How to use Essential Oils from Trees to Support our Respiratory System and in Skin Care.

One of the many things I love about essential oils is how the effect on our body is connected to the plant itself and that plants action in life. Trees produce oxygen by their mode of respiration which supports us with our respiration, so, it seems natural for the essential oil to support conditions that affect our respiratory system, like colds and coughs. When you breath in essential oils you can feel it in your body straight away, and this is very prominent with tree oils such as eucalyptus and pine. You can feel them cleaning and clearing as they pass from the tip of your nose deep down into your lungs. I feel my chest expand, even my posture changes and I will naturally be more open and stand taller – just like a tree.

Eucalyptus trees.

Everything is connected so it goes beyond the respiratory system, but it’s a good example of feeling for yourself in your body, how the oils can support.

Frankincense & myrrh have a less fierce action on the respiratory system, much more calming, helping to bring a gentleness back to your breath. They are a great support for conditions such as asthma, panic attacks, stress, anxiety and for use in meditation.

Click here for links to free gentle breath meditation audios, they are quick, simple and a very practical support for real life.

Image care of Unimed Living

Frankincense is a great oil to scent the room with when you’re taking a moment to breath gently. Myrrh has a much subtler smell so doesn’t work that well in a burner, I prefer to massage this into my wrists to support connection with myself. Click here to read my blog on using myrrh in this way.

Frankincense and myrrh are also examples of how essential oils can act on our bodies in the same way they do so as a tree in life. The essential oil comes from the resin that is produced by the tree when the bark is cut or injured. The resin is a sticky, thick, goo that covers the affected area and then hardens to seal and protect the damaged site, it’s a bit like the way humans form a scab to protect their bodies when the skin is broken.

Frankincense resin.

Can you see why frankincense and myrrh are used in skin care? The resin is healing the tree and the oil that is produced from the resin is used for it’s healing properties on our skin. Frankincense is one of the most popular ingredients in many skin care products. Myrrh is particularly affective in helping festering and difficult to heal wounds, especially in the mouth -it’s useful for mouth ulcers and popular in oral care for this reason (see my blog on gargling with myrrh for more details).  I also like to use myrrh on dry, hard, cracked skin, it’s the base of my blend for scars and usually appears in the skin care products I make -it has recently been working wonders for a client with bed sores.

Benzoin is similar to frankincense and myrrh, it is a tree that produces a resin that is made into an essential oil. It is very protective to the skin but has a very pleasing vanilla like scent that makes it particularly comforting to use for stress and anxiousness as well as in skin care.

I find that even the character of trees confirms how they work on the body. Large, tall strong trees like pines and firs and huge eucalyptus trees with tonnes of leaves are very expansive to the respiratory system, powerfully cleansing and clearing. Whereas the more delicate small trees like frankincense and myrrh work in a more gentle way, supporting reconnecting when you feel out of sorts. Both are very powerful but very different in action, a reflection of ourselves as humans; we all have different strengths and qualities that offer support in different ways.

Boswellia carteri tree
Boswellia carteri – the tree that produces frankincense essential oil from its resin.

You could not compare the delicacy of a flower that may last a few days or weeks to the strength of a huge oak that could live for generations. One is not better than another, for each brings a natural beauty that is needed. In this same way, we can appreciate each other for our natural qualities, we all have something to bring to this world of value and it is a true gift for humanity when we share ourselves in full.

Favourite Scent Photo ‪‎Competition

Instagram competition

To celebrate my year with Essential Oils & You, I’ve designed a competition to give away an essential oil perfume blend -designed especially for you and completely natural and unique.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning, is share a picture via social media that shows your favourite scent.

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You can use any of the following platforms:

Instagram – when sharing make sure you use the hashtag #essentialoilsandyou and tag me @essentialoilsandyou –

Facebook – tag: Essential Oils & You in the text –

Twitter – use this tag in the text: @oilsandyou –

Email – email your images to

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The photo doesn’t have to be related to essential oils, it can be of anything that gives a sense of the smell you like, from your favourite flower to your favourite meal, it could be a cleaning product or even a person who you love the smell of… feel free to enter more than one image if you discover you have lots of favourite scents.

The competition closes at midnight on Christmas Eve and the winner will be announced on Christmas Day.

instagram competition scents

Thank you all for your support this year, looking forward to sharing more nurturing ways to use essential oils in 2016…

With love, Laura x

See my previous blog on Natural Perfume Making for more details on the prize or to make your own.

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Raw Fruit and Nut Balls – flavoured with Essential Oils

Fruit & Nut Balls (AKA Mini Christmas Puddings) – Recipe

These delicious fruit & nut balls are super simple to make with the added benefit of being raw (no cooking needed), gluten free, dairy free & sugar free! (the dried fruit makes them sweet enough).


80g – golden sultanas

50g – dates

60g – dried cranberries (without added sugar)

50g – dried apricots (brown ones if you can as the orange ones have preservatives in)

130g – ground almonds

50g – walnuts (or another favourite nut)

8 drops – Orange Essential Oil (must be food grade) or an essential oil of your choice*

1 table spoon –Olive Oil

A dash of Cinnamon, Clove, All Spice and Nutmeg (powder)

1 table spoon Ground flax seeds (optional)

A sprinkle of finely ground desiccated coconut to decorate.

  • You could use any essential oil* you like to flavour these, some other suggestions that work well include peppermint, tangerine and geranium. You could also try a combination e.g. orange & geranium, lime & peppermint but keep the total number of drops as 8.


1. Place all of the fruit & nut ingredients into a food processor.

2. Add 8 drops of the orange essential oil to a table spoon of olive oil. This helps even distribution of the essential oil.

3. Add the oil to the other ingredients in the processor and blend until the mixture comes together. If the mix is too dry and not sticking together, add another dash of olive oil.

4. Shape in to balls by rolling in the palms of your hands and place into mini cake cases. I weight out about 30g of mix to get even sized balls.

5. Finish off by using a sieve to sprinkle finely ground desiccated coconut over the tops or roll in sesame seeds.

*Essential oils must be 100% pure, organic and unadulterated to be suitable for use in flavouring foods – Essential Oils & You are suitable. Never ingest essential oils before diluting them.

With thanks to Heather Di Marino from ‘Eat Well Live Well’ for sharing her wonderful recipe, her Raw Orange & Carrot Carob Brownies are another delicious treat you can flavour with essential oils.