Archive for February, 2011

Insomnia – E3 Essential Oil Suggestions

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Lack of sleep is regarded as both a result and a cause of stress. Many people try to sleep less and do more, taking herbal supplements, prescription medication or caffeine in an effort to stay awake. Whether they have insomnia or are deliberately depriving themselves of sleep, the results are the same. A short term lack of sleep can make person groggy, unable to concentrate, depressed and irritable.  Long term insomnia can have serious health implication. According to Dr. Kavey, director of the Sleep disorders Center at Columbian Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, sleep affects performance, blood pressure, heart rate, insulin levels and various hormone secretions.

Evidence shows that using aromatherapy to counteract insomnia works as well as, or possibly better than, conventional sedative drugs.  In one study on elderly patients, diffusing lavender ensured the same amount of sleep as medications such as temazepam and clomethiazole. Patients were also reported to be less restless when using the lavender. In another study on elderly patients using lavender, nocturnal sleep increased only slightly, but daytime wakefulness and alertness improved significantly; indicating an increase in the quality of sleep.

Many essential oils have been shown to have sedative or calming effects, promoting natural, restful sleep.  Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has been the most extensively researched and is a good general sleep enhancer, which appears to help with sleeplessness no matter what the cause.

Essential oils to aid in sleep:
Lavender French
and or Lavender Eastern European, Chamomile Roman, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lemon, Frankincense, Valerian, Nutmeg (in low doses), Benzoin, Vetiver, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Marjoram True Sweet, Neroli, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Coriander, Cypress

E3 Blends: Sleeptime, Stress Relief, Meditate, Rebalance, Relax

Essential oils specific to different types of insomnia:

Insomnia (with worry and anxiety): Mandarin or Neroli

Insomnia (with emotional upset): Rose

Insomnia (general): Lavender or Bergamot

Insomnia (with mental agitation, symptoms may include the individual laying awake for hours with their mind racing): Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Coriander, Cypress

Insomnia (with nervous exhaustion, seemingly too tired to sleep, tense yet exhausted): Marjoram True Sweet

Methods of application:

1. In a bath (water temperature relaxing warm, not stimulating too warm or cool)
Never put essential oils directly in the bath water…blend essential oils with a carrier such as: Epsom salts, whole milk, whipped cream, or liquid soap.

2. In a diffuser/nebulizer

3. A spritzer used on the bed linens or around the bed

4. A couple of drops placed on a tissue or cotton ball tucked under the pillow or in the pillow case.


5. Essential oils blended in a lotion or carrier oil and then rubbed on feet, neck, arms, chest, etc. before getting into bed and or bath.


Sore Throat Help! E3 Essential oil Suggestions

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Lynette from Soul of Yoga

Sore Throat, Help!  While talking with Lynnette Harvey from the Soul of Yoga center, she was sharing that one of their students was suffering from a sore throat, hoping it wasn’t strep, which lead us into which essential oils and in what application might be best. Thus, since this had been the third conversation specific to sore throats, I thought it might be time to talk about it! So thanks Lynette! And everyone that lives near or passing by Soul of Yoga located in Encinitas, California, Soul of Yoga is a great place to take a yoga class, but you can pick up any E3 essential oil you may need or if you have any questions on which essential oil, how or when to use them, Lynette is a great resource.

A Sore throat is considered to be the irritation of the sensitive mucous membranes at the back of the throat. About 90% of sore throats are viral in origin and the other 10% are bacterial.

(It is advised to get a throat culture to determine if the origins of your sore throat are viral or bacterial and to consult with your health care provider to determine the most appropriate treatment for your condition.)

Symptoms of a Viral Sore Throat: rough or raw sensation in the back of the throat, fever, general malaise, nausea, headache, red and swollen throat and tender lymph nodes in neck and under jaw.  These sore throats usually have a sudden onset and can be the first sign of a cold, flu, tonsillitis or laryngitis. Immediate treatment is recommended to stave off the possibility of a cold.


Symptoms of a Sore Throat due to Strep infection: fever, swollen neck glands, red and swollen tonsils, white patches on throat or tonsils, headache.

Streptococcal infection (Strep throat) is a bacterial infection and can be contagious. The danger of strep throat, if left untreated, is that it can lead to other health issues; therefore, it is best to have a throat culture done by your doctor  to rule out this possibility.

E3 Essential Oil Recommendations

Antiviral: Tea Tree, Thyme ct. linalool, Niaouli, Eucalyptus Globulus, & Radiata, Lemon, Bay Laurel, Ravintsara, Basil, Ravensara, Oregano, Lime, Bergamot, Rosewood

Antibacterial: Tea Tree, Oregano, Thyme ct. linalool, Niaouli, Eucalyptus Globulus & Radiata, Lemon, Peppermint, Basil, Pine, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Rose Otto, Ravensara, Rosemary, Clove, Cypress, Lavender, Yuzu, Geranium, Lime, Bergamot, Rosewood

Antibacterial & Antiviral: Tea Tree, Thyme ct. linalool, Niaouli, Lavender, Eucalyptus Globulus & Radiata, Peppermint, Lemon, Rosewood, Lime, Bergamot

Application Suggestions:

Steam inhalation: Inhaling steam vapors may soothe the throat with moisture. Add two drops of chosen essential oil to three drops of German Chamomile (German Chamomile is one of the best anti-inflammatory) to a bowl of hot water. Keeping your eyes closed, lean over the bowl and breathe in deeply, yet gently through your mouth and exhale through your nose. Continue for 30 seconds to fight infection and soothe. May be used three to five times a day, for up to five days.

***Any of the above listed essential oils may be chosen for steam inhalation, with the exception of Oregano, Thyme, Peppermint and Clove. Do not use essential oils of Oregano, Thyme, Peppermint or Clove for steam inhalation.

Direct inhalation: Inhaling the aromatic molecules of essential oils can fight infection and soothe a sore throat. Put 1-2 drops of any of the above listed essential oils on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your mouth and then through your nose. Pause and inhale again, alternating between mouth and nose. Repeat, as needed.

Gargle: Add 1-2 drops of Tea tree and or Lemon to a glass of warm water mix well and gargle at least 3 times a day.

Sore throat rub: Create a blend of essential oils (total 5-10 essential oil drops per batch) mix in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil or all natural lotion; rub on neck, chest and behind ears. ***If choosing Oregano, Clove or Peppermint, do not use more than 1 or 2 drops per batch.

For more information about sore throats including common causes, home care and when to see your health care provider click on this article posted on Pub Med.

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