Saturday, December 31, 2011

Experiments with Olive Oil and Essential Oil

Sometimes I just like to try new things.  I love olive oil and the beautiful fragrance that comes from the really good stuff like Bertonlini's made right here in California. I wondered how it would work as a carrier oil for essential oils and so went about making some up.  I used orange, ylang-ylang, rose and geranium in a base of olive oil not knowing exactly what to expect.  I picked up some fragrance bottles (I know, they're not ideal for essential oil products because they don't seal properly and they are made from clear glass, nevertheless...) and went about trying out the new concotion on friends. 

Here's what I discovered.  The olive oil feels great when applied to the writs (and it seems to take away any irritating sting some sensitive skin feels from citrus oils) and leaves no greasy or olive oil fragrance behind.  And interestingly, the oil smells differently on different people.  And even more interesting, it is not a long lasting frangrant experience but doesn't evaporate altogether. 

One friend asked if that was because the olive oil is absorved into the skin.  I don't know.  Do you?

What I do know is that I had a several friends at work walking around sniffing their wrists deeply saying oooh and aaaah - men and women.

What will I do next?

Friday, March 18, 2011

It'll Help You Sleep - Rose, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood

Yet another friend of mine -- they all want something (Grin) -- reported that due to some medication he was having difficulty sleeping.  After checking with his physician if it was ok to use essential oils to support a mood of peace to enhance his sleep we got right down to experimenting on him.

Different fragrances work different effects on people.  Some are drawn to florals and sigh a deep sigh of relaxation and enjoyment.  Others just get a headache.  Seriously, it is for this reason that I keep my best rose absolute close to me and risk sharing it only when I know

Monday, March 07, 2011

Dry and Cracked Elbows

A friend showed up with extremely dry and cracked elbows.  Not pretty.  Irritated, itchy and flakey.  It was late on a Sunday afternoon and he wasn't going to be able to see his doctor until next week.  He had been using over the counter lotion to try to keep the skin moisturized but it didn't seem to be doing any good.  He wanted some relief.

I picked up some Simplers Comfrey Oil which is described on their site as "Due to its high allantoin content, Comfrey stimulates cell proliferation in wound healing. It has shown to promote rapid growth of connective tissue, bone & cartilage."  I remember growing comfrey in the back yard in my home town Johannesburg.  My aunt used to crush the luscious leaves while still

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Head Lice and Anise Oil

I’ve been reading up on how to treat head lice and one of the essential oils that keeps showing up is Anise Oil in a variety of different oily bases.  My favorite so far is coconut oil, because in my experience it has a nourishing effect on the skin, washes out easily and is enjoyable to apply to the skin. 

A coconut and anise oil spray successfully addressed infestations, better than did the widely

Friday, January 28, 2011

Mood Enhancing

I'm fascinated by Essential Oils. I'm particularly happy with a variety of Lavender that I discovered that grows in South Africa - Lavandula Marie. It reminds me of rugged South African countryside. In other words, it’s not like the delicate aroma of French Lavender. This is bold, rugged and hearty. I love it!

I use it as a mood enhancer for meditation, prayer and for sleep. A drop or two on a Kleenex under my pillow creates an aura of comfort and peace while sleeping. Or, I keep a drop or two on a Kleenex in my pocket whenever I get a stuffy nose. Sniffing the lavender seems to help tremendously.

It has a fresh sweet, floral-herbaceous odor with a touch of the African veld.
A Little History: The use of Lavender has been recorded for more than 2500 years. Records have shown that it was used by the Egyptians as a perfume and also in the mummification process. In Roman Times, Lavender was so popular that only the wealthy could afford it. It

Here, put this on…

My father was like the father in My Big Fat Greek wedding who applied some household cleaner to every cut, sting, bruise and pain. I can't remember my father's version of the Windex used in the movie, but it was the same thing: an unyielding confidence in his secret formula. He was so convincing that from time to time I would find myself recommending to friends the miracle cure of a touch of whatever it was to reduce the swelling, remove the redness, fix it. You'll be OK. Just watch.
William gave me a look today when I embodied my father and his secret potion response. William was mentioning some skin irritation and before he was done speaking I was reaching into my pocket for the ever available-does-all essential oil. I didn't even know which was the lucky bottle about to be recommended, yet I knew that it would definitely meet William's need.

William just looked at me and I found it difficult not to chuckle. I had done this before with an ointment from

Monday, January 24, 2011

Astrological Essential Oils

A friend asked me what essential oils go with her astrological sign. Great question! So I started looking around for answers and asked a few essential oil friends. Here is what I found so far:

• Aries (21st March - 20th April) - basil, black pepper;
• Taurus (21st April - 21st May) - palmarosa, ylang ylang, rose;
• Gemini (22nd May - 22nd June) - fennel, peppermint, thyme;
• Cancer (23rd June - 23rd July) - Roman/German chamomile;
• Leo (24th July - 23rd August) - benzoin, myrrh, frankincense, helichrysum;
• Virgo (24th August - 23rd September) - lavender, myrtle;
• Libra (24th September - 23rd October) - geranium;
• Scorpio (24th October - 22nd November) - patchouli;
• Sagittarius (23rd November - 21st December) - hyssop;
• Capricorn (22nd December - 20th January) - eucalyptus, vetiver;
• Aquarius (21st January - 19th February) - sandalwood, violet leaf;
• Pisces (20th February - 20th March) - cypress.

On Aromaweb and
Aquarius January 20-February 18 - Essential Oil of Choice for Aquarius Neroli
Pisces February 19-March 20 - Essential Oil of Choice for Pisces Melissa

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Support Stopping Smoking

Dear Edward,
Any aromatherapy ideas for someone stopping smoking.  (She already has lots of dietary info, like lots of fruits and veggies to increase alkalinity). 
One Grateful Mom

Dear Grateful Mom,
There are many recommended blends for assisting folk who are stopping smoking.  The bottom line -- it seems to me -- is to create something that is an attractive and comforting aroma that can be safely sniffed liberally.  Aromatherapy supports the quitting process by soothing nerves, promoting calmness and also by purifying the air. 

I have in the past put together a little bottle to help friends quitting smoking, the contents of which

Saturday, January 22, 2011

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Just keeping you up to date with the reasons why my Essential Oils blog has been neglected.  I’ve been distracted with out fun projects.  Here’s the latest:

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rise in Peace, Sleep in Joy

Apart from Essential Oils, I have a few other interest that compete for time.  I thought I'd share one of my recent projects because I've been so quiet on this blog.  A while ago I recorded the background music for Joyce's spoken word project, Rise in Peace, Sleep in Joy.  Afterwards, I thought a perfect addition to the CD box would have been a tiny vial of essential oil - or perhaps two, one for the evening (lavendar) and one for the morning (orange).  What do you think?

Affirmative Words
to Begin and End
your Day

Spoken Word by Joyce Duffala
Music by Edward Viljoen

1. Rise in Joy (8:05)

Before your feet even touch the floor, you can help ensure that this day is your best day yet! Start your day with these words of inspiration and encouragement, bringing your attention to what is right in your world all day long.

2. Sleep in Peace (7:36)

Have you noticed that what you read or listen to before going to bed has an effect on how you sleep? Let the last thing you take into sleep be words of peace and comfort. Let this lullaby of truth invite sweet dreams, serene sleep, and vibrant rejuvenation.