Canarium Luzonicum Tree, grows in the tropical forest in Philippines
I have a confession to make. I am head-over-heels in love with Elemi Essential Oil. Its scent is garden-fresh with top notes of lemon and sweet cooling base notes that uplift and rejuvenate, and its powers have me spellbound.
Before modern medicine, civilization relied heavily on the powers of nature to heal, restore and uplift. Turns out, Elemi is a rare and precious essential oil that has been revered for centuries.
Elemi Essential oil comes from the Canarium Luzonicum Tree found in the tropical forests of the Philippines and its neighboring nations. It is in the same botanical family as frankincense and myrrh. Elemis are evergreen trees that produce fruits the size of plums with nuts inside. The resin of the tree is put through a steam distillation process to capture the pale-yellow essential oil.
Elemi is very popular in skincare applications for its incredible ability to reduce fine lines and to tone and soften weary and aged skin. I’ve been adding it to my moisturizer, and can definitely see a difference in the folds of my neck, and jawline. Amazing!
In Arabic, Elemi means “as above so below.” This speaks to the strength of its balancing properties in aromatherapy. It is said to open the door to hidden emotions providing the opportunity to come to peace with them.
I’m so happy to have found Elemi and excited to be bringing it to our monthly subscribers soon. It’s wonderful in a diffuser, added to a bath, or used topically with a carrier oil, like my favorite, organic jojoba oil.
There is so much I want to share with you about this month’s featured Essential Oil. I’m super excited to finally reveal this gem of an oil, and that it will only be available to our subscribers in all our November boxes. This botanical oil which we’ve aptly named TOTAL DEFENSE is loaded with health-inducing intelligence. So here is the scoop:
5 ESSENTIAL OILS IN ONE BLEND
Yep, it’s a blend of five therapeutic-grade essential oils that are scientifically documented to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. This potent oil blend is a powerful way to support your family’s health and wellness. Two of the oils found in the TOTAL DEFENSE Oil Blend, Cinnamon and Clove have been confirmed in multiple studies to be incompatible with most viruses and bacteria, which can not live in their presence.
In addition to Cinnamon, Clove, TOTAL DEFENSE also includes Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. This combination of healing oils covers a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity and contains properties that strengthen the immune system. The Lemon-Eucalyptus-Rosemary blend is one of nature’s most powerful natural home remedies for flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throat, strep, toothache, cuts, poison ivy. It also is a powerful stimulant to the immune system.
HOW TO USE TOTAL DEFENSE OIL
Diffusing TOTAL DEFENSE Oil daily, rubbing it into your skin, and using it to disinfect around your home can help keep you and your family healthy.
Diffusion: Diffusing is a great way to get this healing oil blend into the respiratory system. Inhaling diffused oils strengthens the immune and respiratory systems, which are often the target of bacteria and viruses. Purifying the air adds a valuable level of protection and support in the health and wellness of your family. Many germs that travel through the air are linked to common ailments such as the cold and flu.
In addition to diffusing throughout the day, you can diffuse therapeutic-grade essential oils in the bedroom at night during sleep. It is a wonderful way to support the respiratory and immune system if someone is fighting an infection.
Anointing with Essential Oils: The Bible and other historical texts mention anointing loved ones with aromatic oils and spices for protection against illness and disease. This has been practiced by families for centuries. Just a drop or two goes a long way!
Massage or Topical Application: This healing oil can be diluted and massaged into the skin to help protect against the germs that cause illness. It is also very beneficial in the care of illness. Two very effective areas to massage are the reflex areas or vita-flex points on the feet, for example the lungs, sinus, bronchials, ears, etc., and also along the spine where bacteria and viruses tend to hibernate.
Some Practical Tips:
Test for sensitivity. Cinnamon and clove oil are powerful oils and could cause a reaction in some people. Diluting this essential oil in vegetable or carrier oil (we like Jojoba) before applying to the skin is recommended. The bottom of the feet is always the safest place to use and test oils, especially on children and those with known sensitivities or allergies. For your health and safety, always test first!
Disinfect and Clean: TOTAL DEFENSE oil diluted in water or vinegar is an amazing all purpose house cleaner. Kills germs and odors safely and naturally.
FINAL NOTE: Remember, all essential oils are potent, and only a tiny amount of oil is needed. If you have a medical condition, always consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Essential oils can have a healing effect on us mentally, physically, and emotionally. They are known to help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion, and even improve the way your brain cells function — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell. That is why having an essential oil diffuser in your home is one of the healthiest things you can do for your, and your family’s, well-being. Let’s look at our top 5 uses, and our recommendations for which oils to diffuse:
RELAXATION AND SLEEP
One of the most popular uses of essential oils is due to their ability to help you relax and unwind, particularly after a stressful or long day. Having a diffuser on your nightstand is a great way to help relax your body and mind so you can get a better night’s sleep. Our picks: Lavender, Clary Sage, Sandalwood
This is one of our favorite uses for an essential oil diffuser! There are so many possibilities. Whether to energize you when you’re feeling low, or to infuse the atmosphere with festivity – think Autumn aroma of clove and cinnamon or wintry like Peppermint, White Fur and Spruce – diffusing essential oils will elevate your mood and inspire positive vibes, naturally! Our picks: Grapefruit, Jasmine, Rose, Peppermint, White Fur
IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION
Did you know that essential oils can super-charge your brain cells? Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities – meaning that they are soothing when you’re stressed, but they can also give you a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down or sluggish. By leveling out your mood, the oils in the air will help you to focus. Also, there are several essential oils known for their powerful ability to balance the body’s hormones. These oils, with regular use, can actually help to heal the underlying causes responsible for hampering mental function. Our picks: Peppermint, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, Pine, Lemon, Basil, Lavender, Bergamot
WARD OFF SICKNESS
Essential oils can be used to boost your immune system, and are effective for keeping cold, flu, and other nasty illnesses at bay. They are anti-microbial and when introduced into the air in vapor form, the organic compounds within the oils come into direct contact with airborne pathogens before they invade your body. Plus, some diffusers also double as humidifiers which will help to keep your airways moist and healthy so you are less susceptible to any microbes that do make it into your body. Our picks: Eucalyptus, Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cinnamon, Thyme
Headaches? Sore Muscles? Joint Pain? While, soaking in a warm salty bath with essential oils in the water will work wonders on pain, I extend the healing relief by diffusing oils when I’m not in my tub. Our picks: Ginger, Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Bergamot
Once you get familiar with essential oils and their healing properties, you’ll find so many great uses and you will have fun taking more responsibility for your state of health and well-being. In fact, if I had to choose a basic self-care kit to keep on hand, here are the 10 Essential Oils I would stock (and do): Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon and Clove. Of course, I have so many more, but these are my constant go-to oils, plus Sandalwood, which is always my personal favorite for so many reasons beyond basic!
Every new season is an opportunity to invite change and growth. To help you set the right mental balance, we’ve designed our October box around the practice of detoxifying. Each ingredient is selected to interact with your individual chemistry and draw out the impurities from your body.
To extend the detoxifying impact, each of our subscribers will benefit from the powerful purifying punch of our CRYSTAL MINT therapeutic-grade essential oil blend. This blend combines eucalyptus, pink grapefruit, lime, lemon and sweet orange and smells as good as it feels.
October is DETOX month at Salty Bath. We’ve curated a custom bath experience for our subscribers to help eliminate toxins from your body, purge negativity from your mind, and nourish your skin with vital minerals that will make you feel good inside and out.
We also love using essential oils to naturally detox the air. Here’s one of our favorite DIY room spray recipes, using 3 simple ingredients– perfect to spritz in your car, your bedroom, kids’ rooms, bathroom, or anywhere you want to breathe fresh, clean air! Also, it’s amazing for travel for airborne germ protection, and an instant pick-me-up.
DIY NATURAL AIR FRESHENER:
1 tablespoon vodka or grain alcohol (oil and water don’t mix, so this fixes that, you will get better dispersement)
6 tablespoons filtered water
20 drops of our Crystal Mint essential oil
Directions: place the alcohol into a small glass spray bottle. Add the drops of essential oil. Shake well and add the water. Shake again and spritz!
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