Category Archives: Soothing

Basil – Ocimum basilicum

Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to enhance memory function while reducing stress and tension. Basil provides restorative benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application for sore muscles and joints and to reduce tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck. Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrée dishes, but it is also cooling to the skin and can be used to soothe minor irritations. When diffused, Basil helps promote clear breathing and healthy respiratory function while sharpening focus and lessening stress.

Plant Part: Leaf

Aromatic Description: Warm, spicy, herbal

Main Chemical Component and Chemotype: Linalool

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Soothes sore muscles and joints
  • Assists with clear breathing
  • Acts as a cooling agent for the skin
  • Promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings
USES
  •  Diffuse to sharpen focus while studying or reading.
  • Apply to minor skin irritations. For sensitive skin, dilute with fractionated coconut oil.
  • Apply to fatigued or sore muscles and joints.
  • Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with  fractionated coconut oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

CAUTIONS Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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Peppermint – Mentha piperita

The peppermint plant is actually a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was first described by Carl Linneaus in 1753. A high menthol content distinguishes the best quality Peppermint from other products. Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral health, Peppermint also helps to alleviate stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function.

Plant Part: Whole plant

Aromatic Description: Minty, hot, herbaceous

Main Chemical Components: Menthol

PRIMARY BENEFITS

  • Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
  • Alleviates stomach upset
  • Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral health

USES

  • Use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
  • Rub on the stomach or take internally for occasional digestive discomfort.
  • Add a drop of Peppermint to your chocolate Trim Shake for a yummy twist.
  • Rather than grabbing an unhealthy snack mid afternoon, re-energize by applying Peppermint to the palms of hands and deeply inhaling.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with  fractionated coconut oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

CAUTIONS Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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Wintergreen – Gaultheria procumbens

Wintergreen essential oil is derived from the leaves of a creeping shrub found in coniferous areas. Growing up to six inches in height, Wintergreen contains bright red fruit, has oval leaves, and small, white bell-shaped flowers. The main chemical component in Wintergreen, methyl salicylate, is used in topical joint creams to soothe sore muscles and joints; in fact, Wintergreen and Birch are the only plants in the world that contain methyl salicylate naturally.

Plant Part:
Leaf
Aromatic Description:
Sweet, minty, refreshing
Main Chemical Components:
Methyl salicylate

As a flavoring, Wintergreen is used in candies, toothpaste, and chewing gum. When diffused, Wintergreen promotes healthy respiratory function and its refreshing and cooling aroma evokes clarity, awareness, and concentration.

PRIMARY BENEFITS

  • Soothes achy muscles and joints
  • Promotes healthy respiratory function
  • Frequently used in gum, candy, and toothpaste for flavoring

USES

  • Wintergreen has a warming effect when applied to skin and is excellent to use in a massage to relieve sore muscles. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly and dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
  • For a soothing bath, add 1–2 drops of Wintergreen essential oil to warm bath water.
  • Wintergreen essential oil is not recommended for internal use and should be stored out of reach from children.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with  fractionated coconut oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

CAUTIONS: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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