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October Oil of the Month: Lemon, Mandarin Green, and Orange Fruit Essences

Holy wow, do we have a juicy triple treat for this Oil of the Month!

Behold, your own set of fruit essence oils, including Lemon, Mandarin Green, and Orange! But, these aren’t your everyday citrus oils. Hold onto your hats, because this trio is about to elevate your experience with the essential nature of the citrus family.

Because of the way they are extracted from plants, essences pack a more potent scent bringing forth an intense, brighter, fresher sense of the actual fruit itself. Rather than coming from the cold pressed rind like their essential oil cousins, essences are distilled from the juice of the fruit.

We introduced essences with the Tropical Passion Synergy Oil of the Month. In that instance, we used Orange Essence Oil boost this scent to a higher level of sumptuousness.

Background

Essence oils are extracted as part of the process to create fruit juice. During the last phase, volatile oils float to the top of the tanks where they are collected and distilled to separate them from the water of the juice source.

Lemon Essence OilLemon source for lemon essential oil Citrus limon

This well-known fruit ripens to its bright yellow color on small evergreen trees cultivated around the world. The lemon fruit is ubiquitous in flavoring food and beverages and in scenting perfumes and personal care products.

Historically, the actual fruit has been employed for illnesses from infection to arthritic conditions.[1]

While similar to Lemon Steam Distilled Essential Oil in chemical makeup, Lemon Essence Oil offers a noticeable estery fruitiness, which is unique to essence oils. Because Lemon Essence Oil is colorless, it is useful in applications where discoloration is a problem.

Mandarin Green Essence Oil

Mandarin Oranges for Essence Oils

Citrus nobilis

Closely related to the tangerine, the mandarin in native to Asia, and especially southern China. The small evergreen tree is now cultivated in Europe, the Middle East, and Brazil, while its more familiar cousin, the tangerine, took root in Texas, Florida, and California.

In the historical healing arts, the mandarin fruit’s gentle nature has been considered ideal to support digestive issues for children and the elderly. Its beautiful citrus scent is used as a flavoring agent in sweet liquors and in personal care products, especially colognes[2]

This version of Mandarin Essence Oil has been harvested early enough to yield the green and yellow oils, rather than the reddish oils from later harvests. This particular variety also has a dimethyl anthranilate note, which highlights the fruit’s concord grape-like attributes.

Orange Essence OilOrange EssenceCitrus sinensis

Originating in China, the beloved sweet orange fruit grows on a small evergreen tree. In the United States, the sweet orange is iconic in its association with the sunshine cultures and crop industries of California and Florida.

In Europe, sweet orange can be found more extensively around the Mediterranean. The orange fruit is important in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a variety of ailments[3]

Orange Essence Oil differs from Orange Sweet Essential Oil with its strong effervescent, fruity top note and additional aldehydes (approximately 0.5%). The chemical makeup is otherwise nearly identical to Orange Sweet Essential Oil. 

Benefits

Essence Oils provide similar benefits to their essential oil counterparts. You can use essences interchangeably with their essential oil counterparts in your synergies with the benefit of a big boost to the scent.

Some of the potential benefits to consider include the following:

Lemon Essence Oil Citrus limon

  • Uplifting and Energizing
  • Supports Concentration and Focus
  • Provides Respiratory During Seasonal Illness
  • Offers Immune Support
  • Helps to Brighten Skin’s Appearance
  • Cleansing and Clearing

Mandarin Green Essence Oil Citrus nobilis

  • Calming and Refreshing
  • Uplifting
  • Soothes Nervous Tension
  • Soothes Restlessness
  • Eases Digestive Upset
  • Supports Slumber

Orange Essence Oil Citrus sinensis

  • Uplifting and Energizing
  • Clearing and Refreshing
  • Eases Worry
  • Soothes Nervous Tension
  • Soothes Digestive Distress
  • Supports the Immune System

Blending

In addition to considering the benefits for your synergies, we recommend you become familiar with the more intense scents of the essences in relation to their essential oil counterparts.

Because of their aromatic strength, you may wish to adjust your synergies to accommodate your preferred scent profiles.

Lemon Essence Oil Citrus limon

Lemon Essence Oil has an intense, citrus scent. It is perfect to add a boost of fresh zest to your synergy. Additionally, Lemon Essence Oil is colorless, making it useful in applications where discoloration may be problematic.

KidSafe: Yes

Cautions: Lemon Essence Oil can cause photosensitivity. To avoid this we recommend a maximum dilution of 2% for topical application.

Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Mandarin Green Essence Oil Citrus nobilis

Mandarin Green Essence Oil has an intense, sweet, fresh citrus scent. It will add a burst of sweet richness to any blend.

KidSafe: Yes

Cautions: None Known.

Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Orange Essence Oil Citrus sinensis

Orange Essence Oil offers an intense, fresh citrus aroma. Use Orange Essence Oil to brighten up your blends.

KidSafe: Yes

Cautions: None Known

Shelf Life: 1-2 years

This synergy is just bursting with the combined fresh and fruity scents from this special set of citrus essences oils.

Mandarin, lemon and orange fruit essencesFresh and Fruity Synergy

You can use this synergy to clear the air with its deliciously bright and refreshing scent and when seeking to calm your senses, soothe your spirit, and lift your mood.

What you’ll need:

Add 5 drops per 100 ml of water to your diffuser, 15 drops to your personal aromatherapy inhaler, or use topically with the proper dilution ratios.

Kidsafe: Yes

Cautions: Lemon Essence Oil can cause photosensitivity. To avoid this we recommend a maximum dilution of 2% for topical application.

  • Bergamot Mint was offered as an Oil of the Month Selection. Check back to see if it will be offered for general availability. 

Sources:

[1] Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: the Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being. Conari Press, 2013.

[2] Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: the Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being. Conari Press, 2013.

[3] Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: the Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being. Conari Press, 2013.

 

Good Girl Gone

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

Last month, I shared my journey as a recovering control freak in this blog:

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes Control

My need was not to control others. It was to control my environment and circumstances on a misguided search for a sense of security.

As part of that dynamic, I did my absolute best to perform and produce out of a need to please. I believed if I did my part, everything would turn out right.

But, in certain significant circumstances, my partners in these plays weren’t participating. Recognizing that I had no control of these particular outcomes helped me learn to let go. And, I was able to refocus my energy on managing my own mindset as a means of promoting peace within.

So, in keeping on trend, I wanted to talk about a related topic I touched on in that blog.

In my case, the Control Seeker’s first cousin: The Good Girl.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes ControlThe Good Girl is not about being nice through everyday acts of kindness and living a life of compassion.

Nope. The Good Girl is all that run amok. She doesn’t make those choices from a place of peace. Instead, she lets a life of “should” drive her decisions often to her own detriment.

The Good Girl is the people pleaser. Avoids making waves. Concerned about not being seen as nice. The one who cannot say no. Fears letting others down.

Raise your hand if you know her (or him), too.

Are you the one everyone calls to do things because you can’t say no? Do you often end up with a plate that is overfilled, or in situations in which you would rather not be?

Do you feel like others take advantage of your good nature? Do you feel a sense of stress or resentment that your own needs are not being met? Oh, you bet I know her too! We wrestle quite often in my pursuit of peace. It was that dratted Good Girl who aided and abetted the Control Seeker in my relentless search for security.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes ControlIn fact, the Good Girl stemmed from my own sense of insecurity, taking over my identity and how I presented myself to others through my personality.

In my case, the Good Girl needs to be needed because she believes she is valued and loved for how she performs and produces. That’s not something that is necessarily top of mind. It is learned behavior that became embedded in my being. And, this is another case where our beliefs, perceived as the only way to be, can actually create an imbalance to our own wellbeing.

I believed the Good Girl would be infinitely more likable and acceptable than my authentic self whom I could hear shouting “no, I don’t want to” in the recesses of my being.

But, to say those things out loud might cause confrontation, or possibly cost my place in my professional or personal tribe, because it wouldn’t be pleasing to others. Potentially rocking the boat felt like it could shake up my sense of stability. So, I said “yes” to satisfy my need for security, because I thought this is what I “should” do.

And, it is that sense of “should” that drives The Good Girl. I should do this. I shouldn’t do that. Defining decisions by the sense of should becomes the barometer for how to go about life. But, living in a state of “should” can be an act of self-betrayal.

We begin to listen to what we hear in our minds rather than we know in our guts. We may lose our connection completely from our own intuition and inner guidance. And, we may lose touch with our own authentic selves as we slap the Good Girl’s smile on our face as a mask no matter what.

\We may measure ourselves by the affirmation of others. And, we keep perfecting our performance for love and acceptance rather than as an act of self-expression.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes Control

Under all that pressure to perform, we may experience distress of the mind, stress to the body, negative emotions below the surface and a scattering of our own spirit. Living in this sustained state of should can have an impact on our overall wellbeing, our outlook on life, and our sense of self.

By subverting our own needs and identity, we are not living in integrity with our selves, nor in relationships with others. To be who and all we are truly meant to be, the Good Girl needs to be gone. She’s like the uninvited guest who crashes the party drowning out delight with doubts and downers. And, she is clever at convincing you that everything will be ok if you do it her way.

Because my Good Girl behavior became so entrenched it literally became my way to be. But, coupled with my Control Seeker’s need for security, this prolonged state of imbalance contributed to sustained distress that led to sustained stress that led to serious chronic conditions.

But, it was only after the experience of a life-altering accident, that I became aware of their existence in the process of working with professionals to restore my overall wellbeing. For me, learning about the Good Girl myth was part and parcel in discovering that control is an Illusion.

Together, these false senses of self were complicit in creating a cascade of unhealthy coping mechanisms. My need to feel secure in certain situations, and with my place in the world, overrode my need to know and speak my truth.

With the help of my healers, I learned to shift from a state of sightless insecurity to insightful clarity helped me to see my way to a more balanced way to be. It is that sense of conscious awareness that keeps me from automatically flipping the Good Girl default button.

Now, when feeling discomfort with a decision, I see it, acknowledge it, process it (some would say over-process, but that’s probably a topic for another blog), and then allow myself to make the best choices based on my capacity to give and still be in balance with myself.

Honestly, I still struggle at times. Though I am a writer, I can still feel a sense of dissonance and discomfort when I want to avoid confrontation but need to respond in the moment. And, so, I have learned to work through not only my own inner dialogue but also in gaining comfort with how to express myself to others.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes ControlI’ve learned that no is a complete sentence. And, somewhere along the way, I read that Jackie Kennedy would simply reply to requests with something along the lines of “I’m sorry that will not be possible.” I personally like this option. Still no room for debate, nor pushback, because it is also a complete sentence with absolutely no excuses.

For me, making these changes requires digging deep to extricate and exorcize the Good Girl so entrenched in my mind and spirit. I am still a work in progress. But, when I remain present, I can check myself. When I wander off, I can bring myself back. It is simple, but it isn’t always easy. Yet, my pursuit of balance and inner peace, for a higher state of wellbeing, is worth it.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes ControlWhen working with our psyche, aromatherapy can serve as an amazing ally in supporting our effort to enhance our overall sense of wellbeing.

As we do the work at home and with professionals, essential oils can help to support our transition and transformation by:

  • Calming the mind and mental chatter
  • Soothing our emotions
  • Supporting introspection
  • Connecting us to a state of higher consciousness
  • Encouraging a sense of strength and empowerment
  • Helping to bring a sense of harmony to our spirit

I find this effect to be especially expansive when combined with self-balancing practices to create an aromatic anchor. This synergy for the senses helps keep me present and grounded on my path.

In this case, inhalation is often the most effective approach as it has almost an immediate effect on our mind and spirit. For this reason, I prefer carrying my synergies for this purpose in a personal aromatherapy inhaler so I have them as needed in the moment.

In this particular case, I personally practice:

  • Intentions – setting a clear purpose and using an aromatic synergy with that purpose in mind.
  •  Affirmations – replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts in the present tense with the aid of aromatherapy.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes ControlAnd, here is a synergy created with the purpose of changing my entrenched Good Girl patterns:

 Good Girl Gone Synergy

 This synergy is grounding, calming, comforting and uplifting to the senses. This synergy can help support a sense of personal strength and confidence when faced with decisions driven by worry.

It can help to bring clarity by encouraging us to connect with our intuition and inner guidance. It can help us to identify and express our own needs in integrity with ourselves and with others.

And, it can support us in bringing a greater sense of balance by helping to clear old emotional patterns and energy blocks and supporting us in releasing them from our being.

What You’ll Need:

  • 6 drops Black Pepper Piper nigrum
  • 3 drop Blue Cypress Callitris intratropica
  • 3 drop Magnolia Flower Michelia alba*
  • 3 drop Rhododendron Rhododendron anthopogon*

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*Magnolia Flower and Rhododendron were featured as Oil of the Month selections. Check back to see if it will be offered for general availability. 

What You’ll Do:

Add 5 drops per 100 ml of water to your diffuser, 15 drops to your personal aromatherapy inhaler, or add one drop to your aromatherapy diffuser locket.

KidSafe: No

Cautions: Blue Cypress Should not be used with pregnancy or breastfeeding mothers. For Magnolia Flower, we recommend a maximum dilution of 1% for topical application.

 


Sources:

Keim, Joni, and Ruah Bull. Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils. CreateSpace, 2015.

Shutes, Jade. The Dynamics of Blending: a Guide to Blending and Reference Manual for Essential Oils and Base Materials. The East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies.

 

Handling Emotional Hurricanes

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


Here on the Gulf Coast, we’re heading for the high point of hurricane season. Weather watchers consider the period just before and after the beginning of September as the most likely for active storms.

Just when it’s most important to be vigilant, it’s so easy to get lulled into  a false sense of security if the days slide by with just the usual short afternoon squalls. Yet, it’s the cumulative effects of the constant summer sun that contribute most to conditions that result in a serious strike from the sea.

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August Essential Oil of the Month: Tropical Passion

As summertime slips toward its close, we’re excited to bring you Tropical Passion Synergy for the August Oil of the Month!

As the days grow shorter and the weather gets cooler, Tropical Passion Synergy can help keep your spirits lifted and your senses energized.

One sniff of this delightfully bold and fruity aroma can help boost a sunnier state of mind. If you find joy in the sweetness of baking, this scent is reminiscent of delicious fruited marzipan or almond pastry.

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July Essential Oil of the Month: Sea Fennel

Sea Fennel Essential OilIn keeping with the spirit of summer, our July offering for Oil of the Month comes to you from the sunny coastline of Greece! Meet Sea Fennel Crithmum maritimum (also known as Rock Samphire or Rock Fennel).

The Sea Fennel plant has a history of medicinal use, as far back as Greek mythology. Today, it is finding new favor for its remarkable restorative benefits!

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Aromatherapy Sea Soul Cleanse

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

Oh sweet summer, how I love thee. This is the season of seasons that supports our sense of restoration. Warmer weather, vacation down time, longer days, and abundant sunlight help nourish our selves and slow our roll.

One of the many opportunities to really put our sensibilities to rights is to experience immersion in nature under the nurturing summer sun. For some, a walk in woods puts one back on the path of what is right in the world. Others appreciate the cooler, crisp air of the mountains. For city and suburban folks, reconnecting with the earth can be simply going barefoot in the grass.

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June Oil of the Month: Moldavian Dragonhead

This month, we are so excited for you to experience a Moldavian Dragonhead!

Not only does this rare and precious essential oil boast a fun and fanciful name, it also brings a host of benefits and a beautifully soft, spicy lemony scent.

A sniff of Moldavian Dragonhead brings to mind that beautifully balanced sweet-tart scent of those vintage, natural lemon drops that come in the little round tins.

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Summer Solstice: Sunshine For Your Soul

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

Need a little more sunshine for your soul?

We have a perfect opportunity to prepare ourselves as we welcome Summer Solstice on June 21st.  If we see these milestones as signs to tune in, we can tune up our spirit by absorbing the intention of the commemoration.

Marking the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice shines with an abundance of natural, radiant light. And, indeed, sunshine serves as necessary source of nourishment and a sustaining force for our overall wellbeing.

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