We all experience anxiety, especially around this time of the year. With this new year I encourage everyone to use positive affirmations and good essential oils to stay on positive ground!

In this article I will be talking about the essential oils I find most helpful for anxiety and emotional balance, but first:

Let’s get savvy in 2017 and be mindful of what we are buying when it comes to essential oils while staying aware of the dangerous claims that exist regarding the properties of essential oils. It is important that we know which essential oils are safe to use in what way.

If you are running a wellness clinic or spa and you are directly dealing with clients, it is important to use essential oils safely so your client does not become ill or develops a skin reactions as a result of incorrectly used essential oils.

Our students and professional members know first hand that the essential oils that should be used vary considerably based on the many issues that the clients face. The choice of essential oil can change if the client is experiencing skin problems, muscular aches, joint pains, stress or anxieties. We teach our students over 100 conditions (but not diseases).

Now, back to the essential oils of today’s topic.

These essential oils can help us get through stress and anxiety and help with our emotions.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang grades vary considerably from extra to grades 1, 2, 3. Ylang Ylang, or Canaga odorata, is distilled with interruptions, with the first distillate being collected, a second distillate over a longer period and a third one over a period of 24 hours or more.

By controlling the gravity of the distillate, the various producers make the interruption when they feel that the oil can be classified within one of these groups.

The first distillate of Ylang Ylang oil, usually the first 30% to 45% of the total distillate is called Ylang Ylang Extra.

There is no standard as to the physico-chemical properties of “Extra” or any of the other grades, but is left to the distiller’s discretion to make the correct fractionation during distillation.

The different grades depend on the length of distillation time. The best grade called  “Extra” followed by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

After the “Extra” quality comes ylang –ylang first or #1, the second or #2, and finally ylang ylang third #3.

The top Ylang Ylang essential oil grades should have a sweet, heavy floral fragrance with volatile top notes. The lowest grade is perfectly suitable for soap, but not very good for aromatherapy.

In the essential oil industry the grades are sometimes blended together to provide what is commonly known as Ylang complete.

The distillation has been used for French perfumery and cosmetics.

When Ylang Ylang is mixed with Bergamot in body lotions and creams, it can have some relaxing and anti-anxiety properties,

The two blends work well together and can help the body relax, balance emotions and control anxiety.

How to use Ylang Ylang and Bergamot in your daily routine:

In your bath:

  • 4 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 4 drops of Bergamot essential oil
  • Add Organic Bubble Bath

Inhalation:

  • Place a cotton ball in an empty lip balm pot
  • Add 5 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Add 5 drops of Bergamot essential oil

Whenever you feel anxiety or stress, open the lid of the lip balm pot and breathe in deeply to inhale the aroma. You can do this at your desk if your work is getting you down or you are feeling out of it emotionally.

What kind of Bergamot oil should you get?

The Safest Bergamot oil is the “FCF” grade, if you decide to use this essential oil in the sun or around ultraviolet radiation. It is an extremely strong photosensitizer, meaning your skin can burn where damage can occur to the epidermis of the skin even if low levels of the oil is used.

“FCF” grade Bergamot means the oil is safe as the natural photosensitizing agents (furocoumarins} have been reduced to safe levels.

 

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