Essential Oil Questions and Answers

Q: Do you have a recipe for nasal congestion, stuffy nose?

A: Possibly a more internal approach would be helpful. There are several options for you to choose from. I would look at what may be causing the congestion as well. I have to stay away from milk products and sugar when I get congested because they create more mucus. Personally, I like to use Tei-Fu Oil. It opens up my sinuses. I use Fenugreek & Thyme to help me drain and it helps me with sinus headaches. ALJ is also one of my favorite products to clear my sinuses.

Q: My mother suffers from some sort of foot fungus , its so bad now that all the toe nails are turning black and falling off., The doctor keeps giving her different things to try and nothing seems to work. is there something we can use that may help.

A: I would try this recipe from "The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy" by Valerie Ann Wormwood:
Mix 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil and 1 drop of Lavender Oil in your palm and spread it between the toes and around the nails. For the rest of the feet, mix 5 drops Tea Tree Oil and 1 drop Lemon EO in 1 teaspoon of Massage Oil (or olive oil) and rub on the feet morning and

Q: I receive your newsletter and really appreciate the valuable information - do you have any essential oil suggestions for poison ivy?

A: I would try using Peppermint Oil. I would use 15 drops in an ounce of Calamine Lotion. It should help the itching for about an hour. I would reapply frequently to help calm the itching.

If you want to step outside of the essential oil use specifically, you might consider Black Walnut Extract which has a long history of use for poison ivy. A friend of mine began doing blood cleansing with an herbal formula in Spring and Fall each year and afterwards he was no longer bothered by poison ivy as he had been all his life. He suggested this same approach to a friend who got shots every year because of being so allergic to it. He and his mother began the cleansing program towards the end of winter and by the time poison ivy came around, the mom didn't get it at all and the guy had a very mild patch that year. There are several good blood cleansing formulas. I would use BP-X or Chinese Blood Build.

Q: Do you know of a blend I can create for a strained "trapezius" muscle (on the back of neck spreading toward the shoulder) due to vigorous gardening? I don't think it will be a long term problem but know that pain unaddressed can create one.

A: I would start with ice to reduce any swelling or inflammation. Then I'd take a hot bath with 3 drops of Marjoram Essential Oil and 2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil and soak for at least 15 minutes. After getting out, I'd follow it up with a massage using this blend of oils:

5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops Ginger

Dilute essential oils in 1 tablespoon of Massage Oil

You can also try Nature's Sunshine Tei Fu Oil or Lotion. I have used the oil for muscle pain in my shoulders and back.

Q: When using essential oils on the skin, I'm told that there needs to be a "carrier" used. What is a carrier? I'm assuming it's an oil, but what kind is appropriate and safe?

A: A carrier oil is an oil that is used to dilute essential oils. There are many different types of oils you can use for a carrier oil. Nature Sunshine sells a Massage Oil which I use as a carrier oil. You can also use cold pressed, olive, nut, or seed oils. I prefer to use Nature's Sunshine Massage Oil because it is made for use with essential oils and I know it is safe. Other oils bought at a grocery store may have been manufactured with other chemicals.

Q: I am wondering how to safely disperse essential oils into the air in my home. Are diffusers the same as nebulizers? And do I always use a carrier oil when using a nebulizer? I need some good direction! Help, Please!

A: There are different types of diffusers. The nebulizer is a type of diffuser. I wouldn't use a carrier oil with the Nebulizing Diffuser. I would use undiluted essential oils. The Nebulizing Diffuser takes the essential oils and ionizes them into a vapor which uses them to their fullest potential. I think this is the best way to diffuse essential oils because you get the maximum use out of them and it covers 300-600 square feet.

The AromaBall Diffuser is a more economical way to diffuse essential oils. I often use the AromaBall Diffuser and love it! Just a couple drops of my favorite essential oil fills up a room. Both of these methods are safe. I would always take special safety measures when using essential oils around children. Keep the diffusers out of their reach.

Q: My nebulizing diffuser came with an automatic timer and I set it to run for about a half hour every two hours during the day time. Won't a lot of my oil just evaporate out? And do you think running it that often is too much. I thought I had read that with some of the oils only a few drops were to be used, so they would have to be used with a carrier oil then, wouldn't they?

A: I would never use carrier oil in the nebulizing diffuser, it might clog up the system. The Nebulizing Diffuser was made for use with undiluted essential oils. It is supposed to make the essential oils work to their fullest potential. I would not worry about them evaporating too fast. The Nebulizing Diffuser works to conserve the essential oils. I do not have a Nebulizing Diffuser myself so I'm not the expert on it. It is your choice on how often and for how long you run your Nebulizing Diffuser. I don't think you are running it too often. I have read that 15-20 minutes every 1 or 2 hours is effective within 300-700 square feet, and 30-60 minutes for an area above 700 square feet. That timing can vary depending on what you prefer. 25 drops of a single essential oil or a blend is the minimum you should use in the Nebulizing Diffuser. That can vary as well depending on the strength of the essential oil, but I would never use a carrier oil in the Nebulizing Diffuser.

Q: If I already have bergamot and a lemon mix in my diffuser, is it ok to add tea tree oil in as well to help fight a cold and congestion? What I am really wondering is, is it dangerous to put certain oils in a diffuser together or can I mix any of the ones that I may current have?

A: It is okay to add Tea Tree Oil to the Bergamot & Lemon essential oils. Bergamot mixes well with most essential oils & Lemon is great with Tea Tree Oil. I like to experiment with mixing different essential oils. There are some that work better with certain oils than with others. Just let your nose be the guide! If you don't like the smell when you mix them, your body probably doesn't need that mixture. So have fun with it, you can even discover your own recipes that way.

P.S. Tea Tree will definitely "drown out" the scents of the other two oils, but if you need the properties of Tea Tree, there is nothing wrong with adding that oil. It might be recommended that you keep an AromaBall for such uses, so you can easily target a room with a specific oil.

Q: I have been studying the last few months about the many different things the essential oils can help. The only thing they don't tell you is how to use it. Sometimes they will say diffuse or put in a base oil but for the most part, they just list all the things each oil can do. Is there a general guide? Am I to assume if it doesn't say, that means put in a base oil and massage or that I should be diffusing?

A: There are so many ways to use Essential Oils, so there is no general guide. If it doesn't say, I would use it the way that works best for me. I like to use Essential Oils in my bath. I also love the Aromaball Diffuser. I wouldn't apply most of the Essential Oils directly to my skin, I would dilute them in a carrier oil. If I'm having stomach problems I like to apply a recipe directly to my stomach. To help me sleep, I like to spray a mixture of Lavender Oil & distilled water on my pillow. If I'm stressed I like to put some Chamomile in my bath then put some on an Aromaball Diffuser in my room. For headaches, I rub Tei-Fu Oil directly on my head & directly on my shoulders without a carrier oil. I also use the Peppermint Oil directly on my skin for headaches or sinus problems. I like to put a drop of Peppermint Oil in my water to help digestion. So, really you can use the oils in several different ways, & the best method would depend on the recipe & what you want to accomplish with it!

Some other ways to use Essential Oils:
The Nebulizing Diffuser is a good way to get the most out of your Essential Oils. However, I would not put a carrier oil in this diffuser. You can also add Essential Oils to humidifiers, or lamp rings. You can also you a bowl of boiling water, add 1-9 drops & allow to penetrate the room. One drop of an Essential Oil can be used on a tissue or handkerchief, & you just sniff it when you like. These are just a few of the many methods to use Essential Oils!

Q: I have been making a sugar scrub for face and body using just sugar and olive oil. But I also like to add an essential oil for an extra scent and perhaps to make the scrub more effective. Currently I'm using sandalwood oil because I read that it is good for the skin...and also because it's one that I had. Is sandalwood oil OK for this? And what other oils could I use?

A: Sandalwood Essential Oil is fine for use in a facial scrub. There are several different oils that you could use as well. I would use one that is best for my skin type. For example, the Sandalwood Essential Oil is good for dry, puffy or disturbed skin. Below I've included a list of skin conditions and the Essential Oils that may improve that particular skin type:

Oily: Chamomile, Lemon,Geranium, Lavender,Patchouli, Marjoram, Peppermint,Rosemary, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Frankincense, Juniper
Dry: Lemon, Geranium, Chamomile, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Rose, Neroli
Dehydrated: Lemon, Geranium, Lavender
Puffiness: Lemon, Geranium, Lavender,Chamomile, Sandalwood, Rose
Sensitive:Geranium, Lavender
Disturbed:Chamomile, Lemon, Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli, Sandalwood,Juniper, Clary-Sage
Energizing: Lemon, Bergamot
Dermatitis: Lavender, Chamomile
Acne: Lemon, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lavender, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Clary-Sage
Dry Eczema: Bergamot, Chamomile, Geranium, Rosemary
Wet Eczema: Chamomile, Juniper, Myrrh
Wrinkles: Lemon, Sandalwood, Clary-Sage, Geranium, Rosemary, Rose, Neroli
Psoriasis: Chamomile, Bergamot, Lavender
Normal: Chamomile, Geranium, Lemon, Sandalwood, Rose, Neroli, Lavender
Broken Capillaries: Chamomile, Geranium, Rose
Combination Oily/Dry: Chamomile, Geranium, Rose, Lavender
Revitalizing: Geranium, Lemon, Rose, Neroli

Q: I need to find an effective mosquito repellent. My daughter is allergic to mosquito bites and we are now being warned of an encephalitis outbreak from mosquitoes in our area. Any help you could send would be a blessing. We live in hot, humid NE Florida.

A: Lavender Oil is a great deterrent for mosquitoes along with other insects. There are several different methods you can use to get keep insects away. For your house or somewhere your staying, you can fill cups with hot water, preferably boiling, and place a couple drops of Lavender Oil in them and place them on windows or other places where mosquitoes might visit. Filling a bath with hot water & putting 6-8 drops of Lavender Oil in it& keeping the door open, so the Essential Oil molecules will drift into the room through the steam.

You can put a couple drops of the oil on the Aromaball diffuser when you're near an electrical outlet. This would be good while your sleeping. I would also make a Lavender Oil Spritzer, just use a 2 oz. spray bottle, fill it with purified or distilled water and add 6 drops of Lavender Oil. Then at night I would spray it about 4 times all over my bed, this also helps me to sleep.

When you're outside, you can put a few drops on ribbon and hang them from trees. Mosquitoes seem to aim at the ankles, so I would wear socks and put 2 drops of the Lavender Oil on the socks. You can also put the drops on the bottom of your trousers. You can hang tissue paper around your balcony when your eating and place a drop of the oil on each on one.

You can use the oil in massage oil and massage it on your body. I would keep a bottle of 2 tablespoons of the massage oil with 30 drops of Lavender Oil. Use this to massage on your skin before going out and before going to bed to protect yourself.

Q: My question is, can you ingest some essential oils and if so how? My girlfriend thought some essentials oils would be helpful for digestion but she didn't know which ones and how to use them for internal purposes. Thanks for you help.

A: There are some Essential Oils that I have used internally. Peppermint Oil aids in digestion. I put one drop in a glass of water. It's very strong, so one drop is all I use. Tei Fu Oil can be gargled with water for a sore throat. Many Essential Oils are used for cooking as well. I'm not very familiar with that avenue of Essential Oils yet.

Q: I've been getting blisters on my feet frequently (I dance in leather sandals, and they're still pretty new). They're usually minor, but I have two or three on each foot. Is there a good remedy for blisters using essential oils, to help the pain and help them heal faster?

A: There are several Essential Oils that help heal blisters. I would apply one drop of Lavender Oil and one drop of Chamomile and rub in gently. The Lavender will keep the blister from getting infected. Other Essential Oils that can be used to treat blisters are Tea Tree, Lemon, Myrrh, and Geranium.

Q: Can Clove Bud with a carrier oil be rubbed into a person's gums (in the mouth)?

A: I would use Clove Essential Oil in the mouth by applying one drop to a fingertip to apply it to the gum area around the tooth in pain.

Q: Is there anything I can use to stop the itching from Chiggers?

A: For chigger bites I would use 10 drops of Thyme Essential Oil to a teaspoon of any alcohol and apply to area every 3 hours. The next day and following apply Lavender Oil three times a day.

Q: My daughter has several scars caused from eczema and when she had chicken pox as a child. This has also discolored her skin. She worries about the marks in her face from these conditions as she is now 17 yrs old. Please help!

A: There are a few different products your daughter could try. Herbal Trim has been used for scars, stretch marks, acne, among other skin problems. It contains a couple of essential oils that also aid in healing the skin. It has Lavender, Clove, and Tei-Fu Oil. Your daughter could also use the Lavender Oil directly on her skin. Neroli can be used blended with Massage Oil to help prevent scars. If using Essential Oils, it may take 3-6 months before the scars lessen. Bergamot may also be helpful in scar healing.

Q: I am wondering how to get rid of warts on the hands and how to make bug repellant for children and adults, how to make cleaning solution for fruits and veggies. I will be living abroad soon and want safe things for my children thanks!

A: I would use Lemon Essential Oil or Lavender Oil on warts. You can apply them individually or mixed together. I would apply them directly to the wart unless applying to a child of under 12 years of age. I would dilute the essential oils in Massage Oil if applying to a child under 12 years of age.

Lavender oil is a great deterrent for mosquitoes along with other insects. There are several different methods you can use to get keep insects away. For your house or somewhere your staying, you can fill cups with hot water, preferably boiling, and place a couple drops of Lavender Oil in them and place them on windows or other places where mosquitoes might visit.

Filling a bath with hot water & putting 6-8 drops of Lavender Oil in it& keeping the door open, so the Essential Oil molecules will drift into the room through the steam.

You can put a couple drops of the oil on the AromaBall diffuser when your near an electrical outlet. This would be good while your sleeping. I would also make a Lavender Oil Spritzer, just use a 2 oz. spray bottle, fill it with purified or distilled water and add 6 drops of Lavender Oil. Then at night I would spray it about 4 times all over my bed, this also helps me to sleep.

When your outside, you can put a few drops on ribbon and hang them from trees. Mosquitoes seem to aim at the ankles, so I would wear socks and put 2 drops of the Lavender Oil on the socks. You can also put the drops on the

You can hang tissue paper around your balcony when you're eating and place a drop of the oil on each piece. You can use the oil in massage oil and massage it on your body. I would keep a bottle of 2 tablespoons of the massage oil with 30 drops of Lavender Oil. Use this to massage on your skin before going out and before going to bed to protect yourself.

Sunshine Concentrate is a great natural wash for fruits and veggies.