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Household Hacks Using Essential Oils

Our home environment is full of toxins from commercial cleaners, air fresheners containing artificial fragrances and personal care products. Using essential oils safely in the home can lessen the toxic load, and at the same time, provide therapeutic benefit.

There are many ways essential oils can be used in the home. Before you begin using them, please be sure you know the safety of the essential oil(s) you wish to use before making your choice. Choose essential oils safe for children, if children are present, and consider the health issues and medication(s) your guests may be on before diffusing. When diffusing, run the diffuser in shorter increments 10-15 minutes on/off at a time for maximum benefits.

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Placing a bowl of dried flowers or unscented potpourri in a bowl near the entry and sprinkling a few drops of essential oils on top can provide a welcome aroma when one walks through the door. Sweet Orange Essential Oil is fresh and inviting, but the possibilities are endless.

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Essential Oil Lover’s Guide to Diffusing

Many archeological discoveries have shown evidence of plant extracts being used for religious and medicinal purposes, and ancient texts reference the use of plant extracts for physical and psychological wellbeing. Early distillation of plant extracts, similar to modern-day essential oils, is credited to Persians around the 10th century, but much of what we know about the beginning of aromatherapy has been learned from ancient Egyptian culture where evidence of burned plant resins, balms and oils have been found in tombs, hieroglyphics and other ruins.

Aromatherapy has evolved since ancient times, and we have only begun discovering the science behind how plant essences benefit our physical and psychological health. Enhancing mood is one of aromatherapy’s most understood benefits. Have you ever smelled your favorite flower or baked goods and couldn’t help but smile? Create a romantic, uplifting, relaxing or other desirable ambiance by diffusing essential oils in your home or car. People diffuse oils purely for the love of a scent, aromatherapy benefits or both. Whatever your reason, it is recommended you use an electric nebulizer or diffuser (steam or fan) to maintain the molecular integrity of the compound because essential oils can breakdown if exposed to heat. On August 15, Lemongrass Spa Products is releasing three new diffuser choices: Welcome Home Ultrasonic Diffuser (steam), Lattice Diffuser (fan) and Wall Diffuser (fan) to go along with our popular Car Diffuser (fan).

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the diffuser to enjoy the aroma throughout your home or car. Along with your favorite individual essential oils and blends, here are ten different combinations to try:Wall_Diffuser_1.jpg

 Do you have a favorite essential oil combination for your diffuser? Let me know in the comments!

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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 4: Expanding Essential Oil Collection

Plant essences have been used for thousands of years to harmonize mind, body and spirit. It is believed the aroma produced by a plant’s essential oil stimulates the sections of the brain responsible for emotions and memory to positively effects mood plus interacts with the body’s hormones to influence specific functions. As a compliment to our home spa experience, Lemongrass Spa unveiled an organic essential oil collection last year, and to further our commitment to providing both purposeful and indulgent products for the entire family, we’re introducing four divine new essential oils to the lineup.

Certified Organic Essential Oils

  • Frankincense Oil (boswellia rivae). Steam distilled. Aroma: clean, woody and spicy aroma.
    • Soothe mind, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, supports immune and respiratory systems

Frankincense blends well with Geranium, Lavender and Lemon. Its spicy aroma also pairs with the Balancing Act blend.

  • Geranium Oil (pelargonium graveolens). Steam distilled. Aroma: floral, sweet, slightly herbal aroma with soft notes of rose.
    • Relaxing, anti-inflammatory, helps calm nerves and fatigue, balances hormones, astringent for skin

Geranium blends well with most essential oils but blends especially well with Frankincense, Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender essential oils.

  • Lemongrass Oil (cymbopogon flexuosus). Steam distilled. Aroma: citrus, herbaceous and smoky.
    • Anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, reduces cellulite, insect repellant, soothes headaches

Lemongrass blends well with Geranium, Lavender, Lemon and Tea Tree. It also compliments the Immune Boost blend.

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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 3: Essential Oil Uses

Used across the globe for centuries, plant essences played a substantial role in medicinal preparations and religious ceremonies. These essences evolved to what we now know as essential oils. While still used for medical and religious purposes, essential oils developed a contemporary following for skincare and household applications. Here are some tips and recipes for practicing with essential oils. Let me know in the comments how you use your favorite essential oils.

Diffusing

Create a romantic, uplifting, relaxing or other desirable ambiance by diffusing essential oils in your home. People diffuse oils purely for the love of a scent, aromatherapy benefits or both. Whatever your reason, it is recommended you use an electric nebulizer or diffuser (steam or fan) to maintain the molecular integrity of the compound because essential oils can breakdown if exposed to heat. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the diffuser, per the unit’s instruction, to enjoy the aroma throughout your house. As an added bonus, a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy suggests diffusing essential oils could be effective in fighting certain air born bacteria.

Skin Care

Customize your Lemongrass Spa products with your special essential oil blend by adding essential oils to an unscented product. Here’s a guideline to help you make your own essential oil creation.

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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 2: Benefits of Essential Oils

Deeply connected to our emotions, scents have the ability to transport us to different times in our personal history and affect our mood. Scientist believe this connection is partly due to the part of the brain responsible for processing scents, located next to the hippocampus, which is crucially responsible for handling and storing memories. Aromatherapy plays off of this relationship to enhance or change a mood.

Inhalation vs. Application

Aromatherapy benefits of essential oils are achieved with two therapies: inhalation and application. Inhalation therapy is used for emotional and spiritual balance. For inhalation therapy, add a few drops of essential oil to a diffuser or combine with water in a spray bottle to mist throughout a room. Application therapy is for purification of the body. Add essential oil to organic fractioned coconut oil or try in your favorite unscented Lemongrass Spa product. Massage into skin, inhale and feel muscle tension release while your mind is eased. See Precautions below for application therapy dilution recommendations.

Organic Essential Oils

  • Lavender Oil (lavandula angustifolia). Steam distilled. Aroma: floral, fruity, herbal
    • Balancing, soothing, calming, relaxing and healing.
  • Lemon Oil (citrus limon). Cold pressed lemon peel. Aroma: clean, citrus, sugary
    • Uplifting and refreshing
  • Peppermint Oil (menthe piperita). Steam distilled. Aroma: minty, warm, herbal, with notes of greenery.
    • Refreshing and cooling
  • Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca alternifolia). Steam distilled. Aroma: warm, herbal, with notes of greenery
    • Uplifting, cleansing and purifying

Blends (combination of organic and wild crafted essential oils)

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