Having just finished with some uncluttering projects at home, I have decided to do some spring cleaning as it were to my website. The pricing elves went on a rampage and every item is marked down considerably in response to the current economy. My hope is that even more people will enjoy using essential oils and leave the chemicals where they belong; in the laboratory. If you don't see something listed on our site, that doesn't mean I don't have it in stock. Send me a message either here using the Contact Us form or via Facebook on my page Herbal Pharming. Share these wonderful products with your friends and family.
Historically plants have been used for centuries to affect mood or to ease the symptoms of illness. Last year, a review a preclinical and clinical studies on the use of citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange) was conducted to research the affects of these citrus essential oils when dealing with anxiety or depression (Pimenta, et al, 2012) The naturally occurring anxiolytic substance in the genus citrus was used in conjunction with sedatives, hypnotics, tranquilizers, and anti-epileptics to aid in the reduction of stress and anxiety in psychiatric settings. Psychologists, therapists, or counselors could also use essential oils to complement treatment of mild mood disorders.
What this all means is to the average person is that an individual can take control of minor depression or anxiety with the use of aromatherapy in conjunction with a good holistic therapist who understands the use of essential oils and their applications to clinical work.
As a psychologist I do not advocate the extensive use of psycho-pharmacology to treat mild forms of depression and anxiety. The disclaimer here is if you are suffering from acute depression or anxiety to seek the aid of a professional therapist.
At Herbal Pharming we are dedicated to bringing our customers reliable information on the use of essential oils in all aspects of life and home to bring joy, health, and happiness to everyone.
Fernandes, F., Azevedo, C., Dias, K,. Peregrino, D., Diniz, M., Fernandes, M., Melo, M., and Norgrega, R., (2012) Natually occurring anixiolytic substances from aromatic plants of genus citrus, Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 6(3) pp.342-347 DOI:10.95897/JMPR11.978
I came across some good information while reading about the use of essential oils during the holiday season. Since all the fir trees seem to now be sprayed with preservatives to prevent the needles from falling off overnight :/ I was looking for an all natural alternative so I can have the scent of pine while using an artificial tree. Blending cinnamon, clove, cedarwood, and orange together can enhance any holiday celebration. This blend can be used to scent pine cones, clove oranges, ribbons, wrapping paper, etc. You can also add one drop of this blend to any candle in your home. Just light the wick of the candle, let the candle burn for a few minutes, then add one drop of essential oil to the melted wax close to the wick. While the candle burns, the scent will be released. This method can be used with any essential oil as long as the EO has not been added to a carrier oil or otherwise adulterated.
By no means is this going to be a full history of the ancient use of essential oils or is it going to illustrate the entire traditional usage of all the essential oils known to mankind to be beneficial. This is just a starting point for those who have a basic understanding of aromatherapy and would like to know a little more information to become a better informed consumer of essential oils. There is no one "authority" in the essential oil industry, everyone has the same basic knowledge and their are others who have taken their education to the next level. I would like my articles to be informative and entertaining at the same time.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years by different ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Chinese, a bit closer to home; the American Indians. Essential oils have been used in cooking, cosmetics, healing and religious ceremonies and continue to be used throughout the world today. Scientist over the years have analyzed and tested the therapeutic benefits of essential oils and there are many books written about the therapeutic benefits as well.
It is known that essential oils contain vitamins, hormones, plant estrogen along with natural antiseptics and antibiotics and may contain the life force of the plant itself. Essential oil or plant essence is the extracted liquid from the plant; stems, leaves, flowers, roots, bark, and seeds. This liquid may be extracted by using different methods. Steam distillation uses low heat for long periods of time and may produce the best quality essential oil. Plants or parts of the plant are placed in or over a kettle of water and the steam is then cooled then collected in a secondary container. In order to obtain the "essential oil" from the water, it must be extracted using an eye dropper. Whatever water is left over is called a hydro-sol and is also useful and beneficial. Other methods include absolutes; which are extracted by using a solvent, cold pressed; just like it sounds the plant is pressed by machine to extract the liquids, hydro-diffusion; is very similar to steam distilled however in this method the steam is forced from the top of the plant rather than from the bottom. A newer method of extracting essential oils is by C02. This method is best suited for very leafy herbs and produces essential oils that are very close to what is found in the plant itself.
Essential oils may be used to reduce stress, by using the correct plant essence the effects on the central nervous system can be a gentle and effective way to change mood and/or stress level. One of many essential oils used to reduce stress is lavender (lavendula Angustifolia, lavendula officinalis). This oil is known as a great stress reliever and "The Universal" oil. It is "baby-safe" and may be used directly on the skin to treat wounds. The oil is known as a natural sleep inducer and makes a great insect repellent as well. A couple drops under your pillow will ensure a bug free good-night’s sleep. In some individuals like me, Lavender is great at lifting the spirits at the end of a hard day before going to bed. Neroli (citrus aurantium), is yet another essential oil that may be used for nervous tension, insomnia, and stress-related illness as it has a very positive and calming influence over the nervous system.
Prevention of illness is yet another benefit from essential oils. They are a natural way to strengthen our physical, mental, and spiritual beings. Essential oils work by supporting the entire body and boosting the immune system. Tea Tree (melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil for example, is used for its many health benefits; its actions are used as an anti-septic, anti-viral, and fungicidal among many other uses. It helps to combat acne, athlete's foot, warts, and helps to heal wounds from insect bites or other infected sores. There are many other essential oils beneficial for use in preventing illness. Geranium (pelargonium graveolens), rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis), and peppermint (mentha piperita) are a few that specialize in their own unique properties. Aroma therapy is not an instant cure; you may also need to consult with your own doctor to be sure there are no contradictions with your medications. Essential oils are a part of holistic health that help to support the body and may be used in harmony with allopathic medicine.
Inhalation or breathing in the essential oil is one way to obtain its benefits. The beneficial properties from the plant travel directly to our limbic system; this is the area which controls our basic needs and emotions. This connection is instantaneous and the effect is already at work before we have a conscious thought about what we smell. The central nervous system reacts on reflex and is responding before you can say the name of the oils that you smell.
Topical application such as in soaps, lotions or body oils, are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream where the oils are brought to the part of the body that is needing support. The beautiful thing about using topical applications, now you are not only breathing in the essential oil to your limbic system you is absorbing the essential oil into your bloodstream as well.
Essential oil safety is very important. In Aroma therapy remember that less is more. It takes 30 roses to make one drop of rose oil!!! Essential oils should not be taken internally. They can cause damage to the mucus membranes in the digestive system. Essential oils are very concentrated and are 40 times stronger than the dried herb. Oils should always be diluted when applied to the skin; the only exceptions are lavender and tea tree oils. Before using any new oils on your skin you should always do a skin patch test on the back of your wrist to check for sensitivity to the oil. When in doubt with any oils research or ask a qualified aroma therapist for information. Essential oils used properly are very safe and enjoyable and can bring balance and harmony into your life.
To your aromatic health
Hello and welcome to my blog "Education In Essential Oils". Since spring is upon us I will be talking about the use of essential oils in reducing the number of pests that surround our environment. By pests I mean fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, and flies. Most of these pests do not harm or hinder our enjoyment of our outside environment but in great numbers can be a pesky part of the spring and summer months for our pets as well as for us. This article was written to introduce the use of essential oils in pest control during the spring and summer months.
Pest control with essential oils
By Wayne McPherson Jr. Research and Development Herbal Pharming
It is possible to use essential oils to deter pests from entering or staying in the living space. This means that a mass scale assault, killing all of the pests in the area, is no longer necessary, nor is the use of chemical spraying, that pollutes the air and endangers the health of family and friends are needed. This is a great advantage when health or the environment is a major concern.
Summer is coming and soon the windows will be open, insects flying through open windows, moving to the warm areas during the cool nights, or cool nooks and crannies during the summer heat. This can be disconcerting to some individuals. Not to mention the mosquitoes moving in on the evening Bar-B-Q; break out the bug spray. A better method might be to break out the essential oils.
The following is a list of oils and the pests they deter.
Cedarwood Aphids, Lice, Slugs, Snails, Weevils
Citronella Ants, Fleas, Flies, Gnats, Mosquitoes, Moths, Nematodes, Ticks
Garlic Ants, Bean beetles, Slugs, Snails
Hyssop Aphids, Cabbage white butterflies, Moths, Slugs
Lavender Black flies, Flea beetles, Fleas, Flies, Greenfly, Mosquitoes, Moths, White flies
Lemongrass Flea beetles, Fleas, Mosquitoes, Ticks
Patchouli Gnats, Snails, Weevils, Woolly aphids
Pennyroyal Ants, Caterpillars, Fleas, Gnats, Lice, Mosquitoes, Ticks
Peppermint Ants, Aphids, Bean beetles, Cabbage white butterflies, Caterpillars, Flea beetles, Flies, Lice, Moths, Plant lice
Pine Slugs, Snails, Woolly aphids
Rosemary Cabbage white butterflies, Carrot flies,
Rue Flea beetles, Fleas, Flies, Lice, Plant lice, Ticks, Weevils
Sage Cabbage root flies, Cabbage white butterflies, Cutworms, Nematodes, Ticks, White flies
Sandalwood Weevils, Woolly aphids
Sassafras Mosquitoes, Slugs, Snails
Spearmint Ants, Aphids, Caterpillars, Flea beetles, Fleas, Gnats, Lice, Moths, Plant lice,
Tagetes Black flies, Carrot flies, Eel worms, Gnats, Greenfly, Nematodes, White flies
Tansy Black flies, Carrot flies, Fleas, Flies, Greenfly, Mosquitoes, White flies (do not use if allergic to ragweed)
Thyme Cabbage root flies, Cabbage white butterflies, Cut worm, Ticks
The appropriate application of the essential oils is dependent on the intended use. For flea care on a dog or cat, a deterrent at the Bar-B-Q, to keep the pests from flying through the window or as a repellent that one may put on the skin or clothing, there is a safe way to handle your essential oils.
Flea care on your favorite pet is reasonably easy. Choose a formula that will deter fleas add several drops to pure grain alcohol then soak the collar of your pet in the mixture allowing the mixture to completely soak into the collar. Your pet’s collar should last about a month before it would need to be treated again. In the near future we will be adding pet collars to our product line that have already been enhanced with pest deterrent oils that come with a 1/2 ounce refresher oil.
As a deterrent at the family Bar-B-Q we have all heard about the citronella candles; but how well do they really work. Natural oils do little good when they are burned, they actually become toxic, and so a candle may not be the best idea. Instead try a formulation that will deter the flying pests and instead of heating or burning your oils, try putting a few drops on the table cloth or on a wind sock. If neither is available try to make your own. Take some strips of cloth to make a mobile tying them to a hanger, add oils to the strips of cloth and hang it close to the place where everyone is gathering. If you want to dress it up a notch, use wide satin ribbon. The small strips of cloth used at the Bar-B-Q can be hung in the window to keep the flying pest flying outside of the house instead of the living area.
Instead of the bug spray a blend of essential oils may be in order. Biting mosquitoes, annoying gnats, and irritating flies are often unwelcomed sights and the bug spray comes out to combat these pests. A blend of essential will work as well and is less toxic than bug spray. Care should be taken when using essential oils, some oils can irritate the skin because of their potency, so it is a good idea when applying essential oils to the skin to use carrier oils. Carrier oils are any oil that an essential oil is diluted in to prevent irritations, olive, coconut, palm seed, flax, even vegetable oil can be used. Because of the dilution it may be necessary to reapply essential oils more frequently than regular bug sprays. If you do not have a carrier, do not want to use one or you would prefer to use the oils full strength, you might consider putting the oil on the sleeves, collar, and pant cuffs where insects are likely to gain access to the skin.
Herbal Pharming has several formulations to assist you in your pest control needs or you can purchase your own oils and create your own blend. If you contact Tracy at Herbal Pharming (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) we will formulate a blend customized for your specification. We use only the highest quality oils and maintain chemical analysis on all of our oils to ensure your peace of mind.