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Essential Oils – Organic Options in the Garden

For plants infested with insects, use one of the following essential oils. Fill a mist spray bottle with 4 oz. of water, add the essential oils and mist the infested plant. Use as little as possible. Several applications, a few days apart, may be necessary: 

  • Spearmint:  ants, aphids, caterpillars, black flea beetle, gnats, lice, moths, and plant lice.
  • Peppermint:  ants, aphids, bean beetle, cabbage root fly, caterpillars, black flea beetle, flies, lice, moths, and plant lice.
  • Lemongrass: black flea beetle, fleas, mosquitos, and ticks.
  • Tansy: black fly, carrot fly, fleas, flies, greenfly, mosquitos, and white fly. 
  • Hyssop: aphids, cabbage root fly, moths, and slugs.
  • Thyme: bean beetle, cabbage root fly, cutworm, and ticks. 
  • Sage:  cabbage root fly, cutworm, nematodes, ticks, and white fly. 
  • Rosemary: cabbage root fly and carrot fly. 
  • Patchouly: gnats, snails, weevils, and wooly aphids.
  • Pine:  slugs, snails, and wooly aphids.
  • Sandalwood: weevils and wooly aphids.
  • Purification:  will not only help keep the bugs away, but when applied to a bite or sting, will neutralize the venom. Apply a drop of Purification to wasp, bee, and yellow jacket stings and mosquito bites too…

Check your Essential Oils Reference Guide for additional ideas about using Young Living Essential Oils in your garden! Image

Resources for Learning More About Essential Oils

If you are new to using the oils, you may have plenty of questions about how to use them, when to use them, and which oils to use for what purposes. These are very common questions for those of us who were not raised in a home that used essential oils on a regular basis, but fear not! There are a variety of resources available to help you learn all you wish to know about how to incorporate these oils into your life, and we are here to help you find them!

Everyday Oils

One of our favorite resources for learning more about how others are using the oils is: www.Oil-Testimonials.com. Here you can use the search option to search for a specific condition you may be experiencing, such as “headache” or “varicose veins” and then browse the posts by other users of essential oils to find out what they have used that’s been helpful. You do have to create an account using an email and password of your choice, but you will also be able to share this resource with others you introduce to the oils as a personal reference.

Oil in Dropper

Another helpful resource, if you live near the Eugene area, is…(drumroll, please) us! Attend one of our introductory classes to essential oils. After some interest was expressed, we have decided to host 2 classes in the next couple months for beginners to come and learn more about using therapeutic-grade essential oils as non-toxic, natural alternatives to harsh chemicals in the home and on the body. We will also be discussing how you can turn your love of essential oils into a business working either part or full-time! Visit our website: www.EugeneWellnessCenter.com, to keep up on our Monthly Classes, Monthly Specials, and Monthly Promotions offered by Young Living!

The classes will be held:

Sat. April 20th 1-2:30pm  & 

Wed. May 1st 6-7:30pm

at Eugene Wellness Center

1551 Oak St. B

Eugene, OR  97401

Another way you can keep connected to us and get tips on using the oils is to sign up for our Email Newsletter by clicking here.

And if you are still looking for more resources to learn about essential oils, you can sign up for our Marketing Scents newsletter which offers more in-depth and specific information about using the essential oils, what they are, and how to properly use them. Just let us know if you are interested in being on the newsletter mailing list, and we will add you 541-344-8912.

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Again, you can always check in with us and what we are up to by visiting our website at: www.EugeneWellnessCenter.com. Have a great day and happy oiling!

Essential Oils Series – Peppermint

One of my favorite all around oils, Peppermint, is a very popular and powerful herb that has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. It is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion…not to mention a powerful aroma that many people have come to love over the years, throughout its many uses!

Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.

This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. It is also excellent to reduce inflammation and the menthol (34-44%) and methone (12-20%) create a cooling effect. Peppermint has an approximate ORAC of 373,455 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.

Key Constituents:
Menthol — 34-44%
Menthone — 12-20%
Menthofurane — 4-9%
1.8 Cineol (Eucalyptol) — 2-5%
Pulegone — 205%
Menthyl Acetate — 4-19%

Peppermint oil is known to be anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, anti parasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, a gallbladder/digestive stimulant, and to have pain relieving properties.

I love to add a drop of peppermint oil to a glass of hot water or herbal tea~ there are many ways you can incorporate this oil into your life:

  • Inhale by adding a drop or two to the palms of your hands, rubbing together, and cupping over your nose & mouth for energy & mental clarity
  • Add topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue for a burst of energy to enliven the senses!
  • Massage several drops of peppermint on to the abdomen or inhale to soothe minor stomach discomfort
  •  Add a drop to coffee to create a peppermint espresso-like flavor!
  • Add a drop to bath water for sore muscles & for relaxation
  • Place a drop on temples and one on the tongue to aid in relief of sinus pains or headache
  • Use to make your own household soaps and cleaning products
  • Add a drop to fragrance-free castile soap for a minty hand soap

How to Use: For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk. Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Do not apply neat to a fresh wound or burn. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children due to Peppermint’s strong menthol constituents. Avoid contact with eyes, mucus membranes and fresh wounds or burns.

Field of Peppermint! – Probably smells amazing!

There are many other ways of using this specific oil, play with it and see what you come up with! As with any essential oil, if you think you may have a skin sensitivity, always test a spot on the skin before using topically or internally. Refer to the essential oil user’s guide for information on which oils are safe for internal use and which ones should be diluted or used with special care. As with any essential oil, use with care and discontinue use if you have any kind of allergic reaction.

Testimonials about Peppermint Oil from www.oil-testimonials.com:

“If I get heartburn, indigestion, queasiness, gas, or any other stomach/intestinal symptom, I take about 4 drops of peppermint oil in a small glass of water. No matter what the issue is, the peppermint makes it go away within minutes. Peppermint is also anti-viral, and this past winter when lots of people around me had the stomach flu, I took peppermint every day and didn’t get sick.”

-Cynthia Tahtinen

WI, United States

“My daughter has had migraines for years and has had poor results with traditional prescriptions to treat them. We’ve found that a drop of peppermint oil under her tongue along with an application on her neck and temples takes the headache away in short order! I also use peppermint for “everyday” kinds of headaches and it works great! No more ibuprofen for me!”

-Julie Janisse

OR, United States

For more information about this or other essential oils, give us a call at 541-344-8912 or visit us in Eugene, Or.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Essential Oils Series – Thieves

There are many oil blends out there which have incredible properties, but none more impressive than the subject of this post: Thieves!

This blend contains a powerful combination of oils that are known to be highly antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-infectious, making it a super addition to any immune-boosting regimen.

The name, Thieves, comes from research about a group of 15th-century thieves who covered themselves in essential oils to avoid contracting the bubonic plague (also called the Black plague) while robbing the bodies of the dead and the dying. The plague was said to have been so contagious that those who touched the dead or the sick were immediately affected themselves, which usually lead to death. When the thieves were apprehended in Marsailles, France 1413, they were offered more lenient punishment in exchange for revealing their secret to resisting the infection. The thieves disclosed a combination of herbs and oils they had used. These oils are the basis of the Thieves oil blend recipe.

Thieves essential oil blend contains the following oils:

Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus 

According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference – Fourth Edition,

“Studies conducted at Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 demonstrated its killing power against airborne microorganisms. One analysis showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus lutes organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 20 minutes of diffusing, the kill-rate jumped to 99.3 percent. Another study against the gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.96 percent after just 12 minutes of diffusion.”

Research conducted at Weber State University in cooperation with D. Gary Young, as well as other documented research, indicates that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils.  Oils high in phenols, carcacrol, thymol, and terpenes, such as those found in Thieves oil, are especially useful for this purpose.

These oils are not only beneficial when diffused, but can also be used in the home and in a variety of natural living products such as toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, hand soap, and waterless hand purifier. Young Living offers these products as alternatives to the harsh chemicals present in most cleaning and home products. If you are looking for a non-toxic way to keep your immunity high, and your body and home clean and smelling fabulous, Thieves is your blend!

One way you can use the power of this essential oil blend to boost your immune system this cold and flu season is by utilizing the Thieves lozenges in combination with Young Living’s Inner Defense supplement, which contains a combination of essential oils including Thieves blend, Oregano, Lemongrass, and Thyme.

In fact, this month Young Living is offering a special promotion featuring Thieves and other immune-boosting products. Visit our Essential Oils page to check it out! 

For more information about this incredible oil, listen to the following audio clip:

Boost Your Internal Defenses with Unequaled Products
By Doug Corrigan, Director of Training and Education

Use with care and discontinue use if you have any kind of allergic reaction.

Testimonials about Thieves Oil from www.oil-testimonials.com:

“We just love the Thieves oil blend. For colds and flu, go for Thieves. Sore throat? A drop of thieves in water, gargle and swallow. Or try Thieves spray – one spray does the trick. Thieves lozenges are great, too, especially for the little ones. Thieves cleaner is ‘my’ cleaner for everything, from cabinets and high chairs, to all bathroom fixtures, doorknobs and dishes. Thieves toothpaste is a must, and safe for the whole family.”

-Virginia Chavey

TX, United States

“I just started using Thieves again last night after I had dinner with a friend who said she was ‘coming down with something’ and had a sick co-worker. I use it during the fall and winter to help prevent colds and flu. I rub it on my gums and then touch my finger to my tongue. I also use it on my palms and bottoms of my feet. It has helped me tremendously. This weekend I’m going to order the Thieves spray cleaner for my phone and desk at work, and for the bathroom & kitchen at home.”

-Kathy Montana, Energy Worker

NY, United States

For more information about this or other essential oils, give us a call at 541-344-8912 or visit us in Eugene, Or.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.