Having trouble sleeping!


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Hi there everyone!!!

Recently I have been asked a lot about how to help people get some sleep!!  Seems to be a real problem these days with all the electronics and long work days, People cannot seem to shut off the brain or they get so overtired they cannot get to sleep.

With that being said, I myself get situational insomnia and hate it when it happens. So, what do I do?  Well, I do one of 2 things: 1) I either place one of my favorite sleep oils on my pillow (Cedar Leaf or my Zonked sleep blend) and inhale it all night long or 2) if I am out of these oils, I take a good bath before bed!! (using salts with some lavender added)

Below I will give you a great way to use the oils in a bath so that you can either get some rest or use to wake up in the morning if you are a slow mover (like I am)

 

Gather these ingredients and give it a shot  :O)

Let’s Get Some Sleep bubble bath

3 drops Cedarwood

5 drops Lavender

3 drops Patchouli

1 drop Vetiver

4oz castile soap

What to do next:

Start running your bath

Place all drops of essential oils into the castile soap

After placing all drops and stirring essential oils into soap slowly pour soap into the bath with water still running.

When reached the desired amount of bath water stop water and climb in.

May want to have soft music playing and candles for lighting to calm the nerves

When the bath is over dry off and climb into bed.

Some variations of this can also be:

Wake me up am bath: 7 drops Orange essential oil,  4 drops Lemon and 3 drops Lime essential oil.

Not feeling well bath: 7 drops Eucalyptus essential oil, 4 drops Peppermint and 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Always remember to add the essential oils to a carrier such as a bath salt or castile soap.

 

Caution: The information provided on this page is not meant to take the place of diagnosis and/or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner. Since the use of this product by others is beyond our control, there is no expressed or implied guarantee as to the use or effects of their use can be given nor liability taken. Use at your own discretion. Any and all application of the recommendations is at the user’s risk. Grounded Owl Botanicals disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of this information and assumes no responsibility for any actions taken. The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of any oil or healing modality.

 

 

Carrier Oils (also known as fixed or base oils)

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Essential oil with an except for a few, should never ever be used undiluted on the skin, and needs to be blended with a carrier oil. To dilute the essential oils and their constituents and to help spread them over the surface of the skin.

These oils are normally obtained by cold pressing the plant material and is inert – and not volatile as essential oils. They are from vegetable origin extracted from either nuts or seeds.

The dilution ratio of essential oil used with in a carrier oil depends on various factors, some of which are the age of the person it is to be used with as well as condition it is used for.

Smell of carrier oils 

Some individuals look for carrier oils with an exact smell – for example, individuals sometimes look for “almond oil” that smells like almonds.

If you come across an almond oil, that smells of almonds, you may have a highly toxic oil (bitter almond oil) for example.

Our carrier oils are 100% pure base oils – no preservatives, no fragrances or other compounds -they are as good as it gets!

Most carrier oils are extracted using a “cold pressed method”, with this method there is no external heat applied to help force the oil from its oil containing cells, this is the type of carrier oil you should buy.

People with nut allergies should do a patch test before using a nut based oil to be sure they have no issues with its use. Most people do not have allergic reactions to these type of base carrier oils, but better safe than sorry :O).

When the carrier oil has been extracted, it sometimes can be refined through numerous processes to attain certain desirable (and some undesirable) effects. (Hence the patch test is always good idea).

Carrier oils also posess their own therapeutic properties which also may assist the absorption of the essential oils through the skin.

Most carrier oils are additionally rich in fatty acids as well as other great nutrients.

 

List of different carrier oils and what they are good for:

  • Almond oil: Acts as a natural moisturizer, it is suitable for young children and babies, helps to lubricate massage blends as well as a great makeup remover.
  • Olive Oil: Deeply conditions your skin, has antiaging effects, this oil can be used as a hair tonic as well as a makeup remover.
  • Apricot kernel oil: Helps to restore moisture to skin, it is suitable for sensitive skin, Acts as a massage base as well as conditions your hair.
  • Avocado oil: This Base oil conditions and soothes your skin as well as repairs and protects your skin, acts as an anti-aging oil and is a natural SPF.
  • Evening primrose oil: This base oil also has anti-aging effects conditions skin and can be added to any cosmetic.
  • Grape seed oil: This base oil is suitable for allergenic and sensitive skin, treats acne and is also a great antiaging choice it will also make a good massage base.
  • Jojoba oil: This oil conditions skin and hair is a great antiaging skin condition treatment as well as a makeup remover.
  • Coconut oil: Conditions hair, cares for teeth and gums, heals rough irritated skin great hair conditioner and makeup remove.
  • Rose-hip oil: This base oil eases itching, treats acne, prevents scaring and has anti-aging benefits.
  • Trauma Oil: This base oil is made by macerated herbs of St. John’s Wort, Calendula and Arnica. This base oil is great for any type of mind body spirit trauma. It can be used for a healing massage in a first aid kit and aids in repairing skin.

The above is by no means a complete list of carrier oils, they are some of the ones I carry here in the shop.

As you can see from the provided list above there is a good diversity to choose from, although carrier oils are used for diluting the essential oils in aromatherapy (by applying to skin), the carrier oils can also add vary valuable properties to the process, since they all have one or more of their own characteristics to offer.

 

ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS FOR Fall!

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Fall is upon us and what a wonderful time of year it is! A time to make your home smell divine with all the wonderful smells of the upcoming Holidays. It’s a time when cooler weather starts as well. Everyone starts having mugs of hot cocoa (with marshmallows) or tea and pulling out big chunky sweaters, warm slippers, and soft cozy blankets to cover up with.

Wherever you go, whether shopping or out for dinner, the autumn air is filled with sweet baking aroma and holiday spices. Best of all, most of us enjoy our Holidays with homecooked meals with lots of family around. Your senses play such a huge part of enjoying autumn in my modest opinion. Without the scent of fireplaces keeping you warm, the chill in the air, and the abundance of delicious food, autumn just isn’t the same.

Since the shop opened, I have really enjoyed creating new Essential oil blends for all sorts of things.  My favorites blends are the ones I create for Fall.  They really bring back memories for me, whether it was watching my grandmother make pumpkin pie, being able to recall the scent of candy canes or that hot cocoa, to the smell of the Christmas tree when you bring it home and put it up. Essential oils have the amazing ability to take you back to the best moments in time.

I love having a home that smells good all year but especially during the Fall and Holiday season. In today’s post, I wanted to share with you some blends that you will love to try out that will help your home smell wonderful!!

Here are a couple of Diffuser blends to get you started. If you want more blends, go out and download my new app named Grounded Owl Botanicals on your Android phone (Sorry Apple peeps – hoping it will be out on the App Store soon 😊).

 

Spiced Apple Cider

4 drops Ginger + 4 drops Cinnamon + 3 drops Orange + 2 drops Clove

 

Pumpkin Pie

5 drops Cinnamon + 2 drops Nutmeg + 2 drops Clove

 

Cool Fall Day

4 drops Bergamot + 2 drops Orange + 2 drops Cinnamon

 

A Fall Walk

3 drops Fir + 2 drops Cedarwood + 4 drops Frankincense + 1 drop Spruce

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD) And How Essential Oils May Help

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With Winter Just around the corner I thought this might be a good Topic to touch on a bit. Some People may say, How can anyone have such a thing when you live in Arizona? I say you can have SAD any where. We live where it is hot yes but we still have a winter season and this is a very real issue for some.

SAD a type of depression that is affecting about 2 million people or more around the world, SAD is a condition that is more common in women than men and it is most likely to develop between the ages of 18 to 35; SAD tends to start When you notice nature changing and getting ready for the winter. This is because the sunlight exposure becomes less and less, SAD usually is at its peak in the winter months, The Amazingly great part is, SAD starts to improve as it gets closer to spring, as the days become longer and the earth starts to bloom and you see flowers and green emerging from the icy cold. There are two main symptoms you should look for, these are low mood (seems to be depressed more) and a lack of interest in life (not wanting to get out and be around people like they usually do). There are other symptoms, some of these may include feelings of irritability, low self-esteem, indecisiveness, tearfulness, tiredness, lack of concentration just to name a few.

Since the exact causes of SAD are not truly understood, Experts believe that when the days get shorter and you have a lack of sunlight it is thought to affect production of the hormones melatonin and serotonin as well as the body’s internal clock,

If you believe you or someone you love and care about may have SAD please contact a Doctor to make sure that is what is going on.

I have seen many of issues assisted and helped using essential oils, they may help to alleviate some of the symptoms of SAD, thus providing sufferers with another, natural means of a coping SAD and how they are feeling. As always please do your own research to find what will work best for you as everyone is different and the oils will react differently for everyone that uses them.

Below you will find a small list of Essential Oils that may assist you in alleviating some of the symptoms of SAD. This list is not exclusive but a means of a start.

Recommended essential oils for Seasonal Affective Disorder / Winter blues:
Basil                               Bergamot                   Patchouli
Clary Sage                     Grapefruit                 Sandalwood
Lime                               Sweet Orange           Vetiver
Chamomile Roman     Geranium                  Ylang Ylang
Lavender                       Spearmint

 

As always do not apply these oils directly onto your skin, Blend them in a carrier oil such as Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil or even Coconut Oil or an unscented lotion. They may also be diffused in a diffuser or placed in a nasal inhaler.

 Caution: The information provided on this page is not meant to take the place of diagnosis and/or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner. Since the use of this product by others is beyond our control, there is no expressed or implied guarantee as to the use or effects of their use can be given nor liability taken. Use at your own discretion. Any and all application of the recommendations is at the user’s risk. Grounded Owl Botanicals disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of this information and assumes no responsibility for any actions taken. The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of any oil or healing modality.