ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS - Sharon's Oil Tips
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TIPS ON CHOOSING ESSENTIAL OILS:  I recommend using 100% certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils that are put through a stringent quality testing program and receive final third party testing.  Look into the oil company; do your research.  It will pay off for you, your family and your pets.  Feel free to contact me for information about or to purchase therapeutic grade essential oils.

Oils are diffused and used in soaps and body products not only for their wonderful aromas but also for their therapeutic* properties.  Though I do use high quality therapeutic grade essential oils, I do not produce any products made for ingestion; however, most high grade therapeutic essential oils do have supplemental properties as well.*  

Essential oils, like synthetic oils and other modified chemicals, are absorbed into our bodies.  Look on the oil label to see if the oil is safe to ingest; in other words, you should see supplemental/dietary information on the bottle.  This is one test you can use to determine the quality and safety of the oil.  That having been said, keep in mind that some oils, regardless of the essential oil manufacturer, cannot be ingested simply due to the botanical origin of the oil itself (more on this another article).  These essential oils are still considered safe if pure therapeutic grade and used as recommended by the essential oil manufacturer.  If the "safe to ingest" oils from a company include supplemental information, I will choose that company for non-ingestible oils as well.  I have many fact sheets and can provide many guidelines, but if you are concerned about using essential oils, I recommend consulting the advice of your doctor before ingesting oil supplements.  This is especially important for children, babies, and pregnant or nursing mothers.

Essential Oils are not only safe but are naturally therapeutic when used properly.  Don't be afraid to use essential oils if you don't already - what they can do for you and your family is amazing! 

Do you have questions about Essential Oils?  Would you like information and fact sheets for use and safety or particular oil use interests?  Would you like information about the Essential Oil brand that I use nearly exclusively?  Contact me for more information here and I'll respond via e-mail, or you can call me at (804) 774-8363.
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Lavender Essential Oil Tips and Uses

Botanical Name:   Lavandula angustifolia / Lavandula officianalis

Lavender appears to be one of the most popular essential oils - and there are at least two great reasons.  

The scent is wonderful, but it is also one of a few essential oils that I choose to keep with me in
"My Oily Life Kit" to take everywhere I go because of it's therapeutic properties.*

If you haven't had an opportunity to enjoy the sheer aroma of this essential oil, you should definitely give your olefactory receptors an opportunity to go to work!  You may be used to the synthetic commercial fragrance we know as lavender, so when you take a whiff of lavender essential oil it may not be at all what you are expecting.  Lavender essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of the plant and this concentrated oil, rich in linalol, is the essential oil.

Lavender essential oil is known to have many therapeutic values to include: 
Analgesic, Anesthetic, Calming and relaxing qualities, Eases feelings of tension, Promotes more restful sleep

It's many skin and hair benefits include but are not limited to:

                    Moisturizing                              Adds radiance                                  Nourishing to all skin types
                    Removes toxins                         Antibacterial - improves acne             Promotes healing     
                    Helps calm burns or sunburn      Wrinkle protection                            Kills skin fungus

 
​For thousands of years, lavender has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and its beneficial properties.*  Both men and women enjoy lavender essential oil in their products if we're judging sheer "scent factor", but also for it's therapeutic values.*  There are many reasons to love lavender essential oil!

If you have any questions about Lavender Essential Oil or other essential oils or blends, you can contact me here !


These" statements are based on opinion and research of Villa Lake Holistic Wellness LLC and are informational only.  Please conduct your own research on our products, product ingredients and essential oils.  Neither these statements nor our products and services have been evaluated by the FDA.  Neither our products and services, nor our informational statements, replace proper medical attention and/or medical advice.  Please review our Terms of Service agreement.

Lemon Essential Oil Tips and Uses           

Botanical Name:  Citrus Limon

Most of us love the scent of fresh lemons!  Did you know that one 15 ml. bottle of my favorite brand's Lemon Essential Oil has the "power" of equal to 50 to 75 lemons?  It only takes a drop or two to get maximum effects.  Lemon Essential Oil is cold pressed/expressed from the rinds.  In a later article I will talk about chemical compounds but for now I'll keep close to the basics.  However, I can't stop myself from mentioning that it's comprised of approximately 70% d-limonene which is known for it's powerful cellular health enhancing properties.  I get pretty excited about Lemon Essential Oil because it is so versatile for health and beauty, so it is definitely one of the oils that I keep in "My Oily Life Kit"! 
Lemon Essential Oil has been used for over a thousand years in ayurvedic medicine.  We continue to use it to treat a vast array of health conditions.  It is known to flush out toxins in the body.  A drop in a four ounce glass of water can put a boost in your energy level.  Some other ways that practioners use Lemon Essential Oil are to boost the immune system (by ingestion) and provide emotional balance (aromatically and topically).  They also use it to tackle kidney and gallstones, lymphatic issues, edema and water retention (diuretic), heartburn, reflux, congestion, arthritis, liver and kidney detox, weight loss and more.    

Would you like to restore luster in dull skin, or help treat acne or other skin disorders?  As a start, these are great reasons to use Lemon Essential Oil in skin care products.  The many therapeutic benefits from Lemon Essential Oil for healthy skin include:

                Detoxifying                   Antiseptic                 Anti-microbial                Anti-bacterial
                Brightener                   Anti-aging                Purifying                        Cell rejuvinating

Pure therapeutic grade Lemon Essential Oil helps to treat pimples and other skin conditions.  It helps to reduce excessive oil on the skin while it cleanses and purifies.  As we age our skin becomes thinner and less elastic ("we" means ME!) Lemon Essential Oil is often cited as a wonderful enhancement to skin care products (here's a reason for ME to love it!) to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to rejuvinate tired-looking or sagging skin.  I can go on and on.  

So why would I use Lemon Essential Oil in hair care products?  Pure therapeutic grade Lemon Essential Oil is beneficial in products for normal and oily hair.  It is a wonderful cleanser and brightener, promoting shine, smootheness and lustre - bring on the healthy head of hair!  It's also used as a treatment for dandruff, but if your dandruff is caused by dry scalp I recommend trying different Essential Oil(s).  You can contact me here if you want a recommendation.  According to the Mayo Clinic(1) dandruff may be caused by very different factors:

  • Irritated, oily skin (seborrheic dermatitis) 
  • Not shampooing often enough 
  • A yeastlike fungus  called malassezia - it lives on the scalps of most adults but for some it causes irritation and increased skin cell growth, causing a viscious cycle
  • Dry skin - if this is the cause you will most likely have dry skin on other parts of your body
  • Sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis)

I emphasize that Lemon Essential Oil helps to reduce excessive oil on the skin because it is amazing that the body knows how to process pure therapeutic grade essential oils.  Unless someone is sensitive to the oils it is quite unlikely, when used at a safe dilution, that they will work adversely.  So I feel safe personally that Lemon Essential Oil will not cause me to develop dandruff by overdrying my scalp.

Because of it's antiseptic quality, its wonderful scent and so many therapeutic benefits, you will see that I use pure therapeutic grade Lemon Essential Oil in many of my skin and hair care products.  I also use it in my household products as a disinfectant and goo-disolver.    

If you have any questions about Lemon Essential Oil or other essential oils or blends, you can contact me here !


These" statements are based on opinion and research of Villa Lake Holistic Wellness LLC and are informational only.  Please conduct your own research on our products, product ingredients and essential oils.  Neither these statements nor our products and services have been evaluated by the FDA.  Neither our products and services, nor our informational statements, replace proper medical attention and/or medical advice.  Please review our Terms of Service agreement.

Reference:
(1) http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dandruff/symptoms-causes/dxc-20215281, 08/27/2017.

Peppermint Essential Oil Tips and Uses

Botanical Name:   Mentha piperita

​I chose peppermint oil as the oil for July because of it's stimulating, refreshing properties are so welcome in the summer months!  It's also one of the most versatile essential oils in the world along with lavender.  I grow herbs (without pesticides) and I love to go outside, pull off a leaf and take a bite.  My grandson is four years old and does the same thing -- chocolate mint is his favorite!  If you do this, you know how good mint makes your breath smell, and how easily it can help to clear a stuffy nose.  I keep peppermint essential oil in "My Oily Life Kit" to take everywhere I go because of it's therapeutic properties.*  Mint has many amazing uses and properties, too many to list but I will try to hit the highlights.


One of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, peppermint also dates back to Chinese and Japanese folk medicine and is mentioned in Greek mythology.  Peppermint essential oil is one of the most ancient of medicines and is extracted from the flowering herb.  Peppermint's essential oils have hundreds of purposes including but definitely NOT limited to odor fighting, skin soothing, antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, soothing bites and stings, headache relief, digestion ease, and fighting cold symptoms.  A few other of the many uses are for alertness and energy, fevers, hot flashes, burns and sunburn, memory issues and autism, cravings, muscle stiffness and tension, allergies, hives and emotional balance.  

A high quality pure therapeutic grade essential oil is ingestible and the bottle will contain supplemental information.  Peppermint essential  

Why use it in skin and hair care products?  Pale yellow in color, peppermint oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, calcium, Vitamins A and C, minerals, potssium, manganese and copper. It contains menthol, an organic compound with anesthetic properties that help soothe discomfort. Pepperamint oil also has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.  It helps with the following along with many other skin benefits:

                   Control acne                              Brighten Skin                  Control eczema and psoriasis (mixed with lavender essential oil)
                   Reduce shave bumps                  Reduce redness from shaving             Reduce itching      
                   Reduce cold sore symptoms        Refresh tired skin and scalp                Helps calm burns or sunburn
                   Normalize sebum secretion in the scalp - Works with all hair types  (helps to moisturize or to eliminate over-secretion)
                   Calm stressed skin

A few tips: you can add pure therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil (be sure it is ingestible, food grade - look for the supplemental information on the bottle) to foods, add a drop to an 8 ounce glass of iced tea, or add a drop to a 4 ounce spray bottle to use in the heat or after a workout for a pleasant cooling sensation.  How do we cure hiccups in our family?  We put one drop of essential oil on the tip of the tongue and press our tongue to the roof of the mouth.  Hiccups stop instantly (really works for us).  Always remember that for internal use for essential oils you will see supplemental facts on the bottle.  If you are unsure of whether using the pure therapeutic grade essetial oil will interfere with medications, consult your doctor.     

If you have any questions about Peppermint Essential Oil or other essential oils or blends, you can contact me here !



These" statements are based on opinion and research of Villa Lake Holistic Wellness LLC and are informational only.  Please conduct your own research on our products, product ingredients and essential oils.  Neither these statements nor our products and services have been evaluated by the FDA.  Neither our products and services, nor our informational statements, replace proper medical attention and/or medical advice.  Please review our Terms of Service agreement.
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