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5 Drops of Frankincense 5 Drops of Copaiba 5 Drops of Balsam Fir
Botanical Name: Copaifera officinalis Origin: Brazil Extraction. Method: Steam Distilled. Plant Part: Balsam from wood. Strength of Aroma: Low. Aromatic Scent: Copaiba Essential Oil has a very delicate aroma. It is sweat, smooth and has a creamy-woody scent. Blends well with: Pepper (Black), Chamomile Roman, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang. Suggested Uses: Copaiba essential oil is a great anti-inflammatory. It has been known to help with digestive problems such as diarrhea and constipation. Add 2 drops Frankincense and 2 drops Copaiba to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil to any injury to help with inflammation. Add 2 drops Copaiba essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage on your abdomen to help with digestive issues. Cautions: None known. Please Note: The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy.
Botanical Name: Abies sibirica * Plant Part: Needles * Extraction Method: Steam Distilled * Origin: Russia * Description: Fir Needle Essential Oil comes from the Pinus type tree which grows in wide areas of Russia. * Color: Colorless to pale yellow clear liquid. * Common Uses: Fir Needle Essential Oil is reported to help with arthritis, bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu, muscle aches, rheumatism and sinusitis. It is a popular oil used to bring out masculine, outdoorsy attributes in men’s fragrances, bath preparations, air fresheners, herbal oils, soaps, and shaving creams. * Consistency: Medium * Note: Middle * Strength of Aroma: Strong * Blends well with: Pine, Cedarwood, Benzoin, Lavender, Spruce and Rosemary. * Aromatic Scent: Fir Needle Essential Oil has a fresh, woody, earthy, sweet scent that is much like the outdoors. Many compare it to the smell of the Great Outdoors. * History: From the earliest times the Fir Needle is thought by people as a forest healer. The natives used the crushed needles in poultices to heal wounds and infections. The needles were also boiled and drunk since it was believed to assist with respiratory issues. * Cautions: Fir Balsam Essential Oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Liquid may cause irritation to the eyes so use well diluted. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Ways to Use Essential Oils in Your Home
The essential oil that you choose will depend on the purpose—do you want it to help elevate your mood or do you need something to treat a burn? There is no “laundry list” that specifies which essential oil is used to treat which health condition. Instead, you need to be proactive about doing research and talking with qualified individuals.
Be sure to pay attention to cautions for each oil and application method. We provide some examples in this section, but it is important to dilute the oils properly, consider your individual reactions, and watch closely for adverse effects.
The application method chosen depends on the desired effect and the essential oil selected. For example, some essential oils are irritating to the skin because of their chemistry. These would need more dilution or might better be used by inhalation.
Once you have purchased an essential oil, the application method depends on the condition to be treated and the desired effect. For example:
Note: If you are unsure about which application method to use, consult an experienced aromatherapist.
Essential oils can be inhaled using a variety of techniques and devices.
Essential oils can be applied to the skin using a variety of techniques. It is important to note that most essential oils can not be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.
As a rule of thumb, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier substance (vegetable or nut oil, or water) at no greater concentration than 3-5%.
That means if you have one teaspoon (5cc) of carrier, you would add 3 drops of pure essential oil. This would make a 3% solution that could be used on a portion of the body.
For massage or for application over large areas of the body, a 1% solution (meaning, one drop of essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier) is generally a safe concentration. For infants, using a 0.25% solution is recommended (.5% for toddlers).
Note: If you use water as a carrier, be sure to shake or mix your solution well before application.
Common carrier oils are often available in natural foods stores or stores that specialize in natural bath and body products. Organic and cold-pressed carrier oils are preferred, and examples include sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil. These oils do not have a strong smell of their own. They should be kept refrigerated until used and should be discarded if they smell rancid. (Oils typically keep about a year if refrigerated.)
For wound care, an ideal essential oil would be gentle to the skin and antimicrobial. Some essential oils can be used in different ways. For example, true lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) can be used on the skin for cuts and minor burns, and it can be inhaled to promote relaxation and sleep. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used undiluted on small areas of the skin.
Essential oils can be applied internally in several ways including oral ingestion and suppositories, but remember that in the U.S. the ingestion of essential oils is only recommended under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider.