Douglas Fir and the Art of Self Preservation

With a lifespan of up to 1,000 years and the ability to withstand forest fires, I had to wonder,  how does this mighty evergreen preserve itself so well?  Supernaturally giant, it is the second largest conifer on earth and it is no wonder that in the Pacific Northwest,  Douglas Fir  is considered by many to be a mighty symbol of honor and strength.
 The more I learned about this oil, the more interested I became.  Boasting a complex chemistry and  a unique ability to deliver the benefits of wood and citrus, this oil was bound to be a power player in my oil line up. Douglas Fir has a very high concentration of monoterpenes. Monoterpenes are typically found in woodsy oils such as Frankincense and Cypress. Interestingly, Douglas Fir also contains beta Pinene which is a top constituent in lemon and lime.
 Citrus notes lend to the renewing and uplifting character of Douglas Fir oil.  Some of the main Properties:
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Antioxidant
  • Expectorant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Antimicrobial
  • Astringent
Some of the main uses of this oil include:
  • Cellulite reduction
  • Mental clarity
  • Anti-depressant
  • Facilitates an air of communication
  • Supports longevity and preservation
  • Needles from the tree hold their vitamin c content long after harvested
To relieve feelings of exhaustion, fear, anger and confusion diffuse the following:
  • 3 drops of Doug
  • 3 drops of bergamot
  • 3 drops of wild orange
For deep sleep and respiratory support try this:
  • Add 4-6 drops of Doug to a warm, steamy bath and inhale deeply
  • Add  2 drops of Doug to a hot mug of water and inhale several times, for added benefit, fill your sink with hot water and a few drops of Doug. Drape a towel over your head and enjoy a facial steam treatment.
For sore, tired and achy muscles try a rub with :
  • 2 drops of Doug and 1 tablespoon of carrier oil
  • Massage directly onto affected area
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Cinnamon Bark Oil for Winter Survival

Cinnamon oil has a rich scent, that’s for sure. It is a warming oil and when diluted and added to a foot rub you are soothing your tired feet and benefiting your entire system. It’s no wonder that throughout history this herb has been prized as medicinal and culinary.

The Cinnamon tree is native to Sri Lanka and the oil itself can be distilled from the bark or the leaves. There are different opinions as to whether the bark or leaf is better. I am of the opinion that the bark is where it’s at. That’s because the beneficial properties in the plant have been shown to be in higher concentration within the bark.

This particular herb has many useful qualities that benefit the human body. Along with its known antibacterial properties, it is antifungal, anti-inflammatory and an air purifier to name just a few. Cinnamon has been used throughout history as an aphrodisiac, digestive aid, anti-depressant and as a first aid tonic. Our ancestors were definitely on to something because this oil fights disease both viral and bacterial and testing has yet to reveal a fungus that is able to survive in its presence.

Cinnamon oil enhances the effect of other oils so it is

great for diffuser blends. My favorite wintertime blend:

 3 drops cinnamon bark, 3 drops wild orange, 2 drops clove

This blend will boost air quality and fight germs, boost immune system function and support emotional balance. This ancient oil increases circulation and enhances mood and has an ubiquitous character that blends with all citrus oils, frankincense, lavender and rosemary.

Be sure to enjoy this unique oil in a foot bath rub this winter. Just take 1/3 of a cup Epsom salt and 3-5 drops each of cinnamon and rosemary oils!

Don’t forget to go to http://www.mydoterra.com/parksideesthetics for more product information or if you’re interested in joining the essential oils way of life!

 

 

Clary Sage and Hair Growth

Clary Sage is my very favorite oil because of the smell but little did I know what I was doing for my hair!

Clary Sage is in the family Labiatae, or mint. The sweet and herbaceous scent of this oil certainly gives it enough character to stand alone however, beneficial qualities of Clary Sage are myriad.

Native to Southern Europe, Clary Sage boasts a unique chemical composition that is up to  75% esters, such as linalyl acetae . These anti-inflammatory properties compliment and naturally support the nervous system rather that impede or interrupt its processes like some medications can.

Clary Sage blends well with Cedarwood, Bergamot, Lavender, Geranium, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang. When combined, the result is a powerful aromatherapeutic treatment rich in phytochemicals such as: diterpenes, sclareol, myrcene, flavonoids and rosmarinic acid.

These compounds are very similar to estrogen which supports balanced hormonal secretion. This is important because it keeps the dominant hair follicles stimulated and in the active growth phase, or androgen phase, longer and helps aid the body in toxin removal which in turn supports overall hair health.

To experience all the best Clary Sage has to offer, only purchase CPTG essential oils! Visit my website at http://www.mydoterra,com/parksideesthetics to order this or any CPTG essential oil on your list at wholesale price! If you’re interested in sharing essential oils with others as a home based business, click join and save on the menu bar!

Here’s a recipe for hair growth serum! Happy oiling!

You will need the following: Stainless or glass 12 ounce spray bottle, distilled water, Nettle, Horsetail (optional), Aloe Vera Gel, CPTG Clary Sage essential oil, CPTG Rosemary essential oil and CPTG Lavender essential oil. The herbs and Aloe can be purchased at good quality health food stores. The CPTG oils can be purchased at http://www.mydoterra.com/parksideesthetics.

Directions: Boil 1 cup of distilled water. Add 1 cup each of horsetail and nettle. Let water cool at least 20 minutes. Strain the water and put it in your spray bottle. Add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, 10 drops of clary sage, 10 drops of rosemary and 10 drops of lavender. You can apply your serum in the evenings and massage it gently into your scalp and leave in overnight.Remember, massage gently, this will increase blood flow to your scalp which nourishes your hair! This serum can be applied to brows but not lashes!