Learning About Oils: Australian Ericifolia EO

Learning About Oils: Australian Ericifolia EO
Australian Ericifolia essential oil, commonly known as Lavender Tea Tree, synergistically combines the benefits of Tea Tree with the soothing nature of Lavender. Step inside to learn more! 

Learning About Oils: Angelica

Learning About Oils: Angelica
The "Oil of the Angels" - step in and see the ways this gem might help you with releasing stress and negativity, getting better sleep, and resetting spiritually and mentally. 

Getting Better Sleep

Getting Better Sleep
Some (no) sleep facts: Staying up for 24-hours will have you acting like you've got a .10% blood alcohol content; 36 hours is when you start seeing problems with hormone levels drop (tes, stress levels, emotional balance, etc (click the link to dive in and see what some of the consequences are); 48 hours is going to hinder your immune function and make you sick; and at 72 hours you're more like to hallucinate and your body will demand a shut-down, whatever else you are trying to do (including if you're standing up.) As many as 35% of American adults don't get solid sleep on an average night - perhaps you're one of them. Abigail has some tips in this Lunchtime Learning to help you relax and get better rest.

Try It Tuesday: Highest Potential!

Each month I make a new order with Young Living to replace the oils I've used throughout the month. One of the best parts is getting to try out an oil I haven't purchased before. I love being a guinea pig when it comes to my oils!

This month I bought two new oils, Myrrh, to help strengthen our teeth and gums, which you'll see in a future blog post, and Highest Potential. Highest Potential I got in the spirit of assessing whether an oil blend might help inspire me to reach my "highest potential."

Cool Azul: Soothing Help After a Hard Working Day

Cool Azul™ is a proprietary essential oil blend created by D. Gary Young that includes the light aroma of Dorado Azul and the warm fragrance of Plectranthus Oregano (both Young Living exclusive oils), along with Peppermint, Wintergreen, Sage, Copaiba, Blue Cypress, Elemi, and other oils. Apply this blend topically for a cool sensation and aromatic experience. Cool Azul is ideal for use before, during, and after physical activities. Attach an AromaGlide™ roller fitment to the bottle and pack it in your gym bag, purse, or backpack for quick and easy on-the-go use.

Wintergreen leaves have long been used for its ability to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatism. Wintergreen leaves were used traditionally by Native Americans and early American pioneers to make a tea used to treat “dysentery, fever, headaches, rheumatism, sore throats, and toothaches.” Both the Mohawk and Iroquois used wintergreen for its pain-relieving qualities. Also, the berries of the wintergreen were eaten raw or cooked in pies by the Native Americans.

Peppermint leaves have been used as a remedy for indigestion since the Ancient Egyptians, and the ancient Greeks and Romans valued it as a stomach soother as well. During the eighteenth century, the herb became popular in Western Europe as a remedy for nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, respiratory infections, and menstrual disorders.

Peppermint was first listed in the London Pharmacopoeia in 1721. In modern times it appears in the British Herbal pharmacopeia as a remedy for intestinal colic, gas, colds, morning sickness, and menstruation pain.

From 742 AD to 814 AD, Charles the Great ran a reputable medical school in Salerno. In this school, sage was one of 100 plants grown on the property. It was said that he appreciated sage most of all and that even today, it is mandatory to be grown at all monasteries. It was known as the “Salvation Plant” originating from the world “salvarem,” which means “cure.” It was frequently used as a decoction on wounds to stop bleeding, for ulcers, and as a tea for sore throats and hoarseness.

Sage has a very long and rich history due to both its medicinal and culinary uses. In 812 AD, sage was one of the plants deemed so important that Charlemagne ordered it planted on German Imperial farms, no doubt due to the lucrative trade business as well as for its medicinal popularity.

In ancient Rome, sage was considered to have substantial healing properties, particularly helpful in the digestion of the ubiquitous fatty meats of the time, and was deemed a part of the official Roman pharmacopeia. The herb was used to heal ulcers, to help stop the bleeding of wounds, and to soothe a sore throat. The Chinese used sage to treat colds, joint pain, typhoid fever, and kidney and liver issues.

In the middle ages, oregano was commonly used for medicinal purposes. They would chew the oregano leaves as a cure for many ailments such as rheumatism, toothache, indigestion, and coughing fits.
During this time, Oregano also made the journey to China. It was also used for medicinal purposes in this region. The Chinese people believed it helped with fever, vomiting, and upset stomach.
During the Elizabethan era, oregano was used for just about anything. It was used to encourage good luck and good health. It was used in spells for happiness, tranquility, luck, health, protection, and letting go of a loved one.

The medicinal uses of lavender date back to 2500 BC. The ancient Egyptians used lavender as a preservative and fragrant perfume. The word Lavender is from the Latin word lavare - which means “to wash”. For centuries lavender has been used for skin ailments. Infusions of lavender were historically used to soothe insect bites, sunburns, and cuts and burns. Queen Victoria was a vocal admirer of the disinfecting properties of lavender and expected her royal residents to use lavender water and distilled oil because she favored it so highly.

Until 2006, Dorado Azul was recognized only as a weed in it’s native Ecuador. Young Living Founder D. Gary Young gave it it’s the botanical name of Hyptis suaveolens after analyzing the
chemical makeup of the plant. 

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