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Aromatherapy – Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree oil is obtained by steam distillation of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant which is ntive to Australia.  Historically, the leaves were used as a substitute for tea, which is how tea tree oil got its name.   The part used medicinally is the oil from the leaves.  Tea tree oil is full of healing properties because its an antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial.   Tea Tree Oil is an excellent natural remedy for hundreds of bacterial and fungal skin ailments such as acne, abscess, oily skin, blisters, sun burns, athlete’s foot, warts, herpes, insect bites, rashes, dandruff and other minor wounds and irritations. It can be used to clean cuts and infections, wounds, and helps in process of healing scar tissue. Tea tree boosts the immune system and alleviates inflammation. It fights against colds, flu, respiratory infections, and infectious illnesses. It promotes relaxation to help fall asleep and balances hormones in the body.

Studies have shown that Tea Tree Oil also treats respiratory problems ranging from common sore throats, coughs and runny nose to severe conditions such as asthma, tuberculosis, and bronchitis. The anti-viral properties of the oil fight many common infectious diseases such as chicken pox, shingles and measles, flu, cold sores and verrucae. It also strengthens the body’s immune system, which is often weakened by stress, illness, or by the use of antibiotics and other drugs. It can also be used as a mouth wash, since it is highly effective in healing oral candidiasis (a fungal infection of mouth and throat).

Ways to use it:

Tea Tree Oil help treat toenail fungus infections. Simply apply 1 to 2 drops of the oil directly onto the infected toenails and rub it above and under the tip of the nail. Repeat this once per day.

You can apply it on acne and spots will disappear. Every time I get tea tree soaps in my local customers with acne ridden teens, scoop it up.  You will feel a slight tingle.  I keep a bottle handy at home and apply if I see a spot.  Mt 18 year old uses tea tree soap.

Tea Tree Oil, when used as a mouth wash, acts as a natural cure for bad breath, oral candidiasis, gingivitis, plaque, and inflamed gums. It also kills mouth bacteria prior to dental surgery and also reduces mouth irritation that is often caused by dental procedures.

  • Add 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil to a cup of warm water.
  • Use the solution as a mouthwash two to three times daily.
  • Always spit out the Tea Tree Oil mouthwash. Do not swallow it.
  • You may also add 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil to toothpaste when brushing teeth.

Many people have found it is helpful with removal of genital warts.

Tea Tree Oil can be combined with a simple steam inhalation technique to naturally cure congestion, sore throat, chest infections, and clearing up mucus:

  • Fill a large cooking pot or bowl with water.
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Remove the pot from the stove and add 2 to 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil into it.
  • Cover your head with a towel and lean over the top of the bowl so that the long ends of the towel are hanging down at the two sides of the bowl.
  • Inhale the vapors for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Repeat the process each night before going to bed until symptoms are cured completely. If symptoms persist for more than 5 days it is best to consult your doctor.

Diluted in water, Tea Tree Oil is an effective treatment for canker sores and laryngitis:

  • Add 3-4 drops of Tea Tree Oil to one cup of warm water.

Tea tree can be used mixed in with shampoo to get rid of shampoo and it will also eliminate lice issues.  I swear by this.  My side of the family has dry scalp issues and I always keep tea tree shampoo in the house.  You don;t have to use it every day when you eliminate the problem but used occasionally it keeps the flakes at bay.

Tea tree can also be used to eliminate yeast infections.

 

With that said…

Pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid the use of Tea Tree Oil.
Undiluted Tea Tree Oil can cause itchiness, irritation, and redness on sensitive skin. Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, it is always safer to dilute the oil in another base oil such as olive oil.
Pure Tea Tree Oil should never be taken internally in its undiluted form. Extra care should be taken when using it near the eyes, genitals, or even as a mouthwash. If taken internally, Tea Tree Oil can result in diarrhea, vomiting, impaired immune function, excessive drowsiness, sleepiness, confusion, poor coordination, and even coma. If you notice any of these symptoms of overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

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Aromatherapy – Lavender oil

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As we delve into aromatherapy and the oils associated closer, I figured I would start with my #1 seller.  Lavender is an evergreen woody shrub, up to 1 meter tall, with pale green, narrow linear leaves and violet blue flowers.  It has a sweet, floral and herbal scent with balsamic undertones.  Almost medicinal.   The oil is distilled by steam from the flowers.  In a blend of fragrances or oils it is generally the top note. Not all Lavender is the same!  It comes from all over the world and in many different qualities!    A well-loved Mediterranean herb, lavender has been associated with cleanliness since Romans first added it to their bathwater. In fact, the name comes from the Latin lavandus, meaning to wash. One Christian legend says that lavender originally had no odor, but since the Virgin Mary dried Jesus’s swaddling clothes on it, it has had a heavenly perfume but I have also heard that Benedictine Monks & Romans introduced it to the rest of the world.

Essential oil of lavender is now known to have many application in aromatherapy.  Lavender is among the safest and most widely used of all aromatherapy oils. It is one of only teo oils that may be applied directly to the skin.  This amazing plant is used for acne, athlete’s foot, comforting the stomach, as a disinfectant, for headache and migraine relief, healing burns and insect bites, an insect repellent, scenting linens, stiff joints and sore muscle relief, sunburns and more!  My dog had a touch of fleas from the front yard.  we washed and treated her and then applied a secret blend of oil I have directly onto her back.  eased her pain and she slept like a baby.   It is also one of the most antiseptic essential oils, treating many types of infection, including lung, sinus, vaginal, and especially candida infections.  Lavender is suitable for all skin types.

Cosmetically, it appears to be a cell regenerator. It prevents scarring and stretch marks and reputedly slows the development of wrinkles. It is used on burns, sun-damaged skin, wounds, rashes, and, of course, skin infections.    I use this all the time for sunburns.  It draws the heat out and you turn golden brown instead of bright red.  Lavender also treats indigestion, including colic, and boosts immunity. Of several fragrances tested by aromatherapy researchers, lavender was most effective at relaxing brain waves and reducing stress. It also reduced computer errors by almost one-fourth when used to scent the office.  I love this when heated in the microwave and wrapped around my neck, great stress reducer for me.  Lavender is a popular choice amongst both aromatherapists and massage therapists for its combination of therapeutic quality and pleasant floral scent.

Today lavender remains a favorite for scenting clothing and closets, soaps, and even furniture polish. Lavender was traditionally inhaled to ease exhaustion, insomnia, irritability, and depression. In the Victorian era, women revived themselves from faints caused by tight corsets with lavender-filled swooning pillows.

You will find lavender cookies, lavender ice cream, lavender scones and yes…even lavender infused vodka.  It is dried in sachets, potpourri and in bundles.  Lavender is used in lotions, soaps, shampoo, household cleaners, linen sprays and even laundry detergent.  It is one of the most common essential oils uses in eco friendly green cleaners.

Lavender blends well with bergamot, chamomile, jasmine, rosewood, rosemary, ylang-ylang, orange, patchouli, pine, thyme, bay, clary sage, geranium and citronella.  Interestingly enough, many of these are in my top ten sellers.

I have tried to grow lavender a few times.  I have one plant still alive.  I had it planted in a mound with sloping sides.  I am in Florida and it seems to do better in 3/4 sun with good drainage.  It is a little evergreen looking until it blooms.  Less is more with lavender, it does not like to be over watered.

                      

Root Candles – The Best Candles in America, Made in America Since 1869

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At Scentsations, we feature 2 candle lines.   Root Candle and Kringle Candle.  I have carried many candle companies through the years and recently just fazed Yankee Candle out.

This week, I will feature both so you can understand why these two companies, make our cut.  For Root it is quality, variety and value for me!

1.  Honest, integrity, fabulous craftmanship, made in America.

Since 1869, Root Candles of Medina, Ohio, has been an industry-leading, family-owned company renowned for innovative ideas, aesthetic enhancements and the highest standards of quality. Now in its fifth generation, the Root family continues to extol the virtues of honesty, integrity, and diligent craftsmanship. These qualities were exemplified by Root Candles founding father and American original, Amos Ives Root.

His tradition of excellence, along with a genuine commitment to customer satisfaction and service, defines and fuels Root’s strong brand loyalty today. Root Candles devotion to purity, honesty and quality is renowned. Each Root candle is carefully handcrafted using processes mastered through five generations of craftsmanship combined with the latest in manufacturing technologies. The results are pure and simple: Root Candles are highly regarded for complex bouquets of subtle fragrances and sophisticated color palettes, important factors for discerning candle lovers.  Made in America since 1869.

What do you call candles that have been crafted with passion and perfection by the same family for five generations and more than 140 years? What do you call candles that use the purest beeswax, an all-natural color palette and sophisticated, essential oil fragrances? What do you call candles that are consistently flawless, cleaner burning, longer lasting and elegantly designed? What do you call the best candle in America, made in America? If you call them Root Candles… you’d be right.

Votive candles burn for 20 hours for just $2.49 at Scentsations.  We have over 50 fragrances to choose from

Tapers burn a slow… one and a 1/2 hours and inch.

Pillars burn 17 hours an inch without dripping or tunneling.

All natural beeswax and soy plus only the best essential oil fragrances.

Deep, rich blend of essential oils.  many fragrances feature 4 or more oils.  My customers who love Lampe Berger lamps, love these candles.

Textures, size variety and scaping.  It is so easy to mix a few different textures and size tapers, collinettes and even pillars together to make a statement centerpiece.

We have over 25 color choices available for you to decorate and  match with any interior.

3.  Iconic, classic, renaissance and socially responsible.

Did you know that Amos Ives Root was closely connected with the birth of aviation? In 1903, he personally visited and followed the work of Orville & Wilbur Wright. In fact, he was with the Wright brothers the first time they flew in Dayton, Ohio. When he submitted an account of that flight to a leading scientific magazine, he received no acknowledgement. So, in typical “can-do” fashion, A.I. published the article himself in his magazine, Gleanings In Bee Culture. This turned out to be the first published account of the Wright Brothers historic accomplishment.

Did you know that he helped and inspired Helen Keller?  After learning about the advances in educating blind and deaf children and contributing to help that effort, he received a four-page letter from Helen Keller thanking him for his kindness and support. For the rest of their lives, they remained close, personal friends.

For our Merritt Island and Brevard County customers needing a fix and unable to drive to Vero beach, we now have Root candles online at Scentsations-online.com