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89 bottles of oils on the wall, 89 bottles of oils, take 2 down, pass them around, 87 bottles of oils on the wall. This week, we’re back to taking 5 bottles of oils down in this series that began with 99 bottles of oils on the wall. And what a great 5 bottles of oils they are!
Congratulations to last week’s winner of a 5 ml bottle of Spearmint Vitality. Each week, Oils & Spoils randomly draws a lucky winner of one of the series’ featured oils from those dear readers who have been so kind as to follow this humble post. To enter for a chance to win a 5 ml bottle of Copaiba, one of this week’s featured oils, simply click the Follow icon on the bottom right of the screen.
87 bottles of oils on the wall, 87 bottles of oils, take 5 down:
Citrus Fresh: Citrus Fresh is available as an essential oil blend and as part of Vitality, Young Living Essential Oils‘ new dietary essential oil line, which means it can be taken as a dietary supplement and/or added to your water or dish, as well as diffused and applied topically, directly or diluted (1:15, 1 part oil to 15 parts carrier oil) for a full-body massage. Citrus Fresh is a Young Living Essential Oils‘ proprietary blend of Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin and Spearmint essential oils, and works to stimulate right-brain activity, helps with anxiety and, when diffused, adds a clean, fresh scent to any room. Citrus Fresh can also be worn as a fragrance, added to bath water or used with wool dryer balls. I’ve used Citrus Fresh as an ingredient in homemade Citrus Fresh & Honey Body Wash and am jonesing to try a soap recipe with Citrus Fresh as an ingredient.Citrus Fresh may cause possible skin/sun sensitivity because the citrus oils are photosensitive. Also be sure to avoid adding citrus oils to water in a plastic glass or bottle, as they can draw out the toxins in the plastic and/or break the plastic down.
Clove: Like Citrus Fresh, Clove is available in two ways, as an essential oil single and as part of the Vitality Line. It can be taken as a dietary supplement, diffused, directly inhaled or applied topically (diluted 1:4). Clove has a warm and inviting scent and supports a healthy immune response. Clove was part of a blend that those who robbed the dead and dying during the 15th century plague used to protect themselves and is an important ingredient in Young Living Essential Oils‘ proprietary Thieves essential oils blend and products, as well as Abundance, Deep Relief Roll-On, En-R-Gee, Melrose and PanAway essential oils blends. Caution: Anticoagulant properties can be enhanced when Clove is used with aspirin, etc.
Copaiba: Copaiba is steam distilled from the gum resin trapped in the Copaiba tree in Brazel and is one of the 11 oils in the Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kits. Copaiba can be diffused, inhaled directly and applied topically and helps with pain relief, insect bites, stomach issues and a host of other maladies. I use Copaiba, along with a combination of Peppermint, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus Blue and Young Living Essential Oils‘ proprietary blends Valor and Panaway, mixed with coconut oil to make a pain cream. Copaiba enhances the other oils in the blend. Copaiba is found in Young Living Essential Oils‘ proprietary blends Breathe Again and Stress Away Roll-Ons, Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, and Progessence Plus.
Dragon Time: Ok, this Young Living Essential Oils’ proprietary blend of Fennel, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Lavender, Blue Yarrow and Jasmine is the reason each month that those unfortunate enough to be around me have survived. I dilute Dragon Time 1:15 with grape seed oil, put the blend in a roller bottle, and roll it on my inner ankles. I know it sounds crazy, but Dragon Time is a nasty mood banisher. Dragon Time is also the reason I can function each month without use of NSAIDs. I roll the roller bottle blend on my lower abdomen to get rid of cramps. Dragon Time can also be diffused and inhaled directly. Caution: Possible sun sensitivity.
Cypress: When diffused or directly inhaled, Cypress has a fresh, herbaceous aroma that can promote a sense of security and grounding. Cypress can also be applied topically (diluted 1:1) and helps with circulation, water retention, breathing and liver health. Cypress is found in Young Living Essential Oils‘ proprietary blends Aroma Life, Aroma Siez, Cel-Light Magic Massage Oil and R.C.
Some of my faves in this week’s 5. Check out Essential Oil Recipes: One Drop at a Time for the Citrus & Honey Body Wash and pain cream recipes, among others.
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Until next time,
Encore Soapmaking: If you’re in Middle Tennessee, let me know if you plan to attend my soapmaking class this Saturday, June 4, 5-7 p.m., at Hobby Lobby in Murfreesboro. I want to be sure you get a bar of lavender soap and a lavender lotion bar, which we’ll also make in class, as well as packaging and an awesome goodie bag with some spa-prizes.
Want to get started with good, quality essential oils? Got questions? Feel free to contact me, and together, we can come up with an oil map for you that will help put you on the road to overall good health and well-being.