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February 28, 2006

Combating Aging With Essential Oils

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Anti-aging Essential Oils to combat Wrinkles:

Violet leaf, Patchouli, Oregano, Clary Sage, Yarrow, Orange, Fennel, Chamomile, Vervaine, Neroli German, Rosemary, Rose, Frankincense, Geranium, Galbanum, Myrrh, Palma Rosa, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Thyme, Hyssop

You can use any of these oils on its own or make combinations of two or more, to suit your needs. Use the oils in a bath, as a face oil or body rub, and do remember to treat the bit you don’t see in the mirror as often as the face – your body! Because everyone’s skin regenerates at a different rate, allow at least thirty days before expecting to see outward signs of improvement.

Now we come to the anti-wrinkle facial treatment oils for various age groups. Use them every night on the face and, if you wish, on the neck and chest, as far as the collar bone.

WRINKLE PREVENTATIVE FOR THE OVER-TWENTIES

Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut, almond or Apricot Kernel oil

ANTI-WRINKLE OIL FOR THE OVER-THIRTIES

Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut or Apricot Kernel oil

ANTI-WRINKLE OIL FOR THE OVER-FORTIES

Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut, almond or Apricot Kernel oil

ANTI-WRINKLE OIL FOR THE OVER-FIFTIES

Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut or Apricot Kernel oil

Safety Precautions When Working With Oils

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Since essentail oils are 100 times more potent than their plant sources, care must be taken in how and when they are used.

Do not ingest oils by mouth
Keep out of eyes
Many Essential Oils cannot be applied directly to the skin
Research any Essential Oil in reference books, for specific precautions, warnings, etc.

As with any natural substance, the possibility exists for Allergy… start with very small amounts and watch for reactions, then increase dosage, within the given guidelines

Pregnancy
The following oils should be avoided during pregnancy: Basil, Birch, Cedar, Clove bud, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Jasmine, Juniper Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme

Skin Irritants
These oils may irritate the skin, and should be diluted in a Carrier Oil before applying to the skin or used in a bath : Basil, Cinnamon, Clove bud, Fennel, Siberian Fir, lemon, Lemongrass, Melissa, Peppermint, Thyme, Tea Tree, Verbena

Photosensetivity
These oils can cause skin sensitivity in the presence of ultraviolet light and should NOT be used beofre exposure to direct sunlight: Angelica, Bergamot, Mandarin, lemon, Lime, Petitgrain, St. John’s Wort, Verbena

High Blood Pressure
The following oils should not be used by anyone with high blood pressure:Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme Skin Allergies

Skin Conditions
If one is suffering from dermatitis or other Allergic Skin Conditions then these oils should be avoided: Benzoin, Rose Geranium, Jasmine, Pine, Ylang Ylang

Toxic oils
These oils should be avoided: Bitter Almond, Mugwort, Mustard, Pennyroyal, Rue, Sassafrass, Southernwood, Tansy, Wintergreen

An Introduction To Bach Flower Essences - The Twelve Healers

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What are Bach Flower Essences?

Pioneered by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930’s, a flower essence is a liquid preparation imprinted with the etheric pattern of a particular flower. Like a Homeopathic Remedy, the liquid – usually spring water with a little brandy added for preservation – contains little or no detectable chemical substance of the flower from which it was made. Instead, the liquid maintains the vibrational pattern of the flower. Well, what does this mean, exactly?

To understand flower essences (also called ‘flower remedies’), you can imagine that all things are made up of vibrating energies – modern physics and eastern mystics both confirm this – that there are no finite particles, but instead repeating, dynamic energy patterns. Material objects are made up of huge amounts of energy really, as Einstein had shown with E=mc2, where the amount of energy (E) is equal to the mass (m) of an object times the speed of light (c – a very big number) squared. Now picture a beautiful red Rose – bright, colorful, vibrant – the Rose has a particular energetic pattern, one that is repeated in every other red Rose (though not exactly, but very close). There are energy frequencies that are particular to the red Rose that are different from all other flowers. The vibrations that make up a Rose are faster than many other flowers (Rose is considered a very high-vibration flower), and these vibrations are woven together in a particular way. Now imagine any other flower – a Geranium for example – it’s vibrational patterns are different from the red Rose – slightly slower perhaps, and woven together in a different way. It is these vibrational patterns of each flower that give them their particular characteristics – color, shape, smell, texture, and the like.

Now, somewhat like a sound from one source can make a material across the room vibrate with sound energy (as your eardrum may vibrate from the plucking of a guitar), flowers can cause water to vibrate with a different sort of energy. It’s not so much a sound, or even light (though this is closer), but ‘etheric’ energy – the very essence of the flower has a vibration that is imprinted upon the water in which it is placed. The water, being made up of vibrational energy itself, retains some of the vibration of the flower that was soaked in it. This etheric imprint is stored in the water, and can actually be transferred from the water at a later time to other objects (or beings) also made of vibrational energy.

So, what does all this mean to us?! Well, Dr. Edward Bach held the notion that the source illness or disease was emotional in nature. And when one ponders what emotions really are, one can conclude that each emotion is a particular energetic state of being. All emotions seem to have a particular energy – love, despair, anger, fear, appreciation – one can consider each of these a different energetic pattern. Dr. Bach considered negative energetic states, negative emotions, to be the source of disease in the body, a theory supported by much of the world’s healers. Dr. Bach also thought that these energetic states can be transformed, and that one of the transformational methods he discovered was the use of the vibrational patters of flowers – it was then that Flower Essence Therapy was born.

Through years of research and study, Dr. Bach developed a system of therapy using the vibrational patterns of flowers, imprinted into spring water, to transform the emotional vibrational patters of human beings. He showed through numerous case studies that flower essences, properly selected and applied, can be effective in treating the negative energies which underlie most disease states. Further, one need not have an illness or disease to realize the benefits of flower essences – flowers can be used to assist in transformation of any negative emotional state, be it temporary and transitive, or a more ingrained long-term pattern. (Flower essences do not transform positive states into negative ones, as flowers are not thought to contain negative energies themselves).

Dr. Bach’s 12-7-19 Categorization Method

Dr. Bach categorized the original 38 flower essences he discovered into 3 categories to assist in their application. The categories are the ‘12 Healers’ which reflect and transform our essential nature, the ‘7 Helpers’ to assist with chronic conditions, and the ‘Second 19’ that relate to more immediate traumas or difficulties. Here we will consider the Twelve Healers and describe the properties of each essence. The Seven Helpers and the Second Nineteen will be considered in Parts II and III of this article.

The Twelve Healers were designated by Dr. Bach as the flower essences that help the individual transform the source of discord at the very core of their being. These twelve essences are meant to address the twelve archetypal groups of humanity; the twelve primary personalities as Dr. Bach saw them. Some have gone so far as to relate these to the twelve signs of the Zodiac (a reasonable relationship it seems), though it is unclear as to whether this relationship was drawn by Dr. Bach himself.

These twelve essences are an excellent starting point for any journey into flower essence healing, as it is often times our root ‘disharmony’ or karmic imbalance that is the source of much or perhaps all ‘dis-ease’ in our lives.

The Twelve Healers:

Impatiens – As the name of the flower implies, this essence addresses a tendency toward impatience; these individuals have difficulty with the flow of time. Their minds are often far ahead of the present moment, and with this they will deny themselves full immersion in the Beauty around them. The individual needing Impatiens may be truly lonely, always being ahead of those subtle human exchanges which bring the richness to our collective human experience. Many find Impatiens to be a relatively ‘fast acting’ flower essence, feeling more at ease within minutes of essence use.

Gentian – Those in need of Gentian flower essence are too easily discouraged when setbacks occur. They may live with an omnipresent feeling that things are not going well, and may doubt the possibility of their own healing. Gentian can bring about a more positive outlook – perhaps with the feeling that one is ‘good enough’. When things do not go exactly as planned, instead of being overwhelmed and disheartened, one can see the lessons in the circumstance, perhaps rebounding with more wisdom and strength than before.

Mimulus – This essence is the core remedy for known fears in everyday life. Those needing this essence can be hypersensitive to common events which will elicit an out-of-proportion fear response. The fear may be found in the physical body centered in the solar plexus, which may churn with Anxiety. Mimulus flower essence helps bring courage to these individuals, bringing the strength of the higher Self to the personality so that they may find joy and exuberance in their lives.

Clematis – The Clematis flower essence type is a dreamy one; there is insufficient interest in the immediate moment of daily life. The individual may have a strong inner life – the abilities to dream, visualize and imagine are well developed, but the manifestation into the physical world is not strong. Clematis can help bring a warmth to the bodily incarnation, such that the individual can channel their great gifts into the here and now.

Agrimony – The Agimony flower essence type tends to hide more deeply rooted pain or ailments behind a cheerful façade, both inwardly and outwardly. They may make light of their own suffering, or try to ignore it all together, when really there are patterns and feelings which need to be addressed for personal growth and healing. These individuals may have been raised in strict environments, which may not have allowed the expression of such troubles. Agrimony flower essence can help them find inner peace, by allowing the connection to true inner conditions, acceptance of these conditions, and subsequent transformation.

Chicory – Filled with self-pity, and the ‘nobody appreciates me’ attitude, the Chicory flower essence type squanders their light by demanding it from others. A guise of seemingly loving behavior can be used to manipulate others into feeding somewhat selfish needs. The Chicory essence is considered important for clearing loving energy pathways so they may be directed outward and given freely. May be particularly helpful with children who have a pattern of negative behavior for demanding attention.

Vervain – The lesson of Vervain flower essence is one of balance. The individual in need of Vervain may be extreme, over-bearing, and very strong – perhaps inflexible – in their ways. Though their energies are high, the single-minded efforts of the Vervain type can result in Stress, when given situations where flexibility is required. This is where the mind-body connection can be lost; the mind can be so strongly committed to a particular action, it may no longer consider the long-term effects to the physical being. Vervain flower essence brings grounding and earthly balance, allowing these strong-willed individuals the flexibility necessary to manifest their great intentions and efforts.

Centaury – The flower essence for those who cannot say no. The Chicory essence type finds their reason for being in the service and acceptance of others. The result is no true value of self, and the spreading thin of personal energies. There is the recurrent theme of personal boundaries being overstepped, because the will to create and enforce those boundaries is weak. Chicory flower essence strengthens the value of one’s self, supporting the notion that one’s life in and of itself is of importance. The idea that one must truly be honoring and respectful to one’s self first, before others can be served, is reinforced – It is then that personal healing can finally be initiated as a powerful force.

Scleranthus – The personality in need of Scleranthus flower essence is marked by indecision, confusion and hesitation, often wavering between two choices. This inability to decide the best course of actions for one’s self can be physically and emotionally draining – this mental energy is used repeatedly examining a situation rather than manifesting the best choice. The world can be a difficult place for such individuals, as there are limitless possibilities in which to get lost, never really making headway. Scleranthus will help these individuals define themselves and their world, summoning the strength to form an inner resolve. This allows a great release of energy to be happy and manifest one’s chosen work.

Water Violet – This important flower essence is about the opening of the heart. Those in need of this essence may be functioning quite effectively in society and within their familial relationships, however, the deepest parts of these bonds are avoided. Whether due to childhood experiences, karma brought to this life from the past, or other situations, the individual has constructed a barrier preventing full integration with the human family. The true warmth of love and companionship should be utilized to further one’s growth – Water Violet flower essence supports this transformation.

Rock Rose – This is the flower essence for great fear. Unlike Mimulus, which is indicated more for a fear which manifests as being ‘timid’, Rock Rose addresses terror. It is often indicated in traumatic events (as a component of Rescue Remedy) or for specific instances where a reaction of overwhelming fear is inhibiting further growth or healing. If one has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness, for example, and one is overcome with the fear of death, this fear will inhibit any Healing Process that may take place. Rock Rose brings courage to those most in need.

Cerato – Cerato flower essence types do not trust their own hearts, minds or instincts; instead they seek the advice of others, and rely on this advice to direct their lives. This almost certainly creates an imbalance, for it is only by honestly listening to our own inner voice that we may walk the path to true physical and emotional wellness. While seeking advice is certainly important in most of life’s circumstances, the Cerato type uses this advice as a crutch. Cerato flower essence will encourage one to listen to one’s own inner wisdom and facilitate spiritual growth in this respect.

This concludes the summary of the ‘Twelve Healers’ – the flower essences Dr. Edward Bach considered key to transforming root personality imbalances. As a physician, Dr. Bach believed that one or more of these imbalances was to be found associated with the illness of each patient, and that if these imbalances were addressed, the conditions necessary for healing may successfully arise. Of course one does not necessarily need to be outwardly manifesting a state of dis-ease to find benefit in these flower essences; through bringing balance to any person, they may further their personal development and heighten their life’s experience.

About the Author

Misty Rae Cech, ND, is a Naturopath and Yoga instructor practicing in Boulder, Colorado – she is the owner of http://www.anandaapothecary.com

February 23, 2006

Essential Oils and Massage

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Who doesn’t love a massage?

The use of Essential Oils in massage is a fantastic way to maximize the healing power of the massage itself. When combined with Essential Oils, a massage can have a powerful calming or energizing effect, depending on the oil chosen and the strokes of the masseur (quick movements will stimulate and slow movements Relax).

When using Essential Oils in massage, always dilute the oils in a Carrier Oil prior to application to the skin. As we’ve said before, Essential Oils are very powerful concentrates, and unless indicated otherwise, should not be directly applied to the skin or irritation can result.

Carrier Oils:

Carrier Oils are just that. They are the oils that carry the Essential Oil. There are a wide variety available including the following:

  • Almond Oil – very easily absorbed by the skin, is very smooth, has little smell, keeps well, contains vitamin D and has beneficial effects on hair, Dry Skin and brittle nails
  • Apricot Kernel Oil – light, contains Vitamin A, particularly good for use on the face if the skin is dry or aging
  • Avocado Oil – heavy, rich in nutrients, very good for dry aging and sensitive skins Evening Primrose Oil – helpful for Skin Conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis, only keeps for about 2 months after opening
  • Grapeseed Oil – light, good for oily skin, one of the least expensive oils
  • Hazelnut Oil – penetrates the skin very easily and is deeply nourishing Jojoba Oil – light, rich in vitamin E, beneficial for spots, Acne, Dandruff and dry scalp
  • Olive Oil – can be used in a pinch, but has a strong smell which may compete with the Essential Oil
  • Peach Kernel Oil – light, contains vitamins A & E, very good for the face
  • Soya Oil – easily absorbed, rich in vitamin E
  • Sunflower Oil – contains essential Fatty Acids, rich in vitamin E, has a slightly nutty smell
  • Wheatgerm Oil – contains vitamins A, B, C and E, firms and tones the skin, reduces blemishes, can help to reduce Scar Tissue and stretch marks, has a strong smell

The Massage:

When combining oils to be used in massage, have the proper supplies on hand. Dark bottles (brown, blue, etc.) in a 2oz size work very well, and can be obtained with relative ease.

Using a small funnel, fill the container half full until you have about 1oz of Carrier Oil. To the Carrier Oil, add 12-15 drops of Essential Oil and place the lid on the container. Shake well (the container – not you!!).

You can use only one Essential Oil or combine up to three of your choice to comprise the 12-15 drops. And there you have it! Your very own blend of massage oil!

Tip: Make small quantities as outlined above or you may end up with leftovers – blended oils will turn rancid fairly quickly. Store in a cool dark place with the lid tightly closed and they will last up to three months. Let your nose be your guide – if the blend no longer smells good, consider a fresh mix!

February 16, 2006

What Is Aromatherapy?

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What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy, sometimes also referred to as aromatic or scent medicine, is the art of healing the body using naturally distilled essences from different parts of plant to improve and enhance your everyday emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. These essences are known as Essential Oils.

What are Essential Oils?

These oils are the concentrated essences of the aromatic plant. They can be used as an analgesic (to alleviate pain), an Anti-Inflammatory (to reduce swelling), an Anti-Bacterial, an Anti-Fungal, an anti-viral (to prevent infections). Since scent stimlates the part of the brain that effects your emotions, Essential Oils can also sooth and calm….or energize and arouse.

These Essential Oils are highly concentrated and are measured in drops. They should be housed in dark colored air tight bottles in a cool area, out of direct light. Unless noted, they should not be applied directly to the skin, but instead placed in a Carrier Oil such as Almond Oil, so as to avoid irritation.

How does aromatherapy work?

Our sense of smell is about 10,000 times stronger than our sense of taste, but it is truly underappreciated. The olfactory system of your brain has a memory of scents and the longest recall of all the senses.

Just think… does the smell of baking bread bring back vivid memories of visits with a relative in your childhood.. ever catch a whiff of the cologne/perfume of an old lover? Memories that are attatched to sent are stronger!

Scent also stimulates the limbic system of the brain which responds by releasing neuro-chemicals. Such as Seratonin and Endorphins. These chemicals calm us.. arouse us… alleviate discomfort.

Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment, the aim of which is to produce a physical, spiritual, emotional and mental sense of well-being through inhalation and massage of Essential Oils. Essential Oils are derived from plants and are chosen for their particular therapeutic qualities that are stimulating, refreshing and sedative.

Aromatherapy is also referred to as the fragrant art of using socially selected aromatic oils for therapeutic purposes. It is one of the fastest growing complementary therapies in the world and is recognised as one of the most natural and holistic treatments available today.

Aromatherapy does not aim to treat disease. Its aim is to release feelings of well-being, harmony and improved mental and physical health.

Making Bath and Massage Oils

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Bath and massage oils are made by adding Essential Oils to vegetable Carrier Oil bases. The ratio is one teaspoon of Essential Oil to 4 ounces of Carrier Oil.

Use amber or cobalt blue glass for your oils and keep out of direct light. Do not store in plastic bottles. It is best not to store in the bathroom because of the heat during showers.

Bath Oils
Using Essential Oils in the bath is one of the nicest ways to enjoy their therapeutic benefits. Adding them to a Carrier Oil help to disperse the Essential Oils throughout the water and onto to your body. Lighter oils disperse more readily in the water. To use bath oils, draw your bath first, close the door and then add about two teaspoons of bath oil to your water.

Heavier oils lie on the top of the bath water and will cling to your skin when leaving the bath.

Light oils suitable for bath oils that readily disperse include Sunflower oil and Grapeseed oil.

Sunflower oil contains vitamins A, B, D and E, (the principal one) and is high in unsaturated Fatty Acids. Grapeseed Oil contains a high percentage of linoleic acid and some vitamin E.

Massage Oil
Massage oils can be made from many different vegetable Carrier Oils. Choose the oil based on what you want the oil to do. Use a lighter oil if you want the oil to be absorbed readily into the skin. Use a heavier oil if you want the oil to stay on the top of the skin. You can also choose the oil by what part of the body you are working on, for example Kukui nut oil would be a perfect choice for the face and neck. A heavier oil such as sweet almond might be the choice for a foot massage for very dry feet.

Some of the Vegetable Carrier Oils that we sell are:

Sweet Almond Oil
The large molecules in this oil make it a heavier oil best suited for heavy massage or for a very moisturizing cream or salve. Sweet Almond Oil contains vitamins A, B1, B2 and B6 and a small amount of E. Protects and nourishes the skin.

Apricot Kernel Oil
Medium-light weight oil suitable for massage. Use in cream and Lotion recipes. Good for all skins, especially prematurely aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry. Contains minerals and vitamins.

Avocado Oil
Medium-heavy weight oil suitable for massage. Use up to one-fourth to a cream or salve base. Contains vitamins A, B, and D and is rich in lecithin. Penetrates the upper layers of the skin. Has beneficial effect on Dry Skin and Wrinkles.

Grapeseed Oil
Light weight oil suitable for light massage and is water-dispersible in the bath. Contains vitamins, minerals and protein. Good all around oil. Grapeseed oil is not suitable for creams or Lotions.

Hazelnut Oil
Medium weight oil suitable for light massage. Perfect for Base Oil for creams. Hazelnut oil is said to penetrate the top layer of the skin slightly, being beneficial for oily or combinations skins and effective on Acne. It is stimulating to the circulation and also has astringent properties. Contains oleic acid and a small proportion of linoleic acid.

Jojoba, Refined Colorless
Jojoba is not an oil, but a liquid wax; excellent choice for many aromatherapy uses. Most often used as the Carrier Oil of choice to use with Essential Oils. A must in all your cream and Lotion recipes. It is very stable, having extremely good keeping qualities. Useful oil in cases of Acne.

Jojoba, Golden Organic
Choose this Jojoba for heavier creams, Soap making and when you want extra moisturizing. Less refined, it retains more vitamins and minerals than the refined. Not quite as stable. Jojoba contains myristic acid, which has Anti-Inflammatory properties.

Kukui Nut Oil
Light to medium weight oil. New on the scene, this oil is wonderful for mature, Aging Skin. Has a slight odor, which can be overcome by adding Essential Oils. Not offensive. Kukui nut oil is readily absorbed into the skin and leaves the skin soft and very moisturized. An excellent oil to add to your cream and Lotion formulas.

Macadamia Nut Oil
Medium weight oil suitable for massage. It is highly emollient and a good addition to your cream formulas. Very nice “feel” to the oil when applied to the skin.

Olive Oil
Heavy weight oil suitable for massage. Wonderful for salves, Olive Oil is emollient, soothing to inflamed skin. Use regular, not extra virgin, unless the odor is not objectionable.

Sunflower Nut Oil
Very light weight oil – perfect choice for bath oils. Also excellent in Lotions, as this oil is most readily absorbed into the skin. Not suitable for massage due to absorption rate.

Essential Oil Blends for the Bath and Massage

Lavender
Lavender is calming as well as uplifting and can be safely used with children. It’s sweet floral-herbaceous scent and balsamic-woody undertone may help to unwind at the end of a stressful day.

Lavender/Rose Geranium
Two parts Lavender to one part Rose Geranium. This recipe is meant to help calm your mind and lift your spirits. Rose Geranium has a rosy sweet scent and may be anti depressant and uplifting.

Eucalyptus Blend
Four parts Eucalyptus 70/75 and one part Tangerine Essential Oils. Will help relieve Cold Symptoms, especially in the bath. Add to a Carrier Oil/oils for muscular Aches and Pains. Warming to the skin. Fragrance is fresh and pungent.

Morning Energizer
Two parts lemon, one part Rosemary, two parts Tangerine. Energize with this refreshing blend. A wonderful morning wake-up and summertime refresher.

ADD Stimulant Medications: Are They the Best ADD Treatments?

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by Tess Thompson

Although there is controversy surrounding them, stimulants are still the most commonly prescribed type of medication for children with ADD and ADHD. The Drug Enforcement Agency says that stimulant drug production has increased 500 percent since 1991, and over half of the prescriptions for them are written by pediatricians. Stimulants are often effective in treating many of the symptoms of ADD —but are they the best ADD treatment for your child? Many parents are concerned about the side effects stimulants can produce and choose to investigate other options like behavioral therapy and herbal supplements as well. When it comes to making a decision that affects your child’s health, having the facts is essential.

ADD stimulant medications work by increasing the levels of the chemicals epinephrine and norepinephrine in the brain, which helps the brain to transmit signals between nerves. This improves a child’s (or adult’s) ability to pay attention for extended periods of time. But these medications also come with a risk of mild and serious side effects. Some of the most common side effects include Headaches, upset stomach and increased blood pressure, all of which may diminish as the body adjusts after the first few weeks of treatment. Other common side effects include decreased appetite (80% of stimulant users report this), nervousness and Sleeplessness. Research has also shown that stimulants can stunt growth during treatment, but have not been proven to affect final height. Less common but more serious side effects include hallucinations and feelings of suspicion or paranoia, Tourette’s Syndrome, and suicidal thoughts.

Children on stimulants (Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta are the best-known brands) should be watched closely and their dosages should be evaluated regularly. These medications are most effective when they are administered in the correct dosage for each individual and when they are combined with additional ADD treatments like behavioral therapy and practical and emotional support. Non-stimulant drugs, such as Strattera, can also be effective, but carry a risk of similar side effects.

In light of the risks that prescription medications carry, many parents are interested in exploring an Herbal Remedy for ADD. There is more than one herb that has been shown to be an effective ADD or ADHD child treatment, and there are a variety of Natural Remedies on the market that combine many of them. Ginko Biloba, Green Oats, Brahmi, Gotu Kola and Panax Ginseng are some of the best ingredients, and the positive effects of some of them (like Ginko) can become permanent even after discontinuing use.

While stimulant medication is often successful in treating ADD, it can sometimes cause its own set of problems. Weigh the risks and the benefits carefully, and make the decision that is right for your own child. Just as each child exhibits symptoms of ADD differently, each child will react differently to medication and treatment. Patience and thorough research should lead you to a healthy solution for your child.

February 15, 2006

Essential Oil Blend For Acne

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Ingredients:

or without bergamot:

Special Precaution: *Avoid exposure to the sun for at least 12 hours after applying this oil since Bergamot is a phototoxic oil. There is a special version of Bergamot that you can get called “bergaptene free” that eliminates the phototoxic properties of the oil.

Directions:

Pour the selected Carrier Oil into a very clean bottle (amber glass is best) and then add the Essential Oils and tightly close the bottle. Roll the bottle to gently mix the oils for a minute or two. Apply a small amount to the face, neck or back, but be certain to avoid the eyes, lips, nostrils and inside the ears. Gentle roll the bottle before each use to ensure the Essential Oils are properly mixed.

The Sense of Smell

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Disturbed vibrations occur in the body as a precursor of illness. Vibrational healing restores the body’s healthy vibrations. Essential Oils can be used to balance the subtle energy flows in the body.

We are surrounded by vibrations at all times. Our ears are tuned to receive sound vibrations, our eyes Focus on vibrations of light which allow us to see colour, and our noses detect vibrations of aromatic molecules which allow us to become aware of scents. The most important ingredient in the Aromatherapy treatment is the Essential Oil.

Aromatherapists and perfumeries use musical language to describe scents. We talk of Essential Oils being a top, middle, and base note. About a century ago, a perfumery named Piesse arranged scents on a stave, or musical scale, and this went some way to describing the vibration of scents.

Aromas were also described by colour. Scents can be described as ‘green’ or ‘blue’ or perhaps ‘vivid red’, and we mix scents as we would, colour on an artist’s palette.

Historically, the sense of smell has always been important to man and to his survival. A newborn baby recognises his mother mainly by scent until his eyesight improves and he learns to Focus.

To early man, his sense of smell was every bit as important as what it is to animals. Humans and animals alike emit pheromones (from the Greek ‘pherein’ to carry and ‘hormon’ to excite) which attract, repel, identify or mark territory.

Human pheromones are chemicals manufactured by the apocrine glands and radiated into the air around us. The scent of these are detected by the people in our immediate vicinity and play a large part in sexual attraction. Although we are all radiate pheromones and react to other people’s pheromones, this function takes place on a subconscious level.

As the pheromones we produce are affected by fluctuations in other hormone levels, they can indicate our emotional state. For instance, the surge of adrenalin produced in times of Anxiety can produce a smell of fear. Animals are highly receptive to scents and can easily detect emotion in humans.

Apocrine glands are also located on the soles of the feet and pheromone molecules can remain on the ground for up to two weeks. Primitive tribes have, until comparatively recently, detected the proximity of other people by sniffing the ground.

It is only the process of ‘civilisation’ that has blunted our sense of smell and with it our innate knowledge that scents produce profound responses within us.

Although early man used his sense of smell for survival and reproduction in much the same way as other animals, our present culture pays little attention to the sense of smell in its natural, emotional, feeling sense. We mainly use the sense of smell in a cosmetic way. Spraying and powdering ourselves to remove or Mask our natural scents. We have for so long subdued our senses by the constraints of reason and the rational mind, that we have lost touch with our spiritual nature. We no longer give freedom to the inner, unseen realms of the mind and the subtle communications of the psyche.

The importance of the effects of scents on the human psyche has been gradually eroded. At one time, Incense was burned on temple altars on a daily basis (it is still used today as an important part of some religious services); fragrant Herbs and flowers were strewn on the floor of a dwelling. Odours were often associated with illness and disease. An evil smell was so much a part of the plague that it was believed to be one of the earliest symptoms. It had an odour that was foul and distinctive. The breath of plague victims was described by physicians of the time as that of ‘rotten flesh’ or ‘corrupt cadavers’.

Because Breathing in the foul stench was thought to be one of the methods of contracting the disease, those who were still healthy carried nosegays and pomanders of highly perfumed flowers and Spices. By holding these to the nose they believed that they were warding off infection carried in the venomous air. In the Middle Ages, and even later, pleasant smells were considered to be an important part of good health and immunity to disease. During the 1348 plague, French physicians prescribed Breathing in cold aromatics like roses, Sandalwood, renuphar, vinegar, Rose-water, camphor and chilled apples for summertime protection. And in the winter, hot aromatics like Aloe, amber, sweetgum and Nutmeg.

Another physician prescribed that “The heart must be eased by external bathing and internally with syrups and other medicines. All such preparations must contain some perfume and some aroma, like the fragrance of the lemon tree, syrup of apples and lemons and the acid of pomegranate”. Another recommended that the house and the body should be kept clean; the rooms of the house should be ventilated, sprinkled with vinegar and filled with scented flowers and plants. It should be “perfumed with good smells. So let vine leaves, sweet rushes, willow and osier, small plants and leaves of the lemon tree and all other green things like flowers and sweet-smelling pommes be strewn throughout and placed in the corners and on the walls of the chambers”.

Unfortunately, the bodily cleanliness did not include the use of water. In fact, washing and bathing was considered a dangerous practice at times, as it opened the pores and allowed the odorous, plague-ridden air to enter the body more easily. The hands and face were cleansed with aromatic Lotions and frequent changes of clothing, with abundant use of perfumes, were considered to be indispensable. Physicians recommended that their bodies be washed in tepid vinegar twice a day.

There was also thought to be an odour of sanctity, saints and mystics were considered to emanate sweet odours of violets, roses, Cinnamon and Cloves. This sweet odour was noted even after death and remains of saints were alleged to have given off sweet floral odours many years after death. Pope Benedict XIV stated “That the human body may by nature not have an overtly unpleasant odour is possible, but that it should actually have a pleasing smell – that is beyond nature. If such an agreeable odour exists, whether there does or does not exist a natural cause capable of producing it, it must be owing to some higher course and thus deemed to be miraculous”. Therefore the pleasant odour of the saint is seen as evidence of sanctity.

hroughout the ages, scents and odours have had a deep and profound effect on the human psyche. Suskind says “For scent was a brother breath. Together with breath it entered human beings who could not defend themselves against it, not if they wanted to live. And scent entered into their very core, went directly to their hearts and decided for good and all between affection and contempt, disgust and lust, love and hate, the who ruled scent ruled the hearts of men.”

Hot Rock Massage

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This is a spa treatment from the Arizona desert. Select a large, flat smooth stone, the size of your palm Heat stone in a low temperature oven until warm but not hot. Rub some scented massage oil into the stone and use this heated rock to give your partner a soothing massage.

The heat from the stone relaxes and penetrates the muscles. Use up to 15 drops of Essential Oil per 1 oz. of unscented oil. Start with less drops, you can always add more. Try Sweet Almond, Grapeseed or Apricot Oil.

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