Monday, March 04, 2019

Make Your Own Lavender Oil....

Making my own Lavender Oil: I did this many years ago, and plan to do it again this Spring!  I grow a few woody drifts of lavender in my front yard and am planning to finally get around to planting them in the backyard this year.

There is still snow in patches, but I am so looking forward to seeing my lavender in bud.  I want you to have this recipe so you can try it too... maybe you even live somewhere (England?) where the lavender is budding out already? Lucky you!  Get out your gardening shears and be prepared to have fun and fragrance!

Supplies Needed:c
  1. Sprigs of Fresh Lavender (or you may purchase dried lavender)
  2. Mason Jar with Lid
  3. Oil- I choose pure castor oil (you can use other oils such as apricot oil, almond oil, even grape seed cooking oil)
  4. Fill the mason jar with sprigs-- fill it with as many as you can stuff in (you could strip off the buds and put them in without the stems-- whatever works for you)
  5. Cover the lavender buds with oil and soak  somewhere in natural light, such as in your East view window
  6. Let the brew sit for several days, maybe weeks.  Strain the oil through a fine sieve and pour into one or more dark amber or green glass bottles.  Keep somewhere cool (not too warm).
  7. You can amp up the effect by adding a few (+5) drops of your store-bought lavender essential oil to the bottle.  
  8. Enjoy as a body oil or in a bath salt recipe such as this one for relaxing before a good sleep.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Essential Oils for Kidney Stones

This post appeared originally in December 2007 and is the most frequently viewed post in this blog.
Flowers and branches of the Boswellia sacra tree
Today's excellent suggestion originated in a post by Jessica Wild, the author and moderator of the Wild Harvest Yahoo! group(no longer active) in response to a group member's question about her husband either flushing a kidney stone or relieving the pain associated with it.

Jessica suggests a combination of 10 drops of pure Frankincense and 10 drops of pure Lemon essential oil in a capsule, taken every four hours.

The beautiful aromatic essential oil of Frankincense is obtained by distilling the bark of the Frankincense tree that grows in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and China. You will likely be familiar with the reference to Frankincense from the gifts that the Magi brought to the Christ Child, immortalized in the Christmas carol "We Three Kings" (as an aside, there is nothing in the Bible to indicate how many kings, or wise men, actually visited the Christ Child in his birth cave/stable). Along with Myrrh and Gold, it was considered a very precious commodity of the time... in fact, an essential part of any wealthy family's 'medicine cabinet', if you will pardon the pun.
Frankincense was used as a cleanser and a balm for wounds, to quell fevers, fight coughs and colds, soothe bronchitis, clear laryngitis, calm the stressed, and embalm the dead. Frankincense was a birth-to-death agent.

Pure, unadulterated Frankincense essential oil still works. It makes perfect sense as a purifying, calming additive in a capsule to help with kidney stones.

Pure Lemon Essential Oil is high in antioxidants, provides a wonderful emotional lift, and appears to boost the immune system in doing its job. It is tonic, astringent and antiseptic. A great deal has been recorded about the ability of lemon juice to dissolve gallstones, so commonsense would indicate that pure lemon essential oil would also be useful in dealing with kidney stones.

Eden's Garden "Frankincense"
On the tenth day of Christmas
My Aromatherapist gave to me
Frankincense and Lemon for the stones in my kidney...
9 drops Marjoram to deal with insomineeeee (a)
An 8-Lemon Drop Co-oo-ookie
Fragrance so Seventh Heaven-ly!
Six drops of Geranium,
Five ---- Drops--- of ----- Myrrh
Four big drops of Thieves blend
Three Raindrop treatments...
Two Eucalyptus Globulus
A bottle of pure Ro-s-e-mary....

**I am not a medical person (doctor, nurse, dentist, etc.) but make any references to the healing capabilities of essential oils on the basis of testimonials from real live people who have experienced or observed first-hand results.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Gardening and Essential Oils

Essential Oils are invaluable in the garden to protect plants against munching insects and to protect and treat the gardener against insect bites and sunburn and the like.

Because essential oils are natural molecules originating from plants, they are not going to disrupt or poison the environment.  The goal in gardening with essential oils is not to massively attack and eradicate anything perceived as "the enemy."

 The creative use of essential oils in your garden will enhance the growth and fragrance of your flowers and the great flavour of your edibles while encouraging pollinators to keep coming into your garden to do their essential work.  Here are some tips for inviting in what you want and repelling what you don't want (non-violent pest control) in your garden:

Bambi Hates Rosemary

Deer can wreak havoc in gardens, stomping on plants and eating decorative ornamentals and veggies.  It turns out that deer have an aversion to certain strong-smelling herbs like rosemary, yarrow and lavender.  Commercial repellents generally contain a synthesized version of this and sometimes include coyote urine as their chief deterrent (ewww).   You can grow rosemary, yarrow and/or lavender around the perimeter of your yard/garden, or you can boil up 6 sprigs of Rosemary in 8 cups of water with 2 teaspoons of Tabasco Sauce (or a teaspoon of cayenne with a shot of vinegar).  Spray on the plants and around the perimeter of the garden/yard.  (Yes, it is ultimately the release of the natural essential oils in the rosemary that repel the deer-- it may also repel other animals such as bunnies, cats and raccoons, not sure).

Repel Ants

\Ants "milking" Aphids
The greatest harm that ants do in my yard is to 'raise herds' of aphids, which they like to 'milk' the honeydew from for their own (and their queen's?) tasty little libations.  Growing common tansy, mint and pennyroyal plants around your affected garden plants (roses? fig tree?) or door to your home will repel them.  You can put 3 neat drops of essential oils of Spearmint and Peppermint on cottonballs and place beside your doors.  You can spray their nests and along shelves with the essential oils (diluted 8 drops of E.O in 1 gallon of water).  Garlic oil and citronella are also helpful.

  (Sweet Little) Aphids

Getting rid of ants as much as possible (see above) will probably cut back on your aphid problem, since ants are the cowboys of the insect world and aphids are their beef herds.  Other than that, just interspersing your aphid-vulnerable plants with nasturtiums, spearment, stinging nettle, garlic, potatoes, parsley, basil and horseradish will keep their numbers down.  Also, making a tea with any or all of the above (boiling the above together or putting plant matter in a pail and adding water that you will use in a few days) will make an effective spray.  Nasturtium is a good bet!  Essential oils like Spearmint, Peppermint, Cedarwood, and Hyssop work well.  For a spray, combine 4-8 drops of the Essential Oil with 1 gallon of water.

Black Fly Shoofly!

Annoying little suckers... they bite as well as being annoying in that buggy way they have.  Plant Stinging Nettle (don't laugh-- I have this planted in several places), Basil and Lavender.  Put some Lavender Essential Oil on when you are out where there are black flies.  Tangetes, Tansy or Lavender Oil can be sprayed to shoo them away!  4-8 drops of the essential oil in 1 gallon of water does the trick as a spray.  Strips of muslin hung as in a clothesline or like a line of pennants from the used car lot, and sprayed with, or soaked in, the various essential oils (4-8 drops in 1 gallon of water), should deter the flies from frequenting places in or near the cottage where people are gathered or individuals are trying to read a good summer's book.

Cut Out the Cutworms!

Where I was when I heard that John Kennedy had been assassinated-- and the first time I saw a large cutworm-- both imprinted on my mind with equal gravity.  Oakleaf and Oak Bark (as in a wood chip walkway, say, as a garden mulch) keeps away the cutworm population.  Try putting 3 drops, neat, of either Thyme or Sage Essential oil on a cotton ball and placing where you suspect the cutworms are gathering.  Spray the base of nearby plants in an area affected by cutworms with 4-8 drops of Thyme or Sage in a gallon of water.

And from Pinterest, a safe DIY Insecticidal Soap you can spray to keep the aphids at bay...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Essential Oils for Lovers: Valentine's Day

Our mood is very much influenced by our sense of smell. So, with Valentine’s Day approaching, why not use the wonderful aromas of essential oils, some of which have reputed aphrodisiac properties, to create the right sort of atmosphere and spice up your love life? Here is a list of some of the essential oils thought to have aphrodisiac properties:

Jasmine has long been recognized as one of the most precious of essential oils. With a heady and exquisite, emotionally warming aroma, this oil is uplifting and confidence boosting.

Hera Nature ROSE OIL with Bulgarian Roses
Rose is one of the most favourite perfumes of all time (Cleopatra is said to have added rose petals to her bath), and is still used widely by today’s perfume industry. Rose essential oil has a deep, floral, romantic aroma that both soothes and uplifts.

Although jasmine and rose are the essential oils most closely linked with romance, both are very expensive. However, it is possible to buy them at more affordable prices diluted in a carrier such as jojoba oil.
Indian Sandalwood Oil with Jojoba & Argon Oil
Sandalwood has a sweet woody fragrance with meditative and sensual properties. This oil blends well with rose, lavender, frankincense and basil. Sandalwood is also expensive, as the tree from which it is largely obtained (Santalum album) is now endangered: so it’s best to think twice before using this oil.
Here are details of a few, more reasonably priced essential oils:

Ylang-ylang has an aroma similar in many ways to that of jasmine (it is sometimes called ‘poor man’s jasmine’); it is a sweet floral, exotic oil with a heady fragrance.

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Patchouli has been used as an aphrodisiac since ancient times, and more recently underwent a resurgence of popularity during the ‘flower power’ era of the 1960s. It has a strong, earthy and spicy, pervasive aroma, which appeals to both men and women. Patchouli blends well with frankincense, geranium, lavender and clary sage.

Clary sage has a nutty, lingering fragrance with subtle fruity overtones that is relaxing, sensual and euphoric. (Do not use if trying to conceive or pregnant.)

Vanilla – a sweet smelling essential oil with a subtle aphrodisiac effect.
A number of essential oils obtained from spices are also associated with aphrodisiac properties, including black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger. All are stimulating, warming oils, with rich spicy aromas.

However, be warned… not all essential oils have aphrodisiac effects; indeed, some, such as marjoram, are reported to have completely the opposite effect and to turn off sexual desire!

How to use your essential oil(s)
Simply sprinkle one or two drops of an essential oil around your bedroom for the desired effect. Alternatively, why not give your partner a massage, using a blend of essential oils in a carrier oil, such as jojoba or sweet almond oil? Make sure that the room is warm, and use nightlights for added romance! Or you could share a bath to which you have added a few drops of chosen oils. Enjoy!

A few words of warning….
Please note, essential oils should never to be used in place of medical treatment. If you are pregnant, epileptic, suffering from high blood pressure or already taking medication consult your medical practitioner or a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils. Never take essential oils internally, and keep them away from children, pets and the eyes. Do not use directly on the skin – always dilute in a carrier oil first. Essential oils should also be kept away from naked flames – they are volatile and therefore flammable.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Beating Cancer with the Help of Essential Oils...

Steve Fillmore beat cancer twice, with the help of Essential Oils

In the hope-inspiring video, Steve Fillmore, a 42 year-old flight attendant from Minneapolis, Minnesota tells Drew Canole how he combined chemo, great nutrition, and holistic methods to overcome testicular cancer.  He mentions that he used a combination of Frankincense Essential Oil and Turmeric to daily massage the areas where lymph nodes reside.*


Esteemed aromatherapist, author, and researcher Valerie Worwood cautions against using essential oils that are not organically-grown.  The chemical residues (fungicides, pesticides, herbicides) used in planting are also present during extraction and in the resulting oils.  Clinical aromatherapists are very careful about the oils they use therapeutically.

Aromatherapists also want to know what country their oils come from, and even what part of that country.  Worwood says that lavender is frequently grown in China and shipped to France from where it is "re-exported" as French.  French lavender used to be grown free of any chemicals under the clear blue skies of the Alps-- that is still the preferred place of growth, but, as everywhere else, massive freeways and industrialization exude their fumes and toxins over whatever fields they have growing near them... and there are a lot more fields of lavender growing this way than there were in the recent past. (The Fragrant Mind, p. 66-67)

Worwood also suggests that it is important to use an organic carrier oil and not to ingest essential oils without consulting someone who is in a position to recommend that to you based on their medical experience and training.

I would like to suggest that when dealing with cancer or other serious illnesses, that it is very important to consult with an actual working, well-trained aromatherapist, and not necessarily your friend who has an MLM investment and a few courses offered by the company that he/she distributes for.  As hopeful as the above video sounds, please do not do as he did without checking with a person with the aromatherapeutic, medical, nutritional background to assist.  *No information in this blog is meant to diagnose or suggest treatment.

Worwood has an extensive referral section in the back of her book.

The book

The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy

is highly reviewed by customers  and strikes me that it might be a good resource for people doing healing research.  Information you find in this book or others can be taken to your chosen health professional for consultation.

All the best!  Fragrant Blessings, Cynthia

Monday, April 27, 2015

Essential Oils and Dental Pre- and Post-Op Care

So, today I went to the dentist and had two molars extracted.  I was a panicky mess when I arrived (I'm working on that, and yes, Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram, and Geranium Essential Oils have all had a role in keeping me calm and/or balanced-- but the dental clinic is "scent/fragrance-free" so I went in unarmed).

Fortunately the dentist was a lovely guy who gave me permission to put up my finger for a break at any time, and the Assistant, Chynna (pronounced "China"-- isn't that beautiful?)   was sweet, chatty and proficient in her job. The teeth came out with relative ease, and NO PAIN.  I was given a sheet of instructions about post-op care (eg., don't eat anything on that side for a week; take ibuprofen every 6-8 hours for pain; ice the swelling).

After the icing, I made a compress of Roman Chamomile (a few drops in a square of gauze) and held it there for a while.  When my husband came home he was amazed at how the swelling had gone down.  I found this suggestion at

I had a big green smoothie for lunch (apple, mango, mixed baby greens, chia seed for protein and water).  I did take one of the ibuprophen.  Amazingly, everything in my mouth is calm.

(I must also mention that my dear husband prayed for me before and during my appointment. I do  believe these essential oils are a gift from God-- and the great Dentist and his team are a gift as well!)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Valerie Worwood's The Fragrant Mind: Pathway To The Mind Comments

Flower of the Lemon Tree courtesy of Thiagofest at
You know how it is-- you buy a 'reference book' from Amazon and you use it just as that-- when something comes up that you must know.  But you do not read the book from page 1 on through to the end.  That is exactly how I have treated this book, "The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion " by Valerie Ann Worwood.  So far.  But now I am going to read the entire book.  And review it as I go (big shout-out to my friends on the Facebook page Pure Therapeutic Essential Oils and the People Who Use Them)(<--Join us.  Keep me accountable :p )

Many years ago when I was more thoroughly immersed in essential oils-- using them daily, maybe over-using them daily, spending a huge sum monthly to keep myself viable as a distributor for an essential oils MLM-- I read V. A. Worwood's "The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".  I was very impressed with her knowledge and the skills that she passed on.  When I mentioned this to another, more seasoned eo person she suggested that V.A.W. was not the 'real article'-- that she 'was said' to have plagiarized much of her material.  I was shocked.  I talked this over with a long-time friend who asked me, in her down-to-earth, no-BS style (for which I love her): "Honestly, Cynthia, do you think that this information hasn't been floating around for decades, maybe hundreds of years? Plagiarize?  Come on.  Worwood is just smart enough to get out there and share it before some of the pharmaceutical-grade oils guys got hold of it."  (If you get my drift).

Valerie Ann Worwood has been a practicing aromatherapist for twenty years, actually plying her arts with 'royalty and heads of state' and other celebrities as her bi-line states.  Her homebase is in England where she works out of her own clinic.  In research she has a particular interest on aromatherapy and its effects on endometriosis and infertility.  She teaches and conducts workshops internationally.  She has served on the executive councils of the International Federation of Aromatherapists and the Aromatherapy Organizations Council.

The Fragrant Mind is divided into four parts, and fourteen chapters:
Part 1: Pathways to the Mind
Part 2: Emotional Healing and Aromatherapy
Part 3: Aroma-Genera: Human Characteristics and Personalities of Essential Oils and
Part 4: Appendices dealing with Safety Data,  Therapeutic Components of Essential Oils and Absolutes, Suppliers, Useful Addresses, Notes, Bibliography and Index

What Are Essential Oils?

Worwood starts by talking about the history of plants and their powerful healing essences.  Did you know that the word chemistry derives from chemia which means plant juice.  Is that not the most intriguing realization?

  She goes on to a paragraph of descriptions of how different plants, and plant parts, are distilled or otherwise processed to produce the essential oils.  Science, of course, is quite taken with the isolating of various compounds in these essential oils-- the supposed "healing" compounds, etc.

 But, if you mix all of a plants isolated compounds together in a pot you will not get the essential oils you were hoping to replicate!  I recently read T. Colin Campbell's Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition in which he did a pretty fair job of describing the modern trend of reductionism-- highlighting the individual, isolated components and 'selling' their qualities to the un-knowing consumer without their realizing that plants are meant to be consumed as whole entities, that you gain the benefits of the whole, not of the isolated parts.  The same is true of essential oils.  "It is the synergistic effect of all the components that makes an essential oil what it is (p. 13, The Fragrant Mind)"

When you 'blend' various oils you always get something that is much more than the sum of the two oils' "healing" components... fascinating!

That's a small chunk of chapter 2.  I assure you that this book is a mine of gems that will amp your understanding of aromatherapy and essential oils far beyond where you currently are.   I will continue to do random chunks of information from this fascinating tome.