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Are you packing away your holiday decorations and taking down the lights? Wait! There is one holiday essential you shouldn’t pack up just yet—your certified organic Frankincense essential oil. Sure, this holiday superstar makes an excellent addition to a room’s seasonal ambiance, but Frankincense has aromatherapy staying power beyond the (relatively) short holiday season.
You may not know that Frankincense has concentrated power when applied topically or used for aromatherapy purposes in your home. It is a cathartic tool for feelings of relief from joint and nerve pain, works as your skin’s best friend protecting against the appearance of aging, and operates on a deep level to protect and promote overall digestive health. So step away from the bubble wrap and take a moment to learn how Frankincense could benefit your body from January to next year’s jingle bells.
Powerful Frankincense has long been a preferred ingredient for the best skin care. The compounds in this ancient oil are used to prevent signs of aging, minimize skin damage, reduce the appearance of lines, and prevent certain types of blemishes. Experts recommend diluting Frankincense with a natural carrier oil such as Rosehip (if you have oily-to-normal skin) or Jojoba Oil (for complexions on the dry side of the scale) and applying nightly after cleansing. Organic Frankincense, such as that sold by N8 Essentials, is especially recommended when used on a daily basis or over large areas of the skin as an extra precaution against introduced contaminants.
Whether you are shaking off winter stiffness or stretching through a summer strain, you can use a dilution of Frankincense as a natural remedy to ease feelings of discomfort in your joints, muscles and nerves. This potent oil can be blended with Peppermint oil or Eucalyptus oil and gently massaged into stiff fingers, wrists and extremities for feelings of warmth and deep relief.
You may not know that Frankincense has aromatherapy power to ease feelings of discomfort in the stomach and digestive system. It can be used to augment other treatments to alleviate regular stomach upset and feelings of cramping in the lower gut. You can either dilute the oil and massage into the lower abdomen, or diffuse a few drops of essential oil blended with a complimentary companion such as Lavender essential oil, through an ultrasonic diffuser. Breathe deeply for aromatherapy effect.
So go ahead and take down the snowman decor for the season, but keep your Frankincense essential oil front and center for all-season health benefits using the natural power of essential oil aromatherapy.
Ready for a quick pop quiz? Pencils down … it only has one (important) question—what is the best essential oil company, and why? You might have thought you’d left tests behind when you finished high school chemistry. But don’t sweat this one—this time you are handing out the grades, and we’re in the hot seat.
In all honesty, we’ve got this one in the bag. At N8 Essentials we have a deep and enduring passion for quality. We rigorously test every product for purity and potency so that you can have complete trust in the natural products we offer. And when we say every product, we mean exactly that—from our USDA Certified Organic essential oils sourced from organic botanicals to our triple-tested CBD (hemp oil) products. You can even scan the QR code on our CBD packaging to see the results for the very product you have in your hands. Visit hemptestingcenter.com and enter the lot number from the package for all the detailed results of that product.
As a consumer, how do I identify good quality essential oils?
In a world full of counterfeits, forgeries and imposters, it’s all too easy for a consumer to feel lost in the hype. So we don’t try to persuade you about the quality of our natural products with questionable messaging or scare tactics. We just show you the science. We use only authentic essential oils with zero added filler or chemical fragrances—don’t fall for lower-quality alternatives containing perfumes and synthetic oils. We start with our own rigorous in-house testing with our Ph.D. chemists, and then add third-party testers to triple-test our products and post the reports for you to enjoy. Each oil is rigorously GC-MS tested for quality by independent research. This includes screenings for purity (to confirm that our products are exactly what they say they are), potency (to ensure that the strength of the oil is what we and our customers expect), and quality (because we know what you expect). For those looking to support their health naturally, N8 Essentials offers the most trusted products available.
Why the Perfectionism?
It’s simple, we want to be the most trusted natural health brand, known for setting the standard in the natural health industry. What brand of essential oils do you trust most? If it isn’t N8 Essentials, we would enjoy earning your trust. You may have sensed that it’s a bit of the wild west out there in the essential oil industry. Standards, rules, and regulations are still in flux for many of the natural products that you’ve come to depend on and love, and some people are happy to take advantage of that fact. Think of us as a breath of honesty. We impose strict quality standards on ourselves … not because it’s required of us, but because it’s the right thing to do.
Essential oils have been used for health and healing for more than 6,000 years. Dating back as far as 4500BC, ancient Egypt, Greece, Persia, and other regions were renowned for their aromatic oils. Today, essential oils are commonly used in therapeutic baths, aromatherapy, topical lotions, and various health remedies. Essential oils are concentrated oils derived from the distillation of leaves, flowers, stems, bark and the roots of plants.
The majority of essential oils are clear in color but some have an amber tone such as lemongrass, patchouli, and orange. Likewise, the colors of some oils are light green, yellow and even dark blue. For the most part, essential oils are used externally as in aromatherapy or topically. However, some oils can be taken orally with specialized instructions.
Balancing moods, boosting energy levels, helping with sleep problems, relieving pain, nausea and stress, even easing certain skin issues like eczema and dry skin. In truth, the benefits of essential oils are wide-ranging in part because they contain many medicinal properties. Aromatherapy alone can be effective in treating psychological, physical and aesthetic conditions like acne and aging skin. Several essential oils have been shown to have antifungal and antiseptic properties that can be used for cuts, as a disinfectant and for other skin conditions. Additionally, some oils have been known to ease pain and reduce inflammation.
Of the many essential oils available, you’ll want to keep these in your medicine cabinet.
Lavender – relieves stress and anxiety, induces sleep, helps heal wounds
Orange – a strong antibacterial, great for acne, kills candida yeast
Lemon – improves digestion, relieves nausea, promotes weight loss, reduces acne
Tea Tree – an antiseptic for infections, athlete’s foot, bites, stings, lice, eczema, psoriasis
Eucalyptus – antiseptic, stimulate cardiac activity, relieve fevers (applied topically)
Peppermint – improves digestion, aids in nausea, respiratory issues and stomach problems
One of the best ways to enjoy essential oils is by diffusing them with a diffuser. This type of aromatherapy has a wide variety of health benefits when used properly. Some of the most effective aromatic scents to diffuse include:
Lavender – relaxing, lowers blood pressure
Cedarwood – calming, relaxing, helps with sleep
Peppermint – comforting and energizing, improves memory
Lemongrass – insect repellent, lower anxiety, alleviate stress
Lemon – improves mood, promotes well-being, increases energy
Frankincense – refreshes a room, relieves stress, reduces negative emotions
Cinnamon Bark – stimulates circulation, reduces irritability, increases concentration
One of the most popular and leading essential oils is CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD oil is one version composed of many parts of the hemp plant but contains no THC (it is non-psychoactive). As of late, there are over 20,000 published studies about CBD and its medical (health) benefits. Equally, cannabinoids for pets are now specially prepared to safely allow your animal to experience the benefits CBD.
When it comes to choosing an essential oil brand, you want the very best. But frankly, not all essential oils are created equal. At N8 Essentials, all of our essential oils are certified organic, so you know you’re getting the safest and most pure product on the market. Nevertheless, there are certain elements to look for and some very important features to consider before selecting a product.
Check for purity and quality. Although there is no standard definition for “pure”, the quality of the oil pertains to many factors. Look for a company that has high standards and uses certified organic oils. The making of the oil will often be monitored from start to finish, for example.
We pick our ingredients from a variety of high-integrity sources. Our essential oils are USDA certified organic. Essential oils with the USDA certified organic seal are the only essentials oils that have any oversight, regulation controls and protecting the environment protocols in place that includes the condition of the soil prior to planting all the way through to bottling. They are free of harmful pesticides and chemicals and are therefore the only essential oils available that protect the earth and the farmer, as well as having complete peace of mind in quality control.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years as a natural and safe solution for health and wellness. But it is always advised to talk to a healthcare professional before using products that you are unfamiliar with. Again, not all oils are created equal. Using oils that contain the best and most organic processes and ingredients (like N8 Essentials) is what you’ll want to locate.
Whether you are brand new to essential oils, or maybe they’re already a part of your daily routine, we’d love for you to see the benefits of high quality, certified organic essential oils. There is so much to learn about them and the rewards they can bring to you and your family. The possibilities are limitless.
Nothing can derail a day quite like unexpected gastrointestinal distress. But don’t let an upset stomach keep you off your feet for long. Essential oils can help to ease symptoms, recover your equilibrium more quickly and even stop the trouble before it starts. Try these tricks to ease feelings of an upset stomach with natural essential oils.
Stop the trouble before it starts. Whether you overindulged on Taco Tuesday or forgot that your lactose intolerance actually still includes chocolate chunk ice cream, some gut problems are a result of poor food choices. Essential oils can help tame an unruly appetite before it gets you into deep water, gastrointestinally speaking. Diffusing certified organic grapefruit essential oil or a combination of certified organic peppermint and your favorite bright citrus oil can help to curb an unhealthy or unreasonable appetite and let your brain make smarter food decisions in the first place.
Support your gut from the outside. Often, stomach problems are really muscle problems. Discomfort in the gut is often caused by cramping of the muscles in your abdomen and around your intestines. Ease muscle discomfort from the outside by massaging a dilution of N8 Essential’s certified organic Digest Blend across your abdomen and lower back for feelings of calm comfort and relief. Dilute the full-strength blend with a neutral carrier oil and massage it gently with your fingers into problem areas to ease feelings of cramping and discomfort.
Look at your feet. Lastly, some people also find gut relief by massaging essential oils into their feet, using a reflexology chart to target specific areas of the body.
The next time you feel an upset stomach coming on, think of these 3 easy solutions that will help get you on track again in a natural way.
My best Halloween look seems to be in the morning, unfortunately. Sometimes I wake up puffy-eyed from a night’s rest, making me appear as if I’ve escaped from Hogwarts for the first few hours of the day. As I age it gets worse. I’m not alone – mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes is common as you get older. It is a purely cosmetic concern … in time, the tissues around your eyes weaken. The fat that helps support the eyes moves into the lower eyelids, causing the lids to appear puffy. Fluid also may accumulate in the space below your eyes, adding to the swelling.
But there could be other reasons for those bags under your eyes. They can also be caused by allergies, fluid retention, eye infection, irritation or other causes. For some people, under-eye puffiness can appear just before the onset of their period, with hormonal changes causing the change. Whatever the reason, you can ease the appearance of bags under your eyes using essential oils. Here are a few techniques to try:
Whether you are a diamond diva or a low-maintenance mama, investing in the health of your skin with regular care not only protects this important part of your body from the harsh effects of the environment but keeps you looking and feeling your best. The key to resilient skin is understanding what your skin needs and treating it well.
The easiest way to approach a daily skin regime is to think of it like this – in the morning skincare should focus on prevention and protection for the day. Your routine at night should be centered around cleansing and repair.
You really only need to cleanse your skin once in a day – unless you work something like construction or are raising a toddler, and then all bets are off. For the rest of you, just rinse your face with warm water in the morning before applying moisturizer and sunscreen. At night, after a full day of wind and dirt, more dedicated care is required. Wash your face with a cleanser to remove dirt, excess oils and makeup. If you choose, you can then use a toner, an exfoliant, and serums. Always end with a good, mild moisturizing lotion containing the essential oils that work best for your skin.
When refining your routine for your skin, consider the following:
Here’s a tough question to pose to yourself – can your body get through the day on its own reserves? Or do you routinely rely on outside stimulation … sugar and caffeine … to make it through to evening? If you’ve come to rely on outside crutches to muscle through your day, you need to ask yourself why? If you are eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep, why do you need to ingest inauthentic and unhealthy boosts just to have enough energy to make it to evening on a routine basis?
You aren’t alone. Many people get into bad habits to coax their physical or mental motivation through a routine. I’ve known several teachers that consider a giant diet soft drink after lunch a prerequisite for the job. And I spent several years with a jar of candy beside my desk to motivate me through long afternoons. But the truth is, although these habits don’t cause immediate harm to your physical or mental wellbeing, they aren’t especially good for you either.
Caffeine is, after all, a drug. Consuming too much can lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat and even muscle tremors. And refined sugar, although a sweet and welcome treat on occasion, carries empty calories and a host of other undesirable consequences for the body, including weight gain and blood sugar issues in the long term.
There is a healthier option to get yourself through a long day without resorting to caffeine or sugar for an afternoon pick-me-up. Essential oil aromatherapy can work on a natural and beneficial level to help you feel alert, energized, focused and motivated … without the empty calories or the effect of drugs. And, it comes from a completely natural source. N8 Essentials offers the Energize Blend, which is a sweet combination of certified organic citrus and mint essential oils specially designed to help you access the natural energy that is already in your body. It’s easy to use, and better for you than other less-than-healthy habits.
Try diffusing the Energize Blend in the afternoon when you need renewed feelings of motivation or focus. Open the lid and breathe it directly from the bottle, or access its beneficial constituents through our creamy Energize Lotion that comes infused with the delicious and motivating scent for a more discreet aromatherapy experience. If you have space, add this sweet scent to a diffuser to fill your room with an energizing and focusing ambiance that can carry you through to the evening, and even help you to look forward to tackling tomorrow.
Sometimes it’s your turn on center stage, spotlight firmly shining on your smiling face. Other times it feels right to take a more subtle approach – hanging out in the orchestra pit, for instance, or in the concession stand. Ultrasonic diffusers are a “center stage” method of dispersing essential oils. These beautiful and showy electronic products usually are designed with attention-getting glam and a geyser of mist to draw the eye. But there are also more subtle … but no less beneficial … ways of getting essential oils into the air around your family at home and at work.
The word “diffuse” simply means to spread a concentrated substance over a larger area. With essential oils, there are a few great ways to do this:
Cotton balls and cotton cloth are a great way to slowly diffuse essential oils without using a diffuser. Put a few drops of your favorite single or blend essential oil onto a plain cotton ball. Place the infused ball into a fan vent in your car, near an air conditioning vent at home, in the bathroom with the fan going or near your face as you sleep. Any air in motion will flow through, subtly diffusing the scent. How long it lasts will depend on how many drops you use and how quickly the air moves through the fibers.
Unfinished wood is another great medium to disperse essential oils in a room without requiring an electrical outlet. Some people use teakwood or reed diffusing sticks dipped in a container of full-strength essential oil to fill their room for aromatherapy benefits. Another method relies a natural medium … pinecones. To try this, place clean pine cones in a resealable plastic bag and sprinkle with drops of the essential oil single or blend of your choice. N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize Blend and Tranquil Blend are great candidates for this craft. Or try certified organic eucalyptus and cinnamon bark for a seasonal ambiance. Seal the bag and gently shake to disperse. Leave the cones in a bag, sealed for up to a week, to allow the fragrance to penetrate the wood. Use as a beautiful and deliciously scented home accent or share them as a personalized gift. Remember to store them in a sealed bag when not in use to extend the scent.
Terracotta pendants worn as a necklace are an affordable alternative to a diffuser. Essential oils are applied to the pendant and become absorbed into the clay. The scent slowly diffuses into the air as you breathe and it is a portable and personalized alternative to topical use.
I really thought we’d have flying cars by now. And, robot maids. Based on the TV programming of my childhood, it’s where I believed we were headed. Not only don’t we have those conveniences, but we’ve also still yet to find a better solution for defrosting car windows or curing the common cold. It’s a constant shock to me that despite all the advances we’ve made in science and medicine, we still haven’t discovered strategies to address some really basic problems in life.
Bad breath, for one. Why haven’t we solved bad breath yet? Everyone struggles with it on occasion, and the best we can do is cover it up with mouthwash or gum. This is not the future I envisioned. But it may actually be that an answer to bad breath could be found in the ancient past. Recently growing in popularity is the practice of oil pulling – an ancient tradition dating back to Ayurvedic medicine in India over 3,000 years ago. Oil pulling is the practice of swishing oil (we suggest fractionated coconut) around your mouth, gums and teeth for better oral health. Its benefits may include eliminating bacteria, easing bad breath, preventing tartar buildup, inhibiting tooth decay and easing the problem of bleeding gums.
To try it just use one or two tablespoons of coconut oil and a drop of an essential oil … certified organic peppermint or certified organic clove. (Remember, you won’t be swallowing these oils, just swishing them in your mouth before discarding them.) Start with five minutes a day of swishing … with a goal of eventually working up to 15 or 20. The longer you “pull,” the more bacteria you’ll remove, but 5 or 10 minutes still offer benefits. A gentle swishing, pushing, and sucking the oil through your teeth is the best technique … don’t work too hard. And don’t swallow. If you find yourself wanting to swallow, you may have too much oil in your mouth. Try again with a smaller amount.
Remember not to spit it down the sink when you are done, as the oil could clog your plumbing. Just discard the used oil into a trash can. Finally, when you start oil pulling, don’t skip brushing and flossing. It should never replace regular visits to your dentist or a traditional brushing routine – but it is a great supplemental therapy.
Oil Pulling Mouthwash Recipe
1 drop certified organic peppermint or clove
2 tablespoons of best-quality fractionated coconut oil
Combine the coconut oil and essential oil and blend well. Place in your mouth. (Remember, you won’t be swallowing these oils, just swishing them in your mouth before discarding them.) Start swishing with a goal of five minutes a day in the beginning. Work up to 15 or 20 minutes if possible. The longer you pull, the more bacteria you’ll remove. A gentle swishing, pushing, and sucking the oil through your teeth is the best technique. If you find yourself wanting to swallow, try again with a smaller amount of oil. Discard the oil in a trash can, not the sink. Brush your teeth as normal.