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Essential Oils for Better Sleep
Between raising kids, working and maintaining a home, getting enough sleep can be a challenge for many adults. Luckily, there are many essential oils that are beneficial for sleep. It may take some trial and error to find the perfect one for you, but we suggest starting with the ones below.
Bergamot Mint Essential Oil:
Although most citrus oils tend to have a stimulating effect, bergamot mint essential oil is different. Not only is it calming, but it can provide clarity and mood stabilization.
Cedarwood Essential Oil:
Cedarwood oil has a calming effect, therefore promoting a better sleep. It also can help with stress relief and mild acne. Inhale directly from the bottle, or dilute with coconut oil and massage across your forehead.
Cypress Essential Oil:
This essential oil has relaxing properties. Not only does it relieve nervousness and anxiety, but it can even help fight infections and aid the respiratory system. Diffuse cypress oil beside your bed at night to treat restlessness or symptoms of insomnia.
Patchouli Essential Oil:
If you’re overwhelmed with by anxiety, depression or stress, patchouli essential oil will help you get a better night’s sleep by calming those negative feelings. It has a strong and musky scent, so we recommend combining with other oils like bergamot or lemon.
Essential Oils for Colds and Flu
Now’s the time of year where everyone is more susceptible to colds – or worse, the flu. You know it’s coming when you first feel the scratchy throat, stuffy nose or aches and pains. Before reaching for the antibiotics, why not try natural remedies such as these essential oils?
Eucalyptus Citriodora Essential Oil:
As an antiviral and decongestant, eucalyptus citriodora essential oil helps treat colds and congestion. Use in a steam inhaler to help open blocked nasal passages and soothe inflammation.
Rosemary Essential Oil:
Rosemary works as an antimicrobial agent. Use it to massage the nose, cheekbones and temples to help relieve congestion and discomfort caused by a cold.
Lemon Essential Oil:
This essential oil boosts the body’s immune system due to its high vitamin content and ability to stimulate the production of white blood cells.
Thyme Essential Oil:
Thyme essential oil can be used in the bath or in an inhaler to help fight congestion. (However, you shouldn’t use it if you have high blood pressure.)
No matter which of the above essential oils you choose to help fight colds and the flu this season, be sure to use in moderation and dilute them properly.
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Using Essential Oil Singles for Household Duties
As you may already know, essential oils have recently been taking over the world of health and therapy. More and more families (especially those with children and animals) are looking for natural and safe ways to heal their alleviate issues; and with medications still at number one, oils are making their way to the number-two spot by addressing problems naturally.
Although many consumers are buying essential oil singles and diffusing them or applying them topically on the body, the oils can be used for so much more than just promoting optimal health. Keep reading to learn about the numerous ways essential oils can be useful around the house.
Cleaning is one of the newest ways that essential oils have become more popular; primarily because it can be safer than using chemicals. Using chemical-free cleaning agents, such as baking soda or vinegar and adding essential oils like lemon or orange can help boost their power.
Ever have trouble dealing with pesky insects during the peak of the warm season? Lemon and peppermint essential oil singles can be what you need. Simply mix with water in a spray bottle to help deter these insects. You can spray along the windows and walls, and unlike traditional pest control treatments, they are safe to use in areas with children or animals.
Products that are created to help freshen the air in your home can be quite expensive, made with ingredients that aren't natural and don't last as long as they should. Diffusing oils is the easiest way to freshen the air, but you can also mix them with baking soda to clean carpets.
When you’re doing your weekly laundry, you can always add a few drops of oil from your favorite essential oil singles to the detergent. This will not only help with the scent, but oils like lavender or lemon can help fight grease stains and odor. You can also add a few drops to a dry towel and add it to the dryer for a nicely-scented load of towels.
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Using Essential Oils Safely with Babies and Children
Although essential oils have endless benefits, it should also be remembered that they are a very concentrated combination of several chemicals. Therefore, they require extra concern when used in the nursery. Keep reading for tips on how to use essential oils safely with your little ones!
The amount by which you dilute essential oils should depend on the age of your child. Until your child is 2 years old, we recommend using only one eighth of the labeled concentration. Use one quarter of the labeled concentration for ages 2-6, and one half for ages 7-11. Use a carrier oil to dilute to these ratios.
Do Not Ingest
Certain essential oils can be toxic if ingested. Do not add to food or formula; and because babies can swallow bath water, avoid incorporating essential oils with bathtime. If your child accidentally ingests any, do not induce vomiting. If signs are poisoning are present, bring your child and the bottle that was consumed to the emergency room.
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Tips for Storing Your Essential Oils
It’s not difficult to find a beneficial essential oil; With Alambika USA’s selection of essential oil singles alone, you’ll find ones that ease ailments such as headaches, provide clarity, induce calmness, and more. But once you receive and start using your oils, what is the proper way to store them? We’re providing some tips on how to store your oils so they stay potent and effective.
Use the Right Bottles
Avoid using clear or light-colored bottles to store your oils. Exposure to light can cause your essential oils to oxidize quickly. Plastic bottles (regardless of color) should also be avoided, as they are easily broken down by oil. (In short: stick with dark glass!)
Also, air can cause oils to oxidize just as much as light can. Because of this, it’s also important to make sure the caps are airtight.
Store in the Right Environment
While traditional light can cause oils to oxidize, sunlight can do so at a much faster rate. Store your essential oils away from sunlight, or they won’t last more than a few months. Temperature is important too; a cool, dry place is best. Many people store their oils in their bathroom medicine cabinets, but this should be avoided if the room frequently becomes hot and moist (from taking hot showers/baths).
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The Best Essential Oils for Headaches
Headaches occur for a variety of reasons — tension, stress and weather changes chief among them. In addition, frequent headaches are often underlying symptoms of various physical and emotional ailments. If you’ve ever been to a pharmacy, you know there’s no shortage of over-the-counter headache relievers.
However, in addition to being ineffective for many headache sufferers, some of these products can be dangerous with long-term use. People interested in keeping their headaches at bay the natural way should enlist the aid of the following essential oils.
The essential oil of a million uses, lavender has been proven effective at staving off frequent headaches. Its analgesic properties and penchant for calming the nervous system make lavender a great essential oil for both migraines and standard-grade headaches.
Since lavender is renowned for its ability to calm the body and mind, it’s particularly effective against headaches that are stress-induced. Fortunately, lavender is prominently featured in many of Alambika’s synergy blends.
Peppermint is notable for its ability to clear away mental fatigue and heighten concentration — which also makes it effective for headaches brought on by exhaustion and extreme stress. Furthermore, peppermint’s beneficial digestive properties make it ideal for combating GERD and acid reflux-induced headaches.
Headaches are among the most common ailments from which people suffer, so it should come as no surprise that there are countless headache relievers clogging up pharmacy shelves. However, in light of how ineffective and dangerous some of the medicines can be, headache sufferers have nothing to lose — and everything to gain — by giving essential oils a shot.
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An Introduction to Synergy Blends
If you are just starting to learn about aromatherapy, you’re bound to be introduced to many new terms. Some may sound familiar, but some of them may be completely new to you. One term that you will hear often is synergy blends.
What is a synergy blend and why is it such an important part of aromatherapy? Here is a more detailed look at this popular and vital part of aromatherapy.
Synergy Blend Defined
To truly understand what a synergy blend is, you have to break down the word.
Syn = together
Ergon = work
In other words, synergy quite refers to two essential oils working together to great an even greater effect than they would on their own.
Why Synergy Blends Exist
Synergy blends have been created to promote a more specific benefit; relaxation, alertness, calmness, or respiratory health, for example. Essential oils that provide these benefits alone are combined together to create an even more powerful result.
How Synergy Blends Are Created
The creation of a synergy blend is actually pretty simple and straightforward: Two or more essential oils that provide a specific benefit are blended together, thus creating an entirely new compound. The result is a super powerful essential oil that provides incredible benefits.
How to Acquire Synergy Blends
While you can certainly try your hand at combining essential oils to create a synergy blend, you probably aren’t going to get the best results unless you are well-versed in the different types and the benefits of specific essential oils. Until you are an “expert” in essential oils, it is best to purchase your synergy blends from an expert company that has a well established reputation for creating powerful blends.
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Popular and Powerful Essential Oils
Essential oils have been used for centuries for a variety of reasons. Derived from the natural oils that have been extracted from plants, flowers, wood, seeds, and even roots, they are famous for their ability to provide a host of benefits, including healing and purification.
If you’re new to the world of essential oils, you may find yourself overwhelmed when you start shopping for your collection. To help make the process easier for you, here’s a look at some of the most popular and the most powerful oils that you might want to consider.
This is one of the most energizing essential oils you can find. Just a small whiff of peppermint oil can give you a natural burst of energy, improve your clarity, and restore your focus. This essential oil can be used in a variety of ways: as a massage oil, lotion, or soap, for example.
If you are looking to reduce your stress levels and induce relaxation, lavender oil is a must. This essential oil relaxes the mind and the body, making you feel less stressed and more at peace. It also helps to reduce inflammation and can aide with sleep.
Sandalwood is an exotic oil that has an intoxicating scent. This oil can help to calm you and focus your senses. It can also help to boost your skin’s hydration and relieve your tension.
To boost your immune system and help you fight off infections, try tea tree oil. This essential oil can be used to treat a variety of afflictions, including cuts and burns, skin conditions, athlete’s foot, and even skin blemishes.
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How Essential Oils Can Raise a Loved One’s Spirits
Depression, anxiety, stress, and grief all take a toll on a person’s health and well-being. But life doesn’t stop when stress becomes overwhelming. Bills need to be paid, and even people who are at rock bottom need to get to work or school. If you know someone suffering, giving a small gift can help raise their spirits. Essential oils are an affordable and effective way to make a sad or overwhelmed loved one feel better.
Some of the most uplifting essential oils fall under the citrus umbrella, such as orange, lime and lemon. The cheery, invigorating smell wakes up the senses and reenergizes the mind. Citrus oils are especially effective at boosting immunity, which naturally declines when stress levels are high.
Plus, thanks to citrus-based oil’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it’s ideal for use in cleaning. Offer to clean your stressed-out friend’s home with a solution made from the oil and she’ll breathe in the refreshing scent of citrus afterward, thus boosting her mood.
The floral rose-like scent of geranium oil soothes and rejuvenates anyone who breathes it in. Suggest your friend dab a bit at the wrists and neckline. Since it has the compelling scent of many perfumes without that too-strong alcohol odor, it’s a lovely scent enhancer that has the added benefit of providing its wearer with a bit of a pick-me-up.
Neroli oil offers a green, fresh scent that has been known to uplift and rejuvenate those who rely on it. It’s a therapeutic oil that hydrates the skin and energizes the mind in equal measure.
Shop at Alambika USA for essential oils that make stress melt away and improve common ailments such as digestive issues and headaches. Ask an Alambika representative for more suggestions when it comes to the types of oils to gift a friend who needs cheering up. Whether she uses the oils to feel better or freshen her home, she’s sure to appreciate the kind gesture.
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Three Unexpected Uses for Ginger Essential Oil
Why to Never Go Without a Bottle Again
Essential oils are often associated with making a room smell nice or with being an alternative, natural remedy to basic ailments. While ginger oil in particular may be well known for its effects on the respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems, you can use the oil in ways you may not expect to benefit yourself, your loved ones or your home.
Rubbing ginger essential oil on your skin is known to soothe sore muscles, but it can also work via aromatherapy to improve your well-being. If you suffer from frequent or occasional nausea, rubbing the oil on your neck and chest will help quell your upset stomach as you breathe it in. This can also work for motion and morning sickness.
As a regular supplement, ginger oil can play a role in boosting your metabolism and giving you energy so you can work out and digest faster in order to lose weight. While it shouldn’t be a replacement for regulating portions, eating healthy food and engaging in regular exercise, ginger oil can prove the extra boost you need to see results.
Ginger oil has naturally antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so it’s a great alternative to harsh chemical cleaners. Dilute the oil with water or even add it to all-natural cleaning products for an additional boost of cleaning power and scent. Clean hard surfaces with an oil and water or oil and cleaner mix, or even freshen fabrics with an oil and water spray.
Shop at Alambika USA and create a stock of essential oils in your cupboard or vanity. If you have a particular issue you hope to address with oils, don’t hesitate to ask an Alambika representative about your options.
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