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An essential oil is a volatile material derived from a plant, and it usually bears the aroma or flavor of that plant. Although a few animal-derived aromatic products exist (mainly musk, civet, and ambergris), the ones of botanical origin are far more numerous. Like fixed oils (vegetable oil, motor oil), these substances are generally liquids, they won’t mix with water, and they are soluble in many organic solvents. Unlike fixed oils, however, essential oils are volatile: they evaporate rapidly at room temperature, whereas fixed oils will not. Chemically, an essential oil is a complex mixture of 30 to 100 or more compounds. Only with the advent of modern analytical techniques, particularly gas chromatography, have we fully appreciated the complexity of these mixtures. With gas chromatography, an oil is separated into its components, and the relative proportions of the components are represented graphically as a series of peaks—some large, some small. The area under each peak represents the proportion of each component in the oil, and by experience, structural analysis, and comparison of the chromatogram with others made with pure reference chemicals, we can identify many of the components. Next time you touch and sniff an herb, remember that your nose is being bombarded by a wide array of chemicals.
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Pour water into the tank of your still. If you made your own still, your tank is the pressure cooker. Use clean water; it should be ideally filtered or distilled and as soft as possible. If you're using a manufactured still, follow the manufacturer's direction. Otherwise, just make sure you have enough water to complete the distillation. Depending on the plant and on the quantity, distillation can take anywhere from a half-hour to six hours or more after the water boils.
There must be thousands of ways to use essential oils! These little bottles are packed with a myriad of potent phytochemicals (natural, plant-based compounds) that are powerful helpers − both for health improvement and also in and around the home. If you are an essential oil newbie, you won’t want to miss this article because we’re sharing 60+ great ways to use 12 basic essential oils. Even if you’re an experienced essential oil user, get ready to learn something new. It’s all about natural healing and improving the world we inhabit. Let’s dive in!
Hi Katie and Joan. I get my essential oils from a lot of different places. I honestly can’t see spending the extra money that Young Living and Do Terra charges for most of my DIY projects. The oils that I get from Mountain Rose Herbs, Aura Cacia and even Essential Depot are just as strong, have been through the same testing for active constituents and are much cheaper. My soap and other body care products turn out fine and are effective. You need to make your own choice based on what you are doing and want to achieve.
I bought this to use and help organize my essential oil collection. I was even able to prop the bigger bottles at an angle on the bottom row. I love it! It was easy to assemble. At first I was confused by the “frosted” white sides. So I emailed Big Hala and they were so helpful and explained that it’s just a protective film to prevent scratches. So I looked at it closer and removed the film and it’s clear acrylic! I docked a star because each acrylic row seem to have a little “extra scratchy” piece in the middle, probably from production. But overall it’s great and the measurements were exact.
Dry the plant material. Drying reduces the amount of oil in each plant, but can greatly increase how much essential oil you make per batch. This is because you’ll be able to fit more material into each batch. Drying should be done slowly and away from direct sunlight.[5] Commercially grown plants such as lavender and peppermint may be allowed to dry in the field after cutting for a day or so.
There must be thousands of ways to use essential oils! These little bottles are packed with a myriad of potent phytochemicals (natural, plant-based compounds) that are powerful helpers − both for health improvement and also in and around the home. If you are an essential oil newbie, you won’t want to miss this article because we’re sharing 60+ great ways to use 12 basic essential oils. Even if you’re an experienced essential oil user, get ready to learn something new. It’s all about natural healing and improving the world we inhabit. Let’s dive in!
First, thank you so much for posting these blends! I am so eager to try them. May I ask though – how does the size of your diffuser (and it’s water capacity) matter to the oil amounts in each ‘recipe’? For instance, my daughter has a smaller diffuser than me. Her’s holds a total of 120 ml. Mine on the other hand holds up to 300 ml. I almost never fill it to capacity with water, but it did start me wondering what water amount these blends were based upon.
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Dear Tabitha thank you for these great recipes. I just have one question its a bit off topic. I want to be able to use the best possible unit to diffuse the Essential Oils. Which one would you recommend is best? I have been using ultrasonic ones but am thinking of about upgrading to either a vaporizer from http://www.herbalizer.com/ or a nebulizer from https://richaroms.com ? What I want to know is which technique of diffusion breaks the particles down to a state where our bodies can absorb them better?
Promising research for breast health. 2014 Iranian research published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that lavender oil kills breast cancer cells but leaves healthy cells unharmed. It’s important to note that this study was on cells in a petri dish, not on humans. The researchers concluded that: “L. angustifolia has cytotoxic and apoptotic effects in HeLa and MCF-7 cell lines, and apoptosis is proposed as the possible mechanism of action.”2
Health benefits:Clary sage essential oil fights depression and uplifts mood, stops convulsions by sedating nervous disturbances, relaxes spasms, protects wound from becoming septic, reduces sexual dysfunction and increases libido, causes contractions, kills bacteria and curbs bacterial growth.  It also removes excess gas, eliminates body odor, improves digestion, relieves obstructed menstruation, lowers blood pressure, and makes improves the health of the nervous system. Finally, clary sage essential oil sedates various extreme emotions and anxiety, while maintaining good stomach health and fixing any damage sustained by the uterus.
The PureGuardian Eucalyptus Essence Oil is the ideal choice if you want to create a stimulating, energized environment. Eucalyptus has a fresh, earthy aroma with camphoraceous undertones. It is associated with emitting an essence of cleanliness or slightly medicinal aroma. Simply add just a few drops to your oil diffuser to fill with room with the natural aroma of eucalyptus. Combines nicely with peppermint oil for an extra invigorating blend. The eucalyptus oil contains plant extracts and...

Health benefits:Jasmine essential oil fights depression and uplifts mood, protects wounds, cures sexual dysfunctions, and increases libido. It also reduces spasms, heals scars and after marks, gives relief from phlegm and coughs, increases breast milk, and regulates obstructed menstrual cycles. The oil also eases the delivery of babies and labor pains, while sedating inflammation and nervous disturbances.
Health benefits: Bay essential oil protects against septic, inhibits microbial growth, gives relief from neuralgia pain, relaxes spasms, provides pain relief, increases appetite, tightens gums & muscles and helps stop hair loss.  Other applications of bay essential oil have been used for the treatment of hemorrhage, promotion of bile secretion, relief of obstructed menstruation, and reduction of fever. The essential oil also kills & repels insects, sedates inflammations & nervous afflictions, and is good for the stomach, while increasing perspiration & elimination of excess toxins in the body.
Health benefits: This oil protects wounds from becoming septic, increases sweating, cures rheumatism and arthritis, purifies blood, eliminates spasms, stimulates functions, and is good for the stomach. Juniper essential oil also makes gums stronger and stops hemorrhaging, reduces excess gas, promotes urination, brings color to the skin, and generally promotes quick healing of wounds.
Health benefits: Some physicians employ this as a way to sedate hysterical events, inhibit microbial and bacterial growth, treat rheumatism and arthritis, as a protection against sepsis, tightening gums and muscles. Furthermore, pennyroyal essential oil helps prevent hair loss and hemorrhaging, clears congestion and eases breathing, purifies blood, facilitates digestion, opens obstructed menstruation and makes them regular, while also killing and repelling insects.

As an anti-aging antioxidant. Oregano oil’s high antioxidant content makes it perfect for fighting the effects of aging, which is all about free radicals creating havoc throughout the body. If using it topically, be sure to dilute as described below because oregano can be a “hot” oil when applied to the skin. Always avoid the skin around the eyes and other sensitive areas.
Calming, stress relieving, sleep promoter. Feeling stressed out or having a night of insomnia? Dilute as described below, and rub lavender oil along the sides of the neck and/or breathe it in deeply. You can also place a drop or two into a warm bath before you relax into it. Lavender has wonderful calming and soothing effects, and promotes deeper sleep.

Health benefits: This oil has been traditionally used to soothe inflammation, fight depression and uplift mood, protect against sepsis, enhance libido and as a cure for sexual dysfunction. Also, it gives relief from gas, increases urination and removes toxins, while toning up general health of the immune system, reducing emotional and nervous disturbances, increasing discharge and secretions from glands.
At the intersection of cutting-edge research and traditional wisdom, Young Living formulates essential oil-based wellness solutions that empower you to eliminate harmful chemicals, energize your life, ditch stress and negativity, and reclaim your natural radiance. Explore here to learn how you can integrate essential oils into your home, your healthy lifestyle, and your personal care.
Health benefits: Camomile essential oil is known to cure spasms, protect wounds from becoming septic and infected, curb biotic growth and infections, fight depression and uplift mood, cure neuralgic pain by reducing swelling in the effected vessels, and soothe inflammation from fever.   It also eliminates gases, promotes discharge of bile, helps decrease visibility of scars, opens up obstructed menses and regulates them, cures pain, reduces fever, and is good for liver. Furthermore, camomile essential oil sedates inflammation and hyper-reactions, improves nervous system health, aids digestion, reduces spasms, kills bacteria, increases perspiration, improves digestion, and fights infections. It is one of the most popular and useful essential oils out there!
Hi Katie and Joan. I get my essential oils from a lot of different places. I honestly can’t see spending the extra money that Young Living and Do Terra charges for most of my DIY projects. The oils that I get from Mountain Rose Herbs, Aura Cacia and even Essential Depot are just as strong, have been through the same testing for active constituents and are much cheaper. My soap and other body care products turn out fine and are effective. You need to make your own choice based on what you are doing and want to achieve.
According to a systemic review and meta-analysis published in Pain Research and Treatment, there is a significant positive effect of aromatherapy, compared to placebos or control treatments, in reducing pain. Researchers evaluated 12 studies on this topic and found that essential oils were especially helpful in treating postoperative pain, obstetrical pain and gynecological pain. (14)
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