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AROMATHERAPY FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND EVERY DAY!

NOW® Essential oils offer selection and quality to make your world a more scent-sational place.

Essential Oils/Aromatherapy, for Everyday Use

Although Essential Oils (EO) have been used for centuries in therapy and as disinfectants, deodorizers and powerful preservatives (mummification),  with the passing of time we have lost the application of these volatile oils in everyday life.  Thankfully, over the past fifty years, there has been a global resurgence in the use of essential oils, with North America currently experiencing unparalleled interest in their use and efficacy.

The word “Aromatherapy” was coined by the French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefossé.  Working in a perfume house in Paris in the early 20th century, an explosion in the factory resulted in serious wounds to his hands.  In his words; “both my hands were covered with a rapidly developing gas gangrene. Just one rinse with lavender essence stopped the gasification of the tissue” (lavender is the only essential oil that is safe to apply directly on the skin without the use of a carrier oil, e.g. almond, avocado, apricot etc.)  The rebirth of essential oils in the 20th century and beyond began with Gattefossé.

The application of essential oils is nearly infinite. From replacing toxic cleaning products, using them as air fresheners in your home, to applying them to your bath with the help of a carrier oil, they are a safe and effective alternative to conventional options.  As an alternative to synthetic perfumes, pure plant oils are ideal.  Combining Patchouli, Ylang Ylang and Orange Oil will offer you a blend of EOs that will rival any commercial perfume in quality, scent and efficacy.  Efficacy? Why, you may ask?  These oils, and in particular Ylang Ylang, are known for their aphrodisiac qualities.   Whomever it is that you would like to attract, simply try NOW®’s blend “Power to the Flowers”.  The results?  You be the judge!

Perfume Application with NOW® “Power to the Flower”

Include the following in a 5ml glass, roller ball bottle:
Jojoba Oil – 5ml or 1 teaspoon
NOW® “Power to the Flower” – 24 drops.  You can adjust the quantity to your personal taste, typically not using more than 30 drops.
Experience the power!

Pain Relief – topical application

Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) – 2 drops
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) – 8 drops
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) – 6 drops
Combine EOs in 30 ml carrier oil (10% Jojoba and 90% Fractionated Coconut Oil) – apply where needed.

Rodent and Spider Deterrent

Add 5 drops of each of the following Essential Oils in a reusable spray bottle – 8oz
Peppermint (Mentha piperita),
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Lemon (Citrus limon) lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
Simply Clean Dish soap – 1 tsp with a Dash of Simply Clean Vinegar Plus (optional)
Fill bottle with water. Spray affected area.

Household Cleaners

Add EOs to your cleaning water with a teaspoon of liquid soap for emulsification and you have created a safe and effective alternative for your everyday cleaning solutions.

Mold Solution – Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)  

Add 1 part Tea Tree to 10 parts water and spray affected areas.  Voila!  Mold is gone.

Room Deodorizer and Sanitizer

Place an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser in different areas of the home. Add water as directed along with 6-8 drops of your favourite essential oil(s). Enjoy!

Festive Recipe (for diffuser)

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Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica) x 2 drops
Balsam Fir Needle (Abies balsamia) x 5 drops
Juniper (Juniperus communis) x 1 drop

For the novice or newcomer to Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, the readymade formulas that are created by several manufacturers, takes the guess work out of blending. Consider NOW®’s “Peaceful Night”; this is an effective formula that includes some of the most effective sedating/relaxing essential oils; Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and Lavender along with several others.  Purchasing pre-blended formulas offers affordability and convenience.  Always keep in mind that these blends are typically 100% pure oils, as is there single ingredient counterparts, thus, for safety, always use in conjunction with a carrier oil for topical applications.

To ensure that you are choosing a 100% pure essential oil, always look for oils that are sold in dark glass bottles with the words” Pure Essential Oil” indicated on the label.  Premium oils should also indicate the oil’s Latin name on the label. These are merely a few things to start looking for when trying to select a premium essential oil.  These suggestions are a good starting point when trying to identify a reputable manufacturer that strives to produce a premium, 100% pure essential oil.

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Discover the wisdom of our ancestors by rediscovering the power of essential oils.

By: Marva Ward CNP

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