Welcome to another of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! Here I focus on 10 helpful uses for Lemon Scented Tea Tree. This is not an extremely well known essential oil, but it is an essential ingredient in my Midges & Mozzie Balm. I do love it, and do also use in it my aromatherapy practice, so I would like to share some of its uses with you.
Lemon Scented Tea Tree latin name leptospermum petersonii is a shrub native to Australia, that grows to a maximum size of 4-5 metres high. The species is not actually related to tea tree. The oils is contained in the leaves and twigs and is obtained by steam distillation. It is colourless or yellow in colour.
Here are what I would like to include as my top 10 uses for Lemon Scented Tea Tree. Remember always to dilute the oil in a suitable vegetable/carrier oil before any use on the body, and also that with aromatherapy less is always more with essential oils.
Calming and relaxing.
Clears and focuses the mind.
It is a helpful anti-fungal
Deodorising and air purifying.
Useful for household cleaning
Can be a good immune booster.
Powerful insect repellant
Helpful for coughs and colds
Useful for muscular aches and pains
If you feel that lemon scented tea tree would be a useful oil for you, you can buy it here. There is also available a full range of other aromatherapy essential oils, with information on their uses available in the essential oil category on the website. If you require further information on any oils, feel free to contact us by email or phone.
For using essential oils for specific or complex medical problems always contact a qualified aromatherapist or your GP.
Essential oils for tummy issues. I have had a couple of clients with some minor tummy issues recently and I would like to look at these here. Along with the possible essential oils and blends that can be helpful to alleviate the problem.
Indigestion is a common problem, it can be caused by food that is not properly digested, or also through stress and anxiety. Any indigestion that gives you concern or persists over a longer period should always be checked by your GP.
The most well known oil for indigestion is peppermint, a good quality organic peppermint tea can be very helpful. You can use a blend of peppermint and carrier/vegetable oil gently applied in a clockwise direction on the abdomen and rib cage to relieve the pain. Use only 1 drop of peppermint essential oil in 10ml of the carrier oil.
For stress/anxiety causes, I would recommend still using the peppermint tea, but for essential oil blend to use as a pulse point application during the day or on the front of chest overnight would be: neroli 2 drops, frankincense 3 drops and roman chamomile 1 drop – again in 10ml of vegetable/carrier oil. This will help you to de-stress and calm, to prevent the indigestion from source.
For nausea and travel sickness you can use the blend above too. I am not too keen on take off and landing in an aircraft and always carry a tissue with a couple of drops of peppermint oilon a tissue for inhalation at these times. I have used this treatment for myself for so many years. So that when I forgot the peppermint on a recent holiday, I just thought about the peppermint on the tissue, and it had the same calming effect. My brain was so used to me using peppermint in that circumstances, it has become entirely used to it.
A possible essential oil blend for nausea and travel sickness would be: roman chamomile 1 drop, peppermint 2 drop, lemon 2 drops in 10ml carrier/vegetable oil such as sunflower. Gently and slowly rub the stomach area in a clockwise direction with the blend.
Use this application method also for constipation, but a suggested essential oil blend for this condition would be: black pepper 2 drops, sweet marjoram oil 2 drops and 2 drops rosemary – again in 10ml vegetable/carrier oil.
For painful period cramps use the same application, with a suggested blend: lavender3 drops, sweet marjoram 1 drop, clary sage 1 drop in 10ml of vegetable/carrier oil.
Alternative to this gentle massage, you may prefer to use a cold or warm compress with the oils on it. Simply place across the stomach area and renewed as needed, this can also be extremely soothing.
I hope that this information on essential oils for tummy issues has been helpful for you. If you have a complex medical history/medications always check with your GP before using essential oils, or ask a qualified aromatherapist.
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We are very close to finishing our 2019 Comfrey harvest. A warm, dry spell brought the herbs up to being ready for harvest quickly this year, but then the cold, wet weather came in and we were delayed starting due to this.
Actually this is the first year that we have been up against the constant wet weather. In years past there has always been plenty of dry days that have allowed us fairly easily to get the harvest completed. I do have to juggle with other business commitments, that sometimes do end up being on a dry day, which is extremely frustrating. However, after some concentrated efforts and great help from family, we have managed to get it within a few litres of completion. So that feels very good.
The comfrey herbs this year are small, due to the warm spell bringing the flowers out before the plant had grown to its full height. We wild harvest the comfrey and we only use the leaf of the plant for our comfrey oil. The leaves however are in very good condition and will produce a good quality comfrey macerate. I use organic sunflower to macerate the comfrey and I use a cold process maceration. No heat is applied and the process is entirely natural.
When harvesting we are careful to pick only the best quality leaves, free from insects, complete, undamaged, new growth, no older leaves. They are all green, juicy , luscious looking leaves.
We pick in a private piece of ground in Aberdeenshire, that is protected from the use of fertilisers and pesticides. There is visually no difference in the environment during or after the harvest. The bees and butterflies who love comfrey are undisturbed and unaffected as they love the flowers, which remain untouched.
I recently did The Allergy Show at the SEC in Glasgow and had a lot of people looking at the essential oils and asking questions about oils that they had bought and advice on what to look for when buying them. So I thought it would be helpful to give some information on this at this subject here.
We will examine what to look for when buying essential oils to ensure that you are getting the best therapeutic quality.
1. Essential oils should be in a dark coloured glass bottle to protect from light. 2. There should be a dropper to dispense the oils safely. 3. If you see the words fragrance oil or similar, it is probably a synthetic blend not a pure essential oil and so will have no therapeutic value. Look for ‘essential oil’ on the label. 4. Price is another likely indicator of quality, if all the oils in the shop or online are the same price, again they are unlikely to be of therapeutic grade. Due to the hugely diverse nature of: method of extraction; availability/success of harvest; the quantity of the plant required to make an essential oil, prices will be widely different. Sweet orange– easily obtained and extracted by expression, is more economic, whereas rose needs around 4,000kg of petals to obtain1 kg of oil, and so is at the upper end of the price scale. 5. The latin name of the plant (and any chemotypes, if relevant) should appear on the label on the bottle, this is important as there are many different varieties of some oils, eglavender& eucalyptus, that have varying therapeutic uses and safety considerations. 6. Check the best before date – citrus oils (and some others) have shorter shelf lives, while base note oils such as patchoulihave longer lives. Some oils degrade after a time eg black pepper, and change their use therapeutically . So it is always best to buy in small amounts.
7. If you are recommended to use the essential oils for internal use, ensure that the person selling them has completed a full course on essential oils for internal use and is insured for this (and/or is working directly with your GP/Clinician). This is an entirely different qualification and is usually not included in aromatherapy training here in the UK.
These are general suggestions, there are more detailed information which affects quality such as; the country of origin, the colour and texture of the essential oils. When buying for my business to supply you, I am very particular, dealing with only a few trusted suppliers. I also like to know how the oils are produced, ie that they come from an ethical supplier and of course I require an organic certification to stock them within my businsss.
These are a few baseline things that you should find helpful when looking for a good quality, therapeutic essential oil, but I am delighted to help with any further or more detailed queries that you may have. Just email me at: jacqui @ organicaj.co.uk