Sunday, October 8, 2017

Shop for Aromatherapy & Natural Remedies!

That's right!  Purchase any combination of any of the above items/categories
and shipping is only $2.75 in the U.S.  Purchase one of those items
or 20 of them and shipping is still just $2.75

12 Different Lip Balm Flavors, Lip Balm Gift Sets, Lip Gloss Gift Sets,
8 Aromatherapy Roll-Ons, 10 Aromatherapy Inhalers,
2 Natural Remedy Roll-Ons, 1 oz Tins of  Lavender & Calendula Salve,
1 oz Jars of Baby Butter and Body Butter
1 oz Jars of Natural Remedy Butters
Bug Away Butter Bars & Bug Bite Relief Sticks
Lots to choose from so be sure to browse all the shop sections.

In addition, if you purchase any other items in my shop, (Lotions, 2-4 oz Body Butter, etc)
all of these smaller items listed above will ship for free with your order.

Have any questions?  Please feel free to contact me. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Lip Gloss Trio Gift Set

Starting your Christmas shopping early? Need a quick little gift for a friend, teacher, co-worker? How about my little lip gloss trio?

Moisturize and nourish your lips with this organic, all natural lip gloss trio.
Cinnamon ~ Orange, Spearmint, and Tangerine Lip Gloss

All Natural, Unrefined Ingredients, Mostly Organic
Nothing Artificial, No Dyes, No Synthetics

Available {here}

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Holiday Spice Lotion

I've been offering this Holiday Spice Lotion at the weekly market and it's liked by many.
It has such a warm yummy Autumn scent!  Available for a limited time.
Get yours {here}

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Herbal Skin Calming Butter ~ It's Great for Eczema

Available {here}

Anyone who struggles with eczema or other itchy, irritating skin issues knows how frustrating it can be to find relief. I've developed an herbal balm made with all natural, unrefined organic and wild crafted ingredients- Nothing synthetic to worry about!

Made with nourishing and skin soothing butters, flower infused oils, and essential oils.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Herbal Salves- Calendula & Lavender

Lavender Salve, Calendula Salve & Calendula Ointment

What's the difference between my Lavender Salve and my two Calendula Salves?

All three are made with basic organic ingredients: Flowers, Jojoba Wax or Olive Oil, and Beeswax. 
Take a look below to see how they're each made.

Lavender Salve

The Lavender Salve is made with fresh lavender grown in my garden.  The flowers are infused into Jojoba Wax giving a nice subtle lavender scent.  The jojoba is then blended with beeswax to make the salve.

Calendula Salve

My Calendula Salve is made by infusing calendula flowers into olive oil.  Once infused, the oil has a brighter tint and a lighter scent.  Then the infused oil is blended with beeswax and poured into tins.  

Calendula Ointment

My Calendula Ointment is made the same as my Calendula Salve, however I add essential oils to the ointment to make it a little more potent for healing cuts and scrapes.


My salves and ointment are an excellent alternative to petroleum based products.  Useful for soothing minor bumps, bruises, small cuts & scrapes and minor skin irritations, they are the perfect addition to your natural first aid kit.  And they're great for cuticles too!

Available in both of my shops~   ArtYah  &  Etsy

Monday, July 24, 2017

Natural Remedy Massage Lotions

Available in the shop {here}

Finally!  Last week I finally had the chance to mix and bottle some lotion blends to list in the shop. These blends are a natural, effective way to support 4 common concerns using an alternative to OTC medications.  Essential oils were chosen for their therapeutic properties and synergistic relationship to one another to create these wonderful blends.  The lotion base contains 89% organic ingredients and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth.  I have personally used these blends as well as clients and family members and everyone reports excellent results.

~~Happy Belly Lotion~~
When you've over-indulged at the dinner table, Happy Belly Massage Lotion can help ease the discomforts of digestion.  Simply massage the lotion onto the abdomen and low back after eating or as needed.
Available in 2 oz bottle {here}

~~Sleepy Legs Lotion~~
For calming muscle spasms and helping to relax the body overall. It offers sleep support as well as relief from the aches and spasms associated with Restless Leg Syndrome.
Simply massage Sleepy Legs Lotion onto legs and feet at bedtime.
Available in 2 oz bottle {here} and 4 oz bottle {here}

~~Sore Muscles Massage Lotion~~
For easing muscle aches from overuse and minor injury. Whether you had a tough workout at the gym or strained a little too hard moving heavy furniture, Sore Muscles Massage Lotion can help ease the discomfort.  Simply massage the lotion onto the area of concern several times daily as needed.
Available in 2 oz bottle {here}

~~Women's PMS Belly Lotion~~
For calming muscle spasms and helping to relax the body overall and reduce aches and pains. As an added benefit, it offers sleep support as well.
Simply massage Women's PMS Belly Lotion onto abdomen and low back several times daily as needed.
Available in 2 oz bottle {here} and 4 oz bottle {here}

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Weekly Essential Oil~ Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobilis)

Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobilis) is steam distilled from the flowers.  Its aroma is deep and intense, yet warm, fruity and sweet.  Just a few drops go a long way when blending.  Roman Chamomile is energetically calming and soothing.  Because it is calming to the central nervous system, it inspires relaxation both physically and emotionally. Roman Chamomile is a wonderful antispasmodic oil to use in belly blends for digestion and menstrual cramps as it promotes relaxation in the smooth muscles. It is also useful for aches and pains related to stress and muscle spasms of the legs.  Diluted in an unscented cream or lotion, Roman Chamomile is even gentle enough to use on babies who experience colic.

Tense Muscle Massage Lotion
1 ounce Unscented Lotion
2 drops Cardamom (Elletaria cardamomum) 
8 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobilis)
8 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Sleepy Legs Lotion is an all natural organic lotion base combined with essential oils known for calming muscle spasms and helping to calm the body overall. It offers sleep support as well as relief from the aches and spasms associated with Restless Leg Syndrome.
It is available {here} in 2 oz & 4 oz sizes

2 oz {here}
4 oz {here}

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Weekly Essential Oil~ German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is steam distilled from the flowers.  Its aroma is sweet and fruity, yet herbal and strong.  When blending, a little goes a long way.  Try adding just a couple drops to your blend to keep it from overpowering other oils. German Chamomile is energetically calming and grounding.  It is helpful in calming feelings of anger and frustration related to stressful conditions.  It is a cooling oil and is excellent for reducing inflammation and pain especially in injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments.  German Chamomile is also a wonderful skin healing oil.  It is helpful in treating burns, insect bites and rashes.

Try blending German Chamomile in these 2 recipes.  The first recipe is a 1% dilution in Aloe Vera Gel and is safe to use on adults and children over 1 year.  
The second recipe is a 4% dilution and is suitable for use on adults and children ages 12 years and older.
I've used the same essential oils in both recipes, however the intention of each blend is different.  By using a different carrier (Aloe Vera Gel & Jojoba Wax) and adjusting the amount of essential oils used, the strength and therefore the use of the blend is different.

Calming & Healing for Minor Bruises & Scrapes
1 ounce Aloe Vera Gel
1 drop German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) 
2 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Apply to clean wound several times daily.

Minor Injury Massage Oil
(ie: swollen muscles, joints & tendons)
1 ounce jojoba wax
8 drops German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
4 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
12 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Massage onto area of concern several times daily.

Anyone who is on their feet all day will appreciate the
nourishing and calming properties of this foot butter.
Start with a pea size amount-add more if needed-
and massage onto bottoms of feet at bedtime.
The soothing effects can be felt almost immediately!
Available {here}

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Weekly Essential Oil~ Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil is steam distilled from the flower buds and leaves.  Its aroma is a light, sweet, herbal, grassy scent.  Clary Sage is energetically uplifting. It is excellent for mental clarity and focus and can offer support for emotional distress.  Try creating a diffuser blend with a few drops of Clary Sage and a drop of Lavender.  Because it has anti-inflammatory properties, it is also a wonderful oil for helping to clear your skin when used in a daily face wash.  Clary Sage can also ease tension making it useful in massage blends for sore, tight muscles.  Try the sore muscle massage blend below.  

Sore Muscle Massage Oil
1 ounce Jojoba Wax
6 drops Clary Sage (Slavia sclarea)
4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
4 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor) 
2 drops Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Blend in a one ounce bottle and massage a small amount onto sore muscles.

Feeling emotional and out-of-sorts?  Experiencing PMS symptoms?
This blend of  Clary Sage, Lavender, Juniper Berry, and Ylang Ylang essential oils offers support when experiencing PMS symptoms or during times of situational imbalance.

It's available {here}

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

~*~*~*~*BIRTHDAY SALE*~*~*~*~

Visit the shop {HERE} and enter coupon code 2017BDAY15 at check out to receive 
15% off your minimum $10 purchase.  Coupon code expires June 17th, 2017.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekly Essential Oil~ Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the tea tree.  It is a shrubby tree that is native to Australia and South Africa.  Its aroma is herbal and medicinal.  Tea Tree is an excellent antimicrobial and anti-fungal essential oil.  It's perfect for diffusing to cleanse the air as well as for blending into natural cleaners for kitchens and bathrooms.  Tea tree pairs well with Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil to help treat small cuts and scrapes on the skin.

Natural Soft Scrub for Sinks and Bathtubs
   1 cup Baking Soda
3 Tbsp Castile Soap
1 Tbsp White Vinegar
15 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
15 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
10 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Small container with lid (I like to use a plastic Gladware container)

Mix all ingredients in small container.  Use approximately a Tablespoon on a damp scrubby sponge to clean kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathtubs and showers.  Rinse well. 

Need a little help healing some bumps and bruises?  My Bumps & Bruises roll-on can help with that!
It contains skin healing essential oils including Tea Tree blended into Tamanu Oil.  Want to know a little secret?  It's great for acne too, but I recommend only applying a little dab at night, especially if you have sensitive.
It's available {here} 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Weekly Essential Oil~ Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil is cold pressed from the fruit rind.  It has a bright, sweet citrus aroma.  It smells just like a fresh-cut orange.  Sweet Orange essential oil is useful in cleaning products from kitchen and bathroom surfaces to floors and even for purifying the air in a room spray or diffuser blend.  It is also a perfect essential oil for relieving digestive issues and nausea.  Sweet Orange essential oil is uplifting and energizing and is also great for blending into a massage oil for sore muscles.

Energizing Diffuser Blend
4 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
2 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Want to try a light, silky lip balm for the summer?  My Orange Dream Lip Balm combines Sweet Orange essential oil with vanilla jojoba.  Yummy!  You can find it {here}

Monday, June 5, 2017

Weekly Essential Oil~ Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oil is steam distilled from peppermint leaves.  It has a lively, refreshing minty aroma and is a middle-top note.  Peppermint clears energy and uplifts the mind.  It has many uses from relieving nausea and vomiting, offering pain relief for muscles and headaches to stimulating and awakening the mind.  Due to peppermint essential oil's menthol content, it is an excellent pain reliever.

Aching Foot Bath
1 drop Peppermint essential oil
1 Tablespoon Jojoba wax (or carrier oil of your choice)
2 Tablespoons Epsom Salts
Small tub of water to place your feet in
Soak feet for at least 10-15 minutes

Want to try my Minty Foot Bath and Soothing Foot Rub?  They are available {here}

Monday, May 29, 2017

Weekly Essential Oil~ Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the Lavender plant.  It has a sweet herbal, floral scent and is a middle-top note.  Lavender is a gentle oil with many uses and is safe to use with children.  It is a calming oil and can help reduce anxiety and panic attacks.  It is very calming to the mind and is a wonderful oil for sleep support.  Lavender is also very useful in blends for the skin, whether for treating skin irritations, burns, bee stings or part of your daily skin care routine.  Due to Lavender's linalol and linalyl acetate content, it is an effective pain reliever for tension headaches as well as pain due to injury.

Night Time Diffuser Blend
3 drops Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina)

Do you like to take calming baths before bed?  My Evening Calm Bath Salts blend Lavender and Neroli essential oils into Pink Himalayan & Epsom salts for a relaxing bath.  Available {here}

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Weekly Essential Oil~ Cedarwood

Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) essential oil is steam distilled from the wood of the tree.  It has a warm, woody aroma and a rich, sweet base note.  Cedarwood has many uses and is gentle enough to use with children.  It is an emotionally calming and grounding oil.  It can help to reduce stress as well as offer respiratory support for sinus congestion due to allergies, colds and flu.  Cedarwood is also useful in body care blends for the skin.  Due to its cedrol content, it can help protect minor skin irritations and scrapes from infection.

Diffuser Blend
3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
3 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?  Aromatherapy inhalers are excellent for reducing an itchy nose and sneezing.  This inhaler is available in my shop. {here}

Monday, May 22, 2017

Organic & Wild Crafted Essential Oils~ What does it mean?

All of the essential oils that I use in my products are either organically grown or wild crafted.  What does this mean?  Well, it actually means sort of the same thing- depending upon how you look at it.

Most everyone is familiar with the term "organic"- grown without any synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc).  However, not everyone is familiar with the term "wild crafted" or "wild harvested".  I'll try to explain in the simplest manner.  For a plant to be considered certified organic, the farmers essentially have to prove that they do not use any sort of synthetic chemicals on their crops.  The process can take years and usually costs a fair bit of money.  Not all farmers can afford to take the route to certification, however they still abide by all the rules and grow their crops organically and harvest them ethically.  Another reason a farmer may not have organic certification is because it is not available in all areas of the world where some wonderful essential oils come from.  In simple terms: If a crop is cultivated on a farm by an individual(s), and is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals, the term "organic" is used.

So what does "wild crafted" mean?  When plant material is wild crafted or harvested, it is taken from its natural environment- not from a farm where the crops were tended and cultivated.  The plants grow in their natural habitats- forests, fields, mountains, coast lines, etc.  Much care and respect are taken by the individuals who harvest the plant material for distillation.  They only take what is needed and leave the habitat as undisturbed as possible.  The plants are all grown organically since they are in their natural, wild environment, but since there is no regulation as to how they are grown (since they are wild), they can't be certified organic.  This is why the term "wild crafted" or wild harvested" is used.

I hope that gives everyone a simple explanation between the two terms.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Bath Salts are now listed in the shop.  Currently, there are three scents to choose from.

Orange & Jasmine~ a blend of Sweet Orange, Jasmine & Sandalwood essential oils
Heavenly Rose~ a blend of Rose & Sandalwood essential oils
Evening Calm~ a blend of Lavender, Neroli & Vetiver essential oils

Himalayan Pink Salt is an incredibly pure, hand-mined salt found in the Himalayan Mountains. With 84 trace minerals, Himalayan Pink Salt offers the highest mineral content of any natural salt and is prized for its health and detoxification benefits.
My blend of bath salts also contains a small portion of Epsom salt. The magnesium content promotes relaxation and leaves the skin feeling soft and silky.

Also available is Minty Foot Bath Salts
& Soothing Foot Rub

Treat yourself or a loved one to a relaxing spa day.  Also in the shop~ various body butters to moisturize the skin after a rejuvenating bath. {here}

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Is Here~ Finally!

As gardens are awakening with new blossoms,
Black Cat Aromatics is awakening with exciting possibilities.
Each day I am working towards opening the online shop~ details coming soon!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My Top 5 Favorite Essential Oils

     As an aromatherapist, I use a variety of essential oils, however I have several that I use more often than others.  These few essential oils can be used alone or in combination with one another for a multitude of uses.  That's why these are my favorites and I recommend them to anyone who may be new to using essential oils and who may be feeling overwhelmed with how many choices there are. How do we choose which oils to purchase when there are so many?  Some essential oils are fairly expensive, therefore having a large variety in one's collection may seem impossible.  That's where these top 5 favorite oils come into play.  They are reasonably priced and versatile.  These 5 oils are generally priced at $20 or less for a 15 ml bottle.

My Top 5 Favorite Essential Oils
Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Some of my favorite uses for these oils  

All of these oils are wonderful options for diffusing.  Try making your own blends with the combinations suggested below.  Remember it only takes a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser to get the benefits of inhalation.  I recommend 5-8 drops total in a diffuser, depending on room size and ventilation.

Cedarwood, Lavender, & Sweet Orange- great all around blend, helps with respiratory issues & allergies, safe to use around children

Lavender & Sweet Orange- Calming, yet bright- safe to use around children

Peppermint & Sweet Orange- Uplifting- safe to use around children age 5 yrs and up

Cedarwood, Lavender & Tea Tree- Great for allergies- safe to use around children

How about making some cleaning products?  Not only will you be using all natural products, you will also be getting a refreshing aromatherapy treatment while cleaning.   Check out the recipes in my Green Cleaning section. 

Try the soft scrub or bathroom tile recipes with Peppermint, Sweet Orange & Tea Tree

Have a headache or achy feet?  Lavender & Peppermint can help ease headache pain.
Mix 1 drop of Peppermint and 1 drop of Lavender in 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil such as Jojoba or Sweet Almond oil and rub on temples and back of neck for headache relief.

For tired feet, mix 1 drop of Peppermint with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil such as Jojoba. Pour into foot bath and soak feet.

Bee sting or bug bite? A drop of lavender on a bee sting can help ease the pain.

These are just a few uses to get you started using these essential oil favorites.  There are many more uses for them and I'm sure you'll discover your own favorites.  If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or send a message.

Some safety considerations for these oils.

Check the latin name of the essential oils before purchasing to ensure you're getting the intended oil.

I recommend diluting all essential oils before applying to the skin, with the exception of using Lavender on a bee sting.

Peppermint- Do not use on or around children under 5 yrs of age.  Use in low 1-2% dilution for skin.

Sweet Orange- may cause skin irritation.  Use in low 1-2% dilution for skin.

A 1% dilution is 5-6 drops essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil or lotion.

For more safety information and guidelines click here.

To read about using essential oils around young children, click here.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Allergy Nasal Inhaler

Just in time for all the Spring time allergies!  My allergy inhaler is my best friend when my
allergies get stirred up.  This works amazingly well!!

If you want to make an allergy inhaler for children, the following recipe is safe for children
age 5-10 years.

2 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Boo Boo Blend for Children

This blend is great for the minor cuts, scrapes and bruises children often get while playing.  Apply with a cotton pad after cleansing affected area.  Store this blend in the refrigerator since there are no preservatives.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I Need Sleep - Essential Oils for Sleep Support

     If you're like me, sleep doesn't always come easy.  Sometimes it seems the more exhausted I am, the more difficulty I have falling asleep and staying asleep.  After a long, non-stop day, there are always the questions- Did I forget something?  Did I finish everything that needed to be accomplished?  Tomorrow will be busy enough, but can I fit anything extra in my day?

      Chances are, if you're having sleep difficulties, you have read about and possibly even tried a few suggestions for falling into a deep slumber.  Perhaps you've tried cutting your caffeine intake after 3pm or maybe even cutting it out all together.  Maybe you're already turning your television off about an hour before bedtime, and turning off cell phones and other electronic devices around the same time.  Perhaps you have tried taking a warm shower or bath and practice a little yoga before bed. If you're doing all of these things and still having difficulty, try diffusing calming essential oils approximately an hour before bedtime.

     Listed below are 18 essential oils which help with calming the mind and getting a good night's rest.  Most are calming to the central nervous system while others have a comforting aroma and an overall calming effect on the mind.  Some are great for reducing anxiety and over-thinking.  Choose a single oil or 2-3 favorites to create a blend that you like.  Generally, just 4-8 drops total of essential oil in a diffuser is plenty.  Just remember, the smaller the space and the stronger the oil, the less essential oil is needed.  Diffusing too much essential oil in a small space will cause a headache and/or agitation.

*Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Relaxes and calms the mind, reduces anxiety and insomnia
Try blending it with Clary Sage & Lavender or Neroli & Rose

Cedarwood (Cedrus virginiana)

Relaxes the mind and calms stress and anxiety
Try blending it with Lavender & Mandarin

*German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Calms anxiety and nervous tension
Soothes the nervous system and supports sleep
Try blending it with Lavender or Neroli

Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Calming to the mind, sedative
Reduces anxiety and over-thinking
Try blending it with Rose or Ylang Ylang

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Calms the mind and reduces anxiety
Try blending with Bergamot and Lavender

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

Quiets the mind, supports tranquility
Try blending with Jasmine, Myrrh, Mandarin or Ylang Ylang

Ho Wood (Cinnamomum camphora ct linalol)

Calms the nerves and assists in meditation
Try blending with Lavender and Sandalwood

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Reduces anxiety, calms the mind, soothes
Try blending with Bergamot, Cedarwood, or Mandarin

Green Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
Calms agitation and reduces anxiety
Try blending with Cedarwood, Clary Sage, or Lavender

Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana)

Calms obsessive thinking, calms the heart, relieves anxiety
Try blending with Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, or Mandarin

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

Calms the mind, calms over thinking, brings a sense of peace
Try blending with Frankincense, Opopanax or Sandalwood

Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)

Calms the heart and relaxes the nerves
Try blending with Bergamot, Frankincense, Rose or Ylang Ylang

Opopanax (Commiphora guidotti)

Grounding, sedates and restores
Try blending with Frankincense, Rose or Sandalwood

Palo Santo (Holy Wood) (Bursera graveolens)

Quiets the mind, calms anxiety
Try blending with Frankincense, Mandarin, or Neroli

Rose (Rosa damacena)

Relieves stress and anxiety, it's relaxing
Try blending with Bergamot, Lavender, or Mandarin

Sandalwood (Santalum album or Santalum paniculatum)

Quiets the mind, supports meditation, calming
Try blending with Frankincense, Rose, or Ylang Ylang

Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)

Calms the heart and mind
Try blending with Lavender or Sandalwood

*Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina)

Relaxes, calms stress
Try blending with Lavender, Neroli or Sandalwood

*Safety Considerations

Bergamot is phototoxic.  Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds for 18-24 hours after application.
German Chamomile can inhibit some metabolizing enzymes (CYP2D6) and can interfere with some antidepressants (ie: fluoxetine, quinidine, and paroxetine).  Can also have drug interactions with codeine and tamoxifen.
Ylang Ylang Do not use on children under 2 years of age. Ylang Ylang is a strongly scented oil.  Use in small quantities to avoid headaches. Generally, 1 drop blended with other oils in a diffuser is sufficient.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Using Essential Oils with Young Children

     There is a lot of information floating around the internet on essential oils these days. Unfortunately, not all of the information nor suggested uses is regarded as safe by the experts in the field.  In this blog post I'd like to discuss some basic safety for children and essential oil use.  For general basic safety on using essential oils, scroll to the bottom of this article and click the link to a recent blog post.

     Using essential oils on children under the age of 5 years is generally not recommended. There are some instances where that guideline can be set aside- with caution, of course.  In the case of a bee sting or a small scrape or bruise, a drop or two of essential oil blended into a carrier oil is fine.  Since babies and young children's bodies are so sensitive, using only carrier oils and hydrosols is usually sufficient to allow their small bodies to heal themselves.  Too much essential oil can cause an adverse reaction.  After all, everything that we put in and on our bodies has to be filtered out by the liver.  It's best to not put that extra work on our children's bodies.

What is a hydrosol?

     Hydrosols are the aromatic waters collected after the distillation process.  When an oil is distilled, steam is forced through a container holding the plant material.  The plant cells burst, releasing the essential oils.  The steam and the oil molecules are cooled resulting in the steam turning to water.  These liquids are collected in a flask where the oil floats to the top of the water.  The essential oil is made of the fat soluble components of the plant material and the hydrosol is made of the water soluble parts of the plant material.  Hydrosols contain many of the same therapeutic benefits as essential oils, however they are much more gentle.  Since hydrosols are so gentle, they can be used without diluting them and are healing to many skin irritations and abrasions. 
Their shelf life is approximately 6 months to 2 years and I like to store mine in the refrigerator to help extend their shelf life as long as possible. 

For Infants & Toddlers

     Using essential oils on infants and toddlers is not recommended.  Carrier oils and butters, aloe vera gel and hydrosols are recommended instead.  If an infant or small child has a cold or stuffy nose, it is safe to diffuse an essential oil such as Cedarwood.  The suggested practice for this is to run the diffuser for approximately 15-20 minutes without the child in the room, turn the diffuser off and then bring the child into the room.

     Another option is to have the parent or caregiver place a drop of the essential oil onto a cloth that is then draped over their own shoulder while they're holding the baby.  A third option is to mix a drop or 2 of essential oil into an ounce of carrier oil (ie: Jojoba Wax) or lotion and then the parent rubs that onto their own back or shoulder and the baby will be able to benefit from inhaling the oils while they're being held.

     Hydrosols are a much safer option than essential oils for use on infants and children.  They are much more gentle and easy to use.  Generally, they are packaged in a spray mist bottle which makes for convenient and quick use.  They can be used to treat many skin irritations such as diaper rash, baby acne, minor scrapes from little ones taking a tumble, etc.

     A few hydrosols to keep on hand are- Calendula, German Chamomile, and Lavender. You can use these hydrosols on their own or try combining equal parts of all three to make an even more therapeutic blend to use on infants and toddlers.

For Preschoolers & Up to 5 Years old

     For this age range, the guidelines discussed above still apply.  For younger or more petite children, the more caution is needed still.  The older or more robust the child, there is a little less hesitation for essential oil use. (Of course, still using oils deemed safe to use with children)

     When using an electric diffuser with this age range, it is safe to diffuse oils while the child is in the room.  However, it is recommended that the diffuser is used intermittently, not run for several hours at a time.  Try turning the diffuser on for about 30 minutes and then off for about an hour, then on again for about 30 minutes and so on.  If you're using a diffuser in the child's room at bedtime, turn the diffuser on for about 30 minutes before bedtime.  Then turn it off.

     Another option for children closer to about 5 years of age, is to allow them to use aromatherapy nasal inhalers made specifically for them.  Whether it be for a cold or allergies, anxiety, to help feel calm, etc, aromatherapy inhalers can be useful and comforting for children.  They're small enough to fit in their pocket and can easily travel wherever your child goes.

     While carrier oils, butters and creams are still a great option to use with this age group, when needed a few essential oils can be used with caution.  It is recommended that a 1% dilution be used for children.  That's only 5-6 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil.  It's also a great idea to start with just using 1-2 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier to begin with and see how that helps the situation.  Again, less is more! 

For 6 Years old up to 10-12 Years old 

     While still using caution, this age range can use essential oils a little more independently with aromatherapy inhalers and carrier oils, lotions and creams blended with their favorite essential oils for helping with skin issues, emotional support, and colds or allergies.  A 1% dilution is still recommended.  (5-6 drops essential oil per 1 ounce carrier)

     I still recommend using the same intermittent cycle while diffusing essential oils with this age range.  If you're using a diffuser at bedtime, turn it on for only 30 minutes when the child goes to bed.  Then turn it off.  It doesn't need to run for several hours at a time to be beneficial.

     Carrier oils, butters, creams, aloe vera gel and hydrosols are still great options for this age range as well.  Just because they are getting a little older, it doesn't mean we should throw caution to the wind and dab essential oils on every little bump or inhale them for each little sniffle.  Less is always best to begin with.      

A few suggested carrier oils, butters, etc to use with children

Aloe Vera Gel
Coconut Oil
Jojoba Wax
Favorite body butter blend without essential oils
Unscented creams or lotions

Essential oils safe for using with children (Not a comprehensive list-however, a great starting point)

Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) or (Cedrus deodara) or (Cedrus atlantica)

Eucalyptus Citriodora (Eucalyptus citriodora)

Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus radiata)- Only use with children over 10 years of age.  Use caution around children with asthma

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Green Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)- Use with caution and only on children over 5 years of age.

Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) 

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) 

Do Not use these essential oils on or around infants and children under 12 years of age unless otherwise indicated This is not a comprehensive list.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) Use with caution on children over 10 years old
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus globulus) Use with caution on children over 10 years old
Eucalyptus Dives (Eucalyptus dives) Use with caution on children over 10 years old
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)  Use with caution on children over 10 years old
Laurel Leaf (Laurus nobilis)
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) Use with caution on children over 10 years old
Melissa (Melissa officinalis) Use with caution on children over 5 years old
Opopanax (Commiphora guidotti) Safe for use over age 5
Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. 1,8 cineole) Use with caution on children 5-10 yrs old)
Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) Use with caution on children over 10 years old

Do not use the following oils for anyone who might be vulnerable to epileptic seizures: Western Red Cedar, Wormwood, Genipi, Hyssop (ct pinocamphone), Sage, Thuja, Pennyroyal, Buchu, Calamint, Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Mugwort, Lanyana, Ho Leaf (ct camphor), Boldo, Wintergreen, Birch, Rosemary, Yarrow, Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas), Feverfew, and Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia). (Tisserand and Young p.134, table 10.2)

For general, basic safety on using essential oils, read (this) blog post.  It is excellent information for anyone new to using essential oils as well as a great refresher for those who have used essential oils for some time.