Calm and Focused with Essential Oils

Calm and Focused

Hi, Everyone! It’s been such a long time since I have last written in this blog. Sorry about that. But with all the business and fuzziness of Christmas and then moving on and getting settled into a new role that all really stressed me out! Good thing that I already have essential oils and am able to find that small patch of relief in this uber chaotic world.

The natural acne treatments has helped me a lot. Together of course with the 10-Step Korean Beauty and new found face oil – Tamanu oil.

But with that being said, I want to focus right now on FOCUS. I would consider myself as someone with really very fast attention span. I get distracted easily.

When you research “Essential Oils for Focus”, a lot of the articles would actually lead you to articles for “Essential Oils for ADD/ADHD”.

But what is ADD and ADHD?

ADD – Attention Deficiency Disorder and ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are nowadays common conditions that affect kids, teens, and some adults. With the super-fast paced world that we currently live in right now, with soo many things happening around us, how can we not have this? When you just start understanding something, another thought, idea or issue would come rushing in from wherever, making us not really able to process thoughts.

They say that Lavender is key to this. They say that “Lavender has been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity.” This is probably true given that Lavender is a very popular relaxant and given that it calms us down then we can process a lot of things when we are at a relaxed pace.

Another super popular relaxant that we know of is Chamomile (in essential oils referred to as Roman Chamomile). Again if we follow the premise why Lavender can help us focus, I think we will go the same path for Roman Chamomile.

If you are in a citrus-y person, you’ll love Mandarin. They say that if you combine this with Lavender, it quiets down the mind.

Other Essential Oils to take note of:

  • Ylang Ylang – said to sedate and calm the emotions
  • Vetiver – calms, and focuses the mind
  • Frankincense – supports the immune system
  • Patchouli – soothes the nervous system
  • Basil – reduces excitability and promote calmness to allow the mind to focus
  • Rosemary – herb has been associated with memory for years and even references a line in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”
  • Peppermint – helpful when it comes to sustained attention tasks
  • Lemon – improve cognitive function
  • Cedarwood – has soothing and calming properties
  • Peace and Calming – uplifts the spirit
  • Brain Power – used to clarify thoughts and develop greater focus
  • Sage – help treat loss of mental functions
  • Cypress – calming, sedative effects, and can be used aromatically or topically to help induce relaxation
  • Sandalwood – improves memory
  • Eucalyptus – helps you clear your mind
  • Camphor – great brain stimulant
  • Wild Orange – good for awakening the senses and increasing focus and energy
  • Grapefruit – uplifting and energizing scent

So here are some of the recipes that I’ve come across for you to help you calm down and increase your mental focus.

 

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Where to get your essential oils:

I primarily use Young Living Essential oils. If you would like to find out how to start out with essential oils, drop me a message through my Facebook Page.

 

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Essential Oils for Acne

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When I was a kid, I didn’t really any problems with acne. It was not actually until I worked that I’ve had problems with acne. Right now, I think it’s really because of stress and hormonal balance. Given that I never really had any problems with acne, I didn’t really have to go to the derma. It was only in 2014 that I had to go regularly to the derma. The doctor there was actually a bit worried that my case wouldn’t be resolved by topical medicines and that I might need to go under medication. I was really hesitant about that because I never really wanted to take anything internally especially those that might affect my hormones.

But thankfully, after a lot of topical stuff and treatments (which cost me a fortune), I was able to control it. However, after sometime, I noticed that I wasn’t responding to the same kind of routine anymore. -Then I found K-Beauty. K-Beauty consist of the 10-step Korean Facial Care which is fun to do and which would actually allow me some sort of flexibility to be able to try out products. Something that I couldn’t do when I was under derma restrictions.

It worked as well. But then a few months ago, I had this pestering spot that would be there forever. It would flare up when it was the time of the month and then subside but the mark is still there. UGH. And then I decided to try out essential oils. I heard of some people applying the following, which I now consider as the Holy Grail of Essential Oils for the Face: Tea Tree, Frankincense and Lavender. Yes, it worked.

But as with other treatments, after some time, you might not respond to it so you need to switch it up. So I’m rounding up all of the recipes I’ve found for you.

Natural Acne Scar Treatment

This is the treatment that I personally use for my skin. I only use this at night because Tea Tree is phototoxic. In the morning, I still do my 10-step Korean Beauty Regimen.

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Lavender-Tee Tree Acne Gel

*note this will last up to 6 months

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Whiteheads, Pustules, Papules

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Blackheads

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Face Serum

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Anti Acne Oil Blend Recipe

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Experiment with this after you make it a few times and see what works better for you. Before you apply it on your face first test it on your hand to make sure you are not allergic.

Acne Moisturizer

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Notes:

  • Always do patch testing on the inside of your forearm and observe the reaction to make sure you are not allergic at oil to this oil. Always remember that you if you are allergic to a substance, you are allergic to that oil
  • Children and pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using essential oils on their skin
  • Find out in advance about the potency of the essential oils you plan to use.
  •  Some people notice a reduction in the number of pimples very quickly. However, it really depends on the person as to how responsive they are to the treatment. Switch up the recipe if you feel that you have already developed an immunity to it.
  • Some essential oils are phototoxic which means that they can damage the skin with sun exposure. As for me, I usually do this treatment only at night just to be sure. 🙂

Where to get your essential oils:

I primarily use Young Living Essential oils. If you would like to find out how to start out with essential oils, drop me a message through my Facebook Page.

Essential Oil Blends for Acid Reflux

21 - A Guide to Acid Reflux and Essential Oils

So, now I’m going through all of the recipes that I’ve come across and I feel that were useful to me and I’d like to share these with you.

Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid moves from the stomach to the esophagus. Some of the common risk factors for acid reflux are the following:

  • Eating Large meals or lying down right after a meal
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Eating a heavy meal and lying on your back or bending over the waist
  • Snacking close to bedtime
  • Eating certain foods, such as citrus, tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, or spicy or fatty foods
  • Drinking beverages such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee or tea
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, certain muscle relaxers, or blood pressure medications

Some of the symptoms of acid reflux:

  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Blood stool
  • Burping
  • Hiccups
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss for no reason
  • Wheezing, dry cough, hoarseness or chronic sore throat

Here are some of the recipes that I have come across:

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If you don’t want to go through the hassle of blending, you can also an essential oil blend called Digize from Young Living.

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Digize Essential Oil contains the following essential oils: Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, Patchouli. Always remember that if you are allergic to a substance you will also be allergic to the essential oil.

Acid Reflux Mix 2

We know that sometimes, one mix doesn’t work for you or sometimes, you get immune to a blend already, so it’s always good to have an alternative blend.

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Orange Essential Oil

Again, another alternative if you don’t like blending. 🙂

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Orange essential oil is not only great for acid reflux but also can help with detoxifying, constipation, and when feeling bloated.

Acid Reflux Mix 3

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Digestive Recipe

 

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Throat, Neck and Chest Massage Rub for Acid Reflux

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Foot Rub Blend for Acid Reflux

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So, those are all of the recipes that I’ve combine from books and the internet. Hope these help you. If you would like to be part of our Young Living Family. Please click here. Hopefully, I’ll get to meet you all one day!

Stay happy and healthy! 🙂

Essential Oil Application Methods

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The way you use an essential oil has a direct effect on how you want to use it. For instance, inhaling a substance might bring out a different effect such as a relaxed mood, happier disposition, etc. as opposed to applying it topically when you want to cure let’s say an allergy or a wound.

The different ways on how to apply essential oils are the following:

Aromatic

  • This is the method wherein you inhale the aroma of the essential oil
  • Very popular nowadays is using a diffuser or the method which we call Diffusion
    • Use a cold air diffuser that use room temperature air to blow the essential oils into a nebulizer to be vaporized into the air. Unlike heat diffusers, these do not destroy the therapeutic properties of the essential oils.
    • Safety: Do not diffuse clove or cinnamon oils unless they are part of a blend that is specifically for diffusion because these oils contain compounds that can burn the mucus membrane.

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  • Direct Inhalation – you do this by placing few drops on the palm of your hands. Rub your palms together, cup them over your nose and inhale.

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  • Hot Water Vapors – this is done by having a bowl of steaming water with a few drops of essential oils and a large tower to drape over yourself and the bowl. This is usually done for respiratory congestion

Hot Water Vapor

Topical

  • Applying essential oils to the bloodstream allows them to be quickly absorbed by the body and to enter the blood stream and circulate around the body
  • Acupressure – an alternative medicine technique that is based on the concept of life energy that flows through meridians in the body. Using essential oils to these points are said to be beneficial

Hands Accupressure Points

Feet Acupressure Points

  • Bath – adding essential oils to the bath usually treats they body and the minds to the benefits
  • Cold Packs – used to reduce inflammation caused by strains and pains. Adding essential oils are said to increase the versatility of this method
  • Compresses – both hot and cold compresses when infused with essential oils are ideal for circulation, reducing pain, and treating minor injuries such as sprains and strains
  • Direct Application – usually used to manage issues such as cuts, bruises, fungal infection, and other skin issues
  • Layering – you apply one essential oil, wait for it to be absorbed, then apply the second oil. This allows you to treat more than one issue at a time

One of the super interesting things that I have come across on this Layering and Massage (point below) technique is the Raindrop Technique by Young Living. This is done by layering a number of oils. I actually am SOOO interested in letting someone do this to me!! 🙂

  • Massage – the use of essential oils maximize a massage’s healing properties by increasing the calming and energizing effect
  • Shower – you can add them to unscented shampoos, conditioners, and body washes or just add a few drops to your washcloth

So it’s really up to you to choose which method is best suitable for you and your need. But always remember to research first before jumping in. If you want to start your essential oil journey with me, please click here. If you have any questions and would like an Essential 101, please contact me via my Facebook page. I would love to hear from you! ❤

Essential Oils and Safety

18 - Essential Oils and Safety

In my earlier post (Understanding Aromatherapy), we have briefly discussed about some of the contraindications of Essential Oils Now, let’s discuss further essential oils and safety.

Pregnant women should really be careful about essential oils. There are some essential oils that induce bleeding and thus abortion. Therefore must be avoided, these is the list:

  • Mugwort
  • Parsley Seed
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rue
  • Sage
  • Sassafras
  • Savin
  • Tansy
  • Thuja
  • Wormwood

Also, avoid those that stimulate menstrual period:

  • Angelica
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage
  • Fennel
  • German Chamomile
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Nutmeg
  • Peppermint
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Rose
  • Rosemary

There are also some essential oils that are banned:

  • Bitter Almond
  • Boldo
  • Cade oil crude
  • Camphor
  • Cassia
  • Costus root
  • Elecampane
  • Fig leaf absolute
  • Horseradish
  • Jaborandi leaf
  • Mustart
  • Nightshade
  • Non-distilled Peru Balsam
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rue
  • Sassafras
  • Savin
  • Southernwood
  • Stinging nette
  • Stryax gum
  • Tansy
  • Tea Absolute
  • Thuja
  • Verbena
  • Wormseed
  • Wormwood

Cancer patients should also be cautious about oils. They should always consult with their doctor when they use essential oils.

  • Aniseed
  • Basil
  • Bay
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Fennel
  • Ho leaf
  • Laurel
  • Nutmeg
  • Star anise

If you have estrogen-dependent cancer, you should avoid the following essential oils:

  • Citronella
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Verbena

For children, always make sure that you use the correct dilution for children.

Generally, I use these as guidelines:

Age Dilution
Birth to 12th months .3-.5%
1-5 years 1%
6-11 years 2%
12-17 years 3%
18 years old 5%
Elderly/Sensitive Skin 3%
Daily Use 5%
Short Term use 10%

 

Also, when using diffuser, only use the diffuser 30 minutes at a time and for an interval of every 4 hours.

For seniors, take care when using essential oils. Especially those who are already frail and bedridden because more often than not, they are more sensitive to essential oils than the average adults.

Essential Oils that induce drowsiness must be avoided when operating machines or when driving:

  • Benzoin
  • Carnation
  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • German Chamomile
  • Hops
  • Hyacinth
  • Lavender
  • Linden
  • Mace
  • Marjoram
  • Neroli
  • Nutmeg
  • Ormenis flower
  • Petitgrain
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Spikenard
  • Valerian
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang Ylang

As much as possible, please do not ingest essential oils especially those that are linked to liver toxicity:

  • Aniseed
  • Basil
  • Bay
  • Clove
  • Fennel
  • Tarragon

Sun Safety. There are some essential oils that are photosensitizing, meaning they can cause the skin to be more sensitive when exposed to the sun. Use these at least 12 hours before planned exposure:

  • Angelica
  • Anise
  • Bergamot
  • Celery
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Lime
  • Mandarin Orange
  • Orange
  • Parsnips
  • Tagetes
  • Tangerine
  • Yuzu

Where to Buy Carrier Oils in the Philippines

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If you have read my previous post, and saw the pictures, you would probably know by now where to get carrier oils in the Philippines. But to give you a quick list, here are the options of where you could get.

Craftology

For me, no doubt, one of the best suppliers in the Philippines. Nice and professional looking packaging. I would think it is presentable enough to compete in the worldwide market. They have the following oils: Apricot Kernel, Argan Oil, Avocado, Castor, Grape Seed, Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Macadamia Nut, Rose Hip, Safflower, Shea Butter, Sunflower, Sweet Almond, Virgin Coconut and Wheat Germ. I have also actually ordered from them before essential oils. Also, great packaging but limited scents.

Cyleina Organics

Although I personally have never tried. I found that they were one of the most top sales in Shopee especially for Jojoba Oil.

They have the following oils: Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Rosehip Oil, Sunflower Oil, Argan Oil, and Olive Oil.

Purple Butterfly Crafts

Top Selling products are: Castor Oil, VCO, Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, and Almond Oil.

Essential Oil Basic Needs

They have the following: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Pure Witch Hazel, Liquid Castille Soap, Castor Oil.

Not a lot, but they are the top seller of Fractionated Coconut Oil at Shopee. But I think their more popular products are the roller bottles and packaging for DIY stuff.

Clickadito

I usually order from here because I love the 100ml packaging. Well, it’s cheaper than Craftology.

They have VCO, Grapeseed oil, Castor, Sweet Almond, Sunflower, Rose Hip Oil, Argan Oil, Golden Jojoba, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil.

Safe Soap and Cosmetic

They have Castor Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, and Aprico Kernel.

Human Nature

Very popular with their Sunflower oil.

Come to think of it, there are a lot of choices here in the Philippines. Yay for us. And much, much cheaper, too. It’s just that when it comes to essential oils, we don’t have that much choice. But worry not, Young Living ships directly to the Philippines so no stress on that. If you want to sign up with Young Living and join me in my essential oil journey, click here. If you want to ask me first, message me over at my Facebook page. 🙂

Carrier Oils and Shelf Life

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Now, let’s talk about the Shelf life of Carriers oils – specifically, those than can be found here in the Philippines. And to make it easier for you, I made a chart that you can save (or screencap) for a quick reference. 😉

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