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Essential Oils 101

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Essential Oils NOT Recommended for Internal Use:
Atlas Cedar, Blue Chamomile, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Carrot Seed, Cinnamon Leaf, Cistus, Clove, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Eucalyptus Globulus, Helichrysum, Lavender Absolute, MQV, Mugwort, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rosemary Cineol, Sage, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spikenard, Vetiver, Wintergreen.
And more, these are just the most popular...

Essential Oils Basic Usage:
Essential Oils are always great to diffuse aromatically.  Oils that are safe for the skin, can be dropped into any carrier oil/lotion and applied as desired.  Another simple way is to place a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil in the palms of your hands, cupping your hands around the face and taking a few deep inhalations.  Any excess oil can be smeared through your hair, shoulders or clothing.

Essential Oils and Cooking:
I love using Essential Oils for cooking!
There are a few oils to have extra “respect” for... where less is truly more!  Often instead of a "drop”, I will advise a "smear".  In a case where a drop can flavor a serving size of 3 - 5, please take my suggestion and go lightly first.

Anise: homemade candy
Basil (Indian): salad dressings (and lemon?)
Bergamot: flavoring of Earl Grey tea
Cardamon: salad dressings, homemade frosting/chocolates
Cinnamon: coffee, cookies, waffles, etc.
Clove: cookies, breads, etc.
Fennel: pizza sauce, etc.
Ginger: tea, other beverages, cookies
Lavender: lemonade, Red Wine!
Lime: water, salad dressing (pairs well with Orange!)
Neroli: homemade frosting, biscotti
Oregano: garlic bread or spaghetti sauce
Peppermint: water, cookies, ice cream
Rose Otto (steam distilled, NOT absolute): Champagne!
Rosemary, Verbenone: salad dressing, tea, etc.

Essential Oils that can be safely "spilled" into your beverage and ingested:
Citrus Oils are delicious in a glass of water (or stainless steel container...NEVER plastic!)
Grapefruit: water
Lemon: water, tea, yogurt...anything that would taste good with a citrus flavor
Orange: cocktails, etc.
Rose Hydrosol: Champagne, ice cream, cookies

Essential Oils and Pregnancy:

What harm can they do?

Oils that can be irritating or intense in aroma, will on there own, keep a pregnant mother
from heavy use. Let intuition be the guide.

Oils that Support Pregnancy 
Bergamot, Chamomile (German or Roman), Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tangerine.

Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy
Angelica, Anise Seed, Basil, Camphor, Cedarwood, Champa, Citronella, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon Balm, Lovage, Marjoram, Melissa, Mustard, Myrrh, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Thyme, Wintergreen

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