic, telltale sign of kennel cough is usually a forceful, persistent cough. If you’re keen, you’ll notice the cough is different from the normal reverse sneeze dogs do when irritated. So, how exactly does a coughing dog sound like?

Well, kennel cough usually sounds like a hacking noise, as if something is stuck at the back of Fido’s throat. It’s something remise of a goose honk only with more baritone.

The cough can be either dry and hoarse or severely productive and often followed by a swallowing, gagging motion. Let’s just say you’ll know the combination of a cough, sneeze, retch, gasp and wheeze when you hear it.

Besides the cough, you may also notice some of the following symptoms in your canine.

  • Lethargy and overall body fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Persistent coughing and sneezing
  • Retching
  • Fever
  • Runny nose or eye discharge

What Causes Kennel Cough?

Essential Oils For Kennel Cough: Man’s Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare? Essential Oil Benefits

Like I said earlier, the causes of kennel cough can be as varied and as numerous as those of the common cold. But while there are many causative agents, you can always bet that there’s a universally uniting factor.

In this case, it’s the bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica that’s responsible for about 70 percent of all cases in the US. The rest can be attributed to the canine parainfluenza virus and canine coronavirus to a lesser extent.

But no matter the cause, it’s the transmission that you really have to watch out for. Kennel cough can be spread in three major ways.

  • Through the Air – Kennel cough is primarily an airborne disease. So when an infected dog sneezes, barks and coughs, it releases thousands of contaminants in the air. Any other canine that inhales these contaminants will no doubt be infected.
  • Direct and Indirect Contact – This is where dog owners really have to watch out. Be very careful who (or whom) your pets associate with. Even an innocent nose-down in the dog park by an interested pup could pass down kennel cough instantly. Touching noses, sniffing butts, drinking from the same water bowl – all potentially infectious situations.

Prevention And Treatment For Kennel Cough

Essential Oils For Kennel Cough: Man’s Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare? Essential Oil Benefits

Prevention 101

Kennel cough is a highly contagious condition. So when it comes to prevention measures, the knife cuts both ways. This is what I’m talking about – If you think your dog might have the condition, then prevention is as easy as keeping your furry friend away from other animals as you and your vet treat the little guy. But like I said, that’s the easy part.

The hard part is keeping your canine pets free of kennel cough for the rest of their naturally peppy lives. The good news is, there are plenty of different forms of vaccines for kennel cough.

Some are injected, others are oral while a small percentage is delivered as a nasal mist. The bad news is that these vaccines do not always guarantee protection against kennel cough. What’s more, they have to be administered once a year and at least every six months for dogs in high risk areas.

All in all, the best form of prevention involves keeping animal contact to a minimum. This means being very careful who you chose to be your dog walker, groomer, caretaker, and so forth. But if your dog frequents high risk area such as airport quarantines, dog parks and shows, then it’s better to keep up with vaccinations.

Treating Kennel Cough

Stay with me now my fellow dog lovers, there’s a lot of hope at the end of the doggie tunnel.

Unlike other severe conditions such as arthritis and strokes that really cut short a dog’s life, kennel cough is literally but a mere cough. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s a totally treatable condition even at its more severe stages.

Typically, the treatment will depend on the severity of the symptoms. For milder cases, no medications are necessary since the self limiting disease will run its course just like the early onset of a common cold. Just use humidifiers and a harness instead of collar to avoid irritating the throat.

But if the disease does not clear in 7 to 14 days, then medical treatment is recommended. Your vet might give Fido some antibiotics to treat bacterial infections as well as cough suppressants to combat non productive coughs.

NSAIDs also work to cut down fever and inflammation of the neck and throat. But the last thing we want is do dose out furry family members with steroids and antibiotics. C’mon, I’ll show you how to treat your loyal pets with the care and respect they deserve.

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Essential Oils For Kennel Cough: Man’s Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare? Essential Oil Benefits

How Do Essential Oils Help With Kennel Cough

One of the main reasons why you want to treat kennel cough as soon as it rears its ugly head is because it can be very contagious. Sure, many vets will be quick to recommend getting the bordetella vaccine for your dog (the way a coffin maker recommends the biggest one) in the name of preventing it.

But even for dogs, a vaccine is still a weak or inactive form of the disease. So you may want to forgo subjecting your furry friends to these toxic mixes and choose a safer, all natural route.

Whether for prevention measures or treatment, essential oils have been helping humans treat respiratory ailments for years now. So why not give your beloved pet the same natural oil remedies that have been working for royal pets since early Egypt?

Essential oils are ideal for treating kennel cough because not only do they have an abundance of medicinal properties, but they also work naturally to heal your pets from within without any side effects.

What’s more, the oils can be sneaked into your dogs respiratory system and combat infection without your intelligent mutts even realizing!

From inflammation and pain relief to detoxing and rejuvenation, here’s a list of all the essential oils that any dog owner ought to keep well stocked.

9 Best Essential Oils For Kennel Cough

Essential Oils For Kennel Cough: Man’s Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare? Essential Oil Benefits

1. Oregano

Known to possess antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, Oregano essential oil is probably the top oil to have for treating the onset of kennel cough and other respiratory issues in your dog.

Phenols contained in oregano oil such as carvacrol and thymol are a natural remedy against harmful microbes and bacteria such as Bordetella bronchiseptica which cause kennel cough.

All you have to do is put some water in the spray bottle, add three drops of oregano oil in the water and then spray your dog. The oil will eliminate any bacteria within the area. This oil also enhances the breath of your dog and promptly cures kennel cough when used consistently.

2. Niaouli

Consider this to be a safer and milder cousin of tea tree essential oil, which can be toxic for dogs in high doses.

Niaouli essential oil is a powerful antimicrobial agent as well as a potent antihistamine. So, it not only fights kennel cough but also tackles seasonal allergies and secondary infections, be they of the skin or of the respiratory system.

The sweet and fresh scent of the oil is mild enough to agree with most canine patients. Plus, its expectorant qualities help to remove the buildup of phlegm from the respiratory tract and the lungs.

Niaouli is best administered using a vaporizer or diffuser – I’ll tell you why in the recipes segment.

3. Lemon

Lemon essential oil is one of the most powerful cleansers in nature. It also happens to be an extremely effective detox agent.

Put these properties together and you have the perfect ingredient to rid your pooch’s lungs of the toxins generated by the bacteria as well as the critters themselves.

4. Clove

Therapeutically, clove essential oil has antiviral and antibacterial properties that are helpful in managing some of the symptoms of kennel cough.

The best way to make sure your dog doesn’t get put off by the taste is to mix 1 drop in a tablespoon of coconut oil and then add the mixture into the dog’s meal. More on that in the recipe segment.

5. Ginger

Ginger contains some antiseptic properties which can be put to good use in combating the germs that cause kennel cough. In addition to managing respiratory infections, ginger essential oil also cures intestinal infections in dogs.

That’s why it’s a good idea to mix ginger oil with your dog’s meal to maintain a healthy digestive system and to boost immunity. Dilute ginger essential oil by adding 3 drops to a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and add 2 drops of this blend to your dog’s food, once a day until the symptoms subside. Use once every week subsequently to keep your furry friend’s immune and respiratory systems healthy.

6. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil comes in different chemical components. It is commonly used by pet parents to combat parasites such as fleas and ticks due to its strong smell and unrivaled pest elimination properties.

Recently, researchers have proved that eucalyptus oil is an excellent remedy for kennel cough. One of the more noticeable properties has to be its anti-inflammatory nature which brings down inflammation of your dog’s neck and throat. It also has antiviral properties which help in combating other viral infections.

7. Cinnamon

Adding a little cinnamon oil to the diet of your sick dog will not only increase the dog’s appetite, but also kill off any harmful bacteria in the food.

At the same time, the antiviral properties of cinnamon oil have the innate ability to break down phlegm in your dog’s throat and allow for easier breathing.

And as a bonus, cinnamon has been shown to augment the freshness of your dog’s breath which is more often than not affected by kennel cough. Besides supplementing it in food, cinnamon oil can be administered in vaporizers just like eucalyptus oil.

8. Cardamom

Adding a little cardamom oil to the diet of your sick dog will not only increase the dog’s appetite and eliminate nausea but also kill off any harmful bacteria in the food. At the same time, the antiviral properties of cardamom oil have the innate ability to break down phlegm in your dog’s throat and allow for easier breathing. Cardamom oil can be administered orally and through a vaporizer. When using orally, use the same dilution rate and quantity as for ginger oil and when using in the vaporizer, use the instructions for eucalyptus EO.

9. Marjoram

This gentle warming oil will provide your four legged pal with just enough soothing heat to tackle the back and chest ache brought on by incessant bouts of coughing.

Plus, the essential oil boasts of expectorant and antibacterial properties, which help to clear the respiratory system of accumulated fluids and the critters that cause all the trouble.

In addition to these, you can also use lavender, helichrysum, German chamomile and peppermint essential oils to treat kennel cough and the problems associated with it. Along with essential oils, you may also want to consider an infused carrier oil.

Coconut Oil For Kennel Cough

Essential Oils For Kennel Cough: Man’s Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare? Essential Oil Benefits

While not really an essential oil, coconut carrier oil might just be your best bet in the fight against kennel cough. You’d be surprised how many ailments and doggy diseases you could thwart with some good old coconut oil. That’s because the oil contains antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-viral components which help in speeding up your pups recovery from respiratory issues. Just one teaspoonful every morning is enough to manage a wide range of kennel cough symptoms. The great thing with coconut is that the duration of therapy with this oil is not limited by the dosage. You can administer coconut oil to your dog until it fully recovers and keep following a regular oil infused meal regimen.

Best Herbs For Kennel Cough

The best herbs for kennel cough are rosemary, garlic and cloves/cinnamon. Crush 3-4 cloves of garlic, a handful of rosemary leaves and 4-5 cloves in a mortar. You don’t need a paste so a few second of bashing with the pestle should get the job done. Remove the mixture into a glass jar and pour in 1.5 cups of extra virgin olive oil in it.

Close the lid of the jar and place the container on the window sill in such a way that it gets exposed to sunlight. Allow the rays of the sun to gently and naturally heat the contents of the jar, thus helping to release the bioactives from the herbs into the carrier oil. Let the jar stand undisturbed through the night after a full day of sun exposure.

In the morning, filter out the botanicals and store the oil under refrigeration. Use 3-5 drops of the oil in your dog’s food everyday till symptoms persist and then 1-2 times each week to give your pooch the immune boost that it needs

Best Essential Oil Recipes For Kennel Cough

Recipe 1: Quarantine kennel bomb for kennel cough

Essential Oils For Kennel Cough: Man’s Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare? Essential Oil Benefits

We’ll start with a recipe that’s not only very dear to me, but one that also addresses the disease with the magnitude it deserves. Having worked in dog rescue taking strays off the crowded streets back when I was coming up, you can imagine all the horrors I saw.

From mean, massive rabid mongrels to heart wrenching, emancipated little pups – just broke my heart finding the little guys in this state. But it always put a smile on my face when we treated the furry fellas and found them new homes with loving families. If you’re wondering whether I love animals, you couldn’t be wrong.     

Anyway, one of the issues we had to treat (besides worms) was kennel cough. Not too surprising given the overcrowded nature of the shelters (we do try). And apart from some medication we bought, there was a lovely mom and pop food shop that would always donate a couple bottles of their excess essential oils for the fleas, pests and odor management.

So by combining that age old kennel blend with my current knowledge of the canine respiratory system, I’ve perfected a big boy’s recipe meant for and dedicated to all the animal shelters trying to do good out there.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Oregano essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Tea Tree essential oil
  • Coconut Carrier oil
  • Spray Bottle
  • Diffuser

Method

Like I said, this formula is meant for kennels and families with many dogs. So as you likely guessed, it’s going to be all inclusive and not as general as we might be used to.

Kennel cleanser

The first thing you want to do is fill a bucket with hot water and add 5 drops of each essential oil to it. Swish it around to get the oils mixed in and get ready to clean. It’s this super water that you’re going to use to clean all the dogs feeding and drinking bowls, toys, beddings, and surroundings to get rid of any kennel cough bacteria. Don’t allow the dog into the treated area for1-2 hours. Also, make sure that the feeding and drinking bowls are washed with dish soap after the treatment and before use.    

Dog shelter diffuser blend

Next, take out your diffuser and add a drop each of niaouli, peppermint, oregano and lavender essential oils to the unit. Diffuse in the shelter for 15-20 minutes. But remember to keep the doors of the cages/kennels locked so that your pooch can’t come in while the aroma is being diffused. Diffusing the blend will not only kill the airborne parasites floating about, but also make the air less irritating for sick canines.

Recipe 2: Pooch masseuse formula

Essential Oils For Kennel Cough: Man’s Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare? Essential Oil Benefits

Ingredients

  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Marjoram essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Niaouli essential oil
  • Coconut Oil

Method

Time to get up close and personal with your furry friends. Coupled with the incessant coughing and fatigue, kennel cough can really wreak havoc on a hound’s back. That’s why a quick spine rub would mean the world to your animals. Just dilute a one drop each of the essential oils in a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage it down the animal’s spine. This helps stimulate the blood flow and eases some aches.

Recipe 3: Scooby’s kennel cough coconut oil / honey blend

Essential Oils For Kennel Cough: Man’s Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare? Essential Oil Benefits

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil
  • Honey

Method

You may also want to consider the use of coconut oil and honey. Both help to soothe ravaged throat muscles and speed up healing of the soft tissue. You can also use the mixture as an expectorant. For best results add a tiny pinch of cinnamon powder and dried ginger powder to a 1:1 mixture of coconut oil and raw honey.

Unrefined coconut oil used as a dietary supplement works wonders for the symptoms of kennel cough. Just a single teaspoonful of the stuff laced with honey every morning is essential in managing some of the symptoms. Coconut oil contains antifungal, anti-viral and antibacterial, components that help speed up your dog’s recovery from kennel cough.

Ginger powder acts as a powerful mucolytic agent while cinnamon helps to remove the bacterial biofilm that protects the critters and allows them to thrive. Moreover, cinnamon is a powerful renal protective agent that helps to speed up the removal of toxins from the body without putting undue stress on the kidneys.

Recipe 4: Homemade honey kennel cough syrup

Essential Oils For Kennel Cough: Man’s Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare? Essential Oil Benefits

Ingredients

  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops cardamom essential oil
  • Jar of raw honey

Method

Did you know that honey also works just as good for kennel cough as it does for the human common cold? That’s right your dog will also enjoy some sweet tasty medicine one in a while, am I right?

To make use of this recipe, start by placing a sufficient amount of honey in a cup past the half way point. Next, mix in the essential oils as indicated and stir gently.

This cocktail of therapeutic agents potentially reduces any inflammation in the respiratory system and soothes the throat to clear that ugly hacking and wheezing. Besides clearing pathogens and relieving symptoms, this recipe also boosts your dogs immune system to prevent further attacks.

Conclusion

There you have it my fellow pet parents; everything you need to know about kennel cough is now at the tips of your fingers. Although the symptoms can seem brutal and worrisome, we’ve seen that kennel cough is not a serious condition. It even tends to go away all on its own in most cases.

But to make sure that both your family and your pets are always on the safe; whether at home or in a dog shelter, it pays to take preventative measures. Keep your home clean, the dogs’ surroundings spotless and make sure you always have the vet on speed dial and you’ll never have to deal with kennel cough.  

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Why do Yoga and Meditation?   

Yoga and meditation are often said in the same breath, despite the fact that one involves movement on the physical plane while the other is all about stillness on the mental plane.

On the surface, the only similarity seems to be the fact that both are ancient disciplines, which have witnessed a meteoric rise in their fan following.

In fact, to the uninitiated, all those folks flaunting their yoga tights and all that talk about centering and inner peace can seem a bit perplexing.

Come to think of it, their insane popularity almost makes these disciplines seem like a new age fad. But the truth is that both yoga and meditation, if done right, can offer profound mental and physical health benefits.

I am sure by now at least some of you are wondering why dear ol’ Olivia has taken to extolling the benefits of yoga and meditation?

Because yoga, meditation and essential oils can be combined to form a formidable trinity that can keep a lot of ailments at bay.

And since I am all about prevention before cure and mind over body, today we will talk about how these Eastern disciplines can help and how you can get more from them by adding aromatherapy to the mix. So, on that note, let’s get to the first question of the day…

Why Bother With Yoga And Meditation?

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

For a lot of people yoga is simply a form of stretching while meditation is about sitting in one place and trying to relax. But these disciplines can do so much more than just improve flexibility and quiet your mind. For instance:

A) Yoga is a unique combination of static and dynamic stretching, strength training, mindfulness and breath training. The low intensity asanas are perfect for people of all levels of fitness and flexibility and can be used in conjunction with other types of workout regimens or on their own.

Because yoga offers a more inclusive approach to working out, it offers a myriad of physical and psychological benefits, such as:

B) Meditation is a marvelous synthesis of breath and brain training that culminates in mindfulness and mind control.

There is literally no technique/treatment/tool out there which can connect the mind-brain and body like meditation does. In fact, several of the physiological and psychological benefits of mediation are backed by science. These include:

  • An actual increase in brain volume that makes you smarter and improves memory
  • Enhanced self-awareness and self-control.
  • Lower stress, anxiety and nervousness.
  • Better stress handling and control.
  • Increase in serotonin and dopamine levels.
  • Reduction in blood pressure.
  • Increase in neuroplasticity.
  • Regulation of the endocrine system (hormone balancing).
  • Enhanced immune functioning.
  • Muscle relaxation.
  • Improvement in focus and concentration.
  • More emotional stability.
  • Better control over negative emotions.
  • Improvement in chronic pain.
  • Increase in positivity and self-connect.

In a nutshell, meditation does for your mind what yoga does for the body. And since the mind and the body are inherently linked, what impacts one is bound to affect the other.

So, while yoga or meditation alone do offer significant therapeutic benefits, combining them is the key to gaining mastery over both the mind and the body.

So, How Do Essential Oils Figure In This Mix Of Yoga And Meditation?

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

Simple; both yoga and meditation are about creating balance and that’s what essential oils stand for – restoring balance and harmonizing the mind, the brain and the body. And that’s why these 3 are a match made in therapeutic heaven!

Sounds abstract? It does; I know. Hold on; let me put on my Bill Nye hat and give this one a scientific tilt.

If you have been dabbling in aromatherapy, I am sure you know all about how these oils reach and affect the brain. For those of you who are new to the aromatic universe – here is a crash course.

Your brain on essential oils:

Through the nerves in the nose, the aromatic molecules in essential oils reach the olfactory bulb (higher up in the nose) and from there they get to a part of the brain called the limbic lobe. This area of your brain is responsible for a myriad of functions, including memory, learning, emotions and more. So, by acting on the limbic system, essential oils essentially influence all its functions.

For instance, depending on the oils used, you can calm the amygdala, which is the emotional seat of the brain. You can also stimulate the hippocampus, which is the learning and memory center.

Furthermore, essential oils have a direct bearing on the levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine and GABA. Plus, they are known to impact the frequency of the brain waves. Many essential oils also have a hypotensive effect on the body and are known to regulate/lower the heart rate.

Your brain on yoga:

All that uncomfortable stretching, while you struggle to control your breathing and keep calm, is meant to do two things: Give the logical center of your brain (hippocampus and its connections) a sound workout while keeping a check on the emotional center (amygdala).

As you fight to maintain those physically taxing poses by contracting your muscles, the amygdala goes into panic mode and triggers the stress response. But through the discomfort, yoga makes you control your breathing. Now breathing is a life sustaining function, so it gets precedence over all other inputs to the brain.

When you continue to breathe slowly and steadily through the grueling workout, you force the brain to change its reaction to stress.

Over time, this training brings about a physical change in the brain, as the logical center (hippocampus) gets stronger and develops more grey matter and greater interconnections while the amygdala is compelled to take a back seat and shrink, much like a muscle that is sparingly used.

When you get a grip on your body’s stress response, you also essentially gain control over the amount of cortisol in your body. Furthermore, yoga can bring about a massive increase of almost 27% in the levels of GABA. This neurotransmitter is linked to better anxiety and stress control and inhibition of negative emotional states.

Your brain on meditation:

A 2010 study concluded that just 8 weeks of meditation (30 minutes every day) greatly increases the gray matter in the frontal and prefrontal cortex as well as the hippocampus.

These areas of the brain not only control learning and memory but also influence emotional modulation and situational assessment. Simultaneously, meditation brings about a reduction in the size of amygdala, which triggers, fear, anxiety and nervousness.

The increase in cortical plasticity due to meditation was so pronounced when observed through a 2014 study that researchers concluded that meditation may be able to offset cortical deterioration due to age.

In addition to this, the impact of meditation on the parietal lobe was found to greatly reduce the severity with which pain is experienced. Because meditation also increases gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex, it also helps to enhance cognitive flexibility and functionality.   

But, why combine essential oils with yoga and meditation?

Since yoga and meditation have so much to offer even on their own, the next logical question should rightly be – then, why bother adding essential oils to the mix?

Because essential oils can help to fill in the gaps if any and add to the benefits of both disciplines. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that these potent substances can help you to stick with yoga and meditation till you see the desired results.

Despite the fact that both yoga and meditation are super effective the reality is that neither of them is a magic pill. So, if you are expecting results overnight, you stand to be disappointed.

Essential oils can help you to stick to your meditation and yoga practice and the goals that you have set for yourself. Moreover, these extracts are stupendously effective in tackling all those pesky de-motivators that can keep you away from your yoga and meditation sessions; think sore muscles from all that stretching and a hyperactive mind that refuses to settle down.

How To Use Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation?

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

There are a myriad of ways in which you can use essential oils before, during and after a yoga and/or meditation session. Here are a few exclusive and synergistic ways to do so:

  • Motivate yourself with essential oils before a yoga session to stick to your routine.
  • Improve your concentration with essential oils so it becomes easier to maintain yoga poses.
  • Get relief from muscle soreness and fatigue after a grueling yoga session.
  • Energize your body and mind so that you can progress to advanced poses and routines.
  • Create the perfect environment for a yoga session with grounding and awareness raising oils.
  • Rid your yoga gear of germs and body odor with antiseptic and antimicrobial oils.
  • Enjoy a soothing, calming essential oil soak after your yoga session.
  • Improve circulation after the taxing workout and help your body to purge out metabolic wastes faster with essential oils that enhance lymphatic drainage and circulation.
  • Maintain and add to your increased energy levels after your yoga sessions, with the right blend of oils.
  • Improve focus and achieve deeper meditative states with the right oils.
  • Increase alpha and theta brain waves by combining meditation and aromatherapy.
  • Enhance relaxation during shavasana with calming oils.
  • Use essential oils on the third eye chakra for mindfulness meditation.
  • Add to the feelings of calmness and well-being after mediation, with the right oils.
  • Get twice the control on your blood pressure and heart rate by combining aromatherapy with yoga/meditation.
  • Improve breathing to get more out of meditation with oils that are respiratory tonics.
  • Hold on to the cognitive benefits of yoga and meditation with essential oils.
  • Enhance the ability of yoga and meditation to alleviate sleep issues by combing the disciplines with essential oils.

How To Incorporate Essential Oils Into Your Yoga And Meditation Classes?

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

Although in a yoga/meditation class setting, you have to accommodate the needs, preferences and dislikes of others when using essential oils, there are still scores of options available to combine these therapeutic approaches. For instance:

If you are the instructor/yoga guru, you can: 

Use essential oils in a room spray: 

All that sweating, the drenched clothes and the wet mats are bound to cause some amount of odor. An essential oil spray is a fantastic option to tackle the odors and give the room a fresh feel before each class.

The best part of using essential oils in a spray is that the blend/singles are tolerable even to those who do not like certain scents because a very small amount of oil is dispersed in a very large area. So, what’s left behind is a gentle aroma that gets the job done without being “in your face”.

Citrus singles that cleanse and uplift are the best choices for a spray. Add a bit of mint for an overall invigorated environment.

For massage before shavasana: 

Pass a relaxing/calming blend around the class to be massaged on the soles of the feet before shavasana or massage the blend on the feet of the students as they enter the relaxed state of shavasana.

Mat cleansing spray:

After the yoga session, right before everybody starts rolling their mats, pass around a cleansing spray that contains antimicrobial and energizing oils.

Personal inhalation:

You can also ask your students to pick a personal inhalation blend before shavasana and rub two drops of it on the palms of their hands. Each person should then cup their hands around the nose and inhale deeply, three to four time before going into the pose.

If you are a student or practitioner, you can: 

Use essential oil jewelry: 

This is a simple yet effective option to wear your relaxation on your person without turning it into a headache for others. An essential oil pendant will serve the purpose perfectly as you will be able to inhale the concentration boosting aromas while you maintain the poses.

I personally prefer a single like neroli or sandalwood or a floral blend of geranium and neroli for my pendants.

Make some essential oil towelettes:

Another practical and personal way to use essential oils in a group setting, these home-made towelettes allow you to gain from the skin healing and muscle relaxing properties of these extracts, while offering a way to keep fungal and bacterial skin infections at bay. Plus, the right oils will give you just the pick me up you need to get into the next asana.

Dab on some essential oil perfume:

Although this is not as discreet an option as the other two, it still works marvelously if you stick to singles and simple blends. Just remember to go slow on the oils, particularly the heady florals like rose, jasmine and ylang ylang. You can get premium-quality ready-made essential oil perfume oils here.

Eye pillow:

You will get many products that already use botanicals like dried lavender and chamomile flowers. But, over time these eye pillows lose their aromatic element and that’s when you can refresh them with a drop of essential oil on each side. Just remember to put the drop on the side that won’t touch your skin.

How To Use Essential Oils Before, During And After Your Yoga And Meditation Session At Home?

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

Because you don’t have to conform to the likes and dislikes of others, you get a free hand when using essential oils during a home yoga/meditation session. Take a look at some of the ways in which you can incorporate these oils into your healing practices:

The meditative halo

This is one of my all-time favorite methodologies quite simply because it works like a charm. It involves the use of sensory oils (those that offer a warming/cooling effect) along the hairline. The sensory effect helps to both draw and hold the attention/focus during meditation.

Working on the chakras

Essential oils can also be used for opening and balancing the chakras. You can diffuse or apply these extracts to work on the energy centers of your body. Just remember to dilute the oils (2% or 6 drops in 10 ml) and to use them on the seat of the chakra.

Pulse point stimulation

If you are using yogasanas to control/treat specific health ailments, you can magnify the results by using essential oils on the pulse points that correspond to the physiological systems or organs that are being treated.

Diffusion

This is the oldest, simplest and most effective method for using essential oils along with yoga and meditation.

Ultrasonic diffusers offer the best performance when it comes to retaining the aromatic integrity of the oils. If you don’t own a diffuser, some hot water in a cup with a 2-3 drops of essential oils added to it will also do the trick.

You can also read about the best diffuser blends here or do you have a diffuser that you have not cleaned in a while…learn how to clean and maintain your diffuser.

Outdoor healing

If you love the outdoor setting for your yoga and meditation sessions, even if it is in your backyard, palo santo sticks will prove to be the perfect diffusers. Simply put a few drops of the oil on the wood and place it close to your mat and the morning/evening breeze will do the rest.

Incense and candles

If you are going for a spiritually charged ambience, essential oil candles and incense will be invaluable props that will create just the right environment. You can buy unscented charcoal sticks, which can then be treated with your favorite essential oil blend or make your very own essential oil candles.

Mat sanitizer

Call this a personal quirk if you will but after wiping down my mat with an essential oil spray, I also like to put a small ball of cotton wool/tissue paper treated with antimicrobial oils in the mat storage bag.

This way, the next morning, the moment I open the bag, my senses are treated to an energizing scent. I like to mix rosemary, tea tree and lime, but you can choose a different blend or even a single oil.

Best 8 Essential Oils That Every Yogi Needs

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

1. Cedarwood

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

At first whiff, this may not seem like the best oil for yoga or meditation given its woody, almost pencil like aroma. But this particular scent has an exceptional ability to connect the mind with the body and improve mental health. In fact, the woody-earthy notes have a grounding effect, which can help to keep you rooted as you go through the various asanas.

2. Lemon

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

This peppy fragrance will work particularly well for those who need a jolt of energy to make it to the yoga class and then some much needed motivation to go through the session. This invigorating oil also offers a boost in self-esteem and confidence and increases concentration while kicking out lethargy, anxiety and pain

3. Peppermint

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

Because proper and deliberately calm breathing is integral to the practice of yoga, this oil can help in numerous ways. For starters, it helps to keep the respiratory tract clean and free of inflammation.

Moreover, the minty aroma helps to energize the senses and enhances concentration and exercise performance. If that’s not enough, the cooling and analgesic properties of the oil can also be put to work on the sore muscles that result from particularly taxing yoga sessions.

4. Lavender

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

A veritable classic, this herbaceous-floral and spicy aroma promotes the feeling of stability and neurological relaxation. This oil increases comfort level and encourages you to take your yoga practice to the next level.

5. Bergamot

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

Another citrus oil that combines floral undertones with distinctive lemony notes, bergamot helps to bring on positive feelings, clear the mind of negativity and infuses your being with a sense of calmness and brightness.

The emotionally uplifting effect of this oil can offer reprieve and motivation when you are struggling with sadness, grief and depression.

6. Ginger

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

This grounding oil with a spicy-earthy aroma is known to restore balance in the body and improve mind and body connection. The pungent aromatic notes rapidly instill the element of fire (energy) in the system and help to encourage you to take your yoga practice to the next level.

When used topically, the warming effect of this oil provides quick relief from muscle soreness and rheumatoid arthritis

7. Patchouli

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

Another extract with a distinctive earthy aroma, this oil helps you to find your center while calming your mind. Because this oil connects you to the earth element, it goes a long way in helping you improve focus on the mental level and your balance and alignment on the physical level.

8. Chamomile

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

A sweet herbal scent with just a hint of floral, Roman chamomile oil helps to calm the mind and the body. Diffuse it to do away with feelings of depression, stress and anxiety that may be holding you back and use it topically to alleviate muscle pain after yoga.                               

Top Essential Oil Blends For Yoga

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

1. The anointment blend

Use this blend before you start the yoga session. It will put your ability to focus in fourth gear and help you to get through the most tedious of asanas. You will need:

  • 10 ml light carrier oil
  • 3 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops bergamot
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 drop eucalyptus

Method

Mix the oils in a small glass bowl and store in a bottle with a roller ball head. Apply the oil on the temples and on the sides of the neck, right below the jawline where you can feel your pulse.

Also, massage the back of the neck using a drop or two of the blend. Then, cup your palms around your nose and inhale deeply a few times, deliberately maintaining a breathing rate of 3-4 breaths per minute. Do this for about one minute and then start your yoga session as you would normally.

2. The post yoga massage/bath blend

This blend will help to ease muscle soreness and add to the “at once” calming and invigorating effect generated by yoga. You will need:

  • 5 drops clary sage
  • 5 drops frankincense/myrrh
  • 3 drops ginger
  • 7 drops Roman chamomile

Method

Mix the oils and store in a dark glass bottle. If using as a massage blend, add 6-8 drops of the blend to 10 ml of any carrier oil or unscented body lotion and use it on the major muscle groups of the body that are prone to soreness after a yoga session.

To use in a bath, mix 4 drops of the blend with a teaspoon of milk and add it to your bath water. Also toss in a cup of sea salt and enjoy a leisurely 20 minute soak.

3. The yoga jewelry blend

This blend will help to keep you centered and focused on maintaining the alignment of your body with your mind. You will need:

  • 2 drops lemon, 2 drops cedarwood and 3 drops ginger or
  • 2 drops lavender, 1 drop patchouli and 2 drops chamomile or
  • 2 drops bergamot, 1 drop lemon and 4 drops lavender or
  • 2 drops each neroli and lavender or
  • 1 drop rose, 2 drops sandalwood and 1 drop lavender.

Method

Mix the oils and store in a small bottle. You can increase the quantity of the oils and play around with the ratios if you prefer one fragrance over another. Use two or more drops of the oil to soak the absorbent pads/cotton wool or terracotta surface of your essential oil jewelry.

4. The mat and room cleansing spray

This cleansing spray will drive away the odor and the germs along with the lethargy and fatigue. Use it in the room before the yoga session as you would an air freshener and after the session to clean the mat and other yoga gear. You will need:

  • 3 drops lemon
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 3 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops lavender

Method

Fill a spritz bottle (50 ml capacity at the least) with 20 ml witch hazel and 20 ml distilled water. You can also use water that has been boiled and then cooled. Mix the essential oils in a small bowl and add this blend to the fluid mix in the spritzer bottle. Give the bottle a good shake and spray the blend all around the room and then spritz it on the mat before giving it a quick wipe down with a paper towel. Want more ideas about using essential oils for cleaning!

6 Best Essential Oils To Use When You Meditate

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

1. Orange

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

The citrusy aroma of this oil has a distinct buoyant quality to it that submerges the conscious, the unconscious and the subconscious into a state of bliss. The uplifting effect of this oil adds to the de-stressing effects of yoga. Also, the bright scent improves focus and concentration which are vital to the practice of meditation.

2. Clary Sage

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

The fruity-herbal aroma of this oil has a warming nature that promotes inner peace. If you can’t get yourself to disconnect from a stressful situation, this oil will come to your rescue. Because this extract calms the mind and chases away exhaustion from the body, it is one of the best aromas for meditation.

3. Ylang-Ylang

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

This is one of the most effective scents for reducing anxiety, stress and tension in the body. An oil that calms the mind while centering it, ylang ylang helps to diffuse negative emotions like anger, fear, frustration and nervousness that can influence your ability to focus. Because it acts on the sacral chakra, it’s also a potent aphrodisiac.

4. Sandalwood

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

Perhaps one of the oldest scents employed in combination with yoga and meditation, sandalwood has an inherent ability to relax the mind. If a chaotic thought process stops you from single-point focus during meditation, this oil will help to smooth things over.

Sandalwood oil can significantly reduce cortisol levels in the body. Couple this with the stress-relieving effects of meditation, and you have a powerful system that can kick stress to the curb.

5. Frankincense

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

Not just frankincense but also other resin oils such as elemi and myrrh help to promote calmness and peace. In fact, this is one of the 3 oils (sandalwood and vetiver being the other two) that have been used for centuries to promote a deep meditative state and to enhance the benefits of meditation.

The balsamic, earthy, woody tones of the aroma stimulate and elevate the mind to see beyond emotional turmoil.

6. Vetiver

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

This is another relaxing oil that will prove to be invaluable for those who meditate to treat sleep disorders, stress, anxiousness and panic.

The unique sweet, herbaceous and earthy aroma of this extract help to center the mind. The grounding effect of the oil also helps to cultivate resilience against stress and negativity and strengthens the mind to better withstand the small and big shocks of life.

Top Essential Oil Blends For Meditation

1. The diffusion blend

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

You can use a number of blends for meditation, depending on the effect that you are trying to achieve or the specific benefits that you are trying to enhance. Here are a few recipes to get you started:

  • 2 drops vetiver, 1 drop patchouli and 3 drops sandalwood for relaxation.
  • 3 drops orange and 2 drops clary sage for focus.
  • 2 drops sandalwood and 3 drops frankincense for centering.
  • 1 drop ylang ylang, 2 drops rose and 2 drops neroli for self-confidence and self-assurance.
  • 2 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops lavender, 3 drops peppermint and 1 drop holy basil for breath awareness and concentration.
  • 4 drops chamomile, 2 drops lavender and 1 geranium for calming.
  • 2 drops each grapefruit and lime and 3 drops clary sage/cassia for uplifting.
  • 4 drops cedar wood, 2 drops rose/rosewood and 2 drops sandalwood for strengthening.

Method

Mix the oils and store in a dark glass bottle. Use 2-4 drops in an ultrasonic diffuser or 2 drops in a cup of steaming water as you meditate. You can also use these blends to make essential oil candles or with unscented incense sticks. 

2. The chakra blend

Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation Essential Oil Benefits

These blends can help to open up and balance specific chakras and unclog the energy channels associated with them. Alternatively, you can use a blend that will have an overall balancing and calming effect on all the chakras. Here are a few recommendations:

  • 2 drops geranium, 1 drop rose, 2 drops jasmine for the heart chakra.
  • 2 drops cardamom, 3 drops orange, 1 drop neroli for the sacral chakra.
  • 3 drops peppermint/spearmint, 1 drop black pepper, 2 drops juniper and 2 drops cedarwood for the solar plexus chakra.
  • 3 drops roman chamomile, 2 drops cypress, 2 drops lemongrass and 3 drops peppermint for the throat chakra.
  • 2 drops each of vetiver and patchouli and 3 drops each of spikenard and frankincense/myrrh for the root chakra.
  • 3 drops each of sandalwood, neroli and lavender, 2 drops each of jasmine and frankincense for the crown chakra.
  • 1 drop rosemary, 2 drops lavender and 3 drops frankincense for the third eye chakra.
  • 2 drops each of sandalwood and jasmine and 1 drop red spikenard for overall chakra balancing

Method

Mix the oils and store in a dark glass bottle. Dilute by adding 6-8 drops of the blend to 10 ml carrier oil. Use a roller-ball cap bottle to store the diluted blend. Apply on the seat of the chakra except for the root chakra.

Essential oil blends should not be used on or around the genitals. So, for the mooladhara chakra, use the blend on the soles of your feet.

3. The halo effect blends

This technique is specifically meant to improve focus and concentration and help you to free your mind of all other thoughts. Here are 2 recipes:

  • In winter use – 1 drop rosemary, 2 drops ginger and 1 drop frankincense added to a teaspoon of carrier oil.
  • In summer use – 1 drop rosemary, 2 drops peppermint and 1 drop frankincense added to a teaspoon of carrier oil.

Method

Make the blend and store in a rollerball head bottle. Use all along the hairline, covering the entire length of your forehead and going behind your ears to reach the back of the neck. Start meditating after the application of the oil.

Conclusion

There you have it, everything “essential oils” related you need for your yoga and meditation sessions to take care of your temple and nourish your soul.

How about you – feel like sharing your favorite blend(s) you use during your yoga and meditation practice? Simply hit me back with a message!

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Essential Oils, Home Remedies & Diet To Get Rid Of Blackheads https://essentialoilbenefits.com/essential-oils-home-remedies-diet-for-blackheads/ https://essentialoilbenefits.com/essential-oils-home-remedies-diet-for-blackheads/#comments Sat, 08 Jun 2019 21:41:56 +0000 https://essentialoilbenefits.com/?p=5752 Essential Oils, Home Remedies & Diet To Get Rid Of Blackheads Essential Oil Benefits

Blackheads may not cause you the kind of intense discomfort that you associate with skin irritation and rashes, but they are no less annoying. After all, blackheads don’t go away on their own and they are often a prelude to acne

The excess of sebum, bacterial infections, and inflammation can contribute to clogging of hair follicles, which results in blackheads. While blackheads might be easy to hide with makeup, that doesn’t really solve the problem for good.

OTC blackhead removers can offer respite, but they often contain harsh ingredients that can cause further skin irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.

This makes natural blackhead removal techniques the safest resort. When it comes to natural treatment for blackheads nothing beats essential oils, so sit back and relax while I take you through Olivia’s ultimate guide to everything you need to know about how to get rid of blackheads. First things first… 

What Causes Blackheads And How To Prevent Them  

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Our skin consists of tiny pores with sebaceous oil glands that send sebum (natural oil) to the surface of the skin. A plug at the opening (follicle) of the pore blocks the sebum from escaping and traps it within the follicle. Blackheads typically contain oil, dead skin cells and bacteria which is why they can turn into cysts if they are not treated on time.

The good news is that there are a few simple ways to prevent blackheads. Avoid greasy cosmetics and creams as these can result in blocked pores and always make sure you take off your make up before you go to bed. Mild to moderate exercise will make you sweat which will help to cleanse your pores.

Make sure that you wash your face thoroughly after you exercise. However, do not wash your face several times during the day as this will make your skin dry and flaky. Your skin is delicate so do not scrub or rub it vigorously as this could increase the risk of blackheads. Follow a daily skincare regimen to keep your skin clean and prevent blackheads.              

Facts About Blackheads 

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They are pesky rascals: There is no way to get rid of blackheads, at least not permanently. Let’s face it; this is a normal and important function of your body being used against you. The oil that forms the base for the gunk in those pores is needed to keep your skin healthy and safe.

So, you cannot get rid of the function nor the problem of blackheads. In fact, try as hard as you may, blackheads will come calling, usually in the same spots, every 20-40 days.

Going psycho scrubber on them is not going to help: The harder you scrub, the greater will be your risk of seriously irritating those blackheads and developing a secondary infection (read pimples).

Also, scrubbing may remove too much oil from your skin, leaving it vulnerable. Plus, when you dry your skin, you simply send a signal to your body to increase sebum production. More oil coming out of those pores equates to more sticky stuff available to form clogs, and that’s not what you want.

You can’t squeeze them out: Think of blackheads as lard/hard butter in a thin plastic container. Even if you were to use big enough pliers to squeeze the container, do you think you’ll be able to get all the lard or butter out? No! So, popping a blackhead can dislodge a part of the plug at best and at worst it can cause inflammation and open up the pathway for a pimple.

There is no dirt involved: The common misconception is that blackheads are simply dirt filled pores. Actually, there is absolutely no dirt or dust involved in the blackhead equation. The grime is made of sebum and dead skin cells.

As the oil surfaces, it comes into contact with air, which causes oxidation and gives it a dark color. So, although they are called blackheads, they are not always black but come in various hues of brown and black.

Cleansing Your Face Prior To Using Essential Oils        

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Essential oils can help in multiple ways to control and treat blackheads, but their efficacy is directly proportional to their reach. What this means is if there is an extra coating of sebum on your face, those oils won’t get to the areas, where they ought to be.

So, cleansing is a must before the use of essential oils. However, remember that a harsh, skin-drying soap won’t help. Here is a recipe to try instead:

Not sugar, but honey and spice and all things nice

This is a scrub and cleanser rolled into one that also offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Plus, it improves circulation and works as an astringent. So, you are not only going to say goodbye to those blackheads but also oiliness, wrinkles and more. You will need:

  • 2 heaped tablespoon pomegranate or orange peel powder
  • 1 tbsp licorice root powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup honey (raw) (manuka preferred)

Method

Mix all the ingredients and store in a glass jar in a cool, dry place; no need to refrigerate. Splash some water on your face before you start. Then, take about a teaspoon of this mixture and use it as you would a face wash. Gently massage the mixture using circular motion all over your skin.

Spend about 30-45 seconds on the nose, the forehead, the chin and any other areas of the face that have blackheads. You can spend more time in such areas, but don’t increase downward pressure. You are going for a total of 5-7 minutes of massage. Then, wash your face with warm/room temperature water and that’s all there is to it.

Typically, once a day usage is all it takes to deal with excess oiliness, blackheads and whiteheads as well as open pores.

How Do Essential Oils Help Get Rid Of Blackheads?    

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I have already told you how blackheads come to be. Now, let me explain how essential oils can stop the process in its tracks.

Making those sebaceous glands behave themselves

The tonic effect of many of these oils not only clears sebum off your skin but also helps to modulate the secretion of the natural oil. With less oil made, there isn’t much to clog the pores.

A strong astringent effect

Also, these oils have a pore clenching effect, which means that whatever oil is making it up to the surface of the skin through the pores, gets squeezed out. Also, because there is little room to hold back the sebum in the narrowed pores, there is less accumulation of the oily substance and simply not enough of it for oxidation.

Melt the grime

Because essential oils are mixed with carrier oils for topical use, the blend, regardless of its content, helps to melt the grime in the pores and makes it easy for the sebum to flow out of the pores on its own or for you to remove it out.

Deliver the antioxidant punch

Nearly all essential oils offer some degree of antioxidant benefits.  However, with the right mix of extracts, you can ensure that the blend not only offers protection from free radical damage but also stops the oxidation of sebum. No oxidation means the sebum will not turn completely or as dark as it normally does.

Stop the critters from causing trouble

These extracts are also powerful antimicrobial agents that can keep the dermal microbiota in check. So, you won’t have to worry as much about those blackheads turning into zits.

7 Essential Oil Blends To Eliminate Blackheads

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Blackheads can appear on the chest, back or arms but they most commonly affect facial skin, especially around the nose. You can use essential oils to treat and prevent blackheads and whiteheads.

Here are 7 ways in which you can get rid of your blackheads with essential oils.

1. Orange Essential Oil Cleanser

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A 2018 study showed that citrus oils such as orange essential oil have potent antimicrobial effects which makes them effective in treating skin ailments. Undiluted orange essential oil can irritate the skin so mix it with a carrier oil.

To make your own facial cleanser for blackheads, mix 6-8 drops of orange essential oil in 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil along with 1 teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice. Soak a cotton pad in this mixture and use it to cleanse your skin on a daily basis. This facial cleanser will help to prevent blackheads and give you a clearer complexion.

2. Tea Tree Oil Face Pack

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Terpinen-4-ol is the active ingredient in tea tree oil. It has broad-spectrum anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and studies show that it can be used in the treatment of acne and similar skin conditions.

To make your tea tree oil face pack, you will need to mix 4 drops of tea tree oil diluted in a tablespoon of avocado oil and 1 tablespoon of fuller’s earth. Add 2 teaspoons of water to form a thick paste. Steam your face for 8-10 minutes before you use this face pack as it will help to open up and unclog your pores.

3. Frankincense Essential Oil Face scrub

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A 2017 study show that frankincense essential oil helps to reduce skin irritation and provide an even skin tone which makes it ideal for a face scrub for blackheads.

Mix frankincense with jojoba oil as this carrier oil has anti-inflammatory properties and researchers found that it is effective in treating inflammatory skin lesions and acne. It can also help to prevent skin infections, promote wound healing and slow down the aging process.

To make your own face scrub for blackheads, mix 5 drops of frankincense essential oil in 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil along with 2 teaspoons of crushed uncooked oats. Mix these ingredients thoroughly and add 1 tablespoon of rose water to form a thick and grainy paste.

Apply this paste evenly over your face and then use gentle circular motions to cleanse your skin. Rinse your face with cold water and allow it to air dry. Use this face scrub at least twice a week to treat and prevent blackheads.

4. Lavender Essential Oil Moisturizer

Essential Oils, Home Remedies & Diet To Get Rid Of Blackheads Essential Oil Benefits

A 2016 study indicated that lavender essential oil promotes wound healing which is why you should use it as a moisturizer after you remove your blackheads.

Add 4 drops of lavender essential oil to a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil and use a clean cotton pad to gently dab it all over your face. Virgin coconut oil has proven anti-inflammatory and skin protective benefits so it will help to prevent blackheads and give you a clearer complexion. This recipe is suitable for all skin types and you can use it on a daily basis instead of your regular moisturizer.

5. Juniper Berry Oil Compress

Essential Oils, Home Remedies & Diet To Get Rid Of Blackheads Essential Oil Benefits

Juniper Berry oil has strong antimicrobial properties and helps to soothe inflamed skin. It is also a natural astringent that helps to get rid of excess sebum within your pores – the root cause of blackheads.

Add 5 drops each of juniper berry oil to a tablespoon of rosehip oil to a small bowl of hot water. Soak a clean towel in this water and wring out the excess water before placing it over your face. Repeat this several times to help loosen blackheads so that they can be easily extracted.

6. Chamomile Essential Oil Toner

Essential Oils, Home Remedies & Diet To Get Rid Of Blackheads Essential Oil Benefits

Chamomile essential oil helps to prevent bacterial skin infections and reduce inflammation. Furthermore, researchers found that the natural compounds in chamomile essential oil penetrate the skin surface and reach the deeper skin layers which makes it an excellent choice for a skin toner.

Mix chamomile essential oil with witch hazel oil to make your own essential oil toner. Witch hazel has a high tannin content which gives it astringent properties. To make your toner, mix 8 drops of chamomile essential oil with 2 tablespoon of witch hazel oil. Gently dab the oil over your entire face and wait for at least 15 minutes before applying a moisturizer.

7. Oregano Essential Oil Spot Treatment

Essential Oils, Home Remedies & Diet To Get Rid Of Blackheads Essential Oil Benefits

P. acnes and S. epidermidis are two of the major acne-associated bacteria. A recent study found that oregano essential oil is very effective against these bacteria and can significantly reduce and even eliminate them within hours of application.

When blackheads become infected, they turn into pimples so applying oregano oil to blackheads will prevent acne breakouts.

Mix 2 drops of oregano essential oil with 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil and use this as a spot treatment for blackheads as well as acne.

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Safe Use Of Essential Oils

Essential oils are very effective in treating a wide range of health issues but keep in mind that these oils are potent and using them incorrectly will do more harm than good. Here are a few things to keep in mind when using essential oils:

1. Always dilute them

Essential oils are highly concentrated and using them undiluted can cause skin irritation and even skin damage. Most essential oils are safe at a 2-3% concentration and you can go as high as 5% depending on the essential oil.

A good rule of thumb when making a 2% dilution is to add 12 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil; 3% would be 18 drops and 5% is 30 drops in an ounce of carrier.

Carrier oils such as almond oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil can hydrate your skin, prevent skin infections and speed up the wound healing process. Some essential oils such as cinnamon bark oil, clove oil and oregano essential oil are highly potent and should be used at a 1-2% concentration. Always check the labels of your essential oil bottles before use.

2. Conduct a patch test

When using an essential oil for the first time, conduct a patch test to ensure that you do not have an adverse reaction to the oil you are intending to use.

Wash the inside of your elbow with soap and gently pat it dry with a towel. Apply the diluted essential oil to a small patch (approximately the size of a nickel) and wait for 24 hours. If you experience any itching or redness during this time, wash the area immediate with soap and warm water and discontinue use.

3. Avoid contact with your eyes and mucus membranes

Essential oils contain potent natural chemical compounds that will irritate the sensitive tissues in your eyes, nose and mouth.

If the essential oil gets into your airway, it can damage the delicate tissues of your respiratory system and even increase your risk of a sinus infection.

When applying essential oils to your face, make sure that you do not apply the oil to the areas around your eyes, nose and mouth. If the essential oil accidently comes in contact with your eye, rinse it out with a few drops of olive oil or plain vegetable oil and then wash your eye repeatedly with warm water.

How To Remove Blackheads Naturally / 8 Home Remedies For Blackheads 

Essential Oils, Home Remedies & Diet To Get Rid Of Blackheads Essential Oil Benefits

1. The good yogurt

You will need two tbsp yogurt (non-sweetened, non-flavored). If there is a little bit of whey in it, don’t fret it. Just let the liquid be. Add ¼ tsp each of turmeric and cinnamon powders to the yoghurt along with 1 tsp of used coffee ground. If you don’t have coffee ground on hand, add 1 tsp of dried herb mixture; it does not matter what kind as long as it does not have pepper (black, chilli, cayenne or any other) in it.

Mix the ingredients together to form a paste and apply a medium thick layer all over your face. Let it remain on your skin for 10 minutes. With what’s left back, massage your face for 5 minutes using circular strokes and focusing on areas that have open pores and blackheads.

Once you are done with this two-step process, wash your face using warm water and a mixture made from water and orange/pomegranate peel powder. Use this routine 2 times a week for noticeably clear and blemish free skin.

2. Aloe and mint

This is a very simple recipe that involves mixing crushed mint leaves with aloe gel/juice. You will need to start with a cup of mint leaves and about 3-4 tbsp of aloe juice. Crush the leaves in the mortar or use your food processor. Mix the two ingredients and apply on your face. Wash off after 20 minutes.

3. The citrus juices

Citrus fruits are full of micronutrients as well as citric acid, which can be used as a mild alpha hydroxyl acid. Just remember to include a few pieces of the rind in the juicing process. Dilute the juice with some water; go for 2 parts juice and 2 parts water for normal skin and 1 part juice with 3 parts water for sensitive skin. Apply with a ball of cotton wool.

Leave on your face for 5 minutes then go for a second application and then a third, each spaced 5 minutes apart. Wash your face off with room temperature water. Exfoliate with a mechanical exfoliant (brush or botanical abrasives) after 24 hours. The most important thing is to not take a heavy hand here. Remember, you CANNOT scrub the oil or those blackheads away.

4. Oatmeal

This is another easy recipe that works as a preventative measure as well as a treatment. Soak oatmeal in warm almond/coconut milk or any other plant based milk. Add a tbsp each of raw honey and apple cider vinegar to the soaked oatmeal. Mix well and apply on your face. Wait for 10 minutes and then massage your skin with the mixture covering your face. Wash the mixture off your skin with warm water.

5. Baking soda

This one is the simplest recipe in the book. You simply start with a heaped tbsp of baking soda and add enough water to it to make a medium thick paste. Apply the alkaline mixture on the affected areas and let it work its magic for 5 minutes. Then, use it as a scrub by gently massaging the mixture on your face. Wash with room temperature water.

6. Tea with lemon

Start with strong brewed green tea and by strong I mean use 3 times the quantity of tea leaves that you normally use. Add the juice of 1 lemon to a cup of the tea. Soak a face mask sheet in this mixture and place it on your skin. Keep it on for 15 minutes, making sure to not let the fluids drip or flow into your eyes. Wash off with room temperature water.

7. Oil and steam

Massaging your face with a non-comedogenic oil (hazelnut, grapeseed, rosehip seed oil, etc.) and then using steam to melt those pore plugs away also helps. You start with a 10 minute massage. Then, steam your face for 5-7 minutes.

Next, use another round of massage to dislodge the pore plugs. This time, mix 2 tsps of sugar with the oil and use it as a natural and effective scrub. Limit facial steaming to one session in 15-20 days.

If you have any inflammatory skin condition or don’t respond well to mechanical exfoliation, use flax and sesame seed meal as scrubbing particles. After about 5-7 minutes of massage, you can either turn this process into a facial with a clay mask following the second round of massage or you can simply wash your face with a mild soap and some warm water.

8. Tomato and potato

You will need a cup of tomato and potato juice. I highly recommend that you use your juicer for the job because you will need fresh juice and you will have to use it immediately. Apply using cotton wool and let it stay on your face for 5 minutes. Go for two more rounds of application each after 5 minutes and then rinse the juice off your face with room temperature water.

Homemade Blackhead Mask / DIY Blackhead Remover Mask

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Here are two face mask recipes that can help greatly to keep those pores clean. However, if you want to put the performance of these masks in fourth gear start with oil massage and steaming and then use one of these two recipes.

Recipe 1

Ingredients:

  • Egg white (1 egg)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp orange/pomegranate peel powder

Method

Mix the ingredients together and apply the mixture with a face mask brush. Because egg white forms the base of this recipe, the layering has to be thin or you will have droplets dripping all over your body and around you. So, give the mask about 5 minutes after the first application. Then, apply a second layer and a third.

Allow the mask to dry completely on your skin and then peel it off. Don’t expect it to come off in one piece. You will have to peel it off in bits. This will not impact the effectiveness of the mask just remember to not use your nails to peel the mask off. What cannot be peeled off should simply be washed off with warm water. Keep this mask away from your hairline, eyes and eyebrows. 

Recipe 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp chickpea flour (garbanzo beans flour)
  • 1 tsp matcha
  • Rose/lavender hydrosol as required

Method

Mix all the ingredients to make a smooth and thick paste that has the consistency of cake batter. Apply in a medium thick layer, avoiding the area around the eyes, the hairline and the eyebrows.

While you have the mask on your face, do not move your facial muscles. You don’t want the mask to crack. Also, you don’t have to wait for the mask to dry completely. About 20 minutes of time should be enough to pull out the oil and the grime from your pores. Wash the mask off your skin with room temperature water.

How To Remove Blackheads From Nose Permanently          

Essential Oils, Home Remedies & Diet To Get Rid Of Blackheads Essential Oil Benefits

Use a toner

A non-alcoholic toner can help to reduce pore size and control excess sebum production. Witch hazel is one of the best products for the job. Apply after cleansing your face, but don’t use right after exfoliation (mechanical or chemical). Give your skin at least 12 hours between exfoliation and toning.

Exfoliate gently but regularly

Do not scrimp on exfoliation. You need one round every alternate day and it would be best to use a mix of mechanical and chemical exfoliation. Using AHA and BHAs to get rid of excess sebum and dead cells helps a lot but limit the chemical exfoliation to 2 times a week and alternate with 2 rounds of mechanical exfoliation per week for faster removal of cellular debris and stale sebum.

Be mindful of what you use on your face

Go through the ingredients list of all your skincare products with a fine toothed comb. Avoid products that contain pore clogging ingredients like mineral oil, viscous carrier oils, synthetic fragrances, colors and preservatives, isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate, Lauryl Sulfate, lanolin, plant butters, algin, wheatgerm oil and glyceryl stearate among others.

Don’t add to the woes of your pores

Don’t add to the grime in your pores by sleeping with your makeup on or layering skin care and makeup products on your skin several times through the day.

Always, remove your makeup and cleanse your skin before bed time. Before reapplying your makeup, use micellar water or a hydrosol to remove the sweat and grime from your skin then apply a second layer of sunscreen, makeup or any skincare product.

Retinoids can help

The topical application of retinoids not only helps with premature skin ageing but also offers an effective way to control sebum secretion and to keep the pores clean. However, if you have never used a retinoid product before, start slowly with alternate day application and with low concentration products, and then work your way up to daily usage.

Sweat and heat can make things worse

Whether you like to spend time outdoors or enjoy sweating it out in the gym, keep that sweat off your skin. The combination of heat and the salts in sweat will add to pore clogging.

So, don’t wait to get back home to cleanse your skin. Instead, spray some hydrosol or some green tea on your face and wipe away the grime and oil.

Peel off the blackheads from your nose

Once a week, use a peel-off mask on your nose. Use the recipe given above or mix some honey and whole milk (2-3 tbsp milk with 1 tbsp honey) for a quick peel off mask.

Apply the mixture on your nose with some cotton wool and then use a cloth strip or a paper waxing strip on your skin. Smooth it on the nose and leave it be till the milk mixture dries. Then, gently peel off the strip along with the black portion of the grime in the pores.

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads With Diet?

Essential Oils, Home Remedies & Diet To Get Rid Of Blackheads Essential Oil Benefits

There is a lot of debate on whether diet can actually make an impact on the appearance of blackheads and the prevalence of acne.

Dietary fats do not find their way to the surface of the skin. However, any food item that influences hormone levels (androgen) and Insulin Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) will lead to excess sebum production, which will eventually cause blackheads and possibly acne.

Also, some food items help to limit inflammation and boost immune functions, thus lowering the risk of bacterial colonization that turns blackheads into pimples. So, here is a look at the foods to avoid and those to fill up on to keep your skin free of blackheads and other blemishes.

Enjoy these food items:

Essential Oils, Home Remedies & Diet To Get Rid Of Blackheads Essential Oil Benefits

Fruits and veggies

I am sure you were expecting this one. I can’t help it; the fact is that the micronutrients in dark colored vegetables and fruits are the most potent restorative agents. They not only help to control inflammation but also restore balance in the body, modulating the functioning of all physiological systems.

So, get your 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables, particularly berries, leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, sprouts, citrus fruits, carrots and pomegranates.

Probiotics

The good bacteria restore health to the gut, and your tummy has a crucial role to play in hormonal balance. So, when your stomach is healthy, your hormone levels and regulated. This, in turn, balances immune functions and reins in those wayward sebaceous glands.  

Load up on zinc

This is the most important micronutrient for those who suffer from oily skin, blackheads and acne. Foods like chia and hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, legumes, nuts and whole grains will give you all the zinc you need. But, I would still recommend using a supplement as well, if blackheads and acne are a big problem for you.

Vitamins A and C

These are two other nutrients that can keep your skin clear and free of excess sebum and blackheads. Spinach, carrots, oily fish, sweet potato, collard greens, kale, squash, red pepper, Swiss chard, mango, papaya, tangerine, grapefruit, guava and liver are rich in vitamin A.

For your daily dose of vitamin C, gorge on berries, citrus fruits, kiwis, bell peppers, tomatoes, sprouts, black currant, broccoli, papaya, cherries, rosehips, thyme, mustard spinach and parsley.

Go high on fiber

All those fruits, nuts, veggies and seeds also happen to be high in soluble fiber, which not only cleans the digestive system but also encourages the growth of gut friendly bacteria.

Seafood is good for you

The Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and zinc in oily fish also help to control inflammation and balance the levels of various lipids in the body.

Go slow on:

Essential Oils, Home Remedies & Diet To Get Rid Of Blackheads Essential Oil Benefits

Meat and dairy

The issue is not so much the fats in these food items as the use of hormones on livestock. These chemicals do make their way into the meat and milk derived from the animals and from there into your body. This can impact the balance of hormones. Plus, dairy products raise the levels of insulin and IGF-1, which leads to excess sebum secretion.

Refined/simple carbs and added sugar

These not only increase the body’s inflammatory response but are also their high glycemic index leads to higher insulin levels and consequently higher levels of IGF-1. So, stay away from foods and even fruits that have a high glycemic index and high glycemic load.

Hydrogenated oils

Although these do not directly increase sebum secretion, they do cause heightened inflammatory responses, which can increase your risk of suffering from acne.

Salt, caffeine and alcohol

All three of these can cause dehydration in the body, and your skin is always the first to suffer from the lack of moisture. In response, your body increases the secretion of sebum to keep the dermal layers from drying. But, you don’t want more sebum, so stay away from alcoholic and caffeinated beverages and salty foods.

Blackheads vs Whiteheads      

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What the difference?

A blackhead is essentially an open pore, which has sebum and dead skin cells blocking it. The dead skin cells contain a substance called melanin, which gives your skin its color. When exposed to air, this melanin oxidizes rapidly and turns brown/black.

Normally, this sebum would flow out of the pores and onto the surface of the skin. But, dead skin cells get combined with the sticky, oily sebum and increase its viscosity, slowing down its movement from inside the pores to the skin surface. This gives the trapped gunk enough time to get oxidized.

Whiteheads are also a mixture of sebum and dead cells trapped inside the pores. However, the pore closes with the gunk trapped inside, thus preventing its exposure to air. Since the sebum does not get oxidized in this case, it does not change color.

So, unlike blackheads that have a distinctly darker, almost black, appearance, whiteheads look like tiny bumps filled with white/yellow stuff inside. They don’t get as big as pimples nor are they as soft or turgid as pustules.

Because blackheads involve open and even enlarged pores, they are far easier to treat than whiteheads that manifest from the pores closing down on the trapped sebum plug.

Known as closed comedones (literally, closed pores), whiteheads cause little or no inflammation. However, both whiteheads and blackheads can cause acne. Also, both conditions result from excessive sebum production and dead skin cells that stay on the surface for longer than they should.

Because whiteheads are harder to get rid of than blackheads, prevention is your best option when dealing with them. The good news is that you can use the same treatment modality for whiteheads as you do for blackheads.

The Final Word     

Here you go, everything you needed to prevent and get rid of blackheads. Let me know if you’ve tried any other recipe or what’s your secret to eliminating blackheads because I want to hear from you too!              

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Best Essential Oils For Gum Infection, Sore And Swollen Gums Essential Oil BenefitsHumans are social beings. We love holding parties and social events. For many people, it is a chance to have fun, to unwind from a long tiresome week, and for the serious chaps, a time to network and land new clients. But these events are usually fun and relaxing for individuals who have been invited.

For the host(s), there is pressure to have everything going according to plan. If you have ever planned an event you know what I am talking about. But once the soiree is all done and your efforts are acknowledged, the stress and trouble you went through fade away into the distance.

A vote of thanks to you is like a salary at the end of the week or month that erases all your thoughts of quitting the job and moving on to something ‘better’.

Unfortunately, it is not always the case that the efforts of the people behind the scenes are acknowledged. At times they are forgotten and denied the satisfaction of knowing they did well in planning the event. Do you know this feeling of not being appreciated?

You do right? Well, that’s the same pain and frustration we take our gums through!

Yes, gums are unappreciated. The teeth, tongue, and jaw take all the praise and leave nothing for the gums. But the fact that they are not ‘active’ does not mean they are vestigial. On the contrary, they are super important. When you think about it, your teeth would be nothing without the gums.

In this piece, I’ll take you through a crash course on gums and hopefully, we learn to appreciate them more. I’ll also cover gum inflammation and how to deal with it – spoiler alert; it has everything to do with essential oils.

What Are Gums?

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Do not skip over this part – you will learn a lot. We all know what gums are.

However, some of us may be clueless about their structure. To appreciate them, we need to understand what they are made of, and their function.

So here goes nothing.

Gums are soft tissues that line the mouth. They surround teeth, provide support and seal them. Gum tissue is similar to the tissue lining of the cheeks and lips.

However, the difference is that gums are bound tightly to the bone underneath them. This helps the gum to resist friction caused by food that glides over them while we eat.

With all these features working for them, healthy gums are effective bacteria barriers and consequently prevent the development of periodontal disease affecting the deep tissues.

Usually, healthy gums are coral pink (this is for light-skinned people). However, those with naturally darker melanin may have darker gums.

With that said, our gums are divided into three areas:

  • Marginal gum – this is the edge of the gums that surround the teeth like a collar. In many people, this gum is demarcated from attached gums by a linear depression – free gingival groove.
  • Attached gum – this is adjacent to the marginal gums (the two are continuous). Attached gum is resilient, firm and bound tightly to the bone underneath.
  • Interdental gum – this gum is located between the teeth. It acts as a shock absorbers and is resistant to the pressure exerted during chewing. The keratin covering the gum reinforces its resistance.

How To Know You Have Healthy Gums – Characteristics Of Healthy Gums

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Color

As mentioned above, healthy gums are coral pink (it might be darker depending on your melanin levels, thickness, and blood flow to your gums or medication). If your gums are any other color, like white, blue (very odd – you are not an avatar so this should be an alarm), or red can be a sign of gingivitis

Since gum color varies, it is usually more accurate to judge the health of gums by the uniformity of their color. Excessive melanin deposits can cause dark patches and spots on the gum (known as melanin gingival hyperpigmentation). To get rid of the discolorations, a procedure known as gum bleaching (gum depigmentation) is carried out.

Contour

Healthy gums tend to have smooth curves around individual teeth. Healthy gums usually fill and perfectly fit the space between teeth. They hold tight to the teeth. On the other hand, inflamed gums have rolled or puffy margins.

Texture

Healthy gums are firm and resistant to friction. The surface has a stippled texture (this texture is similar to that of an orange peel). But unhealthy gums are less firm and often swollen.

Reaction to Disturbance

Healthy gums will not react to normal disturbances including brushing. Unhealthy gums will, however, bleed when brushed or when probed. 

Symptoms Of Swollen Gums

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Here is a breakdown of symptoms that manifest when you have swollen gums

  • Rolled margin
  • Bleeding when flossing or brushing
  • Increased sensitivity and pain
  • Typically, blue, purple and dark pink
  • No papilla or blunted papilla between your teeth 

Why Do Gums Swell?

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As you go through this section, bear in mind that gums, like any other body part, have a network of blood vessels nourishing the cells. As such, they are ‘alive’ and need to be accorded proper care if they are to serve efficiently and last for long.

Swelling in any body part is abnormal. Consider swelling as a red flag to an underlying problem that needs your immediate attention. Identifying swollen gums early and working on reversing the swelling is key to preventing the worsening of serious gum and teeth diseases that might cause loss of teeth.

It is also not uncommon to develop inflamed gums overnight. Usually, this is as a result of bacteria penetrating the gums. Let’s now find out what causes swelling of gums:

1. Gingivitis

This is by far the most common gum irritation. It occurs as a result of below average oral hygiene. The early stages of this gum disease are characterized by gum inflammation, bleeding when flossing and brushing or redness.

When bacteria and other foreign bodies attack your body, the immune system reacts by deploying white blood cells and lymphocytes to fight the infection. During the fight, inflammation occurs. The gum is at times full of pus (these are the casualties of the war). With regular and efficient cleaning, we can keep the levels of bacteria and other foreign bodies at a minimum.

If gingivitis is the cause of the inflammation you can try spending extra time flossing and brushing your teeth. This will reduce inflammation in about 14 days or less. If this does not help with the swelling and the bleeding you should seek advice from your dentist.

Pregnancy hormones can worsen gingivitis. But even while this is true, remember that the problem is not the pregnancy itself but instead, the bacteria present in your gums. Here is what happens: The hormones released during pregnancy alter the chemical chemistry under the gums. This alteration causes powerful bacteria to thrive. Though powerful, the bacteria can be controlled by high standards of oral hygiene.

Some orthodontic treatment also makes individuals more susceptible to swollen gums and gingivitis. How so?

First, braces make it difficult to get rid of plaque present between teeth and along the gum line.

Second, occasionally, the gum tissues tend to react with orthodontic hardware by overgrowing and swelling. If this is the reason for your swollen gums, your orthodontist will send you to your periodontist for treatment. Your periodontist may, in turn, recommend the use of some special appliances including floss holders and interdental cleaners

2. Gum Infection

From time to time, a serious gum infection may ensue following entrapment of bacteria related to foreign objects (like popcorn pieces) or gum disease beneath your gum line. This leads to the development of pus-filled abscesses. The condition may or may not be painful.

If you are dealing with a gum abscess, you will need to have it treated by a periodontist or a dentist. The abscess should be drained and you will be provided with antibiotics depending on the cause of the abscess.

3. Pulp infection

Gum inflammation can also mean the presence of tooth decay that has spread from the roots to the gums. If you regularly visit a dentist, this should be a rare occurrence. This is because minor cavities are caught in their early stages and treated before they evolve into problematic infections and conditions.

When tooth decay goes untreated for a long time, it can spread into the deeper areas of the teeth until it gets to the pulp (the soft tissue at the center of a tooth). If the pulp is infected or dead, root canal treatment is imperative to save the tooth. If the infection is as gone too far, the tooth has to be extracted.

4. Nutritional Deficiency

It is not always that gum swelling is a result of poor oral health. At times gum swelling has to do with your nutrition. When your body is not served with all the nutrients it needs, it starts acting up and several diseases and conditions manifest. These range from dental diseases to cognitive disorders.

Some nutrients reinforce the body’s immune system and increase blood circulation to the gums. Vitamins rich in antioxidants help in keeping gum cells healthy. This is by interacting with the free radicals (reactive molecules). These radicals help to prevent infections from attacking proteins, lipids, and DNA. Antioxidants do play a big role in the fight against infections.

Below are some nutrients whose deficiency can lead to swollen gums:

Vitamin C

This vitamin is commonly found in vegetables and fruits. It is essential to skin health. Most tissues in the body make use of vitamin C for accelerated repair and growth. Without this vitamin, you become vulnerable to infections and diseases.

Deficiency of vitamin C causes scurvy. The connection between the two was discovered between the 16th and 18th centuries. It plagued sea explorers at the time. Sailors would be away from land for extended periods. During this time they had no access to fresh foods that were rich in vitamin C. As a result, the entire fleet would develop scurvy.

In 1746, James Lind a naval surgeon from Britain discovered lemons and oranges were effective against scurvy. Upon this discovery, all sailors carried along supplies of lemons and oranges to last them through their voyage. Scurvy incidences consequently plummeted. An interesting story right? It makes you appreciate how far medical technology has come.

So, vitamin C is rich in antioxidants which strengthen the immune system and the blood vessels. It is also worth noting that vitamin C is water soluble. Our bodies do not produce this vitamin and as such must be acquired from our diet. A deficiency in it leads to scurvy which is characterized by bleeding and swollen gums.

Folic Acid

Folic acid is also water soluble. A lack of it can cause gum inflammation and significantly increase the risk of developing gum disease (more so gingivitis). Folic acid is important for the ‘manufacture’ of erythrocytes, synthesis of proteins, normal cellular function and tissue growth.

In addition to this, folic acid also helps to improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels. You can ramp up your folic acid levels by adding green vegetables, pasta, cereal and seeds in your diet.

Riboflavin

Today it’s all about water-soluble vitamins huh? Riboflavin is rich in antioxidants and essential for the health of your liver, eyes, hair, and skin. It plays a big role in the synthesis of red blood cells and helps in strengthening the immune system.

Without riboflavin, your body cannot use folic acid. The thing is, riboflavin helps to ‘activate’ folic acid. Inactive folic acid cannot participate in biochemical reactions. Foods rich in riboflavin include green and leafy vegetables, meat, cheese, yogurt, milk, cereals and enriched bread.

Fortunately, you do not have to worry about nutritional deficiency as a cause of your inflamed gums. Most foods are laced with the above vitamins so the chances of running low on these vitamins are minimal.

5. Systemic diseases

  • Conditions like uncontrolled diabetes can affect periodontal health.
  • Oral care products – if you have recently switched to new mouthwash or toothpaste, it might cause gum sensitivity, especially if you are allergic to an ingredient in the toothpaste. Luckily, in today’s world, there are strict systems and rules which ensure that any product designed for consumers is safe (if any ingredient can cause adverse effects, companies are forced to state it in their marketing). 

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What Are The Best Essential Oils For Swollen Gums

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With essential oils, there are numerous ways to handle swollen gums. But whichever method you choose, remember that most essential oils are not to be ingested. If you are to ingest them, be careful with the amounts you take. Otherwise, always rinse out the essential oils thoroughly.

1. Sage

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The essential oil of sage is a classic when it comes to dental, oral health and hygiene. It has a fragrance that is pleasing and the many benefits it features have made it popular in commercial products.

A 2015 study revealed that mouthwash made from sage reduces the amount of plaque-causing bacteria from a whopping 3900 to an impressive low of 300.

Sage essential oil has powerful carminative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-oxidant antiseptic, anti-bacterial and astringent properties. Therefore, it helps reduce bacteria levels and prevent acids from gnawing at your gums and teeth. In addition to this, sage oil helps in preventing gum soreness, cavities, and bad breath. Its anti-inflammatory effects will soothe the inflamed gums.

2. Clove

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This is one of the most powerful anti-microbial extracts. Due to its high eugenol content, most dentists use clove oil as a local antiseptic and anesthetic. When I smell it, it made me think of a dentist’s cabinet. It probably will conjure the same thoughts for you as well.

Clove bud essential oil is best used for gum infection. It kills bacteria and prevents further damage to the gums and teeth. In addition, it also has the added benefit of refreshing your breath and maintaining the fresh breath for long.

When using clove essential oil, bear in mind that it is highly potent and as such, you should always ensure you dilute it in a carrier oil. Did you also know that a 2017 study supports clove oil as an anti-cancer agent.

3. Tea Tree

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This is yet another popular essential oil used in aromatherapy. Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial properties. It helps in preventing swollen gums by protecting against bacterial infections and the development of mouth sores. A 2014 study concluded that a tea tree mouthwash can reduce gingival bleeding significantly.

The protection offered is one of a kind and what’s even better; it can be used on children over 2 years old. Given the potency of tea tree oil, if you suffer from seizures and epilepsy, it is wise to check in with your doctor first before using it.

4. Manuka

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This essential oil is up to 33 times more powerful than the famed tea tree essential oil when it comes to protection against specific types of bacteria. The Manuka tree features sweetly scented flowers that bees and butterflies love to land on and consequently pollinate. Manuka honey is also one of the best rated natural remedies there is and a study has proven that it can reduce plaque, gingivitis and periodontal diseases.

Manuka essential oil has powerful antibiotic properties that helps deal with diseases and inflammation caused by microorganism infection. It is milder and smells better than tea tree essential oil and last but not least, it is anti-allergenic.

5. Cinnamon

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Last but not least on our list is cinnamon essential oil. You would not believe me if I told you it is actually much more potent and effective than clove oil when it comes to dental caries. Well, a 2011 study just proved that against 10 types of bacteria involved in tooth decay.

Not only does this essential oil of cinnamon smell great, but it also has a great taste. Cinnamon bark essential oil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antimicrobial and anticancer properties.

In addition, it improves blood circulation to your gums and consequently gives gum regeneration and health a boost. It is not a coincidence that this essential oil is used in various oral health care products. This further testifies to its ability to help improve oral hygiene and prevent gum inflammation.

Cinnamon has also proven to be highly effective in treating neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Other essential oils that you can use for their anti-bacterial properties for gum diseases are myrrh, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary, oregano, thyme, spearmint and lemongrass.

6 Essential Oil Recipes For Gingivitis And For Sore, Swollen, Inflamed Gums

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Recipe 1: Mouthwash recipe for sore and inflamed gums

A homemade mouthwash containing lemongrass oil is very effective in fighting the bacteria that cause plaque, gum disease, swelling and gingivitis.

What you need:

  • Lemongrass – 8 drops
  • Peppermint – 5 drops
  • Tea tree – 3 drops
  • Chamomile hydrosol – 2 oz.
  • Glass bottle

Directions:

Hydrosols are also referred to as floral waters. They are by-products of the steam distillation of essential oils. However, they are not as potent as essential oils. They contain water-soluble vitamins and lots of other beneficial molecules that are missing in the oils. Add the essential oils and hydrosol into the glass bottle and shake well before every use.

Swish some of the mouthwash in your mouth and then spit it out. You can have it in your mouth for as long as you like. Do this twice on a daily basis. Use the blend within 2 weeks or if you’ve made a large batch, store it in the fridge.

Recipe 2: Blend for gum pain and inflammation

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What you need:

  • Peppermint – 4 drops
  • Manuka – 6 drops
  • Myrrh – 3 drops
  • Fractionated coconut oil – 1 oz.

Directions:

Mix the ingredients together and store in a dark glass bottle. Take a spoonful and swish it in your mouth through the teeth for 3-5 minutes. Once done, spit it out. Repeat twice daily.

To relieve gum pain, you can also add 3 drops of clove essential oil to the above blend to provide a numbing effect. 

Recipe 3: Oil pulling for gum swelling

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You can use the oil pulling technique if you find it hard to floss or too painful to do so.

What you need:

  • Sage – 1 drop
  • Clove bud – 2 drops
  • Fractionated coconut oil – 1 tablespoon

Mix all the oils, put the resulting blend in your mouth and swish for 10 to 15 minutes for optimal results. But if you don’t have that kind of patience, 5 minutes will do the magic as well. After the swishing, ensure you do not consume anything for 30 minutes. Repeat three to four times a week.

Recipe 4: Serum for gingivitis and heal inflamed gums

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What you need:

  • Cinnamon – 8 drops
  • Peppermint – 5 drops
  • Tea tree – 6 drops
  • Oregano – 3 drops
  • Fractionated coconut oil – ½ cup
  • Amber glass bottle

Directions:

Pour the coconut oil into the glass bottle, add in the essential oils and mix thoroughly. The serum is ready for use.

Take a spoonful and swish it in your mouth and through your teeth like any mouthwash and then spit it out. Use several times in a day to relieve gingivitis and to heal swollen, inflamed gums. You can also apply 1 drop to problem areas to speed up healing.

Recipe 5: Ultimate oral health blend

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This potent anti-bacterial blend will fight off any infections in your mouth as well as eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath, periodontal disease and cavities.

What you need:

  • Clove – 8 drops
  • Frankincense – 6 drops
  • Peppermint – 7 drops
  • Oregano – 5 drops
  • Thyme – 3 drops
  • Cinnamon – 3 drops
  • Tea tree – 3 drops
  • Fractionated coconut oil – 2 oz.

Directions:

Add each of the essential oils into a 2 oz. (60ml) glass bottle. Then top up the bottle up with fractionated coconut oil. Replace the dropper and cap and give it a good shake before use.

Use 1-2 drops of the blend on your toothbrush every time you brush your teeth. You could also apply a drop of the blend onto swollen and/or painful gums in between the brushing sessions.

Recipe 6: Blend for gum strengthening

What you need:

  • Cinnamon – 5 drops
  • Spearmint – 7 drops
  • Tea Tree – 6 drops
  • Clove – 4 drops
  • Manuka – 8 drops
  • Fractionated coconut oil – 2 oz.
  • Glass Bottle

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a glass bottle. Shake to combine all ingredients. To use, put some medicinal clay on your toothbrush, add 2 drops of the above blend and brush your teeth as normal. 

In all the above recipes, you will note that I have used coconut oil as carrier. The reason behind this is because coconut oil has been found to reduce plaque and gingivitis. It is important that you don’t swallow the blend as it contains toxins and bacteria from your mouth.

Parting Shot

Swollen gums can really get you down. Imagine having tooth pain or having heightened gum sensitivity when eating your favorite meal…Not pleasant!

The best way to prevent swollen gums is having outstanding oral health. But since no one can guarantee to maintain their oral health at 100%, essential oils and the above-listed DIY blends can bail you out.

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The Truth About Food Grade Essential Oils: How Safe Is It To Use Them? https://essentialoilbenefits.com/food-grade-essential-oils/ https://essentialoilbenefits.com/food-grade-essential-oils/#comments Sat, 04 May 2019 20:28:54 +0000 https://essentialoilbenefits.com/?p=5481 The Truth About Food Grade Essential Oils: How Safe Is It To Use Them? Essential Oil Benefits

Woohhh! What is that ear splitting sound and all that pandemonium?

Wait, I know! That’s the cacophony of the war horns being sounded and the chaos of battle lines being drawn by essential oil enthusiasts!

Yes, that’s what happens when you bring up the topic of essential oil ingestion. A much debated subject that has divided the naturopathic community for years, it remains shrouded in controversy and contradictions, despite the growing interest in essential oils.

Now, if practitioners of modern medicine were to pooh-pooh claims involving essential oils and natural ingredients, nobody would bat an eyelid. After all, those guys are not willing to so much as consider the possibility of these extracts being beneficial.

But, when you have proponents of essential oils vociferously criticizing the use of these aromatic extracts in a certain way, it is bound to grab eyeballs and create confusion.

Plus, you can always rely on vested parties to add not just two, but twenty of their own cents to the argument and create a bigger mess. Yes, I am talking about the sellers of the “so-called” food grade essential oils here.

The striking contrast in views can be baffling even for those who have been using essential oils for years, let alone people who have just bought their first few oils.

While one side claims that the ingestion of essential oils is the ultimate way to harness their antioxidant potential, the other side states that the hepatotoxic nature of these extracts can does way more harm than good. So, which side has got it right?

Well folks, I am going to settle this once and for all today and while I am at it, I am going to answer all other questions that you may have about using essential oils internally.

I am Olivia your guide through the aromatic world of essential oils and this is my Exposé on Food Grade Essential Oils!

Sit tight because we are going to bust through several myths and half-truths here. Without further ado, let’s get straight to the point.

Is It Safe To Ingest Essential Oils Or Not?

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Yes and No! I assure you the ambiguity is not deliberate and certainly not meant to confuse you. Let me explain this further. On any given day, you end up consuming at least a drop of essential oil. No, not of one kind but a drop that combines the aromatic extracts of several plants.

Every time you add herbs and spices to your food, you are essentially adding a small amount of essential oil to the dish because these aromatic extracts are responsible for the characteristic flavor and fragrance of spices and herbs.

What’s more, all the condiments and sauces in your refrigerator, in all likelihood, have one or more essential oils in them. Baked goods, confectionary, candy cane, soft drinks and just about every product that has the term “natural flavor/flavoring” in the ingredients list has essential oils in it.

All those infusion teas and even your trusty toothpaste with its fresh minty taste, these and several other products that you use and consume on a daily basis have some amount of essential oils in them. So, it would be safe to say that not a day goes by when you don’t actually ingest some amount of essential oils.

This fact begs the question that if essential oils are so toxic, why aren’t we all dead?

Well, the difference between poison and potion is all about quantity! And, let me tell you, it’s not just essential oils that follow this principle. Most existing medication finds its roots in natural compounds, which are toxic if overused.

Two examples of this include salicilin from the willow plant, which paved the way for the creation of aspirin and the painkiller morphine, which initially came from poppy plants.

Let alone plant compounds, even viper and puffer fish venom have found a place in modern day drug therapy as potent painkillers. To cut a long story short, used in the right amount a lot of compounds that are poisonous help to alleviate health problems.

So, why can essential oils not have the same mechanism of action? Actually, they do! And that is why, I am still alive and writing this article for you despite consuming my daily drop of essential oils from different food items.

The problem is not with essential oils but with the half-baked advices out there!

  • “Put one drop of lavender essential oil on the wound.”
  • “Place a drop of peppermint essential oil under your tongue.”
  • “Add a drop of lemon essential oil to a glass of water.”

Ever come across such precious gems of advice? I sure have and plenty of them too! It’s all bull crap and dangerous bull crap at that folks! Unfortunately, this is the culmination of what can only be called a game of Chinese Whispers. It started off as sound advice on ingesting essential oils, which went something like this:

  • Use with extreme caution and discretion.
  • Under the supervision of a trained herbalist.
  • Only in case of specific ailments that require a high dose of certain bioactive compounds.
  • For a short period of time.

But, after going through overenthusiastic and ill-informed bloggers as well as unscrupulous MLM marketers, we have come to the point where it’s now become safe to gulp down several drops of esoteric essential oils every day for years on together.

Will this approach cause harm? 

Hell, Yes! Think of it this way – A warm or even hot bath is very soothing, but ever tried bathing with boiling hot water?

We eat off plates that are washed with soap, which means that some of the compounds from that soap find their way into our food. These don’t harm us, but this certainly does not mean that we can guzzle down liquid dish wash soap to keep our innards clean. Do you see where I am going with this?

And let me add to that explanation by saying that it’s not just about ingesting essential oils, even when using them topically or for inhalation, there is a safe threshold and you have stay within that upper limit. The only time people have problems with essential oils is when they are not used as they should be.

But why does quantity matter so much when dealing with essential oils?

In their natural form, essential oils account for just 1% or less of the total composition of the botanical raw material they are derived from. A fairly accurate manufacturing average is about 200 lbs. of botanicals for 1 lb of essential oil. For instance, it takes about 260 lbs. of peppermint to get 1 lb of peppermint oil. Similarly, it takes about 150-200 lbs. of lavender blooms to get 1 lb of lavender oil.

Although the specific gravity of essential oils varies greatly, it roughly works out to 40 drops of oil per pound of raw material. With that as our stating point, let’s do some more number crunching.

Now, if you have picked up a peppermint leaf, you know how light it is. So, 1 lb of peppermint leaves would work out to about 40 cups. So, that is a drop per cup. But, this figure can vary greatly, depending on the oils chosen. For instance, a pound rose petals will get a mere 2 drops of rose essential oil. I hope you get the picture here.

Now, tell me this – do you normally consume 1 cup of peppermint leaves or 20 cups of rose petals or ½ cup of clove buds each day? I am sure I got a resounding “no” in response to that question.

Then, why would you want to do that with peppermint or worse yet with clove oil? In fact, most people would not use that much peppermint unless they are cooking for 8-10 people, which means that each person would get 1/10th of a drop of peppermint oil. Plus, the fact that it goes down with a lot of other edible ingredients makes it easier on the gastric lining.

And, peppermint is in no way the strongest of all essential oils. Let me tell you about my personal experience with cinnamon oil. As a noob, I was very keen on harnessing the antioxidant potential of these extracts. So, I came up with the brain storm of adding a drop of cinnamon essential oil to my green tea and I really did go with just a teeny-tiny drop of the oil. But, all it took was the first sip for me to realize how stupid I had been.

My lips were on fire, as was my mouth and throat and it just took a few seconds to feel that reaction. As I sit here typing this piece, I sure am glad that I did not cross the line between bravery and stupidity by gulping down the remaining tea.

I learnt 2 things that day – never take these oils for granted and never underestimate their potency or their ability to do harm. After that experience, I spent years studying these oils and their administration in various forms as well as actually using them in various ways, and that is what equips me to write this piece.

It’s also a matter of which essential oil you are talking about! 

OK, we have discussed the importance of quantity when using essential oils orally. So, should we just go ahead and try a drop of wintergreen or perhaps camphor? Not unless you have taken a shine to the cute doctors in the ER. But, the endeavor would be futile because you will likely end up there in a coma or with organ failure or something worse.

You may have already read about the guy who suffered a near fatal heart attack after trying the famed morphine bomb blend that contains the essential oils of copaiba, balsam fir and frankincense and sometimes marjoram. Do you know how much of this concoction, they are asking people to take?

Try 4 drops each of the blend in a gel capsule, every 6-8 hours. No wonder this guy got so sick. I am surprised he is living to talk about his ordeal.

No, I am not saying that the essential oils caused the heart attack because acute toxicity is rare in that quantity. But they may have exacerbated an existing condition.

Time for another common sense question – so, do you normally chew on frankincense or copaiba (both are resin) or perhaps on several pounds of balsam fir bark?

Come on guys, this is not about science nor knowledge about essential oils. It’s just common sense and logic! Why would you want to ingest the essential oil extracted from botanical material that you cannot/will not eat?

How Can Essential Oils Be Dangerous Internally If They Are Safe To Use Externally?

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What I have discussed above is bound to have ruffled the feathers of a few essential oil fans. Well folks, I promise I love my oils just as much as you do and I also use them internally. But I refuse to play up their benefits or play down the risks associated with their use.

I know a lot of people will dispute my explanations by saying that we do use essential oils externally and through inhalation, which means these oils get into the blood stream. If they don’t cause trouble when administered as such, why would they lead to toxicity when used internally?

Once again, it’s all about quantity. When essential oils are used externally, the maximum allowed concentration is 5%, which can only be used over the short term. This works out to approximately 30 drops per 30 ml (600 drops) of carrier oil or 1 drop for every 10 drops of carrier oil. Now, the first thing to consider is that you would rarely use a single oil. Even if you are working with just 2 essential oils, that would bring the quantity of each oil to ½ drop per 10 drops of carrier oil.

When you apply the blend, you will rarely need more than 5 drops of it. So, what your skin gets is a mere 1/5 or 0.2 drop of each essential oil. Now, the actual transdermal absorption rate is a tiny percentage of this amount. A realistic guess would be 0.002 or 1/500 of each drop. You see how minuscule the amount is? Moreover, not all the active compounds in the oils make it past the first few dermal layers, which means that some of them never get to the blood stream.

Plus, those that do, don’t directly go to the liver, unless they contain compounds that are metabolized in the liver. Generally, most circulate through the system and are eventually purged out through the renal path. But, when you swallow these oils, all the compounds are absorbed into the blood stream and from there taken to the liver.

Depending on the oil used, your liver may not be able to stand that high a dose of bioactives. For instance, adding a few clove buds to a recipe does no harm to the liver but a drop or two of clove oil can cause damage.

But, hey the FDA says it’s safe to use essential oils! 

How can I possibly go against the mighty FDA? Rest assured I am not refuting their claims; far from it. All I am doing here is interpreting their words for what they really are. Yes, the FDA has issued a list of GRAS (generally referred as safe) essential oils

But, nobody said that you can ingest as much of these essential oils as you want and you’ll still be safe. Case in point is the inclusion of mustard oil, which is a strong neurotoxin used in chemical warfare. In all possibility, you must have had this oil in the last couple of days because it is frequently used in commercially made salad dressings, sauces and dips.

But, we are talking about a few drops added to several pounds of other ingredients. So, the bottle you buy has less than 1 drop of it and since you are not going to drink up from it, you have nothing to worry about. However, does this mean you can add a drop or two of mustard oil in a capsule and swallow it? That won’t be a game of botanical Russian roulette but “certain death”!

While some oils are quick to show their toxic effects upon ingestion, the damage caused by others builds over time. Since research is lacking on this front, there is no way to anticipate when the cumulative effects of the toxicity may hit you and how bad they will be. The way I see it, I’d rather be safe than sorry.

So, what’s the end word on the matter, can essential oils be used orally or not? 

Yes, you can use essential oils orally, but in my experience, there are 10 rules that you have to follow judiciously if you want to be safe and get the promised benefits from these oils.

  1. Limit your consumption to no more than 1-3 drops per week, and this too should not be consumed at one time and should not be of just one essential oil (unless this is being done under the supervisions of a herbalist)
  2. Don’t turn this into an everyday affair.
  3. Don’t use essential oils derived from botanicals that are not edible.
  4. Be careful with oils extracted from strong botanical ingredients like cloves, cinnamon and black pepper.
  5. Give your liver and your kidneys a break in between if you intend to ingest essential oils for a few weeks.
  6. These oils should only be used, if at all, over the short term.
  7. Do not use essential oils ever without dilution.
  8. Essential oils don’t mix with water, so that is not the way to dilute them.
  9. It is better to add essential oils, in very small amounts to food items.
  10. If you are consuming them in the form of capsules, always take these immediately before or after a meal.

Essential Oils That Are Safe And/Or Unsafe To Ingest

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Oils that you absolutely must not ingest:

Pennyroyal, wintergreen, eucalyptus, wormwood, thuja, camphor, cedarwood, white fir, birch, cypress, hyssop, pine, mustard and sage

Oils that should be ingested with extreme caution:

Nutmeg, clove, fennel, sweet basil, dill, lavender, anise, may chang, Melissa and lemongrass.

Oils that are deemed safe for ingestion within reason:

Coriander, garlic (very small quantities), clove ( very small quantities), chamomile, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon (bark), cumin, clary sage, ginger, lime, coffee, lemon, black pepper, rose, saffron, orange, spearmint, tangerine, thyme, turmeric, rosemary, oregano and vanilla.

Oils not included in the safe list should not be used. Also, do not use essential oils that have been solvent (CO2) extracted. Essential oils should not be ingested at all by women who are pregnant or breast feeding, children and adolescents, people who suffer from renal (kidney) or hepatic (liver) issues, those who suffer from cardiac arrhythmia and epilepsy and/or are using blood thinning medication and painkillers.

Phew! I know that’s a lot of information but, if you are still with me, I am sure by now your next question is:

After all that trouble, will I get the promised benefits from the oral use of essential oils? 

In commercial food product manufacturing, essential oils are strictly used for flavor. Nobody cares about the therapeutic benefits  they offer. Well, that’s one way of using it and if that’s what you are going for use it as you would any herb or spice. You can add them to sauces, curries, baked goodies and more.

But, if you want to derive health benefits from these extracts, they have to be used at low temperatures because exposure to heat will cause the degradation and evaporation of at least some of the bioactive compounds in them.

6 Things To Remember When Using Essential Oils Internally!

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1. Dilution is the key to safety

If you are using gelatin capsules for ingesting the blend, dilute the essential oils by using a vegetable oil. Fill the empty caps with 20% essential oil and 80% carrier oil to prevent gastric side effects. In fact, I strongly recommend that you dilute them even if you intend to use enteric coated capsules.

Although these may protect your stomach from harm, your liver would still get a straight dose of the essential oils. Using honey to dilute is another option. However, this one only works when you don’t intend to have more than a drop of the extract of your choice. If you want to add the honey-oil blend to water, make sure to use warm water and whisk well to disperse the oils before drinking.

2. There is no such thing as food grade oils

Yes, you heard it right and if anybody tells you otherwise, they are lying through their teeth. The only thing you can do is buy pure, unadulterated, steam distilled and organic oil from a trusted manufacturer. There are no grades to essential oils, neither therapeutic nor food grade. What therapeutic means is that the oil is suitable for use on the skin and for inhalation since it isn’t a perfume oil.

But, if you intend to use an essential oil internally, what should matter to you are the manufacturing and storage practices. Needless to say, you should only buy essential oils extracted from organically harvested plant material or those that have been wild-crafted. Do not use oils that have been solvent extracted. The storage and handling of these oils is also important because the last thing you want to do is ingest oils with degraded bioactive compounds.

3. Store properly

If you intend to use essential oils for cooking, make sure that you store them appropriately. Remove as much of the oil as you intend to use and store the rest away from direct heat and light. Do not keep the bottle open for more than a minute. One way to do this is to work with a single oil at a time. So, if you need 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops orange, open only one bottle at a time.

Measure the appropriate amount into a small glass bowl, put the cap back on the bottle and then move to the next oil. Once you have as much of the oils as you need, store the bottles in your pantry or in a shelf that isn’t close to the stove.

4. Make them work in your recipes

Only a drop of an essential oil is enough to replace 1-2 tsp of the dried herb or 3-4 tsp of the fresh herb. For citrus oils, 2 drops will give the same flavor as a tablespoon of the zest. You certainly don’t want to ruin the dish by adding too much to it, and it is very easy to end up doing just that when you are handling strongly flavorful oils like cinnamon.

So, start at the minimum quantity possible and then add more if required. Essential oils are best used at the end of the cooking phase. The longer they are subjected to intense heat, the more they lose in terms of their flavor and their therapeutic benefits. If you cannot avoid actually cooking with the essential oils, as is the case when these extracts are used in baking, adding a drop of the oil to the glazing, icing is a good way to ensure that you get the desired intensity of the flavor.

5. Get the quantity right

You already know what you can get out of a drop of an essential oil as far as flavor goes. So, what do you do when you don’t need a drop? If you need about 1/8th of a drop, which will be the case if you are making a bowl of soup, dip a toothpick in the oil, coating about an inch of the wood with it and then swirl it in the hot broth to impart the flavor of the herb to the dish.

Do, this after pouring the soup into the bowl and right before you serve it. If you need ½ of a drop, take a drop of oil in a teaspoon and then let it flow from the spoon into a bowl. What you have left on the spoon will be about ½ or 1/3rd of a drop. Another way is to simply add a drop of your preferred essential oil to an oil based garnish which can be added to a dish as the final touch. I have a recipe further ahead that explains how to do this.    

6. Don’t overdo things by using multiple modes of administration

If you are ingesting a particular essential oil, don’t use it in any other way on the same day. This particularly holds true if you intend to take it by using gelatin capsules. So, if you have already had your one drop of coriander or cumin oil for the day, don’t add to its build up in your system by also applying it on your skin or using it in inhalation.  

7 Lip Smacking Delicacies (Food And Drink Recipes) With Essential Oils In Them!

1. The warming tea that gets you going

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This is my version of the classic masala chai of India. It contains a lot of warming oils, which are just perfect for when the winter blues are getting you down both mentally and physically. The brew is best had with a sweetener (sugar, honey or stevia; the choice is yours) and milk (dairy or plant). You will need:

  • 3 drops each of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper essential oils
  • 1-2 tsp of black tea (this recipe calls for a particularly strong brew)
  • Sweetener of your choice as per your requirement
  • Milk as required

Method:

Make the blend by mixing all the oils and store it in an amber glass bottle, preferably in the refrigerator or in the pantry. Brew the tea as you normally would, adding sweetener and milk as required. Dip 2 tooth picks (1 inch of the wood) into the bottle of the oil, remove and swirl the tea with them (or use ½ drop of the blend as explained above). This invigorating and warming beverage is best enjoyed in the morning or in the late afternoon when you are hit by the noon-slump.

2. Porridge for breakfast and dessert

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This hearty porridge makes for the smoothest and most delicious comfort food ever. You can have it warm or chilled and it can be served with fruits or other desserts. Rose and cardamom essential oils are not only offer potent antioxidant benefits but also help to boost libido, so this porridge works exceptionally well as an after-dinner dessert. You will need:

  • 5 cups of rice
  • 3 cups of condensed milk, thick coconut milk or almond milk
  • Sweetener as required
  • 1 drop each of rose and cardamom essential oil
  • ¼ cup blanched almond cut into thin slices

Method:

Cook rice as normal but add a bit more water than you generally do because you want the grains to be well broken and soft. Drain out the excess water if any. You are going for a pudding like consistency. Turn the heat down and add milk to the rice along with the sweetener. Allow to cook for 15-20 minutes on medium low heat till you have a smooth and creamy porridge.

Add the blanched and sliced almonds to the porridge and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take the porridge off the stove and add the essential oils. Mix well and serve hot or cold. If serving the porridge hot, use rose petals for garnishing. If serving it cold, use assorted frozen berries as garnish. 

3. Healthy garnish for curries and soups

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This flavorful cream is perfect for making delightful swirls on soup and curries. It looks great, tastes amazing and it will tackle any tummy troubles that you may have. You will need:

  • 1 cup coconut cream/milk cream
  • 2 drops of cumin
  • 1 drop each of coriander and fennel essential oils

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together in a medium sized salad bowl and whip for 20-30 seconds; a wire whisk will do fine because you just need a bit of air in there, which will stop the cream from sinking to the bottom of the soup bowl. After a round of whipping, use a spoonful of the flavorful cream to pour out a delicious swirl on top of your curry or soup, right before serving. Garnish further with chopped chives or parsley. 

4. Antioxidant salad dressing

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The greens and the raw veggies in a salad offer a host of health benefits but you can double these by using essential oils in your salad dressing. This way you get your daily dose of fiber, vitamins, minerals that do a lot of good for your body plus you get a chock full of antioxidants that neutralize damage causing free radicals. You will need:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup raw honey (manuka preferred)
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 3 drops each of dill, lemon and thyme essential oils

Method:

Mix all the ingredients and store in a quart sized jar, cover jar with tape to minimize light exposure or use a colored glass jar. Refrigerate overnight after preparation. To use, add to any mix of veggies that you prefer, just remember to shake the jar well before use.

5. Delicious compote

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This chunky preserve goes well with just about everything plus it’s super healthy and has incredible immune boosting potential. The use of fennel and anise essential oil in the recipe makes it perfect for women who are battling menopause symptoms.

  • 1 cup strawberries, cut into halves
  • ½ cup dried figs, sliced into quarters with the stem removed
  • ½ orange (large) cut into chunks with peel
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup grape juice (white grapes will do)
  • 1 drop each of fennel and star anise essential oils
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil

Method:

Put the fruits and the juices in a saucepan and simmer on low heat. Keep the pan covered and cook for about 30-45 minutes till the fruits have softened and the juices have almost evaporated. Add the essential oils and stir lightly for about a minute. Take the compote off the stove and let it cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy! 

6. Super food pesto

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If you are not a big fan of greens and cannot sand their taste, this pesto serves as the perfect camouflage for them. The vibrant recipe is a fantastic way to combine the benefits of essential oils, nuts and fresh greens. Enjoy with whatever pasta you like, including zucchini noodles. You will need

  • ¼ cup walnut
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 9 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup basil leaves (without stalk)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 drops basil essential oil
  • 1 drop each of lemon and rosemary essential oils

Method:

Start by roasting the pine nuts over medium heat, stirring continuously till they are a light golden brown. Add a tbsp of olive oil to the same pan and toss in the fresh greens. Continue to stir and cook till the leaves are lightly wilted. Take them off the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Add the nuts and garlic to the bowl of a food processor. You will need one fitted with steel blades.

Process for 15 seconds then add the wilted greens, basil leaves, pepper and salt and run the machine again for another 15 seconds on medium low setting. While the processor is running, slowly add the olive oil through the feed tube. Thoroughly puree the pesto and then add the grated parmesan to it. Process for a minute and then add the essential oils to the mixture. Pulse for another 15 seconds and your pesto will be ready. Remove into a bowl and use immediately with a pasta of your choice. If storing, cover with a thin film of olive oil before refrigerating. When you need more coverage from your pesto stir in some pasta water and you will get the right consistency. Don’t forget to give it a quick stir before serving.  

7. Yummy yoghurt

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This yoghurt is a wonderfully healthy way to start your day and a delicious recipe for when hunger pangs haunt you in the early evening hours. It’s an easy way to combine the nutrition of fruits and the healing goodness of essential oils. You will need:

  • 5 cups of yoghurt (plain or dairy free)
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 drops of orange essential oil
  • 3 thick slices of orange (peel and cut into thick round slices, quarter them, so you end up with large chunks). Usually all that cutting gets you both the juice and the chunks.
  • Liquid stevia to taste
  • ¼ tsp orange zest (optional) or a few frozen berries for garnish

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl except for the orange chunks and the garnish. Whisk till combined. Adjust the amount of stevia as required. Typically, 7 drops is a good starting point but you can add more as per your taste.

Divide the orange chunks between two bowls and pour in the flavored yogurt. Garnish with orange zest or berries. Enjoy! 

And The End Word On The Matter…

As you can see, you are limited only by your imagination when it comes to using these flavorful extracts in cooking. Since you already know about the precautions you should be using, you won’t have too much trouble experimenting with essential oils. The one thing I can say with certainty is that you can expect a world of benefits from these oils if they are used as they ought to be.

That being said, there is just one more thing I want to discuss before I take your leave. We have already spoken about what it takes to ingest essential oils safely, there isn’t anything else to explain there. But, there is one problem area that I have not touched upon as yet – the unintended ingestion of essential oils.

Let us get one thing straight here – if you use essential oils in your mouth, they are bound to trickle down into your tummy. And, that is what we call unintended ingestion. A lot of people prescribe the use of neat essential oils for dental, gum and mouth issues, without waiting to think about the serious damage that this can cause to the actual area of application as well as the throat, the esophagus and the stomach.

A classic example of this is the recommendation to use clove oil for treating toothache. Shockingly, most sites tell you to place a drop of clove oil on the aching tooth or rubbing it on the sore/inflamed gums without any mention of dilution.

Clove oil is very, very strong and has significant hepatotoxicity. If you follow the “1 drop on the achy tooth every few hours” method for a mere 2 days, you will end up in serious trouble. Another gem from the same box involves the use of tea tree oil or some other oil neat and directly on the canker sores in the mouth.

There have been cases when 10-20 drops of administration of such neat oil blends have resulted ER trips, with the user complaining of palpitation, fever, dry heaving, dizziness, throat constriction, high blood pressure, a sense of panic and more.

Another mode of usage that is trouble in the making involves the use of essential oils to flavor water. A lot of people end up ingesting 3-4 drops of citrus oil per day through their flavored water and run a high risk of chronic gastric upset, serious damage to the gall bladder and the stomach lining.

I cannot stress on this enough guys; you CANNOT and SHOULD NOT ever use essential oils neat when ingesting them or applying them on your skin. If you experience any health concerns, as trivial as they may seem at first, stop their oral use and consult your doctor or an herbalist. And, on that note, here is wishing you all Happy Cooking and Healing with Essential Oil potions!

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I consider myself a brave and courageous woman. There are very few things in this life that can faze me. But despite my adventurous demeanor, a chill goes down my spine every time I hear about Parkinson’s disease. I love boxing, and the fact that this disease has affected and will still affect hundreds of boxers makes me guilty for loving the sport.

After the Great Ali, I started learning about other celebrities and people I looked up to with Parkinson’s. Wikipedia gives a looong list of these celebrities (some lived in the age of my great grandfather) – it is insane. On the list is Muhammad Ali, Pope John Paul 2 and Linda Ronstadt. It is really sad especially since these were great icons and a light to the world.

Reading this, you might not know a lot about Parkinson’s disease. But I’m sure you already know its most famous symptom – the tremors, shakes and shivers. This is how it all starts. With this symptom alone, I find myself accurately diagnosing patients on Medical based TV shows like House M.D, The Good Doctor, the Resident and the likes. Yes, I’m that person who turns into a doctor when watching House M.D, turns into a lawyer when watching Boston Legal and a detective when watching NCIS.

With that, I guess it’s time to get started on the learning.

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

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Before Muhammad Ali passed on, he talked a lot about the disease. He tried to create awareness and raise money to help fund research and take care of individuals suffering from it. While he worked so hard on this and achieved a lot, there is still a long way to go and a lot of things to be done.

Simply put, Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It is referred to as progressive because it worsens over time. It is neurodegenerative because, over time, it causes degeneration of neurons in the brain.

Now the brain has lots of neurons sending and receiving messages from the body. But the neurons affected by this disease are the dopamine neurons. They are very few of these neurons in the brain. Dopamine neurons are tasked with the responsibility of producing…you guessed it…dopamine.

Dopamine is a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain. These neurons are located in the substantia nigra. This is a part of the brain that is located in the midbrain and that sits above the spinal cord. When the dopamine neuron cells die, the dopamine levels in the brain take a dip. The reduction in dopamine eventually leads to movement problems as we shall see later on in this piece.

The worst bit about all this is that the degeneration of the dopamine neurons cannot be stopped and the process is irreversible. In its initial stages, you won’t notice anything is amiss. However, as more and more dopamine neuron cells die, a threshold is passed and then symptoms start to manifest.

Before we progress to the symptoms of the disease (mind you movement problems are not the only symptoms of the disease), it is important to point out that not only old people or those above 60 are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It is possible for individuals as young as 50 years (though a small percentage) to develop it. In this case, it’s referred to as Young-onset Parkinson’s.

Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease

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Signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are divided into two – primary and secondary symptoms.

The primary symptoms are related to the involuntary and voluntary function. Most often than not, these symptoms start on one side. They start off as mild and progress with time.

Studies conducted reveal that by the time these symptoms are showing, the disease has wiped out between 60 and 80% of dopamine neurons – insane right? Here are the motor symptoms.

Primary Symptoms

Tremors

Tremors or mild shaking can be experienced in the hands, fingers, feet, arms, jaws, head and legs. The tremors happen when a person is resting and never when they are busy doing a particular chore. The shaking tends to get worse when an individual is stressed, tired or excited.

Rigidity

This is often referred to as stiffness. This is felt when one bends a part of his/her body: the leg, arm or trunk. So when bending the part in question, say the leg, the movement does not feel fluid like it used to. Often, stiffness may cause muscle pains and aches. A loss in the fluid movement of the hands can affect one’s handwriting and even make it a challenge to eat.

Bradykinesia (Slowed Down Movements)

With the onset of Parkinson’s, someone will take a lot longer to complete a particular movement, say waving or lifting the leg. To give you an idea of how frustrating this is, think of the last time you went swimming in a pool or in the ocean. When in the water, it took you a longer time to somersault or run away from your friend than it would have if you were out of the water. This is usually because of the water’s resistance against you. So a person with Parkinson’s disease can complete these movements, only that it will take them a lot longer to do so.

Coupled with rigidity, the two can also affect the muscles on the face causing one to be expressionless. If you’re a poker player, you are probably thinking this would come in handy. Well, it could but the price paid is costly. It is like wearing a mask and not being able to smile, frown or laugh. Your life will literally feel like it has no seasoning.

Postural Inability

Impaired or worse still, lost reflexes make it really difficult to adjust one’s posture to keep balanced. Postural instability will lead to frequent falls. This can be super dangerous especially when moving down the stairs or when handling sharp objects.

Parkinsonian Gait

Individuals in whom the disease has progressed may develop a shuffling walk. They may adopt a stooped position and even lack arm swinging. For most, it may prove challenging to start walking or make turns. Yes, you never think about these things, you just do them. For patients with Parkinson’s disease they may have to concentrate to be able to complete them. In addition to this, they may freeze while walking and even fall forward. This may sound comical (something we have seen numerous times in cartoons animations), but in real life, it is quite sad and depressing.

Secondary Symptoms

Loss of smell

Having the ability to tell what food is before you or being prepared without looking at it is awesome. Life without a sense of smell is unimaginable. But this is the reality individuals with Parkinson’s disease have to deal with. Some (since the disease manifests differently and uniquely for all) experience trouble smelling foods including dill, pickles, licorice, and bananas.

That said, you should note that your sense of smell may dip if you have a stuffy nose, a cold or flu. But once these have passed, it comes back to you.

Problems sleeping

Though not always, tossing and turning while in bed could be a clear sign of Parkinson’s disease. Sudden movements while in deep sleep could warrant a visit to the doctor for a check-up. Before anything is confirmed, you should not jump to conclusions especially if this is the only ‘symptom’ you are experiencing.

Constipation

Yes, if you strain to empty your bowels on a daily basis, it could mean you have Parkinson’s disease. You should speak to your doctor. But while you prepare to do so, you should evaluate your condition since constipation is a symptom caused by other ailments in the body as well.

For instance, not drinking the recommended 8 or more glasses of water on a daily basis or having enough fiber in your diet could cause you to walk into the bathroom with a novel (and we all know what that means). Also, some medications, especially pain medication have constipation as a side effect.

But if the above are not causes of your constipation, you should seek medical attention.

Low or soft voice

There are some individuals who naturally have soft and low voices. It does not mean that they have Parkinson’s disease. However, if there is a sudden change in your voice, you should seek medical assistance. You might think people around you are losing their hearing only to realize that it is you speaking all too softly.

Fainting or Dizziness

Parkinson’s disease is often denoted by dizziness when one stands up. The dizziness could also be accompanied by fainting as a result of low blood pressure.

If you haven’t eaten the entire day, it is normal for this to happen as it only means you are running low on sugar. If not, get medical assistance first. You are better safe than sorry.

Other symptoms include:

Stages Of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease progresses in stages as described below.

Stage 1

In this stage, an individual’s experiences mild symptoms. They generally are not intense enough to interfere with daily chores. Slight tremors and other movement symptoms may be experienced. They will appear on one side of the person’s body. Walking style, posture, and facial expression changes may occur.

Stage 2

The symptoms get worse. Rigidity, tremor and other physical symptoms move to the other side of the body as well. Poor posture and problems with walking are apparent. An individual may still be in a position to live alone but daily activities are clearly getting more difficult to complete.

Stage 3

This is the mid-stage. In this stage, slowness of movement and loss of balance are clear. An individual experiences falls often. Though still completely independent, the symptoms are severely impairing simple activities like eating and dressing.

Stage 4

In this stage, the symptoms are limiting and severe. Though one can stand, they need assistance. To walk one will need a walker. In this stage, daily tasks are impossible to complete and one cannot live alone.

Stage 5

This is the last stage. It is the most advanced. Rigidity in the legs causes one to lose their ability to stand and even walk. At this point, an individual may be bed-ridden or need a wheelchair to get around. 24-hour nursing care is required. One may also experience delusions and hallucinations.

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Technology in the medical world has significantly improved over the years. However, even with the improvements, doctors are still unsure what really causes Parkinson’s disease. What they do know is how the illness starts (with the death of dopamine neurons).

But while the trigger for the death of these cells is unknown, scientists think that its occurrence is related to the environment one’s living in and genes. Below is what scientists think about the cause of Parkinson’s disease.

The role played by genes

Genes are like the body’s instruction manual. They contain information regarding the body. They determine how many eyes, eyebrows, mouth, and hands one will have, or tall or short they will be, how far apart the eyes will be, the density of hair and the color of your skin and hair. Every tiny detail is dictated by the genes. A slight change in any gene causes a major ripple effect that can be seen on how the body forms and operates. At times these changes mean one is susceptible to certain diseases.

There are specific changes that are likely to cause a rise in one’s risk to develop Parkinson’s disease. These changes play a part in about 1 out of every 10 cases of Parkinson’s patients.

That said, it does not necessarily mean that you will get the disease if you have these changes. Some will and some won’t. At times it has to do with something present in your environment.

Can parents pass down the disease to their children?

Well, yes, it has happened before, but honestly, the occurrence is quite rare. It affects a very small percentage of families. Studies show that the families affected are 1 in every 100 families.

How does the environment come into play?

How your environment comes in, in all of this is quite tricky. This is partly because with the environment, there is a lot of ground (pun intended) to cover. It includes everything that isn’t your genes. This could be your diet, where you live, the chemicals you have come into contact with and a whole lot more.

Not only this, it also could take ages for effects from your environment to manifest as a disease. So far, all doctors have are really good clues and hunches. But none have a smoking gun. This is to mean that you could have an entire village living in an area where they are in contact with chemicals connected to Parkinson’s disease but most of them end up not getting it.

Below are studies that have a link with Parkinson’s disease:

  • Particular farming chemicals including fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides
  • Agent Orange – this is a chemical that was used in the destruction of crops and trees back in the Vietnam War
  • Some chemicals and metals used in industries including lead, trichloroethylene, and manganese.

All these materials could come into play depending on where you reside, what you do to earn a living or if you have served in the military. Note that at times these chemicals seep into well water. This could be yet another way the above chemicals could affect you.

Factors That Increase The Risk Of Developing Parkinson’s Disease

With risks, things only get fuzzier. But be it as it may, below are some of the factors that increase one’s risk to develop Parkinson’s.

Age

At the beginning of this article, I pointed out that individuals aged 60 and above are more at risk than those who are younger. However, there is a small percentage of individuals who will develop it at a younger age. As one ages, the risk of developing Parkinson’s along with other diseases increases significantly.

Family History

I’ve pointed this out as well. If your brother, sister or parent have suffered from it, there is a chance that you may develop it too – albeit minimal and the occurrence is very rare.

Work

We all have to work to make ends meet. Growing up the jobs we wanted to do (our dream jobs) may not be what we ended up doing. But because rent has to be paid and food placed on the table, we take what we get.

At times, especially with farming jobs or working in factories, people come into contact with some chemicals that have a direct link with Parkinson’s. I’m not one to dictate or condemn people for the jobs they do, but for the sake of your family and loved ones, even when desperate, be careful with the jobs you decide to take on.

Race

Studies show that Parkinson’s affect white people more than other races. This sounds unfair but then again, it is what it is. Hopefully, some bit of research and time will shed more light on this phenomenon and we get to nip the disease in the bud.

Head injuries (serious ones)

In the event you are involved in an accident that has you hit your head hard enough to sustain a concussion or suffer memory loss, you are likely to develop Parkinson’s disease later on in life. I guess this may explain why Muhammad Ali developed it (I could be totally wrong).

Gender

Yet again, studies show that men are susceptible to Parkinson’s than women. It still isn’t clear why this is the reason.

Residence

Growing up I always believed that rural areas were the best to settle down in and build a family. Industrialization and its negative effects were just too scary for me. But as it turns out, the rural areas are not any better.

Living in the rural areas places you at a risk of getting Parkinson’s because of the farming chemicals that are prevalent in these areas.

What else is known?

As it is, scientists are doing all they can to try and find the root cause of Parkinson’s. They have no additional clues right now, but if the past is anything to go by, they will soon have something tangible – they must for the sake of every patient in the world and the coming generation.

So far, scientists have discovered that patients with Parkinson’s have lewy bodies lodged in their brains. These ‘bodies’ are simply clumps of proteins known as alpha-synuclein. In itself, the protein is normal. However, the clumps are not. They are usually found in areas that control smell and sleep. Their presence in these areas could explain the secondary symptoms.

Additionally, the digestive system may have a part to play in all of this since some cells produce dopamine. Some health experts believe that some of the early Parkinson’s signs manifest in this system. These beliefs need more research though.

Prevention And Treatment Of Parkinson’s Disease

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Currently, there isn’t a cure that exists for Parkinson’s. However, there are therapies available designed to delay the start of motor symptoms and alleviate the symptoms. The different therapies are engineered to increase dopamine levels in the brain by either, mimicking dopamine, replacing it or prolonging its effect by inhibiting dopamine breakdown.

Studies conducted show that the early therapy in stage 1 can delay the onset of the motor-related symptoms including tremor and rigidity resulting in improved quality of life.

The best and most effective therapy for Parkinson’s is Levodopa. This is converted into dopamine. However, it is important to note that prolonged treatment with this substance leads to other side effects including painful cramps and involuntary movements. As such, health experts limit its use until motor symptoms become severe. Levodopa is often prescribed along with carbidopa which inhibits the breakdown of levodopa before it gets to the brain.

In addition to the above medication, patients can also be given anticholinergics, amantadine or entacapone. These work differently but are overall designed to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms.

Aside from medication, patients may also undergo surgical procedures including deep brain stimulation. In this surgical procedure, electrodes are implanted in a specific area of the brain. The electrodes are then connected to a generator that is implanted in the chest and close to the collarbone. This generator is designed to send the brain electrical impulses and reduce symptoms experienced. This treatment method may sound extreme but then again, when you are fighting for your life, every method is an option.

In some cases, doctors may recommend some lifestyle changes including regular aerobic exercises, physical therapy which focuses on stretching and balance. It might be suggested that one consults a speech-language pathologist to help with any speech problems that may arise.

Best Essential Oils For Parkinson’s Disease

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Since the approach with Parkinson’s is to reduce the symptoms and improve the quality of life, essential oils come in real handy. Studies have shown that essential oils are known to have benefits to the body, mind, and spirit. And most essential oils can treat more than one symptom (this is the best part).

Below are the best essential oils to use for Parkinson’s symptoms.

1. Lavender

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If you thought that lavender oil’s ability to heal is restricted to the skin, think again. The aromatic molecules from this oil are powerful enough to deal with inflammation in all parts of the body, including the noggin.

In addition to its noteworthy anti-inflammatory effects, this fresh smelling oil is also a potent antioxidant agent. Studies have shown that a combination of rose and lavender essential oils can be used (inhalation and topical application) to reduce the oxidative toxicity of L-dopa, which is often used to treat Parkinson’s disease.

2. Frankincense

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An extremely potent anti-inflammatory agent, this extract offers multiple benefits when used in to deal with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. For starters, it helps to curb the damaging effects of inflammation on the brain and the body. Moreover, the extract also helps against the stress, depression and mental trauma caused by the ailment.

3. Vetiver

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This is one of the few essential oils that can help with the tremors brought on by Parkinson’s disease. There is also some indication that the soothing and calming oil helps to relieve the speech impairment caused by the ailment. Plus, you can always rely on the earthy and woody aroma of this extract to offer reprieve from stress, anxiety and sleep disorders.

4. Helichrysum

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Another anti-inflammatory agent, this oil is frequently used for conditions that involve widespread inflammation. Although the exact cause of Parkinson’s disease remains poorly understood, a few studies have pointed to inflammation as a likely trigger.

Even if you were to discount this theory, the fact is that the degeneration of brain cells is bound to cause inflammation. Helichrysum oil is one of the most powerful and effective anti-inflammatory agents in nature. So, it certainly has scope as a preventative measure as well as a likely treatment for the condition.

5. Turmeric

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This is one of the few natural substances that have been extensively studied for their effect on Parkinson’s disease and other ailments. Curcumin, a bioactive constituent of the oil, is a well-known and clinically studied neuroprotective agent. In addition to being a potent anti-inflammatory substance, turmeric oil also doubles up as a powerful antioxidant agent, when used topically and through diffusion.

The biggest advantage of using this oil against Parkinson’s disease is that it is one of those rare substances found in nature and in laboratories that actually gets through the blood brain barrier and reaches the part of the body, where it can launch a direct attack on the inflammation and the damage it has caused. Hence, turmeric essential oil can be used to prevent or lower the risk of suffering from the ailment as well as to slow down and possibly halt the progression of the disease.

6. Sweet Marjoram

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Because Parkinson’s disease causes stiffness in the body that impedes movement, it is bound to lead to circulatory problems and muscular pain. The soothing warmth of sweet marjoram oil can be used to deal with both the issues.

The heat generated by the extract helps to draw blood to the sore areas of the body. Also, it boosts the workings of the lymphatic system thus leading to the faster purging of inflammatory chemicals and metabolic waste, which add to the pain.

7. Ginger

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The humble rhizome and the oil derived from it have long been used to deal with muscle pain and stiffness. Another oil that improves the movement of blood and lymphatic fluids in the body, this extract can be employed to deal with pain and edema caused by the movement problems that are hallmarks of PD.

Furthermore, 6-gingerol, which is the active pungent compound in the oil, is a remarkable neuroprotective agent that offers substantial results against several neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

In addition to these, you can use the essential oil of basil for its antispasmodic and analgesic effects; cinnamon bark for its content of cinnamic aldehyde which is a neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory compound; copaiba for its ability to relieve tremors and nerve dysfunction and pain and clove for its content of beta-caryophyllene that exerts a neuroprotective effect on dopamine neurons.

Essential Oil Blends To Help With Parkinson’s Disease

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Recipe 1: Muscle Relief Parkinson’s Formula

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What you need:

  • Clove – 3 drops
  • Ginger – 5 drops
  • Sweet Marjoram – 7 drops
  • Basil – 5 drops
  • Argan oil – 1 oz

The above essential oils have excellent pain-reliving properties on their own. However, when used together, their painkilling and healing properties are amplified. For the resulting blend to be effective, you need to pay attention to the ratios above and introduce a carrier oil which allows the blend to penetrate deep into the muscles.

Blend the oils in a small glass bottle. Apply a few drops on your palm and massage on affected muscles, back, legs, neck and other vita flex points on the feet.

Recipe 2: Tremor Relief Stabilizing Blend

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What you need:

  • Coconut oil – 1 oz
  • Frankincense – 4 drops
  • Helichrysum – 5 drops
  • Copaiba – 3 drops
  • Vetiver – 8 drops

Helichrysum and frankincense help to reduce inflammation and vetiver essential oil, on the other hand, will help with mild tremors.

Mix all the oils together in a dark amber bottle and get someone to massage the blend at the back of the neck and along the spine twice daily.

Recipe 3: Anti-Stress Parkinson’s Blend

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What you need:

  • Vetiver – 6 drops
  • Lavender – 3 drops
  • Rose – 3 drops
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Cold air diffuser

The above blend can help keep the edge off. When you are feeling overly anxious or are agitated, you can use this blend to help you relax and calm down. I don’t have Parkinson’s but I still use this combo of essential oils to unwind after a tiresome and stressful day.

To make the blend, just mix the essential oils, add to your diffuser and sit back and enjoy the refreshing aroma.

Recipe 4: Uplifting Bath Blend

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What you need:

  • Grapefruit – 25 drops
  • Lavender – 20 drops
  • Geranium – 15 drops
  • Glass bottle

This blend can lift your spirits and help you see life differently. Simply mix the essential oils in a glass bottle. Once the blend is ready, add 8-10 drops of the blend to a warm bath or even use it like massage oil. Remember to dilute in a carrier oil if you are using it for a massage (3-4 drops of the blend in a tsp of coconut oil).

Recipe 5: Blend For Headache & Dizziness

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What you need:

  • Rosemary – 1 drop
  • Basil – 1 drop
  • Clay Sage – 1 drop
  • Frankincense – 1 drop
  • Sweet Almond oil – 1 tsp

The above blend will help if you are experiencing side effects of Parkinson’s disease such as headaches and dizziness. To help reduce your risk of falls, this blend will work perfectly.

Mix all the oils in a small glass dish and apply to your neck, temples, forehead and behind the ears. You can also diffuse the above blend if you prefer – simply add 2 drops each of the essential oils (excluding almond oil) in your diffuser and inhale the vapors. 

Recipe 6: Emotional Rollercoaster Roller Blend

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What you need

  • Lavender – 12 drops
  • Vetiver – 10 drops
  • Sandalwood – 8 drops
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Roller bottles – 10ml

Use the above blend for grounding and to find balance. Add in the essential oils in a roller bottle and top up with coconut oil. Replace the lid and give it a good shake to mix. Use it on the back of your neck, temples and behind your ears. Be sure to store the blend in a cool, dark place away from sunlight.

The Final Word

Parkinson’s is a scary disease. It has been the cause of the demise of many boxers, wrestlers, celebrities and influential people in the world. While there is no known cure yet, there are ways to delay the onset of the symptoms and keep them under wraps. Essential oils are by far the most natural way to do this without the backlash of nasty side effects. Hopefully, a cure for the disease is just around the corner.

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