Panaway Blend Essential Oil

This is the basic script I will use in a Facebook class I will present on 2/21/17.
Post 1: Disclaimer
I failed to mention on my lemon post that I took the U of MN Extension Master Gardeners core course last year and after volunteering for a year, I am officially a Master Gardener! I love gardens, planting, and knowing that I have grown something we are eating or using. Which is why my posts on oils will often tell you more about the original plant than other posts. I plan to grow  as many of my own plants for further research and use.

I am not a medical professional. What I share with you I have read while doing research on each of the oils. I also will share my personal experiences. As often as possible I will list links at the end that redirect to what I read. I do not have an affiliate system in place yet.

I am a Young Living Independent Distributor. Feel free to send me a private message if you have any question.

 panaway
PanAway is an essential oil blend from Young Living. It contains Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint. It is considered to be a hot oil – which means you should not apply it directly to the skin without a carrier oil (diluting oil like grapeseed, coconut, or other vegetable oils). PanAway has a child-proof cover.

Young Living says, “Apply PanAway® after exercise or to the neck and back anytime for a soothing and stimulating aromatic experience.”

I was hoping to stick with single oils, but I was encouraged by a friend to research this blend for the benefit of my hubby who suffers from serious back pain, right side nueropathy, and several other pain issues.

LIVE: WINTERGREEN
Young Living says “Wintergreen’s refreshing minty aroma is stimulating and invigorating. It is a great addition to lotions that are applied after activity.”

Wintergreen’s latin name is Gaultheria procumbens (G. procumbens). The plant is also called the eastern teaberry, the checkerberry, or the boxberry. Wintergreen is a short shrub only growing about 6″ tall. It grows well in zones 3-8 which means I can grow it here on my farm in Minnesota – another things to add to the list. I may have actually come across a wintergreen plant in the neighbors field – I will let you know once I find out for certain. The fruits of G. procumbens are edible with a taste of mildy sweet wintergreen. The leaves and branches are listed on some sites as making an herbal tea, but be cautious, I have read other reports that it is not safe for consumption. For the leaves to yield significant amounts of their essential oil, they need to be fermented for at least three days. This oil is NOT considered safe for human consumption so keep out of the reach of children.

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The main chemical components of wintergreen oil are menthyl salicylate (85-99%) which accounts for almost all the health-promoting properties.  It is topically soothing. It also contains guaiadiene, a-pinene, myrcene, delta 3-carene, limonene and delta-cadinene. Menthyl Salicylate (85-99% of wintergreen’s makeup) forms an integral part of almost every antiarthritic and analgesic balm for muscle and joint pain that is available on the market.

LIVE:
Wintergreen is a traditional native North American remedy. It was used for aches and pains, and to help with breathing while hunting or carrying heavy loads. The clean and minty scent of this herbal oil is associated with relieving pain and stimulating mental well-being; as well as its ability to clear the airway. It is also useful in dissolving gum residue.
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LIVE: HELICHRYSUM

Young Living says, “Helichrysum is a great oil to diffuse when studying or doing homework, Helichrysum has a stimulating aroma that no home should be without.”

Helichrysum italicum is a flowering plant of the daisy family. It is sometimes called the Golden Eternal Flower, Everlasting, Strawflower, Curry Plant, Immortelle, and Curry or Licorice Plant because of the strong smell of its leaves. It can reach 2 feet or more in height. The yellow flowers come out in summer and they keep their color after picking. It grows on dry, rocky or sandy ground in Zones 8-11 (native to France, Italy) which make it another plant for my indoor herb garden – although the height might be a little problematic. The oil comes from its blossoms and steam distillation occurs within 24 hours of harvesting.

POST:
Helichrysum contains a fairly high level of Neryl Acetate, and has a high level of Sesquiterpene Hydrocarbons and Diketones. These main components contribute to relieving, relaxing, and reducing tissues in the area of an injury, sleeping better, more focus, and improving mood.

LIVE:
Europeans historically used Helichrysum to help with wounds, infections, digestive problems, supporting the nervous system, heart health, healing respiratory conditions, and for attracting a lover. To use helichrysum essential oil for soothing skin, combine it with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil and rub the mixture onto the affected area. I was excited to see that applying helichrysum mixed with lavender oil can help cool and soothe itching after an encounter with poison ivy.

LIVE: CLOVE
Young Living says “Clove is an important ingredient in Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, and has a scent that is very warm and inviting. Always dilute Clove when using topically.”

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) oil is steam distilled from the flower buds. The clove tree is an evergreen that grows about 30′ – 40′ tall and is an ultra-tropical tree which will not survive temperatures below 50F, or above 100F. It requires a humid climate with 50 to 70 inches of rainfall annually; well-drained, fertile loam; and a position in full sun or part shade. I will not be able to grow this tree indoors because my indoor temperature will occasionally drop below 50 in the winter. The buds start out a pale, milky white color, which gradually shifts to green. Just before blooming, the flower buds take on a deep red color – it is at this stage that they are ready to be picked. If allowed to flower, the plant produces a striking pink flower, which is then followed by purple berries. The fruit, called mother-of-cloves, is an edible purple berry about 1 inch long and 1/2 inch across. The entire plant is extremely ­aromatic.

POST:
Cloves contain – among other compounds – gallotannins, triterpenes, flavonoids, and phenolic acids. Oil derived from Cloves contains additional compounds including 60–90% eugenol, acetyl eugenol, caryophyllene and other minor constituents.

LIVE:
Clove has a long history as a folk remedy for toothache. Pakistan folk medicine used cloves to treat the common cold, cough and flu to more serious conditions such as asthma, jaundice and heat stroke.  Europeans used clove tea as a digestive aid. Traditional Chinese medicine used cloves to treat fungal infections, diarrhea, hernia, hiccups, indigestion, intestinal parasites, impotence, ringworm, and kidney disorders. During the Middle Ages, cloves were used to cure the plague and were also considered an aphrodisiac due to the similarity in shape to the human penis. I know a ballerina who uses it on her feet and legs diluted by a carrier oil to help with sore and achey muscles after hours of dancing.

LIVE: PEPPERMINT

Young Living says “Fresh, nostalgic, and instantly recognizable, Peppermint essential oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, making it a favorite for sports massage. When your day is dragging—through a workout, class, or day at work—enjoy some Peppermint oil benefits by applying it to your head and neck. The refreshing aroma will give you a boost of positivity!”

Mentha piperita aka peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint. It originally grew in Europe and the Middle East. It grows about 12–35 in tall. If you find a plant you think is mint, check for a square stem: if it is square you know it is part of the mint family and it is edible. Did you know that creeping charlie is a mint? Peppermint will grow invasive in zones 3-7, so plant with caution. It won’t tolerate dry conditions. While partial sun is sufficient for peppermint, planting it in full sun will increase the potency of its oils and medicinal qualities. I have not yet planted peppermint, but it is on this list to add to one of my pots on the patio this year. oil that is produced and harvested from the leaves just before the plant begins to flower.

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Peppermint has a high menthol content. The oil also contains menthone and carboxyl esters, particularly menthyl acetate. Peppermint oil also contains small amounts of many additional compounds including limonene, pulegone, caryophyllene and pinene. Menthol is an organic compound that produces a cooling sensation when applied to the mouth or skin.
LIVE:

The Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians all have historical record of using peppermint medicinally. Chewing a few peppermint leaves was thought to relieve a toothache. Indigestion, cold and flu sufferers could find some relief by drinking peppermint tea. Peppermint oil was found useful in combating flatulence and mild indigestion. Many over-the-counter stomach aids today contain peppermint to both enhance the taste as well as the effectiveness of the medicine. Be cautious peppermint is something of a trigger food for many suffering from acid reflux and may cause their symptoms to worsen. Also be cautious when using peppermint around small children as it can be overwhelming and cause scary breathing issues. Our family uses peppermint as a key ingredient our focusing blend, headache blend, and in our seasonal support blend. I like to use a drop in my water after a big meal too.

Link-clicker’s paradise

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/panaway-essential-oil

Wintergreen articles:

Helichrysum Articles:

Clove articles:

Peppermint articles:

has good recipes

This weeks library books

  • The encyclopedia of essential oils by Julia Lawless
  • Essential Aromatherapy by carole mcgilvery and jimi reed

Making It From Scratch: Wool Dryer Balls II

I really, really, really want to make wool dryer balls – have you noticed that yet? I have heard from people that they would “totally buy them from me” if I could only figure them out. Motivation! There is a demand; I MUST fill the need.

Problem #1: I do not have roving.
Roving is wool in a pre-yarn state of existence. It occurs after raw wool has been gently cleaned and brushed. From what I can tell, the fibers all go in one direction and are magically joined into a beautiful rope-like structure which can then be spun into yarn. Discovery #1: there are also many other pre-yarn states like rolag which is usually what is made when hand carding. However, all the dryer ball instructions start with roving or worse – an old wool sweater.

Problem #2: I do not have carding brushes.
Carding brushes are the instruments used to straighten out the wool and make it soft, fluffy, and I assume, formable into roving or rolag. From what I have seen of them, they are 8″x4″ and come in a set of 2. I have seen them for sale, but have not yet had the funds to purchase them. Discovery #2: Roving is not made from hand carding brushes, it is made with a carding drum. Sigh.

And yet, I am determined to overcome these hurdles and make my own dryer balls by forming my wool into something closely resembling roving. It may be an imperfect union. But where there is a demand; I MUST fill the need. Here is what I did.

I pulled out a tuft of wool. By tuft I mean a clump loosely the size of a salt shaker. I carefully pulled out tiny yarn sized bits, then split those in half, letting the ends cling together so that I had a double length of wool that was soft and filmy. I added these bits to a flat line which I built up to be about 24 inches long by 2 inches wide and maybe 1/4″ thick with all wool generally pointed horizontally. I staggered the wooly bits so that they would overlap. Then I carefully rolled it like pigs in a blanket (or should I say lambs in a blanket) and ended with something slightly resembling roving – yippee. I carefully wrapped these roving-like pieces around a wad of wool. I built up my wool balls this way until they were almost the size of softballs. I was uncertain if this would work so I did not make them actually as big as softballs and as I progressed they were closer in size to baseballs. These were then stuffed into old nylons, and separated from each other by rubber bands.

With two rows of lumpy caterpillar looking things complete; I added them to the dirty laundry bags. I was desperate to give this a try, but our washing machine was on the fritz, which meant a trip to the laundry mat. Running to the laundry mat is always a complicated endeavor. First it must be timed just right in the day because of school and work scheduling as well as other errands to be paired with this trip into town. It also requires ransacking the entire house top to bottom for all possible dirty laundry. Then all the laundry is sorted by color (we do 3 batches, Black/Red colors, Blue/Green colors, and whites) and stuffed into feed bags. Farmers life note: feed bags make great laundry bags, trash bags, and sometimes snow sleds.

Once ready to wash, I put them in hot loads with the colors (no bleach please). Then dried them. Pulling them from the dryer and peeling back the stockings was so exciting. They now appear to be dryer balls, but the light color ones did not felt (the way wool compacts and hold tight as it is washed and agitated in hot water) as much as they should have. The dark brown ones firmed up nicely, but they are not even baseball sized, so clearly I must do more, and I wonder if I were to wash the light color ones again if they would firm up more. Maybe if I wash them enough, they would firm up completely and I could just keep adding layers until they reach the proper size like a big ol gobstopper of wooly goodness?

Whatever they are, I think they are so pretty. I brought one to work to keep on my desk and have been dropping cedar wood essential oil on it. It is a lovely thing to pick up randomly and toss in the air and that smell, so peaceful.

I feel I am one step closer to fulfilling my dream of being the go to gal for dryer balls. For where there is a demand; I MUST fill the need.

Check back to see the thrilling conclusion in part III – or is it?

 

Link-Clicker Paradise 10.4.16

I love knowledge seeking. I am not always the best at implementing this new knowledge but I love to seek it. I like to watch as it piles up on the dining room table and slowly spreads to the kitchen counter, and fills the “Room of Requirement”. I enjoy collecting pages and links and bookmarks. Before online pin boards, I had 3-ring-binders full of pages I printed, copied, or clipped from magazines.

Because I know you will love clicking links as much as I do; I have decided to collect links where you can access them with me, and I can find them again. We can all claim together that it is in pursuit of knowledge and pretty things-while wasting hours online and letting the dishes and science experiments pile on the counter.

Today’s search brought to you by a pursuit of calm!

I will say up front that this is based on a straight up GoodSearch* list result and I did not filter out any nonYL oils. I get no benefit for posting these links and they are not endorsed by me (maybe I should look into getting credit for the links). If you want to help me out directly you can go to my essential oil site (this link will take you to young living oils, and because it is my link, if you order under me I get the benefits – plus we can be friends forever because you are now part of my team!), or come to my open house the first weekend of the month, or someday – buy from my online store (someday I will have things for sale online).

Let the link-clicking goodness begin!

www.leaf.tv lists 3 oils found to be calming

naha.org lists 21 commonly used oils

www.heavenlygaitsequinemassage.com lists 3 oils for animals & humans

www.57aromas.com 13 oils to calm & relax

A quick tip for link-clicking. After performing a search, I will “Command” click all the links in the search (not the sale ones on top though). By holding command then clicking; it opens these links in a new tab but stays on the search page. Once all the links are clicked I can then close the search tab and visit all the sites. In case it matters, I browse in Firefox on a Mac. These tips may not work for you, but may be adjustable to fit your situation (pcs use Control) .

www.naturalnews.com 5 oils for stress relief

www.verywell.com instructions to create a 4-oil relaxing blend

www.aromatherapy.com lists 15 popular oils

maryhyatt.com top 10 oils for anxiety

dontmesswithmama.com a blend for calming children

diyzone.tips This was not in my original search, but it lists 5 plants for bedrooms to help with insomnia. Very helpful! I am attending a class this weekend called Succulents & Oils – new post idea? Combining the right plants for the right amount of sunlight to be able to plant in bedrooms to use to diffuse oils!

How fun was that? Do you feel calmer? More able to focus? Or are those pending tabs distracting you from finishing this post? Maybe this was not a good idea. Maybe this will only lead to trouble. Close those tabs now. You do not need to be as distracted as me. You need to stay on my site and read my posts!

What will you do with this new information? I’m working out a blend based on these oil ideas. Once I finish them I will post my recipe, and even offer them for sale-maybe.

*Goodsearch is a search engine powered by Yahoo. It donates funds to whatever organization you goodsearch for. I goodsearch for MACMH a children’s positive mental health education organization.

Eve’s Oils

Less than 1 week to plan the perfect party, while fighting a household full of colds, and canning all the tomatoes? Sure? While I am at it maybe dryer balls would be fun to make from the raw wool still in bags in my attic cupboard and maybe I can research all the home made oily-gift recipes and limit myself to only 10 I really want to make. I should try to make some of my favorite recipes but substitute oils for other ingredients. How about a Soda Stream recipe for Mountain Dew using oils to flavor? Maybe?

My lovely friend Callysa has been singing the praises of Young Living Oils for months. I went to a few Make and Take parties she was at and enjoyed the roller bottles and sprays I brought home. But the decision had to wait. There were no funds.

Finally, I was able to submit an invoice for a freelance graphic design job and plan that when the check arrived I would order my premium starter kit.

We opened the box as a family; slowly over the next few days, reading information as we went. And when we plugged the diffuser in that first time, it was heavenly!

Callysa, all fired up from a convention, mentioned her goal to have 3 parties. I thought, sure why not, I’ll host. What will our theme be she asked innocently? Ha. Recipes researched, information read, ideas pondered, lists made, shopping trip to Axman to dream, still not sure what we will make. Girl-child comes in the door with a drippy nose. Boy-child complains of sore throat. Toss a coin to see who gets the diffuser tonight. More recipes, ingredients, commentaries read. Boy-child wins the toss and chooses Lemon and Thieves.

So here we are, one week away, and while it is extremely last minute, there is going to be:

maketake

Oily Make & Take Party
at my home on
Saturday, October 1, 2016
at 1:00 pm and
you’re invited.

Can’t make it to the party, but interested in purchasing oils, or joining the club?

Here’s my link (I get rewards for your purchases):

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