Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Recipe for Sore Muscle Relief

If you suffer from sore muscles, here's an easy recipe.

Add 1 drop of Rosemary Essential Oil, 2 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil to 4 teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil. Apply to sore muscles before and after exercise.

Thanks to Mary Ewing of Beeyoutiful for this recipe!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Beginner Basics Essential Oil Pack

from www.beeyoutiful.com:

Beeyoutiful's Beginner Basics Essential Oil package is a great way to get started using essential oils, or to add to the collection of an experienced user.

Eucalyptus is one of our favorite all around essential oils because of it's incredible diversity. It is the greatest value of our essential oils and comes in a 4oz container. Many of our Beeyoutiful families run it in a diffuser on a daily basis as it kills dust mites and also can neutralize many airborne illnesses during cold and flu season.

Orange Essential Oil is almost fool-proof to use and its delightful citrus scent invokes feelings of warmth and cleanliness. Some of our Beeyoutiful staff families use Orange essential Oil in the kitchen in the place of orange flavorings, potpourri mixes and home cleaning mixtures.

Lemon Essential Oil has an invigorating and clean smell that makes it a favorite among all purely for its uplifting scent. In addition to the wonderful scent there is a whole host of ailments and maladies it has been used historically to treat. It is another favorite in our Beeyoutiful homes in cleaners and diffusers.

Tea Tree Essential Oil has been called, for good reason, the "first aid kit" of essential oils. It has proven its usefulness in a myriad of ways since our Beeyoutiful Staff families have begun using it. It is well known for its antiseptic and germicidal properties. For the big benefits it delivers, it is still very user-friendly and is a valuable addition to this package.

Lavender Essential Oil is quite possibly the most popular of all essential oils. Its calming and soothing scent makes it the best of all of the essential oils for aromatherapy purposes. It is also one of the few essential oils that can be applied "neat" which simply means that it does not have to be diluted before using it on the skin.

The Beeyoutiful Beginner Basics Essential Oil Pack is available from Beeyoutiful.com.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sweet Almond Oil

from www.beeyoutiful.com:

Does your skin need some extra TLC? Try a few drops of Beeyoutiful's Sweet Almond Oil! It helps promote clear, soft skin while not clogging your pores. Sweet Almond Oil's rich proteins, glucosides, minerals, and vitamins make it a perfect choice for both a moisturizer and base oil. The use of Sweet Almond Oil dates to ancient times when herbs were added to the oil that was pressed from fresh almonds for use as ointments. This oil is no less useful in modern times.

Sweet Almond Oil can be used alone as a terrific moisturizer, especially on delicate skin. Due to the fact that it won't clog your pores, it also makes an ideal carrier for essential oils. This property makes it well suited for use on the bottom of the feet, which is known for its rapid absorption. This multitasking oil is a must have for both old and young alike!

To use as a carrier oil: Measure out the desired amount of Sweet Almond Oil and add the essential oil into the Sweet Almond Oil. Mix well. Always test for skin sensitivities prior to liberal use. Note: If you plan on mixing a larger amount of oil mixtures that will be used immediately, it is usually preferable to store the mixture in an airtight dark glass container to prevent degradation of the essential oils. Light and air will cause the essential oil to break down very rapidly. And the essential oils will actual break down plastic in many cases, so the use of glass is always recommended.

Topical Uses: A few drops of Sweet Almond Oil may be used to remove make-up from skin. After removing, cleanse skin with warm water. Also, after showering, Almond oil may be rubbed directly on skin to "lock in" moisture. For dry skin, it may be rubbed directly on the area. It is a great cuticle repairer!

We believe Sweet Almond Oil enhances the powerful properties of essential oils, making them more beneficial than ever to our family and friends. With the specialty of increasing absorption so that the beneficial and powerful properties are easier for the body to utilize this pure, beautifully delicate oil is a must have.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Essential Oils for Diarrhea

Diarrhea may be caused by a whole range of conditions which generally fall into the three categories of food-related, nerve-related, and viral-related.

For viral-related diarrhea, make a drink by adding 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil to a teaspoon of honey and diluting it in a glass of warm water. Sip slowly.

For food-related or nerve-related diarrhea, add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil to a teaspoon of honey, and dilute in a glass of warm water. Sip slowly.


This information is from The Complete Book of Essential Oil & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood, available from Beeyoutiful.com.

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Beeyoutiful Peppermint Essential Oil, 1 oz.
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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Eucalyptus Oil is said to be anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. It has even been used as an insect repellent!

Here's an incomplete list of some practical uses of eucalyptus oil:

* Disinfect a sick room by using eucalyptus oil in a diffuser. Research indicates that when the eucalyptus vapors are diffused in a sick room,germs are less likely to spread to others. You can also add a few drops of the oil to a spray bottle of water and spritz the sick room.

* To get rid of dust mites in your bedding, add a generous amount of eucalyptus oil along with regular detergent to your washing machine load of sheets and mattress pads. Agitate briefly, stop the machine, let everything soak for 30 minutes, and then finish the cycle. Meanwhile, spray diluted eucalyptus oil on a towel, and wipe down the bare mattress. You might also give your pillow a good spritzing and set it in the sunshine to dry, just for good measure.

* For congestion due to colds, coughs, flu, asthma, and sinusitis, sprinkle a few drops onto a damp cloth and hold it over your nose. You may want to try a steam inhalation for deep bronchial relief: Set a stable pan on a sturdy table, fill it with 6-8 cups of boiling water, and add 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil. Cover your head and the pan with a bath towel, closing your eyes and keeping your face a safe distance from the hot water. Inhale the steam deeply for about 10 minutes, taking breaks to cool off as needed.

* To help lower a high fever, add 5 drops of eucalyptus oil to 1 quart of lukewarm water. Soak cotton cloths (or even a t-shirt) in the mixture, wrap them around the patient's calves, and cover with dry cloths.

* Mix a drop of eucalyptus oil with a little olive oil and apply to cuts, scrapes, and minor wounds. Antibiotic-resistant staph infections and boils and cold sores often respond well to this simple procedure.

* For muscle aches and joint pain, dilute several drops of eucalyptus with olive oil, and massage the affected area. You may also want to add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your warm bath water for a refreshing soak that helps lessen aching.

* To reduce dandruff, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your shampoo.

Important: Because eucalyptus oil is so potent, it should not be used on infants or small children. Pregnant and nursing mothers should also avoid it since the oil readily soaks through the skin and into the blood stream. Steam inhalation should be avoided by those with heart or central nervous system conditions. Undiluted eucalyptus oil should never be ingested—even small amounts such as a teaspoon's worth are harmful. Although it is safe to use diluted eucalyptus oil as a gargle only, eucalyptus oil should never be swallowed. To avoid skin burns, always dilute eucalyptus oil with a carrier such as olive, almond, or grape-seed oil. If you are taking other drugs, eucalyptus oil may weaken their effect because of how it detoxifies the body.

Beeyoutiful Eucalyptus Essential Oil is 100% Pure & Natural, Aromatherapeutic GC/IR Verified. It contains almost 30% more cineole (the healing component -- also called eucalyptol) than British standards require (USFDA doesn’t set a standard) for medicinal use. This is what packs the punch against germs, congestion and inflammation. And in the presence of cineole, parasites move out of the way, too.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Essential Oils, Part Three

Since learning about natural ways to deal with illness, we have tried to cut back on our use of over-the-counter fever reducers and pain relievers. It seems that when we don't medicate a fever, the sickness runs its course more quickly. One of our children, though, tends to have febrile seizures as her temperature fluctuates. Febrile seizures aren't dangerous, of course, but they are still scary and uncomfortable, so we have continued to medicate her for fever, even though we think we may be prolonging the illness by doing so. I had read about reducing fever with essential oils and was eager to try it for this particular child.

When she began running fever, I mixed 3 drops of lemongrass oil in 1 tsp. of almond oil. I applied the oil to her temples, her wrists and the bottoms of her feet. Within 15 minutes, her fever was down and she was resting comfortably. I reapplied the oil several times over the 2 days that she was sick, and I am happy to report that she had no febrile seizures!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Essential Oils, Part Two

My first experiment with essential oils was to mix some oils for my husband's achy back. I had recently purchased The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood from Beeyoutiful. I wanted to put what I was reading to practical use, but I still felt a little overwhelmed by all the information. I read about several formulas for alleviating back pain and then decided to try my own concoction, using the oils I had on hand. I mixed 5 drops of eucalyptus oil and 5 drops of peppermint oil, diluted in 1 Tbsp. of almond oil. The good news is that my husband, who is not fond of strong smells, didn't mind the aroma at all and actually found the massage to be soothing!

That first successful application of oils was encouraging! A few weeks later, when the children came down with a flu-like virus, I was ready to use our essential oils to help relieve their symptoms.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood is available from Beeyoutiful.com.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Essential Oils

We are learning about essential oils at our house!

I first read about esssential oils in the Beeyoutiful catalog several months ago. I was interested but not at all sure where to start. My brother took the plunge first and bought an Aroma-Pro Nebulizing Diffuser and Eucalyptus Oil. Within weeks, he was convinced that they were breathing easier at his house, and his son was free of cold symptoms for the first time in months. We bought a diffuser, too, and have enjoyed diffusing eucalyptus and occasionally peppermint oil into the air.

We've mixed some oils for backaches, fever, and nausea, and we've been amazed at the results! Over the next few days, I hope to post more about our discoveries. Please e-mail us or leave a comment if you have a discovery to share, too!