Top Ten Essential Oils

by Lynette Walczak

Top 10 Essential Oils

The following list of Essential Oils that I personally own just happen to be among the most popular Essential Oils that are used in aromatherapy these days.

I tend to keep aromatherapy oils on hand at all times because they are the ones I use most frequently in my home:

Why it’s great:
■Reduces anxiety through its relaxation properties and helps end depression, stress, nervous tension, tearfulness, and insomnia.

■Helps relieve coughing, nasal mucus, and a number of respiratory ailments, thanks to its antiseptic, antibacterial, expectorant qualities.

■As an anti-inflammatory antispasmodic, and analgesic, Sandalwood is good for treating arthritis and lower back pain, as well as muscle cramps and varicose veins.

■Its aphrodisiac qualities help to increase libido, and it’s good when you are having difficulty concentrating.

■Useful with a number of skin conditions, including dry skin as well as oily skin and acne.

■Eases night sweats due to menopause and encourages peaceful sleep.

My favorite use for Sandalwood:
To end hiccups, place a drop of Sandalwood in a brown paper bag and breathe in and out a few times

Why it’s great:
■It refreshes and balances the emotions and is especially useful in times of anxiety and when dealing with depression.

■Good for bacterial or viral infections of the mouth, including nasal mucus
■Useful in stimulating poor circulation, while relaxing and calming the nervous system. Bergamot has anti-inflammatory and slightly diuretic properties, which also makes it useful in treating varicose veins.

■Bergamot’s general tonifying properties are good for allergy-related conditions. It helps relieve the pain, itch and swelling from insect bites and stings, while repelling insects as well.

■A powerful antiseptic, Bergamot is useful in the first aid treatment of minor cuts and wounds. It also helps prevent scar tissue.

■Good for oily skin conditions and is especially good at healing acne and infected pores.

■It’s an anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory, making it good for relaxing muscle cramps and lower back pain.

My favorite use for Bergamot:
Add equal amounts of Bergamot oil and Lavender oil to some unscented vitamin E cream for the best dry skin hand lotion ever!

Clary Sage
Why it’s great:
■Helps to regulate and balance your emotions. It’s often used to clear the mind, de-stress, and treat insomnia thanks to its relaxing and soothing characteristics. Clary Sage is useful in lifting depression and de-stressing.

■Clary Sage is a natural antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent, and deodorant.

■It can ease night sweats due to menopause and encourage peaceful sleep.

■Useful in counteracting hairloss and a number of skin conditions, including dry skin as well as oily skin and acne.

■Helps to combat gum disease.

■Decreases swelling and is helpful with varicose veins, bursitis, boils, and infected pores.

■Clary Sage stimulates the production of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers),which is why it’s an excellent oil in time of labor.

■Stimulates the memory, and its aphrodisiac qualities help to increase libido.

My favorite use for Clary Sage:
I put a few drops of Clary Sage oil on a tissue and carry it around with me. Whenever I feel stressed to the max, a brief whiff is beneficial, as Clary Sage helps with hypertension.

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Baby perfume?


Fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is preparing to launch a perfume designed to enhance the natural smell of a newborn baby.

“How can babies smell even sweeter than they already do?” designer Stefano Gabbana asked on Instagram earlier this month alongside a picture that appears to show the new product’s box.

The smell of a newborn baby can’t exactly be reproduced, bottled and put up for sale, but that isn’t stopping Dolce & Gabbana from trying.

According to several news sources, the fashion house will be selling a perfume that’s meant to enhance and accentuate baby’s natural smell.

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Making Soap at Home, by the Crafty Gemini

Every Monday I post crafting and cooking video tutorials.  I mostly focus on helping beginners discover how easy and fun it can be to make functional and practical projects with their own two hands.  Hope you enjoy my channel!

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Shea Butter


The fat of the nut of the African Shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) is the source of Shea butter. The traditional use of the butter is to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and to ease a variety of skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn. Makers of cosmetics also mix this natural substance with other botanical ingredients. Shea butter is ideal for the topical application of cosmetic and medicinal formulas, because it melts on contact and is readily absorbed into the skin, without leaving a greasy residue.


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Lavender Fields


Field workers pick lavender, at a farm in Aix-en-Provence, France



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Holiday Scents
Warming/Spicy/Resinous/Woody/Spiritual Essential Oils and Absolutes
Anise, Star
Basil, Holy
Balsam, Peru
Bay Laurel
Black Pepper
Cedarwood, Atlas
Cedarwood, Virginian
Chocolate Peppermint
Clove Bud

Common Sage
Dalmation Sage
Fir Needle
Gurjum Balsam
Juniper Berry

Peppermint, Chocolate
Pine, Scotch
Sage, Common
Sage, Dalmation
Sage, Spanish
Scotch Pine
Star Anise
Sweet Orange

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Free Aromatherapy Class (starts 1/3/2013)

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Eager to begin using aromatherapy in your own home, but wanting to ensure that you’re doing so safely and effectively? This FREE mini-course, provided by Jessie Hawkins of Vintage Remedies, is the perfect way to confidently begin with aromatherapy. Just in time for the New Year, this series will begin on January 3rd. An information packed newsletter will be sent once a week for 8 total weeks.

Each week includes:

  • A short lesson about aromatherapy.
  • A featured essential oil.
  • A page of tips and safety information.
  • Projects and uses for the featured oil.

The series will cover basic aroma-safety, and the evidence-based uses of essential oils for depression, anxiety, tension, stress, first aid, concentration, memory, skincare, wellness, prevention, energy, insomnia, and healthy sleep cycles. You’ll also learn about synergy and blending, and receive dozens of oil blend formulas and project instructions!

And it’s all FREE! Simply sign up  to get on the email list. Your first email will be sent on January 3rd and you’ll receive seven additional weekly emails. After that, you’ll receive periodic newsletters with additional tips, formulas, and tidbits about the safe and effective use of aromatherapy.

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Burning sage, Good for your soul

Burning of herbs and the herbal resins has always been common to most cultures around the world. Be it the rich frankincense used in the church or the strong incenses from Asian continent the ritual is widespread across continents. They are mainly used in the smudging process. It is now considered as a global phenomenon of burning herbs or herbal resins as a belief of purification process of a location or a place. They are also considered to be one of the best and popular ways of bringing a change to an environment. Sage burning is the most common process involved in Smudging.

It is one of the old practices for sage burning and considered to be the purest one for cleansing a person or a space. The most recognized form that can be seen today is the White American sage burning. However it has expanded its wings and practices in other cultures too.

The ancient Celtic druids used sages as a sacred herb besides Oak Moss for burning and medicinal purposes. The Indigenous people across Amazon used to burn their sacred ‘Palo Santo’ during several ceremonies. Today all these customary and old practices are still found to be practiced in their native areas.

For those who believed that sage burning and burning of herbs is just a cleansing method and a part of traditional methods and practices, it’s completely wrong. Yes they are used as a part of traditional practices; however they have much more to offer besides their olfactory uses.

Sage burning has been derived from the word ‘Salvia’ which means ‘to heal.’ So the name itself justifies the relevant use of sage burning. It has the qualities of giving wisdom, increase spiritual awareness, and heal a person from certain problems.

It relieves stressed out people providing them a relaxing effect which can be simply done by burning sage at any place a person would like to.

The process of sage burning can be as elaborate or simple as one may want it to be. However the fact that needs to be there is the right intention for being clear in minds before the process starts. In a situation where it is burned in order to purify a space or person or yourself it needs to be fixed in the minds before lighting the sage. The best sage for this purpose would be the white sage or a garden sage which would easily solve the above purpose. They are readily available at any health food store or a local farmer’s market. Also there are several websites that are selling sages online to their customers.

Sage burning is a simple affair and is more convenient if one has an earthenware pot i.e. heat proof pot. And then the bundled sage set in the pot has to be lighted up for few seconds and then the flame is to be extinguished which starts blowing out the great smoke that can calm senses and bring a change to the environment. However while burning people should be aware of the fact that sages catch fire quickly so a proper care should be taken while burning.

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