Scentsable Living

Choosing a healthier way of life, the "scents"able way.


Leave a comment

Lavender

lavpot2Lavender essential oil is steam distilled from its flowering tops.

Lavandula augustifolia

 

Lavender has been used for centuries and is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body, working wherever there is a need. It is said that “if in doubt, use lavender.” It is one of the few essential oils to still be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia.

Aromatic Benefitslavender15-129x300

An essential oil, when inhaled, can reach the emotional center of the brain within seconds. This is one of the incredible benefits of aromatherapy. Lavender is a popular essential oil long loved for its calming, soothing fragrance and is very similar to that of the fresh herb —clean, fresh, relaxing, and floral—which is why Lavender has always been such a favorite of gardeners and perfume makers. When diffused, Lavender adds a clean and fresh scent to any room. Many know about Lavender for it’s relaxing benefits but do not realize that it can be used aromatically to help improve cognitive performance as well.

Try this: Want to get away? Create your own relaxing retreat by diffusing Lavender. Not only is its aroma soothing, but it also fills any space with a fresh, clean smell that eliminates odors. You can even freshen the bedroom with a DIY Linen Spray

fd32b94a205b1890c1dd153dd19c55d5

Topical Benefits

Lavender offers many benefits when applied topically. It is soothing, relieving, regenerating and relaxing to the skin.

Try this: Unwind at the end of a long day by adding a cup of Epsom salt and few drops of Lavender to a hot bath. Add a few drops to your favorite shampoos, lotions, or skin care products to give your hair and skin extra radiance and for a beautiful smell that lasts all day.

Companion Oils

Lavender pairs well with most citrus oils, also chamomile, clary sage, geranium and ylang ylang.

Lavender EO

 

For more information and a .pdf, click here.

 

Interesting fact: It takes 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 15-ml bottle of lavender oil. 

 

 


Leave a comment

Cypress

cupressus-sempervirens-leaves-and-cones   Cypress essential oil is steam distilled from the branches of the Cypress tree.

The Phoenicians and Cretans used cypress for building ships and bows, while the Egyptians made sarcophogi from the wood. The Greeks used cypress to carve statues of their gods. The Greek word “sempervirens,” from the which the botanical name is derived, means “live forever.”

Cupressus sempervirens

Cypress is noted for its durability as it was used most famously for the original doors of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican that legends say lasted over 1,000 years.

 

Aromatic Benefits

Cypress.EO_An essential oil, when inhaled, can reach the emotional center of the brain within seconds. This is one of the incredible benefits of aromatherapy. The fragrant influences of Cypress are grounding, calming and soothing. It may help to ease the feeling of loss and create a sense of security and possibly help soothe feelings of anger to help life flow a little better.

Applications

Cypress essential oil can be applied topically for a relaxing massage or diffused and inhaled to create a calming environment.

How can you incorporate Cypress into your everyday life?

• Add it to your homemade lotions and creams. We love pairing it with Aroma Siez, PanAway, and Frankincense.
• Use it after working out. Apply Cypress topically on your muscles, especially along your calves and shins.
• Make a DIY coffee scrub and add a few drops of Cypress.
• Diffuse Cypress after a long day to encourage a sense of grounding.”

Companion Essential Oils

Cypress is in the conifer family and pairs well with bergamot, clary sage, juniper, lavender, lemon, orange, and sandalwood.

Cypress 1

 

 

 


Leave a comment

Bergamot

bergamot

Bergamot is cold pressed from the rind or undergoes vacuum distillation to produce Furocoumarin-free bergamot oil which is specially distilled to minimize the concentration of sun-sensitizing compounds in the oil.

Citrus aurantium bergamia

 

Christopher Columbus is believed to have brought bergamot to Bergamo in Northern Italy from the Canary Islands. A mainstay in traditional Italian medicine, bergamot has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years.

Aromatic Benefits3503

An essential oil, when inhaled, can reach the emotional center of the brain within seconds. This is one of the incredible benefits of aromatherapy. The fragrant influences of Bergamot are uplifting and refreshing on the emotions, balancing to the endocrine system, soothing to the skin, and also comforting to the digestive system.

Applications

Bergamot essential oil can be applied topically for a relaxing massage or diffused and inhaled to create a calming environment.

Companion Essential Oils

Bergamot is part of the citrus family and blends well with chamomile, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, citrus essential oils, palmarosa, patchouli, and ylang ylang.

Note: Angelica is a photosensitive oil which means that you’ll want to avoid direct sunlight to the area for at least 72 hours.

Bergamot (2)

 

Interesting fact: Bergamot is responsible for the distinctive flavor of the renowned Earl Grey Tea and was used in the first genuine eau de cologne.


Leave a comment

Angelica for Skin Care

skin-moisturizing-basics-242x242.jpgAngelica oil is generally considered to be safe for topical use but should always be diluted properly with another skin friendly base oil like coconut oil or almond oil. After dilution, you can apply it gently to your face to rejuvenate the appearance of your skin and give it a healthier glow.

Try combining a few drops of angelica oil with an equal amount of frankincense oil if you want to give your face an extra special treat.

Bear in mind that angelica oil may be photosensitive which means that direct exposure to the sun can cause a reaction. To guard against this, make sure that you do not expose your skin to direct sunlight for at least 12 hours after applying it. As for myself, I prefer applying mine as anevening regimen before bedtime.

Here is a lovely recipe to help obtain more youthful skin with essential oils that are soothing and nourishing. This blend can help moisturize, balance, and brighten the skin and is good on most skin types including normal, oily and sluggish skin.

scentsable-living.com (22).png


Leave a comment

Angelica Diffuser Blends

Angelica is known for being uplifting to the soul, for bringing joy to the heart, and for helping to release pent-up negative emotions. Pair this with any combination of companion essential oils and the results are simply delightful.

Give these diffuser blends a try and see if they bring peace and balance into your day.

 

 

 


Leave a comment

Angelica

angelica.jpg

Angelica is known as the “holy spirit root” or the “oil of angels” by the Europeans. They believed that angelica’s healing powers were so strong that it was of divine origin.

Angelica archangelica

Throughout history, angelica has been a notable herb. From the time of Paracelsus, it was credited with its powerful abilities to strengthen and protect the immune system.

The American Indians used angelica for its medicinal properties in poultices and more, and the Indians of the Rocky Mountains are known for making decoctions and teas from angelica root, drinking as tonics to build strength after illness.

Aromatic Benefits3078

An essential oil, when inhaled, can reach the emotional center of the brain within seconds. This is one of the incredible benefits of aromatherapy. The fragrant influences of angelica are very soothing and calming for emotional balance as well as to the nervous system and may help assist in the release of pent-up negative emotions.

Applications

Angelica essential oil can be applied topically for a relaxing massage or diffused and inhaled to create a calming environment.

Companion Essential Oils

Angelica is from the carrot family and is sometimes known as “wild celery.” My nose picks up on whispers of dill in its aroma and it blends well with florals, woods, and most citrus oils; some of them being basil, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile roman, clary sage, coriander, dill, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, marjoram, melissa, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, tangerine, valerian, and vetiver,

Note: Angelica is a photosensitive oil which means that you’ll want to avoid direct sunlight to the area for at least 12 hours.

Infograph

 

Interesting fact about Angelica: Native Americans called it the “hunting or fishing root” because when rubbed on hands it attracted fish and game.


Leave a comment

Stress Away

Stress Away essential oil is a Mama’s best friend. Let me paint the scenarios….

Sitting in traffic with agitated kids….Stress Away! Nothing is going right, everything is going wrong…Stress Away! “Calgon, take me away!”….Stress Away! Need I say more?

Stress Away EO

Stress Away is like a mental trip to the beach for me. The smells of lime and vanilla paired together with copaiba, cedarwood, ocotea, and lavender are like a little match-made-in-heaven. This portable blend is specially formulated to help relieve the little everyday stressors and tensors that can sometimes overwhelm us so that we can calm down, make it through our day, and sleep better at night. This helps us to live healthier and happier lives. And when Mama’s happy, everybody is happy, right?

Get some Stress Away so you aren’t like this person below (wink).