Essential Oils to Boost Immunity Through the Winter Months and All Year Long!
When I started using essential oils to benefit my health, I had no idea how well they would work! I am now officially a true fan of 100% pure essential oils.
As a grandmother of two wonderful boys, essential oils help me stay off prescription drugs and work in natural ways to keep me around longer to enjoy my family. I use peppermint 100% pure essential oil on my feet for plantar fasciitis. I diffuse lavender for a calming atmosphere and my dachshund, Banyon, loves it! I also diffuse my own blend of DisaLino Winter Blend, to protect my family and pets for winter wellness.
As I learn more about the remarkable healing properties of 100% pure essential oils by using them daily and reading about them, I began to realize how powerful and beneficial they are. Essential oils are great for you physicality, but can also help with your mental and emotional well-being.
I continue to learn about essential oils and their many benefits. The cold weather is officially here and with viruses around, below are my top 100% pure essential oils to aid in keeping the doctor away through the winter months and all year long.
Lemon essential oil has mood-boosting, astringent and antibacterial effects. Enjoy the incredible detoxifying effects of lemon essential oil on the body by diffusing the aroma throughout your home. A clean fresh scent that can be used all year long. You can use this oil to help prevent illness or to help fight illness if you are already sick. The scent of lemons may boost your mood and alleviate your stress.
2. Blend for cold season
I made This blend especially for the winter months. A holiday aroma as it contains Lemon, Peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, rosemary and clove. It is an absolute staple in my home and office. It smells like Christmas in a bottle. Diffuse this beautiful essential oil for its holiday scent as well as it’s health benefits. A real immune system booster, great for the cold and flu season!
Peppermint is one of the most versatile 100% pure essential oils you can use for your health. It can be used topically to help with headaches, indigestion and even to increase mental alertness. I use it for my aching feet and I diffuse it for a mood lifter.
Frankincense is the Holy Grail of essential oils. It has so many benefits including; immune-boosting and purifying properties which can help to prevent you from getting sick during the winter season.
Use Frankincense in your diffuser regularly to get through the winter season without getting sick! Wash your hands regularly and you will get the best protection for your immune system. Your immune system will be supported, stronger and make you more resistant to illness.
When the sun goes down earlier, many people suffer from SAD and feel a little blue. Frankincense helps improve mood and alleviate anxiety. Diffuse it to help with sleep too!
Lavender is a calming scent. Great to diffuse during bedtime or to calm down pets anytime. It can help support better sleep, which allows your body to heal and restore. Lavender has a significant calming effect on the body and mind. Diffusing the oil in your bedroom or putting some on your feet will help support you with an overall sense of well-being.
DisaLino Essential Oils are 100% pure essential oil. Nothing synthetic and contains no alcohol.
Frankincense Has Been Proven to be a Psychoactive Antidepressant
Frankincense Has Been Proven to be a Psychoactive Antidepressant
Kirsten Cowart Nov 9, 2015
Burning Frankincense in the form of incense has been a big part of religious and other cultural ceremonies for a millennium. The resin from the Boswellia tree also known as Frankincense or olibanum is believed to be an aroma that will help your soul reach spiritual exaltation.
Frankincense resin is mentioned in many different ancient texts including the old and new testament and is said to have mystical capabilities, a belief that has been carried forward to the spiritual practices of today.
Recently a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem did a study to see what the effects were of this age-old practice. They studied Frankincense to determine why it has psychoactive effects.
In order to conduct the study and observe the effects of Frankincense on the mind, the researchers administered a primary Boswellia resin incensole acetate to some mice. The team found that the ‘incensole acetate’ influences the areas of the brain which regulate emotions.
Specifically the insense activated the protein TRPV3 which is common in all mammal brains. This protein is already known to help play a role in our skins perception of warmth. The effect on the mind, however, has a strong anti-depressant and anxiolytic effect which can leave you feeling open and relaxed. Frankincense helps your mind to rest and simply perceive the world around it.
It may not be a coincidence at all that many religions and spiritual practices have you burn Frankincense incense. This could help participants induce a sense of calm observation and reflect on life while being able to plan for the future much simpler and less stressful. Going to the a ceremony with Frankincense would generally help people feel calmer and happier.
In the Middle East during ancient times Boswellia resin was considered a precious commodity that came in from the sub-Saharan regions on caravans. It is still a major export in modern days.
Ancient Greeks used the precious resin as an oblation to the ancient Egyptians. Frankincense was used to help people manifest the presence of various gods and as a sign of gratification. In Ancient Judea and modern times they also used frankincense as the center of their ceremonies. The resin is also using in many Christian churches as well.
“In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Bosweilla had not been investigated for psychoactivity,” said co-author of the study Raphael Mechoulam. “We found that incensole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes antidepressive-like behavior. Apparently, most present day worshipers assume that incense burning has only a symbolic meaning.”
Now in modern times frankincense is not only recognized for its spiritual role but as a practical form of treatment for people who suffer from depression and anxiety. According to the National Institutes of Health major depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for people between the ages of 15-44 which ends up being around 15 million people.
3 million people in the U.S. has a dysthymic disorder which is a less severe type of depression and over 40 million people report suffering from some form of severe anxiety. Depression and anxiety are linked and often overlap in many cases. In the end, it all seems to come down to a battle over trying to return to a balanced state of mental peace.TW_frankincense04_640
We need not jump straight to the side-effect-ridden drugs from the pharmaceutical companies which often times cause the same problems they treat. Instead, we can turn to mother earth and try natural items such as frankincense and add other tools such as yoga, meditation, and proper nutrition into our lives to help us return to a balanced state of health.
Our sense of smell is strongly linked to the limbic system in the brain which is where we regulate motivation and emotion. Anxiety and depression affect almost 60 million people in the US. If used in moderation inhaling diffused incense is a moderate to low-risk and may be well worth it to those who suffer from their stressful conditions.
Frankincense has been found to help our body in more ways than just mental health. It has also been shown to help as a remedy for nausea, chest coughs, fever, hypertension as well as a great way to keep harmful insects such as mosquitos away!
“Incensole Acetate, an Incense Component, Elicits Psychoactivity by Activating TRPV3 Channels in the Brain.” The FASEB Journal. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2015.
Siddiqui, M. Z. “Boswellia Serrata, A Potential Antiinflammatory Agent: An Overview.” Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2015.
“The Story of Frankincense.” MEI.edu. Middle East Institute, n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2015.
Using essential oils topically is probably the most useful method of aromatherapy.
It allows the oils to slowly absorb into your skin in order to treat local conditions like rashes, joint inflammation, headaches, or muscle pain.
However, if you don’t dilute your essential oils the right way, you could end up with irritated skin, an allergic reaction, or even burns.
So how can you make sure you are diluting essential oils properly, and how can you apply them to your skin without causing a harmful reaction?
Read on for a complete, A-Z guide on how you can dilute essential oils safely.
There is a lot of contradictory information online about how essential oils should be used.
That’s why I want to start by quickly addressing the top reasons why you should always dilute essential oils before using them on your skin.
First off, essential oils are very concentrated and powerful substances.
If they are applied to your skin without being diluted, they can cause lots of negative effects, including rashes, burns, or even serious allergic reactions.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Just check out the injury reports collected by the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, and see how many people report problems after using undiluted essential oils.
And it’s not just a one-time thing, either.
If you use undiluted essential oils, it’s also quite possible to become sensitized to a specific essential oil so you cannot safely use the same oil later, even if it is diluted properly.
There’s one other thing I need to clear up.
Skin reactions to undiluted essential oils are NOT an issue of essential oil quality or purity.
Of course, you should only use top-quality essential oils from a supplier you trust. Oils that have been adulterated in any way pose additional safety concerns.
However, even the most natural, pure essential oils can cause negative reactions unless they are used properly.
It’s certainly true that some essential oils are much less irritating to the skin than others.
It’s also true that different people will react differently to essential oils.
However, even supposedly safe and gentle essential oils can cause allergic reactions or skin sensitization over time.
That’s why Robert Tisserand, renowned aromatherapy expert and author of the book Essential Oil Safety, recently made this statement:
Yes, there are people who have used essential oils undiluted on their skin without developing a negative reaction.
But why take the chance with your own skin — especially when you consider that essential oils have powerful therapeutic properties even when they are significantly diluted.
In case you still need additional reasons to dilute your oils, here are two more.
Undiluted essential oils evaporate very quickly. In fact, it’s one of their defining characteristics.
This means if you use essential oils on your skin undiluted, much of the oil is simply going to evaporate into the air before it has a chance to act on your skin.
Here’s a great video by Robert Pappas where he demonstrates the evaporation of diluted and undiluted essential oils:
So why does this matter?
Basically, if you dilute essential oils, your skin will actually absorb more essential oils — but in a safer way, over a longer period of time. Because of this, diluting oils can actually lead to more therapeutic effects.
Second, you won’t dry out your skin as you will with undiluted essential oil. Check out the second part of Robert’s video above to see the drying and peeling on his skin after he uses undiluted orange oil.
When you dilute essential oils, you mix them into a substance known as a carrier.
However, you can’t just use anything as a carrier. Let’s look in detail at the different substances that you can use to dilute essential oils.
Plant oils are by far the most common kind of essential oil carrier.
A few examples include coconut oil, argan oil, almond oil, and olive oil. Plant oils are any kind of pressed plant, seed, or vegetable oil and will do a great job diluting your essential oils.
Carrier oils differ in many ways. They have their own unique aromas, feel different on the skin, absorb at different rates, and have distinct skin benefits.
Leslie Moldenauer of Life Holistically breaks down some of the main carrier oils here:
Oil-based creams and lotions
At the bottom, creams and lotions are an emulsification of oil and water (basically, a mix of two things that normally wouldn’t mix).
This means you can also dilute essential oils in oil-based creams and lotions.
You might be wondering:
How can you know whether your cream or lotion contains an oily substance?
Granted, it isn’t always easy with commercial skincare products, as this picture fromBeauty Info Zone shows:
If the ingredients list contains items named “triglyceride” or specifically refers to a plant oil such as “coconut oil” or “olive oil,” you’re good to go.
Aloe vera gel/jelly can make a good carrier for essential oils.
It also has skin benefits on its own, making it a perfect carrier for topical aromatherapy applications.
The important thing to note is this is NOT simply aloe vera extract. Aloe vera extract is mostly water, and will do little to dilute essential oils.
Instead, I’m thinking of commercial aloe vera gels that have had emulsifiers and thickeners added. Here’s a good example sold on Amazon.
Plant oils aren’t the only substance that dilutes essential oils.
Alcohol does so as well. In fact, alcohol is typically the carrier used for essential oils in perfumes.
The trouble is, the drinkable alcohol you can get at the liquor store is not adequate for properly diluting essential oils (more on this below).
Instead, you will need alcohol that’s around 180 proof (90% alcohol) or more. Examples of this include Everclear or rectified spirits.
There’s a lot of advice on using essential oils that claim you can use various other substances to dilute them.
Here’s a list of some howlers — substances that are frequently recommended as carriers that will not do anything to actually dilute essential oils.
Water, tea, juice, vinegar
By definition, essential oils are “hydrophobic.”
This means they won’t mix in any way with water or water-based substances such as tea, juice, or vinegar.
The best you can hope for is that if you put a drop of essential oil in water and stir or shake vigorously, the drop will temporarily separate into a few smaller droplets.
Give it a few minutes, and the essential oil will rise to the top and stick together again — not what you want for topical applications.
Honey is basically a mixture of sugar and water.
It will not dilute essential oils.
However, because it is a thicker, more viscous substance than just water or juice, it will keep separated droplets of essential oils apart better than plain water.
Nonetheless, it won’t actually dissolve those separated large droplets. That’s why honey is not an appropriate carrier for topical essential oil applications.
Vodka or other drinkable spirits
As mentioned above, it is possible to dilute essential oils in very high-proof alcohol.
Unfortunately, vodka, tequila, or gin don’t fall into this category.
Check out this video by Shannon Becker of Petrichor Apothecary, in which she shows exactly how bad vodka is at diluting essential oils.
Once you’ve got your essential oils and your carrier, the next step is to decide how much of each you will need.
This is known as the dilution ratio, and will depend on a number of factors:
Here’s a nice chart by the Positive Positive Positive blog that lays out common uses and the maximum safe ratios you should use in each case:
How do you use this chart?
Let’s say you have an aching shoulder, and you want to use some peppermint essential oil, diluted in almond oil, in order to soothe it.
You check the chart above and find that a 2% dilution is safe to use in this case (let’s assume you’re an adult!).
Also, you estimate you need about a tablespoon of carrier oil for this use.
Now, 1 tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons or 15 ml.
So you’d go to row 4 (15ml) and column 3 (2%) in the chart above and discover that you need to use 9 drops of peppermint essential oil in your tablespoon of almond oil.
Using essential oils topically with kids requires some special precautions.
Some experts, such as Leslie Moldenauer, recommend avoiding topical application entirely on kids under the age of two. Babies’ skin hasn’t fully matured, and this means an increased risk of irritation by essential oils.
Other experts, such as Robert Tisserand, are ok with topical application on babies in very, very light dilutions.
After the age of two, topical use is ok, as long as you’re using the appropriate dilution. Here’s a breakdown by age, taken from “Essential Oil Safety”:
And here’s what that means in terms of drops:
As you can see, it takes a very small amount of essential oil to make a recommended dilution, particularly for younger kids. The difficulty of measuring this out exactly (unless you’re making a really big batch) is another good reason for avoiding topical use with babies.
The fact is, the dilution chart above is only part of the story.
That’s because different essential vary a lot in how irritating or sensitizing they are on your skin.
On the other hand, there are more irritating essential oils, such as oregano (maximum dermal use 1.1%).
And then there are highly irritating essential oils, such as cinnamon bark. Its maximum dermal use is only 0.07%!
So what does this mean for you?
Well, if you are using an oil for the first time, you should get acquainted with its safe maximum dilution for skin use.
Again, the best and most complete resource for this is Tisserand’s Essential Oil Safety.
However, here’s a maximum dilution chart covering some common essential oils to get you started, courtesy of the Plant Therapy blog:
We’ve covered a lot of ground so far.
The good news is that putting it together isn’t difficult. Here’s what you need to do:
In many cases, it definitely makes sense to prepare a bigger batch of diluted essential oil so you have it available.
Also, several essential oil uses only require a bit of oil, which makes it impractical to make a single serving.
If you want to store your diluted essential oils for later, simply make the dilution according to the process above.
Then, store the blend in a tightly sealed glass bottle, and keep the bottle in the fridge.
This will keep your essential oil as well as your carrier from degrading, and it will preserve their therapeutic properties for longer.
Topical application is a great way to use essential oils for many applications, ranging from skin issues to headaches to muscle pain.
And by following the simple guidelines above, you can do it both safely and effectively. All it takes is a bit of planning so you add the right ratio of essential oils to the carrier you will be using.
Do you have any other questions about how to dilute essential oils? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to help.
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