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Have you ever noticed how a certain odor can trigger an avalanche of memories? Just a whiff of wood-smoke can transport us back to childhood days of camp-fires and carefree laughter; just a hint of lavender can magically whisk us straight into the comforting arms of a long-dead and much beloved grandmother; just one sniff of roasting meat can conjure up the chill air on our breath as we stepped into the warmth and comfort of our childhood home in days long gone.
Odors are like that! Powerful simulators of memories that can seem very real as we're dropped through time and space to days gone by. So it's important that we cultivate peace in our daily lives and create powerful, soothing memories, odors, sights and sounds that will anchor themselves in our minds and create paths in time through which we can walk again.
That's what we had in mind when we created the Peaceful Home Essential Oils Set. Each Essential Oil in this set has been carefully selected to pervade your home with a sense of peace and tranquility. of course, each oil has its own unique properties, and we've provided an overview of each one in the tabbed content below.
What Each Essential Oil Does for You
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- Sweet Orange
- ylang ylang
If you've ever smelled a field of lavender, you might well think that you've truly smelled heaven. This plant has an immediate and powerful effect on the mind, infusing our mental wounds with heavenly balm, and filling our hearts with peace. It was the very first Essential Oil we chose for our Peace in the Home Essential Oil Selection.
This is what the University of Maryland Medical Center says about this remarkable oil:-
"The name Lavender comes from the Latin root lavare, which means "to wash." Lavender may have earned this name because it was frequently used in baths to help purify the body and spirit. However, this herb has also been used as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue. Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled."
Ideal for the Bedroom
The capacity to relax us and reduce stress makes lavender an ideal choice for the bedroom. In November 2012, an evidence-based study was published by the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice.The study found that supplementing with 80 mg capsules of lavender essential oil alleviates anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression. Additionally, in the study there were no adverse side effects from using lavender oil to treat anxiety, insomnia and depression.
And of course, the memories of peace that lavender creates in our minds will always remain with us, creating a place of refuge for us inside our minds, a calm place to which we can make a retreat when life becomes too much to handle. Enjoy your lavender Essential Oil!
A Summary of Lavender Essential Oil Benefits
Calming scent for nerves, anxieties
Hair Care -effective with lice and nits
Blends with most other Essential Oils including Cedar-wood, Pine, Clary Sage, Geranium, Nutmeg
Great for Migraines, headaches, nervous stress
Helps treat hair loss
Refreshing aroma good for mental focus
Helps with Psoriasis
Improve blood circulation
Calming and conducive to peaceful sleep
Helps with Eczema
helps treat hypertension
Heals wounds and minor burns
Relives effects of sunburn
Reduces trauma of bee stings
Reduce irritation from bug bites
Well-known for its uplifting properties, orange essential oil is soothing to the mind and helps to relieve stress. It is refreshing and relaxing and commonly used for the treatment of anxiety. More than anything though, the fresh tang of citrus sharpens our minds and gives us a mental kick that refreshes us.
Ideal for the Kitchen and Dining Areas
The tang of citrus helps to clear away the stale odors that tend to dwell where we prepare and eat food. It can also sharpen our appetites and clear away the mental fog that tends to accumulate when we are in familiar places, providing a real 'breath of fresh air' that sweeps through or minds, sharpening our thoughts.
Ideal For Use in Your Car
If you have a handy USB powered Essential Oil Diffuser like ours, then you can use it in your car. It will certainly sharpen your mind, and help you to focus on the on,y thing you should be thinking of - driving safely! If you do this, do make sure to set up your diffuser safely where it can't fall over and it won't distract you - preferably where you can't even see it! Be safe!
Using Sweet Orange like this will have the amazing effect of triggering memories of journeys you have taken, of the people around you and the high points of your days on the road. I especially suggest doing this when you are going on holiday, or to a celebration - it will fix the wonderful sense of anticipation in your mind for the rest of your life and whenever you smell oranges, those memories will come flooding back.
Uses and Benefits of Sweet Orange Essential Oils
Helps relieve stress and tension
Add flavor to food, drinks, chocolates
Blends bautifully with Frankincense, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger
Fragrance helps induce sleep in children
Add to soap
Dispels stale, smokey odors in a room
Add to room spray and deoderants
Two to three drops can inspire creativity and positive mindset
Anti-spasmodic - smooth muscle spasms
Very effective insect repellent
Use in pantry to repel moths, worms, ants
Boosts immunity and helps detox
Peppermint is one of those 'too good to be true' all-round good guys! This Essential Oil has so many uses, we could literally write a book about it (and maybe we will someday!). Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when applied to the skin of the affected area.
Peppermint oil also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath and soothe digestive issues. It is widely recommended for its anti-nausea benefits and soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon.
Peppermint is one of the oldest traditional herbs used for medicinal purposes in Europe, Japan, and China. The earliest noted health benefits of peppermint oil have been dated back to 1,000 BC, with records of its use found in ancient Egypt.
Perfect in the Kitchen, Lounge and Library
Peppermint is an excellent choice for any location where you wish to be alert, calm and aware. Peppermint fairly makes the air crackle with energy and yet it is utterly soothing, speaking to our minds of the wash of the sea and the cry of the river. It cuts through stale odors like a hot wire through old soap, and somehow makes even the colors around you seem sharper, newer, brighter. I love peppermint! Here are some of the mental and physical benefits in a table for easy reference.
Peppermint Oil Benefits Summary
Clogged Sinuses, scratchy throat
Rubbed on stomach, helps with indigestion.
Blends with Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon, Marjoram and lavender.
Good expectorant provides cold relief
In water, makes a refreshing mouthwash (just 2 drops)
Used in colonoscopies and gastroscopies
Helps with coughs, sinusitis
helps with coughs, sinusitis
Mixed with lavender, makes a coolant for application to sore joints.
Helps treat urinary tract infections.
Helps with Asthma, bronchitis
Add to shampoos and conditioners to stimulate scalp.
Helps boost immune system.
Wonderful to awaken the mind for a long drive - improves awareness
As an antiseptic in shampoo, helps with dandruff and lice
Helps increase blood circulation.
Helps focus on studying, reading, late night work
Helps headaches when mixed with carrier oil and massaged into temples/
Helps diminish headaches and create alertness.
Can help you to feel full and useful as a diet aid.
The many and diverse health benefits of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil are due to its properties as an antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, and sedative.
This essential oil was not widely known until it was discovered by cosmetics companies who seem to sue it in just about everything! That's not too surprising because even without considering its medicinal and therapeutic properties, it has one of the deepest and luxurious odors of any of the top essential oils.
The essential oil of ylang-ylang is extracted by steam distillation of fresh flowers of the ylang-ylang tree, (technically called Cananga Odorata), and is commonly found in the rain forests of the Asian and South Pacific Islands. .Along with its widespread use in perfumes and aromatherapy treatments due to its very pleasing and delicate fragrance, ylang-ylang essential oil is also used for a variety of medicinal purposes
Great in the Bedroom
My favorite use of Ylang Ylang is in the bedroom. Along with lavender, it provides the ultimate submersion in an ocean of mind-provoking luxury and indulgence. I find that it drives away negative thoughts and takes the edge off the day no matter how frustrated and angry I have felt in the course of my work. Here's to Ylang Ylang - the ultimate destresser!
A Summary of Ylang Ylang Benefits
Relievse anxiety, tension, rapid heartbeat, stress and depression
In bath, relives nervous tension (can be mixed with milk)
When used internally, can help stomach, intestines and urinary tract.
Blends with Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender and Sandalwood
A great pick-me up if you feel exhausted - gives a mental boost to keep you going.
Help with insomnia
Helpful in maintaining skin hydration, help skin look younger.
Mood - lifter, can generate some mild euphoria in some people.
Can help with dermatitis
Helps lower blood pressure
Can have a calming, sedative effect, reduce anger and anxiety.
Frankincense, also known as olibanum, comes from trees of the the Boswellia genus. The milky white sap is extracted from the tree, hardens naturally into a gum resin, and is then scraped off in tear-shaped droplets.
The highest-quality frankincense is clear and silvery, but with a slight green tinge. Brown-yellow varieties are the cheapest and most readily available. Frankincense is traditionally burned as incense, and in antiquity, was charred and ground into a powder to produce the heavy kohl eyeliner used by Egyptian women.
The resin of Frankincense is steam-distilled to produce an aromatic essential oil with many benefits .Frankincense oil has a woody, earthy, spicy, and slightly fruity aroma, which is calming and relaxing.
Use All Around the Home
Frankincense blends beautifully with a whole range of other oils (see table below), and lends its sense of subtle invigoration to just about any environment.
I love it combined with any of the citrus oils, which it complements with its sweet woodiness. Frankincense acts powerfully on the mind, which is why it's so often used for meditation practice. So, whether it's the bedroom, the bathroom or the study, Frankincense will not only provide the health benefits listed below, but also make your home a better place to be.
Key Benefits of Frankincense
Works as an expectorant and helps with asthma, colds and flue.
Great addition to oral health regimen - anti-septic.
Helps remove excess gas from intestines.
Blends with Lime, lemon, orange, bergamot, lavender, myrrh, pine and sandalwood.
Soothes coughs and eliminates flegm deposits in respiratory tracts
Prevent tooth decay, cavities, bad breath
Helps with digestion - better than many medicines.
Anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory properties help relax breathing passages
Make own toothpaste - mix frankincense oil with baking powder.
Immune system booster
Make mouthwash by mixing with water and peppermint oil.
Helps eliminate sun-spots and rejuvenate the skin
Powerful astringent helps protect the skin.
As a tonic, can boost health.
Effective sleep aid as it induces a feeling of mental peace and relaxation.
helps reduce wrinkles on skin
Used as a diuretic.
Lowers anxiety and stress
Helps stop bleeding from wounds and cuts - acts as a coagulant.
Natural treatment for pain related conditions affecting muscles, joints and tendons.
Bergamot oil is extracted from the rind or peel of the fruit, leaving an aroma is citrusy but sweet, with a deep sea of subtle sub-odors. Of all the citrus oils available, this one I think has the most complex and beneficial aromas.
Bergamot is often used to support the digestive system and rejuvenate the skin, but it also provides a huge boost to emotional wellness through its action on the brain through the mechanisms of the limbic system.
Bergamot oil can often enhance one's feelings of self-worth and self-acceptance, particularly when mixed with Frankincense and used in a meditation session. The mental effects of bergamot oil help us by enhancing our confidence. It teaches us to find validation within, accept our own authenticity, and not spend so much time worrying about what others will think about it.
Use Bergamot where there's noise!
I particularly enjoy Bergamot when I'm surrounded by confusion and noise - whether at work or at home with the children. It makes me less moody, less tense, and less prone to snap at people. And then of course there's all the other benefits and uses which we've listed below for you.
A Few Uses and Benefits of Bergamot Oil
Calming and soothing, reduces stress and tension
Note - phototoxic - do not apply and then go into sunlight!!
Kills worms in children.
Blends with Clairy Sage, frankincense, mandarin, jasmin, black pepper, cypress, geranium, nutmeg, sandalwood, orange, rosemary, vetiver and ylang ylang.
Instant boost to make you feel positive and energetic.
A beautiful deoderant
Kills oral germs
Anti-depressant, mental stimulant
Dispels stale odors and freshens up living space immediately.
Analgesic - helps reduce feeling of pain in the body
helps treat hypertension
Relives congestion and respiratory problems - particularly coughs and colds
Helpful with headaches, sprains, muscular ailments.
Reduces fever and lowers body temperature
Anti-spasmodic - helps reduce muscle spasms, relaxes nerves and muscles.
Anti-septic, useful for eczema, ulcers, cracked heels and itching.
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