Back to School with Pranarom Blends

Back to School with Pranarom Blends

Astronomically we still have a month left of summer, but for students across the country summer ends much earlier. As school returns to session students (and their families!) face some perennial challenges: an increase in stress, compromised immunity, a requisite shift in focus, adjusted schedules, and disrupted sleep cycles. The latter becomes even more challenging after the Autumnal Equinox at the end of September when we begin to receive less light daily. This affects levels of serotonin and melatonin in the brain that may potentially alter mood and further disrupt sleep cycles.

Pranarom Wellness Formulas and AromaForce can help you weather these changes. Here are some of our favorite blends for back to school:

Good Samaritan Cinnamon Leaf, Lemon, Rosemary ct Cineole, Eucalyptus Radiata, Clove, Cinnamon Bark

Good Samaritan is an indispensable formula for a healthy home. Diffuse 3-6 drops for immune defense in ultrasonic diffusers to defend against germs and safeguard the respiratory system. Add several drops to cleaning solutions or hand soap for a natural disinfectant.

Immunity Boost

Lavender, Eucalyptus Radiata, Tea Tree 

Our Immunity Boost is extraordinarily versatile for preventative care and immune health. Inhale or diffuse this blend to nourish the immune system and open the lungs. It may also be used with dry brushing for added immune support. Add 2-3 drops to lotion for a hand sanitizer.

Immune Defense Solution
Lavandin Super, Eucalyptus Radiata, Niaouli, Rosemary ct Verbenone, Eucalyptus Globulus, Ravintsara, Peppermint, Clove Bud, Coriander Seed

This powerful blend of Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils supports and defends immune and respiratory health. Use topically or diffuse to purify indoor air. Easy to use and great for an immune boost on the go!

Stress Recovery

Lavender, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Sweet Marjoram, Rose Geranium 

Use Stress Recovery as an inhalation to help calm and soothe the nervous system. Apply 1-2 drops in palms, cup hands near nose, close eyes, and breath in and out deeply 5 times. Rub excess oil on mid-back to support the body’s resistance to fatigue.

Mental Clarity

Peppermint, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary ct Cineole, Basil ct Linalol

Our most popular formula refreshes, energizes, and soothes tense emotions and muscles. Mental Clarity eases nausea and opens the lungs for deeper breathing before exercising or meditation. Apply 3-5 drops in your palms to hand diffuse. Rub palms together and, with eyes closed, cup the hands near the nose and inhale and exhale deeply 5 times. For those with sensitivities, apply drops to a cloth. May be applied from palms directly to neck and shoulders for invigorating topical muscle/tension relief.

For children, use only 1 drop.

Sleep Aid

Lavender, Spikenard, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Roman Chamomile, Sweet Orange  

Calm down after a stressful day and support a restful night’s sleep. Rub 3-5 drops in palms and cup hands near nose, close eyes, and inhale and exhale slowly 5 times. Rub excess oil on neck and shoulders to promote relaxation. Diffuse 3-5 drops in a bedroom diffuser 20 minutes before bedtime to encourage relaxation and relieve stress and tension.

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Essential Oil Safety for Pets

Owning a pet offers many benefits to our emotional and physical health and in turn we invest greatly in the wellbeing of our animal companions. As we become more aware of and committed to natural remedies for our own health, naturally we consider caring for our pets in the same way. With the growing popularity of essential oils there are an increasing number of personal stories being shared about the successes and dangers of using essential oils on pets. Professional opinions vary greatly regarding which essential oils to use with animals or if they should be used at all. Some even question whether trace elements of terpenes present in certain hydrosols might be unsafe for pets. When looking further, peer reviewed studies are limited and conflicting information abounds. Most recommendations for essential oil use are intended for humans. Our anatomy and size differ considerably from most pets, so it is not safe to simply apply products formulated for humans on animals or to assume that suggested uses and doses on packaging are applicable to animals. Recommendations also vary between species, so what might be fine for one pet does not apply to all. In general, animals have a heightened sensitivity to essential oils due to a more acute sense of smell than humans. Additionally, recent studies have shown that hair follicles enhance transdermal absorption, which indicates one should exercise caution when considering both diffusion/inhalation and topical applications for furry pets. Cats lack a set of liver enzymes that metabolize and excrete all sorts of chemical compounds including salicin/salicylate present in birch and wintergreen essential oils and hydrocarbon and alcohol terpenes found in a variety of essential oils. Many respected veterinarians and animal aromatherapists advise against the use of the following essential oils for cats: cinnamon bark and leaf, clove, oregano, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, and wintergreen. Other sources also caution against the use of citruses, evergreens, and resin based essential oils. Animal aromatherapist Kelly Holland Azzaro advises against the use of any essential oils with cats, whereas holistic veterinarian Melissa Shelton advocates for blood tests and urinalysis prior to and during treatment to ensure that essential oil treatments are not causing harm. For dogs, anise, clove, juniper, oregano, tea tree, thyme, wintergreen, and yarrow are advised against. These lists are not exhaustive and there are distinct recommendations for other animals: horses, rabbits, reptiles and birds all have specific suggestions. Finally, like humans each animal is an individual and may have reactions to oils that are not on these lists. If you choose to use essential oils on or around your pet, safe use involves the purity of the oil, an accurate assessment of the ailment, the appropriate oil, and the correct application. Quality is important. Adulteration is common in essential oils and the only way to be certain you are purchasing pure (and pesticide free) essential oil is to buy certified organic oils. Currently ECOCERT is the most reputable certifying body with regulations for essential oils. The USDA allows ECOCERT certified oils to use the USDA Organic label so it is important to confirm that those oils bearing a USDA label have been inspected by ECOCERT. Work with your veterinarian to accurately diagnose a pet’s ailment. Different maladies may have similar symptoms but require unique treatments. With the support of a veterinarian’s expertise and diagnostic tools you can be more certain of the health condition before deciding on a treatment. If you decide that essential oils should be part of the treatment plan, proceed with caution – ideally along with the support and guidance of an experienced animal aromatherapist or veterinarian. Inhalation, diffusion, and topical are possible safe methods of application. When using essential oil therapies, a light application is best. Beginning with one drop (either neat, diffused, or in a carrier depending on the oil and the animal) will allow one to gauge an animal’s tolerance. When diffusing, ensure there is good ventilation, begin with just one drop for a limited time (20 minutes or less), and allow your pet to leave the room. Observe your pet carefully following any type of application. Look for signs of irritation (such as sneezing, itching, or physical attempts to remove the oil) or toxicity (such as depression, weakness, vomiting, incoordination, and muscle tremors). If there is any adverse reaction stop using the oil. If you have diffused the oil, remove your pet from the space. If you have applied the oil topically, use a carrier oil such as olive oil to remove the essential oil – do not wash off with water. If you notice a positive result, remember more is not always better – if one drop works it does not necessarily mean increasing the dose will be more effective. For further information, look to the following web and print resources: Biobliography: Azzaro, Kelly Holland RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT. “Animal Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Safety” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Shelton, Melissa. ADR: The Animal Desk Reference Essential Oils for Animals. Melissa Shelton DVM, 2012. Tisserand, Robert. “Cats and Essential Oil Safety” Tisserand Institute. 10 Jan 2018. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. New World Library, 1991.

Organic Virgin and Infused Plant Oils

Pure essential oils are complex substances. Resulting from the distillation of botanical materials, an essential oil is a collection of aromatic and therapeutic chemical constituents. Despite the common name they are technically not oils as is biochemically defined. However, in common with oils, essential oils are lipophilic and hydrophobic. Simply expressed, essential oils have an affinity for fatty oils and an aversion to water. When used wisely, pure essential oils are powerful substances with beneficial therapeutic effects. Most often, wise use of an essential oil involves the blending of essential oils with other substances. For cosmetic use, it is recommended that an essential oil be diluted to 1-3%. For more acute conditions, the rate of dilution may be higher depending on the essential oil, the condition being treated, and the recommendations of a healthcare practitioner. Being lipophiles, aromatic synergies are created when an essential oil is blended with or diluted in a virgin or infused oil. Although many refer to virgin or infused oils as carrier oils, not all carrier oils are high quality oils. Many may be pressed at high temperatures and undergo processing that often involves invasive chemical treatments (refining, unsticking, deodorizing, discoloration, and more). This processing removes a large portion of the vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants from the oils. Virgin plant oils on the contrary are unprocessed, raw, natural, extra virgin and from the first cold pressing of a plant’s nuts, fruit or oily seeds. Cold pressing is purely a mechanical extraction with clarification by physical or mechanical methods and does not involve any physical or chemical refining. This method of extraction results in oils that retain their full content of essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and natural antioxidants. As a result they do not require any synthetic additives or preservatives and they have inherent therapeutic properties. Some plants may have beneficial properties but cannot produce an oil through pressing. These properties can still be obtained in an oil form through maceration or infusion. In this process, the plant parts (flowers, seeds, roots, etc) are submerged in a virgin oil and left to macerate or infuse for several weeks. The plant material is then filtered and what remains is a virgin oil enriched with the active ingredients of the plant. Pranarom offers thirteen certified organic virgin plant oils and infusions offering a range of benefits for wellness and skincare. These oils are a nutrient dense addition to a daily routine and may be aromatized with essential oils to enhance their benefits. Each oil is introduced below and throughout the month of November we will be featuring each oil and essential oil blends on Instagram so follow along! Argan Arganica spinosa (L.) Skeels Argan oil has been widely used for thousands of years by Berber women to protect and revitalize hair, skin and nails. Exceptionally rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids (Omega 6 and 9) and vitamin E, Argan oil is a cosmetic gem and an excellent carrier for essential oils. Quickly absorbed by the skin, it is traditionally used to nourish and protect and is known for its ability to soften the appearance of fine lines, promote elasticity, and deeply moisturize. Arnica Arnica montana L. flower infusion in Oleo europea L. Traditionally used in herbal medicine, Arnica oil is widely known to soothe bumps, bruises, joints and occasional muscle strains. Used alone or in combination with other organic oils, Arnica is an ideal carrier for essential oils such as Helichrysum, Peppermint, Rosemary and Lavender. Arnica oil, prized for its many uses, is limited, making every bottle a precious remedy. Arnica is excellent for supporting healthy joints and muscles after intense exercise or exertion, and is a must-have for every herbal medicine chest. Avocado Persea americana Mill Avocado oil is a superior moisturizing oil for the body, hair and face. Rich in Omega 9, Avocado is one of the rare oils containing palmitoleic acid, valuable for supporting cell membranes and cellular regeneration. This oil supports healthy, hydrated skin and hair. It can be used on sensitive, dry skin and other occasional irritations requiring a vitamin-rich oil or intense moisture. Avocado oil may be paired with Calendula oil for perfect before and after sun skin-care. Black Cumin Nigella sativa L. Black Cumin’s secret? Aromatic ingredients (including thymoquinone) which make it particularly effective, yet very well tolerated. On its own or as a therapeutic skin care ingredient, Black Cumin oil promotes strong hair and nails, nourishes depleted skin and acts as a barrier to seal in moisture. It may also relieve occasional redness and itching due to dryness. Borage Borago officinalis L. Borage is a powerful oil to promote skin suppleness and tone. Rich in Omega 6 and 9, it replenishes moisture and supports smooth texture. Furthermore, vitamins A and E can help maintain skin health against environmental stressors. Light and easily absorbed, Borage oil is a perfect first choice if you are new to organic oils for therapeutic skin care. Calendula officinalis L. flower infusion in Helianthus annus L. The phytosterols and unsaponifiables contained in Calendula oil make it a particularly good choice for everyone. Calendula is an ally of babies and their sensitive skin, and is often used as a moisturizer for infants. Safe and easy to use, Calendula oil can be applied on its own, or combined with other soothing essential oils such as Lavender or German Chamomile. Carrot Daucus carota L. root infusion in Helianthus annus L. This easily absorbed brilliant orange oil is an ideal preparation to illuminate your complexion. Due to its antioxidant action, Carrot oil promotes skin tone and elasticity, especially in the throat and neck area. Carrot oil derives the majority of its properties from its richness in beta-carotene, which gives this oil infusion its beautiful color. It is well-tolerated by everyone, even those with oily skin. Use as a natural after-sun lotion or throughout the year for unrivaled care of your complexion. Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis L. Evening Primrose oil promotes strong skin cells and mature skin, smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and supporting elasticity. A precious oil, it can be incorporated in your skin care, hair care, and nail care routines. Topically, Evening Primrose has historically been used to address particularly dry, patchy or scaly skin. Hazelnut Corylus avellena L. Absorbing well and leaving the skin satin smooth, Hazelnut oil is excellent for promoting radiant, clear skin. It is especially beneficial for supporting balanced oil production with combination skin types. Extremely rich in Omega 9, Hazelnut oil is a great massage oil, alone or in combination with essential oils. When used for massaging, it warms the body and activates any essential oil combinations quickly. Macademia Macademia integrifolia Macadamia oil contains generous amounts of palmitoleic acid, a constituent of cell membranes that, as such, promotes cell health and mature skin with strong nourishing and hydrating power. It moisturizes skin without leaving a greasy feeling. Macadamia oil is wonderful for foot massages and extremely dry or hard skin. This oil is much appreciated by massage lovers as its texture provides excellent treatment. Rosehip Seed Rosa musquee The astringent quality of rosehip seed oil enables it to deeply penetrate the skin carrying along with it anti-inflammatory fatty acids, minerals and vitamins A and C. This oil promotes moist and balanced skin without a greasy finish. Saint Johns Wort Hypericum perforatum L. Used since the Middle Ages, St. John’s Wort infused oil is a true organic herbal oil bandage! St. John’s Wort supports cutaneous and cellular regeneration, and is suitable for sensitive skin. It nourishes and calms occasional red, irritated skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Although ideal for minor injuries, St. John’s Wort oil is photosensitizing. It is advised to apply it in the evening, before going to bed, and not to expose treated skin to the sun for 24 hours after use. Tamanu Calophyllum inophyllum L. For cosmetic use, Tamanu oil nourishes dry skin, leaving it smooth and soft, while reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, fine lines and wrinkles. Tamanu oil is also an excellent ally to those with heavy legs and to those who wish to promote healthy veins and support lymphatic drainage.