VIsit the Studio

ISHTA Yoga Downtown
56 East 11th Street
(between University & Broadway)
New York, NY 10003
212-598-4800
view map | view schedule
 
ISHTA Yoga Upper East Side
1026 3rd Avenue
(between 60th and 61st Street)
New York, NY 10065
212-888-9642 [YOGA]
view map | view schedule

Essential Oil Primer

Essential Oil of the Month: Deep Relief (click to enlarge)

Therapeutic grade essential oils offer natural safe solutions to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. They are easy to use, have fast-acting results and have a long historic tradition of use. Science is now beginning to look at the chemistry of essential oils and discover they have hidden depths for bringing health and vitality back into the body.

Essential oils are known for their antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial and immune-stimulating properties. They are being studied extensively for their impact on cancer, depression, and hormones, to name a few.  Essential oils give you the power to take your own health and wellness back into your own hands. Regular use of essential oils can raise your vibrational frequency, uplift your spirits, relieve pain, boost your immune system or cleanse your body.

ISHTA is pleased to introduce you to Young Living Essential Oils. They are the highest quality of essential oils available on the market today and are used by many of the teachers and students to enrich their lives; naturally.


Frankincense OilFrankincense (Boswellia Cartire)A sweet, warm balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind, frankincense is useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection and centering. It has comforting properties that help with focusing the mind on the positive. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for ageing and dry skin.

Therapeutic Uses for Frankincense

  • Apply to scars or healing wounds to help reduce scarring
  • Apply 1 drop to skin tags to reduce their size on skin
  • Apply to temples and base of skull to alleviate headaches
  • Apply to crown chakra (top of head) to help with meditation or prayer
  • Inhale to uplift spirits and bring things into focus
  • Rubbing on chest may help to relieve chest congestion
  • Soothing for digestion and the intestinal tract (safe for internal use)
  • Rubbing on gums may revitalize their health
  • Rubbing on moles may aid in reducing size


Lavender-Oil

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. Lavender has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. (This plant is grown and distilled at the Young Living farms.)

Therapeutic Uses for Lavender

  • Rubbing Lavender oil on the feet may cause a calming effect on the body.
  • Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smoothed on your pillow may help you sleep.
  • Putting a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite may soothe itching, stinging and discomfort.
  • Putting 2-3 drops of Lavender oil may soothe a minor burn.
  • Dropping Lavender oil may soothe a cut.
  • Mixing several drops of Lavender oil with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil and used topically may  be soothing to skin irritations.
  • Possible help in alleviating the symptoms of motion sickness is to place a drop of Lavender oil on the end of the tongue or around the naval or behind the  ears.
  • Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil over the bridge of the nose may help to unblock tear ducts.
  • Rubbing Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin may bring relief.
  • Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips may help discomfort.
  • Possible help in reducing and/or minimizing the appearance of scar tissue may be to try  massaging Lavender oil on and around the area.
  • Rubbing 2 – 4 drops of Lavender oil over the armpit area may help act as a deodorant.
  • Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhaling deeply may help in   alleviating the discomfort of air borne pollen and/or dust.
  • Rubbing several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp may help with flaking.
  • Placing a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and placing in your linen closet to scent the linens and may help repel moths and insects.
  • Placing a drop of Lavender oil in your water fountain may help to scent the air, help sanitize and prolong the time between cleanings.
  • Placing a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throwing into the dryer, may help to  deodorize and freshen your laundry.
  • Diffusing Lavender oil may support the body’s natural defences against air borne sensitivities to the skin and immune system.
  • Spritzing several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn may help soothe it.
  • Dropping Lavender oil on a cut may help clean the wound, sanitize and soothe it.
  • Applying 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash may help and soothe the skin.


Lemon OilLemon (Citrus limon) has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. It may serve as an insect repellent and may be beneficial for the skin. CAUTION: Citrus oils should NOT be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours.

Therapeutic Uses for Lemon

  • Using 6 drops of Lemon oil and 6 drops of Purification oil in a squirt bottle mixed with distilled water may help in the bathroom as an air freshener.
  • Using 1-2 drops of Lemon oil may remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
  • Using 1 drop of Lemon oil may help add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
  • For homemade lemonade, in a blender mix 2 drops of Lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water.  Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste.
  • Rubbing a drop of Lemon oil on the appearance of a corn, callous or bunion mornings and evenings may be soothing.
  • To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of Lemon oil.  Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir.  Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water.
  • Adding 2-3 drops of Lemon oil to water and spraying counter tops may help sanitize them.
  • Soaking your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water with a drop of Lemon oil may sanitize it.
  • Add a drop of Lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle may help in cleaning.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom may help to disinfect.
  • Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil may help sanitize bathroom fixtures.
  • Putting a drop of Lemon oil on sore gums may be soothing.
  • Putting a drop of Lemon oil on oily skin or skin blemishes may help balance (oil glands).
  • Rubbing several drops of Lemon oil on cellulite may improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.
  • Rubbing two drops of Lemon oil topically may help to clear athlete’s foot.
  • Rubbing several drops of Lemon oil on legs may improve circulation.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces.
  • Put 10-15 drops of Lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug.  This also leaves a fresh smell in the room.


Panaway OilPanaway A blend of wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), which has an active constituent similar to cortisone; clove (Syzygium aromaticum), which contains eugenol, used by dentists to numb gums; peppermint (Mentha piperita), which is calming for nerves; and helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), which is soothing for localized discomfort. This blend was created by Gary Young following an injury that severely tore the ligaments in his leg.

Therapeutic Uses for Panaway

  • Applying PanAway oil topically on an injured area may be soothing.
  • Applying PanAway oil topically may help soothe sore muscles after exercising.
  • Rubbing a drop of PanAway oil on the temples, forehead and back of the neck may help with head pressure.
  • Mixing PanAway oil with massage oil and massage on location may help in stopping growing pains.
  • Rubbing 1-2 drops of PanAway oil on the joints may lessen pressure.
  • Rubbing 2-3 drops of PanAway oil at the base of the spine may help to soothe back pressure.
  • Massaging PanAway on location or a drop in the food may help your pets joints.
  • One drop of PanAway rubbed on sore gums to sooth a toothache.
  • Rub 1-2 drops on lower abdomen area to aid reducing female cramping or pain.


Peace and Calming Oil

Peace & Calming A gentle, fragrant blend of Tangerine (Citrus nobilis), orange (Citrus sinensis), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) and blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) it is very effective when diffused. Was created for the use with children with ADD & ADHD. It promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace, helping to calm tensions and uplift spirits.

Therapeutic Uses for Peace & Calming

  • Rubbing 1-2 drops of Peace & Calming oil on the bottom of the feet and on the shoulders before bedtime may help you get good quality sleep.
  • Diffusing Peace & Calming oil in the room may calm overactive or hard to manage children.
  • Mixing Peace & Calming oil with massage oil for a relaxing massage.
  • Putting Peace & Calming oil mixed with Bath Gel Base in warm water for a relaxing bath.
  • Diffusing Peace & Calming oil while sleeping may help in stopping nocturnal teeth grinding.
  • Rubbing Peach & Calming on the stomach may be soothing when upset or under stress.
  • Diffusing Peace & Calming may be calming to animals.
  • Rubbing Peace & Calming on the paws of animals may help them to remain calm when travelling.


Peppermint Oil

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint’s effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in affecting impaired taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy. Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sense of fullness after meals. (This plant is grown and distilled at the Young Living farms.

Therapeutic Uses for Peppermint

  • Rubbing 4-6 drops in the palm and rubbing over stomach and around the navel may help relieve occasional indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
  • Adding a drop of Peppermint oil to herbal tea may help aid digestion and heartburn.
  • Massaging several drops of Peppermint oil on an area of injury may help to reduce tenderness.
  • Applying Peppermint oil immediately to an injured area may be soothing.
  • Rubbing several drops of Peppermint oil on the bottoms of the feet may help lower high temp
  • Applying a drop of Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin may help to stop itching.
  • For poison ivy or poison oak, applying Peppermint oil on location may help with irritation and be soothing.
  • Inhaling Peppermint oil before and during a workout may help boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
  • Massaging several drops of Peppermint oil on the abdomen may help relieve nausea.
  • Rubbing a drop of Peppermint oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (stay away from the eyes) and on the back of the neck may help in soothing head pressures.
  • Applying a drop of Peppermint oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of the neck) may be beneficial in helping to stop hiccups.
  • Placing two drops of Peppermint oil on the tongue and rubbing another drop under the nose may help improve alertness and concentration.
  • Diffusing Peppermint oil in the room while studying may help to improve concentration and accuracy.  Inhaling Peppermint oil, when taking a test, may help in improving recall.
  • Rubbing 4 drops of Peppermint oil on chest and stomach may help to relieve travel sickness.
  • Placing a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses may help stuffiness.
  •  Add Peppermint oil to food as a flavoring and a preservative. (use a small # of drops)
  • To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, placing two drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and placing along the path or point of entry for these pests may help to send them elsewhere
  • Mixing one 15ml. bottle of Peppermint oil into a 20 liter can of paint may dispel the fumes.
  • Place a couple of drops of Peppermint oil in a cup of hot water and enjoy in place of coffee.
  •  Adding 4-5 drops of Peppermint oil to ½ cups of water and spray on plants may help get rid of aphids.
  • Drinking a drop of Peppermint oil mixed in a glass of cold water may help to cool off on a hot day.
  • Rubbing Peppermint oil on joints may be soothing.
  • Placing a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue may help in stopping bad breath.
  • Inhaling the fragrance of Peppermint oil may help in curbing the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
  • Applying a drop of Peppermint oil on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick may help it removal.  Wait for it to unhedge its head and remove from your pet.
  • Mixing Peppermint oil in a footbath may help relieve sore feet. Keep water agitated while soaking feet.


Thieves Blend OilThieves Contains: clove (syzygium aromaticum), eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary cineol (rosemarinus officinalis), cinnamon bark (cinnamommum verum), lemon and Ecualyptus radiata. Based on the historical account of four thieves in France who protected themselves with clove, rosemary and other aromatics while robbing plague victims, this proprietary blend has been university tested for its cleansing abilities and found to be highly effective against airborne bacteria.

Therapeutic Uses for Thieves

  • Rub diluted on the bottoms of feet for extra immune protection, especially during winter.
  • Put 2–3 drops on a dryer sheet to freshen laundry.
  • Drop on stubborn adhesives, such as glue and chewing gum, to remove from surfaces.
  • Drop 4–5 drops on a tissue and attach to an air vent to freshen a hotel room.
  • Diffuse for 24–48 hours straight to eliminate household mold.
  • Mix 1-2 drops with small amount of water and gargle to alleviate a sore throat.
  • Putting a drop over an infection cut or wound may aid in disinfecting
  • Rubbing a drop on an infected tooth may aid to relieve tooth ache and numb area.
  • 1 drop under the tongue or drink in a glass of water daily to keep the immune system stimulated.


Valor OilValor This blend contains spruce (picea mariana), blue tansy (tanacetum annuum), rosewood (aniba rosaeodora), and frankincense, (Boswellia Cartire). Valor is an empowering combination of therapeutic grade essential oils that work with the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage and self-esteem.

Therapeutic Uses for Valor

  • Rub on soles of feet before go to sleep at night to wind you down.
  • Apply to bottom of feet, chest under nose to give you courage before an event.
  • Apply to any sore muscles to alleviate discomfort.
  • Apply back of neck or soles of feet – Calming after a stressful day
  • Put some in a spray bottle with water and use for children to spray when they have a nightmare
  • Add to a body lotion to help calm restless leg syndrome
  • Rubbing Valor on the jaw may relieve TMJ symptoms
  • Rub Valor up the spine after a spinal adjustment to aid in keeping the alignment for longer periods of time (there have been repots that it holds up to 60% longer)
  • Putting a drop of Valor on the bridge of the nose and on the throat may clear nasal/facial congestion and mucous congestion in the throat.
  • Rub a drop into your temples and back of neck to alleviate headaches


GUIDELINES FOR THE SAFE USE OF YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS

 

  • Always keep a bottle of V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil, Massage Oil Base or any pure vegetable oil handy when using essential oils.  Vegetable oils dilute essential oils if they cause discomfort or skin irritation.
  • Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store them in a cool location away from light.  If stored properly, essential oils will maintain their potency for many years.
  • Keep essential oils out of reach of children.  Treat them as you would any product for therapeutic use.
  • Do not use essential oils rich in menthol (such as peppermint) on the throat or neck area of children under 30 months of age.
  • Direct sunlight and essential oils.  Lemon, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, White Angelica and other citrus oils may cause a rash or darker pigmentation if applied to skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays with 3 to 4 days of use.
  • Keep essential oils away from eye area and do not put into ears.  Do not handle contact lenses or rub eyes with essential oils on fingers.  Oils with high phenol content – oregano, helichrysum, cinnamon, thyme, clove. Lemongrass, bergamot, Thieves and ImmuPower – may damage contacts and irritate eyes.
  • Pregnant women should consult their health care professional before using essential oils containing constituents with hormone-like activity, such as clary sage, sage, Idaho tansy, juniper and fennel.
  • Epileptics and those with high blood pressure should consult their health care professional before using essential oils.  Avoid using hyssop, fennel and Idaho tansy oils.
  • People with allergies should test a small amount of oil on a small area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the arm, before applying the oil on other areas.  The bottom of the feet is one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils.
  • Before taking GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) essential oils internally, always dilute with an oil-soluble liquid like honey, olive oil or soy milk.
  • Do not add undiluted essential oils directly to bath water.  Use Bath Gel Base as a dispersing agent for oils in the bath.

This is intended for educational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated  by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.  THESE SUGGESTED USES APPLY ONLY TO THE USE OF THERAPEUTIC GRADE, YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS.