EO 101, Health

Essential Oils 101 – What Are Essential Oils

“The best form of medicine truly is integrative – one that combines the best of modern and complementary medicine, with preference to the safet, least invasive, and most effective remedy first.” – Dr. Scott Johnson, Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails, page 9

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds and volatile liquids extracted from different parts of plants. Plants naturally use these compounds to ward off pests/predators as in the case of lavender hence, it’s a perfect mosquito repellant; to attract helpful animals such bees, as in the case of neroli flowers of bitter orange trees; to heal itself from wounds as in the case of frankincense which lets out resin when its bark is cut (essential oil is obtained from the resin); and to communicate with other plants when a threat is coming as in the case of most flowering plants. Essential oils play a major role in the plants’ survival and has been a subject of scientific interest for medicinal potential. Thus, essential oils, when pure, isn’t just for making your house smell like spa. When used right, essential oils can help alleviate physical and psychological conditions.

Depressed? Diffuse bergamot or frankincense.
In pain? Apply peppermint infused massage oil on your temples and back of neck.
Can’t focus? Peppermint and lemon.
Chest rub? RC or eucalyptus plus any oil in your kitchen, apply on chest.
Mosquitoes? Lavender, citronella, lemongrass, and peppermint
Can’t sleep? Lavender, marjoram, clary sage, frankincense.

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DIY: Essential Oil-Infused Playdough

Hi all. You know what’s a nice way for kids to enjoy essential oils? Infuse it into a homemade playdough! 🙂

1 c all purpose flour
1/4 c rock salt
1 T cream of tartar
1 T grapeseed oil
6-10 drops essential oil of your choice (I used Geneyus for this batch)
3/4 cup boiling water
Food color (optional)

Mix all the dry ingredients in a glass bowl. In a separate glass, mix the carrier oil and essential oils. Add the oil mixture into the dry ingredients and fold using the spatula. Add the food color in the boiling water and let it boil. Add 1/4 up of the coloured boiling water into the mixture and fold again using the spatula. Slowly add the rest of the water into the mixture and continue folding using the spatula. It is best to mix using your clean hands to asses the consistency. Based on my experience, the 3/4 cup water is good enough. 🙂

Let your kids play with it! I used Geneyus for this playdough so they can happily play with it in their hands while studying (they are homeschooling) while also enjoying the benefits of the EO.

I used Geneyus for this batch of playdough.
We stored some of it in airtight containers while the rest, well, kids couldn’t resist playing with it already.
My kids with the freshly made playdough. 🙂
DIY, Health

DIY: Anti-ring worm Balm

You know I’m really glad I made a balm base last month. I noticed ring worm on my child when he was scratching a patch of his skin. So I immediately consulted Dr. Scott Johnson’s book for recipe and found that you need tea tree, lemongrass, rosemary, and lavender mixed in carrier oil and apply on affected skin. I decided to make a balm instead and also added peppermint to help with itchiness too.

Using a balm helps the essential oils stay on the skin longer. For your balm base, melt 2 tbsp of beeswax pellets in a double boiler (I used a chocolate melter instead). Once fully melted, add in 1/4 cup carrier oil of your choice plus 1 tbsp VCO. Mix using glass stirring rod or spoon. Store in a glass container and keep in cool, dry place.

To make anti-ringworm balm:

Melt your base balm. In a separate amber glass, mix a tsp of VCO, 2 drops each of rosemary, lemongrass, peppermint, and 3 drops each of tea tree and lavender. Add this oil mixture in a glass then add the melted base balm. Mix thoroughly. Pour in your balm container and let cool until it turns solid. Apply on the affected skin.

Making base balms in advance helps me do a quick balm to help with certain ailments. You may use this balm base when making your own chest rub, lip balm and other balms you would need in the future.

Make your own all-natural deodorant with this recipe

One of the annoying things about living in a tropical country is perspiring a lot and smelling like you have not showered for a week though you take your bath twice a day like a regular Pinoy. To be honest though, I don’t like my arm pits to smell like the regular deodorants I find in the grocery and drugstores neither. The scents or the synthetic fragrance they add in the deodorants give me headaches, and believe me, I’ve tried most of them already. Headaches, each time.

Thus, I am so happy when my Aromatherapy mentor taught us how to make our own all-natural deodorant using stuff that I have in my pantry and my stash of essential oils. Promise, they are so easy to make, it will only take around 5 minutes to make them.

What you will need:

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp baking soda (Note: important to use this much only especially if you have sensitive skin. Using more can darken your pits.)

3 tbsp coconut oil (VCO or fractionated coconut oil is preferred)

5 drops of tea tree

5 drops of citrus essential oil (optional, but I added for skin lightening effect)

1-2 tbsp of grated beeswax/beeswax pellets (Use 2tbsp if you want stiff deodorant, otherwise, stick with 1 tbsp only.)

Combine the dry ingredients first. Then add the essential oils into the coconut oil on a separate glass container. Melt the beeswax. Add the coconut oil and essential oils into the liquid beeswax, then add into the dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth and fully mixed. Add the mixture into the silicon mould if you want them to dry solid with shape, or add into your glass container. Allow to harden before use. If you used 2 tbsp beeswax, you’ll have stiff deodorant. Keep in the fridge when not in use, to also extend shelf life. This can keep for at least 6 months. 🙂

Below are some of the photos for your reference:

I melt my beeswax pellets using this chocolate melter pot. Since it is made of aluminum, I don’t add the essential oils into the pot but I mix them in a glass container along with carrier oil instead.
I used this heart-shaped silicon mould for my deodorant.
Use a whisk to make sure that all ingredients are fully mixed and smooth.
It might take a few hours for the mixture to harden. You may also put your mixture in an empty dry deodorant container or upcycle your empty one.

Update: I have been using this for a few days now and this deodorant works!!

DIY, Uncategorized

What makes lava stones great essential oil diffusers?

Scoria or lava stones make great essential oil diffusers due to its porous property and ability to retain the aroma for hours. Choose ones that have not been dyed on.

What are lava stones?

Lava stones are currently gaining popularity among essential oil connoisseurs and newbies alike because these may be used to diffuse oils. But what exactly are lava stones and what make them great essential oil diffusers?

Lava stones are technically known as scoria. Scoria is a naturally occurring rock that formed when lava from a volcano solidifies or “crystallize”. The holes in scoria were formed due to gas escaping from the cooling lava. These holes make the lava stone “porous”, thus, making them highly absorbent to essential oil.

Naturally occurring scoria rocks are usually black, reddish brown to rust-orange.  Colored ones that were already dyed on are now being sold in the market but because some dyes can react with essential oils, I prefer the natural black ones when assembling diffuser jewelries.

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Culinary Experiments with EOs

Make Yummy Longganisa Sausage at Home by Adding Rosemary Essential Oil

My kids don’t like store-bought longganisa, Pinoy’s version of sausage. But they love the ones I make at home. You know why? Because it is yummier! My secret ingredient – YL rosemary essential oil. Sharing with you my recipe for longganisa:

1/4 kg lean ground pork (I like using lean but you may also choose ones with 20% fat for juicier longganisa)
1/2 tbsp rock salt
4 tbsp brown sugar (use brown as it adds color to your longganisa)
1/2 garlic (about 4 big cloves), pounded and minced
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 drops YL rosemary essential oil

Add everything in a mixing bowl. Then using your clean hands, mix the ingredients until you no longer feel the gritty texture of sugar. I usually mix by putting the mixture inside my palm and pressing into fist or you can do “kneading” technique as you would knead a dough. I do this for about 10 minutes. This part is important as you need all the flavours to mix evenly in the mixture. Put inside the ref to chill. After one hour, they are ready to be moulded into patties or sausage. Slowly cook in water + cooking oil mixture. Serve with slices of tomatoes and cucumber plus vinegar with chilis. 🙂


DIY Idea for Christmas: Diffuser Tree Ornaments

Diffuser tree ornaments for Christmas that I made using lava stone, wooden beads, and crystals.

Diffuse your fave essential oils around your Christmas tree with these handmade tree ornaments. Each tree ornament has lava stones that may be used for diffusing your essential oils. Just drop the oils on each lava stone and let soak. Suggested oils to diffuse are: Christmas Spirit, Pine, Northern Lights Blue Spruce and Thieves.

This is a set of 6 #handmadewithlove diffuser ornaments.
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