31 tips – Healthy Living with Essential Oils
#1 Essential oils (our favorites are frankincense & lavender) can be used in this Relaxing Aromatic Bath Recipe! (see bottom of article for recipe)
Deepen Prayer Time
#2 Essential oils of Frankincense and Myrrh were gifted to the baby Jesus by the Magi. Inhaling essential oils can deepen your prayer time. Read more…
Skin & Beauty Care
#4 Essential Oils can be rejuvenating for beauty & skin care. Check out our facial moisturizer containing both frankincense & myrrh – 2 gifts of the Magi given to Jesus. Read more…
Calm & Relaxation
#11 Essential oils can be used for Calm & Relaxation: Praying to Jesus and inhaling the calming essential oils that God created is a great way to reduce your stress. Learn more about an essential oil blend we carry that promotes calm & relaxation.
#12 According to research published in Intern. J. Neuroscience, 118:59–77, 2008, the use of Peppermint essential oil increased mental alertness while Ylang Ylang decreased alertness. Peppermint essential oil is one of the ingredients in our “Wise & Awake” essential oil roll-on: Learn/Shop here…
#13 The menthol in peppermint oil is a great pick me upper to help you get out of bed. Keep it next to your alarm clock and take a deep whiff after turning off the alarm clock. Peppermint essential oil is also one of the ingredients in our “Wise & Awake” essential oil roll-on: Learn/Shop here…
Unity & Love
#15 Essential Oils can be used for promoting unity & love through such things as prayer, anointing, or massage. Our Biblical Oil Blend was designed for just those things and more: anointing, prayer, intercession, massage, journaling, and in an incense burner. Learn more…
#16 “Love Your Enemies” – Jesus and Martin Luther King Jr delivered this same message. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Jesus said, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44 –Sermon on the Mount (NKJV)
How do you love your enemies you have been so hurt and violated? Only by the grace of God…asking Jesus’ love and forgiveness through His sacrifice on the cross to fill us. THEN, we can extend His love to those who were once called our enemies.
Our essential oil roll-on blend: “Eleos” – The Fragrance of Forgiveness is designed for those who desire FREEDOM from bitterness and resentment. ELEOS is for people who desire to say as Jesus did on the cross….”Father, I forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.” However, sometimes we just can’t get the emotions to match up to what we know is best for ourselves and others. God designed essential oils to have a balancing impact on the emotional seat of the brain. The essential oils in Eleos were prayerfully chosen to help provide the strength needed emotionally to move forward in the process of forgiveness. Learn/Shop here…
#17 Studies show that citrus oils can aid in depression. We use citrus oils in our Sunny Days, Inhale Delight –> Sunny Days was inspired by a research study done in Japan whereas 9/12 acute depressive patients in a psychiatric hospital were able to get off their medications after having their therapeutic activities in a citrus diffused room. The 12 control group participants had the same therapeutic activities, but in a room without citrus diffused – these participants remained on the same level of medication. Sunny Days is portable — keep in your pocket and get a nice dose of sunshine from the citrus fragrance and pray that the SONshine fill your heart, mind and soul. Learn/Shop here…
Lemon, K. (2004), An Assessment of Treating Depression and Anxiety with Aromatherapy. The International Journal of Aromatherapy, 14, 63-69.
Prayer & Anointing
#18 Essential Oils can be used for prayer & anointing and can be considered powerful acts of love.
“We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.” – Martin Luther King Jr. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV)
Our Biblical Oil Blend was designed for anointing, prayer, intercession, massage, journaling, and in an incense burner. Learn more…
Unity & Forgiveness
#19 Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr wrote in her commentary in the Daily Signal, “‘But let judgment run down as waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.’ – Amos 5:24 “Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. quoted this powerful scripture in his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. He believed God’s word.
He took his Bible—the one President Obama placed his hand on during his 2013 inauguration—very seriously; so seriously that he repeatedly risked his life to proclaim its message of love for God and love for neighbor.” Read more…
Essential Oils can be used in the process of forgiveness. Our Eleos Blend was designed just for that purpose.
#20 “He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom.” – Jeremiah 51:15
God, The Master Scientist, designed the essential oils of evergreen trees to provide strength to our bones. One of the chemical components common in conifer oils is a-pinene. A research study with rats showed that adding a-pinene to their food helped to prevent osteoporosis.
Ya’ar Ease Massage Oil Blend was designed by clinical aromatherapist, Rosie Dennerlein, to provide a virtual experience of the woodland sanctuary as well as to promote bone health. Learn More about the research.
Learn/Shop: Ya’ar Ease Massage Oil Blend
#21 God designed us to breathe in His goodness. One invigorating scent is menthol, which not only perks up our mind, but may be helpful as a cough suppressant. Menthol is one of the chemical components in Oils of Shakan’s Ya’ar Ease Massage Oil Blend. The following studies indicate that menthol has been effective as a cough suppressant.
Laude EA, Morice AH, Grattan TJ (1994) The antitussive effects of menthol, camphor and cineole in conscious guinea-pigs. Pulmonary Pharmacology 7(3):179-184
Morice AH, Marshall AE, Higgins KS et al (1994) Effect of inhaled menthol on citric acid induced cough in normal subjects. Thorax 49:1024-1026
Learn/Shop: Ya’ar Ease Massage Oil Blend
Children & Safety
#22 Young moms of babies and toddlers often ask me if it’s safe to use essential oils with their precious ones. Although I am not an expert in this area, there are several essential oils that should not be used with children under age 5, and others should be not used until over age 10. An excellent resource is Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young. One company that specializes in aromatherapy for children is Plant Therapy. Learn more here…
#23 In God’s infinite wisdom, He created essential oils of evergreen trees with the chemical component camphene. The following study indicates that camphene may help to relieve inflammation related to muscular and rheumatic pain –> Billany MR, Denman S, Jameel S et al (1995) Topical anti-rheumatic agents as hydroxyl radical scavengers. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 124:279-283
#24 Are you pining to take a walk in the woods but your work life gets in the way? Take a virtual walk in the woods as Lesley did with our Ya’ar Ease Massage Oil Blend: “As the scent of evergreens surrounded me, I enjoyed a reprieve from the hectic office atmosphere and entered into the comfort of a walk in the woods.” – Lesley
The chemical components of these essential oils also promote respiratory and bone health.
Watch a short video testimony from Elizabeth.
Learn/Shop: Ya’ar Ease Massage Oil Blend
#26 Put a lid on stinky garbage with essential oils. Essential oils have a refreshing aroma, kill bacteria and promote overall health. Spice of Life, an air freshener by Oils of Shakan, has a combination of spices such as cinnamon, cloves and other essential oils.
#27 Do you remember the ol’ song by the late John Denver, “Sunshine, on my shoulders makes me happy.” In the midst of frigid, winter days, you can sense the warmth of “virtual” sunshine through citrus essential oils.
One product we carry, Sunny Days, is a combination of a variety of citrus oils to inhale & bring sunshine into your life – created by The Sonshine.
Learn/Shop: Sunny Days, Inhale Delight
#28 Do butterflies fly in circles in your stomach when delivering a public speaking presentation? The inhalation of calming essential oils can help put the fluttering butterfly to rest, boost your confidence, and deliver a powerful presentation.
One product we carry that helps to promote calm & confidence is CALMcentration, an essential oil roll-on. How does CALMcentration bring a calming sensation? One of the chemical components in the CALMcentration essential oil blend, b-caryophyllene, has been shown to help reduce anxiety in this study.
Another tip to quell the public speaking nerves is to repeat a positive affirmation while preparing. My favorite is from Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” By combining positive affirmations from God’s Truth as well using what He created can help that “fluttering” presentation become a smooth, entertaining ride. Learn/Shop here.
Essential Oil Purity
#29 Not all essential oils are created equal. Many products on the market claim to have pure essential oils. However, many companies are not aware that they are being sold essential oils that have been adulterated with alcohol or synthetic copy cats, which may break down the health of the body over time.
As a consumer, how can you know if the essential oils are the real deal?
1. If there is a certified organic seal on the package, the company should be able to provide you the certificate of authentication.
2. Ask the company if the essential oils are tested through Gas Chromotography/Mass Spectometry (GC/MS). If yes, then request a copy of the report, which identifies the chemical components of the essential oil. Although GC/MS testing is not 100% foolproof, it can be a screening tool for the consumer. If the company will not provide it, I would question if the company has a legitimate process of testing.
There are some companies that claim they do GC/MS testing, but will not provide the report. You need to decide as a consumer if you want to do business with that company.
Beginning in 2016, all of the essential oils used in Oils of Shakan products will be from either Aromatics International or Plant Therapy. Both of these companies post the GC/MS reports on their website. In addition, the owners have a personal relationship with many of the distillers. Because of the transparency of these companies, I enjoy doing business with them.
God created plants/trees to bless our health…you are worthy of having God’s best.
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#30 Air freshener or toxic spray? There’s more and more discussion about the ill effects people are experiencing from air fresheners.
A typical response that I receive when I let people know that an air freshener is making me sick is, “oh, you’re allergic?” Actually, I prefer to see from a different perspective, in accordance with scientific research. In a University of Washington study, “products tested gave off at least one chemical regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, but none of those chemicals was listed on the product labels.” Thus, I believe that my nauseous response is my body letting me know that that I am inhaling a toxic chemical. (Read more about the University of Washington Study here)
To me, an allergy is different that a toxic chemical reaction. An allergy is something that God made, and my body has a negative response. When I had an allergic reaction to tomatoes, I prayed for healing. Over time, the Lord healed my body and I no longer get canker sores. I’m thankful that I can now consume foods with the tomatoes God created. I do not have a desire to pray for healing for nausea triggered by synthetic air fresheners since they are a toxic chemical. God did not design our bodies to synthesize this into our physiological system.
My response to toxic chemicals in air fresheners inspired me to develop an air freshener that PROMOTES HEALTH named “Spice of Life”. The scents from different spices such as cloves, cinnamon, and other essential oils are warm and inviting. God never ceases to amaze me with His added bonuses in what He has created. When I had the flu, the digestive properties in the essential oils helped alleviate the nausea symptoms while the anti-bacterial properties made a great cleanser!
Learn more about: Spice of Life
Prayer & Anointing
#31 Have you heard of the 3D blessing? When praying a blessing and anointing someone with oil, the following 3D blessing can be incorporated into the prayer.
1. Design…who God created the person to be – his or her identity in Christ.
2. Destiny…God’s plan for his or her life.
3. Dominion…their authority in Christ and the impact they have in the Kingdom of God.
The Oils of Shakan – Biblical Oil Blend – contains oils that had spiritual significance in the Old and/or New Testament including frankincense, myrrh, cassia, and other oils which contribute to a unique, anointing experience. Learn more here…