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Gareth

Aromatherapy & Essential Oils

As one or two of you already know, Aromatherapy is one of my personal interests. It is something that I discovered almost 18 months ago and has made a significant difference in my life.

Here is a photo of 3 of my 5 burners/vapourisers and a handful of oils from my collection (as you can see I have a thing about blue coloured ceramics and crockery)

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Here's a copy and paste of a posting that I made here on OTG in Aug 07;

Over the last 3 years or so I have suffered from a very serious Bipolar condition, and mainstream prescription Anti-depressants actually making me a lot worse than the other alternative therapy methods (St John's Wort capsules) I was using at the time before the GP took over the supervision of my illness. After taking the anti-depressants for around 6 months I decided that I wanted to come off them, but I was advised that it would be a long, difficult and dangerous process reducing the dosage levels as my system gradually came off them. A little over two year years ago and quiet by accident, I totally stopped taking the anti-depressants. The doctor had forgotten to sign a prescription, and that prompted my decision to go "cold turkey."
A decision that I am now glad that I chose pursue. I had a month of sheer Hell, which was not eased by the circumstances that I was enduring at the time. The following 3 months were not much better, but things became easier. A little over a year ago, my circumstances changed, and I started properly along the road to recovery. I also consider myself fortunate in not being able to secure any assistance from the local mental health support teams. I continued blundering along doing my own thing until MM suggested that I try aromatherapy. It is one of her hobbies and passions, and although she is not a qualified aroma therapist, she is a Doctor of Chemistry. She consulted her books on the subject, used her own experience, and blended me an oil from 2 of her favourite essential oils and 1 absolute oil.

The blend that Margaret Mary has produced for me is 1 part Jasmine absolute oil, to 5 parts Y'lang Y'lang oil, and 10 parts Lavender oil. The ingredients and ratio were selected to calm, relax and refresh me, and the method that I use, is to add 2-3 drops of this blend to about 50 cc of boiled, filtered water in my little Soap stone burner. Heated by a Tea light candle, this mix lasts for about 4-5 hours.

I use my burner most evenings while I am either reading or surfing the net, and with the exception of one bad night I am sleeping better than I have done in 3 years, and I am now awakening relaxed and refreshed.



That was 15 months ago, and since then, I have expanded my collection of essential and absolute oils to 38 different ones.

The list is as follows;
Aniseed
Bay
Benzoin
Bergamot
Cajeput
Camphor
Cedarwood Atlas
Chamomile Matricaria
Citronella
Clove bud
Cloves
Cypress
Eucalyptus
Fennel
Frankincense
Geranium
Grapefruit
Grapeseed
Ho wood
Jasmine
Lavender
Lemon
Lemon Grass
Lemon Verbena
Mandarin
Melissa
Myrrh
Neroli
Niaouli
Orange
Patchulli
Pine
Rose
Rosemary
Rosewood
Sage
Sandlewood
Spearmint
Y'Lang Y'Lang

I would like to know what your favorite oils are, and any recommendations that you would care to share with me.

I'll share some of my favourite blends a little later on.
Morlan75

I have to admit I do not have any more an extensive collection of oils  :xcry:

But my fav's have to be as I suffered from severe depression, Pepper Oil,Lavender & camomile although expensive very effective
I find that cinnamon is extremly calming & grounding also but quite hard to obtain.

Juniper oil I find one of my favourites to (one of Richies also) keep up the good work Gareth and get blending!      
mogs

gus....................Nagchampa is the one you should use instead of pine..
mogs

gareth

i remember the original post..............your collection has certainly grown  
Gareth

Due to the benefits that I recieve from the oils, I do not look upon them as expensive. OK, the Rose and Jasmine absolute oils are around £17.99 for 2.5 ml (yes, that's correct 2 point 5 ml, or about half a teaspoonful). As I rarely drink, and at around £5 -£8 each, I look upon the price of the other essential oils as costing me the same as roughly 2 or 3 pints.

Although I use both the Jasmine and the Rose oil in blends, and on their own, both 2.5 ml bottles have lasted me over a year. The two oils that I do get through on a regular basis are Lavender and Y'Lang Y'Lang. I love the smell of Lavender oil around my flat, and the effects that a drop of Y'Lang Y'Lang rubbed on my neck, or two drops splashed on the passenger seat head rest of my car have, has got to be seen to be believed.

I enjoy Sandlewood when reading adventure novels or watching action films, maybe it's a macho scent; but if I use it after about 9 pm in my burner I sleep badly, sometimes having extreme dreams or nightmares: Ho wood, Pine and Cypress seem to be very good alternatives.

Too brighten up a stressful day I like the scent of citrus oils; Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, and Manderin. An equal blend of Orange and Lemon, or Lemon and Geranium really does cheer me up. So does Lemon grass and Citronella.

I am doing NVQ Aromatherpy at night school, and have really grasped the technical aspect of the oils, and what should or should not be mixed or blended, and why.

Other favourites of mine include the following:

The blending ratios are; 3 drops, + 2 drops, + 1 drop, + 1 drop, etc. The larger amount being listed first. All mixed together in a small bottle and shaken vigorously (each time) before adding 2-3 drops of the blend to the water in my burner .


After a hard physical day at work, a blend of; Lavender (3), Neroli (2) and Thyme (1).

For when doing creative hobby and craft work, a blend of; Vanilla (3), Sandlewood (2), and Camomile (1).

To get me going when I'm feeling tired or sufferng a very mild dose of depression a blend of; Lime (3), Lemon (2) and Grapefruit (1).

Just to make my place smell nice, and uplift me a lttle, a blend of; Benzoin (3), Manderin (2), Sage (1), and Lemon Verbena (1).

For chilling out, especially with the 3M's, or for sitting down and problem solving with a piece of paper and a pencil, a blend of;  Cardamon (3), Cedarwood (2), and Putchouli (1).

To keep me moving and motivated when doing the domestic chores, etc. a blend of; Mint (3), Sage (2) and Cloves (1).

Don't Ask! ... ... ... A blend of; Y'Lang Y'Lang (3), Nutmeg (2) and Patchoulli (1) (try it, you maybe very surprised with the effects. But first, make sure the kids are staying over with the grandparents! Do not use this blend at home alone; you'll get RSI).


As you can see, I have listed some essential oils in the above blends that are not included in my collection. That is becuse I have either exhausted the original bottles and have not yet got around to replacing them, or I have access to them at night school, or have made the specifc blends when messing about with oils with Mandy, Mikki, and Margaret-Mary.
mogs

quite heady, but do the trick.......
Gareth

The 3M's + new 4th M :xshock:  

Have each reminded me that the above listed blends can also be mixed with a base oil such as; Advacado, Apricot, Almond, Coconut, Grapeseed or Hazelnut, etc. and used in a nice relaxing hot bath. This is normally in the approximate ratio of 10-15 drops of base oil, to 1-2 drops blended oils. Again, the oils must be shaken vigorously before adding to the bath water, preferably pouring into the running water from the hot tap.


I have also been reminded that not all essential oils suit all people, and that some times a reaction may occur. Pregnent women, and those with a medical condition or illness should seek professional advice before using any essential oils.
mogs

one oil, if diluted with a carrier oil that is suitable for all ages, conditions etc is lavender....
Gareth

As an additional little Christmas present for my 16 year old daugter; Roseanne. The 3M's and I selected her 8 essential oils including: Aniseed, Cinnamon, Cedarwood Atlas, Lavender, Fennel, Lemon, Citronella, and Peppermint. I also included one of my little Soap Stone burners and a bag full of tea light candles in the same parcel.

Roseanne thinks that the little burner is very pretty, and adores the aromas given out by the essential oils . My 41 year old little Sister; Sue-Anne on the other hand is fed up with the scent of Cinnamon oil, as it keeps making her feel hungry and wanting to dive for the cake.
Gareth

I am just about to replenish and expand my collection of essential oils by a few more;

1) Black Pepper.2) Thyme, 3) Juniper Berry, 4) Nutmeg, 5) Vanilla Extract, 6) Carnation, 7) Gardenia, 8) Marigold Tagetes 9) Basil 10) Marjoram Sweet

I am getting them from Mandy; one of my 3M's.

Mandy use to run an Alternatve Treatments Centre here in Norwich, and still has some stock for sale.

If you are interested in purchasing some of the following essential oils, please send me a Personal Message (PM), or send me an email by clicking on the MSNM icon at the bottom of this post

basil
black pepper
cedarwood
carnation
clary sage
calendula
ginger
gardinia
hyssop
immortelle
juniper berry
lemon eucalyptus
lemon tea tree
lemon verbena
majoram sweet
marigold tagetes
nutmeg
neroli light
sandlewood amyris
thyme
vanilla extract
vetivert
Gareth

I have been having a little google and surf about this morning. Searching for information on blends of essential oils, and their uses, etc.

I came across this South African commercial supplier of essential oils. If you take the time to look at the blends for sale, you will see that each one lists the oils that they contain. It does not list the quanities, but looking at the layout the oils are in a descendng order. I am going to enjoy doing a little mixing and matching.

http://www.essentialoils.co.za/index.htm
Gareth

I have just spent over an hour or so diggng a little deeper into the internal links listed in the web-site in the above post. It really is worth a look, especially the aromtherapy remedies section. Not only do they list the required essential oils, and combinations for certain common ailments, but also the quanities and application methods; Vapourising, massage, and bathing, etc.

It really is worth a look, I know that I'll be returning for more information from time to time.

http://www.essentialoils.co.za/why.htm#aromatherapy
Gareth

Mandy and I played backgammon last night, and along with catching up with her and the over christmas gossip from the 3M's, she remembered to bring with her the additonal essential oils that I wanted to add to my collection: Black Pepper, Thyme, Juniper Berry, Nutmeg, Vanilla Extract,  Carnation, Gardenia, Marigold Tagetes, Basil, and Marjoram Sweet.  

When I got in from work this afternoon, had eaten, and completed a couple of domestic chores. I popped the tops off the bottles and had a little sniff of each, and I am please to report that I like the individual aromas of them all. I am going to enjoy the time spent mixing and matching this lot with the rest of my collection. I am going to try them all individually over the next few days, and currently I have the Black Pepper essential oil in my little burner. Although not an outright stimulating, or a relaxing aroma, the scent of the Black Pepper oil has been very pleasent, and to a point mind sharpening and concentration enhancing while I have been making telephone calls, catching up with paperwork, and composing letters and emails this evening.
agapanthus

Just read the whole of your post....it's really fascinating  It does sound very involved though..for me ( I have a very poor memory) and not sure I could remember all the formulas. It's great that you have found it helpful ....happy concocting!!!
MrsWW

I guess it'd be a good idea to keep a log/diary of your combinations so you can use them again if it's one you like.
Gareth

Like just about everything that we do in our modern lives, it can be as involved and complicated, or as easy and simple as we want to make make it.

I started out simple, and got caught up in it. So much so that I am studying aromatherapy at night school.

I do not react well to modern prescription medications, and have had an interest in alternative therapies for many years, going down the herbal route many times for minor ailments. Ironically I did not try aromatherapy until Margaret-Mary introduced me to it properly. I had dabbled with "smelly" candles, and my deceased wife often used commercially available plug in type scents. However, these are usually chemical in base and compostion, rarely containing esssential oils from natural occuring sources.


Apart from the odd bout of insomnia, I no longer need the the oils to help me sleep, using them mainly to set moods or to lift my spirits when I am down these days. They can and do motivate me when I have experienced a long, hard, physical day at work and still have domestic chores to complete  when I return home. Usually by the time I have got these tedious, and menial tasks done, I actually feel better, relaxed, and able to settle properly when I do eventually rest.
agapanthus

I did'nt actually realise they could help you sleep
Gareth

Good oils to vapourise in a burner to aid sleeping include the following;
Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium, Frankencense, and Clary Sage. Although I really do like the affects of restfullness and relaxation that Orange oil bestowes upon me.

For over three years, I was an insomniac, rarely sleeping and becoming extremely hyper. Then about once every 4 or 5 weeks, I would have a compelete body shut down. Being totally out of it for 24-30 hours, awakening from these sessions was difficult, as I was neither rested, refreshed or relaxed, and usually suffering a migraine. Since using the essential oils, the migraines have all but gone, and are much easier and quicker to treat with the oils in a burner than the off the shelf medications

I am now keeping an excel spreadsheet to help me identify oils for specific purposes. It's so much easier than trying to find, and then wade through the pages of my notebook.
agapanthus

Gareth wrote:
Good oils to vapourise in a burner to aid sleeping include the following;
Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium, Frankencense, and Clary Sage. Although I really do like the affects of restfullness and relaxation that Orange oil does for me.

For over three years, I was an insomniac, rarely sleeping and becoming extremely hyper. Then about once every 4 or 5 weeks, I would have a compelete body shut down. Being totally out of it for 24-30 hours, awakening from these sessions was difficult, as I was neither rested, refreshed or relaxed, and usually suffering a migraine. Since using the essential oils, the migraines have all but gone, and are much easier and quicker to treat with the oils in a burner than the off the shelf medications

I am now keeping an excel spreadsheet to help me identify oils for specific purposes. It's so much easier than trying to find, and then wade through the pages of my notebook.


I've probably had about 3 nights restful sleep in 10 years or so :( feel extremely knackered most of the time and could sleep in the afternoon everyday. Perhaps this is the way for me to go?
Gareth

May I suggest that you get a medium sized burner, say about 100-150 ml capacity, a few tea light candles and a 10 ml bottle of Lavender oil.

Approximately 30 minutes before you go to bed, put around 100 ml of boiling water into the burner, along with 2-3 drops of Lavender oil. Leave this burning while you sleep. Obviously, ensure that there will be nothing combustible near the lighted candle that may cause a fire.

A burner of this capacity should provide more than sufficent water to prevent drying out during the approximate burn time of 4 hours that a small (18g) tea light will provide.

Ceramic burners of this size will cost you about £1.50 from a charity shop, or from about £5 and upwards for a new one. 10 ml of lavender oil will cost about £4.50; ensure that you purchase a pure essentail oil, and the tea lights are about £1.00-£1-50 from a supermarket. I buy 100 X 18 gram tea lights from my local Asda for 99p.
agapanthus

Gareth wrote:
May I suggest that you get a medium sized burner, say about 100-150 ml capacity, a few tea light candles and a 10 ml bottle of Lvender oil.

Approximately 30 minutes before you go to bed, put around 100ml of boiling water into the burner, along with 2-3 drops of Lavender oil. Leave this burning while you sleep. Obviously, ensure that there will be nothing combustible near the lighted candle that may cause a fire.

A burner of this capacity should provide more than sufficent water to prevent drying out during the approximate burn time of 4 hours that a small (18g) tea light will provide.

Ceramic burners of this size will cost you about £1.50 from a charity shop, or from about £5 and upwards for a new one. 10 ml of lavender oil will cost about £4.50; ensure that you purchase a pure essentail oil, and the tea lights are about £1.00-£1-50 from a supermarket. I buy 100 X 18 gram tea lights from my local Asda for 99p.



Thanks for the advice Gareth...I really appreciate it Just one more thing....can I get the oil in Holland & Barrett? Thanks again
Gareth

I have never purchased oils from Holland & Barret. However, their web-site says that most stores stock aromatherapy items.

The Body shop does an excellent range of oils, and I have purchased two from them: Patchulli and Clove bud.

Neal's Yard also does an excellent and very large range, but I have only sampled and not purchased.

I have bought a few oils from the Naturally health food and remedy store here in Norwich under their own brand of "Naturals," a couple of oils from Neoils and the aromatherapy, candles and soaps stall on Norwich market;
http://www.neoils.com/, the rest of my collection I purchased from Mandy.
agapanthus

Gareth wrote:
I have never purchased oils from Holland & Barret. However, their web-site says that most stores stock aromatherapy items.

The Body shop does an excellent range of oils, and I have purchased two from them: Patchulli and Clove bud.

Neal's Yard also does an excellent and very large range, but I have only sampled and not purchased.

I have bought a few oils from Naturally health food and remedy store here in Norwich under ther own brand of naturals, and a couple of oils from the Neoils stall on the market;
http://www.neoils.com/, the rest of my collection I purchased from Mandy.


Have just ordered some from neoils!!!  
Gareth

The neoils Lavender is an excellent oil, it's the one that Margaret-Mary and I both use. It is also grown and processed here in Norfolk.
Stanley

Hi G, whilst cooking I have developed a liking for basil, and love the smell. I see it's available as an essential oil, what are its strengths?
Gareth

Copied directly from my text book.


Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Parts used: Flowering tips and leaves

Main uses: antiseptic, Muscle sprains, rheumatism, flatulence, uterine cramps, fever, infectous dieseses,  bronchitis, and migraine. Depression, hysteria, insomnia, mental fatigue and anxiety.

Can be used in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes for the above, and inhaled by vapourisation in a burner.

Blends with: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Lime, Geranium, Hyssop, Lavender and Sandelwood.

Caution; Avoid during pregnacy. Never take internally
Stanley

Thanks Gareth, flatulence and insomnia that's me!
But I'll not try it when I'm pregnant
Gareth

Aggy,

Has your Neoils' Lavender essential oil arrived yet? and have you tried it?


Stan,

Have you bought any Basil essential oil yet? and tried it?



I would very much like to know how you are both getting on with the oils. Your first impressions; whether you like the aromas, how they make you feel, or if they alter your mood. Do you feel uplifted, stimulated, calmed, etc?
Gareth

BTW,

One blend that I have concocted and really liked this week is;

Blackpepper (1), Vanilla (1), and Thyme (1).
agapanthus

[quote="Gareth"]Aggy,

Has your Neoils' Lavender essential oil arrived yet? and have you tried it?


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Yup....they came yesterday. Hav'nt tried any yet....am finding it really difficult to get a burner with a large enough bowl......so Munty's gonna make me one out of an old dog food can and punch some holes in it and I shall put a bowl on top of it!!    Will let you know how it goes!....am getting really hacked off not being able to sleep :(
Gareth

Morlan75 wrote:
I have to admit I do not have any more an extensive collection of oils  :xcry:

But my fav's have to be as I suffered from severe depression, Pepper Oil,Lavender & camomile although expensive very effective
I find that cinnamon is extremly calming & grounding also but quite hard to obtain.

Juniper oil I find one of my favourites to (one of Richies also) keep up the good work Gareth and get blending!      


I like each of the individual oils that Jeni has listed. However this evening I have blended all 3 of them together and tried them in my little soap stone burner. Black Pepper (1), Lavender (1), and Camomile (1), although unusually for me I used cold water from the kettle in the burners bowl. As it came up to heat from the tea lght candle this blend did seem to have a very "Green" and raw scent about it, but now it is at the proper temperature it is a very pleasing, uplifting and awakening aroma.
green man

Gareth wrote:


uplifting and awakening aroma.


But it's bed time Gareth!
Gareth

[quote="agapanthus"]
Gareth wrote:
Aggy,

Has your Neoils' Lavender essential oil arrived yet? and have you tried it?
quote]
Yup....they came yesterday. Hav'nt tried any yet....am finding it really difficult to get a burner with a large enough bowl...... :(


Fondue and chocolate bowls make good oil burners. I use a fondue bowl set instead of a proper oil burner with a commercial Rose scent (not an essential oil) to keep the smallest room in my flat smelling nice  :pottytrain5: oh.gif  

I shall be wandering around the Norwich charity shops in the morning; I'll keep my eyes peeled for you.


Stan,

I presently have Basil essential oil vapourising in my burner. It is a very pleasent, and has a slighty "heady" aniseed aroma. It's very calming and relaxing; great for chilling down before I go to bed.
Gareth

Basil essential oil is personally recommended by me.

I had a great night's sleep after using it in my little soap stone burner.

Have awoken reasonably early this morning rested, relaxed and refreshed.    

I just have all the domestic chores to do now.  
Stanley

Gareth said
Quote:
Basil essential oil is personnally recommended by me.

Our local Holland and Barrett sell quite a lot of essential oils, but basil is not on their list.
So, it's another bus pass job to Lincoln!
Gareth

Gardina (1) and Carnation (1) in my burner now, as I do the domestic chores.

It's a very pleasent and refreshing aroma. But alas, not stimulating enough for me to be actually enjoying the vacuuming and dusting.
agapanthus

Gareth wrote:
Gardina (1) and Carnation (1) in my burner now, as I do the domestic chores.

It's a very pleasent and refreshing aroma. But alas, not stimulating enough for me to be actually enjoying the vacuuming and dusting.


Does anyone actually enjoy doing the housework?? oh.gif  oh.gif
Gareth

agapanthus wrote:
Gareth wrote:
Gardina (1) and Carnation (1) in my burner now, as I do the domestic chores.

It's a very pleasent and refreshing aroma. But alas, not stimulating enough for me to be actually enjoying the vacuuming and dusting.


Does anyone actually enjoy doing the housework?? oh.gif  oh.gif



Confession time oh.gif

Margaret came around to my place and helped me .....  and in truth ... she did most of it.
Morlan75

I want A Margaret  
dan

is a margret like a henry?
Morlan75

wotsa henry      not a hoover thinggy    
dan

ok ok censoring kicking in now  oh.gif   dont start swearing and using verbal abuse bowt this hoover thingy!!!!

was just relaxing in the thort of gareths oils    
Stanley

I've cured my computer RSI prob in my shoulder with a couple (so far) applications of five drops of lavender in one teaspoon of almond oil.
Sadly, I had to apply it myself; no Margaret
Morlan75

danndans wrote:
ok ok censoring kicking in now  oh.gif   dont start swearing and using verbal abuse bowt this hoover thingy!!!!

was just relaxing in the thort of gareths oils    


have to try this relaxing thinggy as well... get his lordship to massage me back after HE's done the hoovering    
Gareth

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Aromatherpy & Essential Oils
Gareth

Ths evening I have the following blend in my little burner;

Cardamon (3), Cedarwood (2), Patuoulli (1).

This is a new blend for me and is very relaxing. The reason that I chose to make and try ths blend is because of the following (lifted from my text book).

Cardamon: Fights mood swings and builds confidence

Cedarwood: Reduces anxiety and fights depression.

Patuloulli: Improves assertiveness and is also a mild sedative.


It has been one of those day's for me; my emotions and feelings up and down, all over the place. Difficult hurdles for me to cross this morning,  I made a new friend this afternoon, my daughter put me firmly back in my place a little later this afternoon, then I dropped and broke my mobile phone. I got bad news early this evening; an ederly friend has died today, and another friend; Mel (4th M) has at last, finally forgiven a (necessary) transgression that I commited on Christmas day.

This blend has certainly done it's job tonight, having calmed and settled me down, making me now ready to go to bed and sleep properly.

P.S. I have also ordered a few more to extend my collection oils today with some new ones. Dill, Lime, Hyssop, Tea tree, Abby Lavender, and Cinnamon leaf. I'll update my original list properly tomorrow evening when I get in from work.
Morlan75

Gareth wrote:

Cardamon: Fights mood swings and builds confidence

Cedarwood: Reduces anxiety and fights depression.

Patuloulli: Improves assertiveness and is also a mild sedative.



I think I need to start drinking this blend Gareth      
Gareth

Nothing spectacular this evening. A couple of drops each of; Oranage Oil, Lemon oil and Mandarin oil in my little burner. For no other or better reason than I like the aroma of the citrus oils.
Gareth

Here is an updated list of the essental oils that I currently have:

Aniseed
Basil
Bay
Benzoin
Bergamot
Black Pepper
Cajeput
Camphor
Carnation
Cedarwood Atlas
Chamomile Matricaria
Cinnamon Leaf
Citronella
Clove bud
Cloves
Cypress
Dill
Eucalyptus
Fennel
Frankincense
Gardenia
Geranium
Grapefruit
Grapeseed
Ho wood
hyssop
Jasmine
Juniper Berry
Lavender
Lavender (Norfolk Abby)
Lemon
Lemon Grass
Lemon verben
Lime
Majorham Sweet
Mandarin
Marigold Tagetes
Melissa
Myrrh
Neroli
Niaouli
Nutmeg
Orange
Patchulli
Pine
Rose
Rosemary
Rosewood
Sage
Sandelwood
Spearmint
Tea Tree
Thyme
Vanilla Extract
Y'Lang Y'Lang

I make that 55 different ones. oh.gif

Here are nine others that are on my wish list:

calendula
clary sage
ginger
immortelle
lemon eucalyptus
Lemon Tea tree
Neroli Light
sandlewood amyris
vetivert
Gareth

A few drops of Lavender in my burner tonight, just to make a nice end  to a very pleasent evening.
Gareth

The oils that I had ordered from Neoils arrived today. That's very good service; ordered on Monday, arrived today (Wednesday).

http://www.neoils.com/

Just to remind you, here is the list of oils that I ordered:

New oils; Dill, Lime, Hyssop, Tea tree, Norfolk Abby Lavender, and Cinnamon leaf.

Replenishment oils; Myrrh, Frankencense.

I had a little sniff of each bottle, and enjoyed each one. So far this evening I have had the Lime oil, and then the Norfolk Abby Lavender oil in my burner. Both are highly recommended by me.
Stanley

Just for info Home Bargain stores have tea tree at 99p! Ok if you've got athlete's foot!
Tried ylang ylang  and lavender in a burner today with visitor present!

Gareth

Beaware that cheap oils are usually fragrant oils and not aromatherapy oils.

Fragrant oils usually only contain a tiny % of the essential oil, all they will do is make a nice smell without the benefits of the essential oils. They are normally Cut with something from either the chemical or petroleum industries to bring the price down. That's OK if all you want is a pleasent smell.


If you are going to use an oil for aromatherapy purposes, such as helping you to; sleep. relax, be refreshed, aid concentraton, or other directed purpose for medical conditions, etc. Please ensure that the bottle contains the following words on the label Pure or Absolute Essential oil.





Stan,

Did the Y'lang Y'lang oil work.        
Stanley

Gareth asked
Quote:
Stan,

Did the Y'lang Y'lang oil work.


Ay? I'm a gentleman, couldn't possibly say!
Gareth

I have just put a couple drops of Lemon oil (2) and Lime oil (2) in my burner. Wow! what an aroma: The trouble is I am now wide awake, and I have to be up at 5am and at work at 6am.

So I have the Lavender oil (10), Y'Lang Y'Lang oil (5), and Jasmine  oil (2) calming, relaxation and sleeping blend going in the big burner in my bedroom now.
Morlan75

Gareth wrote:
The oils that I had ordered from Neoils arrived today. That's very good service; ordered on Monday, arrived today (Wednesday).

http://www.neoils.com/



Gareth just been looking on the website   what's the postage on there goods cant seem to find out from their site  
Gareth

Hiya Jeni,

I paid £2.70 postage and packaging for the 8 oils that I purchased from neoils.


If you are looking at their site and fancy anything, just add it to your basket. Neoils' site is one of those that calculates the P&P before you checkout, so you still have the option of bugging out and emptying your basket.
Morlan75

Thanks Gareth  
Ive looked on a few other sites and p&p on most is about 6:50  oh.gif
will be ordering at a later date from your recommendation  
Gareth

Morlan75 wrote:
Thanks Gareth  
Ive looked on a few other sites and p&p on most is about 6:50  oh.gif
will be ordering at a later date from your recommendation  


Jeni, and other OTGer's

Before you all go off ordering essential oils from the net, please take a look at the following list. These are the oils that Mandy has for sale, and they are all currently on my dining table, so you'll be dealing directly with me.

If you are interested in any of them, send me a PM  I'll do the postage at cost, which will be about £1.50 (thats what it cost me to send 500ml of Mead through the post).


All 10 ml bottles unless otherwise stated.

basil  £3.75
Bay £4.70
cedarwood £2.75
Calendula £3.50
clary sage £3.50
calendula  £2.75
gardinia £3.55
hyssop £8.25
immortelle £4.70
juniper berry £5.40
Lemon £2.35
lemon verbena £3.50
majoram sweet TBA
marigold tagetes £5.65
Melissa £3.30
nutmeg £3.75
neroli light £5.50
Neroli £4.25
sandlewood amyris £3.99
thyme £3.00
vetivert £3.30
Gareth

A brief recap of some of the blends that I use.

Here is brief recap of some of the blends that I use in my burners.

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Please note that the quanities are in drops, are blended in a seperate small bottle,  shaken vigourously for a few seconds and that only 3-4 drops of the blend are added to the water in the bowl of my burner at a time.

To help me sleep : Just Lavender oil on it's own

To help me get a good nights sleep, if I am depressed or stressed, etc:

Lavender (10), Y'Lang Y'Lang (5), Jasmine absolute (1-2)

Sensual:
Y'Lang Y'Lang (3), Nutmeg (2) and Patchoulli (1)

Pick me up after a hard day at work:
Lavender (3), Neroli (2) and Thyme (1).

To help stimulate a creative mood for hobby work;
Vanilla (3), Sandlewood (2), and Camomile (1).

Revitalizer:
Lime (3), Lemon (2) and Grapefruit (1).

Chillout;
Cardamon (3), Cedarwood (2), and Putchouli (1).

Motivator;
Mint (3), Sage (2) and Cloves (1).

Refresher;
Benzoin (3), Manderin (2), Sage (1), and Lemon Verbena (1).

Pleasent;
Blackpepper (1), Vanilla (1), and Thyme (1).
Or;
Gardina (1) and Carnation (1)

Uplifting;
Black Pepper (1), Lavender (1), and Camomile (1).

To hold in check or reduce mood swings;
Cardamon (3), Cedarwood (2), Patuoulli (1).

Awakening;
Lemon (2) and Lime (2)

Energising;
Lime (3), Lemon (2), Grapefruit (3).

Stress relief;
Lavender (2), Neroli (2), Thyme (1).


This list is neither definitive, or exhaustive, but they are a few of my favourite blends of essential oils, and the reasons why I use them.

I'll add some more later.
Gareth

I am just having a last cup of coffee before I go out and do a dump run for my ex landlady and Landlord: Wendy & Ray (I'll also be on the look out for a couple of old childrens bicycles with straight front forks and 16 inch wheels for a couple of "Gareth built" projects; wheel hoe for the allotment, and single wheel bike trailer). So I have a few drops of Orange oil in my little burner on my dining table for no other reason than I like it. It is also a very refreshing, upliftng and feel good aroma.
morlan578

jens just got a industrial size bottle of y,lang y,lang and been vapourizing it like mad    
Is she trying to tell me something oh.gif  oh.gif
Gareth

Well,
I hope that Jeni's industrial sized bottle of Y'lang Y'lang worked for her, and that she reciprocated by masssaging some of "Stanley's" RSI blend into your tired, worn out, decrepied and aching body to help you recover.

Over the last few days I have been using some of my new oils individually in my burner, and have established a few to add to my current list of favourites. I have also been been concocting and blending away with some very mixed results. But hey! if you don't try, you don't know, and won't find out.

I'll post some of my results this evening.
Gareth

Just messing about with my collection of essential oils this evening, I have accidentally come up with what I think is an absolutely wonderful aroma. I have no idea what the the physical effects of this blend will be, but it has lifted my spirits a fair bit and given me the motovation to get on and do some domestic chores even though I am washed out and knackered, and has given me a certain sharpness of thought.


Blackpepper (1), and Cinnamon (1).

Well, I love Black pepper on my food, and adore cinnamon in apple pie, and sprinkled onto a hot chocolate or a coffee. It just had to be tried out.    



Aggy,

How are you progressing with the Lavender oil?  

Has it helped to improve your sleeping patterns?
morlan578

Gareth serious question
I suffer with asthma (real asthma not the new trendy version) and some fragrances set me off is there an essential thats aids breathing and relaxes your air passages i know eucalyptus helps ?
Gareth

Richie,

I am not qualified to answer that question. Prevention is always better than cure, so avoid whatever environmental conditions that trigger an attack.

However, my text book recommends vaporising Frankencense oil to ease the symptoms of an asthma attack.

My advice would be for you to search out information for yourself (Google, etc.), or to see a qualified and well established practicing aromatherpist.
morlan578

thanks gareth ,its just jen likes her candles and her oil burner and some of them them just instantly cripple me i just wanted something that we could both share because i don,t want her to feel that she cant do something because it makes me ill .
she refuses to light some of her scented candles and burn some oils now because she doesn,t want to make my chest bad  
Gareth

Last night's blend of Black pepper (1), and Cinnamon (1) did me no harm. While it was vapouriising in the burner, it did clarify and sharpen my thought process, and push away my early evening lethagy, but afterwards I did sleep well. So this blend is going to be written down in my notebook, and added to my spreadsheet.
agapanthus

Gareth.....yes it's worked a treat!!!!!...I've also found that I don't need it every night either! Thanks for all your help Gareth!!!
Gareth

It is common knowledge that I am prone to dislocating my right knee; I am still on the waiting list for corrective surgry.

The sudden drop in temperature and rise in humidity that we have recently been experiencing here in Nofolk, has been extremely uncomfortable for me. Enough for me to be hobbling about during the day at work, and to retire under a duvet on the sofa in front of the TV during the evenings. Last night I bit the bullet and had a very hot bath containing 2 tablespoons of Grapeseed oil blended with 10 drops of the Norfolk Abby Lavender oil. The aroma that wafted around me as a lay in the bath wallowing in self pity really lifted my spirits and gave me a deep down warm and comfortable feeling inside. It also relieved some of the pain in my knee, and made the whole of my flat smell nice; even masking the smell of the earlier burnt black pudding sandwich. .

To say that I had a really good night's sleep would be an understatement, and the pain from my knee has not bothered me at all, until I went out on my push bike cycling the 2 miles across to Asda in the frosty air to get a few groceries at 6 am ths morning. I also got a few smiles from the ladies out early morning shopping as I wandered about the supermarket; no-doubt encouraged by the almost heady aroma of Lavender that still surrounded me.

However, my knee is now playing up and really hurting again. So I have delved into my aromatherapy text books and prepared a massage blend to apply to my knee, and the chosen blend is begining to work, giving me the required pain relief.

2 tablespoons of sweet Almond oil. 10 drops of Eucalyptus oil, 5 drops of Thyme, 5 drops of Rosemary, 5 drops of Pine, and 5 drops of Lavender oil. I have spent only 5 minutes or so massaging a few drops of this blend into my sore knee, and already it is warming the muscles, tendons and ligaments, but most importantly the pain has almost gone and the mobility has returned.
Stanley

Just come across this one, sniff-n-surf?

http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/?p=508
Morlan75

Stanley wrote:
Just come across this one, sniff-n-surf?

http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/?p=508


Stanley that site is VERY worrying   people obviously will buy anything   (just gonna go bag up some welsh air now )

Gareth do you know anything about Lemon oil? I herd awhile ago it's helpful to lift moods? and where the hell can you get it from  
agapanthus

Morlan75 wrote:
Stanley wrote:
Just come across this one, sniff-n-surf?

http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/?p=508


Stanley that site is VERY worrying   people obviously will buy anything   (just gonna go bag up some welsh air now )

Gareth do you know anything about Lemon oil? I herd awhile ago it's helpful to lift moods? and where the hell can you get it from  



www.neoils.com
Gareth

Hi Jeni,

Lemon, Orange, Lime, Graperfuit, Manderin and Neroli (orange blossom) are all up lifting aromas. I like them all on their own, especially Orange; that really gives me a lift and helps me relax. But the aroma of a blend of Lemon and Lime is absolutely fantastic.

Here is a direct link to oils begining with "L" on the neoils web-site;

http://www.neoils.com/productList.cfm?SubcatID=314

Just scroll down the page to find Lemon oil.
Gareth

It's been a long, hard, and cold day at work today, and I have also had a fair bit of running around to do this evening. So, I decide that I need a little bit of a pick-me-up, resulting in me sort of following Jeni's lead from earlier.

Lime (3), Lemon (2), Orange (1).

It has made quiet a difference after only 15 minutes, revitalising me and perking me up enough to do 45 minutes worth of design work that I seriously needed to complete. So as not to interupt my sleeping pattern tonight, I have extinguished my living room burner containing this citrus blend, and have already lit my bedroom burner with a few drops of Lavender oil in it. Hot chocolate, a couple of Nice biscuits, a quick shower and bed for me now.
Gareth

I actually got Margaret-Mary's Christmas present to her last night; Gold, Frankencense and Myrrh.

10 ml Frankencense essential oil, 10 ml of Myrrh essential oil (both from  www.neoils.co.uk), 25 sheets of 75 mm X 75 mm 24 carat Gold leaf, 25 sheets of 75 mm X 75 mm 12 carat Gold leaf, and 25 sheets of 75 mm X 75 mm Silver leaf; look forward to some pictures of her art & craft work including these soon.

I've still got to finish off making Mikki's and Mandy's Christmas presents.

Last night when I eventually got home, I was still excited from winning a Backgammon tournament and the first prize of £1500, so I blended some Dill (2) and Thyme (2) oils. A very nice, pleasing aroma that helped settle me down for the night.
agapanthus

Well done Gareth...nice win!!!!!!  
Gareth

This evening I have come over all Scarborough fair. I was transfering a few music files from the laptop to the MP3 player, and came across some forgotten downloads by Simon and Garfunkle.

Well, it just had to be done: After all, I had purchased 10 mls each of Corriander and Parsley essential oils from Naturals' in Norwich city centre this afternoon

Parsley(1), Sage (1), Rosemary (1) and Thyme (1).

At first it smelt like a damn good casserole cooking, but as the heat from the Tea light candle warmed the blend up to vapourising temperature, it has become a very satisfying, chillout aroma. Making me very comfortable and warm feeling.
Gareth

Coriander oil only vapourising in my living room burner now!

What a beautiful, refreshing aroma. It is not revitalising or awakening me, just refreshing me and making me feel like I want to go to bed, as I wind down ready for bedtime with a very large hot chocolate, a couple of floatng marshmallows and a light sprinkling cinnamon Again it is plain Lavender oil in my bedroom burner right now, but the Naturals' one and not the Norfolk Abbey from Neoils.


Coriander essential oil is definately going on my favourites list.
Gareth

I have just tidied up my many essential oils, which I had managed to scatter across my dining table over the last week or so. Putting them all back into the plastic sandwich type box that they live in; I have come to the conclusion that I need a proper little wooden chest complete with pull out drawers for them. I can feel a little plywood project coming on.
Gareth

Mags came over for a Chicken fricassee with Saffroned rice meal this evening, and Sandlewood oil was the only oil that I had vapourising in the living room burner. I do hope that I sleep well tonight, and do not experiance the bad dreams and sometimes nightmares that usually occour for me when I have had this oil going in the burner after 9pm.

Mags left a few minutes ago, so I have just lit my bedroom burner with the Lavender, Y'lang Y'lang and Jasmine blend in it to ward off a bad night.

However, I did make one mistake this evening. Yesterday I bought some cheap tealight candles from one of the Asian stores on Magdelene Street in Norwich. I used one of these candles in the burner in the "smallest room." Leaving it burning all evening, it wasn't until nature called that I realised how much soot these cheap tealights put out. It was everywhere! In a panc I started to wipe it up, and it smeared over every surface that I touched, taking ages and much laughter from Mags to clean up the mess. When I had finished my hands were black, taking several good scrubs with liberal amounts washing up liquid under a running tap to get my hands back to normal.
Gareth

A blend of Tea Tree oil (2) and Cinnamon Leaf oil (1) this evening. A very pleasent and satisfying aroma, which perked me up without awaken or refreshing me too much, after I returned from nght school this evening.

Off to bed now, a little Lavender oil (2) and Frankencense oil (2) in my bedroom burner; just to help me ease into a settled and relaxed sleep tonight.
Gareth

I have just eaten a very late lunch comprising of a fried trout fillet sandwich, but managed to burn the skin slightly as it sizzled away in the pan. So it's a few drops of Lemon oil, and Lime oil in my little burner right now to freshen the place up.
Morlan75

Gareth wrote:

However, I did make one mistake this evening. Yesterday I bought some cheap tealight candles


Had the same problem Gareth, 99p shop ones (bag of 50) total carp... didnt have the soot problem tho cos they only burnt for a massive 2 minutes on avarage    

The best ones we've found are in Ikea a big bag of them for under 2 quid, about 3-4 hr burning time and minimal soot  
£1 shop ones are not to bad either but their only in packs of 20.
Gareth

The cheap 100 X 18 grams tealights for 99p have disappeared from the shelves in Norwich Asda. However, they have been replaced with 100 X 21 grams tealights for £1.63. The 18 gram tealights burnt for 3 & 1/2 to- 4 hours, so I expect a burn time of 4 & 1/2 to 5 hours from the 21 grams one's.


Well, over the last seven days, I have purchased the 9 essential oils on my wish list and one other that I liked the smell of in the shop: Calendula, Clary Sage, Ginger, Immortelle, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemon Tea tree, Neroli Light, Sandlewood Amyris, Vetivert and Corriander.

That brings me up to 65 different essential oils in my collection. Here is the updated list;
Aniseed
Basil
Bay
Benzoin
Bergamot
Black Pepper
Cajeput
Calendula
Camphor
Carnation
Cedarwood Atlas
Chamomile Matricaria
Cinnamon Leaf
Citronella
Clary sage
Clove bud
Cloves
Corriander
Cypress
Dill
Eucalyptus
Fennel
Frankincense
Gardenia
Geranium
Ginger
Grapefruit
Grapeseed
Ho wood
hyssop
Immortelle
Jasmine
Juniper Berry
Lavender
Lavender (Norfolk Abby)
Lemon
Lemon eucalyptus
Lemon Grass
Lemon Tea tree
Lemon verben
Lime
Majorham Sweet
Mandarin
Marigold Tagetes
Melissa
Myrrh
Neroli
Neroli Light
Niaouli
Nutmeg
Orange
Patchulli
Pine
Rose
Rosemary
Rosewood
Sage
Sandelwood
Sandlewood amyris
Spearmint
Tea Tree
Thyme
Vanilla Extract
Vetivert
Y'Lang Y'Lang
Gareth

I have tried a blend of Clove Bud oil (1), and Patchulli Oil (1) in my little living room burner this evening.

A very "clean" and relaxing aroma.
kaz

This subject has passed on from being a discussion to become a very informative section of 'how to' blend different oils for different effects so I have moved it to the how to section so that it can continue
Gareth

Currently, I am individually trying out the nine oils listed in my "wants" above. This evening for no reason in particular I chose Neroli light.

A very pleasing and cheerful aroma; I needed cheering up a little today as I have worked alone all day, returned to my flat and spent the evening alone. I've not spoken to anyone in person today. Thumbing through my text book I matched the oils that blend with Neroli light to produce a more amicable atmosphere for me. So after I had enjoyed the scent of the Neroli light, I blended a few drops with other oils that have an uplifting affect.

Neroli light oil (2), Orange oil (2), and Geranium oil (1).

They have done their job; Creating a warm, cheerful, summer evening type aroma. Lifting my spirits and helping to make a more pleasent evening for me.
Morlan75

Hiya Gareth,

I'm going through abit of carp at the mo , sleeping patterns have returned to "not normal" and having nightmares again don't get them often but when I do their pretty bad   past few night's now tried lavender in our burner at night (seems fine with richies chest   ), it is quite relaxing for abit but I seem to be ammune to being relaxed     any suggestions on your "brews" that may help at all  

Thanks
Jeni
xxx
Gareth

Morlan75 wrote:
Hiya Gareth,

any suggestions on your "brews" that may help at all  

Thanks
Jeni
xxx




Mead  taken in copious amounts, at least 4 times per day.

Hi Jeni,

I'll answer your question properly this evening.
Gareth

My apologies to Jeni, and all of the other avid readers of this thread for not replying to Jeni's enquiry sooner.

Essential oils that you can vapourise to aid sleeping;

Basil.
Chamomile.
Clary Sage.
Frankencense.
Grapefruit.
Jasmine.
Lavender.
Lemon Balm.
Marjoram.
Neroli (Orange blossom).
Peppermint.

As for differing blends of essentail oil: Well, try a few out for yourself, as not all oils or blends have the same affect upon all people.

Other oils may be used, especially if they have an uplifting, refreshing, relaxing, revitalising effect upon you. Not as a direct aid to sleeping, but used several hours before hand, to make you feel comfortable. I always find that I sleep better if I have experienced something pleasent within a 2-3 hours of going to bed to sleep for the night.


And a Post script just to bring you all up to date: I achieved my NVQ Level 2 in aromatherapy the other day. Now it is head down and studying for NVQ level 3.
kaz

Well done Gareth

How long does it take to achieve each level?
green man

Well done Gareth.
Gareth

I only began my aromatherapy course last september. That is 2 & 1/2 hours per week at night school, and what ever personal time we want to put into studying. I would really like to say that I put an equal amount of personal time in each week, but often I forget to put any time in.

So far only 5 of us have achieved NVQ level 1, and only 2 of us from those 5 have achieved NVQ level 2; that is from a class of 21 regulars. I have the impression that the other 16 thought that it would all be messing about with the oils, without any serious studying. I have an advantage in that it was already an interest of mine turning into a passion, and that I am an extremely fast learner.
Gareth

It is now 8.30 am on a Sunday morning, I have been up since 6am and have achieved absolutely nothing, having an awful lot to do before lunchtime, but some how I am lacking motivation: I just cannot get my ass into gear and get moving, doing what really needs to be done.

For the first time ever, I have lit my living room burner in the morning.
I have a couple of drops of both Lemon & Lime oil in it, and as I have a cuppa, I am awakening and becoming revitalised: I just hope there is enough time left for me to complete everything that I need to do before I go out for lunch.
Gareth

I have Orange oil in my burner tonight. I really do like it's refreshing aroma.




So far I have only posted about the oils that I am vapourising. However there are a few more ways of enjoying the benefits of essential oils. My course work has stepped up a gear, and we are now broaching these. As my knowledge broadens, I will endevour to pass on what I learn.
Fey Dunnabitt

Hi Gareth. I haven't yet had time to read this whole thread, but next time you need lavender oil, try to get it from
Mr et Mme Thévenet,
Distillerie de Servat,
46800 Belmontet
Tel: 00 33 5 65 31 90 17
I’ve been there – it’s bliss – tell you later - their oil is like no other I've ever smelt and so is the effect. Don't fall for some of the imitators, who have started selling so-called lavande du Quercy in that area, but are actually selling Spanish oil or from imported plants or a different variety.
M et Mme Thevenet grow lavande and lavandin - different plants with different properties. I use lavande and I think that's what you want, too.
There's a photo of their son distilling on this page
http://www.lavandeenquercy.com/index_fr.php?from=distillation
but please note that is NOT tgheir website, in fact they haven't even got an email address - the site is a general one, interesting to read, but not their site.
I assure, you, you won't be disappointed. I bought a booldy grate bottle and it was only 16 euros. I shall write and order more when I run out.
Gareth

I have not forgotten about this thread; I've just had 3 hard and very long days working as part of the Hydraulic installation team on the Ocean Observer. Measuring up, sawng to length bending to fit, and installing the stainless steel pipe work for 3 winches and 1 crane.

I am over tired and cannot settle, let alone sleep. So to cheer me up a little and put me into a frame of mind for sleeping, I have just added Orange oil (3) Lemon  oil (2) and Mandarin oil (2) to my medium size Blue ceramic burner. It's only been lit for a few minutes, and already the aroma from the oils is working........ I am beginning to chill out and becoming sleepy now.
Stanley

You've just reminded me that my large capacity one been filling the room with lavender and basil for the last three hours! oh.gif
Gareth

I hadn't thought of blending Lavender and Basil oils Stan.

What are they like together?

Do they settle and relax you, helping you to sleep?

or; do you use them to help set another mood for you?


I slept extremely well using the Orange, Lemon and Manderin oils, but my dreams were a little bit all over the place. Although I have awoken rested and refreshed the sheets and quilt were wrapped around me. My bed looks like I ran a marathon in it durning the night.

Maybe I should have used these oils in my living room during the evening, and then used a blend of; Lavender, Black Pepper and Chamomile in the bedroom burner as I slept

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