What’s the best way to use essential oils?

What’s the best way to use essential oils?

Buying essential oils with plans to incorporate them into your self care is almost a rite of passage into the world of natural health. A common question I get from clients who’ve done this is, “Now what?”  A good starting point for learning about essential oils is knowing how to use them. This is a simple question with a complex, long answer. There are some basics though that can provide a good guide to using essential oils safely. So, when do you diffuse essential oils versus apply them to the skin? The sort of simple answer: the best way to administer essential oils depends on what effect is needed. When it’s best to inhale essential oils Use inhalation when there is an issue with the respiratory system, or you want to enhance mood. Inhalation can be done through diffusers, steam tents, aroma lamps, personal inhalers, or smelling the oil directly from the bottle.  When breathing in the oil, molecules enter the respiratory system and then go into the bloodstream to affect the body pharmacologically.  These molecules are far less diluted if you smell an oil in its pure form, close to the nose, so that a higher percentage of the molecules make it into the bloodstream. This is done best through personal inhalers and smelling the oils from the bottle. When you inhale an essential oil two things happen.  The scent of the oil triggers an electrical signal to the brain via the olfactory bulb that then activates a psychological response (memories, pleasant associations, “I like this smell”) The molecules that make up the essential oil enter the respiratory...
Divinely Feminine Chypre Perfume Made with Essential Oils

Divinely Feminine Chypre Perfume Made with Essential Oils

Divine feminine in scent form – wearing chypre perfume infuses me with deep, grounded feminine power. Creating chypre perfume with essential oils adds a healing element to the experience, heightening the fragrance to otherworldly levels. What is chypre perfume? Chypres are a decadent, sophisticated, wildly feminine family of perfumes that evoke early afternoon, barefoot springtime walks on beds of thick moss through old growth forests. Pronounced “sheep-ra” (a fun word to say with a languid French accent), these complex fragrances are built around woody, mossy accords from patchouli, oakmoss, and labdanum, with a citrus top note (traditionally bergamot). They are warm, woody love fests, which makes sense: Chypres were named after the French word for Cyprus, the island birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. The chypre family of perfumes includes versions with woody, fruity, floral, leather, green, or fresh overtones. I gravitate toward the floral which adds rose, jasmine, or other flowery scents to the profile and gives the fragrance a lovely sweetness. What is used in chypre perfumes? Meleg Perfumes posted an exciting floral chypre formula which I adapted to an essential oil based solid perfume style. The outcome: out of this world! It transports me to a place of full-hearted, fully-realized feminine power. Mr. Meleg’s original chypre formula: 20 parts bergamot 1 part oakmoss 2 parts patchouli .2 parts labdanum .3 parts rose .3 parts jasmine or ylang ylang .1 part alpha ionon (optional) .1 part c-12 aldehyde at 1% .1 parts vanillin Civet musk to your taste My chypre adaptation with essential oils I made one jar of aromatherapy solid perfume, as follows. 1 drop patchouli...
Flower Essences versus Essential Oils

Flower Essences versus Essential Oils

Essential oils are practically a household term at this point. I bet you have at least one friend who is currently selling oils or you have experimented with them yourself. Maybe you even have a Pinterest board of favorite blends and use your diffuser as a natural air freshener. But very few of my clients are familiar with or have much knowledge of flower essences. If this sounds like you, you are missing out on a whole other world of healing and emotional support. What are flower essences? Part of the field of vibrational medicine, flower essences are infusions in which the energy of a flower has been imprinted into water (usually with a tiny amount of brandy or other alcohol for preservation). They have no aroma, which is the most obvious difference between essential oils and flower essences. They are safe to use internally, on the skin, and in room sprays, for any person or animal. Plants vibrate at a similar frequency to the higher vibration emotions, and when introduced into the body they help the person shift the lower frequency emotions like fear, and move toward higher ones like joy. They can be catalysts for deep healing. They work with a person’s healing process, gently shifting the energy of the body into a more healthy realm. They do not mask negative aspects but rather help integrate and then bring the person’s energy into a harmonious state. “Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants which interact with these subtle bodies of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. We can say that...
Creating a Seasonal Atmosphere with Essential Oils

Creating a Seasonal Atmosphere with Essential Oils

Evoke the feeling of Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall any time of year, or provide an extra boost to the season at hand with essential oils. Each season we instinctively mirror the activities of Nature. Spring is a time of rebirth for the flowers, trees, and animals, and a time of “spring cleaning” of our homes, minds, and hearts for us. Essential oils with energetic brightness like bergamot, lemon verbena, and lime support new beginnings and fresh starts. Summer is a time of growth and well-being in Nature, as it is a time when we naturally are more active, drawn to the outdoors, and feeling relaxed. Those feelings can be evoked year round with the gorgeous floral notes of neroli, rose, and ylang ylang essential oils. Autumn innately brings back-to-school busyness (even if you aren’t in school anymore) and a deep desire to complete any lingering projects from the Spring and Summer. We see this in Nature, too, with the squirrels storing away their nuts, and the bounty of the Summer growing season ready for harvest. Essential oils like melissa, cypress, and nutmeg support our need to keep our energy up as we scurry from place to place and complete our to do lists. Winter finds animals hibernating, plants and trees digging deep into the earth, Nature quietly at rest and restoring its energy. Our lives also slow down, and we nestle in with our families. We tend to be more introspective and quiet this time of year, with its longer nights and shorter days. Essential oils that can help us adapt and thrive during Winter are warming spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. Download the full...
Seasonal Health and Transitions

Seasonal Health and Transitions

Essential oils were made for easing anxiety, depression, heaviness of spirit, and sadness, all of which can creep into our lives during the change of seasons. Essential oils are at their most effective for these times of transition, when we need an infusion of brightness and grounding. Comment below with which oils have worked for you, or with questions about how to use the ones I’ve suggested in the graphic. Have a wonderful autumn! Download the full Seasonal Health & Transitions...