Monday, February 1, 2016

Product Focus: Love Essential Oil Blend

Love is a blend designed utilizing the following oils:
Helichrysum Blend (Clary Sage) (Salvia sclarea)
Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
RomanChamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Idaho Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)
Birch (Betula lenta)
YlangYlang (Cananga Odorata)
Marjoram (Origanum Majorana)
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Frankincense (Boswellia frereana)

The essential oils in this blend may help reduce stress and alleviate hemorrhoids. May also support the circulatory, lymphatic and cardiovascular systems.


May be used as a deodorant (Price, 93).

Neurotonic and energizing essential oil to relieve depression and stimulate the mind (Price, 230).

Used in massage with ylang ylang and sweet marjoram to help improve blood pressure (Price, 325).

Used for relaxation during labor (Price, 247).

During active labor, clary sage may help increase uterine contactility and also act as a stress reducer and antidepressant (Buckle, 380).

Blended with sweet marjoram and lavender in studies to help with Parkinson’s disease with success (Price, 271).

When applied to wrists or temples, it is relaxing (Schnaubelt, 65).

Depression, nerves, sore throat, aches and pains, debility, as a sedative (Worwood, 399).  

Other Uses:
Acne, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, boil, calming, depression, digestive ailments, emotional balance, flatulence, insomnia, irritability, joint pain, kidney disease, menopause support, muscle pain and stiffness, PMS, rash, sedative, sore throat, stress, wounds, hair loss, dandruff, dry skin, whooping cough, asthma, menstrual pain, colic, high blood pressure, aphrodisiac, hysteria, and paranoia (Althea Press 313), (Purchon, 50-51).

May irritate the skin if used undiluted. 
Not intended for use on babies. 
Use with caution during pregnancy. 
Not intended for consumption with children under 6 years old.
Use in greater dilution for children over 6 years of age.  


Elemi has a very long history of use in skincare and for respiratory complaints (Davis 109).

It is very effective for all chest infections, especially where there is a lot of phlegm, such as in chronic bronchitis (Davis, 109).

It is also an excellent skin-care oil, especially for mature skin. It has a general rejuvenating effect and reduces wrinkles (Davis, 109).

It is an antiseptic and speeds healing, and has other uses such as for sore, chapped skin and allergic rashes (Davis, 109).

May cause skin sensitization if oxidized.
To prevent oxidation, store in a dark, airtight container in a refrigerator. 

Roman Chamomile is calming and sedative oil that is often used for anxiety and panic (Price, 275).

Can be used in blend with lavender and marjoram for depression, headaches and insomnia (Price, 230).

May be used to help with colitis, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, and indigestion (Price, 95).

Analgesic, antispasmodic, helpful for anxiety, shock and nervousness (Price, 247).

Indicated for menstrual problems (dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea) linked to nervous troubles (Price, 61).

Roman Chamomile is known to relieve muscular aches and pains (Price, 244).

Can be applied with Lavender and Geranium alongside antibiotics to help with mastitis (Price, 243).

Can be used for itchy skin problems in place of peppermint for those who have a menthol sensitivity (Price, 283). Can even be used for itchy skin in pregnancy (Price, 244).

Valerie Worwood, in her book, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, states that Roman Chamomile is invaluable and should be kept in your “Basic Care Kit for Children.” She says that it can be used for: pain relief, fevers, skin problems, rashes, eczema, teething pain, muscular spasm, calming, helps nervousness, insomnia, and constipation (Worwood, 34).

Schnaubelt says that Chamomile (antispasmodic, carminative, calming, sedative and tonic to the nervous system) is good for helping with symptoms of Chemotherapy – Induced Vomiting and Nausea.

Other listed uses:

Antibacterial, antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, rheumatism, burns, sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, hay fever, sprains and strains, nausea, fever, , diuretic, anorexia nervosa, used in rejuvenation treatments, and those kicking the tranquilizer habit it is invaluable. Has been used for Abscesses, acne, anti-inflammatory, arthritis, bactericidal, boil, chicken pox, cold, colic, cystitis, dental health, diaper rash, earache, gingivitis, irritability, migraine, psoriasis, sores, stress, tonsillitis, wounds.
For most skin problems, prevents or destroys fungal infections, kills bacteria, promotes the formation of scar tissue, allergies, blisters, cold sores, dermatitis, inflammations, insect bites, cuts and boils, dermatitis, hives, numbs nerves, rheumatism, inflamed joints, neuralgia, lower back pain, increases the flow of urine, stimulates bile production, aids digestion, stimulates and strengthens the liver, tones the digestive system, flatulence, peptic ulcer, encourages menstrual flow, regulates irregular periods, painful periods, reduce irritability caused by menopause and PMS, soothes the over excitable, relieves mental strain, stress, depression, crankiness and restlessness (Purchon, 46-47) (Worwood, 20) (Althea Press, 307).

Not intended for consumption with children under 6 years old.
Use in greater dilution for children over 6 years of age.   
This oil can irritate the skin.

Idaho Tansy:

Idaho Tansy has risks for Human toxicity and should only be used in small doses with caution (Tisserand, 438).

Traditionally this oil is used for digestive problems, fevers, and wound healing; the oil can even be soothing to the skin (Purchon, 111).

This oil can be used to fight and prevent the flu, colds, and infections (Purchon, 111).

Avoid using this oil while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Avoid using this oil internally.


Birch oil is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory and reduces fever: all uses to which aspirin is put in conventional medicine (Davis, 57).

It is also a diuretic and blood cleanser, and is rubefacient (locally warming) (Davis, 57).

It is good for muscular pain, being a very strong analgesic and a fairly mild rubefacient. In rheumatism and arthritis, it helps to drain the toxins, which are the cause of pain (Davis, 57).

In treating cellulite, Birch can give dramatic results when treatment with Rosemary, Geranium, Black Pepper and Juniper has not succeeded. It helps eliminate toxins and the diuretic action reduces the edema (Davis, 57).

Do not use this oil if you are taking anticoagulant medication, facing surgery; suffer from hemophilia or other bleeding disorders. 
Should not be used on children. 
Avoid using while pregnant or breastfeeding
Contraindicated for GERD. 
Do not use internally.

Ylang Ylang has analgesic properties, which can lead to the easing of pain (Price, 80).

It is a calming and sedative essential oil that can be used for Anxiety or panic (Price, 275).

With the effects of Ylang Ylang and proper massage, it can have a beneficial effect on the raised arterial blood pressure of an individual (Price, 267).

Ylang Ylang can be very beneficial for insomnia (Price, 267), and has been effective on treating women with postnatal depression (Price, 249).

Is said to help sexual dysfunction because of its powerful relaxing properties. (Purchon, 117).

Other listed uses:

Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, cold, cough, dandruff, depression, diabetes, disinfectant, dry hair, expectorant, fatigue, flu, grief, hair growth, heart health, hypertension, impotence, itchiness, low testosterone, nervousness, oily hair, oily skin, sedative, skin care, stress (Althea Press, 421).

Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization. 
Do not use on children under the age of 2. 
Take care when using Ylang Ylang, for too high a concentration or using it for too long a time, can give rise to nausea and/or headache. (Davis, 315)
Ylang-ylang essential oil has a deeply relaxing effect and should not be used prior to driving, operating machinery, or doing other tasks that require concentration. (Althea Press, 421).

It is one of the best oils to use in treating asthma, bronchitis and colds (Davis, 192).

Marjoram has been used for insomnia, especially when used, together with Lavender, in a warm bath before bedtime (Davis, 192).

It is used in treating high blood pressure and heart conditions, as it dilates the arteries, thereby reducing strain on the heart (Davis, 192).

It can be used in massage in order to relieve tired, tight and painful muscles, especially after heavy physical exertion (Davis, 192).

Marjoram reduces colicky intestinal cramps, and strengthens peristalsis (the wavelike movements of the gut that propel the partially digested food along) (Davis, 193).

The antispasmodic effect is also very much welcomed for its action on the uterine muscle, and a hot compress of Marjoram over the abdomen will ease menstrual cramps (Davis, 193).

Marjoram essential oil is contraindicated for asthma.   
Marjoram should not be used unless you know the scientific name. There is an oil that is of the Spanish origin that can be harmful to those who use it. The Selah Marjoram essential oil is not the Spanish origin.   
Not intended for internal consumption in children under 6 years old; use with caution and greater dilution in children over 6 years old.

Cypress is classified as a neurotonic and energizing, said to relieve depression and stimulate the mind. (Price, 230).

Cypress when used in the shower is a good decongestant (Schnaubelt, 77).

Calm a nervous cough when you add 1-drop of cypress essential oil to your glass of water (Schnaubelt, 2).

Cypress is an effective essential oil to use (topically) when suffering with grief and loss due to a miscarriage or stillbirth (Price, 125).

When treating hemorrhoids, aloe vera gel makes a good base for the essential oils, which can be self-administered.  Spending 10 minutes in a sitz bath with essential oils (blended first in a little honey and hot water or an emulsifier [epsom salt]) is also useful, as is a compress.... Phlebotonic essential oils which help to relieve hemorrhoids and varicose veins are: neroli, lemon, grapefruit, cypress, geranium, tea tree, cajuput, niaouli, spikenard and patchouli (Price, 133).

Cypress has been shown to have an effect against MRSA (Price, 75).

Circulation stimulating essential oil (Price, 266).

Diuretic essential oils which can reduce odema include angelica root, cypress, lemoncedarwood, and juniper berry (Price).

As soon as possible after birth, women who have suffered perineal tears may benefit from a sitz bath containing lavender and cypress to assist healing (Price, 248).  

Menopausal problems, circulatory conditions, rheumatism, colds, whooping cough, nervous tension, hemorrhoids, wounds; as an astringent (Worwood, 399)

Other listed uses:

Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bronchitis, calming, diaper rash, diuretic, emphysema, expectorant, fever, foot odor, insect repellant, irritability, menstrual support, nosebleed, PMS, sedative, stress, styptic, varicose veins, (Althea Press, 319).
Balance oily skin, stops external bleeding, ease muscle cramps, rheumatism, relieves uterine cramps, regulate menstrual cycle, reduce heavy blood loss, menopause, asthma, edema, heavy sweating, vomiting, pyorrhea, cystitis, urethritis, reduces stress (Purchon, 52-3). 
Incontinence, bleeding gums, skin care, (Davis 94).

Use with caution during pregnancy.
May cause skin sensitization if oxidized.
To prevent oxidation, store in a dark, airtight container in a refrigerator. 

Frankincense will help with immune deficiency and depression, add 1 drop to a glass of water (Schnaubelt, 133).

Frankincense is classified as a neurotonic and energizing, said to relieve depression and stimulate the mind. (Price, 230).

Frankincense has been recognized as being good for nervous depression (Price, 230).  

A tonic to the heart, decongestant, detoxifying and healing. It is also suitable for treating nervous depression and insomnia (Price, 293).

It can also be used to treat postnatal depression. (Price, 249)

Not intended for consumption with children under 6 years old.
Use in greater dilution for children over 6 years of age. 

Applications for Love Essential Oil Blend:

Topical:  Apply as needed to possible locations:  over heart, bottoms of feet, under left ring finger and left ring toe.  On the left arm above the elbow and on the arteries of the neck.  
Can also apply to vertebrae at shoulder level (1st-4th thoracic vertebrae that correspond to the cardiopulmonary nerves).
**Recommended Dilution:
       Adults: 2-3 drops essential oil to 1/2 tsp of carrier oil (organic olive, jojoba, coconut, almond oils, etc)
      Children & Babies: For dilution guidelines, click here.

Warnings for Love Essential Oil Blend:

o   If for any reason you get essential oils in your eyes, put carrier oil along the eyebrows above the eyes and on the cheekbones below the eyes. 

o   Do not put essential oils inside your ear canal.

Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy An A-Z. (2000).
Higley, Connie & Alan. Reference Guide for Essential Oils, (2012).
Tisserand, Robert. Essential Oil Safety, Second Edition. (2014).
Price, Shirley & Len. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (2012).
Schnaubelt, PhD., Kurt. Advanced Aromatherapy (1995).
Buckle, Jane. Clinical Aromatherapy Essential Oils in Practice. (2003).
Worwood, Valerie. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. (1991).

Purchon, Nerys and Lora Cantele. The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Handbook for Everyday Wellness. (2014).