Monthly Archives: August 2015

Essential for Sore Muscles

Hello Everyone,
Back to school  is the time for children, teenagers, and professional athletes to start participating in weekly sporting events such as  football, volleyball, cross country and much more . This can mean sore muscles. There is nothing better than a massage with essential oils to relieve the muscle tension, inflammation and soreness. Essential oils are soothing, anti-inflammatory and analgesic. The first blend that I like to use for sore muscles is Recover blend made with Wintergreen, Camphor, Rosemary, Cajeput, Siberian Pine, Clove, Helichrysum, Juniper berries, Peppermint and Frankincense.This blend combines essential oils that help to reduce inflammation and stimulate circulation which helps to ease pain. By adding more Peppermint to the blend it increases its anti-inflammatory properties. I also have added Lemon to the formulation because Lemon contains Limonene known to break up uric acid and stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems. This helps the muscles to release the uric acid leaving the muscles soothed and relaxed.

Heres the  Essential Sore Muscle formulation:

6 drops Recover Soothing Blend
8 drops Peppermint essential oil
6 drops Lemon essential oil
2oz. Carrier oil

Place essential oils and carrier oil in 2oz bottle. Roll between your hands and until ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Place on sore muscles twice daily.

For Children 6 years and up: Do not use the Recover soothing blend- Use 3 drops Peppermint and 3 drops Lemon in 2oz carrier oil.
Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy, breastfeeding, children, and people with sensitivity to aspirin (salicylate)- this often applies to ADD/ADHD.

Here’s the link for this week’s video on YouTube for Sore Muscles.

 

 

Until next week, Don’t Forget your Essentials, Use Your Common Scents

Au Revoir,

Lorrie

PS. Got some great news. Stay tuned.

How to make French Lavender Sachets with Lavender Essential oil: Clean, Fresh, Repelling

Hello Everyone,

After the harvest in June with Joel, I always keep some Lavender to dry  in which I make different things with the dried lavender. One of the things that I like to do with it is make Lavender Sachets. Dried Lavender in France has been used in sachets ( sac originating from Old French) for centuries to scent drawers and closets. It  makes your clothes smell fresh and clean.  The genus of Lavender is Lavandula which comes from the French word Lavere  meaning clean.

It also repels insects such as moths and keeps the woolens from having moth holes. This is truly a daily essential. I don’t like it when I arrive to wear my wool jacket and find their are moth holes in it and I can no longer wear it. The one important thing you have to remember is to freshen up your sachets every 3 or 4 months with Lavender essential oil. This is why I make mine with ribbon ties. Here goes my recipe for Lavender Sachets:

Items that you will need for one sachet:

Ribbon- color of your choice

Fine  Tulle netting that you cut in a circle

Scissors

Glass Bowl

Spoon

2 Tablespoons of dried lavender flowers that you have taken from the stems

20 drops Lavender oil

Enjoy the DIY video:

 

Don’t forget your Essentials, Use your Common Scents.

Au Revoir,

Lorrie

Summer Fragrance with Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender and Sandalwood

Hello Everyone,

I just love to wear fresh, fruity, flowery and woody essential oils for my personal summer fragrance. When it is hot  as it is France in the summer time this kind of fragrance uplifts, cools and energizes me. As a researcher and developer of Organic perfumes and skin care based on aromatherapy for over 11 years; one of my favorite kind of formulations to develop is perfume.  This isn’t as  easy it seems because there a lot of rules surrounding perfume especially when using one of my favorite sweet, fresh, fruity and flowery essential oils that has a beautiful green color- Bergamot. The reason it is so hard to use is because of its photo toxicity. In September, when I offer my 240 hour Aromatherapy program one of the things that I will be teaching will be how to  safely formulate  perfume and skin care products . This is why in this Summer Fragrance I have only used a very small amount of bergamot.  I also give you pointers on how to wear a perfume in the video. If you do not want to wear it as a perfume you can use it to freshen up your room.

Here is the  Summer Fragrance formulation:

I have placed the essential oils in drops which equals 3% of the formulation

2 drop Bergamot Essential Oil

24 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil

89% Organic alcohol= 1.78 ounces

7% Water= 0.14 ounces

1% Organic Vegetable Glycerine= 0.02 ounces

2oz Amber or colored bottle with sprayer.

Mix alcohol, glycerine and water together. Place  alcohol mixture into the bottle then add essential oils. Roll the bottle between your hands to mix the ingredients together. Put on sprayer.

Contraindications- Photo toxic.

Enjoy the video-

 

Don’t forget your Essential Oils, Use your Common Scents,

All The Best,

Lorrie

 

Summer Stings: Lavender, Peppermint , Tea Tree with Clay

Hello Everyone,
Right now, I am visiting family in sunny California and as we all know no matter where you live this is the time of year that we can be stung by mosquitoes, horse flies, yellow jackets, no see -ums, hornets and bees. I find essential oils and clay combined make an excellent remedy for this kind of challenge. When we are stung : #1 it hurts, #2 it can become inflamed and swollen. #3 it can itch and when scratched it can become infected.#4 allergic reaction; if you are allergic please seek medical advice immediately.

The essential oils of Lavender, Tea Tree and Peppermint are the ones that I, personally use when I have bitten by an insect. Lavender is known for its soothing and calming properties which is very beneficial after being bitten. The known antiseptic properties of Tea Tree help with any bacteria that could be picked up by the insect or from scratching the bite. I use Peppermint because of its natural analgesic properties due to its menthol content. The traditionally known benefits of Bentonite Clay is that it draws out impurities while taking down inflammation and swelling.

check out my video on Youtube for the recipe to help with Summer Stings.

Don’t Forget your Essentials, Use your Common Scents,

All The Best,
Lorrie