Balsam Fir – A Healthy Scent for the Holiday (& Anyday)

In Aromatherapy, Holidays by Debra Reis

Balsam Fir – the fragrance gives me the feeling and memory of Christmas. A whole scene unfolds with family time of getting and decorating the Christmas tree and sharing love and laughter with others. Balsam fir has a history for being supportive of the respiratory system and healing muscle discomfort. It has been studied for its antiinflammatory properties which may …

Holiday Potpourri with Essential Oils

In Aromatherapy, Holidays by Debra Reis

This is a great time of year to share potpourri with special holiday scents. Recently, our cancer survivor group had a class where everyone brought in something to share in the potpourri pot! We had dried herbs and spices, dried fruit slices and flowers, even small pine cones. Next, we reviewed the essential oils that are special for the holiday …

Cooking Benefits with Black Pepper Essential Oil

In Aromatherapy, Holidays by Debra Reis

Are you cooking for Thanksgiving? Consider essential oil Black Pepper as part of your “spice” addition. Last month, Ann Lumbrezer, RN, aromatherapist provided us with this tip. If a recipe calls for pepper, consider a trace or drop of Black Pepper essential oil. Ann spoke about using a base oil such as one tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil …

Power of Peppermint

In Aromatherapy, Natural Healing by Debra Reis

Many of you know that Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils – I do not leave home without it!! Peppermint is so versatile. I inhale it to stay alert or to relieve a headache. I have placed a drop and rubbed on my belly for a stomach ache. My friend places a drop on the back of her …

Ocotea Essential Oil in new Slique Tea!

In Aromatherapy, Natural Healing by Debra Reis

Ocotea essential oil (Ocotea quixos) has been traditionally used by the Amazon native people for health and wellness. Recently, it has been studied for its effect to balance blood sugar. It has been added to the new Slique Tea, an oolong tea which is known for its immune enhancing properties. In addition, Ocotea may have benefits for weight loss and …

Frankincense Essential Oil for Cancer Care

In Aromatherapy by Debra Reis

There are several essential oils that have and are going through research trials and showing great promise against cancer. Frankincense is one of the most studied oils against many different types of cancer. It is almost always identified in protocols for cancer care. Frankincense blends well with other essential oils and this is a suggested way to use essential oils …

Summer First Aid with Essential Oils

In Aromatherapy by Debra Reis

Summertime is wonderful but it can have its own special first aid concerns such as burns, bug bites and skin rashes. In my opinion, the following are a few “must haves” in your summer first aid kit: Lavender – good for what bugs you – bites, skin rashes and sun burns. Lavender is gentle and can be used on the …

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Holiday Stress? Essential Oils can Help!

In Aromatherapy, Holidays by Debra Reis

Peppermint- a great oil for clarity, decreases stress headaches and stomach aches, cools the body. It may be a little warm for some skin types to apply neat. Orange and Cinnamon – an old remedy from many grandmothers. Science shows how both are great for the immune system. Take care when breathing in cinnamon – very strong and may irritate …