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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.

Smelling Oil 2

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 – Lavender

Many people who are new to essential oils say things like, “But what will I ever use these for?” and “I’ve never needed essential oils before, why would I start using them now?”  With this in mind, and in order to help inform and educate people with questions such as these, as well as to re-excite those who already use and appreciate the properties of these natural plant essences, we are starting a series which will fill you in on some of the goods as to how and why essential oils work and how they can be applied to your life. Each post will focus on an individual oil or blend and how it can enhance your life both physically and mentally. Essential oils are more than just wonderful smells. While most of the oils and blends do have a pleasant aroma, there is so much more to these volatile oils than meets the eye. There is also a big difference between essential oils you purchase anywhere, which are likely to be diluted or cut with fragrances other than the oils and their essences, and 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

More on that in future posts, but today I want to focus on one specific amazing oil: Lavender.

Known as the “swiss army knife” of essential oils, this beautiful plant is amazingly versatile and one of the most powerful plants for natural remedies of both physical and emotional stressors. French scientist René-Maurice Gattefossé, regarded as the Father of Aromatherapy and the one given credit for the word itself, discovered the healing virtues of the lavender plant when he burned his hand during an experiment. He is said to have stuck his hand in a tub of lavender, only to find that the burn healed very quickly and with little scarring, teaching him of the plant’s ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing.

Calming and relaxing, and known to help balance energies within the body, lavender belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae or Labiatae). According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference (fifth edition):

“University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. It also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance (Diego, et al., 1998). A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness (Motomura, et al., 2001).” 

Lavender is not only refreshing and stimulating for the mind and body, it can also help with restful sleeping. Add a drop or two to your pillow/sheets before bed. It can also be inhaled for relaxation, just apply 1-2 drops to palms and gently rub palms together before cupping hands around nose and mouth and taking a series of deep breaths. Apply it neat (directly to the skin) to burns, cuts, and scrapes for faster healing time and lessened scarring. Apply with massage oil or carrier oil to sore muscles or other aches and pains, can also be applied neat to the skin. Apply 2-4 drops to chakras to help with energy balance, and/or to Vita Flex points. Diffuse in an essential oils diffuser.

Use with care and discontinue use if you have any kind of allergic reaction. You can also try using a blend containing lavender oil such as: Aroma Siez, Awaken, Brain Power, Dragon Time, Envision, Forgiveness, Highest Potential, M-Grain, R.C, and Trauma Life, or make your own blend. Lavender blends well with Clary Sage, Nutmeg, any citrus oil, and others.

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

“I always carry lavender in my purse. No matter what the problem, lavender seems to help. I have arthritis and fibro, so I rub it on my painful & numb feet, any sore muscles, my thumbs, knees, shoulders, and neck. It helps for relaxation too – I put a drop under my nose or on my earlobes. For a cut or burn, lavender aids in healing (for cold sores too.) If I have any problem and am not sure what oil to use…I depend on my lavender. 
–Darlene Staples
WI, United States
“I used lavender on my sunburn and it took the pain RIGHT away. I am new to the oils so I was very surprised and excited. I diluted it in a bit of grape seed oil.” 
–Heidi Neiss
NM, 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.

Young Living Winter Harvest 2012

Happy New Year! We hope you are all having a great start to your new year and that you will take some time these next few months to come and see us!

You know those amazing oils we love to tell you about by the wonderful company, Young Living Essential Oils? Well it’s winter harvest time for them, which means fresh Pine and Balsam Fir! We wanted to share this video with you put out by the company, about the winter harvest, that you might find interesting. It’s great to see that company owner Gary Young takes such a hands on work ethic with the oils and is physically there helping to harvest the materials used in making the oils!

For more information about Young Living Essential Oils, contact us today!