Science Says you can Get Smarter, Be Happier & Sleep Better with these essential oils…

See our Sales and Specials page to include these blends free with your next order…


The Science of Improving Memory, Lifting your Mood & Sleeping Better with Essential Oils

Scientific data affirming the positive benefits of essential oils for a better quality of life is growing. Because we just love this stuff, we want to share with everyone.

Simply smelling the aroma of essential oils resulted in research subjects getting better test scores, sleeping better, reducing stress and scoring themselves as generally happier people*.

Most of us would be pleased with feeling better in any one of these three areas of our well-being. Yet we find the science behind aromatherapy offers us an opportunity to improve all three.


Getting Smarter with Essential Oils

Lavender is the most widely-researched essential oil for sleep, with many positive results.

There’s a wealth of research finding that bright, high-note herbal and citrus essential oils can speed up memory recall, improve test scores, and may actually slow the brain’s aging process.

How do essential oils do this? It appears that these effects result primarily from inhibition of acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme which breaks down acetylcholine in our central nervous system.

Acetylcholine is our primary “information processing” neurotransmitter, and the activity of enzyme which breaks it down is markedly increased in those individuals suffering from cognitive decline.

Limiting the activity of this enzyme, so we have more acetylcholine available, may also slow brain aging. According to research published in the Japanese Journal of Oleo Science: “Essential oil from lemon peels inhibit key enzymes linked to neuro-degenerative conditions and pro-oxidant induced lipid peroxidation”.

This research supports other studies which have shown inhalation of Lemon and Rosemary essential oils had positive effect on those already diagnosed with dementia, and also supports their use a as a possible preventative measure.

Other research has shown similar results with of Basil and Melissa as well. We’ve included these, along with Rosemary and Lemon, in our
new Get Smart formula.


Sleeping Better with Essential Oils

There’s also a great many studies showing essential oils can improve your sleep, and we all know how important it is to get a good night’s rest. Lavender is of course “the biggie”, with more research backing its sleep-enhancing activity more than any other aromatic.

Bergamot essential oil is pressed from the rinds of these bitter oranges. Bergamot is the second most widely studied anxiolytic essential oil after Lavender, with no sedative effects.

One placebo-controlled study titled “An olfactory stimulus modifies nighttime sleep in young men and women” found: “Lavender increased the percentage of deep or slow-wave sleep (SWS) in men and women. All subjects reported higher vigor the morning after lavender exposure, corroborating the restorative SWS increase. Lavender also increased stage 2 (light) sleep, and decreased rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time to reach wake after first falling asleep (wake after sleep onset latency) in women…”

Another study published this year titled “Effects of aromatherapy on sleep quality and anxiety of patients” found a statistically-significant improvement in quality of sleep in patients in coronary ICU’s.

This was an important finding, as these patients cannot easily withstand the bombardment of pharmaceutical sedatives for sleep, but they do need sleep. The gentle scent of Lavender can result in deeper, more restful sleep without any known side effects.

To read more of the published research, visit Pubmed.gov and search for “essential oil and sleep”.

We’ve blended Lavender with other essential oils traditionally used for a better night’s rest and lessening anxiety without stimulation: Clary Sage, Myrrh, Cajeput, Ylang Ylang and Valerian.


Getting Happier with Essential Oils

Lessening our anxiety levels is all something we’d like to do, as we know it makes us both happier and healthier. Several essential oils have been thoroughly researched for this “anxiolytic” property.

The aroma of Bergamot essential oil has been shown to reduce anxiety in scientific research.

Many oils have been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, our “stress hormone”, as well as contribute to an overall better quality of life as reported by aromatherapy test subjects.

Study after study has shown that animals and humans have lowered stress response after exposure to Bergamot, frequently compared to Diazapam (Valium) it it’s reduction of “stress measurements” (cortisol levels, for example), though it is not an oil that puts one to sleep. While research has shown that Lavender is stress-reducing, some study authors have noted its sedative effects. Bergamot lessens stress while making us more present and awake to what’s going on around us.

Sweet Oranges

Sweet Orange essential oil has also been shown to significantly reduce anxiety.

Sweet Orange essential oil is another with scientific backing in this regard. In “Effect of sweet orange aroma on experimental anxiety in humans”, the researchers concluded: “the present results indicate an acute anxiolytic activity of sweet orange aroma, giving some scientific support to its use…by aromatherapists.”

With Bergamot and Sweet Orange, we’ve blended the uplifting notes of Juniper Berry and the soothing ones of Vetiver to create our Be Happy formula.

Thank you for reading!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

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24/7 Skin Repair: Daytime Defense & Midnight Magic…

It’s serious Skin Improvement Time with Our New intensive Daily-Defense serum and Midnight Magic repair cream. We harness the power of Rose Otto, Helichrysum, & Elemi (and many other essential oils) to give your skin its finest care ever.

Daytime Defense and Midnight Magic are a therapeutic pair for day and night total skin rejuvenation, repair and renewal!

So what makes these blends unique? There’s a ‘Secret Ingredient’…

The Elemi tree, and the resin from which this important, therapeutic essential oil is distilled.

These latest blends are inspired by our recent acquisition of a new batch of the rare essential oil of Elemi. It’s like one of those magic elixirs used by the ancients to remain youthful looking. In fact, historically it’s been documented that Elemi essential oil was used by the Egyptians in daily skincare regimens. (They also embalmed their mummies with it!).

Elemi essential oil is known for stimulating cell regeneration, and being a collagen builder, or rather to help stop your skin from sagging! It’s been shown to increase the amount of ‘tensin’ (keeping the skin firm) and increases collagen production. More importantly, it’s been used effectively to treat sun-damaged skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It’s aroma is divine, really. You’ll notice the citrus notes immediately, but then you’ll find a curious component of which, you may mistake it for Frankincense’s distant cousin. Botanically speaking Elemi is of the same botanical family of Frankincense and Myrrh.

Elemi joins several of the most well-known skin care essential oils in these profoundly-effective formulas…

The Daytime Defense Serum

Daytime Defense includes essential oils of Elemi, Rose Otto, Sandalwood, Sea Buckthorn CO2, in a base of Hazelnut and MCT Oils.

You’ll find our Daytime Defense one of those face serums you’ll want to incorporate into your daily skin care regime. It’s light, readily absorbed and rather delightful…it certainly warms your soul.

Apply it under your make up daily. It could also double as anatural perfume. It’s heavenly smell of rose and Sandalwood is deep and rich. It’s also loaded with nourishing essential fatty acids and Vitamin E thanks to it’s nourishing base of Hazelnut and MCT oils.

Hazelnut? MCT oil? They don’t sound very exotic, but just because they’re “common” doesn’t mean they don’t have a wealth of therapeutic properties. Check out our in-depth look at Hazelnut here…MCT is coconut oil that’s liquid at room temperature ~ just the ‘medium chain triglycerides’. It won’t clog pores and is profoundly hydrating (just what we need this time of year!).

…and The Midnight Magic Cream

Midnight Magic includes essential oils of Elemi, Helichrysum, Ylang Ylang, German Chamomile, and CO2 extractions of Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip, Carrot Root, Calendula in a base of Coconut/Jojoba cream, Pomegranate & Evening Primrose oils.

This nighttime repair cream is an anti-oxidant powerhouse with cellular regeneration abilities. Every single ingredient on it’s own is known to offer the skin an abundance of beautifying benefits. Now you can get them overnight.

This one goes more than skin deep ~ it’s perfect for sleep too. 3 essential oils that are great for your skin can contribute to a restful slumber: German Chamomile, Ylang Ylang and if you didn’t know… our featured Elemi essential oil, offers a sense of calm and has been used to reduce stress and nervous exhaustion.

Sea Buckthorn is again included as a key ingredient for it’s undeniably enriching components and compatibility with Helichrysum for a one-two punch if you will, to boost to cellular regeneration. Midnight Magic is further blessed with organic Calendula and Rosehip ‘Total’ CO2s of which are rich in lipophellic nutrients the skin eagerly absorbs. Use it sparingly or generously, as it’s soft and light aroma is non-stimulating. Your face will love you for the luxury.

Thanks for reading! We hope you find the incredibly positive results with these formulas as we have!

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Wild Frankincense, Myrrh & Cedarwood: Our Much Loved Seasonal Special Blend is Back!

We make this blend only for the season!

We’ve made this blend just for the season: pure, wildcrafted Frankincense, Myrrh, plus our truly favorite Cedarwood of all time, from the Himalayas.

This is a deep, rich, complex blend of pure essential oils available free with your order (A $27 value). With any order over $79, simply type ‘seasonal special’ in the comments box of the checkout page, and we’ll add a 10ml to your package.

Frankincense Tears

The essential oil of wildcrafted Frankincense resin is one of the awesome trio of pure essential oils in this blend.

Check our Sales and Specials page to find out about other sales and how to receive free shipping with new or minimum orders. You’ll find that our top-of-the-line diffusers are on sale right now too.

One customer last year about this formula: “I ordered the diffuser with the stained, round wood base – along with some other essential oils. I cannot emphasize enough how thrilled I was when I put this Frankincense and Myrrh in! This diffuser will scent a far larger space than it promises!! To say it blissed me out is an UNDERSTATEMENT! This is an INCREDIBLE gift and I could not be more pleased!” ~ K. Miller

Myrrh resin, just like Frankincense, is dried and distilled into a profoundly-healing essential oil.

What’s so Awesome about Frankincense, Myrrh and Cedarwood essential oils?

Getting a little crazy around the holidays? A deep inhalation from the bottle will bring an almost instant sense of centering and calm. Wear a couple of drops on your wrists and these ‘tenacious’ scents will lovingly linger for hours. All these oils were once used as ‘anointing’ oils, where a drop can be applied to the ‘third eye’, helping to open the pineal gland and uplift one’s spiritual well-being.

The formula includes Frankincense Carteri and Seratta CO2′s…each of these Boswellia species providing different aromatic notes: The Carteri has lovely woody-citrus tones, whereas the Seratta is known for its deeper, smokier notes. Salvatore Battaglia, in ‘The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy’ notes Frankincense as THE immune system modulator…keeping it in balance in every way. In previous blogs, you may also have seen commentary on published research regarding the positive results of Frankincense oil in eradicating cancer cell lines in the lab.

Like all the oils in this formula, Cedarwood is beautifully grounding.

Myrrh CO2 oil is almost in class by itself. We’ve tried MANY steam distilled varieties that simply don’t match up. The CO2 process (as with the Frankincense’s included here) extracts more of the larger molecules from the dried resin than steam distillation. It is the oil with perhaps the highest sesquiterpine content, and is highly prized for its healing and spiritual powers; the compound is thought to directly directly affect the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdalin portions of the brain. Myrrh, too, has also shown potential anti-cancer potential in laboratory research.1

Himalayan Cedar’s aroma is warm and rich, with a woody balsamic undertone. It is recognized for its calming, purifying effects, and its benefits to the skin and underlying tissue. Like Frankincense and Myrrh, the oil may stimulate the pineal gland (which releases melatonin, a regulator of sleep and dreams) as well as growth hormone. The limbic system (center of emotions) is also stimulated (and thought to be ‘balanced’ by aromatherapists) by the high sesquiterpene content of this, and all the oils in this blend.

In “Aromatherapy Anointing Oils” by Joni Keim and Ruah Bull, Cedar is noted as “One of the most powerful essential oils for subtle energy work, Cedarwood is grounding, clears away negativity and brings in positive energy. It promotes clarity of mind and invokes the presence and teachings of the Divine.”

1. Composition and potential anticancer activities of essential oils obtained from myrrh and frankincense. Oncol Lett. 2013 Oct;6(4):1140-1146. Epub 2013 Aug 8.Chen Y1, Zhou C, Ge Z, Liu Y, Liu Y, Feng W, Li S, Chen G, Wei T.

The present study aimed to investigate the composition and potential anticancer activities of essential oils obtained from two species, myrrh and frankincense, by hydrodistillation. Using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), 76 and 99 components were identified in the myrrh and frankincense essential oils, respectively, with the most abundant components, 2-Cyclohexen-1-one, 4-ethynyl-4-hydroxy-3,5,5-trimethyl- and n-Octylacetate, accounting for 12.01 and 34.66%, respectively. The effects of the two essential oils, independently and as a mixture, on five tumor cell lines, MCF-7, HS-1, HepG2, HeLa and A549, were investigated using the MTT assay. The results indicated that the MCF-7 and HS-1 cell lines showed increased sensitivity to the myrrh and frankincense essential oils compared with the remaining cell lines. In addition, the anticancer effects of myrrh were markedly increased compared with those of frankincense, however, no significant synergistic effects were identified. The flow cytometry results indicated that apoptosis may be a major contributor to the biological efficacy of MCF-7 cells.

 

 

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