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Feature Friday: Rosemary

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This weeks feature oil is Rosemary! A lovely herb used often in french cooking. It’s aromatic, warm scent is perfect paired with poultry. Let’s look at the profile for Rosemary as an essential oil and discover what it can do for you!

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Since we’ve taken a closer look at Rosemary’s profile, below are some ideas how you can use it in your home!

  1. 3-4 drops Rosemary and 4-6 drops pink grapefruit in the diffuser is fantastic for an afternoon blend. It’s centering yet invigorating.
  2. Add 1 drop of rosemary to your quarter sized amount of shampoo 2-3 times a week. Very invigorating, as rosemary helps stimulate blood flow to the scalp.
  3. Have a backache? Combine 3-4 drops lavender and 2-3 drops rosemary with 1/2 c epsom salt. Stir to combine, then add to warm bath! Relaxation is just a few minutes away…

 

I hope this gives you a few more ideas how you can use your rosemary! Don’t forget to print this profile for future reference!


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Hand, foot & mouth disease…

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What is Hand, Foot & Mouth disease?

Virus (noun): a non-living entity that is capable of reproducing itself and may have detrimental effects.

This is a viral infection that occurs mostly in younger children, but can affect adults as well. The symptoms are a blister-type rash that is located on the hands, feet and inside the mouth. Sometimes blisters are also located on the buttocks as well. The infection spreads through touching the blisters and infecting objects that others may touch (toys, books, dishes, etc). It can also be spread from coughing & sneezing. Proper hand washing and covering the mouth and nose are helpful in mitigating the spread. The virus usually runs its course within 10 days and spreads faster in warmer weather. Viruses must run their course since they are non-living and antibiotics do not have any effect on them. Replication must be stopped in order for the virus to leave the body.

Hand, Foot & Mouth

Symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • fatigue
  • fever of 101- 103
  • blisters on hands, feet and/or inside mouth

Traditional Treatments:

Physicians tend not to prescribe anything for the treatment of Hand, Foot & Mouth allowing the virus to run its course. Diagnosis usually occurs after examining the blisters, typically there is no test for the disease.

Here are a few things you can do at home to ease the symptoms.

  • Give lots of cool liquids
  • Avoid acidic foods, they may irritate blisters
  • Avoid giving aspirin, this may result in Reyes syndrome (for the same reason avoid Wintergreen & Birch essential oils)
  • Use acetaminophen as needed to reduce fever/pain
  • Don’t share cups or utensils with others
  • Elderberry (sambucus) is known to stop the replication of some viruses. Buy over the counter or make your own!
  • Seek medical advice if fever reaches 102 or blisters do not clear after 14 days

Using essential oils:

You can certainly use essential oils to make your child more comfortable during their illness. The essential oils can be used to ease symptoms, but the virus must run its course. Here is a list of essential oils that are useful and a few ideas to get your started.

  1.  Combine 2 drops Tea Tree oil and 1 drop geranium in carrier. I would recommend hazelnut (for those without nut allergies) as it is astringent and may help dry blisters. Apply after bath to soothe and fight the virus.
  2. Combine 2 drops German Chamomile and 1 drop cypress in 1 ounce of unscented lotion or carrier and apply to skin as needed.
  3. Diffuse Ravensara or use in personal inhaler to fight the spread of illness.
  4. Soak toys such as plastic blocks, etc in a sink full of water with 1/2 c white vinegar. Add 6-10 drops of Tea Tree oil to boost germ fighting power! Rinse well after soaking.
  5. Diffusing an immune boosting blend (such as Immune-Aid or Immune Boom) is useful to boost immune function during a virus

 

We hope that you don’t have to deal with this virus! However, if you do have to help your child through it we hope that this advice helps to lessen the impact and make your child more comfortable while their body does its amazing job of healing! If you have any questions or concerns please email us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or join our Facebook Group Safe Essential Oil Recipes .


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DIY Hand Sanitizer

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Did you know that the regular hand sanitizer has 60-80% Ethyl Alcohol also known as ethanol! So that would make a 2 oz bottle of hand sanitizer = to 4 shots of vodka! According to the American Association of Poison Control, there was 12,000 cases of hand sanitizer ingestion in 2006. The dangers of it for little children are extreme! It can cause alcohol poisoning in little children according to the American Association of Poison Control. Now if that wasn’t enough, large amounts of alcohol dries out your hands and is very flammable! Yikes, those are unintended consequences. We all want to keep your families safe and healthy.

So, who wants to learn how to make your own hand sanitizer? It’s about time to send your kids back to school, we all know that means lots of hand washing to keep the germs away! Let’s make one that is safer and gentler on your skin!

HandSanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

What you’ll need:

  • 4 TBSP or 2 ounces aloe gel
  • The following essential oils: Germ Destroyer (kid safe version), Germ Fighter (adult version) or Palmarosa & Fir Needle (DIY version)

What you’ll do:

  1. Pour aloe gel ingredients in flip top bottle.
  2. Add 10 drops Palmarosa and 8 drops of Fir Needle. (Alternately you can just add 18 drops of Germ Destroyer or Germ Fighter)
  3. Shake well to incorporate oils.
  4. Use a dime size squirt of gel as needed on your hands and rub in.

 

You or your child can carry this gel with you to work or school. A perfect alternative to traditional hand sanitizer. Not only will you support your immune function, but you will fight off the germs that many of us pick up every day! Keep your family healthy and happy this fall using a homemade hand sanitizer!

Please let us help you with your questions! You can email us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or join our Facebook Group Safe Essential Oil Recipes.


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Feature Friday: Oregano

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Oregano is a powerhouse oil, great for infections. It is a very HOT oil, so proper dilution is a must. Oregano, in it’s plant form, is best known for it’s use in Italian dishes, like Grandma’s special pasta sauce! Let’s take a peek at how Oregano essential oil can be used therapeutically. Limit the use of Oregano to situations where you really need it. It is not an everyday oil!

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Since The use of Oregano should be limited to acute situation (like infection, virus or other illness) I felt it best not to list too many uses. I reserve use for in the diffuser when a serious illness is going around! You can also use a q-tip and apply to carefully apply to warts and skin tags to get rid of them. Use caution doing so, perhaps surround the wart/skin tag with coconut oil leaving only the area of concern exposed. If you are interested in additional uses for Oregano, Retha published “How to Use Oregano


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What are therapeutic properties?

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The action that an essential oil has on the body is referred to as it’s therapeutic property. This action is different from mainstream medication because it is the sum total of the chemistry that creates the effect. Modern medicines are known to contain active ingredients. This refers to a single component that provides the action desired on the body. Essential oils are different as their complex chemical makeup allows for multiple effects on the body’s systems.

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According to this definition, all essential oils fit the bill. This means, that regardless of brand, all essential oils have the ability to work with your body and have some effect upon it. Interesting, right? So rest assured that the essential oils you choose will have some effect on your body no matter where you choose to purchase them.

There is a long list of properties that essential oils have the ability to effect the body. When choosing essential oils, you may want to look specifically for certain properties. However, it is the synergy within each oil that causes it to work so well. Individual components are important but must be taken with the whole. We can make generalizations based on chemical families or certain properties but sometimes an oil does not conform to a set of standards.

Below you’ll find a list of actions and the definition of what they can do or body systems they effect.

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Hopefully this gives you a better understanding of how essential oils act on the body. By choosing oils that have certain properties you can better address certain issues. Be sure to check into our Feature Friday posts for oil profiles. These provide a closer look an individual oils and also contain a list of the therapeutic properties of each one. If you come across a word you don’t recognize, now you have a chart you can reference to be sure you are getting the right properties for your situation!

As always, any questions can be answered by emailing on of our on-staff aromatherapists at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com! You might also want to check out our Facebook Group Safe Essential Oil Recipes.

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