• 16Mar

    I received my bottle of lavender pure essential oil from Melaleuca today and I just couldn’t wait to try it on!

    After a nice cool shower today, I dabbed a few drops of lavender oil (neat) onto my temples and massaged some onto my scalp and hair.   These days, I am really hooked on my essential oils.   Applying the essential oils onto my body and smelling them make me very happy. The aroma of the oils uplifts my soul and helps me to destress.

     

    Lavender is a herb. The flower and the oil of lavender are used to make medicine.

    The scent of lavender essential oil reminds me of the scent of chamomile and chrysanthemum flowers when seeped in hot water to make tea.

    Benefits and Uses of Lavender Essential Oil

    Lavender is used for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness and depression. It is also used for a variety of digestive complaints including meteorism (abdominal swelling from gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity), loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas (flatulence), and upset stomach.

    Some people use lavender for painful conditions including migraine headaches, toothaches, sprains, nerve pain, sores, and joint pain.

    Lavender is applied to the skin for hair loss.  It also helps to kill lice, lice eggs, and nits. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCB) says that lavender is possibly effective for treating alopecia areata (hair loss), boosting hair growth by up to 44 percent after just seven months of treatment.

    Lavender essential oil restores skin complexion and reduces acne. According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne.

    Some people add lavender to bathwater to treat circulation disorders and improve mental well being.

    By inhalation, lavender is used as aromatherapy for insomnia, pain, and agitation related to dementia.

    Regular use of lavender essential oil provides resistance to a variety of diseases. It is well-known that lavender has antibacterial and antiviral qualities that make it perfect for defending the body against rare diseases like TB, typhoid, and diphtheria, according to early research in the 20th century.

    Stimulates urine production, which helps restore hormonal balance, prevent cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), and relieve cramps and other urinary disorders.

    Lavender oil can also used to repel mosquitoes and moths, which is why you will find many mosquito repellents that contain lavender oil as one of the primary ingredients.

     

    Caveat

    As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender essential oil as the safety of lavender oil for these conditions hasn’t been identified. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) also warns against using lavender oil when taking medications like barbiturates, benzodiazepines and chloral hydrate, as it may increase their sedative effects and cause extreme drowsiness and sleepiness.

    It may also cause allergic reactions to people that have unusually sensitive skin. Some people may also witness nausea, vomiting and headaches due to either common or excessive use of lavender oil.

    Most importantly, lavender oil should never be ingested, only topically applied or inhaled through means of aromatherapy or similar activities. Ingestion can cause serious health complications, characterized by blurred vision, difficult breathing, burning eyes, vomiting, and diarrhea. So, even if you think that lavender oil is a wonderful miracle cure, don’t get overzealous and start popping it into your mouth.

     

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  • 03Mar

    Essential oils – my new found love of late 🙂

    It all started when I brought Cass to a physiotherapist in Hong Kong last December. She is a family friend of ours and she taught me how to administer some massage techniques on Cass using essential oils and carrier oil.

    I especially LOVE peppermint pure essential oil.  I dab a few drops of peppermint essential oil all over my head, face and body several times a day. The scent is awesomely uplifting and cooling and it melts away my stress right away while stimulating my mind and purifies my soul.  Peppermint oil is also one of just a handful of oils that can be taken internally, but be sure to get good grade of pure and unadulterated peppermint oil.

    Here is half of my loot of the essential oils that I recently purchased:

    The bar of soap, which is a complimentary gift from the shop is made with essential oils.

    Essential oils can help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell.

    Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally.  You can apply them directly onto your skin, inhaling, or use through a diffuser.  I am currently only applying the oils topically onto skin and scalp. It is only a matter of time before I get a diffuser!

    Technically, essential oils aren’t oils at all, as they lack fatty acids. Rather, they’re highly concentrated plant components. It can take a huge amount of a plant to get out even a small portion of essential oil — 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses are needed to get just one pound of oil, for example. This is why some essential oils are particularly expensive.

    There are some general tips for using essential oils that apply regardless of the type.  One should get a high-quality therapeutic-grade oil: pure, medicinal, and steam distilled. Never apply most oils directly to your skin, as their high concentration can cause a reaction or irritation. Instead, essential oils should be diluted with water or a carrier oil like jojoba or almond.  And with a few exceptions,  essential oils should not be ingested.  Always talk to your doctor about health concerns, especially if they represent sudden changes in your well-being.

    My favorite carrier oil is extra virgin coconut oil.  I add a few drops of peppermint, oregano and melaleuca (tea tree oil) into my extra virgin coconut oil and massage Cass’ body and feet every night.  Oregano, melaleuca and coconut oil  have antibacterial properties.  I use the same mixed blend of essential oils to moisturize my body, hair and face after bath each day.  It’s free from preservatives and harmful chemicals and are way more affordable than overrated expensive skin care products. The oils give my hair a very natural shine and removes the frizziness.

    I use undiluted cucumber essential oil to apply on my face, in particular around my eyes.

    When my lips feel dry, I dab a few drops of cucumber oil + coconut oil to moisturize them.

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    Cucumber essential oil when combined with a carrier oil such as olive oil is perfect for moisturizing the skin and for deep skin cleansing.

    Cucumber has cooling effects and can treat skin problems such as acne, blackheads, boils, eruptions, and eye puffiness.

    Cucumber detoxifies the skin due to its proteolytic enzymes, vitamin B1, and C content.  Use regularly to help freckles fade over time.

    Cucumber helps rejuvenate your skin and give your face a healthy glow. A couple of drops of Cucumber oil with Witch Hazel makes a great toner for combination skin.

    Where To Order?

    Pure and unadulterated essential oils are very costly.  I got my first batch from essentialoils.com.my. This online store carries affordably priced essential oils.

    I have also bought my peppermint oil from a pharmacy, which did not come cheap.

    Young Livings essential oils are a little steep for me.

    I’d love to get my essential oils from doTERRA but I can’t seem to hunt down a local outlet here.  I got my first bottle of doTERRA pure peppermint essential oil from our phsyiotherapist friend in Hong Kong.

    I am going to get my new batch of essential oils from Melaleuca soon.    If you need help to get them from Melaleuca, I’ll be glad to help you order them at member price 🙂

     

     

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  • 21Jan

    A good friend in Hong Kong gave us a bottle of peppermint essential oil.  She is a trained physiotherapist.  I use it during my therapeutic massage for Cass every night and alternate the peppermint oil with melaleuca oil (tea tree oil).  I mix my peppermint oil / melaleuca oil with coconut oil (carrier oil) and use the concoction for body massage and scalp massage.  A sniff  of peppermint oil can boost my mood instantly.  The scent of peppermint oil is therapeutic enough for me. Peppermint is one of my favorite scents which I can never get enough of.

     

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    Above – photo credits to OrganicFacts.net

     

    Why might you want to add peppermint to your natural medicine chest?  Here are 21 valuable uses for this therapeutic plant.

    1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Peppermint oil capsules have been described as “the drug of first choice” in IBS patients, as it safely helps alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. Research has shown that it is effective in children and adults alike, with one study showing a 50 percent reduction in “total irritable bowel syndrome score” among 75 percent of patients who tried it.

    2. Colonic Spasm and Gas

    Peppermint oil is an effective alternative to drugs like Buscopan for reducing colonic spasms. It may also relax the muscles of your intestines, allowing gas to pass and easing abdominal pain. Try peppermint oil or leaves added to tea for gas relief.

    3. Gastric Emptying Disorders

    In people with functional gastrointestinal disorders, peppermint may be useful to enhance gastric emptying.

    4. Functional Dyspepsia (Upset Stomach and Indigestion)

    Supplementing with 90 milligrams (mg) of peppermint oil, along with caraway oil, “much or very much improved” symptoms of functional dyspepsia in 67 percent of patients.  If you have an upset stomach, try drinking a small glass of water with a few drops of peppermint essential oil added.

    5. Infantile Colic

    Peppermint is at least as effective as simethicone in the treatment of colic in infants.

    6. Breastfeeding-Associated Nipple Pain and Damage

    Peppermint water helped to prevent nipple cracks and pain in breastfeeding mothers.

    7. Tuberculosis

    Inhaled essential oil of peppermint helped to rapidly regress tuberculosis inflammation, with researchers suggesting it may help prevent recurrences and exacerbation of the disease.

    8. Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

    Extracts from peppermint leaves may inhibit histamine release, which suggests it may help alleviate hay fever symptoms.

    9. Shingles-Associated Pain

    A topical treatment of peppermint oil resulted in near-immediate improvement in shingles-associated pain, with the results lasting for two months of follow-up treatment.

    10. Memory Problems

    The aroma of peppermint has been shown to enhance memory and increase alertness.

    11. Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea

    Peppermint oil effectively reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea, and at a reduced cost compared to standard drug-based treatments.

    12. Prostate Cancer

    Peppermint contains menthol, which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.

    13. Radiation Damage

    Peppermint may protect against DNA damage and cell death caused by radiation exposure.

    14. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1

    Peppermint has been shown to help inhibit drug-resistant herpes simplex virus type 1.

    15. Dental Cavities and Bad Breath

    Peppermint oil extract has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in inhibiting the formation of biofilm formations linked to dental cavities. Powdered peppermint leaves have also been used historically to freshen breath and whiten teeth; you can even add a drop or two directly to your toothpaste.

    16. Respiratory Benefits

    Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and decongestant, and may help clear your respiratory tract. Use peppermint essential oil as a cold rub on your chest or inhale it through a vaporizer to help clear nasal congestion and relieve cough and cold symptoms.

    17. Headaches

    Peppermint oil may help relieve tension headache pain. For headache pain, try dabbing a few drops on your wrist or sprinkling a few drops on a cloth, then inhaling the aroma. You can also massage the oil directly onto your temples and forehead.

    18. Stress

    Peppermint oil is cooling and energizing. Add a few drops to your bath, or dap a few drops directly on your body then get into the tub, for near-instant stress relief. You can also put the oil into a burner for a stress-relieving aroma.

    19. Hair and Skin

    Try blending peppermint oil into your massage oil, shampoo, bodywash or body lotion. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help cool your skin and remove dandruff (and lice) from your scalp.  Some people believe that  massaging peppermint oil on the scalp stimulates hair growth.

    20. Asthma

    Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid (also found in rosemary), which may help to reduce inflammation-causing chemicals in people with asthma.

    21. Muscle Pain

    Peppermint may help to relieve muscle spasms and pain. Try massaging its essential oil onto sore muscles or adding it to your bath water for muscle pain relief.

    Other uses

    Peppermint in various forms is also used for treating a number of other conditions, including dental plaque, shingles, urinary tract infection and inflammation of the mouth. However, there is no scientific evidence to confirm its efficacy or safety.

    According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, USA, test tube studies have found that peppermint kills some types of viruses, fungi and bacteria.

     

    Precaution

    Like all plant medicines, extreme caution must be exercised when using extracts and especially essential oils.

    It is important to note that peppermint essential oil is intense and far more concentrated than other essential oils. The topical application of peppermint oil is generally safe, although it is necessary to dilute with a carrier oil like almond or jojoba oil. It is advised that some people may experience a burning sensation or allergic rash, especially with sensitive skin.

    Because it contains menthol, exposure to too much of peppermint oil can cause respiratory problems. Peppermint oil should never be administered around the chest or nasal area of children under 2 years old.

    It’s possible to overdose on peppermint oil, though it’s extremely rare. The dosage amount that is safe varies greatly by individual and method of ingestion. Large amounts of peppermint tea appear to be safe, for example. However, large quantities of peppermint spirit (oil and leaf extract in an alcoholic solution) is not safe.

    Some individuals are allergic to menthol, which is a component of peppermint. If you’re thinking about using peppermint for its benefits, make sure you’re aware of any allergies.

     

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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

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