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The Power of Aroma

Our sense of smell is the frontline modality by which we experience the world around us; however, many people may underestimate its significance. By comparison, humans have a weaker sense of smell than many animals, which must use smell for sustaining basic life functions (tracking food, identifying a mate, etc.).

Lime Oil Uses and Benefits

Famous for its distinct flavor and aroma, the lime fruit has seemingly endless applications for cooking, cleaning, personal care, and more. Much like the fruit, there are also many uses for Lime essential oil. Whether you want to add some zest to your smoothie or fill the room with an energizing aroma, once you use Lime oil, it will soon become a major staple in your daily essential oil use. 

10 Tips for Boosting Energy Naturally

As the days get shorter and colder towards the end of Summer, even the best of us can feel like we’re losing that pep in our step. Keep reading to find out some simple ways to beat that middle-of-the-day fog and regain lost energy.

Natural Sore Throat Gargle Remedy

If there's ever a sign that I'm doing too much, my throat is the first to tell me. At first it's the feeling of a slight tickle, then all too quickly, the white spots appear followed by the razor blades and the dreadful pain that comes from swallowing. Then of course there's the golf balls in my neck. Many of you know the feeling, yes?

Summer Vegan Recipes

Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the states and many of us will be celebrating with family and friends at a backyard or beach barbecue.

The menu usually isn't vegan-friendly, so here are some plant-based summer treats to serve or share on 4th of July!

Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers made with Essential Oils

With the warmer weather quickly approaching, a healthy grilled meal could be exactly what you need to get in the spring mood. These delicious and easy black bean burgers with essential oils are sure to be loved by everyone in your family.

Strawberry Citrus Slush with Essential Oils

Hot summer days can sometimes call for a cold and refreshing treat—like this delicious strawberry citrus slush made with essential oils. With fresh lemonade and lots of ice, this easy and delicious recipe will be sure to make the family smile with relief from the heat.

Give your Liver a Kick with this Tasty Morning Tonic

Liver flushes, like the below ACV Tonic and Liver Kick recipes, can be used to stimulate the elimination of waste from the body, increase bile flow, improve overall liver function, and purify the circulatory and lymphatic systems.

Essential Oils for Athletes

In the world of sports, essential oils have many benefits for athletes. A university with an NCAA Division I athletic program now works with doTERRA to receive instruction on essential oils and the AromaTouch® Technique. All of their campus training facilities have implemented doTERRA products into their training and physical therapy approaches with impressive results.

3 Romantic Recipes with Rose Essential Oil

No flower embodies love and romance quite like the rose. The essential oil of rose Rosa damascena (Mill.) is also known to provide psychological and emotional support when added to a bath blend or diffused into the air. It’s a mood booster that can promote joy, relaxation, as well as memory and mental clarity. 

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, why not try experimenting with an essential oil that’ll give you warm fuzzies on the inside? Whether or not you’re sharing this Valentine’s Day with a special sweetheart, you’re pretty special year-round. Celebrate this holiday of love—and some sweet self-care—with rose R. damascena essential oil.

Before you start whipping up your “love in a bottle” with our favorite recipes (keep reading!), here’s a quick crash course in blending with rose essential oil:

How to Use Rose Essential Oil in Perfumery and Blending

If you’re a budding aromatherapist, natural products manufacturer, or perfumer, rose R. damascena essential oil is a standard floral for your tool kit. When 100 perfumers were asked to select a standard for a floral aroma, they chose Bulgarian rose.

Rose oil has a warm, deep floral, slightly spicy, rich, honey-like odor. The absolute is unique in that it has a high tenacity alongside a deep, rosy fragrance. Distilled rose otto has more of a top note, and absolute rose has more fixative power. 

Rose is the perfect oil to blend with other florals (like jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum (L.) or geranium Pelargonium graveolens (L'Her.)) to create sweet, romantic, and uplifting fragrances. On a chemical level, rose R. damascena contains about 2% of a sesquiterpene alcohol and farnesol, which is an important constituent for perfumery. Additionally, the esters, the nerol, the nonyl aldehyde, and trace constituents (such ascarvone and rosefuran) are all important for perfumery.

Specifically, rose blends beautifully with: 

  • anise Pimpinella anisum (L.)
  • benzoin Styrax tonkinensis (Pierre) Craib ex Hartwich
  • bergamot Citrus aurantium (L.) var. bergamia
  • black pepper Piper nigrum (L.)
  • chamomile (Roman) Chamaemelum nobile (L.) All.
  • costus Aplotaxis lappa (Decne.)
  • fennel Foeniculum vulgare (Hill)
  • ginger Zingiber officinale (Roscoe) 
  • immortelle Helichrysum italicum (Roth)
  • neroli Citrus aurantium (L.) var. amara
  • orris root Iris ×germanica notho var. florentina (Dykes)
  • patchouli Pogostemon cablin (Benth.)
  • sandalwood Santalum album (L.)
  • vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides (Nash)
  • ylang ylang Cananga odorata (Lam.) var. genuine

My all-time favorite—which is super quick, easy, and simple—is a blend of rose R. damascena and neroli C. aurantium var. amara. 

Don’t forget: less is more. A small quantity goes a long way in your rose essential oil blends. The suggested use level is 0.02-0.05 mg%.

Bottling Romance: 3 Recipes with Rose Essential Oil

Valentine’s Day is almost here, so let’s get blending! Here are three recipes with rose essential oil that are sure to make you feel like falling into a bed of roses this holiday.

Click here to read the full blog from the American College of Health Sciences.

The Healing Benefits of Rose Essential Oil

Rose Essential Oil Benefits Skin, Depression and Hormones

The smell of a rose is one of those experiences that can ignite fond memories of young love and backyard gardens. But did you know that roses are more than a pretty smell? It’s true, for they have therapeutic benefits that can help heal many health conditions.

Rose essential oil, which is created through a simple process of steam distillation, has been used to treat health conditions and used in natural beauty treatments for thousands of years.

Research and personal experiences tell us that rose oil can improve acne, balance hormones, relieve anxiety, improve depression, reduce rosacea and naturally increase libido.

Rose Essential Oil Profile

Rose essential oil is made by extracting Rosa damascena, and researchers have uncovered that it contains several therapeutic compounds known to promote healing in the body:

  • Citronellol – effective mosquito repellant (also found in citronella).
  • Citral – strong antimicrobial that is necessary for vitamin A synthesis (also found in lemon myrtle and lemongrass).
  • Carvone – effective digestive aid (also found in caraway and dill).
  • Citronellyl Acetate – responsible for the pleasant flavor and aroma of roses, which is why it’s used in many skin and beauty products.
  • Eugenol – powerhouse behind clove, the richest antioxidant in the world.
  • Farnesol – natural pesticide (also found in orange blossom, jasmine and ylang-ylang).
  • Methyl Eugenol – local antiseptic and anesthetic (also found in cinnamon and lemon balm).
  • Nerol – sweet-smelling aromatic antibiotic compound (also found in lemongrass and hops).
  • Phenyl Acetaldehyde – another sweet-smelling and aromatic compound (also found in chocolate).
  • Phenyl Geraniol – natural form of geraniol, which is commonly used in perfumes and fruit flavorings.

Top 3 Rose Oil Benefits

1. Rose Oil Improves Depression

A perfect example of how beneficial Rose oil can be is seen in how it affects depression. As our ancestors battled situations where their mental status was dampened, or otherwise impaired, they would have been naturally drawn to the pleasant sights and smells of the flowers that surrounded them. I have never seen a person take a whiff of a powerful rose and not smile; instead, they remark how incredible and uplifting it is.

The journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice recently published a study that set out to prove these types of natural reactions to rose aromatherapy clinically. With a subject group of 28 postpartum women, the researchers separated them into two groups: one who would be treated with 15-minute sessions of a 2.5 percent solution of rose/lavender oil aromatherapy twice a week for four weeks, and a control group.

Their results were quite remarkable. Not only was it discovered that the women experienced a significant decrease in postnatal depression scores, they also reported marked improvement in general anxiety disorder!

How to use rose oil for depression: If you’re ever feeling anxious or down in the dumps, try putting five drops of rose and five drops of lavender in a diffuser by your nightstand before bed. Hopefully you will wake up renewed and at peace!

Click here to read the full blog on DrAxe.com

Reboot Green-Patterned Water by Lesa Carlson

There's some debate amongst health advocates regarding ingesting essential oils. So we want to be clear that we are referring to certified pure therapeutic essential oils only, and not the generic oils you may buy at the store, even if they are labeled as "organic". It also should be clarified that a little goes a long way and that even 1-2 drops in 4 fl. oz. of liquid daily is sufficient.

That said, the internal use of these food grade essential oils can be a powerful way to supplement your current health regimens and give a nourishing boost to culinary recipes. For example, this essential oil infused green cocktail recipe is a perfect reboot for relieving anxiety and overall wellness.

Reboot Green-Patterned Water Recipe:
Combine aloe vera juice, nopali cactus, green pepper, lemon, celery,  and cucumber into a juicer, and add hydrating water as desired. Top off with the recommended essential oils (CPTG food-grade quality only!) and swirl the cup to mix. Salud!

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Keep your home clean and protected with the power of essential oils!

This All-Purpose Cleaning Spray is designed to be the ideal natural cleaner and is even edible. It is fortified with a proprietary blend of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils, which provide natural protection against certain environmental factors while elevating the overall cleaning capability.

Combined with distilled white vinegar, it provides a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, so it is safe for loved ones as well as the environment. The multi-purpose capabilities of this All-Purpose Cleaning Spray make it perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room, leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.

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