Category Archives: Essential Oils

Essential oils bring us vital energies from the plant to help heal us on many levels: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. They are therapeutic because they have antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, calming, soothing, and revitalizing chemical constituents.

Introduction to Aromatherapy Training Webinar on my Birthday!!

Hello,
Last year, I decided to share about essential oils on my birthday  which is twelve days before Christmas and I can’t wait to do it again.  I am so happy to be 57 years old on December 13th with good health and lots of wonderful changes and happiness in my life  therefore I wanted to share my birthday blessings with you by perfume-bottle offering  you a special perfume  that I developed that you will hear on video below. Make sure you have your pen or pencil ready to write it down.

My previous work as a developer for organic cosmetics ( skin care, perfumes, bath and hair products based on aromatherapy) is something I really enjoyed and it makes me  so happy to share it with you in  my song ” Twelve days before my birthday”  as my gift to you while offering my  Live on line Introduction to Aromatherapy Webinar. Below the Video is  the course offer and the items you will need to be in the course because this is a hands on learning experience.

Please email ruth@lorriehargis.com for  information on future “Introduction to Aromatherapy” training webinars.

 

 

In this Webinar you will learn:
What is an essential oil?
Safety with essential oils
Introduction to course essential oils (Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree, Frankincense, Peppermint Red Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, and many more)
Make a massage oil
Make a soothing balm
Make a bath salt
Make a diffuser blend to uplift you during seasonal changes for your home or office.
Make a detox clay pack.

You will need this booklet for the course:

Recommended Reading- “Using Common Scents,” Booklet by Lorrie Hargiscommon-scents-bundleII

click to order the booklet here – http://www.lorriehargis.com/order.html

 

Masters II Chemistry Students University Montpellier, France

Masters II Chemistry Students University Montpellier, France

When you register for this training you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

I look forward to sharing this Webinar with you!

 

 

Don’t forget your Essentials, Use your Common Scents,
Au Revoir,
Lorrie

Daily Essentials for Stress!

Hello,

We  all have daily stress in our lives. Essential oils are excellent to help balance, relax and soothe the nervous system. I use them regularly in a massage oil or bath each day to help me handle my daily activities that I need to participate in and the ones that I add because I love doing them.  I do my best to focus on the positive each and every day. Stress can come from the exterior such as your job, relationships and the environment and it can come from within when we have anxieties about not being perfect, and  trying to do everything. Every organism in the world has to have some form of stress to survive .Here is a blend of essential oils that will help you when feeling stressed out.

5 drops Refuge blend – you can purchase from Natures Sunshine products

5 drops Red Mandarin Essential Oil

2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

1/2 oz Carrier oil

Combine the essential oils with the Carrier Oil in a ½ oz. /15ml Roller ball bottle. Roll the bottle between your hands to mix the contents together. Apply twice daily or as needed to the temples, forehead, back of neck, creases in the wrists and elbows  and corresponding reflex points on the hands and feet.

Keep it in your purse or pocket.

Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy. Phototoxic.

 

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

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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

Lavender, Lavender All day has been Lavender

Hello Everyone,

Today, has been such a hot, sunny yet calm day with the Lavender ( Lavandula officinalis) is being harvested. My friend, Joel who has been helping to take care of the plants on Domaine de Castillou, in the South of France where I live. Domaine de Castillou is an organic farm where lavender, rosemary, sage and 3 different kinds of thyme are grown.

The harvest started this morning : in the large fields the lavender was cut by machine however the smaller fields in the hills were cut by hand by my dear friend Joel. He showed me how to cut the lavender by hand. My daughter Zoe filmed us in the lavender field which you will see on this blog. Most people who are close to me understand that Lavender is a very special plant and essential oil to me. It is the essential oil that introduced to me how effective essential oils can be on the nervous system. Here is my Love Story about Lavender essential oil. My son, Burt had

Lavender on Domaine de Castillou

Zoe, my daughter, Joel harvester and I cutting Lavender on Domaine de Castillou

stuttered since the age of four. He often repeated words like, You see, you see, you see.” From the ages of four to six , I took him to a speech pathologist for this stuttering problem. The pathologist said, the school system would probably lose him between the cracks, because he most likely wouldn’t qualify for help.

This is exactly what happened I made unsuccessful attempts to get him into a program. During fourth grade we changed schools and he was finally accepted into a speech therapy program but refused to go because he was embarrassed. When Burt was nine years old, we started putting five to ten drops of Lavender in his bath each night after reading that Lavender was calming. After one month we all realized Burt was no longer strutting. This is what convinced us to start experimenting with essential oils. Burt will be 34 years old in July and still uses Lavender in his bath. He no longer stutters. He has realized this is his signature plant.  A signature plant is one that helps the person come back in balance. Lavender plant person when imbalanced hits their heads a lot and doesn’t watch for themselves. This has happened to my son Burt many times. You see Burt is cowboy, horse chiropractor and horse shoer. He has been bucked off, fallen on and been in my different kinds of situations with horses. Burt has hit his head a few times you could say and lavender has always revived him. I love Burt and Lavender. They are meant for each other.

Au Revoir, Don’t forget your Essentials, Use your Common Scents,

Lorrie