Inside Information: Fresh Blend
Forest bathing….insect repellants….hair regrowth…the studies on the essential oils of Pine, Cedarwood and Juniper reveal some intriguing results. In today’s blog we explore why the Everyone™ Fresh blend is as essential as a walk in the woods.
First, let’s take a look at the essential oils that go into Fresh. This is a synergistic blend, which means the ingredients not only work their own magic, they have an effect that can only come from the three of them blended together. First, we’ll look at the individual oils then we’ll take a look at what the blend can do.
Pine essential oil is steam distilled from the needles and small branches of the Pinus sylvestrius or the Scotch Pine. This fragrant evergreen is most popularly known as a favorite Christmas tree for its ability to retain its needles and scent for weeks without water. Pine essential oil is refreshing and invigorating.
Juniper essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and branches of the Juniperus communis tree. Juniper is stimulating and bright.
Cedarwood essential oil is steam distilled from the needles and branches of the Juniperus virginiana tree. Cedarwood is most well known for being a part of a modern study on alopecia areata. This study showed a combination of Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary and Cedarwood essential oils massaged into the scalp daily resulted in a 44% regrowth rate among participants.
There is a practice that originated in Japan called shinrin yoku, which means ‘forest bathing’, that is simply walking in a forest. Studies have found that forest bathing increases our natural killer (NK) cells, the cells responsible for boosting our immunity and fighting off sickness. Slow, meditative walks in the forest have also been linked to faster healing times after surgery, improved immunity, reduced depression and relief from anxiety. Since trees release essential oils naturally, there have been studies on the essential oils of forest trees to see if they can have the same effects for those unable to get out to the forest. These studies have shown that essential oils of forest trees like Pine, Cedar, and Juniper, can have effects similar to taking a long walk among the trees. So, next time you’re feeling low or stressed out, diffuse a little Fresh and enjoy the natural relaxation that the scents of the forest can inspire.
Natural Mosquito Repellant
All three of these oils have been shown to be effective against mosquitos. As we’ve already written about, Peppermint can also be highly effective against mosquitos. This easy-to-make mosquito repellant should be re-applied every three hours for best results.
Mix all ingredients in the spray bottle and apply as needed.
All three of the oils in Fresh have traditionally been used for respiratory ailments. When you feel that seasonal congestion coming on, diffuse some fresh. It’s also an excellent oil to diffuse to set the mood for the warm, festive days upon us.
Are you a fan of soaking in a hot bath? Everyone™ Fresh is used to scent our Pine + Juniper Epsom Salt Soak, the perfect way to hit reset during the holiday hustle.
Looking for another DIY project featuring Fresh? Check out these Desktop Getaway Jars, they’re handy for a moment of instant meditation and make great personalized gifts!