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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Essential Oils Starter Sets

Getting started with Essential Oils can seem very scary! There are literally HUNDREDS of scents and
blends out there it can be hard to figure out where to start - and at the same time it can be hard to decide on just one! But Amazon offers a few different "Starter Sets" that give you a variety of scents to start with, that don't cost an arm & a leg either.

There are a few sets available, so I'm going to briefly go over them for those of you who are BRAND NEW. If you're not brand new, and you're just looking for a good way to bulk up your Essential Oil collection, Amazon has sets with as little as 6 bottles (explored below) and larger kits with 14, 32, 64, and 128 bottles through the Eden's Garden Storefront.

First I want to say, there are LOTS of brands out there and some are good and some are not, as with anything else. But Eden's Garden is one of only two brands you'll find in my collection. They are a really good quality, no fillers, and always have really good prices because they come direct from the company. BUT it's also a "little known" company, often overlooked (or at least from what I've seen) by others, so you may not know the name.

Anyways, you know the name now. These are the sets they offer, any of these would be perfect for those just entering the Essential Oil world, or make great gifts for those who are already here!

The sets available are:

Top 6 Basic Sampler Set  ($19.90)
  • Eucalyptus - Fantastic on skin ailments such as burns, blisters, wounds, insect bites, lice and skin infections, as well as to combat the effects of colds and the flu. There is also a history of Eucalyptus essential oil being applied to sore muscles and joints.
  • Lavender - Herbalist regard Lavender as the most useful and versatile essential oil for therapeutic purposes. Lavender is the essential oil most commonly associated with burns and healing of the skin. It also has antiseptic and analgesic properties which will ease the pain of a burn and prevent infection. It also has cytophylactic properties that promote rapid healing and help reduce scarring. The aroma of Lavender is said to have a calming effect on the body and it can be used to reduce anxiety, stress and promote sleep. Lavender is a very therapeutic grade comparable in status to the better known Lavender Population. The different soil, temperature, precipitation, etc. contributes to some subtle changes in aroma, the greatest advantage being for more sophisticated label claims.
  • Lemongrass - Known for its invigorating and antiseptic properties. It can be used in facial toners as its astringent properties help fight acne and greasy skin. An excellent anti-depressant, Lemongrass tones and fortifies the nervous system and can be used in bath for soothing muscular nerves and pain. Lemongrass shares similar properties with Citronella and has a great reputation for keeping insects away.
  • Peppermint - Widely credited with being a digestive aid. The leaves contain menthol, which is a proven aid to digestion. The familiar aroma of Peppermint is known for both its warming and cooling properties. Friendly to the sinuses, it is also useful to the muscular system, especially for women during monthly cycles or menopause. Properties include being refreshing, a mental stimulant and energizing. It relieves bad breath and is a good nerve tonic that helps with mental fatigue and nervous stress.
  • Sweet Orange - Properties for Sweet Orange are as follows: antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, cordial, deodorant, digestive, stimulant (nervous) and tonic (cardiac, circulatory). It has also been applied to combat colds, constipation, dull skin, flatulence, the flu, gums, slow digestion, and stress.
  • Tea Tree - Best known as a very powerful immune stimulant. It can help to fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses), and there is evidence that Tea Tree oil massages prior to an operation may help to fortify the body and reduce post-operative shock. Used in vapor therapy, it can help with colds, measles, sinusitis and viral infections. For skin and hair, Tea Tree has been used to combat acne, oily skin, head lice and dandruff. As essential oils have become more accepted by the public, the use of it has increased significantly. This can be readily evidenced by the commercial products now using Tea Tree oil.

Earth Set ($17.95)
  • Patchouli - Recognized by aromatherapists as being effective for combating nervous disorders, helping with dandruff, sores, skin irritations and acne. The specific properties include use as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, antimicrobal, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antitoxic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, nerving, prophylactic, stimulating and tonic agent. In the perfumery industry, it is interesting to note that Patchouli improves with age, and that the aged product is what is preferred over freshly harvested. In aromatherapy, Patchouli is an excellent fixative that can help extend other, more expensive oils.
  • Fir Needle - Reported to help with arthritis, bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu, muscle aches, rheumatism and sinusitis. It is a popular oil used to bring out masculine, outdoorsy attributes in men’s fragrances, bath preparations, air fresheners, herbal oils, soaps, and shaving creams.
  • Frankincense - The therapeutic properties of Frankincense include use as an antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, tonic and expectorant. Also said to help rejuvenate the aging skin, and is effective with bacterial and fungal infections. The anti-inflammatory property of this oil is reputed to be an effective treatment for joint pain and arthritis. Frankincense can also be used as an insect repellent and is also widely used in cosmetics and soap manufacturing. It has a grounding aroma, and often used in medication.
  • Pine - Has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used in the treatment of arthritis, joint and muscle aches and rheumatism. It is specifically indicated for respiratory problems and said to be useful in cases of intestinal disturbances, inflamed gall bladder and urinary tract infections. Aromatherapists credit Pine with being refreshing, invigorating, stimulating, strengthening, and very popular in an aromatherapy bath to revive tired muscles.
  • Meditation - Oil Blend of Clary Sage, Frankincense, Patchouli, Sweet Orange, Thyme and Ylang Ylang reputed to promote a meditative state.
  • Cedarwood - Believed to have the following properties: antiseptic, anti-putrescent, anti-seborrheic, aphrodisiac, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, mucolytic, sedative (nervous), stimulant (circulatory), tonic. In India, this oil has been shown to possess insecticidal and anti-fungal properties.

Fruit Set  ($17.95)
  • Grapefruit - Believed by aromatherapists to be a spiritual up-lifter, and to ease muscle fatigue and stiffness. It is also a purifier of congested, oily and acne prone skin and is sometimes added to creams and lotions as a natural toner and cellulite cellulite treatment. Grapefruit Essential Oil is reputed to ease nervous exhaustion and relieve depression.
  • Lemon - Historically recognized as a cleanser. It is reputed as being antiseptic, and as having refreshing and cooling properties. On skin and hair it can be used for its cleansing effect, as well as for treating cuts and boils. Research has also shown Lemon to enhance the ability to concentrate.
  • Lime - Crisp, refreshing citrus aroma that has been used by aromatherapists for its uplifting and revitalizing properties. It can also act as an astringent on skin where it is reputed to help clear oily skin.
  • Lemongrass - See Above
  • Sweet Orange - See Above
  • Tangerine - Like most of the citrus family, can be depended upon for its refreshing and rejuvenating characteristics. Its aroma clears the mind and can help to eliminate emotional confusion. Aromatherapists also consider it to be very comforting, soothing and warming. Users may also see it used in perfumes, soaps, and as an antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, stimulant (digestive and lymphatic), and tonic agent.

Home Aromatherapy Sampler Set  ($17.95)
  • Grapefruit - See Above
  • Lavender - See Above
  • Lemon - See Above 
  • Peppermint - See Above
  • Spearmint - Aromatherapists claim the therapeutic properties of Spearmint are: as a local/topical anesthetic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, decongestant, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant and restorative. It is also believed to be an uplifting oil, great for alleviating fatigue and depression.
  • Sweet Orange - See Above

Synergy Blends Sampler Set   ($19.95)

  • Aphrodisiac - Oil Blend of Jasmine, Lavender, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang, reputed to promote sexuality and sexual energy.
  • Hope - Blend has a combination of Cassia, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Sweet Orange and Tangerine essential oils.
  • Purification - Oil Blend of Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass and Lime reputed to promote feelings of purification.
  • Relaxation - Blend of Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram and Patchouli oils reputed as being some of the best for promoting a peaceful, relaxed state. Try it after a particularly trying day at work.
  • Stay Alert - Oil Blend of Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint and Pine reputed as being some of the best for staying alert.
  • Stress Relief - Blend of Bergamot, Blood Orange, Grapefruit, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang oils believed to be useful in reducing stress and its side effects.
 Other sets are occasionally available. And as I said, larger sets are available as well. If you're new to Essential Oils, any one of these sets could give you a good place to start. Each of these sets also comes with a mini book explaining different ways to use Essential Oils, but this book only gives you a very small start, so don't allow it (or any other book) to limit you. Essential Oils have limitless uses! Experiment, and take your time mastering them, you will NOT regret it!

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