Ylang ylang

If Frankincense is the King of Essential Oils, then ylang ylang essential oil is his Queen! Simply put, the healing efficacy of this potent remedy is absolutely remarkable and the research supporting therapeutic claims is impressive. Ylang ylang essential oil uses are widely known and you will commonly find it in food, body care and cleaning products.

Scientifically referred to as Cananga odorata, this evergreen produces the wonderfully fragrant blossoms that we distill to get the essential oil. Also known as the “perfume tree,” it is native to tropical Asia – Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and islands of Indian Ocean.

Although steam distilled, the process required to extract ylang ylang oil is interestingly similar to pressing olives for oil in that the essential oil is collected at various stages of the process and graded. Through a method known as fractional distillation (the separation of volatile components of different boiling points in a mixture by the gradual increase of temperature and the separate collection of each component) each successive collection of oil produces varying grades containing a wide array of chemical constituents. This is something of an anomaly in essential oil manufacturing, therefore, ylang ylang essential oil is sold in various grades: Extra, 1, 2, 3, Complete.

Extra Grade: Regarded by many as containing the finest notes from the distillation process, the first collection after an hour or two of steam distillation. Contains roughly 30 different chemical constituents, it is usually the most expensive.
Grade I – III: As the steam distillation process continues, essential oil collections are taken every few hours, which make up less potent (and expensive) oils in descending order: Grade I, then II and finally III.
Complete: Represents the whole distillate encompassing all the collections from the entire distillation process. This synergy oil offers maximum fragrance potency.

6 Medical Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Uses

Ylang ylang has had many uses in traditional medicine ranging from a skin tonic to help relieve insect bite irritation to treating more serious health concerns like malaria, asthma, gout, and digestive issues. Here are 7 that stand out:
1) Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Uses: Soothes Inflammation

This is a big one.

Inflammation is arguably one of the most destructive processes that can destroy your health known today, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs) have been introduced as the answer. Unfortunately, prolonged use has been linked to, “Renal problems, gastrointestinal irritation, and even myocardial infarction and strokes have been reported due to the prolonged use!”

Is there a solution?

Yes!

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet
Practicing anti-inflammatory activities like deep breathing and meditation
Exercising regularly
Getting sound sleep
And using natural remedies like essential oils!

In a study evaluating the antioxidant properties of essential oils, ylang ylang interestingly stood out as containing substantial anti-inflammatory properties. Most likely due to its ability to calm the senses and stop anxiety in its tracks, regular topical use is key to enjoying the anti-inflammatory therapeutic benefits as is inhaling the volatile organic compounds via diffusion.
2) Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Uses: Decreases Blood Pressure & Heart Rate

In a comprehensive study that appeared in the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation researchers evaluated whether inhaling ylang ylang essential oil in a closed room for 20 minutes is an effective tool to lower blood pressure in healthy men. The results were not only tested using the traditional blood pressure cuff but also tested using a 12-lead EKG. The results show that there was a marked difference between the control group and the test group.

More specifically, the ylang ylang oil group had significant decreases to both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Further, the results of the 12-lead EKG showed that the test subjects who inhaled ylang ylang oil experienced a slower heart rate following the application.

If you’d like to take advantage of the heart healthy properties of ylang ylang, but do not enjoy the aroma, don’t worry!

Research suggests that you’d be well served by blending ylang ylang oil with others like lavender and lemon. Evidently, mixing with key oils help produce a synergistic effect that produces reduced systolic blood pressure and sympathetic nerve system activity via heart rate variability.

Application: To enjoy heart healthy benefits, add 3 drops ylang ylang, with 2 drops of lavender and lemon into your diffuser and enjoy for at least 30 minutes!

3) Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Uses: Calming Oil (Topically)

In addition to the sedative properties mentioned above via inhalation, studies also suggest that topical application is exceptionally calming as well. The results of one 2006 study uncovered that simply massaging a 20% solution of ylang ylang oil in sweet almond oil over the abdomen for 5 minutes resulted in a “significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature.” Skin temperature lowering, by the way, is an indication of muscle relaxation and, therefore, a decrease in sympathetic nervous system function.

It is interesting to note that the study participants had their abdomen wrapped with plastic film to prevent evaporation. In addition to these physical measures, ylang ylang oil had a direct effect on their feelings and emotions: participants reported more “calm,” “relaxed,”

Application: To enjoy the calming effects and to start your day on a stress-free note, mix 2 drops of ylang ylang essential oils with 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil and massage over abdomen first thing in the morning. Use just enough to cover the skin and store until used completely. Note that while the study above used a higher concentration, we recommend observing the dermal limit of 0.8%.
4) Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Uses: Anti-Diabetic

It has been well-established that terpenoid derivatives and flavonoids isolated from the flower buds of C. odorata can reduce the effects of aldose reductase; an enzyme that changes glucose to sorbitol. This is important because the accumulation of intracellular sorbitol can lead to diabetes complications such as:

Cataracts
Diabetic neuropathy
Retinopathy
Nephropathy

Application: Try applying a 0.8% dilution over the abdomen twice a day for 2 weeks and monitor results with physician.
5) Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Uses: Insect Repellent and Insecticidal

Traditionally, ylang ylang has been used to treat bites, repel biting insects (like mosquitos) and can also kill their eggs. One study revealed that a 10% dilution serves as a potent egg control agent against these types of mosquitos: Aedes aegypti, Anopheles dirus, and Culex quinquefasciatus.

That is significant as Aedes aegypti is a known carrier for the Zika virus. Hopefully, essential oils will one day be on the forefront of the public health eye as humanity faces emerging diseases spread by insects such as the Zika virus where the best course of action is prevention. Note, the study did not mention that ylang ylang oil could treat the Zika virus, simply that it kills the mosquito eggs that spreads it.

Application: Apply ylang ylang oil to your homemade insect repellant and into your DIY floor cleaner to proactively kill mosquito eggs.
6) Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Uses: As a Surface Treatment

Along with oregano, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, cinnamon oil and lemongrass, ylang ylang essential oils has been shown to exhibit potent anti-biofilm activities. Biofilm, the slimy film of bacteria that adheres to slick surfaces is becoming more of a public health concern because of its role in infectious disease and importance in a variety of device-related infections.

Biofilm formation of Staphylococcus aureus is also a mechanism of drug resistance. Of 83 essential oils that were evaluated in a 2014 study published in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, ylang ylang oil was a Top 3 performer, destroying upwards of 80 % of the biofilm produced by S. aureus. . The implication is that ylang ylang may make a good home-based topical oil for protecting against certain types of bacteria and potentially virus and other microbial organisms

Application: Add ylang ylang to your favorite homemade dusting spray and all-purpose cleaners!

Side Effects of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Uses

When 140 people were evaluated after smelling peppermint and ylang ylang aroma, something interesting was discovered.

Peppermint was found to enhance memory
Ylang ylang impaired memory and lengthened processing speed.
Peppermint increased alertness
Ylang ylang decreased alertness
Additionally ylang ylang significantly increased calmness

What does this mean?

Well, the effects are not long-lasting so ylang ylang essential oil uses aren’t going to make you stupid. However, I wouldn’t want it around me before taking an important exam or when I’m about to speak in public!

Davana

Balancing aroma? Check. Exotic luxury? Check. Skin nourishment for days? Check. Davana essential oil simply has it all! Whether you diffuse it or use it for topical application, this oil is sure to become a floral favorite.

A member of the daisy family, the flowering herb is native to southern India, where it has been prized by Ayurvedic healers for thousands of years. The leaves, stems, and yellow flowers of the plant are steam distilled to produce this EO extraordinaire. It’s a must-have if you are looking for a new beauty hack or a balancing, mood-boosting aroma.

Get the most out of every drop of Davana with these tips.
What is Davana essential oil used for?

You don’t have to be an Ayurvedic healer to use Davana. Discover the benefits of adding this multitasking rock star to your routine.
Subtle, sultry scent

Davana is adaptive, which means that it smells and reacts differently to each person’s body chemistry. This scent chameleon allows you to create a unique personal fragrance without any of the iffy ingredients found in many commercial perfumes and colognes.

Want to make your own scent using Davana as a heart note? Try these ideas:

1. Wear Davana on its own; apply directly to the skin or add a roller top to make application easy.

2. Combine with another floral scent like Joy™ or Ylang Ylang.

3. Try it with something musky like Patchouli or Frankincense.

4. Use Shutran® essential oil blend as cologne—Davana is a key ingredient.

5. Inspire romance by combining Davana with Jasmine and Sacred Sandalwood™.

 

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What does Davana smell like?

Fruity, floral, and a tad woodsy, Davana’s aroma is used as an aphrodisiac in some cultures. Now you, too, can set the mood with this flirty and fragrant oil that might remind you of apricots ripening in the sun, freshly cut hay, or a stroll through a wooded forest. Some people also pick up a subtle licorice note, and others experience earthy richness.
Clear complexion

If you like how Davana smells, you’ll love what it does for your skin. When used as part of a daily skin care regimen, Davana helps you put your freshest face forward. Check out our favorite tips for pampering your complexion with this beauty essential:

1. Fight back against blemishes with a clarifying clay mask like this one (swap Davana for Geranium).

2. Nourish your skin to get a healthy glow with a drop of Davana in your moisturizer each morning or night.

3. Defy the appearance of aging by adding a drop to ART® Renewal Serum.

Thanks to Davana, you can embrace fresh-faced confidence every day.

YL tip: For even more radiant skin, try six other essential oils your skin loves.
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Plant-powered positivity

Another benefit of Davana essential oil is its comforting aroma amidst the chaos of life. The sweet, exotic scent is the perfect antidote to a stressful day. Whether you’re juggling work and school or striving for success in personal and family life, use Davana to feel more balanced:

1. Boost your mood by smelling this oil straight from the bottle.

2. Add to unscented body lotion and massage into hands and feet to unwind at the end of a long day.

3. Diffuse during work or study with other mood-boosting oils and blends like Stress Away™.

4. Mist your pillowcase before bed with this DIY bedtime linen spray: 1 cup distilled water, 10 drops Davana, and 10 drops Copaiba.

5. Switch off stress with a blissful diffuser blend combining Davana, Abundance™, and Spearmint.
find your center diffuser blend

The best spots for applying essential oils and enjoying their benefits

Essential oils are some of the most potent natural products that can restore health. When used in combination with beneficial lifestyle choices, these volatile oils help restore the body’s natural ability to balance hormones.

Essential oils can also restore calmness to the mind and soothe emotions. Some examples of these are basil, cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, jasmine absolute, lavender, lemon, neroli, peppermint, Roman chamomile, rosemary, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang.

Essential oils also lift the mood and restore energy to the body. Bergamot, lemon and citrus essential oils have the most potent energizing effects.

Lastly, essential oils can help with mental grounding and balancing hormones. Cedarwood, rosemary, sandalwood, and thyme essential oils are the best oils for this. (Related: Essential oil of bald cypress can prevent food spoilage).

To get the most out of them, apply essential oils to the skin directly above the parts that need them or as close to those spots as possible. For example, people who want to remove tension from their backs can apply essential oil to spots that feel sore. A headache, on the other hand, can be alleviated by applying the oil to the forehead or temples.

Pulse points are spots where the heartbeat is felt the strongest. They are located behind the ears, on the ankles, neck, temples, wrists, and over the heart. Applying essential oils to these spots speeds up their absorption into the bloodstream.

Another way to accelerate the absorption of essential oils is to apply them to the soles of the feet, the ears, and the wrists (FEW). The FEW points host the largest pores of the body, so applying essentials oils to these spots will make it easier for oils to enter the skin and make it into the blood.
Safety reminders when picking and using essential oils

Geranium, lavender, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang essential oils are safe for aromatherapy, but other oils may be more restrictive. Lemon and thyme need to be diluted first before they can be applied to the skin.

Patients with epilepsy or high blood pressure must avoid basil and rosemary oils. Along with thyme, these essential oils are not suitable for people with hemophilia and other blood clotting problems.

Clary sage essential oil may trigger contractions in the uterus. Women should not use it while they are pregnant, but it might be helpful during childbirth.

Jasmine essential oil contains benzyl acetate that can cause mild allergic reactions. This compound can also be found in geranium, citronella, lavender, petitgrain, and sweet marjoram.

Bergamot and lemon essential oils are phototoxic. They react poorly to ultraviolet rays, so avoid sunlight and sources of UV light for 12 hours after using lemon oil and for 72 hours after using bergamot oil. Diabetics who are taking medications are also advised to avoid bergamot oil as it reduces blood glucose levels.

Neroli clashes with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a class of synthetic antidepressants. People who are taking MAOIs should not use this essential oil.

People taking iron supplements must remember to wait for three hours before using peppermint essential oil. Those with hypertension or are taking medications for digestive problems must also be cautious. Additionally, peppermint oil contains menthol that can slow breathing, so it is not recommended for children below six years of age.

Basil, cedarwood, peppermint, Roman chamomile, and rosemary essential oils can affect the production of breast milk. Pregnant women and mothers who breastfeed should avoid using them.

Alkalime and Apple Cider Vinegar

I would like to pick your brain…. with the world understanding more the benefits of ph balance, how much better is the YL Alkalime vs the wonders of Apple cider with the mother? Would you please educate me?

Sonya: Great question! They do similar and different things.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is great to sip in some water WITH a meal to aid in digestion, pour on your head for hair (diluted with water), it’s great to dissolve what the book “Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Health System” calls “acid crystals ” in the neck and spine and some say it’s been their saving grace with arthritis and many other conditions. So I LOVE raw apple cider vinegar!

And yes, it does seem to help with the acid/alkaline balance in the body. There is a great old book called “Folk Medicine: A New England Almanac of Natural Health Care >From a Noted Vermont Country Doctor” and he treats so many conditions with ACV and kelp/iodine and a few other natural substances. It actually helps turn the urine more acidic, which is important to keep a healthy functioning kidney and bladder. When these organs get too alkaline, infections can grow more easily.

Alkalime, on the other hand, is taken either at bedtime, after a meal, or at least an hour before a meal. Why is this? Because it has the effect of neutralizing the occasional excess stomach acid. And believe it or not, we actually do want stomach acid (HCL) right before we eat. So an over acid condition, is actually not enough acid at the right time, which is before a meal. Since ACV is acidic when it enters the body, it can be taken with meals, Alkalime should be take apart from meals.

It also may soothe the occasional upset stomach, relieve occasional heartburn and indigestion.

Alkalime also is awesome for body hydration. The body needs minerals for the water to uptake into the cells (so the speak). Alkalime contains nine biochemical mineral cell salts (different forms of calcium, potassium, and sodium) Lemon and Lime essential oils, and organic lemon powder. So it’s also great to put into a water bottle when hiking, or any time your body needs extra electrolytes.

An over acidic body has also been linked to occasional panic attacks and anxiety along with more serious chronic conditions.

So either way, they are both a great addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle!

Diluting Essential Oils

Source https://naturallivingfamily.com/diluting-essential-oils/

We love essential oils because incorporating them into our lives can help us achieve a better degree of clean living. Diluting essential oils in appropriate levels for applications is one of the basic standards of safe use, especially when applying directly to the body.
Easiest Method for Diluting Essential Oils – Carrier Oils

By far, the most simple and common way to assure that essential oil is properly diluted (and so not used at full concentration on the skin) is to use carrier oils. Carrier oils work nicely to reduce (or dilute) the concentration of essential oils because their overall chemical qualities match that of essential oils. Both are lipid-loving substances. Remember that like dissolves like? So, we are able to use carrier oil to sufficiently dilute our essential oils.
Solutions and Emulsions With Essential Oils – A Step Up in Complexity

Real life isn’t always simple, however, so sometimes we need a base beyond just a carrier oil. Sometimes we need our essential oils to mix into substances that they are not normally miscible in – meaning they don’t fully dissolve or mix into each other. When this is the case, we have two potential options. 1. We can reach for a substance that will help dissolve the essential oil into the uncooperating substance, thus creating a solution. 2. We can utilize something with that will force the essential oil to combine with something it normally wouldn’t, creating an emulsion.

Solutions: You get a solution when one substance (referred to as a solute) is dissolved into another substance (known as the solvent).

Substances that can be used to dissolve essential oils include 190 proof alcohol, perfumer’s alcohol, and 91% isopropyl alcohol. When the essential oil is first added to one of these substances, it can later gently be added to an aqueous substance like water, witch hazel, or hydrosol. Likewise, the you can add an aqueous substance directly to your solubilized mixture.

The essential oil, being dissolved into a substance that cooperates nicely with these other mentioned substances, is able to be safely incorporated (or really, diluted) into something it typically would not work well with. In other words, add your essential oils to the alcohol first, and then to your other ingredients.

Emulsions: An emulsion occurs when one liquid is dispersed through another it is typically not miscible in.

Where essential oils are concerned, an emulsion occurs through the use of something called a surfactant or another substance with surfactant properties – such as liquid soap. Surfactants work by reducing the surface tension of the substance it is to be dissolved into, allowing for a substance (in this case essential oils) to be distributed throughout another liquid, such as water. (3) One important thing to remember is that you need to add your essential oil to your surfactant first and make sure it is sufficiently mixed with it before attempting to add it to the other liquid.

So, for example, if you are wanting to safely mix essential oil into your bathwater, your best bet is to add the essential oil to some liquid soap (good options for this are unscented bubble bath or liquid castile soap), mix it in that thoroughly, and then add that mixture to your bathwater, creating an emulsion.

Another product that could be used to hold essential oil for topical applications is thickened aloe gel. These gels differ slightly from pure aloe gel in that they have a thickener like carbomer or xanthan gum added to them which offers some stability in being able to bind up the essential oil when mixed well enough.

Want to make a quick pillow or air spray? Diluting essential oils by first solubilizing them is the way to go. Add your essential oil to some 190 proof alcohol and then gently add your water to it. The solution you create from the high-proof alcohol and essential oil is able to then be diluted into the water (using at least a 1:4 ratio of alcohol to water should ensure some preservation and a longer shelf life as well!).
Substances That Don’t Properly Dilute Essential Oils

The above mentioned options are solid choices to reach for when solubilizing or diluting essential oils or otherwise create some cooperation between them and liquids they won’t normally mix in. But there are a lot of substances thought to work with essential oils like this that really do not.

Many substances promoted in aromatherapy traditions or in online DIY recipes don’t actually blend with essential oils the way people think they do, and this could potentially leave you at risk for skin irritation or sensitization.

When I first started learning about essential oils some of the information out there was misleading or incorrect. When you learn the chemical properties you learn a lot of what is out there doesn’t actually work. Here’s a list of substances that cannot dilute or be used to disperse your essential oils:

distilled water
deionized water
witch hazel
hydrosols
vodka
sea or table salt
Epsom salts
magnesium oil
baking soda
sugar
aloe vera juice
pure aloe gel
glycerin
milk
honey
peroxide

In a nutshell, the chemical properties of these substances don’t match up with that of essential oils, so without incorporating a surfactant, like discussed above, diluting essential oils into these things will not be effective.

A quick note on honey: while it is not recommended to use honey when diluting essential oils into water, it does contain enough binding properties to mix essential oils into for quick internal dosing should it be necessary.

DIY Essential Oil Mixing Cheat Sheet

Here’s a brief list of products often made in the home done just a little bit better using the principles for diluting essential oils mentioned above. For DIY products containing aqueous ingredients, such as water and witch hazel, be sure to make small batches to use up within a week since home DIY products have short shelf lives!

Witch hazel facial toner: Add 6 drops of your favorite essential oil for supporting a healthy complexion to 1 ½ teaspoons of 190 proof alcohol. Stir and gently add this mixture to a 1oz bottle, slowly filling the bottle the rest of the way with witch hazel.

Shot glass bath: Add 10-20 drops total of your favorite essential oils (don’t use hot oils!) to a shot glass and fill the rest of the way with liquid castile soap, diluting essential oils properly. Stir thoroughly until the soap takes on a smooth, milky appearance (this let’s you know the essential oils have been adequately mixed in), and then add to your bathwater. Running water will help the mixture blend into the tub. If you add it after the water has finished running, be sure to swish it around with your hand to incorporate it into the water.

Quick countertop cleaner: Add 36 drops of your favorite antimicrobial essential oil to 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap in an 8oz spray bottle. Mix thoroughly and fill the rest of the way with distilled water.

Sunburn relief gel: Add a total of 48 drops of your favorite combination of cooling, anti-inflammatory and analgesic essential oils to 4oz of thickened aloe gel. Mix well until the aloe gel becomes milky in appearance. For children, reduce the number of drops to 24. Be sure to store this in the refrigerator as a chilled gel helps bring even more relief to skin suffering too much sun exposure!

Sleepy-time pillow spray: Add 60 drops of your preferred relaxing and sedative essential oils to 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of 190 proof alcohol. Stir and add to a 2oz spray bottle, filling the rest with distilled water.

Antifungal Essential Oils: Your Top 10 Choices for Fungal Infections

source https://naturallivingfamily.com/antifungal-essential-oils/

There’s definitely nothing fun about fungal infections, and the sad thing is that more people are getting them than ever before. What’s the #1 culprit? Candida! As more research is being done to find the solution, antifungal essential oils top the list and are one of the most promising alternatives.

Acidic, processed foods that are rich in sugar along with the overuse of antibiotics are the primary cause of fungal infections in the body today. The problem many people face is that the fungi being treated are resistant to most of the drugs on the market! Antifungal essential oils to the rescue.
Fungal Infection Causes and Symptoms

More than just a cause of jock itch and vaginal yeast infections, it’s important to keep in mind that not all men and women present fungal overgrowth in the same way. Here are some of the more common symptoms:

ADHD
Body odor
Fatigue
Insomnia
Leaky gut
Low sex drive
Sugar cravings
Seasonal allergies

Unfortunately, most people don’t see these symptoms as fungal-related and usually don’t go to their doctor unless they get a yeast infection or jock itch. It is important to visit your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms and you cannot explain why.

Fungal Infection Risk Factors

There are a number of reasons why people suffer from candida and other fungal infections and these top the list:

Antibiotic use
Being immune-compromised (HIV and cancer patients)
Diabetes
High acidic, sugar diet
Unprotected sex

In most cases, the infection is caused by fungi (like candida) that co-exist in your body. The problem is when your immune system gets compromised or the environment in your body changes to favor fungal growth.
The Problem with Antibiotics & Antifungals

Multidrug-resistant fungal strains are on the rise because antifungal drugs of choice have been overused. Not to mention, they are dangerous! Even the FDA recognizes this; they issued a warning against using these drugs for “uncomplicated infections” recently!

Antibiotics enter the mix because they are usually broad-spectrum and kill the healthy microorganisms that help keep fungus in check, particularly candida. Hence, the reason why so many women with urinary track infections come down with yeast infections after taking antibiotics.

This is where choosing the right health care provider is key. You should be able to work with your doctor to manage simple infections naturally first. Then, if you don’t get the results that you’re looking for, consider more aggressive measures like drugs.

Antifungal Essential Oils: The Top 10 Essential Oils for Fungal Infections

Tea tree essential oils is one of the most well-known essential oils for fungal issues and is typically a safe option for treatment. It’s exceptionally gentle, widely used, and even highly diluted tea tree soaked tampons have been said by clinical aromatherapists to stop candida infections in just 3 days in some cases!

This is not to say that other antifungal essential oils can’t kill candida. No, not in the least. But tea tree is often the first choice for many, and for good reasons.

* Safety Notes concerning antifungal essential oils:

Be very careful when treating topical fungal infections by ensuring that you always heavily dilute (1% – 5% max depending on the area of the body).
Use gentler oils on sensitive area like the underarms and genitals and never more than 1% unless otherwise advised by a trained health care professional.
Essential oils can be consumed to treat fungal infections, and you’d do well to work with a trained health care professional to ensure safety and efficacy.
Culinary use of essential oils, 1-2 drops per recipe is also a safe way to use some of the more aggressive oils like cinnamon, clove and thyme.

With that said, here is the list of the top 10 antifungal essential oils to use after you try tea tree.

1. Lavender – There is a reason lavender essential oil is so popular. It’s a popular essential oil for skin care, headaches, sleep issues, stress, anxiety, and is widely used in many blends. A distant second to tea tree for balancing safety with effectiveness, it’s the next best oil in my opinion.

A study in the journal Scientifica, compared the use of Lavandula angustifolia to the antifungal drug clotrimazole on vaginal candidiasis. Interestingly, researchers uncovered that in the first 48 hours of infection, clotrimazole had more effect than the lavender essential oil, but after 48 hours, there was no difference between the effects. What this tells us is that lavender essential oil has a positive effect on fungal infections if given the proper time to work. Remember, natural therapies aren’t usually the fastest remedy, but it’s slow and steady that wins the race!

2. Thyme – Useful in aromatherapy to promote blood circulation, thyme essential oil – especially thymol chemotype – is known to heal the gut and battle antibiotic resistant bacteria. Thymus vulgaris is such an effective antimicrobial against bacteria and fungus that more studies are investigating its effects at reducing or eliminating both bacteria and fungus in food. Able to combat several different fungal strains in particular, thyme has shown to be a natural antiseptic with applications in the pharmaceutical and food industry, which may interest those of you homesteaders out there.

3. Peppermint – One of the most recognizable oils with long list of uses, peppermint essential oil is well known to help ease upset stomachs, headaches and as an aid to boost mental focus. Mentha piperita was tested in a clinical setting along with nine other essential oils against 22 strains of bacteria and 12 strains of fungi. The study showed that peppermint oil had a positive effect against 11 of the 12 fungus strains tested.

4. Geranium – A highly sought after tool for promoting healthy skin, geranium essential oil also can play a key role in helping people balance hormonal levels, and for menopausal women; it may help relieve the symptoms associated with menopause. The Microbios Journal and the U.S. National Library of Medicine listed geranium essential oil, Pelargonium graveolens, as one of seven tested oils that was able to inhibit the growth of all 12 fungus strains tested. The conclusion is that geranium essential oil is, in fact, a powerful antifungal agent

5. Black Pepper – Containing several medicinal properties, we usually recognize black pepper as a condiment. It is best known as a support oil for antioxidant effectiveness, to boost our circulatory system and to calm the hunger pangs of addiction. It can also be used to help reduce anxiety and as an aid for digestion. A study in the journal Natural Product Communications aimed at isolating the chemical components of Piper divaricatum oil (different than the usual Piper nigrum), and verifying its effectiveness as an antioxidant and antifungal agent. The study showed that the essential oil was sufficient as an antifungal agent; even at low doses fungal colonies were impacted.

6. Cinnamon bark – An ancient spice with a long history as a medicinal aid, cinnamon works well as an antiparasitic and antiviral treatment. Cinnamon essential oil is helpful as a tool to stimulate the immune system. The Evidenced Based Complementary Alternative Medicine Journal has provided an overview of Cinnamomum Zeylanicum oil, which confirms what we have known for years: cinnamon is multifaceted with a long history of use as an antifungal and antimicrobial.

7. Citronella – Citronella essential oil is commonly known as an insect repellent. However, it has many uses including the reduction of free radicals which are known to cause aging, and also a bactericide and an aid for respiratory infections. A study in Microbios Journal discusses ten essential oils that were tested against 22 strains of bacteria and 11 strains of fungi. It was found that Cymbopogon nardus was effective against all seven strains of fungi making this a powerful antifungal essential oil.

8. Clove – A very familiar spice with amazing medicinal qualities, clove oil is used to treat acne, and is an effective means of killing parasites. As a dental treatment, it helps to reduce gum disease and works as a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent. Research from the Journal of Medical Microbiology tested the power of Syzygium aromaticu oil against candida strains and the result was that clove essential oil reduced the fungi to near zero levels! The study concluded that clove essential oil has considerable antifungal properties.

9. Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus essential oil is well known and very pungent and has helped people with asthma and lung conditions including pneumonia for many years. Its strong antimicrobial properties make is perfect for treatment against the common cold and flu as well. A recent study shows us that Eucalyptus globulus oil is highly effective as an antifungal and antibacterial agent in several in vitro tests performed against 22 types of bacteria and 12 strains of fungi, making it another broad-spectrum approach.

These antifungal essential oils have many other useful benefits. Some are capable of helping with common health issues such as colds and flu, while others help to reduce the devastating effects of emotional conditions such as depression. Learning to use them will give you a great health advantage. Here’s to your good health!

Is CBD Effective In Helping With Chronic Pain Management?

From Young Living:

A number of researches, with a lot of letters behind their name, have concluded that CBD may indeed hold promise regarding chronic pain management.
Conditions considered, among others, include migraines and fibromyalgia.
Google the research done by Ethan B. Russo.

Basil Vitality & Copaiba Vitality

Dr. Peter Minke: Since absorption of essential oils into the blood is very fast and noticeable, I consider them ideal supplements for the #CardiovascularSystem.

#EssentialOils as supplements can be potent. With ‘sharper’ oils, penetration into the tissue and blood stream can be felt immediately in the mouth.

This month we experience taking Basil Vitality and Copaiba Vitality mixed together in a capsule.

Use of Basil and Copaiba date back to ancient times and are heralded as having many healthy properties.

Basil oil is up to 70% methyl chavicol and Copaiba oil is up to 70% beta-caryophyllene.

The combination of these two amazing oils needs to be experienced.