Ester-rich Essential Oils

Essential Oil Science & Chemistry Corner

Some of us are really curious about the chemistry of Essential Oils. I have so many questions in my head at times as my Aromatherapy Certification doesn’t leave any details out. The reason I personally think it is important to understand the chemistry of our oils, is beyond the aroma only. I can’t tell you how empowering it is, being able to help somebody by understanding my oils and to mix the right oils together for a therapeutic effect.

With the growth of Essential Oils in our regular lives, many of us start out with Essential Oils and might feel lost after a while. The options of mixing truly working blends is an art and it is chemistry.

Essential Oils are fascinating to me and for my own good I created the “Essential Oil Science & Chemistry Corner”. For the real nerdy ones. It will be my reference guide and maybe you will find some use in it too. Let me know if you have anything to add or discuss. I’m happy to chat.

Esters

  • Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
  • Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum
  • Clary Sage – Salvia sclarea
  • Geranium – Pelargonium x asperum
  • Helichrysum – Helichrysum italicum
  • Jasmine absolute – Jasminum grandiflorum
  • Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
  • Siberian Fir – Abies sibirica
  • Roman Chamomile – Chamaemelum nobile
  • Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata forma genuina

Here is a complete list. Aromatics in the US is another beautiful Essential Oil company. Their amazing tool lets you choose between the chemical families, plant part, aromas etc. AMAZING!

Properties of ester-rich oils:

  • Adaptogenic (helps to deal with stress)
  • Analgesic (Inula, Jasmine, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang)
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Balancing and soothing
  • Digestive aids (Cardamom, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot)
  • Highly sedative effect
  • Skin-healing

Caution:

  • The only concern could be the component methyl salicylate which is present in Wintergreen. Please do you homework before applying!

And here is my recipe for ester-rich oils:

antirheumatic blend

 

 

No matter where you get your oils from. If you would like to mix for therapeutic effects you will need to know and familiarize yourself with the suppliers GC/MS reports. They must provide you with the reports and preferable BEFORE you buy your oils. There is so many fake oils on the market and suppliers can label them as they’d like due to missing label guidelines.

For me it is very simple, if my supplier doesn’t supply me with the GC/MS report, I will not buy from them. You do want to know what you spend your money on. Especially when they are supposed to be “therapeutic, pure, organic oils”.

As always, Thank you for reading!

 

~ Katrin

 

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Sesquiterpenol-rich Essential Oils

Essential Oil Science & Chemistry Corner

Some of us are really curious about the chemistry of Essential Oils. I have so many questions in my head at times as my Aromatherapy Certification doesn’t leave any details out. The reason I personally think it is important to understand the chemistry of our oils, is beyond the aroma only. I can’t tell you how empowering it is, being able to help somebody by understanding my oils and to mix the right oils together for a therapeutic effect.

With the growth of Essential Oils in our regular lives, many of us start out with Essential Oils and might feel lost after a while. The options of mixing truly working blends is an art and it is chemistry.

Essential Oils are fascinating to me and for my own good I created the “Essential Oil Science & Chemistry Corner”. For the real nerdy ones. It will be my reference guide and maybe you will find some use in it too. Let me know if you have anything to add or discuss. I’m happy to chat.

Sesquiterpenols

  • Cedarwood – Juniperus virginiana
  • Patchouli – Pogostemon cablin
  • Sandalwood – Santalum album
  • Vetiver – Vetiveria zizanoides

Properties of sesquiterpenol-rich oils:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory (all 4 oils)
  • Cooling
  • Grounding (all 4 oils)
  • Immune stimulant
  • Sedative (all 4 oils)
  • Skin-healing (all 4 oils)

Caution:

  • None. They are safe oils.

And here is my recipe for sesquiterpenol-rich oils:

Facial Mist

No matter where you get your oils from. If you would like to mix for therapeutic effects you will need to know and familiarize yourself with the suppliers GC/MS reports. They must provide you with the reports and preferable BEFORE you buy your oils. There is so many fake oils on the market and suppliers can label them as they’d like due to missing label guidelines.

For me it is very simple, if my supplier doesn’t supply me with the GC/MS report, I will not buy from them. You do want to know what you spend your money on. Especially when they are supposed to be “therapeutic, pure, organic oils”.

As always, Thank you for reading!

 

~ Katrin

 

Monoterpenol-rich Essential Oils

Essential Oil Science & Chemistry Corner

Some of us are really curious about the chemistry of Essential Oils. I have so many questions in my head at times as my Aromatherapy Certification doesn’t leave any details out. The reason I personally think it is important to understand the chemistry of our oils, is beyond the aroma only. I can’t tell you how empowering it is, being able to help somebody by understanding my oils and to mix the right oils together for a therapeutic effect.

With the growth of Essential Oils in our regular lives, many of us start out with Essential Oils and might feel lost after a while. The options of mixing truly working blends is an art and it is chemistry.

Essential Oils are fascinating to me and for my own good I created the “Essential Oil Science & Chemistry Corner”. For the real nerdy ones. It will be my reference guide and maybe you will find some use in it too. Let me know if you have anything to add or discuss. I’m happy to chat.

Monoterpenols

  • Basil – Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool
  • Clary Sage – Salvia sclarea
  • Geranium – Pelargonium x asperum
  • Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
  • Neroli – Citrus aurantium var. amara
  • Palmarosa – Cymbopogon martini
  • Peppermint – Mentha x piperita
  • Rosewood – Aniba rosaeodora
  • Spike Lavender – Lavandula latifolia
  • Sweet Marjoram – Origanum majorana
  • Tea Tree – Melaleuca alternifolia
  • Thyme – Thymus vulgaris ct. linalol
  • Thyme ct. thymol (some batches)
  • Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata (some batches)

Properties of monoterpenol-rich oils:

  • Antifungal
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral (some of them)
  • Anti-infectious (as they are alcohols)
  • Antiseptic
  • Mostly non-toxic 
  • Mild when using them in skin-care products
  • Warm and cooling properties (like Peppermint ~ cooling)
  • Nourishing to the immune system
  • Some of them have a sedating effect (Clary Sage and Lavender for example are great for sleep-less nights)

Caution:

  • Mostly these are all safe oils when applied and used correctly. The only caution I would spell out is Peppermint as mossible skin-irritant. Peppermint should not be used for children under 5!

And here is my recipe for monoterpenol-rich oils:

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No matter where you get your oils from. If you would like to mix for therapeutic effects you will need to know and familiarize yourself with the suppliers GC/MS reports. They must provide you with the reports and preferable BEFORE you buy your oils. There is so many fake oils on the market and suppliers can label them as they’d like due to missing label guidelines.

For me it is very simple, if my supplier doesn’t supply me with the GC/MS report, I will not buy from them. You do want to know what you spend your money on. Especially when they are supposed to be “therapeutic, pure, organic oils”.

As always, Thank you for reading!

 

~ Katrin

 

Essential Oils: Top, Middle, Base notes

What are top, middle & base notes?

Since I have started my Aromatherapy Certification Program with the Aromahead Institute I’m in a daily daze and I’m stunned at the details we already know about our beloved Essential Oils in a scientific way. It is an absolute amazing path I have chosen and I’m SOOOO happy I took this step.

Anyway, the other day I made a blend based on my mood. I had a slight stiff neck and I just felt a bit down due to a bad night of sleep.

I figured I’m going to mix 3 oils together by just smelling them individually. Without giving it too much thought I grabbed Vetiver, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Grapefruit (I’m in love with Grapefruit. Oil or not. It can’t run away from me).

I’m always using now 30ml (1 oz bottles) to make my mixing process consistent. I chose a 2% dilution (10-12 drops combined) for massaging it on my neck and shoulders as well as below my feet.

It’s a blend made in heaven. If you would like to try it out find the exact recipe below.

I did read later that Vetiver might help with mental fatigue, insomnia, depression, maintain nerve health and much more. It has calming properties. No wonder I love this oil. I use this blend now at night as well. 

So why I’m talking about this specific blend has two reasons. First, trust your instincts and your nose. This blend made my day just better. The smell of all three oils were just what I need that day.

Second, this blend has a beautiful synergy. It has all three notes in it. Top (Grapefruit), middle (Lavender) and base (Vetiver) note.

Top notes are uplifting. They give you happiness. They are first to arrive to your nose and first to leave your nose. They evaporate fast BUT they put a smile on your face. Try it. Open up Grapefruit and smell it! It will make you happy. I promise!

Some top notes:

  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin

Middle notes will bring harmony & softness to your blend. They are right in the middle where your heart sits.

Some middle notes:

  • Roman Chamomile
  • Spikenard
  • Lavender
  • Juniper
  • Marjoram

Base notes are grounding and soothing. They are mostly “heavy” oils as Vetiver is. They will be present for a long time and slow down the evaporation process of your top and middle notes.

Some base notes:

  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Vetiver

I hope you enjoyed the above. I surely did 🙂 And now to the recipe:

  • 1 oz (30 ml) amber glass bottle
  • 30ml Jojoba Wax (or any other carrier oil you have on hand)
  • 5 Drops Vetiver
  • 5 Drops Lavender
  • 5 Drops Grapefruit

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I buy my oils currently at different sources and if you have your own trusted source use them. This blend I have created with doTERRA oils.  If you don’t have any oils I can recommend doTERRA & Aromatics International.

Definitely and as always, go for the best oils (purest!!!) for the greatest benefits! Let me know if you have questions. I’m right now at the source 🙂

Hugs & Love

~Katrin

Cold Relief at nighttime

Cold and Flu Season recipe:

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Travel Hand Gel

It’s the time of the year again and another version of a great hand-sanitizing version

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How many drops of Essential Oils in a 10ml Roll-On bottle?

It’s not a riddle once you know it. Let me help you a bit with my below chart. If you would like to find out more about doTERRA oils, feel free to fill in the contact form below please. There are many great oils out there. Below is a list of companies I buy my oils from as well.

Please do make sure you test your oil mixes on a patch of skin before applying it liberally.

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Where I buy my Essential Oils, Carrier Oils and Supplies:

RAW Applesauce with Essential Oils

This one is for the whole family! So very good and healthy. No cooking involved!raw-applesauce

Please make sure that you use only high quality oils which are meant for internal use. Such as doTERRA or Young Living.

Homemade Coconut Shampoo

The shampoo…I keep on trying new recipes and refine old ones. I added some Rosemary to this recipe. Smells beautiful in the combination with Wild Orange.

Depending on your hair length (mine is shoulder length) I take a good full tablespoon of my homemade shampoo and start at the ends massaging my way up to the scalp. I let it sit for 1-2 minutes before I rinse it all out. You can stop here or rinse it with Apple Cider Vinegar which adds some shine to your hair.

Please remember that every change (away from chemicals to 100% natural products) will take some time for your body and hair to “get used” to. I encourage you to give it a couple of weeks to have some beautiful results.

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I would keep mine regridgerated in warmer climates. I usually make a weekly batch. 

Essential Oil Substitutes

Ran out of an Essential Oil?

Below chart might help you to substitute some Essential Oils.

Essential Oil Substitutes