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Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager from the brand 1byOne.

I just bought this amazing massager for a very affordable price on Amazon, on sale for $39.94! This is a great tool for your health and wellness,  so please view my photos and video to see what the massager has to offer. You can find it at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01DU1QE50/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1501546069&sr=8-1&keywords=1byone+shiatsu+neck+massager+and+back+massager&dpPl=1&dpID=51SRPArf9ML&ref=plSrch

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Eating Healthy for Your Body Type

I was recently inspired to write this article today from a conversation about the fact that each person has a different body type. The three body types are: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph.  Your body type is either one or a combination of the body types.  There is no one right way for people to eat, as eating for your body type is the most important strategy to be healthy. Below is an article that explains the three body types, food intake tips and exercise tips for each body type for your best health. Cheers to your health!

3 body types, how to work and eat for them!

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body types

All info from http://thescienceofeating.com

There are three general categories of Male & Female body types: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph. Many people think that “body type” just describes the way a person looks, but your body type can also provide information about how you respond to food intake and your hormonal and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) characteristics. These factors can be linked to metabolic differences between individuals, and influence how you respond to diet and training. Understanding your body type will help you to strategically & successfully plan your strength training and diet regiment, and once you establish your body type, you can adjust nutrient intake to maximize fitness composition and health related goals.

Very few people fall perfectly into one of the three categories, and are often a mix of the 3 characteristics. Also, training along with good nutrition can completely change the appearance of one’s body. One important thing to remember is that regardless of your body type, composition, or overall health status, your ability to handle carbohydrate-dense foods is greatly improved during and after exercise, meaning that the best time to eat the majority of starchy/sugary foods is around the times that you’re physically active. Depending on your body type, your carb tolerance is different and your strategy should be different.

Ectomorphs

Ectomorphs are skinny with a small frame, light build, small joints and lean muscle. Usually they have long thin limbs with stringy muscles, narrow shoulders with a fast metabolism making this body type the most resistant to weight gain.

Ectomorphs are often able to overeat, while gaining little, to no extra weight, they tend to have little body fat, muscle and bone mass. Ecto’s need a large amount of calories to gain weight, and workouts should be short & intense focusing on big muscle groups. Supplements like Whey Protein are definitely recommended, and they should eat before bed to prevent muscle catabolism during the night (use casein protein). Generally, ectomorphs lose fat very easily so cutting back to lean muscle shouldn’t be a problem.

Ectomorph Traits

Small “delicate” frame and bone structureClassic “hardgainer”Flat chestSmall shouldersThinLean muscle massFinds it hard to gain weightFast metabolism

Food Intake:

Because Ectomorphs are at a disadvantage due to their thin body structure, they struggle to add size to their frame when attempting to achieve their dream physique, and it will take some hard work and dedication. Because of their fast metabolic rate and a high carbohydrate tolerance, they burn calories too efficiently, preventing them from putting on weight, so diet is especially important. With a High Carb Tolerance, you should be eating a greater percentage of high carb foods all throughout the day. Get more carbs during/post workout than any other time of the day. (More carbs after workouts and less carbs at other times). Carb timing should include some starchy, whole grain, unprocessed carbs that are eaten at every other meal, while veggies and/or fruits (3:1 serving ratio) should be eaten at each meal. Stick to quality sources of protein and healthy fats, but the occasional cheeseburger or slice of pizza is not going to make an ectomorph fat. Also, ectomorphs should use High Calorie weight gainer shakes to help them build mass, so it’s smart to invest in a weight gainer powder if you don’t have time to cook or just need that extra calorie boost. Eat more, more frequently, aim for 6-8 meals spread over the course of the day, and always eat breakfast! This should be your largest meal, consisting primarily of complex carbohydrates and protein.

Cheat days using Junk food can be a useful tool to the ectomorph trying to put on size without worrying about body fat. With anything, there are rules to how you must employ junk food into your daily diet to aid in gaining size and not just satisfying your taste buds. The selection of junk food should contain adequate amounts of protein to meet your needs, and used during your cheat days.

Training

Strength Training with limited Cardio is best for Ectomorphs, and it is recommend to use simple routines with heavy compound movements and minimal isolation movements per muscle group. Since strength training also burns calories. You can incorporate a shock technique day using supersets.

Rest time should be kept between 2-3 minutes as much as possible. Take at least 1 rest day in between the last lifting day, and the optional superset day. http://thescienceofeating.com

Mesomorphs

Mesomorphs have a medium sized bone structure, athletic body, and they typically have a considerable amount of lean mass. Mesomorphs tend to be testosterone and growth hormone dominant, which leads to a predisposition for muscle gain and the maintenance of a lower body fat. The Mesomorph form is the best body type for bodybuilding, and responds the best to weight training, and gains are usually seen very quickly, even for beginners. The downside to mesomorphs is they gain fat more easily than ectomorphs, so they must watch their calorie intake more closely. Because of this, it helps to use combination of weight training and cardio during workout routines.

Mesomorph Traits

AthleticGenerally hard bodyWell defined musclesRectangular shaped bodyStrongGains muscle easilyGains fat more easily than ectomorphs

Food Intake

Mesomorphs typically do best on a mixed diet, consisting of balanced carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, with a macronutrient split of 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein, and 30% fat can work well. Always remember that even for the physically blessed mesomorphs, inadequate nutrition equals little gain at the gym. Low-fat proteins such as nonfat Greek yogurt, Kefir, eggs, poultry and seafood build strong muscles and encourage muscle growth. Complex carbohydrates such as spinach and other green vegetables, whole grain foods and low-sugar fruits provide the mesomorph with enough energy to make it through demanding workouts. High-fiber foods such as beans increase feelings of fullness, and these items can help to avoid sugary binges. Also, while most athletes find water adequate, mesomorphs who perform more intense workouts may require speedier electrolyte replenishment with sports drinks or Powerades, and I offer many easy, healthy, delicious recipes for these items here in my website.

Mesomorphs also tend to have a moderate carb tolerance, meaning you should likely minimize high starchy/sugary carb foods outside the workout window, except after an overnight fast such as for breakfast. This means you’d try eating some higher carb/starchy carb foods in the morning, as well as during/post exercise. The rest of the meals would consist of less dense carb foods and more lean proteins, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds.

Training

Mesomorphs are naturally strong and respond quickly to exercise. Multiple weekly resistance training sessions using moderate to heavy weights with limited rest between sets, help mesomorphs build size. Do upper and lower body compound exercises using two to three sets of eight to 12 repetitions each, resting between 30 and 90 seconds after each set. http://thescienceofeating.com

Endomorphs

Endomorphs have a larger bone structure with higher amounts of total body mass and fat mass, and this extra fat seems to resist most efforts to get rid of it. The endomorph body type is solid and generally soft, and gains fat very easily. Endo’s are usually a shorter build with thick arms & legs. Their muscles are strong, especially the upper legs, and are naturally strong in leg exercises like squatting. Football lineman and powerlifters are frequently classified as endomorphs. They also tend to be insulin dominant, leading to a greater propensity for energy storage, including both lean mass and fat mass, and also mean a lower carbohydrate tolerance. As an endomorph, you may feel as though you are destined to be overweight or even obese. NOT TRUE! You just have to make a conscious, concerted effort to do the things your body should be doing for you automatically. If your body isn’t instinctively telling you to get moving, you have to make sure that exercise is part of your daily routine. If your metabolism is sluggish, you need to eat the right foods that will fire up your metabolism. To put it plain as day, you need to bust your ass by exercising and eating right for your body type.

Endomorphs Traits

Soft and round bodyGains muscle and fat very easilyIs generally short“Stocky” buildRound physiqueFinds it hard to lose fatSlow metabolismMuscles not so well defined

Food Intake

Endomorphs typically do best on a higher fat and protein intake with carbohydrate intake being controlled and properly timed after exercise, with their ideal intake around 25% carbs, 35% protein, and 40% fat. Because they are not very carb tolerant, the best tactic is to avoid high carb/starchy carb foods outside the workout window (including breakfast). This means only proteins, fats, veggies and fruits outside the workout window. Also as we approach different stages in our lives, our hormones change and this can influence our body type. This includes stages such as puberty and menopause, as well as the male equivalent, andropause.

Dense carb foods include whole grains like rice, whole grain breads, quinoa, amaranth, millet, corn, barley, dried fruits, yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes, recovery drinks, sugars, etc.

Training

When it comes to training, endomorphs find it very easy to gain weight. Unfortunately, a large portion of this weight is fat and not muscle. To keep fat gain to a minimum, endomorphs must always train using cardio as well as weights. Endomorphic bodybuilders need to get their butts to the gym as often as they can without overtraining. Around four days of weight training throughout the week will ensure that the “afterburn” increased metabolic response from each training session will then spill over into taken rest days. Include cardio into each workout, and no matter if an endomorph is bulking or cutting, weight training should be the main focus. An increased amount of muscle mass will increase their base metabolic rate, decreasing their chances of storing/holding onto fat. http://thescienceofeating.com

Quick Reference Guide to Body Types check out more at http://thescienceofeating.com

Healthy Holiday Cocktails

It is so easy to drink your calories due to the high amounts of sugar and fat in your drinks, especially in the winter season because you are trying to warm up.  But what if it didn’t have to be that way? Below is an article with 12 healthier drink recipes for the winter! Drink to your health and stay warm!

12 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes

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12 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes

When it’s time to celebrate the holidays, there’s nothing like getting together with friends and family and toasting to a great year. But be smart about what’s in that glass you’re raising! Do you really know what’s in that cocktail? Most of us assume holiday weight gain comes from festive cookies and treats, but sugar-laden booze can pack on a significant amount of calories. If you’re being mindful of your food and drink this holiday season, there are still plenty of cocktails — sangria, mojitos, cosmos and more — that are just as festive. You can have your booze and drink it, too! For a happy and healthy new year, try making these lighter holiday cocktails from some of our favorite food bloggers.

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Winter-Sea-Breeze

1. Winter Sea Breeze
The sea breeze gets a cold weather makeover with this cheery cocktail! Mix vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup and soda water together and garnish with mint leaves and pomegranate. The festive presentation will wow guests, and the flavor won’t disappoint either. Photo and Recipe: Jillian / Catch My Party

Winter-Sun-Cocktail

2. Winter Sun Cocktail
Sip on this citrus concoction to brighten dreary winter days! A colorful way to add flavor, clementine and lemon juice provide immunity-boosting vitamin C. For those keeping a close watch on their sugar intake, skip the sugary rim or opt for stevia instead.Photo and Recipe: Dulcie and Sarah / Two-Tarts

Apple-Cider-Sangria

3. Apple Cider Sangria
White wine and gluten-free vodka get all dressed up in this truly delightful drink. It has all of the seasonal flavor you crave — cinnamon sticks, honey, apple cider and orange — but none of the simple syrup you’d find in your local bar’s cocktails. Double (or triple!) the recipe easily depending on how many guests you’re expecting. Photo and Recipe: Alexis / Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

RELATED:8 Drool-Worthy Holiday Cookbooks for Healthy Holiday Recipes

Hot-Toddy

4. Gingered Cider Hot Toddy
This drink delivers a one-two punch when it comes to warming you up! Warm cider infused with tea (go with decaf if it’s close to bedtime) gets can extra kick from a shot of rum or bourbon. Ginger and honey can help you recover from a cold and a bit of alcohol helps with restless sleep, so try making one the next time you’re feeling under the weather. Photo and Recipe: Gina / Kleinworth & Co.

White-Wine-Sangria

5. White Wine Sangria
This fruity wine “punch” is incredibly easy to make for a large crowd. Plus, adding nutritious fruit is a great way to liven up cheaper wines. Just add pears, apple, mango, grapes and clementines to your carafe the night before serving. The soaked fruit and sangria will taste even better the next day! Photo and Recipe: Alissa / Girl Makes Food

pomegrante-mojito

6. Pomegranate Mojito
Champagne adds festive fizz to this pom-tastic holiday drink. Save some calories by opting for white rum instead of dark rum, but don’t skimp on the vitamin C-packed lime juice! Serve the drink after garnishing with some fresh pomegranate arils. Photo and Recipe: Jennifer / Peanut Butter and Peppers

RELATED:Avocado-Pomegranate Frise Salad Recipe

Passion Fruit Cocktail

7. Passion Fruit Cocktail 
Tropical passion fruit is rich in iron, folate and protein, and its fruity flavor perfectly complements dry champagne. Garnish your cocktail with a few raspberries for extra style points! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote /Life by DailyBurn 

Rosemary-Gin-Fizz

8. Rosemary Gin Fizz
Cheers to a refreshing drink that only takes a few minutes to make! Muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice and honey to release the flavor and help it bind to the gin. Bonus: Rosemary can aid digestion, which may come in handy if you’ve eaten too many appetizers.Photo and Recipe: Kate / Cookie and Kate

Ginger-Cosmopolitan

9. Ginger Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Give the classic cosmo an upgrade this holiday season. A zing of ginger spices things up and delivers numerous antioxidants while white cranberry juice packs healthy vitamin C. If you’re comfortable with muddling and using a cocktail shaker, impress your guests with this festive treat! Photo and Recipe: Adam / Inspired Taste

Egg-Nog

10. Low-Fat Eggnog
Ditch the cream and use skim milk to make a lighter version of this holiday favorite. Spike your ‘nog by adding white rum or bourbon after the eggnog has chilled for a few hours in a fridge. Dress up your creamy treat with a sprinkle of fresh ground nutmeg! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Cinder-Rum-Punch

11. Cider Rum Punch
Perfect for winter get-togethers, this cocktail brings together the season’s best flavors. Lemon and apple cider enhance the flavor of dark rum, which has a naturally sweet caramel flavor. Since darker alcohols are denser, heavier and more caloric than other alcohols, add club soda to lighten the punch. Photo and Recipe: Mike / Verses From My Kitchen

Dark and Stormy Recipe

12. Dark and Stormy Cocktail
Lighten up a cozy, wintertime favorite by using homemade ginger syrup instead of sugary ginger beer. At just 185 calories, this drink won’t weigh you down like a creamy eggnog. Grab your favorite dark rum and some friends! Photo and Recipe: Emily Miller / Life by DailyBurn

Cheers to a healthier you, and remember to imbibe responsibly! Let us know what your favorite holiday cocktail is in the comments below. 

Originally posted December 6, 2013. 

Using Aromatherapy For Overall Wellness

I love calming and uplifting scents as natural remedies for my asthma and sinus problems, as well as to help calm anxiety, stress and make me feel peaceful. Through Amazon.com, I purchased an aromatherapy diffuser (combining water with essential oils in the diffuser. It is also a humidifier)  and some essential oils (peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus that came in a set). I also purchased tea tree essential oil from The Vitamin Shoppe. Inhaling these amazing scents has helped calm my senses and improve my asthma and sinus conditions wonderfully. In addition to inhaling these natural aromas, they can also be absorbed through your skin.

You can put different combinations of essential oils to create a blend that benefits you the best, while making the experience calming and enjoyable. Whether I am awake or sleeping, I combine water in my aromatherapy diffuser with a few drops each of lavender, peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils and the effect is an amazing scent that benefits me in so many ways physically and mentally. Inhaling the scents and taking deep relaxing breaths works wonders!  You can also purchase an aromatherapy necklace, as they come with a locket in which you can put a few drops of essential oil on a small aromatherapy pad and put inside the locket and wear it around your neck. Aromatherapy necklaces and aromatherapy pads for them can be found on Amazon.com.

Below is an article describing the benefits of aromatherapy, essential oils and great tips for using aromatherapy as a wonderful wellness tool.

 guide to using essential oils

What is Aromatherapy?

According to WebMD.com, “Aromatherapy may promote relaxation and help relieve stress. It has also been used to help treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including burns, infections, depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure. But so far there is limited scientific evidence to support claims that aromatherapy effectively prevents or cures illness.”

Aromatherapy is based on general principle. Aromatherapy uses oils extracted from flowers, seeds, leaves, roots, fruit and twigs for special effect. These essential oils are formulated to work in harmony with the body and have an ability to affect a person’s well-being.

what is aromatherapy and how to use essential oilsComing directly from the parts of plants or trees, essential oils possess a complex nature that is difficult to reproduce outside of nature. In fact, some oils contain substances that don’t occur anywhere else naturally.

Aromatherapy History

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years. Aromatherapy is the century-old practice of using volatile plant oils, also referred to as essential oils, to support overall health and well-being. It is part of the holistic healing spectrum that, in addition to essential oils, also utilizes other natural ingredients like vegetable oils, jojoba (a liquid wax), herbs, sea salts, clays and muds.

Aromatherapists apply aromatherapy oils directly to the skin via aromatherapy massages, but they also use the oils to freshen the air of their living spaces via sprays or diffusers. The oils can also be inhaled directly, although one should be careful not to swallow or consume the liquid oils.

“Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil [the scent], the result on the body may be calming or stimulating.” (WebMD.com)

Health Benefits of Aromatherapy

aromatherapy human body detect smellsTake a whiff of the air around you. What do you smell? Are you immediately put in a good mood with the smell of fresh cut flowers? Suddenly craving pie with the smell of baked apples and cinnamon wafting through the halls? Or feel like gagging after being blasted with exhaust from the bus?

It’s easy to see how our sense of smell impacts our feelings. The sense of smell is incredibly powerful. Your body can distinguish about 10,000 different scents. But, aromatherapy isn’t just about appealing smells; it also offers many health benefits including the following:

  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Mood enhancement, balance and well being
  • Relief of minor discomforts
  • Boosting the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems

Aromatherapy can be a great, natural, complementary health treatment in a variety of situations. It’s certainly not a replacement for traditional medical treatments or prescription medications because it doesn’t cure major illnesses, but it is effective at alleviating many of the discomforts associated with them.

To find out which scents may help you, find an aromatherapy book at your local library or do some online searching to find out about popular essential oils and get recipes for mixing your own rejuvenating scents.

Blending Essential Oils

Different oils can be blended together to achieve a synergy. This means that the respective powers of the oils change to enhance their energy. When a level of power has been reached, you achieve a synergy. Recipes for blending need to be followed exactly and the oils should be left to age for at least a week before adding them to carrier oils.

Essential Oil Dilution

Once you have chosen your essential oil, you can add it to base products, to enhance your favorite health and beauty items. To dilute essential oils, simply add them to unscented bath oils, hand and body lotions, massage lotions and shower gels.

Massage…………………….. 5 drops per tsp. of base oil or lotion

Inhalation………………….. 1-2 drops in boiling water or on a tissue

Light Bulb Ring…………… 1-2 drops

Bath………………………….. 8-10 drops in bath water

Sauna………………………… 2 drops to 2 ½ cups water

Facial…………………………. 2-3 drops in base product

Foot Bath…………………… 8 drops in bowl of water

Facial Sauna………………. 10 drops in bowl of water

Cleanser…………………….. 20 drops in 4 ounces of base product

Body………………………….. 5-15 drops in base product

Chest Rub………………….. 10-20 drops to 1 oz of carrier oil

Washing Machine………. 10-20 drops per load

Vacuum Cleaner………… 5-10 drops

Auto Vent Outlet………..  2-3 drops

Artificial Holiday Tree… 10-15 drops

Common Carrier Oils to Essential Oils

carrier oils for essential oils

The healing scent of an essential oil can evaporate quickly, so they are often combined with a carrier oil. Carrier oils usually come from the fatty portion of a plant and help the essential oil’s scent maintain for a longer duration of time.

  • Almond Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil

How to Use Essential Oils

Here are a ton of different ways to use essential oils. Each one of these fantastic suggestions was submitted to us by one of our Facebook fans. We want to know how you use essential oils as well. If you have an essential oils tip, please leave a comment below!

Make my own laundry detergent and use them to scent it! – Keri L.

I love to use essential oils to make my own “salt scrub” with almond oil. Makes skin feel so soft! – Sandi N.

I love to use essential oils to refresh furniture. I mix a spray bottle with half hot water, half vinegar, drop fresh cut lemons in along with Lavender and Clove essential oils….amazing!!! – Bobbi A.

I use essential oils to make mouthwash, in lotion for skin, in bath water, on the steam radiator’s so when it heats up, the whole house smells good as well. – Timothy S.

aromatherapy pillow case for sleepLavender oil, especially in combination with aloe vera gel (preferable straight from the plant) is great for burns. – Bryan S.

I use it with vinegar for a great laundry softener! – Megan L.

A few drops of lavender oil in my enemas. – Donna W.

I removed badly burned food from a pan by boiling water with lemon oil in it and putting a lid on. The lemon oil helped the water to get under the burnt stuff so it came off easily. – Rinda F.

I make my own toothpowder, 1/2 himalayan sea salt and 1/2 baking soda mixed in my coffee grinder, then Peppermint Essential Oil to taste. I have used it for years and it is wonderful! – Kathy W. 

I put a few drops of lavender oil on a folded handkerchief and keep it in my pollowcase for a calming bed time aroma. – Kaichita M.

I use tea tree and lavender in a home made disinfectant spray with water and vinegar. I also mix 20 drops essential oils with Borax for a home made carpet powder (helps with flea control too). – Diana B.

I use it for just about everything in the home. I just recently made a batch of lip balm and body lotion. I even use it as a bug repellent for my home. – Eunice H.

Instead of buying expensive cleaning sprays that are full of chemicals, I put a bottle of Pine Needle essential oil in a large spray bottle and fill with water. I use it to clean counters, stove, fridge, bathroom sinks, etc. Just about any place that you would use a spray cleaner. I even spray my floors with it and let it sit for a couple of minutes before I mop. besides having the benefits of no chemicals, it cleans great and smells wonderful! – Lynn L.

I dab some on cotton balls and add them to my vacuum. I use them in the humidifier water and on the furnace filter. I mix water and the essential oils for my Febreeze. – Sue M.

Add it to my homemade laundry detergent. – Peggy B.

I use peppermint on my knees because it helps with pain and stiffness. Also, I use lavender in a diffuser to put a pleasant scent in the house. – Karen F.

I put an essential oil of my choice in organic unrefined coconut oil and brush my teeth with it! – Carol L.

Lavender is great on any bug bites or stings. We had a couple of wasp bites this summer and within an hour you could hardly tell where the bite was. Make sure to get it on the sting right away for best results. – Mary R.

We use them on our birds – to heal feather picking and healing. – Tammy C.

In a vaporizer….excellent. – Jerry G.

We drink a couple of drops in hot water and honey for colds and sinus issues. – Deborah A.

Spray the car interior with lavender oil in alcohol. – Barbara B.

I put a few drops in organic coconut oil and rub all over my skin after a shower. I dab vanilla behind the ears. – Diane C.

I rub a drop of peppermint oil and/or eucalyptus onto my forehead when I have a stuffy nose or a sinus headache. – Jennifer D.

Home made air sprays, face creams and cosmetics. – Joyce O.

Orange oils are fantastic for killing insects on contact. – Jack G.

My son is playing with his play dough (I hate the smell of it!). Next time I make it, I am adding an essential oil to the water. – Michelle T.

Any of the oils to get sticker off books. They slip right off. – Mary K.

I am a yoga teacher. During final relaxation in my classes I rub levender essential oil on my hands, then go to each student and hold my hands near the nose so they can inhale the scent. They all LOVE it! – Michelle S.

Inhale tea tree oil mixed in a boiling pot of water. – Susan M.

Cintronella on tops of my shoes to cut the grass, not one bite on me this summer and bugs love me. – Carol F.

Love the aroma of any of the floral scents mixed with jojoba oil used as a perfume. It’s safer on the skin & less costly than perfume. – Marcia W.

 

What Are The Benefits of Different Essential Oils

There are intriguing myths and folklore associated with aromatherapy and essential oils. Essential oils—the fragrant, concentrated liquids extracted from the flowers, leaves, roots, bark, and fruit of an aromatic plant—are the main ingredients in aromatherapy treatments. There are many, many essential oils ranging from spices and herbs to fruit extracts and florals. Each oil has a unique scent and properties that can be applied to many different conditions. Here are some popular essential oils and the common uses and benefits for them:

  • Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is purifying and invigorating and is often used in topical preparations.
  • Ginger: Ginger can be used to stimulate the appetite and relieve headaches.
  • Juniper Berry: The restoring and supporting benefits come from the berry of the juniper tree.
  • Lavender: Used in baths, sprays, lotions, oils and more, lavender promotes a calm and relaxed feeling.
  • Lemon: Lemon is a refreshing and cheering oil that should be heavily diluted if you plan on applying to the skin.
  • Peppermint: Refreshing and cooling peppermint can invigorate you with its powerful minty aroma.
  • Rosemary: This clarifying scent is often used in household sprays, soaps and shampoos.
  • Sage: Just one drop is all you need to enjoy the warming effects of the camphor scent.
  • Spearmint: This refreshing and cooling essential oil can help tighten pores if you add a few drops to your bathwater.
  • Tea Tree: Tea tree oil can treat bacteria, fungi, viruses and stimulate the immune system.
  • Ylang Ylang: The ylang ylang plant was originally cultivated in the Philippines, but it soon made its way around the world because of its distinctive scent and beautiful appearance. This essential oil is used to relax both the mind and body.

How to Use Essential Oils for Hair & Skin Care

essential oils for beauty and massageBody Spray: In a spray bottle, combine 5 to 10 drops of an essential oil and 4 ounces of water and shake. If you choose citrus oil, be careful when applying it near your face. Citrus oils are photosensitive, making your skin more susceptible to sunburn.

Shampoo: Treat an itchy scalp by adding a few drops of lavender, cedarwood or basil to your shampoo. If you’d like to increase hair volume, try adding rosemary oil to your shampoo.

Skin cream: Add two drops of rose or rosemary oil to your skin cream for anti-aging support.

Make your own body oilAdd up to 5 drops of an essential oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil, such as sweet almond, olive, apricot kernel, borage seed, jojoba, sesame, sunflower or wheat germ oil.

Add to your hot tub or bathwater: Use up to 6 drops of essential oil in your tub, but avoid culinary oils including cinnamon, lemongrass and peppermint as they can cause skin irritations.

 

Which Essential Oil Can Help Your Hair Grow?

Not only is Lavender a perennial favorite among aromatherapists, research also shows that it can boost hair growth when used regularly to massage the scalp. Here’s a quick at-home lavender massage guide:

  1. Heat about half a cup of olive oil (not too hot)
  2. Blend in about 10 drops (or to your preference) of lavender oil
  3. Apply this blend to your hair and gently massage your scalp
  4. Wrap a hot towel around your head, sit back and relax for about 20 minutes.
  5. Follow it up with a natural shampoo and conditioner

How to Use Essential Oils for Home & Hearth

• Deter pestsPlace one drop of lavender oil on a cotton ball or piece of cloth to get rid of moths and mosquitoes.

• HumidifiersTo help keep it clean, add up to 9 drops of tea tree oil, which has antimicrobial properties.

• Fire logsThirty minutes before burning a fire log, place one drop of cypress, pine, sandalwood or cedarwood oil on it. Do not use several perfumed logs at a time; a little goes a long way.

• Stuffed animalsSoothe your kids with the calming scent of lavender or chamomile on their stuffed animals. Place a stuffed animal in a plastic bag, add a few drops of essential oil and close the plastic bag overnight.  The following day the stuffed animal will have the dispersed scent and can be used for up to two weeks before reapplying more oil.

TipFor maximum effectiveness, use essential oils within one year of opening the bottle.

Essential Oils Carpet Refresher Recipe – DIY

This is a brilliant way to freshen up your house by using essential oils. Add your favorite scent to your rooms while you freshen your carpets with this simple mixture that costs pennies to make and won’t irritate allergies.

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of baking soda or cornstarch with 7-10 drops of essential oil. Break up any clumps with a fork and stir well. Pour mixture into a cheese shaker or can with holes punched into the lid. Sprinkle liberally over the carpet. Wait 30 minutes, then vacuum.

Essential Oils for a Natural Bug Spray

Making your own, natural repellant at home is easy. A natural bug spray will effectively repel mosquitoes, but keep in mind they require more frequent application and higher concentrations than repellants with DEET. Sunscreens, sweat, water and evaporation from wind or high temperatures can lower effectiveness. Because of the different types of mosquitoes, the best repellents are a blend of volatile plant oils.

Natural Oils Effective to Fight the Bite:

  • Castor oil
  • Cedar oil
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Citronella oil
  • Clove oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Lemon eucalyptus oil
  • Lemongrass oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Rosemary oil

 

How to Make Your Own Aromatherapy First Aid Kit

essential oils for first aid and healing

Essential oils aren’t just for relaxing. In fact, you can even use essential oils at home for first aid.

Not sure which ones to buy?  Here’s a recommendation from Mindy Green, co-author of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, on the top 10 essential oils for starting your own First Aid Kit.

 

Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress)—treats varicose veins and sore throat

Eucalyptus globules (Eucalyptus)—treats cold & flu, congestion, shingles and inflammation

Matricaria chamomilla (German Chamomile)—pain reliever for sprains, bruises and inflammation

Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)—good for treating bee stings, bug bites, sunburn, headache, rash, sprains, acne and depression

Citrus sinensis (Orange)—helps with lymphatic congestion, digestion, acne and depression

Rosa damascena (Rose otto)—improves liver, digestion and vascular issues

Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)—improves poor circulation, aches, constipation, fatigue and hangover

Mentha spicata (Spearmint)—helps with sinusitis, poison ivy, indigestion and fever

Origanum majorana (Sweet Marjoram)—soothes menstrual cramps, sore muscles and helps with insomnia

Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree)—good for treating warts, athlete’s foot, acne, bug bites and cold sores

 

10 Essential Oils to Avoid!

Just like certain plants, some essential oils are not beneficial for skin contact or human consumption. They can cause skin problems or may even be poisonous. The Herb Quarterly provides a list of essential oils to avoid, according to Valerie Ann Wormwood, author of The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy.

  1. Bitter Almond
  2. Calamus
  3. Horseradish
  4. Mugwort
  5. Mustard
  6. Rue
  7. Yellow Camphor
  8. Savin
  9. Southernwood
  10. Tansy

Where to Buy Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Products

I hope you’ve enjoyed this beginner’s guide to aromatherapy and essential oils. If you would like to purchase some of your own essential oils, we’re happy to say that we offer the lowest prices on essential oils. If you would like more information on essential oils or aromatherapy, please check out some of the links below.

Sources:

• The Herb Quarterly
• Lotus Press
• WebMD
• Discovery Health

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