Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Gentle Aromatherapy Diffuser Blends

Do you have an essential oil diffuser? One of the most common mistakes that essential oil loving folks make is to use an extravagant amount of expensive and potent essential oil in the diffuser and cycle it for too long of time. Did you know that your diffuser should only be on for a maximum of twenty minutes at a time and then it should be turned off for at least an hour?  Did you know that the therapeutic purpose of an essential oil diffuser is NOT to eliminate odors from your home? A diffuser is NOT the same as air freshener!!! Although it will impart a pleasant aromatic atmosphere to the room, the aroma from the essential oils being diffused is not intended to be so strong and overwhelming that you undoubtedly detect a demanding aroma in the air.  Did you know that you should only add enough essential oil so that the volatile aromatic molecules are just barely detectable by your nose?

Special care must be taken when you are enjoying an essential oil diffuser in a situation such as schools, daycares and nursing homes.  Children and elderly are specifically sensitive to essential oils and the affects they bring about.

There is a way to use an essential oil diffuser in a very mild and soothing manner while still having all the amazing therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Allow me to acquaint with you to the “little sister” of essential oil, her name is Hydrosol.
photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs

According to Mountain Rose Herbs, "Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are products from steam distilling plant materials. Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration. When a distiller brews plant material with water in a large cooker the steam fills the pot and, as it rises, it causes the glands of the plants to burst and release the oils and essence of the plant into the steam. The oil rises through a condenser and collects in a separate vessel. This is what we know as essential oil, but what about all that fragrant water that was steamed with the original plant material? That is our hydrosol, or floral water. Hydrosols are usually the result of essential oil production as a by-product but the highest quality hydrosols come from the devoted distillers who, with artist like precision steam the floral and plant material strictly to product a hydrosol." 

All the Hydrosols offered by Mountain Rose Herbs are produced in this fashion and are of the highest quality. Click HERE to learn more. 

Hydrosols are produced during the steam distillation of plant material for essential oils

 Mountain Rose Herbs currently offers twenty-six beautiful and aromatic hydrosols. 

Bay Laurel: Has a bright, slightly medicinal, spicy green aroma, reminiscent of freshly crushed bay leaves. 

Blood Orange: A refreshing hydrosol that is sweet sunshine in a bottle. A sweet citrus aroma. 

Calendula: Refreshing, soothing, sweet, and floral. 

Chamomile: A light fruity floral aroma. Very calming and gentle. 

Clary Sage: Very gentle and calming with a pleasantly herbaceous and bittersweet floral aroma. Much like the essential oil, but much softer. 

Cucumber: Refreshing, cooling, crisp aroma that is perfect for Summer. Smells like a fresh cucumber. 

Douglas Fir: Soft forest-like aroma that is green and slightly balsamic. Transport yourself to a mossy forest. Perfect for gender neutral aroma blends. 

Eucalyptus: Very delightful! Softly camphoraceous and cooling with green undertones. 

Helichrysum: Smells like a diluted version of the essential oil. Dry-green floral with earthy tea-like back notes. 

Lavender: Subtle, relaxing, balancing aroma with sweet floral top notes much like the essential oil but  much more grassier and delicious. 

Lemon Balm: Very calming aroma! 

Lemon Verbena: Uplifting aroma which is perfect for hot cloudy days when you need a little emotional pick-me-up. 

Lime: Crisp, refreshing, invigorating with subtle citrus notes. 

Neroli: Delightful, uplifting, bitter-sweet citrusy floral aroma that is very delicious and complex. 

Peppermint: Minty, fresh, revitalizing, well rounded and robust. Great for misting on the feet and scalp. 

Rose Geranium:Very exotic and floral. One of my favorite bases for the body splash recipes. 

Rose: The QUEEN of the hydrosols. Smells like a rose with complex floral notes. Very sensual!

Rosemary: Energizing and stimulating! Smells very lovely like fresh rosemary. 

Spearmint: Sweet, minty, reminiscent of an infusion of the fresh leaves. Calming and refreshing aroma. 

Tulsi (Holy Basil): Divine! Warm, soothing and slightly spicy aroma. 

Ylang Ylang: Smells exactly like a very subdued version of the essential oil. Sweet, intoxicating and floral. 

If your diffuser requires water (not all do...check your instruction manual), you may find that using hydrosol in place of tap or distilled water and skipping the essential oils is a very appropriate, gentle and therapeutic aromatherapy experience.

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
I have the above pictured SpaRoom Ultrasonic Diffuser that I purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs. I highly recommend this particular model and you can order it HERE.

Hydrosol Blending Ideas.........

  • 3 parts Rosemary Hydrosol plus 1 part Spearmint Hydrosol

  • 2 parts Cucumber Hydrosol plus 1 part Lime Hydrosol plus 1 part Lemon Verbena Hydrosol

  • 2 parts Neroli Hydrosol plus 1 part Ylang Ylang Hydrosol plus 1 part Rose Hydrosol

  • 2 parts Douglas Fir Hydrosol plus 1 part Lime Hydrosol plus 1 part Spearmint Hydrosol

  • 2 parts Peppermint Hydrosol plus 1 part Eucalyptus Hydrosol plus 1 part Bay Laurel Hydrosol

  • 3 parts Lavender Hydrosol plus 1 part Calendula Hydrosol

  • 2 parts Rose Geranium Hydrosol plus 1 part Ylang Ylang Hydrosol plus 1 part Chamomile

  • 1 part Calendula Hydrosol plus 1 part Neroli hydrosol plus 2 parts Lavender Hydrosol

  • 2 parts Bay Laurel Hydrosol plus 1 part Clary Sage Hydrosol plus 1 part Douglas Fir Hydrosol

  • 3 part Tulsi Hydrosol plus 1 part Rose Hydrosol

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs (Click Here)
One of my most favorite hydrosols is Mountain Rose Herbs Lemon Thyme!!! 

"This is a bright hydrosol with an herbaceous citrusy scent and a dry thyme-like undertone. Lemon Thyme hydrosol makes an excellent single ingredient spray, and can also be incorporated into your favorite skin care recipes. It is often used as a base for botanical perfumes and will add a fresh scent to your homemade cleaning products. This hydrosol blends well with bay laurel, calendula, and Douglas fir hydrosols.
Used as a general toner, lemon thyme hydrosol can help stimulate skin circulation and can be applied directly to occasional epidermal blemishes. In aroma sprays and perfume blends, lemon thyme provides a grounded, calming note." -from the Mountain Rose Herbs website (HERE)

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Neroli Sky Perfume Formula

The overture of this enchanting perfume is deep and complex with stirring notes of orange citrus and orange blossoms. You instantly experience a honeyed white floral aroma from the cold-pressed French Neroli essential oil. After a few moments you sense the penetratingly sweet and lush warm orange blossom absolute and the emerald and plummy deep floral characteristic of the Jasmine Sambac absolute. The dry down glories an unexpected and rich darkness of roasted coffee alongside a warm delicious richness from the vanilla bourbon CO2 that is anchored by a subtle tea-like airy whiff from the Jasmine CO2. 

I have created the feeling of strolling through an Italian citrus orchard while sipping a delectable vanilla espresso.  

I use mostly absolutes and CO2 extracts when formulating my perfumes. One great place to  shop for these ingredients is from Eden Botanicals (found HERE). They have a fantastic catalog of perfumery ingredients that will make you swoon! 

One trade secret to making perfume is to allow the concentrate to sit still for a few weeks before you dilute it with vodka or oil. I like to use 175 proof Vodka or clear jojoba oil. You can purchase Perfumers Alcohol that has been denatured but it is very expensive! Always mix your perfume in glass bottles since the absolutes and essential oils will ruin most plastic and synthetic containers. Many absolutes and CO2 extracts are tricky to work with since they are often semi-solid, waxy or solid at room temp. Eden Botanicals offers many tips on working with these precious materials.

Neroli Sky Perfume Formula
makes 15 ml

20 drops Petitgrain Absolute
20 drops French Neroli Essential Oil
6 drops Orange Blossom Absolute
6 drops Petitgrain sur Fleurs Essential Oil
3 drops Jasmine CO2 Extract
3 drops Jasmine Sambac Absolute
3 drops Coffee Bean CO2 Extract
6 drops Vanilla Bourbon CO2 Extract

Place all the drops into a small dark amber glass bottle.  Allow the mixture to age for two to three weeks. Dilute with 175 Proof Vodka to make 15 ml. I like to use perfume roller bottles for the best application. You can also use a perfume spray bottle as well. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Essential Oils for Occassional Anxiety

Essential oils are very well-known for helping uplift your mood and calm your anxious mind. They can help promote a sense of well-being because they have relaxing, soothing and extremely calming therapeutic effects. They may help with the occasional anxious feelings that we all get from time to time.  Here are ten essential oils that are great for helping you relax.

1. Hops Flower (Humulus lupulus): Rich, dry, spicy floral aroma. The essential oil is very well known for its sedative action. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

2. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Very sweet, floral and herbaceous aroma. Besides it ability to heal the skin, lavender essential oil is renowned for its use as a sedative. Great to use before bedtime. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

3. Rose (Rosa damascena): Very rich, deep, sweet-floral, rosy aroma. Very well known to make one happy and as a sedative for an overactive anxious mind. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

4. Neroli (Citrus aurantium): Light, sweet-floral fragrance aroma. It is very popular for its calming effects. Very uplifting. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

5. Orange (Citrus sinensis): Sweet, sugary, and citrus aroma. Very well known as the uplifting essential oil. Many people find the aroma of sweet orange essential oil very calming. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

6. Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis): Very soothing, apple-like aroma. Known for its relaxant and antianxiety properties. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

7. Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana): Bright, sweet and balsamic aroma. It is very comforting when used and may help with relaxing. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

8. Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium): Distilled from the leaves and twigs of the orange tree. A fresh-floral, citrus scent with woody-herbaceous undertones. A great oil to use during times of nervousness. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

9. Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides): Very sweet, heavy, earthy, woody aroma. One of the most grounding  and calming essential oils. Try mixing with lavender essential oil. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

10. Mandarin (Citrus reticulata): Light, fruity, citrus aroma. Orange like essential oil with very calming and soothing properties. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

To make a massage oil, add a total of up to 15 drops of essential oil into 1 ounce of sunflower seed oil.

To use in a diffuser, add a few drops of essential oil into your diffuser to fill your space with the therapeutic molecules of the essential oils. *Follow your diffuser's specific directions.

To use in a bath, add up to 15 drops of essential oil to one tablespoon of heavy cream. Fill your bath with warm water and then swirl the essential oil/cream mixture into the bath. Soak for 20 minutes.

To create a body mist, add up to 20 drops of essential oil to a spray bottle and fill with 4 ounces of distilled water. Shake well and mist over your body and hair.

To make a room spray, add up to 30 drops of essential oil to a spray bottle and fill with 2 ounces of alcohol and 2 ounces of distilled water (or all water). Shake well and spray into the air. Avoid getting on fabric or painted surfaces.

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Anxiety that is severe or chronic should be cared for along with your health care professional. Don't be shy to seek professional help!!!

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Calendula and Sea Buckthorn Lip Balm

This is an ultra-nourishing formula that softens lips and eliminates dryness and rough texture. The calendula infused oil provides advanced healing nourishment and soothing relief to your lips. The repairing sea buckthorn oil provides powerful healing and long-term protection. This lip balm is a first aid blanket for your lips.

Keep your lips chap-free and soft all summer long!

You can make your own calendula infused oil or purchase it ready-made from Mountain Rose Herbs
According to Mountain Rose Herbs, calendula oil is one of the most popular and effective topical oils. This oil makes an excellent base for lip balms. It is gentle and cooling and perfect for anyone spending a lot of time outdoors with high exposure to the elements. It is exceptional for those with sensitive skin. If you don't want to make it yourself (it takes about 6 weeks), you can purchase it from Mountain Rose Herbs. They make small batches that is solar infused in a window at their facility. They only use certified organic Calendula officinalis flowers, organic Olive oil and a touch of Vitamin E Oil. Click here to learn more. If you want to learn how to make it yourself, visit my Calendula Infused Oil Tutorial page HERE.

You can purchase certified organic Sea Buckthorn oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE
Sea Buckthorn oil is a very interesting and therapeutic oil.  It is cold pressed from the entire berry and seeds. This oil is high in essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols and phytosterols. You only need a tiny bit in your recipe to realize the benefits. The color is a natural deep amber red that gives you lip balm a nice sunshine color. Shop Mountain Rose Herbs for Sea Buckthorn Oil. Click HERE.

The middle oil is the bright red Sea Buckthorn Oil. A little goes a long way!
Calendula and Sea Buckthorn Lip Balm
makes seven  0.15 ounce  twist up tubes

1 tablespoon, plus one teaspoon grated Beeswax
1 1/2 tablespoons Shea butter
1 tablespoon Calendula infused oil
1 teaspoon Sea Buckthorn oil
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
10 drops of essential oil (optional) such as lavender, sweet orange or lemon

Measure out the grated beeswax and Shea butter into a glass measuring cup and sit it in a pot with a few inches of simmering water. Stir until melted. Add in the Calendula oil and Sea Buckthorn oil. Stir  again, until melted together. Remove from heat and stir in the Vitamin E Oil and essential oil if using.

Quickly and carefully, pour the melted mixture into lip balm tubes. Allow to cool and harden. Place caps on tubes. This recipe makes enough for sharing!

Save $69 On Argan Oil

I am shocked! Can you believe that Josie Maran sells 100% Pure Argan Oil for a monstrous $96 for four ounces? Don't get me wrong, I sincerely adore Josie Maran! Her natural skin care formulations are quite splendid. On the other hand, for a single ingredient product such as Argan Oil, I truly consider her argan oil awfully high-priced!

Did you know that you can get Certified Organic Argan Oil from Mountain RoseHerbs for merely $27 for four ounces? This is the brand that I have been using for years! I worship Mountain Rose Herbs unrefined, cold-pressed Argan Oil! It is such an extraordinary and exquisite oil that is pressed from the fruit kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree.  Argan oil is a light oil that is quickly absorbed into the skin. It contains high amounts of tocopherols and phenols, carotenes, squaline and fatty acids. It honestly is a sumptuous oil. 

So head on over to Mountain Rose Herbs (shop HERE) and save yourself $69 by purchasing their wonderful Certified Organic Argan Oil!


**I have a partnership with  Mountain Rose Herbs but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post!