May 29, 2012

A bug free summer recipes

If your house is full of mosquitoes and you are annoyed by their bites then I got this magic spray to help you. You will need: 3 ounce witch hazel mixed with 1/2 drop of each lemongrass, eucalyptus and citronella essential oils.Combine them and shake before use. and of course natural ingredient is better than pungent, chemical spray insect repellent out there.

March 22, 2012

Uses for Rosemary Oil To Boost Our Performance Proven By Research

Rosemary is scientifically known as Rosmarinus Officinalis. It is now under research and has been found that the rosemary oil improves cognitive performance..

It is found that if you sniff rosemary aromatherapy oil you will feel more satisfied and there will be improvement in your performance. This research is done in Great Britain - in the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research center at Northumbria University, UK.

20 participants of age 20 years were taken for the study. They kept the rosemary aromatherapy oil in their desk so that they will not feel that they are deliberately exposed to the scent. This is done for 4 to 10 minutes.

These participants were asked to solve simple subtractions and more complicated subtractions and find number patterns in the computer after they were exposed to the scent of the oil. They even did a mood questionnaire and a blood test was also conducted.

The participants who took the scent for lesser time appeared less content. The study also proved that there is no connection between the oil and feeling alert, calm or pleasant which are the other types of moods under study.

Those who are exposed to the scent for more time solved the basic mathematical questions in less than 2 minutes. They did not show any difference in answering the complicated subtractions or the number patterns as compared to those who are exposed for a lesser time.

They used speed and accuracy tests and mood valuations to identify the effects of rosemary oil. They took blood samples to find out the amount of 1,8 Cineole they captivated.

The research said that if they smelled the oil for longer time there are more amounts of 1,8 Cineole, a chemical compound in their blood samples which is normally present in aromatherapy oils.

The results what they obtained show that the amount of this chemical compound has a lot to do with the reasoning ability of the individuals. The results showed an improvement in the performance with higher levels of the compound. It is found that both speed and accuracy improved writing off the actual relationship between speed and accuracy.

It is also found that the chemical had an effect on the mood though not so significant. It has improved the contentment levels of the individual. The compounds of the rosemary essential oil have a significant effect on the personal state and the reasoning ability of the individual by working in varying neurochemical pathways.

They found that the oil however did not have any effect on the alertness or attention of the individual.

Nasal or lung mucosa help the Terpenes like 1, 8 Cineole to enter the blood stream in the form of organic molecules which are soluble in fat. These can easily cut across the blood brain barricade.

This chemical compound in volatile state is found in many plants which are aromatic.

These comprise of eucalyptus, bay, wormwood and sage besides rosemary. This compound is under study by many researchers to find out whether it prevents the enzymes called acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase which are essential for brain and central nervous system neurochemistry.

It is also being studied to find out whether the components of rosemary stop the breakdown of neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

In the words of the research scientist Moss it is said that there is an important relationship between only contentedness and 1,8 Cineole levels.

Based on the reasoning performances of the individuals it is interesting to know that only positive moods can improve performance and not aroused moods.

Rosemary essential oil consists of 35 to 40 percent of 1,8 Cineole which has straight pharmacological characteristics.

The blood samples which are tested for this compound can also be used as an indicator for comparative levels of other compounds of rosemary oil like rosmarinic acid and ursolic acid which are usually present in lesser quantities.

This study is too small to draw inferences and cannot be told how noteworthy these results are. But it can be satisfactorily believed that rosemary aromatherapy oils will set our mood to content.

February 20, 2012

How to Make Homemade Lip Balm

Quite interesting post. I am not sure if I am into it. A homemade lip balm is something I wouldn't make at home but if you're a DIY crafter then it worth to look at.

The posts says using essential oils as the ingredient, but I think fragrance oils such as strawberry and other fruitty scent is a perfect choice rather than lavender (floral scents). what do you think?

ooops... I forget we do have lemon, orange and tangerine essential oils too. we could use that :)

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January 26, 2012

Citrus essential oils provide a natural antibiotic effect to cows

Experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have performed various studies into the non-antibiotic processes to lessen harmful food-borne bacteria (pathogens) which are present in an animal’s gut.

The group of scientists include microbiologist Todd Callaway and animal scientist Jeffery Carroll (team leader) from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) as well as John Arthington from the University of Florida.

The Agricultural Research Service is the USDA's primary in-house scientific investigation agency who aims to conduct studies which support the Department’s goals of endorsing food security as well as guaranteeing food safety at an international scale.

Early research has revealed that citrus produce are beneficial to cows as they provide ideal roughage and natural vitamins as well as providing a chemical-free antibiotic supply which is featured in the essential oil structure of such products.

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January 24, 2012

2012 Chinese New Year Scent

To all my reader who celebrate Chinese new year, I wish you have a prosperous and joyful year ahead.

To have a clean energy and have a positive year ahead, I use patchouli, lavender and pine blends for my room fragrance. This earthy spice blend is perfect to boost confidence same as the dragon's character. According to lunar year, the year 2012 is the year of the water dragon. It will bring luck and prosperity for all of us.

To make it happen perhaps you can make an aromatherapy soap using the scent with a dragon shape mold or perhaps use it as an everyday scent using a small vial in the necklace? Whatever it is I hope you got a good karma each and every day.

Stay healthy and God Bless You All,

December 20, 2011

Aroma Home Cuddle

If you love cuddling soft toys and aromatherapy then this is perfect for you. The price is just $15.80 and is reasonable for such a lovely toy.

Here are the reasons why you should have it:
  • The hippo looks so cute and instantly attracts kids to hug it.
  • The tummy can be removed and kept in the microwave for having a warm cuddle. This is really helpful when you become cold and immediately need warmth especially in winter time.
  • The lavender scent makes this soft toys is very pleasant to cuddle and calms naturally.

Aroma Home Cuddle available in other types such as Bunny, Giraffe, Lion, Bear and Gorilla.

December 9, 2011

Christmas Aromatic Scents

Nothing induces special memories like a special scent. Whether it’s the pine from a fresh Christmas tree, your grandmother’s freshly made spice Bundt cake, or great wine, the scents of the holidays are very special.

To have a festive fragrance in your home, one of the easy way is to have a Scented candles. They come in as many Christmas fragrances as you can think of. Potpourri in a decorative dish is a very easy way to add that seasonal feeling to a room. Or how about a homemade orange and clove pomander ball to add fragrance to your home?

Make this holiday season a festive season to remember with a warmly scented home that will put everyone in a holiday mood. The following article will guide you on some great fragrance oil ideas for the holidays that represent some of the wonderful scents of Christmas.

It’s about to smell a lot like Christmas with this article…!

The first suggestion that we have as a scent for the holidays is a mix of spices and floral scents. Spices and floral scents give the brain the illusion that the environment around them is lighter, therefore making the guests who smell this scent feel lighter than they actually are. Get a scented candle that has a mix of spices and floral infused into it. As an example, a candle that has a combination of natural lily of the valley scent with a drop of cinnamon oil infused into it and place it in a place where there will be many people gathered.

The second scent suggestion that we have is jasmine. Jasmine battles depression and increases confidence. If you choose to use jasmine as the scent in your home, not only will your home smell crisp, but your guests will feel happy and confident and not gloomy and negative when at your gathering. Get a candle that only has the jasmine scent infused on it. Or, as an alternative, you can burn some jasmine incense or diffuse some jasmine essential oil into the air where your guests will gather around.

Another scent to try this holiday season is the classic chocolate scent. Chocolate scent induces happy feelings in people. Get a candle that has a strong chocolate scent. If you choose chocolate as the scent for your home, not only will you create a warm environment, but your guests will also be happier, giving way for more joy and laughter.
There is Spirit Aroma Oil, an aroma oil which blends for the purpose of ritual used. Good for meditation, yoga and etc. The scent is cool, uplifting combine with earthy base. Made from Cedarwood, fir needle, cypress, sweet marjoram and lavender. If you need more traditional scents then try northern forest candle made from 3 favorite Christmas essential oils, fir needle, spruce and cedarwood. And A christmas morning blend will bring back your childhood memory.

And so there are the best scent suggestions for the holidays. Choose the aromatic scent that will set the mood for your gathering and your guests. Not only do they leave your home smelling great, but they are also warm and welcoming. So no matter which of the above scents you decide to use, your guests will definitely feel welcomed and enjoy their time at your gathering.
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