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Frankincense Posted on 16 Nov 10:55 , 0 comments

Frankincense, isn't actually an essential oil.  It is a resinoid.

Frankincense's true name is Olibanum~ Boswellia Cateri and was named Frankincense from the term “real incense”.  It’s main constituents include a variety of monoterpenes 60-80%,  sesquiterpenes (both of which, some cross the blood brain barrier) and alcohols.  

Frankincense is a favourite of mine for several reasons.  Some of it’s many properties include: analgesic, anticatarrhal, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, expectorant, immune-stimulant, relaxant, sedative, tonic and uplifting. All these properties mean that frankincense has the ability to affect so many body systems. Endocrine affecting our  nervous system (affecting our emotional health), respiratory, circulatory (cardiovascular & lymphatic), digestive system, reproductive system, immune stimulant, musculoskeletal system along with being a great tonic for our integumentary system (skin, hair, nails).

I’d like to emphasize Frankincense is known as an anticancer oil, due to it’s high antioxidant properties and ability to cross membrane barriers of our cells and actually repair damage.

According to ,‘The Fragrant Mind’ by Valerie Ann Worwood frankincense is helpful in inducing (but not limited to) the following positive states: comfort, healing, emotional stability, enlightenment, protective, introspection, courage, resolution, fortitude, acceptance and inspiration.

‘The Fragrant Mind’ also recommends frankincense for emotional healing of: fears, grief, blockages, over-attachment, burnout, exhaustion, insecurity, panic, anxiety, disconnection, repression, resistance, self-destruction, apprehension, despair, addictions, depression, mania and many more.

These may all be due to this wonder oil’s (resin’s)  ability to slow down breathing, helping us to breathe deeper and more slowly, inducing a state of relaxation and calm.  It is said to aid in expanding one’s consciousness.  For this reason it is and has been used during sacred ceremonies, prayer and meditation for antiquity.

The sesquiterpenes found in frankincense that pass the blood brain barrier, allow oxygenation of the pineal and pituitary glands. These glands are part of our endocrine system, which is essentially the link between our emotions and our physical bodies. This relationship is circular. That is, our emotions have a powerful physical effect on our body via shifting neurochemical levels, and our neurochemical balance has a powerful effect on our emotions. Our endocrine system may well be the link between our body, mind and soul. Since frankincense has such a powerful effect on our endocrine system it can also be considered an aphrodisiac; molecularly it has the ability to mimic certain hormones which can awaken sexuality.

The pineal gland, our third eye, 6th chakra, is often referred to the seat of the soul, it is in charge of producing melatonin and maintaining our circadian rhythm and regulating reproductive hormones. The melatonin is one of the reasons why it is also reputed to help quell nightmares and restless sleep.  

Seriously, what isn't this oil good for? I could go on all day…

I will leave you here with just a few suggestions for use.

- a nice relaxing bath such as my Body and Soul Soothing Soak and Scrub

- diffuse in room or dilute in a carrier and rub on chest and back for its balsamic effects on the respiratory system

-blend frankincense with bergamot in a carrier oil and massage into skin or add to water to diffuse in room for its antidepressant properties.

Lavender Posted on 4 Nov 17:12 , 0 comments

Lavender is one of the most functional oils out there.

It comes from the genus Labiate, which also includes but is not limited: rosemary, marjoram, germander, thyme, savory, horehound, plus culinary sage, and of course mint, peppermint, and spearmint.  Most of this article will refer to Lavandula officinalis and to a lesser extent Lavandula angustifolia.  

Lavender essential oil is produced from the plant’s flowering tops.  It’s main constituents are esters, mostly Linalyl acetate 40-50% (which are highly anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, fungicidal, calming and balancing). The alcohol linalool and monoterpenes a-pinene, delta-3-carene and camphene.

All of the above constituents mean this oil has some pretty magnificent properties, including but not limited to: analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antitoxic, antiviral, carminative (helps with gas and digestion), choleretic (stimulates bile production in liver), cicatrisant (blood clotting), cordial, cytophylactic (cellular regeneration), deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue (normalizing menstruation), febrifuge (reduces fever), hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), nervine (tonic for nervous disorders), sedative, splenetic, sudorific, tonic (fortifier), vermifuge (eliminating intestinal worms), vulnerary (assists in healing wounds).  

Lavender may be one of the most common, well known oils out there.   All of the above properties make it clear there are many good reasons for it’s popularity.

According to ‘The Fragrant Mind’ by Valerie Ann Worwood lavender can be helpful in inducing many positive states including: security, compassion, clarity, balance, vitality, acceptance, inner peace, comfort, rejuvenation...

Here are some recommendations from ‘The Fragrant Mind’ for using Lavender to aid in the emotional healing of : Anxiety, stress, mental exhaustion, hysteria, shock, fears, nightmares, lost inner child, moodiness, addiction, agitation, obsessive behavior, trauma, depression, psychosomatic illness, over-excitedness, burnout.

I love lavender, as it is a great magnifier when mixed with other oils.  It takes the sting out of burns and smells great!  The uses are boundless and this is one of the few oils that is safe to apply neat (not mixed in a carrier oil), in first aid situations.  

Lavender is also known as the ‘herb of love’.  It is considered an aphrodisiac due to it’s ability to calm and destress at the same time as being rejuvenating.  It’s balancing and stimulating effect on our circulatory systems helps to improve and increase blood flow… Which is important when it comes to intimacy and love.   

This relaxing yet stimulating naturally affects us both physically and psychologically.  With all these great reasons to include lavender in your life, why not give it a try?

Here are a few suggestions for use.  

Bergamot Posted on 3 Nov 14:38 , 0 comments

Bergamot is a popular oil and in my opinion, very pleasing.  It is uplifting, comforting and refreshing.  In this article I will be referring to the expeller pressed form.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is a top note, cold pressed from the rind of the bergamia orange. Its furocoumarins; bergamotine, bergaptole and especially bergaptene make it photosensitizing. This means it should never be applied before sun exposure as it can cause severe burns which can keep damaging skin for days later.  This oil should also NEVER be applied neat.   

Trace elements of the alcohols: geraniol, nerolidol, farnesol, s-pathulenol, including the sesquiterpene aldehyde b-sinesal,separate this oil from other citrus oils, giving it a distinct aroma.  As well as adding to its extensive healing properties, affecting both body and mind.

It’s high concentration the ester linalyl acetate, makes it popular in the fragrance and flavouring industries.

Native to Morocco and tropical Asia.  It is said the bergamia orange was brought by Christopher Columbus to Bergamo in northern Italy from the Canary Islands. We all know it’s recognisable flavour from well-known Earl Grey Tea.  What you may not know is, its a pillar in traditional Italian medicine, including for the treatment of malaria.   Bergamot has also been used in the middle east for hundreds of years, treating skin conditions associated with oily complexions.

It’s plethora of medicinal properties include: analgesic, antidepressant, anti-bacterial (staph, meningitis), anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, cicatrizant (promotes healing through the formation of scar tissue), cooing, relaxing, sedative to the central nervous system as well as uplifting.  

These properties mean bergamot is a stellar oil for pretty much every system in the body. Refreshing and uplifting for our mind and emotions, helps open the heart chakra, cooling anger and frustrations as well as aiding with depression. Helpful to our respiratory system, aiding in the fight against respiratory infections such as bronchitis and colds.  A great general stimulant for our circulatory systems.  Helpful with painful digestion, nausea and vomiting.  Very useful with our integumentary system (skin, hair, nails) helping with everything from oily skin to eczema and repelling insects.   Bergamot is a great immune support. Aiding healing from colds, flu, herpes viruses: simplex 1 & 2, shingles and chickenpox.

It’s immune supporting effects are what lead bergamot to be touted as another anti-cancer oil. This is likely due to its high concentration of monoterpenes (linalyl acetate) and esters.  As well might be related to its complex phytochemical composition, suggesting that different components might activate different pathways to execute (cancer) cell death and reprogram DNA.  

‘The Fragrant Mind’ by Valerie Ann Worwood, recommends bergamot helpful for inducing these and more the following positive states:  concentration, balance, confidence, strength, joy, motivation, harmony, completeness.  

‘The Fragrant Mind’ also recommends bergamot for emotional healing of but not limited to: depression, anxiety, helplessness, bitterness, despondency, emptiness, exhaustion, grief, sadness, stress, tension, emotional imbalances.  

You can see why many people find bergamot so comforting and uplifting.  I for one have been having to deal with a lot of strife in my personal life at the moment.  Just last night after a particularly stressful and illuminating meeting.  I was on the subway toward home eating an orange.  I focused on my breathing and rubbed the rind releasing it’s natural oils.  I immediately felt myself breathing literal sighs of relief…  Actually making an ahhh sound as I exhaled.  I turned my frown upside down and allowed the aroma to guide me away from the weight of the situation and into a bubble of serene calm.  Citrus oils in general are very uplifting.  As I write this I have couple drops of bergamot on the material that covers my chair.  Scents really do affect us on so many levels.  I invite you to let your favourite aroma transport you and your innerstate to the serene.  A pool of calm.  Let your mind float into the ether while keeping your feet firmly on the ground…

Here are some suggestions for use.

- Blend a few drops with a carrier oil and rub on chest and or whole body to help with respiratory illnesses, immune support, muscular pain, digestive issues, skin conditions or a circulatory stimulant

- Add to water and diffuse through your home to aid in opening your heart chakra, uplifting your mood and refreshing your mind.

- If you are interested in wearing a subtle fragrance with hints of bergamot, check out my roll-on fragrance LOVE

Ylang Ylang Posted on 3 Oct 10:33 , 0 comments

I’ve chosen Ylang Ylang for sentimental reasons…  It’s botanical name is Cananga odorata and is made from the unique looking flowers of this tree.   It is an euphoric base note.  Which makes it highly sought after by the fragrance industry.  Much like the look of it’s flowers Ylang Ylang is in a class of it’s own with a very robust and distinctive aroma.  It can easily overpower a blend and is best used very sparingly. This tree is native to the: Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.  It is also commonly grown in Madagascar, Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Comoros Islands.

Ylang Ylang’s chief components are benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate, linalool, caryophyllene, geranyl acetate, methyl benzoate, p-cresyl methyl ether and Sesquiterpenes, which all contribute to its aroma and medicinal properties.

It is known to be: antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, antiseptic as well as, antiseborrheic (prevents production of excessive sebum).

‘The Fragrant Mind’ by Valerie Ann Worwood suggests Ylang Ylang can be helpful in inducing many positive states including: Assertiveness, contentment, focus, joy, self-awareness, self- esteem, self-Image, sensual.

Here are some recommendations from ‘The Fragrant Mind’ for using Ylang Ylang to aid in the emotional healing of: coping with anger, shock induced amnesia, depression, doubt, irritability, rejection, self blame, stress, moodiness, impatience, fear of: failure, change, sexuality and love.

Ylang Ylang is very feminine, bold and passionate yet calming.  It is sensuous, euphoric and unifying.  Which is precisely why I chose it for my fragrance called Wish.  It was blended with love and intention specifically for a friend who was dying from breast cancer.  She has since passed but her memory will always live on.  I like to wear it now to remind me of her true femininity in every sense of the word.  Her grace.  Her unwavering passion for living life to it’s fullest, appreciating every moment like a gift.  Her strength, nurturing and generosity.  I am grateful to have this scent connection to help me to channel these amazing traits.  

Some other lovely ways to incorporate Ylang Ylang into your life could include:

  • Adding a drop or two to epsom salts before adding them to you bath
  • Giving yourself a steam facial with it
  • Adding a drop to some fractionated coconut oil and massage into your scalp (it is great for sebum regulation).  It is extremely important to use extra sparingly on your scalp as it is extremely porous.
  • A drop or two into a dish of water and let it diffuse through the room.  Experience it’s uplifting and calming effect.
  • A drop mixed in a carrier dabbed over your heart to help with opening.

If you are interested in helping to put an end to breast cancer.  Please if you can, click on the link to my fundraising campaign and donate today. Tricia's Cut for Cancer 


DISCLAIMER – Note, the information contained in this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is not meant to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional or practitioner. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.

Coffee anyone? Posted on 7 Sep 21:26 , 0 comments

Easing your way out of summer mode and getting back into the routine of autumn, can often be a welcome yet daunting task.  Try this cheap and easy pick me up to brighten any morning/day!

If you are anything like me, you may enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning.  I savour the one cup a day that I ingest.  The aroma alone perks me up.  Did you know that applied topically your face and body love coffee too?  It is even great for your scalp!

Antioxidants, vasoconstrictor (constrict small blood vessels), anti-inflammatory.  It is a great exfoliator, brightener and the natural oils in it leave your skin feeling supple.

“Caffeine has potent antioxidant properties. It helps protect cells against the UV radiation and slows down the process of photo-aging of the skin. Moreover, caffeine contained in cosmetics increases the microcirculation of blood in the skin” Caffeine's mechanisms of action and its cosmetic use

Before you toss your old grounds, consider gently exfoliating your face and or body with it.  Not only does the lovely aroma envelop you in an uplifting way, it brightens and leaves your skin feeling smooth.  Simply wet your face, dip your fingers in the grounds and rub in a circular, upwards motion over your face, and don’t forget your neck and chest.  I personally love to do my whole body given the chance, but face sometimes is all there is time for.  You can also try making coffee ice cubes and circling them around your eye area to help reduce the look of broken blood vessels and puffiness.  After you have rinsed it off (I prefer cool water), DO NOT RUB, merely pat dry.  You don’t want to wipe away those luxurious oils!

Don’t forget to seal in that moisture.  You can apply a small amount of natural Shea butter. Or better yet, if you plan on leaving your house don’t forget a sun barrier like my Face Shield.  Remember sun protection isn’t just for summer.  It should be worn all year round.

I recommend using a sieve in your drain to catch any extra granules you may not want down your drain.  Especially if you have drains like mine!  I find putting in a metal drain sieve is handy not only for catching extra bits of coffee or other granules like the frankincense and colloidal oatmeal in my Body and Soul Soothing Scrub and Soak, also for hair and dead skin, they are great for saving your drains overall.  I use one in my shower all the time.  Just remember to scoop it out when you are finished!

Enjoy your cup of joe, while you get back into the swing of this new season upon us!


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Canadian Food and Drug Regulators. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Introduction to the ingredients in the newest addition to my Summer Season Collection Posted on 14 Jun 15:57 , 0 comments

Face Shield
I am super excited to introduce a new non-comedogenic SPF Face Shield!!!
Smooth as silk, non greasy, dry finish.

Here are a list of the ingredients and the some of the reasons why I chose them. 

Babassu Oil
A quick introduction to the certified organic Babassu oil in my products.  It is a lot like coconut oil, as it is solid at a normal room temperature and melts as it warms to near body temperature. It has a similar fatty acid profile as well.  It comes from the fallen fruit of the babassu palm tree. Thankfully, this type of palm is not contributing to deforestation (infact fighting it) and since they naturally fall, there are no monkey slaves involved.  The production of babassu oil actually provides income for hundreds of thousands of families in one of Brazil’s most impoverished areas.  Women have fought to protect the babassu forests, the amazon and their livelyhood of collect the fallen fruit, break the nut open and harvest and sell the byproducts.  Here is a short video about these powerful women warriors who are fighting for their rights and the environment, united by babassu. Babassu Warrior Women

It is a pretty wonderful oil for so many reasons. Including being: antimicrobial, non comedogenic, has anti-inflammatory properties, is cooling, absorbs well, has a neutral scent and is less greasy than coconut oil.

Shea Butter
Another great gift from nature.  This very emollient butter is high in vitamins A&E aiding in it's mild SPF protection. Shea butter is also antimicrobial, non comedogenic, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is very soothing on your skin.

Sal Butter
Is from a tree native to India.  Another non comedogenic ingredient. This butter is an odourless white hard butter.  Due to its high content of long-chain fatty acids it can tend to be grainy until it melts (though I do my best to temper it).  When it melts into the skin, you feel it’s superior emollient silky non greasy effects.  It is very high in oleic and stearic acids making  it extremely antioxidant.  It is great for sun, wind damaged, dry, itchy and rough skin as well as having a long shelf life.

Oat Kernel Oil
Avena Sativa, is fairly new to the cosmetics industry, though oats have been used for thousands of years for their many beneficial properties, both internal and external.  

Non comedogenic, oat oil is soothing and nourishing to sensitive, damaged, mature skin.  It promotes elasticity, is very emollient, high in essential fatty acids (35%) and is a great source of antioxidants.  Though the oil absorbs fairly slowly, it penetrates well and has a very rich feel, much like liquid silk.

This ingredient is another great choice for skin care products.  I use all natural beeswax which helps to keep my products from being too runny.  It is non comedogenic and helps to lock in the other oils into the recipe.

Zinc Oxide
This mineral is an excellent physical barrier from the sun.  As well as being very soothing to the skin and an astringent (helping to clarify skin). Zinc is also non comedogenic.

Carrot Seed Oil
This essential oil is very useful for treating all kinds of skin conditions as well as being a potent antioxidant. It is high in vitamin A and beta carotenoids which help reduce the effects of UV rays, making it a great additive to sun protection preparations.

Smells great! Is very emollient and an excellent choice for any skin applications, especially sensitive skin.  It is emollient, anti-inflammatory as well as a bactericide.

Not really new news.... Posted on 5 Jun 13:00 , 0 comments

Well this isn’t really new news…  A recent report from the CBC about a friendly reminder from Health Canada Watch Dogs..

Which is yet another reason to choose Scent Intention.  Never any chemicals, all natural ingredients all the time.

A new report by the federal environmental watchdog says Health Canada isn't doing enough to protect Canadians from hazardous chemicals in household and cosmetic products.

Julie Gelfand released her spring reports Tuesday, including an audit that highlights a number of gaps in the federal Consumer Product Safety Program that is supposed to detect and assess risks to human health from everyday products.

The audit showed Health Canada does not regularly test cosmetic products to verify the accuracy of product labels or check to see if they contain heavy metals or contaminants.

It also points out that under the current law, ingredients labelled "parfum," "aroma," "fragrance" or "flavour" may include chemicals of concern to human health — but companies aren't required to tell consumers or Health Canada.

"Those catch-all terms can conceal a range of potentially hazardous chemicals and this information is not readily available to consumers," Gelfand told reporters Tuesday, adding that these substances can trigger allergies and asthma, and have been linked to cancer.

Her report found that Health Canada does not regularly test for prohibited or restricted ingredients in cosmetics, and "cannot assure consumers that these products comply with the Food and Drugs Act and are safe."

Nathan Cullen, the NDP's environment critic, said Health Canada is "short-changing" Canadians on very basic information about the potentially harmful ingredients in cosmetics. "Buyer beware is not a good way to go for Canadian consumers," he said…..

The report also points out that products with labels claiming a product is "fragrance-free" or "unscented" may actually contain chemicals to mask the scent, but Health Canada can't take action unless the label makes a specific claim about health and safety.

Gelfand's report said the department should do more product testing and inform consumers that terms like "hypoallergenic" or "unscented" don't necessarily mean the product is healthy or safe.”  CBC Report

You can find some really helpful info on toxic chemicals in your personal care products here from the David Suzuki Foundation

Reach for my safe Summer Season Products to help keep your family protected from the seasonal woes as well as toxic chemicals. 


Enjoy the season! 

10 Handy DIY Uses for Essential Oils Around Your Home Posted on 13 May 15:41 , 0 comments

This week I have chosen to compile a few handy applications to use essential oils around your home. I hope you find them useful.

First I would like to reiterate that OIL AND WATER DO NOT MIX!

I'm always confused why so many resources recommend mixing essential oils with just water. Whenever adding essential oils to water, you must always, first break down the oil in alcohol or if being used in a body application, glycerine (which will partially break down the oils).  Other wise they  will not mix.  The oil will just sit on top of the water.

When I mention letting the oil cure with the alcohol, what I mean is to let them sit, and give the alcohol a chance to break the oil down. You can let it sit for a few minutes, or preferably, a few hours or a day if possible.  Then add the water after this step.

That being said here are some great ways to include essential oils in your day.

  1. As an air purifier.  Add a few drops of a single oil / or a blend, of antimicrobial oils to a small amount of alcohol, let cure then add to water in a spray bottle.  Some great oils to consider are: rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon or cinnamon to name a few.. Which actually if you blended them all together, you will have made yourself a Thieves style blend.  
    Shake well and spray in the air, or if you are not a DIYer you could purchase my Pathogen Pirate Multi-Spray
  2. Surface Cleanser.  Same as above ^^ .  Spritz onto surfaces and wipe.  Sometimes I like to spray onto door handles and light switches and let air dry. I do this in between my general wiping of things down.  
  3. Natural bug repellent.  Blend a few drops of lemon and eucalyptus radiata or geranium (and or a slew of other insect repellent oils) in some coconut oil, be sure to use only a 3% blend, less for a little one and rub on.  Or you can use my handy spray Insect Repellent
  4. Sweet Smelling Laundry.  Add 10-20 drops to your favourite unscented laundry soap and blend well before you add to water.  You will not be disappointed.  I personally love to add lavender or rosemary.
  5. Extra Sweet Smelling Laundry.  To add an extra layer of smell great factor to your clothes, try adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil to some cut up old rags. If you have organic cotton, that would be the preferable choice.  Toss the rags in the dryer with your wet laundry and enjoy the extra oomph of pleasing (non toxic) scent every time you dress or better yet, in your clean sheets!
  6. Induce calm in your home. Diffuse lavender around your home to aid in reducing anxiety and encouraging a peaceful atmosphere.  For diffusion, this is one application you do not want the oil to break down in the water.  Just add a few drops to a small dish of water and place around your rooms. The oil will sit on top of the water and slowly evaporate.
  7. Keep moths out of your closet.  Don’t have the luxury of a cedar lined closet?  Have no fear, you can garner the same effect with essential oils.  Just place some cedar wood essential oil in little satchels or cotton balls and place through out your closet or hang satchels on a few hangers in your closet.  Remember to refresh often.
  8. Fresh drawers.  Add lavender (or an oil of your choice) to small satchels or cotton balls and place in your drawers.  I personally like to add these to my undergarment drawers.  I find the scent helps to transport me to serenity and sexy all at the same time.
  9. Fresh receptacles.  Whether trash or recycling sometime those bins can get a little rank.  Try placing cotton balls with a few drops of a fresh smelling oil in the bin, under the bags or tucked up in the lid.  I use my antimicrobial Multi-Spray and wipe down the bins when I change the bags, and sometime I will give the inner lids a spritz in between bag changes. I also do this with the litter box when I change the cat litter.
  10. Enhance meditation.  As I have mentioned in a past blog, Frankincense is a great oil to aid in meditation and help raises spiritual awareness.  It helps to slow your breathing,helping us to breathe deeper and more slowly, inducing a state of relaxation and calm.  Simply diffuse in room where you are intending to read, meditate or reflect.  Or you could try a calming bath with my Body and Soul Soothing Soak and Scrub

There you have it.  Some handy ideas to try around your home.  My hope is you too can perk up or soothe your day with a little aromatherapy.  

DISCLAIMER – Note, the information contained in this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is not meant to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional or practitioner. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.

Geranium Posted on 27 Apr 16:24 , 0 comments

Alright, here it is, geranium!  It took some time for this oil to come to the forefront of my mind for this instalment.  I am grateful it did!

It is friendly and comforting, balancing, nurturing and healing. Geranium is very aromatic and can smell almost rose like.  It is a great regulator of hormones, this is due to it being an adrenal cortex stimulant.  Our adrenal cortex is a primary regulator of hormones secreted by other organs.  This makes geranium an excellent oil when it comes to unstable hormonal balance and menopausal symptoms.  Though geranium is great for women, it is not just a woman’s oil.  I will get into the rest of it’s properties further into this blog.

I will add Geranium should be avoided during the first four months of pregnancy. Some say to avoid only if you have a history of miscarriage or troubled pregnancy. I say better to be safe than sorry and just avoid it during this phase of your life.

Geranium is a middle/base note, which means it can be used in either place in a blend. Its true name is Pelargonium graveolens.  From the genus Geraniaceae and originates from Morocco, France, China and Egypt among other places.   It is high (50-60%) in alcohols such as geraniol, citronellol and linalool.  Is about 20-30% esters: citronelyl forniate and geranyl acetate and contains about 1-8% geranial.

Geranium has some great properties including: analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, balancing, cicatrisant (promotes scar tissue production, aiding in healing), cytophylactic (stimulates the production of new white blood cells aiding in cellular regeneration and fighting infection), haemotatic, diuretic, immunostimulant, relaxing, tonic, uplifting, vulnerary.

This oil is a strong immune stimulant and considered to be another Anti-Cancer oil.  Likely due to it’s high content of healing alcohols. Specifically geraniol and linalool.

Geraniol, which in high doses has been shown to cause a 70% inhibition of cell growth in human colon cancer cells, and a concomitant inhibition of DNA synthesis 1

As well, geranium’s linalool content is probably another reason it is considered anti-cancer. Linalool, although it did not show to reduce the number of tumors created it was active against all of nine carcinoma cell lines tested, with the most potent activity against cancers of the cervix, stomach, skin, lung (H520) and bone. The other cancers were mouth, kidney, lung (H661) and bladder.1

Linalool showed significant activity against histiocytic lymphoma and Burkitt lymphoma cells respectively.  It was also active against human leukemia cells. Linalool preferentially inhibited growth and induced apoptosis in six types of human leukemia cells, but spared normal hematopietic cells.1

Linalool demonstrates broad spectrum anticancer activity in cell lines.1

Skin conditions including: burns, dry eczema, shingles, lice, ringworm, impetigo, as well as inflamed, oily and sluggish skin types, all respond well to geranium.

As you can see geranium has a well rounded profile, including being known to be an insect repellant.   

‘The Fragrant Mind’ by Valerie Ann Worwood p.228, suggests geranium can be helpful in inducing many positive states, including: creativity, happiness, performance, positivity, restfulness ,self-awareness, self-esteem.

Here are some recommendations from ‘The Fragrant Mind’ p.232 for using geranium to aid in the emotional healing many states, including: abuse, inner child trauma, addiction-drugs, aggression, amnesia, confusion, anxiety, breakdown, confusion, dementia, depression, manic, facing death, moodiness, self-blame, schizophrenia, stress, trauma, withdrawal, feelings of worthlessness.

I have yet to include geranium in my product line, though stay tuned as I am considering making a new insect repellant with geranium as an ingredient.  

Here are some helpful ideas of how to include geranium in your life:

  • As always, I recommend adding a few drops to some epsom salts, soak in the aroma and absorb through your skin to benefit from: it’s immune boosting, skin tonic, endocrine balancing, and antidepressant properties.  (I actually prefer, to first add it to a small amount of fractionated coconut oil and then add that to the salt)
  • Dilute into a carrier and use as a massage oil, to help as a hormonal balancer.
  • Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D, in his book ‘The healing intelligence of essential oils, The science of advanced aromatherapy’ in chapter 8, The application of essential oils p123-125, suggest a shower application.

To apply in the shower, turn off the water halfway through and distribute a few drops on the wet skin.  Clearly, the oil will not mix with the water on the skin.  This is however, not a problem but an advantage.  As the oil is repulsed by the water, its tendency to be absorbed into the lipophilic (fatty) skin tissue will increase.  Still the water will help make it easy to work the oil over the whole body (if that is desired), so that every square inch of the skin can be used as an absorbing surface.

Start by putting only 2 drops behind the knee and then work the oil upward on your wet skin.  Only when you know positively that the oil is tolerated well, and you have incrementally increased the amount of oil you are using should you increase the amount of oil used...  He recommends 5-20 drops, I personally belive 20 is far too much.  Once you know you are able to tolerate larger amounts . Begin with the feet: top and soles receive a drop each.  Continue upward on the shin and calf by putting a drop on the outside of the shin just below the knee, then a drop each over the lymph nodes, left and right, in the groin area.  Then another drop or two on the solar plexus, over the liver and 2-5 drops (I recommend sticking with 2-3, less is more in my opinion) distributed over the chest and abdominal area.  Apply 1-2 drops over the lymph nodes in the underarm area and possibly another drop or two on the throat area.  If you like the sensation of the oil, you can also make a quick swish over the face, not applying another drop but but simply distributing what is already on the hands from before

Oils used in this way need to be gentle and pleasant enough to give this procedure more of a playful rather than a medicinal character.  This form of application serves to connect with the plan world in the morning before we start our day.  It is an easy way to explore the different layers of quality of an essential oil.

The shower application is new to me, so I gave it a try in the name of research.  I could never recommend something I haven't actually tried. Admittedly, I was a little skeptical since I don’t really believe in applying many oils neat on the skin.  I have to say, it was an interesting experience.  I stuck to using just a few drops.  I started with a drop behind each knee and worked upward.  I did add another drop at my solar plexus.  Then that was it!  I am very sensitive, to smells and pretty much everything else in my environment.  I found it a little overpowering at times.  I most definitely would not want to use any more drops.  Though I will try it again, perhaps with a less intense oil like lavender.   

I hope you found this blog useful.  Happy blending!

1 Tisserand R, Young R. Ph.D.  Second edition, Essential Oil Safety. In: Churchill Livingstone Elesvier, publisher; 2014.  Constituent profiles: geraniol p.567, linalool p.587

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Immortelle Posted on 31 Mar 13:54 , 0 comments

I chose this oil today for many reasons.  Like all of my topics, I choose based on where I’m at and what it is I need to include in or explore in my current life.  This week I’ve chosen to highlight Immortelle, also known as Everlasting.  It’s botanical name is Helichrysum angustifolium.  It is a base note and a fixative.   Immortelle originated in the former Yugoslavia and is still produced today from current Balkan countries. Though some is also produced in: Corsica, France, Italy and spain.  

Immortelle is as versatile as it is gentle.  It’s main constituents include a high concentration of esters (60-75%), which is why it is highly sought after by the fragrance industry.  As well as being very fragrant, esters’ therapeutic effects include being sedative and antispasmodic. Some esters also have anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.  This oil is also composed of 10-20% sesquiterpene alcohols, which are not commonly found in many oils and also include some fabulous properties like anti-allergen and anti-inflammatory.  Immortelle also has small amounts of other alcohols such as geraniol, linalool and nerol, all of which add to Immortelles’ vast list of healing properties.

Helichrysum is known to be a great activating and magnifier of other healing oils. Some of it’s properties include:  analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic, anti-haematomatic (dispersing dead cells immediately to prevent or speed healing of bruising), cicatrisant (promotes the production scar tissue speeding the healing of a wound), (a powerful) cytophylactic which is effective in cellular regeneration, internal decongestant, emollient, expectorant, nervine..

The above properties mean this oil affects many body systems including: Helping with the treatment of migraines chronic headaches and sinusitis. The nervous/emotional system, lessening the effects of shock, stress and exhaustion. Respiratory benefits include soothing asthma and bronchitis as it is a more gentle alternative to camphoraceous oils. It is a stimulant to the circulatory/lymphatic system aiding in lymphatic drainage and detoxification.  A regulator of the digestive system, aiding in reducing liver and spleen congestion, regulation of the pancreas and bile production as well as helping quell gastritis and colitis.  Immortelle is very useful for the integumentary (skin/hair/nails), with it’s ability to aid healing of; traumatic wounds, cuts burns, bruises, stretch marks, herpes, eczema and infections. Essentially any condition where there is inflamed, traumatized or damaged tissue.  It is also an immune fortifier and tonic.  Immortelle has strong analgesic effects aiding the musculoskeletal system, easing of joint pain, arthritis, soft tissue injury as well as drawing out bruises from new and old injuries.  That is a lot of super properties!

‘The Fragrant Mind’ by Valerie Ann Worwood suggests Immortelle can be helpful in inducing many positive states including: calm, accepting of change, patience, understanding, perseverance, inner strength, acceptance..

Here are some recommendations from ‘The Fragrant Mind’ for using Helichrysum to aid in the emotional healing of: abuse, stress, tension, emotional crisis, depression, lethargy, mental and emotional exhaustion, loneliness, hypersensitivity, grief, addiction..

Immortelle is another favorite of mine.  I should note this is a very strong and extremely expensive oil.  For best results use in heavy dilution.  Though in extreme acute situations it is among the few oils that can be applied neat to severe wounds or burns.

Here are a few ways you can include Immortelle in your life:

-add a few drops to some epsom salts, soak in the aroma to relax your mind and soothe your muscles (I actually prefer to first add it to a small amount of fractionated coconut oil and then add that to the salt)

-blend with rosehip seed oil for a powerful skin cell regenerator

-diffuse in room or add to a carrier oil and rub on to chest and back for soothing of asthma, bronchial or sinus conditions.

You can also find Immortelle in a few of my products. It’s beautiful fragrant properties are not yet solely highlighted in my line.  Though I love to use it as a super magnifier for the healing properties of other oils.

Invigorating Detox Blend Salt Scrub and Soak

Healing Salve

Boo Boo Rescue

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