4 Spring Essential Oils
“Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.” ~ Thomas Tusser
April is a beautiful month of renewal and beauty. Spring is in the air….and so is pollen. For our April Weekend Wellness, we shared different respiratory supporting oils. These oils are fantastic to use during allergy season.
Black Spruce Essential Oil
Black spruce essential oil is a great go-to for tickly coughs, fatigue, and congestion. Black spruce helps break up mucous and is gentle for asthma and bronchitis. It is steam distilled from the needles of the tree and often comes from Canada. Black spruce is also good for self-image and stress relief. Aromatically it smells like fresh cut Christmas trees.
Fatigue Fighter Essential Oil Rub
Add jojoba oil to container. Add essential oil drops. Cap and shake. Apply once or twice daily to lower back and dab under nose.
4 Ways to Use Black Spruce:
- Diffuse in the home when asthma or colds are present
- Put 1 drop in a bowl of steaming water. Cover your head with a towel and steam for 2 to 5 minutes.
- Add 1 to 2 drops to a cotton ball and inhale deeply to soothe persistent coughs
- Put 4-5 drops in an essential oil necklace to encourage self confidence
Sweet marjoram essential oil is a good immune supporter and is gentle for asthma. Sweet Marjoram also eases anxiety, obsessive thinking, stress, and menstrual cramps. Steam distilled from the dried leaves and flowers, this essential oil has a flowery aroma with undertones of camphor.
Menstrual Cramp Relief with Sweet Marjoram
- 1oz pump container, glass or PET plastic
- 1oz jojoba oil
- 10 drops sweet marjoram essential oil
- 5 drops geranium essential oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
Add jojoba oil to container. Add essential oil drops. Cap and shake. Apply to lower abdomen 1 week prior to your period and during your period. Apply twice daily.
3 Ways to Use Sweet Marjoram
- Diffuse in the home when asthma, colds or the flu is present
- Put 1 drop in a bowl of steaming water. Cover your head with a towel and steam for 2 to 5 minutes to soothe colds and coughs.
- Put 1 drop on a cotton ball and inhale deeply to calm nerves and stress
Basil essential oil is great for supporting overall health as well as the respiratory system. The basil we sell at Kokokahn is chemotype linalol, which is incredible for immune support and overall wellness. Basil is also good for relieving headaches and soothing pain.
Immune Supporting Chest Rub
- 1oz jojoba oil
- 3 drops basil essential oil
- 2 drops sweet marjoram essential oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
Pour jojoba oil into a PET plastic or glass container. Add all essential oil drops. Cap and shake. Apply to chest several times daily or add to a warm bath.
3 Ways to Use Basil Essential Oil
- Add 1 drop to a bowl, pour steaming water in the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Steam for 2-5 minutes to help break up coughs and give support to your body when you have a cold or the flu.
- Add 1 drop to the inside of a toilet paper roll to encourage a healthy bathroom
- Add 10-15 drops sweet basil to 1 ounce jojoba oil. Mix well. Apply to your neck, chest and temples to help soothe stress headaches.
Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme essential oil is available in two different chemotypes, chemotype linalol and chemotype thymol. We have thyme chemotype linalol, which is a gentle oil with no known safety concerns for children and adults. Thyme is great for those who get sick often as it is beneficial for general wellness. This essential oil is also good for calming the mind, nervous fatigue, and combats acne.
Immune Boost for Children Over 5
- 1 ounce aloe gel
- 1 drop lavender essential oil
- 2 drops thyme chemotype linalol essential oil
- 2 drops orange essential oil
Add essential oil drops to aloe gel. Mix well. Use as a nightly chest rub to support overall health and a good night’s sleep.
For children ages 1-5, reduce the thyme and orange essential oil drops to 1 each.
For children under 1, diffuse 1 drop lavender, 1 drop orange and 1 drop thyme essential oil in their room. I don’t recommend using essential oils topically with children under 1.
5 Ways to Use Thyme
- Add 8-10 drops to 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce jojoba oil for an immune supporting chest rub
- Add 3-4 drops to a warm evening bath to fade away nervous tension and fatigue
- Add 15 drops to 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce aloe gel and apply to acne spots
- Diffuse in a diffuser to support healthy air and a calm environment in the home
- Add 10-15 drops to 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce jojoba oil and apply to sore muscles
What is your favorite April Essential Oil Spotlight? What ways do you use black spruce, sweet marjoram, basil, and thyme?
Resources: 1. Kathy Keville and Mindy Green. Aromatherapy A complete Guide To The Healing Art. 2nd Edition, Crossing Press, USA, 2009 2. Robert Tisserand. Essential Oil Safety Second Edition, Elsevier, USA, 2014