Pure essential oils have the ability to travel through the body rapidly. They contain natural chemicals that can cross the brain-blood barrier quite rapidly, reaching the Limbic System (the emotional center of the brain) where your amygdalae reside, which are two tiny, prehistoric organs responsible for managing your emotions, which I, whimsically, refer to as your inner fish.
Smell is the most primitive of the senses and your inner fish (your amygdalae) react strongly to smell. This can come in handy where anxiety is concerned, as pure essential oils have the ability to immediately calm you through your sense of smell.
Essentials oils can be inhaled (sniffed) directly from the bottle, added to potpourri, applied topically, or used in aromatic diffusers. However, never apply undiluted essential oils to bare skin. This may cause sensitivity and or an allergic reaction. Essential oils are to be mixed with carrier oils before applying. Carrier oils are oils, such as Virgin Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil or Hemp oil.
Biblical Oils & Associations
Faith - Onycha (oh-nigh-ka)
Strength - Cypress
Wisdom - Myrtle
Love - Cistus
Power - Spikenard
Imagination - Aloes/Sandalwood
Understanding - Myrrh
Will - Cedarwood
Order - Galbanum
Zeal - Cassia
Renunciation - Hyssop
Life – Frankincense
Other biblical oils are Cinnamon, Juniper, Coriander, and Calamus.
So, How Do Essential Oils Work?
All living things are made up of atoms that oscillate back and forth causing electrical vibrations that give off a specific number of cycles or oscillations per second (OPS). These oscillations can be measured through hertz frequencies. The lower the frequency the more dense or 'dead' something is (sometimes, considered negative), while higher frequencies represent a lighter scale, being more alive and, in some cases, more positive.
Substances with higher frequencies can raise lower frequencies.
Different types of frequencies are either chaotic or harmonizing.
All electrical devices shatter the aura.
Chemical imbalances are actually electrical/magnetic imbalances and cause irritation, inflammation and/or disease.
Low frequencies support physical ailments.
Middle frequencies promote emotional change.
High frequencies promote realization, growth and healing.
Vibrational Levels of the Human Body
The Healthy Human Brain 71-90 Hz
The Healthy Human Body 62-68 Hz
Vibrational Levels of Disease
Human cells mutate at below 62 Hz.
Cold/Flu 57-60 Hz
Candida 55 Hz
Epstein-Barr 52 Hz
Cancer can appear at 42 Hz
Death begins between 20-25 Hz.
Vibrational Levels of Food Groups
Canned Food 0 Hz
Processed Food 0 Hz
Genetically Modified Foods 0 Hz
Fresh Produce Up to 15 Hz
Fresh Herbs 12-27 Hz
Vibrations & Addictions
Smelling coffee reduces human vibration by 8 Hz, drinking it by 14 Hz.
Holding a cigarette reduces human vibration by 17 Hz, smoking it by 23 Hz.
Here is where the question, "So, How Do They Work?" is answered.
The vibration of certain essential oils is much higher than the vibrations of certain dis-ease and some are much higher than the vibration of the human brain and body. Lower frequencies are always raised by higher frequencies. It's as simple as that!
Aloes/Sandalwood 96 HZ
Angelica 85 Hz
Basil 52 Hz
Blue Tansy 105 Hz
German Chamomile 105 Hz
Frankincense 147 Hz
Galbanan 56 Hz
Helichrysum 181 Hz
Juniper 98 Hz
Lavender 118 Hz
Melissa (Lemon Balm) 102 Hz
Myrrh 105 Hz
Peppermint 78 Hz
Rose 320 Hz
Medicinal Benefits of Common Essential Oils
Basil relieves mental fatigue and promotes clarity.
Geranium uplifts mood, calms anxiety and helps to balance emotions.
Frankincense helps to relieve Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, reduces anxieties linked to the past, stress, tension, grief, nervousness. It calms and soothes the mind.
Hyssop – Helps reduce fear.
Lavender promotes calm decision during disorder. Helps with healing, brings peace, love, reduces anxiety, relieves headache and promotes digestion. Treats migraines and reduces tension and feelings of depression. Helps with emotional stress, removes exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity. It also reduces aches and pains from arthritis or sports. (See TCL's Lavender Salve recipe below.)
Jasmine balances male and female energies, helps to relieve depression, post-natal depression, grief, lethargy, boredom, apathy, nerves, exhaustion, tension, stress, and emotional stress. It brings positive feelings of confidence, restores energy, love, peace, and balances central nervous system.
Lemon increases happiness.
Manuka oil is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. It is extracted from the leaves and small branches of the Manuka tree. Manuka oil is 10 times stronger than Tea Tree oil and has the ability to relieve all manner of drug resistant gram positive bacteria, viruses and fungus, while remaining nontoxic. To learn more about Manuka oil, click here.
Neuroli is a natural tranquilizer for anxiety and depression.
Nutmeg supports the adrenals and staves off nervous fatigue.
Patchouli is often used as an aphrodisiac and offers relief from apathy. It's a great balancer, relaxing yet stimulating, particularly relevant for conditions of weak immunity where overwork and anxiety have left the individual in a susceptible state, relieves the strain of those with excessive mental activity who may feel out of touch with their body.
Peppermint supports concentration.
Rose, Rose Absolute, and Rose Otto soothe emotions, depression, grief, jealousy, resentment, anger, frustration, post-natal depression, hysteria, insecurity, irritability, moodiness, tension, sadness, shock, stress, and anxiety. It gives a woman positive feelings of self, love, peace, beauty, happiness, balance and revive the mind.
Rosemary relieves depression and mental fatigue.
Sandalwood is spiritually uplifting, helps with nervousness, anxiety, obsessive attitudes, cuts ties with past, and ends old habits. It also reduces irritability and stress, brings peace and acceptance, relaxes the mind, promotes spirituality and meditation, and redirects sexual energy to spirit.
Scotch Pine encourages serenity and feelings of comfort. It is also a pain reliever of arthritis, aches, pains and sore muscles. It increases metabolism, energizes and removes mental stress, refreshes spirit and elevates mood, brings mental clarity, removes anxiety and nervous tension and helps one to concentrate.
Vanilla soothes and calms emotions, eases tension, and helps with anger. It is comforting, bringing back warm memories, dispeling anger, frustration, and tensions.
Verbena (also known as Lemon Verbena, Blue Vervain, Verveine, Sweet Almond Verbena and Almond Bush) promotes relaxation while invigorating the spirit. It prevents nightmares, relieves headaches and muscle spasms, soothes nerves and strengthens nervous system, reduces mental stress, and increases love of learning, happy outlook, and well-being.
White Angelica – Counters negativity and increases feeling of security.
Yalang Ylang – Soothes grief.
As with herbs, essential and carrier (base) oils can also help to prevent, manage and even erase symptoms of plagues and nervous ills. After all, essential oils are made from plants that contain not only medicinal properties, but also help to reduce emotional and physical pain. However, they are more potent than the plants themselves. They are not to be ingested, but are excellent remedies when applied topically.
Photo Credit: Bottles by Nathalie
How to Measure Essential Oils
Add 12-30 drops of 100% therapeutic grade essential oils to every 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil.
You can mix and match your essential oils as you wish, but never add more than a complete total of 30 drops to 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil.
30 drops creates a 5% dilution, which is the strongest solution recommended within safe limits. For example, I often use 20 drops of French Lavender and 10 drops of Vanilla Absolute to 2 Tablespoons of Jojoba oil for a sweeter smelling massage oil.
Note: Do not use essential oils without researching possible side effects. While essential oils are naturally derived from plants and are natural, they are powerful medicines, which require proper dosages. Many essential oils are not to be consumed by children or pregnant women.
Supportive Essential Oils for the Chakras
Crown Chakra ~ Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Rosewood, Jasmine, Myrrh, White Spruce, Viola, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Lavender, Violet Leaf
Brow Chakra ~ Hyacinth, Musk, Spearmint, Petitgrain, Juniper, Marjoram, Rosemary, Thyme, Marigold, Beech, Vervain, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, and Helichrysum
Throat Chakra ~ Vanilla, White Musk, Thyme, Marjoram, Tea Tree, Lavender, Roman, English or German Chamomile
Heart Chakra ~ Jasmine, Rose, Melissa, Inula, Douglass Fir, Pine, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Basil, Thyme (and any other oils made from green herbs), and Peppermint
Solar Plexus Chakra ~ Juniper, Vetiver, Geranium, Lemon Grass, Grapefruit, Ylang/Ylang, Citronella, Camphor, Evening Primrose, Bergamot
Sacral Chakra ~ Clary Sage, Jasmine, Carrot Seed, Ylang Ylang, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood, Cardamom, Orange, Neroli, Calendula, Mandarin
Root Chakra ~ Rose, Rosewood, Geranium, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Patchouli, Vetiver, Oak Moss, Benzoin, Black Pepper, Clover, Red Cinnamon, Violet Leaf. Pink Essential Oils are Rose Absolute, and Rose Otto
The Captains Lady's Essential Oil Recipes
(Makes approximately 6 ounces or three 2 ounce tins)
1/2 Cup Carrier Oil (a combination of Jojoba, Grape Seed, Almond, and Olive oils)
2 Tablespoons of Beeswax
12-24 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 3-6 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil to make it sweeter (optional)
Lavender flower buds (optional).
Note: Buds can be added for appearances, but you'll be flicking them off of your fingers later, I promise.
Place your carrier oils (or herb infused oils) and Beeswax in a Pyrex measuring cup. Place this cup inside a sauce pan filled with water about half the height of your measuring cup. You don’t want water to get in your cup. You may also use a double boiler or a hot plate to warm and melt your beeswax into the oils. I find one of the most important things in this process is melting everything in a cup or dish that has a pour spout.
Gently warm over low to medium-low heat until the Beeswax melts. Remove from heat, add your essential oils and immediately pour into container(s), which should be metal or glass. As it begins to cool (it will look opaque around the edges) add your flower buds or other herbs). If you put them in too soon, they may all sink to the bottom or float around the edges. Let cool completely.
Wait for it to solidify before covering with lids. If, after it solidifies, your salve isn’t the consistency you desire, you can always reheat it to change the consistency. This can be messy, but it can be done. If your salve is too thick, add more oil. Too thin, add more Beeswax.
One time, I was in a hurry and forgot to put in the essential oils. Not funny, at all. But, I scraped out the containers, put it all back in my Pyrex measuring cup, reheated it and poured it just fine. I lost only about ¼ - ½ of a teaspoon in the process (the part that stuck to my spatula and the insides of the containers. If you invest in a hot plate, you can avoid having to scrape out your containers and just let them reheat and liquefy right in their containers on the hot plate. Then, just pour it all back into your Pyrex cup and re-melt. Keep the heat setting on very low though to avoid damaging your container.
Store in a cool location where your salves will remain semi-solid to solid and will not continue to re-melt and re-solidify. They will last for 9 months or longer when stored properly.
1 TB Safflower oil
1 TB Olive oil
10 drops French Lavender essential oil
10 drops Vanilla essential oil
Add all ingredients to a small dropper bottle or a glass bottle with a tight fitting lid. To use, shake gently, warm up 3-4 drops in the palm of your hands and apply to temples, forehead and under the nose for stress or inhale to calm your inner fish.
(Makes 4 oz.)
Grapeseed oil 2 TB
Vit E oil 2 TB
Avocado oil 2 TB
Jojoba oil 2 TB
72 drops of essential oils for a 3% dilution/ratio (equals 18 drops per 2 TB)
Add all ingredients to a glass bottle or jar with a tight fitting lid. Use as you would any massage oil. A little goes a long way.
To make this recipe follow the same directions as you would for Lavender Salve above. Rose Hips or Carrot oil can be substituted in place of the Avocado and/or Jojoba oils.
Solid Perfume Recipe
Makes approximately a ½ ounce of solid perfume, which is just enough to fill one perfume locket or tiny lip balm tin.
Approximately 2 -1/2 Teaspoons of Beeswax (beeswax pellets are easier to measure)
1-1/2 Teaspoons of Sweet Almond Carrier Oil or Jojoba Carrier Oil. This measurement may be increased to 1 Tablespoon if you prefer a softer perfume.
12-30 drops of your favorite essential oil scent
Place a small glass cup or bowl in a double boiler or in a very small pot with sufficient water in the bottom. Be sure the water doesn't lap into the bowl. Heat and melt the beeswax over very low to medium heat. Once melted, remove the small bowl from the pan. Immediately, pour in the Coconut or Jojoba oil. Next, add the essential oil and stir well with a tooth pick, plastic straw (bend it and use the bend (elbow of the bent part) to stir with or you will lose wax up your straw), chopstick or some other slim, throw away item.
While still a hot liquid, pour the mixture into your desired containers, which can be small, flat jars with tight lids (corks will do), lip balm tins, or fancy, purse size pill containers, or perfume lockets. However, do not close the lid until the perfume solidifies. The beautiful solid perfumes in the image above are my own creations.
Solid Perfume Making Tips
The wax will stick to and/or absorb into whatever you stir with, so it should be small and disposable to prevent waste (bamboo sticks work well), but preferably wood or glass, not metal.
The true aroma sets in after about 24 hours. If you want to add more scent, you can melt your perfume again and add more essential oil. Just be sure to add the appropriate amount of carrier oil as well. If you would like a less solid perfume, just add more carrier oil.
Built in droppers can be a bit difficult to measure with depending on style. Some essential oils are thicker than others. You don't want a 'ketchup bottle' effect when measuring your oils, so purchasing special droppers can be a relieving asset to have on hand.
Keep in mind, your perfume remedy can melt in warm temperatures. Hence, the tight lids. Your perfume should retain its scent for approximately 6 months.
Applying Your Solid Perfume
Swirl your finger onto the surface of your perfume and then smooth the oil onto pulse points (temples, throat, wrist, back of knees) 3-4 times per day. You may also open your jar or locket to inhale whenever you feel stressed for instant stress relief or uplift.
Essential oils can cause sunburn or rash when placed on the skin and exposed to sunlight. This is more common with body lotions and lip balms made with citrus oils, but it can happen with perfumes as well when applied over a wide area of skin exposed to sunlight for than 10 minutes or so.
Herbal Face Steam Treatments
Pour very hot water into a basin, stir in your chosen herb, and then place your face into the steam coming from the bowl. Not too close! You don’t want to burn your face. You might want to drape a towel over your head, shoulders and bowl to keep in the steam. Do this for just a few minutes. Use only 1 teaspoon of herb per cup of water according to your skin type on the next page.
For Normal Skin - Lavender, Rosemary, Chamomile, and Peppermint.
For Oily Skin - Rosemary, Sage, Peppermint, and Basil.
For Dry Skin - Lavender, Rose, Parsley, and Chamomile.
Almond Oil Face Moisturizer
To complete your facial, rub a bit of Almond oil between your palms and then gently massage onto your face. You won't believe how fresh you feel and look.
If you have minor blemish problems, add a couple of drops of Tea Tree essential oil to the Almond oil. Tea tree oil works wonderfully on blemishes.
You may also use a tiny bit of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil as a moisturizer. Some find Olive oil to be a bit too heavy, especially if they wear makeup. Almond may work better under foundation. Avocado oil works just as well.
I've tried several toothpaste recipes, ones including Baking Soda and other essential oils, and I keep coming back to this one. I usually make just enough to last one or two weeks.
In a small container mix together enough Virgin Coconut Oil (not the liquid kind, but the kind that resembles Crisco shortening) with enough Calcium Carbonate powder to make a paste. For every 2 Tablespoons of this mixture, add 30 drops of Peppermint or Spearmint essential oil. Cap tightly and store as you would toothpaste.
Sore Tooth Remedy
6 drops Tea Tree 2 drops Myrrh 2 drops Peppermint 1 drop Oregano 2 drops Clove 2 drops Frankincense
Added to 1 TB carrier oil (Coconut or Olive oil).
Place 1 drop of mixed oils on both sides of tooth and gum line.
4 drops Lemon and 2 drops Peppermint essential oils in 2 Cups pure water. Swish a ½ ounce in mouth. Shake before using.
Essential oils to use as repellents are Eucalyptus (also remedies bites and stings), Cedarwood, Citronella (may deter mosquitoes as well) or Citrus. Add several drops to your oil base. Use no more than 6-12 drops of essential oil per ounce of oil (one ounce equals 2 Tablespoons). Also use room temperature or warm water only.
Oils can last up to 12 hours.
Add 6-12 drops of Lavender essential oil for every ounce of warm water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spritz the air. Better yet, use The Captains Lady Old World Remedy Oil recipe to clear the air of harmful germs that could cause colds and flu.
When using essential oils to disinfect, again you will want to add essentials oils to water first. Then, just wipe down counter tops, cupboards, knobs, etc. with a clean dry cloth. Lavender contains linalool, a natural alcohol that kills viruses and bacteria better than store bought, harmful disinfectants. The Captains Lady's Old World Remedy Oil formula is more powerful and excellent to use during cold and flu season to keep germs at bay.
When adding essential oils to spray bottles, place a little bit of warm or room temperature water in the bottom of the bottle. Add the essential oils and then fill with the rest of the water and give it a swirl or two to mix.
Essential oils may also be added to laundry rinse cycles to kill germs and provide a wonderful scent. Stop the cycle when the the tub is full of water, add 6-12 drops of essential oil, swish around a bit to mix, and restart the washer.
A single drop or two may also be dabbed onto light bulbs (while still cool) or light bulb rings to offer a pleasant smell as the light bulb warms.
Or, fill a very small bowl with very hot water and add one or two drops of oil. Place the bowl in the room of the sick person, but far enough away from the bed to prevent children from getting into it and to prevent spills. More than 2-3 drops may also be too strong to breathe when the bowl is too close to the bed as well.
You may also purchase an aromastone, which plugs into the wall and you can add oils directly to it. Or, you can buy a burner. You’ve probably seen these at the store. There’s a place to fit a small tea light candle in the bottom while a small dish holding your oil sits on top.
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