Research Article: Migraine Relief with Lavender Essential Oil

True lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is a shrub with small delicate flowerheads, from the Labiatae plant family.  At LJ Turtle, we currently carry 3 types of lavender – the traditional French Lavender, a French Lavandin Grosso, and a South African Lavender.

We have blended French Lavender with Peppermint in a roller-ball applicator for headache & migraine relief.  Often simply taking deep inhalations can help with head pains.

Lavender is widely known to have numerous therapeutic uses, for mind, body and spirit. For example:

  • mind & spirit – calming, mood lifting
  • insomnia and irritability
  • asthma (antispasmodic)
  • vapour from lavender oils has been shown to kill pneumococcus and haemolytic streptococcus (antiseptic)
  • migraines (anti-inflammatory) – see linked article below
  • wounds, burns, bug bites, infections, acne (antiseptic, healing, bactericidal)

For more information on migraine relief, CLICK HERE to read the article: Migraine Relief with Lavender Essential Oil – by Jessica Patella, ND.

Migraines & Headaches: Lavender & Peppermint Pure Essential Oil Blend

Feeling some head pain?  Dab a small amount of this 100% concentrated blend of French lavender & peppermint on your temples and/or base of neck.

Allow to penetrate skin. You may feel a slight tingling sensation.
Wash hands immediately if they have come in contact with the blend.
Do not touch eyes or mucous membranes.

Lavender Peppermint

• Do not use before bed •  Peppermint is stimulating & will keep you up at night!

Available in a 5 ml amber bottle with reducer to use with a diffuser or as a 5ml roller-ball for ease of application to temples.

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Pure essential oils are highly concentrated &  should be used with care.   You may use this blend undiluted (100% concentration) directly on temples – but proceed with caution & monitor for skin irritation.

Not for internal use. Keep out of reach of children.
Avoid contact with eyes & mucous membranes.
If pregnant or lactating consult your health-care provider before using. If suffering from any health condition,
consult your health-care provider before using.

Skin, Hair and Nail-Care Ingredients to Avoid

For a much longer list of potentially toxic skin, hair and nail-care ingredients, click this link. 

NoParabensThe longer I work with truly natural ingredients, the more aware I become  of the toxicity of many of the commercially available products I used to use! I have always found the ingredients listed on skin, hair and nail-care labels challenging, if not down right impossible to decipher!  Even the products I was using on my dogs were not truly natural and definitely not absolutely safe.  With time, research and tenacity, I have now however developed recipes as natural alternatives – including a grooming dog spray, effective insect repellent, skin & hair care products, as well as botanical, oil-based perfumes with essential oils.

Fortunately, and with my sincerest gratitude, I found Ms. M. Stewart’s writing, where she has summarized 10 categories of ingredients to avoid in your skin care, hair care & nail-care products.  Some are common sense, while others help you and I better understand the sometimes incomprehensible ingredient list on the everyday products we consume.

Stewart has also provided critical empirical evidence for avoiding the use of these ingredients – empowering you and I as consumers to make healthier and safer purchasing choices.

  1. Synthetic Fragrances: Listed broadly as ‘fragrance’ on labels. May cause skin irritation and headaches.  Choose instead fragrance-free products or those that list only essential oils, not fragrance.
  2. Parabens: Found in toothpaste, shampoo, makeup and moisturizers – any ingredients with methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl-, listed as well as isobutylparaben. Animal studies reveal that these have estrogenic effects.
  3. Petroleum distillates: Often listed as liquid paraffin or petroleum.  The European Union has restricted or banned these ingredients because of their association with cancer.
  4. Sodium lauryl sulfate: Harsh ingredient found in face & body cleansers.
  5. Phthalates: Are plasticized chemicals that are suspected endocrine disrupters.   Listed as DBP or phthalates on nail polish, shampoo, and fragrance labels.
  6. Diethanolamine: Listed as DEA on shampoo labels. Intended to increase lather, it has been shown to increase liver tumors in lab animals.
  7. Hydroquinone: Skin-lightening agent in skin creams and under-eye treatments – evidence linking this ingredient to cancer in lab animals.
  8. Formaldehyde: May still be found in nail polish & hair-straightening salon treatments even though it is known as a skin and respiratory system irritant and considered a carcinogen by health agencies.
  9. Phenylenediamine: Ingredient found in hair dyes – PPD – may cause irritation to the lungs and nervous system.
  10. Talc: a suspected carcinogen found in body powder and makeup. Look for cornstarch-based or talc-free formulas instead.

Reference: Martha Stewart, Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others, 2013  (p. 240).

Research: Efficacy of Lemongrass & Eucalyptus essential oils

Scientists found:

“…in vitro testing of antimicrobial activity indicates promising results for the use of Lemongrass, Eucalyptus & Lemongrass and Eucalyptus as combined oil preparation as therapeutic agents against Staphylococcus aureus, E.coli, Klebsiella pneumonia and Bacillus subtilis.”

Click here for the full article: Lemongrass & Eucalyptus Kruthi 2014

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Research: University of Maryland

On the University of Maryland Medical Center website is an article about aromatherapy that provides important information for anyone new to essential oils or looking to work with an aromatherapist. Click Here for the full online article:

Suggested conditions that may be effectively addressed with essential oils include:

  • Alopecia areata (hair loss)
  • Agitation, possibly including agitation related to dementia
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation (with abdominal massage using aromatherapy)
  • Insomnia
  • Pain: Studies have found that people with rheumatoid arthritis, cancer (using topical chamomile), and headaches (using topical peppermint) require fewer pain medications when they use aromatherapy
  • Itching, a common side effect for those receiving dialysis
  • Psoriasis

Click Here for the full online article:

Research Article: Healing Scents: An Overview of Clinical Aromatherapy for Emotional Distress

Sandalwood, bergamot and clary sage are among a number of essential oils found to be helpful with a number of troubling mental states.  CLICK HERE to read the full article – Healing Scents: An Overview of Clinical Aromatherapy for Emotional Distress.  by Butje, A., Repede, E., & Shattell, M. (2008)

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