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Aromatherapy: Organic essential oils

May 20, 2014
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I’ve used essential oils for awhile now, but it wasn’t until this past year that I began collecting and mixing my own blends. I came across a wonderful book, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child which is what really set this preoccupation in motion. The book covers how and what to use essential oils for, touching on nearly every condition or circumstance. I was on the hunt, researching storage, brand comparison, and organic vs non-organic and have saved you some time by putting the links at the bottom of this post.

Through my research I was most impressed with Mountain Rose Herbs, being that the majority of their oils are organic or wild harvested. Organic oils are more expensive, but worth it in so many ways. It makes sense to use organic oils when you think about it. Essential oils are one of the most concentrated forms of a plant and something we intentionally inhale, massage into our skin or bathe our bodies in. Our children’s skin is far more permeable then our own, so using oils guaranteed to be grown without harsh chemicals, pesticides and GMOs is really important. You often hear the words “pure” and “therapeutic grade”, these do not mean organic and are often misleading. So far I have been very impressed with the quality and customer service. Here is a list of the oils I have so far in my collection, based on the recommended must-haves and first aid kit in the Aromatherapy for Healthy Children book and those I’ve found most valuable.

Eucalyptus
Lemon
Clove
Ravensara
Mandarin
Petitgrain
Geranium
Frankincense
Myrrh
Cardamom
Helichrysum
Tea tree
Thyme
Marjoram
Neroli
Rosemary
Palmarosa
Niaouli
Peppermint
Spearmint
Lavender
Rose
Chamomile (Roman)
Chamomile (Blue)
Cedarwood
Patchouli
Ylang ylang
Clary sage

 

I was on the hunt for a diffuser that wasn’t all plastic or an eyesore, which so many are. I found this simple and modern ceramic diffuser, the Casa Aroma Genie by Toast Living. It has two timed settings, an optional night light and a nice sized reservoir. I seriously love it. We also have a traditional candle diffuser we use in the bathroom. Find more informations regarding diffuser types and reviews at the bottom of this post.

Aromatherapy has become a part of our everyday life. Both at home and work, when sick and healthy. I use the stress and thieves oil blends on almost a daily basis, and have found great success using blends for Coltrane’s ear aches and teething. Another great success I had was using peppermint oil mixed with coconut oil to help alleviate fevers. A couple months back Coltrane had a high fever and between cool baths and rubbing the peppermint oil blend on his feet we were able to bring it down considerably. It’s an amazing thing to watch our bodies do the jobs they were created to do, fighting off illness and healing with the aid of natural remedies.

Blending essential oils has become a ritual I relish, I’ve listed some of my favorites here.

Thieves Oil // Antibacterial, anti-viral…we use this anytime there’s a hint of illness or while fighting a cold or flu
40 drops clove
35 drops lemon
20 drops cinnamon
15 drops eucalyptus
10 drops rosemary

Sleep // There are so many sleep blends, but this is my favorite so far
2 drops lavender
4 drops petitgrain

Ear Infection // This is a strong smelling blend…
5 drops thyme
3 drops lavender
10 drops camomile roman
3 drops palmarosa

Stress // I use this at work daily. Mix with a base oil of your choice (I use almond oil) and keep in a little bottle at your desk. Prior and during stress, rub into your neck, shoulders, temples, etc. It smells divine.
6 drops bergamot
2 drop geranium
2 drop frankincense

Headache // Rub on temples of use in diffuser
10 drops lavender
4 drops camomile roman
10 drops eucalyptus

Do you have a favorite aromatherapy blend/recipe? Please share!

Books //
Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child
Advanced Aromatherapy

 Essential Oils //
Mountain Rose Herbs -Where I order majority of my oils from
New Millennium Essences -Friends have said they really like this brand as well and often found at coops
Aura Cacia -They have a limited selection of organic oils, a little hard to find on their site but I have several and like them

Storage //
Storing essential oils and shelf life
Shelf life list

Organic vs non-organic //
Interview with essential oils expert Anita Boen, great information
Q&A with an Aura Cacia commodity manager on the topic of organic vs non-organic

Other Helpful Information //
The quality of essential oils  -great info on  how to find quality oils, safety, etc
Information regarding “therapeutic grade” claims -another good article
Aromatherapy safety -great safety info

Diffusers //
Casa Aroma Genie by Toast Living
Ceramic (burner) diffuser 
Handmade ceramic burner

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This information is simply an opinion.

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Organic in 2014

April 10, 2014

A few months ago I decided I would try something new in 2014 and only buy organic clothing for myself. My rule was, it had to be made of at least 50% organic materials. Over the past several years we’ve slowly made the transition to buy organic when and wherever possible. From our food, to Coltrane’s clothing, to essentials oils and so on. I had suspicions that sticking to only organic clothing would be a challenge, but I didn’t really grasp the difficulty until I got started. If I could wear yoga pants and t-shirts all day, it would be far easier. However, I work full time in a fashion conscious (though casual) industry and some standards must be met. I’ll spare you the details of my endless hours scouring online while nursing my little guy to sleep, but I will share the few gems I’ve discovered and will continue to do so as I come across them.

Monkee Genes  -I bought a couple pairs and LOVE them. The organic cotton sateen is really amazing.

organic monkee genes

 
Earth Kind Originals (EKO) -I bought a couple dresses and really love the cuts. The work well with a pair of black leggings and boots.

earth kind originals dress

 
Eileen Fisher -I’ve found many things I love here. Great organic pieces that go beyond the jersey knit. A little pricey, but haven’t found a comparable store when it comes to the styles and being organic. 

eileen-fisher organic

 
Chinti and Parker -Their organic selection goes in waves, but often they have some very nice loose cotton tees and tanks. Perfect with a pair of boyfriend jeans, oxfords and hand knit sweater. 

chinti and parker

 Tricotage -Based out of Denmark, I love their take on stepping up jersey knit style. I have not bought anything from them yet, but plan to!

tricotage