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A Few Things You Should Know About Essential Oils

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Tijon Fragrance Lab

Essential oils are not really oils

They do not contain the fatty acids required to constitute an actual oil. They are more accurately described as “highly concentrated plant constituents possessing potent medicinal and cosmetic qualities” as was stated by Valerie Gennari Cooksley, author of Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore.  However, they retain similar qualities as traditional oils and can be used in the fragrance creation process as well.

Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties

This quality makes them a great addition to homemade cleaning products. The best essential oils for this purpose include: lemon, eucalypts, grapefruit, peppermint, lavender, rosemary and tea tree.  So stop buying the toxic cleaning products you find on the market and make your very own all natural products!

Scientific studies has shown that rosemary helps brain performance

Specifically, rosemary helps with recalling memories. It is a great tool to use for studying and has been shown to increase test performance. It is also tested that those who inhaled rosemary, as opposed to no odor at all, felt much more relaxed in the testing setting.

Enormous amounts of plants are used to produce an essential oil

On the extreme end, it takes 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses to produce 1 pound of the essential oil. Other plants like lavender only take 100 pounds to produce one pound of essential oil. This demonstrates how highly concentrated essential oils must be.

Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin

Instead, they should be combined with “real” oils (or carrier oils), waxes, butters, waxes, or alcohol. Because of their concentration, if you do not dilute essential oils you may end up with an unfortunate reaction on your skin. Those with naturally sensitive skin should be extremely cautious.

Do not take essential oils internally

Especially oils like eucalyptus and wintergreen. Some essential oils are diluted enough to be used in products like toothpaste, but in general it is recommended that you do not ingest these oils. In fact, there are a few toxic essential oils that should be avoided even through skin contact. So, remember to be mindful when using this gift from nature.

Essential oils will last for at least 5 years (if not 10), so one bottle could literally last you a decade. 

Hopefully that thought will help mitigate the cost involved in purchasing some essential oils. Because they are SO concentrated and only a tiny amount is needed in anything you do, they’ll last you a very, very long time. The only exception to this rule is citrus oils, which will see a reduction in potency after a year or two.

To learn more about essential oils and test out which ones fit best for you and your lifestyle, come see us at Tijon Fragrance Lab and Boutique located on 7853 Herschel Ave. La Jolla CA 92037. If you have any questions, please call us at 619.821.8219 or e-mail us at info@tijon.com.

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In Honor of Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Posted on July 18, 2014 by Tijon Fragrance Lab

Essential Oils: A Horses Pre-Race Ritual

Essential oils are a tool that can be very beneficial as part of you and your horse’s pre-race ritual. Here’s a little scientific explanation as to why: As we inhale scents, a physiological reaction via the olfactory nervous system occurs. The olfactory system suggests to the hypothalamus gland to instruct the body to release neurochemicals that can make us feel happy, euphoric, calm, stimulated, or focused. Now how does this relate to a horse? A horse actually operates on what we refer to as the “old brain” or the limbic system and their sense of smell is extremely keen (much more than a human). The limbic system is linked to memories and emotions, thus governing certain responses such as flight or fight. By accessing this response with aromas, we bypass the conscious mind and eliminate the flight or fight response before it becomes dangerous for your horse. While the use of aromas does not eliminate the need for good training or positive reinforcement techniques, it works to ease pre-race blocks in your horse that you have previously found difficult to overcome.

The Best Essential Oils for a Horse

Basil

Basil works to sharpen the mind and help keep you and your horse focused on the task at hand.

Bergamot

Bergamot is perfect in dealing with nerves as it eases anxieties and pre-event jitters.

Chamomile

Traditionally the tantrum remedy for small children, chamomile gives patience, peace and calms the mind. However, it should be noted that it is also a sedative and unless your horse is in a serious refusal stage, do not use it.

Eucalyptus

Works to create a “bush” feel in the stables if they have to be confined for long periods of time. Eucalyptus freshens up a non-ideal environment.

Frankincense

Often referred to as the “fear” essential oil, frankincense works to alleviate fear and calm you and your horses heart rate before a race or competition.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass helps a horse retain their learning, so it can become a huge asset in training and reinforcement techniques.

How to Use Essential Oils with Your Horse

First and foremost, a horse’s skin is much more sensitive than a humans and essential oils should never be applied directly to their skin. That being said, there are several techniques in which you and your horse can utilize essential oils in both training and pre-competition. Waft an oil in front of your horses nose and choose the one in which it gravitates towards. Once you and your horse have chosen the essential oil, drop a few drops onto your palm and rub your hands together to create warmth. Then allow your horse to smell your palm (do not allow them to lick it) until they have had enough. Depending on the oil used, you will notice varying positive effects on your horse. Don’t forget, your horse will be the best guide in leading you towards the essential oil that will help it most.

 

If you are visiting San Diego for a day at the Del Mar Races, be sure to stop in Tijon Fragrance Lab and Boutique located at 7853 Herschel Ave. La Jolla CA 92037 and create your very own custom fragrance. You can also purchase the oils discussed in this article. Everything mentioned above has the same effects on humans as it does on horses. So come in to distress, have fun and learn a few things.

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Our Favorite Aromatherapy Recipes

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Tijon Employee

Perfume and aromatherapy go hand in hand in their emphasis on olfaction and the therapeutic power of scents. For those who live (or desire to live) a holistic lifestyle with integrative medicine, aromatherapy is a popular way to heal your body and mind, from improving your mood, to increasing mental alertness, to relieving stress, anxiety, and pain.

source: whatscookingamerica.net

Many people buy their essential oils from Tijon for their favorite aromatherapy blends. You can add your oil blends to a warm bath or diffuse them in your home with a reed diffuser, which we also sell in the shop. You can even mix your oil blends with a carrier oil like coconut oil and apply directly to certain pulse points. There are countless recipes out there, but here are our favorite, easy combinations.

source: talkspas.net

 

To relax… lavender is a great all-purpose oil and known to be very soothing.

  • lavender and sweet orange
  • lavender and chamomile
  • lavender and vanilla 

To focus… rosemary promotes alertness and stimulates memory.

  • rosemary, lemon, grapefruit 
  • rosemary and bergamot
  • rosemary and eucalyptus

To cleanse... lemon, lime, citrus cilantro

To unwind… neroli, patchouli, ylang ylang

For headaches… peppermint or frankincense 

For tired muscles… sage, basil, cajeput

For smelly feet… geranium and tea tree

For hangovers… juniper, cedarwood, grapefruit, lavender, carrot, fennel

 


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