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      "Smell is the essence of imagination”
      — Philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau

      What Are Essential Oils?

      Essential oils are the foundation of Aromatherapy. True essential oils— the concentrated aromatic oils of herbs, fruits and flowers—have been used for centuries in foods, cosmetics, aromatherapy and medicinal preparations.

      True essential oils are distilled from plant leaves, flowers, roots, seeds, barks and resins, or are expressed from the rinds of citrus fruits. It generally takes at least 50 pounds of plant material to make one pound of essential oil. For example, one pound of rosemary oil requires 66 pounds of herb. However, some oils require a much higher amount of plant or floral material. It takes 2,300 pounds of rose flowers to make a single pound of oil!

      (The Soap Opera essentail oil disclaimer: Our essential oils are NOT intended to be ingested. For external use only, do not ingest. Keep away from flames. Store out of the sun. Before using our essential oils know before hand if you’re allergic to any of the items in the essential oils, and if you are do not use these oils in or around your body)

      51 Ways to Use Essential Oils for a clean, sweet-smelling life

      1. For good smelling towels, sheets, clothes, etc. place a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto a small piece of terry cloth and toss into the clothes dryer while drying.

      2. Potpourri which has lost its scent can be revived by adding a few drops of essential oil.

      3. Add a few drops of essential oil to water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener.

      4. Add a few drops essential oil to a pan of water and simmer on stove or in a potpourri pot.

      5. To enjoy a scented candle, place a drop or two of essential oil into the hot melted wax as the candle burns.

      6. To dispel household cooking odors, add a few drops of Clove oil to a simmering pan.

      7. For tired aching muscles or arthritis aches, mix 1 part Cinnamon, Sage and Basil oil to 4 parts Sweet Almond or other vegetable oil and use as a massage oil.

      8. Ease headache pain by rubbing a drop of Rosemary or Lavender oil onto the back of your neck.

      9. To blend your own massage oil, add 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil to 1 oz. Sweet Almond or other skin- nourishing vegetable oil.

      10. Add 10 drops of essential oil to a box of cornstarch or baking soda, mix very well, let set for a day or two and then sprinkle over the carpets on your home. Let set for an hour or more, then vacuum.

      11. Shoes can be freshened by either dropping a few drops of Geranium essential oil directly into the shoes or by placing a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon oil into the shoes.

      12. Athlete’s foot? Tea Tree is great!

      13. Put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball and place it in your vacuum cleaner bag. Lemon and Pine are nice. Rose Geranium helps with pet odors.

      14. To fragrance your kitchen cabinets and drawers, place a food scent dabbed on a cotton ball into an inconspicuous corner.

      15. Are mice a problem? Place several drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place at problem locations.

      16. The bathroom is easily scented by placing oil-scented cotton balls in inconspicuous places, or sprinkle oils directly onto silk or dried flower arrangements or wreaths.

      17. Apply true Lavender oil and Tea Tree oil directly to your cuts, scrapes or scratches. 1 or 2 drops will promote healing.

      18. Homemade soaps are pleasant and offer therapeutic effects when scented with essential oils. Use soaps which contain pure essential oils.

      19. Homemade sachets are more fragrant when essential oils are blended with the flowers and herbs.

      20. An essential oil dropped onto a radiator scent ring or light bulb will not only fill the room with a wonderful fragrance, but will also set a mood such as calming or uplifting. (Don’t put essential oil in the socket.)

      21. A few drops of your favorite oil or blend in the rinse water of your hand washables makes for pleasant results.

      22. Anise oil has been used by fishermen for years. Use a drop or two on the fingertips before baiting up. Anise covers up the human scent that scares the fish away.

      23. Essential oils or blends make wonderful perfumes. Create your own personal essence! Add 25 drops to 1 oz of perfume alcohol and allow to age two weeks before using.

      24. To dispel mosquitoes and other picnic pests, drop a few drops of Citronella oil on the melted wax of a candle or place a few drops on the Bar-B-Q hot coals.

      25. 1 drop of Lemon essential oil applied directly to a wart is an effective means of elimination. Apply the essential oil daily until the wart is gone.

      26. Rosemary promotes alertness and stimulates memory. Inhale occasionally during long car trips and while reading or studying.

      27. Selling your home? Fragrance sells! Fill the kitchen area with the aroma of spices such as Clove, Cinnamon and Vanilla. Simmer a few drops of the essential oil of Cinnamon, Nutmeg and other spices., Geranium oil sprinkled throughout the home creates a warm, cheerful and inviting mood. Add Cinnamon oil to furniture polish and wipe down the wood.

      28. Add essential oils to paper mache, the result is the creation of a lovely aromatic piece of art.

      29. Infuse bookmarks and stationery with essential oils. Place drops of oil on paper and put them in a plastic bag. Seal it and leave overnight to infuse the aroma. Send only good news in perfumed letters.

      30. Nock pillows, padded and decorative hangers make more memorable gifts simply by putting a couple of drops of essential oil on them before giving.

      31. Overindulge last night? Essential oils of Juniper, Cedar Wood, Grapefruit, Lavender, Carrot, Fennel, Rosemary and Lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend of these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.

      32. Essential oils of Vetiver, Cypress, Cedar Wood, Frankincense, and Myrrh all make wonderful firewood oil. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.

      33. Flies and moths dislike Lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

      34. Place 1 or 2 drops of sleep enhancing oils such as Chamomile, Lavender or Neroli on your pillow before retiring for restful sleep.

      35. When moving into a new home, first use a water spray containing your favorite essential oils and change the odorous environment to your own. Do this for several days until it begins to feel like your space.

      36. Ideal scents for the bedroom are Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender or Lemon.

      37. 1 drop of Lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with a gentle buffing.

      38. When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Tangerine or Orange essential oil to the final rinse water.

      39. For bumps or scalds, drop Tea Tree oil directly on the effected area.

      40. Place 1 drop of Peppermint oil in 1/2 glass of water, sip slowly to aid digestion and relieve upset stomach.

      41. Use 1 drop of Chamomile oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain in children.

      42. 6-8 drops of Eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects in winter.

      43. Add 1 drop Geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.

      44. Place 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

      45. When the flu is going around add a few drops of Thyme to your diffuser or simmer in a pan on the stove.

      46. To bring fever down, sponge the body with cool water to which 1 drop each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender oils have been added.

      47. The blend of Lavender and Grapefruit oil is good for the office. Lavender creates a calm tranquil atmosphere while Grapefruit stimulates the senses and clears up stale air.

      48. A blend of Geranium, Lavender and Bergamot alleviates anxiety and depression. Use in a room diffuser or 6-8 drops of this blend in the bath.

      49. A wonderful massage blend for babies is 1 drop Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Lavender, 1 drop Geranium diluted in 2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond oil.

      50. 1 drop Peppermint oil diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil rubbed on the back of the neck helps to relieve headaches.

      51. Add 5 drops essential oil to 1/4 cup fabric softener or water and place in the center cup of the washer.

      Essential Oils Safety Tips

      Essential oils are very concentrated, so it’s important to handle them with care. Please read these cautions carefully.

      1. Always read and follow all label warnings and cautions.

      2. Keep oils tightly closed and out of the reach of children.

      3. Never consume undiluted oils. Cook only with those oils approved for food use.

      4. Don’t use undiluted oils on your skin. Dilute with vegetable (“carrier”) oils.

      5. Skin test oils before using. Dilute a small amount and apply to the skin on your inner arm. Do not use if redness or irritation occurs.

      6. Keep oils away from eyes and mucous membranes.

      7. If redness, burning, itching, or irritation occur, stop using oil immediately.

      8. Avoid use of these oils during pregnancy: bitter almond, basil, clary sage, clove bud, hyssop, sweet fennel, juniper berry, marjoram, myrrh, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sage, thyme and wintergreen.

      9. These oils can be especially irritating to the skin: allspice, bitter almond, basil, cinnamon leaf, cinnamon bark, clove bud, sweet fennel, fir needle, lemon, lemongrass, melissa, peppermint, tea tree, wintergreen.

      10. Angelica and all citrus oils make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light. Do not go out into the sun with these oils on your skin.

      11. Sweet fennel, hyssop, sage, and rosemary should not be used by anyone with epilepsy.

      12. People with high blood pressure should avoid hyssop, rosemary, sage, and thyme.

      13. Do not use on or around pets without first consulting your veterinarian.